Saturday, September 05, 2009

Nallamala, a treacherous terrain and Maoist haven

TNN 3 September 2009, 01:33am IST


HYDERABAD: The 1,000sqkm Nallamala area is probably the largest stretch of undisturbed forests in south India other than the Western Ghats.


It is considered one of toughest and the most treacherous terrains. Even those well-aware of the tracks can get lost.

Little wonder, the Maoists have made Nallamala — spread across five districts of Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Prakasam, Guntur and Nalgonda — their haven. The Maoists ruled this region for over a decade by camping in the deep forests and troubled successive governments by unleashing a wave of terror. They ran a parallel government in these five districts taking full advantage of the terrain.

The fissured rocks prevent any water from percolating, resulting in most of the discharge running off as mountain streams to join the Gundlakamma river in the hills.

The Krishna river, which flows majestically through the forests, separates Kurnool and Mahbubnagar districts, while the Srisailam reservoir backwaters are spread across a length of 70 km making it easy for the Maoists to escape.

18-yr-old Maoist held

TNN 6 September 2009, 03:13am IST


VISAKHAPATNAM: Rural police arrested an 18-year-old Maoist in the Visakha agency area on Saturday. Identified as Vantala Jagannath alias Naresh, he
hailed from Valasapalli village in Y Ramavaram mandal of Visakha-East Godavari border.

According to the police, he had joined the Maoist party when he was 13. He served as a Galikonda dalam member before being promoted as deputy commander. He was the personal bodyguard for the secretary of the east division Jagadish alias Lenju for more than three years, sources said.

It is learnt that he revealed to the police the location of many dumps in the Chintapally agency.

Naxals kill 4 villagers in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sept 4 (PTI) Bodies of four villagers, allegedly kidnapped by Naxals, were recovered from a forest in Aaded village in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district today.

Naxals had attacked Kandulnar, Gudipal and Aaded villages in the district on Wednesday and kidnapped four villagers -- Anganpally Lakshmayya, Vasamchandru, Anganpally Buccha and Anganpally Jeetu, Superintendent of Police, Avinash Mohanty said.

Villagers found their bodies in the forest and informed the police.

While Buccha and Jeetu were shot dead, other bodies were found with throats slit.

Naxals can hit low flying choppers, say officials

Vishwa Mohan, TNN 4 September 2009, 04:19am IST


NEW DELHI: Naxalites may not have the capability to shoot down high-flying choppers but they are equipped to bring down helicopters flying at a
height of around 1,000 feet -- turning all winged machines vulnerable while taking off and landing.

Although Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's chopper crash over the Nallamala forest area was an accident, security agencies consider the naxal-infested hilly and forested zones in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand quite dangerous for low-flying helicopters and suggest pilots to try to maintain a height of around 3,000 feet and above.

A senior home ministry official said, "Pilots of all state and private agencies are sensitised to this fact keeping in mind the vulnerability of these areas. Maoists have high-powered machine guns with which they can easily shoot down low-flying choppers while positioning themselves strategically atop any nearby hill."

Security agencies keep the areas surrounding the helipads secure with proper deployment. "However, similar security cannot be provided in areas where a pilot may do forced landing in emergency. Only earmarked helipads can be made secure through area domination," said the official.

Police and paramilitary forces had initiated the sensitisation exercise in November last year when they witnessed the first-ever incident of shooting by Maoists at an Indian Air Force helicopter in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh. The IAF chopper was fired upon indiscriminately while taking off from a village in Bastar with sealed electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the state Assembly polls.

The helicopter's rotor blade, engine and fuselage were hit by bullets but the pilot -- Sqn Ldr T K Chaudhary -- somehow managed to fly it to safety in Jagdalpur, saving lives of passengers including poll officials. However, flight engineer Mustafa Ali lost his life in the incident.

Naxalites had later celebrated the incident and highlighted it in their quarterly bulletin -- Prabhat -- as a "historic event" in their armed struggle, mentioning it as an example of their being able to hit helicopters at will. The bulletin, being brought out clandestinely by CPI (Maoist)'s Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee, clearly stated that the Red ultras had got capability to shoot down choppers and they would certainly do it in future.

National security advisor M K Narayanan, however, on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of naxals having such capability. While talking to a television channel, he, in the context of the CM's chopper accident, said, "Naxal strike seems extremely improbable. I would almost entirely rule it out. I do not think the naxalites have the capability to bring down helicopters."

Explaining what Narayanan said, a security official on Thursday said the NSA's statement might be valid for high-flying choppers, specifically those flying beyond 3,000 feet. But it cannot be true for low-flying helicopters as the naxals had already shown what they could do with their light machine guns while positioning themselves on hills.

Why cannot government employ the same kind of machinery to hit naxal hideouts in dense forest areas what they used during the massive search operation of the Andhra CM's missing chopper in the past 24 hours?

