Friday, February 10, 2006

Maoist on hunger strike in Malda jail

MALDA, Feb. 10. — Animesh Chakraborty, a Maoist activist, has started a hunger strike since yesterday at the Malda jail, demanding that all Maoist activists should be declared political prisoners on the ground that they were arrested on charges of waging war against the state.
The jail authorities today brought the matter to the notice of the Malda district magistrate. Chakraborty was arrested a few months back near Siliguri and shifted to Malda jail in September, 2005. He was also wanted by Malda police.
Arrested Maoist activists have decided to observe hunger strike in various jails of the state on the same issue. A similar agitation was launched by the Maoist activists in Nadia jail and they were later shifted to another jail. Today, Ms Anita Chakraborty, sister of Aminesh Chakraborty, who visited the Malda jail, failed to meet her brother. The jail superintendent refused comment on Chakraborty’s hunger strike. — SNS

CPI(ML) calls Bharat Bandh on March 2

Saturday, 11 February , 2006, 02:03
Kolkata: Naxalite outfit CPI(ML) on Friday called a Bharat bandh on March 2 to protest against US President George W Bush's visit to India.

Stating that the UPA government led by the Congress and backed by the CPM and other Left parties, was preparing to roll out the red carpet for Bush, CPI (ML) general secretary Kanu Sanyal said his party would protest against Bush's visit.


"Under the pretext of combating international terrorists and promoting democracy, US imperialism is pursuing an increasingly belligerent policy of preemptive strikes against independent and sovereign countries of Asia-Africa and Latin America," Sanyal said and described the US President as enemy number one of world's peace and security.

9 jawans return dead, Nagas mourn

Nandini Sircar
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Dimapur: There was grief all around as bodies of nine Indian Reserve Battalion jawans killed in the recent Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh, arrived in Dimapur on Wednesday morning.

Nagaland has seen 40 years of miltancy. And when these Naga jawans were killed fighting Naxals in Chhattisgarh, the symbolism was not lost on the people who had come to mourn.

The Naga jawans had lost their lives fighting Naxal insurgency in another state. This while several Naga youngsters are themselves involved in militancy in their home state.

"I am proud of his sacrifice and I am happy that he gave his life for the country," said ¤A4 the brother of one of the dead jawans.

But there were some disapproving voices, though. "We don't want him dead. We want him alive," shouted a group of young students.

"They have said they died as heroes. But for us it is a suicide. And it's very unfortunate," said a young boy.

The different voices notwithstanding, the Nagas came together to share the grief.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

NAXALS killed 8 CISF jawans

Eight killed, nine injured in Naxal attack

February 10, 2006 09:47 IST

Eight CISF jawans were killed and nine injured when a large number of heavily-armed Naxalites attacked a sensitive explosive depot of the National Mineral Development Corporation in Dhantewada district of Chattisgarh in the small hours Friday, police said.

"A large number of Maoists attacked the explosive depot of NMDC past midnight at Kirandul, about 550 km from the state capital, and killed eight CISF jawans and injured nine," Dhantewada police sources told PTI.

The Maoists also looted 14 Self Loading Rifles, one 9 mm pistol, two wireless sets and huge amounts of explosive material, including detonators and fuses, stocked by the PSU for its own mining activities, the sources said.

More forces to fight security woes

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Ranchi, Feb. 8: Three special forces will be raised by the state to shield industries and investors, guard the jails and bump off hardcore criminals.

We need to provide security to the different investors who are coming down to the state to set up their plants. Moreover, the state already has some very important industries and, according to the information we have, the rebels are now trying to target them. We need a force to shield these industries. The process will be starting off immediately,” informed home minister Sudesh Mahto, adding that one battalion of the Industrial Security Force would be raised immediately.

According to the sources, some of the industrial houses were still in two minds over the deals signed with the state; their main worry being the growing naxalite threat.

Despite the police introducing special programmes for the villages and buying state-of-the-art weapons, the problem remained.

Then there was the security of the jails.

“We have always been concerned with the security of the different central, sub and district jails in the state. The situation has become worse after the Jehanabad jail break incident in Bihar last year. We have decided that there should be one battalion just to look after the security of the different jails,” said Mahto.

The decision must have relieved inspector-general (jail) Sabhapati Khuswaha who had been trying hard to convince the state government to raise a special force for the prisons.

The third special force, the minister explained, would be to get rid of criminals.

“Ranchi still has many hardcore criminals who have successfully eluded the police. The district police do not even their photographs. So we have decided to raise a special task force to deal with them,” he pointed out.

According to the home department officials, the force will work on the lines of the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force.

“They will be given a target and a time frame. Their job will be to do just get rid of the criminal. The entire force will work only under the commands of the home minister, home secretary and the director general of police,” they said.

The sources said the officials of these three forces would be chosen from the Jharkhand Armed Police and the district police.

The chosen will then be given special training before inclusion in the task forces.

Vigil in Malkangiri after Maoists flee from Chhattisgarh

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MALKANGIRI, Feb. 8. — Malkangiri district in general and Kalimela area in particular have turned jittery over apprehensions of increased Naxalite activity following reports that well-armed Maoists had crossed over from Chhattisgarh after killing 11 policemen in Dantewada district on Monday.
Residents of Kalimela have been worried over reports of the fresh intrusion and was keeping their fingers crossed. The police and CRPF have also stepped up vigil and their combing operations.
It may be noted here that Malkangiri is one of the worst Naxalite-affected areas in Orissa and several policemen and villagers have been killed by ultras over the years. The Maoists had blown up the house of former BJP minister Mr Arabinda Dhali in September 2005 and they triggered a landmine blast when a convoy of local Congress MLA Mr Nimai Sarkar was passing. Mr Sarkar had escaped unhurt but two party workers had died.
The Mottu and Kalimela areas is on high alert following the latest Naxalite ooperations in Chhattisgarh.

Greyhound constable injured in encounter

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Constable airlifted from Nallamala forest



HYDERABAD: A Maoist cadre was killed in an exchange of fire in Guntur district while a constable of the elite anti-naxalite outfit, Greyhounds, was injured in an encounter in the Nallamala forest on Wednesday.

In a risky and complex operation, the police airlifted the seriously injured constable and shifted him by helicopter to the State capital.
The constable, Sankar Reddy, sustained the injury when the Greyhounds party exchanged fire with a group of extremists for nearly two hours in the interior area of Nallamala forest on the border of Prakasam and Kurnool districts. Responding to an SOS, the police top brass sent a helicopter with two doctors on board.

