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Supreme Court granted Bail to Soni Sori and Linga Kodopi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim bail to tribal school teacher of Dantewada Soni Sori and her nephew Lingaram Kodopi, a journalist, who were detained in Chhattisgarh in September 2011 on charges of being couriers between Maoists and Essar Group. Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi were granted bail since the Chhattisgarh government did not […]

Release All Activists of the PFI Charged Under UAPA and Sedition Immediately and Unconditionally!

On the 23 April 2013, around 11 in the morning, twenty one activists aged 20-25 of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested from a building that was under construction at Naraath, Kannur district, Kerala. The arrest as reported in the press was done under the leadership of DySP P. Sukumaran of the Kerala […]

The Tribal ‘Ruchikas’ Of Dantewada

The Muria don’t know anything about rape, as they say, their word for it is closer to ‘baalatkaar’ than anything else. But when four tribal girls were allegedly gang-raped by SPOs in the village of Samsetti in 2006, neither does the entire state machinery of Chhattisgarh. Recently, the same girls were beaten by the very accused […]

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 […]

Lingaram Kodopi

‘The very right of living in this country has been snatched from me’

Linga Ram Kodopi, a trained journalist and Soni Sori’s nephew, who is accused of having Naxal connections has been in prison since 10 September 2011. He writes an open letter to fellow Indians. Respected intellectuals, I am writing this letter in the hope that you all will do justice to the torture and injustices being […]