Saturday, February 12, 2005

Naxalites expand into 170 districts:Expert

New Delhi, Feb. 12: Naxalite violence has overtaken terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and insurgency in the Northeast to pose a major challenge to India’s internal security. Alarm bells are ringing through the corridors of power as intelligence statistics register the rapid growth of the Naxalite movement from 156 districts in 13 States in September 2004 to 170 districts in 15 States by February 2005.

Dr Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management, a recognised authority on the issue, says the statistics now show that “the Naxalites are expanding at an average rate of two districts per week”. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed deep concern about a “virtual collapse of law and order in view of extortion demands, display of arms, encroachments on public property and the militant rhetoric of Naxal leaders at rallies and meetings”.

National security adviser M K Narayanan has said that the Naxalites have created a compact revolutionary zone from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh. Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has described Naxal insurgency as the gravest threat to internal security. But, despite this assessment and a few high-level meetings, the UPA government has been unable to check the growth, or decide upon a strategy, to tackle what officials do not hesitate to describe as the “Naxal/Maoist menace”.

Political leaders, police personnel and, as the latest attack on Friday in Karnataka effectively demonstrates, landlords are the targets of the Naxal groups residing largely in the dense forests of States that have come to include Karnataka, Uttaranchal, AP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, UP, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Soft targets, like the railways and government property, are also on Naxal hit lists with the violence now registering a sharp increase.

A detailed intelligence report assessing Naxalite violence and behaviour during the last general elections outlines the existence of 35 active Naxalite groups in the country. The report maintains that seven of these groups participated actively in the elections, nine led a boycott of the polls, and another 12 Left-wing extremist groups indulged in violence in different parts of the country. Those that participated in the Lok Sabha polls are listed by the intelligence report to include the CPML-Liberation, CPML-New Democracy, CPML-Red Flag, Communist Party of United States of India and CPI-Marxist Leninist.

The Congress-led government, for instance, decided to lift the ban on the Naxal groups in the State and carry on negotiations under the umbrella of a ceasefire. Two powerful Maoist groups, the CPI-Marxist-Leninist-People’s War and the Maoist Communist Centre, took advantage of this to unite under the banner of the CPI-Maoist. One round of talks between the State government and the Maoist representatives has been held with the latter being escorted out of the forests by the police to Hyderabad and back after about a week.

At least two days of this period were used by the Maoist leaders residing in the State guest house at Hyderabad to accept petitions from the people. The second round has not been held as yet because of the Maoists’ refusal to lay down their weapons, with a move by the State government to distribute land amongst the landless poor reportedly angering the Maoists, who see in this a design to undermine their influence amongst the people. This was their demand, for which the State government is now taking credit.

Interestingly, during this period of supposed peace, a major Naxalite leader, Saketh Rajan, and an accomplice were killed in Karnataka in an organised police action. In retaliation, 150 heavily armed Naxalites attacked a police camp and killed six Karnataka State police personnel, a civilian and injured others at Venkatammanahalli village, near Bangalore, on Friday.

The ceasefire applies only to Andhra Pradesh, another indication of the lack of coordination between the States, as well as the Centre, in dealing with the problem that all senior leaders have no hesitation in describing as “a major threat to India’s stability”.

Ajai Sahni said the danger came from the fact that the movement was, one, not contained to a single or a few States, but recognised no State boundaries within the country; and two, it was highly ideological and indigenous. He was categorical that till date the Maoist movement in India was not being funded by another country — “No China, no ISI” — and that its functioning and methodology were determined by a “national trajectory”. Interestingly, till date the government has drawn no real links between the Maoists in Nepal and the groups operating in India in terms of strategy and leadership.

They all have their own leaders, factions, and follow the larger Maoist principle of functioning as autonomous units. There is evidence that Maoists who come into India from Nepal, and they are expected to do so in larger numbers now, use the groups here to provide safe havens, training facilities and arms that are used by them back in Nepal, and not in India. But they do not take their instructions from each other, or cooperate in determining strategy at any level.

Sahni was worried, however, about the “message” that will be sent out if, because of the developments now, the Maoists are able to attain power in Nepal. He said that in such a case the groups here would be fuelled by similar ambitions and would escalate the level of violence against the State to hasten the “people’s” revolution.

“One Maoist victory will inflame ambitions,” he said, and added that it would be extremely dangerous as it would be seen by the groups as a validation of the ideology of violence. He agreed that the Maoists in Nepal were not interested in reorganising the Indian Maoist groups, pointing out that the latter, in fact, were the “parents” although their growth in India had been relatively slower in the initial years than that of the “child” in Nepal.

Chase Naxals, Centre tells State

IB Seems to be alarmed, and Police miffed, Especially the Grey Hounds, but is it a case of too lil too late?

Hyderabad, Feb. 12: The Centre has asked the State government not to ease up combing operations in areas affected by Naxalite activity. The State has begun redrawing strategies on handling the extremists issue, amidst reports that the Maoists have begun handing out new landmines to recruits which can be detonated easily. According to sources, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Intelligence Bureau chief E S L Narasimhan made it clear to Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy in New Delhi that any lenience would not only cause damage to the State but also other States where the Maoists are re-grouping.

The IB chief is believed to have briefed the Chief Minister to the extent to which Maoists had utilised the time during the dialogue process to carry out operations. He cautioned the State agencies about the looming threat to the police force in the backdrop of largescale procurement of ammunition by the extremists.

The Centre has also asked the Chief Minister to mobilise political opinion against the misuse of the talks interval by the Naxalites. It cautioned against the interference and pressure tactics of political representatives in the event of tough action by the State — a mar-ked reference perhaps to Congress and TRS leaders who rushed to the Centre with complaints against the State government’s handling of the situation.

The Chief Minister is believed to have held discussions with the police brass after his return from New Delhi. The police wanted a single command to handle anti-Naxal operations and at no stage should this system should be breached. Police officials are believed to have complained that more than one ‘command structure’ existed, giving “contradictory” directions to the police force. “This has resulted in utter confusion among the police on what the political leadership is looking at,” a senior police official told Deccan Chronicle.

Sources said Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen had been asked to take charge of operations and a proposal to create the post of Additional DGP (Operations) had been mooted, The Operations ADGP would coordinate with different agenices which deal with Left-wing extremism. Sources said the police were focussing on landmines being laid in several areas by Maoists and ways to detect and defuse them.

“While the police have been accustomed to ‘sleeping’ and ‘defence’ mines, we have come across a new phenomenon. The Maoists have handed over small and sophisticated mines to new recruits which can be triggered quickly and easily,” a senior police official said. According to information reaching here, Maoists have laid mines in at least 1,000 strategic points, both on roads and paths leading to Naxal areas and in dense forests where the movement of dalams is high. Police apprehend that the top leadership would never turn up for the second round of talks as their movements and security cover have been compromised.

One killed in Andhra Naxal violence

One killed in Andhra Naxal violence

Press Trust of India

Khammam, February 12|14:42 IST


Naxalites of CPI (Maoist) shot dead a panchayat employee at Gopalraopeta village under Pinapaka mandal of Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, police said.

A group of extremists went to the house of C Mohan Rao early in the morning and shot him dead, branding him to be a police informer, police added.

Also, the Naxals of CPI (Maoist) also blasted the house of a Congress leader and torched a bus in Macherla, hours before Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy's visit to the district on Saturday, police said.

Asking people to boycott the Chief Minister's visit, the Maoist ultras in a statement warned that all approach roads to Macherla town, where Reddy has several engagements, were heavily mined.

"Reddy will pay dearly for his anti-Maoist and anti-people policies," the statement by local Maoist leader Suresh said. The district is a stronghold of CPI (Maoist) group.

Earlier in the morning, about 15 armed Naxals stormed the house of Congress leader P Adireddy, who was former Panchyat President in Nakarekallu village, and asked the family members to come out.

