Saturday, October 08, 2005

Patil condemns Naxalite attack in Jharkhand -- WHAT MORE U CAN DO

New Delhi | October 08, 2005 6:46:15 PM IST

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today strongly condemned the killing of 12 police personnel by Naxalites in Jharkhand describing it as a ''cowardly'' act.

''Naxalites have been indulging in ''cowardly acts'' of killing because they are losing public support,'' the Home Mnister said.

At least 12 police personnel, including CRPF jawans, were killed and eight seriously injured in a landmine blast and subsequent firing by CPI (Maoist) extremists at Buniadih in Chatra district of Jharkhand today.


KARNATAKA : IGP upbeat over curbing Naxalism

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While denying any overt naxal activities in the districts coming under his jurisdiction, Inspector General of Police (Eastern Range) M F Pasha said the specially trained squads had kept a constant vigil on the naxalite movement, especially in Shimoga and Bellary districts.

Talking to journalists who met him at his office on Friday, he said the specially formed team of officials was closely monitoring the movement of the persons affiliated with pro-naxal organisations, particularly in the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police in naxal-infected districts were working in the direction of ensuring employment to the unemployed youths in a bid to insulate them from the lure of the naxalite movement. The district administrations were executing the government’s police of improving the socio-economic condition of the people in areas where the naxalite movement was gaining ground, Mr Pasha said.

According to him, the police in Shimoga and Bellary districts had launched training programmes for the unemployed youths aspiring to join BSF or para-military forces. Several youths who had underwent training under such initiatives had even been selected during recruitment rallies, he noted.

Spurt in accidents

The IGP expressed concern over the steep rise in road accidents especially in Bellary and Chitradurga districts. Attributing the rise in road accidents to the increased movement of ore-carrying lorries in Bellary and traffic on National Highway (No.4) passing through Chitradurga district, he said the Road Safety Committees in respective districts had been told to analyse the problem and to take necessary measures to bring down accident rate, he told.Replying to a question, Mr Pasha said the main accused in the brutal day-light murder of Nadigavi Gram Panchayat president Ajjappa Reddy in Harihar taluk, had already been arrested.

Anti-Naxalite force gets new commander


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BANGALORE: On the heels of his strident criticism over the lack of facilities given to the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF), its commander Jayaprakash Nayak has been transferred out and replaced by DIG Sanjay Vir Singh.

Nayak has been posted as DIG, economic offences cell, CoD. IGP Kempaiah has been sent to the nascent state Human Rights Commission, while the incumbent Harshavardhan Raju has been posted as IGP, Southern Range. B Srikantappa has been posted as Dharwad SP.

In another shuffle of IAS officers, V Madhu has been posted as joint secretary, cabinet secretariat, New Delhi; Ashok Kumar C Manoli as BWSSB chairman in place of S K Pattanaik, who has also proceeded on central deputation; Lukose Vallatharai has been posted as chairman and managing director, MPM, S N Jayaram as managing director of Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation.

Sonia advises Naxal-hit states to keep communication channels open

Chandigarh | October 07, 2005 6:08:46 PM IST

Authorities in the Naxalite-infested states and the insurgency-dominated North-East should channels of communication open with the rebels to ensure that existing problems did not go from bad to worse, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Friday.

She, however, asserted that the wanton killing of innocent people could not be condoned.

"The channels of dialogue have to be kept open and the wanton killing of innocent men, women and children cannot be condoned," Gandhi said on the first day of the two-day conclave of Congress chief ministers being held here.

Stating that the issues of naxalite violence in the heart of the country and of insurgency in the North-East are serious, she said, "we have to better understand and come to grips with the deeper socio-economic factors at work."

Gandhi said the functioning of police and security forces needed to be improved simultaneously. She added that Naxalite violence particularly could not be looked at in isolation from issues connected with tribal welfare.

"And within tribal welfare, the issue of land and land rights is critical," she said adding this needs to be looked at more humanely and more urgently than has been the case so far.

"I, for one, would like to see a time-bound campaign for resolving all land-relating disputes and updating land records."

Gandhi said health and nutrition had emerged as very serious concerns in tribal areas, and urged the chief ministers to attend to these issues on priority.

At least nine states have been affected in naxalite-related violence in recent months. Apart from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, the others are Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

The Indian Government is also concerned about the weak levels of internal security in the seven north eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, all which have at some time or the other been affected by insurgency during the past 50 years. (ANI)

13 cops killed in Naxal attack


RANCHI: A blast, triggered by landmine explosives kept inside a wooden box killed 13 policemen and injured 14 others on Saturday, while they were conducting raids on the house of a suspected Naxalite cadre.

The incident took place at Baniadih under the Kunda police station, 20 km from Chatra. While 10 of the injured were sent to Ranchi, 2 are in a critical condition and 3 have been admitted to the Chatra hospital.

The injured could not be brought to Ranchi for treatment because the state chopper failed to take off as it developed technical snags. They were finally airlifted on a defence chopper. CM Arjun Munda along with the home minister Sudesh Mahato and senior police officials conducted a high level meeting to review the developments.

Mahato said two choppers would shortly be added to the fleet of the state government. "We understand the requirement for helicopters and on October 18 two of them would be purchased from Bangalore," he said. Condemning the attack Mahato said the Naxals were reacting to vigilant patrolling by police officers.

The incident took place at around 8.45 am when a patrol party under the leadership of sub-divisional police officer Vinay Bharati went on a long range patrol to Baniadih after receiving a tip-off from unidentified sources. The raid was conducted at Mahendra Ganjhu’s house, after it was believed that Naxalite activities were being carried out from the house.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Dancer who hid Peru's MAOIST rebel leader sentenced

Ex-ballerina gets 20 years in jail for letting rebels hide in her home


A FORMER ballerina who hid the founder of Peru's brutal Shining Path rebel movement and inspired a best-selling novel and a film has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after a retrial.

Maritza Garrido Lecca, 41, greeted the sentence in silence and without emotion.

She had already been convicted in 1992 and jailed for life by a military court, but such sentences were ruled unconstitutional in 2003 and all Shining Path members have since been granted civilian retrials.