An official said, "We are now getting satellite images of these areas with the help of ISRO. But we cannot use air-power to hit the tribal hamlets as it will result in civilian casualties. It is difficult during ground searches to segregate Maoists from the local tribal population if they do not carry arms."

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Maoists piling up weapons in forest areas

TNN 22 August 2009, 03:46am IST


MIDNAPORE/KOLKATA: Maoists are piling up arms in the forests of Lakshmanpur and Tarki, about 6 km from Lalgarh, close to the Jhitka forests. This
fact came to light during the interrogation of four suspected Maoists arrested from Lalgargh's backyard, Jhitka, on Thursday evening. Police confiscated pipeguns, cartridges and gelatine rolls from the accused. They were produced in the Jhargram court on Friday.

The arrests have confirmed once again that outsiders such as Subal Murmu, now in police remand, had come all the way from Gajole in Malda to Jangalmahal, apparently for the Maoist cause.

The arrested persons Lakshmikanta Mahato, Jagadish Mahato, Tarun Mahato and Subal Murmu claimed that they were going to fetch emergency medicines for Lakshmi's pregnant sister-in-law, Mamata. Around 100 villagers walked up to Pirakata police station in Salboni to stage a dharna on Friday morning, but were chased away by police.

According to police, the accused said during interrogation that they knew Maoist leaders Bikash and Kishanji. The recent arrests have thus come as a boost to security forces, who were dissatisfied with futile operations.

Home secretary Ardhendu Sen tried to boost the forces' morale on Friday during his visit to Midnapore Correctional Home. "It is true that we have not been able to stop Maoist killings and violence in the area. We could have done better had the adjoining states taken up similar operations in a coordinated manner. We will send our proposal to the Union home ministry," Sen said.

On the demand of 54 Maoist undertrials who are on a hunger strike in jails to withdraw security forces, Sen said it was not possible. In Kolkata, Lalgarh Mancha activists, led by Sujato Bhadra, raised a similar demand.

"The inspector-general will talk to the undertrials and request them to call off the agitation. Security forces will stay till the operations are over," the home secretary said before taking stock of the Lalgarh situation with senior police officials.

Probably getting a tip-off from the arrested, the home secretary ruled out the media's contention that CPI (Maoist) military strategist Kishanji was having a field day in the area. "Kishanji is meeting the press secretly. We have detected the place and will arrest him," Sen said, rubbishing Kishanji's claim that the villagers were with the Maoists.

The PCPA relaxed the indefinite bandh in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia for two hours.

DYFI leader gunned down in Binpur

TNN 29 August 2009, 04:35am IST


MIDNAPORE: Unidentified miscreants gunned down a 24-year-old DYFI leader, Mangal Soren, at Ergoda in West Midnapore's Binpur on Friday. Mangal was
working in a paddy field when three persons arrived on a motorcycle and fled after shooting him.

CPM leaders alleged that political rivals killed Soren to create tension in the area before the managing committee election at Dharsa High School.

Managing committee elections were scheduled to be held in Dharsa High School, Balichua High School and Murari SC High School on Sunday. However, sources said adequate security had not been provided to the candidates despite the threat perception.

Meanwhile, the Maoist-backed PCPA organized a rally at Madhupur in Salboni on Friday to further press the demand for withdrawal of joint forces. In a related development, members of the CPM and police-backed Gana Pratirodh Committee (GPC) switched over to PCPA at a rally in Gajgiri, Belpahari, on Thursday night.

Kargil Singh, one of the defectors, said: "We had been compelled to join GPC as some armed men had threatened us with firearms."

A police officer, however, said: "We think the locals are scared as Maoists have already killed GPC leaders Shankar Tudu, Sudhir Mandi, Karan Murmu, Guru Charan Tudu and Lal Murmu."

Maoist vendetta claims girl in Bundu

- 500 metres from police station, farmer’s family targeted
RAJ KUMAR

Bundu (Ranchi), Aug. 28: In a revenge strike against the family of a farmer whom they believed to be a police informer, Maoists used the cover of darkness today and gunned down his 12-year-old daughter and three tenants living in his house at Bundu, 45km from Ranchi, but no one from the police station barely 500 metres came to help.

Digambar Mahto’s younger daughter, nine-year-old Beauty Kumari, was also injured, and was battling for her life at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the capital.

At least 25 Maoists first used an IED to set off an explosion in the area, off the Ranchi-Jamshedpur highway, and then began firing indiscriminately from semi-automatic weapons killing Mahto’s daughter Reeta Kumari (12), daily wage labour Budhni Devi (30) and two Part II science students of Panch Pargania Kisan College, Vijay Pramanik (20) and Pradeep Kumar Mahto (20).

Budhni, Vijay and Pradeep were Digambar’s tenants living in the house for last three months.

