Saturday, May 28, 2005

Villagers to be given guns to fight Naxals

Bhubaneswar
Saturday May 28, 2005
In a strategically important move to contain Naxal threat in Northern and Western Orissa, the State Police Headquarters has decided to involve people from affected villages by training them the techniques of confrontation. Select persons of Naxal-hit villages will also be provided with licensed guns to fight the ultras.

By Dhirendra Mishra



In a strategically important move to contain Naxal threat in Northern and Western Orissa, the State Police Headquarters has decided to involve people from affected villages by training them the techniques of confrontation. Select persons of Naxal-hit villages will also be provided with licensed guns to fight the ultras. It has also been decided that one family member of each of the deceased would be inducted as a homeguard.



This decision was taken in a marathon meeting of top level police officials in the police headquarters on Saturday following the killing of three villagers by MCC ultras in Jujumara block of Sambalpur district on Friday night.



The decision of involving public in fighting Naxals was prompted by the courage shown by the villagers in Butra of Jujumara block before they were fired upon indiscriminately by Naxals, said the Director General of Police B.B. Mishra. The villagers, said the DGP, rounded up the armed ultras with lathis and rods when challenged, and almost pinned them down, even though the MCC cadres attempted to scare the villagers away with blank fires. This is an encouraging sign and quite apart from the Southern Orissa Naxal affected districts where resistance to Naxals is not so pronounced, the DGP observed.



Mishra also informed insightorissa.com that the State Government has requested the Centre to provide an additional company of CRPF for deployment in Sambalpur and declare the district as Naxal affected. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the family of deceased villagers.

Cong soft on Naxals, says Modi

Saturday May 28 2005 13:57 IST

BANGALORE: While stating that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh lacked identity, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi charged that the Congress led UPA Government was soft-pedalling on the Naxal issue.

Addressing an election rally at Chamarajpet here on Friday, Modi charged that despite completing one year in office, Manmohan Singh was not being identified by the people.

There was no clarity with regard to the direction in which he wished to take the country. Former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, at least had some identity, as he was well known within Karnataka, he added.

Accusing the Congress of soft-pedalling on the naxalite issue, Modi blamed the Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for the spread of naxalism in the two States.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister had not dealt with the issue firmly and allowed the ultras to come to the negotiating table without surrendering arms.

Taking advantage of this, the naxalites were spreading their movement in the State. Similar was the case with Karnataka, he added.

The worsening law and order situation in Karnataka had resulted in investors looking to other States. Several industrialists had contacted him for investments in Gujarat, he claimed.

Taking a dig at AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Modi said that no common citizen agree Sonia becoming Prime Minister. ‘‘However, the Congress people are dreaming on Country being led by Sonia,’’ he added.

Modi was critical on both former chief minister S.M. Krishna and Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh.

‘‘If this constituency (Chamarajpet) goes back to the Congress, it will go from bad to worst. If you want development, vote for BJP,’’ he said.

In a speech filled with wit and humour, Modi said ‘‘In Dwapara Yuga, Krishna protected the Pandavas. This Krishna of Kaliyuga left the Chamarajpet Pandavas in half way and ran away,’’ he said.

‘‘After winning elections, Krishna did not visit the constituency even once to listen to woos of people. Is Chamarajpet meant for only eating Dosas?’’ he chided.

Krishna should have thought about the promises he made during elections. While leaving the constituency, he should have apologised, he said.

UPA Govt at the Centre and AP are responsible for Naxal menace: Modi

Saturday May 28 2005 13:29 IST

SHIMOGA/BHADRAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Congress Government and UPA Government at the Centre are responsible for increasing Naxal activities in Karnataka, alleged Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing public meetings in Shimoga and Bhadravati on Friday, he said by abolishing POTA act, the UPA Government indirectly is responsible for increasing terrorist cum Naxal activities in the country.

The UPA Government abolished POTA act just in the interests of its vote bank.

He ridiculed Chief Minister Dharam Singh, who is busy in worshipping Devegowda and Sonia Gandhi, had utterly failed to prevent Naxal activities in Karnataka.

Like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka will also become a paradise for Naxalites if Dharam continues to be ‘Naram Singh’ (soft) like this, he quipped.

He said Bangarappa had deceived the voters and the BJP at Shimoga while SMKrishna had created havoc by chasing the power at Chamarajpet. The two power hungry personalities have cheated people.

Those who make tall assurances and cheat the people and those who fight for the values and principles spearhead Indian politics.

M B Bhanuprakash belongs to the latter category while other candidates in the fray belong to the former one, he noted.

Naxals spray bullets on villagers, kill three

Bhubaneswar
Saturday May 28, 2005


On Friday night MCC ultras fired indiscriminately on a group of villagers in Butra village under Jujumara police station limits killing three and injuring many others.

By InsightOrissa Bureau



The spectre of Naxal menace gripped Western Orissa district of Sambalpur like never before late on Friday night. MCC ultras fired indiscriminately on a group of villagers in Butra village under Jujumara police station limits killing three and injuring many others. Naxals fled the village immediately after the attack leaving the entire village in a state of horrified shock.



Sambalpur range DIG Pranabindu Acharya said it was about 10.30 in the night when about 7-8 Naxals armed with sophisticated firearms entered Butra village and asked the villagers the whereabouts of the Sarpanch Jayram Bhoi .The villagers tried to resist the ultras and even prepared themselves to fight with them. That was when the Naxals fired indiscriminately before fleeing away to the nearby jungle, said the DIG.



Police rushed to the spot to discover the entire village in the grip of fear. Terrified and awe-struck, the villagers clamoured around the bullet-ridden dead bodies of Kanhu Sahu, Dibakar Sahu and Ashwini Barik. About six persons sustained bullet injuries too. Fifteen hours into this ghastly incidents, police have little clue about the attackers. ‘Combing operation is on and we hope to catch up with the ultras very soon’, said DIG Acharya.

