Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nandigram : 'Hundreds of women were raped'-- Medha Patkar

Do not use force against people's struggles: Medha Patkar

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Governments should not use force against "struggles by ordinary people" like those witnessed in Narmada and Nandigram, environmental activist Medha Patkar on Friday said.

Speaking after receiving the first Cyril Mar Baselios Award from Kerala Governor R L Bhatia, she said neither Naxalites nor Maoists were behind the movement in Nandigram.

"It was a movement of tribals and common people who were being deprived of the land which was in their possession for years," she said.

"The government was hunting down people to help monopoly interests in Nandigram. Hundreds of women were raped and several others driven out of their homes," she alleged, adding special economic zones have become centres of exploitation.


NAXALWATCH: Medha Patkar should be reminded that those women who were raped were muslims by communist thugs aided and supported by State government of WestBengal . Is it NOT POOOOoooooooGRAM?


Though Narendra Modi has won the ballot in Gujarat, it is doubtful that he would win the battle in Narmada, she said, indicating the struggle of displaced people in the area would be intensified.

The Gujarat government's promise of rehabilitating those displaced from their dwellings had not been fulfilled.

Patkar said part of the award money of Rs 1 lakh would be given to the struggling women of Nandigram and the remaining amount would be contributed to the "Narmada Nava Nirmana Abhiyan" -- the housing scheme for displaced people in the region.

The award was presented at a memorial function held here in connection with the first death anniversary of Mar Baselios -- the first major archbishop of Syro Malankara church

Police distribute TVs to villagers in AP's naxalite-hit interior villages

Friday, 18 January 2008


Warangal, January 18: In an effort to win over the hearts of the people of naxalite-hit interior villages, the district police administration today distributed colour television and Direct To Home (DTH) systems free of cost to each of the 20 village committees.

At a function organised here, Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra handed over the TV sets to the members of the village committees. Almost all the villages were predominantly tribal ones that remained cut off from the mainstream of the society.

''People living in far off corners should know what is happening around them. How fast the world is changing and how the people are benefitting from the initiatives of individual efforts and Government schemes,'' the SP said.

--UNI

Maharashtra Police claim upper hand against Naxals

19 Jan, 2008, 1535 hrs IST, PTI

NAGPUR:The Maharashtra police say they have evidence of Naxals involvement in inciting students to take up arms.

According to police officials of the Anti-Naxalite Operation, the recent gunbattle and arrests of Naxals in Gadchiroli on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border showed that students in rural areas were being persuaded to take on the police.

A hardcore Naxalite, Arun Perrera, who had been arrested here, had camped in Chandrapur and imparted training to youths under the garb of a students organisation, 'Deshbhakti Yuva Manch', since 2001, the officials said.

According to Additional Director General, Pankaj Gupta, police has succeeded in containing violent activities of Naxalites in eastern Maharashtra, especially the worst-hit Gadchiroli district.

Five Naxals were killed in 2007 and a huge quantity of explosives was recovered from the extremists.

Gupta, flanked by Superintendents of Police of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, Chhering Dorje and Rajesh Pradhan, said Naxals had been running a parallel government at 28 villages in Gadchiroli.

Fifty-five of these ultras surrendered with 28 manually operated single barrel rifles three days back. The kingpin of self-styled government, Joganna, is however absconding, he said.

Police has organised a number of public awareness camps in many villages, Gupta said

Produced in court

Peenya police produced two persons before the 9th ACCMM Court on Friday in connection with an acid attack.

Three days ago, a team of officials from Bangalore had gone to Hyderabad to take custody of Prabhakar Reddy (32) and Anand Reddy (35), who were in Charalapalli jail, in connection with a bomb blast in Hyderabad. The duo and 10 of their associates were allegedly involved in the acid attack on Krishna Murthy, an industrialist, in 1997.

Judge Anil B Katti postponed the next hearing to January 24. Police said the duo were naxals and were involved in the murder of former Andhra Pradesh MLA Paritala Ravi.

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Bangalore: 'Pastor' cons seven women into marriage


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Bangalore Jan 19: He was the ultimate “married man” with seven wives. But Ashoknagar police finally caught up with Vijayan (40), who was arrested and charged with cheating the seven women.

Police said the accused, a resident of Koratam Pattu in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvannamalai district, would pose as a pastor to gain entry into the houses of good- looking women. Once inside under the pretext of offering prayers, he would convince them into marrying him.

He had married Pamela, a resident of Shanthinagar and got the marriage registered on September 11 last. Police say he married three other women in a similar fashion. Later, he married Rani Mary, a resident of Coimbatore, in 1989; Rajani, a resident of Tirupattur, in 1994 and Jayanthi, a resident of Tirupattur, in 2007 in various churches.

Vijayan told the police he had not committed any crime. He married only widows and those in distress.

Techies caught for code theft

City cops need to pull up their socks as white collar criminals are on the prowl. Two software engineers have been arrested on charges of theft - stealing and selling ‘electronic' codes.

Electronic City police arrested Shailesh Kumar Tiwari (26) and Rakesh Kumar Sahu (28), both natives of Jharkhand, while two of their associates are absconding.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Security at Bihar Prisons Tightened

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Patna: January 17, 2008

Senior police officials in Patna on Thursday said the government was aware of the Maoist insurgents' intention to blow up jails in Bihar to free their jailed comrades on the pattern of Jehanabad jail break in 2005 when Naxalites managed to free over 300 prisoners, including their leader Ajay Kanu.

"We have credible intelligence report to believe that the ultras are planning to blow up jails in Bihar. However, appropriates steps have been taken to foil any such attempt and moles have been planted in all district prisons to monitor all activities," Prison IG Sandeep Paundrik said on Thursday.

The government has summoned a list of all Maoists currently in Bihar jails and instructions have been sent out to prison officials to keep strict vigil on all the visitors to prevent smuggling of any explosives or other weapons that may be used to break the jail, the IG said.

Later, Paundrik and Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah flew to Sasaram and Bhabhua Jails to conduct unannounced inspection of the cells and the readiness of the jail officials in case of any eventuality.

"We will not allow any gang-related activities in Bihar prisons and any attempt to breach the security of the jails would be countered with extreme force," Amanullah said.

Paundrik also suspended the Assistant Jailor of Sasaram Jail upon hearing that alcoholic drinks were smuggled in for consumption by some inmates.

Jharkhand for young blood to fight Naxals

Prakash Kumar , Hindustan Times
Ranchi, January 18, 2008
First Published: 01:55 IST(18/1/2008)
Last Updated: 01:57 IST(18/1/2008)


Balding, pot-bellied hawaldars are out. Jharkhand police want young blood in the force to counter Naxalite terror in the state.

A notification on reducing the upper age limit from 35 years to 27 for sub-inspector vacancies has been issued by the Jharkhand government. This is for the general category, but the reserved candidates will not be let off. For them, the upper age limit has been brought down from 38 to 29 years. The lower age limit is 19 for all. Earlier, it was 21 years.


Neyaz Ahmed, the Additional Director General of Police, headquarters, said the age limit slash was the need of the hour. "We need young blood to take on the Naxalites in the state. Recruitment would begin soon as the government has given its responsibility to the state police," he said.

But G.S. Rath, the Additional Director General of Police, Special Branch, said: "The age limit for the recruitment in the police force should be decreased more for much better results."

"Even as we recruit personnel in the police at the maximum age of 27 and 29, the Naxalites remain in an advantageous position as they recruit and train even 14-year-olds," Rath said, though he agreed that the age limit reduction was better than nothing. The state government would fill up 250 vacancies for sub-inspector posts that have been lying vacant since 1994.

Ahmed said work was also on to raise two battalions of India Reserve Battalion in Jharkhand. According to the home ministry's regulations, the upper age limit for recruitment of personnel in this force is 27 years. The lower age limit is 19. A total of 1,600 seats of the constabulary have to be filled in the two companies of the reserve battalion. "We have so far received around 75,000 applications from across the state," Ahmed added.

Hoping the increase in the number of younger personnel would increase the "strength and energy" in the police force, Ahmed said: "Decrease in the age limit for the recruitment of the state's constabulary is also under consideration."

The Easy Way To Arms And Violence

TEHELKA

The increasing flood of cheap weapons gives the growing rage and conflict in India a very dangerous dimension. ANURAG TRIPATHI tracks an ominous trend

THIS IS well-known already: Jammu and Kashmir, which for over a decade has been the epicentre of jehadi groups like the Lashkare- Toiba (LeT), the Jaish-e- Mohammad and the Hizbul Mujahideen, has become the terror network’s backyard. But you should also worry whether you live in the infotech hub of Bangalore, the capital city of Delhi, the financial nerve centre of Mumbai, or even in dusty towns off the national highway.

The easy and cheap availability of weapons is dramatically redrawing the crime and terrorism graphs. The number of people killed in terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir came down to 1,116 in 2006 from 1,732 in 2005 and 1,810 in 2004. Incredibly, Naxalite violence claimed more lives than similar instances in all the states of the Northeast put together: a total of 742 persons died in Maoist-related violence across the country in 2006. The Northeast toll stood at 627.

Analysing violence trends, the Institute for Conflict Management headed by former Punjab DGP KPS Gill, in a report says, “Accounting for 27 percent of the total fatalities in India during 2006, Left-wing extremism constitutes what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rightly described as the “single biggest internal security challenge” confronting the country. The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) today exercises dominance over a large swathe of the country’s territory, and carries out attacks on security forces and symbols of governance at will. Chhattisgarh has now emerged as one of the principal centres of a coordinated Maoist movement. Indeed, with 361 fatalities in 2006, Chhattisgarh is the most violent state after Jammu and Kashmir. While the number of Maoist-affected states in the country is currently pegged at 14, the movement has demonstrated the intent and potential to spread across the length and breadth of the country. The Maoist threat has now overtaken all other insurgencies in the country — at least from the perspective of geographical spread, with various levels of Maoist mobilisation and violence currently afflicting at least 165 districts in 14 states.”

The jehadis and Naxals combined pose a dangerous threat to the country. No longer is terrorism being exported from the areas bordering Pakistan. Huge quantities of arms, ammunition and explosives are coming in from Nepal and Bangladesh. These consignments are further being stored in safe houses in the hinterland and sold at affordable prices to various outfits. The easy availability of weapons like AK-47s and AK-56s can be gauged from the fact that a team of TEHELKA reporters was able to meet gunrunners only 120 km from Delhi and place an order for grenades and the Chinese-made assault rifle (see accompanying story). Says Ajai Sahni, executive director, Institute for Conflict Management, “We are not heading for big trouble. We are already in big trouble.”

