Friday, March 11, 2005

Five killed in Naxal attack on police station

By Marri Ramu

HYDERABAD, MARCH 12. In a major relataliatory move, the Maoists killed four policemen and a civilian after raiding a police station in Chilakaluripeta, 45 kms from Guntur, late on Friday night.

A group of nearly 15 armed naxalites drove in two Tata Sumo vehicles around 11 p.m.

They stormed the police station and threw bombs creating panic.

The naxals fired at the Inspector, R. Prasad, from close range killing him on the spot.

Three other police constables and a civilian were also killed in the attack.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Modernisation of Naxal-hit State Police Forces : 100% Central Government funding

Eight Naxal-hit states to get 100% funding: Govt

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, March 9, 200516:09 IST

Altogether eight naxalism-affected states are proposed to be provided 100 per cent Central funding under the revised scheme for Modernisation of State Police Forces, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

The states are Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland, Minister of State for Home, Shriprakash Jaiswal, said in a written reply.

Besides, five states - Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand - will be provided 75 per cent Central funding, he said. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are to be given 60 per cent, he added.

While the incidence of naxal violence has marginally declined in 2004 compared to the previous year, the overall violence in Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states has shown perceptible decline during the period.

In reply to another question, Jaiswal said the Backward Districts Initiative (BDI) component of the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana covers 55 naxal-hit districts in nine states. Under it, an additional special Central assistance of Rs.15 crore is earmarked on a 100 per cent grant basis per year per district for a period of three years to fill gaps in social and physicial infrastructure, he said.

He said road construction in naxal-affected areas can also be taken up under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

Earlier, Home Minister Shivraj Patil assured members that Centre would provide "enormous" funds for modernisation of forces in naxal-hit areas.

Patil said he accepted a proposal from TDP member C Ramachandraiah for providing a special package to Andhra Pradesh.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Terrorist NAXALITES abduct 11 devotees in BIHAR

Naxalites abduct 11 in Bihar, release 7

Sasaram, March 9. (PTI): Armed CPI (Maoist) naxalites abducted 11 devotees when they were going to the famous Guptadham temple in Bihar'Rohtas district on the occasion of Mahashivratri on Tuesday but later freed seven of them, police said.

The naxalites stopped a group of worshippers at Penari Ghat at the base of Kaimur hills while going to the temple and kidnapped four of them at gunpoint, police said.

They later released one of the hostages and took the others away to an undisclosed place in Kaimur hillock, the police said, adding a land dispute was stated to be the reason behind their abduction.

In an another incident, extremists abducted seven people from Amchua village located on Kaimur hills while they were going to the temple on the occasion of Mahashivaratri, sources in Chenari police station said.

The ultras later freed six hostages.


Steps taken to check Naxal menace: Jaya

Steps taken to check Naxal menace: Jaya

By ChennaiOnline News Service

Chennai, March 8: Security has been strengthened on the Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh borders to stop infiltration of Naxalites into Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa informed the state Assembly today.

Intervening during the debate on the state budget, she said with the lifting of the ban on the People''s War Group in Andhra Pradesh, Naxalites had a free run in that state, besides infiltrating into Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu had strengthened security along the borders of these states to prevent infiltration of Naxalites into the state, she said.

Claiming that the law and order was best maintained in the state, she alleged that the police force was demoralised in Andhra Pradesh after a Superintendent of Police was transferred and put on compulsory wait as he took action against the Naxalites. People there were in the grip of fear. In Karnataka also, Naxalites killed police personnel, she observed.

People living in Tamil Nadu were lucky as the state was number one in the maintenance of law and order.

Referring to the criticism of Congress MLA C Gnanasekaran who alleged that with the increase in the number of murders and dacoities, law and order had worsened and the police intelligence machinery had failed, she said, "If you have a grievance against my government, you criticise us and not police."

When Gnanasekaran said a newspaper, quoting Intelligence Bureau information, stated that mercenaries had been hired to kill DMK deputy general secretary M K Stalin, she said, amid protests from the DMK benches, "You cannot quote yellow newspapers. Is it a government gazette?" she asked.

DMK members, led by their deputy leader Durai Murugan, said the newspaper was a widely circulated daily and was 'unmasking' several misdeeds of the AIADMK government. Most DMK members were on their feet protesting Jayalalithaa''s remarks against the paper.

Gnanasekaran alleged that "gun culture and bomb culture" was spreading fast in the state.

Referring to the Sankararaman murder case, he said most of the accused had been detained under the Goondas Act. If police intelligence had taken note of their previous activities and detained them under the Goondas Act, the murder could have been avoided.

He alleged that most crimes went undetected. (Agencies)

Ten Naxals killed in AP encounter : GOOD JOB

Ten Naxals killed in AP encounter

Uma Sudhir

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Monday, March 7, 2005 (Nizamabad):

A senior Naxal leader and three women were among ten Naxals killed in a major encounter in the Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh early on Monday.

The spiral of violence and counter-violence in the last few days has reopened the debate on whether the ban on the Naxal groups needs to be reimposed. But that will bring the peace efforts a full circle, to where it all began.

Blow to peace

Monday's encounter in the forests of Nizamabad is the biggest since the breakdown of peace talks in Andhra Pradesh and comes less than a week after Naxals killed eight villagers in Kurnool district labelling them as police informers.

"They were planning something big. Especially after the Vempenta incident last week when they murdered unarmed civilians in cold blood, the police has to be very careful," said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.

On their part, Naxal action teams destroyed property worth Rs 6 lakh at Annavaram railway station near Kakinada and killed a constable in Visakhapatnam district.

Concerns raised

There is pressure on the government to reimpose the ban on the Maoist group after the escalating violence.

But Naxal sympathisers say the police are acting as though the ban is already in place, not allowing even democratic activities of the Naxal groups.

Naxal ideologues say the Nizamabad encounter is proof of the duplicity of the government.

"The government both at the state and the Centre is not sincere and the police is also not sincere," said Kalyan Rao, Naxal sympathiser.

While the blame game is on, what is clear is that in the killing fields of Andhra Pradesh, peace it seems is being given a quiet burial.