Thursday, September 01, 2005

Pro-Naxalite organisation “Daman Pratirodh Manch” : RALLY


“Daman Pratirodh Manch”

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 31. — The state capital has been fortified with heavy police deployment, barricades and surveillance at all entry points in view of tomorrows proposed rally by the pro-Naxalite organisation “Daman Pratirodh Manch”. The rally and meeting will be video graphed in full by intelligence wing sleuths.

Persons with warrants or cases pending against them were being detained and those traveling to attend the rally with traditional weapons disarmed. Meanwhile the Daman Pratirodh Manch convenor Dandapani Mohanty alleged that police was unnecessarily provoking tribals and indulging in indiscriminate arrests. Hundreds of tribals who were coming to the rally from Malkangiri, Muniguda etc had been detained, he charged.

The second ever pro-Naxalite demonstration at Bhubaneswar has assumed importance following re-imposition of ban on Maoists by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh government. It may be noted that at the first such show of strength held here few months ago top leaders from across the border including Ververa Rao, ( recently arrested in Hyderabad after imposition of ban), had addressed that gathering.
Sandbags and tight security with as many as 26 platoon of police has been pressed into service here. Policemen in plainclothes will keep watch on all entry points particularly at bus stops and railway stations. Naxalite sympathisers with pending cases or warrants have been intercepted at different points in southern Orissa districts today.

Talking to reporters, home secretary Mr Santosh Kumar said, “every body had a democratic right to hold rallies and public meetings but the government will maintain law and order. Naxalite sympathisers will not be allowed to carry traditional weapons to the rally as a measure of abundant precaution,” he added.
Mr Kumar said all railway stations and bus stops are being watched and tribals coming to attend the rally are being disarmed. Only those who have NBWs pending against them are being arrested, he added.

He claimed that the Orissa governments’ stand on the Naxalite issue remains unchanged as it was always open for unconditional talks. “It seems the Naxalites are not keen to enter into any dialogue,” he observed.

The home secretary iterated that the government continues with its two fold strategy — police action and development of backward areas as far as the Naxalite issue is concerned.

Significantly, Mr Kumar stated that the Orissa government was not thinking in terms of imposing a ban on Naxalite groups. He claimed that the ban on Maoists by Andhra Pradesh government did not have any adverse impact in Orissa.

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'Maoist squads to target Hyderabad VIPs'
Thursday September 1 2005 00:00 IST
HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh police, on Wednesday, said they have received information on Maoist plans to target VIPs in the state capital and were beefing up the security of VIPs, including Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

Addressing a news conference, police Chief Swaranjit Sen said: "We have received information that Maoist squads are in Hyderabad to carry out attacks. But this is nothing new. They have done this in the past too to garner publicity.

He said police were geared up to foil any attack by Maoists and that security was being provided to about 1,100 VIPs in the state, especially those who were on the hit list of the guerrillas.

"If necessary, we will further beef up Reddy's security," he said.

Former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who had escaped a Maoist attack in 2003, continues to be a highly protected VIP in the state.

The state government had re-imposed a ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist two days after the rebels gunned down legislator C Narsi Reddy and eight others in Mahabubnagar district on Aug 15.

Maoist violence has claimed more than 250 lives since January this year when an eight-month long ceasefire broke down.