Friday, January 28, 2005

Maoist disturb measles immunization program -- Shame, Shame !

Maoist disturb measles immunization in Baitadi


KOL Report

KATHMANDU, Jan 20 - Children in the far western district of
Baitadi were deprived of measles immunization after Maoist rebels threatened
from the campaign being launched.

Our Baitadi correspondent reports nearly half of the children of
22 Village Development Committees (VDC) in the district could not be
vaccinated after the Second Phase of National Immunization Campaign was
cancelled owing to the Maoist threat Thursday.

Chief of District Health Office Dr Dipendra Amatya said that the
programme was cancelled under the rebels' pressure.

The vaccination campaign had begun at 26 VDCs in the district on
16 January. (snn)

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Time to rethink on issue of internal security : L K Advani

Intelligence agencies fear that discontinuation of the peace process with naxalites may be followed by an escalation in violence as the extremists may have utilised the ceasefire period to regroup and rearm themselves.

“Time has come for the government to have a rethink on the issue of internal security,” said Mr Advani.

“Apart from inspiring fear and terror, recent surge in Naxal attacks has also given rise to a feeling of respect for Naxalites among people, since they seem to be gaining attention with their activities,” the former deputy PM pointed out.

It may be recalled that the Centre had not only hailed the Andhra Pradesh government’s earlier decision to enter into a ceasefire with the PWG but also asked the other states to emulate the peace initiative.

However, with the Andhra-Naxalites ceasefire now falling through, the Centre has opted to stick by the YSR government.

“The Centre’s policy is to leave it to state regime to decide whether to talk of act against the extremists...the Centre will support the states in whatever way they wish to tackle the Naxalite problem,” explained Union home minister Shivraj Patil in a recent interaction with newspersons. (Source : TOI)
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

TRS workers have Naxal links: Intelligence report

TRS workers have Naxal links: Intelligence report

Police report comes in wake of rift between Cong and TRS

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

HYDERABAD, JANUARY 23 Amid the stand-off between ruling partners Congress and Telengana Rashtra Samiti in Andhra Pradesh over the Naxalite issue, the state police has come out with a report disclosing that several TRS functionaries had links with Naxalite organisations.
In a report submitted to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the state Intelligence Department has revealed that over 40 TRS functionaries had connections with extremist organisations in the past and some of them are still Naxalite sympathisers.

Among the people’s representatives who are either Naxal sympathisers or had worked with them in the past, according to the report, are TRS MLA K. Eswar from Karimnagar district and the party’s Adilabad district secretary Praveen, official sources said today.

Several TRS leaders holding elected posts in panchayat raj institutions including zilla parishad, mandal parishad and village sarpanch’s were found to have links with Maoist organisations, sources said quoting the report.

The police report comes in the backdrop of widening rift between Congress and TRS with the latter openly criticising the goverment’s handling of the Naxalite issue.

Condemning the recent spurt in police encounters in which several Naxals were killed, the TRS has demanded an immediate halt to encounter killings and combing operations.

Despite being a partner in the coalition governments at the Centre and in the state, the TRS has been organising demonstrations protesting police encounters and demanding immediate resumption of peace talks with Naxalites. The sub-regional party has also threatened to review the alliance with Congress if the government failed to concede its demands.



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Naxal shadow grows


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Rebels kidnap BSP candidate in Bagodar, pull out his nail


MANOJ PRASAD


Posted online: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 0107 hours IST



GIRIDIH, JANUARY 25: When BSP candidate Imamuddin Ansari votes on February 3, he will press the EVM button with his left thumb. Naxalites pulled out the nail from his right thumb when he was campaigning in Bagodar constituency.

Ansari is not alone. CPI (Maoist) and Jharkhand Jan Sangharsh Mukti Morcha have called for a poll boycott and mounted attacks on candidates and their supporters ever since the election dates were announced on December 17.



In his complaint to the police, Ansary says, ‘‘After campaigning in the morning (of January 20), we were going home in a Maruti van. Six armed men, riding on two Hero Honda motorcycles, intercepted us near Barmasia Chowk.’’

‘‘They compelled us to follow them to a deserted spot, where they assaulted us. They freed us only after pulling out my thumb nail with a plier. They also threatened us with dire consequences if we continued to campaign,’’ he adds. His driver still cannot walk without a stick.

A day before Ansari was attacked, Maoists had set ablaze an election office of the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Dumri and destroyed banners, posters and flags of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha at its Giridih office.

In neighbouring Lohardagga, Morcha activists had burnt some trucks and machines of the Elite Construction Company, which is building a railway bridge connecting Lohardagga with Tori station. Supervisor Ram Sagar Singh has now sought security cover for his company staff.