Naxal shot dead in Andhra Pradesh

Press Trust of India

Guntur, May 28, 2005


A Maoist Naxal was killed at Guttikonda village of Andhra Pradesh in an encounter with police.

A police party combing the area after a constable was gunned down in Kocherala village in Guntur district, spotted a group of armed Naxals in the forest, near Guttikonda village on Friday, police said.

On spotting the police party, the ultras opened fire, which was returned by police, killing the Naxal, they said.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Maoists killed unborn foetus

27/05/2005 18:07 - (SA)

Kathmandu - Five people and an unborn foetus were killed on Friday in s southwestern Nepalese town when Maoist insurgents attacked them at a restaurant, said police.

Police said: "Three policemen were killed when six Maoists attacked them at a local restaurant in Bhairahawa on Friday morning while two rebels were shot dead in retaliation."

Another policeman and a pregnant woman were injured in the attack.

Police said: "The incident occurred when the Maoists, riding on three motorcycles, opened fire at policemen who were drinking tea in Buddha Chowk about 07:30."

Police taken to hospital

The pregnant woman, who was hit by a bullet in her stomach, was rushed to Universal College of Medical Science in Bhairahawa for treatment.

Police said: "She was rushed to the hospital for treatment and the doctors who operated on her managed to save her, but the six-month-old unborn baby died due to injuries."

Police said another injured policeman was airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.

They said a search operation was launched to nab the rebels who fled after the shootout.

The rebels had been fighting for a communist republic in Nepal since 1996 and the uprising had already claimed more than 11 000 people.

Edited by Andiswa Mesatywa

Woman naxal surrenders in AP

Kurnool, May 28 (PTI): A senior woman Maoist leader surrendered before police here yesterday.

Karnati Rangamma alias Jyothi (30) Galikonda Area Committee Secretary of Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB), who served for Peoples' War and CPI Maoist party for 14 years, surrendered Kurnool District Police Superintendent, B Malla Reddy.

Rangamma, a native of Vadlaramapuram village of Atmakuru Mandal of the district, had joined PW in 1991. She worked as a member in Bhavanasi Dalam and Tiger Reserve Dalam till 1998. She was then promoted as Tiger Reserve Dalam Deputy Commander, Reddy said.

After two years in 2000, she was appointed as dalam commander of Palavanka Dalam in Prakasam District. Rangamma, an illiterate, was elevated to the rank of area committee secretary of Prakasham district in 2002, he added.

Rangamma had served PW in various capacities and had not been keeping well for quite some time.

Naxals killed 10 year boy , shot dead police constable in AP

Four left dead in Naxal violence
Saturday May 28 2005 00:00 IST



GUNTUR/ONGOLE: In renewed blood letting, Naxalites killed 10-year-old boy, one constable and a Congress worker while one Maoist died in an encounter with police in Prakasam and Guntur districts since Thursday night.

According to sources, an exchange of fire took place between the Maoists and the police in Guttikonda in Guntur district this afternoon in which the Naxalite received fatal injuries. He is yet to be identified.

In Tammadapalli village in Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam district, the boy Nagaraju, along with 55-year-old Congress worker Narasa Reddy and a group of villagers was watching a local circus when three armed Maoists came and opened four rounds of fire. Both Narasa Reddy and Nagarju died on the spot.

In another incident, the Naxalites shot and killed an AP Special Police police constable B Samuel in Kocherla in Ipuru mandal, 100 km away from Guntur in the early hours of Friday.

Samuel was one of the 10 APSP constables posted on security duty for the village fair. When he stepped aside for a brief while to ease himself, about five Maoists shot him and escaped with his SLR along with 20 rounds magazine.

In this incident, two villagers also received bullet injuries and they have been admitted to Guntur General Hospital where their condition is reported to be stable.

Maoist leadership admits Bhattarai visited New Delhi

KOL Report

KATHMANDU, May 27 - Maoist leader Prachanda Friday admitted that his colleagues Baburam Bhattarai and Krishna Bahadur Mahara had visited New Delhi in recent days.
In a statement released today, the NCP-Maoist Chairman said that they were dispatched to New Delhi in view of the post-Feb 1 developments to “learn the position of Indian political parties, including that of the Indian government and also to explain the party’s (NCP-Maoist) viewpoints.”

The admission of Bhattarai’s visit from the Maoist leadership comes at a time when there have been denials from various quarters about Bhattarai’s visit to New Delhi.(dds)

Knowledgeable sources told Kantipur Online that the Maoist leaders were, in fact, in New Delhi a week ago or so and that they may have already left the Indian capital.

Kantipur Online has also credible information that the Maoist leaders met exiled leaders from the Nepali political parties while in Delhi.


Joint Secretary for Nepal and Bhutan Ranjit Rae of the Indian External Affairs Ministry arrived here Thursday afternoon, said the Indian Embassy.
This is the first visit to Nepal by a senior Indian diplomat since the King’s Feb. 1 takeover. It comes at a time of “cold vibes” between Nepal and India—as The Indian Express put it—with Royal Nepal Army allegations that New Delhi had invited the Maoists to India for talks and a subsequent news report in The Times of India saying the Baburam Bhattarai was being chaperoned around Delhi by Indian intelligence agencies.

Rae met Foreign Secretary Madhu Raman Acharya and also Joint Secretary for South Asia and SAARC Dinesh Bhattarai after his arrival today, said Sanjay Verma, the Indian Embassy spokesman.

Verma said that “bilateral” issues were discussed during the meetings but did not elaborate. He also said that the “primary reason” for Rae’s visit to Nepal was to attend the annual meeting of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan.

