Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
236 DAYS OF YAMUNA SATYAGRAHA
23rd March 2008
As announced earlier, Yamuna Satyagrah observed its 234, 235 and 236th day as Holika Dahan, Holi Milan and (World Water Day and Shahidi Divas) respectively.
While those of you who watch Dilli Aaj Tak may have seen the Holika Dahan Coverage on TV, around 150 people including college students (Youth For Justice), local villagers and Yamuna Satyagrahis led by Rajendra Bhai consigned the effigies of Yamuna Encroachers, Polluters and despoilers (DDA, DMRC and Govt of Delhi) to flames over a pyre made of cattle dung cakes only (It was also the World Forestry Day on 21 March 2008). Holi Milan was observed in a festive spirit on 22.3.08 at the Satyagrah Sthal with lots of gaity, gulal and 'herbal' paint (in the words of Kamakhya, the Yamuna film maker), which actually turned out to be hard to remove black grease ! But all in fun and frolic. Prof Vikram Soni joined the group towards late in the evening. Today (23.3.08) a large group met again at the Satyagrah Sthal early in the forenoon, when a Havan homage to 'water' as well as to the 'martyres' (It being the Martyres Day too) was organised.
Copy of a letter (received by Rajendra Bhai) from Hon'ble CM of Delhi sent to Sri Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker Lok Sabha became a subject matter of intense discussion and animated discourse on account of deliberate falsehood reiterated by the CM in her letter justifying the construction of Games Village in the river bed on the grounds that Akshardham stands there and that MOEF after detailed investigations gave three clearance letters for it. (Why were 3 clearance letters needed if all was in order and proper, is something which clearly she has chosen to ignore in her letter?). It was agreed that it matters little as to how many people (Delhites) actually participate actively in the Satyagrah as long as the endeavour for achieving the truth for river Yamuna remains the goal.
The Yamuna Satyagrah marches on....
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
9th March2008, New Delhi
Today a group of students and professionals sat on a hunger strike in front of Games Village protesting against deaths in the construction site of Games Village. There are talks of deaths inside games village since last one month and recently some investigations by Youth for Justice revealed that living conditions inside the campus are pathetic which were later proved by one of the national news paper and death of one of the labourer “Shyamal” also got confirmed.
These reports and investigation leads to serious doubt that more than 30 people have died inside the campus.
“Youth for Justice” has conducted an investigation into the matter and have interviewed some of the relatives of labourers who died inside the games village, YFJ have also interviewed some labourers who have left the job because of the deaths, have interviewed some of the labourers who are still working inside and who themselves have seen some dead bodies, have interviewed some of the local residents who have interacted with labourers and who have information on the situation inside. As nobody was allowed to enter the campus, this was the only source of information that we had.
All these facts are indicating towards the fact that labourers are living in an inhuman and pathetic condition inside the campus causing deadly disease leading to deaths of these poor migrant labourers. Saddest part of incident is that both the Govt. and contractor are hiding the facts and are trying to cover up the case.
YFJ has very strong reasons to believe that everything is not alright inside the four walls of this construction site and we strongly demand an immediate independent enquiry into the matter.
We also believe that life, liberty and dignity of these labourers are of equal importance and we demand that it should be maintained and respected. Clean, hygienic working and living environment, proper treatment and medical care, compensation etc. are basic rights of any labourer and that should be protected at all cost.
We also demand that a comprehensive list of all those who have died or who have attacked by the deadly virus should be made public.
We also demand that guilty contractor should be booked under the law.
This is our first step and in absence of any immediate action by the authority, we will intensify our protest.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
ANOTHER WITNESS OF DEATHS
"YOUTH FOR JUSTICE" INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION IS ON
ONE PERSON FROM PURNIA DISTRICT OF BIHAR DIED INSIDE GAMES VILLAGE 15 DAYS AGO
WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2008 AT 8:00 AM ONWARDS FOR A DAY LONG PROTEST AND HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST DEATHS IN GAMES VILLAGE.
