Friday, March 14, 2008

Maoist poser on students’ career

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Raipur, March 13: Fear of rebels has prevented students in Chhattisgarh from sitting in board examinations, especially in the red dens.

While a handful of students appeared for their Class X board examinations from Todenaar — one of the worst Maoist-affected villages in Bijapur, none appeared in the Class XII board exam this year.

Forty-two students were supposed to appear in the Class XII boards from here.

District education officer D.C. Patel admitted that not a single student from Class XII appeared in the board examinations from the Todenaar centre.

According to him, number of students appearing in the board examinations in the newly carved Bijapur — the epicentre of Maoist movement — had plummeted sharply this year.

“The rebels are forcing students to give up higher education, so that they have no option but to join them,” said a senior police official. He said that ironically the red “revolution” was putting the future of hundreds in Bastar in the dark.

The officer also claimed that number of young men and women had joined the rebel forces, thus bringing down the number of students even further.

Meanwhile, teaching fraternity in Bijapur stressed that red violence had affected many young careers. In the past two years, rebels have blown up more than 70 schools in Bijapur and Dantewada, that led to academic activities being abandoned mid session.

“All students appearing for their Class X boards in Todenaar failed last year, as Maoists unleashed a reign of terror on the eve of the tests which ended up disturbing each of them (students),” said a school teacher.

‘We may forget our name, but not of Nandigram’

Sify correspondent
Friday, 14 March , 2008, 12:38

Nandigram: "We can forget our own name, but not of Nandigram,” yelled Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday as she shared the dais with social activist Medha Patkar in Nandigram's Adhikaripara on the first anniversary of the police firing there in which 14 people were killed.
On March 14, 2007 police bullets felled 14 people who were protesting entry of cops to retake control of the area they had cut off from rest of West Bengal by digging roads to prevent a proposed land acquisition for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

A year after the incident, the gun-battles between the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Opposition-led Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) are not a regular phenomenon. However, clashes take place now and then even after the CPI-M's ‘recapture’ of Nandigram in November last.

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"I cannot return the dead sons to their mothers. I cannot return the honour of the raped. But I vow with the soil of Nandigram to bring down the Communists who perpetrated the atrocities, killed democracy and innocent villagers," said Mamata.



She took the soil of Nandigram and headed back Kolkata where daylong programmes were organised. A procession is being organised in Kolkata with the soil.

As Mamata and Medha spoke impassionedly, tears rolled down the faces of women assembled there.

Women were the worst victims of violence in Nandigram throughout 2007. Many were raped and brutalised by alleged CPI-M cadres both during the chaos of the police firing on March 14 and later in November last year when the partymen "recaptured" the area.

"We are observing this day as martyrs' day and farmers' day. I am taking the soil of Nandigram today to Kolkata and seek justice across the state," Mamata said. "Why not the culprits still arrested? We want the triumph of good and defeat of the evil," Mamata said.

The Trinamool leader also shared the dais with Provash Ghosh, the leader of Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), a communist party outside the ruling Left Front but with pockets of mass bases in rural West Bengal.

Meanwhile, quoting a senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, a report in a Kolkata daily said that there were no evidences to suggest that Maoists were present in Nandigram to arm the people.

Also read: Buddha blame it all on the Maoists

While the ruling Communists justified the actions in Nandigram citing presence of Maoists, the CRPF, which was deployed in the area in November last, said: "It is a fabricated story that they came to distribute arms here."

At least 14 people were killed in Nandigram on March 14 last year as police opened fire to quell mobs and retake the area they lost control of in January after unrest over acquisition of farmland for industry.

“It is a black day in the 30-year rule of the Left in West Bengal. It is unfortunate and harrowing,” West Bengal PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami, who represents the Left Front constituent Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), said on March 14 last year.

On July 31 2006, the state government signed an agreement with Indonesia's Salim Group to implement developmental projects, including a chemical hub, to be spread over 10,000 acres in a 50:50 joint venture in Nandigram.

With the people of Nandigram rising in revolt, the government later decided to shift the project to Nayachar islands in the same East Midnapore district.

Maoists in Chhattisgrah jail call off hunger strike

Raipur, March 14 (IANS) A group of 35 Maoists who had been on a hunger strike in a Chhattisgarh jail since March 9 in protest against the shifting of some of their colleagues to another prison called off their protest Friday. Cadres of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), lodged at the central jail in Ambikapur, the headquarters of state’s Surguja district, went on hunger strike after authorities shifted 17 of their colleagues to the Bilaspur central jail last week.

Senior administrative and police officials Friday persuaded the protesting Maoists to end the hunger strike by promising to put up to the state government the issue of shifting their colleagues.

The hunger strike had created panic among jail authorities as five of the 35 protesting inmates had to be hospitalised.

About 60 Maoists are lodged in the central jail in Ambikapur.

Jail officials said they were forced to move the 17 rebels to Bilaspur since they were insisting on using mobile phones and demanding facilities that could not be provided.

Maoists in Chhattisgrah jail call off hunger strike
March 14th, 2008 - 1:47 pm ICT by admin - Email This Post

Raipur, March 14 (IANS) A group of 35 Maoists who had been on a hunger strike in a Chhattisgarh jail since March 9 in protest against the shifting of some of their colleagues to another prison called off their protest Friday. Cadres of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), lodged at the central jail in Ambikapur, the headquarters of state’s Surguja district, went on hunger strike after authorities shifted 17 of their colleagues to the Bilaspur central jail last week.

Senior administrative and police officials Friday persuaded the protesting Maoists to end the hunger strike by promising to put up to the state government the issue of shifting their colleagues.

The hunger strike had created panic among jail authorities as five of the 35 protesting inmates had to be hospitalised.

About 60 Maoists are lodged in the central jail in Ambikapur.

Jail officials said they were forced to move the 17 rebels to Bilaspur since they were insisting on using mobile phones and demanding facilities that could not be provided.

Buddha blames it all on the Maoists

Friday, 14 March , 2008, 12:20
Last Updated: Friday, 14 March , 2008, 14:07

Kolkata: Blaming Maoists for the violence in Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said their presence in the state was a real problem.



Replying to a debate on the vote of thanks to the government's address in the assembly, the chief minister said the violence in Nandigram would not have occurred without the Maoists present there.

Calling upon the opposition parties to remain alert about Maoists active in six states, he said their presence in adjoining Jharkhand posed a real problem for West Bengal.

The Maoist-concentrated areas of West Bengal - Arsa, Bandwan, Belpahari and Bagmundi were adjacent to Jharkhand, he said.

The modus operandi of Maoists in West Bengal was to trigger explosions in the state and then flee to Jharkhand.

Maoists were running training camps in almost all police station areas of Jharkhand, but the government of that state had no power in containing the activities of Maoists, the chief minister said.

Bhattacharjee said that he along with chief ministers of five other states having Maoist concentration had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence to discuss ways to root out the menace.

Admitting that there was poverty and unemployment in the Maoist concentrated areas of West Bengal, Bhattacharjee said his government was doing its best to address the problem and had already taken several steps to improve irrigation and ensure remunerative price for forest products.

More security for armouries in Naxal belt

14 Mar, 2008, 0226 hrs IST,Bharti Jain, TNN

NEW DELHI: With naxalites carrying out their biggest weapons loot in Nayagarh, Orissa, last month — the quantity of arms and ammunition they emptied from the district armoury almost matched their cumulative loot over the last four years — the special taskforce on Left-wing extremism will now focus on strengthening security systems at all district armouries in Naxal-affected states, including those in areas with no or little extremist activity.

At its meeting next week, the special taskforce on Left-wing extremism — a mechanism to review operational strategies, headed by special secretary (internal security) in the MHA M L Kumawat and comprising senior officials of the affected states — will review the security arrangements at all district armouries and exhort the states to fill up the gaps, if any, to ensure that the police weapons do not slip into the hands of Naxalites.

According to a senior official, the Centre is likely to ask the states to update the security at all district armouries in accordance with standard operating procedures laid down both by the MHA and the police manuals followed in the Naxal-hit states.

The most important aspect is the proper staffing of the armouries — the number is to be decided according to the location, threat perception and quantity and type of weapons stored there — and fixing responsibility of each and every personnel deployed. The states will be told to strictly follow the shift system with the security guards to ensure maximum alertness.

Also, the states will be advised to beef up the perimeter security of all its armouries. This would include clearing the immediate surroundings of trees or any thick foliage, which can be misused by the Naxalites to gain access to the arms. Also, lighting up the area around the armoury and erecting watchtowers would help the forces to sense any unusual activity in their proximity and alert them of approaching Naxalites.

Besides beefing up physical security at the armouries, the Centre is also certain to press for better intelligence-gathering at the ground level. “The SOPs are laid down both by us as well as by the various police manuals...we will only stress on the states to follow them religiously,” a senior MHA official told the ET.

Though the Centre regularly sensitises the states regarding the vulnerability of their district armouries, given that the Naxalites’ main source of firepower are arms looted from the police — the latest reminders were sent to the states as recently September 2007 and just 10 days ahead of the Nayagarh attack. However, the states have been found wanting in following the SOPs or strengthening the perimeter security of the armouries.

Though steps have been taken to beef up security at police stations and armouries located in Naxalite-infested districts, the non-affected districts have not been paid much attention. It is this tendency not to focus too much on normal districts that encouraged the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) to attack Nayagarh, an area with little Naxal activity, and catch the police unawares.

