Friday, December 17, 2004
Saugar Sengupta/ Kolkata
There is a concerted roar from Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
and State CPI-M Anil Biswas in favour of fighting the Naxal menace
politically. Concurrently there is a mew from the Left Government's
approved musclemen, the police, in favour of taking on the Red
Close on the heel of Mr Biswas' public avowal that the Left would
its extremist doppelganger at the political battle field and through
an effective administrative crackdown, some police officials have
expressed deep anguish at being transferred to the Naxalite-affected
West Midnapore district. Among the bravehearts are three experienced
station house officers from the neighbouring Hooghly district who
have since fallen sick and fallen back on medico-legal provisions.
Even as top police officials including Additional Director General of
Police Ajay Prasad said there was no escaping the procedural nets and
the officials concerned have to accept their assigned jobs, a host of
others maintained the Government in its bid to prove a point or two
to the extremists is being too hard on the officials. The weaponry
provided to the men is outdated and is outclassed by those carried by
the Naxalites, said a senior official. "Repeated pleas for better
equipment have failed to yield results at a time when our men and
informers are being butchered by the Naxalites in the dense jungles
of Midnapore and Purulia."
According to reports three officers-in-charge - Sankha Biswas of
Chinsurah police station, Samir Ranjan Lala of Bhadreshwar and Arijit
Dasgupta of Dankuni - who have been transferred to West Midnapore
have since proceeded on sick leave and moved the State administrative
tribunal in tandem to resist the "injustice" being done to them by a
section of the CPI-M "as we enjoy the patronage of a second group" of
the same party.
This may not be entirely false but they have to follow the service
norms said a senior official. Mr Lala a senior officer has pleaded
that he is not only very senior approaching retirement hence unfit
for operations in a zone that needs alacrity but he is also suffering
from acute diabetes for which he has to repeatedly visit Kolkata
which is near his current place of posting. "The administration could
have done better by posting younger officers in the area and there
are 20 of them in the district... we have been singled out as a
result of intra-party rivalry," an officer said.
West Midnapore and neighbouring Purulia have of late seen a focused
attack by the naxalites often sneaking in from the neighbouring
Jharkhand. According to reports 14 police and para-military personnel
have perished this year alone in attacks whereas a number of others
have been injured in stepped up actions by the ultras. Meanwhile,
politburo member Mr Biswas held forth: There was no question of
compromise with the Naxalites who have strengthened the reactionary
forces behind the veneer of Leftist movement.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
KATMANDU, Nepal - Government troops battled rebels in the remote mountains of western Nepal on Wednesday in fighting that killing at least 20 soldiers and six guerrillas, officials said.
The fighting began when rebels ambushed an army patrol near Sirsakhola village, about 190 miles west of the capital, Katmandu. Fighting continued all day, and reinforcements were sent by army helicopter, said army Spokesman Brig. Gen. Deepak Gurung.
Gurung said at least 20 soldiers were confirmed killed but details were still sketchy. Soldiers recovered the bodies of at least six rebels, but officials said there could be many more rebel casualties.
The guerrillas are known to quickly remove their fallen comrades from the battlefield so authorities cannot identify them and track their families.
The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting since February 1996 to replace Nepal's monarchy with a communist state. The insurgency has claimed more than 10,000 lives.
Rebels walked out of peace talks and withdrew from a seven-month cease-fire last August. Local and international human rights groups have expressed concern about a growing number of alleged abuses by both the government and the guerrillas.
HYDERABAD, Dec.15.: A helicopter of the Indian Navy carrying four policemen who were injured in a Maoistattack came under fire in the forest area of G.K. Veedhi mandal in Visakahpatnam on Wednesday.
The policemen, identified as Grey Hounds personnel, were injured in a landmine explosion when they were on the move betweenManta and G.K. Veedhi villages. The Maoists blasted six mines. The police opened fire, but there were no casualties on the Maoists side.
Following an SOS from the police team under attack, additional forces were rushed in and the Indian Navy too was contacted to make the helicopter available. As the chopper took off carrying the injured persons, shots were fired at it. It wasout of range for the ground fire. Of the four injured Grey Hounds personnel, the condition of one was stated to be serious.
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Recent intelligence reports of strong Maoist-Naxalite nexus has posed new threat to the internal security of India as a whole and that of five states— Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttaranchal, West Bengal and Sikkim—in particular. These states touch the Himalayan kingdom along a 1751 km border. The development means trouble in future and the Union government has taken a serious note of this, said Union minister of state for home Sri Prakash Jaiswal while talking to TOI on Friday night. Central and state intelligence agencies have recently submitted reports on camps along the border to train suicide bombers and women, digging of trenches, procuring arms from People’s War Group (PWG) outfits in Andhra Pradesh and plundering of forest wealth from India.
