Saturday, December 03, 2005

Minor quits naxal squad, surrenders before SP

The Hindu
Staff Reporter
School dropout stayed with Maoists for more than one year

NALGONDA: A minor girl working with the Krishnapatti local guerrilla squad, Boina Lingamma alias Jyothi, surrendered before Superintendent of Police M. M. Bhagwat and Officer on Special Duty P.Viswaprasad here on Friday.
Hailing from Allahpur of Choutuppal mandal, the girl, a school dropout, was with the Maoists for more than one year, the SP told reporters. He alleged that the Maoists did not let her join the mainstream.
Inspired by the revolutionary songs sung by members of Rachakonda dalam, the girl joined the movement and was taken to the Krishnapatti area in an autorickshaw. Later, she was sent to Mahabubnagar to work in Achampet LGS. "Within no time, she was vexed with the party and decided to leave it, but the party did not allow her to do so," Mr. Bhagwat said.
She reportedly participated in a meeting near Palutla-Alatampenta of Nallamala forest area attended by Burra Chinnaiah alias Madhav, the top naxal leader. She reached Nagarjunasagar on November 11 by boat and proceeded to Ibrahimpatnam to take shelter at her maternal uncle's house before joining the mainstream.
The SP gave Rs. 5,000 to the girl as an immediate relief and promised her of getting admitted in a vocational course.
Two leaders arrested
District president and joint secretary of the Progressive Democratic Students' Union (PDSU) Bongarala Narsimha of G.K.Annaram in Nalgonda mandal and Konapakala Saidulu of Utkur of Sali Gouraram mandal were, meanwhile, arrested on the charge of resorting to extortion. The SP appreciated District Civil Supplies Officer Koti Anji Reddy for giving information that led to the trapping of the duo. He maintained that they had demanded Rs.1 lakh from the officer on November 21.
The SP revealed that correspondents of an engineering college and a junior college had succumbed to the threats of the PDSU leaders and gave away money. He appealed to businessmen and people from various walks of life not to yield to the tactics used by such extortionists. He complimented Inspectors Vijay Paul and Md.Majeed for nabbing the duo.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Chhattisgarh on guard against possible Maoist strike

Saturday December 3 2005 00:00 IST

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh has stepped up security following reports that Maoists are planning major attacks to offset the movement launched against them by tribals in Bastar region.

"We have intelligence inputs that Maoists are on the prowl for major attacks to show that they are undeterred by the successful anti-Maoist movement launched by the tribals in Bastar in June this year," an officer told IANS on Friday.

The activists of the Communist Party of India-Maoist have distributed pamphlets in Bastar announcing that they would be celebrating the silver jubilee of their arrival in Chhattisgarh and hold martyrs' week as a part of the celebrations from Dec 2.

"Since anti-Maoist movement broke out in June in their bastion Bastar, they lost considerable ground in their traditionally strong belt in Bijapur and Bhairamgarh blocks. At present they are on the back foot and want to kill some major figures to re-establish their supremacy and terrorise locals," the official said.

In the wake of these threats, more para-military and police personnel have been deployed in the Maoist infested areas.

The People's War Group (PWG) extremists in bordering Andhra Pradesh had crossed over to Bastar region in 1980 and unleashed a reign of terror with the support of some local tribes. They had convinced the tribals that they were fighting for their rights and the "suppressed peasants".

The PWG later merged with a like-minded left wing ultra group, the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) last year and formed the Communist Party of India-Maoist, which is active in 16 districts of Chhattisgarh.

The state banned the outfit in September after its activists killed 24 CRPF personnel in a landmine blast in Dantewada.

No threat to VVIPs during PFR: Official

Visakhapatnam | December 02, 2005 10:42:09 PM IST

Heightened Maoist activities in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh would in no way affect the forthcoming President's Fleet Review (PFR) in February next year, Visakha Range DIG Madan Mohan said here today.
There would be no threat to the lives of 6000 odd VVIPs visiting city to witness the mega event, he added.

The district and neighbouring Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts have witnessed insurgency-related incidents and violence by Maoists who killed two unarmed policemen in plainclothes while they were traveling in a bus two days ago, tried to blast a police station using crude rockets last week and also killed a couple of people branding them as police informers recently.

Police arrested two senior Maoists in Anandapuram on Wednesday along with explosives. The Maoists are reported to have formed a committee and trying to increase their presence in towns and cities where their activities have been very few in the past.

Speaking to newspersons who visited his office, Mr Mohan said, ''The police are fully equipped to thwart any such incidents. We are forcing them to keep their activities to minimum and it is only assorted movements they are making and killing innocents. The Maoists are no threat in the plains or cities and they can only operate in forests and tough terrain. I am sure they don't dare disturb mega events such as PFR.'' Police are fully equipped to tackle any situation. Maoist cannot come out of their safe hideouts. The recent incidents are attempts to show their presence as they want be celebrate sixth anniversary of Peoples' Guerilla Liberation Front, the DIG added.


`Soft attitude' to terrorists assailed

Special Correspondent

POTA repeal caused violence: Opposition


Manmohan betrayed the nation for vote bank politics, says BJP
PM has articulated India's zero tolerance towards terrorism: Sibal

NEW DELHI: The Opposition on Friday attacked the Government for its "soft attitude" towards terrorists and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). This had triggered recent incidents of violence including the pre-Diwali blasts in Delhi, terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and naxalite attacks in Jehanabad and Giridih.

Participating in inconclusive debates on internal security in both Houses of Parliament, the Opposition's thrust was that the Government's "kid gloves" approach had led to the worsening of the security situation in the country.

In the Lok Sabha, Vijay Kumar Malhotra (BJP) also charged the Prime Minister with betraying the nation for vote bank politics. Responding to Mr. Malhotra, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal underscored the point that POTA had been in place when the Akshardham temple was attacked during the regime of the previous government. As to the charge that the Government was going soft on Pakistan in not naming it in the terror strikes, he said, "Responsible Governments do not name people before the investigation is over."

Of the view that terrorism should not become a ground for partisan politics, the Minister - intervening in the debate as representative of Chandni Chowk in the Capital where one of the Diwali-eve serial blasts took place - said the Congress in Opposition had always been supportive of the National Democratic Alliance Government's efforts to counter terrorism.

As for the Government's determination to fight terrorism, Mr. Sibal said the Prime Minister had time and again articulated India's zero tolerance towards terrorism. "The Prime Minister made this amply clear to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf also," he said while stating that it was not the United Progressive Alliance but the NDA, which had compromised with terrorism by buckling to the Taliban.

Initiating the discussion in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Shourie (BJP) said giving funds for developmental purposes in extremism-hit areas of the North East and Central India would prove counter-productive. He advocated strengthening of civil and police systems and revamping of the criminal judicial system.

Taking a jibe at Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for reposing "so much faith in the mechanism (for tackling naxalism)", he pointed out that the number of districts affected by naxalite violence had gone up to 165 from 143 a year ago.

Mr. Shourie asked the Home Minister not to reel out statistics in his reply about a decline in the number of fatalities because there has been a qualitative change in the methods adopted by the naxalites - they have become bolder as was shown by the large number of activists participating in the attacks, looting a huge cache of arms and carrying out simultaneous attacks on a number of symbols of state authority. "Each time they come out (from talks with the Government) they are stronger," he said while asking the Government to abandon the same approach being adopted with the United Liberation Front of Assam on the eve of assembly elections.

Ram Jethmalani (Independent) did not agree with Mr. Shourie's observations and drawing on his experience of talking out some youth in Jammu and Kashmir from terrorism, wanted dialogue to continue.

Security beefed up in Chhattisgarh jails

Raipur | December 02, 2005 9:40:38 PM IST

Security arrangements have been tightened in Chhattisgarh's prisons in the wake of the recent naxal attack IN Jehanabad.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) B K S Ray today said the decision was taken to beef up security particularly at those jails where rebels were lodged.

Stating that instructions had already been issued to the Director-General (Prisons) to ensure regular monitoring and adequate security, he added that the state government was extending assistance for stepping up security.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has presence in ten of the 16 districts in Chhattisgarh. However, the extremists are more active in Bastar region, bordering Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Sarguja region adjoining Jharkhand.


Bihar Police to Seek More Central Forces from Home Ministry

Patna: December 2, 2005

The state administration under the new Nitish government in Bihar, in its attempt to bring the crime statistics down from its current sky-reaching figure to a manageable number, on Thursday, revealed its plan to achieve the goal by asking for 50 additional companies of central para-military forces to be deployed in most crime and Naxal infested areas of the state.

Home Secretary H. C. Sirohi, while talking to reporters in Patna, said that a high-level team of senior officials including the Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Ranjan Sinha, would meet with the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Delhi on Friday to discuss ways to check crime in Bihar. "We have chalked up an action plan to curb crime in Bihar and would present it before the Home Ministry tomorrow," said Sirohi.

"Under this plan, we are going to ask for 50 more companies of Central forces that would help us carry out combing operations in areas that are identified as most sensitive," Sirohi said.

"This would be over and above the 24 companies that are already camping in Bihar monitoring Naxal activities and helping us conduct raids at their dens," the Home Secretary said.

The plan also includes upgrading the entire police force with newer, modern technology, more vehicles, sophisticated weapons, and filling in more than 10,000 posts that had been lying vacant for years," he said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a telephonic talk with Patil who, he said, assured him of all possible Central help in combating crime and extremism in the state. With the NDA government in Bihar and a diametrically opposed UPA government at the Center, exactly how much help the state would get is anyone's guess.

