Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rebel camp destroyed in Dalma encounter

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Jamshedpur, Aug. 14: On the eve of Independence Day, a transit camp of the CPI(Maoist) was destroyed by security personnel in a two-hour encounter at Lotekocha jungle in the foothills of Dalma, 30km from here, at Patamda this evening.

State police, CRPF and Jharkhand Jaguar men conducted the joint operation that began around 6.30pm. No casualty has been reported on either side. Sources said rebel injury figures could be ascertained only after daybreak.

Superintendent of police, East Singhbhum, Naveen Kumar Singh said that they had information about the transit camp at Lotekocha.

“About 25 Naxalites, including some new recruits, were lodged at the camp since the past three days. As the security team made its way to the spot, the rebels sensed trouble and started firing from their automatic guns,” the SP said.

In retaliation, the security personnel fired a dozen mortars, besides more than 100 rounds of bullets. Four grenades were also lobbed. “They were on a hill and, therefore, at an advantageous position. Our men retaliated by firing mortars and lobbing grenades. The rebels took a pause and then retreated firing indiscriminately,” Singh said.

Since it was already dark, the police and paramilitary forces could not give a chase. The SP, however, hailed the operation as a big success for security forces in the wake of a rebel threat to mar I-Day celebrations across the state.

Maoists call Black Day today

Express News Service First Published : 15 Aug 2009 10:24:15 AM ISTLast Updated :

ROURKELA: The CPI (Maoist) outfit has given a call to observe Independence Day as ‘Black Day’. Secretary of the Dakshin Chhota Nagpur Committee of the outfit identified only as Samarjee over telephonic communication intimated to some local newspaper offices about the outfit’s diktat.


Samarjee acting as spokesperson for the outfit said the ‘so-called’ freedom was meant for capitalist forces while the poor and downtrodden were yet to be freed from the bondage and taste the fruit of real freedom. Exhorting all to hoist black flags he warned the violators would be punished severely.

Security forces in the Sundargrh district on the Orissa-Jharkhand border continue to be on high alert for the Independence Day tomorrow

Maoists exchange fire with security personnel

Jamshedpur, Aug 14 (PTI) Suspected Maoists exchanged fire with security forces in extremist-hit Patamda area of Jharkhand's East Singhbhum district this evening, on the eve of Independence day.



A police force, along with other security personnel, was on routine long-range patrolling, when it was fired at by militants at Lotakocha, about eight km away from Koilani police picket, forcing the security personnel to retaliate, DIG Manoj Mishra told PTI.



There was no report of any casualty on the police side during the 30-minute fire fight.



Why it could not be immediately ascertained how many rounds were exchange, unconfirmed reports said while security personnel used mortar, the ultras fired around 15 to 20 rounds.

Superintendent of Police Navin Kumar Singh went to the area with reinforcements.

Mother appeals to Maoists

TNN 13 August 2009, 05:00am IST


KOLKATA: Thirteen days after her son was allegedly abducted by Maoists from Lalgarh's Brindabanchak, Jahanara Begum, mother of Shabbir Mollah (30),
a constable of the state armed police, made an appeal to the Red rebels to release her son.

Shabbir, the youngest of four brothers, is the sole earning member of the family. The police so far have no clue whether he is alive or has been killed.

On July 31, more than a month after the combined state and central forces started their operation against the Maoists, Shabbir and Kanchan Giri, another constable, were kidnapped while on duty at Brindabanchak. They have neither been seen nor heard of since then. Shabbir hails from Burdwan's Pelsara village while Giri is from a village in Bankura.

"I appeal to them to release my son. We are poor people and he is merely an employee of the state government," Jahanara said.

Shabbir joined the state armed police in February 2007. After completing his training at the Barrackpore police training school, he was posted at Singur during the agitation against the now-abandoned Tata Motors plant. After Aila struck, Shabbir was sent to Sunderbans.

"On July 30, we were suddenly informed that Shabbir would have to go to Lalgarh. We were scared, but did not imagine such an outcome," said Sabyasachi Mollah, Shabbir's cousin. He reached Lalgarh on July 30 and the very next day, he was abducted. "I saw the news on television. Immediately I sent my sons to the police station," Jahanara Begum said.

Maoist leader Bikash has denied that the banned Red ultras had any role in the abduction. Police, however, are certain that either the Maoists or the Maoist-backed People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) is behind the abduction. "We have carried out raids at nearby forests and won't spare any effort to trace the two," said Manoj Verma, SP, West Midnapore.

Anti-Maoist ops peak in Rayagada

TNN 14 August 2009, 05:41am IST

KORAPUT: A day after three women rebels were gunned down in an encounter with policemen, anti-Maoist operations were intensified in Rayagada
district on Thursday.

A joint police team from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh had killed the rebels in a forest near the inter-state border at Mukundpur.

Police said additional forces comprising CRPF, SOG and police personnel from Koraput have been mobilized to foil any possible retaliation by the Maoists and also to restrict the influx of rebels from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh to disrupt Independence Day celebrations.

"Our operation in and around Mukundpur has been continuing since Wednesday. At present, the situation is under control but we can't afford to take a chance. Maoists may try to disrupt Independence Day celebrations on Saturday," SP (Rayagada) Asish Kumar Singh said. "We have also increased security in Gudari and Chandrapur areas bordering Andhra Pradesh to ensure that no Maoist sneaks into Orissa. Police are on high alert to thwart any eventuality," the SP added.

Police on Thursday handed over the bodies of the three dead Maoists to their families after post mortem at a Rayagada hospital. One of them was identified as G Bani, a resident of Rayagada district. The other two, B Subhadra alias Swarna and L Rajaeswari alias Dibya, hailed from Andhra Pradesh. Police said Swarna was the wife of Maoist leader Daya, who is the chief of the Maoist outfit operating along the Orissa-Andhra border.

In another incident, a Maoist leader involved in Balimela reservoir attack was arrested from Malkangiri's Kalimela on Wednesday. The rebel, Somnath Padiami (25), was part of the two major attacks on security personnel in 2008 in which 55 cops, including 36 greyhound jawans from Andhra Pradesh, were killed.

On June 29, 2008, 36 greyhound jawans and two Orissa policemen were killed after the Maoists attacked the boat in which they were travelling near Alampekka inside the Balimela reservoir. The Maoists followed it up by blowing up the mine protection vehicle of Orissa Police at MV 126 on July 16, 2008 killing all 17 policemen inside it.

"Padiami has confessed to his involvement in Alampekka and MV 126 extremists attacks. He was also a member of the squad that looted Rs 99 lakh belonging to the State Bank of India's Chitrakonda branch, earlier this year," superintendent of police (Malkangiri) Satya Brata Bhoi said.

According to police, Padiami was the deputy commander of Kalimela Dalam and was involved in a Maoist attack on a CRPF patrol party in 2007 in which a jawan had succumbed to the rebel attack.

Meanwhile, a few Maoist posters were found at MV 123 on Thursday through which the rebels have demanded release of Padiami. The Red rebels have claimed that Padiami was not a Maoist and threatened an indefinite bandh if he is not released.

Twin cradles to instruct combat cops - 2,028 police posts cleared

OUR CORRESPONDENT
Ranchi, Aug. 11: The governor’s advisory council today approved a proposal to set up two counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist schools to hone combat skills of state police personnel engaged in fighting Naxalites.

One school will come up at Netarhat in rebel-dominated Latehar district and the other at Padma, Hazaribagh. A sum of Rs 3 crore had already been allocated in the 11th Five-Year Plan for the purpose.

“As the name suggests, the counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist schools will impart advanced training on Naxalite combat to policemen,” D.K. Saxena, special secretary, cabinet co-ordination department, said after the meeting.

Among other things, the governor’s advisers also sanctioned 2,028 police posts — from sub-inspectors (SIs) to constables — in 27 of the 35 newly created blocks of the state. While 137 posts have been created for SIs, that for assistant sub-inspectors is 206.

A state home department proposal on police modernisation received a go-ahead, too. According to the proposal, new police lines are to be created in the district headquarters of Giridih and Koderma. A sum of Rs 34.37 crore has been allocated for each.

The proposal of using Rs 21 crore under the non-plan head in the current fiscal for police modernisation was cleared by the advisory council.

Saxena said the home department had planned to construct new buildings for police stations across the state. “Of the Rs 21 crore, a sum of Rs 15 crore will be spent on these buildings and the rest on their maintenance,” he said.

Advisers G. Krishnan, T.P. Sinha and Sunila Basant also gave their final approval to as many as 17 proposals from various departments, including welfare, urban development, labour and drinking water and sanitation.

A sum of Rs 28.47 crore has been sanctioned to set up bore-wells in 6,800 anganwadi centres across the state. The work will be carried out by the drinking water and sanitation department.

The council approved the proposal of the labour department to construct new buildings for industrial training institutes (ITI) and a sum of Rs 28.44 crore has been set aside for the same. Besides, the ITIs in Ranchi and Dhanbad will be upgraded into “centres of excellence”.

Permission has been granted to the road construction department to withdraw a Nabard loan of Rs 33.34 crore, sanctioned earlier this month.

