Saturday, November 25, 2006

Punjab BJP chief demands CBI inquiry into 'killing' of Orrisa DIG

GURPREET SINGH MEHAK
Friday, 24 November 2006


FATEHGARH SAHIB: Punjab BJP President and Member of Parliament from Hoshiarpur Avinash Rai Khanna has demanded a CBI probe into the circumstances and causes leading to the death of Jaswinder Singh, Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG), Orissa posted as head of anti naxalite operations in the trouble torn state.

Khanna, in a letter written to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today has demanded a thorough inquiry into all angles and aspects of the death of Jaswinder Singh, an upright police officer and brave son of Punjab who was heading anti naxalite operations in Orissa. Khanna has also demanded a gazezetted job for the kin of late DIG killed in allegedly an accidental fire by his own gunmen in October this year.

"We feel that the family of DIG must get a suitable gazzetted job , and an announcement to this effect be made by the PM at the earliest." . he said While stressing upon the responsibility of the Union Government in ensuring justice and a fair probe for the satisfaction of the family of the martyr, BJP Chief in his letter, has called demanded to the Prime Minister to ensure that the probe takes place in an extremely neutral manner and upright officers of highest integrity probe the death which took place in extremely suspicious circumstances.

Khanna also stressed that the family of slain martyr has a right to be suitably compensated for the massive loss to the family.

It may be recalled that DIG Jaswinder Singh had died of an allegedly accidental fire previously termed as an ambush by naxalites in October this year. A departmental probe, later on, had concluded an accidental fire by Jaswinder Singh's own gunmen to be the reason of death. The family of Jaswinder Singh, who belonged to Hoshiarpur, had reasoned the circumstances of the death and even termed the whole incident as a deep rooted conspiracy.

Hoshiarpur MP further resolved to standby the family of slain DIG till the truth is actual reached. "I have urged the PM to take the whole matter in its proper seriousness and make a time bound probe into the matter", said Khanna.

ORISSA : Special force to protect VIPs

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Nov. 24: An exclusive security wing for protection of VIPs and critical installments shall be formed, announced chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly today.

Replying to discussions on supplementary budgetary grants for the home department, Mr Patnaik dealt with the Left extremism problem by iterating that the government had taken several proactive steps, including a surrender and rehabilitation policy and civic action plan. At the same time, the government has also been firm in outlawing seven Left wing extremist organisations.

He contended that Naxalite or Maoist activities were a national problem and it could not be treated in isolation in Orissa. He read out figures to drive home his point that instances of Naxalite attacks were less in the state when compared to neighbouring states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhttisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
During the current year, there were 36 such incidents in Orissa and 25 persons ~ three civilians, four policemen and 18 Naxalites ~ were killed whereas in Chhatisgarh 560 incidents had taken place in which 341 had died, in Jharkhand 329 incidents had claimed 91 lives and in AP and Bihar 36 had died in 146 and 78 incidents respectively.

The number of cognisable offence registered in the state has been less than the national average, he said before informing that recruitment drives were being undertaken to fill up vacancies in the police administration. Over 6,000 persons shall be recruited and 915 of them for areas reeling under Left extremism, he added. The government will also engage over 1,000 ex-servicemen on a two-year contract basis to work in extremist areas.

Earlier, deputy leader of the Congress Mr Narasingha Mishra lambasted the government for having lost grip over the situation in Naxalite areas. Officers are scared of going to such areas and the Maoists have spread without any check at all, he charged.

He regretted that the CM was often not even responding to questions being asked in the House, he charged.

OGP member Mr Arun Dey focused on general administration department and the alleged land scam that has taken place in the state capital. He said land Mafia was operating at will in the state capital as they have a Godfather. Mr Dey charged that a few bureaucrats had several plots of land allotted in favour of themselves and their relatives.

He repeated his charge that DLF was provided with valuable land at unimaginably low costs. The CM, however, rejected this charge saying DLF was the highest bidder.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Foreign country and its spy agency pushing terrorists into hinterland: Patil

Vinay Kumar

There are plans to `occupy' some uninhabited islands and use them as bases for launching operations on the Indian coast

Prominent persons, vital installations likely targets
Terrorists plan to infiltrate through sea




NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday said a "foreign country" and its spy agency were directing terrorist groups to the hinterland and making attempts to use local miscreants and organisations to perpetrate violent activities in the country.