Quietly, by the day and night, the jehadi network is creeping in and recruiting members and imparting bomb-making techniques and even storing RDX or ammonium nitrate or both in the house next door. The frightening aspect, as security experts including recently retired directors of intelligence agencies concur, is that there is no coordinated, national-level counterterrorism policy. Different agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), work on independent reports, as does the home ministry.

Assessment reports are available but as a former IB director revealed, “There is no coordinated long-term policy and the insurgents are taking full advantage.” The result: new routes have opened up and the volume of arms being smuggled in is on the rise. In mid-2006, for example, Military Intelligence passed on information about arms smuggling to the home ministry and it was not talking about any conventional trans-border route. The tip said arms came from Yunnan, a province in China. The note stated that private arms manufacturers and dealers from Yunnan are the new trading allies of cross-border and indigenous terrorist outfits operating in India. However, the information was treated as any other input, and as a result in 2007, Yunnan became the most liked destination for “terror shopping” by militant outfits. Yunnan is also the latest addition to the long list of destinations from where arms are easily smuggled into the country.

“The route adopted by these organisations after striking a deal in Yunnan passes through three countries before it comes to India. Arms are purchased from Yunnan, brought down to Burma and from there to Bangladesh. From Bangladesh, its porous border with West Bengal is chosen to pump arms into the country. Once in West Bengal, the outfits smuggle it to other parts of the country as and when required,” says Prakash Singh, a counter-terrorism expert and former DGP of Uttar Pradesh.

Experts say the emergence of Yunnan as a centre for arms trade has added to the woes of Indian intelligence agencies in curbing arms smuggling into the country. A senior official of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says, “As compared to 2006, we have registered an almost 25 percent increase in the influx of weapons like AK-47, AK-56 and other small weapons into the country this year. The rate is alarming.”

APART FROM the borders, the emergence of new regions to smuggle arms from is an area of grave concern. “What is more disturbing is the emergence of the eastern sector, which is becoming a major contributor to weapons smuggling in the country,” former IB chief AK Doval says. “Apart from the situation in the eastern sector, the coastal regions of the country, let’s say Gujarat, are becoming more and more vulnerable to arms trade,” he says. Adds Doval, “Though other sectors are primarily into smuggling AK-47s and AK-56s, coastal regions are helping the terrorist outfits to bring in heavy weapons like rocket launchers and explosives such as RDX into the country.”

The modus operandi of sneaking arms into the country is also complicating the task of the security agencies, for detecting illegal arms consignments is becoming increasingly difficult. “Previously, weapons like AK-47s and AK-56s were smuggled in one piece. Now smugglers are well trained in assembling these sophisticated weapons. So weapons are first dismantled and then smuggled in parts, and thus often go undetected,” says a senior official of the NCRB.

One of the major worries for the security agencies is that the states which were first infamous for manufacturing country-made weapons have now progressed to dealing in AK- 47s, AK-56s and explosives. In connivance with terror outfits, local arms dealers are freely into the sale and purchase of sophisticated weapons in these states. “States like Bihar and UP share strategic borders and have logistical importance due to their boundaries,” says the NCRB official. “Moreover, information gathering regarding functioning of these networks by state agencies is dismal,” he adds.

Security experts also point out that the political set-up in these states is contributing to the ease with which the terror outfits are operating. “Instead of nailing down activities of organisations like SIMI, the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh branded them socio-cultural organisations. This helped SIMI and its sub-branches to strengthen their terror network and smuggle arms and ammunition into the state for further use,” says Prakash Singh. He says that the increased number of terror attacks in the state is a clear indication of how easily arms and ammunition are available in the state. The past year has seen attacks in Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur and Faizabad. The new year too started with an attack on the CRPF camp in Rampur.

“Different terror outfits, with the common goal of committing terror in different forms and for different objectives, are coming together,” says B. Raman, former RAW additional secretary. “Naxals are joining hands with outfits like HUJI, and ULFA is working in close association with extremists in Andhra Pradesh. Let’s say if a terrorist organisation wants to carry out an operation in a state where it is relatively new, it will be assisted logistically by the outfit already functioning in that state. This arrangement also helps in easy procurement of arms and ammunition for terror outfits in a relatively new area of their functioning,” says Raman. For example, the red corridor from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh which was once limited to the Naxals has become a common corridor for arms smuggling for different terror outfits.

The same routes are used for smuggling in explosives. Recent attacks like the serial blasts in the Mumbai trains and the one on the Samjhauta Express also mean that the country should be prepared for large-scale violence because the transportation of explosives and timer devices is becoming easier due to their smaller size. Which is probably the reason why terror outfits are being trained in the manufacturing of IEDS — explosives packaged into torches, pressure cookers and transistors to evade suspicion. “The detection of an AK-47 is easier than a grenade’s. That is one of the reasons why more and more arms traders are shifting their focus from smuggling heavy arms to smaller and advanced timer devices and explosives,” says Doval.

THE IRONY is that while the terror outfits are working in tandem, the same cannot be said of the security apparatus. The blame game that started between the state and Central government after the attack on the Rampur CRPF camp in UP is only one such example. Ask the security community and they will tell you that while terrorism remains India’s threat number one, the response has always been knee-jerk.

After the short but sharp war in the frozen heights of Kargil, the government set up a committee headed by defence analyst K. Subrahmanyam to come up with measures to strengthen the security and intelligence apparatus. He recommended a total revamp but till today, neither the NDA nor the UPA has found the time or the money to upgrade the system. Again, in 2001, senior bureaucrat NN Vohra took months crafting a report on internal security. His recommendations have obviously been gathering dust, for Vohra had indicted the home ministry saying it needed to be completely restructured, as “it has lost the capability to respond to any internal security challenge”.

The babus in North Block — where the home ministry is headquartered — have, in fact, taken many steps backward since Vohra sounded the alarm. Worryingly, the nodal ministry actually stands charged of fudging data. It is playing around with vital security statistics to, 1. underplay its own failure; and 2. understate the enormity of the threat.

In 2004, the IB circulated a briefing in a meeting of chief ministers in which it stated that 149 districts were affected by Naxalite violence. The violence patterns had been categorised thus: highly targeted, moderately targeted and marginally targeted. In its 2005-2006 report, the home ministry came up with a new nomenclature according to which only 76 districts were badly affected by Naxalite violence.

Take another instance of how the babus are guilty of undermining national security. In the 2005 annual report, the home ministry talked of 9,300 armed Naxalite cadre. In March 2006, the number was down to 7,200. Asks Sahni, “Where are the missing 2,100? If they have gone, why has the violence increased?”

This is not the only question the politicians and the security managers need to answer.


From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 3, Dated Jan 26, 2008






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KERALA : Maoists trying to create disturbances: Kodiyeri

Friday January 18 2008 09:26 IST
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T’PURAM: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that there are attempts by the Maoist activists to create disturbances in the state.

“With the arrest of Peoples’ War Group leader Malla Raja Reddy from Angamali, the Naxalists have felt that Kerala is not a safe place for them to hide. Hence they are trying to create disturbances in the state.

There are also attempts to influence certain sections of the society by spreading the Maoist and the Naxal ideologies. The police are on a high alert against this ” the Home Minister told reporters here on Thursday.

He said that the activities of many human rights organisations were under scanner as they were suspected to be getting funds through illegal channels.

Security Commission: As per the directive of the Supreme Court, the State Security Commission has been constituted.

The first meeting of the Commission, which will give policy-level suggestions to the government on policing, is scheduled for January 22.

The Home Minister is the chairman of the commission. Opposition leader Oommen Chandy, Home Secretary K J Mathews, DGP Hormis Tharakan, former DGP Rajagopalan Nair, former government secretary Lida Jacob and former advocate general M.K.Damodaran will be its members, he said.

Janamaitri Suraksha: As part of community policing, Janamaitri Suraksha programme will be introduced at one selected place in each district.

A discussion of police officials and representatives of the residents will be held here on January 22 in this regard.

No increase in crimes: Kodiyeri said that though the annual report of the National Crimes Record Bureau had stated that the number of cases being registered in the state is high, it does not mean that the law and order of the state is worse.

In fact, it points out that the law and order of the state was well maintained. The number of heinous crimes in the state is very low.

For instance the number of murders that took place in the state during 2007 was only 351 which is the lowest in the last 15 years.

Traffic accidents and other petty cases attribute the higher number of cases being registered in the state.

While in states like Haryana where not even a person had given a petition for taking a case at any of the police stations, in Kerala the people are willing to file cases without any fear, he said.

Cops arrest 5 Naxal sympathisers

Police arrest five for Maoist links

Statesman News Service

SAMBALPUR, Jan. 17: Sambalpur police have arrested five persons from the Jamankira police station area on charges of being involved with the Maoists.

They were arrested late last night and forwarded to court today. Police sources said that the arrested persons have helped the Maoists for a long time and have actively participated in their movements and unlawful activities carried out at various parts of the district and particularly in the forest, police said.

The accused have been identified as Buti Mirdha of Basupali, Tarani Mirdha and Pholok Soren of Garpati, Ramesh Bagh of Pathargarh and Prasant Rout of Kusupur.
All are youths and functioned as local aides to Maoist cadres, the SP of Sambalpur, Mr Sanjay Kumar said. “These youths were actively involved in a recent attack which was carried out on the forest range office at Badarama, about 40 km from the district headquarters,” Mr Kumar added.

At the same time, police also seized a vehicle bearing the number plate OR 15L 2505 from their possession. “This particular vehicle was used by the Maoists regularly,” Mr Kumar said.




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SAMBALPUR: With the arrest of five Naxal sympathisers from different places on Thursday, Sambalpur police are hopeful of laying their hands on the Maoist who was injured in the January 6 encounter in Gadpati forest range under Jamankira police limits.

The sympathisers, Prashant Rout of Kusupur village under Balikuda police limits in Jagatsinghpur, Ramesh Bag of Pathargarh village, Phuljain Soren of Gadpati village, Buthi Mirdha and Tarani Mirdha of Basupali village under Sambalpur police limits had helped in shifting of the injured Maoist to Jagatsinghpur, police said.

