Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sujala project to be extended

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It is meant to augment surface and groundwater availability




Project is being implemented in five districts

It will be extended to five more districts soon


BANGALORE: The State Government will extend the World Bank-aided Sujala Watershed Project to five more districts to augment surface and groundwater availability, Minister for Agriculture Bandeppa Kashempur has said.

In a reply to D.R. Patil (Congress) during question hour in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, he said the Rs. 677.73-crore World Bank-aided project was being implemented in the drought-prone districts of Kolar, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Haveri and Dharwad since 2001.

The project would be extended to Gulbarga, Bidar, Koppal, Gadag and Chamarajanagar districts. Discussion had already been held with World Bank officials. The community-driven project was aimed at addressing issues such as farm productivity and expanding the area under faming and horticultural activities, he said.
Book controversy


Home Minister M.P. Prakash said the Government would announce its decision next week on the demand to ban the book ‘Anudeva Horaganavanu’ authored by Banjagere Jayaprakash.

Many members of the Lingayat community have demanded that the Government ban the book for what they consider derogatory references to the social reformer Basaveshwara.

In a reply to Vaijnath Patil during zero hour, he said the Government had constituted a fact-finding committee headed by Karnataka Sahitya Academy president Geetha Nagabhushan to study the contents of the controversial book. The panel had submitted a report.
Naxalites


The Home Minister said the Government would soon take a decision on providing a job to a family member of Assistant Sub-Inspector B.A. Venkatesh who was killed in an encounter with suspected naxalites near Agumbe.

Replying to Araga Jnanendra (BJP) during zero hour, he said the bullets retrieved from Venkatesh’s body had been sent for forensic tests to find out whether they had been fired by the suspected naxalites or the police

Ujire: Villagers scared after 'Naxals' visit Hatyadka




Ujire: Villagers scared after 'Naxals' visit Hatyadka - Images



Were the visitors really Naxals?

Ujire July 21: Several doubts and rumours over the visit of Naxals to the house of Chandrashekhar Gore in Hatyadka, have been spreading like a wild fire, on Friday as well. Investigation regarding the incident is on progress.



Especially the residents coming under Kudremukh National Park area are spending apprehensive moments since Thursday. According to one Krishnappa Gowda from Kokkada, the effect of the news is such that women and children fear to come out of their homes even in the day time.

Dr Mohandas Gowda, a local physician said the beedi workers too hesitate to carry their produce to the beedi collection centres, and hence the movement of public too has been reduced in Kokkada, a village adjacent to Hatyadka.

People who usually opt to walk for kms together in this rural area, are now depending on autorickshwas for small stretches too. All have become the messengers to spread the rumours one after another, another localite pointed out.



The villagers are now busy in guessing reasons for the sighting of Naxals, while some of them still doubt whether the 3 who visited Mr Gore’s house in the early hours of Thursday were Naxals or not. Some localites felt that the local Gram Panchayat president had some rift regarding the site reserved for Hindu crematory, and his opponents might have created the scene in the name of Naxals.

Recent incidents of some people in disguise threatening a female pedestrian; two strangers who came on a bike to Kokkada and enquired about the poverty of the area- have caused doubts among the localites.

Usually Naxalites scribble something in red letters, but the graffiti left on Gore’s house is in black. Though there are many financially sound families in the area, why the 3 opted a comparatively poor Gore- are the major doubts among the villagers. Besides, the Naxals have not left any identity in the place, nor even any pamphlets, which they usually leave.

However, it can be remembered here that Mr Gore himself had admitted on Thursday that the strangers came forward to give something in cover, but he refused to accept that.



IGP visits

Inspector General of Police (Western Range) A M Prasad visited the house of Mr Gore on Friday and personally quickened the investigations. Mr Gore has told the IGP that he can identify the lady member of the troupe if her photo is shown.

Puttur ASP Dr Harsha and ANF SP Subhash Gudamani accompanied Mr Prasad. The IGP told reporters that the reality about the incident would be unearthed within a few days. He also visited Venur police station and asked the police to be in total alert.

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Compensation issue: Kin bemoan govt bias

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Khammam, July 20: Death, as the adage goes, is the greatest equaliser. But, for the government, all deaths in Naxal attacks are not equal.

When it comes to paying compensation, the amount varies with the position that the person held before being slain by the Naxals. Consider this. As per GO MS 40, the kin of any political activist killed by the Naxals will get Rs 5 lakh ex gratia and a job to one of the kin.

But, if a sarpanch, MPTC member, panchayat ward member or presidents of PACS gets killed in Naxal attack, the compensation is Rs 7.50 lakh. In case of Mandal parishad presidents, ZPTC members and DCCB chairpersons, the compensation is Rs 10 lakh.

For MPs, MLAs and ZP chiefs, it is Rs 15 lakh. In all these, cases, one of the family members would be given a job. This difference between the kings and the commoners has been since 1991.

According to official statistics, while 10 persons, who fell to the Naxal bullets in 1991, were paid Rs 10,000 each as compensation, two others persons, killed in the same year, were paid Rs 25,000 each.

A co-opted member of a mandal parishad died in Naxal attack in 2001 and his family was paid a compensation of Rs 4 lakh and in case of common man who died in the same year, the compensation was Rs 3 lakh.

Later through GO 40, the government increased the compensation amount, but the discrimination still persists. Also, of the 42 Naxal related deaths reported between 1996 and 2005, employment was given in only 18 cases.

Naxal violence victims’ kin are unhappy over this discrimination. ‘‘The government is paying more to those who have higher influence and were financially sound.

But, it is showing discrimination when it comes to ordinary political activists,’’ said Narmada, wife of Congress leader Mandava Ramireddy who was killed recently for backing Polavaram project.

--Agencies

Abducted engineers released by Naxalites

Nagpur, July. 20 (PTI): Two engineers of a metal company, abducted by Naxalites from Surjagarh Hills in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, were released today, a top police official said.

S K Sharma and N V Rughshe, employed with Llyods Metals, were freed by the militants unharmed, Additional Director General of Police (Anti-Naxalite Operation) Pankaj Gupta told PTI over phone from Gadchiroli, where he was camping after the kidnapping yesterday.

The two were conducting a survey work when they were seized by the Naxals, who are opposing any construction activities in mineral-rich Surjagarh area, police sources said.

Gadchiroli is the worst Naxal-infested district in Maharashtra.

Naxals aim Dakshina Kannada district

20 Jul 2007, 0141 hrs IST,TNN


MANGALORE/CHIKMAGALUR: After Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Udupi districts, Naxals' latest foray is into Dakshina Kannada. This is the first time that Uppinangady district witnessed Naxal activity.

On Wednesday night, Chandrashekar Gore, a farmer who owns a plantation at Muddige Mane of Hatyadka village in Belthangady taluk, was visited by Naxalites.

Around 11.30 pm, Gore heard noises near his house. He turned on the light outside to investigate the source.
To his surprise, Gore found three strangers including a woman, two of them armed, standing outside his doorstep, said police sources. Gore did not open the door. The woman asked for food but was told there was nothing in the house.

A verbal altercation ensued for 10-15 minutes. The Naxalites even demanded money or gold, which Gore refused again.
The Naxals gave up at this point and decided to leave. But before they left, they scribbled "Support Naxalism. Give money to Vittal Hegde (Naxal sympathiser)," on his walls.

Police said Gore saw the woman up close and the police department showed him photos of Naxalites to identify the woman. He zeroed in on one.

When the panchayat president, Jagannatha Gowda, and other leaders got to hear of the incident on Thursday morning, they informed the police.

A combing operation was undertaken and is presently being monitored by Puttur sub-division assistant superintendent of police, Harsha. Superintendent of police, Sateesh Kumar also made a spot visit in the morning.

Two anti-Naxal forces platoons and one section of anti-Naxal squad are a combing the area. One section of the District Crime Investigation Bureau (DCIB) is also probing the matter.

Poor response to bandh

A bandh called by the Naxals in and around the Kudremukh National Park area, Sringeri-Bajagoli and Kalasa-Bajagoli area, was unsuccessful. Government offices, schools and shops remained open in Nemmar, Melnemmar, Thyavna, Herur, Herurmakki. However, in places like Kerekatte in Sringeri taluk where the Naxal movement is intense, petty shop owners downed their shutters.

Private bus from Karkala to Nemmaru and Bukadibylu suspended their services for the day. Trucks carrying ore from mines to Mangalore were also missing from the road.Naxals aim Dakshina Kannada district
20 Jul 2007, 0141 hrs IST,TNN
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MANGALORE/CHIKMAGALUR: After Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Udupi districts, Naxals' latest foray is into Dakshina Kannada. This is the first time that Uppinangady district witnessed Naxal activity.

On Wednesday night, Chandrashekar Gore, a farmer who owns a plantation at Muddige Mane of Hatyadka village in Belthangady taluk, was visited by Naxalites.

Around 11.30 pm, Gore heard noises near his house. He turned on the light outside to investigate the source.
To his surprise, Gore found three strangers including a woman, two of them armed, standing outside his doorstep, said police sources. Gore did not open the door. The woman asked for food but was told there was nothing in the house.

A verbal altercation ensued for 10-15 minutes. The Naxalites even demanded money or gold, which Gore refused again.
The Naxals gave up at this point and decided to leave. But before they left, they scribbled "Support Naxalism. Give money to Vittal Hegde (Naxal sympathiser)," on his walls.

Police said Gore saw the woman up close and the police department showed him photos of Naxalites to identify the woman. He zeroed in on one.

When the panchayat president, Jagannatha Gowda, and other leaders got to hear of the incident on Thursday morning, they informed the police.