Fortunately, though the Naxalites had walked away with nearly 1,013 weapons from Nayagarh, senior MHA officials claim that more than 70% of the looted arms have been accounted for in the subsequent police raids.

Police upper hand in red corridor

RAJ KUMAR
Ranchi, March 13: At the receiving end of recent encounters, the police believe Naxalites are on the back- foot. And today’s Palamau bandh — their third in the last 30 days — was a giveaway that for the first time ever, Maoists were perhaps running out of ideas.

The spokesperson of the state police, deputy inspector-general Raj Kumar Mallick, claims the police now have the upper hand in the confrontation with the rebels.

“Recently, the police gunned down seven Maoists in Ghatshila. This apart, a few police jawans repulsed a Maoist attack at an outpost in Gumla district,” the deputy inspector-general added.

The superintendent of police in Palamau, Deepak Verma, senses that too.

“They (extremists) are calling bandhs. In last 30 days, they have called three bandhs to protest against arrests of their friends including a self-styled zonal commander Vinod Sharma,” said a colleague of the Palamau district police chief.

Since December 2007, 13 Naxalites have been killed in 29 encounters leading to a substantial recovery of arms and ammunition. As many as 105 Maoists have been arrested.

Consider some of the recent successes of security forces:

On February 8, the police repulsed a Maoist attack in Giridih. Two security personnel were killed in the attack and four policemen were injured.

On February 23, two Naxalites were killed in an encounter in the jungles of Bhengura village in Garhwa district.

On February 28 through- out the night, the police battled extremists in the Netarhat forests. Two Mao- ists were killed forcing the others to flee.

On March 10, the police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a Naxalite hideout in Latehar district. The seizures include 17 rifles of .315 variety, one revolver, two flash guns, seven detonators, 22kg explosives and Naxalite literature.

On March 12, the police arrested area commander Raju Ghansi and recovered two bombs, each weighing 30kg, from Nawadih village in Palamau district.

Senior police are keeping their fingers crossed. But all agree that the deployment of young IPS officers in the Naxalite-hit districts of Garhwa, Giridih, Gumla and Palamau made the difference.

“They are at least challen- ging the rebels,” said a police officer

Naxal operations become sophisticated

Sudhi Ranjan Sen
Thursday, March 13, 2008 (New Delhi)

A laptop and handbook recovered after the recent attack by Naxals in Orissa shows just how sophisticated and organised their operations have become.

It also points to the fact that they have become more challenging for the security forces.

After 13 policemen were killed and a thousand weapons were captured in Bhubaneshwar last month, the investigators believe that they have nabbed the brains behind the audacious Maoist attack.

They have seized a handbook that reveals the workings of the Maoist intelligence wing, which they call the Public Security Service.

The handbook shows how Naxals have countered intelligence networks. It describes how to identify and evade intelligence officials and the operations of India's external intelligence agency the Research and Analysis Wing in Nepal and Bhutan, where they have strong links with Maoists.

It even gives details of a secret code, for instance, buttons stand for bullets and raincoats for tents.

A part of the above mentioned information is also available on a laptop seized from a Maoist. In fact, data on the laptop is enscripted in such a sophisticated manner that it has surprised investigators.

''They are studying what they consider the target or enemy systems in all its detail. They are identifying the strengths and weakness and are seeking to undermine or attack systematically find the weak points to focus their violence against,'' said Dr Ajai Sahni, Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management (ICM).

Central security agencies rule out a mole within. They say that most of information used is available openly.

This shows how sophisticated and organised the Maoists have become. The handbook seized also said that their battle is no longer with the police or paramilitary but the Indian army and they are already preparing for in it.

Woman naxal chief arrested, divulged plans of attack: Cops

Express news service
Posted online: Friday , March 14, 2008 at 10:08:17
Updated: Thursday , March 13, 2008 at 10:29:47

Varanasi, March 13 Babita, a woman Naxal chief with a price of Rs 20,000 on her head, was arrested on Thursday by the Sonebhadra police. With the arrest, the police claimed to have exposed some Naxal plans, which includes blowing up of the Sasaram Jail in Bihar.

Babita, the state head of CPI (Maoists) Women Guerrilla Squad, was arrested from Mau village near the Vijaygarh Fort. A .9 mm pistol of American make and six cartridges were recovered from her possession.

“Babita, who joined the extremist movement five years ago, was wanted for murder, dacoity and robbery. The cash reward on her head was announced from Lucknow in 2006,”
said Ram Kumar, Superintendent of Police (Sonebhadra).

On interrogation, she admitted involvement in at least 11 criminal acts, including the 2003 killing of the King of Vijaygarh, two police informers Udai Baitha and Bhola in Kone area of Sonebhadra, and two security guards of a stone quarry in Sukrut area of Sonebhadra in 2006, Kumar said. Further, she also disclosed some future plans of Maoists, including blowing up the Chakaria police outpost in Sonebhadra and blowing up and subsequently raiding Bihar’s Sasaram jail to free Naxals.

The SP also claimed that Babita also revealed plans of eliminating officials engaged in the anti-naxal operations in Sonebhadra. “Babita, a native of Lauva village of Sonebhadra, joined Naxals five years ago and has widely toured the Naxal-hit districts of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh,” Kumar said. He added that as per her information, at least seven women -- one Nirmala from UP and the rest from Bihar -- were currently working under her leadership in the guerrilla squad.

15 Naxals surrender in Khammam, Kurnool

Friday March 14 2008 10:43 IST
EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

KHAMMAM: Fifteen Naxalites of different groups, ten in Khammam district and five in Kurnool, surrendered to the police on Thursday.

The ten surrendered before Khammam superintendent of police DS Chowan included Vagaboina Saraiah alias Sagar (31), district committee secretary of CPI-ML Praja Prathighatana group.

He went underground in 2004, participated in bus robbery in Aswapuram police station limits and was involved the murders of Bogga Ramulu, Ch Bakka Raju and Mankidi Vasantha Rao.

He took part in an exchange of fire with the police at Regulagudem and six extortion cases are pending against him.

The others are sagar’s wife K Suguna alias Lalitha (25), a member of the Maoist Manuguru local guerilla squad; K Tirupatamma alias Jilani Begum (17), a member of CPI-Maoist Jegurukonda dalam of Chhattishgarh; Banda Bhadraiah alias Kiran (35), zonal committee secretary of CPI-ML Godavariloya Praja Prathigatana of Yellandu, Bayyaram and Tekulapally areas; Gundamalla Venkateswara Rao alias Venkat (30), a state committee member and district secretary for East and West Godavari districts of Praja Pratighatana, Godavariloya; Kunja Eswar (26), a dalam member of PPG; Uke Buchaiah alias Butchi Babu (35), a member of PPG Sagar dalam; Vanka Srinu alias Chandu (25) deputy commander of CPI ML Janasakti Arun dalam; Chinta Raju (20) of Janasakti Arun dalam; P Sailaja alias Kavithakka (19) of Janasakti Asok dalam.

The surrendered extremists would be rehabilitated as per rules, the SP said and appealed to the other underground Naxalites to join the mainstream.

KURNOOL: Five CPI-ML (Janashakti) Naxalites including its state committee member surrendered before the police at Nandyal on Thursday.

Kurnool superintendent of police SB Bagchi and OSD (Nandyal) KV Mohan Rao, who presented the Naxalites before mediapersons, said the Naxalites, who belonged to Kurnool district, cited health problems for giving up arms.

They include state committee member Nallabothula Boya Srinivasulu alias Ramu, Chakali Ramudu alias Gopal (deputy commander of Ahobilam dalam) and Kranti Kumar alias Ravi Boyapula Nagaraju and Chinnaiah alias Dhanaiah.

The surrenders were part of ‘Operation Velugu Bata’ launched by the police, Mohan Rao said.

The Naxalites used to extort money from contractors in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions. They would be rehabilitated as per norms, they said.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Maoists kill another DYFI leader

13 Mar 2008, 0253 hrs IST,TNN


MIDNAPORE: Suspected Maoists on Wednesday shot dead DYFI leader and CPM member Gandhi Mahato at Angarkuria in West Midnapore’s Jamboni.

Before firing the bullets, the assailants told Mahato that he was being “executed” for being a police informer. He is the fifth CPM member to be murdered since CPI (Maoists) state secretary Somen was arrested last month.

According to police, the 32-year-old victim was taking rest at home when four gunmen barged in through the rear door and surrounded Mahato. The leader of the armed band told Mahato that he was going to be killed. “You are a police informer. All the local residents are scared of you so they don’t dare speak up. We have decided in public court that you have no right to live.”

The four men riddled Mahato’s head with bullets, stormed out of the house, firing in the air to scare off villagers and cycled off into a nearby forest.

Mahato was accused in at least seven cases, from snatching to train dacoity, over the last four years. But police had allegedly let him off after he quit Jharkhand Party (Naren) and joined CPM last year. He had come to CPM fold, hoping for better security, but in vain.

Jailed Maoists in Chhattisgarh on hunger strike

Indo-Asian News Service
Raipur, March 13, 2008
First Published: 14:03 IST(13/3/2008)
Last Updated: 14:12 IST(13/3/2008)


A group of Maoists in a Chhattisgarh jail have started an indefinite hunger strike to oppose a decision by the authorities to shift some of them to another jail.

Five of the 35 inmates who started the protest were taken to a hospital on Thursday after their conditions worsened, the police said.

