Saturday, April 14, 2007

Maoists try to storm explosive depot of SAIL

[ 15 Apr, 2007 0450hrs IST PTI ]

ROURKELA (ORISSA): Suspected maoists tried to storm an explosives and magazine depot of the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) at Tensa but were repulsed by security personnel after an exchange of fire, police said.

There was an exchange of fire between the CISF jawans guarding the depot and the ultras, suspected to be CPI (Maoist) cadres, for about five minutes after which they fled into the nearby jungle, DIG of Police (western range), Satyajit Mohanty said.

No CISF jawan was injured in the exchange of fire, he said. The explosives kept in the depot, located about 5 km from Tensa town, were meant for use in mining operations to be conducted by the SAIL.

Police and CRPF jawans had been rushed to Tensa following the incident for undertaking combing operation in the area, Mohanty said.

Helicopters to do reconnainssance patrolling in Orissa poll

Press Trust of India, PTI
Bhubaneswar
First Published: 00:00 IST(3/1/2007)
Last Updated: 19:43 IST(17/4/2004)


Air Force helicopters would be deployed for reconnaissance patrolling in the four naxalite-infested districts in Orissa while an unprecedented security arrangements have been made with the deployment of state police and central para-military forces for the simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state being held after 33 years.

State police sources said security in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Gajapati, the four districts where naxalites were active, has been geared up on the eve of the first phase of polling on April 20.

Eleven Lok Sabha and 77 asembly constituencies in the western and southern part of the state would go to polls in the first phase.

As many as 30 companies of central para-military forces in addition to 14 companies of state police would be deployed in areas where naxalites were active, the sources said.

For the first time reconnaissance helicopters of the air force would undertake patrolling in the naxalite-hit areas, they said.

The state police, the sources said, has formed 1750 patrolling parties for the two-phase election which would cover all 26,250 polling booths throughout Orissa.
State police sources said the mobile police parties would have a VHF set in the sensative areas which would have a total of 9,839 polling booths.

They said there would one patrol party for every 15 polling booths and each party would have an officer, a havildar and two armed constables with a vehicle.

The sources said altogether 274 inspectors, 2,205 SIS and ASIS,1024 havildars, nearly 12,000 constables, 8,460 home guards and over 11,000 gram rakshis would be on duty during the polling.

Besides them, eight Orissa State Armed Police battalions, one India Reserve Battalion and 50 companies of Central Para- military Forces would be deployed, the sources said.

The forces were being moved to their respective areas for the first phase of election on April 20, the sources said.

The second phase of polling which would include 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats, would be held on April 26.

Maoist leaders piggyback on SEZ row to gain political mileage

RAHUL PANDITA & SANJAY BASAK
Posted online: Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 0008 hours IST




NEW DELHI, APR 14: The SEZ issue has become the latest rallying point of the left-wing extremists in the naxal-affected regions of India. During the recently-held 9th congress of the CPI (Maoist), the top leadership urged people to “resist the seizure of their land and houses and beat back the demolition hordes by whatever means possible.”

According to intelligence reports, the Naxalites are in the process of shifting a portion of their cadre to West Bengal in order to create large-scale unrest in the wake of attention the events at Nandigram have been getting.


Incidentally, in the so-called red corridor spread across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal remains the weakest link. Since early 1980s, the People’s War Group has been slowly pushing its cadre into the state to usher in the “new democratic revolution”.

The aim of the naxalite movement, which has undergone a sea-change since the death of its supreme commander, Charu Majumder in 1970, is one of protracted armed struggle, whose objective is not just seizure of land, crops, but capture of state power.

“The ultimate aim is to establish a compact revolutionary zone in the heart of India and use this zone and the red corridor for extending the movement to the cities and seizing the power structure of the state,” says former minister in NDA Cabinet, Jagmohan. He adds: “The goal is the establishment of the Maoist state, no matter how many bones are broken and how much blood is spilled in the process.” Among other political outfits, the Marxists, who were the prime target of the naxalite in the ‘60s continue to be so even now.
Red Alert

• How Naxalites work
Naxalites become active in 3 stages: identifying an issue, creating a tempo against the govt and then hitting hard
• What they are doing now
Sending cadres to West Bengal to create unrest in the wake of attention events at Nandigram have been getting
• What they aim to achieve
Resist the seizure of land and houses and beat back the demolition hordes by whatever means possible.


Highly placed sources in the home ministry have told The Financial Express that the CPI(Maoist) is importing to West Bengal its men active in the neighbouring states of Bihar and Jharkhand. Sources have revealed that the group is using the Katihar (Bihar)-Sahibganj (Jharkhand) corridor to sneak into West Bengal through Malda district.

“Local intelligence inputs from these states suggest that a few hundred of extremists may have managed to reach West Bengal,” said a senior official. The CPI(M) has also been alleging that the violence in Nandigram was “aided and abetted by Maoists and Naxalite.”

The party has alleged that the Naxalite are receiving support from the Trinamool Congress. “Their aim now is to prepare Nandigram and the adjacent areas for the Trinamool Congress ahead of the 2008 Panchayat elections,” says a senior CPI(M) leader.

Are Naxalites on path of righteousness…?

Sun, 2007-04-15 01:27

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

In plain terms, what is the magnitude of India’s tolerance to absorb shock waves, emanating from terrorism, communalism, Naxalism and age-old casteism, which are almost inter-linked?

As if Pak-sponsored terrorism is not enough to bleed India, Naxalism, based on a borrowed doctrine, advocating Maoist Communism—which stands against the Indian establishment--- is emerging as a hydra-headed monster in the country.

The latest massacre of 55 persons of the Chattisgarh Armed Police (CAP) by the Naxalites, at Ranibodli police camp in Dantewada district, shows to what extent the Naxalism has spread its tentacles, creating civil war- like situation in the affected regions.

Whatever be the authenticity of the report, most CAP personnel were allegedly in an inebriated state. Only six policemen were on duty; they were ‘sufficiently’ alert to repulse the attack of some 400 armed guerrillas. Any how they were no match to raiders.

Another version says 16 policemen and 30 Special Police officers were killed in the attack. DIG (Bastar range) John Longkumer, while denying reports of drunkenness, has said: “Drinking is an integral part of the Adivasi culture. To drink is one thing; to be drunk another”.

Undoubtedly, it was a wake-up call for the nation. The menace of Naxalism cannot go on endlessly and should not be taken lightly as just a law and order problem by the mandarins in the South Block. A total 551 people--- 316 civilians, 147 policemen and 88 Maoists—have been killed in Naxal violence in Chattisgarh since January 2006. It is the worst affected state after Andhra Pradesh.

Chattisgarh and Jharkhand account for major incidents in the Naxalite belt, extending from the north of Andhra Pradesh to the Nepal border encompassing Orissa, Bihar and Maharashtra (Gadcharoli). The situation is very alarming. Even the Army is alarmed at the growing menace of Naxalism.

Naxalites now openly support for secessionist activities in Kashmir and the northeast. The Naxalite leadership generally refrained from issuing such pro-secessionist statements in the past. They mainly confined themselves to getting a firm foothold in the tribal belt. Not any longer.

The banned Maoist party--- the CPI(Maoist)—at its 9th party conclave, somewhere in the ‘liberated zones’ along Jharkhand-Bihar border, has supported the demand for pardon of Afzal Guru, who has been convicted in the Parliament attack case.

The month-long conclave was held after 36 years. It was the first such congregation after the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCC) and the People’s War Group (PWG) in 2004. The latter had earlier come into existence in 1981 in Hyderabad. 100 delegates from 16 states attended the deliberations which ended on February 2.

A call issued from the conclave has called for support to ‘just struggles’ of nationalities and sub-nationalities, demanding secession. “Kashmir and various nationalities of the North-East have been waging an armed struggle against the Indian Government for their right to self-determination, including the right to secede from the so-called Union of India”, Muppala Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathi, who was re-elected General Secretary of the CPI(Maoist), told the delegates.

Unbelievable but true, the Maoists have set up full-fledged Research and Development (R & D) wings through the support of some scientists, who are ideologically close to Maoists. Some scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) are reportedly working in R & D labs controlled by the guerrillas. This side of Naxalite activity came to light when security forces unearthed a full fledged R & D unit near Bhopal. Another such unit has been noticed in Jabalpur.

The ‘disclosure’ came just on the heels of the attack at Ranibodli police post, in which the Naxalites are said to have used an improved version of petrol bomb for the first time. The extremists are trying to develop more lethal weapons to target security forces. The ‘guerrillas’ are running what can be termed as a parallel government in their ‘zones’.

According to the annual report of Maoists’ Central Military Commission, they are striving to raise a parallel army called “Revolutionary Army” to fight the Indian Army. Surprisingly enough, it is happening at a time when India is trying to enlarge its sphere globally to emerge as a super power and when its GDP is growing.

The Naxalites have also planned to ‘disturb’ growing private sector in many ways. They have chalked out a huge plan to disrupt proposed infrastructure for mining projects and steel plants in mineral-rich belt, where they hold sway.

Maoists control over 19 per cent of India’s best forests. Tribals are in their belly and they too are comfortable with the Naxalites, who exploit increasing alienation of tribals and ‘colonial era repressive forest laws’. Timber mafia and poachers pay ‘protection money’ to the Maoists.

According to a study, there are ‘linkages’ between ‘forest mismanagement’ and the spread of Maoism. Forest-related issues are being used by the Maoists to gain control of villages in tribal areas.