The Indian Embassy spokesman said that Rae would be heading out to Birgunj tomorrow—he is reportedly visiting the Indian consulate and the Inland Container Depot there. The senior Indian diplomat will come back again to Kathmandu and then leave for Biratnagar on Sunday. (yv

Special Envoy for Chinese Foreign Minister Zhou Gang arrived in Kathmandu Thursday evening on a three-day goodwill visit.
Zhou will hold discussion with Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey at the latter’s office in Shital Niwas Friday afternoon.

He is scheduled to meet with Chairmen of Council of Ministers Kirtinidhi Bista and Tulsi Giri on Saturday.

Zhou is the second high-ranking Chinese delegate to visit Nepal in the aftermath of the February First move. Chinese Foreign Minister, Li Zhaoxing, had visited Nepal two months ago.

Evidence of Nepal Maoists in Gadchiroli: Cops

VIVEK DESHPANDE

NAGPUR, MAY 25 The Gadchiroli police say they have intelligence inputs that suggest the presence of Nepalese Maoists in Chhattisgarh and adjoining border areas of Maharashtra. The Maoists may even be participating in armed Naxal attacks, a top official said on Tuesday.
At a time when the Naxals have stepped up their activity in the region—heavy exchange of fire continued between the police and Naxalites for the second day yesterday at Jambiagatta in Etapalli tehsil—the Gadchiroli SP told The Indian Express there is now enough evidence of Nepalese Maoists ‘‘camping around.’’

A heavy posse of policemen is presently in pursuit of a Naxal dalam which has been on the run since the attack on the Pursalgondi gram panchayat in southern Gadchiroli on May 20. Bomb blasts have been reported in the area and a live landmine has also been recovered; the police suspect at least two casualties among the Naxals.

SP Shirish Jain told The Indian Express that Pursalgondi villagers have informed them about ‘‘fair, short-statured’’ men and women accompanying the Naxalites at the time of the attack. ‘‘We have been suspecting of late that the Naxalites are getting heavy support from outside. They are quite heavily armed with automatic weapons. And the villagers’ description plus the intelligence inputs compel us to believe that the Nepalese Maoists have been camping around the area of late,’’ Jain said.

‘‘We already have a few photographs of local Naxalites attending some programme with Nepalese Maoists in the Himalayas,’’ he added.

The Naxalites have also intensified attacks in neighbouring Chhattisgarh over the past fortnight. Six policemen were killed there in an explosion three days ago. Chhattisgarh Naxalites have also acquired rocket-launching armoured vehicles. ‘‘Andhra Naxals are known to have possessed them for some time now, but they are certainly new to this region,’’ Jain said. ‘‘They have heavy weaponry. All these have, possibly, been acquired during the ceasefire in Andhra Pradesh.’’

Police grill drivers, paper vendors over Naxals

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2005 11:52:28 PM ]


UDUPI/CHIKMAGALUR/BANGALORE: A day after a group of 15 Naxals narrowly escaped being caught near a village in Udupi district, newspaper vendors in the area have come under the police scanner.

This follows the discovery of vernacular newspapers, dated up to Tuesday, in the hideout hastily vacated by the Naxals. Police suspect the Naxals got newspapers from their contacts near Rattady village.

Police have now begun questioning vendors in Halady, Amasebayalu, Siddapura and Shankaranarayana to gather details about who had ordered the newspapers. They are also questioning bus drivers who regularly ferry newspapers. On Wednesday morning, a group of 15 Naxals escaped being caught by a group of police personnel of Shankaranarayana. The group, including four women, had camped near the Narasimha and Durga Devi Temples in Rattady village.

While IGP Satyanarayana Rao termed it a narrow escape, Shankaranarayana SI A M Shivanna said: "We were caught unawares, seeing a full-fledged Naxal camp in the forest near an arecanut garden. Usually they prefer to camp in the dense forest area and this is the first time their camp is so close to the village.” Police sources said the Naxals might have selected the area because it is difficult to get water inside the forest area in this season, while there is a natural water source close by. They chose the upper portion of a slanting land from where they could observe everything but would themselves be difficult to spot them from lower areas.


At the hideout, the police found a makeshift chulha and shelter against rain. According to some villagers, they were in the area for quite sometime and collected essential commodities like food, rations and medicine from nearby towns and villages. In their hurry to escape, however, the group left behind much of their belongings, providing vital clues, including their links to CPI (Maoist). Police also recovered bus tickets of local buses running between Halady, Kundapur and Udupi and bills from some medical and grocery shops in Udupi and Kundapur. Other articles recovered include three crude bombs, one hand grenade, two transistors, vessels, clothes, first aid boxes, pamphlets, two diaries - in Kannada and Telugu - and Maoist literature.

Meanwhile, a contingent of STF personnel arrived in Sringeri and more troops are expected to join them in a day or two, according to police sources. A total of 333 STF personnel will be deployed in and around the Kudremukh National Park, which falls in Chikmagalur, Shimoga and Udupi districts. (With inputs from Rakesh P, K.N. Nandagopal and Dinesh Nayak)

Naxal suppoeter Gauri Lankesh effigy burned by Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike



Anguish... Protestors burning the effigy of Gauri Lankesh at the venue of Nadapremi Tipu Sultan Samavesha organised by the Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike in Mangalore on Thursday. They alleged that Gauri Lankesh was supporting Naxal movement in the State. DH photo


Gauri Lankesh Naxal supporter

Thursday, May 26, 2005

India wakes up: we condemn Maoist violence, they have to lay down arms

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
Friday, May 27, 2005 at 0211 hours IST


NEW DELHI, MAY 26: After maintaining a bewildering silence over the past few days and sending conflicting signals on its ties with Nepal, New Delhi today finally woke up to say that its policy towards the Maoists had undergone no change and that it still condemns its violence.

This was timed with a formal denial from CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat that he had held no meeting with Nepalese Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai.



Reports that ‘‘I have met a Maoist leader from Nepal in a meeting arranged by the Indian security agencies is untrue...no such meeting was held,’’ the statement said.

