Saturday, December 17, 2005

Self-styled Maoist Arrested

Another Dalam leader held
Saturday December 17 2005 09:19 IST

MALKANGIRI: District police on Wednesday arrested a self-styled Maoist and Potteru Dalam Commandant Phulmati from Gumuka area under Kalimela police limits.

She was arrested during the routine joint ‘Mine Sweeping Operation’ being conducted by a police team comprising SDPO Himansu Lal, Malkangiri CI of Police Rabi Sethi, Kalimela OIC Manoj Samant and Potteru ASI N.Das, CRPF and OSAP in Potteru area.

Wife of Malkangiri Divisional Committee member Damodar and wanted by police, she was reportedly involved in the Kalimela police station attack in 2001 and rice looting case in 2002.

Mastermind of the recent November 4 landmine blast, which resulted in blowing up of former minister Arabinda Dhali’s house and snatching of arms and ammunition from the security personnel deployed there, Phulmati was also involved in a series of landmine cases.

After two days of interrogation, she was remanded to judicial custody on Friday. On the basis of the interrogation, police reportedly recovered 30 electronic detonators, one landmine flash and splinter from Manjuriguda jungle area of Chintalbeda panchayat under Kalimela police limits.

The arrest of the Maoist commander is said to be a major success for the district police and armed security personnel.

Meanwhile, SP Yatindra Koyal and SDPO Lal are monitoring the post-arrest situation. The sweeping operation has been further intensified.

MNCs rattled by naxalite threat

K V Ramana
[ Saturday, December 17, 2005 01:40:20 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]



HYDERABAD: Rattled by Maoist threats to MNCs, members of the Houston-based International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) have advised their Hyderabadbased subsidiaries to watch their back.

Executives have been cautioned against frequent travel in lawless terrain, particularly in South India. Bihar has been put entirely out of bounds.

Without mentioning any specific intelligence on which the assessment is based, an IFMA alert cautioned its managers in India to be wary of any Jehanabad-style buildup and attack by naxalite groups

When queried about this warning, DGP Swaranjit Sen told The Times of India: "We have no knowledge of any threat of this sort."

Other cops also made light of the warning, suggesting that it was based on an improper reading of the situation.

Analysts said the threat issued by the naxalites was targetted at companies whose operations affect the life of tribals--such as mining companies.

They are not aimed at technology companies like the types you have in Hyderabad, these analysts said

Kundapur: Fear of Naxal Attack during Ensuing Polls Looms Large

Daijiworld News Network – Kundapur (GA)

Kundapur, Dec 17: The reports from the area are hinting towards the return of Naxalites as the ZP and TP polls are nearing. Already Naxalites have been spotted meeting people and convincing them to boycott polls in Basri Beru near Mudur, Yedamoge, Basavanpalu etc.

The residents of Beeranbail of Yedamoge and Devarbal said on Friday December 16 that Naxalites did visit them and spoke with them with regards to welfare activities, which have been neglected by the elected representatives.

In the meantime, there are fears of possible Naxal attacks during the elections. Accordingly even the election officers are not willing to go to rural areas to monitor poll process.

Following reports of possible interference by Naxalites in the shortly approaching Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat elections, security has been beefed up in Naxal-affected areas of the district.

The silence observed by the Naxals has not made the police to taking things lightly. Some are even of the opinion that there is an unusual lull before the storm. So the police are proceeding with their arrangements to see that no untoward incident occurs at the time.

Police are of the opinion that the presently dumb founded Naxals can cause worry in the future. Particular places have been marked and special squads will be stationed at these places. They have also appealed to the villagers not to support the Naxalites.

Naxals impose curfew in parts of Jharkhand

Palamu | December 17, 2005 12:08:47 PM IST



Naxalites have imposed a night curfew in various parts of Jharkhand's Palamau District.

The Naxalite writ runs in several parts of Jharkhand and Bihar. In a daring jailbreak last month, they laid siege to a prison in the hyper-sensitive town of Jehanabad and freed over 300 of their cadre. Nine inmates affiliated to the Ranbir Sena, the rival landlord class private army, were killed in the incident.

In Patan block of Palamau, the Naxals have imposed curfew during the night. The local police turn a blind eye to the development even as posters protesting against alleged police atrocities are being displayed at prominent places.

The authorities said they are trying to ascertain the facts.

"We are taking information from our vigilance groups. It is a serious matter. We are working on the information received by our security agency," said Sudesh Mahato, Jharkhand's Interior Minister.

Naxal leadership though makes strong claims of fighting for the rights of the poor, have so far remained apathetic in enhancing the quality of life in villages, arguing all reforms have to follow the revolution.

The Naxalite movement, led mainly by the People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), also affects the states of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Besides the People's War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), there are a number of Left-leaning groups that make up the Naxalite movement, which started in Naxalbari in West Bengal in the 1960s.

India's Maoists also have links with their Nepali counterparts who want to overthrow the constitutional monarchy in the Himalayan kingdom. (ANI)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Five killed in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh

[ Friday, December 16, 2005 11:40:43 pmIANS ]

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RAIPUR: At least five people, including three Maoist rebels, were killed on Friday in two separate incidents of violence in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said.

"Five people - three Naxalites, one policeman and a civilian - were killed in two separate incidents today evening,"
Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) M.W. Ansari told IANS over telephone.

Ansari said three guerrillas of the Communist Party of India-Maoist rebel group and a civilian were killed late in the evening during a shootout between police and the rebels at Bhejji locality in Dantewada district, 430 km from Raipur.

In the other incident, rebels shot dead a policeman in Kanker district, he said. Police have stepped up combing operations and intensified night patrolling in Bastar district, which is a Maoist stronghold bordering Andhra Pradesh.

Land-mine blast averted at Kasinagar , AP

Statesman News Service

PARALAKHEMUNDI, Dec. 16. — A major land-mine blast was averted by Andhra police on Kadmbini culvert at the Alikamu-Battili road, just five kilometres from Gouri village in the Kasinagar block. The incident, which has sent shock waves amongst the locals, especially the people from the Kasinagar block and the Gunupur block of Rayagada district, is suspected to be the handiwork of the radicals from the CPI-Maoist group. Sources said that their intention was to blow up the culvert when a police patrol team would have passed that way. Though the incident occurred on the border road of Andhra-Orissa, this passage is also used regularly by buses from Orissa. On 14 December, a group of people armed with weapons stopped the APSRTC bus going from Batili and asked all the passengers to come down and then asked the bus driver to cross the culvert. When he was about to drive the bus, the leader of the group asked the bus driver to go back and not drive over the culvert.
Then they instructed the conductor to produce his complaint book on which they put in some demands in writing and addressed themselves as radicals working for the cause of the people. Later in the morning, the Bomb Detection Squad led by SI Mr Ramkrishana from Srikakulam reached the spot and found an active land-mine which could have proved deadly if the bus had gone over the culvert.

