Saturday, August 20, 2005

Caution to NGOs on Naxalites


Siliguri, Aug. 20: Urban development and municipal affairs minister Ashok Bhattacharya today warned non-government organisations against sheltering Maoists posing as social workers.

“We know that members of bodies like the APDR and Siliguri Welfare Organisations either have Naxalite backgrounds or sympathise with Naxalite ideals,” Bhattacharya said.

“We have nothing against their line of political thought. But they must not let their organisations to be used by Maoists in the garb of social workers, who are conspiring to disturb the peaceful air of Siliguri,” he said.

The minister was speaking at a convention organised by the CPM to protest against the “conspiracy to destabilise Siliguri” and in support of the arrest of APDR member Debashis Chakraborty .

The 35-year-old Chakraborty, wanted in connection with a case, was arrested at his Hyderpara office on July 29 for his alleged links with the CPI (Maoist).

Ban timed to please World Bank bosses, say Naxal sympathisers

Ashok Das

Hyderabad, August 20, 2005

Even as the jet carrying World Bank president Paul Wolfwitz was approaching Hyderabad airport to a lavish state reception on August 17, the government issued an order banning the CPI-Maoist and seven of its front organisations.

The government couldn't have timed the ban order better, say Naxal sympathisers. After all, they say, the World Bank tops the hate list of Maoists and the Congress government was desperate to please the Bank, which is the biggest lender to the state.

"It is the government's way of repaying the World Bank," said Maoist emissary Varavara Rao. Chief Minister Rajsekhar Reddy was no different from Chandrababu Naidu, he said.

The ban has altered a few ground realities in Andhra Pradesh. The Naxalites and the Congress, which were on the same side in the run up to the 2004 assembly election, are now pitted against each other.

Hours after the ban, Maoist spokesman Janardhan issued a statement on their line of action: "There is no longer a peace zone in the state. We are going to attack wherever possible and whoever possible."

This is a clear departure from the earlier Naxal strategy, when the erstwhile PWG would only target 'class enemies'.

The ban is a big victory for the police, which hated playing second fiddle while the political leadership went ahead with peace talks. The police gradually won the government over to its line that 'bullet for bullet' is the only solution to the Naxal menace.

Not everyone's happy with the ban, though. Many in the ruling party, including home minister Jana Reddy, were unhappy with the idea. They are afraid that police attrocities in the name of checking Naxals would send rural people running to the Naxals — throwing all government calculations awry.

The ban hasn't caught the Maoists unawares. Since withdrawing from the peace talks on January 15, they have been preparing for the ban by equipping themselves with more cadres, cash, weapons and new hideouts.

So now, the state is expected to witness a lot of bloodshed in the coming months. For the common man, particularly in the 16 Naxal-infested districts, it will be back to nightmarish midnight knocks by police and Naxalites.

Naxals to set up compact zone

- By Pramod Kumar

New Delhi, Aug. 20: The union home ministry has credible information that naxals are trying to set up a "compact revolutionary zone" spreading from Nepal through Bihar and the Dandkarnaya region to Andhra Pradesh.

Now, naxal outfits are spreading into new areas, including Mirzapur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Balia and Deoria districts of Uttar Pradesh. These outfits are also spreading in some new districts of Bihar, including Buxar, Saharsha, Khagaria and Jamui.

Talking to this correspondent, a senior official of the ministry said: "Carving out a CRZ spreading from Nepal through Bihar and the Dandakaranya region to Andhra Pradesh, remains the prime motive behind the expansionist designs of CPML-PW and MCC(I) together with the Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist). These outfits are spreading into new areas. Despite strenuous efforts by the security forces, there has been no let-up in the effectuation of CRZ with the gaps in north Bihar and north Chhattisgarh being steadily plugged by the naxalite outfits to link up their strongholds in Dandakaranya with those in Bihar or Jharkhand."

He further said: "Coupled with the steadily increasing naxalite influence in north Orissa and Southeast Jharkhand, it is apparent that the naxalite groups remain steadfast in their efforts to realise the CRZ. Therefore, the focus of anti-naxalite operations has been that the naxal group do not succeed in their sinister design of creating the CRZ."

There are reports that the CPML-PW and the MCC(I) have been trying to increase their influence and operations in some parts of the other three states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala also.

"Naxalite cadres are reported to hold jan adalats essentially to dispense quick and crude justice and redress local grievances. This way, naxalites try to supplant the state machinery and assert their hegemony over rural attacks. Besides, exchange of men and material between the MCC(I) and CPN(Maoist) continued unabated and contingents from Nepal were reported to have visited MCC(I) extremists in Jharkhand, particularly in Giridih, Bokaro and Hazaribagh districts", said the official. CPN(M) cadres continued to take shelter in Indian cities, including Siliguri and Patna.

Pathak not a good officer, should be removed: CPI

Sunday August 21 2005 00:00 IST


NEW DELHI: Unsatisfied with the action of Bihar governor Buta Singh curtailing the power of his advisor Arun Pathak, CPI on Saturday demanded the latter's removal saying he was "not a very good officer."

"We have been saying repeatedly that he (Pathak) is not a very good officer. He should be removed," CPM general secretary A B Bardhan told reporters here when asked about his comments on the governor's action.

Singh had withdrawn several key departments from Pathak, considered close to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, amid a controversy over his letter to the RJD leader seeking transfer of an official.

About the coming assembly elections in Bihar, Bardhan said his party was engaged in talks with Lok Janashakti party, Samajwadi party and CPI(ML) to evolve an anti-BJP, anti-RJD front.

"If a coalition is possible, we will make it," he said.

Asked about Andhra Pradesh government re-imposing a ban on Maoist groups and arresting Naxal sympathisers Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao, Bardhan said, "My opinion is that bans and arrests will not solve the problem of Naxalism."

To a query about programmes being held on the 61st birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, he said, "Useless expenditure in the form of official advertisements should be stopped."

However, he quickly added that the previous NDA regime had spent Rs 500 crore on its 'Indian shining' advertisements.

Kalyan Rao remanded to judicial custody till Aug 31

Hyderabad: Naxal sympathiser G Kalyan Rao, who was arrested yesterday, has been remanded to judicial custody till August 31.

Mr Kalyan Rao, President of Virasam (Reevolutionary Writers' Association) was produced before the First Metropolitan Magistrate late last night and sent into judicial custody.

However, when he was taken to the Chanchalguda Jail, prison authorities refused to take him as it was past midnight. He was brought back to the Saifabad police station, where he spent the night. In the morning, he was shifted to the Chanchalguda jail.

Another Virasam leader Varavara Rao, who was arrested during the wee hours yesterday, was remanded to judicial custody till August 29.

The two naxal sympathiser, who were among the three emissaries of the CPI(Maoist) during last year's talks between the government and the ultras, were arrested following imposition of a ban on the literary organisation along with CPI(Maoist).

PM to launch second phase of Andhra land distribution

Hyderabad: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will Sunday launch the second phase of the Andhra Pradesh's ambitious scheme to distribute government land among the landless poor.

He will distribute land among few beneficiaries to formally launch the programme at Sangareddy, headquarters of neighbouring Medak district.

He will also launch the distribution of economic assistance to beneficiary families for the development of the allotted land. Apart from an average of 1.6 acre, every beneficiary family will get an assistance of Rs. 15,000 per acre for its development.

Under the programme, the land will be allotted only in the name of the woman member of the family in a bid to empower women in the rural areas.

The authorities have identified 168,000 acres of land throughout the state to be distributed among 105,000 beneficiaries belonging to weaker sections.

In the first phase of the programme taken up on Jan 26, the government had distributed 150,000 acres of land among 115,000 beneficiaries.

"Nowhere in the country has such a large extent of land been distributed among the landless people on a single day," said Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasad Rao.

He told a news conference the programme would continue till every acre of litigation free land was allotted to the landless poor. The land distribution programme was aimed not only at improving the economic position of the landless poor but also to uplift them socially, Rao added.

By taking up this programme, the government wants to wean away landless poor from the Maoist movement. Distribution of surplus land has been one of the key planks of the Maoist armed struggle for the last three-and-a-half decades. However, the Maoists want the government to distribute even vast stretches of land owned by landlords in villages as well as major national and multinational companies in and around Hyderabad.

The prime minister is launching the second phase of the programme at a time when the state government has re-imposed the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The state government Aug 17 re-imposed the ban on the guerrilla outfit and its seven frontal organizations after Maoists gunned down Congress legislator C. Narsi Reddy and eight others in Mahabubnagar district on Independence Day.

After his arrival from New Delhi in Hyderabad at 10.10 a.m., Singh will inaugurate a national seminar on "Media and social responsibility" organized by Telugu daily "Prajashakti" as part of its silver jubilee celebrations. He will unveil a statue of former President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy in the city before flying to Sangareddy by helicopter. He will return to the sate capital at 1.30 and leave for New Delhi.

Human Rights Commission gone mad ???

APHRC issues notice to DGP

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | August 20, 2005 15:48 IST

The Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission on Saturday issued notices to the state director-general of police and the Hyderabad city police commissioner on the arrest of Revolutionary Writers Association functionaries and former Maoist emissaries Varavara Rao and G Kalyan Rao in Hyderabad.

At a special sitting, the Commission took 'suo motu cognisance of the reports in the media that due procedure of law was not followed (by the police) while carrying out the arrest of Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao.'

Also read: Kalyan Rao surfaces, arrested

The Commission sought a report from Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen and City Police Commissioner V Dinesh Reddy 'on compliance of guidelines issued by the Supreme Court in the D K Basu versus the state of West Bengal case wherein the apex court laid down the procedures for the arrest of anyone.'

The Commission asked the DGP and the commissioner to furnish their report by 11 am on August 22.

