Saturday, February 19, 2005

GUERILLA WARFARE TO CURB NAXAL MENACE

Bangalore, Feb. 19 (DN&-KMS)- Taking serious note of the Naxal movement in the State, the Karnataka Police have decided to join hands with the Andhra Pradesh Police to begin operations in line with the Guerilla warfare, which is practiced in the Indo-Nepal border and in North-Eastern States.


Senior officials from the Police Department and Home Ministry of both the States met in Hyderabad on Feb. 16 to discuss the Naxal movements which are giving sleepless nights to the Police. It was decided at the meeting to train the State Police at the 'Grey Hounds' in Hyderab-ad, to facilitate them to handle the Naxal menace with an iron grip.


The Andhra Police, who have specialised in curbing the Naxal menace have already taken up training sessions for Chattisgarh, Assam and even the Nepal Police.


A hot line will be enabled between the Police from both the States and if the situation demands, the Police can move freely on the borders without waiting for orders from the higher ups.


Even the stealthy deal between the Andhra Police and the former Naxalites in nabbing the present revolutionaries will be followed and the Andhra Police have agreed to provide all the information about the Naxalites who have now surrendered.


The Guerilla operations, would begin after getting the cabinet approval from both the States. The Union Government has been asked to provide financial assistance along with modern weapons.


Principal Secretary of Home Ministry Brahmadutt, DGP S.N. Borkar, ADGP Subhash Bharani and Andhra Grey Hounds Chief Aravindarao, Swarnajit Sen and Jana Reddy were present.


However, the Deputy Chief Minister Siddharamaiah took strong objection to the formation of a seperate Police force to fight the Naxals saying the main issue is to take the present Police setup into confidence before venturing into any other grand plans.


Coming down heavily on the decision that a Guerilla warfare type force would be formed to fight the Naxal menace in the State, Siddharamaiah said the issue of Naxals is a social problem and bringing them into the main stream is the only reason.


'Our Police are competent enough to handle the Naxal menace. Take them into confidence first' Siddharamaiah is said to have commented.


It is said the DyCM has expressed his anger saying the death of Naxal revolutionary Saketh Rajan and the unsavoury incidents occured later was because of the failure on the part of the Director General of Police.

GUERILLA WARFARE TO CURB NAXAL MENACE

Bangalore, Feb. 19 (DN&-KMS)- Taking serious note of the Naxal movement in the State, the Karnataka Police have decided to join hands with the Andhra Pradesh Police to begin operations in line with the Guerilla warfare, which is practiced in the Indo-Nepal border and in North-Eastern States.


Senior officials from the Police Department and Home Ministry of both the States met in Hyderabad on Feb. 16 to discuss the Naxal movements which are giving sleepless nights to the Police. It was decided at the meeting to train the State Police at the 'Grey Hounds' in Hyderab-ad, to facilitate them to handle the Naxal menace with an iron grip.


The Andhra Police, who have specialised in curbing the Naxal menace have already taken up training sessions for Chattisgarh, Assam and even the Nepal Police.


A hot line will be enabled between the Police from both the States and if the situation demands, the Police can move freely on the borders without waiting for orders from the higher ups.


Even the stealthy deal between the Andhra Police and the former Naxalites in nabbing the present revolutionaries will be followed and the Andhra Police have agreed to provide all the information about the Naxalites who have now surrendered.


The Guerilla operations, would begin after getting the cabinet approval from both the States. The Union Government has been asked to provide financial assistance along with modern weapons.


Principal Secretary of Home Ministry Brahmadutt, DGP S.N. Borkar, ADGP Subhash Bharani and Andhra Grey Hounds Chief Aravindarao, Swarnajit Sen and Jana Reddy were present.


However, the Deputy Chief Minister Siddharamaiah took strong objection to the formation of a seperate Police force to fight the Naxals saying the main issue is to take the present Police setup into confidence before venturing into any other grand plans.


Coming down heavily on the decision that a Guerilla warfare type force would be formed to fight the Naxal menace in the State, Siddharamaiah said the issue of Naxals is a social problem and bringing them into the main stream is the only reason.


'Our Police are competent enough to handle the Naxal menace. Take them into confidence first' Siddharamaiah is said to have commented.


