Saturday, January 07, 2006

Chhattisgarh wants army engineers to develop naxalite areas

Raipur | January 07, 2006 4:44:59 PM IST

Amid peoples' movement against Communist Party of India (Maoist) gaining momentum and paving way for speeding up development initiatives, Chhattisgarh government is keen to seek help of Military Engineering Services (MES) for the construction of bridges and other infrastructure in the remote naxalite infested areas of tribal Bastar region.

''A proposal is being worked out for involving Military Engineering Services (MES) in development initiatives, particularly in the remote Aboojmarh region. It will be sent to the Government of India for approval,'' an official spokesman said.

Aboojmarh region, spread over in an area of more than 3700 sq kms, is one of most remote region in the country where there are no roads, electricity or any other basic infrastructure. Inhabited by tribal population, this is a region where no revenue survey had been conducted so far.

For the first time since Independence, the present BJP government had set in motion a process for survey of Aboojmarh region, where CPI (Maoists) reportedly have strong presence and even training camps in the forests.

The idea of involving the engineering services of Indian Army emerged at a high level meeting, presided over by additional chief secretary B K S Ray on January three, as the government felt that situation has now become conducive for speeding up development in many areas where local people are actively participating in 'Salwa Judum' -- the peoples' campaign against naxalite violence.

Development of roads and bridges in Bastar region had always been a challenging task for more than last three decades because of presence of naxalites in the region, bordering Andhra Pradesh.

Besides government officials, including of Public Works Department, contractors were reluctant to work in the region because of naxalite threat forcing the then government of undivided Madhya Pradesh to involve the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for construction of roads.

However, things did not not turn out to be smooth for BRO as expected. During the last six years, naxalites burnt many vehicles and equipments of BRO, attacked and chased away its contractors and disrupted road construction of Bijapur-Bhopalapattanam road. Now BRO is engaged in the construction of Keshloor-Dantewara highway.

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Police seize huge cache of gelatine, five arrested


In a major explosives haul, 20 boxes packed with gelatine sticks were seized from a vehicle here and five persons arrested in this connection, police said today.

Following a tip-off, police seized the boxes, weighing approximately three quintal, from a vehicle parked near a Hotel under Chutia police station here last night.

Each box contained 200 gelatine sticks, police said, adding they were brought here from Sheikhpura in Bihar.

Asked whether naxal involvement was suspected, a senior police officer said it could be ascertained only after investigation.

Former Army Chief prescribes 'soft power' to deal with Naxals

Bhubaneswar | January 07, 2006 4:43:28 PM IST

Former Army Chief Shankar Roychoudhary has said the growing Naxalite activities in the country, keenly watched by 'hostile powers', must be dealt with 'soft measures', such as holding talks and negotiations.

The 'hostile powers,' have sponsored separatist groups in Kashmir and the North East could create further law and order problems in the country if they succeeded in establishing links with the Naxalites, he warned, in foundation day lecture of National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO) here yesterday.

gen Roychoudhary out that the Jihadis, allegedly supported by Pakistan and mostly concentrated in Kashmir, were fast spreading their base in other parts of the country. ''This could lead to disintegration of the country,'' he added.

The former Army Chief said, ''Internal problems like the Naxalite problem should be tackled with 95 per cent 'soft power' and five per cent 'hard power', like the use of force.'' ''The Naxalite problem has stemmed from deprivation and the government should ensure a good governance right from the lowest level to tackle it effectively,'' he noted.

Stressing out that India could not claim to be a 'peaceful country', Gen Roychoudhary exhorted all the 12 states facing the Naxal problem to evolve a strategy to ensure a good governance at the basic level to deal with the problem.


AP: Naxal killed in encounter

Medak, Jan. 7. (UNI): A naxal belonging to CPI(Maoist) was killed in an encounter near Hastalpur Forest in Velldurti Mandal of Medak district.

A special police party on duty in the forest area yesterday came across a naxal party and asked them to surrender. They opened fire and the police retaliated, killing one naxal, the police said.

Suratkal police station adjudged the best in DK

Saturday January 7 2006 10:09 IST

MANGALORE: Suratkal police station has been adjudged the best police station in Dakshina Kannada district at the first DK police awards function held at police parade grounds in the city here recently.