A combing operation was undertaken and is presently being monitored by Puttur sub-division assistant superintendent of police, Harsha. Superintendent of police, Sateesh Kumar also made a spot visit in the morning.

Two anti-Naxal forces platoons and one section of anti-Naxal squad are a combing the area. One section of the District Crime Investigation Bureau (DCIB) is also probing the matter.

Poor response to bandh

A bandh called by the Naxals in and around the Kudremukh National Park area, Sringeri-Bajagoli and Kalasa-Bajagoli area, was unsuccessful. Government offices, schools and shops remained open in Nemmar, Melnemmar, Thyavna, Herur, Herurmakki. However, in places like Kerekatte in Sringeri taluk where the Naxal movement is intense, petty shop owners downed their shutters.

Private bus from Karkala to Nemmaru and Bukadibylu suspended their services for the day. Trucks carrying ore from mines to Mangalore were also missing from the road.

UP: Anti-naxal training centre proposed

Posted at Saturday, 21 July 2007 13:07 IST

Varanasi, July 21: A senior police official has recommended setting up of an anti-naxal training centre in Mirzapur district so that the policemen could be trained to cope with naxalite insurgency, police sources said.

According to the sources, the zonal Inspector General of Police (IGP), Varanasi range, Kashmir Singh, has forwarded a proposal to the state government for setting up the anti-naxal training centre at Badgawan.

Policemen deployed to tackle the naxal menace would be given special training to deal with the insurgents at the proposed training centre, the sources added.

Naxals’ visit farmer’s house

Mangalore, July 21: A group of persons said to be naxalites reportedly visited the house of Chandrashekar Gore, a farmer, at Hathyadka village in Belthangady taluk under Uppinangady police station limits late on Wednesday and sought food and money from him.

The “naxalites” also left a message on the wall of the house of Gore urging people to support naxalites and pay money to Vittala Hegde, according to the police.

Top police officials of the district visited the spot and stepped up combing operations in the area with the help of two platoons of Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and two local squads trained in anti-naxal operations.

Superintendent of Police N Sathish Kumar said three armed persons, including a woman, went to the house of Gore around 11.30 pm on Wednesday and demanded that he open the door.

When he refused to do so, they asked him to provide them food and money or valuables he had.

When he refused to comply with their demands, the group asked him the directions to the house of Vaman, he said.

Kumar said the group then reportedly sought directions to go to Shishila and left. Gore reportedly saw the wall writing on Thursday and called the police.

The Puttur sub-division Assistant Superintendent of Police Harsha P S and a team of police officers from the sub-division reached the spot with reinforcements. Kumar too visited the spot later and took stock of the situation.

Dr Harsha said that Gore reportedly recognised the woman who visited the house and efforts were on to trace her identity. Police intelligence gathering had also been stepped up in the area, he said and added the police and the ANF personnel had stepped up combing operations.

The police are in a state of general alert after this incident and are not taking any chances in view of the recent developments in the Malnad region

Centre wants Green Bench disbanded

21 Jul 2007, 0053 hrs IST,Dhananjay Mahapatra,TNN





NEW DELHI: In a blunt message to Supreme Court, Centre has asked it to wind up its Green Bench on the ground that it has outlived its utility and is hurting the objective of preservation of forests.

The Bench's orders on the basis of advice given by lay persons have contributed in accentuating poverty, social unrest and a spurt in Naxal activities in major states, the Centre said in what marked an unprecedented display of belligerence.

The three-judge Green Bench, a significant innovation which has traditionally been headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), has passed several landmark judgments, orders and directions for implementation of the Forest Conservation Act in the last 12 years.

But the interventions which earned its applause were resented by the executive which saw them as intrusion. The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) makes no bones of its anguish, saying that the prolonged hearing on the writ petition filed in 1995, as well as 1,700 applications attached to it, has resulted in judiciary usurping the executive’s powers.

"Such a large number of applications testify to the fact that the separation of powers between different organs of the government, and mutual respect, are being eroded," the MoEF said in its affidavit seeking vacation of the stay on the functioning of Forest Advisory Committee constituted by it.

The stand-off between the Centre and the apex court emanated from the disagreement over choice of independent experts to the FAC, strongly espoused by amicus curiae Harish Salve, who wanted inclusion of independent experts like Belinda Wrights and Bittoo Sehgal.

MoEF made known its scant regard for the views of lawyers and social activists assisting the court in forest matters. While referring to them as "lay persons", it even accused them of influencing the court orders that has led to social problems like spurt in Naxal activities in forests.

The MoEF said the way hearings in the apex court had gone clearly showed that "advocates, who are experts in law not in forestry, and social activists, who may espouse social causes without any background of scientific issues that may have given rise to that issue, have tried to influence hearings in the cases through submissions on aspects which are in the domain of forestry science".

Such a situation may not only lead to errors of judgment but also result in accentuating poverty and social unrest, the Centre said. "The growing Naxalism in vast forest tracts of major Indian states is often directed against the disenfranchisement of forest-dependent population because of overtly centralising episodes of forestry administration," it added.

The apex court's frequent reliance on these lay persons' opinion has led to a situation where scientific forestry practices have been ignored in the name of compliance of law to the detriment of long-term sustainability of forests through people's participation, the Centre said.

If such a procedure was followed any further, it would lead to forests being at "extreme risk", which is contrary to what the Supreme Court hoped to achieve when it intervened 12 years ago, it added.

The Centre and states have taken a host of measures and policy decisions for the preservation of forest wealth. Hence, the apex court should wind up the Forest Bench and dispose of the writ petitions seeking a direction to the Centre and states to take steps to conserve and increase the forest cover of the country.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Naxalites visit farmer in Hathyadka

Friday July 20 2007 11:37 IST
MANGALORE: The Anti-Naxal Force intensified combing operations in Nelyadi region on Thursday after three Naxalites including a woman visited a farmer’s house in Hathyadka.

On Wednesday night, the Naxalites stepped into agrarian Chandrashekar Gore’s house pestering them for food.

Later pointing firearms at Gore, his wife Savitha and mother Rukmini, they demanded gold and money. After pestering for a while, the Naxalites sought directions to a village Sishila and left the house.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dr Harsha visited the house and promised security to the distraught farmer.

Death of CRPF jawan , CM to give maximum help to family

Death of CRPF jawan: Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan told the Assembly that the government would try to give maximum help to the family of the deceased CRPF jawan Ranjith Kumar, a native of Thalassery, who had been killed in an encounter with Naxalites in Raipur last week. The government will also invite the attention of the Union government into the issue, VS informed K K Shylaja

KARNATAK : Naxal issue dominateed the press

Local issues dominated the Kannada press. The police have intensified action against Naxals based in Western Ghats. Last week, five Naxals, including two sympathisers, were killed by the police in an encounter. Subsequently, the Naxals killed a petty trader and a police sub-inspector. The issue is being widely reported in the Kannada press and continues to receive coverage on the front page. It has created a furore in the ongoing session of the legislative assembly.

Market leader Vijaya Karnataka took the government to task in its editorial: “Karnataka, unlike other Naxal-affected states, does not have feudal lords ruling over peasants. Land reform policies have ensured fair distribution of land among the farmers. Naxals are trying to build a base in Karnataka by espousing irrelevant causes. The government should quell this uprising at the earliest with the assistance of the centre.”

Robbers /(Maoists ??)loot Rs1m from AP bankers

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Hyderabad, July 20: A group of masked men waylaid a bank vehicle and looted Rs10 million in the Nallamalla forest area bordering Kurnool and Prakasham district in Andhra Pradesh.

Three staff members of ING Vysya Bank of Nandyal Branch were taking the cash without any armed escort to the main branch in Vijaywada when the incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday. The Prakasham district Superintendent of Police, Vineet Brijlal, said the incident occurred in the forest area near Giddaluru. “The robbers stopped the Indica car by putting up a road-block and threatened the occupants with knives. They tied them up with ropes before fleeing with the cash,’’ he said.

Centre, State to act jointly against naxal threat: Krishna

Friday July 20 2007 11:37 IST
MANDYA: The State and Central governments shall strive jointly to curb the naxal menace in the State, ex- Chief Minister and Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna has said.

He said naxalism has become a big threat to the State. The State Government needs to adopt effective strategies with people’s participation to root out naxal activities in the Malenadu region. On delimitation issues, he refused to comment on Gowda’s remarks on the delimitation commission.

He said he was not in a position to comment on Gowda’s statement that some politicians with “vested interests” influenced the commission. To a question on the State’s border dispute with Maharashtra, he said the issue is before the SC.

Compensation issue: Kin bemoan govt bias

Friday July 20 2007 11:39 IST
KHAMMAM: Death, as the adage goes, is the greatest equaliser. But, for the government, all deaths in Naxal attacks are not equal.

When it comes to paying compensation, the amount varies with the position that the person held before being slain by the Naxals. Consider this. As per GO MS 40, the kin of any political activist killed by the Naxals will get Rs 5 lakh ex gratia and a job to one of the kin.

But, if a sarpanch, MPTC member, panchayat ward member or presidents of PACS gets killed in Naxal attack, the compensation is Rs 7.50 lakh. In case of Mandal parishad presidents, ZPTC members and DCCB chairpersons, the compensation is Rs 10 lakh.

For MPs, MLAs and ZP chiefs, it is Rs 15 lakh. In all these, cases, one of the family members would be given a job. This difference between the kings and the commoners has been since 1991.

According to official statistics, while 10 persons, who fell to the Naxal bullets in 1991, were paid Rs 10,000 each as compensation, two others persons, killed in the same year, were paid Rs 25,000 each.