Analysing the socio-economic conditions in the most affected areas of Orissa, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, the study predicted that 50 per cent of India’s forest cover could be ‘potentially brought’ under the Maoist control within five years. ‘Mobility’ of government officials inside these forests is falling in Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand and it has come down to just 15 per cent, a fall of around 40 per cent in five years. The Maoist violence, it says, affects close to 300 million people across 7000 villages. The CPI (Maoist) is said to be in control of 155 districts in 15 states from 55 districts.

The Maoists are not on the path of righteousness. While their counterparts in Nepal have discarded violence and joined mainstream political parties in delivering governance, Indian Maoists are still lurking. They should take a look at China and Russia from where they have borrowed their ideology, terminology and techniques. They would do well to join the mainstream of national life and fight for the cause of the downtrodden within the democratic set-up.

- Syndicate Features -

Dumka police nabs suspected Maoist, recovers explosives

Brajesh Verma
Dumka, April 14, 2007
First Published: 18:55 IST(14/4/2007)
Last Updated: 22:58 IST(14/4/2007)

Dumka police secured a major breakthrough on Saturday, when it nabbed a suspected Maoist and recovered 3000 detonators and 400 bags of explosives from his possession.

DSP, Charo Lakra, said that the incident should not be isolated from the recent Naxal activities in the district where they have registered their active presence.

DGP, Jharkhand, JB Mahapatra said that the headquarters had received such information and further inquiries were on. He said that it was early to say that the detonator consignments were meant for the Maoist squads operating in Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal.

The police, acting on a tip off, had raided a Rampurhat (West Bengal) bound private bus on Saturday morning near Pusaro bridge, about five kilometers away from the district headquarters. "We were informed that the explosive materials were being ferried on Rinku Bus which started from the famous pilgrimage centre at Deoghar at about 6.30 am," said the DSP.

The police raided the bus and arrested one Sapan Ravi Das, a teenage native of village Rajgram under Suri subdivision of Birbhum district of West Bengal.

On the basis of the information provided by Sapan Ravi Das, the Dumka police rushed to Rampurhat to arrest those to whom the explosives were to be allegedly supplied. The DSP said that Das misled them as no one turned up to receive the consignment. "Das had told the police that two persons would be there to receive these explosives near Rampurhat bus stand, but when the police along with their West Bengal counterparts reached there, there was nobody," the DSP added.

The police also raided several places in Shikaripara block in this connection and detained four persons including Muhammad Riyauddin, Harun Sheikh, Idul Sheikh and Muhammad Jalal, all hailing from West Bengal. The police have been interrogating them to ascertain the destination and intended use of the explosives.

The explosives recovered had markings of the Gomia based Indian Explosive Limited, a Central government unit in Jharkhand. When asked, the DSP said that the explosives could be used as bombs or in deep mining activity.

Sapan Ravi Das admitted that it was his second such trip within a week. "One Musharraf Sheikh had engaged me to procure these explosives from Durgapur village under Kundo police station of Deoghar district. For this I was provided Rs 100," Das said adding that this deal was finalised for Rs 16500.

The police also recovered a railway pass from his possession, which Ravi Das said was used by him to hawk food material in the trains.

Meanwhile, the CPI (Maoists) pasted posters at Silingi village in Kathikund Block of Dumka district where combing operation has already been started by the Indian Reserve Battalion forces. The DSP said that the Maoists had gone on the offensive after a period of lull, but the administration was vigilant.

Naxal-affected states to enhance coordination

Updated: 04-14-2007


HYDERABAD: Estimating the strength of underground armed Leftwing extremists in the country to be around 6,000, the high-level meeting of the anti-Naxal Task Force held here on Friday underscored the need for better coordination and intelligence sharing among the nine-Naxal ffected states.



The meeting was attended by intelligence chiefs of Task Force member states Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Maharshtra, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand, senior officials of Ministry of Home Affairs and central Intelligence Bureau. Special Secretary of Home department ML Kumawat chaired the meeting. The Task Force members meet once in 45 days in one of the affected states.

Sources said that the meeting identified some shortcomings and loopholes in the strategies being adopted by various states. While the efforts of Andhra Pradesh police were appreciated, concerns were raised over the growing violence in Chattisgarh.“The main focus of the meeting was to bring in a uniform and coordinated approach. The overall situation was satisfaction, but there is scope for some improvement in some states,” sources maintained.

The activists of the Naxalites in Dandakaranya region who are on the rampage was discussed threadbare.Speaking to mediapersons later, Kumawat said that Rs 4500 crore have been ear-marked for modernisation of police force. Andhra Pradesh stood first in keeping the Naxals under check but the area of concern is Chattisgarh.

“The Centre will extend all the possible support to the states in containing the Naxal violence,” the special secretary said while adding that the government is prepared to talk to Naxalites provided they lay down arms. The next meeting of the Task Force will be held in Chattisgarh

Naxal arrested, three surrender in Gadchiroli

Nagpur, April 14. (PTI): A Naxalite was arrested, while three other ultras including a woman surrendered before Gadchiroli district police today.

Kata Mainu Zuru, involved in several cases, was arrested near Fulbodi in Pendhari area in the district, police said.

He has been remanded to police custody till April 19. In another development, three naxals identified as Chhaya, Dilip and Shiva surrendered before Superintendent of Police Shirish Jain.

All of them were engaged in left wing extremism for the last four-five years, they said.

The surrendered naxals told the police that no new member has been inducted into the Dalam (Naxal ranks) during last three years.

They were produced before District Collector Niranjankumar Sudhanshu and are being given the necessary monetary benefits as per the Surrender Policy of the State Government, the police added.

Police officials in Maoist-affected states meet to tackle violence

From our ANI Correspondent

Hyderabad, Apr 14: Police officials of Maoist-affected nine states have said that Maoist violence largely contained except in Chhattisgrah. The nine affected states are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.


Special Secretary, Ministry of Home (Internal) Affairs, M.L. Kumawat said that Chhattisgrah was the worst affected state which accounted for nearly 48 percent of Maoist violence.

"Naxal situation is well under control, except one or two states, which had some problems. I will call Naxal violence has decreased. In fact only one state, i.e Chhattisgarh accounts for almost 48 percent of violence. As far as Andhraradesh is concerned violence has decreased considerably. In fact, we have asked other states to emulate the example of Andhra Pradesh in development and also in security measures," said M.L. Kumawat, Special Secretary, Ministry of Home (Internal) Affairs.Home Ministry's annual report said that in 2006, the Maoist violence reduced by over six per cent compared to the previous year.

While, 1,608 incidents related to Maoists were reported in 2005, the number came down to 1,509 last year.

The report further said that out of total 8,252 police stations in the country, Maoists are present in at least 508 with considerable strength.

According to Home Ministry, 76 districts in the nine Maoist-affected states were 'badly affected by Maoist violence'

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

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

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


Copyright Dailyindia.com/ANI

Mines ministry plays Naxal card

RISHI RAJ
Posted online: Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 0113 hours IST




NEW DELHI, APR 13: The ministry of mines has written to the finance ministry, seeking withdrawal of the Rs 300-a-tonne duty on iron ore exports levied in Budget 2007. The ministry said this duty would lead to job losses in iron ore-rich states and thereby heighten Naxalite activities. Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Karanataka and Goa have among the country’s largest iron ore deposits.
Describing the levy as premature, the ministry of mines note stated that iron ore-rich states were largely under-developed and had large forest reserves and tribal populations. Agriculture had limited possibilities and there was little scope for manufacturing due to poor infrastructure.


The ministry has argued that the export duty would erode Indian iron ore's competitive edge vis-à-vis Australia and Brazil, as prices would shoot up by $7-8 a tonne. This would cause additional unemployment of about 5-6 lakh people in these “backward states”. Hence, Naxalite activities would gather momentum and could be difficult to contain, it warned

“It need not be over-emphasised that the mainstay of these backward states is mining activity and the move to tax will have an adverse impact on the employment potential in these areas,” the ministry said

Friday, April 13, 2007

NEPAL: Businessmen Take to Streets against Maoist Assault

THT Online
Biratnagar, April 14:

Businessmen staged a demonstration here on Friday to protest the "recent assault" by Maoist-affiliated vehicle drivers on a local industrialist Shyam Sundar Sarada.
Businessmen of Morang, Sunsari and Jhapa districts took out a demonstration from Shahid Rangashala and went round the city. Seething at the inability of the local administration to arrest Sarada's assaulters, businessmen warned that they will stage phasewise protest programmes if the guilty were not arrested.

Meanwhile, superintendent of police Gopal Bhandari said among those involved in the beating, one person, Arjun Parajuli, has been arrested and a search for the others is on.
Businessmen warned that they will close some 500 industries in the Morang-Sunsari industrial corridor and dump the keys with the government if action was not taken against the guilty by April 15.

"If our three-point demand — maintaining industrial security, creating an atmosphere for honest investment and action against the guilty — is not met, all industries will be shut down on April 15," chairperson of the Morang Trade Association, Jeevan Nepal, said. Acting chairperson of the Industry Association-Morang Dinesh Golchha said businessmen were agitated at the growing lawlessness in the industrial sector and increasing incidents of assaults on businessmen.

Recently, Maoist-affiliated workers "beat up" one of the proprietors of the Pioneer Cables, Shyam Sundar Sarada. The Maoists instigated the workers and engineered the incident as donation was not given them, another proprietor of the Pioneer Cables, Nanda Kishor Sarada, said, adding that the Maoists have demanded Rs 5 lakh in donation.
Meanwhile, the Maoists alleged that Indian abductors, at the behest of proprietors of Pioneer Cables, Shyam Sundar Sarada and Nanda Kishor Sarada, abducted driver Ram Kumar Rajdhani. The drivers had gathered to protest and warn that they will halt work if their salary was not increased from Saturday.
The abductors arrived on four motorbikes with Indian number plates, beat up Rajdhani and took him with them, the Maoists said.


