Saturday, January 08, 2005

AP : Peace in peril as naxalite slain in encounter


ONGOLE/HYDERABAD: Police killed a woman naxalite in an encounter and captured alive the deputy leader of a guerrilla squad in Prakasam district on Saturday. This breach in the detente is a likely to be a serious setback to the peace process between the government and the CPI (Maoist), formerly the People's War.

The encounter, the second since the peace manoeuvres began in May, indicates that the police are poised to return to warfare with the naxalites. Passions in the AP police have been inflamed since the assassination by the naxalites of K C Surendra Babu, the superintendent of police of Munger district in Bihar, who was an IPS officer from AP.

Saturday's encounter took place in a forest near Jellivari Pullalacheruvu village in Prakasam district. A police patrol conducting a combing operation there spied a group of eight naxalites, who allegedly opened unprovoked fire, which was returned.

The skirmish lasted more than 20 minutes, after which the guerrillas retreated into the forest. Police gave chase and later claimed to have captured the squad's deputy leader Vijay alive. Later, the body of a slain woman naxalite, Latakka, was found at the site.

MAOISTS more organised than Bihar govt




PATNA: Who is to be blamed for the killing of Munger SP K C Surendra Babu and five other policemen? Naxalites or short-sightedness on the part of strategists? Believe it or not Munger doesn't even figure in the list of Naxal-affected district. Sources said the list was prepared about three years back and it has not been updated since then.

The Wednesday incident has once again exposed the failure of state police headquarters to foresee consequences of the merger of PW and MCCI. The fresh unity among the extremists under the banner of newly formed CPI (Maoist) has left police headquarters high and dry.

While extremists are executing their plans smoothly in various parts of the state after the formation of CPI (Maoist), the police headquarters do not have relevant documents on the organisational structure of this new extremist outfit.

Sources said all the documents gathered by the police headquarters in the past about the extremists' activities in different parts of state have now become irrelevant after CPI (Maoist) came into existence. "We do not know anything about the area of functioning of PW and MCCI in the new arrangement," said a senior police officer in the police headquarters.

Talking about the resources of funding Naxal activities, police sources said both the organisations have their own sources of income. Earlier, the PW and MCCI didn't encroach upon each other's area of operations in Bihar. Both the organisations targeted the areas of CPI (ML)' base to expand their own activities. "Now the area commanders have been changed and they have worked out fresh strategy to expand their base in Bihar," a police officer remarked.

However, the state government has so far failed to work out any concrete strategy to put an effective check on the rapid growth of Left wing extremism in Bihar in the wake of birth of CPI (Maoist). "The extremists are more organised than the Bihar government in the present situation," felt a police officer while recalling the recovery of a large number of detonators, cartridges, weapons during the recent police operation against extremists. He said the police also seized a printing press that was meant for publishing Naxal literature.

The process of merger between the PW and MCCI started in 2002. It was an open secret that both the organisations would join hands to expand their base in Bihar by the mid 2003 but the state government has still to wake up from its deep slumber.

Even the recent incident in which about 16 police rifles were looted from the Paraia police station of Gaya district in a joint PW and MCC operation, couldn't compel the police headquarters to foresee the consequences of the merger of PW and MCC.

Munger SP among 7 killed in Bihar landmine blast by CPI (Maoists)

Munger SP among 7 killed in Bihar landmine blast


Naxalites of CPI(Maoist) today set off a landmine killing Police Superintendent K C Surendra Babu and six other policemen when they were returning from an operation against the outlawed ultra-Leftists, officials said.

District Magistrate R S B Singh told PTI the Naxalites detonated the landmine planted by them through a remote control when the Gypsy carrying Surendra Babu reached near Gangta (Bhimbandh).

The police vehicle jumped 50 feet high and was blown into pieces. Surendra Babu, a 1997-batch IPS, his bodyguard, driver and four other district armed police personnel were killed on the spot.

Director General of Police Narayan Mishra however said six policemen were killed in the ambush.

Surendra Babu long with his Jamui counterpart O N Bhaskar had gone to Gangta to supervise joint operation by the Munger and Jamui police in connection with yesterday's loot of four rifles and one carbine by the Naxalites from the Kajra Railway Station. The blast took place while he was returning to the district headquarters here, Singh said.

