Friday, January 19, 2007

"Excesses in Naxal-hit districts" : Who are these Rights team people?

Excesses in Naxal-hit districts: Rights team

Friday January 19 2007 11:12 IST

BERHAMPUR: A six-member team, comprising civil liberties and human rights activists from Andhra and Jharkhand, after inquiring into the alleged encounters between police and Maoists at Tandimelta village in Malkangiri district in December 2006 and at Birubai village in Rayagada district in July 2006, has decried the CRPF for ‘excesses’.

The team told media persons here that a detailed report would be prepared after compiling all the evidences collected during the two encounters. But it claimed that the CRPF personnel had committed murder in the name of encounter in both the cases.

The fact-finding team comprising K Balagopal, V S Krishna, P Venketa Rao, V V Balakrishna of Andhra and Tridib Ghosh and Sashibhusan Pathak of Jharkhand also met Aurobinda Mandal (40) and Santosh Mandal (35), who were injured in the Malkangiri ‘encounter’ and are now recovering at the MKCG Medical here.

This apart, the team looked into several other complaints of human rights violation during its two-day visit to Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts.

The team members claimed that villagers had complained to them about the ‘improper’ behaviour of CRPF men as well as the local police officials. The villagers alleged that the men in uniform were conducting raids on their homes, harassing them and even implicating them in false cases, the team members informed.

Citing instances, they also said that the CRPF on Tuesday had picked up three persons on suspect - Jacob Majhi, Abraham Majhi and Suriman Raitho, who, they feared, would also be implicated in criminal cases.

Stating that the cases against Aurobinda and Santosh Mandal should be dropped, the team demanded the State Government grant Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of the two persons who died in the ‘encounters’ and Rs 2 lakh to all those injured. They also urged the State Government to evolve a political response towards the Naxalite movement instead of treating it as a mere outbreak of criminality.

Belthangady: Ganja worth Rs 25 lakh traced

Belthangady Jan 19: Ganja plants in large numbers have been traced amidst ‘Bannada Kallu’ forest at Bangaru Balige in Malavanthige village of Belthangady taluk on Thursday.

Forest Department personnel, police of Anti-naxal Force and Belthangady police had conducted a joint operation on Ganja crop in between 5am and 8pm. Seeing police approaching the place, the accused started pelting stones, and in turn police also fired. Meanwhile, the accused have fled the scene.

About 3,900 ganja plants worth Rs 25 lakh had been grown in an area of two acres amidst the forest. Acting on a tip of information, the joint police force, led by Kudremukh Wildlife Protection Division Deputy Forest Conservator Purushotham Prabhu and Belthangady range forest officer Manohar Suvarna, had conducted a lighting operation. “As soon as the accused, including one certain Sulaiman and other Malayalam-speaking persons, came to know about police raid, they fled from the place, pelting stones towards police,” informed Mr Suvarna.

A case has been registered in Belthangady police station, and investigation is on. The raid was conducted following the direction of DFO Vijayranjan, police said.

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Arundhati Roy talks for Naxals , silent on Naxal terrorism

Attack any group with resists Naxal terrorism , look the other way when Ak-45 weinding terrorists and butcher our security personell . Give legal aid to terrorists and form letterhead organizations to condemn an patriotic groups . This is the halmark of peopel like NGO's and celebrity fake journalist Arundathy Roy . Remember her article on Gujarat where she mentioned some hindu fanatics ripped a pregnant women stomach which proved wwrong .... SUCH people are celebrities in India .




Salwa Judum targets tribal women

Vineeta Pandey
Thursday, January 18, 2007 22:32 IST


NEW DELHI: Gang rapes, molestation, sex slaves and fake encounters... women in the Naxal-affected states are being targeted by the Salwa Judum, says a fact-finding committee of women activists.

In a report, which was released by littérateur Arundhati Roy, a team of women activists, along with the members of National Commission for Women (NCW), has found that Salwa Judum, an anti-Naxalite campaign group, along with the Naga battalion and state police, is playing havoc with the lives of tribals in the naxal-affected states. And the worst affected are the women and children.

Hundreds of Salwa Judum cadres (most of them minors) known as Special Police Officers, armed with full military training, are gunning for Naxalites in Chhattisgarh. However, human right activists say that it has created a civil war situation for the tribals here and they are tortured by both Naxals and the Salwa Judum.

The team of women activists visited various districts of Chhattisgarh to probe the conditions of safety, security and livelihood of Adivasi women in the background of intense militarisation and reports of atrocities on women.

“It is a very disturbing document,” said Roy. “We are injecting vigilant violence in the bloodstreams of tribals through Salwa Judum,” she added.

It was found that since villagers have been forced to abandon their lands, villages and livestock, in the ‘clean up operation’ to remove naxalities, most of them are unemployed, resulting in malnourishment and undernourishment. Parents have been forced to send their children to far off ashram schools so that they can get mid-day meals their only meal of the day. The UNICEF has also identified 78 children suffering from Grade 4 malnutrition. There is no medical care facility in the camps.

A large number of underage girls have been recruited as Special Police Officers (SPOs) by the state governments to be part of the counter insurgency team of Salwa Judum. Women SPOs are not allowed to leave thana premises even in the night and there have been cases of sexual abuse with about 50 cases of termination of pregnancy of women SPOs being found in Dantewara district.

The NCW has protested saying it is making child soldiers and robbing them off their childhood.

Fear of attack on jails: Naxals interrogation

After the busting of an arms unit and arrest of Naxalite leaders in the state capital, Bhopal, the situation has become sensitive. The Naxalites who have been taken aback may resort to sudden strikes. On Tuesday, the Naxalites killed seven security personnel in Bastar region's Narayanpur area out of frustration. Naxalites attack out of revenge. Hence the state police would have to be very careful and work with all brains to foil their plans. As per intelligence reports the Naxalites could target Balaghat and Jabalpur jails, as they did in Jehanabad. After receiving this information, the jail administration has been alerted as there is fear that the Naxals may attack these jails to free their colleagues. Even though DIG Jail, RK Diwakar has claimed of the jail being already secure due to its presence in the Naxal affected areas. In the same way the Jabalpur jail too is secure and safe. Still the jail administration should keep itself ready to meet any new challenges. Teams of the Military Intelligence and from other states are arriving in Bhopal to grill the arrested Naxalites.

Interrogation of the Naxals and seized laptop are revealing startling information. The interrogation also reveals the plan of the Naxalite leaders to create a Red Corridor from South India to Nepal or to spread Maoist Socialism. In fact, the Naxals are resorting to violent means to bring stop oppression and to end social and economic disparities. To achieve this goal, some NGOs help in preparation of cadre. The gullible Adivasis are being instigated for their rights by these NGOs and admitted in Dalams. This is a very dangerous indication. Hence need is to keep an eye on the activities of these NGOs. The Intelligence wing of police has informed about this to the Union Home Ministry. More attention should be given towards development and education in Naxal hit districts.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

NATIONAL BRAVERY AWARD for anti-naxalite movement

NATIONAL BRAVERY AWARDS FOR CHILDREN - 2006
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19:18 IST
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will give away National Bravery Awards for the year 2006 to 24 children - 12 girls and 12 boys - on January 24, 2007. Three will get the award posthumously.

The prestigious Gita Chopra Award has been conferred on 13½ year old Vandana Yadav of Uttar Pradesh who bravely fought miscreants. Km. Asma Ayyub Khan (13½ years) of Maharashtra, Kumari Sushila Gurjar (13 years) of Rajasthan and Kumari Shilpa Janbandhu (15 years) of Chhattisgarh have been given the Bapu Gayadhani Awards. Asma Ayyub Khan helped move 35-40 children of her institution to a safe place in the floods which ravaged Mumbai in 2005. Kumari Sushila Gurjar displayed extraordinary courage and resolve in revolting against the social evil of child marriage. Km. Shilpa Janbandhu participated in an anti-naxalite movement, SALWA JUDUM defying any eventuality.

