Saturday, July 22, 2006

Fake naxals rob techie's house

[ 22 Jul, 2006 0046hrs IS TTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]



HYDERABAD: A three-member gang of robbers, claiming themselves to be naxalites of the CPI(ML)'s Chandra Pulla Reddy faction, robbed a software engineer's house near Alwal on the outskirts of the city on Thursday. However, police suspect that the offenders might be the members of a pseudo-naxalite gang.

R Murali Krishna, a software engineer residing at Yapral, reached his house on Thursday night and was parking his car when three persons approached him. They identified themselves as 'annalu' (naxalites) and reportedly threatened Murali Krishna with firearms and then followed him into his house.

The 'naxalites' then asked Murali Krishna to part with some money towards their 'party fund'. Soon after, they started searching the almirah and could gather around Rs 41,000 in cash.

Though initially they did not show any interest in jewellery, saying that they need cash for party fund, gold ornaments of around 50 tolas is said to be missing after they left the house, police said.

Even as the trio were in the house, Murali Krishna's wife Laxmi raised an alarm. A few of their neighbours rushed to the house, but the trio could forcibly made Murali Krishna to tell them that nothing was wrong in the house.

The neighbours went away with Murali Krishna assuring them that there were no intruders in the house, Alwal police sub-inspector Ch Satish Reddy said.

The trio told Murali Krishna that two of them had approached him for a job as a car driver couple of months back and also showed a pamphlet of the naxalite group they belonged to.

"We are suspecting that the weapons in the possession of trio were fake. They seem to be like toy pistols,” Satish Reddy said.

One of the robber was in the age group of 22-25 while the remaining two were below 20, police said. The trio did not wore any masks and spoke in Telugu, police said.

BJP seeks report on anti-Naxal action

Saturday, July 22, 2006 (New Delhi):

The BJP today attacked the ruling UPA for its handling of Naxalism and sought an explanation from it regarding the moves it has taken to tackle the problem in the past two years.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad flayed Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for having reportedly suggested a "humane approach" in dealing with Naxalism.

The statement comes a day after CPI (Maoist) insurgents killed more than two dozen anti-Naxalite Salwa Judum tribals in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district.

"We would now like to know from the Home Minister what comprehensive initiatives he has taken to deal with Naxalism," Prasad said at a party briefing.

In a counter-attack on the Congress, which has sought action against senior party leader Jaswant Singh over news reports on the IA hijack in 1999, Prasad challenged the ruling UPA's record in dealing with terrorism.

"The government brought in amendments to the Foreigners' Act to encourage infiltration after the Supreme Court quashed the IMDT Act in Assam. The Congress along with the Left came out with a resolution in the Kerala Assembly in favour of the main accused of the Coimbatore blasts," he recalled.

Also, the BJP leader accused the Congress of taking organisations like Tamilaaga Muslim Munnetra Kazgam, which he alleged had links with outlawed SIMI.

Prasad also lashed out at UP Minister Mohammad Azim Khan for his call for a Muslim Pradesh. "The BJP strongly opposes any call for another partition. The Centre too should have taken a note of Khan's comments," he said. (PTI

Fear of naxals stalks tribal relief camp

Saturday July 22 2006 12:39 IST

KHAMMAM: Fear is stalking the four major relief camps in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh where the tribals owing allegiance to the anti-Naxal movement, the Salwa Judum, are being kept.

There are four where major camps - at Konta, Injaram, Yerraboru and Dornapal close to 25,000 tribals are lodged. While there are 3,200 tribal refugees in Konta camp, some 3,200 are staying in Injaram camp. In Yerraboru camp that bore the brunt of the Sunday night’s Naxal attack, there are 4,500 tribals. Dornapal camp is by far the biggest and has some 14,000 tribals. Post-Yerraboru massacre, fear is palpable everywhere.

"We want to go back. No matter how dangerous the situation is. we want to go back to our villages. The relief camps are like prisons," the tribals told Chhattisgarh DGP RP Rathore, when the latter visited Yerraboru on Wednesday. The DGP told them to fight the Naxals courageously. "The government is with you. We will provide all assistance," he told the tribals.

The tribals in these camps have no work to do. They had left their homes and hearths and have no sources of income. While the Chhattisgarh government is supplying rice and other essential commodities, panchayat level road laying works and other maintenance works are being given to the refugees through which they earn up to Rs 50 a day.

Due to the ongoing Naxal-Salwa Judum war, as many as 150 primary schools, 82 upper primary schools, four high schools and a college have been closed down in Dantewada district.

The Salwa Judum activists have formed themselves into Road Opening Parties, each comprising some 20 youths armed with the .303 rifles provided by the Chhattisgarh police. These ROPs guard the relief camps during the day and track down the Naxals during the night.

As of now, the camps are being guarded by the CRPF and the Naga police force. "A Mizo battalion would arrive in a couple of days. We need at least 40 battalions to take on the Naxals. We had already sent proposals to this effect to the Union Government," said DGP Rathore.

‘Submit updated action plan’

Express News Service



NEW DELHI:The Chhattisgarh government has been asked by the Centre to submit, within a month, an ‘‘updated action plan’’ to deal with the situation in the state in the wake of increasing attacks by Left wing extremists on Salwa Judum activists.

The decision on the action plan that would include short-term and long- term measures, was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Shivraj Patil and attended by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and other senior officials.

The short-term measures will focus on revamping security and providing basic amenities in the camps where around 50,000 Salwa Judum activists are lodged. A Naxalite raid on Errabore camp had resulted in the death of 31 activists. The long-term strategy will evaluate the future role and objectives of the movement besides spelling out the assistance needed to curb the Naxal movement.

Later, Raman Singh said the problem had been accentuated as Dantewada was located close to Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. ‘‘Naxalites are desperate and we need to strengthen our forces. A joint action plan by the states should be given priority,’’ he said, even as he ruled out putting an end to the Salwa Judum since it had the support of people.

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Anti-Naxal group formed?