"Garrido Lecca did not lead any group inside the Shining Path," said Colonel Benedicto Jimenez, the policeman who led the raid on her house that captured Abimael Guzman.

"However, she did belong to the department of organisational support of this seditious group."

Col Jimenez was a key member of the elite National Directorate Against Terrorism, tasked to track down Shining Path safe-houses in Lima even as the rebel movement escalated its campaign of car bombs and assassinations between 1990 and 1992, bringing Peru to its knees.

No-one knew from where Guzman, a former philosophy professor and founder of the Maoist Shining Path, was directing his campaign of terror.

Despite receiving intelligence that a dance studio in the capital's middle-class suburb of Surco was serving as a rest house for rebels, the police were initially thrown by the elegant and upper-class Garrido Lecca.

She did not fit the profile of the typical recruit for the Shining Path, with its roots in the Peruvian highlands and its predominantly indigenous native South American membership.

However, her house was put under 24-hour surveillance and intelligence agents posing as refuse collectors became sure, with the amount of rubbish being produced, that far more people than Garrido Lecca were resident.

It was the discovery of an empty tube of cream for the treatment of psoriasis, an ailment that Guzman suffered from, that led authorities to believe they had found the lair of the elusive "President Gonzalo".

Col Jimenez said that while Guzman was upstairs co-ordinating the campaign to impose a Maoist regime on Peru that cost an estimated 70,000 lives, Garrido Lecca "was giving ballet classes to children".

On 12 September, 1992, agents stormed the house in an operation so secret that not even the president, Alberto Fujimori, was informed. Guzman did not resist arrest, nor did his lover Elena Iparraguirre, or the other seven senior Shining Path members.

Guzman soon found himself in a prison uniform and a metal cage, displayed by the triumphant Mr Fujimori, now disgraced and living in exile in Japan, before the world's media. The Shining Path soon collapsed as a threat to national security, although some 500 rebels are still active in the remote highlands.

Garrido Lecca had refused to attend her trial in the notorious Callao Naval Base where Guzman and the Shining Path high command are imprisoned, saying that she carried psychological scars from the time of her interrogation and imprisonment there.

Her protests made not the slightest impression on the court or the prison service and she was taken to the maximum security facility by force.

The novel The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare, inspired by Garrido Lecca, became a best-seller and was chosen by John Malkovich for his directorial debut in a film of the same name that starred Javier Bardem.

Guzman, now 69, will also be retried, and while Garrido Lecca is likely to be freed in five years for good behaviour, it is almost certain that he will die in prison.

Not much beyond paperwork

Pankaj Vohra

New Delhi, October 6, 2005

If the Centre and state governments have not been able to effectively counter the Naxal problem, it is because responses have been more table-top — bureaucratic or for the sake of keeping the statistics low so that an erroneous picture emerges.

The Naxal problem is not one that can be wished away, but needs to be dealt with more as a socio-political-economic problem and not merely as a law and order one. The Centre has taken the initiative and organised a meeting of chief ministers from the affected states on September 19. It was agreed at the meeting that a coordinated approach was necessary on both security and development fronts simultaneously.

But this policy can become visible only if it shows results at the ground level. The chief ministers have to identify and handpick IAS and IPS officers who can empathise with the people and their problems before being posted to the affected districts. Unless the district administration is sensitive to the thinking in their respective districts, a solution may not be easy to find.

Home ministry officials admit that the problem needs to be dealt with at a level where people and the district administration understand each others' views in order to isolate the Naxals, who want to exploit the situation. A policy paper being given final shape calls for an integrated approach on both security and devlopment fronts. It is being suggested that no state government should initiate peace talks with Naxal groups unless they agree to give up violence and arms.

The Centre has set up three dedicated mechanisms to bring about coordination between different states. A task force headed by the special secretary, MHA, has been set up which meets every month to review and monitor anti-Naxalite operations with IG-level nodal officers in the states. Secondly, a coordination centre with the Union home secretary as the chairman and chief secretaries and DGPs as members has been constituted and meetings will be held every quarter to coordinate action by the states on both security and development.

Thirdly, the standing committee of CMs of Naxal-hit states which met for the first time on September 19 under the chairmanship of the home minister.

The CMs and chief secretaries should have regular review meetings with officers concerned regarding measures being taken on the same pattern as the Centre’s three-pronged strategy. NGOs, media, intelligentsia and other spirited groups of the civil society should mobilize public opinion against Naxal ideology and protracted people’s war and appeal to Naxal groups to join the political process, as had been done by a few Naxal outfits like the CPML (Liberation).

In addition, as part of police action, it has been suggested that sustained intelligence based anti-Naxalite operations be launched. Mechanisms for collection and sharing of actionable intelligence must be strengthened.

CPM leader takes up Maoist challenge

Statesman News Service
MIDNAPORE, Oct.5. — Mr Dipak Sarkar, CPI-M’s Midnapore (West) district secretary, has taken up the challenge of the Maoists who have threatened him and three other senior party leaders of the district with dire consequences.
Mr Sarkar said the Party’s work in and around Belpahari, Binpur, marked as Maoists’ operating zone, continue as usual.
There was no question of backing out or taking security from the police as they work for the people, the CPI-M leader said today. It may be mentioned that the CPI-M cadre are now engaged in development work in the locality in a bid to wrest them from the Naxalite clutches.
Through leaflets and posters found at Banspahari, Bholabheda, Odolchua, Simulpal and Silda areas of Belpahari block yesterday, the Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore zonal committee of the CPI(Maoist) questioned the presence of Mr Sarkar and his party comrades through the years when development work had come to a standstill. They also asked how “Mr Sarkar and his party leaders who had amassed a significant amount of money over the past 28 years and changed their life style would now understand the distress of the people”.

Anti-Naxal joint task force takes shape

Political Bureau

New Delhi, Oct 5 The Centre-monitored joint task force (JTF) to be set up by Naxal-affected states to counter Left extremism is being given final shape. Union home minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday emphasised the government’s determination to follow a two-pronged strategy of economic development and firm police action to wipe out the menace.

Operational and structural modalities of the JTFs are now being fine-tuned on the sidelines of the three-day conference of DGs/IGPs which began here on Wednesday, with police chiefs of 13 Naxal-hit states as well as central security agencies reaching a broad consensus on the mechanism to deal with the issue.

