Saturday, April 21, 2007

No naxal intrusion in state: TN DGP

Chennai, April 22 (PTI): Refuting any claims of naxal intrusion in the state, Tamil Nadu DGP D Mukherjee on Saturday said those who had fired at Special Task Force personnel near Palar forest area were poachers and not naxalites.

In a statement here, he denied reports that STF and naxalites had exchanged fire.

"The STF team, deployed to check illegal poaching of animals, came across a few armed men on April 19 at Surakkaimaduvu (near Mettur) and the men opened fire on seeing the STF members." They used country-made guns,he said.

However, when the STF retaliated, the group fled the place and disappeared under cover of darkness.

Maoists storm Narganjo flag station in Bihar

Vijay Swaroop

Patna, April 21, 2007
First Published: 23:20 IST(21/4/2007)
Last Updated: 23:31 IST(21/4/2007)


Nearly 100 CPI (Maoists) activists stormed the Narganjo flag station (Jamui district in Bihar) under Asansol rail division of Eastern Railway on Patna-Howrah main line on Friday midnight and held the cabin master and a porter hostage for more than six hours.

As a result of this train movement on the main line remained disrupted from 1 am from Friday night till 7.50 am on Saturday morning. The students going to Kolkata to appear in competitive examination on Sunday were the worst sufferers as the train was detained at Jhajha. It resumed its onward journey at 8 am.

The trains affected by Maoists operation included 5051 UP Poorvanchal Express, 3005 UP Amritsar Mail, 2333 UP Vibhuti Express, 5025 UP Maurya Express, 3111 UP Lal Quila Express, 3039 UP Delhi Janata Express, 2351 UP Danapur Express, 3287 South Bihar Express, 2331 UP Himgiri Express, 8181 Tatanagar-Chapra Express, 3288 Dn South Bihar Express, 2352 Dn Danapur Express, 3022 Dn Mithila Express, 2334 Dn Vibhuti Express, 3006 Amrisar Mail, 5048 Poorvanchal Express, 3420 Dn Muzaffarpur-Bhagalpur Jansewewa Express, 2332 Dn Himgiri Express, 3050 Dn Amritsar Express, 2318 Akal Takht Express and 8184 Dn Danapur-Tatanagar Express.

The incident took place at around 1 am on Friday night. The Naxalites informed the cabin master, M Rewani, that landmines had been planted on rail tracks. As soon as he flashed this message to Asansol control room, the Eastern Railway immediately stopped running of all UP and Dn trains. The Maoists, however, did not allow the cabin master to pass this message in detail and took away the panel board key and both the rail employees along with them, said the Chief Public Relation Manager (CPRO), ER, S Mazumdar.

The Maoists released the railway employees at around 6.30 am on Saturday but did not hand over the panel key. However, the lock was opened with the help of a duplicate key. A tower wagon from Jhajha and a security special train from Asansol with RPF, GRP personnel on board reached the spot and carried out intensive checking of the tracks. The railway team cleared the Dn line for traffic at 7.20 am and UP line at 7.50 am after obtaining clearance from the police, said the CPRO.

This is the third incident of attack on this station in last two years and second within a fortnight. The Naxalites have called a 24-hour bandh in Jamui district from Friday midnight to protest the death of their comrade Balgovind Yadav in Jamui jail recently. Earlier in April 2006, the miscreants had blasted the station building at Narganjo while on April 8, 2007, they had killed two RPF jawans on running train.

On getting the information, security commissioner RPF, ER, DM Jamui and SP Jamui reached the spot. The DRM Asansol, Ajay Kumar Rawal told Hindustan Times that since the law and order is the state subject, he had requested the DM and SP to provide security to passengers. "I've asked the RPF officers to identify the vulnerable stations, strengthen the security and intensify the track patrolling," said Rawal.

Lalu blames Nitish govt for Naxal attacks

Holding the Nitish government responsible for Naxal attacks on trains and railway stations, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad said if the state government had taken effective measures Naxals would have been deterred from carrying out attacks on railway property. Charging the government of limiting itself to merely announcements, he said that no announcement was being implemented. Replying to newsmen's queries during his Phulwariya visit on Saturday regarding the Naxal attack on Narganjo station in Jamui district, Lalu said the capture of Narganjo railway station reflected administrative failure.

Police clueless about Maoist kidnap

Apr 21, 2007 - 1:28:46 PM


Abujhmad forest is spread out over 4,000 sq km area of Bastar's 40,000 sq km area and is known to be a Maoist stronghold where police hardly dare visit. The outskirts of the entire area is strewn with landmines.



By IANS, [RxPG] Raipur, April 21 - Despite overnight raids at several places in Chhattisgarh's forest belt, the police remained clueless about the whereabouts of four people abducted by Maoists.

The four hostages include two relatives of a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party - legislator, Vikram Usendi.

About 100 armed men swooped in on Sulangi, a village 235 km south of Raipur Thursday night in Kanker district, and took hostage two cousins of Usendi. They also looted cash, jewellery and other valuables. The rebels also abducted the two drivers of tractors owned by the kidnapped relatives.

'The police have stepped up search operations and conducted raids at over a dozen places in Kanker district but have no clues about the legislator's relatives,' a police officer told IANS over telephone.

He added that the 'police are doing their best to free them but probably the rebels have taken them deep inside of Abujhmad forest'.

Abujhmad forest is spread out over 4,000 sq km area of Bastar's 40,000 sq km area and is known to be a Maoist stronghold where police hardly dare visit. The outskirts of the entire area is strewn with landmines.

Chhattisgarh is one of 13 Indian states hit hard by Maoist violence.

Naxals seize Bihar rly station, trains suspended

Jamui, April 21: Suspected Naxalites of the banned CPI(Maoist) seized Narganjo halt railway station for several hours on Saturday after kidnapping the cabin master and porters to enforce a bandh called by them, leading to suspension of train services on the Howrah-Patna section of Eastern Railway.

The cabin master informed the divisional control room at Asansol in West Bengal about the incident and that the Naxalites claimed to have planted landmines on tracks, they said.

Trains, including Howrah-Amritsar Punjab Mail, Lalquila Express and Maurya Express, were controlled at Jasidih station in Jharkhand and Danapur-Durg Express and Danapur-Howrah Express at Jhajha station.

Divisional Railway Manager of Asansol division of the Eastern Railway informed the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Jamui about the incident.

Contingents of special auxiliary police, government railway police, RPF and Bihar police rushed to the spot following which the Naxalites retreated without causing any damage to the station or personnel.

The cabin master and porters were also set free by the Naxals.

The Naxalites have called a 24-hour bandh in Jamui district on Saturday to protest the death of their comrade Balgovind Yadav in Jamui jail recently.

A tower van carrying police personnel was shuttled between Jhajha and Simultala stations on both the up and down lines to look for landmines which were not found. The tracks were cleared for train traffic around 8.15 am, sources said.

Vehicular traffic in rural pockets was badly affected due to the bandh.

"There is virtually no traffic on Sikandra-Narganjo and Jhajha-Chakai roads," sources said, adding so far no incident of Naxalite violence has been reported in the district.

The Naxalites had shot dead two Railway Protection Force personnel and injured three others in a running train near Narganjo station on April Eight. They had also blown up the cabin at the same station in April 2006.

Bureau Report


Naxals seize Bihar railway station, trains suspended
[21 Apr, 2007 l 0954 hrs ISTl PTI]




JAMUI: Suspected Naxalites of the banned CPI(Maoist) seized Narganjo halt railway station for several hours on Saturday after kidnapping the cabin master and porters to enforce a bandh called by them, leading to suspension of train services on the Howrah-Patna section of Eastern Railway.

Nearly 200 Naxals swooped on the small station in Bihar's Jamui district at around 1 am and held the cabin master and porters captive, railway sources said.

The cabin master informed the divisional control room at Asansol in West Bengal about the incident and that the Naxalites claimed to have planted landmines on tracks, they said.

Trains, including Howrah-Amritsar Punjab Mail, Lalquila Express and Maurya Express, were controlled at Jasidih station in Jharkhand and Danapur-Durg Express and Danapur-Howrah Express at Jhajha station.

Divisional Railway Manager of Asansol division of the Eastern Railway informed the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Jamui about the incident.

Contingents of special auxiliary police, government railway police, RPF and Bihar police rushed to the spot following which the Naxalites retreated without causing any damage to the station or personnel.

The cabin master and porters were also set free by the Naxals.

The Naxalites have called a 24-hour bandh in Jamui district on Saturday to protest the death of their comrade Balgovind Yadav in Jamui jail recently.

A tower van carrying police personnel was shuttled between Jhajha and Simultala stations on both the up and down lines to look for landmines which were not found. The tracks were cleared for train traffic around 8.15 am, sources said.

Vehicular traffic in rural pockets was badly affected due to the bandh.

"There is virtually no traffic on Sikandra-Narganjo and Jhajha-Chakai roads," sources said, adding so far no incident of Naxalite violence has been reported in the district.

The Naxalites had shot dead two Railway Protection Force personnel and injured three others in a running train near Narganjo station on April Eight. They had also blown up the cabin at the same station in April 2006.


Naxals call for Jamui shutdown, blocked train services on Howrah-Patna route
From our ANI Correspondent : Dailyindia.com/ANI

Jamui (Bihar) Apr 21: Naxals have called for a 24 hour shutdown in Jamui District today to protest against the death of their comrade Balgovind Yadav in the District jail recently. They also disrupted the trains on the Howrah- Patna route going via Jamui to enforce the shutdown.

Around 200 Naxals seized the Narganjo halt railway station here around one a.m. and held the cabin master and porters captive, railway sources said.

The Naxalites reportedly planted landmines on the railway track leading to suspension of all train services on this route.