NAXAL Sympathisers (PUCL ,PUDR ,APDR,IAPL) oppose anti-naxal movement

Do you nedd any more proof , these left leaning , self styles Human Rights groups openly oppose Anti-Naxal groups and activities . THEIR HEART BEAT FOR RED REVOLUTION
Public should be beware of thse groups .. they are NAXALITE SUPPORTERS

Human rights groups oppose 'militarisation' of tribal Bastar
Raipur | December 02, 2005 8:45:15 PM IST

Human rights groups today alleged that 'militarisation' was going on as part of the anti-naxal movement in tribal Bastar region in Chhattisgarh with the ''para-military forces behaving like an occupation army''.

''The tribals are pitted against each other and the people are being used as a shield in the conflict between naxalites and security forces'', representatives of four peoples' organisations claimed at a press conference here.

A 14-member team, representing Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) and Indian Association for Peoples Lawyers (IAPL), visited Dantewara district in south Bastar to look into the alleged human rights violations and its impact on peoples lives in the course of anti-naxal movement, locally called ''Salwa Judum''.

Briefing reporters, social activists Vinayak Sen and Gautam Navlak said there was heavy deployment of para-military forces like the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Naga Battalion.

''The forces from other states were behaving like an occupation army,'' they alleged.

''Besides, the people were being encouraged to carry arms.

Village defence committes are being created, special police officers are being trained and armed and the entire society is becoming more militaristic,'' they added.

Claiming that 'Salwa Judum' was just a 'state managed enterprise' and not a spontaneous uprising of tribals against the naxalites, the human rights organisations claimed the movement led to forcible displacement of people.

''More than 15,000 people from 420 villages are living as refugees in temporary camps after forcing them to leave behind their cattle and household goods. Civil administration has collapsed in many parts of Dantewara district as 'Salwa Judum' members manned road checkpoosts, searched peoples belongings and controlled the traffic flow, besides enforcing economic blockade on villages that resisted shifting to camps,'' they alleged.

Mr Navlak alleged ''first information reports (FIR) relationg to loot, arson, beating and torture by the 'Salwa Judum' mobs and the security forces were not recorded. Killings during this action were not recorded, while only the killings by the ultras were officially recorded,'' he claimed.

Admitting that naxalites had also stepped up killings ever since 'salwa judum' began four months ago, he said rather than a peace mission , the movement had created a situation where violence had escalated.

The human rights organisations also felt that 'Salwa Judum' movement was strongly supported by certain sections, comprising non-adivasi immigrant settlers from other parts of the country, sarpanchs and tribal chieftains whose clout had been marginalised by the Maoists.

These organisations demanded a judicial inquiry into the killings committed by the 'Salwa Judum' members and security forces which, they alleged, have gone unrecorded. They also demanded that CPI(Maoist) should make public the details of all the people killed by them.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Absentee landlords

Ved Marwah

December 2, 2005

Now that all the din about Bihar elections is over, it is time we took a fresh look at the daring Naxal attack on Jehanabad jail last month. This did not take place in the ‘remote’ North-east or in Jammu and Kashmir but in the country’s heartland. And the attackers met with hardly any resistance from the security forces. Unfortunately, the state government responded on predictable lines by laying all the blame on local officials. Aspersions were cast even on the Election Commission for what was a complete failure of the state administration.

The huge presence of additional paramilitary forces in Bihar during the election period should have helped strengthen security arrangements, not weakened them. The open challenge to the State by the extremists shows the entire administration in very poor light.

The attack in Jehanabad should be seen in the context of the deteriorating security situation, not only in Bihar but also in other parts of the country. It throws up two important issues: one regarding the near collapse of the state administration, and two, about the consolidation of the subversive forces. The authorities should have been alerted after the attacks in Madhubani on the Indo-Nepal border in June this year when over 200 extremists played havoc in the town without much resistance from the police and paramilitary forces. They also took no notice of the attack on the Home Guard Training Centre in Giridih in Jharkhand on November 11, three days before the Jehanabad attack in which they looted 185 rifles. One can only hope that the new government won’t fall prey to the temptation of playing politics with this very serious security threat and will take immediate steps to streamline the administrative structure that is in total disarray.

The Naxalite movement has entered a decisive new phase, what in the guerrilla tactics vocabulary is called the ‘mobile warfare’ stage, in which civilians are successfully mobilised in the ‘liberation struggle’. Naxals, unlike extremists in the North-east and J&K, are still not using too many sophisticated weapons. It is not that they are short of funds or these weapons are not available to them. It is because, in their scheme of things, the weapons in the initial stages of the ‘revolutionary struggle’ should be such that the new recruit can easily handle them. One does not need much imagination to know what would happen when the stage is set for the ‘armed struggle’ to take on the State with sophisticated weapons. From all accounts, that stage is not very far away.

The Maoists have funds running into hundreds of crores, which they routinely extort in all the affected areas. There are reports of their establishing links with neighbouring countries, and some of the latter would be only too willing to give them sanctuaries and support. ‘Positional warfare’ is already on. They have established ‘liberated zones’, which are their safe havens. Even the security forces are hesitant to travel in these areas.

It is the Naxals who decide what development work can be done in these areas. They are encircling even the cities of Patna and Ranchi and are now seriously working towards establishing

a ‘red corridor’ from Nepal to Sri Lanka. The Maoist cadres are settling down on both sides of the highly porous Indo-Nepal border. They are also working towards establishing links with Bangladesh and Myanmar and other terrorist organisations in the region.

And what is the State response? Play partisan politics. The Andhra Pradesh fiasco is not deterring the Assam chief minister from playing footsie with the Ulfa in the state with an eye on the coming assembly elections. It is common knowledge that leaders from many political parties have little hesitation in asking for their direct and indirect support during elections. Many of them pay huge sums of money and provide other favours, including ‘pressurising’ the police not to take action.

A successful counter-terrorism strategy requires a broad political consensus and a coordinated approach to deal with this menace. The government must stop treating it as a local problem. The various terrorist groups are cooperating in a broad network. Only a well-thought-out, comprehensive strategy that takes into consideration all aspects — social, economic, political and ethnic — can succeed. To confront them we need special laws, special forces, a more resourceful intelligence network, improved weaponry and communication system. But most of all, we need the active support of the people.

The State machinery in Bihar is unable to provide even the most basic needs like water, power, health, education and roads to its people. With the State virtually vacating the space in many areas, it’s a matter of time before the extremists fill this vacuum. We must wake up before it’s too late.

The writer is former Governor of Jharkhand and Bihar

Maoists attack military chopper

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KATHMANDU: Suspected Maoist rebels fired guns at an army helicopter as it flew low over a known militant stronghold in west Nepal, causing damage to the aircraft but no casualties, the army said on Wednesday.

The Royal Nepalese Army helicopter was carrying supplies for troops when it came under attack on Tuesday near a remote mountain village in Salyan district, about 400 kms west of capital, Kathmandu, the army said in a statement.

The army blamed Maoist rebels for the attack. There was no immediate reaction from the rebels.

The rebels declared a unilateral cease-fire on September 3 in hopes of reviving peace talks, saying they would not attack any military or civilian targets for three months but that they would continue defending their positions.

They also have continued to block highways, extort money, and kidnap villagers for indoctrination sessions.

Three naxalite arrested in UP

[ Thursday, December 01, 2005 11:15:54 pmPTI ]

LUCKNOW: Three suspected naxalites were arrested by police at Ghorawal area in Sonebhadra district and recovered a self loaded rifle, a factory-made gun and some live cartridges.

Uttar Pradesh Principal secretary (home) Alok Sinha said here on Thursday that the naxalites were nabbed after an encounter with the police last evening.

He said one of the arrested naxalites, Rajkumar alias Jhallar alias Doctor, was a self-styled area commander of the Maoist Communist Centre of Ghorawal area and was trying to recruit people for his organisation.

The naxalite was wanted in connection with several cases of extortion, Sinha said.

Rajya Sabha witnesses heated exchange on internal security issue

New Delhi | December 01, 2005 8:45:55 PM IST

The Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes today during a discussion on internal security in the country, with the Opposition and the Treasury benches blaming each other for the problems of naxalism and terrorism.
Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan had a tough time controlling the ruling and opposition party members who traded charges against each other. While the BJP blamed the UPA government, especially Home Minister Shivraj Patil, for going soft in dealing with the naxalite threat, the ruling party retaliated by citing incidents like the attack on Parliament, release of terrorists during the Kandhahar plane hijack and attack on Akshardham temple during the NDA regime.

This angered the opposition members who raised a point of order that it was a short duration discussion meant for matter of urgent public importance and past incidents should not be referred to.

The din continued for about 15 minutes with the Deputy Chairman tring to convince both the ruling and opposition members that in a Parliamentary system they should show patience and be ready to hear criticism. Following the repeated efforts of the chair and the Home Minister and a conciliatory statement by BJP leader Arun Shourie the order was restored.


Guerrilla week’ celebrations!

Updated: 12-01-2005 By andhracafe

The naxlaites are celebrating ‘Guerilla Week’ celebrations from Friday. The Guntur district SP Sajjanaar has asked the pubic representatives and second rung political leaders to be on alert.

The police are on high alert, as they fear the naxalite might strike at some prime targets.