About 60 Maoists are lodged in the central jail in Ambikapur town, district headquarters of Surguja district. The hunger strike started Sunday after the jail authorities decided early last week to shift 17 of their colleagues, including three women, to Bilaspur central jail.

"Five rebels were rushed to district government hospital Ambikapur because of their fast deteriorating health condition. They are refusing to take either water or food," said an official source at Ambikapur jail.

"Some of them were shifted to Bilaspur from Ambikapur for security reasons," Girdhari Nayak, inspector general, Maoist operation, told IANS by phone.

He said, "The rebels at Ambikapur jail wanted certain facilities such as the use of mobile phones which the authorities could not permit."

In December last, a group of jailed Maoist commanders engineered a daring jailbreak in the state's southern Dantewada town in which 299 inmates including over 100 rebels escaped. Police re-arrested several inmates facing minor charges but the rebels are still at large.

16 Maoists surrender, deposit huge cache of arms

Muzaffarpur (Bihar) (PTI): Sixteen Maoists on Thursdaysurrendered and handed over a huge cache of arms to the police here.

Of those who surrendered, five were wanted in several criminal cases, Muzaffarpur District SP Ratna Sanjay said.

The naxalites handed over 50 kg explosives, six detonators, two landmines, seven pistols, four rifles, two guns and several rounds of ammunition, Sanjay said.

"We will be giving the rehabilitation package to each of them in accordance with the policy framed by the state government," District Magistrate Vinay Kumar said.

Combing on, but no trace of rebels

- Industrialists fear Maoist foray in Chowka
KUMUD JENAMANI

Jamshedpur, March 12: The state stepped up anti-insurgency operations around Chandil, Chowka and Tamar in Seraikela-Kharsawan district and rural Ranchi today after Maoists on Tuesday looted rifles of JAP jawans by throwing chilly powder on their eyes.

About five companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) are combing the forest around Chowka, Chandil, Tamar and Kuchai. DIG, Kolhan range, M.K. Mishra and SP, Seraikela-Kharsawan, are camping at Chowka and are supervising the operation.

Concerned over the foray of Naxalites into industrial zones in Chowka, DGP, Jharkhand, Vishnu Dayal Ram said he would see that Naxalite activities were kept at bay in Chandil and Chowka — the flourishing industrial zone.

The senior officer hinted at intensifying patrolling and deploying of additional police force in strategic locations close to the zone.

Meanwhile, sources in the intelligence said the rebels who had snatched the Insas and self-loading rifles yesterday, sneaked into the forest of Tamar from Dinai hills near Ormali. Intelligence sources said the rebels later took position on Dinai hills, forcing the police and paramilitary forces to abandon firing at them, and soon sneaked out further towards Tamar. When the police climbed the hills early this morning, they failed to trace the rebels.

Meanwhile, the snatching of rifles in the industrial belt has sent shockwaves among both entrepreneurs and employees in the zone.

“The industrialists will think twice before setting up new units or expanding their units in Chandil or Chowka. When rebels could strike at Chowka, then why not in Gamharia and Adityapur?” said S.N. Thakur, president of Adityapur Small Industries Association.

Infiltration declining, claims Centre

From Our Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 12 – While claiming that infiltration from across the border has been on the decline, Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil today conceded that there lurked the danger of the illegal immigrants indulging in subversive and terrorist activities. Patil, who was replying to supplementaries during Question Hour discussions, downplayed reports of intrusions from across the borders in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“While illegal immigration into the country has various socio-economic implications, the dangers from foreign infiltration relates mainly to their likely indulgence in subversive and terrorist activities,” he said.

The Ministry however, ruled out the possibility of Bangladeshi migrants indulging in naxalite activities.

Since 1947, Patil said about 80,000 intruders had crossed Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders. Most of them were arrested and deported, he claimed.

The Minister claimed that 15720 infiltrators were caught by security forces on Indo—Bangladesh border during the last three years. The highest number of infiltrators were caught in 2005 when 6586 of them were caught.

The Union Home Minister, however, asserted that infiltration from Bangladesh and Pakistan has been on the decline.

Available information about foreign intruders indicates a decline in cross-border infiltration on the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders. There was no significant incidence of cross-border intrusion of foreigners on the other borders, he asserted.

On the Indo-Bangladesh border, 4206 persons were apprehended, down from 5130 in 2006. In 2005, 6384 persons were arrested on that border, he said.

Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border intrusions by foreign nationals. This includes border fencing, increasing number of border security personnel, raising number of border outposts and reducing distance between two outposts.

Meanwhile, in a separate reply to a question on the impact of the scrapping of the controversial IM (DT) Act, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Radhika Selvi said that Government is aware of illegal immigration from Bangladesh into various parts of the country. However, as this activity takes places clandestinely, no specific details are available about the magnitude of this illegal infiltration.

At least 32 foreigners tribunals under the provision of Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 have been constituted in Assam for detection of illegal migrants.

Cops ready to take on Naxals in Khammam

Thursday March 13 2008 12:58 IST
Express News Service

KHAMMAM: Are the police readying themselves up for a major offensive against the Maoists in Khammam district?

Amid reports of Maoist infiltration from neighbouring Chattisgarh along with the migrating Gutti Koya tribals, the Khammam police recently conducted an extensive aerial survey of the interiors of Bhadrachalam Agency for two days. Reported moves to deploy 500 each of CRPF greyhound men and a recent visit of four Greyhound top cops are being seen as a strong indications of a possible showdown between the law-enforcing agencies and the Maoists in the coming days.

Fitted with high resolution cameras, the low-flying chopper surveyed the forest area for two days. The timing is significant as the tree canopies in the forest are denuded due to leaf fall, making it easy to pin-pointedly locate the Naxal lairs and water holes that usually frequent.

According to a senior police officer, Khammam is uniquely placed among the Naxal-infested districts in view of the densely forested border that it shares with Chattisgarh, another Naxal stronghold. The thick forest cover of the Dandakaranya along Khammam-Dantewada-Bijapur border makes it virtually impossible to track the Naxal movements in normal times. Thus, leaf fall season is seen as the best time to reconnoiter.

When contacted, SP Chowhan said the cops were chalking out a strategy to tackle the Naxals in the district and that the aerial surveillance was part of the strategy. Senior officers from Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Orissa recently met at Raipur in Chattisgarh to jointly take on the Naxals.

Khammam is listed among the 33 most Naxal-affected districts in the country and as per police records, there are 50 Maoists operating in Bhadrachalam Agency in seven Dalams. While 30 of them are locals, the remaining belong to neighbouring Warangal and Chattisgarh.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Assaulting an Indian dream

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-2856973,flstry-1.cms
THE RIGHT VIEW


12 Mar 2008, 0947 hrs IST,Tarun Vijay

More than a hundred thousand civilians have been murdered in cold blood since 1986 in ideological hate attacks in India. Most of them invariably were Hindus. Though Hindus are there in every party and state machinery, there has been hardly a voice of reason, angst and pain raised effectively against assaults on Hindus during all these years, as if Hindus still feel they are living under an oppressive un-Hindu regime and hence it's better to suffer in silence and be thankful to the oppressors for small mercies.

It's amazing. The sheer nature of compromise and an attitude of self-denial , the auto suggestion to keep mum if slapped, otherwise you will lose votes and power, has de-nationalised governors and polity to such an extent that a lady minister thinks it beneficial to visit the office of the assaulters on Hindus, sympathising with the attackers but chooses to remain silent over the gruesome murders of five Indian citizens in an Indian town Kannur, just because the governance depends on the support of the assaulters and victims do not figure in their voters list. Is this the government for only those who form the ruling coalition or for all Indians?

So much humiliation and insults have gone deep into our blood that even to say, oh we were attacked not for any other reason but just because we wore saffron, we were Hindus, makes many of us feel embarrassed and declare oh, what's the use of remembering what happened to our ancestors, it will further create bad blood and hatred. But this is 'true' only when Hindus are victims. In every single other incident, its 'prudent', 'wise' and 'essentially readable a thousand times'. Movies on Hindu 'lumpens and aggressors' are facilitated to bag state awards and included in international film festivals. I have seen a couple of such aggressively secular 'missionary' documentaries. It is difficult to appreciate the tone and tenor of utterly hateful commentaries, which rely more on fabricated unsustainable allegations and communally surcharged picturisation.

A precipitated hate against Hindus in an influential part of polity and media showed its first face, post- partition, immediately after the Tricolour was unfurled at the Red Fort. The Mirpur, Mujaffarbad, Pindi massacres of Hindus put even the Nazis to shame. It's difficult to re-count those incidents of blood and gore and unimaginable brutalities on Hindu women and children. It was so horrifying that Hindus dread even to remember that. But it figures nowhere in media, though they recount world war, Pol Pot ,Vietnam but not massacres of Hindus in the erstwhile East Pakistan and Kashmir. In North East, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM), which is fighting to crate a greater Nagaland for Christ, United Liberation Front of Assam and many such fronts in Tripura and Manipur, Maoists extremists active from Orissa to the states of UP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and Islamist Jihadis under various banners have been targetting Hindus under different pretexts like in Assam they call them as Hindi- speaking people and in Kashmir its just KPs(Kashmiri Pandits).

And now, we have Kannur.

What has changed in this sixty-one-year of progress, secular rule and increasingly impressive listings in Forbes list?

