Saturday, November 12, 2005

Five killed in naxal attack in Jharkhand

Ranchi | November 12, 2005 1:40:21 PM IST



Five people, including a Commandant of Homeguard, were killed when ultras of the banned CPI(Maoist) attacked a Homeguard training camp at Panchwa village under Giridih police station in Jharkhand's Giridih district today.

The extremists looted 183 rifles and nearly 2000 live cartridges from the training camp.

Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Opration) B C Verma said here that the deceased were a Commandent of Homeguard, three Homeguard and a civilian.

He said four Homeguard, injured in the attack, had been admited to a hospital of Giridih.

An intensive search operation was on to nab the criminals.

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Three Maoists killed in encounter

Mahabubnagar Andhra Pradesh | November 12, 2005 1:43:01 PM IST


Police today killed three Maoists in Ramanpet area, hours after Chinna Chintakunta Sub Inspector Moinuddin was shot dead by the Naxalites outside the Atmakur police station.

According to sources, red alert was sounded immediately after the killing of the SI last evening and special search parties were pressed into combing operations. All the exit points from the district were immediately sealed.

Police said they found a group of naxalites moving in and around the encounter point early today. Challenged by the police they started shooting ensuing an encounter.

Though the identities of the deceased were yet to be established, police were firm that they were Maoists.

Police were however, shell-shocked at the killing of the SI, who was not on the Maoist hit list. Moinuddin (50), who joined the force as a Constable, was promoted only on the sixth of this month as SI of Chinnachintakunta.

Moinuddin, however, did not get an opportunity earlier to work in the naxal-infested areas.

As there was no specific reason for killing Moinuddin, police were under the impression that Maoists wanted their presence felt in the Atmakur area, known to be a naxal-free zone.

Police were of the opinion that the action team headed by Panagal area Secretary Sudarshan, which was responsible for the murder of Congress MLA C Narsi Reddy, was behind the murder of Moinuddin.

The slain SI is survived by wife, three sons and four daughters.

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Four more naxals surrender in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam | November 12, 2005 12:58:33 PM IST



Four naxalites of CPI (Maoists) group, including three young women, surrendered before the Visakhapatnam police today.

Speaking to reporters superintendent of police V V Srinivasa Rao said the four minors, who hailed from Peddabailu village in the district, were coerced by the senior members of the naxal group to join two years ago. They hardly understood the ideologies of the naxal movement nor had they any liking for the path of violence at that time.

Two other young women, from the same village, had surrendered yesterday.

The surrendered were identified as M Lakshmi alias Kanta (20), M Sony alias Sangeeta (17), V Berso alias Maria (17) and Korra Swamru alias Somesh (17). All the four are tribals of Kondu known to be the most backward in this district bordering Orissa.

The last three named were forced into the cadre while they were minors. Lakshmi was forcefully married by a naxal and taken to the movement. All of them worked since two to three years in Korukonda Dalam in the district.

They were first enrolled as militia members, who are used for supplying food and propagating naxal programmes among the tribals and later became members of the Maoist group. They participated in actions against the government, he said.

The four, who were also present at the press conference, explained the difficulties they faced while they were forced to stay with the insurgents.

Kanta said the Maoists took her away while she attended a village meeting called by the insurgents. Somesh said he was made to take a kit bag containing medicines to a naxal hideout, but he was forced to stay back by the senior members.

Somesh said the naxals stayed in the forests most of the time and borrowed food from tribals in the nearby hamlets. The tribals had to part with food mainly out of fear. ''When I developed a skin disease they ultimately let me go,'' he added.

Kanta recalled how she was forced to marry one of the members of the cadres and said was happy that she came out of the group.

Mr Rao said workshops would be organised in tribal villages to create awareness among the people against joining the insurgent movement.

The surrendered naxals would be helped by way of allotment of land or financial help from Integrated Tribal Development Agency to lead an independent life, he added.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Bihar:Tight security for third phase of polls

Patna, Nov 12 (PTI) Polling will be held in 57 of the 243 constituencies of Bihar tomorrow in the third and penultimate phase of assembly elections amidst tight security.
Over 1.17 crore voters are eligibe to exercise their franchise.

The polls will decide the fate of 494 candidates, including state presidents of RJD, JD(U) and Samajwadi Party and a host of ministers in the erstwhile Rabri Devi government.

Over 72,000 men and officers of central para-military forces and Bihar police have been deployed in the 57 constituencies straddling 11 districts. There are 12,786 polling stations.

Bihar's border with adjoining West Bengal as also Nepal have been sealed, state Home Secretary H C Sirohi told PTI adding the Election Commission has asked the neighbouring UP government to seal its borders with Bihar on the polling day.
The security forces were armed with powers to shoot booth-grabbers, he said.

Mounted police will patrol sensitive areas to instil confidence among voters, he said.

The Border Security Force will patrol rivers and four Indian Air Force helicopters will maintain aerial surveillance against Maoist rebels who have given a call for election boycott.

Sirohi said the Royal Nepalese Army will patrol their side of the border on election day, while the Shastra Seema Bal (SSB) will guard the Indian Side. PTI

Maoists shot dead police official in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: Maoist guerrillas in Andhra Pradesh's Mahabubnagar district Friday shot dead a police official, sources said Saturday.

Mohiuddin, sub-inspector of police of Chinnachinakota, was shot dead near the Atmakur police station in Mahabubnagar district, about 150 km from here. Three guerrillas fired on him outside the police station building.

Police said the assailants fled with the revolver of the police official. Police have launched massive combing operations to arrest the culprits.

This is the first major attack on police by Maoists after the killing of ruling Congress party legislator C. Narsi Reddy and eight others on Aug 15 in the same district.

Following the killings, the state government had re-imposed the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist. The guerrillas had since been lying low, barring a few incidents in which they killed some villagers on the suspicion that they were police informers.

About 300 people have been killed in the state in Maoist violence since January, when an eight-month-long cease-fire and peace process had collapsed.

Overall, Maoist violence in the state has claimed more than 6,000 lives in 37 years.

GOC Bengal Area meets chief secy

GOC meets chief secy

KOLKATA, Nov 11. — Major-Gen Arun Roye, GOC Bengal Area, met the state chief secretary and home secretary at Writers’ Buildings today. He described the visit as a “courtesy call” after taking charge of the post on Wednesday.
When asked how he would help the state in sharing Intelligence and information with the growing threat of militant activities in north Bengal and the Naxalite movement in south Bengal, Major-Gen Roye said that he has promised to extend his help to the state in sharing Intelligence. — SNS

One killed, five injured in naxalite attack

Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, Nov 11 (UNI) One person was killed and five others injured when Naxalites opened fire at a team of officials near Surangi village in Kanker district this evening, police said.

The incident took place when Bastar Development Authority Chairman Vikram Usendi, a BJP legislator representing Narayanpur Assembly segment, District Collector S K Raju and other officials were returning from Koilabeda after attending a public grievances redressal camp.

Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres intercepted their vehicles and opened fire, killing Hirpur Gram Panchayat secretary Sanatan Viswas on the spot.

Executive engineers R K Harvansh and R K Sharma and three others were injured in the incident.

Mr Usendi, a former Minister, and District Collector S K Raju escaped unhurt.

Security personnel, who were accompanying the legislator and the officials returned fire, forcing the ultras to retreat into the forests.

Police were combing the area to flush out the extremists.

Sanehalli Mutt under scanner for Naxal support

- By S.A. Hemanth Kumar


Bangalore, Nov. 11: The Sanehalli mutt, which belongs to the dominant Lingayath community, based in Hosadurga taluk of Chitradurga district in Karnataka, has come under scanner of the intelligence bureau for having invited a pro-Naxal cultural troupe from Bihar to stage plays in its premises as a part of its nine-day national cultural festival.
What has made the IB curious, if not suspicious, is that the mutt had also invited well known pro-Naxal "intellectuals" to speak on various issues during the festival. The festival ended on Thursday.