Meanwhile, Delhi said it condemns the ‘‘terrorist’’ and ‘‘violent’’ activities of the CPN (Maoists) which have caused ‘‘enormous suffering’’ to the people of Nepal. Though India has taken a decision to resume military aid to the Royal Nepal Army, sources said the supplies have been restricted to non-lethal material like jeeps and night-vision devices. ‘‘It is our conviction that that there is no purely military solution to the Maoist insurgency,’’ said the MEA spokesperson.

He added that durable peace and stability in Nepal could only be achieved through a political settlement, which requires the Maoists to ‘‘forswear armed struggle’’ and ‘‘lay down their arms’’. India also emphasised its commitment to supporting all efforts at restoring peace, political stability and economic prosperity.

In Kathmandu, Joint Secretary in-charge of Nepal Ranjit Rae met Nepalese Foreign Secretary Madhuraman Acharya. He underlined the Indian position on the Maoists and made it clear that New Delhi viewed constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy as the twin pillars of political stability in Nepal.

Rae reached Kathmandu today on a five-day visit and will also travel to the Indian consulate at Birgunj in southern Nepal, where India has helped build a dry port. He will then go to Dharan before wrapping up his visit. Besides the functions he has to attend, the visit will be an opportunity to make an assessment of the situation there.

Some damage control after Bhattarai-Karat meet expose

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2005 01:05:21 AM ]


NEW DELHI: Stung by an embarrassing exposure of a clandestine meeting between Nepali Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai and CPM chief Prakash Karat, the government and its Marxist ally were in the denial mode on Thursday. They claim that no such a meeting had taken place with the help of Indian intelligence agencies.

The hush-hush meeting was reported by TOI on Wednesday. There was no reaction that day. On Thursday, however, in a terse three-line release, Karat said, "The report in the TOI that I have met a Maoist leader from Nepal in a meeting arranged by the Indian security agencies is untrue. No such meeting was held."

Interestingly, it was Karat himself who had confirmed the meeting to TOI. A careful reading of his statement would also indicate that he is only denying the role of intelligence agencies in arranging the meeting, not the event itself.

This was exactly in line with the stand that Bhattarai took. According to agency reports from Kathmandu, the Maoist leader has denied that Indian agencies organised the meeting but didn't deny the meeting itself. While they seem to be acting in concert, sources affirmed that the agencies, indeed, brokered the meeting.

Sources privy to the Karat-Bhattarai meeting said it was held on May 11, at a place chosen by the CPM leader. Bhattarai, according to sources, readily agreed to the rendezvous.

Their disclaimers now are easy to understand. There is an Interpol red corner notice against Bhattarai and he is expected to be arrested and turned in by Indian security agencies. If despite that, he is moving around here, and that too boldly enough to meet the boss of a top government ally, it is reasonable to believe that the agencies were winking at it all, if not colluding with Bhattarai.

Naxal Threat to Bihar Governor :Center decided NSG cover

NSG cover for Bihar Governor

Dipankar Chakraborty in New Delhi
May 26. — The Centre has decided to further tighten the security cordon around the Bihar Governor, Mr Buta Singh, following intelligence reports clearly suggesting that there is “a very serious threat” to his life from various state-based Maoist and other militant organisations in the run-up to the Assembly polls.

Consequently, the government has already sent to Patna a unit of 20 “quick reaction” elite black-cat NSG (National Security Guards) commandos, specialising in anti-terrorist and anti-hijacking operations. The NSG protection would be in addition to the existing security cover provided to the Governor.

“After all, Mr Singh is the chief executive of the state currently under President’s rule in the absence of any government in Patna. Though there is already very tight security in place for him, we can ill afford to take any chances. Hence the decision to sent the NSG commandos”, a source in the home ministry told The Statesman today.
The decision to further beef up Mr Singh’s security was taken at the highest level immediately after the dissolution of the Assembly on 22 May. Basing its assessment of the perceived threat to the Governor on both central and state intelligence reports, the home ministry’s Threat Assessment Committee, comprising a whole gamut of security and intelligence officials, concluded that it would be in fitness of things to make fool-proof security arrangements for him “till the elections are over”.

“In our assessment the political vacuum in Bihar for the coming four to five months, till the elections are held and a government is in place, would turn the state into an ideal hunting ground for various militant forces particularly the Maoists and the Ranveer Sena. This is likely to turn the situation very fluid and volatile. All this obviously calls for special security arrangements for the Governor”, the source said.

Arms seized from Orissa-Jharkhand border

IANS[ WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2005 03:08:09 PM ]


BHUBANESWAR: A cache of arms and ammunition has been found in a forested area along the Orissa-Jharkhand border that had witnessed a gun battle between security forces and Maoist rebels over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.

The cache, including 32 electronic detonators, several Chinese-made grenades, an AK-47 assault rifle, bullets and explosives, was found by a party of state policemen and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers, a CRPF official said.

On Sunday, a group of Maoist rebels disappeared after a gun battle with police and CRPF personnel at Saranda forest, about 20 km from the steel city of Rourkela.

Police and CRPF then launched an operation to trace the rebels and raided several places over the past few days. During these raids, the arms cache was found at Saranda forest late Tuesday night, the official told.

Maoists have attacked police posts and land owners at several places along the Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border. Recently, they have extended their influence to several districts in western Orissa, including Sambalpur and Sundergarh.

During the past three months, Maoist rebels have kidnapped over a dozen people from western Orissa and released them after holding them for some days.

Maoist Commander nabbed in UP

NEW DELHI, MAY 25 (PTI)

The Sashastra Seema Bal today claimed to have apprehended a hardcore Maoist from UP in a joint operation carried out with the local police. The "maoist" was nabbed yesterday from Sidharth Nagar District when he was on a visit to meet his family.

He is reported to be the Company Commander of Maoists in Kapilvastu, Nepal, a release from the Home Ministry said today.

