Tuesday, December 21, 2010

4 Top Naxals Surrender

21st Dec, 2010: Additional Director General for Law And Order M Ratan on Tuesday revealed that 4 hardcore Maoists, including a woman, had laid down their arms before the police on Monday, expressing dissatisfaction with the movement.

The 4 Maoists, 2 in Adilabad and 2 in Visakhapatnam, belonged to Maharashtra State Committee and Andhra Orissa Border.

D G Ratan told media persons in Hyderabad on Tuesday that the Maoists had put down their weapons citing the fading Maoist movement.

One of the Maoists has been identified as Anand of Adilabad district, a member of the Maharashtra State Committee, on whom the government had announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh for his capture.

Similarly Saritha, a Divisional Committee member of North Gadchiroli, had a reward of Rs. 3 lakh on her head.

The 2 other Maoists, who surrendered from Visakahapatnam area, are Killu Raju alias Krishna Kannavaram and Srikanth from Koyyuru Mandal in Vishakhapatnam, who had carried a reward of Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 on their heads respectively.

Maoist Anand, who spent more than 25 years in jail, said that he wanted to spend his remaining life by joining in the mainstream and living in peace in society, particularly with his family members.

"We have laid down our weapons due to our age, and want to lead a non-violent life. Whatever was done in the past is bygone, we did our utmost for the movement. Now, we quit without desire" stated surrendered woman Maoist Saritha.

Warangal IG range R P Thakur, Vishakhapatnam IG Range officer VK Singh, and Adilabad Superintendent of Police Pramod Kumar were present.

Courtesy: INN

Friday, December 17, 2010

MAOISTS EYE THE CITIES

http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/maoists-eye-the-cities-3297.html

Uddipan Mukherjee
Assistant Professor, Kolkata
email: uddipan.mukherjee@gmail.com

In the first week of December 2010, the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested Kanchan alias Sudip Chongdar, the West Bengal state secretary of the banned outfit CPI-Maoist. Along with him, four other top leaders of the group were also taken into custody. Kanchan is considered to be next in hierarchy to the media-friendly Maoist leader Kishenji alias Koteshwar Rao. This high-profile arrest comes months after the state committee leader Telugu Deepak alias Venkateshwar Reddy was nabbed in March 2010 from the same city. Moreover, in February 2008, Kanchan’s predecessor Soumen alias Himadri Sen Roy had already been put behind bars.

Kanchan’s role in the radical outfit could be evaluated by the following facts. When the Maoists announced their involvement in the landmine blast that targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on November 2 2008, the statement was issued in his name. Later, Kanchan issued the statement claiming responsibility for the Lalgarh movement in 2009.

Some startling revelations have been extracted by the STF from Kanchan and his comrades. These, inter alia, indicate a number of important things.

First, it points to the fact that the Maoists are trying to build up an urban network in the eastern zone with Kolkata as the focal point. This means that in the foreseeable future, they would like to coordinate their activities from Kolkata. Apart from aiding the ongoing guerrilla warfare in the hinterland by supplying material resources from the city, the Maoists seem to have chosen Kolkata for two additional reasons.

One, they want to penetrate the student organizations and workers in the unorganized sector. This would help them to bolster their frontal mass movement. Furthermore, the students can serve as a potent recruitment pool for the guerrilla movement as well as provide fillip to the technological prowess of the ultras. And secondly, the rebels, in all probability, intend to wreck the electoral process of the impending legislative elections in West Bengal in the middle of 2011. To ensure that, presence in the city is a must.

Second, information has been obtained that the insurgents want to extend their network beyond the so-called Red Corridor and target the tea plantation labourers in the Northeast. In that venture, they are in the process of forging alliances with terror outfits based in the region. Incidentally, the capture of these Maoist leaders appears to be linked to the arrest of Anthony Shimray, the chief arms buyer of the NSCN (IM) and Rajkumar Meghen, the chairman of United National Liberation Front.

Shimray was arrested in Kathmandu on 2 October 2010, soon after he bought a fresh consignment of arms and communication devices worth 4.5 crore. There is a distinct possibility that the huge cache of arms and rudimentary voice-controlled explosives seized from Kanchan and his team was in some way connected to the separatists of Northeast.

Kanchan has disclosed that the Maoists have already struck a deal to get arms and training from the Manipur-based insurgent group, the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Prepak). He further told the STF that the deal with Prepak was struck around eight months ago after the leadership of both outfits agreed to help each other.

Hence, this is an additional rationale for the Maoists to develop a base in Kolkata since it would facilitate communications with the Northeast. Moreover, close contacts with the Bangladesh-based Shailen Sarkar’s Communist Party can also turn out to be a reality.

Third, the investigations also point to the interesting fact that Kanchan and his associates feel alienated from the party activities. According to them, Kishenji has been bypassing the state committee since the beginning of 2009 and has been operating with his coterie. Kanchan has claimed that he was almost kept in the dark regarding the party's activities in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore. However, this could well be a ruse in order to avoid divulging any operational information to the authorities.

Fourth, following these arrests, Maoists appear to be suffering from a leadership crisis. A day after the arrest, Asim Mondal alias Akash, a senior member of the state committee, told the Times of India: “The arrest is unfortunate and no doubt it is a jolt to our organisation.” In fact, Maoist sources have confirmed that they had an 11-member state committee and now seven of them are either behind the bars or dead.

However, these arrests are not without their parallel. A 42-year-old Maoist operative, Loknath Panth, hailing from Gulmi district in Nepal, was arrested in New Delhi on 3 December with a huge cache of explosives. This clearly indicates that the Left-wing ultras are ominously aiming for the cities. It is to be remembered that their top ideologue and politburo member, Kobad Ghandy, was also arrested in New Delhi.

In conclusion, it may be inferred that the Maoists are venturing into cities like Kolkata and Delhi with obvious intentions of solidifying and extending their networks. And in addition to that, they are in the process of colluding with other terrorist outfits based in the Northeast, Bangladesh and Nepal, which have grave security implications for the Indian state.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Maoists are losing legitimacy

Uddipan Mukherjee
E-Mail-uddipan.mukherjee@gmail.com

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Of late, it seems that the police in the Bankura and West Midnapore districts of West Bengal have bagged considerable evidence so as to jeopardise the legitimacy of the Maoists in Jangalmahal, the area spreading across the three Maoist-affected districts of West Bengal (Purulia being the third).

On November 16, Rumpa Mahato alias Sujata surrendered at the Bankura SP's (Superintendent of Police) office. She belongs to the Majurkata village in West Midnapore’s Salboni area. Rumpa told SP, Pranab Kumar that she joined the Maoist ranks about two years ago, with a hope to get work as she was the daughter of a daily wage labourer.

There was another surrender a couple of months back. In August, Maoist woman leader Shobha Mandi alias Uma, surrendered to West Midnapore SP, Manoj Verma. The CPI-Maoist Jhargram area commander had been on the run for four months.

These two events, though spatially unconnected, however have profound linkage because both the female comrades of the CPI-Maoist party allege sexual exploitation by their male counterparts and leaders.

What does this indicate?

Prima-facie, if one accepts the veracity of the revelations of these surrendered women comrades, then one is led to understand that there has crept in a serious flaw in the internal organisational structure of the Maoists. And, this can and should be exploited by the authorities to win the ongoing Low Intensity Conflict.

Any sort of physical or mental abuse of women cadres is totally unsupported by Maoist-Marxist ideology. Hence such a development, if not arrested soon by the Maoist leadership, can be effectively used by the government as a propaganda tool to thwart their designs in Jangalmahal and other areas.

In the foreword of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s acclaimed book ‘Guerrilla Warfare’, Harry Villegas states that “according to Che, the people are to the guerrilla fighters what water is to a fish, that is, their means to existence”.

In fact, this is the very reason why Mao Zedong had used the nomenclature of ‘Protracted People’s War’ to describe the long drawn out ordeal of the Chinese peasants against both the Kuomintang forces and the imperial Japanese in the 1930s and 40s.

And incidentally, this has been the very pillar of ‘legitimacy’ erected by the Indian Maoists. They are supposedly fighting a ‘war’ against the comprador-bourgeoisie Indian state which is overtly exploiting the masses through the bureaucracy-politician-corporate nexus.

Now, in light of the above gruesome tales, what shall be the defence of the Maoist leadership spearheaded by Muppala Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy? Will he term these as mere aberrations?

Now, if these are ‘exceptions’, then how does the leadership evade accusations of involvement of Maoist cadre in the derailment of the Jnaneswari Express? The Maoist leadership may distance itself from such ‘wanton’ acts of terror by using the epithet, ‘lumpen elements’. Simply put, it shall be easy for them to say that such acts of terror were carried out by ‘misled’ cadres. However, more such happenings are bound to jeopardise the internal hierarchy of the ultras and along with it, shall also alienate the very ‘downtrodden masses’ for which they claim to be fighting.

