Amnesty exposes human rights violations
Today Bolan Gangopadhyay, a senior lady journalist of Anand Bazar Patrika from Kolkata has been detained at Muniguda police station while on her way to the Niyamgiri area. As international pressure builds up on Vedanta with the Church of England selling off its shares and the Amnesty report coming down strongly on the refinery pollution, human rights abuses and inevitable ecological devastation if mining is allowed in NIyamgiri, the company seems to have mobilised police, administration & the media in the area to find new ways of tackling the people’s movement to save Niyamgiri. Recent media reports in local newspapers said that the police was claiming that Maoists were entering the Lanjigarh area and a full fledged Operation Greenhunt styled combing operation in Niyamgiri would be undertaken very soon.
Many people like Prafulla Samntara, Radhakant Sethi, Bhala Sadangi, & Lingaraj have expressed their deep concern for the safety of the Dongria tribals who would be terribly affected if para-military forces enter Niyamgiri hills. It is a well known fact that there are no Maoists in Niyamgiri hills and there has been no incidence in the area that indicates their presence. It seems that Vedanta is getting terribly nervous with mounting international pressure and the tribal movement picking up rapidly. The Dongria Kondh are organising a righritual-meeting in their sacred grove atop Niyamgiri later this month and it is expected that more than 5,000 tribals will attend the ritual. It seems in order to sabotage the meeting Vedanta has got the police and administration to see ‘Red’. The state has successfully undertaken such operations in Narayanpatna to suppress the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh’s movement.