The naxalites plan to hold village level meetings and chalk out plans to eliminate those who are a hindrance to their operations. The naxalite killed two constables point blank yesterday.

Oppn accuses govt of "inept" handling of terrorism

Oppn accuses govt of "inept" handling of terrorism

New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Opposition today attacked the Congress-led UPA government in the Lok Sabha on its "inept" handling of internal security and accused it of not dealing firmly with Pakistan on the issue of terrorism due to votebank politics.
"We impeach this government for votebank politics", Deputy leader of BJP Vijay Kumar Malhotra said adding that the ruling party does not take a strong view on issues like terrorism, illegal immigration from Bangladesh and naxalite activities due to fear of losing the minority vote.

Initiating a combined disucssion on the Home Minister's statements on serial bomb blasts in Delhi, terorist violence in J and K and Naxalite attacks in Jehanabad, Malhotra said, the statements are "routine, lacklustre and cowardly." "He has spoken about a neighbouring country, but has not taken its name. Do we get panicky on taking its name", the BJP leader asked.

Malhotra said that time and again Pakistan's involvement had been witnessed in terrorist incidents in various parts of the country including the Parliament attack, strike at Ayodhya, incidents in Kashmir and the Delhi blasts, but "we have not taken a lesson from history".

He expressed fear about Pakistan strengthening its terrorist infrastructure from the relief money provided by India in the wake of the recent earthquake.

Taking potshots at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement after the Delhi blasts, he said the incident was not reflective of the desperation of terrorists. PTI

Security at APCC office beefed up following naxal threat

Hyderabad | December 01, 2005 10:39:47 PM IST

Security has been strengthened at the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here following intelligence reports that it could be targetted by Maoists.
Police said security has been beefed up and entry of all those into the ''Gandhi Bhavan'', the party office, without proper identity would be restricted.

Presently, there is not much of a restriction on entry and every khadi-clad person is allowed into the party office.

Sources said Deputy Commissioner of Police Srinivasulu had discussed the security requirements with PCC General Secretary Yadav Reddy.

Police had recommended increasing the height of the compound wall of the building in the busy Nampalli area of the city.


Naxals exchange fire in Kurnool

Kurnool, Dec 01 (UNI) A group of naxals belonging to CPI(Maoist) party and a police party exchanged fire near Yendrakayamalupu in Nallamala forest area of Kurnool district today.

A Special Police Party which was on duty in Nallamala forest area, came across a naxal party. When police asked them to surrender, the naxals opened fire. The police returned the fire. The naxals fled from the scene, according to the police.

The police party recovered two kit bags from the scene, police added.

Centre pursuing faulty policy to check Left Wing Extremism: BJP

New Delhi | December 01, 2005 8:45:53 PM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party in the Rajya Sabha today charged the Centre with pursuing a faulty policy for tackling Left Wing Extremism in the country and urged the government to break the nexus between politicians, police personnel and criminals.
BJP senior member Arun Shourie, while initiating a short-duration discussion on Internal Security in the country, said the government should make public the N N Vohra Committee report on the police-politician nexus and the also the reports on Border Management and Internal Security prepared by Task Forces appointed after the Kargil war.

Observing that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister were issuing statements reflecting their contradictory approaches to the naxal problem in the country, Mr Shourie said the Naxal problem had alarmingly increased, to 157 to 165 districts from 137 to 143, during the past three years. As many as 14 states were now affected.

Mr Shourie said that while the Prime Minister was calling for tough action against the Naxalites and militants and saying that no cause justified the terrorist violence, the Home Minister was issuing statements that compassion be shown to them.

''This is misplaced compassion,'' Mr Shourie said and also objected to the practice of funds being pushed into Naxal-affacted states saying these funds went to the Naxalites and contractors supported by them.

The Home Minister objected when Mr Shourie started reading a newspaper report quoting the Home Minister advocating compassion.

The Home Minister said the Rule Book did not permit a member to quote from a newspaper report. There was a brief argument on the issue between the opposition and treasury benches.

Mr Shourie said that moreover, the pattern on Naxal attacks was also changing and they were becoming more dangerous and following a pattern.

He cited the examples of naxal attacks on police stations, like in Jehanabad, looting of arms and ammunition and killing of police personnel.

Mr Shourie also pointed out that legal action should not be delayed against dons and terorists which, otherwise, would be counter-productive.


And now, CRPF wants to spy



NEW DELHI: With the local police in several Naxal-hit states failing to dig up ‘actionable intelligence’ to help Central forces launch surgical counter-strikes, the CRPF is pushing hard for MHA’s clearance for its very own, independent intelligence-gathering mechanism.

Popularly called the G-wing, the separate intelligence unit within the CRPF was proposed some time back but its sanction ran into problems over financial implications.

Not the one to give up, CRPF — which sees an independent intelligence collection set-up as crucial to the force’s performance in tackling Naxalism, especially in states like Bihar where the Special Branch’s intelligence-gathering skills leave much to be desired — has now got back to the government proposing that of the several battalions sanctioned to be raised by the CRPF, one or two be done away with.

Instead, posts and finances cleared for raising these battalions be utilised to recruit people for the separate intelligence wing.

The G-wing, as per the CRPF proposal, will comprise around 4,000 personnel.Says a senior CRPF official, the setting up of the G-wing would go a long way in tackling the force’s lack of performance in Naxal-affected districts due to non-availability of “specific intelligence” from the state police concerned.

The failure of the forces to crack down upon extremist hideouts in the absence of intelligence from the state police was recently evident when the two battalions of the elite NSG returned empty-handed within a week of their deployment as no specific intelligence came by on the escape route of the Maoists or their hideouts after the Jahanabad jailbreak.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

NGO pulls curtains down on 'anti-US' Pak play
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

LUCKNOW, NOVEMBER 29: For these 11 theatre actors from Pakistan, the
show has ended even before it began. Invited by an NGO — the Women's
Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) — to stage plays across the
country, the Pakistani troupe was allegedly told to pack their bags
because their production, Zikr-e-Nashunida (Discussing the Unheeded),
expressed anti-US sentiments.

Speaking to Newsline, Sheema Kermani, head of the Karachi-based group,
alleged that one of the WIPSA members — the organisers — warned them
that if they continued to go against US sentiments through their play,
they would be handed over to the police. The NGO also reportedly
threatened to take away their tickets if they didn't leave the city as
soon as possible.

And at around 7 am today, the Pakistani actors were made to leave their
accommodation at Isabella Thoubourn College. Later in the day, Magsaysay
awardee Sandeep Pandey stepped in to their aid, making arrangements for
their stay at a city hotel. When contacted, Nirmala Deshpande, founder
member of WIPSA, said: ''It's very shocking. Bahut galat hua. Sandeep
told me about the sequence of events that took place today... It's

According to Kermani, their play focussed on the aftermath of war,
especially in relation to the Vietnam war. ''In our show, we highlighted
images of wars that often go unheard and unrecorded. WIPSA reacted very
strongly to this. So strongly that the NGO, which invited us to India,
has now left us stranded,'' she said.

''They asked us to change the theme as they claimed it went against
American sentiments. All this has been done because the NGO is
financially supported by the Ford Foundation, an American
organisation,'' alleged Kermani, whose family is originally from Lucknow.

According to the Pakistani troupe, WIPSA had readily accepted the theme
of their play when they issued the invite about two months back. ''They
called us to stage our play at Lucknow, Varanasi and Bhubaneswar,'' said

They were part of the NGO's programme to ''create culture of peace
through stage shows'', for which they had invited theatre groups from
South Asian countries. Among the other participants were actors from
Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

The Pakistani actors arrived in the city on November 24, in time for the
first performance in the city on November 27 which was held as
scheduled. They were all set to leave for Varanasi for their second show
on November 30, when WIPSA pulled down the curtains.

So, even as the organisers and the other teams left for Varanasi, the
Pakistanis were told to go home, much before their scheduled departure
on December 8. The Bhubaneswar performance was to have been staged on
December 3.

Interestingly, the director of the play is an Indian — Prasanna
Ramaswamy. ''Initially, we presented an excerpt of our play at a city
school whose administration had invited us to participate in a programme
based on nuclear disarmament. The organisers had then reprimanded us for
participating in the programme without their permission,'' he said.

''Later, when we pointed out that we hadn't signed any agreement
prohibiting us from performing outside, they asked us to change the
theme of our play. Since we refused to bow before them, they resorted to
such an action,'' added Ramaswamy.

Meanwhile, Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey said: ''They were to leave
India on December 8, but they will be heading for Pakistan within a
couple of days. They are slated to reach Delhi tomorrow.''

Maoists disown threat letter

Statesman News Service

BEHRAMPORE, Nov. 29 — The threat letter reportedly issued by the CPI(Maoist) to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Murshidabad, has triggered protests by Maoists based in Burdwan, Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad. In a press release secretly sent to reporters here today, the Maoist zonal committee disowned the threat letter and made it clear that Congress leader Mr Adhir Chowdhury had no links with the Maoists. The note blamed a section of the media for the defamatory campaign against the CPI(Maoist).

Charges framed

Charges against Sushil Roy, CPI(Maoist) Politburo member, Patit Paban Haldar, the outfit’s central committee member and two other squad leaders of the outfit, Santosh Debnath and Sk Jakir Hossain, were framed under Section 121 A/122/ 124 A of the IPC at the court of the additional judicial magistrate, fast court, Jhargram, Midnapore West, Mr Biswanath Dey, today.
They were arrested in May in connection with a case of Belpahari police station in 2003.
The trial will begin on 5 December, their counsel, Mr Prasanta Roy, said.

