Saturday, July 02, 2005
RAIPUR: Maoist guerrillas opened fire at an anti-rebel rally in Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday. The rally - attended by over 1,200 people on Friday - was being led by opposition leader Mahendra Karma of the Congress party in Bastar region's Dantewada district, some 370 km from here.
No one was injured, Bastar police officer M.W. Ansari said.
"The police personnel deployed for security retaliated. It was a 15-minute gun battle between the cops and guerrillas. Finally the Maoists fled to a forest area," Ansari added.
The villagers of Danetwada district, for long considered a safe bastion for Maoists in the country, appear to be revolting against the guerrillas since last month, holding them responsible for "poverty and backwardness".
As many as 12 people including four rebels have been killed in gunfights since then.
Sensing a favourable situation, Chief Minister Raman Singh is leaving for a two-day visit to Bastar region on Saturday to take stock of anti-Maoist movement.
Saturday, July 2, 2005 (Hyderabad):
In Andhra Pradesh, there have been fresh allegations that some members of the police force were acting independently in killing the Naxalite leader Riaz.
The killing brought a response this morning in Warangal's MGM Hospital where one person was killed and 13 others injured in a blast.
"We heard a bang, smoke blacked out the area and when I tried getting up, I could not as my right leg was injured,'' said an injured.
Naxals ran riot
In the last 48 hours, Naxals also burnt six RTC buses on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway.
The violence was to avenge the killing of top Janshakti leader, Riaz in reportedly dubious circumstances in a police encounter in Karimnagar district on Thursday night.
"I believe it is an encounter based on what my police personnel have said. But I also want to examine the press reports which say the contrary,'' says Jana Reddy, Home Minister, AP.
The spin doctors of the establishment have been working overtime accusing the Janshakti of indulging in violence and extortions from who 64 weapons have been recovered in the last three days.
But the Home Minister's desire to ascertain for himself if Riaz's encounter was indeed above board, indicates divisions at the top.
Saturday, July 2, 2005 (Warangal):
One person has been killed and 12 injured in an explosion at a government hospital in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.
The explosives were reportedly placed in a bag near the gate of the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, the biggest government hospital in the district.
The blast occurred minutes after some undertrials were brought to the hospital for treatment amidst tight security.
The condition of three injured policemen was stated to be serious, police said.
The incident comes a day after the killing of a top naxalite leader Riaz alias Venkateshwarulu, along with three others in a police encounter in Karimnagar district. (With PTI inputs)
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Hyderabad,July 2: Six Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation(APSRTC) buses were set on fire and a Relay tower of a private Telecom provider was blasted reportedly by CPI (Maoist) in separate areas of the Nalgonda district in an apparent retaliation to the ''encounter'' in which four CPI(M) Janashakti naxals, including senior leader Riaz was gunned down by police yesterday.
A red alert was sounded in the Hyderabad and Cyberabad police region encompassing areas of Ranga Reddy and Nalgonda along with Hyderabad district. Amid day of charge and denial over the encounter at Bandla Kallu in Karimnagar district in which Riaz, one of the four naxal emissaries in the peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government was killed in the wee hours, the maoists, who had also participated in the October talks went on an offensive, on the four-lane Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway near Toopranpet in Nalgonda district above 30 Km from here.
About 14 armed suspected maoists of Rachakonda Dalam stopped six APSRTC buses, coming from Hyderabad, and told all the passengers from the buses to come down before torturing them. The buses were burning for almost two hours with no sign of police arriving at the site, eyewitnesses said. '' I saw three people, including a woman naxal with weapons, who stoned our Guntur-bounded high-tech bus, breaking the window panes and asked us to get down before setting the bus on fire,'' Gowtham, one of the passengers, said. The traffic on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway was completely disrupted after the incident. Vehicular traffic on the both sides of the Toopranpet had been blocked, eyewitnesses said. Police sources said suspected maoists blasted a Telecom Relay tower near Markapuram.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), an ally of ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh, today demanded judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the death of a top naxalite leader Riaz and three others in an exchange of fire in Karimnagar district yesterday.
As the latest police encounter triggered protests by civil rights organisations and Opposition parties, the TRS Ministers S Santosh Reddy, A Harish Rao and Vijayarama Rao held an informal meeting here to discuss the situation and the possible repurcussions.
"The encounter killings are very unfortunate. It is the responsibility of the government to protect human rights," the TRS leader and state Minister for Youth Affairs and Employment Harish Rao said.
Indicating that his party would be forced to reconsider its continuance in the government if 'fake encounters' were not halted, he said his party leaders would consult the TRS founder President and Union Labour Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao before formulating future course of action.
"People want peace. We want the government to consider naxal problem from socio-economic point of view instead of encouraging violence," the Minister said.
Meanwhile, the main Opposition TDP and the ruling party's ally CPI (M) also condemned yesterday's police encounter amidst allegations that extremist leaders were picked up from the city and bumped off in cold blood.
KORAPUT: Three Naxal sympathisers were captured after villagers and Naxalites fought a pitched battle for several hours in Malkangiri on Thursday. Some Naxalites beat up a villager of MPV 66 (Malkangiri Poteru Village) a few days ago.
On Thursday, six Naxalites, two of them women, tried to enter the village. The aggrieved villagers, however, chased the Naxalites away. Other Naxalites and their sympathisers, who were hiding in the nearby forest, came to the rescue of their accomplices and counter-attacked the villagers. Both the groups were then engaged in a fierce battle.
On seeing the villagers of MPV 66 in trouble, the villagers of MPV 27 rushed to the jungle to capture the Naxalites. The Naxalites, in retaliation, fired two rounds in the air. The villagers, however, managed to capture the three Naxal sympathisers.
Armed police rushed to spot and arrested the three sympathisers. Four villagers were seriously injured in the battle.
Friday, July 01, 2005
KATHMANDU, JULY 1 (PTI)
Indian and Nepalese security officials have agreed to step up vigil along the common border and share intelligence to check movement of terrorists, amidst increasing Maoist activities along the porous border. At a meeting in the eastern Nepalese town of Biratnagar, police officials of the two countries agreed to tighten security arrangements to prevent terrorists from using the land of either country, state-run Rising Nepal reported today. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Nepal, Ashok Shrestha led the Nepalese delegation while the Indian side was led by DIG of Purnia region, Rajendra Prasad Singh. "We discussed and agreed on the necessity to be in high alert to stop the terrorists from taking advantages of the open border," Shreshta said adding terrorism is not in the interest of the two countries.
During the meeting the officials discussed the possible involvement of Nepali Maoists in attacks on border areas, he said. "Indian security officials have been more vigilant in the border areas after the recent attack in Bihar," an official said. Security officials expressed hope that mutual cooperation between the two sides would be helpful in curbing terrorist and criminal activities across the border.
Home hardpressed to explain slack intelligence
SUDHI RANJAN SEN
NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 Though the Union Home Ministry denies the involvement of Nepalese Maoists in the Madhuban attack, investigations into the intelligence failure and the attack have been handed over to the DG of Sashastra Suraksha Bal (SSB), Himanshu Kumar.
