Saturday, November 18, 2006

Trapped between Naxals and Salva Judum

For Kamlesh Paikra, a tribal journalist from Bastar, it is like being between a rock and a hard place. Shivam Vij spoke to him

On a November day in 2005, headmaster Tarkeshwar Singh was teaching in a school in Cherpal village near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. A few Salva Judum leaders, accompanied by police, entered the classroom and told him that he was being arrested. He was taken to the Bijapur police station and told that his crime was to have Naxalite literature and red uniforms at his home, besides firing a gun in a public place. He was charged with criminal conspiracy. But a crpf commander said the recovery of red literature and uniforms is not possible because he (the crpf personnel) lived with Singh’s younger brother, Kamlesh Paikra. The crpf commander was transferred to Delhi.

Two local traders then approached Paikra, telling him how his brother could be released. All he had to do was to accede to the demand of Salva Judum leader Budhram Rana that a news report published by him on September 8 in Hindsatt, a local daily, was false. Kamlesh refused. The report had said that in Mankeli and surrounding villages, Salva Judum mobs had destroyed 50 houses of those who had not been attending their meetings. The report had resulted in a visit by a team of the Communist Party of India. Salva Judum members restricted Paikra’s entry into camps of the displaced and prevented him from accompanying a team of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, a human rights groups.

Kamlesh Paikra, 29, had been freelancing for local newspapers in Dantewada district, where Bijapur is a small town. He was one of the few adivasi journalists in a district where two-thirds of the population is tribal. Adivasis live by the forest: they collect flowers, tendu leaves, tamarind, saal seeds and bamboo. Then the government mandated that the adivasis could sell some items only to the government, which would then sell them to private buyers. While the initial rate for tendu leaves was fixed at Rs 10 a bundle, the government was pressured into raising it to Rs 45 a bundle. The demand for raising the prices of tendu leaves and bamboo was just one issue exploited by a new group that began gaining ground in Dantewada. They demanded a separate state, Bastar, and called themselves Naxalvaadi. The Naxalites are now under the banner of the CPI (Maoist) and popularly known as “andar waley”.

The State exploits you, said the Naxalites, and wanted all signs of the State removed from the villages, so as to create their own parallel establishment. Kamlesh Paikra saw his land erupt with violence and reported it. Local villagers would tell him about Naxalite meetings and the decisions taken there, and Naxalite leaders would give him interviews discussing their strategy. The Bijapur sp, DL Manhar, asked him in April 2005 who his sources were. Can’t reveal, said Paikra. I’ll find out on my own, the sp allegedly replied. After a tape was circulated in which Manhar was allegedly recorded ordering his subordinates to kill journalists, he was transferred, ironically, to the state human rights commission.

The Naxalites had become a law unto themselves, and rebellion from amongst the adivasis was inevitable. In January 2005, some adivasis in Bhairamgarh were found roaming around with bows and arrows, their traditional weapons, and living in a police station. Such instances became more frequent over the next few months, and the official version was that a popular uprising against the Naxals had taken place in Dantewada in June 2005, and that these people called themselves the Salva Judum, ‘Peace Initiative’. But Paikra said he had never heard the term or news of large-scale mobilisation till September. Rather than a popular uprising, it is, he says, a Chhattisgarh government initiative. The inability to check Naxalism now had a simple solution: pitting adivasi against adivasi.

Reporting the truth about Naxalites had never earned Paikra any love from them: they called him reactionary and asked Naxalite leaders not to speak to him. There were threats against him. Fearing for his life, he shifted to Bijapur from his village in Cherpal. Things began to look up for him: he was granted a licence to run a pds shop. But Paikra also continued his journalism. When he saw Salva Judum take to violence against those who wouldn’t join them, it was for him as newsworthy as the Naxalites taking to violence against those who wouldn’t join their ranks. His Hindsatt report embarrassed Salva Judum leaders and police. The arrest of Kamlesh’s brother was only the beginning of his nightmare. After back-breaking efforts to get Tarkeshwar Singh out on bail materialised 15 days later, Kamlesh found his pds licence cancelled without reason and Hindsatt disowning him as their reporter. “My only fault,” he says, “is that I thought of the well-being of the people I lived amidst, the land my father tilled on.”

This was just a year after the Naxalites had forced him to shift out to Bijapur. “Encounter hone wala hain, bhaag ja,” a well-wisher informed him in the middle of a December night. Kamlesh hid himself in friends’ houses for some days and shifted to Dantewada city along with his parents, his pregnant wife, two sisters and two brothers. But Tarkeshwar, the eldest sibling, is still in Bijapur, suspended from his teaching job but attached to a government education office at a lesser salary. In Dantewada, Kamlesh was unemployed. “I would have died of hunger had I not been helped by some good folks in Delhi,” he says.

His requests to the state human rights commission, Governor Lt Gen KM Seth and Chief Minister Raman Singh have not elicited any reply. Even as opposition to the Salva Judum has grown, the state government continues to support the militia, who have the status of special police officers. Kamlesh says Dantewada alone has camps with around 50,000 Salva Judum members. All their needs are met by the government. “Those who couldn’t afford a bicycle now maintain motorcycles. Where’s the money coming from?” And that’s part of the reason why, he says, the Salva Judum is not going to be shut down.

Not that it has proved to be of any use against the Naxals, he says. Naxal activities have only grown, deriving greater legitimacy from the existence of Salva Judum. Anyone who goes back to his village from the Salva Judum camp never returns. As the killings continue, Dantewada saw a 50,000-strong rally on November 14 demanding an end to Salva Judum. “The so-called anti-Naxal Salva Judum has become a tool for vested business and political interests,” he says. “In any case Salva Judum could have been successful only if it had come from the people rather than the State.”
The Salva Judum has disrupted life in Dantewada. Villagers are angry that the turmoil has even stopped the celebration of local festivals such as Padum and Nawa Khani, which revolve around forests and agriculture. All the fight has been over water and land, and Kamlesh doesn’t see how it can be resolved by putting adivasis in militia camps. And the land they leave behind is taken over by the Naxals.

It seems unlikely to Paikra that the Chhattisgarh government is going to admit that Salva Judum was a mistake and withdraw it, for even the opposition supports Salva Judum. Kamlesh fears the violence is going to get worse, and it’s already a civil war. As for himself, he doesn’t know where he will go or how he will feed his family, if he lives at all. Thanks to news about him being put out by the Chhattisgarh Net website, international press freedom groups have joined the Chhattisgarh Shramjivi Patrakar Sangh in demanding that the Chhattisgarh government provide him security so that he can return to Bijapur and live a normal life. “Even if I can’t get back to journalism or have my pds shop restored, I can always take to farming. That is what my father did for 30 years,” says the 29-year-old graduate in political science, sociology and Hindi.

