Saturday, July 01, 2006

Naxals use radio to listen in on cops

IANS

Ranchi: While the Jharkhand Police are going hi-tech to deal with Naxalites, the Naxals are getting even with the same technology to track their movements.

A hardcore activist of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M), Shayam Sinku, who was arrested in Jamshedpur last month, admitted to using FM radio to intercept the messages of security forces.

The police had been suspecting such a move by the rebels for a long time.

"High capacity radios can intercept messages. FM radio is now available in remote areas and this may be helping Naxalites to intercept the messages," a police official involved in anti-Naxal operations said.

He said, "Taking into consideration leakage of our messages, we have adopted a coding system. We keep changing our code and frequency to dodge them."

The police headquarters has also alerted Naxalite-dominated districts of Jharkhand to keep their frequencies changing and be on high alert while passing messages on wireless sets.

Besides, the Naxalites are in possession of more than a dozen wireless sets belonging to the police, which they have acquired through ambushes.

The police, however, say they use the leakage to their favour.

"Sometime we pass wrong messages to trap the Naxalites. They prepare for ambush whenever they get our information, and we use fake messages to incite them," said the police official.

He added that the police department was undergoing a makeover with modern gadgets and that new wireless sets with high frequency had been purchased.

Naxals are active in 16 of the 22 districts of Jharkhand.

Maoist 'area commander' held in Bokaro

Bokaro (Jharkhand), June 29: A CPI-Maoist activist wanted for at least 12 cases, including a landmine blast, was arrested in Bokaro district today.

Shyamlal Kisku, self-styled area commander of the outfit, was nabbed when he came to a private clinic for treatment, Bermo's Sub-Divisional Police Officer Ashwini Kumar Sinha said.

Police recovered Naxal literature and papers containing future plans chalked out by the outfit from him.

Kisku, a resident of Utari Dumri locality in Giridih district, was allegedly involved in over a dozen incidents of violence blamed on the rebels, including a landmine explosion.

The blast was detonated to foil a meeting in Giridih addressed by then chief minister Babulal Marandi. The other cases included an attack on a police picket in Giridih and the looting of weapons.

Maoists explode landmine in Jharkhand

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Jun 28: Maoist ultras exploded a landmine and fired at a joint team of police and CRPF at Gorabadha under Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum district today but no casualties were reported.

The team went there on a combing operation taking along with it an arrested naxalite to recover firearms hidden in the area by CPI(Maoist) activists, police said.

The blast occurred inside the forest area between Karlabeda and Singhpura as soon as a two wheeler and an anti-landmine vehicle of police crossed the spot. The securitymen, who were returning, opened fire forcing the rebels to flee.

The arrested naxalite, whom the combing team took with it, is Shyam Sinku (36), stated to be the founder of Maoist movement in the district. He was taken into custody from Khejudari village under Gorabandha police station yesterday, Superintendent of Police Ashish Batra said here.

Sinku was reportedly involved in all naxal-incidents that have taken place in the district since 2001 including attack on Gorabadha police station in 2003 and killing of Ghatsila circle inspector in a landmine blast last year.

His wife Bela was also one of the six-member group that he leads, Batra said.

A document related to the Karampada landmine blast, which killed 12 CRPF personnel early this month, was seized from his possession.

Preliminary interrogation on Sinku led to the recovery of five cane-bombs, three regular rifles, three sets of commando uniform, a mobile phone, some naxalite pamphlets, a map of East Singhbhum district, Batra told reporters.

BJP digs up Ajit Jogi's naxal links

Press Trust Of India
SHOW DOWN: The ruling BJP accused former chief minister Ajit Jogi of having links with the naxalites.

Raipur: The ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday accused former chief minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit of having links with the naxalites, with Jogi denying it.

"Both Jogi and his son Amit have links with naxalites and they even tried to influence the result of the December 2003 Assembly election with the help of the Maoists," state BJP General Secretary and spokesperson Saroj Pandey alleged.

"If the allegations are false, then let Amit clarify as to why he had gone to the hyper-naxal infested Bastar region to meet the Maoists; who had met the naxalite leaders in Hyderabad and also whether the news reports that Ajit Jogi met the naxalite leaders at the CM's residence were false," she asked in a statement.

BJP claimed that Jogi tried to influence the election results in the state with the help of naxalites, but other than Dantewada, Jogi failed to get success, as naxalites did not have influence in the rest of the areas.

One of the main reasons behind the Congress rout in the Assembly election was Jogi's strategy to win the polls with the help of naxalites, Pandey alleged, adding that because of the 'wrong policies' of the previous Congress government, naxal violence had increased in the state.

However, denying the allegations, Jogi termed them as 'totally baseless and false'.

"Even after crossing half of the mandated period, the BJP government in the state has failed to achieve anything and to hide that failure. The ruling party was now taking help of lies and baseless allegations," he said.

If the BJP's claim of naxal assistance for Congress was true, then how come Congress could win only three of the 23 naxal-affected segments, he asked.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

AP is a naxal Special Economic Zone: Jairam

[ Friday, June 30, 2006 02:24:46 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]




HYDERABAD: In a stinging indictment of the Congress-ruled state government, the Union minister and Rajya Sabha member from the state, Jairam Ramesh, said the biggest SEZ (Special Economic Zone) in Andhra Pradesh right now was the naxalite SEZ.

Naxalites were being exported from here to other states, particularly Chattisgarh, he added. The Union minister of state for commerce made these remarks while addressing a workshop on Land and Legal Assistance for the Tribals organised by the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) in the city on Thursday.

Pointing out that the root of the naxalite problem lay in land alienation, Jairam Ramesh said the state government had
failed to safeguard the tribal land. "It is a reflection on the sorry state of administration in Andhra Pradesh.

More than 50 per cent of the 72,000 tribal land-related cases were decided in favour of non-tribals," the minister observed.

"The state has failed to protect the interests of the tribals. The administration should make efforts to get the cases re-opened and ensure that the tribals' rights are protected.

One reason is that the High Court chief justice is very supportive and we have to utilise the opportunity," the Union minister said. He directed the officials of panchayat raj and rural development department to ensure that the 2,000-odd pending cases were settled in favour of the tribals.

Noting that absence of land records, missing and tampered records have became a major problem, Jairam Ramesh wanted the officials to prepare foolproof records so that the tribal lands did not fall into the hands of non-tribals.

