Saturday, October 15, 2005

WEST BENGAL : Maoist buzz keeps govt on toes


Calcutta, Oct. 15: Intelligence Branch (IB) officers have apparently informed the Bengal government that two top-level Maoists from Nepal, who are explosives experts, have sneaked into the state and are hiding in the forests of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore with other members of the organisation.

The rebels had recently blown up a police camp under construction at Bandwan in Purulia and killed a CPM branch committee member in Nadia.

Officials at Writers’ Buildings said chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb would visit the trouble-torn districts in the wake of intelligence reports that the extremists might strike again. The spurt in Maoist activities also figured in this week’s conference of directors-general of police held in Delhi.

An IB officer said the duo from Nepal is training local Maoists to handle explosives. “They are being told about the latest devices. We have seen that the Maoists’ style of triggering explosions changes fast.”

In West Midnapore, the administration has introduced bicycle patrolling to “develop a good relationship with villagers”, besides keeping track of the rebels. “If we can earn the villagers’ confidence, the battle against the extremists will be half won,” police officials said.

“Now the policemen are searching the jungles leaving behind their cycles in the villages. That we can do so proves that we are gaining the local people’s trust,” said an officer of West Midnapore district.

Assam Rifles to teach 'guerrilla warfare' to Jharkhand Police

Sunday October 16 2005 00:00 IST


RANCHI: The sudden surge in Naxal violence has forced the Jharkhand police to invite expert commandoes from the Assam Rifles to impart 'guerrilla warfare' training to the state police jawans.

IGP (training) Bhawesh Thakur told UNI that a formal request in this regard has been approved by the authorities concerned. The experts were expected to arrive soon and would impart specialised training to the policemen to deal with landmines, jungle warfare, counter ambush tactics and map reading techniques.

Thakur admitted that the normal training of the state police was not enough to deal with the advanced techniques of the ultras. '' We had sent a platoon (30) of our jawans to Guwahati and other north eastern areas for such training, but it proved a bit more time consuming, so we decided to make a request for training on our soil, the topography and forests of which are very much similar to that of the North eastern region.'' he said.

The IGP said the Assam Rifles had been requested to send as many trainers here as could train a company (100) of jawans in three months time. ''We want to have at least four to five hundred trained jawans a year.''

The police in the Naxal affected state is off late facing severe criticism for its failure to check the Naxal violence.

The ultras killed had 12 securitymen, including two DSP rank officials, last week in the Kunda area of Chatra district through a powerful pressure bomb blast. In the last month the ultra hacked 15 villagers to death in the Bhelwaghati village of Giridih district and also attacked the security guards of a state Minister in Simdega.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Maoist cut off the hair of two female dancers ;stone pelting mar festive mood

Extremists beat up dancers;stone pelting mar festive mood
Ranchi | October 14, 2005 4:42:35 PM IST

Incidents of stone pelting and alleged extremists' acts marred the festive mood of Durga puja celebrations at many places in Jharkhand.

Police said CPI(Maoist) rebels beat up more than 10 artistes, including women, and spectators at a cultural programme organised by a local Durga puja samiti AT Pahra village IN Hazaribagh district last night.

Armed extremists also cut off the hair of two female dancers as 'punishment' and warned them not to dance at the puja. The dancers have lodged an FIR against sub-zonal 'commander' of the CPI(Maoist) and his 20 accomplices.

In another incident, immersion of idols was halted and the main bazar road blocked for about three hours in Simdega district headquarters town last night when some men pelted stones at the procession. The protesters were shouting anti-administration slogans for not providing them adequate security.

However, after assurance of strict action against the culprits by the deputy commissioner, the idols were immersed.

Some men also went on a rampage in a pandal at the crowded Bakari bazar area of the capital city. They allegedly beat up some members of the organising committee.

The darshan of idols was halted for about an hour in yet another pandal in the city following scuffle by miscreants with one of the organisers.


Bihar: CPI (Maoist) zonal commander held

Jehanabad, Oct. 15 (PTI): In a major catch ahead of the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls on October 18, the police arrested a zonal commander of the banned CPI (Maoist) from the outskirts of Jehanabad town on Friday.

Police sources said that Shatrughan Yadav alias Murali was arrested from a village on the outskirts of this district headquaters town. They, however, refused to disclose the place of arrest and said that no weapons were found on him.

Yadav was wanted in over a dozen criminal cases, including that of making an abortive attempt on the life of Police Superintendent, Anil Kishore Yadav, some time ago.

Police has launched a campaign against naxalites who have called a boycott of the elections and threatened those who defied their diktat with dire consequences.

Chhattisgarh faces crunch as Gujarat withdraws cops

Saturday October 15 2005 00:00 IST


RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh, already facing a shortage of security personnel to deal with Maoist rebels, will face a further crunch as Gujarat pulls out 1,000 of its policemen.

The Gujarat government, which had sent one company of policemen six months ago, has withdrawn its forces to meet its own requirements.

"Gujarat has withdrawn forces as the state is holding local bodies polls," Director General of Police O.P. Rathor told IANS.

"We are short by 1,000 Gujarat police cops who were deployed in the Raipur and Bilaspur areas for law and order maintenance."

The pullout of Gujarat police is likely to seriously affect anti-Maoist operations in the Bastar region's forest comprising Dantewada, Kanker and Bastar districts. A total of 10,000 policemen are deployed in areas where Maoists hold sway.

Home Minister Ramvichar Netam said: "The Gujarat government's decision was unexpected. Gujarat police had helped Chhattisgarh step up offensives against Maoist rebels who dominate eight of the state's 16 districts."

A senior home department official said: "Now we have to cut the number of police personnel deployed in Maoist areas and deploy them in places vacated by Gujarat police for regular law and order maintenance."

Security alert : Naxalite could attack dams .. INTELLIGENCE

DH News Service Bangalore:

The State intelligence department and Intelligence Bureau recently reported to the government that dams in the State could be targets of Naxalite attacks.

Following intelligence reports that dams in the State could be targets of Naxalite and extremists’ attacks, Minister for Water Resources Mallikarjuna Kharge has written a letter to the DG&IG of Police B S Sial on Friday asking him to tighten security at these vital installations.

He held discussions with senior government and police officials. He wanted to deploy additional personnel of the Karnataka State Reserve Police and Armed Reserve Police .

The State intelligence department and Intelligence Bureau recently reported to the government that dams in the State could be targets of Naxalite attacks.

Bomb squad team cover blown


Ranchi, Oct. 14: The state police department is all set to make the existing bomb squad more effective.

There is virtually no work assigned to the “squad”, comprising 70 trained police personnel, who have been trained by the state government at a cost of Rs 70 lakh. But none of the “bomb experts”, as they are known, have been given any assignments in the Naxalite-hit state to defuse a single bomb during the past five years.

Sources in the state police headquarters said the department is contemplating to send its personnel for a refresher course before forming a “central team”, which would be sent to various Naxalite-affected districts on specific assignments.

“Sometimes, policemen are killed during extremist attacks as they do not have the expertise to defuse a bomb. A land pressure bomb was used in the last Saturday’s blast in Chatra. Our men, who were trained long back, know how to defuse such a bomb, but they were not called in time,” said a senior police officer.

According to other senior police officers, it is high time that the men sitting idle be given some business. The officers themselves accept the fact that the experts have just not been used properly by the senior officers in the department.

Sources said the existing team does not have the latest equipment to tackle sophisticated bombs.

A senior officer, on condition of anonymity, said: “Yes, it is a fact that our bomb squad is not working as in other states. The ones who have got bomb squad training are rather being sent for general duty. Believe me, they could even forget techniques of defusing a bomb.”

“At present there are 70 policemen, who were sent to either Meru (Hazaribagh) or the National Security Guard base in Gurgaon. During the one-year training the state government has spent Rs 1 lakh on each of them,” added the officer.

Another senior officer said the Chatra ambush was an eye-opener to revamp the state police force.

“Like any other state, Jharkhand will also have a full-fledged and fully-equipped bomb squad now. Though we are not planning to train any more men at present, the existing personnel, who have already received the training, will be sent to a refresher course and then a central team would be formed,” the officer said.

“This team, stationed at headquarters, will have all the equipment needed for defusing a bomb. The fact has to be accepted that we are also short in terms of equipment, which are quite costly. (But) the department will soon ensure that the central squad gets these,” added the officer.

According to sources, every bomb squad has got bomb suits, each costing Rs 7 lakh, bomb box costing Rs 60 to 70 lakh and a remote control costing Rs 1.5 crore.

“The state police does not even have one of these important equipment,” said officers in the department.

Maoist Naxal's mine haul blows lid off Bihar plot


Ranchi, Oct. 14: Police today stumbled upon 11 powerful landmines, each weighing 30 kg, from a dried up well barely a few kilometres from the site of last Saturday’s blast in the Baniadih forest in Chatra district, 200 km from here.

