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The order of the honourable justice of National Green Tribunal regarding shifting of the prime venue of processions, demonstrations, hunger strike and dharnas by various political parties and social organisations at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi against the complaint of the local VIP residents of heart of the city for excessive sound and other forms of pollution is undoubtedly a welcome decision for some but for those who are protesting here for years in the form of of protracted sit ins and several others like the Hindi Bhaashi Andolankaries who’d almost made Jantar Mantar their home is a news no less than a worst tragedy.

The news analysts believe that the decision would be welcomed by the environmentalists as well as the nearby residents who were literally fed up by the incessant acrimonious protest demonstrations, incessant sound pollution and other form of activities of the socio political workers, trade union activists and parties raising their voice against the ruling establishments at the centre as well as states for the last 25 years. Prior to this venue, the Boat Club used to be the main centre of political activities and protest demonstrations where historic rallies of lakhs of people used to take place and was the venue of great political significance that hosted the biggest ever rallies like that of the leader of the total revolution Jaya Prakash Narayan and several other political stalwarts of their time like Babu Jagjiwan Ram, Chandra Shekhar, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, Chowdhary Charan Singh, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, EMS Namboodiripaad, C. Rajeshwar Rao, Kisan leader Mahendra Singh Tikath and several rallies of the left parties as well. It was only after the massive rally of prominent peasent leader, 25 years ago from now that this prime venue of boat club was shifted to Jantar Mantar, a squeezed venue that is just a tenth part of what boat club was.

During Tikath’s movement the entire boat club and its facinating highly sanitised lawns up to India gate were badly defecated by the peasents who had gathered from all over the country in support of their several demands. The government therefore had to be constrained to shift the venue to Jantar Mantar that hardly accomodates at the most only few thousand protestors . While boat club had been the witness to massive public meetings like that of the leader of total revolution late Jai Prakash Narayan during the eighties resulting in the downfall of the then Congress government led by late prime minister Indira Gandhi, the current venue of Jantar Mantar has been the main centre of historic Uttarakhand rallies n dharna that lasted for more than 6 years, it had also been famous for the most talked about and popular movement of legendary crusader against corruption and responsible for making the then ruling party Congress loose at the hands of BJP led NDA on account of Anna’s nationwide awakening against the corruption of the former. Jantar Mantar is also popular and famous for AAM AADMI PARTY’S FORMATION as BOAT CLUB WAS remembered for the birth of then Janata Party, a conglomeration of 22 anti Congress political parties.

This is the same Jantar Mantar which witnessed the two most powerful movements of NIRBHAYA OF DELHI, VASANT VIHAR AND NIRBHAYA OF NAJAFGARH the killers of whom were finally sentence to death. Now that the National Green Tribunal has directed the NDMC authorities to ensure the immediate shifting of the protest venue of Jantar Mantar to far away Ram leela grounds which has till now been the main all India centre for democratic protest movements for the last two and a half decades, the Delhi’ s ruling AAM AADMI PARTY and its chief Arvind Kejrival has questioned the logic behind the move terming it as an atempt to stifle the voice of democratic dissent and constitutional right to protest.









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.