A group of railway police, Bihar police and special force were rushed to the spot following which the Naxals retreated without causing any damage to the captives or the station.

The tracks were cleared for the train traffic around 8.15 a.m. in the morning, sources said.

The impact of the shutdown could be seen more in the rural areas where the roads remained deserted with almost no vehicular movement.

However, so far no incidence of Naxalite violence has been reported from the district.


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Major arms seizure in Varanasi

Press Trust of India
Saturday, April 21, 2007 (Varanasi)

In a major haul, police have seized 6,000 detonators and 400 highly explosive gelatin rods from near Ramnagar area, suspected to have been transported by naxalites to disrupt the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

A police team on patrolling duty near Vishwasundari bridge situated on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli district found these explosive materials lying abandoned in the jungle area late last night, Ramnagar police station incharge D K Tripathi said.

The seizure of explosives in the area prone to naxal activities points to the possibility that the consignment could have been brought by naxal outfits for carrying out subversive activities and vitiating the assembly election process in the region, Tripathi said.

The plans of MCC, a naxal outfit, to take revenge for the killing of their self-styled zonal commander Sanjay Kol in Chandauli district earlier this week in a gunbattle could be another motive behind the explosive consignment, which did not not reach to the hands of the insurgents.

Orissa seeks more anti-Naxal funds

Saturday April 21 2007 12:35 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Chief secretaries on Friday observed that violence had come down in insurgencyaffected areas, but they expressed concerned over increasing Naxal violence in some states.

They discussed measures to streamline overall governance and improve the internal security, especially in states affected by Naxalism and insurgency, at a day-long meeting, organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances in New Delhi.

The Home Ministry made a presentation on the internal security situation in the country. DGPs of some states, including Orissa, also participated.

Sources said Orissa demanded more funds to tackle the growing threat from Naxals, who have made base in several districts.

A demand was made to declare Jajpur, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Phulbani and Ganjam districts as Naxalaffected.

The demand for deployment of additional two companies of CRPF was reiterated. The other demands included more funds from the Centre under the Police Modernisation Programme, upgradation of police stations in Naxal-hit areas and funds for execution of welfare measures in tribal areas. Implementation of different development Chief Secys’ meet in Delhi.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Naxals attack railway station in Bihar

NDTV Correspondent
Saturday, April 21, 2007 (Jamui)

Cabin master of the Narganjo Railway Station in Jamui in north Bihar has been taken away by Naxals.

Now this area comes under the eastern railway, the Naxals reportedly have laid landmines at the station.

Train services have been stopped up and down through the station though reports say that at the moment there are no Naxals in the railway station.

Railway services of Howrah bound trains via Jamui have been disrupted.

Cabinet secy wants fixed tenure for bureaucrats

Cabinet secy wants fixed tenure for bureaucrats
[21 Apr, 2007 l 0150 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]



NEW DELHI: Cabinet secretary B K Chaturvedi on Friday made a strong pitch for giving a fixed tenure to 'babus', asking the states for necessary notification in this regard at the earliest.

Addressing the chief secretaries of states at a day-long conference here, Chaturvedi underlined the importance of accountability which, he said, was not be feasible without fixed tenures for officers.

On fixed tenures, he referred to the amendment in the All India Services Rules, which is pending notification in the states. He asked them to notify the amendment at the earliest as it would help improve governance.

The conference, organised by the department of administrative reforms and public grievances, discussed issues like internal security, food security, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, National Rural Health Mission, improving business climate and strategy for improving governance.

The chief secretaries of the Naxal-affected states are learnt to have pointed out the difficulties being faced by them in the fight against the Red ultras.

Though they sought more help from Centre to fight this menace, they accepted the need for proper utilisation of Central funds when figures compiled by the home ministry were brought to their notice.

The figures showed the huge gap between the disbursal of Central funds and the actual utilisation by the states.

The police chiefs of 10 states also attended the meeting, which, among other issues, focused on the internal security situation, particularly in the wake of spurt in Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

CRPF to raise nine new battalions

G. Anand

Thiruvananthapuram, April. 20: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will raise nine new battalions to meet counter insurgency and internal security challenges, the Deputy Inspector General of Police P.G.G Nair said here today.

Interacting with journalists at the Recruit Training Centre (RTC) here, Mr. Nair said the CRPF is in the process of recruiting nine thousand men from across the country. Three hundred and fifty of them will be from Kerala and about 600 from Tamil Nadu. The recruits will be assigned to a particular battalion first and then trained together as a unit for better cohesion within the ranks.

One of the new battalions is likely to be headquartered at Pallipuram, as the RTC here would soon be shifted to a larger campus at Peringom in Kannur district this year.

The recruits will be trained to undertake search, raid, ambush, defence, attack, counter insurgency and anti-terrorist operations in different terrains and conditions. They will be taught urban and jungle warfare. Mr. Nair said a group of recruits were currently undergoing a two week basic course in jungle warfare near Sabarimala in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The recruits will also be taught to fire 81 mm and 51 mm mortars. They will be trained to use both AK-47, AK-56 and INSAS assault rifles. The CRPF now also relies on rifle and small arms training simulators to enhance the shooting skills of recruits. The simulators use digital and "force feed back" technologies to replicate recreate different combat situations.

The CRPF also uses modern Infantry Weapons Effect Simulators (IWES) to give recruits a "true feel" of real fighting. Basic training in computers, satellite telephony, disaster management, rescue and stress management are part of the course.

Mr. Nair said CRPF battalions were fighting insurgents in Chhatisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and also naxalites in Orissa. The force was looking for land in Kozhikode. He said 22,000 recruits have passed out from RTC, Pallipuram. The CRPF had lend a helping hand to the victims of the Tsunami disaster in December 2004 and also participated vector control programmes.

In 2006, the facility was adjudged the Best Cost Effective Unit in CRPF, the Best Administered Unit in the Southern Sector, and the Best Group Centre in all of India. Its band has been winning the All India Inter-sector Band Competition for the past three years. The CRPF is looking for 25 more acres of land for further expansion at Pallippuram.

No Naxal movement in the West Zone: IG

Friday April 20 2007 11:51 IST
SALEM: Inspector General of Police, West Zone, K Rajendran, on Thursday asserted that there was no Naxal movement in the West Zone and claimed that the law and order was very much under control.

Briefing mediapersons after holding a review meeting with the police here on Thursday, Rajendran reiterated that except a couple of robbery cases in Dharmapuri, no incidence of communal riots, custodial deaths or pendancy of serial dacoity cases were witnessed in the zone in the recent times.

Lauding the peformance of the Salem police, Rajendran pointed out that the Salem range had record ed 94 percent recovery rate (stolen properties) in 200607. This, he reasoned, was due to the successful functioning of night beats.

He pointed out that all 236 station house officer's in west zone were instructed to treat the people respectfully, record the FIR within an hour and redress their grievances at the earliest in order to safeguard the image of the department, as advised by the Director General of Police. Admitting that there were a few shortcomings, IG said the department was prepared for a change.

Maintaining that 212 fatal accidents took place in the zone last month, the maximum in a month being 276, he said the highway patrol had come out in a big way in preventing such accidents.

Asserting that equal opportunity would be given to all history sheeters, including bootleggers, seeking a new lease of life, Rajendran added that police would closely monitor them.

He also agreed that shortage of adequate workforce was the biggest obstacle in creating more picketing points or police outposts at blackspot villages. Steps would be taken to identify and recast such villages, Rajendran said. As many as 750 people turned up and submitted their petitions with the IG during the special grievance meeting held at the city police commissionerate.

POLICE NEXUS ALLEGED: While the IG spoke at length about successful enforcement in West Zone, Nandagopal, a petitioner residing at Arisipalayam in the city, was waiting outside the CoP's room with a (one number - serial) bunch of lottery tickets and accused the police of allowing illegal lottery sale.

Nandagopal, who arrived there to submit a petition for a different reason, stated that lottery agencies were operating freely in the city and sought police permission for selling lotteries.

He also made a special mention of a couple of lottery agencies in Pallappatty and Chevvapet police station limits which had a nexus with the police. "I have submitted my petition despite knowing that there will be no use in even approaching the IG," he told

Cops refusing duty in naxal areas to face music

Posted at Friday, 20 April 2007 16:04 IST
Raipur, April 20: Taking tough stand on the policemen refusing posting in naxal-prone areas, the police department has decided to terminate those cops who will not comply with the orders.

Not only this, besides strict departmental action against these police officials, they could also be charged with treason act.

But, all is not bad for the cops as the department will also reward those police officials who will work in naxals-inflicted areas.

However, the police department also accepts crisis of police force in the state and is taking measures to cope with the situation.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

CBI ‘solves’ MLA murder

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Dhanbad, April 19: CBI claims to have tied up the loose ends and completed the investigation into the murder of popular Bagodar MLA, Mahendra Singh, in January 2005 just before the election to the Assembly.

CBI has identified the killers as Pramod Mahto and Ramchandra, both hailing from Nawadih block of Bokaro. Both joined the underground rebels in 1996 and have stayed away from their native village since then.

The CBI used eyewitness accounts to prepare sketches of the killers, claimed sources in the agency. And the sketches were then taken to various Maoists lodged in several jails of Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. With the duo getting identified by a large number of Maoists, the agency has now stepped up its hunt for the two fugitives.

The agency claims to have received information about their whereabouts but concedes that they have been moving camps and flitting from one state to another during the last 27 months.

The involvement of the two was also confirmed by the chance recovery of a diary in Singhbhum, almost a year after the MLA’s assassination. The raid to a Maoist hideout revealed the diary which contained a surprisingly detailed account of the assassination and carried the names of the two assassins.