Police officials believe the bombs had been hidden by the rebels for use during the Bihar elections. The site is just 6 km from the bordering Bihar district of Gaya. The first phase of polls will take place on Tuesday and both Gaya and Aurangabad — hotbeds of extremism — are voting that day.

A team of policemen from three police stations in and around Baniadih, accompanied by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, combed the area around noon and recovered the bombs from the well at Boogadha Pahad in Rabda, just a short distance away from the forest where 12 securitymen died in the explosion on October 8.

Police officials claimed that this time they went to the spot, considered among the most sensitive areas in terms of Naxalite traps and ambushes, “well-prepared”. Chatra superintendent of police Sashinath Jha, who led the team, said: “We were all prepared for the operation and had taken a number of precautionary measures. We had a team of doctors with us in case there was an ambush and medication was required. I had personally asked the deputy commissioner to also arrange for an ambulance so that the jawans could be moved in case of an emergency. Besides, the team had bomb-detecting devices with them, too.”

Police officials said the raid was carried out following a tip-off. “Around 9 in the morning, we got the tip from one of our informers about the landmines. A team was formed immediately and we left for the spot. Rabda is known to be a Naxalite hotbed and has got a long history of ambushes and landmine blasts. These places are difficult to penetrate as there is always a chance of a trap,” Jha said.

The district police chief said the explosives were meant for use in the Bihar elections. “The spot lies close to the Bihar border. Gaya district is only a few kilometres away. We suspect that these landmines were stored there by the Maoists for the Bihar elections. In the wake of the October 8 incident at Baniadih, this catch can be said to be an important one,” he said.

Trees, twigs and shrubs camouflaged the well. “After the discovery, police have launched a full-fledged combing operation in Rabda and Kunda. This catch is a morale-booster for the force. They are all charged up now,” said another senior official.

The police have denied that the Baniadih incident was a case of an informer turning hostile. The incident, police officials said, was a case of negligence on part of the men who were engaged in the operation.

Bharat and India ceasing to be two different people

George Fernandes, NDA Convenor, former Defence Minister

To me, India Empowered means a country where poverty has been eliminated and no one goes to bed without a meal. Where the old slogan of roji, roti aur makan (job, food and house) is a reality and no more a slogan. Where the State looks after the citizens’ health so that no one has to die at the hospital gates for want of medicine they cannot afford. A nation which is at peace with itself and with its neighbours with no power on earth daring to threaten it.

Where religion does not divide the people but binds them in love. Where man-woman equality is not a favour to women but a dogma. Where child mortality is a bad dream from the distant past. Where all children—from the Prime Minister’s to the sweeper’s—have the same opportunities to study and learn so that talent stands out and mediocrity is left behind.

When the casual way the farmers are treated by the political establishment, the government and corrupt financial institutions is over and the farmers are given the same respect which any other labouring class receives.

Where dynastic politics which breeds corruption, generation after generation, has no space.

Where truth reigns and lies are shown up for what they are, whether uttered by an individual or by a journalist or by a politician or within a family. Where justice is not on sale and the unjust get the punishment they deserve. Where the curse of caste system has been ostracised and the whole nation works together to raise India to its heights in the spirit of Vasudeva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family).

If I am not mistaken, it was the then leader of the farmers, Sharad Joshi, who divided India into two parts. Bharat, being the other part. In this divide, India was the land of the haves and Bharat, the land of the poor. The rich landlords were a part of India along with industrialists, while the small farmers and workers were Bharat.

The ‘Reforms’, whatever they may mean, have not bridged this divide. If anything, the ‘Reforms’ have widened the divide, with the poor becoming poorer and the rich growing richer by the day at the expense of the poor. It is not that the Reforming Indians were not aware what was waiting for the poor of Bharat. But it was not their concern. Their eyes were riveted to the manna that was about to drop for them from heaven.

It was under the leadership of the United States, whose white population believes that theirs is God’s own land, that the ‘Reforms revolution’ started. Indians, who benefited from the largesse they received from the US, joined its bandwagon. Thereafter, many natives joined in. To cut a long story short, Bharat is going down as India is shining.

When Charu Mazumdar started his Revolution in Naxalbari in West Bengal in 1967, it was a few months since I had entered Parliament after defeating S K Patil in South Mumbai constituency. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia called me over to his residence and asked me to proceed immediately to Bengal and meet Charu Mazumdar. The brief he gave me was to see if we could establish a political relationship with him.

The Naxal movement began among the farm labour whose exploitation by the landlords was crying to the high heavens but the Congress government of the day had shut its ears to their cries, so rooted were their interests with the landlords.

Whatever may be the state of the Naxal movement at the moment, it cannot be denied that it is only through their work among the most deprived among the country that they have established control over vast areas from the north to the south and the east to the west. All efforts of every government to deal with the Naxal movement have failed for the simple reason that every government could not relate itself to the poor and the dispossessed.

The empowerment of India, that is Bharat in this case, must start from the lowest rung of the ladder of our society. If it does not, talk of empowerment is bound not to take us anywhere. India may have to go through what Latin American countries had to go through. To avoid this, India will finally have to extricate itself from the rigid grip of corrupt, vested interests and continuation of the British Raj that goes on under different colours. All else will be mere tinkering.

(Our special India Empowered stories and columns are available at


Sandeep Pandey : Naxal Terrorist

Source :VigilOnline

Sandeep Pandey is a man of many parts, all of them skin-deep and each one of them carefully and calculatedly crafted to feed his gargantuan appetite for Mammon. American greenback Mammon, that is. He walks, he talks, he writes, he protests – for his version of 'peace', against Indian nukes, for Kashmiri and other terrorists, for the terrorist state of Pakistan, against Coca Cola, against Hindus and their nationalism, for the poor destitute children of India who don't go to school - which fact this Indian, this IIT graduate confesses in an interview to the Milli Gazette, he came to know late in his life, only during his years in the US from a book published by MIT in 1991 titled 'The Child and the State in India'.

Sandeep Pandey has so far picked only those issues for his money-making activism which will keep him in media limelight, and those issues which for the most part resonate like music in the US government establishment, that's for sure; all except Coca Cola. Only the Coca Cola bit is a dead give away about the colour of skin-deep Sandeep's ideology. Skin-deep San-deep's activism is intentionally anti-Hindu and anti-Hindu nation which is why the US, and its client states were willingly deceived into patronizing the man with awards, media attention, with talking tours in foreign universities and with the Magsaysay; but dear Sandeep's activism, far from leaning ideologically towards the West is inclined steeply towards the Left to which fact the US establishment is perhaps only now beginning to open its eyes.

As I said, each one of these many parts of Sandeep Pandey is intended secondarily to make money from anti-national disruptive activism. While these are well crafted money-making parts, the money-making is incidental to their primary role as false hair on the face to disguise him. Sandeep Pandey the pseudo educationist, the pseudo social activist, the pseudo peace activist, the pseudo anti-nuke activist – all of these pseudo beards disguise from public gaze Sandeep Pandey the committed and vocal supporter of Marxist-Leninist Naxalite terrorism. And skin-deep Sandeep is mortally afraid the false beard may fall off and that his Naxal proclivities may come under the US State Department scanner. Now why should that put dear Sandeep Pandey into a blue funk? Thereby hangs a tale – this tale in fact.

America has always nurtured a McCarthian hatred for communism, communists and Russians. This hatred has as much to do with politics and White Christianity as with economics. Even long after Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism is still alive and kicking within the US, and anti-communist sentiment like White racism's social correctness, is always simmering beneath the surface because that is American political correctness. In short, communism, Marxism, Marxist, Left, Leftist are all dirty words in their public discourse lexicon. But there is another trend that is slowly but more visibly emerging within the US in the last decade.

The disintegration of the Soviet Union, the emergence of the megalomaniac American State as the lone super power, the WTO and its destructive clauses pushing entire nations in Africa and large sections of societies even within developed countries like the US into increasing poverty, the intrusive and bullying ways of the IMF and World Bank, the first Gulf War, the crippling 12 year long economic sanctions against Iraq culminating in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the war against terror post 9/11 and currently the obscene and even rabid American evangelical churches that inform White House foreign policy – all of which have assumed anti-racial and religious minorities, anti-women, anti-labour and anti-free choice connotations, have triggered a neo-Left movement within the US and given a new impetus to communism which was delivered a near fatal blow when the Soviet Union collapsed and American universities seem to be their new breeding ground.

Marxism, let us not forget, was not born in Russia , which like Turkey is located on a continental/cultural cusp. Marxism was conceived in Europe and like all European thoughts, concepts and constructs without exception – European monarchy, Christianity and the Church, capitalism, Nation-State, democracy and its attendant baggage of Christian values – Marxism too is intolerant, hegemonic and has made conquest of territory and destruction of other ways of life its intrinsic nature. While all competing/conflicting European ideologies fight their war unto death on their own territories, they also carry a decisive part of their war into territories where they both seek supremacy. Asia and Africa have been the battle ground for capitalism/communism, Church/Islam and US/Russia, encapsulating the converging/conflicting basic European interests and ideologies.