While a formal announcement on institutionalising the JTF structure may come at the end of the session, it has been indicated that there is approval for inter-state JTFs to be set up between states with contiguous borders. This approach not only gives additional flexibility to different states, but also makes the task of “hot pursuit’’ much simpler, as it makes for easier demarcation of the area where the JTF will operate.

The original plan had been to set up only two JTFs for all Naxal-affected states, which was strongly opposed by several states. Officials on Wednesday indicated that JTF command would be rotated between member-states.

Addressing the conference today, the Union home minister described Naxalism as a “serious threat’’ to internal security, while observing that it fed on widespread socio-economic, political and regional inequalities coupled with poverty, unemployment and lack of proper infrastructure. “High priority has to be accorded to ensure faster integrated development in Naxalite affected areas,” he said.

Mr Patil also referred to the recent meeting of chief ministers of the Naxal-affected state and said “it was underscored that we have to counter the Naxal menace in a determined but compassionate manner.”

He said that the Centre would extend all possible assistance to augment local capabilities for intelligence gathering and sharing mechanisms to launch effective police actions in a coordinated and sustained manner.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Thursday address the conference of the top brass of country’s police and para-military forces, organised by the Intelligence Bureau.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, IB chief ESL Narasimhan said there had been 40% decline in militant violence in Jammu & Kashmir. He said as a result of this decline, tourism in the state had risen manifold.

The conference will discuss, among others, issues pertaining to national security, Left-wing extremism, VIP security and counterfeiting of currency.

—Political Bureau


PM to panel: Look at Naxal-hit areas


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5 The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has asked the newly-formed Administrative Reforms Committee to focus on Naxal-affected areas and suggest measures to strengthen the delivery systems, allow monitoring of finances and stop corruption.

The committee, headed by former Karnataka chief minister Veerapa Moily, is focussing on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Right to Information Bill and crisis management. Formed last month, the committee has already met twice.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Moily said the three issues ‘‘are a priority and we hope to submit an interim report by the end of this year’’.

The committee expects to submit its first report by January 2006. The reforms will take into account regional peculiarities, infrastructural bottlenecks and suggest measures that are practical, Moily said.

On the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the committee aims to devise a mechanism that would allow monitoring of finance and the progress of implementation up from panchayat level simultaneously.

‘‘We are looking at a system of e-governance that will take into account the regional peculiarities and yet allow regular monitoring at all levels,’’ Moily said. According to him, the administrative measures suggested will be a model code that can used for other developmental programmes.


Patil favours two-pronged approach to root out naxalism

Special Correspondent

Stress is on integrated development of affected areas and firm police action

Administrative machinery has to be responsive
Tackle menace with determination and compassion
Violence levels declining in J&K and northeast

NEW DELHI: Describing naxalism, which has spread across 13 States, as a "serious threat" to internal security, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil favours a two-pronged approach of faster integrated development of the affected areas, firm police action and a responsive administrative machinery to root out the menace.

"The violent activities of CPI (Maoists) and other naxal groups in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and elsewhere have continued unabated. It is recognised that naxalism feeds on the widespread socio-economic, political and regional inequities, coupled with poverty, unemployment and a lack of proper infrastructure. We have to accord high priority to ensuring faster integrated development of naxal-affected areas." Mr. Patil was inaugurating a three-day annual conference of Directors-General and Inspectors-General of Police, organised by the Intelligence Bureau here on Wednesday.

The Minister stressed the need to strengthen the administrative machinery to make it more responsive, transparent and sensitive to public grievances.

"Only a well-trained and well-equipped police force armed with good intelligence inputs can maintain the peace in rural areas."

Recalling the recent agreement with the States to set up inter-State task forces to facilitate coordinated and synergised operations across boundaries, Mr. Patil said the naxal menace had to be countered in a determined and compassionate manner.

"Urgent economic development of the affected areas to create more employment avenues, land reforms, redistribution of land, assurance of tribal rights to forest produce and spread of education and health facilities, together with firm police action was the prescription to wipe off this menace. We plan to work in this direction in right earnest."

Central police law

Mr. Patil said the Government set up a committee to draft a Bill for a new Police Act. "The committee, consisting of eminent persons, will submit its report within six months. It will be ensured that a Central Police Act replaces the ancient Act of 1861."

The Minister expressed satisfaction over the decrease of violence in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the overall situation in the northeast also showed signs of improvement not only in declining violence but also in growing public revulsion against mindless acts of terrorism.

"There have been increasing instances of public protests against high-handedness by militant cadres and the people are now becoming more forthcoming and speaking against the militants."

Mr. Patil suggested the setting up of five regional bodies for the north, south, east, west and the northeast, where the State police chiefs could meet regularly, maybe every quarter, to discuss trends and fine-tune their strategies. The Minister presented police medals, announced on the Republic Day this year, to 41 officers of the IB for distinguished and meritorious service.

Janashakthi leader surrenders in AP

Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, Oct 5 : A woman naxal belonging to the Janashakthi today surrendered before Prakasham District Superintendent of Police (SP) Balasubramaniam.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Subramaniam said T Ratna Kumari surrendered as she became disillusioned with the party ideology. He said Ms Kumari had joined the party during the ''peace talks'' between the government and naxal parties last year, adding that extortion cases had also been registered against her.


Guest Column by D. S. Rajan

Ultra-leftist elements in the People's Republic of China (PRC),
claiming absolute loyalty to the late leader Mao Zedong and firmly against
the regime's reformist course both at home and abroad, may have become
an insignificant factor in the country's politics now, but what is
intriguing is that the present Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has
more or less chosen to tolerate their dissent. The present Government
has so far shown no intentions to impose a ban on the activities of
such elements in contrast to the crackdown being carried out in the case
of pro-democracy groups within the country.

The only possible explanation to the above could be the CCP's
realization of the importance of Mao's name, irrespective of the times, to its
legitimacy as a ruling party and its feeling in that context that any
action against die-hard Mao followers, apparently enjoying the indirect
backing of some veteran, but still influential, cadres, could turn out
to be counter-productive. Party Chief Hu Jintao himself has come out
with a strong defence of Mao, unprecedented since the 1981 official
verdict on the late Chairman in a key Party document. "Mao is a matter of
pride for the CCP, the Chinese people and the entire Chinese race.
Whatever the time and whatever the circumstances, we must always hold up the
great banner of Mao Zedong thought", said Hu at the 110th birth
anniversary of the leader (Beijing, December 26, 2003).