SP Sanjay Kumar disclosed that interrogation of those arrested has revealed that the leg of the injured Maoist is completely swollen and he badly required medical attention.

The SP said efforts were on to establish the identity of the injured Maoist who is holed up in or near Jagatsinghpur. Kumar said at least four of the Naxals had been badly injured.

‘Naxals want us to shelve outposts plan’

Express news service
Posted online: Friday , January 18, 2008 at 11:21:04
Updated: Thursday , January 17, 2008 at 11:36:39 t

Varanasi, January 17 The recovery of three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the Naxal-affected Sonebhadra district on Wednesday has put security forces in a state of high alert, Inspector General (Varanasi Zone) Kashmir Singh told The Indian Express on Thursday. Extensive combing operations have also been started, he said. "A major mishap has been averted by alert CRPF and state police personnel. If the IEDs were not detected in time the entire convoy could have been affected," Singh, who heads Naxal operations in the state, said today.

The explosives were attached to electronic detonators and were planted on the Maholi-Banswari route, through which Singh's convoy was to pass a few hours later.

"The area under the Machi police station area of Sonebhadra falls near the borders of UP, Bihar and Jharkhand, and is treated by Naxalites as their liberated zone. Out of 11 new police outposts coming up in three Naxal affected districts, two are located in Maholi and Banswari, which prompted the Naxals to plant the explosives on our route," Singh said.

Plans to establish the outposts -
five in Chandauli,
four in Sonebhadra and
two in Mirzapur -

will go ahead despite the recovery of explosives, he added.

Meanwhile, SP (Sonebhadra) Ram Kumar said special operations camps of the CRPF and UP Police were underway at Maholi and Banswari and the IG's convoy was slated to return to Maholi from Banswari through the same route. The explosives were recovered during a preventive exercise before the convoy was to arrive. "The high powered explosives were packed with iron rods, which in the event of a blast would have acted like bullets," he added.

"The Naxalites want us to shelve our plans of setting up police outposts in the area where three state boundaries meet, which they consider to be their liberated zone," the SP said.

In November 2004, 14 policemen were killed when their convoy was blown up in an IED blast in Hinauta Ghat, under the Naugarh police station area, of Chandauli district.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chhattisgarh launches Rs.3 a kg rice scheme

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Chhattisgarh Wednesday launched a scheme to sell rice at Rs.3 per kg to 3.4 million poor families in the state. The opposition Congress party, however, dismissed the move as a gimmick to woo voters.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Chhattisgarh Wednesday launched a scheme to sell rice at Rs.3 per kg to 3.4 million poor families in the state. The opposition Congress party, however, dismissed the move as a gimmick to woo voters.

The scheme, with an annual outlay of Rs.8.37 billion, aims to sell 35 kg of rice to each of the targeted family every month through 10,400 outlets of the public distribution system.

BJP president Rajnath Singh unveiled the scheme at the state capital while Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the scheme at Ambikapur town.

Brainchild of Chief Minister Raman Singh, the scheme was launched simultaneously at 15 district towns.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri besides Dattatreya Bandaru, Sushil Modi, Arjun Munda, Gopinath Munde, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Murli Manohar Joshi launched the scheme at different centres.

The cities - Raipur, Bilaspur, Korba, Durg, Ambikapur, Janjgir, Rajnandgaon, Raigarh, Baikunthpur, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kanker, Kawardha, Jashpur and Maoist-insurgency hit Dantewada - were smothered saffron with flags, banners and posters.

The main opposition Congress party described the scheme 'a poll gimmick of the BJP aimed to get over the fast-sagging public image of the BJP government.'

'Smelling imminent defeat in upcoming assembly polls, this (BJP) government has launched 'election rice' scheme. The BJP can't fool the public. If BJP was really serious, then why was it not launched during past four years of its rule,' said Congress spokesman Ramesh Varlyani.

The state is expected to go for assembly polls in November this year.

India upgrades police cadre system

Published: January 16, 2008

NEW DELHI, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Indian police in Chhattisgarh state say they are upgrading the cadre system to improve the working conditions of security personnel battling Maoist rebels.
Director General of Police Vishwaranjan, who goes by one name, said the state government would replace the district cadre system in the lower ranks of police with a state-based system.

Currently, a police official recruited to the force has to remain in his parent district and can be transferred only after he or she attains the rank of subinspector. The new policy proposes to change this and allows a police official to be posted anywhere in the state, he said.

"The government had in-principle approved the proposal. The anomaly has to be removed as these personnel could not be transferred out of the district where they had been appointed," he told the Indian Express newspaper Wednesday.

He said the old system was causing problems for those in Maoists-hit Dantewara and Bijapur districts, as they had to serve out their entire tenure in these areas.

Chhattisgarh has the worst record in tackling the Maoist insurgency in the country. Of the 20 police districts in the state, 16 are hit by Maoist violence. After the launch of Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist movement, rebels have started targeting both civilians and security forces with at least 700 people, including nearly 250 policemen, being killed in the past two years.

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Assam tops in militancy violence

Published: Jan. 17, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Print story Email to a friend Font size:NEW DELHI, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The Indian Interior Ministry says the northeastern state of Assam topped the list for militancy-related violence nationwide last year.

Ministry figures said Assam accounts for the death of more than 500 people in militant-related violence in 2007, more than terrorism-hit Jammu & Kashmir and the Maoist-hit state of Chhattisgarh.

"In fighting insurgency, at least 25 security force personnel lost their lives while they succeeded in neutralizing 120 armed rebels. ... Militants, taking the total death toll to 505 during the year in Assam, killed more than 290 civilians," an Interior Ministry official said Thursday.

Chhattisgarh, which came second in terms of violence and deaths, recorded the deaths of about 300 people, 290 of them security personnel.

Jammu & Kashmir, at No. 3, had 271 deaths during the year.

In terms of number of incidents and number of militant outfits, the northeastern state of Manipur topped the list, ministry figures said. Despite a cease-fire with Naga insurgent groups, more than 150 people, including 45 civilians, were killed in Nagaland state. Most of the violent attacks were the fallout of clashes between the two rival separatist groups, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (I-M) and NSCN (K), the official said.


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'Orissa Maoists linked to LTTE'

Thursday January 17 2008 08:21 IST
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KORAPUT/JEYPORE: Earlier, there was the Nepal Maoist link. Now, investigation has unearthed the LTTE link of Koraput Maoists!

The link was unravelled after arrest of five top-ranking Maoists by Koraput police from Tamil Nadu. During investigation, police got vital clues that one arrested Naxalite had a direct link with LTTE in Tamil Nadu and the police suspect link of all arrested Maoists with the dreaded terror outfit.

Intelligence sources informed that the entry of Tamil refugees from Jaffna (Sri Lanka) to Malkangiri five years back could have established the link between Koraput Naxalites with Tamil cadres who later established their links with LTTE.

According to reports, the Naxalite cadres were arrested In Tamil Nadu in June, 2007, while imparting training to local unemployed youths in a forest range using looted arms of Koraput.

According to police sources, these cadres were involved in looting the Koraput armoury in February 6, 2004. After confirming the arms belong to Koraput armoury, a court in Tamil Nadu shifted the case to Koraput SDJM jurisdiction for further legal proceedings.

A police team of Koraput under the direction of SP Deepak Kumar rushed to Trichy jail in Tamil Nadu and took custody of the five Naxalites on Monday. The five Maoists, including a top leader Sundar Murty (30), were produced before the Koraput SDJM court on Tuesday.

They were later remanded to judicial custody. Sources said 303 riffles, double and single barrel bore loading arms and live bullets were seized from them. The arrested cadres were Velu Murugam(19), Palani Velu (26), Muthu Selvam (27) and Kartik (27) apart from Sundar Murty.

Sources said 550 arms including 25,000 live bullets were looted from district armoury which were distributed to various groups in Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar for imparting training to unemployed youths.

Since the models of the arms were old these could not serve for encounter purposes, police said. The Naxalites reportedly confessed their involvement in this looting of the armoury.

After the disclosure, intelligence agencies and police forces have been asked to be more vigilant. SP Kumar said they are dedicated CPI (Maoist) cadres as they were shouting slogans in support of the organisation on court premises. The security has been enhanced at district jail after they were lodged there, he added.

CPM rivals talk tough

Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, Jan. 16: Mr Kanu Sanyal, the veteran CPI-ML leader, today challenged the major Left Front constituents like the All-India Forward Bloc and the RSP to come out of the government and the Front, adding that only in case of their quitting the government and the Front would they gain some credibility to talk about an alternative Left alliance.

Terming the recent proposal by the general secretary of the All-India Forward Block Mr Debabrata Biswas about formation of an alternative Left alliance as "bogus", he said that the people were not as gullible as the leaders generally thought them to be. "I met Forward Block veteran Mr Asoke Ghosh in Calcutta when the first firing on the protesting Nandigram people took place and asked him to quit the government and the Left Front in protest against the state barbarism. However, that did not happen and they remained in the government. This is the reality. They will keep on talking tough, yet they will never overcome the greed of loaves and fishes of office. In this situation how can they convince the people of their sincerity to the opposition to the present government?" he asked.

In reference to a question over the present condition in the tea gardens in north Bengal, the veteran Naxalite leader said that the government was determined to destroy the tea plantations. "The ruling party is concerned about money and nothing else. Selling of tea plantations to the real estate developers will fetch huge amount of money. They are cutting deals with the industrialists and selling vast stretches of land for new plantations. These new plantations in connivance with the ruling party are doing everything to ruin the workers. They are being deprived of provident fund, gratuity and other facilities which the plantation authorities are bound to provide under the Plantation Labour Act," he added.

He further said that his party might go for road and rail blockade if the plantation authority and the state government remained indifferent to the demand of the tea plantation workers for clearance of all their dues and strict implementation of the Plantation Labour Act in all the tea estates in the states.Statesman News Service
SILIGURI, Jan. 16: Mr Kanu Sanyal, the veteran CPI-ML leader, today challenged the major Left Front constituents like the All-India Forward Bloc and the RSP to come out of the government and the Front, adding that only in case of their quitting the government and the Front would they gain some credibility to talk about an alternative Left alliance.

