Saturday, July 23, 2005

BJP slams government for deterioration in internal security

BJP slams government for deterioration in internal security

Indo-Asian News Service


New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Slamming the government for the "sharp deterioration" in internal security, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday demanded explanations on infiltration, Maoist violence and heightened terrorism during the Congress-led coalition regime.

At a meeting of its office-bearers presided over by BJP president L.K. Advani, the party also accused the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) of "betraying" the common man by mismanaging economy.

"What the country now faces is unchecked social and political disorder," said senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh.

"Coalition partners of the UPA unabashedly sponsor and protect criminals, themselves indulge in criminal activities and spread lawlessness. The price for all this disorder is paid by our common citizens."

Singh said the BJP office bearers had expressed grave concern on the "sharp deterioration in the country's internal security situation ever since the Congress party, in a post-election arrangement of unprincipled convenience with the Left Front, installed itself into office".

According to a resolution, Maoist threats had been permitted to multiply recklessly by the UPA regime due to partisan policies, so that this had now become a national problem.

The former minister said the striking down of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act (IMDT) Act by the Supreme Court was a "serious indictment" of the government.

He called for a white paper on illegal immigration, its status, consequences and the remedial action needed.

"The government must explain what its policy is, it must disband the group of ministers on the issue and implement the court's directions," he said.

Singh alleged that illegal immigration from Bangladesh had been encouraged by the UPA to win votes. He also expressed concern over the law and order situation in Manipur and Bihar, where he described the situation as out of control.

He came down hard on the government for its alleged failure to check cross-border terror.

"The BJP, as the initiator of the peace process with Pakistan stands for its purposeful continuation, also for constantly expanding the 'constituency of peace', but not at the cost of India.

"We are spectators in a display of complete lack of coordination, total confusion and lack of direction. This is destructive of national will. That Pakistan must act 'against the infrastructure of terrorism', is the very minimum that our government has to assert," Singh maintained.

Demanding action against the perpetrators of the July 5 Ayodhya terror attack, the BJP leader demanded "prompt and visible" action.

He also called for checking the proliferation of Madrasas in the border areas.

"Introduce a national, multipurpose identity card and a national register of citizens," said Singh, also pressing for the restoration of the Prevention of Terrorism Act introduced by the previous BJP-led regime.

In another resolution, the party said in 14 months of power, the UPA had eroded the living standards of the common man and stymied India's economic progress.

Noting the rise in prices of food, petroleum and diesel, Singh said: "The BJP expresses its concern with its focus on profligate spending for political ends.

"The BJP expresses its vehement opposition to the UPA's proposed opening up of the retail sector to foreign direct investment. We feel opening up of retailing to foreign capital will not serve national interests."



--Indo-Asian News Service

Eight people killed by Maoists in Bihar

Patna | July 23, 2005 4:43:04 PM IST

Maoist guerrillas have killed eight people, including two policemen, in two Bihar districts, police said Saturday.

Police said four people were killed Friday in a field near Raghunathpur village in Aurangabad district. Two others were killed in retaliation Saturday.

Aurangabad District Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Sinha confirmed that Maoist outfits were behind the slayings. Those killed reportedly belong to smaller Maoist outfits.

"It appears to be result of the fight for supremacy between two Maoist outfits," said a police official.

After the killings, tension gripped some half-a-dozen villages in the area.

The Haspura block is some 150 km from here and is considered a stronghold of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

In another incident Friday night in Gaya district, Maoists ambushed a police patrol and killed two policemen. The attackers also looted five rifles from the police.


-- (IANS)

Maoists up to new strategy; police ill equipped?

Saturday July 23 2005 13:31 IST

PARALAKHEMUNDI: With the CPI (Maoists) making alarming inroads, has apparently given the green signal for formation of a special unit. The unit will exclusively concentrate on the group and create its own network in bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

While the unit’s identity is yet to be finalised, police are aware of the developments. As per the information received by Srikakulam SP in Andhra Pradesh, several meetings have been held in the region.

These were attended by Peoples War (PW) leaders, indicating that the radicals were up to a new strategy, opined senior police officials.

Sources said the massacre of innocent persons at Jujumara village in Sambalpur district a few days ago had undermined that the CPI (Maoist) were making their intentions clear of setting up a support base in Orissa through the gun culture.

Meanwhile, all the Naxalite-infested districts are on high alert with the ‘martyr’s week’ coming up on July 27. Gajapati district, once the hub of Naxalite movement, has been relatively calm for the past few years with major violence reported from neighbouring Rayagada district.

But the district continues to remain a safe hideout for radicals. They take shelter in the interior villages until the heat of a police search in the State or Andhra Pradesh dies down.

Police are aware of the movement but cannot do anything as there are no anti-Naxalite outposts in the district. Though combing operations by armed forces are conducted, those are confined to temporary phases. One of the biggest handicaps for the police has been the lack of staff in all the police stations.

Despite State Government’s claims of addressing the Naxalite issue in the right earnest, staff recruitment has been sidelined, opined senior officials. With every case embroiled in paper work and court appearances, there is always a demand for inspectors of all categories to man the police stations. But infrastructure in most of the police stations is in a bad state and even armed forces are put up at temporary sites.

CoD arrests naxalite in sensational murder of excise contractor

Saturday July 23 2005 00:00 IST

BANGALORE: Investigation into the sensational murder case of an excise contractor who was shot dead at the Bangalore Railway station two years ago, has achieved a major breakthrough with the police arresting the alleged supari killer.

The accused, Vishwanath alias Ganesh alias Rajendra Prasad, aged around 28, is said to have naxalite links and is notorious in the Bellary region. Police said Vishwanath is a resident of N Hanumapura in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

According to the AP police, he is the leader of the ‘Sanketham Dalam’ active in their area.

On the morning of May 14, 2003, excise contractor Prasad Babu (35) had arrived in city by Hampi-Parbhani Link Express. As he stepped out of the train and crossed onto platform 8, two men came from behind and shot him in the head at pointblank range, killing him with a single shot.

The killers ran towards the Okalipuram exit of the station and escaped. Babu had come to participate in an excise auction in the city that week. His business was growing rapidly and he controlled contracts in 18 taluks in Bellary and other North Karnataka districts.

The murder had created a sensation in city and Bellary, and the case was transferred to the Corps of Detectives (CoD). But investigation reached a dead end for nearly two years, until this February.

While reviewing old cases at Bellary, a senior police officer followed up an extortion case registered at Gandhinagar police station during 2001. Two of four accused in that case had been arrested and bombs and detonators seized.

But one Vishwanath had escaped. The SP looked into the case files and during investigation, the AP police wrote to their Bellary counterparts, revealing that Vishwanath was a leader the Sanketham Dalam and that he was wanted in several cases there.

What aroused the suspicions of the Bellary police was a murder at the Guntakal railway station sometime in 2001, the modus operandi of which was identical to the City Railway station murder.

A gang had shot dead a cable operator at the Guntakal railway station with a country made pistol and escaped. The murder was allegedly committed over a dispute of contracts in the cable business and one of the ‘supari’ killers was Vishwanath, police allege.

The Bellary police traced Vishwanath and arrested him on Feb 21 this year in connection with the Gandhinagar case. They tipped off the CoD and an identification parade was conducted at the Bellary prison.

