Friday, June 06, 2008

Maoist sympathiser arrested in Orissa district

KalingaTimes Correspondent
Malkangiri (Orissa), June 6: A Maoist sympathiser was arrested from MV-79 area of the district on Thursday evening for his alleged involvement in the recent murder of a local lawyer and local Biju Janata Dal leader.

Raghunath Majhi(37), a native of Kalahandi district who had been living in the district for nearly two decades, had strong links with the Left wing extremists, according to Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye.

Majhi was arrested from his house in MV-79 locality. He has since been remanded to judicial custody, police said on Friday.

The victim politician, Prabir Mohanty, was killed in MV-79 area on the night of May 26.

Two armed Maoists had come to his house and taken him inside the nearby forest. Mohanty's dead body was found the next day.

Meanwhile, Braja Majhi, a CPI leader and brother of Rahgunath Majhi, said that his brother was innocent and had no links with the Maoists.

Raghunath Majhi had been falsely implicated in the case pertaining to the murder of Mohanty, he claimed

Red army’s dark blast

OUR CORRESPONDENT
Raipur, June 5: A day after the trial, Naxalites today hit in a bigger way and plunged 1,500 villages and four district headquarters in Bastar into complete darkness by bombing a high-tension power transmission tower in Dantewada.

The rebels on late Tuesday night had damaged 14 power poles and had cut-off power supply in 50 villages of Narayanpur as a part of their attempt to blackout the region during “black June”.

Last year, too, rebels damaged towers in the same area and kept Bastar without power for 11 days.

According to police sources, armed rebels reached an interior area of Barsoor in Dantewada district, some 500km south of the capital, around 10am and blew up 220KV supply towers. The tower collapsed completely in the impact of the blast.

Besides the 1,500 villages in Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur and Bastar, four district headquarters plunged into darkness.

The power and water supply was affected in urban areas as well, as senior officials grappled with the situation.

Chief minister Raman Singh, who termed the blackout, an “in-human” act, held an emergency meeting with senior officials and asked the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board to restore power supply at the earliest.

Technical staff rushed to Bastar district headquarters, but refused to travel to the blast site without adequate security. Two senior board officials took off in a chopper this afternoon and conducted an aerial survey.

The work of re-erecting the tower and connecting the supply lines would start from Friday. As a part of the contingency plan, the government is supplying power in Bastar and other district headquarters from neighbouring districts.

Senior officials are also in touch with the Orissa government to borrow power from the neighbouring state till the supply was restored.

Board officials said the tower had been “badly damaged” and would take 12 days to be repaired.

The government is arranging for large generators to work in the affected areas so that minimum infrastructure may be provided.

Aim to develop rebel areas

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Hope at hand?
Bokaro, June 5: Deputy commissioner of Bokaro Pravin Kumar Toppo feels that Naxalism prospers in underdeveloped areas. To curb the menace he has now decided to take action.

After being posted as the deputy commissioner of Bokaro for nearly 10 months, Toppo constituted a six-member committee that will advise the administration on the construction of new roads, electricity poles, health centres and water towers in the Naxalite-affected villages of Bokaro.

The committee members include Priya Dubey, the superintendent of police in Bokaro, Ravi Ranjan, the district forest officer, V.S. Sharma, the CRPF commandant and M.L. Sharma, the deputy development commissioner, besides the deputy commissioner himself.

Despite floating several tenders for the construction of an 18km roadway in the periphery of the Jhumra hills, none, including government agencies, turned up fearing retaliation from the rebels.

Though Rs 5 crore is lying unutilised in the fund for several years no one has dared to seek the contract after receiving warnings from extremists.

The committee has been asked to give its report within seven days so that construction of projects could be started soon.

While speaking to The Telegraph deputy commissioner Pravin Kumar Toppo said he is determined to start projects in Nawdih, Gomia, Petarwar, Bokaro thermal and the Kasmar blocks.

There will be more 'Operation Nayagarha', warn maoists

ORISSA Jun 6, 2008



Friday June 6 2008 09:02 IST
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BERHAMPUR: Almost four months after the Nayagarh raid and attack on police stations along Ganjam- Nayagarh, red ultras have now come out in open to claim responsibility. In a booklet circulated in different places, the Maoists chronicled why and how they executed the raid. According to the booklet, the operation was code named ‘Operation Ropeway’.

They have warned that in future more such operations will be carried out in retaliation to government actions. They have claimed themselves as ‘revolutionaries’ or ‘Naxalites’, not ‘terrorists or ultras’. It is the government and its machinery which are engaging in exploitation of the common man and using brutal force to suppress the mass movement, the Maoists claimed.

All the elected governments are acting as agents of capitalists, but the people are not fooled by them rather they are whole-heartedly supporting the Naxalite movements, the booklet stated. In this operation around 193 cadres participated, out of which 50 women cadres were armed with only 100 weapons, 20 automatic or semi-automatic weapons and 80 low-grade weapons.

Naxalites back RSP proposal

Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, June 5: Several Naxalite factions are inclined to support the alternative Left Front proposal mooted by the Revolutionary Socialist Party, though most of them expressed their reservation about the Trinamul Congress.
According to the Naxalite leaders, it is time for all Left parties who have a true commitment towards a radical transformation of the socio-economic structure to come together and form a broad-based Left platform.
The RSP has recently carried forward the alternative Left Front notion and the party will soon organise a convention in New Delhi on the issue.
Endorsing the RSP proposal, veteran Naxalite leader Mr Kanu Sanyal said that the proposal came at the right moment.
“We have reservations about the RSP being on friendly terms with the Trinamul Congress, though,” Mr Sanyal said.
Mr Abhijit Majumder of the CPI-ML (Liberation) and Mr Indranil Bhattacharya of the CPI-ML (Provisional Central Committee) also expressed the same view, though Mr Sridhar Mukherjee of the CPI-ML (New Democracy) said that his party was not hostile towards the TMC.
Slamming the CPI-M, Mr Kanu Sanyal said that the party had ceased to be a Left organisation.
An alternative Left consolidation is a must excluding all the rightist parties like the TMC,” Mr Sanyal observed.
Welcoming the RSP proposal, Mr Abhijit Majumder said that the grim socio-economic situation warranted the formation of an alternative Left Front. “The CPI-M must be taught a lesson, but we will not accept the TMC,” he said.
The CPI-ML (PCC) also echoed the view. “We will staunchly support the RSP's proposal though TMC should be kept out,” the CPI-ML (PCC) leader Mr Indranil Bhattacharya said.
Moving a step further, Mr Sridhar Mukherjee, a CPI-ML (ND) leader said that his party had no reservation towards the TMC. “The principal task is to remove the CPI-M from power,” Mr Mukherjee said.

Formation of private armies

Sanjay Kumar (HindustanTimes.com), Press Trust Of India
New Delhi
First Published: 00:00 IST(3/1/2007)




It was in the late '60s that that the lower caste peasants drawing inspiration from Naxalism, raised the banner of revolt against the traditional exploitation of the landlords. The upper caste landlords, who till now were brutal in their dealings, relied on newly formed private armies to counter the emergence of the new power centre.

Caste Configuration


The dominant castes of Bihar constitute around 13% of the state's total population. They are often called the forwards. They comprise the Brahmins, Rajputs, Bhumihars and Kayasthas.

The Yadavs, Kumis, Koiris and Banias are the dominant caste among what are called the backwards. They constitute around 19 % of the population. The other castes among the backwards include Nonia, Dhanuk, Lohar, Kumhar, Barhi, Nayi and Sonar. They constitute around 31.45% of the total population of state.

The Scheduled Castes are around 14% and Sheduled Tribes around 9% of the undivided Bihar. The most notable among the Scheduled Castes are Bhumij, Chamar, Dhobi, Dom, Dusadh, Musahar, Nat and Pasi.

Formation of private armies

The Rajputs were the first from among the upper castes to form the private armies. In 1969, the Kuer Sena was formed by them to crush the voice of landless workers and Dalits, who were now united under the Naxalite banner.

One significant aspects of the caste war is that it is not always the upper caste men who try to suppress the voice of the landless peasants. The dominant among the backwards (also called the intermediate castes) are more brutal in their dealings. The massacres at Belchi, Pipara and Parasbigha are case in point.


The '80s saw the formation of private armies belonging to almost all upper and intermediate castes. The formation of Kuer Sena was followed by the Brahmarishi Sena of Bhumihars, Lorik Sena of Yadavs, and Bhoomi Sena of Koiris.
The Brahmarishi Sena of Bhumihars is active in Jehanabad, Gaya, Nawada and Munger districts. The Bhumihars are regarded as caste different from the Brahmins, who consider the former inferior in the social hierarchy.

The Bhumihars, however, regard themselves as constituting a caste on par with the Brahmins, with the word Bhumihar meaning "owners and cultivators of land."

The lorik Sena of the Yadavs is quite active in the areas around Jehanabad, Patna, Nalanda, Madhepura and Saharsa. The Ahirs or Yadavs are an agricultural caste whose hereditary occupation is cattle raising. They tend flocks and herds, and though most are settled cultivators, some still roam about selling milk and ghee.

The Bhumi Sena is the private army of the Kurmis, whose main occupation is cattle raising. They make the Harijan landless peasants work at gun point without paying them the minimum wages.

The massacre at Belchi, Masaudhi Dhanrua and Paliganj by the Bhumi Sena are the fallout of this struggle. They are quite active in Patna, Nalanda and Barh districts of Bihar.

The Azad Sena was formed by the Koiris to counter the rising power of the Harijans. Although the Koiris are agriculturists, pure and simple, they are distinguished from the Kurmis and other cultivating castes by their skill in growing vegetables. They have stronghold in Gaya, Nalanda and Rohtas.

Alarmed by the Bara killing (in which several Scheduled Caste peasants were killed), the CPI-ML formed the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC). The basic objective with which the MCC was formed was to protect the interests of the poor and the Harijans.

