Friday, February 13, 2009

J'khand govt announces package for surrendered maoists

Tags: Jharkhand , Maoists

Published: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 at 17:33 IST


Ranchi: Jharkhand government today announced a rehabilitation package which includes money, insurance, medical benefits, vocational training and land for the surrendered members of outlawed maoist group in the state.

A zonal committee member on his surrender will get Rs five lakh, a sub-zonal committee member Rs three lakh, an area commander Rs two lakh, Cabinet Secretary P K Jajodia told newsmen here.

The surrendered members will also get insurance, mediclaim, housing, vocational training and security-related jobs, besides a host of other benefits, he said.

The benefits are in addition to Rs 2.5 lakh that a maoist would receive in case of surrender.

The policy was approved by the advisory council to Governor Syed Sibtey Razi, Jajodia said.

Surrenders could be made before a minister, legislator, deputy commissioner or police in the rank of inspector general of police or DIG or SP.

Those surrendering weapons would get more.

A maoist who returns a rocket-launcher or a light machine gun would get an extra Rs one lakh and Rs 75,000 for a sniper rifle and AK assault rifles.

Surrendered Maoists to get rehabilitation package in Jharkhand

February 13th, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by ANI -
Ranchi, Feb 13, (ANI): Jharkhand Government on Friday announced a rehabilitation package for the surrendered Maoist in the State.
The rehabilitation package includes money, insurance, medical benefits, vocational training and land.
Addressing the media, State Secretary P. K. Jajodia said, A zonal committee member on his surrender will get Rs. five lakh, a sub-zonal committee member Rs. three lakh and an area commander will be benefited by Rs. two lakh.
The surrendered members will also get insurance, medical benefits, housing, vocational training and security-related jobs, besides a host of other benefits, he added.
Each maoist would get four decimal of the land and Rs. 50,000 separately for construction of dwellings.
Surrenders could be made before a minister, legislator, deputy commissioner or police in the rank of inspector general or DIG or SP. Those surrendering weapons would get more.
The policy was approved by the advisory council to Governor Syed Sibtey Razi.
More than 2000 persons, including an MP, two MLAs, police personnel, civilians and extremists were killed in last eight years in Jharkhand. (ANI)

'Maoists to launch another People's War'

Published: February 13,2009

Kathmandu , Feb 13 The Maoists today accused the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML of creating hurdles in the way of reform programmes being launched by the government and said his party is preparing to launch another"People&aposs War"through street agitation.

" Since other parties are disregarding people-oriented tasks being carrying out by the Maoist-led government, we have no other option than to go for a third phase of People&aposs War" Senior Maoist leader C P Gajurel told reporters in Sindhulil district in eastern Nepal.

Gajurel, a politburo member of Unified CPN-Maoist, claimed the third phase of the struggle on the streets will be much more powerful and decisive.

The Maoists fought the first phase of"People&aposs War"from 1996 to 2006 and their second phase started after they entered the peace process.

Meanwhile, Secretariat member of Unified CPN Maoist Netra Bikram Chand&aposBiplav&aposstressed on the need to merge the Maoists&aposcombatants into the Nepal Army.

He said without the merger a peace process will not reach a logical conclusion.







Source: PTI

Commandos to combat Maoists

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Feb. 13: In a bid to rein in the Maoist menace, the state home department will put up a proposal of setting up three companies of Commando Force in the Naxalite-affected districts of the state before the state Cabinet.
Around 312 posts will also be created for the three companies. These officers will be deployed in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.
Apart from the Maoist problem, the state government has also decided to set up coastal outposts under coastal police stations as well to guard the the state’s coastline.
Five coastal outposts will be created under Haldibari and another four under Frazergunj. A total of 276 posts will also be created for manning these outposts including speedboat crew to keep a vigil on the coastline. The state government has also decided to give up 361 acres to the army at Mal. The state Cabinet will meet on 18 February.