An eyewitness in the Prasad Babu murder case identified Vishwanath. It turned out that Vishwanath had done dry runs twice prior to Prasad's murder during which he had bought gutka from a vendor on the platform.

A body warrant was issued by a city court and a few weeks back, Vishwanath was brought to Bangalore. He is currently in judicial custody at the Bangalore Central Jail.

However, for the police, the question now is, who hired Vishwanath. A senior police officer says that some big names are among the suspects.

Four naxalites killed, 60 arrested in UP

July 23, 2005 02:39:00 PM


Jaunpur, July 23 (PTI) Four naxalites were killed and 60 others were arrested during an ongoing drive in the naxal-infested districts of Uttar Pradesh, a senior police official said today.
Police has launched the drive in the naxal-infested districts of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra, Inspector General of Police, Varanasi, Devraj Nagar said here.

In order to deal with the naxal menace, Uttar Pradesh police was being equipped with modern weapons, including 38 bullet proof vehicles, he said.

He said a scheme is also being implemented in the districts to improve the living standards of the youth and providing them better health services, schools and roads.

Besides security personnel of these areas were given special allowance and promotional avenues. PTI

Maoist leader bids farewell to arms

Saturday July 23 2005 14:35 IST

ANANTAPUR: Maddileru platoon action team member of Maoists Boya Srinivasulu alias Venkatesulu surrendered before DSP Vijaya Kumar today. Venkatesulu belongs to Aamagondapalyam village in Puttaparti mandal in Anantapur district.

Earlier, Srinivasulu told newsmen at the Press Club at Anantapur that he wanted to fight the landlords and attracted by the Maoists’ ideology, he joined the Naxal movement. “But soon I found the same oneupmanship among the Maoists and felt disillusioned,” he added.

When he called SP Sanjay Kumar Jain over phone and told his intention to give himself up, the latter advised him to surrender before the DSP.

Srinivasulu confessed that he was involved in the recent raids on the YSR farmhouse, the ASI murder case, murder cases of Sainath Reddy of Naarasimhapalle in Bukkapatnam mandal and Venkataramana in Nallamada.

He was also involved in rocket launching case and took part in the trial to kill the Anantapur SI.

ON record

The security of nuclear assets which are under Pakistan’s control does worry us. If they get into the hands of the jihadi elements, that could pose a serious problem. I hope that this does not happen. And I pray it will not happen. — Dr Manmohan Singh, in an interview to CNN.


The Bush Administration may have recognised India as a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology but it is far from recognising India as a legitimate and responsible nuclear weapon state. — Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee on the Indo-US joint statement after talks between Dr Manmohan Singh and President George W Bush.


We know why these things are done — to scare people and to make them anxious. Fortunately there appear to be no casualties and I think we have just got to react calmly. — Mr Tony Blair, after the blasts on Thursday.



We certainly have a problem here which we are trying to address. England has a problem also. I appeal to the nation to reject extremist elements and support the government in the fight against terrorism. Those who are involved in extremism and terrorism won’t achieve anything except giving Islam a bad name. — General Pervez Musharraf after the London blasts.


This message is the final warning to European states. We want to give you a one-month deadline to bring your soldiers out from the land of Mesopotamia (Iraq). — Internet statement issued by Al-Qaida.


It may be new to Europe and the USA, but not for India. — Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Defence minister, on the London blasts.


We are open to all and I am categorically stating that while forming an alliance we will have to consider all possible factors to defeat the NDA in Bihar. LJP and its associates are welcome to our secular alliance. — Mr Lalu Prasad.


It’s a very different ball-game; there’s hardly any sportsmanship involved. — Mr Yashwant Sinha BJP leader, on politics.



Militancy is down by 80 per cent in the valley and by 40 per cent in the North-east. There’s a decline of up to four per cent in Naxal violence. — Mr Shivraj Patil, Union home minister.


The government must initiate a dialogue with the Maoists immediately. We can’t expect results by sitting in the state secretariat. I am willing to take up the task, but I am not being asked. — Mr Subhas Chakraborty.


While criticising police action during the civic polls at Salt Lake, he (Mr Chakraborty) was neither speaking on behalf of the government, nor our party. — Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.


Any country that claims to be a modern, secular democracy must unify its legal system and take power over women’s lives away, once and for all, from medievalist institutions like Darul-Uloom. — Salman Rushdie, on the Deoband edict in the Imrana case.


I don’t see it as an additional burden. I have to obviously give time for my captaincy. There will be a time when I will have to concentrate on batting and forget captaincy. — Rahul Dravid, after being appointed captain for the series in Sri Lanka.


I would like the media to take up the task of making India a corruption-free nation. Journalists should have freedom to report freely. — Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.


That’s like saying I’m tired of travelling in a car. — Shah Rukh Khan actor, on whether he is tired of acting as a lover boy.



Any sane person would know that it would be foolish to give up the sport for advertising. — Sania Mirza, dismissing criticism that she has shifted her focus from the game.

Naxalites are to be fought and defeated, says DGP

Saturday July 23 2005 11:10 IST

HYDERABAD: Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen, on Friday, upbraided some superintendents of police for their “poor performance” in containing the Naxal activities. Addressing a meeting of IGs, DIGs and SPs here, Sen said officers in some coastal districts were indifferent towards the Naxal threat.

“Are you going to wait till they (Naxalites) commit offences and then react? This is very disappointing,” he said while complimenting some other SPs for doing “good work”.

Claiming that the extremist activities are under control, the DGP said the Naxalites have to be fought and defeated. The state police chief directed the SPs to strengthen the intelligence network to curb extortions and wanted them to prepare a list of persons providing funds to the Naxalites.

Citing the recent Chintapalli incident in Visakhapatnam district where the villagers prevented the Naxalites from burning an earth mover, Sen observed that such incidents are on the rise. He asked the SPs to co-ordinate with the district collectors in developing backward areas.

Referring to complaints of citizens’ grievances submitted to police stations not being attended to promptly, Sen said the government was keen on transparency in all departments. “I fail to understand why a complaint cannot be registered freely and the complainant given a copy of the FIR immediately. This area should be addressed to”, he said.

Friday, July 22, 2005

India tightens border against terrorists

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Published July 22, 2005


NEW DELHI -- Indian security officials are increasingly concerned over Maoist networks transporting arms, ammunition and narcotics along the India-Nepal border.

The Times of India reported that while security officials earlier in the week made record seizures, they were all destined for the Communist Party of India (Maoist), which in June staged major attacks at Madhuban in Bihar's East Champaran district. Authorities seized as 240 electric detonators, eight landmines and improvised bombs, 133 non-electric detonators, small arms and 12,300 rounds of ammunition.


The July 11-17 raids by the paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal force deployed along Indo-Nepal border also resulted in the arrest of 20 people, including three hardcore Maoists.

A senior Home Ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity said, "Interrogation reports of the apprehended persons reveal that the arms, ammunition and explosives were meant for the Maoists operating in different districts of northern Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh."

The seizures were made in the border areas in Madhubani, Sitamarhi, East Champaran, West Champaran and Araria districts of Bihar and Shravasti and Lakhimpur Kheri districts of Uttar Pradesh. The SSB and Bihar Police are now trying to determine the main sources of the weaponry and munitions and the Maoists' smuggling routes to transport the materials into India. In response to the raids the SSB has deployed more personnel along the border.

