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Senthuran Rajeswaran commits suicide demanding release of political prisoners
Tamil student in Jaffna commits suicide demanding release of political prisoners
[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 November 2015, 08:39 GMT]
Leaving behind a letter demanding the Maithiripala regime in Colombo to immediately release Tamil political prisoners, 18-year-old Advanced Level Arts section student of Kokkuvil Hindu College, Senthuran Rajeswaran from Koappaay North, sacrificed his life Thursday morning by jumping in front of a speeding ‘Sri Lankan’ train at Kokkuvil junction. “In Tamil Elam, always loving Tamils,” he ended his letter just a day ahead of Eezham Tamils world over observing the Tamil Eelam Heroes Day.
Senthuran Rajeswaran (18.09.1997 – 26.11.2015)
“Even a student like me is able to understand the significance of releasing all political prisoners immediately. There should be no political prisoner in the prisons.”
“I am disappointed to see the inability of the ‘Good Governance’ government to understand this,” Senthuran has written in his final letter.
“The government must deliver [release of] all tamil political prisoners, immediately,” he wrote in English.
Senthuran hails from an average agricultural family. He was a silent and focused student. He has a brother and three sisters, his fellow students said.
His body was found torn into pieces in school uniform and tension prevailed at Kokkuvil following the tragic incident.
Students at the University of Jaffna launched a protest against the Sri Lankan State soon after the news of the incident Thursday morning.
The letter left behind by Senthuran Rajeswaran
Senthuran’s death reflection of disillusioned North
Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan addressing Parliament yesterday condoled with the family of Rajeswaran Senthuran (18) who committed suicide emphasizing the release of Tamil political prisoners by jumping in front of a moving train at the Kondavil Railway Station in Jaffna on Thursday (26).
Sampanthan while condoling with the family of Senthuran, had stated that the incident had demonstrated the frustration of the people in the North and the East, especially the mindset of the youngsters who were disillusioned over the unresolved issues such as the disappearances and the prolonged detention of Tamil political prisoners.
A month ago the children of the Tamil political prisoners staged a demonstration in Jaffna and handed over a memorandum, urging the release of all Tamil political prisoners, to the Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, to be sent to President Maithripala Sirisena.
A letter written to President Maithripala Sirisena urging the release of all Tamil political prisoners was also found in the possession of Kokuvil Hindu College student R. Senthuran who committed suicide on Thursday in Kondavil.
In the letter written in his own handwriting in Tamil, Senthuran had penned certain sentences in English as well highlighting his disappointment over the prolonged detention of the Tamil political prisoners.
Letter to President
Senthuran in his letter to the President had stated that if it was good governance it should release all Tamil political prisoners. “The good governance has not understood the pain of mind I suffer over the prolonged detention of Tamil political prisoners. So give them their freedom. My love for Tamil people is greater than my life”, Senthuran wrote in his letter.
Senthuran was an Advanced Level student at the Kokuvil Hindu College where the legendry educationist late Handy Perinbanayagam had been the Principal from 1950 to 1960.
Handy Perinbanayagam was one of the founders of the Jaffna Youth Congress (JYC) which had voiced for the rights of the Tamils during the British period while expressing its solidarity with the progressive forces which spearheaded the freedom struggle against the British in the South.
The prominent political figures from the South such as late Prime Minister Sir John Kotelawala and late President J.R. Jayewardene had even visited Kokuvil Hindu College during the early days of their politics.
The iconic late journalist S. Sivanayagam who served in the Ceylon Daily News and at the Daily Mirror in the fifties and sixties was also a product of Kokuvil Hindu College. It was late Sivanayagam who had even been the founder editor of the now defunct Saturday Review of Jaffna in the early eighties.
The eighteen-year-old Advanced Level student Senthuran from Kokuvil Hindu College was also studying media as one of his favourite subjects.
According to his classmates and family members Senthuran was a quiet and persevering student .They also went on to say that even in his class room or with his friends he hardly spoke politics.
On the day (26 November) Senthuran committed suicide, the Jaffna University students made extensive arrangements to observe the ‘Martyrs Day’ amidst stringent security measures in Jaffna.
Forty years ago, in 1974, twenty four-year-old Ponnuthurai Sivakumar a Tamil political activist from Urumpirai, Jaffna became the first to commit suicide by swallowing cyanide.
Sivakumar was an ardent supporter of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), was a member in the youth wing of the party and was in the forefront of the party’s political activities.
Sivakumar swallowed cyanide when he was surrounded by the police in connection with an attempt to launch a bomb attack.
It was also at the Kondavil Railway Station where Senthuran committed suicide, a number of Yaldevi bogies were set on fire by Tamil militants in the early eighties.
Apart from Tamil militants, mainly from the LTTE, committing suicide by swallowing cyanide capsules and blowing themselves up as suicide cadres, several sympathizers of Sri Lankan Tamils in the State of Tamil Nadu had also committed suicide by self-immolation and even by jumping before moving trains during the final phase of the civil war in 2009.
