Saturday, May 21, 2005

Eleven Naxalites arrested in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad | May 21, 2005 9:32:16 PM IST

Eleven Maoist rebels were arrested in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.

The Naxalites, belonged to the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) - Janashakti (Rajanna) faction.

The police recovered 24 weapons and nine magazines from the arrested persons. A large amount of literature, most of which is hand-written, besides about 300,000 rupees worth of cash has also been seized.

Swaranjit Sen, Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh, said that the operation was a breakthrough in combating the Maoist problem in the region.

"Before they could form a formidable group to conduct their criminal acts, we were able to break the group. I think it's a good setback for the rebels, that we have achieved in this operation," said Sen.

Police have mounted operations on rebel hideouts after the Maoists walked out of peace talks with the state government in April, blaming local police for mounting violence since a truce collapsed more than three months ago.

A ceasefire between the Maoists and the Andhra Pradesh state government collapsed in January after 12 Maoists were killed in clashes with police.

The Maoists had since set fresh conditions for talks including an end to all police action against them and the suspension of four district police chiefs.

Maoist leaders said the state government had gone back on its commitment to resolve the more than three-decade-old revolt through negotiations.

Violence has escalated in Andhra Pradesh since the ceasefire collapsed and more than 110 people, including 53 Maoists have been killed in gun battles and attacks by the guerrillas. (ANI)

Naxals strike at another village, tribals fight back

Naxals strike at another village, tribals fight back


Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 0202 hours IST

NAGPUR, MAY 21: Naxalites continue to ravage Gadchiroli in Maharashtra with another gram panchayat (GP) coming under attack on Friday night.

The raid was carried out by a group of about 50 Naxalites who came over from across Chhattisgarh to Parsangondi village in Etapalli tehsil and attacked the GP building late in the night.

Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxalite Operations), Pankaj Gupta, said the villagers, however, put up a fight, forcing the Naxals to retreat. ‘‘As a result, the building was only partly damaged,’’ he said.

Naxalites have, of late, stepped up activities in the district in tune with their strategy in all Naxal-affected states. ‘‘For us it is a border, for them it is not. Relatively, however, their activities in Chhattisgarh and AP are on a much higher scale and in-depth. In Maharashtra, we have always restricted them to the borders,’’ Gupta said.

Jharkhand Maoists release audio cassettes to spread base

Jharkhand Maoists release audio cassettes to spread base

Indo-Asian News Service

Ranchi, May 20, 2005

Taking polemics to a new level, Maoists in Jharkhand have, for the first time, released audio cassettes to enthuse people in villages to "rid the shackles of misery" by taking up arms and joining their ranks.

The cassettes, which contain no music and only commentary, have been seized from districts across the state including Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Palamau.

GS Rath, Inspector General of Police (special branch), said about 100 such tapes had been seized from guerrilla hideouts and bunkers during raids.

The cassette, being circulated in rural belts, tells people: "If you want to get rid of the shackles of misery, take up arms. Teach a lesson to anyone who comes in the way."

It goes on to say: "We are enemies of injustice and arbiters of justice. Our red squad emits fire and fights injustice."

The cassettes add another dimension to the war between police and Maoist forces. Police has been using posters, books and dramas to expose the guerrillas by talking of the plight of its women members and the atrocities carried out by the group.

It now seems to be the turn of the Maoist guerrillas, active in 18 of 22 districts in the state, to hit back by talking of police atrocities and Government excesses and making sure it percolates down to the grassroots level.

Killing Sheshaiah Goudlu :bandh called by Bajrang Dal evoked good response

Koppa bandh passes off peacefully
Saturday May 21 2005 13:00 IST

KOPPA: The bandh called by Bajrang Dal to protest against the killing of Sheshaiah Goudlu at Menasinahadya on Tuesday night by Naxalites evoked good response.

Shops and business establishments remained closed on Friday. Barring a few incidents of burning of tyres in some places, the bandh was incident-free. However, buses plied as usual.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the taluk.

