Monday, October 26, 2009

Response from UP police



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: UP Police Computer Cetre Lucknow <uppcc-up@nic.in>
Date: Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 9:33 AM
Subject: Fwd: Dr. Lenin on death threat and Intimidation ( hindi)
To: digcomplaint-up@nic.in
Cc: PVCHR <pvchr.india@gmail.com>


Sir
The message received from PVCHR is being forwarded to your kind attention
UPPCC


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: PVCHR <pvchr.india@gmail.com>
To: cmup@up.nic.in
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 17:21:51 +0530
Subject: Dr. Lenin on death threat and Intimidation ( hindi)

Dr. Lenin on death threat and Intimidation ( hindi)

Dr. Lenin told that there is no rule of law in UP and calls the people for battle with sacrifice for establishment of rule of law at grass root level. He tells," if I will die,then it is clear murder by drug mafia and UP police."Please see:

http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/fwd-regarding-security-of-human-rights.html
http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/fwd-regarding-security-of-human-rights.html
http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/assault-on-2007-gawngju-huamn-rights.html



Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dr. Lenin on death threat and Intimidation ( hindi)

Dr. Lenin told that there is no rule of law in UP and calls the people for battle with sacrifice for establishment of rule of law at grass root level. He tells," if I will die,then it is clear murder by drug mafia and UP police."Please see:

http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/fwd-regarding-security-of-human-rights.html
http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/fwd-regarding-security-of-human-rights.html
http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/assault-on-2007-gawngju-huamn-rights.html



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fwd: regarding security of Human Rights Defender



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: shabana khan <shabana@pvchr.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 4:51 PM
Subject: regarding security of Human Rights Defender
To: police@up.nic.in
Cc: igzonevns@up.nic.in, sspvns@up.nic.in, Lenin Raghuvanshi <pvchr.india@gmail.com>, PVCHR <pvchr@yahoo.com>


Respected Sir,

I want to draw your kind that today around 3:30 when Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, Convener of PVCHR went to Bagwanala Hall Mauza, under Jaitpura Police Station to see the newly under construction school building, he saw Mr. Turre alias Mr. Ghan Shyam was standing their, after looking Dr. Lenin he immediately rush with his pulsar motorbike. Dr. Lenin immediately rang on 100 to call police, but the receiver of phone suggested him to call Pandeypur Police Chowki incharge under Cantt police station and he gave him the contact no. 0542 – 2503546 of Cantt police station.

 

Two days before Pandeypur police Chowki incharge came to PVCHR office and enquire about the injury of Dr. Lenin and the address of Mr. Turre alias Ghanshyam.

 

Please see the complete case at given below URL: http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/india-drug-mafias-don-assaults-dr-lenin.html

 

New Paper clipping at given below URL:

http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/assault-on-2007-gawngju-huamn-rights.html

 

 

Therefore again it is kind request for the immediate above linked case and ensures safety of Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and immediate arrest of the perpetrator to ensure the rule of law and democracy.

 

Yours


Shirin Shabana Khan
Assistant Director (Communication)
PVCHR/JMN
Email: shabana@pvchr.org
       

Monday, October 19, 2009

Politics for silence under the rule of lord: collision of caste, patriarchy and corruption


Widespread corruption and the near-impossible task of exposing it, has rendered many of the government-sponsored schemes in rural India a failure. Neither the state government nor its agencies like the revenue department and the police have shown much active interest in the problem. When ordinary villagers protest and fall victim to landlord-sponsored violence, their protection often falls to human rights defenders. This has led to many such defenders being abused, injured and killed.

 

It is noted that PVCHR activists are human rights activist facing threat, the threat is also an infringement of the right to association and freedom of speech and expression of the community that PVCHR work with and also against PVCHR activists. In the caste based feudalist setup in rural villages of India, the village head and officers at the local bodies like the Block Office and the local police officers is pretty much what government is. What these officers do to the ordinary people is what governance is. Most often due to inadequate monitoring mechanisms these officers exploit their authority and position in the villages to such extent that the ordinary villagers are forced to pay bribes and the like to these officers to avail their services.

The villages are remotely located in many parts of India that even the district administration finds it difficult to be in touch with the village and block level officers even to verify the implementation of government welfare programmes. The fact that the PVCHR is organizing the villagers and protesting before authorities is an act of trying to link the severed connection between government schemes and actual implementation at the grass-root level. This act often becomes a direct challenge to the authority of those officers in rural areas who thus far had been enjoying the illegal benefits of lack of accountability. When such protests are organised and attended by the members of the lower caste, who were so far under the absolute control of the petty officers and their corrupt practices it poses a further threat to the authority of these officers. For all these reasons Mangala and his work is at risk. Additionally, in a state like Uttar Pradesh, were death threats turn real often, there is good reason why a person like Mangala should take all precautions to ensure that he himself and the people for whom he work remains safe.

