• Petitioned Arjun Munda

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Minister
Arjun Munda
Jharkhand
Chief Justice Prakash Tatia
Chairman NHRC
NHRC

Release Jeetan Marandi, cultural activist Jharkhand,Unconditionally

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

 Jeetan  Marandi is a cultural activist from Jharkhand and also one of the secretaries of Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners. He was arrested in 2008 and accused by the police of being involved in the murder of 20 villagers, including the son of former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi, in Chilkari in 2007. He was sentenced to death in June 2011 by a lower court in Jharkhand. He has been an active participant in the movements against forcible land acquisitions in Jharkhand - and was actually arrested while he was on the way back from one such rally organized by the Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikash Andolan, almost an year after the killings. The police chargesheeted him under various clauses of the penal code, and it has also been alleged that false witnesses were brought forth during the trial, leading to the death-sentence. This case falls into the larger pattern of victimization of the cultural political activists as well as those adivasi voices who are resisting the various injustices being inflicted by the state.

In his writings and songs one finds the pain of starvation, loot and displacement going on in Jharkhand today, and one finds an attack on the system that is responsible for it. His songs are the voice of popular resistance. This is the source of his popularity and the cause of the government’s anger. He has been arrested while leading workers’ movements, sent to jail for participating in anti-government protests, and accused of inflammatory speech. Despite this he has continued awakening the masses. Whether it the issue was displacement or corporate loot Jeetan  Marandi was there with his troupe. He was there in the fight to release political prisoners. Perhaps it became difficult for the government to tolerate this man who was becoming the emblem of popular resistance in Jharkhand. It became necessary to silence this voice of opposition. It became even more urgent to suppress him because his voice was becoming a weapon in the resistance against the loot of jal-jungle-zamin and mineral resources by national and multinational corporations. Every act of repression was making it even more potent. This is the truth behind the conspiracy against Jiten Marandi, this is the reality of Jharkhand today.

 

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    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Jeetan Marandi still behind bars

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      The State evoked the draconian Jharkhand Crime Control Act (2002) on Jiten Marandi. and we are re opening teh petition for hsi imemdiate an duncodnitional releaese

    3. Jiten Marandi and there associates ACQUITTED ALL OF CHARGES

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      They have been released by the jharkhand hig court today . Thank you for all your support

    4. CAMPAIGN AGAINST HANGING OF JITEN TO INTENSIFY IN AP

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Varavara Rao, an activist of the Revolutionary Writers Association told a Press conference in Hyderabad that Jiten Marandi was implicated in the case by Jharkhand police because of political reasons as he had organised a demonstration in front of the residence of Chief Minister Babaulal Marandi against the displacement of tribals for the mining projects.

    5. Rally against death sentence to Jeetan Marandi

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      The state committee against death penalty for Jeetan Marandi and his team of three artistes will organise a procession from the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram at Baghlingampally to Indira Park on December 1.

    6. Jiten Marandi: The Real Story Behind a Court Case

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      This statement was composed by Jiten Marandi in prison and was published to bring his side of the story of his arrest and subsequent accusal in the Chilkhari case, in which he has been awarded the death sentence by a lower court in Jharkhand, to the public. This has been translated from the original Hindi.

    7. Jeetan Marandi's Wife Aparna 's Appeal

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      He was busy recording songs for his music album ‘Garib ki Jindegani’ at a famous Jain pilgrimage place of Jharkhand – Parasnath Shikharji – on the day of the incident in relation to which he has given the death sentence. This fact can be corroborated by the statements of the artists and technicians who participated in the recording that day. It is unfortunate that they were not even called to depose before the court. All the people who are associated with the adivasi art and culture of Jharkhand know Jeetan Marandi very well. The charges in which he has been framed and the sentence pronounced against him are a part of the conspiracy to crush the adivasi consciousness and its popular culture.

    8. Sen moots India rights committee to fight Jeetan Marandi case

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      “Time has come that all organisations fighting for human rights at different level should come forward and form a committee to fight the case legally in court as well as on streets for not only Jeetan Marandi but for all those who have been victim of the atrocities of the administrative system,”

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. Dr Binayak Sen backs jailed artiste

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Artistes world over have used their medium of music, song, painting, etc. to portray the wrongs of society. Jeetan was fighting against displacement, corporate and political loot among other ills. It is ironic of the state government that in the land of Birsa Munda, it has been staying mum on his case.

    11. Jiten;s Wife is Proud of her husband

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      “I feel proud of my husband,” said Aparna Marandi, wife of Jiten Marandi, singer and people’s artiste who was awarded death penalty by a sessions court in Jharkhand.

    12. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Ayeesha Ahmed BANGALORE, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is important that people who are fighting for the rights of others be supported by the rest of the Indian population.

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    • Marita Hakala KANGASALA, FINLAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      justice for everybody

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    • Yazdy Palia SULTAN BATHERY, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Though, I disagree with Jiten as far as liberalization is concerned. I am fully with him as far as his opposition to land acquisition.

      Land acquisition is an immoral act and has to be done away with. If land is required for industry, mining, infrastructure, the private companies may approach the farmers or land owners and negotiate at the marker rate in the area. Only that is moral.

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    • Saiprasad Shetty NAVI MUMBAI, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I despise this vilification campaign in the name of anti-naxal operation.

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    • Irena Żywicka 83-110 TCZEW, POLAND
      • about 2 years ago

      POPIERAM WASZĄ IDEOLOGIĘ PROWADZĄCĄ DO POPRAWY BYTU I WOLNOŚCI ORAZ OBRONY KULTURY LUDZI JHARKHAND!!!

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