Mahto, who survived the attack along with his wife Mithila Devi, said the operation continued for over 30 minutes. “The extremists targeted my house around 1.30am when all of us were asleep. First, I thought that they would leave as they had come without the usual warnings,” he said.

When the firing continued for more than two minutes, Mahto realised it was unusual. “Sensing trouble I somehow escaped with my wife climbing out of the rear window, leaving my two daughters sleeping. We thought the rebels would not harm children. But we were wrong,” he said, weeping inconsolably.

Mahto pointed out that the Bundu police station was hardly half-a-kilometre away. “I was expecting help from the there. But no one came.”

A Bundu police official defended his men saying it wasn’t possible for them to step out as rebels were waiting to ambush them. “We did not dare come out as our sources informed us that the extremists were ready to ambush us outside the police station,” said a police constable.

On the basis of Mahto’s statement, the Bundu police lodged an FIR saying his family was targeted by Maoists who believed he was a police informer.

The inspector-general of South Chhotanagpur, Rezi Dungdung, confirmed the incident. “Such action reflects the real ideology of extremists. They (extremists) are inhuman. They believe in killing innocents,” he said.

Today’s attack was the third since August 24 when Maoists have struck with impunity within 500m of NH-33 that passes through the Bundu police station area. On the night of August 24, they set four trucks on fire at Taimara on NH-33. On August 25, again at night, they ambushed a police team near Nawadih Middle School, about 500 metres from the highway.

The attacks indicate the relative ease at which the rebels were gradually increasing their area of influence even if it meant coming nearer to the Bundu police station. While the first attack was 15km away, the second came closer by 5km. The third attack was just half-a-kilometre away.

Maoist blitzkrieg forces Jharkhand cops to blink

TNN 26 August 2009, 03:41am IST


BHUBANESWAR/RANCHI/PATNA: Maoists rampaged through parts of Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar early Tuesday, the second day of their 48-hour bandh in
three states, blowing up a railway station and a community centre and torching more than 12 vehicles. In the process they forced a rattled Jharkhand police to comply with their diktat.

The Maoists had called for a two-day bandh in these three states along with West Bengal and Chhattisgarh in protest against ‘illegal detention’ of two their top leaders. ‘‘We had called the bandh to force the police (Jharkhand) to admit that they had arrested two of our comrades and produce them in Ranchi court before 5pm on Tuesday. Since they produced them an hour before 5pm, we are calling off the strike,’’ CPI(Maoist) politburo member Kishanji said.

Earlier, the Jharkhand police, which had denied they had arrested two top Maoists, produced the two leaders — identified as Anil and Kartik — amid tight security in a Ranchi court. Late on Monday night, more than 70 Maoists blew up Roxi railway station, about 60 km from Rourkela in Orissa with landmines and abducted its station master and two other railway employees. They also attacked Bhalulata station, about 35 km from Roxi.

After blowing up the station building, they set fire to eight dumpers outside the station, the police said. At least three helpers were injured when the diesel tank of one of the dumpers burst. ‘‘They kept us hostage for about six hours and freed us in the morning. They said we would be in trouble if we did not follow their bandh call,’’ said assistant station master Arbind Kumar. South Eastern Railway CPRO Soumitra Mazumdar said some of the trains were detained at various stations after Maoists attacked Bhalulata station, near Rourkela, but could not explode the building as the explosive device did not go off.

Thirty Maoists caught

Express News Service First Published : 30 Aug 2009 06:09:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Aug 2009 09:36:53 AM IST

ROURKELA: Thirty Maoists were arrested during night-long combing operations at three places in Sundargarh district.


The Maoists were caught during joint combing operations by police and CRPF at Silpunji, Chandiposh and Champajharan areas in the district on Saturday. Arms, ammunition and posters were also seized from them.

Police claimed that the rebels, during preliminary interrogation, have confessed to involvement in the recent kidnap and killing of SI Ajit Bardhan, officer-in-charge of Koida police station and looting an explosive-laden van from Champajharan on July 17. A CRPF jawan, Abdul Mohammed Rafique, had died at Jharbera in landmine blast the next day. A senior police officer, said at least three of them were regular guerilla cadres while others were ‘militiamen’ who were extending logistic support to the banned outfit.

Rourkela SP Diptesh Patnaik said all those detained were Maoist ‘cadres and militia.’ Further investigations are on, he added.The police action was based on mobile phone tracking .

It is learnt that two SIM cards used during the abduction and killing of SI Bardhan belonged to two of the detainees of Chandiposh’s Mundatola area, while at least seven detainees were engaged as workers at the Chandiposh railway sidings.

All of a sudden, Maoists had stepped up violence in the sub-division since July which included blasting of three forest buildings in quick succession at Tamra and Birda areas on August 20.