The "Mao Zedong Flag Net Executive Council" (located at No.10/405,
Zhen Guang Lu, Dong Cheng District, Beijing), led by Sun Yongren,
presently Standing Committee member, China Historical Materialism Study
Institute, is one such Mao-loyalist organizations in China, which is
freely operating without any official or Party interference. Set up in the
Year 2003, this Chinese language registered website "",
of which Sun is the Executive Councilor, is regularly expressing views
questioning the official domestic and international policies, for
e.g., opposing Deng's line of allowing some people to get rich first
,criticizing privatization efforts in China, publicizing demands from
former Foreign Ministry cadres for giving a blow to US-Japan military
alliance against China, carrying comments against Xinhua, Central TV etc
for their negative projection of Mao and arguing for China's support
to revolutionary world movements. It is also spearheading a campaig!
n to declare Mao's birthday (December 26) as a national holiday. Among
the Party veterans whom the site quotes in support are Deng Liqun, who
was once powerful Party Propaganda Chief and several surviving old
revolutionaries. This net was also instrumental in organizing the
commemoration ceremony of Mao's 29th death anniversary (Beijing, September 9,
2005) attended among others by Mao's daughter Li Min.

It is the international line of the Maoflag group which is of special
interest. In particular, it firmly supports the Communist Party of
India (Maoist) (CPI-Maoist) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
(CPN-Maoist). A Chinese language article by Zhang Zheng in the Maoflag
website (April 3, 2005) cited reasons to conclude that "the Indian
Government can not succeed in suppressing the armed revolution of India's
Maoists". Another article (September 14, 2005) favourably viewed the decision
taken by the CPN-(Maoist) leader Prachanda for a ceasefire in Nepal

The Maoflag group website gives publicity to a good number of other
Mao-loyalist Chinese language websites, thus indicating the existing
nexus among all of them. Among the latter, the (Guoji Gong
Yun or International Communist Movement), is prominent. This site is more
vociferous than the Maoflag group in supporting the Maoist parties in
India and Nepal

The International Communist Movement site took note of the birth of
the CPI-Maoist in October 2004 with a detailed report (September
14,2005) on the subject, accompanied by the full text of that Party's
report in English, containing information on the CPI ML-MCC merger process,
the nature of the epoch( threat from imperialism, feudalism and
comprador bureaucratic capitalism; Indian expansionism great security threat
in South Asia; People's War advancing in Andhra, Jharkhand, Bihar,
Dandakaranya and the adjoining parts); coordination with other World Maoist
Parties like those in Peru, the Philippines and Turkey; Five
Political Documents adopted; Party Programme (New Democratic revolution through
protracted People's war); Strategy and Tactics (Establishing base
areas, forming an United People's Guerilla army) and the new Party
Constitution. Another article in the same website (September 27, 2005)
criticized the "repression" in West Bengal of CPI-ML (PW) workers and ask!
ed for "strengthening of a revolutionary movement" in that state
against the ruling CPI-M.

The above mentioned Chinese language website is equally emphatic in
its support for the CPN-Maoist. It highlighted (June 5, 2004) the
publication of a book captioned "Problems and Prospects of Revolution in
Nepal", a collection of articles by Prachanda and other CPN-Maoist leaders.
A write-up in the site (June 6, 2004) on "Introduction to the
CPN-Maoist policies", was in the nature of informing the Chinese population
about the growth of that Party in Nepal. Significant observations were made
in the site (March 27, 2005) by a scholar of the Department of
International Relations, Beijing University. Quoting analysts, he projected the
view that contrary to common perceptions, the CPN-Maoist does not fall
in the category of a world terrorist movement which needs to be fought
and that instead, the Maoists in Nepal are a product of the country's
poverty. As evidence that the site is in a position to receive regular
on-the-spot reports from Nepal, a series of dispatches on 'Revol!
ution in Nepal' is being carried by it (the 22nd such dispatch has
appeared on September 14, 2005). The dispatches have given an open
support to the "People's War" line of the CPN- Maoists under the
'inspiration of Mao Zedong Thought'. The illegal 're-arrest' of a Maoist leader
K.C.Krishna in Nepal was criticized in the latest item of the website
(September 26, 2005).

"China and the World" is a Mao-loyalist e-journal (Chinese language)
set up in 1996; this is being brought out by another one of the
websites (, being given publicity by the officially-tolerated
Maoflag group. A speciality of this site seems to be its boldness in
criticizing the CCP's international policies. A signed article in its issue
(May 10, 2005) commented in particular on the CCP's line towards Nepal
Maoists. It predicted a 'certain victory' for the CPN-Maoist, joined
issue with the CCP and the PRC Government for their line of abandoning
the 'Revolution in Nepal'. The article charged "This line amounts to
showing red flag against red flag and is a betrayal of the CCP's declared
policy of supporting the people of the world in defeating the US
aggressors and their running dogs. Why an armed revolution can not end in
victory in Nepal when the same had been successful in Russia China, Korea,
Cuba and Vietnam? Why only China can hold aloft the Mao banner!
, why not other countries like Nepal can do so?" It condemned the
arrests by the Tibet Police on charges of arms smuggling of two CPN Maoist
cadres against whom prosecution cases were launched in October 2003 in
the Rikaze (Shigatse, Tibet) court, resulting in their imprisonment.

The CCP does not officially recognize the CPI-Maoist and the
CPN-Maoist. It does not even mention the two Maoist parties by name.
Specifically in the case of CPN-Maoist, Beijing calls that Party as an
"anti-Government armed group". So called Maoists in Nepal "misuse the name of
Chairman Mao, which impairs the image of the great leader of China and
could serve as an excuse for the international anti-China forces to create
troubles", said the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Congyong in
2002.When the Royal Nepal Army Chief Pyar Jung Thapa visited China in July
2005, Beijing agreed to provide military help to Kathmandu in subduing the
Maoists, according to reports. Notwithstanding such official positions,
from what has been brought out above, a Chinese tendency may have
become visible, seeing the CPN-Maoist in somewhat benevolent terms (no
outright condemnation, not as a terrorist force and only as an
anti-government outfit). This raises a question - Are the Chinese keeping the!
ir options open to deal with a CPN- Maoist which may in future capture
power in Nepal?