The firearms of the slain policemen were also looted by the Naxalites.

Mishra said though no naxal outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, it was suspected to be the handiwork of Maoist Communist Centre (MCC). The new outfit-- the CPI (Maoist)--recently came into being after the merger of MCC and the People's War Group in Andhra Pradesh.

One company each of CRPF and BSF were sent to Munger from Patna to assist the policemen in combing operation, the DGP said.

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Death omen in daughter’s sigh

Slain Munger SP’s wife K. Lakshmi flanked by relatives in Patna. Picture by Deepak Kumar
Bhimbandh (Munger), Jan. 6: “Papa, don’t go to the forest — the place is not safe.”

The final words of four-year-old Susmita were prophetic.

When slain Munger superintendent of police K.C. Surendra Babu set out on joint patrol at 7 am yesterday, the last thing he had in mind was his daughter’s sigh.

Babu and five policemen were killed in a landmine blast near Bhimbandh, a tourist resort 80 km from the district headquarters, where Susmita went for a picnic with her father barely a week ago.

The glade tucked away deep inside the forest of Kajra Hills is a Naxalite stronghold.

Babu’s wife K. Lakshmi was at a loss for words. Tears failed her and her worn face seemed set in stone. The day before yesterday, she had joined the Munger subdivisional hospital as a government doctor. Today, she stood at the Jamalpur railway station waiting for a train that would take her husband’s body to Patna from where it was to be flown to Hyderabad.

“I cannot imagine that the Bihar government is sending my husband’s body by train,” Lakshmi said, as her daughter clung to her.

Resentment over the laid-back attitude of the Rabri Devi government was writ large on the faces of the family members of the slain policemen.

Earlier, the state government expressed its helplessness to airlift the body from Munger and decided to take it in a special coach attached to the Bhagalpur-Patna Intercity Express and then fly it to Hyderabad.

But the schedule was deferred because of an agitation by members of the local police association who demanded immediate compensation and jobs for the victims’ kin.

Sources said the strategy for the raids in Bhimbandh forest was drawn up on the basis of information from a diary of an MCC activist recovered from Kajra Hills. It had addresses of some tribal villages and names of informers.

Babu, along with his Jamui district counterpart, raided several places like Paisraha, Sonba and Rajasarai inside the forest and seized two shotguns, used for killing birds. Sources said at 2.30 pm, after a futile search, the two officials came to the conclusion that someone had misguided them and decided to turn back. On their way back, the rebels ambushed them.

Observers claimed that it was part of a conspiracy by the outfit to lure the police to the inaccessible terrain, where the rebels organise training camps. Senior police officials, however, ruled out the theory.

On December 25, when the judiciary and the bureaucracy organised a family picnic, they were warned by villagers not to venture inside the forest. A blockade put up on the road through which the picnickers were supposed to return had to be removed by the village guards.

PATNA: Sushmita, the four-year-old daughter of slain Munger SP K C Surendra Babu, looked perplexed, wondering why so many photographers had gathered there. "Why are they taking our photos?" she would ask innocently.

On Thursday afternoon, it was a poignant moment for all those present at the BMP-5 ground where the body of the slain SP had been kept. Dr Lakshmi Devi, wife of the slain SP, was inconsolable. Several officials were seen consoling her.


My Childhood Classmate From School -K.C. Surendra Babu Late SP-K.C. Surendra Babu- A Victim of Communism!
May His Soul Rest in Peace!

Surender Babu is my friend from school(BHEL HSS-HYD) I have few more links at my. His family is devastated. His wife Dr Lakhsmi is still in shock and His 4 yr daughter is unaware of the tragedy. Here are some news quotes-
MUNGER: "I know how to pulverise the rising morale of the Naxalites here as I myself belong to a Naxalite-afflicted state," Munger SP K C Surendra Babu had told ToI only a few days ago. Perhaps, he did not know that even the Naxalites had also understood that the 1997-batch IPS could shatter their dream to establish a parallel government.

While returning from a late night movie, K.C. Surendra Babu was stopped by a police patrol party and taken to the Ramachandrapuram police station. Perturbed at the incident, the engineering student vowed to become a top cop one day.

