Saturday, March 14, 2009

Maoists butcher teacher on Holi

VISHVENDU JAIPURIAR
Hazaribagh, March 12: A government school teacher, who had come home to celebrate Holi, was mercilessly beaten up and killed by Maoists yesterday as they believed he was a police informer.

Kedar Singh Bhotka (45) and his brother Ganesh Singh Bhotka were dragged out of their hut in Gurudih village of Katkamsandi around 2am yesterday. They were both tied to a tree and beaten up after which Kedar was butchered.

Ganesh, who was later released, was undergoing treatment at the district hospital.

The officer-in-charge of Katkamsandi police station, S. Das, reached the spot today and sent Kedar’s body for post-mortem to the district hospital. He said a combing operation had been lodged to try and nab the culprits.

According to local terrified local residents, Kedar was posted at Parsabad of Koderma district and had come back to his village on Sunday evening to be with his family for Holi. But late last night, around 50 to 60 armed Maoists surrounded his house and asked Kedar to come out. As soon as he opened the door, he and his brother were dragged out and tied to a tree.

Other residents of the village were warned not to come out. The rebels made it clear that Kedar was being targeted as he was a police informer and a supporter of the breakaway ultra left outfit, Jharkhand Prastuti Committee.

An eyewitness said: “None of us in the village could do anything for Kedar. But we all know that he wasn’t an informer.”

After Kedar was killed, Ganesh was freed. The rebels left behind a pamphlet that listed “charges” against him, primarily because he was a police informer and was an active participant of the Prastuti committee that was harming the Maoists.

The pamphlet also warned local residents that all “such informers will meet the same fate as Kedar’s”. Local villagers blamed the lack of proper policing as the reason behind their continued insecurity.

“So far, the police have failed to provide security to residents of remote areas, which Maoists visit frequently. We fear more such killings in the future,” said the eyewitness.

CPI(M) local leader escapes Maoist attack in West Bengal

Midnapore (PTI): A CPI(M) local committee member had a narrow escape this morning when a landmine, suspected to have been planted by Maoists, missed its target at Lachipur village at tribal-dominated Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.

The landmine exploded barely a minute after Chandi Karan, a member of the Beltikri local committee of the CPI(M), and a security man riding on the pillion of his motorcycle, passed a desolate spot where the landmine was planted, the police here said.

Apparently those remote controlling the explosion could not see the speeding motorcycle properly, their vision being blocked by plumes of dust raised by a tractor that just passed.

Policemen later visited the area and took stock of the situation.

Since January six, policemen had been facing boycott by the people of Lalgarh who accused them of unleashing a torture campaign following landmine blasts by Maoists that targeted Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan amd Jitendra Prasada on November 2, 2008.


Bid on CPM man’s life

Statesman News Service

MIDNAPORE, March 13: CPI-M's Belatikri local committee secretary escaped an attempt on his life this morning in Lalgar, West Midnapore, drawing attention to the security problems in the area.

The CPI-M committee secretary, Mr Chandi Karan, suffered minor injuries and was administered first aid at a local clinic. The CPI-M committee secretary drove into two planted mines at around 9 a.m. this morning, on his way from his Nachipur residence to the party office at Belatikri. Mr Karan was riding a two-wheeler, accompanied by his security guard, when he was knocked off his vehicle by two blasts which were heard within seconds of each-other. The CPI-M leader's security guard fired two rounds from his revolver at a pair of men fleeing the blast site, but missed.

District CPI-M leader, Mr Dahareswar Sen, suspect Maoists of launching the attack, pointing out that Mr Karan had been on their hit list for some time. It is likely, he said, that Maoists had observed Mr Karan's route closely before planting the mines on the road.

Police discovered two pieces of wire, about 2 km long, linking the road mines to nearby a forest, where they were detonated using a remote control device. It appears that Maoists have taken advantage of the influence exercised by the Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPC) in the Lalgar area over the past four months. The PSBPC has already succeeded in restricting police patrolling in the vulnerable area. Today, the committee demanded the closure of the police camp at Kalaimuri, an area bordering Lalgar and Salboni blocks.

