New Delhi: Jharkhand-based human rights activist and writer Gladson Dungdung was offloaded from an international flight on Monday morning. The writer was travelling to London to attend a workshop in the University of Sussex.
This morning, I was offloaded by the Air India Delhi-London Flight AI 115. I was going to attend the Workshop on Environmental History and Politics of South Asia to be held in the University of Sussex, UK on May 10th, Dungdung mentioned in his Facebook post. The writer said he had not faced any issue earlier.
The reason told to me is that my passport had been impounded in 2013, therefore, they will send it back to RTO, Ranchi for verification, Dungdung said. "The fact is that my passport was impounded in 2013 and returned to me after proper verification in 2014. I attended a couple of international conferences in Denmark and London in 2014 and 2015 but there was no issue at all, he added.
Dungdung claimed that it is the impact of his book 'Mission Saranda: A War for Natural Resources in India' that has caused him to be offloaded from the Air India flight. The book was published last year.
"Defaulters of millions of INR like Mr. Vijay Malaya can’t be offloaded but activists like me are bound to be offloaded, wrote Dungdung. "However, my fight for the Adivasis' ownership rights over the Natural resources, Adivasi identiry, Human Rights, Ecology and against unjust development processes will continue till they take away my right to life forever. Jai Adivasi!"