ACTIVISTS LED by Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey and Shailender Singh defied prohibitory orders (Section 144) for the second successive day and marched through the streets of the city.
They raised slogans against the district administration for not lifting the ban on participation of CPI (ML) leader Brij Behari in agitations. The activists challenged the administration to arrest them as they were colleagues of Brij Behari. Though the administration lifted the ban on the party, it retain curbs on Brij Behari and other leaders. A meeting was also held at a dharna site.
Meanwhile, the Jan Soochna Adhikar Andolan Samiti, the Udyog Vyapar Pratinidhi Mandal, Sangtin, the Bar Association, the Jagruk Nagrik Manch, and the Kisan Mazdoor Jagriti Manch held a seminar on ‘Democracy and the role of the public’ at Hotel Sopan on Saturday. Sandeep Pandey exhorted the masses to prevent democracy from being held hostage by politicians and bureaucrats.
Richa Singh spoke about all aspects of democracy after India gained independence in 1947. Mohammed Salim Ahmad of the Naujawan Sabha from Mirzapur spoke about exploitation of people by politicians.
Professor Ramesh Dixit of Lucknow University condemned the public for suffering in silence. He called upon people not to tolerate any further exploitation.
The UPCC’s Right to Information Act convenor Shailender Singh said the Right to Information Act was an effective weapon to check deterioration in democratic values.
Journalist Sushil Siddharth warned of cultural and class struggles if the downtrodden were not given their due. Ashish Misra, Poonam Misra, Richa Singh, Rakesh Singh and Gopal Tandon also spoke on the occasion. Sardar Amarjit Singh proposed a vote of thanks.
Jal Adhikar Yatra
THE JAL Adhikar Yatra has left Sitapur for other districts of the State.
The yatra was taken out from Mehndiganj in Varanasi on September 10 to highlight the threat to water resources from cola companies. A cola factory is situated in Mehndiganj, where the water level has fallen by over 18 feet, according to yatra leader Master Nandlal.
He said the lead, cadmium and chromium levels had increased.
The yatra, which reached Sitapur after covering 21 district headquarters and small towns, was accorded a warm welcome outside JB Mill.
The processionists joined agitating CPI (ML) workers on the Collectorate compound. Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey and others spoke on the occasion.