Saturday, April 05, 2008

Maoists kill villager in Orissa

Malkangiri (Orissa), April 5 (IANS) Maoists shot dead a villager in Orissa’s Malkangiri district accusing him of being a police spy, police said Saturday. About four rebels shot dead Sayam Lachha, 40, while he was attending a wedding in Ragadpali village, about 700 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, late Friday.

The guerrillas disappeared after committing the crime, a police official said.

Maoists kidnap three employees of Bihar contractor

Patna, April 5(IANS) Suspected Maoist guerrillas kidnapped three employees of a private contractor engaged in road construction in Jamui district of Bihar for not paying extortion money, police said Saturday. A group of armed Maoist guerrillas kidnapped at gunpoint the three employees of a private contractor Friday night from Maheshwari village in Jamui district.

Police suspect that Maoists kidnapped them after contractor Pawan Kumar Singh refused to pay levy or extortion.

Singh told the police that Maoists demanded levy for continuation of road construction work or threatened him with dire consequences.

The fear of Maoist guerrillas has put a stop to road construction in many parts of rural Bihar. Contractors in several projects have fled, fearing for their lives, an official said.

Last year, Maoist guerrillas demanded Rs.220 million from the Hyderabad-based Engineering and Construction Inc (ECI) that was building roads in Rohtas.

7 Maoists, 7 others held

KRISHNAGAR, April 4: Police arrested seven Maoists and detained seven other persons from different places in Nadia following nightlong raids in several places in the district.
Two service rifles that were snatched from the Kotwali police station area in August last year were recovered today. Along with those, .315 musket rifle, a 9 MM stain gun, two revolvers of which one is of police use and seventy six rounds ammunitions were also recovered.
Mr Hari Kishore Kusumakar, superintendent of police, Nadia said, after interrogating Maoist leader Somen and various other sources police collected information about their activities in the district. The police arrested Bapi Debnath, who used to be a zonal committee member of CPI (Maoist) and Raju alias Prosanta Das, who was the secretary of the Nadia-Murshidabad-Kalna Maoist zonal committee from Galakata Bhatjangla late last night.
After interrogating them last night, more information was received and subsequent raids were conducted resulting arrest of some important portfolio holders of the party. n SNS

Security beefed up at Mahatma Gandhi Setu after Maoists threat

thecheers.org 2008-04-05 10:20:18


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Patna, Apr 5 (ANI): Security around the 5.5-kilometer long Mahatma Gandhi Setu, the bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna with Hajipur, has been heightened in the wake of a terror threat from the Maoists to blow up the bridge.

Security around the 5.5-kilometer long Mahatma Gandhi Setu, the bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna with Hajipur, has been heightened in the wake of a terror threat from the Maoists to blow up the bridge.

Police has got into action after some local newspapers published the possibility of a terror attack on the bridge by the Maoists.

"The local dailies have published the news of police pickets receiving messages by Maoist organisations to blow up the bridge. We have been told to take quick measures to tighten security around the bridge. So we have beefed up security during day as well as night," said sub-inspector Shankar Prasad.

The Maoists or Naxalites as they are known locally, are allegedly fighting for the peasant rights and radical re-distribution of land. They have in the past boycotted elections besides targeting rich landowners and government offices.

The bridge was inaugurated in May 1982 by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Its length is 5450 meters and it was one of the longest single river bridges in the world. (ANI)
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Bull's Eye

A late general election will be held after a year. An early election could occur in six months. Not much to choose. That's why the countdown has begun.


Rajinder Puri

A late general election will be held after a year. An early election could occur in six months. Not much to choose. That’s why the countdown has begun. How will parties align for the election? Developments in India’s neighbourhood could drastically influence public opinion. And fickle Indian politicians make any forecast more hazardous. But by present trends, a picture does seem to emerge.

The Yadavs are closing ranks. Laloo Yadav and Mulayam Singh never had a real conflict of interest. Their turfs were different. Now both have curbed their egos and softened towards each other. Sharad Yadav of the JD(U) could join them. JD(U)’s Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has always been somewhat reticent about L.K. Advani’s leadership. Pranab Mukherjee’s appointing him as leader of the parliamentary delegation to visit Beijing may not be insignificant. Through Mulayam Singh and the united Bihar leaders Congress could be bidding for an ambitious result in two of India’s largest states. Amar Singh is already making cooing noises to please the Congress. Mulayam Singh needs Congress to dislodge Mayawati in UP.

The Congress has already tied up with the DMK in Tamil Nadu. In Kerala, a divided CPI(M) offers hope of an improved Congress showing. In Karnataka, the May assembly poll will reveal the party’s standing. In Andhra, the Congress is already strong. It remains to be seen how it handles the Telangana agitation. More significantly, there seem to be faint signs of a carrot-and-stick approach by the UPA government to bid for Naxalite support. It is pressuring the militants to enter electoral politics. If it succeeds, the gains will be enormous. The Red Corridor through seven states where Naxalite presence is strong could affect 50-100 constituencies. The Congress alliance with Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra seems stable. In Gujarat, Congress prospects are dicey. In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the party will bank on the anti-incumbency factor to work against the ruling BJP. Congress prospects therefore may not be as bleak as generally perceived.

The BJP’s prospects are considered upbeat. But are they? The party is banking mainly on the anti-incumbency factor to dislodge the Congress at the Centre. Apart from the JD(U), other NDA allies seem secure. Mayawati’s BSP will contest over 500 constituencies. It expects a tally of over 50 seats. It could seriously damage the Congress vote-bank nationwide. Post-poll, the BSP most likely will ally with the BJP.

But will all this really happen? As always, ask the astrologers!


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

Cops ready to thwart red raids

SUMAN K. SHRIVASTAVA

V.D. Ram: Happy man


Ranchi, April 4: The Maoists have been restricted to their guerrilla warfare strategy, believe the state police.

“The Maoists will bounce back after facing a series of reversals. But we are ready to foil their big operations,” director-general of police (DGP) Vishnu Dayal Ram told The Telegraph. The DGP added that the areas vulnerable to the red attack have been identified for preventive measures. “But the Naxalites can go beyond our imagination,” he warned.

The Naxalites on Wednesday had retaliated, killing four persons in Khunti and exploding a landmine in Hazaribagh, injuring 13 police personnel.

Deputy inspector-general (DIG) Raj Kumar Mallick said the Jharkhand police had succeeded in not allowing the Maoists to make a transition to mobile war from their guerrilla tactics.

“They had tried twice, first by attacking a police picket in Simdega and then making a bid for the Netarhat hills. But they were forced to retreat,” said Mallick, the spokesperson for the state police.

“We have been able to shatter the myth that extremists are invincible. We are forcing them to roll back to the original guerrilla warfare, which we cannot fully stop given the terrain and dense forests of Jharkhand. Wednesday’s incident was just a part of their old strategy,” he asserted, adding that the gestation period for the modernisation of the force was over and it was fully equipped and highly motivated to strike.

The pledge to turn guerrilla war into mobile attacks was part of the Maoist roadmap adopted at the ninth congress of the CPI (Maoist) held in the state in February, 2007 after a gap of 37 years. To accomplish it, they had also decided to convert the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) into People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and vowed to advance in the urban areas.

Senior police officers, however, said it was no time to be complacent. “Naxalites are known to strategically lie low and strike the places where we are weak. Our first duty should be to identify the weak areas and take preventive measures,” an officer said.

The DGP said the police were taking steps to bring rebels back to the mainstream. “I hope the new surrender policy should be cleared within a week, giving us a strong weapon to counter the Naxalite propaganda,” he said.

Naxalite watchdogs, however, think “the Maoists are demoralised after a number of top extremists were put behind bars”. The developments in other parts of the world, too, have had their adverse affect on the Maoist movement, they said.

Poster girl of kerala's Naxalism

ANITA JOSHUA




Kerala’s Naxalbari: Memoirs of a young revolutionary, Ajitha, translated by Sanju Ramachandran, Srishti, Rs. 195.

It may not be worth much but it is a testimony to Ajitha that a random Google search of just her name brings up correct links in the first instance itself. No need to add either her initial or key words like Naxalite (the movement she was associated with in the 1960s) or P.K. Kunhalikutty (the powerful former Indian Union Muslim League minister in Kerala whose involvement in the ice cream parlour sex racket she tried to expose in 2005).

A familiar name in Kerala — courtesy her role in the Pulpally revolt in which she along with other Naxal comrades stormed a police station 40 years ago — it was her campaign against Kunhalikutty three years back that got her some national attention after the late 1960s when newspapers had flashed photographs of a defiant Ajitha under arrest.

Though the translation itself leaves much to be desired, Sanju Ramachandran and Srishti Publishers must be thanked for making Ajitha’s memoir accessible to a larger audience. So what if Ajitha has since moved away from Naxalism and become a feminist, there can be no denying the spirit that saw a school girl choosing revolution over a comfortable and carefree existence.

Not the best of reads — replete as it is with revolutionary rhetoric besides a touch of self-glorification — Ajitha’s memoir, however, doubles up as a window into the mind of a foot soldier of the short-lived Naxal movement of Kerala.

'Jalsa' to outrun Rajini’s 'Shivaji'?





'Jalsa’ release in some 1000 theatres around the world, signals a power struggle between Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi and Tamil style king Rajnikant. The big-budget film which has been drumming up support for some time is driven to outrun Style King Rajnikant’s phenomenal hit—Shivaji.

Directed by Trivikram and produced by Allu Aravind film has Chiru’s brother Pawan kalyan as the hero with three heroines in Ileana, Parvathi Melton and Kamalini Mukherjee. The story is about social justice and has a Naxal background. It also includes commercial aspect to cater to the varied audiences.