A sum of Rs 5.64 crore has also been cleared to procure sugar for distribution among BPL families.

A public-private response to tackle terror

Private guarding business is the second largest employer after manufacturing
industryCross Hairs |

Raghu Raman Last week, Mint carried a front page story on 75 companies lining up to avail the services of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
While it is indeed a sign of our times that companies have to pay to get the security that they should have had in the first place, I believe this could be a paradigm shift in the way public-private partnerships address the issue of terrorism and internal security.

The willingness of firms to make investments in security is a heartening sign of their readiness and concern to be active participants rather than passive stakeholders. However, this strategy needs to be thought through its implications and dimensions to be leveraged optimally.

Firstly, companies must realize that CISF or any such force is essentially a quick reaction team. The key word here is reaction. Hence, the police or private security cannot abdicate their responsibility to control, access or gather pre-emptive intelligence.

Grass roots security and first response will continue to be a police responsibility simply because the police force is closest to the community and can consequently spot weak signals first. Therefore, all initiatives to modernize them with superior intelligence gathering tools and immediate response equipment need to proceed on a fast track.

Secondly, CISF, like any other government force, is already stretched. As a matter of fact, it is yet to cover its current set of responsibilities with national assets such as airports because scaling up and maintaining high quality is a universal challenge.

Also, while the police force intends to augment strength by 10,000 every year, recruiting and churning out such numbers is a daunting task. CISF competes with the same catchment pool as the army and all other paramilitary forces, which are also increasing their strength rapidly.

However, the key issue that must be addressed by the private sector is—security at what cost? It is unarguable that government assets cost the exchequer around three times that of privately provisioned resources.

The private guarding business in India is the second largest employer of manpower after the manufacturing industry. Despite that, most of the guarding companies have an unsavoury reputation and the few that tend to adhere to standards are hobbled by the antiquated laws with regard to carriage of arms, thus adversely affecting their efficacy.

Taking a conceptual cue from the ministry of defence which has, in keeping with global practices, opened its resource pool to include the private sector, a public-private partnership could also be forged to tackle homeland security in India.
There are several reasons to do this.

Internal security in India is heading towards the perfect storm. Indian security forces are planning to launch the largest ever offensive action against Naxalites within the next few weeks. By sheer scale and spread, this operation will suck in several thousand government forces across scores of districts for the next three-four years.

Other environmental drivers such as intensification of the US operations in Pakistan and its fallout on infiltration of terrorists into India, resource deployment for Commonwealth Games, and deterioration of security situation because of sub optimal monsoons will have the government resources stretched to their tethers.

Selective and structured privatization of the security value chain has been proven as an economic and efficient model in several countries. Most public installations, including airports, in developed countries are secured by private agencies under government oversight.

Australia outsources its prison and correction facilities. Israeli diplomats and even ministers are protected by private security firms. The US has farmed out entire chunks of the security value chain such as convoy protection, guarding of critical installations, maintaining lines of communications and the like even in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the Indian context, the public-private partnership has potential in several areas. For instance, training is one of the major challenges faced by the security forces. Training establishments are expensive to run and resource-hungry. They divert hundreds of officers and men who are desperately needed in operations into administrative roles.

The private sector could create world class training facilities, equip and man them, thus freeing the serving security forces from administrative and cost overheads.
Similar models have been used in the US to rapidly meet the demands of specialist skills required in urban warfare, counterterrorist operations and intelligence gathering. The Israeli armed forces partner with private firms to train entire battalions and brigades.

This model also leverages the incredible pool of talent that is wasted away when servicemen retire with decades of operational experience behind them.
Consulting and project management is another domain where such partnerships can revolutionize efficiencies. Security establishments need expertise in areas of analytics, communication infrastructure, network centric warfare, and complex project management. Almost all of such work is outsourced to the private sector in developed nations. Given the nature of terrorism, much of such collaboration has to be in place in any case, because the terrorists use infrastructure such as telecom, Internet, public transportation and financial networks to wage war against the state.
In the last decade, conflicts have undergone a paradigm shift. Battlefronts have moved from the borders into the cities, civilian assets are as vulnerable as military targets and hostile states partner with non-state players to inflict damage on the economy—instead of capturing geographical territory.

It is also time for India to react to this shift and reorganize our resources from a traditionally government oriented format into a public-private coalition.
The key question is whether the government is ready for the mindset change required for a co-creative model and creating the environment for such participation.
Raghu Raman is chief executive of corporate risk consulting firm Mahindra Special Services Group that advises companies and organizations on threat assessments and risk-mitigation strategies. Respond to this column at crosshairs@livemint.com

Wounded cop rescued

PRADUMAN CHOUBEY
Dhanbad, Aug. 12: A contingent of police recovered one of their injured colleagues, attacked by Naxalites yesterday, from a maize field this morning. But they failed to arrest a single rebel even after conducting raids in Maniadih’s Bariyarpur forest.

Deepak Bauri, a constable at the Maniadih police outpost, was found in a pool of blood with bullet injuries on right shoulder and right jaw. He had been lying in the field for almost 12 hours, writhing in pain. He was later admitted to the ICU of Central Hospital here.

A police team — led by superintendent of police Manoj Kaushik and deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Sanjay Ranjan Singh — returned Dhanbad after finding no clues about the Maoists.

The men in uniform, however, detained three persons, including one Shibu Tudu, in front of whose house the policemen were attacked.

Meanwhile, IG (North Chhotanagpur) Kishan Singh Meena and deputy IG Prashant Singh, who came here on Tuesday, paid homage to the slain assistant sub-inspector, Om Prakash Jha, who was gunned down last evening.

Jha, posted at the Maniadih outpost of Tundi police station, went to the market when the armed Naxalites swooped on them. While two policemen managed to flee, Jha and Bauri were abducted by the Naxalites, who took them to a nearby forest and fired at them.

While Jha, who suffered bullet injuries on head, arm, shoulder and abdomen, died on the spot, Bauri escaped and hid himself in a maize field from where he was rescued this morning.

The Naxalites also left two posters near Jha’s body, demanding withdrawal of the 44-member Maniadih police picket from the area and also asked the men in uniform to stop torturing villagers.

Pvt security agencies outside CISF's line of fire

Aasha Khosa & Bibhu Ranjan Mishra / New Delhi/bangalore August 13, 2009, 0:33 IST



Private security agencies can breathe easier. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which has begun catering to the private corporate sector for the first time, will not pose a threat to their business, is the assurance.





That’s because CISF will be only responsible for protection from terrorist attack, and will not replace the traditional security measures such as frisking and screening of visitors and access-control of premises.

CISF has been permitted to also protect private sector companies after the government made an amendment in the CISF Act in January this year, in the aftermath of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.

T V Mohandas Pai, member of the Infosys Board and Head of HR and Administration, said, “CISF will provide us added protection; they will provide an overlay cover.” The private security guards will continue to provide security within the campuses, he said. Last Friday, Infosys became the first private establishment to get the security cover from the paramilitary force. CISF will deploy 101 of its armed personnel — headed by an assistant commandant — to guard Infosys in the IT city.

Other private companies like Wipro in Bangalore and the Reliance refinery in Jamnagar are next in line to get such cover, shortly. At least 79 corporate houses, including Reliance, Tatas and Oberois, have so far approached the home ministry, seeking CISF cover.

Wipro, which has sought CISF protection for its Sarjapur Road campus in Bangalore, said CISF will provide enhanced security to the company. “It will supplement the work that is being done by our private security service. CISF can extend armed security to organisations and that’s important,” said Laxman Kumar Badiga, CIO at Wipro Technologies.

A senior CISF official said no private security agency was authorised to fight terrorists, nor can they acquire automatic weapons under the rule of the land. The role of CISF will be to provide armed security and have round-the-clock quick reaction teams, ready to ward off any terrorist attack on the premises of companies.

The sources said CISF is getting ready to provide services to 15 of the 79 companies that have applied for the security cover. A special drive to recruit around 10,000 personnel will be over soon. “Our next recruitment drive would be several times bigger than this one,’’ said Rohit Katiyar, a senior officer.

R K Mishra, Inspector General of CISF, said the services to the corporate sector will not earn any extra income for the force. “CISF is the only paramilitary force that is run on cost-reimbursment basis. Infosys, for example, is paying Rs 3.6 crore per annum and has spent Rs 30 lakh for setting up offices and buying the wherewithal, including arms. Companies have to pay for salaries, clothing, arms and ammunition, pension and leave provisions of the deployed personnel, right from the level of IG to the lowest ranks of cooks and water carriers,’’ he said. The medical costs of the CISF personnel have to be as per the rules of the company.

It has also been made clear that the CISF personnel will not take any orders from the managements of these companies and will report to their respective commanders.

Despite the assurance that deployment of CISF will not affect their business, private security agencies, which provide direct and indirect employment to 5.5 million persons, are not convinced. Most felt if the law permitted them to carry weapons, they could provide the same kind of security as CISF did – at much lower cost.

“Allowing CISF to provide security to the private sector is not a healthy situation as far as security is concerned. We don’t have any issue with the CISF providing security to public sector undertakings, but when it comes to security to corporates, this should be left to for private security agencies,” said Kunwar Vikram Singh, chairman of the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CIPSA), the industry body that represents more than 15,000 security companies in India.