But unfortunately, they have also not been able to keep themselves away from the caste war of Bihar. They are active around Bhojpur, Jehanabad, Patna, Palamu, Gaya and Aurangabad.

The '90s witnessed the formation of a Government headed by Laloo Prasad Yadav. The CPI-ML joined the mainstream politics in December 1992, after remaining underground for over two decades.

The CPI-ML's rise symbolized symbolized the active participation of the Dalits and poor in the electoral politics for their own mobility. According to Government officials, the influence of CPI-ML and MCC, which were earlier confined to central Bihar, has now spread to 43 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand.

The Ranvir Sena is known to have been patronized by well-to-do landlords belonging to the powerful Bhumihar caste of Bhojpur district since August 1994. Intelligence sources say influential Bhumihars belonging to practically all the mainstream political parties support the Ranveer Sena. In fact the Sena represents the aspirations of all elements fighting against the Naxalites.

Unlike other caste armies, Ranvir Sena extends help to all landlords irrespective of caste, to come together and fight the "Left menance." With its emergence, the conflict between the landowners and the landless has intensified.

Of late, the radical Left groups have increased pressure on landlords to raise wages. They punish those who resist their directive by forcibly harvesting the crop and also prevent the people from working on those fields.

The animosity among the feuding group is so intense that every action by one group is retaliated by the other vehemently, causing a never ending chain of bloody reprisals.

According to confirmed sources, the Sena goons received arms training from some former paramilitary personnel. In fact, the entire Bhojpuri speaking belt of (Arrah, Chhapra, Siwan, Gopalganj and Champaran) has the tradition of sending its young people to the Army and paramilitary forces.

While on leave, these personnel equip the Sena men with the latest techniques of warfare, keeping them far ahead of the Naxalites.

The Bathani Tola massacre of July 11, 1996 was a turning point in the State's troubled caste history. 21 Dalits were killed by the Ranvir Sena men. The then CPI-ML General Secretary Vinod Mishra declared an "eye for an eye" policy just after the Bathani Tola massacre. But the figures indicate that they have only been at the receiving end.

It is clear that the Sena has only one agenda, which is to eliminate the Naxalites from the plains of Bihar. A statement released by the Sena clearly announces its intention, "Being forced by the atrocities of CPI-ML, we the kisan putras (sons of peasants), have formed the Ranvir Sena. We have taken the pledge to clear the CPI-ML dogs from their roots in Bihar. We are determined to avenge every killing of peasants by assassinating a hundred Naxalites."

Maoists luring people with money and medicines

Ranchi (PTI): It's not alone on gun power that Maoists are taking people into their fold in Jharkhand - medicines and money are the new baits in the poverty-stricken areas of the state.

The recent arrest of some Maoist leaders has given police an insight into their method of recruitment which could range from assistance with money and medicines to coercion at gunpoint.

"They approach poverty-stricken homes to get people into their fold. They often begin by giving financial help to families in difficulty and also provide medicine in case someone falls ill," Inspector General of Police (Hazaribagh) B B Pradhan told PTI over phone.

And when money and medicines don't work, it is coercion.

Once a Maoist squad ordered meals from a family in a village and saw a young girl there. The squad leader forced the family to let their daughter join the women's wing of the ultra-left outfit.

The family had little choice, but to give in.

After gaining confidence of villagers, the Maoists start preaching how the 'haves' dominated and exploited the 'have-nots'.

"They compare the standard of living and amenities of the rich and the poor in towns and rural areas and tell the villagers that they were being ignored by the government," Pradhan said.

"The recent arrests of certain Maoist leaders have revealed their style of recruitment," said the police official, under whose jurisdiction naxal-infested districts like Bokaro, Hazaribag, Koderma and Giridih fall.

In order to counter the Maoists, police is holding street plays and have introduced community policing.

Security of banks reviewed

Posted at Friday, 06 June 2008 09:06 IST
Lucknow, June 6: In the backdrop of an incident of looting in a bank by naxalites in Jharkhand, the Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday held a meeting with bankers to discuss security arrangements in banks.

"We have asked the banks to install Global position system (GPS) in vehicles carrying currency and other valuables and use close circuit cameras to keep a tab on the activities of anti-social elements", ADG Law and Order Brijlal told reporters after the meet.

He said that after naxals looted over Rs five crore from ICICI bank in Jharkahad the objective of the meet was to review security of banks in the state especially in naxal infested areas to prevent occurrence of any such incident here.

Senior officials of STF, Intelligence and banks attended the meeting, he said adding that besides RBI officials of private banks also participated in the meeting.



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Child soldiers in Red corridor

Soumyajit Pattnaik, Hindustan Times
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Bhubaneswar, April 30, 2008
First Published: 01:02 IST(30/4/2008)
Last Updated: 01:09 IST(30/4/2008)


Child soldiers have entered India's Red Corridor in good numbers. Video CDs on Maoist training recovered by the Orissa police on Sunday have shown the Naxals relying on children in the age group of 8-15 to help them send messages, track police movements and fight "class enemies".

Children are also seen in the CDs accompanying gun-wielding Maoists raising slogans against the government. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already ordered the state police to take "stringent action" against the use of children by Maoists.

The CDs have originated from Naxal-infested Malkangiri district of Orissa, which shares borders with the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh and Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. Malkangiri superintendent of police Satish K Gajbhiye told Hindustan Times, "We have ample evidence of the use of children by Maoists in Malkangiri district. Several insurgent groups across the country and organised crime syndicates also use children. This is nothing surprising. I watched the video CD, since the children were raising slogans in Hindi, they definitely do not belong to Malkangiri district. Perhaps the CD was shot in a neighbourng state."

Another senior cop told HT on condition of anonymity that the children were shouting just two slogans in Hindi and no district SP would step forward to say that Maoists are using children in such large numbers under the officer's jurisdiction. On the issue of the Bal Sena, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "The state police and the paramilitary forces have been told to take stringent action against the use of children by Naxal groups."

According to Unicef, a child soldier is any person under 18 who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups. There are international protocols which ban the use of direct use of all children under the age of 18 in hostilities and prohibit all military use of under-18s by non-government armed groups.

According to Malkangiri SP Gajbhiye, the child soldiers perform several tasks ranging from actual combat to the laying of mines and explosives, tracking combing operations and spying. They also serve as couriers for the Maoist groups. Sources said Maoists are especially targeting children from poor families by promising them a future to live in dignity. Young girls too join such groups to escape being forced into early marriages and other kinds of exploitation. Maoists also organize cultural shows to win over the impressionable minds.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Maoists Cut Off Chhattisgarh Power Supply, Police On Alert

Thursday 05th of June 2008
Nearly 1,500 villages in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region were plunged into darkness Thursday after Maoists blasted power supply towers, officials said.

Security has been stepped up in the entire mineral-rich region.

Power was cut off Thursday morning in the Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar and Narayanpur districts after leftist insurgents brought down 220 KV electricity supply towers at Barsoor in Dantewada district.

Officials said it may take a week or more to resume normal supplies.

'Security has been put on high alert in the region with more police forces and paramilitary troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed at government installations,'' Inspector General of Police Girdhari Nayak, who is overseeing the operations against the Maoists, told IANS.

Security has also been heightened at 23 government-run relief camps housing about 50,000 tribals in Bijapur and Dantewada districts that have been prime targets of insurgents in recent years.

Chief Minister Raman Singh described the blackout in Bastar as 'extremely grim'. He called an emergency meeting with Chief Secretary Shivraj Singh and state-run Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) officials and engineers to take stock of the situation.

Terming the Maoists' act as 'inhuman and anti-people', Singh asked the CSEB officials to immediately rush a team, under police security, to begin work for resuming the power supply.

Singh also appealed to the people to maintain calm amid 'unprecedented blackout and help the authorities to resume supply as early as possible'.

Chhattisgarh's Bastar region is spread over 40,000 sq. km. and the Maoists have been running a de-facto administration for almost two decades in its forested interiors.

Last May, the rebels had repeatedly attacked power infrastructure in Bastar that kept the entire region in darkness for over a week. They even attacked a CSEB team that was working to restore supplies

Now Maoists seek resumes to recruit youths

Bombay News.Net
Thursday 5th June, 2008 (IANS)

Youths wanting to become Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand will now need presentation skills. Maoist groups are seeking resumes to shortlist candidates who will then face an interview - to explain why they want to take up arms.

If they pass the interview, the selected candidates will be placed in different categories and draw salaries varying from Rs.1,000 to Rs.3,000 a month.

The recruitment drive has been launched by five Maoist outfits active in Jharkhand, police sources said.

The police have recovered over 100 neatly filled application forms from Maoist hideouts. Fifty of them were seized in Tamar block of Ranchi and in Jamshedpur and Khuti districts.

The application forms seek information sought for any job. These include the candidate's name, father's name, educational qualification and why she or he wants to enlist.

The successful candidates will be initially asked to spy on the police and undergo arms training. They will be taken in only after their credentials are verified thoroughly.

According to Naresh Prasad, the deputy inspector general of police (Ranchi range), most candidates mentioned in the seized application forms that they had tried to join the Jharkhand Police but were rejected.

'The candidates have tried to impress the Maoists by spewing venom against the police and the government,' said another police official.

The five Maoist groups active in Jharkhand are the Communist Party of India-Maoist, Jharkhand Prastuti Committee, Tritiya Prastuti Committee, Jharkhand Liberation Front and Sangarsh Jan Mukti Morcha.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. In the last seven years, over 1,200 people have been killed in Maoist linked violence.

MOI suspects Naxalite presence in Kuwait

Published Date: June 05, 2008

KUWAIT: A recent security report issued by the Ministry of Interior has warned against Naxalite groups' attempts to infiltrate Asian laborers into GCC countries like Kuwait, reported Al-Rai. The report described the group as the most menacing in all of the Indian subcontinent. According to the report, the group has been identified as the one that works among poor farmers and workers, supplying them with arms to wage a war against their respective governments.