He said a "Para-Legal Army" of young lawyers could be created to fight for the tribals' rights. The case of Kumra Manku Bai of Adilabad district should stand as a classic example in the protection of tribal lands, the Union minister said before felicitating the Gond woman who successfully fought legal battle to reclaim her land after 37 years.

"The kind of legal support Manku Bai got under the Giri Pragathi programme should be extended to all," he added.

NAXAL SUPPORTER AJIT JOGI SAYS " Time to call off the Salwa Judum "

Time to call off the Salwa Judum

Ajit Jogi
Posted online: Friday, June 30, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST

In our tribal dialect “Gondi”, “Salwa Judum” means the “Path of Peace”.
But this “Path of Peace” is becoming more often the path to bloodshed, destruction and displacement.
Hardly a day goes by when the media do not report brutal killings of innocent and unarmed tribals deep in Bastar by this “peaceful” movement.
Popular movements, as a rule, are anti-establishment, which Salwa Judum is not. With the exception of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, one cannot think of any other mass struggle in contemporary history in which the state has played such a pivotal role.
Now, in a first, over 60,000 tribals have been uprooted from their ancestral villages and sent to live in makeshift camps.
The state government views this an “unfortunate” but necessary phase in the fight against Naxals. To me, it smacks of Hitler’s “Lebensraum”—his effort to repopulate an area with pure-bred Aryans.
There can be no justification for displacing thousands of tribals from over 700 villages they have inhabited for thousands of years. No pragmatism can defy the fundamental and inviolate principle that it is the state’s first duty to protect the lives and property of its citizens. The failure to do so cannot justify the uprooting of an entire people.
I feel aggrieved, deceived and cheated when the present collector of Dantewada, a tribal himself, tells a magazine, “either they are Salwa Judum or they are Naxalites”. The third option of just going about the business of living no longer exists for the tribes of Bastar. They must fight or die.
When a correspondent asked the then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao how could he justify deployment of 3,00,000 troops to Kashmir, he curtly replied that it is for the state to decide what it takes to protect its citizens. He did not say that he expected untrained and unarmed Kashmiri civilians to do battle with the militants.
Here, instead of tribals taking the law in their hands, the state has virtually handed it over to them. Instead of the state protecting its people, it has pitted untrained, unarmed tribals against a remarkably sophisticated militant organization, in effect, condemning them (206 according to official estimate but thousands if first hand reports are to be believed) to their deaths.
A large number of tribals kept in the Salwa Judum camps now wish to go back to their villages. They are told that they would be shot if they did. By whom—Naxalites or SPOs of Salwa Judum? That is not made very clear.
It is ironic that Medha Patkar should be fighting the displacement of tribals in the name of development and Salwa Judum justifies it in the name of death.
Why is this government so keen on keeping them in camps?
More than security concern, this has to do with the politics—and economics—of displacement. Camps no doubt, are remarkably convenient incubators for the Sangh Parivar to indoctrinate thousands of unsuspecting tribals. RSS-run Shakhas, I’m told by a correspondent of a leading national daily, have already become a common camp feature as have Saraswati Shishu Mandirs, Ekal-vidyalayas and Vanwasi Kalayan Ashrams.
Furthermore, camps have given birth to their own peculiar industry: to sustain 60,000 tribals, the state has budgeted a daily expenditure of crores of rupees in the form of food, healthcare and education. As with every other government welfare scheme for tribals, its real beneficiaries are the middlemen. To maximize their profits, they are only too happy to inflate the number of “refugees”—this is precisely what the hon’ble home minister of Chhattisgarh called them. Naturally, the living conditions in these camps is atrocious, and in direct proportion to the “refugees” desire to risk return.
Thus, hitherto united tribals stand vertically divided—in every habitat, every village and every family.
The dense rain forests of Bastar, small, inaccessible villages inhabited by tribals (scared of or sympathetic to Naxalites) make intelligence gathering well nigh impossible. Hence the oft-repeated abductions and killings of tribals from the “well guarded and safe” Salwa Judum camps.
The strategy should be to reclaim territory from the Naxalites and not to hand it over to them. This cannot be achieved if the state thrusts the innocent tribals into the illusory safety and comfort of these camps.
To make matters worse, the state is recruiting Special Police Officers (SPOs) mostly from surrendering Naxalites and unemployed tribal youths of the camps. They are paid a monthly salary of Rs 1,500 and the state hopes against hope that one day these SPOs will move into their abandoned territory for an eyeball to eyeball combat with Naxalites.
The state erroneously presumes that the SPOs are better than the armed forces, because the later can differentiate between Naxalites and innocent tribals. But the fact is that these relatively untrained, armed men with an almost blanket license to kill, are busy settling personal scores, extortion and harassment.
Reminds me of Hiteshwar Saikia’s SULFA (Surrendered United Liberation Front of Assam) which, in the not so long run, came to be more dreaded than ULFA.
This has turned Salwa Judum into a campaign wherein innocent adivasis are being used as ammunition in a State-sponsored civil war. One of the most popular folk songs of bison horn Maria tribes says is all:

“Heaven is miles and miles of forest of Mahua trees and hell is miles and miles of forest of mahua trees with one forest guard in it”..

The most famous and successful peaceful mass movement was our struggle for freedom led by the Mahatma. National historian Bipin Chandra postulates the concept of STS (Struggle Time Struggle), describing the Gandhian strategy of freedom struggle. The protagonists and supporters of Salwa Judum, as a mark of respect to the master and pioneer of the most successful mass movement ever, should realize that after the killing of thousands of tribals, it is now time to call off the Salwa Judum.
It is unfortunate that our governance of tribal areas is mostly based on the presumption of dichotomy between tribals and their habitats. It reduces tribals to exiles in their own homes. It has also given rise to a new genre of environmentalism, that has become the greatest hurdle to the welfare and development of tribals.
This, more than anything else, explains the profligacy of Naxalism in recent times—from less than 100 districts in 1995 to over 170 districts in 15 states by April, 2004.
Which is why, I have strongly supported setting up of a new steel plant in Bastar, resumption of Bodhghat hydel power project, construction of Dondi Lohara—Jagdalpur railway line and most significantly, the enactment of new tribal bill already introduced in the parliament.
The bottom line is—restore tribals of Bastar as masters of their own destinies.