The America of today, the White Christian supremacist America of today is Europe's child and Marxism has chosen the US as its battleground, not unlike White Christianity choosing pagan Rome as its battleground and finally setting up its empire in Rome itself. The Indian Left is a significant mover and shaker in this direction and the Indian Left, as represented by comrade Vijay Parshad, Akhila Raman, Angana Chatterji and Sandeep Pandey and his acolytes, deriving their inspiration from the professional American Dissenter par excellence, Noam Chomsky, has penetrated and entrenched itself in very large and potentially disruptive numbers in American universities. It is delicious irony but not surprising at all that Marxism, intellectually powered by the Indian and American Left in the US, is raising its head making its come back from the very womb of its arch enemy and empowered in its world-wide resurrection in no small measure by the US dollar.

Sandeep Pandey's ASHA raising close to four million dollars from inside the US is no small indicator of the Left rising from the dead. The other big indicators are the mammoth anti-WTO demonstrations in Seattle, the anti-war protests by millions of Americans who took to the streets following the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the anti-IMF and World Bank protestors growing by the year, the mammoth annual gathering of NGOs and other activists at the World Social Forum – these are the big indicators of the gathering storm within the US and the storm clouds are spreading over Latin America, over Asia and over Africa through these annual communist conventions. Making the storm more menacing for the Left-hating US is the quiet but increasing assertiveness of Russia's Putin in international politics, and the steady march of communist China as a global economic and military power. And closer to home the US has Hugo Chavez and the immortal Fidel Castro as insulting irritants of an enemy who will simply not go away.

The US (read CIA) has a long history of creating and feeding monsters which then turn upon their creator. Let us not forget again, these monsters are initially created by the US to disrupt their native societies, nations and governments in its quest for new territories to control or created like the Afghan Mujahideen (a part of which later went on to becoming the Taliban) to fight its celestial war with communism. The Indian Left in American universities is one such Frankenstein waiting to happen. And that is why Sandeep Pandey is in a blue funk about his Naxal terrorism leanings. For one, if the US State Department were to wizen up to his communist credentials, questions are sure to be asked about ASHA, its chapters in the US, its presence in American universities, Sandeep Pandey's and ASHA's connections with AID, AID's chapters in the US, and the nature of funds being raised by ASHA and AID for Sandeep Pandey's disruptive activism at home. The next step for the American government would be to track down the individual and institutional donors within the US and Europe. The third step would be to put these persons - students, Assistant Professors and Professors in American universities under the scanner and have their cover blown which in turn could jeopardize their profitable careers in the US. The last and inevitable step would be to clamp down on dear Sandeep's sources of funds from the US . Futuristic? Sure, but not improbable considering both AID and ASHA are endorsed by Charity Monitor and also considering that the Patriot Act of 2001 places charities that receive American money under its scanner to make sure that Americans don't contribute funds to charities that may be fronts for terrorists and terrorist organizations and to make sure that persons supporting terrorist groups do not use American for fund raising activities.

It is these fears which compels skin-deep Sandeep to go to great lengths to keep his pseudo beard on his chin – to keep his Left, and worse, his Naxal leanings a secret from the US government. The possibility of adverse media attention and the possibility of the US immigration doing to him what they did to another Indian Leftist, Ramachandra Guha, which will put paid to his luxurious five star activism bankrolled by American dollars must be giving dear Sandeep sleepless nights.

Let us look at a short but revealing time-line in dear Sandeep's life.

2002 – Ramon Magsaysay Award in Emerging Leadership Category

2002 – Sandeep Pandey refuses the US 50,000$ purse which comes with the award (Now why would he do that?)

November 2002 – Sandeep Pandey participates in the Seventh Congress of the CPI (ML) in Bihar

October 2004 – Sandeep Pandey through an acolyte in Princeton issues several clarifications among which he denies any links with the Left

The Magsaysay awards in different categories are constituted by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and a substantial part of the cash component is funded by the Ford Foundation (FF). The Indian Left has always been strongly critical of the FF because it believes that the Ford Foundation, which it claims is consciously infiltrated by the CIA ( Click),
set up shop in India even in Nehru's time only to avert a very possible communist take over of the country after Nehru's death; this the FF set out to do by investing heavily in rural development, in the green revolution and over time in NGOs as part of Ford's "Asset Building and Community Development Program", which "supports efforts to reduce poverty and injustice by helping to build the financial, natural, social, and human assets of low-income individuals and communities." This was a brazen and brilliant move by the FF and the CIA to hoist the communists by their own petard. This was a classic case of hijacking an entire agenda, an entire constituency, an entire social movement to neutralize Indian communism. Neutralising Indian communism in the immediate aftermath of the end of colonial rule was only a small battle in its celestial war with the Soviet Union, let us remember.

And that is why Indian communists and communists of the world nurture this implacable hatred for the Ford Foundation - for the sin of thwarting a grand communist revolution in Brazil and India. The FF New Delhi office webpage claims that "At the invitation of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Foundation established an office in India in 1952." In fact Chester Bowles, US ambassador to India from 1951, initiated the process. Like the rest of the US foreign policy establishment, Bowles was profoundly shocked at the "loss" of China (ie the nationwide coming to power of the communists in 1949). Linked to this was his acute worry at the inability of the Indian army to suppress the communist-led peasant armed struggle in Telangana (1946-51) "until the communists themselves changed their programme of violence". Indian peasants expected that now, with the British Raj gone, their long-standing demand for land to the tiller would be implemented, and that pressure continued everywhere in India even after the withdrawal of the Telangana struggle.

Bowles wrote to Paul Hoffman, then president of FF: "The conditions may improve in China while the Indian situation remains stagnant.... If such a contrast developed during the next four or five years, and if the Chinese continued their moderate and plausible approach without threatening the northern Indian boundary.... the growth of communism in India might be very great. The death or retirement of Nehru might then be followed by a chaotic situation out of which another potentially strong communist nation might be born."

The New Delhi office was soon set up, and according to the Ford Foundation, this was the Foundation's first program outside the United States, and the New Delhi office remains the largest of its field office operations". It also covers Nepal and Sri Lanka. Bowles writes that "Under the leadership of Douglas Ensminger, the Ford staff in India became closely associated with the Planning Commission which administers the Five Year Plan. Wherever there was a gap, they filled it, whether it was agricultural, health education or administration. They took over, financed and administered the crucial village-level worker training schools." (Aspects of Indian Economy )

"There is a sophisticated and comprehensive strategy worked out in imperialist quarters to harness the forces of voluntary agencies/action groups to their strategic design to penetrate Indian society and influence its course of development. It is the imperialist ruling circles which have provided through their academic outfits the political and ideological basis for the outlook of a substantial number of these proliferating groups in India. By providing liberal funds to these groups, imperialism has created avenues to penetrate directly vital sections of Indian society and simultaneously use this movement as a vehicle to counter and disrupt the potential of the Left movement.... The CPI(M) and the Left forces have to take serious note of this arm of imperialist penetration while focussing on the instruments and tactics of imperialism. An ideological offensive to rebut the philosophy propagated by these groups is urgently necessary as it tends to attract petty bourgeois youth imbued with idealism." (pp 2-3) (Prakash Karat in an article in The Marxist. titled Foreign Funding and the Philosophy of Voluntary Organisations, 1988)

The Indian Left is therefore extremely hostile to the FF and its 'imperialist intentions' in India. But the communists had learnt an important lesson – the urgent need to start their own flourishing industry in NGO activism which would give their socially disruptive anti-Hindu activism a façade of respectability. Sandeep Pandey is one (in)famous example of communists venturing into NGO activism. Sandeep Pandey's communist nexus begins to unravel itself when, within months of accepting the Magsaysay award in 2002, he announces to the world that he will be returning the money component of the award worth 50,000 US$ because, he says, having called the US a terrorist state he cannot very well be receiving money from any American organization. It is obvious now that the communists used Sandeep Pandey and the Magsaysay award to deliver their first punch at the 'imperialist' US and the Ford Foundation. Needless to say dear Sandeep could afford to sniff at 50,000$ because he was making more than a couple of million dollars with his false beards in the US.

Returning the Magsaysay money could have been dismissed as usual Sandeep Pandey theatrical grandstanding except that the Indian communists find their moment of sweet revenge to deliver their second knock-out punch at the Ford Foundation; and this time the World Social Forum was the context. The Indian communists did to the FF what they claim the FF did to them in the 1950s – hijack the World Social Forum from the Ford Foundation and thus hijack an entire American/European agenda, an entire constituency of NGO activists and their beneficiaries, who had been created and funded by the Ford Foundation, the UN and several North American, European and Scandinavian governments and quasi government and non-government organizations, intended to render hors-de-combat any communist pretensions for a comeback. The 'celestial war' between capitalism and communism is once again gathering momentum and India seems to be their chosen battle ground this time with Hindus who view them both with equal suspicion becoming their combined target.

