Saturday, November 13, 2004

A collusive relationship between politicians and Naxalites

Sleeping with terrorists
PV Ramana

A collusive relationship between politicians and Naxalites or the People's War (PW) and Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI), which have merged on September 21, 2004, to form the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), is clearly visible in Bihar, as in several other parts of the country.

Routinely, several unscrupulous, power hungry leaders of various political parties have sought the rebels' support during elections. Leaders of the BJP, RJD, Congress (I), and Left parties have received support from the MCCI/PW and had, in return, either paid vast sums of money or offered "concessions". It is said that a former Union Minister, Chandradeo Verma, who is an accused in the fodder scam, won the elections with help from PW to defeat his CPI (ML) rival. The CPI (ML) has been participating in parliamentary politics and democratic processes, while the PW/MCCI has an avowed commitment to capturing state power through "armed struggle".

In fact, allegations of the PW's connivance with political parties to target the CPI (ML) continue. On October 28, the CPI (ML) said "the RJD and PW have ganged up to target its men and women activists alike" to diminish its hold in certain parts of Bihar.

In Jharkhand, too, Opposition and ruling party politicians sought the assistance of the Naxalites during elections. One such leader reportedly paid Rs 2 Crore to the MCCI during the 1999 Parliamentary elections and went on to become a union minister.

Reports also indicate that several top-level political leaders maintain ties with the PW/MCCI. Addressing an election rally in Garwah on April 14, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav reportedly appealed to the MCCI to target BJP candidates. Immediately, a BJP leader, Kiran Ghai, said he had no doubt that Lalu Prasad Yadav had linkages with the Naxalites. However, it is difficult
to state conclusively whether or not the charge was politically motivated. Besides, on August 23, some PW men were arrested from the residence of RJD MLA Dinanath Yadav in Paliganj. He was later suspended from the party.

Also, the MCCI/PW supported a few candidates in the local bodies elections in 2001 in Jahanabad, and a former MCCI commander contested in the last parliamentary polls from Chatra. Leaders who have opposed the PW/MCCI have had to pay a heavy price. For instance, the houses of Bihar's ex-chief minister, Satyendra Narain Sinha, were set ablaze.

Thus, apparently, politicians strike deals with the PW/MCCI as much for electoral gains as for the 'safety' of their life and property. Indeed, as long as the politicians enter into, and maintain, expedient political alliances with the rebels, the latter would continue to flourish and subvert
democracy and its institutions in the country. The merger between the PW and the MCCI only compounds this eminently avoidable danger.

Courtesy: The Pioneer, New Delhi, October 30, 2004.

[The writer is Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation.]

* Views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of Observer Research Foundation.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Cops warn govt on naxalite meets

Cops warn govt on naxalite meets

Times News Network

Hyderabad: The police department has reportedly sent a note to the government cautioning that permitting Maoists to hold public meetings in the city would result in Hyderabad becoming a 'hub' of revolutionary activities.

The note, prepared by the intelligence wing, and endorsed by the DGP S R Sukumara, had been submitted to both home minister K Jana Reddy and cheif minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

It futhere cautioned that the unchecked activities of the naxalites, which includes a plan to open an office in Hyderabad, would hinder the economic progress of the state.

"A survey by the intelligence wing has revelaed that the business community, industrialists and institutional and foreign investors are taking the advances of the Maoists seriously. They are a bit apprehensive about having economic tie-ups in Andhra pradesh," according to the police missive.

The police officers also cited the series of bomb blasts in the city and claimed that some ex-naxalites, who have now turned to extortions, were behind the incidents.

The government's reluctance to allow naxalites to hold public meeting in the city on November 16 was now being read as a fallout of the letter.

Meanwhile, naxalite emissaries Vara Vara Rao and Chandranna at a press meet on Thursday alleged that the governement was worried about the growing support for the Maoists and hence not permitting them to hold public meetings in the city and elsewhere in the state.

The Times of India, Hyderabad
Friday, Novemeber 12, 2004. Page 7.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Communist Party of United States of India : Explosions

Explosions: `Telangana Dandu' hand suspected

By Our Staff Reporter HYDERABAD, NOV. 4. The Manjeera pipeline sabotage, explosion in two buses of private engineering colleges -- first at Kukatpally and then at Saroornagar -- and the blast at Kalanjali building on Thursday night. Going by the modus operandi, sleuths suspect that same gang was responsible for all the four incidents. Police officials, wishing anonymity, stated that they had narrowed down on `Telangana Dandu', said to be a splinter group of the Communist Party of United States of India (CPUSI), based on the investigation conducted so far. Read More

