Saturday, February 06, 2010

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NAXAL MANAGEMENT DIVISION IN HOME MINISTRY

PM ADDRESSES CHIEF MINSTERS’ CONFERENCE ON INTERNAL SECURITY

11:30 IST

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, inaugurated the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi today. In his address, the Prime Minister called for effective coordination between the Centre and the States to face the challenges of Internal Security. Following is the text of the Prime Minister’s address on the occasion:

“We have gathered here today to discuss issues relating to our internal security, an area that require utmost vigil, sustained and coordinated attention of both the Central and the State governments. We must periodically together review the systems that are in place for ensuring the safety and security of our country and our citizens, assess the threats that we face and take appropriate remedial action to deal with those threats. It is in this spirit that this Conference is being held. I compliment the Home Minister and his team for organizing it and for the good work that they have done in the last one year. I welcome and greet each one of you and I sincerely hope that the deliberations of this Conference will contribute substantively to the strengthening of our internal security.

All of you are aware of the major threats to our security. Hostile groups and elements operate from across the border to perpetrate terrorist acts in our country. The State of Jammu & Kashmir bears the brunt of the acts of these groups. There is insurgency and violence in the North-East. Many States are affected by Left–Wing extremism, which I have in the past referred to as the greatest threat to our internal security. There are also those trying to divide our society on communal and regional lines. Each one of these threats requires a strong effort, determination, hard work and continuous vigilance to tackle. These threats to our society, to our polity and our country constitute a challenge that we must and we shall meet effectively at all costs.

When we met last time in August 2009, I had mentioned the steps we had taken to improve our internal security environment between January and August. These included the setting up of four regional hubs of the National Security Guard at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad and the setting up of the National Investigation Agency. Since then we have made further progress. The Multi Agency Centre (MAC) in the Intelligence Bureau now shares intelligence with other agencies, including those of the State Governments and Union Territories on a continuous and real time basis. Reciprocally, the other agencies are also obliged to share intelligence with the Multi Agency Centre. The Centre operates on a 24 hour basis and I expect that this arrangement for sharing and exchange of information and intelligence will greatly help us not only in apprehending those responsible for acts that vitiate our security environment but also in preventing such acts. I also understand that the Ministry of Home Affairs has initiated action to set up dedicated and secure online connectivity for exchange of real time intelligence and security related information between the Centre and the States. I would urge all Hon’ble Chief Ministers to benefit from these facilities and arrangements.

We have also made progress in some other areas. To enable quick movement of anti-terrorist forces, the Director General of the National Security Guard and certain other designated officers are now empowered to requisition aircraft. The Central Industrial Security Force Act has been amended so that the Force can provide security to establishments and undertakings in the joint and private sectors. The National Investigation Agency has started its work with cases for investigation and prosecution having been assigned to it. It is my expectation that the States would make the fullest possible use of this agency so that our fight against terrorism can be a forceful and united effort.

The terrorist strikes in Mumbai in November 2008 had made us painfully aware of the need to strengthen our coastal security. The National Committee on Coastal security under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary has been constituted to adopt an integrated approach to this very vital issue. The Committee has taken action to increase the level of patrolling and surveillance along the Indian coastline and bring about greater coordination between the various agencies that can contribute to security along our coasts. The issue of multi-purpose identity cards with biometric features to residents in coastal areas is expected to be completed by September 2010. The process of registration of boats and vessels has gathered momentum. Standard operating procedures have been finalized and communicated to the State Government. These and other steps being taken should help substantially in making our coastline safer and secure.

While we have made progress on different fronts, we are also aware that we have a lot more to achieve. I would like to take this opportunity to assure all of you present here that there will be no let up in our commitment and in our efforts. However, our success also depends in large measure on the response of the State Governments. While speaking to Chief Secretaries of States a few days back I had said that many issues in today’s world require a response that is coordinated not only between the affected States but also between the Centre and the States. Internal security is certainly one such issue, and for that matter a critical issue which affects the pace of our growth and development.

Apart from coordinating efforts, there are certain specific steps which the States could take. I would like to take this opportunity to urge the Chief Ministers to create Special Intervention Units in their States to enhance the speed and decisiveness of the Quick Response Teams. The States may also like to develop specialized commando forces which could be deployed to act as a deterrent to terrorist acts. I would urge Chief Ministers to make full use of the scheme formulated by the Central Government to assist the Special Branches of States in strengthening their intelligence capabilities.

A very basic pre-requisite of any internal security system is an adequate number of policemen who are well trained. The problems of inadequate number of policemen and deficiency in training of the police personnel have been underlined time and again. Unfortunately there has not been adequate progress in these areas. The figures collected by the Ministry of Home Affairs show that at the end of September 2009, about three lakh ninety four thousand of the sanctioned posts in the State and Union Territory police forces were lying vacant. This constitutes a large proportion – about 20 percent - of the total sanctioned strength. I would urge State Chief Ministers to take expeditious action to fill these vacant posts. There is also a need to ensure good infrastructure for our police forces to be effective and efficient. At present for all States as a whole, around 80 percent of the police budget is used for salaries, allowances and pensions. The States should increase the proportion of the budget earmarked for police infrastructure and police training. I hope to see greater efforts from States and enhanced allocations in State budgets for recruitment and training of police personnel and for improving the infrastructural facilities available to our police forces. We should also think of special incentives for policemen, and indeed other government officials, posted in difficult areas.

During the course of this Conference, the internal security issues that we face will be discussed in detail. I will only touch upon a few of them. As far as Jammu & Kashmir is concerned, there has been a marked decline in the number of terrorist incidents from 2008 to 2009. But, infiltration levels have shown an increase. Recently there have been some incidents which are disturbing. In the North-East also, the number of incidents has gone down in 2009 as compared to 2008. The number of incidents related to Left-Wing extremism has however increased in the same period, as has the number of civilians and security personnel killed in these incidents. This is worrisome. The Left–Wing extremists continue to target vital installations and kill innocent civilians in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal. The Centre and the States have to find ways and means of jointly fighting this menace. As I have said earlier, our response to Left–Wing extremism must be calibrated to avoid alienating our people, especially those in the tribal areas. It must also go hand in hand with social and economic development of areas affected by Left–Wing extremism, bringing them into the mainstream of national progress. Tribal communities in particular, should get full benefit of our development schemes and development programmes. This is only possible by improving service delivery in tribal dominated areas.

I would also like to make a mention of the menace of counterfeit currency notes. There are indications that Fake Indian Currency Notes are being printed and smuggled into India from outside our country. There is obviously a need for a coordinated approach by the Central and State agencies to tackle this menace; which has serious implications for our economy. In some instances of recovery of fake currency, especially by banks, there has been a reluctance to register the First Information Report. This has to be avoided and all such cases must be thoroughly investigated. The States could also designate a nodal agency to investigate cases of seizure or recovery of Fake Currency Notes and set up a state level committee for continuous vigilance in the matter, as has been suggested by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

We have a hard task ahead but one that can be and must be achieved with determination and coordinated action. As we deliberate upon the serious issues that constitute the agenda of this Conference, it will be in the spirit of strengthening each others’ hands. We will only succeed if we are united as a nation in addressing the concerns related to our internal security. In conclusion, I wish you all the very best in your endeavours and hope that this conference will lead to a better understanding of internal security issues and will also result in more effective responses to the threats we face as a nation.”

Maoists blow up railway tracks; kill officials ahead of shutdown

Maoists attacks have been reported ahead of a 72-hour shutdown call given by them from Sunday across the four states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal. A railway official has been killed and a railway track has been blown up near Narganjo in Bihar.