After hovering above the spot for some time, the helicopter could not land because of bushes.

It returned to the plain area, landed at Rudravaram where the policemen gathered some axes which they air-dropped. As policemen cleared the land, the helicopter refuelled at the District Police Ground in Kurnool, returned to the spot, landed in the clearing and rescued the constable. In another encounter, a special police party exchanged fire with naxalites in Morjhampadu village of Machavaram Mandal of Guntur district. Piduguralla Circle Inspector of Police B. Seetharamaiah said the firing lasted for about 10 minutes at the end of which police found the body of a 25-year-old man who was identified as Dakka Kotaiah of Gollapeta village in Bellamkonda mandal. He belonged to the Krishnapatti dalam.

Five rounds of ammunition, a tapancha, one Claymore mine and a grenade were recovered. On Tuesday, Platoon Area Deputy Commander Kommu Yellamanda alias Bhaskar was killed in another encounter near a cement factory at Karempudi in Guntur district.

There was yet another exchange of fire in Jathivanikonda village of Giddalur mandal in Prakasam district but there were no casualties on either side.

Meanwhile, police announced the arrest of Jangam Raju alias Sudhakar, district committee secretary of CPI (ML) Prathighatana at Warangal on Tuesday and seized 10 live rounds of AF .55 from him.

Govt reviews non-utilisation of funds in naxalite-dominated areas

New Delhi, Feb. 9 (PTI): The Government on Wednesday expressed serious concern over the non-utilisation of central funds by naxal affected states even as a delegation of Parliamentarians from these states demanded effective implementation of land reforms besides strengthening the intelligence network.


During a meeting with a delegation of 11 Rajya Sabha MPs from four states and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil here today, the lawmakers were told that some of the states had not even picked up even a single penny meant for development of tribal areas.


The MPs, who sought an urgent meeting with Patil after spate of increased attacks in Chhattisgargh, were told that naxalism could be tackled by working hard for development of certain areas and that the Centre had already roped in Rural development, Panchayati Raj and tribal affairs ministries.


Some of the MPs, including J D Seelam from Andhra Pradesh, asked for involving the Social Justice Ministry as certain areas of Guntur and surrounding areas, where naxalism had spread recently, were Dalit-dominated.


Talking to reporters after a two-hour long meeting, which was attended among others by Home Secretary V K Duggal, CRPF Chief J K Sinha and IB Director E S L Narishimhan, Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar Mangni Lal Mandal said the delegation was satisfied with the efforts of the Centre but "we have asked for more in the direction of land reforms."


"We have asked for creation of a Special Bench with the Patna High Court to dispose off the cases pertaining to transfer of land to weaker sections," he said.

India tells Maoists: disarm or no talks

NEW DELHI, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- India has said it will not hold talks with Maoist rebels until they give up their arms.

"This (warning) is part of an elaborate blue print the home ministry has come up with to deal with the Naxal (Maoist) problem," The Hindustan Times newspaper said Thursday. More than 12 Indian states are affected by Maoist violence.

The Indian interior ministry presented the blueprint to a group of parliamentarians during a lengthy two-hour meeting convened by Interior Minister Shivraj Patil.

"The ministry has asked Naxal-hit states to formulate an effective surrender and rehabilitation policy. The states will have to accord higher priority in their annual plans to faster socio-economic development," said an interior ministry official.

He said the federal government has decided to deploy additional forces to help contractors expedite development work in Naxal-affected districts.

The anti-Naxal policy prepared by the ministry says political parties must strengthen their cadre base in Naxal-hit areas to attract the youths. "Efforts are on to constitute local resistance groups too," said the official.

The official said there was a need to further strengthen police and intelligence network in Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Maharashtra. The strategy includes raising special commando units, along the lines of the Greyhounds in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, in all states.

According to a news report the ministry also decided to introduce a special insurance scheme for police personnel. "The limit for security-related expenditure has been raised from 50 percent to 100 percent," said the official.

It also exempted Naxal-hit states from paying for the deployment of central paramilitary forces with effect from July 2004, saving them $250 million.

Naxalite held near Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri, Feb. 9 (PTI): A naxal, wanted by police for the last 10 years, has been arrested at a village near here, police said today.

Fiftythree-year-old S Sidhanandan was arrested last midnight by Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing police Inspector K Senthil at Mallikuttai village, 30 km from here, they said.

Police said they recovered a few pamphlets from him.

Sidhanandan, allegedly involved in several anti-social activities and had gone underground for the past 10 years, was being interrogated, they added.




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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fellow congress men don't know AJIT JOGI's Stand on Salwa Judum

Step up security in naxalite areas: Wasnik
Raipur | February 07, 2006 10:41:58 PM IST


All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Mukul Wasnik today stressed on the ''urgent'' need to step up security arrangements in view of the ongoing anti-naxalite movement -- Salwa Judum -- in tribal Bastar region.
Talking to reporters here, he said additional police force were required in naxalite-infested areas to tackle the menace.

Besides, simultaneous efforts were required to provide employment opportunities to local youths and basic facilities in the region.

On 'Salwa Judum', Mr Wasnik evaded direct reply saying that any movement, which could help bring peace, was welcome.

Asked about former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's reported statement that the RSS was behind the 'Salwa Judum' movement, the AICC General Secretary said he was not aware about it.

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I am vindicated on Rajdhani Express disaster: Nitish

[ Tuesday, February 07, 2006 04:10:18 pm PTI ]
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PATNA: Following the confession by a naxalite that the Rajdhani Express disaster near Rafiganj Station in Bihar that left 106 passengers dead in 2002, was "a handiwork of his cadres under a conspiracy to defame the then Railway Minister", Nitish Kumar, now state Chief Minister, on Tuesday said his statement stood vindicated.

"I have time and again talked about the sabotage theory during my statements in and outside Parliament when I was Railway Minister in the erstwhile NDA government," Kumar said after holding a meeting of workers.

"My statement on the cause leading to one of the worst mishaps in the history of Railways stands vindicated now," he said, apparently referring to the police claim that it had stumbled on evidence that it was "the handiwork of the Maoists under a conspiracy hatched during the erstwhile RJD government to defame the then Railway Minister."