Nov 25 , 2006

Just Police Measures, No Real Solutions

Just Police Measures, No Real Solutions

The PM calls them a threat to national security but is the state doing much?

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

When Naxalism sprouted in parts of West Bengal and Bihar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was brutally stamped out by the State. These were disparate, divided groups of people possessed of little other than the fiery romance of revolution. They were rather easily put down. This is Naxalism’s second flowering in the country, a much more robust rebellion against the State in more senses than one. They are more united, better organised, better networked, better funded, better armed. Their sphere of influence spans not a couple of states but as many as 16. The government, on the other hand, appears to have not upgraded or updated its strategy over the last four decades. Naxalism is a law and order issue, it is to be dealt with accordingly, appears to be the bottomline of the State’s response. Evidently, it hasn’t worked. Over the last decade or so, the Naxal ideology has expanded its constituency many times over; it now extends to nearly half the country’s landmass. Their strikes in 2005 were alarming enough for the prime minister to call Naxalism the biggest threat to internal security.

Even so, there has been no cohesive or comprehensive State response to the challenge posed by Naxalism. Efforts have been made to negotiate with them politically or neutralise them militarily but they haven’t gone far. In Andhra Pradesh, the new hub of Naxalism, successive governments have made efforts to broker peace but without much success. And that was primarily because governments have not been willing to consider such basic socio-economic reforms as land reform and the Naxals have not been willing to give up arms as a pre-condition to negotiation.

Neighbouring Chhattisgarh, whose southern tribal districts have become a big Naxal base, took the opposite route, it went for confrontation. The results have been equally dubious. In 2005, the state government blessed Salva Judum, an operation that pitted tribals against Naxals in the sprawling Bastar jungles. Salva Judum involved arming tribal youth, organising them into hit squads and pushing them into battle. Often, they were assisted by state forces in their strikes. Salva Judum created immense local disaffection and dislocation. Tribal began to suspect tribal. Naxals resorted to reprisal attacks on remote tribal clusters they suspected of being in league with Salva Judum. In a year or so that it has been in operation, Salva Judum has claimed close to 500 lives in Chhattisgarh; more than 70,000 tribals have been uprooted. It has made no apparent dent in Naxal penetration in the region.

Frequently enough, calls have been made to devise a comprehensive strategy to tackle the “Naxal menace” but governments have scarcely gone beyond police solutions as a measure to meet the challenge.

The issue gets regularly discussed at conferences called by the Union home ministry, seldom at forums whose business it is to ensure correction and socio-economic imbalances. It is no coincidence that the Naxal constituency overlaps India’s most backward and feudal flank from Bihar down to Andhra Pradesh. Many believe that socio-economic measures can go a long way in robbing the Naxals of a base in the backward belt. However, despite concern being raised at the highest levels about the need to do something about tackling Naxalism, little has been done other than police and security initiatives.

YSR's secret: a sharp focus on agriculture, without deleting IT

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YSR's secret: a sharp focus on agriculture, without deleting IT


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It was a marathon walk that enthroned Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, or YSR as he is popularly known.

In the scorching summer of 2003, he set out on a 1,470-km journey on foot across Andhra Pradesh. The effort earned him more goodwill than the Congress had hoped for. Coupled with a promise of free power to farmers and Indiramma


Agro Instinct

Mr Down To Earth






Rajyam (an Indira Gandhi-like regime), he cashed in on Chandrababu Naidu's folly of calling for early polls on the mistaken assumption of a sympathy wave following a Naxal attack on him. Nine years of drought and an obsession with infotech proved to be Naidu's nemesis. After an upset win that mirrored the UPA's at the Centre, YSR took over as CM on May 14, 2004. He lost no time in implementing the promise of free power even as despairing World Bank officials and economists saw him depart from their trajectory.

Two-and-a-half years down the line, YSR has more than repaid the confidence the Congress invested in him. Both PM Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi are impressed by his performance; he is rated as one of Congress's best CMs. In a quiet, understated way, YSR has ensured that Andhra Pradesh continues to be a favoured destination for private investors while shifting the focus of his governance to farmers.

Bringing the spotlight back to agriculture is, in fact, what has made YSR's chief ministership exemplary. Making irrigation a priority, his government allocated it Rs 3,350 crore in 2004-05, Rs 6,350 crore in the next fiscal, and Rs 10,040 crore for '06-07. It plans to spend Rs 46,000 crore in all. In a state where no new irrigation project was taken up for a decade, YSR has taken up 26 medium and major projects, of which eight are scheduled to be completed in two years. "Even my cabinet colleagues expressed doubts on how I'd mobilise the funds, but I stood firm," he says. Thanks to that, AP is a farmers' domain yet again.

And YSR's government is claiming all the credit. Says finance minister K. Rosaiah: "Of course, it helped that nature blessed us with bountiful rain, but it is the Congress which has helped make agriculture a remunerative profession again." He notes how states like Maharashtra and Punjab have been unable to provide free power, but YSR continues with his seven-hour free power supply to farmers. Further, his waiver of Rs 1,287 crore of power dues has done its bit to curb distress suicides. Farmer lending through the cooperative sector too has tripled to Rs 2,000 crore.

Another area YSR wielded his magic wand in is Bt cotton, cultivated statewide. Monsanto Mahyco Biotec Ltd, the main player supplying these genetically modified seeds, was charging Rs 1,850 for 450-gm packets, of which Rs 1,250 was royalty alone. This when it charges Rs 45 as royalty per sachet in China and Rs 108 in the US. Each acre needs up to two sachets. Monsanto's high rates led to numerous companies selling spurious seeds, at a third of Monsanto's rate: Rs 600 per sachet. The lure proved to be fatal: it was the main reason behind farmer suicides in 2003-04.

This January, the YSR government filed a pil on behalf of the farmers and saw to it that MNCs like Monsanto were indicted by the MRTPC for violation of anti-trust laws in the country and for adopting restrictive trade practices and charging unreasonable royalty. Then, on May 11, MRTPC granted an injunction against the companies, directing them to charge reasonable royalty. Now, the price of Bt cotton seeds cannot exceed Rs 900 for a packet. The belated move has helped check farmer suicides considerably although farmers caught in the debt trap continue to take their lives.

"Irrigation, agriculture and electricity are three departments where the CM knows more than the secretaries heading them," says K.

V.P. Ramachandra Rao, YSR's political advisor. His coming from an agricultural family also makes it easy for him to empathise with the farmers, say those close to him. Naidu, on the other hand, had dismissed agriculture as an outdated profession and urged farmers to look for other options. It's another matter that the tdp chief has changed his tune after losing the 2004 elections.