Hyderabad : Inside sources reveal that a group has been formed to fight naxals who have left their ideals and resort to extreme violence against innocent people.


It is not yet clear about the origins of this anti-naxal committee. Questions are abound as to whether the government has a hand in this or if the former maoists have formed this group.

It is of atmost concern as this group is preparing to fight the naxals responsible for the brutal massacre in Chhattisgarh. If combat erupts between this group and the naxals, there is a grave danger that the Erraboru incident may repeat itself.One has to see how the state government and the police department will react to this unusual development

Mine-proof vehicles to counter naxals

Kurnool : The State police department is undertaking combing operations at full pace to take control of naxal infected areas in Nallamala forests. Extensive search operations are going on in every nook and crook of the forest area.


The department is also taking adequate steps to ensure the safety of the personnel from landmines. As part of that, special mine proof vehicles are being supplied to the five districts where the Nallamala forest spans.

About 16 personnel can travel in this and the vehicle is capable of shielding the personnel from powerful land mines.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Cong stand on Salwa Judum after Bahadur panel report

New Delhi, July 20: Congress will decide on its stand on Salwa Judum (anti-Naxal campaign) after a three-member committee headed by senior leader Harikesh Bahadur, currently touring Chhattisgarh in the wake of the massacre carried out by Naxalites, submits its report.

AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora said besides Bahadur, Urmila Singh and Ashik Oram are part of the group, which would submit its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Chhattisgarh PCC has been maintaining that the party should extend moral support to the Salwa Judum movement in the Naxalite-infested state.

While Chhattisgarh CLP leader Mahendra Karma is a strong supporter of Salwa Judum, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has been opposing the movement.

The three-member committee was sent to Chhattisgarh in the wake of the massacre of over 30 tribals by the Naxalites in Dantewada district of the state.

Bureau Report

Naxal sympathisers "Citizens' Initiative" sheds crocodile tears

Naxalite attack condemned

Staff Correspondent

"We urge the Communist Party of India (Maoist) to desist from such atrocities"


NEW DELHI: Members of the Independent Citizens' Initiative, who released a report on Salwa Judum earlier this year, have condemned the naxalite attack on the Errabor camp in Dantewada district on July 17 in which more than 40 adivasis were killed or seriously injured.

"We feel that this attack was brutal, inhuman and unpardonable. We urge the Communist Party of India (Maoist) to desist from such atrocities," said members of the Initiative in a statement issued here.

The members of the Initiative include historian Ramachandra Guha, "Prabhat Khabar" editor Harivansh, social activist Farah Naqvi, former Secretary to the Union Government, Visakhapatnam EAS Sarma, Professor Nandini Sundar of Delhi University, and veteran journalist B.G. Verghese.

They said the attack had confirmed their belief that the Salwa Judum, rather than stopping violence, had escalated it.

"We equally condemn the atrocities committed by the Salwa Judum and security forces due to which many people have been killed without record, houses burnt and women raped. The Government is responsible for ensuring the safety of its citizens. Not only did it not do that in Errabor, but also by continuing with the Salwa Judum and forcing people to live in camps against their wishes, it is further endangering the lives of ordinary people. The people of Dantewara should not be used as fodder in this unfortunate game of retribution and retaliation being conducted by both sides," they said.

The members of the Initiative asserted that the only solution to the situation in Dantewada was to be found through democratic means, starting with a ceasefire, dialogue, enquiry into all acts of violence and punishment of the guilty.

Five Naxalites killed in Ch'garh encounter

Press Trust of India

Raipur, July 21, 2006


Five Naxalites were killed in an encounter with police in Chhattisgarh.

Chinese made grenades and other explosives were recovered from their possession, sources said.

"Police party on Friday recovered five bodies of Naxalites, including that of a commander, after an encounter late on Thursday night in Londra jungle of Usur police station area.

Naxalites attacked a joint police party of state forces and the CRPF when teams of the latter were carrying out a search operation.

The Naxals triggered three landmines blasts and opened fire, which was retaliated by the security forces, the sources added.

The area was searched Friday morning and bodies were recovered. The identity of the Maoists was, however, not revealed.

"Police also recovered a Chinese hand grenade, two land mines, two detonators, one country-made weapon, four petrol bombs and other materials, including Naxalite literature," police said.

Naxal Commander arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, July 21: A Naxal Commander was arrested in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh, bordering Jharkhand, police said here on Friday.

"Naxal Commander Jaikishan alias Nehru was arrested yesterday from the house of a local resident of Sargadi village under Rajpur police station area", police said.

Chhattisgarh Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 5,000 on the head of the Naxal Commander for his involvement in violent activities in Sarguja area of the state, the sources said.

Police also recovered two 12-bore rifles, one country made pistol, Naxalite literature and other material from him, they said.

Bureau Report

Sleeping with the enemy

Friday July 21 2006 10:41 IST

KHAMMAM: The 200-km long border that Khammam and Chattisgarh share is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The terrain is at once inhospitable for the police, while for the Naxals, it is a haven where they feel at-home and operate from at will.

Police stations on both sides of the border - in Khammam and in Dantewada and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh - are so close, the minimum distance between the police stations across the border is just 10 km and the maximum is 45 km, but the Naxals have 15 known hideouts and as many as 17 border crossing points.

Gangaleru Vaagu, Gurchilodu Kaluva, Lingala-Verarampodu forest area, Karrigudem and Neemalguda hillocks, Pamedu-Teklur, Jorpalle, Borlagunta, Gadigutta forest areas, Usur forest area, Doli-Tadpal Gutta, the area between Taliperu and Dharavagu, Annaram forest area, Nilammadugu forest area and Polluru-Anantapalli forest stretch are some of the known Naxal hideouts.

The Naxals cross the borders with ease. Between 2001 and 2003, there were at least eight instances of ambushes and exchanges of fire between the cops and the Naxals in the border. Naxals are known to operate through nine local guerrilla squads, which are commanded by five divisional committees.