The Chinese would certainly deny any official connection with the
ultra-leftist websites which have openly come out in support of Maoists in
India and Nepal (for that matter the Maoist groups in other parts of
the world also). But will they succeed in removing the suspicions that
have arisen?

(The Writer is Research Fellow in the Observer Research Foundation,
Chennai Chapter , India . He was earlier Director, Cabinet Secretariat,
Government of India, and New Delhi. )

17 Maoists nabbed in Nadia

Nadia | October 05, 2005 2:47:28 PM IST

Police arrested 17 suspected Maoists here last night following a tip off and will produce them at the Krishnanagar District Court today.
Nadia Superintendent of Police R Rajsekharan said out of the 17 persons held, 13 were from different areas of Murshidabad and the remaining from Nadia district.

The court had yesterday remanded a senior Maoist leader Chandi Sarkar to 10 days' police custody. Police had gathered some vital leads from Sarkar during interrogation, the SP said.


Patil says Naxal threat to be eliminated with sustained development

October 05, 2005 4:01:34 PM IST

New Delhi, Oct. 5 (ANI) : Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said on Wednesday that structured development is the key to counter leftist rebel violence in states hit by them.
Addressing the 40th annual Conference of Director Generals of Police and Inspector Generals of Police on issues of national and internal security, Patil stressed on the need for overhauling the administrative machinery to the lowest level making it responsive and sensitive to the issue.

"It is recognised that Naxalism feeds on widespread socio-economic, political and regional inequalities, coupled with poverty, unemployment and a lack of proper infrastructure. We have to, therefore, accord high priority to enduring faster integrated development of Naxalite-affected areas. There is also need to strengthen the administrative machinery to make it more responsive, transparent and sensitive to enable effective redressal of public grievances, and improvement in the delivery mechanism aimed at social reconstructions and accelerated integrated development. All this is possible only when proper conditions exist for developmental activities to be initiated," Patil told senior police officials.

Patil's comments assume significance in the light of recent Naxal-related attacks in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in which 39 people, including 23 policemen, were killed.

At least nine states have been affected in naxalite-related violence in recent months. Apart from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, the others are Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

The Indian Government is also concerned about the weak levels of internal security in the seven north eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, all which have at some time or the other been affected by insurgency during the past 50 years.

Though there are peace pacts in place in Nagaland, the Centre is worried about the fact that these insurgents have found havens in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan (the last named until recently).

The government says there are about 9,300 Maoist rebels in the country, and that social and economic disparities were providing support for them. The rebels have killed politicians, policemen and government officials, bombed factories and government offices and attacked buses and trains.

The three-day conference has been organised by the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will address the senior police officers tomorrow and will present 41 officers with the Indian Police Medals for meritorious service and 15 Presidents Police Medals for distinguished service.

Top police and security officials from all over the country are in Delhi to discuss issues relating to national security, left wing extremism ' emerging dimensions, disaster management, threats from Bangladesh and Nepal, VIP security, cyber security, counterfeiting, crime against women and children, human trafficking, criminal intelligence and the Right to Information Act.

The main objective is to provide a forum to the police leadership in the country to discuss various problems being faced by the police in their day-to-day functioning and work out solutions to such problems by exchange of ideas and sharing of experience, making the police more effective, efficient and people-friendly, an official release said.

Efforts will also be made to devise ways for galvanising the police forces to meet the ever-increasing challenges of terrorism, insurgency, extremism, espionage and other serious problems of law and order, the release said.

The first Conference of IGPs in India was organized by the Intelligence Bureau in 1920. Since then, such conferences are being held regularly at New Delhi. Since 1973 it has become an annual event for the Heads of Police organisations in the States/UTs besides Central Police Organisation Chiefs. The Director, intelligence Bureau continues to remain the ex-officio Chairman of the Conference. (ANI)



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The Home Minister has called for facing the challenge of terrorism imaginatively, squarely and resolutely. Inaugurating a three-day Conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police here this morning, Shri Shivraj Patil said that no democratic Government can tolerate the use of violence against innocent people. On the security situation in various parts of the country, the Home Minister said that the level of violence and killings of innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir has consistently declined. In the North-East, the over-all security situation has shown signs of improvement in terms of declining levels of violence. There have been increasing instances of public protest against high handedness of militant cadres. There has also been an increase in the number of militant groups coming up for talks with the Government. On Naxalism, the Home Minister said that it remains a serious threat to internal security of the country and stressed the need to accord high priority to ensuring faster integrated development of naxal affected areas and also strengthening the administrative machinery in such areas. He said that the Centre would extend all possible assistance to augment local capabilities for intelligence gathering and sharing mechanisms to launch effective police actions in a coordinated and sustained manner. Emphasising the role of police in disaster management, the Home Minister drew the attention of police chiefs to the task of developing specialist response teams in the States. He said that the Central Government would provide necessary assistance for training these teams. Advocating the transition of police from a force to a service, the Home Minister said that police and security forces must be viewed as friends of honest citizens. He said forums need to be developed for free and frank exchange of views to build necessary bridges between the people and the police. The recruitment procedure in police should be so devised that the persons recruited are free from political, personal and corruptive influence. The Home Minister regretted that a large number of police stations are functioning without the most basic facilities. He stressed the need to fully utilize the funds available under the Modernisation of Police Force Scheme. The Home Minister also called upon the police leadership to quickly raise India Reserve Battalions wherever these have been sanctioned and utilize them for law and order and other duties. This would not only help reduce the demand for Central para-military forces but also mitigate to a large extent the unemployment problem. Shri Patil also stressed the need for coordination among States in view of the fact that criminals and crimes have transcended State boundaries. He suggested setting up of five regional bodies for the North, South, East, West and North-East where the Directors General of Police could meet regularly to discuss trends and share their experiences to fine- tune strategies

The Conference will discuss, among others, issues pertaining to national security, left wing extremism – emerging dimensions, disaster management, VIP security, cyber security, counterfeiting of currency, crime against women & children and human trafficking.

