Saturday, January 13, 2007

clandestine Naxal arms Factory : Police say suspects hard nut to crack

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
Bhopal, January 12, 2007



THE POLICE on Friday found it tough to extract information from the six Naxalite suspects held in the City on Thursday during raids on a factory clandestinely manufacturing components of arms used by Maoists.

In continuing raids, the police recovered more ammunition, weaponry and Naxalite literature. A number of teams comprising men from various investigative agencies - including the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Special Branch, local intelligence and the district police - are interrogating the six people, which includes a woman.

The arrested persons belong to south India, most being from Andhra Pradesh. At least one is a senior member in the organisational hierarchy of Naxalites. They have not revealed anything and kept changing statements, said the interrogators.

Che Guevara is their hero. They are indoctrinated into Naxalism and are voracious readers of ultra-left literature in many languages. They are so committed that even after intensive grilling sessions, the investigators are not sure about their real names or identity.

“Kill me,” one of those arrested dares police officers. He says he hails from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and has an ailing mother back home, but nothing is closer to his heart than the Red Revolution.

The officials term him as a ‘prize catch’ who, they say, must be quite high in the Naxalites’ organisational hierarchy. “He is a commerce graduate, a firm believer in the cause and ideologically impenetrable,” says a senior officer.

“His father died long ago and his mother has nobody to take care of her, but he says that he is deeply committed to ideology and had years of intensive training in guerrilla warfare,” adds the officer.

He reportedly admitted that for the past two years he had been living in Bhopal. Asked about the route of money and the places to which the arms were sent, there was no answer from any of them.

They do accept that their cell was given a ‘task’, which couldn’t be revealed. “We were experimenting bomb and other weapon-making,” says Madhu, who has several aliases, but the police are unsure about his real name. “The Andhra police are expected soon and we are hopeful that they will be able to identify these persons apart from ascertaining their position in the organisation.”

Apart from Che Guevara, books on Mao, Lenin and other revolutionaries have been seized from their houses. Rare books on advanced weaponry have also been found.

One of the accused had tried to snatch the gun from a police official who was in the raiding party on Thursday and tried to fire but was overpowered.

Officials admit that the Red militants apparently made Bhopal home because they felt it to be ‘comparatively safe’. The detained persons include Madhukumar alias Venkatesh (35), his wife Rajlaxmi alias Sonam, Ashok, Shriniwas, Raghu alias Deepak and Krishnaraju.

This is the first occasion that such a workshop has been unearthed in Madhya Pradesh. Officials say that even in other states that have been tackling Naxalites for decades no such arms workshop was unearthed though Police Headquarters has information that illegal arms factory of Ranbir Sena was recovered in Bihar.

The factory, running in a rented building at Satnami Nagar in Piplani area, was manufacturing components for hand grenades, guns, rocket launchers and other weapons.

Comprehensive probe into arms factory: Chouhan

By Our Staff Reporter

Bhopal, Jan 12: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that the police and other investigating agencies have been directed to comprehensively probe the busting of a weapons factory in a densely-populated settlement here and alleged arms supply to naxals.

''I admit that such a factory being unearthed in a densely-populated quarter of the city is a matter of concern but the police acted in time on the basis of information obtained through central security agencies' cooperation,'' he told journalists here.

Six people, including a woman, were arrested after yesterday's raid on the factory that was manufacturing bombs and other weapons in Piplani's Satnami Nagar.

''My government is contemplating a new Police Act and has submitted a review petition regarding the Supreme Court's directives vis-a-vis implementing the Police Commission's recommendations,'' the Chief Minister added.

Naxals kill farmer, burn five trucks in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan. 12 (PTI): Naxals today killed a farmer in Rajnandgaon district and burnt five trucks in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Naxals shot dead a farmer in Chhuria area of Rajnandgaon district, about 190 km from here, they said.

In another incident, the rebels burnt five trucks in Narayanpur area of Bastar region.

The rebels stopped the vehicles, loaded with wooden logs and set them on fire near Satari jungle of Benur police station area.

However, no one was injured in the incident, they added.

Maoists kill Guntur local body member

Guntur, Jan. 13 (PTI): Maoists shot dead a Zilla Parishad member late last night at Chinnakodama Gundla village here, police said.

Guntur Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency member (ZPTC) P Bhaskar Reddy, representing the Congress, was returning to his house on a motorcycle at about 11 pm last night when Maoists opened fire killing him on the spot, they said.

As the area is a Naxal stronghold the police, fearing ambushes and land mines on approach roads reached the scene of murder only this morning.

Apprehending danger to his life Reddy had been staying in the zilla parishad guest house here for more than a month. Yesterday evening he reached the village after visiting his uncle's house, they added.

Quote of the day : Gen J.J.Singh

"Our soldiers and officers are facing separation from their families very courageously. As against active deployment of U.S. troops in counter-insurgency duties for six months, our men do it for three years. Our attrition ratio is being looked upon [by other armies] very favourably. They are taking an active interest in our concept of `an iron fist in a velvet glove' and what it means and involves."

Source : Click

Army: exempt us from anti-naxal operations

Sandeep Dikshit
Not for active deployment: J.J. Singh


J.J. Singh


NEW DELHI: While maintaining that the Army had a Constitutional obligation to come to the aid of civil authorities in anti-insurgency operations, Chief of the Army Staff Gen. J.J. Singh on Friday said it asked the Government exempt it from being actively involved in anti-naxalite operations.

"We want the Central para-military forces and police to conduct [anti-insurgency operations] but the Army is involved all over the world," he said adding it had told the Home Ministry that it would like to be of help in anti-naxal operations "except for active deployment."

Training for police


The Army was training key personnel in State police so that they, in turn, could train their personnel to become more efficient in conducting operations against naxalites. Retired Army personnel could also take part in such operations, said Gen. Singh. About 5,000 ex-servicemen were recruited in Jharkhand, one of the States facing naxal menace.

On Jammu and Kashmir, he said the level of violence had come down but there would be no reduction in the force level until the Government assessed the situation till the end of this winter.

Gen. Singh discounted the view that most suicides in the Army took place in areas where it was locked in counter-insurgency operations. The percentage of distress deaths was very small compared to other armies in similar situations, he said.

"Our soldiers and officers are facing separation from their families very courageously. As against active deployment of U.S. troops in counter-insurgency duties for six months, our men do it for three years. Our attrition ratio is being looked upon [by other armies] very favourably. They are taking an active interest in our concept of `an iron fist in a velvet glove' and what it means and involves."

Assam situation


On Assam, Gen. Singh said the Army was actively involved in operations to bring down violence so that the State machinery could function and there was no fear of terrorists.

"Any counter-terrorism campaign has to be multi-pronged. It cannot be a purely military solution. We are playing our role in the Unified Headquarters. The Army has been assigned a particular task and we are doing our best," he said at a news conference.

Cops unearth Naxal arms factory in MP and Orissa

Maoists’ gun unit busted

Saturday January 13 2007 11:07 IST

BHUBANESWAR/ROURKELA: In a major boost to anti-Naxal operation in the State, a joint team of Andhra and Orissa Police nabbed five extremists, engaged in arms assembly and supply, from near Rourkela on Friday morning.

A unit near Kalunga, where .303 rifles were being assembled, was busted by the security personnel.

Reliable sources said five members of three families were engaged in this work. They comprised two couples (three women in total) and their identity is yet to be ascertained.

The two male members are reported to be Mohan Reddy and Sekhar. Though it was believed that one of them was Ganapathi, the general secretary of CPI (Maoist), police did not confirm it.

Besides recovering raw materials for .303 rifles, police also seized Maoist literature in huge quantities, Rs 18 lakh, CDs, a laptop, desktop computer, photo copier and mechanical engineering books from the five CPI (Maoist) operatives.