Speaking at a public meeting organised as part of the bandh, Bajrang Dal State convener Mahendra Kumar suspected that some people in Bangalore and Sringeri, posing as intellectuals protecting the interests of tribals, were the brain behind this brutal incident. He wondered why these intellectuals, who made a hue and cry whenever Naxal leaders were killed, were silent when an innocent tribal was killed. He felt the Government was equally responsible for the incident because it did not give a free hand to the police. “If the Government fails to protect Malnad, the Bajrang Dal is ready to take up the responsibility,” he said.

Some states scouting for UAVs to tackle Naxalism

Hyderabad: UNI

''For a state like AP, you will need 3-4 (Lakshya) UAV to track down militants,'' Research Centre Immarat (RCI) Director V K Saraswat told the media.

Faced with the naxal menace, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh are among the frontline states that have shown interest in acquiring Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to tackle insurgency.

'Lakhsya,' the indigenously developed UAV under production at the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which was used during the Kargil war with commendable success, had an endurance of five hours.

''For a state like Andhra Pradesh, you will need 3-4 (Lakshya) UAV to track down militants,'' Research Centre Immarat (RCI) Director V K Saraswat told the media here on Saturday ahead of the National Workshop on 'Emerging Technologies: UAV' slated at RCI here on May 22.

HAL currently has a capacity to build 24-27 UAVs a year and the cost of a UAV ranges from Rs 30 lakh and Rs three crore depending on the payload.

''If a state wants thermal imaging to be installed, the equipment alone will cost about Rs one crore. Andhra Pradesh appears to be serious and some states, including Jharkhand, are also looking at the UAV option even as 'Lakshya' will be targeted for use in internal security and equipping the para military forces to help track terrorists across the borders,'' Dr Saraswat, whose institution has been associated with the Lakshya project, said.

The erstwhile Telugu Desam Government had deputed the then State Home Minister Madhav Reddy to Israel alongwith the Director General of Police to explore the possibilities of acquiring a UAV for anti-naxal operations. Mr Madhav Reddy was later assassinated by naxals who blew up his car near Ghatkeswar on the city outskirsts on the eve of the Panchayat polls in the state.

Former CBI Director K Vijayarama Rao and a Minister in the Telugu Desam government, who led the Ministerial group for preparatory work for possible talks with the Naxals in 2003 ahead of the elections, had also visited Israel as a possible follow-up of UAV acquisition plans.

The Centre, however, had suggested an indigenous UAV acquisition due to cost factor.

Engineers from Israel Group VAI, supposedly the world leaders would be giving a presentation on the UAVs at the AeSI workshop scheduled to be inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

New steps to curb Naxal menace

Saturday May 21 2005 10:32 IST

PARALAKHEMUNDI: The Government is taking effective steps to curb Naxalism in the State, said DIG (SR) Yogesh Bahadur Khurania.

The DIG, who was here on a two-day visit, said though there has been no Naxal related violence in Gajapati district for the last one and half years, the Naxal organisations continue to be active and gather support in rural areas.

As a result, all police stations have been fortified and modernised and a few new posts also created to tackle the menace.

Besides, police are trying to reach out to more and more people to redress their grievances.

Later, the DIG also reviewed the training of the special anti-Naxalite force.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Naxals killed 2 Villagers , while one was shot dead and other beheaded

7 cops dead: Naxal toll ticking in Gadchiroli

Two villagers with ‘informer’ tag shot dead


NAGPUR, MAY 20 Naxal violence is once again on the rise in Gadchiroli — eleven villagers and seven policemen have been killed this year. The latest attack came on Thursday, when Naxals killed two villagers on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, accusing them of being police informers.
While Karuram Poya, 52, was shot dead, Kisan Madavi, 36, was beheaded, SP Shirish Jain told The Indian Express. Jain refuted the Naxal claim that Poya and Madavi were informers. ‘‘In fact, they were trying to recruit an unwilling Madavi,’’ he said.

A spurt in Naxal violence followed the breakdown of a peace dialogue with the Andhra Government. ‘‘The rate at which they are killing villagers is alarming,’’ Jain said, adding, ‘‘the number of murders since January is one of the highest for the corresponding periods of any previous year.’’