Maoist dies while making bomb

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Aug. 30: A suspected Maoist died today when the improvised explosive device he was making to blow up a culvert burst in a field on the outskirts of Behrampore town.

Sambhu Dolui, his accomplice who had joined a Maoist action squad six months ago, was seriously injured in the blast. The dead rebel has not been identified.

Maoist literature was found on Sambhu, who told the police the duo had planned to blow up a culvert on National Highway 34 to disrupt traffic between Siliguri and Calcutta.

“Sambhu told us he had joined a Maoist action squad six months ago. He doesn’t know the name of the person he was working with. A Maoist leader called Rabi went to Sambhu’s house last night and introduced the man to him,” said Murshidabad superintendent of police B.L. Meena.

Sambhu, who pulls a cycle van for a living, suffered splinter injuries in the right leg and face. One finger on his right hand was blown away.

Police sources said there had not been a Maoist strike in Murshidabad district yet. “In Naoda, about 40km from Behrampore, the Maoists are active. A CPM party office was set on fire by them there two years ago,” a source said.

Yesterday, in their stronghold of Purulia, the Maoists killed a CPM leader, accusing him of being an informer.

Bharat Hembram, 40, a former CPM branch committee member, was shot twice, barely an hour after the rebels killed another party leader, in Arsa, also in Purulia district.

The two killings yesterday were the first attacks on CPM men by the Maoists in Purulia since the joint forces began an operation against the rebels in Lalgarh in June.

Bharat, who is believed to have severed ties with the CPM after threats from the Maoists, was at home in Mahalitar village, about 300km from Calcutta, with sister-in-law Kajoli and her two children when 60 armed Maoists in olive green fatigues called out for him.

A frightened Kajoli rushed out and was held at gunpoint. “They (the guerrillas) asked me to call my kids out. Bharat came out with them. Three men pushed Bharat inside the house. I heard two shots, then the men came out and left on foot towards the Ayodhya hills shouting Maobad zindabad,” Kajoli said.

The CPI (Maoist) reveal their true colours.

A Women and three students brutally murdered by Maoists in Jharkhand.

20:29 IST
The CPI (Maoist) slaughtered a woman and three students in a dastardly incident early this morning. The Government strongly condemns such wanton and brutal acts of killings of innocent civilians. These are to be seen as desperate attempts by the Naxalites to take control of common citizens. We should be aware that the true face of the CPI (Maoist) is that of an organized group of terrorists. Apart from such inhuman acts, the Naxalites remain anti-development and continue to target the very instruments of development – school buildings, roads, telephone towers and railway stations. Government will take strong action against the perpetrators of violence and terror.

The CPI (Maoist) cadres (15-20) attacked the house of Shri Digamber Mahato on College Road, which is 35 kms from Ranchi on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi National Highway No. 33. The Naxalites blasted the entry door to the house by using IEDs and grenades, followed by indiscriminate firing with AK 47, INSAS and 7.62 SLR rifles at around 1.30 am today. This resulted in the killing of four innocent persons.

This incident shows the true face of the Naxalites who resort to indiscriminate and motiveless killing including the killing of innocent children to achieve the goal of their so-called ‘armed-struggle’. Such wanton killings are intended to instill fear in the minds of the common people.

On August 21, the CPI (Maoist) activists shot dead one Lakhinder Munda S/o Lala Munda, r/o Majhutola of village Jamua (PS Shyamsunderpur, district East Singhbhum) on the charges of being a police informer.

On August 9, the CPI (Maoist) activists killed Baldeo Besra, a PDS shop dealer, r/o village Dodwa (PS Bishungarh, district Hazaribagh) on the charges of being a police informer.

Maoists blow up community centre in Bihar

TNN 26 August 2009, 02:33am IST


AURANGABAD: Maoists blew up a newly built community centre in Akri village under the Dev block of Aurangabad district on Monday midnight. The
incident occurred during the 48-hour bandh called by Maoists in five states to protest the arrest of their two senior leaders by the Bihar police on August 19.

Around 50 cadres of the CPI (Maoist) swooped on Akri village around Monday midnight and set off dynamites to blow up the community centre building, police said on Tuesday. No casualty was reported as the building was empty when the Maoists triggered the blast.

On receiving information, Aurangabad DSP Akhtar Hussain rushed to the spot and conducted preliminary investigations.

The Maoists also raised slogans of "Lal Salaam Zindabad" while making a retreat. Panic prevails in the village even as the police claimed the situation to be normal.

Sources said that the community centre was built with the assistance of the local MLA's fund. The centre was yet to be inaugurated.

It is alleged that the Bihar police had arrested a politburo member and a central committee member of the CPI (Maoist), Anil and Kartik, respectively, on August 19 while they were coming to Patna from Ranchi by train.

However, the Bihar police have strongly denied to have arrested the two Maoists.

