Oppose Communal conspiracies Against People’s Unity Advance the Struggles on Democratic Issues of the People

Over the past one and a half years, an energized programme is on to divide the people of India on the basis of religion while pushing through policies for further opening the country to imperialist loot which had been held at bay by people’s struggles. Muzzafarnagar marked one high point of the attempt, where Muslims were driven out of the fabric of the rural areas which had seen coexistence for centuries. Since the coming of BJP RSS Modi Govt. to power at the centre, the Hindutva forces are more emboldened and aggressive. They have launched a multi-pronged thrust. In Western UP several incidents making for low key communal polarization continued. In Delhi we saw Bavana, Trilokpuri, Khejuri Khas and Balsawa where similar communal polarization was attempted with police acting as assistants. The Hindutva forces tried bringing the issue of ‘bahu beti izzat bachao’ and love jihad to the universities, but met with little response among the upper caste youth of majority community who are already sick of Khap dictates on their right of choice. Durga Vahinis entered metropolises to dictate behavior to youth and were again rebuffed. This year, just prior to Bakr Id, these forces launched a campaign initially demanding a ‘meat ban’ during a Jain religious programme, which transformed into a beef ban. Insidiously beef eating was made synonymous with cow killing. This was the context of the lynching at Bisada. Even as condemnations poured in, similar mob attacks were held in a number of places in North India, the major being in Shahpur and in Jammu. Central Govt. Ministers openly justified the attacks as well as did a whole host of Hindutva leaders as well as Chief Ministers of BJP ruled state governments.
With the organizing of upper castes for blatantly illegal attacks, the inevitable happened. Attacks by them began in Haryana. The RSS BJP defended these too with the Central Minister and ex-Army Chief, V.K. Singh condemning criticism of the central govt. ‘when a stone is thrown at dogs’ and defending and repeating his statement in the face of the outcry against it. Through this entire period, the Prime Minister was continually giving speeches but not once did he condemn these incidents, showing the full complicity of the Central Govt. of so called ‘development’.
The Govt. is filling all academic bodies, all historical, cultural and scientific bodies with RSS sympathizers. Scientific evidence is being discarded for myths in distorting the history of India. A wholesale attack on modern basic scientific research is on with the propagation of myths in the name of science and distorted claims about past knowledge. Funds for basic scientific research are being hacked with the most thorough form up to now being the ‘Dehradun Declaration’ after a ‘chintan shivir’ in which ministries and RSS representatives participate.
In the backdrop is the continual attempts to push through policies where mineral resources and land can be handed over to corporate, where workers can be stripped of all rights to attract foreign companies. The Govt. is preparing to bring education under GATS. A host of policies are being announced to bring in FDI in all spheres. Prices are rising relentlessly and various sections of the people are coming out in struggles.
Many sections have come out against the attempts of the Hindutva forces to divide the people on communal lines and against the venomous anti-Muslim propaganda and violence. Artists, writers, scientists and many sections of working people have spoken out against the communal conspiracies. Working class leaders, students, women activists, youth and intellectuals held a big protest in Delhi demanding an answer on Bisada from the Prime Minister. We call on you to join our campaign against the communal conspiracies of the Hindutva forces.
Delhi Committee, CPI (ML) New Democracy

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Statement on Setting Com. RadheShyam’s Office Ablaze

INDIAN FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS (IFTU)

Delhi Office : 1797, Parsadi Gali, Giani Bazar, Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi – 110003 Phone: 24645276

Press Statement

Early this morning the room from which IFTU National Committee member Com. Radheyshyam operates in Greater Noida was set on fire and more than 500 books, manuscripts and papers related to trade union work, photographs of great teachers of working class and great patriots like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad were totally gutted. Com. Radheyshyam is the ex-President of the Shramik Sangh of Denso India Ltd., a multinational company.

On 29th September Com. Radheyshyam had led a team of the workers’ leaders of the company o the home of their colleague whose brother, Aflaq Ahmed, was lynched in Bisada village the previous night. Aflaq had worked in Denso for some time as a temporary worker while his brother is a permanent workman of Denso. The arsonists specifically attacked this room; Com. Radheyshyam owns this flat but lives somewhere else. The room is above the floor which is empty and was left untouched. His relative lives on the ground floor and woke in the morning in time to see someone going out from the house. He found his house bolted from the outside and his power switched off from the meter. Meanwhile neighbour saw smoke emanating from the rood and alerted Com. Radheyshyam.

Com. Radheyshyam is a known trade union leader in the area and people including Hindutva forces were aware of his role in mobilizing workers’ leaders to stand with their colleague whose brother was lynched in Bisada village. He had been active in upholding workers’ unity against communal conspiracies. The report prepared by the workers’ team was circulated countrywide by the National Committee of IFTU.

The IFTU National Committee condemns the dastardly vandalism and arson, undoubtedly carried out by Hindutva elements who have only displayed their depravity by such an act. It seems to be a warning to people like Com. Radheyshyam not to take up the cause of communal amity and workers’ unity. We understand that RSS started active work in the area post the Modi Govt. coming to power and shakha is being organized since past six or seven months.