It is said the DyCM has expressed his anger saying the death of Naxal revolutionary Saketh Rajan and the unsavoury incidents occured later was because of the failure on the part of the Director General of Police.

Patil to visit Chhattisgarh, to review Naxal problem

Patil to visit Chhattisgarh, to review Naxal problem

[India News]: Raipur, Feb 19 : Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will review the of naxalite problem in Chhattisgarh at a high level meeting here tomorrow.

Official sources here confirmed that Patil would chair a meeting that would include the state's Chief Minister, Raman Singh, state home minister Brij Mohan Agrawal, senior civil and police officials.

Out of the total 16 districts, CPI (Maoist) naxalites are active in nine districts including in tribal Bastar region, bordering Andhra Pradesh, and in Sarguja division, neighbouring Jharkhand.

Naxalites have reportedly stepped up their activities in Chhattisgarh, particularly after the recent merger of Peoples' War and Maoist Communist centre (MCC).

It is being felt in various circles that the Centre must adopt firm measures to tackle the Naxal menace that has affected the lives of at least 30 crore people across 11 Indian states. (ANI)

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tackling Naxals: Rs 23 cr package for tribal familie

Tackling Naxals: Rs 23 cr package for tribal families

Each tribal family will get an assistance of about Rs 11 lakh under the package implemented on the lines of Bhadra forest rehabilitation package.

BANGALORE, DHNS:

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/feb182005/i2.asp

In a bid to tackle Naxalite menace in Chikmagalur district, the State Cabinet on Thursday decided to implement a Rs 23 crore package for rehabilitation of 201 tribal families, of the total 1300, living in the Kudremukh National Park area of the district.

The Cabinet which stuck to its earlier stand of not resorting to forcible eviction of tribals, however, failed to arrive at a decision on deploying Special Task Force to suppress Naxalite menace.

In the protracted discussion on the issue, divergent views were expressed by ministers on the socio-economic and socio-political problems involved in tackling the Naxalite menace.

Some ministers were of the view that the recommendations made by Mr Chiranjiv Singh should be immediately implemented.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Information Minister B Shivaram said the 201 tribal families, which have come forward to move out from the National Park area, will be rehabilitated within a year. Each tribal family will get an assistance of about Rs 11 lakh under the rehabilitation package which would be implemented on the lines of Bhadra forest rehabilitation package considered to be the best-ever such packages in the State, the minister said.

The Cabinet had decided to implement the rehabilitation in an efficient and transparent way so that it would impact the non-willing tribal families to opt for the rehabilitation scheme, the minister said. The Centre had provided Rs 18 crore for the rehabilitation package.

In an effort to prevent Naxals from winning over tribals, the Cabinet also decided to regularise the revenue lands which have been encroached by about 1,300 tribals around the Kudremukh National Park area.

A committee headed by the Assistant Commissioner of the sub-division concerned would take action for regularising the revenue land, the minister said.

Apart from these measures, the Cabinet also decided to take up various development schemes in the Naxal-hit districts of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

WOO STRATEGY
*Rs 23 crore to fund 201 tribal families
* Encroachment by tribals to be regularised
*No forcible eviction
*Rs 1 crore each for 3 Naxal-hit districts
*No decision on STF deployment yet

PROBE ORDER
Action against IAS officer
Bangalore, dhns: The State Cabinet is learnt to have ordered an inquiry and action against senior IAS officer V P Baligar for acting on the allegations of the Land Army Corporation.

Naxalite Report: Hindu temples and mutts are feudal enemies

BY SHIVA KUMAR N D
DH NEWS SERVICE, BANGALORE:

In their social investigation report, the Naxalites had separately
analysed the temples and mutts under the title 'Reckoning with the
superstructure' and said: "These superstructures are feudal in nature.
In the coming days, as the movement picks up, the gods will catch cold
and begin to shiver and sneeze.

These ruling class superstructural institutions will openly take sides
against the popular struggle. They will do their best to counter the
movement, even invoke gods. Their colour will be exposed. They will
not only stand with the enemy but will demonstrate that they are
themselves part of the enemy. This will provide the objective basis
for isolating them from the masses."

"Temples, mutts, NGOs, political parties and the Hindutva brigade
contribute significantly in determining the superstructure," the
report stated. According to the Naxalite propa! ganda (in Karnataka
state), Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara, Sringeri Sharadambe and Udupi
Sri Krishna temples belonged to feudal comprador class, while Horanadu
Annapoorneshwari was feudal rising comprador, Kigga Rushyasringa was
basically feudal and Kalasa Kalaseshwara was feudal.

About Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara, the report states, " the most
prosperous temple of Karnataka has a wide local clientele. The temple
trust is closely associated with comprador bureaucrat family of the
Manipal Pai's and companies like Reliance. Dharmadhikari Veerendra
Heggade interacts on a daily basis with politicians and officers of
the state machinery." According to naxals, Sringeri Sharadhambe and
Udupi Sri Krishna temples have relatively weak local social base.

Following this, police had stepped up security at these temples.

http://deccanherald.com/deccanherald/feb082005/s16.asp

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Maoists Kiled abducted ultra

[India News]: Guntur Feb 16 : Police today recovered the bullet-ridden body of a former naxal, kidnapped by Maoists two days ago, from the bushes on the outskirts of Lalipuram, a tribal village in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district.

V Vijayabhaskar (22), a former naxal of Nalgonda district, was associated with the then PWG, and hailed from Lalipuram village. He migrated to neighbouring Nalgonda district two years ago.

A letter left near the body stated that Vijayabhaskar was a `traitor and covert'.

Maoists kidnapped him two days ago when he went to Lalipuram village on a visit.

His body was found in the evening, police added. PTI

Anti-Naxal team meets AP officials

Anti-Naxal team meets AP officials

HYDERABAD, DHNS:


A team of officials led by Karnataka Home Secretary Brahm Dutt met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and senior police officials here on Wednesday as part of the State government’s plan to train the Special Task Force in anti-Naxalite operations with the help of Andhra Pradesh. “Basically, Karnataka is interested in training in jungle warfare.

The training could start within a month’s time. Right now our facilities are saturated,” a high level official told Deccan Herald here on Wednesday.
The Karnataka team met Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen, Greyhounds (the special anti-Naxalite task force) Inspector General Durgaprasad and Chief Secretary Mohan Kanda. The team discussed sharing of intelligence and training facilities for its police force.

Karnataka has planned to train its special task force in anti-Naxalite operations and use it to suppress the Maoist movement. Another issue of concern for Karnataka is the long, porous border it shares with AP and the crossing over of Naxalites into the State. It also sought help in tightening vigilance on the border to prevent such cross-overs and is likely to seek the help of the police of districts such as Anantapur where the Naxalite problem is serious.

DGP Swaranjit Sen said that since confronting Naxalites was a new experience for Karnataka it was natural to approach Andhra Pradesh for help and that it was natural for AP to offer whatever help it could. Asked if joint anti-Naxalite operations were discussed, Mr Sen replied in the negative.

He said, however, that Karnataka was “very surprised” at the Naxalite attack and that whatever sympathy the movement might have had in the State had evaporated with the attack and killing of six policemen last week.

How do we deal with the menace of Naxalism?

Title: How do we deal with the menace of Naxalism?
Author : M.V.Kamath

Publication: Free Press Journal

Date: February 17, 2005



What should we do with Naxalites? The movement started in West Bengal,
grew to unmanageable proportions in the seventies until the Communists
who came to power decided that enough is enough and took the Naxalites
by the throat. The movement had started in 1967 with peasants forcibly
occupying lands in a major challenge to landlords and was led by Charu
Mazumdar who called for a protracted armed struggle and an encirclement
of the cities, on the model of China's communist revolution led by Mao
Zedong.

The belief was that thereby the peasants will gain power, as they did
in China and all would be well. When the Communists came to power and
realised the impracticality of Naxalism they went about systematically to
wipe out the extremists and did a good job of it. In 1969 the Naxalites
broke away from both halves of the Communist Party of India to form a
third communist party (Marxist-Leninist) dedicated to revolution.

Following the failure of this partly in West Bengal and the death of
its leader in 1972 it quit the scene to establish itself in Bihar and
Andhra Pradesh both of which have for a long been the established home of
large-scale landlordism. During Chandrababu Naidu's 9-year tenure as
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Naxalites have killed 1,622 people
(including 1,044 innocent civilians, 291 political leaders and 287
policemen) while the police, in retaliation eliminated 1,537 Naxalites in
encounters.

