Saturday, August 27, 2005

Four security personnel injured in naxal attack in Chhattisgarh

Bastar | August 27, 2005 6:23:46 PM IST



Four security personnel were injured following a naxal attack by Maoists on a police camp at Bal Ashram in Padeda village of south Bastar in Chhattisgarh.

The incident took place when the Suspected CPI (Maoists) extremists launched a landmine blast and hurled bombs at the security personnel executing anti-naxal operation.

According to reports, the injured jawans, Vipul Bhayya, S K Dayal and S Ravichandran of the 138th battalion of CRPF and Trilochan of district police were admitted at the government hospital at Bijapur.

However, for better treatment, they were later shifted to the medical college hospital at Raipur.

Talking to the reporters, Inspector General of Police M W Ansari said that their condition was out of danger.

On Thursday night, a case of abduction of four residents including the Sarpanch of Bagh Dogri village near Narayanpur in Bastar was also reported.

The CPI (Maoist) was formed when the MCC and the PWG merged to form a deadly and extremely powerful naxal outfit whose injunction runs across large areas liberated by rebels. Left wing terrorism has engulfed about 100 districts all across the country.

They have gained access in the tribal belt running from Nepal Border to the Rayalseema region of Andhra. According to reports, they have started spreading their tentacles in U.P, Uttranchal and Kerala also. (ANI)

Maoist blast kills seven bus passengers

Kathmandu | August 27, 2005 5:25:05 PM IST

Seven bus passengers were killed and at least four injured seriously when an explosive planted by Maoist insurgents on a highway in western Nepal blew up Saturday.

The killings on the Mahendra highway follow the death Friday of five security personnel in a blast in Kapilavastu on the same highway, taking the toll to 11 deaths in 48 hours.

The communist guerrillas have enforced an indefinite shutdown in Kapilavastu in western Nepal since the last three days.

The blast occurred when some passengers of a bus, on its way to Dang from Kathmandu, alighted to clear barriers placed by rebels on the highway on the Surai Naka section. An improvised explosive device planted by guerrillas in the rubble, exploded, killing five people on the spot. Two other passengers died while being taken to hospital.

The two blasts occurred even as King Gyanendra was in Kohalpur town in Dang district Saturday. The king's unofficial tour of the midwestern region is aimed to assess the security situation.

Earlier this week, two Maoist leaders issued a warning from underground, saying they would oppose the monarch's visit to western and midwestern regions.

Calling the king, who seized power with the help of the army in February, "autocratic" and "unconstitutional", the rebels threatened they would enforce shutdowns, blockades and other measures to prevent a royal visit.

Meanwhile, Nepal's Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey Friday inaugurated a media workshop in Kathmandu, blaming the media for giving "negative publicity" to Nepal which he said had harmed the tourism industry in the kingdom.

(IANS)

‘Govt should reconsider ban on RWA’ --Marri Sashidhar Reddy

Saturday August 27 2005 15:36 IST

HYDERABAD: Expressing once again his displeasure over the State Government imposing a ban on CPI (Maoist) and seven of its front organisations in general and on Revolutionary Writers Association (RWA) in particular, senior Congress MLA Marri Sashidhar Reddy said that the spirit of democracy lies in winning the hearts of the ‘‘people in the rival camp.’’

Sashidhar Reddy called on Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the wake of the Centre appointing him as a member of National Disaster Management Authority. Speaking to mediapersons later, he described it as a courtesy call.

He felt that the State Government should reconsider its decision to ban RWA. ‘‘It is not proper to ban an association of writers. There is always scope for taking action against individuals if they violate the law,’’ he said.

Speaking on National Disaster Management Authority and his role, Sashidhar Reddy said that it would focus on mitigation, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. Secretaries of various government departments will be members of the executive committee of the authority, he added.

Maoists’ bid to strengthen base in Nallamala

Saturday August 27 2005 16:15 IST

GUNTUR: In their bid to strengthen their hold in the district and in the wake of a ban on CPI (Maoists) and other institutions, which have close connections with the Naxals, the latter are gearing up for destructive activities.

They have a strong base in the villages bordering Nallamala forest area.

The police are also equally preparing to take on the Maoists. They alerted the people who are believed to be in the hit-list of Maoists and who received threats from the latter.

The police announced that they would provide protection to such people.

Adigoppula village is a stronghold of the Maoists from the beginning and they started their killing spree from that village.

They killed a Telugu Desam leader Satyanarayana on August 23 and virtually threw a challenge to the police department. The police seem to have learnt little from that incident.

The Janasakthi Naxals yesterday opened fire at their former colleague Yesobu at Gadevaripalli village believing him to be a police informer. Yesobu escaped with injuries.

These two incidents have shaken the confidence of villagers of Palnadu area. Many of the small time political leaders have fled the village anticipating attacks from the Naxals.

Police are reviewing the situation, as there was no let up in Naxal violence in spite of deploying para-military forces for combing operations.

Superintendent of police Sajjanar said that Maoists are resorting to violence only to make their presence felt in the villages bordering Nallamala and considered to be their strongholds.

BSF help will not be sought: CM Karnataka

DH News Service Gulbarga:

Chief Minister N Dharam Singh on Friday made it clear the State would not be seeking the help of the Border Security Force (BSF) to deal with the Naxalite activities in the State. “Our police is competent enough to deal with the Naxal menace,” he added.

Speaking to press persons at the helipad here on Friday, the chief minister, who concluded his six-day private visit to Gulbarga, and was on his way to Davangere to attend the Congress convention, stated that, earlier, when Mr Bangarappa was the chief minister, and he (Mr Singh) was the home minister, the help of the BSF was sought to hunt forest brigand Veerappan.

However, he pointed out that, as the BSF was not suitable to fight in the forest terrain, and not trained in guerrilla fighting, the BSF could not achieve any success then. Considering this, there is no question of seeking the help of the BSF to contain the Naxalite menace now, he added.



Nevertheless, the chief minister stated that the sophisticated weaponry, and technology that was available with the Centre, would be brought to deal with the Naxalites. He said, already senior police officials from the State had gone to Andhra Pradesh, and had acquired training on how to deal with the Naxalites, he added.

Towards dealing with the Naxalites in the State, he said, the police force would be strengthened. He said, Superintendent of Police Madhukar Shetty, who was an efficient officer, had already been sent to deal with the Naxalites in the Western Ghats.

Moreover, the chief minister said, he would be chairing a meeting of senior police officials in Bangalore on August 28, wherein it would be decided on what type of help should be sought from the Centre to deal with the Naxalites here.

“The issue would also be taken up during the National Integration Committee (NIC) meeting being held in New Delhi on August 31, which would be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” he said. He said, the issue would be placed before the prime minister, and Centre’s help will be sought.

Referring to the flood situation in State, Mr Singh said, Karnataka would not bow to the pressure from Maharashtra in releasing more water from the Almatti reservoir. He said, water in the Almatti reservoir would be stored at the maximum level. This issue too would be brought before the prime minister, he added.

He said, an all-party delegation from the State would be meeting the prime minister at New Delhi on September 1, and would be appraised of the difficult situation the flood affected people in the State are in. The prime minister would be urged to provide relief to the State on the basis of the tsunami relief given earlier, he added.

Friday, August 26, 2005

THE MAOIST THREAT, EDITORIAL The Statesman

By Jr Mukherjee

Marx in the Communist Manifesto broadly spelt out the following major aspects for the Communist Revolution: dialectical materialism (progress through the collision of thoughts and events), historical materialism (effects of dominance of social classes over laws, culture and happenings), class struggle and dictatorship of the proletariat. Lenin added four concepts: concept of the Communist Party for class struggle and seizure of power, democratic centralism devised to prevent factionalism, a rural proletariat, and a United Front to unite the revolutionary struggle.
Mao accepted the combined Marxist-Leninist philosophy. He, however, modified it by showing that the revolution was best achieved through the strategy of protracted guerrilla warfare — initially by a small group through hit and run surprise actions from secure bases in difficult terrain.

Guerrilla army
This would be progressively expanded to a guerrilla army, operating from secure bases, which would be expanded to a revolutionary base zone, that had popular support. This would ultimately expand into a People’s Army, which would then take control of population centres. This was the strategy followed by him for China.
Shortly after Mao’s Communist Guerrilla Army staged a revolution and took over the reins of power in China, and China joined the Eastern Bloc, there was an upsurge of guerrilla (insurgent) movements all over the world. Maoist China actively propagated, sponsored and supported Communist insurgencies in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Some countries in South America and Africa were similarly affected. In Europe and Japan there was an upsurge of terrorist activity by groups such as the Baader Meinhoff Gang, the Red Army, the Red Brigade and so on. The insurgent groups followed Maoist ideology with the exception of Japan and Europe, where it was plain and simple terrorism targeted at capitalistic ideology in the affected states with support from the Eastern Bloc.
While Communist-sponsored insurgencies and terrorism in most of these states faded away owing to a combination of factors — economic progress, dialogue, stoppage of foreign support and counter-insurgency/terrorist operations over a period of time — this has not happened in India, Nepal, Philippines and some countries in South America and Africa. India’s problems of insurgency and terrorism have unfortunately not faded away on account of socio-economic deprivation, poor governance and extensive foreign support in the form of China’s, Pakistan’s and Bangladesh’s proxy war through their support to insurgent and terrorist groups in India. Nepal finds itself in a similar situation.