 

The village sabha meeting of Ahirani Nathipur was arranged on 6th July, 09 in the primary school instead of the open space. In the meeting village head husband Mr. Arun Singh alias Lolarak Singh was continuously influencing and misbehaving with the presented village sabha members. The member informed to BDO and SDM, Pindra. The meeting peacefully proceeds after the intervention of the Kathirao police outpost in charge.  So, the responsibility of BDO is to inform police and administration but he did not do so.

 

 

According to local reports, the head position at Nathaipur village at Varanasi in India was reserved for a female candidate in the past election. The local landlord Lolarak Singh put his wife, Usha Devi forward for the post and since then for all practical purposes, Lolarak has managed the office, allegedly controlling the village with a group of aggressive henchmen and paying regular bribes to village officials. It appears to local activists that officials have colluded in the misappropriation of funds meant for development programmes. The arrival of Singh at the audit with the BDO, plus the lack of action taken by the officer, has done little to assuage these suspicions.

 

A social audit was arranged at the Ahirani Community Centre in Nathaipur village on 14 September by the Badagaon Block Development Officer (BDO). The audit was to look into the operation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (NREGA), which is operated by the Village Panchayat – the smallest village administrative unit, last amended in 1999 under the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1947. The NREGA is a central government scheme that provides employment to the poor and is supposed to work in tandem with the Panchayat to make sure that village affairs are attended to on a grassroots level and that villager are empowered.

The elected village head is charged with keeping payment records under the scheme, and the social audit has been built into NREGA to avoid corruption and allow villagers to lodge complaints. Local human rights organisations are also invited to participate in the audit to ensure transparency.

Though the village head, Ms. Usha Devi, was not present for the audit, her husband, Mr. Lolarak Singh arrived at the community centre with BDO Mr. Atul Mishra, in the latter's vehicle. However when Mishra started reading out the payment records to the villagers, according to procedure, many found that they were falsely recorded as having been employed and paid. A Mr. Lalji objected to the entry of his name in the list, which recorded too many working days. Others started to complain, and claim that embezzlement had taken place.

According to our reports, Singh along with staff of the Village Panchayat, including Mr. Anil Dubey, the Village Secretary and the Assistant Development Officer verbally abused the villagers, and then started to physically push them around. Various women were struck, including a Ms. Chandra Devi. Activists note that Singh and the officers were then joined by known underworld figures, who had been keeping a low profile at the meeting. They reportedly started to beat the villagers, shouting that low caste Dalits have no right to complain against their upper caste masters.

Lalji and Mr. Magala Rajbhar, an activist associated with the PVCHR, tried to intervene and keep the peace, but were beaten by Singh. The BDO called off the meeting and made moves to leave. When asked to call the police by two female PVCHR staff members (Ms. Shruti and Ms. Anupam), he claimed that he would rather report it personally. Shruti requested that she and Lajli go with him and the three tried to leave, but a mob of upper caste men led by Singh reportedly surrounded the vehicle and demanded that Lalji get out. At this point Mishra allegedly pushed Lalji out of his vehicle, and Shruti followed, fearing for his safety. The two were beaten, and one man, Guddu Dubey, known for his links to the underworld, struck Shruti to the ground. Villagers were able to intervene and the two victims were taken to Phulpur Police Station to make a report.

At the station they found that BDO Mishra had not reported the incident. Police refused to register the case or make moves to go to the scene. Left with no other option, Shruti filed a written complaint at the station and returned to the PVCHR office in Varanasi.

The village sabha of Nathaipur is consists of three ghettos i.e. Nathaipur, Tetuapat and Ahirani. Till 9th July, 2009 100 job cards issued to landless labour of Ahirani village, 13 job cards in Nathaipur. (Given data is orally presented in the meeting)

 

In Ahirani village most of the job card holders are landless and their families depend on daily wages. The impact of NREGA scheme is preventing starvation and migration of the youth.

 

On 11th September, 09 the job card holder of Ahirani village submitted complain letter to BDO, against the Rojgar Sevak. The BDO directed Rojgar Sevak, Nathaipur "several times you were taught, how to take work on hard soil. In place of following you are working against the rule, if you are unable to understand consult technician.