An eight-member troupe of the Indian People Theatre Association (IPTA), originating from Jehanabad in central Bihar, staged three plays.

The theme of all the plays, according to a top intelligence bureau officer, was "explicit endorsement of the armed struggle" to bring a radical transformation in the society.

IPTA, which is also known as Bharatiya Jana Kala Mandali, is the cultural wing of the Naxals.

IB sources revealed, "The plays highlighted the exploitation of the dalits, weaker sections and minorities in the society by the upper castes. But the plays ended with a clear message that an armed struggle is the only way to fight against the exploiters".
"That the MCC is wedded to an armed struggle is a known fact. But what is inexplicable is that such a message is being given to the people on a platform provided by a religious mutt".

Sanehalli mutt is the branch of the famous Sirigere mutt in Chitradurga taluk, which has a large following in the state.

A top IB officer explained, "The Naxals are trying to drive home their point by highlighting the message of the 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, who wanted a society free of caste and exploitation. They are justifying an armed revolution for establishing such a society on the ground that the present social and political conditions have drastically changed when compared to the 12th century. Given the fact that the Chitradurga region is socially, economically and educationally backward and the audience is mainly from the villages, such a message, that too given from a religious mutt’s platform, can lead to a dangerous situation".

The seer of the Sanehalli mutt, Panditaradhya Shivacharya Swamiji, according to an IB official, seems to in the grip of well-known pro-Naxal intellectuals such as Rajendra Chenni, C.G. Krishnaswamy and Lingadevaru Halemane.

"The seer is fond of media publicity. He must have given into the argument of these intellectuals that inviting cultural troupes from different parts of the country would help spread the mutt’s name throughout the country. This is our considered opinion", IB sources revealed.

All the three intellectuals spoke at a seminar during the cultural festival.

Incidentally, these intellectuals with others based in Bangalore, had staged a protest demonstration in front of the chief minister’s residence when the police gunned down Saketh Rajan, alias Prem, a Naxal leader, in an encounter in Chikamagalur district in February this year. Prem was considered to be the brain and spine of the Naxal movement in Karnataka. When the Naxals retaliated and killed seven policemen in Venkatammanahalli in Tumkur district to avenge the death of Prem, these intellectuals maintained a convenient silence.

According to the IB, the foundation for inviting a pro-Naxal theatre troupe to the festival was laid last year when Gaddar, the Left-oriented balladeer, was given the Basavasri award by the Chitradurga-based Murugarajendra mutt, another religious institution belonging to the Lingayath community, for creating awareness among the masses.
"There is a definite pattern and a design in all these developments. It is not as simple as it looks on the face of it", a top intelligence bureau officer explained.

Police Sub Inspector shot dead by Maoists

Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, Nov 11 (UNI) Naxalites of the CPI(Maoists) shot dead a Sub Inspector of Police in front of the Chinnachintakunta police station today.

According to police, three Maoists came to Atmakur and shot Sub Inspector Moinuddin when he was entering the police station.

The Chinnachintakunta police station was recently shifted to Atmakur in view of the Naxal threat.

The ultras decamped with the firearm of the police officer

They protect our borders...the least we can do is protect their dignity.

They protect our borders...the least we can do is protect their dignity.

Jai Hind!


Lt. Saurabh Kalia of 4 JAT Regiment of the Indian Army laid down his
life at the prime age of 22 for the Nation while doing duty of guarding
the frontiers at Kargil. The parents,the Indian Army but the whole
nation lost a dicated, honest and brave son. He was the first officer
to detect and inform Pak intrusion.
Pakistan captured him and his patrol party of 5 brave men alive on 15th
May, 99 from our side of LOC.



They were in their captivity for 3 weeks and subjected to unprecedented
brutal torture as evident from their bodies handed over by Pakistan
Army on 9th June, 99.They indulged in dastardly acts of burning bodies
with cigarettes, piercing ears with hot rods, removing eyes before
puncturing them, breaking most of the bones and teeth, chopping off
various limbs and private organs of these soldiersbesides inflicting
unimaginable physical and mental tortures. They were shot dead
ultimately. (A detailed post-mortem report is with the Indian Army)
this continued for about 22 days.


Pakistan dared to humiliate India this way flouting all international
norms. To what an extreme humanity can be degraded, Pakistan provided
an example.
However,the Indian soldiers did not break while undergoing all this
unlimited barbarism. This speaks volumes of their patriotism, grit,
determination, tenacity and valour and the whole nation should be proud
of them. All over the country there is unprecedented anger and outrage
at this tragedy. Sacrificing oneself for the nation is an honour every
soldier would love to do but no parents, army or nation can accept what
happened to these brave sons of India.



I am afraid every parent would thinktwice to send their wards in the
armed forces if we all fall short of our duty of safeguarding the
PRISONERS OF WAR AND LET THEM MEET THE FATE OF LT. SAURABH KALIA. It
may also send a demoralising signal to the Army personnel fighting for
the Nation that our POWs in Pak cannot be taken care of. It is a matter
of shame and disgust that most of Indian Human Rights Organisations by
and large, showed apathy in this matter. Through this humble
submission, may I appeal to all the civilized people irrespective of
colour, caste, region, eligion and political lineage to stir their
conscience and rise to take this as a NATIONAL ISSUE?



International Human Rights Organisations must be approached to expose
and pressurise Pakistan to identify, book and punish all those who
perpetrated this heinous crime to our men in uniform. If Pakistan
isallowed to go unpunished n this case, everyone can imagine the
consequences.



This is the list of 5 other soldiers who preferred to die for the
country rather than open their mouths infront of enemy.



1. Sep. Arjun Ram s/o Sh. Chokka Ram;
Village & PO Gudi. Teh. & Dist. Nagaur
(Rajasthan)

2. Sep. Bhanwar Lal Bagaria h/o Smt. Santosh Devi; Village
Sivelara; Teh. & Dist. Sikar (Rajasthan)

3. Sep. Bhikaram h/o Smt. Bhawri Devi;
Village Patasar; Teh. Pachpatva; Distt.
Barmer (Rajasthan)

4. Sep. Moola Ram h/o Smt. Rameshwari Devi;
Village Katori; Teh. Jayal; Dist.Nagaur
(Rajasthan)

5. Sep. Naresh Singh h/o Smt. Kalpana Devi;
Village Chhoti Tallam; Teh. Iglab; Dist.
Aligarh (UP)


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Saurabh Nagar,
Palampur-176061
Himachal Pradesh

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Maoists storm Indian police centre, kill 5 cadets

11 Nov 2005 14:49:54 GMT

Source: Reuters


NEW DELHI, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Maoists rebels stormed a training centre for auxiliary policemen in eastern India on Friday, killing five police cadets and wounding 18 people, including villagers caught in the crossfire, police said.

Around 300 Maoist rebels, some of them armed with automatic weapons, attacked the centre near Giridih town, some 150 km (93 miles) northeast of Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand state.

"The gun battle is still on and some of the injured are critical," Inspector General of Police B.C. Verma said.

Hundreds of state and federal police reinforcements have been sent to the area, he said.

Thousands of people, including hundreds of policemen, have died in nearly 40 years of Maoist violence across a large swathe of eastern and southern India.

The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of landless labourers and poor peasants, many of whom are tribals or low-caste Hindus.

In October, Maoist guerrillas set off a bomb, killing 13 policemen in Jharkhand, one of the states worst affected by Maoist violence.