Their hands tied on Naxals, DGPs tell Patil: please clarify

Their hands tied on Naxals, DGPs tell Patil: please clarify

Told by Minister not to expect Central direction, DGPs warn: we need to be firm, not go Andhra way

Reeling under a wave of Naxal attacks, especially after the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh effected a ceasefire and called Left wing extremists for talks, worried state police chiefs today sought clear directions from the Centre on how were they expected to deal with the problem. But Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, responding to queries from DGPs at a special session on Left wing extremism, said it was for the states to individually deal with the Naxalite problem. The Centre, he maintained, could not provide any directions in this regard. He cited the example of Kashmir where security forces were going after militants while the political leadership was keeping channels open for talks. Read More

PANS put Rs.1Cr on the head of Ramakrishna


It was supported by undergroung Counter Insurgency
group ICIG

Disquiet on the Deccan Front

Disquiet on the Deccan Front

Ultra left extortion rackets. A police force disarmed by its own government. Demands that could dismantle Cyberabad. Sonu Chhina travels to Andhra Pradesh’s scare-a-minute Naxalite heartland. Ritesh Uttamchandani goes along with his camera

It's Red alert now

It's Red alert now

Andhra Pradesh might soon lose the sheen of Cyberabad as People's War leader Ramakrishna wants the lands given to corporate houses in the city back. The Congress was confident that it was voted to power by the people of the State due to their disenchantment with the Telugu Desam Party. But then it has now to meet an extra-constitutional, extra-legal authority who plans to dictate the Congress "people's" agenda. By giving a long lease to Naxalites, Andhra might soon witness a flight of capital, of the sort we saw in West Bengal. The ban on PW imposed by the former TDP Government might have lapsed but the PW and Maoist Communist Centre continue to be on the black-list of terrorist groups drawn by the UPA Government. The State Congress Government, by ingratiating itself to the Naxalites, is perhaps waiting for the menace to snowball. Read More

Naxal merger a threat: Report

Naxal merger a threat: Report

New Delhi, Nov. 10: The recent merger of the People’s War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India will “amplify” the Naxal threat, the Centre has said in a recent assessment made for a committee of MPs. When the two Naxalite groups joined to become the Communist Party of India-Maoist, Home Minister Shivraj Patil’s immediate reaction had been cautious. He told reporters that the development could even turn out to be good. The PWG has begun a dialogue with Andhra Pradesh government, and he implied that the MCCI, too, could become part of the peace effort.

But the Home Ministry’s “initial analysis” — which figured in a paper prepared for last week’s meeting of the consultative committee attached to the ministry — said the merger would “amplify the Naxal violence”, particularly in West Be-ngal, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. In these States, the “military prowess” of People‘s War will combine with “mass activities” of the MCCI. It said the merger aimed at “strengthening the movement to meet the aspirations of the masses“’.

“Overall, it wo-uld augment the organisational, military and technological capabilities of the two outfits in a vast geographical spread, posing a serious challenge to the security scenario,” the Ministry said. The two groups account for 90 per cent of deaths countrywide due to Naxalite violence, the paper said. Up to September-end this year, Naxalite violence had claimed 436 lives in 1,215 incidents — compared to 388 deaths in a similar number of cases during the same period last year.

Twelve States are affected. Apart from the PW-MCCI merger, the Ministry paper also drew attention to “linkages” of Naxalite groups in India with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). “CPN (Maoist), Nepal has increased its activities in the Tarai region of Nepal bordering India,” it said. There was “regular exchange of men and material” between the Maoists in Nepal and local Naxal outfits. The PW, MCCI and the CPN (Maoists) planned to spread into new areas to carve out a “compact revolutionary group”, spreading from Nepal, through Bihar and to the Dandakaranya region of AP.

According to the Home Ministry assessment, there were about 7,000 hard-core Naxalites in the country. They hold about 6,300 regular weapons “and a large number of unlicensed country-made weapons”. The PW and the MCCI had built up expertise in making IEDs and landmines, it said. The Ministry also noted an increase in “people’s courts” held by Naxalites. During 2002, 100 ‘Jan Adalats’ were held and eight executions ordered. merger a threat: Report

Naxal Terror Watch : PWG

Naxal Terror Watch : PWG

Naxal cadre recruitment no cause for concern -- Congress Minister

Naxal cadre recruitment no cause for concern -- COngress Minister

By Our Staff Reporter KARIMNAGAR,
OCT. 17. 2004
The Minister for Endowments, M. Satyanarayana Rao, has supported the recruitment drive by various naxalite groups during the period of peace talks. "What is wrong in it? They (naxalites) should grow as a political party and capture power in a peaceful and democratic process." Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the Minister called upon naxalites to increase their strength and gain public sympathy to attain power. Neither naxalites could attain their goal with weapons nor the police could solve the problem with weapons, he said adding that peace talks were the only solution. Welcoming the peace initiative taken by the State Government, he said the Government was committed to the implementation of land reforms. He said the peace talks were only a beginning and it would take a long time for completion. TRS remarks Read More

Naxalites wannt Urban Lands , Not Agriculture Lands

Naxalites give new dimension to land issue

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, OCT. 17. 2004 Naxalites created a flutter in political circles today when they released a list of 43 individuals who had allegedly encroached upon prime land in and around the twin cities.

