Murder of an activist
This report comes from KK ROY
MNREGA Fighter and leader of Voice of People (VOP) Hari Lal of District Kaushambi, U.P. has been killed in broad day light at 12.00 Noon in his village Lahna, Block Manjhanpur district Kaushambi on independence day, 15 August 2010 at the instance of the corrupt Gram Pradhan Tirath Lal by the contract killers. Thousands of members of the VOP and other organisation gathered in the village and made militant protest, burnt the houses of the killer. A heavy contingent of armed police lead by District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, Circle Officers and SHOs of various police stations entered into the village and let loose the reign of terror over the villagers, women and children. Two FIRs has been lodged against the leaders and members of the VOP including the common villagers. The leader of VOP Parvez Rizvi has been named in both the FIRs. One FIR has been lodged u/s 307, 322, 334, 352, 147, 148, 149 IPC and 7 Criminal Amendment Act in which 5 persons have been named and the second FIR has been lodged u/s 353, 336, 506, 427, 352, 436, 392, 147, 148, 149 IPC and 7 Criminal Amendment Act. Both the FIRs have been lodged by police andin both the FIRs VOP leader Parvez Rizvi has been named.
Hari Lal, a dalit was active in organising the labourers andthe marginalised people against the corruption in MNREGA in all 3 blocks namely Manjhanpur, Kaushambi and Sarsawan of district Kaushambi and on several occasions, he alongwith other leaders lead thousands of labourers to the district Head quarters against the loot of contractors, gram pradhan and officers in the implementation of welfare scheme. At one occasion, DM, Kaushambi was compelled to come to the Rally of the labourers and promise to distribute the unpaid wages and on many occasions, BDOs were gheraod for hours and compelled to distribute the wages. Hari Lal was also active with the other leaders of VOP to build a strong trade union of Bidi Workers under the banner of “Kaushambi Bidi Mazdoor Manch” and on 01.07.2010 about 4000 Bidi Workers and their supporters held a massive rally in district head quarter Manjhanpur under the leadership of Parvez Rizvi, Hari Lal and others.
The constant fight of VOP and Hari Lal had infuriated the Mafia elements in which the Kaushambi police played an active role. It is to be noted that the Kaushambi Police was informed in advance that the life of Hari Lal is in danger and the Mafia elements had threatened to kill him but the Kaushambi Police kept misterious silent and after the brutal murter of Hari Lal, in the garb of maintaining law and order, the Kaushambi police is harassing and arresting the VOP leaders and the common villagers. . he had filed a pil in High Court , Allahabad on right to food.
Right to Food Campaign, PUCL, PUHR, HRLN, Sahri Garib Sangharsh Morcha, Stree Adhikar Sangathan, Gharelu Kamgar Union, CITU, AITUC, Students Union and various organisation have stood in favour of the fighting forces against the brutal murder and the continuing violence.