A couple of months ago, in an effort to resolve the basic issue of land
distribution, the Congress Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
called for talks with Ramakrishna, the Andhra Naxalite leader, with an
assurance that he will not be arrested. Ramakrishna emerged from his jungle
hideout along with some of his colleagues but the talks they had with
the Chief Minister came to nothing.

Ramakrishna used the occasion to address some huge meetings of peasants
before disappearing into the jungles. In mid-February the police
discovered his whereabouts and surrounded him in a swift move only to be
advised by the Chief Minister to call off the siege and let Ramakrishna go.
A stupid thing to do. But to show that he was serious about solving the
problem of peasant landlessness Chief Minister Reddy announced a
"Republic Day Gift" of 1.55 lakh acress of land to as many as 1.12 lakh
landless poor in a well-meant but strategic move.

At current market value the 1.55 lakh acres of land would cost around
Rs 5,000 crore. But far from being pleased, the Naxalites have dismissed
Reddy's generosity as a farcical exercise. Their contention is that the
State has over 60 lakh acres of surplus land under `illegal' occupation
of rich landlords to which landless peasants have a rightful claim.

In the circumstances terrorism will in all probability continue.
Meanwhile, Naxalism has spread to adjacent Karnataka where two of its top
leaders were killed in an "encounter" in the jungles of Ghikmagalur
district, in early February. One of the two, Rajan, alias Saketh, turned out
to be a member of an affluent Mysore family and whose father was once a
Major in the Army.

Rajan, apparently had an arts degree in English literature and had
studied journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.
Clearly his is a case of mistaken idealism. Rajan moved among the jungle
tribals in much the same way as Godavari Gohkale did half a century
earlier in the jungles of Thane district of Maharashtra to incite the
Warli tribesmen to rebellion.

For some months the innocent Warlis took to burning haystacks and
indulging in murder and arson before their unplanned rebellion was put down
with a stern hand, the then Bombay Government giving the tribesmen the
carrot- and-stick treatment which turned out to be successful. Godavari
Gokhale (known to her followers as Godhutai) was thereafter to go into
oblivion. That, in the end, is going to be the inevitable end to all
such "rebellions" but as long as they are in force many innocents would
have been killed. How is this phenomenon to be tackled?

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has in recent times voiced his
concern. He had suggested the formation of a unified command that will see
the enforcement agencies of the Centre and States working together to
tackle the Naxal menace. Fair enough. But Naxalism is not a mere law and
order problem. Whether one cares to admit it or not, dire poverty exists
in the country and even farmers have of late been reported to be
committing suicide in large numbers both in Andhra Prasesh and in Karnataka.

Just handing over available land to landless labour is not the answer
to the country's problem of poverty. The problem is much deeper than
that. It involves population growth, inadequate man/land ratio, illiteracy
and lack of jobs.

Thousands from villages migrate every day to urban areas and cities
looking for opportunities to keep body and soul together. Which explains
how slums arise overnight. There is, as far as one knows, no adequate
thought given to the subject and the creation of a Special Task Force
(STF) to fight the Naxal menace is ad hocism at its worst.

A few dozen or hundred Naxalites can be killed in `encountes' but that
solves nothing as the Communist regime in West Bengal shows. Presently,
according to party spokesmen themselves, the Communist Party in the
State has been infiltrated by criminals, thugs and crooks of all sorts,
well set to use the party power to serve their own nefarious ends.

It is worth remembering that Naxalites are led not by lumpen elements
but by highly qualified and intelligent young men like the recently
killed Rajan. The Naxal leader in Andhra Pradesh, Ramakrishna is a brahmin
and commands additional respect, apparently, for that very reason. One
may criticise these leaders for their misplaced idealism. And they,
too, surely know that they cease to have any relevance once the problem of
theit followers gets resolved.

In other words Naxal leaders have a vested interest in keeping the
fight going. It would be utterly naive to believe that they are terribly
keen to have a pow-wow with government sources for a settlement of their
belated claims. But how long is the Establishment going to take things
easy? Problems mount as population figures mount, and jobs get scarce.

The fact that a few lakh young men, many of them having law,
engineering and medical degrees applied for a few thousand policemen posts in
Maharashtra should be an eye-opener. Not all who came to live in Mumba's
slums are from the lowest segments of society as even a casual
inspection of the hutments would show.