Hopes on good governance
Student Senthuran on Thursday (26) committed suicide by calling for the release of Tamil political prisoners. Nearly 270 Tamil political prisoners who have been detained in the prisons for more than fifteen to twenty years frequently stage fasts unto death demanding their release. Some of them were even hospitalized when their health condition deteriorated. But none of them died like LTTE’s Partheepan alias Thileepan who had fasted unto death opposing the Indo–Lanka Accord of 1987.
However, the failures in the recent moves in releasing all Tamil political prisoners and the disappointment over the pledges made by the political leadership had led to the death of Senthuran who had clearly mentioned in his letter to President Sirisena that the good governance has not understood the pain of mind he experienced over the prolonged detention of Tamil political prisoners.
So the untimely death of Kokuvil Hindu College student Senthuran has highlighted the anxiety and the expectations in the post-war Northern region where countless demonstrations have been staged over several humanitarian issues including the release of Tamil political prisoners.
As the people in the North and the East had played a significant role in creating a new regime in the country pinning their hopes on good governance, the death of Senthuran outlines the need of the political leadership of the country responding humanely to the people traumatized by prolonged war.
Defend the rights of Dr. GN Saibaba, demand his immediate release – International League of Peoples’ Struggle
By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, resolutely and vigorously support the campaign for the defense and release of Dr. G N Saibaba from prison. We condemn the grave violation of his civil and political rights, especially his right to free speech and his rights against unjust imprisonment, physical and mental torture and cruel and inhumane treatment. We base ourselves on the reports from Indian human rights organizations and we hereunder restate the facts of his case for the purpose of wider dissemination.
Dr. G N Saibaba was at first abducted on 9th May 2014 from the Delhi University North Campus by the Maharashtra police. Because of his strong principled and vocal opposition to Operation Green Hunt, as a military campaign to oppress and exploit the Adivasis (indigenous people) and to grab their natural resources, he was framed as a Maoist and charged under the vicious UAPA legislation. He was imprisoned in the Nagpur Central Jail for over a year.
Dr. Saibaba was then already 90% disabled and wheel chair bound, unable to walk. He was put in solitary confinement in the notorious anda cell and consequently became afflicted with problems in his spinal cord. These were followed by complications in heart, kidney and gall bladder. His left arm became completely paralyzed owing to gradual muscle atrophy.
The prison authorities acting under the Central Government command were hell bent on killing Saibaba in prison. But a concerted campaign of democratic and human rights activists and associations in India and abroad brought public opinion to bear on the Indian authorities and pressed them to release Dr. Saibaba on bail for medical treatment. The Indian High Court granted Dr. Saibaba three months bail for this purpose on 30 June 2015.
Dr. Saibaba received treatment at various hospitals in Delhi. His application for a permanent bail was rejected by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. But upon the recommendation of the doctors treating him, he was able to get his bail period extended by a further three months. Then, on 23 December 2015 a single judge from the same Court ordered Dr. Saibaba to surrender himself to the Nagpur prison within 48 hours. This order ignores Dr. Saibaba’s serious ill health and the previous Court Order that allowed him at least until 31st December 2015 to receive medical treatment.
We fully agree with all the defenders of Dr. Saibaba that the order to put him back in Nagpur jail is a barbaric act by the Indian state, completely unmindful of his grave disability and ill health. As if on a rampage, the same High Court judgement has also ordered proceedings for criminal contempt against highly respected writer and social activist Arundhati Roy for her article, titled ‘Professor, POW’, against GN Saibaba’s unjust imprisonment and violation of his right to free speech. It is criminally absurd that a court engages in a chain of acts against the fundamental freedom of speech that is supposed to be guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.
Having known Dr. Saibaba as a colleague in the ILPS since its founding in 2001, we are proud of his record of standing up and speaking against the neoliberal policy of imperialist globalization and the consequent recurrence of crisis and the escalation of imperialist plunder and war. We are proud of his principled and courageous stand against the Indian government’s pseudo-development programs that are designed to let multinational corporations grab vast areas of land and loot the mineral wealth of the India. Dr. Saibaba has exposed the fact this pseudo-development benefits the exploiting classes at the expense of the Adivasis who lose their homes, land, water and forests.
The Adivasis are driven by the imperialists and the Indian reactionaries to engage in a life and death struggle against the State in order to uphold and defend their ancestral rights and preserve their environment. They are fighting heroically against such military operations as Operation Green Hunt which are unleashed by the reactionary armed forces. Dr. Saibaba has stood for justice in opposing the crimes being committed against the Adivasis. We are outraged that he is made to suffer for speaking out his mind for the cause of justice. We are also indignant that the state is persecuting Arundhati Roy just because she has criticized the Court’s decision to deny Dr. Saibaba permanent bail.