Though his six-page written speech at a police conference here contained a few references to Pakistan, its intelligence agency ISI, the Pakistan terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistani Mujahideen, Mr. Patil refrained from directly naming either the country, the ISI or any terrorist group. He referred to the "enemy" as "mischief monger," while inaugurating the three-day annual conference of the heads of the State police forces, Inspectors-General and top intelligence officials, organised by the Intelligence Bureau.

"Apart from prominent individuals, organisations, institutions, vital installations, economic centres and important heritage monuments, our maritime interests are likely targets. There is need, therefore, for the police and security agencies to mount a very close watch on subversive elements and organisations in their areas to discern such efforts.''


In the wake of the recent New Delhi-Washington agreement on civilian nuclear energy cooperation, India's atomic power plants became "highly vulnerable," Mr. Patil said. "Installations in the oil and natural gas sector, defence, communications and IT sector are equally vulnerable. There are reports to indicate that some of our multipurpose projects like the Nagarjunsagar dam and the Goa Shipyard continue to be targets of terrorist groups."

Referring to maritime security, he said the coastal areas were coming under increased threat from terrorist groups as they had reportedly decided to use the sea route to infiltrate into India.

"They also plan to induct arms, ammunition through the sea routes. Simultaneously, we understand the ISI has been collecting information on the location of various refineries on or near the Indian coastline.

Some Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist operatives are being trained specifically for sabotage of oil installations. There are plans to `occupy' some uninhabited islands and use them as bases for launching operations on the Indian coast."

The country's critical infrastructure faced "serious" threats from terrorists. There were reports that some multipurpose projects continued to be on the hit list. A "mischief monger," an oblique reference to Pakistan, was constantly on the lookout for new targets, adopting new strategies and tactics, and widening its sphere of operations.

Mr. Patil also dwelt on the wanton terrorist violence in Jammu and Kahsmir; the security scenario in the northeast, and naxalism that remained the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by the country.

In his welcome address, Intelligence Bureau Director E.S.L. Narasimhan said "foreign-sponsors" of terrorism were a big challenge to internal security.

QUOTE OF THE DAY : E S L Narasimhan (Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB))


“There is need for a more robust legal framework to deal with sudden terror attacks since police officials find themselves helpless in such situations. To counter terrorism, adequate legal protection to police officials is also needed,” Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) E S L Narasimhan

QUOTE OF THE DAY : E S L Narasimhan (Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB))


“There is need for a more robust legal framework to deal with sudden terror attacks since police officials find themselves helpless in such situations. To counter terrorism, adequate legal protection to police officials is also needed,” Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) E S L Narasimhan

Police need legal shield to fight terror, says Intelligence chief

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New Delhi, November 23: Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) E S L Narasimhan told a gathering of senior police officials today that for effectively combating terrorism, not only are new laws required, but police officials also ought to be shielded by a legal framework.

“There is need for a more robust legal framework to deal with sudden terror attacks since police officials find themselves helpless in such situations. To counter terrorism, adequate legal protection to police officials is also needed,” he said.

Narasimhan’s argument stems from his view that terrorist outfits are increasingly adopting sophisticated technology, which is why there was also a need to equip the police with the equivalent infrastructure. His statement comes close on the heels of the revelation by Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday that jihadi outfits were planning to strike at economic installations and that efforts were on to occupy uninhabited islands to facilitate strikes on the mainland.

The spreading tentacles of terror and the gameplan of outfits to implement new strategies was highlighted by Prime Minster Manmohan Singh at the conclave who pointed out that “terror is no longer centred on the state of Jammu and Kashmir”. The PM said that it was necessary to bring down the level of violence in the state to allow the political process to take the desired direction.

Singh underscored the need for faster development of the Naxalite infested states, a responsive police force at the grassroots level and strengthening the intelligence gathering machinery. The conference, which is being organised by Intelligence Bureau, will have special sessions on J-K, N-E and the Naxalite-affected states besides one on the threat to “critical infrastructure.” Home Secretary V K Duggal delved on the existing situation in the troubled regions of the country and said that a declining trend of infiltration was noticed in the past couple of months in J-K. He urged the states to improve utilisation of funds sanctioned for police modernisation and security-related expenditure.

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IB chief's call may spark political storm
Subodh Ghildiyal & Vishwa Mohan
[ 24 Nov, 2006 0056hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


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NEW DELHI: Intelligence Bureau chief E S L Narasimhan on Thursday strongly articulated the need for special laws to deal with the ever growing terror threat.

He also took up another long-held grievance of police personnel — the harassment they have to endure in courts for alleged human rights violations. Tapping into the angst of the intelligence and police community on this score, the IB chief asked for adequate legal protection for cops in counter-terrorism operations.