They then blasted the house with land mines and shouted slogans against the state government. Adiraddy was out of station at the time of the incident, police said.

Armed Naxals also stopped a Road Transport Corporation bus at Gundapalli vilage, asked the passengers to alight and torched it, police said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister arrived in Macherla town under heavy security. His helicopter landed in an enclosed area in the sprawling RTC workshop, sources said.


Ahead of CM's visit naxal violence in Guntur

Saturday, 12 February , 2005, 13:21

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Guntur: Angry naxals of CPI(Maoist) group blasted a Congress leader's house and torched a bus, hours before Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhar Reddy's visit to the district, the police said.

Asking people to boycott the Chief Minister's visit, the Maoist ultras in a statement warned that all approach roads to Macherla town, where Reddy has several engagements on Saturday, were heavily mined.



"Reddy will pay dearly for his anti-Maoist and anti-people policies", the statement by local Maoist leader, Suresh said. The district is a stronghold of CPI(Maoist) group.

Earlier on Saturday morning, about 15 armed naxals stormed the house of Congress leader P Adireddy, who was former Panchyat President in Nakarekallu village, and asked the inmates to come out.

They then blasted the house with land mines and shouted slogans against the state government. Adiraddy was out of station at the time of the incident, the police said.

Naxals must disarm first’


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10: The much-awaited second round of peace talks between Naxalites and the Andhra Pradesh government has run into rough weather, with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy insisting today that they will have to lay down arms first.

There was a perceptible shift in Reddy’s stand on combing operations in forests. Unlike in the past, when he maintained that police had been directed not to comb forests, Reddy said: ‘‘When some disturbance is taking place in a forest area or some law and order problem is likely to arise, we have to resort to combing operations.’’



Even while taking a firm stand on laying down of arms, the CM tried not to appear as contradicting the PM. Singh had suggested to K.G. Kannabhiran of the Committee of Concerned Citizens, which is mediating in the peace process, that the issue of laying down arms could be taken up at the next round of talks. Reddy today said: ‘‘Naxal leaders can discuss with us how to lay down arms across the table.’’

Reddy, who briefed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the issue, claimed later: ‘‘Whatever we have doing during the past few months has been endorsed by the Centre. There is unanimity of views between the state and Central governments.’’

The Congress was under pressure from both Left and TRS to resume peace talks. TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao had met Sonia early this week to press for the resumption of talks. After his meeting with Sonia, Reddy hadn a political success to declare — the Congress chief had accepted his invite to launch work on the international airport at Hyderabad in the first week of March.

Reddy had a meeting with Intelligence Bureau director E.L.S. Narasimhan too.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Karnataka special squads to fight Maoists

Karnataka special squads to fight Maoists:

[India News]: Bangalore, Feb 11 : The Karnataka government Friday announced two special security teams against Maoists as the rebels killed six policemen and another person in the state's Tumkur district.

Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh said one squad would be deployed in the Malnad region and the other on the plains from north Karnataka to the south.

Maoists had Thursday night attacked a Karnataka State Reserve Police team in Pavagada taluk, 150 km from here, and killed six policemen and another person.

"We had some sympathy for them (Maoists), but not anymore. The squads, headed by a DIG (director of inspector-general), will operate in the four districts of Malnad and from Bidar in north Karnataka to Kolar in the south," Singh said.

Singh would also discuss the Maoists with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who begins his two-day visit to the state Friday evening.

He said he would also take up Thursday's attack with the Andhra Pradesh chief minister as Maoists from the neighbouring state were suspected.

Director General of Police S.N. Borkar told IANS on telephone that more than 100 Maoists had entered the state from Andhra Pradesh and raided a school building where 30 policemen were camping.

"The rebels entered the camp after disconnecting power and shooting down the sentry. They threw grenades, set off explosives outside the building and opened fire," he said.

A part of the building collapsed after the explosion. The policemen returned the fire but the Maoists escaped, Borkar said.

The injured policemen have been admitted to hospitals in Tumkur and Bangalore.

Officials said police in Tumkur district are hunting for the killers, who are suspected to have entered the school from bordering Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.

"The attack appears to be a retaliation to the death of two Maoists in a police encounter Feb 6 in Chickmagalur district," Borkar said.

--Indo-Asian News Service

Naxals say police targeting top leaders

Naxals say police targeting top leaders


Uma Sudhir

Friday, February 11, 2005 (Hyderabd):


In the past four weeks, 38 people including 22 naxals have been killed since the peace talks between the Andhra Pradesh government and the naxals broke down.

Police say they have to act tough because the naxals have declared an all-out war of vengeance. But the naxals have accused the police of trying to systematically eliminate their top leadership.

The state police believe the CPI (Maoist) could have suffered a major blow on February 3.

Ramakrishna cornered

While combing the Nallamalla forest, the elite greyhound commandos had reportedly managed to surround top naxal leader Ramakrishna.

The eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation could have had a dramatic end but political intervention apparently ensured that Ramakrishna got away safely.

Police showed that they could measure up to face the naxal threat. They had cornered a man, who till peace talks began, was on the 'most wanted' list of the police.

'No psychological setback'

But a week after rushing to the state home minister's residence to ensure Ramakrishna's safety, naxal sympathisers are unwilling to concede any psychological setback.

"It's not possible for the greyhounds or the government or any force to catch Ramakrishna,'' said Kalyan Rao, a naxal sympathiser.

The naxals say the police is systematically targetting their leadership.

"The last seven months of ceasefire were used by the police to strengthen their information network and plant informers so that they can finish off the top naxal leadership,'' said Varavara Rao, a naxal mediator for peace talks.

Gearing up

The police say that in spite of immense provocation in the last few months, they have exercised restraint.

"We are not going to keep quiet. What we are doing, I cannot share with you but we are certainly doing something,'' said Swaranjit Sen, director general of police, Andhra Pradesh.

The Centre has already proposed a unified command of paramilitary and state forces to deal with the naxal menace, which indicates it could once again be a bullet for a bullet game all over again.

Intelligence reports indicate that the naxals are not likely to forget or forgive the reverses they have suffered. They could be on the lookout for a sensational target to show they retain the ability to strike.

In fact, naxal action teams are reportedly moving around in Hyderabad, keeping surveillance on top political and police targets.

Dharam Singh refuses to hold talks with Naxals till they lay down arms

Dharam Singh refuses to hold talks with Naxals till they lay down arms

[India News]: Bangalore, Feb 11 : Hours after Naxalites attacked a police camp in Karnataka, killing six policemen, Chief Minister Dharam Singh refused to hold talks with them till they laid down their arms.

Dharam said that combing operations to tackle the growing Naxal menace would continue.

"The other day I ordered that combing operations would be there. Our police officers are doing an effective job and also the police officers have done a commendable job. I must appreciate them," he said.

Asked if the government would hold talks with the Naxalites, Singh said: "They have to come, they have to give up violence. They have to give up the weapons then only government will hold talks with them."

Earlier, on Friday morning, at least six policemen were killed when Naxalites attacked their camp with hand grenades near Tirumani in Pavagadu sub-division.

Police officials said that the attack took place in a school building where Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) personnel were staying.

Four policemen were also injured in the attack, suspected to be in retaliation to the killing of two Naxalites recently.

Top police officials have reached the spot to assess the situation.

The attack took place close to the border with Andhra Pradesh state, a hotbed of the People's War Group (PWG), which has been locked in the low-intensity insurgency for more than three decades over the rights of peasants and landless labourers.

A ceasefire between the Naxalites and Andhra Pradesh government collapsed recently. (ANI)

Karnataka govt announces anti-naxal squads

PTI[ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 12:59:32 PM ]

BANGALORE: In a swift response to the naxal attack which left six policemen dead, the Karnataka Government on Friday announced setting up of two anti-naxal squads for operations in Malnad region and the plains.