Apart from the afore-mentioned facts, a very recent report of November 11 flashed an ominous link between the CPI-Maoist and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

According to Vishwa Ranjan, the Director General of Police of Chhattisgarh; somewhere in April or May this year, two LeT operatives had reportedly attended a Naxalite meeting as ‘observers’ at a forested location inside Orissa, close to Chhattisgarh's Bastar region. He however cautioned that the inputs received by the intelligence wings were based on a single source and not corroborated by the required multiple sources.

In fact, even before, there have been allegations that Islamabad-based terrorist organisations have, if not overt, at least peripheral connections with Indian Maoists.

The Maoist core leadership has constantly denied such allegations. Nevertheless, there is a context in which the Naxalites may work with Islamist fundamentalists backed by the theocracy-military complex of Pakistan. As per principle, the Maoists support any movement for self-determination by any section of the Indian populace. Accordingly, they espouse the cause of Kashmiri separatists and the groups belonging to the North-East. Nonetheless, such an ‘emotional’ and ‘philosophical’ attachment with the groups who in turn have direct linkages with Islamist fundamentalists, will certainly brand the Maoists as purely terror outfits, shorn of any legitimacy.

In his article dated June 3 2006, in the Economic and Political Weekly, Gautam Navlakha strongly opined: “To advocate seizure of power and to work to change the world is a legitimate project. Whether this should be through an armed struggle, peaceful means or a fusion of all is an open question. But to advocate as an absolute must the disarming of people concedes to the government the right to a monopoly over violence.”

Now, if the kind of ‘acts’ under discussion, proliferates with space and time; and the Maoist core leadership is unable to control such ‘growing aberrations’, then the basic ‘ideology’ for which the Maoists are purportedly fighting, shall fall into shambles.

Though any liaison, direct or peripheral, between the Maoists and Islamist fundamentalists are serious security concerns for the Indian state, such an alliance and recurrence of misdemeanours toward female cadres have the potential to ‘internally wreck’ the organisation of the Left Wing Ultras.

Ganapathy and his party must appreciate the fact that ‘they’ too possess no ‘monopoly’ over the will of the Adivasis.

Dr Uddipan Mukherjee has a doctoral degree from TIFR (Dept. of Atomic Energy, India). He writes on strategic issues concerning international security.

(The views expressed in the article are that of the author and do not represent the views of the editorial committee or the centre for land warfare studies).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maoists blow up Jharkhand panchayat building

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Ranchi, Nov 28 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas blew up a panchayat building in Jharkhand's Latehar district as the state holds its first panchayat polls, police said Sunday.

According to the police, 15 to 20 Maoists raided Khura village in Latehar, some 140 km from here, late Saturday night and blew up a panchayat building using detonators and explosives.

No one was injured in the incident.

The first phase of the five-phase panchayat polls took place in Jharkhand Saturday that saw 64 percent balloting.

In a separate incident, police recovered two landmines from Khapia village in Latehar district.

The last panchayat elections were held in 1979 when Jharkhand was part of Bihar. The subsequent polls could not be held in Jharkhand due to a legal battle over reservation to tribal people in scheduled areas (notified tribal areas).

In the absence of elected panchayats, the state loses out on over Rs.300-400 crore annually in central assistance, which are provided to these local governments directly.

5 killed in Orissa landmine blast

At least five persons, including two women and a three-year-old child, were killed as suspected Maoists blew up an ambulance by triggering a landmine blast in Orissa’s Kandhamal district, police said on Sunday.

“We have received information about a landmine explosion that blew up an ambulance in Brahmanigaon area of Kandhamal late last night,” Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj told PTI.

The ambulance was on its way from Gadapur to Brahmanigaon, about 2 km from the blast site, when it was targetted in the Maoist infested area close to Gajapati and Ganjam, the police said.

The explosion that took place near a culvert at Pangdugaon, about 300 km from Phulbani, killed among others a woman health worker, a pregnant woman and the ambulance driver, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Southern Range) R.K. Sharma said.

The victims were identified as Simon Mallick, the driver, Imoty Digal, her three-year-old daughter Subhasri Digal, their relative Bunu Digal and Sukanti Pradhan, a health worker, the police said.

While the driver was from Gadapur village in the district, the other victims belonged to Daringbadi, he said.

Security forces including CRPF jawans have launched a massive combing operation in the area in the wake of the blast.

The incident came close on the heels of the killing of a prominent contractor, Manoj Sahu on November 25 in Brahmanigaon area

Maoists blow up ambulance, five killed

November 28, 2010 6:33:50

IANS | Bhubaneswar

Five people, including two women and a child, were killed when Maoists blew up the ambulance they were travelling in in Orissa's Kandhamal district, police said Sunday.

The landmine blast took place Saturday night in a hilly and forested area near Brahmanigaon, some 350 km from here.

The ambulance was on a culvert when it was blasted off. The victims were on way to their home near Brahmanigaon after admitting a pregnant woman in a government hospital in neighbouring Ganjam district.

"Two women, a three-year-old girl and two men, including the driver, were killed," Superintendent of Police S. Praveen Kumar told IANS.

One of the dead women was a health worker, he said.

"The explosion was so powerful that it created a large hole on the road," he said, adding that the bodies have been taken for autopsy.

The latest attack comes after the Maoists killed a contractor in the area Thursday.

Kandhamal witnessed widespread violence after the murders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides at his ashram Aug 23, 2008.

At least 38 people were killed and over 25,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes after their houses were attacked by mobs that held Christians responsible for Saraswati's killing, although the police blamed the Maoists.

Maoists blow up Jharkhand panchayat building

Ranchi: Maoist guerrillas blew up a panchayat building in Jharkhand's Latehar district as the state holds its first panchayat polls, police said on Sunday.

According to the police, 15 to 20 Maoists raided Khura village in Latehar, some 140 km from here, late Saturday night and blew up a panchayat building using detonators and explosives.

No one was injured in the incident.

The first phase of the five-phase panchayat polls took place in Jharkhand Saturday that saw 64 percent balloting.

In a separate incident, police recovered two landmines from Khapia village in Latehar district.

The last panchayat elections were held in 1979 when Jharkhand was part of Bihar. The subsequent polls could not be held in Jharkhand due to a legal battle over reservation to tribal people in scheduled areas (notified tribal areas).

In the absence of elected panchayats, the state loses out on over Rs.300-400 crore annually in central assistance, which are provided to these local governments directly.

Naxals travel luxury class for safety

Patna, Nov. 27: Union forest and environment minister Jairam Ramesh’s objection to use of SUVs on Indian roads might not have gone down well with Naxalites in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The rebels are travelling luxury class these days.

Their choice of vehicles has flummoxed even the policemen who arrested three activists of the banned CPI (Maoist) from Rohtas district on Saturday.

On the information divulged by the arrested men, a Tata Safari with a UP number was recovered from Chenari block in the same district.

One of the three arrested Maoists, Gyani Paswan, a resident of Dawanpur village under Bhagawanpur police station in Kaimur district, revealed to the police that the rebels are now travelling in sport utility vehicles (SUVs) instead of trains and private buses.

The change in modus operandi, Paswan said, has been made following the arrest of many top-ranking leaders while travelling in trains and buses in the recent past.

The police said the explanation that the arrested Maoist offered for switching to luxury vehicles was that it helps the rebels avoid detection of their identity by security agencies and allows hassle-free transportation of illegal weapons.

Paswan told the police that the cops on check post hardly search SUVs during vehicle-checking drive.

“Unless and until the police have specific information, they don’t intercept the SUVs and search them. The Maoists and criminals take advantage of the police’s leniency in searching the luxury vehicles,” Paswan reportedly told the interrogators. He further said: “The SUVs not only facilitates easy transportation for the Maoists but also helps them ferry weapons without any hindrance.”

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Sasaram) Vishwajeet Dayal said that Paswan was evading arrest in over one dozen cases of kidnapping, loot and murder in Rohtas-Kaimur region.

“Gyani Paswan is a hardened criminal. But he recently established his links with the Maoists’ outfit to create terror in the minds of the people,” he said, adding that the details of his antecedents were being collected from different police stations of Rohtas and Kaimur districts.

According to Dayal, Paswan is a close associate of Tribhuvan Bind, a hardcore Naxalite of Kaimur.

The police suspect Paswan to be involved in supplying arms to Maoists, but the latter denied any such dealings during the interrogation.

Paswan is said to be the mastermind behind a series of attacks on the prisoners’ lock up on court premises at Babhua in Kaimur district to set their accomplices free.