The Congress government, though, is far from antagonistic to what Naidu genuinely initiated. He has built on the growth Naidu generated in the IT sector—if Rosaiah is to be believed, the growth in IT & ITES has been 68 per cent. MNCs too continue to find Hyderabad a cheaper alternative to Bangalore. Industrial power tariff was slashed by 4.1 per cent in 2005-06, and by another 3.8 per cent in '06-07. Coupled with the promotion of SEZs linked to the ports at Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Krishnapatnam, industrial houses are being drawn to Andhra Pradesh.

Success, however, hasn't gone to YSR's head. He remains accessible to MLAs, party leaders and the common man. He's also not overawed by the visits of world leaders like George Bush or World Bank honchos. In fact, he made his priorities clear to the US president when he took him to the Acharya NG Ranga University to show him the latest in farm and weaving technologies. And when Bush made his way to ISB, Hyderabad, to interact with students there, YSR didn't deem it necessary to accompany him.

What he does not miss are his daily durbars. Starting 8.30 am, YSR spends an hour accepting petitions and listening to his visitors' grievances. He might not do much, but most people seem happy that the CM lends them an ear.

Then there's the case of M. Rajyalakshmi, a Karimnagar student, who got a seat in the Mamata Medical College but couldn't join because of the Rs 8,000 fee. YSR asked the Karimnagar collector to bring the girl to him, paid her fee and ensured she continued her education. It also occasioned the initiation of a scheme whereby banks operate special counters at counselling centres in colleges. Once students secure a seat, they can simply approach the bank for a loan. No surety or background information is needed. The cheque is made out in favour of the college where they are to join.

The Indiramma scheme is another instrument through which the CM has tried to improve the lot of the poor by building houses for them. "We've built 12 lakh houses in two years and 60 lakh more will be built in the coming years," says YSR. "What's more, we don't talk of SC, BC or forward caste here. If after 50 years of Independence, a family does not have a house, there can be nothing more tragic, caste notwithstanding."

YSR, who contested his first election in 1978 from Pulivendula constituency in Kadapa, has never lost an election to date. A five-time MLA and four-time MP, he was opposition leader for long. Now that he is CM, he's trying to use his position of privilege to maximise benefits to the underprivileged. "I am not trying to change the world," he says. "I'm only trying to help people to accept change."

New faces from Udupi district in naxal team: IGP

Saturday November 18 2006 10:40 IST

CHIKMAGALUR: IGP, Eastern Range, Satyanarayana Rao revealed that new faces from Udupi district were found in the naxal teams operating in the Western Ghats.

Speaking to reporters here on Friday after inaugurating the Police Sports Meet, he disclosed that no new persons from other districts of Malnad region had joined the naxal team.

Adding that the number of naxals had not gone up considerably, he agreed that members from other states frequently visited camps in the Western Ghat region in Karnataka.

“Prima facie it is found that the naxals had stopped recruiting local youths. It is also observed that outsiders had not taken over leadership of local naxal teams,” he added.

Anti-naxal operation is going on continuously. Police have taken all care to contain naxal activity in the region, he claimed.

Referring to the encounter at Bommanahalli village of Udupi district on Thursday, he said naxals were in an advantageous position and the place they were camping was narrow and inaccessible.

This allowed them to escape though the police had opened fire.

In earlier encounters, naxal teams used to have at least six members. This time there were only four members, he pointed out.

A proposal to modernise police stations in naxal-affected areas was sent to the government and is now with the Finance Department, he said.

He was accompanied by DC Nilay Mitash and SP Vipul Kumar.

AP: YSR regime puts naxals on back foot

Radhika Iyer/TS Sudhir

Saturday, November 18, 2006 (Hyderabad):


A day after taking over as chief minister in May 2004, YS Rajasekhara Reddy asked his police force to observe restraint and three weeks later, invited the naxals for peace talks.

The talks failed and very soon, it was back to the bullet for a bullet strategy in which the naxals have found themselves completely outsmarted in recent months.

An encounter in Kadapa district last week, the police claim, has wiped out naxal presence from the Rayalseema region, the southern part of Andhra Pradesh.

The police's confidence stems from having got Obulesu who was tipped to become the next secretary of the state committee.

Even his critics concede Reddy has managed to push the naxals on the back foot. The police have been on the offensive combing areas deep inside the Nallamalla forests where earlier no policeman dared to go.

Guarded response

But even as the war against naxals enters a decisive stage, police chief Swaranjit Sen prefers to be guarded.

"We have driven them against the wall, at least in Andhra Pradesh. I would not compartmentalise it in phase one or phase two.

"Phase one has to continue till the last man is down and they give it up," said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, AP.

Even the naxal sympathisers are in a state of disarray, angry at the U-turn taken by the YSR regime. They admit the police onslaught has forced most of the cadres to move into Chattisgarh and Orissa.

"I hold YSR responsible. He invited my brothers for talks, treated them to good food, then fed poison to shoot them dead. This cannot be excused," said Gadar, Naxal sympathizer.

The naxal movement is facing one of its worst crises of leadership having lost many of their top leaders in encounters in recent months.

It's time perhaps for YSR and the state police to consolidate on their gains.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Naxals vow revenge for Dalit family

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RED LETTER: The Naxal letter condemns the massacre and calls people to join in an agitation against the govt.

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Nagpur : The Khairlanji killings of a Dalit family set off a wave of public outrage in Vidarbha, but also unleashed a political storm over the lack of justice to the Bhotmange family.


What's really worrying the police is Naxalite involvement now.


Violent protests, arson, lathicharges, bandhs and curfews - Vidarbha has been in turmoil for the last two weeks over the killing of Bhotmange's family. The police has been looking for answers, all in vain.


This was before a letter written by the Maoists arrived.



Says IG, Anti-Naxal Operations, Pankaj Gupta, "This letter has come on the letter pad of the CPI (Maoists) This more or less confirms that this is a definite effort on the part of the Naxalities."


The letter condemns the Khairlanji incident and calls upon everyone to join the Naxal agitation against the government and for Dalit rights. All those guilty in the massacre case would be killed, it warns.


The C-60 Anti-Naxal Squad is now on high alert in the region.


"We have put everyone on alert. The letter's contents are not to be taken lightly. They are advocating inciting inciting people against the government."


Dalit leaders are not amused by the letter or by the insinuations being made in its wake.


Says Congress MLA, Nitin Raut, "It would be irresponsible to assume that all the Dalits in India are a part of the Naxal movement."


The state police is taking the Red letter as a clear cut warning and is prepared to tackle any threats, but Dalit leaders are condemning allegations and are instead blaming the police for violence across Vidarbha.


Justice for Bhotmange now for sure has snowballed into a major controversy.