The other recipients are Km. Deepa Kumari, Master Sudhir Jakhar, Master Pawan Kumar Parashar, Master Rajender Kumar (all from Rajasthan), Kumari Anita Singh Lodh (Madhya Pradesh), Master David Kino (Arunachal Pradesh), Master Michael N.George (Delhi), Master Joel Salim Jacob (Kerala), Master Parth S Sutaria, Kum. Antara Raju Srivastava, Kum Ankita Ashok Bhosle (all from Maharashtra),Km.Paonam Babyrose Devi (Manipur), Km. Pooja Kabadwal (Uttaranchal), Master Rahul Chaurasia (Uttar Pradesh) The awardees will participate in the Republic Day Parade riding caparisoned elephants.

Naxal attacking out of frustration: CM

Raipur, Jan 18. (PTI): Naxalites killed seven security personnel in Bastar region's Narayanpur area out of frustration, the Chhattisgarh Government on Wednesday said and warned that stringent action against the rebels would continue.

"Naxalites carried out the strike out of frustration," Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters here.

Seven security personnel, including an assistant commandant of the CRPF and a police assistant sub-inspector, were killed on Tuesday when Maoists triggered mines as a police party of 30 jawans and officers were on a combing operation in Jharghati jungle.

At least five policemen were injured in the blasts, after which the Naxalites looted three AK-47 rifles, two SLRs, two Insas rifles and two walkie talkies from slain security personnel.

Singh termed the attack as a "cowardly and anti-human act" and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam and State Police Chief Om Prakash Rathor have also condemned the attack.

In a message, Netam and Rathor expressed "deep sorrow" at the deaths and promised to provide all aid to the family members of the dead security personnel.

Police sources in Bastar said stringent action against the Naxalites, including combing operations, would continue.

"Irrespective of loss of life among the police, the anti- Naxal operation will continue and be intensified as the Maoists only understand the language of violence," a senior police officer said.

Shilpa Janbandhu real life hero

New Delhi, Jan. 18 (PTI): She saw her mother being killed and house set on fire by a desperado, a sight that would have shaken the bravest of souls. But six-year-old Pooja Kabadwal did not flinch and rose to save her two younger brothers.

The little girl's presence of mind and courage has astounded even the elders of her nondescript village in Almora, Uttarakhand and earned her the prestigious National Bravery Award along with 23 other children.

Pooja has still not forgotten that fateful night of May 24, 2006 when the criminal knifed her mother Champa Devi to death when she resisted a robbery attempt and set the house ablaze, locking the three children inside gasping for breath.

Not knowing what to do, she removed the clothes lying in the house to stop the fire from spreading, took her brothers aged three and two to another room, opened a window and sat there all night, saving them from suffocation.

In the capital to receive the award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pooja was totally unaware of the attention she has generated and fiddled with her blazer and stared at flash bulbs while narrating her brave deed.

"I sat near the window all night and in the morning I heard my aunt calling my name. I asked her to open the door and we all came out," she said innocently. But ask about her mother, Pooja thinks for a while and says "she is with god."

For the 24 awaredees -- 12 boys and same number of girls -- the story is more or less the same. Some saved their near and dear ones from drowning, while some revolted against social evils like child marriage.

Ankita Ashok Bhosale, a six-and-a-half-year-old from Maharashtra, saved a woman who was drowning by pulling her out of the river using a saree. She had jumped into the water to save the girl's elder brother who had accidentally fallen.

Her mother and two other women died while making an unsuccessful attempt to save her brother Atish.

This year's Sanjay Chopra award for bravery was given posthumously to 12-year-old V Teja Sai and 13-year-old C V S Durga Doondieshwar, who rescued four of their schoolmates from drowning in an Andhra Pradesh village.

Fifteen school children died in the accident on November 26, 2005.

The Geeta Chopra award went to 13-year-old Vandana Yadav from Uttar Pradesh who suffered 17 stab wounds but managed to prevent a sexual assault attempt on her by three men.

The teenager now wants to become a police inspector and advises children of her age to be courageous. "We are the future of this country and we should fight all odds bravely," she adds.

The awardees include Sushila Gurjar (12), who opposed her parents' decision to marry her off at the young age tooth and nail, and Shilpa Janbandhu, who trekked through a dense jungle to attend a 'Salwa Judum' meeting despite naxal warnings.

Unable to withstand pressure from her parents, Sushila ran away from her home and with the help of her uncle wrote letters to Rajasthan Chief Minister and local police chief besides meeting a state minister to prevent the marriage.

Four naxals arrested at Rourkela hail from Guntur

Thursday January 18 2007 12:06 IST

GUNTUR: Guntur district police have gone into a tizzy following the revelation that four of the five Naxalites, who were arrested at Rourkela in Orissa on Monday, are from the district.

Following a request from the Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh) DIG, the police have started enquiring into the antecedents of Chinna Dange, Chakka Krishna, Yelavarthi Leelakrishna and Manjepalli Rani. Preliminary investigations revealed that Dange, Krishna, Leelakrishna and Rani hailed from Piduguralla, Savalyapuram, Ponnur and Tenali mandals respectively.

Leelakrishna is from Kothaluru village of Savalyapuram in Palnadu region. The Guntur police, who left for Kothaluru to collect information about him, found that the kin had shifted to Mulpuru village. When they went there, they found that the Naxal’s mother was unable to provide any information as she is an epileptic.

Another arrested Naxal Chakka Krishna had stayed for some time in Kolakaluru village of Tenali mandal. The police are also trying to ascertain whether the arrested person was Krishna or someone else was impersonating for him.

Manjepalli Rani is a native of Julakallu of Piduguralla mandal. Her relatives are staying in the village. According to information gathered by the police, Yelavarthi Leelakrishna and Rani were man and wife.

However, the police were unable to trace the antecedents of Dunna Dange of Brahmana Koduru village of Ponnur mandal.

The police are still making efforts to trace his relatives to elicit further information. The names of these Naxals are not in any police record as they have left their villages two decades ago.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Maoists infiltrate into Bhopal, says Madhya Pradesh police

Bhopal, Jan. 17 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Police has said that Maoists, who believe in violent struggle for the establishment of peasant rule, are trying to expand their operations to Bhopal.



"Maoists want to dominate regions and reach Madras. They want to stretch their corridor," said S.K. Raut, Additional Director General, Intelligence (Madhya Pradesh Police).
The statement came after police unearthed an illegal arms factory run by Maoist guerillas and seize a large quantity of arms and ammunition and literature from here.

According to police, the latest recovery is indicative of the guerilla's attempt to stretch their corridor.

"It is done by their People's Guerilla Army and the technical wing supports them," Raut added.

Disclosing the figures of the arrested persons, Raut said at least six persons have been arrested.

"During the interrogation, the arrested men have revealed that they had links with Nepali Maoists. The parts of weapons which we have seized suggest that the Naxalites were working on them and were trying to develop similar technologically advanced weapons," said Raut.

Maoists operate in 13 of 29 states along what is called a "red corridor" stretching from the border with Nepal to Andhra Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh is one of the states affected by Maoist insurgency.

The Maoists have pitted their campaign against landlords and the state administration whom they accuse of exploiting the poor.

Last week, a human rights group said Maoist violence increased in India in 2006 resulting in nearly 750 deaths.

