Friday, November 04, 2005

Maoist Caught : undergone training in Nepal

Siliguri: A Maoist Binod Monger, was arrested today by the police from the Norbong tea estate under Kurseong Police Station.

He was staying in Nepal's Kudubari camp in Jhapa district. Two pistols of 7.65 points and eight rounds of cartridges were seized from his possession.
The Darjeeling district Police Superintendent said the man was caught by the residents of the tea estate in the morning when he came to Norbong tea estate. He belonged to Timai Bhutanese camp one.

He joined the outfit only one and half months back. On October 29 when he was on duty he escaped from the camp and stayed in the jungles of Darjeeling district.

The Maoist activist was originally from Ghuntu under Paglibari district of Bihar.

During interrogation Binod Monger said three other bhutanese were undertaking training in Maoist camps in Nepal where hundreds of Nepalese, including some women, were also being trained in the camp.

Alert in Bihar after cops' killing by Naxalites

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Patna, Nov 4: A day after four policemen, one of them an officer, were killed byNaxalites in Banka district, an alert was today sounded across Bihar ahead of the third phase of Assembly elections on November 13, official sources said today.

The officer in-charge of Anandpur police station and three constables were killed in an attack by CPI (Maoist) guerrillas at Gaura village of Banka district yesterday.

Home Secretary H C Sirohi said all police stations across Bihar were put on "high alert" as Naxalites, who have called an election boycott, may step up their activities ahead of the polls.

State police and central paramilitary forces have intensified patrolling along borders with Nepal to check influx of Maoist rebels, whose links with their Bihar counterparts have been long established, into the state before the polls.

Raids are on to apprehend members of the underground ultra-Left organisations, particularly those in poll-bound constituencies, he said. (Agencies)

UML delegation meets Andhra Pradesh Home Minister

Madhav Kumar Nepal (File photo)

A delegation of the CPN (UML) led by general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal met Home Minister of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, K Jana Reddy, in Hyderabad on Wednesday, acquiring information on steps taken by the state government to contain Maoist activities.

Indian media reports said Reddy apprised the UML delegation, which includes senior party leaders KP Sharma Oli and Amrit Bohara, about the initiatives like land distribution and economic and development programs aimed at resolving the Maoist rebellion.

Reddy told reporters after the meeting that he acquired information on what Nepali political opposition had been doing towards addressing the problem.

"Nepali delegation said they have set conditions to the Maoists to set aside arms and join the mainstream,” quoted Reddy as saying.

The UML delegation, which is in India since last one week to garner support in favour of the ongoing pro-democracy movement of the seven political parties, has already met several Indian political leaders including Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, ruling United Progressive Allaince president Soniya Gandhi and opposition leader LK Advani in New Delhi. mk Nov 04 05

US warns against pact between Nepal Maoists, parties

Kathmandu | November 04, 2005 7:15:06 PM IST

Alarmed over at least two of Nepal's major opposition parties publicly saying they were holding talks with the Maoist guerrillas, the US Friday issued a "warning" against the alliance.
"The United States notes that the parties in the past have said they would not enter into any formal relationship with the Maoists, unless and until the Maoists firmly renounce violence, put down their weapons, and commit to supporting the democratic process," a statement issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu Friday said.

"Despite declaring a three-month ceasefire in September, the Maoists have done nothing to indicate that they are prepared to abandon violence in the long term, and abductions and extortion continue unabated."

The US government said though it supported the restoration of democracy in Nepal, it was opposed to a Maoist takeover.

"The best way to reach these goals is through unity of Nepal's legitimate political forces - the political parties and the monarchy," it said.

"We hope that the Maoists will enter into peace negotiations with the government in good faith, abandon their weapons, and come into the political mainstream," the US statement said.

"Until these steps are taken, the Maoists cannot be treated as a legitimate political party."

The statement will come as a shot in the arm for the government headed by King Gyanendra.

It has been warning the parties not to hobnob with the rebels it calls terrorists and has threatened action against those holding talks with the outlaws.

The Nepali Congress, the oldest party in the kingdom, and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist, have publicly said leaders from their parties as well as five more opposition parties have already begun dialogue with the guerrillas.


Political will is lacking

Friday, November 04, 2005 10:38:4 IST

If not, we would have specially trained anti-terrorist forces by now which we do not have, except to guard VIPs..

This week the Prime Minister did some tough talking with General Musharraf. This week our political leaders expressed outrage at the terrorist attacks in Delhi and tried to convey the impression that they would be ruthless in dealing with terrorists. Do not be fooled. Remember that nothing happened after the other attacks. Akshardham, Ayodhaya, Mumbai. Hundreds of ordinary people killed for the crime of being Indian. What did our political leaders do to prevent further acts of terrorism? Nothing.
Nothing is likely to happen this time either because as the retiring Chief Justice of India, R.C. Lahoti, pointed out last week there is no ‘political will’ to deal with the problem. Had there been we would at the very least have specially trained anti-terrorist forces by now. We do not. Except to guard VIPs who are in much less danger of losing their lives than ordinary citizens who, as we have seen from the attacks on Diwali shoppers in Delhi’s bazaars on October 29 can be killed for just going about the ordinary business of living.

Past failures

Emboldened by past failures to deal with terrorism the killers struck this time in the heart of Delhi and fifty-nine people lost their lives. Many more would have if it had not been for the extraordinary courage of a bus driver called Kuldeep Singh who lost his eyesight, hearing and part of his right arm saving the lives of his passengers. He saw the unclaimed rexene bag, picked it up and threw it out of the bus. In any other country he would be a national hero but his story is already forgotten because India has always treated her real heroes with disdain and given undue importance to political leaders who do not deserve it.
When it comes to protecting us from terrorism they deserve only our contempt because despite repeated acts of violence they have failed even to come up with a strategy to deal with the problem. That terrorism can be crushed when there is political will can be seen from what happened in Punjab. Ten years ago it seemed impossible to believe that there would ever be peace in Punjab and yet today there is. So the war against terrorism can be won if it is fought with ruthless determination.
If we have failed to win it in Kashmir, the Northeast and in vast tracts of India where Naxalites rule, it is entirely due to an absence of political will. According to the South Asia intelligence Review, an authority on terrorism, 60,821 Indians have been killed due to terrorist violence since 1992. This includes civilians, security personnel and terrorists and includes deaths not just in Kashmir and the Northeast but also in the Naxalite-affected states.
This is more lives lost than in times of war and what have our political leaders done? Nothing. To understand what can be done we need to observe the measures the United States took after 9/11 and the British government has taken after the London bombings last July. The American government immediately set up a Department of Homeland Security which took charge of investigations into acts of terrorism and outlined measures that needed to be taken to prevent further violence. In Britain something similar has happened with Prime Minister, Tony Blair, making it clear that the rules of the game have changed and it will no longer be possible for people who preach hatred and violence to continue their activities from British soil.
The terrorists involved in the New York and London bombings were identified within days of the violence. In India, they continue to remain largely faceless and when after some terrible act the police claims that they have killed so-and-so involved in such-and-such act of violence, it is usually less than credible because nobody is sure who exactly they have killed. The police should not be dealing with terrorism in the first place. They are not trained to deal with this kind of violence. What India desperately needs is a specially trained force and specially trained intelligence agencies. Without them we cannot begin to evolve a strategy.
What India also desperately needs is the political will to deal with those who preach hatred and exclusivity through religious schools that may have a place in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia but have no business to exist here. Whenever anyone says this he (or she in this case) risks being vilified as a ‘communalist’. But, it has to be said and it has to also be said that political leaders who fraternise with religious and political leaders who promote hatred and violence should be banned from seeking electoral office.

No compromises
What is the Prime Minister doing talking to the Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir when behind them hide terrorist organisations like the Hizbul Mujahideen? What is the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh doing when he talks to Naxalite leaders whose stated purpose is class war through violence? It is this compromise with violence that prevents India from winning the war against terrorism. We have to acknowledge that this is the 21st century version of war and that the men we fight are the enemy. Unless we do this what happened last week in Delhi will happen again and again and again.

