Saturday, September 13, 2008

Model police stations soon

14 Sep 2008, 0703 hrs IST


PATNA: By the end of next year, Bihar is going to have at least one new generation police station in each district which will appear vastly different from the dilapidated police stations visible in the state. They will be three storied, plush looking with terracota and much better furnished.

"We would start constructing these model police stations from the month of October this year. We have already called for the tenders," remarked ADG and Bihar Police Building Construction Corporation chairman-cum-managing director Ashok Kumar Gupta.

It will not only have a different look, but a different approach. They will be people-friendly having counselling rooms, waiting rooms, rooms for the women and children and separate toilets. They will have computer rooms and modern communication systems. Unlike many police stations, these model police stations will have high boundary walls with police guards on the top to deter Naxalite attacks. The four key officials of the police station will have their residence on the police station premises. There will be a barrack for police constables making the unit alert all the time for action.

The state government has sanctioned the cost of construction of these police stations from its own funds. The average cost of each modern police station, which will be located at the district headquarters, will be Rs 1.28 crore more than twice the amount given for the construction of an urban police station.

"These will be different police stations, a place where the people, including women, can enter without fear. They will function in a different atmosphere," said Gupta. He pointed out that the district SPs have been given the responsibility of monitoring the construction of these police stations.

Gupta said apart from the construction of 28 model police stations, the corporation is going to construct 34 rural police stations at the cost of Rs 40 lakh each and six urban police stations at the cost of Rs 60 lakh each under the Police Modernisation Scheme. "We will also be constructing 500 houses for the grassroot police personnel in the current financial year," Gupta added.

This should be a happy news for the infrastructure-starved police force of Bihar which is complaining about having to work in adverse conditions.

Two Naxals dead in Bihar village

Patna, Saturday 13 Sept 2008: Suspected Maoist rebels shot dead two people and seriously injured two others in a village in Vaishali district of Bihar, police said Saturday.

A group of armed Naxals killed at Ghoswar village under Sadar police station near the district headquarter of Hajipur, about 30 km from here, late Friday.

Police said the victims were associated with Bihar’s ruling alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Their relatives Pinki Devi and Anil Kumar were grievously injured in the attack and were admitted to the Patna Medical College Hospital Saturday.

“Both were first admitted to the Patna Medical College after their condition deteriorated,” a police official said.

Vaishali Superintendent of Police Paras Nath said a combing operation was being undertaken to nab the Naxals.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Scanner on contractors in Red belt

KUMUD JENAMANI
Jamshedpur, Sept. 12: The Jharkhand irrigation department has decided to crack the whip on contractors who pay levy to Naxalites or any other rebel outfit.

The department has decided to identify the contractors who reportedly “oblige” rebels to get their work done on time in the Naxalite belt, but has assured them that it would take action only after establishing the fact that these people are shelling out money.

R.S. Tigga, the chief engineer (monitoring cell) of the irrigation department, said that such a practice was tantamount to bribing and affected the quality of construction work.

“Paying levy to rebels is illegal. Contractors coughing up money willingly or by coercion must realise that they are breaking the law,” Tigga said. He added that if one felt unsafe in the Naxalite belt, one could exercise the right to seek police protection. “The administration is ready to extend all support. But, if anyone tries to get work done through bribing, he will be taken to task.”
To know if the contractors ink some kind of deal with the rebels, the irrigation department would put under scanner the shortlisted contractors and their work. “Even if there is a single case of such illegal payment, the contractor in question will face the consequences,” the chief engineer said.

Stressing that maintaining quality of work was the main objective of the irrigation department, Tigga said some of the contractors were putting to risk the lives of people. “Constructing canals or dams are different from building roads or bridges. A newly built road may develop cracks and get repaired, but if a crack develops in a dam, it will cause havoc,” he said.

Contractors, on the other hand, say that they have no choice but to obey Naxalite diktats. Sources in the Jamshedpur Builders’ Association said that most contractors working for the irrigation department had to pay levy in rebel-dominated areas. “In fact, sometimes a contractor pays up 30 per cent of the total estimated value of the job as levy. Seeking police help hardly ensures safety. The Naxalites are more powerful,” said a key functionary of the association. “We (contractors) are targeted and killed if we don’t pay up. And those who pay, prefer to keep their mouth shut,” he said.

Sources said the recent death of Kashinath Mohanti, a Patamda civil contractor, and the attack on contractor Sapan Kumar Mahto are glaring examples of how unsafe the contractors really are. Mohanty was shot for not paying Rs 30 lakh as levy while Mahto failed to pay up Rs 7 lakh. The Subernarekha Multipurpose Project (SMP) is now the “happy hunting ground” of the rebels. Contractors entrusted with canal work along Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan, Patamda and Ghatshila in East Singhbhum often end up paying crores as levy to Naxalites.

Two shot dead by Naxals in Bihar village

Patna, Sept 13: Suspected Maoist rebels shot dead two people and seriously injured two others in a village in Vaishali district of Bihar, police said Saturday.

A group of armed Naxals killed Subodh Kumar Singh and his brother Sudhanshu Kumar Singh at Ghoswar village under Sadar police station near the district headquarter of Hajipur, about 30 km from here, late Friday.