The Chief Minister said even the present Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in a recent letter to him had "accepted" that the disaster was caused by sabotage of the tracks. "The then Commissioner of Railway Safety too had mentioned this aspect leading to the accident," he added.

Sanjay Yadav, a sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoist) confessed his involvement in sabotage of tracks over Dhaba Bridge near Rafiganj Railway Station, which caused the New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express to jump off the tracks and its fall into the river.

"The Rajdhani Express was targeted under a well-hatched conspiracy during the RJD government to defame Nitish Kumar," Sanjay Yadav was claimed to have said in his statement to the police.

Another naxalite Vikas Yadav had earlier also admitted his involvement in the case.

Soon after the Rajdhani accident, the RJD supremo had charged the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar with "utter failure" in running his ministry.

2 Maoists killed in Midnapore gun battle

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KOLKATA: A group of armed Maoists descended on Bangbhuta, West Midnapore, late on Tuesday evening and engaged district police in a threehour-long gun battle.


Though official sources suggested two people had been killed, others pegged the number of casualties at five. Four people were arrested. One of them is Jagari Baski, a key action squad member. However, police denied the reports.

"Combing operations are still on and a substantial number of firearms have been recovered. But we have no information about anyone being killed,"said Chayan Mukherjee, officer-onspecial-duty (Naxalite).

Added IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia: "The entire place has been cordoned off but there are no casualties."Local sources claimed the police were tipped off that 30-35 Maoists had converged on the area under the cover of darkness.

Their objective: to recruit people to spread the Red revolution. Other sources gave a different version of events. They said the group comprised only a dozen people who were on a recce mission to target a police camp.



A police team led by DIG (Midnapore range) Gangeshwar Singh and SP (West Midnapore) Ajay Nand left for the spot in the afternoon.

It was around 5.30 pm that the police came under fire in the jungles. By then, a number of other police teams had surrounded the area. At least 50 rounds were fired.

The firing stopped around 9 pm. Bangbhuta is a strategic area for Maoists as it provides a getaway route to Belpahari, Banspahari and Kakrajhore.

Bihar military police strength to be raised soon: CM

PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Tuesday that the government will soon increase the strength of the Bihar military police (BMP). He directed DGP A R Sinha and ADG of the BMP Manoje Nath to send a proposal to this effect to the government immediately.

Inaugurating the "BMP Divas-2006" here, the CM said if need be, the government will amend the existing policy and police manual, adding that the police forces will be given proper training for tackling the Naxalite-related violence.

He stressed the need for strengthening and upgrading Bihar's own police forces. "How long will we be depending upon the Central forces? When we make a request for sending additional Central forces, the Centre also narrates its own limitations and problems. There is an urgent need for additional police forces to meet the various challenges,"the CM said.

"After attaining certain age, policemen should be given some other assignments,"he said. He directed the officials concerned to expedite the process for appointment of policemen at the earliest.

"In order to check irregularities and bungling in the appointment of policemen, we have introduced videography and digital camera for maintaining transparency, he added.

Earlier, the CM took salute at the parade and march past. Top officials, including home secretary H C Sirohi, A R Sinha and Manoje Nath, were present on this occasion along with former DGP R R Prasad.

Out of the total of 16 BMP units sanctioned in Bihar, only 12 are functional. The rest four are yet to be raised.

The government has decided to deploy the BMP-1 at Dumaraon. The government will upgrade its school and hospitals. In order to strengthen the mounted police forces in the state, it has decided to buy horses.

Rajdhani disaster in 2002 , masterminded by NAXALITES

Rajdhani disaster

PATNA, Feb. 7.— Bihar chief minister Mr Nitish Kumar today said the “confession” by a Naxalite that the Rajdhani Express disaster near Rafiganj station in Bihar that left 106 passengers dead in 2002 was the “handiwork” of his cadres vindicated his position that it was a sabotage. “I had time and again talked about the sabotage theory during my statements in and outside Parliament when I was Railway Minister in the erstwhile NDA government,” he told reporters here after holding a meeting of workers. — PTI


RJD MP in the dock again

Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, Feb. 7. — The JD(U)-led Bihar government today told the Supreme Court that it was not in favour of a withdrawal of a case of attempt to murder against Union minister and RJD leader Md Taslimuddin as the charges were “very serious, non-bailable and non-compoundable”.
The reversal of stand follows change of guard in Bihar where JD(U)-BJP combine came to power last year.
The Nitish Kumar government submitted that it intended to go ahead with the prosecution of the controversial RJD leader, facing criminal charges in a court at Araria including attempt to murder, possession of illegal arms and explosives.
In a fresh affidavit, the Nitish Kumar government reversed the stand taken by the Rabri Devi regime.
The then RJD government led by Rabri Devi had in 2004 filed an application for withdrawal of the case against Md Taslimuddin on the ground that prosecution could not prove the cases in trial and proceeding further in the matter would amount to “sheer wastage of court’s precious time”.
However, the affidavit filed by Mr Sanjay Kumar, joint secretary law department, said the grounds mentioned in the withdrawal application filed in the trial court in 2004 did not exist now.
Terming the charges against Md Taslimuddin as “very serious, non-bailable, cognisable and non-compoundable”, the affidavit said it would not be proper to withdraw the case.
A Bench of Chief Justice Mr YK Sabharwal, Justice Mr CK Thakker and Justice Mr PK Balasubramanyan asked Md Taslimuddin and petitioner Delhi Study Group to file their replies to the Bihar government’s affidavit in two weeks.

Naxalites open fire on helicopter gone to airlift jawans' bodies

Jagdalpur (chhattisgarh) | February 08, 2006 12:41:26 AM IST


Naxalites today opened fire on the helicopter that had come to airlift bodies of slain jawans in Dantewada district's Bhejji area, police said.
However, no casualty was reported.


Police said an encounter between security forces and the ultras followed the naxalite attack.

Nine jawans had been killed and nine were injured in a landmine explosion yesterday. The injured were airlifted to a hospital in Vishakhapatnam yesterday.

The helicopter had gone to airlift the bodies of deceased jawans.

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Censor board bans documentary 'Waiting' on J&K militancy

Mumbai | February 08, 2006 6:36:46 PM IST


A video documentary "Waiting", appealing for sanity to prevail in Jammu and Kashmir, has been banned by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) as "it does not deal with the complex and poignant situation in a comprehensive manner." The revising committee of the censor board, as per provision of the Cinematography Act, 1952, has refused certificate to the documentary, its producer-director Atul Gupta told UNI here today.
The film, screened at the ongoing Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), depicts the women whose husbands have been declared missing but not dead and eventually they are described as half-widows and their children live without fathers.