Four Juvenile Delinquents nabbed

Ranchi: Four of the 27 Juvenile Delinquents, who had escaped from the remand home of Chaibasaon on November two, were nabbed today.

Police Superintendent of Chaibasa Navin Kumar Singh told UNI here on telephone that 27 delinquents had escaped from Chaibasa remand home on the night of November 2.

He said the police launched its search operation yesterday only when the staff of the remand home reported the incident.

Mr Singh said photographs of delinquents had been pasted on railway stations and bus stands of Chaibasa, Jamshedpur and Chakradharpur for tracing them at the earliest.

He said all police stations had also been put on alert.

Police teams were conducting raids on probable hideouts of the JVs.

He said besides role of staff of the remand home, the police was also investigating why it informed the police about the incident so late.

Five of the delinquents, who had escaped, were accused in murder cases while six others in rape cases and one in naxal activity.
Altogether 12 of them faced charges in incidents of thefts.

It was the second time in five years when delinquents escaped from the remand home of Chaibasa.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Chinese capitalism Vs Maoism

The reason why China wishes India and Nepal to get rid of the Maoists is more than merely strategic; it's psychological as well. Let's look at it this way. Mao is instinctively associated with China all over the world. Violence and anarchy anywhere in the world perpetrated in the name of Mao reflects negatively on the image of China. Investors in the West might shirk away from China fearing throwback to Maoism.

Two recent gestures by People's Republic of China took the Indian Communists by surprise. First, it made an offer to India to help it crush the Maoist insurgency. The same day it pledged nearly $1 million worth of military assistance to Nepal in its fight against the Maoist rebels.

The Indian Communists have condoned the Maoist insurgency in India (except in West Bengal where the radicals have called for the overthrow of the Left Front Government) and championed its cause in Nepal. Do these come across as 'Chinese puzzles' from Beijing?

The Chinese Ambassador to India, Mr Sun Yuxi, recently dropped a bombshell by offering to help New Delhi in suppressing its nagging Maoist insurgency. Some might wonder what prompted the emissary of People's Republic of China founded by Mao Tse-Tung to disown those who scrupulously follow Mao's blueprint in India. Mao, during the Korean War (1950-53) that began within one year of the Chinese Revolution, had recklessly thrown two million soldiers against the US-led UN forces to fortify Communist North Korea. Nearly one million Chinese soldiers (including his only healthy son Mao Anying) had perished in that war. In 1950 itself China had helped arm North Vietnam's communist regime of Ho Chi Minh.

Paradoxically, China had invaded India when Nehru had made friendship with China an article of faith. In fact, had China not given that unexpected jolt to India, Nehru would have handed over this country to a Communist mafia. But today India is an economic and diplomatic rival to China. India is also a nuclear power and Beijing is within the striking range of Agni-III missile. What explains China's charitable view towards India? Should not China want to see India's resurgent power eroded from within due to Naxalite and jihadi violence? China would have achieved its objective without firing a shot. It would have left China free to consolidate its position in entire South-East Asia, from South China Sea to Asia Pacific.

Those who find in this a clever Chinese tactic to infiltrate its spies into India have a point. But they miss the wood for the trees. Post-Mao, China is propelled by larger self-interest in seeing the end of the Maoist menace. The Chinese envoy has conveyed Beijing's displeasure over these radical Communist terrorists calling themselves Maoists. They have no strings attached to Beijing. China, if Mr Sun Yuxi is to be believed, wonders at these insurgents who call themselves Maoists and admits it can do little about it.

First, take the instance of Nepal where Chinese actions are driven by strategic concerns. The Chinese are always more pragmatic than idealistic; that is how PRC has survived whereas the USSR didn't. Beijing and Nepalese monarchy, notwithstanding their ideological differences, enjoy cordial relations. China feels it has outlived periods of mass upheavals like the Japanese invasion, the Chinese Revolution, the Korean War, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.

Deng Xiaoping gave China a new orientation when he said, "It's glorious to be rich," and, 'It matters not whether the cat is red or white, as long as it catches mice." China, under the aegis of Communist Party, adopted market economy. And, for a man who has amassed wealth after passing through many privations and ordeals of life, it's natural not to want a throw-back. Hence China is least interested in giving the Maoists of Nepal a fillip. It would only stir up discontent and destabilise the neighbourhood. China knows from its experience of the Cultural Revolution that revolutions degenerate into hooliganism.

China has consistently provided the Royal Nepalese Army, fiercely loyal to the monarchy, with military hardware. But like China's real defence budget, its precise details are rarely publicised. In June 2004 (seven months before King Gyanendra proclaimed Emergency in response to growing Maoist threat), Nepalese Chief of Army Staff General Pyar Jung Thapa undertook a weeklong tour of Beijing and met China's Defence Minister General Cao Gangchuan and General Liang Guanglie, chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army.

This time as well, General Thapa's visit to Beijing at the invitation of People's Liberation Army resulted in eight million yuan (nearly $1 million) of military assistance. China, to quote General Thapa, has promised similar military assistance in 2006 as well. General Thapa's visit to Beijing preceded by a visit of Nepalese Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey. It resulted in Chinese financial assistance of $12.43 million without strings attached.

Indian Foreign Minister K Natwar Singh, on the other hand, during his stopover at Kathmandu, quibbled with his Nepalese counterpart over the roadmap to restore multiparty democracy. He was not interested in learning how far the monarchy had succeeded in taming the Maoists. The Maoists of India and Nepal have a coordinated strategy that aims at overthrowing 'reactionary' regimes in both Kathmandu and New Delhi. Did this not merit a discussion in meeting between two foreign ministers?

While the Government of India is aiming for a multi-party democracy in Nepal, its ally, the CPI(M), makes no bones about supporting a Maoist revolution in Nepal. CPI(M)'s general secretary Prakash Karat had even met Nepal Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) secretly in Nepal last May.

Beijing, in contrast to New Delhi's alarmist position, dismissed King Gyanendra's proclamation of Emergency on February 8 last as Nepal's internal matter. It seems plausible that an understanding had already been arrived at between the Nepal Government and PRC. Nepal, accordingly, had closed down the Dalai Lama's office. China responded by starting a direct Lhasa-Kathmandu bus service.

The reason why China wishes India and Nepal to get rid of the Maoists is more than merely strategic; it's psychological as well. Let's look at it this way. Mao is instinctively associated with China all over the world. Violence and anarchy anywhere in the world perpetrated in the name of Mao reflects negatively on the image of China. Investors in the West might shirk away from China fearing throwback to Maoism.

The brand equity of China suffers. Since Deng Xiaoping China has revised its economic policies without officially criticising Mao, who is the undisputed maker of PRC, still held in the highest esteem. But in reality China has left Mao behind. During Mao's rule, China had supported Left-wing radicals in India. But China has today distanced itself from every kind of Communism in India. It is least interested in the idealistic madness of putting the cart before the horse.

Second, the Chinese psyche is highly sensitive to historical association. Gordan Chang in The Coming Collapse of China (2002) relates a humorous anecdote. A Toshiba laptop (made in Japan) bought by a Chinese doesn't work; as a result, the showroom in Shanghai stops vending Japanese products. It is no longer a simple case of laptop but a matter of history; the Japanese committed numerous atrocities on Chinese during the invasion of Manchuria. History, for Chinese, lies beneath the skin.

Maoism gets immediately associated with Chairman Mao. It is present more, perhaps, in Chinese psychology than in the mind of West although that is also a matter of apprehension. The clash of Communism is not a new phenomenon. One remembers in 1978 how Pol Pot's rabidly Maoist dictatorship killed 1.2 million people in Cambodia, and was eventually put to an end only by invasion of another Communist regime, North Vietnam. Perhaps things may not go that far in Nepal. China wants stability in Nepal more than its love of Maoism. And it despises Maoism in India more than it could ever despise India.