The extremists were in possession of maps of Rourkela Steel Plant, Reserve Police lines, district police headquarters and Fourth Battalion of Orissa State Armed Police raising suspicion that they were planning attacks on the major establishments.

The five, aged between 35 and 55, were running their unit near Kalunga, on Orissa Jharkhand border, but stayed at Rourkela. While four of them were arrested from Kalunga one was arrested from Chhend.

Police suspect they assembled rifles which were being shipped to Andhra Pradesh by train. A major consignment is believed to have been despatched before police busted the unit because only equipment were recovered during the raid. They used computers to assemble the firearms.

DGP Amarananda Pattanayak told this paper that the five were in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, they had changed their place of operation to Sundargarh district. The lead had come from Andhra Pradesh Police which had arrested a member of the technical unit of CPI (Maoist)’s Andhra divisional committee.

He led the police to this unit and a joint team laid its hands on the operatives at Pharsatoli under Brahmani Tarang Police limits. The ultras have been shifted to an undisclosed destination.

Friday’s catch assumes significance in the backdrop of the arrest of CPI (Maoist) think-tank and women wing chief Sobha alias Sheela alias Budhni Marandi along with her two accomplices earlier last year.



Cops unearth Naxal arms factory in MP

Suchandana Gupta
[ 13 Jan, 2007 0300hrs IS TTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

BHOPAL: An Intelligence Bureau team is being rushed to Madhya Pradesh after police on Thursday unearthed an illegal arms factory here which was allegedly making ammunition for Maoists.

Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand police are also sending experts from their anti-Maoist cells and are expected to reach here by Friday night.

On Thursday, the police acting on specific intelligence had identified the factory which was operating in Bhopal's Satnami Nagar area and recovered a huge consignment of arms including hand grenades, rocket launchers, pistols, revolvers and one carbine.

Rs 12 lakh in cash and six boxes of Naxalite literature were also recovered. Most of the literature was in Telegu, Hindi and Bengali

"We received information on Wednesday that an illegal arms factory was running in Bhopal and was supplying arms to Maoists," ADGP (Intelligence) S K Raut said.

"We raided three places and recovered a huge consignment of arms accessories or parts of sophisticated arms which were being manufactured here. The consignment is so large that we have not been able to draw a list of it yet.

After preliminary investigations we know that the arms were being sent to Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka."
The police, however, explained that final assembling of the arms were taking place elsewhere.

Police said that for over two years, a group of men and a woman hailing from a southern state were allegedly manufacturing the ammunition in a three roomed shed in Satnami Nagar. The cops also apprehended six suspected Maoists and three other persons on Thursday



Arms cache in State capital: Peace at stake

Source : http://www.centralchronicle.com
Busting of an arms unit in the State capital has shocked one and all. Besides even more cause of concern is that the Naxalites have made the high security Bhopal as their base- moreso as there are no Naxal affected areas surrounding the state capital. Hence it only points out the crumbling of the police department. Even though this is also true that it was only the police which busted the arms unit. Any excuse by the police, for their laxity, is not understandable. The `informers' are the biggest medium with the police and probably in this whole case it is they alone who have disappointed the police department. However, this will not shield the police from their responsibility of protecting the citizens. Prior to this, the police had to cut a sorry figure in the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Monica Bedi cases. Why single out the state capital; the whole of MP is witnessing a surge in anti-social and criminal activities due to the weakness of the police force. Exactly 24 hours before the police found out about the arms cache in Bhopal, a bomb had exploded at the residence of a Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Jabalpur. On inspection the police found that the premises was centre of making `bottle bombs'. These are not good indications and point to a failing police system. However, we must not forget that the police is beset with lack of proper equipment and resources. Their strength, in comparison to the population, is also short.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Creating a northeastern Bhindranwala, playing footsie with Ulfa

Playing footsie with Ulfa

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P R RAMESH

TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2007 12:00:00 AM]


UPA politicians have been shedding TV-compatible tears over the serial killings of Biharis in Assam. Government bigwigs have been queuing to hop onto brand new Embraers for flying for an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in the state. And there have been a chorus "we-will-not-allow-this-carnage-to-continue" pledges from the government's top leaders.

But the killings in Assam — 69 murders in three days — have shown that the government leadership and its internal security managers remain both clueless and senseless in tackling one of the biggest problems in recent years. After the Naxalite fiasco, this is the second time that the Manmohan Singh government has failed to live up to its constitutional duty to provide for the security of its citizens.

The men in uniform cannot be faulted for the current mess as a series of efforts were underway in recent months to undo the good work done by the forces. While cynical political calculations prompted the Congress to get the support of Ulfa in the last Lok Sabha elections, its internal security managers have allowed themselves to be led by cop-hating NGOs, who never uttered a word against the perpetrators of violence, for finding a solution to the menace.

Even ardent admirers of the Congress would admit that the two approaches converged just when the forces were on the threshold of liquidating Ulfa. They had not just managed to decrease the cadre strength and stop fresh recruitment, its leaders were forced to leave the country and seek asylum in the terror factories of Bangladesh.

But the forces did not get the go ahead for the final strike as the government leadership here decided to wave the white flag and allowed themselves to be led by the fantasies of the "dialogue and reconciliation" crowd in the NGOs.

The government leaders and the IAS bosses claim that sprinkling a few hundred more policemen in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts will shore up the situation.

But can it? The recent activities of Ulfa and the support that it is getting from Pakistan and Bangladesh show that this assessment is outlandish and fanciful. Pakistan and Bangladesh have been backing Ulfa for fomenting trouble in Assam for the past several years. The government itself had recently conceded that some of Ulfa's top operatives received training in the terror camps of Bangladesh and Pak-occupied Kashmir.


The two countries have also been facilitating illegal migration to the state. And current estimates show that Muslims constitute over 32% of the state's population. A governor's report lying with the President had stated that the attempt of the two countries is to make Assam a Muslim-dominated state.

The targeted killings of Biharis suggest that it was aimed at ensuring sufficient space for the Bangladeshi immigrants. The Ulfa has been asking "Indians" living in Assam to pay a "tax" to the outfit. But no such claim was made on the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, the country that provides shelter for the outfit's leadership. Its recent activities clearly demonstrate that Ulfa has ceased to be an Assamese movement, but a full-scale auxiliary of the jehadis wanting to dismember India.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi's own police say that at least half a dozen jehadi outfits are active in the state. Among them are the Muslim Liberation Tigers of Assam, the Independent Liberation Army of Assam, the People's United Liberation Front, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami.

The activities of these outfits are being handled by Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM) of Bangladesh. The Ulfa has now close connections with HUM. Surely, this is not a problem that should be left for Indira Goswami and her friends to handle.
The government, which agreed to hold talks with the deadly menace Ulfa, had been defending it by terming it as a harmless outreach.

Really? Anyone who has a fleeting acquaintance with reports from Assam would say that talks with Ulfa were part of a pre-election deal, which Congress leaders signed with the secessionists. That it has not learnt any lesson is evident from the fact that the Congress is persisting with its attempts at "social engineering" and promises of special treatment for politically crucial constituencies.

The societal divisions have become sharper in Assam after the Congress dispensation gave in to the demands from hardline community elements. The Supreme Court had to intervene twice in the past 12 months for preventing a sellout of national security for votes when the government attempted to bring the scrapped IMDT through the backdoor.