Police said the victims were associated with Bihar's ruling alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Their relatives Pinki Devi and Anil Kumar were grievously injured in the attack and were admitted to the Patna Medical College Hospital Saturday.

“Both were first admitted to the Hajipur Sadar Hospital and referred to Patna Medical College after their condition deteriorated,” a police official said.

Vaishali Superintendent of Police Paras Nath said a combing operation was being undertaken to nab the Naxals.

IANS

Centre to replicate AP model to check Maoists : Shivraj Patil

HYDERABAD : Union home minister Shivraj V Patil appreciated the effective steps taken by the Andhra Pradesh Government to check Maoists and said that the Centre was keen that the AP model be replicated in other naxalite-affected states.
Speaking to mediapersons after reviewing a parade to mark the 60th anniversary celebrations of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) here on Thursday, he said Maoist-related incidents had come down by 60 to 70 per cent in Andhra Pradesh.

He said that the Centre would sanction Rs 500 crore for naxal-affected states like Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Orissa for infrastructure development economic development programmes to wean away youth from naxalism in such States.

These governments were also asked to spend the amount to strengthen police forces and modernise equipment. The Home Minister said efforts were being made to increase the strength of Central and para-military forces to check naxalite activities across the country.

Maoist incidents on the wane in AP

13 Sep 2008, 0453 hrs IST,TNN


HYDERABAD: Union home minister Shivraj V Patil on Friday said Maoist-related incidents had come down by 60 to 70 per cent in Andhra Pradesh.

The Union government would sanction Rs 500 crore for naxal-affected states like Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Orissa for infrastructure development, he told the media at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVNPA), which celebrated 60 years of its inception with a grand parade here.

Earlier, the Union home minister attended the academy's diamond jubilee ceremonial parade where for the first time over 170 IPS officer trainees of the 2006-07 batch participated. Over 30 women officers also marched shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. Shivraj Patil said, "The nation is facing newer and tougher challenges. So, as the nation gears up to face the challenges of the new millennium, the IPS officers have an immense responsibility on their shoulders to maintain unity and integrity."

"Terrorism, communalism, religious fundamentalism and left-wing extremism all keep intermittently knocking at our door. .. It should be your bounden duty to create an environment free of fear for them," he said, adding the Union government would soon start a mid-career training programme for the IPS officers. Patil announced a special grant of Rs 1 crore to NPA.

NPA director G S Rajagopal, in his welcome speech, said the academy had trained over 4,000 directly recruited IPS officers so far. The commissioner of police of the Republic of Maldives, Adam Zahir, was the special guest at the ceremonial parade. Braving the rain, the IPS trainees performed the parade and even won kudos from the Union home minister.

Governors’ meet to discuss internal security

Vinay Kumar



Rise in naxalite violence causes serious concern



Climate change and sustainable development to be discussed

Finance Minister to make a presentation on price stability




NEW DELHI: Internal security, particularly Maoist violence in left-wing extremism-affected States, will top the agenda during the two-day conference of Governors to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 16 and 17.

Official sources said the rise in naxalite violence, particularly recent daring attacks by Maoists on the Greyhound commando force in Orissa and their targeting of policemen in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, caused serious concern and President Pratibha Patil appeared keen to review the law and order situation and security environment with the Governors.

The sources said the President also wanted to get information on the steps taken by the various State governments for modernisation of their police forces. The Governors from the States, which share international frontiers, would be asked to present their views on border management.

The conference will discuss insurgency in some northeastern States, particularly Manipur and Nagaland, and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where Assembly elections are scheduled to be held before January 2009.

For the first time, the Governors would discuss climate change and sustainable development. They have been asked to come prepared on measures to deal with the challenges posed by climate change, and natural and man-made disasters, the sources said. A reference point would be the Kosi river changing its course and flooding Bihar.

The President is keen to have a discussion on the steps being taken by the States to ensure food security. While Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will make a presentation on price stability in the wake of the steep rise in inflation over the past few months, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will give an account of food security.

The sources said certain issues relating to ex-servicemen and women and child development were also likely to come up for discussion.

Ms. Patil has evinced a keen interest in gender equality, women’s empowerment and rooting out social evils such as female foeticide. “Social Justice and Empowerment as well as Women and Child Development Ministries will be asked to address these issues,” officials said. Apart from presenting an Action Taken Report (ATR) on the last conference held in June 2005, the Governors will be asked to give their views on difficulties experienced by them in discharging their specific responsibilities.

Informal discussions among the Governors on September 15 will be presided over by the seniormost among them, designated as the ‘doyen.’

Tripura Governor D.N. Sahay will do the honours this time.

The conference will be attended by Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Cabinet Ministers.

AP’s port corridor, a collider in the making

Ch Ramagopala Sastry I ENS11 Sep 2008 03:32:00 AM IS
ONGOLE: Another Singur-type agitation is in the making with the Government keen on acquiring land for the Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Port Industrial Corridor (VANPIC).


Intelligence reports have warned that protests may assume alarming proportions with the backing of opposition parties, especially the Left, and voluntary organisations and the Maoists as well. Fearing a backlash from locals, the State Government has already clamped down Section 144 (Prohibitory Orders) from Tuesday midnight. It will be in force for two months in 14 villages in the district where the authorities propose to acquire 14,000 acres for the project.