(The writer, a Rajya Sabha MP and Convener of BJP's think-tank, can be contacted at

Delhi Blast suspects may be hiding in Bangalore


By - K Raghu

BANGALORE: The Karnataka police are searching the possible hideouts for terrorists involved in the Delhi bomb blasts following a tip-off that the criminals may have sneaked into the southern state. Several police teams have raided hotels and residences on a hunt for suspects in Bangalore, Mysore and Belgaum after intelligence agencies alerted them."Bangalore is known to be a soft spot for criminals to hide. We have stepped up foot and vehicle surveillance and are on a lookout for suspects," Karnataka Director-General of Police, B S Sial told DNA on Thursday.

Intelligence agencies have sounded a nation-wide alert to hunt for a suspect in his early 20's, who jumped out of a bus minutes before a bomb went off in Govindpuri in South Delhi. "We are searching hotels, hostels, some houses and other areas where they could seek shelter. We have not made any arrests so far," Sial said. Vehicles coming into and going out of the state are also being searched on the borders, he said.

The police have turned Bangalore into a virtual fortress on August 15, following intelligence inputs that terrorists may strike the IT hub and security agencies had also stepped up vigilance on aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

Sial had recently warned that Bangalore is becoming a safe haven for Naxalites. "We had learnt that Naxalite leaders hatched plans of violence in the city. Unfortunately, we got the input very late. Now, we don't want to take any chances," Sial said.

Orissa Govt orders probe into Naxalite attack on BJP leader

Govt orders probe into Naxalite attack

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Nov. 3. — The state government today ordered an inquiry into the circumstances under which the Naxalites had looted arms and ammunition from the policemen deployed in the MV-55 village of Malkangiri district yesterday and directed the authorities to take disciplinary action if there was any dereliction of duty.
The order comes in the wake of allegations that the policemen had surrendered to the Naxalites without putting up any resistance.

However, the government dismissed the allegation of intelligence failure maintaining that it was not possible to get information about such cases.

It may be noted that a group of armed Naxalites had blasted the house of BJP leader and former minister Mr Arabinda Dhali in MV-55 village last night and looted eight rifles and ammunition from the policemen deployed to guard the house.
Meanwhile, Mr Dhali blamed intelligence failure for yesterday’s incident and wondered as to how the police contingent could not know about the assemblage of more than 100 Naxalites and their supporters in the village.
The coalition partner BJP has expressed its concern over the incident and decided to draw the attention of chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik.
Serious doubts have also been raised in the knowledgeable circles as to whether the Naxalites had looted the arms and ammunitions from the policemen on duty or it was a meek surrender by the latter.
The fact that the policemen had not sustained any injury strengthens the doubt that they had not offered any physical resistance.

Home secretary Mr Santosh Kumar told reporters here that the government had asked the DGP to conduct an inquiry into the incident and find out as to whether there was any lapse on the part of the policemen on duty.

Stating that the policemen on duty were equipped with adequate sophisticated weapons, he said that an inquiry would be made as to why they did not fire.
He informed that additional reinforcements had been sent to the spot to instill confidence among the panicked villagers and the IG (Operation) had rushed there to take stock of the situation.

Responding to the allegation of intelligence failure, the Home Secretary said it was difficult to gather proper intelligence in such cases. Even nobody had any inkling about the recent series blasts in Delhi, he noted.

However, steps are being taken to prevent such incidents in future, he said adding that sophisticated communication equipments and high-speed motorcycles were being provided to the police stations located in the Naxal-infested areas.
Mr Kumar informed that around Rs 240 crore had been spent on the modernization of police force out of which more than Rs 30 crore were utilized for procurement of sophisticated weapons.

NAXALS killed Officer in-charge, three constables


The Officer in-Charge of Anandpur police station and three constables were today killed and their firearms looted by an armed squad of CPI (Maoist) at a village in Bihar's Banka district.

Superintendent of police B Srinivasan told PTI that the ultras attacked the police party with bombs at Gaura village in which the Officer in-Charge Bhagwan Singh and three constables were killed. The police party had gone to the village to maintain law and order at a fair.

The SP said the naxalites also looted the service revolver and rifles of the slain constables.
Police reinforcement had been despatched to the village and raids were being conducted to nab the naxalites

Jogi wants Congress away from Chhattisgarh anti-Maoist movement

NOTE : Fighting terrorism is responsibility of every civilized citizen, however Congress Leaders like Ajit Jogi and COngress party don't want to support Anti-Terror movements if their Ideological rivals participate . THIS IS THE MATURITY OF CONGRESS PARTY , if we extrapolate these statements and attitude of this party and it's leaders , one day if our country is at war , these people don't support the war efforts if they are in opposition . WHERE THE NATION IS HEADING ?? CONGRESS PARTY AND IT'S LEADERS ARE MORALLY BANKRUPT , It is the duty of every sane citizen to spread this message to the masses and save the country from these Idiots masquerading as Leaders .

Mr.Ajit Jogi , can you spread your Gandhian message to NAXALS and TERRORISTS ?


Raipur: Senior Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi Thursday asked party leaders not to support the anti-Maoist movement as the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders were involved in the agitation.

Jogi said Chief Minister Raman Singh had admitted that the RSS leaders were actively involved in the exercise and its leaders had been inspiring tribals to challenge Maoists in their stronghold, Bastar, bordering Andhra Pradesh.

In June this year, the tribals in the Bastar region had launched an armed revolt against the rebels in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state. The RSS is regarded as the BJP's ideological mentor.

"I strongly oppose the participation of Congress leaders in the anti-Maoist movement after Chief Minister Raman Singh's disclosure," Jogi told IANS.
This is nothing but telling WE ARE SUPPORTERS OF NAXALISM and TERRORISM

"Once the chief minister admitted openly that the RSS was behind the anti-Maoist movement in Bastar, I think the politicians of secular credentials should dissociate from the movement," said Jogi, the lone Congress MP from the state.

He claimed that the RSS was involved in the agitation in a bid to help the BJP gain ground in tribal and backward areas in Chhattisgarh where the party had never enjoyed their support base.

Though Jogi did not mention any Congress leader by name, his counsel was clearly directed at veteran Congressman and leader of the opposition in the state assembly, Mahendra Karma, who has been spearheading the movement with full support from the state government.

Karma is the lone politician from central India who is being provided Z plus security for the past decade due to the threat by the leftist guerrillas. A top Maoist commander, Bhupathi, has declared the leader as their main enemy.

Reacting to Jogi's advice, Karma a bitter critic of Jogi, told IANS: "I do not need anyone's advice... the whole Bastar region is burning, Maoists have blocked development, locals are dying due to starvation, I will continue to lead the battle against the guerrillas."

Karma said that he had apprised Congress president Sonia Gandhi last month about the ongoing agitation against the Maoists in Chhattisgarh and she had appreciated his efforts to bring peace in Bastar.

However, Jogi said he would meet Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and request her to ask Congress leaders to dissociate from the movement.

The Maoists are active in nine of the state's 16 districts and run a virtual parallel administration in these areas. Among the worst affected districts include Kanker, Dantewada, Bastar, Surguja, Rajnandgaon, Koriya, Kawardha and Jashpur.

India extends ban on six Manipur groups

Manipur still unstable - India extends ban on six Manipur groups
Sudhir Chadda
Nov. 3, 2005

Manipur is still in an unstable state with insurgents using foreign help to cause trouble. Indian security forces are doing the best they can but a political solution must be sought.

The Indian government extended the ban on six underground organizations of Manipur state in north-east including People's Liberation Army and PREPAK [People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak] for two more years.

Declaring that these predominantly Meitei (tribe) outlawed organizations were continuing to indulge in anti-national activities, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said "government has decided to extend the ban on these organizations for further two years."

The decision to ban these organizations was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee presided by the prime minister, Manmohan Singh.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting Mukherjee said that the four other outfits under extended ban are Revolutionary People's Front of Manipur, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), KYKL (Kangli Yawoi Kanna Lup) and KLF (Kuki Liberation Front).