He said while the capability of CISF was beyond question, the private security players had also built up a high level of expertise over the past several years. “All we need is the right kind of weapon. Then we can also provide the same kind of security that has been provided to Infosys, at half the price,” Singh added.

Operations to continue in Lalgarh: Bengal Home Secretary

Posted: Thursday , Aug 13, 2009 at 1854 hrs

A week after admitting that the anti-Maoist operations by joint forces at Lalgarh were a failure, the West Bengal government on Thursday said the personnel would not be pulled back and the next phase to flush out the Naxalites would begin soon.



"The next phase of the operation will start very soon and will be done maintaining public relations with the people," Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here.



"There is no possibility of calling off the operations unless the entire area is free from Maoists," he said after a high-level meeting with police and district officials here.



Asked whether there a possibility of withdrawal of central forces from Lalgarh, Sen said "at present there is no possibility. They will stay in Lalgarh at least till September when the situation will be reviewed again." He said so far 67 people had been arrested, 23 of whom were hardcore Maoists.



A week ago, Sen had said that the joint operations, launched on June 19, were a failure after the first phase as no major arrest could be made or killings stopped.

West Bengal prepares blueprint for Lalgarh operation

13 Aug 2009, 2222 hrs IST, PTI


KOLKATA: The West Bengal government Thursday held a high-level meeting with senior police officers to prepare a roadmap for carrying out further
joint operations in trouble-torn Lalgarh, a top official said.

"We held talks with senior police and district officials on how to conduct the Lalgarh operation in the coming days. We discussed the modus operandi of the joint forces and how to resolve the security problem in this Maoist-affected region," state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters after emerging out of the meeting in West Midnapore district.

He said the state government would also appeal to the centre not to withdraw the central paramilitary forces from Lalgarh after Sep 4.

"We've taken some specific decisions today (Thursday)," Sen added, but did not divulge the details.

Lalgarh, about 200 km west of Kolkata, has been on the boil since November last year when a landmine exploded on the route of the convoy of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasada.

Alleging police atrocities after the blast, Maoists along with the People's Committee against Police Atrocity (PCAPA) launched an agitation and made the area a virtual "free zone" by torching police camps and offices of the ruling CPI-M and driving out the civil administration.

Mission to hunt down Naxalites aborted

SHASHANK SHEKHAR
Bokaro, Aug. 13: Aborting the three-pronged combing operation in the hilly forests nestled between Bokaro, Hazaribagh and Giridih within an hour of the recent rebel strike in Tundi may have robbed the state police of an opportunity to catch wanted Naxalite commanders, including Navin Majhi.

Majhi, one of the most elusive rebel leaders, is believed to have fled the area through the Narki foothills of Jhumra in Bokaro soon after the police brass in Ranchi called off the flush out operation.

Launched on August 10, the combing operation was being led from three sides by Bokaro SP Laxman Singh, Hazaribagh SP Pankaj Kamboj and Giridih SP Asim Vikrant Minj along with CRPF’s 26th battalion commandant V.S. Sharma. The objective was to nab rebel commanders Navin Majhi, Prabal Manji and Ranvir who had been spotted in these three districts.

It is learnt that soon after a posse of 700 armed policemen swooped on the forests, Navin Majhi sent an SOS to his men seeking help. The abduction of two policemen — ASI Om Prakash Jha and constable Deepak Bauri — followed. Jha’s bullet-riddled body was found yesterday while a wounded Bauri was rescued from a field.

“Soon after the news spread, the operation was called off,” said a senior IPS officer, requesting anonymity. He said the mission was aborted on Tuesday night without taking into confidence the police and paramilitary personnel involved.

IG, North Chhotanagpur, Kishan Singh Meena, however, cited Independence Day preparations as the reason behind the decision.

Take a pledge to free Chhattisgarh from Maoists: Raman Singh

(Source: IANS)
Published: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 at 11:27 ISTF Prev Next LRaipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in his Independence Day speech Saturday asked the people to take a pledge to free the state from Maoists.

In a 20-minute speech after hoisting the national flag at the police parade ground here, Singh said: "I salute the brave tribal brothers and sisters who created a movement against Maoist terrorism through Salwa Judum. I also salute the common people and security personnel who laid down their lives in the fight against Maoists.

"I appeal to you all people to take a pledge to free the state from Naxalites (Maoists)," he added.

"Naxalism has become a potential threat to the country's security and sovereignty. They are maintaining a hold in inaccessible areas on the strength of violence and suppression," said Raman Singh, who has headed a Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state since December 2003.

Shun violence, join mainstream: Governor asks naxalites

Ranchi, Aug 15 (PTI) Naxalites would be welcomed back with open hands if they shun the path of violence, Jharkhand Governor K Sankaranarayan said today.

"I want to assure them (naxalites) that their genuine grievances and complaints about exploitation would be looked into," the governor said after unfurling the tricolour to mark the 63rd Independence Day here.

At the same time, the police has been given clear instructions to curb extremist activities in Jharkhand which is one of the worst-affected state by naxalite violence, he said.

The governor said he was hopeful that the youths, who had gone astray after being misled by anti-social and terrorist elements, will come back to the mainstream.

"Without ensuring a crime free society and a good law and order situation in the state, the fruits of development cannot be enjoyed by our citizens," he said.

Maoist violence will be crushed: PM

IANS 15 August 2009, 10:30am IST


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday maintained that the government would "redouble its efforts" to deal with Maoist violence, even
as he emphasised that "democracy has no place for those who resort to violence."

Speaking from the Red Fort on India's Independence Day, the prime minister, who has described leftist extremism as the country's biggest internal security threat, said all efforts would be made to reduce the social and economic disparities that provide sustenance to the Maoist insurgents who hold sway in vast swathes of the country.

"Some parts of our country continue to be affected by the Naxalite menace. It is the constitutional obligation of the government to protect the life and liberty of our citizens. Those who think that they can seize power by recourse to the gun do not understand the strength of our democracy," said the prime minister.

"The central government will redouble its efforts to deal with Naxalite activities. We will extend all help to the state governments to make their police forces more effective. Central forces will be provided wherever they are needed. We will also do more to ensure better coordination among states."

While stressing that the government had to be sensitive to people's complaints and frustrations, Manmohan Singh pointed there would be room for those indulging in violence.

"I also maintain that every government should be sensitive to people's complaints and dissatisfaction. But nothing is achieved by destroying public property and indulging in violence against one's fellow citizens. Our democracy has no place for those who resort to violence to express their disagreement, and the government will deal firmly with such people," he said.

The country has witnessed 1,128 incidents of Maoist-related violence till June 30 that have left 455 civilians and security forces dead.

The prime minister is expected to spell out the government's long-term strategy in combating Maoist violence at an internal security meeting of chief ministers on Monday.

After the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that left over 170 dead, the prime minister said the government had taken several steps to shore up the intelligence machinery and upgrade systems.

"To root out terrorist activities, our security forces and intelligence agencies are being constantly upgraded. I am sure that with cooperation from all sections of our society, we will be successful in eliminating terrorism from our country."

Naxalite killed in encounter

Post CommentLarger | Smaller Vivek Deshpande
Tags : mumbai, naxalite

Posted: Saturday , Aug 15, 2009 at 0338 hrs



After a long gap, the Gadchiroli police on Friday turned the tables on Maoists when they swooped down on a camp of over 50 members belonging to Etapalli Dalam and Kasansur local operating squad (LOS), killing at least one Naxalite.



The encounter took place near Todsa village in Etapalli tahsil between 6.30 am and 7 am. What made Friday’s encounter significant is that Naxalites have been most active in this part, openly moving around in what police believe to be “call ambush” tactics — inviting the cops to act and then trap them in ambush.



“We feel there were many casualties on their side, but as they always do most bodies seem to have been carried away,” Gadchiroli’s new superintendent of police Jayakumar told The Indian Express .



Jayakumar took over from Rajesh Pradhan last week. Pradhan is now SP, Yavatmal. “As many as 41 pitthus (shoulder bags), three weapons, a lot of hand grenades and detonators, camping material and literature were seized,” Jayakumar said.




“There was a lot of blood spilled on the spot as also some dragging marks, proving many other casualties on the Naxal side,” the SP said. “There was no harm to the C-60 commandos who conducted the operation under the leadership of Etapalli additional superintendent of police C K Meena.”



The deceased Naxalite is yet to be identified. It is suspected that the camp was led by Etapalli area committee chief and a very senior cadre Joganna, who was instrumental in organising the Janatana Sarkar (people’s government) in Etapalli tahsil last year. The police had successfully busted the attempt.

8 of family beaten to death by Maoists

K. Srinivas Reddy







HYDERABAD: The Chhattisgarh government is moving heavy contingents of security forces into Maoist-affected Kanker district to investigate a report that eight members of a family— including two children aged two and four— were beaten to death and their bodies burnt following failed negotiations over a property dispute on Tuesday night.