Kumar will carry out an on-the-spot inquiry at the Indo-Nepal border over two days.
What has left the Ministry hardpressed for an explanation is that none of the three intelligence agencies — the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing or the SSB’s own intelligence wing — had a whiff of the attack though Maoists were known to be assembling in the area. ‘‘The attack was well coordinated but there was no information either at the district level or at the Centre of the possibility of the attack,’’ a senior official said.
Reports reaching the Ministry said the Maoists carried radio sets and coordinated the attacks. The security forces took more than an hour to take stock of the strikes by which time the Maoists had fled. Reports also show that locals had provided logistical support to the Maoists. ‘‘It is evident that they (Maoists) assembled near Madhuban before carrying out the attack, the Intelligence agencies should, at least, have been able to detect the movement and warn either the police or the Centre,’’ an official said.
Slack Intelligence across the Central Revolution Zone, the area of Maoist operations, stretching across nine states has been bothering the Ministry for long. At the last meeting of the Coordination Centre, headed by the Union Home Secretary, the IB was asked to set up a separate ‘‘Operations Directorate’’ to tackle Naxalites. Ministry officials say besides Andhra, no other state has been able to gather worthwhile Intelligence on Naxalite activities.
Nepal Maoists not involved in Bihar attack
By Murali Krishnan, New Delhi: After an inquiry into last week's daring attack by Maoists at Madhuban in Bihar, the Sashastra Suraksha Bal (SSB) that guards the India-Nepal border has denied that rebels from the neighbouring country were involved in the raid.
SSB's Deputy Inspector General Kulbir Krishan told IANS: "We found no evidence to suggest that Nepalese Maoists were involved in the attack.
"In fact after interrogating villagers and those who (we) have picked up, there is only proof to suggest that local Maoists were involved."
Investigations into intelligence failure and the attack were handed over to SSB Director General Himanshu Kumar, currently in Bihar, by the home ministry.
At least four security personnel were killed and property worth over Rs.1.6 million were looted in the well-coordinated and pinpointed attack at Madhuban in East Champaran district last week by nearly 300 Maoist rebels.
The area lies less than 30 km south of the border with Nepal.
There had been considerable speculation following the attack that Nepalese Maoists had joined their Indian counterparts for the raid.
The rebels simultaneously targeted two banks, a post office, a petrol pump and a police station, besides the houses of Sitaram Singh, the Rashtriya Janata Dal MP from Sheohar, and two of his supporters.
"Even the posters and diaries that were seized from the village after the attack were in Bhojpuri and Mythili, the local vernacular, and not in Nepali as reported," said Krishan.
Initial reports had suggested that Nepalese Maoists were behind the attack because some women, who were part of the raid, were dressed in jeans and tops.
"We could not get a fix on this. Look, if the Nepalese Maoists were actually involved, it is a very disturbing sign. But that is not the case," said Krishan.
The home ministry has asked SSB to coordinate deployment of personnel and operations between local police and intelligence agencies in the wake of the attack.
Poor intelligence across the area of Maoist operations, stretching across nine states, has been bothering home ministry officials for long.
At a recent review meeting chaired by Home Secretary V.K. Duggal, the Intelligence Bureau was asked to set up a separate "operations directorate" to tackle the Maoists.
Officials say besides Andhra Pradesh, no other state has been able to gather "real" intelligence on Maoist activities.
The government is contemplating to raise 20 additional battalions of SSB to intensify the vigil along the India-Nepal border.
The identity of the woman cadre and the fourth ultra was yet to be established.
Acting on a tip-off that Naxalites were holding a meeting to chalk out plans for a major strike, a special police party rushed to the spot and surrounded their hideout.
"Despite repeated warning by policemen, the ultras did not surrender. Instead, they opened fire at policemen who retaliated in self-defence," the SP said.
In a fierce encounter that ensued, four extremists were killed while six others managed to escape.
The police recovered three revolvers, a springfield rifle and some ammunition from the spot, Chowhan said.
Forty-year-old Riyaz had represented Janashakti group during the first ever direct talks with the state government in October last year.
The Janashakti group of Naxalites have a limited presence in parts of Andhra Pradesh, unlike the more powerful and influential organisation - CPI (Maoist).
With today's encounter killings, the prospect of reviving the collapsed peace talks has receded further amidst allegations of police excesses.
"It was a clear case of fake police encounter. We have information that our comrades were picked up from the city last night and done to death in cold blood," the former Janashakti emissary Chandranna said.
The former Maoist emissary and revolutionary writer Kalyana Rao also condemned the killings and said it was a `fascist attack aimed at suppressing the revolutionary movement'.
The state Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen, however, denied the charge of fake encounter and said it was a `genuine exchange of fire' between extremists and policemen.
"There is no need for us to indulge in fake encounters. It is their (Maoists') culture," the DGP added.
Four naxals killed in encounter
Hyderabad, July 1 (UNI) Four CPI(ML) Janashakthi Naxalites activists, including its central committee member who had participated in the peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government, were killed in an encounter with the police near Bandakallu in Karimnagar district early today.
Police said acting on a tip-off, two special parties, sent from Karimnagar district headquarters, raided the area late last night where top Janashakthi naxal leaders were holding a meeting to intensify their activities in the district.
An encounter ensued in which the naxal leader, Riaz, and three of his aides--Gautam, Jyothi and Vijay--were killed. Their bodies were found at the scene early today.
Twelve top Janashakti leaders, including Janashakthi Secretary Amar, were among those who were reportedly present at the meeting.
Riaz, alias Venkateswarlu, an engineering graduate, along with Amar, had participated in the peace talks held for the first time with the naxalite groups, including CPI(Maoists), in October
Faced with a sudden surge in Maoist violence in Bihar, Governor Buta Singh today announced constitution of a taskforce to supervise and monitor development work in Naxal-hit districts.
The taskforce headed by Rural Development Secretary will monitor and supervise execution of various development schemes in districts prone to Naxalite violence, Singh told reporters after a meeting with district magistrates of 10 North Bihar districts to review the situation in the aftermath of the June 23 Maoist attack at Madhuban Bazaar in East Champaran.
Asked whether the government proposed to bring the naxalites to the negotiating table, the Governor said, "We have received no communication from them so who should we talk to. We have received no proposal from the underground Maoists for talks." He said since the government felt that Naxalite violence could not be tackled through police action alone, renewed impetus needed to be given to development in areas affected by ultra-left violence.
This, however, would not mean any lowering of guard vis-a-vis the Naxalites and police campaign against them would continue, he said, adding the Director General of Sashastra Suraksha Bal (SSB) Himanshu Kumar had left for Madhuban today to take stock of the situation.
Kumar has been dispatched to the state by the Union Home Ministry to assess the situation in the Naxalite-hit districts, particularly those along the Indo-Nepal border, following the Madhuban incident in which a large number of Nepalese Maoist rebels had reportedly taken part.
Twenty naxalites, two policemen and a bank security guard were killed in the Maoist attack and police action that followed in Madhuban block.