He also announced that the government has decided to raise 25 new battalions of India Reserve Police which would be deployed in Naxalite affected states, Jammu and Kashmir and in the Northeast.

Maoist leader in police custody

Mahbubnagar Andhra Pradesh | November 03, 2005 3:39:53 PM IST

A woman naxal leader belonging to CPI(Maoist) was apprehended by the district police last night.

Police said based on a tip-off Mahbubnagar CPI(Maoist) District Committee member and Achampeta Area Committee Secretary Latha was picked up while she was proceeding to Hyderabad for medical treatment.

Two other persons, Dr Murali Krishna and Ratnakar of Garudupally village were also picked up, but the police had not confirmed their custody.

Ms Latha, hailing from Mahadevpur village in Nalgonda, has been working with Maoists for the past ten years, police added.


Naxals blow up former BJP Minister's house in Orissa

Malkangiri Orissa | November 03, 2005 1:39:56 PM IST

Naxalites blew up the house of former Orissa BJP Minister Aurobinda Dhali at MV55 village, about 30 km from here, last night and one villager was killed in the ensuing gunbattle with the police.
The deceased was previously posted at the former Minister's house as a caretaker.

Two other people were injured while trying to flee from the area, DIG of Police (Sunabeda Range) Sanjeeb Panda today said.

This is a second Naxal attack on the BJP leader's house during the last three years. Earlier also, in 2002, Naxalites had blown up the farm house of Mr Dhali who was the Commerce and Transport Minister then.

Police said more than 70 Naxals attacked the former Minister's house around 2200 hrs and overpowered the security personnel.
The ultras later snatched seven SLRs from them and fled from the area, Mr Panda added.

Mr Dhali is in the hit list of the Naxalites and is presently staying in the state capital.

On September 29, Naxalites had planted landmines to attack Congress MLA from Malkangiri Nimai Sarkar but he escaped unhurt while six Congress workers accompanying him were injured.

The Malkangiri Superintendent of Police has rushed to the site with reinforcementS to launch a combing operation for the Naxals.


Naxal arms dump seized, Congress party leader arrested

Thursday November 3 2005 09:26 IST

ADILABAD: The district police on Tuesday seized a huge Naxalite arms dump and arrested two Maoist sympathisers, including one Congress party leader, at Tandoor.

Displaying the arms and the arrested persons before the mediapesrons here, District Superintendent of Police Kripanand Tripathi Ujela said that Tandur police along with the special police party conducted the vehicle-checking on Boyapalli main road on October 31 evening.

A motorcyclist Taher Bin Ali, a resident of CCC Naspur who tried to flee, was caught and a small box of explosives was recovered from him. On further interrogation, he revealed that he had been working as the courier for the Naxalites for 10 years.

He said that he had received a phone call from a Naxalite, Narayana, asking him to go to Tandur to collect some explosives from the house of Mohd Sabeer Hussain, a resident of Tandur and Congress leader and hand it over to Pulluri Prasad Rao alias Chandranna.
Taking this lead the police cordoned off Shabeer’s house and seized a huge quantity of arms supposedly stored for the Naxalites.

Sabeer revealed that he had been working as a courier for Maoist Chandranna.

The dump contained 20 gelatin sticks, 70 detonators, Rs 20,000 cash, olive green uniforms, 53 steel containers, 46kg nuts and bolts.

The SP said that 53 landmines or clay more mines could be built with the seized material. He announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to the persons who gave reliable information about anti-social elements.

Nalgonda Police unearthed CPI Maoist dump

S.P. Mahesh Bhagwat exhibiting Dump items to Media along with OSD Visvaprasad & DSP Devarkonda Srinivas

Nalgonda Police unearthed CPI Maoist dump on 3/11/2005 from Kalapoina Tanda in Chandampet Mandal of Nalgonda District in A.P. & seizes huge hauls of Grenades, Detonators, water cans, clay more mines ,a SBBL gun & party literature. Superintendentof police Mahesh Bhagwat has specialy appreciated efforts of S. I. Chandampet & Spl. party police for their sincere efforts.

Hand grenades-96
Clay more mines-11
SBBL gun-1
water cans-63
Fuse wire -150mtr

Maoist literature is the part of recovery.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

MAOIST ( kill a civilian for PLAYING CARDS

Maoist rebels have shot dead 45-year-old Laxmi Lal Pode for playing cards during Tihar—a major festival of Hindus—in Kavre district in central region, reports say.

According to radio reports, a group of armed rebels raided a house at Ugrachandi VDC-1, Nala—a tiny market—Tuesday night where a group of people were playing cards. They asked nine of them to lie down on the ground. They then reportedly shot dead Pode. It was not clear whether other locals were also injured in the incident.

The rebels also looted Rs 30,000 and three mobile sets from the locals, reports said.

The body of Pode has been brought to Scheer Memorial hospital in Kavre for postmortem, according to police.

Details were not available.

People in the villages as well as in urban areas enjoy playing cards with their family and friends during ‘Yama Panchak’—five days of the Tihar festival.

After launching ‘people’s war’ nearly ten years ago, Maoists had launched campaign against gambling, alcohol consumption and polygamy, among others, often using force. These activities also helped them to earn some sort of popularity at the local level, according to analysts.

But within a couple of years, the underground outfit transformed itself into a ruthless guerrilla group killing so-called ‘police informers’ and driving away people who sympathized with mainstream political parties.

It was not clear whether the Kavre incident was a premeditated one or a mere accident. There has been no word from the rebels as yet regarding the incident. by Nov 02 05

Maoist threat looms large in Sheohar

Maoist threat looms large in Sheohar

Gyan Prakash

[ Tuesday, November 01, 2005 01:29:02 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

SHEOHAR: As the third phase of polls draws to a close, the threat perception from the CPI (Maoist) has also reached a crescendo as most of the districts are close to Naxal-dominated areas of Nepal.

Sheohar has now become a tinderbox and serves as safe corridor for Maoist extremists shuttling between Nepal and East and West Champaran districts.

Moreover, officials here are of the view that better deployment of Central para-military forces in the erstwhile central Bihar districts — Gaya, Aurangabad and Jehanabad districts — has poured cold water over any plans that the Maoists would have had to disrupt polling in the first two phases of elections in Bihar.

Security agencies do not rule out the possibility of the extremists carrying out attacks in the run-up to the third phase of elections in the districts bordering Nepal in a bid to boost their sagging morale.

The killing of two security personnel, including a havaldar, by extremists barely four months ago at Piprahi Sultan has forced the authorities to leave no stone unturned to ensure trouble-free elections during the third and fourth phases.

Although Maoist extremists have so far failed set up base in Sheohar unlike in Motihari and parts of Sitamarhi, the district definitely acts as safe passage to Nepal, police sources said.

The sources said the Maoists, who killed the two security personnel during an anti-Maoist operation in the area earlier this year, were believed to entered the state through Bairgania in Sitamarhi and move along the Bagmati river to reach Piprahi Sultan village in Sheohar.

This is the shortest corridor, barely 1 km long, to Sheohar from Nepal. The tall elephant grass along the Bagmati river route provide more than adequate cover for movement of extremists in the area, the sources said.

The ultras are reported to camp and plan their operations in Sheohar and then trudge towards Shyampur Bhataha before crossing over to Madhuban village in East Champaran.

The ultras have also identified the circuitous routes through Muzaffarpur - Chaksulgahi, Tariani Chapra - Runnisaidpur-Malikana, Chapra-Rajasahi-Brindavan Rajepur prior to entering Motihari from where they proceed to Shyampur Bhataha (Sheohar) and enter Bairgania via Piprahi Sultan to reach Nepal.

The administration, in a bid to check infiltration of Nepal-based extremists into the state, has decided to pack the entire corridor with the deployment of CPMF.

