Saturday, October 07, 2006

12 Maoists surrender in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, Oct 07: Twelve Maoists, including a self-styled deputy commander and a woman extremist on Saturday surrendered in three districts of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

Of the 12 surrendered, ten Maoists including a woman carried rewards ranging from Rs 20,000 to 50,000 on their head, police said.

At Adilabad district, a so called deputy commander of Mangi Dalam Jugnaka Jaithu alias Amruth alias Vinod (18) surrendered before District Superintendent of Police Kripanand Tripathi Ujela.

Vinod had joined the outfit during the peace talks between Naxalites and the State Government in 2004.

In Mahabubnagar district, ten ultras including a woman surrendered before the District SP K Srinivas Reddy.

While the woman Naxal member of Achampeta area committee carried a reward of Rs 50,000, nine others carried rewards of Rs 20,000 each on their head.

In Visakhapatnam, a Maoist Sindri Giri surrendered to police after an exchange of fire in which his colleague a top Naxal leader carrying a reward of Rs three lakh died.

Bureau Report

Moaist dies in exchange of fire

Sunday October 8 2006 00:00 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: Less than 24 hours after the claymore mine blast at Koyyuru, a Maoist K Ramulu alias Hari, AOB east division committee member, died in an exchange of fire with the police near Gorlagondhi village of G K Veedhi mandal on Saturday.

Besides, two Maoists S Giri and Hari were taken into custody from the same place. Police recovered an SLR used by Ramulu and a .303 rifle from Giri.

According to information reaching here, a special police party which was combing the forest in the wake of blast at Koyyuru, came across the three Maoists and Ramulu attacked them while his companions Giri and Hari surrendered without offering any resistance.

According to the police, Ramulu carried Rs 3 lakh reward and he had been actively involved in the extremist movement for more than two decades.

Following the spurt in Maoists activities, police intensified combing in the Agency areas, particularly in the Maoist-infested mandals of GK.Veedhi, Koyyuru and Chintapalli.

A close watch is kept on the Agency areas of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts also to prevent any untoward incident.

Security arrangements have been tightened to prevent attacks on police stations in sensitive areas.



Top naxal killed, two surrender in AP

Hyderabad, Oct. 8 (PTI): A top Maoist, who carried a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head, was killed in an encounter, while two naxals including a Deputy Commander, surrendered in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, police said here.

Top naxal leader, K Ramulu alias RK, 46, was killed in a police shootout near Gorlagondi village in Visakhapatnam district Saturday morning. The police party was on a combing operation in the area.

Ramulu, member of East Division Gurtedu Area Committee and a native of Karimnagar district, had been working in the outfit for the last 22 years, police said.

After the shootout, a Maoist identified as Sindri Giri, who was accompaning Ramulu, surrendered to the police, they said.

A report from Adilabad said the Deputy Commander of naxal outfit Manmgi Dalam, Jungnaka Jaithu alias Amruth alias Vinod (18), surrendered before the District Superintendent of Police, Kripanand Tripathi Ujela.

Vinod had joined the movement in 2004, police said.

Maoists vow to avenge Sudershan's killing

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Maoists have vowed to avenge the killing of Sudershan, secretary of the Nallamala Forest Division, alleging that he was caught in Bangalore on Thursday and shot dead in cold blood by Andhra Pradesh police.

In a statement here on Saturday, CPI (Maoist) spokesman Janardhan said the Sudershan had gone to Bangalore on some work. He was arrested by the Special Intelligence Branch with the help of the Karnataka police. Mr. Janardhan threatened that cadres would avenge the killing and warned that the ruling party leaders and police would face consequences for the `fake encounter killings'.

Top naxalite killed, two surrender in Andhra

Hyderabad, Oct. 7 (PTI): A top Maoist, who carried a reward of Rs 3 lakhs on his head, was killed in an encounter while two Naxals, including a deputy commander, surrendered in Andhra Pradesh today, police said here.

The top naxal leader K Ramulu alias RK, 46, was killed in a police shootout near Gorlagondi village in Visakhapatnam district this morning. The police party was on a combing operation in the area.

Ramulu, member of East Division Gurtedu Area Committee and a native of Karimnagar district, had been working in the outfit for the last 22 years, police said.

After the shootout a Maoist identified as Sindri Giri, who was accompanying Ramulu, surrendered to the police, they said.

A report from Adilabad said the deputy commander of naxal outfit Manmgi Dalam, Jungnaka Jaithu alias Amruth alias Vinod (18), surrendered before the District Superintendent of Police Kripanand Tripathi Ujela.

Vinod had joined the movement in 2004, police said.

V.S. removes Pinarayi man with Al-Qaeda link By S. Chandrasekhar The war against Chief Minister Atchudanandan, which started from the times of EMS

V.S. removes Pinarayi man with Al-Qaeda link
By S. Chandrasekhar

The war against Chief Minister Atchudanandan, which started from the times of EMS and E.K. Nayanar, within the CPM, is now being led by party secretary and North Kerala strong man Pinarayi Vijayan. The tiff between them has reached dangerous proportions, as the CM V.S. is not able to take any decision and the total state administration is paralysed and is in a limbo. While neighbouring Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi has done so much within the short span of four months like rice at Rs. 2 per kg, free 2 acre agricultural land, housing for poor, colour TV’s for backwards etc. the proclaimed pro-poor LDF regime is still in a slumber and war of words is going on between V.S. and Pinarayi.

The war between V.S. and Pinarayi started when V.S. refused to hand over the ‘Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department’ to Pinarayi man and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and ultimately due to instructions from Prakash Karat, V.S. had to relent. Next Prabath Patnaik, a JNU left intellectual, was made Vice-Chairman of State Planning Board against V.S.’s wishes. To counter balance it, Venkatesh Atreya, another JNU product who was totally opposed to Prabath, was made member of Planning Board by V.S. Now both these persons, who are supported by opposing forces, are fighting it out deadlocking the planning operations. Similarly when Sudhakara Prasad was made the Advocate General by V.S., Pinarayi’s man P.G. Thampi has been made Director General of Prosecution.

Sri. K.M. Shajahan, a V.S. man expelled by Pinarayi from the CPM, has been accommodated in the C-DIT, much to Pinarayi’s anger.