The Maoists are Working Hard to Carve Out Their Own Country

By Arun Rajnath

JALPAIGURI (Indo-Nepal-Bhutan-Bangladesh Border), July 24: Over 165 Maoist cadres are being trained in Bhutan at present, as Bhutan has been included in the future Maoist country, ‘Dandkaranya Desam’. The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO) are imparting the training. A senior leader of the Standing Committee of a Maoist outfit confirmed this to the South Asia Tribune.

The next meeting of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) is likely to be held in Bangladesh by the end of this year to chalk out the future strategy. The Maoists of the Purba Bangla Sarbhara Party (PBSP) of Bangladesh are coordinating.

Bhutan has been included in ‘Dandkaranya Desam’, a Maoist El Dorado in South Asia. Maoists in Bhutan have already formed Bhutan Communist Party against the imperative rule of King Jigme Singye Vancgchuk. Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal have also supported them.

A meeting between KLO Chief Sunil Biswas and the Maoist source of the South Asia Tribune was held somewhere in the Jalpaiguri region a few months ago for the training of the Maoist recruits in Bhutan.

The training is going on at several places in Bhutan. The source did not disclose the localities as the Royal Army of Bhutan had attacked their camps and had destroyed them two years back.

According to the sources, 3-4 days training capsules are being provided to the Maoist recruits in guerilla warfare, bomb-manufacturing techniques and arms training. The militiamen of the ULFA and KLO are imparting the training.

Maoist sources say that the combined strength of the Indian and Nepali Maoists is gradually increasing, and they are trying to raise armies in Bangladesh and Bhutan. At present there are about 16,000 Combatants, 32,000 Militia, 14,000 Cadres, 70,000 hardcore followers and 600,000 Sympathizers.

They have also united more than a dozen ethnic and regional classes, such as Bhutanese of Nepali origins (refugees in Nepal), dalits, majhis, kols, etc. These are the classes that work as informers.

India, particularly the Northeastern region, has become the hotbed of insurgency. The Maoist forces of Bhutan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh held a meeting with the communist leaders of Nepal and Bangladesh during the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) that took place in April 2005 at New Delhi.

Chhabilal Bishwokarma, Rajan Bhattari of the Communist Party of Nepal; Rashid Khan Menon, Haider Akbar Khan Rono, Manoj Saha of the Workers Party of Bangladesh; Mujahidul Islam Selim, Shah Alam, Syed Abu Jafar Ahmed of the Communist Party of Bangladesh attended the convention.

Raja Collure, T. Kugada, Nadarajah Bhavan of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and Somawansa Amara Singha and Sunil of the Janatha Vimukthi Permuna, Sri Lanka were other leaders who participated in the Congress. Indian Maoist sources told the South Asia Tribune that the Maoist leaders met some of the world communist leaders for their support and help.

Though these leaders do not reconcile with the extremist approach of the ultras, yet they have sympathies with ultra outfits as both of them have the same goal of ‘salvation of the masses’.

The Maoists of the region have included Bhutan as a part of ‘Dandkaranya Desam’ that starts from Nepal-Bhutan and covers the whole region of North Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, South Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Secondly, the Maoists have also planned to intensify their activities in Tamilnadu and Karnataka to complete the region. They are also planning to gain ground in Bangladesh where they have some influence. Keeping this strategy in mind they would meet in Bangladesh by the end of this year.

As far as Bhutan is concerned, it had initiated cleaning up operations within its borders to eliminate the anti-India forces. The Bhutanese army had conducted combing operations and destroyed the training camps of the United Liberation Force of Assam (ULFA).

Bhutan had launched operations against three anti-India outfits, viz, ULFA, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), and the Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO) in December 2003. Before the attack, the Indian Army had also sealed the Bhutan Gate near Phuntsholing, the entry point to Bhutan from West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. This is known to be one of the most commonly used transit points for militants.

At Barovisa near the West Bengal-Assam border check post, the Indian Army had deployed at least one tank along with medical units and other combat equipment. Five ULFA and two Bodo militant camps were destroyed during the day’s operations.

While King Jigme Singye Wangchuk might have informed the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee about the action a day before, the fact is that the two had discussed military action when they had met on September 14, 2003.

It was not without reason that the Indian Army had started quietly moving troops from Tezpur-based IV Corps and equipment to the Indo-Bhutan borders in Assam in October itself. The Siliguri-based 33 Corps had also been placed on alert. The entire operation was kept top secret with the West Bengal police told to seal the borders this month.

According to highly placed sources, the Bhutan Army had destroyed 20 militant camps of the three groups, but the menace is not finished yet. While the top leadership of ULFA, NDFB and KLO is safe in Bangladesh, the total number of Northeast armed militants in the Jalpaiguri (India) region is around 4,500. Jalpaiguri is adjacent to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Government sources told the South Asia Tribune that the Bhutanese government was told at that time that these organizations were linked with Maoists, who were out to uproot the monarchy in Nepal.

Bhutan fears that militants would take counter-action and target its communication lines. This could lead to scarcity and may spark off unrest within. As it is, Bhutan largely relies on India for its supplies, trade and exports. Though the UPA Government has also assured Vangchuk of all support, including strengthening his royal army, yet the Maoist menace in Bhutan has increased manifold and Bhutanese Maoists would participate in the next meeting of the CCOMPOSA.

Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees of Nepali origin have been hounded out of Bhutan after the promulgation of the Citizenship Act, 1985 and nation wide census in 1988 in Bhutan. These refugees are now living in dingy and sub-human conditions in Nepal. Some of the refugees are in West Bengal and especially in the region of Jalpaiguri.

Bhutanese refugees are mostly settled in the Eastern region of Nepal which is one of the strongholds of Maoists. This correspondent met with some Bhutanese refugees in Jalpaiguri, which told me that more than 2000 refugees have joined the Maoist outfits of Nepal and India.

The newly formed Bhutanese Maoist outfit, the Bhutan Communist Party-Marxist-Leninist-Maoist (BCP-MLM) has already issued the warning to the King of Bhutan “to mend his ways and pave way for the rule of the different Nationalities in Bhutan.”

The Chief of the BCP-MLM is someone with an alias of ‘Vikalpa’ on the line of Nepali Maoist Chief ‘Prachanda’. The word ‘Prachanda’ means ‘Fiery’ whereas ‘Vikalpa’ is ‘Alternative’. The combination of both i.e. ‘Prachanda Vikalpa’ would mean the ‘Fiery alternative’ to other forms of administration.

A large number of frustrated youth in the refugee camps in Nepal are joining them. These youth have also joined the Maoist rebels of Nepal. The BCP-MLM is constantly raising voice for their early repatriation to Bhutan where they legally belong.

For the next meeting of the CCOMPOSA in Bangladesh the Maoist rebels of the region have established contacts with the Maoist forces of Bangladesh. Maoist parties of the region are rendering important assistance to the initiatives of the Maoist rebels of Bangladesh to spearhead their revolutionary activities.