In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called them the biggest internal security challenge facing India since independence.

According to Home Ministry, 76 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are 'badly affected by Maoist violence'.

More than 700 people have died and over 50,000 have been made homeless as a result of fighting between rebels and an anti-Maoist group Salwa Judum in the state since June 2005. (ANI)

Naxal attacking out of frustration: Chhattisgarh CM

Raipur, Jan 17: Naxalites killed seven security personnel in Bastar region's Narayanpur area out of frustration, the Chhattisgarh government today said and warned that stringent action against the rebels would continue.

"Naxalites carried out the strike out of frustration," Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters here.

Seven security personnel, including an assistant commandant of the CRPF and a Police Assistant Sub-Inspector, were killed yesterday when Maoists triggered mines as a police party of 30 jawans and officers were on a combing operation in Jharghati Jungle.

At least five policemen were injured in the blasts, after which the Naxalites looted three ak-47 rifles, two SLRS, two Insas rifles and two walkie talkies from slain security personnel.

Singh termed the attack as a "cowardly and anti-human act" and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam and state police Chief Om Prakash Rathor have also condemned the attack.

In a message, Netam and Rathor expressed "deep sorrow" at the deaths and promised to provide all aid to the family members of the dead security personnel.

Police sources in Bastar said stringent action against the Naxalites, including combing operations, would continue.

"Irrespective of loss of life among police, the anti- Naxal operation will continue and be intensified as the Maoists only understand the language of violence," a senior police officer said.

Bureau Report

Chhattisgarh killings linked to Maoist leader's trial?

By Indo Asian News Service

Raipur, Jan 17 (IANS) The killing of seven Chhattisgarh security personnel in coordinated blasts late Tuesday uncannily coincided with the arrival of top arrested Maoist rebel Narayan Sanyal, who was brought to Bastar district for a trial.



The personnel of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district police were killed by Maoists in Narayanpur area, 290 km from here, after they were lured into a forested area by a tribal who falsely alerted them about a dead body there.

Sanyal was also brought to trouble-hit Bastar Tuesday to be produced in a local court for his alleged involvement in the killing of many policemen during the past several years.

He was arrested in December 2005 and has been lodged in Raipur Central Jail since then.

'Sanyal, the mastermind of dozens of Maoist terror plots, was taken to Bastar to be produced before a local court,' P.D. Verma, Deputy Inspector General at the jail, told IANS.

The 70-year-old Sanyal alias Naveen Prasad alias Bijoy Dada, who is now suffering from diabetes and acute kidney problems, is an accused in 21 cases including the October 2003 attack on former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in and the jail break at Bihar's Jehanabad in November 2005.

'Sanyal is credited with opening a chain of landmine blast training centres for Maoists in India and making them experts in planting landmines,' said a senior police official.

In 2006, a total of 749 people were killed in Maoist violence in India and around 80 percent were victims of landmine attacks.

Sanyal is the lone living contemporary of Charu Majumdar who founded the violent Maoist movement in 1967 in West Bengal.

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Naxals outdid joint police team: Chhattisgarh Police

Raipur, Jan 17: Naxals completely outmanoeuvered a joint team of Chhattisgarh police and CRPF in the attack in Bastar region that left seven security personnel dead, a top police official admitted Wednesday.

An assistant commandant of CRPF and an assistant sub-inspector of Chhattisgarh police were among those killed in the Naxals-triggered landmine blasts in Narayanpur, about 350 km from here, yesterday.

"It was a well planned and systematic attack by the Maoists. After triggering the improvised explosive devices, the extremists opened fire from all directions to inflict maximum casualty on security forces," the officer, in charge of anti-Naxal operation, told by phone from Bastar region.

Five policemen were injured in the attack and the ultras also fled with seven sophisticated weapons, including three AK-47s and two self loaded rifles.

A senior police officer from the attack site said over 100 armed Naxalites, divided in groups, took positions on both sides of the road to ambush the 38-member police party on a combing operation in Jharghati jungles.

"It was in fact a booby trap for the police as the ultras had sent a message through informers that some top Naxal leaders could visit the area to pay tributes to four of their men killed in a recent encounter," the officer said.

"It was shocking for the joint police party to suffer seven casualties in the first stroke. But they re-organised themselves and struck back forcing the Maoists to retreat," Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Sundarraj said.

Meanwhile, IG (Bastar Range) R K Vij said the seven bodies were sent to their families. While three of them were from Madhya Pradesh, one each was from Assam and Bihar. Bureau Report

Naxalites planning urban guerrilla warfare

HT Correspondent
Bhopal, January 16, 2007


THE RECENT unearthing of arms factories in Bhopal and Rourkela last week seems to be a pointer to the Naxalite shift from safe rural hinterland to urban areas.

The two incidents have raised the spectre of urban guerrilla warfare, some police officials feel. Even ADG (Intelligence) SK Raut tacitly acknowledged this on Tuesday. “Naxalites might be planning an urban guerilla warfare.The uncovering of arms factories in Bhopal, Rourkela and Jamshedpur indicates a shift to cities,” Raut told newspersons here on Tuesday.

On a query whether Naxalites were setting up base in towns, he said, “I personally feel that they are planning an urban warfare because they are losing ground in rural areas owing to tremendous police pressure.”

About Naxalites’ plan to create a Compact Revolutionary Zone (CRZ) from Nepal to South India (Red Corridor from Pashupatinath to Tirupati), Raut admitted that Naxalites were spreading their tentacles in other districts of Madhya Pradesh like Shahdol, Umaria and Sidhi apart from Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori.

Naxalite insurrection has various stages—beginning from organisation and propaganda to low-scale guerilla warfare and urban warfare, which finally lead to the fourth and final stage of mobile warfare to grab power.

The arrested Naxalites who are suspected to be members of the technical committee were living in Bhopal for around four years.

Bhopal was preferred because apart from the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) nearly 200 ancillary industrial units are functioning here and the rebels must have thought that a clandestine arms factory would not evoke suspicion, said SK Raut. IG Kailash Makwana was also present at the press conference.

Meanwhile, the police of six states including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are interrogating the five persons including a woman who were arrested during the raid. The accused keep changing their statements, the police said.

One of them, Deepak, has been associated at various times with Tiger Project Dalam, Year Kondam Dalam and Gundla Korma Dalam. He has killed more than four persons.

The suspected Naxalites were manufacturing weapons and researching how to replicate sophisticated weapons here. The arms components used to be mostly sent to Chhattisgarh where the parts used to be assembled in forests for use by ultra-leftists against police and other ‘enemies’.

The laptop recovered from the accused has information and drawings of sophisticated weapons. The main accused, Madhu and Shriniwas have been away from their families for decades and were absolutely committed to their cause.

The police in Gwalior, Jabalpur and Indore have also been alerted in view of the possibility of Naxalites retaliating or trying to abduct someone in order to bargain for the arrested persons’ release.

Regarding failure of the police to identify the Naxalites during house-to-house verification of tenants in the wake of the arrest of Bangladeshi dacoits recently, DIG Anuradha Shankar Singh said the Naxalites lived like proper middle-class family and had documents that made it difficult for police to suspect their credentials.

Two more top Maoists arrested

Staff Reporter
Five others taken in custody in Orissa earlier produced in Khammam court




SWIFT ACTION: Maoists — Dasaram Kanakaiah, Mula Devender Reddy, Salakula Saroja, Anjamma and Devalia Husandi — being produced in a Khammam court after their arrest in Rourkela.