What had actually caught the attention of Delhi were reports suggesting ISI backing to Maoist through "friendly" business relations between the Habib Bank in Pakistan and Himlayan Bank in Nepal. Habib Bank is identified as a funding agency of the ISI. "The recent past, say last two years, have witnessed excessive and aggressive intrusions of Maoists into India and the situation is so grim that even the Nepalese of Indian origin have begun migrating back to India," Jaiswal said.
By Our Special Correspondent
VISAKHAPATNAM, DEC. 15. 2004
Militants, suspected to be of the CPI (Maoist), set off a landmine in the G.K. Veedhi mandal in Visakhapatnam district, today. Four constables were injured.
The injured constables were brought here by two helicopters and admitted to a corporate hospital. Two of them received serious injuries while the other two suffered simple wounds. All were declared out of danger.
The attack comes on a day after the Maoist leader, Ramakrishna, gave a call to the cadre and supporters of his party to repel the attacks by the police as a measure of self-defence, after strongly criticising the Government for not extending the ceasefire. Maoists had allegedly taken away survey equipment from the staff of Survey of India at U. Cheedikada village last week. When the police were checking the villages in this connection, they and the Maoists exchanged fire for a brief while at Yerragedda, which is about 20 km from the place of the blast. The landmine was set off in the G.K. Veedhi mandal at a point, where the villages of Kannavaram and Yerracheruvulu meet, as a party of 15 policemen were passing by.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, T. Krishna Prasad, the Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Kumar Jain, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, K. Lakshmi Reddy, and the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, A.V. Subba Rao, admitted the injured policemen to the private hospital. The series of incidents have brought to surface again the prevailing tense atmosphere in the agency area. The police are treading cautiously since the CPI (Maoist) presence was high in the G.K. Veedhi and Koyyuru mandals.
Hyderabad, Dec 14 ,2004 - Even as uncertainty looms large over the second round of peace talks between naxalites and state government, the CPI (Maoist) on Monday alleged that the government was violating ceasefire agreement.
In a letter to the ceasefire monitoring committee, the state CPI (Maoist) secretary Ramakrishna, who had participated in the first-ever direct talks with government in October, listed out incidents of police denying permissions to Maoist meetings, resorting to combing operations in villages and effecting arrests of naxalites and their sympathisers.
Pointing out that the police had denied permissions to naxalite meetings at seven places in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Prakasam and Khammam districts in recent times, he appealed to the committee to conduct inquiry into the incidents of ceasefire violations and police firings at naxal meeting.
AP police revive Naxal surrender policy
Hyderabad, Dec 09 ,2004 - The police in Andhra Pradesh had put its surrender policy on the backburner for the last six months because of the peace talks.
But with doubts over the second round of talks, the police are encouraging disgruntled Naxals to quit the organisation. Six Naxalites, including CPI (Maoist) activist Vijay carrying an award of Rs two lakh over his head, surrendered before the Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police on Wednesday.
The surrender came just days before the ceasefire between the Naxals and the government expires on December 15. Violation of ceasefire
The first surrender before the DGP after the peace talks began is an indication that things are perhaps moving back to where they began. The DGP, however, accused the Naxals of violating the ceasefire on different occasions.
"They have been repeatedly and in a one-sided manner violating the ceasefire. We will not go and chase them. But if they give us cause for action, we will not hesitate to act,'' said S R Sukumara, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.
Naxal sympathisers suspect the police are playing a devious game to upset the peace process. "The Home Minister has instructed DGP not to destroy Naxal memorials. But SI says he will. This kind of over-enthusiasm and the police themselves breaking the law will not take them anywhere,'' said Varavara Rao, Naxal supporter
The government has said the recent incidents have disturbed the conducive atmosphere that could even jeopardise the second round of peace talks. It says the onus is now on the Naxal groups to act responsibly.
Police, naxals exchange fire in AP
Khammam, Dec 08 ,2004- Naxals and police exchanged fire in a forest in the district on Tuesday, police said. The naxals and police exchanged firing for about half an hour in the thick forest Yanambile area, 80 km from the district headquarters, police said.
However, no reports of casualities were reported, police said adding, three weapons were recovered from the scene. Senior police officers rushed to the spot.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters at Warangal CPI (Maoist) representative, Varavara Rao, demanded the state government to extend ceasefire agreement for further six month which expires on December 16.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
-- Arun Shouri
As for Left-wing extremism, one of the foremost experts in India on terrorism, Ajai Sahani, reminds me (Arun Shouri) that according to official figures in October 2003, 55 districts in nine states were affected by Naxalite activity. The same figures reveal that by November 2004, 156 districts spread across 13 states are affected.
That is, every week Naxalite operations have come to cover two more districts.