While the CPI (ML) legislator was an outspoken critic of the Maoists and moved through the constituency alone, unarmed and even at night, the armed rebels apparently felt threatened enough to hatch a plan to eliminate him. The last straw for them evidently was when the late MLA began saying publicly that the naxalites were taking even the poor for a ride. When his version found acceptance among the people, rebels apparently decided to eliminate him.

The diary, significantly, maintained that the assassination was carried out even before the final approval was received from the central leadership of the CPI (Maoist).

The agency had to investigate the possible involvement of several politicians and police officers, whose names surfaced immediately after the assassination. While several IPS officers and politicians were interrogated by the agency, they were eventually absolved of any responsibility.

The agency has also identified one Dr Vijay alias Yadavji as an accomplice. A quack and a rebel sympathiser, Dr Vijay, the agency claims, had even accompanied Mahendra Singh to win his confidence.

Prankster or extortionist?

Statesman News Service

KEONJHAR, April 19: While the Naxalites have already strengthened their base at Barbil and Harichandanpur, the radical group is allegedly trying to make inroads into Dhenkikote and Ghatagaon areas.
Dillip Bal, a local businessman of Ghatagaon, at first tried to treat the phone call he received on 17 April from a person introducing himself as a Naxalite, demanding Rs 2 lakh from him, as a prank.
But the same person’s second call on 18 April at 11.10 am reminding him of the money has left Mr Bal a terrified and perplexed one. As the IIC post in Ghatagaon has been lying vacant for the past two months and the officer officiating as the IIC had gone to Turmunga for an official job, he informed the SP, Mr G Upadhyay, about the matter. The police investigation revealed that when the first call was made from a Tata Indicom pay phone at Katarabeda near Dhenkikote, the second call was made from the same make’s pay phone in Harichandanpur.
When contacted, the SP, Mr G Upadhyay, confirmed that there had been Naxalite activities in the Dhenkikote area. But the caller to Mr Ball is yet to be traced out.
At present, it cannot be said whether the caller has actually played a prank on Mr Bal or he is indeed a Naxalite.
Quoting the shopkeepers of Harichandanpur and Dhenkikote areas, he also said that the shop keepers pleaded their helplessness when asked about the physical appearance of the person who made at that particular time. As the 1 rupee Tata Indicom phone is generally hanging in front of the shops and the callers are calling without asking the help of the shop keepers, they have little chance to come face to face with the callers whereby it is rather difficult to memorize the appearance of a particular caller at a particular time, he said.
Last month, Harichandanpur and Ghatagaon police along with SOG conducted a massive combing operation in jungles near Dhenkikote as some villagers complained that they came across a group of persons with rifles hanging from their shoulders inside the deep jungle

J'khand: Naxals united in violence



Kunal Verma
CNN-IBN

Posted Friday , April 20, 2007 at 09:21
Updated Friday , April 20, 2007 at 09:28

Ranchi (Jharkhand): This admission from Jharkhand's top cop, after a recent landmine blast in Bokaro killed 15 STF personnel, shows that Jharkhand is losing its battle against the Naxals.


“Such incidents in the future cannot be ruled out as the Naxals have planted so many landmines in Jharkhand that even if I use my entire force it will take at least three years to clear the state of landmines,” says DGP, Jharkhand Police, J Mohapatra.


Says Chief Minister, Jharkhand, Madhu Koda, “A national policy is needed for states to fight Naxals.”


However, the police warn that state inaction is only allowing the Naxals to get stronger.


“The Naxals take a cut from all projects and so get stronger,” says General Secretary, Jharkhand Police Association, Chandragupta Singh.


In the recent Palamau Lok Sabha by-poll, jailed Naxal leader, Kameshwar Baitha, came second winning nearly 1.5 lakh votes, showing the clout of the Naxals here.


“We give 'jolts' to the state to say the Naxals are ready,” CPI-ML MLA, Binod Singh.


There is a lack of political will in fighting Naxalism in Jharkhand apart from the fact that the Naxals seem better organised, better motivated and better led than the police.

Naxal isue diktat for UP polls

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Lucknow, April 18: Close on the heels of diktats issued by some dacoits to vote for their candidates during the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, a Maoist group has asked people in naxal-infested areas to elected nominees backed by it.


Distributing pamphlets, Communist Party of India-Maoist has asked people in Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur areas to vote for its candidates, who will be in the fray for the sixth phase of elections scheduled for May 3.


Though the Election Commission has so far succeeded in curbing activities of anti-social elements during the first two legs of polls, the naxal diktat has alarmed the state machinery.


Wanted dacoits Dadua and Ambika Patel alias Thokia had earlier asked people to vote for their nominees in Bundelkhand region that goes to polls on April 28.


The CPI-Maoist termed the present government as imperialist and working for welfare of industrialists only.


The group said attempts are on to malign the image of "those fighting for the cause of poor and farmers" and labelling naxalites as terrorists and even killing them in fake encounters.


Terming police and military as puppets of the government "to carry on unabated atrocities on farmers and downtrodden", the CPI-Maoist also cautioned people against the media which it said was "spreading rumours against naxals so that they were cut off from the public at large".


It also appealed to the people to deposit licensed as well as illegal fire arms with the party and contest elections by joining it in large numbers and grab power in the state.

A police team had last week raided Pokhariya village in Sonebhadra where Maoists had asked locals to mobilise their votes in its favour, but the naxals escaped. Pamphlets in the name of Nari Mukti Sangathan Tez Karo (expedite women's freedom group) were also circulated in the area, police said.


In the fifth phase the authorities are also facing a challenge to counter dacoit Dadua's diktats in favour of his brothers Bal Kumar Patel and R K Patel, who are contesting elections from Patti (Pratapgarh) and Karvi (Chitrakoot) respectively, where elections are due on April 28.


BSP candidate and sitting MLA from Manikpur (Chitrakoot) had already registered a complaint with the EC about Dadua's attempt to influence elections in the region.


Dadua's son Bir Singh is chairman of district panchayat of Chitrakoot and is considered very influential in the region.


Thokia, whose mother Pyari Devi Patel is contesting from Naraini (Banda) is also trying to influence the elections.


Meanwhile, state Chief Secretary, Shambhu Nath, and senior home department officials had recently met officials of the troubled areas and gave them strict directions to take necessary measures to deal with an iron hand "any attempts made to affect the elections".


Home department officials said central paramilitary forces along with state police and PAC personnel would be deployed in these areas to ensure security of voters as well as the candidates. (Agencies)


Published: Thursday, April 19, 2007

Naxals recruiting children

Thursday, April 19, 2007 03:07:51 pm


BREEDING TERROR: Naxals train children at a training camp in Bihar.
The Naxals in Bihar are doing what the LTTE, numerous Islamic terror outfits like the Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Hezbollah and several African rebel militias have done to horrific effect -- recruit children to fight their wars.


Bihar police had gone on record to claim that Naxal groups had come out with a new recruitment scheme that revolves around hounding hapless villagers to give up a child either male or female to join the red army.

In the absence of villagers filling missing children complaints, the Naxals responded by dismissing the claim saying that this was part of an elaborate disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting the red army.

Police claim that villagers refused to file missing persons’ complaint because they fear reprisals from Naxal groups.




RAW DATA

1. Maoists' recruitment of children comes to light ( The Hindu , Thursday, Feb 17, 2005)

2. The Adivasis of Chhattisgarh: Victims of the Naxalite Movement and Salwa Judum Campaign ASIAN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (10. Child soldiers ,Page 47)

"The Naxalites have been reportedly abducting Adivasi children, both boys and girls, to training camps where they are taught how to use weapons and deal with explosives. The children, some as young as 14, are sent as frontline combatants and allegedly used as shields during operations against security personnel.116 The Naxalites have a front organization named Bal Mandal, Children Division, to carry out its activities."

3. Maoists have a an excellent track record of recruiting children

4. Chhattisgarh Maoists recruiting girls, minors
Indo-Asian News Service ( October 5, 2006)

5.Maoists justify induction of children

'People's March', mouthpiece of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), justifies induction of children in their red squad. In an article titled 'Revolution of Child evolutionaries', Click children have been described as cultural ambassadors of Maoists. 'There are scores of children who do not have food to eat and clothes to wear. Here (in the Maoist organisation) children are changing their life by adopting the path of liberation,' says the mouthpiece.
'The children who are now eight watch the arms struggle from the beginning and later they become the leaders of the organisation,' it says. (
Indo-Asian News Service )

6 Below excerpts are from justifying recruiting Children in their party and brainwashing them to become a terrorist .

Peoples March June-July 2006) , Article (R)Evolution of child revolutionaries - tender voices from Jharkhand (

There are as many girls as boys in this process. While for boys it is the liberation from a backward society, for the girls it is additionally liberation from the patriarchal oppression.
What can children of such a small age do for revolution? When children could do laborious work in hotels and dangerous works in industries like explosives (in Sivakasi), garments and other such things, they can definitely do work of opposing the same. Childhood is normally understood in a romantic, emotional and sentimental manner.


But in reality it is not. It is not so, anywhere in the world. The naked, stark reality in their lives makes them mature at a very early age. It is not the so called precocious ness of children who perform the ability to write PG examinations at the age of ten, or do this and that extraordinary things that are recorded in the books with much publicity. These children are not educated through books. They are educated through life. So they easily imbibe the revolutionary politics. They are not pure mental beings. They are physical laborers. Once armed mentally, their energies develop in a diversified manner. They start to learn singing. The cultural organization ‘Jharkhand Abhen’ provides them a good opportunity. In fact more than 90 per cent of the members of the culturalorganization are children below 15 – 16 years. After becoming full timers in the party, they move with the women organizers or with the squad. During meetings in the villages, they sing, perform play-lets and other suchthings. They carry out certain important tasks too. At times they even help the higher committees. Thus they are part and parcel of the Party. They are part and parcel of revolution.