One killed, two police constables injured in naxalite attack

Jagdalpur Chhattisgarh | December 16, 2005 6:40:33 PM IST



A trader was shot dead and two police constables injured todaay by naxalites at Haatbazar in Dantewada district's Bhejji village, police said.

IG (Bastar range) M W Ansari said the extremists assaulted constables Taralluk Beig and Sukhsay Bhagat while they were shopping.

Grocery Shop salesman Rainuram was shot dead when the ultras opened fire. The naxalites took away two rifles and cartridges from the police constables.

The injured constables were sent to the state capital for treatment in a helicopter.

In separate incident, naxalites attacked a police team last night at Kodaparawa village in Kanker district's Durgkochhal area.

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Massive administrative reshuffle in Bihar

NDTV Correspondent

Friday, December 16, 2005 (Patna):


In a massive administrative reshuffle in Bihar, 37 IPS officers and 19 IAS officers have been transferred across the state.

This is the first major reshuffle of senior officers after Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Those transferred include 10 District Magistrates, besides SPs of 17 districts, state's Home Secretary H C Sirohi said.

The chief minister shifted three officers of Additional Director General of Police rank, 10 IGs and three DIGs, besides revoking suspension of former SP of Jehanabad Sunil Kumar, who was suspended in the wake of November 13 Naxalite attack. (With PTI inputs)

NAXALS to target banks and industrial units in Bihar and neighbouring states

Bihar wakes up to Red threat

Ramashankar

Patna, December 17, 2005


Barely had the Bihar police got over the Jehanabad jail attack of November 13, when a fresh Naxal threat has sent shivers down their spines.

The Naxalites had told a select group of journalists of their plan to target banks and industrial units in Bihar and neighbouring states.

On Thursday, the top brass of the state administration held a high-level meeting at the police headquarters to chalk out a strategy to counter the Naxal threat. The meeting decided that the intelligence network in the state had to be strengthened.

A senior police officer said all superintendents of police in Naxal-hit districts had been asked to launch special drives and beef up security around police lines and jails. Attention will be paid to police stations. The officer said two hardcore woman Naxals from Rohtas district have been arrested.

Female naxal arrested

Dehri-on-son | December 16, 2005 12:37:57 AM IST


A CPI(M) Maoist ultra, accused in a District Forest Officer's murder case, was arrested from the Tilouthu police station area in Rohtas district today.

Police Superintendent Naiyar Hasnain Khan said on a tip-off, a sleuth of the local police raided a hideout in Chandrapura village and arrested Vineeta alias Priyanka along with her aide Gita.

Vineeta, is also the main accused in a land mine blast in Nauvgarh police station area of Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh in which 21 policemen were killed, he added.

The CBI had announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for information on here.

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India: Maoist rebels reject peace talks

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Published December 15, 2005



NEW DELHI -- Maoist rebels have ruled out any kind of negotiations with any Indian state governments.

"We will not talk to any of the state government and will continue to pursue the path of violent retaliation with more vigor," rebels told reporters at an unknown destination along India-Nepal border.



The Maoist rebels, called Communist Party of India (Maoists), in India acknowledged its association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of Sri Lanka.

"Multinational companies are eyeing to plunder the rich mineral resource of the Jharkhand state, "said Azad, a spokesman for the rebels.

He said the local people have the right to water, forest and land. "We will go to any extent to stop its loot by these companies," Azad said.

This is the first time that a top commander of a Naxal outfit has talked to the media. Naxalite refers to Maoist rebels in Indian context.

"MNC interests have triggered state-aided brutal area domination exercises to sanitize tribal-held land so that industries can be set there. We intend to hit back strongly. The Dandakaranya-Visakhapatnam gas pipeline is a target, "Azad said.

He also gave a specific period for an attack on the gas pipeline, saying it would coincide with the silver jubilee celebration of People's War, another Naxalite outfit active in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

"The counter-strikes could coincide with silver jubilee celebrations of the PW in the Dandakaranya region where the police have resorted to a scorched earth policy to force our supporters to clear the area," he said.

Maoist rebels are active in at least 10 Indian states. Several thousand people have been killed in the armed struggle waged by rebels during the last two decades.

Naxals admit to links with LTTE, Nepal Maoists

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | December 15, 2005 20:09 IST



Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has, for the first time, admitted that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam had provided them military training over one and half decades ago.

The outfit, however, claimed that their guerillas did not have tactical relations with the LTTE any more.

The sensational disclosure was made by Azad, a spokesman of the naxal outfit's central committee, while addressing mediapersons at a remote village in Bihar's Supaul district bordering Nepal, on Wednesday.

"The Maoists learnt new warfare tactics from the on-the-run and purged LTTE military commanders in 1986-87," he said, adding, "LTTE's commanders gave them training of mine production and its laying techniques."

Till date it was only a speculation that Maoist guerillas had been trained by the LTTE in Bihar's districts bordering Nepal.

While denying any link with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence, Azad admitted that the naxals enjoyed "good and close relations" with the Nepalese Maoist rebels.

A few months ago, Bihar had denied a report that Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers were providing military training to Nepal's Maoist insurgents in a northern district of the state bordering Nepal.

The state administration responded in the wake of a report in an edition of a Washington-based internet magazine - South Asia Tribune - that said the Lankan rebels were teaching Nepalese outlaws to form human bomb squads for suicide missions.

The report claimed that the LTTE was running training camps in Narkatiaganj and Ghorasahan in Bihar near the Nepal border.

Last month about 1,000 Maoist guerillas made a daring assault on the Jehanabad jail in Bihar, resulting in the escape of about 400 prisoners of whom 134 are still missing.

After the incident, Bihar police along with the Central Paramilitary Forces and the National Security Guards have launched massive combing operations across the state.

A senior police official said the joint operation had not achieved any breakthrough in flushing out the Maoists who engineered the jailbreak.

In June this year, more than 300 naxalites, including dozens of women, had attacked the Madhuban bazaar in East Champaran after which, the state government urged the centre to take immediate steps to stop Maoist infiltration from Nepal.

The state also asked New Delhi to beef up security along the 735 km stretch of the India-Nepal border in Bihar's northern districts

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

After jail raid , Naxalites thirst for more



- Inside Maoist camp: Modern arms & war hunger
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Maoist recruits inside a room in the camp. Telegraph picture

Indo-Nepal border, Dec. 14: A haze hangs over the waters of the Bagmati as the men and women silently winnow paddy a stone’s throw from its banks.

They look up only to say “lal salam (red salute)” whenever anyone passes by.

The serenity of the surroundings in this part of the Indo-Nepal border — the kilometre after kilometre of harvested paddy fields, the cattle throwing up tiny puffs of dust with each stroke of the hoof on the dry earth — offers the perfect camouflage for a Maoist training camp.