Police sounded alert along Shimoga border

Friday November 17 2006 10:54 IST
SHIMOGA: Anti-naxal team and the regular police in Shimoga district were sounded alert on Thursday after an encounter between Police and naxalites at a village under Shankaranarayana Police Station limits of Udupi district.

Talking to this website's newspaper Superintendent of Police Arun Chakravarthi Jeji said that the anti-naxal teams operating particularly in Hosanagar sector, bordering between Shimoga and Udupi districts, had also taken up combing operation in their area.

“Department knows that the naxal teams frequently move in this border. That is why Police and naxals encounter at these points quite often. So anti-naxal team of the Department is always on the alert along the border between Shimoga and Udupi districts. Now they became extra cautious,” he said.

Man who 'killed' naxal verghese is no more

Punalur: P Ramachandran Nair, the retired police constable, who confessed that he had, under threat to his own life from higher police officials, shot naxelite leader Varghese dead at 6.55 pm on February 18, 1970, passed away on Thursday night. He was under treatment after suffering from asthma for a long time.

Police had then described Varghese's death as an encounter death at the time of the incident - when Varghese was apprehended by the police, he fired a shot at the Superintendent of Police who in self-defence fired back resulting in the death of Varghese.

According to the former constable, the order to execute the Naxalite leader was issued by the then deputy superintendent of police K Lekshmana.

However, the policeman was pulling the trigger to lit the fuse of controversies 28 years later in 1998, that once again revolved around the alleged repression and human rights violations perpetrated by the State's political leaders, especially K.Karunakaran and the Rajan case as his political rivals alleged.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ranvir Sena makes plans to take on Naxal terrorists

Patna, Nov 16 (IANS) Bihar seems to be headed for more lawlessness with the upper caste militia Ranvir Sena declaring after a strategy meeting to expand its network that it would be using trained former armymen to take on Maoist guerrillas.

After keeping a low profile over the last few years, the Sena, which has been accused of dozens of massacres in the state, is clearly stirring again. It held a meeting two days ago, not in an inaccessible dense forest like the Maoists do but in a village in Patna district, said an official.

And, despite the fact that hundreds of activists from not only Bihar but also other states like Uttar Pradesh attended the meeting, police and intelligence officials did not have a clue.

According to a Ranvir Sena release, the meet chose leader Trayambakeshwar as the new chief. "Now Sena strategy, activities and plans would be guided by the new chief."

The release added that the meeting had finalised strategy to take on Maoist guerrillas and widen its network in districts bordering Nepal. "The Sena would use trained former armymen from its cadres to check the growth of Maoist guerrillas," it stated.

A senior Sena activist said the perception was that the Nitish Kumar government was sympathetic to it. This was indicated by the chief minister winding up the panel probing the Ranvir Sena's alleged political links.

India will release Maoist leaders: Yechuri

New Delhi, Nov 16, IRNA
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Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechuri has said the two Maoist leaders currently in Indian jails would be released by next week.

"They would be released after completing the legal procedure, as they have violated the Indian laws, which are being processed", UNI reported here quoting Yechuri.

The two Maoists leaders, Mohan Vaidya and CP Gajurel, were arrested from Siliguri and Tamil Nadu respectively. The latter was trying to fly to England on forged Indian passport.

Yechuri arrived here yesterday as a guest to the signing of the comprehensive peace treaty between the government and the Maoists.

The seven-party alliance and the Maoists are scheduled to sign a peace agreement today.

Naxal infiltration : Tight vigil in border districts of Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Nov. 16 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Police have increased surveillance in four districts of the state bordering Andhra Pradesh to prevent the infiltration of Maoist rebels, Director General of Police, D Mukherjee, said today.

Special surveillance teams have been posted at Vellore, Thiruvallore, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, which are considered areas where Naxalites operate, he said.

Special patrol teams and temporary check posts have been set up to keep tabs on Naxal movements in these areas.

Recently, a naxal named Raghu, accused of manufacturing spare parts for rocket launchers in Chennai and smuggling them to Andhra Pradesh, was held by police. A few naxal leaders have also been gunned down recently.

Such developments in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh are expected to increase naxal infiltration into Tamil Nadu, police officials said.

Karnataka police, naxals exchange fire

Siddapura, Nov. 16 (PTI): Naxalites traded gunfire fire with police and the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) in Kaasikaanu forest area in Udupi district in the early hours today, a senior police official said.

IGP (Western Range), Satyanarayana Rao, told reporters here that on a tip-off, the police, along with ANF squad, rushed to the spot.

The naxalites fired four rounds at the police, while police fired back 20 rounds, he said, adding there were no casualties.

The naxals escaped and a torch and handkerchief were recovered from the spot.

He said joint combing operations had been intensified and a dog squad pressed into service.

Rao said combing operations in naxal-affected areas of the Western Ghat region had been further stepped up.

Andhra DGP supports promotions for cops fighting naxals

Hyderabad: Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen supported accelerated promotions to police officers engaged in anti-Naxal operations.


Referring to recent notice issued by Supreme Court to the State Government and also National Human Rights Commission seeking their views on a PIL filed by an advocate, opposing accelerated promotions, he said "there is nothing wrong in giving such promotions to the police who risk their lives to take on Naxalites.

"He said that police were fighting with those involved in murders and extortions. "Anything can happen to them in an encounter. If they are doing a good job why not encourage them", he asked.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

AP : New Greyhounds units for security in Kurnool,Visakhapatnam and Kadapa

Hyderabad: Three Greyhounds units will be set up soon one each at Kurnool, Visakhapatnam and Kadapa to increase the pressure on the naxalite groups and chase them without any time lag in the affected areas.


The State Cabinet ratified the GO issued in this regard earlier. Visakhapatnam unit is already functioning on an adhoc basis.Land acquisition is on in Kadapa and Kurnool districts for setting up the units there.

Each unit will have about 1,100 personnel of whom about 700 will be `field personnel'/. Recruitment process will commence soon and each unit will be headed by the rank of superintendent of police.

Besides the field personnel, each unit will have communication experts, dog squads, explosive experts and other support staff.

Madhya Pradesh to create 2,000 police jobs

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Madhya Pradesh has decided to create 2,000 new jobs in the state's police force.

The decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Tuesday. The creation of these new posts will cost the state an additional Rs.175 million.

'Of the 2,000 new posts, 502 have been reserved for naxal-affected areas, 856 for communally sensitive districts, 234 for newly-created districts, 138 for the Special Task Force and 20 for the Economic Offences Wing,' said an official press release.

The meeting also reviewed setting up of 400 forest check posts.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has recently come under attack for failing to check crime in the state including rapes, dacoity, abductions and murders.

The cabinet also decided to allot land to software firm Zenpact Limited to set up an Information Technology (IT) park in Badbai near the state capital.