‘‘A dozen armed militants came to us late in the night. They made us sit under a tree. One of them asked me to hand over the key of the Pocklain machine. As I didn’t have the key, he fired at its fuel tank,’’ said supervisor Chandrashekhar Upadhaya.

In Dumri, the Maoists have circulated pamphlets, which say, ‘‘We warn traitors not to participate in the process of election which helps perpetuate the system of the capitalists.’’

The constituencies of Bagodar, Dumri and Giridih are represented by CPI-ML’s Mahendra Singh, RJD’s Lalchand Mahato and BJP’s Chandra Mohan Prasad respectively. Of them, Singh was shot dead recently and Mahato and Prasad are still in the fray. Although the state administration has provided security to every candidate, Mahato and Prasad have not held election meetings in any of the interior villages.

‘‘Jan bachegi tabhi na chunao ladenge ,’’ says Ansari. Most candidates don’t feel safe even after the deployment of more than 90 companies of paramilitary forces in the 24 constituencies going to polls on February 3. Chief Secretary P.P. Sharma says, ‘‘With 50,000 security forces, we hope to hold the polls peacefully.’’


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Naxal talks: PM may step in to break ice


AP govt informed the Centre that many Naxals, through intermediaries, said they’re keen to talk


SUDHI RANJAN SEN


Posted online: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 0213 hours IST



NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24: Concerted efforts are afoot to resolve the deadlock between the CPI (Maoists) and the Andhra Pradesh government with the mediators approaching Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to bring both the sides on the negotiating table.

Civil Liberties lawyer K.G. Kannabiran of the Committee of Concerned Citizens, which is mediating in the talks, told Express that his colleague and former Vice-Chancellor K. Jayashankar met the PM last week on the issue. He will apprise the committee on Wednesday.



According to Kannabiran, the YSR Reddy government’s attitude was ‘‘intransigent’’ and both sides will have to back off before the second round of dialogue begins.

This is not the first time that the PM has intervened. On December 22 last, Singh had in fact written to Kannabiran and the convenor of the Committee, S.S. Sankaran, assuring them that the government was serious about a dialogue.

‘‘There is no intention on part of the state government to discontinue the present understanding — neither side would undertake offensive operations against each other...The state government seems hopeful that this would have a beneficial impact and is preparing to discuss Clause 7 (display of arms in public) as an agenda item in the next round of talks ...This seems an opportune moment to write a new chapter in the history of Andhra Pradesh,’’ Singh said in his letter.

Although talks broke down over police encounters in Mehboobnagar and Prakasham district last week, the state government has indicated to the Home Ministry that the second round will begin shortly.

The state is believed to have conveyed to the Centre that a substantial number of Naxalites have told its intermediaries that they were keen to talk.

‘‘Reports reaching us from the state and security agencies clearly indicate that talks will resume. Since the state is engaging the Naxalites we are not in a position to talk about the likely dates when the talks will resume’’ a Home Ministry official said. Security agencies in their report too have pointed to a large number of Naxalites are interested in a dialogue.



Naxal violence rages; 2 killed in Andhra

Press Trust of India
Karimnagar,
January 25, 200513:36 IST


Continuing its spree of violence in Andhra Pradesh, naxalites shot dead a watchman of state Warehousing Corporation and a TRS activist, both of them workers of PWG earlier, in the district, police said.
E Kistaiah, watchman of the Warehousing Corporation was gunned down by naxals in Huzurabad area at Chintapalli village about 55 km from Karimnagar on Tuesday morning, police said.
According to Huzurabad Circle Inspector V Seshu Kumar, the Maoists led by its Deputy Commander Dharmula Mallikarjun abducted Kistaiah from the godown and shot him dead, suspecting him to be a police informer.
Kistaiah was a Dalam member of the then outlawed PWG in Maharashtra. He surrendered to the police later and was working as watchman.
In another incident, S Venkati, a TRS activist, was shot dead by naxals in Jagityal area at Kancherla village on Monday night. He was suspected to be a police informer.
According to police, about 10 Maoists armed with weapons went to the house of Venkati at midnight and shot him dead.
Venakati also worked as a dalam member in the then PWG in the year 1990 for four or five years. Later, he surrendered to the police and joined TRS.

Sonia Gandhi favoured the resumption of stalled talks with the Naxals

Now that the naxalites have kept up their end of the bargain, by killing yet
anothert TDP activist, who was widely believed to be a social worker - the
Congress folks are ready to talk to the naxalites again....