There are village sanghams guided by LGSs and for every 25 villages there is a range committee, which is guided by area committees, which in turn are guided by a district committee. Besides, the Naxals front organizations like the Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangham, Adivasi Bala Sangham, Adivasi Kranthikari Chatra Sangham, Chaitanya Natya Manch, Kranthikari Adivasi Mahila Sangham are quite active in several the villages.

Despite the proximity, a coordinated action between the police of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to contain the Maoists is found wanting. Though an action plan has been drawn up for inter-State coordination on tackling the Maoists when LK Advani was Union Home Minister, it has not yielded the desired results. Between December 2002 and October 2003, there were 21 border meetings between the police officials of Khammam and Chhattisgarh. Of late, however, joint combing operations are being taken up.

But the results are not on expected lines. The emergence of Salwa Judum movement, an indigenous anti-Naxal tribal vigilante force, has curbed the Naxal activities to some extent in Dantewada, this is not being followed up by concrete across-the-border mop-up operations.

Also, the administration in Khammam does not have any accurate assessment of the migration of Guttikoyas. Known as Abhuj Marias in Chhattisgarh, the Guttikoyas have been settling in Venkatapuram circle of Bhadrachalam sub-division and the forest areas of Warangal for the past three decades. Over 20,000 of them are estimated to have settled down in the Khammam plains.

“Ever since the formation of Chhattisgarh, the Naxal activities have shown an upward trend thanks to the poor logistics and totally ill-equipped Chhattisgarh police. All these developments have put Khammam at a great disadvantage. We have twin problems to contend with, first our own limited trained manpower and secondly the unpreparedness of Chhattisgarh police,” a senior police official told the this website’s newspaper.

Naxalite reprisals triggers Koya tribal exodus

Friday July 21 2006 10:44 IST

KHAMMAM: With the fear of Naxal reprisals stalking the Koya supporters of anti-Naxal Salwa Judum, hundreds of tribals have begun moving out of the refugee camps to seek safe havens in Vajedu, Venkatapuram and Charla in Khammam district. Some other migrated to parts of East Godavari and Orissa.

Meanwhile, about 4500 tribals taking shelter in Salwa Judum base camp at Kunta have been living in constant fear, with Maoist threat looming large over their camp. Over 600 tribals armed with .303 rifles and another 300 with bows and arrows are guarding the camp at Kunta.
“The situation in Dantewada and Bastar districts is still tense,” district collector of Dantewada O P Pista said. On Wednesday night, the Maoists burnt down a bus and two cars. Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Governor have visited the Yerraboru camp on Thursday.

Of the seven lakh population in Dantewada district, more than half of the population are sympathisers of Salwa Judum. They are forced to take shelter in the shelter camps. Some of the tribals admitted that they were forced to drown their fears in liquor. With the government supplying rice, essential commodities, the tribals till now have not felt the need to work to make a living.

“Though we have about 25 cultivable acres, we are forced to live as refugees in our land,” said Sode Butchaiah of Kunta.

Meanwhile, senior officials in both Khammam and East Godavari districts have admitted that the large-scale influx could pose a serious problem in future and trigger disputes with the locals.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Cong stand on Salwa Judum after Bahadur panel report

New Delhi, July 20: Congress will decide on its stand on Salwa Judum (anti-Naxal campaign) after a three-member committee headed by senior leader Harikesh Bahadur, currently touring Chhattisgarh in the wake of the massacre carried out by Naxalites, submits its report.

AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora said besides Bahadur, Urmila Singh and Ashik Oram are part of the group, which would submit its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Chhattisgarh PCC has been maintaining that the party should extend moral support to the Salwa Judum movement in the Naxalite-infested state.

While Chhattisgarh CLP leader Mahendra Karma is a strong supporter of Salwa Judum, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has been opposing the movement.

The three-member committee was sent to Chhattisgarh in the wake of the massacre of over 30 tribals by the Naxalites in Dantewada district of the state.

Bureau Report

Centre calls Chhattisgarh CM to discuss Naxal problem

Centre calls Chhattisgarh CM to discuss Naxal problem

POLITICAL BUREAU
Posted online: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 0032 hours IST




NEW DELHI, JULY 20: The Centre summoned Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh to review the Naxal situation in the state, particularly in the wake of recent killing of 30 tribals by the ultras in a relief camp in Dantewara district.

Singh will meet Union home minister Shivraj Patil here on Friday and is expected to brief Patil on the measures taken by the state in this regard. Union home secretary VK Duggal, IB director EL Narsimhan and CRPF director general JK Sinha will be present at the meeting. Singh will be accompanied by state home minister Ram Vichar Netam, advisor to the Chhattisgarh government KPS Gill, chief secretary RP Bagai and DGP OP Ratho

Fight naxal, terror menaces PM asks states to gear up for challenge

Agencies

New Delhi, July 20: In the wake of the Mumbai blasts and Chhattisgarh massacre, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked the states to gear up their machinery to meet challenges posed by terrorism and the naxal menace, underlining that responses in the past have been "inadequate".

"We need to gear ourselves to meet these challenges. Business cannot be carried on as usual. We just recognise that past responses are inadequate in dealing with these problems which are of a different intensity, magnitude, scale and scope," he told the Chief Secretaries of the state governments.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of the serial blasts in Mumbai and terrorist incidents in Kashmir as also naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh and some other parts.

The Prime Minister said the recent incidents of terrorism in Mumbai and Kashmir have brought out the extent of penetration of terrorist elements. "We cannot allow them to succeed and get away with their crimes," he said.

"We need to marshall all our resources, utilise all available technology and improve the capabilities of our manpower in meeting these challenges," Singh said.

He noted that he had said in the past naxalism is "probably the single biggest challenge" to the country's internal security.

Singh said threats posed by terrorism and extremism have to be firmly met "with a determination and with the will to destroy them."

"You will have to empower your police forces to be able to discharge their functions at a higher level of efficiency," he said.