Suratkal police station inspector Jaganathan received a rolling trophy and a shield. The best investigation award in the circle inspector category was presented to Sanjeev Naik (Puttur rural town) and in the sub-inspector category to Shivappa Naik (crime detection sub-division) of Urva police station.Head constable Rosamma won the best traffic cop and constable Umesh attached to the anti-rowdy squad was awarded for best practices during crime detection process.

The award for solving complex cases in 2005 ‘Best officer of 2005’ was presented to K Tilakchandra of the crime intelligence bureau. The officer and 11 members of the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) serving in Belthangady forests were also presented with awards. An award instituted to recognise public initiatives to mitigate hardships of policemen has been conferred to Puttur traffic warden K Nataraj.

Unprecedented security for bandh on Saturday

Saturday January 7 2006 08:46 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Unprecedented security measures will mark Saturday’s dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by Opposition parties and trade unions to protest the killing of 12 tribals in police firing at Kalinga Nagar.

Police bandobast has been intensified at the sensitive Kalinga Nagar area even as massive mobilisation of people and tribals from Duburi, Sukinda, Danagadi and Keonjhar into the region to participate in the agitation is reported.

Director General of Police Suchit Das said 160 platoons have been deployed in different districts besides regular placement of home guards and APR forces. The SPs have been asked to assess sensitive zones and make arrangements according to situation.

The industrial areas would attract special attention, he said. The personnel have, however, been issued stern directions to observe maximum restraint while dealing with agitators across the State, he informed.

While displaced people in other parts of the State like Hirakud and Niyamgiri are naturally with the agitation, the Naxals too have extended their support to the bandh, queering the pitch for the Government.

The Naxal organisations like CPI (Maoist) and other frontal wings do not normally ally with any political agitation but the killing of tribals seems to have drawn them into it. The DGP said, though there has been no clear signal of Naxal participation in the bandh, police would be on full guard in the infested areas.

Normal life is likely to be affected across the State. While private buses would be staying off the roads, the Government-run Orissa State Road Transport Corporation vehicles would also stop plying during the bandh period.

There has been no change in the schedule of trains under the East Coast Railways but movement is most likely to be affected. Meanwhile, the Government has announced closure of all primary, upper primary and secondary schools as precautionary measure.

All Government and private colleges have also been declared closed.

Chandauli : Naxal hunt intensifies, one held

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, January 6

ONE NAXALITE was arrested from a remote village in Chandauli district as police intensified its combing operation in the three Naxal-affected districts, on Thursday.

Identified as Raj Narayan alias Raju, a resident of Besaurah village near Chakia, he was arrested in Jamsoti Chuvar village under Chanderpraba police station close to Naugarh, Superintendent of Police, Chandauli, RK Chaturvedi said.

Sources said Raju was accompanying a group of dreaded Naxalites when they struck in the village some time ago. However, the SP said that Raju himself was not so dreaded.

“The operation against Naxals would continue,” SP Caturvedi said. A senior officer, Achariya Palnival, is supervising the combing operation in the three districts.

Loot bid foiled
Two bank employees were shot at and injured while a robber was shot dead on the spot, during an exchange of fire, in Sant Ravidas Nagar in Bhadohi district, on Friday. The other three robbers managed to flee.

The robber who was shot was identified as Abhishek, a resident of Varanasi.
A gang of four robbers had made an abortive attempt to loot Rs 20 lakh from the State Bank of India van.

According to information, employees of the SBI main branch left for another branch of the bank in Bhadohi with Rs 20 lakh. As the van reached near the bank at Lippan crossing, a gang of four armed robbers stopped them.

Sensing danger, bank gunman Ram Pal Singh took his position inside the van. In the exchange of fire, the gunman shot one of the miscreants. Peon Ashok and Ram Pal were injured and admitted to the hospital. The robbers escaped without the money. Police and bank officials rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. DM and superintendent of police have sanctioned an award of Rs 1,000 to the bank gunman who shot a robber during the encounter. The police have launched a massive checking drive in Bhadohi and surrounding districts to nab the fleeing miscreants.

Naxals planning to blow up Chunargarh Fort; alert sounded

Mirzapur | January 06, 2006 8:44:06 PM IST

The Uttar Pradesh government has sounded a high alert in the naxal-hit Mirzapur, Sonebhadra and Chandaulli districts, after coming to know about naxal extremists' plans of blowing up the Chandrakanta fame historic Chunargarh Fort.

