Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Activist or Maoist? Conflicting claims over a woman’s arrest in Chhattisgarh

Tribal leader Soni Sori claimed that Hidme was a respected activist in the region, and her arrest on the Women's Day was a matter of shame for administration.
By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Raipur
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2021 08:54 AM IST

A campaign is being run by activists in Bastar alleging Hidme was forcibly picked up by the police.(Sourced Photo)

Arrest of a suspected Maoist, Madkam Hidme, in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada has led to a conflict, with some locals claiming she was an activist, who was booked in some old cases and arrested without any warrant. The police have refuted the allegations and said Hidme was involved in serious cases of Maoist violence in the recent past.

The activists in the Bastar region claimed that Hidme was president of 'Jail Bandi Rihai' (freedom from jail) committee and was framed by the police. They further allege that she was arrested on Tuesday during a protest seeking justice for surrendered woman Maoist, Pande Kawasi, who was found hanging in the last week of February.

A statement issued by tribal leader Soni Sori stated that Hidme was a respected activist in the region, and her arrest on Women's Day was a matter of shame.

“I demand her immediate release because she is not a Maoist and police have framed her,” said Sori in a press release.

The Chhattisgarh unit of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Chhattisgarh Mahila Adhikar Manch, in a joint statement, condemned the arrest and demanded Hidme's release


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