Saturday, March 26, 2005

`Uncle, what is red salute?' -- Naxals kidnap girls

`Uncle, what is red salute?'

By Our Special Correspondent ( The Hindu)

SHIMOGA, MARCH 26. "Uncle what is red salute?" This was the innocent
question posed 14-year-old Aruna of Bangalore to presspersons at the Kote
police station here on Friday night soon after she was restored to her

Aruna, who was allegedly abducted in Bangalore on February 28 by an
activist of Mahila Jagruthi from Shimoga, said she had a harrowing
experience during her detention for nearly a month here.

"They used to ask me to make the red salute. And they were always
uttering the words `revolution.' But as a seventh standard girl I could not
understand the words they were talking about. Somehow I managed to get
out of their clutches," she said.

"Shobha aunty, who brought me here, used to beat me sometimes, but
Anita (another activist of the organisation who has been arrested in
connection with the girl's alleged abduction) treated me well," she said.

"I was brought to Shimoga by train on February 28. By the time I came
to know where I was headed, I had reached Shimoga. I tried to contact my
father one or two times on his mobile phone but in vain," she said,
virtually in tears.

"I was taken to Gadag and Bellary during my stay in Shimoga to attend
the birthday of a person who is not known to me. I even tried to contact
my parents on the phone from those places, but it was not possible as I
was not left alone there. It was quite a humiliating experience."

At one stage, she said, she was threatened that her parents would be in
trouble if she did not obey orders. "This threat forced me to do what
they told me to do."

When she was brought to the police station last night, it was midnight.

Her father, a driver with the KSRTC, was too dazed to answer queries.
"If you have anything to ask, talk to my daughter," he said

Friday, March 25, 2005

Andhra police chief rules out ban on Naxals

T S Sudhir

Friday, March 25, 2005 (Hyderabad):

The Andhra Pradesh police chief today ruled out any possibility of re-imposing the ban on the Naxal groups in the state, saying it would be counterproductive.

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, DGP Swaranjit Sen said his subordinates made the demand for a ban on Naxal groups in an emotional state of mind.

"It does not alter the basic situation. What will happen in a ban situation is that the Maoists will go into a cocoon. We won't know more about them as we are getting to know now," said Sen.

"Ultimately it is possible that they may strengthen themselves. So I feel a freer atmosphere is better,'' he added.

Under pressure

The state's political leadership has been under pressure from the policemen on the field who argue there is nothing in publicly branding the Naxals as enemy when they are attacking police stations and killing policemen.

"They have no principles at all. They are doing as they wish. On some pretext or the other, they are killing,'' said K V Ram Narsimha Reddy, Secretary, AP Police Officers Association.

The Naxals say that a ban is, in fact, very much in place except on paper. The three Naxal emissaries - Gaddar, Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao - are already feeling the heat.

Criminal cases have been slapped against them in connection with the attack on a police station in Guntur district this month.

The Naxal representatives have been the public face of the extremist outfits in the last 10 months. The police have indicated that the three will be arrested the moment there is concrete evidence against them.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Security guard killed in a naxal attack in Chattisgarh

Security guard killed in a naxal attack in Chattisgarh

[India News] Bastar, Mar. 24: In a naxal attack in Dantewada area in Bastar, one constable was killed and another seriously injured.

The attack came before the arrival of the Chattisgarh Governor for a festival of spring organised by tribals. The naxals attacked the two constables who were deployed at the helipad where the Governor was supposed to land.

Raj Narayan Singh, one of the two constables was killed on the spot as the naxals attacked him with a pointed weapon, and the second constable was critically injured. He was admitted to the local hospital later where the doctors declared him to be out of danger.

"There were two constables deployed here for the arrival of the Governor. The second constable is injured and he told us that 3 to 4 people came from behind and attacked both the constables. They slit the throat of one constable and attacked the other. They ran towards the jungle. We are suspecting the hand of naxals in this case but investigations are on", said Bhavana Paje, Deputy S P, Dantewada.

"He has been attacked with a sharp weapon, some katar or a bigger knife. It could be a pointed rod also", said Dr. Kashyap.

The naxals dressed up as tribals and attacked the constables, so that nobody could recognise them. (ANI)

Monday, March 21, 2005

Dreaded AP Naxalite finally bites the dust

Dreaded AP Naxalite finally bites the dust


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WARANGAL: Damera Vijaya Kumara Swamy, alias Yadanna, a naxalite who had survived 21 encounters and was wanted by the police for last several years, was killed along with three of his colleagues in an exchange of fire with the police here on Saturday.

Yadanna's killing is a major blow to the Maoist movement in the area.

Saturday's encounter came within 15 days of the Manala gunfight in Nizamabad district where another division committee secretary, Gangula Venkataswami, alias Ramesh, and eight other naxalites were killed.

The encounter took place after a special police team entered the deep forests on a tip-off. On seeing the police party, the naxalites began firing. The policemen retaliated, killing Yadanna and three others, the police said.

The police claimed that Yadanna and a band of about 20 Maoists were planning a major attack in the region and some equipment and documents seized from the encounter site were proof of this. An AK-47 rifle, 11 kit bags, an eight-mm revolver and other arms were recovered from the spot.

Andugulamedhi has in the past been known for sheltering Maoists. A red alert has been sounded in the entire district in the wake of the Andugulamedhi encounter.
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<Yadanna, who had emerged as a front-ranking Maoist leader, was behind several offences in Warangal and Khammam districts. He joined the movement 14 years ago and after quitting a Jangaon-based private engineering company went underground in 1991.

The thirty-five-year-old naxalite headed the Palakurthi, Cherial and Nekkonda squads in the erstwhile People's War and was the Jangaon area secretary and district committee member till 2003, when he was elevated as division committee secretary.

Among other offences, he was wanted in 10 murder cases and three involving attacks on police stations. Last year, he escaped a "covert operation" near the Voddugudem forests in Tadwai Mandal.

For the police, Saturday's success is a major one and has certainly lifted their morale, for they were after Yadanna since 1997.

As for the Maoists, the incident has virtually wiped out the outfit's leadership in Warangal and Khammam districts. Likewise, the CPI (Maoists) has also suffered setbacks in the Karimnagar-Nizamabad division.