Terming the recent proposal by the general secretary of the All-India Forward Block Mr Debabrata Biswas about formation of an alternative Left alliance as "bogus", he said that the people were not as gullible as the leaders generally thought them to be. "I met Forward Block veteran Mr Asoke Ghosh in Calcutta when the first firing on the protesting Nandigram people took place and asked him to quit the government and the Left Front in protest against the state barbarism. However, that did not happen and they remained in the government. This is the reality. They will keep on talking tough, yet they will never overcome the greed of loaves and fishes of office. In this situation how can they convince the people of their sincerity to the opposition to the present government?" he asked.

In reference to a question over the present condition in the tea gardens in north Bengal, the veteran Naxalite leader said that the government was determined to destroy the tea plantations. "The ruling party is concerned about money and nothing else. Selling of tea plantations to the real estate developers will fetch huge amount of money. They are cutting deals with the industrialists and selling vast stretches of land for new plantations. These new plantations in connivance with the ruling party are doing everything to ruin the workers. They are being deprived of provident fund, gratuity and other facilities which the plantation authorities are bound to provide under the Plantation Labour Act," he added.

He further said that his party might go for road and rail blockade if the plantation authority and the state government remained indifferent to the demand of the tea plantation workers for clearance of all their dues and strict implementation of the Plantation Labour Act in all the tea estates in the states.

Tackling Naxals: Sambalpur left out

Thursday January 17 2008 07:59 IST
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SAMBALPUR: The State Government’s decision not to include Sambalpur district in the pilot project to deal with Left Wing Extremism (LWE) has left the police in a difficult situation.

Sambalpur police will have to depend on routine fund it receives from the State Government to deal with the increasing activities of Naxalites in the area.

Inclusion of the district in the pilot project would have made it eligible for receiving special security related expenditure (SRE). Several other districts, including Ganjam, have been included in the pilot project. Official sources said financial crunch is affecting the offensive launched by the State Government against the Naxalites.

Sambalpur has turned into a hotbed of Left Wing Extremism since 2003. The Left Wing ultras made their presence felt in the district on January 23, 2003, when they brutally killed an ex-sarpanch of Meghpal, Kadar Singh.

On May 27, 2005, the Naxals mowed down three persons at Burda followed by cold-blooded murders of five persons on July 7 in Tampersingha, Banjari Tikra and Larabira. On October 17, 2005, the Naxals attacked OASP personnel posted at Bana Durga temple in Badrama killing one of the jawans and escaping with assault rifles.

The incident left the policemen stunned even as the Naxals blew up a farmhouse at Sitlenpali on January 13, 2006. In 2007, the Maoists went on a massive recruitment drive and made their presence felt inside the town writing graffiti on the walls and hanging banners.

The Naxals again struck on January 5 this year when they set on fire the forest range office at Badrama. But their move backfired as the Sambalpur police, with help of the SOG, tracked them down and in the encounter that ensued, two Naxals were gunned down.

Prohibited items found in Dantewada prison cells

Posted at Thursday, 17 January 2008 14:01 IST

Raipur, Jan 17: Police has seized several prohibited items from the Dantewada district jail in Chhattisgarh. The operation was carried out after 300 of its inmates, including 105 Naxalites, on Sunday escaped allegedly with the help of jail officials.

Police has recovered iron rod cutter, ropes, chili powder and many more things. The raid was conducted late last night, Bastar Range Inspector General of Police Rajinder Kumar Vij said.

Some of the items were seized from the barrack where the mastermind of the jail break and Naxal commander Sujit Kumar was housed, he said.

Police has arrested Dantewada Jail Superintendent B. S. Mankar. He was produced before a local magistrate, who sent him to 14-day judicial remand, Vij said.

After a visit by Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam to the jail, Mankar was arrested last night on the charge of facilitating the escape of inmates.

Even after two days of the incident, as many as 291 inmates are still at large.

Nine inmates were either arrested from Bijapur district or have surrendered before the Dantewada police, Vij said.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

CHURCH BLASTS: TRUTH AND PROPAGANDA

CHURCH BLASTS: TRUTH AND PROPAGANDA

Investigations reveal coordination between the blasts and the propaganda campaign. There was also a ' Naxalite link between 'minority leaders' and the organization that carried out the blasts.
by Prof. S. V. Seshagiri Rao



Background
On May 21, 2000, a crude bomb with a timer exploded near a religious congregation of Christians at Machilipatam in Andhra Pradesh, No one was injured and no property was damaged. A week later police recovered two bombs from churches at Medak and Vikarabad on receiving information from Church authorities. ('n June 8, similar devices exploded in Jewett Church at Ongole and Mother Vanini Church at Tadepalligundam at about 8.45 AM. Almost simultaneously two explosions in St. Ann's Church, Vasco da Gama, Goa also occurred. All explosions were of minor intensity. Except at the Jewett Church, Ongole, in all other places no one was around at the time of the explosions. Prayers on weekdays would be held in the evenings and 8 June was a Thursday. In the church at Wadi, the wooden frame of a window was shattered and there were some minor cracks.



Propaganda blitz
The Church and Christian organizations saw this as a golden opportunity to malign the Sangh Parivar [some Hindu organizations] and destabilize the Vajpayee Government. They mounted an unprecedented propaganda blitzkrieg.

When the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu rushed to Ongole the same day to assess the situation, the church leaders present, significantly, demanded withdrawal of his support to the Vajpayee Government. That was their priority demand- not an investigation inio the blasts to catch the culprits. Within two hours of the explosion, by lOAM, the Marxists were seen distributing pamphlets attributing the crime to 'Hindu communalists'. [It will be seen later that some of those responsible for the bombings used to belong to the Naxalite (Marxist) War Group.]

On June 10, Christian leaders from southern states issued a statement at Hyderabad rejecting outright the view that external agencies [like the ISI] were involved in these attacks and held the Union Government and the 'Sangh Parivar' 'directly responsible' for the incidents. They said that after the Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt at Manoharpur in Orissa, the Sangh Parivar and a Union Minister spoke of a "foreign hand" and were repeating the same claim now in the wake of attacks on churches and Christians in different parts [of the country]. The Christians in general had "become sick of these statements" because all these were "engineered" by the Sangh Parivar, while the "Union Government remained a silent spectator." The signatories to this statement were Mr. Joseph D'Souza, Chairman, All India Christian Council, Mr. John Dayal, National Secretary, All India Catholic Union, Mr. G. Samuel, President, Fellowship of Telugu Baptist Churches, Mr. David Seamonds, President, Karnataka Christian Association, and Mr. K.P. Yohanan, Vice Chairman, Christian Council of Kerala. They urged the Chief Minister of AP to reconsider his alliance with the BJP.

The next day, a delegation of thirty, including Rev. Fr. Hendry D'Souza, Rev. Fr. B. Julian, Chancellor and Vice-general respectively of the Hyderabad Archdiocese (Catholic), Mr. A. VUay Kumar, President, Baptist Churches Association of India, Mr. C. Francis, Vice President, All India Catholic Union, Mr. Sam Paul of the All India Christian Council (Protestant) Rev. D. John Augustine, Rev. Y. Thomos and Fr. G. Gananandam, priests of Ongole, Vicarabad and Tadepalligundam churches, called on the Chief. Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and emphasized that the attacks on churches were the handiwork of the RSS. The Pentecoast priest from Ongole said that he had received a telephone call on June 10 from a person who spoke in Hindi threatening him about his religious activities. Citing this as evidence the dignitaries insisted that the attacks took place at the behest of BJP and RSS. They also proposed that the Christian youth be allowed to form self-defense committees. But the CM politely rejected the proposal.

A 'fact-finding committee' consisting of C. Francis, National Vice President, All India Christian Council, Rev. P.P. Johnson, State Overseer, New India Church of God, A. Vijayakumar, President, City Baptist Church, J. Joseph Reddy, Secretary All India Catholic Council, and some Naxalite outfits, which visited the places of the blasts, insisted that the RSS had been found responsible for the blasts. [The Naxalites again!] Blaming the ISI for blasts was a propaganda ploy, they argued. They demanded that the RSS be banned. However, they have not shared any of the so-called evidence that they could collect. [The had none beyond the claim of the threatening phone call reported by the priest of the Ongole Church.]

Speaking at a press conference on June 16 at Chennai, President of the All India Christian Council Mr. Joseph D'Souza announced that they would launch a campaign against "Parivar terrorism" from 8'" July onwards. [In effect they already had launched one against the Sangh Parivar.) Referring to the attacks on the churches, he said that the Government had been quick to attribute it to a foreign hand, making political capital out of the issue. "The foreign hand theory is nonsense and it is the work of an internal hand," Mr. D'Souza said. Mr. John Dayal added, "An extra-constitutional authority was having a free run of the State capitals and indulging in terror tactics." "Even a blind man will know who is behind these assaults," he added.

The AICC [All India Congress Committee] lost no time in deputing a three-member 'fact-finding team' headed by none other than Mr. Ajit Jogi to Andhra Pradesh. They accomplished admirably the job expected of them by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. Addressing the press at Vijayawada on June 22, Mr. Ajit Jogi said that the needle of suspicion pointed towards the communal and fascist forces (read RSS and VHP), which are out to vitiate the atmosphere in the country. [He also said, "Forget the ISI and arrest the 'real culprits'." (Again read RSS and VHP.)]

On June 25 at 9.45 PM, a bomb of minor intensity exploded in Markaz Masjid of Guntur located near the busy APSTC bus station. A boy received some minor injuries and a few windowpanes were shattered. Within minutes a crowd of 200 Muslims collected and went on a rampage, torching State Government buses and private vehicles. About 50 buses were damaged and 5 shops were attacked. Private and public property worth rupees two crores (20 million) was destroyed. The Government had to impose a curfew for four days.

Mr. YS. Rajashekara Reddy, leader of the AP Congress Legislative Party issued a statement repeating the usual Congresslie that the explosion was the handiwork of RSS, VHP and the Bajrang Dal. He also asserted that it was not the act of the {SI. However, the Chief Minister revealed that among the 50 persons arrested for arson there were several functionaries of the Congress (I).

On July 8, Christian Organizations observed 'National Solidarity Day' in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai. They also held a demonstration near the Parliament Building in New Delhi. On July 9, a huge speech cum prayer rally was held in the Nizam College grounds, Hyderabad. Rt. Rev. M. Joli, Archbishop of Hyderabad, Rev. B.P. Sugandhar, Bishop, Church of South India, Medak, Mr. Joseph D'Souza, National President, All India Christian Council, Mr. G. Samuel, its State Vice President, and Rev. P.p. Johnson and others spoke. 25 Christian organizations participated in the mobilization for which lakhs of rupees were spent on advertisements alone.


