Saturday, April 23, 2005

Maoist levy halts Jharkhand road projects

Maoist levy halts Jharkhand road projects

Ranchi, Huge levies demanded by Maoist guerrillas have halted two road construction projects in Jharkhand.

A project being executed in Ranchi, Chaibasa and Hazaribagh districts by K.K Builders was halted after the guerrillas demanded a hefty Rs.10 million which the company refused to pay.

Another company, Patil Construction Ltd, refused to heed the extortion demand and this resulted in three of its drivers being kidnapped and killed last month.

Fourteen workers of Rameshwaram Construction Company were kidnapped after it ignored the Maoist demand. They were released unharmed after two weeks.

Police admit that extortion demands from Maoists are rampant.

"The Maoists demand six percent of the money allotted for development work. If this is denied, it results in the killing of workers and damage to company property," a police officer said.

Home Minister Sudesh Mahto Thursday asked police officials to provide adequate security to the construction companies.

"When we are informed about extortion demands, we try to provide security. However some companies do not do so," Inspector General of Police (Operations) R.C. Kaithal told IANS.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 16 of Jharkhand's 22 districts. Nearly 510 people, including 210 policemen, have been killed in Maoist related violence since the creation of the state in November 2000.

Friday, April 22, 2005

BJP leader among 3 shot dead by NAXALITES , in Congress ruled Andhra Pradesh

Staff Reporter , The Hindu

HYDERABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party Manchal mandal unit president, M. Mahender Gowd, was shot dead by Maoists in broad daylight on Friday, near Ibrahimpatan in Ranga Reddy district, around the time the APCC president, K. Keshava Rao, began his Gandhi Sandesh yatra in a nearby village.

In separate incidents since midnight on Thursday night, a Telugu Desam upa-sarpanch has been killed in Warangal district and a surrendered naxalite in Nizamabad by extremists. A Janashakthi activist was shot dead by the police in an encounter in Guntur district in the early hours.

The Cyberabad Police Commissioner, M. Mahender Reddy, said Mahender Gowd's killers were on his trail since he left home at Tallagudem on a motorcycle and waylaid him two and a half km away on the road to Ibrahimpatan. They did not leave any clue to suggest the reason for the killing.

Police sources, however, suspect the killing to be an act of terror against political activists. In the other incidents, Gandra Rajeswara Rao, the upa-sarpanch of Golla Budharam village in Mulug Ghanpur mandal, was shot dead by Janashakti extremists in Warangal district around Thursday midnight. He belonged to the TDP. A surrendered naxalite, Mukku Dasaratham, was killed by Maoists in a similar fashion at Easaipet village in Machareddy mandal of Nizamabad district.
A Janashakti naxalite, Koppala Srinivasa Rao, was killed in an encounter with the police near Pedagarlapadu village of Dachepalli mandal in Guntur district in the early hours of Friday.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Naxal group held public trial of Hospital Superintendent

Naxal group held public trial of Hospital Superintendent

KOCHI: The activists of Yuvajana Vedi laid siege to the General Hospital today and held a public trial of Dr KN Omana, Superintendent of the Hospital.

The action of the Yuvajana Vedi wo Superintendent workers follow complaints about the Radiation Centre and the Gynecology Department of the Hospital. It is alleged that the well equipped Radiation Centre in the hospital remains non- functional. Patients have to approach private centers which charge exorbitant rates for radiation treatment.

The Gynecology Department has been facing severe shortage of doctors and other staff. The vedi workers allege that corruption is rampant in the hospital though the authorities deny these charges.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Naxalites kill TDP sarpanch, blast police station


Stepping up their violence, Naxalites today shot dead a TDP sarpanch, blasted a police station and attacked vehicles carrying officials and policemen in separate incidents in Andhra Pradesh.

A TDP sarpanch G Adinarayana (38) was dragged out of his house and shot at from close range by a group of extremists at Kondapur village in Anantapur district, police said.
In another incident, ultras attacked a vehicle carrying officials who were returning after participating in 'Praja Patham' programme in Khammam district.

Four persons, including a lady doctor, were injured in the attack, police said.
Two police constables were injured when naxalites opened fire at them at Kondabaridi village in Vizianagarm district, police said adding that the injured were shifted to Parvathipuram town for treatment.

In another incident in Guntur district, Maoists blasted an abandoned police station at Bandlamottu resulting in partial damage to the building.

The naxalites blasted a check post of the A P Generation Corporation at Pileru in Visakhapatnam district and a wine shop at Donkaral village in East Godavari district, police said.

Naxal Terrorists sympathiser meets Governor

Gadar meets Shinde; asks him to direct govt to stop encounters

Naxal envoy and revolutionary balladeer Gadar today met Andhra Pradesh Governor Sushilkumar Shinde and urged him to direct the government to 'end fake encounters' and combing operations for restoring peace in the state.

Gadar held talks with Shinde for over 40 minutes and submitted a memorandum, requesting him to form a team under his guidance to probe all encounters.