The Himalayan Times

Maoists Gain Access To Ordnance Factory Weapons, Top Level Intelligence

Dated 13/4/2007

In a shocking article by Rajeev Sinha for 'Daily News & Analysis' it has been revealed that an weapons haul from a Maoist rebel base in inner India included arms from Ordnance Factory - Wardha, Maharashtra.

This is in addition to further damning revelations that Maoists were in possession of two-minute transcripts of top level counter-Maoism meetings chaired by none other than the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.

This gives rise to suspicions of the loyalty of top level politicians, bureaucrats and officials - because it is certain without doubt that Intelligence Agencies believe that Maoist rebels have access to the top level policy related intelligence being formulated by the Indian Government.

Please Note
The current Congress lead United Progressive Alliance is allied by mainstream Communist parties who have openly tried to influence major defence, security, economic and foreign affairs decisions. It is a well recorded fact that the CPI-M party till today has refused to condemn Chinese aggression of India in 1962.

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11th April 2007: Union Government Soft On Maoism: The Telegraph Revelations

Quoting 'DNA' Report: Excerpts
DNA had reported on March 31 that government forces had recovered classified documents from a guerrilla unit after an encounter in Chhattisgarh. The documents contained minutes of two meetings held last year in which anti-Maoist operations were discussed. One of the meetings was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The recent seizure of explosives affords more insights into rebel operations. First, the Maoists' supply of arms and explosives is not limited to those looted from police and security forces or procured from mines, or from crusher operators. Security agencies are worried that Maoists seem to have fixed conduits in sensitive government organisations and the defence establishment.

Second, the haul reveals a link with Maharashtra, and a network so efficient that it facilitated untraced procurement and delivery to Jharkhand. The haul included gelatin sticks, fuse wire, and electronic detonators — in sufficient volumes to produce hundreds of landmines.

The Maoist Menace
The past few years has seen the insurgents spreading Naxal influence from 76 districts in nine states to 118 Districts in 12 States. The Communist Party of India (Maoists) was formed on September 21, 2004 through the merger of two prominent naxalite outfits - the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War (PWG) and the Maoist Communists Center of India (MCCI).

The Research and Analysis Wing alleges that many Naxalites have tried to coordinate with international terrorist groups and organizations against India, such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, with whom they have engaged in weapons transactions. The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rajnath Singh, alleges links between the Naxalites and the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence. The Naxalite party has been banned in Andhra Pradesh, a ban that they have protested. They have also been attacked by anti-Naxalite paramilitary groups.

The Naxalites intensified their insurgency in 2007 and are now active in half of India's states, mostly in rural areas, in an attempt to encourage a peasant revolt in response to a government plan to expropriate large tracts of peasant land in eastern India in order to create special economic zones to attract industry.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the Naxalites pose the biggest internal security threat to India since Independence, will these revelations help translate rhetoric from the Prime Minister into potent Anti Maoist counter operations on the ground?

Security forces want to target Maoist leaders

By Rana Ajit (Staff Writer, © IANS)


Rattled by unabated attacks by Maoist guerrillas, security forces are wondering if they should kill the long underground leaders of a four-decade-old insurgency that shows no signs of ending.

The home ministry has convened a series of meetings in Hyderabad to review the existing strategy that clear is not proving effective enough to tackle the rebel violence.

The most dramatic Maoist offensives in recent times have included a major attack on a Bihar jail, the assassination of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sunil Mahto and the slaughter of 49 policemen and militia members in Chhattisgarh.

Following the Hyderabad meeting Friday would be similar conferences in Patna April 16 and in New Delhi April 24. Attending these meetings would be members of the Anti-Naxal Task Force and the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG). An anti-Maoist Coordination Centre meeting chaired by new Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta will be held in New Delhi April 24.

Informed sources said the ministry would take a fresh look at its counter-Maoist strategy and examine the feasibility and efficacy of the new doctrine to fight the rebels by increasing the number of security personnel in the affected areas.

The officials will also examine the feasibility of accelerating development work in the areas where the Maoists operate, drawing to their cause thousands of poor and landless workers.

Maoists, whose rebellion started in India in May 1967, are most active today in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

They have refused to give up violence despite appeals from Maoist leaders in Nepal with whom the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has had long-standing fraternal links.

The meetings would also look at steps to strengthen security to irrigation works in Bihar.

One suggestion put up by some security forces that they need to 'target' the Maoist leaders - an official euphemism for killings as was done systematically in Punjab in the 1980s. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has suggested that targeting prominent leaders would leave the Maoist cadres rudderless.

Additionally, by eliminating key leaders, the security forces hope to spark a leadership tussle among the cadres so as to further undermine the guerrillas, whose fighting strength is estimated at a few hundreds.

The home ministry also favours improving intelligence gathering in Maoist-infested areas to be one step ahead of the guerrillas.

The government's strategies would get finishing touches at these three meetings.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Maoist scare drives doctors away

Statesman News Service

DHENKANAL, April 12: Afraid of Maoists, health officials and health workers have deserted the headquarters in Kankadahada block. In their absence, patients afflicted with malaria and victims of dehydration are lying unattended.

According to officials of Maurabili gram panchayat, more than forty people have already been afflicted with malaria. Patients have to return disappointed from nearby health sub-centres, hospitals and PHCs. No health worker, anganwadi worker or doctor come to the health centres. ANM or multi-purpose health workers ~ both male and female ~ are engaged to provide emergency care and first aid, especially to pregnant women. But they can rarely be seen .

Maurabili gram panchayat sarpanch Mr Pratap Marandi said malaria and the scarcity of drinking water had been scourges for the tribal folk. He visited nearby hospitals and sub-centres for three days but found none to allay the plight of malaria victims. When he first visited Birasal health centre, a doctor told him no health worker was ready to enter the village apprehending Maoists attacks. More than fifty people, of whom forty are malaria victims, urged him to arrange for healthcare but to no avail. Drinking water sources being limited, people have using polluted water, leading to serious health hazards. The water spurting out of tube-wells is heavily laced with iron. Despite repeated requests, senior administrative officials are yet to reach the spot to take stock of the situation.

DRDA project director Mr Khagendranath Jena said he had visited Kankadahad block and discussed health facilities with the people there. The locals alleged before project director that doctors , health officials and health services contributors rarely move in their areas on duty. He finds grain of truth in people’s allegations when he visited nearby hospitals.

The worst sufferers are expectant mothers who need health care from time to time in phases

From Naxalbari to Nandigram, by foot!

Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, April 12: The Naxalites are linking Nandigram with Naxalbari, by foot.
Come 25 May and the famous peasants’ movement of Naxalbari would step into its 40th year. Rekindling the spirit of peasants’ movement therefore, the CPI-ML (Liberation) would rally from Naxalbari to Nandigram starting 1 May, another red letter day.
“The year marks the centenary of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, birth centenary of Bhagat Singh and the 40th anniversary of the Naxalbari Movement. Resistance is the common thread running through the three events, which is applicable to Nandigram as well, which is why the rally,” claimed the organisation’s state leader Mr Abhijit Mazumdar.
The Liberation is drawing heavily from the past to make the programme a success and take its struggle at Nandigram to the next level.

And, parallels between the past and the present movements have presented the Liberation with an opportunity. Nine women and two children died in police firing at Bengaijote, Naxalbari on 25 May 1967 that triggered off what later came to be known as the peasant’s movement of Naxalbari. “Mr Jyoti Basu was the home and deputy chief minister in UF government then, which presents a parallel with the LF government and the police firing in Nandigram,” Mr Mazumdar alleged. To give the programme an emotional boost, the Liberation has decided to assemble relatives of those who died in the 1967 police firing, at its 1 May rally. “The party general secretary Mr Dipankar Bhattacharya and others would flag off a Krishak Jagaran Yatra comprising of peasants, students and workers on 1 May. A tableau and the rally would traverse the length of West Bengal, demonstrate at Nandigram and culminate in Kolkata on 25 May,” state secretariat member Mr Basudeb Bose, said. The Liberation is also relying on road shows during its journey to Kolkata via Nandigram. “Rallies would be held all along the route to rope in mass support towards the cause,” the organisation’s local committee member Mr Mozammel Haque added. Although official invitations are not being sent out to the other Naxalite factions to join the rally, the Liberation is not averse to accepting support if proffered.

Chasing naxals on two wheels

Gyan Varma
Thursday, April 12, 2007 23:56 IST


NEW DELHI: Finding it difficult to enter Maoists bastions in Chattisgarh, security forces have come up with an innovative plan: the men in uniform have decided to provide bicycles to counter the anti-vehicle landmines spread across Maoists infested villages.

“Since we cannot use heavy vehicles in these areas because of landmines, we have decided to provide bicycles for our men so that they can cover large areas while patrolling,” said a senior official of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who is handling anti-Maoists operations in Chattisgarh.

The official added that the 11 battalions present in the state are spread over 66 camps all over Chattisgarh, and each of these camps would get 20 bicycles for the men to use during patrol.

“Our men have to cover at least 20 km while patrolling everyday, and it is difficult to do so without using vehicles. These landmines do not explode even if bicycles go over them,” the source said. He added that several different teams go on patrol during the day and nights, and walking in those difficult terrains is a painstaking process.

“The only mode of transportation in these areas is bicycle,” he said, adding that security men could also use animals, but it would difficult maintain them. “Maintenance of bicycles is not expensive and they can be reused after repairs,” he added.

