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implicated in the AC/DC Bill scandal.The BIADA land allotment scam iscomparable to the Adarsh scam, withBIADA land being handed over asgifts without even the pretenceof tenders, to the kith and kin of
BJP-JD(U) leaders. The ring and
police brutality on people pro-testing land grab at Forbesganjwhich claimed four lives of poor Muslims, showed that the NitishGovernment’s corruption is com-pounded by communalism andrepression. Bandh supportersdemanded reversal of the poli-cies of privatization and corporateplunder that are the root of theworst corruption.Thousands of students andyouth, responding to AISA-RYA’scall, held processions in the statecapital, Patna, and blockaded raillines and highways for hours.Students boycotted classes and
closed down ofces in universi
-ties (including Patna University,Lalitnarayan Mishra University(Darbhanga), Tilka Majhi Univer-sity (Bhagalpur) and Vir Kunwar Singh University (Ara)); collegesand schools were shut down;and even markets and shopsdowned shutters in support of the Bandh.Students at Ara and Darbhangaheld dharnas on the rail tracks for hours. National highways wereblockaded at Arwal; Brahmapur;Ara and Sasaram. Around 300 inthe road blockade at Dak BanglaChowraha in Patna; more than200 on dharna at JP Chowk,Siwan; and more than 100 block-ading a road and holding a publicmeeting at Jehanabad were ar-rested. Huge processions wereheld by bandh supporters atPatna, Ara, Siwan, Purnea, Je-hanabad, Arwal, Bhagalpur, Auranga-bad, Bihar Sharif, and Betia.The bandh supporters in Patnabegan observing the bandh at PatnaUniversity campus, where a proces-sion was held in the leadership of AISA State Secretary Abhyuday, RYANational General Secretary KamleshSharma, State Secretary NaveenKumar, Patna Secretary KamleshKumar as well as many other studentactivists. The procession marchedthrough Ashok Rajpath, GandhiMaidan, Fraser Road and reachedDak Bangla Chouraha, making thebandh successful en route.Other processions of bandh sup-porters (led by RYA’s Patna con-venor Durgesh and Dr. Prakash fromKankadbag; AIPWA State SecretarySarpj Chaubey, Secretary ShashiYadav, Joint Secretary Anita Sinhaand Madhu from Kargil Chowk; andAshok Kumar, convenor of the ShehriGareeb Morcha [Urban Poor Front]from Lohanipur) converged at DakBangla Chouraha. The crossing wasblockaded for several hours, until the
police managed with great difculty
to arrest the scores of bandh sup-porters.Processions were also held andmarkets closed at Anisabad, JagdevPath, and Patna City. The Bihar StateNon-Gazetted Employees Confedera-tion (Gope faction) also came in sup-port of the Bandh and, in the leader-ship of State President RamnarayanRai and State Secretary Ram-bali Prasad, demonstratedfrom IT crossing to Dakbanglacrossing demanding release of the arrested leaders.Leaders arrested during theBihar Bandh included AISAState Secretary Abhyuday,RYA National GS KamleshSharma, RYA State SecretaryNaveen Kumar, RYA StatePresident Amarjit Kushwaha,as well as AISA activists Kumar Parvez, Markandey Pathak,Rahul Vokas, Manish, DurgeshKumar, and Santosh Keshri aswell as AIPWA State PresidentSaroj Chaubey, State SecretaryShashi Yadav, and Joint Secre-tary Anita Sinha.
protests wereheld at Delang and Gunupur of Rayagda and Puri districts.AISA convener Comrade Litulalled a mass protest at Delang inwhich about hundred studentsfrom all rural colleges and highschools participated to end cor-ruption, corporate loot, defenddemocracy and oppose landgrab in Orissa. Similarly, inRayagada all the members of AISA held a big rally at Gunupur raising slogan to pass the JanLokpal Bill.Tamil Nadu: As part of allIndia Strike call by AISA, in Cud-dalore district, Tamilnadu, AISAheld a demo at Vriddhachalamaddressed by AISA leader Ayy-adurai, RYA leader Dhanavel,CPI(ML) leader Amaiyyappan.
All IndiaKisan Mahasabha (AIKM) helda massive demonstration withthe call for the ouster of corrupt Con-gress/UPA and for an effective lokpalbill at Lakuan in Nainital district on27 August. The protest demonstra-tion in the form of a rally started fromCar Road, Bindukhatta, and marchedthrough Lalkuan bazaar. The rally wasled by comrades Raja Bahuguna,Bahadur Singh Jangi, Vimla Rauthan(AIPWA’s district convener), ManSingh Pal, Bhuwan Joshi, Anand Si- jwali and AISA leader Lalit Matiyali.The rally was addressed byCPI(ML)’s State incharge ComradeRaja Bahuguna who said that the
movement and ght against corrup
CPI(ML) Appeals to Presi- dent to Commute the DeathSentence of Perarivalan,Murugan, Santhan
New Delhi, August 30, 2011:The CPI(ML) Liberation has written to thePresident of India asking for commutation of the death sentence of the three convicts inthe Rajiv Gandhi assassination case whosedeath sentences are to be carried out onSeptember 9.The party held that the execution would be a travesty of justice for many reasons.
In the rst place, the convictions rest oninsufcient evidence. In the case of Perar
- ivalan, confession was obtained throughtorture and recorded under TADA, and thisis the sole basis for his conviction. The only ‘evidence’ against him is that he purchased two 9 volt batteries.Further, the 3 convicts have already served more than 20 years in jail. Their mer- cy petition was pending for 11 years beforebeing rejected. The honourable SupremeCourt has ruled that in cases of unduedelay in execution of death sentence, thesentence could be commuted to life impris- onment. There is judicial precedent for suchdecisions: In the Khemchand vs State case,the Delhi High Court commuted the deathsentence of Khemchand from death to lifesentence, on the ground that the President
had taken more than ve years in deciding
his mercy plea. The CPI(ML) argued that thesame principle should apply to Perarivalan,Murugan, and Santhan.The CPI(ML) also asked that the Chief Min- ister of Tamilnadu recommend commutationof the death sentence.Central Committee, CPI(ML) Liberation