A co-opted member of a mandal parishad died in Naxal attack in 2001 and his family was paid a compensation of Rs 4 lakh and in case of common man who died in the same year, the compensation was Rs 3 lakh.

Later through GO 40, the government increased the compensation amount, but the discrimination still persists. Also, of the 42 Naxal related deaths reported between 1996 and 2005, employment was given in only 18 cases.

Naxal violence victims’ kin are unhappy over this discrimination. ‘‘The government is paying more to those who have higher influence and were financially sound.

But, it is showing discrimination when it comes to ordinary political activists,’’ said Narmada, wife of Congress leader Mandava Ramireddy who was killed recently for backing Polavaram project

Maoist shadow looming over Polavaram project

Friday July 20 2007 11:36 IST
KHAMMAM: With the Naxal shadow looming large over Polavaram project, there is tension in most of the villages that are likely to face submersion when the project gets under way.

The rehabilitation programmes of the government for the project ousters are also going on at a tardy pace thanks to the Maoist threats.

There are reports that several farmers, who wanted to move out to other areas, have decided against it. The killing of pro- Polavaram Congress leader and Velerupadu mandal Congress president Mandava Rami Reddy last week at Banjaragudem village has only added to their fears.

Following the killing, at least 10 grass roots level Congress leaders have resigned their party posts and have also decided not to make any pro-Polavaram project noises.

The people of several affected villages in Kukkunur, Velerupadu and Burgampahad are re-thinking on accepting the rehabilitation package or not. Until the other day, these people were seen requesting the government to include these mandals in the rehabilitation package list.

As many as 10,150 houses were surveyed in the 33 revenue mandals of Kakunuru mandal, 8140 houses in 39 revenue villages of Velerupadu mandal and 2,563 houses in nine villages in Burgampahad mandal and a notification for R&R package was issued on July 7.

But now, these villagers are reluctant to talk to the officials. The Maoists had issued a diktat warning the people of dire consequences if they accept the R&R package.

It was a heist waiting to happen

Friday July 20 2007 11:32 IST
ONGOLE: Thursday’s loot of Ing Vysya Bank’s Rs 1 crore was a heist waiting to happen.

The setting was perfect! The car was unguarded and carried a huge sum. The road was a serpentine ghat road with steep hairpin bends. The area was Naxal-dominated Nallamala region.

What was surprising was that the bank officials chose to transport such a huge amount in an unprotected Tata Indica through Nallamala forest region.

‘‘We have been doing it and there were at least eight such money transfers from Nandyal to Vijayawada through the same route. There were no problems at all,’’ a bank official told this website’s newspaper.

He further said that security would be provided only if the amount was more than Rs 1 crore. ‘‘We are acting as per the norms of the bank.

There is no need for security if the amount is less than Rs 1 crore,’’ the bank official reiterated. However, the police are livid at the callous way in which the money transfer of such a magnitude was handled.

‘‘It was a ghat road. It is a Maoist dominated area. It is surprising that the bank officials took no precautions at all. There was no security and the police have not been informed of the money transfer,’’ said a visibly livid Prakasam SP Vineet Brijlal.

But, the bank officials maintained that they were taking money from Nandyal in the same way for the past three years and that there was never an incident of this type.

Mangalore: BJP Condemns Naxal Attacks near Agumbe

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Mangalore, Jul 20: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Dakshina Kannada unit condemned the recent action of suspected Naxalites who allegedly robbed four houses at Gubbiga and Tallurangadi near Agumbe.

The action of the alleged Naxalites was nasty, said K Monappa Bhandary, president of the unit and Satish Prabhu, president of Mangalore Assembly constituency committee in a release.

This specifies that their objective was to create a fear among people and rob them, they said.

They urged the government to take immediate action against the accused and their supporters and all the organizations supporting Naxal activities, said the BJP leaders.

Udupi: 'Congress Responsible for Naxalism in State'

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Udupi, Jul 19: Devi Prasad Shetty, president of district JD (S) said that he is ready to go alone and talk to Naxal leaders on invitation. The choice of place of meeting is up the leader, he said at press conference here on Wednesday July 18.

The decision has been taken to prevent the Naxal activity and he is ready to sacrifice if the cause of the country needs it, provided the Naxal leaders and government should approve his decision, he added.

Great negligence towards the development of the rural areas has been a cause of the rampant of Naxalism, he said.

Congress which ruled the country for a long period is also responsible as it neglected the development of many places, he complained.

The state government is doing a great job and giving importance to the development of all the neglected areas especially Naxal-affected areas, he said.

Innocent people are killed at Menasinahadya in the encounter, he said and added that attention should be paid towards the basic needs to provide the social justice.

Social justice can solve the problems related to Naxalism and on this regard chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has drawn his attention, he added.

Naxals claim that they are responsible for the development and police are after the common people torturing them to collect information about Naxals. This has compelled the common people to prefer Naxals, he expressed his anxiety.

Jagadish Yadiyara, president of the party and Vasudeva Rao were present at the press meet.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Bihar school closes after Maoist threat

From correspondents in Bihar, India, 04:00 PM IST


A government primary school in Bihar's Gaya district has remained shut for over two weeks after Maoists allegedly abducted a school teacher earlier this month.

Though the teacher was released two days later, the four teachers of the school, including the principal, have not visited the school for the last two weeks at Bhupnagar village under Amas block in Gaya, about 150 km from here, fearing the rebels.

Police said Maoists kidnapped Sanjay Choudhary at gunpoint when he was returning home from school on his motorcycle. Later, he was released.

Maoists had reportedly threatened to teach a lesson to the teachers for 'neglecting' the school.

'Education of over 100 students has been affected,' an official said.

A police complaint has been lodged, but the district administration has not bothered to intervene, a villager alleged.

Gaya, one of the four districts in south Bihar, is regarded as a stronghold of the Maoists.


(Staff Writer, © IANS)

Three Maoist rebels arrested in Jharkhand

Posted July 19th, 2007 by TariqueCrime/Terrorism Ranchi, July 19 (IANS) Three Maoist rebels including a sub-zonal commander of the outfit were arrested Thursday from Jharkhand's Chatra district, police said.

According to police, the three activists of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were arrested early morning from Dandua village, about 190 km from here.

Police raided the village on a tip off and arrested them. One of the three arrested is a sub-zonal commander of CPI-Maoist.

Identities of the three have been kept secret and interrogation is in progress.

"Police teams are likely to raid other places of Chatra and Palamau based on the information from the arrested activists of CPI-Maoists," a police official at the state headquarters here, said.

Police also recovered one 9 mm pistol, live cartridges, Maoist literature, explosives and others materials from the arrested rebels.

Maoists are active in 16 of the 22 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 830 people have lost their lives including 290 policemen in Maoist related violence in the last six years.

Suspected naxals visit a house for food, money

Mangalore, July 19 (PTI): Three suspected naxalites, including a woman, visited a house in Athiyadka village under Uppinangady police station limits today, a top police official said.

The suspected naxalites went to the house and spoke to the inmate through the window asking for food and money, Sathish Kumar, Superintendent of Police said.

However, the inmate said, he was a labourer and had no money to give to them.

Later the group left after scribbling on the wall "support naxals and provide money to Vittal Hegde", Kumar said.

Whether the three-member group possessed arms or not was yet to be ascertained, he said, adding Anti-naxalite force had already visited the place and another team would be proceeding to the spot.

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Puttur, Jul 19: Even as the news about robbery in four houses by alleged Naxalites near Agumbe is fresh in the minds of people, a group of Naxalites visited a house near Hatyadka near Uppinangady here on Wednesday July 18 night.

The incident, which is first of its kind in the vicinity, has created tension and panic in the minds of residents. Though police have already arrived on the spot, people are in a state of shock.





















Two young men wearing a raincoat came to one Balakrishna Gore's house around 11.30 pm on Wednesday. It was raining heavily. They knocked the back door of the house. Once Balakrishna came to know that they were strangers, he tried to threaten them with his air gun. But the strangers did not much bother about it and demanded cash and ornaments from Balakrishna. But the latter refused.

Meanwhile a lady in her early 30s knocked the front door. But no one opened the door. When she was asked as what she needed, she asked Balakrishna to give her food. But Balakrishna did not open the door. Finally when they could not get anything, they asked Balakrishna way to Shishila through the forest and left the place. But before that they wrote Naxal slogan on the wall asking financial support to their movement and to Vithal Hegde.

Though nothing is sure as of now, some sources said that though there are chances of Naxalites visiting the house, no one can deny that these might be thieves who are taking advantage of the situation and trying to defame Naxal reputation. Especially the way the name of Vithal Hegde is mentioned, it points out that someone is trying to take advantage of the situation following a couple of Naxal attacks in Chikmagalur area a few days ago. This is a right time for some robbers to rob off villagers using Naxal name, opined a local while speaking to this correspondent on Thursday morning.

News was immediately given to police. Puttur ASI Dr Harsha has already arrived on the spot. SP Sathish Kumar is expected to come to the spot along with Anti-Naxal Force shortly. Sources said that the police may start combing operations in the area immediately and raid the forest completely by Thursday night.

Nitish Hopes to Combat Naxalism with Development

Patna: July 18, 2007

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday, said the government would follow up on the court's directives to the letter following the availability of the Amir Das Commission report and would deal with the Naxal problem by implementing developmental programs in rural area that would force them to reconsider their violent way of life.

Speaking at the state Assembly after a marathon discussion on Naxal activities in Bihar, Kumar said that the government will leave no stone unturned in rural areas, particularly the extremists-hit regions, to bring development and prosperity as a 'weapon' to counter growing ultra activities in the state.

