Saturday, July 14, 2007

Maoists Loot Orissa Businessman's Home

Saturday 14th of July 2007 Armed Maoists set two vehicles of a businessman on fire and looted his home in Orissa's Malkangiri district, a senior police official said Saturday.

Panic gripped the area, particularly among businessmen and traders, as Friday midnight's incident came just two days after a Maoist-sponsored shutdown in the tribal dominated district, nearly 620 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

Malkangiri District Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye said about 25 armed Maoists and their tribal sympathisers from nearby villages thronged the village known as MV-72, under the MV-79 police station, Friday midnight and looted 50 bags of rice and an equal number of fertiliser bags from Laki Biswas's house and later beat up Biswas's son.

'The guerrillas also set one jeep and a truck ablaze before disappearing from the scene. They were looking for Biswas and before the looting they threatened his family members with dire consequences,' the police official told IANS.

Biswas's family sources said the Maoists disconnected the telephone and power connection in the home and also looted gold ornaments at gunpoint.

Police have registered a case following Biswas' complaint and launched combing operations even as patrolling has been intensified in the village.

India concerned about Maoist insurgency

RAIPUR: The killing of 24 Indian troops this week by Maoist rebels has raised concerns over whether security forces can successfully battle the insurgents, officials and analysts said on Friday.

The jungle clash in central India erupted after a unit of 100 soldiers and armed police went to check on a suspected rebel camp only to find themselves heavily outnumbered and outgunned, security sources told AFP. The estimated 500 guerrillas in insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh state were equipped with bullet-proof jackets and helmets, mortars, automatic weapons, rocket launchers and advanced improvised explosive devices.

“The security men had almost entered the rebel stronghold but heavy firing from every side stopped them,” a Chhattisgarh police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“It indicates they are even prepared for an air strike or to counter tanks,” said another senior top police official, who also requested anonymity. Dozens of troops apparently ran away from the clash in the mineral-rich state’s forested Dantewada district, 500 kilometres south of state capital Raipur.

Other police sources said troops ran out of ammunition while the Maoists quickly summoned reinforcements. The debacle has prompted serious questions over how India is fighting the rebels - described last year by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the biggest threat to the internal security of the world’s largest democracy. The guerrillas appear to enjoy massive support among the region’s vast tribal population and landless farmers neglected by governments and fed up over unemployment and rampant corruption.

Originally a peasant uprising which erupted in 1967 in the eastern state of West Bengal, the rebellion has spread across 14 of India’s 29 states. Chhattisgarh is now seen as the movement’s nerve centre. “You can’t fight the challenge even with better weapons because the troops are heavily outnumbered and most are trained for static jobs - not for guerrilla warfare,” said Ajai Sahni, head of the Institute for Conflict Management.

Less than 2,000 counter-insurgency security forces have been deployed in Chhattisgarh against 4,500 armed Maoist cadres if the “most conservative estimate” is used, he said. “If you take irregular forces on each side, the ratio of security forces to that of Maoist fighters is 1:10,” he said, adding the rebels were seeking to make a part of the state their first “liberated zone.”

The state government has drafted civilians into police but Sahni called this “immoral.”

Locals can be involved “when police dominance has been established, not as a forward force,” he said. “There are enough resources” to deal with the problem, he added, but blamed “lack of will.” Chhattisgarh police said the incident has led to a serious security review - although similar action was promised in March when 55 policemen were killed in the worst-ever Maoist assault in the state.

“We’re reorganising our forces,” said Inspector General of Police RK Vij, without elaborating. Security analyst PV Ramana said government forces, helped by good intelligence, managed to get the Maoists “on the run” in southern Andhra Pradesh state, which was worst hit by the rebels. But Ramana said the new Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh are the “mere beginning of what they envisage launching.”

Better intelligence and training are needed to deal with “battle-hardened guerrillas,” he said, adding: “This is going to take some time.” afp

Mangalore: Check on Vehicles Continues - Pics









Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (MB)
Pics Rajesh Shetty

Mangalore, Jul 14: Random checking of vehicles arriving into and departing from the city continued at key points.





Late on Friday evening and night, all vehicles going in different directions were stopped and checked at Nantur junction where two national highways - NH 13 and NH 17 - intersect each other. It caused a bit of inconvenience to many but the police said it had become necessary in view of certain developments in the district.

A police official, on condition of anonymity, disclosed to Daijiworld that this measure is being taken in compliance with orders from the higher level. It is said to be a three-pronged action against reported entry of Naxalites into the district, illegal transportation of arrack which has been banned in the state and also to keeps tabs on persons driving vehicles under the influence of alcohol.

It has been noticed that during the past year, several young lives have been lost as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Encounters: police not bound to register case

Legal Correspondent


HYDERABAD: A three judge Bench of the High Court on Friday made it clear that it is not mandatory for the police to register a case of murder whenever there are encounter killings.

While two judges held this view, a third judge felt that cases under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code had to be registered and investigated. The bench was disposing of a batch of writ petitions referred to it by a Division Bench for answering this vexed issue which has been bothering the security establishment and human rights activists.

Several writ petitions were filed seeking a direction to the authorities to register a case of murder against the police personnel involved in encounters. Nearly a decade ago, a division bench of the High Court, which dealt with the killing of Madhusudhan Raj directed the registration of a case against the police.

Later, when a civil liberties organisation filed a writ petition seeking a similar sweeping direction to the authorities, the writ petition was dismissed by another Division Bench.

Subsequently, a similar issue came before a third division bench and was referred to a bench of three judges. The petitioners contended that the police had to establish that they killed the armed naxalites in self defence and prove their innocence before a court of law.

The Andhra Pradesh Police Officers Association, argued that in every case the registration of FIR and consequential statutory suspen- sion of the accused police officer was not accepted in law.

The Government opposed the case of the petitioners. Justice L. Narasimha Reddy and Justice Dr. Yethi Rajulu did not agree with the contention of the petitioners and said that in a case wherein there was complaint and some material, a criminal case could be registered. Justice Bilal Nazki felt that the case be registered in case of death.

Meanwhile, K. G. Kannabiran, President, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, in a statement, described the majority view of the Bench as unfortunate.

He said the direct consequence of this judgement was the non-accountability for the killings in police encounters.

Anti-Naxalite combing operations continuing in TN: SP

Vellore, July 13: Combing operations by the Tamil Nadu police to check infiltration of Naxalites from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh were continuing in the border districts, a senior police official has said.

Special teams were carrying out the search operations in Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvellore districts, DSP Arulselvan told reporters here yesterday.

Arulselvan, who himself led a 60-member team last week on the combing operations, said the police were also creating awareness among villagers about Naxalites.

Bureau Report

IPS body to protest babus' plans

14 Jul 2007, 0234 hrs IST,TNN



HYDERABAD: The executive council of the IPS Association which met on Friday agreed to officially bring its discomfiture on the matter of the draft Police Act to the notice of the powers that be.

This would be through an official resolution, a copy of which would be presented to the chief minister. A general body meeting of the association is slated to be held on July 21.

The meeting saw the younger elements getting agitated with their seniors for not protesting over the contents of the draft act when it was being discussed at the official level. "We have worked hard and brought the naxalite problem under control. And this is how the government wants to reward us," said a member at the meeting. "This is a sinister design by the civilian officers' lobby to get the chief minister's nod to subjugate us and put us under the revenue officials," said another member.

Between 10-15 police officials attended the luncheon meeting held at the office of secretary Dinesh Reddy at his Transport Bhavan premises. Three special invitees also attended the meeting.

Though a lot of heated exchanges marked the meeting, those who attended were circumspect. "They are afraid of the IAS lobby and don't want to be seen as flexing their muscle too much," said an analyst. Most of the cops who attended the meeting ducked queries by claiming that their official business prevented them from being there for long. When contacted, official spokesman Dinesh Reddy put out a bland statement with bare facts.

IS MAOIST’S INDIA UTILITY OVER?

N.P.Upadhyaya

Believe it or not, however, the fact is that Nepal’s politics appears to be slipping out of the grips of New Delhi establishment.

Intelligent brains even claim that the Maoists had “overly used” New Delhi’s overt and covert gestures only for legitimizing their entrance into the scheme of Nepal’s government structure. Now that they are already in the government-which has not only legitimized their party but has also opened the doors for “establishing” friendly relations with the outside world that is beyond India as well.

Gone are the days of Sitaram Yechury, S.D.Muni and even Shyam Saran-the self styled India’s experts on Nepal-who have now little-as much as is being made visible-to shape and chart the future course of Nepali politics.

In a way, the Maoists paraphernalia under Comrade Prachanda and Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai exhibited their “political acumen” in sending message across the border that the “Indian utility” has come to an end.

This changed political syndrome is very dangerous for India and its establishment which had hoped that the Maoists in the government structure would be helpful and supportive in quelling their own Naxal movement, is not forthcoming.

Look how the Indian alleges that the Nepali Maoists might have together with the Indian Naxals could have attacked the Indian security forces recently.

Quoting Indian media sources the Indian security forces claim that the “Naxalite groups in India were being supported by their counterparts from Nepal, for waging assault against the state led forces”.

Indian media reports claim that in a recent Naxalite strike near Errabore in Dantewada district, UP, the involvement of the Nepal Maoists have been confirmed.

This does, if proven correct as per the claims being made by the Indian media to wrap the Nepali Maoists, tell that the Nepali ex-rebels were still in close contacts with their Indian counterparts.