Hindus being targeted just for their colour of faith and assertive Hindutwa is a matter of embarrassment.

Two recent incidents have made me feel like re-visiting Godhra, where Hindus were victims and Hindus were blamed for having organised their death in a burning inferno! Everyone condemned Gujarat riots where Hindus and Muslims both were victims, but never even for once we have seen a secularist answering a question-why were Hindus burnt alive in Sabarmati express?

Why not a single secular human rightist has taken up the case of Godhra victims?

Why Gujarat riots means only 'Muslims killed' and hundreds of Hindus killed are simply forgotten as if they were unmentionable dirt? Every single Indian facing injustice, no matter what the colour of his faith is, must get support from all patriots. Why colour of death decides the hues of support?

In the killing fields of Kannur, five RSS-BJP workers were hacked to death in a matter of four days ( http://tarun-vijay.blogspot.com/ ). Those killed were low income group wage earners like auto rickshaw and truck drivers. Since CPM has come to power in Kerala in 2006, 20 RSS workers have been murdered for their saffron leanings. No animosity of any other count but just belonging to a different and growing ideology was their crime. In 2003, a teacher K.T. Jayakrishnana was hacked to death before the tiny tot children he was teaching. On 17th September 1996, two ABVP activists, Anu and Kim, were cornered in a college in Parumala and threatened to be killed for joining a saffron student's organisation. Fearing death too close, the students ran and tried to swim across the Pampa river, but the SFI goons stoned them so severely that they were forced drowned. Even the women washing near the river tried to throw their sarees to the drowning students, but were stopped by Communist student leaders. Both the dead youngsters were the only offspring of their families. The killings of RSS workers in Kannur have a background to it. It was here that the Communist Party was formed in Kerala in 1940 and the place is considered a stronghold of the Left in the state. Since early sixties, the RSS began its work here and soon workers from lower income group, especially the backward, dalit segment were attracted towards it. This angered the CPM cadre and leadership and to harass and instil a fear in the CPM workers who were joining RSS, the first murder of a saffron worker took place in 1967. His name was Ramakrishnan. I have received a letter describing why violence is not stopping in Kannur against Hindu workers from Sadananda master, a teacher in Kannur whose both legs were chopped off in 1994 because he was organising RSS work there. He is still a teacher, and continues to do RSS work.

From Nandigram to Kannur, Communist terrorism has taken different shapes and shades. Their ideological cohort Maoists have emerged the largest single murderer-outfits responsible for killings and looting ( http://www.mha.nic.in/Annual-Reports/ar0607_Eng.pdf ). Yet they have captured the space for peace initiatives and candle light marches!! They don't know, a worker killed may have a red or a saffron colour, but the colour of the tears of their mothers remain the same. Ideological apartheid and a policy to annihilate the differing people is a legacy of the Communist and Islamic intolerant groups. This creates a chain reaction. Unfortunately media too takes a narrow sectarian view and sides with groups that thrive on a secular bias against anything saffron.

The entire Europe and India's anti-fascists churn out tones of literature against Nazi barbarities and make it sure that the new generation is taught about how bad Hitler was. This is considered an essential exercise in secularising the society and building brain walls against recurrence of such dark periods. But if in the same spirit of building resistance to the barbarities of Dark Age represented by Aurangzeb, an exhibition is sought to be displayed, it is uprooted and closed by the secular state power.
This happened in Chennai where police ordered forcible closure of an innocuously presented exhibition on Aurangzeb, according to Mogul documents and second was a deafening silence on the brutal killings of five Hindu activists in Kerala.

The exhibition was organised by a French journalist Francois Gautier, who is an ardent devotee of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an apostle of universal brotherhood and peace. The purpose was to depict Aurangzeb as he was seen by Mogul chroniclers and his confidants. The secular politicians are afraid of two things -showing disrespect to Aurangzeb and showing respect to his blood brother Dara Shikoh, a noble hearted Muslim whom he got murdered. Its important to recollect that not only the dreaded terrorists active in Kashmir like to call their actions of brutality in the name of Islam as continuing the 'great legacy of Aurangzeb' but in Pakistan the craze amongst the anti-India leaders is to decorate themselves with the title of Aurangzeb in order to show their devotion and zeal to the cause of their religion.

This situation says a lot about the dispossession of the Hindus and their severe loss of memory resulting in disinterestedness in resisting assaults on their soul. Every party has Hindus as leaders, but they feel to speak for Hindus is a matter of political loss. They shine individually but fail collectively. In spite of being the victims of hate and assaults since centuries, there is not a single museum of holocaust in this land depicting the long journey of Hindus through indescribable travails and their glorious history of resistance. There is not a single institution of excellence in India devoted to the study of Hindu resistance and assaults on their body and mind. Indian leaders, mostly Hindus, have earned hundreds of crores, amassed great amount of wealth, but most of it is spent in downsizing their colleagues, living in extravaganza, launching missiles against their rivals rather than using it, for once to reawaken the memories of their collective glorious past and struggles of their ancestors to inspire and lighten up a grand future. Its an intellectual war to be fought with warriors of wisdom rather than political gatekeepers and durbans. A community which forgets insults and doesn't make amends to put up a courageous resistance can't hope to weave a future of respect. It's not against any other people but on the contrary a Hindu solidarity alone is a guarantee of peaceful co-existence and equality testified by our long history.

There can't be an American dream deleting the memories of Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King and making Americans feel embarrassed about their Latin Christian character that defines the colour of the land. There can't be an Indian dream by targeting Hindus for their legitimate saffron assertions.

The author is the Director, Dr Syamaprasad Mookerjee Research Foundation.

Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh have most women officers

New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have the largest number of women in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) as compared to other states, the Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday. Uttar Pradesh has 53 women IAS officers, while Madhya Pradesh has 50, followed by Maharashtra with 44, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Suresh Pachouri told the house in reply to a question by members Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy and Subhash Maharia.

Pachouri said while Nagaland has only three women IAS officers, Jammu and Kashmir has a mere six.

Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were leading in the number of women IPS officers as well with 13 in each state.

Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and the AGMUT cadre (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) stand at second place with 12 women IAS officers each. Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa face a serious threat from Maoist rebels.

Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim are at the bottom of the list with only two IPS officers each.

The total number of women IAS officers in the country is 591, while the figure for IPS is 165, the minister said.

Pachauri added that an additional 15 women IPS officers of the 2006 batch were awaiting allotment of cadre.

There are 92 women in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), he told the house.

The minister clarified that at present there was no proposal to prioritise recruitment of women to IAS, IPS and IFS.

Take steps to avoid another Nayagarh mayhem

Wednesday March 12 2008 11:05 IST
ENS

BHUBANESWAR: This year’s Budget again seems to have overlooked key security concerns of the State despite increased activities of the Maoists.

The State Government’s approach to the problem remains the same as it was during the last several years. Official sources maintained that the quantum of Naxalite violence in the State was much less compared to the neighbouring States of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

The State Government’s attitude has been reflected in the allocation made for the Home Department. The Maoists attacked Nayagarh and looted the armouries on February 15 while the State Budget was presented the next day.

The Assembly Committee on Home Department, which submitted its report on Tuesday, recommended that all police stations of the State should be fortified as per standard plan. Out of 470 police stations, only 108 have been fortified.

It has recommended that provision should be made in the Budget to fortify the remaining police stations as well as armouries. Another important issue pointed out by the committee is, less number of police stations compared to the national average.

As against national average of 150 police stations per one lakh population, the State has less than 100. In order to bring this nearer to the national average, required posts in different grades should be created with proper training and infrastructure for effective crime control and maintenance of law and order.

The sanctioned strength of police is 53,735 which includes 48,931 officers, sepoys and constables and 4,804 clerical and Class IV employees. But the number of vacancies is 12,196. The committee has directed the Government to fill up all the vacant posts.

The committee recommended that the Government should make a provision of Rs 12 cr in the budget for six Naxalite-affected districts, Sambalpur, Nayagarh, Deogarh, Kandhamal, Jajpur and Dhenkanal which have not been included in security related expenditure (SRE) by the Centre.

Nine districts have been identified by the Centre under the SRE and the expenses of all anti-Naxalite operations in these districts are reimbursed by it.

Rural folks’ red threat moves govt

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Bihar’s leader of the Opposition Rabri Devi stages a demonstration in front of the Assembly on Tuesday. Picture by Deepak Kumar
Patna, March 11: Residents of Jauki, a village 30km from Muzaffarpur and around 100km from here, has learnt that when nothing works, red threat in the form of a letter does.

Jauki with a 1,000-odd population has sent 600 of its able men all over India to earn a livelihood, as there are no jobs available locally.

Irked by the constant migration, villagers recently wrote to President Pratibha Patil asking her and the state to act and provide jobs to rural residents, else they would take up arms or join rebels’ outfit.

The residents of one of the worst flood-hit areas in the district, in their joint letter, conceded that they “could no longer live by agriculture produce, as they were always threatened with floods or droughts”.

Though not under a Naxalite-hit zone, the village is close enough to red bastions in neighbouring Tirhut (Sitamarhi), East and West Champaran.

The letter went on to add that life was difficult in the village, as most of its able men were in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Nasik, Surat, Rajkot or in Mumbai. The letter added that Aurai, the nearest market, 7km from the hamlet, was linked by a mud-road that “disappeared” every monsoon.

“The letter has been taken seriously. The Bihar government has asked the district administration to ensure implementation of welfare schemes in the area,” said a state government official.