Reports indicate that the theatres where 'Jalsa' released were booked in advance. Reports from Andhra Pradesh say fan clubs of Chiru and his political friends have been making tickets available to the influential. Chiru’s appeal to his admirers and friends to give a rousing welcome to 'Jalsa' is seen as a calculated move to launch his new party on Ugadi. While this is on the political front, Chiranjeevi wants to see 'Jalsa' overtaking Rajinikant’s 'Shivaji’. Efforts are made to ensure that the film runs to packed house in theatres where it is released for a continuous 100 days.

Friday, April 04, 2008

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No killer instinct : Why cops run low on Morale ?

Prabhakar Kumar / CNN-IBN



Published on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 10:53, Updated at Fri, Apr 04, 2008 in Nation section

Tags: On The Beat, Police , Patna
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Patna/Raipur: Allauddin Khan was a fierce police officer in Bihar police. Five years ago, he shot dead four suspected Naxals in Bihar, even as a bullet ripped through his spine. Since that day, he's been on a wheelchair.


"I have an eight-year-old son, who asks me, ‘papa, why did you go to kill the criminal? Why did you not run away when all other policemen ran away?," he says.


Khan got Rs 2 lakh from the government and a bravery medal. Today, his family is left with medical expenses, debts, and regrets.


Says his son, "I want to fulfill my father's dreams. But I'll never become a policeman."

In the Naxal-dominated areas of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, Naxal-police confrontations always lead to heavy casualties and it's the lowest rung officers who pay with their lives.

Five Naxalites nabbed

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Ranchi, April 3: Five Naxalites of the Third Preparatory Committee, a CPI (Maoist) faction, were held at Kuju in Ramgarh district today.

Kuju police station officer-in-charge Rakesh Ranjan said that the rebels arrived early this morning at Dhansar Coal Company in a car to demand protection money. However, they were spotted by a police patrol team.

All the five — a self-styled area commander Surinder Ganjhu alias Akash, Binod Mahto and Rupresh Ganjhu, all residents of Chatra and Rajendra Ram of Ramgarh and another unidentified — were held soon. Two pistols, several rounds of ammunition and seven cellphones were also seized from them.

IPS want rights on par with IAS

Vijay V Singh
Friday, April 04, 2008 02:54 IST



Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in Maharashtra are unhappy with the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and want to be paid at par with their counterparts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
The IPS Association in Maharashtra held a meeting last week to discuss the recommendations of the commission and expressed anguish over the “raw deal” meted out to them.

The officers said the rank of deputy inspector-general of police should be abolished as there is no corresponding rank in any other central service. Else, the payscale of DIG-rank officers should be brought on par with the next level in the IAS.

The officers said they work hard round-the-clock to maintain internal security, counter terrorist activities and fight Naxalites in remote areas. “Considering the challenges we face, we expect that our grievances should be addressed and we should be treated as equal to our IAS counterparts,” additional director-general of police (railway) KP Raghuvanshi, member of the association, said.

The association requested the central government that the payscales for officers of the rank of DGP be equated with that of special secretaries to the central government. They said there should be complete parity among all-India services. The association decided that a delegation would meet the chief minister and his deputy with their grievances and request to take the matter up with the Centre.

Nine to none, founders’ era ends in CPM



MANINI CHATTERJEE

New Delhi, April 3: Like the famous Agatha Christie novel — albeit more poignant than macabre — the 19th congress of the CPM ended today on a chapter that could well be titled And Then There Were None....

With the formal exit of Harkishen Singh Surjeet and Jyoti Basu from the politburo, the CPM leadership is now bereft of its founding fathers for the first time since the party’s fractious birth 44 years ago.

Since stepping down as general secretary three years ago, Surjeet’s mental and physical health witnessed a sharp decline and his retirement, therefore, has not come as a surprise. Although two years older than Surjeet, Basu remains mentally alert and the Bengal unit, sources said, was loath to let him go. But Basu’s repeated plea to be relieved from the politburo finally got a nod.

He has been made a special invitee to the politburo while Surjeet has been given the honorific of “special invitee to the central committee” — a conferment of “emeritus” status of sorts by a much younger leadership who have now gingerly stepped out of the shadows of the men who made them.

In CPM legend, the nine men who formed the first politburo of the party enjoy an iconic status which has not been dimmed by either death or deviation.

The bitter inner-party struggle within the CPI in the early sixties, exacerbated by the Sino-Soviet conflict in world communism and India-China border conflict in 1962, is still talked about with awe and animation — as though it were the closest equivalent to the party’s version of the October Revolution or the Long March.

Old-timers recall the furious debates and the clandestine discussions that preceded the momentous day on April 11, 1964, when 32 members belonging to the “Leftist” fraction walked out of the CPI national council, and then organised their own conference at Tenali in Andhra Pradesh later that year.

It was at the Tenali conference that the decision to break away from the “revisionist” CPI was taken but the Communist Party of India (Marxist) formally came into being at the seventh congress in Calcutta that took place from October 31 to November 7, 1964.

The nine leaders who formed the first politburo — most of them better known by their initials — were: P. Sundarayya (PS), M. Basavapunniah (MB), E.M.S. Namboodiripad (EMS), A.K. Gopalan (AKG), B.T. Ranadive (BTR), P. Ramamurthi (PR), Pramode Dasgupta (PDG), Jyoti Basu and Harkishen Singh Surjeet. The last two, for some odd reason, were never referred to by their initials.

The “founding fathers”, as they came to be known in later years, provided a collective leadership that remains unparalleled in the history of Indian politics. Some of them were ideologues (MB, EMS, PR), others were principally men of organisation (PDG, most of all) and at least two were famous for combining both attributes — PS and BTR. There were mass leaders among them — AKG and Basu — and Surjeet (the “baby” of the politburo in 1964) had, even back then, the ability to get on with politicians of a more bourgeois persuasion.

These nine men had spent many years together — in struggles and party meetings, in jail and underground — since the time of the freedom movement and their shared battle against “revisionism” drew them still closer. Before the CPM quite got off the ground, it met with another split — when the “Naxalites” broke away — and this only cemented the bond among the politburo members further.

But it wasn’t as though there were no differences among them. The first general secretary, Sundarayya, did not agree with the decision to transform the CPM into a “mass party”. His ideological difference with the party eventually led him to give up the post of general secretary and resign from the politburo during the Emergency in 1976. He was formally replaced with Namboodiripad at the party’s post-Emergency 10th congress in Jalandhar in 1978.

Sundarayya was the first founder politburo member to leave the party’s highest decision-making body well before his death in 1985. But the first who died “in saddle” was the beloved mass leader Gopalan who passed away in 1977, followed by Dasgupta in 1983.

Apart from Sundarayya, P. Ramamurthi — trade unionist and parliamentarian from Tamil Nadu — also left the politburo (for reasons that remain rather opaque to this day) well before his death in 1987. The other stalwarts — Ranadive, Basavapunniah and Namboodiripad — left one by one through the 1990s only after death intervened. Surjeet and Basu are the only ones to have “retired”, but then they had the longest innings.

More than establishing the CPM as the most “successful” formation in the schism-ridden communist movement in the country, the greatest achievement of the founding fathers — party members often insist — was their ability to spot new talent and nurture young cadres into leaders. And unlike leaders in other parties who zealously guard their loyalists, the CPM top brass took a collective hand in building a future line of leadership.

Prakash Karat, for instance, regards Sundarayya as his mentor but he also served as parliamentary secretary to Gopalan and, after joining the party centre, always accompanied Namboodiripad to news conferences and political meetings — imbibing ideological and organisational skills from a variety of leaders.

Dasgupta, famously, groomed the Buddha-Biman-Anil trio in Bengal but post-1983, Basu became an inspiring, if laconic, guru.

And Sitaram Yechury was considered a Basavapunniah acolyte but also learnt the art of dealing with other parties in a coalition era as an understudy of sorts to Surjeet through the turbulent mid-nineties.

Now that the “old guard” that guided the CPM from its inception has slipped into the twilight, the real challenge before the new but not-so-young leadership is to emulate their predecessors in finding a new line of successors. In today’s world, that is a tough call. Venezuela, after all, is no Vietnam….

Naxals back to claim their stronghold

Friday April 4 2008 13:31 IST
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SAMBALPUR: The Maoists are ‘back’ in Gariakhama forest to claim their stronghold. The Sambalpur Police which were breathing easy after a lull in Maoist activities are now back on their heels.

Confirmed reports said a group of about 10 to 12 Maoists, possibly chosen selectively from among the outfits in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have already launched their activities.

They are trying to identify the people’s militia which had helped their cohorts, earlier, to get a foothold in the region which is connected with Deogarh and Sundargarh and onwards to the dense Saranda forest along the border in Jharkhand.

There are reports of their return for the first time after the Naxal mayhem in Nayagarh. Although the police have successfully won over the Naxals and are adopting proactive steps, but being tough nuts, the Naxals can still spring a surprise. If the banned outfit manages to find its foothold again it would be a big challenge for the police.

Sambalpur SP Sanjay Kumar confirmed the presence but denied that police had become complacent after some raids. The police are there to trace the Maoists from their hideouts and measures have been intensified.

Social programmes like interaction with villagers are also in progress to strengthen the police rapport with people, he added.

Delhi blast victim fights for compensation

Sidharth Pandey

Friday, April 4, 2008 (New Delhi)
The global war on terror may have nations getting united, but very often it is ordinary people, who end up paying the highest price for it.

Left out in the cold, victims of terror attacks are soon forgotten after the government makes a face saving announcement for compensation.

