(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 02, 2011
Police Repression on
ANGANWADI employees under the banner of Anganwadi Mulajam Union, Punjab, have been conducting a relay hunger strike in front of the Director of Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab since August 23, 2011 to press their demands of immediate payment of arrears, increase in the remuneration paid by the state government, pension and other social security benefits, recruitment to the posts of supervisors, provision of LPG and stoves in all the anganwadi centres, fixation of TA/ DA etc. Every day around 60 anganwadi employees, from one designated sector from different projects in a district, were sitting on hunger strike continuously since the last more than one month. The state government made some assurances but did not release the relevant government orders on the pretext of the impending elections to the SGPC. However, when the elections were over and the results too were declared, and the government did not issue the concerned order, the union decided to organise a rally to the state assembly.
Instead of talking to the union, the government let loose the police on the peacefully demonstrating anganwadi employees. The police manhandled and lathicharged the anganwadi employees and the union leaders and took them to the police station in sector 34. In the police station Sohan Singh, sub inspector and Kulwaranjeet Singh, ASI not only used filthy and abusive language but also went to the extent of slapping an anganwadi worker Seema Rani and tried to lock her up in a separate room to terrorise her. Similarly the president and vice president of the union Usha Rani and Krishna Devi were also dragged to separate rooms by both the police. They were also beaten and abused. The police officers also tried to put some male accused in the same room where anganwadi workers were locked up.
the way in which the leaders of the union faced police torture and
all their attempts to terrorise the leaders and activists of the union
that police repression could never succeed in crushing the voice of the
who are struggling for their genuine demands and determined to achieve
When all the arrested 19 leaders of Anganwadi Mulajam Union were
bail, a rally was again held near local bus stand which was addressed
Raghunath Singh, general secretary, Chander Sekhar, vice president of
state committee of CITU, Usha Rani and Harjeet Kaur, president and
secretary of Anganwadi Mulajam Union,