The film projects that Kashmir, the paradise on earth, is today infested with militants from Pakistan. ''The psychological impact on children and single women is probably the most tragic outcome of the situation,'' Gupta said, who has specialised in digital post production and edited more than 200 film television programmes and been part of the documentary film industry of Delhi since 1991.

The 39-minute film in English, Hindi and Urdu, is co-directed by Shabnam Ara and has entered in the national competition of the MIFF, Gupta said. It was shot over a period of two years in Kashmir, he added.

"We were threatened and pushed around by the military authority and faced hostile crowds, who were suspicious of us," he alleged.

Taking up cudgels on behalf of Gupta, several short filmmakers and festival delegates have written a letter to Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi objecting to the refusal of censor certificate. The issue of the half-widows will not disappear by suppressing freedom of expression and flow of information, which is the corner stone of any democratic society, they said.

The filmmakers have demanded a debate on the Cinematography Act of 1952 and if necessary, amendments in it.

Among other "disturbing" films being screened at the MIFF are "Smarana-remembering lost children" (Telugu) directed by C Vanaja.

The film makes an attempt to delve deep into the mindsets of several distressed mothers who had lost their sons in the ongoing Naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh.


The corruption in the medical field has been highlighted by "Health Matters" directed by Shikha Jhingan and "Nagaram", a short film from Tamil Nadu, directed by R Swaminathan.

Among other sensitive films being shown at the festival are - "Ek tha Lal Pari", a story of a eunuch, who has been living with a man named Niraj for more than two decades as his wife.

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Now TRS seeks Naxal support



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The beleaguered TRS leadership is at its wits end over the continued delay in the formation of separate Telangana. Faced with large-scale dissension in the rank and file, he party leader are struggling to resent a semblance of unity.


The party cadre is also upset with the leadership over their highhanded ways. The UPA is also not wiling to commit itself to a time frame on Telangana.

The second-in command Narendra has been making some loose talks over the past few months. The latest from him is that the TRS was prepared to work with even the Maoists for achieving it goals. The Maoist outfit has banned by the state government as it follows violent means for achieving its end.

Naxal couple surrender before SP

Adilabad Andhra Pradesh | February 08, 2006 7:42:42 PM IST


CPI (Maoist) Chennur LGS Deputy Commander Athram Ashok (20) and his wife, Mangi LGS Dy Commander Kova Laxmi (20) surrendered before Adilabad police today.
Briefing the media, Adilabad SP Kripanand said Ashok, a native of Mugavelli village of Bejjur mandal, was attracted by revolutionary songs of CPI Maoists and used to work for them by pasting wall posters and supplying provisions to them from stores.

In 2001 he joined the Chennur dalam and was soon trained in handling weapons. He was allegedly involved in the murder of Lingaiah, a police informer, and in burning RTC buses and tippers.

He assaulted one Shanker, branding him a police informer.

In 2005 he married one Kova Laxmi, Mangi Dalam Deputy Commander.

Due to ill health and after exchange of fire with police at Jogapur, Manikpatar forest area, he and his wife decided to surrender.

The woman naxal was allegedly involved in setting fire to tippers and lorries and assaulting a Sarpanch, charging him with being an informer. She was involved in an exchange of fire with police in 2001.

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Naxal training camp destroyed, explosives recovered

Bokaro | February 08, 2006 7:43:40 PM IST


Security personnel today destroyed a training camp of Maoist ultras situated on the Bhal Tongari hills under Nawadih police station of the district.
Eighteen detonators, two kg of gunpowder, more than 100 meters of fusewire and other items used to prepare landmines were recovered from the spot.

Sub-divisional police officer Ashwani Kumar Sinha told newsmen that on a tip-off, police and paramilitary forces raided the camp, but the extremists fled to the nearby dense jungles.

Later the camp was destroyed. Search operations were on to nab the ultras.

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Centre emphasise need for police modernisation to curb Naxalism

New Delhi | February 08, 2006 7:43:48 PM IST


Home Minister Shivraj Patil today emphasised the need for land reforms and police modernisation to combat the menace of Naxalism in the country.
Mr Patil said this at a meeting with Rajya Sabha members from Naxal-affected states. The meeting was held to initiate a dialogue process with peoples representatives to get feedback about the situation at the grass root level.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the under utilisation of funds allocated for police reforms, the Home Ministr said that the process be enhanced.

Of the Rs 75 crore sanctioned for the purpose, only eleven crore has been utilised till now.

The MPs expressed concern over a large number of women joining the Naxalite movement and said it should be ascertained whether the women were volunteering to join insurgent groups.

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Operations launched in Chhattisgarh to nab Bheji Naxal attackers

Raipur | February 08, 2006 6:07:37 PM IST


The Chhattisgarh Government has launched extensive search operations to nab Naxalites involved in the killing of nine Nagaland Armed Police personnel at Bheji last Monday.

The nine bodies were taken to Dimapur, Nagaland yesterday in a Border Security Force aircraft and they were accompanied by the Director General Police of Nagaland. Earlier, full State honours were accorded to the departed souls at Raipur.

The Chhattisgarh Government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.5 lakh to each of the deceased. Rs.10 lakh will be given to each of the deceased under the special insurance scheme for the personnel, engaged in anti-naxal operations.

An amount of Rs.50,000 has been given to each of the nine injured Nagaland Armed Police personnel. The Government of India will reimburse ex-gratia payment to the Chhattisgarh Government under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme.

Last Monday, Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh had killed thirteen policemen, including 10 from Nagaland Armed Police (NAP), in two separate attacks.

The personnel of the NAP, which has been at the front of the campaign against the Maoists, were killed in a landmine blast in a forest area in Dantewada district, 480 km south of Raipur.

Earlier, the guerrillas shot dead three policemen and injured five in an attack on a police station in Jashpur district.

Both attacks were blamed on the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist. An NAP battalion comprising 850 policemen was deployed in the Bastar region, a stronghold of the Maoists, in June 2005. Maoist rebels, who have a strong presence in eight of the 16 districts in Chhattisgarh. (ANI)

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NEW DELHI, FEB 8 (PTI)
Government today expressed serious concerns over the non-utilisation of central funds by naxal affected states even as a delegation of Parliamentarians from these states demanded effective implementation of land reforms besides strengthening the intelligence network.