Further, the report warned that the group has decided to leave India for the GCC states, since they consider the Middle East as their second enemy -- capitalists who achieve progress by importing cheap Asian labor and treat them inhumanly. Moreover, the report argued that there was evidence that the group managed to penetrate many GCC states including Kuwait. It says that this is indicated by the relatively more organized labor strikes and demonstrations, that have been organized lately -- for example, the
Afghani workers attack on their country's embassy in Kuwait.

The report called for 'rationalizing' the entry of Asian workers, especially Bangladeshis, since many were involved in criminal acts. They should be hired only as cleaners and shepherds, the report suggested. A close watch should be kept on Naxalite activities in Kuwait. This will help prevent undesirable penetration of Asian communities into Kuwait,, the report stated.

Maoists kill 3 tribals, burn down 6 vehicles

Thursday June 5 2008 09:55 IST
B Satyanarayana Reddy

KHAMMAM: In a fresh bout of violence, the Maoists unleashed terror by killing three tribals and setting half-a-dozen vehicles ablaze in Dantewada district of neighbouring Chattishgarh as part of their Jana Chaitanyam (Public Awareness) campaign.

According to information reaching here, businessman N Ramakrishna (30) and his associates T Laxmaiah (50) and S Nagaraju (30), all residents of Chintakunta village in Charla mandal, left for Kondapalli in Chattisgarh on a two-wheeler three days ago.

At Basavagu, they ran into armed Naxalites and then took another route to Kondapalli. En route, they were again accosted by the ultras.

Believing them to be police informers, the ultras killed and buried them in the same area. The news of the tragedy petered into their village only on Tuesday night.

In other incidents, the Maoists set ablaze two private buses on the Nerli ghat road and torched four tippers at Bachali area in Dantewada district on Tuesday night.

According to Dantewada Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma, some 50 armed Maoists stopped the Raipur- Kirandul buses. They asked the passengers to alight and then torched the vehicles.

Before fleeing under the cover of darkness, the Maoists also fired upon the police, who rushed to the ghat road. At Bachali, 25 km from Dantewada, some 40 Naxals burnt down the tippers engaged in civil works.

These incidents of vandalism are part of the ‘Jana Chaitanyam’ along the Khammam-Chattisgarh border being held from June 1 till 9.

The Maoists have also pasted posters and distributed pamphlets in the tribal villages asking them to leave their places.

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Kuwait says naxal elements infiltrating Gulf nations: report

Dubai, Jun 5 (PTI) Kuwait has claimed that Naxalites have infiltrated into Gulf countries, blaming them for a wave of strikes by foreign workers in the region.
According to a recent report of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior, there was evidence that the group had decided to enter Gulf countries, which are their "enemy No 2 after India", because of the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to Asian labourers in the region, a daily has reported.

Suggesting new curbs on Asian workers, the Ministry has proposed that their entry be "rationalised", so as to prevent naxal element from creeping into the country.

The security report, which has identified naxals as 'a group that works among poor farmers and workers, supplying them with arms to wage a war against their respective governments', has warned against their attempts to infiltrate Asian labourers into GCC countries.

"The ministry suspects the recent protests by labourers in different parts of the Gulf could have been part of Naxal activities, as protesters even attacked embassies of their countries," Al-Rai daily quoted the report.

The Naxals, the report said, consider the Middle East as capitalists who achieve progress by importing cheap Asian labour and treat them inhumanly and hence their enemy.

Citing corruption and failure to stop residence permit trading as the major causes of this problem, the report called for "rationalising" the entry of Asian workers, especially Bangladeshis, "since many were involved in criminal acts".

It further said that Asian workers should be hired only as cleaners and shepherds and a close watch should be kept on Naxalite activities in Kuwait to prevent undesirable penetration of Asian communities. PTI

Naxal knock in Vindhya region: Intelligence should be alert

Naxal activities in the State presently seem to be on the decline. But, the silence of Naxals in Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori etc should not be taken for granted that Naxalites have become good people. This silence may indicate that they could be busy in making big strikes. Some times back their activity was reported in Sidhi. According to recent information, naxalism is spreading gradually from Rewa to Allahabad area. They have formed an organisation with the name of RAC (Rewa Allahabad Chitrakoot). Activities of this committee indicates that the newly formed Singrauli district might be made centre of extremism. According to information, from the border of Uttar Pradesh earlier they had been running training camp and now this Naxal organisation is busy in extending the affected area through RAC. Committee activists are busy in provoking anger among the villagers who live adjoining areas of hills and jungles. Poor, Dalit and tortured tribals are joining this committee rapidly. According to news, Sidhi, Singrauli and Rewa of the state and Mirzapur, Allahabad and Chitrakoot districts of Uttar Pradesh are being made centre of naxal activities. According to intelligence sources, Singrauli is energy capital of Vindhya and there are possibilities of good investment in future. Naxals would try to take advantage of it spreading terror. The naxals get chance and take advantage due to poverty, starvation, exploitation and torture in this area. Local police-administration would have to keep an eye on their activities. There is need to make intelligence and information system more strong. The government should pay attention for checking extremist activities in Vindhya area. Otherwise naxals may launch big strikes leading to deaths of innocent people.

Naxalites enter Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY : The Ministry of Interior Affairs has received information that extreme leftist group members called Naxalites have entered Gulf countries, including Kuwait. This group is considered one of the most dangerous groups in the Indian Subcontinent and it has been waging a violent struggle against landlords and other rich people on behalf of landless laborers, reports Al-Rai daily. In a security report, the ministry said the group decided to enter Gulf countries, which are their enemy No 2 after India, due to high capitalism and alleged inhuman treatment meted out to Asian menial laborers in the region. The ministry suspects that the recent protests by menial laborers in different parts of the Gulf could have been part of Naxal activities, “as the protestors even attacked embassies of their countries.”


The ministry said some of the protestors were Bangladeshi expatriates who protested when their companies failed to pay their wages and added that this sector of people were involved in the highest number of violent crimes in the country. These menial workers mostly work at cleaning companies or as shepherds and farmers. The ministry stressed that securitymen will double their surveillance and inspections at locations frequented by menial laborers. “The huge increase in marginal Bangladeshi expatriates has caused many troubles to citizens and many developed countries like US and UK too are suffering due to unwanted laborers in their countries,” it noted.


A large number of these marginal menial laborers are staying in the country illegally and mostly meet in Abdullah Port, Sabhan Industrial Area, Amghara Scrap and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh areas. The ministry expressed concern that these people may form groups and gangs and can spread crime and fear in the country and “some of these groups communicate with international organizations and give misleading information in an attempt to demand their rights.”
Corruption and failure to stop residence permit trading are the major causes of this problem, stated the ministry in the report.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Six Maoist guerrillas arrested in Jharkhand

Ranchi, June 4 (IANS) Six members of the Jharkhand Liberation Tiger (JLT), a Maoist group, were arrested Wednesday in the state’s Gumla district, the police said. The Maoist rebels were arrested from Gumla district’s Bagacha area after they had extorted money from a petrol pump owner. The arrested Maoist guerrillas include Ravi, who is an area commander of the organisation, the police said.

The police have seized two pistols, 20 live cartridges and Rs.17,000 cash from them.

JLT members are active in Gumla, Garwah and Hazaribagh districts of Jharkhand.

Rebels target power supply after a year

OUR CORRESPONDENT

WHAT NEXT?
Raipur, June 3: In the activity calendar of Naxalites, June seems to be the month for damaging power supply lines in Chhattisgarh.

A year after plunging Bastar region into darkness for 11 days, rebels damaged 14 electricity poles in Narayanpur district — cutting power in as many as 50 villages — late last night.

According to police sources, 25-30 heavily armed rebels raided the Mahimangwadi and Chotedonagar area on the Orcha Road in Narayanpur district on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The rebels used iron rods to dig up the base and uproot a few poles, sources said, adding that 14 poles were damaged and subsequently that stopped power supply to 50 villages in the area. Officers said unlike last year, rebels did not use explosives to blow up the poles.

On June 1, 2007, Maoist guerrillas blew up supply towers between Kondagaon and Narayanpur and managed to plunge Bastar into darkness.

Besides the rural belt, power supply was also disrupted in the urban areas. It took the state power board 11 days to re-erect the towers and restore supply, as electricity board workers were often targeted by the red cadre.

Sources in the power board today said that the repairs had started in the area where the rebels damaged the poles.

Learning from previous year’s experience, strict security has been provided to the workers and technical staff of the electricity board engaged in the repair, a senior police officer said.

Sources said major damage had been caused to the poles and to the supply network, which would take at least three-four days to repair and put back in place.

It’s a fusion of bullet and ballot’

Amit Sengupta Kathmandu

Exclusive interview with Baburam Bhattarai in his residence at Ekantkuna (literally, Lonely Corner) in Kathmandu, amid major political churning, hardening of stances across the spectrum and suspense in political circles.

It's been more than a month after the Maoist victory in the Nepal elections, but there seems to be a new crisis emerging every day. Do you think something positive will come out of the post-poll process?

Something positive has to come out. People want change. The traditional forces of the monarchy have been defeated. The people of Nepal want drastic changes - qualitative not quantitative change. The parliamentary parties like the Nepali Congress have no radical agenda. They have once again started making the same noises, after their decisive defeat. Ultimately, there is no option for them but to accept this positive result.

The way parties like the Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) are reacting to the results, clearly reluctant to accept the people's mandate, is this just posturing, or are there real problems?
I don't think so. This happens everywhere. Post-elections, the ruling parties who have taken themselves and their power for granted, when they lose, they obviously create problems. But they won't be successful. We will like to include all the parties.
There are serious problems. These parties are now openly against the integration of the People's Liberation Army (PLA - armed Maoist guerrillas) into the Nepal Army. Even the army top brass is reportedly opposing it.
The PLA's integration in the Nepal Army is part of the peace accord: the Comprehensive Peace Accord. The Nepal Army and the PLA is on an equal footing. Under the mutual agreement between the parties, both the armies have been kept in camps under UN supervision. So how can they oppose the integration of the PLA now? Besides, as agreed in the peace accord, we have always emphasised the democratisation of the Nepal Army. A special security committee will be set up to initiate the process of integration.
Are the other political parties in the 'seven-party alliance' creating obstacles?
Clearly, they are going back on their word. The other mainstream political parties don't have any political or social agenda. They have no agenda of restructuring the State. They have no vision. No roadmap. We had a roadmap. We had a manifesto of socio-economic change. Now they have suddenly woken up after their comprehensive defeat.