"Our fight with the Naxals is a political fight. Every organization has the right to propagate its agenda but if the agenda involves violence and crime, then the government has no choice but to take strongest measures against them," the Chief Minister said.

Taking a dig at the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Kumar said that the RJD believed in politics based on caste and communal grounds. "They want to continue to sow the poisonous seed of caste-based politics. Their recent disparaging comments on the Bihar Chief Secretary further expose them of their hypocrisy and their hollow claims of being the party of social justice," he said.

"Today people get a cold chill when they hear the name of RJD. They talk about crime in Bihar under the NDA government but they are forgetting that it was under the RJD rule that criminals became emboldened and kidnapping became the most thriving industry in the state," the Chief Minister said.

Kumar also blasted the opposition leaders for making false accusation against his deputy and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi alleging he had ties with Ranvir Sena. "They will do anything to defame a person to score political points but people of Bihar have rejected such politics based on lies, hollow slogans of social justice, and misrepresentation of facts," he said.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Maoists kill five farmers in Chhattisgarh

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From correspondents in Chhattisgarh, India, 02:01 PM IST


Maoist guerrillas have killed five tribal farmers in Chhattisgarh for allegedly defying a Maoist fiat not to cultivate crops in this monsoon season, police said Wednesday.

More than 50 armed leftists swooped on Mallapara village in Bijapur district late Tuesday and slit the throat of the farmers when they were working in a rice field, Bijapur district Superintendent of Police Ratanlal Dangi told IANS.

In another incident, Maoists hacked to death a 30-year-old tribal farmer Tuesday at Jangla in a remote part of Bijapur district Tuesday.

'All the five farmers were killed because they defied a Maoist order telling the farmers in Bastar region to stay away from cultivation,' Dangi said.

The region, spread over the five districts of Narayanpur, Bijapur, Dantewada, Bastar and Kanker, usually has a good paddy yield in the monsoon season.


(Staff Writer, © IANS)

Maoists bomb government office in Jharkhand

IANS

From correspondents in Jharkhand, India, 01:32 PM IST


Maoists bombed a government office in Bokaro district of Jharkhand, police said Wednesday.

Around 30 Maoist rebels gathered Tuesday night near the block development office in Gomia block of Bokaro district, about 140 km from Ranchi. They asked people to come out of their houses and distributed pamphlets against 'police repression'.

The Maoist guerrillas asked people to support them in their fight against the police. After addressing the people, the guerrillas blasted the block development office with grenades and bombs, said police officials.

Locals claim that the Maoists stayed near the government office for nearly two hours but no police officials arrived at the scene.

Maoists have called for a strike Wednesday in Bokaro district to protest against what they call 'police repression'. They allege that some policemen allegedly raped a tribal girl Phulmani Devi last month, after officials branded the girl and her father Maoist rebels.

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 830 people, including 290 policemen, have lost their lives in Maoist related violence in the last six years.


(Staff Writer, © IANS)

Legacy Of a Maoist Injustice

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By Perry Link
Wednesday, July 18, 2007; Page A19

When the world looks back at the troubles of Maoism in China, attention usually focuses on the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976, in which millions were persecuted and society all but collapsed, or on the famine induced by the Great Leap Forward of 1959-62, when somewhere between 20 million and 50 million people starved after farmers were forced to apply Mao-thought to agriculture.

In comparison with such huge catastrophes, the "Anti-Rightist Campaign" of 1957-58 may pale. But measured by its long-term ill effects on China -- effects still very much in evidence today -- the Anti-Rightist Campaign might be put front and center. This was the theme of two conferences that victims of the campaign attended last month to mark its 50th anniversary. Some of these veterans, now in their 70s and 80s, were speaking out for the first time. Because the meetings were prohibited in China, they were held in the United States, at Princeton University and the University of California at Irvine.



In 1957, the "rightists" were largely intellectuals: writers, journalists, editors, doctors, professors, students and liberal-minded officials. In fact, they were almost all idealistic socialists, eager to make such slogans as "serve the people" into living realities. They criticized abuses of power but, with rare exception, were only trying to help the new "People's Republic" by their criticism. The eminent Chinese journalist Liu Binyan, labeled a "major rightist" in 1957, later recalled his surprise at the charges that had been leveled against him. He felt innocent on every count, but on the other hand, "How could Mao be wrong? There must be something in me that I still need to dig out and examine."

Soon thereafter Liu -- whose story is typical of many -- was publicly humiliated, separated from his family and sent to labor in a remote, poverty-stricken village. There he had an epiphany. He came to see "two kinds of truth" in China: the "truths" of communism, which descended from the Propaganda Department and infused newspapers at all levels, and truths that emerged from the ground up, out of the hard life of the farmers in the poor village. The "two truths" seemed unrelated.

This separation of formal political language from the language of daily life was a recurrent theme at the 50th-anniversary conferences. Before 1957, socialist slogans could express sincere ideals; afterward, the same phrases became chips in a language game people played in pursuit of other goals. To get anything done, even to survive, one had to master the game. Before 1957, there were certain truths one could not utter; after 1957, there were certain falsities one had to utter. But hypocrisy can have devastating long-term effects.

Conference participants noted several ways in which the game continues. China's leaders, afraid of losing a powerful symbol of their claim to legitimacy, keep Mao's portrait hanging in Tiananmen Square and insist that China is pursuing "socialism." Can they be unaware of the unbridled capitalism that is being pursued? Of course not. This linguistic pretense -- among others -- has fostered cynicism in the Chinese public and led to what many have called a "values vacuum." The recent revelations about tainted pet food, medicines and toothpaste from China are old news in China itself, where corruption, fraud and swindles have been well-known problems for a long time.

Hypocrisy is, of course, not unique to China; nor did Mao Zedong invent the Chinese version of it. And the post-Mao leadership has done much to create the current values crisis by telling the Chinese people that so long as they remain politically docile, they are free to make money just about any way they like.

Still, the cynicism that permeates China seems in important ways traceable to the "two truths" problem that emerged under Mao. In the words of one "1957 rightist" at UC-Irvine, "Mao stole social idealism from us, and we have never regained it." There is interesting indirect evidence that Chinese leaders also sense the connection; why else would they want to block commemorative conferences -- not only in China but even abroad? Before being allowed to leave China, several septuagenarian participants in the conferences were questioned by police who wanted to "chat" about "protecting the image of the motherland overseas." Several others were harassed until they decided to forgo the trip; they sent in their papers to be read by others.

As an American attending the conferences, I was surprised to see how much the idealism of these people, despite everything, simply would not die. Their 50-year-old wounds seemed as fresh as if they had been inflicted last week. Yet all of their talk about the past and the collapse of ideals was for the sake of the future. One participant drew loud applause when he quoted the contemporary Chinese writer Zhang Kangkang: "A country that cannot use today in order to examine yesterday will have no tomorrow."

The writer is a professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University.

Maoists gun down Chhattisgarh BJP leader

Raipur, July 18 (IANS) Maoist militants Tuesday shot dead a senior leader of Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in broad daylight in the state's revolt hit southern Dantewada district, police said.

"Two Maoists whipped out a gun from their handbag and pumped several bullets into Nand Kumar Singh at a bus stand at Chindgarh near Konta, about 510 km south of capital Raipur," police sources said.

The 45-year-old former BJP block president died on the spot.

After the shooting both miscreants shouted slogans in favour of the Maoist movement and then fled into the nearby forest.

Dantewada is one of the worst Maoist infested districts of India.

Last week, rebels killed 24 policemen in the same region in a fierce gun battle. Police estimate that about 5,000 Maoists armed with AK-47 rifles and landmines are active in the hills and forests of southern Chhattisgarh including Dantewada.

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Maoists kill BJP worker, 5 farmers

18 Jul 2007, 0451 hrs IST,Amitabh Tiwari,TNN


RAIPUR: Maoists killed five farmers and a BJP leader associated with the anti-Maoist movement in Bijapur district of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. The Maoists killed the farmers because they defied their diktat to desist from farming. Maoists have banned cultivation in Narayanpur, Bijapur, Dantewada, Bastar and Kanker districts.

The farmers were killed at Gangaloor village in the early hours of Tuesday, Bijapur SP Ratan Lal Dangi said.

The Maoists then walked to Jangla village, 25 km from Gangaloor, to kill BJP worker Nand Kumar Singh, who was instrumental in mobilising tribals through 'salva judum' movement.

This is the second such incident wherein farmers have allegedly been killed for defying Maoist diktat. On July 8, two farmers of Chintagufa village in Bijapur were killed when they tried to cultivate their fields.

Letters to Editor: Strike hard

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Sir — After killing about 23 security personnel in Chattisgarh, Maoists have struck close to Visakhapatnam and blown up an electricity sub-station, a guest house and a Doordarshan tower (“Maoists blow up power unit”, July 13). First and foremost, such violence exposes the hollowness of the Maoist ideology. The rebels are harming the poor tribals and villagers more than they are harming anybody else. Second, the attacks reveal the thorough incompetence of the people responsible for security. The death of two dozen security personnel and the subsequent incident at Chintapalli show how unprepared the security agencies are in thwarting a movement that is decades-old. Apathy and lack of coordination between the Central and state governments allow Naxalite violence to rage on.

Yours faithfully,
M.M. Kale, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh


Sir — Apparently, there is evidence to prove that Maoists are resorting to large-scale operations in India and getting active support from their comrades in Nepal (“Nepal hint in strike”, July 12). The change of strategy on the part of the rebels should be obvious. The Dantewada incident in Chattisgarh, where security personnel were lured into a trap and 23 of them were shot dead, shows that the Naxalites are not resorting to ambushes and their old hit-and-run tactics anymore. The scale and area of Maoist operations are expanding. And yet the government cannot decide how these criminals should be classified in the security jargon. The United Progressive Alliance seems to be especially hesitant in bringing the Maoists to book despite the prime minister expressing alarm at the deteriorating situation. But time is fast running out. Manmohan Singh and his men ought to get their act together.