These are people who have come from rural homes to the city with dreams
in their eyes and hopes for building a better future. That will explain
the relative meekness the slum-dwellers showed when, only recently,
municipal authorities levelled some 6,200 shanties at Malvani, close to
Mumbai or when in a Mumbai ward some 12,668 families were displaced in a
fire.

Nobody to this day knows where a couple of lakh people rendered
homeless quietly disappeared. The fires, needless to say, were manipulated.
The fact of the matter is that unemployment among all sections of society
is growing at a menacing rate and governments in the States are either
oblivious of the fact or find themselves helpless.

One reason, surely, why the India Shining slogan fell flat was because
rural India, especially, felt lost and uncared for. What is the way
out? It is the general view among economists of all shades of thinking
that unemployment has not yet reached a stage where it can threaten the
smooth functioning of government. That explains the general malaise
prevailing in society and the feeling that problems will ultimately take
care of themselves. They won't and some day they are bound to explode when
it may be too late.

Obviously, then, the government at the State level and the Central
Government itself must give urgent thought on how to contain sizzling
unrest among both the illiterate and literate young. And there is no time to
waste. The unemployed have to be identified and efforts to channelise
their talents organised in a systematic way. We have a Planning
Commission of long-standing.

We have census figures; we have employment exchanges in practically
every city. It is not that information is unavailable. Contrariwise it is
there in super-abundance. What is lacking is a sustained plan of
action. And in this regard all political parties have to share the blame. The
saddest part of it all is the constant resort to violence by those who
should know better.

Violence has not paid. Not in China, Mao notwithstanding. Not in the
former USSR. Not anywhere. Violence never can be a means because violence
begets violence. Marxism-Leninism has turned into a joke. In truth
Marxism has turned out to be the opiate of our intellectuals who, like
Charu Mazumdar and Rajan want to take the easy way out. Violence is a sign
of incompetence and intellectual impotence.

Revolutions may have been fashionable in the early years of the
twentieth century but they are so no longer. New ways and means have to be
found out for creating a more egalitarian society but first one has to
admit that violence cannot be one of them.

Naxalism, in the circumstances, is a hangover from the past and the
sooner our intellectuals realise it the better for all concerned, whether
he be a farmer who has just lost his crop or an engineering graduate
running from pillar to post in search of a job.

What is advisable is an allparty conference to figure out how new jobs
can be created to meet the needs of almost 75 per cent of India's
population which, according to one reckoning, is between the ages of 16 and
35. That calls for cool thinking and meaningful action. Sure, Naxalite
violence has to be met, if necessary with guns; but the best answer to
Naxalism is sustained planning.

Maoists' recruitment of children comes to light : News for Sandeeep Pandey

Andhra Pradesh

Maoists' recruitment of children comes to light

By B. Chandrashekhar



ANANTAPUR, FEB. 16. The surrender of 11-year-old Shaik Haseena along
with 11 other Maoists, including her father, before the Superintendent of
Police here yesterday exposed the inhuman and dangerous practices being
followed by the naxalite parties who raise a hue and cry over the
violation of human rights whenever their members are killed in encounters or
picked up by the police.

What prompted the girl to drop out of school and join the naxalite
outfit? Pat comes the reply: "I was attracted by their songs during their
visits to our village (Marutla 3rd colony in Kuderu mandal)." The reason
that her father, Shaik Dasthagiri, was already working for the party
for two months had also attracted her towards the outfit.

Govind Naik, a naxalite, had taught her a folk art form called ``chekka
bhajana."

During her six-month stint with the outfit the girl accompanied
campaign batches touring villages, combining her art form with revolutionary
songs. What made her come out of the outfit? Again because of her
father. She was also interesting in resuming her schooling.

Broken promise


Dasthagiri quit the outfit after he did not get the land offered by the
party. His other complaint is that the party did not take care of him
after he had escaped a police encounter by a whisker near Katrimala last
month, in which one Maoist was killed.

Says the SP, R.S. Praveen Kumar: "The declaration of

International Convention against Child Soldiers does not permit

recruitment of children and youth below 18 years as soldiers by
militant organisations and treats it as a crime.''

The naxalite party has been making criminals out of innocent children
by recruiting them very young, he explains.

He seeks to know why the Maoist party and human rights organisations
are keeping quiet on roping in boys and girls.