The squads, headed by a DIG, will have a strength of 250 personnel each, Chief Minister N Dharam Singh said after a meeting with top police and home department officials in wake of the attack early on Friday morning.

Singh said one squad would deal exclusively with the naxal menace in the districts of Udupi, Mangalore and Chikamagalur in the Malnad region and the other will carry out the operations in naxal-infested areas in Bidar, Gulbarga, Tumkur, Raichur, Bellary and Kolar districts.

The announcement came hours after the heavily armed naxals attacked a Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) camp in a school building in Tumkur District.

Singh said he would also brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who would arrive here this afternoon on a two-day visit to the state, about the incident and also the Naxal activities in general in the state.

The Chief Minister said he would also soon meet his counterpart in Andhra Pradesh Rajashekhara Reddy and discuss the possibility of carrying out a joint operation against the naxals.

He said he also spoke to the Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police on launching the combing operations.

Asserting that there was no "confusion" on the part of the government in dealing with the naxalites, Singh said "earlier, we had sympathies and we had a dialogue. Now no more sympathies.

Singh announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs one lakh each for the injured.

The meeting was attended by state Chief Secretary K K Mishra, DGP S N Borkar and Home Commissioner Bramhadutt.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Six policemen killed in Naxal attack

Dharam Singh ! Do you still want to see blood of police to flow ? What CIP has to say ? A rettibution or act of self defense , From where Naxals are getting Granades . Is it not Pakistan . Do u call them "misguided people " or Terrorists ? Shame on u congress moron






Bangalore, Feb 11 : Six policemen were killed when Naxalites attacked their camp with hand grenades at Venkammanahalli in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district in the early hours of today, a senior police official said.

The Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) personnel were statying in a school building, which was their camp, when the attack took place, Karnataka Director General of Police S N Borkar told PTI.

"It is definitely the handiwork of Naxalites", he said adding that the assailants threw hand grenades at the police camp.

Top police officials have rushed to the spot. PTI


BJP wants govt to deploy STF to check naxal activities:

[India News]: Bangalore, Feb 10 : Opposition BJP in Karnataka today urged Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh to immediately deploy the Special Task Force, providing them with advanced weapons, to check naxal activities.

Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly B S Yediyurappa, at a press conference here, criticised the "change of stance" by Singh, who he said had retracted from his own assurance on STF deployment.

Pointing out to Singh's assurance held out in the recent legislature session on the government's firmness to deploy the STF, he wanted to know what prompted him to go back on it.

Yediyurappa demanded that the Chief Minister convene immediately a meeting of opposition party leaders to discuss the naxal menace and the steps to be taken to counter it.

Singh had on Monday ruled out sending the STF "immediately" to hunt the naxalites.

The party's senior leader Ramachandra Gowda, MLC, rapped the Government for increasing drinking water charges and demanded its withdrawal.

The hike would hit the poor, he said. PTI

Naxals strike in Tumkur village
S. KUSHALA & P.V. SRINIVASULU

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 11:24:09 PM ]

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PAVAGADA(TUMKUR): In one of the biggest blitzkrieg operations by Naxalites who have penetrated Karnataka now, six policemen and a civilian were shot dead at Venkatammanahalli, 40 km from Pavagada, Tumkur district, late on Thursday night. The killings are supposedly to avenge the death of their two comrades in a police encounter last Sunday.

About 300 Naxalites purportedly from Andhra Pradesh descended at 10.30 pm on the local higher primary school in Venkatammanahalli, where 30 policemen from the ninth KSRP battalion were camping. Venkatammanahalli and Thirumani — the last villages before Andhra Pradesh border — are Naxal-prone and one KSRP platoon is stationed here by rotation.

The incident took place when the policemen were making preparations to sleep. Sky sentry C.N. Swamy — who escaped with his life by leaping over the terrace wall —told The Times of India that three trucks full of men and women in black and algae green uniforms, and including children, arrived and parked in front of the school gate. They were all speaking Telugu.

Even before the police could react, some Naxals from the trucks shot sentry Venkatesh point blank. Nearly 200 Naxals barged into the school demanding that the policemen surrender, even as another 100 surrounded the building. One of the victims, Rajiv, who came out with his hands held up in a gesture of surrender was shot mercilessly in the chest. The next target was Swamy who was hit by several rounds of bullets.

He fired back and shattered the bulb cutting power supply. Then, as a Naxal hurled a grenade at him, he jumped to the other side and escaped, even as the grenade damaged the roof. Reserve sub-inspector Kalawad, sleeping in the room, was ripped by the blast along with head constable Chikkanarasaiah. Naxals dropped grenades through the damaged roof. Some policemen who rushed to grab weapons were killed in crossfire.

After two hours, the Naxals left the scene with six policemen dead and made away with 10 SLRs. Bus cleaner Hanumanta (18) who was cleaning the vehicle next to the school was also killed. Two Naxals were killed, and their bodies were taken away in trucks.

The dead policemen were RSI Kalawad, head constables Siddaramanna, Jayaram, Rajiv and Chikkanarasaiah and constable Venkatesh. Head constables V.L. Chandraiah, Shivahanumaiah, Thimmappa are undergoing treatment in Bangalore, while head constables Bale Gowda and H.P. Venkatesh have been shifted to Pavagada primary health centre.

Locals' support helped in Naxal encounter : seized arms , Pronography and pregnancy tests reports

Locals' support helped in Naxal encounter

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2005 11:37:36 PM ]

BANGALORE: The killing of two Naxals in Chikmagalur last Sunday would not have been possible sans the locals help, whose confidence the police had gained after farmer Magebylu Chandrashekar's incident.


On October 7, 2004, Naxals entered the farmer's house, who had been given police protection and kidnapped one constable besides taking away a rifle. The constable was released within hours.

Later, the police raided Naxals' training camp in Barkal ghat near Agumbe. Speaking to The Times of India here on Thursday, Chikmagalur DC Rajender Kumar Kataria said during the raid police seized arms, Marxist literature, pornography and pregnancy tests reports. "People have started gaining confidence in the district administration on the Naxals issue and encounter would not have been possible sans their information," he added.

But chief minister N. Dharam Singh's statement that the STF will not be deployed in Naxal prone districts has surprised many. Opposition leader in the assembly B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday demanded that the STF be deployed and recalled the CM had given an assurance in the legislative assembly to this effect.

Police try to trap fleeing Naxals , CIP melo drama continues

Police try to trap fleeing Naxals

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2005 11:15:28 PM ]



BANGALORE: The police have intensified combing in the Naxal-prone districts. All possible escape routes have been blocked to trap the 12 Naxals, who fled after the police gunned down their two associates on Sunday.


Search was on for the Naxals who had escaped and highways leading to Chikmagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Tumkur and Shimoga districts — the extremists' area of operation — are being monitored, DGP S.N. Borkar told The Times of India here on Wednesday.

"We have not sent any additional reinforcement to the spot as the KSRP is already there. The two policemen, who were injured in the encounter are recovering in Bangalore and Mangalore hospitals," Borkar, who has visited both, said.

Chikmagalur deputy commissioner Rajender Kumar Kataria, in whose presence the second autopsy of Saketh Rajan and Shivalinga was done in Bangalore on Tuesday, said the dog squad had tracked scent up to eight km. "After the incident the police have intensified its watch for possible reprisals." The post-mortem reports are expected next week.

Meanwhile, CM N. Dharam Singh, who met the Citizen's Initiative for Peace members on Wednesday, admitted there was a "communication gap" resulting in the police performing the last rites of the Naxals.