This is a new headache for India which had concluded that the Nepali Maoists would when in power in Nepal tell their Indian counterparts to join the mainstream country’s politics.

If on the one hand it is so, then the Nepali Maoists are seen to be in a mood to “expand and enhance” their friendly ties with the European Community and more revealingly with the Chinese establishment of late.

High placed sources in Kathmandu have told the telegraphnepal.com that well within a month or so, some fifteen plus top-tanking military commanders and Commissars have visited China in what they call “to study” the Chinese model of “development”.

What is noteworthy in contrast here is that not even a single Maoist top-hat has in the mean time visited India under any pretext or the other.

To the extent that the son of Comrade Prachanda-Prakash Dahal-recently landed in Kathmandu upon completion of his ten day long trip to China.

This sudden change in hearts of the Nepali Maoists towards India is intriguing indeed.

S.D. Muni perhaps came to Nepal recently to “appeal” the Nepali Maoists not to forget the “Indian assistance” in their bad and old days in hibernation. The suggestion went unheeded, perhaps.

Later came Shyam Saran, former Indian ambassador to Nepal, to sound Girija Prasad Koirala that such alarming trend seen in Nepali politics would not be tolerated by India which brought the entire EPA in government through many overt and covert practices.

The fact is that India would not want any third country influence in this country even by default. Contrary to India’s thinking and structured policy, the Maoists appear more inclined towards the Chinese establishment now.

The declaration of the freshly appointed Chinese Ambassador that his country would wish to establish “formal relations” even with the Maoists must have come as a bombshell for the entire establishment. Hardly had the Chinese envoy made such revelation, the Nepali Maoists in good numbers has already visited China under one pretext or the other.

The climax is yet to come.

The Indian Ambassador Shiv Shanker Mukherjee went to see the Maoists militias in Shaktikhor cantonment situated in Chitwan district. Hardly had two weeks elapsed of Ambassador Mukherjee’s visit to that cantonment, a contingent of visiting Chinese delegation from the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, CICIR, led by the team leader Mr. Li Shaoxian, too visited the same cantonment.

This Chinese visit to the same cantonment is more than significant and important as well, speaking on political terms.

Some even claim that the Maoists are “drifting” away from India which is certainly a bad omen for Indian establishment.

Others say that the Maoists appear simply to revive the now defunct “equidistant” theory in the conduct of Nepal’s relations with India and China.

If so then it would mean that the Maoists would wish to expand and enhance the party’s relations with China come what may. For them, the Indian utility appears to have come to an end.

The Monarchy is not with India. Maoists are now not with India. Then who is closer to the Indian establishment? Certainly the SPA. But for how long? Is the question that has been boggling the minds of the Nepali intellectuals?
The King is on record to have said the other day that he would “rather bow to the EPA, but not to India”. King’s message is loud and clear.
Question may rise what if the 2Ms(Monarchy and the Maoist) join hands in the name of preserving national interest? Hypothetical question indeed! July 14, 2007

Work on rural infrastructure in Bihar hit by Naxal threats

From our ANI Correspondent

Tekari (Bihar), July 14: The Naxals in Bihar have halted the developmental work in rural areas of the State by serving extortion notices to petty construction workers engaged in building roads and bridges.


One such example has been the pause in the construction works of roads and bridges in remote Tekari village, where the extortion threats have led to the workers either leaving the work or fume with anger."We have a lot of difficulties. Our children are studying. How will we take care of them? The contractor finds work in other places also but our children and we go hungry. Some people cannot manage enough money to cloth themselves," complained Ramesh Paswan, a construction worker, who is angry that his livelihood is at risk due to Naxals 'unreasonable' demands.

Most of the workers expressed their anger over the Naxal threat and were unwilling to take up works as they were being coerced to pay up.

"A number of posters have been put up in places. There was more such news, in which the workers are beaten up. They have received extortion letters also, work was stopped earlier also for a month. That is what they said," said Sanjay Kumar Singh, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD) of Bihar.

The police in the area had limited success in checking the Naxal activities, though they claim to be working at rooting out extremist elements.

"We are trying to control Naxal activities. We have arrested a Naxal who was involved in a raid at a police post. We are continuously trying in this regard," said Nishikant, station house officer of Tekari police station.

Naxals have been active in certain pockets of the State.


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Udupi: ‘Some Varsity Lecturers Supporting Naxals’ – BJP

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (KD/MB)

Udupi, Jul 14: A few lecturers of Mangalore University are encouraging the students to support the Naxalites, alleged BJP Yuva Morcha’s Sudhir here on Saturday July 14.

Speaking at the anti-Naxal meet held at city service bus stand here, he said that the University is not free from Naxal supporters. There are a few lecturers who brainwash students to support the Naxalite. These are the people who are more dangerous than the Naxals who are in the forest. Hence, we should first free the city from these supporters of Naxalites, he added.

“If we allow this to continue, the day would not be far when the so-called Naxals would live in the city to cause havoc here. Moreover, the motto of the Naxalites is not social justice; instead they are into robbery and killing of innocent people, ” he said.

MLA K Raghupati Bhat too said that the supporters living in the city are more dangerous than the Naxalites

Naxal attacks disrupt life in Agency area

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Visakhapatnam, July 14: The Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district are in the grip of terror unleashed by Maoists last night. Normal life has been badly hit with the threat of further attacks looming large.

The Maoists blew up an electrical sub-station, Doordarshan transmission centre, R&B guest house and burnt articles in the house of former MLA P Balaraju, all in Chintapalli Mandal.

The police sources said that about 15 armed Naxals along with around 50 sympathisers attacked the buildings.

The Maoists set up banners opposing the bauxite mining project in Agency areas in the district. and declared that the blasting was in protest against the recent ‘encounter’ deaths of Maoist leaders S Rajamouli and Somanna. Additional police forces were rushed to intensify combing operations.

Transportation to these villages has been disrupted. The APSRTC officials said that buses were being operated up to GK Veedhi and G Madugula, while commuters had to depend on private vehicles for further transportation. Even private vehicles like jeeps and autorickshaws have been restrained from moving into interior areas.

Power supply was interrupted to about 525 villages, including tribal hamlets. The EPDCL officials are making efforts to restore power supply. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal told mediapersons that the Maoists are acting like rowdies by causing inconvenience to common people. He said that they could not gain anything by their act.

--Agencies

Fear of losing ground led to attack

14 Jul 2007, 0240 hrs IST,Roli Srivastava,TNN



HYDERABAD: The naxal attack in Chintapalli and G K Veedhi mandals in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday night was more to do with their concern for safeguarding their habitat than out of any glowering need to protest the encounters of their senior leaders or bauxite mining in the agency areas.

Both the police and local activists point out Maoists are more troubled about losing their habitation and don't really share the concerns of the local tribals and least of all environmental fears related to mining. Officials and activists also say that there is now a growing dissent among the local tribals.

"Their presence on the border of Orissa, once bauxite mining is taken up in these areas and are developed, may be threatened," says Jitender, DIG, Special Intelligence Bureau, adding that if the stronghold belt of the naxals — Vizag-Vizianagram-Malkangiri-Koraput — slips away from them to industrialisation or development, they may not have any presence left in AP.

The police say that these are sporadic instances of destruction that the naxals are indulging in to make their presence felt. So, while they killed the zilla parishad vice-chairman Ravi Shankar in May, they are now on the Technical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC)— that is aimed only at destruction, like Wednesday's incident of attacking an electric sub-station and a Doordarshan transmitter among other targets.

The fear of losing habitat is common in the 'red corridor' that stretches through the the naxal-infested common border area of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. At the centre of the three state borders is Motu, the last point of Orissa in Malkangiri district and is bordered by Andhra Pradesh on one side and Chattisgarh on the other.

"They (naxals) are not allowing any road to be constructed here as it would enable police movement here," says Satish Kumar Gajbhiye, SP Malkangiri who recollects that earlier police officers could go up to Motu and safely come back. "It is no longer possible," he says.

Besides, a proposed national highway from Vijayawada to Ranchi, agreed upon by the central government in principle, is also being protested by Maoists as it would not only go through their habitation but promise daily wage jobs to tribals.

Also, a 'cut off area' in Malkangiri remains isolated near Balimela dam as naxals are not allowing a proposed bridge for which Rs 47 crore was also sanctioned to come up between this island and mainland.

While naxals continue to find support among local tribals in some areas, there is a growing voice of dissent. The police say that tribals support them out of fear, corroborated by local activists.

"Tribals don't have any alternative. Villagers say they have been forced by naxals to support them. Some also get some money from them and cannot defy them easily," says Badal Kumar Tah of Orissa Adivasi Manch who works in the 'red corridor'. He says he has interacted with tribal leaders of AP and Orissa and there is growing dissent.

And there are reasons for the growing defiance. "A steel plant is proposed to come up in Bastar and we are defying it. But, the naxals went and destroyed the electric tower. There was no power for 12 days," says Manish Kunja former MLA from Chattisgarh. He says while the tribals are protesting as they would lose their land to the steel plant project, the naxal reaction to the problem has put them off.

Here jeans make you a Naxal!

14 Jul, 2007, 0450 hrs IST,Rakesh Prakash, TNN




MENASINAHADYA (CHIKMAGALUR): It’s not just in some nations that a strict unspoken dress code prevails: eight hours away from cosmopolitan Bangalore is Menasinahadya,where wearing jeans is taboo. Reason: chances of getting branded as Naxals or as one of their supporters are high! “If we move around wearing trendy T-shirts and jeans, we are likely to get a thrashing from the police.