He himself escaped from prisoners’ lock up in Sasaram court in November 2009 after hurling bombs at the police officers present on the premises.

Dayal told The Telegraph on the phone that the police first arrested Gyani and his associate Dharmendra Rai, a resident of Musiman in Bhadohi area of UP, from the Grand Trunk Road under Model police station during checking of vehicles.

One country-made pistol and four ammunition were recovered from their possession.

Subsequently, the police carried out raids at Sabrabad village under Chenari police station of the district and arrested Chulbul Yadav.

Two looted police rifles of .303 bore were also recovered during the raid, he said, adding that the arrest of Dharmendra suggested inter-state links of the arrested persons.

In all, two looted police rifles, one country-made rifle, a double-barrel gun and a country-made pistol were seized from different hideouts of the arrested rebels.

Sources in the state police headquarters said that over 35 zonal and area commanders have been arrested from different Maoists-affected districts in the past one year. Some of them were evading arrest for long, a senior police officer said, adding that over 350 activists of the banned outfit have been arrested from the 33 Maoist-affected districts of the state in the past 11 months

Naxalites, terrorists talking of bullet can't be patriots: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Sunday, November 28, 2010 18:20 IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Naxalites and terrorists believing in the policy of bullet instead of ballot cannot be termed as 'patriots or revolutionaries'.

"Those talking of bullet instead of ballot cannot be termed as patriots or revolutionaries as their major aim was to capture power in Delhi," Chouhan, who is the first non-Congress chief minister to complete five years in power on November 29, told PTI.

Chouhan was reacting to the remark of the celebrity author, Arundhati Roy, who has recently termed Naxalites as patriots.

He said not only just Naxalites, she has also termed terrorists in Kashmir as revolutionaries and demanded stern action against her.

"If those involved in such acts are termed as patriots or revolutionaries then no country in the world would be able to run its affairs," she said.

Chouhan also demanded from the Centre to declare all seven districts in the state as Naxal-affected so that funds can be allocated under security related expenditure (SRE) for ensuring additional security in these districts.

He said that though Naxal activities were effectively curbed in Madhya Pradesh, reports of their activities are still knocking in border districts like Sidhi, Singrauli, Dindori, Mandla and Anuppur. The other Naxal-affected districts in the state are Balaghat and Shahdol.

Though a proposal in this regard was pending with the Centre, it has not yet approved the same.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Two hardcore Maoists held

Aurangabad (Bihar), Nov 27 (PTI) Two hardcore Maoists were arrested from Tetaria village in the district today, police said.

The ultras were involved in a blast at Pachokar in the district on November 21 in which eight persons, mostly children, were killed, they said.

The duo were also allegedly involved in burning of several equipment of a thermal power plant being jointly set up by the NTPC and Railways at Navinagar a couple of days ago, they added.

Chhattisgarh Police arrest Maoist rebel in Bijapur

Saturday, November 27, 2010, 14:00[IST]


Bijapur (Chhattisgarh), Nov.27 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Police on Saturday confirmed the arrest of a senior Maoist rebel during a routine operation near Bijapur.

The arrested Maoist was identified as Median Gucha alias Aitu. Police said that he has confessed to the killing of Special Police Officer Irpa Dinesh.

B. P. Raj Bhanu, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bijapur, said Gucha, along with his Maoist group, had abducted Dinesh and his family while they were travelling in a bus.

He said five members of the family were released one by one, but by the end of October, Dinesh was killed.

After being produced before a Sessions Court, Gucha was sent back to jail.

The Maoists have spread into rural pockets of 20 of India's 28 states. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has termed the Maoists as India's gravest internal security challenge and threat. (ANI)

Voters defy Maoists in Jharkhand's first panchayat polls

Press Trust Of India
Ranchi, November 27, 2010First Published: 14:07 IST(27/11/2010)
Last Updated: 14:09 IST(27/11/2010)

Defying a boycott call of Maoists, voters started queuing up at polling booths early Saturday to cast their votes in Jharkhand's maiden panchayat polls. "I am standing here since 6.15 a.m. We have got a chance to elect mukhiyas (panchayat heads) and will not let go of this chance," said Jamunia


Devi, a resident of Ormajhi block of Ranchi.
Polling began at 7 a.m. amid tight security and by 11 a.m., 15 to 20 percent votes were cast, officials said.

Like Jamunia, thousands of voters were eager to elect their representatives for panchayats, the third, grassroots level tier of governance, irrespective of the Maoist threat.

"Maoists cannot decide everything. We have right to elect our mukhiya and sarpanch," said a voter who did not wish to be named.

Enthusiasm was visibly clear on the faces of voters, especially women.

"Mukiyas and sarpanches enjoy more powers and they will sort our problems," said a local, Malti Devi.

Jharkhand has reserved 50 percent of seats for women. The polls will be conducted in five phases.

A total 1,348 panchayats of 77 blocks have gone to polls in the first phase. There are 51,433 candidates in the fray, whose fate will be decided by 43,27,944 registered voters.

Five helicopters are being used for air surveillance. Besides, 426 companies of paratroopers and state police have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling.

The last panchayat polls were held in 1979 when Jharkhand was part of Bihar. After the formation of the state in 2000, the polls were delayed due to a legal battle over reservation to tribal people in scheduled areas (notified tribal areas).

Due to the absence of panchayats, the state loses out on more than Rs.300-400 crore annually in central assistance, which are provided to these local governments directly.

Police losing poster war with Maoists

TNN, Nov 25, 2010, 12.31am IST


BOKARO: Apparently the district police who have geared up for poster war against Maoists have failed to implement it.

In order to disrupt the election process, Maoists have given a boycott call by pasting posters in different areas of Gomia, Nawadih and others. To give a befitting reply to naxalites poster drive, the police displayed separate posters to be pasted across different corners in the district.

In the posters, the police administration planned to project woeful stories of Mako Devi, a resident of Mahuataad whose husband was killed by Maoists. The police are said to have printed around 6,000 posters and pamphlets to distribute among villagers before the election.

For that police have designed about two dozen different kinds of posters and pamphlets. But nothing so far has been seen distributed or pasted in the area, sources said.

Behind this, the police have a strategy to unmask the brutal face of Maoists in front of villagers so that they do not get motivated by this and participate fearlessly in panchayat election. Bokaro SP Saket Singh said they will definitely paste the posters in Maoist-hit areas while search operation is being carried out in Jhumra areas to ensure peaceful election. "Few of the pamphlets have been distributed and others will be circulated soon," said Singh.


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Maoists burn equipment of NTPC plant

AURANGABAD: Armed Maoists burnt equipment of a power plant being jointly set up by railways and NTPC at Nabinagar in Bihar's Aurangabad district, Superintendent of Police Vivek Raj Singh said today.

Over 50 naxalites raided the construction site of the proposed plant late last night and burnt several equipment including four dumpers, three hydra cranes and mixer machine worth lakhs of rupees, the SP said.

They also kept some of the workers present their captive for some time and assaulted them, he said.

A combing operation has been launched to track down the naxalites.

The railway and NTPC are jointly setting up a 2000 MW power plant at Surar village in Nabinagar.

'Naxals used library to spread their ideology'

Shailendra Mohan, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 24, 2010
First Published: 01:21 IST(24/11/2010)

The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), dubbed as the single largest threat to India’s internal security by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had set up a base in the city to propagate their ideology and to connect with the youth. The naxalite allegedly used a reading library situated in the slums along the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) in the western suburbs for this purpose, a witness has told the police.

The witness in his statement to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has named Surya Devra Prabhakar, an alleged naxalite leader who was arrested by the ATS on January 19. Prabhakar, a member of the politburo and one of the top most leaders of CPI (Maoists), was arrested from Kanjurmarg and he had been working in the city since 1991, trying to lure people towards the naxalite ideology, the witness has said.

Prabhakar had been a member of the organisation since 1978 and was a member of the Maharashtra State Committee of the CPI (Maoists). He allegedly controlled operations for Dahanu, Wada, Palghar and other rural areas and had, therefore, set up base in Mumbai.

“He used to preach his ideology before a group of people at the library. Prerna Wachnalay, situated on JVLR helped him get an audience,” said the witness in his statement.

According to the witness, whose testimony is part of the charge sheet filed by the ATS against Prabhakar in August, Prabhakar used to regularly visit the slums at JVLR and had developed friendship with locals by offering them help by paying their bills and performing their small chores. Prabhakar spoke of the naxalite struggle and activities of the erstwhile People’s War Group (PWG), the witness has stated in his statement.

When the Hindustan Times visited the library on Monday, it was found locked and locals there refused to say anything about it. “It opens at 7pm and people come here to read books,” a man in mid-20s, who was sitting nearby said. He refused to talk further.