Family members rued that incident as they awaited the body of Babu, who lived his vow to join the Indian Police Services (IPS) in 1997, but fell to a landmine triggered by the CPI (Maoist) naxalites in Munger district of Bihar on Wednesday.

As heartrending scenes unfolded at the slain IPS officer's residence at BHEL MIG colony, his brother, K.C. Ravi Kumar cried: "He wanted to prove a point, but look what has happened."

Mr. Kumar said his younger brother completed his engineering course in metallurgy and had several job offers, including the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and BPCL, Baroda. "But he was determined to join the police force and worked hard towards his goal."

Surendra Babu studied at BHEL Higher Secondary School before going to APRJC at Nagarjuna Sagar and then to Warangal for his engineering course.

Poser to naxals

While his father, K.C. Naik, retired after a long association with the BHEL, Mr. Kumar is presently employed with the organisation. His another brother, K.C. Thyagaraj, who is employed with the National Thermal Power Station, Ramagundam, rushed home on coming to know about Babu's death and was inconsolable. "What have the naxals achieved by claiming the life of my brother," he sought to know.

As news spread, colleagues of Mr. Naik and Mr. Ravi Kumar thronged the residence. The police were also present in large numbers to grieve the death of their colleague.


The Medak Superintendent of Police, Devender Singh Chouhan, a batch-mate of Babu, described the death as unfortunate. "Though we were very far from each other, we kept in touch over telephone all the time. In fact, Surendra Babu spoke to me on the day he took charge as SP of Munger," he said.

The former Minister, K. Vijayarama Rao, also visited the family of Babu and consoled them. The slain SP's father tried his best to maintain his composure but could hardly check himself when his former colleagues from the BHEL came visiting him.

He broke down and cries filled the lane as more relatives, who made vain efforts to console him, found themselves joining the elderly man. "Naik made a humble beginning, but ensured that his children got the best in life. But today, his sacrifices seem to have come to a nought," one bemoaned.

The body of K C Surendra Babu, slain by the naxalites in Munger district in Bihar, was brought to Hyderabad late Thursday night. Innocent of the fact of her daddy's dead, his four-year-old daughter Sushmita was among the bereaved family members who received the body at Begumpet airport.

Relatives tried to divert Sushmita's attention with a chocolate as the slain officer's wife Laxmi emerged from the plane and emotions could be controlled no longer. Sushmita sat on the lap of a family member, and watched bemused the hustle bustle around her.

As the body was brought down and placed in a carriage, relatives and friends of the officer raised slogans against the People's War. Several political leaders, police and IAS officials watched mournfully. The body was taken to Babu's father's home at Ramachandrapuram, where the funeral rites will begin at 10 am on Friday.

The Bihar government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of Surendra Babu, whose vehicle was blown up by Maoist guerrillas in Munger on Wednesday. As a special case, the government has also decided to provide a flat to the family of the slain SP in any part of the country and meet educational the expenses of little Sushmita.



Maoist woman's torture led to Bihar cops' death :-
Patna | January 07, 2005 4:19:06 PM IST

Patna, Jan 7 : The Munger landmine blast that killed six Bihar policemen Wednesday was an act of revenge by leftwing extremists against police beating up a woman Maoist.

The six killed police officials included superintendent of police K.C. Surendra Babu.

Sources said guerrillas of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were irked by the brutal beating up of a woman Maoist at the Kajra railway station by the railway police.

Soon after the incident, the guerrillas attacked the Kajra railway station and looted four rifles in broad daylight on Jan 4. They also injured five policemen.

In the wake of the open challenge to policemen, a police team led by Babu raided several villages suspected of being Maoist hideouts.

The team was returning from the operation when the rebels triggered the blast, killing Babu and five others.

The killing shocked the state's top police officials, as Munger does not figure in the hot list of Maoist-affected districts in Bihar.

"Unlike Gaya, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Arwal, Patna or Nalanda, Munger is not considered a Maoist hit district but killing of the police superintendent and five others compelled police headquarters to probe what led the Maoists to act like this," sources said.