Also read: Varavara Rao remanded to judicial custody till Aug 29

The special sitting was convened as Saturday was a holiday for the commission. The sitting was chaired by justice B Subhashan Reddy, commission chairman and former chief justice of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala high courts. Two other judicial members of the commission-P Ramakrishnam Raju and E Ismail-were present.

Alert on Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border

Saturday, 20 August , 2005, 14:39

Bhubaneswar: Orissa has sounded an alert along its inter-state border with Andhra Pradesh where the Congress-led government has reimposed the ban on naxalites.

It has been done on the apprehension that the left wing ultras, facing the heat in Andhra Pradesh, might cross over into the southern districts of the state, official sources said on Saturday.

Security forces had been instructed to maintain close vigil on the border but there was no proposal as yet to impose any ban on the left wing outfits in Orissa, the sources said.

Naxalites in the past entered into the deep jungles of Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts for shelter when hounded by the police and anti-naxalite forces in Andhra Pradesh but many had returned after the short-lived peace process began last year.

It was important to check the transportation of arms and ammunition into the state by the extremists and all vehicles plying across the inter-state border are being searched, sources said.

Human rights commission notice to AP Police over Naxal arrests


AP police issued notice over Naxal arrests

NDTV Correspondent

Saturday, August 20, 2005 (Hyderabad):

The Andhra Pradesh state human rights commission has issued notices to the state police over the arrest of Naxal sympathizers.

The notices were issued against DGP Swaranjit Sen and Commissioner of Police Dinesh Reddy about the manner in which Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao were arrested.

On Friday, the two Naxal leaders were arrested from Hyderabad after the government reimposed the ban on Naxal groups.

The ban comes after the death of Cong MLA Narsi Reddy and eight others who were killed by Naxals on August 15.

It is high time to ban Naxals in Karnataka -- Letter

It is high time


The proposal of the Karnataka government to ban naxalite and Maoist groups and the banning of similar organisations in Andhra Pradesh bring to the attention, the immediate need of addressing the naxal problem in many States.

The naxals, proving untrustworthy many times, are resorting to violence in an alarming way even putting the life of the common people at stake.

The Central and State governments should jointly come up with efficient measures to address this problem.

While dealing with the issue it should also be kept in mind that the solution cannot be simply political. The root cause of all these insurgencies lies in the socioeconomic sphere. Only better governance and delivery at the economic front along with the political engagement at another level can bring an end to these problems.

In a society ruled by the ethics of the market economy, when the gap between the haves and have-nots is increasing, the marginalised ones are becoming more vulnerable to the ideologies that cherish violence.

And the number of disillusioned youth adopting these ideologies as an escape from their disadvantaged state, is also increasing.

It is high time that the governments find a solution to this grave issue that affects the security of the country and threatens the life of its citizens.


Naxal activities can spurt in MP, C'garh

Bhopal: Following a ban on naxalite outfit CPI(Maoists) and its affiliate organisations in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, it is being apprehended that naxalite activities might spurt in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

A senior police official told UNI today that usually ultras committed more violent activities after such a ban was imposed. The ban on the CPI(Maoists) in AP can lead to spurt in naxalite activities in its neighbouring states.

He said vigilance had been increased in naxalite-affected districts and state's border areas in the wake of the ban.

The CPI(Maoists), which was banned in AP recently, has warned that it will intensify its activities not only in the region where it has influence but in the whole state so that no region could be termed as ''peaceful''.

Police was appalled after some posters claiming support for naxalite movement were pasted at some places in the state capital on July 16 ahead of a scheduled meeting of police chiefs from five naxal affected states -- Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh -- here on August 22. The meeting has been postponed and two persons owing allegiance to CPI (Red Flag) were arrested in this connection.

According to police, the posters were not put up by naxalite outfits but by an organisation, which has been associated with Leftist ideology.

Following the bifurcation of Madhya Pradesh in 2000 and the creation of Chhattisgarh, most of the naxal-affected regions were in the new state but the menace was not totally eliminated from Madhya Pradesh with its influence continuing in Dindori, Mandala and Balaghat.

Human Rights Forum condemns Naxal ban , did they condemn kilings??

HRF condemns Naxal ban
Saturday August 20 2005 13:30 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Human Rights Forum (HRF) strongly condemned the ban imposed by the State Government on CPI (Maoist) and seven other organisations. Proscribing political parties, organisations and writers’ bodies does not augur well in a democracy, HRF State Secretary VS Krishna said in a statement here on Friday.

The Naxalite movement must be addressed politically and not by such bans. The ban would cause extreme harm to the downtrodden who form the main support base of Naxalite movement, Krishna said.

Dattatreya blames AP Govt for failure of peace talks

Vijayawada: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today criticised the Andhra Pradesh Government for the failure of the peace talks with CPI (Maoists).

Addressing a press conference here, BJP National Secretary Bandaru Dattatreya said the people of the state had thought that the talks with CPI (Maoists) would help in finding a solution. On the contrary, the government had not taken any further steps for dialogue with them after the completion of the first round of talks.

Mr Dattatreya said there would be no use in banning CPI(Maoist) and six other organisations and the party felt that we should have an open society.

Many MPs and MLAs in the state were scared of the present situation after the ban and flayed the government for not taking political parties into confidence before going ahead with the ban, he said.

The people should know if the government or the naxalites were responsible for the failure of talks, he added.

He flayed Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil's statements on the naxal issue and termed him as the most ''incompetent'' Home Minister. Task force Chairman Marri Sashidar Reddy also stated that banning the organisation was not ''good'' and would not serve any purpose, he added.

Mr Dattatreya warned the Rajasekhar Reddy government as it had to pay a ''heavy price'' if the law and order situation went out of control.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Teenage girl naxal surrenders before police

Vizianagaram, Aug 19 : A 16-year-old naxalite belonging to the Kondabaridi Dalam of the CPI(Maoist) surrendered before Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police today, saying she was disgusted with the policies of the organisation.

SP Bhavana Saxena said in a statement that the tribal girl, Arika Gangami, belonged to Dobiguda village of this district.

The kidnapping of one Biddika Lakkai, who was later killed by naxals recently, and the kidnappings of some other tribals by insurgents had hurt her most, she told the SP.

Ms Bhavana said the girl would be rehabilitated and immediate relief of Rs 5000 would be paid to her. She appealed to young naxals to leave the path of violence and join the mainstream of society.

‘Centre responsible for internal terrorism’ -- BJP leader

DH News Service Bellary:

During the NDA’s regime, there was no threat to the internal security of the country, Advani remarked.

National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party L K Advani here on Friday attributed the country facing various problems, including internal terrorism, to the Central government’s indifferent attitude towards national development.

Speaking at a function to mark silver jubilee of the BJP, Advani accused the Congress-led UPA at the Centre of pursuing anti-people policies. “The Centre has failed to contain Naxal menace that has severely affected common man’s life in many states in the country,” he said adding that there was no internal security in the eastern states that had been dogged by many problems, including extremism.

He regretted that a people’s representative was killed by Naxals in a state where the government had a truce with them (Naxal).

Besides, problems kept rising in Manipur, terrorist and rebels activities in the country have grown manifold in recent times, he said. Using most of his 15-minute speech for flaying the UPA government, Mr Advani said that during the NDA government, headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee, there was no threat to the internal security of the country.

Pakistan had assured Mr Vajpayee that it would not indulge in inter-border terrorism, but today conflicts had become the order of the day.

Saying that because of economic measures taken by Vajpayee the depreciation of money had come down to a great extent during NDA’s regime, Advani said, UPA was not making any effort to check the soaring prices of essential commodities.

No ban on Naxalites : Orissa

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 19. – The state government today ruled out the possibility of imposing a ban on the naxal outfits on the lines of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
The home secretary, Mr Santosh Kumar said there had been no change in the policy or thinking of the state government as regards the left wing extremists, following re-imposition of ban on the ultras by the Andhra Pradesh government.
Imposing ban on an extremist organisation has no operational significance unless the government has detailed list of leaders and activists of such outfit.
Besides, the ban will not be effective as the police is not empowered under the revised version of Pota to arrest a person suspecting that he is a terrorist, he reasoned.
Earlier, the police was empowered under Pota to arrest a suspected terrorist and the onus lied with the arrested person to prove that his innocence.
Now, with the repeal of the said provision, the police has to prove that accused has any terrorist link, said the home secretary.
He, however, informed that the state police had been alerted on the fallout of the naxal ban in Andhra Pradesh and asked to keep close vigil on the border.
What’s more important is to check the transportation of arms and ammunition into Orissa by the activists of outlawed naxal organisations from Andhra Pradesh, said Mr Kumar. He also said that vehicles plying across the AP-Orissa border were being searched or checked.
Stating that it is not proper to think that Orissa is a safe haven for the cadres of outlawed naxal outfits, the home secretary said combing operation was being carried out on the entire AP-Orissa border where two CRPF battalions had been deployed.
Every month, more than 40 naxals were being arrested of whom 50 per cent were hardcore activists.
There have been a lot of improvement in intelligence gathering and anti-naxal operation following the setting up of separate intelligence and operation wings, he said.
Ruling out requisitioning of more para-military forces in view of the recent developments in Andhra Pradesh, the home secretary said three battalions of CRPF, specially trained India Reserve Battalion and Orissa police were adequate to take on the ultras.
It may be noted here that the Orissa government has always maintained a open policy towards the left wing groups.

Maoist in AP strike after ban, kill `informer'

Karimnagar, UNI :

Five naxals belonging to CPI(Maoist) gunned down one person, suspecting him to be an informer at Venampally village of Srirampur mandal in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh early today.

The naxals opened fire on Ramesh Goud when he came out of his house to attend to nature's call. Ramesh died on the way to hospital. This was the first killing after the Andhra Pradesh government imposed a ban on CPI (Maoist) on August 17 evening, the police said.

According to police, the naxals by mistake killed Ramesh Goud.