This is the first time in the State’s history that the Government has imposed prohibitory orders for two months just to acquire land for a project. When contacted, Collector K Devanand confirmed that prohibitory orders were promulgated.

‘‘It is aimed at preventing land brokers from exploiting villagers,’’ he explained.

The Government initially wanted to acquire 10,000 acres for the project in Prakasam and Guntur districts.

But later, officials decided to acquire 28,000 acres of which 70 per cent is in this district.

The panchayats of Nayanipalli, Motupalli, Alluru and Palluripalem have already adopted unanimous resolutions opposing land acquisition. With the State Government entrusting the proposed airport work at Beeramgunta in Kothapatnam mandal to the VANPIC, 6,000 more acres have to be acquired.

Police forces have been deployed and pickets are also planned in some sensitive villages. The police are also collecting details of party leaders and voluntary organisations opposing the VANPIC.
They are tapping cell phone conversations of such people and focusing on news reports and their background.

Apart from farmers, over 30,000 families dependent on salt farming stand to lose their livelihood once VANPIC comes into existence.

Salt farms occupy more than 50,000 acres in Kothapatnam, Ongole, Sinagarayakonda, Chinaganjam, Naguluppalapadu and Vetapalem mandals.

‘‘Once it was mooted, a host of officials and politicians from Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Vijayawada and Chennai, with their clout in the Revenue Department, bought thousands of acres,’’ says a salt worker, K Appalaswami of Kadavakuduru.

Most salt workers are assured of work for six months, and are employed as either farm labourers or construction workers in the remaining months. Says R Murugesh, a supervisor in Motupalli: ‘‘Nobody in the district wants VANPIC and none finds the Government’s assurances convincing.’’

I am ready to hold talks with Maoists: Shibu Soren

Ranchi, Sep 12 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren Friday appealed to the Maoist rebels to join the main stream of the society. “Join the main stream of the society. Initiate dialogue with the state government. If Maoist rebels agree to hold dialogue I am ready to go into the jungle to talk to them,” Soren said here.

He said: “I will go into deep jungles alone to hold talk with Maoists.”

“The police arrested me many times and put me behind bars, calling me a Maoist. I understand the problems of the Maoists.” he added.

6 IPS officers transferred in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sep 12: Ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, the BJP government here has transferred six IPS officers, including Ramesh Chandra Sharma who has been posted as the Inspector General of Police, Bilaspur range replacing Rajiv Srivastav.

Srivastav has been posted as the Inspector General of Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF), but the state government was silent over reasons for the transfers just ahead of the Assembly elections, likely in November.

Meanwhile, the state government has also announced transfers of four IPS officers.

Rajendra Narayan Das has been shifted from Rajnandgaon and posted in naxal-infested Bijapur district as the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) and S Premlata has been shifted from Raipur as ASP and posted as Sub Divisional Officer-Police (SDOP) Kondagaon in Bastar district, the order said.

Similarly, Mainthungo Tungoi has been transferred from Bilaspur to Bastar as ASP and Mayank Srivastav has been made the new SDOP, Narayanpur after being transferred from Janjgir-Champa.

Bureau Report

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Five Maoist rebels arrested in Ranchi, weapons seized

September 10th, 2008 IANS

Ranchi, Sep 10 (IANS) Five Maoist rebels were arrested here Wednesday and two pistols and five live cartridges were seized from them, the police said. According to the police, the rebels belong to the outlawed Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), a breakaway group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

“The JLT members were arrested by a special team constituted to keep a tab on the activities of the rebel group,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Ranchi) M.S. Bhatia.

Two locally-made illicit pistols, five live cartridges, three mobile phones, two motorbikes and Maoist literature were recovered from the arrested Maoist rebels, the police said.

“This is a big success for the police. The arrests have damaged the JLT’s network in the state,” said Bhatia.

In Jharkhand, the JLT is also known as the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI).

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of Jharkhand’s 24 districts. In the last seven years, more than 1,300 people, including civilians and rebels, have been killed in Maoist related violence.

Van carrying explosives seized

12 Sep 2008, 0418 hrs IST,TNN

NAWADA/PATNA: Bihar police on Thursday seized a huge cache of explosives, including 5,000 detonators and 4,200 gelatin sticks, from a Maruti van on the Patna-Ranchi NH-31, adjoining Nardiganj link road in Nawada district.

The van's owner, Rajesh Kumar of Barbigha in the neighbouring Sheikhpura district, managed to escape, police said.

Nawada SP Vinod Kumar said police had a secret information about the movement of the consignment.
Earlier too, the Nawada police had seized a truckload of explosives, including 240 cases of powder gel explosive, 8,640 pieces of detonators and 23 bundles of fuse wire, near Akbarpur village of the district in February 2008.

Investigations had then revealed these explosives were purchased from the Gomia explosives factory by a private dealer of Guna in Madhya Pradesh. A senior police official said the truck reached Nawada where the consignment was to be delivered to a fake stone crusher for further delivery to Naxalites.