During a meeting with a delegation of 11 Rajya Sabha MPs from four states and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil here today, the lawmakers were told that some of the states had not even picked up even a single penny meant for development of tribal areas.

The MPs, who sought an urgent meeting with Patil after spate of increased attacks in Chhattisgargh, were told that naxalism could be tackled by working hard for development of certain areas and that the Centre had already roped in Rural development, Panchayati Raj and tribal affairs ministries.

Some of the MPs, including J D Seelam from Andhra Pradesh, asked for involving the Social Justice Ministry as certain areas of Guntur and surrounding areas, where the naxalism had spread recently, were Dalit-dominated.

Talking to reporters after a two-hour long meeting, which was attended among others by Home Secretary V K Duggal, CRPF Chief J K Sinha and IB Director E S L Narishimhan, Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar Mangni Lal Mandal said the delegation was satisfied with the efforts of the Centre but "we have asked for more in the direction of land reforms." "We have asked for creation of a Special Bench with the Patna High Court to dispose off the cases pertaining to transfer of land to weaker sections," he said.

Another MP from Bihar, Ram Dev Bhandari said the Centre had been asked for strengthening of intelligence apparatus in the naxal-affected states. "There is a need to have a pointed intelligence about the movement of the naxal and maoists from one state to another," he said.

He also highlighted the smuggling of arms and ammunition into the country from Nepal and said "I have raised this issue forcefully and I want that government should take immediate steps in preventing it." Moitur Rehman, a Rajya Sabha MP, said The delegation also suggested for modernising the police force in the naxal affected states on a war footing.

The delegation comprised seven MPS from Bihar and one each from Orissa, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Chhattisgarh announces Rs 5 lakh for land mine victims

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to each of the deceased Naga security personnel killed in a landmine blast in the state on last Monday.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs five lakh to each of the deceased, whose bodies were taken to Dimapur yesterday in a Border Security Force aircraft, an official release said here today.

It said Rs 10 lakh will be given to each deceased under the special insurance scheme for the personnel, engaged in anti-naxal operations.

Besides giving Rs 50,000 to each of the nine injured Nagaland Armed Police personnel, undergoing treatment at Visakapatnam, the state government will also take care of the expenses incurred on the treatment, it said.

The Centre will reimburse the ex-gratia payment to the Chhattisgarh government under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, the release added.

Operation to nab culprits of naxal attack in Bheji launched

New Delhi | February 08, 2006 3:43:49 PM IST


The Union Home Ministry today said extensive operations have been launched to nab the naxalites involved in the attacks at Bheji in Chhattisgarh on Monday, in which nine Nagaland Armed police personnel were killed.
The bodies of nine police personnel were taken to Dimapur yesterday in a Border Security Force aircraft. Nagaland's Director General of Police accompanied the bodies, an official release said.

The Chhattisgarh Government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs five lakh to each of the kin of the deceased. An additional Rs 10 lakh will be given to them under the special insurance scheme for personnel engaged in anti-naxal operations.

The state governmen has given Rs 50,000 to each of the nine police personnel who were injured in the aatack.

The expenses incurred on the treatment of the injured will be borne by the Chhattisgarh government. They are undergoing treatment at Visakapatnam.

The Centre will reimburse the ex-gratia payment to the state government under the security-related expenditure scheme.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

12 policemen killed in maoist attacks in Chattisgarh

Raipur (Chattisgarh)/ Vishakhapatnam : Maoist rebels have killed 12 policemen and injured a dozen more in two separate attacks in Chattisgarh.

The rebels set off a powerful landmine under the van of a patrol party in Dantewada district, 480 km south of Raipur yesterday, killing nine policemen and injuring eight others.

In another incident, maoists raided a police station in Jashpur district, about 450 km north of Raipur, and shot dead three policemen and wounded five.

The injured were rushed to Vishakhapatnam in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, which was the nearest big town to the site of the attack.

“Total nine patients were admitted yesterday around 7 p.m. (local time). Of them, two are seriously injured. Other seven have received minor injuries. We have discharged two-three patients today and rest will be discharged tomorrow,” said L. Ratnakar Roa, physician at a state-run hospital.

The Maoists, who have a strong presence in many of the state’s 16 districts, have stepped up violent attacks in the past several days, police said.

Last week, they killed eight civilians in an attack on a government relief camp for tribal people. Three Maoists were also killed when police returned fire.

More than 9,000 Maoist rebels operate in at least nine States, mainly in the country’s east and south, officials say.

Maoists, who hold sway over vast rural areas of eastern and southern India, claim they are fighting for the rights of landless labourers and poor peasants, many of them tribesmen.

Most of the times, their main targets are police and paramilitary forces.

Inde - Two killed in naxalite ambush in Bastar (Kerala News)

Posted on 06 Feb 2006

Two killed in naxalite ambush in Bastar Raipur : At least two security personnel were reportedly killed today and 15 were injured in a naxalite attack at Kothacheru village in Dantewada district’s Bheji area, police sources said.

Police sources said the incident took place at around noon when a group of armed naxalites triggered a blast and later opened fire at paramilitary forces, which were patrolling naxalite-infested Konta region.

Police confirmed about an ongoing encounter at Kothacheru, more than 400 km from here, but refused to divulge details about casualty or injuries saying that a clear picture would emerge only after police parties returned to the district headquarters.

Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) M W Ansari and other senior officials have left for Kothacheru, while additional police force has been pressed into service to assist the security forces in search operations in the area.

A helicopter was expected to reach the village from Hyderabad to airlift the injured to the nearby hospital, police sources added.

It was also not clear whether the Naga Battalion or the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had faced the naxalite attack in the village.

DGP Om Prakash Rathor and Addtl DGP (Naxalite operations) S K Paswan were in Jashpur where the naxalites had blown up a police outpost at Ara village, bordering Jharkhand.

Naxalites blast railway restroom

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Jamshedpur, Feb. 6: Armed rebels, numbering more than 250, set ablaze the running room of Karampada railway station in Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway early this morning.

A running room is where the railway staff, especially the guards and drivers, take rest.

Eyewitnesses said the Naxalites marched into the running room, about half-a-kilometre from the railway station that is located very near the Jharkhand-Orissa border, around 1 in the morning.