The political parties have suddenly created new conditions for power-sharing in the new government led by your party. They want the Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL) to be dismantled. Do you think it is possible?

They lost the elections. Instead of looking inwards they are manufacturing all kinds of false allegations. They did not have the agenda of the abolition of monarchy earlier; they had no vision of socio-economic change. They had no objectives or vision. Most of them are very corrupt. That is why they were rejected by the people. Almost 60 per cent of our winning candidates are young people, including those below 40-year-old. So how can we throw away the youth who fought for us, or voted for us?
Was there intimidation during the polls?

You can't force people to vote. In remote areas as in Kathmandu, people have overwhelmingly voted for us. They have voted for us in big urban areas like Biratnagar and Pokhara. We won because the people voted for us. These charges of intimidation of voters are totally ridiculous. Even now, the stories they are splashing on the YCL are local disputes. These disputes happen all the time.
There are allegations by the parties that the land captured by the Maoists are not being returned to the owners.

Peasants have occupied the land during the long peasant struggle. Tilling the land is their legitimate right. We will set up a comprehensive commission to usher in scientific land reforms. We will see to it that no injustice is done to anyone.
Will you have great difficulty in pushing your agenda once you are in the government: land reforms, for instance?
We don't think these are difficulties. There are challenges. Our socio-economic agenda is driven against feudalism and monarchy. We have to create a democratic republic. In this struggle between bourgeois politics and Maoist revolutionary politics, for us this is a stage of bourgeois democratic revolution led by a proletarian party. We will have to do radical land reforms.

Can you be more specific? What kind of challenges do you foresee?
Political challenges. All remnants of feudalism will have to be eliminated. We will have to launch a political struggle. Besides, economic development is a challenge. Nepal is
predominantly an agrarian-based economy, semi-feudal and semi-colonial in nature. We will have to initiate progressive reforms, create the basis of industrial capitalist relations. There has to be national equality. Lenin and Mao did revolutionary changes during their specific stages in history. As I said, this is a national bourgeois democratic revolution. We can't jump from one stage of history to another just like that. We understand the theory of the classical Marxist text. We can't just jump from feudalism to socialism.

First, we have to completely do away with feudalism. We call it the 'New Transitional Economic Policy'. It sounds like the NEP (New Economic Policy) of Lenin, but it is not the same in content and character. We want to make 'Public-Private Partnerships'. The State will take the lead in this initiative. For instance, education and health will be under the State sector. There can be private initiatives in other sectors. We will appreciate and accept Foreign Direct Investment. We have to increase productivity, build infrastructure. Nepal's economic base is very week. We have to build extensive road and railway networks. There is a big potential of water resources and energy. We will invite investments in infrastructure, also foreign direct investment. We can finance ourselves, the small and medium projects. But for big projects, we need investment. For instance, tourism can grow under public-private partnership.

How do you understand the relevance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism?

This is a science. It has to be creatively applied. There are certain universal principles, but there has to be specific national creativity and characteristics. There can be no dogmatic application.

How is Marxism still relevant in this era of neo-liberal globalisation, especially in the context of the Latin American experiments?

I don't see any other alternative philosophy or ideology to change the world. Where is it? As Rosa Luxembourg said, the choice is between socialism and barbarism. What you have in Iraq and Afghanistan is barbarism. If the Left can't provide the path of socialism, people will choose religious fundamentalism to resist imperialism. The Latin American experiments are positive developments.

You left the armed struggle to join the peace process. How do you look at this turning point?

We have not left the armed struggle. We were the ones who fought against feudalism and monarchy. We wouldn't be here without the armed struggle - if we did not have an armed army. It's a fusion of bullet and ballot.
We joined the peace process. If you are a democrat, you should accept the people's verdict. The people have accepted us. Now, they (the other political parties, namely, NC and UML) are being dishonest and undemocratic, clinging to power by hook or crook.

Do you think Nepal's Rightwing has made a comeback through a section of conservative Madhesi forces?

They will try and they have tried hard, but they will not be successful. It is not a monolith. There are different, heterogeneous formations. Radical forces like the Maoists have also done well in Madhes. Ultimately, the Left will triumph.

The US still brands the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) as terrorist. Does it worry you?

These are geopolitical compulsions of a big imperialist power. We have to be rational. They are trying to accept the reality, the objective reality. As for the terrorist tag - it is up to them to choose what they want. Even today they have issued an ambivalent statement that what they actually meant was different, that this was not a terrorist tag. We were never terrorists. We want to have diplomatic relations with one and all - all countries. We are here to socially transform Nepal and we will have relations with every nation which can help benefit the people of Nepal.

Do you think the Nepal army and others opposed to the Maoists will follow the protocol before and after the government led by the Maoists is formed?


The Nepal Army will follow the protocol. They will have to follow. Certain reactionary elements will try to influence the army, but they will not be successful.
How do you view India's role during and after the peace process in the current scenario?

India's role has been very positive during the last two years, during the peace process and during and after the elections. On issues such as the open border, we can sit and talk. The main thing is there should be peace and stability.
An open border with India. Can the European Union model be applied here?
The open border is not a big advantage, not even to India. The European Union: what is their stage of development? How can they be compared with Nepal with its low level of development? Mostly, the open border is unregulated. There are big smuggling networks. I would argue that the open border has to be properly managed.
What kind of a model of democracy do you visualise in Nepal? Can the Indian model be followed here?
Democracy is basically defined as 'of, by and for the people'. It depends on how we redefine it, or how the people will rule in a class-divided society. Indian democracy is replete with deep social inequities and poverty and it is for the Indian people to define it. Switzerland, France, Norway and Sweden have their own models of democracy. We have the right to choose and have our own model of democracy. We have an open mind. Why only, for instance, a Westminster model?
What is your assessment of the Parliamentary Indian Left, and the overground and underground Naxalite movement?
There are many trends in the Left. There is the moderate, reformist trend. Then there is the radical, revolutionary trend, and armed struggle. In Nepal we are free to choose what is suited for our needs. It is for the Indian people to decide which Left trend they want to choose.

Do you think the king will go?

The king has to leave. Or else he will be kicked out. If he is sane enough, he must go

CVs of aspiring Maoists in cop net

KUMUD JENAMANI

Jamshedpur, June 3: Ongoing combing operations in the Naxalite-affected Khunti district have yielded over 50 resumes that the police believe are of young adults seeking to join the Maoists.

The raids, being conducted by the police and Central Reserve Police Force across the Tamar-Khunti-Chandil region after Maoists pulled off a daring highway robbery of Rs 5.5 crore bank cash at Saldigih village in Tamar along National Highway 33 last month, have unearthed a rebel training camp in Barigara village.

According to police sources, most of those who had “applied” to join the rebels had earlier tried and failed to get jobs as constables during various police recruitment drives in districts.

Deputy inspector-general of police (Ranchi) Naresh Prasad Singh, who was monitoring the raids, confirmed the recovery of the bio-datas from the training camp. He said the police felt these were of new CPI(Maoist) recruits who wanted to join them out of sheer poverty.

Singh said an arrested rebel had revealed the outfit paid Rs 1,000 to new recruits as salary or retention money. “We gathered that most of the aspiring Naxalites were from areas within Arki police station limits in Khunti district, rural Ranchi and adjoining Tamar, Kuchai and Chandil,” he said.

The bio-datas, said the sources, looked no different from those accompanying job applications to the police department.

One had the name “Comrade Vikasji, alias Kundan Pahan”. At the bottom was his signature. In between there was usual information like his father’s name, date of birth, name of village, qualifications and reasons for wanting to join the outfit.

According to the police, once enrolled as members of the CPI(Maoist), the recruits were entitled to get arms training. After training, a majority of them were sent back to their villages to widen the network until they were summoned on “emergency duty”.

A select few were, however, inducted into the armed squad that was considered to be a prized posting. The pay, too, was higher there.

Talking to The Telegraph on the investigations into the May 21 highway robbery, Singh said although the police were yet to find the money, they had gathered crucial information on the Maoists’ network.

So far, all that the police have found are the charred remains of the armoured vehicle that was robbed and a couple of boxes in which the money was being carried.

Singh said 30 per cent of the loot would go to the CPI(Maoists) central committee. The remaining money would be parked with self-styled sub-zonal commander of the Maoists Kundan Pahan.

Cops say encounter, tribals claim it’s fake

Wednesday June 4 2008 10:24 IST
JEYPORE: Alleging that police have indulged in fake encounters, tribals of Naxal-infested Kalimela block in Malkangiri district on Saturday claimed that innocent villagers were killed in the name of Naxals.

Clad in usual tribal dresses and trekking over 150 km, about 30 koya villagers, including headmen Gilen Guda and Tonkel Guda of Kalimela block, came to an office of a media organisation to air their grievances.

They alleged that the police had been continuously torturing innocent villagers of Kalimela block and even framing the villagers who are daring to speak against the harassment.

To drive their point home, they claimed police had picked up three villagers - Madhi Bucha, Madi Vira and Madhi Gonga - 15 days back for interrogation and later freed Gonga. But the other two went missing. Significantly, 15 days back, police claimed killing two Naxal leaders of Chhattisgarh Raghu and Sunil in an encounter in Kalimela jungle. Now claiming that the two are innocent tribals, the villagers sought a high-level inquiry into the encounter.