Scenes from the blast in Delhi's busy Sarojini Nagar on Diwali eve three years ago still haunt Bhagwan Das. His son, daughter-in-law and grandson were killed in the terrorist attack.

''Life for me became quite critical especially after three members of family were killed. After the blast, I have to look after my own wife who is under depression and also my granddaughter Manisha. I have to make sure that she grows up properly,'' said Bhagwan Das.

Bhagwan Das was given Rs 8 lakh as compensation by the government. It was Rs 4 lakh for each victim. Officially, his son has not been declared dead yet, as his body was never found.

Eight others, believed to have been killed in the Delhi blasts, are also still listed as missing.

Bhagwan Das makes rounds of the government offices every month to check on his son's official status.

''If I can get some more compensation from the government, I would use it to feed my granddaughter. All the money given has been put in a fixed deposit,'' he said.

''Though the school has waived off the fees, there are tuitions too, which are expensive and also so many festivals that she wants to celebrate. If the government makes a fund for her it will be great. If a person is working it is ok, but for retired people what can be done?'' asks a perturbed grandfather Bhagwan Das.

''Children are taken care for many years by their parents until they can stand on their feet. So just giving money is not enough, they have to ensure that they are able to fend for themselves,'' said civil rights campaigner Debashish Bhattacharya.

As much as 1000 civilians have been killed in just the major terror attacks in the country in the last five years, as per a list obtained through the Right to Information.

The Delhi blast is just a small paragraph in the obtained government list. While such attacks are etched in memory and official records, there are many people like Bhagwan Das, the victims of terror, who feel that they have been let down and forgotten by the government.

Victims of Naxal violence or those killed in riots are eligible for state financial help, but there is no such policy for terror victims.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Missile defense: The US-Russia-Iran knot

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The installation of United States military systems in Poland and the Czech Republic will provoke a dangerous new arms race, argue Tom Sauer & David Webb.

By Tom Sauer and David Webb for openDemocracy (02/04/08)

At the NATO summit of heads of state in Bucharest on 2-4 April 2008, the issue of missile defense will figure high on the agenda.

The odds are that, without any meaningful parliamentary debate within or between European states, Europe will quietly go along with the United States proposal to install missile-defense interceptors in Poland and a powerful radar system in the Czech Republic.

Moreover, but it appears that further steps will then be taken to integrate this strategic US "national missile defense" system with "theatre missile defense," currently being developed by NATO countries at an annual cost of €1 billion euro (US$1.58 billion).

So, what's the problem with protecting European territory from the threat of attack from nuclear missiles? Well, to start with, it is a solution that technically does not work being applied to a problem that actually does not exist. The current generation of missile interceptors is just not capable of intercepting long-range missiles. The deployment of a large number of decoy warheads in the missile can easily overwhelm the limited number of interceptors available.

Some tests have succeeded in the past because the target missile carried a homing device that guided the interceptor to it; and because it was known when the target missile would be launched, in what direction and at what speed. Would a real-world enemy announce in advance when an attack will take place, with what kind of rocket and using which ballistic track - never mind have the decency to include a homing device in the warhead?

The question answers itself. In addition, earlier experience - such as the failure of the United States and Israel to knock out the crude Scud missiles of Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the war of 1991 - does not inspire hopes of the effectiveness of strategic missile defense.

The US legitimizes this project by referring to the threat from Iran. But if Iran is really the problem, then the interceptors should in principle be stationed in Turkey rather than in east-central Europe - a location that understandably causes great concern in Russia.

There are, in any case, problems surrounding the identification of a danger from Iran. The nature and extent of any such threat is far from established despite extensive inspection, discussion and controversy over several years.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visits Iran's facilities on a regular basis and has not confirmed that Iran is working on a nuclear-weapons program. Furthermore, Washington's most recent US national-intelligence estimate (NIE), published on 3 December 2007 - Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities - concluded that Iran had probably halted its nuclear-weapons program in 2003, and that it would not be technically able to have enough enriched uranium to resume it until 2010-15; an assessment of Iran's nuclear plans that sharply differed from the alarmist one claimed by leading figures in and supporters of the George W Bush administration.

Even if Iran is still operating a secret nuclear-weapons program, however, the technological hurdles of fitting a long-range missile (which it also does not currently possess) with a nuclear warhead are simply too complex for a state that cannot smoothly and continuously operate thousands of centrifuges. And in the unlikely event that Iran is capable of producing the imagined threat, why would it decide to launch such a missile knowing that it would be answered by a similar (or probably much larger) counterattack?

After all, if the regime in Tehran really wanted to attack the west, it has "better" means available which no missile-defense system could prevent: an anonymous nuclear terrorist attack by truck, ship or small aircraft, for example. In these circumstances, missile defense can at most create a false sense of security.

A costly militarism
The choice of Poland and the Czech Republic as the sites for NATO's missile defense deployment appears to convince Russia that it is their missile silos - not Iran's - that the US is targeting. The Pentagon denies this, stating that the interceptors could not catch missiles fired from Russian silos.

However, calculations by Theodore Postol of MIT dispute the US military's calculations: he suggests that the Pentagon has overestimated the velocity of Russian missiles and underestimated the velocity of US interceptors, thus demonstrating that Russian arguments were well-founded. This, together with Russian fears that many more interceptors will follow, underlines their worries about the strategic balance of nuclear weapons between the two major states.

It is not surprising therefore that Vladimir Putin (who will hand over the presidency to Dmitri Medvedev on 7 May 2008) has consistently criticized the US's moves. Russia has demonstrated its concern over the missile defense issue by refusing to implement the strategic arms reduction talks (Start II) and by suspending (with effect from 12 December 2007) its participation in the conventional forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. If the US (and its European hosts) persist in installing these missile defense systems, it is likely that Russia will take further retaliatory steps. The costs and dangers of such an escalating cycle of mistrust surely outweigh the (non-existent) benefits of proceeding with the missile defense plan.

A new cold war and accompanying arms race is in the making. States which come to perceive each other as adversaries will build more offensive missiles to circumvent new defensive systems, and vice versa. The only advantage will belong to defense firms such as Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

Why do Poland and the Czech Republic agree? These countries are being promised big contracts and help to modernize their ageing military infrastructure. The Polish and Czech peoples themselves are not in favor (opinion polls indicate that a clear majority expressing a view are against in both countries), but they have as much say in the matter as the people in some western European states in the early 1980s with respect to the installation of US cruise missiles.

The American economy is officially in recession, yet the Bush administration continues to spend billions of dollars every year on defense projects that amount to no more than pie-in-the-sky. At the NATO summit in Romania's capital, European governments should refuse to help co-finance this unreliable, unnecessary and threat-provoking system.







Tom Sauer is assistant professor in international politics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

David Webb is professor in engineering in the Praxis Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University, England.

This article originally appeared on openDemocracy.net under a Creative Commons licence. To view the original article, please click here.

Maoist leader, wife shot dead

Thursday April 3 2008 09:07 IST
Express News Service

WARANGAL: In yet another blow to the CPI (Maoist), the police shot dead its Central Committee member and Central Military Commission commander Gajarla Saraiah alias Azad (47) and his wife, Padma alias Rama, in an encounter in Kanthanapalli forest area in Eturu Nagaram mandal, on Wednesday morning.

Saraiah, a native of Vilishala village in Chityal mandal, was involved in 21 cases and had been associated with the Maoist movement for the last 25 years. Several cases have been pending against him in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

According to district Superintendent of Police V C Sajjanar, the exchange of fire took place aroud 6.45 a.m. when a special police party, which was combing the area, ran into six armed Naxalites and warned them to surrender.

However, they opened fire at the police and the latter retaliated killing the couple. Four others escaped. The firing between two sides lasted for about 15 minutes.

State to revise surrender policy for Naxalites

Anupam Dasgupta
Thursday, April 03, 2008 03:27 IST


Of the 267 surrendered Naxalites, only 50 have been successfully rehabilitated

MUMBAI: The state government may soon change the Naxalite surrender policy framed in August 2005.

Several officers in the police top brass feel the policy has fundamental shortcomings. The rehabilitation money remained earmarked mostly on paper and it was rarely allocated, according to a police source. “The existing policy cannot be effective unless it addresses the rehabilitation issue per se and in all its nuances,” director general of police AN Roy said on Monday.

State chief secretary Johnny Joseph is likely to convene a meeting of senior officials to find better ways to rehabilitate Naxalites who have surrendered. Repeated phone calls to Joseph went unanswered and he did not reply to an SMS too. Additional chief secretary (home) Chitkala Zutsi refused to comment on the matter.

The police source said that the scheme had sketchy details about ways of distributing money. And now that the government was looking into the matter things could improve, he said. Naxalites are active in Gadchiroli, Gondia, Amravati, Chandrapur, and in bordering areas of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Statistics available with DNA show that out of the 267 Naxalites who have surrendered since the launch of the scheme, 50 have been successfully rehabilitated.

“The security of a surrendered Naxalite is put at stake because the process of rehabilitation is slow. A successful plan should meet all the security needs and instil in him or her a sense of being a part of the society,” said additional director general of police and head of the state anti-Naxalite wing Pankaj Gupta.

The state government has recently sanctioned Rs2 crore under the Naxalite surrender policy. “But money is not the problem. Funds were always there but never diverted with discretion or accompanied with adequate government intervention,” said a senior police officer.

Shield for forest officers

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Bhubaneswar, April 2: In the wake of increasing Naxalite attacks on the forest department personnel, the Orissa government today decided to extend insurance cover to forest officials working in Naxalite-hit districts.

The staff would also be entitled to compensation and grant in case of death or injury, special pension, as well as a special family pension at a par with the police.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today took a decision to this effect at a meeting with a delegation of the forest department employees. At the same meeting plans were made to set up a special striking force with adequate staff, vehicles and arms at 50 sites across Orissa to facilitate co-ordinated action against offenders.

