(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 22, 2010
AIKS, AIAWU Condemn UP Police Firing
EVEN as the nation was
the 64th anniversary of its
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has strongly condemned the police brutality and demanded immediate action against those guilty of perpetrating such crimes on protesting farmers.
According to reports received, the UP Police cordoned off the area and unleashed repression on the farmers in the nearby villages. Unfortunately, the governments at the centre and in the state have not come with any comprehensive plan for rehabilitation and resettlement of the farmers and others who have lost land due to the 165 km long six-lane expressway (extendable to eight lanes), running from Agra to Delhi. A large area of fertile land, spread across more than 1100 villages, is going to be affected. The UPA government also has been sitting over the rehabilitation and resettlement bill which has been a long-standing demand of the Kisan Sabha and the Left parties.
State AIKS president D P
other leaders immediately reached
The AIKS has demanded that the work on the Yamuna Expressway must be stopped forthwith and discussions held with farmers’ representatives. Any construction activity must be allowed only after a mutually agreed settlement.
AIKS units across the state observed protest day on August 16, in solidarity with the victims’ families and the affected farmers.
Through a separate
statement, the All
India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU) also condemned the brutality
which the UP government tried to suppress the legitimate demand for
compensation raised by the peasants of
The AIAWU has dubbed as irresponsible and as a disgrace the way the farmers protesting against the Yamuna Expressway at Tappal village for over 20 days were treated. An outburst of violence occurred as a result of the brutal beating up and arrest of the farmers’ leader, Rambabu Kathelia. This showed the intransigence of the state, leading to the destruction of machinery and the death of three at nearby Jikarpur, including two young students. These were Prashant Sharma (12 years) of Jikarpur and Mohit Kumar, a young dalit student of nearby Kripalpur.
AIAWU has castigated the commitment of the central government and a
state governments to acquire the meagre holdings of peasants who depend
for their livelihood. This way these governments are eager to serve the
interests of the billionaires who have little respect for the law of
These billionaires include the likes of the notorious Reddy brothers in
Karnataka, the POSCO and Vedanta in Orissa and Dow Chemicals in
Though the people have been incredibly patient so far, now their patience is wearing thin. The AIAWU has urged all its units to protest the anti-peasant atrocities and highlight the demand for just compensation, proper resettlement and a patient hearing to the demands of the people being dispossessed. With regard to the events of UP, the organisation committed its full support to the movement of peasants and rural masses against arbitrary takeover of vast amounts of land on the excuse of building expressways but actually handing them over to land mafias who are masquerading as developers.