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Killing of CPI (ML)-New Democracy activist Linganna & its after-effects

Report from Harsh Thakor

Leader of the Godavari Valley Resistance Movement and a member of Telengana State Committee & North East Telengana Regional Committee and Kothagudem District Secretary of CPI (ML)-New Democracy, Com. Linganna was martyred on 31st of July 2019. He was killed by police in the forest near village Rolagadda in Gondala mandal of Kothagudem district.

Police in Telengana has launched a serious offensive against the revolutionary movement, CPI (ML)-New Democracy in particular. TRS State Govt. in conducting serious offensive against tribals to forcibly dispossess them from their podu lands which they have been cultivating for decades, even for generations. CPI (ML)-New Democracy is in the forefront of this struggle and hence, KCR Govt. is targeting CPI (ML)-New Democracy activists.  

Born in a tribal family in Rolgadda village in Gundala mandal, Com. Linganna got associated with the revolutionary movement from an early age. He never hesitated to take difficult tasks demanding sacrifice, offering supreme sacrifice in the process. Com. Linganna lived all his life for the people and gave his life for the cause of the people.

Central Committee of CPI (ML)-New Democracy calls upon all Party Committees to observe martyrdom of Com. Linganna, to pledge to devote themselves to the task of intensifying revolutionary movement.

Thousands of tribals had assembled hearing the news of Com. Linganna’s killing by the police. The police had however not permitted the assembly of village people and fired to disperse the people. According to some reports police fired more than fourteen rounds. Police did not permit anybody to go to the place where police had killed Com. Linganna.

Since August 1, police have started arrest and detention of the Party leaders and cadres. Village level leaders of the Party and mass organizations have been arrested. Besides, police have arrested several main leaders of the Party including Secretary of the State Committee, Com. D. V. Krishna, Com. P. Ranga Rao and several other leading comrades.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy (1) strongly condemned the total suppression of the democratic rights by KCR Govt. which has gone all out to suppress the movement of tribals and non-tribal poor and has embarked on eliminating the revolutionary leaders, (2) demanded that all arrested comrades should be released immediately. It also demanded that (1) party leaders and activists as well as democratic rights activists should be allowed to visit the site without hindrance, (2) postmortem of Com. Linganna should be conducted with full video record and by a team of forensic experts from outside the district, (4) all police personnel who participated in these wanton killings should be arrested and tried. It calls upon all Party committees, revolutionary organizations, democratic rights and civil liberties organizations and all democrats to join hands and build a strong protest against this wave of fascist repression let loose by KCR Govt.

Harsh Thakor thakor.harsh5@gmail.com

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