Three categories
In India we have three distinct categories of terrorism and insurgency.
First, the north-east insurgent groups are demanding either autonomy or independence. While they all apply Mao’s philosophy of guerrilla war and follow a socialist philosophy, their ideology and aims are different to the Maoists. They can be classified as insurgents who at times resort to acts of terrorism. They are, however, being actively supported by Pakistan, Bangladesh and China (though officially denied by them). They are also reported to have links with the LTTE.
Second, the jehadi groups are being used by Pakistan and of late by Bangladesh to fight their proxy war, aimed at defeating and dismembering India. They are allied to the International Islamic Movement (IIM) which targets states they perceive to be unjust to Muslims the world over. Their ideology is again not Maoist; they have however borrowed some of Mao’s concepts of guerrilla war.
The third category consists of Maoists waging a people’s war against the State, based on Mao’s concepts of staging a revolution to take over the reins of power. They have no faith in parliamentary democracy. They claim that it has failed to alleviate the lot of the masses, is capitalist and imperialist. Even other categories of communism are considered to be capitalist and imperialist. In India they were earlier called Naxalites derived from a place called Naxalbari in West Bengal where the Naxalite movement took root in the sixties.
The Maoists of Nepal and India are closely interlinked and support each other fairly extensively. They are also reported to have close links with North-East insurgent groups and are apparently getting external support from China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is more than apparent from the large numbers of modern weapons possessed by them. The arms and ammunition are quite obviously being smuggled in through China/Nepal border and Bangladesh.
At the time of independence we had a single Communist Party of India (CPI) with its ideology borrowed from Soviet Russia. The influence of Mao’s philosophy on Indian communism can be traced to the Telengana armed struggle of 1946-51. In spite of Mao’s philosophy being at its infancy, the communists of Telengana in the face of bitter opposition from the CPI, upheld the relevance of his theories of a classless New Democracy through armed insurrection by peasants. This more or less led to divisions in the CPI. The first change in the CPI that occurred in the early fifties was that it accepted the path of peaceful transition to socialism being then propagated by Stalin. This resulted in major discontent within the party as Andhra, Bengal and Bihar were already in the initial throes of revolutionary violence. Matters came to a head during the Indo-China War of 1962, when nationalistic issues came into conflict with Marxist-Leninism and Maoist ideology. We consequently saw a split in the CPI, with the CPI (Marxist) coming into being which tried to tow a line independent of both Russia and China.

Arch enemies
Meanwhile, Maoist China and the Soviet Union had become arch enemies to the extent of even having large-scale border skirmishes. To complicate problems further, the cold war between the East and the West was at its peak; Pakistan had joined the western camp and also befriended Maoist China. India was then left with no option but to join hands with the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc. Our dispute with China coupled with our having allied with Soviet Union resulted in the Chinese proclaiming India to be public enemy number one along with the USSR and the West. Maoist China therefore made it a point to actively support all insurrections in India, particularly the Naxalite movement.
All these events contributed to a further split in the CPI (Marxist), with extremist factions that had restarted a violent armed struggle in Bengal (Naxalite Uprising), Andhra, Bihar, Kerala, Orissa and UP insisting on Mao’s ideology of armed insurrection. These factions broke away and in 1969 formed the various factions of the CPI Marxist-Leninist. This Maoist uprising spread like wildfire and there was armed insurrection led by their cadres almost all over India though the strongholds then were Andhra, Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and UP. This uprising was put down with a heavy hand; particularly by the United Front governments of the communist parties in West Bengal and Kerala. The Maoists went underground but have since managed to rejuvenate and expand since the causes for discontent are yet to be suitably addressed.

West Bengal : Twin blasts shatter year-long silence


- Bomb kills brain behind anti-Naxalite group, cops worry over use of new types of detonators
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Additional superintendent of police SK Jha collects evidence from the blast site near Kashiabera village. Picture by Srinivas

Ghurabandha, Aug. 26: After a lull of almost a year in the extremist-infested Ghatshila subdivisional area, Ghurabandha police station area was today rocked by two successive explosions.

In one of the explosions that occurred at Khariabandh jungle close to Kashiabera village in Ghurabandha, a 32-year-old man was killed.

The deceased was identified as Gururam Murmu, a resident of Kashiabera village.

He was also one of the men who got together to form the anti-rebel outfit Nagrik Surakshya Samiti.

But what emerged as a source of worry after the twin blasts is that the explosions were caused by bombs not previously used by Naxalites here.

Pressure-release bombs are something being used for the first time in the rebel-infested region of Singhbhum.

According to the police, the use of the new type of bomb seemed to be a tactical step taken by the Maoist rebels.

According to sources, at about 3.30 am, an explosion took place on the Kashiabera-Khariabandh road, triggering panic among the villagers.

The blast blew up a culvert on the road and before residents of Kashiabera and the adjacent village could assess the damage, another bomb went off in the Khariabandh jungle exactly at 6.30 am.

The second explosion was so powerful that the tremors were felt at Ghurabandha police station area.

The blast that took place near a shaal tree created a 3-foot deep crater at the site. Such was the effect of the blast that parts of Murmu’s body were found scattered within a radius of 100 metres.

Atop the tree, a red flag fluttered in the wind and on the ground Naxalite literature lay strewn.

A senior police officer, on conditions of anonymity, claimed the first bomb was detonated to attract the police to the troubled spot and the second was meant to blow up the policemen, but it exploded before any police party reached the spot.

“The pressure-release bomb is so sophisticated that it blows up if anyone even picks it up. The villager, Guruaram, might have taken the bomb in his hand out of curiosity and it went off,” told the police officer.

Selga Murmu, the elder sister of the deceased, told The Telegraph that her brother wanted to go to the field for ploughing and had woken up early in the morning.

“But at around 5.30 am, a youth from the neighbouring village came to him and took him along. The next hour, we heard the explosion and a little after that came the news that Guruaram was killed,” said the tribal woman.

Senior NSS leader Shailendra Baske said the deceased was the brain behind the formation of the anti-rebel outfit and hence was an obvious target of the Naxalites.

Senior police officers, including the superintendent of police, East Singhbhum, Ashish Batra visited the spot later in the day.

Additional superintendent of police S.K. Jha led a team of commandos to scan the area and succeeded in recovering two unexploded pressure-release bombs from the Kashiabera-Khariabandh road in the evening.

Asked about the motive of the blasts, Jha said the police are yet to find out whether the second blast was accidental or meant to kill Gururaram.

“We are trying to scan every possible angle that could lead to the death of the villager. He could have been targeted by the rebels for opposing their might, but there are also chances that the blast was triggered off with some other motive,” said Jha.

Andhra to beef up VIP security

Hyderabad | August 26, 2005 9:25:06 PM IST



With Maoists threatening an all-out war after the re-imposition of a ban, Andhra Pradesh Friday decided to beef up the security of ministers, legislators and other important personalities.

The government also decided to purchase 50 bulletproof vehicles for security to VIPs. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Home Minister K. Jana Reddy told newsmen after the meeting that it was decided to take all steps to protect VIPs, especially those facing a serious threat to their lives.

He said the government decided to hasten the process of procuring bulletproof vehicles in the wake of recent developments.

Jana Reddy said the state was providing security to about 1,100 politicians and top civil and police officials Maoist threat. The politicians belong to all parties. About 300 gunmen have been provided as part of their security arrangements.

This was the first meeting to review the security of VIPs after Maoists gunned down ruling Congress party legislator C. Narsi and eight others in Mahbubnagar district Aug 15. The incident prompted the government to re-impose the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist and its frontal organisations.

The ban was lifted last year to pave way for the peace talks, which collapsed in January this year ending eight month long ceasefire.

(IANS)

Y S Rajashekhar Reddy government has little to show for 15 months

PLAIN POLITICS
Aditi Phadnis / New Delhi August 27, 2005
The Y S Rajashekhar Reddy government has little to show for 15 months in power.

The mask is off. Before he came to power, Y S Rajashekhar Reddy was full of good intentions.

Naxalites are what they are because of a socio-economic problem, we will address that, he’d said at all his speeches during the Rajiv Palle Batta Yatra, the highly successful padayatra that got him 180-plus seats in the Andhra Pradesh legislative Assembly 15 months ago.

Last week, poet Varavara Rao and writer Kalyan Rao of the Revolutionary Writers’ Association were hauled off to prison, all the Naxal front organisations were banned and talks with the Naxalites were off.

The most important group, the People’s War, has been battling with successive state governments in Andhra Pradesh (AP) for the last 30-odd years. They were not at all surprised when their trade union arm was thrown into jail and their students’ wing got the midnight knock from the infamous AP Police.

But never in the history of Naxalism in AP has the Revolutionary Writers’ Association been banned. In their eyes, the present Congress regime is the most repressive ever.

You could argue that it was the Naxals who were opposed to democracy, who had, taking advantage of the opening offered by the AP truce, reverted to killing. But Reddy’s high-handedness is being discussed openly by his party colleagues as well.

Ask any of the senior party leaders from AP — AICC General Secretary M Satyanarayana Rao, former Union minister and deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party, G Venkataswamy and former CLP leader P Janardhana Reddy — and they will confess that they had no idea that the state government was going to bring a government order on 5 per cent reservation of jobs for minorities (the order was stayed by the high court).

These leaders allege that Rajashekhar Reddy works through a small group of ministers and passes off decisions as consensus. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti has already quit the government, citing Reddy’s style as one reason for their decision.

After nine years of TDP rule, Reddy can be excused for the desperation and paranoia he must feel. All around him, is the legacy of Chandrababu Naidu — in the bureaucracy, in the police. He wants to move fast to put his stamp on AP, but is constantly being dragged down by irritating detail and whining colleagues.

But Reddy has only to see his own record of administration and he will realise some wise counsel from senior colleagues would not have gone amiss. The Congress’s campaign USP was irrigation projects. If farmers were committing suicide, it was not just because of want of credit but also because AP was not irrigated uniformly. A total of 26 water projects at the cost of Rs 45,000 crore were pending. These would be revived, the Congress had promised.