RSS should NOT participate in anti-naxal campaign : Ajit Jogi ( Joker ??)

This below report shows WHAT CONGRESS LEADERS STAND FOR , HATE ANYTHING THAT IS GOOD FOR INDIA , in this case RSS is raising awarness about Naxal menace , and CONGRESS LEADER dodn't like it , they want to use GANDHIAN Principlease to TERRORISM .

Senior Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi said today that there were strong indications that the RSS was actively participating in Salwa Judum -- the ongoing anti-naxal campaign in the state's tribal Bastar region.
''Can secular forces, chiefly the Congress, associate with any movement motivated by an organisation such as the RSS,'' ( WHAT'S WRONG IN ASSOCIATING WITH RSS IN FIGHTING AGAINST TERRORISM ) he asked while talking to reporters at his residence.

While the state government maintained that Salwa Judum was a spontaneous public reaction against a three decade-old menace, Mr Jogi drew attention towards Chief Minister Raman Singh's reported statement indicating that the RSS was behind the drive.

Reiterating that he was not against the campaign, he said that even before Dr Singh's statement he was suspecting RSS involvement and the organisation was apparently using it to strengthen its base in Bastar. So far, only the Congress and communist parties had a ''strong base'' in Bastar.

''We have to generate awareness among the masses against the menace. But the drive must be based on Gandhian principles,''
(GANDHIAN ANSWER TO TERRORISM ???? OR A COVER TO SUPPORT TERRORISM ))Mr Jogi said while reiterating his demand for adequate security to all those participating in the campaign.


After Salwa Judum began nearly three months ago, the Congress leader alleged that the rebels slew several innocent adivasis for participating in the campaign.

When his attention was drawn to Congressman and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Mahendra Karma's statement that the tribals laid down their lives for uprooting the extremist movement, Mr Jogi agreed that the adivasis made the supreme sacrifice. ''I demand that the state government work out a proper package for rehabilitating affected families'', he added.

Responding to a question, Mr Jogi said that multi-pronged strategies had to be adopted. While tackling the law and order situation, there was a need to accelerate socio-economic development of naxal areas, he said.

Stating that massive funds were pumped into Bastar since independence, Mr Jogi said each family there could have got about Rs 25 lakh if the amount was distributed in cash.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Nepal, India begin enforcing border registration 1 November

Sydicated Correspondence
Nov. 1, 2005

Nepali and Indian authorities have enforced the system of registering people while crossing the international border at Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha transit point in mid-western region with effect from Tuesday [1 November]. According to officials, citizens from both the countries will have to register their names and produce their identity which could either be passport, certificate of citizenship, certificate of property ownership, ID card issued by local bodies or student ID card in case of students.
Talking to reporters in Nepalgunj this morning, Acting Director-General at the Department of Immigration Mohan Sapkota said the system had been introduced as per the decision of secretary-level meeting of the two governments a few months back. He said the decision had been taken to regulate the border between the two countries. Sapkota said the system was being enforced on a pilot basis to begin with and could be extended to other border crossing points in future.

Nepal and India have nearly 1,750-km long common, open border where people did not need to obtain permit to cross the international border as per the 1950 treaty of peace and friendship between them. Kantipur daily quoted R.S. Negi, DIG [deputy inspector-general] of Indian paramilitary force, SSB, as saying that the provision was being enforced as a "pilot project" under the first phase. Indian authorities said the provision had been introduced to check movement of unwarranted elements across the border.
In a public notice issued last week, the Home Ministry said new provision was being implemented as per the request of the Indian government. India is said to be wary of third country elements entering into its territory through open border and spilling over of Maoist insurgency of Nepal into India.

Reports say new provisions are likely to cause troubles to thousands of Nepalis - who don''t have an ID but travel to India every year in search of work. Local people have also protested against the provision of registering one's name while crossing the border every time.

Officials at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu said the provision of registering people at the border crossing points would be extended to other areas along the Indo-Nepal border only if the provision at Rupaidiha-Nepalgunj point was found to be useful. Up to 15,000 people cross international border between Nepal and India every day, according to reports.

Two naxal sympathisers held, consignment seized

Adilabad Andhra Pradesh | November 01, 2005 5:37:35 PM IST

The special party of the the district police have arrested two persons for assisting the naxals in carrying revolutionary literature and consignments from one place to another.
The police party seized consignment which included cash amounting Rs 20,000, 82 olive green shirts and frousers 53 steel containers of various sizes, medicine box, revolutionary literatures, 20 gelatin sticks and 70 detonators from the duo last night.

According to police, Taher Bin Ali (32) of Naspur, a gym trainer and owner of a Pholocopy shop was nabbed when he tried to escape on his motorbike to avoid checking of vehicles near Boyapalli main road in the district.

On questioning, Ali said Narayana, a CPI(Maoist) used to contact him over phone and entrust the work of bringing consignments, printing pamphlets and taking xerox copies of party literature.

Ali said recently he got an information to collect a consignment from the house of Mohd Sabeer, a petty contractor in Tandur-IB and handover it to one P Prasad Rao.

As he was proceeding to Sabeer's house, the police caught him and seized a box of explosives, given to him by one Nagaraju, associated with Maoists, at Mancherial bus station recently, police said.

After getting the information from Ali, a police party rushed to Tandur-IB and picked up Md Sabeer and found the consignment in the house.

Sabeer told the police that he was supplying explosive consignments to one Chandranna, a CPI(Maoist) naxal. Another extremist Krishna came to his house on October 30, handed over the consignment and asked him to give it to Taher Bin Ali, police added.


Naxal killed in exchange of fire

Warangal Andhra Pradesh | November 01, 2005 4:38:20 PM IST

An activist of the Adivasi Liberation Tigers (ALT) was killed in exchange of fire with the police near the outskirts of Mahaboobabad mandal of the district early today.
On a tip off, a special team police was conducting search operations near Mahaboobabad outskirts when it suddenly came under fire.

The police opened fire in defence. Searching the area later, they found the body of ALT Khammam-Warangal District Committee Secretary Kunja Yakaiah alias Mahesh (30).

A carbine and a two-wheeler was recovered from the scene of firing, police added.


Monday, October 31, 2005

People queue up to see Maoist weaponry

Tuesday November 1 2005 00:00 IST


RAIPUR: Rocket launchers, tiffin bombs, landmines and other sophisticated weaponry seized from the Maoists are the hot draw at an exhibition here to celebrate Chhattisgarh's fifth anniversary.

For the first time in the 30 years since Maoist guerrillas gained ground, people have an opportunity to view rebel arms and literature at close hand. And crowds are queuing up at the Science College grounds, where the government has put up an exhibition its foundation - Nov 1, 2000 when it was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

While all state government departments and leading business houses like Tata Steel have put up their stalls, the biggest attraction is the home department pavilion.

"We decided to put dangerous arms and ammunition seized from guerrillas by police during for public display at this year's foundation anniversary function to let people know how the rebels are equipped and how they have foreign connections," Home Minister Ramvichar Netam told IANS.

Some of the arms carry a Pakistan-made mark too.

"The decision to brief people about Maoists' foreign connections and their terror network is aimed at seeking public support for police battling the guerrillas and the people of Bastar region, who revolted against Maoists this year in June," Netam added.