RAICHUR: The Planning Commission has identified 32 Naxal-prone districts in the country where development works will be carried out for their all-round development involving an expenditure of Rs.45 crore over a period of three years. Union Minister of State revealed this for Planning M.V. Rajashekharan here on Thursday.
He told reporters at Kannapur hutti village in Lingsugur taluk, 130 km from here that the Centre had noticed that Naxal activities were mostly due to backward economic conditions of the regions. Asked if any Naxal-prone districts of Karnataka were included in the list, he replied in negative.
Chief Minister Dharam Singh has sought a package of Rs.9,600 crore for the development of north Karnataka as per the recommendations made by Dr.D.M. Nanjundappa Committee, he said.
He had demanded the centre to bear at least 50 per cent of the proposed development expenditure. The matter was before the government. Three ministers, including Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and himself and MPs of north Karnataka would insist for the sanction of funds, he said.
CUTTACK: Containing Left Wing extremism, accelerating the process of police modernisation, protection of human rights as well as building a people-friendly image of the law enforcement agency would be given priority, said the new Director General of Police (DGP) Suchit Das.
Talking to mediapersons after assuming charge on Thursday, Das said Left Wing extremism will be dealt with an iron hand and adequate measures need to be taken to tackle the menace which has spread to 12 districts.
He said the special training, initiated by his predecessor B B Mishra would be accelerated during his time. The DGP also called upon the officials to co-operate with neighbouring states such as Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to tackle the Naxal menace.
Das also emphasised on acceleration of police modernisation programme and said his aim was to raise Orissa to B1 status wherein Centre would bear 75 per cent of the force upgradation cost. Orissa has a good track record in police modernisation and is availing 60 percent of Centre’s share because of the B status that it now has, he said.
Reiterating his commitment to improve the image of the police, he assured that steps would be taken to check incidence of custodial violence and deaths in the State.
The DGP said establishment of women’s desks in police stations and directions to police personnel to take prompt action on complaints were steps in the right direction and should be taken forward.
Thursday, June 30, 2005
MUZAFFARPUR (BIHAR), JUNE 30 (PTI)
Eight Nepalese Maoists, including a woman, were taken into police custody while they were undergoing treatment at a nursing home here today, police said.
Acting on a tip-off that some Maoist rebels from Nepal were admitted to the nursing home, police cordoned off the building at Juran Chapra in this district headquarter town in north Bihar and took into custody eight persons, DIG (Tirhut range) Gupteshwar Pandey told PTI.
Stating that all of them had their legs plastered, Pandey said x-ray examinations revealed they had gunshot injuries.
The Maoists, who initially tried to conceal their identity, admitted after sustained grilling that they were active cadres of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the official said. The DIG said the activists had admitted that they were undergoing treatment at the nursing home for the last 20 days after suffering injuries in an encounter with the Royal Army in Udaypur district of Nepal some times back.
He said a few doctors and other staff of the nursing home were taken into custody and were being interrogated.
"They are under police custody," Pandey replied when asked whether the insurgents have been arrested.
He said since the Maoists were seriously injured and were not not in a position to be removed to some other place, a strong contingent of police was guarding the nursing home.
The arrests were made close on the heels of the Maoist, police encounter in state's West Champaran district. Twenty Naxalites were killed in police action in the aftermatch of an attack by hundreds of Communist Party of India (Maoist) rebels and their Nepalese counterparts at Madhuban Bazaar in West Champaran on June 23. Three others - two policemen and a bank security guard- were also killed in the violence, the Maoist attack and subsequent police action.
Raipur, June 30 : Twelve hardcore Maoist rebels have given up arms in front of hundreds of tribal people in Chhattisgarh, police said Thursday.
The surrender took place at an anti-Maoist rally Wednesday evening in Bastar region's Dantewada district, 382 km from here, bordering Andhra Pradesh.
Describing it as a major achievement since an anti-Maoist movement was launched in Bastar early last week, police said 12 members of a sangham, a local rebel body, laid down arms.
Police claimed that the guerrillas had announced they would join the mainstream society for the sake of development and help weed out decades-old extremism in Chhattisgarh.
Sources say several other guerrillas in Dantewada are planning to surrender next week.
For the first time, the state has deployed 11 anti-landmine tanks this month in trouble-torn Bastar and Surguja regions to counter guerrillas.
Chhattisgarh is badly affected by Maoist rebellion, with nine out of 16 districts being affected.
HYDERABAD, June 29. — Andhra Pradesh chief minister Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy yesterday proposed the method of “hot pursuit” to curb Maoists movement in the states most affected by such extremism. This is the first time that this method has been advocated to combat Naxalites.
In particular, Dr Reddy suggested that the permit for hot pursuit should be granted to individual state police forces so as to enable them to enter the territory of other states in pursuit of fugitives.
“The logistics and forces to be deployed should be worked out between the neighbouring states at frequent intervals for effective tackling of extremism”, he said during the inter-state council meeting.
He said that the Centre would not only fund the project, but also provide paramilitary forces. He had recently asked the Coordination Centre of the Naxalite-affected states to adopt an integrated method of sharing intelligence.
Claiming that Nepali Maoists had started operating in Bihar in a big way, BJP today alleged that the Central government was neglecting the naxal problem because of "emphathy" of "certain sections" of the ruling UPA and its allies towards the extremists.
BJP's Bihar unit chief Sushil Kumar Modi also accused the previous RJD government of the state and RJD chief Lalu Prasad of having given "protection" to the extremists.
"BJP condemns the negligent attitude of the Central government in the matter of joint attack by Indian and Nepalese Maoists in Madhuban in Bihar on June 23," Modi told reporters here.
"The Centre is not intervening because many stalwarts in the UPA and those supporting have ideological support to and empathy for the Maoists," he alleged. In this connection, he referred to the recent meeting a Maoist leader reportedly had with CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat.
Modi said at least 100 Nepali Maoists were among the group of over 250 people who carried out attacks at seven places simultaneously in Madhubhan.
He demanded handing over of border areas of the state to central paramilitary forces as it feared that the "increasing" extremist violence could affect upcoming Assembly polls there.
He also demanded increased patrolling by Sashastra Suraksha Bal (SSB) along the state's border with Nepal.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Raipur, June 29 : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said Wednesday that massive capital investment in the underdeveloped regions of the state where Maoists hold sway is the only way to effectively check insurgency.
Encouraged by last week's people's "revolt" against the Maoists in Dantewada and Sarguja districts, the chief minister underlined the need to industrialise and develop these extremely backward areas.
"I strongly believe that the anti-insurgency people's movement that began last week from Dantewada district and spilled over into other areas mostly dominated by guerrillas can weed out Maoists," Singh told IANS.
He said some leading industrial houses had evinced interest to set up steel plants in Bastar district, one of the bastions of Maoist rebels.
Early this month, Chhattisgarh inked two memoranda of understanding (MoU) - with Tata Steel worth Rs.100 billion for a five-million tonne capacity steel plant in Bastar district and with Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) worth Rs.40 billion for a super thermal power plant in Surguja.
"My speech at the 9th inter-state council meeting Tuesday in New Delhi also focused on brining money to Maoist-infested areas and speeding up development and offering employment to masses. This is the only way to contain Maoist violence," Singh said.