They suspect us of Naxal links and subject us to grilling,” said a youth (22),who preferred to remain anonymous fearing police action. A resident of Menasinahadya, he said there were several youngsters like him who are torn between aspirations and the dark ground reality.

Nestled in the thick Kudremukh forests in Koppa taluk, Menasinahadya has become a Naxal hotbed in the past four years. Three days ago, five persons, including two Naxals, were killed in an encounter in this silent hamlet where the only loud noises are that of gunshots. Menasinahadya has no metalled road or electricity and reaching it is a 5-km trek through the leech-infested rain forest.

“We’re caught in the crossfire between the police and Naxals. We, too, want to dress like the youth in Chikmagalur or Bangalore, but cannot.We are forced to crush our desires and that only increases our frustration,” said Pradeep, a tribal who has completed his graduation. The people of Menasinahadya are just seeing civilisation.

But if any of the youngsters are found sporting a cap and carrying a rucksack, the next few moments are a nightmare. However, Chikmagalur SP Vipul Kumar flatly denies any dress fatwa: “We question people only in places where we’ve definite information about Naxal movement.”

rakesh.prakash@timesgroup.com

PM's visit to state deferred

14 Jul 2007, 0412 hrs IST,TNN



PATNA: The much-awaited visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Patna has been "deferred". But did some heavyweight politician from Bihar in the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre get the visit spiked?

On Friday, a cryptic note from the PMO informed the state that the PM's visit has been deferred. The PM along with Union finance minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was to visit Patna on July 17. The government here was making gigantic efforts, including preparations for a power-point presentation on the state's economic scenario. It was expected that the PM would make lucrative announcements to boost the state's economy.

The most disheartened was the chief minister. "The state chief secretary has just informed me that the visit has been deferred," Nitish said on Friday, looking cut up.

Without taking railway minister Lalu Prasad's name, yet referring to him obliquely, Nitish said, "There are leaders who give bites late at night."

"We never thought that the PM's visit would be cancelled," Nitish said, adding, "We were ready for the visit."

The deferment of PM's visit comes amid somewhat surcharged atmosphere in the state's political and bureaucratic circles. First, the alleged misbehaviour of RPF DIG P J Rawal with the sister of Bihar-cadre IAS officer Bandana Preyashi on Patna-bound Sampoorna Kranti Express train has soured the already bitter relation between Lalu and Nitish.

This apart, Nitish on Thursday night made an unusual announcement at the NDA legislature party meeting that he was not covetous of the post of the CM and could resign. This was in reaction to the charges levelled against him by a senior BJP leader, speaking on behalf of other NDA MLAs, referring to frequent insults suffered by legislators at the hands of police, rise in corruption, deteriorating law and order situation, his style of functioning and "insensitivity" to the victims of the Naxal violence.

Udupi: MLA to come out with list of naxalite supporters

Udupi July 14: Raghupati Bhat, MLA, said on Friday that he would soon give a list of naxalite supporters living in Udupi to the State Government.

He was speaking at an anti-naxalite public awareness programme held here by the Udupi district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mr. Bhat said the naxalite movement did not have any social concern as was being projected. Even if the Government developed the affected areas, the naxalites would not move away from there.

The goal and objectives of naxalites had little to do with the fight for the rights of the people as claimed by them. No progress could be achieved with the help of guns, Mr. Bhat said.

Member of State executive committee of the BJP Sudhir said the Government had made it clear that no person would be evicted from the Kudremukh National Park (KNP). But some people were spreading wrong information that people living in the park would be evicted.

He said the BJP was holding public awareness campaign to give moral support to the police. Rame Gowda of Megur, who had allegedly sheltered naxalites and held meetings for them, could not be considered as an innocent person, he added.

Mr. Sudhir said Mangalore University was no longer a naxal-free area. There were lecturers who were sowing the seeds of naxalism there, he alleged.

He sought to know why the “intellectuals” were silent when innocent persons were being killed by naxalites.

President of the Udupi district unit of BJP Kota Srinivas Katapady Shankar, and BJP leaders Suresh Nayak, Ravi Amin, Shyamala Kundar, Suvardhan, Mahesh Thakur, and T.V. Hegde were present.

Hindu

Contain terrorism, Manmohan tells Kumaraswamy

Special Correspondent


NEW DELHI: With Bangalore becoming a focus of investigation into the failed bombing attempt in Glasgow, U.K., Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday urged Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to take “serious steps” to curb terrorist activities in the State, with particular emphasis on the city.

According to a spokesperson of Mr. Kumaraswamy, the Prime Minister noted that Bangalore was one of the economically important cities and that all efforts needed to be taken to protect its viability. Dr. Singh assured him that the Centre would provide all support to put down terrorism.

The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister also discussed the naxal problem. Dr. Singh noted that it was a national issue and assured him that the Centre would positively consider a plea if Karnataka required support for any special package to tackle it.

Mr. Kumaraswamy presented a memorandum seeking a Rs.406-crore package for providing relief in the flood-affected areas and release of Rs.300 crore as an immediate measure. Dr. Singh assured him that a Central team would soon visit the State for a spot appraisal.

According to the memorandum, because of the heavy rain and floods, 206 persons have lost their lives and 25,561 hectares of agricultural crop and 13,286 hectares of horticultural crop, including coffee, have been lost. In addition, 46,647 houses have been damaged and 2,786 head of cattle have perished.

Earlier, Mr. Kumaraswamy called on Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and briefed him on the developments in the State following the arrest of Bangalore residents in connection with the failed bombing attempt in Glasgow, and the measures taken by the State police and the Home Department.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “I briefed the Home Minister on developments in the State over the past 10 days. We have to take serious action. The State’s intelligence and Home department are capable of handling the situation.”

Mr. Kumaraswamy, who was accompanied by Revenue Minister Jagdish Shettar and police chief K.H. Srinivasan, sought more funds to beef up security in Bangalore and the rest of the State.

He, however, declined to give details of the discussions on the ground that it was a sensitive issue.

He also apprised Mr. Patil of the flood situation. Mr. Patil assured the Chief Minister that the second instalment of Central share of the calamity relief fund, amounting to Rs.47 crore, would be released in advance.

The Chief Minister called on Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and discussed the impact of floods on the agricultural sector.

“Chhattisgarh is not doing enough”

Special Correspondent

Efforts to rein in naxal groups lacking: Jaiswal



Shri Prakash Jaiswal


LUCKNOW: Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal on Friday said efforts to rein in naxal goups were lacking in Chhattisgarh.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government in the State was not getting its police personnel trained adequately to tackle the menace. It was a matter of concern that many Central Reserve Police Force personnel and some policemen were killed in the recent naxal attack in the State, he said at a press conference here on Friday.
Cites Andhra Pradesh


Mr. Jaiswal said Chhattisgarh should take a cue from Andhra Pradesh, where the problem had been contained to a large extent.

The Andhra Government had launched a massive development initiative in the naxal-affected regions and it served as an antidote to the problem.

The Minister also lauded the Left Front Government in West Bengal for tackling the menace.

Barring the naxalite problem, the internal security in the country had improved in the last three years, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast. For the first time in the last 10 years, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved, with infiltration checked effectively, he claimed.

Mr. Jaiswal said terror incidents had decreased in the last six months and inputs provided to the State Governments by the Union Home Ministry yielded positive results in the form of arrest of militants in Uttar Pradesh and other States.
Dismisses charges


He dismissed the National Democratic Alliance’s allegation that phones of some of its leaders were being tapped. Such baseless allegations in the run-up to the Presidential election only suggested that the NDA was wary of defeat of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

He drew a parallel to the allegations made by the Samajwadi Party during the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

Terming the allegations levelled by the BJP against the United Progressive Alliance’s presidential candidate Pratibha Patil as unfortunate, the Minister dubbed it a conspiracy to pollute the political environment.

Arms trade: Maoist cadre held

Saturday July 14 2007 00:00 IST

UNI

MADURAI: The 'Q' branch police nabbed a suspected Maoist cadre, Balan alias Balakrishnan, in connection with the recent aborted fire arms training camp of the ultras at Murugamalai near Periyakulam in Theni district.

The Naxal, after being produced before a magistrate was remanded to custody and lodged in the central prison here on Friday.

According to police sources, the Naxal, a close associate of top Maoist functionary Sundaramurthy, was arrested at Oddanchatram bus stand where he was waiting for a bus.

After police foiled the arms training programme last month with the arrest of three youth, suspected to be members of the ultra-left outfit, a manhunt was launched to nab the seven Naxals who had fled the scene.

Three of them, including Sundaramuthry, were arrested from a hideout in Tiruppur, earlier this week. Police claimed that Balan had then made good his escape

Maoists cultivate illegal Opium











Maoists cultivate illegal Opium
Saturday, July 14, 2007 09:48:46 pm


Maoists in West Bengal are using land to cultivate opium for profit.

A new threat is haunting the West Bengal police -- illegal Opium cultivation. Times Now investigation reveal as to how Maoists in West Bengal are using land to cultivate opium for profit. Maoists have unleashed a reign of terror along a large part of India and are referred to as the infamous Red Corridor, which stretches from Nepal and runs through Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra right up to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

And now, it is learnt that Maoists are trying to make money to fund their activities by entering into an illegal cultivation in two districts in the state of West Bengal -- Nadia and Murshidabad. Maoists are trying to control the area by exploiting the poor economic condition of the villagers and are minting money to fund their activities.