In February, seven policemen were killed in a landmine blast near Bhamraharh. Naxals recently assaulted forest employees, attacked policemen with grenades and set on fire two gram panchayats.

By organising a Daman Viroshi Saptah (anti-repression week) in mid-May, Naxals also tried to instigate people against the police. They cited the Vyankatapur incident in which a sub-inspector allegedly molested a woman while his colleague gunned down her husband.

The Vyankatapur incident brought back memories of the killing of an alleged Naxal sympathiser, Chinna Mattami, in 2000. Mattami was killed in an encounter that sparked a huge furore.

When a magisterial probe proved that Chinna was not a Naxal, the police had set out to prove the ‘‘tribal-Naxal nexus’’ through identification parades of tribals, which saw many of them being labelled as Naxal supporters. The drive had to be dropped following a high court directive.

In the following years, the Gadchiroli police had built bridges with the tribals. Led by then SP Rajvardhan, it had embarked on a campaign to win the confidence of the tribals. The efforts paid dividends with over 200 villages announcing gaonbandi (no-entry) to Naxals.

‘‘Even at the Venkatapur village, we had set up our post a year ago to facilitate the BRO’s work, which had stopped due to a threat by Naxal Dalam commander Vishwanath, who was later apprehended. It was due to our post that the village also got electricity,’’ Jain said.

Cops trapped by Naxals ,Defence chopper to rescue of SP

Defence chopper to rescue of SP, cops trapped by Naxals

Chhattisgarh: Naxal attack on two posts repulsed after 6-hr firefight


Posted online: Friday, May 20, 2005 at 0231 hours IST

NEW DELHI, MAY 19: For the first time in anti-Naxal operations, a military helicopter was used to evacuate senior police officials trapped in police posts under attack from Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district last night.

In New Delhi, Home Ministry officials said that Naxals carried out a series of coordinated attacks on two police outposts adjoining the Abujmarh hills, home of the Maria tribe. They had also laid land mines along the exit and entry routes, trapping SP R Bhedia and other officials who had rushed to the spot.

Ministry officials said that the Naxals wanted to loot arms and ammunition from the police. Ten policemen were injured in the attack.

Naxals are known to have a training camp inside Abujmarh, protected by land mines along the route. Ministry officials admitted that security forces were having a problem reaching there. ‘‘The camp is deep inside the forest and the area is heavily mined. Security forces do not have access to the training camp,’’ an official said.

Last night, the Naxals first attacked the police post at Chhota Dongar in Narayanpur around 11 pm. They then turned on a police post at Dhau Dai, some 8 km from Chhota Dongar.

As police reinforcements were being rushed, the Naxals trapped senior police officials in Pharasgaon near Narayanpur. The police managed to repulse the attack only after a 6-hour gun-battle.

The attack is a clear indication that Left wing extremists have trained and organised themselves to mount well coordinated attacks against the police. Officials also admitted that the Naxals were using sophisticated communication instruments to carry out the attacks.

It’s learnt that Chhattisgarh is likely to launch a counter offensive in the area soon. ‘‘A counter-offensive is being launched by the state police and the Central police forces,’’ an official said.

Officials accepted that the strategy to deal with the Naxals was being revised. While Central forces were earlier targeting middle-level cadres, it has now been decided to go after the leadership, including ideologues spread across the country.

The special task force headed by Anil Choudhury, Special Secretary, Home, will meet on June 14. The task force deals with operational issues. The coordination committee headed by the Union Home Secretary is also likely to meet in Hyderabad on June 17 and decide on the future course of action.

After Veerappan , special task force to gun for Naxals


BANGALORE: After months of dilly-dallying, the Dharam Singh-led Congress- JD(S) coalition ministry has decided to deploy most of the Special Task Force (STF) men involved in the anti-Veerappan operations in combing of Naxalites in Malnad and the border districts of Karnataka.