ORISSA : Naxalite threats expose government’s failure to take action

CPI (Maoist) accuses ruling and Opp parties of doing nothing for downtrodden & scheduled castes

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Nov. 29. — The state government’s repeated failure to check inroads made by the extremist elements, particularly during the last five years, was exposed once again with the Maoists boldly announcing their entry, presence and striking ability in three more districts — Balasore, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj.
Except for Mayurbhanj where stray instances of Naxalite presence had been reported earlier, the extreme Left had no presence in the districts of Keonjhar and Balasore nor had they staked the claim of a foothold as they have done now.
Reliable sources said that the extremists had recently made the announcement to the home department headed by chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik in a fax message.
Although the Naveen Patnaik government has been making the plea that dearth of security forces is hampering the action against Naxalites even the existing force rarely acts with prior information to stall any attack or apprehend the extremists. Still worse is the track record which shows that Naxalites are attacking the same place repeatedly despite the tall claims of “intense combing operations”.
There have been allegations that the police actually surrenders arms to the Naxalites rather than resist the attack. They announce their entry, storm places at will, take arms and return to the forest, charged the people at Sambalpur, Deogarh and Malkangiri while wondering how hundreds of armed people can assemble and move for several kilometers without drawing the attention of the police and its intelligence wings. It is not the guerrilla warfare that takes the police by surprise but the open attack visible in all respects.
Be it Jujumara of Sambalpur district, Kalimela of Malkangiri or the villages of Rayagada district the same lapses are too glaring to miss.
Even more appalling is the fact that chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik, who holds the home portfolio, has never taken any action on the police officers nor had he ordered probe into such lapses.
Never in the annals of independent India had hundreds of armed Naxalites taken over a district headquarters and looted the armoury as they did in Koraput. Yet no probe was ordered into the incident.
Maoist letter warns

SNS reports from Paralakhemundi said that a letter purportedly written by CPI (Maoist) was in circulation in the area today.
The letter speaks of the anti-poor policies of the ruling party while criticizing the Opposition political parties for not doing anything for the cause of the backward and the down trodden.
While clarifying that the organisation never writes post cards or personal letters to anybody the Naxalite group said that the recent reports in some vernacular newspapers about a post card purportedly written by them to several individuals threatening them with dire action was a ploy to receive an extra security protection for the VIPs.
Similarly, the letter has also warned those who impersonate as Naxalites to desist from the collection of funds in the name of CPI (Maoist). The letter has stated that the fire incident at Sambalpur was not an act of Naxalites.
Another printed letter, released by the PLGA (Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army) has accompanied the computer letter which has asked the public to support them on the fifth anniversary of their organisation. The PLGA week will be observed from 2 December to 8 December.

Centre, States working on naxalite menace: Patil

The Hindu

Special Correspondent

Not able to bring down naxalite activities as successfully as terrorism, admits Centre

Assistance given for police modernisation
`States should tackle political, social aspects'

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that it was not able to bring down the level of naxalite activities as successfully as it had tackled terrorism. At the same time, it was working in tandem with State Governments to deal with the menace, it said.

While the number of incidents of naxalite violence till the end of October this year remained almost at the same level as in the corresponding period last year, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the use of explosives by naxalites led to an increase in the number of casualties.

"In States like Jammu and Kashmir and in the North-East, we have been largely successful in bringing down terrorism but not so much in dealing with naxalites," Mr. Patil told the House during Question Hour.

Asked whether naxalites/extremists were regrouping or joining hands with those carrying out similar activities in other States and other countries, the Minister said there was a "grain of truth" in such reports.

Mr. Patil said the Centre was extending all help to the States to deal with the menace and had given 26 battalions, approximately 26,000 men and police officials, to deal with the situation. It used to recover Rs. 13 crores a battalion each year from the States for Central forces. But it had stopped doing so for the last three years, he said.

Unable to check Naxal violence, admits Patil


Posted online: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 0051 hours IST

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 29: Home Minister Shivraj Patil today admitted in the Lok Sabha that the government was unable to completely stop Naxalite activities, but assured all cooperation to the states to combat ultra-Left violence.

Patil, replying to questions from Krishna Murari Moghe and Sai Prathap said, ‘‘We have been quite successful in controlling terrorism in states like J-K and in North-east. As far as Naxalism is concerned, we have not achieved similar results.’’

The Centre, according to him, had deployed 26,000 police personnel in states affected by Naxalite violence and sanctioned them Rs 3,000 crore for modernising police forces. There was need for a concerted approach and a joint action by the affected states, he added.

Patil said each district facing Naxalism was getting Rs 36 crore to deal with development and unemployment. The government, he pointed out, was working on political, security and development fronts to deal with the problem. He said a draft standard operating procedure had been prepared to institutionalise inter-state joint operations against Naxalites.

He said there is truth that Maoists within the country and outside are joining hands.

No political interference in police functioning: CM


Asserting that there will be no political interference in the functioning of the police department, Chief Minister N Dharam Singh on Tuesday urged the senior police officers to ‘anticipate and act accordingly’ to deal with issues such as the Naxal menace.

Asserting that there will be no political interference in the functioning of the police department, Chief Minister N Dharam Singh on Tuesday urged the senior police officers to ‘anticipate and act accordingly’ to deal with issues such as the Naxal menace.

The forthcoming Taluk and Zilla Panchayat elections are a challenging task for the state police, Mr Singh said ,while inaugurating the two-day Senior Police Officers Conference in Bangalore. Karnataka is having a coalition set-up for the first time in its history, he said and added that the police force should understand the coalition compulsions and act accordingly. “I have been managing the coalition for the last 18 months. Similarly, you should not have any problem in carrying out your duties”, he said amid peals of laughter. The Government will take all measures to assist the police in carrying out its duties, he added.

Commending the State police for integrity and professionalism, besides the smooth conduct of the gram panchayat elections, the Benny Hinn programme, handling the Uma Bharati episode, Mr Singh said that using lathi will not resolve issues.

“You should use common sense and make an in-depth study to deal with situations. Instead of sitting in your offices, you should make spot visits, he told the senior police officers. The focus should be on preventing incidents, he said. Mr Singh also commended the police for keeping a strict check on dance bars in Bangalore city.

Naxal menace

Expressing concern over the spread of Naxal activities in the state, Mr Singh said that though the state government was taking measures to end the socio-economic disparity, the Naxals were trying to widen their base in the state by influencing people in some areas by highlighting their grievances such as unemployment. In addition, some forces were trying to disturb the communal harmony in the State. The police should act as an interface between the public and the government, he added.

Belgaum issue

On the Belgaum issue, Mr Singh said the Shiv Sena which has been affected by internal bickerings was now trying to incite the people on linguistic lines. The chief minister said that he had explained to his Maharashtra counterpart Vilasrao Deshmukh the reasons for dissolving the Belgaum City Corporation. “We will take all measures to maintain law and order,” he said.

DG and IGP B S Sial and Home Secretary Sudhakar Rao also spoke.

Karnataka : ‘Bullet with bullet’ policy for naxals


Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG and IGP) B S Sial on Tuesday urged the Government to lift the ban on recruitment of police personnel and accord clearance for the integrated signalling and traffic management system to decongest Bangalore City traffic in the next five years.

At the inaugural of the two-day Senior Police Officers conference, Mr Sial drew the attention of the chief minister to various pending proposals of the police department. The proposals include sanction of additional 15,040 posts of civil police personnel and 6,744 posts of armed police personnel. In addition, Mr Sial also urged the chief minister to consider permitting families of deceased personnel to continue occupying the government quarters; provide free education up to degree level and jobs to the children of police personnel who die during operations; provide uniform allowance of Rs 4,500 per annum and sanction Rs 300 per month as ration money.

On the naxal menace, he said the State police were well equipped to face the challenge and warned the Maoists that if they failed to shun firearms, the police too would not hesitate to use firearms. Intelligence inputs indicate that the efforts of the Maoists to recruit young tribal boys and girls has failed, he said. A comprehensive economic and development package will go a long way in dealing with the naxal menace, he said. Home Secretary Sudhakar Rao said the naxal issue should not be looked at from a socio-economic angle alone, but as a law and order problem.

He also underlined the need for police-public interface and added that police should be accountable to people.

Mr Sial said the two-day conference will discuss the measures related to prevention and detection of crime, maintenance of law and order, traffic management, besides social, regional, linguistic and caste related issues and tensions, protection to Dalits and women. Mr Sial said that the immediate challenges facing the police was the Maoist activities, organised crime, cyber crime and the Datta Jayanthi celebrations. The thrust of the conference is to deliberate on ways and means to bring in greater professionalism in the police at all levels, he said.


Sanction of 2,003 additional traffic personnel for Bangalore

Additional 108 Hoysala vehicles for patrolling in Bangalore

Mega city policing plan

Creation of armed staff for bank currency chests

Setting up India Reserve Battalion

Re-organisation of State Intelligence

Strengthening police units in naxal affected areas

Incentives to anti-naxal force on par with erstwhile STF

Rs 12.63 crore for cars!