Actually they must have been looking for Suresh Goud, as they suspected him to be a police informer.

Advani slams UPA on internal security issue

Bellary, UNI :

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and BJP President L K Advani on Friday charged the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre with total failure regarding maintenance of internal security of the country.

Inaugurating the party's silver jubilee celebrations here, he alleged that the UPA Government had failed to check issues like insurgency in the north eastern states, naxalite menace in Andhra Pradesh and other states and cross border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, thus pushing the country into a dangerous phase.

Terming the UPA government as a ''directionless'' one, Mr Advani said it did nothing for the common man and failed to place the lid on rising inflation.

On the Andhra Pradesh government's ban on CPI (Maoists), he claimed that the move was not out of any social concern, but only to avenge the recent killing of Congress legislator C Narsi Reddy.

Earlier, he laid the foundation stone for the Bharatiya Vidya Kendra at Belgal road here.

Sushma backs Advani's leadership: Reacting sharply to former Delhi Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Madanlal Khurana's outbursts against party President L K Advani's leadership, senior party leader Sushma Swaraj said leaders should not misuse the freedom of expression in a democratic set up.

Talking to reporters after performing Varamahalakshmi Vritham here for the seventh consecutive year, she said the whip issued by the party President would be binding on all the members.

Claiming that there was no hitch in the party in backing the Women's Reservation Bill, Ms Swaraj said the party would support the Bill in its present form.

The party's three-day Working Committee Meeting to be held in Chennai next month would discuss threadbare all issues including the dissidence in the Gujarat unit, she said.

2 naxalite groups merge in AP

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | August 19, 2005 14:21 IST

A day after the Andhra Pradesh government reimposed the ban on the Communist Party of India(Maoist) and its 7 frontal organizations, 2 revolutionary parties announced their merger to fight against state repression.

The Communist Party of India(Marxist-Leninist) Janashakti (Ramachandran faction) and CPI-ML Pratighatana have merged to form the new organization -- CPI(ML). This outfit would be headed by K Ramachandran.

CPI(Maoist) emissary arrested

In a joint statement on Thursday, the state secretaries of the two parties said the merger had been discussed and approved by their delegates. They reached the conclusion that the existence of the revolutionary parties separately was a futile exercise in strengthening Community revolutionary movement.

"In view of the increasing state repression and the problems being faced by the movement, it has been decided to merge both the organizations to overcome differences and split in revolutionary movement," the statement pointed out.

AP govt reimposes ban

Both the groups have some influence in north Telangana districts of Andhra Pradesh but their strength is negligible. The state boasts of no less than 20 naxalite splinter groups and factions. Incidentally, CPI-ML (Janashakti) was formed in 1992 when 7 revolutionary groups merged but it subsequently split into several factions over the last 13 years.

The dominant CPI-ML Janashakti group (K Rajanna faction), which also participated in the failed peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government in October last year, is the second most violent group after the CPI-Maoist. With 200 armed cadres, equipped with AK-47 rifles, self-loading rifles, carbines and other modern weapons, Rajanna faction has been in merger talks with CPI-Maoist.

The killing of Janashakti (Rajanna faction) central committee member Riyaz, who was one of the representatives who participated in the peace talks, in an alleged encounter on July 1 this year invited the ire of the Maoists. Since January 1 this year, 22 Janashakti naxalites were killed in encounters with the police. Janashakti dalams (armed cadres) eliminated 22 persons who were dubbed as police informers.

Maoist emissary Kalyan Rao surfaces, arrested -- GOOD JOB

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | August 19, 2005 16:26 IST
Last Updated: August 19, 2005 17:32 IST

Revolutionary Writers Association president and former Maoist emissary G Kalyan Rao, who had gone into hiding ever since the Andhra Pradesh government imposed the ban on his organization alongwith the Communist Party of India(Maoist) and 6 other frontal organizations, dramatically surfaced at the Hyderabad Press Club on Friday afternoon, from where he was arrested by the police.

Kalyan Rao took exception to the arrest of revolutionary writer-poet Varavara Rao by the police
earlier in the day. He also strongly condemned the ban imposed on Virasam (Viplava Rachiyatala Sangham, or Revolutionary Writers Association) by the Congress government.

CPI(Maoist) emissary arrested

After the media conference was over, Kalyan Rao stayed put in the Press Club at Bashir Bagh even as a posse of policemen reached there to arrest him. Tension prevailed for a while in the premises as some Virasam members resisted attempts by the police to take them and Kalyan Rao into custody.

At 4.15 pm, they were taken away in police vehicles.

Along with Varavara Rao and revolutionary balladeer Gaddar, Kalyan Rao had assisted the aborted peace talks between the state government and the naxalites as Maoist emissaries in October last.

It was for the first time that Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy had sought to stifle the voice of the people and curb the freedom of expression by imposing the ban on Virasam. This was done as part of the government's attempts at "thought policing" of the society.

AP govt reimposes ban on naxals

Asserting that Virasam had no links with any naxalite groups, much less the CPI-Maoist, he said that the government had wrongly bracketed the revolutionary writers association as a frontal organization of the left-wing extremists.

He added that Virasam supported the people's struggles and any just cause of the underprivileged sections of society.

"The government has unnecessarily declared the ban on Virasam. This action is totally unjust, undemocratic and unconstitutional. No government has the right to control the thoughts of the people or the power to curtail the right to expression of the people.

"We will totally oppose the ban imposed on Virasam. We will move the courts to challenge the ban," he added.

Earlier in the day, state Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen had stated that anyone who supported the Maoists by statements or actions will be liable for arrest under the AP Public Security Act.

Speaking to media after meeting Home Minister K Jana Reddy on Friday afternoon, the DGP justified the arrest of Varavara Rao.

He said Varavara Rao, a member of Revolutionary Writers Association (Viplava Rachiyatala Sangham), was arrested under sections 81 and 82 of the AP Public Security Act as he had been helping the underground naxalites.

Varavara Rao arrested in Hyderabad

Uma Sudhir

Friday, August 19, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Naxal sympathiser and revolutionary writer Varavara Rao was arrested in Hyderabad early today under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act.

Rao's arrest comes just two days after the Andhra Pradesh government reimposed the ban on naxal group CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations.

The ban followed in the wake of the killing of senior Congress MLA Narsi Reddy and eight others on Independence Day.

Early morning knock

After the ban naxal sympathisers were expecting a crackdown. The first person to be arrested has been the high-profile public face of the naxal movement Varavara Rao.

Rao, along with Gadar and Kalyan Rao, had represented the naxals during the talks with the government in October last year.

Police, dressed in mufti, reached Varavara Rao's house at 3.30 am (IST) and was arrested around 5 am (IST).

Rao, who was arrested without a warrant, was taken to a police station in the old city of Hyderabad.

Rao protested and sought an arrest warrant from the police.

"You want to arrest me under the Public Security Act under which the Revolutionaries Writers Association has been banned. Why can't you get a warrant to arrest me under this Act?" Rao said.

Police told Varavara Rao that under the Andhra Pradesh public Security Act they did not need a warrant to make an arrest.

"There is a ban. We can arrest," said a police inspector.

Gadar protests

The arrest evoked protest from fellow naxal sympathiser Gadar, who protested outside the police station and later met the chief minister to request him to release Rao.

"On one hand, he will invite us for tiffin, lunch and on the other hand, he will put us in jail," Gadar said.

The irony is not lost on anyone. Just ten months ago, leaders like Varavara Rao and Riaz were invited for peace talks and honoured as state guests.

Riaz has already fallen to police bullets and now Rao has been arrested. This perhaps reflects the change that has taken place in Andhra Pradesh.

The state government has not reacted to the arrest. Police has reportedly asked for invocation of the Disturbed Areas Act in four naxal-affected districts around the Nallamalla forests that would arm them with extraordinary powers.


Two naxal sympathisers arrested in AP

NDTV Correspondent

Friday, August 19, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Two noted naxal sympathisers, Kalyan Rao and Varavara Rao, have been arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police under the Public Security Act.

The arrests come just two days after the state government reimposed the ban on naxal group CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations.

The ban followed the killing of senior Congress MLA Narsi Reddy and eight others on Independence Day.

After the ban, naxal sympathisers had been expecting a crackdown. The first person to be arrested was the high-profile public face of the naxal movement Varavara Rao.

Naxal representatives

Rao, along with Gadar and Kalyan Rao, had represented the naxals during the talks with the government in October last year.

Police had reached Varavara Rao's house at 3.30 am (IST) and arrested him around 5 am (IST).

He was arrested without a warrant, and taken to a police station in the old city of Hyderabad. Varavara protested and sought an arrest warrant from the police.

"You want to arrest me under the Public Security Act under which the Revolutionaries Writers Association has been banned. Why can't you get a warrant to arrest me under this Act?" Rao said.

Police however told Varavara Rao that under the Andhra Pradesh public Security Act they did not need a warrant to make an arrest. "There is a ban. We can arrest," said a police inspector.

By evening, Kalyan Rao had also been taken into police custody.

Evoking protest

The arrest evoked protest from fellow naxal sympathiser Gadar, who protested outside the police station and later met the chief minister to request him to release Varavara Rao.

"On one hand, he will invite us for tiffin, lunch and on the other hand, he will put us in jail," Gadar said.

The irony is not lost on anyone. Just ten months ago, leaders like Varavara Rao and Riaz were invited for peace talks and honoured as state guests.

Riaz has already fallen to police bullets and Rao has now been arrested. This perhaps reflects the change that has taken place in Andhra Pradesh.

The state government has not reacted to the arrest so far. Police has reportedly asked for invocation of the Disturbed Areas Act in four naxal-affected districts around the Nallamalla forests that would arm them with extraordinary powers.