The bubble bursts.

Within hours of this elaborate political buildup by the Christian Associations in Hyderabad, on 9'h July, the balloon of lies burst in Bangalore. One Maruti van, racing towards St. Mary's Basilica exploded at about 9.45 PM near Binny Mills area, killing Mohamad Zakir of Hyderabad and Rahman Siddique of Bangalore on the spot. Another, one S.M. Ibrahim ofVijayawada had suffered serious injuries. The bomb planted by them in St. Peter's and Paul's Church earlier, exploded a few minutes later. Investigations further revealed that they belonged to a little known organization, Deendar Anjuman whose headquarters is located in Hyderabad. This organization was responsible for all the explosions in religious places in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa since May 2000 [when the serial bombings began].

One Hazrat Moulana Siddiqi of Gulbarga propunded the cult Deendar Anjuman in 1929 [sic 1924] at Hyderabad. His sons migrated to Pakistan. One of them, Ziaul Hassan now heads the cult with headquarters in Mardan in Pakistan. It was revealed that Ziaul Hassan usually made an annual trip to India for the urs [death anniversary] of his father. (Siddiqi's grave is in Hyderabad.) The Government of India further revealed that Ziaul Hassan set up the Jamaat Hizbollah Mujahideen with offices in Lahore, Mardan, Karachi, Faislabad, Rawalpindi and Sargodha (all in Pakistan). The DGP of AP, Mr. H.J. Dora revealed that Deendar Anjuman was involved in militant activity in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya through the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY), A Saudi Arabia based fundamentalist outfit. During Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to Hyderabad, Deendar Anjuman published a pamphlet, where it advised Mr. Clinton to embrace Islam.. , '

[Editors' comment: Here are a few more facts. In 1924 its founder, Moulana Siddiqi, a Muslim mendicant from Gulbarga, went around claiming to be the reincarnation of Lord Chennabasaveshwara. While quoting profusely from Basavanna's poems, he proclaimed that all religions in India were valid but incomplete. His main injunction was that it was unnecessary for Veerashaivas to wear the lingam, but they could reach heaven simply by converting to Islam. In other words, he had borrowed a page from some Christian missionaries who went around presenting Christianity as the 'completion' of the 'incomplete' Hinduism. This camouflage by the founder of Deen Anjuman Siddeshwara - to give its original name - did not escape notice. A contributor to the paper Mysore Star (February 1926) cautioned readers that Moulana Siddiqi had the support of Nizami officials who were sponsoring conversions in the Nizam's domains. (This 'Nizami official' was Sir Akbar Haidari, the Diwan of Hyderabad. The Nizam also had given a substantial grant of land to the founder Moulana Siddiqi.) In an article titled 'Warning toYeerashaiva brothers'. (in Kannada) the correspondent of Mysore Star cautioned all Veerashaivas against falling into the trap set by this impostor. Its founder was expelled from Mysore State by the Maharaja's Government for false claims and complaints from the citizens, especially Veerashivas, that it was disturbing the peace.].

During his visit to Hyderabad last November [1999], Ziaul Hassan [its present head] and his son Zahid Pasha conducted closed door meetings, where they called for lehad and asked the members to "create hatred among religious groups in India." Ziaul Hassan coordinated these explosions from Pakistan through his follower,s in southern states. [He also proclaimed a lehad claiming that, following widespread communal disturbances in India, he would bring 9 lakh Pathans on an invasion of the country!]

Rahman Siddiqi [killed in the Maruti van explosion in Bangalore] was in the people's War Group of Naxalites for sometime. [The Naxalite connection again!] Along with ten associates he visited Pakistan to undergo training insubversion.

Zakir maintained a low profile as an auto rickshaw driver in Hyderabad. A year back he was arrested by the Maharashtra police for desecrating the statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Prabhani. According to senior officials of the AP police, members of Deendar Anjuman were also responsible for attacks on Sikh Gurudwaras in Mumbai about three years back, which led to communal riots.

The Pakistan connection

Ibrahim [wounded in the Maruti van explosion in Bangalore] was also a frequent visitor to Pakistan. The police have recovered from Ibrahim's houses in Bangalore and Vijayawada, documents, pamphlets and literature in Urdu, English and Telugu. This literature was printed in Mumbai, Delhi, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The anti-Christian stickers found in Ibrahim's house tallied with the stickers pasted sometime ago on the walls of Stanley's Girls School and Methodist Boys School in Hyderabad. [Hyderabad again!] The police also seized a picture from his house in Vijayawada in which all religions were shown as different animals while Islam was depicted as the hunter. The hunter [in the picture] aims his guns at the 'animals' to demonstrate that Islam would triumph ultimately. Police officials say that Deendar Anjuman attracted people by stating that all that religions were equal and slowly impressed upon them the deficiencies in other religions and drove home the point that Islam was superior. The titles of the documents - "The God That Never Was Jesus", "Is This the Bible You Believe In?" are self-revealing. [Is this is the cult that Christian leaders and the 'secular' Congress are defending?]

Ibrahim visited Wadi, Goa and Hubli and handed over explosives to local contacts. Syed Muniruddin and Hiramath, secretary and joint secretary of Deendar Anjuman together with Zakir planted the bomb in the Hubli Church. Muniruddin and Hiramath were arrested by Karnataka police.

The Andhra Pradesh police have arrested on July 17, Syed Iqbal, Secretary of the Deendar Anjuman of Vijayawada and his accomplice Najeemuddin. Both had received training in Pakistan. Investigations revealed that that they desecrated the statues of Dr. Ambedkar in Macharam and Purnandapet of Krishna District in 1996-97. The Deendar Anjuman of Vijayawada converted some Hindu students of Siddhartha Evening College into Islam according to a letter dated August 27, 1998, written by Iqbal to WAMY, Riyadh. He requested more funds to distribute Islamic literature. The police have recovered a copy of the letter. [The cult is known to have made extravagant claims about conversions, including supplying false names. This was one of the complaints that resulted in the expulsion of its founder by the Maharaja of Mysore.]

The AP police have also arrested Shaik Khaja and MJ. Humayun Khan who planted the bomb in the Ongole Church. The police identified other culprits- Khaliq-ul-Zaman responsible for the blast in the Guntur Masjid, Maqbool and Abdul Khadar Jeelani for the Mauslipatam explosion. Maqbool also planted a bomb in the Kodandarama Temple in Vijayawada.



Church leaders' responsibility

Since the involvement of the agents of Pakistan in the blasts has been established beyond any doubt, the Church leaders owe an explanation to the country why they made false allegations against the Sangh Parivar without any shred of evidence in their possession. On the contrary, they are continuing their tirade against the RSS without any remorse. Mr. John Dayal of All India Christian Council, addressed a press conference in Bangalore (16 July) along with some Muslim leaders and stressed that, "the hate campaign spearheaded by the Sangh Parivar provides the ambience in which fringe groups, cult criminal elements are engaged to carry out their agenda of terror." [Why are Christian groups still trying to shield Muslim organizations?] Obviously some Church leaders and Christian associations are not interested in finding the truth. [They probably dread it!] They are working for some hidden agenda.

[Editors' comments: The real question is, what do the Christian leaders know and are any of them involved in this obviously highly coordinated plan of action and propaganda? There appears to be a Naxalite link between the church leaders and the Deen Alljuman. Also interesting is how Hyderabad seems to have been the focal point for both Christian and Muslim groups. Reports from America indicate that Hyderabad has become the center for planning and organization for several Christian missions. The police investigations seem to lend support to this. Of course, Hyderabad has always been a hotbed of ISI activity. But again the question is- was there any coordination between the Muslim blasts and the Christian propaganda blitz? The police should begin questioning some Christian leaders and spokesmen, beginning with John Dayal, for surely, making false statements meant to mislead the police in such a serious criminal conspiracy is a very serious offence. No less disturbing is the role of the Congress.]

INDIA : Unholy ways of Holy Missionaries

Source: IVarta

By: U. Mahesh Prabhu
1/14/2008 1:57:53 PM
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On December 25th when the whole world was celebrating the birth of the Jesus Christ, churches were burning in Gujarat. As per confirmed estimates 11 churches had been burnt. On December 27th Religious leaders in the national capital expressed their anguish over the continuing attacks on the churches in Orissa, saying violence in any form in unacceptable. But something that which really bothered me was one of the statements, by Swami Shantatmanand – Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission in New Delhi – published in Indian Express that which read ‘Hinduism teaches us to respect and acknowledge the validity of all other religion.’ I am yet to understand as to why was he saying so? Or what made him to make that statement? Is he trying to portray that some Hindus had done those deeds? But how can you say without investigation is complete and report is out?

Reports do say that the attacks on Churches had begun on Christmas after assault on a VHP leader and until today 11 Churches and prayer houses were ransacked and torched by ‘suspected saffron activists’ in several areas of Kandhamal districts in Orissa. But who attacked the VHP leader? It isn’t clear. Overall for many people the situation may just look, as if, ‘VHP people had attacked in response to the assault on their leader’. That’s simply not it. But, there is more to it.

Recently I happened to read Edward Gibbons ‘Decline and Fall of Roman Empire’. In the book he makes observation on early Christians and their tactics for conversion. Here he quotes a Roman proconsul who wrote that Christians have a very effective method of getting noticed and portraying themselves as ‘Victims’ in order to advance their cause. Whenever, a minute transgression or even an attempt is made to implement law against them they make such a fuss and in such a rowdy manner that one would think that a ‘great injustice’ had been committed to them.

Christianity does not have a notable reputation for tolerance and respect for other religions. ‘The Christian need to convert the entire world’ has been an historical obsession that continues in major Christian fundamentalist groups even today, both Protestant and Catholic. The Christian Missionary’s failure to honor other religions, particularly non-biblical traditions, is well known, with Christians still denigrating the sophisticated yogic traditions of Asia as mere superstition, idolatry and polytheism. Christian missionaries have had a reputation for using methods to promote conversion that are not always honest, including employing military and political force during the colonial era. Their targeting of the poor and illiterate for conversion shows that they don’t like open debates in the light of the day. Yet Christians like to ignore such inconvenient facts while posing as peaceful people concerned with human welfare, not with conversion. They are surprised if members of other religion are suspicious of them, even if they look at these religions and condemn them as works of the Devil. They feel easily hurt and insulted should anyone question their motives.