Wednesday November 30 2005 00:00 IST

HYDERABAD: The VVIPs in the State can relax now. They will soon be getting 48 Bullet Proof (BP) vehicles. The State government does not mind the outrageous cost – Rs 12.63 crore.

They include 20 Scorpios and an equal number of Tata Sumos and eight Tata Safaris. The Government has cleared the proposal which had been pending before it for a long time.

At present, there are around 155 BP vehicles, which are being used by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, his Cabinet colleagues, senior IPS officers including Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen besides those working in naxal-infested areas who are on the hit list of the Naxalites.

These vehicles were supplied by the Ordinance Factory at Medak and have proved their worth when the then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu escaped from a claymore mine blast triggered by Maoists two years ago.

The State government is also considering a request of a US-based firm, engaged in manufacturing BP vehicles, which made a power point presentation to Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy a few months ago, for setting up their manufacturing unit near the city.

With police-naxalite confrontation becoming more frequent now than ever before following the breakdown of truce talks between the Government and Maoists early this year, Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen suggested acquisition of more BP vehicles keeping in view the scenario prevailing at that time.

The proposal was kept pending for six months but cleared by a high level committee headed by Chief Secretary T K Dewan a fortnight ago. The meeting also discussed the offer made by the US-based Armet Armored Cars Limited to set up its unit near the city and felt that it should be referred to the Industries department for further action.

According to official sources, the State government has to seek permission of the Central government to procure the BP vehicles. It costs around Rs 18 lakh to convert an Ambassador into BP vehicle, Rs 20 lakh for Tata Sumo and Rs 25 lakh for Bolero.

The cost is much higher for Tata Safari.

“The cost is high as the roof, bottom, sides, front and rear sections of the vehicle including the glasses have to be covered with Kevilar armoured sheets from Italy,” the officials told this website’s newspaper.

It is said that BP cars would also be provided with Runflat tyres, which enables the vehicle to travel up to a distance of 50 km from the blast site provided the engine is in a working condition, officials said.

Why Bihar doesn’t shock Biharis?

Why Bihar doesn’t shock Biharis?

By Ash Naraian Roy

The tale of horror in Bihar is unending. Whether it is caste war, gang war or the war of attrition between the Maoist groups and the mercenary armies of feudal landlords, Bihar has acquired a notoriety which has few parallels. Perhaps horror is part of life in Bihar. Whether it is Champaran in north Bihar or Jehanabad in the south, blind hatred rules. In a state where the writ of the government doesn’t run beyond the state capital, people are virtually at the mercy of the extremists’ designs—hostage to their fears and terrified of their unstoppable power. Bihar has become a metaphor for ruthless barbarity.

The “Operation Jailbreak” in Jehanabad on November 13 was not only a meticulous plan to rescue Maoist followers and leaders, but was a brutal attack on the state. As Salman Rushdie would say, it was a hammer blow launched against a state which had already been smashed—“a wound on a wounded body”. The Naxalites killed nine of the hostages, members of the upper-caste private army Ranbir Sena. During the siege of Jehanabad by some 1000 Maoists, over 300 prisoners escaped. It was perhaps the most audacious operation ever launched by Maoists in India. To give it an ideological veneer, the Maoists called it “a successful military campaign” by the “people’s militia”.

Jehanabad represents all that has gone wrong with benighted Bihar. Whether it is the atrocities of the mercenary armies against Dalits and other oppressed sections, the reign of terror let loose by Maoists, or the fast spreading gun culture, the notoriety of Jehanabad rivals perhaps only that of Medellin in Colombia—the durglords’ ‘Mecca’. Naxalites are also running a parallel judicial system in parts of south Bihar and the villagers often approach the ultras for redressal of their grievances. An eye for an eye seems to be the guiding principle of such kangaroo courts.

Every incident of Naxalite violence is a political act. “Operation Jailbreak” too was a calculated act of violence and daredevilry. Their target was too important to be misunderstood and the objective of the perpetrators was to deal a shattering blow to the police force’s morale. But it would be simplistic to interpret the Jehanabad incident as a routine act of defiant violence. It signals a dangerous stage in the Maoists’ tactics. In organising raids like Jehanabad, the Maoists mobilise hundreds of civilians in their support. There have been several incidents of active civilian support for the guerrilla operation launched by the so-called “people’s militia” in Bihar.

In the past, perhaps more people lost their lives in internecine violence among Maoist groups than in Maoist-inspired violence perpetrated against upper-caste armies or the police force. That scenario has changed after the unification of the various Naxalite groups. The rise of Maoist groups in Nepal and their growing military muscle have given the ultras not merely greater moral strength, but also greater access to arms and intelligence. Analysts of Maoist violence agree that the Naxalites have now reached a higher stage in their guerrilla struggle. They are now employing the so-called “mobile warfare tactics”. Naxalism in Bihar has moved much beyond the stage of organisation. The ultras seem better equipped to take on the state’s demoralised police force.

It is now nearly four decades since the “Spring Thunder” rumbled in Naxalbari and swept across several parts of the country. But the problem of Naxalism has continued to be a festering sore in the body politic. Naxalism, today, is most vibrant in the Telegana region and Bihar’s southern districts, but its intensity is equally perceptible in the tribal areas stretching across south Bihar, western Madhya Pradesh, eastern Maharashtra and Kalahandi-Koraput region in Orissa. Conditions of abject poverty and deprivation in the “Dandakaranya region” provide the ideal breeding ground to ultra-Leftism. Outside the tribal belt, the movement has struck roots in areas where the failure of land reforms and the advent of the Green Revolution have only consolidated the power of the big landlords and led to the impoverishment of the marginalised farmers and poor peasants.

Over the years, the character, methods of struggle and goals of the neo-Leftist groups have undergone a qualitative change. If the centre of gravity of the movement has shifted to the cobwebbed, discreetly shadowed corners of the country’s socio-economic life, its modus operandi has long ceased to be urban terrorism and “annihilation of the class enemy”. Naxalite violence today often tends to be a local response to local problems.

The state has practically withered away in Bihar. The various Naxalite groups hold sway over the militant peasantry. Poorer sections of people have become victims of feudal social oppression as well as modern forms of exploitation by contractors and middlemen. South Bihar has had a tradition of peasant struggle. During the 1930s, it was here that the peasant struggle led by Sahajanand Saraswati erupted into mass upheavals.

It was Saraswati who gave a call for the “land-to-the-tiller” movement and founded the first Kisan Sabha. There is also a tradition of manufacturing small arms in south Bihar, specially in the Jehanabad area. The pressure on land is also much more here than in north Bihar. Perhaps an even more important factor is the relatively higher percentage of Scheduled Castes in this area. About the absence of land reforms in Bihar despite the state being the first to formally introduce it, the less said the better.

While Naxalism has struck deep roots, gangsterism and the mafia raj rule the roost in major parts of Bihar. Kidnapping for ransom has become a cottage industry. Such is the atmosphere of hopelessness that the people have nowhere to turn to except the Naxalites and criminal gangs themselves, for the state police force is in league with the Mafiosi, who receive patronage from political leaders.

Travelling to the interiors is like going back in time. A train journey in Bihar is often a ferocious nightmare. A bus journey is even worse. Any college in Bihar is the right place to see students at the wrong end of their careers. For the poor whose daily reality is poverty and misery – grinding, unavoidable and debasing – going to Punjab and Delhi is the only dream.

Naxalism’s appeal for the poor is rooted in the reality of the disruption of rural life and the dismal failure of land reforms. Development measures and land reforms as understood and implemented by successive state governments have only accentuated social and economic disparities. The legal and politico-administrative apparatus of Bihar is perceived by many to be at best inadequate and at worst a disaster. The Naxalites have thus carved out vital political space for themselves and moved in to fill the vacuum created by the all-round failure of the governmental machinery.

There are analysts who argue that the scenario of violence and social breakdown in Bihar is overhyped. Society was much more violent and chaotic in Victorian times. Anthony Trollope has written about people walking through London parks and being garrotted from behind. The civil war in the US claimed more lives than any war between two countries. The messy civil war in Iraq is a pale shadow of what the US saw during those dark days. Look at the shocking state of modern Russia, which has been transformed into a brutal land of crime without punishment.

Just as the civil war strengthened the foundations of democracy in the US, current convulsions in Bihar are a sign of the deepening of its democracy. As Walter Hauser, emeritus professor of Indian history at Virginia University, maintains, “Bihar will emerge as a stronger and freer state in the years to come.” That time may remain elusive for some time, but a new beginning may be in the offing.

On the face of it, the spectre of Maoism is haunting India. But Indian democracy is the biggest antidote to extremism of all hues. Naxalite violence still remains an aberration in Indian politics. Even in Bihar, where the ultras seem to wield the power to hit where it hurts, democratic politics is the unquestionable choice of the vast majority of the people.

As Gandhiji said, “poverty is the worst form of violence”. And only by empowering the poor, can poverty be fought effectively; it can certainly not be fought through doles. Amartya Sen too suggests that it is empowerment that leads to entitlements; and entitlements lead to enrichment. West Bengal once faced the worst form of Naxalite violence. The institutionalisation of Panchayat Raj banished Naxalism to neighbouring Bihar. As Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar rightly points out, “we have institutionalised Panchayati Raj but not empowered it.”

West Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka have given enough powers to Panchayati Raj Institutions, but Bihar is yet to begin the process. Once the poor, oppressed and the disempowered are empowered and given full responsibility and share in governance, they will have the power to confront exploitation and oppression of every kind. The ballot box can still blunt the edge of the bayonet.