On dialing a telephone number that was printed on a poster, which was put up outside the library, a man who identified himself as Milind (refused to give his second name) answered the call and said the library was recognised by the government. “There are all kinds of books here,” said Milind, adding that the membership fee is nominal.

Milind said he did not know who Prabhakar was. “There is no restriction on anyone becoming a member,” he said.

3 civilians dead as Naxals blast 'police vehicle'

TNN, Nov 26, 2010, 03.28am IST



CHINTAPALLI (VISAKHAPATNAM): Three civilians were killed when Maoists blasted a van in Chintapalli mandal in Vizag Agency, assuming it to be a police vehicle. Though the incident happened on Tuesday night, it came to light only on Thursday after some villagers ventured into Rallagedda hamlet on Balapam-Korukonda road where the rebels triggered a landmine.

The three civilians were heading to Korukonda in a 407 (usually associated with police vehicles) van to get ganja when the Maoists triggered the landmine blast, sources aid.

Though the villagers heard a deafening sound late on Tuesday night, no one dared to venture out into the heavily mined area. The deceased were identified as Deva Nookaraju of Ravanapalli of Golgonda mandal, Hassi of Narsipatnam and Nagaraju.

Sources said the Maoists in fact planned to blast Annavaram police station to send a warning signal to the cops combing the heavily Maoist-infested area. The impact of the blast was such that 10-ft crater was formed, while the bodies were flung to a corner, 200 metres away. Plastic bags, a pair of slippers and blood-stained clothes were found at the blast site, which is 40 km from Chintapalli.

District committee member Chedda Bhushanam alias Khatro, key leader Santosh and five other leaders from Chhattisgarh were present on a hillock where they had assembled to discuss preparations for PLGA fete when the blast took place, the sources said. Sources said top Maoist leaders could be camping there ahead of the Dec. 2 PLGA week celebrations and hence, the cadres must have planted the landmines. "It is because of this worry the cops did not visit the blast site till Thursday evening," a source said. Police said the rebels might have blasted the van in a case of mistaken identity.

The police department normally uses vans bearing 407 registration number to transport security personnel for combing operations. "But the private van had East Godavari registration number," a source averred. It may be recalled the Korukonda committee has been active in the area for the past few months and killed seven tribals, suspecting them to be police informers.

Meanwhile, security in all police stations in the Agency has been beefed up. Apart from deploying combing parties in big numbers, the police are planning to take up joint operations with Orissa cops. "Some choppers are likely to pressed into service to carry out aerial patrolling," a source said.


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Security forces to be moved out of government schools in Bastar

Published: Friday, Nov 26, 2010, 1:56 IST
Place: Raipur | Agency: PTI


Security forces will be soon moved out of government schools in the Naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, official sources said today.

The step is being taken to prevent Naxal attacks on these schools, which house security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations, they said.

Besides schools, the personnel reside in state-run hostels and other government buildings, which are often targeted by the Naxals, the sources said.

The security forces will be shifted out of these government facilities and accommodated in safer dwellings which will be built soon, they said.

Meanwhile, the government will remove hurdles coming in the way of filling up long-pending vacancies in Bastar, and if necessary, relax appointment rules, the sources said.

Bastar Development Group has been set up by the government to ensure faster growth in the tribal-dominated region, they added.

Shut shop in villages, Maoists tell MFIs

TNN, Nov 27, 2010, 03.33am IST



WARANGAL: Taking a tough stand against micro finance institutions (MFIs), the Maoists have asked MFI managements to close their operations in villages immediately in the wake of series of suicides by women.

Maoist party KKW (Karimnagar-Khammam-Warangal) secretary Sudhakar warned MFIs of dire consequences if they do not call it quits. In a statement here on Friday, he said agents and representatives of MFIs are humiliating rural women and insulting their family members because of which several villagers have committed suicide.

He termed the government ordinance on MFIs as a sham since agents continue to collect loan instalments from women forcibly. He also warned SKS Finance chief Vikram Akula, Share Finance company owner and member of Rajya Sabha V Hanumantha Rao, L&T, Swayamkrushi, Chaitanya MFIs' owners of serious consequences. "Followers of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are responsible for the spate of suicides in the state," he said in the statement.

Sudhakar said the government should grant five acres of agricultural land, an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh and employment opportunity to a person from the families of the deceased.

Making an appeal to the youth and women associations to fight against the mushrooming liquor and belt shops in the state, he said the government must take necessary steps to cancel the licences of these shops.

Sudhakar warned former Naxalites against acting as informers of police. "If you do not change your attitude, we will teach you a fitting lesson," he warned.

Meanwhile, four Naxals were arrested in Moranchapalle village in Bhupalapalle mandal. They were nabbed from the forest area. Fourteen country-made rifles were recovered from them.

Anti-terror commando force for Karnataka in 15 days

Published: Saturday, Nov 27, 2010, 8:34 IST
By Srikanth Hunasavadi | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA


Karnataka will get its own anti-terror commando force to tackle any eventuality on the terrorism front in the state. The proposed force is expected to be operational in another 15 days.

“We are not waiting for the central government to send commando forces to the state. Nowadays, terror and naxal activities are spreading alarmingly and underworld activities are also on the rise. So, we decided to set up a commando force consisting of 300 men who are being trained now. Within the next fortnight, we will exhibit their strength before the public,” said home minister R Ashoka.

Making the announcement on the second anniversary of 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, the home minister said that the 300 personnel were being given advanced training to tackle terrorist attacks. He, however, did not elaborate on the details.

Karnataka, particularly Bangalore is on the terrorists’ hitlist, but the city is not equipped to tackle any attack as the police are not trained to handle such situations. Besides Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli and Belgaum are also sensitive, the minister said.

Also, to enhance training skills of the police force, the government has decided to set up two training centres in north Karnataka, Ashoka said. He further said, “To streamline the police recruitment system, we will introduce a transparent policy. Every time we want to recruit police personnel, we have to take permission from the finance department. The process gets delayed. So we will take prior permission from the finance department and go ahead with the appointments. Such mechanism will be evolved in the new policy,” he said.

Central nod to Rs 25-cr scheme for Naxal-hit states

Nov 27, 8:43 PM
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a special scheme for 60 districts in nine states affected by Left Wing extremism.

Giving details, Home Minister P Chidambaram said Rs 25 crore would be given to each of the district as grant for the current fiscal and Rs 30 crore in the next financial year.

He said the funds would be made available to a three-member committee headed by the District Collector. The committee will clear the project in consultations with other district officers and will be responsible for the implementation of the projects.

The State Development Commissioners will monitor the implementation of the projects in their states.
Chidambaram said development under the scheme should be visible by March.

Swayamsidha Raises Flag Against Naxalism

19:07 IST

Swayamsidha – A Girl on Red Corridor,

an Odiya film in the Indian Panorma depicts the Naxalite menace and how it devastates the lives of innocent men and women. Post its screening at IFFI 2010, Sudhanshu Mohan Sahoo, the film’s director and crew met the Press at the Media Centre here today. Briefing the press, he emphasized said that through his movie he want to stress that an opportunity should be given to those on the red corridor to return to the Mainstream. He said that they have tried to put both sides of the story to the public. Siddhanta Mohapatra, the lead actor of the movie and a sitting Member of Parliament said” Nobody is Naxalite by birth but is only the circumstances which makes a person Naxalite” and so they should be extended a helping hand to come out of the circumstances.

Prabhat Ranjan Mallick, the producer of the film informed the Press that the movie has been made in Bengali and is being released in Kolkata today. The film has been shot in 70 days out of which 50 days in Naxal affected Koraput.

The film sees the debut of Yukta in the role of the main protagonist Shreya who is educated and talented. But the negligent attitude of the administration, failed protests and unsuccessful appeals force her to the path of terror. Shreya, in her struggle to build a society free of exploitation, metamorphoses into Swayamsiddha. In her struggle, she comes across Raj who is a happy-go-lucky man kidnapped by her group. All-out efforts to secure Raj’s release end in vain. Raj comes to know about the sordid ordeals that had befallen Shreya. Raj tries to dissuade her which only ends in further devastation. Eventually, Raj gives a clarion call; Shreya hears it and her Swayamsidha-side steps out.

Govt unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for naxal districts

PTI, Nov 26, 2010, 07.30pm IST


NEW DELHI: With an aim of tackling naxalism through development, the government has unveiled a special Rs 3300 crore action plan in 60 affected tribal and backward districts across nine states.

The Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is intended to provide immediate redressal to problems of the people in tribal and backward districts in the sector like healthcare, drinking water, education and roads.

The IAP would be given as an additional central assistance scheme on 100 per cent grant basis to be implemented in two years, Home Minister P Chidambaram said about the decision taken at the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs held last evening.

