Thursday, March 17, 2005

Govt not to allow naxalites to carry arms:

Govt not to allow naxalites to carry arms

[India News]: New Delhi, Mar 16 : Government today asserted it would not allow naxalites to carry arms in Andhra Pradesh.

"We have insisted that the naxalites (in Andhra Pradesh) will not carry arms," Home Minister Shivraj Patil said replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, He said the government would not fail in its duties in dealing with the situation.

He said there is a broad agreement with naxalites in "lot of areas" and there were differences with them only on some issues which should be removed.

Patil said keeping in view that the naxal problem is not merely a law and order problem, the Central government has adopted a multi-pronged counter strategy which takes into account the security as well as developmental aspects of the problem.

He said to enable the affected states to deal with the problem, the Centre had dispensed with charges being levied on states for deployment of additional battalions.

He said crores of rupees are being given to deal with naxalite problem in nine states and assured the states would be given enough funding, forces and other logistical support to deal with the situation. PTI

Chuckooo Sonia says the doors for talks with naxals still open

Sonia says the doors for talks with naxals still open

[India News]: Hyderabad, March 16 : In a bid to save the peace initiative from collapsing in Andhra Pradesh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said the government's doors were open for talks with naxalite groups to find a lasting solution and made an emotional appeal for maintaining peace.

In the midst of escalating extremist violence, Gandhi, visiting the state for the first time after Congress coming to power last May, said the peace be given a chance and appealed to naxalite organisations to shun violence.

"Violence will not help solve any problem. Peace is essential for progress," she told a well-attended public meeting here, rounding off her brief visit to the city which was marred by opposition protests over naming the proposed international airport near here after Rajiv Gandhi.

Gandhi, who earlier laid the foundation stone for the airport, sought to strike an emotional chord with the gathering by recalling the sacrifices made by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and said "we will never forget the love and affection showered by you".

The meeting at the sprawling Parade Grounds was billed as 'victory rally' for the ten-month-old Congress government.

While referring to the growing extremist violence in the state, the Congress President turned emotional and said "I can understand the pain and agony of families affected by extremist violence. I lost two of my loved ones to extremism." "Our government's doors are open for talks with naxal groups and we will sincerely strive to solve peoples' problems through dialogue", she said. PTI

Ex-Naxalite shot dead by Maoists in Andhra

Ex-Naxalite shot dead by Maoists in Andhra

Press Trust of India

Hyderabad, March 17, 2005|17:49 IST


Suspecting him to be a police informer, an ex-Naxalite was shot dead by Maoists at Indupriyal village in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

Four armed Maoists went to the house of Potharaju Sattaiah, 32, and opened fire from point blank range killing him on the spot last night, police said.

The ultras suspected him to be working as a police informer after leaving the Naxal path, they said.

Ex-Naxalite shot dead by Maoists in Andhra

Ex-Naxalite shot dead by Maoists in Andhra

Press Trust of India

Hyderabad, March 17, 2005|17:49 IST


Suspecting him to be a police informer, an ex-Naxalite was shot dead by Maoists at Indupriyal village in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

Four armed Maoists went to the house of Potharaju Sattaiah, 32, and opened fire from point blank range killing him on the spot last night, police said.

The ultras suspected him to be working as a police informer after leaving the Naxal path, they said.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Arms from ISI find their way to Naxals: Report

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, March 13, 200521:20 IST

The weapons supplied by Pakistan's ISI to Assam's insurgent outfit ULFA are finding their way to Naxal groups spread across 11 states, according to central security agencies.

A report prepared by the agencies said the Naxal outfits were depending on arms from ULFA, which, in turn, is supplied by ISI through certain agencies of Bangladesh, informed sources said.
They said there were inputs suggesting that ULFA was supplying weapons to Maoist groups, which were earlier equipped with traditional weapons.

The AK series rifles and Self-Loading Rifles (SLRs) were now common with the Naxal groups and even the landmine blasts carried out by these groups in Andhra Pradesh and certain parts of Bihar and Jharkhand showed a considerable advancement of technology in their armory.

Recently, police recovered AK-47 and SLRs from the Naxal leaders killed in an encounter with police in Andhra Pradesh.

ISI had in late 1990s attempted to woo Naxal groups by meeting some of its top brass in Bangladesh but it was turned down then because of ideological differences, the report submitted to the Union Home Ministry said.

The ISI with the help of Directorate General of Foreign Intelligence (DGFI) of Bangladesh have roped in ULFA, making it the front organisation for supply of arms, which the Maoist organisations are in dire need following a massive crackdown by police, it said.

We are ready to talk to Naxals: Munda

We are ready to talk to Naxals: Munda

Indo-Asian News Service

Ranchi, March 12, 2005|16:05 IST



As he begins another term in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Arjun Munda has said he is ready to initiate a dialogue with Naxal guerrillas in the state.

"We are ready to initiate a dialogue with extremists. But the talks will take place in a framework of law and they should give up armed struggle," Munda, a tribal leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said in an interview.

"I appeal to the extremists to give up arms and join the mainstream of society and participate in the development of the state."

Naxal activities have become a major headache for successive administrations in the state, and already over 510 people have been killed in Naxal violence since Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in November 2000.