The chief minister also conceded to long-standing demands of forest employees, including filling up vacancies, promotion and payment of special allowance as well as Grade-II status for forest rangers.

The vacancies would be filled up through regular recruitment tests — again a move similar to one taken in case of the police force.

Presently, foresters and forest guards are appointed on contract, which has created resentment among the personnel. When a delegation of forest personnel aired their grievances on the matter, officers present at the meeting attributed bottlenecks in the forest subordinate cadre to the delay in promotion and filling up of vacant posts. Thus, it was decided to reorganise the forest subordinate cadre in order to rationalise the structure. As an interim measure, the sanctioned strength of deputy rangers would be increased from 62 to 168.

Other decisions taken in the meeting include the sanction of motorcycle allowance (Rs 350 per month) for rangers, deputy rangers and foresters and a diet allowance of Rs 350 per month and a cycle allowance of Rs 75 per month for the guards.

Besides, the fitment committee has said it would consider the demand for Grade-II status for rangers and pay parity with officials of equivalent ranks in the police.

Jasla Movie Review and Rating


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Power Star Pawan Kalyan has come up with a hit this time in Jasla. The lean patch in his career seems to be over now. This time, Pawan has come up with a total family entertainer which has an amalgamation of Comedy, fights, sentiment, emotions and overall total entertainment and is worth for each penny. Though the second half of Jasla looks shaped out, the climax still is unpredictable and super entertaining.

The movie starts with the generic voice of Prince Mahesh Babu, who introduces himself as a friend to Pawan Kalyan who plays the character of Sanjay in this movie. Sanjay (Pawan Kalyan) is introduced in the first frame as a boozer who is obsessed with the education. The get –up given to him belongs to this generation, but will make the audience memorize as yesteryears Devdas.

In the illustration for this, Kamalinee Mukherji is introduced as a lover of Pawan Kalyan who has a father which is played by Prakash Raj. Though the narration is brief, but generates a lot of interest and makes us feel as if we are involved in the characters. After this frame in a comic fashion, though it hurts Sanjay (Pawan Kalyan), is zoomed to another scene where the hero Sanjay attends the marriage of Kamalinee Mukherji with another person.

Then the next frame is shown and is marked as after 52 weeks. In this frame Ileana and Parvathi Melton enter the life of Sanjay (Pawan) and the incident is captured with a fighting sequence which highlights the skills of Pawan and makes him a true hero.

Then after this scene, little bit of Comedy is sprinkled for next few minutes and Ileana wins the heart of Sanjay (Pawan) with the help of the noted comedian Sunil. He erupts into the film and generates some comedy and due to his comic touch as well as some heart touching incidents, Ileana and Pawan fall in love.

Meanwhile, the next frame introduces the villain of the film which is played by Mukesh Rishi and is coupled by the comedian cum villain Tanikella Bharani. Mukesh is introduced as a dreaded factionist who never cares any law and any person and almost rules the entire region and clutches it in his fists. Though Mukesh runs his entire evil works from the jail, it looks realistic and also is possible in today’s world. The land takeover scene is well captured in the camera lens.

While Mukesh works on the sidelines, then again the songs, love making scenes and well portrayed scenic location entertain the audience and make them glued to the seats. However on the side track the war against Mukesh and Sanjay (Pawan) is well carved and makes the audience tense that some thing big may strike the hero in the form of the dreaded villain Mukesh Rishi as the hero is totally ignorant about what is happening and about the moves of the villain.

Mukesh Rishi in an incident traces Sanjay (Pawan) and tries to get hold of him, but his actions go in vein as he decides to kill Pawan after making him suffer a hell on earth. Meanwhile, Sanjay is unaware about all this which is cooking behind him and merrier his way.

From then the chase of the hero and the villain begins, but it can be reviewed as only the villain’s chase as the hero is ignorant about the villain and his moves. In a scene Pawan saves Ali, and reveals emotionally that his child hood was a hell and this is due to poverty. But his dialogues and his body language does not suit this variety of heavy loaded senti’s. It makes the audience remember, about his initial stages of his career, like his films “Akkada Ammayi -Ikkada Abbai” which had heavy loaded dialogues in the middle and in the climax.

Then the Interval Break is given Guys, cheer up! Gets some popcorn and cool drinks

The story after the interval start with Pawan starting his childhood saga, as he narrates to his friend how miserable his childhood life was and how he succeeded from his young life to his present age. This also brings on the screen, about his Naxalite life and the reason for joining their organization of Naxalism. Though the reason is well strong in its place, but the story starts to deviate a little bit from its usual entertaining part. Sanjay (Pawan) is also promoted as a commander in chief in the naxals group and to bring some cheer in the audience faces, Mahesh Voice is edited into the narration and this truly brings some relief in the minds of the audience.

Suddenly some group of Naxal’s mob the hero and the reason for it is suspense. Adding to this Prakash Raj also enters the story again as a police officer and what happens in the climax is a suspense which has to be seen on the big silver screen.

Performances

Power Star has given his 100 5 to this film and the fruitful results for his hard work are already ringing at the box office. As usual his dressing style and his costly Pepe jeans wardrobe will be seen on the screen. His shirts and his over-shirts are really a must watch on the silver screen. His powerful dialogue delivery with a punch in it makes us believe that he is truly a big hero for sure.

Coming to the glam dolls, the skin show is mostly done by Wally cleavage Ileana and the ravishing Parvathi Melton. All the costumes worn by them are revealing and super. Especially the black sari worn by Parvathi Melton makes the temperatures in the pants of every male audience soaring as her naval part is so sexy .And last but, not the least Kamalinee Mukherji is also superb in her brief role. Her costumes are a must watch for every young girl and if interested can also be purchased to pep up their Boyfriends and also the society with the latest trend.

Coming to the songs of Devi, they are average and only one song is worth watching which the title song is. May be Manisharma would have done more justice for this movies script.

Trivikram Srinivas has done a good job. The script part is also well woven and is apt for Pawan. The choreography is done very well.

Overall this film is like a breezer in this summer and Pawan with his wholesome family entertainer has won all his fans hearts again.

This film will surely run towards 100 days and even it can cross the 150 days mark with the help of Pawan’s Fans.

Banner: Geeta Arts
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Prakash Raj, Mukesh Rishi, Ileana, Parvathi Melton, Kamalinee Mukherji, Brahmanandham, Ali, Sunil, and Shayaji shinde.
Direction: Trivikram Srinivas
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Producer: Allu Arvind

Jasla Movie Rating :3.5/5

Sops for forest officials in Naxal areas

BHUBANESWAR, April 2: In a bid to give its anti-Naxal movement a boost and address the long-standing demands of forest employees, the state government today announced a slew of benefits for them.

Now, the forest employees posted in the Naxal-infested areas will be insured like the police personnel and will be eligible to ex gratia in cases of death and injury. In these cases, they will be entitled to special and family pension, chief minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik said.

Mr. Patnaik also informed that steps will be taken to fill up the vacancies in forest department in a regular basis and added that the promotion related matters will be addressed. As an interim step, the number of deputy rangers have been raised to 168 from the existing 62.

Similarly, as many as 50 special striking forces will be deployed to take prompt action against the criminals. Adequate staff, vehicle and ammunition will soon be arranged, he assured.

The forest rangers, deputy rangers and foresters will be entitled to Rs 350 per month as motor-cycle allowance. The forest guards will be getting Rs 350 per month as food allowance and Rs 75 as cycle allowance.
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Six suspected naxalites arrested in Jharkhand

Ramgarh (Jharkhand) (PTI): Six suspected naxalites were arrested on Thursday in Ramgarh district.

A special police team led by Superintendent of Police Amol Homkar, intercepted a car carrying six activists of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a breakaway group of the CPI (Maoist), near Topa area in the district, police sources said.

A self-styled area commander of the outfit, Surendra Ganju, was among those arrested here.

Two country-made revolvers, cartridges, two knives and unspecified number of cell phones were seized from them, the sources added.

The police claimed that the group had recently set on fire two machines at the Topa colliery of the Central Coalfields Limited.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Maoists attack Bihar village, kidnap four labourers

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Patna, April 2 : Over 200 suspected Maoists attacked a lawmaker's village in Aurangabad district of Bihar, set on fire three vehicles being used by his construction company and kidnapped four labourers, the police said Wednesday.

A group of armed rebels Tuesday night attacked Kala Pahar, the native village of Vijay Kumar Singh alias Dabloo Singh, a Lok Janshakti Party legislator from Nabinagar in Aurangabad, about 125 km from here.

"Maoists attacked my village in search of me and my father. Thank god we were not there," Singh said.

Police sources said the Maoist guerrillas opened fire to create panic among the villagers after they swooped on the village. But no casualty was reported.

Another group of suspected Maoists attacked the camp office of the construction company run by Singh near Ordi Pahar and set on fire two dumpers and an earth-digging machine. They also kidnapped four labourers at gunpoint.

Police suspect the Maoist attack was linked to an extortion demand from the construction company.

Singh's father Mathura Singh is a contractor. Two years ago, Maoists had attacked and destroyed properties at another of his construction sites.

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Top Maoist Leader, Wife Killed In Andhra Pradesh

Wednesday 02nd of April 2008
The Maoist movement in Andhra Pradesh received a major setback Wednesday when the police gunned down a top leader and his wife.

Communist Party of India-Maoist central military commission member G. Saraiah alias Azad and his wife Padma, also a Maoist guerrilla, were killed in a gun battle with the police in the forests of Kantanapalli in Eturu Nagaram mandal of Warangal district, about 200 km from the state capital here.