Chattisgarh is one of the worst Maoists-affected state, where most of the attacks are being carried out on securitymen. Maoists also use bicycles to commute.

Bail rejected for Naxalite suporters

Statesman News Service

PARALAKHEMUNDI, April 12: The six Naxalite supporters who had been granted bail by the ADJ Mr KC Patnaik last week had been turned down yesterday by the same ADJ. It is learnt that the prosecution had filed a revised petition stating that the accused had their bail pleas pending in the High Court, hearing which the public prosecutor, the ADJ refused to consider the bail.

It may be mentioned here that 22 persons including two teenaged girls had been arrested for their connections with the Naxal attack on the R Udayagiri police station, jail, treasury and tehsil office along with the killing of the three OSAP constables and the subsequent kidnapping of two officers.
While the two girls had been let off on bail the others were kept in the Circle Jail of Berhampur. Advocate Mr Upendra Nayak is fighting the cases on behalf of the accused.

Maoists resolve to make bases in Bihar, Jharkhand

‘Apt time for armed action’
- Maoists resolve to make bases in Bihar, Jharkhand
SUMAN K. SHRIVASTAVA

Ranchi, April 12: It is official. In the latest issue of its mouthpiece, People’s March, CPI (Maoist) has laid down its plans to develop Dandakaranya (Chhattisgarh) and B-J Area (Bihar-Jharkhand) as “base areas”.

It also acknowledges that it has suffered reverses in Andhra Pradesh and has made a strategic retreat from there, at least temporarily.

The party claims to have held its 9th party congress somewhere in Jharkhand in February this year after a gap of 37 years.

Adding to the discomfiture of the government, the rebels appear to have resolved that they would intervene in all the “people’s struggles”, specially those pertaining to displacement by SEZs. Dams, mining, urban development etc.

Noting that people, including traders, peasants, workers and Dalits, are breaking out into spontaneous protests, CPI (Maoist) chief Ganapathi is quoted as saying that all this presents an “excellent situation to advance the armed struggle”.

“Even though the state forces have resorted to the policy of ‘burn-all, kill all’ under the banner of Salwa Judum, the party has been able to effectively hit back and push the genocidal forces to the defensive,” the report said.

In Bihar-Jharkhand too the party has effectively countered the Sendra and paramilitary counterinsurgency forces and spread the movement in vast areas, it claimed.

Maoists admit to 130 “military actions” during the past two years in which 485 weapons were seized and 315 policemen were “wiped out”.

It was also time to finalise and urban policy and advance into urban areas, added Ganapathi.

Admitting a weakness in resolving disputes, he states: “When differences arose in 1985 in PW, we were not able to deal with it properly and so it led to a split. Again in 1992 in PW we could not resolve the differences properly. In the erstwhile MCC there were also differences in 2001-02 and the opportunist Bharat-Badal group left the party. We must understand how to settle differences...only then we will advance.”

The report has alarmed officials who expect Maoist violence to escalate in Santhal Pargana and in areas bordering Munger in Bihar.

Anti-naxal operations to get more teeth

Rajesh Sinha
Thursday, April 12, 2007 23:55 IST


NEW DELHI: Rather than wait for Maoists to attack before going after them, security forces are to take a more active role in engaging the naxals. Switching from a reactive and defensive approach to an offensive one is among the priority issues to be taken up at the meeting on naxal menace in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Support is growing in security establishments for a pro-active strategy to deal with the Maoist menace, similar to Andhra Pradesh where the specially constituted Greyhounds have destroyed several naxal bases and curbed the insurgents to a large extent. Naxal operations have increased over the last few years in states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

The forces currently deployed for anti-naxal operations are mostly used for static security duties, counter-offensives after naxal attacks and routine patrolling. The offensive initiative has traditionally rested with the naxalites, who hit their desired targets and draw first blood. On several occasions, the biggest being the recent incident at Rano Bodli in Chhattisgarh, security forces themselves have become victims of such attacks.

One hindering factor is the lack of intelligence available to security forces. According to an officer, the Maoists appear to have a better network and sometime ago they threw an open challenge to the intelligence agencies to try and figure out where the next attack was going to occur.

Another glaring shortcoming that has persisted is total lack of inter-state coordination for anti-naxal operations, despite its importance being acknowledged at every meeting. “State governments are reluctant to allow forces from other states to come and operate in their territory,” an officer pointed out.

While Friday’s meeting will focus on security related aspects, the inter-ministerial meeting, slated for April 16 in Patna, would take up the development aspect. Among the significant issues to be dealt with at this meeting include addressing concerns in setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and big development projects such as irrigation schemes, with the security becoming an inherent part of such projects. This will be followed by a meeting of the coordination centre on April 24.

Maoist threat letter to Dy. Chief Minister Sudhir Mahato

Communist Party Of India (Maoist)

Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Regional Committee


An Open Letter To Sudhir Mahato, Dy. CM of Jharkhand

Date - 08-04-07


To

Mr. Sudhir Mahato

Dy. Chief Minister
Jharkhand


Mr. Mahato,

Our Party has boldly carried out people's verdict by executing the leader of Nagarik Suraksha Samiti (NSS) and MP of your party on 4th March 2007. Since then you have been issuing false statements from time to time purportedly denigrating the CPI (Maoist) and its role in the state. Your aim and motive is clear to the people. However, we feel it right to challenge your statements and warn you against letting loose a barrage of lies cooked up at the diktat of corporate houses, native and foreign and the state's landed gentry. With all this, in order to cover up the failures of your government - a visible symbol of betrayal of the much-propagated cause of the common masses of Jharkhand - you the people in power are trying to attack us, sending troops to create white terror by regular combings and savage brutalities. We have the right to answer all such fascist methods in a befitting manner.

To come to your false propaganda about your espousing the cause of the Jharkhandis, we iterate it clear and loud that you have betrayed them in every conceivable way. You and your party's high-flying corrupt leaders have proved traitors to the long-cherished dream of a democratic Jharkhand or Lalkhand, free from loot, oppression and plunders of the exploiters. You claim to be do-gooders of the common people. It is down right falsehood. Your statements against the Maoists' activities for the Jharkhandis in East Singhbhum are all nonsense. Is it not a fact like the daylight that the oppressed Santali, Bhumij, Urav, Munda, Ho Adivasis and other non-Adivasis have rallied en masse behind our Party that has been leading their struggles for an exploitation free Jharkhand? Can you suppress the fact that you and your party leaders have turned into confirmed oppressors and mafia gang leaders who have amassed huge fortunes overnight? Can you prove with a single instance that the JMM leaders are not the faithful dalals and chamchas of the Tatas, Jindals, Mittals and many multinational companies who are out to loot Jharkhand and its people.

You the people are glorifying the notorious MP Sunil Mahato and trying to project Sunil as an honest leader killed by the Maoists. Can you explain how come Sunil, born in a middle peasant family, turned into a Karodpati as your party leader? You are equating the Nirmal Mahato - a genuine fighter against the Tatas and brutally murdered by the mafia gang engaged by the Tatas while calling him for a talk over displacement of Adivasis in 1987 - with the anti-people, mafia gang backer, fortune and power seeker notorious MP Sunil Mahato. Why this need to undermine the great image of the martyr Nirmal Mahato along with the Maoist revolutionaries? We punished Sunil Mahato and explained to the masses why we were forced to kill him. You propagate that we the Maoists are in for indiscriminate killing without people's support. It is a dirty propaganda. We never touch anyone for punishment until and unless the person(s) and reactionary(ies) become confirmed enemy(ies) of the people. People's court (Jana Adalat) comprising the common masses decides on the punishment and only then it is executed by our PLGA with the active support of the masses. We adopted the same method while executing the people's enemy, Mr. Sunil Mahato.

Mr. Sudhir, your friend Sunil Mahato was traveling in the same boat as you are doing now. From 2003 onwards whenever Sunil Mahato set his foot on East Singhbhum, he chose to provoke the masses against us, against our movement for an exploitation - free Jharkhand. He stood by the NSS. The criminal gang leaders Shankar and Dhanai were his right and left hands to execute his game plan in the district. His execution was according to the people's verdict.

You and your colleagues are falsely preaching that Sunil was executed as he refused to comply with the monetary demand of the Maoists. It is dirty lie. This false propaganda has been manufactured to tarnish the revolutionary, dedicated image of the CPI (Maoist). We never execute a criminal like Sunil Mahato for petty money mater. What your dishonest criminal leaders can commit for grabbing the ill-gotten money we the Maoists simply hate it and can not permit such practice.

You the hated yes-men of the corporate houses and World Bank have given the call for Sendra campaign against us. You like the BJP and the Congress in Chhattisgarh are saying that such a campaign will being peace in Jharkhand by eliminating the Maoists. We declare that we are prepared to give a fitting reply to your fascist campaign. Remember it that when the Lango and other incidents of well-planned murders of our comrades were taking place the home minister of the erstwhile NDA had taken a resolution on such a murderous game plan. Later your guru Shibu Soren too supported such a notorious decision to mass kill our forces. Babulal, Arjun, Koda who became CMs of Jharkhand resorted to the policy of killing Maoists. But what has happened? Have we not got strengthened further and spread to newer areas in Jharkhand after brutal killings of the revolutionary Maoists? The Sendra campaign shall meet the same fact as the Salwa Judum has met in Chhattisgarh.