KHAMMAM: Two more members of the CPI (Maoist) central technical committee were arrested by the police in Bhadrachalam on Tuesday evening while five others of the panel taken in custody in Orisssa four days ago were produced in a Khammam court.

OSD (Anti-naxalite Operations) L. S. Chouhan said here on Tuesday that Ivvi Mohan Reddy alias Umesh alias Mahesh alias Prakash and Jade Venkati alias Suresh alias Manganna, both CTC members of the CPI (Maoist), were found loitering around the temple town.

The police on surveillance took the two moving in suspicious circumstances in custody.

He explained that the two persons came to Charla on January 11 along with Siva Prasad Bhanu alias Surjit alias Dhaniram alias Satish Patil, 25, as part of their plan to reach a Maoist camp in South Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Siva Prasad Bhanu, who was also a CTC member of the party, was arrested by the police in Charla while Mohan Reddy and Venkati gave the slip. Based on the confessions made by Siva Prasad Bhanu, the weapons manufacturing units of the CPI Maoist in Orissa were raided and five members of the CTC- Mula Devender Reddy alias Dhanraj aliasd Madhab, Dasaram Kanakaiah alias Kiran, Salakula Saroja alias Swathi alias Deepa, Chintakindi Anjamma alias Sneha alias Aruna and Devalia Husandi- who were instrumental for the operations of the CTC in Orissa were arrested.

They were brought to Khammam on Monday and produced in the local court.

The revelations made by Tech Madhu have dealt a blow for the operations of the CPI (Maoist) technical committee, according to Dasaram Kanakawamy alias Kiran, CTC member arrested in Orissa along with four others.

Talking to mediapersons, Kanakaswamy said the Rourkela-based weapons unit was set up only three years ago and its operations were yet to take a full-fledged shape.

"We began with 12 bore gun and planned to upgrade in a phased manner."

Working in isolation


The CTC wing monitoring the operations in Orissa was working in isolation. It had little knowledge about the happenings outside Orissa.

There was hardly any information about the developments in Andhra Pradesh, he added.

Kanakaswamy said he joined the CPI (Maoist) way back in 1994 in Warangal and worked for the party in Pune and other places in Maharastra before being inducted into the technical committee of the party.

Mula Devender Reddy, another CTC member, said that the party could strengthen itself considerably in the Dandakaranya region while the party was not the same in Andhra Pradesh.

Orissa State govt to tighten security measures

Wednesday January 17 2007 00:00 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Alarmed over the increasing Maoist presence in the steel hub Kalinga Nagar and its adjoining areas in Jajpur district, the State Government on Tuesday decided to restore normalcy in the region by tightening police arrangements and taking other corrective measures.

Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy presided over a number of high-level meetings in the Secretariat today to take stock of the situation and review the implementation of police modernisation programme in the State.

The pace of industrialisation at Kalinga Nagar has slowed down considerably for the last one year after 13 tribals were killed in police firing on January 2 last year.

Maoists infiltrated the area after the State Government failed to persuade the agitating tribals to lift the blockade of the Paradip-Daitari Express Highway continuing for the last one year.

The State Government decided to act after receiving complaints from a number of industrial houses about the deteriorating law and order situation in the area. More than a dozen companies including the Tatas have signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Government to set up steel plants at Kalinga Nagar.

The meeting decided to implement the new rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) policy strictly besides providing the basic facilities including electricity and water in the rehabilitation colonies to counter the naxalite propaganda in the area.

Admitting that there are reports of naxalite infiltration in the area, the Chief Secretary said that industrial houses, which have invested in the region, expressed serious concern over the deteriorating situation.

Stating that the State Government has decided to initiate steps to tackle the Maoist activities, he said that measures would be taken in coordination with the Home Department and district administration.

Jajpur superintendent of police Asit Panigrahi who also attended the meeting told newsmen that Maoists have certainly made inroads into the area. He said that at the function organised by the Visthapan Virodhi Manch on January 2, over 4000 out of the 5000 who attended the meetings were outsiders.

Stating that the Government would certainly take steps to implement the High Court order for lifting blockade on the Express Highway, Panigrahi said that persuasion would be the first option.

Give message of security: Naxalite fear in capital

Police The Naxalites who were arrested in the state capital, for running an illegal arms unit, have admitted during interrogation for being involved in three dozen incidents of murder and kidnapping . The factory, being run in Bhopal for the last several years, was besides making arms giving training in repair of weapons. All the arrested Naxalites are hard-core. Teams of the Delhi Police, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the Intelligence Bureau are interrogating the Naxalites who are slowly disclosing hair-raising facts. Besides making lethal weapons, Naxalites from all over India, were connected from here. It is learnt only one or two members were sent for training here. This minimised the chances of suspicion. Still a lot needs to come out from their interrogation. It is a matter of grave concern that this illegal activity was continuing in the State capital for the last seven years and the police or the Intelligence people did not get any clue. Whereas the Naxalites have their activities in three -four districts of Madhya Pradesh. The police department has now become extra alert as they fear reprisal from the Naxalites to free their colleagues. For this reason, the arrested Naxals are being grilled at different places secretly. The police personnel are in plainclothes; nameplates have been removed from their bungalows. It may be recalled that the Director General of Police had visited Balaghat recently. His visit indicated that the people need not fear at all. Whereas in the state capital the cops are moving in plainclothes; what does this indicate? Though it is true that the arrested Naxalites from Bhopal are not only dreadful but they have important role in their organization. The arrest of the Naxalites has dealt a severe blow to the Naxalite movement. However, the removing of their nameplates and moving in plainclothes, only goes to prove that the police is very cautious. Give message of security: Naxalite fear in capital
Police The Naxalites who were arrested in the state capital, for running an illegal arms unit, have admitted during interrogation for being involved in three dozen incidents of murder and kidnapping . The factory, being run in Bhopal for the last several years, was besides making arms giving training in repair of weapons. All the arrested Naxalites are hard-core. Teams of the Delhi Police, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the Intelligence Bureau are interrogating the Naxalites who are slowly disclosing hair-raising facts. Besides making lethal weapons, Naxalites from all over India, were connected from here. It is learnt only one or two members were sent for training here. This minimised the chances of suspicion. Still a lot needs to come out from their interrogation. It is a matter of grave concern that this illegal activity was continuing in the State capital for the last seven years and the police or the Intelligence people did not get any clue. Whereas the Naxalites have their activities in three -four districts of Madhya Pradesh. The police department has now become extra alert as they fear reprisal from the Naxalites to free their colleagues. For this reason, the arrested Naxals are being grilled at different places secretly. The police personnel are in plainclothes; nameplates have been removed from their bungalows. It may be recalled that the Director General of Police had visited Balaghat recently. His visit indicated that the people need not fear at all. Whereas in the state capital the cops are moving in plainclothes; what does this indicate? Though it is true that the arrested Naxalites from Bhopal are not only dreadful but they have important role in their organization. The arrest of the Naxalites has dealt a severe blow to the Naxalite movement. However, the removing of their nameplates and moving in plainclothes, only goes to prove that the police is very cautious.

Naxal Troika of Andhra-Orissa Border AOB technical wing caught

Wednesday January 17 2007 00:00 IST

KHAMMAM: Top Maoist functionaries and Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) technical in charges Mohan Reddy alias Mohan alias Prakash alias Mahesh and Jadi Venkat alias Suresh alias Manganna were arrested near Bhadrachalam on Tuesday.

According to Khammam district officer on special duty D Sankar Chouhan, top troika of the AOB technical wing of the CPI-Maoist - Mohan Reddy, Jadi Venkat and Sivaprasad Bhan - were among those who managed to escape under the cover of fire during the January 11 encounter in Kothapet forests of Charla mandal.