Two naxal emissaries arrested at Hyderabad Press Club

Hyderabad, UNI :

Hyderabad police, who arrested banned VIRASAM (Revolutionary Writers Association) activist Vara Vara Rao in an early morning swoop, arrested association President G Kalyan Rao at the Press Club in Bashirbagh here after he addressed a press meet.

Vara Vara Rao and Kalyana Rao were two of three emissaries of the CPI (Maoist) during the October 2004 talks between state government and CPI(Maoist) and CPI-ML(Janashakti) leaders. They were arrested as they were activists of the banned organisation, according to police.

The third emissary Balladeer, Gaddar, had not been arrested so far. He is a member of the Jana Natya Mandali, the cultural wing of the Maoists, which was not banned.

Kalyana Rao, who went into hiding after the ban was announced, addressed an unscheduled press conference along with other activists of VIRASAM, Krishna Bai (Secretary) V Chenchaiah (Vice-President), Chalasani Prasad, N Venu Gopal, Ratna Mala, Pani and Vimala (executive members) at the Press Club.

On receiving the information, Saifabad Inspector Rama Narasimha Reddy and Central Zone Task Force Inspector Ramachandran went to the Press Club and waited outside till the press conference concluded.

Kalyan Rao and others, who addressed the press conference at the Press Club building, went to the second floor to see the photo exhibition organised on the occasion of World Photography Day.

They then came down, shouting slogans that pens and voices could not be fettered. When they came to the gate, the Inspector told Kalyan Rao he was being arrested. Kalyan Rao asked him if he had a warrant. Stating that he did not, the Inspector told the revolutionary writer that if the police was acting unlawfully, it could always be challenged.

Kalyan Rao got into the waiting police vehicle. The efforts of Chalasani Prasad and Ratnamala to get into the vehicle did not succeed as plainclothes policemen pushed them and media persons aside, and the police vehicle sped away.

Earlier, Venu Gopal said VIRASAM activists could not be arrested as the organisation had been banned under the AP Public Security Act. He said there was a three-month process before the ban could be brought into effect and arrests made.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ban on Naxalites in Andhra draws flak from Maoist sympathizers

Hyderabad: The imposition of a ban on the Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh has drawn flak from sympathizers who want the decision to be reversed.

The ban was imposed on Wednesday, two days after rebels killed 10 people, including a lawmaker and bureaucrat.

Last summer, the state government lifted an eight-year ban on the Communist Party of India (Maoists), and the two have been engaged in peace talks since then.

Gadar, a ballad singer and Maoist sympathizer, today said in Hyderabad that the state government should remove unemployment and other social evils rather than ban the rebel outfits.

“They are trying to ban the freedom of expression of the people. The ban is no solution. If we try to suppress them, they will come back with even greater force. The ban is not going to solve the socio-economic problems,” said Gadar.

Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) leaders said that the ban could not provide a solution to the Naxalite problem.

“We condemn the decision of the government. Earlier also they imposed a ban but the ban did not bring any result...The only solution of these issues is development and talks,” said Madhusadharachara, a TRS leader.

Violence surged after the peace talks with the Maoists broke down in January. The Naxalites have killed more than 175 people since the talks broke down.

The latest ban follows Monday’s attack during the Independence Day celebrations. The Maoists triggered a landmine as a government jeep passed by and then shot the survivors and lobbed grenades into the vehicle.

Police want disturbed tag for Nallamala



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HYDERABAD: Armed with a Maoist ban order, the police department is now seeking the invocation of the Disturbed Areas Act in four districts of the state and the Andhra Pradesh government is requesting the Centre to despatch three more CRPF battalions to the state. Also being requisitioned are a few helicopters to be used in anti-naxalite operations.

The areas where police want the Disturbed Areas Act include Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur where the naxalites have intensified their activities, especially in areas adjoining the dense Nallamala jungles.

Through this Act, the police would get extra ordinary powers including arresting and detaining persons without a formal warrant from the magistrate. The police can also intercept messages and tap telephones.

The Act was earlier in force in eight districts of the Telangana hotbed, but was only used by the government to get more grants from the Centre.

Naxalite sources confess that the cops have reached a position of strength at least in north Telangana. But police sources said that they want to use the provisions of the Act, this time around. Sources say that the Union government has agreed to spare a 1,000-men strong CRPF battalion but is dragging their feet on the rest.

On Thursday as a first strike, over a dozen Greyhounds squads (as the anti- naxalite force is called), each consisting of 18-25 men, have been sent inside the Nallamala jungles from different directions to hunt down the extremists.

This is even as intelligence agencies have begun re-activating the information-gathering mechanism and starting cultivating sources among the tribals -- mostly Chenchus living in the Nallamala forest areas. A committee, consisting of officials of police, revenue, forest, tribal welfare and other government departments, will be constituted to "improve the living standards" of the people in the forest fringe villages. Many analysts read this as inducements to be given to the tribals for not siding with the Maoists.

Meanwhile, following warnings from the intelligence agencies that the Maoists might resort to a fresh bout of violence, including killing some soft targets, the police top brass alerted leaders of all political parties not to venture into extremist-affected areas without adequate security. It was also decided during a high-level meeting DGP Swaranjit Sen had with senior police officers on Thursday to post young officers to the affected areas and spare no efforts in protecting the lives of targets

Steel, power plants in Chattisgarh's red bastion

Friday August 19 2005 00:00 IST


RAIPUR: Cement major Sanghi Industries have proposed to start steel and power plants in Chhattisgarh, agreeing to the state government's condition to set these up in insurgency-hit tribal areas.

Company sources revealed Thursday that Sanghi has agreed to undertake a detailed survey of the area and send a 'specific' plan to the government.

Sanghi Industries had proposed setting up a steel plant with an annual output of one million tonnes and a 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant.

Sources said Aditya Sanghi, director of the company, presented the proposal before Chief minister Raman Singh here Wednesday and held preliminary discussions.

Singh informed Sanghi that the state government wanted to improve the quality of life of those living in tribal dominated remote and backward areas.

Singh said the proposal would be approved if Sanghi agreed to set up the steel plant in Dantewada or Rajnandgaon districts and the power plant in Koriya district, sources said.

All these three districts have been badly hit by violence and terror created by the ultra-left armed naxalite movement that had originally started in West Bengal in the 1960s as an agrarian movement.

The company has agreed to carry out an immediate survey in these three districts.

After the survey it will move a 'fresh, detailed and specific' proposal before the state Industry department for final clearance, Sanghi has assured the government.

"Company authorities said a steel plant in Dantewada would be profitable, as the district's Bailadila area had large, world-class iron ore deposits," sources added.

Chhattisgarh has become the happy hunting ground for steel and power companies since it was created in November 1, 2000.

The state has received proposals worth Rs.430 billion over the past 12 months, mainly for steel and power plants.

In June this year India's top private sector steel company, Tata Steel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a five million tonne per annum steel plant in the Bastar region.

This was followed by another MoU signed between Essar Steel and the state government last month for a 3.2 million tonne per annum steel plant in Bastar.

While Tata Steel will invest Rs.100 billion, Essar is bringing in Rs.60 billion.

Chhattisgarh produces 23 per cent of India's iron ore, 17 per cent of its coal and 14 per cent of dolomite.

AP rights bodies fear police raj

AP rights bodies fear police raj
- By Mir Ayoob Ali Khan

Hyderabad, Aug. 18: Even as civil rights activists said that Wednesday’s ban on Maoists would begin a "new era of police excesses", state director-general of police Swaranjit Sen said on Thursday that the police force was "happy and welcomes" the ban on Maoists.

The feelings of the director-general were echoed by police officers across the state. Many of these officers were immensely unhappy when the ban on Maoists was lifted 14 months ago by the Congress government immediately after the elections, and a peace dialogue initiated.

A senior police officer said on condition of anonymity that the ban "gives legitimacy to police action." Now the police could force the administration at the district and mandal levels "to toe its line. Politicians, contractors, businessmen, social and human rights activists and all those who have had some links with Naxalites would now come under scanner...The police will hit at will...," he said.

At the same time he candidly said, "The ban can only support the police but can do nothing about eradicating the Naxalite problem."

A day after the ban was re-imposed by the government, some of the officers said that the absence of police top brass from the peace talks was indicative of two things, that the police force was unwilling to be part of negotiations that were replete with shortcomings in planning and strategy, and that the government was shrewd enough to send out the message that it was talking to the Naxalites in spite of serious reservations in the police force.

Mr. Sen told this correspondent that the ban has worked as a morale booster for the men fighting Maoists. "I held a tele-conference with all district officers today. They were happy. I have told them that it is their duty to ensure the safety of the people. I have asked them to increase their interaction with the public," he said.

Asked how did he expect this ban to work when the previous ones have failed, Mr Sen pointed out that the imposition of curbs did help in controlling extremism earlier too. "This time the chances are better because of the development schemes the government took up for the SCs, STs and BCs," he pointed out.

Mr Sen denied that the government was planning to widen the list of banned organisations. "As of now we don’t have any such plan," he said.

Deputy inspector-general of police, Nizamabad range, Anjani Kumar said that it was under the previous ban that the police was able to free northern Telangana completely and a large part of south Telangana from the Naxals. "Now the theatre of action is in the Nallamalla forests and the Andhra and Orissa border (AOB)," he said.

The DIG who is in-charge of two Maoist-affected districts, Nizamabad and Medak, said the re-imposition of the ban had sent a clear message to all those who have been helping the Naxals directly or indirectly that their actions would be liable for action. "We have begun to gather intelligence on the activities and the activists of all the front organisations. If they commit any offence, they will be booked," he warned.

Murder, they wrote

By Kalyani Shankar

The brutal murder of Andhra Pradesh Congress party legislator Narsi Reddy and eight others on Independence Day only confirms that the Maoists are indeed running a parallel Government in certain parts of the State.