Sources said: “Their assistance and specially the examples of unification of various different Maoist centers and efforts towards such unification in Bangladesh played and will continue to play an important and positive influential role. PBSP appreciates on advancing this process to the whole region

Andhra to provide employment to check Maoists

Hyderabad | July 22, 2005 7:40:07 PM IST


In an attempt to wean away youth from the Maoist movement, the Andhra Pradesh government is focusing on providing jobs to the unemployed in backward and remote areas affected by left-wing extremism.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Friday asked district collectors to take steps to provide employment to youth in their respective areas.

He asked the collectors, the top most civil officials in districts, to join superintendents of police and local industries in providing jobs to unemployed youths.

"You should take steps to see that these youths are accommodated in police, home guards, other government agencies or private local industries," he said at the inaugural session of a two-day conference of collectors.

Reddy asked officials to provide physical and social infrastructure in remote and interior areas. He noted that left-wing extremism found its way into these areas due to a high degree of poverty and lack of infrastructure.

Employment societies have also been formed in all districts to train youth from poor families in various trades so that they can become self-employed. Youths are also being given physical training to prepare them for jobs in the army, police, home guards and private security agencies.

Reddy underlined the need to take up land distribution, especially in backward and tribal areas. The meeting also discussed arrangements for the second round of distribution of 100,000 acres among landless poor.

As a follow-up to the first round of talks held with two Maoist groups last year, the state government had appointed a land commission to identify government and surplus land for distribution.

Though the peace talks with CPI-Maoist and CPI-ML Janashakti broke down, ending an eight-month ceasefire early in January, the government went ahead with its programme and distributed 155,000 acres among over 100,000 landless poor Jan 28.

The focus on employment for youth and distribution of land is part of the government's two-pronged strategy to deal with the Maoist problem. While continuing to deal firmly with Maoists indulging in violence, the government wants to solve the root cause of the problem by addressing socio-economic issues.

Maoist violence in Andhra Pradesh has claimed over 6,000 lives since 1969. More than 200 people have killed since the ceasefire broke down this year.

(IANS)

Fear-struck Chattisgarh tribals seek police help to fight Naxal menace


Raipur: Fear stricken villagers in Chhattisgarh, a hub of leftist rebels, have pleaded for police support to save them from harassment.

The state’s tribal dominated Bastar district is the worst hit, as Naxalite rebels, repeatedly blow up railway tracks, vandalise homes, kill villagers and kidnap and rape their women besides extorting money.

Last week, five villagers were kidnapped and later killed for undertaking development programmes in the backward district with the help of state authorities.

The villagers, including women and children, who have been the worst victims of Naxal violence met state police chief AS Ansari in capital Raipur and demanded security and weapons to defend themselves.

“The Naxal violence has increased so much that we are finding it difficult staying there. We are beaten up and harassed. We want the government to provide us security so that we can live peacefully,” said Golmandar, a villager.

Mangla, another terrified village woman said: “I will not go back to my village...I will stay anywhere but there. We want police protection.”

Police in the remote districts say they are helpless as most of their weapons and other equipment have either been exhausted or stolen by the Naxalites.

But Ansari said the police would be better able to fight the Naxalites, now that their support base is shrinking.

“The villagers are now retaliating against the Naxals. Young men are now coming up against them. But there are few families who do not have male members, so they are terrified of taking any step. So from the side of the authorities we are providing them facilities,” he said.

Besides Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh are also affected by the Naxalite movement, represented mainly by the People’s War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).

The Naxalites, who are fighting for peasants’ rights and radical redistribution of land, have targeted rich landowners and government offices.

The Naxalite movement started in the late 1960s in West Bengal's Naxalibari district against an outdated feudal system and soon spread to other parts. It however, soon died down and is now present in a few pockets.


[ANI]

Naxal influx on, cops on toes

Friday July 22 2005 13:04 IST
JEYPORE: The CRPF-Naxal encounter in Bharguda forests on Wednesday, which left one Naxal dead, has brought to fore two facts - the influx of Naxals from neighbouring states is going on unabated and combing operation of the security forces needs to be intensified to combat the menace.

According to reports, with the PWG martyrs’ week beginning from July 27, there have been frequent influxes of Naxals from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to Malkangiri district in the past few weeks. Sources said the Naxals had started wooing tribals in the sensitive pockets of Kalimela, Motu, Padia, Malkangiri, Chitrakonda, Janvai and Maliguda to come to their fold. Getting the intelligence report about Naxal movements, the police had intensified the combing operation.

On Wednesday, when the two CRPF men were on a recce in the Kalimela areas, they ventured into the Bharguda forests where the Naxal meeting was going on. In the encounter that followed, one Naxal was shot dead. Combing operation has now been intensified to nab the Naxals who escaped. The cops have also started motivating tribals to provide information about the Naxal who was killed.

Malkangiri SP Yatindra Koyal said ‘‘we have received information on the killed Naxal and are trying to find its authenticity.’’ On Thursday, IG police B.B. Mishra (Operation) also held discussions with him.

Combing operation in Mayurbhanj geared up

Friday July 22 2005 13:06 IST
UNI

BARIPADA: The Maoist carnage in Western Orissa has prompted the Special Operation Group (SOG), Anti-Naxal Cell (ANC) and Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) to intensify combing operations in the Naxalite dominated villages in Mayurbhanj district close to the borders of Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Mayurbhanj SP S Devadutta Singh said the police have adopted the strategy of organising public meetings in vulnerable villages to combat the mass contact overdrive of the Naxalites.

Singh said the movement of the Left wing extremists in the bordering areas of the district was thwarted following an intensive integrated combing operation by three platoons of OSAP assisted by SOG jawans and the ANC officials since last week.

He said the combing operation covered nearly 45 kms extensively in Bhadua Pahad, Dakadihi, Kanadiha, Joka and Paktia in the district and Muchadisal and Gudabandha of Jharkhand. Suspected hideout places were checked during the operation but no extremist could be traced, the SP said adding that several public contact meetings were organised in Paktia and Dakadihi villages of the district and Muchadisol in Jharkhand.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Congress works out pact with TRS

K.V. Prasad

Plea to naxalites to shun violence, resume talks




NEW DELHI: The Congress-Telengana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) standoff in Andhra Pradesh was resolved here on Wednesday with a six-point agreement seeking to address the Samiti's concerns, including the contentious Pulichintala irrigation project, the implementation of Government Order 610 on employment to the people of Telengana region and the approach on the naxalites issue.

The parties jointly appealed to the naxalites to shun violence and resume talks within the framework of the Constitution while promising to demand a special poverty alleviation package for the naxalite-affected areas.

"All the six issues raised by the Union Labour Minister and TRS chief, K. Chandrasekhara Rao, have been resolved. There is total agreement. As regards Telengana, the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, is fully apprised of all issues and we shall abide by her decision," the AICC general secretary, Digvijay Singh, announced at a joint press conference at the end of a four-hour meeting between the leaders of the two parties.

Those present at the conference included Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Union Minister A. Narendra, State Congress president K. Kesava Rao and AICC secretary K. Jayakumar.

Both Mr. Rao and Dr. Reddy expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting, held at the direction of the Congress leadership and aimed at mending the souring relations with the TRS. The meeting was the first after the TRS pulled out of the Andhra Pradesh Government early last month over the "attitude" of the Chief Minister towards the Telengana region.