The brutal killing of a farmer, Seshappa Gowda (62), by a 15-member gang of Naxalites in a remote village near Menasinahadya in Chikmagalur district last night prompted the chief minister to reverse his earlier decision on not deploying STF men in operations to curb the growing Naxal menace in the state.

The STF men are expected to commence their operations “within a day or two” as the orders for deployment will be issued later in the day, the chief minister said.

The chief minister announced that 350 STF men would be deployed in the four Naxal infested malnad districts of Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada and another 220 STF men in the border districts of Raichur, Bellary, Tumkur and surrounding areas. The STF team will be headed by DIG Jayaprakash Naik and would work in close coordination with the police in the respective districts.

Mr Singh, who is also heading the home department, held an hour-long review meeting with senior officials as also top police officers along with deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah following reports of the Naxal attack in Mensinahadya in Chikmagalur district last night.

“The latest incident proves that Naxalites are still active in the state,” the chief minister said, adding that the police would step up its intelligence and combing activities in all the Naxal-infested regions.

Deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is also in charge of finance department, said the government would immediately release Rs 6 crore towards payment of special incentives to the STF men, including payment of 50 % extra salary and special ex-gratia payment to the kith and kin in the event of death, as prevalent during the anti-Veerappan operations.

The need for providing additional incentives to the regular policemen in the Naxa-hit districts as part of the morale-boosting measures would also be considered, he said.

It may be recalled that the government had announced its decision of deploying STF following the massacre of policemen at Venkatammanahalli near Pavagada in Tumkur district recently and retracted the decision following protests from a section of people and the reluctance of STF men to take up the task.

Naxals kill tribal leader , STF rushed

Naxals kill Congman, STF rushed

DH News Service Menasinahadya/ Bangalore:

The government has offered incentives to STF personnel. It’s another matter that they are yet to receive anything for their role in countering the Veerappan menace.

Suspected Naxalites belonging to the Communist Party of India (Maoist), shot dead a Congress tribal leader, P Seshaiah (52), at Menasinahadya village in Koppa taluk of Chikmagalur district on Tuesday night, suspecting him of being a police informer.

In a swift response, the State government decided to deploy the Special Task Force (STF) in Malnad region and bordering districts of the State for anti-Naxalite operations from Thursday.

“As many as 350 STF personnel will be deployed in Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts, besides 220 STF personnel in the bordering districts of Tumkur and Raichur,” Chief Minister N Dharam Singh told mediapersons in Bangalore on Wednesday after holding discussions with Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and top police officials.

The Malnad mission was a new assignment for the STF, constituted to nab forest brigand Veerappan. The STF, headed by DIG Jayaprakash V Nayak, would begin combing operations from Thursday itself and there would be no withdrawal of the operation, Mr Singh categorically stated.

The strike

Earlier on Tuesday night, eight Naxalites barged into Seshaiah’s house at Horikonda in Menasinahadya village at 9:30 pm on Tuesday and dragged him out of his house. They tied his hands and legs before attacking him with lethal weapons. He was made to squat on the ground before being shot dead at point-blank range.

The Naxalites also assaulted Seshaiah’s wife Kandamma who rushed to her husband’s rescue. On information, top police officials rushed to the village to take stock of the situation.

Seshaiah was shot in the head in the same manner as Naxalite leader Saketh Rajan was killed by police near Menasinahadya in an encounter, 100 days ago.

Seshaiah’s family had served food to Saketh Rajan and his associates a day before he was killed on February 6 last, official sources in Bangalore said.

According to the sources, Seshaiah reportedly liaised with local people when IAS officer Chiranjeev Singh visited the Malnad region to prepare a report on Naxal activities and the problems faced by tribals of the region.

In retaliation to Rajan’s killing, the Naxalites had shot dead nine police personnel at Venkatammanahalli village and had been lying low since then. Tuesday’s killing is the first violent action by Naxalites after Sudhakar Reddy of Andhra Pradesh took charge as Secretary of the Karnataka unit of CPI (Maoist). Reddy replaced Saketh Rajan.

High-level meet

In Bangalore, the Chief Minister and his deputy held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review the situation in the Naxal-affected region.

