Friday, May 15, 2009

Red alert for CPM: Maoist fear sets off desertions in tribal belt

Express News Service
Posted: May 16, 2009 at 0154 hrs IST

Kolkata The CPM has been hit by large-scale desertions in the Jhargram-Lalgarh belt, a party bastion for the past 30 years where resurgent Maoists now hold the sway.
The area, which falls in West Midnapore, has been returning CPM MP Rupchand Murmu in every general election since 1977 with a winning margin of three to four lakh votes. However, last month, the Maoist threat forced around 70 CPM workers to leave the party in Binpur zone. In the latest setback to the party, 32 party leaders including Saluka CPM branch secretary Sudhir Mahato, quit the party on Thursday after making their decision known in the area by circulating posters.

“Our party has almost vanished from the Ramgarh and Binpur zones,” said Annuj Pandey, CPM zonal committee secretary at Binpur. Pandey said People’s Committee against Police Atrocity (PCPA) is acting as a front for the Maoists by keeping the security forces at bay while the ultras can continue their operations unchecked. “Maoists are threatening our people to quit the party. We cannot tolerate this thing anymore,” he said.

Chatradhar Mahato of the PCPA, though, denied his outfit’s role in forcing CPM cadres to break ranks saying they were leaving the party over development issues. Of late, Maoists have grown aggressive against the CPM. A month ago, they beat nine CPM supporters in Saluka. Gopinath Murmu, one of the victims, was hacked to death allegedly by the Maoists.

The local CPM leaders, meanwhile, are unnerved at the prospect of tribal-populated areas in the region going out of their hands soon. Pulin Behari Baskey, the CPM candidate in Jhargram, said West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura would soon cease to be a state government’s territory if the situation is allowed to continue.

“The region was out stronghold. There are many who still backs us despite the Maoist threat. We will look into the matter soon and see how we can control the terrorism in the area. After the poll results, we will see how these Maoists can be handled,” Baskey said.

Meanwhile, Gaur Chakraborty, a spokesperson for the Maoists, said the rebels would do what they think is right for the villagers. “They have forced the CPM leaders to quit the party as they thought these members could be dangerous for the villagers,” he said.

Supreme Court notice to A.P. government

J. Venkatesan



On plea to vacate stay on filing cases in encounter deaths



A.P. High Court ordered filing of homicide cases against police for a 2006 ’encounter’ killing

SLP by A.P. Police Officers Association was directed against this judgment




NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the State government on an application from the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) for vacating the interim stay of a judgment of the Andhra Pradesh High Court directing registration of cases against individual police officers responsible for encounter deaths or killings of naxalites in the State.

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Deepak Verma issued notice after hearing senior counsel Rajinder Sachar and directed the matter to be listed for hearing on July 13.

The Supreme Court had earlier stayed the impugned judgment dated February 6.

Acting on a petition from APCLC, a five-Judge Bench of the High Court ordered registration of cases of homicide against the police officers for the killing of eight Maoist naxalites in the alleged encounter incident that took place on July 23, 2006 at Nallamala forest area in Prakasam district. The special leave petition by the AP Police Officers Association was directed against this judgment. The present application is filed in this SLP.

Pleading for vacating the stay, the applicant cited a number of Supreme Court judgments and said: “There is a rich history of contextually evolved jurisprudence developed by the Courts of this land which deprecates, in no uncertain terms, the instrumentalities of State, particularly the police, taking the law into their own hands.”

“Where such instances, whether of fake ‘encounters,’ police custody deaths, ‘disappearances,’ or torture have been brought to the notice of the Court, this Court has not hesitated in recording unambiguous disapproval, and has taken the opportunity to lay down legal principles which would apply across the board, to arrest the malaise of State impunity and the erosion of the constitutional fabric.”

“Most victims civilians”


It pointed out that during the period between 1997 and 2003, a total of 1,314 people were killed by the police in such alleged ‘encounters’. Most of those killed were ordinary civilians and were not even alleged to have been naxalites. “If stay is not vacated, the applicant and other petitioners before the High Court will suffer irreparable damage. Furthermore, the stay will result in delay in investigation of numerous other offences arising out of ‘encounter’ or custodial deaths, and may have irreparable negative consequences for investigations throughout the country” it said.

Thank you, Election Commission

The Indian Express

Posted: Saturday , May 16, 2009 at 2158 hrs IST

As votes are counted today, and the election to the 15th Lok Sabha draws to a close, we are reminded of one thing: that the Election Commission of India is not an institution that habitually invites reprimand for the way it does things. Testimony to that is this concluding, and apparently successfully-conducted, election. The EC’s business is ensuring the free and peaceful exercise of suffrage. At the end of the fifth and final phase of the polls, the people of India would have thanked the EC for letting them do just that. And those that cry murder should also be grateful for being allowed, and made, to contest in the world’s largest democratic election in the only manner feasible. Some of them will be a lot less happy than others after May 16, but, by then, the EC would have left the most visible national space to them once more.



The EC overshadows every branch of government, and almost every other institution, during a general election on the Indian scale. But the EC’s success is measured in how it rises to the occasion every time, and how seamlessly it manages to withdraw immediately after the job’s done. At this very moment, the EC should deservedly take pride in a job well done, in a non-partisan manner. Perhaps, the more than usual sense of relief this time round comes from two factors: first, the ominous beginnings on April 16, when Naxalites killed about 16 people — including polling officials — across three states; and second, the often simultaneous controversies that the EC found itself in the midst of. Just as the N. Gopalaswami-Navin Chawla stand-off embarrassed it weeks ahead of the polls, the commission needlessly invited scorn by its unwarranted advice vis-à-vis Varun Gandhi. In fact, for a body without punitive powers, but with a mammoth task at hand, the EC spent too much time pouring over the trivial, chasing, almost literally, campaign helicopters, photographs on walls and websites, and bureaucrats sporting “suggestively coloured” shirts.

Traders suspect in ivory racket

KUMUD JENAMANI
Jamshedpur, May 15: A section of traders in Chaibasa is involved in tusker poaching and ivory smuggling at Saranda and Chaibasa south forest division in West Singhbhum district, according to sources in the intelligence.

Forest officials say that though smuggling of ivory is not the main business of these people, they earn a good amount through this illegal trade. More than one gang is suspected to be involved in conspiring, poaching and, subsequent, smuggling of ivory in Saranda and adjoining forests in West Singhbhum and bordering Sundergarh district of Orissa.

