Friday, December 19, 2008

Police constables in Karnataka switch to teaching

Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 at 17:00 IST

Bangalore, Dec 18: Overworked young police constables in Karnataka are resigning in droves and joining the teaching profession which gives them equal benefits.

A quarter of the trained police constables has quit their job in the last two years.

According to Karnataka's Director General and Inspector General of Police, R Sri Kumar, policemen in Karnataka are working 14-15 hours a day, adding, he himself sleeps "hardly two-three hours".

Speaking at a workshop of security management, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, he said police constables and teachers join as Group "C" workers at the time of recruitment. "Now, people who join the police rank, they find it better to switch over to the teaching job".

Stating that the attrition rate is 25 per cent, he said, "After giving them two years training, you find that suddenly they have left us and went to the teaching job".

Concerned over the requirement of police protection at religious and commercial places, Kumar said that situation has led to a shortage of police force for the other purposes.

"Everybody wants protection," he said adding Churches, masjids, temples, power grid and generating stations all are being protected.

Sri Kumar criticised "so called intellectuals" who question police action in encounter cases and speak on human rights of victims.

While human rights are important, "in war situation (similar to those of encounter with naxals and terrorists), human rights are not acceptable," he said.

"You have to talk about human rights of policemen (also)," the DGP said.

"While policemen give their best part of life in the line of duty, they don't get the support they require," he said.

KARNATAKA: 500 armed guards protect our VIPs

Bangalore : Karnataka is not a state associated with bombings or assassinations. Even then, our politicians find it necessary to have
gun-toting security personnel swarming them at all hours.

The state's VIP contingent is guarded day and night by over 500 armed guards. Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and governor Rameshwar Thakur lead the pack as they come with the land's highest security cover -- Z plus. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, his son former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and leader of the opposition Mallikarjun Kharge fall under Z category security cover.

Besides these high profile netas, other ministers, opposition leaders, MLAs from Naxal-affected areas and Bellary district, and judges also come under the special security ambit. IT czars N R Narayana Murthy and Azim Premji, business magnate Vijay Mallya and Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw are those from the corporate sector who are given special security.

AT WHAT COST?

The cost of maintaining this establishment is pretty substantial and runs into crores. It includes salaries, vehicles, fuel, vehicle repair and maintenance. Sources say it is not possible to quantify the exact cost as the security personnel draw salaries from different wings of the police department.

MANNING THE CM

A security staff of 50 is deployed with the chief minister, headed by an officer of the rank of superintendent of police and accompanied by deputy SP and others. A security cordon of 14 guards him at any given point of time. Others maintain vigil at his residence in batches.

WHO GETS WHAT

Security is of two types -- categorized and gun-man (a cop with a weapon or carbine). Threat perception decides on the kind of cover a VIP gets.

In Karnataka, around 35 persons get categorized security. Of these, three enjoy Z+ category, 9 get Z category, 21 are in Y bracket and two have X category cover.

Gun-man security is given to 200 including ministers, judges, Lok Ayukta and others. Here, the security personnel are drawn from the armed reserve police. The exception is labour minister B N Bachche Gowda, who has been given Y category security.

THE HIERARCHY

Z+ category

This is the highest level of security in the country. Prime Minister, former PMs, AICC president Sonia Gandhi, BJP prime ministerial candidate L K Advani, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa are some who enjoy this cover. A bullet-proof car escorted by pilot car, screening of visitors, a 30-vehicle convoy and round-the-clock residential guards are the extras over Z cover. Plus, three gunmen work three shifts a day.

Z category

Two personal security officers move with the VIP everywhere. An escort comprising an officer, two guards and a screening person are provided. A squad does anti-sabotage check for explosives at airports, residence and other places hours before the VIP actually visits them. The personnel are equipped with a dog squad, bomb detection squad and metal detectors.

Y category

Security is divided into two sub-classifications. Union ministers visiting the state get an escort, residential guards and one personal security officer. In the second sub-category, only personal security officers and residential guards are provided. High court judges come under this category.

X category

Besides three personal officers working round the clock, local policemen are deputed. Guards are drawn from reserve police, local police and VVIP security department.

DF category

In addition to the four categories, DF category (dignitary foreigners) security cover is also provided. However, this section is restricted only to premier foreign delegates, who get security equal to Z+ protection. Visiting Prime Ministers, sportspersons and high-profile dignitaries are entitled.

CM issues directives to woo tribals in areas dominated by Maoists

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Posted: Dec 19, 2008 at 0241 hrs IST

Kolkata With Maoists’ influence growing in the tribal areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, the state government has decided to expedite the implementation of the welfare schemes to improve the condition of tribals and to win their confidence.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday convened a high-level meeting and discussed the measures to be adopted.

The government has decided to send Minister for Backward Class Welfare Jogesh Burman and Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Suryakanta Mishra to visit the districts from January 10 and supervise the implementation of all the poverty alleviation programmes launched there.

They have also been asked to submit a report to the chief minister.

Stating that the improvement of the condition of the people in these three districts will be the government’s priority now, Bhattacharjee has also instructed the chief secretary to issue a notification to all the SDOs to monitor the welfare programmes for the people belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.

Other decision taken at the meeting included quick disbursement of scholarhips among students, more efficient disbursement of old-age pension, building of hostels for the students and others.

“We had a very fruitful meeting and the chief minister gave us instructions on how to improve the condition of the people,” said Burman who today inaugurated the new website of his department.

Suspected Maoists set trucks on fire in Gumla

Published: December 19,2008



Gumla(Jharkhand)

Suspected Maoists today set ablaze two trucks and exchanged fire with the police near a police picket here.

The police said that while one group of Maoists exchanged fire with the police at Banari, another group torched the trucks at a distance, the sources said.One of the trucks was laden with bauxite.

There was no casualty in the exchange of fire, the sources said.

SOURCE: PTI

Pamphlets threaten to kill Bhilai steel plant officials

19 Dec 2008, 1642 hrs IST, PTI



RAIPUR: Three pamphlets allegedly put up by naxalites at the Bhilai Steel Plant premises has issued a threat to kill senior management officials if
wages of the employees in this public sector undertaking are not revised.

The pamphlets written in blue ink using a sketch pen have asked the management to ensure justice to employees through wage revision.

"Do justice with the employees this time.. or two-four senior officials would be killed," it read. The BSP management has handed over the matter to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for further probe.

"The pamphlets have been given to the CISF and the plant has also put its own security mechanism to work for finding out its authenticity as well as to probe into how it reached the plant premises," BSP spokesperson Jacob Kurian said.

The police is also probing into the incident. Dipanshu Kabra, SP, Durg said that he has received a formal letter in this regard along with the photocopies of the pamphlet from the CISF.

"Generally, naxalites use red ink in their pamphlets. In the present case, we think this is the handiwork of some mischievous elements. However, we are not taking any risk and are investigating into the matter," he added

Two Maoist commanders arrested in Jharkhand

December 19th, 2008 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS -
Ranchi, Dec 19 (IANS) Two area commanders of the outlawed guerrilla group, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), were arrested from Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district Friday, the police said.Acting on a tip off, the police raided two separate places in the district and arrested the duo identified as Kashi Yadav and Vinay Marandi.

Kashi Yadav was held from Mahutand village, while police nabbed Marandi from an area bordering Giridih district.

Police have seized two revolvers, live cartridges and Naxal literature from them.

Kashi Yadav was wanted in more than a dozen cases by the police of three districts of the state.

Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In last seven years, more than 1,300 people, including civilians and security personnel, have been killed. According to government records, 714 civilians and 320 security personnel have been killed in Maoist related violence so far.

Hardcore CPI maoist arrested with detonators, carbines

Published: December 19,2008

Gaya , Dec 19 The police arrested one hardcore member of proscribed naxal outfit CPI (Maoist) from Bihar&aposs Gaya district and seized five detonators, two carbines and a country made rifle.

Superintendent of Police R Mallar Vizzi said today that acting on a tip-off the police raided the house of Suresh Paswan, a hardcore member of CPI (Maoist), at Raghunath village last night.

The police arrested Paswan and seized five detonators, two carbines and a country made rifle during the raid, the SP said adding that detonators had the label of Gomiya ordnance factory.

The police are interrogating Paswan&aposs involvement in other naxal activities, Vizzi said. PTI CORR AND rg

Two CRPF men suspended

Published: December 19,2008


Chatra (Jharkhand), Dec 19 Two CRPF jawans were today suspended after irate villagers demanded action against a group of securitymen who allegedly ransacked a number of shops at Pratappur in Chatra district.

&apos&aposThe CRPF personnel Gajnikant Pathak and Madhav Singh have been placed under suspension in connection with the incident,&apos&aposdeputy commandant of the CRPF Prahalad Paswan told newsmen here.

The action came in the wake of the villagers putting up road blockdade this morning, demanding action against the security men who allegedly ransacked a number of shops last night after picking up quarrel with a local person.

The personnel of the CRPF have been assisting the police in the anti- Naxal operations in Chatra.

NREGS in Naxal Affected Areas

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Lok Sabha

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development Shri Chandra Sekhar Sahu today informed the Lok Sabha in reply to a written question that there has been progress in implementation of NREGA over the years in areas affected by Naxal activities. As per reports received, during the year 2006-07, 2338023 households were provided employment and 45000 works were completed within the year. During 2007-08, 3143927 households were provided employment and 87000 works were completed within the year. During the current year (upto mid-November, 2008) 2038050 households have been provided employment and 62061 works have been completed.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Z security for Puri Sankaracharya

Subhashish Mohanty
Thursday, December 18, 2008 01:56 IST


BHUBANESWAR: After Maoists threatened to kill Puri Gobardhan Peetha’s chief Sankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati, the Orissa government has decided to provide him with Z category security.

Sankaracharya’s office on Tuesday received an anonymous letter, threatening to kill him. The letter was posted from Kandhamal, police said. A complaint was lodged at Sea Beach police station in Puri.

A man identifying himself as a Maoist warned the Sankaracharya against indulging in communal activities. “Those who spread communal hatred will be eliminated like Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati,” he warned. Swami Saraswati, 86, was a senior Viswa Hindu Parishad leader. He had been spearheading the anti-conversion movement in Kandhamal district. He was killed on August 23 by unknown assailants at Jaleshpata Ashram. The police also fear a Maoist attack on prominent RSS workers of Kandhamal.

An additional superintendent of police will remain in charge of Sankaracharya’s security. “We are taking utmost care so that no harm is caused to the Sankaracharaya,” said DGP Manmohan Praharaj.

Addressing a new conference here on Wednesday, the Sankaracharaya said he did not fear for his life. “I have received a number of threatening letters. I don’t give importance to such things,” he said, adding that he would continue to work for uplift of the poor and preservation of Hinduism.

Sankaracharya said he did not believe that the threat came from the Maoists. “They never interfere in religious activities. In the name of Maoists, others are trying to defame the Hindu religion and kill me,” he said.uri Sankaracharya

The child soldiers in Indian Maoist ranks

December 18th, 2008 IANS -

Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal told the Rajya Sabha Dec 11 that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has set up a special squad of minors in Chhattisgarh. These child soldiers are forcibly recruited into Maoist ranks. But this is not a new phenomenon.For many years, child combatants have been used by Naxalites in many ways in their fight against the Indian state. In Orissa, the children are known as ‘Baal Sangam’. In Chhattisgarh they are constituted under the ‘Krantikari Adivasi Balak Sang’. The governments in both the states have outlawed these groups. According to a scholar on the Naxalite movement: “At least 300 children are being trained in the dense forests of Dhanbad and Giridih in Jharkhand under a crash course in the use of small arms.”

In Andhra Pradesh, the Maoists, in their earlier avatar, the People’s War Group (PWG), maintained for some years their own children’s corps, known as ‘Bala Sangham’. R.S. Praveen Kumar, the then superintendent of police in Karimnagar district, told this author in December 2003 that at one point there were some 800 children with the Naxalites in the state. Available reports indicate that the ‘Bala Sangham’ has been disbanded.

Similar reports of recruitment of children emanated from Chhattisgarh way back in 2002, if not earlier. At that time, parents in the vicinity of Tanda and Bagh rivers had sent away their children to far-off places when the Naxalites ordered each family to contribute at least one child to their ranks. Further, in the same year, media reports said the Naxalites trained boys and young women in the jungles in Palamau district, Jharkhand.

Two years later, the security forces rescued a group of girls from a camp of the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI) in the same area. Soon thereafter, they were admitted to a vocational training institute run by missionaries.

Amnesty International noted in a report titled “Children in South Asia: Securing their Rights” that the erstwhile PWG had recruited children between the ages of eight and 15 “believing that they could train children more effectively than women to resist police interrogation”.

Both boys and girls operate in rebel ranks. They have been utilised to gather intelligence, carry food and weapons, and to serve extortion notes. “These young children, being in an impressionable age, are susceptible to indoctrination,” explained Praveen Kumar.

A young woman who joined the rebels when she was 15 years old and quit the outfit a few years later told this author in 2003 that she was inspired by the lyrics sung by a Naxalite squad that visited her village in Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh.

Conversations over the past few years with residents of Naxalite-affected regions reveal the reasons for children joining the Maoists.

Some admire and ‘hero worship’ the weapon-wielding cadre or commander of the squads that frequent their area. Boys and girls from deprived sections of society are awestruck that the armed men ‘order’ and ‘threaten’ their village headman or a rich landlord, sometimes an upper caste person who otherwise looks down upon and humiliates the poor and the downtrodden.

Besides, the rebels become a source of inspiration for physically exploited women. In some cases, as has been reported from Bihar, joining the Maoists is a way out of poverty and starvation.

Young persons initially develop intimacy with the group and gradually turn sympathisers and spies. Some eventually join the rebels. A family member, relative or someone known to the family in the party could act as a facilitator.

Desertions from Maoist ranks and attrition in security forces operations are other reasons for the Naxalites targeting children. G.P. Singh, the deputy inspector general of police in Chhattisgarh, told this author in November 2008: “It is not uncommon for the Naxalites to eye inmates of welfare hostels run by the government for recruiting child cadres.”

Singh said that in Bastar, where he had served until early this year, high school passouts are potential recruits, especially because they have no other avenue to pursue.

In some instances, children move around in the jungles with the Naxalites for some weeks or months but return to their boarding houses after getting tired of the rigours of an underground life. In Andhra Pradesh, there have been many instances when they were lucky enough to be accepted again and have been able to pursue their studies.

Though exact statistics are hard to obtain, some children continue to be with the guerrillas while others join each year. Official sources indicate that their numbers are not a cause for concern.