But this morning is different: the Naxalites are holding a news conference to mark 25 years of the People’s Guerilla Army (PGA), the military wing of the CPI (Maoist).

In one of the few brick houses, a 19-year-old commandant in maroon uniform, a self-loading rifle slung from his shoulder, is issuing stern instructions to a 12-member squad of recruits in their early teens.

“Maut manzoor hai jung ka maidan me (we are ready to die on the battleground of the struggle),” the youngsters are made to sing to recharge their zeal for the “revolution”.

The evidence is hard to miss: India’s Maoists have graduated from the poorly-armed, splintered groups of the past to an organised army ready for the big battle.

A slim, dark man of medium height in his early forties starts to speak: “After the Jehanabad raid, the Maoists in India are all set to take the offensive to a new stage.”

He introduces himself as Azad, chief spokesman and central committee member of the CPI (Maoist), born out of the merger of the People’s War Group and the Maoist Communist Centre 15 months ago.

“The battle is going to be much more violent,” he says in a sombre voice.

Sitting nearby is another central committee member, a man called Pravin in his mid-fifties with silver hair and a benign face. He is busy flipping through John Pilger’s Tell Me No lies: Investigative journalism and its triumphs.

He suddenly throws the book down and looks up. “We have been reflecting a lot on what the ideal role of the media should be in the process of the people’s struggle,” he says. “We want you to be critical of us but not malicious, because we are waging a war for the people.”

A month after the November 13 raid on the Jehanabad jail that rocked the Centre and the Bihar government, the Maoists have broken their silence and invited a group of journalists to one of their base camps.

The venue is a village about 15 km from Nepal’s Lalganj and Gaur and 20 km from Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh and Sheohar in Bihar.

The journalists have spent the night in a hut on the Bagmati’s banks. Over 100 PGA cadre had stood guard through the night against police patrols.

All the roads leading to the village have been heavily landmined, with the wires running through the paddy fields.

For an emergency, there are three escape routes — through Nepal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — but the cadre are taking no chances. They march up and down with their weapons and a wireless set, through which comrades inform them of police movements in India and Nepal.

There are no Nepal Maoists at the camp, but the journalists are told they are standing guard across the river.

The Maoists speak of the growth of their organisation across vast areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. A note of anxiety creeps into their voices as they mention the government’s “salwa judum”(peace campaign) in Bastar’s Dandakaranya, where the first PGA squad was formed in 1980.

“What’s going on there is state-sponsored terrorism. The Opposition Congress leader in Chhattisgarh, Mahendra Karma, is torching the homes of tribals with support from the district administration, branding them terrorists,” says Azad.

His eyes burn with anger as he describes the “torture” of his comrades by the Bengal government.

“The unity of the MCC and PWG has given us enormous strength. We shall now create a Nepal-Kerala Compact Revolutionary Zone,” he says.

“The comrades in Nepal are our friends,” adds Pravin. “We help each other in fighting state terror which is taking a menacing form in India now with the government forming the Gram Rakshadal and Nagarik Suraksha Samity to kill Maoists.”

Job honour for Naxal victims

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Ranchi, Dec.14: Scars left by rebel bullets indeed runs deep as grief and gloom are still writ large over the faces of those whose kin were killed and left injured in the ghastly Naxalite attack on Bhelwaghati village in Giridih.

Neither the four who received appointment letters nor the three who were honoured for their courage could eke out even a faint smile.

Seven-year-old Rashida Khatoon is still to overcome the trauma of the rebel attack. Two bullets hit her right leg, which still remains bandaged. That is why she limped when she left her seat and walked up to the state home minister Sudesh Mahto to be honoured today at a simple ceremony at his residence.

Left speechless by the occasion, Rashida did not respond to any queries. Her mother said the bullet wounds have got worse after Rashida went back to Bhelwaghati village. “I have lost my husband and have five children to support. I don’t know what to do,” her mother said.

If Rashida and her family are apparently staring into an uncertain future, four dependants of victims of the naxal attack have been more fortunate as the state home ministry has kept its commitment to provide jobs to the dependants of those killed by rebels.

Besides Rashida, Karo Mian and Manohar Rai, too, were honoured as they were injured in the Naxalite attack.

Present on this occasion were the minister for Parliamentary affairs Madhu Koda, home secretary J.B. Tubid, DGP V.D. Ram and other police officials.

BJP runs after rebels

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 14: Even as chief minister Naveen Patnaik vacillates on banning the Naxal outfits operating in the state’s southern and western flanks, the BJP in the state will soon submit a proposal to him to declare them as outlaws.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states in New Delhi on Monday.

According to the decisions taken at the meeting, the state BJP leaders have decided to discuss the issue with the chief minister soon.

The meeting decided to ban the activities of the Left-wing extremists by enforcing a special act in line with POTA.

Several Maoist leaders have shifted base to areas in the Dandakaranya region in Orissa after neighbouring Andhra Pradesh police mounted pressure on them through a combing operation.

With the Naxalites gaining ground in new areas such as Sambalpur and Sundargarh, the state police is finding it difficult to tackle the menace.

State BJP president and Sundargarh MP Juel Oram, who attended the meeting said that his party has been trying to convince Naveen on the importance of banning these outfits.

“The Naxals might say that they are helping the poor. But if they really want to help the poor, let them come through the democratic process. Let them fight the polls,” Oram told The Telegraph over the phone from Delhi.

“But till such time, the state government needs to deal firmly with them. Our stand is very clear on this,” he said. However, party chief L.K. Advani didn’t take up the issue with the chief minister when he met him last week.

Patnaik has so far disapproved the banning of Naxalite outfits since he believes that the problems can be solved by stepping up welfare programmes for the socio-economic development of the tribals.

No talks with govt, war at higher stage: CPI(Maoist)

Press meet: ‘LTTE trained our cadre, but no links now’


J P YADAV

Posted online: Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 0138 hours IST




INDO-NEPAL BORDER, DECEMBER 14: The CPI(Maoist) has ruled out any kind of negotiation with any state government, saying it would pursue the path of violent retaliation with more vigour. The outfit, for the first time, acknowledged its association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka.

The announcement came at a press conference in a Bihar village along the Indo-Nepal border by the banned outfit’s central committee spokesman Azad and member Praveen.



Sounding a warning against multinational companies that have signed MoUs with the Jharkhand government and pledged huge investments, the spokesman said their outfit would act strongly against them. ‘‘Multinational companies are eyeing to plunder the rich mineral resource of the state. Local people have the right over jal, jungle, zamin (land) and we will go to any extent to stop its loot by these companies,’’ Azad said, adding the ‘‘war’’ would now be taken to a ‘‘higher stage’’.

This is the first time a top member of the Naxal outfit has talked to the media after the jailbreak in Jehanabad. On the night of November 13, the Maoist outfit had stormed Jehanabad sub-jail to free their imprisoned cadres and killed some members of the Ranvir Sena. Altogether 14 people, including two Maoist attackers, were killed in the incident. The attack jolted the state government’s security set-up and showed the influence of the Naxalites in at least half a dozen states of the country.