Ever since four tuskers were killed in Saranda and South Chaibasa a year ago, the forest authorities have started making frantic efforts to find the gang responsible.

Due to Naxalite activity in Saranda, investigations became difficult and forest officials decided to approach the intelligence bureau.

Saranda divisional forest officer (DFO) S.R. Natesh said they had made enough progress in detecting the gangs involved in ivory smuggling.

“It was established that prominent businessmen and influential persons are involved in the smuggling. We will disclose their names after getting concrete evidence,” said Natesh, adding that the businessmen in question were perpetuating the racket through separate links.

Sources in the forest department claimed that the number of elephants that fell victim to poachers was far bigger than what meets the eye. They added that the department would bring the menace to an end soon.

Naxals make inroads into Nuapada

Express News Service First Published : 15 May 2009 11:59:56 AM ISTLast Updated : 15 May 2009 01:12:47 PM ISTNUAPADA: In June last year, the then SP of Nuapada Bhagban Mishra admitted movement of suspected armed persons inside Sunabeda Sanctuary spread over 600 sq km in the district for the first time. Although the Left ultras have been frequenting the district after that, the administration is denying their presence. Experts said the denial will compound the problem in times to come.


Notwithstanding repeated denials by the administration, Subrat Rath, presiding officer of an eight-member polling party deployed for polls in booth no. 23 in Patdarha village and booth no. 22 in Kathaphera village in Boden block, reported the presence of Maoists in the area.

Rath narrated before sub-collector Gurucharan Prasad about his face-off with the Maoists and how he went into hiding. He also described the incidents before mediapersons the next day. Rath even said Naxals pasted posters on the school premises where the polling booth was located and no villager exercised franchise in both the booths under the shadow of Red terror.

Though police admitted that the Naxals had come from Chhattisgarh on the other side of the border, they denied that the Naxals had anything to do with boycott of polls. To make things worse, even District Collector Bishnu Prasad denied having received any reports about movement of Naxals in Patdarha and Kathaphera. Rather, he accused the villagers of terrorising the polling party.

Experts said Maoists are cashing in on the resentment of tribals due to lack of development in the sanctuary areas. As the sanctuary shares its border with Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh, the ultras are finding it easy to infiltrate into the district.

Sunabeda Sanctuary, comprising 15 revenue villages, is inhabited by about 15,000 ethnic tribal communities including Chakutias, Paharias and Bhunjiyas. However, the inhabitants continue to languish in abject poverty in the absence of development.

The inhabitants of Patdarha, Dhobghat and Garjanpani villages in Boden block of the district have reported movement of Maoists in their areas time and again. But with the district administration refusing to acknowledge their presence and in the absence of any visible development activities, Maoists may spread their tentacles and strike at any time in the district, feel experts. Repeated efforts to contact Nuapada SP Bibek Rath over his mobile proved futile.

Maoists attack chopper, 1 dead

Express news service
Posted: Saturday , May 16, 2009 at 2251 hrs IST Related ArticlesMost Read Articles



Maoists on Friday opened fire at a four-seater helicopter in Kistaram, a village in Dantewada district, killing one police constable and injuring another. The village is located in Naxal-affected South Bastar region of the state.



The helicopter was hired by the state Government from a private company to ferry ration for security personnel posted at Kistaram police station and to bring back sick policemen, a police spokesperson said here.



As the chopper landed at Kistaram — one of the remotest areas in South Bastar — a group of Naxalites opened fire at the helicopter and at the ground forces, who were guarding the helipad. Constable Laxmi Narayan Dhurv was killed in the firing. Another constable sustained serious injuries.



As soon as the rebels started firing, the alert helicopter pilot took off, but two bullets hit the chopper. However, it landed safely at Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar.





Food supply to the security personnel posted at Kistaram and other remote locations in South Bastar are dispatched by helicopters at frequent intervals, as landmine attacks make the movement of security personnel by road unsafe. Helicopters are also used to ferry security personnel to police stations and outposts located in inaccessible areas of the region.



This is the second time that Maoists have targeted a helicopter in Bastar, which is facing the problem of Naxalism for the past 30 years.

One jawan killed, another injured in naxal attack in Dantewada

Published: May 15,2009


Raipur
One jawan was killed and another injured as naxalites struck yet again in Chattisgarh's Dantewada district today firing at a helicopter with ailing policemen on board and the cops deployed on ground for its safe passage.

The naxalites opened fire at the private chopper taking ailing cops from Kistaram police station to Jagdalpur for treatment, hitting at its tail at an altitude of about one thousand feet and then targeted the cops positioned on the ground killing one jawan on the spot and injuring another, DIG ( Bastar range) A N Upadhyaya told�media on the phone. Efforts are on to transport the injured jawan out of the area, he said.

Though partially damaged in the attack, the helicopter continued its onward journey and later landed safely at Jagdalpur with all the policemen on board unharmed, he said.








Source: PTI

Govt may review Kathikund power project

14 May 2009, 2137 hrs IST, TNN


DUMKA: The state government is contemplating to review the proposed 1000 MW thermal power plant at Kathikund in view of the prevailing resentment
among the natives of the area.

The government stance on the issue could deal a severe blow to private firms which have inked MoUs with the state in connection with different projects.

The shift in the government stance seems to be the fallout of the last year's police firing on protesters opposed to the coming up of the power plant at Kathikund. The issue had snowballed into a major controversy as six tribals had received gunshot injuries with two of them succumbing later on.

Governor Syed Sibtey Razi, who arrived in the sub-capital on Thursday to review the state of affairs in Santhal Parganas, told the media that the state government would under no circumstances allow the recurrence of such an incident.

He said that MoUs inked with private firms would be strictly reviewed before their execution.

The Governor, however, admitted that the much hyped R&R policy of the state government envisaging more benefits to displaced people is yet to be notified. He also did not submit anything regarding the delay in the same, particularly when the natives belonging to different project areas are apprehensive and up in arms against the setting up of different projects.

The Kathikund power plant, it may be mentioned here, is proposed to be set up by the RPG Group at a cost of Rs 4000 crore. The fate of the project seems to be hanging fire as the administration has failed to acquire land for the purpose due to a movement launched by the Jharkhand Ulgulan Manch, an NGO, with the support of the respective gram sabhas (village bodies).