Two other railway tracks on the Delhi-Howrah route have also been damaged affecting train services between Howrah and Delhi. There are also reports of a railway supervisor being killed on the Jharkhand-Orissa border. West Bengal has been put on a state of high alert after Maoists killed a CPM leader near Veerbhum.

Several trains have been cancelled and a few trains including the Ranchi Rajdhani Express have been diverted to avoid untoward incidents. All four states are on high alert ahead of the shutdown and extra vigilance is being maintained by police stations in the Naxal-affected districts.

Additional forces of Special Auxiliary Police, Bihar Military Police and central para-military forces have also been deployed. The shutdown has been called to protest against joint police operations in the four states. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is to visit West Bengal on February 9 to assess the security situation in the state.

Maoists regularly organise people's court

by Calcuttajourno February 06, 2010


Naxals or Maoists regularly organize people’s court in their strongholds in India in front of local people.They conduct ‘trial’ of ‘corrupted’ politicians.If they found ‘guilty’,they are thrashed for ‘corruption’.In these people’s courts(Jan Adalat), first the ‘accused’ person is summoned to the ‘court’,if he refuses to comply then he is killed by Maoists.In West Bengal,Maoists regularly tried leaders and workers of political parties in people’s court for corruptions like misappropriation of funds from government run welfare schemes or local bodies-if they held guilty,they(political leaders or party workers)are forced to sign a piece of paper,severing all links to the party.if they ‘ignore’ their ‘diktat’,they face brutal consequences.Maoists Communist Centre (MCC) had been holding people’s courts specially in caste ridden Central Bihar since early 1980s.MCC targeted feudal landlords for their exploitation of the lower caste(Harijan) people.MCC first summoned landlords to the peoples courts.If they refused to comply the order,they were then beheaded or faced ‘extreme punishment’ MCC called these people’s verdict and villagers carried out the punishments

Centre to boldly confront challenges thrown by Naxalites: HM

ANI

New Delhi Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said the Centre would boldly confront all challenges thrown at it by the Naxalites. Addressing an internal security meeting of all State Chief Ministers, which was convened by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, Chidambaram urged state governments to talk to Maoists groups
He further said that all the Naxal-affected areas would be better administered in the future. Talking about cross border terrorism, Chidambaram said: “We will defeat separatist forces in Jammu and Kashmir.” Further hinting at shortage of police officials in the country, Chidambaram said, “Around one lakh police personnel will be deployed in the next 15 months.”

Sunday’s meeting has been called by Dr Singh to discuss internal security and issues related to terrorism. Meanwhile, Maoists attacks have been reported ahead of a 72-hour shutdown call given by them across the four states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.

Naxalism biggest threat to internal security: Manmohan Singh



Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today described Naxalism and cross border terrorism as biggest threat to country's internal security.

United efforts are needed to fight terrorists, Maoists and communal forces that pose "major threats" to our internal security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday as he asked the state and central governments to face the challenge with firm determination.

"Utmost vigil, sustained and coordinated efforts of the central and state governments are needed. We must periodically review the systems that are in place and ensure the safety and security of our country and our citizens," Manmohan Singh said while inaugurating the internal security conclave for state chief ministers held here.

The prime minister listed terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, Maoist insurgency in tribal-dominated central India and communal forces as "major threats" to the country.

"All of you are aware of the major threats to our security. Hostile groups and elements operate from across the border to perpetrate terrorist acts in our country. The state of Jammu and Kashmir bears the brunt of the acts of these groups.

"There is insurgency and violence in the northeast. Many states are affected by the Leftwing extremism, which I have in the past referred to as the greatest threat to our security.

The prime minister noted that there are also people "who try to divide our society on communal and regional lines".

"Each one of these threats require a firm determination and continuous vigil to tackle them. These threats to our society and people constitute a challenge that we shall and must meet at all costs," he said.

Reacting on internal security, Singh said, "Centre and State governments should periodically review the security system."

He said that shortage of policemen is acute problem in fighting naxalism. He said that state governments should increase budget for police infrastructure reforms. He further said that more recruitment should be done to meet the required manpower.

Expressing disappointment over situation in J&K, the Prime Minister said that infiltration bid increased in the valley last year while the number of terror attacks declined in 2009.

On the other hand, Home Minister P Chidamabaram also pitched for police system reforms in the country to tackle the naxalism and terror.

He also urged states to recruit more policemen. He thanked Bangladesh for its approach in tackling insurgency in North-East

Maoists blow up rail tracks in Bihar during 72-hour bandh

Press Trust Of India
Jamui (Bihar), February 07, 2010
First Published: 09:17 IST(7/2/2010)
Last Updated: 10:28 IST(7/2/2010)
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Maoists blew up railway tracks to enforce their 72-hour bandh near Rajla station on Jhaja-Jasidih section of East Central Railway in Bihar's Jamui district, officials said today.

"About 40 Maoist guerrillas blew up the UP and DOWN tracks late last night between Rajla and Narganjo railway halts near Kahba bridge, affecting the movement of several long-distance and local trains," Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) U S Dutt told PTI in Patna.
A stretch of 2.5 feet of UP line and five feet DOWN line were damaged by the impact of the blast, railway sources said.
While jawans of GRP, RPF and local police have reached the site, Divisional Railway Manager of Asansol, D K Gaien have also rushed to the spot in a special van to oversee the repair work, official sources said.
Maoists have called the bandh in Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh today to protest proposed "Operation Green Hunt" to be launched by Centre against the Maoists.

West Bengal wants coordinated action by naxal-affected States

At the forthcoming meeting with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, West Bengal is likely to stress the need for co-ordinated action along the 600-km boundary that the State shares with Orissa and Jharkhand in the districts affected by ultra-Left extremism in these three States.

The State is also keen to take up the issue of joint operations, deployment of additional forces, the need to raise a State-level combat force and a training academy for raising such forces, at the meeting to be held at the Secretariat on February 9.

It is likely to be attended by the Chief Ministers of four eastern States -- West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa which are racked by ultra-Left extremist violence -- as well as the key officials of the respective State governments. However indications are that the Bihar Chief Minister may not attend the meeting.

A meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council of these four States was held in the city on Friday which discussed common issues and entities like the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC - which is co-owned by West Bengal, Jharkhand and the Centre), as also issues such as tribal development. It is also likely to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting and the Centre has asked the four States to prepare a report on this.

West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told The Hindu that the State government would press for two things at the meeting with the Union Home Minister. “We will stress the need for raising a combat force of our own and also for joint operations and additional deployment.”

West Bengal Director-General of Police Bhupinder Singh said sharing of information between the four States and co-ordinated action among the States along the border areas of the Maoist strongholds was necessary. Of the three districts in West Bengal affected by Maoist activities — Purulia shared a 380-km border with Jharkhand, while Paschim Medinipur had a 96-km border with Jharkhand and a 107-km border with Orissa. Majority of these areas were thickly forested with difficult terrain, he said making it easy for the extremists to escape.

He said that while West Bengal had 17 police stations dotting this 600-km border, they needed to be manned and equipped better to tackle the Maoists.

Naxals blow up rail tracks in Bengal, Bihar

CNN-IBN

New Delhi: Naxals have blown up the main railway line linking North India to Howrah in West Bengal.

Train services have been disrupted as the railway line was blown up at Jamui in Bihar

Several trains had already been cancelled on the route because of the 72-hour bandh called by the Naxals in four states.

"The bomb blast happened around 1230 hrs IST. 20 trains have been affected. Two of the trains were diverted. Two Delhi bound trains were detained at Jamtara and Roop Narayan station," said CPRO Eastern Railways Samir Goswami.