 

 

 According to information received from the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), a social audit was arranged at the Ahirani Community Centre in Nathaipur village on 14 September by the Badagaon Block Development Officer (BDO). The audit was to look into the operation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (NREGA), which is operated by the Village Panchayat – the smallest village administrative unit, last amended in 1999 under the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1947. The NREGA is a central government scheme that provides employment to the poor and is supposed to work in tandem with the Panchayat to make sure that village affairs are attended to on a grassroots level, and that villagers are empowered.

The elected village head is charged with keeping payment records under the scheme, and the social audit has been built into NREGA to avoid corruption and allow villagers to lodge complaints. Local human rights organisations are also invited to participate in the audit to ensure transparency.

Though the village head, Ms. Usha Devi, was not present for the audit, her husband, Mr. Lolarak Singh arrived at the community centre with BDO Mr. Atul Mishra, in the latter's vehicle. However when Mishra started reading out the payment records to the villagers, according to procedure, many found that they were falsely recorded as having been employed and paid. A Mr. Lalji objected to the entry of his name in the list, which recorded too many working days. Others started to complain, and claim that embezzlement had taken place.

According to our reports, Singh along with staff of the Village Panchayat, including Mr. Anil Dubey, the Village Secretary and the Assistant Development Officer verbally abused the villagers, and then started to physically push them around. Various women were struck, including a Ms. Chandra Devi. Activists note that Singh and the officers were then joined by known underworld figures, who had been keeping a low profile at the meeting. They reportedly started to beat the villagers, shouting that low caste Dalits have no right to complain against their upper caste masters.

Lalji and Mr. Magala Rajbhar, an activist associated with the PVCHR, tried to intervene and keep the peace, but were beaten by Singh. The BDO called off the meeting and made moves to leave. When asked to call the police by two female PVCHR staff members (Ms. Shruti and her sister Ms. Anupam), he claimed that he would rather report it personally. Shruti requested that she and Lajli go with him and the three tried to leave, but a mob of upper caste men led by Singh reportedly surrounded the vehicle and demanded that Lalji get out. At this point Mishra allegedly pushed Lalji out of his vehicle, and Shruti followed, fearing for his safety. The two were beaten, and one man, Guddu Dubey, known for his links to the underworld, struck Shruti to the ground. Villagers were able to intervene and the two victims were taken to Phulpur Police Station to make a report.

At the station they found that BDO Mishra had not reported the incident. Police refused to register the case or make moves to go to the scene. Left with no other option, Shruti filed a written complaint at the station and returned to the PVCHR office in Varanasi.

 

Ms. Shruti Says "this circumstance is not itself of the Nathaipur village but its prevail in another district also for example in Ayar village we are running the kitchen project in the mid of the Mushars hamlet than they are looking as a saint, but when Pappu Mushar break his silence against the corruption than they called us the peace breaker".    Dom Helder Camara has truly said ''When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist''






Assault on 2007 Gawngju Huamn Rights Awardee and Social activist

http://pvchr.blogspot.com/2009/10/india-drug-mafias-don-assaults-dr-lenin.html



Assault on 2007 Gawngju Huamn Rights Awardee and Social activist

Surely the police and mafia attempts to silence the voice and stop the work of Lenin have reached a limit where the national conscience and justice structures must take suo motu notice.
we condemn such coercion in the strongest terms,

in solidarity
john dayal
new delhi

Friday, October 16, 2009

INDIA: Drug mafias don assaults Dr. Lenin and apathy of the police and health department of Varanasi


Broken motercycle


Broken motercycle


Broken watch and fully destroyed mobile set



Injured Hand



Sign of slapped on face

 

INDIA: Drug mafias don assaults Dr. Lenin and apathy of the police and health department of Varanasi

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

16th October, 09

 

ISSUES: Threats; human rights defenders; corruption, absolute collapse of rule of law, police inaction

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

Dear Friends,

 

PVCHR highlights a case of the attack on social-conscience person by heroin mafia and local police nexus to silence him. After 13 hours of beating and intimidation, police filled first information report and then medico-legal with medical treatment, which prove absolute collapse of rule of law.

 

Case detail:

 

On 15th October, 09 Dr. Lenin Raghuavanshi went to talk with his brother Mao Raghuvanshi on the call of his mother.  His brother said a person named Mr. Turre alias Ghanshyam, resident of Nai Basti under Pandeypur, Police Chowki under jurisdiction Cantt, Varanasi, India is making pressure on him for the addition of heroin.

 

Around 9:30 PM of 15 October 2009, Dr. Lenin alone went to Nai Basti in search of Mr. Turre and nearby 12 in mid night he found his home. He called him (Turre) by giving voice. One old aged person came outside of the home holding a stick followed by other three young people. He asked what the matter is.