Two Naxals were killed in the shootout with the police.

While Sivaprasad Bhanu alias Daivya alias Satish Patil was arrested on Friday night and Reddy and Venkat were arrested on Tuesday. Reddy, a native of Nirmal town in Adilabad, and Venkat, who hails from Adilabad town, joined the People's War Group (PWG), the earlier incarnation of the CPI-Maoist, 10 years ago and for the past five years, the duo has been involved in weapon making and technical support to the Maoists.

The OSD said that the troika were experts in weapon making and several key spare parts, diagrams and documents were seized from them.

Naxals produced in court: Meanwhile, the five Naxals, who were arrested recently at Rourkela in Orissa, would again be produced in the magistrate's court in Khammam on Wednesday.

The arrested Naxals - Ghaniram alias Kiran, Dasaram Kanaka Swami, his wife Sangeeta alias Denalivosanti, Mutta Devender Reddy alias Bobji, Madas, his wife Chintakindi Anjamma alias Sneha and Salakula Sroja alias Deepakka were - brought from Rourkela and produced before the magistrate on Monday.

However, the magistrate directed the police to produce documentary proof that these were the naxals caught at Rourkela.

Naxal surrenders: In another development, Yellandu local area organising secretary and dalam commander Kakati Nages alias Bhargav surrendered to the police today. He has been active in the underground movement for the past four years.

His surrender came following intensive counselling by the police.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Arrested naxals brought to AP from Orissa

Tuesday January 16 2007 08:23 IST
UNI

KHAMMAM: The five technical wing members of CPI (Maoists) who were arrested at Rourkela in Orissa on January 13 were brought to Khammam on Monday.

Police said the five members, including three women, would be produced before a district court in connection with a pending case of 2002 registered with Charla police station in this district.

The operatives were allegedly responsible for making arms and ammunition as directed by their top leadership.

They were arrested by Orissa and Andhra Pradesh police in joint operation.

7 policemen killed in Naxal blast in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 16: Seven policemen were killed on Tuesday in landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, 350 km from here, police said.

"Among the killed were two officers and five constables," police sources said by phone from Bastar.

The incident occurred in Jharghati area of Narayanpur police district when a police party was travelling on motor cycles, the sources said.

Additional forces have been rushed to the spot, they said.

Bureau Report

Mine blast kills seven police officers
16/01/2007 - 14:28:59

Suspected Maoist rebels detonated a roadside mine in remote eastern India today, killing seven police officers, a news report said.

The attack occurred in Jhargati area of Narayanpur district, nearly 215 miles south of Raipur, the capital of Chattisgarh state, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

The rebel assault was the latest in a series in the region, where widespread poverty has fuelled a lengthy insurgency.

Police reinforcements have rushed to the area, PTI said.


More than 6,000 people - police, soldiers, and civilians suspected to be police informers - have been killed since the rebels launched their campaign from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh more than two decades ago.

The rebels, who claim to be inspired by Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, have been fighting in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for agricultural labourers and the poor.

Seven Naxalites arrested in Nagpur

[ 15 Jan, 2007 1400hrs IST PTI ]

NAGPUR: Seven Naxalites were captured in a joint operation by Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh Police in a border village in Gadchiroli district, police said on Monday.

Acting on a specific information that a Naxal camp was in progress in Chintarbela village, a police team of the two extremist-affected states raided the area shortly after midnight. The ultras opened indiscriminate firing which was promptly returned by the police, they said.

There was no word on any casualty on either side.

Seven Naxalites, who tried to flee from the camp, were chased and apprehended. Naxal literature, tents and some other materials were also seized, police said.

Police also arrested 15 teakwood smugglers and seized 50 bullock carts engaged in transporting illegal timber from the dense forest in the same area.

Monday, January 15, 2007

No army action against Maoists: Antony

By Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) The Indian Army, already bogged down with tackling insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of the northeast, will not be sent in to tackle growing Maoist violence in the country, Defence Minister A.K. Antony asserted here Monday.

'It is not the job of the army to tackle the Naxalites (Maoists). This is something the state governments have to tackle,' he maintained while speaking at a reception here on the occasion of Army Day.

'The Naxalite problem has to be tackled by the state police forces and the paramilitary forces,' the minister added.

'At the most, the army can help with training and providing equipment. But the operations have to be conducted by the states,' he said.

Roughly half of the 1.2 million-strong Indian Army is deployed on counter-insurgency duties and Antony maintained it was performing the task due to lack of an alternate mechanism to counter the problem.

'They are not happy doing this job but they have to because there is no one else to do it. When the police fails, and the paramilitary fails, the army is called in. But we can't expect them to tackle Naxalism too,' the minister said.

The army chief, Gen. J.J. Singh, had spoken in a similar vein last week, saying the force could not be expected to take on additional responsibilities that detracted from its primary task of guarding the country's borders.

'On the Naxalite issue, we have all along being advising the home ministry that we would like to be helpful in every other way except active deployment,' Singh had stated.

Some 150 districts in a wide swathe from Bihar's border with Nepal and through Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh are affected by Maoist violence.

Speaking about other issues, Antony said he was awaiting a report he had commissioned on reducing instances of fratricidal killings and suicides that have reached alarming proportions in the army.

'Once the report comes, we will take whatever steps are necessary,' the minister said.

The Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) is expected to submit its report later this month.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Army says no to anti-Naxal drive

Vishal Thapar
CNN-IBN

Posted Monday , January 15, 2007 at 12:41


COUNT US OUT: JJ Singh says Army does not want to be saddled with additional responsibility.


New Delhi: It gives one a sense of the extreme work overload when even the world's second-largest Army feels a manpower crunch.


While it’s doctrinally equipping itself for the long haul of battling terrorism, a stretched-out Indian Army does not want to be saddled with the additional responsibility of battling Left extremists.


Saddled with tackling one internal security problem after another, the Indian Army has decided that it's time for some plainspeak: that it can't keep on indefinitely taking up additional challenges unrelated to its primary task, which is, guarding the nation's frontiers.


Displaying candour rare for an Indian Service Chief, Army Chief J J Singh made it clear that taking on Naxalites is a job he would rather do without.



Singh made the blunt declaration that he does not have resources to open up another front. "As far as the Naxalite issue is concerned, we have all along advised the Ministry of Home Affairs that we would like to be helpful in every other way except active deployment in handling these problems," he said.


With about half of the 1.2-million-strong Army already bogged down in tackling insurgencies, the General suggested that ex-servicemen be tapped by states whose writ has been challenged by Left extremists - a reminder that policy makers need to recognise the limitations of military action against insurgents.


"There can never be a situation where we could ever task ourselves to finish the entire lot of ULFA all over, wherever they are,” he said


There is an acknowledgement that terrorism will continue to be the principal military challenge for India in the foreseeable future.


But while adapting itself to counter a menace that won't go away soon, the Army is now beginning to publicly say that it can only take on so much and no more. This must surely rank as a first.

Seven Naxalites arrested in Nagpur

Posted at Monday, 15 January 2007 14:01 IST

Nagpur, Jan 15: As many as seven Naxalites were arrested in a joint operation by the police forces of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh in Gadchiroli district, Sahara Samay sources said today.

Acting on a tip off, the police team cordoned off the area where a Naxal camp was in progress. The ultras opened indiscriminate firing which was promptly returned by the police.

Seven Naxalites, who tried to flee from the camp, were chased and arrested.

Naxal literature, tents and some other materials were also seized, the police said.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Making them partners

By Prem Shankar Jha

January 14, 2007



Journalists have become so accustomed to reporting bad news and underlining disturbing portents that when something unambiguously good happens, they are often at a loss for words. One such event occurred last week. The annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) would have been a routine affair had it not been for a singular, and unexpected, convergence of views between the government, political parties and industry.

