The blood of martyrs will not go in vain | Stan Swamy
The Adivasi people of KOEL-KARO JAN SANGATAN paid their homage yesterday [2nd Feb] to the eight martyrs of 2nd Feb.2001 and renewed their resolve to assert their rights over their ancestral land. More than a thousand people from surrounding villages first took out a silent procession around Tapkara village, then assembled at the site of police firing and held a public meet wherein they resolved to continue their struggle against present Jharkhand govt’s back-door move to ear-mark and acquire their non-agricultural lands such as village roads, rivers & rivulets, water bodies, places of worship, burial grounds, village forests, hills & hillocks etc. The name of the game is LAND BANK! About a year ago, during the much publicised ‘Momentum Jharkhand’ held in Ranchi, where about 4000 industrialists from within and without the country had been invited and treated as state-guests at enormous expense and formal announcement was made that getting land to set up their industries and mines would not be a problem because Jharkhand govt has set up a Land Bank in which about 20 lakh acres have been ear-marked out of which about 10 lakh acres is ready for acquisition by the corporate houses.
People across the State are now becoming aware of this disturbing move of the govt and have started to protest vs this thru their Gram Sabhas and are appealing to the Governor of Jharkhand to stop this reprehensible move of the govt. In case the ‘constitutional custodian’ of Adivasi people of the state will not act decisively to stand by the people on their rights over natural resources, the Adivasi people of Koel-Karo Jan Sangatan will fight it out even as they successfully fought against the proposed Koel-Karo dam which if constructed would have submerged 132 villages and inundated about 50,000 acres of their cultivable & forest land. Let it be borne in mind this success of stopping a disastrous dam from taking shape, the people of Koel-Karo Jan Sangatan have had to make a heart-breaking sacrifice of eight of their colleagues being killed in police firing, 35 of them serious wounded, five of whom have become handicapped for life. Their present struggle is being inspired by the truth that THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS WILL NOT GO IN VAIN.