The writer is former chief minister of Chhattisgarh and currently a Member of Parliament

Spotlight on ghettoes after Naxal’s arrest

After arrest of former city mill worker turned Naxal in Nagpur, police probe extent of Naxal recruitment in Surat.

Express News Service

Surat, June 29: AFTER the revelation by one of the naxalites arrested by the Nagpur Police that he had stayed in Surat for one-and-a-half decades before joining the Naxal movement in Vidharbha region, the Crime Branch police has swung into action to collect more details about other Naxal supporters, mainly migrants from Andhra Pradesh, residing in the migrant-dominated areas of the city.

Sources said that the naxalite, 40-year-old Kataia Sayulu Kurma, was arrested by the Nagpur police from Rajaura, a couple of days back.



Kurma had revealed to the Nagpur police that before joining the Naxal movement in Nagpur, he had stayed in Surat for one-and-a-half decades where he was employed in one of the textile mills and was residing in a Gujarat Housing Board (GHB) society at Godadara in Limbayat area.

Crime Branch Sub Inspector L D Waghadia, who is investigating the naxalite movement in Surat, said, ‘‘We have received four to five names of naxalites active in Nagpur who were residing in the migrant-dominated areas like Limbayat, Udhana, Godadara. Whether they are still visiting the city for recruiting naxals is to be investigated.’’

Sources said that Maharashtra’s Vidharbha region, including the dense forests of Gadchroli, Chanrapur, Gondia and Bhandara districts, is considered as Naxal-infested.

There have been a series of violent incidents involving naxalites reported from the region.

Waghadia said that Surat could be a recruitment zone for the Naxals. There is a major population of migrants from Andhra Pradesh in the city and police believe Naxal supporters are picked up from here and trained for the naxalite movement in the dense forest areas in the Vidarbha region.

According to Waghadia, the recruitment process occurs with leaders of the movement arriving in the city and organising street plays in the migrant dominated areas.

The dominant theme of the plays is anti-establishment and the suppression of tribals, which is aimed at finding and picking up Naxal supporters.

After the selection process, the new recruits are taken to Mumbai where they are provided with reading material supporting the movement.

After the indoctrination, the recruits are sent to the filed to carry out Naxal activities.

Waghadia said, ‘‘We want to nip the naxalite movement in the bud. The survelliance activity has been intensified in the migrant dominated areas to keep tab on the movements of the migrant labourers.’’

Yechury meets PM, Pranab; to visit Nepal as interlocutor again

New Delhi, June. 29 (PTI): A day ahead of his second visit to Nepal after the new government took over, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the latest developments in the Himalayan nation.

During his two-day visit, Yechury would meet Nepalese Premier Girija Prasad Koirala and Prachanda, the General Secretary of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and other political leaders, as the interim government formation process in the country gathered steam.

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, who has been the interlocutor between the two sides, was not available for comments on his meeting with the Prime Minister. Later, he also met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Favouring restoration of democracy in Nepal, India has said the roadmap to democracy, being charted out at the peace talks between the Maoists and the ruling Seven Party Alliance (SPA), should be decided by the people of that country.

Discussion on the interim Constitution of Nepal is slated to be taken up at the ongoing talks between the Koirala Government and the Maoists.

Yechury is likely to press both sides to take the international community into confidence so that global legitimacy is granted to the future shape of democracy in Nepal. The Maoists are also understood to have expressed willingness to manage their arms under United Nations supervision but not ready to lay them down at this stage.

For the first time in Nepal's history, its Parliament members and ministers had yesterday taken a fresh oath of office in the absence of the King.

Four maoists arrested in Jharkhand

Press Trust of India

Bokaro (Jharkhand), June 28, 2006




Four hard-core extremists of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were arrested from Sinduartand in Jharkhand's Bokaro district, police said on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of district police and CRPF personnel raided an extremist stronghold on Tuesday night and arrested the four rebels, sub-divisional police officer, Bermo, Ashwini Kumar Sinha said.

Several others managed to escape, he said.

Two of the arrested rebels had been involved in the expansion of the Naxalite network in the district as well as in neighbouring West Bengal.

The team, which was led by Sinha himself, recovered one indigenous pistol, four live cartridges, four Naxal magazines and six hand written Naxal posters.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Four maoists arrested in Jharkhand

Press Trust of India

Bokaro (Jharkhand), June 28, 2006

Four hard-core extremists of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were arrested from Sinduartand in Jharkhand's Bokaro district, police said on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of district police and CRPF personnel raided an extremist stronghold on Tuesday night and arrested the four rebels, sub-divisional police officer, Bermo, Ashwini Kumar Sinha said.

Several others managed to escape, he said.

Two of the arrested rebels had been involved in the expansion of the Naxalite network in the district as well as in neighbouring West Bengal.

The team, which was led by Sinha himself, recovered one indigenous pistol, four live cartridges, four Naxal magazines and six hand written Naxal posters.

Killing of PACS president by Naxalites sends shock waves

Wednesday June 28 2006 15:38 IST

KHAMMAM: With just five days to go for the polling for the Panchayat elections, the killing of Satyanarayanapuram Primary Agricultural Credit Society president Datla Anjaneya Raju at Charla mandal by Maoists on Monday evening has spread a wave of terror in the district sending the Congress candidates for ZPTCs and MPTCs nominees in a tizzy.

The campaigning for the polls would end on June 30. “If the candidates ask for additional security, we would provide that,” superintendent of police RK Meena told this website’s newspaper. Some police sources viewed this killing as a retaliatory measure against the alleged encounter of Maoist district secretary Jagdish and his wife at Chinturu mandal.

Raju was reportedly involved in the sale of plots for the displaced people of Polavaram project. The killing terrorised the people so much so that many of them had already approached the district authorities to cancel their plots in the area.

An eyewitness told the this website’s newspaper that he heard the Maoists declare that they were killing Raju as an act of revenge for donating his site to the Polavaram project model colony.

This is the second such killing in the last 15 days. Suspected Maoists shot dead CPI New Democracy leader Pathan Kaja suspecting him to be a police informer. These two killings have triggered a red alert in the district and kept the police on the tenterhooks.

Meanwhile, highly placed sources confirmed to this website’s newspaper that Maoists warned Bhadrachalam sub-collector Yogita Rana that they would blow up the housing colony meant for the Polavaram oustees.