The killings of Bihari labourers is yet another reminder that expeditious corner cutting and novel "problem solving" methods could lead to more catastrophes. The Congress which created Bhindranwala with horrific consequences ought to have known better

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Terrorism as an Export

Terrorism as an Export

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January 11, 2007: Pakistan has a bigger problem with terrorism than does India. Last year, India, with a population of 1.08 billion, had 2.56 terror related deaths per million population. Pakistan, with 166 million people, had 5.46 dead per million. As in India, not all the Pakistani terror activities were connected with Islamic radicalism. Tribal separatism in Baluchistan led to 31 percent of the deaths. Nearly all the remaining deaths were related to Taliban activities along the Afghan border, or fighting between different religious sects (particularly Sunni and Shia zealots) throughout the country. Pakistan also exports a lot of Islamic terror to Indian Kashmir and Afghanistan. There were 1,552 terrorism related arrests in Pakistan (70 percent of them Taliban, three percent al Qaeda, 13 percent other Islamic militants, and 14 percent separatists.)


In northwest India, separatists and security forces have been fighting for nearly a week, with over sixty dead, most of them rebels and civilians. The separatists have been attacking migrant workers, and thousand of these workers have, with their families, fled back into non-tribal India.


In Bangladesh, political violence, mainly party partisans fighting it out in the streets, has left over fifty dead in the last ten weeks. The main dispute is over the honesty of upcoming elections.

Police launch search for Naxals in Lingsugur area

Thursday January 11 2007 17:49 IST

RAICHUR: The district police have intensified the combing operation in Hutti and surrounding villages of Lingsugur taluk, suspecting the presence of Naxalites from Malnad region in these villages.

The police are suspecting that Naxalite movement had picked up in these villages following the recent encounters in Malnad region. According to sources, the intelligence reports have found that the Naxalites have been camping in villages like, Gudadanal, Gurgunta, Golapalli, Gejjalgatta and Hutti.

Hutti police have been conducting combing operations and interrogating new faces being spotted in these villages. They are also collecting information about the members of the families presently residing, those who left the villages and the new comers.

The police have been reportedly insisting to provide information about strangers through local TV channels. In addition to Naxalites from Malnad region, the police suspect that Naxalites from Andhra Pradesh have also intruded because of its proximity to this region.

However, the police are not disclosing the number of people they have taken into custody for interrogation.

Arms haul in Bhopal; cache suspected to be meant for maoists

Bhopal, Jan 11. (PTI): A large cache of arms and ammunition, allegedly meant for maoist outfits, were recovered from a building and a few persons were detained in the Satnami Nagar area here today, police sources said.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided the building and recovered the arms and ammunition, they said.

A few persons, suspected to have links with naxalite outfits, were taken for interrogation, they said.

Further details will be available after a thorough search of the building and interrogation of those detained.

Senior officials have rushed to the spot and were monitoring the operation, they added.

Though it was suspected that the arms were meant for naxalite activities in Balaghat district bordering Chhattisgarh, the police declined comments on it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

'ULFA acting on the directions of ISI'

Press Trust of India
Posted online: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 at 2117 hours IST


Jammu, January 9: Condemning the recent violence unleashed by the ULFA in Assam, Jammu and Kashmir Governor S K Sinha said no dialogue should be held till security forces gained the upper hand.


"No talks should be held with ULFA until barbaric violence unleashed by them is crushed and security force have gained an upper hand," Sinha said.

Sinha, who was the Governor of Assam as well as Chairman of the Unified Command dealing with insurgency in north-east for six years before becoming Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, said, "Instead of preventing illegal migration from Bangladesh, ULFA is now promoting it."

"ULFA is acting on the directions of the ISI to pursue its game plan of eliminating the presence of 'Hindi speaking people' in Assam for accommodating illegal migrants from Bangladesh in their place," he said.
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'Hand over the area to Army'

Press Trust of India
Posted online: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 at 1613 hours IST


Tinsukia, January 9: Accusing the Centre of not taking the violence by the UlFA seriously, BJP president Rajnath Singh advocated for handing over the area to Army to sort out the raging problem.


"If the Centre seriously desired to eliminate the militancy problem in Assam, it could have done so within no time. The government is not serious," Singh said after visiting the injured and families of victims of the ULFA mayhem in Doomdooma and Longswal areas of Tinsukia district.

"President's Rule is not the solution to the terrorist problem. To eliminate terrorism the area has to be handed over to the army," he said.
He also accused the Tarun Gogoi government of not acting to solve the insurgency problem.

"At the time of election the present state government had an understanding with militant elements. Hence, they are under an obligation and therefore, not taking any action," Singh alleged.

The BJP leader claimed that the ULFA violence was directed against the people from Bihar to evict them from Assam and settle illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
Singh demanded that the illegal Banglasdeshi infiltrators be deported immediately from the state.

Asked if the peace talks with the ULFA should continue, he replied that it should not take place till the outfit gave up violence.

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Arms haul in Kochi from Dubai container

Arms haul in Kochi from Dubai container
Pioneer News Service | Kochi



Karachi-bound ship recalled, investigation in progress
Pioneer News Servive | Kochi

The Customs on Tuesday recalled a Karachi bound container ship OEL-Patriot which had sailed towards Kandla port in Gujarat enroute to Karachi.


The Customs officials said that this was a routine check and has no connection with the arms catch earlier in the day. The vessel is being thoroughly inspected and the containers in the ship were unloaded and checking is in progress.


Officials of the Intelligence agencies however said that they had certain apprehensions and to ensure maximum security the check was being conducted.


More Rifles & Air Guns seized in Cochin, Quran found in each packet
1/9/2007 1:46:44 PM HK Correspondent


KOCHI: The search operations are still going on at Cochin Port where customs officials today morning seized huge quantity of rifles and air guns. Accordingly to Custom officials, 68 Rifles & Air Guns were seized so far and search operations are still going on. The containers were arrived from Dubai port addressed to one O.K. Koya, Trichur. Koya is reportedly absconded from today morning.


A detailed examination of the remaining containers would take place in the presence of top police and customs officials. According to officials, the container - which arrived on Jan 4 - contains 810 packets in 37 cartons.


The Police and intelligent officials surprised to see the copy of Quran in each packet.


"This is a serious issue and I have asked the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Jacob Punnoose to immediately inquire into it and submit a report,"
said state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.



State, central and army top intelligence officials are already reached in Cochin to assess the situation. Intelligent officials said that they have received sufficient evidence of the sources and their link in Kerala behind this arm smuggling.



There were reports from central intelligence agencies about the possible arms smuggling by Islamic terrorist organization headed by NDF in Kerala through ISI via Dubai. The arms seized by the customs officials today proves Kerala basis Islamic terrorist organisation under the leadership of NDF is all set to launch massive terrorist attack in the state specially against Hindu organization and its leaders.


Cochin customs officials seize pistols and Koran from illegal Dubai shipment

By ANI
Wednesday January 10, 12:50 PM

Cochin, Jan 10 (ANI): Customs officials at the Port of Cochin have seized 810 baggages containing small and large air guns and a copy of the Koran.

Officials said the air pistols and air guns were manufactured in Italy, Spain and Germany, and were being shipped from Dubai.

The illegal arms were found concealed among pieces of knocked down furniture.

"There was one consignment of mixed goods including furniture, in which we had found some arms hidden in some of the furniture, concealed between layers of completely knocked down furniture. We are still conducting the examination," Rama Mathew, Additional Commissioner of Customs, Cochin, said.

Mathew added that only 37 packages had been examined so far. More than 50 are yet to be opened.

"The examination process will take time because more than 80 packages came in that consignment. It was one full container load. In which around 37 packages we have so far detected concealment of arms,"
added Mathew.

Mathew said the consignment was kept in a Muslim businessman's warehouse.

State authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident by a high-ranking official.