On the LTTE, the spokesman said the outfit did not have any link now but the Tigers had initially imparted training to its cadre. On the Nepali Maoists, however, he differed: ‘‘We help each other in all ways’’. But the two outfits have not carried out a joint attack in Bihar, he pointed out.

The press conference by leaders of the outlawed outfit is an indication of the intensifying hold of Naxals in north Bihar, particularly along the Indo-Nepal border. The meet was held in a village only a few kilometres from a local police station. Despite the congregation of more than 100 heavily armed Maoists in the village, the police had no inkling about it.

The guerilla wing of the outfit — People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) —was also present in large numbers in the village to ensure the security of their leaders. It was the same group which a day earlier (Sunday night) had attacked and killed a mukhiya of the Patahi panchayat in East Champaran.

Mukhiya Jeetendra Singh’s throat was slit by a sharp weapon and his vehicles were set on fire. ‘‘Yes, we killed the mukhiyasince he was an oppressor. He had murdered poor people and raped their womenfolk. He deserved to be killed brutally and more such mukhiyas are on our hitlist,’’ said, Rajan, a sub-zonal commander of the armed wing. In the last five years, the Maoists have killed 10 mukhiyas in north Bihar.

Family of Bhelwaghati's NAXALITE victims on indefinite dharna

[ Thursday, December 15, 2005 01:55:30 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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RANCHI: The family members of victms of Bhelwaghati massacre are now running from pillar to post to get to procure a job as promised by the state government them soon after the killings on September 11.

As many as 15 residents of Bhelwaghati village in Giridih district were killed by CPI (Maoist) men for being members of "Gram Raksh Dal" working to contain the growing Naxal influence in the village.

The state government had promised a job for one family member from each of victim's family.

Frustrated with the government's apathy, braving the chill, a large number of women and children sat on an indefinite dharna outside the office of Giridih deputy commissioner.

They have vowed not to leave the place unless there demands are fulfilled..

...Though Giridih deputy commissioner VK Ambashta could not be contacted as he was on leave, additional collector GS Prasad who is in-charge of the district in absence of the DC, said the district administration had done what ever was possible at the district-level.

"Family members of each victim have already been given Rs 1 lakh as compensation. But we cannot do much on this matter and this will be decided by the state government only," said Prasad while talking to TOI on phone.

He also said that none of the agitators met him to explain the reason for the ongoing agitation. Meanwhile, state home secretary JB Tubid said the delay in providing jobs is due to some peculiar reasons.

Many of the family members, who are seeking job are small children even below 10 years. Under such a circumstance we are trying to find out an alternative which is causing the delay, he said.

The state government has initiated special steps to accommodate those who are adults but do not have the required educational qualification for securing a government job.

Those people would get their appointment letters in a day or two, added Tubid.

One Maoist surrenders in AP

Adilabad Andhra Pradesh | December 14, 2005 9:40:46 PM IST



A naxal belonging to CPI(Maoist) surrendered before the Police at Adilabad District, Kripanand Ujela today.

The naxal Allam Muthaiah joined the Maoist party in 2003, but soon left the party.

Prior to Assembly elections in 2004, the 22-year old naxal in active connivance with his associates killed one Suresh, President of Velugu at Vemandapalli village, branding him as police informer.

Talking to newspersons he said following the death of DCS Lalithakka and her two gunmen in the encourters the party scattered.

After the death of his associaties in an encounter on November 11, he had surrendered to the police.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) strongly condemned the killing of their party leader E Eeraiah by the Maoists at Khammam this morning.

The party General Secretary B V Ragavulu said the naxals killed a Girijan leader, who was a Co-Sarpanch of Kurlapalli Village in Charla Mandalam.

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Naxalite problem could arises in Bundelkhand, Uttaranchal: Uma

Sagar Mp | December 14, 2005 10:42:41 PM IST



Expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti today said the Naxal problem could arise in Uttarnchal and Madhya Pradesh's Bundelkhand due to the backwardness in the two regions.

Ms Bharti, who is on the 16th day of her 'Ram-Roti Yatra', told reporters here today that ultras can target Bundelkhand and Uttaranchal, as both lagged behind in the race for development.

Ms Bharti, who was born at Dunda village in Bundelkhand's Tikamgarh district, said everyone felt bad after she had to resign from the Chief Minister's post but the people of Bundelkhand considered it a personal loss.

The former Chief Minister said her trust had been broken many times but ''now she will be careful''.

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No Naxal threat to ZP, TP polls: DGP

DH News Service Gulbarga:

Director General and Inspector General of Police B S Sial stated here on Wednesday that there were no intelligence reports regarding Naxalites having intentions of disrupting the forthcoming elections to the zilla and taluk panchayats.


Director General and Inspector General of Police B S Sial stated here on Wednesday that there were no intelligence reports regarding Naxalites having intentions of disrupting the forthcoming elections to the zilla and taluk panchayats.

Stating this to the press here on Wednesday, Mr Sial, who came here to review the law and order situation, said, nevertheless, the anti-Naxalite force in the Malnad areas would intensifies its vigil during the election times. More police personnel would be sent to ensure a free and fair poll.

He pointed out that the Centre had been asked to declare Karnataka too as a Naxalite-affected State, and provide funds and other logistics as is being given to other Naxalite-affected States in the country.



If not the entire State, the Centre has been asked to declare 13 districts in the State as Naxalite-affected, he added.

He said, there were no police intelligence reports of Andhra Pradesh Naxalites coming to Karnataka. “They generally cross into Karnataka when the Andhra police exerts pressure on them, and return when the pressure reduces,” he added.

Nevertheless, he said, though Naxalism was in a very nascent stage in Karnataka, the police were on high alert, and there would be no negligence on the part of the police in tackling Naxalism in the State. “The situation is completely under control,” he added.

Prize money

Mr Sial also stated that the prize money for the police personnel who were responsible for the elimination of forest brigand Veerappan would be distributed in one week’s time.

Earlier in Bidar he reviewed the situation in view of the upcoming panchayat polls. The DG and IGP also said that the government had been requested to fill in the existing 6,000 vacancies in the police department in the State. He also justified the protection given to the CM, saying it was necessary during elections.

Woman naxal arrested in Orissa

[ Wednesday, December 14, 2005 06:40:45 pm PTI ]


BERHAMPUR: A woman naxalite, suspected to have been involved in last month's blast at a former state Minister's house and several other serious crimes, was arrested in Malkangiri district of Orissa on Wednesday, police said.

Gangi Madhi alias Phulmati, commander of Potteru Dalam (a team) of the militants, was arrested during a joint combing operation by the Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) and CRPF at Poturupalli village early on Wednesday morning, they said.