Orissa - Andhra Pradesh : More buses on rebel routes

OUR CORRESPONDENT

K. Laxminarayan and Jayanarayan Mishra sign the MoU. Pix: Sanjib Mukherjee
Bhubaneswar, Sept. 11: Orissa and Andhra Pradesh today entered into an agreement formalising running of inter-state buses on 72 routes with most of them touching rebel-hit areas in the twin states.

According to the agreement inked by Orissa transport minister Jayanarayan Mishra and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart K. Laxminarayan, the government-run buses from either state would cover 10,400km. “The long-standing process since 1981 is ‘historic’ and will benefit people of both the states,” said Mishra.

From now onwards, 38 long-distance buses from Orissa would operate on nine routes between the states, while 72 short-distance buses from Andhra Pradesh would run on 17 routes.

The officials have also mutually agreed upon the non-restriction of goods carriage, educational carriage, health carriage and facility carriages while allowing them a free permit. Besides, a parking space for the buses would be allowed in Koraput for the Andra Pradesh buses and similarly the Orissa buses can use space in Vizianagaram. Also the additional tax paid by Orissa in terms of non-approved route to Andhra Pradesh after 2007 would be refunded by the latter, the agreement stated.

“The Orissa transport commissioner has proposed some more routes which will be discussed and operated later,” said Laxminarayan.

This would also make accessible the southern Orissa with the north coastal and northwest of Andhra Pradesh serving some of the extremely backward routes of the state. “Several sensitive and Naxalite-hit areas will be connected that have poor bus services from Orissa,” said Suresh Mohapatra, the transport secretary. “Earlier, with fewer buses plying on the road, government officials’ visits to Maoist areas were risky. With more number of vehicles plying through the area, the risk will be less,” he added.

Govt nod for 48 new posts for IPS men in paramilitary forces

12 Sep 2008, 0350 hrs IST,TNN


NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday cleared a proposal for creation of 48 new posts in various central police organizations to accommodate IPS officers — a move which has been strongly resented by cadre officers of the paramilitary forces who term it an attempt to provide a 'parking lot' for those senior cops who do not want to return to their parent states.

The decision — taken by the Union Cabinet — will create new posts of special directors-general of police (SDGPs) and extra posts of additional DGs and inspector-generals of police (IGPs) in paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF, CISF and ITBP besides central police organizations (CPOs), including CBI.

Though the government called the decision a "functional necessity", the cadre officers in the paramilitary forces said that "the move was not only demoralizing for them but also added fuel to the fire" at a time when the Centre has even denied them the recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission over the issue of giving more senior-level posts to officers from within the cadre.

The government, however, has a different take on it. Referring to the Cabinet decision, a senior home ministry officer said: "It will strengthen the supervisory structure of the CPOs for better command and control and for effective implementation and monitoring of projects and activities in the specified organizations."

A number of middle-level cadre officers of CRPF and BSF, however, questioned the Cabinet decision while talking to TOI , asking whether the cadre officers who fought Naxals and terrorists and thereby gained actual experience of the ground situation were not qualified enough for the job.

The decision will help the country's largest paramilitary force, CRPF, in getting three new SDGPs. They will be posted in Jammu and Kashmir (militancy), Bihar (Left-wing extremism) and Assam (insurgency).

Other organisations like BSF would get two new SDGPs who will be posted in Chandigarh (western front) and Kolkata (eastern front). ITBP and CISF will also get one SDGP each while the premier investigating agency, the CBI, has been sanctioned an additional Special Director's post raising the number to two.

The Special DGs will have the rank of Director-General but a slightly lower pay scale. In yet another decision, the Cabinet approved a Rs 500-crore special scheme to create police infrastructure in the Naxal-affected states during the 11th Plan period.

Rs. 500-crore infrastructure to curb naxalism

The Hindu


Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday approved a new Central scheme for providing special infrastructure in States affected by Left-wing extremism. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presided.

The Rs. 500-crore scheme will be launched during the 11th Plan. For the current financial year, Rs.100 crore has been earmarked, an official spokesperson said.

The aim is to provide adequate infrastructure critical to policing and security needs on the field. Over 70 districts in about a dozen States are affected by Left-wing extremism, which the Prime Minister has described as the biggest challenge to internal security. The government has recently approved the formation of a 10,000-strong, special anti-naxal force ‘COBRA’ — Combat Battalion for Resolute Action.

The Cabinet also approved creation of 48 new posts of Special Director-General, Additional Director-General and Inspector-General to strengthen the supervisory structure of Central police organisations for better command and control.


Hindustan Times

Rs 500-cr package to counter Naxal menace

HT Political Bureau, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 12, 2008
First Published: 00:23 IST(12/9/2008)
Last Updated: 00:27 IST(12/9/2008)


Exhibiting seriousness to counter growing menace of Naxalites in India, the government has approved a Rs 500 crore plan to enhance infrastructure of security forces in Naxal-affected areas— which includes improving mobility of forces, laying out helipads at strategic locations and upgrading infrastructure of police stations.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday cleared a scheme in this direction. Besides putting its thrust on increasing security personnel's mobility in Naxal-affected areas and jungles, the scheme aims at channelising funds to secure camping grounds and helipads at strategic locations. Construction of roads along railway tracks is also the focus area to enable the forces to secure the tracks. Besides, roads around high-risk police station will ne improved.

