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SUNIL NEGI

On 2nd October the Uttarakhandies living in Delhi and the volunteers from various socio political organisations across political spectrum today held a day long dharna and protest demonstration at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding the penalisation of the then Deputy Inspector General of police Meerut range and Anant kumar Singh the then district magistrate of Mujaffar Nagar Rampir trijunction for their alleged role in order the firing on several Uttarakhand movement activists in the year 1992 on 2nd October, the birth anniversary of apostle of peace and father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, that lead to 15 deaths and subsequentrapes of some innocent women activists.

These Uttarakhand movement activists in several buses were coming to Delhi from various parts of Garhwal, Uttarakhand to participate in the historic Ramleela Maidaan rally attended by over a lakh people to demand separate Uttarakhand state. When the buses reached Mujaffar Nagar Rampur Tiraha at midnigh the police parties in huge number pounced on the andilankaries without any provocation and started forcibly searching the buses and singling out the activists particularly the women which was opposed by the movement activists.

This resulted in commotion and the unprovoked firing started killing 15 innocent movement activists with several women physically and sexually assaulted in the nearby cane fields. This highly horrifying killings and rapes of yhe women led to the national outrage with demands for action againsts the erring district magistrate and the then DIG as named above who’d ordered for the killings at the Rampur Trijunction creating terror and panic leading to the rapes of innocent women volunteers.

The government of Samajwadi Party under the chief ministership of Mulayam Singh ruled Uttar Pradesh then and it is said that it was on the alleged orders of the then CM that firing was ordered on the innocent aandolankaries. Several petitions and memorandums were submitted in Supreme Court and the then PV Narsimha Rao government for the arrest of the erring officers anf resignation of the then chief minister UP Mulayam Singh Yadav but of no avail. About 23 years have passed by now but not a single erring officer and the policemen were arrested and tried under various sections of the law for the killings and rapes of innocent Uttarakhandi movement activists n women.

It’s really shocking and horrifying. Since then every year on 2nd October Black Day is observed all over the country and in Delhi Uttarakhandies living here mark their tributes to these martyrs who laid down their lives for achieving separate statehood. Today all the speakers in one voice demanded immediate arrest of these guilty officials and adequate financial.compensation to the bereaved families of those killed during the Uttarakhand movement.

In all about 46 movement activists who included youths, students, senior citizens and women laid down their lives in various parts of the state including the fateful Rampur trijunction. The protestors were wearing the black strip as a mark of protest on their arms.

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SUNIL NEGI

The lakhs of people living in or outside Uttarakhand have not forgotton the black day of 2nd October 1994 when hundreds of separate Uttarakhand movement activists, including innocent women, men and children were mercilessly assaulted, thrashed, killed from point blank range by the unprovoked and arbitrary police firing and several women lost their dignity by being obnoxiously raped.

It was indeed a most terror stricken night of 2nd October, Gandhi Jayanti when hundreds of peaceful movement activists heading to Delhi’s Ram Lila Maidan’ s massive Uttarakhand rally were forcibly stopped on the way at Mujaffarnagar Rampur Tiraha and lynched for no fault of theirs. About fifteen movements activists died on spot and several others injured including innocent few sexually assauted women having lost their dignity. Shocking and anguishing to note that the erring officers and policemen responsible for this gruesome and barbaric act under the jurisdiction of the then Mulayam Singh Yadav led Samajwadi Party government are still at large and were even promoted handsomely as if they have done a wonderful job. What looks embarassing is the fact that a protracted period of more than 21 years has elapsed by now , several governments changed and even the state of Uttarakhand has assumed an age of 17 years.

This was the most gruesome imcident during the Uttarakhand phase that led to the movement gaining mamentum nationally, finally achiving the separate statehood on 9th November, 2000. The spate of killings in police firing continued even after this terrorising incident of Ram pur Trijunction in Mujaffar Nagar, UP during the movement phase till the year 2000 and in all 46 movement activists who consisted of women, young and old aged citizens lost their precious lives through pellet injuries,on the spot instataneous deaths or in police custody . While nationally 2nd October is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti in the name of the apostle of peace and non violence in Uttarakhand 2nd October is remembered as the UTTARAKHAND MATYRS DAY when people of Uttarakhand especially the AANDOLANKARIES hold rallies, Dharnas’ and protest meeting at Rampur Tiraha Trijunction and Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to pay their heatfelt tributes to these martyrs of Uttarakhand movement and demand from the Union and Uttar Pradesh governments stringent punishments to the guilty which has not been fulfilled even after protracted 21 years.

What is more shocking, surprising and astonishing is the fact that the successive governments of Uttarakhand whether of Congress or BJP has never ever taken pain or interest in assuaging the feelings, sentiments or emotions of thousands of aandolankaries and filed a writ petition in the honorable Supreme Court of India to demand the penalisation of the guilty officers of the then UP and police administration who are scot free and must have been retired by now after having got number of promotions.  It was only due to the sacrifices of these Uttarakhand Martyrs’ that the long struggle bore fruits and finally Uttarakhand achieved its separate existence.

Uttarakhand witnessed 8 chief ministers and freequent change of governments but notbody had time and interest to respect and assuage the sentiments of thousands of Uttarakhand movement activists. Shame