Tata Consultancy Services will be given the task of preparing Value Added Tax (VAT)-based application software without inviting tenders in view of its expertise in the field, the release said. An expenditure of Rs.30 million will be incurred on the job.

Five acres of land will be provided to the Institute of Applied Science and Fundamental Research for establishing a dental college at Misrod near here.

The government also decided to rename its agriculture department as the farmer welfare and agricultural development department, the release said.



Cabinet okays 2000 new posts in police force

HT Correspondent

Bhopal, November 14, 2006


The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved creation of 2000 new posts in the police force, including 502 in Naxalite-affected and 856 in communally sensitive regions. Besides, 234 posts are sanctioned for three new districts, 138 for the Special

Task Force, 20 for the crime branch in Bhopal and 250 posts of drivers. The new posts will put an additional burden of Rs 17.58 crore on the State exchequer.

The Cabinet also decided to allot 49.56 acre of land to the M/s Genpact Limited for an IT Park in Badwai (Bhopal) under the IP policy at the commercial rate of 25 percent.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired the meeting at the State secretariat. The cabinet also decided to award the TCS company contract for preparing VAT- based application software for the Commercial Tax Department without inviting tenders in view of the company’s expertise in the field. The project would involve expenditure of Rs 3.30 crore.

The Cabinet withdrew its controversial decision on relaxation in rules for purchase of bandage, bed sheets, curtains, uniforms and other articles by Public Health and Family Welfare Department from agencies other than the Commissioner, Handlooms.

The decision was taken in the interest of about 64000 weavers engaged in 21400 handlooms mostly belonging to minorities, OBC, SC and ST.

As per the Chief Minister’s earlier announcement, the Casbinet ratified re-chastening the Agriculture Department as the Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development.

The Cabinet also constituted a committee headed by Law Minister Narottam Mishra to review withdrawal of petty crime cases from various lower courts in the State. The Cabinet apprised itself of the proceedings regarding establishment of 400 forest outposts to check the forest crimes. The outposts would be manned from the existing staff, hence there would be no additional expenditure on the staff.

The Cabinet gave its nod to the Infrastructure Development Finance Company constituted by the Central Government, to appoint an advisor to draft proposals for infrastructure development through private participation. The Cabinet approved a proposal from the Department of Energy to increase the fees under rules 7 (2) and 46 (2). of the Indian Electricity Act 1956. The fees and other charges were decided on October 12, 1960 and then revised in 1978 and 1987.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Andhra police adopt Maoist leader's daughter. Where is GADHAR , VARAVARA RAO & his party ?

Andhra police adopt Maoist leader's daughter

IANS
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 20:32 IST


HYDERABAD: On Children's Day, police in Warangal district have adopted the daughter of a top Maoist leader belonging to Communist Party of India (Maoist

Lanka Papi Reddy alias Ranganna, member of central committee of CPI (Maoist) has been underground since he joined the guerrilla movement two decades ago.

Ranganna married a woman member of the outfit in the forest. He sent his daughter to his mother's house in Atmakur village in the district about 10 years ago.

Since Ranganna's mother was finding it difficult to take care of the 11-year-old girl, the district police officials came forward to adopt her.

Warangal district Superintendent of Police Sowmya Mishra said police would take care of her education. She handed over a cheque of Rs.40,000 to an educational institution for this purpose.

The development came amid mounting pressure on Maoists in the state. Police in alleged gun battles killed several top guerrilla leaders during the last four months.

More than 350 Maoists including top leaders were killed during the last two years. Human rights groups have alleged that the police were killing the Maoists in stage-managed gun battles. The police deny this.

Maoist violence has claimed more than 6,000 lives during the last 37 years in the state.





1. Where are these so called revolutionaries aka ghadhars , VaraVara Rao , why didn't they came forward to help these kids ?



2. If one watch Vanaja's documentary film SAMARANA carefully , a mother of killed naxalite clearly states that her boy gave her nothing by joining the movement . Another mother states she had to sell gold and her jewellery to send her kid to college , and later she was shocked to see the kid in naxalism .

MOTHER IS THE DEAREST ONE ON EARTH , AND EVERY MOTHER LOVES HER KID.




This biased reporting doesn't serve anyones purpose . If Ms.Vanaja is unbiased journalist , she shoud visit Naxal victims and cover their side of the story too .


These biased reporting needs to be stopped .

HAVING SAID THAT , we are not disagreeing that there were police excessess .

UNTIMATELY WHO IS ENJOYING THIS : Watch this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwJQZiEv-U

NAXALITES ARE DOING THE JOB OF PAKISTANIS .

WE INDIANS , particularly this generation should rescue tribal and rural youth from this murderous cult called Maoisism , Naxalism . Even China stopped teaching Maoism to their kids . Let's join hands and fight this cult and give every support to the upliftment of rural people . EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO YOUNG and rural development should be marked as top priority

Nepal Maoists to be on US terror list

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KATHMANDU: The US will keep the Nepal Maoists on its list of terrorist organisations "even if they join the government", the Kathmandu Post said on Tuesday.

However, the US, one of Nepal's major aid donors, would "give clearance to US agencies working in Nepal to continue their operations", the newspaper reported.

The US has maintained that the Maoist rebels would be removed from the list only after they gave up their arms and took part in peaceful politics.

Last week the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and Maoists agreed to form an interim government by December 1 on the condition that the rebels agree to put aside their weaponry.

US agencies working in Nepal need clearance from the US State Department and a licence by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

A highly placed source told the Kathmandu Post that the US embassy in Kathmandu has requested an OFAC licence for NGOs in Nepal.

If issued, which, according to the source was "almost certain", USAID and other agencies could continue to work even if the Maoists were not removed from the US terrorist list.

"If Maoists adhere to the letter and spirit of their agreement with the government, and end violence and intimidation, the chances of securing such a waiver would be stronger," said US embassy spokesperson Robert Hugins.

Hugins said that the US position on the Maoists could change only when they end their violence and intimidation.

After a decade of fighting Maoist rebels are finding it hard to change their ways.

On Tuesday it was reported by Kantipur newspaper that Maoists in west Nepal threatened to behead Nepali Congress and communist United Marxist-Leninist (UML) workers if they continued their political activism.

Members of Nepali Congress and the UML, the two largest parties in the ruling SPA, were prohibited by the Maoists from running a "campaign for Democratic Republic" in Banke district, about 400 km west of Kathmandu.

"Maoists threatened to behead UML workers after its members formed a village committee in Katkuiya," said Dev Raj Bhar of UML. Similar threats were issued to Nepali Congress members.

Maoists to change outfit into full-fledged political party

Kathmandu, Nov 14: From gun-totting guerillas to suave politicians. Maoists in Nepal are gearing up for their new job by undertaking a major structural change in their organization to convert it from a militant outfit to a full-fledged political party.

