Mining mafias attack on Shamim Modi

We would like to draw your attention to a murderous attack on social and political activist Shamim Modi at her residence in Vasai,Distt. Thane on Friday, July 24, 2009.
The assailant, a security guard in her society,Rakesh Nepali is missing and is still to be apprehended.The society is trying for a cover up, by not acknowledging him as an employee.
Since Shamim and her husband Anurag Modi have been actively campaigning against the mining mafia of M.P.,whose local leader in Harda,M.P.(where Anurag Modi resides,and Shamim did too,till recently) is a former minister in Shivraj Singh Chauhan's government, we fear the assault may have been politically motivated.

The Modi couple are both highly educated,Shamim from TISS,Mumbai,where she has just joined as a faculty member,and Anurag is an engineer,also qualified from Mumbai,who has chosen to devote his life to the cause of the downtrodden and marginalized in society.This maybe an attempt also to harass them into leaving Harda permanently so that the opression of the casual workers in Harda town,whom they have organized into a 'Hammal Panchayat' may continue unchecked.

We appeal to your sense of justice,and hope that you willorder that the police enquiry be expedited and the guilty punished, so that 'justice delayed is justice denied' does not hold true in this case.

Dr. Swati,
Member,National Executive,
Samajawadi Janaparishad,

Advocate and Member,
Vidyarthi Yuvjan Sabha,


  1. this is not the first attack even earlier they have been assualted.
    the couple shamim and anurag are doing unparalleled work among tribals of betul and harda which is disliked by the politicians. some of them even have to quit or thrown out from their positions due to protests from the couple.
    it may be the handiwork of powerful people affected here in harda and betul

  2. This is such a sad commentary on Indian Democracy that they have to beat up a young female to silence the voice of reason against injustice. India may have come out from the oppressive clutches of colonialism but is now keeps sinking into cesspool of hegemony and facism. It is a shame that the media remain silet and uninvolved.