IFTU National Committee vows to continue to oppose all communal conspiracies against the unity of the working people.

Aparna                                                                                                           B. Pradeep

President                                                                                            General Secretary

Dated October 7, 2015  20151007_093954 20151007_094000 20151007_094021 20151007_094026

REPORT ON MURDER BY COMMUNAL ELEMENTS IN VILLAGE BISHADA (UP)

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Those employees of Denso India Limited (situated in NOIDA) who lived in Dadri learnt in the early hours of 29th September that the brother of one of their workers had been beaten to death late the previous night by a mob in his village Bishada situated 4 kms. north of Dadri. The son of the dead man had also been severely beaten and was fighting for life in a nearby hospital where had been admitted by the police.

Led by Com. Radheyshyam, Member of the National Committee of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) and also ex-General Secretary of the Shramik Sangh along with Shri Vinod Bhati ex-President of Shramik Sangh and other workmen associated with the Shramik Sangh, a team of employees of Denso India Ltd. went to Bishada to console the workman Jan Mohammed and his family on 29th September, 2015. There they learnt the details of the horrible circumstances concerning these killings.

This village is the native village of Jan Mohammed (family has lived here for generations) who himself lives in Dadri and works as a technician in Denso India Ltd. His brother, Ikhlaq Ahmed (who was killed) worked as a blacksmith and was a living in the village. Of his other brothers, the eldest, Zamir Ahmed, works in a private company in Delhi and lives in Loni, the second, Afzal Ahmed, is an employee of Indian Railways and lives next door in village Bishada itself where he is constructing another house. Ikhlaq himself was living in the village and earlier had been a temporary employee in Denso India Ltd. Jan Mohd. is the youngest.

Late Ikhlaq Ahmed’s elder son is in the Indian Air Force and is posted in Chennai. His younger son, Danish, is lying injured. Ikhlaq also has a daughter. In the village of 9500 voters and 2500 families, the houses of the two brothers are at a distance from that of 32 other Muslim families who live beyond the temple. The village is Thakur dominated (part of satta or seven Thakur dominated villages); there are some scheduled caste families besides. One person from among them is also a permanent employee of Denso India Ltd. The nearest thana is at Jarcha, 1-2 km. from the village. It was apparent that the brothers had worked hard, managed to educate the children and had average lifestyle as well.

The team learnt that activity of the BJP had started recently in this village itself, the area MP is Mahesh Sharma, an important functionary of the BJP. The youth of the village were in contact with Central BJP functionaries and some have started roaming in streets wearing shirts imprinted with Hindu religious symbols. Many of these youth take alcohol and are very rude and arrogant. Three months earlier, a priest had been appointed to the local temple which did not have a priest earlier. The temple itself has a public address system with four loudspeakers whose sound reaches the entire village. According to Jan Mohd. the family (both the houses) had not done any sacrifice on Bakr-id on September 25. Goat meat of sacrifice was sent by late Ikhlaq’s married daughter, and same was cooked and some stored in the fridge. Some other people of the village from other community, known to late Ikhlaq and who were non-vegetarians, also ate the meat.

Around 8 PM some photos of beef being found in a utensil and being confiscated by the police were uploaded in the social media. The name of this village was written below the photos though nobody has said till date that such an incident had occurred in this village. After 9 PM, three or four youth went to the temple and the priest says he was forced to announce that everyone should assemble as cow was lying slaughtered in the village. Around 1500 people or more started collecting, and the family said that around 100 entered the narrow gali in front of the house, broke open the gate, scaled the wall, shouting abuses. The daughter of late Ikhlaq told the workers’ team that some youth beat her grandmother, some of them went to the first floor where Ikhlaq and his son Danish were sitting. The youth were armed with lathis. A sawing machine is also kept in the room. They beat up bother father and son, battered them with machine, left the son there but dragged Ikhlaq’s body into the gali and left it there about 150 yards from the house. By then the PCR arrived. Ikhlaq’s daughter has been able to name ten youth among the killers as they were neighbours whom she could identify.

IFTU National Committee has received this report and is releasing the same. We strongly condemn the ghastly incident which was clearly executed with prior planning and in organized fashion. Ikhlaq’s brother’s house and the family next door was left untouched. We are amazed that BJP MP, Mr. Mahesh Sharma, attributes the incident to ‘misunderstanding’ and wonder how naïve the Modi Govt. and the RSS think people are. We express our condolences and sympathies with the family. We commend the workmen of Denso for their intervention and call on the workmen of Denso India and other industries to join us in ensuring justice to their colleague’s brother. We demand that the UP Govt. arrest the guilty immediately, ensure security to the family and expose the political elements who planned and executed this murder.

The RSS and BJP are systematically communally polarizing areas where people of both the communities have lived side by side for generations. We call upon the working class to expose communal conspiracies of RSS-BJP to divide the fighting strength of the people on their democratic demands, and to defeat their conspiracies.

National Committee, IFTU

October 2, 2015