Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maoists blow up Jharkhand panchayat building

Source:IANS Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 12:50Send to MobilePrint

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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