Talking extensively on the issue of internal security, the Prime Minister said the country faces the challenge of terrorism and naxalism in many parts of the country.

"It is the primary responsibility of the state to maintain public order and ensure the safety of its people," he said.

After the Mumbai explosions, the Prime Minister had hinted at Pakistan's involvement, noting that the blasts were carried out by terror modules "instigated, inspired and supported by elements across the border".

Observing that the implementation of various development programmes was of "vital concern" to him, the Prime Minister said the government has embarked on a large number of key programmes.

These are extensive in their size and scope and have the capacity to alter the rural and urban landscapes, Singh said citing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, the National Rural Health Mission, the expanded Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan, the Mid-day Meal Programme and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

"The volume of funds flowing to states today are higher than ever before in the past. It is therefore necessary that these funds get translated into outcome," he said.

Noting that red tapism was a key problem faced by people when they interacted with the government, Singh suggested simplification of transaction, strengthening accountability, using IT and e-governance tools and promoting behavioural changes in government employees.

Centre convenes meet on naxal violence in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi, July. 20 (PTI): Amidst spurt in naxal violence in Chhattisgarh, the Centre has convened a high-level meeting here tomorrow which will be chaired by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to work out a fresh strategy to counter the menace especially in the tribal areas of the state.

Besides Patil, Chief Minister Raman Singh, his Advisor K P S Gill, Union Home Secretary V K Duggal, Director Intelligence Bureau E S L Narasimhan and Director General of CRPF J K Sinha will be present at the meeting which comes close on the heels of recent massacre by naxalites in Dantewada district of the state.

Official sources today said the Centre would emphasise on the State Government to give a fresh look to its policy to counter the menace which has been thriving in the tribal dominated areas of the state adjoining Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Maximum utilisation of the CRPF personnel would be among the suggestions to be made to the State Government besides stepping up security for the tribals who have been actively participating in 'Salva Judum', an anti-naxalite campaign.

With over 200 casualties reported from Chhattisgarh so far this year, the state accounts for over 65 per cent deaths due to Maoist attacks in the country.

The sources said the Home Ministry was also considering a proposal to consolidate refugee camps by bringing down their numbers

Responses to security threats inadequate: PM

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, July 20, 2006

In the wake of the Mumbai blasts and Chhattisgarh massacre, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the states to gear up their machinery to meet challenges posed by terrorism and the Naxal menace, underlining that responses in the past have been "inadequate".

"We need to gear ourselves to meet these challenges. Business cannot be carried on as usual. We just recognise that past responses are inadequate in dealing with these problems which are of a different intensity, magnitude, scale and scope," he told the chief secretaries of the state governments.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of the serial blasts in Mumbai and terrorist incidents in Kashmir as also Naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh and some other parts.

The Prime Minister said the recent incidents of terrorism in Mumbai and Kashmir have brought out the extent of penetration of terrorist elements. "We cannot allow them to succeed and get away with their crimes," he said.

"We need to marshall all our resources, utilise all available technology and improve the capabilities of our manpower in meeting these challenges," Singh said.

He noted that he had said in the past Naxalism is "probably the single biggest challenge" to the country's internal security.

Fight terrorism, naxal menace: PM

[ 20 Jul, 2006 1426hrs IST PTI ]


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NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Mumbai blasts and Chhattisgarh massacre, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the states to gear up their machinery to meet challenges posed by terrorism and the naxal menace, underlining that responses in the past have been "inadequate".

"We need to gear ourselves to meet these challenges. Business cannot be carried on as usual. We just recognise that past responses are inadequate in dealing with these problems which are of a different intensity, magnitude, scale and scope," he told the Chief Secretaries of the state governments.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of the serial blasts in Mumbai and terrorist incidents in Kashmir as also naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh and some other parts.

The Prime Minister said the recent incidents of terrorism in Mumbai and Kashmir have brought out the extent of penetration of terrorist elements. "We cannot allow them to succeed and get away with their crimes," he said.

"We need to marshall all our resources, utilise all available technology and improve the capabilities of our manpower in meeting these challenges," Singh said.

He noted that he had said in the past naxalism is "probably the single biggest challenge" to the country's internal security.

Singh said threats posed by terrorism and extremism have to be firmly met "with a determination and with the will to destroy them."

"You will have to empower your police forces to be able to discharge their functions at a higher level of efficiency," he said.

Talking extensively on the issue of internal security, the Prime Minister said the country faces the challenge of terrorism and naxalism in many parts of the country.

"It is the primary responsibility of the state to maintain public order and ensure the safety of its people," he said.

After the Mumbai explosions, the Prime Minister had hinted at Pakistan's involvement, noting that the blasts were carried out by terror modules "instigated, inspired and supported by elements across the border".

Observing that the implementation of various development programmes was of "vital concern" to him, the Prime Minister said the government has embarked on a large number of key programmes.

These are extensive in their size and scope and have the capacity to alter the rural and urban landscapes; Singh said citing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, the National Rural Health Mission, the expanded Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan , the Mid-day Meal Programme and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

"The volumes of funds flowing to states today are higher than ever before in the past. It is therefore necessary that these funds get translated into outcome," he said.

Noting that red tapism was a key problem faced by people when they interacted with the government, Singh suggested simplification of transaction, strengthening accountability, using IT and e-governance tools and promoting behavioural changes in government employees.

Naxal violence causes Rs 4 crore loss

Thursday July 20 2006 14:04 IST
BHADRACHALAM: More than Rs 4 crore worth of government property was destroyed in Bhadrachalam sub-division alone in Naxal violence during the last one year.

A close study shows that Naxals’ main target was uprooting the tele communication system. They had blasted three telephone exchanges besides destroying one MDO and MRO office each.