Yours faithfully,P. Rodriguez, Goa





Sir — The editorial, “Into a trap” (July 12), merely reiterates the standard government line on the Naxalite problem. The Maoist menace has its roots in socio-economic deprivation and is not a law and order problem, as the government would have us believe. Since the Centre and states are not too keen on resolving these socio-economic issues, they seek to portray the Naxalite problem as a security threat. The success of the Maoist movement doubtlessly proves that democracy has not succeeded in India. Over the last sixty years, the Indian State has failed to improve its human development index. Funds meant for development are quietly siphoned off with the connivance of government employees. Besides, in areas affected by Maoism, movements like the Salwa Judum have compounded the problem. The deprived now realize that polite requests for the most basic amenities of life invariably fall on deaf ears. Death from starvation and disease is routine, and does not affect the administration. Hence, these people have resorted to violence to secure their just demands.

If the UPA is desperate to solve the problem, its chairperson, along with the Union home minister, should begin an open dialogue with the Maoist leaders of the affected states. The Centre should then heed Chanakya’s advice: that is, making the Maoists themselves take on the task of development with government assistance. Unless the Maoists have a share in the democratic polity of these areas, there will be further violence.

Yours faithfully,J.K. Dutt, Calcutta

Jabalpur: Missing Chhattisgarh Govt Chopper's Wreckage Found

Jabalpur, July 18: The wreckage of a Chhattisgarh Government helicopter, which went missing after it took off from Bhopal for Raipur on July 14 with four people on board, has been reportedly found from a far-flung area in naxal-affected Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Balaghat range) G Janardan told sources here over telephone that the wreckage of the chopper had been located at a dense forest area in Balaghat. The bodies of the four members were also found.

Janardan said the wreckage was found at around 1025 hours this morning in dense bamboo forest area on Budhi Dadar hill near Tanda river on the border of Balaghat and Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district. The decomposed bodies of captain A S Siddu, Mr Vikram Savekar and engineers Mr Manish Dabolia and Mr Amitabh Soni were found.

A team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Parasvada area, Balaghat) Shivkumar Verma and Superintendent of Police (Rajnandgaon) Amit Singh has reached the spot.

The DIG said it appeared that the chopper crashed into the hill when the pilot tried to descend suddenly in the forest area.

The chopper took off from Bhopal at around 1150 hours on July 14 and lost contact with Air Traffic Control (ATC) within half an hour. The six-seater helicopter, manufactured by the internationally renowned company Eurocopter, was sent to Bhopal for weighing two days ago and was on its way back to Raipur after a technical check up that is required in every five years as per the aviation norms.

Initially, the aviation officials had thought that the chopper might have landed somewhere due to bad weather. The chopper is fitted with state-of-the-art emergency locater beacon, which gets activated and starts emitting signals in the event of a crash landing.

Once the equipment gets activated, it not only sends a signal to a centre based in Hyderabad, but also remains active for 72 hours through which the chopper could be located from anywhere within a radius of 100 km. As no such signal has been received so far from this equipment, it appeared that the helicopter had landed somewhere safely.

This twin-engine chopper, considered very safe for flying, was purchased after formation of Chhattisgarh in November 2000. It is being used by VIPs, including Governor and chief ministers.

Besides, it is in service for air-lifting security personnel and evacuating the injured to hospitals from the violence-prone naxalite areas of Chhattisgarh.

NAXAL MENACE : Vivek Deshpande CNN-IBN receive Ramnath Goenka Excellence Award

CNN-IBN shines at Ramnath Goenka Excellence Awards
Tuesday - Jul 17, 2007
Televisionpoint.com Correspondent

Some of the Best news stories were among the stories that deserved to be told and once they were, they were celebrated and rewarded by President A P J Abdul Kalam at the second Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.

The award-winning stories came in from all parts of India, in all languages: from the HIV battleground of Sangli in Maharashtra to the heart of hatred and fear in Gujarat to the refugee camps in Lower Assam. Reporters worked against all odds to bring to the nation stories of resilience in Kashmir, sent dispatches from the Naxal heartland and captured the plight of scavengers in West Bengal. And occasionally, they let the people tell their own story.

From these stories across the country to the corridors of the national government is a long way but excellence brought both together when Ritu Sarin of The Indian Express won the Journalist of the Year (Print) for her series of investigative stories on the CBI’s lapses, the Bofors trail, the breach in the national security establishment and the allegations in the Paul Volcker report.

Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN was judged the Journalist of the Year (Broadcast) for spearheading the coverage of all major news events of the year and giving a distinct edge to a new news channel with sharp reportage on political events. Both these awards carried a prize money of Rs 2.5 lakh each.

Sardesai said, "I am really humbled on having won this title and am very proud to have been considered worthy of this award by the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation. This would not have been possible without the team at CNN-IBN."

Instituted last year, the Ramnath Goenka Awards for excellence in journalism have set a much-needed benchmark for journalism in India. As Viveck Goenka, chairman of the Ramnath Goenka Foundation and Chairman and Managing Director of The Indian Express Group, pointed out, “There is a ceaseless deluge of information on the internet: of news, views, and more commonly, views as news. It’s here that good journalists have to step in with their compasses and their searchlights. That’s why never before has there been a more pressing need for the media to build public trust and credibility.”

All the prize-winning reports today, he added, fulfilled this trust. These were stories that would never have been told had these reporters not gone after them. The award for Uncovering India Invisible (print) went to The Indian Express’s Vivek Deshpande for his reports from the Naxal belt and to Nilanjana Bose of CNN-IBN for her report on AIDS orphans.

In all, 24 awards were given to stories that met the highest standards of journalism. “The fact that none of last year’s winners were repeated this year is a compliment to the profession and says that is in safe hands,” said The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta.

This year, four new awards were introduced. Recognising the role the media can play to increase awareness and overcome prejudices on HIV/AIDS, the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation in association with USAID, Avert Society and Health Communication Partnership/Johns Hopkins University, presented two awards for excellence in HIV/AIDS reporting. This year, the winners were Loksatta’s Shekhar Vasant Deshmukh (Marathi) and Sadhna Mohan (English) of AIDS Buzz.

Two books in The Indian Express Group Book Series were also launched at the function: India Empowered, a collection of articles by leaders from various fields written for a special series published by the newspaper and The Prize Stories, a book on the reports that won the awards last year.

The event was attended among others by BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, civil aviation minister Praful Patel, minister for petroleum and gas Murli Deora, minister for science and technology Kapil Sibal, minister of state (PMO) Prithviraj Chavan, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, MPs Rajeev Shukla, Sachin Pilot, Naveen Jindal and Sandeep Dikshit, Infosys chairman N.R. Narayanamurthy, former ONGC chairman Subir Raha, senior SC lawyer Fali Nariman, economist Meghnad Desai, former editor of The Indian Express Arun Shourie and filmmaker Shyam Benegal.

The awards given, it was the President’s turn to receive a memento: two photographs of him taken by Express photographer Praveen Jain, one the day before he took charge as President, the other his chariot ride.

Chhattisgarh Assembly’s answer to Naxals: let’s discuss, in secret

Nitin MahajanPosted online: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 0000 hrs Print Email
RAIPUR, JULY 17: In an unprecedented move, the Chhattisgarh Assembly has decided to hold an in-camera session on July 25 to discuss rising Naxal violence and related issues. The state government claims it’s a matter of “national security” and, therefore, cannot be discussed in an open house.


This will be the first time that the Assembly meets behind closed doors. All galleries, including the Press gallery, will remain vacant. Only a few senior officials, directly dealing with the issue, will be allowed. Defending this, state Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam said issues related to national security can’t be discussed in an open house. He said the in-camera session will also try to come up with a policy on combating Naxals.

Leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma agreed with the Home Minister that it was “not proper to have an open discussion” on the Naxal problem. “We can’t discuss strategies regarding anti-Naxal operations in an open house. We hope the government listens to our suggestions,” Karma said.

The meeting was convened after Chief Minister Raman Singh agreed to the Opposition demand for talks.

ASI gunned down by Naxalites

An ASI was killed by Naxals at Gowriguttalu near Agumbe on Tuesday evening, DHNS reports from Shimoga.
Venkatesh, an ASI in Malur Police Station in Tirthahalli taluk, was leading a 40-member anti-Naxal force when three ultras fired at them from a tree top. The anti-Naxal squad had rushed to the spot around 6.30 pm on getting information that the Naxals were planning to have dinner at a house near Gowriguttalu on Tuesday night.
The police returned the fire but the rebels fled the scene. The shootout lasted for over three hours. Heavy rain prevented the police from chasing the Naxals.
Sources said 12 armed Maoists, including 3 women, were planning to have dinner and stay at the village. After the encounter, combing has been intensified in the region. Senior officials visited the spot.

Tribal people in national parks to be rehabilitated

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Bangalore: The State Government has decided to refrain from forcibly shifting out tribal people in the national parks forming part of the Malnad forests in an effort to prevent them from joining the company of hardcore naxalites, who have reportedly sneaked into the forest belt of the State from other places.

A high-level meeting was held here on Tuesday to hear the views and suggestions offered by legislators from the Malnad districts. Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Home Minister M.P. Prakash chaired the meeting.

About 40 legislators from the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Hassan and Shimoga attended the meeting.