‘Mathiyazhakan’ may soon eclipse ‘Rajan’

KERALA Nov 11, 2005

Friday November 11 2005 11:36 IST

KOZHIKODE: It is a story the Naxalites would never like to rake up. But it continues to haunt them at a time when they are fervently trying to bring the memories of emergency back to centre stage.

Former Naxalites are getting ready to raise the issue of Mathiyazhakan who died under mysterious circumstances at the all-India conference of the Naxalite movement at Thane in Maharashtra in 1982.

“We are planning to raise the issue at a convention in Thiruvananthapuram on November 14 in which hundreds of like-minded people will participate,” says Bhasurendra Babu, who had raised the issue many a time through media.

Demanding at least a confession from the leadership, he said that Naxalites should show the courage of police constable Ramachandran Nair who had admitted that it was he who murdered Naxal leader Varghese.

“How could the Naxalites raise the Rajan case and other human rights violations unless they are not cleared of Mathiyazhakan’s murder?” he asks.

Mathiyazhakan, who hailed from an interior village of Tamil Nadu, was a PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He abandoned his studies to become a full-time party worker at Dharamavaram, a remote hamlet in Tamil Nadu.

According to T G Jacob, a close associate of Mathiyazhakan, the latter had symptoms of paranoia during his mission in Tamil Nadu, where naxals were hunted down by the police.

“It was from there that he came to the secret venue of the all-India conference as a delegate. During the conference he became uncontrollable and even tranquillisers failed to keep him normal,” recalled Jacob.

Pointing at the ‘serious injustice’ shown to the comrade’s family, who were never informed about the tragedy, Jacob says: “When we saw him last he was kept in our temporary kitchen at the venue and after six months I was told by K N Ramachandran that Mathiyazhakan was dead and cremated then and there.”

Terming the Naxal Movements’ approach to Mathiyazhakan issue as ‘cruel’, P T Thomas, former activist, says that fascism in communist movements should be exposed.

“We all joined the movement as we were attracted by its humane face, but we were proved wrong.”

According to J Raghu, who was associated with the movement in the eighties, the Mathiyazhakan issue is ‘an unpardonable mistake’ committed by the Naxalites.

But one of the Naxal groups active in Kerala alleges that the fresh move to raise Mathiyazhakan issue is an attempt to torpedo the demand for retrial of Emergency crimes.

“Vested political interests are behind the present move to raise the Mathiyazhakan issue,” said K T Kunhikannan, leader of CPI(ML) Red Flag.

“How can Naxalites raise the rights violations during Emergency when they are not cleared of comrade Mathiyazhakan’s mysterious demise?”

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Two Maoist women cadres surrender

Visakhapatnam | November 11, 2005 1:46:20 AM IST

Two women cadres of CPI(Maoists) today surrendered before the district police authorities here.

Superintendent of Police V V Srinivasa Rao said P Sitai(20) and K Valisi, alias Kumari (17) surrendered as they wished to join the mainstream of the society.

Sitai was a member of Galikonda local squad, while Valisi belonged to Korukonda special underground squad. Both belonging to Kondu tribe, worked as Maoist cadre for the past two years.

The two recently underwent training in Podamajola camp in Orissa bordering Andhra Pradesh.

They had expressed their desire to come out of the naxal movement but the group leaders resisted it. However, they later let them surrender, Mr Rao said.

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Naxals not yet a spent force in AP

Rajesh Sinha
Thursday, November 10, 2005 23:48 IST

NEW DELHI: A few months after the policy of combining development with policing in naxalism-affected areas was started, a review of the situation at a meeting in the Union Home Ministry showed there has be no diminishing in the strength of Naxal cadres in Andhra Pradesh. There has been a decline in their operations in the state, though.

Joint operations by state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the basis of state intelligence branch (SIB) have reportedly helped bring down casualties. Home Ministry sources said Andhra Pradesh government has now asked for helicopters for assistance in operations - for evacuation and transportation of troops to naxalite areas ---- for the next three months.

At the level of the Central government, the standard operating procedure for joint operations, yet to be finalised, would be completed. It was also decided to expedite delivery of 17 mine-proof vehicles from factory at Medak.

Among other states, in Maharashtra, the naxalites were reported to have suffered severe reverses in police operations. Intelligence agencies reported that the naxalites have now resorted to a strong propaganda campaign among tribals against the Forest Conservation Act.

In Chhattisgarh, the naxalites had undertaken laying of landmines on a large scale in their stronghold of Bastar. CRPF was reported to have unearthed 150 mines over the past one month itself. Deep search mine detectors were being used for more reliability, sources said.

In Chhattisgarh, recruitment to naxalite cadres was reported to have been effectively checked in areas where the Salva Zudoom movement - a movement to involve and mobilise villagers and tribals - had taken hold. The strategy of joint operations by security agencies in different states has yielded positive results, particularly in the areas falling near the borders of West Bengal, Orissa.

Govt motivates cops to work in Naxal areas

NDTV Correspondent

Thursday, November 10, 2005 (Mumbai):


The Naxal belt of Maharashtra near Nagpur district has always been an unwanted police posting.

But as Naxalites gain ground in the region, a concerned government announces incentives to cops so that security in this sensitive area can be strengthened.

''We have planned a special insurance scheme, likely to be brought in force in few days. We hope that these will motivate more cops to work in these areas," said Dr P S Pasricha, DGP, Maharashtra.

For families of cops killed in Naxal violence, the state has announced compensation up to Rs 13.5 lakhs pension equal to the last salary being drawn by the deceased cop and all benefits the deceased was entitled to post retirement.

The reluctance of policemen to work in the Naxal belt is widely acknowledged. They pull strings to avoid these postings or get transferred out.

Situated in the remote backward Vidarbha district, the area is also seen as an unfriendly family posting.

"It is true that despite being given many facilities, cops don't want to work here," said Pankaj Gupta, Special IG, State Intelligence.

Unfortunately, the cops say all incentives are related to fatalities extended to families only after their death. Perhaps the government needs to offer proactive motivations while the cops serve in these dangerous terrains.

People’s war leads Naxals to a new ‘high’

Rajesh Sinha
Thursday, November 10, 2005 00:06 IST

NEW DELHI: Involvement in drug trafficking could hardly be part of people’s war that the naxalite groups claim to be waging, but that’s exactly what recent intelligence reports indicate.

In the last monthly review of naxalism and other security-related matters in the Ministry of Home Affairs, there were reports indicating that the umbrella Maoist organisation, which India naxal groups had merged into, was involved in illicit narcotic trade.

The link between drugs and terrorism has been reported since 1980s in India, drug trafficking serving as a lucrative source for raising money for armaments and use by terrorists themselves. Intelligence reports indicate naxalite groups in India are the latest entrants to narco-terrorism.

The merger of naxal groups to form Communist Party of India (Maoist) last year and its linkage with the Nepalese counterpart was a key factor in this. According to intelligence reports, the Nepal Maoists were smuggling heroin and hashish to obtain sophisticated weapons through the now famous weapons/drug route from Southeast Asia to Bangladesh, onto Assam, West Bengal and Nepal.

The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released earlier this year said the guerrillas were involved in smuggling drugs to India in the absence of laws in Nepal to crack down on drug-related corruption. The report, quoting Nepal police, said cannabis production was growing in the southern areas of the country, adjacent to the border with India, and most of the crop was sent to the Indian market. Reports also indicate that illicit cultivation of opium poppy was also on the rise in Nepal, a phenomenon attributed to the Maoists.

Maoist sympathisers insist that the rebels do not use drug money to bankroll their operations. Though they have imposed a ban on the use of alcohol in areas under their control, the Maoist leadership has said nothing about cannabis cultivation and production that go on unhindered in the same region.

Security agencies of the two countries have decided on joint patrolling in border areas and sealing of the border, particularly during the last two phases of elections to state Assembly in Bihar. To strengthen the security apparatus in the region, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been asked to identify infrastructural development steps required in the area. While enabling better patrolling, such steps are also expected to provide some employment and encourage economic development.

It is the more backward regions of the country - the tribal and forest areas - that have come under the growing influence of naxalites.

To be concluded on Thursday

Anti-Naxalite Force to show restraint



Jaideep Shenoy

No let-up in gathering intelligence, says Sial
Fence sitters to be dissuaded from joining naxalites
State may revise Central Act to deal with naxalites



MANGALORE: The Anti-Naxalite Force set up by the State Government to deal with naxalites in Malnad will not be proactive when it comes to the use of force, Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Bhupendra Singh Sial has said. It will, however, be proactive in gathering intelligence about youths who are likely to join naxalite organisations, he added.

In an informal chat with The Hindu after reviewing the situation in naxalite-affected areas of the State here on Tuesday, Mr. Sial said the Anti-Naxalite Force will mostly react. "You can't attack a person or arrest him unless he has done something illegal. It is only when they do something that we can react appropriately."

"We will deploy our officers and men in the field. Their very presence will serve as a deterrent to anti-social elements. Even if they do not take any action, their movement and presence in naxalite-infested forests will serve the purpose," he said.

Interaction


Noting that policemen are interacting with villagers in these areas, Mr. Sial said the very fact that the intelligence machinery has been fully geared up is an indication of the role being played by the Anti-Naxalite Force. Besides, the revenue authorities too have initiated mass contact programmes to create awareness about job opportunities among youths in the area, he added.

"It is our endeavour to guide the youth and dissuade fence sitters from joining naxalism. The programme will target those youth who have not been indoctrinated in the naxalite ideology. We do not want to use force and kill innocent youths in the bargain," he said.

Asked about Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh dropping hints that the State will enact a law to deal with banned organisations on the lines of Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2004, Mr. Singh said the Central Act gives police enough powers to deal with any sort of terrorist organisation.

The Act deals with any terrorist activity that involves use of firearms and explosives and extortion by threatening people and organisations in a professional manner, including naxalites, he noted.

The State will examine if more teeth needs to be added to the Central Act by way of State legislation as is the case in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Sial said that if asked by the Government, the police will examine the laws in these States and send a proposal.

Noting that 32 organisations have been banned under the existing Act, Mr. Sial said that when it was enacted, the CPI-ML and naxalites were operating separately.

It is only now that they have come together.

NAXALITES in drug trafficking ,illicit narcotic trade SHAMEEE , TERRORISM & NARCOTICS

People’s war leads Naxals to a new ‘high’

By - Rajesh Sinha



NEW DELHI: Involvement in drug trafficking could hardly be part of people’s war that the naxalite groups claim to be waging, but that’s exactly what recent intelligence reports indicate.

In the last monthly review of naxalism and other security-related matters in the Ministry of Home Affairs, there were reports indicating that the umbrella Maoist organisation, which India naxal groups had merged into, was involved in illicit narcotic trade.

The link between drugs and terrorism has been reported since 1980s in India, drug trafficking serving as a lucrative source for raising money for armaments and use by terrorists themselves. Intelligence reports indicate naxalite groups in India are the latest entrants to narco-terrorism.

The merger of naxal groups to form Communist Party of India (Maoist) last year and its linkage with the Nepalese counterpart was a key factor in this. According to intelligence reports, the Nepal Maoists were smuggling heroin and hashish to obtain sophisticated weapons through the now famous weapons/drug route from Southeast Asia to Bangladesh, onto Assam, West Bengal and Nepal.

The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released earlier this year said the guerrillas were involved in smuggling drugs to India in the absence of laws in Nepal to crack down on drug-related corruption. The report, quoting Nepal police, said cannabis production was growing in the southern areas of the country, adjacent to the border with India, and most of the crop was sent to the Indian market. Reports also indicate that illicit cultivation of opium poppy was also on the rise in Nepal, a phenomenon attributed to the Maoists.

Maoist sympathisers insist that the rebels do not use drug money to bankroll their operations. Though they have imposed a ban on the use of alcohol in areas under their control, the Maoist leadership has said nothing about cannabis cultivation and production that go on unhindered in the same region.

Security agencies of the two countries have decided on joint patrolling in border areas and sealing of the border, particularly during the last two phases of elections to state Assembly in Bihar. To strengthen the security apparatus in the region, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been asked to identify infrastructural development steps required in the area. While enabling better patrolling, such steps are also expected to provide some employment and encourage economic development.

It is the more backward regions of the country - the tribal and forest areas - that have come under the growing influence of naxalites.

To be concluded on Thursday

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Naxalites are not Communists! AID website

Naxalites are not Communists!

The latest from AID's website is that Naxalites are not Communists! The reasoning goes as follows: Ramon Magsaysay spent his life combating communism, and it is understood that the award instituted in his honor is never given to a communist and therefore Naxalites cannot be Communists!

Meanwhile, in yet another flip-flop, AID now admits its links to Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist), after coming under fire for surreptiously deleting references to DYFI from its website. So, is AID connected to Communists? Yes, but in short, No!

According to this page

A number of organizations have started working together to handle the relief work - AID, TNSF, Pondicherry Science Forum, DYFI, Vidyarambam, Pratham and the PHM Organizations. but according to this page In short, AID categorically states that it is not aligned with the communists...
Violence is Gandhian non-violence!

This is from the minutes of the meeting of Asha for Education, whose founder is a supporter of a Naxalite group ( Mr.Sandeep Pandey) that calls for an "armed revolution." Categories of people's movements - --> Nonviolent manner of working( Gandian - ( This does not mean passive non violence, but active non-violence and militant actions included))

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Four killed by Naxalites in Ranchi

Press Trust of India

Ranchi, November 8, 2005

Four persons were killed by suspected extremists at Guigaon village in Ranchi district on Tuesday, a senior police official said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Bari said a note found near the bodies, lying near a road of the village under Karra police station in Khunti sub-division, read 'rapists and robbers will not be spared' and had the name of 'Jharkhand Liberation Tigers.'

One of the victims was suspected to be a Naxalite sympathiser and the identification of three others were being looked into, he said.

With the tension running high in the area, the Senior Superintendent of Police Anil Palta reached the spot.

When Chandrababu Naidu did not speak

When Chandrababu Naidu did not speak
Bhubaneswar
Tuesday November 08, 2005

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Once a high profile chief minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu is seemingly passionate about maintaining a low profile in the aftermath of his electoral debacle.

By Prakash Rao



Once a high profile chief minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu is seemingly passionate about maintaining a low profile in the aftermath of his electoral debacle. The man, who was calling the shots in the NDA regime and recognized world over as a hi-tech politician is, perhaps, too private a person these days. And, the once most media savvy leader does not seem to be very keen on talking to scribes about issues, today.



During his two-day visit to Bhubaneswar on 8th November, Naidu hinted at the need for a Third Front in the country, obviously as an alternative to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the erstwhile National Democratic Alliance (NDA). But, the former AP CM was mum on the details about his idea of the Third Front. He, probably, discussed on the issue with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the latter’s residence in the evening for an hour, what was officially termed as a courtesy visit.



Naidu, who faces the severest threat from the Naxal outfit People’s War Group (PWG) for his tirade against the ultras in the form of imposition of ban and serial encounters, did not mince a word on the Naxal menace. “I am on a private visit. It would not be proper to talk about the issue now,” he quipped. Incidentally, Naidu is covered with the National Security Guard (NSG) cover (Z Plus), which is enjoyed by handful politicians in the country.