"Repairing work of the Railway track is on. Expecting the services to be restored later in the day," Goswami added.

Over half-a-dozen trains have been cancelled while the routes of many trains have been changed.

The Maoists have called a 72 hour Bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.

All police stations in the naxal affected districts have been put on high alert. Additional forces of Special Auxiliary Police, Bihar Military Police and central para-military forces have been deployed. Maoists have called the bandh in protest against the joint police operations being launched against them by the four states.

CM's meet on Naxals underway in Delhi

CNN-IBN

New Delhi: The Naxal incidents in Bihar and West Bengal have taken place even as the Chief Ministers of various states take part in a meeting called by the Prime Minister to discuss internal security on Sunday.

The Meeting has begun in New Delhi and is likely to focus on tackling cross-border terrorism, Naxalism and chalking out the new security architecture among other issues

CNN-IBN has got access to the Home Ministry's internal note, which slams states' lack of preparedness to fight Naxals and terrorism.

The report says Maharashtra, one of the worst hit by terror, is far behind in modernisation of its security apparatus.

Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Andhra and Karnataka though have been lauded for their forensic infrastructure.

Another issue is the misuse of funds allocated for modernisation of policing system by the states.

Bihar and Madhya Pradesh have been rated poor on the use of funds.

Police displays eight bodies of Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, February 05(ANI): Chhattisgarh police on Thursday displayed eight Maoists bodies who were killed in two separate incidents. Vedvrat Sirmour, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bijapur district while speaking to the reporters mentioned that these Maoists had attacked a police patrol and they were killed in the retaliatory fire.The gunfights broke out in thickly forested areas in Bijapur district, some 450 kilometers south of Raipur.

Police helds Maoist from Rayagada, displays recovered arms



Orissa, February 06(ANI): Police in Rayagada district in Orissa on Friday displayed the huge cache of arms and ammunition, recovered from the Maoist Ramesh Mambalika alias Purna who was arrested on Tuesday. Purna, also an explosive expert was nabbed from Tubani village in Gudari Police station area in eastern Orissa in a joint operation between the CRPF and the district police of Rayagada.

Cops seize Maoist documents from Red camps

TNN, 6 February 2010, 09:44pm IST

JAMSHEDPUR: The West Singhbhum police have seized important documents from the CPI(Maoist) transit camps in the hilly areas of Chaibasa subdivision on Saturday.

Paramilitary forces, together with officials of Jeraikela and Bandhgaon police stations, busted Maoist hideouts and destroyed two transit camps at Nuagaon village under Jeraikela police station in Chaibasa subdivision of West Singhbhum district.

Police informed that during long range patrolling (LRP), security personnel stumbled upon the hideouts and transit camps and immediately called upon additional forces for the operation.

"Police were on routine LRP when they encountered the transit camps. However, we have destroyed those and found important documents containing Maoist information,"
said Shambu Kumar, additional SP, in charge of operations in West Singhbhum.

He further informed that security personnel have also seized a pistol, two cartridges, Maoist literature and some food stuff, besides other documents relating to the Left-wing ultras from the site.

"No one has been arrested yet and police are atill at the site," said the ASP.

Maoists move fighters from Bastar to nearby States

K. SRINIVAS REDDY

Even as security forces intensified their efforts to push into the rebel-controlled Abuz Maad area in the Bastar forests of southern Chhattisgarh, the Maoist leadership is believed to have moved the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) fighters into Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Intelligence officers monitoring the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) activity believe that there are five companies (each with a strength of 100) of the PLGA, which has a strong presence in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

NAXALS FAN OUT

Informed sources said two companies were moved to Orissa, one to Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, one to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and another to Jharkhand. Interestingly, all these areas abut Chhattisgarh. The idea behind the PLGA fighters spreading out was to avoid the possibility of being encircled by security forces in Abuz Maad, believed to be the operational command centre of the CPI (Maoist).

With the Union government liberally sanctioning paramilitary forces for the Maoist-affected States, the offensive, codenamed “Operation Greenhunt” had begun in varying degrees of intensity in different States. Apparently, the focal point of the operation in Chhattisgarh is to gain control over the nearly 4000 sq. km. of the Abuz Maad forest area and this is where skirmishes between rebels and the security forces are being reported with unfailing regularity.

TROOPS ZEROING IN

The security forces are able to inch their way into the heavily-mined areas of Abuz Maad since the battle-hardened PLGA rebels have moved out and the resistance being offered is by members of the people’s militia, 4,000 tribals trained in guerrilla warfare by Maoists. “The current operations, though not in full swing, would be useful for the paramilitary forces as they would get some knowledge of the difficult terrain,” said a senior officer involved in anti-extremist operations.

However, contrary to the impression given about “Operation Greenhunt,” the offensive is yet to begin in Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal, while Chhattisgarh has started making some strategic moves. Force deployment is continuing in these places, while Jharkhand appears to be trying to persuade Maoists to come to the negotiating table.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI (Maoist) has expressed its concern over the killing and arrest of senior Maoist leaders. In a review of the naxalite movement in 2009 on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the formation of the outfit, it cautioned the party “to take serious steps to stop the continuous loss of leadership comrades at all levels” and counter the “enemy’s” [the State’s] “attempts to isolate us and build vast united fronts against reactionary forces.”

Terming “Operation Greenhunt” a “multi-pronged fascist offensive of ruling classes,” the Polit Bureau asked the leaders to study the concrete steps taken by the government in “our respective areas of operation.”

Security tightened in Bihar in view of Maoist bandh

Patna, Feb 6 (PTI) Tight security arrangements have been made and police stations put on maximum alert in the naxal-hit districts of Bihar in view of the 72-hour bandh by the banned CPI (Maoist) beginning tomorrow to protest against 'Operation Green Hunt' to be launched by the Centre.

"We have made elaborate security arrangements in the naxal-hit districts across the state to tackle the activities of the ultras in Bihar," Director General of Police Anand Shanker said.

All police stations in the affected districts of Gaya, Nawada, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Aurangabad, Bhojpur, Rohtas, Kaimur, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and Madhubani have been put on maximum alert, the DGP said.

Extra attention would be paid to protect vital installations, Railways property, government buildings besides schools, which are considered a soft-target for the ultras, he said.

Hardcore Maoist arrested in Orissa with huge cache of arms

Saturday, February 6, 2010,12:12 [IST]

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 6 (ANI): A hardcore maoist, who is also an explosive expert, has been arrested with huge amount of arms and ammunition in Rayagada district of Orissa, police say.


Ramesh Mambalika alias Purna, who is suspected of his involvement in murder, arms and ammunition loot and landmine explosion, was arrested on Tuesday and arms and ammunition recovered from him were displayed to the media on Friday.


Acting upon specific information, CRPF and the district police of Rayagada nabbed Purna from Tubani village in Gudari Police station area.

Ammunition, including gelatines and several kilograms of splinters used in making of landmines, five country-made barrel guns were seized from him. Four identity cards were also recovered from his baggage.

"Ramesh Mambalika alias Purna, a Maoist has been arrested, who was a wanted criminal in many cases. There are several cases registered against him. He is a local organiser of the area and also a landmine explosive expert. He was also handling the dump in the Maoist affected areas," said Anup Krishna, Superintendent of Police, Rayagada.

The rebels operate in large parts of the eastern, central and southern countryside, and officials say they are now spreading to cities and bigger towns.

The rebels have ignored repeated calls to renounce violence and negotiate, and have stepped up their attacks in recent past months, prompting the government to go after them in a concerted strike.

The Maoists are armed with sophisticated arms and ammunition, assault rifles and even communication tools.

