…. The Bharatiya Janata Party has “unleashed its plans” of creating a foothold in the State through the campaign, Mr. Jogi said. “People are moved from their own villages and forced to live in camps. Their culture is being destroyed ,” he said. The media has no access to these areas and several leaders were unable to meet the people in the hinterland. …

New Delhi, Sept. 4: “Salwa judum has become an uncontrolled private militia, with an absolute license to kill, rape or arson with absolute impunity from the state government and the central government,” said Himanshu Kumar of the Vanvasi Chethna Manch from Dantewara district of Chhattisgarh….

Salwa Judum Causing Anarchy

….दूसरी ओर कैंपन फॉर पीस एंड जस्टिस संस्था ने आज अपने एक प्रस्ताव के माध्यम से कहा है कि केंद्र सरकार एक उच्च स्तरीय जांच दल का गठन कर फर्जी मुठभेड़ में मारे गये लोगों व गायब व दुष्कर्म की शिकार हुई महिलाओं के मामले की जांच कराये। साथ ही केेंंद्र सलवा जुडूम अभियान के लिए राज्य सरकार को मदद देना भी बंद करे। संस्था ने छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार से सलवा जुडूम अभियान बंद करने, एसपीओ की बहाली रद्द करने व छत्तीसगढ़ जन सुरक्षा अधिनियम को अविलंब खत्म करने की भी बात कही है। साथ ही इस संस्था ने केंद्र व राज्य सरकार से कहा है कि हिंसा से इस नक्सल समस्या का समाधान नहीं हो सकता है, इसलिए बातचीत व राजनीतिक वार्ता की प्रक्रिया को आगे बढ़ाया जाए।….

….Key speakers included several tribals, witnesses to acts of unspeakable violence. Their eyes downcast, they described how the Salva Judum members came to their villages, ordering them to leave, before burning their homes, and killing and raping selected victims. Several of the speakers had been beaten for hours. Innocence was no protection. One attempted to lodge FIRs with the police about incidents he had witnessed of killings and torture. He paid a heavy price: nine months in jail, and repeated beatings by Salva Judum activists.