A police officer conceded that life in Jauki was “difficult” and that the red threat could not be “easily wished away”.

“The state cannot play down the matter by saying that migration is a pan-Bihar or pan-India phenomenon. In Jauki it has assumed an epidemic proportion,” he added.

Muzaffarpur district magistrate Vinay Kumar, told The Telegraph: “Jauki villagers did write a letter to the President and the matter was referred back to me.” But Kumar is not convinced about the plea-turned-threat.

“The state administration has to cope up with a difficult terrain to reach out to the villages there. Despite that it ensures that all health and education programmes reach every area.”

The district magistrate, however, admitted that he had not visited the village. “I am planning to go there soon. I have spoken to Jauki panchayat members and have asked them to motivate residents to seek jobs under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.”

Terming the letter a ploy to “emotionally blackmail” the government, he stressed that no special schemes, plans or packages would be planned for the village despite the letter. “We will rein in all the blackmail with firm planning,” he said.

He added: “I have learnt that some villagers are not willing to avail labour-based jobs. That’s why there’s a crisis.”

Cops lose rifles in rebel sting

OUR CORRESPONDENT
Jamshedpur, March 11: Maoists today used chilly powder to attack Jharkhand Armed Police jawans at Chowka and steal three rifles from them.

Two of the rifles taken away from the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) jawans were Insas while the third was a self-loading rifle.

The incident occurred this afternoon under Chandil police station jurisdiction in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, triggering a sensation in the area.

The rebels then reportedly fled into the forests in Dinai hills near Urmal, about 5km from Chowka police station. Police and paramilitary forces have circled Dinai hills. When this report was being filed, heavy exchange of fire between the police and rebels was reported.

The superintendent of police (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Laxman Prasad Singh, confirmed that rebels had stolen three sophisticated rifles.

The attack occurred around 3pm, sources said, when the three JAP jawans were sitting on a bench under a tree in front of a dhaba at Chowka More.

The trio were on patrolling duty. They were watching vehicles travelling from Chandil to Chowka. The stretch had lately become a hotbed of Naxalite activities.

Police said a group of “seven to eight youths” suddenly pounced on the jawans.

“While two rebels sprinkled chilly powder on the jawans’ eyes, four overpowered the paramilitary personnel and snatched their rifles. One or two Maoists fired in the air to create panic and keep passers-by away,” said an officer. A larger group of rebels, “about 30”, were standing some distance away.

The gangs consolidated and the group disappeared into the jungles.

The superintendent of police said: “The Naxalites were headed towards Tamar and took refuge in Dinai hills after the attack.”

The residents of Chowka wanted to mobilise forces against the rebels but were dissuaded from doing so because the rebels had opened fire in the air, Singh said.

The senior police officer said he has asked for more police and paramilitary forces to be deployed at Dinai hills.

The jawans who lost the Insas were identified as Chamru Oraon and Dutaraj Kunkal, and the one who lost the self-loading rifle has been identified as Chamru Tigga.

66 live bullets found in train

Wednesday March 12 2008 11:15 IST
ENS

CUTTACK: In a sensational incident, police stumbled upon 66 live bullets concealed in an abandoned bag inside a coach of the Puri-bound Purushottam Express.

The bullets are used in sophisticated AK-47 guns and are suspected to be left behind by Left wing ultras.

According to reports, the sling bag of camouflage colour, generally used by army personnel and their l ike, was found lying unclaimed inside the coach No.

S-9 of the Express train as it reached Cuttack railway station. Hearing the murmur of passengers about some persons leaving behind the bag as they alighted somewhere in earlier stations, a tea vendor alerted the night patrol personnel of the general railway police.

The bag was seized and brought to the police station and as the contents were examined, around 33 live bullets were found tied in an handkerschief and the rest in an underwear.

Police also fished out a pair of banyans, camouflage bottle green monkey cap, a yellow ribbon, two pairs of socks along with a steel bowl and steel glass. Soft muslin cloth used in cleaning barrels of guns was also found.

The clothes were dirty to the extreme while the bowl and glass bore burn marks as used for cooking or boiling.

The clothes appeared to have been worn for weeks without being cleaned and the utensils served the purpose for both cooking and eating.

“These dirty clothes cannot belong to any armed forces personnel and was more likely of a fugitive. The Maoists use army camouflages and circumstantial evidence direct at them,’’ said SI TC Patra.

While senior officers have been informed, the clothes and ammunition would be subjected to forensic tests.

Orissa complains about Rahul’s trips

Bhubaneswar, March 12, 2008
First Published: 03:00 IST(12/3/2008)
Last Updated: 03:36 IST(12/3/2008)


Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi returned to New Delhi after wrapping up his four-day visit to Orissa on Monday, leaving behind a string of controversies.

A peeved Orissa government on Tuesday lodged a formal complaint with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the secret trips of Rahul to villages during the nights without the knowledge of the district police.

On one occasion, when the superintendent of police of the Naxal-hit Koraput district followed Rahul’s motorcade on Friday, Special Protection Group personnel got down from their vehicle and asked the SP to go back. Nearly 500 Naxals had raided Koraput town (the district headquarters of Koraput district) in 2004.

Orissa home secretary TK Mishra wrote a letter to the Centre on the unavailability of information about Rahul's visits and SPG’s behaviour with the district police.

Koraput SP Deepak Kumar told HT, “Around 7.30 pm on Friday, I and the DIG were waiting in front of Nalco’s guest house at Damanjodi where Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to spend the night. We were told he would retire for the day. But then he stepped out and drove away along with his security personnel.”
A senior bureaucrat told HT, “Had something gone awry during Rahul Gandhi’s night visits, the state government would have been blamed, as law and order is a state subject.”

NAXAL THREAT TO TIGER RESERVES

17:51 IST
LOK SABHA

While Naxalites have been reported by several tiger reserve States, their presence to the extent of affecting the day-to-day management has come to light in Indravati (Chattisgarh) and Palamau (Jharkhand) Tiger Reserves.

Various steps have been taken for protecting tiger and other wild animals in tiger reserves. However, since problems relating to extremist engineered disturbances are of policing as well as social in nature, efforts have been taken to elicit local public support for conservation, which, interalia, include ecodevelopment package, ecotourism and antipoaching operations involving local workforce to provide livelihood options to stakeholder people.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests Shri S. Regupathy, in a written reply to a question by Shri Nikhil Kumar, Shrimati Jayaprada in the Lok Sabha today.

KP/Hb

OVERALL SECURITY SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY REMAINS UNDER CONTROL

15:10 IST
Rajya Sabha

Although violence and militancy continue in some parts of the country, the overall situation has remained largely under control. There has been a significant improvement in so far as the situation in Jammu & Kashmir is concerned. In the North Eastern Region, the situation has improved considerably in some States such as Tripura and Meghalaya, while coordinated measures are being taken to check and control the activities of militant groups in the other affected States in the region viz. Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. In the naxal-affected areas also, the overall level of extremist violence has more or less remained at a similar level in the last few years and, has in fact, shown improvement in a number of areas barring a few major incidents in some States like Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, etc. As far as terrorism in the hinterland is concerned, some incidents have occurred in different States.

Action taken by the Government to tackle terrorism includes urging the State Governments to take focused and coordinated measures to deal with the situation and providing all possible help in this regard. Close coordination is being maintained between the Central and State agencies, including regular sharing of information and intelligence. As a result, a large number of terrorist modules have been busted and possible major terrorist incidents averted. Institutional arrangements have also been put in place so that sharing and analysis of information and intelligence can be done on a continuing basis in a systematic and coordinated manner. The State Governments have also been urged to strengthen the State police forces by filling up vacancies and improving the police- population ratio, as also to take special measures to strengthen their intelligence set-up. Assistance for these purposes is given under the Police Modernisation Scheme under which the States have also been asked to prepare sub-plans for strengthening intelligence-related arrangements for which the assistance of Central agencies is also provided. All this is in addition to deployment of Central forces to assist the civil authorities in the States, liberal sanctions for raising of India Reserve (IR) battalions and assistance for general and specialized training for State security forces.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Two Maoists killed in Vizianagaram

Wednesday March 12 2008 10:48 IST
Express News Service

VIZIANAGARAM: In renewed bloodletting, two Maoists, including a member of the Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) Special Zone Committee, were killed in an exchange of fire with police in Vizianagaram district late on Tuesday night.

The encounter took place between Kedaripuram and Elvispeta under Elvispeta police station limits. Maoist leader Chokkari Gangaram alias Jagabandhu alias Kommu (44) and another Naxalite, whose identity is yet to be established, were shot dead.

Speaking to reporters, Superintendent of Police Vikram Singh Mann said while checking vehicles between Kedaripuram and Elvispeta, the police came across two persons on a motorcycle.

When they were asked to stop, the duo took a U-turn and opened fire after speeding away to some distance. The police retaliated and fired 12 rounds at them. Both of them were later found dead.

The police seized one country-made tapancha, a revolver and the motorcycle from the spot. Gangaram, a native of Palasapuram in Sompeta mandal, Srikakulam district, joined the Naxal movement in 1990 as a dalam member in Kondabaridi village.

He had been working as AOB Special Zone Committee member since November last and was involved in various offences.