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Home Secretary Brahm Dutt, Additional Chief Secretary Vijay Gore and ADGP (Intelligence) D V Guruprasad among others were present in the meeting.

Later speaking to newspersons, Chief Minister Singh said that after the Venkatammanahalli massacre, the police had stepped up vigil against Left extremism. Tuesday night’s killing proved that Naxalites continued to be active in parts of Chikmagalur, he said.

About Tuesday’s attack, Mr Singh said: “It’s unfortunate that a person who supported the government has been shot dead.”

The STF personnel engaged in the anti-Naxal operations would be provided incentives similar to that extended when they were involved in anti-Veerappan operations, he said. The incentives included a 50 pc increase in salary and Rs 10 lakh compensation in case of death during the operations, he added.

Mr Siddaramaiah, who holds finance portfolio, said Rs six crore would be released for providing incentives to the STF personnel.

Asked about the delay in rewarding the STF personnel for their role anti-Veerappan operations, Mr Singh said the government had already held meetings on distributing incentives. “We will make an announcement soon,” he said.

Police in the State capital attributed Tuesday’s attack to the Naxalites’ desire to send a message that they still called the shots.

ADGP (Law and Order) Subhash Bharani, who was present at the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, said STF men would also be sent to Andhra Pradesh to get trained by Greyhounds which is engaged in anti-Naxal operations in the neighbouring state.


*STF to be deployed from Thursday in Naxal affected areas

*STF operations to be led by DIG Jayaprakash Nayak

*Greyhounds’ of AP police to train STF personnel in anti-naxal operations

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Centre to develop Naxal-hit areas

Friday May 20 2005 00:14 IST
NEW DELHI: In a bid to contain Naxalism taking root in various areas across the country, the Centre has chalked out a new policy for those states worst affected by the problem.

Apart from deploying paramilitary forces, the Central Government will now focus on the development of these regions.

"The people living in the states affected by Naxalism will benefit from the development initiatives in such a manner that Naxalism will not attract them," said Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil at the UPA Coordination Committee meeting held on Wednesday, while presenting a report on his Ministry.

"More funds will be used and speedy methods utilised to bring about rapid development," he said. The armed forces will also be given special training to counter Naxal violence, and be equipped with armoured vehicles and air cover. A good intelligence network would support their operations and constant vigil would be maintained.

Patil further said, "The adjoining states of the Naxal-affected areas will be encouraged to cooperate with one another. The Union Government will help them with more funds, more forces, better counsel and better intelligence."

Outlining the agreements reached in various states, Patil said the pacts entered into with the insurgents in Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura had helped reduce the violence. "It was thought that in Andhra Pradesh also, an agreement could be reached," he said.

But, he said, in Andhra Pradesh, those who have been using violence to achieve their objectives have come to realise that democratic and not violent methods will help in the long run. “They are tired of this unnecessary bloodshed and violence. They have begun to think that they should try the democratic system and methods. That is a happy augury,” Patil said.

Certain districts in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh have been badly hit by Naxalism. “But the situation in these states is fluctuating. In some states, it has become good, but in others, it has worsened. However if the sum total is taken, it shows a trend for the better," he pointed out.

Lauding Andhra Pradesh's efforts to control the militancy, Patil said Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhar Reddy has tried to initiate a process of dialogue with the Naxal groups. But they have refused to lay down arms. Nevertheless, the State Government has not closed its doors on the dialogue issue. "It continues to say that it is willing to talk," Patil said.

The Home Minister apprised the UPA allies about the ways in which the Government was helping Andhra Pradesh especially through equipment, extra forces and intelligence gathering. Committees under the chairmanship of the Home Minister, Home Secretary and Secretary (Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, have also been formed to help the states.

K'taka deploys STF to tackle Naxal menace

Press Trust of India

Bangalore, May 18, 2005

Incensed over Tuesday night's killing of a person by Naxalites in Chikmagalur district, the Karnataka Government on Wednesday decided to deploy Special Task Force to curb the growing Naxal menace in Malnad and border districts.

