13-point demand made by Sabyasachi
Panda alias Sunil (Secretary, Odisha State Organising Committee
Odisha State Organizing Committee
The government - both at the Centre
and the state (Odisha) - has reduced adivasis into mere exhibition items
in attempts to lure domestic and foreign tourists. On one hand, the
government while inviting multinational capitalists to plunder natural
and mineral resources in the adivasi heartland is trying to repress
voices of resistance by unleashing Operation Green Hunt on adivasis
and the common mass at gun-point, and on the other, it is intensifying
its efforts to turn innocent adivasis into exhibition items. Although
the government claims to have amended the so-called laws in February
2012 to put certain checks on tourists visiting adivasi areas, it has
turned out to be a blatant lie. In the same breath as the power centres
in Delhi and Shahid Nagar are implementing the much-debated industrialization
and displacement laws at gun-point, they are sending tourists to adivasi
areas to click naked pictures of the adivasis, and turning these areas
into tourism-friendly commodities. In Ganjam and Kandhamal, such inhuman
activities are going on through unwritten permission by the district
SPs in corrupt connivance with the said power centres. The same government
that is sending police forces to these areas to ablaze forests, to burn
down heaps of dry turmeric leaves, and to destroy people's properties
and lives is sending foreign tourists to click barren hills and bare
bodies of adivasis: this is an insult to the people.
Because of all these, we have arrested
two Italian tourists (one of them is a tourism trader licensed by the
Bosusco Paolo, B, Pralesio 10, Condove
Clavdio Colangelo, via Di Frascati,
215, 00040 Rocca Di Papa, Italy
By doing so, we are exposing the real face of the government
bereft any shred of humanism that has taken adivasi areas as some tourism
commodity, as though these places are habitats of apes and chimpanzees.
We are requesting the common mass to raise voice against turning adivasi
areas into tourism commodities. Having arrested these two Italian culprits,
we are also releasing two Odia slaves of theirs-Santosh and Kartik.
If the government is serious about freeing these two
visitors, central and state governments should as primary condition
stop all repression and combing operations in Odisha by 18 March 2012,
and come forward to discuss our demands with us. If this is not done,
we cannot take this government into confidence; and we will not be responsible
for the loss of lives of the two visitors, rather the government that
is unleashing terror without heeding to our demands and the state machinery
that is running an illegal tourism trade will be.
Adivasis are not commodities of
tourism and adivasi areas are not recreation spots for tourists.
Announce this clearly and arrest those who violate it.
Stop repression in the name of
Operation Green Hunt. Recall all police camps from remote areas,
except from thanas. Create conducive space for dialogues with revolutionaries
over people's problems.
Repeal the ban on the CPI (Maoist)
and other mass organizations in Odisha.
Arrest and try under murder and
rape cases SPs and other police employees involved in fake encounters
and custodial deaths of Lalit Dehuri, Junesh Badaraita, Pradeep
Majhi, and others and in the gang rape case of Arati Majhi. Withdraw
all charges against Arati Majhi and release her.
Release Ashutosh, Kamalakanta Sethi,
Sujata, Kishor Jena, Pratap, Manjulata, and all those arrested in
connection to the attack on the Nayagarh Armoury.
Stop slapping fresh false cases
against and detaining in jail those who are acquitted by courts.
In this context, release unconditionally Subhashree Das and Lalit
from Rayagada along with all others re-arrested or detained.
Release Shatrughna Biswal, Uttam,
Shekhar, Sudarshan Mandal, Ramesh Nayak, Lata, Bijal, Ratna along
with all other innocent people from Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal,
Ganjam, Nayagarh, Sambalour, Mayurbhanj, Kendujhar, and other districts
who have been put behind bars in the name of being Maoists.
Do not repeal 'adivasi status'
for Jhodia, Kanda Dora, Acha Kui, Gauda Kui, Kumbhar Kul, Saora,
Odia Kandha, Khaira, and other adivasi communities, and recognize
the 'adivasi status' of many other such communities.
Provide access to drinking water
in villages in all parts of Odisha, irrigation to farm lands, free
health care in all Panchayats, and free education facilities up
to high school.
Stop police repression on all anti-displacement
mass movements such as anti-POSCO, anti-Vedanta, and the Kalinganagar
movements. Release all anti-displacement leaders and activists such
as Abhay Sahu, Narayan Reddy, and others.
Release Gananath Patra, the former
Chairman of Daringbadi and Sonepur Sarpanch Swami, brother of Nachika
Linga, and the two school students along with other leaders of mass
movements and anti- repression movements who have been arrested
by the vengeful police forces. Stop slapping cases endlessly against
people associated with Mandrabaju, Nedingpadar, Gudari, and Narayanpatna
land-rights movements. Release those who have been implicated in
similar cases and are in jail after withdrawing all the cases.
Institute independent enquiries
into state-sponsored dramas of issuing false statements under pressure
and threatening during surrenders, and creating a covert campaign
against the Revolution. Institute enquiry by independent bodies
and take due action against the Kendujhar police for detaining Sangeet
Pradhan for years after he surrendered and suffered a fracture in
his hand due to police torture.
Meet all the unfulfilled demands
placed during the arrest of the Malkangiri Collector by the Maoists.
We appeal to the common people to support and rally
for these just and democratic demands and force the government to come
Dated: 16 March 2012
SUNIL, Secretary, CPI (Maoists)
State Organizing Committee