There are 277 Naxal-infested villages in Kothagudem, Yellandu, Bhadrachalam and Manuguru sub-divisions and most of the candidates have stayed away from campaigning in the villages.

“We have decided to refrain from direct campaigning and rather reach the people through our supporters,” said a Congress nominee for a ZPTC seat.

Meanwhile, the Police department is on high alert with indications of a few more strikes in the coming days. “We are keeping a close vigil on the movements of suspected extremists,” confided a senior police officer.

NO RESPONSE TO BANDH CALL: Meanwhile, the bandh call given by the Maoists on Tuesday evoked no response. However, as a precautionary measure, the RTC cancelled all services to the remote villages.

POLL ARRANGEMENTS: Arrangements for conducting orderly and peaceful polling in the division on July 2 are being completed, Sub-collector Yogita Rana told newsmen. In all, 208 polling booths would be set up, the Sub-collector added.

Naxalite shadow looms over Kadapa , AP

Wednesday June 28 2006 14:31 IST

KADAPA: Following the bandh call given by the Maoists for Tuesday and Wednesday, the police had intensified combing operations in the Naxal affected areas of the district.

Police parties were alerted in Rayachoti, Lakkireddipalli, Rajampet and Badvel Assembly constituencies and protection was provided to the contesting candidates in the panchayat elections.

Due to the bandh call and the appeal to public to boycott polls by the Maoists, police protection was being provided to candidates and all precautions were being taken to prevent any untoward incident, Superintendent of Police Y Nagi Reddy said on Tuesday

After the encounter two months ago in which nine Maoists were killed, there was a lull in the ranks of the outlawed outfit and the police suspected that they might take advantage of the polls and create trouble. Combing was intensified with the deployment of additional forces, according to the police.

Earlier two Greyhound teams and eight special teams were combing the Naxal infested areas and 30 additional teams had been deployed in last two days. Police identified 124 villages in 21 mandals on which Maoists have some influence, said Nagi Reddy.

The contesting candidates were advised not to move out at night in these areas and night bus services to remote villages had been cancelled, he said.

Naxalite movement leader Choman Mooppan dead

Wednesday June 28 2006 12:10 IST
MANANTHAVADI: The tribal leader of the Naxalite movement, Choman Mooppan died at his residence at the Varinilam Colony in Thrisslery here on Tuesday. He was 72.

A trusted lieutenant of Varghese, in both the Naxalite actions at Thrisslery and Thirunelly (1970) and attacks on the police stations at Pulppalli and Thalassery (1968), Choman Mooppan continued to be a true follower of the Naxalite movement till his last.He had also spent about 8 years in jail.

He was instrumental in the transformation of the otherwise passive tribal community into fiery activists, acting as a bridge between Varghese and the tribal folk.

He was the district committee member of the CPI-ML (Red flag) and the state committee member of the State Karshaka Thozhilali Union, the farmers’ arm of the party.

He is survived by wife Vella and daughter Mutha.

The body of Choman Mooppan will be buried on Wednesday at Cheevambam which was encroached and seized by the revolutionaries including him.

Old comrades of the tribal chief, Varinilam Gony, Chembaran, Kaithvally Kariyan and Kaithavally Koriyan among others paid last tributes to their leader.

K. Jayakumar, CPI-ML (Red Flag) national general secretary will participate in the meeting organised to commemorate the tribal leader.

Jogis have links with Maoists: BJP ( Ofcouse , Check all his statements )

Raipur, June 28: The ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh today accused the former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit of having links with the Naxalites, with Jogi denying it.

"Both Jogi and his son Amit have links with Naxalites and they even tried to influence the result of the December 2003 assembly election with the help of the Maoists," state BJP General Secretary and Spokesperson Saroj Pandey alleged here.

"If the allegations are false, then let Amit clarify as to why he had gone to the hyper-Naxal infested Bastar region to meet the Maoists; who had met the Naxalite leaders in Hyderabad and whether the news reports that Ajit Jogi met the Naxalite leaders at the cm's residence, were false", she asked in a statement.

BJP claimed that Jogi tried to influence the election results in the state with the help of Naxalites but other than Dantewada, Jogi failed to get success as Naxalites did not have influence in the rest of the areas.

One of the main reasons behind Congress rout in the assembly election was Jogi's strategy to win the polls with the help of Naxalites, Pandey alleged adding that because of the `wrong policies' of previous Congress government the Naxal violence had increased in the state.

However, denying the allegations, Jogi termed them as "totally baseless and false".

"Even after crossing half of the mandated period, the BJP government in the state has failed to achieve anything and to hide that failure, the ruling party was taking help of lies and baseless allegations", he told on phone from Delhi.

If the BJP's claim of Naxal assistance for Congress was true, then how come Congress could win only three of the 23 Naxal-affected segments, he asked.

Bureau Report

Naxal killed, four injured in Nagpur

[ Wednesday, June 28, 2006 03:51:22 pm PTI ]



NAGPUR: A naxal was killed and at least four were injured in shootout in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, police said on Wednesday.

One naxal was killed and two to three were injured in an exchange of fire at a spot between Botanfundi and Kudkeli, police said adding the injured ultras escaped from the spot.

In another shootout, two to three naxals were injured in Etapalli area, they said adding no policeman was injured in the incidents.

Police rehabilitate former Naxal militant , in Maharastra

Sanjay Tiwari

Watch story

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 (Nagepalli):


It is a story of change and new beginnings, as a former Naxal militant married a local farmer in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra under the watchful eye of the police.

Twenty-one-year-old Surekha Sedmek was once a wanted for crimes like burning down a bus depot and even organising training camps for the Naxal outfit - the Jimalgatta Dalam.

But that was a different time and a different life, as after four and half years of a life on the run Surekha surrendered last year.

"There used to be no food, endless roaming in jungle every day and no water to drink," says Surekha.

However, ever since she surrendered, the police have taken care of her and have also found her a groom - a local farmer.

In fact, they even paid for her wedding feast.

The police say that it is not just a publicity exercise, but an attempt to present the human face of the police in a region rocked by violence

"More members from Dalam want to come back but have wrong notions of fear about the police. Through events like this, we want to give a message that please come back nothing bad will happen to you."

"We will request the government to drop the cases if the charges are not too severe, but please come back," says CH Stalin, Additional Superintendent of Police.