Acting on an intelligence report in this regard, the entire police establishment in the region has been on its toes, with State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Acharya Palniwel, himself, being in the area to supervise the security operations.

Official sources said here today that following a recent intelligence report pointing towards naxal plans of blowing up the Fort and the Mirzapur District Jail, security in and around the two complexes has been heightened.

The Fort that bears testimony to the bravery of Mughal ruler Humayun and adversary Sher Shah Suri, besides finding an integral mention in the fiction novel 'Chandrakanta' by Babu Devki Nandan Khatri, has now ended up becoming a virtual fortress of security personnel equipped with sophisticated weapons and surveillance devices, sources added.

The Fort presently houses the Police Recruitment Training Centre, while the jail has in its inmates 40 hardcore naxal extremists.

Besides strengthening the security in and around the jail and fort, 12 anti-naxal teams have been constituted to expedite combing operations in the three districts, sources said.

Mr Palniwel is expected to be in the area till the next fortnight to coordinate the combined security effort by police, PAC and para-military forces.

Besides, bolstering the security, tourist schedules to the fort have also been changed meaning that now the tourist can visit the fort maximum till an hour before the sunset. The tourist are being frisked thoroughly, sources said.


Friday, January 06, 2006

Four landmines recovered

Bokaro | January 06, 2006 6:42:54 PM IST

Police has recovered four landmines from a countryside road under Gomia police station area of this district.
The landmines were suspected to be planted by Maoist ultras to blow up the patrolling vehicles of security personnel.

According to police following a tip-off the landmines were recovered last night from a place on the newly built Gudguda-Pank road.

Police also arrested three hardcore naxalites from the Jhumra hill area yesterday.


Nalgonda district in Andhra, a hub of terrorist activity?

Nalgonda, a hub of militant activity?

K. Srinivas Reddy

Police suspect that the youth received training in Pakistan, Bangladesh Youth came into contact with hardened terrorists while serving time in prison for various crimes. This helped organisations build their terror network.

The town's tryst with fundamentalism not a new phenomenon
With the police focussing on tackling naxalites unhindered
Functioning of State police under spotlight

HYDERABAD: The recent arrest of a suspected Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, Razi-Ur-Rehman alias Abdul Rehman, from Nalgonda in connection with the terror strike at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has jolted law enforcement agencies in Andhra Pradesh.

The secret operation by the Karnataka police has once again proved that all may not be well at Nalgonda, a small district headquarters town.

Though the claim of the Karnataka police that Rehman is the LeT's south India in-charge is yet to be substantiated, the arrest brings into focus the discomfiting idea that Nalgonda — about 100 km from Hyderabad — continues to be a centre for subversive activities by fundamentalist organisations, which are backed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.

Terrorist camps

The police suspect that at least two dozen youngsters hailing from the town have gone underground. Intelligence agencies suspect that they were trained in terrorist camps in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Most of them could have returned to India as `sleepers' of the terror outfits, ready to act when their `operators' give them the green signal. It is possible some of them were involved, directly or indirectly, in the December 28, 2005 attack on the IISc.

Nalgonda's tryst with fundamentalism is not a new phenomenon. It is an offshoot of the ISI's K2 plan to "liberate" Khalistan and Kashmir in the late 1980s. As part of the plan, the ISI recruited Salauddin, who is now believed to be in Pakistan.

He floated a students' organisation, which was to groom youngsters into "people ready to fight and foment trouble," sources said.

Nalgonda's proximity to Hyderabad has helped to make the town a haven for fundamentalists. The communal violence in 1990 in Hyderabad that claimed 258 lives and the shilanyas programme taken up in the country turned Nalgonda into a beehive of activity.

Grooming youth

Salauddin groomed a group of second-rung leaders, Asgar Ali, Shamshuddin, Fasiuddin, Abdul Aziz and Mohammed Rafeeq. These youths were arrested for various criminal activities and they became full-fledged operatives of militant groups while serving sentences in the district jail in Mushirabad.

Other terrorists such as Mujeeb, Jalees Ansari and Bilal Ahmed Kullu were already in the jail when these youngsters served their term.

Mujeeb, a Hizb activist, was recently re-arrested in Hyderabad after he completed a term for killing Additional Superintendent of Police Krishna Prasad.