Briefing presspersons after the meeting, Mr. Prakash said police personnel in the naxalite-prone areas would be equipped with latest firearms and would be paid an incentive for working in such vulnerable areas.

To complaints that most of the police stations in the Malnad districts were understaffed, the Government had assured that adequate number of police personnel from other areas would be posted. Further, the Anti-Naxal Force would be well-equipped and all the proposals sent across to the Government in this connection had been approved straight away. “Funds should not be a problem in combating naxalism,” he said.

Naxalites demand BJP to support bandh

Wednesday July 18 2007 00:00 IST
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SHIMOGA: A group of six suspected Naxalites of banned CPI (Maoist) on Tuesday visited the house of a BJP leader at Nemmuru village near Agumbe in the district and demanded the support of the BJP to the Naxal sponsored bandh on July 19 in the western ghat areas, known for their presence.

This was the second time that the members of the banned outfit visited the house of Koppa taluk BJP president Ranganath in the wee hours of Tuesday and asked him to extend support to the bandh to protest against the 'fake encounter' by the police in which four tribals were killed along with a Naxalite leader.

According to reports reaching the district headquarters here the outlaws stayed in Mr Ranganath’s house for over two hours and informed him that they had given the bandh call and BJP should 'extend' its support.

All shops, business establishments and educational institutions should be closed from Sringeri in Chikmaglore to Bajagoli in Dakshina Kannada and Kalasa in Chikmaglore to Bajagoli, the group said.

Gunfire: Naxalite and ASI killed near Agumbe




By Team Mangalorean

Shimoga July 17: In an heavy exchange of gunfire between a fleeing Naxalite group and police combing squad, one police Assistant Sub Inspector identified as Venkatesh (40) and one unidentified women have said to be died. The young woman is stated to be in her twenties and believed to be carrying a gun and belonging to the naxalite group.


ANF Team combing the region (File pic)

The incident happened when the Anti Nexal Force (ANF) and the Shimoga Police and the police force from the Agumbe outpost were combing for naxalites encountered each other ensuing in a long drawn gun battle. The encounter is believed to have happened at a place called Addalasu in Megaravalli Zilla Panchayat constituency 20 kilometers from Thirthahalli.

According to police sources at the Agumbe outpost there was a definite information that a group of naxalites after escaping from the last week’s encounter in Chikmagalur were slated to pass through Hulagavina Bail and Addalasu which are tribal villages in the ZP constituency.

The sources said the gun battle had lasted for more than an hour starting from 6.30 in the evening. The ANF - Police combing team appeared to have asked the naxalite group to surrender but they began to fire indiscriminately at the police team and in the exchange Mr. Venkatesh was wounded seriously.



Venkatesh, an ASI in Malur Police Station was said to be leading a team of anti-naxal force when the naxals fired at them. The naxalites were allegedly firing with automatic weapons and had fired 30 rounds at the police.

Superintendent of police Shimoga district Arun Chakravarthy and Additional SP Siddaramappa are camping at Agumbe. The Inspector General of Police Eastern Range from Davanagere H.N. Sathyanaryana Rao had also reached the place.

The combing operation was intensified in the region following a series of incidents including a burning down the KSRTC bus on July 1 and an encounter on July 10 where five 'naxals' were gunned down at Menasinahadya.

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Naxal-infested Bastar villages beyond governance

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R Krishna Das / Raipur July 18, 2007



Even as the Chhattisgarh government is working hard to establish its “rule” in the territories that Naxalites claim to be theirs, more than 500 villages in the Naxal hotbed of Bastar have no palpable governance.

The officials fail to visit the interior areas while others fear to put the things in order.

According to a study conducted by an NGO — Vanvasi Chetana Ashram, based at Dantewada district — about 600 villages in the interior areas of Bastar lack governance and the villagers are striving for proper health, education and other needs.

“The solution to the Naxal problem is not easy. But it is not so difficult that there is no solution,” Himanshu Kumar, convenor of the Ashram, an NGO working for human rights and civil liberties, said.

But for that the government should have strategic plans with focus on development of the rural areas.

According to sources, development works worth more than Rs 500 crore have been stranded in different parts of Bastar region. Of them, a major share is of road construction. Over a period of last three years, rebels had brought down more than 300 school and panchayat buildings; destroyed about 20 bank buildings in the rural areas.

“How can engineers and technical staff go into the areas where even the security personnel have failed to reach,” Dantewada District Collector KR Pishda told Business Standard.

He admitted that records list about 200 villages where the government had failed to reach. The development works can start only once security personnel reach the areas that are under the sway of the Left radical group, Pishda added.

The biggest problem for the state government is to propel the security personnel into offensive mode with a proper military strategy that can counter the ploys of rebels.

The changing strategy of Naxalites in attacking the security personnel and the vain attempts made by the forces to take on rebels in the past has baffled the officialdom designing the anti-Naxal plans.

It was one of the top bureaucrats who negotiated and initiated the process for hiring Punjab terror buster KPS Gill as security adviser. But the former Punjab police chief had to return early this year after he found himself tangled in the groupism simmering among state police officials.

In fact, the movement of force in the interior areas had increased in last three years.

“The increase in casualty points out that operations against the rebels has intensified in the state,” Ramvichar Netam, the state home minister, explained. But the strategy lacks stride and direction, said a senior retired police official.

The state — lacking skilled and trained jawans for anti-insurgency and jungle warfare — is raising a battalion of Special Task Force (STF) that will be used only for anti-Naxal operations like the Grey Hound operating in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. In Andhra Pradesh, said another senior police official, the Grey Hound had brought good results and Chhattisgarh also hopes the same.

About 500 jawans were earlier trained in the jungle warfare school near Kanker. But instead of using them to combat the red army, the jawans are guarding the VVIPs in the state.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Woman Naxalite nabbed in Chandauli district

Varanasi, July 17: A woman Naxalite, wanted in many cases, was arrested in a forest in neighbouring Chandauli district, police said today.


Acting on a tip-off, a police team launched a combing operation in the forest in Jamsoti area and nabbed the Naxalite Sita Kol after a brief resistance last evening, police said.


An active member of the banned outfit Communist Party of India (CPI) Maoist, the dreaded Naxalite in her mid-20s, was wanted in connection with the murder of BSP leader Basant Ram and other insurgent activities in the Naxal-infested districts of Chanduali, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra, they added. (Agencies)



Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Maoists to follow Bengal model for cadre mobilisation

Anjan Chakraborty
KOLKATA, July 16: The CPI-Maoists would follow the West Bengal model in mobilising mass support and increasing their cadre base across the country in the wake of the controversy over land acquisition and the rehabilitation package for Special Economic Zones (SEZs), a central Intelligence report has indicated this.
During this period, the Maoists would refrain from any major offensive against security forces and would only defend their territory, the report claimed, adding that the success achieved by their cadres in increasing their support base by opposing the Nandigram and Singur land acquisition issue in West Bengal had prompted their leadership to change tactics for the time being.
According to the report, this decision was taken in a secret meeting convened in the jungles bordering Jharkhand and Orissa recently. This was the 9th Unity Congress of the CPI-Maoist and was attended by about one hundred Maoist leaders from 16 Indian states, three Nepalese Maoists, and one Maoist activist each from Bangladesh and the Philippines.
The meeting reaffirmed their faith in agrarian revolution, albeit in the context of the Centre and various state government’s move towards setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and conversion of farmlands into industrial zones, the IB report, which has been sent to the state home department, said. Proposals to create SEZs in 21 states are awaiting approval from various state governments, and decisions on these are being delayed mainly due to disputes over the compensation package and acquisition of agricultural land without a suitable relief and rehabilitation package.
“The Maoists do not abruptly launch offensives, but are known to go for gradual consolidation, including a preliminary study of local social, economic and political conditions and the vulnerabilities of particular populations. They prefer to maintain a low profile in adverse conditions. If the situation warrants it, they confine the movement at the level of political mobilisation, highlight local issues through front organisations and organise meetings in strongholds,” said a senior state IB official.
In Singur and Nandigram, the Maoist identified a sizable number of vulnerable local population and through their frontal organisations, mobilised support among them. West Bengal, for that reason, did not witness any Maoist strikes during the last six months, the IB report indicated.
“The main purpose of the latest Maoist conclave was to decide upon setting up base areas in new regions to highlight current issues like forcible displacement caused by Special Economic Zones, industrialisation and infrastructure development projects,” the senior IB official said.
The Maoists meeting also decided to expand the armed struggle from ‘guerrilla war’ to ‘urban and mobile warfare’, focusing on industrial areas. The conclave also exhorted Maoist cadres to use every possible means, including jailbreaks, to free detained activists.

Naxalites, Suci join Kawakhali land movement

Statesman News Service
SILIGURI, July 16: If trends are any indication, the anti-land acquisition movement launched by the residents of Kawakhali may spell trouble for the ruling CPI-M in near future.
In a major development, Naxalites and Suci activists, who had earlier extended their moral support to the anti-land acquisition movement spearheaded by the Kawakhali Purajhar Bhumi Raksha Committee, took part in a roadblock programme in the town today over the issue.
The roadblock, staged at Hashmi Chowk between 12.45 and 1.15 pm, threw traffic out of gear in the town. A large number of vehicles got stranded on the arterial Hill Cart Road, Bidhan Road and Kachari Road.
Braving rain, over 200 agitators, including women and children, blocked the road at Hashmi Chowk with anti-SJDA and anti-government placards in their hands.
They shouted slogans condemning the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority’s land-acquisition bid at Kawakhali for a mega real estate project.
CPI-ML (New Democracy) leader Mr Sridhar Mukherjee, Suci district committee member Ms Jayanti Bhattacharya and CPI-ML activist Ms Gouri Dey took part in the agitation along with other party members. They lambasted the SJDA for “attempting to uproot” the poor from their homestead at Kawakhali, Purajhar and Tiknikatha area, located near the third Mahananda Bridge in Siliguri.
Today’s agitation disrupted traffic movement in the town for nearly 30 minutes. The agitators finally withdrew the blockade and returned to Bagha Jatin Park in the town by rallying through the Hill Cart Road.
Members of the Kawakhali Purajhar Bhumi Raksha Committee have announced that they would intensify the anti-land acquisition movement if the SJDA refused to scrap the real estate project planned at Kawakhali.
“We are not going to surrender our land at any cost,” Mr Jugal Kishore Sarkar, vice-president of the Bhumi Raksha Committee, said.