What alarmed the State administration is the claim by a surviving family member that the Maoists were involved in the incident, reported from Kesikodi village in the proximity of Maoist base area – Abuz Maad. “The place has a very high presence of Maoists as it is near Abuz Maad. Our forces are moving very cautiously anticipating Maoist attacks”, Director General of Police Viswaranjan said on phone from Raipur.

Property dispute


According to the information received at the Police headquarters, Ramayan Vishwakarma had a property dispute with some persons at Kesikodi. His rival sought the help of Maoists and approached Nagesh, a commander of the Local Organising Squad (LOS) to settle the dispute. The Maoist called for a meeting as part of the Jan Adalat (people’s court) and tried to settle the issue. “One of the parties was not ready for the settlement and the attack took place.” sources said quoting Ramayan Vishwakarma.

The dead were identified as Vishwakarma’s mother, Sukhawathi; daughters Kausalya and Pramila; son Ram Singh; daughter-in-law Raju Bhanu; grand daughters Sarita and Aruna; and his wife whose name was not known.








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8 of family burnt, Maoists suspected

Express news service
Tags : Maoists attacked, chhattisgarh

Posted: Thursday , Aug 13, 2009 at 0416 hrs


Eight members of a family, including a two-year-old girl, were reportedly burnt alive when suspected Maoists attacked them at Keskodi village, about 12 km from Koilibeda, in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.



Though the massacre of Ramayan Vishakarma’s family took place on Tuesday, Koilibeda police got the information only on Wednesday afternoon. Subsequently a team of security personnel are being rushed to the village, a police spokesman said.



Initial reports suggested that Maoists took revenge against the family as they suspected one of them was a police informer. But the police are also exploring a property dispute angle. It is suspected that one of the families sought Naxal help to bring to end a feud with the other family, which however refused to obey the diktat of the Maoist rebels, who later burnt them alive. However, another theory is that one of the families took help of a Samgam—village level supporters of Naxals—who intervened and no active Maoists were involved in the massacre.






“Eight deaths have been reported. We are investigating the matter,” state police spokesman and IG R K Vij told The Indian Express. “We will go to the village with adequate security reinforcement, including from the CRPF, as it has been a Maoist tactic to commit such crimes at remote locations and wait on the way to ambush the approaching security personnel,” local police sources said.



“The actual number of deaths and other details could be known only after recovery of bodies,” they added.

15 cops suspended for refusing to join anti-Maoist drive

Raipur, Aug 13 (IANS) About 15 policemen were suspended in Chhattisgarh after they refused to take part in anti-Maoist operations, the state police chief said here Thursday.

“We have made groups of 100 policemen in insurgency-hit areas to launch anti-Maoist operations but 15 constables were reluctant to join the drive and were thus suspended,” Director General of Police (DGP) Vishwaranjan told IANS.

“I can’t tolerate indiscipline,” he said.

The suspended policemen were posted in Rajnandgaon district in the state’s western region bordering Maharashtra where the Maoists killed 29 policemen, including a district police chief, July 12.

Last month, 29 constables were suspended in Janjgir-Champa district after they refused to go for a 15-day orientation course at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker district before being deployed for four-month long postings in areas affected by Maoist insurgency.

Chhattisgarh has been witnessing a string of attacks on policemen and civilians since June 2005 when a government backed civil militia movement, Salwa Judum, was launched in Bastar to flush out the rebels.

Over 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh since November 2000, when the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

Two Naxals held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Aug 13 (PTI) Two Naxals were arrested from Chhattisgarh's Kanker district today, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team apprehended Ramsai and Rateram from Koilebeda area, District Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav said.

The two, hailing from Narayanpur district, have been accused of indulging in violent activities during the Lok Sabha elections, he said.

PM to chair meeting of CMs on internal security

New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Security in the aftermath of Mumbai terror strikes and pro-active action against Naxals will come under the scanner at a meeting of chief ministers convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday.

Activities of Pakistan-based terror outfits and situation in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Northeast will also come up for review at the day-long conference which is being organised by the Union Home Ministry.

Threadbare discussions will be held with the chief ministers on the security situation and measures to be adopted to maintain law and order, coastal security, strengthening of intelligence wing, augmenting police forces and preparedness of Quick Reaction Teams.

The meeting of CMs held in January had decided to tighten security along the 7,200 km-long coastline, increase the number of police stations, check posts and interceptor boats

8 of family burnt alive by naxals

Category » Madhya Pradesh Posted On Thursday, August 13, 2009
United News of India
Raipur, Aug 13:

Eight persons of a family, including women and children, were burnt alive by naxals at Koylibeda village in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district today.
''The victims were one party in a land dispute and had declined to obey the Maoists' one-sided decision in the matter. Police officers have rushed to the spot,'' state Director-General of Police Vishwaranjan told UNI.
The officer said the land dispute was between two families and one of the parties contacted self-styled rebel Commander Nagesh who was active in the area. The other party was subsequently summoned by the ultras. A public court was conducted but the family refused to abide by the ruling.
Amidst reports of large-scale action against the extremists by the Centre and state government, this act of cruelty has spread terror in the area.
This was the first crime of its kind in recent years. The militants usually target police and informers

Centre to tell states: Don’t depend on us for security

Express news service

Posted: Friday , Aug 14, 2009 at 0438 hrs
New Delhi:

As many states show slow progress on equipping themselves to deal with security-related situations, the Centre is likely to tell the Chief Ministers on Monday that they cannot be forever dependent on the Union government and will have to take an equal responsibility for ensuring security for the citizens.



At a meeting of the Chief Ministers of all states, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram will once again impress on the state governments to start a massive capacity-building programme that will make them self-sufficient to deal with modern security threats like terrorism or Naxal violence.



The meeting will review implementation of the steps suggested at the previous Chief Ministers’ conference on January 6 this year. In this regard, the Home Ministry had already asked the state governments to prepare a detailed action taken report on the decisions taken at that meeting, sources said.



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They said Home Ministry was aware of the fact that many states had been extremely slow even in utilising the resources provided to them by the Centre since the last meeting. States like Kerala have hardly used the new boats sent to them meant for patrolling the sea-shores with the aim of strengthening the country’s coastal security.



Despite repeated reminders from the Home Ministry, many states are yet to form Quick Response Teams or hold regular mock drills for their police forces.



The meeting is likely to be attended by Chief Ministers of all the states barring those of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is unwell, the Chief Ministers of Arunachal and Himachal have expressed their inability to attend.

Maoist posters make police sit up, think

Express News Service First Published : 14 Aug 2009 03:56:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

CUTTACK: Two incidents of Maoist postering at Kanpur in the district in the last fortnight, threatening to blow up police stations and vital Government offices, have got the police jump into action.


Armed personnel have been moved into the region while the entire area is being kept under strict vigil. The police stations of Kanpur and Narsinghpur have been fortified with security enhancement, particularly keeping in view the Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Maoist posters were found to have been pasted on the walls of Bapuji Library at Siaria under Kanpur police limits.

Written in red, bearing the insignia of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), the posters claimed that the Left wing ultras had assembled in the region to blow up the Kanpur and Narsinghpur police stations, Narsinghpur tehsil office and other Government offices but deferred operation due to inclement weather. They have, however, threatened to eliminate all corrupt politicians and government employees. After August 15, should anyone be found demanding or taking bribe would face the consequences, the posters proclaimed while asking leading technical education institutions to take action to curb ragging.

This is the second incident after July 31, when posters were found at Rushipada village under the Kanpur police station. The Reds had then also threatened to blow the police station.

Acknowledging the twin incidents, police said it is being verified whether the posters actually belonged to the Maoists or was an act of pranksters.

The posters have been seized and a special team has been formed to investigate, SP (Rural), Cuttack, RK Mishra said.

The region borders Naxal-affected Nayagarh district and thus influx of the ultras could not be ruled out.

One platoon of armed police has been deployed while plainclothes policemen are keeping watch on movement of outsiders, Mishra added.

22 CISF men who battled Maoists among 223 cops to get gallantry awards

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NEW DELHI: Twenty-two CISF personnel, who battled more than 200 heavily armed Maoists for 10 hours without any back-up or reinforcements and saved
the lives of 150 Nalco staff at Damanjodi in Orissa in April, are among the 223 cops across the country who will be awarded with gallantry medals on the occasion of Independence Day.

This is for the first time in the history of gallantry medal for police personnel when all the jawans involved in a single operation have been selected for awards. While six of them will get the President's Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG), the other 16 will be given the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG).

Those who will get PPMG are: Bhagirath Singh, Amarendra Sarmah, Sarbjeet Singh, Vipin Kumar Singh (all posthumous), Dharam Singh and Salim Khan.

Those who will get PMG posthumously are: Subas Chandra Pradhan, Potupureddi Appanna, Barun Paramanik, Kritan Kumar Solanki, Bidhan Maji and Lalit Kumar.

All of them not only saved the hostages (all Nalco staff) but also kept the Red Ultras away from the stores having a huge quantity of explosives.

Incidentally, most of the central paramilitary personnel and state police cops posthumously selected for the gallantry award this year laid down their lives in anti-naxal operations.