Listen, Mr. Sudhir Mahato and read the writing on the walls. Don't think that the Jharkhandis will spare the notorious high priests of the JMM who only know how best to amass fortunes by all dishonest means being a part and parcel of the exploitative system controlled by the Tatas, Jindals, Mittals various MNCs and feudal landlords. Don't forget that despite your false propaganda along with campaigns by the state's armed forces the people of Jharkhand are advancing forward to establish an exploitation-free Jharkhand where Adivasis can live enjoying independence to develop their language, culture and to ensure basic rights to livelihood.

We stand by the people of Jharkhand.

Victory to the revolutionary people of Jharkhand.

Sukhdev
CPI (Maoist)
Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Regional Committee

Maoist outfits declared unlawful in Chhattisgarh


Raipur, Apr 12: The Chhattisgarh Government has declared Communist Party of India (Maoist) and its five frontal organisations ''unlawful''.

The Home department has issued a notification declaring these organisations as ''unlawful'' under section 3 of the Chhattisgarh Special Peoples' Security Act, 2006, for one year, official sources said today.

Besides CPI (Maoist), a naxalite organisation active in many districts of Chhattisgarh, five frontal organisations had also been brought under the provisions of the Act.

These organisations are the Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, the Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh, the Krantikari Adivasi Balak Sangh, the Krisnikari Kisan Committee and the Mahila Mukti Morcha.

The Dr Raman Singh Government had brought the Chhattisgarh Special Peoples' Security Act, 2006, to contain unlawful activities in the state, particularly in the light of increased naxalite activities in tribal Bastar region.

--- UNI


Maoist outfits declared unlawful in Chhattisgarh

Three Maoist terrorists killed in Jharkhand

From correspondents in Jharkhand, India, 09:30 PM IST

Three Maoist rebels were killed in a clash between Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and its splinter group in Garwah district of Jharkhand, police said.

The bodies of the CPI-Maoist rebels were recovered Thursday by Meral police in Garwah, 160 km from here.

'It seems that Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) (or, the third preparatory committee), the breakaway group of CPI-Maoist, pumped bullets into the three Maoist rebels while they were sleeping,' said a police official of the state police headquarters.

Two days ago, CPI-Maoist rebels had killed nine TPC ultras in the state's Latehar district. Group clashes between CPI-Maoist and TPC have claimed nearly 50 lives in last one year alone.

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. Nearly 600 people, including 300 security personnel, have been killed in the past six years in Maoist-related violence.


Source: Indo-Asian News Service

Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand

CM's son Jaganmohan Reddy Lives in a fortress in Bangalore


AP CM'S SON LIVES IN A FORTRESS IN B'LORE

CM'S son Jaganmohan Reddy Lives in a fortress in Bangalore

Bangalore, Apr. 14 (NMG)- Jaganmohan Reddy, son of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy, is living in a virtual fortress in the heart of Bangalore city since two years.


Jaganmohan Reddy's fortress is located in the II sector of HSR Layout. Not a fly can sneak into it. The reason for this is learnt to be that Reddy is in the hit list of the Naxalites. He is living in the BDA house No. 52, which was converted into a fortress, with his two children.


Everyone, including the neighbours, vegetable, fruit and milk vendors who visit the house are searched. Even the vehicles and pedestrians who move on the road in front of the house are subjected to scrutiny, it is learnt.


If someone visits the house, even the pens in their pockets are seized by the Police at the gate.


Reddy is being provided 'Z' category security by 11 Policemen from Karnataka and 30 from Andhra Pradesh.


Star Of Mysore Online

AP : Maoists planning to strike during Prajapatham

Thursday April 12 2007 12:01 IST

KADAPA: The presence of Maoists in some parts of Kadapa district has put the district police on tenterhooks, who were of the opinion that Maoists were wiped out from the district after the Badvel encounter.


Till recently, there was a high alert in Kalasapadu, Kasinayana, Porumamilla and other regions, as the Naxals were using these places as shelter zones after they felt the heat of police in Anantapur, Prakasam and Nallamala areas.

During DGP Swaranjeet Sen’s service, notable progress was made in the elimination of Maoist cadre in the district and its border villages with Nellore, Anantapur and Prakasam districts.

During an encounter in Seshachalam forest area at T Sundupalle in April, 2006, seven Maoists were killed and close on its heels came the Badvel encounter wherein the top Maoist leaders Madhav and Obulesu were killed.

This incident forced some Maoists to surrender to the police.

Police declared that the Maoist presence in the district was eliminated and thus relaxed the guard, but reports of Maoist movement again in Kalasapadu, Kasinayana, B Matam, Porumamilla, B Koduru areas, some ten days ago had put police back on alert.

It is learnt the Maoist cadres were dormant and did not resort to any activities, as the police vigilance was high.

According to sources, the Maoist cadres are planning to make their presence felt again during Prajapatham programe, which is scheduled to commence on April 14.

Based on intelligence reports, special parties started combing operations in those areas and the security at police stations of Kalasapadu, Porumamilla, Kasinayana, B Mattam, B Kodur, Veeraballi, T Sundupalle, Chinnamandem, Galiveedu, Lakkireddipalle and Chakarayapeta has been increased, with a possible Maoist threat.

However, Superintendent of Police Y Nagi Redy said that there was no presence of Maoists in Veerabali, T Sundupalle, Rayachoti and other areas.

He said that every measure was being taken to ensure Prajapatham programme was a success without any untoward incidents.

Charu’s house in promoter’s hands


Charu’s house in promoter’s hands

Bappaditya Paul

SILIGURI, April 11: The ideological hub of the landmark Naxalbari Movement, the house of legendary Charu Mazumdar, is set to all but disappear except, perhaps, from the memories of a section of the elderly populace in the state. Struggling to cope with economic needs and those necessitated by changing lifestyle, the heirs of the late Naxalite ideologue have sold a portion of his Siliguri home to a private developer.

NAXALWATCH : May be today's naxals do the same thing after acquiring all the prime lands from the industrialists . If readers recollect the demands of the Naxal leaders few years back , they demanded the starting point of implementing land reforms was to distribute lands under possession of these influential persons to the landless .


The `comprehensive list'


According to the naxalites, the following are the major occupiers of prime land in the twin cities:

1. Ramoji Film City (2,000 acres). 2. Sanghinagar (1,500 acres). 3. Satyam Computers, Byrraju Foundation and other groups (2,000 acres). 4. Dr. Reddy's Labs (1,000 acres.) 5. Jana Harsha (2,000 acres). 6. Narne Estates (2,000 acres) 7. GPR Estates (1,000 acres). 8. Sri Mithra Real Estates (1,000 acres). 9. Devender Goud family (1,500 acres). 10. Sreenidhi Real Estates (1,000 acres). 11. Jayabheri Estates (Muralimohan and Chandrababu Naidu benami) (2,000 acres). 12. Raheja Estates (1,000 acres). 13. L &T (Chandrababu Naidu benami) (1,000 acres). 14. Jana Chaitanya Real Estates. 15. Sai Chaitanya Real Estates. 16. Venkata Chaitanya Real Estates. 17. Ramanaidu Studios. 18. Annapurna Studios. 19. Padmalaya Studios. 20. Ramakrishna Studios. 21. CC Studios. 22. Green City Township. 23. Engineers Syndicate. 24. Mayuri Real Estates. 25. Amaravathi Real Estates. 26. Suryavamshi Real Estates. 27. Maxima Real Estates. 28.21st Century Builders. 29. Shilpa Real Estates. 30. Lahari Estates. 31. Ajay Chaitanya Real Estates. 32. IIIT. 33. IMG Bharata Academy (800 acres). 34. Indian School of Business (250 acres). 35. AWARE (500 acres). 36. Sylvan University (200 acres). 37. Genome Valley (ICICI Knowledge Park, Shapurjee, Pallomjee Biotech Park (3000 acres). 38. IMAX. 39. Snow World. 40. Ilabs. 41. Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, Oracle and other IT companies (1,000 acres). 42. Farmhouses, resorts, guesthouses, clubs and other luxury houses. 43. Lands alienated to commercial and trade organisations.



Originally from Jalpaiguri, Mazumdar shifted base to DL Roy Sarani (Mahananda Para), Siliguri in 1952 and lived there till his death. It was here that the prominent, radical Communist completed his historic Eight Documents, which later laid the ideological base for the Naxalbari Movement that began in 1967. During the trouble-torn days of the Naxalbari Movement, Mazumdar guided his fellow revolutionaries from this building.
After his death in 1972 in Kolkata police custody, the family of the Naxalite leader continued living in the house. After his wife’s death, his two daughters and son are the legal heirs of the property. Stretching across 16 cottahs until recently, an RCC-type house stands on the property.
“We have sold seven cottahs to a private developer, who is now constructing a multi-storied residential building on the plot. But to preserve our father’s memory, a portion of the old house has been kept intact,” Mr Abhijit Mazumdar, political activist and college teacher, said.
Mr Mazumdar said that apart from paying adequate monetary compensation, the private developer would also hand over to them a furnished apartment in the new residential complex.




Naxalites give new dimension to land issue

By Our Special Correspondent

The Hindu


HYDERABAD, OCT. 17. Naxalites created a flutter in political circles today when they released a list of 43 individuals who had allegedly encroached upon prime land in and around the twin cities.

The list reads like a who's who of persons in the fields of real estate, film industry and information technology.

The naxalites caught the Government off-guard with their demand to re-take these lands. The official side had expected Maoist and Janashakti leaders to highlight injustices in distribution of Government land under various categories and had even come prepared with its responses.

Sources said the `wish list' was meant to be a symbolic attack against what they describe as `neo-landed gentry' which was dictating terms to the Government with its political clout. The naxalites reportedly told the Government delegation, led by the Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, that the starting point of implementing land reforms was to distribute lands under possession of these influential persons to the landless.