The SSB also seized cardamom and poppy seeds worth Rs 10 lakh from Kishanganj in Bihar after a tip off, in a joint operation with Customs and GRP, Kishanganj, the release said.

The rich haul was made from the a parcel van of Howrah bound Kamrup Express at Kishanganj Railway station yesterday, it said adding, the seized items have been handed over to Custom authorities, Kishanganj.

Woman Naxalite arrested in Andhra Pradesh

Thursday May 26 2005 12:45 IST

VIJAYAWADA: A woman Maoist member Kota Sri Lakshmi alias Aruna was taken into custody by the Anti Gunda Squad sleuths on Wednesday while she was boarding a bus at the Pandit Nehru bus station. She was later handed over to the Guntur police late in the night for further investigations.

Formerly an active member of Veldurthy dalam operating in the Guntur district, she was carrying an award of Rs 2 lakh over her head.

Hailing from Giripuram locality here, Lakhsmi was attracted to Naxalism through her brother. She fled home in 1999 after failing the SSC examination and joined the Veldurthy dalam.

She was involved in two murders committed in 2000, AGS inspector of police GV Ramana Murthy said.

She was charged with participating in an assassination bid on a political leader at a ‘people’s court,’ at Garikapadu village under Bandlanotu police station limits in 1999.

She was also involved in the murder of P Srinivasachary, who was shot dead by Maoists branding him as a police informer, at a place under Veldurthy police station limits in January 2000.

Prior to that, she was involved in the dalam that killed Paturu Ramaswamy at Narmalapadu village under the Piduguralla police station limits.

AP police adopt families of Naxal recruits

T S Sudhir

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 (Nalgonda):


The Andhra Pradesh police are playing an interesting mind game. Moving into villages that have seen recruitments into the Naxal fold, they are adopting families of such Naxals.

The aim is to dent the family's self-esteem so that it puts pressure on the son or the daughter to discard the gun.

One of the families adopted by the police is that of Raghupati's. He joined the Naxal movement when he was 18 and the district police have now come forward to publicly affirm that they are here to do what the son should have done - look after the aged parents and a younger sister.

"These policemen are helping for now but if my son helps, it will be much better,'' said C Balaram, Raghupati's father.

Self-pride of youth

Forty families in 20 villages have been similarly adopted by the Nalgonda police. The strategy clearly is to strike at the emotion and self-pride of youth gone astray.

"This is psychological warfare. We are reminding them that you belong to this area. The area is backward. Your parents' condition is not too good,'' said Mahesh Bhagwat, SP, Nalgonda.

The villages are being wooed with promises of employment and free medical camps if they remained on the side of the law.

The police hope efforts such as these would provide the healing touch. But all the good work comes to naught when people from such villages are picked up on suspicion that they provide logistical help to the underground cadre.

While combing operations and hunting of Naxals still continue, this is an effort to show that the police do not talk only the language of the gun.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Narendra Modi says 'Surge in naxal activities from Pashupati to Tirupati '

Modi said he had raised the issue of the spurt in naxalite activities in the country at the meeting and asked the Centre to train security forces in those states also that do not witness such actvities.




"There has been a surge in naxal activities from Pashupati (Nepal) to Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh). One cannot say that it would not spread to other areas," he told a group of reporters on the sidelines of the Western Zonal Council meeting here in Mumbai

Security forces in states that do not have naxalism should also be trained to counter extremist activities, he said.

Naxalism is because of social, economic and political problems -- Shivraj Patil

Problems for Maoist violence need to be addressed: Patil
May 24, 2005


Home Minister Shivraj Patil said here Tuesday that there was a need to address the social, economic and political problems behind the Maoist insurgency in several states. In addition to strengthening state police forces to cope with Left wing extremism, the problems faced by members of Maoist groups should be looked into, Patil said. Patil was here Tuesday to attend a meeting of ministers and officials of states in the Central Zonal Council, which comprises Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Except for Uttaranchal, Maoist violence is a major problem in the three other states. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Patil said there was a need to strengthen police forces and modernise them. "Police personnel should be given modern training. Lighter weapons and equipment like night vision goggles, bulletproof jackets, anti-landmine vehicles, helicopters should be given to the police to tackle the problem of Maoism," he said. "But at the same time we should also address the socio, economic and political problems of the Maoists." Patil said discussions were held with the ministers and officials on a host of issues. "We held discussions on economic and social security and good governance. We also discussed ways to remove unemployment, generate more power and improve irrigation facilities," he said. Views were also exchanged on setting up a national disaster management authority at the centre and state disaster management authorities. Patil said the centre would bring a law to control communal violence and this issue was also discussed at the meeting.

BJP seeks explanation on Karat-Maoist leader meet

NEW DELHI, MAY 25 (PTI)



WHAT IS YOUR LINK WITH NAXALS ?

The Opposition BJP today sought an explanation from the Government on the meeting allegedly arranged by Indian intelligence agencies between one of Nepal's top Maoist leaders Baburam Bhattarai and CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat.

"It is a serious matter. The Government owes an explanation as to whether this is true. How can intelligence agencies do this in view of our historic ties with Nepal", party spokesman Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.

He said the matter assumed significance at a time when India had resumed military supplies to the Himalayan kingdom to deal with Maoist insurgency.

"How can the Government itself facilitate such a meeting in contravention of its avowed policy?," Javadekar said.

He said Karat also owed an explanation as to "what was deliberated at the meeting".

"Intelligence agencies should not be used for political purposes", the spokesman said.

Maoist commander arrested in UP

SIDDHARTH NAGAR (UP), MAY 25 (PTI)

Police today nabbed an alleged Maoist commander from Khairi village in the border district, official sources said here.

Inspector General of Police Rameshwar Dayal said Tkeai Pasi belonged to Gangauli village in Nepal and had fled the country fearing arrest at the hands of Nepalese army.