For the current financial year Rs 100 crore has been earmarked, whereas Rs 400 crore would be spent in the remaining period of the 11th plan, an official spokesperson said.

Most of the money is expected to got to the districts in Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, the government also approved creation of 48 new posts of Special Directors General, Additional Directors General and Inspectors General in various central police organisations.

HM approves salary hike for Prez

The government cleared the home ministry's legislative proposal to raise the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil's monthly salary to Rs 1.5 lakh and Vice President Hamid Ansari's emoluments to Rs 1.25 lakh on Thursday.

Patil was getting Rs 50,000, Ansari Rs 40,000 and the governors, who were paid Rs 36,000, will get Rs 1.1 lakh. The pay hikes will come into effect after Parliament passes the legislative proposal in the ensuing session. Significantly, the government has decided to bring the pay hikes into effect from January 2006, rather than January 2007.

Rebels shoot at ‘informer’

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Jamshedpur, Sept. 9: Fifty armed rebels of the CPI(Maoist) stormed Fodenga in Nimdih late last night and rained bullets on a villager branding him a police informer. The victim, Shyamapada Singh, is fighting for life in hospital.

Sources in the police said the Naxalites swooped on the village around 11.30pm. They barged into Singh’s house, dragged him outside and began grilling him on his police links. The nervous villager managed to blurt that he was not an informer, but his answer did not satisfy the rebels. They pinned him to the wall and pumped bullets into his body. Singh, who took a bullet in the waist and another in his left hand, collapsed. Taking him for dead, the rebels fled.

The villagers were so panic-stricken that they did not dare to take Singh to hospital. He lay bleeding till the Nimdih police arrived this morning. He was rushed to Tata Main Hospital. Doctors say his condition is critical.

Police said last night the Naxalites also torched four dumpers and damaged an excavator at a construction site, barely few kilometres from Fodenga.

Superintendent of police, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Laxman Prasad Singh said security had been beefed up in Nimdih. Jharkhand Armed Police and CRPF personnel have launched a combing operation in the foothills of Dalma.

The SP said this was a revenge attack. “August 29, the police had killed a suspected Naxalite at Tengadih village in Nimdih. The assaulting on an unarmed villager reflects their frustration,” he said.

Special scheme to build infrastructure in the Naxal-affected areas: UPA

Bs Reporter / New Delhi September 11, 2008, 15:45 IST


The UPA government will launch a special scheme to build infrastructure in the Naxal-affected areas, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi announced today after the cabinet meeting. States affected with Left-wing extremism will get special infrastructure projects.


Rs 500 crore has been estimated for this project in the eleventh plan period with a provision of Rs 100 crore for 2008-09.

According to Dasmunsi, the new scheme will provide crucial infrastructure requirements that are critical to the policing and security needs in the field but are not adequately provided for in any of the existing schemes. This will be a centrally sponsored scheme.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Row over Naxalite suspect arrest

KUMUD JENAMANI

A Naxalite attack site in Burudih
Jamshedpur, Sept. 10: Hundreds of villagers in Dumkacocha near Galudih tried to make a youth free as the suspected rebel had been held for interrogation in a police picket this afternoon.

Having picked up Sunil Singh, the youth, during a raid on the village bordering Bengal in Ghatshila sub-division, the police kept him in nearby Narsingpur picket for interrogation. But within minutes, 500 villagers surrounded the outpost and tried to set him free. The protesters, including a large number of women, not only tried to set him free but also attempted to loot firearms from the police.

But the presence of East Singhbhum superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Singh helped the police thwart the mob attack.

Later, Sunil was interrogated and made him divulge vital information about the Naxalite movement on the Jharkhand-Bengal border and also related to the Burudih landmine blast on August 29.

Sources said the police had the information that Sunil had a role to play behind the landmine blast that claimed the lives of 11 police personnel. Sunil had earlier also been arrested in connection with JMM MP Sunil Mahto last year and was released on bail.

Singh said he met the protesters, who complained of the absence of basic facilities in the village.

Singh also convinced the frenzied villagers that the government was trying to provide basic amenities like road, tubewell, schools and medical care to the people.

Rs 92 Cr to be spent to modernize State Police

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Malpe: The Karnataka Government has decided to modernise the State Police at a cost of Rs 92 crore, Home Minister V S Acharya said today.

Speaking after inaugurating Coastal Security Police (CSP) station in Malpe Fisheries Port here, he said that Rs 45 crore has earmarked for housing to police personnel and Rs 25 crore for traffic improvement in the current budget.

He said that steps have been taken to equip the department with modern weapons to combat terrorism, naxal activities and other threats.

The Minister said that to check infiltration from border areas and controlling smuggling of arms, drugs through sea and border areas into the state, five CSPs would be set up in three coastal districts of Daxina Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada covering 320 km of coastal line with powers to arrest and prosecution. Two rounds of high level meetings were held and discussed about providing necessary staff, weapons, boats and other facilities to have constant surveillance on the coast.