This happened in Vietnam. This happened in China. Now it is happening in India, in the state of Jharkhand. Andundoubtedly the Revolutionary Children in India are going to achieve more and more strides in their Revolutionary practice. Yes. Children are the future citizens of a Socialist society.

Lastly –
Journalists coming to meet the leaders of the revolution normally criticize that children are robbed of their childhood and are forced to join the party. The above instances are enough to understand what isbeing robbed off, and what is being given to the children by the revolutionary party. Taking children into the Party does not mean that they do all what a grown ups do. There is the age limit of 16 years to become eligiblefor Party membership. Meanwhile the children are not only looked after. They are developed in a creative manner, perhaps in a manner not possible elsewhere. Anyway this is the simple answer they gave when questioned why they preferred the party life despite difficulties : ‘In the village we cannot know anything. But in the party everything is taught. We can get a better understanding of things. We can develop ourselves and also developthe society’.

K.P.S. Gill unlikely to get an extension

(Staff Writer, © IANS)
From correspondents in Chhattisgarh, India, 04:05 PM IST

Former Punjab Police chief K.P.S. Gill's one-year contract with Chhattisgarh as security advisor is unlikely to be extended as senior state officials have reportedly told the government that he has proved ineffective in curbing Maoist violence, according to official sources.

Gill's term as security advisor ended April 16. He was appointed to the post in April 2006 by Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Gill, who earned the sobriquet 'super cop' for successfully tackling Sikh terrorism in the Punjab in the 1990s, was called to Chhattisgarh to bring all his 'experience and ability' to contain the Maoist violence. The state has already witnessed 144 Maoist-related killings since January this year.

In the past year, there has been a spate of Maoist attacks. On March 15, Maoists butchered 55 policemen in one of the deadliest attacks since they launched their violent movement from a West Bengal village in 1967.

'Gill was useless. He failed to coordinate with frontline police officers of the state while formulating plans for anti-insurgency operations. He has tried to tackle Maoist guerrillas in the same way as he tackled militants in Punjab with great success,' a home department official, who did not want to be identified, told IANS. He is among those officials who had advised the government not to give Gill a second term.

'The combat method of militants active in the plain terrain of Punjab is totally different from that in Chhattisgarh, where Maoists are active in its hilly areas. Any expert cannot achieve success in Chhattisgarh till they go through in depth about the Maoists' terror modus operandi,' a police official said. Both officials declined to be quoted.

The state accounted for 48 percent deaths of the 749 killed in Maoist violence in the country in 2006. In the January to March period, Chhattisgarh has contributed to over 70 percent of the Maoist-related killings of security forces and civilians.

(Staff Writer, © IANS)


Chhattisgarh declines to extend KPS Gill's tenure

Source: UNI
Raipur, Apr 19: The Chhattisgarh government has declined to extend the tenure of K P S Gill as its security advisor and has appointed a three-member expert committee to study and analyse issues related to naxalite violence and suggest ways to tackle the problem.

''Mr Gill's one year tenure as security advisor has come to an end. We have already communicated to him our decision of not extending the arrangement'', a senior official of the Home department said.

Dr Raman Singh-led BJP government had appointed Mr Gill, a former Director General of Punjab police, as its security advisor on April 16 last year. His appointment came in the backdrop of sudden spurt in naxalite violence in tribal Bastar region ever since the local tribals launched 'Salwa Judum'-- which in local Gondi dialect means peace mission-- in June 2005 to drive away the Maoists active there for over two decades.

As the anti-naxalite campaign gained momentum, the rebels retaliated by unleashing violence against the security forces and killing local people, who participated in 'Salwa Judum' meetings and rallies.

On the very day when Mr Gill was appointed as security advisor last year, the Maoists stormed a police station at Murkinar in Bastar region, killing seven policemen. Subsequently, the rebels torched a relief camp at Errabore on July 17 killing 33 people, including women and children.

Similar incidents of violence continued and on March 15 this year, the Maoists struck again, killing 55 security personnel in an attack at a police camp at Ranibodli in Dantewada district.

Mr Gill came under attack from certain quarters, who alleged that his tenure has been a failure. However, Chief Minister Raman Singh defended him saying ''Mr Gill is security advisor. His job is to advice the government and not to lead the security forces as its commandant. Many of his suggestions were implemented''.
Meanwhile, official sources said the state government was considering to appoint a new security advisor, particularly to focus on Naxalism. ''Mr Swarnajit Singh Sen, a former Director General of Andhra Pradesh police, is being considered for the post'', official sources said.

The state government has also appointed a three member committee comprising a retired Director General of CRPF, Jungle Warfare College incharge Brig. B K Pawar and Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxalite Operations) Girdhari Nayak.

The committee will study and analyse a series of incidents of naxalite violence, including one at Ranibodli, and suggest ways and means to deal with the situation. The committee is expected to submit its report within a couple of months.

--- UNI

Combing operation intensified at Hilang

Thursday April 19 2007 13:23 IST
DEOGARH: Police have called a public meeting at Hilang on Thursday in a bid to reach out to the people.

Talking to this website's newspaper, Deogarh SP Shafeen Ahmed K said besides hearing people's grievances the administration will also organise a health camp, folk festival and other entertainment and welfare activities.

The decision was taken after the Naxals observed the first death anniversary of the three Naxalites, who were killed on April 18 last year in Barkhol forest under Ada gram panchayat. About 20 ultras were taking rest in Barkhol forest when they were caught unawares and surrounded by security personnel.

In an exchange of fire that ensued, at least three ultras were shot dead. This was followed by a second encounter on July 3, 2006 when four more ultras were gunned down in Raniguda under Jharagagua gram panchayat of Tileibani block.

The Naxals have reportedly decided to construct a memorial to commemorate the death of their colleagues at the site. This decision is being considered as a comeback plan of the Naxals, police said.

Naxalite killed in Lucknow encounter

Naxalite killed in Lucknow encounter
[ 19 Apr, 2007 1505hrs IST PTI ]



LUCKNOW: A Naxal zonal commander carrying a bounty of Rs one lakh was killed in an encounter in Chandauli district on Wednesday night.

Acting on a tip-off, police team surrounded Sanjay Kol in Chakia area and gunned him down after exchanging fire.

They also recovered an AK-47 rifle, hand grenades and pamphlets from his possession.

A number of cases including loot, murder and extortion were pending against Kol in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Bihar, they said.

State Chief Secys.' to discuss internal security

State Chief Secys.' to discuss internal security

New Delhi, April. 19 (PTI): The critical issue of internal security will be high on the agenda of a day-long conference of state Chief Secretaries here tomorrow.

Other issues like food security, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, National Rural Health Mission, improving the business climate and strategy for toning up governance will also be reviewed, official sources today said.

The conference, to be inaugurated by Cabinet Secretary B K Chaturvedi, is being organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

It is intended to serve the twin purpose of assessing the performance of different states over a period of time as also making an appraisal of the progress made in respect of various flagship programmes of different central nodal ministries.

The meeting will also seek to remove impediments in speedy implementation of centrally sponsored schemes.

While discussing internal security, special focus will be given on naxal violence, which is posing the biggest threat to internal security.

Intelligence inputs have hinted at the vulnerability of the stock market, sea routes and the uninhabited islands which could be used as a safe haven by terrorists.

Sources in the MHA said the meeting would be attended by Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, Special Secretary (Internal Security) M L Kumawat and other senior officials dealing with internal security and naxal management.

The MHA has also convened a meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxalism here on April 26 after completing its exercise of reviewing operational strategies to tackle Naxalite activities in nine states and deliberating on development aspects.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Police dogs, horses worth their vet

Dipankar Bose

RANCHI, April 18: There are horses in the stable and dogs in the kennels of the Jharkhand police. The dogs perform such tough tasks as sniffing out explosives and ferreting out Maoists as part of the policemen’s advance team during encounters. The horses control mobs and regale crowds during Independence Day and Republic Day parades.

But there is not a single veterinary doctor for the animals, even after nearly seven years of the formation of the youngest state of the country.
According to police records in the state police headquarters, the Ranchi district police has two sniffer dogs ~ a Labrador and a German Shepherd. The latter is also a trekker dog.

The absence of a full-time vet is not the only problem with these special breeds which unearth hidden explosives planted to blow up police and paramilitary vehicles. The food supplier has not been paid for the past five months. About Rs 25,000 is needed every month to feed the animals. Though the food supply has not been stopped yet, department officials say the quality has deteriorated.

A district police officer said the headquarters’ top brass has decided to form dog squads in all the 22 districts of the state and some expert kennels in Kolkata have been contacted for procurement of special breeds. Rs 1 crore sanctioned for the purpose.

“We do need trained dogs for accurate and timely detection of crimes and explosives. But these animals fall sick at times and need medical attention. At present, we have to depend on a private vet and when he goes out in town, the quality of treatment is compromised. Medicine and aid are provided from our own funds as the state government has no sanctions for medical expenses of police dogs, just as it does not have a provision for the appointment of a full-time vet,” an officer said.
The condition of the six horses in Ranchi Police Lines, brought from the Army by the Hazaribagh Police Training College, is no better. Food comes from Hazaribagh but the quality is never examined. “Green grass, which is important for the horses’ health, is not provided as part of the animals’ daily diet,” an officer said.

“There is a veterinary college near Kanke, which functions under Ranchi University. When horses fall ill, we have to arrange for transportation of the animal to the college for treatment. On many occasions, we may not have a vehicle to transport horses. So we call up the college and verbally inform them about the disease and administer medicines, without any check-ups. No one from the Hazaribagh police training college comes here to conduct a health check-up of horses,” an officer engaged in grooming the animals, said.