Daily interaction with the terrorists hardened the arrested youngsters and most of them went underground after they were released on bail.

It was the jail connections that helped Asgar Ali (now imprisoned in Gujarat in the Haren Pandya killing case) go to Kashmir to fetch RDX and weapons for creating trouble in Hyderabad.

Focus on naxalism

As the police began focussing on tackling the naxalite problem, fundamentalism grew unhindered. The police did not make concerted efforts to keep track of religious fundamentalism-based militant activity, though they occasionally busted ISI modules.

Following the recent attack on the police task force office in Hyderabad, the State police have begun concentrating on terrorist activity and picked up two persons.

Mujeeb, who was released for good behaviour in 2004, was re-arrested. The police allege that he was planning subversive activities and trying to mobilise funds and weapons.

The arrests of Mujeeb in Hyderabad and Rehman in Nalgonda have brought the functioning of the State police into the spotlight.

Senior police officers concede that religious fundamentalism should receive as much attention as Left-wing extremism

Naxal issue is a national problem – Tripura CM

Updated: 01-06-2006 By andhracafe

Kadapa: The Tripura CM Manik Sarkar said that the naxalite issue was a national problem and the center should tackle it.

He was speaking to the pres at Kadapa on Friday. The Tripura CM is the chief guest at the CITU meet at Kadapa.
Manik Sarkar aid that as Andhra Pradesh was a big state it was in a position to give free power to farmer. Tripura was a small and backward state hence it was not possible for them to give free power.

Chh'garh CM for uniform joint action against Naxalites

Nagpur | January 06, 2006 7:38:57 PM IST

Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Raman singh today stressed the need for a uniform joint action plan to tackle the menace of naxal activities spreading fast in several states in the country.
Talking to a group of reporters here, Mr singh, who arrived from Raipur this morning, said the naxalites issue was not confined to a particular state now. Their activities have spread in several states from North to South affecting a population of an estimated 30 million people''.

''In fact it has become an issue, which concerns even the Centre, he said adding ''However, it is not a responsibililty of Centre alone. All the affected states should come together and make united efforts.'' Mr Singh said there was no need of Army to be deployed to tackle the naxal actitivies, but the Centre should set up a uniform joint action plan with the coordination of naxal-infested states and supply sophisticated weapons to paramilitary personnel to counter them.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bomb hoax in three colleges

Visakhapatnam: Anonymous calls that bombs were planted at examination halls in three colleges in the city turned out to be hoax, police said.

Police said the offices of the three colleges received phone calls one after another that bombs had been planted in the college premises. A police team rushed to the colleges with bomb disposal and dog squads and conducted a thorough check, but found no bombs Later the students were allowed to return to write their exams.

The incident comes in the wake of a Maoist attack on the SP a few days back.

Naxalite musketeers in cop net


Bokaro, Jan. 5: The Bokaro police heaved a sigh of relief today after they succeeded in arresting three important Maoist members early in the morning from the Jhumra village.

The three include a Life Insurance Corporation agent-cum-doctor who used to treat injured rebels.

The trio were caught with Rs 30,000, which might have been collected as levy money from the businessmen, police sources said.

A police team led by the deputy superintendent of Bokaro police, Ashwani Kumar Sinha, succeeded in nabbing the rebels around 3.30 am. The arrest was made on the Jhumra hillock, which is regarded as the safest bastion of Maoists in Jharkhand and Bihar.

The arrested Naxalites have been identified as Sobrati Miyan and Chugli Mian — both from Chotki Saighwar village in Gomia, and a popular doctor from Gomia, Dineshwar Mahto alias Doctor Chutte.

Chutte was popularly known as Doctor Babu.

Doctor Chutte is one of the most successful Life Insurance Corporation agent from the Bermo and has more than 600 clients .

Maoists kill 3 policemen, 11 hurt in Nepal attacks

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Three police officers were killed by Maoist rebels in Nepal on Thursday and at least 11 people were wounded in the worst day of violence since Maoists ended a four-month ceasefire, police and witnesses said.

The policemen were killed during a 30-minute gunbattle triggered by a Maoist attack on a police post near the airport in Nepalgunj, the biggest town in west Nepal where the rebels have a strong presence.