Singh said development commissioner Chiranjiv Singh, who is heading the probe into the killing of the Naxals, would also look into the issue. Naxal sympathiser Gaddar, who was part of the team to meet the CM, opted out, after he was not allowed to bring Saketh's ashes inside.


CM orders inquiry into Naxals' death

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2005 11:40:33 PM ]
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BANGALORE/MANGALORE/CHIKMAGALUR: Chief minister Dharam Singh on Monday ordered a probe into the gunning down of two Naxals in Chikmagalur and agreed for a second post-mortem.

The report on first post-mortem is awaited. The second post-mortem, to be done at Bowring Hospital, will be videotaped. Chikmagalur's district magistrate will be present during the post-mortem to ensure transparency, home secretary Brahm Dutt said. While one of the dead has been identified as CPI (Maoist) secretary Saketh Rajan, the identity of the other is still in doubt, though he is suspected to be a local by the name of Krishnamurthy.

Vigilance has been tightened at check-posts and vehicles on routes between Chikmagalur and Udupi are being checked. Udupi SP S. Murugan said: "About 10 Naxals escaped on Sunday and there are chances of them trying to enter Udupi district."

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore after a meeting with DGP S.N. Borkar, the CM said the probe will be headed by development commissioner Chiranjiv Singh and report submitted in one month. He ruled out STF's deployment to track the Naxals.

Rubbishing the charges of the members of Citizens' Initiative for Peace that the two Naxals were killed in fake encounter, he said: "In case of emergency, police have to interfere when they have data about the hideouts."

Stressing that talks would continue with Naxals, Singh said every time the government showed interest in having talks on the issue, it was only the CIP members who have attended, instead of bringing Naxal leaders.

Later, Dharam Singh, who was in Mangalore, said Saketh's mother Rajalakshmi had declined to receive his body. No one has come forward to identify or claim the second body.

Chikmagalur police said 27 rounds had been fired from Saketh's AK-47, while five magazines were found on him. The police had found Saketh's diary at the site of an earlier encounter at Barkana in October 2004 when all Naxals had escaped.
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High drama as police perform Naxals' last rites

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2005 11:47:08 PM ]


BANGALORE: Even before friends and others could pay their last respects, slain Naxal Saketh Rajan's body was consigned to flames here on Tuesday. All that was left for them to see was the burning body, through the furnace keyhole.

Even as members of the Citizen's Initiative for Peace (CIP) were making arrangements to keep mortal remains of Saketh and his associate Arun alias Shivalinga in Basava Kendra here on Wednesday, the police, allegedly flouting chief minister N. Dharam Singh's orders to hand the bodies to the CIP, performed the last rites.

Former minister Roshan Baig and CIP members too offered to perform the last rites, leading to high drama.

The bodies of the Naxals, who were killed in an encounter near Chikmagalur on Sunday, were brought to Bowring Hospital here for a second autopsy. DGP S.N. Borkar told The Times of India earlier in the day that the bodies had decomposed and the last rites had to be performed soon after the post-mortem, at the Kalpally crematorium.

Confusion prevailed outside the hospital with CIP members and Baig demanding the bodies and the police resorting to a mild lathichage. The arrival of Gaddar and Varavara Rao added fuel to the fire.

The protesters staged a dharna, protesting against the police action of conducting the last rites. Chief minister Dharam Singh had to rush his principal secretary S.V. Ranganath and development commissioner Chiranjeev Singh to the spot to control the situation.

The CM had earlier passed orders to hand over Saketh's body to the CIP.


Chiranjeev Singh, also heading a government probe into the encounter which led to the Naxals' deaths, admitted to a "delay in percolation of CM's orders to hand over bodies to the CIP".

"By the time the orders reached down, Borkar had issued instructions to perform the last rites. I am as much in dark as you are. The CM had made it clear that the bodies be handed over to the CIP," he said. To make matters worse, the police locked the crematorium and left. Around 8 pm, the CM ordered BCC deputy commissioner (East) Jayaram to open it and hand over Saketh's ashes to the CIP and, if need be, exhume Shivalinga's body to be taken to Sindhanur in Raichur district.

But police had taken the keys away and the crematorium lock had to be broken. Still-smouldering ashes were then handed over to CIP members and a fistful of earth was taken from Shivalinga's grave, which was given to Gaddar and Varavara Rao.

The CM took the decision to hand over Saketh's body to the CIP after the Naxal's mother faxed a letter to Dharam Singh to this effect. Baig intervened after CIP member Gauri Lankesh requested him for help.





Wednesday, February 09, 2005

No "red corridor" says Congress : Can u believe them ?

Congress dismisses BJP's apprehension of "red corridor":

[India News]: Ranchi, Feb 8 : Dismissing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's apprehension of a "red corridor" between the Nepal and India following the withdrawal of POTA, the Congress today asked whether the threat was not there during the six-year rule of NDA.

"Was the fear not there during the NDA regime?" senior party leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh asked and added that even during the NDA rule, the naxal menace could not be checked despite introduction of POTA.

Singh was reacting to Modi's fear of naxalites setting up a "red corridor" between the Himalayan Kingdom and India.

Modi had yesterday expressed concern over developments in Nepal and said POTA had been a deterrent to naxal activity.

Ever since the UPA government revoked the POTA, which was introduced when BJP president L K Advani was the Home Minister, the top BJP leadership has been alleging that extremism had increased. PTI

Waving 30-yr-old order, YSR transfers 3,000 cops to please TRS



Andhra: Govt begins process to revert policemen to home districts, ignores concern that this will embolden Naxals, weaken police

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

HYDERABAD, FEBRUARY 9


Conceding an old demand of ally Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and sending out a clear signal that it would continue to keep anti-Naxal operations on hold, the YSR Reddy government today decided to send some 3,150 cops to their home districts. In effect, meeting the TRS demand that non-Telangana policemen should have no place in the region.

LESSON : NAXALS ARE PRESSURISING TRS TO DO THEIR BIDDING

Aware that it could lead to a public outcry, the government tried to play safe by announcing that the process of reverting policemen to their native districts would start from the commissionerates of Hyderabad and Cyberabad.

State Home Minister K Jana Reddy told reporters that orders for the postings would be issued on February 11. To start with, only those in the rank of ASI, head constable and constable would be moved out.

Reddy said a similar exercise would be done in the case of sub-inspectors, saying 16 of them have already ‘‘voluntarily returned to their native districts’’.

To justify its decision, the government dug out a 1975 Presidential order and said the appointments—they include 2,120 constables, 236 head constables and 14 ASIs in Hyderabad and 77 constables, 14 head constables and two ASIs in Cyberabad—were in violation of the order.

We will talk to Naxal
mediators: Jana Reddy

HYDERABAD: Reiterating that the YSR Reddy government was committed to truce talks with Maoists, Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Jana Reddy said that the government would first consult the mediators.



Questions are already being asked why these appointments were valid all these years.

But the Reddy government is sticking to GO 610, issued on the basis of the Presidential order, which wanted regional balance in recruitment by filling 80 per cent of the posts with locals and the rest by non-locals. The government says non-locals were recruited in excess of the prescribed quota.

And now, for the record, the government says all personnel will be ‘‘adjusted in their native districts by creating supernumerary posts so that their seniority is not affected.’’ Vacancies arising out of the transfers would be filled either by undertaking fresh recruitment or by deputation of personnel from other regions till new appointments are made.



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Naxalites are running rings around the Union home minister and the nation pays the price

Waffle man

Naxalites are running rings around the Union home minister and the nation pays the price

The Centre will shine the light on the causes before it looks for the remedies and in turn the Naxalites are sure to realise there can be no development without peace. Could Home Minister Shivraj Patil possibly be talking about the same brutal, congealed problem that we know of? One that notches a rising toll in innocent lives across the country. Is he talking of the armed insurgents who have sounded a sophisticated and profound challenge to the writ of the Indian state, who now run parallel, unchecked governments in pockets of states too many to count? As the rhetoric from the Centre on the Naxalites gets more and more florid, with mounting evidence of the Centre blinking at the gruesome reality on the ground and urging friendly state governments to do the same, the nation worries.