The state government is yet to announce compensation packages for the Kathikund firing victims. To make the matter worse, the administration has even branded the victims as Maoist sympathisers.

During a brief interaction with mediapersons at the Raj Bhavan, Razi distinguished the prevailing Maoist menace in the district with the general law and problem, saying that not only Jharkhand, other parts of the country, too, are severely affected by the menace.

The Governor, who arrived here for the first time since the imposition of the President's Rule on the state, expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conduct of the parliamentary polls amidst the poll boycott call given by the banned Naxal outfits.

"Barring some minor incidents, the two-phase Lok Sabha elections passed off peacefully in the state. There have been no reports of outlaws preventing voters from exercising their franchise," Razi remarked to a pointed query regarding the Maoist ambush on a polling team in Kathikund block in which a village chowkidar was killed and three polling staff, including a cop, received serious bullet injuries.

IAF flies 930 sorties on election duty news

14 May 2009



By the end of the last phase of elections on 13 May the IAF undertook a total of 930 sorties and flew 780 hours for election tasks that included airlifting 6792 passengers, 137 tons of election material and 436 electronic voting machines.

In an unprecedented airlift undertaken by the IAF's transport fleet, two IL-76 and four AN-32 airlifted 3234 central para military forces alone from Imphal to Kalaikunda in three days, from 26 to 28 April.

A major role of the Indian Air Force (IAF) mandate during peace time is aid to civil power. The IAF's transport and helicopter fleet invariably remain at the forefront of such assigned tasks. Facilitating the unenviable task of conducting the electoral process spearheaded by the Election Commission, two IL-76, four AN-32 transport aircraft, 25 medium-lift helicopters and four Chetak helicopters of IAF were pressed into service during the just concluded elections.

The helicopters drawn from 13 different IAF airbases across the country were provided to 14 states - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Orissa, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

While flying over most areas for poll-related duties may seem routine, sorties over the naxal affected regions for some pilots proved anything else but routine. For the Mi-17 crew of Squadron Leader R Dhobhal and Flying Officer K Prakash, facilitating the battle of ballot in their call of duty also turned out to be an experience of facing bullets fired by naxals.

The incident occurred on April 16, at Binagonda in Gadchiroli District, bordering Chhattisgarh in Maharashtra. Tasked with airlifting a polling party of five members and EVMs, the Mi-17 crew was airborne from nearby Aheri to pick up the election officials from Binagonda and drop them at Laheri, a mere five-minutes flying-time away.

''The additional superintendent of police, Laheri, Mr. Jayakumar and I were overseeing the loading of the men and EVMs when I heard the burst of fire through the din of the rotating rotors,'' said Squadron Leader Dhobhal, a veteran of two UN missions where he had honed his skills in dealing with such scenarios. ''Getting away quickly for safety of the crew, passengers and the aircraft was all that was on my mind. In less than 15 seconds we were clear of the helipad,'' confirms Squadron Leader Dhobhal, Captain of the flight.

A closer inspection on landing revealed a bullet hole made by a 7.62 mm calibre bullet in the tail boom of the helicopter. The aircraft was repaired and safely ferried back to Nagpur. No major damage was done and the quick response of the vigilant crew averted in what could have resulted in a major mishap. Last year on 14 November the IAF lost an aircrew when Maoist rebels fired at their Mi-8 helicopter during a similar poll-related flying task in Pedia in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

As in the past, the significant role of IAF helicopters pilots has come in for some fulsome praise; this time their contribution has been acknowledged by the ministry of defence, home and the state governments.

Just ahead of his retirement on 20 April, former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami had also appreciated the contribution of IAF in the conduct of the elections this year.

Security experts seek CISF cover for Balimela Power House in Malkangiri of Orissa

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Report by Deba Prasad Dash; Malkangiri: The security experts of the region has sought the deployment of Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) at the Balimela Power House taking into consideration the threat perception and it’s location. Right now unarmed private security personnel’s have been deployed at the entrance of the power house which is not adequate from the security point of view,the experts maintained. As the threat perception always looms large over the states highest power generating house at the Naxal infested Balimela ,the Energy department and the Orissa Hydro-Power Corporation Ltd authority should take immediate measures to provide security to the industrial installations like Balimela Power House,they added. The entry process should be made more tightened and all security measures needs to be done for safety and security of the power house.
“With the growing threat perceptions, the industries in public sector and joint venture, which have contributed to the growth of economy, also require assurance of security cover,” they remarked. The relevant sections of the CISF Act, 1968, have been amended recently by the union home ministry to enable deployment of the CISF for security of private sector and joint venture enterprises on cost reimbursement basis and the energy department should act fast on the CISF cover for the state highest power generating house to avert any possible attack on it,they said to this website.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chhattisgarh losing the plot in battle against Maoists?

May 13th, 2009 - 10:33 am IANS -
By Sujeet Kumar

Raipur, May 13 (IANS) This month Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh have killed over 30 people, most of them security personnel. Security experts are saying the police are not following “basic points” of insurgency warfare and were thus often reduced to “sitting ducks”.

The latest bout of criticism has come after 12 policemen and the driver of one of their buses were killed Sunday in the state’s Dhamtari district, a new area of operation for the rebels, who had earlier been concentrated further south in the state’s Bastar region.

In Dhamtari, about 150 armed rebels ambushed a 41-strong police team travelling in three vehicles. As the rebels’ landmine blast tossed the vehicles up in the air, the Maoists started spraying bullets at the hapless policemen.

For about 16 hours, the police headquarters here did not have a clear idea of what had happened. Only around noon Monday did the officials say 12 men of their district force and a driver had been killed. Several of the bodies were found disfigured and charred and police are still to match each name to each mutilated body.

“The tenets of jungle warfare must be followed. I keep advising trainees they must follow 48 points and on top of the list is never use vehicles in jungle roads for operation purposes,” Brigadier (retd.) B.K. Ponwar, director of the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC), told IANS on phone.

“Vehicles should be used only for carriage of ration, stores and ammunition. But the forces are not following the basic points.”

The CTJWC was set up by the Chhattisgarh government in 2005 in Kanker town of Bastar region, hardly 50 km from the site where guerrillas attacked the police convoy in Dhamtari. The college is meant to train policemen to “take on guerrillas like a guerrilla”.

“As long as warfare points are not followed the policemen will continue to get killed as happened in Dhamtari. I don’t know who ordered forces to go inside a hilly area riding vehicles without the road being cleared of landmines,” Ponwar said.