This did not centre around the need to maintain the high rate of growth, to improve global competitiveness through further targeted reforms and to break the growing infrastructure bottleneck.

Following the dismantling of the command economy in the Nineties, these have been shared goals for the past many years, and the only development of note in the last 12 months is a visible maturing of public-private partnership and a concurrent increase in trust between the government and industry. The new area of convergence is on how to reconcile growth with equity. On this crucial issue, industry is no longer willing to sit on the sidelines.

This was made clear by the outgoing Ficci President, Saroj Kumar Poddar. Referring to the controversy that has erupted over the acquisition of land for industrial, mining and infrastructure projects, he said that the one sure way to safeguard the interests of farmers/owners of land was to allow them to negotiate the terms of sale directly. The system of land acquisition by the State had to go for, he implied, it always went against farmers’ interests. The State had no business intervening in what should be a private transaction.

What followed could have been choreographed, but wasn’t. In his keynote speech, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that the government was preparing a new rehabilitation scheme for displaced farmers and landowners, which would be unveiled in three months. Development was not a zero sum game, he pointed out. It was one in which everyone could emerge as winners. Its aim would be to make everyone stakeholders in development.

In his luncheon speech, Leader of the Opposition LK Advani made it clear that while his party is committed to creating world-class industrial facilities in SEZs, no system of outright purchase, whether direct or mediated by the government, would suffice. Landowners needed a stake in the project or an alternate arrangement that would yield them a regular income. Only then would they become partners in development.

Thus, after decades of political insouciance, in which government acquired land at throwaway prices and fought lengthy law suits against the owners, land acquisition has finally become a political issue. The credit for bringing this must go to Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress, who led the charge at Singur, where the government is attempting to acquire land on behalf of Tata Motors to build a car plant.

But Singur is only the thin end of a very fat wedge. In the past few months, land blocks have been auctioned for mining by the private sector, and large tracts notified for acquisition to permit foreign investors to set up plants. Tata Steel needs 6,000 acres for a new steel plant in Orissa.

Since March last year, state governments have created on an average one new SEZ a day — a celerity that they have never displayed even once in the last 60 years — and notified or earmarked almost half a million hectares of land for acquisition. And to underpin this growth, the country needs motorways and power plants.

The Bangalore-Mysore highway corridor is to swallow 12,000 hectares of land; Reliance Energy is reported to have been given 2,000 acres in Haryana — about three times as much as it needs — to build a power plant, and its fraternal twin, Reliance Industries, is being allotted 10,000 Ha for a SEZ in Maharashtra.

The political response has not come a day too soon. While the acceleration of growth now taking place has raised the threat to the rural poor from expropriation to a new level, the consolidation of 22 Naxalite groups into the Communist Party (Maoist) in October 2004 has given them an alternative, albeit destructive, way of seeking redress.

Not surprisingly, the Maoists have been recruiting tribals and landless persons in large numbers and launching attacks on trains, small towns and on police vehicles in the rural areas with ever increasing impunity. Today, the writ of the government has ceased to run in large parts of the country.

One does not need to point out that it will take only a handful of targeted and publicised attacks upon employees of large construction companies to make domestic and foreign companies shy away from taking up projects in disturbed areas. This could bring infrastructure development to a halt. Bihar has already had a dose of this medicine.

During the long night of Lalu Yadav’s reign, Plan funds allocated for Bihar regularly lapsed. A special Rs 1,000-crore Bihar revival package, prepared by the Planning Commission in 2000, failed to get off the ground because the government could not find any contractors prepared to take up the infrastructure projects it envisaged.

Making landowners permanent beneficiaries will nip the incipient unrest in the bud. By far the easiest way to do this is to announce the change in land use and leave it to the market to decide its price. This has the inestimable advantage of being transparent and even-handed.

However, where titles are customary and therefore clouded, and the ‘owners’ of the land, in the modern sense, are hard to identify, the State may feel it necessary to play an intermediary role. It must then ensure that the owners are compensated in ways that make them partners in, and beneficiaries of, all the development.

This can no longer be done by giving the evacuees land for land. The answer, therefore, lies in making them shareholders in the enterprise they have helped to create. There are many ways of doing this, ranging from assigning royalties on the use of the land to issuing preference shares, debentures and equity to the landowners. It is for the central government to work out the most appropriate way. Advani has proposed an all-party meeting to frame a set of principles that will guide the process of compensation. The PM would do well to take up his suggestion.

The convergence of views that Ficci’s annual general meeting revealed reflects the many advantages of democracy over other political systems in dealing with the social and economic conflict that rapid development creates.

In China, where provincial and township authorities threw millions of farmers off prime agricultural land in the frenzy to build SEZs in the late Eighties and early Nineties, the anger it unleashed is still being vented in tens of thousands of demonstrations and riots every year that went largely unreported until Premier Hu Jintao decided to face the problem squarely and sensitise the party and government to the need for ‘social harmony’.

In India, our Mamata Banerjees provide the essential early warning that prevents such accumulations of anger from getting to the explosion point. They need to be thanked, not reviled.

Maoists’ arrest a shot in police arms

Statesman News Service

ROURKELA, Jan. 14: The combined effort of police from Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, Rourkela and Sundergarh in particular, on time led to the arrest of five members of the “technical committee” of Naxalites here recently and the importance of the breakthrough could be gauged by the fact that several calls were pouring in from AP wanting to know whether a top leader called Ganapati was among those held.
Addressing the Press here, DS Kutte, the SP of Rourkela, said: “Based on Intelligence tip-off, we, along with a team from AP, unearthed a gun manufacturing unit being run by the PWG here for the past one-and-a-half years. We have managed to arrest five persons, including three women, also.” The police have seized 16.67 lakh rupees from them following two separate raids on two houses in Chhend residential area. A laptop computer and literature on gun manufacturing and Naxalites were also recovered from them. A sizable amount of rifle parts (303) in knock down condition, lathe machine and some other instruments used in gun making were also seized.
With the arrest of one Prakash alias Mahesh, a resident of Kharam district of AP, the police there stumbled upon this clandestine activity of the PWG, to augment its firepower, during the interrogation. Acting immediately on this information, a police team led by a DIG rushed to Rourkela.

With the help of the Rourkela and Sundergarh police, they raided the two houses, besides a fabrication unit in the Kalunga Industrial Estate.
In the first raid at MIG-327, police arrested Swati alias Salakula alias Sipa (35). However, she managed to burn some vital documents before police could enter the house by breaking through the window. The police seized over Rs 10 lakh in cash, a laptop and gun making literatures from her. She is the wife of a Naxalite arrested by the Andhra police. She hails from Adilabad district.

Similarly, in a simultaneous raid on C3M-151, police arrested Sneha alias Aruna alias Sudha (22) and seized 6.67 lakhs in cash. Meanwhile, with the help of the Sundergarh police in similar raids, the police arrested Sangita alias Chandraka alias Debalia Husandi ( 33) from Farshatola under Brahmani Taranga police station. And M Devendra Reddy alias Karpara alias Madhab alias Dhanram (42) and Ajit Patel alias Dasaram alias Babaji alias Kiran were arrested from a fabrication unit named Utkala Engineering Works. This was there façcade as they were showing to the world that they were manufacturing wardrobe and grills.

Sneha and Ajit are married and hail from the Naxalite-infested Warangal district of AP, while Devendra and Sangita ~ also married ~ come from Radachiroli of Maharastra. However, one of their accomplices, Dinesh alias Dibakara (45), managed to escape during the raid.

