05 October 2020

The Adivasis who were staging a peaceful sit-in protest demanding rights over forest land and resources were attacked by the police. In a rather outrageous incident of highhandedness of authorities over the vulnerable tribal communities, Bihar police fired at a democratically organised protest sit-in in Adhaura block of Kaimur District. 

Activists of Kaimur Mukti Morcha had staged a sit-in demonstration on September 10 and 11, 2020, to demand legal rights over water, forest and land. But the police administration and forest department did not listen to their demands and the activists locked the gates and forest department in a symbolic manner, to make their voices heard. But instead of engaging in a dialogue with the peaceful protestors, the police opened fire and lathi-charged the protesters! Three people from Sarai Nar, Barkatta and Chafna were injured in the incident, while more than half a dozen people of Kaimur Mukti Morcha were arrested.  The police also broke locks of Kaimur Mukti Morcha office and conducted raids there.

This struggle has been going on for decades when the “Kaimur Mukti Morcha” was launched with the help of Dr. Vinayan who was also the founder member of the All India Union of Forest Working People (formerly known as National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers). The contribution of the movement has been praiseworthy, and has been acknowledged by the state government as well in the past. Though the Kaimur area was notorious for its Maoist presence in the past, it became free of Maoists after the organisation of Kaimur Mukti Morcha by Dr. Vinayan who advocated strictly democratic means such as peaceful dialogue. On the day of the peaceful protest, the members of Kaimur Mukti Morcha were making the following demands:

- the administrative reorganisation of Kaimur Pahar,- declaring Kaimur as a Scheduled area as per the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, - implementing the Chhota Nagpur Kashtkari Act,- abolishing the Kaimur Pahar Forest Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, - Forest Rights Act 2006, along with Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 to be implemented effectively

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.