It is shocking that the incident took place at the same spot where an official function was on. When the leader was cremated in his native village in Dhanwada in Mahboobnagar on Wednesday, there were emotionally charged scenes with Congress workers reacting with anger and frustration.

The Maoist menace is not new to Andhra Pradesh; indeed, it has taken firm roots over the years. All efforts of various chief ministers, be it of the Congress or the Telugu Desam Party, have not yielded the desired results. The Maoists hide in thick forests and often dictate to the villagers during elections as to who should they vote for. Often they order villagers to boycott elections.

Narsi Reddy's brutal murder brings into focus the urgent need to contain ultra Left-wing violence. Incidentally, this is the first direct confrontation between the YS Rajasekhara Reddy-led Congress Government and the Maoists in the past one year. The Government should be worried now that intelligence agencies seem to have gathered information that there may be more targets including ministers, MPs and senior Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh. They are now living in absolute dread despite their security.

It is well-known that the Maoists have been expanding their operations gradually. According to Home Ministry figures 167 districts are affected by their menace. Beginning with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the 'red corridor' runs through States like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. The Maoists, who are ruling the roost in Nepal, have links with Naxalites and, ever since the royal coup, things have become worse.

Mr Rajsekhara Reddy is under tremendous pressure from both his party and his opponents to deal with the situation. While he was playing hot and cold all these days, he responded in the only way possible after the murder of Narsi Reddy: Reimposition of the ban on the Maoists. The Centre too seems to have advised in favour of the ban. Mr Rajsekhara Reddy has assumed all powers to deal with the Maoists from his Cabinet. If he succeeds, he gets kudos, and if he fails, he will have to face the consequences. He has the full backing of both the party as well as the Centre.

Interestingly, political parties cannot be absolved of the blame because they allegedly took the help of these extremists to come to power. This is true of the Congress, TRS and TDP. The TRS could not have won so many seats without the tacit support of the Maoists.

The Congress had said in its 2004 election manifesto that if it came to power, it would begin peace talks. Soon after taking charge, perhaps out of sheer political expediency, Mr Rajsekhara Reddy called the Naxalites to the negotiating table without any preparation. He failed to assess their true strength or the full implications of adopting a soft line towards them. He was naive enough to believe that the Maoists would be reasonable. But the talks went nowhere.

The Maoists, of course, came to the table for a much needed reprieve to mobilise resources and arms to continue their activities. They knew their campaign of violence was fast eroding. The Maoist Communist Centre and People's War subsequently merged on September 21, 2004, to form CPI(Maoists). Now that his policy of peace talks has failed, Mr Rajsekhara Reddy has gone back to the ban.

In this scenario the blame game will not be the answer to tackle the problem. What is required is a national policy to deal with these extremists. It should have both political and social content. If necessary, the law should be changed to arm the Centre with greater powers. It is not going to help any more by pushing it to the State governments on the ground that it is their responsibility or a joint responsibility with the Centre. Indeed, the Centre continues to hold the view that it is for the States to deal with the situation while the Centre would provide the broad parameters for peace talks.

The Union Government has told the affected states to share their intelligence information and increase their coordination. But in actual practice this is not happening. There is not much coordination among the Naxal-affected states. Last year, when Mr Rajsekhara Reddy lifted the ban on Naxalites, some of the other violence-hit states were opposed to it. The Maoists possess modern arms and ammunition while the police force is crying for modernisation to deal with the menace. Narsi Reddy was killed with an AK-47 rifle, which confirms the worst suspicions of intelligence agencies.

Maoist violence cannot be treated as a mere law and order problem. The basic issue is lack of development and the Maoists are able to hold sway because of endemic backwardness in certain regions. Successive governments in Andhra Pradesh have been talking of social measures to improve the conditions and the recent one is to raise a tribal battalion. The implementation of land reforms is tardy. The local people need jobs and lack of employment is yet another reason for the woeful state of affairs in Naxal-hit regions.

The Government should try to get to the root of the problem and resolve it rather than talk about it in a haphazard manner. Dealing with insurgency with a firm hand is yet another way of resolving it. Committed officials should be posted in violence-affected districts. In the late 1970s, the Vengala Rao regime in Andhra Pradesh succeeded in curbing Naxalites, even though some attribute its success to the Emergency. Mr Rajsekhara Reddy comes from Cuddapah, where bombs are aplenty. He must, therefore, give a better account of his administrative skills.

Until now, the Maoists had targeted other parties including the TDP and Telengana Rashtra Samithi. In fact, only recently, six TRS ministers resigned from Mr Rajsekhara Reddy's Cabinet under Maoists' pressure. TRS ministers at the Centre too are facing tremendous pressure from the Maoists to deliver on their promise of separate Telengana State. Politically, the TRS leaders must feel some respite now that direct confrontation has begun between the Government and the Maoists.

The BJP has joined the 'separate Telengana' chorus after the TDP parted ways with it. Political regroupings have begun in the State. The Maoists will run away only when all the political parties commit themselves to annihilation of violence. Above all, the Naxal policy of the State Government should be consistent and coordinated.

The soft line has clearly not succeeded with naxals

Time for strong action

Posted online: Friday, August 19, 2005 at 0000 hours IST

Andhra chief minister YS Raja-sekhara Reddy’s decision to reimpose the ban on naxalites, after a year’s hiatus, is an admission that his earlier decision was flawed. The I-Day attack that killed Congress MLA Narsi Reddy, along with nine others, has led to the realisation that a soft line to tackle the naxal problem was not of much help. The lifting of the ban not only undid much of the work done by security forces, but the interregnum was fully used by naxals to build their cadres and equip themselves with sophisticated weapons. Chhattis-garh, among others, had complained that the decision led to increased movement of naxals, which resulted in stepped-up violence in their state.

Security forces must now be given a clear plan of action and full support by governments, both at the state and Centre. Use of force by the government is a legitimate option to demonstrate that the violent methods emp- loyed by naxalites to redress grievances cannot be tolerated. What began as a localised issue in West Bengal over two decades ago, as an agitation against landlords by the landless, has now acquired gigantic proportions—fuelled by an ideology that calls for seizing political power through armed insurrection. Over a third of India is affected by naxal violence now. It is now clear that a unified approach led by the Centre is needed to tackle the menace. Till now, it has shied away from the responsibility by contending that law and order is a state subject, even though it has identified the root causes of the problem.

However, a purely policing app-roach will weaken the naxals only temporarily. For a durable solution, the government will have to be responsive to peoples’ need and aspirations, especially in the areas under naxalite influence. Naxalism is not merely a law and order problem, but a much more complex malaise, with roots in the imbalance in our social structure. Speedy deve-lopment of backward areas is the only long-term solution to prevent expansion of naxalism. And it is not only the government: the private sector must join hands in combating this problem before it reaches unmanageable proportions.

NAXALITES THREATEN : "There will be no peace zone in the state"

Hyderabad, Aug 18 (UNI) The banned CPI(Maoist) today warned that it will not only strike in areas where it was strong, but also organise attacks in the entire state and see to it that there are no peace zones in the state.

Janardhan, official spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist) state committee said in a statement that Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had pointed out that as security was not taken seriously, the naxals could attack Maktal Congress MLA C Narsi Reddy in Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar. Dr Reddy had tried to say Narayanpet was a peace zone so the police could not anticipate trouble from naxals, he said.

''From now on there will not be any peace zone in the state. We will strike in areas where CPI(Maoist) is not strong. The state government will see bigger attacks from CPI(Maoist). The more the state tries to suppress CPI(Maoist) party, the more we will attack''.

Janardhan climed that CPI(Maoist) activities would expand in the state to such a level where the security forces of the state and Centre would be pushed to a situation, where they could not protect the interests of the ''fascist government'' and designs of the World Bank.

He said the ban had been imposed a few hours before World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz arrived in Hyderabad. It was imposed by the Chief Minister only to show that he was in no way inferior to former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in patronising the support of the World Bank, he added.

The CPI(Maoist) official spokesperson said the issue of ban on CPI(Maoist) started after the first round of peace talks, that concluded in October 2004. In November 2004, the state government started stopping the meetings of CPI(Maoist) and from January 2005, ''state-sponsored violence'' began in the form of fake encounter, he said, adding, later, the state government started putting pressure on revolutionary writers and intellectuals who raised their voice against Dr Reddy's government.

Finally, the situation turned worse and Dr Reddy started putting pressure on the media not to interview naxal leaders and finally, the ban, he said. But, the state government tried to show that the ban was due to the killing of Congress MLA Narsi Reddy, he added.

There would not be any change in the activities of CPI(Maoist) now. Whether there was a ban or not, the CPI(Maoist) was functioning secretly and the same would continue. The state government should understand that whenever it tried to suppress the CPI(Maoist) with a ban, it bounced back with full force, he added.

Janardhan alleged that with the ban on CPI(Maoist), police torture on different sections of society would increase and innocent people would be put to lot of trouble. Here, there was lot of scope for youth and other oppressed classes to join the CPI(Maoist) movement in a big way. ''Very soon we will show the government that the decision of ban to control violent activities of naxals is a big farce.''

AP Naxals used peace deal to regroup - By Seema Mustafa

New Delhi, Aug. 18: The Naxalite groups in Andhra Pradesh have taken full advantage of the peace accord to re-group and mobilise their cadres, according to intelligence reports. The ban imposed by the Andhra government is not expected to have a major impact on the activities of the Naxal groups who had not expected the peace process to last and had made use of the "lean period" to build up resources.

The Union home ministry that had been supervising the peace process with minister Shivraj Patil keen to extend the "Andhra model" to other Naxal-affected states, is now groping to give shape and substance to the ban order on the ground. The sources point out that the state law and order machinery is confused, given the conflicting policy and the inability of the Centre and the state to reach a considered decision on tackling the Naxal problem that has now spread to cover 23 districts in the state.