Take the home minister’s recent waffle on the old idea of the ‘‘unified command’’ to confront the Naxalites in different states. It is difficult not to be sceptical about the Centre’s will to take on the outfit with any purpose or seriousness of intent. Ever since the UPA government took charge, the message emanating from the Centre has been irresolute at best and in fact dangerous. The collapsed talks that the Andhra Pradesh government initiated with Naxal ‘‘leaders’’, who flaunted their arms even as they sat at the table, remains the defining image of the UPA’s perilous policy. It isn’t yet over, unfortunately.

The recent episode, reported in this paper, of Grey Hound commandos being summoned back at the behest of the political leadership in Hyderabad and New Delhi, from deep inside the Nallamala forest where they had surrounded the top Naxal leadership, reinforces the very disturbing message: the UPA government is tying up the hands of the police forces. It is even willing to protect the Naxals from them.

It could be simply a case of some misguided faith in bringing back to the table those who have renounced all respect for human life, and the rules of the game. Or it could be the cynical act of nurturing a political constituency. Whichever it is, the home minister must be served notice that the buck for the renewed violence, as the Naxalites try to enforce poll boycotts in the ongoing round of assembly polls, stops squarely at his table.

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Naxalites are running rings around the Union home minister and the nation pays the price



•Naxals
At last you realize the gravity of the situation. Perhaps, you too helped the Naxal cause during the last elections.

Posted by: Prakash, India, 09-02-2005 at 1253 hours IST

•Patil: Unfit for house-keeping !

We are glad that unlike other media that prefers going tabloid, publishing saucy stories on film stars and Page 3 characters the Indian Express has focussed attention on issues of national importance and unmasking the ugly faces of men at the helm who can easily be called anti-national. Lacking vision to see the writing on the wall and overtaken by age, our Home Minister is letting the Andhra ministers, both at the Centre and in the state, to have their say in dealing with the Naxalites while Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi seem unconcerned with this diabolical development. Since of them owe their electoral victory to PWG’s support it is now time for them to reciprocate. That explains the lifting of the ban on PWG , inviting it for talks and later ordering the Greyhound commandos to let the big sharks escape to the wooded hideouts of Andhra. These Maoists have been playing havoc in Nepal necessitating imposition of emergency by the King. Incidentally, that also explains why the UPA Govt. is shedding tears for subversion of “democracy” in Nepal ignoring the fact that its own multi-party democracy in India is under attack by the same outfit of marauders.
Posted by: Sharad C. Misra, India, 09-02-2005 at 1051 hours IST

•UPA & Naxal

Thanks IE for telling some truth about UPA's working regarding dangerous NAXALS. UPA seems to be protecting NAXALs from Security forces as NAXAL are not criminals but misguided brothers and sisters as claimed by SHIVRAJ PATIL . Of course WHAT poor Minister and Congress can do if they have to depend upon communists. Anyway who cares for country and common men who will be worst sufferers in violence.
Posted by: Atma Gandhi, Singapore, 09-02-2005 at 1034 hours IST

•Home Ministry for Whom

I think like the International(US) Human Rights organizations, Indian Home Ministry have decided that it is there for the Militants(Naxals) not the general public.
See BJPs reaction for asking for Army action, even when there leaders are safe, only Plane is damaged by the Naxals.
The Politicans have Really forgotten that they are there to serve not for Self service or Serve a small group with mutual illegal interests.
Posted by: Vinay, India, 09-02-2005 at 0946 hours IST

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

"Citizen's Initiative for Peace " is a Naxalite Front : Indians Beware

Rcently Karnataka police killed 2 Naxalites in an encounter , a "peacnick" group called "Citizen's Initiative for Peace "  condemning the killing , in their eyes the dead naxals are " activists of the CPI (Maoist) " and demanded an official probe into the encounter . "Citizen's Initiative for Peace " definition of Naxalism is simple , " Naxalism is a socio-economic issue and the government should not treat it as a law & order problem " Read More

Shamless Pseudo Intellectuals support Naxals : Beware of Citizen's Initiative for Peace

Shamless Pseudo Intellectuals support Naxals : Beware of this this organzation "Citizen's Initiative for Peace" , which sympathises with terror Organizations



Govt move to deploy STF men opposed

If you kill two Naxalites, there is a likelihood of 20 more taking to
Naxalism, Prof Ramachandrappa said, suggesting that the government resort to
dialogue.

BANGALORE, DHNS:


Several intellectuals, writers and social thinkers in the State have opposed
the government's move to depute the Special Task Force (STF) in Chikmagalur
district to tackle the Naxalite menace. Besides, they have also criticised
the encounter against the Naxalites.

Noted writers including Prof U R Ananthamurthy, G S Shivarudrappa, Prof
Baragur Ramachandrappa, Prof Chandrashekhar Patil and journalist Gowri
Lankesh, among others, have prepared a memorandum to be submitted to Chief
Minister N Dharam Singh under the banner of the Citizens' Initiative for
Peace, against the move to deploy STF.

In the memorandum, they have argued that the government should find a
socio-economic solution to the Naxalite menace, which has resulted due to
similar problems.

Using STF against Naxalites is not an appropriate step as Naxalites are
neither dacoits nor are they poachers like Veerappan, said Prof Baragur
Ramachandrappa. Besides, deploying STF in Chikmagalur district may pave the
way for mental torture of the local citizens as the STF was bound to grill
them on the whereabouts of the Naxalites, he observed.

Encounter criticised
Prof Baragur Ramachandrappa argued that police encounters may not help find
a permanent solution to the Naxalite problem and suggested that the
government initiate a dialogue with them towards this end.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Prof Ramachandrappa observed that there is a
danger of more people taking to Naxalism if the government tries to tackle
the Naxalites with police force. "If you kill two Naxalites, there is a
likelihood of 20 more taking to Naxalism," he said.

Pointing out that the Naxalite problem was still in its infancy in
Karnataka, Prof Ramachandrappa suggested that the government initiate a
dialogue with them instead of resorting to encounters.

Urging the Naxalites to participate in such a dialogue, he also exhorted the
two to desist from imposing any conditions for taking part in such a
dialogue.

CIP PLEA

Independent post-mortem sought

The Bangalore-based Citizen's Initiative for Peace (CIP) has demanded
for an independent post-mortem of those killed in the police encounter in
Chikmagalur to know the real reasons for the death, adds DHNS from
Bangalore.

CIP office-bearer and journalist Gowri Lankesh said that the
organisation had urged the government to shift the bodies from Sringeri
taluk to Bangalore to facilitate such an independent post-mortem. The
post-mortem should be conducted in the presence of three forensic experts,
she demanded.

Meanwhile representatives of Naxals in Andhra Pradesh, Mr Varavara Rao
and Gaddar, are expected to visit Karnataka on Monday to take part in the
funeral of those killed in the encounter.

Naxal sympathisers also wants Udupi Mutt takeover

It is interesting that the votaries of Naxalites are also doubling up
as critics of Pejawar [Udupi] Mutt .
The increasing alliance of Maoists with forces opposed to sacred Hindu
institutions is an important development. Generally in the past Maoist
were " neutral" with regard to religious issues.
The two reports in The Hindu on the same day of 7th Feb 2005 regarding
the killing of two Naxalites and the demand for the take over of Udupi
Sri Krishna Temple is given below.
You may notice, that the critics/leaders are the same in both.
It is equally intriguing that the News paper The Hindu is giving lots
of space to both the pro-Naxal elements and also critics of Udupi
Mutt--more than the importance they have in society.Of course that is
the journalistic Dharma!!!