As regards rejoining the Government, Mr. Singh said the issue would be taken up once "congeniality" in the relations between the two parties was restored. On his part, Mr. Rao described the outcome as a good development and said with the understanding reached both would "move towards greater strength," thus indicating abandonment of the impending agitation mode by the TRS.

Giving details, Mr. Singh said on G.O. 610, a Secretaries Committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, would be constituted to implement the recommendations of the Girgilani Commission. The Committee would submit its report to the Chief Minister in the next three months. Promotions for the police force in Hyderabad would start immediately.

The Government would study how best the submergence due to Polavaram project could be reduced, bring down the number of oustees and offer attractive relief and rehabilitation package to them.

On the Pulichintala project, which the TRS demanded be shifted from the present site, it was decided that a cost-benefit analysis of the Hanumantha Rao proposal, which suggested construction of five small dams, would be done in the next two months. "If the proposal is cheaper, the site will be changed without affecting the Krishna Delta ayacut," Mr. Singh said.

The TRS, which had accused the Government of encouraging "encounters" with naxalites, joined the Government in appealing to them to shun violence and resume talks. Both the parties would submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister in the next Parliament session seeking a special poverty alleviation package.

‘Anti-Naxal movement will not last’ --Naxal leader Ganesh Euike

HT Correspondent
Jagdalpur, July 20,2005


‘‘WE ARE running the revolutionary mission of getting rid of existing way of administrative functioning, which is nothing but an exploitative group busy trampling human rights.

These capitalists have joined hands together, leaving aside party lines not for the sake of noble cause of peace and prosperity of tribal citizens, but to secure their own standing.

We will certainly be successful in getting people acquainted with the real (hidden) faces of Mahendra Karma, Rajendra Pambhoi, Kedar Kashyap, Bali ram Kashyap, Ram Vichar Netam, K R Pisda and M W Ansari very soon. And, from that vary day the masses will be with.’’


These views were expressed by Naxal leader Ganesh Euike, the secretary of West Bastar Divisional Committee. Replying to questions put by media, Euike stated that the movement ‘Salva Judum’ means peace mission in local dialect Gondi, but it is armed revolt guided and sponsored by above named creamy layer of tribal society and their obedient bureaucrats to secure their own ‘creaminess’.

For this evil cause they have put the lives of innocent tribal villages in danger with the help of Gondas, he said. Euike said that the people were conducting the anti-Naxal movement under pressure from the police administration and political parties with vested interests.

‘‘They are in fact terrorising the masses. But, we are strongly connected with the needs, problems and requirements of tribal masses,’’ he said.

Ganesh rebutted strongly the charges of closing weekly ‘haats’ or tendu leaf collection centres. He said it had been done by administration and police to create fictitious atmosphere against their devoted cadres and by this instigating the mob against them.

‘‘Tribals are innocent, but not fools and. They themselves will decide early to leave aside so called anti-Naxal movement.

We have in fact initiated the move to raise prices of tendu leaf collection and under our pressure the state has raised the price accordingly.’’ ‘‘We have never exploited the tribals economically nor created obstacles in the paths of their progress.

In fact we are trying our best for their uplift. It is positive outcome of our ruthless job, which has threatened the politicians’ own survival.’’

Ganesh alleged that the media was giving extensive coverage to the movement against Naxals but was failing to produce the correct fact before the public. ‘‘We are fighting to maintain and retain the honour of human rights and they are doing aversely.

How can people fighting for the fundamental rights of masses against the caucus of capitalists, bureaucrats and politicians be branded as anti-nationals,’’ he queried? Ganesh permitted certain media people to meet him last week and gave frank replies to questions put before him.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Two killed in Maoist attack inChhattisgarh : GOOD JOB

Raipur | July 20, 2005 1:45:46 PM IST


Maoist guerrillas have killed two more civilians involved in a mass anti-rebel campaign in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district.

The killings took place in Bijapur village, about 380 km from the state capital Tuesday night.

Police said gunmen belonging to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) stormed the village.

A total of 13 people, including three rebels, have been killed since last month when tribals of the Dantewada and Bastar regions revolted against the Maoists, accusing them of pushing the local population to the brink of starvation by blocking the government's development works and welfare schemes.

Eight of Chhattisgarh's 16 districts - Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Rajnandgaon, Surguja, Jashpur, Kawardha and Koriya - are most affected by Maoist violence.

Some 150 people, including 93 civilians, have been killed in Chhattisgarh in nearly 700 such incidents since January 2004.

(IANS)

Naxal Maoists have misunderstood the teachings of Mao , West bengal Minister

Subhash offers to visit Maoist-hit areas

Says no one in the state understands Mao’s teachings better than him

Express News Service

Kolkata, July 19: Maverick state minister for sports and youth affairs Subhash Chakraborty has said that he was ready to visit the districts affected by Maoist activities if his party asks him to do so.

‘‘The state can not be run by us if we sit at Writings’ Buildings. Jyoti Basu made it clear when he was Chief Minister. I am ready to go to the Naxalite-hit districts to counsel the youths who have gone astray if my party gives me an instruction to do so,’’ the minister today said.


Chakraborty said this while announcing the inauguration of the state youth festival that will start on July 27 at Suri in Birbhum district.

Taking a potshot at the Naxalites, the minister claimed that there was no other person in the state who understood Maoism more than that he did. ‘‘I know the purport of Mao’s teachings more than any body else in the state. The Maoists, who are killing ordinary people and policemen, have misunderstood the teachings of the Chinese leader. In fact, they are tarnishing the image of Mao in all respects,’’ he said.
When asked what made the state LF change its stance over the recent nomination of “outside” leaders like Sitaram Yechuri and Brinda Karat to the Rajya Sabha — the bloc had earlier opposed nominations of this kind — the minister said perspectives do change with time. “Everything changes according to the law of the nature... the LF Government, too, would die a natural death sooner or later. Our state Government is no exception,’’ the minister added in a philosophical note.

Naxal supporters detained, released

Wednesday July 20 2005 15:08 IST

KORAPUT: Ten persons were detained by Potangi police for their alleged involvement in Naxal activities. Sources said one of them is a teacher of Kotia village. According to SP Arun Bothra, the ten were detained by police but were released after interrogation.
Meanwhile, their family members have alleged that they are still in police custody.

NAXAL Maoist gives up in AP

Wednesday July 20 2005 13:28 IST

RAMPACHODAVARAM: Kude Nagaraju alias Syam, a member of the Konalova guerilla dalam of the CPI-ML (Maoist) on Tuesday surrendered before Rampachodavaram DSP Velivela Satyanarayana.

The Naxal came to the DSP’s office at about 9.30 pm and gave up. A native of Seetaram village in Addateegala mandal, Nagaraju was attracted towards the Maoist movement in 2002 and went underground.

He was involved in the landmine blast at Polavarappadu under Duscharthi police station limits in 2003, in which a CRPF jawan and a police constable were killed.

Later, he surrendered to the police.

However, he rejoined the movement after the ban on the CPI-ML group was lifted last year.

On Tuesday, he surrendered to the police.