"They (the Maoists) first fired at a police post, then our boys returned fire," a police officer said, adding two others were wounded. It was not clear if the rebels had suffered casualties.

Elsewhere, nine people including four civilians were wounded as the anti-monarchy Maoist rebels launched a string of attacks on Thursday, days after their truce ended, officials and witnesses said.

Two police officers and a civilian were hurt in a shooting in the town of Mahendranagar in the district of Kanchenpur, a rebel stronghold 650 km west of the capital, Kathmandu.

Hours later, the Maoists set off a bomb in the tourist town of Pokhara, Nepal's second city, wounding three soldiers, the army said. One civilian was also hurt in the blast. Earlier official reports had said there were no injuries in Pokhara.

In another attack, two men walked into a government office in Biratnagar, a bustling business city 500 km east of Kathmandu, and left a bomb after telling employees to flee.

"Minutes later, the bomb went off [injuring] two people," said local journalist Bickram Niraula.

Analysts said the post-truce attacks were a move by the Maoists to make their presence felt after the end of the truce.

The army said soldiers had also defused a bomb containing 15 kg of explosives late on Wednesday in a government office in Dhangadhi in west Nepal.

The Maoists "are trying to terrorise people" by placing bombs in public places, the army said in a statement.

On Monday, the rebels -- who have been fighting since 1996 to topple the Hindu monarchy and set up a single-party communist state -- ended the four-month unilateral ceasefire, accusing government forces of provoking the move.

The government, appointed by King Gyanendra after he seized total control in February vowing to crush the insurgency which has killed more than 12,500 people, said troops were on alert across the country to avert further attacks by the Maoists.

The interior ministry said soldiers had been ordered to carry out searches in Kathmandu following the recent seizures of arms.

Police claim Maoist rout in Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border


Mumbai, Jan. 4: Battling Maoists through eight days in dense jungles on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, police claim to have shot dead five guerrillas including a deputy commander, injured five and arrested 15.

Two policemen were killed in the gunbattles, which busted a jungle training camp about 10 km from Kanoli village in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra police chief P.S. Pasricha said today.

“The operation indicates we have adopted a pro-active approach, and taken the battle to their (Maoists’) camp,” Pasricha told reporters, adding that two of the 15 arrested were key leaders of the dalams (units) active along the porous Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh borders.

A huge stockpile of arms and explosives was seized in the operation, one of the biggest ever against Naxalites, and a hunt is on to capture the five injured rebels.

“Considering the tough terrain that includes deep jungles and ravines, it is a difficult operation. The gunbattle is still on, and it will be on till we get the last man,” the director-general said at state police headquarters.

The search of the jungles is being led by Shirish Jain, the Gadchiroli superintendent of police. The guerrillas tried to ambush his team with a landmine blast but the policemen survived the attempt.

The seizures include an 8mm rifle, two 12-bore rifles, landmines, detonators and wires. “The seizure of the 8mm rifle indicates that we have got a key operative,” Pasricha said, explaining that these guns are used only by the commanders and deputy commanders among the Maoists.

Anti-Naxalite operations in Maharashtra received a boost after the state provided the police with anti-landmine vehicles and announced a surrender scheme that offers to rehabilitate tribals disillusioned with Maoist violence.
Pasricha said the state was also considering a special action group — a trained unit of commandos equipped with sophisticated technology and weapons — to fight the rebels. The unit would take at least a year to set up.

Maharashtra witnessed a growth in Maoist violence in 2005, though only tribal-dominated Gadchiroli has been affected so far. State intelligence officials say the district is mainly used for refuge by Maoist leaders when police step up the heat in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Mobiles to tackle Maoists

Shyam Sundar Roy
in Midnapore

Jan. 4. — CPI-M leaders of Belpahari in Midnapore West have stressed the importance of introducing mobile telephone services in the region immediately, in view of the Maoist menace in Belpahari and the adjoining Bandwan area of Purulia and Ranibandh in Bankura district.
Mr Anil Mahato, CPI-M’s Banspahari local committee secretary, whose name figures in the Maoists’ hit list, wondered why the services were not being extended.
The lives of slain Bandwan CPI-M leader Rabindra Nath Kar and his wife could have been saved had the area been covered by a mobile network, he pointed out. During the two-hour long Naxalite raid on his house on 31 December last year, Kar could have got in touch with police, he argued. Policemen confined to the Kuchia outpost by the militants on that fateful night could also have contacted their superiors, Mr Mahato added.