He lamented the fact that officers responsible for neutralising fidayeen attacks are subjected to legal and extra-legal campaigns by activists.

"We need to find answers to these issues as national counter-terrorism strategy suffers immensely when officers and men who put at stake everything in protecting society, find themselves helpless facing legal and extra-legal campaigns when the threats have receded,"
Narasimhan said.

While the points were greatly appreciated by his comrades in uniform, Narasimhan's unusually candid remarks can set the stage for a political firestorm. Leftists, liberals and human rights activists are sure to frown upon it even as BJP grabs the bites to claim vindication.

So far, two special anti-terror laws have been taken off the statute book after a high-voltage campaign that they were being used to target members of a particular community.

Before POTA, TADA, enacted by Rajiv Gandhi government at the height of Khalistani terror, was allowed to lapse when it came up for renewal because of an effective campaign against its alleged "misuse" against the minority community.

Police personnel, however, have continued to demand for special legal back up to cope with the terror threat. In the absence of POTA, cops probing the Mumbai serial blasts booked the alleged protagonists under MCOCA which, unlike the normal law, admits confessions recorded by senior police officials.

In his address, the Prime Minister stressed that his government was determined to stamp out the terror threat. "Our government is determined to fight and root out terrorism and its ideologies that justify and seek to sustain it."

Cops use naxal alibi to evade eviction

SUSHIL RAO
[ 24 Nov, 2006 0217hrs IST TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


HYDERABAD: In a desperate attempt to maintain base in Hyderabad, IPS officers ordered to vacate their government accommodations in the city are citing a threat issued by a naxalite leader — to target families of cops — to retain their houses.

Many of them have even made representations to the general administration department (GAD) and the chief secretary.

The policemen, along with IAS and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officials, have been been asked to relinquish their houses if they are not posted in Hyderabad anymore.

The government order follows a Supreme Court directive to vacate houses by November 15. But despite government notices, the D-Day has passed with virtually nobody complying.

Estate wing officials entrusted with the task of evicting them plead helplessness. "Since their representations are lying with the chief secretary, we cannot just hurry them out,"an official said.

As many as 35 officials are occupying government houses in city but most are unwilling to pay the market rent despite living in areas such as Punjagutta and Banjara Hills.

Sometimes officials are permitted to overstay in their official accommodations on payment of a rent that's below the market rents but higher than the usual low rents charged by the government. Their excuse: Government salaries are not enough to pay market rents.

The naxalite whose name IPS officers are invoking to stay put in the city is Nallamalla district committee secretary Pratap alias Sagar.

He is alleged to have threatened that the Maoists would target even the families of police officers and politicians. The threat came following the elimination of several naxalite leaders in recent months.

"It is quite apparent that these officials conferred among themselves and decided to refer to the threat in their representations,"a source said.

A senior officer posted in the districts but with a government accommodation in the city said his family was making a sacrifice by staying in Hyderabad without him.

"I do not have an own house or a plot in Hyderabad,"he wrote in his representation.

But it's a representation made by a district collector that takes the cake. To retain the house, he cited his wife's ill-health and her job as a teacher in a "school recognised by the AP government".

Naxals kill Congress leader in Andhra

Source :PTI
Guntur, Nov 24: A civic official, belonging to Congress, was allegedly gunned down by Maoists today in Vinukonda town, a Naxal stronghold, police said here.

A member of Bollapalli Taluka Prajaparishad, T Ram Reddy (60) was in the hit-list of Maoists and had been residing in Vinkonda town for security reasons.

Two-motorcycle borne Naxals shot at Reddy from close-range outside his house this morning, police said.

Bureau Report

Tight security in Naxal-hit villages

Friday November 24 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: On account of the death anniversary of Naxal leader Parthiban alias Siva, who was killed in an encounter at Sinnakanagampatti in Uthankarai taluk in Krishnagiri district on November 24, 2002, security has been stepped up in Naxal-hit villages in the district.

After the encounter in Perunkattukottai in Palacode taluk on January 10, 2000, in which a Naxal leader Ravindran was killed, his supporters had planned to attack some police stations in Dharmapuri district to avenge the death of their leader.

Acting on a tip-off, police located a ‘thalam’ (coaching and weapon training camp), organised by a team of Naxals led by Parthiban alias Siva in Uthangarai forest area in the combined Dharmapuri district on November 24, 2002. In the ensuing gun battle, Siva was killed.