ADG (headquarters) of the Jharkhand police and former in-charge of police modernisation, Mr Niyaz Ahmed, denies any lackadaisical attitude on the part of the police towards taking care of the dogs and horses, but admits that there should be a full-time vet.
“We have informed the state administration about the importance of appointing a vet. We are awaiting the government’s nod,” Mr Jagdish Raj, present Additional DG (police modernisation), said.

Quarrying boosts illegal trade of explosives

Thursday April 19 2007 00:00 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Two recent hauls of explosives by police have brought to light spread of the illegal trade in Khurda and Nayagarh districts where quarrying activities are booming.

While the seizure of gelatine sticks, detonators and wire-coils have managed to raise heckles about the explosives finding their way to Left wing Maoists, it is the quarrying units that seems to have spurred the illegal trade right under the nose of the district administrations.

A week back, police and excise officials nabbed an illegal liquor trader at Kaipadar area under Khurda police limits and recovered over 250 gelatine sticks, 65 kg wire and at least 416 detonators from his possession.

During investigation, the liquor trader Arakhit Ranasingh spilled the beans about the how the trade flourished.

Though he dealt in illegal liquor, Ranasingh was into quarrying in Kaipadar.

Not being a lease-holder, he could not procure the explosives needed for the blasting activities.

Sources said, he approached Ramesh Pradhan, a licensed explosive dealer, of the same area.

Interestingly, few months back Tangi police had laid its hands on a similar consignment of explosives. The explosives were procured from Pradhan who was then arrested and jailed. This time around, he is on the run though.

“Prima facie it appears the illegal explosive trade is mainly to carry out quarrying. But all sides are being looked into,” Khurda SP Amitabh Thakur said.

But there is more than meets the eye. In Khurda Police limits there are two licensed explosive traders. They source their materials from Hyderabad. But Pradhan, one of them, has been caught twice on the wrong side.

Illegal trade is lucrative and that’s why even some of the licensed traders are getting into it. To state that the district administration is unaware of it would be a gross understatement.

“It is duty of the revenue officials to crack down on illegal operators of quarrying units. But they have been selective in their raids which is why it is flourishing,” a senior official said.

In Khurda, quarries are mostly located at Tapang and Kaipadar. The supply of chips for building materials is met from these units. Most lands on which the quarries are sited are either revenue land or property of Lord Jagannath.

In most cases, rocky areas - called mundia in local language - are leased out. The lease-holders then sub-lease to a number of small operators to make an assured profit on the lease price.

This is where people like Arakhit Ranasingh step in. A sub-lease holder who is not legally authorised to carry out quarrying, he tried to make the most of it by procuring explosives from Pradhan in an underhand deal.

With authorities watching, this has become the norm in these two districts.

Mamata wakes up to Naxalite hijack threat

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Calcutta, April 18: Mamata Banerjee is trying to distance herself from Naxalites, who were threatening to hijack her movement against land acquisition.

She revealed her intent to part ways with the rebels — a regular feature in her road shows and rallies — to some close aides last week when they complained about the Naxalites’ “growing clout” in the Trinamul Congress-led Save Farmland Committee.

The committee was floated during land acquisition for the Tata Motors project in Singur.

“We must not allow the Naxalites to flaunt their clout before us. Trinamul is by itself a force to reckon with,” Mamata was quoted as saying.

Pushed to the brink of political oblivion after her party’s crushing defeat in last year’s Assembly polls, Singur, Nandigram and the Naxalite supp-ort helped her stage a comeback. “The Naxalites helped her re-establish contact with the grassroots,” a Trinamul leader said.

Although larger Naxalite groups like the CPI(ML) Liberation and the CPI(ML) led by Kanu Sanyal are not with Mamata, four smaller ones played an active role in the land war.

They were responsible for many of the guerrilla attacks on the fencing — uprooting posts and setting it on fire — around the Tata plot in Singur. From the anti-acquisition movement, the focus of the Singur agitation shifted to law and order, thanks to the violence.

Mamata refused to share a platform with the Naxalites at an anti-acquisition rally at Esplanade on Friday. Her “disenchantment” with the direction in which the rebels had steered her movement became apparent when she said that day she was opposed to the bid to pull down the Tata fence.

The Trinamul chief has also sent directives to party functionaries in the districts to see to it that Trinamul is not perceived to be anti-industry.

“With the panchayat polls only a year away, we can’t afford to rub shoulders with the Naxalites,” a Trinamul leader said. “Our links with them will spell bring disaster in the polls since most people are scared of the extremists and do not trust them,” he added.

Naxalite leaders admitted that political compulsions have strained Mamata’s “association” with them.

“She has to keep her own political identity intact. She does not want to be branded pro-Naxalite despite being keen on taking our help to resist land acquisition,” said Purnendu Bose of the West Bengal State Organising Committee of CPI(ML).

Another rebel leader said Mamata has adopted a calculated ploy of maintaining equi-distance from the Naxalites and the state BJP. “She is with the NDA at the national level, but not in the state where the Jamait Ulema-i-Hind is part of her movement. In the same way, she is very much with the Naxalites, but doesn’t want to let them steer the course

Naxals targetting industrial hubs , using local criminals for extortion



Orissa, business hub for Naxals
Jajati Karan
CNN-IBN

Posted Thursday , April 19, 2007 at 08:24
Updated Thursday , April 19, 2007 at 08:56

Jaipur/Orissa: The Naxals have moved out of the forests of Southern Orissa, and are now targeting the state's growing industrial hubs including the Kalinganagar and the Chromite Mines of the Sukinda valley.


Five hundred Naxals s are reportedly active in Orissa using local criminals to extort money from mine owners and contractors.


"We are told not to mention the name of Naxals in our operation as they have threatened to kill us. If we collect an amount of Rs three lakhs for the Naxal leaders we get a share of around Rs 25, 000," says a local gang leader.


The Naxals found their issue at Kalinganagar a year ago when 13 tribals were killed in police firing over land acquisition protests. The Naxals are now extending their full support to the displaced tribals.


"If the government keeps exploiting us like this then we will not need the outside support of the Naxals. We ourselves will become Naxals,” says president, Bistaphan Birodhi Manch, Chakradhar Haiburu.


The Orissa government hopes to wean displaced tribals away from the Naxals by starting fresh discussions with them, and at the same time dealing firmly with the Naxals.


"We have information that the Naxals are extorting money in this area. We will firmly take action against them whenever we get information and give protection to the people there,” says Home Secretary, Orissa, Tarun Kanti Mishra.


However, trade union leaders allege that industry and mine owners flout many laws themselves so they rarely approach the police for help.


” When they themselves are at fault, they do not have courage to lodge complain against the Naxals who project themselves as pro workers,” says trade union leader, Sukinda, Mayadhar Nayak.


Rehabilitation and resettlement remains the biggest challenge of the Orissa government as it industrialises the state.


Until they resolve the issue with integrity, the Naxals will find plenty of support in these emerging industrial areas.

The new battles

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 21:55 IST


NN Sachitanand

Last week, at Jagatsinghpur near Paradip port in Orissa, a tense stand-off developed between 12 platoons of the state armed police and 4000 families belonging to three gram panchayats located in the middle of the proposed project area for the 12 million tonne steel-making complex of the South Korean steel giant, POSCO.

The villagers are resisting the acquisition of their land for the project and have erected bamboo barricades and even cut off an embankment road to prevent the police from entering the area. The MOU for the project was signed two years ago and Posco is now chafing at the leash at the delay.

However, fearing a Nandigram-like replay, the state government is reluctant to take any direct action against the agitators. It may come as no surprise if POSCO ultimately opts out of the Indian project and takes the Rs55,000 crore investment to another country. Orissa, incidentally, is ruled by the Biju Janata Dal.

Political parties looking on with unconcealed glee at the discomfiture of the CPM-led government in West Bengal following the Nandigram SEZ debacle may soon have to shed their grins. For, this isn’t the first time in our country that rural landowners and the police have clashed violently over land acquisition proceedings. As the above instance shows, it won’t be the last either.

Way back in December 2000, policemen deployed at the site of the Utkal Alumina International Ltd in Orissa had to open fire on a crowd of tribals protesting the acquisition of their land for the mines of the company. Three persons died. That project, which was given the green signal by the then Congress-ruled state government as far back as 1993, has never got off the ground.

In February this year, 15 people were injured when tribals in Lohandiguda village in Jharkhand attacked a government team which had come to survey land to be acquired for another Tata steel project. Jharkhand is governed by a BJP-led coalition.

As the examples quoted above make amply clear, the Nandigram fracas is but one pixel of a bigger kaleidoscope. And the contagion is rapidly spreading. The fight is not about SEZs alone. It is a part of a greater war that is being fought across the country. Ranged on the two sides in this war are the forces of stasis and development.

On the side of stasis is a motley group comprising NGOs, opportunist politicians, academic intellectuals, and Leftist insurgents. On the side of development are arrayed the state and Central governments, politicians, administrators, industrial establishments
and others.

In this war, during the early decades after Independence, the forces of development were strong and the land needed for giant industrial, infrastructure and irrigation projects could be acquired without much fuss. However, the last two decades has seen the balance of power shift to the forces of stasis. This has come about due to fragmentation of political power, enactment of more stringent environmental legislation, increased foreign funding of NGOs leading to strengthening of their organisations, and, of late, the spread of the Naxal network.

Aiding and abetting them is a mainstream media which revels in being anti-establishment. On the other hand, the forces of development have become weak due to rampant corruption in the body politic as well as in the administration, and the entry of entrepreneurs who have no sensitivity to social issues.