Mr Himangshu Mahato, CPI-M’s Belpahari local
committee secretary, who is also a Telecom Advisory Committee member, demanded the introduction of mobile telephone services in the area by BSNL immediately. The BSNL had built its towers long ago in the region.

DIG (Midnapore Range) Mr Gangeswar Singh said they also requested BSNL to introduce mobile services in this vulnerable zone as early as possible.
Deputy general manager, Kharagpur Telecom district, Mr Srikanto Pal, said all work in this regard had been nearly completed and mobile services could be available by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, state Left Front chairman Mr Biman Bose visited Bhomragara village in Bandwan today. He met Mr Rabindranath Kar’s family and consoled the bereaved family members and condemned the merciless killings.

Mr Bose also met party members at CPI-M’s main office in Purulia town.
A fresh battalion of the Indian Reserve Battalion is expected to join the anti Maoist drive in Bankura, Purulia and Midnapore within a month. This was announced by Mr D Sukul, special IGP, Armed Police, in Durgapur.

Mr Sukul was addressing a felicitation ceremony for IRB jawans who topped the list at a police sports meet in Barrackpore recently. Mr Sukul said: “The battalion comprising 200 jawans has completed a month’s training and has another month to go. I have been told to prepare the battalion to fight the Naxalites in the south Bengal districts.”

Orissa tribals join police to fight Naxal menace

By Sarada Lahangir, Bhubaneswar: With the Orissa Government not meeting much success in dealing with Naxalism, it has now decided to recruit tribals as a special police force to combat the menace.

Looking at the ever-increasing challenges posed by the Naxalites in the State, the Naveen Patnaik government has adopted a strategy of recruiting 3000 tribals for a special police made for fighting against the Naxalites in Orissa.

As per the plan, about 40 tribals from local community would be recruited for every Naxal-affected police stations in the State under Centre's Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme at a monthly remuneration of Rs 1500 each.

Besides setting up a special police force be engaging the tribals in fight against Naxalites, the strategy also aims at bringing down the strength of the Maoists and other Naxal groups in the State, which engage them in Naxal activities by paying about Rs 1000 per month.

The decision assumes significance in the wake of the fact that the police in the State are somewhat reluctant to work in the tribal and Naxal-hit regions.

Although the tribals would be recruited on temporary basis, the State government may later consider appointing them permanently at the ranks of constables in the State police.

The Tribals recruited for the service will undergo proper training given to the police.

Apart from the special police, the State government was also considering to form a village defence committee under confidence-building measures.

Unlike the special police, the proposed village defence committee would also be organising cultural programmes, seminars and sporting events in addition to its defence work in order to interact with the villagers and inform them about its tasks and the dangers and challenges posed by the Naxalites.

According to Home Ministry's annual report (2004-05), at present, 76 districts in nine states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are affected by naxalite violence in varying degrees.

However, latest intelligence reports say that armed Naxalites have a presence in 170 districts in 15 states of India as of now, and spreading wide and far.
The Naxalites have an assessed strength of around 9300 hard-core underground cadres and a holding of around 6500 regular weapons besides a large number of unlicensed country made arms. The Maoists have built up expertise in fabricating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)/ Landmines that they use with telling effect. Besides, naxal outfits continue to stress on upgradation of military capabilities.

Intelligence agencies in New Delhi say that they have been warning the Centre of further complications emerging in the Naxal activities. Among them is the easy access they have to modern sophisticated weapons from Europe and rest of the world.

The Home Ministry in its report has stated that the merger is likely to amplify the naxal menace particularly in the states of West Bengal, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh where both the erstwhile CPML-PW and MCCI enjoyed organisational as well as military influence, combining the mass activities of the MCCI with the military prowess of the CPML-PW to their advantage.

There have been some unsubstantiated intelligence inputs about Naxals links with northeast separatists, ISI and so on, “but there is concrete evidence,” says an expert on internal security.

The officials say if the Naxal growth continues at the present pace then they could be much more dangerous than Kashmiri militants because of their extensive network in India's hinterlands and loyalty they command among villagers.

Power of persuasion: Andhra police appeals to Naxal families

T S Sudhir

Thursday, January 5, 2006 (Hyderabad):

The possibility of more terror attacks in Hyderabad has compelled the city police to adopt a conciliatory approach.