Thousands have been killed in the Maoist insurgency, which began in the late 1960s. (ANI)

Formation of brigade battalion in Orissa sought

Express News Service
First Published : 05 Feb 2010 05:45:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 05 Feb 2010 08:21:32 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has proposed establishment of a brigade battalion of the Army in Orissa.
The proposal was discussed at the civil- military liaison conference cochaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Lieutenant General JK Mohanty, GOC-in-C of central command.
The State Government has agreed to provide 1,600 acres of land at Balasore for setting up the battalion. The Defence Ministry will take a final decision in the matter.

The State Government is also prepared to provide land to the Army for establishment of its camps in Western and Southern Orissa. Chief secretary TK Mishra told mediapersons after the conference that the State Government is hopeful of establishment of the brigade battalion in Orissa. He said that the battalion of the territorial army at Bhubaneswar is not a full-fledged one.

The State Government also proposed that physical criteria for recruitment to the Army should be relaxed in case of youths from Southern Orissa who are mostly tribals. He hoped that the Defence Ministry will take a decision on the matter soon.
Lt Gen Mohanty said that opening of another sainik school in Western Orissa is under active consideration of the Army. The school will be set up either at Sambalpur or Bargarh. The Chief Secretary said that problems facing the sainik school at Bhubaneswar were discussed.

The State Government has agreed to provide necessary fund for repair of the school, he said. The proposal for opening of four more district sainik boards was discussed.
Opening of the boards in Keonjhar and Koraput districts has been finalised while a decision will be taken on opening of the boards in Bolangir and Sundargarh districts.
The Chief Secretary said that the State Government agreed to the proposal for providing land for polyclinics for Army personnel at Sambalpur, Puri, Angul, Koraput, Bhawanipatna and Dhenkanal. Now there are three polyclinis for the Army personnel at Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Berhampur.

The issue of acceptance of the model welfare package by the State to revise ex gratia payment for armed forces personnel who lay down their lives or get disabled due to injury in counter insurgency operations was discussed.

It was decided that the State Government will honour winners of gallantry and distinguished service awards on the Independence Day and the Republic Day. It was proposed that 3 per cent reservation for ex-servicemen in jobs should be increased by the State Government.

To a question, Lt Gen Mohanty said that the Army was ready to provide all assistance to the State Government to combat the Naxalites. He said that the Army had been training the police on improvised explosives device (IED).

CMs conference on internal security tomorrow

New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) A new security architecture outlined by Home Minister P Chidambaram, pro-active action against Naxals and increased infiltration attempts from across Indo-Pak border will be high on the agenda of a meeting of chief ministers convened by the Centre here tomorrow.

The meeting, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will also focus on strengthening of counter terrorism and intelligence capabilities, strengthening the border and coastal security.

The Conference assumes importance against the backdrop of the proactive policy being pursued by the government to combat naxalism, increased infiltration attempts from across Indo-Pak border and the success of anti-terror measures in the past six to eight months.

Cross-border terrorism will also be discussed threadbare at the day-long conference organised by the Home Ministry.

Maoist training camp smashed in Jharkhand

Chaibasa (Jharkhand), Feb 6 (PTI) A Maoist training camp was today smashed in West Singhbhum district after a fierce encounter between police and ultra-left cadre.

The district police force was on regular combing operation jointly with para-military force jawans in naxal-affected areas when the encounter took place at Nawagaon in West Singhbhum bordering Orissa, police said.

DIG (Kolhan) Manoj Mishra told PTI that a training camp of the CPI(Maoists) was smashed following the encounter.

There was no report of any casualty in the encounter that lasted for about an hour.

Large-scale recovery of fire-arms was made during the operation, details of which were awaited, Mishra said.

The encounter came just ahead of the 72-hour proposed Jharkhand bandh called by the ultra outfit from tomorrow midnight.

The Maoists have called the bandh in protest against the government's proposed anti-naxal 'Green Hunt" operation to be launched soon in the state

Friday, February 05, 2010

Maoists torch road construction firm's machines

Patna, Feb 6 : Suspected Maoists torched several machines of a road construction company here early Saturday, police said.

The guerrillas set on fire two JCB machines, two dumpers and two tractors of a construction company at Dulhinbazar in Patna, creating panic among the workers and officials of the firm.

Maoists apparently targeted the construction company for levies, police said. A case has been lodged and search operations underway to trace the Maoists in rural Patna.

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Marching against Maoists

At the Chhattisgarh Jungle Warfare College, set up in 2005 in Kanker, the ground is set for ‘Operation Green Hunt’

Krishnamurthy Ramasubbu

Indian security personnel who’ve been fighting Maoists in the forests of central India over the last five years say their firefights don’t last more than 30-60 seconds. At the end, those who buckle—the untrained—are, more often than not, dead.
According to data from the Chhattisgarh police headquarters, the year 2008 alone saw 234 such encounters with the police, leaving 66 Maoists and 64 security personnel dead.

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The police estimate there are around 60,000 Maoists in the Bastar region, which comprises the southern part of Chhattisgarh. They are armed with light machine guns, AK-series guns, self-loading rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
For untrained police personnel, fighting in Chhattisgarh’s dense Abhujmadh forests is difficult. “In terms of firepower, (the Maoists) are equivalent to the army. We have to have more numbers to offset them,” says Chhattisgarh director general of police Vishwa Ranjan. And since October, when the Union cabinet approved ‘Operation Green Hunt’, Central paramilitary forces consisting of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and India Reserve battalions have been arriving in large numbers (unofficial estimates place the figures at 80,000) in Chhattisgarh.

It’s in this scenario that the Chhattisgarh Jungle Warfare (CTJW) College, set up by the state government in Kanker in 2005, assumes centre stage. At Kanker, near the state’s capital Raipur, police and paramilitary personnel get training in six-week modules—six each year, with each accommodating 600 personnel. The grey areas in police training are addressed, including “lack of soldierly and disciplinary traits; lack of physical and mental robustness; lack of knowledge of field craft and tactics and poor firing skills”.

Union home minister P. Chidambaram has denied the existence of an operation named Green Hunt, though the government does acknowledge the existence of an operation to reclaim areas from Maoists and establish government institutions there. For the Union government, it seems, Operation Green Hunt is a mythical creature, mostly denied, but resurrected when convenient.

Certainly, no major offensives have been launched so far. The state police and Union home ministry give several reasons for this, including lack of adequate preparation, the Jharkhand assembly elections and most recently, the observance of Republic Day.
But though no real gains have been possible, the preparations at least seem to be making headway. After training at the college, police personnel are inducted into the Special Task Force (STF). In a June report for the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, a Delhi-based defence think tank, Om Shankar Jha, a Border Security Force (BSF) commandant, observed that STF personnel perform better in anti-Maoist operations, with the fewest casualties, indicating some success for the training programme. According to the report, the Union government is conceptualizing another jungle warfare college for the state.

Despite it all, Lieutenant Colonel Joginder Singh, deputy director of CTJW College, observes that it is difficult for government forces to completely overcome Maoists. “What we can do is to establish government institutions and provide support. I think about 80-90% of those living in the forests are neutral and only about 10% are Maoists or their supporters.” The major part of the effort, he says, should be to woo them with civic action—apparently, the STF personnel are trained in this too.

Cop posted in Maoist-hit area kills himself

IANS, 6 February 2010, 11:29am IST

RAIPUR: Apparently upset over being posted in a Maoist-affected area, a 27-year-old policeman shot himself with his service revolver in Chhattisgarh, authorities said Saturday.

Constable Pankaj Singh had just been brought from Kawardha district to the restive Rajnandgaon district, where the state government has stepped up anti-Maoist operations. He killed himself Friday at the Chichola police station.