“I keep insisting in warfare training for the policemen to go into the jungles with multi-directional assault plan but no one is ready to follow these basic things despite knowing 95 percent casualties in Chhattisgarh are linked to landmine blasts.”

Before Sunday’s killings, on May 5, a senior leader of state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shot dead in Rajnandgaon district and a day after rebels ambushed 11 people included seven policemen in Dantewada district.

On May 7, the insurgents brutally killed Pharasgaon police station in-charge Abdul Wahid Khan in full public view in Narayanpur district. The killing took place within 150 metres of Pharasgaon police station and a camp of the Central Reserve Police Force’s 39th battalion but no one intervened.

The string of attacks forced Chief Minister Raman Singh to chair an emergency meet with top police officers here May 8. After the meeting, Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar announced: “Police will answer bullets with bullets and there will be no peace talk with rebels by the state government”.

The rebels responded within two days with the ambush at Dhamtari, which was carefully planned, with the policemen led into a trap by a tipoff which proved to be fake.

A senior officer at police headquarters here said Tuesday: “We are still not sure which officer took the decision to send a 41-member convoy, most of them constables of the District Force, without a senior officer to lead them. It looks like they were just led into a trap. There was not even any back-up. Other forces reached the spot 16 hours after the ambush, just to collect the disfigured bodies.”

Another senior police officer who has spent years in Bastar told IANS: “We do not seem to have a strategy now. We haven’t had one since April, when (Director General of Police) Vishwaranjan, was forced to go on long leave by the Election Commission.

“As far as I can see, the police force deployed for anti-Maoist operations is now just acting as sitting ducks. There is no coordination at the higher levels. We’re just hoping against hope that we can prevail against Maoists.”

(Sujeet Kumar can be contacted at sujeet.k@ians.in)

Maoist 'commander' surrenders with wife

Published: May 11,2009

Karimnagar(AP) , May 11 A Maoist group&aposcommander&aposalong with his wife today surrendered before the police here, a top official said.

Durgam Buchaiah alias Vikram (28) surrendered before the police along with his wife Chintoor Nagamani alias Swaroopa (22) at Godavarikhani town here, Deputy Superintendent of Police G Chandramouli said.

Buchaiah, who had joined Naxal movement in 2001, married Swaroopa recently who hails from Taroor village in Bijapur district of Chattisgarh state, the DSP said.

The Maoist was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head, he said, adding that he also worked as North Telangana Zonal Committee Deputy Commander of the group.

Meanwhile, the district police unearthed a landmine at Somanapalli village outskirts under Ramagundam police station limits.

Police found the landmine during a routine check, he said.







Source: PTI

3 railway officials abducted by naxalites in Hazaribagh

Tags: Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)

Published by: Noor Khan
Published: Wed, 13 May 2009 at 21:59 ISTF

Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), May 13 : Naxalites have abducted three railway officials, including the station master of Hendegir railway station in this district, a senior police officer said today.

"About eight armed naxalites entered the railway station late last night and abducted station master Lalit Prasad, deputy station master Anil Kumar and assistant station master S K Tete," Superintendent of Police (Hazaribagh )Pankaj Kamboj said here.

Massive combing operation was on to trace them, he said.

Three other employees of the railway station-- Brahmdeo, Rajesh Kumar and Tinu Raman-- were also taken away along with the officials but were let off after covering some distance, Divisional Railway Manager (Dhanbad division) A K Gupta said.

The trio was released on the plea of the abducted station master that if they did not free them the signal and line movement of train services would be paralysed, the police said quoting the freed men.

According to them, the naxalites have taken the three railway officials deep into the Kakapital jungles in Hendigir, about 140 km from Ranchi.

Nalco to resume normal bauxite output

Dillip Satapathy / Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar May 12, 2009, 0:23 IST



The Naxal hit Panchpatmali mines of National Aluminium Company (Nalco) is likely to resume normal production of bauxite from tomorrow with the scared workers agreeing to work in the mines after the sunset.


Nalco’s average bauxite production Panchapatmali mines in Korpaut district of Orissa had dropped from 14,000 tonnes per day to about 9,000 tonnes per day as the mine workers were reluctant to carry out mining after 5 pm in the aftermath of the Naxalite attack on April 12 which claimed the lives of 10 CISF jawans. The B-shift for the mine employees which was from 2 pm to 10 pm was done away with by Nalco in view of the safety concerns of the workers and the mine workers were now engaged in two shifts- the A shift from 6 am to 2 pm and the general shift from 8 am to 5 pm.

The 35 per cent drop in its bauxite production in the mines had raised the prospect of commensurate cut in alumina production in the company’s 15.75 lakh tonne per annum refinery at Damanjodi where the normal 30-day bauxite stock was depleting alarmingly.

Anticipating an imminent crisis in the operation of the company, the Union mines ministry had convened a high level meeting of the company officials at New Delhi recently where it gave the responsibility of supervising security at the mines and convincing the workers to resume normal production to BL Bagra, the finance director of the company. Earlier these issues were being looked after by Joy Vergese, the director, personnel and administration.

Sources said, Bagra and director production, AK Sharma camped at Panchpatmali mines for last four days and held discussions with various workers/employees union active there. The workers demand mainly pertained to enhancement of security, hike in special allowance and transfer of the mine workers to the different units of the company. The senior company officials reportedly agreed to look into the demands favourably and place it before the appropriate authority for approval.

Following their assurance, the workers gave their verbal commitment to work in the B-shift from tomorrow and accordingly the company has issued the notice for start of the evening shift.

Meanwhile, sources said, as an interim measures, the security has been strengthened at the mines with deployment of more CISF personnel and increasing the frequency of patrolling, particularly after sunset to bring confidence among the employees. It may be noted Nalco, which has a total of 417 CISF personnel posted at mining and refinery complex, proposes to increase the strength to 682. The company is also mulling to cover its mines workers under a group insurance scheme and carve out an exclusive security department within its mines and alumina refinery complex which would monitor the functioning of the CISF forces.

Arms and explosives recovered from Bovan jungles in MP

Published: May 12,2009


Balaghat (MP), May 12 Fifteen hand-grenades, five of them highly explosive in nature, two empty claymore mines and a country made gun left behind by the Naxals were recovered from the jungles under the Kirnapur police station area near here, police said today.