In his hurry to implement the plan, Reddy did not obtain mandatory clearances from the Central Water Commission and environmental permissions.

He called for tenders and gave contractors mobilisation advances to move machinery, men and materials. So theoretically work on the projects was deemed to have begun. But how could it have moved forward?

Only about 20 per cent of the land was acquired, there was no policy for the rehabilitation of displaced forest dwellers and while the canals were dug, they led nowhere.

The courts moved in swiftly. Stay orders on work started by the state government had been issued in 10 cases by the high court. Last week, it was the Pulichintala project. The week before, it was the Polavaram project, that the state had started without obtaining environmental clearance.

In his defence, the CM asked why the courts were issuing stay orders if the projects were neither going to pollute the environment nor damage ecology. The implication was that the tribals who lived in the forests that would be felled were an inconvenience that would be dealt with.

Farmers of AP, being used to working with lack of water would have excused Reddy, had he delivered in other areas. The cropping season in AP has begun.

But all over the state in Medak, Guntur and Ranga Reddy districts, farmers are holding demonstrations: the market is desperately short of seeds, leading to blackmarketing. Spurious seeds abound. If a farmer laboriously tills his fields and the seeds refuse to sprout, what recourse will he have except to kill himself?

Not even one unit in the industries closed down during the TDP rule have been revived. Instead, in order to bring capital to AP, the state government has been negotiating for loans with foreign governments, a practice the finance ministry disfavours.

The AP government had conducted protracted negotiations with the Government of Austria and had to suffer the embarrassment of calling them off, because the Centre refused to clear projects for which the loan was being negotiated. The sorry Volkswagen episode has seriously undermined Reddy’s authority.

There is more trouble looming. On September 5, a Joint Action Committee comprising 26 unions across the state — of teachers, municipal employees, doctors, PSU members, in short every government employee, from gazetted officer to peon — is going on strike.

Their demand is the implementation of the Commission on wage revisions. How will the Rajashekhar Reddy government handle this?

With such a massive majority, the Congress could have created a model state out of Andhra Pradesh. Sadly, the state is rapidly acquiring all the minuses that the Chandrababu Naidu government notched up, without any of the pluses. Nothing changes.


Aditi Phadnis

Police-Naxal harassment, now the bane of Telangana commonfolk

By Narendra, Warangal (Andhra Pradesh): With the Andhra Pradesh Government opting to reinforce its ban on the extremist Peoples War Group (PWG) in the wake of their recent attacks, the life of the common man in the state’s volatile Telangana region seems to have gone for a toss.

Helplessly and hopelessly sandwiched between police harassment and the threat of reprisal by Naxals, residents of the Telangana region feel they have been made scapegoats in the ongoing stand-off.

Angry villagers say that most of them are now thinking of migrating to the towns to avoid daily harassment from the police.

“Around 150 people from the villages of Kottugudam Mandal were called for a meeting by the police and were severely beaten up. The police did not even speak to them. Why do they do that ?” asked Sarwar, a villager.

According to Ravi Kumar, an advocate and a youth leader, the situation is quite grim, as no help of any kind has been forthcoming.

“Whatever is happening in the villages of Telangana district is bad. They are facing a war like situation now. The people love peace. The decision of the government is anti-people. The government should try and understand their problem,” said Ravi Kumar.

Andhra Pradesh Government had re-imposed a ban on the Naxals on August 17. The ban on Naxals was lifted in July last year.

More than 1,750 villages in five districts of North Telangana in Andhra Pradesh have been classified as extremist-affected by the police and forces were deployed depending on the sensitivity of the areas.

Though Naxalite activity had come down drastically in the five North Telangana districts—Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam—over a period of time, the People’s War Group (PWG) has continued to make its presence felt through its squads, especially in Andhra Pradesh’s forest areas.

Maoist or Naxalite violence is of serious concern in 12 of India’s biggest states, including eastern Maharashtra, western Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The Naxalites, also sometimes called the Naxals, is a loose term used to define groups waging a violent struggle on behalf of landless labourers and tribal people.

After taking over as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in July last year, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had extended an invitation to the Naxals to come for talks in line with a commitment that he had made during his election campaign. The State government allowed the ban on the ultras to lapse to create a conducive atmosphere. It gave them the status of State guests during the first round of talks.

These talks went on for four days from October 15 to 18, 2004, but ended without conclusion. Both sides could not reach a ceasefire agreement. The crux of the disagreement was Clause 7, according to which the Naxalites wanted permission to retain their arms, which was unacceptable to the government. So the issue was deferred to the next round of talks.

Since the peace process began, senior police officials have accused the Naxalites of moving around with arms and indulging in criminal activities like extortions, intimidation and land grabbing. On the other hand, the CPI (Maoist) and CPI-ML (Janashakti) leaders allege that the government disallowed Naxal meetings and unleashed the police forces for undertaking combing operations and fake encounters.

‘Militant organisations banned’ Chief Minister N Dharam Singh

CM CLARIFIES IN WAKE OF DGP’s STATEMENT

DH News Service Gulbarga:

Chief Minister N Dharam Singh clarified here on Thursday that 32 militant organisations, including the People’s War Group (PWG), had been banned in the State.

Speaking to press persons who met him here on Thursday, the chief minister, who also holds the home portfolio, gave this clarification in the wake of Director General of Police B N P Albuquerque stating in Bangalore on Wednesday that the police department had so far not received any orders with regard to the banning of Naxal organisations in the State.

Mr Singh stated that Mr Albuquerque might have been confused over the issue. “My principal secretary has talked to Mr Albuquerque with regard to the issue,” he added.



Moreover, the chief minister stated that the Centre had taken seriously the incident of the Naxal organisations killing Andhra Pradesh MLA Narse at Narayanpet.

As Narayanpet in Andhra was very near to Gurmitkal constituency in the district, he said, there were chances that the Naxalites may enter the district. The police had been asked to strengthen vigil at the borders, he added.

Mr Singh said, the Naxal problem was a very complicated one. The government had to protect the people on one hand, and on the other hand had deal with the Naxalites.

In-between, different organisations cried of violation of human rights, he said. “This is nothing but purely an economic problem,” he added. Once we solve this, the Naxalite problem will be solved, he said.

Floods

Referring to the floods in the State, Mr Singh said, he would be leading an all-party delegation to the Centre after the present session of the Parliament was over, preferably on September 1. He said, the delegation would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and seek Rs 3,285 crore as flood relief for the State.

He stated that the meeting of the Central Empowerment Committee on flood relief was likely to be held on August 30 or 31. After this, the demands of the State would be put before the Centre, he added.

The chief minister said, in all, 47 villages had to be relocated, and this needed huge amounts. According to the present guidelines, the flood relief would not be sufficient. This issue would also be discussed with the Centre.

Circuit bench

Referring to the delay in laying the foundation stone for the construction of the new building to house the High Court Circuit Bench at Gulbarga, Mr Singh said, around 50 acre of land had been identified on the Sedam road on the outskirts of the City.

Stating that this land belonged to the Gulbarga University, the chief minister said, Gulbarga Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez had been directed to get this land from the university. Stressing that all facilities would be set up here for the functioning of the circuit bench, Mr Singh said, the foundation stone for the new building would probably be laid on September 10 or 11.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Jharkhand : Maoists plan to capture panchayat posts

Friday August 26 2005 00:00 IST

RANCHI: Notwithstanding their boycott of the coming village council elections, Maoists in Jharkhand are planning to field their candidates to bag as many panchayat seats as possible, according to intelligence reports from here.

"Inputs from different parts of the state suggest that Maoists are out to grab the panchayat posts. They can field their supporters who are not facing any police case and as well as the spouses of some Maoist leaders," said a senior police official.

"The move to grab panchayat posts is a calculated one. They will get spokespersons to carry out their ideology and agenda in the form of the village heads," he said.

Authorities admit it is not easy to identify dummy candidates in the fray.

"We can scrutinise the Maoists who have a police record, but it is tough to scrutinise dummy candidates," said an official in the office of the state electoral officer.

Jharkhand will conduct its first panchayat polls in September and October

Chhattisgarh : Committee to help anti-Maoist tribes

Friday August 26 2005 00:00 IST

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh government has set up a committee headed by the state chief secretary to provide direct support to tribes that raised an armed revolt against Maoist rebels in June this year.

The committee, with Chief Secretary A K Vijayvargiya as chairperson, will work out logistical details of how to support the tribal population of the eight Maoist 'infested' districts of the state.

"It is for the first time that the government has set up a committee with the basic purpose of providing proper guidance to those opposing the Maoists at the local level. It will provide all support, including monetary and logistical help as well as arms," said a top home department official after the committee was set up Wednesday.

In its first meeting on Wednesday, the committee decided to visit the eight relief camps in the worst-hit Dantewada district where 3,000 tribals are residing. The panel would seek suggestions from them on what kind of support they want from the government to actively participate in the anti-Maoist movement.

According to sources, the state government would also launch a weeklong 'padyatra', walk, in Dantewada next month to support local tribes in their armed battle against the Maoists.

The crackdown on Maoists was waiting to happen

There is nothing to be surprised by Andhra Pradesh's decision to outlaw the Communist Party of India-Maoist. The state government and the People's War Group (PWG), as the CPI-Maoist's dominant face was earlier known, came together for mutual selfish reasons when they decided to talk. Naturally, a parting of ways was only to be expected.

When the Congress party took power in Andhra Pradesh last year, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy decided to invite the PWG although it was fairly well known that there would be no meeting ground with the Maoists. The guerrillas' ideological prism prevents them from making peace with a state run by "class enemies". However, both sides had a limited interest in going for a dialogue.

