‘State surveillance a threat to democracy’, says The Wire's Siddharth Varadharajan at Human Rights Forum
Describing the current situation as an undeclared state of emergency, Varadarajan cautioned that this new form of surveillance is more insidious and dangerous.
Human Rights Forum (HRF) and Samalochana have sought rationalisation of the village volunteer system in agency areas of the State.
These ponds hold hazardous radioactive matter that is highly toxic in nature and is a constant menace to the health of people, groundwater, local water bodies, agriculture and livestock in the area.
When a number of hardcore criminals were granted bail during the Covid pandemic, Stan Swamy was imprisoned because he fought against attacks on tribals and exploitation of forest wealth, they said.
Even though the partial curfew restrictions were in force across the state, the PCB authorities are conducting meetings, violating norms and causing severe threat to the public lives.
The CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy said that it was a breach of the Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech.
They said personnel of the NIA along with local police conducted a raid on the residence of VS Krishna in Visakhapatnam last week.
They said HRF and Samalochana also took exception to the recent decision of the Union Government to disallow coffee plantation works under the MGNREGA in the tribal areas of AP.