Everyone is happy that Surekha's life has taken a new turn, and the police say that they are hoping for more such cases.

Eight Maoists killed in encounter in Mahabubnagar , AP

Hyderabad, June 28: Eight Maoists, including a self styled commander and a deputy commander were killed in a shootout with police in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.

The Grey Hounds Personnel, an elite anti-Naxal force, and Maoists exchanged fire in the thick forest near Mallaipet village of Amarabad Mandal in which local guerilla squad 'commander' Mahesh and 'deputy commander' Swarupa and six others were killed, police said.

The police suspect that a top Naxal leader and district committee member Sambasivudu believed to have escaped from the scene.

The police in the Naxal-infested areas has been put on alert following the incident.

Meanwhile, said seven Maoists, including a local squad commander surrendered at Warangal.

The Maoists, including two women, surrendered to the district superintendent of police M S Ravindra at Warangal.

Bureau Report

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Malayalam film : A story of increasing naxalite menace in Village

Malayalam film to feature in Calgary Film Festival

Kochi, June 27 (UNI): Malayalam film 'Chandranilekkoru Vazhi' (A Way to Chandra) is to be screened at the Calgary International Film Festival in Canada in late September.

According to the producers Ind Win Movies, the film, directed by Babu Varkey, tells the story of increasing naxalite menace in a village, against the backdrop of the local folk dance form of 'kurathiyattom'.

Among the lead actors in the film are Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy Sreekumar and Rekha.

Cops destroy 7 Maoist camps in Chhattisgarh

Law Kumar Mishra
[ Wednesday, June 28, 2006 12:21:55 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]




RAIPUR: Claiming a major success in wiping out seven Maoist camps in dense jungles of Bijapur in Dantewara district of Chhattisgarh, the police said a major blow had been inflicted on the west guerrilla base of Maoists.

Five hardcore extremists were killed in separate operations, while a CRPF jawan was also injured in the joint action carried out by CRPF, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh police teams on Monday evening.

The teams targeted Maoist camps located in Teli Nilu, Marimarka and Annaram of Bijapur police district's dense forests. Home minister Ran Vichar Netam lauded anti-insurgency operations and said a major blow had been dealt to the Naxalites' base in the area.

As many as 12 landmines, four pressure bombs, detonators and empty tiffin boxes were recovered from the camps. Besides this, 450 kg rice, 200 kg pulses, biscuits and other food articles were also recovered, the police said.

Among the guerrillas killed were two couples, gunned down after a fierce encounter near Toenar, under Dornapal police station in Dantewara district, while the others escaped. A CRPF jawan was injured in the gun battle.

IGP (intelligence) Girdhari Nayak said a joint patrolling party of CRPF and Chhattisgarh Armed Force raided a place near Toenaar, about 12 km from Dornapal block headquarters. The rebels had captured three houses, which they were using as their base.

They had installed binoculars in all the corners to keep a watch on the movement of outsiders, Nayak said, adding that mines were planted around the area. "The villagers had confirmed that the rebels carried away four bodies — of two men and two women Maoists — in a tractor," Nayak said.

According to Bastar DIG T J Langkumer, another operation was also carried out in which one Maoist was killed while two were nabbed by the security personnel, as the guerrillas fled after triggering a landmine blast on the Bijapur-Gangalur road early this morning.

The blast was targeted at security personnel, carrying out a combing operation at the Bhejji-Injiram road. The cops retaliated killing one guerrilla and capturing two.

In another incident, Maoists killed block panchayat member Lalit Markam in Dudhiram village of Dornapal on Monday night. Markam was an activist of the anti-Maoist Salva Judum campaign.

Maoists kill Congress leader in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, June. 27 (PTI): A Congress leader of Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh was shot dead by Maoists, police said today

"Armed naxalites surrounded the house of Lalit Markam at Dudhiras yesterday and dragged him out and shot him dead," Dantewada district Superintendent of Police Praveer Das told PTI.

The incident took place at Dudhiras village under Gadiras police station area, about 425 km from the state capital, Das said.

Markam (33) was a former elected member of the block panchayat and also a close associate of Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Mahendra Karma.

Karma was leading the Salwa Judum or campaign against the naxalites with the active support of the BJP Government since June 4, last year. Police said Markam was killed because of his association with karma and salwa judum.

Because of the naxal violence, over 54,000 people of 644 villages of Dantewada and Bijapur districts are staying in 24 relief camps, being run by the state government.

The naxalites from time-to-time attack the camps and kill the people, who are going against Maoists, police added.

Maoists kill local leader , blast govt houses in Andhra

By Indo Asian News Service

Hyderabad, June 27 (IANS) Maoists guerrillas in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday hacked to death the chief of a cooperative society to protest the killings of their cadres in 'stage managed' gun battles.



Police said a group of Maoists attacked D. Anjanya Verma, president of a primary cooperative society, with sickles in Satyanarayanpuram in Cherla mandal of Khammam district early Tuesday. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The attackers, belonging to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), later blasted some houses, under construction by the state government, officials said.

Maoists resorted to this action to protest the recent killing of their top leaders, Khammam district committee secretary Jagdish and his wife Vangara Rajakka, in what they said was a stage managed gun battle on June 22.

The CPI-Maoist also called for a statewide shutdown to protest the killing of its cadres by the police. The shutdown had no impact barring a few pockets in their strongholds.

About a dozen Maoists have been killed in various parts of the state since June 16 when a top rebel leader Mattam Ravikumar was gunned down by police in Praksam district.

Ravikumar, a member of the state and central committees of the CPI-Maoist, was considered an intellectual involved in policy-making.

More than 300 people, most of them guerrillas, have been killed since January last year when the eight-month ceasefire collapsed.

The Maoist violence in the state, a stronghold of the guerrilla movement, has claimed more than 6,000 lives so far.

The guerrillas claim to be fighting for the poor and farmers in villages. They target landlords and the police, who are accused of protecting the rich.

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'Maoists pose threat to India but can be overcome'

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas will pose serious security challenges to India in the years to come, but these can be overcome with will, according to experts on the subject.
But speakers on the expanding tentacles of the Maoist extremist movement appeared to differ on ways to meet the threats posed by the rebels, with one advocating military action and yet another emphasizing ending the disaffection caused by poverty and backwardness.