The list reads like a who's who of persons in the fields of real estate, film industry and information technology. The naxalites caught the Government off-guard with their demand to re-take these lands. The official side had expected Maoist and Janashakti leaders to highlight injustices in distribution of Government land under various categories and had even come prepared with its responses. Sources said the `wish list' was meant to be a symbolic attack against what they describe as `neo-landed gentry' which was dictating terms to the Government with its political clout.

Naxals attacked Eastern Frontier Rifles , 6 Jawans killed

KOLKATA, OCT. 15. Yesterday's violence in West Bengal's West Midnapore district, in which six jawans of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) were killed (four had died yesterday and two today) has queered the pitch for immediate talks between the State Government and the People's War, suspected to be responsible for the attack.

Less than a fortnight ago, the Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, had told The Hindu that an essential pre-condition for such talks was the laying down of arms by the ultras. Read more

Naxals Extortion spree continues

Naxals Extortion spree continues

Professionals a worried lot

By Vikram Sharma
HYDERABAD, OCT. 15 .2004

The People's War (PW) and the State Government are sitting across the table discussing peace. On one side, the peace initiative is going on, while in the other hand, there is a talk going on that some professionals have been receiving letters or calls, allegedly from PW members, demanding huge amounts. But then, it could also be the handiwork of some pseudo-naxalites, who, by using the names of various dalams, are extorting money from the rich and well known. "They are holding so many public meetings, from where do you think the money is coming from? In their recent meeting at Warangal, they collected money from local businessmen for providing food and other amenities to those who participated in the meeting. Ultimately, the business class is going to suffer, be it talks or not, as they are resorting to extortion," says a businessman, Praneet Singhvee of Kushalchand Private Limited. Read more

Uproot Hinduism, says PWG Naxals

Uproot Hinduism, says PWG

Hyderabad, Oct. 13: People’s War Group State secretary Ramakrishna on Wednesday said that uprooting Hinduism would provide a solution to social ills. Asked whether the PWG would agree with Ambedkar’s philosophy of uprooting Hinduism, Ramakrishna said Hinduism was being nurtured by feudals and overthrowing these forces would automatically lead to Hinduism being rooted out.

He said, “We will deal with it in our own fashion and we will achieve the goal.” The issue would not figure in the agenda in the talks with the government. But his stand became a sticking point when it seemed as if he was positioning the PWG as the sole saviour of the Dalits. Read more.....

Nexus between Naxals and Islamic Terrorist Organizations

Recently PWG Naxals formed alliances with Islamic Terrorist Organizations
Read more .. the profile of Darsgah Jehad-o-Shahadat


1. Throat Slitting , halal style of 10 Hindus .

Their modus operandi was to offer lifts in their car (ATC 3776) to the those waiting at bus-stands. They would ask the name of the persons and then take them to far off places were they would hit the victim with an iron rod and subsequently slit their throat. The body would then be dumped in an isolated place.Among the nine victims, three are yet to be identified while the remaining were identified as - Sridhar, a software engineer who was murdered in Kukatpally, K Krishna Reddy in Ibrahimpatnam, Mahender Reddy in Saroornagar, Santosh Kumar in Ghatkesar, Malla Reddy in Bouduppal and Venkat Rao in LB Nagar

2. Links to LeT

Naxals attack IAF chopper

Naxals attack IAF chopper in Gadchirol

PTI October 12, 2004

An MI-8 helicopter of IAF narrowly escaped a grenade attack from Naxalites near Laheri village in interior parts of Gadchiroli district in eastern Maharashtra on Tuesday, police said.The IAF chopper had landed at a makeshift helipad at Binagunda village this afternoon along with a polling party when Naxalites fired a grenade at it from a grenade launcher, police said.The grenade, however, missed the target and landed about 50 metres short before exploding, injuring a constable who was guarding the helipad

