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Kartam Joga

Inveterate Maoists they certainly are not

After they abducted Sukama’s Collector Alex Paul Menon, the Maoists have demanded that certain people rotting in the prisons of Chhattigarh be released. Two kinds of people are mentioned in the letter listing their demands. First, activists from various political parties, and secondly, members of their own cadres. The activists of the first hue work […]

Soni Sori

Save Soni Sori and Punish Chattisgarh police #Savesonisori

Soni Sori, a 35-year-old Adivasi school teacher in Chhattisgarh, has been languishing in Raipur Jail since October 2011, she has written letters from jail asking the Nation to help her. Why is she being tortured? Soni has been tortured by the Chhattisgarh police – she complained that she was stripped naked and given electric shocks. […]

Environmental activist shot and wounded in Chhattisgarh

Attacked for taking on Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, claim supporters Ramesh Agrawal, an environmental activist who clashed with powerful steel and coal interests in Chhattisgarh’s coal-rich Raigarh district, was attacked by unidentified assailants and shot through the thigh on Saturday morning. Mr. Agrawal has been hospitalised. Sarita Rath, a member of the Jan Chetna […]

Ramesh Agrawal

Activists condemn attack on green campaigner in Ch’garh

The Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan has strongly condemned the attack on environmental activist and RTI user Ramesh Agrawal of Jan Chetna Manch, Chhattisgarh on July 6. Ramesh Agrawal is believed to be out of danger now. In a statement released on Monday by MKSS activists Aruna Roy, Shankar Singh, Bhanwar Meghvanshi and Nikhil Dey urged […]

Ramesh Agrawal

Amnesty International demands release of ‘chained’ activist Ramesh Agrawal

Support is pouring in for Chhattisgarh environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal who was found chained to a hospital bed on June 2. The 55-year-old man was shifted there after his blood pressure shot up in jail. Known for protecting local communities from industrial pollution and displacement due to industrial projects, Agrawal has been jailed along with […]

Ramesh Agrawal

Dharna & Memorandum : Murderous Attack on Ramesh Agrawal

Protest Demonstration at Raipur Against Murderous Attack On Ramesh Agrawal, RTI & Environment Activist Raipur, July 12, 2012 About 500 workers and peasants, women and youth drawn from some 16 people’s organizations, trade unions, political parties, NGOs and human rights organizations staged a one-day dharna at Budha Talab, Raipur on 12th July, 2012, strongly condemning […]

Ramesh Agrawal

Chhattisgarh: RTI activist shot at, stable

Raipur: A leading Chhattisgarh RTI activist was injured when two unidentified gunmen shot him twice in the state’s industrial town Raigarh. He is said to be out of danger now. Ramesh Agrawal, 56, known for protecting local communities from industrial pollution and displacement due to industrial projects through Right to Information Act (RTI), was shot […]

Ramesh Agrawal

Gag effort: 3 RTI activists attacked in 2 weeks

NEW DELHI: The attack on three environment and RTI activists across the country in less than two weeks has brought to the fore how environmentalism is a dirty and sometimes violent game in the hinterland unlike the soft, candle-lighting tiger-loving green activism in big cities. Akhil Gogoi in Assam, Bharat Jhunjhunwala in Uttarakhand and Ramesh […]

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Environmental activist shot and wounded in Chhattisgarh

Attacked for taking on Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, claim supporters Ramesh Agrawal, an environmental activist who clashed with powerful steel and coal interests in Chhattisgarh’s coal-rich Raigarh district, was attacked by unidentified assailants and shot through the thigh on Saturday morning. Mr. Agrawal has been hospitalised. Sarita Rath, a member of the Jan Chetna […]

Seema Azad

PUCL to appeal against Seema Azad’s conviction

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) will explore legal options in the wake of the life term awarded to its Uttar Pradesh unit organising secretary Seema Azad by an Allahabad court. Ms. Azad, a post graduate in psychology from Allahabad University, and her husband Vishwavijay Kamal were arrested in Allahabad on February 6, 2010 on […]