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the real avatar struggle in the heart land of the India
the real avatar struggle in the heart land of the India

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Friday, 16 April 2010
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TEHELKA INITIATIVES:
Critical Futures | Tehelka Foundation
Police did not disclose that six peoplementioned in the FIR as adults were minors,one of them just 13 years old
My son is beingcalled a Naxal. Arethe police so weakthat a young boy hasbecome a threat tothe State?’
MORAPA WANO,
Mother of Narsingh,15 
BRANDED NAXALS AND JAILED
The 13 teenagers charged with ‘waging war against the State’ and attempt to murder 
JANGDIVALSA VILLAGEPUALA BHEEMA,
 13
KADURKA BHEEMA,
 15 
PUALA MALATI,
 15 
KANDAGIRI PENTA,
 15 
MANDINGI SIMA,
 14
HIMRIKA MADANA,
 15 
PUALA TAMANNA,
 15 
PODAPADAR VILLAGESANJIB NACHIKA, 
15 
WADERKA BIJAY,
 14
NARSINGH WADEKA, 
14
BHALIAPUT VILLAGEKUMBRA HAZANKA,
 15 
TAMA NACHIKA ,
 15 
DOMSIL VILLAGESISIR WANGDUKA,
 15 
Lucky survivor
Bala, 11, was away grazing cattle whenpolice struck. His brother Penta, 15, was not so lucky.
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 15, Dated April 17, 2010 
CURRENT AFFAIRS
 
koraput 
Their Crime Was They Were Boys
Close to a village where police shot Adivasis dead last November, 13 minors have been jailed for ‘waging war against theState’.
BRIJESH PANDEY
reports from Koraput district of Orissa. Photographs by 
ANSHIKA VARMA
MY SON Narsingh is only 15. Yet he was mercilessly beaten and arrestedby the police. Police are calling him a Naxal and a threat to the State. Arethe police so weak that a young boy has become a threat to them?” asks adistraught Morapa Wano. Narsingh is one of six minors in Orissa’s Naxalite-infested Koraput district, almost astride the border with Andhra Pradesh,who have been charged under Sections 121 and 121A (waging war against the State) of the Indian Penal Code.A TEHELKA team travelled nearly 100 km by motorcycle from Koraput town to reach Jangdivalsa village, where children asyoung as 13 have been arrested, to find out the truth and make sense of the events. The first 60 km of the journey feels as if one is heading for a vacation —the beautiful hills and scenic surroundings make it a most unlikely war zone. The tryst withnature comes to a rude jolt 5 km ahead of Narayanpatna where a company of CRPF, sitting on both sides of the road, armedwith machine guns and mortars, stares you in your face. Our guide instructs us not to look them in the eye unless we wish toinvite trouble. A further 3 km up the hill and we come across one more company of CRPF, armed with heavy weaponry,inspecting the nooks and corners of the hills and keeping a close vigil on those entering the area.Narayanpatna is where the Indian Reserve Battalion, a paramilitary forcestationed at the local police station, opened fire on 150 Adivasis protestingin front of the station on November 20 last year. Two Adivasis — membersof the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) which has been fighting for theAdivasis’ right over land — died in the firing and 60 villagers were injured.The Adivasis were part of a 150-strong group protesting against excessescommitted by police and paramilitary forces which entered their villagesduring search and combing operations.Police claimed the tribals had laid siege to the police station and fired atthem, prompting retaliatory fire. Eight days later, it punished the villagers of Jangdivalsa for being supporters of the CMAS. Police descended on thevillage around 7 am on November 28, 2009, surrounding it from all sides.The men were beaten brutally. Even women and children were not spared.The mayhem continued till noon.TEHELKA, which visited Narayanpatna last November to unearth the truth,was back in Orissa a few days ago to investigate how much theJangdivalsa juvenile arrests owe to the November firings. Villagers theretold our team that police refused to believe that they had nothing to do withthe Narayanpatna protest. “They just dragged us out of our house and wewere beaten mercilessly. We thought they would spare our children butthey showed no mercy,” said Vishwanath, among a handful who werefortunate enough to not be in the village at the time of the policecrackdown.Bala, 11, was another of the fortunate few, away grazing cattle at the timeof the attack. When he returned, he saw his father writhing in pain in their hut. Speaking in the local Kondhi dialect, translated into broken Hindi to usby a villager, Bala says: “My father was very worried about my elder brother Penta [15]. He feared that those whom police had taken awaywould be killed and branded as Naxals. He heaved a sigh of relief when hecame to know that they were not killed but taken to jail.”Police claimed they hadarrested 15 people,including local civil rightsactivists Tapan Mishraand Padmanava Sahu,from the area. All 15were charged withwaging war against thenation and possession of explosives. What was not disclosed was that six people mentioned in the FIRas adults were minors, including a child as young as 13.At Podapadar village nearby, the situation was not much different. Here too, juveniles were taken into custody, shown as adults and charged with seriousoffences. Jurko Wadeka, a villager, says: “My husband and two sons werebeaten up and then forcibly taken to jail. When we protested, the police alsoroughed us up. I just hope that this ordeal ends quickly for us.”
 
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