Ministers of State for Home, S/Shri Manik Rao H. Gavit, S. Regupathy and Shriprakash Jaiswal; National Security Advisor, Shri M.K. Narayanan; Home Secretary, Shri V.K. Duggal and Director, Intelligence Bureau, Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan were among those present at the function. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh will address the Conference tomorrow.


Centre concerned over Naxal menace

New Delhi: The Centre today expressed concern over the continued threat posed by Naxalism to internal security, but said the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast had shown signs of improvement.

''Naxalism remains a serious threat to internal security.... I am happy to place on record that we appear to be doing well in J and K.... The overall security situation in the Northeast has shown signs of improvement not only in terms of declining levels of violence, but also through growing public revulsion against mindless acts of terrorism,'' Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in his inaugural address at the three-day 40th annual conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police here.

Lamenting the non-cooperation by Naxalite groups in talks with the Andhra Pradesh government, he said the state government had initiated a dialogue with Naxal groups last October to bring them into the mainstream. It was hoped that other Naxal groups would also follow suit.

''However, these hopes were belied...the CPI(Maoist) withdrew from the process and have resumed violent activities,'' he added.

He stressed the need for according high priority to ensuring faster integrated development of Naxal-affected areas, strengthening admnistrative machinery to make it more responsive, transparent and sensitive and improvement in the delivery mechanism aimed at social reconstruction and accelerated integrated development.

The Minister said local capabilities to improve intelligence gathering and sharing mechanisms needed to be augmented to launch effective police actions in a sustained and coordinated manner.

He suggested setting up of various fora at regional level for interaction and coordination for anti-Naxalite operations where heads of police forces would meet, discuss and formulate strategies to tackle problems having inter-state ramifications.

''I would suggest setting up of five regional bodies for the North, South, East, West and Northeast where Directors General of police would meet regularly, may be once in a quarter, to discuss trends and share their experiences to fine-tune strategies,'' Mr Patil said.

Andhra poet pens verses on Muslim women and their Indian experiences

- By M. Sai Gopal


I am Masjid

He is Mandir

We called our son Jesus

Ayodhya was never a problem to you

That it was not a problem to us,

was a problem to them.

They talked, my heart was wounded.

They looked, my body was wounded

I learned to protect myself from the wounds,

I left my caste, forgot my religion, walked into the open

Dreamed of a new life...

Religion and personal choice are some of the key themes in the poems of Mahe Jabeen, a Hyderabadi Muslim poet writing in Telugu. Her collection titled 20th Century Telugu Poetry in Telugu enjoys a special mention in the British Council of India’s list of South Asia’s Most Talented Contemporary Women Writers.

The British Council published Mahe Jabeen’s book a few months back. "Her poetry marks a confluence of love, revolution, feminine desire, social protest and most importantly, Hindu-Muslim experiences," is how British Council’s website describes her work.

The British Council is collaborating with Mahe Jabeen on a compilation of poems that will focus on the experiences of Muslim women in India and explore how Muslim women look at religion in India. The book is expected to hit the stands next month.

Talking with this correspondent Jabeen says, "The turning point for me was the collection of poems in Telugu titled Akuralu Kalam (Autumn Season) in which I tried to project images of youth and also the travails of the youth who join the naxal revolution. Being a Muslim woman, I have tried to put down my experiences as a writer and a person living in a particular society."

She is satisfied with the critical and public interest her work has generated.

"Andhra Pradesh is the most receptive state in the country when it comes to women’s writing. Most of the poems I have written have been received well by critics. As a Muslim woman, I will not hesitate to say that I feel more secure both mentally and physically in Andhra Pradesh than in any other place," says Mahe Jabeen.

The writer is presently pursuing research on domestic violence and gender discrimination at the workplace at the Henry Martyn Institute, located in the city outskirts.

Talking about her present research, she says that even though the government has come out with a legislation against harassment at workplace, a lot of work still needs to be done at the ground level to implement it.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Jharkhand Home Minister gets additional security following threats

Ranchi | October 04, 2005 1:43:20 PM IST

The security of Jharkhand Home Minister Sudesh Mahto has been increased in the wake of fresh reports of naxalite threats.

Home Department sources today said additional forces have been deployed at the official and ancestral residences of Mr Mahto, who was already under Z-Plus security cover.

Sources said, following intelligence reports, instruction has been issued to all the concerned authorities to arrange for extra security measures during the tours and public meetings of the Minister. It was also being contempleted to depute a DSP rank officer as the main personal security in-charge of Mr Mahto instead of the present inspector rank official.

Metal Detectors have been installed and security beefed up in and around the All Jharkhand Students' Union (AJSU) head office as Mr Mahto is the president of the organisation.

In the naxal infested state, at least six Indian Police Services officials, including the present SSP of Ranchi, were also in the ''hit list'' of the CPI (Maoist) ultras, according to official reports.


Maoists blew up proposed police camp in Bengal's Purulia

Kolkata: Suspected Maoist activists today blew up a police camp under construction in Gurukona forest near Bandwan in Purulia district.

Official sources said here that the camp was being constructed to house the jawans of the Special Operation Group, formed to combat the maoists.

Police suspected that the Maoists had also planted mines in the site of the camp and had requisitioned bomb disposing squad for detection of explosives.

The sources said a group of armed Maoists raided the area in the early hours and asked the villagers to leave the place. The militants then triggered blasts demolishing the construction. They also left a number of leaflets behind.

However, there is no report of any casualty. A strong police reinforcement had been sent to the area.

Monday, October 03, 2005

60 communist rebels try to topple monarchy surrender in Nepal

12:11 2005-10-03
About 60 communist rebels have surrendered in western Nepal, renouncing their armed struggle to topple the monarchy, an official said Monday.

The rebels walked into the government administration office in Tamgas town and surrendered on Sunday, said Durga Pokhrel, chief administrative officer for Gumli district where Tamgas is located.
Tamgas is about 300 kilometers (190 miles) west of the capital Katmandu, and the surrounding area is a known rebel stronghold.

