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Dear all,   The situation in Orissa in the wake of conerted police attacks on peaceful dissenters (both in Kalinganagar and Jagatsingpur districts) in what we call a democracy is extremely grim at the moment.    Please endorse this statement addressed to the Prime Minister of India if you agree, and also send fax/e-mails to the various offices listed below in large number, so as to put pressure on the government that the whole world is watching the mayhem and people are not silent in approval of such daylight murder of democracy.   The appeal is pasted below as well as attched in a doc file. Please send your endorsement by replying to this mail (, circulate widely, and send fax/e-mails to the following.   In solidarity, Subrat     Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Fax: + 91 11 2301 6857 / 2301 9545; e-mail:

Smt Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the UPA, Fax: +91 11 23018651; e-mail: Shri P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Fax: 91 11 23094221; e-mail:

Rahul Gandhi Fax. (011) 23012410; e-mail:

Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court,Fax: +91 11 233 83792, Email:

Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India, Fax: +91 11 2334 0016, Email:


15 May 2010

New Delhi


Dr Manmohan Singh

Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Sub: Appeal to immediately intervene in Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur districts of Orissa where police and paramilitary forces are crushing India’s democratic values in broad daylight


We, a group of concerned citizens of this country, are shocked and anguished at the current situation in Jajpur and Jagatsingpur districts of Orissa where police and paramilitary forces have been sent by the state government to crush people’s democratic dissent in the most undemocratic and unbecoming way.

The Kalinganagar area where a TATA steel plant is proposed by the state government is under siege by the forces since 30 March 2010. Villages have been destroyed, people have been forced to move out and take refuge in the forest, and no one – journalists, medical teams, or activists – is allowed to go in there.

It is extremely shocking to learn that one tribal man, named Lakshman Jamuda (55), was killed and many severely injured in police firing in Kalinganagar on 12 May 2010. To hush up the incriminating act by the state government, the police took away Jamuda’s body to Puri and got it cremated by one of his distant relatives, instead of handing over his body to the immediate family members.

To make matters worse, in blatant disregard of  Constitutional values, the state government has today sent at least 40 platoons of police force to Balitutha in Jagatsinghpur district – the entry place for the proposed POSCO project area – where hundreds of villagers of the PPSS (POSCO Pratirodh Sangharsh Samiti) are sitting in a peaceful demonstration since 26 January 2010 to express their dissent against the proposed plant, which is a fundamental right of the people going to be affected by the plant. Instead of coming to dialogue with the people – as they should in any democracy – the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police are rather leading the forces with a well-planned attack on peaceful demonstrators.

The presence of massive police forces also suggests the state’s desperation to facilitate corporate businesses in exchange of country’s valuable natural resources, peoples’ secured lives and livelihoods. This is absolutely undemocratic and not necessary. We are grieved to note that such moves by the state smack of trading basic democratic values for corporate interests, and are not at all in the national interest in any way.

Thus, we the group of concerned citizens of this country, request you to intervene to uphold people’s faith in democracy and their right to democratic resistance, and withdraw the police forces from these areas immediately. After establishing peace in these areas, you must also ensure that the state come to dialogue with the people of Jagatsingpur and Jajpur who are peacefully resisting to protect their lands, resources and identity – i.e., fundamental rights of citizens in any democracy.

Yours sincerely,

Written by janjagriti

May 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

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