ADGP A R Infant said that the department had taken into possession three stations out of the five stations. These stations would have the surveillance activities on the coast to check anti-social activities, terrorist activities, underworld activities and illegal transportation of weapons and narcotics along the coast.

He said that ten 12 tonne boats and five 5 tonne boats required for five CSP stations for surveillance activities was being now built at Goa. Of these three to four boats are expected to be received in another two months period while the remaining would be received in another two years time.

Mr Infant said that the state government has sanctioned Rs 2.8 crore for surveillance activities and for purchase of equipment for these five CSP station while the central government had sanctioned Rs. 88.44 lakh for procuring vehicles and other fixtures and fittings.

Jharkand villagers up in arms against Naxals

September 10th, 2008 - 8:02 pm ICT by ANI -

By Girija Shankar Ojha
Palamu (Jharkhand), Sep.10 (ANI): Daily wage labourers and artisans, who barely survive to make their ends meet with their meager earnings in the naxal-affected areas, are today an agitated lot. They complain of being exploited by Naxals here.
There are annoyed since the Maoists who dont even hesitate to extract money from them as private tax. These local people are now irritated over the attitude of these hoodlums and are up in arms.

“If they will keep on deducting our money, how we are going to sustain. Its a high time they realised our worth. All these years we were supporting Naxals but we got nothing in return. These people don”t want us to be united because in that condition they won”t be able to suppress us. We need to get together to fight against all these odds,” said Praddep Ganjhua, head of the Labour union.
Almost three decades ago when Naxalism started in India, it stated that its objective was to establish an egalitarian society. The driving force behind naxalism was ideas of Mao Zedong and Karl Marx theories.
For long, these Naxalites continued to wage a struggle against the system–citing reasons like for the rights of Dalits and underprivileged people.
But now things have changed, as Naxals are not bothered about the poor and needy. In fact they are extracting money from the poor to fill their own pockets.
Besides the local villagers want their daily-wage be increased.
“We are not getting proper wages we want minimum wage to be fixed to Rs. 90, but we are only getting Rs. 60. Our women and children are getting even lesser than us. We need help, otherwise, only alternative that’’s going to be left over was to take up arms. So many of our kins have joined hands with Naxals but now even Naxals have turned selfish,” said Rama Prajapati, one labourer. Daily wage labourers and artisans are today so fed up with the Naxalites that they have joined hands to take on the hoodlums.
Recently, a meeting was organised in which they discussed their problems and how Naxal forces were taking undue advantage.
Among other issues was how to benefit from government schemes and policies.
“We are getting almost nothing in the name of wages. We cannot even have a square meal with this kind of wages. We want our minimum wage to be fixed at rupees 90 so that we can at least meet our basic requirements,” said Mala, one of the labourers.
Palamu is the den of Naxalites in India; actually this was the place from where roots of Naxalism germinated almost three decades back. This place till date is known for its feudal structure and atrocities on bonded labour. (ANI)

No naxalites in Goa: IB report

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NEW DELHI, SEPT 9 — Goa is one of only six States in India that do not have a naxalite presence, according to a report submitted by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to the Union Home Ministry. The other five States that have no naxalites are Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.
This is in direct contradiction to Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar’s recent claim that naxalites are active in the anti-mining agitation, which was echoed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, but refuted by the Goa police.
Thirty-nine left-wing extremists groups are operating in with armed cadre active in 15 States, while over-ground supporters exist in seven other States, the report said, adding that maoists aimed at ‘liberating’ 35 per cent of the country’s territory by the end of next year. It said these groups are in touch with ULFA in Assam and the LTTE in Sri Lanka, but only to obtain arms and explosives.
Recently, the Centre gave the nod for setting up of a 10,000-strong Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA), to tackle naxalism.

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Udupi Sept 9, 2008: Home minister of Karnataka Dr V S Acharya today said that the Karnataka government would spend Rs 92 crore for the modernisation of the state police force.

He was speaking after inaugurating a Coastal Security Police (CSP) station at Malpe Fisheries Port here today. Dr Acharya said Rs 45 crore has been earmarked for housing to police personnel and Rs 25 crore for traffic improvement in the current budget. He said steps have been taken to equip the department with modern weapons to combat terrorism, naxal activities and other threats.



















To check infiltration, smuggling of arms and drugs through sea and border areas, five CSPs would be set up in three coastal districts - Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada - covering 320 km of coastal line with powers to arrest and prosecution, he said.

ADGP A R Infant said arrival of ten 12-tonne boats and five five-tonne boats was expected to boost surveillance activities in the coastal districts.

The state government has sanctioned Rs 2.8 crore for the purchase of equipment for the CSP stations, he said, adding that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 88.44 lakh for procuring vehicles and other equipments.

IGP (Western Range) A.M. Prasad welcomed the gathering while MLA Raghupati Bhat presided over the function. Others who were present on the occasion include Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) A.R. Infant, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, SP of Udupi Pravin Pawar and SP of Dakshina Kannada Sathish Kumar.

Naxal arms from LTTE, Ulfa

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09 September, 2008 03:47:09
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Sept. 9: The Naxals are planning to gain a stronghold in 35 per cent of the country’s liberated area by the end 2008, according to a home ministry report.