The rebels were unarmed as they were mostly administrative officials in the Maoist-run government who said they had grown tired of the continuing violence, Pokhrel said.

The insurgents run their own administration in areas under their control, including tax collection and a legal system, reports the AP.

Police use Marxist literature as evidence against Maoists

Biswabrata Goswami

in Krishnanagar
Oct. 2. — If you feel proud of being a Communist or a Leftist and keep the books of Marx, Lenin or any other prominent communist leaders in your house, these books will spell danger for you since the West Bengal police is using it as an evidence to brand you as a Maoist.
Generally, it could be hard to digest the matter, but it comes true when a person working in the Party other than the CPI-M is arrested by the police, he or she will be examined first to find out whether he or she has any connection with the ultra-Left Naxalite groups, especially with the CPI-Maoist.
These books could be available in the houses of all the prominent Left Front leaders including the chief minister Mr Buddhadev Bhattacherjee, but when these books are found in the house of any person accused of any cases, the police are often treating these books as ‘suspicious’.
Recently, the Nadia police has seized several books including Karl Marx – vol.1-part-1, V I Lenin, selected works in three volumes, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, a collective works, vol 10 and a collective works of Saroj Dutta from the house of the recently arrested top Maoist leader Mr Ashok sarkar alias Chandi Sarkar.
On this matter, the investigating police officers said: “They have seized the books as the person is related to the Left politics. These books, along with the circumstantial evidences, will be a proof that the person is involved in the ‘communist’ movement. We have arrested him on the charge of illegal possession of arms. But we have information that he had waged war against the state. We are collecting evidences as to how he switched over to People’s War. The Marxist literature will only be treated as supporting evidence”.
Mr Tapas Chakraborty, the state vice-president of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, has condemned the police for unnecessarily seizing the Marxist books from Mr Sarkar’s house and accused them for illegally detaining his wife and daughter for over four hours.
He said: “According to the Supreme Court rulings (AIR, SC 1025 in 1978), no police officers can ask any woman or minor to come to the police station in the name of interrogation. But, here, the Kotwali police had detained Mr Sarkar’s wife and daughter in the police station for over four hours.”
It goes against rules and the Nadia police often breaks laws in this way, he alleged. He also threatened the police that if the police continued these illegal activities, he would be forced to go to the home secretary and the Human Rights Commission.

CPI (Maoist) naxals hold plenum in Nallamala forest

Hyderabad | October 03, 2005 5:44:19 PM IST

Despite naxal encounters and surrenders in the state, the CPI(Maoist) naxals held a party plenum in Nallamala forest area in the month of September.
According to police sources, a police party which combed the area found Telugu dailies and empty biscuit packets near Palutla forest area in Kurnool district recently.

Suspecting that the top brass of the naxal party could be present in the area, the state police has sent around 1000 police personnel belonging to Kurnool, Prakasham, Guntur and Mahbubnagar districts, the sources said.

Besides, Greyhounds and special police parties are also conducting combing and search operations in the Nallamala forest area. As part of these operations, two encounters took place in Kurnool and Mahbubnagar on Sunday.

In Mahbubnagar district, one naxalite was killed near Maddimadugu village of Amarabad mandal. The police have identified him as Prabhakar (21), CPI(Maoist) Nalgonda district Military platoon Dalam member. Likewise, in Kurnool district, an exchange of fire took place between special police party and naxals near Mahanandi forest area but the naxals managed to escape. The police, who recovered one tamancha, two grenades, four detonators and a kit bag from the scene, suspect that escaped naxals include Bhavanashi Dalam commander S Chinnanna and three other.

Further inquiries by the police revealed that the CPI(Maoist) state Secretary Ramakrishna and other state leaders Shakamuri Appa Rao and Sudhakar have visited Nallamala forest and conducted plenum between September 18 and 24. About 500 naxals participated in the plenum including naxal leaders from other states, the police sources revealed.

The naxals deliberately selected the month of September for plenum as the entire state police was busy in security arrangements for the local polls.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

Tata for steel plant in Maoist-infested Bastar

Monday October 3 2005 00:00 IST


RAIPUR: Tata Steel, India's largest private steel producer, is ready to set up a steel plant in Chhattisgarh's extremist-infested Bastar region.

The company is expected to start installation process of the five million tonne per annum greenfield integrated steel plant in March 2006, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh informed IANS on Sunday.

Tata Steel will invest Rs.120 billion ($ 4 mn) in the plant in two phases as per a memorandum of understandings signed with the state government in June this year. It will set up a two million tonne per annum plant in phase-1 while three million tonne plant in phase-2.

"Tata Steel is working much faster than our expectations, the company wants to start setting up a 5 million tonnes per annum steel plant in Maoist rebels stronghold Bastar region from March 2006," Singh said.

He added that his government would fully back the company in its efforts to make the plant operational as early as possible.

The state government has promised the company to provide the best iron ore deposits in Bastar's Bailadila or any other near by areas that the company prefers.

"The government will also take care of its raw material needs and help it for maximum utilisation of world's best quality iron ore deposits lying in Bastar's Bailadila and nearby areas," Singh stated.

"Tata and other private steel makers, which have firmed up deals with the government for setting up plants in Bastar region will improve the quality of life of the local tribesmen and offer employment to youths who have been misguided and lured away by Maoist rebels."

Essar Steel has also signed a MoU with Chhattisgarh government in July this year for investing Rs.70 billion for setting up a 3.2 million tonne per annum steel plant in Bastar.

Official sources said that Tata Steel has moved a proposal recently for 6,000-acre land for constructing the plant and residence for its employees.

"Tata Steel wants land at Ransargipal, Barupatha, Salepal villages, 25 km from Bastar district headquarters, Jagdalpur, which is located on Jagdalpur-Chitrakote route.

The Industry department, after completing formalities, will hand over the land," a senior Industry department official informed

Jittery judges put off trial of Maoist leaders

Kathmandu | October 02, 2005 5:15:06 PM IST

The trial of two top Maoist leaders, charged with murdering Nepal's police chief, has been indefinitely adjourned with the judges saying they did not have the power to take statements against King Gyanendra.