Eight arrested at Hebri, confirmed as Naxal associates

S.O. News service, Tuesday, March 11, 2008:



Udupi: Eight persons were arrested at Hebri on Friday confirmed as Naxal associates and were produced before the Karkala Judicial Magistrate Court on Saturday evening by the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and Hebri police.

A crucial operation was carried out on Friday by the ANF and Hebri police and eight persons were nabbed. Most of them were identified of Kudlu and nearby areas.

The arrested Naxal supporters were identified as Suresh Gowda (32), Anantha Gowda (60), Sudhakar Shetty (40), Satish Shetty (29), Karia Gowda (65), Krishnappa Gowda (30) and Dayananda Gowda (30). Police sources said that on interrogation the arrested persons have confessed that they have been extending help to Naxals with food, materials, arms and ammunition.

After a thorough search the ANF and police team seized gelatin sticks, detonators and some weapons, besides collections of Naxal write up and literature.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Indian Maoists Have 600 Million Rupee Budget for Armed Struggle

By Bibhudatta Pradhan

March 11 (Bloomberg) -- India Maoist rebel groups, dubbed the nation's biggest security threat by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, have built up a 600 million rupee ($15 million) war chest to buy weapons and explosives, the government said.

The spending covers a procurement drive from 2007 to 2009, junior Home Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said in a written statement in parliament today, citing a Maoist insurgent arrested in the eastern state of Jharkhand.

Left-wing Maoist guerrillas, known as Naxalites, are active in at least 11 of the country's 28 states, which are rich in iron ore, coal, bauxite, manganese and other minerals, and have the potential to attract billions of dollars in investment.

The Naxalites, who have waged a campaign of violence against landowners and police for more than three decades, were responsible for killing 696 people and security personnel in 2007, according to federal government statistics.

Maoists are now targeting vital economic infrastructure to cripple transport and slow down any developmental activity in the country. They have killed political leaders in some states.

Maoists, who have acquired sophisticated weapons, get a substantial portion of their arms by looting armories, Jaiswal said in parliament earlier this month. They also get them from illicit weapons manufacturing units, he said at the time.

In February, rebels attacked police posts in two districts in Orissa state, looted ``a sizable number'' of weapons and ammunition and killed 13 police personnel and one civilian.

The government is trying to combat extremism through economic development measures, backed up by police action.

The federal government is helping states through measures such as deploying additional forces, straightening state police and intelligence agencies and assisting in developmental works, Jaiswal said today.

The term Naxalite is derived from Naxalbari, a village in West Bengal state, where the communist rebel group movement began in 1967.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bibhudatta Pradhan in New Delhi at bpradhan@bloomberg.net.

No connection between Naxals and Nepal Maoists: Patil

New Delhi (PTI): Government on Tuesday said there was no connection between Naxalites and Maoists of Nepal.

"There is no connection" between the Naxalites and Moaists of Nepal, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said replying to questions in the Lok Sabha.

To a question, he said an arrested naxalite had told Jharkhand Police that the extremists have made a budget of Rs 60 crore during 2007-09 for procurement of weapons and explosives.

Khammam police conduct aerial survey in Naxal-hit areas

Tuesday March 11 2008 12:40 IST

ENS

KHAMMAM: The Khammam police today conducted an aerial survey in the problematic and sensitive places in the Naxal-infested areas in the district.

A helicopter fitted with latest gadgets including zoom cameras, came from Hyderabad to undertake the aerial survey made a landing in Kothagudem. The exercise will continue tomorrow also.

According to official sources, Superintendent of Police D S Chowhan took part in the aerial survey on the borders of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattishgarh.

He also held a review meeting with senior officials in the evening.

Naxals call for bandh on March 14

11 Mar 2008, 0216 hrs IST,TNN

HYDERABAD: Two naxal organisations, CPI (Maoist) and CPI-ML (Janasakthi), have jointly given a call to the people of Telangana to observe a bandh in protest against the Congress’ anti-Telangana stand on March 14, the day when Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to visit Hyderabad.

Criticising the Congress for what they called its attempt to renew its power in the state, the naxal parties accused Sonia of betraying the same people who were responsible for her party winning the 2004 elections.

"The Congress government in the state has not completed any project in the state except the international airport at Shamshabad. No irrigation project has been completed, not an acre has been brought under cultivation," the parties said in a statement issued here on Monday.

Sonia will inaugurate the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on March 14 and participate in the inauguration of an irrigation project in Telangana.

The two-page statement, singed by Maoist party North Telangana Special Zonal Committee secretary Chandranna and Janasakhthi party’s regional secretary Bharat, asked the people of the region not to vote for the Congress in the next elections.

"The state government is handing over 60 per cent of the land in Nalgonda, Medak, Ranga Reddy and Mahabubnagar districts to the landlords of the Coastal Andhra region. These acts of the government along with construction of Potireddy Padu and Pulichintala projects are bound to destroy the Telangana region," the leaders of the two naxalite groups said in the statement.

The statement was also critical of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti for portraying the resignations of its MPs, MLAs and MLCs as acts of sacrifice.

"The party which has given the struggle a go by for four years now wants to win the elections by showing the resignations as sacrifice," the statement said urging the party to wage a real struggle in association with progressive elements and people of the region.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also given a call for bandh on the same day with the similar cause. The Congress president already cancelled a public meeting in Hyderabad on March 14 as that may force her to speak on the Telangana issue.

Mangalore: Police worried over support to naxals

MANGALORE March 11: Even as the ongoing operations against naxalites received a shot in the arm with the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) arresting 10 alleged sympathisers at Kudlu village in Udupi district, the police top brass monitoring the operations here is worried. This stems from the fact that a team of naxalites, headed by Vikram Gowda operating in the area, is procuring explosives like gelatine sticks and detonators.

The logistic support which the naxalites are getting from the local people — either voluntarily or maybe even through coercion - is a cause for concern, says Ashit Mohan Prasad, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range).

Mr. Prasad, who is also commander of ANF, told The Hindu here on Monday that the ANF on Sunday nabbed two more alleged sympathisers of naxalites for providing logistic support to the group.

Some villagers in Hebri police station limits are legally allowed to store explosives, including gelatine sticks and detonators. It is used for purposes such as fishing, he said. As per information gathered from the interrogation of the eight alleged naxal sympathisers who were nabbed in areas surrounding Hebri on Thursday, the villagers are generally selling these explosives to the naxalites, he said.

Terming the number of arrests in this incident as big, Mr. Prasad said the accused had not revealed the exact reasons why the naxalites were buying these explosives. "We have information that some of the naxalites operating in the region are from Andhra Pradesh. They are well versed in the art of handling explosives and this is bad news for the ANF and the police. The explosives can be used against any target," he noted.

While the ANF had intensified combing operations in and around Kudlu, the IGP said they were yet to achieve success in either spotting or engaging the naxalites. "When we raided two of their hideouts, they had moved out." They tend to move around in a group at night and individually during the day. While it was not possible to ensure police presence in naxal-affected areas, "we will certainly improve our visibility there," he added.

The Hindu

Monday, March 10, 2008

Maoists kill DYFI leader

Midnapore (PTI): A leader of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), youth wing of the CPI(M), has been killed by Maoists at Gosaidanga in Lalgarh bloc of West Midnapore.

Buddhadeb Pathak was called out of his residence by a group of Maoists and taken away to an unknown place where he was shot dead on Sunday night, police said.

His body was recovered from a field in the village this morning, they added

Rahul ! First 'discover' your problems: Katiyar

Monday March 10 2008 08:48 IST
Express News Service

BERHAMPUR: The UPA Government at the Centre should concentrate on sorting out the problems that have cropped up in its four years of rule instead of worrying about the success of ‘Discover India’ programme of Rahul Gandhi, claimed BJP leader Vinay Katiyar at a public meeting held here on Sunday.

Hitting at the UPA Government, he alleged that the country has been ruined under its rule.

Addressing a gathering of around 10,000 people who were present to participate in the ‘Sankalp Samavesh’, he said terrorism, unemployment and crime have enhanced manifold during the rule of UPA, which has also witnessed a large number of suicidal deaths by farmers.

He also alleged that the Congress party has acted as a catalyst resulting in increased activities of Naxalites in the country. Highlighting the good works and projects being undertaken by the Vajpayee government, he claimed several of the programmes are being altered by the UPA Government.

He also assured that all programmes started by NDA government would again be implemented if the BJP comes to power.

Katiyar, who is in-charge of Orissa, criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA Government for doling out inadequate funds to the State.

Meanwhile, he took a dig at Congress MP Radhakant Nayak and blamed him for the communal tension in Kandhamal.

Such persons should be settled in Uttar Pradesh, he opined. Among others, Ministers Biswabhusan Harichandan, Surama Padhy, Golak Bihari Nayak, MLAs Bharat Paik, Suresh Pujari, Jual Oram and Ramachandra Panda spoke.

Maoist area commander arrested

11 Mar 2008, 0227 hrs IST,TNN

GAYA: In continuation of its achievement in the Imamganj police station area where a huge cache of ammunitions was recovered on Sunday, the Gaya police, on Monday morning arrested Karoo Yadav, alleged to an area commander of CPI(Maoist). Karoo Yadav was arrested from Ithari village under the Mohanpur police station area of the Naxal-hit region.

On the basis of information provided by Karoo Yadav, the police raided Ragrej village under Bodh Gaya police station and recovered two police rifles, earlier looted by the ultras in one of its dozens of operations against the police in Bihar and Jharkhand. The police rifles were recovered from the possession of Janardan Ravidas. Janardan was arrested.