"The exact reason for the extreme act is yet to be known. But his colleagues confirmed that Pankaj was disturbed over his new posting in the district that has witnessed several Maoist attacks," a police officer said.

In one of the deadliest attacks, Maoists had killed 29 policemen in Rajnandgaon district bordering Maharashtra in July last year. District police chief B.K. Choubey was among those killed.

Indudwar beheading: Jharkhand Police arrest six Naxals

Friday, February 5, 2010,11:47 [IST]



Ranchi, Feb 5 (ANI): Jharkhand Police on Friday made a big headway in the investigation of brutal beheading of police officer Francis Indudwar with the arrest of six Naxals, including Gobardhan Munda who is suspected to be involved in the deed.

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The arrested Naxals also include two women activists.


The Naxals were arrested from Surakocha village which falls under the Arki police station of Khunti District.

Speaking to ANI, Khunti District Superintendent of Police, Asit Vikrant Minj said: "The police have prepared a list of 50 to 60 Maoists and their supporters suspected to be involved or supported the killing of Francis Indudwar and the arrested Naxals names are also listed."

Police suspect that the arrested Naxals might have provided logistic support for Indudwar's killing.

"The inquiry of the arrested is going on and will give the details very soon," Minj added.

On September 30, 2009, a Special Branch Inspector Induwar was abducted and beheaded by Naxals.

His mutilated body was found October 5 on a highway. (ANI)

Top brass of 4 Naxal-hit states hold strategy session

Kolkata, Feb 5 (PTI) Ahead of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's meeting with chief ministers of four Naxal- affected states next week, top bureaucrats of these states today held a strategy session here on the roadmap for dealing with the menace.

While Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal were represented by their chief secretaries, Jharkhand was represented by its home secretary, officials sources said.

West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen also attended the meeting held to discuss internal security, flood control, tribal development and disaster management.

Though there was no official briefing, the main agenda of the February 9 meeting -- strategies to tackle the Maoist menace in the region -- was believed to have been discussed.

The union home minister has called a meeting of chief ministers of the four states here on February 9 primarily to finalise strategies for tackling the Maoists in the region.

Police detected a 10-kg landmine in Naxal-hit Jharkhand district Posted by IANS-CT in National

Ranchi, Feb 5 (IANS) Police detected a 10-kg landmine planted under a bridge Friday and defused it, foiling a Maoist bid to blow up police vehicles pasing that way in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

According to police, security personnel on Long Range Patrolling (LRP) detected wires near Dibra bridge, under Dumri police station of Giridih, around 170 km from here.



Police traced the wire to a 10-kg landmine planted under the bridge. The landmine has been defused.



Jharkhand has witnessed several cases of landmine blasts by Maoists, targetting police vehicles.

'Jharkhand will co-op with Centre to combat Maoists'

Dhanbad (Jharkhand), Feb 5 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren has said his coalition government is committed to follow the Centre's policy on containing the Maoists.

"There is no need for a separate policy on the issue when the Centre has already formed one," Soren told reporters here yesterday.

"Our government will fully cooperate with the union government on this issue," he said.

Soren will visit Kolkata on February nine to take part in the proposed meeting of chief ministers of four Naxal-affected states with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

CRPF DG Vijay Raman had yesterday held a meeting with Jharkhand police chief Niaz Ahmed and other police officials regarding the issue yesterday.

The state security forces were ready to join any anti-Maoist operation in the state, sources said.

Three suspected PLFI activists held in Jharkhand

Gumla (Jharkhand), Feb 5 (PTI) Three suspected activists of Naxal outfit 'People's Liberation Front of India' (PLFI) have been arrested and two pistols seized from them in the district, police said today.

Police arrested Vikram Lohra, Babu Bak and Pyarelal Lakra after intercepting their motorbike at Sankhmohal under Raidih police station late last night.

One 9mm pistol and a country-made one were seized from them.

Police believed that the trio used to work under PLFI's self-styled Zonal Commander, Mangal Nagesia

Administrator to attend CMs' meet

TNN, 6 February 2010, 02:45am IST

CHANDIGARH: UT administrator Shivraj Patil will attend a high-level meeting of chief ministers in New Delhi on Sunday. India’s internal security

situation will be discussed during that. He and adviser to UT administrator, Pradip Mehra, will also attend the CMs’ conference on price rise to be held on Saturday. In the conference, the role of traders in creating a major gap between wholesale and retail prices will be discussed along with ways to strictly deal with hoarding.

Prime Minister is expected to attend the second meeting that home minister P Chidambram has convened. In that, the status of negotiations with militant outfits and rise in extortions and killings are expected to figure. A major portion of that will be dedicated to dealing with naxal-related violence in various states.

For Jharkhand govt, force not prescription for Naxal cure

Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay Posted online: Saturday , Feb 06, 2010 at 0357 hrs

Kolkata : Ahead of the crucial meeting on curbing the rising Naxal problem in the four states of Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar, a senior official of the Jharkhand government has raised questions on the efficacy of security operations against the ultras.

Speaking to The Indian Express, J B Tubid, Principal Secretary (Home) in the Jharkhand government, said, “You cannot hold a gun at somebody’s head and solve the (Naxalite) problem. It is not that easy.”

“The problem cannot be solved by mere induction of force only. There has to be a holistic approach (to tackle the Maoist problem), at the root of which development of the areas and people is required,” Tubid said.

“By mere induction of forces, by killing them, can you solve the problem? We don’t think so. A lot of other things have to be done. One has to be lenient about this,” Tubid added.

He, however, denied allegations that the Jharkhand government was not serious in tackling the Maoist problem in the state.

“We had a lot of meetings with the West Bengal government and questions were never raised on us being lenient (towards Maoists),” Tubid said.

But at the same time, Tubid raised apprehension on the functioning of the “joint operations”. “How can there be a joint force? Law and order is a state subject. If the Naxalites strike in West Bengal, the Bengal police cannot come to Jharkhand. Similarly, we also cannot go to Orissa. If there is a joint force then someone from the Central government should head it,” he added. The Jharkhand Home Secretary was in Kolkata to attend a meeting of Eastern Zonal Council, which was also attended by Asok Mohan Chakrabarti, Chief Secretary of West Bengal, Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen, Orissa Chief Secretary Tarun Kanti Mishra and Bihar Chief Secretary Anup Kumar Mukherjee.

On February 9, chief ministers of the four states will be in Kolkata to attend a meeting on the Naxal problem, which will be presided over by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Maoism has no future: Woman insurgent

Sujeet KumarFirst Published : 05 Feb 2010 03:43:44 PM IST

BASTAR FOREST, Chhattisgarh: After over five years in the underground, Poriyam Poje feels that the Maoist movement has no future and that its activists have turned into robbers and killers.

The 27-year-old tribal woman says that she has no more charm for the insurgency that has been described as the biggest internal security threat to India.
Having seen the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) from close quarters, Poje is ready to bid goodbye to the politics of terror.
Speaking to IANS at a forested stretch near the Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh border, Poje said that Maoists had drifted from their ideology and were acting like "robbers, extortionists and murders".

"I was fascinated by Maoist ideology initially when the 'dadas' (their leaders) assured me that we will overthrow the Indian government. Now I can say that the movement has no future as the members and leaders are behaving like murderers, robbers and extortionists," she said.
Poje belongs to Muria tribe and operates a 12-bore gun. She is a member of Vijay Dalam, one of the party's armed units. Poje spoke to IANS through the help of a long-time source.
The sprawling and forested Bastar region, home to many tribes, is a known Maoist stronghold and lies in Chhattisgarh's southern parts.