The Naxals are procuring arms and weaponry from banned groups like the LTTE and the Ulfa, it said even as it expressed concern over the unabated attacks being carried out by Maoist groups. Thirty-nine Left-wing extremists groups are operating in the country with underground sympathisers and armed cadre active in 15 states, while overground supporters exist in seven states, the report said.

Left-wing extremists are spreading their presence to as many as 22 states, the intelligence report said. The Maoists have no presence only in six states — Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Goa and Himachal Pradesh, the report said. While home ministry officials dismissed any collusion between Maoists and terrorist groups in carrying out terror strikes across the country, an official said that Maoist groups are only establishing linkages with militant groups to procure latest arms and state-of-the-art weaponry.

The report, meanwhile, revealed that there are over 20,000 underground Maoist activists operating in the country, besides nearly 50,000 overground members, more than a lakh Naxal sympathisers and supporters who are part of the various frontal organisations. With the Maoist menace spreading fast across the country, the Centre recently decided to set-up a specialised Central force to tackle Left-wing extremism. The 10,000-strong Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) will be trained in militant warfare and will be deployed in six worst-affected states.

While worst-hit Chhattisgarh will get three battalions (nearly 3,000 personnel), Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will get two each and Orissa, Maharashtra and Bihar will get one battalion each. The training of two battalions of the force, formed from within the CRPF, has already begun at the Greyhounds Academy in Andhra Pradesh.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

LTTE, ULFA source of arms for Naxals: Report

9 Sep 2008, 1140 hrs IST,PTI



NEW DELHI: Left-wing extremists are spreading their presence to as many as 22 states with the Maoists even approaching banned groups like LTTE and ULFA for arms procurement, an intelligence report has claimed.

The report, submitted to the Union Home Ministry, said Maoists were aiming at "liberating" 35 per cent of country's territory by the end of next year, according to official sources.

Thirty-nine Left-wing extremists groups are operating in the country with underground sympathisers and armed cadre active in 15 states while overground supporters exist in seven states, it said.

Throwing light on the funding and arms procurement policy of naxals, the report said the underground groups are in touch with certain militant groups like ULFA in Assam and LTTE in Sri Lanka for procurement of arms and explosives.
The Maoists have no presence only in six states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Goa and Himachal Pradesh, the report said.

"Having links with militant groups does not mean that they are colluding with them to carry out attacks. They are having links with the militant groups for procurement of arms," an official said.

Outlining the naxal strategy and goals, the report said the groups plan to possess 35 per cent of country's land as "liberated area" by the end of next year.

It also said while there are over 20,000 underground Maoist activists in the country and nearly 50,000 overground members, more than lakh naxal sympathisers and supporters are working in various frontal organisations.

Recently, the Centre had given the nod for setting up of a 10,000-strong Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) to tackle naxalism.

According to sources, the government is also formulating a plan to deploy specially-trained personnel in six states, mostly in the worst-affected areas.

The new force under the command of CRPF is likely to be deployed in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, official sources said.

While worst-hit Chhattisgarh will get three battalions (nearly 3,000 personnel), Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will get two each and Orissa, Maharashtra and Bihar will get one battalion each.

The sources said the deployment is being planned in such a manner that the force could also function easily in nearby states where the COBRA will not have a presence initially.

PIL seeks removal of pickets on campus

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Ranchi, Sept. 8: Education has taken a back seat as gun-toting men occupy classrooms, a PIL filed in the high court has claimed.

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), which has filed the petition, has sought a court directive to the state government for withdrawal of paramilitary camps in schools.

The rights body has argued that the presence of security personnel on campus hamper education. It has also sought compensation for the students, whose academic performance has suffered.

“The presence of paramilitary camps in schools creates an atmosphere of fear. A child’s right to education is compromised with,” said Shashibhushan Pathak, the general secretary of PUCL (Jharkhand unit).

Government records show that the forces currently occupy 40 schools in 13 districts. The oldest camp was set up in 1989 at a primary school in Taljhari, Dumka, while the most recent came up at a government middle school in Tala, Palamau, in March this year.

The state government, while replying to the RTI application of PUCL, had said that the pickets were set up in school buildings since there was no other alternative and fighting the Naxalite menace in rural belts was a must.

Naxalite Ferreira’s replacement in place?

9 Sep 2008, 0503 hrs IST, Soumittra S Bose,TNN


NAGPUR: Intelligence sleuths think that Naxalites have already found a replacement of Arun Thomas Ferreira to work in the city. Though the identity of the replacement of Ferreira, arrested in Nagpur in May 2007, is yet to be established, cops know that an activist dubbed ‘Vikas’ has been given his responsibilities.

Cops suspect ‘Vikas’ is operating from a city-based college and had left the city as soon as media reported that the rebels were aiming to organise students’ groups to boost recruitment, but may be back.

Interestingly, though the sleuths have learnt about Vikas, they are not sure about ‘his’ gender. Particularly so after it was found out that a top woman cadre, who passed away recently in Mumbai, was code-named ‘Ulhas’, which is usually a man’s name.

CPI Maoists claim responsibility for killing VHP leader

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Kandhmal, Sept 09: In a move that might worsen situation in violence-hit Orissa, the banned CPI Maoists on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati and four others.