Nevertheless, to prevent children from associating with left-wing extremists, security officials periodically visit hostels and counsel the students about the difficulties they could face if they join Naxalite groups. Children who understand the futility of joining the rebels keep pursuing their avocation while those who get carried away by the Naxalites leave their studies and enter the jungles to fight alongside their elder colleagues.

(18.12.2008-P.V. Ramana is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He can be contacted at palepuramana@gmail.com.)

Bill for CISF cover to private sector units, Indian Embassies

New Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Amid growing threat of terror attacks on industrial establishments, a Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha today to extend CISF cover to joint venture and private sector units as also Indian Embassies abroad.
The Central Industrial Security Force (Amendment) Bill, moved by Home Minister P Chidambaram, seeks to enable the deployment of CISF for security of private sector undertakings on cost reimbursement basis.

The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill says with the growing threat of terrorist outfits, industries in the private sector and joint ventures, which have contributed to the growth of economy, also require CISF cover.

It sought to extend CISF cover to Indian Embassies or UN Peacekeeping Missions abroad.

The move to amend the law comes in the backdrop of the terror strikes in Taj and Oberoi Hotels in Mumbai and the recent attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul. Besides, Naxalites have been targeting private telecom installations and oil refineries in some states.

The statement also said that for withdrawal of CISF, the management of a PSU should give three months' notice against one month now as it was inadequate for the Force to carry out necessary logistics and administrative arrangements. PTI

Force One to be trained in Pune

Special Correspondent
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 AT 3:12 PM


Mumbai: The special crack commando team Force One which would be raised by the Maharashtra Government on the lines of the National Security Guard (NSG), is likely to be trained in Pune, highly-placed Intelligence department sources said.

They are likely to be trained at the Special Security Training School near Hadapsar in Pune district, the sources told 'Sakaal Times', adding that the basic training infrastructure for such specialized course is already available there.

As regards the current Special Security Training Institute, the official said that currently it teaches modules like VVIP security and anti-Naxalite operations. As a matter of fact, the new intelligence training institute will also be set up here.

Help for NSG training team at Manesar at Gurgaon in Haryana and former Indian Army infantry and special forces officers would also be taken to devise the training programme. The commandos of the Indian Army are trained at the Junior Leaders's Wing at Belgaum – and the trainers there are expected to be consulted.

Several officers and men in the initial stages would be sent to the NSG facility for training, and subsequently the training modules would be adopted in Pune.

The new team will be trained in handling different kind of weapons like MP-5 sub machine guns, sniper rifles and light machine guns. Modes of communication during commando operations and hostage situation would also be taught to the team.

43 mobile phone towers destroyed by Naxals

New Delhi, Dec 18: Naxalites -- the Left wing extremists -- which have been creating havoc in many parts of the country, are now targetting the communication networks in their operational area with an average four mobile phone towers being destroyed by them every month.

"At least 43 mobile phone towers were destroyed in six states -- Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa -- by the Maoists till November this year," a Home Ministry official said.

The Naxals destroyed the highest number of mobile phone towers -- 14 each -- in Bihar and Chhattisgarh.

"The Naxals are targetting the mobile phone towers as they believe that communication network is being frequently used by the security agencies and their informers to launch operations against the Maoists," the official said.

Nine mobile phone towers were destroyed by the Left wing extremists in Jharkhand, four in Orissa and one each in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra this year.

In 2007, only six towers were destroyed by the Naxals -- three in Chhattisgarh, two in Orissa and one in Maharashtra.

Just five such towers were attacked by the Maoists in 2006 -- two in Andhra Pradesh and one each in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

In 2005, altogether eight mobile phone towers were destroyed by the Maoists of which five were located in Andhra Pradesh, two in Chhattisgarh and one in Maharashtra.

Koyas the most gullible tribe – I

They speak a different Gond dialect of the Dravidian group which more or less resembles the Telgu language. Koyas draw the attention of the world community for speaking a strange Dravidian language and simplicity..
CJ: Kishor Kumar.. ,

OF THE 62 tribals found in Orissa, Koyas are most gullible in nature. Though, their origin is obscure even today, they are said to be the members of great Gond Community of Dravidian family. Widely found in Kalimela, Podia, Malkangiri, Mathili and Korukonda area of Malkangiri District of Orissa, the Koyas constitute the most dominant tribe among all the tribes.

They speak a different Gond dialect of the Dravidian group which more or less resembles the Telgu language. Koyas draw the attention of the world community for speaking a strange Dravidian language and simplicity. Indeed, by plainsmen and officials the Koyas are regarded as the major supporters of the Naxalites. Still far from the modern civilization, some Koyas have associated themselves with the Naxal movement which these days is a major challenge before the Union government and more than a dozen of the state governments. Their involvement in the decade long Naxalite movement has raised many questions in the minds of general people and intellectuals.

Getting to know the Koyas:

The Koyas are a tribe inhabiting the hills in the north of the Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh and are also found in Malkangiri District. They have a tradition of about 200 years and it is believed that they were driven from the plateau in the Bastar region of Madhya Pradesh by famine and disputes. The Koyas have been enlisted as Scheduled Tribes and according to 1991 census their population was 1, 40,000 lakhs. Songs and dances punctuate their individual and social life. Fear and hope, dreams and despair, love and death are embedded in them. They believe in observing totemic rites, taboos and special rituals for invoking rain and elimination of diseases.

Koyas are fond of unity and are patriotic. In 1880, there was a revolt against British rule by the great Koya leader Tama Dora and it is best known as Koya Revolution in the history of Indian freedom movement. It would be most appropriate to divide them into Southern and Northern Koyas based on their dress and habits. The Southern Koyas are more influenced by Telgu culture. Alcohol (Salap) consumption is very common among the Koyas because of the formidable surrounding around them.

Koya Village:

Despite the march of civilization, the Koya village is regarded as a political unit for handing out justice. Their villages are situated on the patches of clearings in the midst of forests. They do not settle at any place permanently because of their belief that there may be some supernatural elements which cause some natural calamities or the local God will be displeased. They live in low thatched houses. There are some rituals which they observe at the time of establishing a new village. Soil is taken from the new land to present it to the chief mentor and the ’guru’ tests it to determine the auspicious movement, day and future course. Than, the community shifts to the new land. It takes more than one year to complete the formalities. The head of the Koya village is called ’Peda’ and it is hereditary. According to his advice, homestead and arable lands are provided to the people. Few villages constitute a ’Mutha’ or ’Panchyat’ and the head of the Mutha is called ’Muthadar’. A ’Katual’ is there to help Muthadar in the village.

Social organisation and marriage

The Koya dormitory assumes a unique place in their social life. Monogamy is preferred by most Koya male. But, now a days polygamy is gaining favour among some Koyas. As younger males marry older females, they take up several females with a view to gaining sexual pleasure and property. The liberty to choose a life companion is restricted among the Koyas. At times, a grown up male with his friend’s kidnaps a female and afterwards he pays bride price to the female’s father and marriage is solemnized. It is known as ’Karsu Pendul’. Some times, grown up Koya female forces her way into the house of her choicest male. In such cases, male’s father gives a small bride price to the female’s father and it is known as ’Lonadi Pendul’.