Seven to eight years ago, the illegal opium cultivation and collection of the gum from the poppy seeds started in Nadia and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal, a racket run by opium and drugs dealers from UP, Jharkhand and Bihar. Moreover, of late, Maoists have been seen camping on the borders of Bengal-Jharkhand and Bihar. Interestingly, around 10,000 acres of land have been used for illegal opium cultivation in the Murshidabad district. The illegal opium cultivation is on the rise and has become a major cause of concern for the West Bengal police.

When asked to comment on the growing illegal opium cultivation in the district of Murshidabad, Shyamal Kumar Ghosh, DSP, Murshidabad, West Bengal Police said"I can't tell you everything, but we are surely looking into the matter."

According to sources, Maoist gangs are appointing middlemen to negotiate deal with the villagers or land owners to take the land on lease at a price in the range of Rs 5,000 to 20,000. Around one bigha of land produces three to four kg of gum, while 1 kg of gum is sold at a price of Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000, thereby generating a margin of around Rs 1 lakh, which is a lucrative proposition for Maoists, who are cashing on the growing business.

Moreover, the gum is used to produce Morphin, Heroin and other drugs, which is sold at a high price. The funds are used by Maoists to buy weapons and meet other expenses of Maoists camps.

Asish Roy, SDPO, WB Police said:"This is a bordering area. It depends on the socio economic condition of the area. What we see is that the outsiders come, hire the land, cultivate it and then take away the gum."

Most of the villagers are tightlipped on the issue. While security agencies are blaming each other for the failure to arrest the growth of illegal trade of Opium, the police says that the loopholes in the NDPS Act are being exploited. And thus, in the absence of a foolproof mechanism to check the growing threat, the business is flourishing by leaps and bounds. Ironically, intelligence agencies call the Maoists India's biggest security threat, however, they are not doing anything on the ground to stop their strategic expansion.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Constitute panel to initiate talks with naxals: Rights activists

Bangalore, July 12: Human rights activists in Karnataka today welcomed the government's willingness to hold talks with the naxal groups but said it should constitute a panel of known civil society leaders to undertake this task.

"Mere offer of talks without working out a mechanism and creating a conducive atmosphere will not bring any desired results," SICHREM, the South India Cell for HR Education and Monitoring said today.

In a statement issued here it said it would be too much to expect that the naxalites would come forward to talk to the government basing on the newspaper statements. The state would also assure them that they would not be arrested once they come for talks, the organisation said.

Never in the past such protests, which was witnessed after police killed five persons in Chikmagalur district in an encounter on Tuesday, by local people had happened against encounter killings of people 'accused' as naxalites. The government should bring out the truth and punish the guilty police officials, it said.

The organisation also urged the state government to be honest in their offer of talks and create mechanisms so that all efforts were made to prevent Karnataka from 'encounter raj', as it happened in some of the neighbouring states, which was a threat to democracy and human rights, the organisation said.

--- UNI

PUCL stage protest against Encounter killings




Mangalore July 13: The Dakshina Kannada unit of Public Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office today July 12, 2007, to demand an inquiry into the encounter killings at Menasinahadya in Koppa where five alleged 'Naxalites’ were killed.




PUCL Dakshina Kannada unit President P B D'Sa addressing the protest meet, said that the home ministry has lost control over the police department who are taking great liberties in matters relating to encounter killings.

He demanded that an FIR should be immediately filed in the jurisdictional station under appropriate sections of the IPC, against the policemen and take immediate action against the officers who carried out the ‘encounter’.

Explosives seized, one arrested

Friday July 13 2007 00:34 IST
UNI

TIRUCHIRAPALLI: In a major haul, the police seized a large quantity of explosive materials, meant for illegal supply to the stone quarries at nedumalai village, under Somarasampettai police limits, here on Thursday.

Acting on a tip off from the Tamil Nadu Q branch police wing, a special police team conducted a surprise raid in a hut in the village and seized 984 electric detonators, 570 detonators, 120 kg of sulphur meant for making explosives, 25 kg of slurry, 180 slurry substances and 400 metres of fuse wire, police sources said.

Police arrested Jesuraj (45) in this connection, who allegedly stored the explosives in the hut.

However, the police ruled out the possibility of Jesuraj having any links with Naxalites or any other banned militant organisations.

Police have registered a case under section 9 (B) (1) (B) of explosives act 1884.

Naxal threat in Tamil Nadu?

Friday, July 13, 2007 07:50:33 am

The dreaded Red Corridor may just be pushing its boundaries. After intelligence reports that Naxals are trying to set up training camps in Tamil Nadu, police and the Special Task Force are undertaking massive combing operations to flush out the dreaded Naxalites.

Inside Naxal territory?



Police parties comb forests in Tamil Nadu
Police parties have been combing the forests between Theni and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, in a hunt for men who have virtually waged a war against the Indian state. Till now the infamous Red Corridor has covered areas spanning from Bihar to Andhra Pradesh - but now it seems Tamil Nadu has come within the red radar.

Over the last 10 days, as many as 6 Naxals including the top leader have been arrested and large caches of arms and ammunition seized.

Police sources say that though the Naxals don't pose such a serious threat yet, new Naxal camps are mushrooming in the area between Madurai and Theni because of the major crackdown against Naxals in bordering Andhra.

The state government is not taking any chances. In fact, ADGP K Vijayakumar, who managed to track down and nab the dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, has been now been called in.

“The search is still on and we have spread our forces. We have also taken assistance from other states,” he says.

After 2002, this is the first time that the police have busted a Naxal group in Tamil Nadu. Police sources say that the priority now is to ensure that not even a single Naxalite is left free in the jungle and the combing operations will continue till then.

(By Dhanya Rajendran)

Nepal link hint in red strike in Errabore



SHEENA K.

One of the injured personnel is airlifted en route to a hospital in Jagdalpur. (AFP)
Raipur, July 11: Hint of Nepali Naxalites’ involvement in the Monday night’s Naxalite strike near Errabore in Dantewada district and subtle changes in the rebels’ ploy have puzzled the security top brass.

The agencies probing into the attack that proved fatal to 23 personnel have sniffed involvement of Nepali Maoists in the incident.

“We have reports that several short people resembling Nepalis were part of the team that attacked the security personnel,” R.K. Vij, the inspector-general of police of Bastar range, told The Telegraph.

The investigating agencies are, however, busy establishing if the short Maoists engaged in the action were actually from Nepal. For, Naxalites from Bihar’s bordering areas (with Nepal) have similar appearance, he added.

The change in strategy and the operation of Maoists to trap the security personnel on Monday night has perplexed the senior officers working on the anti-Maoist operation.

The rebels executed their well-planned strategy with perfection to target the force and most of them were wearing bulletproof jackets to counter the security personnel, a senior police officer said.

A big setback to the security agencies is that the force had to return with heavy losses for the first time.

“Security personnel had attacked the rebel’s camps earlier also, but never suffered such a loss,” another officer added. The rebels had never “defeated” security force in direct fight earlier as it happened on Monday night. Mostly, they used to target the security personnel either in ambush or landmine explosions.

The rebels foxed the personnel on the fateful night by giving the former an impression that they had fled the scene.

“When the force attacked, the rebels fired in air and did not make any movement to give an impression that they had fled,” a police officer from Bastar said quoting the statement of an injured personnel. The rebels resorted to heavy firing with sophisticated weapons and mortars only after that. Several jawans were nabbed even after they were hit by bullets and were brutally stabbed with axe and other sharp weapons.

Naxal activities increased in TN: BJP

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Chennai, July 13: Alleging that extremist activities had increased in Tamil Nadu after the DMK came to power in the state last year, the BJP today demanded a white paper on this issue.


There were reports that arms training camps had been set up by Naxalites in Theni district and students were joining the movement. Strong measures should be taken against extremist activities, state BJP general secretary H Raja told reporters here.


He claimed Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had lost control over his government as well as his party since he himself had said that his directions were not followed while conducting the cooperative elections.


The cancellation of cooperative elections was due to opposition from the DMK's alliance parties like the PMK and CPM and not due to Karunanidhi's concern for democracy, he said.


He appealed to the government to immediately release Cauvery water from Mettur dam instead of July 25, so that farmers could start paddy cultivation.


If water was released on July 25, farmers could not grow the crops since they would be affected by monsoon rains in October. The immediate release of water would help farmers cultivate and harvest the crops earlier, he said. (Our Correspondent)



Published: Friday, July 13, 2007

Naxals wreak havoc in Chintapalli




G. Narasimha Rao


50 Maoists blast room of Doordarshan’s power transmitter






Photo: By arrangement

Deadly attack: Power station building in Chintapalli in Visakhapatnam agency area set on fire by CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday night.

VISAKHAPATNAM: About 50 armed naxalites of CPI (Maoist) along with an equal number of unarmed militia members destroyed several Government establishments in the Chintapalli agency area late on Wednesday night.

They were reacting to the killing of two of its top leaders Sande Rajamouli and Somanna in police encounters recently and to protest against the Government’s proposal to take up bauxite mining in the agency area.

The Maoists blasted the transmission room of Doordarshan’s very-low power transmitter, a VIP suite of the R & B guest house and the control room of the 33 kv sub-station, besides burning the furniture and household belongings in the house of former MLA P. Balaraju. Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal said the naxalites used locally manufactured explosive devices.

An attempt to blast the power transformer in the R and B guest house premises had failed.

A press note released by Secretary of CPI (Maoist) Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zone Committee Bhaskar and the posters pasted and banners hung everywhere in Chintapalli explained the party’s stand against bauxite mining and their protest against loss of their leaders in “fake encounters”.