Confirming Yadava's arrest, Gaya SP Amit Jain said Karoo was involved in an encounter between the Naxals and the police in Mohanpur area.

Somen set up Maoist terror module in Kolkata: CPM

KOLKATA, March 10: The state committee secretary of the CPI (Maoist), Somen, has built a network of potential killers in Kolkata. It is not the officers of the state or Central intelligence agencies, but the CPI-M leaders who suspect this. In an article which appeared in its mouthpiece ~ People's Democracy ~ on 2 March, the CPI-M said, it has “strong reasons” to “believe” that “he (Somen) has built a network of potential killers in Kolkata”. The article, Maoist Assassin Apprehended, has been written by Mr B Prasant. The hard-hitting write up ~ in which Somen has been described as “insensitively brutish”, “fanatically violent” and “psychopathically dedicated anti-Communist” ~ has come as a major embarrassment for the senior city police officers who neither countered the report nor confirmed it.

In what seems to be an apparent bid to avoid facing controversies, Mr Goutam Mohan Chakraborty, commissioner of the city police, said: “I will not comment on what appeared in the People's Democracy. I will not tell you anything about Maoist activities”. In the write up, the CPI-M said, Somen, who is now in the custody of the officers of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), has built the terror network in the city, comprising “gullible young men and women”. The CPI-M claimed, the police officers had suspected the presence of a Maoist terror module in the city for a long time.

When asked if the city police suspects the existence of such a network, Mr Jawed Shamim, deputy commissioner of the city police's detective department, said: “I don't look after the issues related to Naxal activities. It is the job of the special branch. I don't want to comment anything on what appeared in the mouthpiece of the CPI-M”. The Statesman contacted, Mrs Damayanti Sen, deputy commissioner of the city police's special branch, who interrogated Somen at the CID's headquarters at Bhawani Bhawan. She said she was not aware of the report.

The report stated that, Somen ~ “ A ruthless killer and a petty criminal with a perverse mind-set" ~ is responsible for killing nearly 27 CPI-M activists in Midnapore West, Purulia and Bankura.”n sns

India Plagued by Maoist Rebels

MARCH 11, 2008 03:05


India, the world’s largest democratic country, is under constant attacks by armed Maoists. Experts say that as Western businesses made their inroads into India, many farmers who have lost their farmland are joining the Maoist rebels who follow the Marxist-Leninist teachings of Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

“The biggest threat to the security of India”


India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently said that the leftists are the biggest threat to the security of India. “No single day passes by without their attack,” he said.


According to the statistics released by the Indian government, since October 2004 when their attacks began in earnest, 598 soldiers and 1,894 civilians were killed.


India’s daily, The Times of India, reported that the rebel troops killed 14 police officers and stole around 1,000 weapons from five police stations in Nayagar, Orissa, on Feb. 15.


Last March, 55 policemen lost their lives when the terrorists raided a police station in Rani Bodly, Chhattisgarh. Some 29 people were killed at a first-aid station located in Dantewa, Chhattisgarh in July 2006.


The Maoists are now widening the sphere of their influence in West Bengal of eastern India, Maharashtra of western India, Utarpradesh of northern India and Andrapradesh of southern India.


Another daily, Indian Press, reported that a Maoist militant group, CPI-M, has branches in 17 of 28 states in India, with its budget, combining the year 2007 and 2008, amounting to 600 million rupees (around 14.1 billion won).


An Indian think tank, the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), estimated that the rebel group has AK rifles, rocket guns and antipersonnel ground mines. It added that the group has at least 15,000 members.


“Globalization is the cause of poverty”


Maoists insist that laborers and farmers should form a class alliance to accomplish a revolution through a long-term guerrilla war based in rural communities.


The Maoist movement in India started from Naxalite, a peasants’ uprising in Naxalbari of West Bengal in May 1967. For this reason, the terrorists are also called Naxal.


Until 2004, two groups — MCG and PWG — led the war against the Indian government. As they were united into CPI-M in September 2004, they began a full-fledged war, attacking government offices.


The Indian government is strengthening their efforts to crack down on the militants. Somen (Himadri Sen Ray), a key leader of CPI-M, was arrested on Feb. 23. Indian Express pointed out that although more than 15,000 policemen and troops are fighting against the leftists, that is just not enough.


Bloomberg quoted a local resident in Andrapradesh as saying that as the special economic zones (SEZ) expanded in India, farmers who have lost their land to multinational companies are joining CPI-M. In other words, globalization is the main cause of the thriving Maoist movement.


Dr. Bela Bhatia at the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) urged the government to devise better measures, saying that Dalits (the lowest rank in India) and the poor support Maoists because of social oppression, not because of their support for Maoism.

Understaffed, under policed India raise new battalions to check Naxals

Abhishek Behl, Merinews, 10 March 2008, Monday
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The government has finally woken up to the Naxal threat in the country after the Prime Minister identified it as a major security threat. Despite a recruitment drive, the people-police ratio in India is abysmally low: A report.

IF MINISTER of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Sriparkash Jaiswal is to be believed then raising new police battalions might help in checking Naxalist onslaught but it won’t go a long way in improving the overall law and order situation in the country.

The reason for this being that police department in the country is totally understaffed and for every one lakh people, there are only 142.69 policemen to maintain law and order.

It was only after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh identified Naxalite movement as one of the most serious internal security to the country, that the government woke up to the threat posed by left wing terrorists.

And to check the spread of Red terror, the Home Ministry has approved rising of 35 additional India Reserve battalions during the next three years, in states affected by Naxalite violence depending upon internal situation.

Though the information provided by Sriparkash Jaiswal in Rajya Sabha this week, gives hope on Naxalite front, but his statement about the understaffed police department in country raises serious questions.

It can be fairly surmised that the lack of adequate policemen is leading to the worsening law and order situation in the Indian cities and rural areas.

Making the startling disclosure in Rajya Sabha, Jaiswal in a written statement, quoted figures compiled by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), which state that the number of police personnel per one lakh of population in India as on 1.1.2006 is 142.69 police personnel for every one-lakh population.

According to a UN statistics quoted by the minister, the police-public ratio in Italy is 559.0, Mexico has 491.8, Saudi Arabia 386.5 and Belgium 357.5 policemen for every 100, 000 people.

Notably the Indian ratio is much less as compared to other countries, Jaiswal’s statement revealed in the Rajya Sabha.

The minister, however, said that the Centre has been advising state governments to fill up the existing vacancies of police personnel and outsource some of the non-core police duties, which will also save manpower and promote police-community partnership.

On the Naxalite issue, Jaiswal answering a separate question apprised the house that 35 additional reserve battalions will be raised in next three years in the Naxalite affected states.

He revealed that these battalions would be raised nine states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The expenditure of this new recruitment would be borne by the Center under the security related expenditure scheme of Union Home Ministry, he said.

“For dealing with Naxalite activities, states are being assisted in, and requested for, steps as are important for effective policing, which include filling up of vacancies in state police forces and the raising of specialised forces, trained in counter-insurgency and jungle-warfare,” he added.

More CRPF men for Khammam

Monday March 10 2008 11:22 IST
B Satyanarayana Reddy

KHAMMAM: The State Government will deploy five more companies of Central Reserve Protection Force (CRPF) in the district to curb the activities of the proscribed CPI (Maoist) along the borders with Chhattisgarh and Orissa states.

The CRPF personnel, numbering around 500, will take position all along the 250 km border the Bhadrachalam agency area shares with the two neighbouring states.
The Maoists have been resorting to violence in Bhadrachalam agency area and the major incidents include attack on Perur police station, blasting of Kukunur police station, mandal revenue offices and many cell towers besides killing several people.

They are also reportedly pressurising the Gottikoyas to settle in the Bhadrachalam agency areas so that they can take shelter in their hamlets which is causing concern among the Andhra Pradesh police. Moreover, of the 80 hardcore Maoists in the district, 50 are in Bhadrachalam.

In view of this, the district police has requested the State Government to deploy additional forces to curb the Maoist activities. In turn, the State Government urged the Union Home Ministry to spare the CRPF personnel which was agreed upon by the latter.

Of the five CRPF companies, three would be deployed at Mothugudem, Perur and Chintur while the remaining personnel would be kept as reserve force in the temple town.

The CRPF personnel would be headed by a Commandant and stationed at Bhadrachalam. Speaking to Express, district Superintendent of Police D S Chowhan said that the Central Forces were being posted to strengthen the vigil in the border areas.

One of the main reason for the district police to request for additional forces is shortage of staff. Compared to other Naxal-infested districts like Karimnagar, Warangal and Adilabad in North Telangana region, Khammam has 48 sections drawn from Andhra Pradesh Special Police, nine sections from Central Reserve Police and around 500 Armed Reserve force personnel.

In Karimnagar, there are 70 sections of APSP, six platoons of CRPF and 979 armed reserve force personnel while Warangal has 63 sections of APSP, nine platoons of CRPF and more than 900 armed reserve force. Adilabad has 78 sections APSP, two CRPF companies each consisting of 152 personnel and 960 Armed Forces

Maoist posters panic people

Monday March 10 2008 08:47 IST
Express News Service

SALEPUR: Tension prevailed in Baramba-Narasinghpur region after people found some Maoist posters in their locality.