On the dispute between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh over the Bansadhara river water, the former AP chief minister observed that the issue must be amicably settled between the two states. He, however, preferred to maintain silence over the ways and means of solving the dispute. It may be mentioned here that it was during Naidu’s tenure as AP CM that the Bansadhara controversy kicked off.

Karnataka announces surrender package for Naxalites

Bangalore | November 08, 2005 9:41:50 PM IST



Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh today announced a 'surrender package' to Naxalites subject to condition that they give up arms.

Speaking to newsmen after a reviewing the security arrangements in the naxal affected districts of Chikmagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Shimoga in Mangalore, he reiterated that ''the government is ready to hold talks with Naxals provided they give up arms''.

Stating that special powers have been given to Deputy Commissioners and Police Superintendents to tackle the problem, he said that ''the talks with naxals will be through ballots and not bullets. and the government was willing to withdraw cases against those naxalites deciding to surrender.
Mr Singh said that it was also contemplated to bring in a separate act on the lines of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to curb the naxalites activities in the state.

He said that the Government has decided to invoke Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Act 2004 in naxalites infected Districts.

He said that the district authorities have been advised to spread the 'surrender policy' and visit naxalite-affected villages and infuse confidence in people that the government is with them.

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Army preparing comprehensive report on the naxalite problem

Siddhartha D Kashyap

[ Monday, November 07, 2005 03:09:40 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PUNE: The army's Southern Command has prepared a comprehensive report on the naxalite problem in the country while expressing concern that it could get out of hand like the insurgency problems in the north-east and Jammu and Kashmir.

"The idea of preparing the report and submitting it to the army headquarters is to point out that we must not have a similar situation like the north-east or J&K where the troops were called in late," said a senior military official of the Southern Command on condition of anonymity.

The confidential report has been compiled to "maintain a state of readiness in case our services are required to tackle the problem," an official said.

According to military officials, while the naxalites have a presence in parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal among other states, they are now attempting to establish bases in Gujarat and Karnataka.


Most of the 14 states plagued by naxalite problems come under the jurisdiction of the Southern Command which stretches from Bihar and Rajasthan in the north to the southern tip of the country.

"We don't want a situation when the problem goes out of control, and the army is asked to pitch in," a senior military official said.

The report states that a major portion of the funding for extremism-related activities in the country is collected by naxalite cadres from contractors, factory owners, employees and managements of various mines in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, the hub of left-wing extremism in the country.

The report also gives a detailed account on how front organisations of the CPI (Maoist) — like the Bandhi Mukthi Committee, Kolkata City Committee and Nari Mukthi Sangh — are working in several states.



Politburo member Sushil Roy alias Barun and another individual, identified in the report as Rajan, have been named as members of the 12-member Maoist coalition known as the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia.

"They are responsible for looking after the international department of naxalite activities in the country, besides maintaining bilateral contacts and correspondence with other organisations abroad," the report states.

It also states that the central committee of the CPI (Maoist) in India consists of 38 full-time members whereas the politburo has 13 members, including seven from the PW and the rest from the MCCI.

KARNATAKA : No takers for anti-Naxal chief's post

[ Tuesday, November 08, 2005 12:10:30 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

BANGALORE: Even as Naxals continue to target vulnerable citizens and public property with ease, Karnataka is faced with a more burning problem that none of the state's top police officers are volunteering to head the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) which was set up in February.

There was a move to transfer the present ANF chief Jayaprakash V Naik, who was reluctant to head a force that has no no staff or infrastructure.

He has been protesting that he was like a general without an army. The government, embarrassed by his public outcry against his situation, posted two DIG rank IPS officers to succeed Naik.

But their transfer orders were kept in abeyance: The officers expressed their unwillingness to accept the responsibility.

"The government is now in search of a DIG rank officer to go to Udupi, which has been made headquarters for the ANF. Nobody, including the officers who have been given umpteen numbers of medals for their performance in the past, is coming forward to accept the hot job. It is unfortunate," an ADGP rank officer told The Times of India...

4 RSU (Radical Students Union) ,Naxal outfit members arrested for murder of MLA Narsi Reddy

4 held in connection with Cong MLA's murder

[ Tuesday, November 08, 2005 06:50:25 pm PTI ]
MAHABOOBNAGAR (Andhra Pradesh): Four persons were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the killing of senior Congress legislator C Narsi Reddy on August 15, police said.

The MLA along with his son and seven others were attacked by armed naxalites while he was participating in an Independence Day function at Palla High School at Narayanpet, about 120 km from the state capital.

The arrested persons, V Manohar alias Narsimha, Mod Ismail alias Roup, K Ramalingappa and G Nagabuchanna, were sympathisers of naxal outfit Radical Students Union (RSU), District Superintendent of Police K Srinivas Reddy told reporters here.

Kar:Govt ready for talks with naxals if they give up arms

On one hand NAXALS include CM on their HIT LIST , on the other hand Government want to yalk to them, is it out of scare ?
Mangalore, Nov 8 (PTI) The Karnataka government is ready for talks with naxalities if they give up arms, Chief Minister N Dharam Singh said today.
In case the naxalites decide to surrender, the government will consider withdrawing cases against them, he told reporters here after reviewing security arrangements in the naxal-affected districts of Chikmagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Shimoga.

"The talks with naxals will be through ballots and not bullets," Singh said, adding special powers have been given to Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to tackle the problem.

The government is also contemplating bringing in a "separate act" on the lines of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to curb the naxal menace, Singh said.

It has also been decided to invoke Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Act 2004 in the naxalite-affected areas of the districts, he said.

The government has also advised the district authorities to familiarise themselves with the "surrender policy" of naxalites, Singh said.

He said he had directed the authorities to visit naxalite-affected villages and "infuse confidence in people that they are with them." PTI

Karnataka: CM unperturbed on being on Naxal hit list

Udupi, Nov 7 (PTI): Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh today said he was not perturbed by the threat of being on the hit list of Naxal groups alongwith some other top political leaders.
"Threats are common and usual. We have to face it. But the government will not be deterred by such threats," Singh said.

Asked whether the coalition government in Karnataka had failed to take stern steps to contain increasing Naxal activities in various parts of the state in general and Malnad and the coastal districts in particular, he said the government had already taken up this issue with Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil.

The Naxal manace in Malnad area would be contained by deploying suitable tactics, Singh, here to attend the district congress workers meet, told reporters.

To a query on whether the government would take concrete steps to ban the Naxal and other anti-social organisations in the state, he said 132 anit-social organisations had already been banned. The government had also submitted another list of some anti-social organisations to be banned to the Centre.

A high-powered committee meeting,comprising top officials, had been convened in Mangalore tomorrow to discuss the Naxal problem in the coastal and Malnad districts, he added. PTI

Chikmagalur: Combing Operation Intensified to Track Down Naxalites

Daijiworld News Network - Interior Karnataka (GA)

Chikmagalur, Nov 7: After the suspected Naxalites blasted the Check Post of Forest Department at Tanikod near Shringeri on Saturday November 5 with a bomb, the combing operations in the area have been intensified.

It is suspected that these Naxalites are hiding in some nearby forest areas. Accordingly the Anti Naxal Force (ANF) has intensified combing operations in Gurgi, Muduba forest areas along with local police.

The experts visited the place but did not find any clues as nothing was found on the place except a few wires, which were used for the blast. So it is not yet established whether it RDX, Gelatin stick or some other explosive was used for the blast. It is said that some plastic things might have been used which might have been gutted in the blast. But the police are upbeat that truth will be established within a couple of days.
However, the locals are still in state of panic after Saturdays' blast. It was only a few months ago that Naxalites had gunned down one Shesha Gowda of Menasinahadya saying that he was police informer. Following this police had intensified the combing operation and were successful in killing two Naxalites in Udupi district.