In the modern secular world, Christians along with Muslims, now demand conversion as a democratic right, even though their religion is authoritarian, and not democratic, accepting only one way, and not honoring pluralism in approaching the Divine. They offer no freedom of choice about the ‘savior’ or the book or the creed that can bring salvation and there is little tolerance for those who choose another way outside their faith. Europe had to reject the church and Christian dogma in order to become democratic over the past several centuries, considering this; Christian churches are the last people on earth who should be talking about ‘democratic rights’. It is merely a smokescreen for promoting their own agendas, spreading their authoritarian and exclusivist beliefs, recklessly eliminating other cultures and religions along the way.

Years before there were serial church bombings in South India. It proved that the charges made by Christian leaders against Hindu organizations for the bombings were unfounded, if not malicious. However instead of admitting their mistake Christian leaders and organizations started a propaganda campaign, again blaming the Hindu organizations for ‘creating an atmosphere’ that led to these crimes! The arrests in this regard, in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, had shown that Deendal Anjuman, a Muslim organization led by a Pakistani National was behind most of the bomb blasts and attacks on Christian groups in South India. The Christian response has been to ignore or deny the report, though it is quite well documented and occurred in states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, not ruled by the so called ‘Hindu BJP’. For further details, I suggest you to, read ‘Church Blasts: Truth and Propaganda’ by S Y Seshagiri Rao.

Christians in India, who exaggerate such minor incidents into a National or International anti-Hindu propaganda, somehow never speak of the fact that ‘More churches have been burnt in America in recent years than in India. Several dozen black American churches were burnt to the ground. Christian priests and ministers are also robbed, assaulted and sometimes killed in all Western countries in numbers not unlike what occurs in India. We should note that many more priests in America have been arrested for sexual molestation of children than have priests been assaulted in India. Should we use that to make conclusions about the nature of Christianity?

Did you know the fact that many more pagans were killed by Christians, and thousands of pagan temples were destroyed throughout Europe? The great Greek (Neo Platonic) Academy in Alexandria was destroyed and its scholars like Hypatia killed by Cyril – ‘Saint Cyril’. The number of Native Americans killed or forcibly converted by Catholics was also in the many millions, and yet the Catholics emphasize a few priests martyred by Native Americans as being the real victims. Such and more are stories of ‘Christian Oppression’.

Hinduism is a religion of openness. We appreciate all gods and deities. We have never said that we are the ‘only way’ like many of the Semitic faiths. We have no problems acknowledging greatness of Allah, Jehovah or Jesus. We have done that many a times. Didn’t we? But Christian missionaries have, instead, used it as a pretext to promote Christian superiority, not to reciprocate with honoring Hinduism and its sages and yogis. They say Christ must be great because Hindus honor him. They don’t honor Hindu teachers in return. The hypocrisy of the whole thing is easy to see. It shows the condescending attitude towards Hindus, thinking that they can bully them or appeal to their tolerance by a feigned persecution. It wholly proves that Christians Missionaries are still promoting a medieval religion that will not honor other religions and is still seeking world domination by any means fair or foul. If we count the victims of Christian aggression on one side and the Christian themselves who have been victimized we will find that the victims of Christianity are overwhelming in the majority. While some Christians have apologized to African and Native American groups for such missionary misdeeds, the Hindus have so far not received any such apology, though they have suffered from the same methods. The reason is that the missionaries have not yet triumphed in India. The apology, like crocodile tears, comes only after the victim is dead.

I would trust those missionaries only if they say that Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and other Indian religions are as good as Christianity. Let Christians say clearly that members of other religions will not go to hell but will gain immortality in the presence of God by following what is good in their own teachings.

Writes David Frawley ‘As a former Catholic I know in what little esteem the Church holds Hinduism and Buddhism with all their great sages and yogis. Christianity, like Islam, sees tolerance not as a virtue to be emulated but as a weakness to be exploited. Were Christians really to honor Hinduism as a valid religion all Hindu-Christian hostility could easily come to an end. As long as Christians hold that their alone is the True Faith and are working to convert the members of other religion in one way or another, they should not be surprised if members of other religions do not welcome their presence.’ In his book ‘The Missionary Ploy.’

It is only a matter of time before Missionary Christianity is seen for what is imperialism in the name of God and Christ, the proverbial wolf in the sheep’s clothing. It is a political, worldly movement with little spirituality in it. Unfortunately such Christians confuse the real Divine work, which is improving us through introspection, with the institutional work of imposing a single belief upon all humanity. This political view of religion has no place in global age of consciousness that is dawning in enlightened minds all over the world today. The quicker it comes to an end, the better it will be for all of humanity.

U. Mahesh Prabhu

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CHURCH BLASTS: TRUTH AND PROPAGANDA

Investigations reveal coordination between the blasts and the propaganda campaign. There was also a ' Naxalite link between 'minority leaders' and the organization that carried out the blasts.

by Prof. S. V. Seshagiri Rao



Background
On May 21, 2000, a crude bomb with a timer exploded near a religious congregation of Christians at Machilipatam in Andhra Pradesh, No one was injured and no property was damaged. A week later police recovered two bombs from churches at Medak and Vikarabad on receiving information from Church authorities. ('n June 8, similar devices exploded in Jewett Church at Ongole and Mother Vanini Church at Tadepalligundam at about 8.45 AM. Almost simultaneously two explosions in St. Ann's Church, Vasco da Gama, Goa also occurred. All explosions were of minor intensity. Except at the Jewett Church, Ongole, in all other places no one was around at the time of the explosions. Prayers on weekdays would be held in the evenings and 8 June was a Thursday. In the church at Wadi, the wooden frame of a window was shattered and there were some minor cracks.



Propaganda blitz
The Church and Christian organizations saw this as a golden opportunity to malign the Sangh Parivar [some Hindu organizations] and destabilize the Vajpayee Government. They mounted an unprecedented propaganda blitzkrieg.

When the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu rushed to Ongole the same day to assess the situation, the church leaders present, significantly, demanded withdrawal of his support to the Vajpayee Government. That was their priority demand- not an investigation inio the blasts to catch the culprits. Within two hours of the explosion, by lOAM, the Marxists were seen distributing pamphlets attributing the crime to 'Hindu communalists'. [It will be seen later that some of those responsible for the bombings used to belong to the Naxalite (Marxist) War Group.]

On June 10, Christian leaders from southern states issued a statement at Hyderabad rejecting outright the view that external agencies [like the ISI] were involved in these attacks and held the Union Government and the 'Sangh Parivar' 'directly responsible' for the incidents. They said that after the Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt at Manoharpur in Orissa, the Sangh Parivar and a Union Minister spoke of a "foreign hand" and were repeating the same claim now in the wake of attacks on churches and Christians in different parts [of the country]. The Christians in general had "become sick of these statements" because all these were "engineered" by the Sangh Parivar, while the "Union Government remained a silent spectator." The signatories to this statement were Mr. Joseph D'Souza, Chairman, All India Christian Council, Mr. John Dayal, National Secretary, All India Catholic Union, Mr. G. Samuel, President, Fellowship of Telugu Baptist Churches, Mr. David Seamonds, President, Karnataka Christian Association, and Mr. K.P. Yohanan, Vice Chairman, Christian Council of Kerala. They urged the Chief Minister of AP to reconsider his alliance with the BJP.

The next day, a delegation of thirty, including Rev. Fr. Hendry D'Souza, Rev. Fr. B. Julian, Chancellor and Vice-general respectively of the Hyderabad Archdiocese (Catholic), Mr. A. VUay Kumar, President, Baptist Churches Association of India, Mr. C. Francis, Vice President, All India Catholic Union, Mr. Sam Paul of the All India Christian Council (Protestant) Rev. D. John Augustine, Rev. Y. Thomos and Fr. G. Gananandam, priests of Ongole, Vicarabad and Tadepalligundam churches, called on the Chief. Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and emphasized that the attacks on churches were the handiwork of the RSS. The Pentecoast priest from Ongole said that he had received a telephone call on June 10 from a person who spoke in Hindi threatening him about his religious activities. Citing this as evidence the dignitaries insisted that the attacks took place at the behest of BJP and RSS. They also proposed that the Christian youth be allowed to form self-defense committees. But the CM politely rejected the proposal.

A 'fact-finding committee' consisting of C. Francis, National Vice President, All India Christian Council, Rev. P.P. Johnson, State Overseer, New India Church of God, A. Vijayakumar, President, City Baptist Church, J. Joseph Reddy, Secretary All India Catholic Council, and some Naxalite outfits, which visited the places of the blasts, insisted that the RSS had been found responsible for the blasts. [The Naxalites again!] Blaming the ISI for blasts was a propaganda ploy, they argued. They demanded that the RSS be banned. However, they have not shared any of the so-called evidence that they could collect. [The had none beyond the claim of the threatening phone call reported by the priest of the Ongole Church.]

Speaking at a press conference on June 16 at Chennai, President of the All India Christian Council Mr. Joseph D'Souza announced that they would launch a campaign against "Parivar terrorism" from 8'" July onwards. [In effect they already had launched one against the Sangh Parivar.) Referring to the attacks on the churches, he said that the Government had been quick to attribute it to a foreign hand, making political capital out of the issue. "The foreign hand theory is nonsense and it is the work of an internal hand," Mr. D'Souza said. Mr. John Dayal added, "An extra-constitutional authority was having a free run of the State capitals and indulging in terror tactics." "Even a blind man will know who is behind these assaults," he added.

The AICC [All India Congress Committee] lost no time in deputing a three-member 'fact-finding team' headed by none other than Mr. Ajit Jogi to Andhra Pradesh. They accomplished admirably the job expected of them by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. Addressing the press at Vijayawada on June 22, Mr. Ajit Jogi said that the needle of suspicion pointed towards the communal and fascist forces (read RSS and VHP), which are out to vitiate the atmosphere in the country. [He also said, "Forget the ISI and arrest the 'real culprits'." (Again read RSS and VHP.)]

On June 25 at 9.45 PM, a bomb of minor intensity exploded in Markaz Masjid of Guntur located near the busy APSTC bus station. A boy received some minor injuries and a few windowpanes were shattered. Within minutes a crowd of 200 Muslims collected and went on a rampage, torching State Government buses and private vehicles. About 50 buses were damaged and 5 shops were attacked. Private and public property worth rupees two crores (20 million) was destroyed. The Government had to impose a curfew for four days.