Adverse conditions


Lack of parental care, inability of the parents to meet their wards'
wishes of continuing education, social inequalities, excesses of
landlords and failure of administration in redressing their problems have been
driving youth towards such activities, Mr. Praveen Kumar reasons.

The failure of the Maoist party in keeping the new recruits with them
has also been exposed in these surrenders as 10 out of the 12
surrendered Maoists have been working for the party only for the last four to
eight months.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Naxal boycott flops, 55-60% voting in Jharkhand

RANCHI, FEB 15 (PTI)
The poll boycott call by the Naxalites in Jharkhand today flopped, though the extremists tried to make it work by launching a pre-dawn strike on CRPF personnel, as 55-60 per cent votes were cast in the second phase poll for 29 constituencies in a peaceful exercise.

Amid tight security and aerial surveillance, the fate of 456 candidates, including Chief Minister Arjun Munda, three of his cabinet ministers, some former ministers, including Karia Munda, was sealed in the EVM by the voters who ignored the boycott call by the Naxalites and their pre-dawn attack on CRPF personnel at Mungo in Lohardaga district.

Around 0100 hrs, the extremists fired shots at the CRPF personnel, injuring a jawan, Pawan Kumar. The return fire by the paramilitary men forced the ultras to flee.

Kumar was flown in to Ranchi where he is being treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. He was stated to be out of danger.

A pro-domicile supporter, Bandhu Tirkey, contesting on the United Goan Democratic Party ticket from Mandar constituency, was attacked by stick-weilding men near Itki. Though there was no external injury, a CT scan was taken by the doctors of RIMS where Tirkey was under treatment.

RJD's Krishna Yadav was detained by police for allegedly threatening some people here, EC sources said.

In Simdega district, four occupants of a car, said to be representing an electronic media, narrowly escaped gunfire from some unindentified persons, police said.

Polling was adjourned in three booths - one in Ranchi and two in Khijri, the EC sources said.

Centre proposes unified commando force to tackle State Naxal menace

Centre proposes unified commando force to tackle State Naxal menace

The Force will not indulge in extra-judicial killing or any proxy encounters, according to a Union Home Ministry official.

BY MADHUPRASAD
DH NEWS SERVICE, BANGALORE:


The Central government has proposed to form a Unified Commando Force comprising Central and State law enforcement agencies to tackle the Naxalite problem in the State.

According to an official in the Union Home Ministry, the proposal has come in the wake of the recent killing of seven policemen by Naxalites in the Pavagada region.

23 battalions

The force, which will consist of State Police and Central Paramilitary Forces, will be “under the disposal of the Chief Minister”, he said. “The State will be provided with additional forces which would have to improve their intelligence network,” he said. In fact, the Centre has provided 23 battalions of paramilitary forces to tackle Naxal violence in four to five states facing the Naxal menace, he added. Under the current proposal, 30 per cent of the work force and monetary support will be provided by the Centre and 70 per cent of the force and infrastructure facility will be provided by the State government, he said.

Forces will not indulge in extra-judicial killing. “There should not be any proxy encounters and an attempt should be made to convince the Naxals to come into the national mainstream,” said the official.

Monitoring body

A supervision authority similar to the National Human Rights Commission will monitor the activities of the special force, he said. The Centre has also asked the Planning Commission for special programmes for accelerated infrastructure development and various schemes for employment generation in the Naxal-affected areas, he said. Wherever possible, the Centre has encouraged the administration and the extremists to come to the negotiating table to find a solution, he said.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Inspector General of Police, Karnataka State Reserve Police, Chandra Shekhar said, the KSRP which has received the commando training, can be pressed into service as a dedicated force to tackle Naxalites.

Modernisation policy

There are 10 battalions of KSRP with over 1,000 men in each battalion, he said.

Under the modernisation policy, the KSRP men have been armed with AK-47 and SLR rifles, he said. Director General and Inspector General of Police S N Borkar said that plans are already afoot to set up a special task force comprising KSRP to tackle Naxalites in the State.

STATE STEPS
Two anti-Naxal squads set up

Bangalore, dhns: The State Government has formed two anti-naxalite squads with 350 police personnel functioning under DIGs to contain insurgent activities in the State.