"On a tip off that some Naxals were camping in Bovan jungles last night, we rushed there but they fled before we reached," Superintendent of Police, H C Mishra said.

We recovered 15 hand grenades, two claymore mines and a country-made-gun hidden at a place, he said.

Mishra said they were examining the five highly explosive hand-grenades, adding that the remaining ten were country made.

He said that police were still camping in Bovan jungle and security has been beefed up in sensitive areas of the district.







Source: PTI

80pc of CRPF men don’t get peace posting for 20 years’

NEW DELHI (SANA): Many CRPF personnel either fell to bullets or became prey to deadly diseases while waiting for more than 20 years for a peace posting.

Giving an insight into the plight of the CRPF personnel, an internal report of the largest paramilitary disclosed that over 80 per cent personnel were not able to get peace posting even after 20 years of strenuous service.

Moreover, 75 per cent of the over 2.5 lakh CRPF personnel’s service period is spent in continuous deployment, with 92 gazetted officers not being able to keep their family with them for 20 years, according to the report.

The officials were posted for over 20 years continuously in fields but could not get peaceful static posting in their 35 years average service length, it said.

Sources said the over-stretched deployment of the force, which has the mandate of maintaining internal security, has led to a situation in which nearly 50 per cent personnel are suffering from various ailments like skin diseases, depression hypertension, heart and psychiatric problems among others.

Official statistics pointed out that since 1946, the total sacrifices by the force’s personnel till April this year was 1,659. But between 2005 to 2008, CRPF lost 1,425 soldiers from various diseases, including cancer.

According to official records, more than 52,000 personnel are suffering from various skin diseases, 27,000 from hypertension and 7,000 from diabetes.

While about 6,000 personnel have got hepatitis, about 1,300 are suffering from HIV and 700 from cancer. The list of those under medication also includes 16,300 malaria cases.
Over 6,200 personnel are suffering from heart diseases with an equal number suffering from depression and psychiatric problems.

“Most of the diseases suffered by the personnel are because of their area of operation and also because of the high pressure under which they work,” a source said.

At present, over 77 battalions (over 77,000 personnel) of the force’s total operational battalion (181) are posted in Jammu and Kashmir.

Another 44 battalion, which amounts to 24 per cent of the total operational battalions, are posted in the insurgency-hit Northeast states while another 19 per cent of the force is posted in Naxal-hit areas.

“Most of the time, there are no places for the personnel to stay. In Northeast and Naxal-hit areas, they even stay in forests for days altogether under a tent,” the source said.
When contacted, a CRPF spokesperson said, “Art of living courses for reduction of stress besides yoga has been introduced in the force”.

“A project named Sneaking has been introduced in CRPF which aims to organise an interactive course for jawans at the Group Centre near to their native place where spouses can also participate as a learner as well as a facilitator.”

He also said regular interaction and counseling by commanders are being done at every level to ease stress and problems.

Interestingly, there has been 35 fratricide cases in the last eight years though officials claim that “in most of the cases, it was found that the person did so because of personnel and family reasons.”

CRPF asks for blueprint of police recruitment from states

Published: May 12,2009

New Delhi, May 12 The CRPF is now in the process of revamping its recruitment procedure after CBI arrested some of its senior officers, including an Inspector General, for alleged corruption in the recruitment for the ranks of the newly formed specialised anti-naxal force - COBRA.

According to sources in the largest paramilitary force of the country, the CRPF has now asked for a blueprint of police recruitment procedure being followed by various states.

The force has already received responses from about five states while others have promised to do so after the General Election.

Sources said that as per one school of though within the force, the entire recruitment procedure could be cut short by removing the mandatory interview before the final selection.

However, others believe that interview cannot be dispensed with as the seniors get a chance to check whether the personnel shortlisted are really seriously worth selection or not.

Sources said the force is waiting for more responses and hopes to come out with a new recruitment policy in the next three months.

" Some of the states who have responded with their blueprint including southern states do not have interview level and the application process is online,"sources said.


Source: PTI

Clueless cops turn sitting ducks in Naxal land

Category » Nation Posted On Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Agencies
Raipur, May 13:

This month Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh have killed over 30 people, most of them security personnel. Security experts are saying the police are not following "basic points" of insurgency warfare and were thus often reduced to "sitting ducks".
The latest bout of criticism has come after 12 policemen and the driver of one of their buses were killed Sunday in the state's Dhamtari district, a new area of operation for the rebels, who had earlier been concentrated further south in the state's Bastar region.

In Dhamtari, about 150 armed rebels ambushed a 41-strong police team travelling in three vehicles. As the rebels' landmine blast tossed the vehicles up in the air, the Maoists started spraying bullets at the hapless policemen.

For about 16 hours, the police headquarters here did not have a clear idea of what had happened. Only around noon Monday did the officials say 12 men of their district force and a driver had been killed. Several of the bodies were found disfigured and charred and police are still to match each name to each mutilated body.

"The tenets of jungle warfare must be followed. I keep advising trainees they must follow 48 points and on top of the list is never use vehicles in jungle roads for operation purposes," Brigadier (retd.) B.K. Ponwar, director of the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC), said.

"Vehicles should be used only for carriage of ration, stores and ammunition. But the forces are not following the basic points."

The CTJWC was set up by the Chhattisgarh government in 2005 in Kanker town of Bastar region, hardly 50 km from the site where guerrillas attacked the police convoy in Dhamtari. The college is meant to train policemen to "take on guerrillas like a guerrilla".
"As long as warfare points are not followed the policemen will continue to get killed as happened in Dhamtari. I don't know who ordered forces to go inside a hilly area riding vehicles without the road being cleared of landmines," Ponwar said.
"I keep insisting in warfare training for the policemen to go into the jungles with multi-directional assault plan but no one is ready to follow these basic things despite knowing 95 percent casualties in Chhattisgarh are linked to landmine blasts."
Before Sunday's killings, on May 5, a senior leader of state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shot dead in Rajnandgaon district and a day after rebels ambushed 11 people included seven policemen in Dantewada district.
On May 7, the insurgents brutally killed Pharasgaon police station in-charge Abdul Wahid Khan in full public view in Narayanpur district. The killing took place within 150 metres of Pharasgaon police station and a camp of the Central Reserve Police Force's 39th battalion but no one intervened.
The string of attacks forced Chief Minister Raman Singh to chair an emergency meet with top police officers here May 8. After the meeting, Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar announced: "Police will answer bullets with bullets and there will be no peace talk with rebels by the state government".
The rebels responded within two days with the ambush at Dhamtari, which was carefully planned, with the policemen led into a trap by a tipoff which proved to be fake.
A senior officer at police headquarters here said Tuesday: "We are still not sure which officer took the decision to send a 41-member convoy, most of them constables of the District Force, without a senior officer to lead them. It looks like they were just led into a trap. There was not even any back-up. Other forces reached the spot 16 hours after the ambush, just to collect the disfigured bodies."
Another senior police officer who has spent years in Bastar told: "We do not seem to have a strategy now. We haven't had one since April, when (Director General of Police) Vishwaranjan, was forced to go on long leave by the Election Commission.
"As far as I can see, the police force deployed for anti-Maoist operations is now just acting as sitting ducks. There is no coordination at the higher levels. We're just hoping against hope that we can prevail against Maoists."