A warehouse official has been arrested in connection with the case. (ANI)

749 killed in 2006 in the Maoists' conflict in India

Salwa Judum campaign prolongs the conflict

South Asia Foreign Correspondent Club, New Delhi: According to the Naxal Conflict in 2006 released to the media today by Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), 749 persons were killed in the Naxalite conflict in India in 2006. These include 285 civilians, 135 security personnel and 329 alleged Naxalites. The highest number of killing was reported from Chhattisgarh (363), followed by Andhra Pradesh (135), Jharkhand (95), Maharashtra (60), Bihar (45), Orissa (25), West Bengal (22), Uttar Pradesh (2), Karnataka (1) and Madhya Pradesh (1).

The killing of 749 persons in 2006 represents a decrease in the number of killings than in 2005 during which 892 persons were killed. But, the Naxal conflict captured the centre-stage of the armed conflicts in 2006 because of the Salwa Judum campaign and its disastrous consequences such as the violations of the right to life by the Naxalites, security forces and the Salwa Judum activists, forcible displacement of 43,740 persons as of 31st December 2006 in Dantewada district and abdication of the responsibility to maintain law and order to the Salwa Judum cadres; spread of the Naxalite conflict in 1,427 police stations, and increased striking capability of the Naxalites akin to the Maoists of Nepal.

The Naxalites have killed 412 persons including 277 civilians and 135 security personnel.

The Maoists have killed more civilians than the security forces, and the massacres of the innocent civilians by the Naxalites were unprecedented. The major massacres were Darbhaguda massacre of 28 February 2006 in which 27 persons were killed, Monikonta massacre of April 2006 in which 15 unarmed villagers were killed after abduction, Errabore massacre of 17 July 2006 in which 31 persons were massacred; and Halewada massacre in which 12 persons of a marriage party were killed in a powerful bomb blast near Halewada village in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on 16 May 2006. In some of the massacres, many innocent victims were killed in the most despicable manner through repeated stabbing and slitting of the victims' throats in front of other hostages or villagers.

The Maoists' victims also included Salwa Judum cadres, alleged police informers, political party activists, some of whom were killed after trial in Kangaroo courts, Jana Adalats of the Maoists.

“These acts of the Maoists constitute serious violations of the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The Naxalites, who frown at the lack of development, have been responsible for blocking many development initiatives in the areas where they exercise control by targeting labourers, officials and companies. They have been systematically targeting all such governmental buildings that could provide shelter to security personnel.

The security forces claimed to have killed 322 alleged Naxalites.

“The claims of the security forces that all persons killed were “Naxalites” are far from the truth. There have been credible reports of torture, rape and extrajudicial executions by the Salwa Judum activists and the security forces especially in the process of forcibly bringing the villagers under the Salwa Judum fold.” – stated Mr Chakma.

The Central government has been supporting wrong policies on the Naxalites. The Salwa Judum campaign which resulted into 48.5% of the total killings in Chhattisgarh has more to do with local political considerations than resolving the Naxalite conflict.

“The Salwa Judum campaign which has been extended to “six blocks” in one district i.e. Dantewada cannot resolve the Naxalite conflict which is spread over 170 districts in 13 States across the country” – warned Mr Chakma.

“The Salwa Judum campaign has only accentuated the Naxalite conflict but made resolution of the Naxalite conflict in Chhattisgarh extremely difficult if not impossible by exposing all those living in the camps to the violence of the Naxalites”. – further added Mr Chakma.

ACHR stated that during its latest visit to the Salwa Judum camps in Dantewada district from 1-5 January 2007, it found the conditions of the camps housing 43,740 displaced persons to be deplorable and sub-human. The displaced persons continued to be provided just a square meal of rice and dal. Medical and educational facilities remained non-existent. About 250 schools and Ashram schools are being used by the security forces and for the Salwa Judum campaign.

ACHR expressed concerns with the continued “law and order” approach of the government to deal with the Naxalite crisis as reflected from the creation of a division within the Ministry of Home Affairs to address the Naxalite conflict.

ACHR recommended creation of a separate Ministry for speedy development of the Naxalite affected areas in line with Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and intervene with the State government of Chhattisgarh to stop the “Salwa Judum” campaign and not to involve the civilians in conflict with the Naxals and investigate all allegations of human rights violations. ACHR also recommended to the Naxalite affected States to declare cease-fire with the Naxalites and hold peace talks.

ACHR also urged the Communist Party of India (Maoists) to declare cease-fire with the State Governments for resolving the problems through dialogue, facilitate dismantling of all the Salwa Judum relief camps and return of the camp inmates to their respective villages with full safety and security; stop forcible recruitment including of the children and indiscriminate use of explosives against the civilians, and to ensure respect of the international humanitarian laws.

[Ends]

Monitoring Naxals : Govt failed to put CCTVs in Bellary station

Govt failed to put CCTVs in Bellary station
Wednesday January 10 2007 12:26 IST

BELLARY: Home Ministry of Karnataka is yet to implement its plan of fixing up closed circuit TVs (CCTVs) in Bellary Railway Station to detect the possible of entry of naxals and terrorists into this city by trains and to protect the station from possible attacks by the miscreants.

This announcement had come from none other than the Home Minister M P Prakash, who is also the Minister in charge of the district on as back as on August 15 last year. As it is well-known already Bellary has become a hub of activity for both naxals and terrorists. Recent arrests and threatening calls by naxals received by mine owners are the best examples of anti-social activities going on Bellary.

M P Prakash, explaining purpose behind fixing CCTVs in the Railway Station, had said prevention was better than postmortem of an incident.

In fact, in Bellary hundreds of villages coming under 13 Police Stations were classified as naxal prone. Police classified them as safe heaven for naxals. Heritage place like Hampi has already become a hub of terrorist activities which is being proved by the recent arrest of Imran alias Bilal.

Prakash had, last year, said that a sum of Rs 50 lakh would be allocated for the purpose.

Nothing has come out so far. Let alone State Government installing or allocating the funds, the Railway authorities are unaware of any such project or proposal under consideration.

So far State Government has not written anything about this proposal to the Railways, maintained the sources in Railway Department.

However, Railway authorities themselves, based on the reports given by Intelligence agencies, decided to tighten the security arrangements at Bellary Railway Station.

Talking to this paper sources in the Department said a proposal to give all modern security systems including metal detectors, CCTVs, highly advanced weapons and materials to check passengers and their belongings and to spot any suspicious movement of persons on platforms.

This system will be introduced to instill confidence among the public and prevent any possible mishap in Railway Stations in general.

Already CCTVs are installed at Bangalore City, Bangalore Cantonment and few other stations. Installation processes are in full swing at Tumkur, Krishnarajapuram, Mandya, Bangarpet and some more stations.

Soon Bellary will also have CCTV’s, the officer added.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Maoists gundown CPI-M leader in West Midnapore

Kolkata, Jan 09: A CPI-M leader was gunned down by suspected Maoists in West Bengal's Naxalite-infested Belpahari area in West Midnapur district early on Tuesday.

Birpur Zonal committee member of CPI-M Palaram Tudu was killed when the attackers opened fire at him on a paddy field in Jamjhulka village under Belpahari police station, IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told a news agency.

"We are not ruling out the involvement of the Maoists," he said.

Search was on to track the culprits, he said.

The Belpahiri region, which has witnessed landmine blasts in recent months, has been identified by the state administration as Maoist-infested.

Several CPI-M activists and policemen have been killed in Maoist attacks in the area in recent months.

Bureau Report

Naxals attempt to storm CPI(M) headquarters

Kolkata, Jan. 9 (PTI): Suspected naxalites held a dharna and tried to storm the CPI(M) headquarters on Alimuddin street, and later the office of party daily 'Ganashakti' in central Kolkata today.