A high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister N Dharam Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, decided to rush in a 350-strong contingent of STF which was involved in the operations against forest bandit Veerappan, to four districts of Malnad region and another team of 220 men to border areas.

Addressing a press meet, Singh and Siddaramaiah said the STF would be headed by Jaiprakash Naik, DIG and has been directed to start combing operations from Thursday.

Siddaramaiah, who holds finance portfolio, said the finance department has been asked release Rs 6 crore for providing incentives to the STF personnel drafted for operations against Naxalites.

Giving details of Tuesday night attack at Menasina Hadya in Chikmagalur district, Singh said a 15-member group of Naxalites raided the house of a Congress activist Seshappa Gowda and killed him, suspecting that he was a police informer.

Singh said after Naxalites killed eight police personnel at Venkatamannahally in Tumkur district recently, the police had stepped up vigil against the activities of the outlawed group.

"Last night's incident has proved that the Naxalites are active in parts of Chikmagalur, particularly after two of their members were gunned down," he said.

Despite opposition parties' demand on deploying STF to counter Naxalite activities, the Government, which initially favoured the move, had put it on hold, saying "it is viewing the Naxal problem as socio-economic related and wanted a negotiated solution."

Meanwhile, addressing a press meet, CT Ravi, BJP MLA from Chikmagalur, demanded that the Dharam Singh Government be dismissed, holding it responsible for the killing of a person.

Ravi and few other BJP activists picketed Singh's office at Vidhana Soudha, demanding STF deployment and compensation to the family of the killed Congress activist.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

CPI-Maoist leader Daya has warned the Government of serious consequence

Stop encounters, Maoist leader urges Government
Tuesday May 17 2005 12:08 IST

VIZIANAGARAM: Andhra Orissa border divisional secretary (CPI-Maoist) Daya has warned the Government of serious consequence if it did not stop killing the Maoist cadre in the name of encounters.

Speaking to newsmen at a secluded place in the Andhra-Orissa border, Daya, who introduced himself as the Maoist incharge of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram districts, and Rayagada and Gajapati districts in Orissa, alleged that the encounter in Mahboonagar where Srisailam alias Santhosh was killed was fake.

He demanded that the government should stop using poison, covert operations and arrests. He termed the recent land distribution programme a farce.

Naxal breeding ground removed, doors open for talks: Reddy

New Delhi, May 17 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said doors were open for talks with Naxalites, but his government had no intention of turning it into a ''potential breeding ground'' for the radical Leftists.

''There is also tremendous pressure on them to lay down arms...

and it has prompted many of them to surrender,'' Dr Reddy told a news conference here.

His government has also given Naxalites an opportunity to join the mainstream, the Chief Minister said, adding the call did result in a dialogue with the extremists.

Dr Reddy said there was still room for the Naxalites to enter the mainstream provided they gave up arms.

''We are keeping the doors open for talks and while doing so we are also keeping in view the needs of remote (Naxal-dominated) villages,'' the Chief Minister remarked as he spoke about his government initiatives for the economic uplift of all such areas.

He refuted claims that his call for dialogue could upset neighbouring states facing the same problem.

''There is nothing wrong in dialogue. We do not want to create any problem for any of our neighbouring states,'' he added.

The Chief Minister also spelt out his accomplishments since taking office last year, especially in the state's much-criticised farm sector.

Dr Reddy said his government was giving priority to public interests over World Bank guidelines as part of his pre-election promises.

''We will try to convince the World Bank if we find any of its guidelines going against public interest. Our free-power promise to farmers was initially not acceptable to the World Bank, but then we convinced it about the need to give poor farmers free electricity.

And now 94.5 per cent of our farmers are getting free power,'' the Chief Minister added.

He said the state government was also addressing the reasons, mainly economic, behind numerous suicides among the farmers of Andhra Pradesh.