Rebels have strong presence in eight of Chhattisgarh's 16 districts

Maoists not a terrorist organization: ICG

2005-10-31 19:17:27

NLN Correspondent, KATHMANDU:

Despite the Maoist rebels' brutality and violence, there can be no resolution of Nepal's conflict without confronting their strengths and tackling their political agenda, according to International Crisis Group (ICG).
In its latest report, ICG states: Through both force of arms and force of ideas, the Maoists have emerged as a formidable political organisation. They have been more successful than anyone envisaged, and their movement will not be easily displaced.
The ICG report entitled Nepal's Maoists: Their Arms and Strategy examines the insurgency in detail and offers insight into dealing with it. "Whatever the outcome of their armed insurgency, they have changed politics irrevocably", the report quotes Rhoderick Chalmers, Deputy Director of Crisis Group's South Asia Project.
The Maoists have brought into sharp focus the failures of past gestures towards land reform, ethnic, caste and gender equality and regional issues, social and economic iniquities and decades of failed development, the report argues. Most visibly and painfully, however, they have successfully demonstrated that Nepali society does indeed contain a capacity for violence that can be turned to political ends.
They have employed force since the start of their armed campaign in 1996, including torture, execution and other forms of violence. But they have also been more restrained than many insurgent groups.
The Maoists are not the next Khmer Rouge, nor are they a terrorist organisation that refuses to talk, the report says. They have limited civilian casualties and also left the economy functional, if weakened. There are encouraging signs that serious negotiations will be possible, but the Maoists will rejoin mainstream politics only if they see sufficient advantages in it and are convinced they will not make greater gains by other means.
"The unilateral three-month ceasefire announced by the Maoists in September 2005 is welcome, though temporary and conditional," the report quotes Robert Templer, Director of Crisis Group's Asia Program. "Now the Maoists will have to work hard to convince mainstream parties they can fully abandon their violent repression. The government's refusal to reciprocate the ceasefire, however, only encourages renewal of the conflict".
Behaviour towards the newly established United Nations human rights mission will be a crucial test of Maoist attitudes and capacities, the report states. "If they can prove they are ready for peace and capable of implementing a negotiated settlement, the political mainstream will be ready to deal with them. Judging by widespread popular relief following the September 2005 ceasefire, Nepal's people would back a reasonable compromise that delivers peace."

UP:Naxal issue can be solved by ensuring equality says Yadav

Lucknow, Oct 31 (PTI) The naxalite problem in the country can only be solved by removing inequalities in society, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today said.
"Bullet is not the answer to the naxalite problem...It can only be solved by ensuring equality in society," he said after launching the 'Bhumi Sena' scheme at Sarathua village near here.

He said under the scheme barren and unused lands would be distributed among the landless ensuring increase in production of food grains besides providing more avenue of employment to marginal farmers.

On the occasion, Yadav handed over land ownership papers to 54 landless people in the village.

Expressing concern at decreasing food grain production in the country over the last four-five years, the Chief Minister said the scheme would ensure increase in foood grain production.

He also said that distribution of land among landless would go a long a way in resolving the naxalite problem. PTI PAN KKS DV 10311708 DEL

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hail Manmohan! The weakest ever PM of Bharat !

The following poem is dedicated to the weakest ever Prime Minister of Bharat, Shri Manmohan Singh, written in the backdrop of the serial blasts in New Delhi on 10/29. Instead of sending across strong and clear statements with the much needed punch and vigor, he went around preaching peace and calmness to our own people. It is really high time Bharat gets rid of such weaklings holding top positions and controlling the lives of more than one billion people. I was just motivated to pen down a few lines although I am far from being a poet. So kindly excuse me for any poetical mistakes.

Yours in Dharma

Amogh Shaikh

Hail Manmohan! The weakest ever PM of Bharat !

It was the fateful evening of 10/29
Men, women & children all dressed in fine
Roaming, laughing & giggling happily
Preparing for the great fest Diwali

Came upon them a bolt from the blue
There was panic everywhere without a clue
One by one three explosions sounded
Leaving behind countless dead and wounded.

“Congratulation” & “Jubilation” shouted the Jehadis
And our weak kneed PM Manmohan talks of Peace

A beautiful, joyful evening was cruelly shattered
But “peace talks’ with the enemies was all that mattered
The secular media with all its gimmicks
Reported the incident with their usual tricks

“We condemn terrorism”, they all stated indifferently
While our citizens were blown up mercilessly
Anti-national communists too were quick to denounce
After giving funds to POK for more terrorists to pounce

“Celebration” & ‘Elation” filled up the Jehadis
And our weak kneed PM Manmohan talks of Peace

This happened before & will happen again
The blood of our people spilled in vain
For the safety & security of our motherland
We now need a leader with an iron hand

Its time to have clarity of ideas & thought
Without which this Dharam Yudh cannot be fought
So brothers & sisters, Wake up! Arise! Unite! & Fight!
Eradicate & eliminate the enemies with all our might

With powerful shouts of “Vande Mataram” scare these Jehadis
And remove this PM Manmohan before he again talks of Peace

Bail for Maoist ‘rebel’

Siliguri, Oct. 30: A social activist arrested for Maoist links and accused of waging war against the state has obtained bail for Rs 52 after police failed to chargesheet him in 90 days.

The police had linked De- bashis Chakraborty, 35, who was held in July and is associated with the Siliguri Welfare Organisation and Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, with the CPI (Maoist). Today, they said the probe is still on. On being freed, Chakraborty accused the police of pressuring him to confess to crimes he had not committed.

Two Minors Recruited by Maoists Give In

THT Online
Dhading, October 31

Two minors from Chitwan Kaule, who say they were forcibly recruited by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) surrendered to the district administration office on Sunday.
Fourteen-year-old Som Bahadur BK, alias Prabah and 15-year old Hira BK, alias Ranjit, of Kaule VDC-9 gave in to the chief district officer of Dhading, Rewati Raman Pokhrel. The Maoists had abducted them when they were in the jungle to cut grass for their cattle four months ago, the duo said. Som Bahadur was studying in grade five in the local Orlyangdevitar primary school while Hira never went to school.
They were being used as porters, cook and wood cutters in the Maoist camp, the duo said.
They first went to surrender to the unified security base camp at Dhading's Jogimara from where they were sent to the local administration, they said.
They further said the Maoists lured them saying they would have a comfortable life once they start working for them.

Out of jail, activist lists ‘plotters’

- Freed on bail of Rs 55, imprisoned NGO worker smells conspiracy by police and govt
Debashis Chakraborty after his release on Saturday. Picture by Diptendu Dutta

Siliguri, Oct. 30: Social activist Debashis Chakraborty today said his arrest on the basis of “trumped up” charges was an attempt to malign Siliguri Welfare Organisation (SWO) and Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), the two NGOs that he has been closely associated with.

A day after the Siliguri chief judicial magistrate’s court granted him bail, Chakraborty told reporters here that at no stage in his 14-year long association with the two organisations has he indulged in any sort of anti-national activity. “Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya has called me an anti-national, but he should have thought twice (before levelling such serious charges),” said the 35-year-old activist.

Chakraborty was arrested from his Hyderpara office on July 29 and booked under Sections 121, 121(a) and 121(b) of the Indian Penal Code for “waging war against the state.” He was granted bail after the police failed to file a chargesheet against him within the stipulated 90-day period.

Flanked by his colleagues from the APDR and SWO, a sombre-looking Chakraborty accused the police, including the officers of the Intelligence agencies, of applying tremendous mental pressure on him to admit to guilt which he did not commit. “I had gone to Nepal in 1994 on a tour. The superintendent of police (Darjeeling) accused me of going there to meet Maoist leaders,” he alleged.

Regarding police allegations that he had helped Maoists secure access to medical facilities in Siliguri, the social activist said it is a credo of the two organisations not to ask for people’s antecedents when they come to seek help. “I am not denying I have taken people to nursing homes, but that was part of my job as a social worker,” said Chakraborty.

Not satisfied with the bail given to Chakraborty, the APDR and SWO have decided to continue with the agitation until the case against him is dropped completely. “He has been granted bail. But the case is yet to be withdrawn,” said A. Bhaduri, SWO secretary.

He also blamed the Left Front government, particularly the CPM, of arresting Chakraborty to create pressure on the NGOs. “His getting bail, that too for Rs 55, after being booked under very stringent provisions of the law proves us right.”

Crack team will take on Red Terror

Anupam Dasgupta
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 21:17 IST

The Maharashtra government will soon set up an exclusive force — Special Action Group (SAG) — to tackle Naxalite threat in the six-affected districts in the eastern part of the state.