If allowed to continue, this war can debilitate the economy of the nation in the future. The solutions are there for all to see: market rate compensation for land acquired, employment guarantee in the project for one person from each displaced family, setting up of industrial training institutes near large project-affected areas, levying a special development cess on all commercial and industrial turnover — the proceeds of which should directly be channelled for improving social infrastructure in rural areas — establishing state-subsidised financing for small and tiny enterprises such as vehicle maintenance, tyre repair, catering, retailing, transport, schools and clinics which will come up as adjuncts to the main industrial projects and result in considerable indirect employment of displaced persons. Involving local NGOs in many of these activities, especially social infrastructure projects, would make them partners and not antagonists in the war and defuse to some extent the lure of insurgency.

The writer is a commentator on national issues.

Jharkhand schools become police camps

Indo-Asian News Service
Ranchi, April 18, 2007
First Published: 13:45 IST(18/4/2007)
Last Updated: 14:23 IST(18/4/2007)


With security worries utmost on mind, the Jharkhand government has converted 25 schools in the state into police camps.
Many schools have been closed in the last five years as the buildings are used as police camps. Estimates put the number of affected students at 12,000.

When anti-Maoist operations are launched, the security personnel are shifted into school buildings. In some schools, the personnel live in the building while teaching takes place under the open sky.

As a result, a primary school in Ghure village of Latehar district is closed since 1990 and Maoist guerrillas have attacked the building thrice.

Education in the Chatrapur Middle school of Daltanganj has also been affected since 1990 for similar reason.

"For many years now, classes are taking place outdoors as the school building has been given to security personnel. Studies are badly affected by the movement of the security personnel but we cannot do anything about it," complained a teacher in Jhumra Hill of Bokaro district.

Another teacher of a school in Kurkura, Gumla district, said: "Student lives are always under threat due to Maoists. The rebels sometimes attack the police camp and the students studying in the open air are vulnerable to such attacks."

However, police officials pledge helplessness in the face of the state decision.

"We need places to house the security forces. The government has asked us to convert schools into camps. What can we do? We are just doing our job," said a police official.

Maoists are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. At least 600 people, including 290 security personnel, have been killed in Maoist related violence in the last six years.

The state government's order to convert 25 schools into police camps to counter Maoists attacks has affected about 12,000 students.

Arjun Singh advocates talks with Naxalites

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RANCHI: Advocating dialogue with Naxalites, Union HRD minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday said such discussions will help bring about solution to problems.

"One should try to make them (Naxalites) understand through talks that violence brings nothing," Singh said.

"Its not force, but discussions which will bring about solution to problems," Singh said after launching the second phase of 'School Challe Hum' programme.

The union minister made the comments after being informed that the state intended to accelerate educational programmes in different parts of Jharkhand despite 18 districts of the state being Naxalite-infested.

State HRD minister Bandhu Tirkey also pointed out that it was a challenge for his government to take up educational schemes in the rural areas in the face of extremism.

"We will reach our goals, and strive to raise the literacy graph of Jharkhand," Deputy Chief Minister Sudhir Mahto said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Incredible India

Incredible India
Consider the state of the nation. Then consider the political response to issues that confront it. India does not need miracles. India itself is a miracle: it survives.


Rajinder Puri

Consider the state of the nation. Then consider the political response to issues that confront it. Begin with the north-east. The entire region is bleeding from separatist insurgencies that started decades ago.

The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) was founded in 1986. NDFB seeks a sovereign Bodoland. Within India it has links with the United Liberation Front (ULFA) which seeks a sovereign Assam. Outside India, NDFB has links with groups in Myanmar. Among other things, it propagates ethnic cleansing of Bodo areas.

ULFA was founded in April 1979. It has grown so strong that recently it could extract obedience from the Assam government over the issue of the National Games in Guwahati. It is most active in the wealthy tea-growing and oil-producing areas of Assam. Since 1990 ULFA has been linked to Pakistan's ISI which has given it arms and training. ULFA leaders receive sanctuary in Bangladesh. This year, 172 persons have already died in terrorist-related violence in Assam.

Nagaland has the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) which demands Naga sovereignty. It was formed in 1980. It is split in two -- NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K). Both outfits have governments in exile, receive foreign arms, and raise funds from drugs. In 2007 an estimated 46 people were killed in Nagaland's terrorism-related violence.

Manipur has two major separatist insurgent groups. The United National Liberation Front (UNLF) was founded in 1964 and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 1978. Both seek independence for Manipur. The Manipur PLA seeks to unite the entire north-east under one revolutionary front. This year 99 people were killed in terrorism-related violence in Manipur.

In Meghalaya and Mizoram there are insurgent groups seeking separate statehood or autonomy. This year insurgent violence resulted in 24 people killed in both states.

Tripura has two main insurgent groups. The All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) seeks autonomy for tribals and expulsion of Bengalis from the state. But the other group, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), formed in 1989, seeks independent Tripura by armed struggle for liberation from �Indian neo-colonialism and imperialism�. This year, 14 lives were lost to terrorism-related violence in Tripura.

To retain the fiction of normalcy in insurgent areas the government for decades has allowed the army to operate alongside the normal civilian democratic process. This unnatural arrangement leads inevitably to army excesses. It alienates the army from citizens. Meanwhile the government's sporadic negotiations with insurgent groups make no headway. The government has no clear idea about the least it can accept, or the most it might concede. This abnormal normalcy has led to political parties colluding with insurgents for votes. Consequently, extortion and crime have spread. Insurgent groups have penetrated the government. Last week Outlook reported how Maoists obtained the minutes of a top secret meeting chaired by the PM.

However, Tourism Minister Ambika Soni announced last week that tourism will be promoted in the north-east by lifting curbs in restricted areas for tourists. Will the insurgent groups show restraint in dealing with them? Did Ms Soni discuss these measures with Home Minister Shivraj Patil before announcing them? Is Mr Patil in touch with the army and our intelligence agencies? Is anybody really in charge?

The various Maoist groups have created a Red Corridor across one third of the districts in India's heartland: their writ runs in the Corridor.This year 178 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence. There is endemic insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. This year 184 people were killed in terrorist-related violence in J&K. That is, an estimated 693 people have already been killed in India�s terrorist-related violence in 2007. All these figures are taken from the South Asian Terrorism Review, headed by Mr KPS Gill.



Most insurgent groups, regardless of ideology or stated objectives, cooperate with each other and with the LTTE of Sri Lanka. Most are known to have received arms and expertise from Pakistan, sanctuary in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Authentic official sources have confirmed that in the mid-1990s China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) was aiding and directing Pakistan to provide arms and training to insurgent groups in India's north-east. Has China's use of Pakistan as its proxy for destabilizing India ended?

One cannot say. What one can say is that this month the Indian police, quoting warnings by America's CIA, tightened security for the Dalai Lama. According to the police, the CIA had warned of an attack by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) against the Dalai Lama, directed by a foreign organization. LeT's links with Al Qaeda, and the latter's links with China's PLA, have been confirmed in the past. In light of this, one must ask: what interest can Al Qaeda have in eliminating Dalai Lama unless a Chinese angle is involved?

And, what is the government doing about Kashmir? It continues discussion with Pakistan without any idea about its final objective. Simultaneously, it promotes SAARC in a manner that effectively kills the prospect of an EU-like South Asian Union ever emerging. It may be recalled that in Europe the NATO security treaty preceded the European Common Market. In South Asia, Pakistan and Bangladesh have defence treaties with China which are obviously directed against India. By allowing China and other powers to enter SAARC as observers, the government has succeeded merely in consolidating a billion-plus population market for them to exploit, while India wrestles with security problems created through SAARC neighbours.

Indian politicians are themselves busy dividing society. The government is obsessed with caste-based reservation in higher education while it ignores primary education. On April 10 HRD Minister Arjun Singh conceded that India was "still quite some distance away" from providing eight years of education to every child. For votes the government is tearing castes and communities apart: consider the government's poll-inspired gestures appeasing Muslims, compounded by the BJP's hate-Muslim policies. This, while the government is lifting curbs on Special Economic Zones without addressing the concerns of farmers: they continue to commit suicide.

Governance has collapsed. Law and order have disappeared. Corruption is rampant. A discredited CBI is wrestling with the Volcker case, the Bofors case, the Naval War Room case, and the Scorpene Submarine case. All these cases involve the government itself. And it is happening under a government with questionable legality. If the flawed Office of Profit Law is struck down by Supreme Court when Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi's petition challenging it comes up, 50 to 100 MPs could be unseated. The UPA government could lose its majority. The judgment is expected before the presidential election in late July. It could rock the system.

India does not need miracles. India itself is a miracle: it survives.

(Puri can be reached at rajinderpuri2000@yahoo.com)

Naxalites have plans to destroy Thermal and Atomic Power generation centers

Maoist designs

Naxalites have plans to destroy Thermal Power and Atomic Power generation centres throughout the country, warned Shri Ramgopalan, founder, Hindu Munnani, while speaking to media in Palani. He demanded the government to provide additional security to those sensitive places. He was in Palani, one of the six famous abodes of Lord Karthikeya in Tamil Nadu, as part of the ‘Ram Rajya Prarthana Yatra’ that began on March 3 and is to go on till May 13. The same day there were reports that posters asking people to join Naxal movement were found pasted in several small towns in Vellore district bordering Naxal infested Andhra Pradesh. The ‘Ram Rajya Prarthana Yatra’ moves from place to place awakening Hindus regarding the dangers faced by the society such as conversions and mismanagemant of Hindu temples under the government control. (From VSK, Chennai)

Naxalites threatened Villagers not to pluck Mahua flowers

Chronicle News Service

Baidhan, Apr 16: In the adjoining areas of Chhattisgarh the naxals have issued an order to the villagers not to pluck Mahua flowers. The naxals claim that their right on the forest products remains and threatened even to the forest department not to cut bamboos and they have banned on picking Tendu leaves.