Tamil Nadu wakes up to threat of Naxalism

Sandhya Ravishankar / CNN-IBN



Published on Monday , July 16, 2007 at 21:22 in Nation section

Tags: Naxals, Tamil Nadu
E-mail this report | Print this reportTheni (Tamil Nadu): Hari Kumar is a roadside vendor in Theni in southern Tamil Nadu. He's a peace loving man, but now, he never goes out unarmed.


"I carry a sickle with me everywhere. We're all scared,” says Kumar.


Residents of Theni are living in fear after three armed men were captured from this area a couple of weeks ago.


Seven of their comrades managed to escape but the men were reported to be carrying guns and grenades.


"We now look at any new-comer with suspicion and fear,” says another resident of Theni, Rukmini.






Police allege these men are Naxals, and have launched a massive man-hunt.


In the Periyakulam forests of southern Tamil Nadu, members of the Special Task Force are conducting combing operations in the forest.


So has the Naxal movement, once active in northern districts like Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, spread to the south? Are Coimbatore, Tiruvallur and Theni now part of the Red Corridor? The police overtly dismiss the idea.


“It's a matter of pure conjecture and with one grain you can't identify a whole field,” says ADGP, Tamil Nadu Police, K Vijaykumar.


However, sources tell CNN-IBN that top police officials are worried. The state government seems to be slowly waking up to the threat of Naxalism.


The question is, is it soon enough to ensure the safety of these villagers?

Naxal looting :Security stepped up in Agumbe

DH News Service, Shimoga:



In the wake of Naxals looting 4 houses at Gubbiga-Tallurangadi, Additional Director General of Police Shankar Bidari and Commandant of Anti Naxal Squad A M Prasad who is also IG of West Range visited Agumbe, on Monday.

SP Arun Chakravarthy and Additional SP Siddaramappa are camping at Agumbe. ADG took details about security arrangements and combing operation in the region. Strategy to curb Naxal menace in the region was discussed on the occasion. ADG who spoke to persons from surrounding villages assured them of security and protection. ADG also suggested Police to strengthen intelligence network and to involve local people in operation against Naxals, sources informed.
Meanwhile 4 separate complaints have been lodged at Thirthahalli Police station against the incident.
Residents who were initially reluctant, later lodged a complaint on Sunday evening. Based on statements from residents of houses which were looted, Police have estimated that cash, rifle, gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 4.5 lakh has been looted in the incident, sources informed.

Copter remains untraced even after 50 hours

By M. Mousumi
Raipur: Even after 50 hours of missing of the helicopter of the Chhattisgarh government, it remained untraced with four persons on board, although three choppers, including two from Indian Air Force have been deployed for search operations, officials said on Monday.
The help of the Indian Army and the ISRO had been sought to trace the missing copter as the search operation from Indian Air Force and Madhya Pradesh copters had failed to yield any result, officials said today.

The copter which took off from Bhopal Airport at 11-50 am on Saturday for Raipur went missing since 12-25 pm that day

Meanwhile, the police stations at Hosangabad, Narsinghpur, Chhindwada, Seoni, Balaghat, and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajnandgaon and Kawardha districts of Chhattisgarh have been alerted about the missing copter, and search was also continuing in those areas, state Chief Minister Raman Singh also told the State Assembly.

Since the chopper was to cover the route that was naxal-infested, the police from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have also been searching their areas to trace the chopper, police sources said.

The search party took flights as low as 100 metres from the surface to trace the missing copter. The search operation that was called off due to heavy rainfall and low light on Sunday was resumed on Monday morning.

The Ch ef Minister said the Assembly that they had no authentic information about its missing helicopter and the copter might have landed somewhere in deep forest due to technical fault.

“We are quite hopeful to trace out the two pilots and the technical staff safe,'' the Chief Minister said adding that the pilots had used their mobile phones near Kirnapur village of naxal infested Balaghat district on Saturday and after that the mobile phone contact got disconnected.

Karnataka government to meet on Maoist menace Tuesday

Jul 16, 2007, 14:15 GMT


Bangalore, July 16 (IANS) The Karnataka government will hold a meeting of legislators from four Maoist-affected districts and police officials here Tuesday in the wake of increasing attacks by Maoist rebels, state Home Minister M.P. Prakash said Monday.

The Maoists issue was discussed in the state assembly and Araga Jnanendra, a legislator, told the house that he had received death threats from the rebels.


Legislators from the four affected districts of Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Udupi and Mangalore demanded that strict measures be put in place to curb the growing activities of Maoists in Karnataka.


Prakash then announced that a meeting would be held Tuesday to discuss steps to tackle the Maoist menace.


There have been at least three attacks by suspected Maoists in Shimoga and Chikmagalur districts in the last fortnight. In one incident, rebels set fire to a state-owned bus in Agumbe near Shimoga, about 300 km from here, after forcing the passengers to get down from the bus.


In separate incidents, Maoists robbed two houses, taking away guns and cash. However, no one was injured in any of the attacks.


Last week, police had killed five suspected Maoists, including a woman, in Chikmagalur district. But the opposition Congress party and civic groups have alleged that it was a 'fake encounter' where innocent people had actually lost their lives.


The sudden spurt in attacks by Maoists has been attributed to the release of a list of Maoists and their sympathisers by the police early this month.


It contained the names of an academician and a farmer leader that led to protests by various groups. The home minister scrapped the list and asked the police to draw up a revised one.

© 2007 Indo-Asian News Service

Monday, July 16, 2007

Madurai : STF likely to flush out Maoists

MADURAI, July 15: The Special Task Force personnel may be deployed in sensitive forest areas in Tamil Nadu like Kumbhakarai and Sothuparai in Theni and Dindigul districts to check infiltration of Maoists, police said.
“If necessary, camps will be established adjoining the forests and STF personnel would be imparted training on how to conduct search operations in forest areas and how to survive in jungles,” they said.
The decision to set up STF camps near the forests had been taken following the nabbing of some Maoists in Muruga Malai area in Theni district on 26 June and recovery of explosives and arms from the sheds they had stayed in.
STF personnel are already looking for seven Maoists, who were staying in the Murugamalai area and escaped after three of their colleagues were nabbed by the villagers and handed over to police in June. n PTI

They have sown the wind they will reap the whirlwind

Realpolitik


with Balbir K. Punj

CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST

Even as the macabre scene in the UK was being played out, Islamic extremism was bursting out in Pakistan where the Lal Masjid had become the generator of another group of extremists who want to enforce their version of Islam on other Muslims, whether the latter like it or not. We have had TV clips of burqa clad women coming out of the mosque in droves with sticks and guns to fight the police. The cleric of the mosque was telling the world that he had hundreds of women and children already wearing the bomb belts and ready to blow themselves and others with it if the Pakistan Government tries to storm the mosque.

Is this scene any different from the one in Kashmir we see daily where similar burqua clad women protest and beat their breasts when police or army come to shoot someone by mistake or the victims get caught in cross fire but no protest when the terrorists attack other civilians or eliminate an entire village? New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote recently about this global phenomenon of Islam coming under the grip and influence of terrorism. And why the Muslim leadership is not coming forth to condemn this pervasive culture of violence tinged religious fervour. He suggests two trends are at work: humiliation and atomisation. Once you believe that your religion is the last and most perfect and complete expression of God’s monotheistic message as written down in its holy book, and then the scene is set for the inevitable. As Friedman says: “To put it another way, young Muslims are raised on the view that Islam is God 3.0, Christianity is God 2.0, Judaism is God 1.0 and Hinduism and all others are God 0.0.”!

Though raised on this diet, young Muslims do not find that despite having God 3.0 with them, the reality every day is that it is people belonging to other versions of God who are “generally living much more prosperously, powerfully and democratically than those living under Islam. This creates a real dissonance and humiliation.” This explanation may largely fit in the situation in the USA, the UK and the West where other immigrant communities apart from local - largely Christian communities-are somehow more hardworking and more prosperous. But even this logic does not explain the pervasive sympathy for terror among ordinary Muslims in India and Asia generally-for instance, the hold of Islamic extremism in Muslim majority Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.

No doubt terrorists spread the world over belong to various creeds. Tigers in Sri Lanka, Maoists in Nepal and Naxalites in India are mostly Hindus by faith. There are Christian terrorists in various parts of the world. But none of them claims to have been inspired or motivated to kill the innocents by his faith. Only followers of Islam indulge in suicide missions and kill common people on the call of their religion. Why? Is there some things inherently Wrong with Islam?

There are largely unemployed Mexicans living next door to prosperous America. They don’t throw bombs at or kill Americans or even threaten such action. There are millions of Africans in Africa who are dying of hunger, malnutrition, and disease. They are not saying let us go and kill the Europeans who are their neighbours in another continent though. There are Blacks within America who are ill treated, poor, disease ridden. They also do not manufacture bombs.