Director General of Police (DGP) PS Pasricha said the SAG would be formed, for the first time, out of the Maharashtra police to counter the growing Naxalite menace.

Alarmed by reports indicating a 15 per cent rise in incidents of violence triggered by Naxalites after 2003 (the deadliest one was when seven policemen and a civilian were killed in a landmine blast on Deori-Chinchgad Road in Gondia in May 2005), mostly concentrated on the eastern fringes of the state bordering Andhra Pradesh, the state government has finally okayed the formation of the special unit.

Pasricha said, “We have secured the necessary sanction to set up a Special Action Group (SAG) to effectively deal with the Maoist-Naxalite threat. The task force will be set up soon.’’

Parallel efforts are on to revamp the existing intelligence gathering mechanism to combat the crisis, Pasricha added.

Security experts feel that formation of the special task force is a clear proof of the fact that the government has finally waken up to the growing ‘Red Terror’ and is willing to harness available resources at its disposal.

Government reports show that Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Gondiya, Yavatmal, Bhandara and Nanded are “Naxalite-Maoist prone areas”.

Earlier, the government had created the post of an officer of the rank of an inspector general (IG Anti-Naxalite Operations) based in Nagpur to spearhead anti-extremist programmes.

It is learnt that the government is more concerned about inroads made by them into the state.

Deputy chief minister RR Patil had also mooted the idea of a “socio-economic package” for villagers sometime back.

A senior home department official said, “We are worried about the Naxalite threat. We don’t want them to repeat what they had succeeded doing in Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, parts of West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.”

A chronology of the 10 most recent blasts in India

The following incidents are he 10 most recent bomb blasts that caused fatalities in India - all taking place over a period of just over five months.

October 29 New Delhi: At least 61 people were killed and 188 injured when three bombs exploded in the Indian capital New Delhi, officials said. Most of the deaths occurred at a market where the blast caused gas cylinders used by stall keepers to explode.

October 8 New Delhi: An explosion believed to have been set by Maoist rebels killed 12 policemen in the eastern Indian state of Jharkand, a police officer said. Authorities said they suspected Maoist rebels.

September 29 Srinagar: Seven people died and 20 were injured when a grenade exploded outside a shopping mall in Indian Kashmir, the army said.

September 4 New Delhi: At least 24 paramilitary soldiers were killed in a powerful landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoist rebels in eastern India, a federal minister said. The three-decade-old conflict has claimed thousands of lives.

August 12 Guwahati: One person died and six others were badly hurt in a grenade attack by rebels in India’s insurgency-racked northeast, the latest in a wave of attacks ahead of India’s August 15 Independence Day.

August 7 Guwahati: Rebels in India’s northeastern state of Assam blasted an oil pipeline killing four people, police said.

July 28 Lucknow: An explosion ripped through a long distance passenger train in northern India killing 12 people. The type of explosive used in the blast had been used by Islamic militants and by separatist rebels.

July 20 Srinagar: A car bomb claimed by Islamic rebels exploded in the heart of Indian Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar, killing four soldiers and a civilian and injuring 21 other people, police and medical sources said.

June 24 Srinagar: Nine Indian soldiers were killed and 17 wounded when a powerful car bomb exploded as a bus carrying troops drove past a popular tourist attraction in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, officials said.

May 22 New Delhi: One person was killed and 49 were wounded when blasts rocked two cinemas in New Delhi that were screening a controversial film condemned by Sikhs, police said. afp

Princess Shrestha: Maoists Pressure On The People

Monday, 31 October 2005, 12:45 pm
Opinion: Guest Opinion
Maoists Put Pressure On The People

Hundreds of security personnel's kin are displaced by the Maoists, but the human rights organisations remain silent.
PRINCESS SHRESTHA writes from Kathmandu

Maoists in Nepal are utilizing their self-announced ceasefire to pressurize the government, by forcing hundreds of family members of security personnel to go to district administrative offices and ask the government either to discharge their kin from security services, or reciprocate to the rebels' unilateral ceasefire.

Those who fail to fulfill the Maoists' wishes are obliged to pay compensation anything between Nepali rupees 50,000 to 300,000. In such a case, the rebels also threaten the poor people that their houses will be burnt down. At least members of 400 families from 35 Village Development Committees (VDCs) in Baitadi, a remote far-western district, have arrived the district headquarters holding Maoists-given banners, placards and letters, which read the slogans: "No war, but ceasefire; Stop killing poor sons and brothers; Start reconciliation; Brothers serving in royal forces come back home."

"378 people have already reported at the Chief District Office and we hear more people are coming," the chief district officer Bhanu Dev Badu confirmed to the Probe News Magazine's correspondent. The administration is trying to convince people stating that frequent security patrols will be sent to their villages in order to chase the notorious rebels, but the efforts are turning futile. Kith and kin of security personnel are too scared to return.

"My two sons are in the Armed Police Force. They (Maoist rebels) tell me to bring both of my sons back home otherwise they have said they will burn down my house. They have already abducted my daughter and are seeking my daughter in law; there is a lot of pain..." said Dairi Bishwokarma, a 60 year old woman before she broke down.

Cases are different, but the pain given by Maoists to those families is the same. Deepak Chand left his house at the midnight of 28 September because the Maoists were seeking him to be punished. His crime? He had two brothers serving in the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) and he had also helped five boys from his village called Grihejeda in their efforts to join the army. "All those young men and their families were beaten up once the boys had returned to village after appearing in their tests for recruitment recently," recalled Chand. RNA conducts such tests for new recruits in Kathmandu as well as in various security installations in districts.

Chand added, "The Maoists tortured the boys and their family when they were asleep at night. Though I had been hiding from them since few days then, I came to know that they were searching for me frantically. I thought it wouldn't be good to stay back, so together with my family, I left in the dark of the night with a mere rupees 2000, half of which was finished when I had reached to Dehemandu."

Now, he lives in Mahendranagar in a rented room with his mother, wife and a four-year-old son. According to the international non-governmental organizations including United Nations' jargon: Chand and his family members are Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Though there is no official data, tens of thousands of people are believed to have become IDPs in similar way due to Maoist conflict. While many thousands have left the country, and migrated across southern border to live in Indian towns, a large number of IDPs are living in various places across the country.

Chand, who had come to the district headquarters in order to get the migration document to continue to live in Mahendranagar, narrated his story to Probe's correspondent over telephone. He further recalled, "The rebels wanted me to work as their village committee's chief and I couldn't do that. They raided my house when I had called my brother to get him married in village a few months back. As a result, he had to return from the half of his way to home."

How does it feel when you have to leave your house, your cattle, and the land, which you have nurtured throughout your life? Such is the case of 55-year-old Padam Bahadur Sanduk, who hails from Bishalpur VDC. His son is a policeman and serving in a security base in Dadeldhura, another far western district of Nepal. He arrived the district headquarters four days ago but it seems there is no way for him to return to his village as the rebels have threatened him badly. "The Maoist militia have said that they will rob and burn down my house if I return alone. They have told me that they will also charge a heavy compensation if I don't bring my son, who is serving in police force, along with me," says the frightened father, who had started returning home though. But, meeting his neighbors arriving at the half of the way to his village, he dropped the idea of returning home; rather he came back to district headquarters along with others.

"Apart from pressurizing us to tell our loved one to leave the security services," added Sanduk, "the rebels have told us to tell the government representatives in district headquarters to reciprocate their ceasefire and hold peace talks with them." Meanwhile, the government is no mood to do so. Referring the previous ceasefires in the past, the government thinks that the rebels have declared ceasefire only to "re-organize and re-strengthen their force." The Army continues to conduct operations against Maoists, and many Maoist cadres are reported to have been arrested from Kathmandu valley after the ceasefire, which was declared unilaterally by the rebels on September 3.