 

Dr. Lenin said why you are forcefully giving the heroine and after hearing this they start beating him. That time Dr. Lenin was on his bike and it fallen.  He immediately rang on 100 to call police. But no action by police to save his life.He got injured on his hand, cheek and chest. Even his watch and mobile set was broken.

 

After that he cried for help and few young people standing on the road side saved him. When Dr. Lenin returned back to his home, Pandeypur police out-post incharge ranged him. He went and submitted his application. In the morning Dr. Lenin went to Shiv Prasad Gupta Hospital for the medico – legal report with medical aid and no medico – legal report was done due to unavailability of FIR or NCR.

 

After the pressure by media to S.P City office police filled first information report (FIR). NCR no 243/09 has been lodged on 16th October, 09 at 13:30 against Turre alias Ghanshyam and three unknown people, Nai Basti, Police Station – Cantt under section 323/504/427 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

 

Please see the URL of NCR: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21170922/NCR-agaisnt-beating-of-Lenin-Raghuvanshi

 

English translated version of NCR follows:

 

To,

SHO

Police Station Cantt

Varanasi

 

On 15th October, 09 I, applicant on the call of my mother talk to my brother Mao Raghuvanshi. He said a person named Turre, resident of Pandeypur, Police Chowki under jurisdiction Cantt is making pressure for the addition of heroine.

 

I, myself approximately at 9:30 pm went in search of the place around 12 am I found his home. I called him (Turre) by giving voice. One old aged person came outside of the home holding a stick followed by other three young people. He asked what the matter is. I answered why you are forcefully giving the heroine. After hearing this they start beating me. I was on my bike and it fallen. Immediately I rang on 100 and I got injured on my hand, cheek and chest. Even my watch and mobile set was broken. After that I cried and few young people standing on the road side saved me. After returning back to my home.After that Pandeypur police chowki incharge ranged me and I gave my application. In the morning I went to Shiv Prasad Gupta Hospital for the medico – legal report. It was not given due to unavailability of FIR or NCR.

 

Please take appropriate action.

 

 

Sincerely Yours

 

Dr. Lenin

SA 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi

 

 

Dr. Lenin was examined in Shiv Prasad Gupta Hospital on 16th October, 09 at 3:40 pm, the medico – legal report is as follows:

 

Injury:

 

  1. Contusion 2 cm x 1.5 cm on the left side of the back of the head 11 cm above left ear reddish blue..
  2. Contusion on 3 cm x 0.5 cm on the left side of face 3 cm extension to left ear reddish blue.
  3. Contusion smelling 3 cm x 3 cm on dorsom of right hand just above base of right and middle and index finger. Advised X-ray and reddish blue.
  4. Contusion 3 cm x 2 cm on the left side of back 10 cm below lower end of the left scapula. Reddish 4 A blue.
  5. C/o Pain in chest but no sign of external injury seen.

 

 

Opinion: Nature simple except injury no. 3, which is KUO, advised x – ray and radiologist opinion. Duration is about more than half day old caused by some hard blunt object.

 

 

Please see the medico – legal report at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21170624/Medico-Legal

 

It is noted that Dr. Lenin informed to the office of Director General of Police at 1:44 am of 16th October, 09 and DGP office started the inquiry. Letter was sent to National Human Rights Commission, Director General of Police and Director of Department of Health Services, Lucknow on the apathy of the police and health department.

 

Copy of letter from PVCHR office as:

 

16th October, 09

 

 

To,

Director General of Police
1-Tilak Marg, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: + 91 522 220 6120 / 220 6174
E-mail:
police@up.nic.in

 

Subject: apathy of the police and health department in ensuring the security to the Human Rights Defender.

 

Respected Sir/Madam,

 

This is to bring in your kind consideration that Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, Convener of Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), SA 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi was beaten by Mr. Turre a drug Mafia's in Nai Basti, Pandeypur, Varanasi on 16th October, 09 around 12:30 am. At same time he went to Pandeypur police chowki to lodge FIR but police took the complain letter and no action taken by the police.

 

So, Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi in the morning went to Shiv Prasad Gupta district hospital, Kabir Chaura for the medico – legal report but the doctor denied to provide medial treatment and medico – legal report and stated nothing can happened with out intervention of the police.

 

Therefore the above conversation shows the apathy of the health and police department in providing security to the Human Rights Defender. So, in this context my kind request is to lodge FIR against the perpetrator Mr. Turre and ensure the safety of Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi.