SP Mr Manoj Verma said the camp is essential for the suppression the Maoist menace in the area, and would continue to operate, even at the cost of a showdown with the Adivasis. The district authorities have duly clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, within a 200m radius of the Kalaimuri camp. Undaunted, several thousand Adivasi people demonstrated near the camp today, flying the banner of the PSBPC.

IG orders leash on Naxalites

- Calls for stricter policing in Bokaro before polls
PRADUMAN CHOUBEY

IG K.S. Meena in Bokaro on Friday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Bokaro, March 13: Inspector-general (IG) of North Chhotanagpur range K.S. Meena on Friday called for strict action against criminals and Naxalites to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Bokaro.

The IG today held a meeting with top police officers of the district at the office of the Bokaro superintendent of police in which he issued a number of instructions that the men in uniform need to follow.

Later talking to the media, Meena said that the police officers have been asked to launch operation in Naxalite-affected areas of the district ahead of the elections. Regarding the recent landmine blast at Panchkiro in which one CRPF jawan was injured, the IG said that it was the work of Maoists residing in nearby areas. Those behind the incident have been identified, he added.

Meena has also ordered a crackdown on criminals besides directing the officers to execute all the pending warrants at the earliest. . “All pending cases against criminals and goons need to be disposed off on priority basis,” he said.

Instructions have also been issued to prepare a list of sensitive booths in the district so that vigil can be intensified at these places.

Speaking about the appointment of new officers in the district, Meena said that the incumbents have been asked to first get familiar with the location by visiting the different areas.

After Meena left Bokaro SP Lakshman Singh held a meeting with the police officers in charge of the different police stations in the district. Singh instructed them to ensure strict implementation of the model code of conduct during the Lok Sabha elections. Further, the police officers have been asked to ensure that traffic rules are not violated during the polls.

Singh also apprised them of the election manual and the provisions of the model code of conduct. The officers have been asked to prepare a list of the sensitive booths in keeping with Meena’s instruction.

Platoon commander killed in encounter with Naxals

Published: March 13,2009


Nagpur , Mar 13 A platoon commander was killed in an encounter with a group of naxalites in Gadchiroli district today, police said.

The commander, yet to be identified, was killed this morning in an encounter with naxals in Godalwahi in Dhanora taluka in the district, police said, adding three 12 bore rifles, one local made rifle, four kgs of explosives and a few rounds of .303 rifle were recovered from the spot.







Source: PTI

EC tells MHA to arrange more forces

14 Mar 2009, 0335 hrs IST, Bharti Jain, ET Bureau




NEW DELHI: In what could virtually shut the doors on the states looking at help from central para-military forces to host Indian Premier League’s
Season 2, the Election Commission has asked the Union home ministry to arrange additional forces, over and above the 730-750 companies agreed to earlier, for poll security.

The EC had summoned Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta on March 9 to convey its inability to conduct the polls with the extent of forces spared by the MHA and sought an extra 200-250 companies for the five-phased election. With the home ministry reiterating time and again that elections, and not IPL, were a priority when it came to force deployment, Mr Gupta agreed to undertake a fresh assessment of the force availability and come back to Nirvachan Sadan on the extent to which the EC’s additional requirements could be met.

This may more or less rule out the availability of central forces for IPL, besides also making additional demands on the state police personnel for poll duties. The MHA, obviously, will not risk EC’s ire by providing forces for IPL at the cost of poll security. The only option before the IPL may be a major departure from its original schedule, including possibilities like an altered duration of the tournament or shifting of match venues.

The EC had decided to approach the MHA for extra forces after it found that the force availability, especially for the initial two phases on April 16 and April 23, was barely meeting the requirements. Added to this was the assessment that the availability of state police pledged to the Commission would also fall short. A panicky EC, not wanting to take any chances, shared its fears with the MHA and insisted additional forces be arranged for a free and fair election.

It cited the vast gap between the force requirements of states and the actual strength spared by the MHA. But even as it sought 200-250 companies to bridge this gap, it offered to disengage some of these forces from poll duties once the first two phases — covering Naxal-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, besides Uttar Pradesh, J&K, north-eastern states, Kerala and Karnataka — were completed.