Festivals and amusements:

Every aspect of Koya life is charming and colourful. But the place of honour is occupied by their dance and music. The invigorating dances set to the beat of tapping music of traditional instruments are a way of life for the Koyas. In all seasons and occasions, the Koya people sing and dance. Like other tribes, the Koyas draw the attention of the people for their festivals and mode of amusements.Festive fervor sweeps the Koya villages right from the beginning of Baisakh month. They observe four important festivals like, Bija Pandu, Kodta Pandu, Bumud Pandu and Ikk Pandu.The festival of Bija Pandu is observed in the months of Baisakh and Jyestha and choicest deity is offered pigs, fowls, eggs and mango.


The festival of eating new crops is observed in the moths of Bharava and Ashwina and this festival is known as ’Kusem Pandu’. While ’Sikud Pandu’is observed in the months of Ashwina and Kartika and newly harvested rice is eaten. The rain god is worshiped in the months of Magha and Phalguna. During this festival, the images of a male and a female are married under a ’mohua’ tree. It is believed that the rain god is thus married and he would give ample rain. Than, the priest sprinkle water on the images and the marriage of the rain god is said to be solemnised. Dance and songs starts from there.The Koyas have an interesting dance in which the men tie buffalo or bison horns on their heads and engage in mimic fights, while the women wearing traditional costumes dance prettily in a ring with their hands on each other’s shoulder.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Puri Seer lashes out at PM-Sonia, supports Orissa Bandh

By Anurjay Dhal
Last updated: 12/17/2008 19:34:50

Bhubaneswar ( Orissa): Shankaracharya of Puri Gobardhan Pitha, Jagadaguru Swami Nischalananda Saraswati was on Wednesday apprehended that some International forces have been working overtime to eliminate Hindus and destroy their age-old culture to register their dominancy in the country.

Gobardhan Peetha is one of the four important mutts of Hindu faith in the country founded by Adi Sankaracharya.

Speaking at a press conference here, that the Hindu Seer, who got a threat letter from the outlawed CPI (Maoists), however indirectly attacking on Church said, "I am not perturbed by the threat call issued by an outfit. I see some others behind the nexus than the CPI (Maoists)."
The outfit in a threat letter, that sent to the Gobardhan Pitha in Puri, has alleged that the Hindu Seer has been spreading communal feelings and dividing society on religious lines.

The Seer charged that Congress led UPA Government at Centre is being patronizing anti-Hindu elements in the country. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have been making all out effort to appease the minorities, he lambasted.

Minority appeasement is the root cause of all existing problem in the country, he argued.

"Majority Hindus are feeling prosecuted in a country like India," he added. For vote bank politics, they could go to any extent; the Seer charged referring to large-scale conversion from Hinduism to Christianity.

On being asked about additional security, the Seer replied ' I am not fear for my life but I am worry for the survival of Hindu society and its culture," The Shankaracharya however supported a Bandh call given by the Sangh Pariwar slated for December 25.

Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs had directed Orissa Government to immediately provide Z category security for Puri Seer in view of threat to life. MHA reportedly received inputs from intelligence agencies regarding threat on Puri Seer's life.

On November 28, 2007, the Seer had received a threat mail from al-Qaeda, warning him of dire consequences if he does not embrace Islam. The disciples of Shankaracharya had received the postcard, carrying the threat.

Earlier, the Gobardhan mutt authorities, received a threat letter, which stated that the mutt would be blown up and the Seer eliminated.

Maoists warns Puri Seer with dire consequence

By Anurjay Dhal
Last updated: 12/17/2008 07:28:28


Bhubaneswar ( Orissa): The outlawed CPI (Maoists) on Tuesday warned Puri Sankaracharya Jagadaguru Swami Nischalananda Saraswati with dire consequence.

The outfit in a threat letter, that sent to the Gobardhan Pitha in Puri, about 60 kilometers from here, has alleged that the Hindu Seer has been spreading communal feelings and dividing society on religious lines.

After receiving the threat letter, the disciples of the Hindu Seer, have filed an FIR with Sea Beach Police State in the pilgrimage town. Meanwhile, police have started investigation into the issue.

"We have reviewed security measures at Gobardhan Pitha and efforts are on to know, where the letter was dispatched," a top Intelligence official said. Puri Superintendent of Police Asit Kumar Panigrahi while confirming the threat letter, said, Investigations are on and the police force was alert. He also said a close vigil was being maintained in and around the Mutt.

Since the fire brand Hindu Seer known for his bold stand against conversion, and has been demanding stern action against the anti Hindu forces responsible for conversion has earned the wrath non-Hindu fundamentalists.

Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs had directed Orissa Government to immediately provide Z Category security for Puri Seer in view of threat to life. MHA reportedly received inputs from intelligence agencies regarding threat on Puri Seer's life.

On November 28, 2007, the Seer had received a threat mail from al-Qaeda, warning him of dire consequences if he does not embrace Islam. The disciples of Shankaracharya had received the postcard, carrying the threat.

Earlier, the Gobardhan mutt authorities received a threat letter, which stated that the mutt would be blown up and the Seer eliminated. Gobardhan Peetha is one of the four important mutts of Hindu faith in the country founded by Adi Sankaracharya.

CPI (Maiost) kidnaps two members of rival group

Gaya, Dec 17: Armed members of proscribed ultra outfit CPI(Maoist) have kidnapped two persons of its rival group from Sewai village in Bihar's Gaya district.

Confirming the kidnapping by CPI (Maoist), superintendent of police R Malar Vizzi said that nearly 50-60 armed CPI maiost cadre raided the village last night and kidnapped Sunil Yadav and Rajesh Yadav, hardcore members of rival Sashashtra People's Morcha (SPM) .

The police were conducting raids to nab the kidnappers, the SP said.

Bureau Report

Constable injured in Maoist attack

Hyderabad, Dec 17 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas attacked a police station in Andhra Pradesh’s Nalgonda district in the early hours of Wednesday, injuring a constable, the police said.The police said 10 to 12 members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) attacked Mellacheruvu police station and adjoining residential quarters of policemen in Kodad mandal of Nalgonda district, about 150 km here.

The policemen, however, repulsed the attack and forced the Maoists to run away, said Nalgonda superintendent of police Vijay Kumar.

Sheikh Kareem, a police constable, was injured in the exchange of fire which lasted about 40 minutes, he told reporters.

The attack came after a long lull in the Maoist activities in the state. The Maoist violence in the state came down drastically in the last couple of years, thanks to sustained anti-Maoist operations by the police.

The attack in Nalgonda, the home district of Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, came amid intelligence reports that Maoists were regrouping to launch surprise attacks before the elections, scheduled to be held in March-April next year.

The guerrillas have carried out some major attacks on police stations in the last one decade.

The last major attack on policemen took place in Orissa near the Andhra border when Maoists ambushed and sunk a police boat in a reservoir killing 38 personnel of Greyhounds, the elite anti-Maoist force of Andhra Pradesh. They were returning to the state after a joint operation in Orissa.

Maoist violence has claimed over 6,000 lives in Andhra Pradesh during the last 35 years


PTI
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 13:53 IST



HYDERABAD: A constable was injured when Maoists attacked a police station in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday.

Constable Abdul Karim recieved injuries when a group of armed Maoists attacked Mallecharvu police station early in the day. They (the attackers) hurled grenades, district SP Vijaya Kumar said.

Police is investigating the matter and suspects that Bellamkonda dalam members may be behind the attack.

Salwa Judum: Chhattisgarh assures SC of action on NHRC report

New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Chhattisgarh government today assured the Supreme Court that further action would be taken on the recommendation of the NHRC which probed the alleged human rights violation by Salwa Judum, a people's movement to combat naxalism in the state.
The apex court asked the state government to file Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations made by the NHRC which had pointed to incidents of burning and killing on which FIRs were not registered and cases of high-handedness of the Special Police Officers, the civilians, armed with weapons to fight naxal menace.