Now two major appointments have intensified the war between V.S. and Pinarayi. T.P. Dasan, former Mayor of Kozhikode, a Pinarayi man and involved in the infamous ice-cream parlour sex scandal (in which Muslim League leader P.K. Kunjalikutty was also involved) case was made the President of the Kerala Sport’s Council by the CPM. This had become a major embarrassment for V.S. since he came to power riding on the crest of the wave of promising to hand-cuff the ice-cream parlour and other sex-scandal perpetrators and parade them in public. The Naxal leader and women activist K. Ajitha has strongly opposed Dasan’s appointment and said the day of reckoning for V.S. to assert himself has come. Meanwhile a pro-VS CPM weekly Janashakthi, which was inaugurated by EMS’s daughter Malathi has strongly attacked T.P. Dasan’s appointment in its column titled “Ice-cream Maduram” (ice-cream sweetness).

The sacking of Pinarayi man A. Akbar from the Managing Directorship of Kerala State Financial Enterprises for his alleged connections with Taliban and Al-Qaeda during his CEOship with Bank of Kabul, by V.S., has not been taken kindly by Pinarayi. The Muslim League has strongly reacted against this and after the removal of Mohammed Riazudeen from Chief Secretaryship IUML leader E.T. Mohammed Basheer has said that the pro-Muslim tilt shown by the CPM is only a ploy to garner Muslim vote-banks.

But who cares if the state suffers as long as the party cadres and coffers are happy and full. V.S. has not taken kindly to the Rs.25 crore collected by Pinarayi and his cronies from Gulf Keralites mentioning his name. Meanwhile, the CPM, which already has assets moderately valued at Rs.4,000 crore in Kerala which ranges from multi-storey commercial complexes, luxury flats for working-class leaders, tourist resorts to amusement parks using lakhs of litres of drinking water, has purchased a non-functioning textile mill at Kannur for Rs. 6.5 crore for housing a Nayanar memorial.

Kerala has so many problems ranging from Islamic terrorism to rising unemployment to be tackled. If the CPM leaders do not set aside their quarrels and begin to act, the people will throw them into the Arabian Sea, never to surface up. CPM—perform or perish

Friday, October 06, 2006

Three Maoists gunned down in Andhra Pradesh

Friday, October 6th, 2006


Three Maoist guerrillas, including two top leaders, were gunned down by police Friday in the forests of Andhra Pradesh’s Anantpur district.

Sudarshan, also known as Satyam and Shyamala Venkatesh, secretary of Communist Party of India (Maoist)- Nallamalla division; Ublesh, Rayalseema regional committee secretary and another guerrilla were reportedly killed in a gun battle with police officials in the forests of Goneypalli village, about 400 km from here.

Police said the gun battle broke out when Maoists opened fire at a police party engaged in combing operations in the forests. There were no casualties on the police side.

In another incident, three policemen were injured in a claymore mine blast triggered by Maoists in the forests between East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

Sudarshan, who carried a reward of Rs.300,000, was involved in several guerrilla operations including the abortive bid on the life of a senior police officer in Prakasam district a few months ago.

He was heading Maoist operations in Nallamalla forests, which are spread over five districts and considered a Maoist hotbed.

The killing of Sudarshan and Ublesh is the latest setback for the Maoists in their stronghold.

CPI (Maoist) State Secretary Madhav and seven guerrillas were gunned down by police in July.

About 125 Maoists have been killed in gun battles with the police this year.

Maoist violence in the state has claimed over 6,000 lives till now.

The guerrillas claim to be fighting for the rights of poor farmers and often target landlords, police personnel and politicians.

- Indo Asian News Service

Top Maoist leader Sudarshan killed in encounter

Press Trust of India

Hyderabad, October 6, 2006


In a major setback to naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh, top Maoist leader Sudarshan, who carried a reward of Rs three lakh on his head, was killed, along with two others, in an encounter with police in a forest in Anantapur district on Friday.
The exchange of fire took place in Goonepalli forest area near Bukkapatnam village in the district, police said here.


A team of "Grey Hounds", the elite anti-naxalite force, was engaged in combing operations when it encountered the Maoists in their forest hide-out.

In the fierce gunbattle that followed, three extremists were killed, including the Secretary of Nallamala Forest Division Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Sudarshan alias Satyam.

Sudarshan was wanted in connection with several incidents including the attack on Prakasam District Superintendent of Police Mahesh Kumar Ladda early this year.

A native of Warangal district, Sudarshan was involved in 20 criminal cases in Prakasam district alone. He had also worked as Nalgonda District Committee Secretary of People's War Group.

Meanwhile, Gadar, the revolutionary balladeer and former naxal emissary during peace talks with government, dubbed the encounter as "fake" and warned that people would "teach a lesson" to ruling Congress.

Action plan for Naxal-hit villages

Friday October 6 2006 13:12 IST

WARANGAL: The district administration has prepared an action plan for the comprehensive development of about 100 Naxalite-affected villages in remote areas. An estimated amount of Rs 113 crore would be spend in the first phase.


Several tribal villages in Mulugu and Narsampeta revenue division have been identified for the creation of infrastructure and other amenities.

In all, about 360 villages were identified for the purpose. But only 100 were chosen for carrying developmental activities in the first phase.

Principle secretary Sastry recently reviewed the modalities of the programme with the district collector and superintendent of police.

Major chunk of allocation, Rs 75.34 crore would be spent on laying of roads for 410 kilo metres in agency areas. An amount of Rs 4.53 crore would be spent for Safety drinking water and Rs 7.8 crore towards medical assistance for villagers.

For bringing the lands distributed by the government into cultivation, works with Rs 2.5 crore would be undertaken. An amount of Rs 1.79 crore will be spend on restoration of irrigation tanks.

According to action plan, the Integrated Tribal Development Agency will get Rs 13.77 crore for creation of infrastructure, tribal welfare hostels and employment generation.

Anti-naxal force formed in Bellary

Friday October 6 2006 14:24 IST

BELLARY: To subdue and tackle the naxalite menace in Bellary district, the Police Department here, from Thursday, has initiated a well trained special force, equipped with special arms.

Anti-naxal Force is a 30 member squad, divided into three teams, will take serious note of the naxal movement in the district.

In an informal function at his office on Thursday, SP of Bellary Amrit Paul inaugurated the squad.

A senior officer in the Department told this paper that the main function of this squad was to curb growth of naxalite forces and to create awareness against naxal activities among the people.

He added that each team comprised of ten police staff, headed by a sub inspector. The entire squad staff comprises of only youngsters.

While selecting the staff, preference was given to their achievements and enthusiasm about the naxal activities.

Collecting information about naxal movement in district, creating awareness against the menace among the unemployed literates in the district and to brief various developmental works and projects of state and central governments to villagers are the other major functions of the squad.

These are additional works for the staff apart from their official duties, he added.

Recently they were sent to Bangalore to have 15 days commando training by KSRP trainers. Except fight against the explosives, ANF staff is well trained to face any encounter from anti naxal elements.

