ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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THE tragic events in Swadeshi Cotton Mills in Kampur (in December 6, 1977 attracted nation-wide attention. Though even according to the government's version 11 workers had been kilted and 43 injured in the police Tiring, the government refused to order a judicial enquiry. In the circumstances, the Citizens' Committee for Enquiry into the Kanpur Massacre constituted a three-member group, consisting of Nikhil Chakravartty, Editor, Mainstream, Satish Saberwal. Associate Professor, Jawahatlal Nehru University, and A K Roy, Member of Lok Sabha, to undertake an on-the- spot investigation into the incident. The report prepared by the group after its investigations exposes many lies in the government's version of the police firing on the. workers of Swadeshi Cotton Mills. Most important of all, the group's findings establish that, contrary to the government's claim, the police firing did not start after the two officers or the mill, who had been gheraoed by the workers, had lost their lives: it started earlier when the Superintendent of Police had been hit by some hard substance dropped from the roof of one of the buildings in the mill compound. This gives the lie to the official propaganda that the police had been forced to open fire because the workers had murder-ad the two officers. The full text of the group's report is printed below.

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