‘Naxals Will Rise Again Like The Phoenix’

Varavara Rao, 68, has been a key Naxal ideologue since the 1960s. A diehard believer that armed rebellion will bring ‘liberation’ to India like Mao Tse-tung in Communist China, Rao warns of a Naxal upsurge. Rao had led the Naxals in their disastrous dialogue with the Andhra Pradesh Government in 2004, after which the police had decimated the state’s Naxal leadership. Rao has just published his 50th collection of “anti-imperialist” poetry. AJIT SAHI met him at his home in Hyderabad when Rao spoke of the Naxals’ latest campaigns. Excerpts:


PHOTOS: SYED MAZHER ALI

What is your information about the killings of policemen by Naxals in Gadhchiroli district in Maharashtra?
Initially, it was shown as an encounter and it was claimed that the CPI (Maoist) [the Naxals’ party] had suffered heavy losses. But it was revealed later that a landmine had killed 17 policemen and the Naxals hadn’t suffered any losses. Such lies are spoken only to maintain police morale.

The Chhattisgarh Government says the 19 people killed by the Salwa Judum [police-backed anti-Naxal tribal militia] in Dantewada last month were Naxals and not innocent villagers.
That’s a lie. Those killed were innocent adivasis [tribal people]. They belonged to villages that have long resisted government pressure to abandon their villages and move to the Salwa Judum camps. That’s why the Salwa Judum kidnapped and killed them. We expected this after [Chief Minister] Raman Singh claimed his victory in the Chhattisgarh election last year was the people’s approval of the Salwa Judum violence. Of course, now that the Supreme Court has ruled against the Salwa Judum, the state may abandon that and hire one or two thousand from them as regular police and turn it into a paramilitary force like Andhra’s Greyhounds. The BJP is a fascist and a terrorist party and may naturally go this way.

The government says it is the Naxals who have terrorised the people.
False. Why do people support the Naxals if they are terrorised? Most people are kept in Salwa Judum camps by force. Many want to go back to their villages.

Hasn’t Naxalism collapsed in Andhra Pradesh since the police began killing Naxal leaders and squads in 2005?
We suffered heavy losses in the region of Nallamara forests [in south Andhra Pradesh] as it isn’t contiguous with Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. But the Naxal leadership of Telangana [in north Andhra Pradesh] now works from these adjacent states. The Andhra leadership is guiding the Orissa movement also.

Strategically, the picture is not so gloomy. During the Telangana armed struggle of the 1940s, all the leaders were killed in Warangal and Nalgonda districts. But the struggle revived. In Srikakulam district, where the movement was strongest since 1968, the top leaders were wiped out by 1972. The movement was rebuilt during the Emergency [1975- 77]. During 1978-80, every single district secretary of the party was killed in fake encounters. The movement rose again.

Like the Phoenix, we would rise again from the ashes. Even the enemy can’t say the whole thing is over. For 30 years the armed struggle has been on in one place or the other. The people are overwhelmingly with the Naxals because, if nothing else, the movement has brought them selfrespect after decades of bonded labour, torture and destruction. The Naxals don’t accept the lordship of the landlords.

Would you say holding talks with the Andhra Pradesh Government was a bad idea as the Naxals came out and police got wind of their hideouts?
In principle, no, it wasn’t. Karl Marx says you can use any form of struggle. We gained politically from the talks. The middle class is now convinced that if the Naxals take power, they will have a perspective on every aspect, such as democratic rights, land reforms and self-reliance. The greatness of the revolutionary party lies in that it agreed to the talks because the people wanted talks, despite the brutal nine-year rule of Chandrababu Naidu and despite the fact that we had no illusion about the Congress rule since.

The Chhattisgarh Government says Naxal leaders driven from Andhra are creating trouble in Chhattisgarh.
Forty percent of the Naxal militia, including the women, in Chhattisgarh is adivasi. The movement has built up in Chhattisgarh since 1980. Its district level leadership comes from within. In Dantewada alone, the Chhatra Natya Manch, the cultural group that supports the movement, has 6,000 members.