"In the current year (2010-11), a block grant of Rs 25 crore will be made available to each of the 60 districts for which the schemes will be decided by a committee headed by the distrcit collector with district SP and district forest officer as members," Chidambaram said here.

The projects would have to be completed by March in a "concrete" and "visible" manner, he said.

The works would be taken up by district collectors by December 1, he said, adding the block amount of Rs 25 crore will have to be utilised in the remaining four months of the current fiscal.

Elaborating on the action plan, he said the grant would be utilised by a committee headed by district collectors of the state to undertake doable projects like construction of link roads, Panchayat Ghar (office building) etc.

The government, he added, proposes to call a meeting of the collectors of the 60 districts shortly to apprise them about the scheme and also the urgency to complete projects within the stipulated time frame.

During the financial year 2011-12, the block grant will be raised to Rs 30 crore per district and it will be reviewed for implementation in the 12th Plan at a later stage.

"Construction of roads and schools and proper implementation of public distribution system will take place in all these Maoist-hit areas," Chidambaram said.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Maoists use teen girl as ‘porter’

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Bankura, Nov. 23: Suspected Maoists forced a 13-year-old Bankura girl to carry landmines and kept her sleepless on night-long vigils after luring her with promises of a better life, police said today, claiming she had escaped from the rebels.

Bankura police chief Pranab Kumar, who held a news conference with the Santhal girl by his side, said that within a month of being drafted by the rebels this March, she was put through gruelling drills and had to learn how to use weapons like pistols.

The girl said she had decided to leave after a close shave in an encounter with the police on November 8. “A bullet whizzed past my head. I hid my pistol and ran away. That day I decided I would escape,” the girl said.

The police said they had rescued the girl on November 14, days after she had escaped and was going around villages in the area asking for food from residents who refused to help her for fear of being targeted by the rebels.

“We got to know that a minor girl had fled from the Maoists and was hiding in the forests. With the help of her parents, we found her,” Kumar said.

A source, however, suggested the girl was caught on the day of the November 8 encounter. “She could not flee with the others. Since then she has been with the police,” the source said.

The Maoists put the girl on sentry duty and made her carry heavy loads, including “Challenger” landmines that weigh up to 15kg, Kumar said.

It was in March that a youth named Chhotu — apparently a rebel recruiting agent — had first approached her in her village, Bagdubi, 310km from Calcutta. “He said he would get her money and new clothes if she came with him and performed some tasks,” Kumar said.

The girl is the eldest of five children. Her father cultivates his own small patch of land.

When Chhotu promised her a better life if she came away with him, she took the opportunity. But she didn’t realise then that she was being recruited as a potential Maoist squad member.

“When she came home (initially), she seemed happy and wanted to go back again. Later, we got to know that she was with the Maoists. We did not report the matter to the police for fear of reprisal by the Maoists,” said her mother, who was also at the news conference.

A child soldier of the Maoists caught

Anirban Roy
Kolkata, November 24, 2010
Updated 10:53 IST

Maoists 'hide' child cadre in school

The West Bengal Police have picked up a 13- year- old girl-said to be an active member of the Maoists' Raniband squad - giving credence to reports that the Maoists are recruiting minors in their ranks.

The girl Lakshmi (name changed) was picked up by the police from Bagdubi village in Bankura district, one of the hotbeds of Maoist activities in the state.

It was exposed by Mail Today on September 11 how the Maoists were recruiting children from schools in the remote areas of Purulia district.

Bankura SP Pranab Kumar said Lakshmi was lured by one Chhotu, whose identity is yet to be established, and handed her over to the Ranibandh squad last year. She was promised good food, new clothes and a prosperous life for joining the rebels.

" Even though she is young, Lakshmi is trained in guerrilla warfare," Kumar said, adding she has taken part in Maoist operations carried out in several places in Bankura district.

Kumar said Lakshmi was unable to bear the hardship of guerrilla life and had tried several times to leave the squad. She requested senior squad members to let her go home, but she was not allowed. Instead the rebels threatened her with dire consequences if she tried to flee.

" She gave a tragic account of her days with the Maoists," the superintendent of police said. The little girl was forced to perform rigorous physical exercises, sentry duties at Maoist camps and even forced to carry " challenger" land mines on her shoulders, he added.

Lakshmi had a miraculous escape when a bullet whizzed past her head during an encounter with the police on November 8 at Lithira forest near Ranibandh in Bankura.

During the encounter, she managed to escape.

A team of doctors on Tuesday examined Lakshmi in Bankura to ascertain whether she was sexually assaulted.

It is believed that Bankura police located Lakshmi based on information given by Maoist leader Kinkar Pal, who was arrested from Huangana forest in Barikul on Sunday.

Arrangements are being made by the district administration for Lakshmi's rehabilitation, including her education, vocational training and health care. A well- known NGO has been contacted, Kumar said.

" It is sad the Maoists are now forcing children to join their peoples' war," said a member of Bankura Mahila Samiti, requesting anonymity.

Shobha Mandi alias Uma, a Maoist squad member who had surrendered in West Midnapore in September, had alleged that she was sexually exploited by the Maoist leaders for two years.

Maoist ideologue Vara Vara Rao termed the allegation of recruitment of child soldiers in West Bengal as a " propaganda" by the ruling Left Front.

CRPF boss on rebel turf recce

SUMAN K. SHRIVASTAVA

DGP Neyaz Ahmed and CRPF DG K Vijay Kumar in Ranchi. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, Nov. 23: Director-general (DG) of CRPF K. Vijay Kumar reviewed the ongoing anti-Naxalite operations in Jharkhand at a high-level meeting with the state and police brass today and said the offensive would be intensified.

The DG also made an attempt to bond with the jawans fighting the Maoists. Immediately after landing in Ranchi yesterday, Kumar went to Jhumra, Bokaro, and then to Garu in Latehar — two of the remotest areas where CRPF companies are stationed. He even spent the night with the forces in Garu. “It conveyed the message to the personnel that the top officers are with them,” said CRPF IG (operations) Alok Raj.

At today’s closed-door meeting, which continued for an hour at the state police headquarters, Kumar stressed on speedy development and strengthening of the police apparatus to check the Maoist menace in the state.

Promising every help to the CRPF for carrying out the operation successfully, chief secretary A.K. Singh, who was present at the meeting, said: “We should work in tandem.”

Kumar, a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer who had played a crucial role in the elimination of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan as the head of Special Task Force, also lauded the successful joint operation carried out by Gumla and Latehar police, CRPF and Cobra from November 19 to 21.

He handed over cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to the personnel who took part in the offensive in which a Maoist was killed and ammunition recovered.

Later, speaking to mediapersons, the chief secretary said it was a general review meeting. “Absence of BDOs and COs was cited as a factor behind non-execution of development plans. They will, henceforth, be compelled to stay at their headquarters once the panchayat bodies are in place,” Singh said.

DGP Neyaz Ahmed and IG (operations) R.K. Mallick were also present at the meeting.

2 jawans killed in retaliation to Naxal deaths

"The Naxals blew up the vehicle by setting off a landmine resulting in the death of the driver and a constable," he said.

Nine Naxals were killed in a fierce encounter with CRPF and state police personnel in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, 383 kms from here.
Earlier report:

RAIPUR: Nine Maoists were Tuesday killed in a fierce gun battle with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in a forested pocket of the rebels' stronghold Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.

The killings were reported from Jagargunda area of Dantewada district. The casualty site is located over 500 km south from here.

"It's a big success. CRPF's 111th battalion fought bravely with over 150 heavily armed Maoists. We have recovered bodies of all the nine rebels with their weapons," Dantewada's Senior Superintendent of Police S.R.P. Kalluri told IANS over phone.

A senior CRPF official posted in Dantewada said on condition of anonymity that the gun battle began when rebels opened fire on a strong contingent of the paramilitary force which was on patrolling from early morning.
"This time, we stunned them (Maoists). The personnel put the rebels' squad under heavy firing for nearly an hour. We successfully hunted nine of them. I believe many more received gun shots and probably were taken inside the forests," the officer informed.

The CRPF recovered many arms and explosives from the site. Senior CRPF officials and state police officers have rushed to the site which is not less than 200 km from Dantewada town - headquarters of India's worst insurgency-hit district.
For the paramilitary force, which has been put under repeated attacks in the sprawling 40,000 sq km mineral-rich, restive Bastar region, Tuesday's success is considered a big morale booster.

Maoists had been up against the CRPF in Bastar, mainly in Danteweda. They had killed 76 security personnel, including 75 of the CRPF, in a single attack in April this year.