Police Commissioner, Prasun Mukherjee, said "either members of a Maoist organisation or naxalites tried to enter the CPI(M) headquarters with an ulterior motive of vandalism."

They then tried to enter the office of the 'Ganashakti'.

They were immediately resisted and chased away by the police posted near the party headquarters and local people, he said.

Eleven people were arrested, he said.

Youth transform a Jharkhand village

Gumla (Jharkhand), Jan. 9 (ANI): Telgaon Village in Jharkhand has undergone an amazing transformation. Thanks to the initiative of several of its youth who have returned after acquiring the necessaty education and skills.


These young people left the village after Maoists enforced a ban on tilling and farming.

Having worked as farmhands in Punjab and Haryana, the youth have successfully organised the villagers to take up farming jointly in a big way.

They have also been successful in resisting Maoist or Naxalite pressures.

"With the help of the organisation, we have been able to stop Naxals from entering our village. We have also made an organisation of women in the village. The women are now working with men. We have also have been successful in shutting down all liquor outlets in the village," said Krishna Unrao, the president of the youth organisation.

Formed in 1999, the youth organisation works for the common good of the villagers.

"Everyone in our village is now aware. The youth organisation and women's organisation are working together for the development of the village," said Fulkariya Minj, the president of the women organisation.

The annual income of the village has increased manifold since they organised farming activities jointly. There is also a realisation among poor tribals of the need to send their children to schools.

"I am earning at least one lakh rupees in a year through agriculture," said Anand Sahu, a tribal villager. (ANI)

Five Naxals surrender in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, Jan. 9 (PTI): Five Naxals today surrendered and a Maoist courier was arrested in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh.

Of the five surrendered Naxals, one belonged to CPI-Maoist, one to Prajapratighatna and three to Pratighatna.

The Naxals surrendered before Khammam Superintendent of Police R K Meena.

Meanwhile, police arrested Bojja Boddaiah, a Maoist courier, near Bodu village and recovered two weapons from his possession.

Army raises force of 12,000 dogs for counter-insurgency

New Delhi, Jan. 9 (PTI): Sniffing virtually a success in deploying specialised dogs in anti-militancy operations, the Army has over a period of months raised a unit of dogs, which now lead all counter-insurgency missions.

"A dog army of 12,000 specialised canine breeds, mostly Labradors, German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherd dogs, is in place in the Indian Army," said Lt Col S S Kashyap, a top Remount and Veterinary officer of the corp who breeds them.

"Our success rate against the militants has shot up with the use of these dogs and now virtually every unit deployed in counter insurgency operations has a unit of these dogs," he told PTI

"Labradors, who have an uncanny sense of sniffing out militants now lead all anti-militancy and road opening mission in Jammu and Kashmir," Kashyap said.

"The German Shepherd and Belgian Shepherd dogs are not far behind and form the bulwark of army mine and explosive hunting missions," he said.

Dogs have proved life savers for the forces in many instances as they have led patrols to deeply dug in explosives and mines in North-East as well as in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is this success that there is virtually a clamour from para-military forces for such trained dogs in carrying out anti-Naxal operations in the country's heartland," Kashyap said.

Also, the vital contribution from these dogs is being recognised and given a pride of place. A Remount and Veterinary Corp Tableau has been approved for public display both at this year's Republic day Parade on January 26th and the Army Day Parade on January 15.

Left no longer close to ideology: Naxal Street Singer Gaddar

Express News Service

Pune, January 8: GADDAR, the revolutionary Telugu balladeer and vocal Naxalite activist from Andhra Pradesh, who was in Pune on Sunday and Monday to mobilise the “anti-establishment rage” amongst the masses over Khairlanji killings, quota controversy and acquisition of lands for Special Economy Zones was equally critical of the “imperialist America” and the Left parties.

Accusing the Left parties of straying from their original philosophy, he said, “Communistonka jhanda lal hain lekin unka dil kala hain (Communists’ flag is red but their hearts are black),” he said addressing a press conference in Pune on Monday. His comments comes close on the heels of a raging controversy over allowing Special Economy Zones in Left-ruled West Bengal.



Gadar alleged that the SEZs was a conspiracy of “imperialist” America, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Describing SEZs as trouble, he said, “SEZ ke peeche sab choronki dosti hain (SEZs is a conspiracy of a bunch of thieves).”

He described the USA as the number one terrorist in world. He said, “Of the political, economic and structural terrorism, structural terrorism is the most dangerous.” He described Naxalism as “a new democratic revolution against monopoly”. “I respect Naxal ideology,” he added.

Gaddar described himself as active politician. “I am poet, singer, writer. I ask questions to rulers so I am an active politician,” he said. He said there was immense need for artists, writers, poets and intellectuals to come together against imperialism. He said there was also the need to use art to oppose imperialism.

Later, speaking at a meeting of intellectuals organised by Rashtra Seva Dal, Gaddar described the Khairlanji killings as fallout of an imperialist design and demanded a probe by a former Supreme Court judge into it.

Combing on in Hogenakkal forest

Tuesday January 9 2007 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram launched a combing operation in Hogenakkal forest on Monday to nab underground naxalites.

In view of the Naxal leader late Ravindran‘s death anniversary on January 10, the police security has been tightened up in the district.

The police team, comprising Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing, Special Task Force (STF), Tamil Nadu Special Police party and Local Station police have jointly monitored the operation in the naxal-prone villages in Dharmapuri district to avert any untoward incidents.

The Q branch police have also been conducting special search at the naxal-prone villages. The team led by the SP conducted combing operations at Hogenakkal forest area and the hilly villages like Pennagaram, Oottamalai, Biligundalu, Boodhipatti, Neruppur and Pannappatti.

The villagers were also asked to inform the nearby police station, if they noticed anything strange in their area at phone numbers: (04342) 230989 and 266199.

He appealed to the tribes not to follow any announcement of strangers.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Indian High tech sector target of Jihadi terrorists

SOURCE: IANS

A suspected militant, arrested by the Bangalore police Friday, had received arms training in Pakistan and had been asked to monitor IT firms' offices here, a top police official said Saturday.

'Our interrogation of the accused has revealed that he is known as Bilal Ahmed Kota alias Imran Jalal alias Salim (34) and was a resident of Sadarbal, Hazratbal in Srinagar,' Bangalore Police Commissioner N. Achuta Rao told reporters.
'His father Shamsuddin is a clerk in a private transport firm and his brother Hilal Ahmed (29) a driver in the food and civil supplies corporation, government of Jammu & Kashmir,' he said.

According to a preliminary probe by a special investigation team, the accused went to Pakistan in 2005 and met top insurgents with alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) links.
It was then that he was given a satellite phone and asked to wait for instructions, police said.

'Bilal was asked to visit the offices of Wipro and Infosys as well as the Bangalore airport to find out security arrangements at these places and to report back. The mode of communication between Bilal and his superiors was through the sat phone and e-mail,' Rao said.

In November 2006, Bilal was instructed by his Pakistan-based masters to go to Pune and collect a consignment of arms and ammunition. Though he went to Pune on three-four occasions, it was only during his last trip that he received the weapons from an operative called 'Rajesh'. He returned to Hospet, about 350 km from here, with the consignment.

After sustained interrogation that concluded Saturday morning, Bilal was taken to Hampi by a police team to inspect the rented house he was staying in. A raid on his shop and house led to the seizure of one AK-56, 200 rounds of ammunition, five hand grenades, two magazines of AK-56 and a satellite phone charger.

'A month after returning from Pune with arms and ammunition, Bilal was instructed to take the consignment to Bangalore and await further orders. On his arrival here, he was intercepted by the city crime branch sleuths and taken into custody,' Rao said.