Others selected for PPMG include assistant commandant K C Yadav and constable Ashim Manta of BSF and constable Anil Kumar T of ITBP. While both Yadav and Manta fought Red Ultras during their posting in Bihar for election duty this year, Anil Kumar fought the Taliban after a suicide attack on Border Road Organisation personnel at the Zaranj-Delaram Highway Project site in Afghanistan last year.

A severely injured Kumar rushed to the aid of his fellow jawans and carried them to safety even as he constantly fired from his rifle at the Taliban till he fell unconscious. His action forced the terrorists to retreat and saved the lives of many jawans.

CRPF head constable Kunjumohan C too received the PMG posthumously. While driving a vehicle ferrying personnel in Manipur, he was hit by a bullet. Though he was grievously injury, he drove the vehicle from the ambush site and parked it at a safe place on a hill side, thus saving the lives of everyone on board.

Among other awardees are five commandos -- Ajai Singh, SLC Khup, CT Ravi, Om Prakash and S Chongloi -- of the elite anti-terror force NSG. They have been selected for the police medal for meritorious service (PMMS). Other awardees are: CRPF IG Rajesh Pratap Singh who gets the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services (PPMDS), CRPF DIG Vikram Sahgal (PMMS), CBI joint director Arun Kumar (PPMDS), and CISF DIG Udayan Banerjee (PMMS).

6 city cops nominated for President’s award




Express News Service
Posted: Aug 15, 2009 at 0213 hrs IST

Pune As many as six police officers from the city have been nominated for the President’s Police award for meritorious service. In all, 30 police officers from the state have been nominated for the award.
The officers from Pune are additional director general and state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SPS Yadav, inspector Bhanupratap Shankar Barge of Foreigners Registration Office of Pune city police, inspector Mahadev Shripati Gawade of traffic control branch, Pune city police, assistant sub-inspector Shankar Dhondiba Pendhe, traffic control branch, Pune city, head constable Bansi Ramchandra Dalimbe of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and head constable Ram Anantrao Landge, SRPF, Group II.

CID chief Yadav, an IPS officer, has been chosen the President’s police award for distinguished service. He is among the three top police officers in the state police who have been nominated for the award. “I am thankful to senior officers, especially Director DGP SS Virk for considering me,” Yadav said.

Inspector Barge, who was part of many sensational police operations against terrorists and underworld gangs, has so far received 170 rewards. He had sustained a bullet injury during an operation at Bhandup, Mumbai, in March 1992, in which five terrorists were killed. He was also instrumental in the arrest of four KLF terrorists at Dahisar check naka in May 1992. He has earlier received reward for his role in the Lokhandwala shootout in November 1991, in which seven dreaded gangsters of the Dawood Ibrahim gang were killed. In Pune, he arrested of two ISI agents. Inspector Gawade started his career in 1988. He has served the Dharavi police station in Mumbai and also worked in Satara district for 10 years. Assistant sub-inspector Pendhe joined the service in 1977. He is known for his skills in English, stenography and his ability to correspond independently in Marathi.

Constable Dalimbe joined the police force in 1977. He has received 215 rewards, including the insignia award from the DGP. Constable Landge, who joined the force in 1982 has served in the Naxal-prone areas of Gadhchiroli, Gondhia and Chandrapur.

Naxal leader given week-long death anniversary

THE 36TH death anniversary of Naxalite leader Charu Mazumdar ended after a week-long commemoration on August 3. In this, public meetings were held at places bordering Malkangiri.

CJ: K. Sudhakar Patnaik Sat, Aug 15, 2009 10:54:14 IST

Govt fails in anti-Naxalism operation in Orissa THE 36TH death anniversary of Naxalite leader Charu Mazumdar ended after a week-long commemoration on August 3. CPI (Maoists) leaders encouraged tribals at a public meeting close to Chhatishgarh (bordering Malkangiri district of Orrisa) to work hard in the fields for better paddy production, to maintain cleanness in their villages and to always drink boiled water.

Opposing the Government Policy of introducing country liquor, the Naxal leaders urged the tribals who attended the meeting to stop consumption and sale of liquor for the better cause. As many as 70 permanent pillars were erected to remember their comrades in Malkangiri district and 500 temporary pillars were erected by their followers and sympathisers. They even gave a call to people join its Liberation Guerrilla Arm to fight for the better society.

Posters were pasted on important junctions in remote villages under Mathili block urging the village heads, ward members, block and zilla parishad chairmen to ensure that the CRPF would not enter tribal villages for a combing operation. They also warned the elected representatives that if they failed to do so, they would be eliminated.

The Maoists even decided to blow up the bridge on river Kolab at Kiang inaugurated by the then chief minister of Orrisa, Biju Patnaik. This bridge strengthens the communication facilities for about seven panchayats including Tentuligumma, the residential village of a great tribal freedom fighter Laxman Nayak who was hanged to death in 1942. They also barred construction of a school building at Chitrakopa under Kamarapalli Gram Panchayat of Mathili Block under DPEP Funds as they suspected that the building would house police camps and not school children.

In a separate incident, the Maoists also condemned the brutal killing of three tribal youth from one family due to their suspected affiliation with a rebel faction.

Nalco mines get fresh Naxal threat

Dilip Satapathy / Bhubaneswar August 12, 2009, 0:54 IST



Public sector National Aluminium Company (Nalco) has come under fresh threat of Naxal attack with the rebels issuing an ultimatum to the company authorities to fulfil their certain demands relating to the contract labourers and peripheral development.




The threat has come barely four months after the daring attack on the Nalco’s Panchpatmali bauxite mines in Koraput that claimed the lives of 10 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.

According to sources, in a letter addressed to the top brass of the company’s refinery and mines complex at Damanjodi, the rebels have taken exception to the failure of the company to regularise the services of all contract labourers and undertake adequate peripheral development work in the vicinity of the mines area. The one-page letter, written in Telugu, gives one month to the company to comply with their demand for regularisation of the jobs of contract labourers and also inform the public about the peripheral development work being undertaken for the villagers near the mines.

Nalco has about 2,000 contract labours in its Damanjodi complex, of which 300 are engaged in mining activity.

The latter has warned of attack on the company facilities by the rebels, if Nalco management fail to meet their demands.

Interestingly, the rebels have expressed their willingness to hold discussion with Nalco authorities on these issues if the company showed willingness towards solving the problems of the locals.

Meanwhile, some officials of the company doubt the veracity of the letter, saying its “tone and tenure”, particularly relating to offer for holding talks by the ultras who mostly prefer to remain underground, did not match with the style of functioning of the naxals.

They are of the view that it (the letter) may be just the handiwork of some contract labourers, who have been demanding regularisation of their jobs for some time.

The development has shaken the officials of Nalco’s refinery and mines complex at Damanjodi which was limping back to normalcy after the April 12 attack by the naxals.

“After receiving the letter three days back, we are taking all measures to step up the security of the mines area. We have also intimated the district administration including the district collector and superintendent of police (SP) about the development”, said senior official of the company.

When contacted the Koraput SP, Deepak Kumar, however, said, “no one from the company has either met or spoken to him yet on the naxalite threat to the refinery and mines complex. I have come to know from some local sources about the development, which is a matter of concern”.

It may be noted, after the April 12 attack on the company’s Panchpatmali bauxite mines, the company had taken several steps for upgrade of security at the mines which included increase in the strength of CISF personnel deployed at the mines from 89 to 197 jawans and fortification of the mines area. In addition the company had drastically reduced the storage of explosives at the magazine house to the barest minimum of about 4-5 days consumption.

The security in the mines is mostly looked after by the CISF in co-ordination with the district administration and state police.

AP plans to declare three more districts naxal-affected

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh is contemplating to seek the Central Government’s approval for inclusion of three more districts in the State in the list of areas declared as naxal-affected.

These districts are Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in north Coastal Andhra bordering Orissa. At present, Khammam is the only district in Andhra Pradesh that finds place in the list of 33 districts across the country which have been declared as extremist-affected.

The Government’s move is in line with the demand from several States for inclusion of more areas in Maoist- affected category owing to the spurt in extremist activity. Overall, Maoist activity has been on the decline in Andhra Pradesh, but the Government is seeking declaration of the three north districts as naxal-affected in view of the continuing activity in areas adjoining the Andhra-Orissa border.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is expected to put forth a request to this effect to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Union Ministers concerned during his visit to New Delhi on August 17. The move, according to sources, would ensure more focus on the affected areas while enabling the State to secure more funds under the Backward Region Grant Fund.

Sources said the Centre allocated Rs. 7,500 crore to be spent over a period of three years for the development of the 33 affected districts in Jharkhand (10), Chattisgarh (7), Bihar (6), Orissa (5), Maharashtra (2) and Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (one each). The declaration of new districts would enable the State to secure funds to the tune of about Rs. 900 crore over the next three years that could be utilised for development of infrastructure including roads and bridges.

Special watch in Naxal prone districts

Security has been tightened in Bhubaneswar ahead of Independence Day
celebration.Express News Service First Published : 15 Aug 2009 10:09:49 AM ISTLast Updated : 15 Aug 2009 12:10:18 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: With security forces and Left wing extremists engaged in a battle of supremacy in the bordering districts, an alert has been issued on the eve of Independence Day across the State. Police in bordering districts have been asked to keep a watch on destructive elements including the Naxals which may attempt to disrupt the I-Day process.


Special watch has been kept in Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Sundargarh.

With the recent violence during the Martyr’s Week followed by police action, possibilities of Naxal action cannot been ruled out, top police sources said.

In fact, three woman cadres were killed in a police encounter on Wednesday which could trigger retaliation.

Meanwhile, a strict vigil has been kept on the State l eve l I-Day function in the ci ty which would be att e n d e d by Chief Minist e r Naveen Patnaik. Multiple tier security with quick reaction and Special Operation Group teams will be in place at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg, venue of the function.

Chief Ministers to discuss coastal security, naxal issue

Vinay Kumar



NEW DELHI: The meeting of Chief Ministers on Internal Security, to be presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Monday, will address four core issues — follow up on decisions taken during the January 6 meeting, coastal security and border management, modernisation of police forces and naxal management.

A priority item on the agenda of the daylong meeting of the Chief Ministers will be a proposal for the creation of a State Industrial Security Force, on the pattern of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary force which guards vital installations and provides security at all airports.

Review of follow-up action will involve progress on creation of Quick Response Teams and Special Intervention Units at the police station level, strengthening of State special branches and creation of separate intelligence cadre.

The meeting will also review the progress on setting up special cells in State police wings, comprising intelligence, investigation, operation and prosecution on the lines of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, for tackling the menace of fake currency notes.

The meeting will also review filling up vacancies in the State police force, creation of additional posts to ensure adequate manpower in rural police states and establishment of new police stations, sources in the government told The Hindu on Thursday.

Guidelines


The Centre is also said to be keen on State governments strictly following the elaborate guidelines on the security of places of worship, historical monuments, iconic installations, malls, multiplexes, hotels and other places with heavy footfalls. The guidelines have been circulated to the State governments and the Centre is likely to stress laying down timelines for implementing the same and preparation of model laws.

Another key area of core policing is the implementation of the scheme of community policing and statutory provisions in State Police Acts to facilitate it, the sources said.

The meeting will review the anti-naxal strategy by State police forces and conduct joint inter-State operations.

Seven Chief Ministers of naxalite-affected States will have a separate meeting with the Prime Minister, and Home Minister P. Chidambaram later in the day.

The conference will also review the information collection system and its proper sharing.

Encounter: 3 women Naxals killed

Express News Service First Published : 13 Aug 2009 02:24:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

RAYAGADA: Three teenage women Naxals were gunned down in a pre-dawn encounter in the deep Jadi jungles in Rayagada district on the Orissa- Andhra border.


The Grey Hounds of Andhra Pradesh and the Special Operation Group of Orissa had been working for the last two days to nail down a Naxal meeting. There was heavy exchange of fire from both the sides. The dead women Naxals have been identified as Swarna, Jibani and Bidya. All are said to be teenagers.

Swarna happened to be the paramour of Daya, a top leader.

Their bodies have been recovered and sent for postmortem. Police have recovered rifles, ammunition, five kits, CDs and Naxal literature.

Sources said at least six Naxals have been injured in the exchange of fire. Combing operations are continuing in the area.

After a brief lull, Naxals have become active in the district after the martyrs’ week.

The area saw surrender and arrest of several Naxals, including some top cadres, over the last one month

Million Mutinies More

Updated on Saturday, August 15, 2009, 08:45 IST Tags:India`s Independence Day, Unity


Shashank Chouhan

That India is surrounded by a ring of fire which is constantly burning and trying to expand its reach is something that has been recognized by successive governments. But the flames that are simmering within have been ignored for 60 years.

That was the admission of the Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament. That it is the single largest challenge we face today was admitted by none other than the PM Manmohan Singh. Admitting the existence of a problem is the first definitive step towards tackling it decisively.

For many years, we in the cities lived in a cocoon of comfort of a territorially united India, thanking Vallabh Bhai Patel for the excruciating task of uniting the princely provinces into that charming piece of land which looks like a bride when seen from space.


But a small village in West Bengal changed that. Red is the colour which is indicative of a bride’s good fortune; but that has become the colour of blood for our nation. When the government of West Bengal admitted that Lalgarh was ‘captured’ by Maoists- yes, within India, an entire village- and the Army needed to step in, the crude reality of red terror struck home.

Consider this: Around 180 districts in 13 states are under Naxal sway. That is 40% of the Indian territory. The Naxal belt of 92,000 sq kms stretches from Maharashtra to West Bengal. Over 6000 people- mainly security personnel- have been killed in dexterously planed attacks, as per a BBC estimate. Thousands more have been injured. According to Observer Research Foundation’s 2004 estimate, there are around 10,000 hardcore naxal fighters with access to over 6500 weapons and over 40,000 cadre around India.

What it effectively means is this- like an absence of governance in the wild north western parts of Pakistan, India’s flag and constitution hold little significance in many parts of the country. In 2009, we have our influence on Moon, but not in Lalgarh.

Like it always is in this country, the administration tried to ignore the issue for much of its existence and brushed it under the carpet. Now of course it wants to carpet bomb it out of existence.

Looking at it the Chinese way of tackling territorial problems, the response of our government is not wrong- snatch control of land, kill those who disagree, push in your kind of development. Tianmen and Xinjiang are classic examples for that strategy.

But, thankfully, we are not China and sadly we are not China. You read that right.

While a fair use iron fists is okay to maintain sovereignty, a focused acceleration of development will not harm any one. The difference here has to be in understanding the problems of all these districts and not merely in supplying mobile phone towers- the Maoist destruction of which Chidambaram keeps citing to justify his strategy of police action followed by development.



Shashank Chouhan

That India is surrounded by a ring of fire which is constantly burning and trying to expand its reach is something that has been recognized by successive governments. But the flames that are simmering within have been ignored for 60 years.

That was the admission of the Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament. That it is the single largest challenge we face today was admitted by none other than the PM Manmohan Singh. Admitting the existence of a problem is the first definitive step towards tackling it decisively.

For many years, we in the cities lived in a cocoon of comfort of a territorially united India, thanking Vallabh Bhai Patel for the excruciating task of uniting the princely provinces into that charming piece of land which looks like a bride when seen from space.


But a small village in West Bengal changed that. Red is the colour which is indicative of a bride’s good fortune; but that has become the colour of blood for our nation. When the government of West Bengal admitted that Lalgarh was ‘captured’ by Maoists- yes, within India, an entire village- and the Army needed to step in, the crude reality of red terror struck home.

Consider this: Around 180 districts in 13 states are under Naxal sway. That is 40% of the Indian territory. The Naxal belt of 92,000 sq kms stretches from Maharashtra to West Bengal. Over 6000 people- mainly security personnel- have been killed in dexterously planed attacks, as per a BBC estimate. Thousands more have been injured. According to Observer Research Foundation’s 2004 estimate, there are around 10,000 hardcore naxal fighters with access to over 6500 weapons and over 40,000 cadre around India.

What it effectively means is this- like an absence of governance in the wild north western parts of Pakistan, India’s flag and constitution hold little significance in many parts of the country. In 2009, we have our influence on Moon, but not in Lalgarh.

Like it always is in this country, the administration tried to ignore the issue for much of its existence and brushed it under the carpet. Now of course it wants to carpet bomb it out of existence.

Looking at it the Chinese way of tackling territorial problems, the response of our government is not wrong- snatch control of land, kill those who disagree, push in your kind of development. Tianmen and Xinjiang are classic examples for that strategy.

But, thankfully, we are not China and sadly we are not China. You read that right.

While a fair use iron fists is okay to maintain sovereignty, a focused acceleration of development will not harm any one. The difference here has to be in understanding the problems of all these districts and not merely in supplying mobile phone towers- the Maoist destruction of which Chidambaram keeps citing to justify his strategy of police action followed by development.

One of the main problems of these areas is severe drought compounded by total government apathy. Moreover resources here are exploited for everyone’s benefit, but the residents of the area who are the rightful owners don’t gain much. Reckless mining in Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh has aroused a war cry among Naxals.

They are inspired by Chairman Mao who said, “A revolution’s need for a base area… is just like an individual’s need for buttocks. If an individual didn’t have buttocks, he… would have to run around or stand around all the time”. Naxals have found their buttocks- they are swathes of impoverished lands. For your information, China’s People’ Daily called Naxals ‘a peal of spring thunder.’

For the people and government of India, it is time to face the truth. But then, our MPs are so against Sach Ka Samna, that there seems little hope of their realizing what Binayak Sen told me- it is ridiculous how people in some parts of our country are forced to lead their lives. Like worms. Or even worse. “Why”, he asks and his struggle centers round getting the answer and being tagged anti-national enroute.

It is another struggle for another freedom that is taking time and toll- years after freedom fighters gave their lives for a free India.

The truth is that Dantewada- which is another Red fort of India which has its own style of sound and light show that we wouldn’t like to see, really- is officially one of the most backward districts of India for over two decades now. Two decades- that was when IT revolution was being inaugurated.