These Naxalites are members of the Dandakaranya Zone, comprising Dantewada of AP, Radachiroli of Maharastra and Malkangiri of Orissa, Mr Praveen Kumar, the SP Sundergarh, said. They worked with the technical committee of the PWG and do not stay at a particular place for more than three years. Earlier, they were in Pune and were doing the same thing for the organisation. They arrived in Rourkela around two years back and got involved in the same activity. However, the team was unable to manufacture the complete rifle, because they were unable to assemble the firing pin. Police said further investigation was needed to unearth all the details regarding procurement of the raw materials and supply of the finished products.

Maoist weapon maker produced in court

Sunday January 14 2007 10:03 IST

KHAMMAM: The Khammam police on Saturday produced Sivaprasad Bhanu alias Surjeet alias Daivya alias Satish Patil, the top technical expert of the CPI-Maoist weapon making unit in Chattisgarh, before the magistrate at Khammam court. He was sent in remand to the Warangal Central Jail.

According to Khammam SP RK Meena, Patil was arrested on Saturday morning at Charla during the combing operations in Andhra-Chattisgarh border.

He said Patil, a native of Kandhari village in Talaseri district of Chattisgarh, was the in-charge of the weapon making unit for the past five years and was a contemporary of Tech Madhu, who had recently surrendered to the police.

However, sources said that Patil was arrested on the basis of the information provided by Chepuri Ravi, a TRS leader, who was arrested recently at Nagpur in an arms trafficking case.

SLAIN NAXALS IDENTIFIED: Meanwhile, the two Naxalites, who were killed in the recent encounter in Kothapalli forest area in Venkatapuram mandal of Bhadrachalam division, have been identified by the police as Maggidi Nagaiah (26) alias Nagaraju alias Kiran and his wife Kalla Kanakalakshmi (20) alias Latha.

According to Bhadrachalam DSP K Udayabhaskar, Nagaiah was the commander of the Peddapalli local guerilla squad (LGS) and Kanakalakshmi was its member. Both belonged to M Medaram village in Karimnagar district and the bodies were handed over to the family members after conducting a post-mortem.

Days after Naxal ‘surrender’ ceremony before CM, Bastar cops set free 19

Nitin Mahajan
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Bastar, January 14: Ten days after Chhattisgarh organised a ‘Naxal surrender’ ceremony in the presence of Chief Minister Raman Singh and Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam, the police have quietly released 19 of the 79 who “surrendered” because the charges against them were found to be “frivolous”.



The 19 people were told to leave the Dhanora police station premises last Thursday. Under pressure to crack down on Naxalites, the police tried to pump up “surrender” figures by detaining 19 villagers on charges of pasting posters, collecting firewood and cooking food for Maoists.

Police sources admitted that since “the 19 were not hardcore extremists, the administration thought it fit to release them”. Earlier, BJP MLA Mahesh Baghel and former Congress legislator Phulodevi Netam staged a dharna inside Dhanora police station where these people had been detained. This forced the police to move the remaining Naxals to Jagdalpur prison.

Rambharose Mandavi, the alleged commander of the surrendering Maoists, is an active Congress member from the block (his membership number is 3059). Mandavi was allegedly picked up to settle scores with his wife who happens to be the panch of Era village. “My husband has never been involved in any Naxal activity,” she claimed.

Phulodevi Netam, the former Congress MLA, alleged it was an attempt by the police to threaten the local party leadership. “The police are threatening people to surrender as Naxals, some officers want out-of-turn promotions,” she claimed.

BJP MLA Mahesh Baghel also claimed that several of those shown as “surrendered” Naxals were in fact BJP cadres. “Bastar police should check facts before staging such an event before the Chief Minister,” he said.

Villagers in Kondapakhna, from where five people had “surrendered”, were angry and named an SPO for threatening to fix them in false cases. “Will these people live in villages if they are really Maoists?” asked Bindo, whose son Santu has been sent to Jagdalpur prison. Relatives of others held also maintained that there were farmers who had no links with Naxals.

Relatives of Bissu Ram Gond, a resident of Bokrabeda, said that he had a two acre field on which he grew paddy but he agreed to the “surrender” ceremony because he wanted to make some quick money. “Police officers told him that he will get a thousand rupees if he is ready to be part of the surrendering party,” said Sonau Ram. The money was handed over to all “surrendering Naxals” at the ceremony by Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Mahesh, whose son Dharmu was one of the persons to be released, said that his family was in danger as the Naxals have already threatened the villagers that people who had taken part in the “surrender” ceremony will soon be deal with.

Chhattisgarh DGP O P Rathor said that the police does not need to explain why some people had been released days after the surrender. “We have a surrender policy under which we need to rehabilitate surrendering extremists. While some Maoists are hardcore, some have been supporting them in a passive way. The entire episode is being twisted by some people who are trying to make political capital out of it,” he said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, who had earlier described the surrender as a “historic event”, has already ordered IGP (Bastar Range) R K Vij to submit a detailed report to the state government.

nitin.mahajan@expressindia.com

Bhopal bust bares Naxal arms link

HT Correspondent
Bhopal, January 13, 2007



THE MAOISTS have suffered a major setback with the discovery of their arms factory in Bhopal, as intelligence sharing between Naxalite-affected states has resulted in another arms unit being busted in Rourkela in a joint operation of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa police.

It could well impede progress of the Naxalite juggernaut sweeping across the country with their arms factories, hidden for long, being busted one after the other. And more arrests of Naxalites are being reported from other states also.

The raids are being carried out on the basis of Intelligence Bureau tips in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The investigators here say that the Naxalites arrested in Bhopal had sent consignments of guns, rocket launchers, mortars and other weapons to counterparts in Chhattisgarh. Women were used as carriers because they evoke less suspicion.

The accused have reportedly said that they sent the consignment of arms to Indore via bus and from there it was booked with a transporter for Chhattisgarh where it was collected. Indore being a commercial hub they felt that regular delivery would not cause much alarm.

Officers in Bhopal said that amongst the arrested persons are Naxalites of the rank of divisional commander and area commander, but hasten to add that this fact needed further confirmation. State police have sent information about the arrested Maoists to top police officials in Hyderabad for confirmation of their identities and are awaiting their response.

At least one of those held in Bhopal is member of the technical committee of the CPI (Maoist), say police officials interrogating the accused. The material and literature recovered in the raids have given officials vital information about the network of Maoists and their strategy. The teams of Intelligence Bureau (IB) from Delhi and Andhra Pradesh police have been quizzing five accused including a woman.

Some of the accused were wanted in connection with heinous crimes in Andhra Pradesh. They carry rewards on their head in Andhra Pradesh. Since the accused are in police custody until January 25, the State police are not in any hurry. Teams from Karnataka and Maharashtra police have also reached Bhopal for assistance. The raid in Rourkela is reportedly the result of intelligence sharing between Naxalite-affected states after the Bhopal illegal factory bust.

Five persons including two women who were producing .303-bore rifles were arrested there and laptop, arms components, drawings of weapons and Rs 15 lakh cash were seized, just like the seizure in Bhopal.

Intelligence officials admit that Bhopal was perhaps selected due to its strategic location and better rail, road and air connectivity. A similar workshop was unearthed in nearly a decade ago, but since then no such factory has been busted.

The five accused detained in Rourkela have been arrested under Sections 107, 120 ( A), 120 (B), 121, 122 and 124 of Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy, waging war against government, collecting arms to attempt war against the state, intent to restrain the exercise of any lawful power, apart from relevant Sections of the Explosives Act and Arms Act.