The losses in various incidents are as follows: Telephone exchange in Venkatapuram mandal headquarters--Rs.2 crore; MDO office at Venkatapuram-Rs 50 lakh; telephone exchange at Alubaka village in Venkatapuram mandal-Rs one crore; MRO office in Charla mandal headquarters Rs 50 lakh; telephone exchange at Satyanarayanapuram village in Charla mandal-Rs 50 lakh

PM asks States to gear up to fight terrorism

New Delhi, July 20 (PTI): In the wake of the Mumbai blasts and Chhattisgarh massacre, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked the states to gear up their machinery to meet challenges posed by terrorism and the naxal menace, underlining that responses in the past have been "inadequate".

"We need to gear ourselves to meet these challenges. Business cannot be carried on as usual. We just recognise that past responses are inadequate in dealing with these problems which are of a different intensity, magnitude, scale and scope," he told the Chief Secretaries of the state governments.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of the serial blasts in Mumbai and terrorist incidents in Kashmir as also naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh and some other parts.

The Prime Minister said the recent incidents of terrorism in Mumbai and Kashmir have brought out the extent of penetration of terrorist elements. "We cannot allow them to succeed and get away with their crimes," he said.

"We need to marshall all our resources, utilise all available technology and improve the capabilities of our manpower in meeting these challenges," Singh said.

He noted that he had said in the past naxalism is "probably the single biggest challenge" to the country's internal security.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

17/7: Naxal Terrorists attack

July 18, 2006

The Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh is not Kashmir Valley or Mumbai megalopolis. But let there be no doubt that what took place around midnight on Sunday/Monday in the district, claiming at least 26 lives, was a terrorist attack that requires national attention. That the killings were conducted by Naxalites, and not by nefarious jehadis, should not lull people into a sense of treating the act of terror as just a law and order problem spilling over. Unlike the other violence unleashed on Indian soil in the last week, the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh cannot be blamed on the proverbial ‘foreign hand’. If there needs to be any example of home-grown terrorism, this is it.

Much has been said about how to contain Naxalite terror. Many prefer to still see the Naxalites solely as ‘class strugglers’ opting for a bloody path. For these theorists, peace would descend on Maoist-terrorised areas the moment desperate ‘have-nots’ are allowed to become ‘haves’. Unfortunately, as the Andhra exercise showed when talks with Naxals broke down in January 2005, development and social progress alone do not de-fang a Naxal menace. But the latest Chhattisgarh violence shows how approaching the problem from the other extreme can be even more damaging.

The Salva Judum (peace campaign) movement, started by the Chhattisgarh government in June 2005, used the ‘set a thief to catch a thief’ philosophy as a counter against the Maoists. What started as an attempt to encourage the resident tribals to stand up against the Naxals and discourage sympathisers has resulted in the criminalisation of a whole society. With the civil administration collapsed, the state authorities thought it fit to ‘outsource’ law and order to armed locals and thereby create a vigilante force to stand up to another criminal force. A year after the SJ was established, not only has the Dantewada district become a cesspool of anarchy, it has also drawn up a clear dividing line of conflict. It is shameful that the state government thought it fit to relinquish its responsibilities to outlaws. If Maoist terror is to be stamped out, it is the State that should stand firm -- and not a phalanx of civilian vigilantes posted between the Naxalites and itself. Chhattisgarh -- or, for that matter, any part of India -- can do without a civil war pretending to be a war against terrorism.

Venkaiah seeks policy to tackle naxalites

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CHENNAI: Bharatiya Janata Party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday called for a comprehensive policy to tackle the naxalite problem.

Referring to the killing of 27 Salwa Judum activists by Maoists in Chhattisgarh on Monday, Mr. Naidu told mediapersons here that there had to be joint efforts by the Centre and States to solve the problem. Besides, there should be coordination among the affected States. This was needed as naxalites positioned themselves in one State but carried out offensives in another State. He said that during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance regime, a coordination committee was formed. "Our Government had sanctioned sophisticated arms and communication network." As the Rural Development Minister, he had provided special funds for naxalite violence-hit areas.

Criticising the Centre for its "casual attitude" towards incidents of killings by naxalites, Mr. Naidu said the Nepal episode should be an eye-opener.Asked to respond on the observations of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on the utility of the now-defunct Prevention of Terrrorism Act (POTA), Mr. Naidu said that terrorists used all types of tactics and they were aided by forces outside the border. Moreover, they were not "open people." Existing laws were not adequate to handle them effectively. This necessitated a special law.

He urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to come out with a "stringent law" and not to stand on "false prestige." "If the Congress has any reservations to the name, POTA, let them have a different name for any such law." The BJP proposed a protest programme to highlight issues concerning price rise and farmers' suicide. For the next one week, fasts would be observed throughout the country.

Chopper rushed to airlift injured in Naxal attack at Dantewada

New Delhi, July 18: The Centre on Tueday rushed a helicopter to Chhattisgarh to airlift those injured in Naxalite attack in Dantewada district in which the death toll has risen to 31.

The chopper has been pressed into service to ferry some of the seriously injured persons, a Home Ministry spokesman told reporters adding that around 20 people were injured when 800 armed Naxalites attacked villagers with sharp weapons yesterday.

He said after transporting the injured villagers, the helicopter could be used for deployment of security forces in the affected areas.

All the injured have been shifted to hospitals in Bhadrachalam and Khammam in adjoining Andhra Pradesh, he said.

The spokesman, however, ruled out the possibility of securitymen using the helicopter for firing at the Maoists from the sky.

He also said all the missing people had returned home.

Bureau Report

Report sought on massacre

Special Correspondent
Salwa Judum activists attend mass funeral, resolve to fight back

— Photo: D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao

CONSOLATION: Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ram Vichar Netham giving ex gratia amount to the kin of the tribals killed by naxalites, at the Errabore camp on Tuesday.


NEW DELHI: The Union Tribal Affairs Ministry has sought a report from the Chhattisgarh Government on the killing of 33 tribals in Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Expressing concern over the repeated killings of tribals involved in the Salwa Judum movement, the Ministry has written to the State Chief Secretary seeking a report on the incident and the steps being taken to prevent such incidents.