In keeping with its agenda to thwart the communists of the world from staging any more great communist revolutions in any continent (and the WTO had created a fertile soil for such revolutions), the Ford Foundation was one among the major contributors of funds for the World Social Forum which convened for the first time in Porto Alegre in Brazil in 2001. For three consecutive years the World Social Forum held its annual conventions in Porto Alegre and so buoyed up were the organizers with the response that in 2003 alone they organized an Argentina Social Forum meet in Buenos Aires, a European Social Forum in Florence, a Palestine Thematic Forum in Ramallah (on "negotiated solutions for conflicts"), an Asian Social Forum in Hyderabad, and an African Social Forum in Addis Ababa. The penetration and the take-over of the World Social Forum by the communists of the world was complete by 2003; and in 2003, the Brazilian Organising Committee and the International Council issue a triumphant war cry and decide to hold the next WSF gathering not in Brazil, but in India.

One of the principal organizing forces behind the Mumbai WSF meet in January 2004 were the two major communist parties of India – the CPI and the CPI(M) and the NAPM an umbrella organization for all NGOs affiliated to these parties or owing allegiance to the communist ideology. And the first decision taken by the Indian Organizing Committee was to reject western sources of funds for the WSF, notably the Ford Foundation. In the words of Lisa Jordan of the FF, " We are not supporting this year's forum because the Indian Organising Committee (IOC), which represents a comprehensive attempt to bring together a large cross-section of Indian society, includes some groups who have objected to Ford's activities in India since 1953 – especially support for the Green Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. They feel that contributions made by the Ford Foundation helped to prevent India from undergoing communist revolution. In the beginning the idea for the WSF in India had been for a very broad funding base with Ford , Britain's department for international development (DfID), the MacArthur Foundation, the European Union and others. But in the end, the IOC chose not to seek funding from any of these".

The revenge of the communists was complete and the Ford Foundation and the CIA not to mention the foreign intelligence agencies of other European countries which would have been present at the WSF in Mumbai would have made a detailed observation of Indian participants and their current countries of domicile, which information they are sure to use at payback time. The National Alliance for Peoples Movements (NAPM) of which Sandeep Pandey is the national convenor was present in great strength in Mumbai and questions are probably being raised within the US about who funded these organizations and who bank-rolled the participants. Sandeep Pandey has every reason to be in a blue funk for reasons stated in the beginning because in October 2004, he is forced to deny communist/naxalite links, he is compelled to resign as trustee of ASHA and he is also forced to offer the explanation that he never used ASHA funds for his 'other' activities and that he has generally passed the hat around to people who have supported his political ambitions.

"My ideology: Gandhian, Humanitarian (Im not a leftist, I have till date not read a single word of left literature. Moreover, I would not have got magsaysay if I was a leftist or a naxalite because President Magsaysay, the former President of Phillipines, in whose name the award is given, was staunchly anti-left and the award is not given to anybody with a left leaning ? this is probably the strongest argument to counter the label of 'left' which has been put on me; actually, by labeling me as a leftist it is easier for the rightist to criticize me because they cannot condemn me as a Gandhian as easily". (

Jharkhand police recovered 11 powerful landmines

Powerful landmines recovered from well
Chatra | October 14, 2005 4:46:01 PM IST

The Jharkhand police today recovered 11 powerful landmines hidden by suspected maoist ultras in a dried up well in Kewal village during a search operation.Police said the landmines, each weighing 20 kg, were hidden in the well near Rabda hills by suspected maoist extremists for use during future operations against the police parties.
No arrest was made so far. Police registered a case and investigations were on.

The ultras killed 12 securitymen, including two DSP rank officials, last week in the Kunda area of the district through a powerful pressure bomb blast.

In the extremism-affected state, landmines are frequently used by the ultras for their anti-establishment operations.


3 suspected naxal aides arrested in Mangalore

Mangalore October 14, 2005 7:43:30 PM IST

Three people suspected to have links with naxalite groups in Andhra Pradesh have been arrested here last night, police said today.
Talking to reporters here today, IGP (Western Range) Suresh Babu said the arrested people were identified as Venkatreddy from Kodadi near Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh, Syed from Malur in Kolar district and Madhusudhan from Byrapura in Sakhleshpur near Hassan.

The trio had been moving in the city in a van last night. As part of routine checking, the police had stopped their vehicle and on suspicion arrested them. While Rs three lakh cash and a pistol was seized from Venkatreddy, Rs one lakh cash and a revolver was recovered from Syed.

During interrogation the trio revealed that they had been proceeding to Kerala to purchase some weapons and ammunition.

It was also found that Venkatreddy had been earlier arrested by the Andhra police for supplying seven weapons to naxalite outfit Janasakthi. Of them, the police could recover only three weapons.

The arrested people were produced before the court today for seeking police custody.


Three Persons Arrested on Charges of Supplying Arms to Naxalites

Daijiworld News Network - Mangalore (GA) - Pics Dayanand Kukkaje - Friday, 7-00 pm

Mangalore, Oct 14: In a major breakthrough, the anti-rowdy cell of the district police have arrested a native of Kodad in Nalgund district of Andhra Pradesh and two of his collaborators on charges of supplying arms to Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday October 13.

The details of arrests and seizure were provided to the media by western range inspector general of police K P Suresh Babu at a specially-convened press conference in his office on Friday morning. SP B Dayanand and Addl SP Lokesh Kumar were present at the meet.

IGP Suresh Babu gives details of the operation

On Thursday P A Hegde, PSI of anti-rowdy cell and his team were on their usual patrol in the city when they got a tip-off that 3 persons were loitering around suspiciously in the old service bus stand at Hampankatta in a Tata Sumo vehicle (KA 04 N 596) of Bangalore registration. Immediately the police rushed to the spot and traced the vehicle and arrested the suspected.

Cash and arms seized from the accused

Upon interrogation, they were identified as B Venkat Reddy (34), a resident of Kodad in Nalagund district of Andhra Pradesh, Mohammad Syed (36) of Malur in Kolar district and Madhusudan (38), a resident of Byrapur in Hassan district.

B Venkat Reddy, Mohamed Syed and Madhusudan

The police also found an illegally possessed foreign made pistol costing around Rs 2 lac and Rs 3 lac cash with Venkat Reddy. Mohammad Syed too owned a foreign-made revolver costing around Rs 1 lac, without a licence. Madhusudhan had Rs 70,000 in cash with them, which too was seized. Since they were not able to give proper and adequate details about their illegal holdings, police took them into custody and seized their vehicle.

The police team that took part in the operation

The details elicited during the subsequent enquiry were terrifying and startling. The prime accused Venkat Reddy possesses M Sc, B Ed, M Phil degrees and owns a college named 'Maharshi College' at Kodad. He is also a professor in the same college. But for the last 4 years he has been supplying arms to the CPI -ML Janashakti, a Naxalite organization after purchasing them from Karnataka and Kerala with the help of Madhusudhan and Mohammad Syed. He also revealed that the present Rs 3 lac that he possessed was brought to purchase arms and he was on his way to Palakkad in Kerala to procure them.

He also revealed to the police that he also has a case against him in the Kodad rural police station of Nalagund for possessing a gun illegally.

Vehicle seized

The second accused Syed is a mechanic in one of the garages at Malur in Kolar and has been running a taxi on hire. So whenever Venkat Reddy used came to Bangalore, he used to accompany Venkat in his vehicle to purchase arms from Karnataka, Kerala and even Andhra Pradesh. He also revealed that he had already purchased a rifle from Bangalore and had sold it to Venkat Reddy for Rs 1 lac.

The third accused Madhusudhan is the owner of 'Varsha Gun Mart', a gun shop at Byrapur in Hassan and he has been in touch with Venkat Reddy for the last 4 years. He has already sold arms worth lacs of rupees to Venkat Reddy in the last 4 years after purchasing them illegally in Kerala and Karnataka.

The police have seized things worth Rs 8.70 lac along with Rs 3.70 in cash from the accused. A case has been registered in the Bunder police station in this regard. Bunder police inspector Vinay Gaonkar has been carrying out the enquiry in the said case. Information about their arrest has also been sent to Andhra Pradesh police.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

West Bengal : Maoists create terror waves

Nani Gopal Pal
in Bandwan

Oct. 13 — Maoists carried out another strike successfully on 4 October when a strong group of armed Naxal activists cautioned the police not to harm the villagers who are mostly innocent, at Gurpana village in Bandwan of Purulia.
The Maoists blew up a police camp which was under construction and warned the villagers not to participate in the construction works. They threatened the police also.

The Purulia administration which initially thought the incident as a “cracker-blast” realised later that the police camp was blown up by the Maoists. Mr Mukul Kanti Sarkar, district magistrate, Purulia, said that although the superintendent of police had rushed to the spot the situation was not alarming.
But Mr Rangaswami Sivkumar, SP of Purulia termed the situation “horrible.” Maoists did not fortunately strike the base camp where a large contingent of armed police force was stationed to combat the insurgents.