Mr. YS. Rajashekara Reddy, leader of the AP Congress Legislative Party issued a statement repeating the usual Congresslie that the explosion was the handiwork of RSS, VHP and the Bajrang Dal. He also asserted that it was not the act of the {SI. However, the Chief Minister revealed that among the 50 persons arrested for arson there were several functionaries of the Congress (I).

On July 8, Christian Organizations observed 'National Solidarity Day' in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai. They also held a demonstration near the Parliament Building in New Delhi. On July 9, a huge speech cum prayer rally was held in the Nizam College grounds, Hyderabad. Rt. Rev. M. Joli, Archbishop of Hyderabad, Rev. B.P. Sugandhar, Bishop, Church of South India, Medak, Mr. Joseph D'Souza, National President, All India Christian Council, Mr. G. Samuel, its State Vice President, and Rev. P.p. Johnson and others spoke. 25 Christian organizations participated in the mobilization for which lakhs of rupees were spent on advertisements alone.


The bubble bursts.

Within hours of this elaborate political buildup by the Christian Associations in Hyderabad, on 9'h July, the balloon of lies burst in Bangalore. One Maruti van, racing towards St. Mary's Basilica exploded at about 9.45 PM near Binny Mills area, killing Mohamad Zakir of Hyderabad and Rahman Siddique of Bangalore on the spot. Another, one S.M. Ibrahim ofVijayawada had suffered serious injuries. The bomb planted by them in St. Peter's and Paul's Church earlier, exploded a few minutes later. Investigations further revealed that they belonged to a little known organization, Deendar Anjuman whose headquarters is located in Hyderabad. This organization was responsible for all the explosions in religious places in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa since May 2000 [when the serial bombings began].

One Hazrat Moulana Siddiqi of Gulbarga propunded the cult Deendar Anjuman in 1929 [sic 1924] at Hyderabad. His sons migrated to Pakistan. One of them, Ziaul Hassan now heads the cult with headquarters in Mardan in Pakistan. It was revealed that Ziaul Hassan usually made an annual trip to India for the urs [death anniversary] of his father. (Siddiqi's grave is in Hyderabad.) The Government of India further revealed that Ziaul Hassan set up the Jamaat Hizbollah Mujahideen with offices in Lahore, Mardan, Karachi, Faislabad, Rawalpindi and Sargodha (all in Pakistan). The DGP of AP, Mr. H.J. Dora revealed that Deendar Anjuman was involved in militant activity in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya through the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY), A Saudi Arabia based fundamentalist outfit. During Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to Hyderabad, Deendar Anjuman published a pamphlet, where it advised Mr. Clinton to embrace Islam.. , '

[Editors' comment: Here are a few more facts. In 1924 its founder, Moulana Siddiqi, a Muslim mendicant from Gulbarga, went around claiming to be the reincarnation of Lord Chennabasaveshwara. While quoting profusely from Basavanna's poems, he proclaimed that all religions in India were valid but incomplete. His main injunction was that it was unnecessary for Veerashaivas to wear the lingam, but they could reach heaven simply by converting to Islam. In other words, he had borrowed a page from some Christian missionaries who went around presenting Christianity as the 'completion' of the 'incomplete' Hinduism. This camouflage by the founder of Deen Anjuman Siddeshwara - to give its original name - did not escape notice. A contributor to the paper Mysore Star (February 1926) cautioned readers that Moulana Siddiqi had the support of Nizami officials who were sponsoring conversions in the Nizam's domains. (This 'Nizami official' was Sir Akbar Haidari, the Diwan of Hyderabad. The Nizam also had given a substantial grant of land to the founder Moulana Siddiqi.) In an article titled 'Warning toYeerashaiva brothers'. (in Kannada) the correspondent of Mysore Star cautioned all Veerashaivas against falling into the trap set by this impostor. Its founder was expelled from Mysore State by the Maharaja's Government for false claims and complaints from the citizens, especially Veerashivas, that it was disturbing the peace.].

During his visit to Hyderabad last November [1999], Ziaul Hassan [its present head] and his son Zahid Pasha conducted closed door meetings, where they called for lehad and asked the members to "create hatred among religious groups in India." Ziaul Hassan coordinated these explosions from Pakistan through his follower,s in southern states. [He also proclaimed a lehad claiming that, following widespread communal disturbances in India, he would bring 9 lakh Pathans on an invasion of the country!]

Rahman Siddiqi [killed in the Maruti van explosion in Bangalore] was in the people's War Group of Naxalites for sometime. [The Naxalite connection again!] Along with ten associates he visited Pakistan to undergo training insubversion.

Zakir maintained a low profile as an auto rickshaw driver in Hyderabad. A year back he was arrested by the Maharashtra police for desecrating the statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Prabhani. According to senior officials of the AP police, members of Deendar Anjuman were also responsible for attacks on Sikh Gurudwaras in Mumbai about three years back, which led to communal riots.

The Pakistan connection

Ibrahim [wounded in the Maruti van explosion in Bangalore] was also a frequent visitor to Pakistan. The police have recovered from Ibrahim's houses in Bangalore and Vijayawada, documents, pamphlets and literature in Urdu, English and Telugu. This literature was printed in Mumbai, Delhi, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The anti-Christian stickers found in Ibrahim's house tallied with the stickers pasted sometime ago on the walls of Stanley's Girls School and Methodist Boys School in Hyderabad. [Hyderabad again!] The police also seized a picture from his house in Vijayawada in which all religions were shown as different animals while Islam was depicted as the hunter. The hunter [in the picture] aims his guns at the 'animals' to demonstrate that Islam would triumph ultimately. Police officials say that Deendar Anjuman attracted people by stating that all that religions were equal and slowly impressed upon them the deficiencies in other religions and drove home the point that Islam was superior. The titles of the documents - "The God That Never Was Jesus", "Is This the Bible You Believe In?" are self-revealing. [Is this is the cult that Christian leaders and the 'secular' Congress are defending?]

Ibrahim visited Wadi, Goa and Hubli and handed over explosives to local contacts. Syed Muniruddin and Hiramath, secretary and joint secretary of Deendar Anjuman together with Zakir planted the bomb in the Hubli Church. Muniruddin and Hiramath were arrested by Karnataka police.

The Andhra Pradesh police have arrested on July 17, Syed Iqbal, Secretary of the Deendar Anjuman of Vijayawada and his accomplice Najeemuddin. Both had received training in Pakistan. Investigations revealed that that they desecrated the statues of Dr. Ambedkar in Macharam and Purnandapet of Krishna District in 1996-97. The Deendar Anjuman of Vijayawada converted some Hindu students of Siddhartha Evening College into Islam according to a letter dated August 27, 1998, written by Iqbal to WAMY, Riyadh. He requested more funds to distribute Islamic literature. The police have recovered a copy of the letter. [The cult is known to have made extravagant claims about conversions, including supplying false names. This was one of the complaints that resulted in the expulsion of its founder by the Maharaja of Mysore.]

The AP police have also arrested Shaik Khaja and MJ. Humayun Khan who planted the bomb in the Ongole Church. The police identified other culprits- Khaliq-ul-Zaman responsible for the blast in the Guntur Masjid, Maqbool and Abdul Khadar Jeelani for the Mauslipatam explosion. Maqbool also planted a bomb in the Kodandarama Temple in Vijayawada.



Church leaders' responsibility

Since the involvement of the agents of Pakistan in the blasts has been established beyond any doubt, the Church leaders owe an explanation to the country why they made false allegations against the Sangh Parivar without any shred of evidence in their possession. On the contrary, they are continuing their tirade against the RSS without any remorse. Mr. John Dayal of All India Christian Council, addressed a press conference in Bangalore (16 July) along with some Muslim leaders and stressed that, "the hate campaign spearheaded by the Sangh Parivar provides the ambience in which fringe groups, cult criminal elements are engaged to carry out their agenda of terror." [Why are Christian groups still trying to shield Muslim organizations?] Obviously some Church leaders and Christian associations are not interested in finding the truth. [They probably dread it!] They are working for some hidden agenda.

[Editors' comments: The real question is, what do the Christian leaders know and are any of them involved in this obviously highly coordinated plan of action and propaganda? There appears to be a Naxalite link between the church leaders and the Deen Alljuman. Also interesting is how Hyderabad seems to have been the focal point for both Christian and Muslim groups. Reports from America indicate that Hyderabad has become the center for planning and organization for several Christian missions. The police investigations seem to lend support to this. Of course, Hyderabad has always been a hotbed of ISI activity. But again the question is- was there any coordination between the Muslim blasts and the Christian propaganda blitz? The police should begin questioning some Christian leaders and spokesmen, beginning with John Dayal, for surely, making false statements meant to mislead the police in such a serious criminal conspiracy is a very serious offence. No less disturbing is the role of the Congress.]

CPI(M) flays 'reactionary alliance' for anarchy in WB

Kolkata (PTI): The CPI(M) on Wednesday alleged that a section of 'capitalist media' and some NGOs, backed by western funding, had joined Trinamool Congress-led 'reactionary alliance of right and ultra left' in creating lawlessness and anarchy in West Bengal to halt pace of industrialisation.

"This alliance has received support of the Congress, BJP, Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind, SUCI, PDS factions of the Naxalites and the so-called Maoists", the CPI(M) said in a resolution at its 12th West Bengal state Conference here in the backdrop of the agitation against farmland acquisition for industries at Singur and Nandigram, in particular.

The party expressed concern at such "sinister designs" by these forces bent upon "toppling" the Left Front government by seeking to create an atmosphere of anarchy and lawlessness, flaying "a section of the anti-Communist intellectuals" for providing support.

"These forces are the offshoots of those who dared to crush democracy in the days of semi-fascist period in West Bengal in the 70s. Difference is the gap of years", the resolution said.

Dwelling on the move to declare "free zone at Nandigram", by "so-called Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee", the CPI(M) alleged its "real motive" was ultimately detected "when it was found that despite chief minister's repeated assurance of not setting up any chemical hub, these people indulged in murders, rape, destroying property and roads"".

"Rehearsal of anarchy was started in Singur when these forces resisted the setting up of car project", the party said.

Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand

Latehar (Jharkhand), (PTI): A self-styled maoist sub-zonal commander with Rs 1 lakh on his head was on Tuesday arrested at Sribasant Gaon in Latehar district.