Following the November seven peace deal with the SPA government, the rebels have expressed commitment to peaceful multi-party democracy by abandoning the path of violence that was responsible for the death of over 13,000 people in the last ten years.

During their recently concluded central committee meeting, the Maoists have reviewed the current political developments and worked out strategy to move ahead peacefully in the changed political context, party sources said.

The Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist has formed two separate task forces- one led by Maoist military strategist Ram Bahadur Thapa "Badal" to advise the party on restructuring its organization and another led by "pasang" to confine their combatants in temporary barracks, according to Janadesh weekly, the Maoist mouth piece.

The rebels have said that they will not return to armed struggle but launch peaceful protests even if the peace talks failed. "Now our whole party organization will focus on peaceful political process rather than war," Maoist negotiator Dinanath Sharma said.

"The party felt the need to change its war-time organisational structure in the present context," the Maoist leader said.

Bureau Report

Retired armymen to check Naxals

Tuesday November 14 2006 11:58 IST
BHUBANESWAR: The Government has decided to recruit 1,652 retired army personnel for deployment in the Naxalite-affected areas of the State.

A part of its strategy to tackle the growing activities of the Maoists in as many as 16 districts, the Government made a provision of Rs 5 crore in the first supplementary budget placed in the Assembly on Monday for recruitment of 1,652 retired Army personnel.

A decision has been taken to strengthen the intelligence to pre-empt the left wing ultras. For this, a provision of Rs 75 lakh has been made for a dedicated security wing in the Intelligence. Besides, Rs 60 lakh has been provided for strengthening the secret service under the Intelligence.

The State Government has also allocated Rs 2.1 crore for enhancement of cost of diet for prisoners and under trial detenues.

ORISSA: Naxalism growing, says Opposition

Tuesday November 14 2006 11:43 IST

BHUBANESWAR: The winter session of the Assembly got off to a stormy start on Monday with the Opposition members disrupting the question hour criticising the State Government for failing to tackle the growing Maoist activities in Orissa.

The issue cropped up when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was replying to a question from Sitakant Mohapatra (Congress) on the increasing Naxalite activities. Speaker Maheswar Mohanty had to adjourn the House for an hour as the Opposition members perched themselves in the well raising slogans.

When the situation did not improve, the House was adjourned for lunch.

Not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s answer, Deputy Leader of Congress Narasingh Mishra wanted to know the reasons for growing activities of the Left-wing extremists. The Naxalites gained more teeth after the State Government banned the CPI (Maoist) and its six outfits, Mishra said and demanded a reply from the Chief Minister.

Naveen said the State Government was following a two-pronged strategy to tackle the problem. Besides strong police action, the State Government has also initiated several steps for the socio-economic development of Naxalite-affected areas, he said and added that the impact of Left-wing extremism in Orissa is much less than in neighbouring States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Stating that 33 civilians and 36 police personnel have lost their lives since 2000 in Naxalite violence in Orissa, Naveen said the State Government had taken several pro-active measures on the security and development fronts to contain their activities.

But the extremist activities in Orissa cannot be treated in isolation as it is a national problem posing a challenge to the internal security of the entire country, he added.

Naxals not written letter: Addl SP

Tuesday November 14 2006 10:52 IST
CHIKMAGALUR: Police Department clarified that the threatening letter a businessman in this city had received last week was not sent by naxals as it was claimed in the letter.

Additional SP Phanindra Singh, talking to Kannada Prabha, sister publication of this paper, said that some miscreants must have written that letter. “People need not get panic”, he added.

Writer of that letter himself must have given a threatening call over telephone to the businessman. There cannot be involvement of more than one person in the mischief, he said.

This is the second incident of using naxal name to make threatening calls to the business people. Earlier the then DDPI Krishnamurthy received a similar letter.

It demanded to conduct an inquiry into the injustice allegedly meted out to physically handicapped persons aspiring to become teachers.

It had warned the DDPI would face serious consequences if proper inquiry was not done.

After a detailed investigation, Police Department had clarified that the letter was not written by naxals.

Naxalites dominate Day one

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Nov. 13: It was in cricketing parlance a first day, first ball duck situation ~ the first day of the winter session of the Assembly and the first question triggered a row resulting in adjournment of the entire pre-lunch business.
Agitated Opposition members trooped into the Well of the House when they failed to elicit replies to specific supplementary questions on the Naxalite issue. Repeated pleas by the Speaker, Mr Maheswar Mohanty, that they could bring the same in another form failed to satisfy the angry Opposition members who sought protection in terms of specific answers to their queries.
The Speaker was forced to adjourn the House for one hour and subsequently till 3 pm.
Many of the supplementary questions asked like how many people were killed in the post-ban period (the government had banned seven frontal organisations of Naxalites), what happened to attempts of mediation with the Maoists through an MP and how many radicals have been killed went unanswered.
Replying to the original question asked by Congress member Mr Sitakanta Mohapatra, the chief minister informed the House that 33 civilians and 36 police personnel had lost their lives in Naxalite/Maoist/extremist violence in the state since 2000.
He claimed that the state government had taken several pro-active measures on the security and developmental front to contain the Naxalite activities.
Mr Patnaik iterated that the Naxalite violence profile in Orissa was much less compared to other bordering states affected by extremist activities.
The extremist problem in Orissa cannot be treated in isolation, as it is a national problem posing a challenge to the internal security of the entire country, he added.
Mr Taraprasad Bahinipati, Mr LB Mohapatra and Mr Narasingha Mishra (all Congress) put up supplementary questions seeking to know as to how many killings had taken place after the Naxal organisations had been banned, how many Maoists had been killed and what was the reason behind the increasing Naxalite activities etc.
Mr Patnaik responded to a few before iterating his two-pronged strategy to counter the problem and the surrender and rehabilitation policy for the Naxalites announced by his government.
Noting that it was a social problem, he made the remark that the Centre had cut assistance to the KBK region.
The Opposition started protesting and Mr Mishra was heard saying that specific answers were not being given. Bahinipati, Mohapatra and others joined the protests and the Opposition marched to the Well of the House.

SC seeks NHRC assistance in fake encounters case

13 November 2006

The Supreme Court has requested the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to assist the court on the issue of directions to the government to frame a national policy and evolve guidelines to deal with the menace of fake encounters in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice C K Thakker made the request on a petition filed by a lawyer R Chanderashekhar Reddy alleging that large scale killings of innocent people in the state were taking place in stage managed fake encounters by the police officers to seek out-of-turn promotions.

According to the petitioner there is a government order laying down that police personnel posted in terrorist or naxal-infested areas will be given out of turn promotions to the next higher rank in case they succeed in eliminating the terrorists or naxalites who have scant regard for human lives or for law.