 

Sincerely Yours

 

 

(Mr. Jai Kumar Mishra)

Member Secretary

PVCHR

 

 

Additional Information:

 

Gazipur the neighbor district of Varanasi is the producer of Opium. Varanasi is the key place for the smuggling of drug like heroin etc, which produce biggest mafia like mafia don as written in the book God Father by Maria Fujo.  Please sees the given below URL for more information:

 

·         http://www.thehindu.com/2009/08/11/stories/2009081157670300.htm

·         http://blog.taragana.com/n/central-excise-officer-gunned-down-in-uttar-pradesh-147621/

·         http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Two-kg-heroin-seized-in-Varanasi/articleshow/1664570.cms

·         http://blog.taragana.com/n/two-arrested-with-heroin-in-uttar-pradesh-107619/

·         http://www.thehindu.com/2002/04/07/stories/2002040700161700.htm

·         http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/8321970/Main/8321970

 

 

 

Other Information:  

 

The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 sets out the statutory framework for drug law enforcement in India. http://narcoticsindia.nic.in/NDPSACT.htm

 

The section 8 of NDPS Act: The cultivation, production, manufacture, possession, sale, purchase, transportation, warehousing, consumption, inter-State movement, transshipment and import and export of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is prohibited, except for medical or scientific purposes and in accordance with the terms and conditions of any license, permit or authorization given by the Government.

 

Section 9 The Central Government is empowered to regulate the cultivation production, manufacture, import, export, sale, consumption, use etc of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

 

 

 

Sample letter,

 

Dear …………………….

 

 

I want to draw your attention that on 15th October, 09 Dr. Lenin Raghuavanshi went to talk with his brother Mao Raghuvanshi on the call of his mother.  His brother said a person named Mr. Turre, resident of Nai Basti under Pandeypur, Police Chowki under jurisdiction Cantt, Varanasi, India is making pressure on him for the addition of heroin.

 

I am informed that around 9:30 Dr. Lenin alone went to Nai Basti in search of Mr. Turre and nearby 12 am he found his home. He called him (Turre) by giving voice. One old aged person came outside of the home holding a stick followed by other three young people. He asked what the matter is.

 

Dr. Lenin said why you are forcefully giving the heroine and after hearing this they start beating him. That time Dr. Lenin was on his bike and it fallen.  He immediately rang on 100 to call police. He got injured on his hand, cheek and chest. Even his watch and mobile set was broken.

 

I am also informed that after that he cried for help and few young people standing on the road side saved him. When Dr. Lenin returned back to his home Pandeypur police chowki incharge ranged him. He went and submitted his application. In the morning Dr. Lenin went to Shiv Prasad Gupta Hospital for the medico – legal report and no medico – legal report was done due to unavailability of FIR or NCR.

 

After the pressure by media to S.P City office police filled first information report (FIR). NCR no 243/09 has been lodged on 16th October, 09 at 13:30 against Turre alias Ghanshyam and three unknown people, Nai Basti, Police Station – Cantt under section 323/504/427 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

I am informed that Dr. Lenin informed to the office of Director General of Police at 1:44 am of 16th October, 09 and DGP office started the inquiry. After the pressure by media to S.P City office police filled first information report (FIR). Letter was sent to National Human Rights Commission, Director General of Police and Director of Department of Health Services, Lucknow on the apathy of the police and health department.

 

 

Therefore it is kind request for the immediate high level appropriate independent investigation for the nexus between police and drug Mafia and enquiry in above said case and ensures safety of Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and immediate arrest of the perpetrator to ensure the rule of law and democracy.

 

Yours

 

 

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Chief Secretary
Government of Uttar Pradesh
Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Bhavan
Lucknow 226001, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: +91 52 2223 9283
Email:
csup@up.nic.in

2. Director General of Police
1-Tilak Marg, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: + 91 522 220 6120 / 220 6174
E-mail:
police@up.nic.in

3. Chief Minister
Government of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister's Secretariat
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: + 91 52 2223 0002 / 2223 9234
E-mail:
csup@up.nic.in

4. Inspector General of Police
Varanasi Zone
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Email:
igzonevns@up.nic.in

5. Senior Superintendent of Police
Varanasi, SSP Office
Kachahari, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Email:
sspvns@up.nic.in

 

  1. Mrs Margaret Sekaggya
    Special Representative of the Secretary General for human rights
    defenders
    Att: Ben Majekodunmi
    Room 1-040
    C/o OHCHR-UNOG, 1211 Geneva 10,
    SWITZERLAND
    Tel:
    + 41 22 917 93 88
    Fax: + 41 22 917 9006
    E-mail:
    urgent-action@ohchr.org

 

  1. Mr. Chitambaram
    Home Minister
    North Block
    New Delhi 110 001
    INDIA
    Fax: + 91 11 23794833

 

  1. SAMPAHARAN BHAWAN
    OFFICE OF THE COMPETENT AUTHORITY & ADIMINSTRATOR,
    SAFEM (FOP) A & NDPS ACT
    57-A, R.F. Bahadurji Marg (Meera Bai Marg), Lucknow- 226001  Telephone number
    (0522) 2209432, 2208562, 2206914 • FAX NUMBER (0522) 2209432

 



Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Programme

Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)

 

 

 

Children initiative for healthy environment and childhood.