Therefore, the ultimate solution to this cult of terror and death (including the suicide squads) lies within Islam itself. The common man and the more rational leaders have to assert themselves within the Islamic framework to eliminate this cancerous growth that has taken root in their religion. Nobody prevents them from believing that theirs is the last word in religion. Many others also believe that their special religion is the last word. Islam has been there for 1400 years now. It lived along with other religions in many continents. There were wars among Muslim nations and with other nations, between kings and caliphs, and victories and defeats were evenly shared. A distorted version of history that is being taught in Islamic circles, however, inculcates a fundamentalist attitude and fans the fires of terror.

What is happening in Turkey is a good illustration. It is the Turks themselves in early 20th century who got rid of the caliph and established a secular state. Now the Islamic extremist wind has penetrated that country and it is about to take over. But a good part of the nation has rose like one man to resist this take over and reaffirm its truly secular tradition.

Islam based leadership that will reject extremism and terror can rise from the grass roots only if the small voices of protest that still prevail within that religion are allowed to grow. Our own native “secularists” however attack these very forces of reform. Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress led this attack by backing the clergy and enacting the law to deny maintenance to divorced Muslim women. His successors are doing worse things. There is a competitive rush to support any and every conservative and obscurantist Muslim cause like the refusal of the so called progressive forces to condemn the violent demonstrations that followed some Danish cartoonist drawing some cartoon about the Prophet of Islam.

No secularist uttered a word of sympathy for the Muslim woman who fought the attempts of the clergy who was forcing her to marry her father-in-law after he allegedly raped her. No Left-led procession has ever been seen to condemn terrorism and the use of Islam to justify terror. Instead there have been violent demonstrations and threats supported by the Left and some Congressmen in favour of the accused in Parliament attack case. A Congress chief minister even went to the extent of warning that if the death sentence were carried out there would be serious consequences.

Here is an instance where someone found guilty of attacking Parliament with weapons is considered too sacred to suffer for his act. There were hundreds of demonstrations protesting death sentence on Saddam Hussein given by a court in his country after a prolonged judicial process. In all these the Left were the prominent instigators.

In his time Saddam never had a free and transparent judicial process—he simply shot his opponents or gassed them. For the Left he was an acceptable anti-American and Muslim icon. Brinda Karat claims to fight for women’s rights. But she did not come out in support of a single Muslim woman who was being denied even basic rights by the Muslim clergy. In the last Assembly elections the Left Front was strongly supporting extremist demand in the Muslim majority district of Malappuram where Islamic extremism was the rallying point for votes.

Pakistan is today sitting on a time bomb, ticking by the hour. She is paying for her past sins of breeding fundamentalism and exporting terrorism to other parts of the world, specially to India. Our ‘secularists’ have been nourishing the same forces to strengthen their vote bank. It will not be long before chickens come home to roost. But may be it is too late by then.

(The writer can be contacted at bkpunj@gmail.com)

Shimoga: Alleged Naxals Vent Anger at BJP Supporters

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (MM/RD)

Shimoga, Jul 16: The menace of Naxalism appears to haunt the people of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. A few days ago, police have killed a few alleged Naxals in an encounter at Menasinahadya in Chikmagalur district. In another development, alleged Naxals have looted some houses.They are also reported to have vented their anguish against the BJP followers here.

The incident has occurred at Tallurangady, lies between Agumbe-Koppa state highway, in Tirthahalli Taluk Suspected Naxals robbed 60 sovereign gold and cash Rs 1.09 lacs from the houses of Nagesh, Umesh, Shankarappa and Satish Madivala.

Sources said that the area chosen by Naxals was dominated by BJP supporters. The Naxalites also removed the lotus flag which was hoisted in the household of Umesh and abused him for supporting local MLA Jnanendra, who belongs to BJP. The residents here recently formed an anti-Naxal committee to fight against Naxals. Incidentally, the Naxals targeted the same area to wreak revenge against them.

A total of 9 alleged Naxals, including 3 women, were in the group that robbed the houses here. They wore black masks, sources informed. However it is not clear if they walked the distance till their village or they arrived in a vehicle. It may be recalled here that a few days earlier, a gang, suspected to be Naxals, had burnt a KSRTC bus in the same village.

Naxals rob 4 houses near Agumbe

Monday July 16 2007 15:21 IST
SHIMOGA: The Naxal menace has increased in Malnad region, striking at four more houses in Tallurangadi near Agumbe in Tirthahalli taluk, the place where they set fire to a KSRTC bus a month back, retaliating against the Menasinahadya encounter.

A group of 12 Naxals, including three women, reportedly entered the house of Nageshgouda at around 1.30 am on Sunday and forced him to hand over the valuables.

Rs 53,000 in cash, 23 tolas of gold and a gun were taken from his house. The value of the stolen goods is approximately Rs 2.5 lakh.

The next target was the house of Umeshgouda where the Naxalites took Rs 2,500 in cash, 20 tolas of gold and a mobile handset, approximately valued at Rs 1.5 lakh. His bike was also damaged.

Rs 4,700 was robbed from GP member T D Satish’s house at Gubbiga. Naxalites also robbed ornaments from the house of Shankarappa at Gubbiga.

Naxalites ransacked the houses and beat the family members who refused to hand over the ornaments. They left pamphlets on the spot.

MLA Araga Jnanendra, SP Arun Chakravarti, ASP Siddaramappa and DySP Chandrashekhar visited the spot.
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Naxals strike again; this time to loot

From Veerendra P M, DH News Service, Shimoga:



Gubbiga-Tallurangadi near Agumbe in the district where Naxals had burnt Bangalore bound KSRTC bus on July 1, evidenced another major Naxal strike on wee hours of Sunday.
A group of armed Naxals who looted four houses in the village made away with Rs 85,000 cash, 500 gram gold, silver ornaments and a SBML gun.
The incident is retaliation for Menasinahadya encounter where Police had gunned down five persons including a Naxal. Maoists who barged into the houses have threatened the inmates with point blank range and have looted cash and gold.
Naxals had also said that the amount will be used to compensate the families of those who were killed in Menasinahadya encounter.
Naxals who knocked the house of Nagesh in Tallurangadi around 1.15 am fired two rounds in air when their call to open the door was not obliged.
Threaten
Later when the door was opened they threatened Nagesh and his wife Bhoodevi with point blank range and took Rs 13,000 cash and 170 grams gold. Team comprised of five armed Maoists of which three were ladies.
From Nagesh’s house, Naxals moved to the house of Umesh, brother of Nagesh who is small contractor and manages transport business around 1.50 am. Maoists alleged of sub- standard work undertaken by Nagesh under Naxal package.
They also warned him against extending support for BJP and asked him to maintain distance from MLA Araga Jnanendra sources said. Nagesh was relieved of Rs 50,000 cash and 160 gram gold.
Houses of Satish, member of Bidaragodu Gram Panchayat and Shankrappa, a farmer were also attacked by Naxals where they snatched cash and gold. Maoists had also warned the owners of houses against indulging in money lending business. Sources told Deccan Herald the group comprised 12 armed persons. They had cut off power and telephone lines before they struck.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, MLA Araga Jnanendra, who visited the spot, demanded protection for people in Malnad region. “The people are reeling under the terror unleashed by Naxals. The government should come to their rescue. Malnad population is scattered and single-houses are common in the region. Strikes from Naxals has affected life.”
SP Arun Chakravarthy said combing will be intensified in the region. “Police will strengthen intelligence network and local people will be involved in anti-Naxal operation.”

From Veerendra P M, DH News Service, Shimoga:

Naxals strike again; this time to loot





Gubbiga-Tallurangadi near Agumbe in the district where Naxals had burnt Bangalore bound KSRTC bus on July 1, evidenced another major Naxal strike on wee hours of Sunday.
A group of armed Naxals who looted four houses in the village made away with Rs 85,000 cash, 500 gram gold, silver ornaments and a SBML gun.
The incident is retaliation for Menasinahadya encounter where Police had gunned down five persons including a Naxal. Maoists who barged into the houses have threatened the inmates with point blank range and have looted cash and gold.
Naxals had also said that the amount will be used to compensate the families of those who were killed in Menasinahadya encounter.
Naxals who knocked the house of Nagesh in Tallurangadi around 1.15 am fired two rounds in air when their call to open the door was not obliged.
Threaten
Later when the door was opened they threatened Nagesh and his wife Bhoodevi with point blank range and took Rs 13,000 cash and 170 grams gold. Team comprised of five armed Maoists of which three were ladies.
From Nagesh’s house, Naxals moved to the house of Umesh, brother of Nagesh who is small contractor and manages transport business around 1.50 am. Maoists alleged of sub- standard work undertaken by Nagesh under Naxal package.
They also warned him against extending support for BJP and asked him to maintain distance from MLA Araga Jnanendra sources said. Nagesh was relieved of Rs 50,000 cash and 160 gram gold.
Houses of Satish, member of Bidaragodu Gram Panchayat and Shankrappa, a farmer were also attacked by Naxals where they snatched cash and gold. Maoists had also warned the owners of houses against indulging in money lending business. Sources told Deccan Herald the group comprised 12 armed persons. They had cut off power and telephone lines before they struck.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, MLA Araga Jnanendra, who visited the spot, demanded protection for people in Malnad region. “The people are reeling under the terror unleashed by Naxals. The government should come to their rescue. Malnad population is scattered and single-houses are common in the region. Strikes from Naxals has affected life.”
SP Arun Chakravarthy said combing will be intensified in the region. “Police will strengthen intelligence network and local people will be involved in anti-Naxal operation.”