'Maoists extorting from low-rung officials in Jharkhand'

Updated on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 19:26



Ranchi: The Jharkhand Government Tuesday confirmed Maoists extorting money from low rung officials in rural areas, even as CRPF chief Vijay Kumar suggested speedy development in these places for curbing left wing extremism.

"Some Naxalites have been collecting levy from development programmes. They take it from contractors. We also got information from some areas that they (even) demand levy from officials at various level," Jharkhand chief secretary A K Singh told reporters here today.



The CRPF Director-General today met Home Secretary, the state DGP, besides him to discuss about extremism, he said.

"CRPF DGP also spoke to Superintendents of Police of Naxal-hit districts and reviewed his forces deployed in the state. He is of the view that development has a big role in combating extremism and benefits should reach to common man," Singh said.

Kumar was told that development works were being done expeditiously, the chief secretary added.

He, however, said that major success cannot be achieved unless block development officers, circle officers and doctors stay at their places of posting, Asked whether BDOs and COs were still flouting even after government's recent directive, Singh said the officers have started to stay.

"Now they have started to stay after clear instructions have been given," Singh said.

Stating that the Centre had been giving huge funds, much of which remain "unspent", he said the government was determined to utilise the funds.

The presence of BDOs and COs was necessary, he added.

Refuting reports that the state's surrender policy did not evoke much response from Maoists, Singh said several Naxalites had recently joined the democratic fold and changes would be made in the policy if it was necessary.

About frequent Maoist killings in Khunti district, he said securitymen were also achieving success, but it was a long-drawn battle against the left wing extremism.

"Yesterday, security forces arrested Maoists and police weapons were recovered at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum."

18 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand have been officially announced as Maoist-hit areas.

PTI

20 Naxals killed in Dantewada encounter

PTI First Published : 23 Nov 2010 08:45:07 PM IST

RAIPUR: About 20 Naxals were today killed in a fierce encounter with CRPF and state police personnel in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. In another incident, two CRPF jawans were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Naxals in Bijapur district.

CRPF Inspector General Pankaj Kumar Sinh said a joint team of CRPF jawans and state police deployed in Jagargunda area of Dantewada had gone for area domination exercise when about 200 Naxals started firing at them near Aasrampura village. The security forces returned the fire after which the Naxals fled.
Nine deadbodies of Naxals in ''green uniforms'' have been recovered by the security forces. The IG said the police also saw a pool of blood at the spot and there were certain marks which indicated that some bodies were dragged from there.
He said though bodies of only nine Naxals were found, possibly 20 Naxals have been killed in the firing. A team of the CRPF's 111 battalion accompanied by two special police officers (SPOs) and four state policemen made the first contact with Maoists at 7 AM and subsequently encircled the Maoists in the dense jungles of Jagargunda.

The security personnel also recovered nine weapons and explosives from the site and a search operation has been launched in adjoining areas, the officer said. Dantewada has been a Naxal hotbed and security forces have been trying to conduct successful operations here after 75 CRPF personnel and a state policeman were killed in a deadly ambush by the Maoists in April.

The second incident occurred near Murtanda village, 280 kms from the state capital, when a bullet-proof vehicle was on its way back from Awapally after ferrying jawans of Timapur-based 168 battalion of CRPF, according to Additional SP BPS Rajbhanu. "The Naxals blew up the vehicle by setting off a landmine resulting in the death of the driver and a constable," he said.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fate of Chandauli forest dwellers still undecided

Rajeev Dikshit, TNN, Nov 22, 2010, 10.40pm IST



VARANASI: The fate of around 4,000 people of Maoist-affected Chandauli district, who have lost the scheduled tribe (ST) status in the past 8-9 years, continues to hang in balance due to the indecisive attitude of the Union government. The state government has forwarded the recommendation to restore the ST status of these tribals but the Centre is yet to act on it. Due to the delay in the restoration of ST status, these people are still deprived of the benefits of the Tradition Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

A tug-of-war between chief minister Mayawati and her arch rival and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had resulted in separation of Chandauli from Varanasi, re-merger and restoration of district in the past one decade. During her past regime, chief minister Mayawati had carved out Chandauli from Varanasi as a separate district in 1997. However, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav merged it again in Varanasi district after coming back to power in 2004. Finally a high court order helped in restoring the status of Chandauli district in July 2004. But in this tug-of-war, the jungle natives of Chandauli lost the status of ST and, in the lack of revenue records of past 75 years, proving them to be the traditional forest dwellers also became impossible. It also jolted the bid of the Chandauli administration to utilise this act as a major weapon against the Maoists.

On the basis of available revenue records and other evidences, only nine persons and their families of Chandauli district could be certified as the tradition forest dwellers. On May 22 last, social welfare commissioner and principal secretary Prem Narain visited the district and distributed the 'patta' of land among the same nine beneficiaries to provide them benefits as per the Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. If divisional forest officer of Kashi wildlife division PP Verma is to be believed, the benefits of community claims as per this act have also been given to the same beneficiaries.

According to Verma, over 14,000 claims have been received to seek the benefits of this act in the district. After proper verification, only nine applicants were found eligible for it. He said if the ST status of around 4,000 persons was restored, they could also be given the benefits of this act. During his May visit, Narain had disclosed that recommendation for the inclusion of 10 castes of Chandauli district on the list of ST had already been forwarded to the Union government.

District magistrate, Chandauli, VK Tripathi said the reminders were being sent to the Union government on regular intervals for taking decision on the issue. However, the Union government has not shown any interest in restoring the status of ST of the people of such castes. Verma said until they included in the ST list again, providing them the benefits of the act would be impossible. Members of the same castes are enjoying the ST status in adjoining Maoist-affected districts of Sonebhadra and Mirzapur, where a large number of the population has succeeded in getting the benefits of this act.


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Soft target & revenge whiff in 5 murders

Family members of Chunku Soren. (Samir Mondal)

Midnapore, Nov. 22: Suspected Maoists shot two CPM members dead today after a kangaroo court trial in West Midnapore, while the ruling party was accused of the revenge murders of two Trinamul Congress supporters with rebel links.

Paresh Rana and Sushil Mahato were dragged out of their homes in Sankrail and killed, raising the CPM toll in Maoist hands since Saturday to five. Intelligence sources explained that the rebels were going after stray “soft targets” after losing ground to the joint forces and a regrouping CPM.

The bodies of Chunka Soren and Kalipada Tudu, Trinamul supporters linked to the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities, were found in Salboni just about 500 metres from the spot where the Maoists had yesterday murdered local CPM leaders Rahim Patar and Pashupati Singh.

The families of the Trinamul duo claimed CPM cadres had killed them to avenge the deaths of Patar and Singh.

In the first incident, the police said, the Maoists forced around 200 people from neighbouring villages to march to Jambedia and Murakati. While Rana, 35, was picked up in Jambedia, Mahato, 53, was dragged out in Murakati.

The bullet-riddled bodies of Rana, a CPM branch committee member, and Mahato, a local committee member, were found in Murakati today.

Patar and Singh were gunned down in Salboni, a day after Maoists beheaded a CPM supporter in nearby Binpur.

Intelligence branch sources said Maoists were targeting “unguarded” local Left leaders after the CPM’s armed recapture of Lalgarh and villages in Salboni and Goaltore. “It is not possible for the rebels in these areas to attack the CPM cadres because they mostly remain inside heavily guarded party offices,” an intelligence official said.

So, he added, the rebels are targeting local CPM leaders who don’t have security rings around them. The rebels believe these leaders “oversee work to strengthen the party’s organisation in the Maoist belt”.

The intelligence sources said the Maoists killed the CPM men in Sankrail and Salboni on the suspicion that they had provided “inputs” to the police which led to the death of eight rebels in an encounter in Salboni in June.

The families of Soren and Tudu said around 20 armed CPM goons picked the duo up from their homes along with five others. Soren’s brother Khudon said: “The CPM goons ordered the seven to attend a meeting. This morning, five of them returned but my brother and Tudu did not.”

Reds blame cops for Aurangabad blast

GAYA: The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has blamed the Aurangabad police for the tragic death of eight persons including seven children on Sunday and attributed the tragedy to a "police conspiracy" to malign the Maoists.

Paramjeet, the Maoist spokesperson who rang up TOI to make the allegation, said the Aurangabad police deliberately abandoned the live cylinder bomb to defame the Maoists.

According to Paramjeet, the Pachokhar villagers were given the impression by Aurangabad police that the cylinder bomb had been rendered ineffective and as such converted into an innocuous object inviting locals' curiousity. He claimed he was in possession of a vernacular daily published from Patna in which police officials were quoted as saying that the cylinder bomb has been rendered ineffective.

Paramjeet claimed the Maoists did not believe in killing innocent people.