Chhattisgarh aims to copy the Andhra ‘model’ of wiping out the Naxals.
The Centre and the state are coordinating on this. No Prime Minister ever spoke on the Naxals. But Manmohan Singh has repeatedly said Naxalism is cancerous and a bigger threat than the threat of terrorism. You must see this in the context of the government’s imperialist policies of globalisation. For the first time, trade organisations are talking about the Naxal ‘problem’. The Naxals represent the people’s rights to self-reliance against MNC interests.

All political parties support the MNCs. Manmohan Singh and [Union Home Minister] P Chidambaram are World Bank agents. When the Finance Minister becomes the Home Minister, it only means the Home Ministry serves the interests of industry and finance. You can’t reach anywhere if you view this only from the point of view of violence versus nonviolence. There is mass resistance to the Tatas’ steel project in Chhattisgarh, as is to the Posco steel project in Orissa.

But why oppose industrialisation?
We don’t. Did we close down the public sector? Lakhs lost their jobs with the closure of IDPL and Allwyn. Did we do that?

The Naxals have massed in Orissa. Is that the next battleground then?
The movement is now very strong in Orissa. The government there is creating a Salwa Judum in south Orissa, adjoining north Andhra, and in Mayurbhanj, which adjoins Jharkhand.

What’s the Naxals’ key agenda?
Land to the tiller, workers’ rights over the factory, and political power to the people, flowing from the grassroots. The Maoist theory explains that you first occupy the land of the village; the landlord then sends his mafia; you fight back; then the police come in support of the landlord; you then adopt guerilla methods to fight the police and the state. The economic programme is to occupy the land, the military programme is the guerilla struggle, and the political programme is to bring power to the people by organising gram rajya [village rule] committees. In 1995, the party decided to adopt alternative development programmes for drinking and irrigation water and primary health and education, among others, under the gram rajya committees. The party asked people not to pay taxes to the government and not vote in elections. That’s how it defies the state.

The state claims to work for the same issues of water, health and education.
It only claims to work on these issues, but doesn’t practice what it says. Uneven development is an imperialist characteristic.

Why do the Naxals reject elections?
The 60-year Parliamentary history is a hurdle for the revolution. One has to overcome that to achieve people’s power.

Is Naxalism on an irreversible decline?
The people are looking forward to the Naxals’ comeback. They know it is only a lull. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens wrote these are the worst days and also the best days. All the political parties, from Narendra Modi to Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, are united in their repression of the people. But everyone fighting imperial globalisation — not only the revolutionaries but true patriots, Gandhians, Sarvodaya people, Lohiaites, nationalists, Muslims, minorities, advisasis, dalits and women — have hopes only in the alternative revolutionary movement. They see that only the Naxals can protect our sovereignty, under threat especially from the SEZs.

Why must the revolution kill people?
The movement doesn’t believe in killing. It only believes in resistance. Ours is revolutionary violence as against the violence of the ruling class and the state. All the tools of exercising violence are in the hands of the propertied classes. You get a gun license if you have five acres of land. The whole effort of Marxism is to reinforce people to resist state violence.

Is Gandhian nonviolence irrelevant?
Even Gandhians realise Gandhi is not relevant. [Former Prime Minister] VP Singh once said if he were 20 years old he would join the CPI (Maoist).


From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 7, Dated Feb 21, 2009

Naxalites torch contractor's machine, beat up labourers

Published: February 13,2009

Sheohar (Bihar), Feb 13 Suspected naxalites set a machine ablaze and drove away some labourers after roughing them up in the district, allegedly after a construction company to refused to pay levy, police said today.

Scores of armed naxalites belonging to CPI (Maoists) descended on Bhitkahi village under Shyampur-Bhataha police station late last night and set fire to the machine belonging to Kumar Constructions, a company engaged in laying roads under Prime Minister&aposs Rural Road Scheme, sources said.

They also beat and drove the labourers away threatening them with dire consequences if they return to work.

The incident was aimed at scaring the company after it refused to pay the"levy"demanded by the naxal group, they said.

Police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits.