He said his proposal for industrialisation of insurgency-ridden areas as a permanent solution to the decades-old insurgency also found favour among chief ministers of other Maoist-hit states like Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.
HYDERABAD: The Cyberabad police today nabbed an eight-member pseudo Naxalite gang, which extorted Rs 3.14 lakh from people. The gang, which included two women, was also involved in 17 offences under the Shameerpet, Vanasthalipuram, Dundigal and Medchal police station limits.
The police seized two tapanchas, one air pistol, Rs 45,000 cash and property worth Rs 60,000 from the arrested.
Disclosing this to the media, Cyberabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said G Damodar alias Praveen, a native of Godavarikhani in Karimnagar district, formed the gang in February. Damodar, a former MRPS activist, named the gang as ‘Praveen Dalam’ of Jana Sakthi.
The gang members used to summon the prospective targets to the outskirts of the city by posing themselves as Naxalites and extort money from them at gunpoint. The dalam also assaulted the victims after extorting money from them.
A police team, led by Central Crime Station inspector Sridhar Reddy and Medchal inspector Kistaiah, laid a trap and apprehended the gang at Prasanth Nagar Colony in Vanasthalipuram while it was trying to extort money from a victim.
The arrested were Damodar, N Kumara Swamy alias Prasad of Karimnagar, B Babu Rao alias Subash, T Venkatesh Goud alias Venkanna and V Sudhakar Reddy alias Sudhakar, all residents of the city, Y Sulochana Rani alias Rani of Khammam, T Vijaya Laxmi of Warangal, and G Bhupal Reddy of Rangareddy district.
During interrogation, it was revealed that the gang procured firearms from a person in Godavarikhani. The police are trying to trace the arms-supplier.
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NEW DELHI, JUNE 28 Bihar Governor Buta Singh has been asked to visit Madhuban, which was attacked by a band of 300 Maoists from Nepal last Thursday, and send a report to the Union Home Ministry.
The Home Ministry has also asked the SSB which guards the Indo-Nepal border to coordinate between the Central Reserve Police Force and Bihar Police to ensure there is no repeat of Thursday’s incident. SSB Director-General Himanshu Kumar has been asked to coordinate deployment and operations in Bihar.
The Ministry initially denied that Maoists from Nepal were involved in the attack, but security forces have confirmed the rebels’ role. Internal security agencies are not ruling out a joint operation by Indian and Nepalese Maoists. This was the first attack carried out by Nepalese Maoists on Indian soil.
How the Home Ministry responds will depend on Singh’s report; however, the attack has its claims to be hollow. The Ministry has all along said Indian and Nepalese Maoists are incapable of carrying out coordinated attacks on Indian soil.
It has also said that Nepal’s Maoists usually cross the border to be ‘‘treated’’. Reports from Bihar suggest that Maoists have been trying to build a base around Madhuban.
Naxals shoot Cong man, set buses on fire
Hyderabad: A Congress activist was shot dead while three state buses were torched in separate incidents in Mahaboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. Two armed Maoists went to the house of M. Raju, a Congress worker, at Timmaipalli village and forcibly took him away.
In Farahabad, Naxalites set fire to three buses in protest against a recent encounter near Sangaipalli where a Naxalite was killed. —PTI
RAJAHMUNDRY: Indicating tougher measures to tackle the Maoist menace, Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen on Tuesday said special counter-offensive parties would be formed in the coming two months to contain Naxalites.
He told reporters here that as many as 300 SIs and reserve SIs and 160 constables were getting specialised Greyhounds training in the State. They would be formed into special parties in about two months, he added.
Admitting a change of complexion in the Maoist challenge after the re-grouping of various Naxal outfits, he said the police would deal with them as per the law.
Referring to the recent combing operations in Nallamala forest ranges, the DGP said: “We want to pass on a message that there is no place in Andhra Pradesh where the rule of law cannot reach. The long and strong arm of the law will deal with any disruptive force.”
He, however, held out an olive branch for those Naxals who intended to give up and said that they would be allowed to surrender in honourable manner.
While stating that there was a change in ISI activities in the country in general and Andhra Pradesh in particular, he said that the police were very watchful and would not lower their guard.
IG (coastal region) Gopinath Reddy and others were present on the occasion.
ONGOLE: The district administration has sent a proposal to the Government seeking sanction of Rs 31 crore action plan to improve infrastructure in the Maoists-infested mandals of the district.
Conducting a review with the district officials on the developmental activities initiated in those mandals, she said these funds would be spent on roads, drinking water, electricity and school buildings.
Already the officials have conducted grama sabhas in 240 villages of 12 western mandals to identify problems of those areas.
According to the inputs received by the district administration over 79 villages were severely infested by Maoists, while 66 villages are moderately dominated by them and they are gaining influence in 155 more villages.
The collector recalled that to win over the confidence of the people in those mandals already 1,038 acres land was distributed to eligible SC and ST families on January 26 and 500 acres were identified to take up land development programmes.
Efforts have also been initiated to generate employment opportunities to the youth in these villages. While 112 of them were provided employment in government sector, 1000 more were provided in the private sector.
Udaya Lakshmi said they had provided jobs as home gaurds, in spinning mills, slate industries, aqua culture, Reddy Labs and mines. While eight persons were inducted into Boarder Security Force, six were recruited into the Army.
In these mandals, Rs 1.52 crore was provided as Community Investment Fund for 240 self-help groups and 2348 groups were provided with Rs 7.44 crore loan under bank linkage schemes.
Alarmed by the sudden spate in the Naxalite activities in northern parts of the state, a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) fact-finding team led by Sushil Kumar Modi visited the Madhuban area in East Champaran district on Monday to ascertain the situation while also demanding sealing of the porous Indo-Nepal border and deployment of central para-military forces to contain the extremist activities.
Accusing the Bihar Governor Buta Singh of being slack in dealing with the ultras who have unleashed an unprecedented reign of terror in North Bihar and some other parts of the state including Gaya in last few weeks, Modi said the situation was far worse than being reported by the Governor's office.
"In spite of President's Rule in the state, the government has failed to check growing menace of the extremists in the state and for this no one is more responsible than the previous Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress rule," Modi said.
"The morale of the Bihar police is at its lowest and without the help of central para-military forces, situation will only worsen," the BJP MP admonished.
Others to accompany Modi were former Union minister Dr. C. P. Thakur, state NDA convener Nand Kishore Yadav and former BJP MP Radha Mohan Prasad.
As recalled, nearly two dozen Naxalites, two policemen and a bank security guard were killed when hundreds of Maoist Communist Center (MCC) ultras swooped Madhuban Bazaar in Motihari district on June 23
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
NEW DELHI, June 28 - The red alert continued on the Nepal-India border in Bairgania area south of Parsa-Rautahat, Tuesday, after another big group of fleeing Maoists entered Nepal, five days after rebels allegedly launched a daring attack on government installations in Madhuban town in Bihar's east Champaran district, police said.
