Saturday, April 02, 2005

Bihar governor to call multi-ministerial meet to discuss naxal problems, development

Bihar governor to call multi-ministerial meet to discuss naxal problems, development

[World News] Patna, Mar. 30 : Bihar Governor Buta Singh will call a meeting of the top officials of the state to discuss the issues of naxal problems and overall development in Bihar.

The centre gives crores of rupees to Bihar as part of its integrated development policy. But despite getting such a huge amount, not much is done to rehabilitate the naxal-infested areas of the state.

Bihar’s Chief Secretary K. A. H. Subramanian said that the naxal problems in the state can not be solved through violence, but by prioritising the fabrication of infrastructure - like roads, power and water related problems. He also stressed the need to promote education in the state so that people can be made more inclined towards it.

With top officials of police and home department, the multi-ministerial meet will be attended by the officials of various ministerial departments of the state, including rural development; planning department; department of health; to name some. (ANI)

Naxals blow up Orissa Cong leader's residence

Friday, 01 April , 2005, 08:10

Rayagada (Orissa): Suspected CPI (Maoist) activists blew up the residence of a senior Congress leader using gelatine sticks at Jamadeipentha village under Rayagada police station in the wee hours of Friday.
The ultras reached the small village at about 2.20 am and knocked on the doors of D.Satyanarayana, Rayagada district president of Congress. The Congress leader and all his family members, including children numbering about 15 persons were then called outside.

Satyanarayana, who is also the vice-chairman of Rayagada Zilla Parishad, and his family members were tied to poles and thrashed before his pucca house was blown up, Superintendent of Police, Rayagada, Sanjay Kumar told PTI.

The house had been extensively damaged. The attackers then turned their attention on the business establishments of Satyanarayana and blew up a rice mill and destroyed a shop owned by him. They also set ablaze his truck.

They allegedly decamped with valuables, including gold jewellery and cash available in the house. Under the impact of the explosion, several other nearby houses had developed cracks, the sources said.

Even as the ultras indulged in vandalism, panic stricken neighbours remained indoors. They, however, had not left behind any literature or pamphlets as they normally do after attacking a target. The naxalites had also damaged Satyanarayana's rice mill about two years ago by detonating explosives.

17 Naxals surrender in Andhra Pradesh

Mar. 30, 2005

As many as 17 activists of different Maoist Naxal groups on Wednesday surrendered before the District Superintendent of Police Devinder Singh Chauhan. Chauhan said the Naxals surrendered after getting disillusioned with the ideology of the movement and due to anarchy and violence in the outfits. "The youths who face family problems in the villages, are attracted to Naxal movement. But when the youths realise their mistakes and want to come out, the Naxalities prevent them from doing so", Chauhan said and warned the ultras not to play with the future of the youths. He said the family counselling programmes organised in the villages have yielded results and made an appeal to different cadres of the Naxalites to join the mainstream of the society. The government was committed to providing rehabilitation to the surrendered Maoists, he said and urged the villagers to approach police instead of the ultras for settlement of their disputes. Of the 17 surrendered Naxals, nine belonged to Maoist group, seven to CPI (ML) Janashakti and one to CPI (ML) Pratighatana group, he said.

Naxal talks in Andhra face a dusty death



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HYDERABAD: It's a war out there, albeit an undeclared one. Officially, the government continues to pay lip service to the peace process. But away from the spotlight, in the Nallamala forests, guns are blazing away, closing the route to the negotiating table.

In short, the much-touted peace talks between the government and Naxalites have been blown to smithereens. It took 10 months for hopes of durable peace to shatter.

Reports say AP's famed anti-Naxal Greyhound units have ventured deep into the woods to smoke out the Maoists and the rumour is that the top leadership of CPI (Maoist) has jumped the dragnet and left the state.

Although state home minister K Jana Reddy insists that he is still being soft on the Naxals and the doors for talks are open, AP's feisty police chief Swaranjit Sen is talking tough.

Sen has been in the thick of action. He flew to Nalamalla last week on the pretext of ferrying back a wounded officer. But sources say it was an aerial survey of the woods done ahead of a security briefing for the CM.

Going by the new swagger of the Khaki-clad and the ferocity of the operation, dust will be gathering on the minutes of the last and only round of talks held in September, three months after the YSR government came to power promising an amicable end to the Naxal problem.

Police slapped cases against Naxal emissaries



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HYDERABAD: The tenous relationship between the Andhra Pradesh government and the Naxals seems to have reached a dead-end. Soon after home minister K Jana Reddy took office, Naxal leaders and emissaries were encouraged to come over ground and the government even allowed the Maoists to hold a string of public rallies, many of which drew crowds running into several thousands.

But in recent weeks, things seem to have gone back to the frontline status that existed when Chandrababu Naidu had adopted a scorched earth policy on Naxals and threatened to take no prisoners.

Last Wednesday, police slapped criminal cases against some of the emissaries the government had promised to talk to. P Varavara Rao, G Kalyan Rao and Gadar, a popular folk singer, were booked in connection with the attack on the Chilakaluripeta police station. Another case has been booked against the three emissaries at Balanagar police station in Mahbubnagar district, where a Maoist hit-squad killed constable Prakash last week.

These moves have pretty much convinced the Naxals that talk of peace may have been hollow or, at best, premature. The government wants to suppress Maoism with brutal force, said Gaddar, soon after new charges were brought against him.

While it isn't clear what blew up the peace process, a premonition of Naxal bomb blasts and attacks based on intelligence that the Maoists had collected crores of rupees from contractors in the hinterland may have helped the police bosses convince their political masters of the naivete of the peace overture.

The Maoists have been lying low for now, although in the districts, encounters have become a regular feature. The biggest one was when Yadanna, a front-ranking leader and a survivor of 21 encounters, was killed in Warangal district a fortnight ago.

That the police have been getting restive and there's disquiet in the ranks became clear when Jana Reddy faced angry constables in Mahabubnagar and Guntur. Th-is was days after a band of Maoists struck at a police station in Chilkaluripet and killed four policemen.

If the trend continues, the government is likely to reimpose the ban on Maoists, som-ething a powerful lobby within the police has been seeking. Some police officers feel a ban would do a world of good to police morale.