Source: PTI

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Maoist influence is spreading - experts

Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:54pm IST
1 of 1Full SizeBy Bappa Majumdar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Well-armed Maoist rebels are rapidly expanding their insurgency in India, catching the government off-guard with their appeal to the poor and destitute, officials and experts say.

The rebels have 22,000 combatants, and have spread to more than 180 of the country's 630 districts from just 56 in 2001, according to the government and a new report this week by the Institute for Conflict Management (IFCM), a New Delhi think-tank.

"The security threats are changing and it's bigger than ever before as more and more areas are coming under their command. It is not a happy sight at all," B.K. Ponwar, head of the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in India, told Reuters.

"We must address the barrel of the gun of the Maoists, or in two years the issue will get out of hand."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist rise as one of the gravest threats to India's internal security, and the insurgency is shaping up as an issue ahead of a general election due by May.

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party says the ruling Congress party does not have a strategy to counter the Maoists and that police are poorly armed.


WELL-EQUIPPED REBELS

Police and intelligence officials say the Maoists are now recruiting hundreds of poor villagers to bolster their ranks, and are equipped with automatic weapons, shoulder rocket launchers, mines and explosives.

The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the farmers and the poor who make up the majority of India's 1.1 billion population.

They regularly attack rail lines and factories, aiming to cripple economic activity over a large area.

India's police intelligence department says the Maoists are making their presence felt in 22 of the country's 29 states. Thousands of people have been killed since the uprising began in the late 1960s.

In the last week, rebels have launched attacks in areas previously unaffected by fighting. In Maharashtra rebels shot dead 15 police, while in Bihar's Nawada district they killed 10 police.

More than 1,000 cases of Maoist attacks were recorded last year in which more than 200 security personnel and 300 civilians were killed.

"The rebels now have the capability to launch simultaneous attacks and they have the firepower. But the Indian government does not seem to have the capacity to neutralise them," Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management said.

Police efforts are hampered by lack of manpower and weapons as well as poor coordination between states, meaning rebels can escape pursuit by crossing state lines.

Last week the government convened an urgent security meeting and agreed to begin coordinated raids to control the movement.

(Additional reporting by Jatindra Dash and Sujeet Kumar)



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Maoist 'commander', suspect in cops' massacre, arrested in Chattisgarh

Raipur (IANS): A Maoist group 'commander' who is one of the key suspects in the killing of 55 policemen in March 2007 in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district has been arrested, the police said in this state capital on Thursday.

Rame alias Ranjeeta, 28, was held in Dhamtari, some 80 km from here, on Wednesday night when she visited the town for medical treatment, the police said.

She hails from a village under Dornapal police station in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, part of the Bastar region in the southern half od the state, and the nerve centre of Maoist rebellion in India.

Superintendent of police, Dhamtari district, Neha Champawat, told reporters: "Police were looking for Ranjeeta for over a year and had announced a cash reward of Rs.25,000 on her head because of her active involvement in several deadly attacks on police even in Maharashtra."

Ranjeeta was allegedly involved in the massacre of 55 policemen on March 15, 2007 when insurgents attacked a police outpost at Rani Bodli village in Bijapur district, which has been described as the biggest ever assault on policemen in India since Maoists launched their armed movement in 1967 from a West Bengal village.