According to sources a team headed by Bramha Dutt (principal Secy, Home) will be leaving for Hyderabad on Wednesday where they will have a discussion with their counterparts and also with with Chief Minister Y S Rajashekar Reddy.

Jharkhand polls: Naxal leaders in fray

Jharkhand polls: Naxal leaders in fray


Sandeep Bhushan

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 (Ranchi):


In a new trend witnessed in the assembly polls in Jharkhand, several Naxal leaders have come out in the open and are contesting the elections.

Kanke constituency near Ranchi is an area badly hit by Naxalite violence.

Fear normally keeps people away from polling booths but in Kanke the rules of the game have changed.

The reason being a Naxal leader Ranjit Ganjhu himself is contesting the polls.

Workers from other parties don't dare to venture here because they are just too scared.

Meanwhile, Ganjhu's supporters claim that every major party is supporting him.

"On the face of it all of them say they don't support the Naxal candidate. But the truth is everyone does. For instance, I am in charge of the RJD in this area. And I support him," said Kedar, supporter of Ranjit Ganjhu.

Significant dimension

In a neighbouring constituency, Naxal leader Ajayab Munda is contesting on a CPI (ML) ticket.

"The CPI-ML enjoys the support of atleast 50 per cent of the population," said Khokho Munda, party worker, CPI (ML).

With several Naxal leaders coming overground and plunging into the political mainsteam, a new dimension has been added to these elections.

Source : NDTV

Monday, February 14, 2005

MP seeks Central forces to tackle Naxal menace

MP seeks Central forces to tackle Naxal menace

Press Trust of India

Bhopal, February 13|13:42 IST


In a bid to foil attempts by Naxals to spread their activities in three more districts of Madhya Pradesh, state police has sought additional Central forces and is awaiting a special Central package for tackling the menace.

"Naxalism, which was confined to Balaghat, Dindori and Mandla districts, is now raising its head in Sidhi and there have been attempts to spread across Shahdol and Seoni districts too," Director General of Police S K Das said.

The Naxals have already committed some offences -- like a couple of murders and weapons being looted -- in Sidhi district, Das said.

"We are determined to nip in the bud such attempts. Naxalism is not a serious problem, but we are very careful and have requested for one battalion of central para-military forces, apart from the CRPF battalion deployed for tackling Naxalites in Balaghat and Dindori," the DGP said.

"As part of the efforts to develop roads, communication network and other activities in affected areas, a plan of Rs 14-15 crore of Central aid has been mooted. But we are yet to receive it. We hope to get it soon," Das said, adding the term of the financial aid to the state from the Centre has been extended to the year 2010.

Naxalism is spreading in a big way in the country and the Centre is currently working on the concept of `Unified Command' to thwart Naxalites, on the lines of the one mooted for Jammu and Kashmir, the DGP said.

Under the proposed arrangement, Chief Minister of the Naxalite-affected state would head the command and other units of CRPF, ITBP and local police would report to him, Das said.

On the dacoit menace in the Chambal valley, the DGP said the situation has improved to a great extent.

"Most of the gangs have been marginalized barring a few like that of Rambabu Gadaria gang, which will be neutralised soon."

Lamenting "undue importance" being given to Gadaria, he said the state police has successfully liquidated much bigger gangs in the past and the force is highly motivated to wipe out Gadaria's terror.

AP govt committed to solve Naxal problem by dialogue: Shinde

PTI Hyderabad Feb 14: The Andhra Pradesh government has placed the Naxalite issue on top priority and will continue its policy of holding peace talks with the Maoists in an effort to eke out a solution to the four-decade-long left-wing violence in the state.

“The government’s immediate task is to take steps towards resolving the vexed problem of extremist activities in the state through the process of initiating dialogue and accelerating economic development,” the Governor, Mr Sushilkumar Shinde said here today.

Affirming that earlier policies of treating Naxalism as a law and order issue did not pay dividends, Mr Shinde told the state assembly during his address on the inaugural day of the budget session that the present government has been viewing the problem from the “socio-economic angle”.

The government, Mr Shinde said, has suscceeded in bringing representatives of various groups to the negotiating table. “This in itself is a great achievement and the extremists too have agreed that the first round of talks was successful,” he said.

“The state is firm in its resolve to continue the talks as peace will be long enduring only when it is the result of dialogue and negotiations,” Mr Shinde said.