Dama Rout’s foolish intelligence

Bhubaneswar
Tuesday July 19, 2005



By InsightOrissa Bureau



Biju Janata Dal secretary general Damodar Rout on Tuesday tried to act intelligently in a foolish manner. Rout said, the Centre is responsible for what is happening in Sambalpur or in other Naxal infested districts in the State. The State Government, he insisted, is only responsible for law and order situations.



Rout, naively though, observed that the Congress which plans to demonstrate on the issue of law and order on 20th July should question its own Government at the Centre on its reluctance in providing additional paramilitary forces to the State. The Centre demands Rs 25 crore, the BJD leader said, for deployment of an additional CRPF battalion in Naxal affected areas. “Instead of demonstrating in front of Naveen Niwas, Congress workers should protest before their Central leaders,” Rout told media persons.



The senior BJD leader, then, descended to the POSCO affair and defended the MoU while rubbishing the claims of coalition partner BJP and the Opposition Congress. On the BJP’s reservations, he said it is ridiculous that BJP was ready to share the Government but not the botherations. Rout said POSCO is a reality and everyone has to accept it for the overall interest of the State.

YSR meets Sonia; Discusses issues of concern

New Delhi: Amid speculation about an early cabinet expansion in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today held discussions with Congress President and ruling UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

However, Dr Reddy denied that the resignation of the six Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) ministers from his cabinet figured in the meeting.

"We only discussed contemporary political and development issues concerning the state," he told mediapersons at the "Andhra Bhawan" after the meeting.

Dr Reddy, who is here in connection with talks with Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader and Union Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao tomorrow, said the issue of filling up the vacancies caused by the resignation of the TRS ministers was also not discussed at the meeting with Ms Gandhi.

Asked if the resignation of TRS ministers was not a contemporary issue, he said : " I only discussed contemporary and contentious issues with Ms Gandhi and this issue did not figure." Asked if his problem with Mr Rao was one of chemistry, he said" my chemistry goes well with each and everyone." On a question, if he was in favour of Telangana, he said : "why do you ask my personal preference. I only follow the Congress line." Dr Reddy earlier held a prolonged discussion with Mr Digvijay Singh, AICC General Secretary in charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Replying to a question, he said there was no specific agenda for tomorrow's meeting with Mr Rao. "All said and done, the TRS is an ally of the Congress-led coalition, though it is no longer in government." He said since the TRS was a friendly party, it was necessary for us to clear the apprehension, if any, from the mind of that party.

Referring to the resignation of TRS ministers citing naxal threat due to delay in declaring separate Telangana state, the Chief Minister said : ''I am sorry about the TRS worrying about their lives. Ultimately in democracy, no one should yield to threats and blackmail.'' On allegations of corruption against some of his ministers, he said : ''We have promptly instituted inquiries whenever allegations cropped up. This is markedly different from the attitude of the previous government. This shows our transparent way of working.'' Dr Reddy began his day's engagement with a meeting with Union Water Resources Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi.

He thanked the Centre for asking the Maharashtra Government to stop the Babli project being constructed illegally.

Dr Reddy said he asked Mr Dasmunsi to expedite the recommendation of the Centre for a World Bank loan of Rs 3000 crore for the modernisation of Nagarjunasagar project system. Mr Dasmunsi had promised to formalise the recommendation before the middle of next month and forward the same to the World Bank.

He also met Forests and Environment Minister A Raja and Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar.

He requested Mr Aiyar to put in place a market regulator to fix gas prices and also to set up a LNG terminal project at Krishnapatnam port.

UNI

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Chhattisgarh Maoist violence killed 150 in 18 months

Indo-Asian News Service


Raipur, July 19 (IANS) As many as 150 people, including 93 civilians, have been killed in Chhattisgarh in Maoist-related violence since January 2004, Home Minister Ramvichar Netam told the state assembly Tuesday.

In a written reply, the minister informed the house during question hour that
Chhattisgarh witnessed 697 Maoist incidents between Jan 1, 2004 and June
24, 2005, in which 150 people were killed, including 93 civilians, 31 police personnel, six home guards and 20 Maoists.


Police had 237 encounters with the guerrillas during the period in which 57 people, 30 policemen, 18 guerrillas and nine civilians were killed. As many as 99 Maoist rebels were arrested during the period.

Netam said the Dantewada district bordering Andhra Pradesh witnessed
287 Maoist incidents while the Bastar district recorded 160, Kanker district 127, Surguja district 96, Rajnandgaon district 19, Jashpur district seven and Koriya district one incident.


Last week, the state government had informed the assembly that Chhattisgarh had declared eight districts - Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Rajnandgaon, Surguja, Jashpur, Kawardha and Koriya - out of the total 16 as Maoist-infested districts.

Chhattisgarh has deployed seven battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) for anti-Maoist operations in the worst hit areas and last month deployed 11 anti-land mine tanks in Surguja and Bastar.


Indo-Asian News Service

Terrorist activities decline in Kashmir: Shivraj Patil

PTI[ MONDAY, JULY 18, 2005 06:46:00 PM ]

Surf 'N' Earn -Sign innow

THRISSUR: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has said terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir had declined by more than 60 per cent and by 40 to 50 per cent in the North-East.

Though there had been considerable improvement in the situation it did not mean that terrorist menace in the country had come to an end, Patil said while addressing the trainees at the Kerala Police Academy here.

Four per cent decline in naxalite activities in the country was, however, not very impressive, he said.

Patil asked the defence, state and paramilitary forces not to "lose heart" on account of a few terrorist attacks here and there as the country was strong enough to meet all types of threats.

Modernisation of military, paramilitary and police forces to equip them to meet all challenges was a continuing process, he said.

It was also essential to apply one's mind as the crime scenario of the modern world also included "intellectual and ideological crimes," which could not be tackled with weapons, he added.

Maharashtra: Special Action Force to be formed to tackle naxalites

A STAFF REPORTER | Tuesday, July 19, 2005 11:54:59 IST
So far 18 naxalites have been arrested by the police


"In order to curb naxalite activity in the Vidarbh area of Maharashtra, the state government is all set to form a four hundred member Special Action Force in the naxalite effected area in the state, said DG of Police, Dr. P. S. Pasricha while addressing the media yesterday. The naxalite activities has been on increase in the Vidarbh region of the state as the naxals from Andhra Pradesh have shifted their base due to change in the naxal policy of the Andhra Pradesh government. The state police have got a fair amount of success in an operation carried out on July 15, in the naxalite-affected area of Gadchiroli. In the operation two female and one male naxalite were shot dead while one female naxalite was injured and was later arrested. Acting on the information received from the arrested female naxalite, the police arrested 12 more naxalites. On June 16 and 17 six more were arrested taking the tally to 18, which according to Dr. Pasricha is a remarkable achievement on the part of the state police. Apart from the arrests, weapons were also seized by the police.

Dr. Pasricha added, "The Special Action Group will constitute trained officers to tackle the naxalite problem.It will be an independent body but will work together with the district police". He further said, "Some villagers in the area support the naxalite groups, so the police will try to win the confidence of the villagers and get information about the naxal outfits in the region".