After ordering the 15-odd staff to clear out, the rebels placed can bombs in each of the six rooms of the one-storied building. The blasts — there were six of them that went off almost simultaneously — cracked the building but was not able to destroy it completely.

“They had initially planned to trigger the explosions with the help of batteries. But as the batteries failed to work, the rebels carried out the explosions by connecting the bombs with electrical wires from a nearby transformer,” police sources said.

After the blast, the rebels set fire to the damaged furniture and other belongings inside the restroom.

Sources said the Naxalites had put up posters in Hindi, warning the police not to use any school or government buildings in West Singhbhum while carrying out combing operations in future.

“They also warned the railway authorities not to allow the police to use any railway property when they were searching for the rebels,” the police sources informed.

The Karampada running room was often frequented by West Singhbhum police during combing operations in the Kiriburu area of the district.

Since 2002, the rebels have destroyed more than half-a-dozen forest resthouses inside Saranda forest as they were being used by the police during anti-Naxalite operations.

Currently, a massive combing operation is being carried out at the Karampada area under the supervision of West Singhbhum police chief Naveen Kumar Singh.

“CRPF jawans are also assisting the district police in the operation,” informed an official of the Kiriburu police station.

‘Modern weapons ensured peace’

‘Modern weapons ensured peace’

Statesman News Service
KORAPUT, Feb. 6. — The combativeness of police has been increased over the last two years by equipping them with advanced arms besides giving good training.
The efficacy of these measures could be ascertained from the peace prevailing in the district over the last two years, Mr Arun Bothra, the superintendent of police of Koraput, claimed today. He was the chief guest at a meet to observe the second death anniversary of Narasingh Nayak.
Nayak was shot dead by the Naxalites when the district office of the police and its armoury were attacked this day in 2004 by the Maoists. It was an unprecedented operation by the Naxalites and there was no parallel to it even in the pre-Independence era.
The Naxalites who had taken control over the town for hours, looted the district armoury, one of the most protected places, and looted hundreds of weapons. They had held the town to ransom for a few hours before returning to their hideouts.
The SP, however, noted that over the last two years, there had been no Naxalite attacks in Koraput. Asked why the ex gratia grant of Rs 4 lakh had not been paid to the bereaved family of Nayak, the SP replied that it would be given soon.
A two minute silence was observed by students, guests and family members to pay respect to the departed soul.

ORISSA : Maoists have killed 24 in two years --Mr Naveen Patnaik

Maoists have killed 24 in two years


Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Feb. 6. – As many as 24 persons including five policemen were killed in Maoist attack in the past two years, chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik informed the Assembly today.
Responding to a question by the Congress member, Mr Tara Prasad Bahinipati, the chief minister said that 14 civilians and one policemen had been killed by the Maoists in 2005 while four civilians and five police personnel were the victims of Maoist violence in the previous year. Similarly, there has been damage to public property in 15 incidents of Maoist attack in 2004. The ultras have caused damage to public property in six incidents and to private properties in 11 incidents, he informed.
Meanwhile, the Central government has provided three CRPF battalions to the state for deployment in border districts. Two CRPF battalions have been deployed in southern Orissa and while one in northern Orissa. The Centre had decided not to charge for the deployment of para-military forces for three years with effect from 1 July, 2004, said Mr Patnaik.
Apart from this, a Central assistance of Rs 150.51 crore has been received by the state government for the modernisation of police forces and another Rs 3.94 crore as reimbursement of the security-related expenditure during the period from 2000-01 to 2005-06, he said adding that Central funds had been sanctioned for raising two India Reserve Battalions. Under the scheme of Backward District Initiative, a sum of Rs 67.50 crore has been provided to the Naxalited-affected districts of Ganjam, Gajapati,Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Saundargarh for filling the critical gaps in development.
Apart from it, the state police personnel are being imparted training in the Central Training Establishments. Some of the state police officers have been sent abroad for training by the Union government. Intelligence for launching the joint inter-state Anti-Naxalite operations is also being shared with the Union government, said Mr Naveen.
The requests to construct Ranchi-Vijayawada NH via Orissa and deployment of three more CRPF companies are still pending with the Centre.

Chhattisgarh to step up anti-naxal ops: Raman

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said that anti-insurgency operations would be intensified soon in view of a spurt in Maoist violence in the state.

''The rebels are desperately unleashing terror as they are taken aback by the success of 'Salwa Judum' -- the ongoing tribal movement against naxals in Bastar,'' he told journalists on the sidelines of a local function here.

Describing the extremist attacks as acts of cowardice, the chief minister said that Bastar's tribals were joining 'Salwa Judum' in large numbers, motivating misguided youth to dissociate from ultras and return to the national mainstream.

CPI (Maoist) cadres, active in about 10 of the total 16 districts, stepped up violence, killing 11 security personnel and injuring several others yesterday

2 Maoists killed in Andhra Pradesh

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh: Two hardcore members of the banned CPI (Maoist) were gunned down by the police near Karampudi village, a naxal stronghold, early today.

Acting on information, police laid a trap to the naxals while they were collecting donations from the nearby quarries and shot them dead.

While one of them was identified as Praja Gorilla Army (PGA) Deputy Commander K Bhaskar, alias Yallamanda, the other had not been identified as yet.

A gun, kit bags, gelatine sticks, detonators and garments were found near the bodies, police said.

Naxalite Erect Memorial of Saket Rajan Despite Tight Police Security

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Chikamagalur, Feb 7: This is indeed a good example for the efficiency or otherwise of the police force and a mirror to their way of working. Though they were boasting of having enforced watertight security to avoid any intrusion by the Naxalites, the latter came and erected a memorial overnight in memory of their leader Saket Rajan between Sunday February 5 evening and Monday February 6 morning.

It was on February 6, 2005 that top Naxal leader and the 'super brain' behind the Naxal operation in the state, Saket Rajan, was killed in an encounter at Menasinahadya near here along with his comrade Shivalingam. However, the Naxalites had avenged his death by blasting a police camp and killing 7 police personnel in Tumkur district within 7 days of police encounter.

One can recall that Saket Rajan and Shivalingam were shot dead by the Anti Naxal Squad at the Balige Gudda of Menasinahadya while they were returning to their camp in the early hours of February 6. Saket Rajan, a scholar and professor, was the leader of Naxalite movement in the state. It was he who had given a base for the Naxal movement and made them formidable. His sharp brain coupled with a tongue as sharp as a double-edged sword, coupled with close contacts with the locals, had enabled the Naxal movement to take deep roots in the Western Ghat areas.