According to the petitioner about six state ministers resigned in protest against fake encounter killings on July 4,2004 and a student of intermediate in Sircilla and later seven innocent girls were killed by the police in similar manner in Jan. 2005.

The petitioner who claims to be from Medak District in the state has also alleged that the people were living in constant fear.

The court had already issued notices to the Centre and the state government on the PIL.

(UNI)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ex-ISI chief Hameed Gul on Naxalites and India

Ex ISI chief Hameed Gul says Naxalites are doing exactly what Pakistan wish to do in India . "Islam is not muslim specific" , he said dreaming for an Islamic model state which world can take a note of it and join . May be Hameed Gul is refering to erstwhile Taliban style Afghanistan government .

Watch this video clip

Video of Kargil War Heros

Jehanabad jail still the same, a year after jailbreak

Monday, November 13, 2006

Nothing has changed in Bihar's Jehanabad jail a year after armed Maoists helped over 380 prisoners flee. It is still overcrowded and security is very much the same.

Hundreds of armed Maoist guerrillas stormed Jehanabad sub jail, 50 km from Patna, on the night of Nov 13 last year, freeing 388 prisoners, including some of their own men.

Soon after the jailbreak, the new Nitish Kumar government declared that jails in the state vulnerable to Maoist attack would be revamped.

The Jehanabad sub-jail, which had 648 prisoners at the time of the jailbreak last year, now has 722 prisoners. The jail, built during the British rule, has a capacity of a mere 120.

'One can imagine the plight and the living condition of the prisoners,' an official said.

The central home ministry, along with some top state officials, had recommended measures to improve the standards in the prison in an inquiry report following the jailbreak. But nothing has been done - neither the suggested additional wards been constructed for prisoners or extra toilets.

And neither has the jail security been upgraded, said a jail official on condition of anonymity. 'Security at the jail is not adequate,' he said.

Overcrowding is common in jails across the state. As many as 48,000 prisoners are lodged in different Bihar jails against the total capacity of 21,745, say officials.

The security at the jail was exposed a month ago when a prisoner escaped easily. Though the state government deployed Bihar Military Police personnel post the jailbreak, in raids conducted at the prison in the last nine months the authorities seized mobile phones, kerosene oil and other banned goods.

Of the 388 prisoners who escaped last year, 70 are still missing. According to officials, a large number of the prisoners had returned to the jail after the district administration made an appeal, some surrendered, while a few were re-arrested.

Among the missing prisoners is Ajay Kanu, state secretary of the Communist Party of India-Maoist, as well as many Maoist guerrillas and members of the upper caste militia Ranvir Sena.

Kanu, in his late 30s, was the brain behind the jailbreak, which was undertaken with the motive to free him. He was last arrested in 2002 in Patna.

Shilpa Janbandhu to receive National Bravery Award for anti-naxalite programmes

24 children named for National Bravery Awards 2006
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (PTI): Twelve-year-old V Teja Sai and 13-year-old C V S Durga Doondieshwar, who rescued their schoolmates from drowning in an Andhra Pradesh village are among the 24 children chosen to receive the National Bravery Awards, 2006.

Sai, Doondieshwar and Manoj Chouhan from Madhya Pradesh will be honoured posthumously, while 21 other children will receive awards for courage shown in the face of adversity, the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) said in a statement.

13-year-old Vandana Yadav from Uttar Pradesh has been selected for the prestigious Geeta Chopra Award for her act of bravery in fighting off assailants.

Three children will be receive the Bapu Gaidhani awards for saving children from floods and participation in anti-naxalite programmes, the ICCW said.

While 13-year-old Asma Ayyub Khan from Mumbai was chosen for the Gaidhani award for transporting 35-40 children to a safe location during floods which ravaged the city last year, Sushila Gurjar from Rajasthan was selected for her courage in revolting against the evil of child marriage.

Shilpa Janbandhu, a 15-year-old from Chhatisgarh was selected for braving dangers to take part in an anti-naxalite programme.


The children are scheduled to receive their awards from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the eve of Republic Day 2007.

Recipients for the awards were selected by a high-powered committee comprising representatives of various ministries' departments, NGOs and senior members of the ICCW.

The recipients include Michael N George and Joel Salim Jacob from Kerala, Parth S Sutaria, Antara Raju Srivastava and Ankita Ashok Bhosale from Maharasthra, Paonam Babyrose Devi from Manipur, Pooja Kabadwal from Uttaranchal and Rahul Chourasia from Uttar Pradesh.

The ICCW also announced conferring of awards on Deepa Kumari, Sudhir Jakhar, Pavan Kumar Parasbar and Rajender Kumar from Rajasthan, Anita Singh Lodh from Madhya Pradesh, David Kino from Arunachal Pradesh, Pushpa and Sourabh Rajwade from Chhatisgarh and Kashika Singh from Punjab.

The children will participate in the Republic Day parade and will attend receptions hosted by the President of India and other dignitaries in their honour, the ICCW said.

It added that so far 710 children- 512 boys and 198 girls- had received the awards since they were initiated in 1957.

Financial aid under the Indira Gandhi scholarship scheme is provided to recipients undertaking professional courses like engineering and medicine while others receive assistance till graduation, the ICCW said.

PUBLICITY CRAZY YOUTH 'TREATED' FOR WEAVING KIDNAP STORY

Mysore, Nov. 13 (BRS)- Lured by the desire to earn some effortless publicity, a youth played a drama on the Police saying that he had been abducted by Naxalites, but in the process, landed himself in Police custody here yesterday.


The hotel worker, identified as Basavaraju, alias 'poison' Basavaraju, is the youth who was 'treated' for his misadventure by the Police.


Basavaraju arrived at the Star of Mysore office in the wee hours of yesterday morning at around 4.30 am and narrated his predicament thus: "I was captured by Naxalites. But, using my skills, I got loose from their hold and freed myself. I need your protection."


The staff on duty at the press informed the N.R. Police over phone, whereafter Garuda Police arrived at the scene and took Basavaraju to the Police Station.


He repeated his sob story about the abduction by Naxalites. On being questioned intensely, Basavaraju started fumbling for words. Police, getting suspicious about the truth in Basavaraju's narration, gave him a taste of their lathi, and the youth spilled the beans, saying that he had made out a false story only to gain some free publicity.


"Consuming poison, eating tubelights, posing a challenge to the Death God; I have been featured in many newspaper articles. I did the naxalite-abduction drama to gain more publicity," Basavaraja is learnt to have conferred.


Police let him off on humanitarian grounds, but not before cautioning Basavaraju not to indulge in any sort of pranks in future.


Basavaraju may be partly happy that he got one more publicity!