This powerful SP makes IPS chain wait

Believe it or not, the most powerful IPS officer of the State is not the Director General of Police or officers manning important posts as Vigilance Director or even SPs of important districts such as Khurda, Cuttack or Puri. The powerful most IPS officer is Dayal Gangwar, a 1998 batch officer holding the post of Kendrapara SP. He is understood to have made the former DGP feel demeaned and embarrassed, confused the present DGP and made a dozen other senior officers to ponder over their future postings. Gangwar is learnt to be sitting over the expected IPS transfer chain, as he does not like his name to figure in the list. Amazingly, bosses in the police headquarters and the Home Department seem to be abiding by his wishes.



Gangwar decided to make his power evident when former DGP B.B.Mishra came up with a proposal of transfer and posting of at least a dozen officers back in May, this year. The Kendrapara SP did not digest the information that his name was recommended for posting in the OSAP battalion, Jharsuguda. Reliable sources told insightorissa.com that Gangwar used his contacts with Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, perceived to be next to the CM through his best friend Patkura MLA Atanu Sabyasachi. The contacts worked and Chief Minister refused to okay the proposal despite Bipin Mishra’s insistence.



The former DGP’s proposal was in view of the need for filling important vacancies in the police headquarters and a few districts. The transfer and posting proposal rotted in the CM’s office even as it became an open knowledge of everyone including the officers whose names figured in the list. A majority of them even started to fit themselves in the posts proposed in the proposal in anticipation that the IPS chain will be notified before Mishra’s retirement.



Debasish Panigrahi, promoted to the rank of DIG and proposed to be posted in the headquarters, went ahead with his US trip with the hope that he would be discharging a DIG’s duty once he returned. But to his dismay, he is still the Cuttack SP. South Western Range DIG, Sunabeda, Pradeep Kapoor was also preparing himself to come to the headquarters as DIG, HRPC expecting a promotion to IG rank in a couple of months period. Nothing happened during former DGP’s tenure, nor even in the last three-weeks of present DGP Suchit Das.



Koraput SP Arun Kumar Bothra found himself a crest-fallen man. He was dreaming to get out of the Naxal-infested Koraput as soon as possible via the proposed transfer chain. And, what a lift the proposal had for him – from Koraput to Cuttack. Similar is the case with Deogarh SP Ms Shyni. She was eager to come out of an insignificant district to fight Naxals and glorify her. But that wasn’t to be.



There are at least three IGs including Bidhu Bhusan Mishra who were waiting to get new postings. Yet he is happy. With the jinxed IPS chain and an indecisive DGP, Mishra enjoys the power of three IGs – Operation, Administration and Finance.

Monday, July 18, 2005

CPI-M leaders targeted

Statesman News Service

DURGAPUR, July 17 — A fresh handout accusing a section of top zonal CPI-M leaders of nepotism and rampant looting of government funds, meant for rural development, has sparked sensation in Katwa block of Burdwan. The handouts circulated widely in Mongalkote, Ketugram and Katwa locations have triggered off a controversy, raising fears of a fresh Naxalite attack in the villages. Only a month ago an aged CPI-M leader was hacked to death by a Naxalite faction.

The Bengali handbills, printed in offset, have also been stuck on a number of locations in Katwa town. Their content has led to an outburst of anger against the secretary of Ajoy-Damodar zonal committee of the CPI-M, Mr Duryodhon Sar and his associates. The handout alleged that Mr Sar, in league with Mr Falguni Mukherjee, the panchayat samiti savapati, Mongalkote and the party’s local committee secretary, Mr Farukh Mirza, has drained out government fund worth Rs 22 lakhs that was allotted for the much hyped total sanitation programme. The accused have been allegedly assigning contracts against heavy bribe. The handout also alleged the misappropriation of Tsunami fund created through mass contribution.

Comparing the activities of Mr Sar to those of the RJD chief, Mr Laloo Prasad, the handout stated that he has used his position to get his wife into service. Mr Sar said: “Nobody has accepted responsibility for the handout and I consider it to be an act of childishness.” He added that he would give clarification only when he is asked to do so by the district secretariat.

The police incidentally has not given much heed to the contents of the handout. The DIG (Burdwan Range), Mr Nanda Kumar Biswas told The Statesman: “We are yet to find out whether it has the potential of luring the extremist factions.”
The CPI backed Aituc yesterday led an agitation in front of the local SDO complex here alleging police atrocity and biased action in the name of curbing the Maoist menace. Mr Dhajadhar Chatterjee, the joint secretary of the left trade union was arrested by the police last week on charges of his involvement with the Maoists factions. The TU today claimed that Mr Chatterjee was framed under the charges of militanc. The DIG, Mr Biswas has however ruled out the chances of biased policing. The SP, Burdwan, Mr Piyush Pande today rushed to Katwa to inquire about the matter.

Maha to set up special action group to tackle naxals

MUMBAI, JULY 18 (PTI)
Maharashtra has decided to set up a 400-member special action group in the naxal-affected areas to fight the naxalites, state Director General of Police P S Pasricha said here today.
"The group, to be constituted of trained men drawn specially for the purpose, will execute intelligence-based operations in naxalite areas," he told reporters.

The special action group will be independent of the district police units but will fight the naxalite problem in tandem with the police, he said.

Pasricha said although police suffered major casualties in three landmine blasts in Gondia and Gadchiroli districts in the past two months, the police has achieved success with the arrest of 18 naxalites last week.

"Apart from the encounter on July 15, in which our men gunned down three members of Tippagad Dalam (group), including two women naxals, 18 more naxalite members have been arrested last week and a cache of weapons seized from them," he said.

Admitting that the Andhra Pradesh government's shift in naxal policy has led to naxalites shifting to neighbouring Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh and consolidating their position, Pasricha said the Maharashtra police was prepared to tackle the problem.

"We have recently provided two anti-landmine vehicles to the region and have also provided other gadgets useful in armed combat," he said.

Chhattisgarh for arms to people to fight Maoists

By Sujeet Kumar, Raipur : The Chhattisgarh government has decided to provide the anti-Maoist people's movement in the Bastar region with "full and all out support", including arms, to fight the guerrillas.
This is the first time in the decade-old Maoist movement that the government will provide such comprehensive back-up to the people.
The decision comes a day after seven villagers were killed by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) guerrillas Sunday for raising armed revolt and challenging their supremacy in Dantewada district bordering Andhra Pradesh, 392 km from here.

"For the first time since the anti-Naxal people's movement broke out in the Maoist stronghold Bastar region, we are going to directly support it with full and all out support, including arms back up, for a decisive battle with the guerrillas," a senior home department official told IANS.

Sources said top level bureaucrats would be going to Bastar soon to "take stock of the situation and decide actual support methods".

The government has apparently managed to make inroads into the Maoist support base and several leaders of their local units call Sangham would be laying down arms at a function later this month in Bastar.

Chief Minister Raman Singh and several ministers are likely to attend the function.

The state government has declared eight districts of its 16 as the worst affected by Maoists. Last month, it deployed 11 anti-landmine tanks in Bastar and Surguja areas.


IANS

9 killed as Naxals clash with villagers in Bastar

ENS & PTI

RAIPUR, JULY 17 Seven villagers and two Naxalites were killed and at least 12 villagers injured in Maoist attacks on six villages in Bijapur district of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, police said.
Targeting the villagers who were participating in the anti-Naxalite movement, over 250 Maoists attacked Kutru, Ambeli, Pharsgaon, Uskapatnam, Badekarkeli and Chhotekarkeli villages here yesterday, police officers said.