The EC had initially sought 877 companies of security forces from the Centre for elections to the Lok Sabha and three state assemblies. However, the MHA, citing the limited numbers available in view of their preoccupation in other conflict areas, agreed to spare 730-750 companies. Along with the state police, the total deployment worked out to nearly 21 lakh personnel.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009Maoists slaughter JD(U) leader in Munger

Anoop Mishra - March 12, 2009
MUNGER — CPI(Maoist) ultras killed a JD(U) leader in Munger district of Bihar after a kangaroo court pronounced him guilty of acting as a police informer, police said today.

Around 100 armed naxalites swooped on Parsando village last night and dragged Manoj Singh (39), president of Kharagpur block unit of the ruling JD(U), out of his house to the main road where a kangaroo court decreed his death, superintendent of police M Sunil Naik said.

The naxalites slit Singh’s throat and left him to bleed to death, Naik said.

According to eyewitnesses, the naxalites then disappeared into the thick forest adjoining the village raising pro-Maoist slogans.

The naxalites left a leaflet at the place accusing Singh of defying their diktat to pay extortion and acting as a police informer.

A strong contingent of police force has been deployed at the village in view of the prevailing tension. Raids are on to apprehend the culprits, the SP said.

While in Naxal infested states like Chhattisgarh, Maoists are pushed into a corner by the Chhattisgarh government’s anti-naxal operations, there has been a marked increase in incidents of gruesome attack by Maoist terrorists in Bihar.

The Naxalite movement continues to persist in terms of spatial spread, intensity of violence, mlitarisation and consolidation, ominous linkages with subversive/secessionist groups and increased efforts to elicit mass support.

Most of the cadres recruited by Maoists in Bihar are just small time criminals with no knowledge of Mao or Maoism.

The naxalites operate in vacuum created by absence of administrative and political institutions, espouse the local demands and take advantage of the disenchantment prevalent among the exploited segments of the population.

- AGENCIES

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Two women Naxals killed in encounter

Published: March 10,2009



Raipur , Mar 10 Two women Naxal cadres were killed and one was arrested in an encounter in Bastar district of Chattisgarh, police said today.

Acting on a tip-off, police cordoned off the area in Badgai village, where the Naxalites were suspected to have hidden.

An encounter followed soon in which two women cadres were killed and one arrested, Pawan Dev, Deputy Inspector General in-charge of Naxal affairs, told PTI.

Police also recovered arms and ammunition from the scene.







Source: PTI

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Maoists kill co-activist over money

Published: March 8,2009


Gumla (Jharkhand), Mar 8 A gang of Maoists today shot dead their associate for not parting with extortion money, at Dahudad-Mungatoli here, police said.

Three bike-borne men opened fire on Budhadev Singh, who died instantly, Superintendent of Police (SP), Upendra Kumar, told newsmen here.

Singh, who was riding a bike alone near the village, was shot in the head and stomach.

Released on bail last year, Singh was arrested on the charge of murdering a village mukhiya in 2001.

According to preliminary investigation, Singh was killed as he did not share the extortion money with his gang, the SP said.

The police has seized a mobile sim from the pocket of the deceased.







Source: PTI

Landmine blast in Purulia

10 Mar 2009, 0116 hrs IST, TNN


MIDNAPORE: Suspected Maoists carried out a landmine blast in Purulia's Keroa village on Sunday night. A group of 50-strong Maoists attacked the
party office. No casualties were reported. The leaflets left behind by the ultra-Leftists called for an increase in the wages of brick-kiln workers by Rs 10. The Maoists have asked the workers to stay off the brick-fields.


Maoists have been carrying out blasts regularly in the Jangalkhand area of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. On November 2, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Union ministers Jitin Prasada and Ram Vilas Paswan and state industries minister Nirupam Sen narrowly escaped a Maoist ambush at Salboni. An IED blast snapped a high-tension electric wire and riddled a police car with shrapnel and pellets, injuring six cops. The cars of the CM, Sen and the ministers had passed the spot a few minutes earlier.