By setting right past injustices of the past, the Government would not only send out a strong signal about its intentions but also prove its sincerity and commitment to the cause of land reforms.

YSR's caution


Meanwhile, during his daily review of the peace process, the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara

Reddy, advised the Home Minister not to allow differences to derail the talks. Both sides must spell out their respective frameworks on each issue and then make a sincere attempt to find a meeting point.

The DGP, S.R. Sukumara, raised many an eyebrow with his statement in Nalgonda that the naxalites had no right to comment on the pay structure in the police force. Congress leaders felt that the top police officer had rubbed the naxalites on the wrong side by ignoring their plea that police officers should not issue statements that might affect the peace process.

The `comprehensive list'



According to the naxalites, the following are the major occupiers of prime land in the twin cities:

1. Ramoji Film City (2,000 acres). 2. Sanghinagar (1,500 acres). 3. Satyam Computers, Byrraju Foundation and other groups (2,000 acres). 4. Dr. Reddy's Labs (1,000 acres.) 5. Jana Harsha (2,000 acres). 6. Narne Estates (2,000 acres) 7. GPR Estates (1,000 acres). 8. Sri Mithra Real Estates (1,000 acres). 9. Devender Goud family (1,500 acres). 10. Sreenidhi Real Estates (1,000 acres). 11. Jayabheri Estates (Muralimohan and Chandrababu Naidu benami) (2,000 acres). 12. Raheja Estates (1,000 acres). 13. L &T (Chandrababu Naidu benami) (1,000 acres). 14. Jana Chaitanya Real Estates. 15. Sai Chaitanya Real Estates. 16. Venkata Chaitanya Real Estates. 17. Ramanaidu Studios. 18. Annapurna Studios. 19. Padmalaya Studios. 20. Ramakrishna Studios. 21. CC Studios. 22. Green City Township. 23. Engineers Syndicate. 24. Mayuri Real Estates. 25. Amaravathi Real Estates. 26. Suryavamshi Real Estates. 27. Maxima Real Estates. 28.21st Century Builders. 29. Shilpa Real Estates. 30. Lahari Estates. 31. Ajay Chaitanya Real Estates. 32. IIIT. 33. IMG Bharata Academy (800 acres). 34. Indian School of Business (250 acres). 35. AWARE (500 acres). 36. Sylvan University (200 acres). 37. Genome Valley (ICICI Knowledge Park, Shapurjee, Pallomjee Biotech Park (3000 acres). 38. IMAX. 39. Snow World. 40. Ilabs. 41. Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, Oracle and other IT companies (1,000 acres). 42. Farmhouses, resorts, guesthouses, clubs and other luxury houses. 43. Lands alienated to commercial and trade organisations.

`Security situation continues to be grave'




Staff Reporter

ISI posing serious threat to internal security, says Major General Sivasankar


BONHOMIE: (From left) Vatsala Vatsa, Principal Secretary (Home); P.B. Mahishi, Chief Secretary; M.P. Prakash, Home Minister; B. Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala Area; and Clement Samuel, Commander, Kar nataka and Kerala Sub Area, at the Civil Military Liaison Conference in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Gopinathan


BANGALORE: Security continues to be grave as there are continued attempts to infiltrate through the line of control as well as the coastal region for terrorist activities in the hinterland deep into the south, Major General B. Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala Area, has said.

Speaking at the Civil Military Liaison Conference here on Wednesday, Major General Sivasankar said these were the inputs notwithstanding substantial improvement in interaction/communication with "our neighbours" on the western border.

"Willingness to discuss sensitive issues and all other confidence building measures are positive developments indeed," he said.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was posing grave threat to internal security.

The recent arrests of ISI operatives and recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and explosives in southern States added credence to these fears.

Against this background there was need to keep a constant vigil on the developments in neighbouring countries, States and within Karnataka.

Major General Sivasankar said with the naxal violence in the north and central India likely to have repercussions in the South there was need to adopt proactive measures to prevent the growth and eradicate the menace.

The sudden spurt in terrorist activists in Assam was also a serious cause of concern.

On the sensitive issue of acquisition of Defence land by the Karnataka Government, Major General Sivasankar asked the Government to appreciate the difficulties of the Defence forces to surrender large tracts of land, especially where the Defence Ministry had not issued directions.

The Major General asked the State Government to play a major role in addressing the concerns of serving soldiers, armed forces veterans and their dependents over issues such as rehabilitation, education of children, property disputes and legal cases.

Home Minister M.P. Prakash said the State Government was duty bound to address the problems of the Defence forces, including the one about Defence land acquisition.

Any legal impediments coming in the way would be removed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Now, Naxals take arms delivery from govt factory

Rajesh Sinha
Thursday, April 12, 2007 01:53 IST

NEW DELHI: A large cache of government-issue explosives seized recently from Maoists by the Jharkhand police has unnerved the security establishment.

The explosives were reportedly obtained by the rebels from the defence ministry’s ordnance factory in Wardha, Maharashtra.

The revelation has exacerbated security agencies’ anxiety, which was initially brought by the discovery that the Maoists had ready access to the government’s secret anti-Naxal deliberations.

DNA had reported on March 31 that government forces had recovered classified documents from a guerrilla unit after an encounter in Chhattisgarh.

The documents contained minutes of two meetings held last year in which anti-Maoist operations were discussed. One of the meetings was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The recent seizure of explosives affords more insights into rebel operations. First, the Maoists’ supply of arms and explosives is not limited to those looted from police and security forces or procured from mines, or from crusher operators. Security agencies are worried that Maoists seem to have fixed conduits in sensitive government organisations and the defence establishment.
Second, the haul reveals a link with Maharashtra, and a network so efficient that it facilitated untraced procurement and delivery to Jharkhand.

The haul included gelatin sticks, fuse wire, and electronic detonators — in sufficient volumes to produce hundreds of landmines.

The menace from the growing capability of Maoists is exemplified by a string of almost daily attacks in Jharkhand, Bihar, and Chhattisgarh. The most recent incursion was recorded last week. The large number of Maoist cadres involved in these incidents has worried security agencies. The numbers indicate the expansion of Naxal influence and support base as well as the failure of intelligence agencies to obtain information.

After slaying Sunil Mahto, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MP, and launching other attacks, the Maoists gained enough confidence to issue a threat to Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Sudhir Mahto. They warned him against making anti-Maoist speeches "cooked up on the dictates of corporate houses, native and foreign, and the landed gentry to cover the failures of your government".

The rebels' communication says: "How can you justify the wealth amassed by Sunil Mahto? Sunil was born poor family and became a millionaire." Concerned by the intensifying activity, the Union home ministry has called for three meetings in April to take stock of the situation.


DNA - India - Now, Naxals take arms delivery from govt factory - Daily News & Analysis

JMM cadres to take on Naxalites head on : Sibu


Sibu calls upon JMM cadres to take on Naxalites head on
Ranchi, April 11, 2007
First Published: 19:31 IST(11/4/2007)
Last Updated: 19:39 IST(11/4/2007)

Taking a strong exception to the threats issued by Maoists to some of his party's top functionaries, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Sibu Soren has exhorted party cadres to "be prepared for taking the ultras head-on at the grassroots". The call has surprised one and all in the corridors of power in Jharkhand.

Soren, presently lodged in the prisoners' ward of RIMS, has sent the message through some of his trusted lieutenants.

"Guruji has given a call for a direct confrontation with the Naxalites. He has at the same time cautioned party leaders and cadres against deviating from issues, which form the core of JMM's agenda," JMM central committee secretary Suprio Bhattacharya told the HT.

"Guruji was shocked to know that Naxalites had killed Jamshedpur MP Sunil Mahto. He had, in fact, never apprehended that Naxalites would target his party cadre. But now that the Maoists have targeted Sudhir Mahto, the Deputy Chief Minister and party MLA, Soren has asked us to be ready for a showdown with outlawed outfits," Bhattacharya said.

He added that the party was also buoyed by the call for Sendra (war) given by the Nagrik Suraksha Samiti members in Baguria to avenge Sunil Mahto's killing.

Sudhir Mahto said he was yet to receive Soren's message. "I will comment only after I discuss the issue with Soren," he added.

Soren's call has, nevertheless, alarmed the state police in particular, which fears it could lead to bloodbath between die-hard JMM cadres and the ultras. "Chances of JMM cadres, armed with traditional bows and arrows, suffering heavy reverses in the hands of heavily-armed ultras can't be ruled out in such a scenario. In fact, more innocents too could be killed in the process," said a senior IPS official.

Jharkhand Yuva Morcha Chief Binod Pandey too admitted the fact. "We can not challenge them (Naxalites) physically. But our strategy will be to ensure people isolate them, particularly, in rural areas. The cadres will now have to work harder for expanding the party base at the grassroots," he said.

Police officials felt Soren's call has come at a time when the Naxalites attitude towards him has changed. "The ultras had earlier refrained from issuing statements against Soren. But now, they have started targeting him as well," they pointed out.

Naxals: United in violence

Sampad Mahapatra
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 (New Delhi)

If the Kuki rebels are coming together in Manipur, in India's heartland the dreaded Naxal militants are also forging new links, which many say is behind the new and bloody chapter of Naxal violence.
But is the unity real or is it to conceal personality clashes and competing violence between these groups in India's red corridor?

Inside the forests along the borders between Jharkhand and Orissa, Naxal leaders from across the country are once again displaying their new unified strength.

In September 2004, the two biggest Naxal groups, the People's War led by Andhra Naxalites and MCC or Maoist Communist Centre, the Jharkhand based Naxal outfit, formally merged.