She is suspected to be involved in the last month's blast at former Minister Arabinda Dhali's house in Malkangiri. Phulmati has been taken to Potteru police station for further interrogation, police added.

Maoists force closure of some 500 schools in Nepal

Kathmandu, Dec 15 (PTI) Tens of thousands of children in western Nepal are being deprived of their right to study after Maoists forcibly closed some 500 schools, sources close to the teachers' association in the Himalayan Kingdom have claimed.
Despite their extension of unilateral ceasefire till January 2, the Maoists have forced the closure of 500 schools in Dhading, a district 70 km west of Kathmandu for indefinite period, sources close to Nepal Teachers Association said.

Tens of thousands of students are deprived of their right to study after the schools were closed from Sunday, they said.

The schools were closed following a strike by the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal National Teachers Organization demanding that temporary teachers be made permanent and also annulment of teachers license provision.

Earlier, the pro-Maoist students organization had closed down the schools opposing the government's decision to hand over school management to the local community. PTI

This village has not filed a police report for a year!

Kunda, (Jharkhand | December 14, 2005 2:11:15 PM IST



Maoist fears loom large over the remote village of Kunda in Jharkhand where the rebels are almost running a parallel government in the region.

So stark is the fear that the locals have lodged only five complaints against the Maoists in the past year. When asked why this is so, they say that they have been debarred from approaching the police.

The police station in Kunda village of Chatra district is virtually empty as no villager dares to enter fearing rebel retaliation.

Surrounded by dense forests, the region is a stronghold of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).

Maoists or Naxalite rebels as they are called, say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers in the country's rural hinterland, often holding their own courts to resolve disputes and kill officials they claim are corrupt.

Police say that the villagers hesitate to register their reports in fear of the Maoists.

"Yes it is true that nobody registers an FIR in the village because of fear of the militants but we are trying to do our best. Only five cases have been registered in the year 2005 out of which four are related to militant encounter," said Narendra Prasad Sinha, the Station House Officer of the Kunda police station.

Villagers, scared of rebel retaliation, deny talking on the subject.

"It is not that we are scared of the militants, but there has been no fight in this village that we have to go to the police station," said Devendra Prasad Sinha.

Authorities say there are about 9,300 Maoist rebels in the country, and that social and economic disparities were aiding the rebels' cause.

The rebels operate in some of the most impoverished districts across nine states, including three bordering Nepal.

There have been two major attacks by Maoists recently. In one incident rebels killed 15 villagers in Jharkhand state in the east of the country. The victims were members of a village security group.

Thousands of people have died in nearly four decades of Maoist violence including hundreds of policemen.

Maoist rebels in Nepal fighting to overthrow the nation's monarchy and their Indian counterparts have recently vowed to join together to promote communism, stoking fears that the insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom could spill over.

Analysts say the rebels aim to build a red corridor from Nepal to Karnataka, home to India's technology capital, Bangalore. (ANI)

Addl security to K'taka CM usual procedure: DGP

Gulbarga | December 14, 2005 6:37:55 PM IST



The Additional Security being provided to Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh is in compliance with rules generally followed when leaders of his stature go on election campaign and not due to any threat perception, Director General and Inspector General of Police B S Sial said today.

Speaking to reporters here after chairing a review meeting with top police officers of North Karnataka districts, he denied reports in a section of the media that the Chief Minister's security had been beefed up in view of the threat perception from naxalites.

''There is no specific threat to the life of any leader in the state, including the Chief Minister,'' he clarified.

Citing intelligence reports, Mr Sial informed that the Maoist Central Committee had planned to target the government agencies, its officials and the police force. All precautionary measures were being taken to combat naxalism, he added.

Mr Sial said passing of the Disaster Management Bill by the Lok Sabha would better equip the police force to serve the people. It was comprehensive and met the requirements of the present scenario.

He said the department proposed to set up check posts in the border areas of naxal-infested districts to stop infiltration of naxalites.

He said as many as 784 personnel of the Special Task Force, involved in anti-Veerappan operations, would be rewarded soon.

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Joint strategy to combat naxalism mooted

Mumbai: A study group has said treating Naxal violence as a mere law and order problem would be fallacious and called for a joint strategy by the Centre and states to jointly fight the menace.

Addressing a press conference here, Col (Retd) Anil Athalye, leader of the study group instituted by the city-based training and research Institute Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodini(RMP), said in view of the growing threat of Naxal violence and their increasing clout and geographical spread, the problem was not just that of law and order.

Briefing the media about the RMP report ''Internal Security and Development in Chhattisgarh: The Impact of Naxalite Movement'', he said the report stresses the need for a joint action by Naxal-affected states as the extremist groups have now established a North-South corridor from Nepal to Kerala.

He said while one particular state is fighting the Naxalites, the other pursues a path of dialogue and cease-fire. This incongruity has to be done away with.

The 54-page report deals with the background of Naxalite entry into tribal-dominated Chhattisgarh, their functional system, nature of the movement and the flourishing anti-Naxal movement 'Salva Judum'.

Observing that during the last five years, there has been a steady growth in the influence of Naxalism, the report says that in certain areas Naxals have established parallel governments.

''A two pronged approach involving direct military action to destroy their bases in jungles and finding concrete solutions to do away with the imbalance in development would be the right kind of approach,'' Col Athalye said.

The report has concluded that lack of confidence in the police and non-participation of locals in social activities or administrative measures have added to the seriousness of the situation.

It has also acclaimed the efforts of the Chhahttisgarh Government to rise above partisan considerations and seek co-operation of the Opposition while dealing with the menace.

Major recommendations of the report include establishing a cadre of officials who are committed to the cause of tribal development, planning decentralised and job oriented development schemes, increasing and upgrading the healthcare facilities, promoting modern farming and developing markets for the tribal handicrafts.

Col Athalye said RMP plans to submit the report to the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh Government as well the Centre.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Maoists-police encounter in Jharkhand

[ Tuesday, December 13, 2005 06:22:46 pmPTI ]



MEDNINAGAR (JHARKHAND): A fierce encounter between the police and Maoist extremists was going on at Jogiasurdi under Lesligunj police station of extremist-hit Palamu district on Tuesday.

On seeing a police force approaching in their direction, the militants of Communist Party of India (Maoist) opened fire on them; police said. The firing was retaliated by the security men.

Hand grenades and sophisticated arms were used from both sides, police said.

No casualty or injury was reported so far.

Superintendent of Police, Palamu, Udyan Kumar Singh along with additional police force rushed to the spot, police said.

Jails to get stronger

- Plans for lights, fences
HEMENDRA NARAYAN
Security outside Jehanabad Jail

Ranchi, Dec. 13: Solar fencing, jammers, high-mast lights are among a slew of measures that will be adopted soon to give more teeth to the jails in the Naxalite-affected districts.

Though officials are reluctant to admit it, the measures are being taken in the wake of attack on the armoury in Giridih early last month and the Jehanabad jailbreak that followed.