ON NH24 NEAR AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE, GAMES VILAGE SITE MAIN GATE
DEAD BODY OF SHYAMAL
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
- Interviews with labours working in games village confirming deaths of labours due to deadly diesease and accidents.
- Interviews with labours who have left the work due to fear of death and untimely payment by contractor
- Interview with relative of one of the labour "shyamal" who died because of the disease
- death certificate of "shyamal" confirming the death due to meningitis
VIDEO OF INTERVIEW WITH LABOUR WORKING INSIDE GAMES VILLAGE , HE HIMSELF HAS SEEN ONE DEADBODY AND HAVE HEARD OF ATLEAST 20 DEATHS IN LAST TWO MONTHS
INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE RELATIVE OF "SHYAMAL" WHO DIED DUE TO MENINGINTIS OUTBREAK IN THE CAMPUS AND HE HAS HEARD OF SCORS OF DEATHS INSIDE THE CAMPUS
DEATH CERTIFICATE OF "SHYAMAL" IS ALSO AVAILABLE WITH "YOUTH FOR JUSTICE"
death ceritificate of "shyamal" clearly mention the cause of death
interview with sister of "shyamal" labour who died due to meningitis
Interview with another labour who works in the games village, HERE HE SHARES THAT LABOURS HAVE EVEN GONE FOR A STRIKE AGAINST DEATHS OF THEIR CO-WORKERS
Interview with some labours who ahve left the work due to fear of deaths
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(Hindustan Times 04-03-08)
Avishek G Dastidar and Vidya Krishnan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 04, 2008
The construction site of the Commonwealth Games Village on the Yamuna riverbed has been hit by an outbreak of a deadly brain fever. There is talk of deaths and panic, and frightened workers want to leave for home.Appalling hygiene at Village construction site; brain fever time-bomb ticks.“Nine workers from the construction site have come to us with meningitis in the past 10 days,” said Dr V.R. Sood, Medical Superintendent at Bimla Devi Hospital in Mayur Vihar II, the closest health centre. “So many cases from a single, enclosed space is worrying.”This year, Delhi has had 109 cases of meningitis — from all across the city, with a population of over 1.25 crore; and 13 deaths.Most workers are from Bihar and UP and live in cramped and unhygienic quarters at the construction site. Meningitis bacteria travels through air riding tiny, invisible droplets on exhaled breath. “An overcrowded, unhygienic and enclosed area fuels the outbreak,” said Dr Bir Singh, professor of community medicine at AIIMS. Infection follows high fever, which can turn fatal if not treated aggressively.Rintu, a worker from Malda, Bengal, told Hindustan Times, “The fever is spreading fast inside the camp. People are falling unconscious. We are scared.” Sheesh Mohammad, a worker from Bihar, said: “Doctors at the camp are giving medicine for simple fever. But this doesn’t look like a simple disease.”Panic on Yamuna bank, labourers fleeing ‘curse of angry river’Some workers even attributed the outbreak to a curse. “Jamnaji bali maang rahi hain (The river is seeking sacrifice),” said Shankar, a worker from Bihar.Workers claimed people have died and even named some victims, but HT was unable to verify them independently with the neighbourhood hospital or MCD.The MCD sent its officials to inspect the site, which happened in the presence of HT reporters. The officials picked up blood samples for testing, but they were certain of the outbreak. “After inspection, all inhabitants of the camp were given 500 mg of ciprafloxacin as a antidote for meningococcemia,” said Dr V.K. Monga, chairman of the health committee, MCD.The corporation suspects the construction site has been hit by meningococcemia, which has been reported from other parts of the city as well. Meningococcemia is a strain of meningitis and can also be fatal.The company denied the outbreak. “Our officials at the site tell us that all the claims of outbreak, deaths and poor living conditions are false,” said Anupama Chopra, a spokesperson for the Emaar-MGF, which is developing the project.But the corporation found living conditions unhygienic. “Sanitation facilities for the workers are inadequate. We have asked them to improve the conditions at the camp,” said Dr Monga.