It is the district with lowest literacy rate in India- 30%. Schools are regularly blown up and most are occupied by armed forces. NREGA is mostly non-existent, residents haven’t heard of it and whatever work is done is of sub-standard, as per the Central Employment Guarantee Council. 95% of villages have no basic medical facilities. Infrastructure is only on papers. Security and administration personnel fear to tread into Naxal-controlled areas and require permission of naxals to begin any work.

The area is endowed with forest and mineral resources. Adivasis- Gonds- who form 80% of the population have seen all benefits accrued from exploitation of these resources go to non-tribals for decades. The area is notified under Section V of the Constitution which empowers the state and central government to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of citizens. Needless to say, the rights of the government and people remain suspended in this naxal HQ from where the red fires are given fuel throughout the country.

Of course that does not justify the use of violence. There is no doubt that the situation is being exploited by a bunch of thugs, who are not letting development come in. As per a central estimate, the movement is worth Rs 1500 cr now- raised from ‘levies’.

But what should people do when the National Human Rights Commission is not even prepared to launch an investigation into alleged mass rapes by Salwa Judum men in Chattisgarh? It is not easy to run away from truth when it finally shows up one morning. That dawn has broken over Raisina Hill, thankfully, as new strategies are being thought up in strengthening the armed forces as well as development. But some are still asleep.

That is only one example of a fire that needs to be put out. Take in this list of demands:

1. A section of Kashmiris- supported by Pakistan- want a plebiscite to be a separate nation since freedom. They kill for the cause.

2. In the North East, almost every state has militants who want ‘Greater Everything’ but not a greater India.

3. Khalistan voices are still heard from overseas.

4. If not ‘freedom’, many want their own state within India on the basis of language, culture, beliefs etc. Example: Demand for Telengana, Gorkhaland, Purvanchal etc.

5. The states in south got divided on the basis of their languages and are still fighting over each other’s resources, cultural icons etc.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but that covers most of India. Sometimes I wonder if Delhi will be a country one day, what with so many demands for partition. That will be not just tragic…one can’t find the word for the feeling.

This, then, is surely the single largest challenge facing post-Independence India- unity. This time the challenge is far more complicated than it was during Vallabhai’s time as it encompasses struggle of people against perceived state failure, against an India which is seen to be sometimes failing Indians.

The good thing is, if this challenge is tackled successfully, it will not only save the integrity but also take the lives of the people to another level- paving way for the emergence of superpower India.

Are we up for this one?



Shashank Chouhan

That India is surrounded by a ring of fire which is constantly burning and trying to expand its reach is something that has been recognized by successive governments. But the flames that are simmering within have been ignored for 60 years.

That was the admission of the Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament. That it is the single largest challenge we face today was admitted by none other than the PM Manmohan Singh. Admitting the existence of a problem is the first definitive step towards tackling it decisively.

For many years, we in the cities lived in a cocoon of comfort of a territorially united India, thanking Vallabh Bhai Patel for the excruciating task of uniting the princely provinces into that charming piece of land which looks like a bride when seen from space.


But a small village in West Bengal changed that. Red is the colour which is indicative of a bride’s good fortune; but that has become the colour of blood for our nation. When the government of West Bengal admitted that Lalgarh was ‘captured’ by Maoists- yes, within India, an entire village- and the Army needed to step in, the crude reality of red terror struck home.

Consider this: Around 180 districts in 13 states are under Naxal sway. That is 40% of the Indian territory. The Naxal belt of 92,000 sq kms stretches from Maharashtra to West Bengal. Over 6000 people- mainly security personnel- have been killed in dexterously planed attacks, as per a BBC estimate. Thousands more have been injured. According to Observer Research Foundation’s 2004 estimate, there are around 10,000 hardcore naxal fighters with access to over 6500 weapons and over 40,000 cadre around India.

What it effectively means is this- like an absence of governance in the wild north western parts of Pakistan, India’s flag and constitution hold little significance in many parts of the country. In 2009, we have our influence on Moon, but not in Lalgarh.

Like it always is in this country, the administration tried to ignore the issue for much of its existence and brushed it under the carpet. Now of course it wants to carpet bomb it out of existence.

Looking at it the Chinese way of tackling territorial problems, the response of our government is not wrong- snatch control of land, kill those who disagree, push in your kind of development. Tianmen and Xinjiang are classic examples for that strategy.

But, thankfully, we are not China and sadly we are not China. You read that right.

While a fair use iron fists is okay to maintain sovereignty, a focused acceleration of development will not harm any one. The difference here has to be in understanding the problems of all these districts and not merely in supplying mobile phone towers- the Maoist destruction of which Chidambaram keeps citing to justify his strategy of police action followed by development.

One of the main problems of these areas is severe drought compounded by total government apathy. Moreover resources here are exploited for everyone’s benefit, but the residents of the area who are the rightful owners don’t gain much. Reckless mining in Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh has aroused a war cry among Naxals.

They are inspired by Chairman Mao who said, “A revolution’s need for a base area… is just like an individual’s need for buttocks. If an individual didn’t have buttocks, he… would have to run around or stand around all the time”. Naxals have found their buttocks- they are swathes of impoverished lands. For your information, China’s People’ Daily called Naxals ‘a peal of spring thunder.’

For the people and government of India, it is time to face the truth. But then, our MPs are so against Sach Ka Samna, that there seems little hope of their realizing what Binayak Sen told me- it is ridiculous how people in some parts of our country are forced to lead their lives. Like worms. Or even worse. “Why”, he asks and his struggle centers round getting the answer and being tagged anti-national enroute.

It is another struggle for another freedom that is taking time and toll- years after freedom fighters gave their lives for a free India.

The truth is that Dantewada- which is another Red fort of India which has its own style of sound and light show that we wouldn’t like to see, really- is officially one of the most backward districts of India for over two decades now. Two decades- that was when IT revolution was being inaugurated.

It is the district with lowest literacy rate in India- 30%. Schools are regularly blown up and most are occupied by armed forces. NREGA is mostly non-existent, residents haven’t heard of it and whatever work is done is of sub-standard, as per the Central Employment Guarantee Council. 95% of villages have no basic medical facilities. Infrastructure is only on papers. Security and administration personnel fear to tread into Naxal-controlled areas and require permission of naxals to begin any work.

The area is endowed with forest and mineral resources. Adivasis- Gonds- who form 80% of the population have seen all benefits accrued from exploitation of these resources go to non-tribals for decades. The area is notified under Section V of the Constitution which empowers the state and central government to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of citizens. Needless to say, the rights of the government and people remain suspended in this naxal HQ from where the red fires are given fuel throughout the country.

Of course that does not justify the use of violence. There is no doubt that the situation is being exploited by a bunch of thugs, who are not letting development come in. As per a central estimate, the movement is worth Rs 1500 cr now- raised from ‘levies’.

But what should people do when the National Human Rights Commission is not even prepared to launch an investigation into alleged mass rapes by Salwa Judum men in Chattisgarh? It is not easy to run away from truth when it finally shows up one morning. That dawn has broken over Raisina Hill, thankfully, as new strategies are being thought up in strengthening the armed forces as well as development. But some are still asleep.

That is only one example of a fire that needs to be put out. Take in this list of demands:

1. A section of Kashmiris- supported by Pakistan- want a plebiscite to be a separate nation since freedom. They kill for the cause.

2. In the North East, almost every state has militants who want ‘Greater Everything’ but not a greater India.

3. Khalistan voices are still heard from overseas.

4. If not ‘freedom’, many want their own state within India on the basis of language, culture, beliefs etc. Example: Demand for Telengana, Gorkhaland, Purvanchal etc.

5. The states in south got divided on the basis of their languages and are still fighting over each other’s resources, cultural icons etc.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but that covers most of India. Sometimes I wonder if Delhi will be a country one day, what with so many demands for partition. That will be not just tragic…one can’t find the word for the feeling.

This, then, is surely the single largest challenge facing post-Independence India- unity. This time the challenge is far more complicated than it was during Vallabhai’s time as it encompasses struggle of people against perceived state failure, against an India which is seen to be sometimes failing Indians.

The good thing is, if this challenge is tackled successfully, it will not only save the integrity but also take the lives of the people to another level- paving way for the emergence of superpower India.

Are we up for this one?

Four naxals killed in police encounter in Chhattisgarh

Updated on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 16:25 IST Tags:Naxalites, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Four naxals were killed in a police encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattishgarh.

The Maoists were killed in Mirtur jungles near Kakodi canal area, in retaliatory fire after they opened fire on a patrol team including personnel from STF and district police force, state Inspector General R K Vij told reporters.


The police team was sent to the Bastar region under an anti-naxal operation carried out to flush out Maoists from the state, Vij said.

Several explosives and arms including pistols, tiffin bombs and hand grenades were also recovered from the site, he added.

Bureau Report

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Jharkhand Party(N) activist shot at by suspected Maoists

Sunday, August 09, 2009, 15:13 IST Tags:Jharkhand, Jharkhand Party(N), Maoists

Midnapore (WB): Suspected Maoists on Sunday shot at an activist of Jharkhand Party (Naren) in West Midnapore district.


The incident happened at Chakadoba village near Lalgarh in the district. The activist, identified as Manik Mondal, was shot at by Maoist cadre at his residence, police said.