Asserting that there cannot be a time limit for resolving the vexed and sensitive issue, Mr Shinde said the process of talks will continue.

Citing the historic background of the erstwhile Hyderabad state, the Governor said armed struggle began in this area in early 1940s and has been subsisting through twists and turns of history of the state in various names and forms (Naxalism).

All attempts by earlier governments to treat this as a law and order problem have not yielded any results and on the other hand, the situation has worsened, he observed.

Expressing sympathy over former chief minister, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, he said: “The then chief minister was himself attacked in October 2003. Hence we believe that this is a very serious socio-political and economic issue.”

Mr Shinde advised that “for giving peace a chance, all the persons engaged in this process must show patience and demonstrate perseverance for finding a lasting solution to this problem notwithstanding some hurdles here and there”.

Why Moaists are gaining ground?

During the last fifty years Nepal has seen consistently high population growth-rates. The resulting large population has been mostly illiterate and getting poorer by the day. Other than tourism and agriculture, the state hasn’t been able to put together a viable economy and create career opportunities for its growing population. Globalization and TV penetration has left its population dissatisfied with their status and made it possible for communist-based ideologies to provide an alternate vision. It must be pointed out that these ideologies promise little in the way of wealth creation but only sharing of wealth – when there is little that can be shared!

Parts of India not benefited by the recent wealth creation too have developed Nepal-like insurgencies. Increased wealth created by Indian software and other industries have not really reached most of the masses – expenses related fighting Islamic terrorism and subsidizing Muslim populations, including the ones in Kashmir have gobbled them. India is racking up huge budget deficits to defend against militant Islam without making any effort to defeat it. The Indian politicians have become good at holding “vigil” against terrorism while civilians and military people continue to be killed by militant Islam and property destroyed. Conclusion: India’s war with militant Islam is the indirect cause of the emerging naxal-based insurgencies. Hence, India’s foremost priority must be to vanquish militant Islam, once for all, to avoid sliding into a Nepal-like disaster.

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Govt must end Naxal menace: Ananth Kumar

Govt must end Naxal menace: Ananth Kumar

BANGALORE, DHNS:



BJP National General Secretary Ananth Kumar on Monday held the State Government responsible for the recent massacre of policemen by naxals in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district and said that it should take a bold decision to end the menace.

Speaking to reporters at a protest organised by the party against naxal menace in front of the M G Statue in Bangalore on Monday, Mr Kumar alleged that the members of Citizens’ Initiative for Peace (CIP) had been “supporting” and assisting the “spread” of naxals in the State and demanded that the State Government book cases against them under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA).

He further alleged that the naxals had succeeded in gunning down several policemen in Pavagada with the support of CIP and, therefore, its leaders, including Gowri Lankesh, Varavararao, Nagari Babaiah and Professor Sridhar, should be arrested to curb the naxal activities in the State.

"These members are encouraging violence in the name of peace. If they are not curbed now, the State will soon turn out to be another Andhra Pradesh and Bihar,” he warned.

He further demanded that the Government deploy the Special Task Force (STF) for anti-naxal operations and immediately withdraw the inquiry into the police operation against naxals.

Naxalites threaten tribal youth who take up govt jobs

SP deplores Naxals' "intimidating tactics"
By Our Staff Reporter

The Hindu

VISAKHAPATNAM, FEB.13. The Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Kumar Jain,
has questioned the rationale behind CPI (Maoists) threatening to
"expel'' tribal families from villages if the tribal youths accepted
Government programmes for employment.

Taking exception to the CPI (Maoist) East Division Committee secretary,
Jagadish, intimidating tribals, he warned the Maoists to desist from
describing government employees as enemies of people even as Naxalites
were attracting tribal youths into their cadres and training them in the
use of arms and planting landmines.

Mr. Jain suggested a study of the jobs provided to tribals under "Youth
Employment Scheme'' by organisations affiliated to the Maoists.

Terming the threat of expelling and killing tribals as violation of
human rights in a statement here on Sunday, the SP wanted people's
organisations, civil rights and tribal associations to question them. He
suggested that people's organisations make a close scrutiny of the
recruitment and training programmes of the Maoists for the youth and the
Government employment programmes and come to a conclusion as to who was
rendering justice to them. He appealed to the tribals not to be cowed down by
threats and believe in false campaigns.