The party would also observe a protest week soon, it said.

The CPI (Maoist) party is strongly opposing bauxite mining on the ground that it would destroy the life and culture of tribals who are totally dependent on forests and also against setting up of alumina refineries in the plain area.

In May, they killed Zilla Praja Parishad Vice-President S. Ravi Shankar at his native village of Hukumpeta and one reason quoted by it for killing him was his support to bauxite mining.

Naxal attacks disrupt life in Agency area

Friday July 13 2007 13:58 IST
VISHKAPATNAM: The Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district are in the grip of terror unleashed by Maoists last night. Normal life has been badly hit with the threat of further attacks looming large.

The Maoists blew up an electrical sub-station, Doordarshan transmission centre, R&B guest house and burnt articles in the house of former MLA P Balaraju, all in Chintapalli Mandal.

The police sources said that about 15 armed Naxals along with around 50 sympathisers attacked the buildings.

The Maoists set up banners opposing the bauxite mining project in Agency areas in the district. and declared that the blasting was in protest against the recent ‘encounter’ deaths of Maoist leaders S Rajamouli and Somanna. Additional police forces were rushed to intensify combing operations.

Transportation to these villages has been disrupted. The APSRTC officials said that buses were being operated up to GK Veedhi and G Madugula, while commuters had to depend on private vehicles for further transportation. Even private vehicles like jeeps and autorickshaws have been restrained from moving into interior areas.

Power supply was interrupted to about 525 villages, including tribal hamlets. The EPDCL officials are making efforts to restore power supply. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal told mediapersons that the Maoists are acting like rowdies by causing inconvenience to common people. He said that they could not gain anything by their act.

Talk to terror and it will come back to bite you



http://www.ibnlive.com/blogs/suhasinihaidar/218/2142/talk-to-terror-and-it-will-come-back-to-bite-you.html
"We're interrupting that story to bring you this news just coming in..."


When you're in journalism school, you always wonder what the breaking story will be when you announce that on television. In my case the date was July 11, 2006, the story of course, the horrific wave of train bombings in Mumbai that killed 187 people, maimed and wounded more than 800.


A familiar sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach- distinct from that for other bad news journalists give out everyday- simply because terror is different. Terror acts are planned, often months in advance, with a view to kill as many people as possible- people the terrorists don't even know. The instinct to do that is illogical at the least, diabolical at its worst, and completely unforgivable. Which is why you can never talk to terrorists.


Yet our governments do it all the time. Congress and BJP, UPA and NDA, hiding behind the cover that India hasn't yet developed a policy on terror. When asked about it, our near-presidential Home Minister has said that "there can be no hard and fast rules with terror", and that "gathering intelligence" is really the only fool-proof anti-terror mechanism.


I disagree, and so does subcontinental history. So whether it is Sri Lanka and the LTTE, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and his daughter's kidnappers, Musharraf and his men at the Lal Masjid, the Lebanese government and Hezbollah ..... the NDA and the Hizbul Mujahideen (2000), the UPA and ULFA (2007), the UPA and the NSCN (IM) (2007) the Congress and the Andhra's naxal groups(2005), you're looking at one hard and fast rule. Talk to terror and it will come back to bite you.


Perhaps the darkest hour, and the most chilling script in this regard was written on December 30, 1999, when our government didn't just talk, it sent our Minister of External Affairs to escort a man it called a 'harmless cleric' by a special plane to Kandahar to free Indian hostages. Along with the 'cleric' Masood Azhar, now the father of suicide bombing in Kashmir, was Al Umar chief Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, also the convicted killer of Daniel Pearl & 9/11 funding mastermind Sheikh Omar Ahmed Saeed, and just possibly a 4th unnamed terrorist.


Let Pakistan continue to keep these and other terrorists at its own peril, but our actions that day will be written with recrimination by every country that is a victim of terror today. What compounds the guilt is that 8 years later, we still don't have a terror policy, we still don't know if we would behave any differently - and god forbid were we to face another hostage crisis, our 'crisis management cell' would probably spend its time, as it did then, locked up in a room- watching events unfold on television.


All that has changed is now our government takes out a 'blame-insurance policy' as well, periodically reminding us that terror is in the air we breathe, and the water we drink, that terror groups are targeting our politicians, our nuclear installations, our docks, our transport systems, our schools, and our places of worship. Just in case.


The Prime Minister spent Mumbai-7/11's first anniversary reviewing the compensation (not) given to hundreds of victims- while that is overdue, perhaps a cogent terror policy is even more so.

Naxal has a police brother

Friday July 13 2007 11:22 IST
BELGAUM: Naxalite Goutam, who was killed in an encounter on Wednesday at Menasinahadya, has a brother who is undergoing police training at Khanapur in Belguam district.

Amar joined the police force on March 5, 2007 and was sent to the Khanapur Police Training Centre. He is now in Menasinahadya on leave, sources said.

He is said to have told his roommates that his brother Goutam had left the village three or four years ago and never returned.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Habeas Corpus filed to produce arrested Maoists

11 July 2007

A Habeas Corpus petition was filed before the Madras High Court to produce three Maoists who were arrested by Special Task Force police in Tirupur on July 9.

In his petition, Centre for Protection of Civil Liberties General Secretary G Haribabu contended that the three Maoists- Sundarmurthy(30), Karthik(25) and Easwaran(23) were arrested by the special police team actually on July eight and not on July nine.

Mr Haribabu submitted that the three were not produced before any court or remanded in judicial custody so far and the relatives of the arrested fear that the three were in illegal custody.

He prayed the High Court to issue a writ of Habeas Corpus to produce the arrested persons before the court as per Article 226 of the Constitution.

For the Government of Tamil Nadu, the respondent in the case, Home Department Secretary, "Q" Branch CID Superintendent of Police and the Special Task Force Additional Director General of Police were present when the petition was taken up for hearing.

(UNI)

Maoists Go On Rampage In Andhra Pradesh

Thursday 12th of July 2007 Maoists went on a rampage in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district late Wednesday night, bombing three government buildings and disrupting electricity supply to dozens of villages.

About 300 Maoists launched the attacks around midnight Wednesday in the tribal area of Chintapally in Visakhapatnam district, bordering Orissa, about 600 km from here.

The extremists belonging to the outlawed Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) bombed the guesthouse of the Roads and Buildings Department, a Doordarshan relay centre and an electricity substation, disrupting electricity supply to dozens of villages in the region. The militants also planted two mines under electricity transformers but could not trigger them.

Police said the Maoists also ransacked the house of former legislator Balraju. They set the furniture and other goods afire after throwing them outside the house but did not harm the residents.

The Maoists also tried to attack Chintapally police station but fled after police opened fire. The guerrillas also set afire a large number of tyres at a bus complex.

The extremists put up red flags, banners and posters all over the area. Leaflets left by them said this was their way of protesting against the killing of their top leaders S. Rajamouli and C. Papaiah by the police in allegedly stage-managed gun battles.

The Maoists also said they were against the aluminium factories proposed to be set up by the Jindal Group and Ras Al-Khaima in north Andhra. One banner read: 'Tribals have the right over forests.' The militants also warned of more attacks.

The region is already witnessing protest against the proposed factories and bauxite mining to be taken up for the units. The tribals fear that factories may deprive them of their livelihood and water resources.

The police have tightened security in the region following the Maoist attacks. They launched combing operations in the region while the state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) suspended bus services to tribal and remote areas.

Police forces in the Andhra-Orissa region and on the Chhattisgarh border have already been on alert after Maoists killed 24 security personnel in Chhattisgarh Monday.

After losing 200 cadres including several top leaders during the last two years, the Maoists are trying to regroup in the Andhra-Orissa border area and the Nallamalla forests.

Admitting some setbacks, a top CPI-Maoist leader had, in a statement Tuesday, warned of revenge attacks on politicians and policemen.

The Maoist violence in the state has claimed more than 6,000 lives since 1969, when the guerrilla movement was first launched in Srikakulam district, bordering Orissa.

Bihar villagers protest removal of security from Maoist infected area

Nagva (Bihar), July 11 : A Maoist-infested village in Bihar staged a protest on Wednesday against the decision to withdraw a police picket from the locality.

The villagers of the Nagva, who were victims of Maoists, had lend a hand to the security forces in the fight against the rebels and the decision to withdraw the police post came as a rude shock to them.

'The police force is being removed from our area. As long as the force was here, we were protected. Once it is removed, the rebels will not hesitate to attack us. We want the police force to be kept here. We have even sent our pleas to the higher officials urging them to take necessary steps,' said Rana Jugeshwar Singh, village head.

The villagers tried to stop the police from implementing its decision, forcing the government to give in.

'Naxals are very active in this Nagva village. Villagers are protesting against removal of police picket from this area, saying they would not allow the police to go from here. We have informed our higher authorities of the situation and they said they would take action on this,' said Arun Paswan, Inspector of Amas Police Station.

Maoists operate in 13 of 29 States along the 'red corridor', referring to a stretch from the Indo-Nepal border to Andhra Pradesh.

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

Maoists say they are fighting on behalf of the rural poor and landless and want to build a Communist state.

The State Government, on the other hand, has sought to counter the Maoists violence with 'Salwa Judum' (Campaign for Peace). It consists of a civil militia supported by the State Government in Chhattisgarh. It was formed in 2005, to bring the area infiltrated by Naxalites under control for economic development.