But now after a brief gap, the Naxalites seem to be active in the area, which is a warning bell both for police as well as locals.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Apprehension of reprisal haunts Champaran voters

Apprehension of reprisal haunts Champaran voters

Bettiah(bihar) | November 07, 2005 1:32:39 PM IST



The spectre of apprehension about post poll reprisal haunts more than four million voters of Champaran range bordering Nepal, in the event of their refusal to toe the line dictated by gangsters and vote for only those candidates who enjoy the dons' endorsement.

In addition, activists of CPI(Maoist), a proscribed extremist outfit carried on their campaign for poll boycott in the twin flood ravaged districts where development remained elusive.

Presence of central para military forces in large number of remote areas also helped instil some confidence among the people and the downtrodden and the oppressed(dalits) are waiting for the first time since independence with anxiety to exercise their franchise freely,a right enshrined in the Constitution but denied to them in Bihar so long by musclemen.

Despite all efforts by the administration and the Election Commission(EC) to dispel the fear about possible revenge by gangsters and ultras for ignoring their pleas, the extremist outift is carrying on the mission to frustrate the move to hold peaceful polling.

Reports from far flung areas pouring into headquarters of West Champaran district Bettiah suggest that self-styled area commanders of CPI(Maoist) Rajendra Master and Dwarika Mahto covered at least 13 police station areas during the last three weeks and addressed village level small congregations.
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Chhattisgarh tribes still strangers to democracy

Raipur | November 07, 2005 10:15:06 AM IST



Two small tribes living in remote areas of Chhattisgarh are yet to catch up with the electoral process as they are too preoccupied with survival issues.

The Abujhamaria and Pahari Korba tribes number 52,000 and live in sprawling thick forests spread over thousands of acres at distances between 260 km and 400 km from this state capital. Officials who have come in contact with them say the tribals do not get enough to eat and wear, and are far removed from mainstream society.

Elections and democracy have certainly not touched them, and even now only a small number know what balloting is all about.

"They will take decades to respond to the election process," said tribal researcher T.K. Vaishnav, joint director of the Raipur-based Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI).

"I know Abujhamaria and Pahari Korbas have never voted. Tribes that hardly find clothes to wear and food to eat cannot think of voting," Vaishnav told IANS.

Dantewada district collector K.R. Pisda agreed. "Voting does not matter for a tribe on the verge of extinction due to starvation and lack of health facilities," Pisda said.

"We are trying to educate them but the presence (of Maoist rebels in their areas) has hindered their association with mainstream society."

It was only in January that some youths from the Pahari Korbas tribe voted - in Kadam Jharia village near Korba town, located about 250 km north of state capital Raipur.

But the youths readily told an IANS correspondent that they did so only because they got Rs.20 (less than half a dollar) each from a woman candidate who sought their support.

"The whole community has never voted but this year some youths did when a woman candidate provided money," said Jakharam, the eldest member of the village.

That could be because Kadam Jharia is the most developed village among all Pahari Korba settlements, thanks to government efforts.

The Pahari Korba tribals number 33,000 and live in the hilly terrain and mountainous pockets of Jashpur, Surguja and Korba districts. Barely four percent of them are literate.

The Abujhamaria tribe has some 19,000 members but a literacy rate of just two percent. Its members live in the forests of Bastar bordering Andhra Pradesh.

Korba district collector Gaurav Dwivedi claimed Pahari Korbas had been responding to government welfare schemes.

"It is a fact that they totally lack literacy and basic facilities," he said. "But they have been voting."

(IANS)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Police remand for Maoist extremist in Siliguri

Police remand for Maoist extremist

SILIGURI, Nov. 6. — One of the two suspected Maoists, arrested from Kurseong on Friday afternoon has been sent to six days police remand.
The Kurseong Sub-Divisional Court while sending the prime accused, Vinod Manger, to police remand, granted bail to the other suspect Kanchan Rai. While the police were sure of Vinod, being a Maoist ultra, Kanchan’s role could not be established.
On the basis of the charges labelled against the duo by the police, the Kurseong court granted bail to Kanchan and ordered police custody for Vinod. Senior police officials as well as army intelligence officials are interrogating Vinod, to know his motive of entering into Darjeeling district. Meanwhile, security along the Indo-Nepal border, at Darjeeling has been beefed up following the arrests. — SNS

Karnataka : Security tightened near forests

Security tightened near forests

Monday November 7 2005 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: Dharmapuri police are keeping a close watch on Naxal activity in the district, after the incidents on November 24, 2002, when a Naxal leader Siva alias Parthiban of Uthangarai was killed in an encounter in Chinnakanakkampatti village, where PWG men had tried to set up a camp (Thalam).

Dharmapuri police, led by the then SP K Periyaiyah arrested 26 Naxalites, including five women, in and around Uthangarai and Kallavi forest areas.

A few Naxals and their associates surrendered in various courts. Among the arrested, those accused of more serious crimes were kept in prison under POTA.

Naxals Sundaramurthy, Chandra, Navinprasath and Kaalidhas went underground and are yet to be caught.

According to highly placed police sources, ‘‘The Police department has received some valuable information about the infiltration of Naxalites from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh”.

:Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri district police have been instructed to check the information received and act on it”.

“Infiltration has occurred along the villages bordering forests in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.’’

When contacted, Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram said that the chance of infiltration was remote as border villages were under surveillance.

Villagers had shown willingness to report on any strange activity in their area. Based on information, as many as 192 forest villages lie along the border and so far no infiltration or Naxal activity had been reported, he confirmed.

The Dharmapuri district administration had implemented the Socio-Economic Development Programme in Naxal prone villages through the Naxalite Special Duty Wing.

Under this scheme eight free training camps had been conducted for youngsters, who were going to appear for the army, police and fire service selection tests.

At least 400 youths recieved training under it. This year about 115 persons received training for the army and constable selection test and around 128 persons for the CRPF test from Dharmapuri, he said.

A total of 174 persons had got selected from various service tests through the effective training given by the NSD wing.

Besides, around 35 villages had been supplied with Rs 1 lakh worth books and sports equipment.

Special coaching was also given to youth for competitive examinations. By these activities the government had managed to get the full cooperation of the people in curtailing Naxal activity, said the SP.

Q branch sources said that the Forest Department had joined hands with the police in patrols.

All check-posts in forest area and those near the border of Hogenakkal, Oottamalai, Anchetty, Urigam, Thally, Denkanikottah, Veppanapalli were being monitored by the STF.

Police suspect some atrocity was likely to be committed on November 24, keeping in mind past events. Caution has been exercised and security tightened.

How to spot terrorists in a bus

How to spot terrorists in a bus
By: Sanjeev Devasia
November 2, 2005

BEST security officer Krishna Narvekar, a member of the
flying squad, conduct a
surprise check on a bus
BEST bus conductors and drivers are now acquiring another skill to help the public.

They are being taught how to read faces, which will enable them to spot terrorists who might be riding on the bus.

They are also being trained to handle a bomb blast or any suspicious object found in the bus.

“BEST security staff, who are trained in the art of face reading, will be training staff members at traffic centres at Dindoshi and Bandra. Every Monday, classes are held at Dindoshi for the staff of the traffic wing,” said Deepak Chogle, BEST Chief Security and Vigilance Officer.

The teachers

The 20 officers, who are imparting the training to the other BEST staff, underwent a security sensitisation course at the Maharashtra Police Academy at Nashik in 2003, following the Ghatkopar bomb blasts.