The villagers also told the the media that due to continuous police torture many villagers are fleeing villages. Meanwhile, in a clarification, the police administration of Malkangiri told the media that the two Naxalites were indeed killed in police encounter and the complaints of the villagers are baseless

Jagan Reddy: Sakshi valued at Rs 3,500 crores

Tuesday - Jun 03, 2008
Televisionpoint.com Correspondent | Hyderabad
Do we really have to do this interview?, asks Jagan Reddy as he sits down. Ideally he would not want to be interviewed, prefers an informal, off the record conversation instead. However, he slowly opens up and answers every question asked.

Sakshi, his Telugu daily which just completed two months is reportedly doing very well, posing a threat to the well established vernacular dailies.

"It feels great, Sakshi is currently the largest circulated Telugu daily with a 13 lakh circulation. What Eenadu achieved in 30 years we have accomplished in 60 days," he says proudly. Reddy is awaiting the ABC and IRS figures to silence critics.

Circulation figures may not be easy to prove, but explaining to critics and the Opposition about where the funds for his new venture have come from, might not be easy.

"Deloitte has valued Sakshi at Rs 3,500 crores and my investors include companies like Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals, India Cements, Matrix Labs and Lanco Group, to name a few," says Reddy, adding he has always challenged wild allegations made against his investments. He sees his newspaper as number one in the Andhra Pradesh soon.

"Others will cease to matter. We want to be number one, so can't afford to be biased," he says, when asked how objective his newspaper can be with his father Dr. YS Rajashekhar Reddy heading the Congress government in AP.

Jagan explains O&M carried out a survey for the company and the results stated that 60 per cent of the people felt the product was unbiased. Another report is being carried out on customer satisfaction by AC Nielsen and based on its findings changes will be made.

Constantly justifying his funds and motives might be annoying, as everything he does or says comes under heavy scrutiny. "It's difficult being the CM's son. We don't lead ordinary lives. I don't even live in Hyderabad. Being the CM's son I chose to live in Bangalore. I'm not even in politics, yet it's the single point agenda for some people to attack me."

Why is Jagan a mystery? "I am not a mystery. I am very accessible to friends, people in my constituency and my employees. My movements have to be controlled. I'm more myself in Bangalore, but even there I have to move around with a lot of security because of the naxal threat. Being surrounded by so much security makes you conspicuous and it's embarrassing. Weekends are with my family - wife and kids."

Apart from his newspaper, his business interests include infrastructure, power projects, a cement project and an upcoming news channel to be launched in October. A public issue for Sakshi is being planned too.

Naxals find base in Nuapada woods

Tuesday June 3 2008 08:57 IST
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NUAPADA: Even as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for improvement of roads in Naxal- infested districts, the ultras have found a new haven in 600-sq km Sunabeda Sanctuary, 3,000 feet above the sea level in Nuapada district.

Sharing border with Chhattisgarh, the Sanctuary is likely to be used like Saranda forest in neighbouring Jharkhand to train cadres, as hideout and in planning attacks.

Although it was said that the Naxals had entered the district after the mayhem in Nayagarh through Sonepur and Balangir districts, it matter got clear after Nuapada SP Bhagban Mishra admitted to movement of suspected armed persons inside the sanctuary.

Comprising 15 revenue villages, the sanctuary is home to about 15,000 ethnic tribal communities including Chakutia, Paharias and Bhunjiyas. The poor condition of the tribals and cultural affinity with people of the district with Chhattisgarh have favoured the Naxals.

Mishra was, however, confident that the police are all geared up to combat the ultras with patrolling being intensified and SOG moved into the district.

The movement of Naxals was reported in Patdhara, Dhobghat and Garjanpani villages in Boden block of the district. The ultras have also reportedly organised a meeting after trudging down their villages from Mainpur in Chhattisgarh through Garjanpani and made attempts to antagonise villagers against the government.

With the Chakutia Bhunjiya Development Agency (CBDA) failing to deliver even after 15 years of its inception, the Naxals seem to have touched the right chord.

With no permanent and regular officer to head the agency, the much hyped economic development of the tribals, for which the agency was formed, remains a distant dream with the CBDA putting the onus on forest officials who reportedly do not cooperate.

Roadmap for growth in red corridor

Tuesday June 3 2008 08:36 IST
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RAIRAKHOL: Admist tight security, Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for the improvement of road in Naxal-infested areas of Sambalpur district from Rairakhol to Naktideul here on Monday.

The 29.10 km long road, with carriage way of 7 metres and formation width of 12 metres, will be improved at an estimated cost of Rs 65.11 crore. It forms part of the 1,251.2 km Ranchi- Vijayawada corridor being developed for movement of security forces and usher in development of Naxal-hit areas.

Addressing a public meeting, Naveen elaborated on the proposed road and its route but refused to name Naxal in his brief speech.

He hoped that the road will facilitate in bringing backward areas into the mainstream by elevating economic conditions of inhabitants residing in interior pockets and opening up employment opportunities. Reiterating that a new era of development has begun in the State, he said the State Government has already taken steps to provide safe drinking water and electricity to every house. The State has also grabbed a good position in industrial map of the country with investment of around Rs 4 lakh crore and at the same time farmer-friendly programmes have been introduced to boost agriculture, he added.

Apart from this, steps had been taken for the development of Hirakud Command Area and facilitate irrigation to at least 35 percent land in each block. Moreover, suitable measures have been taken for extending benefits to 10 lakhs BPL families who have been excluded from the BPL list by the UPA Government, he added.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Maoists blow up railway track, SDO's office during bandh

Patna (PTI): The banned CPI (Maoist) rebels on Monday blew up a railway track in Jamui district, blasted a portion of the SDO's office and looted foodgrains from an FCI godown in adjoining Munger district during the 24-hour bandh called in five east Bihar districts.

The shutdown was called to protest the recent arrest of their five cadres.

Traffic on Patna-Howrah line was disrupted when Naxalites blasted the up track between Narganjo and Ghorparan stations in Jamui district around 3.20 am, superintendent of railway police, Jamalpur, Vimal Kumar told PTI.

The cargo van of Poorvanchal Express, which happened to cross the breached track soon after the blast, got derailed, but no casualty was reported.

Several trains, including Howrah-Delhi Janata Express, Howrah-Danapur Express, Tata-Gorakhpur Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Amritsar-Danapur Express, were stranded at various stations, railway sources said.

The restoration work has started and it would take a few hours before normal traffic resumes, sources said.

Around the same time, over a hundred Maoists blew up a portion of the office of Kharagpur sub-divisional officer.

Though no casualty was reported as nobody was present at the time of the incident, a room of the SDO's office was completely destroyed. The Naxalites also looted several sacks of foodgrains from an adjoining FCI godown, Munger, District SP Shalin said.

The Maoists have called a 24-hour bandh since midnight to protest the arrest of their five comrades, including a member of its Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee Sunil Marandi in Lakhisarai District on May 30.

A pamphlet circulated on behalf of Jamui, Munger, Banka, Bhagalpur and Lakhisarai zonal committees said the bandh has been called to protest police atrocities on the Maoist guerrillas and the arrest of their five comrades.

Among those arrested in a joint operation by the Lakhisarai and Jamui police was Sunil Marandi alias Sunil Hembram, special area committee member of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and north Chhattisgarh.

Sunil was wanted in several cases of attack and murder of policemen, including the killing of Munger district superintendent of police K C Surendra Babu a few years ago.

Police sources said patrolling has been intensified and commandoes of the state police and central para-military forces were maintaining strict vigil and the entire has been put on high alert.

With the ultras targeting railway property, round-the-clock patrolling of tracks was going on with the help of additional forces at vulnerable stations.

Last week, activists of the banned CPI (Maoist) blew up railway tracks at Masudan station in Munger district, disrupting train movements on Jamalpur-Malda section of East Central Railway.

Over 100 ultras detonated dynamites to damage a stretch of 15 feet tracks in both up and down lines near the outer signal on May 26, disrupting the Jamalpur-Malda section for several hours.

The influence of Maoists has been growing in rural areas of Bihar due to agrarian problems and the naxal leaders say that they are fighting for the rights of the poor peasants and landless labourers.

Maoist rule in Nepal not in India’s interest: BJP

June 2nd, 2008 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS

New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday questioned the Maoists’ legitimacy to rule Nepal and said their victory in the constituent assembly elections was not in India’s interest. “The communist rule in Nepal is not in India’s interest,” senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh told reporters here.

“The CPN-M (Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist) has only one-third majority,” he added, questioning the former armed rebels’ legitimacy to rule the neighbouring country.

“There was no need to hurry with the elections in Nepal. We had requested the United Nations (UN) observers to first ensure that all the weapons (of the Maoists) were surrendered. The figures given of the number of people who surrendered was inflated,” he said.

“During the Nepal elections, there was rigging and intimidation, especially in the rural areas,” Jaswant Singh alleged.

Earlier, the BJP national executive meeting here passed a resolution on “foreign policy, national security and the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) disastrous governance”.
The resolution expressed satisfaction over elections in Nepal but underscored the need for “great restraint in the utterances and conduct of the CPN-M”.

It also demanded that the Manmohan Singh government should make its stand on the CPN-M clear.

Singh clarified that the BJP stand on the CPN-M had “nothing to do with the continuance or not of the monarchy” there. “We want a functional democracy and peace, stability and progress in Nepal,” he said.

He stated that the Indian Left parties were working with the Maoists in Nepal. “The results of these relations are grave and will be worse in future as the Maoist corridor being formed (from Nepal to Bihar, Chhattisgarh and other states in India) is dangerous for India and Nepal,” he said.

Singh castigated the UPA government for its foreign policy, especially towards Pakistan and China.

The BJP resolution welcomed the return of democracy in Pakistan. It expressed concern over last month’s firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir, and Pakistan’s “support” to terrorism.

When External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee visited Islamabad last month, he should have reminded Pakistan of the Jan 6, 2004 joint statement with India in which Pakistan pledged not to allow any terror activities against India on its soil, Singh said.

He said terrorists were now receiving shelter in Bangladesh, which is “the new epicentre of terrorism”.