A group of about 50 Maoists entered Rautahat area around 3:30 pm, Tuesday afternoon, after a joint team of Indian security forces - comprising CRPF (central reserve police force), SSB (Shashastra Seema Bal) and local policemen - pursued them, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police S K Bhardwaj.
"More Naxals entered Nepal today after forces destroyed their training camps in Piparimath village in Bairgania near the town of Sitamadi," Bhardwaj told the Post from Champaran, Tuesday evening. "We suspended our operation after they crossed the border."
Bihar police have also alerted the police chief in Gaur, Rautahat, about the infiltration, he added. Another big group of Maoists had crossed the open and porous border and sneaked into Nepal from the area on Monday.
Despite denials from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Bihar Police is strongly suspecting the involvement of Nepali Maoists in the daring raid that saw Bihar lose four of its securitymen and also looting of cash and property worth over Indian Rs 1 million from the banks at Madhuban last Thursday.
According to Bhardwaj, the police have recovered a Japanese-made pump action single barrel gun and a sophisticated Chinese communication equipment from the site. "Our intelligence reports suggest the involvement of Nepali Maoists, but we are still investigating," he said
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2005 12:21:17 AM ]
BANGALORE: Security personnel manning Vidhana Soudha have been put on high alert after the Naxals threatened to avenge the recent killing of two of their men in Udupi district's Devarabalu forest.
Coming two days before the commencement of the legislature session, Tuesday's warning has apparently sent the police and intelligence sleuths into a tizzy.
Only last Thursday, a 60-year-old suspected Naxal was reportedly spotted moving around Vidhana Soudha.
The suspected Naxal, said to be hailing from Bidar district, was seen carrying a plastic bag around 5.30 pm.
News spread and by the time it reached Vidhana Soudha security personnel, it was around 10.30 pm. It was on the same day that two Naxals were gunned down in an encounter in Udupi.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 (Patna):
The unprecedented Naxal attacks in Bihar's Motihari district has apparently woken up Bihar police from its deep slumber.
The intensified hunt for Naxals has forced the DGP of Bihar to recall services of 12 Bihar cadre IPS officers who are currently on central deputation.
The state's police headquarters seem least concerned about officers who are serving Bihar with honesty and sincerity but are being harassed on one pretext or the other.
A recent example is that of Patna's city SP Shalin, who has allegedly received over half a dozen show cause notices from his seniors in the past 10 days when he in turn asked Deputy SP Arshad Zaman to explain his insubordination and misreporting in some criminal cases.
"We did not issue show cause notices. The IG, DIG and SSP are doing something. I have no information about this. I have been busy with all this but I will find out," said Ashish Ranjan Sinha, DGP, Bihar.
A section of Bihar cadre IPS officers has become so disillusioned with the system that they prefer postings outside their state.
Many learn to adapt or deal with the chaos in their own way. It's the disillusionment of those handful of officers who feel victimised that serves as a disincentive for the cadre to return home.
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has asked the Centre to allow the AP police to pursue naxalites into other states' territory, if need be.
Addressing the Inter-State Council in New Delhi on Tuesday, Rajasekhara Reddy called for cooperation among neighbouring states to tackle extremist violence.
He said the state government has already raised the issue of deployment of armed forces from neighbouring states and paramilitary forces of the central government to curb extremist violence and activities of terrorist outfits, in the southern zonal council meeting at Pondicherry on May 31.
"The logistics and the forces deployed should be worked out between the neighbouring states at frequent intervals so as to be effective in curbing extremist activities.
The Centre may come forward not only with funding but also with supply of its own paramilitary forces free of charge for this objective," Rajasekhara Reddy suggested.
He referred to the Union home ministry's proposal to create special cells of urban police forces to tackle urban crime, and sought some help from the Centre in this regard.
Rajasekhara Reddy endorsed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposal to induct +2 students into higher civil services.
Posted online: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 0000 hours IST
For North Block, Madhuban may as well be on another planet. The Union home ministry’s responses to the curious incident that shook this small Bihar town on the Indo-Nepal border last week was so tame, so tepid, it could have been a teddy bears’ picnic. In actual fact, it was another signal that this country has got a serious problem of Maoist extremism on its hands and has no credible response to it. The impunity which marked the Madhuban raid that Maoists — possibly from Nepal — conducted, also indicates how emboldened they have become in recent times in the face of a comatose state.
For some reason the UPA government suffers from great inhibitions when it comes to taking on the Naxals. Many of its stalwarts even appear to have a sneaking ideological empathy for them. The state seems to be endlessly postponing the moment of decisive action, opting instead for fantasies like the peace dialogue the Andhra Pradesh government had experimented with a year ago, only to emerge with a bloody nose. The forces who are really consolidating in the meanwhile are the Maoists themselves. Not only have the Maoist Communist Centre and the People’s War Group merged — and emerged with their powers of perpetrating damage considerably enhanced — Maoists today have a presence in almost every state. Apart from the red corridor running from Nepal almost uninterruptedly through to AP, states like UP, Uttaranchal, West Bengal and Sikkim, by virtue of straddling the porous 1,751 km border between Nepal and India, have been sites of Naxal growth.
This demands an intelligent response from the Centre that goes beyond the confabulations and the sipping of endless cups of tea that meetings of the grandiosely named ‘Central Coordination Committee of Naxalite-affected States’ entail. This august body has met innumerable times but their expertise has not made any palpable difference — and least of all in the jungle hideouts of these brutal and faceless cadres.
In continued naxal violence, a Congress activist was shot dead while three state Road Transport Corporation buses were torched in separate incidents in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, police said. Two armed Maoists went to the house of M Raju, a Congress worker, at Timmaipalli village and forcibly took him away. Later, the ultras shot him dead, police said adding the reason of the killing was not immediately known.
In a bid to stem the growing menace of Maoist insurgents, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been vested with special powers within five kilometres of the Indo-Nepal border, a senior official said here today.
"Thirty motor rafts have been imported from the US by the SSB and three motor rafts will be used for surveillance purposes in the Mahakali river from Jauljibi in Pithoragarh to Chooka in Champawat district of Uttaranchal," Kumaon Deputy Inspector-General of SSB A K Mishra said today.
He said the paramilitary had been vested with special powers within five km of the border and six new Border Observation Posts (POPs) north of the mahakali would become operational by January next year.
Police said the naxals burnt the buses in protest against the killing of Midjil Dalam Commander Vekataiah in an encounter recently.
After asking the passengers to alight, the naxals doused the buses with diesel and set fire to them. Two were totally damaged and one partially, police added.
BELGAUM: The people of Belgaum were accustomed to news items about Naxalites in newspapers and television. But the city has had its first brush with the naxalites. The killing of Ajith Kusabi, a young weaver from Belgaum, near Kundapur, has astonished Belgaumites and they are still unable to accept that the youth from Belgaum could be a naxalite.
When this website’s newspaper spoke to a cross section of people the reactions were varied. Some defended the naxalites saying that they were fighting for a social change in society.
Albeit the path adopted by them was wrong. While some said that the Naxalites had adopted this way because they had no other option to get justice. In fact some said that violence was a proper decision to get justice.