The solar-fencing wires will add another metre to the six-metre boundary walls. Electricity for the fence will flow from solar panels. “The wires will have electricity flowing through them and anyone touching it will receive a shock obviously. The shock will, however, not be fatal but only act as a deterrent. The minute anybody comes in contact with the wires a siren will go off,” an official said. The system will make its debut in Ranchi jail.

“Jammers” to block use of mobile phones by inmates are also being planned. Earlier attempt to install “jammers” in Ranchi and Dhanbad jails did not prove effective as it only covered BSNL connections, a jail official said. Close circuit televisions to scan the movements of the inmates will also be put up, but that will only be next year.

Inspector-general of prisons S.P. Kushwaha has announced that high-mast lights will be installed in approximately 15 jails. Each light will cost around Rs 4 lakh. Tenders have already been issued for the job.

In Jharkhand, there are 26 jails in all — three central jails at Hazaribagh, Ranchi and Dumka, 19 district jails and four subdivisional jails. As against a combined capacity of 9,500, there are around 17,000 inmates that these buildings holds captive.

Eagle's Eye: Major challenge to security

Those who know the Naxals and the AP political vicissitudes do not entertain any optimism that the Naxals will relent and change their attitude, says TD Jagadesan

India's internal security faces a major challenge from the Naxals. They are rampant in as many as 65 districts in the country. The spine-chilling Jehanabad incident, according to political observers, is the outcome of the UPA Government's incoherent handling of the Left-wing extremism, as the administration has no clear-cut policies to resolve this ever-present menace.

Now let us go close to the hard-core. Who are the Naxalites? Sometimes also called the Naxals, an informal name given to revolutionary Communist groups waging a violent struggle to establish a "people's Government" through a "people's war". They claim to represent the most oppressed people like the adivasis, dalits and poor who work as landless labourers against those wielding power, like landlords.

How did the Naxalite movement originate? It takes its name from a militant peasant uprising that took place in 1967 at Naxalbari village in Darjeeling district, West Bengal. On May 25, 1967, local goons attacked a tribal youth, who having obtained a judicial order went to plough his land. In retaliation, the tribals attacked landlords and started capturing back their lands. From this "Naxalbari uprising" came the word-Naxalite.

How did the movement acquire a mass base? Communist leaders who broke away from the CPI(M), Charu Mazumdar and Kanu Sanyal, led the movement. Majumdar greatly admired Mao of China and advocated that Indian peasants and lower classes must follow in his footsteps and overthrow the Government and upper classes which he held responsible for their plight.

The tactics to achieve it was through guerilla warfare by the peasants to eliminate the landlords. He had written various articles based on Marx-Lenin-Mao thought adapted to the Indian context, which later came to be known as "Historic Eight Documents" and formed the basis of Naxalite ideology. In 1967, "Naxalites" organized the All India Coordination Committee of Communist Revolutionaries (AICCCR), and broke away from the CPI(M).

Uprisings were organized in several parts of the country. The ultra-Leftist ideology took a concrete shape at the May 1968 meeting of the AICCCR which represented revolutionaries from seven States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Orissa and West Bengal. In 1969, the AICCCR gave birth to the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). Practically all Naxalite groups trace their origin to the CPI(ML).

Which are the major groups? Many outfits operate under different names. But the two main groups involved in violent activities over the years have been the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War, also known as the People's War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC). The two merged in September 2004 to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist). There are other organizations that have established legal overground structure like trade unions and started participating in elections.

Where do the Naxalites operate? The Naxals have their presence in a broad zone within the heartland of India. In what is considered the least developed region of the country. They are active in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Eastern Maharashtra, the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh and Western Orissa. They mostly operate out of jungles, which have a continuous presence in these regions.

The erstwhile People's War Group's main sphere of influence was in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and eastern Maharashtra while the Maoist Communist Centre was active in Bihar, Jharkhand and northern Chhattisgarh. As many as 156 districts in these States are officially listed as "affected by Naxalite violence".

Do the Naxal groups have any international linkages? In 2001, nine Naxal outfits of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came together to form an umbrella organization, the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations with the aim of coordinating activities in South Asia. Nepal is currently in the grip of Maoist Insurgency with most of claim that Naxals in India have close links with the Nepalese Maoist outfits.

Naxal activities have been very pronounced in AP So the Telugu Desam Government and People's War Group held peace talk in 2002. It collapsed at the preliminary stage itself after the police played spoilsport and indulged in encounter killings on the eve of the meeting. As a result, People's War Group called off the talks.

The talks, it may be recalled, were doomed largely because both sides hardly trusted each other. In fact, the mutual distrust between them had raised an all-round skepticism. After the failure of the peace initiative, People's War Group stepped up violence, culminating in an assassination bid on the then Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu.

But Naidu, according to political observers, did not learn any lessons from either the collapse of talks or the attempt on his life. In a bid to encash on perceived "sympathy wave" he prematurely dissolved the Assembly and called for early polls. He made Naxalite violence the poll plank of his party.

However, the whole strategy boomeranged and Naidu lost in the poll in April 2004. His claim to being the "shrewdest" among the politicians in the State and his self-proclaimed invincibility were thoroughly exposed by this singular blunder that only betrayed his failure to grasp the ideology, strategy, tactics and dynamics of Naxalism that had defied successive Governments and Chief Ministers for almost four decade.

After regaining power in the State, the Congress embarked on confidence-building measures to create a suitable atmosphere for the peace talks. The Naxalites declared a three-month ceasefire and the State Government reciprocated the move. Thereafter, several rounds of preliminary discussions took place between Home Minister, K Jana Reddy and People's War Group emissaries leading to non-renewal of ban on this outfit and paving the way for direct talks.

Both sides have named their respective representatives for the talks, besides picking up the mediators to help this process. A monitoring committee had also been announced to oversee the ceasefire and the modalities and agenda for the direct talks. The Government and the Naxalite outfits have decided to get the contentious issues like carrying of arms by the PW cadre during the peaceful talks sorted out through negotiations.

The People's War Group condoned the Congress for imposing a ban on it in May 1992 largely because the Congress Government have tended to be generally soft on the Naxalites as was evident during 1978-79 and again in 1990 when Dr. Chenna Reddy adopted a liberal attitude and encouraged them to come overground. The Naxalites had turned their ire against former CM Jalagam Vengala Rao for the killing of 300 Naxalites during the 19-month emergency declared by Indira Gandhi in 1975.

But Chandrababu Naidu broke the records of all previous CMs put together by giving a free hand to the police to eliminate Naxalites, including some top leaders of the People's War Group during his rule. Those who know the Naxals and the Andhra Pradesh political vicissitudes do not entertain any optimism that the Naxals will relent and change their attitude. It appears certain that their activities will continue in AP in particular and in other parts of India in general.