On Saturday, locals had found Naxal posters on the walls of Utkalmani Sishu Sikhya Mandir, PCL Computer Academy and at some houses in Nizigarh gram panchayat.

The posters were hand written in Oriya with red ink. Locals informed that along with writings such as Jivan Prati Bipada Achhi (danger for life), Khub Sighra Akramana (there will be an attack soon), Satarka Ruhantu (be watchful), Lal Salam (red salute), pictures of guns, arrows and flambeau were drawn on the posters.

Receiving information, police seized the posters. After investigation, OIC of Baramba police station, Bikram Keshari Jena ruled out any Maoist threat.

He said it might be a hoax created by some delinquent persons.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Success & failure in red dens

OUR BUREAU

The recovered ammunition on display in Gaya. Telegraph picture


Patna/Gaya/Bokaro, March 9: A well-fortified rebel bunker thought to be used as a training camp was busted by police at a village near Gaya while their Bokaro counterparts failed to capture anyone even after zeroing in on a Maoist den in Nawadih today.

Gaya superintendent of police Amit Jain said Special Task Force (STF) jawans raided Asuran village — about 150km from Patna — in a forest and hilly area along the Gaya-Dobhi-Sherghati road under Imamganj police station early this morning.

STF sources said the bunker had been built 7ft beneath the earth’s upper surface and was “spacious enough” to accommodate at least 30 guerrillas with arms. They added that Maoists had been using it to “train their newly recruited youths in guerrilla warfare”.

Its “keeper”, Pundi Bhokta, a Naxalite leader wanted for many years, was arrested. Four hand grenades, 15,165 live cartridges, two pistols and uniforms and literature of Naxalites were also seized.

However, the men in uniform returned empty-handed from Jaruabera under Nawadih police station, about 30km from Bokaro, as the 30-odd rebels fled on time from a temporary training camp.

The jawans of CRPF and district police ventured twice — once in the morning and again in the afternoon — to hold the rebels but could not taste success even as firing from both sides continued for several hours.

Maoist nabbed

Maoist zonal commander Rakesh Paswan alias Kislay Jee was arrested in Daltongunj today. The police picked up Paswan when he had gone there for treatment.

Paswan, suffering from malaria, was wanted in nine cases, Palamau police superintendent Deepak Kumar said.

Can separate Telangana turn into a Maoist haven?

K. Srinivas Reddy

HYDERABAD: An intense debate is raging in Andhra Pradesh over the propriety of forming a separate Telangana State, following the resignations of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi MPs, MLAs and MLCs. While the Congress government boasts of ensuring equitable development of regions obviating the need for bifurcating the State, divergent opinions are expressed by Opposition parties, including a section of the ruling party itself.

But none of them is willing to publicly debate whether the bifurcation could lead to Maoist reconsolidation in Telangana.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, however, shared his concern about the possibility of naxalites regaining a foothold in Telangana in the event of bifurcation.

Speaking in the Assembly on February 14, Dr. Reddy quoted State and Central intelligence reports in this regard and cited Chhattisgarh, now grappling with rebel activity.

Such an assertion should have become a point of political debate. The Opposition parties did not react openly, though the issue is being debated in their internal meetings.

The contentious issue, however, has now come into focus with the Maoists welcoming the TRS resignations and stating that they would have a ‘soft corner’ for the TRS if it built up a movement to achieve Telangana.

The issue was briefly touched upon by TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao on February 5 when he told a meeting in Hyderabad Central University that his “party had a political agenda to control naxalism in six months” after Telangana was formed.

UNPA chairman and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, during his visit to Hyderabad in January, expressed opinions similar to Dr. Reddy and cited Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. His remarks made in the presence of Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu was seen as a move to checkmate TDP leaders, who wanted the party to take a pro-Telangana stand.

The intelligence inputs, which Dr. Reddy quoted, are apparently based on three premises – lack of political resoluteness to tackle the Maoist problem provides an opportunity for the rebels to regain their foothold; contiguity of rebel-controlled Bastar forests in Chhattisgarh to three Telangana districts, could enable them to expand their area of operations; and that smaller States are more vulnerable to Maoist expansion, more so in the case of newly formed States, where political expediency could force the State to adopt a friendly attitude towards naxalites.

The first premise — the factor of lack of political will, is inversely proportional to the growth of Maoist activity is indisputable. Andhra Pradesh is the best example of Maoist activity picking up, whenever ruling parties adopted a soft line. Jharkhand, would provide another example of how naxalism grows, if there is no political will.

The second premise of Maoists expanding their base from Bastar forests can turn out to be true, irrespective of whether Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated or not. Three Telangana districts, Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar share borders with Bastar where security forces literally fight for their survival. Unable to bear the police onslaught in Andhra Pradesh, the Maoist cadres had earlier retreated into Bastar. But now they are slowly staging a come back in Telangana.

The third premise, the vulnerability of smaller States may not stand scrutiny, as growth of naxalite movement had invariably been based on issues like exploitation and non-governance leading to lack of development.

Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand had grown when they were part of undivided Madhya Pradesh and Bihar respectively for the last three decades. The merger of the CPI-ML Peoples War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI) had provided a pan-India presence for the Maoists.

The premise of vulnerability of smaller States is apparently based on the assumption that the ruling party in a newly formed state might accord least priority to tackling the Maoist problem. There is some basis for this as different political parties have tried to woo the naxalites for their electoral gains.

If TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao had eulogised naxalites as ‘patriots’ in 1982, the then Congress Chief Minister Marri Channa Reddy wooed them in 1989. The present ruling party too followed a soft line and promised to hold talks with the naxalites in its 2004 election manifesto.

Irrespective of the moves from the political parties, Maoists have been steadfastly expanding their activity based on social problems. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put things in perspective when he told a meeting of Chief Ministers in 2007 that naxalism drew strength from lack of development. Obviously, if there are no issues, Maoists have no ground to exploit, be it a small state or a big state.

Maoist hideout in Bihar busted, arms seized

March 9th, 2008 - 11:47 pm

Hajipur (Bihar), March 9 (IANS) The Bihar police have seized a huge cache of firearms from a Maoist hideout in Gaya district, the police said here Sunday. Gaya district Superintendent of Police A.K. Jain said a police team recovered the firearms from a Maoist hideout in Asura village in Gaya district, 120 km from here. A suspected Maoist was also arrested during the searches, he added.

Jain said more that 15,000 live cartridges, an US-made revolver, a pistol, 50 hand grenades, equipment for manufacturing hand-grenades, documents related to Maoists and other items were seized from the hideout

Naxalite posters appear on walls

Sunday March 9 2008 11:43 IST

Express News Service

CUTTACK: Have Left wing ultras moved into Cuttack district’s Badamba?

Wall posters on several buildings warning of possible attacks by the radicals spread a wave of panic in the area on Saturday. Badamba police seized the posters and began investigation into the matter.

According to police, locals reported posters with content that drew instant attention. The hand-written posters read: ‘Lal Salaam’ and ‘Be prepared for attacks soon.’ Some of these carried symbols of guns, bow and arrow and fire.

With Nayagarh attack by the Maoists still fresh in the mind, locals intimated the matter to police. The posters were found on the compound walls of a local school and computer academy located in ward no 3 of Nijagarh area under Badamba police limits.

Though it was not ascertained who was behind the act, police has started to quiz some persons in connection with this.

Maoists' bunker busted, arms' cache seized

Gaya (PTI): Police on Sunday busted a Maoists' bunker and seized a huge cache of arms in Akurauni forest in this district of Bihar

Acting on information given by naxalite leader Chandu Das who was arrested from Jhallar village in the district in the wee hours today, a joint raiding team comprising CRPF and Special Task Force (STF) raided the forest area and discovered the bunker being manned by activists of the ultra outfit CPI (Maoist), Superintendent of Police Amit Jain said.

The team found a big water container inside the bunker and seized a huge arms' cache consisting of 10,000 rounds of ammunition of several regular weapons, including Insas rifles, besides 100 magazines of carbines and Insas and more than 100 handgrenades, Jain informed.

He said hundreds of police uniforms, handgrenade-making equipments, one nine mm pistol and regular rifle were also seized.

Without disclosing the identity of the person who was manning the bunker, the SP said he was being interrogated.

Raids were intensified in the adjoining areas and the district's entry and exit points sealed to arrest the naxalites and recover other weapons in the vicinity of the forest area, he said.

Special force to tackle naxals in Maharashtra

Mumbai (PTI): In a bid to tackle the naxal menace in Maharashtra, the state police is coming up with a multi-pronged initiative including setting up of a special force.

"Maharashtra is coming out with a new initiative, including forming a special force...already we have men doing the job but we are looking at an umbrella kind of a set up," newly appointed Director General of Police A N Roy told PTI here.

The details about the special force are being worked out and it will work alongside the Anti Naxals Operations (ANO) which is functioning right now, Roy said, adding, "I cannot give out its name as of now."

"Naxalism is one of my priority areas and and we want to take some major initiatives in controlling the naxalites. It (the force) may include some specially trained people," Roy, who has just returned from a tour of naxal-infested areas said.

The ANO is not a specialised force, it is just an unit and will be a part of the new force, he said.

"Give me few days to finalise the plan, I am speaking to my officers and several steps are in the offing."

Though Maharashtra has witnessed stray incidents involving naxalites since 1981, it has done well to confine the activity to small parts in the forests of Gadchiroli, Gondia and Chandrapur districts of Vidarbha bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh