Friday, July 31, 2009

Guns blaze in Lalgarh search

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Midnapore, July 31: Paramilitary forces scanning Jhitka forest in search of two policemen allegedly kidnapped by Maoists in Lalgarh fought the guerrillas through the day and apparently hit some of them.

But the state police constables who went missing yesterday remained untraced.

Two of the rebels are be- lieved to have been killed but none of the bodies were found. Home secretary Ardhendu Sen said in Calcutta: “There was a heavy exchange of fire. I have unconfirmed reports that two Maoists were killed in the encounter.”

Police arrested a man with a bullet wound in Jhargram town and said he was a guerrilla brought there for treatment from an encounter site nearly 30km away.

A combined force of the CRPF, BSF and the state’s Eastern Frontier Rifles launched today’s operation following a tip-off that the constables could be somewhere in the forest near Bhulagera, a village about 10km south of Bhimpur.

Two teams, each with 100 personnel armed with au- tomatic rifles, carbines and light machine guns, went into the forest from Pirakata and Bhimpur. They met around 8.30 in the densest part of Jhitka, where the forces had not entered before.

There, bullets flew at them from behind sal trees. The jawans hit back and a fierce exchange followed for about two hours. “Around 10.30, the firing stopped from the other end and we realised the guerrillas had retreated deeper into the jungle,” an officer said.

Crouching behind trees for cover, the jawans inched forward. The hostages could be in the primary school at Bhulagera, about 1.5km away, their informer had said. It could also be a trap.

On the edge of the forest, where a large paddy field separated the force from the village, officers leading the operation could see on their binoculars men with rifles lying on their bellies at a distance.

Around 10.45, four impro-vised explosive devices went off, but the forces marched on and the rebels retreated further. When the jawans entered the village at 12.30pm, there was neither any sign of the Maoists nor their hostages. The village was deserted, its residents having fled in fear.

Around this time, a 100-strong reinforcement arrived from Dharampur after battling rebels on the way. Their experience showed how the guerrillas in the region take no time to return to a forest stretch scanned by the forces.

In June, the CRPF’s elite Cobra unit had sanitised the roadside jungles through which the forces moved into Lalgarh from Bhimpur.

A fourth group had an hour-long encounter with the rebels in a forest near Ramgarh and a fifth near Dharampur.

West Midnapore superintendent of police Manoj Verma said: “We are yet to find constables Kanchan Giri and Sahib Mollah. We have arrested from a Jhargram hospital a man who was with the Maoists at Bhulagera and was hit by a bullet in the upper abdomen.”

The alleged Maoist, Lakshmikanta Hembram, was referred to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital this evening. A Lalgarh resident accompanying him has been detained.

A police officer refused to admit they had walked into a trap. “Had it been a trap, our route would have been pockmarked with mines.”

The People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities said Lakshmikanta had nothing to do with the Maoists. “He was grazing cows when he was hit by the bullet. More villagers may have been injured,” said leader Chhatradhar Mahato.

Red bandh fails

KUMUD JENAMANI

A policeman monitors the movement of vehicles on NH-33. Picture by Srinivas
Jamshedpur, July 31: The CPI(Maoist) sponsored two-day Jharkhand bandh failed to evoke any response in the Singhbhum region on its first day today.

The bandh was also ineffective in Naxalite-dominated Ghatshila in East Singhbhum and Chandil in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Life in the twin districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan remained undisturbed. Buses were operational and for schools, colleges and commercial establishments in Ghatshila, Chandil, Chowka and Patamda it was business as usual.

The bandh was called as a mark of protest against the rising prices of essential commodities and petroleum products. Intelligence reports suggested that it failed to have any impact due to internal bickering within rebel outfits operating in the region.

Rebel leader Anupji of the East Singhbhum Zonal Committee, which controls the bordering Mayurbhanj district in Orissa, East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan district, had given the bandh call.

But intelligence sources quoted Animeshji, the spokesman of Eastern Regional Bureau, to have declared that they were not calling a bandh.

Sources claimed that cracks have developed in East Singhbhum Zonal Committee, and a dispute has cropped up due to differences among a section of rebel leaders on whether Congress should be allowed to enter Jharkhand.

The rebel leader, Anupji, had even declared that senior Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram and party’s Jharkhand state committee president Pradeep Balmuchu will be facing dire consequences for their anti-Maoist stand.

But a section of outlawed CPI-Maoists was not in the favour of going against Congress leaders.

Youths pose as Naxalites to abduct, molest 3 women

Mazhar Ali , TNN 1 August 2009, 06:11am IST

Chandrapur: Three men posing as Naxalites abducted and molested three women staffers of a residential ashram school at village Rangi in Dhanora
tehsil of Gadchiroli on Wednesday night.

The Naxalites have been celebrating martyr's week from July 28. Taking the advantage of this occasion, three unidentified youths dressed as Naxalites reached the government ashram school run by Integrated Tribal Development Department at village Rangi on bikes around 11pm on Wednesday.

The trio thrashed the male staffers including the head master, two assistant teachers and security guard, and asked them to bring petrol needed for the meeting of Naxal leaders underway in the nearby jungles. The male staffers dispersed to carry out the different orders given by the Naxals.

The three Naxalites' then took three female staffers, including the school superintendent and assistant teachers, separately into the jungle by force. These women staffers were reportedly molested by the youths and then allowed to return during the predawn hours.

Meanwhile, when the male staffers came back to the school and found the female staffers missing they raised an alarm. However, the terrorized villagers did not respond to the calls for help. The victims have reportedly lodged a complaint in this regard with the Integrated Tribal Development Officer and criminal offences were being registered.

Suspected Maoists set ablaze the house of a farmer

LOHARDAGA: Suspected Maoists set ablaze the house of a farmer, Amiruddin Ansari, at Hriday Toli village under the Kisko police station of the
district in the wee hours of Tuesday. Villagers, however, doused the fire which gutted fodder kept in two rooms of the house.

The house was set afire before dawn when the family was asleep. Around 4 am, Amiruddin's granddaughter noticed the fire which was doused with the help of villagers.

"No one saw who set the house on fire. But we have reasons to suspect MCC's hand in the incident," Amiruddin said. He said that about 15 days ago, the MCC had sent him a letter demanding a sum of Rs 2 lakh and five SIM cards. Besides, the ultra outfit also sought a monthly payment of Rs 5000. He also received several threat calls from a number 9504097082. The caller even inquired about my son Naushad Hussain's arrival. He said that his son, who is in army, had recently come home on leave.

Amiruddin said that the caller had asked him to deposit the levy and the SIM cards in the village school. He also informed him about two fellow villagers who make a monthly payment of Rs 5000 to the ultra outfit through the school. The school was found closed on Tuesday noon.

Kisko police station in-charge Sunil Kumar Tiwari said that the matter is being investigated. A case (no. 54/09) has been lodged under Sections 387 and 436 of the IPC against 12 unidentified persons.

The officer said that the police are scanning the contents of the letter. "It seems that the letter has been issued either by some enemies of Amiruddin or by the local criminals," he added.

CM expresses concern over Maoists attack

By Anurjay Dhal
Last updated: 07/31/2009 11:34:41

Bhubaneswar (Orissa): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday expressed concerned over Maoists attack in Keonjhar district, where two police men killed.

Making a suo motto statement in the House on the ghastly murder of a Police Assistant, Sub-Inspector and a Home guard, Patnaik assured that all possible steps would be taken to bring the perpetrators to book.

The chief minister also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and said such a cold-blooded murder of the two police personnel should be condemned.

He, however, said no posters or flags or any literature have been found at the site from where the bodies of the two security staff were recovered by the police.

A case under section 302 of the IPC as well as sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act had been registered in the Daitari police station and was being investigated.

Giving a detailed account of the murder, the chief minister said at about 1900 hours yesterday, Inspector-in-charge of Daitari police station N K Mohapatra received an information that ASI Murali Dhar Bastia and Home guard Haribandhu Mahanta were lying injured near Tinkulia, about 8 kms from the Brahmnipal police outpost.

He said Sub-Inspector P P Kujur, along with the police station staff, rushed to the site and found Mr Bastia and Mr Mahanta lying on the road.

They were rushed to the nearby Tata Hospital at Brahmnipal where the doctors declared them brought dead.

The chief minister said preliminary investigation revealed that Mr Bastia had suffered a gun shot wound and also received injures caused by sharp weapons.

The Home guard also received similar injures.One empty bullet case was also recovered from the site.

He said senior police officials, including the IG (Operation) and the IG (Western Range), have rushed to the spot along with the district police and Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans and launched a combing operation in the area.

Patnaik announced that the next of kin of late Bastia would receive a special family pension besides an ex-gratia as per the existing rule..This apart, one family member would get a government job.

He further said that the next of kin of the Home guard would also receive the ex-gratia as per the existing rules and a family member of late Mahanta would be engaged as the Home guard.
Bhubaneswar (Orissa): Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday expressed concerned over Maoists attack in Keonjhar district, where two police men killed.

Making a suo motto statement in the House on the ghastly murder of a Police Assistant, Sub-Inspector and a Home guard, Patnaik assured that all possible steps would be taken to bring the perpetrators to book.

The chief minister also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and said such a cold-blooded murder of the two police personnel should be condemned.

He, however, said no posters or flags or any literature have been found at the site from where the bodies of the two security staff were recovered by the police.

A case under section 302 of the IPC as well as sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act had been registered in the Daitari police station and was being investigated.

Giving a detailed account of the murder, the chief minister said at about 1900 hours yesterday, Inspector-in-charge of Daitari police station N K Mohapatra received an information that ASI Murali Dhar Bastia and Home guard Haribandhu Mahanta were lying injured near Tinkulia, about 8 kms from the Brahmnipal police outpost.

He said Sub-Inspector P P Kujur, along with the police station staff, rushed to the site and found Mr Bastia and Mr Mahanta lying on the road.

They were rushed to the nearby Tata Hospital at Brahmnipal where the doctors declared them brought dead.

The chief minister said preliminary investigation revealed that Mr Bastia had suffered a gun shot wound and also received injures caused by sharp weapons.

The Home guard also received similar injures.One empty bullet case was also recovered from the site.

He said senior police officials, including the IG (Operation) and the IG (Western Range), have rushed to the spot along with the district police and Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans and launched a combing operation in the area.

Patnaik announced that the next of kin of late Bastia would receive a special family pension besides an ex-gratia as per the existing rule..This apart, one family member would get a government job.

He further said that the next of kin of the Home guard would also receive the ex-gratia as per the existing rules and a family member of late Mahanta would be engaged as the Home guard.

Police panic at red rage

Rajaram Satapathy, TNN 31 July 2009, 11:05pm IST


BHUBANESWAR: Just after Maoists killed two police personnel on Wednesday evening near the mining town of Daitary, their seniors immediately went
into "hiding".

The Keonjhar SP switched off his mobile and showed up only the next morning at Anandapur to be part of the customary guard of honour given to the deceased before the bodies were sent to their homes. But for the help of some passers-by and local villagers, who took them to the hospital, both the bodies would have been perhaps devoured by animals from the nearby forest on that night. In the morning a so-called combing operation began.

This was no isolated case to speak volumes of the degree of panic and helplessness that has gripped the Orissa police in the face of escalating Maoist violence which has since spread to more than half of the state's 30 districts. Police did the same thing a few months ago when extremists looted Nalco's explosive storehouse atop Panchapatmali hill. Senior cops, camping at Nalco's guest house at the time of attack, switched off all lights and hid on the rooftop.

Given the state of fear pervading in the high echelons of the state police to face the extremists, lower ranking officials have chosen to chalk out their own strategy to save their lives. Enquiries revealed almost all police stations in Maoist-infested pockets close down after sunset. At some places, cops take refuge either in nearby villages or at CRPF camps, if there is any.

"For all practical purposes, outposts in many areas had become defunct. Every moment brings the chilling fear of attack and death. It is not possible to remain there during day time, let alone night," said a senior police official.

Jareikela police station in Sundergarh district bordering Jhadkhand is all but closed. Similar is the fate of Chandiposh station in the district after last week's incident of kidnapping and killing of a police official by the extremists. "The area being contiguous to the extremist-dominated Saranda forest police are scared of going there," the official admitted.

Police in Jujomora, Naktideol, Meghapal and Kisinda areas of Sambalpur district shiver in equal degree and quickly leave the place before sundown. The less said the better about the condition of police stations in interior pockets of Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Daringbadi and Bramhanigaon areas of Kandhamal and Malkangiri districts, considered to be Maoist capital of Orissa, where cops without CRPF or state armed police in tow barely dare to step out.

"We have fortified some police stations in sensitive areas. But they are too few to cope up with the burgeoning situation," the official pointed out. He however admitted that plans were afoot to "relocate" some of the police stations. "This is being done for strategic reasons as it is not possible to deploy armed guards at every place. As a precautionary measure we have since withdrawn all arms and ammunitions from those police stations identified as vulnerable to extremist attacks," he added.

DGP Manmohan Praharaj, however, denied that any police station or outpost had been closed out of Maoist fear. "We have advised our people particularly in interior areas to retreat in case they are not able to counter the extremists in case of an attack," the DGP said. He however said work had been going on in full swing for improving the infrastructure and imparting training to make our people professionally more competent.

But police officials are restless and angry. "It is a war like situation almost all over the state. Every day our people are dying. We have taken up the matter with the authorities several times, but they are unconcerned. A fear psychosis has gripped the administration and we are in the process are pushed to the killing fields," said Sunil Mohanty, secretary of Orissa Police Officers' Association. He said a general body meeting of the association had been convened on August 9 to discuss the situation. "We demand the government to either fight with the extremists or withdraw us," he added.

Vote 0 3 kidnappers killed, youth rescued in Jharkhand

Ians July 31st, 2009
RANCHI - Three kidnappers were killed in a gun battle with police here Friday and the son of a businessman was rescued, police said.


Lav Kumar, 22, son of Banti Bhatia, was abducted Thursday night when he was returning home. Bhatia owns Ranchi’s largest hotel Capitol Hill, two restaurants and sweet shops. The family had informed about the kidnapping Thursday night to police.

Two youths were arrested by the police from Barhi in Hazaribagh district, on the Ranchi-Patna national highway early Friday. They were reportedly carrying the mobile SIM card and clothes of Lav Kumar.

“The arrested men gave a lead to the police. We raided a house in Dhruva area of Ranchi that belonged to Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC). The house was locked from outside. As the police broke the lock and tried to enter the house, the abductors fired at the policemen and the gun battle started,” a police officer said.

“Three abductors were killed and police seized three revolvers, live cartridges and other things from the house. Also, sophisticated weapons were seized from a nearby house,” the officer said.

The abductors had locked Lav Kumar in a bathroom of the house from where he was rescued.

“It is big success for Ranchi police. Three abductors have been killed and weapons have been seized from them,” Senior Superintendent of Police of Ranchi Praveen Kumar Singh told reporters.

Jharkhand hub of Maoist attacks

- Union minister informs RS
SUMAN K. SHRIVASTAVA

Ranchi, July 30: Jharkhand alone accounts for over one third of Naxalite violence witnessed by the country in 2009, Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Maken informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday

In a written reply to the Upper House, Maken said that as many as 395 incidents of Maoist attacks were reported from the state till July 23 this year while in 2008, the number was 484.

The country has witnessed a total of 1,217 incidents of Naxalite violence so far this year, claiming 508 lives, including that of 233 security personnel. A total of 107 rebels were killed in the same period.

Maken listed the figures in reply to a question by Independent MP from Jharkhand Parimal Nathwani, who had wanted to know whether the state was planning to initiate dialogue with the Naxalites or whether any healing process had begun.

The MP had also asked whether the government was keen to control extremist violence by generating jobs and providing financial aid for self-employment in Maoist strongholds in Jharkhand.

In his reply, Maken said that the state had, from time to time, appealed to the left wing extremists to abjure violence and hold talks with the administration on any issue that are of concern to them. “However, the Centre does not have any information whether the state is now engaged in any talks with the rebels,” he added.

The Union minister also made it clear that no proposal of holding direct talks with the Maoists is under consideration of the central government.

Asked whether the Centre was keen to take up programmes to control Naxalite violence, Maken said that the state had implemented various schemes to generate employment besides providing assistance through minimum support price for minor forest produce, vocational training and financial assistance in the form of bank loans.

“The central government supplements the efforts and resources of the states through a wide range of ongoing schemes,” he added.

Wanted rebel leader caught in levy chase

OUR CORRESPONDENT
Ranchi, July 30: A self-styled sub-zonal commander of Jharkhand People’ Liberation Elam (JPLE), a Naxalite outfit, was arrested from a village in the Burmu police station are this morning.

SP (rural) Anand T. Mathew said the police intercepted Sanjay Yadav at Belwari around 7am while he was returning with a levy of Rs 5,000 from a contractor, Batu Mahto. A country-made pistol and cartridges were found on him.

The JPLE is a breakaway faction of the People Liberation Front of India (PLFI). It was constituted seven months ago with 10-12 former PLFI members.

Mathew said Yadav, active in Burmu, Chanho, Mandar, Peeparwar and their adjoining areas, was notorious for collecting levy from colliery contractors. He had also been arrested in connection with a murder case in 2007, but released on bail from Birsa Munda Central Jail a year ago.

“We had been looking for Yadav. He had fire on contractor Batu Mahto on July 26 and on the police at Taranga village in Chanho the next night,” the SP said.

In another breakthrough, the Hazaribagh police arrested one Vijay Pandey from Chouparan for strangulating a Kanke milkman near Kanta Toli Chowk on June 8.

City police superintendent A. Vijayalaxmi said that Pandey and his four aides — Ranjeet Pandey, Anil Sao, Goyal Sao and Mithilesh Pandey — killed Janak Deo Rai after the latter failed to finalise a land deal despite taking Rs 50,000 as advance.

“Pandey committed the crime after Rai neither finalised the land deal nor returned the advance. An FIR was registered in this connection at Lower Bazar police station,” she said.

Bamboo drive to beat rebels

- Handicraft to stop tribals from joining Maoist ranks
SHASHANK SHEKHAR

Baskets of hope
Dhanbad/Bokaro, July 30: The forest department has embarked on a bamboo plantation drive with the aim of generating employment for tribals of Naxalite strongholds in Dhanbad and Bokaro districts so that they aren’t easily lured into joining the rebel ranks.

The department has already embarked on a mission to plant more than 30,000 bamboo saplings.

The bamboo produced will be used to make handicraft products, thus providing a boost to the cottage industry and generating jobs for both young and old.

Three villages in Topchanchi block, two in Tundi block, four in Baghmara and one in Mahuda block of Dhanbad district and two villages each in Nawadih and Gomia blocks of Bokaro have been chosen for the drive.

The Union government has sanctioned Rs 18 lakh for the project. More funds have been promised if positive results emerge.

After receiving reports that Maoist top leaders were luring unemployed youths and even elders sitting idle at home to join them in return for money and other facilities, the Centre had asked the forest department to initiate the project.

Talking to The Telegraph, district forest officer of Dhanbad Sanjiv Kumar said they wanted to create jobs for both young and old residents. “While the old people can make bamboo products, the youth can sell them in the market. Besides, we need people for the plantation job as well,” he said.

The villagers, he added, were showing a lot of interest in the project. “Regular training will be held for them,” Kumar promised.

137 policemen killed by Naxals in Bihar since 2003 Jan

Published: July 30,2009



Patna , July 30 A total of 137 policemen have been killed and 197 rifles, besides 6,342 rounds of ammunition looted by Naxalites at different places in Bihar since January 1, 2003, state Energy Minister Vijendra Yadav said today.

Replying on behalf of the state government to a question of Ramdeo Verma (CPI-M) in the assembly, Yadav said according to the figures compiled by the state police headquarters here, altogether 137 policemen lost their lives in violence perpetrated by Maoists between January 1, 2003 and May 31, this year.

Asserting that the state government was firm in its resolve to contain the activities of the Naxalites, he said the vacancies in 210 posts for sub-inspectors, inspectors and deputy superintendents to be deployed in the Naxalite-hit areas would be filled soon.

Besides, the Special Auxilliary Police (SAP) personnel were also engaged in tackling the Naxals. Steps have also been taken for recruitment of over 6,500 SAP men on contract to engage them in the police operations against the ultras, he added.







Source: PTI

Maoist mayhem: Naveen announces relief to affected families

30 Jul 2009, 2009 hrs IST, Nageshwar Patnaik, ET Bureau



BHUBANESWAR: Maoists have thrown up real challenge to the Naveen Patnaik government by targeting key communication installations and police
officials while observing a week-long ‘Martyrs Week’ that will come to end on August 3.

The ultras in the last 48 hours have caused sever damages to both government and private properties in many parts of the state and killed two security personnel.

Two security personnel, assistant sub-inspector Murali Bastia and home guard Haribandhu Mahanta of Bramanipal outpost in Keonjhar district, were gunned down near Baliparbat in Keonjhar district on Wednesday.

According to police, around eight to 10 suspected Maoists surrounded the victims during their evening walk. The Naxals first pumped a bullet into chest of the sub-inspector and latter hacked him to death. The home guard was attacked with sharp weapons.

Confirming the incident, chief minister Naveen Patnaik told in the Assembly that that ASI Bastia had suffered a gun shot wound and had also received injuries caused by sharp weapons. The home guard had received injuries caused by blunt object and also from sharp weapons.

Senior officers, led by the inspector general (operation) and the IG (Western Range) have proceeded to the spot. The district police along with the Special Operations Group (SOG) have started combing operations in the area, the chief minister said, adding, no posters, flags or any literature had been found at the site.

Condemning the “cold-blooded” murder of the two unarmed security personnel, the chief minister said it deserved the highest degree of condemnation.

“We shall take all possible steps to bring to book the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” Mr Patnaik said.

The chief minister announced that the next of kin of the slain ASI will receive a special family pension equivalent to his last pay drawn till the date of his normal retirement. Besides, one family member will also get a government job. They will also receive ex-gratia as per the existing rules, he informed the House.

The next of kin of late killed home guard Mohanta will receive ex-gratia as per the existing rules. In addition, one of his family members will be engaged as a home guard. This is for the first time the Maoists have attacked and killed security personnel in the mineral-rich Keojhar district.

In Malkangiri, Kandhmal, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati and some other districts, the Maoists have attacked contractors, police informers and destroyed as many as two mobile towers, causing panic among locals.

Top Naxal leader released on bail

Hyderabad, July 30 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh High Court today granted conditional bail to a top Naxalite leader lodged in Cherlapalli jail here.

Kura Devender alias Amar (47), Janashakti group state secretary, was arrested by state police from Pune in April last year and was incarcerated in Cherlapalli jail on city outskirts.

Amar, who went underground two decades ago, had participated in peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government in 2004 as the Janashakti emissary.

Members of cultural body 'Jana Naya Mandali' had gathered outside the jail to welcome Amar.

Speaking to media, Amar said he will continue to work for the people

New base in Raipur sets stage for military help in Naxal war

Shishir Gupta
Tags : Raipur, Rashtriya Rifles, Naxal war, A K Antony, P Chidambaram

Posted: Friday , Jul 31, 2009 at 0932 hrs
New Delhi:

With Defence Minister A K Antony giving the green signal for a new Army brigade headquarters in Raipur in Naxalite-hit Chhattisgarh, the stage is being set for the military, particularly the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), to join counter-Naxalite operations.

Raised in 1990 to fight counter-insurgency in Kashmir, the 80,000-strong RR has been operating on a temporary mandate under the Indian Army. Before this mandate expires in September, the Ministry of Defence is moving the CCS to allow RR to be deployed nationwide for counter-insurgency operations. A key step towards this came last week with Home Minister P Chidambaram’s nod allowing a permanent mandate for the RR.


The establishment of a sub-area command in Raipur and a manoeuvering range at Bilaspur — along with a training facility for Special Forces — means that troops will be stationed in Chhattisgarh as part of “confidence-building” operations.




Sources said that Eastern Army Commander Lt General V K Singh, in line to become Army Chief next year, has been sensitized by the government on the possibility of RR involvement in Naxal operations.


A total of 231 security personnel have been killed by Naxalites this year — over ten times the casualties in J&K and North-East put together. The other key decisions taken to beef up anti-Naxal operations:


1. An Army Brigadier has been deputed to the Home Ministry to advise on operations


2. Some CRPF units fighting Naxals will be de-inducted and trained in guerilla warfare with select Army infantry units


3. A Major-General rank officer (GOC), with counter-insurgency experience and stationed in the Valley, who was sent to Naxalite areas to study their operations, has submitted a report to the MoD.


4. Talks with the IAF for evacuation of special forces behind Naxal-dominated lines in armed helicopters.

Maoists seek to push link-up plan

K. Srinivas Reddy


RAIPUR: The sudden surge in attacks by Maoists on security forces in Chhattisgarh in the last three months points to the implementation of a plan to link up the areas under their control in adjoining Orissa, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, with their base in the Bastar forests of Chhattisgarh.
In addition to a rash of incidents targeting the security forces, the increased movement of the rebels in areas so far relatively peaceful has been causing concern to the Chhattisgarh government.

In four attacks in the last three months, as many as 67 personnel were killed in Jagdalpur, Dhamtari, Rajnandgaon and Dantewara districts. The death roll has even surpassed the casualty figures of security forces in the North East and Kashmir, police officers say.

The spatial spread of the attacks shows that the Maoists have put in place mechanisms to spread their control beyond Abuz Maad in Bastar, and to link up their struggle areas in the neighbouring States. The rebels, however, have been unsuccessful in inching their way into Andhra Pradesh.

The latest offensive is also aimed at dousing any ardour of the para-military forces and the Chhattisgarh police for taking up counter-insurgency operations.

Significantly, the dramatic increase in violence comes in the backdrop of the Centre’s decision to deploy more battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Chhattisgarh.

The recent attacks occurred at Risgaon of Dhamtari district (11 CRPF men were killed on May 9), Kokawada of Jagdalpur (11 CRPF personnel were killed on June 20), Madanwada of Rajanandgaon (29 State policemen, including the district Superintendent of Police, were killed on July 12), and Barsur of Dantewara (6 CRPF men were killed on July 26).
The strategy seems to be to push the security forces into a strategic defensive mode in these districts and establish control as they did in Abuz Maad.

If they succeed in this, the contiguous area under rebel control would stretch from Gadchiroli and Gondia of Maharashtra, and Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh on one side, to Koraput and Malkangiri of Orissa, on the other. The rebels would then plan a re-entry into Andhra Pradesh.

Dhamtari, one of the focus areas, borders Kanker, where Maoist control is already established. The other district, Rajnandgaon, saw rebel activity earlier as it abuts districts in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, but the naxal presence has increased dramatically in recent times. Over 200 naxals were believed to have participated in the July 12 ambush.

Similarly, naxal activity in Jagdalpur was limited to the western side of National Highway 221. With rebel movement increasing on the eastern side, the Maoists could succeed in providing a link to the struggle areas in Koraput and Malkangiri.

The latest ambush between Gidam and Barsur on July 26, which killed six CRPF men, is being seen as a deliberate attempt to discourage the para-military forces from participating in counter-insurgency operations. And the rebels seem to have succeeded — all counter-operations have now been halted in the State in view of the martyrs’ week being observed by the Maoists.

Schools turn cop camps in red-ravaged Lalgarh

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Lalgarh: In this rebellion-torn village of West Bengal, school students are facing the brunt of the post-Naxal crisis.


It’s been over a month since they attended classes after their school was taken over by security forces, who came to rid Lalgarh of Naxals.


All schools slowly turned into police camps and when students protested, they were beaten up.


They are now on a fast demanding the schools be opened.


“We are forced to study here, we asked them to vacate our school but were beaten up,” recalls Barnali Bej, a class VIII student.


So while a temporary solution has been worked out for them – the locals have taken the initiative of setting up make-shift schools - the students are studying in utter discomfort.


Police say they would take some time to find alternative accommodation for the students and the Bengal government has given them time till August to give the schools back to the children.

SPO among two killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jul 31 (PTI) Two persons, including a special police officer (SPO), were killed in Naxal attacks in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said today.

Naxals killed SPO Padam Sarju and a villager Varge Munna using sharp weapons in separate incidents yesterday, DIG (Naxal) Pavan Dev told PTI.

Sarju, who was visiting Muchler village under Farsegadh station area, was attacked by a group of 10 armed Naxals after they learnt about his whereabouts, he said.

In another incident, Naxals hacked Munna to death when he went to his village Koter for some personal work, Dev said.

Munna was living in the Cherpal rescue camp, he said, adding that further investigations were on.

Maoists, security force exchange fire near Lalgarh

Lalgarh (WB), July 31 (PTI) Maoists and joint security forces today exchanged fire at Bhulageria, near Lalgarh where an anti-Naxal operation is on, even as two abducted policemen still remained untraced.

Some people were injured in the firing at Bhulageria, 10 km from here, in West Midnapore, Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters in Kolkata, adding though there were reports about two Maoists getting killed in the police firing, they were yet to be confirmed.

Police said the Maoists fired at jawans and armed police personnel at Bhulageria this afternoon prompting the security personnel to retaliate.

One of the injured was identified as Laxmikant Soren, unconfirmed reports raid.

The gun-battle was preceded by a procession of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), a tribal organisation spearheading Lalgarh agitation and allegedly backed by Naxalites, in the area demanding a halt in the joint police-security force operation in the embattled zone.

Mixed response to Maoist bandh

Friday, July 31, 2009
United News of India
Ranchi, July 31:

Barring disruption of traffic on long distance routes and coal activities at certain Naxal-dominated districts, the two-day statewide bandh called by the banned CPI(Maoist) protesting price hike evoked a mixed response.
The bandh began midnight last night.
Except for areas where Naxal presence is high, life was normal in the district headquarters with no major untoward incident reported so far.
In the state capital government offices, business establishments and schools functioned normally.
Reports from Latehar said long distance traffic was disrupted as loading of coal was stopped at many collieries in the district.
The Bokaro town witnessed normal activity. But the impact of the bandh was total at Naxal-dominated Bermo area.
In Chatra, the bandh disrupted vehicular movement, report said, adding people, who mainly depended on road communication, faced problems.
Railway services were not much affected so far, official sources said, adding security was alert as Maoists often targeted railway property during such agitations

5,000 BSF men to join anti-Naxal operations

Updated on Friday, July 31, 2009, 21:24 IST Tags:5, 000, BSF, Naxal

New Delhi: In a move to flush out Naxalites, BSF men will be deployed in Maoist infested states along with CRPF, the only para-military fighting the menace at present.


Five battalions of the Border Security Force will be deployed in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Maharashtra.

"Around 5,000 men, drawn from various frontiers of the BSF will de deployed for anti-Naxal operations in five states by September last," official sources said.

These states have been hit by the onslaught of Naxal violence and lost more than 230 security men this year alone.

When asked for a confirmation, Director General BSF M L Kumawat said, "BSF has earlier played a leading role in anti-Naxal operations. We may go to Naxal hit areas whenever ordered."
Talking about the construction of bunkers along the Indo-Pak border, Kumawat who retired today from service said,

"Its a fact. After 26/11 there had been strengthening of defence structures, bunkers by Rangers but as a matter of policy we did not react in that manner. We took all other measures to thwart any misadventure."

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Chhattisgarh govt to modernise its police to check naxalism

Raipur (PTI): In the wake of a spate of naxal attacks in the recet months, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday said new police stations and check posts will be created at several places and personnel will be given modern arms and equipment.

Special attention will be given on the modernisation of the police with the help of information and technology, the Chief Minister said.

Apart from raising confidence level among the security personnel, they will be provided with additional night vision binoculars, bulletproof jackets and other equipment, Singh told reporters after a meeting with state Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar and senior officials at the police headquarters here.

The meeting attended by Director General of Police along with additional director Generals, SPs and other officers was held to discuss law and order situation, naxal violence and other issues.

Announcing more recruitment of police officers in the ranks of SDPO and SHO, the chief minister said the officials have been instructed to work with better corodination with those security personnel deployed in naxal-hit areas.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maoist violence prevents tiger count in Chhattisgarh

2009-07-29 21:31:00


Maoist violence in Bastar region has prevented the Chhattisgarh government from carrying out a count of tigers, the state assembly was informed Wednesday.

Forest Minister Vikram Usendi told the assembly in a written reply that the count of tigers of the Indravati tiger project had not been undertaken for several years as the area is dominated by Maoists rebels.


The Indravati project is based in Bijapur district in restive Bastar region, some 500 km south from capital Raipur.

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Maoist ‘celebration’ keeps cops busy

;Statesman News Service

ROURKELA, 29 JULY: As the Maoists resumed to observe a week-long "Martyrs' Day", the district police are spending sleepless nights.
The police and the CRPF forces are keeping night vigil all over the city here and also at different places vulnerable to the Red brigade.
The Bandhamunda-Barsuan railway link, which remained closed for a day anticipating disruptive activities opened at the intervention of DRM Chakradharpur. This route is a favourite hunting ground of the Maoists. They have struck on the route on earlier occasions. Last year during the same occasion, Chandiposh station was attacked and mines were found on the railway line.
Fearing such activities the DRM at Bandhamunda cancelled the trains on the route, including the passenger trains. However, police are maintaining a strict watch on the entire stretch.
Meanwhile, the police have reportedly got clues on the presence of Maoists guerrillas in the nearby Saranda jungle. Saranda is a vast stretch of forest on Jharkhand and Orissa border.
Maoists have reportedly held meetings on the borders and have tried to pose a friendly face to the villagers in the interior areas. Besides, they have also requested the villagers to name the corrupt officials who are harassing them so that their public trial could be held.
A senior police official on condition of anonymity said: “We have managed to enhance our Intelligence network and this time we will not give them any leeway to cause any damage, however, this is still a very sticky hide and seek game where you do not know when the tide will become favourable or unfavourable one”.
It may be noted here that the observance of "Martyrs' week" started yesterday with Maoists blowing up two mobile towers in Malkangiri district and staging roadblocks.

Lalgarh bleeds as Maoists, cops tussle

Nirmalya Banerjee & Sukumar Mahato, TNN 30 July 2009, 04:02am IST


LALGARH/BELPAHARI: "Why have you come here? How will you help me by taking my photographs?" demanded Jharna Mal of Pathardanga village, her anger
welling up from the bottom of her heart. "Come and see how I am surviving, how I am feeding my four children. What was his fault?"

Jharna, who is referring to her husband, fails to understand why he should be arrested while sleeping in his own house. "Where should he have slept if not in his own house? If my husband is such a bad man, then I too should be arrested."

Recalling the incident, People's Committee against Police Atrocities spokesman Chhatradhar Mahato said when police raided Pathardanga soon after entering Lalgarh town during the joint operations, all the men of the village had fled, except for Manoranjan Mal, who was sleeping in his house. They promptly dragged him away and slapped a few cases on him. Manoranjan has not returned since. Pathardanga, too, wears a deserted look.

There are others, in and around Lalgarh, who have suffered similary during the police operations. Santosh Mahato of Tarki village is one. Since July 24, he has been limping along a 4-km stretch of kutcha village road, from Tarki village to the hospital in Lalgarh town, twice a day, to take pain-killer shots. "I have no other way, there is no doctor in the hospital," he says.

His trouble started on July 24 morning, when police surrounded the village. "On seeing the police, most villagers fled. I was in my house. They called me out and asked me to take them to the house of a PCPA leader. When they did not find him at his house, they hurled me to the ground and a policeman stood on my chest. Then I was thrashed with rifle butts. My lower back aches so badly that I can hardly walk on uneven ground," says the 40-year-old villager, who works in a cattle shed in Jhargram town.

There is another side to the story, too, like that of Sushan Mahato, the mother of Shyamapada Mahato of Bhulabheda village in Belpahari. Shyamapada was murdered by suspected Maoists in April. The family's cultivable land lies untended and the scared family lives in a hut in a corner of the village. "There is no CPM member in this village anymore. There were five all were killed," says Sushan.

Congress leader of Belpahari, Subrata Bhattacharya, sums up the dilemma people in the Maoist-dominated areas face. "Terrorism practised by the Maoists is bad. But when the government practises terrorism, the implications are far more serious." He feels the way police are arresting people indiscriminately and slapping cases on them, the cause of the Maoists would be furthered. "Even when released on bail, in no way will these people be able to fight so many cases. They will have nowhere to go. Many of them will then join the ranks of the Maoists."

Dhirendra Nath Baske, who resigned as adviser to tribal affairs of the state government in protest against the police operations in Lalgarh, feels the division between tribals and backward castes and the advanced sections of these areas would deepen because of the operations. "The operations have broken the back of the economy of the tribals. Large tracts of paddy fields in these areas are lying uncultivated as people have fled their villages. At this rate, they will face starvation."

Chhatradhar Mahato said people could not sow paddy as villages were lying deserted because of police operations when the rains came. Now, there is no rain though people are returning to villages. "Collection of forest products is another mainstay of tribal economy. But tribals are too scared to enter the forests and immediately, they will be arrested as Maoists," he added.

CPM faction in league with Maoists?

;Statesman news Service
JALPAIGURI, 29 JULY: The DYFI Jalpaiguri district secretary, Mr Arindam Chakraborty, today alleged that the Mahadeb Mukharjee faction of the CPI- ML had truck with the Maoists.

Addressing the media today, the CPI-M youth leader said that the circumstantial evidence pointed to Maoist “complicity” in the attack on the DYFI and other political activists of the CPI-M at Takimari yesterday.
"The police have arrested three people so far in connection with the incident and one of those is a resident of Kolkata. This strengthens our assumption that the particular CPI-ML faction is operating in cohorts with the extremists,” said Mr Chakraborty.

He added: “The Naxalites always say that they do not support the killing of innocent people but what they did yesterday didn't back up their statement. The reactionary powers are uniting to wreak vengeance on the progress the state has been making under the stewardship of the Left Front government. But they cannot deflect us from our resolve. We will keep fighting them politically,” the DYFI leader affirmed. He further said that both the DYFI and SFI would mobilise public opinion against the challenge coming in a concerted form from the extremists and the Maoists. “Apart from street corner meetings, we would organise a convention at Takimari village on 31 July likely to be addressed by the state leadership,” Mr Chakraborty said.

Meanwhile, the Jalpaiguri SP Mr Anand Kumar said that they had arrested four people, including a woman, so far in connection with yesterday's incident. “We are continuing our investigation, but as yet we have not found anything to connect yesterday's incident with the Maoists. The violence does not appear pre-meditated,” said the police official.

Plan to add 7,000 km of highways every year

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday said it would accelerate the National Highway Development Programme by adding 7,000 km every year while planning for 15,000 km, reviewing the toll system, including exempting MPs from payment, and renumbering the highways.“We will build more roads this year than what was completed during the National Democratic Alliance government in five years,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath told the Rajya Sabha replying to a discussion.

Mr. Nath said one of the biggest challenges in completing the highways project was the issue of land acquisition and urged the members to impress upon the State governments to expedite it.

He said a special land acquisition unit was set up and effort was on for capacity building so that the target of 7,000 km a year or 20 km a day was achieved with the cooperation of State governments. On his part, the Minister was in touch with the Chief Ministers and State Ministers, since the States were stakeholders in the development of this infrastructure.

The government would accord priority to constructing roads in eight States affected by Naxalite violence.

In addition, plans were afoot to create a network of expressways and a draft report has been prepared by a consultant appointed by the Ministry on connecting key cities in the country.

Mr. Nath said another issue that was being addressed was the reluctance of bidders to go for projects. For instance, for the 60 proposed bids last year, there was no response to 38 bids and in the case of seven, there was only a single bidder. This problem was being looked into.

While toll is to be levied in perpetuity, the Minister promised to review the system after December this year following suggestions that Members of Parliament be exempted from the tax. Its structure would be rationalised and rounded off to speed up collection and a decision would be taken whether it should be collected on two-lane roads.

As for re-numbering, he said, the objective was to ensure that odd and even numbers signified the direction in which these highways ran instead of the current arrangement where the numbers jump.

Road revamp to link rebel strongholds

ANKUSH SINGH


Jamshedpur, July 29: Decks have been cleared for construction of a much-awaited road link between the Naxalite dens of Dumaria and Kuwali in the Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum.

The road construction department was entrusted with the task of completing the project, hanging in balance for the past one-and-a-half years. The road, involving an investment of Rs 14 crore, will facilitate the movement of patrol teams in Naxalite pockets of the sub-division.

“The state has approved the development of the 28km stretch. Tenders for the job will be floated after the monsoon,” said executive engineer of road construction department (Jamshedpur division) Anil Singh Vijay. He said the road project had failed to take off due to differences between the rural engineering works (REO) and the road construction department.

“While the REO had been demanding that it be awarded the project, the road construction department maintained that it would handle the important project much better,” said an official.

However, now the state has asked the road construction department to execute it.

Significantly, the area, in which the road will come up is a Naxalite-dominated zone. A road will boost connectivity between the Dumaria police station and Kuwali, a remote village. At present, the area only has a kuccha road, where patrolling on vehicles is prohibited because of possible booby traps.

“The proposed road will ease connectivity between Dumaria police station and Dublabera and Rangamati where we have our pickets, which are over 20km away. In the absence of proper roads, police have had to face difficulties,” said N.S. Dadel, officer incharge of Dumaria police station.

The officer said that they had to walk on foot in the absence of metal roads in the area. The revamp will help the police in reaching out to remote villages.

Singh pointed out that the road would also prove to be a boon for villagers. “The proposed road will also be a boon for villagers residing in the area, as they will be connected to other parts of the district,” Dadel said.

The Wound from Within

The author of Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country, explains the past and present of Maoism, and its inevitable growth, if we don’t look out
by Sudeep Chakravarti | Jul 30, 2009


A top economist with a global investment firm asked me recently: “Why would anyone want to follow a mass murderer? Even China has let the chap go.”
He meant Mao Zedong, whose callousness and paranoia cost China several million lives and decades of opportunity. The “anyone” referred to India’s Maoist rebels in 14 states, numbering tens of thousands, from indoctrinated propagandists to armed cadres. When I suggested that it was easy to be blind-sided by India’s economic growth and astounding progress in some areas, he switched off.



Denial is a religion. It is why Left-wing extremism has resurfaced with greater ferocity — thrice since the 1960s — even as India has grown more prosperous. But it continues to be misunderstood. Lalgarh was ‘hot’ in June not because of underlying issues, but because it was only 200 km west of Kolkata, within easy reach of live TV. Last November, in nearby Salboni, where Jindal Steel plans a plant, Maoists attempted to kill Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. (A Marxist, or a Leftwing ‘liberal,’ Bhattacharjee is, ironically, a class enemy for the extreme Left, seen as keen to aggressively remove those reluctant to sell their productive farmlands for the “people’s car” project.)




Image: Jayanta Shaw/ Reuters
RED SIGNAL: A woman naxalite waits before her performance at a protest rally in Kolkata
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To some, Maoists appear murderous, anti-development. But it is not that simple. Maoists have evolved from the Naxals of the 1960s, defenders of a land rights movement that exploded in the Naxalbari area of Bengal. That extreme-Left breakaway of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has morphed into the Communist Party of India (Maoist). They employ Mao’s brilliant rebel-era rural to urban politico-military strategy, articulated in the Little Red Book. Generals, both establishment and rebel, study it.
Maoism’s presence extends from areas that are forested, mineral-rich — but dirt-poor — to zones of agrarian crisis, caste turmoil, and urban dissatisfaction.



They will leverage the coming churn on account of population pressures, food insecurity, and dislocation. They live and work in a world where, each year for the past 10, the number of rural suicides on account of indebtedness has outnumbered IIT entrants by five to one. They have even begun moving to urban areas.



Non-governance and bad governance are key factors, aided by corrupt, callous politicians, bureaucrats, law-keepers — and short-sighted businesses. Forest residents are denied rights of livelihood and justice; project-displaced people are shabbily treated. Instead of enlightened best practices, the principle of Eminent Domain is freely abused to expropriate land. All these produce negative energy: Maoist food for thought, recruitment and action. They see themselves as saviours of the trampled.



Take Lalgarh, which I visited. For 32 years, the government had corrupted the civil and police administration by allowing Party thugs to rule — they are among the wealthiest in the area. Maoists and tribal-activists stepped into the vacuum created by near-total non-development. The government was compelled to send in forces to reclaim territory. They did, but they haven’t reclaimed “hearts and minds”.



The no-brainer lies in the carrot: reduce inequity; lessen corruption and increase accountability; provide easier recourse to the criminal justice system; and ensure delivery of fundamental rights as accorded by the Constitution. If this proves impossible, the harvest of frustration and anger will increase.

NEPAL: Controversy over Indian Military Aid

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/%5Cnotes6%5Cnote530.html

It looks that Nepal, instead of focussing on the twin issues of PLA integration/rehabilitation and writing the new constitution, is opening up new issues that would further delay the peace process. The latest is the controversy over the resumption of Indian arms aid that had been suspended since February 1, 2005 when King Gyanendra intervened and took over direct rule.

The Maoists who were only waiting to take out their frustration on India, were up in arms again and disrupted the parliament proceedings. Prime Minister Madhav Nepal had to repeatedly assure the opposition that the government was not preparing to purchase arms from India. He should have accepted that he was looking for renewal of Indian aid and that it would be done at the proper time depending on the pace of the peace process. But the damage has been done.

But the Maoists were not complaining when their Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) accepted the offer of supplies of Rs 115 million as military aid by the Chinese government in September last year.

On 20th July, Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari made a four day visit to Delhi. Though her visit was primarily to have a medical check up, she included some business- to discuss bilateral military assistance that had been suspended. She called on the Defence Minister of India and the resumption of military aid according to Bidya Bhandari was accepted in principle.

It is not clear what exactly was the response of GOI, but if it had been accepted "in principle," it would be wrong as any such arms transfers at this juncture would attract the provisions of comprehensive peace accord concluded between the Government of Nepal and the Maoists on November 21, 2006.

It may be recalled that the Nepal court had already declared that the fresh recruitment made by the Chief of Army Staff to fill up the vacancies was a violation of the peace agreement. In line with this judgement, import of arms until the peace process is formally declared as completed will be violative of the agreement - particularly of article 5.1.2 of the agreement. The article is rather badly worded as it only says that "both sides shall not recruit additional military forces or shall not transport arms and ammunition and explosives . . . "

Here there is only an agreement in principle and that too, it is still not clear whether the GOI had really agreed even in principle. Also, actual transfers are not taking place now and may even be only after the end of the peace process.

On the other hand, one should see how the US has tackled the issue. The US Congress Bill S 1434 approved by the Senate said that " military aid to Nepal is contingent on Nepal Army's cooperation with civilian judicial authorities into investigation of human rights violations, progress made by Nepal Army in redefining its mission, undergoing reforms to strengthen civilian control and facilitating the integration of the Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army."

Two fresh controversies have arisen and both relate to Madheshi Groups- one related to the oath taken by Vice President Paramananda Jha in Hindi and the other related to the Election Commission's verdict declaring that Upendra Jha's group could retain the identity of the MJF.

The Supreme Court on 24th July, in its judgement over the Vice President taking the oath in Hindi said that it was unconstitutional and against legal provisions. It also directed the Vice President to take the oath once again in Nepali.

The Vice President is defiant and is unwilling to take the oath in Nepali. He asked- " where does the Constitution of Nepal say that you have to know Nepali to be the President or the Vice president of Nepal?". He also said that he does not speak Nepali and cannot write also in Nepali. He speaks Maithili, Avadhi and Bhojpuri and if compelled, would take the oath in English.

This is a very sensitive issue to the Madhesis and they will be problems once again. The Prime Minister is consulting the Attorney general and other constitutional lawyers and may perhaps file a review petition to the Supreme Court once again.

On 26th , the Election Commission declared that MJF led by Upendra Yadav is the legitimate party of MJF and that his rival, now in government Gacchadar who is also the Deputy Prime Minister if he so wishes could register his group as a new party. This again may create law and order problems in Terai with each group trying to acquire the assets of the original party. While Upendra Yadav has the majority of his party's central committee members, Gacchadar on the other hand has most of the parliamentary members with him.

Kwant custodial death: 8 cops suspended

Express News Service
Tags : custodial death, Noora Rathwa

Posted: Thursday , Jul 30, 2009 at 0127 hrs
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The Vadodara rural police have suspended eight of its officials from the Kwant police station, where a jawan of the Border Security Force (BSF), Noora Rathwa, was allegedly killed on July 17.



The eight have been identified as R S Chauhan (sub-inspector), Amrut Rathwa, Ranchhod Govindbhai, Vegji Chakubhai, Arvind Dhanka, Arjun Sanghada, Ambalal Dholabhai and Suresh Mathurbhai (all constables).



According to the police, all of them have gone underground.



A senior Vadodara rural police official told Newsline: “The evidence gathered during our investigations suggests that these officials were directly involved in the incident and they were present when Rathwa was killed… we will soon declare them absconders, as they have not turned up before the investigating officials.”



Rathwa (42), a BSF personnel from the 36th Battalion, was posted in West Bengal to fight Naxal menace. However, he allegedly had to bear the batons and the blows of the policemen from his own village Hamirpura, one-and-a half km from Kwant where he died on July 17.



Around 200 villagers had surrounded the Kwant police station after the accused policemen allegedly killed Rathwa in the custody.

Special Central assistance for Similipal

Express News Service

First Published : 30 Jul 2009 03:40:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Jul 2009 12:14:04 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Three tiger reserves of India, located in the heartland of Red rebels, may actually get some relief if the latest decision on special assistance by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is any indication.


At a recent meeting of the tiger reserve heads, it was decided that Buxa (in West Bengal), Similipal and Indravati (in Chhattisgarh) would receive special support from MoEF given their precarious state of affairs.

Besides, a host of incentives have been planned to motivate the forest staff working in the difficult terrains.

While Similipal is the latest addition to Maoists’ list, Indravati and Buxa have long been havens for radicals. The realisation to deal with the issue, as per wildlife experts, could not have come any sooner.

A four-member high-level team, appointed by the MoEF is set to arrive soon.

It will visit Similipal and assess damage caused in the recent Naxal attacks, study the need for infrastructure and submit a report.

The meeting also decided that the staff salary of Project Tiger at Similipal will be borne by the Ministry. It will reduce the burden on the State Government enabling it to focus more on conservation and habitat management. The Ministry will also double the allowance of the staff up to the rank of assistant conservator of forests (ACF).

The meeting discussed raising of the tiger protection force which will be as per the existing plan of action prepared by the Forest Department which has proposed that State Police would be assigned the work of raising and training the force comprising three platoons.

The unit will be under the administrative control of Field Director of Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) but Mayurbhanj District SP would be overall incharge. No person beyond 45 years would be in the force.

The Centre which has earmarked Rs 50 crore for 13 reserves will bear both the recurring and non-recurring expenditure of the force.

Cong targets Chhattisgarh government on naxalism

Raipur, July 28 (PTI) Opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh today targeted the BJP government in the state on the issue of Naxalism and said President's Rule should be imposed to combat left wing extremism.

Initiating a discussion under rule 139, former chief minister and Congress leader Ajit Jogi said the activities of naxalites was increasing and had reached the cities as well.

He referred to the recent death of a Superintendent of Police in a naxal attack in the state.

Jogi said that 700 villages in Bastar region have been uprooted and their residents were living in camps.

On the Salwa Judum movement, he said that tribals equipped with bows and arrows were thrown in front of naxalites equipped with modern weapons.

He claimed that solving the naxalite problem was not possible under the Raman Singh-led government and President's rule should be imposed.

Naxal attacks may disrupt mobile expansion

Hrusikesh Mohanty / Kolkata/ Berhampur July 30, 2009, 0:19 IST



With the Maoists training their guns on the telecom towers in the Naxal hit districts of south Orissa like Koraput, Malkanagiri, Rayagada and Nabarangapur, the plans of cellular operators to expand their network in these areas may go haywire.





The Maoists have already blown up as many as 16 telecom towers in different places of these districts, thereby disrupting the mobile telephone services.

The red rebels blew up the telecom tower of Reliance Communications at Padmaja and that of Airtel at Tandapali on the eve of the Martyrs’ week beginning on Tuesday. Both these towers were located at isolated places in Malkanagiri district.

The Maoists who were targeting the telecom towers felt that mobile connectivity was not an indication of development of a region.

These attacks on the telecom towers have dissuaded the cellular operators from expanding their mobile services in the four remote districts.

While one private mobile operator has put on hold its expansion plan, other cellular operators wanted to install their towers only in the vicinity of the police stations.

Even state owned telecom major, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has incurred a loss of Rs 3 crore due to damage of its three telecom towers, was reluctant to put up new towers in the Naxal infested districts.

“We have already lost Rs 3 crore due to damage of our three telecom towers and cannot afford to lose further by installing new towers in the Maoist infested regions of the state”, said a BSNL official on the condition of anonymity.

BSNL intended to install 14 telecom towers this year in these four Naxal hit districts. Almost all the cellular operators having a presence in Orissa planned to install additional telecom towers and expand their mobile services in these four districts of south Orissa.

Unending Maoist menace

Unending Maoist menace
Fight it with a well-coordinated drive
by Maj-Gen Ashok K. Mehta (retd)

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090727/edit.htm#5

MORE than a decade after the Naxals took to the jungles and continue ravaging Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal, among other states, the government has finally admitted that it does not have a strategy and has underestimated the strength of the Naxals. It is an SOS and a surge to stem the rampage that will follow.

"Dilli Gheri Lebo" is the war cry of the Naxals or the Maoists as they are now called after the merger of Left wing extremist groups in 2004. Last month they momentarily captured Lalgarh police station in West Bengal. Dehyphenated, Lalgarh means Red Citadel. The Maoist aim is to capture Lal Qila — Red Fort — in Delhi, that is political power through armed struggle.

Neither Lalgarh nor Lal Qila can be held by them, yet Maoists, not jihadis, interfered with the parliamentary elections striking at will in their strongholds — in short, expanding the people's war and the feared red corridor. For Maoists, Lalgarh was more a political theatre about discrediting the Left Front government in Kolkata than any intent to establish a liberated zone.

Recovering from the aftershocks of Mumbai, the Centre asked the state government to flush out the Maoists, making Operation Lalgarh the first major Centre-state anti-Naxal offensive. Nearly 5000 men of the state police, the East Frontier Rifles, the CRPF, the BSF, the IRB and the Cobra Force were deployed against 100 to 150 armed Maoists, who used their favoured indirect weapons, mines and IEDs, against which the police has no antidote or SOP. After two weeks of shadow-boxing, the Maoists melted away in thin air.

But Lalgarh has been pushed into the background by the stunning multiple ambushes involving IEDs employed by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh after Andhra Pradesh, the only other state to have done the most to combat Naxalism but with limited success. Coupled with other attacks in Orissa and Jharkhand recently and the revelations that a Delhi businessman has been supplying electronic equipment to Naxals in Jharkhand, notorious for the diversion of counter-Naxal funds, it is obvious that the menace is beyond state capability and is a national problem.

For some years now, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been describing the Maoists as the most serious internal threat facing the country. Home Minister P. Chidambaram informed Parliament recently that "we did not assess the challenge correctly, we underestimated the challenge and LWE (Left-wing extremism) has extended its influence". He also stated that clearing out Maoist-held areas is a precondition to development work. This is for the first time that there is an admission of the lost time and no strategy to reconcile defence and development.

In the last five years, rather than being contained, the Maoists have expanded their sway to 16 states, with six seriously affected ones. The Indian Maoists have ideological links with their counterparts in Nepal though operational connections had been severed after the latter joined multi-party democracy. In June, a truck from Jharkhand laden with explosives destined for Nepal was intercepted by the Bihar police. The Maoists had called an all-India bandh last month to condemn the killing of Prabhakaran in Mullaithivu and Sudhakar Reddy in Warangal, declaring the two as true revolutionaries. They are also known to have links with jihadi groups in Pakistan, notably the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

The Maoists run an all-India unified command, sharing intelligence, pooling resources and coordinating their activities across the Naxal operational grid. Their latest directive commands state units to expand the People's War and learn from the mistakes of the Nepali Maoists and the LTTE. Since government response to the threat posed by them is disjointed and not at the national level, Maoism is spreading despite numerous socio-economic schemes under NREGA and the Backward Areas Development Programme. The delivery mechanism to bring relief to the tribals in inaccessible areas, with ineffective administrative structures, is the biggest failure of the Indian state.

Differing perceptions between the states and the Centre, law and order being a state subject, is yet another problem. State and Central governments belonging to different parties have not achieved the political consensus necessary to confront the Maoists. The piecemeal state-by-state approach of combating Maoists is unlikely to work. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya lamented the non-cooperation by Jharkhand during Lalgarh operations where Lalgarh Maoists escaped.

In Chhattisgarh, it is the fifth year of the Salwa Judum, depicted as people's uprising and a foil to the Maoists. With mixed results, its mentor and senior Congress leader, Mr Mahendra Karma, has refined the strategy from one of direct confrontation to isolating the Maoists with the help of the people. Jharkhand has come up with an attractive surrender and rehabilitation plan with cash incentives for firearms. Orissa, where nearly half of the 30 districts are hit by Maoist depredation, has its own plan. While a template to fix the Maoists is not sought, a common approach will optimise the response mechanism. A collective threat calls for a national strategy.

In the last five years, violence in the seven worst affected states has claimed 3500 lives in 7800 incidents. Till July 1 this year, 460 persons, including 160 security forces, had been killed in Left-wing extremist violence. This marks an 18 per cent increase in violence and 37 per cent rise in police fatalities over last year and reflects how the nation is suffering more casualties from Naxal violence than in J&K. Next month is the meeting of Chief Ministers where Home Minister Chidambaram is to unfold a new counter-Naxal strategy involving Central and state resources.

The Army is monitoring the Maoist map closely as it does not wish to get sucked in. It has attached a Brigadier to the anti-Naxal cell in the Ministry of Home Affairs and is helping in producing the new counter-Naxal concept paper. Army training of anti-Naxal police forces started in 2006 at the CIJW, Wairangte, the Infantry Regimental Centres and 4 Corps Counterinsurgency and Anti-Terrorism School. Fighting a Naxal like a Naxal focuses on skills in countering IEDs, mine warfare, jungle survival and winning hearts and minds of tribals. Other measures being considered include setting up of Army cantonments and training centres in Maoist-dominated areas as well as the use of armed helicopters.

At least 20 CRPF battalions, the lead force for anti-Naxal operations and 20 counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism schools, are to be established shortly in the worst affected states. Sadly, the police units which come for training are unaccompanied by officers and are not a cohesive lot. Without implementing the full scale of police reforms ordered by the Supreme Court and injecting modernisation and motivation, the state and central police will not be optimally operational.

A twin-pronged inclusive development and security strategy, integral to a national plan, and a refurbished delivery mechanism are required to counter the march of the Maoists. It is not as if the Maoists are invincible. Rather the response has been too little, too late. To be successful, operations have to be coordinated with neighbouring states/districts and the Centre. Without a common minimum political consensus and upgrading the Maoist threat beyond the law and order category, the Maoist chant of Delhi Gheri Lebo will come closer to the national Capital.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Joint Costal Security Exercise against anti naxals, terrorists held in Paradip of Orissa

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Report by Amarnath Parida;

Paradip: Indian Navy , coast guard and district police conducted joint costal security exercise in Paradip towards security measurers in costal line . District police has taken elaborate arrangement to conduct incident free exercise in Paradip.

Due to lapses of security facilities, infiltrators from Bangladeshi, and other neighboring countries have made their ways to enter with modern arms in Orissa coast. Infiltrators killed one forest guard of Rajnagar area recently so forest gourds have feared for patrolling in coast areas due to lack of infrastructure and non supply of modern equipments to counter them Similarly, fishery staff have no modern equipments and high speed boats so they have feared for patrolling in fishing harbours and fishing jetties . Staff shortages in different forest beat houses in costal areas have worsened the situation in which locals are living in panic condition. Realizing this situation, government has taken various steps to tighten the security in coastal areas.

Sources said that joint costal security exercise is going on in Paradip for possible attack of terrorists and naxals in costal areas on water ways. Two groups have been formed as Red Force and Blue Force. Indian Navy has included in Red Force while Indian Coast Guard under Blue force. The main activities of red force were to attack or hijack the terrorists in water ways while blue force was to intercept the suspected ultras. If blue and red force would fail to trace out the ultras so marine police which is patrolling within 12 nautical miles from coastal line have to attack the ultras. If entire system failed to nab the ultras, so costal police would take major role to trace out the ultras, All the personnel of Indian Navy , Costa Guard , police , fishery and forest officials demonstrated this exercise in Paradip in which four vessels , four boats and trawlers pressed into service to perform this exercise.

Jagatsinghpur district having a 50 Kms long costal line stretching from Puri to Kendrapada has strategic importance in costal security. To upgrade security in costal lines, government has tightened the security in costal areas of different states. In Orissa, Indian Navy, Coast guard and district police have organized this exercise from 29th to 30 th July ’09. For the above exercise, the entire coast has been divided into four sectors Paradip, Erasama, Kujang and Balikuda. Indian Navy and coast guard exercised their deep sea patrolling in Paradip. Fishery and forest department have also pressed into service in this exercise. One fishery officer in condition of anonymity has expressed that this exercise will be meaningless if steps would be not taken for the development of infrastructure.

Forest patrolling staffs have been demanded to supply life jacket, safety equipments, modern arms, high speed boats but nothing has been improved to modernize the system Staff shortages in different forest and fishery department have worsened the situation in which locals are living in panic condition.

Police has taken elaborate arrangement to guard the suspected landing points, vital installations, sensitive points, important persons by putting picket points along with coast line. Picket posts have been opened in coast line in which police officials have been pressed to identify the ultras, prevent their entries and to apprehend to them. Quick response teams have been pressed into service to meet any eventuality. District superintendent of police Mr S.Debdatt Singh and other police officials have monitored the situation to make this joint costal security exercise peacefully in Paradip area.

Over 1,200 naxal related incidents this year

New Delhi, July 29 (PTI) A total of 1,217 incidents of naxal violence took place in the country this year, claiming 508 lives, including that of 233 security force personnel.

The information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

"The available inputs do not indicate that naxals are getting help from elements outside India," the Minister said.

In 2008, a total of 1,591 naxal incidents were reported in which 490 civilians and 231 security force men were killed.

Whereas in 2007, 460 civilians and 236 security force jawans lost their lives in over 1,560 naxal related incidents.

"State Governments deal with various issues related to naxalite activities in the States. The Central Government supplements their efforts in several ways.

This is how the coal mafia operates

28 Jul 2009, 1950 hrs IST

For years the UP police have done little to crackdown on the coal mafia operating in the state. The CBI says from local police to forest offcials and the RPF- everyone is hand-in-glove. TIMES NOW has now exposed how coal worth lakhs of rupees are being stolen each day from trains carrying the material.

In one of the biggest scams that has been going on for years, coal, worth lakhs is stolen each day from trains headed for thermal plants. The scamsters have been operating for years right under the noses of the UP administration.

The modus operandi is simple. No sooner do the goods trains filled with coal leave the mines, the mafia is tipped off. As the train makes its way through the naxal infested jungles, it is stopped by group of men. In a matter of minutes, the operation is on in full swing and the theft begins.

The stolen coal is then loaded on to tractors and secured in godowns by the mafia.

While the CBI crackdown has forced the govt to launch an investigation, the magnitude of the scam clearly suggests everyone, from the local police to forest officials to the railway protection force, is hand in glove with the powerful coal mafia.

Kidnapping attempt: Indication of frustration among Naxals

Diwakar Phatak, TNN 29 July 2009, 03:28am IST

GONDIA: The kidnapping drama by Naxalites in the Deori forest on Saturday and Sunday appears to be a clear indication of the desperation among the
rank and file of the organization, due to the apprehension that the proposed recruitment of jawans for the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) could rob the Maoist movement of its young recruits. Gondia superintendent of police Pradip Deshpande has called upon all youths in the region to apply for this recruitment process, keeping aside all fears or doubts in their minds about the Naxals in the region.

Five youths of Chichgadh region of Deori tehsil had been kidnapped by the Naxalites on Saturday and kept in custody for over 24 hours before they were released unharmed on Sunday night after being threatened of dire consequences if the tribal villagers cooperated with either the recruitment process or the training camps organized by the police for the same. The police said that according to the known modus operandi of the Naxalites, they never release abducted persons and usually kill them immediately. However, surprisingly the Naxals have let off these five youths to spread a scare all over the state to dissuade youth from joining the IRB.

Deshpande pointed out that the television media was tactfully misused by the Naxals in such a way that a scare spread all over the state that Naxals are hitting back at those applying for recruitment. However, Deshpande expressed confidence that over 30,000 youths have already applied for the recruitment process of just 675 posts. He said these youths should not be discouraged by this incident and instead go ahead with preparations for the recruitment.

The top cop said that the Naxalites were more scared about this recruitment process, because it was mentioned in the advertisement that preference shall be given to youths who know the local tribal language. Also, Deshpande said that not only this but the youths were also being trained by the police department at Gannutola police outpost centre (POC) in handling arms and guerrilla tactics, and this could be a real threat to the local Naxal movement. He also hinted that some such trained youths could infiltrate the Naxal movement to help the police.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Orissa Police on high alert as Martyrs Week begins

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Report by Deba Prasad Dash; Malkangiri: The C.P.I(Maoist) has kicked off the martyrs week celebration here on Tuesday by triggering two blasts that damaged two mobile towers at Tandapalli and Padmagiri areas under Malkangiri police limits at the early hours today.

While,the damaged mobile tower at Tandapalli belongs to Airtel , the tower at Padmagiri belongs to Reliance communication. With the beginning of the week long celebration,Maoist posters & banners urging the people to join hands with them in their war against the police seems found every where in the district and barring the district headquarter town an atmosphere of fear has prevailed in all most all the places .

Organised in the memory of party founder late Charu Majumdar and their killed comrades,the Maoists have reportedly erected about 70-80 permanent and temporarymartyrs domes in their strong holds of Chitrakonda,Kalimela,Bhejangwada,Motu,M.V-79,Podia,Mathili and Govindpalli to commemorate the celebration.The nearest Martyrs dome has been erected at Kangrukonda some 15 km from the district headquarter town. The Maoist posters put up at the Chitrakonda market area has created much panic among the locals there.

The road communication between Kalimela-Motu was come to halt as the red rebels blocked the road at several places by felling trees.The vehicular traffic between Malkangiri and Jeypore was also affected as very few buses were seems plying on the route despite no road obstruction.

According to reports,many top Maoist cadres have arrived at Malkangiri and are moving from one village to the other to mobilize the support of the villagers to make the celebration sucessful. Keeping the possible Maoist violent activities during the week long celebration,red alert has been sounded in the district and armed and civil police personnel’s have been put on high alert across the district.Police sources here maintained that the cops are ready to prevent any untoward incident during the martyrs week.Police patrolling has further been intensified in the sensitive areas.