RV



Police firing termed a violation of rights

By Our Staff Correspondent

UDUPI, FEB. 6. The Karnataka Vimochana Ranga on Sunday criticised the
police action leading to the death of two suspected naxalites at
Menasinahadya in Koppa taluk of Chikmagalur district.
K.L. Ashok, secretary of the organisation, told presspersons here that
the killing of the two is a violation of human rights. The problems
faced by 20,000 tribal people living in the Kudremukh National Park
(KNP) can be solved only through negotiations.
He said the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, is adopting double
standards on the issue. He had said that the problem in KNP is one of
socio-economic while at the same time he is deploying the Special Task
Force (STF). The Government should not deploy STF in the area as it
faces several charges of atrocities when it is deployed to capture the
brigand Veerappan.
The problems in the area require long-term solutions. Poverty is
rampant and the area lacks basic facilities. It is only after the
death of two suspected naxalites at Eedu in Udupi district in November
2003 that the Government woke up to the problem and announced a
package of Rs. 60 crores to develop the region. There are a number of
problems such as mining and evacuation in Malenadu districts. The
Government should not exacerbate them by deploying STF. The police
have killed four suspected naxalites and the group may retaliate. The
Government should withdraw the notification declaring the region a
national park, Mr. Ashok said.
Sri Basavaraj Devaru of Sri Revannasidheswar Mahamutt said the killing
of the two activists at Menasinahadya was a tragedy. He will meet the
Chief Minister soon and discuss the issue with him.
The Udupi Vicharavadigala Vedike vice-president, S. Hayavadana
Upadhya; the Manavadharma Janajagriti Vedike general secretary, Sriram
Divana; the Pragatipara Chintakara Vedike president, C.N. Shetty; and
the Kanaka Yuva Sena Shimoga district unit convenor, K. Ranganath,
were present.
____________________________

Swamiji criticises Udupi mutts

By Our Staff Correspondent

UDUPI, FEB. 6. Sri Basavaraj Devaru Swamiji of Sri Revannasidheshwar
Mutt, Dharwad, said on Sunday that he will continue his struggle till
an administrative officer is appointed to Sri Krishna Temple and legal
action is taken against the swamiji of Admar Mutt for demolishing the
Kanaka Gopura.
The swamiji was presiding over the inauguration of a campaign for
appointing an administrative officer for Sri Krishna Mutt, titled
"Shudra campaign against the conspiracies of priestly class", here.
When he had arrived in Udupi heading the Kanaka Sangharsha Yatra a
couple of months ago, the swamijis of the Ashta Mutts did not have the
courtesy to allow another swamiji (Basavaraj Devaru) into the temple.
The attitude of the Ashta Mutts towards the backward communities
smacked of contempt.
"I will not allow the swamijis of Ashta Mutts to get away easily with
this," he said. Janardhan Bhandarkar welcomed the gathering.
Hayavadana Upadhya, Sriram Divana, Gopal Shetty, Gananath Ekkar, K.
Ranganath, and K.L. Ashok, supporters of the campaign, were present

Naxals run parallel govt in Chhattisgarh

Reetesh Sahu

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 (Antagrah district):


Naxalites virtually have their sway over 10 districts of Chhattisgarh where even police stations reflect a state of fear.

Fear of the Naxal rebels is so intense in the state that people are reluctant to leave home after sunset. Even the local police stations are locked after 6 pm (IST).

But instead of finding a solution, the Centre and state government are putting the blame on each other for the Naxal menace.

Living in fear

Udanpaur village in Antagrah district buzzes with activity during the day. But as night falls, there is deathly silence here.

People are scared to even venture out of their houses after 6 o'clock in the evening for fear of being attacked by Naxals.

In case of a Naxal attack, people are forced to follow their commands and any disobedience draws severe punishment.

Sanaoo Ram, a resident of Udanpur village, had dared to openly stand up to the Naxals. He had to pay for it with this younger brother's life.

"They killed him. That's why we're so scared," said Sanaoo Ram.

Sinister silence

Whether out of choice or out of fear, the undeniable fact is that the villagers often help the Naxals – which maybe a crucial reason for the police not getting many leads on tracking the rebels.

The Naxals, however, have all the information about the police movement in these villages. They run almost parallel governments in eight districts of Chhattisgarh.

Their control over the area is such that they openly collect taxes from the people. They also claim that anyone wanting to live in these villages will have to live by their rules.

Even development work in these districts cannot carry on without the Naxal support.

"These attacks are taking place because they have always lived off the resources in this village. No money is spent on developmental work here. We run the government here and so the people have to pay us taxes," said a rebel commander.

Visiting a police station late in the evening explains the plight of the people here.

Permission is required to enter the police stations where the department seems intent on ensuring its own safety first. Due to the fear of a Naxal attack, police stations close after 6 pm (IST).

Nowhere to go

Caught between the Naxal threat and the fear of the police, the villagers have no one to turn to.

For its part, the state government sees an easy way out by putting the responsibility on the central government.

"We've always said it's not enough to have peace talks in one state while there's violence in other states. The central government will have to evolve a uniform policy to resolve this problem," said Brij Mohan Agrawal, Home Minister, Chhattisgarh.

After being tossed around between the centre and the state governments, the people living in the Naxal-infested areas of Chhattisgarh have no faith on anyone. They seem resigned to their fate.


Monday, February 07, 2005

Two Naxals killed in Chikmagalur , Karnataka . CM say no STF

No STF for anti-Naxal drive now

Mr Dharam Singh agreed to the demand of the Citizens Initiative for Peace for a second post-mortem on the bodies of encounter victims.

BANGALORE/ MANGALORE, DHNS:


Chief Minister Dharam Singh on Monday ruled out immediate deployment of Special Task Force for anti-Naxal operations.

In response to the demand made by activists of the group Citizens Initiative for Peace (CIP), the chief minister said there would be a second post-mortem on the bodies of the two Naxalites killed by police in the encounter of Sunday in Chikmagalur district.

Mr Dharam Singh announced that an official-level probe would be held into the encounter. The probe will be headed by Development Commissioner Chiranjeev Singh who had earlier headed a panel that studied the problems of people in the areas of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts that came under the influence of Naxalites.

The bodies of the two victims will be brought to Bangalore for the post-mortem scheduled for early Tuesday at Bowring Hospital here.

Speaking to reporters after holding a review meeting with top police and Home Department officials and meeting with representatives of the CIP, Mr Singh noted that he had only said that the special task force would be deployed, but had not done so yet. He went on to clarify that if the law and order situation in the affected areas deteriorated, he would not hesitate to deploy STF.

He said the CIP had produced photographs claiming that there were no injuries on the bodies of the two killed but their heads had been slashed, and added that the government had agreed for a second post-mortem.

It is learnt that in his order to Home Commissioner Brahm Dutt, Mr Singh instructed the officials concerned to have the process videoed so that the recording could be produced for verification in the event of any allegations of human rights violation.

Mr Dharam Singh said that while the government was ready for dialogue with the Naxals, they did not show any interest in it despite repeated offers made to them. Observing that one of the Naxalites killed — Saketh Rajan alias Prem — was the author of “Making History,” a book on the history of Karnataka, and a journalist, the chief minister said he too was pained by his death. Late in the night, the locals identified the other victim as Shivaling from Sindanur of Raichur district.
When pointed out that Mr Chiranjeev Singh, who would head the official-level probe, was due to retire shortly, the chief minister said that if the inquiry was not completed by then, the officer would be given extension.