Maoists, KLO shifting base: Reports

Statesman News Service
COOCH BEHAR, March 9: Indian militants holed up in Bangladesh are reportedly shifting base towards Nepal and Bhutan. According to intelligence reports such movements could take place through north Bengal, increasing security threats in the region prior to the Lok Sabha polls.
“The police administration is keeping a close watch on the situation. The country's security will not be compromised at any cost,”
the Cooch Behar SP Mr Devendra Singh said today.
Apprehending militant movement in the area, police have increased their presence in Dinhata and other bordering areas. Intelligence agencies are focusing on collecting information on the movements of suspected militants.
According to intelligence agencies, outfits like the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation and the Maoists have been trying to build organisational bases in Cooch Behar district and the adjoining areas. The recent arrest of a suspected Maoist activist revealed their presence in these parts.
The Maoists are reportedly attempting to recruit and expand their base in the area. According to intelligence sources, three people from Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri district border areas have recently joined the Maoists.
Three trained KLO activists from the West Bengal-Assam border area in Tufanganj have been arrested in the past three months. The KLO is believed to have conducted training camps in Bangladesh until the recent change in government in the country. They shifted to Bangladesh after Operation Flushout in Bhutan.

Maoists slaughter 4 women and children in Bihar village

Arwal (PTI): Four women and children were slaughtered by suspected naxalites in a bloody intervention by the Maoist rebels in a land dispute in Bihar's Arwal district, police said on Tuesday.

Pluleshwari Devi, mother of Nageshwar Mahto, his wife Lakhmani Devi and two daughters were killed by alleged CPI(Maoist) activists at Pachubigha village in the naxalite-hit district late Monday night, Superintendent of Police G P Sinha said.

The naxalites slit the throats of their victims and left them to bleed to death.

Mahot, police said, had a dispute over a piece of land with his distant cousin Avadhesh Singh, who was suspected to have hired naxalites to eliminate the former.

The naxalites had come looking for Mahto, but on not not finding him home, killed the women and children.

Nageshwar was not at home when the incident took place.

A leaflet left by the naxalites threatened Nageshwar with eliminating others in his family if he did not not settle the dispute in favour of Avadhesh Singh.

Kanu Sanyal foresees Left rout

Statesman News Service
SILIGURI, March 9: Veteran Naxalite leader Mr Kanu Sanyal has predicted a Left Front rout in the forthcoming General Elections, while state urban development minister Mr Asok Bhattacharya sounded confident of wresting the Darjeeling seat from the Opposition.
Commenting on the emerging poll scenario in West Bengal, Mr Sanyal today said that if the two principal Opposition parties, the Congress and the Trinamul Congress, forged an alliance then defeat was on the cards. “It seems certain that the Left Front will bite the dust this time as the common people, infuriated with the anti-poor and pro-capitalist programmes, are waiting impatiently to teach the state government a lesson or two,” he said.
Remaining sceptical over the future of the state, Mr Sanyal said that the plight of the common people would not improve if the Opposition combine swept to power in the next Assembly elections in 2011. “The situation has come to such a pass that the people seem caught, as it were, between the proverbial devil and the deep blue sea. All the political parties have sold their soul for loaves of power and money, to the eternal woe of the unprivileged,” he lamented.
Asked about his party’s election strategy, the veteran Naxalite leader said that they would decide it on 15 March. “We may field candidates on our own or support some candidates put up by like-minded parties,” Mr Sanyal said.
Ridiculing the Opposition claim, state minister and senior CPI-M leader Mr Asok Bhattacharya said that despite their bragging, the Opposition would fail to dent the red bastion. “Alliance or no alliance, the Opposition will get a drubbing at the hands of the people who have not taken too kindly to their anti-development agenda,” he said.
“Opposition alliances are not a novel phenomenon in the state. They were drubbed in the past and this time, too, the same predicament is awaiting them,” he said.
Exuding confidence over the Darjeeling seat, the CPI-M leader said that his party would win the seat hands down. “ The people in the district are mature enough to differentiate between the friends and the foes of the state,” he averred.