The author is on the Faculty of the Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi

Naxalite question in Parliament : Speaker could not allow all the supplementaries

Prabunath Singh walks out of LS in protest
New Delhi | November 29, 2005 2:40:52 PM IST

Mr Prabunath Singh (JD-U) today staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after he was not allowed to ask a supplementary.
''I walk out in protest,'' Mr Singh said during Question Hour when Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said he could not allow all the supplementaries on the Naxalite question.

''There are 26 more supplementaries. I cannot allow everybody. I will only allow those who do not disturb the proceedings,'' he said and called the name of Mr M P Virendra Kumar (JD-S) when Mr Singh rose to ask a supplementary.

''What is the point in sitting here,'' Mr Singh said and walked out after throwing his paper on the bench in front of him.


Jharkhand to cancel chopper orders

Ranchi | November 29, 2005 6:43:23 PM IST

The Jharkhand government has decided to cancel its order for two 'Dhruva' helicopters to Bangalore based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Official sources today said the decision was taken following many technical difficulties and also the accident of one such helicopter, which was coming to Jharkhand, in the Karimnagar of Andhra Pradesh on November 25.

The order to procure two helicopters for aerial patrolling and other related operations in the naxal affected areas of the state, at a price of Rs.33 crore each was given to HAL, the public sector aircraft making company, and an advance of Rs 14 crore was paid.

Sources claimed that the government would now explore the possibility of buying the helicopters like EC-155, Doffin and Bale-412 from foreign companies.




17:42 IST

Lok Sabha

A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been finalized in consultation with the Naxal-affected States with an objective to formulate operational plans and undertake intelligence based inter-State joint anti-naxalite operations in the specified inter-State border areas against naxal leaders and cadres. Each of the inter-State border areas identified will have a separate inter-State task force/mechanism on a bilateral or trilateral basis to facilitate need-based intelligence driven joint operations.

The naxal affected States have been requested to take concrete steps to raise India Reserve (IR) Battalions on priority. The time frame prescribed for raising the IR Bns is two years.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Home, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


K'taka to deal firmly with naxalites: Dharam

Bangalore | November 29, 2005 4:36:47 PM IST

Expressing serious concern over the spread of naxalism in Karnataka, Chief Minister N Dharam Singh today exhorted the State police to have more interactions with the public and work as an interface with the Government in finding solutions to their grievances.
Addressing a two-day conference of Superintendents of Police here, he said that despite the State Government taking several measures to end economic disparity, some Leftist extremist groups were trying to extend their influence on people in some areas of the State by highlighting their grievances. Besides Left extremists, some reactionary forces were also bent upon disturbing the communal harmony of the State.

The State police must focus more on preventing such developments than taking remedial action later, he said, citing the incident of Belgaum Mayor Vijay More being manhandled recently at the Legislators' home by some Kannada activists for favouring a merger of the border city with Maharashtra.

Mr Singh charged the Shiv Sena, suffering from internal bickerings, with attempting to play up the emotional border issue.

He had held talks with his Maharashtra counterpart Vilasrao Deshmukh and told him firmly that the State Government's action of dissolving the Belgaum City Corporation was right.

Appreciating the State police for its integrity and professionalism, the Chief Minister assured them that there would not be any political interference in maintaining law and order, detecting and preventing crimes and bringing the guilty to book.

Earlier speaking at the conference, State Director General and Inspector General of Police B S Sial appealed to the State Government to lift the ban on recruitment of police personnel and increase the strength of traffic police.

On the naxal menace, he said the State police were well equipped to face the challenge and warned the Maoists that if they failed to shun arms, they would be dealt with an iron hand.

Karnataka Home Secretary Sudhakar Rao was also present.


Arjun Munda's BIG plans for Jharkhand

The Rediff Interview/Arjun Munda, Chief Minister of Jharkhand

Aditi Phadnis & Bhupesh Bhandari in New Delhi | November 29, 2005

The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Arjun Munda is tall, dark and handsome. And, if you don't mind another cliché, strong and silent as well.

Which is strange because although he should have had a lot to talk about, he was remarkably reticent about the problems he is facing as Chief Minister of Jharkhand, when we met him over tea, writes Business Standard.

Munda was clearly preoccupied -- he was scheduled to leave for the US the following day to attend to the health problems of his two small sons and one of them had developed a slight fever the night before.

His suite at the Taj Mansingh was overrun by supporters wanting to press pieces of paper into his hand. Liaison men from various industrial houses appeared to be pushing their way in through, with only token resistance offered by his staff.

So, there was time only for a cup of tea sans milk or sugar -- apparently that's the way they do it in Jharkhand -- as he talked about his plans and dreams he had for his state, and the challenges he faced.

About investment in Jharkhand, Munda was clear. The state, he said, had got proposals worth Rs 200,000 crore (Rs 2,000 billion) and investment worth Rs 160,000 crore (Rs 1,600 billion) had already been finalised. He spoke so casually, it almost seemed he hadn't grasped the enormity of the sums involved.

Munda said his priority was to get the serious investor, not paanwallas from adjoining states. Investment in steel, power, agro industry, chemicals and fertilisers sectors had already been tied up. But he had to take care of other interests of his state as well.

"As you know, the primary occupation is farming. But the advantage in Jharkhand is that, of the entire area under farming, not even 15 per cent has been infected by chemical fertilisers. So, like Uttaranchal, we too are seeking certification for organic farming. We have already sought the help of consultants from Israel to create the infrastructure for agro industry, including fisheries. They will help us set up a cold chain," he said.

Munda said the money -- Rs 100,000 crore (Rs 1,000 billion) -- would begin to come in over the next two years. The smaller ancillary industries had already started work, though big groups had begun setting up shop only lately. "I monitor the progress made by industries every 20 days. I want maximum value addition. That will help state finances," he said.

He explained what he meant. "A certain kind of steel, which is a nickel alloy, is used to manufacture jet turbines. It is called crystal alloy steel. I want jet turbines all over the world made from the steel that Jharkhand produces. I have already spoken to [Laxmi] Mittal about this. This is my dream," he said.

What about employment? "Initially 100,000 jobs will be created. These will be direct jobs. Indirect employment will be much more," he said.

But why is it that when Jharkhand was a part of Bihar, no one thought of all this?

"When the state was with Bihar, this may have been possible as well. But then we didn't understand ourselves. In a country like India, you can't work with the attitude that we have nothing to do with India -- that we won't give anything to India. What we're trying to do is to create a link between Jharkhand and India," he said.

He admitted that the region -- Bihar and Jharkhand -- had seen political and developmental deterioration in the 1980s. But, this was a time of flux for India. "We never thought a situation would arise when our currency would have to be devalued," said Munda.

Which brought us to the other protagonist of the Jharkhand story, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha, who was on record as having described the Munda government as the most corrupt ever.

"So do you want to challenge Sinha's assessment?" we asked. Munda was short. "I never make any charges against anyone," he said. "But your adversaries are making serious charges against you," we persisted. "I don't want to talk about this," he said with an air of finality.

Munda was as equivocal about the other problem Jharkhand faces -- the growth of the Naxal movement. He neither criticised the Maoists for their armed struggle, nor the Congress for advocating the soft touch in dealing with Naxalism, which the UPA sees as a socio-economic problem rather than one of law and order.

"There has to be a national policy on this matter. You can't put it down in Jharkhand and let it thrive in Andhra Pradesh," Munda said.

What about the other big problem he faced -- dissidence in his own party?" we asked. It is the world's worst-kept secret that no one really wanted Munda to become chief minister.

But once the Jharkhand Assembly elections had been held, the other big BJP leader, Babulal Marandi, suddenly got cold feet about the prospects of forming a government, and Munda was the central choice. Munda has been in the BJP for less than 10 years and was associated with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha before that. So, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is less than enthusiastic about him.

Munda's face closed. "It is a family. I really would prefer not to discuss it with the press," he said firmly.

We left just as another liaison man made his presence felt in irritated tones. The taciturn Munda had better things to do.
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Police modernisation, more force to combat Naxalism: Patil

New Delhi: Admitting that the government had not been much successful in controlling Naxalism, Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said it would provide extra para military battalions, if required by states, to deal with the menace.

''If the state governments want more battalions, we will consider it,'' Mr Patil said, replying to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha.

He said the Centre had also provided Rs 36 crore to each district to develop infrastructure in Naxalite-infested areas.

He said Rs 3,000 crore had been given to the states to modernise the police force and set up police training institutes.

Since it was more a socio-economic issue, the state governments had been asked to draw action plans and collaborate with each other, he added.

He said the Centre would consider changing the forests land laws as a solution to the Naxal problem.

''The matter is under the consideration of the government,'' he said.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Moaist dump at Nallamala

Moaist dump at Nallamala
Updated: 11-28-2005 By andhracafe

The police recovered a huge cache of arms from a Maoist dump from Yeragundlapalem near Nallamala forest area. This was on of the biggest seizures by the police in recent times.

The police seized 47 rocket launchers. 47 hand grenades and 47 plastic explosives, 410 Musket guns and other ammunition from the dump.

A diary was recovered from the dump, which shoed the Maoists plan to blow up the Pullelacheruvu police station. A detailed map of the police station was found in the diary. The Maoists also recorded the details of s reccee of the area conducted by them.