“These officers were trained in face reading, disaster management and suspected object disposal. They were also trained in various types of explosives used by terrorists,” said Chogle, who was also a part of the group which had been trained.

What’s being taught?

Said security officer Krishna Narvekar, “We enter the bus and alert the driver and conductor and then ask them to focus on the rear of the bus. In most cases, we’ve seen that terrorists take a seat at the back of the bus.

We also ask passengers to take their luggage on their laps, so that we can frisk people who look suspicious and check their luggage at minimum inconvenience to others.”

If anything suspicious is found, the drivers and conductors are asked not to touch the object. Their first job is to evacuate the passengers, move the vehicle to a safe place and cordon off the area.

Thereafter they have to call the police and the Bomb Detection Disposal Squad (BDDS). Even if there is a blast, it is the job of the staff to calm the people, before moving the injured to hospital, said Narvekar.

Flying squad

Around nine flying squads have been created to conduct surprise checks of buses. The squads have been equipped with hand-held metal detectors and walkie-talkies.

These squads will be checking the buses randomly in two shifts from 7 am to 3 pm and 3 pm to 11 pm from this week onwards.

“Even fire crackers are not being allowed inside buses,” said Chogle.

“The role of the Delhi bus staff in avoiding the bomb blast was exemplary,” said BEST general manager S S Kshatriya.

What you can do too

• Look out for people who appear tense, overcautious, have shifty eyes and who keep looking over their shoulder.

• Look out for people who are in a hurry to get off the bus.

• Point them out to the conductor and help him catch hold of them.

• The conductor will then question and frisk them, and if necessary check their baggage too.

Five injured in landmine blast

Nalgonda Andhra Pradesh | November 04, 2005 8:39:19 PM IST



Five passengers of an APSRTC bus were injured when CPI (Maoist) naxals blasted a land mine near Krishnapuram village under Mellacheruvu mandal in Nalgonda district today.

Police said the naxals could have caused the blast thinking that a police party was travelling in it.

The bus was travelling from Chityala to Krishnapuram.The driver turned the bus to extreme right of the road to avoid a ditch when the blast occurred. The front portion of the was damaged.

The injured were admitted to a hospital.

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Ditch saves bus from Maoist mine in Hyderabad

[ Saturday, November 05, 2005 03:53:29 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

HYDERABAD: Maoists exploded a directional mine towards an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bus in Nalgonda district on Friday afternoon, but a ditch on the road saved the 14 passengers.

According to information reaching here, the driver on seeing a ditch on the road turned the vehicle towards left and at the same time, the Maoists exploded the mine.

As it was directed towards the right of the bus in the front portion, shrapnel from it hit only the window portion of the first three seats on right side.

Four passengers received minor injuries and they were treated at a government hospital in Kodad. The bus was proceeding from Mellacheruvu to Chentriyal when the blast took place near Krishnapuram village at around 3.30 pm.

Nalgonda district SP Mahesh M Bhagwat said a Maoist squad from Bellamkonda area in Guntur district could have executed the blast

Six CPI (Maoist) Naxals arrested in Hyderabad

Hyderabad | November 06, 2005 4:39:23 PM IST



A Special Police team apprehended six CPI (Maoist) Naxals party from a hideout in Erragadda, on the city outskirts last night.

Acting on an information, the police team along with Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) personnel rushed to a hotel in Erragadda, where the naxals, who booked a room in the name of Prakash of Kukatpally were staying.

The police party picked up the six naxals and are investigating the case, according to police sources.

Meanwhile, in two other incidents, the insurgents of the banned CPI(Maoist) beat up a Sarpanch and six tribal youth in Nalgonda district and a Sarpanch in Warangal district, alleging that they were police informers.

The Maoists went to the Sultanpur Tanda under Mathampalli mandal in Nalgonda district this morning and severely beat up six tribal youths for allegedly acting as informers.

Police, however said that the youth were not their informers.

In Warangal district, the Maoists beat up the Sarpanch of Muppanapalli village under Eturu Nagaram mandal.

According to police, they warned the Sarpanch that they would kill him if he continued to 'work as police informer'.

Police, however denied that they had anything to do with the Sarpanch.

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Centre working on new National Police Act: Patil

PTI Hyderabad Nov 5: The Centre was formulating a new National Police Act to meet the changing requirements of the society, the Union Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil said today.

“A committee appointed by the government to prepare a draft police act will submit its report very soon,” Mr Patil told reporters after reviewing the passing out parade of 57th batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here.

The new Act would take into consideration the recommendations made by the commissions in the past and also report of the Law Commission, the minister said.

“We will also consult the states in this regard. The new Act will cover several emerging areas to meet the present day requirements,” he said.

Asked whether the Centre favours an uniform nation-wide ban on Naxalite groups, Mr Patil said it was upto the states to take a view on the matter.

“The individual states are authorised to impose ban (on Maoists). We have asked DGPs to co-ordinate their actions (in tackling Naxalite activities) while the Centre will provide all necessary support to the states in terms of modernisation of the police-set up, acquiring modern weapons and communication systems, transport and training,” the minister said.

He said there had been a good co-ordination between the Centre and the affected states in formulating joint strategies.

“On its part, the government of India is giving funds. There is lot of co-ordination (between the Centre and the states),” Mr Patil said.

Earlier, the minister reviewed the passing out parade by 76 ips probationers, including 6 lady officers, four officer-trainees of the Maldivian Police Service and two of the Royal Bhutan Service.

Addressing the probationers after giving away trophies to the meritorious candidates under various categories, Mr Patil said the threats of terrorism, communal strife and organised crimes were the most important concerns of the present day policing. In an indirect reference to the recent blasts in the national capital, Mr Patil said “The gravity and pervasiveness of the threat posed by terrorism has been brought home once again recently. In the recent decades, thousands of Indians have lost their lives as a direct result of terrorism.”

Stating that terrorism constituted one of the most serious threats to civilised society and had to be dealt with grit and determination, the minister told the young officers “you are going to be the vanguard of this fight. This grave challenge has to be met squarely and with uncompromising professional zeal and indomitable spirit.”

Referring to the President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s recent suggestion that NPA take up research studies on the problems of policing, the minister said the Centre would extend all necessary support in such endeavours.

Keeping in view the growing complexity of the police tasks, the police training has to be constantly upgraded to meet the changing requirements, he said.

“Policing in any democratic set-up is a complex and sensitive affair, requiring a delicate balancing of divergent considerations,” Mr Patil said

Naxal menace in K'taka to be crushed with iron hand: Dharam

Bangalore: The naxalite menace in Karnataka will be put down with an iron hand, Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh said today.

Talking to newspersons here after attending the meeting of the newly-elected AICC members from the state, he informed that he had discussed the problem with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil during his recent visit to New Delhi and added that naxalites would not be allowed to grow in the state.

Mr Singh said ''I will be visiting Mangalore tomorrow and holding discussions with police officials there on various measures to be taken to tackle the naxal menace.'' Earlier at the meeting, the members resolved to authorise party President Sonia Gandhi to reconstitute the Congress Working Commitee.

The meeting also discussed various issues, including the current political scenario in the state and the coming elections to the Taluk and Zilla panchayats.

Naxal menace begins in Karnataka?

Sunday November 6 2005 12:21 IST

SRINGERI: A 15-member Naxal team, which included two women, blasted a forest check-post at Thanikodu near Nemmaru, Koppa taluk, after abducting the staff and taking them into the forest.

According to information reaching here, the Naxals used a remote-control bomb. The incident occurred at 2:30 AM on Saturday.

The check-post was partially damaged and the roof cracked with the impact. Before triggering off the blast, the Naxal team had damaged several solar lamps and wireless sets, say the police.