We call on all member-organizations of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle to issue statements and undertake protest actions before Indian embassies and consulates to condemn the unjust acts of the Indian authorities and to demand the permanent bail and immediate release of Dr. G N Saibaba and thus allow him to get the proper medical care and treatment. We must also demand the withdrawal of the false and outrageous charge of contempt against Arundhati Roy for defending Dr. Saibaba’s right to free speech.
ඉන්දියාව : නව දිල්ලි විශ්ව විද්යාලයේ කලා පීඨයේ මහාචාර්ය ජී එන් සායිබබා නිදහස් කරනු!!!
towards a new development of the international initiziative against GreenHunt Operation third phase and support to people’s war in India – the call of PCI (Maoist)
,,,,,Our Party appeals to all Maoist parties the world over, revolutionary organizations, international human rights organizations, trade unions, renowned democratic-progressive intellectuals, all the progressive, democratic intellectuals of the country, human rights organizations, activists, various adivasi and non- adivasi social organizations, workers-peasants, students, youth, artists, writers, scientists, environmentalists, teachers, employees, patriotic citizens to raise their voice against the decision of aerial attacks on Dandakaranya, i.e. Rajnandgaon, Bastar and Gadchirolli’s adivasi majority areas and to take to streets in protest.
Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee,
India MOdi’s regime murder! a comrade killed in a police station
Suspected Maoist commits suicide at Ghatshila police station
Jamshedpur : A 19-year-old youth who was a suspected member of CPI Maoist committed suicide at the Ghatshila police station lock-up in the wee hours today. The deceased was identified as Ramesh Mahali alias Bhuchan, a resident of Shyamsundarpur in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum. According to information, Bhuchan was one of the three accused who had killed Venket Reddy (40), site in-charge of a construction company, at Shyamsundarpur jungle after kidnapping him from Kharkasoli, a canal construction site along Subernarekha river in Shyamsundarpur on December 8. In this connection, the police had already arrested Jairam Munda, an close associate of dreaded rebel Fogra Munda and sent him jail earlier.
The more accused Fogra and Bhuchan were still absconding. Bhuchan was arrested in Shyamsundarpur yesterday and had been shifted to Ghatshila police station for being forwarded to the Ghatshila Sub-jail after his production in a judicial magistrate court in Ghatshila today, but he committed suicide in the lock-up today. The police discovered about the incident and later shifted the body to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem,” noted an official.
India – SATP on CPI (Maoist) strategic shift towards base building and urban work in Maharashtra
…There has been a clear downward trend in other patterns of violent activities as well. The Maoists orchestrated one blast in Gadchiroli District in 2015, as against three such incidents in 2014, and seven in 2013. They were involved in four arson incidents in 2015, as against one in 2014. In one such incident on January 22, 2015, the Maoists set on fire around 14 vehicles of an Andhra Pradesh-based private company engaged in road construction in the Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli District. The Maoists roughed up a few labourers and their supervisor when the work on the Gharanji-Pustola stretch was underway for the connecting road between Edampayali and Korkoti.
Amidst the slump in their activities in Maharashtra and elsewhere, the Maoists are shifting focus towards recruiting active supporters and are planning the formation of a Revolutionary People’s Council, to function parallel to local civic bodies like panchayat samities (village committees) and zilla parishads (district councils). This was revealed during the interrogation of a senior Maoist cadre arrested by the Gadchiroli Police.
Meanwhile, in a press statement, the CPI-Maoist acknowledged the death of ‘central committee’ member, identified as Sridhar Srinivasan aka Vijay aka Vishnu, of heart attack on August 18, 2015. The Maoists also acknowledged that Srinivasan was active in the Mumbai, Pune and Vidarbha regions before his death. These revelations strengthen the apprehension expressed by Chief Minister Fadnavis that the rebels are trying extend their influence into these urban spaces…
Official RIM Documents – after collapseof the RIM – The 3-Party Initiative on May Day 2012:
- “Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!” , December 26, 1993. This important and often cited document announces the change in terminology from “Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought” to “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism”, and the reasons for this change.
- “Declaration of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement”, adopted by the delegates and observers at the Second International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organisations which formed the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement, March 1984.The 3-Party Initiative on May Day 2012:
- “1st Resolution passed by the Special Meeting of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement — May First 2012”, by the Communist Party of India (ML) [Naxalbari], the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan, and the Maoist Communist Party—Italy, 6 pages. PDF format [122 KB] MS Word format [51 KB]
- “2nd Resolution passed by the Special Meeting of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement for an International Conference of the MLM Parties and Organization of the world — May First 2012”, by the Communist Party of India (ML) [Naxalbari], the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan, and the Maoist Communist Party—Italy, 4 pages. PDF format [149 KB] MS Word format [49 KB]Maoist Road Magazine:
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