Claiming that the Maoist threat was far more serious than what New Delhi admitted, Ajay Sahni, director of the Institute of Conflict Management, told a gathering here late Monday that India was witnessing a "slow but systematic build up" of the leftwing guerrillas a la Nepal.

"This is an enormously motivated movement, a phased strategy of realization (of the ultimate goal)," said Sahni, an expert on terrorism. "What appears to be random violence is actually to a plan."

Sahni said the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), which was formed in 2004 following the merger of the People's War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MC), was steadily expanding into areas of administrative vacuum.

Sahni underlined that it was the Maoist movement that for the first time had thrown up a pan-India insurgency, unlike all other militant campaigns in India, and marshalled official statistics to accuse the government of underplaying the seriousness of the rebel menace.

"There are no so-called development solutions that can resolve the problem," he said, swimming against the tide of popular opinion. "(Such statements) has become an alibi to do nothing and for pumping money into (Maoist) areas." Such money, he said, was later siphoned off. "There has to be a military solution, I would call it a police solution."

H.J. Dora, a former director general of police of Andhra Pradesh, which lies at the core of India's four decades old Maoist movement, related how the law enforcing authorities managed to subdue the guerrillas in the sprawling state with painstaking efforts.

Andhra Pradesh has been enmeshed in Maoist insurgency ever since the movement erupted in West Bengal in May 1967 and has remained the biggest stronghold of Maoists, providing a fertile ground for PWG's steady expansion.

Dora said after a 1997 attack on an outlying police station in Khammam district that killed 16 policemen he spent three days in the area coming to grips with the problems of the hard-pressed constabulary.

"We then started taking counter-terrorism measures," he explained.

This included 24-hour surveillance of surrounding areas from the rooftops of police stations in remote areas, use of grenades by policemen, intensified training, map reading, provision of better weapons, use of night vision goggles and night navigation.

The Andhra Pradesh Police also upgraded the communication system and fine-tuned the anti-insurgency Grey Hounds unit. "Within 18 months we were on top."

Dora described the PWG as a "highly secretive movement" that went to extreme lengths to protect its leaders. He said the state's surrender policy created rifts within the Maoists, and there were also rumblings among the guerrillas belonging to upper and lower castes.

"We can tackle (the Maoist problem) if we are serious," Dora commented with finality.

J.N. Roy, formerly of the Intelligence Bureau and now a consultant with the home ministry, said: "The heart of the crisis lies in the style and content of governance in the country."

He added that unlike the first phase of India's Maoist movement, which began as the Naxalite movement (named after the village in West Bengal where it began) in 1967 and ended with the death of founder-leader Charu Mazumdar in 1972, the second phase was "grievances driven". He, however, added that the Maoists would never succeed in taking power in India.

Ved Marwah, a former governor of Jharkhand and a former Delhi Police chief, accused "big business groups - I don't want to name them" and "even major political parties" of funding the Maoists. "We are faced with a very serious problem," he said.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Shaukat Aziz's India link in Naxal hands

Aziz's India link in Naxal hands
Faizan Ahmad
[ Tuesday, June 27, 2006 01:08:01 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

Aziz's India link in Naxal hands
Faizan Ahmad
[ Tuesday, June 27, 2006 01:08:01 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]



NAGLA (JEHANABAD): Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's emotional attachment to Neharwali Haveli in old Delhi, where he was born, is well known, but it is just as well that his prime minister did not take a walk down memory lane when he came to India two years ago.

For, had Shaukat Aziz and his wife Rukhsana wished to visit Nagla - the place where the latter was born - the government would have had to turn him down due to a "security threat" in the form of Naxals.

Once the pride of Nagla, the sprawling haveli of Aziz's in-laws was captured by Maoists over a decade ago. The haveli, now in shambles, and around 40 bighas of agricultural land belonging to the family are under Maoist rebels.

Rukhsana is the daughter of Iqbal Hussain Shah, who migrated to Pakistan after Partition. His Patna-based elder brother and physician Mahmood Shah used to look after the ancestral property.

But after his death and subsequent migration of most family members, the haveli was locked up. In 1994, Naxalites under the banner of People's War Group stormed the deserted haveli and posted red flags on it and the adjoining lands.

Mohiuddin, a 56-year-old neighbour, said: "The police later came and removed the flags. But that was about it. The fact is that the entire property is still in the possession of the extremists."

Mahmood Shah's son Mohammad, the only male member of the family living in India, is sad that he can't get any support from either the administration, villagers or relatives to get the property back.

"It wasn't wise to stay there alone due to a threat to my life. I left the village for good in 1995," said Mohammad, who now resides in Patna.

"Uncle phoned me from Karachi when Aziz was coming to India," he recalled, quoting Iqbal Hussain Shah as telling him, "Nagla ka damad ja raha hai".

Nagla villagers are also proud of this fact, but hope that Aziz pays them a visit. "The face of this village will change if the Pakistan PM comes here even for a few minutes," said a youth.

The haveli, meanwhile, remains neglected. Except for the 15-feet high entrance and pillars, staircase, verandah ornated with broken white pieces of China clayware and crumbling rear portion, the mansion has been reduced to rubble.

"It was not this bad till a decade back," said Abdul Sattar, another neighbour. "The owners stopped coming. Hence this condition."

Maoists raid CRPF camp in Jharkhand , jawan , 6 Maoist killed

SOURCE: PTI

Monday, June 26, 2006 23:50 IST

HAZARIBAGH: In a major raid, about 400 Maoist rebels attacked a CRPF camp in Jharkhand, killing a jawan, and blew up rail tracks in two places.

After the attack at Rahvan in Jhumra Pahar area in Bokaro district, CRPF jawans posted there retaliated and the gun battle continued till late Sunday night, Hazaribagh's Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.

Over 4,000 rounds were fired by the CRPF jawans who also used 20 para bombs, mortars and 20 grenades in one of the firefight that lasted over four hours, said Ashwini Kumar Sinha, the Sub-divisional Police Officer at Bermo in Bokaro.

Kumar could not confirm if there were any casualties among the Maoists. However, Sinha said police teams had spotted bloodstains at a few places at the site of the gunbattle and anticipated that a few rebels might have been killed.

About 3,000 empty cartridges, 150 live cartridges, 15 crude bombs and as many grenades were recovered from the spot.