They left the area by warning the policemen. One Maoist who was arrested and sent to a correctional home said that the operation had been carried out to caution the police.
The Maoists are now threatening the villagers also who were engaged in constructing the police outpost there. They asked the villagers not to cooperate with the police
In spite of all hazards, armed police vowed to complete the construction of police camp by bringing the workers from other places.

A section of police is doubtful whether they can bring the workers from other villages to complete the outpost at Gurpana in Bandwan.
Meanwhile top police officials of West Bengal and Jharkhand held a conference at an unknown place in Bandwan of Purulia to tackle Maoists’ latest technology. The objective of the meeting was to thwart the Maoist attacks in Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore (West).

Three IGs of police (West Bengal), Mr Chayan Mukherjee, Mr Anil Kumar and Mr Sadhan Mondal, along wih some DIGs and SPs of WB and Jharkhand attended the meeting . A joint team of WB and Jharkhand continued the search operations in Chakma Makuli and Lakaisin.

Naxal Special Division Wing train youths for defence test

Friday October 14 2005 00:00 IST

HOSUR: The Naxal Special Division Wing (NSDW) police started a physical fitness training programme for youths in Dharmapuri district on Thursday to help them take part in the Defence selection test.

Superintendent of Police H Jayaram inaugurated the training camp at a formal function in the District Sports Stadium in Dharmapuri.

The Tamil Nadu government has been implementing the Socio-Economic Development Scheme involving Rs 5.5 crore funds in more than 40 Naxalite-infested villages in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. The scheme is to prevent the youths from leaning towards militant outfits in the backward region.

As a part of the programme, NSDW, in association with the district police, has been offering different types of training to youths to maintain their physical fitness and gain jobs in the Army, Air Force and Navy.

NSDW has announced that the physical fitness training programme would be conducted from October 13 to 17 in government high schools in Pennagaram and Harur as well as the District Sports Stadium in Dharmapuri.

More than 150 youths from various parts of the district took in the training programme. ‘‘The current training is to help the youths participate in the Defence selection test to be conducted from October 19 to 24 in Erode,’’ SP H Jayaram said.

He appealed to youths in the district to utilise the programme and gain jobs in the Defence services. In addition to training for physical fitness, he said the district police would also arrange training programmes to aid youths in taking the written test.

NSDW Inspector R Senthil and District Sports Officer Kiruba are offering various training to the youths in Dharmapuri district.

51 sangham members surrender

Jagdalpur Chhattisgarh | October 13, 2005 8:48:51 PM IST

Fifty-one sangham members, including a naxal area commander and Ten women, surrendered today in South Bastar area's Bhairamgarh, police said.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Mahendra Karma and Inspector-General (Bastar Range) S W Ansari accepted the surrender.

The sangham is an organisation that assists extremists. Mr Karma is leading an anti-naxal campaign Salwa Judum in Bastar.


EC reschedules polling dates of 4 seats in GayaNew

Delhi October 13, 2005 8:39:38 PM IST

The Election Commission today changed the polling dates of four assembly constituencies in Gaya district in Bihar to October 21 instead of October 18 as announced by the commission earlier.

The dates of polling in Belaganj, Gaya town, Gaya Mufassil and Bodh Gaya has been changed in the wake of naxal threats and the prevailing law and order situation.

The Commission took the decision on the basis of reports receved from its teams, who were conducting detailed tour in the state.
The Commission stated that there was need to make effective arrangements of security forces and spilting the polling dates of constituenges is districts will ensure better management of polls.
Polling in other six assembly seats of Gaya districts will be held on October 18 only, the Commission added.

Suicide bomber set off Begumpet blast

NDTV CorrespondentThursday, October 13, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Security at important offices has been tightened in Hyderabad today.This has been done in the wake of a blast at the Police Commissioner's Task Force office at Begumpet that claimed two lives on Wednesday. The police have now confirmed that yesterday's blast was carried out by a suicide bomber. Initial reports suggested that RDX was used, an explosive not usually used by the Naxal rebels. This is why the police are suspecting the blast to be the work of Pakistan's ISI.After visiting the blast site, Home Minister K Jana Reddy told reporters the probe has been further intensified.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Blast at Hyderabad police chief’s office kills one

By - Chitti Pantulu

HYDERABAD: One home guard was killed and a head constable seriously injured in a blast at the Police Commissioner’s task force office in the heart of the city’s business district in Begumpet.

An unidentified youth left a packet containing a gelatin stick at the entrance to the task force office located right next to a busy shopping mall.

It is also close to the residences of senior IPS and IAS officers and a stone's throw from the chief minister’s camp office in Begumpet.

The home guard died on the spot while the head constable is fighting for his life at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, a police spokesman said.

While police officials did not rule out a naxal hand in it, the blast comes close on the heels an alert sounded out by the US Embassy in New Delhi warning American citizens and establishments in Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai against possible terrorist attacks.

However, a police officer ruled out any connection to the US alert and said it was difficult to pinpoint the responsible groups or individuals for the blast unless investigations were complete.

Security was tightened in the city after the blast.

Stepped up security for MNCs in Hyderabad

Hyderabad | October 12, 2005 4:15:06 PM IST

Police will step up vigil at multinational firms in this Andhra Pradesh capital following a warning by the US embassy in New Delhi about possible terrorist attacks on US establishments in India.
A police official of the Cyberabad Police, whose jurisdiction extends to areas surrounding Hyderabad, said adequate security arrangements were in place for multinational companies and foreigners working for them.

"We will take extra security arrangements in view of this warning but there is no need for panic," said the official.

He said patrolling in the Hitec City, which house most MNCs, and surrounding areas would be intensified to keep a vigil on any suspicious activity.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy reviewed the security already being provided to MNCs.

The US embassy Tuesday warned American citizens of a "possible threat" of terror attacks, including suicide car bombings, against US interests in India, particularly Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai.

The warning came after the US intelligence reportedly intercepted an email that hinted at possible attacks on their establishments in India.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Mohanty also said adequate security was in place for MNCs and foreign nationals working there.

He said the warning could be a routine advisory issued by the US government from time to time to its nationals all over the world.

"Police are always on alert. Tight security is already in place for the current festival season," he said.

While the US embassy issues travel advisories to its citizens from time to time, this is the first time that Hyderabad figured in the list of cities facing a terrorist threat.

This city is home to about 700 companies in which the US has direct or indirect interests. They include Microsoft, Dell, HSBC, GE, Google and Deloitte.

In addition to the security provided by police, these companies have their own security set-up, which they claim is foolproof.

In October 2001 Maoist guerillas had attacked a Coca-Cola plant in Guntur district and threatened to attack other MNCs.


Cops rue casualty of lessons forgotten

Ranchi, Oct. 10: Most senior police officers, especially those holding key positions in Naxalite-affected areas, admit they have forgotten the lessons they were taught during the training programme.
They strongly hold that the set norms were being flouted while carrying out raids, which often results in Chatra-like incidents.
The officials argued that the guidelines are blatantly flouted for quick results. In Baniadih too, they said, only one person should have been entrusted the task of opening the box and other policemen ought to have given cover fire from a considerable distance.

“Even IPS officers have forgotten the lessons they were taught during their training programme. The victims did not take the necessary precautions that is mandatory during such operations. This was because they probably wanted instant results,” said a senior police officer looking after the training programmes.

He said the lessons have been virtually abandoned in the police force in Jharkhand. Most officials are reluctant to join the programmes. “It is necessary that there should be regular training for all categories of police officials after a gap of six to eight months,” he said.

The officer said lack of coordination between the central paramilitary forces, bomb disposal squads and the local police, too, was responsible for such incidents. “Here too, the CRPF assistant commandant reportedly insisted that the box did not contain explosives and that he had opened several such boxes in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states in the past,” he said.

A police superintendent recalled that once he had “positioned” his boys before raiding an extremist hideout. But his boss insisted that instead of wasting time, the force should march straight to the rebel den. He started climbing up the hills and the others, including the superintendent, were forced to follow. After covering a small distance, there was a big explosion which claimed the life of the village chowkidar, who was guiding the squad.

“After every incident like Baniadih, the entire force receives a setback and jawans get demotivated. It is the ordinary jawans who are at the forefront everywhere. Repetition of such incidents makes them defiant and on occasions they even refuse to obey their bosses. Regular training for the entire police force is, therefore, very necessary,” said an officer of the rank of inspector-general.

Plan to develop Palnadu area

Wednesday October 12 2005 11:05 IST
GUNTUR: Finally, a silver lining seems to appear on the dark clouds hovering over the Naxal-infested Palnadu.

As part of the State Government’s plans to wean the people away from the influence of Naxalism, the district administration will shortly undertake developmental works in 58 villages.

District special officer Ramakrishna has conducted several review meetings with the district officials. A survey by the Velugu coordinators is on to ascertain the necessary infrastructural facilities.