The chief minister, who arrived in Mangalore later in the day, said that the government was trying to solve the problem of tribals without evicting them from the Kuduremukh National Park area. The bodies of the two victims would be handed over to the CIP as requested by them, the chief minister said.
CIP representatives in Bangalore said the families of the victims had given them permission to perform the last rites. It is learnt that the CIP is trying to get revolutionary leaders Gaddar and Varavara Rao of Andhra Pradesh to attend the funeral. The funeral will be held on Wednesday.





Two Naxals killed in Chikmagalur

Chief Minister Dharam Singh said that while his government was ready for talks with Naxalites it would not allow them to perpetrate violence.

CHIKMAGALUR/BANGALORE, DHNS:


A top Naxalite and an unidentified associate were killed by the police in Baliga in Kudremukh National Park limits on Sunday morning. Two police officers were injured in the encounter.

While one of the deceased has been identified as Prem, CPML State General Secretary, the identity of the other is unknown. Vehicle papers recovered from Prem revealed that it belonged to one Sanjay (40) of Jayanagar 4th Block in Bangalore.

The encounter occurred in Baliga near Menasinahadya in the border area of Koppa taluk and close to Kalasa hobli in Mudigere taluk. An AK 47 double barrel gun, 12 bore gun, country bombs, hundreds of cartridges and 29 notes of 500 denomination were recovered by the police. Kudremukh Circle Inspector Srinidhi suffered an AK 47 bullet injury on his finger when the Naxals fired upon him. He also suffered minor injuries on his forehead and ears. Kalasa ASI Satish Nayak suffered a minor injury in the chest. Both have been admitted to a hospital in Kalasa.

On a tip-off that a team of Naxals were holding a meeting in a house near Menasinahadya, Deputy SP N T Shivakumar formed four police teams, one each from Kudremukh, N R Pura, Sringeri and Koppa circles.

The teams started their search operation from Saturday night in various areas. In the wee hours of Sunday, the police spotted a team of Naxals and asked them to surrender.
But the naxals threw country bombs at the police.
The police retaliated and the naxals escaped into the jungle in Horandu. During the combing operations at 7 am, the police discovered two bodies in the area. The bodies were taken to the Kalasa government hospital.

Superintendent of Police Bijendra Kumar has congratulated Mr Shivakumar and his team for killing the naxals.

CM's anguish

Expressing anguish over the spurt in naxal activities despite the offer of talks by the government, Chief Minister N Dharam Singh said on Sunday that the state government would intensify its operation against naxals to maintain peace and harmony.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Karnataka State Veeraishaiva Lingayath Noukarara Kshemabhivruddhi Samithi Convention in Bangalore, Mr Singh announced the government's intention to name the head of the Special Task Force set up to tackle the naxal problem.

He said the state government had decided to take firm steps against naxal activities in the wake of Sunday’s encounter in Chikmagalur district.
Defending the police action, Mr Singh said that it was the primary duty of the government to maintain law and order and provide security to the common man. “The government will not tolerate any move that leads to unrest in society.

We will intensify the naxal operation if they try to harm people,” he added.
Mr Singh said an emergency meeting of top police and home department officials had been called on Monday to discuss naxal activities and evolve steps to deal with the situation. However, he said the government was still ready for talks but not in an atmosphere that would create law and order problems.

Mr Singh recalled the talks the government had with naxalites in this regard earlier. He said a committee, headed by Development Commissioner Chiranjeevi Singh, which had gone into social problems in naxal-dominated regions, had submitted its report to the government. The government was chalking out a programme to implement the report for the welfare of the people in the naxal-dominated places in Chikmagalur, Mangalore and Udupi districts.

Mr Singh said the government would consider utilising the sophisticated gadgets that were provided to the STF while hunting Veerappan, to curb the naxalite problem.

Beware! Naxal hit-squads prowling the city

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2005 11:35:15 PM ]

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1013278.cms

HYDERABAD: A high alert was sounded in the city on Sunday morning after intelligence agencies reportedly detected the movement of a few naxalite 'action teams' (hit squads) tasked with eliminating some 'big targets'.

Sources said plainclothesmen have fanned out in the city to round up the hit squads. Both the Hyderabad and Cyberabad police have been directed to provide additional security to all possible Maoist targets.

Consequently, security around ministers' residences, the state police headquarters and MLA Quarters has been increased, while politicians from naxalite-affected areas are being told to watch their step while visiting public places.

According to sketchy details available with the police, at least two naxalite action teams are prowling the city, each with three or four members carrying small weapons. Police are yet to assess who their targets could be.

Sources said all the roads used by the chief minister, home minister and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu are being scanned a few hours in advance to detect any explosives or mines.

They said Naidu continues to figure at the top of the Maoist hit-list, but the government's recent tough stance against the extremists has put Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in his predecessor's company.

A senior police officer said the Maoists have now become desperate to hit a 'big target' to create a sensation.

Naxals blast Mandal Development Office in Andhra

[India News]: Hyderabad, Feb.7: Naxals of the CPI (Maoist) blew up a Mandal Development Office (MDO) on the outskirts of Govindarao pet village in Warangal district on Monday morning.
Police said that a group of extremists went to the office, asked the watchman to come out and exploded the office by planting landmines.

Peace talks and naxal violence are going hand in hand in the state. Naxals are alleging the government of killing their cadres in false encounters and the government is finding itself on a difficult pitch after the series of naxals killings in the state.

The killing of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and former minister Paritala Ravi by unidentified gunmen in Andra Pradesh in the last week of January had sparked violence across the state. [ IS THERE ANY RELEVANCE TO THIS ?? ] At least seven people died last week in different naxal attacks.

-- Asian News International (ANI)


The government appears more keen to save Naxals from the cops

Monday, February 07, 2005


Hounded by cynicism

The government appears more keen to save Naxals from the cops

It was a slick operation. And by all accounts it had the backing of governments in Hyderabad and New Delhi. By invoking swift intervention by Union ministers, top Naxal leaders in Andhra Pradesh had a commando operation ordered back in the nick of time. If proof were still needed of the Congress party’s waffling on a crackdown on Naxals, events last week appeared choreographed to deliver that requirement. For just a few hours on Thursday, the Grey Hounds had the who’s who of the CPI (Maoist) within their grasp. Alas, for only just a few hours. Within that period the Naxal leaders managed to get word to Andhra Pradesh’s home minister as well as to Andhra ministers in the Union cabinet like Jaipal Reddy and C. Chandrasekhar Rao, who reportedly worked the phones to have the anti-Naxal police force turn around and leave their targets free and unharmed. The ministers deny this, but exultant Naxal intermediaries and frustrated police officials are freely giving out details. In turn, questions that once seemed contraband are demanding to be voiced.
Is the Congress cynically cultivating Naxals in the belief that it has gained electorally from their presence, and could continue to do so? Could this tactic complicate the Centre’s response to the crisis in Nepal, whose Maoists are united with Indian counterparts in clearing a Naxal corridor from Nepal to Nellore? Images from recent months flash by: of the state government talking peace with Naxal leaders who even in that ceasefire interlude brandish illegal arms; of Munger superintendent of police K.C.

Surendra Babu’s Naxalite killers amplifying their impunity by boasting that he deserved it. The numbers put these images in focus. On an average day now, India loses more armed personnel to Maoists than to terrorists in J&K. Yet, cops pursuing Naxals are held back. Some have even been transferred. The argument that this sacrifice is in the larger cause of a possible peace does not hold. Ramakrishna, who led the Naxal in the October talks, could not be clearer on this: “Holding talks is just part of our strategy. The ultimate goal is armed struggle.”

The Centre’s insistent refusal to acknowledge a gathering threat to national security is reminiscent of the lead-up to the 1962 war with China. Unfortunately, there is another parallel that’s being made an increasingly unlikely possibility: Indira Gandhi’s firm clampdown against armed left extremism, which for instance opened the space for foresightful land reform in West Bengal. Must it take even more audacious denial of the writ of the state for the government to wake up to these dangerous games?