Bilal was not knew [sic] to Karnataka, as he had come to Bangalore in 1991 and got admitted to a diploma course in computer science at Acharya Polytechnic in Peenya. After completing the course in 1994, he went back to Kashmir and worked as a supervisor in a cigarette distributor's office.

'As per his statement, Bilal joined the JKLF (Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front) in 1990 and went for arms training to Muzzaffarabad in Pakistani Kashmir.
In 2002, he came to Hampi, a world tourist heritage site near Hospet in north Karnataka, on the invitation of his cousin Fiaz Ahmed Bhat who owned a costume jewellery shop there. Since then, he has made frequent visits to Bangalore and Srinagar, Rao said.

Bilal has been remanded to police custody for two weeks for further investigations.
'With the timely arrest of Bilal, we have averted a possible terror strike in the city. We are in touch with our counterparts in Maharashtra, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir to gather more information on the terror network,' Rao said.



COMMENTS FROM JIHADWATCH FORUM PRODUCED HERE

INFILTRATION OR INTEGRATION
So it looked like he'd integrated, what he'd actually done was infiltrated.
All ideas about "integrating" Muslims into our societies must be discarded. They don't integrate, they infiltrate. A Fifth Column in the tuest sense of the term.

There is another computer data base firm in Calcutta (kolkata)Name withheld). There was only one muslim employee among other Hindus. When the employer could no longer put up with the slovenly and incompetent muslim he had to ask him to leave. In Calcutta, marxist union armtwisting is of mafia proportions. This being a Private Firm, somehow they managed to politely show him the door. Before leaving, the muslim very sedulously applied himself to sabotaging as much as he could, whatever database could be accessed. The Company fulminated in silence and had to rebuild all. For anything destructive you can always trust a muslim. No law or order anywhere...muslim is above law. And he is perennially to be "uplifted"(SIC)

Further, a paperback trashy novel dealing with call center employees' (sic)'plight' written by an Indian, predictably touted as the "bestseller" has such a bizarre message. Its anti-Western (read anti White America etc) denouement is DANGerously ludicrous.

The Indians put their hearts into aping the West without internalising any values and when things go wrong attribute everything to WEST's influence and prattle some verses from 'Geetha'. They remind me of the alley cat that branded itself to look like a real TIGER.


It should be obvious that their intentions are to destroy or disrupt our Computer databases and networks. A move that WILL send us back to the stone age.Wipro and Infosys - primary players in outsourcing of computer systems all over the world. American (definitely) and Canadian (probably) companies are among those who have dropped their American staffs and moved software operations to India. Attacking these firms only hurts India. What might hurt everyone is an attack on the worldwide cable systems that move data around the globe.

Rather than an attempt to destroy databases (most of which remain in their home countries), this looks more like an attack on the non-Muslim community that does this work. Grenades to destroy the work areas and ammunition to kill the people. Bangalore is almost an island within India.

First Person : Orissa on the path of development

First Person


This column is about state and political stagecraft. Leaders who shape the social environment by their grassroot personal touch discuss their experience.

Orissa on the path of development
By Biswabhushan Harichandan

Out of 45 steel companies, which have signed MoUs with the government, 14 companies with an investment of about Rs 10,750 crore have completed the first phase and commenced partial commercial production. A PCPIR (petroleum, chemical & petrochemical investment region) is being planned at Paradeep, where IOC will be the anchor tenant.

This coalition government of BJD and BJP in Orissa is ruling the state with all credibility and has been able to give a stable, effective and transparent government to the people.

The State of Orissa located on the eastern coast of India is a kaleidoscope of past splendours like the Sun Temple of Konark and other monuments that bear testimony to the great architectural skill of ancient Orissa. The state is known for its picturesque lakes, mighty rivers and exotic wildlife, which have attracted many tourists. Orissa comprises 4.74 per cent of India’s landmass and with 36.71 million people (2001 Census), comprises 3.57 per cent of her population. It is one of the richest states in terms of mineral resources. It also has a long coastline, which provides an abundant reservoir of aqua-culture resources.

The state has good road and rail connections with other parts of the country. The capital, Bhubaneswar, has regular flights with the major cities of India. Paradeep is a major port on the eastern coast. Smaller ports at Gopalpur and Dhamara are being developed into all-weather ports through the private sector.

Orissa’s advantages are based on its large untapped mineral resources, abundant power at competitive tariffs, warm people, excellent climate, skilled labour, harmonious industrial environment and a government responsive to the process of industrialisation. Other plus points are well developed industrial infrastructure and eco-friendly surrounding. On top of it a pollution-free state with abundant natural beauty provides the best living condition.

The state already has strong industrial base of core sector industries, which include a large integrated steel plant, the largest aluminium smelter of the country, two fertilizer plants, an ordnance factory and a number of steel, sponge iron, ferro alloys, cement and paper plants. Rourkela Steel Plant, NALCO, Heavy Water Project at Talcher, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. at Sunabeda, Ordnance Factory at Bolangir, sand complex at Chhatrapur and Coach Repairing Workshop at Mancheswar are some of the public sector industries in the state covering varied strategic products. A number of large agro-based projects such as fruits and vegetable processing units and sugar projects have come up in the state.

Orissa is endowed with rich mineral resources. The state possesses 98.4 per cent of the chrome ore reserves of the country and the share in bauxite reserve is 59.5 per cent, iron ore 32.9 per cent, nickel ore 91.8 per cent, mineral sand 30.8 per cent, manganese ore 67.6 per cent and that of coal 24.8 per cent. The policy of liberalisation of the union government has drawn the global attention on Orissa’s natural resources. The mineral based industries like steel, ferro alloys, alumina and aluminium utilizing the resources are coming up even in less developed districts of the state like Kalahandi, Rayagada and Keonjhar. Other important mineral resources of the state are limestone, China clay, nickel ore, Vanadiferrous magnate and beach sands. There are also good prospects for precious and semi-precious stones and metals including diamonds and gold.

An investor-friendly industrial policy was announced in December 2001. In this policy the thrust is on time-bound support structure to act as a friend in need to each and every entrepreneur, who comes to Orissa.

As part of the commitments made in the Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR)-2001, the Government of Orissa has introduced a single-window industrial facilitation framework.

Sixty companies have already signed MoUs out of which 45 are for establishment of steel projects involving capacity of 75 MTPA with proposed investment of Rs 161000 crore, two companies for setting up alumina refinery with smelter with an investment of more than Rs. 25000 crore and three Independent Power Projects (IPPs) with an investment of Rs 18,132 crore with a capacity of 4270 MW power production. There is also the Refinery & Petrochemical Project being set up by Indian Oil Corporation with an investment of about Rs 25000 crore with production capacity of 12 MTPA. In this project IOC has already committed an investment of about Rs 1000 crore. Orissa has also been able to attract FDI and companies like Arcelor-Mittal, the largest steel producer of the world and POSCO, the Korean company which is another big player in the field of steel, which have signed MoUs for establishing steel plants of 12 MTPA each in the state.

Out of 45 steel companies, which have signed MoUs with the government, 14 companies with an investment of about Rs 10750 crore have completed the first phase and commenced partial commercial production. A PCPIR (petroleum, chemical & petrochemical investment region) is being planned at Paradeep, where IOC will be the anchor tenant.

The Export Promotion Industrial Park at Bhubaneswar, known as INFOCITY, has been established and commissioned to create high quality infrastructure facilities for setting up export-oriented industries, with a special emphasis on Information Technology-related industries.

At Duburi Industrial Complex in Jajpur district, IDCO has acquired about 20,000 acres of land for establishment of steel, power and other mineral-based industries. This complex enjoys all industrial infrastructure advantages like power, water supply, road, railway and port links.