A country made pistol was recovered from his possession, Dayal said adding that he had been sent to jail under the Arms Act.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand will conduct panchayat elections

Maoists take on quasi govt role

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RANCHI: Taking on a quasi government role, Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand have said they will conduct panchayat elections which have not been held for 28 years.

The decision was taken at the central committee meeting of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) last week in Dhanbad.

According to sources close to the group, this would help solve the day to day issues confronting people in rural Jharkhand.

"The poll will take place in different phases, but it will not be conducted like the general elections conducted by the Election Commission," said a source.

Details would be worked out later, he said.

Reacting to the decision, a senior police officer involved in anti-Maoist operations said, "This is nothing but a move to woo the poor.

The state government should conduct the election soon to counter the Maoist move."

Elections to panchayats have not been conducted for the last 28 years in Jharkhand, which was part of Bihar till its formation in November 2000. While Bihar went through the exercise in 2001, Jharkhand did not.

The Arjun Munda government has announced that it would go conduct the elections this year. The Jharkhand High Court has also expressed its objections on the long time gap. The state loses an estimated Rs.5 billion of central funds, earmarked for panchayats, each year.

Five CRPF Jawans killed : Naxals blew up their vehicle

Blast kills five

R. KRISHNA DAS

Raipur, May 23: Five jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and seven others injured when suspected Communist Party of India (Maoist) activists blew up their vehicle this morning near Jangla in Bijapur police district.

A group of CRPF jawans was on its way to Bhopalpatnam — a Maoist-hit pocket — when a landmine went off around 10.30 am at a place almost 450 km from here.

The vehicle was thrown up in the air following the explosion. When it landed, Maoists hiding near the spot started firing indiscriminately. Some of the injured security personnel immediately took positions and retaliated.

The exchange of fire lasted about two hours before the Maoists fled the spot.

On receiving information, jawans from Bijapur and Bhopalpatnam were rushed to the spot. A helicopter from Jagdalpur, about 300 km form the capital, was also sent to lift the injured jawans. Nayak said three of the seven injured jawans, who have been admitted to Maharani Hospital in Jagdalpur, were in a critical state.

Sources said the attack was carried out to “avenge” the killing of three Maoists, including two women, when the rebels had attacked a security camp at Dhourai in Narayanpur police district last week. “The impact of the blast was so severe that five jawans were killed on the spot,” inspector-general of police (Bastar range) Girdhari Nayak told The Telegraph. He added that more than 150 Maoists took part in the attack. The rebels who executed the operation carried sophisticated weapons and wore military uniform.

Naxals push Chhattisgarh into crisis

May 24, 2005


The three-decade-old Naxalite movement in Chhattisgarh might not have made it a 'Naxal-garh,' but their activities have pushed the mineral-rich state into a severe crisis.

"The situation is nothing but worse now as the Naxalites have a dominance over the local administration in many parts and are involved in more violent activities," a top police officer told PTI.

The Maoist problem is not only affecting economic activities in the state but also forcing it to adopt an imbalanced model of growth because of the presence of Naxalites in a majority of the mineral-rich pockets of Chhattisgarh.

"One should think why Naxalites are active in those areas, which are full of minerals or other rich resources," Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma asked. Maoists are sitting over rich minerals, obstructing the development of the state, Karma, industry minister in the previous Congress government, said, indicating the lack of industry in Dantewada, Kanker, Bastar, Kawardha, Balrampur, Sarguja and other Naxal-infested districts.

With over 150 police stations, spread over 10 districts, infested with hyper-Naxal activities, the socio-economic condition has not only been affected but political activities too have been hit in those areas.

When Chhattisgarh was part of Madhya Pradesh, the region was treated as a colony sort of thing and was never in the priority for good governance, because of which Naxalite movements had gained momentum here, Home Minister Brij Mohan Agrawal said.

Many thought the situation would change after the state was formed on November 1, 2000 but the previous Congress government had "done very little" in its three-year tenure because of which Naxal activities had a bearing on both socio-economic as well as political activities, Agrawal, also a prominent BJP leader, told PTI.

In the 1990s, a committee of senior officials had given a report saying, 'Naxalites are running a parallel administration in many parts of Chhattisgrh's Bastar region' and the situation is now worse.

'Who said we are running parallel administration? We have liberated some of our areas through our sustained people's war in the Abujhmad area of Dandakaranya zone (of Bastar region) where we have established people's governance,' a prominent Maoist leader Ayatu told reporters recently in Bastar jungle.

Today, the Naxalites have their only administration in some areas which they called 'liberated zone' where they issue vehicle passes and charge taxes from people for using the roads or staying or doing businesses.

A visit to any Naxal-infested region will give a better picture. The people of the Manpur police station area of Rajnandgaon district told PTI that "after sunset, policemen never venture outside the police station." When asked, Manpur Station House Officer Poyam Khakha admitted the situation has turned worse especially after the police station was looted by Maoists some years back.

In Bastar region, the Maoists are not allowing the Indian Army's Border Road Organisation to construct the 200 km-long national highway between Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The Centre recently expressed its strong displeasure over the state police's failure in providing security to men and machines to complete the work.

In Sarguja, sales tax office people had to leave their inter-state check gates on the borders of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand well before sunset to protect themseleves from Naxalites, admitted sales tax top officials.

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The Maoists damaged Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) worth of properties of Hindalco in the Kusumi mines area of Sarguja district on May 8 by razing the buildings and staff quarters among others with the help of Hindalco's bulldozer, thus affecting mining.

Naxals, India's enemy within

In Dantewada, Bastar and Kanker districts, Naxalite activities have affected plucking of tendu leaves at a time when the state was getting good revenue from the production of better quality tendu leaves which are used for making bidis.

Chief Minister Raman Singh admitted Naxalites have stepped up their activities in the state, but said that could be an answer to intensified police operations in the jungles regularly.