The merger created the CPI Maoist - an umbrella Naxal force stretching from Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa to Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh - literally a red corridor through the heart of the nation.

This comes after decades of factionalism in the Naxal movement.

Armed revolution

The Communists in West Bengal soon after coming to power in 1967 faced a revolt by the radicals.

Opposed to electoral politics and inspired by Mao's violent revolution, leaders like Kanu Sanyal and Charu Mazumdar triggered strikes - the first one in the village of Naxalbari.

What was born was Naxalism or a call for armed revolution that intially organised as CPI-ML.

Later, the CPI-ML did an about turn, returning to parliamentary politics.

But by then, the Naxal upsurge of West Bengal had spread to several other states.

The People's War Group, born in Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, has for decades struck terror in the forests of Chhattisgarh and bordering Maharashtra.

But in Orissa, it's restricted only to the southern districts as in the north, the rival Naxal outfit, the MCC, has been making inroads.

Intelligence sources say, post merger, the two have been working together - the PWG relying on the MCC for arms supplies.

"Post merger, the two Naxal groups have begun working in tandem," said Amaranand Patnaik, DGP, Orissa.

Propaganda?

But many believe this new found Naxal unity is nothing but propaganda - an attempt to conceal a history of personality clashes and splinter groups, each trying to be more radical and violent than the other.

In Orissa, a third Naxal group, the CPI ML Janshakti, is believed to have been involved in extremely violent incidents, including extortion. It is condemned by both the People's War Group and MCC as mindless and unwanted.

In fact, for long, the debate has raged over whether Naxal violence is less about organisation and more about anarchy.

Whether it's the murder of an MP in Jharkhand or the killing of more than 50 policemen in Chhattisgarh or speculation that Naxals were also present in the mobs in Nandigram: Is this evidence of a regrouped, unified and strengthened Naxal force?

NDTV met Naxal leaders in Jharkhand a few days after MP Sunil Mahato was killed. This is what they had to say:

Q: Doesn't the guerilla zone come under your committee?

A: We formed the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa border area regional committee. We took the decision along with them to eliminate Mahato and they executed the decision.

Many believe dialogue between Naxal leaders is easy to achieve, but uniting military might may not be.

Or at least that's what intelligence agencies are hoping in what's become India's bloodiest internal war, which in the last one year has left more than 600 people dead.

(With inputs from Rajesh Ramachandran & Supriya Sharma)


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Jharkhand villagers ready to take on Maoists

From our ANI Correspondent

Baguria (Jharkhand), Apr 11: The people of Baguria village in Jharkhand have joined a movement named 'Nagrik Suraksha Sammittee' to fight against Maoists.


The movement was launched by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and MP Sunil Mahato, who was killed by Maoists in March.Mahato's supporters took out a campaign to woo villagers in their fight against Maoists.

Calling out villagers to take arms to fight the Maoists, the members shouted slogans against them.

"We are organising this programme to help people get the courage to face the Naxalism. We want them to stay in the village. The villagers have received a threat against their participation in the meeting but that does not mean that the villagers are supporting the Naxalism," said Shankar Hembrom, President of the NSS. Several villagers in the state have been killed, kidnapped or maimed by the Naxals, for supporting security forces.

"The villagers here are not supporting the Naxalism. There may be a fraction of them who are supporting them. The people here are living under threat though the situation is not as bad as Langor," said Dhanai Kisku, General Secretary of the NSS.But the villagers are wary of an open confrontation with the Maoists, who are armed with sophisticated weapons and highly motivated."We are scared to attend the meeting. Naxalites have pasted a poster in the village saying that those who will attend the meeting will be met with dire consequences. So, I will stay away from the meeting," said Sukhdeo Mardi, a villager.On of the deadliest attack that was carried out by Maoists was happened last month, when they attacked a police post in Chhattisgarh, killing 55 people. It was carried out by some 350 heavily armed Maoists.

It took place in Rani Bodli police outpost, in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada region, some 525 kilometres from Raipur.

Of the 55 killed in the attack, 16 were members of the Chhattisgarh Armed Police. The rest were Special Police officers - tribals who were part of the government-sponsored civil militia, the Salwa Judum.

Salwa Judum is a civil militia supported by the State Government in Chhattisgarh. It was formed in 2005, to bring the area infiltrated by Maoist Naxalites under control for economic development.

The assassination of Mahato and the attack on the Rani Bodli police outpost signal a sharp escalation in the Maoist insurgency.

Ministry's annual report said that in 2006, the Maoist violence reduced by over six per cent compared to the previous year.

While, 1,608 incidents related to Maoists were reported in 2005, the number came down to 1,509 last year.

The report further said that out of total 8,252 police stations in the country, Maoists are present in at least 508 with considerable strength.

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'.

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

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

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


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Chhattisgarh accounts for 70% of Naxal related killings

Chhattisgarh accounts for 70% of Naxal related killings in the first quarter of 2007
Centre asked to evaluate Chattisgarh's anti-Naxal programmes

New Delhi: According to the latest issue of “Naxal Conflict Monitor” of the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) released today, 144 persons including 27 civilians, 80 security forces and 37 alleged Naxalites were killed between January and March 2007 in 10 Naxal affected States. Out of these, 101 persons or 70% of the total victims were killed in Chhattisgarh, followed by killing of 25 persons in Andhra Pradesh.

“For the first time, the number of security forces killed in the Naxalite conflict surpassed the number of civilians or alleged Naxalites. This indicates the increasing striking capability of the Naxalites, intensification of the Naxalite conflict and therefore its disastrous consequences on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights

Asian Centre for Human Rights stated that since over 50% of the Naxal-related killings and incidents of the entire country have been consistently reported from Chhattisgarh alone in the last two years, there is a need to evaluate the anti-Naxal programmes of Chhattisgarh and take corrective measures.

Instead of learning from the failures of the Chhattisgarh government, State government of Maharashtra launched a programme in January 2007 to support formation of the Village Defence Committees (VDCS) to counter the Naxalites. Each village are being offered Rs 2 lakh for formation of VDCs and the proposals of 28 village have already been approved.

“It is unfortunate that the State governments have been using common citizenry to counter the Naxalites and this will only lead to more killings.” – Stated Mr Chakma.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Encounters, arson mark bandh called by Naxalites

Anupam Dasgupta
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 01:19 IST



MUMBAI: Twin encounters with security officials at Gadchiroli and another incident of Maoists trying to burn records inside a panchayat office, marked the bandh called by Naxalites in Maharashtra on Tuesday. However, no casualties were reported.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) had called the bandh across Gadchiroli, Gondia and Chandrapur to protest against the death of their 22 comrades, killed in police encounters in the state last year.

In another major breakthrough, four top Maoist guerrillas surrendered on Sunday, taking the total number of extremists, who have given up their arms, to 146.

Intelligence inputs had warned that the Left-wing extremists could trigger large-scale violence using automatic rifles, imported pistols and even mortars against the police and paramilitary forces.

“We were on maximum alert to ensure that the bandh was observed peacefully. It was significant since four Maoist extremists have surrendered in the past two days,” special inspector general of police (anti-Naxalite operations) Pankaj Gupta told DNA.

The Maoists said the bandh was called to protest against the alleged fake encounters against their comrades. They further incriminated the police saying the latter never bothered to check the antecedents of those killed.

But according to a senior security official, all those who were killed in the encounters were hardcore Naxalites. “Before we launched the attacks, we checked details of each one of them. In some cases, offensive literature and weapons were seized from the victims,” he added on condition of anonymity.

Naxal wrath rattles schools

- Over 100 guerrillas blow up CRPF pickets at Munger
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Patna, April 10: Close on the heels of killing two RPF jawans on the Howrah-Mokama passenger train near Narganjo in the Jamui district, Naxalites struck yet another blow at security bastions and blew up two adjacent schools that housed a CRPF picket in Munger district, about 160 km from the state capital.

Over 100 Maoist guerrillas raided the Banahara village under Munger’s Haveli Khadagpur police station blowing up a high school and middle school adjacent to each other.

Confirming the incident, Munger superintendent of police Ravindran Shankaran told The Telegraph that the Naxalites used dynamite to blow up the schools. He said a couple of cane bombs has been recovered from the places of the attack.

No casualty, however, has been reported as the attack took place in the wee hours when no one was present at the spot, the police said.

Official resources revealed that the administration had to close down a school in the Goh area of Aurangabad district recently, thanks to Naxalite threats. Those schools, too, had housed the para-military forces till a few months ago.

In fact, the police have been vacating the school premises in response to the Nitish Kumar government’s instruction to stop using the school premises for operations and stay.

The para-military forces had occupied over 200 schools in central and south Bihar in the absence of proper places to stay impeding primary and secondary education in Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Bhojpur, Rohtas and Gaya districts.

A senior police officer dealing with the Naxalite activities in the state said Maoists, who were lying a bit low ever since the formation of the Nitish Kumar government in December 2005, have suddenly got to their feet particularly after their counterparts joined the government in Nepal.

Though he clarified that the state police does not have anything substantial to link the two factors, their chronological association seems too much of a coincidence.

A group of Maoists had raided a police station in Sitamarchi and damaged a bridge, a sugar factory and looted a bank in the district last week.

Recovered explosives a can of worries for Jharkhand police

Amitabh Srivastava
Ranchi, April 10, 2007
First Published: 22:26 IST(10/4/2007)
Last Updated: 22:29 IST(10/4/2007)

The huge cache of explosives seized by the Ranchi police on Saturday has opened a can of worries for the Jharkhand police, as the consignment has been traced to the Government Ordnance Factory at Wardha, Maharashtra.