"Dadas are now acting in Bastar as robbers and only killing innocents and extorting money from traders and individuals. There is too much sexual exploitation of women cadres at Naxal (Maoist) camps," she said, speaking in broken Hindi. Poje is at home in Gondi dialect.
"In the past five years I have witnessed several incidents of forced sex. People have also misbehaved with me several times. They have killed minor boys and girls brutally when their parents refused to hand over them for the Naxalite movement. That's why I have decided to return to the mainstream of society rather than being engaged in mindless killings."
Poje, who was accompanied by a handful of male guerrillas when she spoke to IANS, said it was some five years ago when she was taken away by Maoists forcibly from her house.

That was when the Maoists were forcing every family to part with one member each for the cause. In just one year, she learnt to fire from a 12 bore gun.
"I had no fear of the police. I was involved in at least six major attacks in Bastar. But now I have firmed up my mind to return to my village as there is no end to looting and violence.

"I feel that the Maoists have no ideology. There is too much forced sex and exploitation of women colleagues at the camps," said Poje, who is now looking for a man to marry.

"Though the 'dadas' claim their base is growing, actually in the past one year or so they have come under intense police pressure. They are running from one forest area to another. Even their area of influence is shrinking day by day," she said.
IANS

Chhattisgarh Police put Maoist bodies on display

Friday, February 5, 2010,7:23 [IST]

Bijapur, Feb 5 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Police on Thursday displayed the bodies of eight Maoists who were killed in two separate incidents.
Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Vedvrat Sirmour, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bijapur, said the Maoists had attacked a police patrol and were killed in retaliatory fire.
"When the police team was coming from an operation, the Maoists fired at the party and in retaliation, the police party also fired and the Maoists were killed," Sirmour added.

Combing operations have been intensified after the event.

Chhattisgarh is said to be among the worst affected areas by Maoists violence.

Maoists claim they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers, but are fast losing credibility after attacking schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. (ANI)

Landmine detected in Naxal-hit Jharkhand district

February 5th, 2010 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS

Policedetected a 10-kg landmine planted under a bridge Friday and defused it, foiling a Maoist bid to blow up police vehicles pasing that way in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

According to police, security personnel on Long Range Patrolling (LRP) detected wires near Dibra bridge, under Dumri police station of Giridih, around 170 km from here.

Police traced the wire to a 10-kg landmine planted under the bridge. The landmine has been defused.

Jharkhand has witnessed several cases of landmine blasts by Maoists, targetting police vehicles.




Top brass of 4 Naxal-hit states hold strategy session

STAFF WRITER 18:55 HRS IST

Kolkata, Feb 5 (PTI) Ahead of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's meeting with chief ministers of four Naxal- affected states next week, top bureaucrats of these states today held a strategy session here on the roadmap for dealing with the menace.

While Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal were represented by their chief secretaries, Jharkhand was represented by its home secretary, officials sources said.

West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen also attended the meeting held to discuss internal security, flood control, tribal development and disaster management.Though there was no official briefing, the main agenda of the February 9 meeting -- strategies to tackle the Maoist menace in the region -- was believed to have been discussed.


The union home minister has called a meeting of chief ministers of the four states here on February 9 primarily to finalise strategies for tackling the Maoists in the region.



5 Naxals arrested for Jharkhand cop's beheading

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Ranchi: Five Naxals have been arrested in Jharkhand in connection with the brutal beheading of Jharkhand Police officer Francis Induwar

The Naxals, including two women, were arrested by the Jharkhand Police from the Khunti district on Thursday evening.

Reports say one of them, Gobardhan Munda, confessed to being part of the plot to kill Induwar.

All those arrested are reported to be CPI(Maoist) cadres. All of them were arrested from Munda's house at Surakocha under Arki police station of Khunti district.

However, one Naxal leader managed to escape.

Induwar, a Special Branch Inspector, was abducted and beheaded on September 30, 2009 and his mutilated body was found October 5 on a highway.

Naxal leader Kundan Pahan was allegedly involved in the abduction and beheading of Induwar.



Maoist held for Induwar killing

TNN, 4 February 2010, 10:19pm IST
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Maoist-held-for-Induwar-killing-/articleshow/5532816.cms

RANCHI: Gobardhan Munda, a Maoist and wanted for the gruesome murder of special branch inspector Francis Induwar, was arrested following a joint

operation by Khunti and Ranchi police on Wednesday night.

He was arrested with four others, including two women CPI(Maoist) cadres, who were holed up in Munda's house at Surakocha under Arki police station of Khunti district. Police called the arrest a major breakthrough as Munda confessed to being part of the plot to kill Induwar. The SB inspector was abducted and beheaded on September 30, last year.

"He was part of the Maoist team, which decided to execute Induwar after the latter's abduction and was responsible in shifting bases as the police teams were zeroing in on them," said Khunti superintendent of police Asim Vikrant Minz.

"Munda had even offered food to Induwar when he was in their custody and on the evening the group, led by Kundan Pahan, decided to execute him, he was there to give his approval," said the SP.

The others arrested included Madhav Munda, Birsa Munda and female Maoists, Kurwani and Jayanti. Police found Naxalite literature and CPI(Maoist) recruitment receipts from Munda's house, too.

During interrogation, Munda confessed to several other crimes executed by the Kundan Pahan-led group, provided important information about the group and also named several Maoists, who were part of the group.

Sources said the Maoist even admitted that due to mounting police pressure on the Kundan Pahan-led group of the CPI(Maoist) on the Ranchi-Khunti border, the group has shifted base to the border areas of Ranchi and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Maoist fight: WEST BENGAL

Calcutta, Feb. 4: The Bengal government today set the ball rolling for a “Greyhounds-like’’ force to combat the Maoist menace by sanctioning Rs 27 crore for raising it.

The jawans will be fresh recruits, not men drawn from the police on deputation, home secretary Ardhendu Sen said today. “The army will provide training to officers and jawans of the special combat force but the details haven’t been worked out.” He added “the BSF and CRPF would also work on the training aspect”.

WB Finance ministry sanctions money for special force

Kolkata, Feb 4 (PTI) The State Finance ministry has sanctioned funds for the creation of a special force capable of handling anti-Maoist operation, West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said here today.

"The state finance ministry has sanctioned money needed for the creation of a special force like that of 'Greyhounds' which will be mainly responsible for handling anti-Maoist operation", Sen told reporters.

"The total cost of the project will be Rs 25 crores of which Rs Two crores has been sanctioned initially and the rest will be sanctioned according to requirement," he said.

The state government would look for land in and around Salboni-Goaltore area to house the force and the recruitment would start soon, he said.

"Initially, it will be a 600 strong force of commandos and it will be headed by an IG level officer.

cCRPF top cop reviews proposed anti-Maoist operations

February 4th, 2010 - 7:14 pm

Ranchi, Feb 4 (IANS) Ahead of meeting of chief ministers of the Maoist-affected states with union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Central Reserve Police Force special Director General Vijay Raman reviewed the preparation of the paramilitary force in Jharkhand.
Raman held meeting with Jharkhand Director General of Police Neyaz Ahmad, special branch officers in police headquarters Thursday. The meeting discussed the proposed anti-Maoist offensive.

“The meeting discussed the deployment of forces, setting up of control rooms and other things,” Jharkhand police chief told reporters.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Orissa Chief Minister Navin Patnaik, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would meet Chidambaram Feb 9 to discuss anti-Maoist operations in these four states.

“The four chief ministers would decide how to start operation against the Maoists. There will be joint operations in the border areas coordinated by Vijay Raman,” a police source told IANS.

A fortnight ago, the Jharkhand police chief had said that 70-75 percent preparations were complete for an offensive against the Maoists. Two helicopters of the Indian Air force are stationed in Jharkhand for the operations.