--- ANI

Maoist bandh hits life in Malkangiri

Malkangiri, July 12 (PTI): Normal life was affected in some interior areas of Malkangiri district following a bandh call by the CPI(Maoist) in protest against alleged police repression on people, corruption and in memory of 'martyrs' killed in encounters with the police.

The bandh had its maximum impact in the Motu tehsil where traffic had come to a standstill and shops and business establishments closed, reports from the interiors said.

The large weekly market held at Kalimela on Thursdays also had thin attendance. It was also heavily raining in the area, the reports said.

Posters, signed by CPI (Maoist) East Division Committee, appeared stuck on trees in Motu, Kalimela and MV-79 areas, asking people to support the bandh, or face the consequences.

Meanwhile, security arangements were beefed up and Malkangiri's borders sealed in the wake of the maoist violence in neighbouring Dantewada district of Chhatisgarh. The border with Andhra Pradesh had also been sealed.

The district police had sought deployment of additional forces in view of the situation. Jawans of CRPF, India Reserve Battallion, Orissa State Armed Police and Orissa police were deployed in sensitive areas, official sources said.

Special arrangemnts were made to prevent possible violence in the district which was bearely 12 km from Dantewada area. Besides sealing all entry and exit points, the forces were deployed in sensitive locations like district armoury, jail and many places, the police said.

Police were asked to keep vigil on movement of suspected maoists who might have crossed over from Chhatisgarh. Orissa and Chhatisgarh are divided by a river near Motu tehsil's Padia block which is also a maoist prone locality.

The community doesnt owe an explanation for terror attack: Shariff

By R Krishnakumar, DH News Service, BANGALORE:



M A Shariff, Vice President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (Karnataka and Goa zone), says there are only methodological differences between Tablighi Jamaat and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.


The foiled terror attack in UK, and its Bangalore connection, have turned public attention to Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the jamaat which the Ahmeds belong to. Brothers Kafeel Ahmed and Sabeel Ahmed — allegedly involved in the attack — had reportedly shifted to Tablighi Jamaat, a few years back. M A Shariff, Vice President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (Karnataka and Goa zone), says there are only “methodological” differences between the two jamaats.

Shariff, while maintaining that Islam doesn’t endorse violence, seeks to know why the West-engineered wars are not bracketed as terrorism. Deccan Herald spoke to Shariff on a host of topics pertinent to Islam, with the UK attack as a reference point.

Excerpts:









DH: Are these times when Muslim leaders have to condemn terror attacks, just because their silence could
be misconstrued?

MAS: The community doesn’t owe an explanation for the attack. If non-Muslims were involved, would you expect leaders of those communities to give explanations? Do leaders of communities which Naxalites belong to, explain reasons for the Naxal violence? It’s for the police and government agencies to react. We, as Indians, would like to know the background of the attack.

DH: Have you been in touch with the Ahmeds? Do you have anything to share on Kafeel and Sabeel?
MAS: I don’t know the family’s latest position. I don’t remember having interacted with the boys.

DH: Do you think the modern-day terrorist defies stereotypes, and is getting more educated and urban-centric?
MAS: If you are perceiving this as terror, what about the terror spread by governments in Israel, US and Britain? The casualties caused by reactionary forces are nothing, when compared to what these countries have. At the same time, I’m not supporting wild reactions causing damage to innocents. Islam doesn’t sanction any such reactionary activities.

There’s no ideological base for terror. Jehad is only a struggle against oppression, as per the law of the land. You can’t take law into your hands in the name of jehad. On your question, the presence of educated masterminds was always there in certain groups.

DH: Do reactionary forces have a substantial presence in Karnataka?
MAS: There maybe individuals who endorse such ideologies, but the State is free from reactionary forces.

DH: How do you perceive the public mood in the attack’s aftermath?
MAS: The accused and their families should be differentiated. The families shouldn’t be unnecessarily harassed.

DH: How different is Tablighi Jamaat from Jamaat-e-Islami Hind?
MAS: The difference is not in ideology... it’s in the methodology. We believe that Islam is a divine code of conduct and its message should be taken to non-Muslims as well. Tablighi Jamaat, in contrast, is an intra-community group that confines itself to community reformation, including prayers, dress codes and certain rituals.

Naxal encounter fake: Forums

Thursday July 12 2007 11:40 IST
SHIMOGA: Alleging that the police encounter at Wodeyarmutt near Menasinahadya in Chikmagalur district, in which a Naxalite and four tribals were killed on Tuesday morning, was a fake one, progressive organisations have sought a highlevel inquiry into it.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, representatives of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, Civil Liberties Forum, Mahila Jagruti and Vidyarti Hita Rakshana Vedike urged the government to order an inquiry by the Chief Justice and take action, besides suspending the erring police officials.

Esur Lokesh from CLF asked the government to cancel the Kuduremukh National Park project which is the root cause of naxalism in Malnad region. ‘‘Encounters cannot kill problems, but the demands of Naxalites for the welfare of tribals should be fulfilled,’’ he opined.

KL Ashok of KKSV stated that elected representatives could only root out the Naxal menace by implementing welfare measures for the tribals.

People of Malnad are facing various problems like encroachment, dams, reserved forests and so on. Naxalism is the result of sheer negligence of the government towards democratic agitations for years, he pointed out.

Harsha Kumar of VHRV alleged that the police were lying about the killings on Tuesday and terming it as an encounter to legalise the incident.

Mangalore: PUCL Demands Enquiry into Encounter Killings

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (KD/NR)

Mangalore, Jul 12: Public Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has sought an enquiry into the encounter killing of five people including a Naxalite at Mensasinadadya in Koppa taluk on Tuesdasy July 10.

Dakshina Kannada unit president of PUCL, P B D’Sa stated in a press release that the police were taking great liberties in matters of encounter killings and the state government as of date had lost control over them.

D’ Sa said that the statements of the police and that of the Home Minister M P Prakash made on the floor of the assembly were contradictory and it had to be clarified by the government.

Making a reference to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) guidelines, he said a first information report (FIR) should have been immediately registered at the jurisdictional police station.

A public protest meet was called by the PUCL on Thursday, July 12 in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

Protests against Naxal encounter

Thursday July 12 2007 13:16 IST
CHIKMAGALUR: Police arrested hundreds of leaders of progressive organisations and tribals who were protesting against the Naxal encounter at Menasinahadya, in various places in the district, including Balehonnur on Wednesday.

The post-mortem of five bodies brought from Menasinahadya was conducted under police protection at the district hospital and the process was recorded. Police were waiting for the relatives of the deceased till Wednesday evening.

Though some relatives of Ramegoudlu and his wife arrived, they were not ready to take the bodies, saying that they respect the decision of the tribals not to receive the bodies as the police had killed them in cold blood.

Cases: Police have booked 60 tribals of Menasinahadya in two separate cases, for obstructing their duty. More than 125 persons were arrested, including Kuduremukh National Park Virodhi Horata Okkuta president Kalkuli Vittal Hegde, Adivasi Girijana Hitarakshana Vedike president Kempegouda, secretary Mariappa, Gous Mohiyuddin and Puttaswamy.

Cases were registered against five persons encountered for misuse of weapons, illegal activity, firing on police etc, based on a complaint lodged by Koppa inspector Anil Kumar. Protest: On Tuesday, Menasinahadya villagers staged a protest till 2 pm, alleging that the police had killed innocent people.

IGP Prasad and SP Vipul Kumar stayed at Wodeyaramutt, as the villagers blocked the road with stones and set a vehicle ablaze. Police resorted to lathicharge on protesters and the road to the village was opened at 5 am on Wednesday.

SP defends attack: The district police defended the attack, saying no innocent person was killed in the encounter at Menasinahadya in Koppa taluk on Tuesday.

They termed it a genuine encounter. SP Vipul Kumar told reporters here on Wednesday that Gautam was an active Naxalite, Parameshwar a staunch Naxal supporter since 2002 and the other three helped the Naxalites from time to time.

Gautam was accused in the theft of a gun from a forest guest house in Kundur. Two cases were registered against Parameshwar at Balehonnur police station. Information on more cases on them in Raichur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada is being collected, he explained.

The ANF and 11 policemen repeatedly asked the Naxalites to surrender but they opened fire. Police had to shoot in defence, he clarified.

Cases were registered against 10 persons for setting fire to the vehicle of the Assistant Commissioner at Menasinahadya. The department would help the children of Ramegoudlu who was killed in the encounter, he added.

Doubts raise on police encounter in Menasinahadya

Thursday July 12 2007 13:20 IST
CHIKMAGALUR: Was it a fake encounter? Are the innocent people were killed so brutally?

Doubts will arise on Menasinahadya encounter and people also expressing sympathy stating the killed couple are innocent. People have not come to any conclusion whether the police action is right or wrong. It is not like that they are supporting Naxalites but they are expressing their sympathy on Ramegowda and his wife Kaveramma.

The people’s protest which went on from Tuesday 8 pm to 5 am in the morning, has put Police in dock. They should think about the support of villagers to continue their anti-Naxal activities.

The tribals had a belief that Naxals are their supporters and protectors. They are working for their welfare. Government too had considered it a economic and social problem.

This made the tribals to support Naxals in the beginning. It was a set back to police activities. Later, government came up with Rs 2 crore package for Naxal affected regions. It announced to release the amount every year to develop the Naxal prone areas.

Gram Panchayats were asked to utilise the money to provide basic facilities to the tribals. The welfare programmes like making youths join police department, tailoring and other classes to make the youth self employed etc and other schemes of GPs were implemented in a few places. It did not give expected result. All the programmes were limited to publicity.