Roots of Islamic Terrorism: How Communists Helped Fundamentalists

By Antero Leitzinger

This article traces the roots of Islamic terrorism, with special focus on Afghanistan. Notes are added on practical and philosophical problems of world media in finding the right track. From systematic errors in revealing little details, to serious misconceptions about basic facts and principles, we can relatively easily learn how much of "common knowledge" rests actually on superficial research and popular myths. Instead of becoming critical and aware of the traps laid around the issue, both Islamists and Islamophobes fail to recognize how they are manipulated.

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Three killed in Maoist attack

Kathmandu | January 07, 2005 4:26:42 PM IST

Kathmandu, Jan 5 : Three people were killed Wednesday as Maoist insurgents attacked a vehicle in Nepal near the Indian border, with eight days left for a government ultimatum to the guerrillas set to expire.

The rebels came in a car at Birtamod in Jhapa district in southern Nepal, firing on a security vehicle, media reports said.

The driver of the security vehicle, a member of the security forces and a Maoist were killed in the firing that followed, the private Kantipur Radio reported.

After the lightning attack, the rebels reportedly fled with their dead comrade to a nearby forest.

The attack comes with a government ultimatum to the rebels to resume peace talks nearing its deadline.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that if the rebels did not come to the negotiating table by Jan 13, the government will proceed with arrangements to hold general elections that have been stalled since 2002.

Election dates are reportedly to be announced this month.

The rebels have issued a counter-ultimatum to the government to disclose the whereabouts of their detained comrades by the same date, failing which they have warned they will begin an indefinite campaign without specifying what form it will take.

The independent media reported that the Maoists had blocked parts of two major highways, cutting off vehicular traffic to Terhathum district in the east.


More Maoist bodies found from Kailali clash spot

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 7:

The security forces today recovered 13 more bodies of Maoists killed in the clashes that took place in the Bankhet area of Kailali district on Wednesday. According to the ministry of defence, with this so far a total of 54 bodies of Maoists killed in the incident have been recovered by the security forces. Reports from Dhangadhi say Maoists shot dead one police constable at Campus Road today. The security source said constable Tari Singh Rokka of District Police Office, Kailali was killed when the Maoists fired at a patrol team in the afternoon. Rokka died soon after reaching the Mahakali Zonal Hospital.

Three Maoists were injured in crossfire with the security forces in Rajabas area of Katari VDC, Udaypur this morning. The firing started after the Maoists hurled a socket bomb at the security patrol team of Taradhari RNA camp around 4 am, a security source said. The fight lasted for half an hour.

The army’s 18 Number Brigade, Gaighat quoted the locals as saying the Maoists forced the dairy farmers coming towards Katari to carry the injured. Security forces recovered some .303 rifles, socket bombs and electric wires. The security forces have launched a search operation in the area after the incident.

Meanwhile, Maoists released one police head constable and two persons selected for RNA service from their captivity today in the presence of the human rights activists and media persons. The Maoists had abducted Dipendra Paneru, working in Dipendra Police Boarding School, Dhangadi on December 8. Jogi Sarki was abducted as he was returning from Kailali Barrack on December 27 from Bani, Krishnapur; Narendra Bohora of Pipaladi VDC-1 was abducted from Kaluwapur, Jhalari on December 16. All three were released in Jogbudha of Dadeldhura district today.

Jharkhand initiates crackdown on Maoists before assembly polls

Jharkhand initiates crackdown on Maoists before assembly polls:-

Ranchi | January 07, 2005 8:59:06 PM IST

The Jharkhand police has in an effort to thwart any attempts by the Maoists to disrupt the forthcoming assembly polls in the state next month initiated on a crackdown against the insurgents.

Police said they raided a Maoist training camp near a forest area and seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition after a brief encounter. Police also claim to have arrested as many as 21 Maoists rebels.

Jharkhand goes to polls in February.

"We received around 5,000 pamphlets in which they have written against the assembly election and they were distributing them in every village," said Madhusudan Bavi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ranchi.

Bavi said several Maoist rebels were also killed in the encounter but the extremists took their bodies away.

Suresh Munda, an arrested Maoist, pleaded innocence.

"When I came from my village, Girish took me there and invited me to stay in a forest of Andhra Pradesh for two-three days. He took me to a place and later I reached here," he said.

Intelligence agencies say they are worried by reports of cooperation between Indian and Nepali Maoist insurgents and greater unity among India's several Maoist guerrilla groups. ANI)