Sinha said the rebels, comprising hard-core ultras from Andhra Pradesh and Nepal, blew up rail tracks at Dania and Dumribihar station and planted explosives on all roads to leading to Jhumrapahar while fleeing.


All police stations in Hazaribag district near Bokaro and Jhumrapahar were put on alert following the attack.



SOURCE: [IANS ]

RANCHI: A paramilitary trooper and six Maoists were killed in an eight-hour-long gun battle between security personnel and the rebels in Jharkhand on Monday, police said.

According to police, around 300 activists of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp located in the Jhumra forest of Bokaro district, about 160 km from here, in retaliation for the killing of four rebels on Saturday.

The attack took the CRPF personnel by surprise and resulted in the death of a trooper. The Jharkhand Police soon sent reinforcements and the ensuing gun battle continued for more than eight hours, during which the two sides fired more than 6,000 rounds, police said.

Maoist Guerrillas are active in 16 of Jharkhand's 22 districts. More than 550 people, including 230 security personnel, have been killed in Maoist-related violence during the last five years

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Maverick's World

Tribals’ city tryst to trip Naxalite plans

HT Correspondent
Lucknow, June 24




DESPITE LIVING in the 21st century, they never saw even a pucca road before. For tribal youths of Naxal-infested Sonebhadra, it was their first tryst with the modern world.

Moreover, the Sonebhadra police were playing friend, philosopher and guide to the youths who were on ‘Lucknow darshan’ on Saturday.

It was no casual trip. There was a larger objective behind the exercise – weaning tribal tyros away from the influence of Naxalites and their propaganda.

“I never saw a city before,” said Ram Jag of Purianara village in Sonebhadra.

Thus far, his world had been confined to the hilly tracks of his native place infested by gun-toting Naxalites from across Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

For Jitan Singh, too, the visit was an eye-opener. He was dumbfounded to see the glitter of life outside his Dhani Raina village. All that he had been exposed to so far was ‘indoctrination’ by Naxals. They had told him that the world outside the tribal belt was bad.

So, it was a pleasant surprise when policemen befriended him and others to dispel many a myth about the world. Mobilisation of around 200 youths against Naxals appeared to have yielded positive results.

If only the civil administration had been just as innovative in trying to bring the tribals into the mainstream.

“Our counterparts (the civil administration) neither understand the sensitivity of the Naxalite problem, nor are they committed,” said Sonebhadra superintendent of police Raghuvir Lal. He said other departments made piecemeal efforts and thus development of the Naxalite affected region was highly “imbalanced”.

More than the police, the tribals needed basic facilities, added 35th PAC Battalion commandant VK Singh.

Director general of police Bua Singh nodded in agreement, as he said developmental measures should be speeded up in the region.

Most police officers feel the Naxalite problem cannot be tackled without providing villagers with amenities. The Sonebhadra police have succeeded in weaning away around 200 youth from Naxalites by assuring them of a better and safer future.

Bua Singh told the group that Naxalites had given them nothing and only imperiled their lives. The DGP said Naxal leaders lived lavishly, they compelled innocent tribal youths to live a hard life in the forests.

He said the “best way to eliminate the Naxalite menace” was to win over tribal youths who were their local conduits.

Naxal leaders mislead tribals: DGP

[ Sunday, June 25, 2006 01:15:25 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


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LUCKNOW: The Naxal leaders lead a life of luxury and send their children to public school with funds collected from the poor tribals.

They have only their own interest in mind and take the innocent and illiterate tribals for a ride. These were the sentiments expressed by Bua Singh, director-general of police, UP.

He was speaking at a function organised by the Sonebhadra police as a part of the tour organised for the tribal students of Naxal-affected Sonebhadra.

About 200 students from Sonebhadra had come to Lucknow to visit the state capital. Some of these tribals had not even visited any place beyond Robertsganj.

The programme, called Apna Desh Darshan will take these students to Allahabad from here. Among those present on the occasion were Devraj Nagar, ADG, intelligence; Shailja Kant Mishra, IG, PAC; Vinod Kumar Singh, Commandant, 35 Battalion, PAC; and Raghuvir Lal, SP, Sonebhadra.

The DGP shared experiences of his earlier stint in terrorism-infested Punjab. "The terrorists used to offer incentives to the common people, saying that once Khalistan is formed the Hindus, constituting 45% of population, would be driven away and their jobs would be given to the Sikhs," he said.

When they failed to get support of the commoners they started targeting them. The DGP announced the formation an Indian Reserve Battalion of PAC in Robertsganj."This will mainly recruit tribals of the area," he said.

The recruitment will start from June 28, 2006. Other speakers pointed out the measures taken for the uplift of tribals of Sonebhadra.

They pointed out that the police treat this as a socio-economic problem. SP, Sonebhadra, Raghuvir Lal pointed out that a 20-point questionnaire is used by the police teams to find out the problems of the area. About 30 camps have been organised for the tribals.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Jawan guns down two colleagues

Varanasi: A Provincial Armed Constabulary jawan opened fire on his colleagues over a petty dispute, killing two and wounding three others, in naxalite-affected Naugarh police station limits in adjoining Chandauli district on Sunday.

Police sources here said Laxman Prasad of the 26th Battalion opened fire on his colleagues, killing Dayaram Yadav (45), a Uttar Pradesh police constable and Yogendra Saroj (20) of the PAC. Shivdhar Thakur (59), Moti Lal (55) and Akhilesh Prasad (42), all PAC jawans, were critically injured.

Laxman Prasad fled the Aurawatah PAC camp, where the incident took place, with his service firearm.

Sources said Laxman Prasad had some dispute with his colleagues on Saturday night and the company in-charge had ordered him to deposit his service weapon. But this morning, though he was on leave, Laxman got his weapon reissued, claiming that the dispute had been sorted out.

The injured jawans have been admitted to the BHU hospital here.

Senior police officials, including Inspector General A. C. Sharma rushed to the spot. A manhunt has been launched to nab Laxman Prasad. — UNI

Castism in Naxal aka Maoist groups ?