Now the villagers have been facing a new order of the naxals. As the naxals have threatened the villagers to kill.

If sources are to be believed, then the most naxal affected area is Mada police station area where the villagers have received threatening.

In Dhari village the situation is so critical because if any villager goes to pick Mahua flowers at his own tree, he is threatened by the naxal associates.

Suresh Kumar Jaiswal of the same village complained to ASP in writing and said that he has 26 Mahua trees and had been picking its flowers continuously every year.

But on March 27,2007 some persons who told them selves as members of Naxal organisation banned to pick Mahua flowers from his own trees.

The complainant lodged a report in this connection at Mada police station on March 30, 2007 and April 10,2007 but no avail and he was receiving threatening continuously.

The complainant said that the accused openly said that they were the members of naxal group.

Mada police is mute on these incidents due to this the villagers are facing problems. Now the police have also surrendered before the naxals.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Naxalites On The Rampage At Jadavpur University



Photos of Marx, Engels, Lenin & Anil Biswas strewn around in the room after the attack.



B Prasant



SHOUTING slogans in the dark of the midnight, flaming torches held aloft with glee that ‘Jadavpur University shall go the way of Nandigram,’ a bunch of armed and patently drunk (and not just with heady mischief) Naxalites, some students of various faculties, other hardly so, set fire to the Science Club and then went ahead to ransack the Karmachari Bhavan, all on April 6-7.



They pulled down photos of Marx, Engels, and Lenin and stomped upon them. They vandalised electronic goods, furniture and slogans were raised that Jadavpur University would soon be a ‘free zone where the writ of the state government would be allowed to run.’



Earlier throughout the day, the vandals, who call themselves students, had attacked supporters of SFI, threatened democratic-minded teachers with dire consequences, and by evening the repeated assaults on the SFI workers saw ten of them having to be removed to hospitals with head and body injuries. ‘Burn the SFI workers alive,’ shouted the hoods. The occasion was the Naxalite-SUCI combination winning an election in the university’s arts faculty.



When these hooligans later went out of the campus and tried to attack houses of known SFI workers, they met with united resistance of the people of the locality who bare-handed drove the goons back to the safety of the campus. Once inside, the hooligans indulged in more vandalism. Moreover, they would not allow fire tenders to enter the university to douse what had become by then raging flames threatening to spread.



The hooligans, once having done the misdeed, at once climbed onto jeeps and cars and made off for Nandigram, it was noticed. Later, on reaching Nandigram they were whisked into ‘safe houses’ run by the Trinamul Congress, setting up yet another example of the right-left cooperation, unprincipled and opportunistic, against the Left Front and the Left Front government.



The SFI has organised a successful one-day students’ strike across Bengal on April 9, and have undertaken continuous demonstrations and marches in the Jadavpur University condemning the semi-fascist attack and calling upon the authorities to apprehend the culprits, a large number of whom have already been clearly identified.



Educationists across Bengal including vice-chancellors, principals, teachers’ organisations, and eminent teachers have condemned the incident and they are at one in believing that the heinous attempt was made to disrupt the education scene in Bengal as part of a calculated effort.

Maoists Terror :Doctors still reluctant to take up rural postings

Tuesday April 17 2007 00:00 IST
BHUBANESWAR: Rural health services particularly in tribal dominated districts continue to be plagued by shortage of doctors and other paramedical staff.

The additional financial incentives announced by the Government for doctors working in tribal dominated backward districts has failed to motivate doctors to take up rural posting.

According to latest estimate, 382 doctor posts are lying vacant in 14 districts including the 11 districts (eight KBK districts plus Boudh, Kandhamal and Gajapati) where doctors are given special allowance. The other three districts are Gajapati, Mayurbhanj and Sundergarh.

While 173 assistant surgeon posts are lying vacant, there is a shortage of 101 class-II specialists, 82 class-I specialists and 26 senior class-I specialists is these districts.

Shortage of doctors have hit the health services most in backwards districts of Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Koraput and naxal infested Malkangiri. As against a sanctioned strength of 92 assistant surgeons in Kandhamal district, 22 posts are lying vacant. The remaining three districts have a shortage of 20 assistant surgeons each.

The sanctioned strength for Malkangiri district is 55 while 35 doctors are in place. Delivery of health services in the district has crumbled and people are dying of common diseases like diarrhoea which recently claimed several lives, sources said.

While the tribal dominated southern Orissa districts are malaria endemic zone, 233 post of women malaria preventive health worker are lying vacant. The issue was raised at the recent meeting of the Tribes Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Last year the State Government introduced an incentive scheme to encourage doctors to take up posting in the KBK districts and three non-KBK districts of Boudh, Kandhamal and Gajapati.

A special allowance of Rs 2000 per month was given to each of the assistant surgeon and class-II specialist posted in district headquarters hospitals and Rs 5000 per month to the two categories of doctors posted in periphery.

Additional incentive of Rs 2000 per month was given to contractual doctors working in these districts and tribal blocks of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts.

However, there is hardly any changes in the situation even after introduction of the incentive scheme.

Recently, the Government announced a special package for the doctors including enhancement of basic salary. The special incentive for doctors working in KBK districts was from Rs 5000 to Rs 8000 per month and those working in district headquarters will get a special allowance of Rs 4000 per month as against Rs 2000 given earlier.

The incentive schemes will be extended to doctors working in Gajapati, Kandhamal and Boudh districts.

Naxal threat behind 'mission ATS'?

[ 16 Apr, 2007 1532hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

With terror activities on the rise in the state, the cops have their tasks clearly defined. And if sources are to be believed, Naxals are now getting assistance from the terrorists, which is a strong reason for the ATS to spread its fang in the city. Arunav Sinha reports the developments.


As terror activities show their presence felt in different parts of Maharashtra, the police are taking no chances to combat the rising menace. Grapevine has it that naxals are now being supported by the terrorists. And that could be one of the reasons for Nagpur to have an Anti-Terrorism Squad cell by the end of December, 2006.

Talking about this, the Commissioner of Police, Nagpur, SPS Yadav said, “The need for the ATS cell has been felt before the June 1 attack on RSS Headquarters. Another reason, which could be attributed, is that this part of the state is far from western Maharashtra and hence ATS coverage was not possible for this place. As a result it has been decided to set up ATS cells in Nagpur and Aurangabad.”

“The Nagpur ATS cell will be located at Police Line Takli and would be headed by an officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and he will be supported by few Sub-Inspectors and 15-20 policemen,”
informed Yadav when asked about the team composition.

Endorsing the views of Yadav, the ATS Chief KP Raghuwanshi said, “Nagpur is an important place on one side of the state and the recent incidents have given indications that such full-fledged units are required.”

When asked whether the move to set up such cells has been necessitated by the reports that militants are indirectly helping the naxals by providing them sophisticated arms, Raghuwanshi refused to comment and said, “There is a separate anti-naxal operation unit in the police, which is handling this menace and as and when required ATS will definitely extend its helping hand.”


Naxal violence showed declining trend in 2006: Home Ministry official
Ramashankar
Patna, April 16, 2007
First Published: 21:37 IST(16/4/2007)
Last Updated: 21:42 IST(16/4/2007)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/

Naxal violence showed a declining trend during 2006. Disclosing the fact, Union Home Minister’s Additional Secretary (Naxal Operation) Vinay Kumar said that violence was reported from 395 police stations in the country in 2006 against 450 police stations during 2005.

In Bihar, violence was reported from 69 police stations in 2006 against 80 police stations during 2005. He said 30 companies of the para-military force were deployed in Bihar to assist the State police in carrying out anti-Naxal operation.

When asked whether he was satisfied with the Bihar government’s efforts to deal with Naxal problem, the Additional Secretary replied in affirmative and said that there had been a remarkable decline in the incidents of Naxal violence in Bihar during 2006.

Earlier, Bihar Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said the extremists have stepped up their activities during the initial three months of the current year. “We have also apprised the Centre of our growing concern. As per reports, the Naxals have decided to target Bihar this year,” he said.

He attributed the reason to Bihar police success in apprehending the top-ranking leaders of the outfit. During 2006, the police arrested 441 extremists, including 10 zonal commanders and 30 area commanders. Moreover, 16 extremists surrenders before the police while 6 were killed in police encounters,” he said.

According to the Home Secretary, 29 regular weapons, 110 country-made weapons, 6 grenades, 11 can bombs, 23 detonators, 49 kg explosive and 3 kg RDX were seized by the police during anti-Naxal operation in 2006. “It seems that intensive drive against the ultras has compelled them to fight for their survival,” he added.

Bihar seeks special package to fight naxalism

Patna, April 16, 2007
First Published: 19:42 IST(16/4/2007)
Last Updated: 19:45 IST(16/4/2007)


The Bihar government has demanded a special package of Rs 1906 crore from the Centre to deal with the Naxal problem in the State. The state government intends to utilize this money to launch development work, as it believes that it is the only way of curbing the Naxal menace.

The demand was placed by the State Government representatives at a high-level meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) held in Patna on Monday. The package amount may increase by another Rs 100 crore as two departments could not submit their proposals in the required format.

Union Home Minister’s Additional Home Secretary (Naxal Operation) Vinay Kumar told mediapesons that the special development proposals submitted by the Bihar government would be finalized after consultations with heads of the Ministries and departments concerned.

“The purpose of holding the meet outside Delhi for the first time was to get acquainted with the problems faced by different departments in implementing the government schemes for Naxal infested areas,” he said, adding there was a greater coordination needed among different departments to take development to the target groups.