Naxalites: India's ticking time bomb

November 28, 2005

In the largest-ever Naxalite attack in the country, armed men of the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) laid siege to the district headquarter town of Jehanabad in south Bihar, on November 13, for over two hours.

The raid had three objectives: freeing some of its leaders and cadres, as well as some other prisoners, imprisoned at the local jail; execute and/or abduct some of the upper caste militia Ranveer Sena's men, who were also imprisoned in the same jail; loot weapons and ammunition.

Jehanabad, a week after Operation Jailbreak

In a press release the day after, Azad, all-India spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist, claimed 'complete success' in achieving the objectives the guerrillas had set for themselves.

Against the backdrop of the magnitude of the attack, the sheer numbers involved and the impact it is bound to have on the Naxalite movement in the country, there is an urgent need for both the Bihar state government and the government of India to brace themselves to effectively address this growing tide.

Except for its magnitude, the Jehanabad attack is not unique. As the rebels have admitted, it is part of a string of such attacks in Jharkhand, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

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The CPI-Maoist has pan-India presence, and a pan-India objective of capturing political power through armed struggle. Its guerrillas operate under the single unified command of the Central Military Commission.

Thus, the Indian government's hesitation or delay in instituting an all-India strategy is incomprehensible.

You wonder if the United Progressive Alliance government remembers that the Congress, the ruling coalition's leader party, had constituted a Task Force on Naxalite Violence.

The Task Force, chaired by senior Andhra Pradesh legislator M Shashidhar Reddy, submitted its report in April.

Naxals: Bihar's bane

Rather than the present strategy of asking the affected states to devise their own policies to deal with the Naxalites, it is imperative that the Union government take the initiative.

It is imperative it prepare an all-India plan of action, including a judicious mix of 'legitimate use of force' and socio-economic policies and programmes to help keep people away from the influence of the Naxalites.

It is equally important to have a full-fledged, fully empowered mechanism at the Union government-level to monitor and implement the plan.

Also, the new political dispensation in Bihar must make a serious and comprehensive appreciation of the intensity of the Naxalite movement in the state.

Bihar sends report on Jehanabad to Centre

The writ of the CPI-Maoists runs quite large in 10 districts in Bihar: West Champaran, Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Jamui, Patna, Jehanabad and Arwal.

In 19 other Bihar districts, the Maoist influence ranges from moderate to negligible.

The police force in the state is ill-trained, ill-equipped and lacks the motivation to take on the Naxalites headlong.

It is necessary to break the unprincipled and opportunistic alliance between the Naxalites and some elected public representatives in the state.

In large tracts of Bihar, the civil administration is conspicuous by its absence. This further alienates the people from the State and compels them to think that the State does not act for their social uplift and economic well-being. Such a grievance only serves to push the people into the Naxalite fold. It was with the 'support and help' from such sections of people that the Naxalites were able to launch the Jehanabad attack.

Police protest against Jehanabad SP's transfer

It is essential for the state government to revitalise the civil administration to work for the welfare of the people and win over their confidence, rather than keep themselves busy lining their pockets.

The government has to create infrastructure -- irrigation facilities, roads and communication -- increase access to health and education and improve the economic standards of the people.

In the absence of the State and its agencies in the rural and remote areas, the Naxalites have begun to run a parallel administration. They run schools, operate dispensaries, hold people's courts dispensing quick and brutal justice.

The people lend support to the Naxalites because the people think the Naxalites are selfless and willing to lead a harsh underground life – and even risk their lives – for the people, while the State has abdicated its responsibilities.

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As the hold of Naxalites expands every day, they would dare to perpetuate many more attacks like the Jehanabad raid with the ultimate objective of capturing political power.

If the Union government and the Bihar government still do not wake up to the danger, the consequences would be disastrous.

And, perhaps irreversible.

The writer is research fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

'Lack of political will' to curb extremism: RSS

Bijnore (UP), Nov 28 (PTI) Decrying a "lack of political will" to curb Islamic extremism, Naxalite activities and the rising population, the RSS has said the impact of appeasing the minorities would be felt in the coming decade.
"There is a lack of political will among the parties and the government to strictly deal with the problems of growing Islamic extremism and Naxalite activities, which pose a grave danger to the country," Sangh spokesman Ram Madhav said after inaugurating the new office of RSS here last night.

Defending the recent statement by RSS chief K S Sudarshan asking Hindus to go in for at least three children, he said it should be seen in the "right perspective".

He said the country's population was rising rapidly and "disproportionately", with Hindus exercising control and posting a decline in their population whereas "others are behaving irresonsibly and the government has no control over them".

The spokesman said in the coming ten years, the "impact of appeasement of the minorities and lack of control on the rising population would be apparent and it would not be in the interest of the country". PTI

Centre's alert on major strike by naxals


The Centre tonight issued alert to all naxal-affected states following intelligence inputs indicating the possibility of a major strike by People's Liberation Guriella Army (PLGA), the combined armed wing of CPI (Maoists) and Peoples' War Group.

The advisory issued by Union Home Ministry to the states said PLGA would be celeberating its "formation week" from December two to eight next month and was planning to carry out strikes in any of the states where naxalites are present, informed sources said.

The fresh advisory has asked for maximum vigilance especially in the wake of the daring attack by naxalites on the jail and police barracks in Bihar's Jehanabad district on November 13, the sources said.

The advisory also asked the state police force to strictly follow all security drills for naxal-affected states.

Police display rocket launchers seized from naxal dump

Ongole Andhra Pradesh | November 28, 2005 5:40:02 PM IST

Prakasham District Superintendent of Police (SP) N Balasubramanyam today displayed the arms dump, including rocket launchers seized on November 26 near Peddagalimotukuva of Puollachervu mandal in this district today.
Displying the dump before the press here, Mr Subramanyam said 20 rocket shell bodies, 17 rocket launcher meterial heads, three rocket launcher bases, 200 rocket launcher blades, 47 hand grenades, 47 detonaters, 24 carriers and a steel can weighing 20 kg liquid of geletin sticks were seized.

So far, it was the largest dump of CPI(Maoist) party naxals unearthed in the district, he added.


Govt extending all help to naxal-affected states: Jaiswal

The Government has been extending all possible help to the naxal-affected states which includes raising up of additional battalions with a higher funding from the Centre to fight the menace, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal announced in the Lok Sabha today.

Making a statement on the Jehanabad issue, Jaiswal said that besides this, the Government has set up mechanism to bring about greater coordination among the naxal affected states and Union Home Secretary regularly coordinates with states to counter the problem.

The Minister said the state government had informed that there were intelligence inputs about the movement of naxalities in certain areas of Jehanabad district which indicated apprehension of naxal attacks on a railway station, police patrol and a police station.

He said out of the 389 prisoners who escaped from the sub-divisional jail on November 11, as many as 222 had returned so far.

He said that as many as 20 naxalities had been arrested from Jehanabad and other districts where operations are being carried out. The Centre was constantly monitoring the situation and four companies of CRPF and two companies of Rapid Action Force were deployed immediately after the attack.

In addition, five companies of BSF have been kept ready for any emergent requirements and two teams of elite National Security Guards had been stationed at Patna and Gaya for need based opertions, the statement said, adding two MI-17 helicopters had also been placed at the disposal of the Bihar Government.

The statement said that till the end of the October this year, naxal violence remained almost at same level with a few major incidents taking place in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. In the wake of Jehanabad incident, the Centre has also advised all the naxal-affected states to review and strengthen the security arrangement for safeguarding the armouries and jails so as to rule out recurrence of such incidents.

The Bihar Government has already consituted a two-member team which would go into the Jehanabad attack and would submit its report by the end of this month.

The Government remains committed to combating the naxal problem through a multi-pronged approach on political, security and developmental fronts.

The statement said that the Government was also willing to further supplement the efforts of the state Governments in undertaking more focussed, sustained and intensified anti-naxalite operations against the naxals and their infrastructure.

Stern steps to check naxalism in Bihar: Patil

New Delhi | November 28, 2005 4:42:27 PM IST

Home Minister Shivraj Patil today assured Parliament that the Centre would ''deal sternly'' with naxalites indulging in senseless acts of violence in Bihar, where 389 prisoners escaped from the Jehanabad jail recently, and other states.
In a suo motu statement tabled in both Houses on the recent jail-break incident, Mr Patil said the government remained committed to combating the problem through a multi-pronged approach on political, security and development fronts.

''The government is also willing to further supplement the efforts of the state governments in undertaking more focused, sustained and intensified anti-naxalite operations,'' he said.

In the wake of the Jehanabad incident, the Centre had advised all the naxal-hit states to review and strengthen the security arrangements for safeguarding the armouries and jails so as to rule out recurrence of such attacks, the Minister said.


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Bihar: Nitish holds law and order review meeting

Patna, Nov 27 (PTI) Having promised the voters to make Bihar a crime-free state, chief minister Nitish Kumar today issued necessary directives to senior government officials to check the soaring crime graph in the state.
At a review meeting attended by chief secretary G S Kang, director general of police Ashish Ranjan Sinha and home secretary Hem Chandra Sirohi, the chief minister discussed about kidnapping, crime in running trains, law and order problem caused on account of land disputes and the naxalite threat.

Kumar, who also holds the home portfolio, directed the officials to solve on priority basis cases relating to land disputes across the state which often take a toll on the law and order situation, home secretary Sirohi told PTI.