Snehal Gajare, a student, said Ajith Kusabi, at just 23 year, was not mature to take up weapons for justice without guidance of any elderly person. She said that naxalites style of killing innocent people was not right.
Shekhar Shettar said the naxalites were fighting for justice. They were forced to adopt this step because of the increasing corruption in government offices. So the Naxalites were creating fear in the minds of government employees and had no other options than violence to do so, he added.
Laxman Ghoyal, taking a more mature stand said every problem had a proper solution without affecting the unwanted. The naxalites had fetched a procedure, which had affected many innocents and they had no right to ruin the life of youths by enrolling them in their organisation.
Shobha Methi said educated and talented youths did not get good jobs unless they paid for it, so the naxalites were fighting for justice, which was very difficult to be conquered without violence.
A former government official said senior officials were expecting bribe from juniors and so the juniors took money from the public.
He said that according to newspapers, many educated and high officials were connected with naxalites because of such reasons. He could not say if the naxalites were right or wrong, but they were fighting for good purpose, which cannot be done by talks with the Government, he added.
Amid growing naxal menace in areas along the porous Indo-Nepal border in Bihar, BJP today demanded handing over the affected areas to central para-military forces and immediate sealing of the border.
A four-member "fact-finding team" of BJP led by its state president Sushil Kumar Modi, MP, made an assessment of the situation at Madhuban in East Champaran district where at least 20 naxalites besides a CRPF havildar, a state police constable and a bank security guard were killed in naxalite attack and subsequent police action on June 23.
The naxal attacks had lowered the morale of the police force, Modi said while making the demands in a press statement and holding the the previous RJD-Congress regime responsible for the problem.
"Even the President's Rule, which is an extension of the Lalu-Rabri regime, has completely failed to check the activities of the naxalites," he alleged.
Other members of the team were former Union Minister C.P Thakur, state NDA convenor Nand Kishore Yadav and former BJP MP Radha Mohan Prasad.
KHAMMAM: Superintendent of police Rajeev Kumar Meena, who assumed charge last week is concentrating on infusing confidence among people towards police, particularly tribals as part of his strategy to fight against Maoists’ violent activities in the district.
Meena told this website’s newspaper on Monday that the police will reach to the people convincing them that violence can not be an answer to resolve problems. He said he will concentrate on improving credibility of the police and win the confidence of the tribals in the Maoists-infested areas.
Police are holding conventions with the people from Maoists-infested villages appealing them to revolt against Naxalites violence and cooperate to maintain law and order, he said.
At the same time, he said the police will take active participation in the developmental activities in the Naxal-infested areas.
By identifying the problems being faced by the people in those areas, he said they will frequently hold consultations with the officials concerned to ensure speedy implementation of various government schemes.
He stressed the need for urgent measures to win the confidence of the tribal unemployed youth who are disappointed with the Government policies. An action plan will be prepared to provide training to the youth in vocational courses, he said.
He was keenly observing the developments in the border state Chattisgarh where the tribals are revolting against Maoists in the agency areas.
The anti-Naxal movement of tribals has spread to Surguja in Chhattissgarh in the wave of the overwhelming response in Bastar, Times of India reports.
The tribals’ uprising against Maoists has picked up momentum in Ramnujganj, Kusmumi, Balirampur, Pratappur and Rajpur in Surguja.
They held meetings in these areas and resolved to fight the Naxlites.
For the first time, Maoists are facing stiff resistance from villagers. Last week, two villagers were killed and 30 injured while they were protesting against Naxalites at Kotru in Dantewara district.
Chief minister Raman Singh on Sunday held a meeting of principal secretaries and directed them to tour the affected villages and make arrangements for their rehabilitation.
Monday, June 27, 2005
VARGHESE K GEORGE
MADHUBAN (CHAMPARAN), JUNE 27 Not much has ever happened in this sleepy town of 25,000 on the Indo-Nepal border. But last Thursday, bands of Maoists came calling. Raiding the town with military precision, they attacked two banks, government offices, a police station and houses of two RJD leaders. It was all over in 10 minutes.
In the exchange of fire that followed, police killed several Maoists. Madhuban suddenly realised it was on the Maoist map, a new dot on the thin red line stretching from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh where Left wing extremists call the shots.
Eyewitnesses claimed many among the attackers seemed to be Nepalis and Intelligence officials are not ruling out the possibility of Madhuban being a joint operation of Indian and Nepalese Maoists.
Though Nepal’s Maoists have denied their involvement in the attack, officials are not so sure. ‘‘They could be wary of the fallout, perhaps why they don’t want to admit to such an operation,’’ says an IB official.
For people of the town, it was a big jolt. ‘‘We used to hear stories of armed squads moving around in villages and organising meetings. We never thought we would be targeted,’’ says Narayan Giri, an assistant at RJD MP Sitaram Singh’s house which was attacked by a 25-member gang. Told to raise his hands, he was shot in the palms.
Intelligence and state government officials admit that Indian districts on the Nepal border are now Maoist-infested and trouble has only just begun. After the attack in Champaran, Naxalites engaged the police in another gunbattle yesterday. This time it was in the adjoining Sheohar district.
‘‘For the last two to three years, Naxalites have been trying to establish a base in these parts,’’ said Vinay Kumar, District Magistrate, East Champaran.
The attack on Madhuban was the first of its kind—attacking multiple targets in broad daylight. Usually, Naxals attack one target, that too under the cover of darkness.
‘‘Their planning had military precision, they started the offensive at 1.15 pm and ended it at 1.25 pm,’’ said Vinay Kumar. Bands of 20-25, many of them women, attacked each target while other groups cordoned off the town.
The Maoists were carrying wireless sets through which they were receiving orders from Mainuddin, their zonal commander who was killed in the encounter that followed.
‘‘When our house was being attacked, one person stood outside the gate. When a pistol got jammed, a back-up team provided a new one. Some were ready with stretchers to carry away the wounded, others were only operating walkie-talkies,’’ recalled Ashok Kumar Singh whose house was among those targeted.
To officials, it’s clear that Left wing extremism has made the Nepal border its new turf and there are signs of increasing cooperation between Maoists on both sides.
PATNA/MOTIHARI: A havildar of Sheohar police, alongwith a carbine, is reported to be missing after the second round of encounter between members of the CPI (Maoist) and the security forces — the district police, Special Task Force (STF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) — on Monday at village Piprahi Sultan under Bargainia police station in Sitamarhi district.
A constable had been killed while another sustained injuries in an encounter at the same spot on Sunday. DIG (Tirhut range) Gupteshwar Pandey told ToI on phone that a havildar, Jitendra Singh, is still missing.
"Singh is probably in the clutches of Maoists. We have been told that he is 'safe and sound'," he added. Sitamarhi SP Kundan Krishnan told ToI a dozen Naxalites had been arrested so far.
As many as 10 Naxalites were feared killed in the encounter on Sunday. But the police have found many blood-stained spots within a radius of two kilometres.
Police suspect that Naxalites might have taken away the bodies of their colleagues. However, till late Monday night, police sources in Motihari confirmed the death of only six Maoists.
They also said that another encounter had taken place between the police and a group of Maoists near the Nepal border.