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Greyhounds, police surround naxal hideout again

Hyderabad | December 13, 2005 6:40:42 PM IST



Hundreds of Greyhounds personnel and policemen have surrounded the Nallamala forest, the stronghold of CPI (Maoist), poised for exchange of fire and imminent arrest of some top naxal leaders, police sources today said.

Twenty five armed teams of Greyhounds, comprising 500 personnel from Hyderabad and 100 police personnel were sent last night to Nallamala forest area like Ardhaveedu, Giddaluru, Rachenta and Pedda Dornala in Prakasham district, the sources said.

Now, on a tip off that about 60 Maoist leaders have gathered in the forest area to chalk out a plan to carry out attacks on important persons, in the wake of the winter session of the Assembly, the police have laid siege again.

The police are also combing the forest areas near Nandyala and Bandi Atmakur in Kurnool district, according to police sources.

There are reports that CPI (Maoist) state committee secretary Madhav and committee member Shakamuri Appa Rao alias Ravi and 60 others including Guntur, Mahabubnagar and Rayalaseema district leaders Prakash, Sambasivudu and Raghavulu, very narrowly escaped from Pagapadiya Tanda, a tribal hamlet in Ardhaveedu mandal in Prakasham district.

The police have beefed up security for all the important political leaders, ministers and informed them that they should be in contact with police regarding their movements. At some places in the state vehicles are being checked, the sources added.

This is for second time Greyhounds and police have surrounded the Nallamala forest earlier Andhra Pradesh Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen had also made an aerial survey of the forest.

On the earlier occassion, after the peace talks between the Andhra Pradesh governemnt and the naxals failed, there were reports that Greyhounds and police personnel laid siege near this hideout following reports that CPI(Maoist) State Secretary Ramakrishna and other important Maoist leaders had gathered there.

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Police bust a CPI (Maoist) camp, recover a cache of arms

Daltongunj Jharkhand | December 13, 2005 6:40:04 PM IST



Police have busted a CPI (Maoist) camp and recovered a huge cache of arms, uniform and some naxal literature after an encounter in a forest under Lesliganj police station of Palamu district today.

Superintendent of Police Udanayan Kumar Singh said here today that none was injured in the encounter.

The extremists, however, managed to escape.

The arms recovered included one double barrel gun, two country-made guns, one remote flush gun, some live cartridges, and uniform, he added.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Naxalite commander surrenders in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam | December 13, 2005 12:38:45 AM IST



A special deputy commander of a naxalite group today surrendered before the rural SP V V Srinivasa Rao.

Singri Chitru alias Nageshwar Rao, the naxalite commander, who took active part in a number of insurgency operations since 1984 said he was not allowed by his senior cadres to see his ailing wife and hence he decided to surrender.

A member of Korukonda Tandava and Araku Dalam, the naxalite belongs to Lankapokala village in Jarrelakothuru panchayat of GK Veedhi mandal of Visakhapatnam district.

Chitru, an expert in using .303 rifles and SLR, worked as deputy commander and special deputy commander for Palakajeedi and Gaslakonda agriculture base. He participated in at least 10 Maoist training camps and supervised 15 training camps, the SP said.

He took part in attacks in Anakapalli and Chodavaram police stations. Besides, he acted as a courier boy in Maoists' attacks at Koraput police armoury.

Meanwhile, Srikakulm police today found a number of landmines were at Rejhalaguda village of Bhamini mandal. Exchange of fire between police and Maoists also took place at two different places, each lasting for 15 minutes.

However, no casualty from either side has been reported. Maoists escaped taking advantage of the deep forest in the area. Police have intensified the combing operation in the area.

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Hardcore CPI(Maoist) extremist arrested

Ranchi | December 12, 2005 5:41:18 PM IST



A hardcore CPI(Maoist) extremist was arrested from his house at Patan of Palamu district today.

The arrested was identified as Rajesh Yadav. Some naxalite literature was also recovered from his possession.

Meanwhile, police also arrested a gang of seven criminals during a raid in Lapung police area of the capital town today. One of the gang member, Jaynath Shahu was involved in over 20 criminal cases.

Police recovered three guns and two pistols from them.

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CRPF training to handle violence in Naxalite areas

Express News Service

Pune, December 11: THE Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will hold its annual training and operations seminar on Synergy between formal and on-job training at Talegaon on Tuesday. The three-day seminar attended by senior CRPF officers including the Director-General J K Sinha, will study the present training pattern and syllabus of the organisation. Officers will recommend relevant training modules to tackle violence in Naxalite areas. They will also share their operational experiences in Naxalite regions and come up with changes in the training pattern.

The seminar will also include various indoor and outdoor presentations by CRPF personnel including ‘ways to tackle Left-wing extremism’. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of serving and retired officers of the force.

Buddha asks CPM, Cong police unions to come together

Express News Service

Kolkata, December 11: CHIEF Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee now wants the UPA model to be emulated in the police associations of West Bengal. Addressing an open rally of CPI(M)-backed Non-Gazetted Police Karmachary Samity of the West Bengal police at Doltala in North 24 Parganas district today, the CM asked the Samity and Congress-backed West Bengal Police Association (WBPA) to come under a single umbrella to fight crime in the state.

Responding to the CM’s appeal for the unification of the two associations, WBPA State Secretary Bimal Biswas said: ‘‘The unification will definitely go a long way in bringing greater cooperation among the police forces to combat crimes like terrorism. However, since WBPA is the older of the two associations, we would prefer that the CPI(M)-backed body comes forward first for unification move.’’


Earlier, on the inaugural day of the conference on December 9, former chief minister Jyoti Basu had appealed to the assembled policemen to ensure Left Front’s victory for the seventh consecutive term in the forthcoming Assembly polls, a comment that triggered widespread criticism among the Opposition parties.

Meanwhile, Bhattacharjee today called for greater vigilance in the border areas to curb cross-border terrorism which, he said, is threatening the security situation in India, particularly West Bengal.

‘‘Any incident in Bangladesh or in any other neighbouring state of West Bengal can have a serious fallout in the state, which calls for greater alertness,’’ the CM said.

Bhattacharjee also pointed out that though the state had repressed the ULFA in North Bengal, the menace is yet to be totally uprooted. The CM also said that though West Bengal had been successful in checking Naxalite terror in the past, it needs Jharkand’s help to curb the Maoists in the state.

‘‘Though West Bengal has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, the state is plagued by various financial crimes like corruption and forgery,’’ he said.

He appealed to the non-gazetted police officers to bring in transparency and fair practices even at the lower rung of the police heirarchy. ‘‘All police officers should be vocal against any act of corruption committed by his senior,’’ said Bhattacharjee.

Bhattacharjee also lamented the inadequate housing facilities provided to the police. He said that an officer has already been appointed to look into the housing problems of the police force. Apart from housing, health is another major area of concern and for this a central hospital will be set up at Shibpur while another hospital is already under construction in Darjeeling, Bhattacharjee informed amidst applause from the assembled policemen.