Teams of community coordinators will ascertain the number of families, unemployees and other basic facilities, he said.

The survey report would be sent to Nabard for securing the necessary funding, he said.

Presently as much as Rs 25 crores were being released by the Remote Interior Area Development to various departments. The district administration has plans to secure Rs 35 crore more.

On a Mission to solve Naxal problem

Wednesday October 12 2005 10:47 IST

SALEPUR: His only aim is to resolve the Naxal problem in the area and he has been working out formulae towards accomplishing it. Eighty-year-old Natabar Pradhan of Heerapur village under Salepur block to utilise his 45 years of experience as a representative of Utkal Navjeevan Mandal, a voluntary organisation of Malati Devi Chaudhury, to resolve the rising Naxal crisis.
The organisation has been serving the tribals in Koraput, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Ganjam, Balangir, Phulbani and Angul districts.

Unhappy with rising Naxalism in the tribal-dominated districts, Natabar wrote to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently, seeking an appointment to discuss the issue with him.

Pradhan says, the word Naxal is derived from Naxalbadi, the name of a place in Kolkata and the begetter of Naxal Revolution was Charu Majumdar who had snatched away land from landlords and distributed it among the poor farmers. In Orissa, Kunda Master, a teacher of Andhra Pradesh, started the Naxal revolution in 1965.

Naxal teams on prowl; police on high alert

Wednesday October 12 2005 10:49 IST

RAJAHMUNDRY: The district police are on a high alert following credible information that three action teams of the banned CPI-ML (Maoists) are on the prowl in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

According to intelligence sources, the action teams, comprising two or three hardcore ultras who are experts in conducting recce and accomplishing specialised tasks, could attack soft targets to create terror and bring pressure on the YS Rajasekhara Reddy government to re-start the peace talks with the ultras.

The action teams could attempt to target politicos in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts, the sources revealed.

The reports assume significance in view of the recent threats hurled at several political leaders including Roads and Buildings Minister Jakkampudi Ramamohana Rao and Commercial Taxes Minister Konatala Ramakrishna. Significantly, both the ministers have chosen to ignore the threats.

The police have reviewed the VIP security in both the districts and have intensified anti-Naxal operations in the Agency areas of both the districts.

However, the police sources said that the Maoists have suffered a serious a jolt in the region in view of the surrender of key leaders including Komali Seshagiri Rao and Vikram.

They said the spate of surrenders, mainly due to the deft strategy of counselling kin of the Naxal leaders, has yielded good results.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Are communists abusing American hospitality? -- Arvind Kumar

Indo-American News, October 7, 2005

Arvind Kumar

The human suffering caused by the tsunami disaster few months ago once again brought out an ugly facet of human nature to the surface. In the wake of the devastating tsunami, which left an estimated 200,000 dead, millions injured, orphaned, homeless and destitute, some political organizations posing as charities and a few other charities connected to political groups aggressively sought donations while providing little, if any, succor to tsunami victims. Collecting funds under false pretenses is nothing new, nor is it unique to the countries of the Indian subcontinent, but what is especially troubling in this case is that money collected by some organizations is used for political purposes and in some cases even ends up with groups that fund violent action.

In particular, some Indians in USA who support Communists at home have set up organizations that present a façade of helping poor people. These groups often coordinate their fund-raising activities and shadow their proceeds by passing money through multiple accounts all controlled by like-minded groups.

Sandeep Pandey, the founder of Asha for Education (ASHA) which is one of the groups in the network, is a supporter of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation [CPI (ML)-L], a group that openly calls for an "armed revolution" and has a stated objective of using illegal methods and raising an army to wage a war. In November 2002, during its party congress, this group honored 'comrade martyrs' or terrorists killed in action. Sandeep Pandey was one of the speakers at
the congress and called for the unity of 'revolutionary' Communist organizations.

Another outfit, Association for India's Development (AID), is closely allied with ASHA and seeks funds from people in America in the name of charity, but is linked to Communist groups in India. When AID started collecting money ostensibly for the relief of those affected by the tsunami, it inadvertently publicized the fact that it was working together with other organizations including the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) – the youth wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist) – which was mentioned only by its acronym on AID's website. DYFI is routinely in the news for indulging in acts of violence and rioting. In March 2002, DYFI activists attacked women journalists, and in August of the same year, they torched buses. DYFI
has repeatedly targeted the offices of Malayala Manorama, one of the leading media houses in the south Indian state of Kerala, and in August 2003, hurled a petrol bomb at one of Malayala Manorama's offices. In November 2004, they threw stones at vehicles and smashed windshields on buses.

Using the time-tested "follow the money" technique, a recent independent investigation revealed connections between AID and Indian Communist organizations. According to information AID put out on the internet, it donates money to Tamilnadu Science Forum (TNSF) – yet another organization run by one of its own members – which in turn supports libraries but makes it a pre-condition 'as a policy' to support only those libraries linked to organizations such as DYFI. Effectively, this makes AID a front organization for Indian Communists seeking funds in USA. In the past, ASHA has also contributed money to TNSF.

Activities of Indians in USA that benefit various Communist groups are a matter of grave concern not just for Indians, but for everyone around the world. Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation considers Russian actions in Chechnya to be racist acts of terror and blames Russia for not giving in to the demands of the terrorists who held schoolchildren hostage at Beslan a few months ago. The US State Department has already listed as terrorist groups some radical Communist organizations in the Indian subcontinent, including a couple of groups that have an ideology similar to that of CPI (ML)-L
and share common roots with it. One of the key political parties that CPI (ML)-L opposes in the state of Uttar Pradesh is Bahujan Samaj Party, a party of oppressed Indians treated as untouchables by 'upper-caste' elite who support outlawed Marxist-Leninist and Maoist groups.

It is unfortunate that many unsuspecting people have been taken in by the claims of AID and similar organizations and have donated money to them. Several former donors state that they were unaware of AID's connection to Communists and believed the apparent good intentions of AID. Disillusioned students who have stopped donating to AID speak of a sense of betrayal they felt upon discovering its true nature.

Organizations like AID, which are based in the US, raise money by abusing the sincerity and goodwill of their American hosts. Although AID is connected to groups in India with an overt political agenda, it claims to be a non-political outfit and draws its support primarily from students on American campuses. One of its main bases is Stanford University in California where it has hosted speakers sympathetic to groups that base their ideology on hatred and indulge in violence. It is high time that the American authorities crack down on groups that brazenly operate in USA with a tax-exempt status despite their links
to radical Communists. There is no need to wait for a crisis before tackling the problem.

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Govt. directs administration to remain alert

Ranchi | October 11, 2005 2:44:23 PM IST

In the wake of the recent killing of 12 police personnel, the Jharkhand government has alerted the district administration and police to keep vigil on naxalites during the ongoing Durga Puja festival.
Chief Secretary P P Sharma has directed the district authorities to arrange round-the-clock patrolling in naxalite-dominated areas and inform the state heaquarters in case of any incident.

Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangments has been made in the capital town to prevent any untoward incident during the festival.

The Chief Secretary also directed the state electricity board to maintain uninterupted power supply during the festival.


KARNATAKA seeks Centre's nod to ban Naxals


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MANGALORE: The state government has sought the permission of the Centre to ban Naxals, carrying out their activities in the state under the Maoist banner.

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, chief minister Dharam Singh pointed out that the Naxals in the state were not supported by CPI or CPM.

"They are carrying out their activities under the Maoist banner," he said. Observing that the National Park was the source of the problem, Singh said the state Government has urged the Centre to amend the Forest Act with a view to enabling it to take up developmental works in the national parks, to contain the Naxalite menace.

"The amendment is being done and state will be empowered to carry out development in forest areas," he said. He said about 2,000 tribal families were apprehensive of eviction and Naxals were using this insecurity against the state.

Village Headman slain; 39 ultras surrender

Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh: Naxals have slain a village headman at Bastar division's Nukanpal, even as 39 sangham members, including eight women, surrendered at Jangla Police Station.

Last night, the rebels targeted Vaman Kudiyam who was spreading awareness for initiating the anti-naxal campaign 'Salwa Judum' in this area as well.

Two bombs, weighing 10 kg each, were seized yesterday by a patrol along the Bhairamgarh-Bijapur national highway.

Naxal scene in UP less serious than other states; Jaiswal

Jaunpur | October 10, 2005 8:46:14 PM IST

Union minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said that the situation in the Naxal=dominated parts of Uttar Pradesh was far less serious than in the five other states facing a similar problem.
Mr Jaiswal told newspersons here today that Naxalism in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh had grown much faster than in the three affected districts of UP.

He said the problem could not be dealt with force alone, but needed to be addressed through development. In line with this policy, the Centre has sanctioned a sum of Rs 15 crore to each of the Naxalism-affected districts in the country, including Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandaulli in UP, he said.

Mr Jaiswal said development was the best method to bring back the misguided youths into the mainstream and advised the UP government to use a judicious mix of force and development to address the Naxal problem.