They are given special and commando type uniforms, binoculars, search lights, powerful torches, highly advanced arms and other essential weapons and materials.

Almost all weapons and materials have already been distributed to the staff. The squad needs Bullet Proof Jackets and some other highly advanced materials.

So proposals are sent for the same. Soon it will reach the squad, officer said. Talking to this paper Amrit Paul, SP, hoped that squad would curb naxal activities effectively in district. For mation of ANF was an old proposal.
But it has taken full shape now. Each team will work on rotation basis.

Training in yoga, meditation and personality development skill are given to the squad members. Now they have gained expertise in rock climbing and other arts. For them working in forest, hilly region is not big task, SP added.

Before the formation of ANF, an anti-naxal squad was operating in the district.

That squad, headed by inspector Rama Rao did its best achievements by breaking the back bone of hard-core naxalite Rangareddy, still the most wanted by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Police.

After the controversial developments, the then SP Pankaj Kumar Takur was transferred, and also the team was dissolved.

No efforts were made to strengthen anti-naxal team. In Bellary district hundreds of villages coming under 13 police stations are identified as naxal prone areas.

Naxalites setting up support centres in urban areas

Subodh Ghildiyal


NEW DELHI: Naxalites are effecting 'structural changes' in their movement by creating the support structures in urban areas in what is a strategic attempt to adapt to the changed security scenario.

The break from traditional Naxal structure has baffled security agencies, enough for the home ministry to ask states to follow the changed pattern in battling the 'red menace'.

Largely rooted in rural pockets, Naxal outfits are fast moving to urban centres. CPI (Maoist), the key outfit operating in India, is estimated to have 13 state-level committees.

The outfit's dominance of Maoist insurgency in the country is evident from MHA figures, which state that it accounts for 96% of the total incidents.

The outfit is now reported to be setting up bases in cities to act as a supply-line and public support structure to the main body. Home ministry has expressed concern at the spurt in overground mass organisations of Naxalite in urban centres.

This is part of what observers call 'structural change' in Naxalite movement. Conventionally, Naxal outfits preferred staying in rural areas amongst its constituents in tribal and poor.

Besides converting the locals into their fold, the forests and backward pockets served as ideal battleground to take on security forces.

The move to urban centres, MHA feels, is aimed at supplementing the rural base in several significant ways. Overground outfits, with an entrenched structure and membership, would serve as the ideal foil to generate mass support.

Given the increased sensitivity to human rights violations and presence of courts, these outfits could be used to check the offensive of security agencies.

Besides serving as a propaganda medium, the urban sister outfits could be the link between foot soldiers and logistics support. Medical treatment is a prime need for cadres fighting in inhospitable, unhygienic conditions.

Arms and ammunition, however, are the key responsibilities of link outfits in urban centres. Ever under the eagle eyes of security personnel, overground cadres are deployed to network with arms suppliers, inter-state or otherwise.

The elaborate arms network stitched by the Naxalites came to light when consignments from Chennai were intercepted by Andhra Pradesh police in the Naxal heartland of Telangana last month.

It was found that Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh had outsourced production of crude rockets to industrial units in Tamil Nadu.

That it was part of an elaborate plan was revealed by the fact that parts of these rockets were being manufactured in separate units, which helped keep it a secret from police

Festival season of Diwali :Internal security reviewed

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the festival season of Diwali and Id, the Centre on Thursday held a high-level meeting to review the internal security situation. The meeting came in the wake of intelligence reports that terror strikes could take place during season on the lines of last October's terrorist strike in a busy market place in the Capital.

National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan held discussions with Union Home Secretary V.K. Duggal and Special Secretary (Internal Security) G.S. Rajagopal and other senior Home Ministry officials.

Official sources said that the overall security situation was reviewed. The meeting is also understood to have discussed the situation in Srinagar, where two militants holed up in a hotel in Lal Chowk area were on Thursday shot dead by security forces after a 20-hour gunbattle. Seven security personnel lost their lives in the encounter.

Sources said that heightened security arrangements at major airports in the wake of hijack threat, vital installations, railway stations and trains also came up for review. The situation in North-Eastern States and ongoing operations in Assam against ULFA and the situation in naxal-violence affected 13 States also figured. It was emphasised that efforts should be further strengthened to maintain communal harmony, the role of community leaders and the interaction of local police with them, sources said.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Chhattisgarh Maoists recruiting girls, minors

By Sujeet Kumar, Indo-Asian News Service

Raipur, Oct 5 (IANS) Maoists in Chhattisgarh are conducting a mass recruitment drive in the forests of Bastar to add girls and minors to their ranks, say senior state government officials.


According to intelligence reports, the support base of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has been shrinking since June last year when a civil militia movement started in their hotbed, Bastar forest. To counter this, the guerrillas have begun recruiting cadres in rural areas of the 40,000-sq km region.

'Rebels have been holding recruitment camps in remote and inaccessible areas bordering Andhra Pradesh and Orissa and adding thousands of girls and minors to their ranks to withstand stepped up attacks by the paramilitary forces and local police in Kanker, Bastar and Dantewada districts that jointly form Bastar region,' said a top home department official.

Referring to fresh intelligence inputs, the official said the CPI-Maoist has recruited at least 1,500-1,700 fresh cadres in the just ended monsoon season.

'We have reliable inputs that nearly 80 percent of fresh recruits are girls and minors from tribal families. In some areas, parents have been forced to send their children to join the Maoists,' he added.

'Rebels have had a base in the forests of Bastar for the past three decades, but we have never seen such panic in the Maoists rank. It seems they have realised that over 10,000 forces are in Bastar to launch a full-fledged offensive and they need increased cadres to survive possible deadly attacks,' said a senior police officer involved in anti-insurgency operations for a decade.

Forces have been pounding guerrillas hideouts since the last month. Maoists suffered heavy casualties when forces busted hideouts and killed dozens and seized arms and ammunition in large quantities in last month in Bastar's Abujhmad forest.

The war is set to intensify with a guerrilla warfare trained Mizo battalion of 850 men reaching Chhattisgarh Wednesday to join the offensive.