Aurangabad SP Vivek Raj Singh vehemently denied that the police ever told the villagers that the cylinder bomb had been rendered ineffective.

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'Governmment taps 5,000 phones on average'

PTI First Published : 23 Nov 2010 09:01:28 AM IST
Last Updated : 23 Nov 2010 02:38:55 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Telephone calls of about 5,000 people are being recorded by central security agencies daily as part of security and preventive measures.
Government sources said on an average telephones of about 5,000 people are being kept under surveillance by intelligence agencies suspecting their linkages with terror activities, hawala operators and members of banned organisations.
Telephones of a number of people involved in various economic offences are also being monitored.

Sources said that conversations of terrorists and insurgent outfits in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast and the banned CPI (Maoist) are mostly under the scanner of intelligence agencies.

"A lot of times the phone tapping is done for only sixty days. But when it involves persons who are facing any criminal case or are under the scanner of investigating agencies, their phones are kept under surveillance for a longer period," a senior Home Ministry official said.

As per official procedures, the phone tapping by intelligence agencies is done with the consent of the Union Home Secretary. The government can authorise tapping for 60 days which can be extended again as per needs.

The sources said that emails are also being monitored by government agencies after getting the consent of the service providers.

Sources said that tapping of telephone conversations of leading corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, whose name has cropped up in the 2G Spectrum row, with several influential persons were authorised by the government.

Joint operation to hunt rebels

TNN, Nov 21, 2010, 11.01pm IST


Read more: Joint operation to hunt rebels - The Times of India

BOKARO: The police and Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) are carrying out a joint anti-Naxalite search operation in Jhumra and its surrounding areas in Gomia block here.

The recent spurt in rebel activities has forced the men in khakis to start hunt for Maoists in jungles.

The area, which was in peace since past one year, has suddenly shaken with landmine blasts triggered by Maoists recently. Behind the rise in Maoist activities, the upcoming panchayat elections is one of the reasons, feel the police. Maoists want to disturb polling process to create dominion among the residents of Maoists prone areas, they said.

After announcement of panchayat polls, the Maoists have given a boycott call, but seeing that despite the threat residents are filing nominations and are keen to take part in the democratic process, the Red outfits just went overboard. However, security forces have taken up challenge to conduct the elections peacefully in Maoist-prone areas.

Observing three separate landmine blasts in the foothills of Jhumra in past 10 days that claimed one security personnel and injured five others, have made the security forces launching operations. A large numbers of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the Jhumra region, who are carrying out operation.

"The operation is carried out to flush out Naxalities so that panchayat elections would be conducted in peaceful environment. We have deployed specially trained forces for such operation. They are scanning the area to search Red outfits," said Saket Singh, Bokaro SP.

13-year-old girl detained for supplying arms to Maoists

BANKURA (West Bengal): A 13-year-old girl has been detained by the police after it raided a Maoist hideout at a village in Naxalite-affected Bankura district.

Acting on a tip off, Sukurmoni Soren was detained from Baghdubi village in the Barikul police station area on Monday night, district Superintendent of Police Pranab Kumar said.

Kumar said the girl was being interrogated by police officials.

Bankura is one among three districts in West Bengal where Maoists have been active for sometime, the other two being West Midnapore and Purulia districts.

MHA officer detained for leaking info to telecom company

New Delhi
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Monday raided the office and residence of 1994-batch West Bengal-cadre IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, currently posted in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), for allegedly leaking sensitive information.

Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P N Aggarwal denied reports that Singh had been arrested. Police sources said he had been detained for questioning. A case has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Singh is posted as Director in the Internal Security (IS) division and was allegedly passing on information to a telecom company. His office, it is learnt, was involved in granting security clearance to companies. He was under surveillance for over a month.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said the Delhi Police, acting on a tip-off, raided the North Block office of Singh. “The raid was conducted after complaints that the officer was leaking sensitive information to some corporates,” Pillai said. He denied that Singh was involved in procurement of arms and material for central police organisations. He also refused to say to whom Singh was passing on information, though raids are likely at the offices of this company.

The IS Division of the MHA is one of its most sensitive wings, dealing with crucial issues related to security, including the Naxal problem. “So far, it looks like a case of corruption. If required, the officer will be taken into custody,” said a source. Singh had joined MHA in January.

Maoist sub-zonal commander killed, 2 associates arrested

23 NOV, 2010, 12.17PM IST,PTI


JAMSHEDPUR: A self-styled sub-zonal commander of the CPI (Maoist) was killed while his two associates were arrested following a fierce encounter with the police at Bardi village in Naxal-hit Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum district.

DIG (Kolhan) Navin Kumar Singh said that Dalma squad sub-zonal commander Arup Mochi was killed and two other Maoists - Maheshwar Mahto and Ganesh Chandra Tudu - were arrested in the encounter on Monday night.

Singh said one more person was detained for interrogation.

The police also recovered two police rifles, one 9mm pistol and one 7.65 mm pistol along with a large quantity of live cartridges and cash from the spot.

The encounter took place a day after suspected Maoists shot at and critically injured a villager at Sonahatu village under Chakulia police station

Naxal killed as mine being planted goes off

TNN, Nov 23, 2010, 03.26am IST


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NAGPUR: A Naxalite was killed and a few of his aides injured when a land mine they were planting under a road went off accidentally near Eragatta in Sironcha tehsil on Saturday evening. The Naxalites were planting the mine under the road connecting Alapalli to Sironcha.

Unconfirmed reports claimed they were planning a big attack on a police patrolling party. It failed due to inept handling of the explosives. Patrolling parties of C-60 commandos and Central Paramilitary forces are at present combing the adjoining areas.

The Naxalites are generally trained in such activities and are not known to suffer such setbacks. They had recently killed four security personnel at Perimilli in a mine explosion and on the following day blew up a police vehicle in similar manner leaving several cops injured.

Rumours started doing rounds about the casualties though initially there was no confirmation. Till now, there is confusion regarding date of incident. While additional superintendent of police, Aheri, Rajesh Sharma claimed the incident took place on Saturday evening, a reliable source in Gadchiroli said it was on Friday afternoon. There was confusion regarding the numbers of casualties too.

Local police, opting not to take risk, ensured that a villager was sent to the area where the mine had likely gone off. "Blood stains were spotted in the forest adjoining the road. The place was close to the road. There was no crater formed. Shrapnel or splinters could not be traced. We cannot expect an expert's comment from the villager," said Sharma.

"Our police team would be there to inspect the spot in another couple of days as they are busy in patrolling at present," said Sharma. The senior officer also said that there was no official confirmation of the incident. "We have received no formal complaint. There was no trace of any injured persons or body found at the place," said Sharma.

The security agencies, based in Nagpur, were activated after the incident came to their notice. Sources claimed that the undercover sleuths had started visiting hospitals and nursing home anticipating that the Naxals may bring their injured for treatment here. Their counterparts in other districts were also alerted, it is learnt.

Nine naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

Nine Naxals were killed today in a fierce encounter with CRPF and State police personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

Acting on specific intelligence inputs, a team of the CRPF’s 111 battalion accompanied by two special police officers (SPOs) and four state policemen encircled the Maoists in the jungles of Jagargunda around 9 AM.

So far, nine bodies of the Naxals have been recovered, Superintendent of Police, Dantewada, S R P Kalluri said.

He said the encounter had taken place in thick jungles and he had not received any report of any casualty among the security forces.

The security personnel have also recovered arms and explosives from the site and a search operation is still on, the official said.

Dantewada has been a Naxal hotbed and security forces have been trying to conduct successful operations here after 75 CRPF personnel and a State policeman were killed in a deadly ambush by the Maoists in April.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

How and why Narayan Murthy gave up on Communism

NR Narayana Murthy who was a staunch Communist in his early days reveals how he moved away from communism in this lecture given in 2007 at New York University's Leonard N Stern School of business.

Narayana Murthy on the lessons life has taught him

After some thought, I have decided to share with you some of my life lessons.

I learned these lessons in the context of my early career struggles, a life lived under the influence of sometimes unplanned events which were the crucibles that tempered my character and reshaped my future.

I would like first to share some of these key life events with you, in the hope that these may help you understand my struggles and how chance events and unplanned encounters with influential persons shaped my life and career.

Later, I will share the deeper life lessons that I have learned.

My sincere hope is that this sharing will help you see your own trials and tribulations for the hidden blessings they can be.

The first event occurred when I was a graduate student in Control Theory at IIT, Kanpur in India.

At breakfast on a bright Sunday morning in 1968, I had a chance encounter with a famous computer scientist on sabbatical from a well-known US university.

He was discussing exciting new developments in the field of computer science with a large group of students and how such developments would alter our future. He was articulate, passionate and quite convincing.