The report by the NHRC had stated that villagers have become victims of the fight between naxalites and Salwa Judum.

Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the Chhatisgarh government, said the state has already acted reports and recommendations of the NHRC and have lodged FIRs in the cases which were pointed out.

Further, in some cases the probe has been initiated before registering the FIR.

Senior advocate Ashok Desai, appearing for one of the petitioner, stressed the need for taking steps against the SPOs who are accused by the NHRC report of indulging in extra-judicial killings.

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan posted the matter for further hearing on February 3 next year.

In an exhaustive report supported by documents, NHRC had inquired into alleged human rights violations by activists of Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh even as the Centre had approved the state government's stand. PTI

Chidambaram terms ‘Salva Judum’ a non-state actor

New Delhi, Dec.17 (ANI): Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram has termed Chattisgarh’s anti-naxalite group, ‘Salva Judum’ as a non-state actor.


Replying to queries during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Chidambaram said the Centre is not in favour of “non-state” actors taking the job of law enforcement into their hands.

“We are not in favour of non-state actors taking law enforcement in their hands,” he said.

“Law and order and law enforcement is the responsibility of the state government and we do not approve of non-state actors taking over the responsibility,” he added, while replying to a question put up by the CPI’s D.Raja.

He, however, refused to go into legality of the group, saying the matter was before the Supreme Court.

Salwa Judum (translates as Purification hunt), is a counter-Naxalite vigilant group which was launched in the state’s Dantewada district in 2005. It has led to forcible displacement of people throughout Bhairamgarh, Geedam and Bijapur areas in the state, under police and administrative supervision.

According to official estimates approximately 15,000 people from 420 villages are living as refugees in temporary camps.

Govt. awaits SC ruling on anti-Maoist movement in Chhatisgarh

Dec 17

The government will take a final decision on the controversial anti-Maoist people's movement in Chhattisgarh only after the Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the Home Minister, Mr. P. Chidambaram made it clear that the Centre is not in favour of non-government organisations taking the law and order in their hands.
The minister's reply was in response to a question whether the Centre plans to disband the Salwa Judum movement that has been accused of exploiting tribal people in the state in the name of countering the Maoists. He clarified that the matter was under consideration of the Apex Court and the Centre could not take a policy decision on the issue at present.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two Maoists shot dead in Chhattisgarh

December 16th, 2008 - 11:42 pm ICT by IANS -

Raipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Two Maoist guerrillas were shot dead Tuesday in Chhattisgarh after a brief gun battle with security forces, officials said.The gun fight broke out in a forested stretch of Narayanpur district in the state’s southern trouble-torn Bastar region when a patrolling police squad challenged the armed insurgents.

Officials at police headquarters here said two rebels were shot dead on the spot while several other rebels were injured but they managed to sneak into nearby thick forested area.

The police have recovered a hand grenade and a loaded gun from the dead Maoists.

Border action to hunt down Naxalites

KUMUD JENAMANI

Sendra would be launched to wipe out Naxalites
Jamshedpur, Dec. 15: Residents of at least 250-odd villages on the Jharkhand-Bengal border would launch sendra, an anti-Maoist mission, in March next year.

A decision in this connection was taken at a joint meeting of activists of Nagrik Suraksha Samiti and Majhi Marwa Sangathan, a tribal outfit of Bengal, at Maubhandar in Ghatshila today. Six members of Majhi Marwa Sangathan had come here with the message of N.N. Hembram, the chief of the organisation, to samiti chief Shanker Chandra Hembram.

The anti-Naxalite outfits operating in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum district and West Midnapore district of Bengal met for the second time in the past 10 days. “The objective of organising the sendra is to motivate the villagers so that they can come forward for combating the red menace,” said a functionary of the samiti.

Usually, the tribal community organises sendra of wild animals observing their religious beliefs. During sendra, thousands of tribals move to dense forest and engage in mass killing of animals.

The growing activity of Naxalites in Ghatshila has forced the samiti to coin the word sendra for killing of Maoists en masse.

The members of Majhi Marwa Sangathan stressed more on awareness campaign. Sources said that a section of the Majhi Marwa Sangathan, which has raised its voice against the Maoists, wants to create awareness among the villagers and also take help of the samiti to wipe out the Naxalites from villages under Jamboni, Belpahari (both in Bengal), Ghatshila, Dumaria, Dhalbhubgarh, Ghurabandha police stations.

The Majhi Marwa Sangathan is in favour of entering into a strategic tie-up with the samiti and launch a unified fight against the rebels.

The sources pointed out that now a large number of people had started gathering at public meetings against the Maoists in places under Belpahari and Jamboni police stations in Bengal’s West Midnapore district.

Shanker Chandra Hembram said that a large number of people living on the bordering villages had been facing the brunt of red terror.

He said that several villagers of West Midnapore district have left their homes because of red fear.

“As the Majhi Marwa Sangathan has come forward and shown their interest to fight the Maoists jointly, we will have to motivate the villagers who are scared of Naxalites,” said Hembram.

Naxalite held for Jehanabad jailbreak

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Ranchi, Dec. 16: Latehar police today claimed to have arrested one of the conspirators behind Jehanabad jailbreak case today.

Naveen Ji alias Chotu Das alias Satish Ji was arrested at the Sartand forest, around 120km from the city.

Latehar superintendent of police, Ravikant Dhan, said the breakthrough came about this morning when the extremist was heading towards Kurjrum on a bike to work for the Kisan Bachao Rally. He was caught with pamphlets and Naxalite literature.

“Our operation started on December 14. Our team had intercepted a motorbike this morning on a tip-off and after a brief inquiry it was learnt that the pillion rider was a sub-zonal commander of the rebel group. The team also recovered six detonators and Rs 3,100, besides Naxalite literature. Later, we identified him as Naveen Ji,” Dhan said.

The SP further said that the sub-zonal commander was transferred about three months ago and during his presence in Bihar had participated in several encounters with the police and had also thrown challenges to police officials at Chouparan, Wasirganj and Mohanpur areas.

“He is very close to Ajay Kanu, who masterminded the Jehanabad jailbreak and is in custody at present,” he added.

Sources, however, said the Naxalite leader was arrested two days ago but the information was not made public.

“The police have disclosed the facts after extracting all the information from the extremist,” he said. Jehanabad SP Manu Maharaj said Naveen Ji was wanted in Bihar.

Over 500 Maoists had laid a virtual siege in the town of Jehanabad on November 13, 2005, and 130 Naxalites escaped from prisons in seven hours.

Eleven policemen had died in the operation, carried out about 50km from the capital of Bihar.

Meanwhile, extremists set three trucks on fire at Vishunpur today. The truck, sources said, were carrying bauxite produced in the area.

Bill in: 180 days no bail, Naxals also ‘terrorists’

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MANEESH CHHIBBER & TANNU SHARMA
NEW DELHI: With the chorus for tough anti-terror laws growing after the Mumbai Terror strikes, the Government today introduced two Bills providing for a National Investigating Agency (NIA) to probe terror cases across the country and proposing deterrent provisions like detention without bail up to 180 days and up to life imprisonment for those involved in terror acts. For foreign nationals accused, detention can be indefinite.