The police said the gun battle took place when the personnel of the elite anti-Maoist force Greyhounds were combing the forests.

Police officials claimed that during the combing operations the Greyhounds personnel came face to face with two Maoists who opened fire when asked to surrender. They were killed when the police returned fire.

They were later identified as Azad and his wife, a member of a 'dalam' or a Maoist armed squad.

The `central military commission' is responsible for all guerrilla actions by the outfit, which is active in over a dozen states including Andhra Pradesh.

Hailing from Velishala village in the same district, Azad joined the Maoist movement 25 years ago and rose to become one the top leaders of the outfit.

He was a key suspect in the killing of 16 tribals in Nizamabad district in 2002. The Maoists gunned down the tribals on suspicion that they were working as informers for the police.

Azad was the brother of another key Maoist leader, North Telangana special zonal committee secretary Ganesh, who had escaped after several gun battles with the police in the past.

Contradicting the police version of events, Maoist sympathiser and revolutionary writer Varavara Rao alleged that Azad and his wife were killed in a stage-managed gun battle.

He said there was no possibility of Azad visiting Warangal district and alleged that he and his wife were arrested by the police at some other place and were killed in Warangal district.

The killing of Azad is another blow to the Maoist movement that has lost many top central and state leaders and cadres in the state in the last three years.

The police and the Greyhounds have considerably weakened the Maoists in their former stronghold. The police have killed over 300 Maoists including key leaders in the last three years.

Maoist violence, which claimed more than 6,000 lives in the last four decades, is already on the wane in the state. The police claimed that the Maoist violence went down by 50 percent in 2007.

Rebel retreat after shootout

RAJ KUMAR

Ranchi, April 1: Aided by night-vision bombs, the police gunned down eight Naxalites after a fierce, three-hour encounter early today in the Makhatu forests of Garhwa district.

Among the dead were a CPI (Maoist) self-styled sub-zonal commander Basant Yadav, two area commanders, Lalanji and Rajendraji, and a woman cadre, Chotki.

The police also recovered 12 weapons, including a self-loading rifle, four .303 rifles, four .315 rifles, one double-barrel gun, one country-made pistol, 50kg of gelatine sticks and 400 rounds of ammunition.

Around Monday midnight, Naxalites opened fire moments after the police intercepted them at a checkpost around 2km from Bandhu village in Ranka police station area, about 200km from Ranchi.

“A group of around 20 rebels was going towards Rangpura village from Khatwa More on a tractor when the police intercepted them around 12.45am for a routine security check. They immediately opened fire,” said state police spokesperson R.K. Mallick.

The police retaliated and after a gunbattle of over two-and-a-half-hours, eight Naxalites in their trademark fatigues were killed. No policemen were hurt, he said.

“In the first half-an-hour there was a continuous exchange of fire. Later, this became intermittent — one following the other. Finally, when the firing stopped it was around 3.30am,” said a police officer from Garhwa.

In fact, the firing would have probably continued if Naxalites did not retreat fearing more losses, he added.

Sources said during the encounter police used para bombs that illuminate the area. “Hence, it was relatively easy for us to identify the targets and take aim. Also, the Naxalites could not take advantage of the darkness,” another policeman from Garhwa said.

Director-general of police V.D. Ram, who rushed to the spot along with inspector-general of police (operations) D.K. Pandey this morning, has declared an award for the policemen who took part in the operation.

Constables and officers of the CRPF 13th battalion’s D company, the Jharkhand Armed Police 7th battalion and a few state police officers would get a cash award of Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.

“They will also be recommended for gallantry awards and get a commendation letter from the state police chief. Two officers from the state police will also be promoted,” added Mallick.



Bomb light fells rebels
RAJ KUMAR

Ranchi, April 1: Police gunned down eight Naxalites after a three-hour fight in the light of their night-vision bombs in the Makhatu forests of Garhwa district.

A self-styled sub-zonal commander of the CPI (Maoist), Basant Yadav, two area commanders Lalanji and Rajendraji, and a woman member, Chotki, were among the rebels who fell to the police bullets on Monday midnight.

The rest of the gang beat a retreat, leaving behind a self-loading rifle, four .303 rifles, four .315 rifles, a double-barrel gun, a country-made pistol, 50kg gelatine sticks and 400 rounds of ammunition.

Sources said the night-vision bombs — para bombs used to illuminate an area — had been of great help to the police.

“They made it relatively easy for us to identify targets and take aim. Also, the Naxalites could not take advantage of the darkness,” a policeman from Garhwa said.

The Maoists opened fire moments after the police intercepted them at a checkpost near the forest, 200km from Ranchi, around 12.45am.

“A group of around 20 rebels was heading to Rangpura village from Khatwa More on a tractor when the police stopped them for a routine security check. They immediately opened fire,” state police spokesperson R.K. Mallick said.

After a fierce gun battle that lasted almost till dawn, the eight Naxalites lay dead.

“In the first half-hour, there was continuous exchange of fire. Later, it became intermittent — a shot from one side was followed by a reply from the other. Finally, the firing stopped around 3.30am,” an officer from Garhwa said.

Had the rebels not fled, the firing would have continued, the officer added.

Director-general of police V.D. Ram, who visited the spot this morning, has declared a cash reward for the policemen who took part in the operation.

War on terror: Police feels top court was misled

01 April, 2008 03:47:31 NewsByte

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Bhopal/Raipur, April 1: Top officials of the Chhattisgarh police feel that the Supreme Court was being "misguided" in the PIL where a group of petitioners, led by Nandini Sundar and Ramchandra Guha are seeking the apex court’s directive to prevent the state government from arming the adherents of the people’s led anti-Naxalite campaign, salwa judum. A division bench comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice Aftab Alam had observed that it was not the state government’s business to be disbursing arms to civilians with the purpose of killing since this risked invocation of Section 302 of the IPC.

Senior police officers told this newspaper that the legal view was that the Supreme Court’s observations constituted nothing more than obiter dicta. Hence, they would not form part of the final order. "Such comments are never recorded". Scores of critical remarks amounting to obiter dicta were made by the trial court against Lalu Prasad Yadav in the disproportionate assets case, but he was still cleared of all charges. The real issue would be decided on the basis of affidavits and counter affidavits. "So there is nothing to worry", the officers said.

The officers, however, felt that the learned judges may have avoided airing their opinion if a "truer picture" had been given of the ground realities in the Maoist-affected areas. To begin with, it was a misnomer to describe all the 23 odd government-run relief camps in the Bastar division as salwa-judum assemblies. The camps were by villagers who had left their homes in protest against the continued Maoist terror. Among them were old men, women, and children. Another group constituted youths loyal to Opposition leader Mahendra Karma who was at the forefront of salwa-judum, and frequently led peace marches against the Maoists.

A third group, the smallest in number, was that of the special police officers (SPOs), who had been hired and trained under a statutory police provision, much like their counterparts in J&K and the Northeast.

The disbursal of arms was confined to this group since it was their job to protect the relief camps.

"So there are no civilians who have been armed per se." The refugee population in the relief camps fluctuated from 38,000 to 59,000 depending on the availability of food and work elsewhere. "Roughly 3,400 of them are SPOs".

Centre defends Salwa Judum as necessity

2 Apr, 2008, 0119 hrs IST, TNN



NEW DELHI: Realising that discrediting the Salwa Judum movement could endanger the survival of village defence committees, a tested model of police-civilian co-operation in conflict theatres like J&K and northeast, the Centre on Monday stoutly defended the popular anti-Naxal uprising in the Supreme Court, notwithstanding the pressure from allies like the Left to disband the movement.

Additional solicitor-general Gopal Subramanian, appearing for the Centre, supported the Chhattisgarh government and said the petitioners’ claims of excesses by Salwa Judum were exaggerated. “The perception put forth by the petitioners is subject to much moderation,” he said.

He further argued that “when hundreds of people are killed by Naxalites, the state has to do something to protect them.” According to senior officials at the Centre, with the police’s numbers falling short, the Centre had no option but to rely on village defence committees, comprising civilians duly armed by the state, as the immediate responders to terrorist and insurgent attacks.

VDCs are a time-tested model of civilian-police partnership and the primary responders in the event of a terrorist/criminal attack. Be it Jammu and Kashmir, northeast, or, in the past, the dacoit-infested areas of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and UP, the VDCs — comprising civilian volunteers who are given arms and paid an honourarium that ranges from state to state — have acted as a deterrent for insurgents and criminals, besides instilling a sense of security among villagers. In the event of an attack, the armed VDC members act as first responders, engaging the attackers till the police arrives.

The experience so far, according to a senior MHA official, has been that the armed VDC members carefully use their arms, concentrating on self-defence than killing the attacker. Besides, each and every bullet that is given to VDCs is accounted for, restraining them from misusing the state weapon.

Mr Subramanian on Monday argued before the Supreme Court that there was little truth in the allegations of atrocities by ‘trigger-happy’ Salwa Judum SPOs. He informed the court that the director of National Institute of Criminology was conducting a study on the controversies relating to the popular anti-Naxal uprising in Chhattisgarh. The Centre, he added, was awaiting his report which would possibly remove the misgivings regarding Salwa Judum.

State government counsel Manish Singhvi, on his part, submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday that many of the allegations of excesses by Salwa Judum activists were found to be false upon inquiry. The state, in its affidavit, said the PIL was an attempt to eulogise Naxalism even though the state had suffered a lot due to Naxal menace.

The Supreme Court, however, in its observations commented that arming private persons was not in the realm of legality. “The allegation is that the state is arming private persons. You can deploy as many police personnel or armed forces to tackle the menace. But, if private persons, so armed by the state government, kill other persons, then the state is also liable to be prosecuted for abetting murder,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Aftab Alam.