Two villagers were killed on the spot and Maoists abducted five others, whose bodies were found near Pharasgaon police station area today, police said.
The villagers told police that at least two Naxalites were also killed as they retaliated with bows and arrows. IG (law and order) Ram Niwas said a team has been rushed to the spot.

Anti-mine vehicles land

NAGPUR: Police in the Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district of east Maharashtra have been provided two anti-landmine vehicles. The two vehicles, which reached the district headquarters on Saturday, would be deployed for tackling Naxals deep in the forest, SP shirish Jain said.



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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Villagers revolted against Naxalites , 3 killed

Monday July 18 2005 00:00 IST

IANS

RAIPUR: Two civilians and a Maoist have died in skirmishes between the rebels and residents of five Chhattisgarh villages who have revolted against the guerrillas.

Police said guerrillas armed with sharp edged weapons attacked on Saturday night Faresgarh, Usenar, Kutru, Aklanka and Bandepara villages in Bastar region, about 370 km from here. The rebels killed two civilians and injured 18.

In a counter-attack, villagers armed with bows and arrows killed a rebel and injured five others.

Police said the villagers chased away the rebels, who were shocked by the counter-attack.

But the rebels abducted nine villagers and took them to their stronghold in nearby forest areas. The injured were admitted to a hospital.

Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) M.W. Ansari said the police had stepped up searches in the forests for the kidnapped villagers.

He described the rebel attack on civilians as "a growing sign of frustration after the local population of Bastar's Danetwada district revolted against the guerrillas last month".

The people of the five villages have been leading an anti-Maoist movement for the past month, holding the guerrillas responsible for blocking development work and pushing them to the brink of starvation.

Chhattisgarh is one of the states hit hardest by Maoist violence. According to official figures, security forces in the state fought 237 gun battles with the guerrillas between Jan 1, 2004 and June 14, 2005.

In these skirmishes, a total of 30 policemen, 18 guerrillas and nine civilians were killed. The security forces arrested 97 Maoists during this period.

Buddhadeb says no to talks with Maoists

OUR BUREAU

July 16: Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today ruled out holding talks with Maoists.

“There is no question of holding a dialogue with those who believe in the politics of killing. They don’t believe in democracy, they only resort to violence and murder,” Bhattacharjee told a news conference at the Behrampore circuit house in Murshidabad this afternoon.

The chief minister was on a day’s visit to the district to oversee the condition of areas affected by Padma erosion.

Bhattacharjee made it clear that the government would take stern action against Maoists “until they shun violence”.

Last week, state CPM secretary and politburo member Anil Biswas had said the government would not initiate a dialogue with the extremists if they continue to attack party workers and policemen.

A fresh contingent of 900 policemen was sent to three Naxalite-infested districts — West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia — today.

“Each district now has a special force comprising 300 trained police personnel and BSF jawans. The jungles will be combed with sophisticated gadgets like minesweepers, night vision binoculars and semi-automatic firearms,” said a senior official of Purulia district police.

The police are expecting another strike by the Maoists within a few days. The extremists will observe martyrs’ day — remembering those killed in “state-sponsored terrorism”— in the last week of this month.

“This time, they may strike somewhere in West Midnapore. Belpahari is one of their prime targets. An alert message has been sent to all the police stations and we are in constant touch with Bankura and Purulia police,” said a senior official working on the extremists’ activities in Bengal.

Basudeb Acharya, the CPM MP from Purulia, expressed concern over the rising number of extremist strikes and said it is not a state matter alone. “If police chase the Maoists away, they will take refuge in Jharkhand and disturb the state. I will raise the issue in Parliament, seeking the Centre’s intervention,” he added.

Leaflets against a CPM zonal committee secretary were distributed today at Kaichar under Manglakot police station in Burdwan, 180 km from the city. The leaflets allege misappropriation of government funds by the CPM leader.

Though no Naxalite outfit has claimed responsibility, police think Maoists are behind the leaflets.

The leader in question, Duryadhon Sar, said he would talk to his party seniors.

Comrades cover Red Star over Kolkata

Comrades cover Red Star over Kolkata

Anjan Chakraborty/SNS
KOLKATA, July 16. — In an obvious bid to project Kolkata as free from the Naxalite menace when it really is not, brakes have been applied on the operations of the special police team assigned to combat the Maoist ultras in the state.
Though Intelligence reports indicate Maoist ultras are active in Kolkata with the city serving as the intellectual centre for the movement, an order makes it clear to the team that no raids should be conducted on CPI-Maoist hideouts in the city without clearance from Kolkata’s police commissioner.
Other Naxalite-affected districts of the state had not been given this hurdle of prior intimation, like the West Midnapore Police, spearheading the fight against Maoist ultras.
Intelligence reports state that the ultras are using Kolkata as one of their two national operational centres, the other being the forest of Saranda, on the border of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand.
According to police sources, in the first week of June, the erstwhile Special Operations Group and Kolkata Police, based on Intelligence reports about Maoist activities in the city, decided to launch raids in Kolkata. But the state home department stepped in and asked the police administration to concentrate on the districts and leave Kolkata alone.
And now, the CP’s office has directed the West Midnapore Police to intimate Kolkata Police and take prior permission before raiding any city hideout of the CPI-Maoist. West Midnapore Police do not need to take such permission from police in other districts for their raids.
The move came after the SOG arrested Sushil Ray and Patit Paban Halder, two senior Maoist leaders from Belpahari on 24 May and learnt from them that Kolkata was being used as a central operational centre. The SOG, which was exchanging information with Kolkata Police, forwarded the interrogation report to Lalbazar.
Unnerved by the report, a team from Kolkata Police was sent to interrogate the duo and verify the report. The two leaders reportedly confessed that the CPI-Maoist was active in various parts of Kolkata and identified the places from where propaganda documents of the Maoists were published.
Reports revealed that Muktikami, the CPI-Maoist mouthpiece, is printed at the Barasat Housing Estate, while it is edited and published from Taratolla. The organisation’s English journal, People’s March, has lately been published from Garia, Kolkata, reports indicated
Another place identified is Jadavpur University, from where leaflets of RSF, the students’ wing of the Naxalites, are printed. The fourth one identified by reports is Rajnaitik Mataprakash Adhikar Suraksha Samiti, Nimta, Belghoria.
Mr Prasun Mukherjee, the commissioner of police, said: “If any information regarding the Maoists have any bearing on Kolkata, then information is definitely exchanged. Since Bengal police and Kolkata police are two different agencies. They should inform us about any raids being conducted in the city.”

Helipad to be shifted to protect VIPs

Sunday July 17 2005 10:55 IST

UDUPI: As a precautionary measure against a possible Naxalite threat to the lives of VIPs and VVIPs visiting Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple, the Udupi district administration has decided to shift the helipad at Areshiroor, near Byndore, 12 km from Kollur, to the Kollur High School Grounds, beside the temple.

Briefing reporters about the developmental works to be taken up at Kollur, Udupi deputy commmissioner and temple administrator T. Shyam Bhat said that the construction of the helipad at the Kollur High School grounds might cost around Rs 3 lakh. He said the Rs 2.4-crore package of developmental works for the Naxalite-affected area had been approved by the department of rural development.