The NIA Bill, 2008 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2008, tabled by Home Minister P Chidambaram in the Lok Sabha a day after the Cabinet cleared the measures, extend definition of terrorism to militancy, insurgency and Naxal extremism.

The NIA Bill empowers the agency at the Central level to probe terrorism and crimes with national ramifications such as challenges to the country’s sovereignty and integrity, bomb blasts, hijacking of aircraft and ships and attacks on nuclear installations.



Sources told The Indian Express that provisions which put the onus on the accused to prove his innocence and allowed confessions before the police to be used as evidence — these were part of the Home Ministry’s original draft — were dropped following opposition by some ruling alliance partners and a few Congress ministers. The proposed measures provide for constitution of special courts to try offences under the NIA Bill and to provide for summary trial.

Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, preventive detention of an accused can extend up to 180 days instead of 90 days as at present and no accused can be given bail without the prosecution being heard. Further bail can also be denied if the court feels that the charges against the accused are prima facie true.

Foreign nationals who have entered the country illegally and are being accused under this law shall be denied bail.

Under the Bill, courts are empowered to presume the accused guilty of terrorism if arms or explosives have been recovered from him and there is reason to believe that these could or were used or his fingerprints or any other evidence was found at the scene of crime.

Raising funds for terror acts will attract punishment of a five-year term which may extend to imprisonment for life with fine. Similarly, the punishment for organising terrorist camps and recruitment of people will be a minimum five-year term or maximum of life imprisonment with fine.

The Central Government will have the power to freeze, seize or attach funds and other financial assets of individuals or entities listed as terrorists and those who are suspected to be involved in terrorism.

Cobra commandos to bedeployed in Chhattisgarh

17 Dec 2008, 0148 hrs IST, Mir Ayoob Ali Khan, TNN



HYDERABAD: The anti-naxalite drive in the country will get the long-awaited boost when the first batch of 1,000 elite commandos belonging to Combat
Battalion for Resolute Action (Cobra) will be pressed into fighting naxalites in the jungles of Chhattisgarh by April next year.

Sources at Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under whose aegis Cobra is being formed said that there was a slight delay in the raising of the battalion comprising about 1,000 young men because of the elections. The plan was to introduce the battalion by March 2009. But, it will now become operational a month later, the sources said. The second battalion of Cobra would also be ready for operation by July 2009.

Cobra will now be functioning from CRPF headquarters in New Delhi. Earlier, there were plans that its headquarters could be set up either in Andhra Pradesh or one of the other Naxal-affected states.

CRPF IG K Durga Prasad, a 1981 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, was chosen to set up Cobra in May last. Dura Prasad has extensive experience of training Greyhounds, the 3,500 strong elite anti- Naxal force engaged in putting down the Maoist rebellion in AP.

"The selection of young men between the age of 18 and 25 years was tough. The men had to volunteer for the job and pass the required tests before they were sent for training, " said a source. The training included a vigorous regime of three-month in unconventional jungle warfare. The training course is modelled on what was being imparted to the Greyhounds and part of it was conducted at Greyhounds Training Academy located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the sources said.

The sources said that first two of the total 10 battalions would be deployed in Chhattisgarh. The remaining battalions would be raised in a phased manner in the next three years and located among states like Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The nature of Cobra battalions is like that of Rapid Action Force with flexibility to be flown to any trouble spot in the country on short notice. In the beginning, Cobra units would be given four choppers to enable quick mobility to difficult terrains. At the same time Cobra will be armed with a wide range of hi-tech assault weapons, latest communication systems and special anti-mine armoured vehicles fitted with jammers.

The raising of Cobra would cost the central government Rs 1,389.47 crore out of which Rs 898.12 crore will be spent on creating infrastructure while Rs 491.35 crore will be used for manpower training over a period of three years.

No inputs to suggest Naxalite-ISI links: Govt

16 Dec 2008, 2146 hrs IST, TNN



NEW DELHI: In the dock for its inability to control Naxal violence, which has spread its tentacles to 13 states, the government sought to lay
responsibility on state governments for their lack of will in addressing the problem. The Centre also denied that it had information related to the links between Pakistan's ISI and Naxal movement.

"There are no inputs to suggest that the Naxals have established links with the ISI," Sriprakash Jaiswal, minister of state for home, said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Parliamentarians expressed concern over the lack of cohesive action on the part of the Centre. Congress MP Naveen Jindal said 13 states were affected, 200 security personnel were killed and nearly 1,500 incidents took place every year, and the Centre needed to reconsider a way to tackle the problem.

CPM's Mohammed Saleem pointed out that 80% incidents had taken place in the states of Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and West Bengal.

Replying to the queries, Jaiswal said the Centre was taking steps to check the Naxal menace, which had emerged as a threat to national security.

The government will raise 10 Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (COBRA) in the CRPF as a specialised anti-Naxal force, Jaiswal said. In a written reply to another question, Jaiswal said the government was further strengthening and streamlining the mechanisms for intelligence gathering and sharing with a view to make them more effective and result-oriented.

Steps were also being taken for modernisation and upgrading of state police forces and their intelligence branches and providing modern weaponry, equipment and training to them, he added.

As many as 217 security personnel and 441 civilians were killed in Naxal violence and action against them till November 30. Over 1,435 incidents of Naxal violence were reported this year till November 30, Jaiswal said, adding that 1,536 Naxalites were arrested in the same period

No inputs to suggest Naxals' links with ISI

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Published: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 at 18:00 IST


New Delhi, Dec 16: Government said it does not have inputs to suggest that the Naxals have established links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

"There are no inputs to suggest that the Naxals have established links with the ISI," Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal told the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour.

He said as many as 217 security personnel and 441 civilians were killed in Naxal violence and action against them till November 30 this year.

As many as 1435 incidents of Naxal violence were reported this year till November 30, Jaiswal said adding that 1,536 Naxalites have been arrested in the said period.

He sought information from a member on alleged links of some political parties with Naxalites in the affected states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.

CPI(M) member Mohd Salim claimed in the Lok Sabha that some political parties in Naxal-affected states were harbouring Naxalites and demanded action from the Government.

"We have no information on any political party sponsoring Naxalites. If you have any specific information, please give it to us for necessary action," Jaiswal said replying to supplementaries.

He said the Centre was taking steps to check the Naxal menace, which has emerged as a threat to national security.

The Government will raise 10 Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (COBRA) in the CRPF as a specialised anti-Naxal force, Jaiswal said

Monday, December 15, 2008

Maoist attacks on rise in Malkangiri

Express News Service First Published : 15 Dec 2008 08:20:14 AM ISTLast Updated : 15 Dec 2008 05:12:42 PM IST

MALKANGIRI: Maoist violence is on the rise in this tribal-dominated district. This year, a total of 55 police personnel, including 37 AP Grey Hound commandos, were killed in the MV-126 landmine blast and Alampekka ambush, while as many as 26 Maoists have been arrested and two shot dead in encounter. The information provided by the District Intelligence Bureau (DIB) speaks volumes about increasing Maoist violence in the area.


According to DIB sources, a total of 15 civilians were killed by the Maoists during 1991-2008, of which, 10 were shot dead this year alone. In fact, most of the civilians were killed by the ultras after branding them as police informers. Besides, 16 OSAP and CRPF jawans were killed by the Maoists in 1992-2008.