Naxals' bid to blow up IAF copter foiled


NAGPUR: Gadchiroli SP Shirish Jain and some CRPF jawans being flown for election deployment in inaccessible areas had a lucky escape on Tuesday when Naxalites tried to down an IAF helicopter they were travelling in. This was the first ever, albeit abortive, attempt of use of grenade-launcher in the sensitive eastern Vidarbha's Gadchiroli district. Gadchiroli SP told ToI the grenade missed the copter by just 50 meters. "We were ferrying polling, CRPF personnel to the inaccessible and sensitive polling stations in Binagunda area of Bhamragarh tehsil in the afternoon when two grenades were fired at us," said Jain. The Naxalites issue election boycott as a matter of routine practice

PWG is looking beyond Andhra

PWG is looking beyond Andhra

P.V. Ramana

ATTACKING the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, on October 1, 2003, is most spectacular act that Naxalites of the People's War (formerly People's War Group or PWG) have carried out till date. The rebels have not only proved that they have the ability to strike at locations far away from their traditionally known strongholds but also that they were poised to expand their influence beyond the state boundaries.A preliminary study conducted by this writer on left-wing extremist violence in India as part of an ongoing project of the Observer Research Foundation reveals that the Naxalites have been clearly following a policy of carefully planned expansion into newer areas, consolidation in the existing pockets of influence, and re-emergence in parts from which they have been ejected.

Naxals not to give up armed struggle

Naxals not to give up armed struggle

Tuesday, 12 October , 2004, 18:43

Hyderabad: Ahead of their first-ever direct talks with Andhra Pradesh government on October 15, top naxalite leaders ruled out giving up armed struggle and asserted that their goal was to liberate people through revolutionary path. "We have come here to participate in talks on equal terms with a purpose to force the government to address pressing problems of people. We do not believe that the suffering masses can be liberated through negotiations," the state People's War Secretary Ramakrishna and other key naxalite leaders told reporters in Hyderabad on Tuesday, a day after surfacing from a 20-year underground life.

On their arrival in the city with police escort, five top Maoist leaders of PW and Janasakthi organisations were put up in a government guest house in the heart of the city and were accorded the status of state guests. While sounding optimistic about the outcome of forthcoming talks, the extremist leaders, who were high on the wanted list of the state police till recently, were unrepentant about their violent path and vowed to continue armed struggle to achieve a larger objective of capturing power and liberating people from the clutches of exploitative, capitalist ruling classes.

"Using Dandakaranya region (which has been declared by naxal groups as a liberated zone) as a lever, we will liberate the people of this country to establish people's rule. Towards this direction, we are hopeful of uniting all revolutionary parties," Ramakrishna, a school teacher turned revolutionary said.

Regrouping of naxalites in Telangana

Regrouping of naxalites in Telangana

By N. RahulWARANGAL, OCT. 5 2004

Naxalites of the People's War (PW) and other extremist outfits are having a free run of Telangana villages, thanks to the changed policy of the Congress Government towards them.The villagers are equally at peace and happy with the police suspending search operations in their habitations, a pre-condition for `ceasefire' for the peace talks between the Government on the one hand and the PW and the Janashakti on the other.New-found freedomThe new-found freedom is being fully exploited by naxalites.

They are freely recruiting cadres, regrouping themselves, resorting to collection of huge amounts of money and trading in weapons. Hundreds of rural youths are being drawn into the naxalite movement in sharp contrast to the diminishing strength of PW militants when the Chandrababu Naidu Government was at the helm.Tummala Haribabu, Mandal Parishad president of Govindaraopet, a hotbed of naxal activity in Warangal district, said: "The level of recruitment is unbelievable. From the stage of extinction, naxalites have reached a commanding position."Courier systemPolice officials admitted to The Hindu that the PW was developing a new courier system and activating its militants and sympathisers.

Having learnt a bitter lesson in the past by recruiting cadres indiscriminately, the PW is ensuring that renegades did not enter the party.With the exception of the PW, all the smaller extremist outfits are making the best use of the `glasnost' by indulging in extortions. Not even small shopkeepers and farmers are spared. The PW is known for its `dignified' way of collecting big amounts as donation from contractors and richer sections. The outfits are also busy constructing huge memorials for their martyrs.It is not as if the PW has shed caution to allow its cadre to visit villages freely.

The party has maintained utmost secrecy in contacting villagers. The PW has sought the opinion of villagers on the crucial issue whether it should go for talks with the Government and whether to lay down arms as demanded by the Government.Villagers are quite willing to open up even with strangers about naxalites and the Government talks with the outfits. Fear is no longer the key. Muttaiah of Butaram village, near Eturunagaram, said that it was no longer difficult to go into the nearby forest for fear of the police. Maraboina Saraiah, a CPI-ML activist of Gandhinagar village, said the time was ripe for all groups to conduct (illegal)