Joint patrol in Naxalite belt--Jharkhand, Bengal & Orissa

- Jharkhand, Bengal & Orissa police chalk out poll strategies
KUMUD JENAMANI

Strict vigil in Ghatshila, a hotbed of Naxalite activities. Telegraph Picture
Jamshedpur, March 9: Naxalite menace in poll time — such a challenging situation stares at the state police and their counterparts in neighbouring states ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

To prevent any untoward incident such as a rebel attack during the elections, senior police officers of three states — Jharkhand, Orissa and Bengal — today met at Ghatshila to chalk out a joint strategy to check Naxalite activities in the bordering districts.

Issues such as ensuring peaceful elections in Naxalite-affected districts of the three states, exchange of information on movements of rebels and criminals along the borders and joint operations dominated the talks that continued for over four hours at Vibhuti Vihar, a resort at Ghatshila.

Deputy inspector-general of police (DIG), Kolhan, M.K. Mishra presided over the meeting that was also attended by DIG, Midnapore range, Praveen Kumar.

Superintendent of police (SP), East Singhbhum, Naveen Kumar Singh, Purulia SP Rajesh Kumar Yadav, West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma and Mayurbhanj SP Dayal Gangwar also attended it. Besides, senior police officers, sub-divisional police officers of Ghatshila and Seraikela and inspectors and sub-inspectors of police, East Singhbhum and Seraikela, were also present.

Sources said that as polling begins in Orissa and Jharkhand on April 23, the police officers were concerned about holding the elections in a peaceful and fair manner.

Accordingly, it was decided that the police forces of the three states will conduct joint operations in the bordering areas prior to the election dates so that they can crack down on Naxalites as well as other criminals.

Mishra said that their aim was to strengthen the system of exchanging information about movements of Naxalites from one bordering district to another. “This will render our anti-insurgency operations more fruitful,” he said. However, he refused to divulge the details of the strategy.

Top cop reviews law and order in Naxal-hit areas

7 Mar 2009, 2243 hrs IST, TNN



MANGALORE: Director-general and inspector-general of police Ajai Kumar Singh reviewed the law and order situation in Naxal-affected areas of Udupi,
Chikmagalur, Shimoga and Dakshina Kannada at the Western Range office here on Saturday.

A R Infant, additional director-general of police (law and order) accompanied Dr Singh. Gopal Hosur, deputy inspector-general of police (western range) was present.

In an informal interaction with reporters prior to leaving for Bangalore, Singh said he had reviewed the law and order situation in the Naxal-affected areas of the state in view of the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

We have discussed ways and means to ensure free and fair polls in the Naxal dominated areas and also how to deal with any move on the part of Left wing elements, who may try to disrupt the polls using force, DGP said.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of reported heightened activities of Naxalites in various parts of Udupi in the recent past. Naxals had recently taken away licensed firearms from a farmer under Hebri police station limits and even directed him to inform the police about their visit to the area. The Naxals have also stepped up their activities against what they term forced development of Malnad region.

Only aggressive Hindutva can fight terrorism —Yogi Adityanath

Source: ORGANISER

Interview

Only aggressive Hindutva can fight terrorism —Yogi Adityanath

Neither the UPA government has will power nor any planning to fight against Islamic terrorism. This government has annulled strict laws like POTA. This government has a soft corner for terrorists due to the vote-bank politics. Otherwise, there is no reason for not hanging the terrorist Afzal Guru, who has been awarded death penalty by the Supreme Court in the Parliament attack case.

Yogi Adityanath is a role model for Hindu youths in UP. The heir of the famous Gorakh Nath Peeth in Gorakhpur and BJP MP, Yogi is very vigorous and energetic. He has formed Hindu Yuva Vahini at the state level, which is mobilising the youths towards Hinduism. Islamic terrorists and anti-social elements are afraid of his name and fame. Yogi wants no political interference in religious activities. According to him, politics should be guided by Dharma. In an exclusive interview to Organiser representative, Subhash Singh, he spoke about many issues pertaining to the country and Hinduism. Excerpts:

What is the main danger for Hinduism?
Sanatan Dharma is Hindu Dharma. Hinduism is cultural identity of India. You cannot think about India without Hindus. It is the soul of the country. There are two types of dangers for Hindus: First, external, and second, internal. External dangers are mainly terrorism, madrasas and evangelical activities by churches. Except this, communism and Naxalite activities are the main opponents of Hinduism. The whole country specially Kashmir valley, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan are deadly affected from Islamic terrorism. The north-east is affected from terrorism protected by the Church. Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orisa, Telangana of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tripura, West Bengal are in the grip of bloody Naxal activities. So-called secular parties like Congress, communist parties, nearly all state-level parties including SP, BSP are by and large in the favour of these organisations. The central government and states ruled by pseudo-secular parties are in no mood to fight strictly against terrorism because of the vote-bank politics. In these circumstances, a central government with strong will power can only tackle the issues of terrorism and Naxalism.

