for safety of John Abraham
-- Amnesty International
Adivasis' struggle for land rights in
kill tribal activists during a land rights agitation in Puntamba, Maharashtra
John Abraham, Rina Abraham (his wife), 13 other adivasi (tribal) activists
are in danger.
There are grave concerns for the safety of land rights activist John Abraham.
Two other activists were shot dead by police at a protest march on 25
June, in an apparent extra judicial execution: those arrested after the
march apparently overheard police officers discussing the killings, saying
that the "other one" - John Abraham - was still "remaining"
and that he would be taken care of next.
John Abraham is being sheltered by fellow human rights activists, but
he is due to return to Kopargaon district on 18 July for a court hearing,
and will then be returning to Puntamba village to inquire into the detention
of 43 adivasis since the march. Fourteen people were arrested after the
Morcha (protest march) in Puntamba village on 25 June.
John Abraham was arrested
the day after the march, when he came to the police station to enquire
about Rina Abraham, who was one of those arrested. He and the other 14
protestors were released on bail on 9 July, and John Abraham went to stay
with relatives. Police apparently came to the house to take him in for
further questioning: when the relatives asked to see an arrest warrant,
the officers left, saying they would ask another police station to take
Since, then police
officers have reportedly come to the house again to ask where John Abraham