12 policemen killed in Naxal blast in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, May 11 (PTI) Twelve policemen and a civilian were killed and seven others injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals at Risgaon village in Dhamtari district today.
"The incident took place when Naxals blew up a police vehicle carrying the jawans," Bastar IG A N Upadhyaya said.

The police party was on their way to Kanker district in Bastar region for a combing operation when they were attacked by the rebels, he said, adding that the injured security personnel were rushed to Raipur hospital by helicopter.

A police team has been sent to the spot. However, dense forests and tough terrain has blocked communication from the jawans at the blast site hindering the rescue operations, Raipur IG D M Awasthi said.

During the last one month more than 36 people were killed in Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh.

In the first week of this month, 11 people including two CRPF jawans and five police officials were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the extremists in Dantewada district.

In another Maoists attack on Saturday, four people including two police officials were killed in Bijapur district. PTI

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maoists surface near Vizag, attack police

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 09 May 2009 03:46:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

VISAKHAPATNAM: After lying low for some time, the banned Maoists today hit back by attacking three police personnel at Chittimpadu village of Gemili Panchayat in G. Madugula mandal in the district today. As a group of Maoists opened fire at three homeguards from a close range, one was injured. The police have launched a combing operation.


According to information reaching here, two homeguards under G. Madugula police limits had gone to Chittimpadu to attend a colleague’s function.

While they alongwith the host were returning, armed Maoists fired at them.

While one homeguard was injured in the firing, other two went into the forest.

Confirming the information, SP Akun Sabharwal told Express that one homeguard had safely reached G.

Madugula police station but the other two are yet to be traced.

Meanwhile, a special police team has rushed to the spot and started the operation to trace the two missing homeguards. They told from the spot that there was no blood stains at the place where the Maoists opened fire. They have also launched a combing operation.

A police official said it was yet to be confirmed whether the two homeguards were kidnapped by the Maoists or they were hiding in the jungle.

Though the police have started a combing operation, further attack on the special police team cannot be ruled out, he added. However, all precautionary measures were being taken for the safety of police personnel.

Maoist Statements on the elections in India

by A World to Win News Service
Saturday May 9th, 2009 11:15 PM

4 May 2009. A World to Win News Service. The current elections for the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) in India will decide which party or alliance of parties forms the new government. These countrywide polls have been taking place on five dates in April and May, the last on 13 May, with the results to be announced 16 May. Following are excerpts from analyses of the electoral situation by two Maoist parties in India. The first, “Once more they come with false promises”, is a statement by the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Naxalbari released in April. The second is an interview with Azad, spokesperson for the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), conducted by the Maoist Information Bulletin on 10 April. Explanations have been added in brackets.

Once more they come with false promises

CPI(ML) Naxalbari

Today let us not forget that the preparations and necessary social engineering required for this election has been going on for almost a year now… It continued with the various anti-Christian riots in the fresh pastures of Orissa and Karnataka, the anti-North Indian riots in Maharashtra, the vicious anti-women moral policing of the savarna [Hindus who are not Dalits or tribals] fascist brigade Shri Ram Sene and the extreme chauvinism stirred up with the Mumbai attacks. It is the first time that social engineering of such magnitude and diversity had to be carried out to achieve divisive polarisations aimed at elections. These attempts have become very much necessary with the waning of popular support for ruling class parties among large sections of the petty bourgeoisie due to years of neglect and deceit, growing contempt towards their leaders cutting across parties and the realisation of the futility of these elections by a big section.

The past year has seen tremors shaking the very pillars of the imperialist system. Crisis after crisis followed – from the food crisis, to the petrol-diesel price crisis leading to inflation, to the latest collapse of the US economy leading to world recession. Even by any conservative means this is going to last for quite some time to come, creating havoc and chaos in the lives of not just the poor and the marginalised but also big sections of the educated middle classes. Its toll has already started with 41 suicides in Amreli district of Gujarat among the diamond workers in the month of December and January alone. The number of those losing jobs would be reaching 15 lakhs [1.5 million] by end of this financial year. The Centre and various State governments have brought out their budgets but none have addressed the ongoing problems of the working masses. In fact none wants to acknowledge that a serious crisis is here amidst us. How can they in this election year? It’s like postponing today’s crisis for tomorrow.

This world crisis is a manifestation of the real crisis of capitalism itself. All the apologists of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation now have their foot in their mouths. The force with which globalisation was being thrust down the throats of the third world has now taken a step back. The champions of privatisation are now busy nationalising loss-making banks. The imperialists are quarrelling over new methods to maintain their hegemony. The Manmohan – Ahluvalia – Chidambaram trio [the "Dream Team" leading the current Congress Party-led UPA government] and their counterparts in the BJP [the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party] and other parties who were shamelessly waving the globalisation flag are still trying to hoodwink the people by making tall claims of India’s growth and robust economical situation. All those who are parroting these claims are joined in a conspiracy to cover up that an economy like India’s, dependant as an appendage, nurtured and oriented by the imperialists for serving their interests, cannot survive and flourish on its own. Such an economy is doomed to amplify the horrors and deprivations of the imperialist crisis.