Police zero in on Maoist sympathisers

Wednesday April 2 2008 13:24 IST
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PARADIP: The Jagatsinghpur police has identified over 25 Maoist sympathisers in Ersama and Balikuda areas of the district.

Although the ultras were operating in these areas for some time, no steps had been taken by police to find out about their base.

But the Nayagarh mayhem and the subsequent combing peration at Sambalpur made the district police alert. This apart, a lady Maoist cadre Manju Muduli alias Rina belonging to Janakeideipur village under Ersama police limits was arrested by Bhanjanagar police after the Nayagarh incident.

The police team from Jagatsinghpur, which went to Bhanjanagar to interrogate Rina, got information about several Naxal cadres and sympathisers in Ersama and Balikuda areas.

Police also verified the names of about 40 to 50 young girls and boys, whom they had listed as suspected Maoists ympathisers, with Rina.

SP R K Sharma said police have identified a number of Maoists in Balikuda and Ersama areas but added that there were no plans to arrest them.

"We will convince them not to indulge in such activities," he said.

ORISSA : Police organisation of state turns 73

Statesman News Service

SAMBALPUR, April 1: Utkal Diwas and 73rd foundation day of Orissa police was celebrated at Sambalpur with gaiety and grandeur by district administration, different organisations and the district police.
Officials of the district administration held a meeting to celebrate Utkal Divas where the collector of Sambalpur Mr Pradeep Patnaik presided. The chief guest Mr Madhusudan Padhi, the revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) of northern division stationed here went down to the glorious past of the state including its skill on navigation and heroic activities. “We are progressing towards a new era with lot of industrialisations and creating ample irrigation facilities for the farmers,” Mr Padhi said and appealed people to come forward for the reconstruction of this state full of with natural resources of all kinds.
Collector Mr Patnaik expressed hope that Orissa would emerge as a developed state soon in the country due to various developmental activities and also inflow of crore of rupees for a number of projects including infrastructural development.
In the police ground, the IG of Sambalpur Mr Surendra Panwar took part in the customary parade and appealed officers to gain the confidence of the people. “Police is passing through crucial times due to growing Naxal and Maoist activities. But we have to fight out with courage,” Mr Panwar said.
On this occasion the IG awarded Mr Pradeep Kumar Sahu, the officer in charge of Sasan police station and five other police officers for their outstanding performances during the past year.
Keeping pace with celebration; the Koshal Kranti Dal (KDD) a regional outfit for the causes of western Orissa and also a newly registered political party demanding a separate state held protest meeting highlighting the step motherly attitude of the consecutive state governments at Bhubaneswar. “We were not in Orissa. Only in 1936, a small portion of western parts merged with Orissa and the very day was the beginning of exploitation to this part,” said Mr Pramod Mishra, the president of the party. They celebrated the day as ‘Koshal Mukti Samavesh’ where people from different districts of western Orissa including Boudh and Athamallik took part. Mishra also didn’t forget to criticise the leaders of his home district-Balangir.
Mr Hamid Hussain, Mr Abdul Zamal Khan, Mr Panu Nayak ex MLA, Ms Sadhana Samantray and many other leaders of KDD and Koshali Ekata Manch (KEM) appealed people to take oath for formation of separate state within coming five years. They also further appealed to elect at least 20 MLAs to the Assembly in the coming election

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

HC declines women organisation's plea on Gaddar

Chennai, March 31: The Madras High Court today declined to stay a single judge's order denying permission to a women's organisation to hold a function in connection with Women's Day in which Gaddar, a pro-naxalite folk singer from Andhra Pradesh, was to participate.

When the appeal filed by Padma, general secretary of Puratchigara Pengal Viduthali Maiyyam (Revolutionary Women's Organisation) came up for hearing, the First Division comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Prabha Sridevan posted the matter for final hearing in the last week of April.


On March 28 last, Justice K Mohan Ram had declined permission to the body to hold the public function slated to be held in a city auditorium today.


Contending that the impugned order violated 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, the appellant alleged that it was contrary to law, weight of evidence and probabilities of the case - Agencies

Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Naxalite factions slam FB leadership

Statesman News Service
SILIGURI, March 31: Several Naxalite factions today flayed the Forward Bloc’s decision to seek alliance with the CPI-M before the panchayat polls alone and retrace back to the Left Front fold. The Naxalite leaders termed the FB leadership’s decision as ‘shameful’ and predicted mass disagreement within the rank and file of the party especially in its Cooch Behar unit.

Mr Abhijit Majumder, the leader of the CPI-ML (Liberation) said that the decision was unfortunate. “We had hoped to form an alternative Left Alliance comprising the disgruntled Left allies like the Forward Bloc apart from several Naxalite factions. The barbaric Dinhata police firing on 5 February had strengthened our hope that the Forward Bloc would quit the Left Front. Our hope has been belied as the party leadership surrendered to its political compulsions. The decision would create resentment in the FB rank and file,” he said.

Mr Sridhar Mukherjee, the leader of the CPI-ML (New Democracy) also slammed the FB leadership’s decision to remain part of the ruling alliance. “Attachment to power dies hard. It is proved again. The party has got accustomed to collecting huge funds using important portfolios like the food ministry,” he alleged.

In a similar vein, Mr Nathuram Biswas of the CPI-ML (Jana Shakti) and Mr Indranil Bhattacharya of the CPI-ML (Provisional Central Committee) criticised the FB’s decision and predicted that FB supporters in Cooch Behar would revolt soon against the leadership's buckling under pressure.

8 Maoists killed, 80 landmines recovered by Jharkhand police

Joint teams of the Jharkhand police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday achieved two major successes against the Naxalites in two separate operations.

Security personnel gunned down eight hardcore CPI (Maoist) cadres, including a woman and a sub zonal commander, in Garhwa in the wee hours in a fierce encounter and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession.

They also recovered 80 landmines planted on a 1.5-2km stretch of macadamized road in Bokaro in a special operation, which is still continuing. Director General of Police VD Ram said the recovery of landmines was the biggest in Jharkhand. Police sources said it was the biggest haul in the eastern region so far.

The Maoists were gunned down at Bandu village under Ranka Police Station in Garhwa after 1 am on Tuesday when they were moving on a tractor. “We had received a tip off about the movement of Maoists. One SLR, four 303 rifles, three 315 rifles, one stengun, one DBBL gun, one country made revolver and large number of live cartridges besides naxal literatures and belongings of the Maoists were recovered,” the DGP said.

Of the eight deceased, one was identified as Basant Yadav, a sub zonal commander, while two others are suspected to be Rajesh Paswan and Lallan Thakur, area commanders of the CPI (Maoist). “Others are yet to be identified,” the DGP added.

Regarding the landmines recovery, the DGP said it was made from the forest area in Bokaro between DTPS and Nawadih police stations after the police teams acted on a tip-off and pressed landmine search devices into service. The landmines had been planted in a series to target police, he pointed out.

He announced Rs 20,000 cash reward to each of the officers of Jharkhand police and CRPF who participated in the Garhwa operation and Rs 10, 000 cash reward to each of the CRPF jawan. Each of the JAP-7 personnel who were part of the operation would get a cash reward of Rs 20,000. The DGP said he would also recommend their names for gallantry awards.

As many as 320 Naxalites, 280 policemen and 750 civilians have been killed in naxal incidents in Jharkhand, ever since its creation on November 15, 2000.

'CRPF to devise new ways to tackle militancy, naxalism'

New Delhi (PTI): CRPF, countering militancy and naxalism in the country, will devise "new ways" in fighting Maoists spread over various states, its new Chief V K Joshi said here on Tuesday.

"The force would "devise new ways and means for fighting naxal cadres," Joshi told reporters after taking over as the Director General of the world's largest para-military force.

He disagreed with suggestions that there was lack of "professionalism" within the force to counter naxalism and said though left wing extremism was a major problem, the para-military force was fighting it successfully for last five years.

A 1971-batch IPS officer from Bihar cadre, Joshi, who was appointed as the head of the para-military force late last night, said he would soon be visiting Chhattisgarh, the worst hit state due to naxal violence.

Joshi, who has also been asked to be hold the Additional charge of Director General of ITBP, brings with him over three decades of experience in the Intelligence Bureau, where he held sensitive postings.

A recipient of President's Police Medal and President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service, 59-year-old Joshi will focus more on intelligence based operations against militants in Jammu and Kashmir, insurgents of Northeast and Left wing extremists.

He refused to compare the present assignment with that of his previous one. "ITBP guarded our borders with China which is largely dormant...it would be a different ball game altogether for me," Joshi said.

NMDC mines hit by Naxal protest

BS reported the strike called by the Naxalites in Dandakaranya zone in protest against the killing of 17 rebels in an encounter near Pamed in Bijapur district recently crippled the transportation of iron ore from country’s largest iron ore producer and exporter, the National Mineral Development Corporation on March 31st 2008.

Sources said even the mining works in the NMDC was affected as workers did not turn up for work fearing violence.

As per report, railway also suffered loss as no trains plied on the Visakhapatnam to Kirandul section today as precautionary measure to deal with the bandh. About two dozens rakes daily ply on this section transporting iron ore from NMDC’s Dantewada facility to Visakhapatnam from where it is shipped to Japan and other countries. This is the second time in a week when transportation of iron ore was disrupted. Earlier, the rebels had called for bandh on March 26th 2008 on the same issue.

Iron ore transportation by road was also crippled as transporters preferred to keep the vehicles off the road.