Children throwing fire crackers in the water


A poster of child labour involved in fire – crackers industry

The Children of Munshi Prem Chandra Children Parliament with the aspiration of Shakespeare of Hindi Munshi Prem Chadra organized fire crackers boycott movement in front of the district Head quarter, Varanasi on 16th October, 09 late morning. In compensanotary the children protested by sinking fire crackers in the water.

The rally started from Police line path with chanting of slogan and children were holding the plank and end up in front of the district head quarter. At District Head Quarter the congregation was facilitated by Ms. Chanda. She addressed after being implementation of child labour Abolition Act than also small children are engaged in the hazardous industry.


Jyoti stated from last nine year we are hosting the fire crackers boycott movement with in our friends and colleagues living nearby. We pledged and appeal to the people “we will celebrate diwali by lighting candle not life".

Pooja said fire cracker is being made in several part of the India like Dalmandi, Malasi, Hamirapur and Shivakasi. In this industry children are also engaged with their parents and which results the marginalization of Lakhs of children with their fundamental rights. Here we are together to protest the engagement of children.

We didn’t want this happiness on the cost of the lakhs of children’s life. The happiness attain after snatching the childhood of children. In India 1 ½ Lakhs children are employed in the hazardous fire cracker industry and are finishing their life.

Manish said the shrilling voice of fire cracker and gas is adversely affecting the atmosphere which contributes in sound and air pollution. He urge not to lit fire cracker for the protection of the environment. He added we are unhappy that my friend Shiv home is being demolished.

The members of Children Parliament Master Manish, Kissan, Pramila, Rinka, Sulekha, Kusum, Seema, Pinka, Jyoti, Chanda and Puja. Hema. Rajendra, Rekha, Neeta, Katyani, Ashok, Anup, Rohit, Anand, Shruti, Dr. Lenin and Upendra were present from PVCHR office.

Programmes to discourage use of crackers - Varanasi - City - The Times of India

Programmes to discourage use of crackers - Varanasi - City - The Times of India

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Food is scarce, though not as per authority

 
 
 
Printed from

Food is scarce, though not as per authority

VARANASI: Just a day before Diwali â€" the Festival of Light and Prosperity â€" the world will celebrate World Food Day on Friday. This year's theme is 'achieving food in times of crisis'.

For food security to all, the World Food Day is celebrated annually on October 16, the date of founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945.

But, in Varanasi, the darker side is that a number of people including children are deprived of adequate food and proper nutrition. Though, the department of food and civil supply claims proper supply of food grains to below poverty line (BPL) and Antyoday families, records of the district administration clearly indicate that malnutrition exists among children, despite various government-run programmes and schemes.

The district administration had conducted a survey to identify malnourished children. Workers of all 2,529 Anganwadi centres were engaged for the purpose. According to records, over 3,000 severely malnourished children (in grade III and IV) were identified in the district by April last. As many as 78,802 children, out of 2,06,672, were found normal in weight according to their age, while 68,697 children were found suffering from PEM grade-I of malnutrition. Besides, 56,094 children were grade-II category malnourished and 3,073 children in grade-III and IV category. In 2008 five malnourished children died in Dhannipur village in Lohata.

Besides, according to a study conducted by a group of doctors, including TB Singh, RN Mishra, CP Mishra and P Sen of the Institute of Medical Science, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), about 75 per cent of pre-school children of under five-year age group living in urban slums are malnourished while 20 per cent of them are suffering from severe degree of malnutrition. The observation is based on a study on nutritional status and dietary intake of pre-school children in urban slums of Varanasi, which has 227 slums with a population of about 453,222 (about 37.69 per cent of the total population). The city development plan of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) suggests that the average income of a slum household ranges from Rs 100-150 per day.

Such a situation is prevailing when the government is running programmes like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), handloom cluster development scheme for weavers, and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) (also now known as Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act) for poverty alleviation.

According to Dr. Arvind Singh of Comprehensive Child Survival Programme run under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and UNICEF, malnutrition is prevalent in the eastern UP, and majority of women are anaemic. According to government report more than half of the population of women in eastern UP was anaemic, he said. The factors like price rise and drought have made the situation worse for the people living below poverty line. They cant afford to feed their families properly, said Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi of Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR).

On the other hand, AK Singh, additional commissioner (food), claims that the food grain supply is 100 per cent to BPL and Antyoday families. According to him, a quantity of 15,400 MT wheat per month is allotted for the people of four districts of the division including Varanasi, Chandauli, Ghazipur and Jaunpur. Besides, in view of the drought, additional quantity of 15,400 MT wheat has been sought as drought relief for the APL families of the division from September 2009 to March 2010. Owing to poor monsoons, the paddy farming was adversely effected in the region. "However, only 648 MT additional wheat has been received so far for five months from September 2009 to January 2010 for Ghazipur, Jaunpur and Chandauli districts," said Singh.

"The Central government has also sought proposals from the states in view of the proposed Food Security Act," Singh told TOI on Wednesday adding "the proposals have been forwarded, seeking expansion of targeted families for food coverage." About 30 per cent increase in targeted families has been proposed. According to him, about 1.29 lakh BPL/Antyoday families are covered in Varanasi district while this number in the state is one crore six lakh. To prevent starvation like situation, regular monitoring is done to include and exclude new families under BPL/Antyoday coverage.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Unfortunate Murder of a social activist and collusion of Police and accused

Dear Friends,

 

The Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human rights (PVCHR) has learned that police and government officials have refused to look seriously into a case of murder of social worker in a Jaulan village by Son of corrupt panchayat head. Reliable reports claim that corrupt panchayat head has been bribing police officials to maintain the rule of lord.

 

The shocking murder of Mr. Lalla Singh, father of Sanjay Singh of Paramarth Samaj Sewi Sansthan in Jalaun, PS Madhogarh, Village Mirzapur on 12th September is really unfortunate. What is more unfortunate and shocking is the collusion of local police administration with the criminals and their families. Mr Lalla Singh was a committed social worker and Registered Medical Practitioner. He rendered decades of social service in his village and the surrounding areas. Paramarth headed by his son Sanjay Singh, an icon for social activism in Bundelkahnd has rendered decades of social service in Jalaun particular and Bundelkhand in general.

 

Case detail:

 

A case has been registered (Case number 497, under IPC 302) in Madhigarh Police station against the accused – Vipin who belongs to the same village – Mirzapur. After the murder, Vipin escaped along with his gun for the whole night, and the following day, i.e., 13th September, Vipin murdered Mr Kapoor Singh and Vaishanvi at 6 am in morning in the same village. He also injured Jaswant Singh with a gunshot.

 

As reported in the news papers the murderer - Vipin and his father had very good relationship with CO of the area and were found in the police station at Madhogarh having a conversation with CO Arun Sirohi, and Station in charge Mr Manish Jat PS, Madhogarh. In the same evening at around 5.30 pm, Vipin murdered Sanjay's father. After the murder Vipin immediately called CO Mr Arun Sirohi. If his mobile records are inquired properly, it would be revealed the conspiracy behind the murder.

 

At night on 12th September when Sanjay and his family along with other village members went to file FIR, the CO and Station in charge did not attend to them. After brutal murder of Mr. Lalla Singh the murder remained in the same village and despite repeated requests of the villager Police did not arrested him rather it repeatedly denied presence of the accused in the village. The murder killed two more persons of the village about 6.00 AM on 13th September [almost after 13 hours after killing of Mr. Lalla Singh] and then in the presence of Police the murder opened fire. Almost after 15 hours of the murder of Mr. Lalla Singh the murder dramatically surrendered and finally arrested by the Police.

 

Police has been colluding with the family of murderer to weaken the case in every way. The family of the murderer has been terrorizing Sanjay's family to drop the case against him. The father of the murderer is the Gram Pradhan and upcoming Panchayat elections seem to be the prime reason behind the murders. Mr Lalla Singh had supported murderer's father to win the gram pradhan elections.

 

Police is claiming the Mr Vipin who murdered Sanjay's father is mad but the question is why his father gave his licensed rifle to his son if he was mad?

 

Threat and intimidation is not to be taken lightly in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of those states in India where people are abducted and children kidnapped for settling private and political feuds. In some cases the abducted victims are tortured or even murdered if the demands of the criminals are not met. As far as the Parmarth is concerned, it is an apolitical local human rights organisation with limited resources, but with a large work group, including staff and volunteers.

 

We demand the following:

 

Ø  Sanjay and his family should be given immediate police protection.