The PWG has made it very apparent to the administration that peace will be negotiated only on its terms, and that it is not willing to accept any dictates from the government. The attack on the Congress MLA, the sources noted, followed a bid by the Andhra government to make the Naxalites lay down their weapons. This is clearly unacceptable with the sources pointing out that the one year of virtual freedom has allowed the PWG and the smaller Naxal groups to reinforce their cadres and strengthen their base further. Dr Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management, who has been closely monitoring the growth of the Naxalite movement in India, confirmed this saying, "These groups were clearly preparing for peace to be lifted within nine months or so, they knew it would not last and they used the period to consolidate."

Dr Sahni was of the view that the political leaders in both the state and the Centre had "acted against all informed opinion" in allowing the ban order to lapse in July last year. He said that this was done without any feedback from the Naxalite groups that they were willing to set an agenda for dialogue, in which their interests as well as those of the government were represented. This unstructured peace, the sources agreed, was based entirely on a "pay back" policy with a grateful state government offering peace in return for the support that the Naxalites had given to the Congress party during the recent elections.

Dr Sahni said that this was true for not just the Congress but successive governments in the state who had flirted intermittently with Naxal groups in between banning the organisations altogether. He said that Mr Shivraj Patil and the chief minister should explain what gave them the idea that "this expanding movement was in a mood to talk to them." He said that the flip-flop policy of successive governments had given a fillip to the extremist groups in the state, pointing out that when Telugu Desam leader N. Chandrababu Naidu came to power the Naxalites were limited to eight of the 10 districts in the Telengana region. By the time he left, the movement had spread to 23 districts of the state. When political leaders act against all informed opinion they must be held accountable, he said.

Former chief minister Chenna Reddy started a Remote Area Development program with an eye on the Naxalite movement that was in its infancy in 1989. He was replaced by Mr Janardhan Reddy in 1992 who imposed a ban on these groups. After him, NTR came to power and lifted the ban with a "Lal Salaam." In 1996, Mr Naidu reimposed the ban that was allowed to lapse by the present state government in July last year. Peace was the mantra until now, a year later, with the government having reimposed the ban again. This policy, sources point out, has made the security apparatus ineffective as the police and the intelligence agencies are unable to pursue any one path to its logical conclusion

Uneasy calm prevails after Naxal ban

Friday August 19 2005 00:00 IST

HYDERABAD: A day after CPI (Maoist) and seven of its front organisations were outlawed by the state government, an uneasy clam prevailed in the Naxal infested areas even as district police officials were cautioned against harassment of innocents.

Significantly, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Thursday visited parts of Warangal district, a stronghold of Maoists, which remained incident-free. Police made extensive security arrangements in the light of the ban.

The Maoists did not react to the ban in a violent manner even as the police were busy chalking out a strategy on how to deal with the banned organisations, particularly the front outfits of the Maoists.

The police top brass have already sent copies of the GO issued on Wednesday clamping the ban to the district SPs with a list of dos and don’ts. The SPs have been asked to brief the field staff on how to go about the task while advising them not to give any scope for criticism.

Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen informed the officers that the government is not for harassing common people. "Police officers on search operations should not subject innocents to any kind of harassment. Action should be taken against sympathisers who wilfully and intentionally support the Maoists in violent actions.

The state government is expecting a battalion of para military forces, possibly from Central Reserve Police Force, in a day or two. Few more battalions would reach shortly to help the state police in curbing the activities of the Naxalites. The focus would be Nallamala forests, hotbed of Maoists.

During his meeting with senior officers, Swaranjit Sen discussed issues like beefing up security to all elected representatives, effective information gathering, better coordination and checking of vehicles.

Meanwhile, Revolutionary Writers Association (RWA) secretary Kalyan Rao has gone underground since on Wednesday evening even as the RWA is planning to challenge the ban imposed on it in the High Court. Even when the Maoists were banned in the past, RWA was excluded but this time the government included the organisation in the list of proscribed outfits.

NAXAL SUPPORTER : Varavara Rao arrested in Hyderabad-- GOOD JOB

NDTV Correspondent

Friday, August 19, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Naxal sympathiser and revolutionary writer Varavara Rao was arrested in Hyderabad early today.

Rao's arrest comes just two days after the Andhra Pradesh government reimposed the ban on Naxal outfits.

Rao, along with Gadar and Kalyan Rao, was the representative of CPI(Maoist) for talks with the government.

Police, dressed in mufti, reached Varavara Rao's house at 3.30 am (IST) and arrested him at 4.30 am (IST).

Rao, who was arrested without a warrant, was taken to a police station in the old city of Hyderabad.

Rao protested and sought an arrest warrant from the police.

Police told Varavara Rao that under the Andhra Pradesh public Security Act they did not need a warrant to make an arrest.

Maoists ‘arrive’ in Bhopal

Santosh Singh in Bhopal

Aug. 17. — The Naxalite threat has reached Bhopal through posters. The ‘red-brigade’ has exhorted the youngsters to go the Telengana way and oppose imperialistic forces.
Though the provocative posters were removed immediately after being noticed on 15 August, the message has been conveyed to the state government.

The chief minister, Mr Babulal Gaur, got the police to take action. He later told reporters that: “Naxalites would never succeed in their nefarious design. The government has taken a serious note of the poster incident.”

The Bhopal police has arrested CPI-ML leader, Dr AS Tomar and Janvadi Sabha organiser Mr Vijay Sen. The police, however, has not yet found out if these leaders were responsible for putting up the posters as some activists had been protesting the Central government dictate, making iodised salt-use mandatory on 15 August.
Some of the posters put up at Roshanpura read - “15 August ko samrajyavad virodh diwas manao, navjanwadi kranti ki or aage badho and Telengena ki rah par chalo.”
The hand-written posters were put up at 14 August night at some vantage points to attract government attention.

The police are also under legal constraints as neither CPI-ML nor Navjanvadi Naujwan Sabha are banned by the state government.

Naxal link in porter death in train at Chetar railway station


People gather around the special train which brought the body of Ashok Kumar to

Dhanbad. Picture by Gautam Dey

Dhanbad, Aug.17: Residents suspect that Naxalites are behind the death of a man, who died of head injuries after being pushed off a running train at Chetar railway station.

Forty-five-year-old Ashok Kumar Singh, a traffic porter at Chetar railway station in Palmau district was found injured near the tracks between Tori and Chetar railway stations in the Central India Coalfield (CIC) section of Dhanbad rail division, East Central Railway on Tuesday.

The man was taken to the railway hospital at Patratu where he succumbed to his head injury at around 11 pm. The body of the deceased was brought to Dhanbad by a special train around 12.30 pm.

A resident of Barmasia in Dhanbad and father to three children, Ashok was transferred to Chetar a fortnight ago.

According to the assistant station manager Ramesh Kumar Singh, who escorted the body to Dhanbad, the man probably fell from the 451 dn Gomoh-Barwadih passenger train at around 4.30 pm.

“A hawker at Chetar said one of my porters was injured near the railway tracks and was in great pain. I rushed to the spot by the 620 dn. Gomoh-Chaupan passenger train and took him to Barkakana and later to the Patratu railway hospital. But the medical officer referred him to RIMS in Ranchi around 10.30 pm. He succumbed to his injuries around 11 pm,” said the assistant station manager.

Relatives of the deceased were furious when the assistant station manager termed the incident as a mere accident. No FIR was lodged on Tuesday at the nearby government railway police (GRP) post, which prompted residents of Dhanbad to believe that the incident has taken place in a Naxalite stronghold. They suspected that railway authorities could not muster the courage to lodge an FIR at the nearest GRP post on the CIC section of Dhanbad rail division.

Manoj Singh, nephew of the deceased porter said the messenger who told him about the death had said Naxalites had pushed his uncle off the train.

“My uncle was there for barely a fortnight. He had often complained that the outlaws were using railway facilities to move from one place to another. My uncle also said railway staff had to cater to the Naxalite demands of ferrying them to places of their choice by running and stopping according to their desire. Anyone not obliging them was not safe there,” said Manoj.

“The body of a fourth grade railway employee, dead because he fell from a running train, is rarely handed over to the family members by using the services of a special train. It is the strange circumstances that have prompted the authorities to pay him this much respect,” said Manoj.

The family refused to accept the body of the deceased without a police complaint and a post-mortem.

Neeraj Ambashtha, senior divisional operating manager at Dhanbad rail, met the family and assured them that an FIR would be lodged at Dhanbad RP post and that Singh’s 18-year-old daughter would be given a job.

The family remained unhappy that railway authorities did not acknowledge that Naxalites had a hand in the matter.

Tackling Naxals needs a cohesive thrust but nobody seems bothered

Reading the Reds Right

By Vijay Simha

On Independence Day, 2005, Naxals gunned down Congress MLA C. Narsi Reddy, his son, his driver, two government officials, and three Congress workers while Reddy was inaugurating a school in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. There are a few ominous aspects to the killings.

First, Reddy was a good man and acknowledged as such by Naxal sympathisers as well. Second, he was inaugurating a school, an activity considered positive by all sections of society. Third, the firing from ak 47s into the crowd was a change from past Naxal hits where the targets were carefully selected. Fourth, it was the biggest Naxal hit in a long time thus escalating tension between the state and the Maoists to dangerous levels.

YSR has failed to tackle the Naxal problem with any
fresh approach. The Congress government at the Centre too is wavering
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy responded by saying the ban on Naxals could be imposed again. YSR also spoke of what he called the “Bihar effect” on the Andhra Naxals. The People’s War (PW) of Andhra Pradesh and the Maoist Coordination Committee (MCC) of Bihar had merged a year ago to form the CPI (Maoist). YSR says the PW used to hit selected targets, and never ordinary civilians. The Independence Day killing, according to YSR, is the hallmark of Bihar where Naxals killed people indiscriminately.