Top naxal 'commanders' killed in Jharkhand

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Ranchi: Eight Maoists, including a self-styled sub-zonal commander and two area commanders, were killed in a fierce encounter with the Central Reserve Police Force at Mukato forest in Jharkhand's Garwah district on Tuesday.

Also see: Naxals continue to target rail tracks in Jharkhand | 11 naxals, 6 CRPF personnel killed in Chhattisgarh

"All the bodies were recovered after the encounter that took place between 1 am and 2 am today," Deputy Inspector General of Police R K Mullick told PTI in Ranchi.

Bodies of the self-styled sub-zonal commander 'Basantji' and Maoist area-commanders 'Lalanji' and 'Rajendraji' were identified, he said.

One SLR, four .303 rifles, four rifles, one carbine, one pistol and a DBBL gun were recovered from the spot by the security forces, he said.

Eight Naxalites killed in Jharkhand

Posted April 1st, 2008 by Sahil NagpalIndia News Jharkhand Ranchi, Apr 1: At least eight Naxalites were killed in an encounter with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Jharkhand's Garwah District late on Monday night.

According to reports from the CRPF headquarters, the Naxalites were killed in an encounter with the 13th battalion of the CRPF.

A huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including 20 quintals of gelatine explosive, was also recovered from them.

In 2007, 478 Naxal-related incidents were reported in which 175 civilians were killed. On 14 occasions, trains were targeted in Jharkhand.

Naxals also engaged 60 encounters with the police and the CRPF last year.

Till February this year, 58 incidents were reported, 15 encounters conducted and 19 extremists killed.

The forces were successful in preventing any attack on trains. In all, 14 civilians have been killed in naxal attacks in the past two months. (ANI)

For ‘Naxal list,’ DGP blames Naxals

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Pune, March 31 No list of Naxalites was drawn up or made public by the police, said the new Director General of Police AN Roy, referring to controversial “list of Naxalites” allegedly released by the State police, which reportedly bore names of prominent social activists like Baba Adhav, Medha Patkar as well as several NGOs. Roy who was on a routine visit to the city on Monday hinted that it could have been a tactic used by the Naxalites to divert the attention of the police force.
“The police had not drawn up the list in the first place, but the media had splashed the news of the ‘list’. No such list was ever released,” said Roy, who hinted the Naxalites could have intentionally raked up a controversial issue for vested interests.

Roy, who had returned from his trip to Naxalite infested areas like Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli district, also admitted that the recent incident when two surrendered Maoists from Vidharba decamped with a couple of AK 47 rifles and ammunition from a police sub-divisional office in Vidharba was a “serious offence.”

He said that several things in the State Government’s surrender policy had not been implemented and a meeting with the heads of the concerned departments would soon be held.

Roy also reiterated that the Naxalite problem had been successfully confined to the regions where they first erupted, and not allowed to spread.

Earlier in the morning, Roy had inaugurated an anti-human trafficking nodal training cell as well as the website of the Centre for Police Research in Pashan. “The police are not very sensitised, when it comes to human trafficking cases,” admitted Roy who added that the convergence of resources in the form of co-operation and co-ordination between the police, the civil society as well as NGOs was essential to change the mind sets of the police.

“Often human trafficiking issues assume secondary importance as compared to murders and dacoities. But more attention should be given to trafficking which is more of a social than a purely criminal issue,” said Roy.

He said that upgradation of professional policing skills, checking Naxalism and terrorism and a people-friendly police force would be his priorities. After expressing concern over the rising rate of accidents, he said a committee to check drunken driving would be functional in several regions shortly

Monday, March 31, 2008

Maoists strike halts iron ore mining

Raipur, March 31 (IANS) A day-long general strike called by Maoist guerrillas Monday in Chhattisgarh halted iron ore mining and transport services, the police said. The protest in the Dandkaranya region was called to protest against the killing of 17 guerrillas March 18 in a joint police operation involving the Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh Police in Bijapur district.

Those killed included several Maoist commanders.

The transport of iron ore from the National Mineral Development Corp’s (NMDC) mines at Bailadila in Dantewada district was severely hit because no trains plied on the Jagdalpur-Kirandul route during the strike. Even in Kirandul areas, dozens of mining workers did not turn up for work fearing the Maoists.

India’s largest iron-ore producer and exporter in the public sector, the NMDC has major mining facilities in Kirandul and neighbouring pockets that form the sprawling Bailadila hills.

The NMDC takes the Bailadila iron ore to the port city of Visakhapatnam for exports to China, Japan and other countries.

The strike had the maximum impact at Dantewada, Bijapur and Narayanpur districts where transporters kept their vehicles off the roads and the business community downed shutters.

“No untoward incident was reported,” Girdhari Nayak, the inspector general of police in charge of Maoist operations, told IANS here.

Dantewada District Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma admitted that no buses plied on the Sukma-Konta national highway 221.

Fear grips AP-Chhattisgarh border villages

Monday March 31 2008 12:04 IST
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KHAMMAM: Girijan villages in the Khammam agency areas and Dandakaranya forest in Chhattisgarh are in a grip of fear as security has been beefed up in the area to brace up for tomorrow’s bandh call given by Maoists.

The State Intelligence department has also hinted that Maoists may carry out a major strike to avenge the Kanchala encounter in Chhattisgarh in which 17 of their comrades were gunned down recently. “A war-like situation is prevailing in the villages. Already North Telangana zonal committee secretary Chandranna and Dandakaranya zonal committee secretary Kosalu sent enough signals to the State Government with a warning that it should be prepared for a retaliatory attack,” senior police officials told this website’s newspaper.

Though the police took all precautionary measures to ward off any threat, fear is lurking in the villages with the locals fearing that the Maoists may resort to violence in their strongholds of Dantewada and Bijapur districts in Chhattisgarh and Agency areas of Bhadrachalam.

Earlier, the Maoists have attacked base camps of Salwa Judum many a time in the past. Even in the encounter at Chhattisgarh, they believe that police could eliminate their colleagues only after being tipped off by Salwa Judum activists.

“In the present circumstances, Maoists may attack Salwa Judum base camps to avenge the encounter,” officials said. Even in 2006, the Maoists attacked the Yerraboru base camp of Salwa Judum in Dantewada district killing 36 of them.

Later, the Maoists shifted their strategy and started attacking IAS officers. Recently they attacked the convoy of Dantewada collector Shouri and SP Rahul Sarma. The officials escaped unhurt due to the timely action of the security personnel. Following this, the Chhattisgarh Government provided additional security to IAS officers and at base camps.

As many as 40,000 refugees from 201 villages in Dantewada district and 10,500 from 274 villages in Bijapur district are taking shelter in these base camps. Protecting these hapless people has become a burden to Chattisgarh Government due to lack of security forces. Apart from this, frequent Maoist attacks on the camps have been giving jitters to Chattisgarh administration.

The situation is no differnt in North Telangana areas. Already, the people’s representatives and ruling party leaders have shifted to safer places. Personnel of Greyhounds and CRPF have been put on high alert to meet any eventuality and enough indications have already been sent to the lower rung staff that Maoists may indulge in surprise attacks either tomorrow or in the coming days.

All police stations situated on the border areas of Bhadrachalam Agency have been strengthened and put on high alert.

SC questions Chattisgarh over people's anti-naxal movement

New Delhi (PTI): "You cannot give arms to somebody and allow him to kill," the Supreme Court said on Monday while taking a serious note of a petition alleging that the Chattisgarh government was allegedly arming civilians involved in "Salwa Judum" movement to fight naxals.

"It is a question of law and order. You (state government) cannot give arms to somebody (a civilian) and allow him to kill. You will be an abettor of the offence under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code," a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Aftab Alam said.

The Bench said a neutral agency should inquire and assess whether people had joined Judum camps on their own.

The Court's remarks came during the hearing of two petitions seeking a direction to the state government to refrain from allegedly supporting and encouraging the "Salwa Judum," a people's movement to counter naxalism.

The state government had earlier denied that Judum was a state-sponsored movement and said that action shall be taken if any Judum activist transgresses the confines of the law.

The PILs also alleged that the condition in Judum camps was bad and people involved in the movement should be allowed to go back to the forests in view of the upcoming sowing season.

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said he met officials of the Intelligence Bureau officials and concerned ministry on the issue. He said the government has asked the Director, National Institute of Criminology, to probe the ground situation in these camps.

He said if the report does not satisfy the court, the Centre would be open to further suggestions.

Police should tackle Naxals not common man: SC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has criticised the Chhattisgarh government for giving arms to the people to take on the Naxalites.


The apex court said the police and paramilitary forces should be deployed to tackle the Naxals and not common people.


Questioning the anti-Naxal Salwa Judum movement started by the state government in 2005, the Supreme Court also called for an independent assessment of the situation arising out of it. The court was hearing a petition that demanded disbanding of the Salwa Judum.


Earlier, the Veerappa Moily committee appointed by the Centre had slammed Salwa Judum and demanded a ban on it. The case will come up for hearing next on April 15.


Till date both the Centre and state governments have been denying their role in propping up the movement. The Moily Commission, however, has said Naxalism cannot be defeated by counter-insurgency movements.


Chhattisgarh is the worst affected state in the country with over 12,000 km of Indian territory outside the control of the government. Over 50, 000 tribals have been forced to take refuge in state-protected camps.


Salva Judum is largely a creation of divisive state politics, particularly the opposition Congress.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

TN: Policeman injured in bomb attack

Dindigul (PTI): A member of a police team was injured in a bomb attack by a five member gang involved in a theft case at a village in Kodaikanal hills early on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred at Sempatti in Pallangikombai village.

However police managed to nab four gang members. One of those who escaped, a woman from Kerala, was later caught by the local people and handed over to police, they said.