It is learnt that the Maoists are running a parallel administration in Kalimela, Motu, Bhejanwada, Podia and other interior pockets. Sources said such is the stronghold of Maoists that they even fix the prices of essential commodities in these areas. They also hold ‘praja’ courts in these areas wherein they decide nature of punishment for flouting their acts.

Human rights activists attribute backwardness of the region for the growing Maoist violence. Experts in the field opined that if the State Government did not look into the socio-economic development of the region, the situation would worsen.

Maoists attack BSNL, R-Com facilities in Chhattisgarh

Indo-Asian News Service
Raipur, December 15, 2008
First Published: 14:14 IST(15/12/2008)
Last Updated: 14:17 IST(15/12/2008)



In an overnight attack, about a 100 Maoist insurgents destroyed communication towers of telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Reliance Communications (R-Com) in separate attacks in Chhattisgarh, police said on Monday.

"Armed insurgents attacked BSNL communications at Kapsi in Kanker district on Sunday night and in another attack in the same locality, they set on fire a Reliance (Communications) facility," officials based here at police headquarters told IANS.

They added that extra police forces were rushed to the Kapsi area, some 300 km south from Raipur, to launch an offensive against insurgents.

Kanker is one of the five districts of the state's vast southern Bastar region where the banned rebels outfit, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), runs a de facto administration in the forested interiors since the 1980s.

Maoists have killed over 1,100 persons in the Bastar region since 2004 including 726 civilians

Mamata uses ‘red’ tools to combat Communists

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Monday, December 15, 2008 02:10 IST


KOLKATA: The speed at which the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is adopting the finer aspects of the communist movement, it won’t be long before party members refer to one another as comrades.

From streets plays to revolutionary songs, which were synonymous with the communist movement of the sixties and early seventies, the TMC is leaving no stone unturned in beating the red brigade in their own game. Songs like “Hei samhalho dhan ho, kashte de shan ho,” (protect your paddy and sharpen your sickle) or “Ladhai karo ladhai jata din na bijayi hoy” (fight and fight, till you are the victor) have become an integral part of any agitation staged by party chief Mamata Banerjee.

Unlike the CPI(M) programmes, in which party members themselves sing the songs and perform in street plays, in TMC functions, such songs or street plays are performed by Mamata’s new political friend — Naxalite groups. Mamata’s confidant and newfound friend, youth Naxalite leader Dola Sen is the lead singer in these functions.

However, CPI(M) leaders feel mere singing of revolutionary songs does not mean the TMC is adopting the communist ideology. “Our party is never against any development, economic or social. We have never opposed any development proposal of the Congress-ruled West Bengal government, when we were in the opposition before 1977. But the TMC here is opposing all development projects,” a CPI(M) state committee leader said.

TMC leaders, however, refused to accept that they were copying the communists. According to Mamata, revolutionary songs were not the CPI(M)’s “ancestral proper

Naxals call for 'bandh' in Chhatisgarh's Pakahnjore area

15 Dec 2008, 1630 hrs IST, PTI



RAIPUR: Markets remained shut with a trickle of vehicular movement on roads in Pakahnjore area of Kanker district following a 'bandh' called by
Naxalites protesting the police encounter of two "innocent" persons some days ago.

Superintendent of Police, Abhisek Pathak, said people fearing Naxal wrath remained indoors and the market was shut.

He, however, maintained that Monday is the holiday in Pakhajur market and thus it cannot be attributed to the Naxal's bandh call.

According to Kanker police control room, there were no vehicular movement on the roads.

Naxalites have alleged that the security personnel had killed two "innocent" persons in a raid near Badgaon during the commemoration of establishment week of PLGA (Peoples ' Liberation of Gorilla Army) by the naxalites between December 2-9.

They have demanded action against the security personnel responsible for the killing of "innocents".

Protesting the killings, the Naxalites took Kapsi village under seize a day ago and damaged telephone equipments of two major telephone companies; BSNL and Reliance telecom.

Telecom District Manager (TDM), BSNL, Kush Manhar said the Naxalites have damaged a BTS machine and a small exchange in village Kapsi inundating the village in terms of telecom.

Manhar said it would take about a week to resume telecom service in the village.

In a raid at a Naxalite camp in Hulghat hills near Badgaon the police had killed two persons whom they termed as the Naxalites.

Four accused in Laxmanananda killing remanded to 14 days judicial custody

15 Dec 2008, 1700 hrs IST, PTI


BHUBANESWAR: The bail prayer of four persons, including a hardcore Maoist, arrested for the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati, was on
Monday rejected by a Kandhamal court which sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.

The court of the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate at Baliguda remanded the four to judicial custody for two weeks after rejecting their bail application, Additional Public Prosecutor B Loknath Dora said.

Of the four, Budhdev Naik was a hardcore Maoist, while Bijay Sanseth, Gananath Chalanseth and Bhaskar Sunamajhi were active sympathisers of the left wing extremists, he said.

The four were arrested from sensitive Kotagada area of strife-torn Kandhamal on Sunday after intensive interrogation of about 20 persons, a senior police officer said.

Though it was not immediately clear what role the four might have played in the killing of the swami, police sources claimed that the remand would throw light on the matter.

More arrests were expected with 16 others detained being thoroughly interrogated by the crime branch sleuths, a senior police officer said.

A massive search was also on in Kotagada and adjoining areas of Naxal-hit Rayagada district.

The sangh parivar had demanded the arrest of the killers and conspirators or a statewide bandh would be called on December 25.

The killing of Saraswati and four others on August 23 had triggered large scale violence in the district.

Caught between Naxals and police

Express News Service First Published : 15 Dec 2008 08:22:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 15 Dec 2008 05:21:23 PM IST

SAMBALPUR: Caught between the Naxals and the police, villagers of Chirgunikhol under Jamankira police limits of Kuchinda sub-division are a harassed lot. While they are being terrorised by Naxals seeking logistics and food, the cops are hounding them as Naxal sympathisers and people militia.


Helpless, the villagers Saturday met District Collector P.K.Pattanik and apprised him of their condition. They also submitted a petition to the Collector stating that last year, a group of 25 to 30 Maoists had visited their village demanding food. Terror stricken, the villagers collected food from all houses and provided it to the Naxals. The Naxals had threatened to blow up the village and kill them if they dared to inform the police.

They further stated in the petition that a few of the villagers have been killed in the past by Maoists in act of reprisal. On the other hand, on September 12 this year, police picked up Dharmapada Singh and Biranchi Pradhan of the village and detained them in Sambalpur Sadar police station. ‘‘At the police station, the duo was tortured and a confession signed under duress and forwarded to the court. Today, the duo is languishing behind bars and in absence of submission of chargesheet, we are unable to bail them out,’’ the petition stated.

On the other hand, Sambalpur SP Sanjay Kumar denied the charge and said the duo was picked up after recovery of materials comprising solar panel, VHF set, walkie-talkie set that were used by the Maoists, from their houses. He added that only cases pertaining to the recovery have been slapped on the duo and no new cases or fresh charges have been made against them

Maoists eying college students

Express News Service First Published : 15 Dec 2008 08:21:20 AM ISTLast Updated : 15 Dec 2008 05:22:56 PM IST

PARADIP: The district police are keeping a close vigil on the activities of the college students and has asked the principals of various colleges to keep a close watch on the activities of non-college students making an appearence in colleges.


The police went on the strict vigilance mode after they were informed about the Naxal activities by two arrested cadres -- Jagu alias Prasna Pal and Rajan Rout. The Naxals had also planned to rope in college students and unemployed youths in Maoist activities.