MADHUBAN: Not much has ever happened in this sleepy town of 25,000 on the Indo-Nepal border. But last Thursday, bands of Maoists came calling. Raiding the town with military precision, they attacked two banks, government offices, a police station and houses of two RJD leaders. It was all over in 10 minutes.
In the exchange of fire that followed, police killed several Maoists.
Madhuban suddenly realised it was on the Maoist map, a new dot on the thin red line stretching from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh where Left wing extremists call the shots.
Eyewitnesses claimed many among the attackers seemed to be Nepalis and Intelligence officials are not ruling out the possibility of Madhuban being a joint operation of Indian and Nepalese Maoists.
Though Nepal's Maoists have denied their involvement in the attack, officials are not so sure. “They could be wary of the fallout, perhaps why they don't want to admit to such an operation,'' says an IB official.
For people of the town, it was a big jolt. “We used to hear stories of armed squads moving around in villages and organising meetings. We never thought we would be targeted,'' says Narayan Giri, an assistant at RJD MP Sitaram Singh's house which was attacked by a 25-member gang. Told to raise his hands, he was shot in the palms.
Intelligence and state government officials admit that Indian districts on the Nepal border are now Maoist-infested and trouble has only just begun.
After the attack in Champaran, Naxalites engaged the police in another gunbattle on Sunday. This time it was in the adjoining Sheohar district. “For the last two to three years, Naxalites have been trying to establish a base in these parts,'' said Vinay Kumar, District Magistrate, East Champaran.
The attack on Madhuban was the first of its kind, attacking multiple targets in broad daylight. Usually, Naxals attack one target, that too under the cover of darkness.
“Their planning had military precision, they started the offensive at 1.15 pm and ended it at 1.25 pm,'' said Vinay Kumar. Bands of 20-25, many of them women, attacked each target while other groups cordoned off the town.
The Maoists were carrying wireless sets through which they were receiving orders from Mainuddin, their zonal commander who was killed in the encounter that followed.
“When our house was being attacked, one person stood outside the gate. When a pistol got jammed, a back-up team provided a new one. Some were ready with stretchers to carry away the wounded, others were only operating walkie-talkies,'' recalled Ashok Kumar Singh whose house was among those targeted.
To officials, it's clear that Left wing extremism has made the Nepal border its new turf and there are signs of increasing cooperation between Maoists on both sides.
PATNA: Two separate shootouts between Bihar police and Maoist rebels, believed to be retreating after last week's Madhuban attack on Sunday, led to the death of one policeman and a villager in Sitamarhi district.
The gun-battles, near the Indo-Nepal border, also resulted in injuries to six other policemen and the arrest of six Maoists. According to police sources, action was still on at the area till late Sunday night.
Sources said firing in the first incident started after a police team, led by Sitamarhi SP Kundan Krishnan, surrounded Piprahi village Saturday night, where around 100 CPI(Maoist) activists had taken shelter.
The second encounter started around 5 p.m. on Sunday near Bairgania and involved Special Task Force and CRPF jawans. According to a police officer engaged in the operation, Maoists involved in the Madhuban market attack, in adjoining East Champaran, were retreating in different groups and attempting to enter Nepal.
The Madhuban attack, police claim, was the first joint operation of Indian and Nepalaese Maoists. STF sources said that they had recovered a blueprint of the Madhuban attack, which details strategy and contains Nepalese names.
Meanwhile, Bihar DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha said in Patna that they had sought 10 additional CRPF companies to tackle the Naxal menace.
He claimed that police killed over 24 Maoists after the Madhuban attack. However, police have recovered only six bodies of Naxalites.
NEW DELHI, June 27 - Security forces in the Indian state of Bihar have sounded a red alert along Nepal-India border in Parsa-Rautahat area, after a group of about 50 heavily-armed Maoists sneaked into Nepal from Bairgania area, a local police commander said Monday.
The rebels, who were involved in last Thursday night’s daring raid on Madhuban area in Champaran district, were retreating near the Nepal-India border when they sneaked into Nepal late on Sunday, Deputy Inspector General of Police of Champaran S. K. Bhardwaj of Bihar said.
Madhuban lies 27-km south of the nearest Nepal-India border point.
“We fired upon them and they sneaked into Nepal. We have alerted the Superintendents of Police in the four bordering districts in Nepal. We have alerted the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu [about the Maoist infiltration], too,” he added.
Four security men were killed in the daring raid called ‘Operation Dhamaka’, which started Thursday afternoon. Then, about 500 rebels surrounded the town, looted the bank and attacked key government installations, including the house of a local parliamentarian, Sita Ram Yadav of Rastriya Janata Dal.
The Maoists attacked their targets with precision and resistance, but after a top Bihari Maoist commander, Moinuddin Mian, was gunned down by the police, the rebels started retreating, he said
Several Maoists – including three “Nepali-looking women with Mongoloid features” – were killed in retaliatory attacks mounted by the police. “We strongly suspect the involvement of Nepali Maoists, although no specific evidence has been found,” Bhardwaj said.
According to him, one of the pamphlets recovered from the site read ‘Seize property of reactionary country, India, and distribute it to the poor’. It was issued by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), he added. For its part, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has denied its involvement.
In any case, the attack, initially described as the ‘first ever joint Maoist attack in India’, was very well coordinated; and it was strikingly similar to the myriad of recent Maoist attacks on security installations in the northern neighbour.
Maoists in Bihar, where at least six districts are ‘Naxal’-affected, have established military and political linkages with the rebels in Nepal in their bid to carve out what they describe as the ‘compact revolutionary zone’ stretching up to Andhra Pradesh in South India.
Across India, 160 districts in 12 states are considered as Maoist affected, and intelligence officials say more new districts are being affected by the threat. The rise in Maoist activities is considered as India’s ‘No 1 national security threat’.
Ranchi, June 27, 2005
Women are proving to be an impenetrable shield for the timber mafia in Jharkhand - whenever forest guards spot illegally felled timber, woman accomplices start stripping and the abashed guards flee the scene!
Forest officials point out that the women are either associated with the timber mafia or are paid for stripping. Being poverty stricken, the area's women are an easy prey.
Said B.K. Singh, a forest official in Chakulia forest: "It is turning out to be a tough task to deal with these women who side with the timber mafia. It has become almost a regular practice to strip and we end up releasing the culprits to avoid confrontations."
A fortnight ago forest guards arrested three men with timber in Chakulia's Sunsuniya Sal forest. When they were taking away the illegally felled timber and the men, around 50 women surrounded the guards.
The women demanded the release of the men. Upon the guards' refusal, the women started stripping and cried for help.
Weighing the gravity of the situation and fearing police action against them, the forest guards fled.
"Such cases are being reported in different parts of the state. The timber mafia uses the women to escape the clutches of forest guards," said Manish Arvind, a divisional forest officer in Hazaribagh district.
To deal with this problem, the forest department is planning to recruit woman foresters so that these women can be handled. The department is also planning to seek police help to deploy woman constables along with forest guards.
Jharkhand has 29 per cent forest cover and officials point out that every year hundreds of thousands of trees are felled in the state.