Chhattisgarh is among the worst of the 13 Maoist hit states. Officials admit to at least 282 people, mostly tribal civilians, being killed in the state since January this year.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Shortage in police force: Law & order deteriorating

KARNATAKA

The state is in the race for moving ahead in many areas. It has also achieved success in many fronts. However, there are some issues which need proper attention- specially issues concerning security. It is a matter of concern that for Madhya Pradesh with a population of six crore, there are only 45,000 police men taking care of the security matters. Inclusion of Armed Forces will also not make much difference. Centrally located, Madhya Pradesh is otherwise a peaceful state. The crime graph, leaving out some trouble spots, is less as compared to other places. Besides there are many areas which require use of policing like transport, social responsibilities and other such works. As per figures, there is one police man for a population of 60,000 people. It thus becomes clear that there are many problems in absence of proper police force. Naxal and dacoit infested areas require constant presence of adequate police force. Big cities and constant increase in population are posing new challenges to the police. Whereas the police department is facing paucity of force for ground work, at the same time there is shortage of commanding authority too. Needless to say that there is shortage of IPS and SPS level officials as well. In absence of proper officer-level staff at the police battalions, police stations and check-posts, the law and order gets affected. There is shortage of personnel in civil police force which is responsible for deterioration in law and order situation.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Maoists delay signing of Nepal-India extradition treaty

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006


A demand from Nepal’s Maoists has caused the postponement of this week’s signing of an extradition treaty between Nepal and India, a television report said Wednesday.

Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, telephoned Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Tuesday night to demand that the governing Seven-Party Alliance not sign the treaty without the participation of the Maoist rebels, the Kantipur Television reported.

Kantipur Television quoted highly placed Maoist sources as saying Koirala agreed to the Maoist request to postpone the signing of the treaty that was agreed upon earlier this year until a more representative government was in place in Nepal.

Nepalese Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula had been scheduled to leave for New Delhi Wednesday to sign the treaty.

It is to replace an extradition treaty that Nepal and India signed in October 1953. India wanted to revise it, saying the 1953 document was not adequate to deal with the modern-day problems of drug and human trafficking along the countries’ 1,700-kilometre-long border.

Government sources said Koirala agreed to put off the signing of the revised extradition treaty until after top-level peace talks scheduled for Sunday between the leaders of his ruling alliance and the Maoists, who have been waging a civil war for a decade.

- DPA

Mizo battalion in Chhattisgarh to tackle Maoist Naxal Terrorists

By Indo Asian News Service

Raipur, Oct 4 (IANS) A Mizo battalion trained in guerrilla warfare in hostile terrain reached the Maoist-hit state of Chhattisgarh Wednesday to step up battle against the Leftist extremists, mainly in the 40,000 sq km forested Bastar region.


Personnel of the 2nd Mizoram Indian Reserve Police battalion reached Raipur in a special train. They will be deployed at strategic locations in the interior regions of Bastar during the next week.

'We welcome the Mizo battalion as it was a long pending demand of the Chhattisgarh government which was conceded by the Indian government only last month,' said a state home department senior official.

'They are specially trained to deal with guerrillas in hostile terrain. They are much skilled in terms of topography and able to take on rebels who operate on 'hit and run' tactics in the hilly Bastar region mainly in Dantewada, Narayanpur and Bijapur pockets,'
the official added.

'We have at least 10,000 forces mostly the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force troopers in Bastar. With the arrival of the Mizo battalion, the war against the rebels mainly in their hideouts is set to be intensified,' the state Home Minister Ramvichar Netam told IANS.

Maoists have strong presence in as many as eight of the state's 16 districts. The rebels have compelled forces to be on the defensive during recent years in the districts of Dantewada, Bastar and Kanker districts, the official added.

The rebels started pounding security forces on an increased frequency since June last year when the government joined in a civil militia movement launched by locals against the Maoists.

The militia movement called Salwa Judum (Campaign for Peace) has left at least 50,000 indigenous Bastar tribes homeless and they are now settled in over a dozen government-run heavily guarded relief camps.

Chhattisgarh is among the worst Maoist infested 13 Indian states and officials say at least 282 persons, mostly tribal people in state's southern region, had been killed since January.

Maoists claim to fight for rights of poor peasants and landless labourers and have killed thousands and destroyed government property worth millions in a three-decade old movement that began in 1967 from a West Bengal village.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Jharkhand plans incentives for police personnel who combat Maoists guerrillas

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
- Indo Asian News Service

Jharkhand Police is planning incentive for the cops who combat Maoists guerrillas with courage and deftness.

‘We are planning to come out with lucrative incentives for the police force. The incentives will include rewarding the police team, which will successfully destroy the Maoist training camps, kill the Maoists or arrest them,’ said a senior police official.

He said: ‘Jharkhand was the first state which came out with the highest compensation package for the cops killed in fight with the Maoists.’

The state government pays Rs.1 million as ex-gratia compensation to each deceased cop’s family.

There is no denying to the fact that the threat perception is high in Maoist dominated areas and any fault can take life. The work of policemen is becoming challenging day by day and we have to provide them advanced weapons and announce incentives to keep their morale high to continue the fight against Maoist and criminals who are also going hi-tech,’ said the official.

The incentive policy is likely to take shape in the beginning of the next year. But everything will depend on the state government’s acceptance of the police plan.

While combating Maoist rebels, the state has lost more than 200 security personnel in the last five years.

Ex-Naxals’ tryst with elections

Ex-Naxals’ tryst with elections
Wednesday October 4 2006 11:56 IST
DHARMAPURI: The joint efforts of the district administration and the police department to change the minds of Naxals and their supporters have finally yielded results. The former Naxals have now decided to contest the local body elections.

Dharmapuri is being identified as one of the Naxal-prone districts in Tamil Nadu. Naxal activities were strong in 55 villages identified by the police department in the district a few years ago.

On November 24, 2002 at Uthangarai, Naxal leader Siva alias Parthiban was shot dead in an encounter at Chinnakanagampatti village. Following the incident, combing operations were undertaken by the police during which as many as 30 Naxalites, including five women, were arrested and weapons seized from them.

Five police personnel, including an inspector, were injured during the operation. Police also launched a manhunt for PWG activists Sundaramurthi, Nivin, Kalidass and Ananthi.

As part of its efforts to uproot Naxalism from the district, the State Government, in order to rescue the innocent poor from the clutches of the Naxals and their supporters, implemented a number of welfare measures.

The measures were taken up jointly by the DRDA and the Naxal special division wing in those villages.

As a result, Naxals and their supporters, who were arrested by the police in connection with various cases, abandoned their activities and returned to the main stream.

One such reformed Naxal supporter - P Thirumurugan (28) of Ramiyampatti hamlet - is contesting from Mallikkuttai for the post of panchayat president in Karimangalam panchayat union as an Independent.

Another Naxal sympathiser, T Ammasi (45) of Ramiyampatti, is contesting from Karimangalam Union for the post of ward member as a Congress candidate.

