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UP land rights activist "untraceable" following arrest a week ago: AIUFWP

Sukhwariya Gond, Nandu Gond's wife
By Our Representative
Grassroots land rights activist Nandu Gond of Lilasi Village, Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh, is said to be untraceable for about a week, with the local administration refusing to say anything about his whereabouts. and his family and relatives are concerned.
Arrested late last month, Nandu Gond, alleges Sabrang India, a site run by top human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, he is sought to be implicated in a second false case even after the High Court protected him against arrest in another "malicious" case.
According to the site, Nandu Gond’s only crime seems to be is that he is an assertive land and forest rights activist and is president of the Forest Rights Committee (FRC), Lilasi area, thana Nevarpur. For the past four months, he was forced to be on the run, even after the Allahabad High Court directed on a stay against his arrest (February 8, 2019).
Sokalo Gond of the All-India Union of Forest Working Peoples (AIUFWP) has been quoted as saying, " "From what we have managed to ascertain, it was actually the Nevarpur police that arrested Nadu Gond and then transferred him to Dudhi police station. But he was not presented before a judge. He might have been whisked away to a jail in Ghorawal. There is no record of anything, so we don't know what has happened to him."

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