The team also destroyed check-post documents and gate passes stocked there. When the incident occurred Manju, Satish, Raghavendra, staff of the Wildlife Department and Shankar Adiga of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee were in the room.

None of them were armed. Immediately after the blast, the Naxals shouted slogans advocating the ‘revolution’ and protesting against the eviction of tribals from the Kudremukh National Park, before fleeing.

They reportedly warned the staff that there should not be a check-post at that spot and the vehicles should be permitted to move about freely in the area.

If the check-post was erected the staff would be killed, the Naxals had reportedly warned.

The Naxals enquired about a Forest Department employee Puttappa who was on leave that day. The Naxal team took the staff in the check-post into the forest before triggering off the blast.

The team included two women.

According to unconfirmed sources the Naxals used a van and an auto rickshaw to reach the spot. Superintendent of Police Madhukar Shetty, Deputy Superintendent of Police Santhoshkumar, Koppa Circle Inspector Nagesh Shetty and Koppa Sub-Inspector visited the spot.

This is not the first incident of Naxals targeting the Forest Department. In February 2004, after the Eidu encounter in which two Naxal women were killed, they had set fire to the Forest Guesthouse at Nemmaru.

Later in January 2005 the Naxals set fire to a shed of the Forest Watcher at Narasimha Parvatha.

Fighting the good fight

Shiva Kumar N D experiences a culture camp organised by Ninasam, where an attempt was made to ask questions about the nature of violence.


Violence; Left and Right. Red and saffron are the same. Naxalite violence is cancer and communal violence is rabies. Science is violent. All nationalistic discourses, including the Gandhian movement, had violent content. Irrational minds give rise to communal violence. Women have been the target and medium of violence. Is the Nation-State concept giving rise to violence?

There were no ready-made answers, but only questions and views. Of course, there was unanimity about one thing— we live in a world filled with violence. According to K V Akshara (late K V Subbanna’s son), the intention of the camp organised by Ninasam in Heggodu in Sagar taluk recently, “was not to offer any answers but to put questions into the minds of people.”

Thinkers and intellectuals from and outside the state, along with around 200 participants took part in the camp to deliberate on “Violence— Left and Right.” Jnanapith awardee Dr U R Ananthamurthy was the camp director.



According to veteran journalist Sadanand Menon from Chennai: “Nationalism is basically oppressive. Nation is a highly abstract concept. All nationalistic discourses, including the Gandhian movement, had a content of violence. Violence is built in the system.”

For Prof Sundar Sarukkai of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, all human violence is “unnatural.” He argued that science was violent in nature. Because science has a desire to manipulate nature. Science wants to be the master of nature and remove the helplessness of man before nature. And this leads to an unstable universe. He felt that it was time that scientists introspected the consequences of science.

Prof Sarukkai was also of the opinion that it is possible to have a different science without violence— a science of acceptance of limit. “There is no need for infinity to define infinity. Infinity is possible both by addition and division,” he said.

Eminent sociologist Shiv Vishwanath felt that the nature of violence had changed with time. The act of distancing— from objects and from one’s own senses, was happening daily. The act results in mapping the reality on a grid and hence the act of seeing becomes different.

House of fascism

Dr Ananthamurthy opined that extremism was the house where most fascist forces took birth. He used a medical metaphor to describe Left and Right wing violence. He termed naxalite violence ‘cancer’ and communal violence ‘rabies’.

He said that unemployed youth were brainwashed and used for communal violence. “There is irrationality in Right violence and the youth used in this are the oppressed. On the other hand, Left-wing violence is meaningless. It gives a taste and the taste of violence is dangerous,” he added.

He further said that the, “Democratic Left has some space. The Right has no space and the extremist Left has no space. Frontal naxal organisations have a hidden agenda. Keep away from them because they are not democratic and hence dangerous.”

Gandhian expert Prof Mark Lindley felt that the “violence” needed to be improved upon. “We now need more words for various kinds of violence— an elaborate scheme of distinctions which can help us use our uniquely human capacity for linguistically formulated reasoning to sort out the problems of violence that are currently getting worse,” he said.

K V Akshara felt that violence cannot be classified. He said, “The perspective of violence by the Left and Right were different earlier. Now there is isomorphism and red and saffron are the same. For instance, in Kodagu, there is no Left or Right, all of them have the same disease of violence. The question is whether there is any way to break the nexus?” According to theatre director Atul Tiwari : “All violence starts with benign prejudice. If it is not checked in time, then it will lead to all kinds of violence.”

Rape as a weapon

Kannada critic Ashadevi complained that women have been the target and medium of violence. She argued that ‘woman’ had not been recognised beyond her sexuality. She quoted Veer Savarkar who had said that rape was not an offence but an effective weapon in the fight against Muslims. “Rape has been an effective tool for violence against women for ages. Now, violence over women has been institutionalised. In the consumerist world, woman is the capital,” she said.

Anand Patwardhan’s documentary film, Father, Son and the Holy War dealt with masculinity and psychological dimension of violence, while War and Peace dealt with non-violence to nuclear nationalism. It beautifully explained the present day Indian society which is dogged by violence.

Extending the medical metaphor of Dr Ananthamurthy, Prof Mark Lindley observed, “Scientifically up-to-date doctors today are concerned not only to treat the pathological condition presented by the patient but also to guide the patient to a healthier way of life.”

After seven days, the participants headed homewards. With numerous questions and a zest to find answers to them.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE CAMP:

The Culture Camp has been Ninasam’s major annual event since 1979. The seven-day Samskruti Shibhira (Culture Camp) held every October is designed around a specific theme and organised as a combination of special lectures on the theme, lecture-demonstration-discussions on fundamentals of appreciation of art forms like literature, theatre, film, music, dance and so on. Added to this is a series of cultural programmes in the evenings. This year, apart from discussions on Violence, four plays— Patharagitti Pakka (translation of Lorka’s play); Romeo Juliet (William Shakespeare); Thalakadugonda (Samethanahalli Ramaraya) and Shraddha mathu Hanathe (Srinivasa Vaidya)— two documentaries of Anand Patwardhan, Son, Father and the Holy War; and War and Peace— Hindustani music by Rajshekar Mansoor, a one-man show on Mahadevabhai by Jaimini Pathak from Mumbai, and a dance programme “Body” by Chandralekha troupe from Chennai was organised.

Also there was an exhibition of photographs on the late K V Subbanna. The photos by K S Rajaram, A N Mukund, S Hanumantha Jois, P S Manjappa, M S Hebbar, K V Sishira and T A Saranga gave a glimpse of the bygone era and for those who were part of that world.

WHAT THEY SAID:

* Thirty-year-old James, an LIC agent and an activist pledged his wife’s jewellry for Rs 6,000 to attend the camp with his friends for the third successive year. These youth founded the Social Action Committee three years ago to spread communal harmony. “The think-tank arrive here to deliberate. It’s a beautiful experience. We get to know new perspectives and we can design our future programmes with this knowledge,” said James.

* Imogen Butler-Cole, a UK national, currently an actor and director in Mumbai – It was endlessly interesting. I learnt a lot and I feel expanded. It will definitely change the way I work. I should come back again.

* Sandesh S Kamat - It is a wonderful experience. All these years I was associated with a rightist organisation. I am a changed man now. I feel doubly fresh and pure now.

* Prof G K Govinda Rao - Last year, I stayed here for three days. This year, I stayed till the end. The discussions expand you. It has not given answers but has created creative confusions.

* Dr U R Ananthamurthy – Every year, I come here to learn.

* Art critic Shaumik Bandopadhyaya from West Bengal – Ninasam taught me to look out and look beyond.