Earlier, the Maoists had blasted railway tracks between Hehegara and Kumandi stations in Latehar district in Jharkhand on the start of their two-day bandh on August 24. Besides, they also torched two mobile towers in Palamu district in Jharkhand and a railway station in Orissa.

Two CPM men shot by Maoists

TNN 31 August 2009, 03:51am IST

PURULIA: A CPM local committee secretary and a party member were shot dead in Purulia on Saturday evening. A Maoist group active in the district has
claimed responsibility for both the killings. No arrests have been made so far. These are the fifth and sixth such killing in the district since February.

Lakshmikanta Kumar (54), secretary of CPM's Chatuhasa local committee under Arsa block, was on the way to his residence at Sidurpur after attending a meeting. The bicycle-borne Kumar was on the Sidurpur-Mundali road when two motorcycles came from behind and shot him dead.

Near his body was found a leaflet with the CPI (Maoist) insignia. Arsa block, adjoining Ayodhya hills, has been seeing Maoist attacks since April 2008. On March 28, Kanai Kumar was killed by suspected Maoists.

A little over four hours later, Maoists struck at neighbouring Balarampur block's Mahalitar. Armed Maoists chased and entered the house of Bharat Hembram (40) and shot him dead. Hembram had announced in public his decision to quit CPM, but couldn't escape Maoist bullets.

Around 11.30 pm, Bharat was in the verandah of his house at Mahalitar when he saw armed men coming towards his hut. Sensing trouble, Bharat entered his room and bolted it. But the thatch-and-bamboo door was not enough to protect him. The armed men entered the room and sprayed bullets on him. They left behind a poster claiming that Bharat was a police informer and "punished for his misdeeds." Later, a Maoist leader, who identified himself as Bikram, claimed responsibility for the killings.

SP Rajesh Yadav said raids were on to nab the killers. "It could be the handiwork of the same squad. The distance between both the places is about 8-10 km," Yadav said.

The district CPM leaders are upset with the police failure to thwart strikes by the ultras. "Till date, eight of our members have been killed at Balarampur and three at Arsa. Police haven't been able to do anything," said CPM state committee member Manindra Gope.

Maoists butcher civilians; Centre boils, rights group silent

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The Union Home Ministry has condemned the brutal killing of four innocent civilians by Maoists in Jharkhand.



On Thursday night, four persons, including a minor girl and a woman were brutally shot dead by the left ultras in Bundu area near Ranchi.



In a communiqué, the Home Ministry, has described the banned CPI (Maoists) as terrorists and assured that it will take stringent action against them.



"The Government strongly condemns such brutal acts of killing innocent civilians. We should be aware that the true face of the CPI (Maoist) is that of an organised group of terrorists. Govt will take strong action against the perpetrators of violence and terror," the communiqué states.



Describing the incident as showing the intention of Naxalites to indulge in violence to achieve their goal communiqué states, “This incident shows the true face of the Naxalites who resort to indiscriminate and motiveless killing including the killing of innocent children to achieve the goal of their so-called ‘armed-struggle’. Such wanton killings are intended to instil fear in the minds of the common people.”


Meanwhile, no human rights activist groups, who have been said sympathetic to the Maoists cause, have protested the killings of these innocents. The incident has shocked the community as Maoists claim that they don't target civilians.

700 Naxals court arrest, demand forces withdrawal

Updated on Monday, August 31, 2009, 22:26 IST Tags:Naxal, Lalgarh

Siliguri: Nearly 700 activists of the Naxalite faction CPI-ML (Liberation) courted arrest here on Monday demanding immediate withdrawal of forces from Lalgarh.

Charu Mazumder, Darjeeling district secretary of the faction, led the activists in courting arrest as they scuffled through three security rings in the Siliguri court compound.


All the arrested were later released on personal bonds, Inspector-in-charge Prabhat Chakraborty told reporters.

Alleging that the presence of joint forces was creating trouble for locals in Lalgarh, Charu's father and founder of Naxalite movement Abhijit Majumder told news agencies that people are "struggling for existence following an unprecedented price hike of essential commodities".

Besides demanding withdrawal of joint forces from Lalgarh, the group also demanded that the state government should supply essentials like food grains at subsidised rates to poor families.

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Maha to have tribal battalion to tackle Naxalism, says Patil

Nagpur, Aug 21 (PTI) Maharashtra will soon raise an exclusive tribal battalion to deal with the menace of Naxalism in tribal dominated areas in eastern Vidarbha, Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil said here today.

The proposed battalion will be deployed in the Naxal- infested areas of Gadchiroli, Bhamragarh and Gondia districts since the tribals are more familiar with the topography, weather conditions, language and culture of the area.

Therefore, they would be able to deal with Naxals in a better way, Patil said here today.