Monday, October 10, 2005

The who’s who of Left-wing extremism

[ MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005 01:14:21 AM]

At present, there are nearly 10 self-proclaimed ‘ultra-Left’ outfits. However, except may be three or four, others have hardly anything to do with ideology. They can safely be qualified as ‘extortionists’ or ‘private armies’. Among the more important and ferocious Left wingers are: Peoples War Group, Maoist Communist Centre, People’s Guerrilla Army, and CPI (ML) People’s War.

Maoist Communist Centre: One of the most dreaded Naxalite outfits having major activities in Bihar and Jharkhand was formed by Kanhai Chatterjee and Amulya Sen on October 20, 1969. It has many massacres, particularly that of the upper castes, to its ‘credit’. The MCC has an ongoing battle on with the Ranvir Sena, a kind of a private army of ‘landlords and people belonging to upper castes’. It is also feared by traders and businessmen in Bihar. The MCC fathers various affiliates such as Mazdoor Mukti Sangh, Naari Mukti Sangh, Krantikari Chhatra League, Krantikari Sanskritik Sangh, Communist Yuva League and Krantikari Budhijivi Sangh.

CPI (ML) People’s War: Like its elder brother, the MCC, this one is also active mainly in Bihar. Formerly known as CPI (ML) Party Unity it came into being in 1978 under N Prasad. However, it merged itself with PWG in 1999. Like the MCC, it also has various organisations such as Nari Mukti Sangharsh Samiti, Democratic Students Union, Bharat Naujawan Sabha Mazdoor Kisan Sangram Parishad, Shramik Sangharsh Manch and Jharkhand Mazdoor Kisan Sangram Parishad under its control.

Peoples War Group: Set up by the fiery Kondapalli Seetharamaiah (KS) on April 22, 1980, the PWG is the most powerful Naxalite force. Mainly active in Andhra Pradesh, it is believed to have 55 squads holding significant clout in 12 of the state’s 23 districts. It also has a presence in border areas of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. More than 300 political leaders, belonging to the Telugu Desam, Congress, BJP, CPI and CPM besides rich traders, have been killed by the PWG in the last 10 years in various parts of the state including Telangana.

People’s Guerrilla Army: This one takes inspiration from the People’s Liberation Army of Peru. The PGA came into being as a wing of the PWG on December 2, ‘00. Unlike the PWG, that has some social agenda, the PGA’s aim is to counter India’s security forces’ offensive against Naxalites. It’s main area of operations is Dandakaranaya that has parts of AP, Maharashtra, MP and Orissa. The relatively young outfit also has branches in parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and North Telangana.

Other ultra Left wing organisations are CPI (ML) Liberation, CPI (ML) Red Flag, CPI (ML) Santi Pal Group, CPI (ML) Provisional Central Committee, CPI (ML) Jansakti, CPI (ML) ND and others.

Two former Kashmiri militants become NAXAL target

Ranchi | October 10, 2005 5:44:23 PM IST

Two dreaded Kashmiri terrorists who surrendered to join Paramilitary forces were killed on duty by extremists in Chartra district of Jharkhand.
Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) jawans-- Abdul Rashid Mir and Abdul Rashid Khan-- were two of the 12 securitymen killed in a massive bomb blast by Maoist extremists in Chatra district of Jharkhand on October 8.

Police said the two were earlier dreaded militants linked with a Kashmiri terrorist organistion. They joined CRPF when the central government announced a special recruitment drive for the surrendered militants a few years back.

Sources said that both were residents of Baramula in Kashmir.

'' It is a sheer tyranny of fate that when the two were out to repent for their past sins, they become victim of terrorism itself, '' their colleagues said.

Sources said the bodies were sent to their native places yesterday.

136th batallion of CRPF to which the two martyrs belonged still has at least five such recruits who were serving the nation to balance their past misdeeds and bloodshedings.

In the blast a DSP of state police and an Assistant Commandent of CRPF were also killed when they were seaching a box recovered from a suspected naxalite hideout

The siege within


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MUMBAI: This danger is from within. As urban India is absorbed in discussing the modern face of trans-border terrorism, its other half — villages — is facing a siege that’s ‘home-made’. “Naxal violence is spreading like wild fire. The menace is much graver than what it appears,” a top security official who has worked in the Naxal-affected area told ET. “One-third of India is under the so-called Red Terror.”

According to the task force report on internal security, a committee formed after the Kargil war, about 45per cent of India’s geographical area, covering 220 districts, is in the grip of insurgency of some kind. Of this, nearly 160 districts are under Naxal attack. “It is not just the intensity, but the speed with which it is spreading that is alarming,” an official said. From 55 districts and nine states in October ‘03, Naxalite violence has spread to as many as 156 districts in 13 states in about a year’s time.

But a section of the government believes it is more widespread. Officially, the government of India acknowledges nine states as “Naxalite affected”. These are Bihar, Orissa, AP, MP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. However, a few CMs, at a meeting convened recently by Union home minister Shivraj Patil, have expressed their concern over the spread of Naxalite activities in newer areas other than the nine states classified as ‘Naxalite-affected’. These CMs have urged the Cente to take a fresh look at the issue. The said meeting also agreed to give more freedom to joint task forces appointed in June this year to cross state boundaries to curtail the impact of these ultras.

The list of those who present for the meeting highlights the gravity of the issue. Apart from Bihar governor Buta Singh, the CMs of Chhattisgarh, AP, Orissa, Karnataka, MP, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand attended the meeting along with home secretaries.

States like Karnataka, say the problem of extremism and Naxalism should not be seen in terms of the number of violent episodes or incidents that have occurred, but in a more anticipatory manner. It wanted the Centre to treat all states on par with the Naxalite-affected states in the matter of giving assistance.The home minister had to convene the meeting following intelligence reports of escalation in extremist violence in many parts of the country. The immediate provocation for the home ministry to undertake this exercise is the recent violence in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

About 15 people were gunned down in a Jharkhand village early this week. A fortnight earlier, a landmine blast near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh killed 24 policemen, including 22 from the Central Reserve Police Force. Informed sources said that it has been agreed that the two inter-state joint task forces constituted to gather and share tactical intelligence will undertake co-ordinated joint operations, including hot pursuit across state boundaries against the Naxal leaders and cadres.

“It is part of a grand strategy to make this corridor red,” a top cop from one of the central security agencies said. This Red Corridor runs through eastern Maharashtra, MP, eastern UP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar and establishes links with Maoist-held territories of Nepal.

“There is a major activity going on to link all ultra-left activists,” he said. The Maoist activists, who had re-grouped recently, had been planning to create a revolutionary zone from Kathmandu to Colombo and from Pakistan to Bangladesh through the length and breadth of India.

According to BJP MP Arun Shourie, who was in charge of the North East during the NDA regime, 13,000 civilians and 5,500 security personnel have been killed in Left- wing violence since 1989. Opposing the UPA’s move to extend an olive branch to the Naxals, the BJP MP, while speaking in Parliament recently, said: The compact revolutionary zone (from Nepal to AP) is very much a reality. Nepal shows the danger in which we are.”

“The issue becomes all the more complicated as there is a possibility of the Left-extremists joining hands with Islamic fundamentalists,” sources say. The Indian intelligence agencies have evidence to prove that the ISI is using Naxalites to traffic drugs and pump fake currency notes into India. In return, the ISI is providing them with sophisticated weaponry and the know-how to make and use improvised explosive devices. Seized weapons and ammunition bear witness to this evidence, an official said.

And like any other issue this one also has the political establishment divided. The BJP says that most of the states where Naxalite violence is on the rise, are being ruled by parties or alliances that are members of the UPA, a charge the Congress finds difficult to refute.

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Two Maoists lay down arms

Monday October 10 2005 12:25 IST

NIZAMABAD: Two Naxalites of the CPI (Maoist) party laid down their arms before police on Sunday. Meanwhile, Armoor police arrested one person allegedly involved in supplying explosives.

Nizamabad range DIG Anjani Kumar and SP Mahesh Chandra Ladha presented the surrendered Maoists -- Talari Gangadhar and Pallikonda Gangadhar before the mediapersons on Sunday.

Talari Gangadhar, a native of Kaligot in Jakranpalli mandal was a Naxal sympathiser and assisted the militants in drought attacks during 1994-95. He had gone underground since 2005. He worked as Sirnapalli-Bheemgal area local guerilla squad (LGS) member. He was also involved in publicising party activities.

The other Maoist, Pallikonda Gangadhar, belonging to the Jakranpalli mandal worked as member of CPI (ML) People’s War Group Bheemgal dalam from 1993-95.

As many as 28 cases were registered against him and is also one of the accused in the murder case of former Naxalite Manoharabad Srinu in Sirikonda mandal.

The police officials said both the Maoists would be provided with rehabilitation aid. Regarding the cases, they said the situation would be reviewed after six months and then the cases would be withdrawn.