In the combing operations that followed in Uthangarai and Kallavi forest areas, as many as 35 PWG (People’s War Group) activists were arrested by the police after a fierce encounter, in which five police personnel, including Inspector Eganathan, sustained bullet injuries.

Uthangarai and Kallavi police registered a case in this connection. All the arrested PWG activists were booked under the POTA and lodged in prison.

Among them, a few were released on bail. Police are on the look-out for a few other PWG activists - M Sundaramurthy, Navin Prakash, Sathya Baharathi and Kalidas, against whom a warrant is pending.

According to police, various teams like the NSG, Q Branch, STF and the SP’s special party, had been deployed to nab Naxals who were underground and to prevent infiltration of Naxals from neighbouring states.

In addition, the District Administration had been implementing the Socio Economic Development Programme in Naxal-prone villages with the assistance of the DRDA, and providing special training to youth who had applied for competitive exams, including uniformed services.

In spite of all this, the PWG activists continued to vent their ire by staging agitations and pasting posters in many places in the district.

As Naxal leader Siva’s death anniversary falls on November 24, security has been tightened in the Naxal-prone villages apart from the native villages of POTA convicts.

Police pickets have been posted at the Dharmapuri Railway Station, Marandahalli, Karimangalam, Pennagaram and the Dharmapuri municipal burial ground where Siva’s body was buried.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Keep national interests paramount: Manmohan to police officers

New Delhi, Nov 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday reminded top police officers of the country to keep national interests

paramount in spite of their working under various state governments.


Addressing the country's senior IPS (Indian Police Service) officers, Dr. Singh said, "You have a duty to perform wherever you are, in each of your states", adding, "Even as you serve your respective organizations and state governments, you must remember that you are members of an All-India service, and should have national interests at heart".

There have many incidents in the past where state police force have been alleged to have worked in favour of a state government, and the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat is a glaring example.

Terming the All India Civil Services as the "steel frame" of the Republic of India, Dr. Singh said, "You must, at all times, remember that your oath of allegiance is to the Constitution of India and your loyalty is to our Republic, and to the values that define our secular and democratic Constitution".

Asking the state police to coordinate with the Centre on intelligence sharing and in conducting joint operations, Prime Minister said police reform are on the cards and changing times mandate the need for a 'responsive', 'modern' and 'friendly' police force.

"The Supreme Court too has issued directions in this regard. We need to act, and act fast, so that we have a first-rate police force - a more skilled, competent, effective, just and humane police force. A force that not only ensures the rule of law but is also viewed as fair, efficient and honest and able to meet the democratic aspirations of the people," Dr. Singh said.

Stating that terrorism, which remains the biggest challenge of the country, be countered comprehensively, Dr. Singh said that terror elements are now no more centred around Kashmir and are presently trying to take the fear to different parts of the country.

"By and large these attempts have remained unsuccessful. But there is no scope or complacency," Dr. Singh said.

Speaking over the 'unjustified' killings of the common people by the Naxals and the serious internal security problem posed by them, Dr. Singh said that there was a need for faster development of Naxalite-affected areas, with greater focus on employment generation, land reforms, redistribution of land, better education and health facilities.

According to the Prime Minister, social, economic and political changes in the recent years through rapid urbanization have posed unique challenges "because of the breakdown of traditional social orders which restrain unlawful action".

"There is also the growth of mafias, urban gangs, drug trafficking, kidnapping and threats to the security of women and aged people," Dr. Singh added. (ANI)

India vulnerable to threats from many sources: PM

Thursday, November 23, 2006



Stating that India was exposed to threats from various sources bent on weakening the polity and hindering economic progress, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday that the challenge of terrorism must be countered comprehensively.

'Open societies like ours are increasingly vulnerable to threats from many sources. There are misguided elements at home and in our neighbourhood and their ideologies negate all that India stands for,' Manmohan Singh said at the annual conference of Directors General of Police and Inspectors General of Police here.

He sought to reinforce the message that terror was no longer centred in Jammu and Kashmir and all efforts were being made by outfits to take it other parts of the country.

'By and large these attempts have remained unsuccessful and our security apparatus must be alert and resilient enough to meet the grace threats,' he said.

Just a day earlier, Home Minister Shivraj Patil had warned that India's nuclear power plants could become targets of terror, especially after the India-US nuclear deal, and said installations in the oil and natural gas, defence, communications and IT sectors were equally vulnerable.

Maintaining that the growth of the mafia, urban gangs, drug trafficking, kidnapping and threats to security of women and aged people had proliferated because of rapid urbanisation, the prime minister said that at one level this was on account of growing disparities.