Protests continue against force deployment in West Bengal to counter Maoists

2009-07-28 15:30:00


Tribals armed with bows and arrows on Monday blocked highway and railway tracks in Hooghly district as a mark of protest against the deployment of security forces in Lalgarh region.

Hundreds of protestors under the banner of Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP), a tribal organisation, demanded immediate withdrawal of security forces from Lalgarh.

"Our demands are the immediate withdrawal of joint forces from Lalgarh and to solve the Lalgarh issue through talks," said Hansa Murmu, a leader of JDP.

Meanwhile, intellectuals organised a public meeting in Kolkata and demanded that the security forces should vacate schools in Lalgarh as the regular studies were getting disrupted.

"We demand the police vacate their camp from the school so that students can study.

And irrespective of the joint operation by security forces about 12-13 people have been killed in last one month. Thus we believe they are not doing any work. If such is the situation we believe hundred thousands of rupees that are being spend on their deployment are getting wasted," said Saonly Mitra, theatre personality.

Mitra further said that central government should intervene and immediately withdraw security forces from Lalgarh, as they are not doing much work there.

On June 20, Police had regained control of Lalgarh, which was earlier captured by the Maoist rebels in one of the most brazen attacks in recent years that sparked unease among investors in the communist-ruled state.ince then the Maoists have eluded the security forces.

Earlier, the Government at the Centre banned and formally labelled the Maoist insurgents "a terrorist group", hoping it would give security forces more enforcement powers after the rebels briefly created a "liberated zone" in West Bengal. (ANI)

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Militancy is bound to fragment India

Published by editor Features, News Jul 28, 2009 By Asif Haroon Raja

Spilling of blood of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is a sport of entertainment played by blood thirsty Americans duly joined by other non-Muslim nations. Blood sport becomes all the more pleasurable when competitors are Muslims locked in mortal combat. Deaths of 1.5 million have still not quenched their thirst and they want more. USA has inflamed the region to keep its homeland safe. India has helped USA in shifting part of militancy from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

Much to the jubilation of India, flames of war on terror lit by USA have engulfed greater part of Pakistan. While the military has demonstrated its resolve and ability to catch the bull by its horns, the police which have fought terrorists valiantly and suffered huge casualties need to streamline its drills, enhance its firepower, mobility and its staying power at police stations and check posts. We have seen how easily militants raided and ransacked these places. Paramilitary forces also require radical re-hauling to be able to take on frontline duties from the army which should essentially remain focused towards its primary role of defending borders against external enemies.

One may understand silent and undetected movement of a lone suicide bomber managing to approach his target; but unchecked movement of a vehicle stashed with tons of RDX explosive within Red Zone and during high alert is incomprehensible and inexcusable. Suicide attacks on Islamabad Marriott Hotel, and Peshawar PC Hotel occurred due to security lapse.

There is a dire need to make the people aware of nature of threats and their collective responsibility to help the state in defeating terrorism. An awareness drive should be jointly launched at national level by Ministry of Information and ISPR, duly padded with motivational nodes to inculcate spirit of patriotism and nationalism and to bolster their spirits. An urge for vigilance and fight back should be instilled. Recent example of Upper Dir where locals defied militants may be quoted for emulation to beat back tide of militancy. This is essential since ongoing battle will not end in weeks but would take considerable length of time.

I had seen Bawab (chowkidar) system working efficiently in Cairo. Each multi-storied building has a day and night chowkidar on duty. It is his responsibility to watch and maintain a log book on every person coming out of or entering into the building as well as the visiting vehicle. He acts as eyes and ears of multi-layered security agencies. Any crime taking place is traced within days. Security system was revolutionized after assassination of President Anwar Sadaat at the hands of Ikhwanul Muslimoon. Village guard system was introduced by Israel in 1980s to ward off Fadayeen attacks. We also require taking some extra precautionary measures to put in place an effective watch and ward system. Creation of village guards and special anti-terror police force in Punjab and in NWFP are steps in right direction.

Good intelligence helps in minimizing casualties, in pre-empting and averting disaster and contributing towards success of a battle. Ongoing threat of militancy has become all-pervasive; enemy is faceless but determined to draw blood. It demands refurbishment of our intelligence agencies in a big way. Ordinary and routine methods mostly confined to witch hunting should be replaced with robust and practical system and tuned to threat from within aided by external enemies.

In the wake of Mumbai attacks, Indian government issued a pager giving policy guideline to media in terms of dos and don’ts. Indian media faithfully implemented it in letter and spirit in best national interest. In Pakistan, under fallacious misconception of freedom of media and bragging about this great achievement, our policy makers didn’t realize that private channels would be hijacked by foreign powers and vested groups. Pseudo intellectuals and paid journalists assiduously promote tutored themes, add strength to western propaganda aimed at exerting pressure on government, create misgivings and despondency, draw cleavages within groups/communities, and defame democratic institutions, army and ISI. Now that the nation has got united to tackle militancy and army is making huge sacrifices, the ones indulging in yellow journalism to spread gloom and doom and promoting foreign agenda must be dealt with firmly. Poison of pen is more poisonous than that of a sword.

Capture of RAW agents and foreign nationals, and American, Russian, Israeli and Indian made weapons and equipment from restive areas gives an irrefutable evidence of involvement of foreign agencies in supporting insurgency in Pakistan. Drone attacks and hostile media war are part of sinister scheme. Pakistan has a fit case to approach UN that it is subjected to international conspiracy to dismember it. Indian destructive role must be exposed and resumption of composite dialogue made conditional to written commitment by India that it would never use Indian or neighbor’s soil for launching covert operations against Pakistan.

Weapon of deterrence is usually needed by a weaker nation when its militarily more powerful neighbor poses an existential threat. While former strives to avoid a war, latter seeks excuses to wage a war. Strategy of pre-emption provides a ready-made excuse to a bigger military power to wage a war against a weaker state on mostly a trumped up charge. Given Indian evil designs, it becomes an utmost necessity for Pakistan to rely on its nuclear strength particularly when India is shopping latest art-of-weapons from USA and Israel to widen conventional arms gulf and trying to offset our nuclear deterrence.

India has fomented trouble in Pakistan for achieving its ulterior objectives not realizing that militancy is like a flowing water or fire in a dense jungle which keeps spreading in all directions. Since India is geographically attached with Pakistan, it is matter of time when flood water would enter into Indian Territory. India provides a lucrative ground for militants of all hues to prowl in and get adjusted in the deep pool of poverty, illiteracy, extremism, terrorism, caste prejudices, rich and poor divide and deprivations of all Indian minorities. They would have no difficulty in getting linked up with Naxalites comprising landless peasants, laborers and other oppressed classes, having strong influence in 155 districts of 17 states of India.

India is an ethnic museum where 16 major languages are spoken and there are 1652 dialects. Minorities in India including hundreds of Hindu scheduled castes who make 80% of total population are suffering from acute oppression at the hands of Brahmans. Dozens of insurgencies and separatist movements are raging with full intensity. It provides fertile soil for militancy to flourish and rock the Indian boat hinging on comical and farcical secularism. 28 states are kept together through an unnatural union and by force.

Tide of Islamic militancy including spate of suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan is bound to find its way into India particularly when the US troops depart from this region. Pakistan has borne the brunt of terrorism courageously since it has gone through several bouts in the past and there has never been a clash of ideology between insurgents and the state. Case of India is quite different where intolerant and cold-blooded Hindu fundamentalists led by BJP are desperate to impose Hindutva. India is devoid of inner strength and resilience to sustain fire of Islamic militancy. Terrorist attacks on Indian parliament and in Mumbai are two living examples when the whole nation got paralyzed and overwhelmed with fear psychosis. In order to get out of fit of paralysis, Indian leadership had to generate media hype and carryout troop mobilization. Indian leadership has still not recovered from the shock of Mumbai carnage.. Had India suffered half of suicide attacks than what Pakistan went through, it would have collapsed by now. Tide of Islamic militancy together with Maoist movement would bring down ruling Brahmans and fragment India into small quasi states in not too distant a future.

- Asian Tribune -

Security forces use batons to disperse women in Lalgarh

Lalgarh (PTI): Shortly after a three-member team of the Trinamool Congress, including two Union ministers, visited Lalgarh demanding withdrawal of central forces, a procession of tribal women was alledgedly lathicharged by the police.

A huge procession of the women supporters of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities headed for Lalgarh police station at around 4:00 pm with placards and posters demanding withdrawal of the central forces and police from Lalgarh, The Lalgarh police station was recaptured from Maoists through their operation since June 19.

"There were at least 300 women, mostly tribals who were prevented from entering Lalgarh police station. We had to fire four teargas cells to disperse them," top police sources said.

There were sounds of firing and mine explosion from the nearby villages, the sources said. "We are yet to determine the exact area from where the sounds came."

PCPA sources, however, claimed that the security forces lathi-charged the women and even kicked some of them.

"The government is trying to throttle the voice of the people," they claimed.

Earlier Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Partha Chatterjee, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sisir Adhikary and Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy visited Lalgarh to distribute relief.

"We demand immediate withdrawal of the joint security forces committing atrocities on innocent villagers in the name of nabbing Maoists and urge the Centre to take up development programmes at Lalgarh as early as possible," Mr. Chatterjee told PTI.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had 'misguided' the Centre to send central forces for 'committing atrocities' on villagers in the name of curbing Maoists, he alleged.

Mr. Chatterjee claimed that villagers tearfully narrated tales of 'torture' they faced during the anti-Maoist operations.

Charging the Left Front government with failing to do any development work at Lalgarh in the past 32 years, Mr. Chatterjee said "there is no food, drinking water and no sign of development."

The TC leader demanded that school buildings, particularly at Gohomidanga, be immediately vacated by the security forces for resumption of a normal academic atmosphere.

The TC leaders were provided security by the administration for the visit, which had earlier advised them not to visit Lalgarh.