With his death, the police as well as the politicians expected the Naxal movement to die a gradual death. But they have been proven wrong. Leave alone dying, the Naxal movement has gained more support from the locals in the last one year or so. Their continued fight with the landlords has brought them close to the hearts of poor people who have been exploited by these landlords. Though violence cannot be supported at any cost and any level, the locals perhaps feel more comfortable in the presence of the Naxalites than being under the landlords.

Though the government had promised to view Naxalite problem as a socio-economic problem, it has done precious little to justify that. On the other hand, with a series of encounters it seems that government has seen this as a law and order problem. Now with the incumbency of a new government too the inhabitants cannot expect anything better since BJP has always been urging the authorities to view the Naxal problem as law and order problem rather than a socio-economic problem.

Now it is quite clear that Naxal movement has not only gained ground but has even covered a quite good distance in convincing the people that in the present system, they are left with no option than fight vehemently to assert their rights. The bottomline is that if the landlords and others can exploit them through torture and violence, what wrong there is if they hit back in the same manner.

It is indeed a crunch time now. Unless the government takes a right decision to solve the problem, Naxalite movement will surely spread wings fast and wide just as it has happened in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. If the government still continues with its policy, surely it may not have any other option than to walk through a pool of blood.

The Sunday night incident is a mirror to our administration and the law and order system. People who had passed through the Balige Gudda till Sunday evening had not seen anything on the spot where the encounter had taken place. But when some women went into the forest on Monday morning, they saw a memorial on the spot built with bricks and cement. It is written "Prem Amar Rahe" (Saket Rajan was also known as 'Prem') on the memorial. His photo too has been hung on the memorial. Along with this, hundreds of handbills containing obituary to their slain leader too have been left on the place.

There are also indications that the Naxalites have offered a 'Lal Salam' (Red Salute) to their leader on the spot before vacating the spot. Here one can be sure that such a strong memorial cannot be built with 4-5 people. Surely a big band of Naxalites has come to the place with sufficient raw material such as bricks andcement and has erected the memorial. Here one point that stands out clearly that they could not have carried out their mission unless they have received support from the people.

It is here that the police and the administration have to think deep as to why people cooperate with the Naxalites and not with them? It is the human tendency that he/she feels close to one who understands him/her and feels one with him/her. It is here that the administration has failed whereas the Naxalites have succeeded to a great extent.

So the bottomline is that if the government still persists with encounters and killings, they would unknowingly assist in nurturing the Naxal movement rather than curbing it since each blood cell of a martyr can give birth to thousands of revolutionaries.

Canines assist police in Gaya to combat Naxals

Gaya | February 07, 2006 12:14:53 PM IST


Dogs have long been viewed as the most loyal friends of human beings.

And, the Bihar Police are using dogs to the maximum extent. learnt it by heart as they are using dogs' services for official purpose.

To cope with the growing Maoists' nuisance, these dogs have been deployed for keeping a vigil at night in Gaya.

Police in a remote station in Gaya, one of the strongholds of Maoists, have deployed canines to help vigilance.

"This is a remotely located police station facing threat from naxalites' attack. It is also spread over a large area. It is impossible to man every area with policemen. These dogs however fill that gap They are alert and bark at the slightest of noises, especially during nights," says Arun Paswan, the in-charge of the police station.

"These dogs bark whenever any unusual noises are heard and that alerts us to take note and make a check of the site. Also, these dogs do not bark for no reason at all. There are 12 dogs and 17 puppies," adds Paswan.

For other policemen, the adoption of canines by the Police squad is a great help.

"These dogs are very helpful. We operate on our duty in a naxal-affected belt. We have 20-25 dogs. We keep vigil in the night but the dogs pick up the slightest of sounds and start barking. They begin racing about and since they help in our vigil they are a part of our team," said Vaidyanath Rai, a constable.

In recent months there has been a spurt in the Maoists activities in some parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, in the neighbourhood. In the last five years, nearly 550 people, including 230 policemen, have been killed due to Maoist-related violence. (ANI)

Rajdhani Accident in Bihar was Devised to Malign Nitish Kumar

Patna: February 7, 2006

The Rajdhani Express disaster of 2002 at Rafiganj in Aurangabad district was the brainchild of Maoist guerillas to malign the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar. This is the finding of a police investigation following the arrest of a Naxal leader Sanjay Yadav who has confessed of his role in the Rajdhani accident that resulted in the loss of 106 lives.

Yadav, a CPI-M zone commander. who was arrested in Khwaspur village in Gaya district on Sunday, told the police that he was involved in removing the railway tracks over Dhaba bridge in Rafiganj which led the super-fast Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express to jump track and plunge several feet into the river, Arvind Pandey, DIG, Magadh range, said on Monday.

Besides 106 deaths caused by the accident, several hundred people were injured – many with permanent-y disability.

Another Maoist extremist, Vikas Yadav, has also given similar account of the accident.

At the time of the accident, Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government was in the power at the Center while the Janata Dal (U) leader and the current Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar was the Railway Minister.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav had accused the Railway Minister of being an incompetent leader "under whose regime there was a dramatic rise in railway accidents".

Nitish Kumar has maintained a silence over the new revelation but his lieutenants are not holding back on their reactions. "We feel vindicated now that the truth has come out even though we had known it all along. The RJD regime, which failed on all accounts despite being in power for over 15 years, was also responsible for the rise in extremist activities in the state. Now the NDA government in Bihar is having to clean up the mess left by the Lalu-Rabri government," said a JD-U legislator.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Moron Ajit Jogi speaks again : RSS should not fight TERRORISM


This semi retard , forgery expert former CM of chattisghar Shri Ajit Jogi telling us that RSS has not not to fight terrorism . His version is Any front which is formed for the good of society should seek blessing of Congress party , may be it's time to remind this forgerer that in democracy difference of opinions should not blind the good deeds of your opponents . It's a matter of shame that people like Ajit is masquerading as leaders, maye be his followers are illitrates and Fifth column . BEWARE OF THIS SHAMLESS FOOL WHO CAN SELL ANYTHING FOR FEW VOTES



Salwa Judum motivated by RSS, claims Jogi

Raipur: Senior Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi today claimed that the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) was behind the 'Salwa Judum'-- the ongoing anti-naxalite movement in Bastar.