By the time the Telugu Desam Party led by N. Chandrababu Naidu lost the assembly elections in May 2004, seven years of repression by the state had considerably weakened the PWG. Many of its cadres and supporters - the PWG puts the number at about 2,000 - had been executed. Its armed units were up against the wall because they were scattered and holed up in forests. Communications between some units had snapped. Its overt supporters were in dread of the state. Its biggest task was to keep alive its chief, Muppala Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy, and it succeeded there.

The PWG needed a breather very badly. When the elections were announced, it decided not to oppose them. Instead it allowed people to vote freely. In a state where there was considerable anger against Naidu's economic policies, this delivered considerable votes into the Congress-TRS kitty, particularly in the populous Telengana region where a PWG boycott call could have hurt the Congress more. The Congress won hands down. Many in Andhra Pradesh believe that Reddy lifted the ban on the PWG as a way of saying 'thank you' to the group.

The Andhra Pradesh police, especially its anti-Maoist unit Grey Hounds, also had a reason to see the PWG ban lifted. The reasoning was that this would tempt PWG cadres, including those in the senior level, to come out in the open. Any attempt by the PWG to start legal activity in towns and cities would expose those sympathetic to it and those whose identity was not known thus far. This did happen and to that extent the police strategy succeeded. At the same time, the PWG gained a breather it was desperately looking for. The PWG, however, did not let Ganapathy and other top leaders to come out of hiding.

The peace talks began with some optimism but predictably started to wobble. By the end of last year, pro-PWG activists were accusing the police of killing PWG cadres in cold blood - a trend that started in the late 1960s. The PWG demanded that the government distribute to the landless excess land held by the state and rich farmers illegally. An Andhra Pradesh police officer said the rebels backed this with statistics that surprised the administration. But the peace process collapsed in January, leading to more violence from both sides.

The PWG, which has since merged with the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) to form the CPI-Maoist, is wedded to the concept of agrarian revolution as enunciated by Mao Zedong. It has no faith in parliamentary democracy and regards other Maoist groups now taking part in elections as renegades. It has considerable support in Andhra Pradesh, where leftwing politics go back a long way, and it has no intention of coming to any settlement with the state. From that perspective, the peace talks were a farce.

In one sense, the renewed ban on the PWG does not matter to the party because much of its structure remained underground even during the talks. The party was expecting the ban. But its decision to revive its frontal organisations such as Roytu Coolie Sangam, Radical Youth Front and Radical Students Union in a big way has suffered a setback. Besides Virasam, which groups intellectuals sympathetic to its cause, these are the most vibrant pro-PWG outfits.

Andhra Pradesh is bound to see more bloodshed, and the security forces are bound to go all out against the Maoists. What will probably work against the government is the formation of the CPI-Maoist, whose tentacles now grip several states. There was a time when the MCC and the PWG were at loggerheads and the police took advantage of this. Now, the PWG faction of the party can take refuge in MCC bastions in other states, particularly Jharkhand. Consequently, Andhra Pradesh, which last year lifted the ban on the PWG amid criticism from other states, would now be looking for a concerted all-India strategy to take on the Maoist guerrillas who now enjoy considerable close links with their counterparts in Nepal.

Source: Manorama Online

New force to fight Maoists in Bengal

Friday August 26 2005 00:00 IST
IANS

KOLKATA: A special paramilitary force trained in counter-insurgency operations will soon be deployed in West Bengal to fight Maoist guerrillas, a senior police official said on Thursday.

"The new crack team has been raised especially to deal with Maoists," said Subash Goswami, inspector general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the paramilitary outfit from where the men were selected for the new force.

The first batch of 1,000 paramilitary troops is being deployed this week in three districts of West Bengal - West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura - where Maoist rebels have killed at least 10 policemen and politicians from the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) in recent months.

The new force will be armed with AK-47 rifles, light machine guns, carbines and grenades. As part of new plans to fight Maoists, more counter insurgency trained teams under the CRPF will be raised.
Maoist-affected states are also working on intelligence sharing and coordinated campaigns

Court grants bail to former naxal

HYDERABAD, AUG 25 (PTI)
A court here today granted bail to former naxalite emissary Varavara Rao, who was arrested on August 19 following re-imposition of ban on CPI (Maoist) and seven of its front organisations.

The eighth additional Chief Metoropolitan Magistrate Jagdishchandra Rao granted bail to Rao in a case pertaining to imposition of ban on Revolutionary Writers Association which was named as front organisation of Maoists. The case was booked under the provisions of A P Public Security Act.

Rao will, however, continue to be lodged in Chanchalguda jail here as he had been remanded to judicial custody by a court in Anantapur town till September 5 in connection with another case filed by police alleging that he had instigated the mob to attack a constable in the district.

Rao, who had played a key role as naxalite emissary in the peace talks last year, was arrested in the wee hours of August 19 under dramatic circumstances.

Status of Naxalism in India

76 districts in 9 States including Orissa are affected by naxalite activity/ influence in varying degrees. Available reports indicate that CP(Maoist) have been attempting to carve out a `Compact Revolutionary Zone` (CRZ) spreading from Nepal through Bihar and the Dandakaranya region to Andhra Pradesh.

As per available information, 510 (295 civilians, 89 SFs and 126 naxalites) persons have been killed in the naxalite violence during the current year (up to 31.7.2005).

The Central Government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the problem of naxalism which includes (a) having a peace dialogue by the affected States, wherever feasible, with naxal groups willing to abjure violence, (b) modernization and strengthening of the State Police forces, long term deployment of Para Military forces, intensified intelligence based well-coordinated anti-naxalite operations, (c) focused attention on integrated development of the affected areas and (d) removal of socio- cultural alienation of people, gearing up of public grievances redressal system and creation of Local Resistance Groups.

NAXAL AFFECTED STATES : Q& A in LOKSHABHA

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3137
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.08.2005

NAXAL AFFECTED STATES



3137. SHRI TATHAGATA SATPATHY
RAMAKRISHNA BADIGA




Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-


(a) whether the Union Government has received representations from the various State Governments to include more districts for grant of central assistance under Naxalite prone areas;

(b) if so, the details in this regard;

(c) the action taken by the Government thereon;

(d) whether the Union Government has issued any guidelines to the Chief Secretaries of Naxal hit States to ensure proper implementation of important strategic decision to tackle the naxal problem;

(e) if so, the details in this regard;

(f) the response of State Government thereto; and

(g) the measures being taken to counter the activities of naxal Groups?




ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI SRIPRAKASH JAISWAL)

(a)to(c): After examination of the proposals received from the various naxalite affected States for inclusion of more districts under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme, the Government has included 21 additional naxalite affected districts, namely, Guntur, Prakasam, Anantpur, Kurnool, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh); East Champaran, West Champaran, Sitamarhi, Arwal, Nawada and Jamui (Bihar); East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Saraikela-Kharaswan (Jharkhand); Mandla (MP); Korea (Chhattisgarh); Sundargarh and Keonjhar (Orissa), under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme w.e.f. 2004-05.

(d) to (f): The Chief Secretaries and DsGP of the naxalite affected States have been requested to adopt an integrated approach to address the naxalite problem simultaneously on security, development and public perception management fronts.

They have also been asked to accord a high priority to socio-economic development of the affected areas and draw a time-bound action plan based on the decisions of the various meetings held on the subject. The State Governments have initiated the follow up action in this regard.

(g): The Central Government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the problem of naxalism which includes (a) having a peace dialogue by the affected States, wherever feasible, with naxal groups willing to abjure violence, (b) modernization and strengthening of the State Police forces, long term deployment of Para Military forces, intensified intelligence based well-coordinated anti-naxalite operations, (c) focused attention on integrated development of the affected areas and (d) removal of socio-cultural alienation of people, gearing up of public grievances redressal system and creation of Local Resistance Groups.

Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Schemes for naxalites

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3167


Major naxalite affected States have Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Schemes for naxalites who want to shun violence and join the mainstream. While the incentive package varies from State to State, the Central Government reimburses under the SRE Scheme to the naxalite affected States expenditure upto Rs.20,000/- per surrenderee depending upon whether the naxalite has surrendered with arms or without arms.

Nepali teen queen's comment on Maoists



Many Nepali girls of your age are currently involved in the Maoist insurgency, wielding guns. How do you feel about that?

Priyanka: First, people don't have enough earning. Moreover, many of them are forced to join the insurgency. Many of them are not there because of their own will.

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Indian rights activist murdered

Unknown attackers have killed a senior civil rights activist, K Kanakachari, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, police say.
A senior member of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties committee (APCLC), his body was found hours after he went missing in a village on Wednesday.

Police say a little known organisation, Narsa Cobra, has said it carried out the killing.

Police suspect Mr Kanakachari was killed as an act of revenge.


A crude axe was found near his body with the words "Narsa Cobra" written on it in red paint.

Police suspect the incident could be a retaliation against the killing of a Congress party legislator ,C Narsi Reddy, and nine others by Maoist rebels earlier this month.

After that killing, the Narsa Cobra group issued a statement threatening to kill prominent Maoists and their supporters.

Mr Kanakachari's name was also found in their "hit-list", police say.

Maharashtra keeps eyes peeled for Maoists

SATISH NANDGAONKAR

Mumbai, Aug. 24: The Maharashtra government has beefed up its security and intelligence network in Naxalite-affected areas bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The move follows intelligence reports that Maoists fleeing after last week’s crackdown by Andhra could enter the state through the forest areas of Gadchiroli, which borders the two rebel-hit states.

“We expect this as a short term fall-out. It is likely that Naxalite leaders could flee either to Bastar or into Gadchiroli. We have scaled our operations accordingly,” Gadchiroli superintendent of police Shirish Jain said.

Violence erupted in Gadchiroli on Sunday when a group of 20-25 uniformed Maoists torched a state transport bus near Kosmi, a village on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, after forcing the 20-odd bus passengers to alight. Though no one was hurt, officials fear the incident could affect the skeletal state transport service to the region.