"The Naxalites might be calling the shots in some places but no one is more powerful than the State and the rule of law will prevail very soon and Naxalite activities will be curbed in the state. For this, the state government has drafted a force from para-military and also specialised forces from Gujarat," Singh said.

Naxal diary beats hi-tech State

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Naxal diary beats hi-tech State

DH News Service Chikmagalur:


The police department has failed to unlock the secrets hidden in the digital diary which was found at the site where Naxal leader Saketh Rajan was killed. The crucial inside information of Naxal activities in the Western Ghats, which the police was hoping would be theirs with the cracking of the digital diary password, will remain out of their reach.

The police claim to have left no stone unturned in trying to get the information in the diary, which was found in a handbag at the encounter site. The diary belonged to Casio company and the police took the diary to various branches of the company and technology centres in India, including IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Bangalore; Cyber Centre, Hyderabad and even Delhi. But the obsolete technology used in the diary worked against the police and even the company concerned failed to unlock the diary.

Weather worries


Meanwhile, infamous Naxal from Andhra Pradesh Sudhakar Reddy, who has taken the place of Saketh Rajan, is known to have said that the weather in Western Ghats is working against the Naxals. It is said that the huge difference in weather conditions between the Western Ghats and the rest of the region has kept away leaders from Karnataka such as Devendrappa, Muniswamy and Zulfikar, forcing Sudhakar Reddy to take charge.

Highly placed sources in the police department have revealed that Sudhakar Reddy is the main accused in the assasination attempts of Andhra Pradesh former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and the previous Home Minister. Reddy is also wanted in a number of other cases by the police, they say.

The Naxal movement which started in the Western Ghats in 2001 without a leader, grew with a new found spurt with the appointing of Saketh Rajan as their leader. Known to be of high intelligence, Rajan surveyed the entire Ghats and was prepared for the task, therefore proving to be a good leader.

The Naxal movement strongly condemned the evacuation of locals to house the Kudremukh National Park project. Slowly, the movement concentrated on other issues such as encroachment in the Malnad region, casteism, thereby slowly gaining the confidence of the tribals in the region.

Though two women Naxals were killed in the process of police investigations, it did not hit the Naxal movement very bad. Instead, it gave the Naxals another reason to spread terror. Their activities did not take a beating they could not get out of. In fact, they were even successful, to some extent, to gain the sympathy of some political parties.

Sources say that the brutal Naxal attack on agriculturist Chandrakanth of Sringeri taluk, as he was said to be a police informer, and the killing of Saketh Rajan and the consequent attack on the police at Pavagada has decreased the people support for Naxals in the Western Ghats.

Taking the lead

B G Krishnamurthy and Vikram are leading the movement forward, with two teams of 17 and six. They have started the task of garnering people support all over again. They are going from house to house in the Ghats and distributing pamphlets and discussing the people’s problems.

The district police, meanwhile, are confident that after the wake-up call of the Pavagada attack, they are prepared to handle such attacks. Investigations are on as usual and a KSRP youth commando force has been given special training to handle emergencies, police sources say.

90 Naxal sympathisers, 15 maoist ultras surrender in AP

VIZIANAGARAM (AP), MAY 5 (PTI)

Over ninety naxal sympathisers and 15 Maoist ultras surrendered to police in two separate incidents in Andhra Pradesh today.

As many as 92 sympathisers of Maoist naxals including 13 minor girls surrendered to Visakhapatnam range DIG N Madan Mohan at Parvathipuram in Vizianagaram district, police said.

The sympathisers, most of them tribals, surrendered due to personal problems and desire to lead a peaceful life, sources said.

We have been urging youths, who were misled by naxals to join the mainstream and it is yielding results, the DIG said. To a complaint by one of the sympathisers P Venkateshwerlu that police was harassing villagers for providing shelter to naxals, Mohan assured that there would be no harassment as police was to protect and not for harassment.

In a separate incident, 15 Maoist naxals, including two women cadres, surrendered to police in Guntur district.

The naxals belong to Maoist Chandravanka squad, Superintendant of police Jitender said.

The state government would help rehabilitate the naxals, the official added.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Naxals defend their act, issue final warning to informants

In an unsigned letter, the naxals have defended the murder of Seshaiah and claimed that his role in the killing of Saketh Rajan was proved beyond doubt.


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Chickmagalur: Even as the State Government is gearing up to take on naxalites in the hilly terrains of western ghat, the extremist outfit has strongly defended the killing of Seshaiah.

In a statement issued to the media by Gangadhar, who claims to represent CPI (Maoist), said, the death of Saketh Rajan and Shivalingu have been suitably avenged with the killing of Seshaiah.



Terming Shesaiah as the anti people ‘pudari’ and an obstacle for peoples agitation, the unsigned statement claimed that his role in the death of Saketh and Shivalinguu was proved beyond doubt.

“This is the final warning for those informers who do not change anti-people stance,” the statement said.

Dwelling at length the anti-people background of Shesaiah, the letter noted that despite repeated warnings the victim did not mend ways and it had become inevitable to eliminate him.

“Although he is not a landlord, he had close association with a number of land owners, corrupt officials and politicians,” the statement alleged.

Selfish gains

The CPI (Maoist) also alleged that Seshaiah had used all his previous offices for selfish gains. It referred to the TV, dish antenna, mobile and minor hydel electric project as proof to show that he had amassed wealth. “The nexus between him and police grew stronger. He was also provided with a mobile phone. We were keeping an eye on all these developments,” the statement noted.

The naxals have also reacted to the governments decision to deploy STF against them. “STF will aggravate people’s problems, instead of solving them.Our fight will not stop as long as the peoples problems are solved,”the statement warned.

Atrocities Act

Meanwhile, the government has decided to invoke Prevention of Atrocities Act-1995 against the killers of Shesaiah.