“During the meeting, we came to know that the Bihar government has utilized hundred per cent of the money under the Plan head of the budget during last financial year. But, there is need to maintain a balance between quality and speed in implementing the schemes,” Kumar said.

The Additional Secretary said the empowerment of the gram panchayats would accelerate the pace of development in Naxal hit areas. “It is high time that the panchayat bodies should be involved in implementing the schemes,” he pointed out. Kumar said roads are being built in rural areas and angar bari sevikas appointed to create health awareness. Similarly, efforts are on to improve education system under the Sarva Sikshsa Abhiyan in the state, he said.

Replying to a quarry, Kumar said while the administration was fighting with the Naxals on one hand, it was trying to fill up social divides due to lack of development. He advised the state governments to follow the Andhra Pradesh model. “The way Andhra Pradesh has responded, other state governments should also do so,” he added.

He assured that he would discuss the issue related to reducing the matching grant of Bihar by 25 per cent by the Planning Commission for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.

He disclosed that Naxal violence was reported from 395 police stations in the country against 450 during 2005. In Bihar, violence was reported from 69 police station against 80 during 2005. He said 30 companies of the para-military force were deployed in Bihar to assist the State government machinery in carrying out anti-Naxal operation.

When asked whether he was satisfied with the Bihar government’s efforts to deal with Naxal problem, the Additional Secretary replied in affirmative and said that there had been a remarkable decline in the incidents of Naxal violence in Bihar during 2006.

Earlier, Home Secretary Afzal Amalluah placed before the IMG the problems faced by the state administration in dealing with the Naxal menace in the state. The Home revealed that out of Rs 1906 crore special package proposal, Rs 1200 crore was earmarked for rural roads while Rs 400 crore for anti-extremist operations in Naxal infested districts.

He said that the Centre has to play an important role in bridging the gap between

Chief Secretary A K Choudhary, Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah, DGP, A R Sinha, IG, CRPF, Joint Director, IB, IG (Operation), IG, SSB and secretaries of different departments were present at the meeting.

IG Bharadwaj for 'dedicated' intelligence wing to curb Maoist terror

Patna, April 16, 2007
First Published: 19:11 IST(16/4/2007)
Last Updated: 19:13 IST(16/4/2007)


The Bihar Government is contemplating to create a ‘dedicated’ intelligence wing in the special branch to crack down on extremists, especially CPI (Maoist). The move comes in the wake of a sudden spurt in extremist activities in different parts of the State in the recent days.

SK Bharadwaj, IG (Operations), who is in-charge of all anti-Naxal operations, said on Sunday that he had already submitted a proposal to the government to create dedicated intelligence wings in all Maoist-affected districts to take on the ultras in their strongholds.

As per the proposal, Bharadwaj would be the nodal officer to monitor all intelligence inputs collected from the districts. “A pilot project is already in place in five Maoist-affected districts, including Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad Aurangabad and Rohtas,” he added.

Bharadwaj said, once put in operation in all districts, the dedicated cell could help the district police pre-empt most of the Maoist attacks. The move was aimed at strengthening the intelligence network, he said.

Meanwhile, the Maoists have distributed pamphlets in some districts of Bihar bordering Nepal appealing to the deprived sections of society to give either a son or a daughter to the outfit to fight for the cause of the underprivileged people. The Maoists’ appeal has created panic among the parents, who have shifted their young children to other places to prevent their drafting into the ultra outfit.

Bagaha Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said a young girl of Maitrjiza village under Laukariya police station recently joined the Maoist cadre. “We have been holding janata darbars in villages considered to be stronghold of the Maoists, motivating them not to join the cadre. We are also apprising them of the government’s surrender and rehabilitation policy,” he said, adding that the response had been good.

Vaibhav said the impact of the drive could be gauged from the fact that the Maoists were facing problem in recruiting cadres even from their pockets of influence. “They have lost support of the people in areas falling under Gowardhana and Goraiya police stations, which are surrounded by forests and rivers,” he said.

To drive home his point, the SP said that 8 hardcore extremists surrendered with firearms to the police. “We have already written to the government to give the benefits of the rehabilitation policy to these extremists’ families,” he pointed out.

Somebody is passing counter-insurgency plans to Maoists


The Traitor Inside
It's clear -- somebody is passing counter-insurgency plans to ultras


Bhavna Vij-Aurora


Maoists Accessed The Minutes

April 13, 2006
Venue: 7 Race Course Road
In the chair: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Attended By: Chief ministers of Naxal-affected states, senior security and intelligence officials.
Key points discussed:
* Possibility of penetrating the internal set-up of Maoist leadership
* Use of heliborne operations against the Maoists hiding in Kaimur Hills, Bihar
* Training of select paramilitary personnel in jungle warfare
* Redeployment and additional deployment of forces
(All detailed in the Maoist Annual Report 2005-2006)

August 29, 2006

Venue: North Block
In the chair: Union home secretary V.K. Duggal
Attended by: Home secretaries, directors general of police of the Naxal-affected states, chiefs of BSF, CRPF, SSB, other senior security and intelligence officials


Key points discussed:
* Ways to improve intelligence-gathering and sharing among various states
* Strategies to curb Maoist operations along the Nepal border
* Ways to disrupt the coordination among various Naxal groups across state borders.
* Level of increased deployment of security forces in areas identified as ultra-sensitive.
(All detailed in the Maoist Annual Report 2005-2006)


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How did the Maoists operating from the hills and dense forests of Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh access the minutes of two crucial and secret meetings last year—one held by the prime minister at his residence and the other chaired by the home secretary at North Block? Both were focused on tackling the Maoist problem. The first was attended by chief ministers of Naxal-affected states and by senior intelligence and security officials. The second, which involved members of the Joint Operations Command of the security forces, dealt with strategy and deployment of forces.

The shocking truth that the Maoists had gained access to the minutes came to light after intelligence officials stumbled on an eight-page annual report (October 2005-06) of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) during a recent operation. An explosive part of its contents, yet to be revealed to the media, relates to the outfit's precise and detailed knowledge about what was discussed in the two closed-door and high-profile meetings.

Here is what the annual report has to say about the April 2006 meeting at 7, Race Course Road chaired by PM Manmohan Singh: "It is clear from the minutes of the April 13 meeting that the government is planning to infiltrate our ranks and use airpower in otherwise difficult and inaccessible terrains. The decisions at the meeting include penetration by intelligence agencies of Maoist leadership, use of heliborne operations against the Naxalites hiding in (the) forests of Kaimur hills, and training of select paramilitary personnel in jungle warfare."

The second meeting on August 29, 2006, was held in the Union home ministry, and was chaired by then secretary V.K. Duggal. It discussed details of deployment of security forces. Several steps to improve intelligence-gathering and sharing it among various states were also deliberated. The meeting also mooted possible ways to curb Maoist operations in border areas and disrupt their coordination across inter-state borders.


All the details of what was discussed, intelligence officials say, were passed on to the Maoists. Which is why there is a conclusion in the report drawn after factoring in what was discussed on August 29. "We have to be careful. Don't stay at one place for too long. Keep moving. Do not forget your tasks and do not forget your aim."


The fact that the Maoists could lay their hands on the minutes of the two meetings has set the alarm bells ringing. Intelligence and security officials have expressed concern on what they describe as a serious security lapse.


The Maoist report cites only the main points of secretive government meetings; it's feared the ultras have got access to finer details too.A senior intelligence official told Outlook, "It's clear the Maoists have access to secret information and plans—that too within days of being formulated. No wonder, there hasn't been much success in our operations against them. Any action plan should have an element of surprise. That's completely lost in case of anti-Naxal operations."Only the main points at the meeting have made their way into the annual report, but intelligence officials fear the finer details too may have been passed on to the Maoists. They say it does not help the Naxals reveal all they know, but the subtle message has been sent out that the ultras know what had actually transpired at the two secret meetings.


The annual report brought out in September 2006 was updated till the August 29 meeting. Points out an intelligence official: "There've been meetings since. There was one on September 5, 2006, again chaired by the PM and attended by the chief ministers. Now we have to proceed on the assumption that the Maoists may know what was discussed."But how could the details of the two meetings have been passed on? It could have been leaked at the Centre or from officials of the states which attended the meetings or from security or intelligence agencies. Whatever, the Union home ministry feels steps have to be taken to ensure such access is halted. Which is why it has asked CMs of all Naxal-affected states to ensure there is no leakage of confidential information at their end.The MCC report also lists the mining, irrigation and industrial projects it plans to target in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.


It says there are plans to create "red terror" in Sitamarhi district of Bihar where the Kosi irrigation project is coming up. "The region needs attention not only for opposing government machinery but also for mobilising mass support."The other sites on the Naxal hit-list are the proposed bauxite mines of Jindals near Visakhapatnam, Polavaram irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh, the projects of Tatas, Jindals and Essar in Chhattisgarh, the Rajghara-Raoghat-Jagdalpur rail line, steel plants of Posco and Tatas in Orissa, power plants of Reliance and ongoing Narmada projects in Madhya Pradesh.The rest of the report lists several successful operations. There are also details of the sophisticated weaponry the Maoists have acquired in recent times, including AK-47s and SLR launchers. There is also talk of expanding operations to urban areas in Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Delhi too is on the radar. But these are plans that the intelligence agencies already know about. What's vital are the details of the two meetings. They prove the Naxals are one step ahead of the the government.In fact, so embarrassed is the Union home ministry that no official inquiry has been ordered into the leak. But intelligence agencies are looking into who could have been the sources who passed on information to the Maoists. Many in the ministry feel identifying them is important if the government's operation against what the PM described as the "biggest threat to country's internal security'' is to succeed.