Bhattacharjee also assured that steps will be taken for the immediate compensation of families of policemen who have died on duty

Naxal violence continues unabated in AP

Hyderabad | December 13, 2005 12:40:04 AM IST



Naxals belonging to CPI (Maoist) party today shot at Maddella Parvathalu and blasted landmines while an unidentified Maoist was killed in an encounter with police in Andhra Pradesh today.

About ten-armed Maoist extremists in Achampeta Local Guerilla Squad took Parvathalu (28) from his residence to the outskirts of the Inole village in Mahabubnagar district and fired at him. The injured was admitted to Osmania Hospital.

In another incident, a police party had a miraculous escape when Maoists blasted landmines at them near Routhalaguda village in Srikakulam district. However, no casualties were reported in the ensuing encounter between the Maoists and police.

In Guntur district, a police party had an encounter with four armed Maoists near Remidicherla village. A dead body of Maoist was recovered from the scene.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

No arrests after attack on Marxists

Statesman News Service

MIDNAPORE, Dec. 11. —

Even a week after the attack on senior CPI-M leaders of Banspahari gram panchayat in Belpahari block, Midnapore West, no Maoist cadres have been arrested.However, the Belpahari police claimed that no complaint was lodged in this connection. Nevertheless, the combing operation has been intensified in the area.On 4 December, a group of 20 Maoists raided the houses of Mr Asin Mura, secretary of CPI-M-affiliated Krishak Sabha, Banspahari at Bidri and Mr Phani Sardar, party’s Banspahari branch committee secretary, at Bhimarjun.Mr Mura was severely beaten up while Mr Sardar’s house was ransacked after he managed to escape. The incidents occurred despite of tight security by the CRPF camp and a police outpost situated at Banspahari.Perturbed over the attacks as many as 23 CPI-M leaders, including the LCS and the LCMs of Bholabheda and Banspahari units snapped their ties with the CPI-M although the district CPI-M leadership claimed that they had been expelled earlier from the party for hobnobbing with the Jharkhand Party (Naren).Meanwhile, senior district police officials faced public resentment at a meeting called to fight against the Maoists at Chhurimara yesterday.The meeting was organised by the police to ascertain whether the villagers preferred construction of road to hospital, irrigation facilities, schools or not. The villagers voted in for construction of the road along with a health centre, irrigation and drinking water facilities, schools etc. About 300 people from Chhurimara, Bogdoba, Jujadhara, Orli, Kasmar, Muniardih, Kasudanga and other tribal hamlets attended. The SP, Mr Ajoy Nand, additional SP (operation), Mr Milan Kanti Das, the Jhargram SDPO, Mr Ajoy Thakur and other police officers were present.

Maoists using satellite phones in Bihar

Monday December 12 2005 00:00 IST
IANS

PATNA: Maoist guerrillas in Bihar are now using satellite phones, police say.

The police have recovered satellite phones, firearms and mobile phones from two members of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist arrested from Danapur on the outskirts of Patna.

Police officials are worried about the development.

A senior official told IANS: "It is the first time satellite phones have been recovered from the extremists in the state. Till now it was not known that they had satellite phones."
Police sources said the Maoists might have acquired the satellite phones from their counterparts in Nepal.

The police official said they now have to rethink their strategy against the guerrillas.

Bihar is yet to get over last month's Maoist attack on the Jehanabad jail that killed half a dozen people and led to the escape of about 400 prisoners, of whom 134 are still missing.

Bihar: Two Maoist rebels held; sat phone, weapons seized

Patna, Dec 10 (PTI) Two CPI (Maoist) activists were arrested and satellite phone and weapons seized from them here today, police said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) Kumar Amar Singh told PTI that two CPI (Maoist) activists, including hardcore rebel Mukesh Mali, were arrested from Mithila colony at Danapur on the outskirts of the state capital and a satellite phone, tele-conferencing system, two pistols and 10 rounds of ammunition were seized from them.

He said naxalite literature and a diary in code language were also recovered from their possession, besides some wire used for detonating landmines.

The two are being interrogated, he added. PTI

BJP CMs to discuss VAT, naxalism

New Delhi, Dec. 11 (PTI): Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states are meeting here tomorrow to discuss among other Value Added Tax, naxalism and illegal migrant issues.

"The day-long meeting, to be chaired by party President L K Advani, will also consider follow-up action on the Supreme Court judgment upholding complete ban on cow slaughter," BJP Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, told reporters here today.

Besides the Chief Ministers, the meeting would be attended by two senior Ministers from all BJP-ruled states and the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister.

BJP Ministers in Orissa and Nagaland, where the party is a constituent of the ruling coalition, would also attend the conclave.

On the naxal problem, Naidu said steps taken by the UPA Government to control the menace were not adequate.

"The UPA Government has not been able to comprehend the magnitude of the problem and failed to take follow up action on initiatives taken by Advani when he was the Home Minister," he said.

Strengthening programmes for poverty alleviation and Antodya were also on the agenda of the meeting to be addressed among others by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Naidu said.

Marandi against holding talks with naxals

[ Sunday, December 11, 2005 08:22:50 pmPTI ]

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RANCHI: BJP Vice President Babulal Marandi on Sunday expressed reservation over holding talks with the CPI (Maoists) and said naxalites should be put down by force.

"I am in favour of putting down their violence-driven ideology with force", the former Chief Minister said adding "let them first drop arms" before holding talks.

"I don't think the government should make any move now (for talks) with such people who venture out in the darkness to kill the innocent poor in remote areas to run a parallel power centre", Marandi, who recently wrote a book on naxalism, said.

"Even one of the founders of naxalism Kanu Sanyal shunned the path after realising bullets are not the answer to achieve any thing", Marandi added.

Urging the politicians cutting across party lines to reach out the remotest parts of the state and the country as well, Marandi said "as its a political problem, the politicians should keep in touch with the people so that naxal ideology will have no place in the society"...

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He supported suggestion of Jharkhand assembly Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari for appointment of an advisor to root out extremism affected in 16 out of 22 districts in the state.

"I welcome his suggestion. An experienced person can be appointed to put down naxalism with force", he said.

Coaching classes for Naxal-prone village youths

Monday December 12 2005 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri Naxal Special Duty Wing Police are conducting coaching classes for candidates - from the Naxal-prone villages under the Socio-Economic Development Programme - appearing for TNPSC Gr-IV Services Exam, at Adhiyaman Government Boys Higher Secondary School here.

Experts from various colleges and schools are giving coaching to the aspirants. As many as 250 candidates have been attending the classes.

Collector M Chandrasekaran, who inaugurated the coaching class on Saturday, appealed to the aspirants from the district to avail of this facility.

Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, Project Officer, DRDA, B M Chandrahasan and NSD Wing Inspector Senthil were present. The coaching classes will run up to December 17.