“Two state transport officials who visited the spot under police escort to survey the damage were fired at. This group was what we call the Area Raksha Dalam or the local dalam (armed groups),” Jain said over telephone.

Senior officials involved with anti-Naxalite operations in Mumbai said incidents of this kind could harm the cause of the Maoists as they could erode the sympathy of local residents. “This was the only bus that connected that region. The local population will suffer because of the impact of this incident,” a senior police officer said.

Officials have welcomed the Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy government’s decision to re-impose the ban on the CPI (Maoist) after fruitless talks with rebel leaders. “During the ceasefire, the Naxalite activity had increased considerably in Gadchiroli. Arms supply had multiplied. Several training camps were set up,” an official said.

The teams handling anti-Naxalite operations hope that quick implementation of a surrender policy announced by the Vilasrao Deshmukh government could curb the rebel influence in Gadchiroli, where 22 police personnel have been killed in the first six months of 2005, the highest in the past five years.

The policy proposes cash incentives and rehabilitation of rebels willing to say farewell to arms, education for children of dalam commanders, land and withdrawal of pending criminal cases.

“Our intelligence shows that fence-sitters and women and children would be eager to surrender. In fact, a group of 20 to 25 Naxalites are waiting for the policy to be implemented, and they would be willing to surrender immediately,” said a police officer.

At a meeting in June, senior officials, who have been grappling with problems like lack of weapons and unwillingness of policemen to be posted in Gadchiroli, convinced deputy chief minister R.R. Patil about the urgent need for rehabilitation policies. The government then sanctioned four anti-mine vehicles, filled up at least one of the two posts of additional superintendent of police and framed a surrender policy.

Last December, state police discovered an arms-manufacturing factory in the heart of Nagpur. Among the weapons seized were light machine guns and two-inch rocket launchers. “Our investigations showed that Naxalites had enrolled people in ITIs to provide them with advanced technical training,” said an intelligence source.

Police chief differs with CM

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
[ WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2005 11:18:51 PM ]


BANGALORE: There is no ban on any Naxal organisation in the state as on today and the police are not aware of such a ban and have not sent any proposal to the government in this regard.
This comes from the state police chief B.N.P. Albuquerque two days after chief minister N Dharam Singh made a statement in Gulbarga that his government had banned Naxal organisations taking a cue from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

"We have not sent any proposal seeking a ban on Naxal organisations to the government. The state intelligence, which works under the CM directly, might have sent it and we are not informed about it,"the DGP who is the head of the police force which fights Naxals said.

Albuquerque, who is set to retire by the end of August, added "there is no question of banning them, they (Naxalites) are in a constant state of conflict with the government and we are after them."

There is no influx of Naxalites into the state from Andhra Pradesh after a ban was imposed on them there. It may take place once the Andhra Pradesh police exert pressure on them (Naxalites), the DGP felt.

Stating that the intelligence gathering network was being strengthened, the DGP admitted that it was a lapse on their part for not nipping a conspiracy hatched at Gurmitkal in Gulbarga, to kill an MLA from Andhra Pradesh. After the MLA was killed in AP, the police learnt that MLA’s killers were in Gurmitkal planning the operation.
Anti-Naxalite force is active in Malnad area and other districts bordering with Andhra Pradesh and a special force is being raised for this, consisting of KSRP ADGP A R Infant. Personnel have been selected and they are being trained specifically to handle Maoists, he added.

Reward scheme sends forces into huddle

Aman sharma

new delhi, august 24 Get a policeman for us, dead or alive, and get Rs five lakh plus land.
This hand-written message on posters in Guntur, AP’s worst Naxal-infested district, has sent security forces into a huddle. A top official of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in New Delhi told Express that the security agencies have taken up the issue at the highest level.


The police, meanwhile, has announced cash awards of up to Rs 15 lakh on nearly three dozen top Naxalites.

Considered a stronghold of Naxalites, Guntur is the area where Naxalites had recently killed a prominent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supporter, Satyanarayan.

State police officials, however, say that Naxalites are on a defensive. “Such threats show that the Naxalites are completely demoralised after their organisations were banned again. Infact, they are running for cover and most of their top leaders have left the state,’’ IG (Guntur Range) Rajwant Singh says. His men are removing the posters and convincing the villagers to inform them about the activities of Naxalites.



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Chhattisgarh likely to ban CPI-Maoists

Thursday August 25 2005 00:00 IST
IANS

RAIPUR: Taking a cue from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Chhattisgarh government is also contemplating a ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and its frontal organisations.

"The CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations are already banned in Chhattisgarh under various laws of the central government, but for wiping out terrorism the state will move a legislation in the state assembly for an Andhra-type ban," said Home Minister Ramvichar Netam.

"There are several loopholes in the central laws and we should have our own comprehensive Naxal policy to give more power to forces deployed in Maoist areas," Netam told IANS.

The government would try to bring in the legislation by March next year in the budget session of the assembly.

The minister disclosed that the state government would soon put in a demand for two more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalions to be deployed in Maoist stronghold areas.

One CRPF battalion was moved from Surguja district to Andhra Pradesh last week, a day after Hyderabad re-imposed its ban on the CPI-Maoist following the Independence Day killing of a Congress legislator and eight others.

Chhattisgarh has declared eight districts of the total 16 as Maoist 'infested'.

Fearing rise in Naxal violence, Home writes to states

Sudhi ranjan sen

new delhi, august 24 The Union Home Ministry fears massive escalation in Naxal violence, especially in Andhra Pradesh, in the coming months.
Its Task Force which coordinates anti-Naxalite operations met today and based on the feedback is understood to have send an advisory to all Naxalite-affected states
.

The ministry feels Congress leaders are likely to be the primary targets of Naxal violence and has told the states to tighten the security of important Congress leaders.

The ministry estimates the number of Naxalites to be around 9,000, of which, 6,300 are armed. According to the ministry, the assassination of MLA Narsi Reddy in Andhra Pradesh last week indicated the strategy the Naxals would follow in the coming months. ‘‘The Naxalites have rearmed and regrouped themselves in the last one year when the ceasefire was on. With the re-imposition of ban, Naxal activity will go up. The murder of Narsi Reddy is indication of this,’’ a senior home ministry officials said.

Officials said this time, anti-Naxalite operations would be intelligence-based and surgical in nature. The ministry has reportedly asked the states to carry out operations against key leaders and cadres. State police organisations and the internal security agencies have been asked to strengthen intelligence gathering and sharing mechanism to carry out such operations.
While the ministry has stressed intelligence-based coordinated operations, it is dithering and is yet to revise its over-all strategy. Despite request from states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, it has not come out with a unified strategy to deal with Naxalites.

The high-level Strategic Policy Group comprising three chiefs of staff, Home and Foreign secretaries and senior functionaries had too recommended a unified strategy to deal with Naxalites.



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Slain Pavagada policemen’s kin paid insurance money

DH News Service Bangalore:


The police department has not received any orders with regard to banning of naxal organisations in the State, Director General and Inspector General of Police B N P Albuquerque said on Wednesday.

He was referring to Chief Minister Dharam Singh’s statement that the State will impose a complete ban on all naxalite bodies, following in the footsteps of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Distributing Rs 3 lakh insurance money to each of the families of seven policemen killed in a naxal attack in Venkatammanahalli in Pavagada on Febraury 10, Mr Albuquerque said the State Intelligence had alerted the police department to keep a watch on the possible infiltration of naxalites into the State from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh as a ban had been imposed on them there. Specially trained personnel of the Anti Naxal Force (ANF) are being deployed in the naxal infested areas, he added.


Two seperate squads of the ANF will be stationed in Malnad and Pavagada areas, he said.

“There is no question of joint anti-naxal operations with the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. However, we will work in tandem,” Mr Albuquerque asserted.

Police, Maoists exchange fire

Staff Reporter
The Hindu

NALGONDA: A special party police team and Maoists exchanged fire at Mangal thanda in Chandampet mandal on Wednesday evening. No casualty was reported from either side.

According to the Superintendent of Police, M.M. Bhagwat, four naxals opened fire from a hillock on seeing the approaching police party consisting of 14 members. The police immediately retaliated forcing the naxals to flee from the scene.

``Further search is going on in and around the Krishnapatte area,'' Mr. Bhagwat said. While one naxal was clad in olive green, others were in civil dress. The spot is located five kilometres north from Kambalapally

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Counsel access granted to Maoist leader

Chennai, August 24: The Madras High Court today permitted Chandra Prakash Gajurel, jailed member of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), to engage a lawyer of his choice in the case against him under IPC sections and the Passport Act being tried by a suburban court.

Allowing a petition filed by Gajurel, Justice D Murugesan held that the petitioner's request to engage an advocate of his choice was a fundamental right and could not be curtailed.


A couple of days ago, an Alundur Judicial Magistrate had rejected a plea by Gajurel for permission to engage advocate Vijaykumar on the ground that he was not on the legal aid panel of lawyers for the Alandur court.


Justice Murugesan directed that the lawyer nominated by Gajurel be paid remuneration applicable to advocates of the legal aid cell.


Gajurel, a politburo member of the party, was arrested on August 20, 2003 while attempting to leave from here for London on a forged passport.


He is lodged in the Central Jail here. (Our Correspondent)

ISG, EU condemn Maoist attack on industries

KOL Report

KATHMANDU, Aug 24 - The Industrial Security Group (ISG) and the European Union (EU) have condemned the recent Maoist attacks and threats against business houses that have forced companies to close down operations.
In a joint statement issued Wednesday, the ISG and the EU heads of missions in Kathmandu urged the Maoists to cease their violent tactics, withdraw their threat of violence, and allow businesses to operate freely and without fear.

