Residents of Mavallipura have decided to protest starting 9 am on 24th August 2012 (Thursday) demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the entire garbage contracting system in Bangalore.
The villagers accuse Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Bangalore's civic agency) of having perpetuated a system that is causing waste to be transported tens of miles for dumping into surrounding villages and that the beneficiaries contractors running garbage trucks. This system makes people in Bangalore believe that their waste is being taken care of, when in fact it is actually poisoning the lives and livelihoods of villages around the city.
Hundreds of villagers from Mavallipura and surrounding villages will gather at Yelahanka General Hospital (15 kms to the north of Bangalore) to pay their respects for the departed Srinivas, who died earlier on August 23 while protesting the massive police deployment to illegally and forcibly open the Mavallipura landfill (closed by regulator KSPCB for massive violations). With consent from of Srinivas's family, they have resolved not to cremate his remains till such time the Government invites the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe all garbage handling contracts awarded by BBMP.
ToxicsWatch Alliance expresses its solidarity with communities affected by Bangalore's waste.
For further details please contact:
B. Srinivas, Member, Shivakote Panchayat and Coordinator, Dalit Sangarsh Samithi (Samyojaka). Cell: 9448174834 firstname.lastname@example.org
M. Ramesh, Member, Gantiganahalli Panchayat and Coordinator, Dalit Sangarsh Samithi (Samyojaka). Cell: 9945512203
In solidarity with the people of Mavallipura
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