Nepal provides a warning in more ways than one. First the pace at which such insurrections spread. The Dang assault took place in December 2001 - just three years ago. At that time, only four districts in Western Nepal were affected. Today, each of the 75 districts right across the country is in the grip of Maoist violence. Second, about our own condition. At the meeting of a committee of Parliament,
I asked one of the senior-most officials who was testifying, ''Have we received evidence that the Maoists are getting arms and other aid from China?''
''Some arms may have come in from China through smuggling,'' he replied, ''but there is no evidence that China is helping the Maoists.''
The arms and ammunition that they are wielding have come from, at the least they have reached them through India, and from and through Indian groups. What does that say about the reach, the resources, the sway of these groups in India itself?
Connect this with what Former Pakistani circketer turned Politician Mr.Imran Khan is referring to India as sponsoring terrorism in neighbouring countries . Imran Khan is indirectly telling the INDIAN MAOISTS , LEFTISTS GROUPS and supporters are sending arms to Nepalese Maoists .
Click and listen to Imran Khan
Indian Leftists in US , well setteled in Universities collect funds and funnel through charity organizations . Most of them work as Intelligence agents of West and ISI collecting data, informing on latest developments , and act at their behest to protest against tough laws under the guise of Human Rights .
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Kolkata, Dec 11,2004 : There has of late been a perceptible
change in the CPI(M)'s stand vis-a-vis the extremists represented by the
newly formed CPI(Maoist) following a spurt in the latter's activities
in some areas of backward districts like West Midnapore, Bankura and
Purulia. The Bengal Marxists, who used to advocate a hardline against the
extremist outfit and were in favour of ruthless police action to tackle
its activists, feel there is an urgent need to undertake development
work in the affected areas to wean the villagers from the political
control of the extremists. There has been late realisation by the state
CPI(M) leadership that it will be impossible to deal with the CPI(Maoist)
by solely depending on police operations. The party now admits that it
is imperative to improve the poor villagers' lot if it wants to
politically fight "the menace."
The change in the ruling Marxists' aggressive stance against the
extremist out came in the wake of the recent blasts at Kankrajhor in West
Midnapore, adjacent to Amlasol known for its "hunger deaths." Two forest
bunglows and a road were badly damaged by the blasts carried out by
CPI(Maoist) activists. The operation has not only affected the already low
morale of the local CPI(M) leaders who continue to be the extremist
outfit's prime targets, but also brought to the fore the administration's
failure to restore confidence among the villagers concerned.
A massive poster campaign by the CPI(Maoist) in Kolkata and some other
south Bengal districts following the Kankrajhor blasts has also been a
matter of concern for the state CPI(M) leadership and prompted them to
rethink their strategy regarding the extremists. The posters, which
appeared almost overnight on the walls of some elite educational
institutions like the Presidency college and Hare school, have urged the people
to become "politically conscious against their class enemies." The city
police have so far been clueless about the persons responsible for the
poster campaign, but are apparently convinced that the outfit has a
good number of sympathisers among the students and youths who are
disillusioned with the Left Front's performance during the past two and a half
The change in the CPI(M)'s stand vis-a-vis the Maoists was evident from
chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's candid admission yesterday
that poverty and lack of development were some of the root causes behind
the current extremist movement which has generated violence.
Bhattacharjee, who had earlier challenged the extremists active in the concerned
areas to come out in the open, also asserted that it was pointless to
use only force to meet their violent activities. Instead, he stressed the
need for "establishing closer contacts with the poor masses." The state
police too now admit that the CPI(Maoist) wields considerable influence
on the poor people of the backward districts. The change in the ruling
party's stand vis-a-vis the extremist outfit is in sharp contrast with
the strong-arm tactic it had advocated earlier.
Bhattacharjee has also made it clear that the state government has no
intention to ban the outfit despite its current subversive activities.
The city police has decided to allow a central rally of different
extremist outfits to be held in the city on December 15 as scheduled, but
will take all possible precautionary measures to meet any eventual law and
According to informed sources, the ruling Marxists are more concened
over the increasing number of attacks on party leaders by CPI(Maoist)
activists. District CPI(M) leaders now can not freely move in the affected
areas without police escorts. Lack of development and government
initiative to improve the poor villagers' lot have made the concerned CPI(M)
leaders politically vulnerable to the extremists who have been exerting
constant pressure on them to quit the party.
Opposition parties, particularly Trinamul Congress, are also trying to
politically exploit the Marxists' current predicament. Trinamul
Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee raised the "hunger deaths at Amlasol and
other areas" in the Lok Sabha a couple of days back and launched a
scathing attack on the CPI(M)-led Bengal government for its criminal
indiffernce towards the "starving villagers." Leader of the opposition in the
Assembly and Trinamul Congress spokesman Pankaj Banerjee too felt that
the villagers were offering their tacit support to the extremists as
the government has failed to provide to them any means for survival. "Let
the CPI(M) and the government led by it work for their well- being
instead of targeting us and winning elections through unfair means," he