The second danger for Hinduism is internal. Casteism, untouchability, the gap between the rich and the poor are a menace for Hinduism. Only social reform can eliminate this danger. We are only Hindu, this type of idea should be floated in the society as well as in the country. This is the only solution.

Islamic terrorism is a big menace for the country. What is the solution for this problem?
Already I told you that only a strict central government and strict rule of law can tackle this problem. Neither the UPA government has will power nor any planning to fight against Islamic terrorism. This government has annulled strict laws like POTA. This government has a soft corner for terrorists due to the vote-bank politics. Otherwise, there is no reason for not hanging the terrorist Afzal Guru, who has been awarded death penalty by the Supreme Court in the Parliament attack case. I also want to say that Hindus as a whole should take a stand against terror culture. Hindu society collectively can fight Islamic terrorism and they should be aggressive against Islamic terrorism. The united Hindu society can weed out this curse from the country. Except BJP, all the political parties are responsible for the division of society. If the BJP comes to power, terrorism itself will be finished from the country and the country will be on the path of progress.

What is the role of saints like you in this regard?
The maths and mandirs have a big role in the fight against terrorism. We should start a movement of Hindu awakening to fight against terrorism. I have formed Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is working to awaken Hindu youths to stand for the cause of society. Although this organisation has just been started, the result is positive and overwhelming. This organisation has spread itself in a dozen districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. We are organising jagaran rallies against all types of terrorism. This is the reason, Islamic terrorism is under pressure in UP. In Azamgarh, I had organised a rally against Islamic terrorism. Then some anti-social elements had attacked on my motorcade. This is normal and I am not afraid of this type of terror. That attack was only a sign of their cowardice. I repeatedly want to say that Azamgarh is the factory of terrorists in UP. Villages like Saraymeer, Sanjarpur, Mubarakpur, Bilariaganj, Larganj, Vindwal, Anwak, Bishan and Mohammadpur are providing shelter to the anti-social elements. Abu Bashar, the mastermind of the serial blasts of Ahmedabad is the resident of this district. All the thirteen terrorists involved in the Delhi blasts were also responsible for the blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and UP and they were all the residents of Azamgarh. First time in the two decades, this type of terrorists’ racket was unearthed. Thirty-two districts of UP, namely, Allahabad, Lucknow, Aligarh, Meerut, Kanpur, Fatehpur, Bahraich, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Sidharthnagar, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Agra, Hathras, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Mau, Balrampur, Shravasti, Bijnor and Mehrajganj are under the influence of SIMI. In spite of this, neither the police nor the pseudo-secular political parties are ready to eliminate this menace from the state.

Should politics be governed by dharma or dharma be governed by politics?
Political interference in religious activities will be dangerous for the society. I am against any type of political interference in religious activities. The politics should be guided by dharma and culture.

Maoist area commander arrested

Tags: Raipur

Author: Noor Khan


Raipur, Mar 9 : A Maoist area commander, who was accused of attempting on the life of an Inspector General (IG) of Police and allegedly involved in about half a dozen other cases, was arrested today, police here said.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Pawan Dev, who looks after cases related to Naxal incidents in the state told PTI that Balrampur district police today arrested Krishna Singh Khairwar, the Maoist area commander of Donga ghat and recovered two country made pistols and cartridges from him.

Khairwar had allegedly attacked IG of Sarguja range B S Maravi during last year's assembly elections, in which he was seriously injured, the DIG said.

Police had the information that Khairwar along with two others was about to enter Chhattisgarh crossing Jharkhand border, hence a team was dispatched to the area, he added.

As police arrested Khairwar, the others managed to run away.