Jagatsinghpur police were informed about the Naxal activities about four months back. Local intellectuals have raised eyebrows over the activities of district police for not taking action against the printing press owner and studio owner for printing Maoist leaflets, posters, banners, photographs in Jagatsinghpur district. The police were also informed about Lenin Kumar, intellectuals added. The intellectuals believe that pasting of posters in the capital city and other such activities could have been checked had the police acted in time.

Paradip continues to be the hotbed of Naxals with as many as seven Maoists arrested in five months from Erasama, Balikuda and Raghunathpur areas. Another 10 to 15 Maoists are reportedly hiding in various areas of the district to expedite their activities. District SP R.K. Sharma said the Maoists had formed several youth organisations to expedite their activities in the coastal areas of Erasama, Balikuda, Jagatsinghpur, Niali, Gobindpur, Kakatpur and other areas of Puri and Cuttack district. Two magazines which were being published by them -- ‘Ganadhwani’ and ‘Pratidhwani’ had been stopped since 1999. Later they published ‘Nishan’ written by Lenin Kumar, Bhubaneswar. These magazines and other leaflets were circulated among college students during their meetings and on college premises, he added.

DGP: Lok Samvad to bring police, public closer

15 Dec 2008, 1043 hrs IST, Kumod Verma , TNN

PATNA: Bihar police will have a more human face now. Each district and police station will hold “Lok Samvad” for direct interaction with people with
an aim to redress their grievances. It will be held every first Saturday of the month, said Bihar DGP D N Gautam.

Speaking at the concluding day workshop on “Modern Policing: Challenges and Strategies” here on Sunday, Gautam said Bihar police need to be geared up fully to take up any challenge. “People’s expectations are too high from the police following the recent terror attacks on Mumbai. There must be a comprehensive planning and training for armed forces in the state to cope with any adverse situation effectively,” he said.

According to the DGP, the proposed “Lok Samvad”, which will function on the pattern of Janata Durbar, will help build a new image of the state police. “Keeping in mind the fact that people’s grievances have been numerous, it would be better for policemen to redress them at their level without delay and, if possible, on the spot. It will no doubt help develop better relation between the police and people,” he said.

He admitted that in view of Naxal and terrorist attacks, Bihar police will have to adopt a strategy to counter them and check recurrence of such incidents as well. However, it would be of great help if both the police and people work together to contain ambush, landmine and bomb blasts in the state, the DGP said.

Bihar civil defence DGP Manoje Nath said the police force needs to be more alert in view of changing tactics being adopted by terrorists, Naxals and other anti-national forces. “There is a need to follow the new emerging scientific mechanism to make Bihar police stronger and more capable of striking fast at anti-national forces,” he said.

Most of the participants at the concluding day function were of the view that Bihar police must adopt community policing to gain people’s faith. It will help the police maintain better relations with the public as well as launch joint efforts to do away with petty crimes being committed in cities, they opined.
Later, the DGP distributed medals and certificates of commendations among 48 police officials for their outstanding and meritorious services. Among the recipients were Patna SSP Amit Kumar, Aurangabad SP Ganesh Kumar and ot

Buddha:Is Maoism not sheer terrorism?

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Posted: Dec 15, 2008 at 0345 hrs IST

Kolkata With the state facing a surge in Naxal attacks, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee labeled Maoists as nothing less than “terrorists”.
Bhattacharjee was addressing teachers at the annual state conference of All Bengal Teachers’ Association (ABTA) — affiliated to the CPM — at Sonarpur in South 24 Paraganas on Sunday.

“Terrorism has reared its head all over the country. Even in our state a bomb blast had taken place in Salboni. Doctors have been killed. What is happening in the name of Maoism? Is this not sheer terrorism? I wonder what would have Mao said had he been alive?” he said. He also exhorted the teaching community to take care of those sections of the society which are lagging behind in every respect.

“I cannot tell you that you do not take private tuitions. But shouldn’t you think of the backward people who need your help to move ahead?” the chief minister asked. Bhattacharjee further said the importance of Bengali-medium schools has not waned. “I don’t subscribe to the opinion that English can be learnt only in English-medium schools. It can be learnt in Bengali-medium schools too,” he said.

The chief minister also stressed on the importance of vocational education. “Many students do not opt for higher education after finishing school. Vocational training should be provided to them so that they can eke out a living in the future,” he a

Maoists, police cause panic

Statesman News Service
SAMBALPUR, Dec. 14: Villagers of Chirgunkhol under Jamankira police station, 80 km from here are a worried lot. Like many others living in Naxal infested areas, these villagers are squeezed between left wing extremists and the local police.
Harried by such a situation people of Chirgunkhol decided to knock at the door of district collector Mr Pradipta Kumar Patnaik. They reached the district collectors office and narrated their peculiar problem faced since last two years.
They informed the collector that in September, 2007 a group of Maoists came to their village and asked for food and shelter. They also warned the villagers not to inform the police. The villagers obeyed the orders out of fear.
But this resulted in the local police suspecting the villagers to be Maoist sympathisers. The police threatened to arrest all those who had helped the left wing extremists alleged the villagers.
"If we do not cooperate with the Maoists and inform the police, we will be killed," said a villager.
They said that police had already arrested Mr Dharmapada Singh and Mr Biranchi Pradhan on the suspicion that they were linked with Maoists. The two had even signed a few papers without reading its contents, complained the villagers.
They appealed to Mr Patnaik to a note of their problem and help in releasing the two arrested villagers.
Faced with a rather unusual yet pragmatic situation, the district collector assured the villagers that he will do his best within the purview of law

Naxals set up small fighting units comprising minors

New Delhi (PTI): Naxals have set up specialised small fighting units comprising minors, many of whom have been "kidnapped or forcibly recruited", Chhattisgarh's top police officer said on Sunday.

"Yes, it is a fact that Naxals have created specialised units consisting of minors. The children are more prone to brain wash than grown-ups and that is the primary reason why minors are targeted," Chhattisgarh Director General of Police Vishwaranjan told PTI over the phone.

He said while children were being recruited earlier too, these units consist of minors in the age group of 8 to 13 years.

"Most of the children are forcibly recruited while many are kidnapped. Naxals adopted this strategy after the tribals started resisting them since they were attacking their way of life and culture," the DGP said.

Asked if the police have received any written complaint about children being kidnapped by Naxals or any FIR was registered, he said none had been filed "since the terror of Naxals is such that no one in that area (Naxal dominated) comes forward with an official complaint".

"This is based on pure intelligence and pictures distributed by the Naxals," Vishwaranjan said.

Incidentally, the CRPF, which is fighting the menace in the country, said it does not have much information about minors being recruited.

Former minister's house blown up by Maoists

Chatra (PTI): Maoists blew up the ancestral house of a former Jharkhand minister and MLA Satyanand Bhokta at Kari village in naxal-infested Chatra district in the early hours on Sunday.

None was injured as the attackers, who numbered about 50 and raided the house at around 5 am, ordered the family members to vacate it, Deputy Superintendent of police Rajiv Ranjan said here.

The Maoists then stuffed the house with dynamites before triggering the blast. They left a note owning responsibility of the act, he said.

Bhokta, who was the agriculture minister in the erstwhile Arjun Munda-led NDA government, was in Ranchi when the incident occurred.

When contacted, Bhokta said he had set out for his village this morning and could be able to tell about the damage to the house only after reaching there.