Tamil Nadu borders sealed to check Naxal movement

Monday November 13 2006 11:47 IST
DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri District Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing and Special Task Force (STF) have been jointly conducting combing operations in Hogenakkal forests bordering Tamil Nadu-Karnataka to nab the under ground Naxals and to avert infiltration from the neighbouring States.

According to Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, in addition to the nabbing work done by the NSD wing, the combing operation was conducted in the forest areas in the last four days. The STF personnel, who had camped in Hogenakkal were also involved in the combing operation. The teams had been jointly conducting operations in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai, Neruppur, Eriyur, Boothippatti, Nagamarai and few other tribal villages in Anjetty forest.

The forest borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been monitored by the STF and intelligence. All the vehicles, which passed through the forest border checkposts, were being searched by the police team. No infiltration was reported till now, the SP said.

Jayaram added that the list of hill villages and Naxal-prone villages, where the population had been already enumerated by the NSD wing, were being monitored and also the migrants were verified by the special team at their working and staying places in the neighbouring States.

The Naxal-prone villages had been keenly watched to avert any infiltration of the underground and new Naxals from the neighbouring States.

The villages had also been extending their cooperation to the government to give information about any strangers. Based on the information, the NSG wing Inspector R Senthil had made an enquiry about their visits.

When contacted, the NSD wing inspector Senthil, who was conducting the operation in Perinkattukottai in Marandhalli forests, where the Naxal leader Ravindran was killed in an encounter on January 10, 2000, said that the combing operations would continue till further orders.

No sign of infiltration had been noticed by the team as well as the public.

The villagers had also been extending their cooperation to nab the Naxals and arrest the infiltration attempt. The forest borders had been sealed mostly.

The villagers also could give information to the NSD wing station at (04342) 266199 or Cell: 94439 43418 about the movement of any strangers found in their area, he added.

According to sources, at Boothipatti, where the memorial pillar of the Naxals were erected, Perunkattukottai, where Ravindran was killed in an encounter, Dharmapuri Municipal burial ground, where the Naxal second leader Siva alias Parthipan, who was killed in an encounter at Chinnakanakampatti in Uthangarai forest on November 22, 2002, was buried, Ramiyampatti, the native village of under ground Naxal Sundaramurthy, had also been brought under the network of police

Tamil Nadu borders sealed to check Naxal movement

Monday November 13 2006 11:47 IST
DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri District Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing and Special Task Force (STF) have been jointly conducting combing operations in Hogenakkal forests bordering Tamil Nadu-Karnataka to nab the under ground Naxals and to avert infiltration from the neighbouring States.

According to Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, in addition to the nabbing work done by the NSD wing, the combing operation was conducted in the forest areas in the last four days. The STF personnel, who had camped in Hogenakkal were also involved in the combing operation. The teams had been jointly conducting operations in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai, Neruppur, Eriyur, Boothippatti, Nagamarai and few other tribal villages in Anjetty forest.

The forest borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been monitored by the STF and intelligence. All the vehicles, which passed through the forest border checkposts, were being searched by the police team. No infiltration was reported till now, the SP said.

Jayaram added that the list of hill villages and Naxal-prone villages, where the population had been already enumerated by the NSD wing, were being monitored and also the migrants were verified by the special team at their working and staying places in the neighbouring States.

The Naxal-prone villages had been keenly watched to avert any infiltration of the underground and new Naxals from the neighbouring States.

The villages had also been extending their cooperation to the government to give information about any strangers. Based on the information, the NSG wing Inspector R Senthil had made an enquiry about their visits.

When contacted, the NSD wing inspector Senthil, who was conducting the operation in Perinkattukottai in Marandhalli forests, where the Naxal leader Ravindran was killed in an encounter on January 10, 2000, said that the combing operations would continue till further orders.

No sign of infiltration had been noticed by the team as well as the public.

The villagers had also been extending their cooperation to nab the Naxals and arrest the infiltration attempt. The forest borders had been sealed mostly.

The villagers also could give information to the NSD wing station at (04342) 266199 or Cell: 94439 43418 about the movement of any strangers found in their area, he added.

According to sources, at Boothipatti, where the memorial pillar of the Naxals were erected, Perunkattukottai, where Ravindran was killed in an encounter, Dharmapuri Municipal burial ground, where the Naxal second leader Siva alias Parthipan, who was killed in an encounter at Chinnakanakampatti in Uthangarai forest on November 22, 2002, was buried, Ramiyampatti, the native village of under ground Naxal Sundaramurthy, had also been brought under the network of police

Tamil Nadu borders sealed to check Naxal movement

Monday November 13 2006 11:47 IST
DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri District Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing and Special Task Force (STF) have been jointly conducting combing operations in Hogenakkal forests bordering Tamil Nadu-Karnataka to nab the under ground Naxals and to avert infiltration from the neighbouring States.

According to Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, in addition to the nabbing work done by the NSD wing, the combing operation was conducted in the forest areas in the last four days. The STF personnel, who had camped in Hogenakkal were also involved in the combing operation. The teams had been jointly conducting operations in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai, Neruppur, Eriyur, Boothippatti, Nagamarai and few other tribal villages in Anjetty forest.

The forest borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been monitored by the STF and intelligence. All the vehicles, which passed through the forest border checkposts, were being searched by the police team. No infiltration was reported till now, the SP said.

Jayaram added that the list of hill villages and Naxal-prone villages, where the population had been already enumerated by the NSD wing, were being monitored and also the migrants were verified by the special team at their working and staying places in the neighbouring States.

The Naxal-prone villages had been keenly watched to avert any infiltration of the underground and new Naxals from the neighbouring States.

The villages had also been extending their cooperation to the government to give information about any strangers. Based on the information, the NSG wing Inspector R Senthil had made an enquiry about their visits.

When contacted, the NSD wing inspector Senthil, who was conducting the operation in Perinkattukottai in Marandhalli forests, where the Naxal leader Ravindran was killed in an encounter on January 10, 2000, said that the combing operations would continue till further orders.

No sign of infiltration had been noticed by the team as well as the public.

The villagers had also been extending their cooperation to nab the Naxals and arrest the infiltration attempt. The forest borders had been sealed mostly.

The villagers also could give information to the NSD wing station at (04342) 266199 or Cell: 94439 43418 about the movement of any strangers found in their area, he added.

According to sources, at Boothipatti, where the memorial pillar of the Naxals were erected, Perunkattukottai, where Ravindran was killed in an encounter, Dharmapuri Municipal burial ground, where the Naxal second leader Siva alias Parthipan, who was killed in an encounter at Chinnakanakampatti in Uthangarai forest on November 22, 2002, was buried, Ramiyampatti, the native village of under ground Naxal Sundaramurthy, had also been brought under the network of police