Chatra killing fuels fresh fears

Dipankar Bose

CHATRA/RANCHI, June 25: With bodies of five CPI (Maoist) deserters discovered by a roadside in Chatra on Friday morning, buzz in the counter-insurgency circles is that more such killings are in the offing. A senior police officer says the murders are the outcome of casteism that is racking the Naxalite group at the moment.
The bullet-ridden bodies of Ritesh ~ former zonal commander, Jitendra Das alias Prabhat ~ former area commander, Birodhi alias Ishwari alias Kishori Ghanju and Kalu Turi ~ both former sub-zonal commanders and Nandkishore Sahu alias Utrayan were found by the Gaya-Chatra main link road off the Bhuiandih jungle near Devpur village. The quintet were active in the Kouleshwari unit of the CPI-Maoist.
According to the district superintendent of police, Mr T Kondaswamy, the slain persons had deserted the outfit and had recently joined a breakaway faction, Tritiya MCC Prastuti Committee (TMPC).
“Documents found at the spot pin the responsibility of the deaths on the Maoists. Ritesh was a resident of Dagra, Chattarpur in Palamu, Utrayan lived in Dhujji, Sherghati in Gaya and Birodhi came from Dhangai ~ also in Gaya. Jitendra and Kalu were from Chatra and were residents of Ektara, Hunterganj and Bhuiandih. The documents identify Ritesh as one of the leaders of TMPC and the rest as members,” Mr Kondaswamy said.
Officers say that on 20 June, a group of 30 Maoist extremists had quit the CPI (Maoist) and joined the TMPC. “The Maoists did not like the exodus as many deserters possessed vital information. On 21 June, the Maoists and the members of TMPC started a gun battle near Raksi More of Tetriya in Chatra. Shortly afterwards, the Maoists abducted 20 TMPC members and eventually killed five of them. We fear that in the coming days, more killings will follow,” a senior officer said.
Another officer said that TMPC was formed by some extremists who believed that the top Maoist leaders had a caste bias and did not include members from lower castes in the decision-making process. “It was alleged that Yadavs were running the CPI (Maoist) group and cadres belonging to the Bhoktas, Turis, Badais, Oraons, Ghanjus and Other Backward Classes were given the go-by. As dissidence grew, more cadres chose to leave the group. The TMPC recently gained a foothold in Latehar, Chatra and Palamu. The Maoists and their former cadres are currently competing to milk local transporters and contractors to replenish their coffers,” an senior sleuth said.
Apparently, the central committee of the CPI (Maoist) convened an emergency meeting early this month to discuss the growing influence of TMPC in several districts of Jharkhand. Reports suggest that in the meeting, the Maoists decided to crush the new outfit and deputed 200 hard-core extremists of the Saranda zone to accomplish this.

Naxal Threat : Tight security for rath yatra in Puri

Puri, June. 25 (PTI): Close on the heels of the Orissa Government's decision to declare as unlawful the activities of the CPI-Maoist, strict security arrangements have been put in place around this pilgrim city ahead of Tuesday's annual rath yatra.

An estimated one-million people are expected to congregate for the festival during which deities of the 12th century Jagannath temple are taken out of the shrine on a ride on three elegant chariots amidst various rituals.

"Since the government has declared the activities of the Maoists as unlawful, we feel the threat (this year) could be higher than before," Superintendent of Police Sanjeeb Kumar Panda said.

The government has sought assistance from 15 states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Punjab, which have experience in tackling extremist activities.

Security personnel from these states are expected to arrive here ahead of the festival to assist the administration in arranging fool-proof anti-terrorist measures during the event, Panda said.

The government has deployed an anti-Naxalite team, a rapid action team and a bomb disposal squad at Puri. Spotters, sniffer dogs and other modern equipment will also be put in place to deal with any eventuality, he said.

Karnataka : Home Minister plans to modernise Police Dept

Sunday June 25 2006 12:04 IST

CHITRADURGA: Home Minister M P Prakash expressed his desire to modernise the Police Department and to improve its speed of working.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, he said Dharmaveer and National Police Commission recommendations would be implemented to strengthen the Police Department.

He said he wanted to make the Department people-friendly.

This can be achieved after providing the staff and all necessary facilities, which include minute details like supplying proper shoes, he added.

To a question, he said the Police in Karnataka was fully capable of controlling both naxal menace and the recently entered international terrorism into the state.

Asked whether he would continue as both the Minister and the state president of JD-S, he said that was left to the discretion of national president of party H D Deve Gowda.

He added that he would abide by the decision to be taken by Deve Gowda. There was no question of resignation by Mahima Patel to state general secretary post, he said. Because, he added, it was not a resignation letter. It was just a personal letter.

However, his displeasure would be attended to shortly, he said.

Recalling that he had served in 13 departments as minister from 1983, he assured that he would use his wide experience to build the party and to serve the people.

He was accompanied by K Amaranarayana, DC, and Umeshkumar, SP, Anandappa and others.

Naxal leaders mislead tribals: DGP

[ Sunday, June 25, 2006 01:15:25 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


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LUCKNOW: The Naxal leaders lead a life of luxury and send their children to public school with funds collected from the poor tribals.

They have only their own interest in mind and take the innocent and illiterate tribals for a ride. These were the sentiments expressed by Bua Singh, director-general of police, UP.

He was speaking at a function organised by the Sonebhadra police as a part of the tour organised for the tribal students of Naxal-affected Sonebhadra.

About 200 students from Sonebhadra had come to Lucknow to visit the state capital. Some of these tribals had not even visited any place beyond Robertsganj.

The programme, called Apna Desh Darshan will take these students to Allahabad from here. Among those present on the occasion were Devraj Nagar, ADG, intelligence; Shailja Kant Mishra, IG, PAC; Vinod Kumar Singh, Commandant, 35 Battalion, PAC; and Raghuvir Lal, SP, Sonebhadra.

The DGP shared experiences of his earlier stint in terrorism-infested Punjab. "The terrorists used to offer incentives to the common people, saying that once Khalistan is formed the Hindus, constituting 45% of population, would be driven away and their jobs would be given to the Sikhs," he said.

When they failed to get support of the commoners they started targeting them. The DGP announced the formation an Indian Reserve Battalion of PAC in Robertsganj."This will mainly recruit tribals of the area," he said.

The recruitment will start from June 28, 2006. Other speakers pointed out the measures taken for the uplift of tribals of Sonebhadra.

They pointed out that the police treat this as a socio-economic problem. SP, Sonebhadra, Raghuvir Lal pointed out that a 20-point questionnaire is used by the police teams to find out the problems of the area. About 30 camps have been organised for the tribals.