Cops see Maoist link

Cops see Maoist link to

Statesman News Service
BALARAMPUR (Purulia), Feb. 12: District police are yet to make any breakthrough on the case of the CPI-M local committee member, Haradhan Majhi (60), murdered in Balarampur block in Purulia district, ten days ago. Haradhan Majhi was shot dead, while his son and relative are in critical condition due to bullet wounds.
Police say they suspect, but are yet to determine, Maoist involvement in the incident. The search operation, led by a large contingent of police, including higher officers of the district police administration, was recently extended into the border areas of Jharkhand, but no arrests have yet been made.
The victim's son Robi Majhi and kin Chandrasekha Majhi claimed the attack was made by armed Maoists, an account backed by members of the CPI-M District Committee, Purulia. Both injured persons are at Purulia Sadar Deben Mahato Hospital in critical condition. The incident occurred in the evening as Haradhan Majhi, along with his son and relative, was returning to his village by motorcycle from Balarampur hatt, because the day was “hatt-bar”. It is still a mystery as to how the criminals discovered the victims' route.
Police are yet to recover any clues or Maoist leaflets claiming involvement in the murder. However, considering the region's history, party leaders are blaming Maoists for the attack. Leaders of the CPI-M said: “At least nine local leaders of Balarampur, Bandwan and Barabazar in Purulia district had been murdered by Maoists in the period from July, 2005 to 3 February, 2009.” Of these, it was noted that four belonged to Balarampur block in Purulia district. A day after the incident, CPI-M called a 12-hour Purulia district bandh, which passed peacefully. The party also observed a protest day and black day, during which they condemned the brutal murder and warned the criminals of the punishment to come.
Mr Rajesh Yadav, superintendent of police, Purulia, expressed his displeasure at the rise in violent crime within the district. He categorically claimed: “We have already controlled Maoist activities in and around the district. Police are keeping a close watch on the adjoining Jharkhand border areas and nine check posts have been fortified. A special force has also been deployed in the area. The criminals responsible for the death of Haradhan Majhi will be brought to justice.”

Mobile firms seek protection for towers

Patna, (Bihar Times): Following the repeated attack on the mobile towers by the Maoists the cellular mobile companies operating in rural Bihar have sought enhanced police protection around them.

Many mobile towers of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Reliance C ommunications and Airtel have been targeted by the CPI-Maoists in Rohtas, Gaya and Aurangabad districts in the last three months. This has caused huge financial loss to these companies.

Reports said that in the past 10 days, the extremists blew up at least half a dozen mobile towers belonging to Airtel and Reliance Communications in Gaya and Aurangabad districts taking advatage of lack of adequate security around the towers. The extremists targeted the mobile towers after some of their top leaders were arrested after their calls were intercepted with the help of these towers.

Chhattisgarh govt ready for talks with Naxals: Raman Singh

Raipur, Feb 12 (PTI) The Chhattisgarh government today responded positively to Naxals' reported offer for talks saying it is ready to for the exercise and not averse to any mediation in the process.

Chief Minister Raman Singh said here that the government had never shut the channel of talks with Naxals.

"The channel of talks was never shut. We have been asking Naxalites to shun the path of violence and come forward for talks. Now, as there was a reported talk offer by them, the government is ready to reciprocate," Singh told the media adding "I have no objection to anybody mediating in the talks." The chief minister, however, made it clear that the political leadership will not be heading the talk at the beginning.

"It will be the government officials, may be the Director General of Police who could represent the government at the initial level of talk, if at all it happens, so that we could measure the real intention of the Naxalites. If anything positive comes out from this, then the political class would be involved in the talk," Singh said. PTI

FIR lodged against 154 persons in Nawada Maoist attack

Nawada (Bihar), Feb 11: The police on Wednesday lodged FIRs against four persons and 150 unknown Maoists in Kauakaul police station in connection with the killing of 10 policemen in Naxal attack on February 9 in the district.


Sources said those who have been named in the FIR were- Ajit Yadav, Mukhiya of Lalpur panchayat, his body-guard, Rambhuj Ravidas, Sarpanch of Mahudar panchayat and Jamuna Ravidas, a resident of Tisri police station area of Giridih district.

Yadav had invited Rameshwar Ram, SHO of Kauakaul police station, to chair a function to mark the birth anniversary of saint Ravidas at Mahuliatand where the police team was ambushed by Naxalites.

IG (Operations) S K Bhardwaj said police were conducting raids in Nawada, Giridih and adjoining districts in Jharkhand to capture the Naxalites.

On Monday, Maoists gunned down ten police, including Ram, and an ASI and injured three others and looted 11 guns including two SLRs at Mahuliatand village.