Maoists slit throats of four in Jharkhand

Naxals kill four in Jharkhand

After a lull in activities, suspected extremists of CPI (Maoist) struck again and killed four persons belonging to a family by slitting their throat in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district in the wee hours of Tuesday, DHNS reports from Ranchi.
Three persons were also wounded in the extremist attack. The naxalites numbering around 100 raided Tatikhersa village under Kuru police station limits of Lohardaga district in the wee hours and killed four of the seven members of the family, holding them responsible for the killing of their cadre about a year ago.

Three other injured persons have been admitted to a hospital in Lohardaga.

Maoists go on rampage in Chhattisgarh

Maoists on Monday set afire five trucks of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) near Bijapur in Dantewada district, DHNS reports from Raipur.

Naxalites broke the fuel tanks of five trucks at village Itpal and sprayed diesel before setting it on fire. The vehicles were completely gutted, sources said.

At Antagarh in Kanker district they set afire a liquor shop and the chamber of Block Development Officer (BDO) in the wee hours of Monday. The Maoists also blew up a residential police building under construction.

AP police target Naxal leadership

T S Sudhir

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Top naxal leader Ramakrishna returned to the forest after the first round of peace talks in October 2004.

The policemen who bid him goodbye with a smile at that time are now gunning for Ramakrishna as well as other leaders of the naxal outfit.

Political observers say 'Go for the head' seems to be the gameplan of the Andhra Pradesh police, to strike at the root of naxalism in the state.

"They are given to an understanding that if they target the leadership in summer, the movement is over," said Varavara Rao, a naxal sympathizer.

"That is a very mechanical understanding given by intelligence authorities to the government, who are accepting it," he added.

Proven strategy

Striking at the leadership has worked well for the police in the past.

In the late 1990s, the police successfully shadowed and killed several top leaders.

The most daring was the encounter in Karimnagar district in December 1999 in which three top naxals were killed. The naxal outfit took a long while to recover from that blow.

Officially, the government denies any such attempt is being made. On the contrary, it says it is the naxals who have indulged in breach of trust.

They used the ceasefire period to extort money from businessmen, procure weapons, plant landmines and kill policemen. How can we take it? We have to maintain law and order," said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

With modern technology being used to keep a hawk's eye on naxal movements in the Nallamalla forest, the naxals realise the police this summer is turning on the heat, quite literally.

Maoists have formed corridor in India: Jaitley


Describing Maoist insurgency as the greatest emerging threat to national security, former union minister Arun Jaitley today claimed that the menace, that had originated in Nepal, had now formed a "corridor" through many states of India.

"We have faced many threats to national security, most of them aided by foreign powers, in various parts of the country. However, of all such threats, the most potentially dangerous is that of the Maoists," Jaitley said while delivering a lecture on "Challenges before the Indian democracy" here.

The senior leader said this new form of insurgency, if left unchecked, could prove to be the most devastating due to its wide area of influence that it was slowly building.

"Studying the political realities of Bihar and eastern UP, which are situated along the Indo-Nepal border, we can see that the Maoists have made inroads into these areas. With the help of local Naxal leaders, these insurgents have begun to move further within the Indian territory and have formed corridor which extends to Orissa," the former minister said.

Jaitley said these insurgents were rapidly evolving as parallel centres of power. "In a number of districts in Bihar and Jharkhand, where the naxals assisted by the Maoists have a strong presence, these outfits run a parallel administration and the writ of the government does not run there," he said.

"The nation has displayed remarkable resilience in dealing with the crisis in Punjab and there has been good progress in Kashmir and the north-east as well. It is imperative to nip the Maoists menace in the bud to stop it from growing into a monstrous problem," he added.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Maoist shadow over Chhattisgarh

IANS[ MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005 08:36:20 AM ]

RAIPUR: Maoists are extending their influence in Chhattisgarh rapidly and could take virtual control of 60 per cent of the state by 2010, an intelligence report has warned.

The People's War, traditionally stronger in the Bastar region that borders Andhra Pradesh, and the Maoist Communist Centre, dominant in Surguja near the Jharkhand border, have been carrying out deadly attacks on government and private installations since the groups merged into the Communist Party of India-Maoist last year.