Terming India’s relations with China as “sad and depressing”, Singh said: “The manner in which the Olympic flame run in India was handled was depressing. MPs were confined in parliament precincts,” Singh said.

The BJP also demanded an explanation from the UPA government on an area in Sikkim known as the “finger point”, on which China has made a claim. The party also asked what was being done about “Chinese encroachments” in Arunachal Pradesh.

Commenting on the India-US civilian nuclear deal that is in limbo following political opposition here, the BJP favoured re-negotiations. “Losing the right to conduct nuclear tests is unacceptable,” Singh maintained.

Singh also said the UPA government had allowed India’s most enduring “strategic partnership” with Russia to stagnate.

Maoists kill three in Jharkhand

Emboldened by the day, Maoists in the east have begun to hand out vigilante justice. All in a day's work, the rebels killed three villagers in Jharkhand for allegedly extorting money by posing as Maoists and earlier, struck in three places in Bihar..

CJ: merinews network ,

IN A swift retribution, Maoist rebels handed out vigilante justice to three villagers in Jharkhand. The rebels abducted and killed three villagers in Tamar block in Jharkhand even as more of their cadres were blowing up railway tracks and a sub-divisional officer's (SDO's) office in contiguous Bihar during a 24-hour bandh it had called to protest against the arrest of five of its members.


In Jharkhand, the three villagers were killed for allegedly extorting money by posing as Maoists from villagers. Reports suggest that on Sunday night, the rebels kidnapped Other Articles by merinews network

more >> the three villagers from Parasi village in Tamar block. The bodies of the three villagers were found today from a forest tract in Tamar block. Leaflets found near the bodies sounded a grim warning that anyone found extorting money in the name of Maoists would meet a similar fate.


Earlier in the day, in neighbouring Bihar, Maoists blew up a portion of railway tracks in Jamui district disrupting train services, triggered an explosion in the office of a sub-divisional officer and looted a godown of the Food Corporation of India in Munger district and made off with sacks of food grains.

Activists to fast demanding release of Binayak Sen

Hundreds of human rights activists will begin a ten-day fast from June 16 demanding the immediate release of public health expert and activist Dr. Binayak Sen

New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) Hundreds of human rights activists will begin a ten-day fast from June 16 demanding the immediate release of public health expert and activist Dr. Binayak Sen, a critic of the Chhattisgarh government's Salwa Judum policy who has been in jail for more than an year under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005.

The fast, to be organized in Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur, will end on June 25 - the day emergency rule was imposed in the country on 1975, the activists declared on their website announcing the “Solidarity fast in support of Binayak Sen”.

A recipient of the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights (2008), Sen was arrested May 14, 2007, for allegedly passing letters from a Naxalite leader - who he had been treating - to another inside the Raipur jail.

Sen, a member of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), has been a vocal critic of the Chhattisgarh government's sponsoring the Salwa-Judum campaign which allegedly thrives on extra-constitutional violence and pits tribals against tribals.

In April this year, the Supreme Court expressed its disapproval of the constitution of the 'Salwa Judum' (self-defence groups) by the Chhattisgarh government and giving them arms to tackle the naxal menace.

"These draconian laws sanction the violation of due process by the state, and thus contravene internationally accepted norms of jurisprudence as well as democratic governance," said Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee (2002). He is also a noted social activist heading the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM).

"The fast is to ensure that human rights of marginalized people are not trampled upon and human rights defenders continue to work fearlessly," Pandey said.

President of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) K.G. Kannabiran has written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which, following the Supreme Court's order, is examining the allegations of excesses in the Chhatisgarh government's Salwa Judum programme.

"The Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, both operate by criminalizing the very performance of civil liberties activities, and culpability is decided upon not by direct proof, but through guilt by association" said Kannabiran in the letter.

An NHRC team visited Chhattisgarh's Bastar region in May to probe into alleged human rights violations by the Salwa Judum.

The probe team's Chhattisgarh visit follows a Supreme Court order April 15 asking an NHRC committee to look into alleged human rights violations by Salwa Judum cadres and submit a report within eight weeks.

Mobile towers may get safe space in Orissa

BS Reporter / Bhubaneswar June 02, 2008, 19:04 IST



The Orissa government is considering a proposal to allow the telecom operators for setting up mobile towers in some police stations. However, this will be subject to availability of adequate space and no other logistic problem.



"We have an open policy. The state government will consider the request of the telecom service providers if there is no space and other operational problem," T K Misra, secretary, home department, Orissa government said.


Telecom operators like Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Reliance Communications are expected to benefit from the move as the government has agreed to their proposal. Besides, other operators can also take advantage of it.


Setting up of mobile towers requires a lot of funds and the telecom operators want safety of their towers particularly in the naxal affected areas. The state government, from its side is also willing to permit mobile towers in police stations.


The argument of the government is that it can ensure the breaking down of the communication infrastructure in the areas affected by extremism and violence. However, permitting the telecom operators to set up mobile towers in police stations will not necessarily be in naxal affected areas.


While some the telecom operators have requested the government to set up mobile towers in certain police stations, the state government has also identified some police stations for this purpose.

Centre seeks to remove Naxal fear

Press Trust of India / New Delhi June 02, 2008, 15:11 IST



The Centre today sought to allay apprehensions in the minds of industrialists in investing in Naxal-affected areas, saying steps were being taken to deal with the problem.



"Steps are being taken to cope with new challenges. We are trying to handle this problem," Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said here.


Speaking at the 87th annual session of the Assocham, he addressed the concerns of the captains of industry and assured them of all help from the Centre.


With Maoist activities proving to be a major roadblock to attracting foreign direct investments into proposed development projects, Patil said 37,000 para-military personnel and officers have been deployed in Naxal-hit states.


He promised the captains of industry all help in matters of security. On the issue of providing incentives to entrepreneurs to go to affected areas, Patil said the matter had to be discussed with concerned ministers and the Prime Minister as well.

Left’s Misfired Missive

Mainstream, Vol XLVI, No 24


Tendentious Anti-imperialism

Monday 2 June 2008, by Sankar Ray
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The West Bengal supremo and Polit-Bureau member of the CPI-M, Biman Bose, slapped a suspicion at the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha leadership that the movement is inspired by US imperialism. In a more gossipy than substantive tone, he said: “We do not have evidence to prove the allegation but we have strong doubts that US Intelligence agencies are linked with the political turmoil in the Darjeeling hills.” Carrying on his political formulation in a cavalier fashion, he added that there might be a possible involvement of the US secret agencies in Darjeeling as the USA, adept in ‘the art of Balkanisation’ or vivisecting non-conformist countries into smaller ones, may have some role in the “ongoing disturbances in the Darjeeling hills”. Bose was speaking to the media at the Siliguri party office.

Bose, albeit as crucial a political personality as the Left Front Chairman, is at home in trying to sell rumours. Immediately after the people of Nandigram were astir in the first week of January 2007, he told the media that the Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar had a secret meeting at Sonachura, Nandigram, to chalk out the agitation. When Medha shot back saying that she had never been to Nandigram and threatened to sue the LF big boss, the latter climbed down stating that he got such an information and expressed regret. When Tapasi Malik, daughter of a landless labourer, was found assassinated and charred at Singur, Bose said she might have died out of a failed romance. A silly attempt to vilify the first martyr of Singur peasants’ struggle against the Tata Motors project. There are many such instances, all in video cassettes of several private TV channels, of baseless accusations or concoctions by the man, known as the best recruit of the CPI-M’s organisational genius, Promode Dasgupta.

The LF Chairman wants to differentiate between the GJMM and Gorkha National Liberation Front, led by Subhas Ghising, as the GNLF can’t be accused of links with US imperialism. B T Ranadive, a founding PB member of the CPI-M and infamous for pushing the undivided CPI into a sectarian quagmire in the late 1940s, wrote a piece in the CPI-M’s mouthpiece People’s Democracy two decades back and branded the Gorkhaland stir as “yet another attack of the secessionist forces on the unity and integrity of India”. (B.T. Ranadive: “Gorkhaland Agitation—a Part of Imperialist plot in the East”, PD, September 10, 1988) But the CPI-M stopped calling the GNLF and Ghising ‘secessionist’ when there was a discreet deal between Ghising and the CPI-M for smooth victory of the CPI-M nominee from the Darjeeling parliamentary seat. Every time (except in 2004) the GNLF used to boycott polls in the hill segments and ensured victory of the CPI-M. When in 2004 the GNLF decided to side with the Congress nominee, Dawa Narbula, the CPI-M campaigners raked up the secessionist allegation against the GNLF.

The CPI-M has in the last two decades been very often spearheading its criticism against US imperialism and the neo-liberal ideology. This is commendable. Now the party talks of peace and peace movement unlike in the 1960s and 1970s when its fire-eating leaders like M. Basava-punnaiah, BTR and Dasgupta used to ridicule the World Peace Council and its Indian arm, the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation which now is gradually in for grab by the AKG Bhavan, thanks to the submissive attitude of the CPI. In the late 1960s, the CPI-M, parroting the Communist Party of China in its resolution at the Burdwan plenum, slandered the CP of the Soviet Union stating that the CPSU leaders “go to the extent of exaggerating the concept of peaceful coexistence… as a form of class struggle”. However, this was a downright lie as the document adopted by the 81-party meeting (Moscow, 1960) categorically said: “Peaceful coexistence of states does not imply renunciation of class struggle as the revisionists claim.” Among the signatories of the document was the CPC, which unfortunately distorted this in the letter of the Central Committee of the CPC to the CC of the CPSU on June 14, 1963; and that constituted the whole essence of the CPI-M’s ideology after splitting the CPI.

The tirade against US imperialism is excellent but not the misuse of it. The CPI-M General Secretary, Prakash Karat, propped up by the mainstream media as an outstanding ideologue, told newspersons at the recently-concluded 19th Congress of the CPI-M at Coimbatore that the Bhumi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee (Committee of Resistance against Eviction from Land) of Nandigram is inspired by US imperialism. West Bengal’s Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roy Chowdhury, a delegate, and Karat referred to the US State Administration’s human rights violation report in India, especially Nandigram. “ It is now evident that there was something more than the issue of land,” Karat remarked, as if the Nandigram stir was inspired by the Bush Administration.