Maoist guerrillas and the timber mafia are involved in felling the trees, along with locals.
VIZIANAGARAM: The cadre of the CPI (Maoist) shot dead B Lakoy, (25), a former Naxalite, suspecting him to be a police informer. His body was thrown between Valasaballeru and Lankajodu villages of Elwynpeta mandal.
Lakoy layed down arms during the regime of former SP Sowmya Mishra and was given Rs 20,000, which he carried on his head.
According to Elwynpeta circle inspector T Trinadh, Lakoy was taken away to Aganguda village, where he settled down after his surrender, to the nearby forests.
The Maoists held a praja court in the village and later shot him dead. However, there was no information on when he was killed.
Calcutta, June 26: Top Naxalite leaders apparently met at a city hotel early this month to draw up a hit list.
An IPS officer and three officers of the deputy superintendent rank are said to have featured on the dossier they prepared.
Police sources said the CPI (Maoist) extremists have adopted a resolution to eliminate West Midnapore police chief Ajay Nand, deputy superintendent of the CID’s special operations group Subhankar Chatterjee, Intelligence Branch deputy superintendent Humayun Kabir and Shyam Singh, the West Midnapore deputy superintendent, operations.
The decision, ratified by the Naxalite outfit’s ‘Calcutta central committee’, was circulated to its district and zonal committees with a set of instructions — including one to implement the decision at the earliest.
“The meeting, on June 3, was presided by Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji, a top-level leader from Andhra Pradesh who is the chief of the extremists’ action squad, which operates in Bengal and Jharkhand. The members were asked to execute the decision as soon as possible,” said a police officer.
After the meeting, the CPI (Maoist) central committee prepared the five-page instruction manual for the district and zonal committee members. “It was undersigned in the name of Bimal, Kishanji’s code name,” the officer said.
The sources said the details of the meeting came to light during the interrogation of four “key members of the Calcutta committee” who were picked up from different parts of the city on June 16.
Dipanjan Mukherjee and Kanika Debnath were held from Ultadanga and Jorabagan in north Calcutta and Sabyasachi Goswami was detained from Khardah on the northern fringes of the city.
The next day, Special Branch officials rounded up Kanika’s husband Arup from somewhere in east Calcutta.
“The documents recovered from their possession revealed their future plans, including killing policemen. The Naxalites have these days changed their action plan in the wake of intensified vigil,” said a CID officer.
A home department official said security has been tightened for the officials whose names feature on the hit list.
After going through documents seized from the arrested rebels, the police have realised that the rebels are often a few steps ahead of them.
“The top level of the organisation knows every detail of the governments’ strategy. They know that the Indian Air Force has allotted eight helicopters for Chhattisgarh police to combat Naxalites. They also know the names of the officers who have been given the specific task of tackling the extremists,” an officer said.
“They also know how we communicate with our counterparts with the help of the Internet and satellite phones.”
Another officer said the heat had been stepped up on the rebels in West Midnapore with the allocation of fresh funds and personnel. “A special force involving 14 officers was set up on June 2 to combat the Maoists. Earlier, Rs 13 lakh was allotted for the district,” an officer said. Some former rebels are now paid between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 for tip-offs.
NEW DELHI, JUNE 26 The Union Home Ministry has asked Intelligence Bureau (IB) to open an operations wing solely for anti-Naxal operations. The wing will work with two new task forces comprising security experts from six states. The decision was taken at the recent central coordination committee meeting at Hyderabad. According to senior officials, besides Andhra Pradesh, none of the Naxal-affected states have been able to make any significant progress in gathering intelligence about Naxal activity. The ministry believes IB will be able to plug this hole.
Though the exact strength of the Operations Wing is yet to be decided, the officials say the IB will devote ‘‘substantial resources’’ for this. The wing will augment the national and state-level multi-agency centre.
While naxalites have increased there presence, their operations too have have become more coordinated. State police and central security agencies are finding themselves on the backfoot because of lack of information. For instance, the Bihar Police and the central security forces were caught unawares when about 300 naxalites attacked a police station in Madhubani in East Champaram district on Thursday. The Naxalites had come with stretchers and carried back at least a dozen of their injured cadres.
Early last month, in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, they laid mines and trapped senior police officials. They also detained security forces for six hours; senior officials had to evacuated in a military chopper.
Mysore, June 27 (KMC)- Captain Praveen Muthappa, a native of Kodagu district, working as a Pilot with Global Helicopters, Mumbai, played a key role, along with Captain Subhash (Pilot) and Superintendent of Police Balasubramanyam (Greyhounds), in rescuing the Greyhound Commandos, the elite anti-Naxalite force, from the Durgi forest of Nallamala in Hyderabad (AP).
As many as 20 Greyhound Commandos, who suffered sunstroke during an anti-Naxal combing operation in the forest — six of them in serious condition — were airlifted to Hyderabad's Yashoda Hospital, following a rescue operation launched by the Greyhounds party, with the help of a chartered chopper piloted by Capt. Praveen and Capt. Subhash. The rescue team had used a BELL 412 Twin Engine (15 seater) helicopter.
Capt. Praveen, in a letter to Star of Mysore said, "The search operation had begun on June 13, but returned to Hyderabad because of darkness, unable to locate the displaced Greyhounds in the forest, who were without food and water for five days."
"The team left Hyderabad again on June 14 early morning and the Commandos were rescued by 7.30 am, after an intensive search operation," he said.
Capt. Praveen is the son of Kuttanda S. Muthappa, resident of Mekoor village, Pollibetta, South Kodagu.
KADAPA: Superintendent of police Y Nagi Reddy has said that we have to check the Maoists who had been indulging in killing of political leaders through mindless violence.
Nagi Reddy was speaking to newsmen at his office here today. The Maoists had been indulging in violence like never before in the district. He said he had been taking measures to contain them.
The Naxalites would be taught a less in the combing operations that had been intensified in the Naxal-affected areas. The three persons who fell to Naxal bullets recently were all innocent, the SP said.
The villagers themselves should resist them. Otherwise they will have a free run, he added. About 15 Naxalites from Anantapur district had been operating from hideouts in Kadapa district, he said and added the people need not worry about their security for which a number of measures had been taken.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
KADAPA: In the unabated Naxal violence in the district, Congress activist Ramakrishna Reddy (55), belonging to Timmareddypalle in Gundlapalle village of Sundupalle mandal, was shot dead by Maoists in the early hours on Saturday.
According to eyewitness and the victim’s uncle Narayana Reddy, 20 armed Maoists came to his house in the early hours on Saturday and enquired after Ramakrishna Reddy. When they told that Ramakrishna Reddy was not in the house, they fired a round in the air.
On noticing that Ramakrishna Reddy was trying to flee through the back door, the Naxalites fired at him. He died on the spot.
Before fleeing into the nearby forest, the Maoists raised slogans ‘PW zindabad’ and warned other police informers that they would meet the fate of Ramakrishna Reddy.
Meanwhile, the villagers said earlier one ration shop dealer was beaten up. The villagers believe that Ramakrishna Reddy was killed because of land dispute.