The Ministry said it was willing to extend any assistance to the State.

Six more bodies recovered


Bhadrachalam Staff Reporter reports:

The death toll in the naxal attack on a Salwa Judum camp at Errabore in Dantewade district of Chhattisgarh rose to 33, with the retrieval of bodies of six kidnapped tribal youths in the wild growth on the roadside near Gaganpalli village on Tuesday.

The marauding naxalites killed 27 people, destroyed all the houses in the camp and kidnapped some youths in the early hours of Monday.

Angry Salwa judum activists thronged Errabore and thousands of them, who attended the mass funeral, resolved to fight back. They questioned the officials on the failure of the local police and central forces to respond to the situation.

Though the naxalites were on the rampage for over three hours in the camp, the CRPF men stationed nearby could not go to their rescue.

Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ram Vichar Netham and DGP O.P. Rathod visited the camp and assured the Salwa Judum actvitsts that immediate steps would be taken to protect their lives and property.

Ex gratia


The Home Minister announced an ex gratia of Rs. 1 lakh to the kin of the victims. They were given Rs. 10,000 each towards funeral expenses. He said the State-sponsored peace initiative with the involvement of the Salwa Judum would continue.

Join search operations


The Salwa Judum activists joined the search operations by the police following reports that some more bodies were lying in the forests near Maraigudem village.

Armed forces, including the Naga Battalion and the CRPF, were deployed on the Kunta Bijapur highway following the killings. They are gearing to launch combing operations in the villages where the CPI (Maoist) is strong.

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Alert in Maoist-hit districts in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, July 18 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh Police have sounded high alert in four Maoist-hit districts bordering Chhattisgarh after Monday's attack in Dantewada district of that state that killed at least 25 people.

"Maoist cadres - Malajkhand, Tanda Dalam and special squad ultras - are active in four districts of Madhya Pradesh - Balaghat, Dindori, Mandala and Sidhi - that are close to Chhattisgarh," police sources said.

They added that the police were monitoring the situation minutely and additional force had been deployed to keep a watch on the routes connecting Chhattisgarh.

"The rebels behind the attack in Chhattisgarh might try to sneak into Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, police patrolling the areas have been intensified and the superintendents of police have been asked to maintain strict vigil," a senior police official said.

Additional Director General (Intelligence) S.K. Raut assured that "the police are prepared to tackle the situation".

Maoist violence has been taking place in the state since 1990. According to police records, at least 33 policemen, 37 civilians and five government servants have been killed in the violence while the police have shot dead 12 guerrillas in 53 shootouts.

Death dance leaves a trail of destruction

Tuesday July 18 2006 13:18 IST
BHADRACHALAM: Yerraboru today is a ghost village. A trail of destruction, bodies strewn all around and over 200 houses burnt down.

The survivors are searching for their missing kin, sifting through the burnt or hacked bodies. People are sifting through the rubble to see if anything could be salvaged.

"Each house was surrounded by 25 armed attackers. While the fortunate ones, who got wind of the attack, managed to flee, the less lucky were left to the mercy of marauding Maoists. Babies were snatched from the mothers and were hacked. A five-year-old boy was axed to death," a villager told the this website's newspaper.

The murderous attack by the Maoists has left a trail of destruction. This is the biggest attack yet on the anti-Naxal Vigilante force, the Salwa Judum. Thus far, 500 tribals have been killed by the Naxals since last year.

The panic-stricken villagers, who ran for their lives, have come back by the evening. "The Maoists treat us as police informers, while we struggle to make a living here. We have no food to eat and depend on the bamboo rice. This has been our state of affairs for the last three years." said an 80-year-old Poyam Motte.

Only 300 out of the 3,500 people of the village have visited the district headquarter of Dantewada. The officials don’t come to the village even once in a month.

"Maoists kill two or three people every day. This has been happening for the past so many days," said Soyam Lakma, who lost his brother Soyam Kanna in the attack.

Naxals attack relief camp in Chhattisgarh

NDTV Correspondent

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 (Raipur):


In a well-planned assault, nearly 600 Naxals simultaneously attacked a CRPF post and a relief camp in the early hours on Monday, killing 31 people.

Driven out of their villages by the fear of Naxalites and the Salwa Judum atrocities, the villagers hoped to stay secure in the shelters.

However, on Monday, the Naxals first attacked the CRPF camp and engaged the security forces and then raided the Errabore relief camp.

They opened fire on the inmates and set 100 huts ablaze.

"They came from all sides. Then they shouted that all of us should be killed. The police post is nearby, but even they could not help," said a local resident.

More than 47 people including a woman Special Police Officer were kidnapped in the attack at the camp where 4000 villagers were staying.

Escalation of terror

Later, however, 41 of those kidnapped were released, while six people including the Special Police Officer were killed.

The attack, which is one of the worst of its kind in recent years, is a clear sign of the escalation of terror in the area.

In the last six months, over 225 adivasis and 37 police personnel have died in Naxalite attacks in Dantewada district alone.

However, the police have been unable to control the situation. In fact, many jawans refuse to go into the jungles.

Moreover, the force itself is badly understaffed, with over 4000 vacancies.

Thus, it is clear that if the government does not strengthen its security network soon, such violent incidents will spiral out of control.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Centre condemns Naxal attack --( WHAT ELSE IT CAN DO )

Ruled by SELECTED leaders , enslaved to a dumb ruler , these remote controled toy leaders can't even nod on any isuess . Indian Internal security is now hostage to traitors ,who's swiss bank accounts are filled regurlarly by agents of foreign Intelligence . Enslavement of India has started .



New Delhi, July 17: Terming the Naxalite attack in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh as a "desperate act", the Centre today offered all possible assistance to the state government in dealing with the situation.


"The Home Ministry condemns the incident and is anguished that innocent people have been targeted. The Ministry is in touch with senior officials of the state government and has promised all possible help," a Ministry spokesman told reporters here.