In villages, however, people face Maoists' intimidation because of the lack of enough security. For instance, it is reflected in the request made by people from eleven VDCs in Talisodar area within Baitadi district. These VDCs are ready to contribute their development aid of rupees 5,500,000, which is released through District Development Committee (DDC), to establish a security base camp in their area. The villagers, according to the chief district officer, Badu, are also ready to contribute voluntary labor for a month if the government agrees to their proposal. "The villagers have requested both DDC and us to spend the VDCs' development aid in establishing a security base for them. But, we can't assure these people at our level as there is no immediate plan to expand security bases here," added Badu.

According to him, the security forces based at district headquarters are regularly patrolling the villages but the problems exist due to the difficult terrain of the Himalayan Kingdom. Strength of troops, resources and time factor are three essentials for conducting any operation or combing the villages frequently. "We have increased our patrols and combing operations, but as and when we reach the particular village, the rebels flee from there. And immediately after our troops have returned they reportedly appear aggressive towards villagers," says an Army officer at the RNA's company headquarters in Baitadi.

This time the rebels have sent the kin of security personnel. Next time, they plan to send teachers; then students; then women, and then dalits (lower caste people in Nepal) with their appeal, demand or threat filled in banners, placards and letters to pressurize the government through local administration. "We hear that they (Maoists) are planning to send more people including teachers, students, women and dalits in different phases to district headquarters to fulfill their mission of pressurizing government to declare a ceasefire too," said the Army officer, while the chief district officer queried, "Where are national and international human rights organizations when hundreds of people are being displaced in such a way?"


Burst in crime blurs thin red (NAXAL) line


Ranchi, Oct. 30: Naxalites have competition, from petty criminals eager to cash in on the government’s rehabilitation offer to the rebels.

The criminals, in order to throw the police off track, are adopting the same modus operandi as the red brigade.

Police officials said the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), a gang of criminals captained by Dinesh Gope, a terror in Murhu and Karra areas, is on a killing spree for the last two months. But all their victims have been men with a criminal record. Moreover, the group is also leaving posters at the scene of the crime, just like the Maoists do after a campaign, specifically stating the reason why they did so.

On October 25, two persons, Bindu Singh Munda and Vijay Mundri, were murdered near Gullu Bazaar in Murhu. Police sources said the two men were first shot and then battered. The police recovered posters of the JLT from the spot that stated that these men were involved in quite a few incidents of road hold-up and thefts.

“In the last two months or so, we have recovered eight such posters. As many as 15 men, all having some criminal background or the other, have been killed by the group. There are reasons for each of the murders. Our investigation has revealed that the criminal group is now attempting to portray itself as a Naxalite outfit. This is the reason why they are killing the people with criminal background,” said an officer of Murhu police station.

The sources said the group was formed around a year ago when Gope’s clout weakened following competition from his opponent Jainath Sao, another criminal operating in the area. Masih Charan Purti, a former zonal commander of the CPI (Maoist), joined him after he was thrown out of the Maoist group following an allegation of usurpation of a levy amount. The group now operates all along the Khunti range and carries out extortion.

Bandhgaon has also witnessed at least four murders in just a month, again all with a criminal background.

The police sources said the rehabilitation schemes are a reason for the JLT’s drive. “First, they will have the ‘criminal’ tag removed from their names. Then the state government always welcomes Maoists to come to the mainstream. The government has many relief and rehabilitation packages for them. Moreover, the police too deal with the Maoists in a different way. They are not considered criminals. We call them men who have strayed from their path,” said a senior police officer.

Police make most of Diwali Mela

[ Saturday, October 29, 2005 02:43:26 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

RANCHI: The state police made "specific use" of the Diwali Mela organised here on Friday by the IPS Officers’ Wives’ Association to inspire confidence among the public.

The major attractions of the Mela was the display of modern and new techniques, gadgets and weaponry of the police department, which demonstrated the power acquired by the police.

The armoury included pistols of 0.9 bore, light machine guns, automated and semi-automated rifles, bullet-proof jackets, helmets and riot controlling equipment. Medium anti-landmine vehicle and bullet-proof Gypsy used mainly in anti-Naxalite operations were also demonstrated.

Among the new techniques introduced in the department are the computerised firing simulation in which new recruit IPS officials are being trained. The computer enabled system projects a visual target on screen and the hand held rifles connected through wire to the system is aimed at the target.

The system enables the practitioner to know his faults as the computer detects the jerks in his rifles, gives details of the firing and also the precision with which the target was hit. All this gives better opportunity to know your mistakes and improve your shortcomings, stated DIG, modernisation and provisions, S N Pradhan.

A gadget, named Trako, which has been manufactured by the Tata Company and is commercially being used by the Delhi police and Chandigarh police to track the movement of police vehicle has also been displayed here. The gadget is under scrutiny and after successful tests will be soon incorporated in the police vehicles, stated one of the senior police officials.

Apart from this, at least 100 stalls displaying wide range of products and food items have been put up. Chief minister Arjun Munda inaugurated the Mela and visited the stalls.

Organising Committee president Puja Dayal, while speaking about the objective of Mela, said the amount collected at the Mela will be utilised to fund Saraswati scholarship meant for the daughters of policemen who sacrificed their lives while doing their duty for the nation

Use opportunity to strengthen national resolve to fight terror : BJP

New Delhi | October 30, 2005 1:40:29 PM IST

Condemning the serial blasts and killing of innocent persons in Delhi yesterday, the BJP today said the incident should be used as an opportunity to strengthen the national resolve to fight terror.

A meeting of senior BJP leaders, including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Leader of Oppostion in Rajya Sabha Mr Jaswant Singh, met under the chairmanship of BJP President L K Advani and resolved that the country stood together and united to preserve national integrity to defeat terrorists.

"The Prime Minister is right when he says terrorism will never defeat India but will India defeat terrorism? If India has to defeat terrorism, it cannot be through words alone but there should be a national resolve to fight terror in our actions and policy," BJP spokesman Arun Jaitley told newspersons after the hour long meeting at the party headquarters.

He said 'soft borders' were facilitating illegal infiltration both on eastern and western frontiers, making India perceived to be a ''soft target and a soft state.'' ''The repeal of POTA had also sent an encouraging signal to terrorists,'' he said, claiming'' how else would so many lives be lost in the National Capital during a tight security period?'' ` He said yesterday's incidents had also highlighted the need to lay emphasis on dismantling the terrorist infrastructure when India is talking with its neighbours.

Mr Jaitley also questioned the stance of Union Minister for Labour and TRS Chief K Chandrashekhara Rao for openly advocating the Naxal violence in Andhra Pradesh and also claimed the Cabinet has a person who had received money from a 'rogue state' for influencing the diplomatic climate in the country at the helm of foreign affairs.

The BJP was also unhappy about the Congress opening up peace talks with ULFA as the elections in Assam were fast approaching without the terrorist organisation laying down the arms, Mr Jaitley added.


Plan to construct 205-km-long road in Maoist bastion

Raipur | October 30, 2005 10:15:06 AM IST

A state-owned roads construction organisation will construct a 205-km stretch along the Maoist bastions in Chhattisgarh to give the neglected area better access.

"The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct the Jagdalpur-Bhopalpattanam Road, which falls under Maoist stronghold areas," a top government official said Saturday.

"The BRO has agreed to go ahead with the project after the state government promised to provide security to its engineers and support staff," the official told IANS.

He said that a final decision was taken at a high-level meeting held here Friday.

The road would start from Jagdalpur, the Bastar district headquarters, to Bhopalpattanam, which is located close to Andhra border.

"Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary A.K. Vijayvargiya presided over the meet while top BRO and state government officials participated," he said.

"Since the area is commanded by the left wing rebel group Communist Party of India-Maoist who have buried landmines in several areas of Bhopalpattanam in Dantewada district, the BRO sought the government's assurance for safety of its staff and engineers," said one of the officials who attended the meet.

The BRO was launched in May 1960 and works under the ministry of defence. The construction work, which will be fully funded by the state government, is likely to begin by January next year.

According to official reports, Dantewada district has 25,000 Maoist rebels, including 4,000 hardcore members. Most of them have crossed over from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.