The state government is also giving emphasis on promotion of infrastructure. A Project Development Fund (PDF) has been created at IDCO along with ILFS for infrastructural development.

Steps are being taken to develop and revive the SSI sector of Orissa and to promote ancillary and downstream industries in the metal as well as non-metal sectors. 19 clusters have already been notified for focused development such as Engineering Cluster at Cuttack & Bhubaneswar, Pharmaceutical Cluster at Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, Rice Cluster at Baragarh, Cashew Cluster at Ganjam, Kewda Cluster at Ganjam etc. Three industrial hubs have also been identified at Jajpur, Jharsuguda and Kalahandi areas for focused ancillary and downstream industrial development.

Moreover, steps are being taken to expand technical education for development of technical human resources base for the industries coming up in the state and the same is being integrated and synergized to augment employment opportunities in the state.

Providing safe drinking water to all habitations in the state is another priority sector for the government. Villages all over the state have been covered with tube-wells. We have 638844 tube-wells and 1082 pipe water supply projects.

Agriculture on which about 70 per cent of the people of Orissa depend for their living is given priority. Ours is an agricultural economy and while industrialising the state, agriculture and its development is being taken care off.

Though there is cry for distress sale in different parts of the country, Orissa has been able to provide support price to the farmers. All possible incentives are given to them for agricultural developments.

In spite of the Naxalite activities in about 10 districts of the state, the general law and order situation is under control. There is no major threat to the security of the people.

In the field of Mission Sakti, Orissa has made a very significant progress. At present we have 2 lakh self-help groups where women, specially housewives and girls in rural areas have come forward with confidence to run their organisation and to earn their living.

Land records have been computerised and land passbooks are being distributed among the land-holders. Pre-1980 forest habitations have been surveyed and government is going to declare them revenue villages. Poor homestead-less families are being provided with homestead land under Basundhara Yojana for construction of their own houses. Regulation 2 of 1956 has been amended and lands of the Vanvasis, which have been snatched away by influential people by exercise of fraud and coercion, are being restored to them by counts and stringent actions like imprisonment and fine are being awarded to the wrong-doers.

This coalition government of BJD and BJP in Orissa is ruling the state with all credibility and has been able to give a stable, effective and transparent government to the people.

(The author is leader, BJP Legislative Party in Orissa and Minister for Industry, Law and Rural Development, Government of Orissa.)

Four naxals killed in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan. 8 (PTI): Four armed naxalites, including two women cadres, were killed today in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh in a gun battle, police said.

The Maoists were killed in a shootout in Chhinari jungles of Chhote Dongar police station area, about 300 km from here, police said.

The exchange of fire took place between a joint party of CRPF and the Chhattisgarh Police, they said.

The security forces also recovered three weapons and the search of the area was continuing, they added.

Naxal Combing operations intensified at TN border

Vellore, Jan. 8 (PTI): The combing operations in the forest areas of the district have been intensified after information was received that there would be possible intrusion of naxals from Andhra Pradesh into the state through the borders.

The accused in the recent 'rocket launcher case', during interrogation, had revealed to the Andhra police that naxal groups were planning to cross borders to Tamil Nadu, police said.

The security at check-posts have already been beefed up and all the vehicles were properly checked.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Maoist arms dump unearthed in Koyyuru , Andhra Pradesh

Maoist dump unearthed

Special Correspondent
Large quantity of material used for making landmines recovered



VISAKHAPATNAM: A special police party unearthed a dump of the banned CPI (Maoist) near Koyyuru on Sunday and recovered a large quantity of material used for making landmines and gadgets to set the mines off along with some medicines.

In a press release, Superintendent of Police J.G. Murali informed that 100 kg of nuts and bolts meant to be used as projectiles in land mines, meters, switches, long life batteries and other battery cells, wire bundles, screw drivers, cutters, syrups, disposable syringes, etc., were found packed in 11 bags.

Mines found


The East Godavari police unearthed two claymore mines in Gurtedu-Bodlanka road near Irlavada, bordering Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

The mines, weighing seven to eight kg each, had iron bolts, nails and nitro-glycerine and could have caused severe damage. SP Battini Srinivasulu said search operations were being carried out to detect more mines in the area.

Coffee units blasted


Meanwhile, the CPI (Maoist) late on Saturday night blasted coffee pulping units at Teegalabanda and Pedavalasa villages in G.K. Veedhi mandal and took away nearly 350 bags of graded coffee beans with them.

This attack on the coffee units was carried out in protest against the December 27 killing of its top leaders, Wadkapur Chandramouli, and his wife Karuna, in the agency area, even as the Chief Minister was on a visit to the city. He would be visiting the city on Monday morning.

Members of the Galikonda area committee and local guerrilla squad reportedly participated in the attacks. The coffee pulping unit at Teegalabanda was blasted around 10.30 p.m. with the help of a landmine and an hour later another unit at Pedavalasa was destroyed.

Maoist arms dump unearthed in Koyyuru , Andhra Pradesh

Maoist dump unearthed

Special Correspondent
Large quantity of material used for making landmines recovered



VISAKHAPATNAM: A special police party unearthed a dump of the banned CPI (Maoist) near Koyyuru on Sunday and recovered a large quantity of material used for making landmines and gadgets to set the mines off along with some medicines.

In a press release, Superintendent of Police J.G. Murali informed that 100 kg of nuts and bolts meant to be used as projectiles in land mines, meters, switches, long life batteries and other battery cells, wire bundles, screw drivers, cutters, syrups, disposable syringes, etc., were found packed in 11 bags.

Mines found


The East Godavari police unearthed two claymore mines in Gurtedu-Bodlanka road near Irlavada, bordering Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

The mines, weighing seven to eight kg each, had iron bolts, nails and nitro-glycerine and could have caused severe damage. SP Battini Srinivasulu said search operations were being carried out to detect more mines in the area.

Coffee units blasted


Meanwhile, the CPI (Maoist) late on Saturday night blasted coffee pulping units at Teegalabanda and Pedavalasa villages in G.K. Veedhi mandal and took away nearly 350 bags of graded coffee beans with them.

This attack on the coffee units was carried out in protest against the December 27 killing of its top leaders, Wadkapur Chandramouli, and his wife Karuna, in the agency area, even as the Chief Minister was on a visit to the city. He would be visiting the city on Monday morning.

Members of the Galikonda area committee and local guerrilla squad reportedly participated in the attacks. The coffee pulping unit at Teegalabanda was blasted around 10.30 p.m. with the help of a landmine and an hour later another unit at Pedavalasa was destroyed.

Chhattisgarh Naxalites reel from severe financial crunch

Purse posers for red army
- Chhattisgarh Naxalites reel from severe financial crunch
R. KRISHNA DAS

Raipur, Jan. 7: Reeling from a severe financial crunch, Maoist cadre in Chhattisgarh have demanded aid from the central committee, the supreme authority of the Naxalites, which earlier received a huge corpus of funds from the region.

The Andhra Pradesh police on Friday arrested two persons near Dhummanguda village in Khammam district on the Chhattisgarh border with a kitty of Rs 32 lakh.

“They had admitted that they were delivering the cash to top Maoist leaders of Chhattisgarh,” a senior state police official told The Telegraph.

The bounty was reported to be an installment of the money that the central committee had been sending to the rebels in the state.

Confessions of Prabhakar, a hardcore rebel, and his wife Shobha, who surrendered to the Karimnagar police in Andhra Pradesh recently, corroborate the facts.

The Naxalite leader, who served the red army for about two decades straddling with charges of pockets in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, admitted that the rebels in Chhattisgarh were running short of funds and it was proving to be a daunting task to run the party.