All the political parties are searching for an agenda. Having once burnt its fingers with imposing the insulting slogan of “India Shining” on the suffering masses, the BJP is now mixing up Hindutva ["Hinduness"] and terrorism etc, while immorally going ahead with its ”Operation Lotus” of buying MLAs /MPs [local and national parliamentarians] of other parties. It is matched by unprincipled bargaining of the Congress and others. The bogus Left – CPM, CPI, etc – who are already a part of the ruling class, have already come out openly as ruthless instruments of imperialism with the Nandigram and Singur atrocities [where police killed peasants protesting government land grabs]. It has shamelessly argued that one can’t make corruption an issue while picking allies. Thus it has cooked up an opportunist khichidi [literally boiled rice and lentils, i.e. a stew], named the third front, with some State parties who till recent were its enemies! The State parties are realising that their importance is growing by the day as no party will get a majority on its own. Each is out to win a minimum strength for bargaining in the next Lok Sabha. With no veil of sanctity remaining, the parliament is openly functioning as a pigsty today and its filth is now shamelessly paraded in the streets as the exercise of democracy in this fake Republic…

We call upon the patriotic masses to seize the hour and prepare to get organised above narrow politics of caste, creed, sect, religion and regional differences, and turn their ire against the ruling classes, the protectors of this system and its instruments of loot and hegemony. We must build the broadest resistance to the onslaught of recession, to defend and better existing livelihood. But we must never forget that without thoroughly destroying this system and replacing it with real people’s rule by putting genuine power to decide in the hands of the masses, there cannot be real freedom… Already a People’s War is being waged in our country led by the CPI(Maoist) in Dandakaranya and Jharkhand. The resistance of the broad masses must be combined with defending this revolutionary war and resolute steps towards opening up new war fronts.

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An interview with Azad, spokesperson for the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), conducted by the Maoist Information Bulletin on 10 April.

“The most complex, most crisis-ridden and most fragmented elections in the annals of the so-called Indian parliamentary democracy” – CPI(M)

It is, of course, true that some of the candidates and parties are able to draw crowds to some extent. In a country with over a billion population it is not difficult to find a few thousands, and at times a few lakhs [hundreds of thousands] of people to attend meetings and rallies if the sponsors arrange for transport and meals, and pay them some money. Then caste, clan, regional loyalties or admiration for cine stars attract some crowds. One can see how hard the political parties have been working in every state to bring cine actors into electioneering for various parties. The political leaders know that the disenchantment of the masses had grown to such an extent that they cannot even address them without roping in some popular personality. Seeing images of “huge” crowds at the meetings should not make one to hastily conclude that more people have become interested in the fake exercise of elections and that parliamentary democracy has gained some credibility in the eyes of the people. On the contrary, the opposite is actually the truth.

The so-called Third Front that is sought to be forged by the CPI and CPI(Marxist) as a secular, democratic front comprising all the non-Congress, non-BJP forces is actually a congregation of self-seeking discredited opportunists, all of whom had proved themselves to be hypocrites and double-dealers in their respective states. These notorious leaders and their parties, who had, at one time or the other, shared power with the Hindu chauvinist BJP, are being given a clean and secular-democratic image by the so-called Left.

The power brokers of the so-called Left had churned out the slogan of anti-communalism to justify their alignment with the most loyal agent of the imperialists like the Congress Party during the 2004 elections. It was only after almost four years, when the people began to trounce the Congress in the Assembly elections in various states and come out into the streets against the policies of the UPA that these brokers “realized” that the Congress was kow-towing to the imperialists! Now, after parting with the Congress, these opportunists see anti-communalism in parties that had never really demarcated themselves from communal BJP and have no compunction in striking an alliance with it if it gave them a share in power. For our “Marxist” theoreticians and ideologues, all these forces had suddenly become secular!! And one should not be surprised if they once again become the tail of Congress after the election. The opportunism of the Indian “Left” has no limits.

Just see. They found secularism, anti-imperialism and democratic moorings among parties such as the Telugu Desham [Telegu Land and People, in Andra Pradesh], a party which was the first to transform a state in India into a laboratory of the World Bank and responsible for the murder of over two thousand Maoist revolutionaries during its nine-year rule besides the high-level of corruption of the regime led by Chandrababu Naidu. Then there are other opportunist and proven die-hard reactionary parties such as Jayalalitha’s AIADMK that had become infamous for the scale of corruption, abuse of power and fascist suppression of people’s struggles in Tamil Nadu; Naveen Patnaik’s BJD [the Biju Janata Dal in Orissa] that had sold out the state to the imperialists and had proved itself to be the executioner for the imperialists and the CBB by massacring adivasis [tribal people] in Kaliga Nagar, POSCO, etc., besides protecting the saffron hoodlums as they went about killing, raping and persecuting the Christian minority; Deve Gowda’s JDU which shared power with the BJP and broke with it not because of BJP’s communalism but only when the latter wanted a greater share of power; and then you have a Mayawati [Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister] who would do anything to grab power whether it be power-sharing with the BJP on rotational basis, or striking an alliance with the Brahmins and subordinating the Dalits to the upper-caste Hindus, besides crushing all opponents ruthlessly.

The attempt to forge together such opportunist, corrupt and notorious anti-people parties into a new front by the so-called Left should not come as a surprise if we keep in mind the fact that the social-fascist CPI(Marxist) has proved itself to be a loyal agent for the imperialists and the CBB which has been proved beyond any doubt in West Bengal under [Chief Minister] Buddhadeb. It should also not come as a surprise if these opportunists, who masquerade under the garb of “Marxists”, rediscover anti-communalism and secularism in the Congress (and forgetting for a while that it had surrendered to imperialism) , and align with it against the communal BJP after the elections.

As per the impact of the Third Front, it has certainly weakened the two major alliances – the NDA [the BJP-led new Democratic Alliance] and the UPA – and has led to further fragmentation of the Indian polity. Whichever alliance wants to form the government it will have to depend upon and satisfy the demands put forth by the Third Front or whatever is left of it after the elections. Some of the constituents of the Third Front will, of course, jump into the alliance which is most likely to form the next government.

The elections this time are the most complex, most crisis-ridden and most fragmented in the annals of the so-called Indian parliamentary democracy. Extreme instability and contradictions plague every party and candidate. No party or candidate seems to be certain of the electoral outcome, notwithstanding the outwardly confident postures. Hence the parties and candidates are resorting to all sorts of gimmicks to attract the apathetic voter.