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Naxals gun down four in Jehanabad in Bihar:

Naxals gun down four in Jehanabad in Bihar

Jehanabad, Feb 7 : Four persons, inclduing two women, were gunned down by suspected naxalites in Bihar's naxal-hit Jehanabad district, police said today.Heavily armed ultras attacked Saidpur village under Kak police station last night and killed four persons, the police said.The victims were identified as Teni Manjhi, Ganouri Manjhi and their wives.Police were carrying out raids at different places to track down the killers.Old enmity was described to be the reason behind the killings. PTI

Sunday, February 06, 2005

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'PW gives us justice, we give shelter'
AKSHAYA MUKUL

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2005 11:42:37 PM ]

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MAHUATAR (LATEHAR): To verify the claims made by People's War of its sense of fair play and justice, we visited some of the Naxal strongholds, accompanied by a PW 'commander'.

A bumpy three-hour ride from Chainpur to Latehar is accompanied by a monologue by him on state repression, failure of democracy, feudal order and the supremacy of Naxal ideology, built on sacrifice. Only once does he stop to ask what we think of the PW. But he is too impatient to listen to the reply.

Latehar is a Naxal stronghold and has seen some of the worst violence in recent times. 'Commander', who now introduces himself as Babloo, is proud to have participated in some of the 'action'. But he admits there is a growing realisation within the outfit that the violence must be minimised.

"After our ninth congress, a debate has started within the PW to devise an alternative mode of action. Since our members, especially members of dastas (striking force), are not well-educated, they tend to use force even when not required," he says, blaming the police for not letting PW give ideological lessons to its cadre. "The police is always gunning for us," he says.


However, Babloo claims what has endeared PW to the villagers is its non-violent dispute resolution system. "We are the sole arbiters of disputes related to jar, joru and zamin," he says.

Babloo stays back in Latehar town leaving us to proceed alone to Lurbhumi to verify his claims. The villagers here are poor and scared. In the past few months, the police have come here umpteen number of times, taking back with them at least one youth on every visit. So the villagers' reaction is extreme: from not acknowledging PW to admitting them as their saviours. But they do not want to be named.

A village elder finally speaks up for PW, giving us an instance of the Naxals' quick action. Five years back, he says, a prosperous youth killed a man during a drunken brawl. The panchayat decided that the youth should be killed in retaliation. But PW commander Prabhat said it would not solve the problem. Instead, he suggested that the killer's family give a part of his land to the deceased's family. To avoid future disputes, the killer was made to officially get the land registered. It was done and the victim's family is tilling the land till date. The matter did not even go to the police, says the village elder.


There are more instances of PW's assistance. Once, a non tribal, married man had an illicit relationship with a tribal woman. But when the villagers confronted him, he tried to wriggle out of his responsibility. The panchayat asked him to marry the woman and keep her as his second wife. But PW was more practical. He was asked to give a part of his land to the woman. She is better off now, the village elders claim.

Hamigarh, another village, has seen the PW resolve long standing land disputes. In case a dispute is not settled, PW hoists its own flag on the land, not allowing anyone to cultivate it till a settlement is reached.

It is clear that Lurbhumi swears by the PW, especially the village elders. Be it ensuring marriage in cases where a man reneges on his promise or distributing medicines and bringing doctors, PW has come to the aid of the villagers, they say. "In fact, no man dares to desert his wife if PW has solemnised a marriage," says one of the elders. In return, the old man admits, the village merely provides them occasional shelter, spies on the police and ensures PW members get food. "Justice ke liye itna karna parta hai."


AP truce initiatives irk Chhattisgarh

AP truce initiatives irk Chhattisgarh

Uma Sudhir

Friday, February 4, 2005 (Hyderabad):



Andhra Pradesh's effort at engaging the Naxal groups in peace talks seems to be having an adverse impact on its neighbours, which do not have a truce agreement with the rebels.

Chhattisgarh, in particular, is angry at Andhra's initiative and wants the Centre to talk directly to the Naxals.

The Chhattisgarh government say while there was relative peace in Andhra during the ceasefire period, Raipur paid a heavy price, with unprecedented violence.

"The number of encounters that have taken place in Chhattisgarh in the last ten months are much more than the encounters in the last five years," said Brajmohan Aggarwal, Home Minister, Chhattisgarh.

Chief Minister Raman Singh says peace efforts by individual states make no sense when the extremist group has a pan-India presence.

"The Naxals have influence in 146 districts across eight states. If states take separate measures, it will not help solve the problem," said Singh.

Peace efforts

The Andhra Pradesh government, which is already under pressure to bring the Naxals back to the dialogue table, says peace in the state is its top priority.

"Our government has decided there will be no combings, no killings. We are constantly looking out for an opportunity to create a peaceful atmosphere," said Jana Reddy, Home minister, AP.

Given the free corridor the Naxals have always aspired for, from north Tamil Nadu cutting across the country to Nepal, a peaceful zone in AP does offer them tremendous leeway.

The rebels can indulge in acts of violence elsewhere and move back to the safe sanctuary of Andhra.

With neighbouring states expressing displeasure, Andhra's road to peace will have that many more roadblocks.

Govt for Unified Command to tackle Naxals

Sunday, February 6, 2005 (New Delhi):



The government today favoured formation of a Unified Command comprising central and state law enforcement agencies to tackle the Naxalite problem.

"The Centre encourages states to form Unified Commands of their own, under the respective Chief Ministers, consisting of state police and central paramilitary forces to deal with the Naxal menace," Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said.

"We have provided state police with additional forces and asked them to improve their intelligence network," he said.

Pre-emptive measures

In fact, the Centre has provided 23 battalions of para-military forces for tackling Naxal violence in four-five affected states, he said.

Patil said that sufficient troop deployment in Naxal-affected regions prevented any major disruption in the first phase of assembly polls on February 3.

"We supplied forces to the Election Commission who deployed them in the states and, judging by the polling percentages, it has been a satisfactory exercise," he said.

Focus on long-term solution

The Home Minister, however, said a long-term solution to the naxal menace had to be found on several fronts.

"One has to seek the causes for Naxal violence before looking for remedies," Patil said citing economic disparities, social injustice and infrastructural imbalances as factors which may be causing such violence.

"There are a section of extremists who are driven by ideological convictions and believe that democracy cannot provide solutions to their problems," he said, adding others may be disgruntled elements who seek an outlet in violence. (PTI)

''Social justice to such elements, remove economic disparity in the affected areas, ensure development and the fresh initiave by the state governments facing naxal problems are the main issues to be addressed while looking at the problem,'' the Home Minister told reporters.

''The Centre has asked the Plan Panel to make special types of schemes in naxal areas specailly in the forest and the development-starved regions,'' he said.

He said the Centre had already allocated Rs 35 crore each to the districts affected by naxal voilence to speed up developmental activities in order to provide new socio-economic regime in these areas. ''The naxal violence is a scourge that the country has to get rid of, but with a different approach altogether,''
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Two Naxals killed in police encounter

Sunday, February 6, 2005 (Bangalore):



Two Naxalites were killed and two policemen injured today in an encounter near Sringeri in Karnataka's Chikamagalur district.

Police and the Special Task Force (STF) have launched a joint hunt to nab at least 12 others who escaped into the thick jungle during the encounter at Menasinahadde in the Western Ghats, about 350 kms from Bangalore.

"Two naxals have been killed. We have recovered an AK-47 rifle and other firearms and the injured policemen are out of danger," said S N Borkar, state Director General of Police.

STF redeployed

Naxals have been trying to gain a foothold in the Western Ghats for the last two years.

The STF, involved in the operations to nab forest brigand Veerappan, was redeployed to combat Naxalites in the Western Ghats after the most wanted bandit was killed last year. (PTI)