Patil earlier laid a foundation for the Rs 35 crore anti-Naxalities commando training centre 'Alpha Hawks', on the lines of Andhra Pradesh's 'Grayhounds' at Suraburdi, about 20 kms on the Nagpur-Amravati road near here.

It would require about 20 months to complete, Patil said adding it would provide training to 300 policemen.

Mobile phone towers become main target of Naxalites

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA / New Delhi August 25, 2009, 0:53 IST



Mobile phone and telecom towers seem to have become a major target of Naxalites, who have destroyed nearly 70 such installations during the last three years in half-a-dozen Naxal-infested states.




In the latest attack, about 50 armed Naxalites reached the site of the mobile tower situated on the Aurangabad- Medininagar route in Jharkhand’s Palamau district, stuffed explosives before blowing it up this morning.

On June 25, Naxalites blew up three mobile phone towers in Koraput district of Orissa, barely hours before the visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to the state. They also blew up a tower of a private telephone company in Gaya district of Bihar on June 23.

Concerned over frequent setbacks to telecommunications, hampering operations against the Naxals, the home ministry has offered to locate the towers in the premises of para-military forces stationed in the troubled districts or in police station campuses.

Home ministry officials said the highest number of 20 towers were destroyed during the last three years in Chhattisgarh, where last year alone 14 mobile telephone towers of both private and government networks were attacked.

Jharkhand, which did not see any attack on mobile towers till 2007, saw nine such attacks in 2008 disrupting communication networks in several Naxal-hit areas.

Besides Jharkhand, other states where mobile telephone towers have faced the brunt of Naxal attacks are Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra.

Mobile phone towers located in Bihar faced the wrath of the Naxalites, who blew up 14 of them last year, figures available with the Naxal Division in the home ministry showed. With mobile phones becoming increasingly popular during the last couple of years, 43 incidents of such attacks were reported last year alone.

Naxals blow up railway station in Sundergarh district

25 Aug 2009, 1945 hrs IST, Nageshwar Patnaik, ET Bureau




BHUBANESWAR: In a fresh strike on railway establishments, suspected Maoists on Tuesday blew up a railway station and abducted three employees in
Sundergarh district, nearly 580 km from here.

Around 50 armed ultras stormed Roxy railway station bordering Jharkhand early morning and exploded the office buildings and platforms. Prior to the attack, they forced railway employees and passengers to run away, police said.

The explosion was so powerful that the entire building collapsed in like a glasshouse, said eyewitnesses. The signal room also suffered heavy damages affecting train services in the route.

“The explosion was very so powerful that not a single structure of the railway station survived the catastrophe. The rebels also torched 15 vehicles including eight dumpers parked near the railway station. They later asked three railway employees including the station master to follow them before fleeing the area,” assistant station master of Roxy railway station Aurobind Kumar told “The ET” over telephone.

Official reports reaching here said that the kidnapped employees were released in the afternoon.

“All the three employees reached their respective homes safely on Tuesday noon”, officer-in-charge of K.Bolang police station B.C.Sahu said.

The railway station located in mineral-rich K.Bolang area is mainly used to transport iron ore to Rourkela Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Limited at Rourkela in Sundergarh district. The transportation of the ore to the steel plant would be seriously hit following the incident, officials feared. In another incident, suspected Maoists triggered a blast in Hatia-Bhubaneswar Garib Rath Express near Rourkela railway station in the wee hours of Tuesday. A toilet in the train was damaged in low the intensity explosion.

NAXALS ATTACK WOMEN, KIDS

Govt to launch major operation against Naxals

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Published on Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 21:27 in India section

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NAXALS ATTACK WOMEN, KIDS: The deaths have given the Centre a strong case in a propaganda offensive.





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New Delhi: Naxalites for the first time ever specifically targetted women and children in Jharkhand, 50 kilimetres from state capital Ranchi. They attacked the house of an alleged police informer.


The Union Home Ministry responded with a propaganda offensive. CNN-IBN has learnt that a major joint operation against the Naxals will be launched by Central Security Forces along with state police in Bihar and Jharkhand in the next few weeks.


Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is flying to Patna next week to review the operational strategy which has already been chalked out.


Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jharkhand R K Mullick said, "Maoists and their high profile leaders need to answer this question that in which rule, section or core of their fight does it say a 12-year-old girl, a 22-year-woman and a 16-year-old boy, a student, should be brutally killed? This belongs to which section of their Maoist ideology?"


In Bundu village, at the funeral, there was a sense of despair and fear of more violence.


A resident of the village, Rajesh Patar said, "Whatever has happened is not good for our Bundu region. Militant activities have increased here and due to that there is unemployment as well."


Everywhere across the country, including in Bundu village where Naxalites have flourished, the Government has failed to win the hearts and minds of the villagers. Now it remains to be seen whether armed action can solve the Naxalite problem.