Though Prabhakar and his wife laid down their arms citing health grounds, sources said pressure due to the Salwa Judum campaign, besides serious financial constraints forced the couple to return to the mainstream.

Inspector-general of police, Bastar range, R.K. Vij said: “Maoist literature seized by police in the recent past underlines that they are reeling from a severe crisis.”

Besides cash, the rebels are also targeting to loot the arms and ammunition of the security personnel, he added.

According to sources, Chhattisgarh once generated the highest revenue for the central committee of the Maoists. Besides collecting money from the tendupatta contractors, which ran into crores of rupees, the rebels “extorted” money from mining contractors, transporters, traders and others working in areas the Maoists considered to be their turf.

But the situation took a U-turn after the Chhattisgarh government banned the outfit and all its frontal organisations and security personnel clawed into remote areas for combing operations.


The revenue generation, as a result, has suffered miserably and Maoist leaders, who once sent funds to the central committee, are now seen knocking the committee doors for funds to run the party in Chhattisgarh.

Six killed in clash over land acquisition in West Bengal

Nandigram (WB), Jan. 7 (PTI) At least six persons were killed and 25 injured, several of them seriously, at Nandigram in West Bengal's East Midnapore district today in violence over the acquisition of land for a SEZ to be set up by Indonesia's Salim group.

The deaths occurred in clashes between activists of the ruling CPI-M and the Bhumi Uchhed Birudhi Committee (Land Eviction Resistance Committee) comprising the Trinamool Congress, SUCI, Jamaat-e-Ulema Hind and a Naxalite faction.

"We have information that six persons were killed and 25 others injured in violence at Nandigram and the toll may rise further," state Chief Secretary A K Deb told PTI in Kolkata.

The Congress and Trinamool Congress called separate bandhs in the state tomorrow to protest alleged terror unleashed by the CPI-M at Nandigram.

The CPI(M) opposed the bandh and vowed to keep life normal.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee described the clash as "unfortunate" and asked the district administration to exercise "maximum restraint" in dealing with the situation.

The Bhumi Uchhed Birudhi Committee is opposing a reported notification for acquisition of land for the SEZ.

Deb said police could move into villages in the area only after removing road blocks.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said police had removed blockades put up by farmers and entered Nandigram in search of the attackers and bodies.

Inspector General (Western Range) Arun Gupta and the district magistrate led police reinforcements to the area where tension prevailed after the clash, Kanojia said.

Kanojia said reinforcements were rushed to Nandigram, where the Rapid Action Force, Eastern Frontier Rifles and State Armed Police were deployed.

"We have started patrolling the entire Nandigram block in view of the tension," he said.

Claiming that the situation was "under control", he said police were looking for the attackers on the basis of complaints but no arrests had been made so far.

To a question, he said three bodies had been identified so far.

A Trinamool Congress delegation, led by Leader of Opposition Partha Chatterjee, and Congress leader Manas Bhuinya went to Nandigram.

Trinamool sources said the party's leaders would speak to affected people and take up their issues with the IGP (Western Range).

Congress leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunshi alleged in Kolkata a "total" failure of the administration in Nandigram led to the clashes.

On the other hand, state CPI(M) Secretary Left Front Chairman Biman Bose blamed Opposition parties like the Congress, Trinamool Congress and SUCI, for "spreading misinformation, snapping road links in 21 villages, raiding police camps and torching the CPI-M's local office. This fuelled tension in the area, he alleged.

He claimed 10 CPI(M) workers were missing after the clash, and said this showed the "Left Front is not involved in the violence".

ORISSA : When DGP toured Naxal-hit region

When DGP toured Naxal-hit region
Koraput/Malkangiri
Sunday January 07, 2007

Source: insightorissa.com


The DGP visited police establishments in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri in full uniform. He even traveled from Rayagada to Koraput by road, and in full uniform.

By Satyabrat Sinha



Arms and ammunition alone cannot fight die-hard ultras who have been on the rampage in South Orissa for nearly a decade. It’s the force’ morale that only can weaken the influence of extremists. And, to boost the morale of the men fighting on the field, senior officers must go to the field and feel the pulse of the force. Director General of Police Amarananda Pattanayak means it, strongly. After years of isolation, the force in this region is buoyed over Pattanayak’s three-day tour of the Naxal-hit districts.



The DGP visited police establishments in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri in full uniform. He even traveled from Rayagada to Koraput by road, and in full uniform. Road journey and uniform are considered a bane in Naxal-affected districts. But, Pattanayak dared to shed this belief. An officer who fought from front the deadly Ulfa terrorists for years is, perhaps, ought to carry such attitude.



“Generally senior officers’ visit to these areas does not hold much importance for us since they hold meetings with SPs and DIG and go back. But, this time, the DGP spent time with us and interacted,” said a jawan of the 3rd battalion of the State Armed Police in Koraput. One could feel the difference following the DGP’s extensive tour, said a superintendent of police of one of the Naxal-affected districts.



Not only the district police offices and the armed police battalion, Pattanayak even visited the police barracks in these districts where sepoys stay. He sat there, interacted with them and tried to find out their difficulties. The DGP’s tour was less of inspections and meetings and more of interactions. In the DPOs, he also interacted with the accounts and ministerial staff and went around the storerooms. This is unusual and unconventional of a DGP. But, being unusual and unconventional is what Pattanayak is known for.



Pattanayak’s predecessor Suchit Das had once visited Motu in Malkangiri and Das’ predecessor B.B.Mishra never visited Malkangiri. Malkangiri had been a forbidden land for senior police officials including DGPs, but Pattanayak extensively toured the district, and in uniform.



At the end of his tour, the DGP had a strong message for the force and officers - that he means business, and men fighting on the field must be taken care of by the district police heads.

Five Maoists surrender in Andhra

Warangal, Jan. 7 (PTI): Five Maoists, including two women and some of them carrying awards on their head, surrendered to the police here today.

Two of them are commanders of a local Naxal squad, District Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra said.

Speaking to newspersons, Mishra said V Venkanna, one of the commanders, had two murder cases against him and carried Rs 1 lakh award.

The other commander, D Santosh, had Rs 2 lakh award on his head and faced murder case and three related to firing, the SP said. The woman Naxals were identified as V Rama Devi, a Deputy Commander, and G Adilaxmi.

Mishra appealed, through media, to Naxals to surrender and join the social mainstream. She said the Government will help them in leading a normal lif

Jharkhand Police mastering jungle warfare to curb extremism



Ranchi, Jan 07: As Maoist attacks cast an ominous shadow on investment and development plans in Jharkhand, the police have intensified their training in jungle warfare to tame the rebels in their own trade.

Many batches have been trained in places like Chhatisgarh School of Jungle Warfare, besides getting Army-style training in Jharkhand which has a massive forest cover of 19.4 lakh hectare providing shelter to the left-wing Maoists.

"Such training stints have been there already, but now we have intensified them. While some personnel are getting army-style training in Jharkhand, others are being sent in batches to the Chhatisgarh School of Jungle Warfare," said Inspector General of Police (training) Ashok Kumar Sinha.

A total of 400 personnel were trained in Chhatisgarh and another batch was ready to leave for training, Sinha told a news agency.

In all, 12,000 policemen have been trained by the Army in combating extremists till last year, State Home Department sources said.

With 16 of the state's 22 districts declared Naxal-infested and most of the places having bountiful mineral resources which can boost the economy and generate employment, the police are out to rein in the menace and stop it from spreading to other districts.



"We have plans to set up a police academy in the premises of police training centre at Padma in Hazaribag which will not only train Jharkhand personnel but also can impart skills to others from outside," Sinha added.

Bureau Report