According to reports, the banned Naxalite group has accused the slain VHP leader of communal politics in the region in a press release.

The fresh claims made by the Naxal group is likely to come as a big relief for the Christian community of the state, which has been pleading innocence over Saraswati’s unfortunate death and the violence, which followed.

However, there has been no response from the state government over the CPI Maoists’ claim.

85-year-old Laxmanananda Saraswati, who had been working among tribals against religious conversion, was gunned down by unidentified assailants at an ashram for girls at Jalespeta in Tumudibandh block.

The VHP leader’s murder had triggered a massive wave of violence between the saffron brigade and Christians in Kandhmal district of Orissa.

The BJP leadership had also accused the Orissa Police of failing to protect Saraswati and the state government for denying a 'Z plus' security for him

Monday, September 08, 2008

COBRA on way to fight Naxalites in Jharkhand

COBRA on way to fight Naxalites in Jharkhand
- Crack force to be based in Khunti, Hazaribagh
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New Delhi, Sept. 7: Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand will take the lion’s share of the deployment of the newly formed Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) to counter Naxalites.

Cobra will be headquartered in the national capital region and will have battalion headquarters in every Naxalite-hit state. Five of the 10 battalions will be deployed in the two states, sources said.

Of the two battalions to be deployed in Jharkhand, one each will be headquartered in Khunti (Ranchi) and Hazaribagh.

In Chhattisgarh, two battalions will be headquartered in Jagdalpur while one will be in Raigarh.

The Centre gave the nod for raising a 10,000-strong special anti-Naxalite force under the command and control of the CRPF in late August.

The force will not only have the best fighting equipment, but will also be trained in Naxalite intelligence techniques and strategy.

Home ministry sources said the Centre would not wait lonto use the COBRA against the Naxalites. Two battalions of more than 1,000 personnel each have already undergone training on the lines of the Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and will be deployed in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

“The rest eight battalions will be trained over a period of two years and deployed in other states as well,” said an official.

Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have been on top of the list of Naxalites. In the last one week alone, 22 security personnel, including 13 policemen and nine CRPF personnel, have been killed in these two states.

In 2007, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand together accounted for 68 per cent of the total incidents and 75.57 per cent of the total casualties in Naxalite violence across 13 states.

One battalion each of the COBRA is to be deployed in Koraput in Orissa where communal violence has spread following a Maoist attack on Hindu missionaries. Paramilitary forces have not forgotten the attack on Naxalites in Malkangiri in Orissa where Greyhounds were killed along with state policemen recently.

There will also be one battalion each in Bhandara in Maharashtra, Gaya in Bihar and, Bareilly and Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. While Mirzapur is close to Bihar and Jharkhand, the force at Bareilly will oversee Maoist activity that has spread to Uttarakhand, sources said.

K. Durga Prasad, a 1981 batch IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh credited with the success of the Greyhounds, will take charge of the central force. The commandos of the force will have the incentive of 15 per cent more salary than is normally drawn by a CRPF soldier.

“The home ministry has to decide where the SAF will be based and has to provide the necessary funds. It could be headquartered in Gurgaon, Noida or Ghaziabad,” said a CRPF official.

Kingpin may spill the beans on Maoist-ISI link

8 Sep 2008, 0430 hrs IST, Soumittra S Bose,TNN

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NAGPUR: The police are looking into political affiliation and activities of fake currency kingpin Umesh Rawat arrested by the crime branch near Sikta in West Champaran in Bihar recently.

Rawat was brought to city on Sunday. He is learnt to be a Nepali Maoist and a village head in Nepal.

Intelligence agencies may start probing the ISI-Maoist collusion in pumping fake currency in India after the arrest of Umesh Rawat alias Prasad alias Patel. Apart from Maoists, Nepal is also learnt to be harbouring a well-oiled network of ISI and Dawood Ibrahim gang, especially in and around Kathmandu. According to intelligence reports, both ISI and Maoists have a common agenda of fostering anti-national operations in India.

The crime branch, which had netted two of Umesh's aides from Madhya Pradesh and city earlier, is likely to produce Umesh before the court today. The team under crime branch senior inspector P T Ingle, which nabbed Umesh, also reached city. Before being nabbed, Umesh's moles circulated several fake notes at different locations in the city and MP.

Apart from collecting the names of the Umesh's moles, the cops are trying to establish the real picture of his network spread in different parts of the country. It is also learnt that Umesh has so far named people like Abrar, Imamul and others who are known to have wide network of illegal activities in Nepal. Police team also found several phone numbers in possession of Umesh. It has already been found that Umesh had some 'contacts' in eastern Vidarbha too.

It is learnt that intelligence security establishment strongly believes that Maoist and ISI have forged an alliance to wage terror war against India. In a recent development, Maoist have openly come forth to voice their sympathy for banned Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), which is known to have joined several terrorist outfits across the border including Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Pankaj Gupta, chief of state anti-naxal operation cell, said that his department too would likely to probe the angle of Umesh's political linkages after the arrested fake note kingpin is available for questioning.

"We would look into details that may be revealed by him (Umesh)," said Gupta. Apart from ANO, other intelligence departments may also question Umesh.