Maoists' arrest: Police hopeful of vital clues

Ramashankar, Hindustan Times
Patna, August 28, 2009
First Published: 16:05 IST(28/8/2009)
Last Updated: 16:08 IST(28/8/2009)


The arrest of two top-rung Naxal leaders in Jharkhand—Anil alias Amitabh Bagchi and Tauhild Mula alias Kartik—is being viewed as a major catch, which could give the police vital clues on latest modus operandi of the ultra left outfit in Bihar and Jharkhand. While Bagchi is said to be a Polit Bureau member, Kartik is associated with the central committee of the banned outfit.

What is significant is that Bagchi’s area of influence has mostly been undivided Bihar since 1991. He was also chargesheeted in a case of extremist violence at Palamu (now in Jharkhand) and wields considerable clout in parts of Aurangabad and Gaya region.

Both Bagchi and Kartik are among the ‘think tank’ of the Maoists.

Now on a six-day remand by the Jharkhand police, they are to be interrogated for information on Naxal operations and strategies in the two neighbouring states. “The Jharkhand police took the two Maoists on remand after they were produced in the court on Tuesday,” said R K Mullick, DIG, Ranchi range.

Though Mullick refused to share information elicited from the Maoists, he said their arrest was considered a prize catch for police officials of the two states. “Usually, we share intelligence inputs with our counterparts in Bihar and launch joint combing operations in bordering districts,” he added.

The two states have developed a mechanism to combat Naxalites. “A meeting of inter state committee comprising senior police officials of the two states is held every month to chalk out strategy,” said M S Bhatia, DIG, Hazaribag range. The borders of Jharkhand mainly embrace parts of Jamui, Nawada, Aurangabad and Gaya districts.

Bhatia claimed that the joint combing operation has led to the arrest of several top-ranking Maoist leaders from Bihar and Jharkhand. “In Bihar, more than 50 self proclaimed zonal commanders and area commanders have been arrested in the recent past,” said S K Bhardwaj, IG (Operations), Bihar.

Bhardwaj said the surrender policy of the Jharkhand government for extremists was more liberal. “We are also contemplating to add some new points in the existing surrender policy of the Bihar government to draw Maoists into the main stream of society,” he added.

Govt shores up security infrastructure; Maoist threat looms large

29 Aug 2009, 0947 hrs IST, TNN


The home ministry continues to be on its toes, maintaining the pace it set last December while launching its grand plan of shoring up the country’s
security and intelligence infrastructure after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Though the deadline for the ministry’s own Action Plan (II) ends only on September 30, its track record in the first 100 days of the second UPA government appears encouraging. There’s perceptible improvement in intelligence sharing, which shows in the fact that the country has not witnessed any terror incident beyond the disturbed zones of Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast.

However, the continuing Maoist mayhem remains a major concern particularly when the Red ultras have been successfully trapping and killing security personnel. The anti-naxal operation being carried out in Lalgarh since June has shown some results as the Centre, in coordination with the state government , has been experimenting with an altogether new method to fight the ultras. Instead of adopting the usual practice of leaving the area after an operation, the security forces stay there till the local administration assumes full charge and puts basic civic/police infrastructure in place.

Considering Lalgarh as a laboratory for anti-naxal operations, the Centre is now in the process of replicating the strategy of full-area domination followed by infrastructure development in other states, including the worst hit Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Obviously, the task will not be easy unless states come fully on board. The recent chief ministers’ conference on naxal issues showed encouraging results with non-UPA ruled states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh , Orissa and West Bengal showing signs of narrowing differences over security matters.

The conference took up each point of the home ministry’s Action Plan II (June 1 to September 30) with states on August 17 and found near unanimity over the need to strengthen security and intelligence infrastructure.

As for raising resources to augment police strength and training, for which the states collectively need Rs 25,000 crore, the ministry on August 6 wrote to the Finance Commission for increasing outlays.

The 100-day period of the UPAII also took care of the home ministry’s first Action Pan (February 21 to May 31), which among other things talked about increasing the strength of central paramilitary forces (CPMFs). The items that have spilled over from the first Action Plan have been included in Action Plan II and seem to be implemented to tackle terrorism, naxalism and insurgency in northeast in a much more effective manner.

HITS

Four NSG regional hubs — Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai — get operational on time

Peaceful conduct of Amarnath yatra, World Badminton Championship and Independence Day celebrations despite threats

MISSES

Increasing casualties among securitymen in anti-naxal ops

Jharkhand, despite being under central rule, continues to be a soft target for Maoists

Alleged fake encounter cases in Manipur virtually derail peace process, raising questions over methods of security forces

CHALLENGES

Ridding states of naxal presence . Hope rests on the upcoming grand anti-naxal operation

Strengthening nationwide security , intelligence infrastructure

Handling the boiling Northeast. Focus has to be on a solution to Naga issues; elimination of Ulfa in Assam

SOG commando kills self

Express News Service

First Published : 30 Aug 2009 06:07:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Aug 2009 09:36:58 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The elite anti-Naxal strike force of Orissa police, Special Operations Group (SOG), was struck by its first case of suicide among the ranks on Saturday when a commando shot himself with his automatic rifle at the SOG Training Centre in Chandaka.