According to a state government intelligence report, the Maoists have become a "dominant force in nine of the 16 districts and have partial but fast growing impact in four districts".

The nine districts are Kanker, Dantewada, Bastar, Surguja, Balrampur, Rajnandgaon, Koriya, Kawardha and Jashpur.

The report has predicted that Maoists could capture nearly 60 per cent of the state's land by 2010 if a decisive operation is not carried out by the Centre to dismantle their bases.

"The Maoists were first noticed in the state during early 1980s. They managed a considerable hold in late 1990s. Now they have established their own rule in most of rural belts in Surguja and Bastar," a senior police officer, who was part of operations against Maoists in the 1990s, said.

"The guerrillas have two units - Dalams and Sanghams. The Dalams are responsible for armed attacks while a Sangham is a bunch of hardcore sympathisers. They won the support of the locals which the government never did," he said.

Expressing concern, state Home Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said: "The situation is fast going out of control. The Centre must wage a war to check the Maoists."

He said Chhattisgarh has been holding discussions with five states, including Gujarat and Punjab, to get 5,000 security personnel for basic policing in the state so that the Chhattisgarh police can be sent to counter the rebels in the worst hit areas.

"In the Bastar region, Ayatu and Kosa are the two major rebel leaders while in Surguja, area commanders and zonal committee chiefs look after the guerrillas' activities," a top intelligence officer at the police headquarters said.

The Abujhmad forest belt in Bastar is considered a major training centre for the Maoists. About 50 rebels from Nepal are suspected to have trained cadres in fighting and landmines here.

Ram Vichar Netam, state tribal welfare minister who belongs to Surguja where the Maoists razed aluminium giant Hindalco's mining camp last week, said: "The situation has gone out of hand. The Maoists have hold on every inch in the region."

According to the state home department, the police and Maoists had about 200 shootouts since January 2004 that left 72 people, including 28 policemen, dead.

"Despite being in a commanding situation, the Maoists never used to target politicians. But during the past three months they have killed politicians of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress," a home department official said.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Maoist war funded by drugs in Nepal

IANS[ SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2005 12:10:58 PM ]

KATHMANDU: Two months after the US government released a report saying Nepal's Maoist insurgents were smuggling drugs to fund their battle against the state, an Indian security official has said the rebels were running drug rings to buy arms.

According to Hemchandra Khakrawal, deputy inspector general Border Security Force (BSF), the communist outlaws are smuggling drugs like heroin and hashish to fund their armed struggle against the Nepalese government.

Khakrawal was in the southeastern city of Biratnagar, near the Indian border, Saturday to attend a press conference organised by Nepalese police.

"The Maoists' financial resources are in a shambles and the price of arms has soared," the Kathmandu Post daily Sunday reported the Indian official as saying. "So they are smuggling drugs like heroin and hashish."

In addition to kidnap to raise money, now the rebels were also smuggling narcotics, mostly to Nepal's southern neighbour India, to raise money, Khakrawal said.

Using people living along the India-Nepal border as pack mules for the smuggling racket, the rebels were also bringing in medicines and pressure cookers from India.

While the medicines are meant for the treatment of cadre injured in armed clashes with the Nepalese security forces, the pressure cookers are used to make bombs.

"One kg of drugs can fetch as much as Nepali Rs 5 million," the media reported the Indian official as saying.

The Indian allegation comes two months after the US Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs released its annual report on narcotics in Washington.

The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released on March 6, said the guerrillas were involved in smuggling drugs to India in the absence of laws in Nepal to crack down on drug-related corruption.

The report, quoting Nepal's police, said the production of cannabis was growing in the southern areas of the country, adjacent to the border with India, and most of the crop was sent to the Indian market.

Police, it said, had been intercepting locally produced hashish en route to India in quantities of up to 285 kg at a time.

It also quoted Nepal's Narcotics Drug Control Law Enforcement Unit as saying that the outlaws had asked locals in southern Birgunj city, a hub of commercial activities, to increase cannabis production.

They were also levying "tax", ranging to nearly 40 percent, on cannabis production in some areas, the report said.