'The single most important challenge in today's world is the management of change. There is the problem of growing disparities between rich and poor, which is now becoming acute and visible in rural areas. These challenges need resolution,' he said.

Noting that Maoist violence was still a major internal security challenge that had swamped vast swathes, Manmohan Singh said effective policing had to be dovetailed with employment generation, land reforms and redistribution of land.

'Naxalite groups continue their attempts to spread their influence in the countryside and threaten the internal security environment. I am pained when I see the extent of suffering inflicted on ordinary people.'

Exhorting the police top brass to brace up for new forms of terror, the prime minister also made a strong pitch to tackle violence with a human face, an issue close to his heart and one that he has constantly advocated.

'There is a need for the police machinery at the grassroots level to become more responsive to earn the trust of law abiding people.'

'We need a police service that is more gender sensitive, more humane and more respectful of the rights of citizens,' he said, also stressing the need for better intelligence gathering and honing both human intelligence and technical facilities.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Cops hold health camp for tribals

Wednesday November 22 2006 10:15 IST

WARANGAL: The Police Department organised a mega health camp at Gangaram in Kothaguda mandal on Tuesday exclusively for Adivasis.

About 25 doctors of Indian Medical Association examined 1,500 tribals of Gangaram and nearby villages. Medicines worth Rs 1 lakh were distributed.

Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra, who inaugurated the camp, lamented that several hamlets and villages nestled in thick forests do not have medical facilities.

“Majority of them depend on quacks and fake medical practitioners,” she pointed out. Parents of several Naxalite leaders also attended the camp.

M Siddaiah and Balanarsamma, parents of Maturi Yadagiri, Maoist party Karimnagar (west) division, Poyamma, mother of Nizamabad division committee secretary Yapa Narayana alias Haribhushan, Muttaiah and Linamma, parents of J Sammakka working as Maoist party Manuguru LOS commander attended.

With a view to help tribal youth, the police authorities decided to impart free pre-recruitment training to APSP 15th battalion at Gudur, the SP said.

Additional SP D Goutham, Narsampet DSP Sai Narsa Reddy, Gudur CI Raghunandan were present.

Patil appeals to Naxals to help curb terrorism

POLITICAL BUREAU
Posted online: Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 0054 hours IST




NEW DELHI, NOV 22: While appealing to naxalites to join national mainstream, home minister Shivraj Patil exhorted the security forces to ensure security of ‘soft targets’ from terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on a priority basis.

Inaugurating the annual conference of DGPs/IGPs here on wednesday, Patil said Pakistan—based terrorist groups, like LeT, were trying to infilterate and send weapons through sea route. He said ISI directed terrorist groups were transporting terrorism to the Indian hinterland and trying to use local miscreants and organisations to perpetuate violence.



Terming naxalism a serious threat to national security, he said naxal actions at Jehanabad, Giridih and Udaigiri showed critical gaps in police training, response and collection of tactical intelligence.

Patil said that naxals were determined to acquire sophisticated arsenal to improve their might, spread their presence and were trying to sabotage development in their areas of influence. The police needed to remain on constant alert to nip naxal plans in the bud.

Post-mortem on ex-Naxal performed

Wednesday November 22 2006 10:01 IST

ONGOLE : The post-mortem of former Naxalite, Singa Suresh Babu alias Raghu was performed at the Government General Hospital at Markapur on Tuesday amid heavy police bundobust.

The doctors have extracted three bullets from head, chest and back of his body. Later, his body was moved to his native Kotturu village of Pedadornala mandal.

Markapur circle inspector Nawab Jaan supervised the bandobust arrangements.

Ravi (35) was shot dead by six armed Naxals in his native village of Machirajukunta village of Pedaravidu mandal in Prakasam district on Monday night.

The Naxals went to the village and called Singa Ravi out of his house around 8.30 pm and shot him dead. Ravi had surrendered to police in 2004.

It is believed that the Naxals resorted to the act suspecting that the deceased was acting as a police informer.

‘Three more police stations for naxal areas’

Wednesday November 22 2006 09:39 IST

SRINGERI: The Government will establish three more police stations in naxal-affected areas, said State Home Minister M P Prakash.

Speaking to this paper at Sringeri Mutt he said, “We will spend Rs 5 crore to improve police infrastructure in these areas.”

He disclosed that there were about 25 naxals operating in the Western Ghats.