Neither the BJP nor the Congress is in a position to hold their respective alliances together and centrifugal tendencies will continue to weaken these further. While the India Shining slogan of the BJP has taken a severe battering in the background of the severest crisis in the Indian economy that has thrown millions of workers onto the streets and peasants to the verge of suicide, its communal slogans and attacks on the religious minorities have isolated them from the people. On the other hand, the Congress party’s common minimum programme has proved to be the biggest and most cruel joke of the decade; their so-called development had led to the displacement of tens of thousands of people across the country from their lands and homes, and the total surrender of the Congress-led UPA to the American imperialists stands thoroughly exposed before the people.

Then there is the hypocrisy of the so-called Left in running with the hare and hunting with the hound. But for its support, Manmohan’s comprador clique could not have dared or succeeded in implementing the series of anti-people policies and placing the interests of the country at the feet of the US imperialists. After its opportunistic honeymoon with the UPA it had to distance itself seeing the anger of the people and used the civilian-nuclear deal as a pretext. Its rhetoric against SEZs [Special Economic Zones] is seen as a big gimmick after the brutal suppression of the people’s struggles in Singur, Nandigram and elsewhere in West Bengal.

The economic crisis and the policies pursued by the UPA as well as by the preceding NDA governments had created a situation of extreme imbalances between various regions, sections, classes, special social groups, and nationalities. Naturally all this has led to a new polarization and realignment of forces in the Indian political scene. The regional aspirations, the anti-Hindutva feelings among the persecuted religious minorities, the feeling of betrayal of their interests by the major political parties which had pervaded the toiling masses, in short, the explosive situation in many parts of the country brought forth due to the severity of the current crisis had discredited the major political parties in the eyes of the people. It is in such a situation when the so-called All-India parties had failed to address the issues of the people and have lost credibility in the eyes of the people that regional parties have begun to utilize the situation to increase their seat share.

We had already begun our election boycott campaign after the Election Commission declared the election schedule. Our stand has been made clear to the people through various forms—circulars, press statements, interviews, leaflets, posters, wall writings and so on. Our cultural teams stage performances among the people calling upon them to understand the real essence of the so-called parliamentary democracy and asking them to boycott the elections. We will carry out this propaganda until the end of the last phase of elections. Our campaign during elections is basically a mass political propaganda campaign. This includes questioning the candidates and representatives of the parties, gheraoing [organizing mass blockades] them, making them confess their misdeeds before the people.

Then there is active boycott where we prevent the candidates from carrying out their campaigns in the villages and smaller urban centres in our areas. We warn the parties not to venture out into our areas and when they do not heed our warnings, we stop their campaign, beat them up if they are notorious elements, burn their vehicles, conduct people’s courts where possible and make the party representatives confess the misdeeds of their respective parties and seek apologies from the people. They are let off after they agree not to come to the villages again and that they will raise the misdeeds of their leaders in their Party fora [forums]. We also carry out counter-offensive actions against the police and central forces who are used by the reactionary rulers to enforce elections at gun-point. Basically our active boycott too is a political campaign though we undertake some actions aimed at destroying the enemy forces

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One beaten to death by Red supporters in Koraput village

9 May 2009, 2305 hrs IST, Satyanarayan Pattnaik, TNN



KORAPUT: A 40-year-old man was beaten to death and another attacked by a group of armed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) activists in Koraput
district's Gotiguda village on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Nitya Melka and the injured Kadi Pulasika.

Saturday's incident took place a day after some CMAS members had reportedly damaged several houses and injured three people at Podapadar, about five km from Gotiguda.

Sources said around 5 pm, over a 1,000 activists of CMAS, which is reportedly an organization backed by Maoists, raided the village that is about 100 km from Koraput under Narayanpatna police limits. They assaulted a number of villagers for not joining their outfit.

"The CMAS activists were carrying sticks and iron rods. When Melka and Pulasika tried to resist, they became violent and beat them up mercilessly. While Melka died on the spot, Pulasika was severely injured," a source at Narayanpatna said.

According to sources, tension was brewing in the region over the past few days after some 4,000 tribals had organized a rally at Narayanpatna to protest against activities of CMAS. Demanding legal action against the Sangh members and security for locals, the tribals had submitted a memorandum to the tehsildar and police. Then came the retribution. CMAS activists started attacking villagers and their homes, sources said.

"We have learnt that a man has been killed at Gotiguda, but we haven't found the body yet. And because of darkness, it is not safe to send forces to the village as Maoists might have planted landmines," Koraput SP Deepak Kumar said.

Sources said law and order is virtually non-existent in the Maoist-hit Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon area. Even cops fear to go to the interiors areas where the rebels have killed at least six civilians in the past few months.

On April 16, zero voting was recorded at least 11 booths in Narayanpatna. People stay put at home purportedly because of Maoist threats.

Police arrest top Maoist leader in Orissa

May 10th, 2009

Keonjhar (Orissa), May 10 (ANI): Police nabbed four Maoists, including a core commander, who allegedly orchestrated a series of attacks in the Similipal Tiger Reserve area in Keonjhar district of Orissa.
Police also recovered a live cartridges, country made pistols and Maoist literature from them.

“Bhaskar, who happened to be one of the core commanders of the Kalinga Nagar Area Committee (KNAC) which operates in Jajpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and some parts of Mayurbhanj district has been arrested by the Special Operation Group and soldiers.

We have recovered arms and lot of documents which indicate the activities and programme of Maoists in the area,” said Soumendra Priyadarshi, superintendent of police, Keonjhar district.

The Maoists operate in a large swathe of India stretching from the east to some southern states, mostly in the countryside, and attack government officials and property.

Orissa is one of nine states badly affected by the more than three-decade-old Maoist revolt.

The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of impoverished peasants and la

Two hardcore Maoists held in Orissa

Rayagada (Orissa), May 10: In a major boost to the anti-Naxal drive in Orissa, two hardcore Maoists were arrested in Rayagada district on Sunday.

The duo, identified as Madhav Sabar and Simanchal Kutruka, were held on the basis of the information given by dreaded Maoist Udaya, who was arrested on April 20 on the charge of killing VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati, Superintendent of Police Asis Kumar Singh said.

While Sabar was arrested from his house at Mendapai under Bisam-Cuttack police station, Kutruka was picked up from his Dimiriguda village residence under Gudari police station.

The two ultras were allegedly involved in the attacks on R Udayagiri police station in 2004 and Dangasorada police outpost about eight months back.

A number of Maoist literature and materials like banners, posters and maps were seized from their possession, the SP said.

Bureau Report