According to information available with the Home Ministry, 26 persons were killed, 21 injured and some were missing following the attack, he said.


"State government officials have rushed to the spot. Relief operations are on. Treatment is being given to the injured. Nabbing operations have been intensified by a large contingent of Central Reserve Police Force who are on anti-Naxal duty," the spokesman said.


The Naxalites, he said, were engaged in such killings because of the counter-offensive by the state machinery and as local people were coming out in strength against them in their stronghold which was a setback to them.


"This incident is a sign of their desperation," he added. (Agencies)

ACHR condemned the Naxalite killing of 18 persons

ACHR condemns Errabore killings

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) condemned the killing of 18 persons early today by the Naxalites in the Errabore Relief Camp of Chhattisgarh by the Naxalites as “barbaric and crimes against humanity”.

“This is a deliberate attack and the Maoists have no excuses to make which they usually do after killing the innocent civilians. The culprits must be brought to justice.” – Stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.

At least 460 persons including 90 security personnel, 189 alleged Naxalites and 181 civilians were killed in nine Naxalite-affected states during January – June 2006, stated ACHR in its latest issue of the “Naxal Conflict Monitor” released to the media today.

Majority of the killings have been reported from Chhattisgarh (222), which accounted for 48.25% of the killings, followed by Andhra Pradesh (66), Jharkhand (62), Maharashtra (42), Bihar (36), Orissa (16) and West Bengal (14). Out of these 460 persons, 225 were killed during the second quarter (April to June) of 2006. While the security forces have killed 105 alleged Naxals, the Naxalites have been responsible for the killing of 120 persons including 38 security forces, 75 civilians.

Commenting on the socio-economic development programmes announced by the States for countering the Naxals in its Naxal Conflict Monitor, ACHR stated “The issue has never been mere allocation of funds as Article 245(1) of the Constitution of India provided for undertaking such programmes. But little corrective measures have been taken to address mis-utilisation and diversion of funds of programmes such as Integrated Tribal Development Project as found by an evaluation of the Planning Commission”.

“The only visible economic development has been taking the war home through the recruitment of the locals into para-military and police forces.” – further stated Mr Chakma.

A high level meeting of the Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of the Naxalite affected States is slated to be held in Bhuvaneshwar on 21 July 2006. ACHR urged the government of India not to involve the civilians in the conflict and ensure guarantees for physical safety and security. ACHR also urged to create a separate ministry to oversee the development of the Naxalite affected areas.

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Naxals killed 20 Villagers in Chhattisgarh

Agencies
Monday, July 17, 2006 10:25 IST

RAIPUR: Naxalites on Monday killed 20 villagers and injured 150, besides kidnapping over 20 people in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

"About 800 naxalites simultaneously attacked a Central Reserve Police Force post and a state government run relief camp at Errabore at 1 a.m. killing 20 villagers and injuring 150 people of the camp," official sources from Konta block of Dantewada district said over the telephone.

Over 20 people, including a woman Special Police Officer, were abducted by the naxalites from the camp, where about 4,000 villagers were staying because of the naxal threat, sources said.

Naxalites first attacked the CRPF camp so as to engage the security forces and then they raided the relief camp and carried out blasts and opened indiscriminate firing, besides setting on fire the huts of the camps at Errabore relief camp, about 40 kilometres from Konta block headquarters, sources said.

When a CRPF party chased them, the Naxalites sneaked into the nearby jungles along with over 20 kidnapped villagers, they said.

Dantewada district Collector KR Pisda said the security forces are searching the area to trace the kidnapped villagers.

"We do not rule out killing of the abducted people as the naxalites resorted to that practice," he said.

Naxalites had also set about 50 houses on fire which claimed lives of some villagers, sources from Errabore said.

"Three buses have been arranged to take the injured to Konta block headquarters," the sources said.

State Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam will leave for the spot with senior police officials in a plane once the weather is clear, police said.

However, the state and district police headquarters expressed inability to provide details, saying Erranore police station has no telephone.

25 killed, 80 injured after Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, July 17: At least 25 people were killed and 80 injured, 32 of them seriously, while about 250 people were missing following an attack by some 800 armed Naxalites in Dantewada district today, police said.

The Maoists brutally killed the villagers, and 20 of them were hacked to death with sharp weapons, while three were charred to death and two were shot dead by the Naxalites at Errabore relief camp, 550 km from the state capital, police and official sources said over phone from Konta.

Of the nearly 250 people who are missing, 23 were kidnapped by the Naxalites from the camp, where about 4000 people had taken shelter, the sources said.

State Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam, on his way to the area despite bad weather, said security forces were searching for the Maoists who carried out the attack.

The state was in constant touch with the Centre and a military helicopter has been sought to evacuate the injured, Netam said.

At about one am 800-armed Naxalites attacked a CRPF camp at Errabore to distract the security forces so that they could strike at the government-run relief camp at the same time, CRPF sources said.

After blocking all roads that connect Errabore, the armed Naxalites indiscriminately fired at the CRPF camp from all sides, CRPF sources said.

At the same time, another group of armed Naxalites raided the relief camp located close to Errabore Police Station. The rebels triggered blasts and attacked people with sharp weapons and opened indiscriminate fire, the sources said.

The attack lasted about two hours and when CRPF personnel chased the Maoists in a bulletproof vehicle, the Naxalites rushed into nearby jungles, taking with them some people from the camp, they said.

Dantewada SP Om Prakash Pal reached the spot and police and the CRPF began search operations in the area. More details would be known after the search party returned.

After the starting of Salwa Judum or peace campaign against the Naxalites on June 4 last year, over 300 villagers have been killed by Maoists. Because of the threat from left wing extremists, over 50,000 people from about 700 villages of Dantewada district have taken shelter in 17 relief camps run by the state government.

Bureau Report

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A faultline in Pashupati-to-Tirupati Red zone

salwa judum: ---- Far from the terror-struck trains of Mumbai, deep in the jungles of the age-old Dandkaranya region, the doughty tribals of middle India are already showing the way: Waging their own war against terror.


