Thursday, July 22, 2010

Protest Continues in Jhargram

Source: Sambad Pratidin, 22 July 2010

Jhargram has been virtually cut-off from other parts of the district as the PCPA have blocked roads for an indefinite period at different points by digging up ditches and dumping tree trunks. The joint forces have been trying to remove the blockades.

Meanwhile, nearly 4,000 students from a dozen secondary schools at Dohijuri, Radhanagar, Shebayatan and Binpur today took out a rally in Bachhurdoba area of Jhargram town under the banner of Chhatra Samaj.

The Chhatra Samaj demanded that the joint forces be recalled from Junglemahal, that torture of innocent villagers by the joint forces be stopped and that medical tests of six housewives of Sonamukhi, a village in Jhargram, whom the police had allegedly raped on 30 June, be done and the guilty be punished.

The agitating students, however, could not venture further inside the town as the police chased them away. The district leaders of the Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights, in a deputation submitted to the district magistrate on 8 July, also demanded that the alleged incident of rape of Sonamukhi women be probed impartially and that medical tests be done.

Source: The Statesman, 22 July 2010

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