The ISG’s concern comes at a time when Maoists have escalated their attacks on big industrial houses of the country.

Last week, Maoist rebels bombed Jyoti Spinning Mills in Parsa district, destroying property worth millions of rupees. Five industries, including Unilever Nepal Limited- an Indian joint venture- were also forced to close down in Makawanpur district following continuous Maoist threats.

“These Maoist actions violate the human rights of workers and cause great damage to the livelihoods of thousands of innocent people, their families, and the overall economy of Nepal,” the statement issued by the US embassy on behalf of the ISG and the EU said today.

The ISG believes that the Maoist claim to represent worker interests is a pretext for extortion and an illegitimate means to achieve political ends, said the statement, adding, no legitimate political force, nor a workers' movement, would resort to such tactics.

“The forced closures and threats of closure of companies, including foreign joint ventures, continue to hurt the commercial interests of foreign investors in Nepal, deterring future investment in Nepal's economy,” the statement read.

The group has also sought improved security for joint ventures from the government.

The ISG, of which the US embassy is the acting chair, comprises representatives of the Embassies of France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Delegation of the European Commission, along with their bilateral chambers of commerce. (dds)

NEXUS BETWEEN NAXALS AND MCC IN BIHAR

Rajya Sabha

Keeping in view the CPN(Maoists) activities in Nepal and their likely impact on our security, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the Border Guarding Force, has intensified vigil along the Indo-Nepal Border. As per available inputs, there are fraternal and logistic links between Nepalese Maoists and naxalite groups in India. The States bordering Nepal have also been advised to intensify vigil in, and patrolling of, the areas bordering Nepal to prevent ingress of the Maoist elements.

Akhil Bharat Nepal Ekta Samaj (ABNES), a CPN organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, as amended in 2004. Both Nepal and India have resolved not to permit their respective territories for activities inimical to either country. SSB and State Police have so far arrested 36 CPN(Maoists)/their supporters in the current year mainly from Bihar.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

Three Significant Developments

WORLDVIEW


By M.R. Josse
Of late, interesting politico-diplomatic developments have been taking place that, perhaps, have not received the serious attention they merit. Foremost on my shortlist are the disturbing recent developments in nearby Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Much has been graphically underscored by the nearly 400 carefully timed blasts across Bangladesh last Wednesday, resulting in the death of two individuals and injury to 138. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, significantly leaflets from the banned Islamic group, the Jumayetul Mujahideen (JM), were found at the sites of a number of explosions calling for the installation of Islamic law.

As per an AFP report from Dhaka quoting the police, some leaflets warned Britain and the United States “to get out of Muslim countries.” Nearly 90 people have been arrested, including a local leader of the JM that was banned in February for alleged links to a series of bombings of religious shrines and other targets.

In another possibly unrelated development two days later, border forces of India and Bangladesh exchanged fire thrice in the worst confrontation on the Indo-Bangladesh frontier in recent months, thereby ratcheting tension between them.

HMG was quick to issue a note of condemnation on the terrorists attacks in Bangladesh of August 17 and went on to express its total solidarity with the government and friendly people of Bangladesh. However, the reaction from India and the United States – now virtually joined at the hip – was dramatically, though not surprisingly, quite a different kettle of fish.

Thus, speaking at a press conference in Kolkata on 19 August, Pranab Mukherjee, India’s defence minister, expressed cause for concern for India, echoing the earlier reported charge leveled by Buddhadev Bhattacharya, Chief Minister, West Bengal, that fundamentalists in Bangladesh were increasing their influence and that Pakistan was trying to open a second front there. In Mukherjee’s words: “The Bangladesh situation is causing concern to everyone. Since it is a neighbour, if there is unrest there, it will have a reflection in our country.” (Times of India, 20 August.)

American Ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, speaking to the press after meeting Bhattacharya, condemned the serial blasts in Bangladesh saying that “these types of activities are regrettable, unacceptable, irrespective of whether it takes place in New York or Bangladesh.” While admittedly not as sharp as Mukherjee’s barb, it comes not only against the backdrop of a disturbing cosying up between New Delhi and Washington but also against the backdrop of charges in the US media portraying Bangladesh as another Afghanistan a la the Taliban.

For example, in October 2002, Time magazine reported that groups linked to Al-Qaeda had been taking root in Bangladesh and said that Osama bin Laden and his close aide Ayman al-Zahawiri may have found refugee in that country. Subsequently, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Christina Rocca, declared in a major speech in Philadelphia on 21 April 2004 that Bangladesh is “a valued friend in the Global War on Terror as well as a moderate voice in regional and international fora.”

However, in the second Bush administration inaugurated on 20 January this year – and, more so, following the recent forging of a “strategic alliance” between the United States and India – fears and concerns about the rise of fundamentalism in Bangladesh have once again increased in the US.

Taken in conjunction with the increased pressures now being applied on Bangladesh from India, the self-claimed “dominant” power in South Asia, it is a sombre development whose implications need to be thoroughly mulled and analysed by policy makers not only in our region but in China as well.

That such a prescription is called for has, incidentally, been well if indirectly underscored in a 19 August editorial in India’s premier establishment daily, the Times of India. Among its sermons: “Dhaka must remember that flirtations with extremist groups and parties have backfired on countries and leaders that have practiced them.” (Apparently, India’s clandestine support for our Maoists seems to have been conveniently ignored by the editorial writer.)

Then, there is this grave charge: As part of its right-wing agenda, the BNP-led coalition has also been providing sanctuary to armed extremist groups like the ULFA. (Forgotten, once again, is that India continues to be a safe haven for the Maoists!) Finally, there is this veiled warning: “SAARC is due to meet in Dhaka in November, rescheduled from February earlier this year; it may have to be postponed once again if security of visiting dignitaries cannot be assured.”

China-Russia Another important recent development that needs to be closely monitored by Shital Niwas mavens is the growing proximity between Beijing and Moscow, bitter ideological and geopolitical rivals not too long ago. Two recent instances among many are now provided. The first relates to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), whose last summit was held in Astana, Kazakasthan on 5 July. While partly the SCO was dominated by energy issues among its five member states, it is surely interesting that the final communique called, rightly, for ‘non-interference’ in the internal affairs of sovereign states.

However, as the Economist put it: “Telling outsiders – meaning, mainly, Americans – not to interfere, however is only part of it. The SCO wants to rid the region of the American military presence altogether. This week it called for a deadline by which the American-led coalition should remove its airforce bases in Kyrghizstan and Uzbekistan. Ostensibly, the SCO made the call because Afghanistan is becoming more stable. But Russia and China would be keen to fill the vacuum.”

More recently, Russia and China have launched their first joint war games in a show of military might they insist was not aimed at any country – after the US expressed concern. Washington, which has indicated unease over the pace of China’s military presence, is not attending as an observer but said it is closely monitoring the drills.

Notably, Chinese defence officials said they would focus on the ability of Russian and Chinese forces to fight separatism and terrorism. It may be noted that China faces challenges from separatists in its Muslim-populated in the northwest and Russia from Muslim separatists in Chechnya.

Naxalites in Andhra Finally, we have the engrossing case of the Andhra Pradesh government in India re-imposing its ban on Maoist groups operating in the state. As per a PTI report, this happened after New Delhi gave its green signal to the state government for re-imposing the ban on Naxalite groups in the wake of a spurt in violence, especially the killing of Congress MLA C. Narsi Reddy, his son and seven others the other day.

Interestingly, one is informed that while the Andhra Chief Minister called Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil and argued the case for a nation-wide ban on the Maoists, Patil reportedly took the view that since law and order is a state subject, the extremist-affected states were free to adopt any policy including banning extremist outfits.

Unstated in the news report is the possibility that New Delhi cannot impose such a blanket ban without offending the Indian Communists who prop up the government – an uncomfortable fact that, perhaps, is lost on its strategic partner, Washington.

Naxal emissary Kalyan Rao gets bail

Hyderabad, Aug 24: A city court today granted bail to the president of the now-banned Revolutionary Writers Association, Kalyan Rao, who was arrested on August 19 following re-imposition of ban on CPI (Maoist) and seven of its front organisations.


The metropolitan court at Nampally granted bail to Rao in a case pertaining to his organisation's alleged links with Naxalite groups. The case was booked under the provisions of A P Public Security Act.


Rao will, however, continue to be lodged in Chanchalguda jail here as he had been remanded to judicial custody by a court in Anantapur town till September 2 in connection with another case filed by the police alleging that he had instigated the mob to attack a constable in the district.


Rao, who had played a key role as Naxalite emissary in the peace talks last year, was arrested on August 19 under dramatic circumstances while he was coming out of the Press Club after addressing a press conference. (Agencies)

Govt approves phase-wise induction of surveillance equipments

Government has approved a proposal for phase-wise induction of hi-tech electronic surveillance equipments, including night vision devices, on the country's borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

The deployment of these equipments would enhance the border monitoring capabilities of the border guarding forces considerably, Minister of state for Home S Reghupathy said in a written reply.

Naxalism: Minister of state for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said that there are "fraternal and logistic" links between Nepalese Maoists and naxalite groups in India.

Keeping in view the CPN(Maoist) activities in Nepal and their likely impact on India, SSB and BSF have intensified vigil along the Indo-Nepal border, he said adding states bordering Nepal have also been advised to intensify vigil and patrolling in border areas to prevent ingress of the Maoist elements.

Akhil Bharat Nepal Ekta Samaj, a CPN (Maoist) front, continues to be banned as a terrorist organisation, he said.

To another question, Reghupathy said there was no perceptible increase in the strength of the tribals in the North East or in the naxal affected states. However, he said that the number of violence incidence in North-East during the current year till 31st July, 2005 has reduced by five per cent as compared to last year.