For a year now, Dantewada - one of three districts formed after the break-up of the old Bastar, the others being the rump Bastar and Kanker - has been the setting of Salwa Judum ('Peace Movement' in the local Gondi language), a people-led anti-Naxalite struggle.


So successful has Salwa Judum been that it has made Dantewada a faultline in the Maoist insurgency's grand plans for a 'Pashupati to Tirupati' corridor, a 'liberated zone' that will cut through Nepal, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.


As a senior intelligence official puts it, "So seriously have the Naxalites taken Salwa Judum that, in recent months, reinforcements have arrived from neighbouring States to crush it. This is the first serious challenge to them and their claim of representing popular aspirations."


What exactly is Salwa Judum? To understand it, one must turn to the geography of Dantewada and of the old Bastar, the southern half of Chhattisgarh, flanked by Maharashtra to the west, Andhra Pradesh to the south-west and Orissa to the east. This is the epicentre of India's Maoist war.


From Dantewada, Koraput (Orissa), where the Naxalites raided the district armory and five police stations in 2004, is a six-hour drive. Bhadrachalam, base of the Andhra Naxals, is "30-40 km from the Chhattisgarh border" pointed out a State Government official. Apart from cross-border mobility, the Naxalites are helped by the fact that Dantewada and the rest of old Bastar is a thickly forested, thinly populated terrain. It's ideal for hideouts.


Yet the Naxalites are no idealistic revolutionaries. For them, the freedom of the forests has meant a licence for banditry: Extortion, protection money, molestation of tribal women, commandeering of private property.


In June 2005, things came to a head when the Naxalites waylaid a police party in Karbeli village (Dantewada) and stole rice supplies. The police hit back by going to the neighbouring village - where the insurgents had taken shelter - and arresting some locals.


"The next day," explained district collector KR Pisda, "some other villagers came and told us we had arrested innocent people. They were fed up of the Naxalites." They had reason to be. The Naxalites had just issued an injunction that no tribals would pluck tendu leaves for the Government. "They claimed that the minimum wage wasn't enough," said a district official, "but actually wanted the tendu business to go to a private contractor who would give them a cut."


Local tribals were also seething because the Naxals had asked them to take their children out of Government schools without offering an alternative, and were ridiculing traditional deities. "They follow an anarchist, Cultural Revolution form of Maoism," said a police official.


Most of the Naxalites in the region are outsiders from Andhra Pradesh. It is estimated that 250 Telugu-speaking hardline Naxalites have been exported to Chhattisgarh. They have organised themselves into 12-15 core groups - dalams - and sought to infiltrate village society through sympathetic sangams, which typically have 10-25 members a village.


"There are different sangams for women, for men and for children," said a district resident, "it is almost like a political party! The sangams are used as cannon fodder by the Naxalites, the ones in front."


By mid-2005, the anti-Naxalite grievance was building up. On June 16, in Ranibodali, some 8,000 people from about 10 villages got together and committed themselves to "non-cooperation" with the Naxalites. They would no longer be given shelter or food, no longer listened to under threat of the gun. "The sangam members in these villages," recalled a local, "were told to sever ties with the Naxalites or leave."


Retaliation was swift. A Naxalite posse opened fire. Three days later, a similar meeting was attacked and 12 villagers kidnapped. Three were later found dead. At this point, Mahendra Karma, Congress MLA from the region and leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, jumped in and led the first Salwa Judum march to Kotrapal town: "I rushed there when I heard what was happening. I realised the people had woken up and were beginning to protest against the Naxals. I spoke to the Chief Minister and Government officials and told them they must help."


Karma's unusual alliance with Chief Minister Raman Singh's BJP Government has ensured Salwa Judum near unanimous support in Chhattisgarh politics. The State administration was forced into action by June 21, 2005, when, on rumours of a Naxal attack, some 15,000 people from 20 villages poured into Bijapur town. On July 1, 2005, Maoists opened fire on a people's March in Kotrapal - and more villages were emptied out.


Facing a refugee crisis, the Government set up a makeshift camp in Bijapur. "Initially we had to make do with plastic sheets," remembered Chief Minister Raman Singh, "but today Dantewada has 17 camps housing 50,000." As a visit to Dornapal camp - the biggest, with a 15,000 population - testifies, these camps are becoming near permanent townships, with pucca housing, externally guarded by the police and internally watched over by 5,000 tribal special police officers armed with .303s by the State Government.


The question is: what exactly does this public-private partnership in counter-insurgency seek to combat?


- (Tomorrow: The Naxalite jihad)

Two key Naxalites of CPI-Maoist surrendered

Sunday July 16 2006 12:34 IST

ONGOLE: Two key Naxalites of the CPI-Maoist, one of them involved in an attempt on former SP Mahesh Chandra Laddha last year, on Saturday surrendered before district superintendent of police Balasubrahmanyam at Ongole.

The two Naxalites, who surrendered are Puligujju Danamaiah alias Kiran (27) and Keerthipati Rambabu alias Ramesh (26). Danamaiah, a native of Y Cherlopalli village in Dornala mandal, joined the People’s War Group in 2002 and worked in Project Tiger Dalam before working as a courier to top leaders Ramakrishna and Sakhamuri Appa Rao.

He was involved in the murder of Dornala sarpanch Subba Rangaiah and blasting of MRO offices in Dornala and Peddaraveedu.

Rambabu is a native of Chinaganjam and has been in the CPI-Maoist since 2004. He has mastery over electronics and was an expert in remote-controlling claymore mines. He was involved in the attempt on the then SP Laddha on April 27, last year. Rambabu narrowly escaped several encounters and lost his niece in one of the encounters.

Speaking on the occasion, SP Balasubrahmanyam said that the investigations have shown that at least three leaders of the Naxal front organisations were involved in the attempt on Laddha’s life. He said the police had unearthed seven Naxal arms dumps during the last two months.