Thirumurugan, a post-graduate, is contesting on the ‘Lock’ symbol. In his election manifesto, he has assured to abolish ‘Kanduvatti’ and ‘Kattapanchayat’, create awareness on female infanticide, employment generation, etc. Ammasi has assured to strive for the welfare of the society.

According to Superintendent of Police H M Jayaraman, Thirumurugan, an activist of the Tamil Nadu Ryot Coolie Sangam, which directly supported Naxal activities, had some cases pending against him in Mathikonpalayam police station. His nomination had been accepted by the Election Department. Similarly, PWG supporter Ammasi had also been detained in connection with several cases.

The SP claimed that the effective measures taken by the administration to uproot Naxalism in the district had forced the members to tread the right path. As far as Dharmapuri district was concerned, various welfare measures had been implemented by the DRDA at the identified Naxal-prone villages.

Apart from development works, as many as 1,000 youth were trained to attend the Uniformed Services Exams in the district. Of them, 158 had got placements in various defence services. The SP added that at present, as many as 350 youth were being given training to attend the SI selection in the police department.

Physical training was being given at Dharmapuri, Pennagaram and Harur. After completion of the physical training, they would be given coaching for the written test jointly by the NSD wing and DRDA.

5 Naxalites including a Hardcore maoist held

Jamshedpur, Oct. 4 (PTI): Five maoists, including one involved in the infamous Baliba massacre case, were arrested and another injured in an encounter in separate incidents in Jharkhand since last night, police said.

Jai Mashih Charad alias Raghu, who was allegedly involved in the Baliba massacre in 2004, was arrested from Sonua police station area of West Singhbhum district following a tip off.

Raghu, a resident of Old Goilkera area, had joined the naxal group six month before the Baliba incident, which took place on April 7, 2004. Altogether 31 people including 27 CRPF personnel were killed in a landmine blast followed by firing in Baliba under Gua police station in the district.

During interrogation, Raghu admitted that four naxals were also killed in the Baliba encounter.

Meanwhile, a report from Chatra said a maoist ultra was today injured during an encounter in a jungle near Itkhori in Chatra district, Superintendent of Police Subodh Kumar said.

Chandra Yadav, the naxalite, received bullet injury in his thigh during the 90-minute long encounter.

Yadav told interrogators that he is brother of a self-styled sub-zonal commander of CPI(Maoist) Krishna Yadav.

The police recovered a rifle, a pistol, 20 cartridges, uniform, naxal literature and contraceptive packets from the encounter site after the naxalites retreated following the retaliatory firing by the securitymen, he added.

In a raid last night at Nanaikela village in Chatra, the police arrested four maoist rebels and recovered two pistols and twenty cartridges from them.

In another incident, the maoists shot dead one Uday Ram at Nageshwar village in Palamu district, police sources said. Ram had been invovled in some criminal cases.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Reports on Maoist teams keep cops on tenterhooks

Tuesday October 3 2006 15:09 IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: The city police are on a high alert following reports that action teams of the CPI (Maoist) are on the prowl, some of them disguised as labourers.

That Maoists are lurking in the fringe areas, has been confirmed by intelligence reports also. Yendada, Arilova, PM.Palem, Pendurty, Madhurawada, Ukkunagaram and Gangavaram are a few places where Maoists are reportedly moving to strike at their targets who include some politicians, government officials and policemen who worked in the Agency areas.

The police are learnt to have kept a close watch on the situation after the arrests of V Gopala Rao who had worked as a courier for top Maoists leaders, and his father Lakshmana Rao and sister Jhansi in the first week of this month.

The arrest of three suspected Maoists at Gajuwaka recently is also a pointer to the volatile situation.

Meanwhile, the police are grappling with the situation arising from smuggling of rockets into the state.

Nevertheless, not a single rocket from those seized in Prakasam and Krishna districts, reached the district. But, police are not batting their eyelids to keep the situation under control.

Police are keeping a close watch on Andhra-Orissa border where the Maoists are active. The police have another major task on their hands - to detect and defuse improvised explosive devices.

Against this backdrop, police recovered 24 claymore mines at Teegalametta village of Koyyuru mandal yesterday lending credence to reports that the Maoists were exploring ways to take vengeance for setbacks they suffered in various parts of the state.

3 Maoist Naxals surrender in Khammam , AP

Tuesday October 3 2006 15:17 IST
KHAMMAM: Three members of the CPI (Maoist) Local Organised Squad (LOS) of Charla and Venkatapuram mandals surrendered to the police here on Monday.

Superintendent of police RK Meena told this websites newspaper that Madakam Budri and S Madakam of Venkatapuram LOS and Charla LOS activist Moovi Madhavi came to his office and surrendered before him “on health grounds”.

Madhavi was involved in blasting of Charla MRO office and MDO office at Venkatapuram apart from killing of Veeraiah, a prominent person in Charla mandal, he said.

Monday, October 02, 2006

UPA , Sitaram Yechury Masterminded Malegoan Blast : Informer

We received the following extraordinary message from an anonymous source, which, even if partly true reflects very negatively on the UPA government and its policy of surrender going beyond appeasement.

An Ex-Indian intelligence official worked for RAW ,told IntelliBriefs that "I am prepared to attach some credence to it(below message) because I have heard from other sources that Sitaram Yechury and his wife are in the payroll of some foreign countries hostile to India."

In his analysis about the report below he told Intellibriefs that " what is driving the UPA Jihadi-appeasement policy is not vote bank politics but Sonia Gandhi's fear of becoming the target of Jihadi terror. This fear is evident also in her illingness to allow her hand-picked Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad meet President Kalam asking for clemency for Afzal Guru. Note that Sonia herself sent a letter to President Kalam, asking for the reimposition of the ban on RSS in MP. The same week, J&K CM Azad appeals for clemency to Afzal guru."