Naxalites took credit of this. They made their team more stronger. Recently, after State police released the photos of Naxals and list of Naxal supporters, they started their attacks one after other.

Killing of Venkatesh at Nidugatta, burning of bus at Agumbe, visit to house of Keshav Hegde at Hugugaru and Ranganath of Uluvi are keep on making news.

The encounter of Menasinahadya has created doubts on the Department. During the encounter happened at night in Eduvi, only two Naxals were killed and residents of the house were safe. But in Menasinahadya, three people of the housed were killed in the encounter, which was conducted during broad day light.

Media were made to stay about 200 mts away and none of the vehicles were allowed to go near the place. All this has sowed doubts in minds of people. It can not be ignored that Naxal may plan to take revenge of the issue. The killing and arrest of tribals may hinder the plans of police to curb Naxal activities.

Naxals blast Doordarshan transmision tower in Vizag

Hyderabad, July 12 (PTI): Maoists blew up a Doordarshan tower in a remote village in Visakhapatinam district, a senior police officer said today.

About 150 naxalites, including over 40 armed men, attacked the tower in Chintapalli, a remote village which is about 850 km from here, and blew it up using detonators late last night.

A government quarters situated near the tower was also blasted by the naxals, the officer said here. (http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200707121022.htm)


Naxals blow DD tower, guest house in Vizag

Posted at Thursday, 12 July 2007 11:07 IST
Hyderabad, July 12: Maoists blew up a Doordarshan tower, a government guest house and a power sub-station in a remote village in Visakhapatinam district, Sahara Samay sources said.

About 150 naxalites, including over 40 armed men, attacked the tower in Chintapalli, a remote village which is about 850 km from here, and blew it up using detonators late last night, they said.

A government guest house, the residence of a former MLA and a power sub-station situated near the tower were also exploded by the naxals, the sources added.

Some 600 adjoining villages here have been plunged into darkness due to the naxals' disruptive act (http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/Articles.aspx?NewsId=79821)

Naxals blew up Indian TV tower in Vizag New Delhi, July 12, IRNA
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About 150 naxalites, including over 40 armed men blew up the Doordarshan tower in Chintapalli, a remote village which is about 850 km from Hyderabad.

Maoists blew up the Doordarshan tower in a remote village in Visakhapatinam district, Doordarshan News website reported here quoting a senior police officer.

A government quarters situated near the tower was also exploded by the naxals, but there were no reports of casualties, the officer said.

Naxal rebels strike in Andhra Pradesh




Uma Sudhir
Thursday, July 12, 2007 (Vishakhapatanam)
About 60 Naxal rebels on Wednesday carried out multiple midnight attacks in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

They attacked a power station in Chintapally mandal, which left 17 villages without power supply.

Reports also said, they struck a relay station of state-run television Doordarshan.

Since morning, state police combed the area for rebel hideouts.

The attack comes amid a state of high alert in the area after 24 paramilitary police troops were killed when rebels ambushed them in Dantewada on Monday.

''They were carrying guns. They asked us to take out our belongings and then they blasted the building,''
an eyewitness said.

''They had weapons and wireless sets. On the wireless set, someone asked, is your task over, they said, we are just completing it,'' another villager said.

''They said the bauxite belongs to the girijans and some disturbances are being created to exploit it. We are opposing it and want you to cooperate''. (http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070018649)


Maoist rebels blow up power transmitter in Andhra Pradesh
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:57 PM IST


HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Maoist rebels in Andhra Pradesh blew up an electricity transmission centre, disrupting power to dozens of villages in a series of attacks avenging the killing of their leaders, police said on Thursday.

The rebels also blew up a state-run television relay centre and a government guesthouse in the attacks in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh late on Wednesday.

Police said the attacks were carried out using high intensity landmines and other explosives which were placed in the buildings in Chintapalli, about 620 km southeast of Hyderabad.

"They also left a letter with the locals demanding the release of their arrested comrades and withdrawal of cases against tribals," said Akun Sabharwal, a police officer.

The letter also said the rebels were avenging the killing of two of their leaders who were killed by police in June, said Sabharwal.

Police said they were combing the area to track down the militants and have suspended buses and private vehicles from entering certain parts of district.

Andhra Pradesh is of one of 13 of India's 29 states where the Maoists have a presence. The rebels, who began an armed movement four decades ago, claim they are fighting for the rights of poor and landless labourers.

On Tuesday, 24 policemen who had gone missing after a fierce gun battle with Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh were found dead and riddled with bullets.
(http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2007-07-12T155553Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_India-284396-1.xml)

Chattisgarh encounter: Tribute paid to jawans

Posted at Thursday, 12 July 2007 12:07 IST
Jagdalpur, July 12: Floral tribute was paid here to 23 jawans killed in encounter with the naxals in dense forest of Errabore in Chhattisgarh.

The tribute ceremony was held in Jagdalpur PAC ground. Earlier, the bodies of the jawans were brought here via road from Errabore and their autopsy was also conducted here.

Top officers of state, including DGP Vishwaranjan, CRPF DG, DIG and several other top officers were present on the occasion.

According to the DGP, the operation against the naxal was on.

Sixteen of the dead were CRPF men, who hailed from Delhi, Haryana, Kerala and Bihar. Rest of the bodies of the jawans, belonging to other states, have been flown to Delhi

Dragnet for Naxal’s wife

Thursday July 12 2007 08:52 IST

SALEM: Following the arrest of Naxal kingpin Sundaramurthy in Tirupur on Monday, the ‘Q’ branch police have intensified their search throughout Salem and surrounding regions like Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri to trace the whereabouts of Sundaramurthy’s wife Chandra, who is absconding since the crackdown on Naxals at Uthangarai in Krishnagiri in 2002.

Chandra, a native of Ramamurthy Nagar at Theevattypatty near Omalur in Salem, is said to be one of the prominent figures in the women’s Naxal wing.

According to sources in the ‘Q’ branch, Chandra was also a key person in the 2002 Uthangarai training camp. However, she, along with a few others, had gone into hiding since then.

Manivasagam, another Naxal nabbed during the Uthangarai training, is Chandra’s brother. He is at present living in Theevattypatty after obtaining bail in the Uthangarai case, sources said and added that with only a standard six education, Chandra fell for Sundaramurthy’s daring attitude when the two were performing the duty of expanding the Maoist ideological base in the State.

The couple were united in wedlock in 1995. Chandra quarrelled with a head constable Kalaiarasi (now an inspector) in Salem in 1996, when the latter prevented her from pasting controversial posters in public places. She even cut herself using a blade when the police tried to arrest her.

According to sources, Chandra was an active member of the ‘‘Tamilnadu Penn Urimai Kazhagam,’’ later renamed as ‘‘Puratchigara Pengal Iyakkam,’’ after the outfit established nexus with Maoist outfits in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere in the nineties.

Chandra suffered from tuberculosis years ago and recovered later. A close relative of her is residing in Salem city.

Meanwhile, ‘Q’ branch sources said that more information would be obtained after taking the three Naxals into police custody. On the address provided by Karthik - one of the three Naxals arrested recently, sources maintained that though strong evidence was not available so far, investigation was on.

Instructions were given from Chennai to intensify vigil and nab Chandra and the other Naxals.

KARNATAKA :Security measures stepped up

DH News Service,Tumkur:



Red alert has been sounded in the Pavagada taluk in Chikmagalur district with the recent encounters between the naxalites and the police. SP P Harishekarana has instructed the police personnel to remain alert after proven naxal activities and the Venkatammahalli encounter.

Red alert has been sounded in the Pavagada taluk with the recent encounters between the naxalites and the police. SP P Harishekarana has instructed the police personnel to remain alert after proven naxal activities and the Venkatammahalli encounter.
He also conducted a high level meeting of police officials and issued proper and necessary instructions to the concerned officials including Madhugiri sub division Dy SP Shivshankar, Circle inspector Kallesappa, and Anti- Naxal team inspector Narayana Swami.
Measures
Precautionary measures have been notched up. A massive investigation will be conducted in the hilly regions around Pavagada taluk by the Anti-Naxal force. Check posts will set up on roads bordering Andhra Pradesh and there will also be naka bandi in the necessary regions. Inspection of vehicles has also been stepped up.
Though these preventive measures have been part of the regular procedure in Chikmagalur, it has taken on added seriousness in view of the recent naxal encounter.
The police have also been instructed to take suspicious characters in the region for questioning. With the recent events fresh in everyone’s minds, the top brass of the police force have increased the attention given to the problem of naxals in the area.

Bangalore: Search for Naxals intensified in Malnad region

Bangalore July 12: Home Minister M P Prakash told the Karnataka Assembly on Wednesday that combing operations had been intensified by the anti-naxal squad in search of elusive Naxalites following Tuesday's encounter in which five people, including two Naxals, were gunned down in Wadeyarmath area in Chikmagalur district.

Making a suo motu statement he said two Naxal activists had escaped during the encounter at Menashinahaddya. The government has mounted the search operation for the missing naxals and it was making all efforts to arrest them, he added.

Mr Prakash said the police had seized arms and ammunition, including a sten gun, country-made pistol and live cartridges from the spot where they had exchanged fire against the Naxals.

The government was examining the details of the five activists who died in the firing, he added.

The police constable, who suffered head injury had been admitted to Manipal Hospital in Udupi district, he said. The Sub Divisional Magistrate from Chikamaglur had been asked to look into the incident, he added.