What YSR probably means is that the influence of the CPI (Maoist) is much wider than that of the PW. Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar, where the I-Day massacre took place, was considered free of Naxal activity in the past. In that sense, the spread of the CPI (Maoist) is worrisome. Some senior Left intellectuals in Hyderabad hold the Maoists responsible for “distortions” in their ideology, which results in the murder of people like Narsi Reddy.

Some veterans now maintain scorecards. According to them it stands 184-164, 184 being the number of people killed by the Naxals since January, when peace talks broke down, and 164 the tally of deaths at the hands of the police. Eight months after talks broke down, Andhra Pradesh is on the verge of serious trouble.

Peace and freedom will be the first casualties if the ban on the Naxals is imposed again. YSR says his patience is running thin, and that Naxals will have to give up violence for peace. The Naxals say YSR can’t be trusted, and that the government is planning annihilation of Maoist ranks, should the Naxals give up arms.

All this is regressive. YSR was expected to show the way with a fresh approach to the Naxal problem, one that was more egalitarian than what the Maoists espouse. That hasn’t happened. The central leadership of the Congress party is wavering. They have no united approach towards the Naxals, and have left it to individual states. In the past, this has spelt disaster. In future, it might well do the same.

Police back at the helm as govt re-imposes ban on Naxals

Thursday August 18 2005 13:42 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: The imposition of ban on Maoists by State Government with the logistical support of Centre, once again gives sweeping powers to the police to check extremist activities in this sensitive region where the erstwhile People’s War Group took roots.

In this context, the Union Home Ministry’s Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme that applies to north coastal districts, requires the police to strike a fine balance between their bounded-duty of fighting Maoists and implementing development schemes.

On the other hand, Maoists will be forced to review their strategies, particularly in Andhra-Orissa border area.

Incidentally, the inclusion of East Godavari and three north coastal districts in the list of Naxalite-affected districts to which SRE is currently applicable, gives a clear signal to the East Division, Vamsadhara and Srikakulam Committees of CPI (Maoist) that police would deal with them firmly, particularly after the Mahboobnagar killings.

Various Maoist dalams under East Division (ED) may have to face hard situations as Special police forces would soon hit the agency areas armed with strong support they have under SRE.

Meanwhile, against the backdrop of fresh violence, Visakhapatnam range police are reportedly gathering information about the Maoists’ activities and their modus operandi in the agency areas.

ED has three dalams namely - Galikonda, Korukonda and Konalova. Galikonda dalam has two ‘Local Guerrilla Squads (LGS)’ and one ‘Special Guerrilla Squad (SGS)’.

Similarly, Korukonda and Konalova dalams have one LGS and one SGS each. ED looks after activities of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. The remaining two divisions - Vamsadhara and Srikakulam - look after the activities of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts.

Meanwhile, the Malkangiri district committee also became active in Sileru agency area and the proposed formation of Koraput Division (KD) by the end of this year poses added threat to the police.

When contacted, Range DIG N Madan Mohan said that the governments’ decision to clamp the ban, would allow the police to function well to curb the Naxal menace.

“We need to study the entire text of the SRE which was endorsed by the Parliament, then only we can go ahead with our plans of action,” the DIG told this website’s newspaper.

Implementing development-oriented programmes in the agency areas would certainly reduce the Naxal influence, he added.

Land sought for CRPF camps

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 17. — The Union home ministry has requested the state government to provide free land and other infrastructural facilities at 3 strategic places in the state for establishment of camping sites of CRPF.
Home secretary, Mr Santosh Kumar told reporters that Union home secretary, Mr VK Duggal had written a letter to the state government requesting for providing 20 acres of land free of cost at Koraput, Sambalpur and Rourkela with provision of drinking water and power supply. The above proposal was under consideration of the state government, he said. It may be noted that 3 battalions of CRPF are presently deployed in the naxal-affected areas of the state. The home secretary ruled out the withdrawal of CRPF forces from the naxal-infested areas, as demanded by the ultras.
Recently, CRPF director general, Mr JK Sinha had told reporters here that more and more recruitment into the force would be made to carry out the job of maintaining internal security of the country. He also informed that 40 percent of CRPF recruitment would be reserved for the youths from the extremism-affected areas to bring them to mainstream

BJP blames Cong for 'strengthening' naxals

Visakhapatnam, Aug 17 (UNI) The BJP today blamed the Congress lust for power for strengthening the naxals who have unleashed a reign of terror in the state.

Speaking to UNI here State BJP President Indrasena Reddy said Congresss-led governments, both at the Centre and the state were answerable to the people as to how the naxals could grow in strength after their coming to power.

''The Congress is known for its selfishness and lust for power. It once again stands exposed. They came to power riding on the indirect support of the insurgents. The party should explain why they initiated the dialogue when the naxal movements had weakened and they had no weapons.'' They should tell the people what they meant by saying there was no contradiction in the ideology of the Maoists and the Congress. The government is directly responsible for what is happening today, he added.

''We demand the state government to work selflessly and bring back peace in the state and secure the lives of innocents,'' he added.

Earlier, speaking at Vizianagaram, about 45 km from here, he said there was no place for violence in a democratic set up. Power can be won only through ballot and not through barrel, he said.

Referring to indirect elections for certain posts in local bodies, Mr Reddy said it stemmed from the Congress' fear of defeat.

Talks with naxals possible if situation conducive: Jana Reddy

Hyderabad, Aug 17 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Home Minister K Jana Reddy today clarified that the state government could always hold peace talks with naxal groups, provided the situation in the state became conducive once again for such talks.

Announcing the ban on CPI(Maoist) and affiliated organisations except their cultural wing, Jana Natya Mandali, Mr Reddy said the Congress government as per the election manifesto, had called for peace talks with naxal groups and organised them.

The naxal issue was then treated as a socio-economic problem.

After the first round of talks, naxals resorted to killing innocent people calling them informers, carried out extortion and startened threatening people with weapons, he said.

The situation in the state started going out of control, especially with incidents like the Vempenta killings, major attacks on police stations and the recent fatal attack on Congress MLA Narsi Reddy, in which nine people were killed, Mr Reddy said, adding, people got scared and started losing faith in the state government.

In this situation, the state government had to take a stand to instill confidence in the people of the state, he explained.

Mr Reddy said with the ban coming into effect, police officers could effectively deal with the naxal problem. The ban had been imposed so that violent activities of naxals could be controlled.
On peace talks, Mr Reddy said they were organised as per the assurance of the Congress government. It would definitely hold such talks if the conducive situation that existed during the first phase of peace talks was brought back. For now, the doors had been closed, the Home Minister said.

After letting them rest & rearm, YSR bans Andhra Naxal outfits

Thursday August 18 2005 00:00 IST

HYDERABAD/ NEW DELHI: Ending a year-long truce with Naxalites which allowed them to recoup and rearm, the YSR Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday reimposed the ban on the CPI (Maoist) and three front organisations in the wake of a spurt in extremist violence.

The ban comes two days after the killing of veteran Congress MLA C Narsi Reddy, his son and seven others, including the Narayanpet municipal commissioner, in Mehboobnagar district.

Along with CPI (Maoists), its front organisations Rythu Coolie Sangham (RCS), Jana Natya Mandali (JNM) and Radical Student Union (RSU) have also been banned under provisions of the A P Public Security Act.

Soon after it was swept into power last year, the YSR government, ignoring the situation on the ground, rolled back anti-Naxal operations and lifted the ban to open talks in line with a pre-poll promise.

Andhra Naxals have been working in tandem with Left wing extremists in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and have connections with the Nepal Maoists.

Aiming to establish a Red corridor stretching from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh, they have acquired sophisticated weapons and expertise in use of IEDs and landmines.

With the Centre giving the green signal for reimposition of the ban, the Chief Minister held talks with Home Minister K Jana Reddy and the DGP and Chief Secretary.

Though YSR initially favoured a nationwide ban on Maoist groups, he later decided to ban the Left wing extremist groups operating in the state.

Sources said that Reddy spoke to Home Minister Shivraj Patil before clamping the ban.

Though the state did not require Central nod, law and order being a state subject the Union Home Ministry has been guiding the overall policy of tackling the Naxalites.

Civil rights activist K G Kannabiran said that the ban never made any difference.

“The Maoists never requested the system and called it a fraud. While the talks were on, their activities had gone down. Now they will be out in the open again, harassing the common people,'' he said.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Andhra Pradesh DGP Mr.Swaranjeet Sen hails decision to ban Maoists

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Swaranjeet Sen today hailed the decision of the state government to ban CPI(Maoist) and four of its front organisations.

Reacting to the ban, he said the Independence Day carnage in which the Maoists killed Congress Legislator C Narsi Reddy in a ''cruel heinous and barbaric attack'' had proved that they do not deserve any consideration either by the government or the society.

He, however, declined to reveal the plan of action of the police consequent to the ban.

Centre despatches additional CRPF battalion to AP


Concerned over the stepped up Naxalite violence in Andhra Pradesh, Centre today decided to despatch an additional CRPF battalion comprising 1,000 men to the state to help its government in effectively combating the Maoist problem.

This battalion had been withdrawn from Andhra Pradesh when the state government was holding peace talks with Naxalites last year and despatched to Chhattisgarh, official sources said adding it was now being sent back to Andhra Pradesh.

The sources said soon after the gunning down of Congress MLA C Narsi Reddy and eight others on August 15, Secretary Security in the Union Home Ministry Anil Chaudhary spoke to A P Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen over telephone saying Centre would provide all assistance to the state authorities to fight the menace.

The sources said the Centre told the state authorities to "go after the Maoists and bring the culprits to book".

The Centre is also of the view that Andhra police was best trained to deal with the Naxalites, the sources said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil had condemned the "mindless" violence in Andhra Pradesh and "reiterated the commitment of the government to fight terrorism in all its forms".