Ø  Detailed inquiry should be made regarding the collusion of police and the murderer and his family

Ø  Detailed inquiry of the murder and justice should be given to Sanjay's family

Ø  Immediate end of the acts of terrorizing of Sanjay's family

Ø  Filing of FIR and immediate arrest and of the people including the family members of the murderer who have been terrorizing the Sanjay's family

 

Sample letter:

 

Dear…………….

 

Name of Victim:

1.     Deceased Lallan Singh father of Mr. Sanjay Singh

2.     Deceased Mr. Kapoor Singh and Vaishnavi

3.     Mr. Jaswant Singh

 Name of Alleged Perpetrator:

1.     Vipin Jalaun, PS Madhogarh, Village Mirzapur

 Date & Place of Incidence: on 12th September

 

 

I want to draw your attention towards the murder of Mr. Lalla Singh, father of Mr. Sanjay Singh of Paramarth Samaj Sewi Sansthan in Jalaun, P.S Madhogarh, Village Mirzapur on 12th September 09.

 

I am informed that Mr. Lalla Singh was a committed social worker and Registered Medical Practitioner. He rendered decades of social service in his village and the surrounding areas. Paramarth headed by his son Sanjay Singh, an icon for social activism in Bundelkahnd has rendered decades of social service in Jalaun particular and Bundelkhand in general.

 

I am also informed that on same night when Sanjay and his family along with other village members went to file FIR, the CO and Station in charge did not attend to them. After brutal murder of Mr. Lalla Singh the murder remained in the same village and despite repeated requests of the villager Police did not arrested him rather it repeatedly denied presence of the accused in the village.

 

I am informed that the murder killed Mr. Kapoor Singh and Ms. Vaishanvi and also injured Mr. Jaswant Singh with a gunshot about 6.00 am on 13th September [almost after 13 hours after killing of Mr. Lalla Singh] and then in the presence of Police the murder opened fire. Almost after 15 hours of the murder of Mr. Lalla Singh the murder dramatically surrendered and finally arrested by the Police.

 

As reported in the news papers the murderer - Vipin and his father had very good relationship with CO of the area and were found in the police station at Madhogarh having a conversation with CO Arun Sirohi, and Station in charge Mr Manish Jat PS, Madhogarh. In the same evening at around 5.30 pm, Vipin murdered Sanjay's father. After the murder Vipin immediately called CO Mr Arun Sirohi. If his mobile records are inquired properly, it would be revealed the conspiracy behind the murder.

 

A case has been registered (Case number 497, under IPC 302) in Madhigarh Police station against the accused – Vipin who belongs to the same village – Mirzapur. After the murder, Vipin escaped along with his gun for the whole night, and the following day.

 

 

I am informed that police has been colluding with the family of murderer to weaken the case in every way. The family of the murderer has been terrorizing Sanjay's family to drop the case against him. The father of the murderer is the Gram Pradhan and upcoming Panchayat elections seem to be the prime reason behind the murders. Mr. Lalla Singh had supported murderer's father to win the gram pradhan elections.

Police is claiming the Mr Vipin who murdered Sanjay's father is mad but the question is why his father gave his licensed rifle to his son if he was mad?

 

 Therefore it is my kind request to take appropriate action/investigation in the above mention case and we demands

 

  • Sanjay and his family should be given immediate police protection.
  • Detailed inquiry should be made regarding the collusion of police and the murderer and his family.
  • Detailed inquiry of the murder and justice should be given to Sanjay's family.
  • Immediate end of the acts of terrorizing of Sanjay's family.
  • Filing of FIR and immediate arrest and of the people including the family members of the murderer who have been terrorizing the Sanjay's family

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Chief Secretary
Government of Uttar Pradesh
Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Bhavan
Lucknow 226001, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: +91 52 2223 9283
Email: csup@up.nic.in

2. Director General of Police
1-Tilak Marg, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: + 91 522 220 6120 / 220 6174
E-mail: police@up.nic.in

3. Chief Minister
Government of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister's Secretariat
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: + 91 52 2223 0002 / 2223 9234
E-mail: csup@up.nic.in

4. Superintendent of Police

Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh

India

Email spjln@up.nic.in

Contact no. 05162 – 252237

Fax no. 255700

 

5. District Magistrate

Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh

Email: dmjal@up.nic.in

 

 

6. DIG Range Jhansi

Email: digrjsi@up.nic.in

 

7.  Mrs Margaret Sekaggya
Special Representative of the Secretary General for human rights defenders
Att: Ben Majekodunmi
Room 1-040
C/o OHCHR-UNOG, 1211 Geneva 10,
SWITZERLAND
Tel: + 41 22 917 93 88
Fax: + 41 22 917 9006
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org