The Minister said that Gautam, who died in the encounter had a brother working in police department. Presently he is under training in Khanapur and had been asked to come to Chikamagur to attend the funeral of his brother.

'Take up development programmes'

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly N Dharam Singh, who asked for a suo motu statement from the government, described the encounter as false and the bullets could not silence the Naxal movement, as it is a socio-economic issue with a different ideology and philosophy.

He said the government should hold talks with people concerned and take up development programmes in the areas where the Naxals were operating.

The House witnessed a heated exchange between the opposition members and ruling party members when Mr Sunil Kumar (BJP) from Karkal justified the police encounter and asked for deployment of additional police force.

Mr Araga Jnanendra took strong objection to the glorification of naxal movement by some Congress members and said that naxals were creating a terror among the public in the Malenadu region and their life were in danger.

Mr Mallikarjun Kharge, Mr Ramesh Kumar and Mr Siddaramaiah, all Congress members said they were not supporting the Naxal movement in the State but were opposing the approach of the government in using police force and killing innocent people in the name of curbing the naxal movement.

Mr Vatal Nagaraj of Vatal Kannada Cheluvali Paksha demanded a judicial inquiry and also a visit of the Joint House Committee to the spot to study the issue.

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Bangalore: K.R. Ramesh Kumar and R. Roshan Baig (Congress) on Wednesday cautioned the Government in the Legislative Assembly that the “encounter” killing of “naxalite”, instead of bringing them to justice, would generate sympathy for the movement and it would become difficult for it to control the menace.

They were speaking on the suo motu statement by Home Minister M.P. Prakash on the encounter at Menasinahadya in Chikmagalur district in which five “naxals” were gunned down.

Earlier, the Speaker Krishna disallowed an adjournment motion moved by the Leader of Opposition N. Dharam Singh.

While Mr. Ramesh Kumar termed it a serious violation of human rights, Mr. Baig advised the Government to handle the naxalites tactfully.

He warned that the day was not far off when legislators and former Ministers would find it difficult to freely walk in their own areas.

Mr. Baig reminded the House of how in some naxal-dominated districts of Andhra Pradesh politicians and former bureaucrats were afraid of moving about without security.

Mr. Ramesh Kumar was surprised how all the five persons holed up in the mud-house were killed while only a constable was injured, if the retaliation by the “naxals” was of a high scale.

Referring to Mr. Prakash’s statement, Mr. Ramesh Kumar said that the offences allegedly committed by Gautham, a member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and Paramesh for which they were booked under some sections of the IPC would not attract even life imprisonment. But, the police eliminated all the five, instead of taking them into custody and bringing them to justice.

He suspected that the police were in a hurry and overwhelmed by the news that the “naxals” were holed up in a house.

They were killed in a cold-blooded manner, reminiscent of the anti-Veerappan operations days, he said.

Karnataka, he said, was marching towards a dangerous situation.

How could the police defend the killing of Subramanya, Rame Gowda and his wife Kaveri, against whom there was no charges?

Mr. Baig said that naxalites were not anti-nationals. He blamed some IPS officers for the reckless operations against the naxalites.

The Minister said the “mahajar,” post-mortem and investigation into the case were conducted in the presence of a judicial officer.

Two “naxals” were absconding and efforts were on to arre

st them. He told Mr. Baig that one of Gautham’s brothers, who was undergoing police training at Khanapur, was present when the “naxal” was cremated. Vatal Nagaraj (Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha) also spoke.

KARNATAKA : Ready for talks with naxals

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The police were compelled to open fire: Prakash

Naxals accused of extorting money from villagers





Bangalore: Home Minister M.P. Prakash said on Wednesday that the Government was ready for discussions with naxalites provided they laid down arms and were willing for a meaningful dialogue.

His reply in the Legislative Assembly after a marathon discussion was also endorsed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. The Government was also ready, if need be, for a legislature committee to suggest ways and means of putting an end to the naxalite movement in the State.

To the charge against the police over the death of three of the five persons labelled by them as naxalites, the Home Minister said, as per information available with the Government the police had asked all the five persons in the house to surrender. They were even told that the police had surrounded the house. The police were compelled to open fire when the “naxalites” refused to give in. The three persons had been identified as Rame Gowda and wife Kaveriamma and Subramanya.

Mr. Prakash said in any police operation there was always the risk of some people being caught in the crossfire. Even in “Operation Blue Star” launched against Sikh militants in 1984, several innocent people died. It was, therefore, wrong to state that the police had indiscriminately opened fire against the “naxalites.” The Government was ready to hold an inquiry and place the findings before the legislature.

The House witnessed a heated debate on the killing of the five suspected naxalites with some BJP members objecting to the Opposition members glorifying naxal activities as an “ideological battle.” The BJP members demanded stringent action against the naxal activities.

Sunil Kumar, Araga Jnanendra and the Government chief whip D.N. Jeevaraj (all BJP) defended the police action and killing of “naxalites” near Menasinahadya village in Chikmagalur district. The people in villages of Karkala, Sringeri, Thirthahalli and interior parts of Chikmagalur were living in fear of naxals. Naxalite leaders had been extorting money from villagers on the pretext of social service and it was the duty of the Government to strengthen the anti-naxal squad.

Mr. Sunil Kumar, who represents Karkala in the House, said naxalites killed Seshe Gowda and Venkatesh a few months ago in the Malnad region when they refused to give money. The naxals were also preventing villagers from attending gram sabha and panchayat meetings and were ruling the villages with “gun power”. The Government had to initiate action against some intellectuals, journalists and teachers who had been indirectly supporting naxal activities in the region, he said.

Mr. Jnanendra suggested to the Government to constitute a House committee to find out the reasons for spread of naxal activities in the region. The ANF had to step up combing operations in Malnad area to nab two “naxals” who managed to escape during encounter on Tuesday, he said.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition N. Dharam Singh, Ramesh Kumar (Congress), Vatal Nagaraj (Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha) decried the killing of innocent people in the encounter and wanted the Government to find a solution to the naxal menace.

Mr. Nagaraj demanded a judicial probe into the killing while Congress members said three innocent people were killed in a “fake” encounter.

Killing of Parameshwar surprises villagers

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Kalasa July 12: Both surprise and sorrow gripped the town on Wednesday as soon as it became aware of the fact that A S Parameshwar (30) from Athyadka village was one among the five, who were killed in an police encounter at Menasinahadya on Tuesday.

Parameshwar was a very familiar face for all those in the town who were interested in progressive issues. The man who usually found with a small bag on his shoulder every now and then, had just been to the town last week to meet his friends and had returned to his native place.

A member of a Girijana family in Menasinahadya, Parameshwara had actively involved in the struggle connected to Kudremukh National Park. A 2-3 acre agricultural land was the only source of livelihood for the 3 brothers, including him.

Parameshwar was a person with a straight forward opinion regarding social issues. A familiar face in Kalasa, Sringeri and Chikmagalur areas, he had found media as the powerful tool to fight against injustice.

He was the brain behind the successful Girijana convention held at Kalasa last year. Though he could not complete even his high school education, Parameshwar was knowledgeable enough to talk confidently about GATT, WTO and the like!

“Being the general secretary of Rashtriya Udyana Virodhi Okkuta, Paramwshwar appeared publicly for his struggles, and why the government did not arrest him if he was a naxal, as they claim?” That is the pertinent question posed by the people here.

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Andhra Police On Alert On Border With Chhattisgarh

Wednesday 11th of July 2007 Andhra Pradesh police fanned out Wednesday through the forests bordering Chhattisgarh to foil attempts by Maoists to enter the state following the killing of 24 security personnel by rebels in the neighbouring state.

Police have also been put on high alert in areas bordering Orissa.

The police of all three states declared the alert in their borders areas following reports that Maoists could launch more attacks in the region.

Andhra police fear that the Maoists who gunned down the 24 security personnel in Errabore in Dantewada district near Andhra border late Monday might try to cross over either from Chhattisgarh or Orissa.

Police in several areas in Khammam district bordering Chhattisgarh have launched combing operations to foil any Maoist attack. A tight vigil is being maintained on all entry points into the state and vehicles are being checked at different places, including East Godavari district.

Maoists, who suffered reverses in Andhra Pradesh during the last two years, are more active in Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand. However, police here do not rule out Maoists launching surprise attacks. There are intelligence reports of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) trying to regroup in the state's Nallamalla forests spread over five districts.

Meanwhile, CPI-Maoist has threatened to launch attacks in Andhra Pradesh. The outfit issued a statement Tuesday threatening attacks against the police and ruling Congress party leaders to avenge the killing of two of leaders.

Maoist leaders Sande Rajamouli and Chettiraju Papaiah were gunned down by police in alleged gun battles last month in Anantapur and Warangal districts respectively. The outfit, however, claimed that the police arrested them in Kerala and Karnataka and killed them in cold blood.

The CPI-Maoist secretary or their top most leader Ganapathy in the statement blamed the Congress government and certain police officers for the killings.

The outfit has lost more than 200 guerrillas, including top leaders, in the state during last two years dealing a blow to the movement.

The statement, however, said that 'setbacks' were common in a revolutionary movement. Ganapathy claimed that the people's movement would once again spring back to life, as it did in 1985-87 and in 1992-94.

More than 6,000 people have died in Maoist violence in the state since the rebels, who claim to be fighting for the cause of poor and landless, began an armed movement in 1969 in Srikakulam district bordering Orissa.