It is now appealing to the parents of suspects to ask their sons to surrender.

Ghulam Mustafa is one such man whose son Ghulam Yazdani, is accused of being an ISI operative from Hyderabad for many years now.

Mustafa has told the Hyderabad Police that he did not wish to see Yazdani again after the grief his son had caused him.

"I am not bothered how he is and where he is. Why should I want to meet him after all this pain he has given me?" said Mustafa.

The father recalled how his son had scored 97 out of 100 in Mathematics in Class IX.

Today while his close friends work as software engineers in the US, Yazdani is accused of targetting IT companies at the Hitec city in Hyderabad.

Carrot-and-stick approach

The police held a session with families of alleged ISI operatives. Adopting a carrot-and-stick approach, they told the guardians that it will be in everyone's interests if they asked their sons gone astray, to surrender.

"We have solid proof against a lot of people. In this list, your family members also figure. We want to talk to you about them. I am sure you are not happy to be in the situation you are in," said Rajiv Trivedi, ACP, Hyderabad.

But the families were obviously not too happy with the positive image that the cops wanted to project.

The one to protest vehemently was Majeed, whose brother Shaheed is allegedly another ISI man from Hyderabad. Majeed says he lost his job because of constant police presence at their home.

"Whether he has committed a crime or not, let the law decide. But I would like to request the police not to keep troubling us at home," said Majeed.

The state police have also held similar counselling sessions with families of persons who join Naxal groups. It now hopes that an emotional appeal by parents may work better in foiling their sons' designs.

Alipiri blast mastermind held

Updated: 01-04-2006 By andhracafe Email this Page

(Staff Reporter, Hyderabad)The Andhra Pradesh has arrested a top naxalite from Raipur in Chattisgarh following a tip off.

The top naxal Narayana Sanyal alias Dada is a top ranking naxlal who is the in charge of the newly formed Central Eastern Regional Bureau of the CPI. He is responsible for the operations in the Chatisgargh and Orissa regions.

The police strongly believe that it was Sanyal who masterminded the operation to eliminate the former CM Chandra Babu Naidu during an operation at Alipiri. Babu had a miraculous escape when the naxals exploded a powerful bomb that ripped off the bulletproof Ambassador car that the then CM was traveling in

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Andhra police arrests Maoist legend Sanyal

- By Our Correspondent

Khammam (Andhra Pradesh), Jan. 3: The sudden arrest of CPI Maoist top leader and politburo member B. Narayana Sanyal, alias Naveen Prasad, has surprised not only the police circles, but also Naxalite outfits. Sanyal who has been in the Naxalbari movement since 1977, worked with its founder Charu Majumdar.

A bank employee in Kolkata, Sanyal was attracted to the Naxalite movement and went underground in 1977. Since then, he participated in many movements and strengthened the CPI Maoists in Chattisgarh, Orissa and Bihar.

He is a well known person among tribals of the three states. Sanyal had been in contact with Andhra Pradesh Maoist leaders since 1977, and is involved with all the key strategies of the party.

He is in the most wanted list, of Maoists, of the Andhra Pradesh and the Orissa police. As an expert in blasting, Sanyal is also accused in 21 cases, such as the Alipiri incident which was designed to kill former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

There are cases on him, including the murder attempt on Bastar SP Mr Himansu Gupta, murder of a Congress leader in Dantewada district, in the ambush incident at Anjuram where CRPC assistant commander Mr R.K. Misra and five others were killed, the Jehnabad Jail break, the blasting of the Koraput police station in Orissa and other blastings in Chattisgarh.

Sanyal has been looking after party affairs in Orissa and Chattisgarh. The Maoist leader is well acquainted with all tribal languages in Orissa and Chattisgarh, and played a key role in mobilising the tribal population in favour of the Maoist movement.

Sources informed that Sanyal’s arrest was a surprise in the police circles and DGP Mr Swaranjit Sen lauded the efforts of the Khammam police for his arrest. Sources said that a person was taken into custody in Bhadrachalam division, the police also had information through the person that a key Maoist leader was coming to the area.

It is learnt that there is close association between Ramakrishna and Sanyal. On the other hand, Maoist circles too are surprised over the arrest of Sanyal. The police is taking all precautionary measures to face Maoist attacks after the arrest.

