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Supreme Court orders investigation of hunger in Dantewada villages

There is some good news from the SC regarding the three Dantewada villages which are suffering from hunger and food scarcity due to police attacking them earlier this month.

Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate and counsel for the PUCL in the Right to Food Case in the Supreme Court Case. ( 196/2001) just called up and informed me that the Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma today ( 29th March 2011) directed the Commissioners of the court Dr. N C Saxena and Sh. Harsh Mander and the District Collector of Dantewada to visit the villages of Tadmetla, Morapalli and Timapuram, where Food Scarcity and Hunger Deaths were reported and to give a Report to the bench of the Supreme Court.

It maybe recalled that these three villages were attacked and burnt down by COBRA and Koya Commanders and SPOs of the Chhattisgarh Police on 11th and 16th March, 2011. The forces burnt down the houses, granaries, raped women and also killed atleast three persons ( and two missing). People and Relief materials including food was being prevented by the Salwjudum personnel and the SPOs from reaching these villages. The Collector’s convoy of trucks was obstructed and he was prevented from reaching, although the SDO took the Trucks carrying relief to one of the villages, despite threats. On the 26th of March, 2011 Swami Agnivesh who was carrying relief materials was also prevented from reaching the area, instead he was attacked along with the journalists who tried to accompany him.

The Court also gave a detailed order to the Union of India on the poverty line issue which was what today’s hearing was about. However, after the court had heard this matter Colin Gonsalves filed the PUCLapplication in this matter and also gave the SC commissioners letter to the court with regard to the issue of scarcity of food and reported hunger deaths in the three villages.

You could also go to the SC website and download the order from the daily orders section by typing the case number 196/2011 and it is a civil writ petition.

More later

Kavita Srivastava
(General Secretary) PUCL Rajasthan

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