Speaking to reporters in Chickmagalur, the Additional Director General of Police (law and order) said, cases have been booked against the killers under the Prevention of Atrocities Act-1995. “Under this Act, the person found guilty during prosecution can be sentenced to death,” he pointed out.

He also ruled out the possibility of the STF committing human rights violation during its anti-naxal operations.

GOVT TO RETALIATE

Rs 4 lakh relief to Seshaiah’s family

DH News Service

Chikmagalur: The State government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the family of Seshaiah who was killed by the naxals at Menasinahadya village in Koppa taluk.

Announcing this at a press conference on Wednesday night, District In-charge and Information Minister B Shivaram said that the government had formed a STF team comprising of 350 personnel and the team had left from Bangalore to the four naxal affected districts in the Western Ghats to carry out operations.

Sringeri town will be the base camp for the team, he said.

Dismissing reports of human rights abuse by STF personnel, he said that looking at how Seshaiah was killed, it appears that the naxalites have no moral values and philosophy.

The government has decided to retaliate using arms, the minister said.

Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand scouting for Lakshya type UAV

UNI Hyderabad May 21: Faced with Naxal menace, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh were among the frontline states that have shown interest in acquiring unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to tackle insurgency.Lakshya, the indigenously developed UAV under production at public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which was used during the Kargil war with commendable success, had an endurance of five hours.

“For a state like Andhra Pradesh, you will need 3-4 (Lakshya) UAV to track militants,” the Research Centre Immarat (RCI) director, Mr V K Saraswat told media here today ahead of the national workshop on ‘Emerging technologies: UAV’ slated at RCI here on May 22.

HAL currently has a capacity to build 24-27 UAVs a year and the cost of a UAV ranges from Rs 30 lakh and Rs three crore depending on the payload.

“If a state wants thermal imaging to be installed, the equipment alone will cost about Rs one crore.”

“Andhra Pradesh appears to be serious and some states including Jharkhand are also looking at UAV option even as Lakshya will be targeted for use in internal security and equipping the para military forces to help track terrorists across the borders,” Dr Saraswat, whose institution has been associated with the Lakshya project, said.

The Telugu Desam Government had deputed the then home minister, Mr Madhav Reddy to Israel along with the director general of police to explore the possibilities of acquiring a UAV for anti-Naxal operations.

Mr Reddy was later assassinated by Naxals who blew up his car near Ghatkeswar on the city outskirts on the eve of the panchayat polls in the state.

The former Central Bureau of Investigation director, Mr K Vijayarama Rao and a minister in Telugu Desam government, who led the ministerial group for preparatory work for possible talks with the Naxals in 2003 ahead of the elections, had also visited Israel as a possible follow up of UAV acquisition plans.

The Centre, however, had suggested an indigenous UAV acquisition due to cost factor.

Engineers from Israel group Vai, supposedly the world leaders would be giving a presentation on the UAVs at the AESI workshop scheduled to be inaugurated by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

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Govt committed to curb Naxal menace: Karnataka Minister

Sunday May 22 2005 12:26 IST

SHIMOGA, May 21: The State Government is committed to curb naxal activities if the Naxals take law into their hands, said Minister PGR Sindhya.

Talking to reporters in Shimoga on Saturday, the Minister stressed the need to bring Naxalites to main stream. It is necessary to go to people who extend their support to Naxalites, he said.He said so far the Government machinery had handled naxal problem in a proper way.

Naxal problem persists in the State for the past 10-15 years. But very recently its appearance in Malnad region is gaining significance. The government had sent Special Task Force to curb naxal activities in this region, he added.

Answering to a query over dual policy by government, on one side inviting for talks and on the other side sending STF to Malnad region, he said in the democratic set up the Government should take steps according to the situation.

‘Govt will not tolerate Naxals attacking innocent people’

‘Govt will not tolerate Naxals attacking innocent people’
Sunday May 22 2005 11:56 IST

BANGALORE: Even while Chief Minister N Dharam Singh continued to say that Naxal activity in the State was a ‘socio-economic’ problem, Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the Government would not tolerate Naxalites attacking innocent people.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Siddaramaiah expressed concern over growing Naxal menace in the State. “It is the duty of the Government to protect the lives of innocent people. The Government will take stern action against the Naxalites,” he said.

However, Siddaramaiah did not agree with the suggestion that the Naxal menace and series of hooch tragedies were the result of the coalition government’s failure. “These are fallouts of the stringent measures the government has taken to curb this menace,” he noted.

Those who lost business due to Government taking stringent measures to curb ‘seconds’ arrack were behind hooch tragedies. The Government had mobilised Rs 500 crore by stopping seconds arrack. “I don’t agree that it is the Government’s failure,” he stated.

On Hassan District Minister HD Revanna expressing displeasure over the government issuing notice to Hassan Deputy Commissioner, Siddaramaiah said that he would talk to Revanna. “Even DCs will have responsibilities. Since we felt that he failed to execute these responsibilities, we have issued notice,” he said.

Sky's the limit: AP police battles Naxals

Uma Sudhir
Sunday, May 22, 2005 (Hyderabad):

The Andhra Pradesh police have been struggling for years in their war against the Naxals. But now the force is taking its battle to the skies.

In addition to gun battles and combing operations on the ground, an aerial attack is going to be the next step in the all-out war against the Naxal extremists.

The Central government has already agreed to foot the bill for using helicopters for surveillance/reconnaissance, rescue operations as well as to carry troops for attack.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are also to be deployed to keep an eye on Naxal movement in the forest.

The huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered recently has further convinced the police that Naxal intentions are far from honourable.

"This is extremely important I feel because their idea was to plan attacks on government personnel, establishments, political leaders and also to set up guerrilla squads in the districts,'' said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.

The state police have also asked the Centre's help for upgrading communication sets, surveillance and night vision equipment as also a mine proof vehicle