The role of US imperialism in the Nandigram movement was discovered by the AITUC General Secretary and CPI group leader in the Lok Sabha, Gurudas Dasgupta, who raised the matter during Zero hour in Parliament on March 14 drawing attention to the US State Department report, 2007 ‘Country Reports on Human Rights Practices—India’. “The issue is: it is India’s concern, not the US’s,” the firebrand MP said. But there is a catch here. A statement was issued by the CPI-M PB on the same day chiding the US Government for ‘unnecessary and unwarranted’ interference and denouncing the reference to Nandigram. The AKG Bhavan biggies advised ‘all right thinking people to reject this contention and interference of the US Government’. The choice of March 14 was to divert attention of TV-viewers from the coverage of events on the first anniversary of the Nandigram incidents that provoked the State Governor to express his sense of ‘cold horror’.





THE idea of giving the US (read the CIA) tag on the genuine agrarian struggle was novel, but ludicrous too. What Karat, Dasgupta and Roy Chowdhury suppressed was that it was not a report prepared by the US Government, but a verbatim reproduction of a UNHRC report. It is accessible to netizens the world over. The credit line to the UNHRC was there too. Karat’s feigned innocence is mischievous. Interestingly, the selective ballyhoo was not made on March 11 when it was uploaded in the US State Department’s website but on March 14. The concocted link between the US imperialists and Nandigram protesters was to give the protesters a bad name and hang them. This is not only cowardice but tendentious.

The 293-word portion on Nandigram in the UNHRC document reads: On March 14, thousands of local villagers in the Nandigram district of West Bengal attacked police and Communist Party of India–Marxist (CPM) supporters who tried to enter an agricultural area earmarked for conversion to an industrial zone. Acting on orders from the CPM-led State Government, the police fired on the crowd, killing 14 individuals and injuring 45. The Kolkata High Court ordered an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), but the court later revoked the CBI’s investigative authority and asked the CBI to preserve evidence. On July 10, members of the Anti-Naxal Special Police Force killed five persons including an alleged leader of the CPI-Maoist cadre at Ammadlu village in Chikmagalur district. According to the Karnataka police, all five were members of the local Naxalite unit, while human rights groups alleged that four of those killed were residents of a house caught in the crossfire. At year’s end a magisterial inquiry into the encounter was underway.

From November 6 to 11, CPM members, whom human rights groups claim had State Government support and direction, conducted a violent campaign of intimidation to regain control over the Nandigram area from the BUPC. The BUPC included those opposed to the CPM’s plan to acquire local land for industry, some former CPM supporters, and Opposition party workers and was backed by the Trinamul Congress, part of the West Bengal Opposition. News reports and eyewitness accounts noted that CPM cadres fired on BUPC supporters and local villagers, killing at least three and injuring others, burned many houses, and engaged in numerous rapes. On November 27, journalists reported the discovery of mass graves in the area. Following a government order on December 7, the CID initiated an inquiry into the identity of the bodies”.

There is no exaggeration, but understatement. The judgment by the High Court of Calcutta, inexplicably delivered in an inordinate delay after a bigger and more cruel genocide nearly for the whole of November last year, recorded 27 disappearances, 162 injured and half a dozen of rapes.

Karat, Dasgupta, Roy Chowdhury et.al should know that the UNHRC got Nobel Peace Prize twice for defending peace and human rights with their people working with great risks everywhere; why don’t they, then, pull up the UN affiliate instead of aiming at a deliberately wrong target? Dasgupta, arguably a vociferous pro-labour parliamentarian, danced to the tune of the AKG Bhavan honchos. True, without the CPI-M’s support he could not and will not be an MP.

About the CPI’s canine subservience, no elaboration is necessary. Its cadres lined up at the entrance of Coimbatore’s V. O. Chidambaram Ground, the venue of the mass meeting, to greet the first procession led by Sitaram Yechury. That’s the singularly great contribution of the CPI General Secretary, A. B. Bardhan, to his AKG Bhavan bosses.

The UNHRC referred to the Home Ministry’s 2006-2007 Report , revealing “1159 deaths in police custody between April and December 2006”. It makes a crisp reference to violence perpetrated by Naxalites—meaning the Maoists—in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and counter-terrorist excesses by the state too. Left MPs are deceptively silent about this. “Of the 336 individuals killed in Chhatisgarh, 93 were civilians, 170 police personnel (regular forces, as well as Special Police Officers) and 73 were alleged Naxalites. According to Andhra Pradesh Police, Maoists killed 44 civilians throughout the year.” The police too “were responsible for 47 encounter killings of Maoists during the year, compared with 110 in 2006”. Militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom “killed more than 110 persons in bomb attacks in the Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sivsagar districts of Assam”, the UNHRC stated. The official Left parties are unperturbed over the matter.

Let me drift a little to tell you a bit about Sudarshan Roy Chowdhury, now a Minister of Higher Education, West Bengal. He was a temporary Maoist during the early period of the Naxalbari revolt, but went back to the CPI-M to regain a safe life and career. He was twice elected an MP too. The other day I was seeing a documentary of the Naxalbari movement, Basanter Dinguli ( Memories of Spring Thunder), written and directed Amar Bhattacharya, one of the many victims of state terror for involvement in the Naxalbari struggle that relived those high-voltage days which catapulted the agrarian imperative to the national arena. Amar did a good job, leave apart our ideological differences. Roy Chowdhury’s active role during the days of ‘spring thunder’ has a mention there.

However, Karat’s role in ‘transferred epithet’—US link to the Nandigram stir—had a hidden purpose. He confirmed that he is an obedient boy of the cash-rich CPI-M’s West Bengal unit which calls the shots from Muzaffar Ahmed Bhavan. Asset values of buildings, constructed and owned by the CPI-M’s district and zonal committees and mass organisations like the CITU, All India Krishak Sabha, morninger Ganashakti and State and Central Government employees’ bodies, may be anything between Rs 300 crores and Rs 400 crores. Karat and other biggies at the A.K. Gopalan Bhavan, the party’s national headquarters, have to keep the M A Bhavan honchos in good humour, shelving ideological issues aside.

Poor Marx, five-star Communists like Karat and Yechury, posing as his disciples, conveniently forgot Marx’s words—“I am human, and nothing human is alien to me”—borrowed from Publius Terentius Afer, the playwright of the Roman Empire, known more as Terence (195-159 BC). Which was why Yechury wasted no time in justifying the mini-genocide at Nandigram on March 14 as if all this was provoked by the peaceful mass, under the banner of the BUPC. Maybe, tomorrow Karat and Yechury will defend the bumptious CPI-M MP—the overlord of Haldia—Lakshman Seth who tried to prevent the CRPF DIG Alok Raj to do his assigned task at Nandigram to help peaceful Panchayat polling there. The mafia face of false Marxism is out in the broad daylight of grim reality, at least in West Bengal.

Maoists blow up railway track, SDO's office during bandh

Patna (PTI): The banned CPI (Maoist) rebels on Monday blew up a railway track in Jamui district, blasted a portion of the SDO's office and looted foodgrains from an FCI godown in adjoining Munger district during the 24-hour bandh called in five east Bihar districts.

The shutdown was called to protest the recent arrest of their five cadres.

Traffic on Patna-Howrah line was disrupted when Naxalites blasted the up track between Narganjo and Ghorparan stations in Jamui district around 3.20 am, superintendent of railway police, Jamalpur, Vimal Kumar told PTI.

The cargo van of Poorvanchal Express, which happened to cross the breached track soon after the blast, got derailed, but no casualty was reported.

Several trains, including Howrah-Delhi Janata Express, Howrah-Danapur Express, Tata-Gorakhpur Express, Tata-Danapur Express and Amritsar-Danapur Express, were stranded at various stations, railway sources said.

The restoration work has started and it would take a few hours before normal traffic resumes, sources said.

Around the same time, over a hundred Maoists blew up a portion of the office of Kharagpur sub-divisional officer.

Though no casualty was reported as nobody was present at the time of the incident, a room of the SDO's office was completely destroyed. The Naxalites also looted several sacks of foodgrains from an adjoining FCI godown, Munger, District SP Shalin said.

The Maoists have called a 24-hour bandh since midnight to protest the arrest of their five comrades, including a member of its Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee Sunil Marandi in Lakhisarai District on May 30.

A pamphlet circulated on behalf of Jamui, Munger, Banka, Bhagalpur and Lakhisarai zonal committees said the bandh has been called to protest police atrocities on the Maoist guerrillas and the arrest of their five comrades.

Among those arrested in a joint operation by the Lakhisarai and Jamui police was Sunil Marandi alias Sunil Hembram, special area committee member of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and north Chhattisgarh.

Sunil was wanted in several cases of attack and murder of policemen, including the killing of Munger district superintendent of police K C Surendra Babu a few years ago.

Police sources said patrolling has been intensified and commandoes of the state police and central para-military forces were maintaining strict vigil and the entire has been put on high alert.

With the ultras targeting railway property, round-the-clock patrolling of tracks was going on with the help of additional forces at vulnerable stations.

Last week, activists of the banned CPI (Maoist) blew up railway tracks at Masudan station in Munger district, disrupting train movements on Jamalpur-Malda section of East Central Railway.

Over 100 ultras detonated dynamites to damage a stretch of 15 feet tracks in both up and down lines near the outer signal on May 26, disrupting the Jamalpur-Malda section for several hours.

The influence of Maoists has been growing in rural areas of Bihar due to agrarian problems and the naxal leaders say that they are fighting for the rights of the poor peasants and landless labourers.

ORISSA : Road being readied to combat Naxalites

Monday June 2 2008 11:27 IST
Express News Service

SAMBALPUR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will lay the foundation stone for strengthening of the road proposed to pass through the Naxal-infested districts of the State at Rairakhol.