I was hooked.

I went straight from breakfast to the library, read four or five papers he had suggested, and left the library determined to study computer science.

Friends, when I look back today at that pivotal meeting, I marvel at how one role model can alter, for the better, the future of a young student. This experience taught me that valuable advice can sometimes come from an unexpected source, and chance events can sometimes open new doors.

Break with communism

The next event that left an indelible mark on me occurred in 1974.

The location: Nis, a border town between former Yugoslavia, now Serbia, and Bulgaria.

I was hitchhiking from Paris back to Mysore, my home town.

By the time a kind driver dropped me at Nis railway station at 9pm on a Saturday night, the restaurant was closed. So was the bank the next morning, and I could not eat because I had no local money.

I slept on the railway platform until 8.30 pm in the night when the Sofia Express pulled in. The only passengers in my compartment were a girl and a boy.

I struck a conversation in French with the young girl. She talked about the travails of living in an iron curtain country, until we were roughly interrupted by some policemen who, I later gathered, were summoned by the young man who thought we were criticising the communist government of Bulgaria.

The girl was led away; my backpack and sleeping bag were confiscated. I was dragged along the platform into a small eight-by-eight-foot room with a cold stone floor and a hole in one corner by way of toilet facilities. I was held in that bitterly cold room without food or water for more than 72 hours.

I had lost all hope of ever seeing the outside world again, when the door opened. I was again dragged out unceremoniously, locked up in the guard's compartment on a departing freight train and told that I would be released 20 hours later upon reaching Istanbul.

The guard's final words still ring in my ears 'You are from a friendly country called India and that is why we are letting you go!'

The journey to Istanbul was lonely, and I was starving. This long, lonely, cold journey forced me to deeply rethink my convictions about Communism. Early on a dark Thursday morning, after being hungry for 108 hours, I was purged of any last vestiges of affinity for the Left.

I concluded that entrepreneurship, resulting in large scale job creation, was the only viable mechanism for eradicating poverty in societies.

Deep in my heart, I always thank the Bulgarian guards for transforming me from a confused leftist into a determined, compassionate capitalist!

Inevitably, this sequence of events led to the eventual founding of Infosys in 1981.

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Maoists are patriots of a kind: Arundhati Roy

PTI / Sunday, November 21, 2010 21:08 IST

Glorifying Maoists as patriots of a kind, controversial writer Arundhati Roy today accused the prime minister and the Union home minister of "violating the Constitution and PESA (Panchayat Extention of Scheduled Areas) act by allowing corporates to use tribal land."

"Patriots of a kind, they (Maoists) are. But here patriotism is very complicated. So at the moment what people are fighting for is to keep this country from falling apart," Roy told reporters after addressing a meeting on "Cultural resistance to war on people in corporate interest", organised by a magazine considered to be pro-left.

NAXALWATCH COMMENT

Going by her (Arundathy Roy) logic, some day we could expect a definition from her as 'Terrorists are "Super Patriots" of a kind who are fighting to keep the world from falling apart'.


To a question, the writer-cum-activist, however, said she did not think there could be only Maoist revolution for solving problems. "There will be a new kind of alliance of all kinds of people," said Roy, whose visit here was opposed by saffron outfits like RSS and ABVP for her remarks on Kashmir.

Stating that PESA Act was enacted to safeguard rights of tribals and others living in scheduled areas, the Booker Prize winner said that Prime Minister and home minister were saying that forest land was needed for other purposes.

"They (PM and HM) enact laws and violate it," Roy alleged claiming that local people, particularly tribals had every right over the land, forest and water in their areas.

Besides PM and HM, the police, CRPF and BSF also violate laws framed under the Constitution, she alleged.

Accusing successive governments at the Centre of "frequently" using military force in places like Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and the Northeast, Roy said while people in Pakistan are fighting against military rule, "some people here want to use brute force to suppress people's voice."

"Force was being used by the government and not the Naxalites," she alleged.

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'Polavaram project to serve capitalists'

PTI First Published : 21 Nov 2010 09:40:29 PM IST
BHUBANESWAR: Giving a new twist to the Polavaram controversy, Maoist ideologue and poet V V Rao today claimed that multi-purpose project was aimed to feed water to industries than irrigating land in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
"Polavaram project is being set up by Andhra Pradesh government to feed water to 23 industries for which MoUs are signed by the state government." Rao told reporters at the sideline of a meeting here.
Claiming that about three lakh people of 304 villages in Andhra Pradesh's Khamam and Godavari districts would be adversely affected by Polavaram project, Rao rejected the state government's claim that it would irrigate about 80,000 acre of land in coastal region.
"They (Andhra Pradesh govt) had already set up an industrial corridor in coastal region which required a huge quantity of water for their daily consumption," he said claiming "that late chief minister YSR Reddy had planned Polavaram project to meet the interests of corporate houses."
Stating that Maoists were opposed to Polavaram project, Rao said the dam over river river Godavari "would also affect tribal villages in Orissa and Chhattisgarh."
The revolutionary poet also accused "the governments both at the Centre and the state of working at the behest of corporate houses and not for the common man."
"All political parties participating in elections are working for corporate houses," he alleged.

Maoist threat to NE looming large

R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Nov 21 – Though the Maoist rebel groups are yet to gain strong foothold in Assam and other parts of the North-east region to indulge in violence like in some other parts of the country, the threat to the region cannot be overlooked as there have been intelligence reports of the Maoists trying to establish roots in this part of the country.

Highly-placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that the Maoist rebel groups have already established links with some of the militant groups of North-east and there are definite inputs that they would try to establish their bases in the region.

Sources pointed out that the Maoists have already signed a joint agreement with the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) of Manipur to support each other and “honour the sovereignty of Manipur and India” and according to reports, members of Maoist rebel groups even visited Manipur and Nagaland. There have been reports of a few Maoist rebels visiting Myanmar where a number of militant groups of North-east have their strong bases. But it is still not known whether the Maoist rebels went to Myanmar just to meet the militant leaders of North-east or for training.

MHA sources said that the Maoist groups have links with the NSCN (I-M) and there were definite information of NSCN leaders attending a meeting of the Maoists in Chattisgarh. Security agencies also believe that the rebel groups of NE supplied weapons to the Maoists, but senior NSCN leader Anthony Shimrey, who has been arrested recently in Nepal by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on charges of gun running, claimed during questioning that he was not involved in supplying of weapons to the Maoist rebel groups.

On the threat perception in Assam, sources said that the Maoist rebels have openly supported all the “nationality struggles” all over the country including in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir. Senior Maoist leader Kishenji had openly supported the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in an interview to the mouthpiece of the Maoists. But it is still not known whether the Maoists managed to gain foothold in Assam. “But as it is an established fact that Maoist rebels visited Manipur, Nagaland and even Myanmar and one can only assume that they must have visited Assam at some point of time,” sources pointed out.

Sources revealed that in 2006, the Maoists formed a lower Assam committee but that could not be sustained. However, there were reports of individuals from Assam attending a meeting of the committee for release of political prisoners formed by the Maoist groups, which indicate that the Maoists have their connections in Assam, sources added.

Mass movements must fight corporates: Arundhati Roy

SATYASUNDAR BARIK


Writer Arundhati Roy, who faced an angry protest by Sangh Parivar activists here on Sunday, urged those involved in mass movements to oppose corporates which she said were eyeing the rich natural resources of tribal heartlands.

Ms. Roy came here to attend a meeting on ‘Cultural resistance to war on people in corporate interest.'

As soon as she reached the venue, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists waved black flags to protest her recent remarks on Kashmir, terming them anti-national.

They also started shouting that she should leave the venue immediately. Soon a scuffle broke out. The organisers chased away the agitators. The police took at least 10 of them into custody.

Unperturbed, Ms. Roy addressed hundreds of tribal activists from different parts of Orissa. “The number of poor people living in India will be more than that of the total poor in 26 African countries. The condition of poverty in Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal is critical. All the attention is, however, trained on these States, as these poor are raising their voice against land acquisition attempts by big corporates of the world,” she said.

She said the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, prohibited land acquisition in tribal areas. “But now, people in power say it is imperative to acquire land from tribals for development. Those who frame policies are the violators.”

“Earlier people's movements had sprouted to get back excess land lying with zamindars. But the nature of the struggle has undergone a change. Now it is a fight not to let the land — whatever is left with the tribal population — be snatched by the corporate-backed government,” she said.

Ms. Roy alleged that leaders thought development was possible only when 80 per cent of the population started living in urban areas, and they wanted to vacate villages in the interest of corporates. “They are inviting the military to take over the affairs. Our States are becoming military States. Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Lalgarh have already been militarised.”

Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao and Oriya writer Bibhuti Patnaik spoke.