Over 200 ultras armed with sophisticated weapons ambushed the police party comprising of District Armed police, Special Auxiliary Police and Bihar Military Police personnel, who were going to guard a function organised on the occasion of "Ravidas Jayanti" at Mahuliatand.

Bureau Report

SHO, five policemen escape landmine blast

Tags: Gaya (Bihar)

Published: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 at 20:57 IST


Gaya (Bihar), Feb 12 : A six-member police team headed by an SHO had a close shave when suspected Maoists set off a landmine explosion in this Naxal-hit district today, barely three days after the ultra-Left activists shot dead 10 policemen in adjoining Nawada district.

The landmine exploded seconds before the armoured vehicle carrying the police party led by Station House Officer of Dumuria station, Vindhyachal Prasad, was returning from Gaya, SP R Malar Vizzi told PTI.

The blast left a big crater and the jeep lost balance and rolled into a ditch, Prasad told PTI.

The Naxalites were believed to have used a timer device as there was no firing in the aftermath of the explosion in a bid to kill the policemen and loot their firearms, police said.

The team was returning to Dumaria after a crime meeting called by IG (central zone) Sunil Kumar when it was targetted.

Suspected Naxalites had killed former Lok Sabha member and LJP candidate Rajesh Kumar and two others during electioneering in the February 2005 assembly elections at the same place.

Woman Maoist arrested in Chhattisgarh

13 Feb 2009, 0311 hrs IST, TNN


RAIPUR: The Dhamtari district police on Thursday claimed to have arrested a woman Maoist "section commander'' of Milita "dalam'' who is wanted in
connection with major attacks on security personnel and civilians over the past one year. She was wanted for the attack on Rani Bodli camp on March 15, 2007, in which 55 security personnel were killed.

Rame alias Ranjita, 28, was arrested while waiting for a bus at the local bus stand, Dhanmtari superintendent of police Neha Champawat said. "Rame, who is the wife of Bandu Mandavi of Dornapal village in Dantewada district had come for some medical treatment to Dhamtari,'' the SP said.

The woman Naxalite was involved in many attacks, including the worst-ever at Rani Bodli camp besides killing security personnel in Gadchairoli in Maharashtra and Kanker, Dantewada and Narayapur in the past.

She carried a cash reward on her head and the police were on her lookout, added Champawat. The police seized a diary containing vital information about Naxal incidents and Rs 1,000 from her possession, she added.

The Naxalite was produced in the local court which remanded her to the police on judicial custody. The SP added that the Maoists have stepped up their activities in Dhanmtari district, 80 km from Dhamtari over the last two years.

The police have registered a case against the Naxalite commander and further investigations are on.

Naxals kill 3 'police informers'

13 Feb 2009, 0440 hrs IST, Mazhar Ali , TNN



CHANDRAPUR: After a temporary lull since 01/02 Markegaon carnage in which 15 cops were killed, Naxalites resurfaced with more violence. In two different incidents the rebels killed three persons on Wednesday midnight in Lekurbodi and Dobur villages. In both the cases Naxalites had blamed the slain villagers of being police informers.
According to police sources, a band of around 30 armed Naxalites entered Lekurbodi, some 15 kms from Korchi tehsil, during midnight hours. They barged into the houses of two villagers — Maharsingh Rama Naroti (40) and Hariram Jairam Madavi (30) — simultaneously and dragged them out of their houses. Charging them as informers of Gondia police they gunned the duo point blank. The insurgents later disappeared into the jungles.
However, Gondia police have denied that the deceased duo were their informers. On getting information the cops from Bedgaon police station reached the village and shifted the bodies to Gadchiroli for postmortem. Korchi dalam is suspected to be involved in the killings, sources claimed.
SDPO Sham Ghuge has intensified anti-Naxal operations in the area and has deployed commando teams in the adjoining jungles to trace the fleeing Naxalites.
In another incident of Wednesday night some Naxalites killed a youth in Dobur village in Bhamragarh tehsil. Police sources claimed that deceased Mangru Doke Parsa (25) was dragged out of his house and thrashed brutally with baton and sticks till he succumbed to injuries.