Dear Sir/Madam

I am a Joint Secretary Rank Officer of Government of India. As a responsible citizen I feel it my utmost duty to reveal an unimaginably ghastly attempt of UPA government to mislead the people of India over the matter of terrorism. I am referring to Malegaon Bomb Blast Case. We know it so very well as to how shamefully the UPA regime has been pursuing the minority appeasement policy. It has almost surrendered to jehadis. Such a brazen and shameless minoritism was raising several eyebrows even among some of the traditional UPA supporters. A Hindu backlash has been a foregone conclusion. After the Blasts at Delhi, Varanasi and Mumbai; the UPA government was under tremendous pressure to take some stern and tough measures against terrorists and their supporters (among Muslim community, of course). But no section of UPA is willing to take such measures, for their "Vote Bank" consideration. Due to this brazen inaction of UPA government (i.e. the soft-approach towards terrorists and their supporters), the average Hindu, particularly the educated ones, have become very angry with them.The situation has reached to such an extent that even the most die-hard supporters of UPA government—the "secularists" of the English-electronic media (ToI, H.T., NDTV, CNN-IBN etc.)—are finding it increasingly difficult to hush-up (if you are not a downright idiot, you must have noticed/sensed this suicidal tendency of our own media, i.e. hushing-up or even justifying the incidents of mass killing ofHindus by Muslims on one pretext or other) the incidents of such mass killings of Hindus. Under tremendous pressure to do something about such incidents, the UPA government has orchestrated this Bomb .Blast with the following "secular" objectives in their mind:-

* Primarily, they want to make it appear as if this blast has been carried out by Muslim jehadi organisations (you see, how instantly the Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil accepted and termed it as terrorist strike; in total contrast to how dilly-dallying approach he usually takes when Hindus are attacked). One may wonder as to what the UPA Government stands to achieve from this? In UPA's scheme of things, the foremost priority has been to mollify the Hindus' anger towards Muslims—whenever such attacks take place on Hindus. Now hold your breath, they are not doing this because of any noble motives of shielding the Muslims from Hindus' wrath (as no such danger exist)
neither because they love Muslims. It is all because of the fact that they think that the Hindus' anger and distrust (towards Muslims) will lead to a massive Hindu Polarization towards BJP/RSS. They think that after this blast at Malegaon the future (inevitable) attacks on Hindus and their places of worship may get secularized! ! Believe me, after this incident of Malegaon, the lunatics in UPA think that from now onwards if there is any attack on Hindus and their sacred places the Hindus may be fooled and insinuated into thinking that the terrorists ( i.e. Muslim Jehadi organisations) not only attack the Hindus and their places of
worship but Muslims and their places of worship as well (that is why the blasts were engineered just outside a Mosque, that too during the Friday prayers, and a Muslim burial site). These utter lunatics think that when Hindus see Muslim Jehadis attacking the Muslims itself, the average Hindus may not get that angry when they and their places of worship are attacked by Muslim Jehadis! The crux of the matter is that "lunatic seculars" in UPA want to make average Hindus believe that terrorist
treat Hindus and Muslims alike, and attack on Hindus is not any specifically Muslim Jehadi deed; rather something of a regular (although severe) criminal deed!! They think that if Hindus are fooled into such thinking their polarization towards BJP/RSS can be checked!!

* The second objective of this engineered attack is to malign and slander the terrorists among the Muslims; to make average Muslim believe that jehadi terrorists are not their friends either. They hope that
after such incidents many Muslims will become the hostile to terrorist organisations and will become the informer about the terrorists' activities. Although, to keep muslim masses away from terrorist organisations is a noble cause; but even to think of such steps to achieve this goal in not only criminal but a ridiculous and foolhardy approach as well. In fact, it is utterly stupid even to think that such
buffoonery tactics will wean away the Muslims from jehadi organisations. Muslims know it too well that under no circumstances whatsoever (unless there is Shia-Sunni kind of problem); no jehadi organisation will ever attempt to do such a thing—killing the fellow Muslims without any reason. Even if the Blasts were done by Muslims (although, it has been not) and even if Muslim clerics knew of this; they will never openly admit it. I predict that despite the lack of any evidence, they will blame either the Hindu organisations or the security forces for this.
Now I would tell some other details that I know about it. What I certainly know about the blasts is that it has been orchestrated by the MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE of UPA regime. I know it for sure that the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi knew about it beforehand (remember the prophetic warning of P.M. in chief Ministers' conference—I think it was perhaps a slip of tongue) However, I am
not so sure about the Home Minister; he is probably not into it (though I am not sure). But the master minds behind this are Mr. Sitaram Yechury & a Secretary Rank Officer of Government of India. This man—the secretary (I don't want to name him for my own security concerns, however I must give some hints as to who he is)—is known to be very close to Communist Leaders and it was the communist leaders who foisted
him to his present post in such a ministry that is very crucial in communists' scheme of things. How this conspiracy was hatched? It was the Jama Masjid Blasts that gave birth to this conspiracy. Who was behind the Jama Masjid Blasts? Though, I am not certain about it but—being a top ranked government official—I know some innermost information about this. Some police officials had apprehended Imam
Bukhari behind this! Why Bukhari did this? He wanted to organise a protest rally in favour of that Phoolpur Mufti who was behind the Varanasi Blasts. He wanted a pretext for such rally. After the Blasts he even organised that rally in favour of Phoolpur Mufti. The Bukhari wanted to create the impression that same set of people were behind both the Blasts—the Varanasi as well as Jama Masjid Blasts. For what
reasons; I don't know. However, to ensure that no one is killed in the Blasts (if the people were killed the matter would have snowballed), a very low intensity bomb (probably a fire cracker with wires and crude detonators wrapped around it—as was apprehended by the police) was used. Some police officers wanted to carry the investigation on this line but they were soon browbeaten by the UPA government and the matter was hushed up. Even several media people too know of this. To suppress
the matter, as usual, the ISI and Lashker were blamed for it.

However the secularists in media—even though many of them knew that ISI and Lashker had no role into this—used this incident to convince the Muslims that jehadis (ISI, Lashker, Jaish etc.) are as much of their enemies as of Hindus'. Noble though, the aim is but approach is foolish. The fight against the terrorism cannot be fought with such weak-kneed people as secularists are. Instead of facing the problem in a frank way, they want to wish away the very menace of terrorism. Since I am not in a
mood to lecture the secularists, therefore I won't say much about this. But it was this approach taken by media on Jama Masjid Blasts that got Mr. Secretary to think of such move. Initially, as I came to know of it,he proposed such idea before communist leaders in a lighter and non-serious way. But Mr. Yechury got immensely impressed by this idea and suggested such a move to Congress Top Brass through a NON-POLITICAL Christian Leader from Kerla. Since I am not 100% sure as to whether this
leader was really involved into conspiracy I won't reveal his name; however, as soon as I become sure of his involvement, I will reveal his name. After weighing the pros and cons of the matter, the congress leadership ultimately agreed to it. However some differences emerged within the UPA; whereas the congress wanted to frame Jehadi outfits for this, the communists wanted to implicate some Hindu organisations for
this. What ultimately was decided, I don't know. However I was stunned to see that whereas newspapers and T.V. channels, close to Congress, were blaming the Jehadis; a Newspaper considered very close to leftist lost no time in blaming Hindu organisations for this!! (Sic: The Hindu)

It seems that matter remained unresolved (regarding who should be framed for Bombings) till last and has been left open for any type of interpretation by
interested parties. UPA has been expecting imminent attack on Hindus during festival season of Dashehra, Durga-Pooja and Deepawali and due to this they had been under considerable pressure. But after perpetrating this Blast they are quite relieved! After the Blasts the conspirators were in a joyous mood and Mr. Secretary termed it as a MASTERSTROKE; as in his opinion, this has achieved two goals simultaneously (1) Blunting RSS/BJP criticism of UPA over attack of Jehadis on Hindus and (2) Getting some informers from among the Muslim community. You must note it in advance—future attacks of Hindus are going to be hushed up under these arguments by media and UPA
regime:--

* The Standard Congress line will be--"you see, they attack Muslims too".