Jaiswal informed the Upper House that the present strength of hardcore Naxalite cadres was around 9300 and their arms holding includes around 6300 regular weapons and a large number of country-made arms.

He said 76 districts in nine states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pardesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal are affected by Naxalite violence/activity in varying degrees.

Battalion: Demands have been received from North-Eastern States for more India Reserve Battalions and the Centre has sanctioned it considering that overall there is no bar on recruitment of local people in the IR Battalions, he said.

Foreigners: 536 foreigners were arrested during the last three years (2002-04) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Reghupathy said.

Rasheed: Jaiswal said Pakistani Minister for Information was denied visa to visit Srinagar as all citizens of India and Pakistan (but not the third country nationals) can travel on the bus within the territory of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, including Gilgit and Baltistan.

Force: Based on the lessons learnt from the past, there has been a change in the disaster management policy orientation in India from a relief centric approach to a holistic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach encompassing all the elements of disaster management, i.E. prevention, mitigation preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation, Reghupathy said.

Naxal menace can be solved with Govt help: SP

Wednesday August 24 2005 13:30 IST
CHICKMAGALUR: The Naxal menace could not be solved by police personnel alone. But the problem, which was closely connected with the socio-economic conditions, can be solved with the help of Government, said outgoing Superintendent of Police B K Singh.

Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, he said the Government, in order to provide the basic facilities to the residents living in the forest area, had already released enough funds.

Recalling some of the good works taken by the department in his tenure, he said training was given to youths to prevent them from being lured by the naxals.

The youth can face the military recruitment camps confidently.

About 11 youths, who had undergone training by the department, have succeeded in getting the job.

The novel method should continue for some more time in the district.

He said that during his two years stint he had tried his best to solve the burning issues like Datta Jayanti and Datta male with the cooperation of the then Deputy Commissioner Rajendra Kumar Kataria and the citizens of the district.

He said a proposal had been sent to the State Government for opening of four new police stations in the district.

He said that there was an acute shortage of quarters facilities for the police personnel in the district

Chhattisgarh likely to ban CPI-Maoist

Raipur: Taking a cue from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Chhattisgarh government is also contemplating a ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and its frontal organisations.

"The CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations are already banned in Chhattisgarh under various laws of the central government, but for wiping out terrorism the state will move a legislation in the state assembly for an Andhra-type ban," said Home Minister Ramvichar Netam.

"There are several loopholes in the central laws and we should have our own comprehensive Naxal policy to give more power to forces deployed in Maoist areas," Netam told IANS.

The government would try to bring in the legislation by March next year in the budget session of the assembly.

The minister disclosed that the state government would soon put in a demand for two more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalions to be deployed in Maoist stronghold areas.

One CRPF battalion was moved from Surguja district to Andhra Pradesh last week, a day after Hyderabad re-imposed its ban on the CPI-Maoist following the Independence Day killing of a Congress legislator and eight others.

Chhattisgarh has declared eight districts of the total 16 as Maoist 'infested'.

AP : Jangaiah killing a death blow to naxal movement, claim police

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The police charged him with participating in over 40 offences and killing of three unarmed policemen on the national highway in March



NALGONDA: A couple of hours after newspapers in Devarakonda received a letter from the district committee secretary and State committee member of the CPI(Maoist), Jangaiah alias Ravi alias Diwakar, he was killed by the police in an alleged encounter at a hillock in Vangur mandal of Mahabubnagar district on Monday night.

Likening the Telugu Desam and the Congress regimes, he had said: "The movement is marching forward by learning lessons from the causalities it had suffered.'' Observers, however, feel that the killing of Jangaiah, who took to arms 13 years ago, is certainly a deathblow for the movement.

A member of RSU


Having worked with Radical Students Union and the Jana Natya Mandali, Jangaiah, a native of Boorgulapally in Mahabubnagar, rose to become one of the top naxal leaders. The police charged him with participating in more than 40 offences including the killing of three unarmed policemen on the national highway in March, 2005.

Big vacuum


This is the second biggest blow for the movement after the killing of the Rachankonda area secretary, Golanukonda Chandraiah, by police in an alleged encounter on July 25. "The two encounters created a big vacuum in the party.

If we can catch Boda Sailu alias Kurmaiah, the movement is finished in the district,'' a police officer told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Maoist renegade target TDP activist, shoot him dead

Wednesday August 24 2005 00:00 IST

MAHBOOBMAGAR: The violence continues. The Maoist renegade, following their terrorist holocaust, shot dead a Telugu Desam activist branding him as a police informer at Yapatla village last night.
The action also includes an assault on a village servant in Pedda Kotha Palli mandal in the district.

According to the victim's family members, five armed Naxalites, four of them clad in olive greens, came to the house of M Sundar Goud (28), who was watching television, and took him out on the pretext of talking to him.

After 20 minutes, Goud's family members heard gun shots and rushed out only to find his bullet-riddled body with hands tied in the nearby agricultural fields.
The ultras apparently beat him before pumping bullets into him. Goud was the Pedda Kotha Palli mandal publicity Secretary of the Telugu Desam.

It is alleged that the Maoists have been suspecting Goud for some time now and had warned him last year against passing any information about their movements to the police.

Earlier in the evening, the Naxalites went to Chennarao Palli village in the same mandal and enquired about its Sarpanch Premraja Rao.

Unable to find him, they manhandled the village servant Narsimha before leaving the place.

Maoists rape over 2 dozen women

BY DILLIRAM KHATIWADA

JAGATPUR (SAPTARI), Aug 22 - A group of Maoists raped over two-dozen women of a dalit settlement in Jagatpur-4 at gunpoint last week and threatened to "completely destroy" the hamlet in case they disclosed the crime. The incident came to light only on Monday.
About two dozen Maoists, who had come here five days ago, raped females of ages between 22 and 35 years of age, some of whom are mothers of three to four children. Nine victims recounted the harrowing experience in front of a group of human rights activists and journalists who reached the village on Monday.

"They (Maoists) told us to prepare food in the beginning," said Shyam Kumari (name changed), adding, "After they had eaten, they forcibly carried us inside the houses and perpetrated the heinous act in front of other family members." She was raped in front of her father and mother-in-law.

The youth of the village had left the area long time back due to increasing Maoist activities and only children, women and the elderly remain in the village now. There are about 25 dalit families in the village, in the north of the Koshi river bank. Locals are terrified after the incident. "If they know that we told you about the incident, they will come and kill us," said one of the victims, sobbing.

After word spread about the heinous act, the Maoist leadership of the area came to the victims and "apologized". "They prostrated themselves at the victims' feet begging forgiveness and also pledged to take action against those involved," said 65-year-old Gopali Khang, father-in-law of a victim.

Babaji Das, a local, said Maoists had carried out mass rapes on previous occasions also, but threats of Maoist reprisal had sealed their lips.

"Although similar incidents have been taking place since long here, the locals have finally opened their mouths as it has crossed all limits now," said Shankar Giri, a local social worker. The terrorized locals have also asked human rights organizations and journalists to help ensure security for them.

The Kathmandu Post.

Rural Employment Guarantee Bill passed by voice vote

New Delhi | August 23, 2005 5:24:59 PM IST


The Lok Sabha passed by voice vote the modified National Rural Employment Guarantee Bill, 2004 on Tuesday, assuring 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in rural areas.

The government has assured that it would provide equivalent amount as unemployment allowance if it failed to give the promised job.

"The Government will soon take up another bill to remove urban poverty by ensuring employment in urban areas," Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said, while winding up the discussion on the Bill.

The original provision in the Bill seeking to restrict the benefit to only those under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) was removed through one of the 16 amendments that the government had incorporated on the basis of the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee (NAC), headed by Sonia Gandhi, a Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Kalyan Singh (BJP) and a Group of Ministers (GoM).

The bill, described by Singh as a "historic legislation", was adopted unanimously after 12-hour-long discussion spread over two days.

The bill envisages a minimum wage of Rs 60 per day.

The bill was originally introduced in Parliament in December 2004, but it could not be passed due to reservations on some of the provisions mainly by the Left, which is supporting the ruling coalition led by the Congress, especially with regard to the proposal to restrict it to the BPL families alone.

Singh said all families in rural areas would be given 100 days of guaranteed wage employment within the next five years. "If we fail to do so, we will provide equivalent amount as unemployment dole."

On the members' criticism that only Rs 600 would be available to each rural family under the scheme and that the amount was grossly inadequate, Singh said all members of the family could do other jobs available to them.

"Therefore, the wages from the Rural Employment scheme could be an additional income."

Singh criticised some members for complaining against investment of such a huge amount on an unproductive scheme, while promising that nobody would be living below the poverty line by 2020.

The legislation seeks to increase the number of districts to be covered under the scheme from 150 to 200, including 50 naxalite-infested districts, and gives a greater role to the Panchayati Raj institutions in enrolling workers for the scheme and in its implementation.

"Within the next five years, all the 600 districts will be covered under the scheme."

A National Employment Guarantee Fund will be set up to ensure smooth flow of funding to the infrastructure projects.

One of the amendments seek to remove the restriction that only one member from each family can be enrolled for the scheme.

A total of 20-25 million people were expected to seek employment under the scheme, entailing an outgo of Rs 20,000-25,000 crore (5.72 billion dollars) a year.

Singh asked all the political parties to involve their workers in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. (ANI)

Two Naxals killed in police encounter

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Hyderabad, Aug 23: Two Naxalites, including Nalgonda district committee secretary of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Diwakar, were killed in an encounter with police in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh last night.


The exchange of fire took place near Kalwakurthy, about 130 km from here, when a special police party cornered a group of extremists, police sources said here.