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Now, IAF to flush out Maoists from state

Manohar Lal, TNN, 4 February 2010, 10:17pm IST

RANCHI: Indian Air Force (IAF) will be used for the first time, albeit indirectly, in a major anti-Maoist offensive that is to be launched in the

state soon. Jharkhand Police is gearing up to deploy the IAF contingent for the purpose.

These facts came to light after a high-level meeting of senior police officers of the state chaired by Vijay Raman, special director-general of CRPF and nodal officer for Operation Green Hunt. He discussed various arrangements done by the state police for the deployment of IAF in the state. Among those present at the meeting were IG (operations) D K Pandey, IG (special branch) S N Pradhan and CRPF DIG Alok Raj.

"Raman wanted to know whether police could accommodate the IAF contingent if deployed in the state for anti-Naxalite operations to which, we have replied in the affirmative," said DGP Neyaz Ahmed.

He, however, clarified that IAF will not take be directly involved in the operation against the Maoists but form part of the back-up team. "Some dedicated special control rooms and other infrastructure will soon be set up for the anti-Maoist operation in the state," said Ahmed.

The DGP added that the final decision on the major anti-Maoist offensive will be taken at the crucial meeting of chief ministers of some Maoist-affected states to be chaired by Union home minister P Chidambaram in Kolkata on February 9. "A meeting with the directors-general of police of other states will also be held on the sidelines of the CMs meeting in which these issues will be discussed," said Ahmed.

According to sources, two IAF pilots have already arrived in the state and are actively taking part in the recce. A total of 11 points have been shortlisted where the major operations have been planned to be launched in the state once the Kolkata meeting gives the green signal.

More paramilitary forces are likely to come to the state for the anti-Maoist operation. Later in the day, Raman left for Delhi. He will also be there for the high-level meeting in Kolkata next week.

Youth's body found, life crippled for third day

Midnapore (WB), Feb 4 (PTI) An unidentified body of a youth, lying beside a motorcycle, was today found at Binpur in West Midnapore district as the bandh called by Maoist-backed PCPA entered its third day crippling life in the Naxalite pockets.

Police said the body, bearing injury marks, was found lying on state highway but it was not clear if it was a case of murder or accident as no poster was discovered.

Life came to a halt in jangalmahal (forest areas), known to be Maoist strongholds, in Belpahari, Jhargram, Salboni, Lalgarh as well as contiguous pockets in Bankura and Purulia districts for the third day with shops remaining closed and private vehicles off the main roads, reports said.

CRPF Jawan Killed in IED Blast

A CRPF jawan was today killed in an IED blast triggered by suspected Maoists near Mahadebeda in Saraikela-Kharswan district of Jharkhand.

"Chandrasekhar Reddy, a jawan of 193 battalion of CRPF, was killed when the blast ripped a group of security personnel as they were returning after destroying a Maoist camp," Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Chandil), Madan Mohan Lal told PTI.

He said no other jawan was injured in the blast.

The security personnel were on a long range patrolling in the Maoist-hit pockets of Chowka and were returning on foot, Lal said.

A massive combing operation was launched in the area after the incident, the police said.

CRPF armed with rebel dossier

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Vijay Raman with DK Pandey (right) in Ranchi on Thursday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, Feb. 4: The police today handed over a dossier on Maoist activities in Jharkhand to CRPF bosses who are here to hold a co-ordination meeting to fine tune strategies and consolidate anti-Naxalite operations that are on in various rebel pockets, including those in Seraikela Kharsawan and Ranchi districts.

According to high-level sources, the dossier, which was handed over at a closed-door meeting of CRPF special DG and commander of anti-Naxalite task force Vijay Raman with state police top brass, contained photographs of top Maoists, their areas of operation, details about forests and hilly terrains and other intelligence inputs.

While Raman was tight-lipped about the discussions at the meeting — held at the Jharkhand police headquarters here — CRPF DIG Alok Raj told The Telegraph that the deliberations centered around ensuring 100 per cent co-operation between the state police and the CRPF during the offensive. “The operations are already on. Today, there are reports of an encounter between the police and Naxalites along the border of Seraikela-Kharsawan and Ranchi district,” said Raj.

According to a late evening report from Jamshedpur, a CRPF jawan was killed in a landmine blast in Chowka.

The Telegraph had reported yesterday that Raman’s visit to the state was to assess the level of preparedness in launching full-scale operations against Maoists. “Though the operation against rebels is on, we want a green signal to expand it,” he said over telephone on the eve of his visit.

Raj explained that various aspects about inter-state co-ordination would be finalised after Union home minister P. Chidambaram’s February 9 meeting in Calcutta that chief ministers and senior police officers of Bengal, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand were to attend.

State DGP Neyaz Ahmed said the state’s preparedness was satisfactory. “The Air Force may also be involved in the operations, but the Union home ministry will be the final authority on that. We are all ready in this fight against the ultra-Left rebels,” he said.

The state has been housing 66 companies of CRPF. Recently, another CRPF battalion was shifted from Tripura to Tamar under Ranchi district. At today’s meeting, the CRPF special DG, it is understood, also took up the issue of accommodation of these personnel likely to be stationed in the state for over a year.

Apart from the planned armed response, the state is also co-ordinating efforts in other areas, namely development and social policing. A Ranchi police team today left for remote Lapung, a Naxalite-hit area, with hundreds of printed, anti-rebel posters to be pasted along Bero-Lapung road and interior villages.

Tomorrow, deputy chief minister Sudesh Kumar Mahto will be in New Delhi to meet Union surface transport minister to speed up pending road projects in Naxalite pockets

Police seize explosives-laden truck in Sonbhadra

Express News Service Posted online: Friday , Feb 05, 2010 at 0310 hrs

Lucknow : The Sonbhadra police seized a truck carrying illegal consignment of explosives like ammonium nitrate, electric detonators and gelatin rods in Chopan area late on Wednesday night. The driver of the truck has been arrested.
Following a tip-off, the police intercepted the truck (GJ19 B 1124) and found 320 bags of ammonium nitrate and 200 each of electric detonators and gelatin rods. The bags carried the tag of Deepak Fertiliser Petro Chemcial Corporation Limited, Shastri Nagar, Karwada, Pune.

Preetinder Singh, Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, said truck driver Mangal Yadav of Azamgarh district revealed that the illegal consignment was picked up from Pune and had to be delivered to some contractors in the district.

Yadav revealed the names of some contractors related to the mining job, but the police are verifying the credentials of the contractors to ascertain whether they have links with any Naxal group. They are also verifying whether the contactors have any criminal links.

Bengal to raise own ‘Greyhounds’

Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay Posted online: Friday , Feb 05, 2010 at 0158 hrs
Kolkata : Four days ahead of the crucial meeting at the Writers’ Building to chalk out a strategy to combat the Naxalite menace that will be chaired by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and attended by chief ministers of four states, the state government has decided to raise a special force on the lines of Greyhounds of Andhra Predesh to fight the leftist ultras.
Sources in the government said though a name for the proposed force has not been decided yet, it will be exclusively used to fight the Maoists in the three Naxal-hit districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore.

The recruitment process will start soon and the first contingent will be operational within a year, according to Home department officials.

While the initial cost for setting up the force will be around Rs 2 crore, the recurring cost for maintaining the unit will be Rs 25 crore, which will be borne by the state government. “We will ask for more money and central assistance at the February 9 meeting with Chidambaram,” Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said today.

What prompted the government to raise a special force was the paucity of trained personnel to fight the Maoists. “Once we have our own force, our dependence on the central paramilitary forces, for which we have been entreating the central government, will be reduced,” the home secretary said.