ONE ARRESTED: Armoor police on Sunday arrested one Ramaswamy, belonging to neighbouring Tamil Nadu and presently residing in Nirmal, for allegedly supplying explosives.

He was taken into custody by the police during their routine vehicle checking at Perkit cross roads.

People losing faith in Police action against Naxals: CM

Monday October 10 2005 13:43 IST

MANGALORE: “People are losing faith in Police operations against Naxalites. I have given clear instructions to officers to work in such a way as to regain faith of the people in them,” said Chief Minister Dharam Singh.

At a news conference on Sunday the Chief Minister said the Police should be with the public.

“If they just sit in the station, people are bound to lose faith in them. Police should give people security and ensure that they are there to protect them,” he said.

He said he had met deputy commissioners of the districts threatened by Naxalites and promised to extend all support to combat Naxalism.

During the Chandigarh convention he had discussed the Naxal problem with AICC President Sonia Gandhi and told her that Naxalism was a socio-economic problem, Dharam Singh said.

“Central Forest Act is acting as an obstacle for the implementation of the tribal package of the State Government.

Hence the Centre has been urged to bring about the required amendments in the Act.

The problems of the tribals will be solved by the implementation of the package,” he added.

He clarified that as of now there was no possibility of deploying the Naga battalion to curb Naxalism in the region.

“The matter has been discussed with the State Police and the battalion will be called upon only if required,” he said.

He also shed light on the fact that the State Government had allotted Rs 5 crore as natural disaster fund while only Rs 2.25 crore has been spent.

Dharam Singh held a meeting of the deputy commissioners of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada on Sunday

UP to establish Anti-Naxal Cell

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government has decided to consietute a specialised 'Anti-Naxal Cell' in the state to deal with the problem of extremism.

The Cell would be formed under the direct control of the Varanasi Zone Inspector General of Police.

The proposed body would ensure quick response against Naxalite activities in the state, and also take pro-active measures to pre-empt these by keeping a vigil in the Naxal infested areas.

Home department principal secretary Alok Sinha said here today that approval had been granted to create a total of 72 temporary posts under the Cell.

''The state government has sanctioned Rs 61.67 lakh for the purpose,'' he informed.

Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli districts are the three worst Naxalite affected districts in UP

Cases dropped against Naxal sympathisers

Monday October 10 2005 12:25 IST
NALGONDA: “No man will be a criminal by birth, it is only the circumstances which make him incline towards committing crimes,” Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagawath felt.

The SP participated in a ‘Parivartana Sadassu’ held at Kondamallepalli village in Devarakonda mandal on Sunday. He handed over ‘liberty certificates’ to 71 Naxal sympathisers, freeing them from cases registered against them. He also made the villagers take an oath not to assist the Maoists.

Speaking on the occasion, he said there were 26 cases against 175 Naxal supporters in the district. Of them, 71 people have been relieved of the cases, during the first phase, as per the government directions.

The SP felt that many villagers assisted the Naxalites only due to fear rather than sympathy and support.

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Tribe survey suspended following Maoist 'ban'

Monday October 10 2005 00:00 IST


RAIPUR: A government institute has been forced to suspend a survey of an endangered tribe after Maoist guerrillas "banned" the study in Chhattisgarh.

The Abujhmadia tribe, which has 19,401 members and is classified as endangered, lives in thick forests bordering Maharashtra. The Abujhmad forest is spread over 6,000 sq km and it has never been surveyed and accessed by anyone including the British.

The thick forest has become a hub of Maoist guerrillas. They reportedly run several training centres there, according to intelligence reports.

"We were forced to wind up the survey last month because of the Maoist orders. They asked us not to come to Abujhmad forest under any circumstances," Tribe Research and Training Institute (TRTI) joint director T.K. Vaishnav told IANS.

The city-based institute receives an annual fund from the central government for survey and study of five endangered primitive tribal groups of Chhattisgarh including Abujhmadia with a view to saving them from total extinction.

Vaishnav said the institute was to begin what would have been the first study and research on the endangered tribe.

"Our investigators had gone to Abujhmad forest for survey work but were forced to return," Vaishanv said. He feared that the Maoists' diktat would seriously affect the understanding of tribals.

The institute has worked on a number of health and education schemes for the welfare of the state's five endangered tribal groups: Abujhmadia, Baiga, Pahari Korba, Birhor and Kamar.

Maoist NXALITES booby-trapped security personnel

Monday October 10 2005 00:00 IST


RANCHI: The dozen security personnel who died here on Saturday in a bomb explosion were victims of a booby-trap set up by Maoist guerrillas who lured them into the jungle with a false tip-off that a large cache of arms and money was lying there.

The security forces were informed Saturday that guerrillas of the Communist Party of India-Maoists (CPI-Maoist) had left a huge cache of arms and money deep in the jungles of Chatra district.

A team of 25 security personnel belonging to the state police and central paramilitary forces were dispatched to Banwadih village, 170 km from Ranchi. The team was led by two senior officers.

The team found a container with Rs.9.24 million written on it when they reached the spot after travelling on foot for seven kilometres.

As they tried to open the box, it exploded and killed 12 security personnel. Amongst those killed, nine were from the central paramilitary forces and three were from the state police.

The two officers - Deputy Superintendent of Police, Binay Bharti and Assistant Commandant of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), J.D. Amar, were also killed. Twelve sustained injuries in the explosion.

Sources have revealed that the security team had a bomb squad, but they started opening the box without necessary precaution.

"The security team did make a mistake. They should not have tried to open the box. The causalities could have been lower if the security personnel had watched the opening of the container by surrounding it," a senior police official told IANS.

The enthusiastic security personnel even did not follow the guidelines about the opening of any suspect object in Maoist-infested areas, he said.

The injured security personnel were brought to Ranchi by special choppers on Saturday evening. They were undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital here.

The latest tactic of the Maoists have been viewed as a new method to target the security forces, as they have gradually learnt to avoid landmines after losing more than 170 men in landmine blasts over the years.

New act to counter naxal menace, Dharam

Mangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh today said he will enact a piece of legislation, besides amending the Forest Amendment act to help tribal people living in the forest areas and check naxal activities.

Addressing a press conference here after chairing a review meet with top officials and Superintendents of Police of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikamgalur districts, he said he had apprised Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil about the situation in the naxal-infested areas in the state.

Reiterating that the Government would hold talks with ultras only if they renounced and came to the negotiating table, he said the extremists find a solution to their problems through ballots and not bullets.

Mr Singh urged the Centre to provide five acres of land each to 2,000 tribal families living in the Kudremukh National Park area, instead of one acre.

The State Government had released Rs 23 crore for developing infrastructure and curbing naxal activities in the Western ghats area, the Chief Minister said, adding that he had also convened an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.

Admitting that the police force was not adequately equipped to deal with the menace, he assured that the Government would provide all required weapons.

Referring to the Rs 25,000 crore ONGC project in Dakshina Kannada, Mr Singh said there was absolutely no confusion about implementing the project in the district and work would start soon. A nodal officer would be appointed shortly and a notification issued in this regard.

He said status quo would be maintained at the Datta Jayanthi festivities and the procedure followed last year would be continued.

Anti-naxal bandh paralyses life -- Ranchi

Ranchi | October 09, 2005 7:43:57 PM IST

A dawn to dusk anti-naxal bandh paralysed life in Jharkhand's Chatra district today, police said.

Different non-government organisations called the bandh in protest against the killing of 10 police personnel, a CRPF Assistant Commandant and a SDPO during the raids in Baradih areas in an explosion and simulteneous firing by the extremists of the district yesterday.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicles were off the roads.

No untoward incident was reported during the bandh from any part of the district during the bandh hours, the police added.

Country is facing great threat from naxals: Advani


Alleging that the UPA government at the Centre has totally failed to deliver good governance in its 16 months rule, the BJP today said the internal security of country was under great threat, specially from naxal outfits.

"Naxalism is on its pick. During its 16 months rule the most danger threat that the Government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh facing is the threat of naxalism," he said addressing a party meeting here.

Claiming credit for "curbing the problem of terrorism to a great extent", Advani said that the NDA government had fought terrorism "boldly".

"We tried to win over the terrorism. We also compelled Pakistan to curb terrorist outfits and succeded in bringing the country into dialogue," he said, adding "today even relation with Bngladesh is not conducive." "We need good governance both at the Centre and in the states," he said.

Maintaining that the greatest achivement of Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government was the smooth running of a 22-party coalition government at the Centre, the BJP President said the "Prime Minister Manmohan has failed totally in running the coalition government properly". "What is happening with the UPA government. Many people say normally there should be just one PM (Prime Minister). But here we see three PM. First is PM, second is Super PM and the third is CPM," he said, adding "if PM is trying to control the stearing, Super PM is pushing the excelator and the CPM is pulling the break." "Nobody knows where does the UPA government stands. Where it will go and where it will collide. Whenever the Congress and Communist come together always something wrong happens. The emergency comes into the country after both the parties had come into a pact in 1975. It happened afterwards also," Advani said.