Police officials said that charges against Khaiwar are murder, blasting of police vehicle, bombing telephone tower among others.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Maoists to oppose Nayachar hub

Stateman News Service
KOLKATA, March 7: The Nandigram zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist) has decided to resist the state government's move to set up a mega chemical hub in Nayachar.
In a press release issued recently, the Maoist outfit's zonal secretary urged Opposition parties to put up a strong resistance against the state government's move to set up the chemical hub.
The press release read: “There are barely 11,000 to 12,000 acres of land available in Nayachar. It requires 62,500 acres of land to set up a complete chemical hub. The government has prepared a secret plan to evict people residing in surrounding areas of Nayachar and grab the additional land required for the mega chemical hub. We are urging local people to come forward and foil the state government's plan to evict them from their plots.”
The Maoists have alleged that the CPI-M has intensified attacks in Nandigram recently, to force people to part with their plots in preparation for the chemical hub.
The press release states: “To pave the way for the smooth acquisition of land for the mega chemical hub, the CPI-M is building cadres in Nandigram, Khejuri and other adjoining areas of Nayachar."
The Maoists have also urged the people to oppose the proposed Coastal Zone Management Act of the Centre, alleging that the act would allow multinational companies more control over the coastal areas of the country, if it were to replace the existing Coastal Regulation Zone Act.

Naxalite posters
SURI, March 7: There was tension in Dubrajpur in Birbhum after Maoist posters, urging people to take up arms against the CPI-M, were found in Hetampur Village. More than 50 posters were seized from the village. No one, however, was arrested in this connection. SNS

Jawan, bystander injured in Maoist attack

RANCHI (Jharkhand), March 8: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan and a bystander were grievously injured after Maoist extremists detonated a landmine in the Kanchkiro area of Bokaro in Jharkhand.
Police officers informed that while conducting routine patrolling in the Bokaro Thermal police station jurisdiction, the CRPF team was crossing a culvert, when the incident happened.
“Three jawans got down from their vehicle and were inspecting the culvert, before crossing it. As soon as one of them, Mr Sunil Kumar, got under the culvert, the extremists, who had planted a landmine under the culvert to blow off the patrol party, detonated it. Mr Kumar and an unidentified woman, who was crossing the culvert have been injured”, said a senior police officer in Bokaro.
Mr Kumar has been air-lifted and admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Ranchi, after his condition deteriorated. The entire area has been cordoned off and combing operations are on to flush out the extremists.
Three villagers were killed since last afternoon after police open fired on a mob who had blocked the Bano police station in the Simdega district of Jharkhand and started pelting stones. Nearly 12 villagers were injured in the incident. Thirty people have been arrested for rioting and indulging in arson.
Trouble was brewing since 4 March, after the bodies of two kids of Mr Jaleswar Badaik, were found inside a well in Bano village. Three kids of Mr Badaik were kidnapped on 26 February and Rs 5 lakh ransom call was also made to the family. n SNS

Singhbhum police team to quiz Maoist

KUMUD JENAMANI
Jamshedpur, March 8: A team of East Singhbhum officers will interrogate Ashutosh, a top Naxalite leader currently lodged in Rourkela jail.

The team will try to determine the number of cases of violence that the leader is responsible for planning in the state in the past two years. The force would also try to determine the outfit’s plans before, during and after the elections in sensitive areas such as Ghatshila.

East Singhbhum superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Singh revealed that Ashutosh was a key player — a central committee member of Communist Party of India (Maoist) — who was also known to be a frequent visitor to Jamshedpur and Ghatshila sub-division. “Being a senior leader, Ashutosh must possess in-depth knowledge of the outfit’s plans and operations. He must be one of the kingpins responsible for attack strategy. We will try to gauge the strategies and plans of the putfit through our interrogation,” Singh added.

Singh said that the Naxalite leader will have to face a volley of questions regarding the recent high-profile assassinations in state — especially that of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and MP, Sunil Mahto. “The police team will also try to understand if the Naxalites have changed their strategies in dealing with the police or anti-Naxalite groups such as Nagarik Suraksha Samity,” Singh said.