* The Standard Leftists Line will be—"you see, Hindus are also attacking Muslims".

The ultimate aim of this is to leave Hindus confused and to check their possible polarization towards RSS/BJP. Such is the thinking of the people who are in-charge of running this nation! Who carried out the bombings? As far as I know, no official machinery has been used to carry out the bombing. I have been informed that sections
of Nepali Maoist Cadre and/or CPM Cadre were actively involved into this. How dramatized and well orchestrated the whole incident is, can be gauged by following events:-

* How a news channel's camera team immediately rushed to the spot?

* How that particular leftist newspaper (referred above) knew it in advance that no one will be caught for this?

* To give the incident a dramatic turn an unmanned jeep with huge explosive materials was planted and rumours were created that Blasts were aimed at diverting the police attention for safely smuggling the explosive materials. Only a die hard fool will believe this. Even the common man knows that after such incidents the police become far more active; those who want to smuggle the arms etc. would prefer normal incident free days for this rather than high alert days. But you see how
foolish the media is—how seriously they took this propaganda for truth.

* The composition of investigating team is nothing but a bunch of idiots; I have been told so by my friends in police. However many foolish people may get impressed with such an idea but in all, it is nothing but a criminal act. I am absolutely sure that this bombing is aimed more at confusing the Hindus than on weaning the Muslims away from terrorist organisations. Even if it is aimed at later, buffoonery apart, it is an unthinkably criminal way to achieve this aim. What is needed is tough and stern measures against jehadi Muslim Leaders (Bukhari, Madani, etc.) and Organisations (Madarsas and other seminaries, particularly the Devbandi and Ahle-Hadisi ones) rather than killing the innocent Muslim Civilians . I guarantee that such moves to fight terrorism and create Muslim informers will certainly fail. However it may end-up confusing the Hindus and may serve as a justification for
future killing of Hindus. Due to my personal security reasons I can come into open only when this wretched bunch of criminals—the UPA Government—goes out of power. However I plead every right thinking citizen of India—Hindu and Muslim alike—to send this mail to as may people as possible. I want this fact to come into open.

THE INFORMER.

Maoists justify induction of children

By Indo Asian News Service

Ranchi, Oct 2 (IANS) Maoist rebels, who claim to fight against repression, find nothing wrong in inducting minors between eight and 15 years in their organisation. They term children as cultural ambassadors of their movement.



'People's March', mouthpiece of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), justifies induction of children in their red squad. In an article titled 'Revolution of Child Revolutionaries', Click children have been described as cultural ambassadors of Maoists.

'There are scores of children who do not have food to eat and clothes to wear. Here (in the Maoist organisation) children are changing their life by adopting the path of liberation,' says the mouthpiece.

'The children who are now eight watch the arms struggle from the beginning and later they become the leaders of the organisation,' it says.

It also quotes some children who joined the red squad and got liberation from repression.

'The children who join the red squad are trained how to lead life. They do not get knowledge of books but they learn how to lead real life,' it says.

However, police officials involved in anti-extremist operations say the children are used as spies to keep track of police and informers.

'These children perform plays in the villages in support of the Maoists and allure people to join the red squad to fight the repression of police, moneylenders and others,' said a senior official.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service



