Ranchi: Tribal activist and the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori, who was yesterday…
Delhi: Tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leader from Bastar Lingaram Kodopi on Monday alleged harassment and intimidation by the local police, and said that he does not know if he will remain a free man for long. Alleging that the police is trying to falsely implicate him of carrying out the attack on his aunt Soni Sori, Kodopi held a press conference in the Capital and wrote a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee asking him to intervene urgently “to stop the violence being meted on the adivasis of the Bastar division, and the breakdown of law in the region”.
Kodopi alleged that the attacks on adivasis, activists and journalists who have spoken against the “reign of terror” on Bastar have increased in the last few months. And, that after Soni Sori was attacked last month, the Special Investigations Team (SIT), formed to look into the matter have instead repeatedly questioned Soni Sori’s relatives instead of investigating the case. The SIT comprises of three IPS officials of the anti-naxal operations, ASP Santosh Singh of Sukhma district, ASP Kalyan Ellesella of Bijapur, and CSP Deepmala Kashyap of Jagdalpur Division.
Kodopi said that on Monday morning he has received communication from the Bastar police to sign a bond stating that he will not carry out any activity that will violate the peace of the region in the next six months.
He said that Sori’ sister Dhani Markam and her husband Ajay Markam, too, were picked up by the police. While being interrogated, Ajay was repeatedly told that he will be arrested for the attack on Sori, and when Sori’s father went to the police to inquire about them, Bastar IG Kalluri abused them with vulgar language, calling Sori “a prostitute”, and told him that Sori will be killed and Kodopi arrested.