The road, which will enter the State from Ranchi in Jharkahnd will connect Vijaywada in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

The road will pass through 12 Naxal-affected districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Angul, Balangir, Kandhmal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and will help in facilitating movement of security and usher in development of the areas.

Proposal of the seven-metre wide, double lane 1,215.2 km road had been submitted to Centre by the State three years back at an estimated cost of Rs 849 crore, work on which has already been initiated in Motu region in Malkangiri district.

The proposal will see strengthening of 228.8 km of NH, 870.4 km of State Highway and 116 km of other roads including those under Rural Development Department.

The total work has been divided into 10 sectors of which Motu-Malkangiri is 98 km, Malkangiri-Jeypore 107 km, Jeypore, Rayagada via Koraput 131 km, Rayagada-Digapahandi 177.3 km, Digapahandi-Aska 22.6 km, Aska-Phulbani 125 km, Phulbani-Boudh 69.5 km, Boudh-Deogarh via Kiyakata-Rairakhol-Naktideul-Chendipada 198 km, Deogarh-Keonjhar 124 km and Keonjhar-Rairangpur connecting Jharkhand border 167.8 km

Shindolli a safe haven for terrorists

Monday June 2 2008 10:50 IST
Express News Service

BELGAUM: It is alarming that Shindolli, located just 3 km away from the Air Force Training Centre and 11 km from Belgaum, has become a safe heaven for terrorists and naxalites.

The crime rate in Shindolli was very low. Most of the residents are Air Force officials and Cambell Knitwear factory staff. However, Shindolli entered the police records after a naxal couple staying here, was killed in an encounter with the Andhra Pradesh police.

Suspected Islamic terrorist Liyakhatali Sayyad of Kusru Nagar in Malmaruti zone along with few others also selected Shindolli to ignite the gas cylinder bombs. Sayyad rented a house at Shindolli, said to belong to one his associates.

Landowners here have converted their agricultural lands to non-agri land. Many of them built houses expecting to generate extra income. However, many of the 3,500 houses here are unoccupied.

With houses going abegging, many house owners are renting out at very low rates.

The owners do not even bother to get more details about tenants. The naxal couple stayed at Shindolli for many months. It was said that the they told the neighbours that they were working in Belgaum.

The couple used to leave their house early morning and return late in the night. The house-owner had no details of the couple.

In the wake of increasing terrorist activities in the State, residents here opine that police patrol should be intensified in Shindolli since it is located near the Air Force station and Sambra Airport.

Two arrested for possessing country made guns

Monday June 2 2008 08:07 IST
Express News Service

COIMBATORE: Two persons were secured in connection with possession of country-made guns in the tribal settlement of Sincona in Valparai on Sunday.

Police said that policemen, including those from the forest department, were carrying out a sensitisation drive in the tribal settlements to prevent Naxal infiltration.

At that time, they came across Murugan (36) and his brother Mahendran (26) in possession of two single barrel muzzle loaded guns used in hunting, without licence.

Police said they were tribals and could be possessing the gun for self-defence or hunting. Since they did not hold the licence, they were secured.

Further investigation is on.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Maoists roping in NGOs, students: IB

Rajib Chatterjee

KOLKATA, May 31: Top Maoist leaders are making efforts to set up “pressure groups” in Kolkata with the view to launch a strong anti-state campaign against “police excess”, say state Intelligence Branch (IB) sleuths. In order to set up “pressure groups” in the city, top CPI (Maoist) leaders have sought assistance from all human rights organisations in the state and the city's student community, a senior IB officer told The Statesman, requesting anonymity.

Members of the “pressure groups” will organise rallies in the city to build “public opinion” against “state-sponsored terrorism” and they will keep up pressure on police for “committing excesses” on people on the “plea of launching a crackdown” on Maoist terror modules which are in operation in Midnapore West, Bankura, Purulia and Birbhum districts. The IB official said, proposal to form pressure groups in the city had been mooted by a well-known human rights activist who allegedly has close contacts with some top CPI (Maoist) leaders. The man, according to IB officials, is acting as a linkman between CPI (Maoist) and human rights organisations.

According to senior IB officials, some well-known intellectuals of the state are supporting the Maoists' cause “unknowingly” by participating in rallies, organised in the city by four mass organisations including two human rights groups. The IB officials suspect that these four organisations will be converted into “pressure groups” by CPI (Maoist). The intelligence branch officials, however, said the Maoist outfit has failed to form an “action-squad” in the city. Instead, the Maoist “think-tanks" are set to launch a fresh anti-state movement in the city under the banner of some human rights organisations.

The IB official said, a section of students of Presidency College and Jadavpur University have become members of “frontal organisations of CPI (Maoist)”. The city police's special branch was, reportedly made aware of the link between these students and frontal organisations of the CPI (Maoist).

The IB official said “ground work to form pressure groups” had been completed. Youths, who participated in the rallies in the city on the Singur and Nandigram issues, are expected to be members of the “pressure groups”.

“Some intellectuals who have participated in rallies, organised by frontal organisations of CPI (Maoist) in the city recently, don't know that they helped Maoists form a strong support base in the city,” an IB official said.

Maoist leaders shot in night ‘encounter’

VISHVENDU JAIPURIAR

(Vishnugarh) Hazaribagh, June 1: Four rebels, including the mastermind of former MLA Mahendra Singh’s murder, were gunned down in an alleged encounter last night.

Arjun Yadav and Nitish Da alias Jodha Mahto, self-styled Maoist sub-zonal commanders, were among the four, which also included a woman, Reshmi Besra. The other one was identified as Vijay Ghatwar.

Claiming the killing “a great achievement”, superintendent of police Praveen Kumar Singh said that this was result of “timely information followed by concrete strategy”. The CBI was also in search of Arjun — a resident of Durgi Dhawaiya of Giridih — since long after the Mahendra Singh murder in January 2005.

However, two different angles appeared regarding the “encounter”. The police claimed that they — along with CRPF jawans — had gunned down the Naxalites after reaching Chunnar Mandu, about 48km from the district headquarters, at 9.30pm.

They said that the Maoists were busy meeting contractors of kendu leaves, when the gun-battle took place.

But according to sources, Arjun, popularly known as Dr Vijay, had been arrested earlier yesterday in Barkatha. After alleged third degree torture, Arjun spilled the beans and told the police about the meeting. He passed the information that Nitish Da would also be present there.

Acting on this information, the team reached the spot but Arjun tried to escape by pushing aside the officer in charge of Vishnugarh police station, Bhola Yadav. Soon firing started and Arjun along with Nitish and two others were lying in a pool of blood. Many other rebels present there sustained bullet injures but managed to escape, claimed Yadav.

Sources said that Arjun fell into the police trap after information about his movement got leaked. But he planned to escape after taking the men in khaki to the meeting spot, a Maoist stronghold area, but his idea failed as the police started indiscriminate firing.

The sources added that a large number of villagers and contractors of kendu leaves were present at the meeting. A 12-year-old girl, Kanti Hembrom, was also arrested as she was “a part of the Maoist group”. The rebels did not fire a single round.

One can bomb, two rifles, two revolvers, one walkie-talkie, torch and uniforms were recovered from the spot.

Combing operations in Valparai area

Coimbatore, Jun 1: Police today carried out combing operations in forest areas bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala following information that some Naxalites have infiltrated into Tamil Nadu through Kerala.

The operations, led by Coimbatore SP, Karthikeyan, were carried out in areas surrouding Valparai, police said.

Though rural police, with assistance of forest officials, used to carry out periodical search to bust possible hideouts of extremists in the jungles, today's operation was based on information about Naxals' entry, the sources said.

About 150 personnel in 10 batches, were engaged in the operations in Tirumurthy Hills, Chinnaru, Gurumalaim, Cincona Settlement, Amaravathi, Valparai, Navamalai and Azhiyaru and areas bordering Kerala forests. They contacted the tribals and enquired about the presence of 'new faces' in the area.

Meanwhile, police recovered two country made guns from tribals settled in Cincona area, which were kept to use for hunting animals, they said. - Agencies

Published: Sunday, June 01, 2008

NU moves to check 'naxal' students

30 May 2008, 0412 hrs IST,Soumittra S Bose,TNN

NAGPUR: The RTM Nagpur University has initiated the process of introducing admission process reforms in its 484-affiliated educational institutions with a view to sort students from the likely agents of anti-national forces like naxals which are known to eye college students for recruitment.

The TOI , in its issue dated May 22, had carried a news report regarding Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) unit alerting the city police about Maoists sleeper cells trying to strengthen themselves by making inroads into at least six to seven city colleges. Reliable sources claimed that several suspicious persons were enrolling in educational institutions under pseudonyms by furnishing bogus documents or getting admitted to the same institutions repeatedly.

The university is also likely to enter in an agreement with the police department to check any possible entry of anti-national elements in the educational institutions. "The city police commissioner has already initiated a student-based anti-terror campaign 'Mission Mrityunjay' in various colleges. We would extend the initiative through a better co-ordination in future so that principals can be in touch with the police department," said pro-VC Gauri Shankar Parasher.

City police chief Satyapal Singh said that the department has already sent letters to about 165 colleges cautioning them about the threat perception and suggesting necessary checks.

Following the recent arrests and seizures made by Chandrapur police, the threat of educational bodies infested by agents of Maoists outfits and their youth cadres working behind the garbs of cultural and social organisations came to the fore. Apart from several colleges in Nagpur, names of various other institutions in Vidarbha surfaced in connection with the presence of naxal activities.

To begin the drive, university is likely to hold a meeting of college principals to alert them about the threat. "Principals would be urged to take help from the teachers to form admission committees at the college level to screen students aspiring to enrol," said Parasher.

Principal Ramesh Gan of PWS College maintained that the process has been already initiated to ensure screening during admissions for academic season 2008-09. "A committee has been formed to check each aspiring students before enrollment. Admission forms would contain personal details of the candidates including their permanent and temporary addresses," said Gan.