Friday, August 8, 2008

What else is the Naxal movement? asks writer U R Ananthamurthy

BANGALORE: Intellectuals in Karnataka have sought intervention of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for securing the release of farmers who were arrested in Chikkanayakanhalli , Tumkur, for protesting against illegal mining in the area.

At a meeting on Tuesday, U R Ananthamurthy , Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, P Seshadri, Krishnamurti Biligere, S G Siddaramaiah, B S Lingadevaru and Lingadevaru Halemane urged SHRC chairperson S R Nayak to seek immediate release of the farmers.

The team told Nayak that farmers were involved in and had the right to "peaceful , legitimate" protest against mining in Tumkur as it was affecting agriculture. "Miscreants set fire to equipment, but the police, on complaints by mine owners, arrested farmers. Let them arrest those responsible for the arson. The farmers should be set free as they have rights to hold peaceful protest," the team said.


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