''It's not just a movement launched by the tribals,'' he told UNI over telephone.

Mr Jogi, who is All India Congress Committee's (AICC) Scheduled Tribe cell chairman, said the tribals were being motivated to participate in the campaign against naxalites, without being provided adequate security.

Pointing out that state Home Minister Ramvichar Netam and state BJP president Shiv Pratap Singh have already indicated about involvement of RSS cadres in the campaign, Mr Jogi said some Congress leaders were unable to realise that this organisation was trying to strengthen its base in the tribal region.

Alleging that the tribals were being targeted by the ultras for participating in the campaign, the former Chief Minister said the ultras had attacked a relief camp recently where hundreds of people had taken shelter following naxalite threat.

Clarifying, he was not against anti-naxalite campaign, Mr Jogi said anyone participating in such campaigns should get adequate security.

A campaign without proper strategy has so far resulted in death of about 150 innocent tribals, he added.

Without naming anyone, Mr Jogi said few Congress leaders were also actively taking part in the 'Salwa Judum' campaign without realising the political ''designs' of ruling BJP and other organsiations associated with the party.

Naxals attack police station in Chhattisgarh

Monday, February 6, 2006 (Raipur):


A constable was killed and four policemen injured in a Naxalite attack at a police station in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

"A large number of Naxalites attacked the Arra police outpost in the district, killing one constable and injuring four policemen, before escaping with some weapons," Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathor said.

The constable died on the spot and the injured policemen were rushed to the district headquarters, Jashpur Nagar, about 400 kms from here, Rathor said.

The Naxals also blew up the communication tower, cutting off the link between Jashpur district, which borders Jharkhand, and other areas, he said.

"I have talked to the DGP, Jharkhand as the Naxalites might have come from Simdegah and Gumla districts to carry out the attack in Chhattisgarh. A joint combing operation is being planned," he added.

Senior police officials have rushed to the spot and efforts were being made to restore the communication link, the DGP said. (PTI)

Two killed in naxalite ambush in Bastar

Raipur: At least two security personnel were reportedly killed today and 15 were injured in a naxalite attack at Kothacheru village in Dantewada district's Bheji area, police sources said.

Police sources said the incident took place at around noon when a group of armed naxalites triggered a blast and later opened fire at paramilitary forces, which were patrolling naxalite-infested Konta region.

Police confirmed about an ongoing encounter at Kothacheru, more than 400 km from here, but refused to divulge details about casualty or injuries saying that a clear picture would emerge only after police parties returned to the district headquarters.

Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) M W Ansari and other senior officials have left for Kothacheru, while additional police force has been pressed into service to assist the security forces in search operations in the area.

A helicopter was expected to reach the village from Hyderabad to airlift the injured to the nearby hospital, police sources added.

It was also not clear whether the Naga Battalion or the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had faced the naxalite attack in the village.

DGP Om Prakash Rathor and Addtl DGP (Naxalite operations) S K Paswan were in Jashpur where the naxalites had blown up a police outpost at Ara village, bordering Jharkhand.

Maoists intensify attacks, 11 killed

PTI

Maoists intensify attacks, 11 killed

Monday, 06 February , 2006, 17:37

Raipur/Ranchi: Stepping up their attacks, Maoists on Monday detonated a landmine, blasted a communication tower and a portion of a railway station, and attacked a police post killing 11 security personnel and wounding 17 in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.


Nine jawans, belonging to a Naga battalion engaged in anti-naxal operations, were killed and an equal number injured in a landmine explosion in naxal-infested Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

The jawans were travelling in a vehicle when the Maoists detonated the landmine in Kottacheur area. Elsewhere in the state, the ultras attacked a police post killing two security personnel and wounding eight. They also blew up a communication tower in Jashpur district.

The Maoists, numbering 150, took away a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Chhattisgarh Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathore told PTI in Raipur.

The DGP said the attack took place close to the Jharkhand border and most likely Maoists from that state were involved in the strike.

In Jharkhand, nearly 15 Maoists stormed Karampeda railway station and blew up a portion of it. However, there were no casualties.


No compassionate grant to families of deceased cops
Monday February 6 2006 15:56 IST
KORAPUT: The District Havildar and Constable Association has resented the delay on part of the district police administration in providing compassionate grant to family members of two police personnel of Koraput, who were killed on duty two years back.

The deceased include Constable Narashingha Nayak killed by Naxals while on duty at the headquarters armoury on February 6, 2004 and Gopal Bhandi, personal security officer to an IAS officer killed while defusing a bomb at Naryanpatna on February 13.

These brave policemen sacrificed their lives while fighting against Naxal menace and as per norms, it is the foremost duty of the State government and the district police administration to release the compassionate grant to their families within a month of the ‘incident’, pointed out president of the association Surya Panda.

The family members of Nayak and Bhandi told this website’s newspaper that though they have received the gratuity, GPF and insurance claims including CM’s ex gratia, compassionate grant amounting to Rs 4 lakh each has not been paid to them.

Expressing concern over the delay in the official ‘procedures’, the association said such an ‘attitude’ of the police administration would demoralise other police personnel.

It has demanded the police administration to compensate the delay by giving interest, at normal bank rate, on the grant amount for a period of two years.

Contacted SP Arun Bothra admitted the delay and said the allotment is expected shortly from the headquarters.

Maoist attacks kill 12 policemen in Chattisgarh

RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Maoist rebels killed 12 policemen on Monday in two separate attacks in Chattisgarh, police said.

The rebels set off a powerful landmine under the van of a patrol party, killing nine policemen, senior police officer M.W Ansari told Reuters.

Eight policemen were also wounded in the attack in Dantewada district, 480 km south of Raipur, he said.

In another incident, Maoists raided a police station in Jashpur district, about 450 km north of Raipur, and shot dead three policemen and wounded five, district police chief Purshotam Gautam said.

The Maoists, who have a strong presence in many of the state's 16 districts, have stepped up violent attacks in the past several days, police said.

Last week, they killed eight civilians in an attack on a government relief camp for tribal people. Three Maoists were also killed when police returned fire.

More than 9,000 Maoist rebels operate in at least nine Indian states, mainly in the country's east and south, officials say.

The Maoists, who hold sway over vast rural areas of eastern and southern India, claim they are fighting for the rights of landless labourers and poor peasants, many of them tribesmen.

Their main targets are police and paramilitary forces.