On 21st August tens of thousands of dalit activists and supporters assembled at Ramlila Maidan under the leadership of Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad and other leaders of various dalit organizations who were protesting against the demolition of 500 year old Sant Ravidas Ashram by the DDA authorities based on a Supreme Court order. Sant Ravidas was a very popular leader of the Bhakthi movement who had led a powerful movement against the Brahmanical manuvadi system and for a casteless society and for gender equality. So the RSS led forces in power and the saffronized sections of the state machinery and judiciary had colluded in the demolition of the Ashram in Tuglakkabad. As a result, in spite of protest actions in Punjab and many states and a number of political parties and progressive forces condemning this demolition, practically no action is taken by Modi-2 tp assuage the feelings of the people and to reconstruct the Ashram. It was in this context various organizations called for observing all India protest day on 21st August. It was as a part of such a huge mobilization took place at Ramlila Maidan challenging the manuvadi forces.
After the leaders addressed the peaceful rally, when a march was taken up towards Tuglakkabad, the police started using lathi charge and tear gas to disperse the people by force leading to some reaction from the demonstrators. While the police is responsible for the disturbances, more forces were summoned and Chandrasekhar Azad and 95 other leaders and activists of Bhim Army and other organizations were taken in to custody by the police and sent to 14 day remand.
It is a criminal act by the Modi regime. It attacks all those who oppose it as if they are terrorists! Actually it is the RSS led Modi-2 using state terror to strike down people’s protests who are the real terrorists, not the people. CPI(ML) Red Star severely condemns police attack on the peaceful rally in protest against demolition of Sant Ravidas Ashram and demand immediate release of all comrades including Chandrasekhar Azad and other leaders sent to remand on trumped up charges.
Such police attacks and arrogance of Modi regime cannot suppress the people’s anger against demolition of Ashram by manuvadi forces. We appeal to all oppressed sections, democratic forces to join hands to lead this struggle forward.
K N Ramachandran,
CPI (ML) Red Star