‘Shoot at sight’ orders does not give absolute power to kill and it all depends on the situation and circumstances, he clarified.

We should handle the situation carefully and make efforts to bring them back to the mainstream, he said.

A clear picture of the Chamundeshwari bypoll will emerge only by the end of this month, he said.

He expressed confidence that the JD (S) would win the byelections.

The result would not affect the future of the coalition the government, Prakash said.

Our government is running smoothly and small differences are natural, he added.

He was earlier given a cordial welcome at the Sharada peeta. He called on the Sringeri Seer and later had a darshan of Sharadamba.

Principal Secretary of Agriculture Ramaswamy accompanied the Minister.

JD(S) president Rajendra, taluk leaders Manjunath, Ramesh, Thyagaraj and others were present.

Three more police stations for naxal areas

Wednesday November 22 2006 09:39 IST

SRINGERI: The Government will establish three more police stations in naxal-affected areas, said State Home Minister M P Prakash.

Speaking to this paper at Sringeri Mutt he said, “We will spend Rs 5 crore to improve police infrastructure in these areas.”

He disclosed that there were about 25 naxals operating in the Western Ghats.

‘Shoot at sight’ orders does not give absolute power to kill and it all depends on the situation and circumstances, he clarified.

We should handle the situation carefully and make efforts to bring them back to the mainstream, he said.

A clear picture of the Chamundeshwari bypoll will emerge only by the end of this month, he said.

He expressed confidence that the JD (S) would win the byelections.

The result would not affect the future of the coalition the government, Prakash said.

Our government is running smoothly and small differences are natural, he added.

He was earlier given a cordial welcome at the Sharada peeta. He called on the Sringeri Seer and later had a darshan of Sharadamba.

Principal Secretary of Agriculture Ramaswamy accompanied the Minister.

JD(S) president Rajendra, taluk leaders Manjunath, Ramesh, Thyagaraj and others were present.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Naxalites shot TDP leader, In a daylight outrage

Desam leader shot at by Naxalites

ONGOLE: In a daylight outrage, TDP leader Gottipati Srinivasa Rao of Amannagudipadu village in Yerragondapalem mandal was shot at by CPI (Maoist) activists on Monday evening injuring him critically.

He was rushed to a hospital in Guntur, where he was undergoing treatment.

According to police, around 4.30 pm on Monday, five armed Maoists entered the house of Srinivasa Rao, called him out and opened fire at him and fled away.

Just in a period of 30 days, this is the second incident of Naxalite violence in the vicinity of Nallamala forests.

Earlier, they killed Chia Rangayya, brother of Giddalur MLA Pagadala Ramayya in Banaganipalle village of Racharla Mandal.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Shivraj's commitment: Redressing people's problems

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that he would not rest till the killers of innocent people are brought to justice. The Chief Minister visited the family members of people killed by the Gadaria gang and said all excesses have their end. The Gadaria gang would not be for more time. The CM is well aware of the difficulties heaped by the dacoit gangs in the Gwalior-Chambal region and hates them too. The action plan to eliminate the dacoits is ready and for this the State government does not need any help of the Centre. This gives an assessment of the seriousness of the government in dealing with the dacoit menace. The Chief Minister also warned of action against the police personnel harassing the common man. The government is ready to give better administration to the people. It may be recalled that the Chief Secretary of the State had pulled up the Collectors of 27 districts for not sending their reports on time. They were directed to tour the villages and learn the problems facing the people first hand. There should not be any lethargy in executing development works. The Chief Minister took seriously the incident of keeping some villagers, who had gone to file some information, in custody at the Govardhan police station. He also assured to take action in the matter. The efforts of the government to create jobs and development schemes in Naxal-affected districts should be viewed from this angle. Inactivity on any part of the administration gives rise to anarchic situations. It should be understood that people's welfare should occupies utmost importance. All the work of the administration should be done in the people's interest. For this it is essential that all the wings of the government work in unison. It is hoped the Gadaria gang would see its end soon.

Anti-naxal force takes youth into custody

Sunday November 19 2006 11:09 IST

SRINGERI: The anti-naxal team has taken into custody a youth seen wandering in a suspicious manner at Menasinahadya on Friday. He was caught in the nearby forest, police sources said.

Since he failed to give a convincing reply, the police got suspicious. The anti-naxal team has intensified its combing operation in the last two days after reports appeared in the media that the naxalites were moving freely in this region.

There was an encounter in Shankaranarayana police station limits of Udupi district a few days back.

Sources in the department have not yet confirmed the arrest of the youth.