A case under IPC 379 (punishment for theft) has been registered against the gang by police, who had gone to Kodaikanal on a tip off that the five were staying there.

Meanwhile, unofficial sources claimed that the gang members were Maoists. They recalled the visit of the ADGP to the area recently and said he had come on specific information that some extremist elements were hiding there. Local people had informed police about the suspicious movement of the gang in the hill area.

In December 2007, four Maoists were arrested at Marugamalai in Theni district when they were preparing the ground to give arms training for their cadres. Later their accomplices, including Maoist leader Sundaramurthy, Karthick and Easwaran and Balakrishnan, were arrested.

There was also exchange of fire between police and the Maoist gang in Varushanadu in which three Maoists were seriously injured. Two others surrendered.

Bastar on alert after Maoists snap power supply

Raipur, March 30 (IANS) With power supply disrupted in over 150 villages in Chhattisgarh after Maoist guerrillas damaged electric poles, police fear the rebels may carry out attacks at night. Patrolling has been intensified in the villages in southern region of Bastar, where the rebels damaged five 133-KV electricity supply poles Friday.

“The entire Usur block and some areas of Bhopalpatnam block are facing a blackout since Friday night. We fear the rebels may use the opportunity to attack either police or civilians installations,” Ankit Garg, district superintendent of police, told IANS on phone Sunday.

He said extra police deployment has made in the villages. “Security around police stations and outposts have been strengthened and police presence has been increased in and around government installations,” Garg said.

Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) engineers have been sent to install new poles to resume the supply, but that is unlikely before Tuesday, sources said.

In Bijapur, Maoist guerrillas carried out the biggest ever attack on a police camp in March 2007 and massacred 55 policemen at Rani Bodli village.

In June last year, the rebels blasted three high-tension transmission towers that created a blackout for more than a week in the entire Bastar region - Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar.

Woman Maoist Surrenders

Sunday March 30 2008 15:48 IST

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ADILABAD: Kursinge Kousalya Bai alias Kamalakka, belonging to CPI (Maoist), surrendered before the district police on Saturday.

She hails from Lothera in Jannaram mandal and joined the dalam in 2004 after a rift with her husband. She participated in the attack on a police camp at Rani-Bodli in Dandakaranya of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh in which six Maoists and 55 policemen died.

Bomb explosion near rail track

Sunday March 30 2008 06:35 IST

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HOSUR: Panic gripped the railway station area when some bombs exploded bombs exploded on the tracks between Samilpatti and Dasampatti railway stations near Krishangiri on Saturday.

According to sources, Masilamani, a railway gatekeeper near Samilpatti railway station, heard explosions at 11.30 am. He, along with other railway officials, rushed to the spot. Live detonator sticks were also found on the tracks.

Superintendent of Police Thenmozhi, Salem Railway Commissioner Moses Fernandes and other officials recovered the explosives.

Officials, however, said the explosions did not damage the railway track. Police suspect the hands of Naxals in the incident.

Bihar cops get success against Naxals

29 Mar 2008, 0157 hrs IST,TNN

BEGUSARAI/NAWADA: Following an encounter with the CPI(Maoist) near Karauna Soti under Birpur police station, Begusarai police arrested 10 rebels on Friday afternoon. Also on Friday, Nawada police destroyed a Maoist opium farm at Jamdaha village under Rajouli police station.

The arrested persons included armed women members of the banned outfit. Besides, the police were successful in recovering a huge cache of arms from the Maoists that included four rifles, one of them a looted police rifle, two pistols of foreign make and a country-made pistol.

Police also recovered uniforms used by the rebels during their armed operations. Begusarai SP Amit Lodha said two policemen were injured in the gunbattle that lasted for more than an hour. He said the police had gone to the place following a tip off that the Maoists were having a secret meeting near Karauna.

In Nawada, police carried out the raid on the opium farm following a tip-off that the Naxals were growing opium at Jamdaha. When the raiding party reached the village, the Maoists fired on the security forces forcing the latter to retaliate.

Police recovered a loaded rifle, some gunpowder and other explosive devices from the area. Police also came across a "katta" factory in the village which was later destroyed along with the illegal opium plants grown on a five-acre plot.

Nawada SP Vinod Kumar said the Maoists cultivated the opium to generate funds. The SP said three persons have been arrested. "The arrested persons are directly or indirectly associated with the Maoists," he said.

Detonator blast might be handiwork of naxals, police suspect

Chennai, March 30 Yesterday's detonator blast in a railway track between Samalpatti and Thasampatti near Oothangarai in Krishangiri district, might have been the handiwork of naxals, who were at the receiving end in the wake of recent crackdown on them.

Police suspect that considering that it had taken place near Oothangari, a place once a beehive of naxal activity and where top naxal leader Siva was killed in an encounter with the police a few years back, the naxals would have planted the detonators at the track which exploded when the Patna-Ernakulam Express train passed through.

However, the passengers of the train had a miraculous escape.

Though police said the gelatine sticks used at the railway track near Krishnagiri might have been brought for stone quarry purpose, police also suspect that the blast would have been done by the naxalites following a series of setback suffered by them. It may be noted that two days ago, six Tamil terrorists were arrested in Cuddalore. Also, 11 persons belonging to Tamil Nadu Liberation Army were sentenced to ten years imprisonment in connection with the 1994 bomb attack at Kullanchavadi police station in which a policeman was killed.

The Madurai High Court also ordered 10 years imprisonment for Punithan, a naxalite involved in Kodaikanal blast. Following the verdict, a group decided to raise funds in Chennai, so that they could appeal in the Supreme Court. However, police refused to give them permission to conduct the meeting at a marriage hall in the city. Also, police refused to give permission to Gaddar, a popular ballad singer and a sympathiser of Naxalite to participate in a conference in Chennai. The meet was organised to extend support for the arrested women naxalites near Oothangarai after the encounter killing of Siva. Following a series of setbacks, the irritated naxalites would have planted the gelatine blasts near the railway track, police said. - Bureau Report

Published: Monday, March 31, 2008

Surrendered Maoists escape with AK-47s

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Gondia, March 30: Two surrendered Maoists in Maharashtra decamped with a couple of AK-47 guns and ammunitions from a heavily guarded police sub-divisional office, police sources said today.
The incident occurred at Deoli police sub-divisional office in east Vidarbha last night when Maoists Arjun and Korcha escaped on a police motorcycle carrying two guns, a hand-grenade and seven magazines.
The Maoists had surrendered to the police last year and were supposedly under constant police surveillance, sources said.
The incident created embarrassment for the police top brass as chief minister Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh was also visiting the district today.
Mr Deshmukh told reporters after attending a farmers’ rally at Rajegaon-Bagoli near here that the incident would be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty of laxity in surveillance would be dealt with sternly.
While no police officer was immediately available to give details of the escape, sources told IANS that the surrendered Maoists were working as police informants and, having won the confidence of the police rank and file, had access to all parts of the police office.
The incident comes barely days after new state director general of police Mr AN Roy's tour of the Maoist-affected area comprising Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli district.
Rounding off the tour Thursday, Roy told reporters at Gadchiroli that the Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) set-up in the region was fully equipped and in a state of high alert.

Pak continues to train terror outfits: Home Ministry

Sunday, 30 March , 2008, 10:36


New Delhi: The presence of terror camps in Pakistan continues to haunt the security establishment in India, which still feels that ISI-sponsored outfits like JeM, LeT and al-Badr are responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks in different parts of the country.

"Terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan and PoK remains largely intact and continues to be used by Pak-based and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-sponsored outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba and al-Badr for carrying out acts of terror in different parts of the country," the Union Home Ministry said.

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Noting that there was no change in the attitude of the ISI in training terror groups like the LeT and JeM, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan recently said one of the greatest dangers India faced was terror camps being run on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border by the al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

He said Pakistan continued to acquire missiles and other weapons and its military strategy remains India-centric.

According to the latest Status Paper on Internal Security brought out by the Home Ministry, these outfits are "well organised, interlinked, and have the latest hardware and communication equipment".

The "current strategy" of terrorist groups is to recruit and train local modules and activate them when required, maintain flow of finances to sustain terror network and supply hardware through land and sea routes.

Their strategy is also to target vital installations, economic infrastructure, VIPs and political leaders, attack soft targets like market places, mass transit system, places of worship and congregations, and also provoke communal tension to create a wedge between communities.

The Home Ministry said terror attacks like Samjhauta blast, Mecca Mosque attack, twin explosions in Hyderabad and incidents at the Dargah Sharif in Ajmer, besides the blasts in court premises in Uttar Pradesh "have been committed by externally based and sponsored terrorist outfits with some local help".

A senior Home Ministry official said some recent incidents suggested that outfits like LeT and JeM used territory and elements in Bangladesh and Nepal for movement of men and material. The involvement of HUJAI-Bangladesh has come to notice in some of the recent incidents of terrorist violence, he said.

He said Indian youth were recruited by LeT and HUJAI-BD, which has links with LeT and JeM, for training in Pakistan and PoK, and re-launched into India "for sabotage and subversive activities".

As part of measures taken to meet the challenge, the official said states are regularly sensitised and specific intelligence inputs shared with them by Central agencies about the plans and designs of terrorist outfits.

He pointed out that a number of terrorist modules have been busted in different states by the state security and intelligence agencies in association with central agencies.

The States have also been asked to set up and strengthen well equipped and specially trained special police units to deal with acts of terror.

The Home Ministry has earmarked separate funds under the Police Modernisation and Security Related Expenditure schemes to enable states to strengthen local capabilities.

The Centre has also decided to allocate Rs 500 crore during the 11th Plan for development of infrastructure in naxal-hit areas.