Maoist leaders Matrika Prasad Yadav and Suresh Ale Magar, arrested by Indian police in New Delhi early last year and handed over to Nepali authorities in February 2004, were produced in the court for the first time Saturday by the government that had earlier steadfastly denied holding them.

Yadav and Ale Magar, the highest-ranking rebel leaders, were detained incommunicado at different army barracks.

It was only after international pressure started mounting on the government and a UN human rights team visited the army barracks in Kathmandu, where they were last held, that the government finally charged them with a crime and put them on trial.

Both were charged with ordering the murder of Krishna Mohan Shrestha, the chief of Nepal's Armed Police Force, who was gunned down with his wife Nudup and their bodyguard in January 2003 while out on a morning walk.

In his statement to Patan Appellate Court, Ale Magar said he was innocent and should be set free.

The 52-year-old rebel who was formerly in charge of his banned party's foreign affairs, told the court he was in India when the killing took place.

When his turn came Sunday, Yadav too professed he was innocent and blamed the system of governance in Nepal for the kingdom's poverty and political instability.

When Yadav, who was part of the Maoist team that held peace talks with the government in 2003, started coming down heavily on King Gyanendra, who seized direct control by force this year, he was stopped by the judges.

Judges Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Laxman Mani Rizal said they had no authority to record statements against the king. As the judges said they needed time for consultations, the hearing was indefinitely adjourned.

Nepal's courts close Monday and will re-open late October after the kingdom finishes celebrating its biggest festival Dashain.

The adjournment came a day after the International Committee of Jurists said ever since the king assumed direct control, Nepal's courts have been frightened of discharging their duties when it meant going against the government.


Combing operations on to nab naxalites in Kundapur

Udupi, Karnataka: The anti-Naxalite squad of Karnataka today mounted a combing operation to nab a group of 12 naxalites who broke into a house near Hallihole in Kundapura Taluk, police said.

Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Suresh Babu told UNI over telephone that the naxalite, including five women, entered the house of Mr Gurudatt Chatra around 0830 hrs. They demanded him to pay highwer wages to employees failing which he would have to face consequences. They broke the window glass panes of car and damaged the telephone before leaving the place.

Police have sealed the area and have started searching for the naxalites, he added.

Thirteen Naxalites lay down arms

Sunday October 2 2005 09:51 IST

WARANGAL: Thirteen Naxalites, including Pratighatana group State Committee member Govardhan alias Timmapuram Gowraiah (36), and his wife Saroja alias Jyothi surrendered to Warangal range DIG B L Meena and SP Stephen Ravindra on Saturday.

Eleven others who laid down arms include a CPI (Maoist) Deputy Commander, two LGS members, two CPUSI Dalam members, one Janasakthi Naxalite and an ALT Dalam member.

Govardhan said he surrendered as he was frustrated by the internal conflicts in the Pratighatana group. “There is a leadership crisis in the group,” he revealed.

Several members were taken into custody by the police. The surrender of Govardhan, officials expect, would weaken the group.

Govardhan, a native of Moramcharla in Bhupalpalli mandal had been associated with the Naxalite activities for the past 20 years.

He had pursued ITI in Warangal and even worked as a bore well mechanic in the Panchayat Raj Department. After developing contacts with Anthi Reddy, leader of the Naxalite outfit Phanibagchi, he left his job and joined the PDSU.

Later, he went underground and rose in the hierarchy.

Stephen Ravindra said Govardhan was the accused in 10 murder cases. He was also involved in extortion from Beedi-leaf contractors, civil contractors, owners of Kirana and fertiliser shops in the district.

Against him 13 major cases were filed in Mulug, Parkal and Narsampet areas, he added.

Warangal range DIG Meena said that about 137 Naxalites of different groups had surrendered in the past 10 months of which 54 were Maoists.

Police exchange fire with naxals, one dead

Kurnool Andhra Pradesh | October 02, 2005 4:43:30 PM IST

Naxals belonging to the CPI(Maoist) party exchanged fire with a police party today in Mahanandi forest area in this district.

However, none was injured in the incident, police said.

While conducting combing operations, the police party accosted four naxals coming towards them with weapons in Mahanadi forest area. The naxals fired at the police party and the police also returned the fire.

Four Maoists escaped from the spot. Police recovered kitbags, two tamanchas and two granedes from the scene.

Meanwhile, a report from Mahaboob Nagar said a naxal belonging to CPI (Maoist) party was killed today in an encounter with the police near Maddimadugu forest area at Amrabad mandal in this district.

A combing party in the Maddimadugu forest confronted a naxal party. The naxals opened fire at the police party. One Maoist was killed in the exchange of fire and the others fled from the scene, police said.

The deceased naxal was identified as Prabhakar of Krishnapatti dalam member. Police recovered three weapons and 30 rounds of ammunition from the spot, the police added.


NAXALS attack HINDALCO again

Ultras wreak havoc at mine, burn six dumpers

Ranchi: Extremists burnt down six dumpers and beat up more than ten employees at the Phakhar bauxite mines of the Birla group owned Hindustan Aluminium Company (HINDALCO) in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand last evening.

According to police, more than 30 armed extremists of proscribed naxal outfit CPI (Maoist) attacked the mines and burnt six dumpers and damaged two trucks laden with bauxite ore and a poke lane machine.

The incident took place at the Baghbana plot of Bagdu unit of Hindalco industries. The ultras also beat up more than ten persons including some mine officials and drivers. They were demanding levy for the ore extraction.

Police has lodged a case in this connection.

Jakkampudi defies Maoists, says he will not resign

Sunday October 2 2005 13:18 IST

RAJAHMUNDRY: Striking a defiant posture, Roads and Buildings Minister Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao, on Saturday, made it clear that he will not resign from the Ministry nor shun active politics despite the Naxal threat.

Speaking to newsmen in Rajahmundry, the Minister said there was no question of bowing to Maoist terror tactics. “I was contemplating a break from active politics due to health problems, especially ankle pain.

“But, I have changed my mind now in the wake of the warning issued by the Naxalites,” he said. Resigning at this juncture would send wrong signals, he opined.

The Maoists had recently issued statements warning several senior Congress leaders from Visakhapatnam district, including Commercial Taxes Minister Konathala Ramakrishna and Roads and Buildings Minister Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao, that if they did not resign they would face dire consequences.