The ultra identified as Minuji was riding a bike in the village under Balumath police station when he fell in a trap laid by police without any resistence, Superintendent of Police, Ravi Kant Dhan, said here.

"The prize catch was netted following a tip-off that the maoist had been to the village. He is facing at least seven cases in Latehar, and some in Chatra. He has Rs 1 lakh on his head as reward," Dhan said.

Police have arrested several senior maoist ultras in the past couple of months in the state.

Strict enforcement of anti-conversion law needed: BJP

Bhubaneswar, Jan 16 (PTI) Alleging that the recent riots in Kandhamal district were caused by conversion and conspiracy by foreign funded NGOs, BJP today demanded strict enforcement of anti-conversion law in Orissa, where the party shares power with BJD.
"As a political party, we are not fully satisfied with the manner in which the anti-conversion law has been implemented in Orissa. The Freedom of Religion Act must be enforced strictly and action taken against its violators," BJP vice-president Jual Oram told reporters here.

Oram, who led a party team to some of the riot hit areas of tribal dominated Kandhamal, alleged that due to constant violation of the state's Freedom of Religion Act, Hindus had become a minority in Kandhamal, at least in Daringbadi block of the district.

People of Daringbadi gave a memorandum to the BJP team seeking minority status to Hindus in the district, Oram said.

There were allegations about siphoning of foreign funds received by NGOs to naxalite elements, the BJP leader said, adding the matter should be probed and activities of these organisations monitored.

He demanded police deployment in some places of Kandhamal to give people a sense of security and confidence.

Alleging that largescale land grabbing and issuance of forged caste certificates have caused tension in Kandhamal, he sought quick steps for return of land to real owners.

Those who secured government jobs using false caste certificates should be detected and suspended, he said.

In 1995, the district collector had suggested various steps to deal with issues relating to tribals and ethnic groups, he said adding those should be considered. PTI

Mom says son is no Naxal , but police say there is proof

Jaideep Hardikar
Sunday, January 13, 2008 02:12 IST

CHANDRAPUR: Leena Shrawan Punekar, an unlettered construction worker, has no idea why the police, on Friday arrested her son Raman from their small hut in a congested labour colony in Ballarpur, 30km from here.

But police are suggesting he has links with alleged Naxalites arrested in Mumbai last year.

Now, a day after a special team of the Chandrapur police arrested Raman, 24, his distraught mother asks what his crime is. A first year BA student, Raman’s family had no idea who his friends were.

The police, however, allege Raman is an activist with an underground Maoist outfit called Deshbhakti Yuva Sangathna that apparently has a strong following among students in Chandrapur.

Police claim they arrested Raman after Manoj and Vinayak, alias Vinod Sonule, two alleged Naxalites caught with a cache of China-made arms and literature said they knew him. Manoj and Vinod were arrested following information given by Vernon Gonsalves and an accomplice arrested in Mumbai last year.

Gonsalves’ wife, lawyer Susan Abraham says the police are making false allegations about Vernon. “All these incidents are unconnected; cops want to frame my husband,” she says. She added that Vernon has not been to Chandrapur since 1993.

Abraham adds her husband could not have given any information to the police since he has been unwell. The police now say more arrests may follow in the next few days.

“Our fear is that the Naxalites are trying to woo students from poor and Dalit
backgrounds, to join their cause,” Anti-Naxal Operation chief Pankaj Gupta told DNA.

Leena says all she knows of her son’s activities is that he was involved in some ‘prachar’ (propagation) about Bhagat Singh. She says he works as a part-time screen painter and an agent for private cellphone operators.

According to Chandrapur SP Chhering Dorje, Raman “doubled up as a courier for the Naxals, to deliver letters, money and sometimes arms”.

A senior officer of the Anti Terrorist Squad clarified on Saturday that they had not recovered any rocket launchers from Raman, but a China-made stengun with 137 rounds. “It doesn’t matter what Raman or anyone else says, we were working on leads from when we first took Vernon into custody last year,” the officer added.

(With inputs from Neeta Kolhatkar)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Christian Atrocities in Kandhamal, Orissa

Christian Atrocities in Kandhamal

VHP Press Release



Evil intention of foreign funded Organisations and Church

establishments to get more funds is the main cause of disturbance in

Kandhamal (Orissa)



A four-member delegation representing the Kandhmal (Orissa) tribals

and other Hindus affected by the recent murderous Christian attacks

met Her Excellency the President of India today and submitted a

Memorandum that demanded that -



1. Government of India should check foreign funding to the NGOs and

Church establishments and frame laws to scrutinize the activities of

these organizations;



2. To protect all the rights and facilities provided to the SCs

(Scheduled Castes) and STs (Scheduled Tribes) and to prevent others

(non-SCs & non-STs including convertees) from taking away those

facilities by fraud;



3. Duly check and audit their such income and expenditure profiles and

seize and confiscate their accounts wherever those may be in existence;



4. 'Propagation of Religion' does not mean the 'right to convert'.

Therefore, all conversion activities, that undermine the holistic

indigenous culture and religious traditions and work against the unity

of the people by breeding disaffection amongst them and threaten the

integrity of the country, must be banned;



5. To arrest, prosecute and punish those offenders and their

accomplices who murdered an innocent person and made an attempt on the

life of HH Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and torched the houses of

Hindus.



6. Let a Central Law be made to prohibit conversions by force,

allurement and fraudulent means presently going on in Bharat.



7. Restrain those that converted to Christianity from being declared

as ST.



Addressing a Press Conference, they said: "...The incidents that

happened in Kandhamal district of Orissa were unfortunate. We are very

much worried about the life and property of the minority Hindu

community of Daringbadi block of Kandhamal district who were very much

affected by the recent violence.



The most dangerous facts which comes out of the analysis of the

incidents happened during this period indicates the aggressive

attitude and evil design of the converted Pano Christans motivated by

Church and other Christian Organisation like YMCA, World Vision,

Phulbani, Jan Kalyan Sabha etc. You can better understand from the

following instances:



1. Brahmanigaon :



Conflict started at Brahmanigaon on 20th December 2007 as the Church

people with the local Christians constructed a huge gate covering the

main road and a portion of the Durga Puja Mandap. When prevented by

the local public on 23rd Christians started beating and even dishonor

the peace meeting of the administration.



2. Attack on Swami Laxmananda Saraswatiji Maharaj:



Fatal attack on Swami Laxmananda Saraswatiji, his driver, security and

his associates obstructing his vehicle on way to Bramhanigaon at

Darsingbadi by a group of armed Christians on 24th December 2007



Barakhama killing of Khageswar Mallick



Christian women petted stones at the Hindus returning from a

procession when an old tribal Khageswar Mallick fell down, he was

brutally stoned to death on 24th evening.



When Bhikari Sethi a Vendor of Birikot village of Gajapati district

was alone near Bramhanigon some Christians burnt him with kerosene. He

is saved by the Police and other Hindu villagers and now undergoing

treatment at M KC G Medical College hospital.



On 27th nearly 3000 Christians of nearby villages of Ganjam, Gajapati

with the local Christians attacked the Bramhanigaon villagers with

arms and ammunitions and also with the help of naxales. When the

villagers fled away and surrendered at the police station, the

Christians torched the whole village and attacked the police station.

Exchange of fire continued for more than four hours. One police and

the Gajapati S.P. who were there at that time were injured. One

Christian was killed by the police firing.



A young Christian who was seriously injured in the fighting later

found hiding in the Christian Sahi confessed the plan and program of

the attackers before the S.P. which has been recorded.



The most important factor which has made the Kondh tribal most

disturbed is the illegal demand of S.T. status to some converted Pano

Christians who are deprived of S.C facilities due to their conversion

by a planned conspiracy. Radhakant Nayak an Retd I A S now M.P Rajya

Sabha, who is a converted Christian got SC facility stating himself as

Hindu is charged as the main conspirator by the Kandha community.



A large number of Christians who are converted are getting SC

facilities by false Caste certificates and some of them even got S.T.

certificates and serving in various Government departments like

Radhakant Nayank, John Nayak IPS retd, Isac Behera IAS retd and

several others. A list of 130 such names has been submitted by Kandh

organization to the State Government.



Christians have forcibly and illegally constructed houses, Churches

and other Christian establishments on lands of tribals which they

could not get back after Court order causing resentment amongst the

tribal like Barakhama and Sukhananda and many other places (published

in Samaj Oriya Daily dated 4-1-08)



Houses, shops and vehicles of Hindus are looted and burnt in many

villages where Hindus are in minority.



During the whole incidents not a single Christian was attacked. Nearly

25 Hindus were injured by Christians at different places. Large

quantity of Arms were seized from the Houses of Christians at

Bramhanigaon.



Christians have beaten and threatened to kill in many villages where

Hindus are in minority like Gadapur, Katingia, Tiarigaon etc which

compelled the villagers to flee to the jungle or to a safer place. 95

families comprising 430 persons in Katingia and Tiarigaon of

Bramahnigaon P.S are fled away to Merikot of Ganjam and several others

are in the jungles.



Knowing that Government will provide them with Indira Awas Christians

themselves burnt the houses. Similarly church institutions torched

their so-called Jhopadi churches to get foreign aid and leveled blame

on nearby Hindu community. Several such instances were reported false

by courts in the previous years. Now it has been also supported by the

Statement of D.G. Police (Published in the Indian Express on 5-1-2008)



All India Christian Forum leader John Dayal has admitted that

Christians have attacked Bramahanigaon village and involved in the

violence.



From the above facts one can easily understand the poor innocent

Christians of such remote areas could not have done such things in a

planned way without the support of any big foreign funding

organization. There is hidden hand of world vision, YMCA, NISWASS etc

and Church organization behind such incidents.



The evil intention of these foreign funded organization and

Institutions are to create social disharmony and conflict by which

they will get more foreign fund and tarnish the image of the Nation.



Therefore we demand



1) Govt of India should check foreign funding to the NGOs and Church

establishments and frame laws to scrutinize the activities of these

organizations.



2) To protect all the rights and facilities provided to the SCs & STs

and to prevent others (non SC & ST) from taking away those facilities

by fraud..."



- Released by Gauri Prasad Rath, General Secretary VHP-Orissa & Dr

Laxmi Kant Dash, General Secretary, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram-Orissa from

Delhi Camp