Kumar ordered the district magistrates to hold land revenue camps to solve disputes involving land, he said Another thrust area of the review meeting was checking the surging crime rate on the trains passing through Bihar.

Kumar, who himself had served as Railwway minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee ministry, ordered the officials to take effective steps to check crimes in trains passing through the state.

Besides, loot and dacoity in the trains, he also discussed about criminals robbing passengers by drugging them, the home secretary said. Railway IG A C Verma was present at the meeting. PTI

Armed naxals attack MP police camp

[ Sunday, November 27, 2005 04:41:00 pm PTI ]

BALAGHAT (MP): Armed naxalites attacked a police camp at a village in Madhya Pradesh leading to heavy exchange of fire for around 30 minutes, police said on Sunday.

No casualties or injuries were reported in the encounter that took place at Ghagra village bordering Chhattisgarh on late Saturday night, they said.

The policemen, including Hawk Force personnel, were camping in the village following reports of naxalite movements when around 15-20 ultras opened fire at them, police said.

Senior officials have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation; they said adding search and combing operations were being carried out to track down the naxals.

Forty-six Naxalite militants surrendered to police in AP

Forty-six Naxalite militants, including six unit commanders and one deputy commander, of various groups surrendered to police in India

Media Release
Nov. 27, 2005
Forty-six Naxalites, including six unit commanders and one deputy commander, of various groups surrendered to police Saturday [26 November] in Andhra Pradesh.

The extremists, including nine women members, surrendered before Home Minister K. Jana Reddy and DGP [Director-General of Police] Swaranjit Sen here.

The surrendered Naxals belonged to CPI (ML) [Communist Party of India - Marxist-Leninist], Maoists, Praja Prathighatna, Janashakti, Advasi Liberation Tigers and Pratighatana.

Speaking on the occasion, the home minister urged the underground Naxals to shun violence and join the mainstream, taking advantage of the rehabilitation policy of the government.

Naxalite leader arrested among seven in Bihar

Monday November 28 2005 00:00 IST

MEDNINAGAR: A top Naxalite leader, active in Bihar and Jharkhand, was among seven ultras who were nabbed from Naxal-hit Palamu district of Jharkhand.

Palamu Superintendent of Police Udyan Kumar Singh told PTI that Bihar and Jharkhand police were on the lookout for Ashok Yadav for the last eight years for his alleged involvement in at least ten Naxal-related cases.

Yadav was also an accused in murder and rape cases, he said.

Yadav was nabbed along with five others, including the driver of the vehicle in which they were heading for Aurangabad in Bihar on Saturday night, he said.

A loaded pistol and half a dozen live cartridges were recovered from Yadav's possession. The vehicle was also seized, he said.

The Palamu district police also arrested two ultras from a place under Patan police station area on Saturday night, Singh said.

Revenge of the proletariate

While the shell shocked Social Justicists are in a State mourning, the Dalits, MBCs (Most Backward Classes),and the poor are celebrating Lalu Yadav's defeat. Dalits, MBCs, and the poor haven't won either.

It was a simple case of revenge - the man who used their sufferings to claim a political legitimacy, and votes, to rule and ruin Bihar, has drowned notwithstanding the fact that a deadly coalition of Bhumihars (Ran Vir Sena notoriety), and Kurmis (Belchhi notoriety) - traditional head hunters, have come to rule Bihar.

When Mr Paswan was insisting for a Muslim CM, he knew what exactly he was gunning for - "Boot out this social rouge." Politically suicidal though, he had ran out of options. He was at the forefront of the Mandal, extended his Dalit base and face to Lalu giving him a social legitimacy to rule. But, all through his 15 year rule, Lalu made it a point to marginalise Dalits, and Paswan.

But, why have the MBCs - barber, blacksmith, carpenter, pottery maker, shepherds, boatman, gardeners, Nai, Barai (massage man), Nonia (earth digger), Kanhar (maids) rebelled against Lalu?

In India, there can be probably no village without MBCs. In the larger shudra/OBC basket, MBCs belong to traditional manufacturing/service class. Without them the traditional economy would come to a halt, and no Hindu ritual would be complete. With modernity, occupations of these communities have turned redundant. In terms of education and economy, MBCs are often worse than Dalits. The MBCs comprise about 35 per cent of Bihar's population, and are central part of the Mandal reservations.

Bihar is a land of massacres, which we all know. What most of don't know is that during 1976-2001, there were 82 massacres in Bihar. Sixty of them occurred between 1990-2001- Lalu's regime of Lalu's Social Justice. Barring few, in most cases, victims were Dalits and MBCs. Each time the Ranvir Sena would struck, Lalu would benefit from the social polarisation.

The Dwijas (Brahman- Kshatriya-Vaishya) are direct supporters of Ranvir Sena, and indirectly shadowed by JD (U)-BJP combine. In an electoral battle, the non-Dwijas (barring Nitish's Kurmis) would polarise in favour of Lalu. Whenever Naxals strike on the other hand, the Dwijas would polarise in favour of NDA. Being in minority, the NDA would loose, and Lalu would smile. Many a Bihar watcher would say that, the Jehanabad Jail-Break exercise was more a Lalu's political ploy, than a revolution.

The Lalu apologists - would shelter in the anti-incumbency argument. By that yardstick, Lalu should have lost in February 2005 itself. What has been the change between February 2005 and November 2005, except the President rule, and the disgraceful conduct of Governor Buta Singh. Lalu has been disgraceful for a decade and half, yet, in February 2005, his RJD had emerged as the single largest party.

Already declared as the Chief Ministerial candidate, Nitish Kumar launched his campaign with a new found symbol of Karpoori Thakur. A towering MBC (barber) leader, and twice CM of Bihar, he had advocated splitting the OBC quota between MBC and OBC as MBCs can't compete with powerful OBCs. Known as Karpoori formula, the OBC quota was subsequently split in the state.

When Lalu begun with his Mandal mandate, MBCs expected to advocate their case at national level, and expand the Social Justice basket within the State. Lalu had begun with solid backing of Dalits and MBCs, but as he matured, he begun dumping Dalit and MBCs both. He went on to coin MY - Muslim and Yadav formula. Why he did that, only he can explain.

Cracks had appeared in 2000 elections itself, but he some how managed with Secular song. Latter he would deploy Ranvir Sena - Naxal war fare as his electoral science of success. As that science became too obvious, Paswan made his own party, giving Dalits an alternative. The MBCs were abandoned by all, and Nitish had read the MBCs pulse right, when he invoked the Karpoori symbol - MBCs consolidated behind him.

The way the Dravidian movement in the Tamil Nadu is faced with the biggest moral crisis of its non-Brahman history - why have Dalits formed their own parties to fight those who fought Brahmans, the Mandal brand of Social Justice movement is facing similar situation in the north - why the most oppressed - Dalits and MBCs were dumped by Social Justice band-wagon, and why the CPM chose to go with MY, and not with Social Proletariats?

Andhra : Police step up security in border areas: IGP

Sunday November 27 2005 09:42 IST

CHITRADURGA: The Police Department is making elaborate arrangements to the polling stations situated in the bordering area with Andhra Pradesh in Chitradurga district and voters could cast their votes without any fear, said the Inspector General Police of Eastern Range F M Pasha.

Speaking to reporters at SP Office on the eve of ZP and TP elections scheduled on December 23, he said the police force was aware about the political murders in Bellary and Naxal movements across the border areas.

The Department is taking all precautionary steps to meet any untoward incidents in the district. He said the Department has already identified sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations and police force would be deployed to these polling stations during the election period.

He said that some clues were found in murder case of Bheemineni Kondaiah, JD(S ) President of Bellary district and the Department suspected the relatives of Satyanarayana, who was also killed in the brutal murder of B Kondaiah.

About 5 or 6 persons are assumed to be involved in this case and the accused escaped from the scene and police are going to nab the culprits.

He said the Quallis vehicle, which was forcibly taken over by some unidentified culprits from a car driver when it was moving on National Highway 4 near Chitradurga was found in Bellary.

The Department is suspecting some persons belonged to Andhra Pradesh were involved and investigating the case in that direction. He said that stringent action would be taken against those police personnel who were involved in the crimes or helped criminals in district.

Superintendent of Police Umesh Kumar said proper steps would be taken to control traffic movement in town. He said the public has also given many suggestions to have a smooth traffic in the town.

He said that police out post was sanctioned to Bheemasamudra village and district administration has sent proposals to sanction additional SI post to Holalkere police station.

He said the State government has sanctioned funds to purchase 6 vehicles to the police stations and Rs 5 lakhs to take up repair works to the vehicles in the Department.

Additional SP Sree Kantaiah, Dy SP Anjaneya, Inspectors Rajappa and Kavalappa were present.

Four taken into custody

Sunday November 27 2005 08:18 IST
BHADRACHALAM: The police on Saturday taken into custody four persons including a TDP leader to know the movements of Naxal dal commander Suryam in the town.

It is said Suryam had developed intimacy with several local leaders for the past few days and indulged in finance and real estate business. The police are making efforts to nab Suryam.

In this regard, they have taken into custody two persons and released them after interrogation. Now, they have taken into custody a TDP leader and his brother and started interrogating them on the whereabouts of the Naxal leader Suryam, who is escaping the police net.

The police has also taken into custody twelve tribals in connection with the case.