The incident took place around 9.30 am inside the campus of the training centre. The commando, Sudam Pradhan (30), was deployed on quarter guard duty at the armoury of the unit. He had apparently pointed the AK 47 rifle on himself and pulled the trigger.

The burst of the automatic weapon killed him on the spot. Two bullets pierced through his neck.

According to reports, Pradhan was suffering from depression which led him to take the extreme step. He has left behind a suicide note along with scribblings on his hand, wherein he has expressed his dejection over his police service.

“I am not fit for police job. I wanted to be a farmer”, the suicide note reportedly said while the writings on his hand revealed his frustration stating, “I do not deserve to be alive”.

The commando, who hails from Bargarh, had recently completed his training and was posted as armoury guard in the training facility. He would have been shifted to the operational areas in the Naxal-infested districts in a few months.

IG Operations Sanjeev Marik said the commando was beset by his own problems and not under pressure of the job. “He was yet to be posted in the strife zones or engaged in operational duty. As his suicide note reveals, he was never interested for police job. After matriculation, he had joined police due to family pressure. He appeared homesick and the intense longing could have aroused such extreme feelings within him”, Marik observed.

The body of the jawan has been brought to the Capital Hospital for postmortem. A case of unnatural death has been registered at the Chandaka police station.

Red flag mushrooming in Orissa’s Koraput District

Monday, August 31, 2009

Report by Manoj Kumar Das; Koraput: Now days the tribal dominated areas of undivided Koraput is now converted into Naxal hit areas. At the same time, past few months the CAMS (Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha) are openly discharging the power over Koraput and the Govt. Fails to control. Due to which along with Koraput the neighbour districts faces lots of problems.

Reportedly, few years ago to avail the justice of not getting their rights and to get back their fore-fathers lands from non-tribals. CMAS has started the protest against the government. To have the control over the protest, the government had divided the 7 Tahasils into 14 Tahasils. After dividing these tahasils the work is slowed up as per earlier.

In the district, one tahasil is build up with adding two sub-divisional tahasils. Earlier Koraput, Kotpad, Jeypore, Boriguma, Machkund, Pottangi and Nandpur were there and latter on it was divided in Semiliguda, Laxmipur, Bandhugam, Dasmantpur, Kundra and Boipariguda. To overcome the vacancy in these tahasils 14 tahasildars, 7 Add. Tahasildars, 15 Revenue Supervisor, 96 RI, 94 ARI and 17 ammins were appointed. But in Bandhugam, Boipariguda and Kundra Tahasils no officials reported to the office resulting obstacle in official works. Now days in 14 Tahasils, 3 Tahasildars, 7 Add. Tahasildars, 1 Revenue Supervisor, 16 RI, 37 ARI and 20 Ammins post are vaccaned. In Narayanpatna, Bandhugam, Laxmipur, etc tahasil areas are occupied under the Banner of Red flags (CMAS) and they demonstrate their power and presence openly. Like CMAS, many sanghas are mushrooming under the Banner of red flag in many places in koraput like, Villages in Sunabeda, Semiliguda, Damanjodi etc. due to lack of perfect administration control over these areas.

Naxal arrested in UP

Published: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 at 21:41 ISTF Prev Next LSonbhadra: A naxalite carrying cash reward of Rs 5,000 was today arrested in Darya forest under Raipur police circle here, police said.

Fagu Kharwar was arrested on a tip off in an encounter with police, they said adding that a carbine and a number of cartriges were recovered from his possession.

Other associates of Kharwar, however, managed to flee from the spot during exchange of fire, they added.

Kharwar was wanted in a number of criminal cases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Maoists abduct government official in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Sep 1 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas have abducted a government official from the Palamau district of Jharkhand and demanded a ransom of Rs.20 lakh, police said Tuesday.

About 20 rebels of the Jharkhand Liberation Tiger (JLT) abducted Alok Kumar at gun point from Kekargarh village of Palamau, 190 km from state capital Ranchi, late Monday evening. Kumar is a Circle Officer (CO) of Paki block of Palamau district.

Kumar was abducted when he went there for selecting the Aganwadi members. The guerrillas have alleged that Kumar had already selected the Aganwadi members after taking bribe and was just completing formalities by visiting the village, a police officer said.

An operation has been launched to rescue Kumar, the officer added.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,550 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in the last eight years.

Indo Asian News Service