A hardcore Naxalite, Ashutosh was arrested by the Orissa police at Rourkela a week ago, much to the relief of state police. The police and intelligence sources maintain that the rebel leader is a crucial man, who is suspected to be involved in every small and big Naxalite-sponsored acts in East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Ranchi, Simdega and Lohardaga in Jharkhand.

In Orissa he was reportedly active in Sundergarh, Rourkela, Mayurbhanj and Sambalpur, while in Bengal he was heard moving in and around areas such as West Midnapur and Purulia.

Presumably, the rebels will call for a poll boycott in many of sensitive areas and target voting booths in those areas.

Top cop reviews law and order in Naxal-hit areas

7 Mar 2009, 2243 hrs IST, TNN



MANGALORE: Director-general and inspector-general of police Ajai Kumar Singh reviewed the law and order situation in Naxal-affected areas of Udupi,
Chikmagalur, Shimoga and Dakshina Kannada at the Western Range office here on Saturday.

A R Infant, additional director-general of police (law and order) accompanied Dr Singh. Gopal Hosur, deputy inspector-general of police (western range) was present.

In an informal interaction with reporters prior to leaving for Bangalore, Singh said he had reviewed the law and order situation in the Naxal-affected areas of the state in view of the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

We have discussed ways and means to ensure free and fair polls in the Naxal dominated areas and also how to deal with any move on the part of Left wing elements, who may try to disrupt the polls using force, DGP said.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of reported heightened activities of Naxalites in various parts of Udupi in the recent past. Naxals had recently taken away licensed firearms from a farmer under Hebri police station limits and even directed him to inform the police about their visit to the area. The Naxals have also stepped up their activities against what they term forced development of Malnad region.

3 PLFI activists killed in encounter

8 Mar 2009, 2220 hrs IST, Uttam Mukherjee, TNN



LOHARDAGA: At least three People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) activists were killed and several injured in an encounter with police on Sunday.
The encounter lasted for over two hours. It was executed by a special motorcycle squad, comprising 26 jawans on 13 motorcycles, at Chatakpur Hills under the Senha police station.

The police squad headed by officer in-charge Purnachandra Devgan recovered a double-barrel gun, a carbine, a countrymade pistol, 38 live and empty cartridges, Naxal literature and many other articles, including utensils.

Though the police are yet to establish the identity of the deceased, SP Subodh Prasad said that initial inquiries revealed their names as Prakash Oraon of Nagra, Fuldeo Oraon of Chatakpur and Basudeo Mahto of Korgo village.

The SP said that the police were on alert since Saturday night following information that Naxalites had entered the Senha police station area from Ghaghra in Gumla district.

"The police team rushed to Chatakpur Hills after receiving a tip-off that a group of Naxalites were camping there. On seeing the approaching policemen, the Naxalites, numbering about 35, opened fire on them under the leadership of their zonal commander Manoj Yadav. In retaliation, the police opened fire and gunned down three of them," Prasad said.

The SP said that some of the PLFI activists also received gunshot injuries. "Surendra, Ishwar and Budha, who exchanged fire with the police team, are noted criminals and main accused in the kidnapping case of a basic health worker, Satendra Nath Sahay. Apart from committing crime, the threesome at times accompany Manoj Yadav's group of PLFI," the SP added.

CRPF jawan, civilian hurt in landmine blasts

9 Mar 2009, 0211 hrs IST, TNN

BOKARO: A CRPF constable and a passer-by were injured when Maoists ambushed a group of policemen walking over a culvert in Jharkhand's Bokaro on
Sunday.

Sunil Kumar, the constable, who was part of a police team returning after anti-Naxal operations in Bermo sub-division, was shifted to Apollo Hospital in Ranchi. The civilian, Yugal Bhokta, a resident of Lukabad village, was going to market on a bicycle when he was hit by shrapnel.

Police said the attack occured on Kanjkiro-BTPS road in Gobindpur area under Bokaro Thermal Police station.

Bokaro SP Laxman Prasad Singh said the police party, including 42 CRPF personnel, were returning on foot from the raids. Singh said Kumar was injured as he walked ahead of the police team to check the culvert. The Maoists were hiding behind thick bushes about 100 metres away to trigger the blast.