Shimoga: A Report on Activities
On 12 August the Shimoga branch of PUCL was inaugurated at Kamala Nehru
College. Apart from the inaugural discussion on "Environment and
Human Rights" was also held on this occasion.
Dr. V Lakshminarayan, Secretary PUCL, Karnataka, spoke about the aims
and objectives of PUCL. As a political body, the PUCL would fight against
the violations of human rights in a peaceful manner, he said.
President of PUCL, Karnataka, Prof. Hasan Mansur said that human rights
activist should fight against atrocities on Dalits, adivasis and other
weaker sections of the society.
Speaking on "Environment at Human Rights" Mr. Kalkuli Vital
Hegde, Chief Guest and noted environmental activist, said that the environmental
degradation caused by the mining activities at Kuduremukh area in proving
to be hazardous to the ecological health of the region.
During the discussion it was felt that environment is an indelible part
of human rights. It was suggested by various discussants that the time
has come for the human rights organisations to address themselves to the
Prof. Rajendra Chenni, Kuvempu University, urged PUCL to send a national
level fact finding commission to enquire into KOICL's mining activities
and its impact. Prof. Ramdas Rao, Secretary PUCL Karnataka said that State
was treating natural resources not as the shared property of the humanity
but as governmental property.
- PUCL unit of Shimoga
urges to hand over the case of Pushpalatha, a college student to COD.
It also urges to withdraw the cases filed against the students who are
fighting for justice in this connection.
- PUCL unit of Shimoga
condemns the policed assault on Prof. K Ramdas and others at Mysore.
It also urges to conduct an enquiry into the death of a minor girl called
Lakshmi, who was working as a maidservant.
- PUCL demands that
mining activities of Kuduremukh Iron and Ore Company Limited should
stop forthwith. It also urges to cancel Kuduremukh National Park Project
since thousands of Adivasis would be evacuated and their basic rights
of living would be violated in the pretext of National Park.
- Bajaranga Dal
is giving arms training to its members in Karnataka. Such acts would
disrupt peace and amity in the society and create misgivings in the
minds of communities. PUCL demands that such activities must be suspended
immediately and it also urges that concerned district commissioners
be made responsible for giving permission to such activities.
- PUCL urges that
peace and harmony must be maintained at Bababudangiri. It condemns the
police officers, government officials, and ministers, who have taken
part in the religious rituals. PUCL reiterates that status quo of 1985
be maintained at Bababudangiri.