Meanwhile, arrests, raids and Naxalite deaths continued nationwide. On the basis of information obtained after quizzing the accused in Bhopal, the police have arrested a Maoist in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh on the border of Chhattisgarh. Sarjit alias Satish Patil is a member of technical committee of the party and was allegedly engaged in making weapons.

Police said some Maoists were killed in a gunbattle at around 3 pm at Otlapalli village in Gurrampudu mandal of Nalgonda district, about 150 km from Hyderabad. Besides, four Naxalites have been gunned down in an encounter in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. A top Maoist leader of the district is believed to be among the slain outlaws. One AK-47 was recovered from the spot

Red-alert in MP

UNI
Sunday, January 14, 2007 17:42 IST


BHOPAL: A red alert has been sounded across Madhya Pradesh after an illicit arms factory was unearthed in the state capital three days ago and naxal links came to light.

Superintendent of Police Anant Kumar Singh said a red alert has been sounded following revelations of the links of the accused in the case with naxals.

Official sources said a red alert was sounded and security arrangements beefed up to counter any naxalite attempt to free the arrested.

Meanwhile, senior police officials from five states - Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh - and experts from School of Weapons, Mhow and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were interrogating the accused.

On receiving information that certain parts for the illegal factory were purchased from Indore, police were carrying out investigation.

Police unearthed few lathe machines, spares of fire arms and hand grenades, gun powder, cartridges and Naxalite literature from a house in Satnami Nagar in Piplani area here on January 11.

Half way to an Andhra minus Naxals, suicides

Workaholic YSR says State won't generate bad news any more

Exactly half way through his five-year term, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajshekhar Reddy is confident of generating a pro-incumbency atmosphere before the next poll, "because not only have we rectified the wrongs of the past, but also set the stage for a massive economic surge, especially in agriculture". Visibly relaxed and buoyant, YSR insists he has been able to put smiles back on people's faces.


"There was a time when only bad news was coming out of the State," he says, referring to Naxalite depredations and farmer suicides. "But today, the rest of the country is talking about the Andhra model of sustainable growth."


The Chief Minister who is in his residential office at the unearthly hour of 4-30 am and spends much of the working day touring districts or video conferencing with officials, is enthused by the recent by-election results that appear to endorse his Government's record.


"Mark my words, next year there will be no Naxalites in Andhra," YSR asserts, pointing to the success of his carrot-and-stick policy which has resulted in the elimination of key ultra-Left leaders, stoppage of recruitment to their ranks and generation of large-scale employment opportunities in Naxalism-affected villages.


"Jobs hold the key to social transformation," YSR tells you, pointing to the number of Home Guards - around 500 in each district - appointed from among village youth in Naxal strongholds. The district administration has also managed to involve the private sector in training young villagers to make them employable.


"If a person can earn around Rs 3,000 per month, he can take care of his family's needs in a village. Then he won't become a rebel. We have been quite successful in creating a positive atmosphere in the countryside. In the last 12 months, Naxalites could not recruit a single new person in their ranks. Many leaders were eliminated, large numbers have surrendered," the Chief Minister explained.


He pointed out that with the help of banks and Self-Help Groups many erstwhile Naxalites had been able to purchase auto-rickshaws, jeeps to run as taxis and even buffaloes for dairy purposes. Their lives have been transformed and steadily the number of Naxalite-infested villages is declining from the peak figure of about 1,000. YSR, who belongs to a region with a high incidence of violence Cuddapah in Rayalaseema, says it is the Government's job to make people develop a "vested interest" in the system. By a judicious mix of law and order methods and socio-economic programmes he insists it is possible to win the war against violent ideologies.


"We first tried to talk to the Naxalites and I was criticised for inviting them for negotiations. But they refused to lay down arms. So we had to crack down on them. But their sympathisers understood that we did not have evil intentions; it is the Naxalites who refused to play ball. That helped in turning the tide against them," he claimed.


Touching upon the other "bad news" - farmers' suicides - the Chief Minister said there had been a phenomenal improvement. "When we came to power, nearly 50 to 60 debt-struck farmers were taking their own lives every month. Now it happens only sporadically because we have initiated a series of welfare measures including free power supply to them," he asserted.


Asked where was the power to be distributed, free or otherwise, YSR said villages were now getting seven hours of supply although he was still unhappy because this was not continuous. However, several gas-based power projects would start generating electricity by 2008 dramatically altering the situation, he insisted.


The Chief Minister pointed out that during the previous Government's tenure gas-based plants with a capacity to produce 1,500 MW of power had been set up but lay idle because gas supply was non-existent. Now, they have been ordered to buy naptha and start generating electricity, although admittedly naptha is costly and cannot be a long-term solution.


"By 2008, we will have 2,000 MW of gas-based power as Reliance gas will begin to flow from the Krishna-Godavari Basin. Further, 1,500 MW of coal-based plants will also be commissioned. Subsidy to farmers for free power will touch Rs 2,500 crore, but the State will bear the cost because the economy is growing very fast," YSR optimistically declared when asked where he would get the money for subsidies.


Refuting the charge that he had changed the State's priorities by focusing on agriculture to the detriment of the cities and the IT industry, YSR said: "Villages neglected in the past are being taken care of while the cities are getting their due. More IT projects are coming to Hyderabad than ever before, many new flyovers and other urban amenities are under construction as you can see. So how are cities being neglected?"


But he was unapologetic about his focus on agriculture. Reeling out figures without reference notes, YSR said the budgetary allocation for irrigation had risen from Rs 1,550 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 6,350 crore in 2005-06, and vaulted to a whopping Rs 10,020 crore in 2006-07.


This would rise further in the next Budget so that at least 12 lakh additional hectares could be brought under irrigation during 2007-08. Further, Rs 572 crore had been allocated to dig 11,000 tanks. The Government was determined that each panchayat would have its own tank for irrigation, he said.


Asked what he wanted to accomplish by the end of his first term in office, the soft-spoken, unassuming Chief Minister said: "I want to ensure every family in the State has a house of its own by building 20 lakh new houses, 40 lakh acres come under irrigation and 30 lakh additional jobs are generated."


Given the rate at which rural development is progressing and SHGs growing, he may be justified in nursing these ambitions. After spending three days touring the interiors of the State to monitor the progress of rural development schemes, one is tempted to believe the workaholic Chief Minister.

Explosives, Naxalite literature recovered in Bhopal

Bhopal, Jan 12: A day after unearthing an arms factory and arresting five suspected CPI-Maoists, police on Saturday recovered large quantity of explosives, Naxalite literature and weapon parts from three places in the city.

Police in other Naxal-affected states have been informed about the weapon manufacturing workshop following which a team from Andhra Pradesh is expected to arrive here soon, ADGP S K Raut told.

Acting on information received from five suspected members of CPI-Maoists, including a woman, raids were conducted at Bhel Nagar and two places in Bijali Nagar, he said.

Though nobody was caught, Naxalite literature, explosives and weapon accessories were recovered.

Among the explosives were gunpowder and gelatin rods, he said. A powder-like explosive was also recovered from the workshop, which will be sent for tests to ascertain whether it was RDX, he added.

Following inputs from the Intelligence Bureau, police had busted the weapon-making workshop yesterday and recovered a carbine, Rs 12 lakh and a large quantity of parts for pistols, revolvers, grenades, two-inch mortars and rocket launchers.

Books related to weapons, cassettes, CDs, a laptop and additional hard-disk drive were also recovered from houses rented by the suspects, all believed to hail from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

The suspects were booked for crimes like possessing explosives, waging war against the state and attack on government servants, police said.

Bureau Report