February 01, 2012

life in general & financial markets: in the name of development

A new instance of grave violation of human rights in the name of development occurred a few days. Below is a report that came in my mailbox that provides the details. The company involved in this particular is Jindal Steel, one of the large-cap listed stocks on Indian stock exchanges, and ironically its promoter or group company is also a large donor to Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption (IAC) campaign. Says a lot about the major financiers behind IAC.

The report that I got in my mailbox:

From: Anivar Aravind
Date: 1 February 2012 20:27
To: connect


We are extremely shocked and distressed over the barbaric inhuman violence on peaceful protesters especially woman by the security guards and hired goons of Jindal steel plant in Angul, Odisha.  There has been series of attacks on unarmed peaceful protesters against forcibly land grab all over Odisha. On 25th January 2012 when the entire Nation was gearing up for the Republic day celebrations and the Indian ruling classes, the big business and the corporate media was busy trumpeting the arrival of India major economical power house these recurring brutal violence by the corporate goons on mass movements in ODISHA exposes the hollowness of our rulers claim of India being the world largest democracy.

On 25th January 2012 around four thousand men and women went to Jindal Steel Plant, Angul to demand a justified compensation for the land forcibly grabbed from them and also to demand jobs which was promise to them both by the Company and Odisha Government. When the procession arrived in the factory security guard of the Jindal Steel Company and hired goons brutally attacked men and women especially women who were in the front against the struggle. The barbaric scene is difficult to explain to in words. In front of a large posse of police the hired goons in the security guards of Company attached them with iron rods and stick. Fatally injuring more than two hundred men and women, many of them are now admitted in SCB Medical College, Cuttack and different hospitals in Angul. Women were beaten ruthlessly with iron rods their cloths were torn, they were bleeding profusely, the bestiality of the goons reached most shocking and appalling limits when some of them inserted iron rods into the private parts of the women. There is nothing much to say after this about the great proclamation of Odisha Chief Minister about the so called great peaceful industrialization of Odisha. When an FIR was lodged the local police station, none of the senior executive of the company including the CEO was arrested except the token arrest of the security officer. This incident is a horrifying indicator of the growing state and corporate attacks on peaceful mass movement of Odisha. In November 2011, the hired goons of POSCO in front of a large contingent of police men attacked the peaceful protesters of the Anti-POSCO struggle in Jagatsinghpru District Odisha, with bombs killing one an injuring many.

We strongly condemn this dastardly attack on peace protesters against Jindal Steel Company in Odisha, we demand immediate arrest of the CEO and other senior executive of Jindal Steel Plant registering criminal case against them for brutally attacking people injuring men and women. We demand the dismissal and trial of all the policemen, who was present during this inhuman shameful incident including SP of the district.

We appeal to all the progressive, democratic, Human Rights and Women’s Organizations to condemn the incidents and demand action against the culprits.

Prafulla Samantara                                NAPM / Lok Shakti Abhiyan
Sudhir Patnaik                                      Editor, Samadrusti
Ajit Jha                         Samajwadi Jan Parishad
Kiran Saheen                            Media Action Group, Delhi
Sehenaz Malek             Arman Mahila Sangathan, Ahmedabad
Mamata Das                             NFFPW / POSCO Pratirodh Solidarity, Delhi
Subrat Kumar Sahu                  POSCO Pratirodh Solidarity, Delhi
Asit Das                                   POSCO Pratirodh Solidarity, Delhi
Bhanumati Gochhait                  POSCO Pratirodh Solidarity, Delhi
Rita Kumari                              Pravasi Nagarik Manch, Delhi
Ranjeet Thakur             Journalist, Uttarakhand
P.K. Sunderam                         Research Scholar, JNU
Anivar Aravind                       Moving Republic, bangalore

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