The state government had 17 companies of Central paramilitary forces at in the Naxal-hit areas of which six companies were taken away for election duty in Jharkhand. But even though the elections were over, the forces had not been sent back.

“In principle, they have agreed to send back the six companies but the contingent is yet to arrive,” an official said. The state government has asked for another 10 companies of Central forces and the demand will be raised again at the February 9 meet.

To be set up at Salboni in West Midnapopre, the new anti-Naxal force, with a strength of 600-700 people, will be headed by an IG-level officer. “At present, there is no plan to induct women but we can do it in the future,” Sen said.

The training of the force will be done by CRPF, BSF and the Army. The entire force will comprise fresh recruits and for this a stringent physical standard has been laid out as criteria. “Their training will be basically in anti-insurgency operations and it will be a very tough one,” Sen said.

PCAPA wants to meet Guv Narayanan
The Maoists-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) now wants new Governor M K Narayanan to intervene to break the deadlock between the outfit and the state government as far as dialogue is concerned.

“Former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi had a sympathetic approach to the Lalgarh tribal movement. But, Narayanan has started chalking out strategies to flush out the Maoists from the Jhargram-Lalgarh belt. But he has no idea how the joint forces and the police torture innocent villagers and term them as Maoists. We want to meet the Governor and hold talks if we are called,” said Asit Mahato, convener of the PCAPA.

Meanwhile, the PCAPA called off the indefinite blockade it had started after two tribal women died in police firing at Barikul in Bankura a few days ago.

“We have withdrawn our bandh from the area as we don’t want our people to suffer because of the indefinite bandh. But we supported the Maoists in their bandh because we always get support from them,” added Mahato.
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Now, Bengal to raise anti-Naxal force

Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay Posted online: Friday , Feb 05, 2010 at 0046 hrs

Kolkata : Just four days ahead of the crucial meeting at Writers’ Buildings in Kolkata to chalk out a strategy to combat the Naxalite menace that will be chaired by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and attended by Chief Ministers of four states, the state government has decided to raise a special force, on the pattern of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and Special Task Force of Bihar, to fight the Maoists.

What prompted the government to raise a special force for the Naxalites was the paucity of trained personnel to fight the Maoists. “Once we have our own force, our dependence on the central paramilitary forces (CPMFs), for which we have been entreating the central government day in and day out, will be lessened,” said Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen.

While the initial cost of setting up the force, which is yet to get a name, will be around Rs 2 crore, the recurring cost of maintaining it will be Rs 25 crore, which will be borne by the state government. “We will ask for more money and central assistance at the February 9 meeting with Chidambaram,” Sen added.

To be trained by the CRPF, BSF and Army, the force consisting of fresh recruits will be used to fight the Naxalites in the three districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore affected by Left-wing extremism (LWE). “Their training will be basically in anti-insurgency operations and it will be very tough. They will be deployed only in the LWE areas,” Sen said.

The Home Department officials said the recruitment process will start soon and in a year or so the first contingent will be operational. To be set up at Salboni in West Midnapore, the force numbering about 600-700 people will be headed by an officer of IG level. “At present, there is no plan to induct women but we can do so in the future,” the Home Secretary added.

The state government had 17 companies of CPMFs in the LWE areas, of which six companies were taken away for election duty in Jharkhand. Though the elections are over, the forces are not back. “In principle they have agreed to send the six companies but the contingent is yet to arrive,” the official said.

The state government has asked for another 10 companies of CPMFs and the demand will be raised again at the February 9 meeting.

Maoist landmine expert nabbed

Express News Service
First Published : 04 Feb 2010 05:44:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 04 Feb 2010 10:09:42 AM IST

RAYAGADA: A hardcore Maoist was arrested in Rayagada district and five landmines and an equal number of guns besides a large quantity of explosives were recovered from him. On a tip-off, Purna, an explosives expert and a master in making landmines, was nabbed from Tubuni village in Gudari police station area last night.

Ammunition, including gelatines and 15 kg of splinters used in the making of landmines, were seized. Purna was coordinating ultras’ movement in Rayagada district and criminal cases were pending against him at different police stations. Purna also confessed to have been involved in the attack on Nayagarh armoury in 2008. Rayagada SP Anup Krishna told mediapersons that Purna, a militia member, was involved in a number of cases, including the murder of a goldsmith in 2004, blasting a landmine targeting a police party at Dhepaguda ME School in 2007 and another landmine attack on police.

Meanwhile, A Ravikrishna, ASP from neighbouring Parvatipuram in Andhra Pradesh, who was present at the Press meet, asked Maoists to respond to the call to join the mainstream.
Under the Amma Pilupu programme, women cadres who surrender would be rehabilitated, he said.
The Andhra Pradesh Government has adopted a five-point programme to welcome the Maoists who shun violence.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

'Maoist need to renounce violence as a political instrument'

Thursday , Feb 04, 2010 at 0931 hrs Washington:

For their removal from US's terrorist watch list, the Maoist in Nepal would have to "fundamentally renounce violence and terror" as a political instrument, the Obama Administration's nominee as the Ambassador to the country has told US lawmakers.

Scotte H DeLisi, the US Ambassador-nominated to Nepal, at his confirmation hearing told members of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee that though the Maoists have changed itself from the past and have joined the political mainstream, but it needs to address several issues before the US could consider removing it from the terrorist watch list.

Some of these fundamental things that we have asked them to remove them from the list have yet to be addressed.

One of them is to fundamentally renounce the use of violence and terror as a political instrument.

"It seems a simple step, but they have yet to do that," DeLisi said in response to a question from Senator Jim Webb, who chaired the confirmation hearing.

DeLisi said the US is concerned about the acts of violence by the Young Communist League.

"We are also concerned because the Young Communist League, their youth wing, continues to engage in acts of violence and criminal activities in support of their agenda".

And that is something else that has to stop, and they have to renounce that," he said.

"We have asked them to engage in the peace process.

"They're doing so; we hope that will continue".

"But they, like the other actors in Nepal, also need to be involved in the human rights process," he said in response to the question.

"So we've got a mixed bag with the Maoists".

"Yes, we have to engage them; we have to talk to them both as a key political actor and as part of the peace process".

"We hope that they will take some of the steps that will allow us to look at removing them from the terrorist exclusion list," he said.

Last month Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had requested the visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Patrick Moon, to remove his party from the US list of international terrorist organisations.

"In a recent meeting, our deputy assistant secretary, Pat Moon, was out there. They told us that they wanted to do this, that something would be forthcoming soon. I hope that we'll see that," DeLisi said.

The Ambassador nominee said the decision to place the Maoists on the list of specially designated terrorist organisations stemmed from their activities during the insurgency, many of their actions were quite horrific.

"In particular our concerns were magnified when we saw them bombing the American Centre in Kathmandu, and also there were the deaths of two of our employees, two of our local guards, who were killed by the Maoists".

The political landscape has changed since then in Nepal, and the Maoists' conduct has changed as well.

"Whether their beliefs and attitudes have changed or not remains to be seen," he observed.

"What we have seen that is good is that they have signed the comprehensive peace agreement. They've participated in the electoral process. As the peace process is moving forward, right now they are actively involved in the constitutional drafting process, which is well on its way," he said.

"They've assisted -- they've begun the process of discharging some of the disqualified fighters from the cantonments, and that process should complete by the end of February. And that's also good," the Ambassador nominee said.

"We also welcome that recently they agreed to allow the parliament to resume functioning. Much of that had been forestalled by strikes. They've postponed or they canceled the general strike they have called for. All of these things are good, and we welcome it. And we're talking to them," DeLisi said.