In a fierce encounter that followed, Diwakar alias Ravi and one of his accomplices died while five others escaped, police said.


This is the first major encounter after the state government re-imposed ban on Maoist groups on August 17 in the wake of spurt in Naxalite violence. (Agencies)

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Gulbarga, Aug 23: The state seems to have taken a leaf out of the books of Andhra Pradesh, which had banned all Naxalite outfits in the state. Now it is the turn of the state. Chief minister Dharam Singh announced here on Monday August 22 that the state has banned all the Naxalite outfits.

He was speaking to the reporters in his home district on Monday. He added that an order has already been issued in this regard. Already a ban exists on 32 organizations in the state and now the state has sent a proposal to the union government seeking permission to ban a few more organizations in the state.

He also said that the state police have been ordered to deal strictly with the anti-social elements. They have also been asked to keep a special eye on Naxalites entering the state from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh after the ban on Naxalites there. It is already learnt that the Naxalites are trying to enter the border villages and get public sympathy and support by posing themselves to be 'saviours'.

Naxal fear compels Orissa villagers to send away their women


Jujomora (Orissa): An open domination of Naxalites in various villages of Orissa has compelled villagers to send away their womenfolk, fearing leftist rebels would forcibly make them join their groups.

According to the villagers, last month, two young women were kidnapped and later, they were brutally beaten up when they refused to join them.

“We are old people, we are threatened here everyday. What to do? We had to send our daughters away. We don’t want them to be killed,” said Dhurba Bhai, a villager.

However, the increased naxal activities in the State has come as a surprise as so far they were supposed to be fighting for peasants’ rights and radical redistribution of land. Till recently, they had targeted rich landowners and government offices. But when they intensified their activities after a brief lull, innocent villagers became their target.

The rebels killed three villagers and injured several others in Jujumura in the last week of May this year. In another incident, in the same month, the head of Chhamunda village council was kidnapped and had to sign on a bond paper to pay a ransom of Rs.4 lakhs to the naxals.

Being easy targets, women and children are very often victims of naxals butchery. And now these fear-stricken villagers are fleeing their villages to safer places in search of jobs and a better life.

“The naxals come to our village and take away the girls. They force them to join their groups. People are very scared here, so much so that most of them have left the village and gone to their relatives places,” said Marshal Jadia, another villager.

Sambalpur, a tribal dominated district, is the worst hit place. Naxals repeatedly vandalise their homes, kill the menfolk and extort money. Police are providing security to the women in the remote districts and are conducting repeated raids and operations at the suspected hideouts of the rebels.

“They lure the girls by recruiting them in their groups, giving them good salaries. But now they are not able to do so as we are conducting raids and combing operations,” said S.K.Seth, Superintendent of Police, Sambalpur.

Orissa is not the only state that is the hot bed for naxal activities. Neighbouring areas in states like Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, eastern Jharkhand, Bihar and southern Andhra Pradesh are equally affected by the Naxalite movement, represented mainly by the People’s War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).

'Public opinion needed to lift ban on Virasam'

Tuesday August 23 2005 11:37 IST

NALGONDA: Home Minister K Jana Reddy said the Government would contemplate lifting ban on Viplava Rachayitala Sangham (Virasam) and other allied organisations only after considering public opinion.

Speaking to mediapersons at Bhongir on Monday, he said it was necessary to know the opinion of the public on the issue as it was they who are most affected by the Naxal violence and their sympathisers.

On distribution of land, he said three lakh acres of land had been distributed to the poor, so far. “Another 6000 acres of land would be distributed to the weaker sections in the near future,” he said.

In Nalgonda, he laid foundation stone for a model hospital and library at the district police headquarters office.

He said the government was committed to protecting the interests of the police personnel. “The government would recognise and honour the services of police who are sincere in their duties,” he said.

The minister asked the district police to form a society and identify some vacant land in the district so as to enable the government to distribute house sites to them. He also promised to look into improving the drinking water facilities at the police headquarters.

District Collector Kaveti Vijayanand, ZP chairman K Lakshmamma, SP Mahesh M Bhagvath, ASP Krishna Swamy, MLA Venkat Reddy, AP Police Welfare Association president Ananta Ramulu and others were present.

Fake Naxal duo arrested

Tuesday August 23 2005 11:37 IST

WARANGAL: Police arrested two fake Naxalites who extorted money from public and deposited the amount in post office.

Srinivas and Yakub - both natives of Station Ghanpur began am CPI(Maoist) office in Seetaphalmandi, Hyderabad and collected about Rs 2 lakh. It was learnt that they also intimidated two doctors in Warangal demanding donation to the party.

Police headed by Madikonda CI Subash Chandrabose detained the duo during routine vehicle checking on Monday.

Rural DSP Narayana Naik said Yakub accepted to have bought Indira Vikas Patra of Rs 40,000 in the name of his wife and Rs 1 lakh in the name of his children, during police interrogation.

A toy-pistol and fixed deposit documents were recovered from them, he added.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Piece of paki crap for fun

Although Indian reporters allege Pakistan for supporting Maoist guirellas in Nepal, in reality it has always been India rather than Pakistan who has carried out insurgent activities in Bangladesh and Nepal. In order to achieve its hegemonic designs in the region, it has been India’s foremost priority to create destabilization among its neighbouring countries.

India through RAW has played terrorist activities in order to destabilize the respective governments in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and other neighbouring states. Most importantly, there are strong operational linkages between Indian Maoist Communist Center (MCC), Peoples War Group (PWG) and Maoist guerillas in Nepal. The MCC and PWG based in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh are instrumental in providing Nepalese Maoists with training facilities, arms, ammunition, logistical support and safe sanctuaries to take refuge once hounded by security forces. India through its militant organizations is promoting terrorism in Nepal. The events of confrontation between Royal Nepal Army and Maoist guirellas show that Maoists are a hinderance in the revolution and prosperity and are aggravating the problems of impoverished masses because of their opportunistic and cruel tactics. Thousands of innocent citizens including women and children are slain by Maoists because they were being suspected as agents of law enforcing agencies. Ironically, India is showing undue munificence towards these Mao rebels and they safely recede into their hideouts in Indian territory after operating and attacking Nepali military and paramilitary forces. Nepali politicians claim Indian interference and abetting of Naxalites also. King Gyanendra in his Indian visit in June, 2004 handed over a list of 35 senior Maoists leaders believed to be hiding in the state’s Northern Darjeeling districts. Common denominator of this visit was Nepalese request seeking India’s assistance in controlling Maoists attacks in Nepal as India holds the key of controlling Maoist insurgency. The Maoists have become the best weapon for India to fulfill its mission. Nepalese government is also concerned over the reports that Maoists cadres are being trained by LTTE Guirellas in Srilanka. There is a palpable apprehension in Nepal that India may use Maoist insurgency to send a peacekeeping force to consolidate its influence in Nepal. Besides creating destabilization in Nepal, the ethnic crisis in Bhutan led by people of Nepalese origin is aggravated by Indian intelligence agency RAW to try and turn the political crisis to India’s advantage. According to observers, it is surprising that when Pakistan renders moral/diplomatic support to the freedom fighters in Indian Held Kashmir who are fighting for an internationally recognized legitimate cause, India accuses her for committing “cross border terrorism”. Hence there is no reason as to why the international community should not take cognizance of Indian nexus with Maoists insurgents in Nepal and her nefarious design to destabilize a smaller neighbouring country.

It should be the foremost responsibility of India to adopt a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of neighbouring peace-loving countries. If only India realizes the importance of peace in the region, all problems of neighbouring countries bordering India would solve automatically. Perhaps, the Indian government realizes this responsibility and let peace prevail in the region by adopting a policy of non-interference.

Maoists plan Bangla meet for strong base

KINSUK BASU

Calcutta, Aug. 22: Maoists from Bengal are eyeing Bangladesh to strengthen their network.

Close on the heels of the serial blasts in Bangladesh, intelligence agencies here have stumbled upon a plan that suggests that Maoists from across South Asian countries are planning a conclave in Bangladesh to discuss operations in India, with the thrust on Bengal.

In a recent letter to home secretary Prasad Ranjan Roy, intelligence agencies have warned that the Co-ordination Committee of Maoists Party and Other Organisations of South Asia — the umbrella organisation of the rebel outfits in this part of the continent — is planning its third annual conference in Bangladesh.
The agenda is to discuss in detail plans on strengthening their network in India, with Bengal as the focus.

Top-rung leaders from various countries, including India, will attend the conclave scheduled to be held from December 18 to 29 at Rajsahi. Two senior leaders of the CPI (Maoists) from Bengal are also scheduled to participate in the meet, which will chart out, among other things, ways of forging an alliance with outfits from Bengal.

“Besides Maoists from Nepal, representatives of the Revolutionary Communist Party from Sri Lanka, Maoist Co-ordination Committee of Pakistan and two factions of the Purba Bangla Sarbahara Party are scheduled to attend the conclave. Apart from two leaders from Bengal, other top-rung representatives of the People’s War-MCC combine are also set to attend the meeting,” a senior home department official said during the day.

Intelligence agencies observing recent developments across the border maintain that the conclave is likely to work out strategies to spearhead the movement in Bengal where, unlike Andhra Pradesh, the CPI (Maoists) has not been declared a banned outfit.

Among the strategies, experts say, the leaders attending the meeting are likely to discuss how leaders from Nepal could offer support — both in terms of money and weapons — for their counterparts in Bengal.

“The meeting is likely to discuss the issue of building a ‘Maoist channel’ from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh using Bengal as the centre. This has been the long-term aim.

While Andhra leaders have already lent their support for Bengal, the Maoists from Nepal have not made much progress. This is one of the issues that is likely to find priority in this conference,” said a member of the intelligence agency.