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No one killed Pehlu Khan

In a shocking turn of events in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, an Alwar Court has acquitted all six accused. The accused were let off after being given “benefit of doubt”. Interestingly, the viral video of the mob lynching was ruled inadmissible! Earlier the police had given the accused a clean chit based on statements from…


Will sacrifice life, but not give up land: Adivasis of Sonbhadra

“Jaan de denge lekin zamin nahi denge” (We will sacrifice our lives, but not give up our land) continues to be the echo from the Adivasis of Sonbhadra, 24 days after the brute firing at Village Umbha, Ghorawal Block by sections of the upper castes of the region. These were the words on the lips of…


CJP moves SC to defend genuine Citizenship of people in Assam

Even as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is all set to be published by August 31, 2019, there are several concerns about people who have been left out of the coveted list. Now, CJP, determined to make sure that no genuine Indian citizen suffers, has moved Supreme Court asking for it to take a…


Forest Rights case: SC directs states to file Compliance Affidavits

The Supreme Court has directed states that have not filed compliance affidavits on the matter of implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, to do so within a fortnight. Wild Life First v/s Union of India –a batch of petitions filed in 2008 challenging the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act of 2006 came up…


Re-verification notices spark panic in Assam, SC order violated?

Thousands of re-verification notices have been served in lower Assam summoning people for hearings, virtually overnight, in places as much as 400 kilometers away! Poor access and transportation have rendered this latest move by the NRC authorities callous and brutal, apart from being in clear violation of the July 23, 2019 order of the Supreme…


CJP in Action: Additional Exclusion list released, our team swings into action in Assam

June 26 brought more bad news for the people of Assam, when an Additional Exclusion list was released as per which 1,02,462 more people will be excluded from the NRC. This is in addition to the 40, 07,707 who had been excluded from the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. This has caused widespread…


25 inmates dead in Assam’s Detention Camps!

In a shocking revelation before the Assam state assembly, the state government has admitted that 25 people have died while incarcerated in the state’s six detention camps. The state claims they all died “due to illness”. We have accessed the list of people who have died and have discovered that Goalpara detention camp has proved…


Hate Watch: Facebook a favourite of hate mongers?

As a part of our ongoing Hate Watch campaign, we have now identified several additional social media accounts, particularly on Facebook, which are full of abusive and hateful posts. It appears that Facebook has become the platform of choice for influencers, troll armies and even ordinary people to spread hate, fake news and misinformation thereby threatening…


I live on the streets and sleep under the stars: Anjaan Musafir 2.0

Last year, we brought you the story of Anjaan Musafir, a daily wage labourer from Guwahati who has been on the run for over 20 years after being served a D Voter notice. During our visit to Assam in June 2019, we met yet another man who fled his home fearing incarceration in one of Assam’s infamous…


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