Press release by jharkhand human rights movement
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Press Release by Jharkhand Human Rights MovementNovember 20, 2011A rights activist Sr. Valsa John, who had been leading an anti-displacement movementagainst the PANEM Coal Mines Ltd, was brutally murdered in the night on November15, 2011 at Pachubera village under Amarapara block of Pakur district of Jharkhand. 52year-old Sr. Valsa John had been living in Jharkhand for last 12 years and fightingagainst the PANEM Coal Mines Ltd therefore she was under threat from the miningmafias.The Jharkhand Human Rights Movement (JHRM) condemns the brutal killing of Sr.Valsa John. We believe that the killing of Sr. Valsa is a result of nexus among thecorporate sharks, mining mafias and the police. It is also a conspiracy to suppress andterrorize the human rights activists, anti-displacement activists and social activists, whohave been mobilizing the people to fight against the alienation from their livelihoodresources.Since the creation of the state of Jharkhand, several Human Right Activists, RTI Activistsand Social Activists like Lalit Mehta, Niyamat Ansari, A.T. Thomas, Kameshwar Yadav,Somay Gagrai and many others were killed and false cases were also filed against 3500such activists in the state. Instead of protecting the rights of such activists, thegovernment has been victimizing them in the regular basis.Needless to say that Sr. Valsa John came to limelight after she opposed the Punjab basedmining giant, PANEM Coal Mines Ltd, who had started grabbing the lands of Adivasisby terrorizing the villagers. She mobilized the villagers of Pachubera, Alubera and otheradjoining villages and started protest. As a result, she was dragged in number ofcontroversies and was living under constant life threat. Since then, the villagers, mostlywomen, had been provided security with their traditional arms like axe, bow and arrow.Sr. Valsa was hiding in the forest for some times as the police was running behind her.However, on the basis of the Jharkhand High Court’s order, Mr. Stephan Marandi thenthe Dy. Chief Minister and journalist Mr. Saji Joseph convinced her to sign theagreement. This was the major mistake she did. As a result, the movement divided intotwo parts. Some people got rehabilitation package and others didn’t. Therefore, onegroup went against her.However, her protest continued. Her organization was demanding proper compensationslike alternative agricultural lands, employment to local youths and proper drinking waterfacility, etc. As a result, the company was upset and annoyed with her. According to theeye witnesses, the killers were associated with the PANEM Coal Mines Ltd. This is notonly killing in Panchuwada, but several villagers like Vijay Hembrom, Joseph Soren,Raghuvir Ray were also killed by the dumper of PANEM Company but their death wascoined as result of merely accidents.
Sr. Valsa John was member of the Rajmahal Pahar Bachao Andolan (RPBA). She wasalso running a school for Adivasi children in Amrapara. She was also an herbal medicinepractitioner and living in Panchubera (Pachuwara) village under Amarapara block ofPakur district. Since, Sr. Valsa John was leading the movement against PENAM CoalLimited therefore we demand for following actions:1. The CBI probe should be done on the brutal killing of Sr. Walsa John.2. The legal action should be taken immediately against the culprits.3. The top cops should also be booked under the criminal offence for their negligence inproviding protection to Sr. Valsa John despite her repeated demand.In SolidaritySunil Minj (Chairperson)Gladson Dungdung (General Secretary)http://www.countercurrents.org/cc301111.htm