In an effort to mollify the Telengana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS), the Congress
today expressed concern over the recent spurt in Naxalite violence while
declaring that both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia
Gandhi favoured the resumption of stalled talks with the Naxals in Andhra
Pradesh.
"Both the Prime Minister and the UPA chairperson have indicated that the
talks must continue. It is a commitment we have made to the people in the
state," Mr Digvijay Singh, AICC in charge of Andhra Pradesh, said here
today. His remarks follow attempts to sort out the differences which crept
up recently between the state unit of the Congress and the TRS on the Naxal
issue.

Enraged by the recent killing of their office-bearer in what they described
as a "fake encounter", TRS ministers had threatened to pull out of the
Andhra Pradesh Government.

TRS leader and Union Minister Chandrashekhar Rao even sought a meeting with
Congress President Sonia Gandhi in this connection.

Consequently, Mr Digvijay Singh was asked to broker peace between the two
parties. He called on Mr Rao yesterday and persuaded him to talk to AP CM
Y.S. Rajshekhar Reddy on the telephone in his presence. He also urged Mr
Reddy to continue with the peace initiative with the Naxals as "it is an
election promise".

Following this fire-fighting exercise, the TRS has decided not to carry out
its threat while the chief minister has promised to initiate the second
rounds of talks with Naxal groups.

Talking to mediapersons today, Mr Digvijay Singh said he had also requested
the chief minister to send a police team to inquire into the recent
incidents of violence and find out if these were fake or genuine. He said he
would meet Home Minister Shivraj Patil to apprise him of the situation.

Expressing concern over the sudden increase in Naxalite violence, he said
the Congress favoured an early resumption of peace talks on the "basic issue
of governance, socio- economic development land reforms and rights to forest
dwellers".

Sunday, January 23, 2005

TRS workers had Naxal links: AP police


Sunday, January 23, 2005 (Hyderabad):


The Andhra Pradesh police have come out with a report disclosing that several TRS functionaries had links with Naxalite organisations.

In a report submitted to Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, the state intelligence department has revealed that over 40 TRS functionaries, holding different positions, had connections with extremist organisations in the past and some of them are still Naxalite sympathisers.

Among the people's representatives who are either Naxal sympathisers or had worked with them in the past are TRS MLA K Eswar from Karimnagar district and the party's Adilabad district secretary Praveen.

Several TRS leaders holding elected posts in panchayat raj institutions including zilla parishad, mandal parishad and village sarpanch's were found to have links with Maoist organizations.

Widening rift

The police report comes against the backdrop of widening rift between Congress and TRS with the latter openly criticising the government's handling of the Naxalite issue.

Condemning the recent spurt in police encounters in which several Naxals were killed, the TRS has demanded an immediate halt to encounter killings and combing operations.

The sub-regional party has also threatened to review the alliance with Congress if the Government failed to concede its demands. (PTI)

Naxals set telephone exchange on fire


Friday, January 21, 2005 (Hyderabad):


Stepping up its campaign against the government, Naxalites set ablaze a telephone exchange in Mehboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours of today.

About ten armed Naxalites entered the small telephone exchange in Devarkadra area and after threatening the security guards poured diesel and torched the facility.

Matter of concern

Communication links to about half a dozen villages have been disrupted due to the incident.

"This was a peaceful area and no Naxal activities have been reported for the last three years. It is a matter of concern now that they have targeted and extended their activities in the peaceful areas," said Vikram Singh Mann, Superintendant of Police.

"The situation was alarming as they are now freely moving with weapons in peaceful areas," the official added.

Property worth an estimated Rs three lakh has been lost in the fire. (PTI)

TRS protest 'fake encounters' in Andhra


T S Sudhir, Uma Sudhir

Friday, January 21, 2005 (Hyderabad):


The Telangana Rashtra Samithi today organized a sit-in protest against what it calls 'fake police encounters' in Andhra Pradesh.

Ministers and MLAs belonging to TRS, which is part of the coalition government in the state, marched to the Chief Minister's office today.

They demanded action be taken against certain police officers, who they believe are sabotaging the peace process in Andhra Pradesh.

Pressure from Naxals

The TRS is under severe pressure from the Naxals to quit the ministry if they cannot ensure a stop to encounters and police combing operations.

"Some officials are acting against the decisions of the government. Ultimately it has resulted in the recent incidents. This cannot be continued,'' said Vijay Rama Rao, Civil Supplies Minister, Andhra Pradesh.

The allegations are strongly refuted by the state police chief, who says it is the Naxals who are indulging in extortion and violence.

"We are not in the game of killing people. But conducive atmosphere does not mean we will allow violence,'' said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.

CM back police

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy is backing the police. He reportedly told his TRS ministers that the police should be allowed to do their job.

"Maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the Government. We said there will be no reward for killing a Naxal. Only when a Naxal is arrested and brought to court will there be a reward," he said.

Intelligence reports have pointed out that the Naxals look at the peace talks only as a tactical strategy in their war against the state.

Observers say that longer the reprieve the Naxals get, the more deadly the extremist force will become. So perhaps it is in the state's interest for the police to act before things get out of hand.

AP ministers, MLAs take on own govt over Naxals' rights

This is our political leadership in India , on one hand naxals are killing leaders and police , the other hand the leaders are asking RIGHTS for naxals . May be due to fear of life these politicians are pressurising State government to calm down on naxals , this shows 2 things

1. Nexus between Politicians and Naxal Terrrists
2. Naxals terror campaign against political leaders

People should beware of this developments . HUMAN RIGHTS ARE FOR LAW ABIDING CITIZENS , NOT FOR ANTI-NATIONAL ELEMENTS ,AK-47 rifile holding cold blooded butchers of law enforcement officials . From where they are getting AK-47's ? Why our politicians call their act as acts of terrorism ?

PEOPLE SHOULD KICK THESE LEADERS OUT OF POWER
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AP ministers, MLAs take on own govt over Naxals' rights

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NEW DELHI: In a bizarre development, a section of the
ruling Congress-led alliance in Andhra Pradesh has come out against the
state government for violation of the 'rights' of Naxalites.

Ministers and MLAs belonging to the ruling alliance
marched to the chief minister's office in Hyderabad after participating in a
sit in protests against what they called "fake police encounters".

This is the first time that a part of the ruling
establishment has taken up the cause of Naxalites.

In what can complicate matters for the state government
and affect the morale of the police force, the ministers and MLAs also
demanded action against certain police officers.

The TRS is under severe pressure from the Naxals to quit
the ministry if they cannot ensure a stop to encounters and police combing
operations.

"Some officials are acting against the decisions of the
government. Ultimately it has resulted in the recent incidents. This cannot
be continued," agency reports quoted civil supplies minister Vijay Rama Rao
as saying.

The allegations are strongly refuted by the state police
chief, who says it is the Naxals who are indulging in extortion and
violence.

"We are not in the game of killing people. But conducive
atmosphere does not mean we will allow violence," said Andhra DGP Swaranjit
Sen.

Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy is backing the police.
He reportedly told his TRS ministers that the police should be allowed to do
their job.


"Maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the
government. We said there will be no reward for killing a Naxal. Only when a
Naxal is arrested and brought to court will there be a reward," he said.

Intelligence reports have pointed out that the Naxals look
at the peace talks only as a tactical strategy in their war against the
state.

The cease-fire period, it is suspected, is only a ploy by
the Left-wing extremist groups like PWG and MCC, who are now merged under
the banner of CPI(Maoist), to regroup and rearm themselves to help realise
their long-term objective to carve out a compact revolutionary zone (CRZ)
extending from Nepal to southern states like Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Observers warn that longer the reprieve the Naxals get,
the more deadly the extremist force will become. So perhaps it is in the
state's interest for the police to act before things get out of hand.

This is borne by the experience during the earlier peace
talks between the Chandrababu Naidu government and PWG.

The short-lived dialogue collapsed after the government
discovered that the Naxalites were busy regrouping and acquiring arms in
order to launch a sharper offensive against the state police.

The story is no different this time. Though the Naxals
have cited "fake encounters" by the police as the ground for withdrawing
from the three-month-old peace process, it seems they have consolidated
their strength, both in terms of manpower and weaponry, before striking with
a renewed vigour.
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People's rights and the extreme Left
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The situation in Andhra Pradesh is grim

-- Ravi

The situation in Andhrapradesh is grim.The local government is not so able to tackle to the issue of peacetalks.the home minister is so week and not able to understadn the consequences after the talks are failing.Its completely the defeat of "political process' in peacetalks.
First of all congraulations for Ap police under able DGP Mr.swarnajithsen who is tackling the situation verygood by his previous experience working in paramilitary forces.The police should maintain two strands first firmly against the naxals and second collecting information about naxals links with TRS the frontline agency for naxals.May be chandrasekarrao is fully influenced woth foreign NGO's and anit national forces.The AP police should take suggetions and supprot from central govt through Technicalassests ,logistic support like weapons and aerial assets.They should take mapping of forests and with aid of satellites/s jam the communications/s.
The IB and hoem ministry should make a pla to enforce the paramilitary at a tiem in all naxal affected states at a time to .
The central govt should also try newmethods and war plans with this .Itcan use NSG,marcos,SSB for upgrading and also to experience newmethods for warmup to reserveforces.