Authorities say Jharkhand is the second worst hit state after Andhra Pradesh, with the united Communist Party of India-Naxal (CPI-Naxal) active in almost all parts of the state, running a virtual parallel administration in some places.

Munda also spoke about a variety of other issues, mostly related to the economic development of the state.

"My priority is to provide good and transparent governance which will help the development of the state.

"First of all we will carry forward the work started by us. Our focus will be at different levels. How to generate employment, remove poverty, develop infrastructure and other things."

"We will promote investment in the state so that there can be an industrial revolution to generate employment and exploit natural resources.

Naxal activities: Karnataka Oppn attacks govt

BANGALORE, PTI:


Claiming that naxalites had stepped up attacks in the state, leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly B S Yediyurappa today said software firms in Bangalore were troubled by terror threats and are thinking of winding up operations in the state.

The law and order situation was deteriorating, particularly in Bangalore and IT companies were even thinking of migrating to other cities, because of reports of terrorists' threat to them, he claimed.

Seeking to move an adjournment motion on the issue, the BJP leader cited reports about plans of Laskhar-e-Toiba militants to target software companies in Bangalore, which was uncovered by the Delhi police recently.Yediyurappa said naxals had also stepped up their activities in some parts of the state, particularly the Malnad region, including Chikamagalur district, spreading terror and resorting to extortion.

He said naxals were spreading their tentacles and trying to gain momentum for their activities, thereby seeking to push the state towards anarchy. But the government was not responding swiftly and adequately to their challenge.

Yediyurappa said within a few days after two of their leaders were killed in an encounter, the Naxals had struck back, killing seven policemen in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district, throwing a major challenge to the government.Elected representatives were living in constant fear in naxal dominated regions, he charged.

Speaker Krishna disallowed the adjournment motion, but permitted the matter to be discussed.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Naxal outfits face prospect of ban

Sunday March 13 2005 00:00 IST

HYDERABAD: Naxalite groups in Andhra Pradesh may again face a ban. In the wake of the unending violence by extremists, the Rajasekhara Reddy government is understood to have more or less decided in favour of proscribing the CPI-Maoist and CPI-ML (Janasakthi) - the two major extremist outfits.

An official decision is, however, expected to be made only after the conclusion of the Assembly session this month-end. Friday night's incident at Chilakaluripet in Guntur district in which seven persons including four policemen were brutally killed by Maoists has virtually shut any scope for resumption of the peace talks. The Congress government had lifted the ban in July last year as part of the peace talks initiated with the Naxal groups.

But the decisions taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy here on Saturday on his return from Chilakaluripet indicate that the government is preparing to take the Naxalites head on.

Though the chief minister and Home Minister K. Jana Reddy declined to divulge the details, sources said that it was decided to strengthen the elite anti-naxal wing Grey Hounds by filling up all vacancies and the police have been given a free hand to undertake combing operations.

Police were, however, advised not to harass innocent villagers for giving food or water to Maoists as such incidents could bring disrepute to the government.

It was also decided at the meeting, attended by Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen and other senior officials that security to all elected representatives including MPs, MLAs and Ministers who are on the hit-list of the Maoists should be immediately beefed up.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Jana Reddy claimed that they were not immediately considering the question of reimposing the ban but would definitely examine it if the current situation continued. "We are prepared for talks even now," he claimed and averred that mediators have a crucial role to play in making the Naxalite eschew violence.

Earlier, speaking to newsmen after consoling the bereaved families in Guntur, the chief minister merely said: ``Our police is well prepared to face any situation."

Condemning the killings, Reddy said that Naxalites arming themselves was the root cause for the increasing bloodshed. Asserting that no democratic government would approve carrying of weapons by unauthorised persons, he said that the Maoists have killed unarmed people both at Vempenta in Kurnool district and Chilakaluripet.

NAXALS : Maoists' bid to blow up bus station in Andhra Pradesh

Maoists' bid to blow up bus station in Andhra Pradesh
Sunday March 13 2005 13:43 IST

IANS

HYDERABAD: Maoists made an abortive bid to blow up a bus station in Khammam district on Sunday, two days after their attack on a police station in Guntur district left seven people dead.

Four buses were damaged when a group of around 10 armed guerillas, including two women, tried to blow up the bus station in Khammam with landmines early on Sunday, police said quoting eyewitnesses.

The Maoists were resisted by staff of the state-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and workers present there.

In a letter left behind, the guerillas said their action was to protest the March 7 killing of 10 Maoists by police in Manala forests in Nizamabad district. The guerrillas had alleged that their cadre had been poisoned or drugged by a police spy before the police had moved in.

Meanwhile, police have beefed up security all over the state after Friday night's attack by Maoists on a police station in Chilkaluripeta in Guntur in which seven people, including three policemen, were killed.

The authorities are taking more precautionary measures in view of the threat by Maoists that they would attack "anywhere and any moment".

Police stations have been put on alert and officials have directed the local authorities to take precautionary measures to repulse any attack.

More armed policemen were being deployed at police stations in north Telangana, the traditional stronghold of Maoists, in districts on the Andhra-Orissa border, in Nallamalla region spread over south coastal districts of Guntur and Prakasam and also in Rayalseema.