Mondal was rushed to Jhargram hospital where his condition was stated to be critical, they added.

Bureau Report

CPM men flee Maoist terror

Sukumar Mahato, TNN 9 August 2009, 03:50am IST

JHARGRAM: Where have all the comrades gone? This question immediately springs to mind if one looks at the deserted CPM party offices spread over
Jhargram town, days before chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee visits Debra on Tuesday, 75 km away.

Fact is, most CPM functionaries in the area have fled from Jhargram town after Maoists served a "death sentence" against them. Maoists also asked the CPM office-bearers of Jhargram Municipality to put in their papers. Instead, a huge police force has started patrolling the entire stretch from Chowranghee, 40 km from Jhargram, to Debra from Saturday and have also set up two police camps at two schools in Debra and Ballychawk, that will remain closed till Tuesday.

Jhargram Municipality chairman Pradip Sarkar has left town and is commuting from Kharagpur, where he has taken refuge. The plight of other CPM leaders is similar. CPM's Jhargram town zonal secretary Shibnath Guha is also on the move. Guha recently took a transfer certificate (TC) for his son studying in the local Kumudkumari Institution. "Guha took the TC for his son Soumya, a student of Class IX, on August 1," said headmaster Anup De. CPM MLA from Jhargram Amar Basu sold out his ancestral home and land at Gidhni and was staying at a rented house in Raghunathpur. Feeling unsafe, Basu has now shifted to an apartment opposite Jhargram police station.

The message has filtered down the ranks. CPM local secretary Asim Nandi has followed suit. He gave up his stake in Balaji Dhaba, near the old bus stand at Jhargram town. Partha Jadav, CPM's town local secretary and an employee of Jhargram Municipality, has stopped going to office. Jadav has confined himself to his home at Bachhurdoba and is shying away from CPM programmes. According to local CPM sources, Jadav did not even attend the last silent rally to mourn Subhas Chakraborty.

A total of 15 CPM branch offices spread over the town wear a deserted look, with party wholetimers opening the offices just for a little while during the day. Contractors who rubbed shoulders with a section of CPM leaders have also vanished, sensing winds of change.

"It is true that our party's activities are not like it used to be earlier. We can't force our party members to risk their life to organize party activities. This has been the situation for quite some time. I believe that the people will realize this and turn against the politics of killing, which has spread a scare in the town," said CPM district secretariat member Dahareswar Sen.

Maoists kill two persons

Rayagada (Orissa), Aug 9 (PTI) Armed naxalites killed two persons suspecting them to be police informers in separate attacks in Orissa's Rayagada disrict, police said today.

The red rebels raided Godibali and Godarguda villages, about 150 km from here last night and shot dead the two identified as Siba Sabar and Bibhisan Behera, dEputy commandent of Orissa Special Armed Podice (OSAP), Purushottam Sahu, said.

The inabcessible tribal villages are located in dense f/rests on the border of Maoist-infested Rayagada and Kandhamal districts*

A massive combing operation has been launched by CRPF and Orissa police personnel in the area to nab the Maoists followang the killings, he said.

Additional fobce has also been deplgyed in the area as a precautionary measure.

Providing security to netas at public expense

In the last 62 years of India;s terrorist history, except for the case of late Rajiv Gandhi, terrorists have not targetted any political figure in India. It has been the common man, the aam admi, who has been at the cross hairs..

VVIPs Security Issue : Uproar in Parliament over security to Mayawati, others
HAVING SET his own example of shunning the elaborate security allotted to him, Indian Home Minister PC Chidambaram rightly thought that now he has the moral ground to prune the disproportionate security provided to a very large number of netas and bureaucrats in India. But the whole country was taken aback by the ruckus created by supporters of these netajis in the both houses of parliament. For about two full days these insecure netas did not allow parliament to function. Finally, the government had to beat a hasty retreat and more or less abandon this well thought out action plan. The big question is that can a poor and developing country like India afford this sheer wastage of public money?

The billion strong Indian population is the most terror affected in the world today. In addition to the ongoing insurgency in seven states of the North East India and the Naxal problem affecting 180 Indian districts in 13 states, 1500 innocent India citizens died in 25 Pakistan sponsored Jehadi attacks in India since 2004. Various commissions appointed to suggest preventive measures have lamented that India has one of the world's lowest police to population ratios which has meant that beat police are almost missing from the ground. This gives rise to high crime and a lack of terror related intelligence in the country.

Despite this non-availability of police to perform even the basic policing duties for the public, 47000 Indian police personnels are provide round-the -clock security to 13000 netajis who come in the important person category (IP) in the country. This costs the country an average of Rs6 billion every year. This is in addition to the 430 very very important netajis (VVIPs), who are being provided Special Protection Group protection and National Security Guard (NSG) commando protection. Towardsr this, an additional Rs250 crores is spent annually. All at the cost of India's poor. This, in a country where 390 million people live below the poverty line.


What is even more appalling is that there are certain serving chief ministers in India who demand and get SPG and NSG commando protection. This despite the fact that these chief ministers have large police forces within their own State at their beck and call. By obtaining this Central Police protection the message they are sending to their people who have elected them in their State is that the State police can not be relied upon to protect their own CM. If so, then how will they protect the aam janta (common public)? The truth of the matter is that the Indian netaji considers this police protection as projection of his political importance. Further, in the name of security, some chief ministers are moving about in a cavalcade of 25 to 30 vehicles while others are quite happy with two to three vehicles. Bureaucrats who are ever ready to allocate some of these perks to themselves are not far behind in this misuse. Bigger the bureaucrat more the numbers of police guards at his residence.

For more than two decades, terrorists in India, espousing unacceptable causes, have blown up trains, bombed crowed markets, hijacked planes, attacked places of worship and killed and maimed large numbers. In the last sixty two years, except in the case of the late Rajiv Gandhi, terrorists have not targetted any political figure in India. It is always the common folk of India, the aam admi, who are at the cross hairs. Indians have been suffering stoically while politicians have only looked to their own protection and left the bulk of the population vulnerable due to the disproportionate allocation of limited resources.

It needs to be understood that the large number of police used as shadows and gunners by these netas are of no use to them or the organisation without regular training and motivation which they lack. The Pradhan Commission report on the state of the Mumbai police on 26/11 is a case in point. Today’s terrorists and other miscreants are highly trained and these police personnel are no match for them. It is time Indians demanded accountability from their netas. An autonomous tribunal must be set up at the Centre and the State level to asses threats to these VIPs on a regular basis. NSG and SPG protection should only be extended to the President and the Prime Minister. The chief ministers should only get their respective police protection from the State police.

The Indian constitution makes no provision for these VIPs and VVIPs to be provided with this type of individual security at public expense. In the eyes of the constitution it is the Indian public which has the right to security. Needless to say, the neta-babu security issue should be debated in the country and fresh norms should be laid down.

more >> Out-of-job netas should only be provided with police protection based on the current threat to them as assessed by tribunals. No netaji with a criminal background should be provided police protection especially when they do not hold any office. The thrust should be on providing collective security. Let the important netas and bureaucrats holding sensitive appointments stay in specific housing colonies where the whole colony gets security. This will free a lot of policemen for their basic duties.

Let private entrepreneurs open security agencies with highly trained ex-service personnel. They should be allowed suitable weapons and other gadgets for provision of security. Anybody and everybody who feels threatened may be allowed to hire their services. This practice of providing shadows and gunners to people close to a seat of power must stop forthwith. The people of India need not pay for these large numbers of politicians and others who actually do not face any more a threat than the aam admi. When the general security environment improves, the lives of our precious netas will also be safer

Cobra Battalion on OUAT land opposed

Express News Service First Published : 09 Aug 2009 04:44:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

KORAPUT: Even as the State Government is in a haste to establish Cobra Battalion in Koraput, the district administration has failed to initiate construction work of the battalion near Rajuput village after villagers opposed it on Friday.


About 23 villages are opposing the construction of the battalion on the Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) land which was acquired 40 years back from the villagers for agricultural purpose. As the land lay unutilised the government decided to establish a Cobra battalion on it to combat Naxal moment in the region.

The villagers however claimed that the land was given to OUAT to develop the agricultural sector in the region. Kamlu Pangi, a villager, said they will not allow establishment of the battalion at the site at any cost. ‘’We would not hesitate to allow the land for setting up the proposed Central University, medical or engineering college wing near their village’’, he added.

The villagers have been agitating for the past few months against establishment of the proposed battalion near their villages. After arresting an anti Cobra battalion leader Trilochan Muduli last month and releasing him from custody, the district administration managed to convince a section of the villagers to establish the battalion. Simultaneously the administration has promised to provide drinking water, communication and electricity facilities including employment opportunities to locals during construction. Similarly the police administration had promised to impart three months pre-training to local youths to qualify in the tests conducted for the battalion.

After an agreement with the leaders, the administration laid a foundation stone on August 4 amidst protests from a section of the tribal villagers on Friday. They forcibly stopped construction work and took away the construction equipment from the area. The district Collector and SP are likely to pay a visit to the villages on Monday to convince the protestors.