SOURCE: Click
‘Children are the future citizens’ is the
most frequented phrase coming out of the
mouths of politicians and philanthropists.
Children’s day is observed with artificial spirit
publicizing the long kurtha and a red rose as
the symbol of children’s prosperity. But in
fact, most of the children in our country do
not have a little bread to eat and a small cloth
to wear. This has to change. This change
has already started. Here are some children
in the actual path for children’s liberation.
They are born poor. They are born into
revolution. This is the ongoing history in
the state of Jharkhand.
Few feel that keeping children out of physical
work alone is taking care of them. Development
does not take place without physical
labor. But what is the actual process of development
of children? How should it be? The
revolutionary struggle areas of Jharkhand
have successfully experimented on this.
A generation has grown in this process.
The young child of 7 – 8 years of age starts
with just watching the armed squad that
visits the village, with a running nose from a
considerable distance out of fear. Later they
have developed as organizers, singers and
leaders of higher committees.
These are the quotes of a few child revolutionaries
in the forests of Jharkhand. They
are all from poor adivasi peasant families.
‘I looked after the cattle. I had no mother.
My elder brother used to beat me that I did
not work properly. I had nothing at home. So
I thought I could learn to read and write well
in the party. So I joined the party. I ran with a
friend in the village, walked for one full day
and reached the squad’.
‘I was going to school when I first knew
of the armed squad. I used to think about
them. Once they came to our village. I went
and met them. The same day I decided to
join them’.
‘I had to go to school in the neighboring
village on a cycle. After a while the cycle
was damaged. My father did not have
enough money to get it repaired. I stopped
going to school. At this time, the armed squad
came to our village. My mother objected me
joining the squad. But I opposed her. Now I
am learning to read and write in the Party’.
All these children are not above twelve
years of age. They are moving along with
the squad, in uniform, carrying their
belonging with themselves. Here are some
more….
‘I used to rear cattle. Before I actually
saw the party people, I heard about them. It
was said that the party people would dip
children into hot water. It was ‘R’ who told
me that the party would give us a good life. I
understood what it was. So I joined’.
There are instances where parents themselves
sent their children to join the party.
‘I was going to school when I heard of
the party. My father was in touch with them.
I was assisting him in catching fish when I
first saw the uniformed comrades. Initially I
was afraid. My uncle was working in the
Kranthikari Kisan Committee. My father
wanted me to join the squad. I was already
interested in them. Thus I am in the party’.
Here is the story of a much younger boy
whose voice is yet more childish –
‘My father died. My mother left me to
start a family with another man. My uncle
brought me up. I was interested in school
but they did not send me. When I saw the
squad, I requested them I would join them’.
This is the story of a girl who has joined
the party due to nothing but patriarchy.
‘My father had two wives. My mother is
the second wife. The first wife illtreated my
mother. My mother left to her father’s house
where I was born. I was sent to school.
Anyway life was not that easy. My mother
remarried.
When comrades came to our village I
used to take water and food to them. Once I
took that chance and left from the back of
the house and went to them. Neighbors told
my mother and she came along. But I did not
listen to her. I stayed with the party’.
See another example:
‘My father worked as a full time activist
in the Kranthikari Kisan Committee. He sent
me and my brother to school. I used to return
from school at 3 in the afternoon and go to
get back the cattle. Whenever the squad
visited the village they used to encourage
me to join the revolution. When I told my
father of my interest he said I should wait
until I am a little old. But I was eager. So I ran
away from home with a friend and joined the
squad after walking for one full day’.
There are as many girls as boys in this
process. While for boys it is the liberation
from a backward society, for the girls it is
additionally liberation from the patriarchal
oppression.
What can children of such a small age
do for revolution? When children could do
laborious work in hotels and dangerous
works in industries like explosives (in Sivakasi),
garments and other such things, they
can definitely do work of opposing the same.
Childhood is normally understood in a
romantic, emotional and sentimental manner.
But in reality it is not. It is not so, anywhere
in the world. The naked, stark reality in their
lives makes them mature at a very early age.
It is not the so called precocious ness of
children who perform the ability to write PG
examinations at the age of ten, or do this and
that extraordinary things that are recorded
in the books with much publicity.
These children are not educated through
books. They are educated through life. So
they easily imbibe the revolutionary politics.
They are not pure mental beings. They are
physical laborers. Once armed mentally, their
energies develop in a diversified manner.
They start to learn singing. The cultural
organization ‘Jharkhand Abhen’ provides
them a good opportunity. In fact more than
90 per cent of the members of the cultural
organization are children below 15 – 16 years.
After becoming full timers in the party,
they move with the women organizers or with
the squad. During meetings in the villages,
they sing, perform play-lets and other such
things. They carry out certain important tasks
too. At times they even help the higher
committees. Thus they are part and parcel of
the Party. They are part and parcel of
revolution.
This happened in Vietnam. This
happened in China. Now it is happening in
India, in the state of Jharkhand. And
undoubtedly the Revolutionary Children in
India are going to achieve more and more
strides in their Revolutionary practice.
Yes. Children are the future citizens of a
Socialist society.
Lastly –
Journalists coming to meet the leaders
of the revolution normally criticize that
children are robbed of their childhood and
are forced to join the party. The above
instances are enough to understand what is
being robbed off, and what is being given to
the children by the revolutionary party.
Taking children into the Party does not mean
that they do all what a grown ups do. There
is the age limit of 16 years to become eligible
for Party membership. Meanwhile the
children are not only looked after. They are
developed in a creative manner, perhaps in a
manner not possible elsewhere.
Anyway this is the simple answer they
gave when questioned why they preferred
the party life despite difficulties :
‘In the village we cannot know anything.
But in the party everything is taught. We
can get a better understanding of things.
We can develop ourselves and also develop
the society’.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Six naxal terrorists , three civilians killed in Chhattisgarh

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Maoist militants killed three civilians while security forces gunned down at least six rebels in Chhattisgarh, police said Sunday.

Rebels(NAXALS) raided villages late Saturday night under Gangrool police station of Bijapur locality in Bastar region and killed three middle-aged tribesmen by slitting their throat in separate incidents.

‘We have three civilian deaths. Rebels probably killed them for their alleged link with the anti-insurgency operations,’ Bijapur Superintendent of Police Ratanlal Dangi told IANS over telephone.

The Maoists who have strong presence in the forested and hilly stretch of Bastar’s 40,000 sq km, received a setback Saturday as paramilitary troopers gunned down at least six rebels and wounded several others in a raid carried out in Cherpe forest belt of the state bordering Maharashtra.

‘We swooped on the rebel hideouts late Saturday in a thick forested region of Batsar that separates Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh and killed at least six rebels and injured dozens,’ said Dangi.

He added that forces busted 10 hideouts in the raid of banned leftists’ extremists outfit, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

Chhattisgarh is among the worst Maoist infested 13 Indian states. At least 275 people, mostly the tribal civilians in the state’s southern Bastar region were killed since January this year.

- Indo Asian News Service

Most weapons with Naxals belong to cops

Subodh Ghildiyal
[ 2 Oct, 2006 0052hrs IS TTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]



NEW DELHI: It's a case of the cops facing their own guns. As 'red extremists' turn a menace for security agencies with their firepower, 60% of their weapons are estimated to be stolen from policemen.

Putting a number to Naxalite strength operating through the 'red corridor' up to Nepal and enumerating their increasingly improving firepower as also inter-state coordination, Union home ministry has sounded the states about the need for counter measures on a war-footing.

MHA, in a rare estimate, has stated there are about 6,620 Naxalites across the country, with 4,800 regular weapons, of which 2,800 could be stolen from police. Virtually all these men and machines are controlled by the Maoists.

But what is giving sleepless nights to the security agencies are the Naxals' possessing highly sophisticated equipment. The recent seizure of 800 rockets from Andhra Pradesh is only the tip of the iceberg.

The state government has informed the Centre that the Naxals have highly-sophisticated VHF sets with scrambler facility to send encrypted messages. These sets have a sensitivity of .16 mv while that of police sets is .30 mv. Besides, the Naxals are also reported to be using satellite phones.

They are also using improvised explosives in the form of crude rockets, pressure and wireless activated mines. The trail of crude rockets has taken the cops to industrial units in Tamil Nadu, jolting the Centre to new challenges of R&D among Naxalites.

Naxals are thriving on looted weapons is reflected in Uttar Pradesh, which is among less affected states, and Orissa, which has seen a sharp growth in red extremism in the last few years.

In UP, Naxalites started by raiding PAC and police posts. Though limited to three districts Mirzapur, Sonbhadra and Chandauli the state has reported that the Naxals form small groups with three AK-47s, 16 SLRs, three stenguns besides rifles of different bores, weapons used by PAC or snatched from cops on patrol.

Orissa where consolidation of Naxals has been sharp as evidenced by sensational jailbreaks like in Udaigiri is said to have 700 hardcore Naxals operating with AK-47s and other rifles.

The Centre now has an additional worry: that arms surrender in Nepal could see Maoists' weapons being stashed away or smuggled into Indian districts from where they could find their way through the 'red corridor'.

Within the country, MHA has inputs of a subtle "structural changes" in Naxal operations.