The balladeer, along with other Maoist emissaries Varavara Rao and Kalyana Rao, had recently pulled out of the peace talks with the state government.

Later speaking to reporters, Gadar said Shinde has assured that he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy

PM chairs meet on internal security

NDTV Correspondent

Saturday, April 16, 2005 (New Delhi):

The Naxal threats in different states across the country was the focus of an internal security meet that was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

It was a meeting that included all the Chief Ministers of the country and lasted full nine hours on Friday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave the state leaders a keen ear through the length of the meeting.

"A very superior group of Chief Ministers headed by the Home Ministry should be constituted to tackle the problem," says V K Duggal, Home Secretary.

Unified command

Although Naxalite activity is fast spreading over various regions across the country, a unified command to counter it has not been developed.

The demand of the hour is not weapons to deal with the Naxals but development of the forces.

"Even though arrangements are made the situation is not under control," says Mulayam Singh, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh.

It has been agreed upon that life insurance policies must be provided to members of the police force who are fight against Naxalite and terrorist activities in the country.

Special measures

With Andhra Pradesh announcing a ceasefire with the People War, Naxalite activity only strengthened in the neighbouring areas.

The states will now not launch a fresh strategy to fight the Naxals.

"A cell has to be made where even on policy decisions a joint meeting can be convened and peace talks can be done by everyone," says Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh.

It was also decided that cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and the coastal areas of the country will have special measures for tackling infiltration.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Dharam calls for ban on Naxals

Dharam calls for ban on Naxals

No good terrorists and bad terrorists, says PM


Posted online: Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 0207 hours IST

NEW DELHI, APRIL 15: Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh today called for a ban on the CPI (Maoists) and went on to claim that his government was capable of handling the Naxalite problem on its own and did not need any help from the Central para-military forces.

At the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security here, Dharam Singh said: ‘‘The Centre has enacted the Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment Act, 2004. Thirty-two organisations have already been banned under this Act. We have addressed the Union Government to include CPI (Maoists) as a banned organisation under the Act. The frontal organisations of CPI (Maoists) have different names in different states. All of them require to be listed under the Act.’’

His tough stand came as a surprise, as the Congress-led government at the Centre has always been insisting that the Naxalite problem was a ‘‘socio-economic problem’’. PM Manmohan Singh set the tone for the conference, saying: ‘‘There are no good terrorists and bad terrorists. There is no cause, root or branch that can ever justify the killing of innocent people. No democratic government can tolerate the use of violence against innocent people.’’

It was decided today that a council headed by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, comprising the chief ministers of Naxalite-affected states, will be set up to deal with the extremists.

The committee will provide an ‘‘integrated approach’’ to deal with Left extremism in nine states. While the integrated approach will focus on issues like development, land and socio-economic reforms, the message that the conference sent across was that nether the Centre nor the states will put up with violence as a mode of protest.

Union Home Secretary Vinod Duggal later told reporters that it has also been decided to constitute a desert police for Rajasthan. The Centre has also agreed in principle to a Megacity police for cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. The coastal states have been asked to provide a plan for beefing up security along its shores.

Dharam Singh welcomed the Centre’s move to create the Inter-State Internal Support Team (ISIST) for better coordination among the states to deal with extremist groups. ‘‘In Karnataka, we have identified the personnel proposed to be deputed to ISIST. We will be deploying them after they are trained by the Central agencies concerned,’’ the CM said.

Outlining the Naxalite problem in the state, Dharam Singh pointed out that the rebel outfits have shifted operations to the eco-rich Western Ghats about four-five years back.

The Maoist groups, he said, were trying to gain public sympathy by taking up the cause of the Adivasis living in Kundremukh National Park who face eviction. ‘‘Taking up development activities urgently for the benefit of Adivasis in the National Park is precluded by various environmental laws. There are about 2,000 Adivasi families living there. Unless these families are properly rehabilitated, the Naxal problem in this region cannot be contained,’’ the CM said.

‘‘We have a long border with Andhra Pradesh, who have been facing the People’s War Group problem for many decades. However, we are getting excellent cooperation from all our neighbouring states in tackling this problem,’’ he said.

Novel scheme in AP to wean youth away from Naxal fold

Hyderabad, Apr 17: In the backdrop of growing Naxalite violence, the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh has come up with a novel scheme to wean the rural youth away from extremist influence by providing them a wide range of employment opportunities.

Taking advantage of the removal of ban and restrictions on their frontal organisations, the Naxalite groups in the state are said to be spreading their network and embarking on a recruitment spree.

In a bid to check the influence of extremists on the youth, particularly in remote tribal areas, the state government has prepared an action plan to augment employment avenues for rural youth in a myriad areas.

"Under this special programme, we have already provided employment opportunities to over 1,000 people and the objective is to bring another 50,000 youth under the purview of the scheme in the next six months," official sources told a news agency here.

A separate wing called interior development department has been constituted, under direct supervision of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, to formulate special employment schemes for the youth in remote Naxalite-affected areas of the state.

Bureau Report