Andhra Pradesh reimposes ban on Naxalites

Hyderabad | August 17, 2005 7:21:21 PM IST

The Andhra Pradesh Government reimposed its ban on Naxalite groups operating in the state on Wednesday, hours after the Centre gave its green signal to the move in the wake of the recent spurt in violence.

The state's Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy signed the order banning CPI(Maoists) and four of its front organisations.

The decision after Naxals killed Congress legislator A C Narsi Reddy, his son and seven others in Andhra Pradesh's Mehboobnagar District on Monday.

More than 1,750 villages in five districts of North Telangana in Andhra Pradesh have been classified as extremist-affected by the police and forces were deployed depending on the sensitivity of the areas.

Though Naxalite activity had come down drastically in the five North Telangana districts-Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam-over a period of time, the People's War Group (PWG) has continued to make its presence felt through its squads, especially in Andhra Pradesh's forest areas.

Maoist or Naxalite violence is of serious concern in 12 of India's biggest states, including eastern Maharashtra, western Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The Naxalites, also sometimes called the Naxals, is a loose term used to define groups waging a violent struggle on behalf of landless labourers and tribal people.

In 2003, there were 1,671 Naxalite attacks, in which 95 security personnel and 422 civilians were killed. In the same period 250 extremists were also killed. The threat is spread across the 'Compact Revolutionary Zone,' which stretches from the Nepal border to Tamil Nadu.

After taking over as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in July last year, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had extended an invitation to the Naxals to come for talks in line with a commitment that he had made during his election campaign. The State government allowed the ban on the ultras to lapse to create a conducive atmosphere. It gave them the status of State guests during the first round of talks.

These talks went on for four days from October 15 to 18, 2004, but ended without conclusion. Both sides could not reach a ceasefire agreement. The crux of the disagreement was Clause 7, according to which the Naxalites wanted permission to retain their arms, which was unacceptable to the government. So the issue was deferred to the next round of talks.

Another issue highlighted by the ultras in the first round of talks was the distribution of land to the landless. The Naxalites wanted the government to constitute a land commission for this purpose with statutory powers. The ultras insisted on distribution of at least one crore acres of land. On this issue, the Chief Minister had set up a committee to identify the land, and the government decided to distribute one-lakh acres for the time being.

Besides these core issues of arms and land, the Naxalites raised issues like creating a democratic atmosphere, right to education and health, and restoring social welfare on top of the Government's agenda. Though the government was positive on these issues, it could not give any firm commitment to the ultras.

Since the peace process began, senior police officials have accused the Naxalites of moving around with arms and indulging in criminal activities like extortions, intimidation and land grabbing. On the other hand, the CPI (Maoist) and CPI-ML (Janashakti) leaders allege that the government disallowed Naxal meetings and unleashed the police forces for undertaking combing operations and fake encounters. (ANI)

Centre okays reimposition of ban on Maoists

Hyderabad, Aug 17: The Centre today gave a go ahead to Andhra Pradesh to reimpose ban on Maoists with a promise to extend all possible assistance to tackle extremism, two days after the fresh spurt in Naxal violence that killed a Congress MLA and eight others.

The Union Home Ministry conveyed its green signal to the Chief Minister's Office here, official sources said.

The development came a day after the state Cabinet authorised Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to take a decision on reimposing ban on Naxalite groups in the wake of gruesome killing of senior Congress legislator C Narsi Reddy and eight others at Narayanpet in Mahaboobnagar district on Independence Day.

The Chief Minister went into a huddle with Home Minister K Jana Reddy, Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen and Chief Secretary Mohan Kanda amidst indications that the government would eventually reimpose ban on Naxalites.

Though the killing of ruling party MLA has sparked demand for a ban on Maoists, a section of Congress leaders and officials are understood to have argued that a state-specific ban would not alter the situation as Naxalites have now spread their tentacles in several states.

During his telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, the Chief Minister had reportedly favoured a uniform nationwide ban on Maoist groups for effective handling of the extremist problem

Naxal carnage puts G'barga police on tenterhooks

Wednesday August 17 2005 13:33 IST

GULBARGA: The murder of 10 persons, including Congress MLA of Andhra Pradesh Narsi Reddy of Makhtal constituency in Mehboob Nagar district at Narayanpet bordering Karnataka, on the Independence Day, has put Gulbarga police on tenterhooks as the crime of grave offence had been committed in the vicinity of the district.

A general alert has been sounded in the areas bordering AP and borders have been sealed to prevent the possible entry of naxal activists in to the district borders.

With Karnataka witnessing naxalite killings and the counter measures of the state government to liquidate naxalites in encounters in the recent months the possibility of Maoists extending their activities in the districts of Gulbarga and Raichur is not ruled out.

SP Dr Ramachandra Rao has placed his men on full alert in the taluks of Yadgir, Sedam and Chincholi bordering AP, Narayanpet, the place of barbaric killing of AP MLA and nine others is about 40 KM away from places like Gurmitkal, Yanagundi and Saidapur in this district.

The police officials engaged in duty in the border areas are said to have been trained in operating AK-47 rifles and have been reportedly briefed about the designs of naxalites.

The sources ruled out the possibility of naxalites sneaking in to Karnataka after committing crimes in AP.

CPI not in favour of ban on Naxals

Wednesday August 17 2005 13:13 IST

NALGONDA: CPI State secretary Narayana on Tuesday condemned the violence unleashed by the CPI (Maoist) and expressed fear that it might erode the popularity of even moderate leftist organisations among the people.

Speaking to newsmen here, he deplored the killing of Makthal MLA Narsi Reddy but advised the State Government not to impose ban on the Naxal outfits.

“Banning the militant organisations does no good. Instead, it is better to call Naxalite leaders again for discussions,” he suggested.

The CPI leader opined that the Naxal problem could be solved once and for all if the government settled the question of land distribution. “The sooner the government does that the better,” he said.

On the visit of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, he said his party would organise a massive public meeting against the unfair conditions being imposed by the World Bank while sanctioning loans for the State.

Police on high alert in East Godavari , AP

Wednesday August 17 2005 12:53 IST

RAJAHMUNDRY: The police sounded an alert in East Godavari district in the wake of the dastardly attack on Makthal MLA Chittem Narsi Reddy and nine others on the Independence Day on Monday.

Safety and security of the VIPs, including two ministers, MLAs and MPs, have been reviewed and the VIPs have been advised not to move into problem areas unescorted. With most of the VIPs now camping in the district, the police officials have decided to provide additional security to them.

Special care is being taken in respect of the VIPs and people’s representatives in the Naxal-dominated Agency area of the East Godavari district. Additional security has been provided to Girijan Cooperative Corporation chairperson T Ratna Bai and Rampachodavaram MLA Chinnam Babu Ramesh.

Special security cover is being provided to the people’s representatives in Naxal-infested areas like Rajavommangi and Y Ramavaram. ZPTC members in the Agency area have been advised not to venture into interior and inaccessible areas.

The police have already upped the security of the police stations in the Agency areas of East and West Godavari districts. In the wake of Makthal attack, the police have also stepped up vigil in all the problem areas, including tribal sub-plan mandal of Yeleswaram and Prathipadu.

When contacted, Additional SP (Operations) V Satyanarayana said that the people were on a high alert in all the problem areas. He said that movements of the ultras were being monitored regularly and all vehicles were being inspected in these areas.
He said that the Maoist-sponsored bandh protesting against the malaria deaths had failed to evoke any response in the Agency area.

Naxals hold anti-govt protests in Bhopal

NDTV Correspondent

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 (Bhopal):

Naxals pasted posters in Bhopal with anti government slogans, asking people to join in the protests.

The cops however, had no clue and it was only after residents pointed out these posters that the local policemen and MCD officials began removing them.

It was not just the police but also the state home department that was clueless about the Naxal protests.

While the incident has given the state opposition plenty of political ammunition, it also comes as a wake up call for the state government.

Naxal outfits which until now were only operating in parts of the state now seem to be expanding their base rather rapidly.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I-Day killings catch AP police off guard

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Source ::: IANS

Hyderabad: The sensational daylight killings of Congress legislator Narsi Reddy and eight others on Independence Day have sent alarm bells ringing in Andhra Pradesh.

The modus operandi in this case indicates a clear change in strategy by Maoists, who were earlier known for isolating their targets before eliminating them.

Narsi Reddy, his son Venkateshwar Reddy, municipal commissioner Ram Mohan, the legislator’s gunman Raja Reddy and five others were gunned down by Maoists in Narayanpet in Mahabubnagar district when the legislator was laying the foundation stone for a school building. Police had earlier put the toll at 10.

Four Maoists armed with AK-47 rifles sprayed bullets on the legislator and those accompanying him as about 60 to 80 people watched in horror. Police sources said it was for the first time in 36 years that Maoists had fired indiscriminately on a group of people at a public function.

While Narsi Reddy was on the hit list of Maoists for being allegedly behind the trade of illicit liquor in the district, the manner in which the guerrillas killed him, his son and others sent police force into a tizzy. They also chose an area which is not known for Maoist activities.

During the last one decade, Maoists have killed a minister, a member of parliament, five legislators and three top police officers, but they either used landmines or shot them dead in isolation. In all these cases, they caused no harm to those accompanying their targets.

The victims of Maoist action on Independence Day include the driver of the legislator, a clerk working in the office of Revenue Officer and three activists of the Congress party. Ten others, all of them local residents, were injured in the attack. “They (Maoists) seem to have change their strategy. Now we may have to bring changes in our strategy to deal with them,” said a top police officer.

The daring manner in which armed Maoists executed their plan in public is also causing concern. In the past, they planted landmines and waited for targets to fall in their trap.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said extremists in Andhra Pradesh launched indiscriminate killings of innocent people since they joined hands with Maoists of Bihar.