The seizure holds special significance, since this has been the first occasion when the Maoists' link with Maharashtra to procure explosives has been exposed. So far, the Maoists in Jharkhand were found procuring explosives through different means from the Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL), and from the local crusher operators.

"The seized explosives were found good enough to plant over 100 lethal landmines in Jharkhand. This was also the intent of the Maoists, who got the materials transported from Wardha through a Bihar-based conduit," Ranchi SSP Manvinder Singh Bhatia told HT on Tuesday.

"In fact, in terms of fuse wires and the detonators, the seized explosives could have done a bigger damage," Bhatia said. The recovered haul included 6,460 pieces of gelatin sticks besides 12,500 meter long safety fuse wire and 2,000 pieces of electronic detonators.

"The Ranchi police will send a team to Wardha to check the factory's records including the inventories of the registered buyers to get to the bottom of the explosive traders," Bhatia said.

"The Ranchi police also want to procure the list of the explosive buyers, and the network will be crosschecked by a special team," said an officer.

Similarly, a separate team is to be sent to Bihar from where a middleman is said to have channelled the explosives to Jharkhand.

The police, however, concede that the biggest bottleneck is the fact that the recovered gelatine sticks do not have batch numbers punched on them, and this may hamper the investigations because without them the factory cannot provide pinpointed information about the particular buyer.

A State Home Department official said the department may also take up the issue with its counterparts in Maharashtra and in the Union government to make the Ordnance Factory see reasons.

There are also suggestions to introduce a liquid-based explosive and on-the-site mixing of the components to prepare it, a senior IPS officer said. "In fact, the coal companies have also agreed to phase out the stick-based gelatine explosives. This, however, is a long term solution," the officer added.

Besides, there are suggestions to mix substance with strong odour into the explosive substances. "This would be handy both for the sniffer dogs as well as for the police personnel to trace the unauthorised stacking of explosive materials," said an officer.

Armed youth needed for war on Maoists: Salwa Judum leader

Apr 10, 2007 - 8:41:52 AM


Police officials say that about 4,000 Maoists carrying AK-47s and SLRs are active in the southern tip of Chhattisgarh and are backed by another 35,000-40,000 second rank Maoists with guns, bows and arrows and sharp-edged weapons.

By Sujeet Kumar, IANS, [RxPG] Raipur, April 10 - Mahendra Karma, Chhattisgarh's leading tribal politician and the man responsible for a civil militia movement against the Maoists, says that more youth should be recruited and trained to handle sophisticated weapons in order to uproot the guerrillas.

'If the government wants to finish off the Maoists and dismantle their decades-old terror network, more and more local youths should be recruited as special police officers - because only locals know everything about the guerrillas, their intelligence gathering system and terror plans,' the Congress leader said.

Karma, who has Z plus security due to threats from Maoists, is considered the main brain behind the launch of the Salwa Judum - in June 2005 in the state's southern Bastar region. Around 50,000 people in the region have been rendered homeless due to the continuing violence.

Karma, who is the leader of the opposition in Chhattisgarh's state assembly, represents the Dantewada assembly seat, the district worst hit by Maoist insurgency in India. The rebels have even set up a parallel government in some interior areas of Chhattisgarh.

'Salwa Judum is a mass movement and no one can stop that. It has eroded the Maoists' base and their long affiliation with innocent local people. Rebels are now killing civilians and SPOs in their desperation to maintain their existence,' Karma told IANS in an interview.

'Maoists are robbers and plunderers and such people never achieve success in the long term,' he remarked.

Karma underlined the importance of recruiting more people in the wake of human rights groups and intellectuals asking the state government to not endanger the lives of civilians by sponsoring the Salwa Judum and putting young men in the line of fire as SPOs.

SPOs have been the main target of Maoists in recent months. On March 15, the rebels carried out one of the deadliest attacks ever on a police camp and 39 SPOs were among the 55 cops massacred.

The Chhattisgarh government has recruited about 5,000 SPOs on a monthly remuneration of a meagre Rs.1,500. They belong to local tribes and act as informers and assistants to the main police force. A few have been given weapons and training but most are armed only with bows and arrows.

'SPOs hold the key to the police force's success against the Maoists. The government should recruit more locals as SPOs but they must be given rigorous defence training and be capable of operating AK-47s and self-loading rifles -,' Karma stressed.

This is essential 'if the government wants to score over the Maoists in battles in the interior forested areas of Chhattisgarh'.

Police officials say that about 4,000 Maoists carrying AK-47s and SLRs are active in the southern tip of Chhattisgarh and are backed by another 35,000-40,000 second rank Maoists with guns, bows and arrows and sharp-edged weapons.

According to a report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights -, nearly 750 people in India have lost their lives in Maoist violence in 2006 alone with 48 percent of the casualties in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh on Maoist alert after intelligence warning

Apr 10, 2007 - 3:20:47 PM


'The inputs have been passed on to senior police officers deployed in the insurgency-hit Bastar belt and top commanders of the Central Reserve Police Force, Nagaland Armed Police and Mizo battalion deployed in Bastar's interiors,' official sources added.


By IANS, [RxPG] Raipur, April 10 - The Chhattisgarh government is gearing up to ward off fresh Maoist attacks on police bases and government installations following intelligence reports warning of deadly militant activity.

Fresh intelligence inputs suggest that Leftist guerrillas have suddenly stepped up their movements in the Bastar region's Bijapur, Bhopalpattanam, Kutru, Chintanpalli and Narayanpur areas, a home department official said Tuesday.

Senior police officers met Monday in the backdrop of alarming intelligence reports. Security, including night patrolling, has been beefed up in and around police posts, outposts and government installations in areas vulnerable to Maoists' attacks.

The reports come in the wake of one of the deadliest attacks by the guerrillas on a police post in the state's southern Bijapur area in which 55 cops were butchered March 15.

'The inputs have been passed on to senior police officers deployed in the insurgency-hit Bastar belt and top commanders of the Central Reserve Police Force, Nagaland Armed Police and Mizo battalion deployed in Bastar's interiors,' official sources added.

Security has also been tightened at a dozen government-run relief camps where 50,000 people, mostly tribals, have ben sheltered for the past two years following threat to their lives

Naxals: United in violence

Sampad Mahapatra
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 (New Delhi)

If the Kuki rebels are coming together in Manipur, in India's heartland the dreaded Naxal militants are also forging new links, which many say is behind the new and bloody chapter of Naxal violence.

But is the unity real or is it to conceal personality clashes and competing violence between these groups in India's red corridor?

Inside the forests along the borders between Jharkhand and Orissa, Naxal leaders from across the country are once again displaying their new unified strength.

In September 2004, the two biggest Naxal groups, the People's War led by Andhra Naxalites and MCC or Maoist Communist Centre, the Jharkhand based Naxal outfit, formally merged.

The merger created the CPI Maoist - an umbrella Naxal force stretching from Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa to Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh - literally a red corridor through the heart of the nation.

This comes after decades of factionalism in the Naxal movement.

Armed revolution

The Communists in West Bengal soon after coming to power in 1967 faced a revolt by the radicals.

Opposed to electoral politics and inspired by Mao's violent revolution, leaders like Kanu Sanyal and Charu Mazumdar triggered strikes - the first one in the village of Naxalbari.

What was born was Naxalism or a call for armed revolution that intially organised as CPI-ML.

Later, the CPI-ML did an about turn, returning to parliamentary politics.

But by then, the Naxal upsurge of West Bengal had spread to several other states.

The People's War Group, born in Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, has for decades struck terror in the forests of Chhattisgarh and bordering Maharashtra.

But in Orissa, it's restricted only to the southern districts as in the north, the rival Naxal outfit, the MCC, has been making inroads.

Intelligence sources say, post merger, the two have been working together - the PWG relying on the MCC for arms supplies.

"Post merger, the two Naxal groups have begun working in tandem," said Amaranand Patnaik, DGP, Orissa.

Propaganda?

But many believe this new found Naxal unity is nothing but propaganda - an attempt to conceal a history of personality clashes and splinter groups, each trying to be more radical and violent than the other.

In Orissa, a third Naxal group, the CPI ML Janshakti, is believed to have been involved in extremely violent incidents, including extortion. It is condemned by both the People's War Group and MCC as mindless and unwanted.

In fact, for long, the debate has raged over whether Naxal violence is less about organisation and more about anarchy.

Whether it's the murder of an MP in Jharkhand or the killing of more than 50 policemen in Chhattisgarh or speculation that Naxals were also present in the mobs in Nandigram: Is this evidence of a regrouped, unified and strengthened Naxal force?

NDTV met Naxal leaders in Jharkhand a few days after MP Sunil Mahato was killed. This is what they had to say:

Q: Doesn't the guerilla zone come under your committee?

A: We formed the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa border area regional committee. We took the decision along with them to eliminate Mahato and they executed the decision.

Many believe dialogue between Naxal leaders is easy to achieve, but uniting military might may not be.

Or at least that's what intelligence agencies are hoping in what's become India's bloodiest internal war, which in the last one year has left more than 600 people dead.

(With inputs from Rajesh Ramachandran & Supriya Sharma)

Two held in CISF camp attack

Posted at Tuesday, 10 April 2007 19:04 IST

Giridih (Jharkhand), April 10: Giridih police has arrested two persons in connection with the naxal attack on CISF camp in Germau last week, Sahara Samay sources said.

The channel sources told that police had got a mobile set which the naxalites had left on the site of the attack. Later, they tracked down one Satyadeo Lal through the information they got from the seized mobile.

Police also arrested Dato Manjhi in this connection, they added.