AP police nab top Maoist leader

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | January 03, 2006 20:34 IST

The Andhra Pradesh police arrested a top Maoist leader in the temple town of Bhadrachalam in the early hours of Tuesday.

Announcing the arrest at a media conference at Khammam Tuesday night, District Superintendent of Police R K Meena said that the arrested leader Narayan Sanyal alias Naveen Prasad alias Bijoy Dada was incharge of Orissa and Chattisgarh units of the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The 68-year-old Naveen is a contemporary of Naxalite movement founder late Charu Mazumdar. On a tip-off, Khammam district police picked up him at Bhadrachalam bus station at 3.30 am where he was supposed to meet CPI-M politburo member and former secretary of AP state committee Ramakrishna.
The police recovered one 9 mm pistol, six live rounds of ammunition, two walkie-talkie (wireless) sets and party literature from him.

The SP said that Naveen was involved in 21 major offences, including the conspiracy behind the landmine attack on the car of former AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on October 1, 2003, at Alipiri near Tirupati town.

Naveen was produced in the court at Kothagudem and was sent for judicial remand for 14 days. He is being shifted to the Central jail at Warangal.

IED's recovered from Naxalite-infested Gyanbera near Ranchi

Explosives recovered from rebel-hit village

Ranchi, Jan. 2: Four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been recovered during a combing operation from Naxalite-infested Gyanbera village on the border of Ranchi and West Singhbhum today.
According to police officers, this is the first time that such a sophisticated explosive device has been recovered from the state.

During the joint operation of Ranchi and West Singhbhum police in the past couple of days, the police have also recovered a lot of Naxalite literature, which suggest that a meeting was soon to be organised in the village, where rebel leaders from Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh were to participate.

Khunti deputy superintendent of police Madhusudan Bari, who was also a member of the raid team, said: “IED, which is very sophisticated and exploded with the help of a remote control device, has never been recovered from the possession of the Naxalites.”
The police said they had planned a combing operation along the Ranchi-West Singhbhum border following a tip-off. “We had this information that they were planning something untoward and had started off with a raid operation since December 31. Yesterday, we were engaged in a short encounter with the rebels on the outskirts of the Gyanbera village.”
“After they had fled, we entered the village to find some 25 live cartridges. We then decided to move even further and in turn came across many makeshift tents, many sacks of Basmati rice and the most important catch — these four IEDs. Four villagers, believed to be avid supporters of the rebels, have been arrested from the same village. They are being interrogated,” said another senior official.

The police said these IEDs could have been brought in from Nepal or the Northeastern states.

Assailants of CPI(M) leader, wife identified

Assailants of CPI(M) leader, wife identified
Tuesday January 3 2006 00:00 IST

KOLKATA: West Bengal police have identified some assailants of CPI(M) Purulia district secretariat member Rabindranath Kar and his wife at Bhomragora as security was beefed up for some other party leaders, who are under Maoist threat, top police officials said on Monday.
“Some of the assailants have been identified. Efforts are on to nab them,” Officer on special duty of West Bengal Government’s Naxalite cell Chayan Mukherjee told newsmen.

IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said police have received ‘specific clues’ about the movement of some Maoist groups in the area. Stating that no one had yet been arrested, he said the joint combing operations and inter-district operations (involving the Maoist-infested Purlia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts) would continue.

To a question, Kanojia said some local leaders in the area were also under Maoist threat, saying their security has been tightened.

“Security has also been beefed up in the vulnerable areas. There are plans to have more central forces in the area.”

DGP Subhas Awasthi, on Sunday, visited the area under Bandwan police station in Purulia district and held talks with district police officials and also the senior police officials of an adjoining district in Jharkhand.

Kanojia denied the killing of Rabindranath Kar and his wife Anandamoyee’s death was the result of intelligence failure.

“The incident is unfortunate, but certainly not the result of intelligence failure. We have been able to foil attempts by the Maoists on many earlier occasions.”

WEST BENGAL Night alert for Purulia leaders

Statesman News Service
PURULIA/KOLKATA, Jan. 2. — Top CPI-M leaders of Purulia district committee were cautioned by a veteran party member today to not venture out of their houses after dark in view of the Maoists’ threat to their lives.
Police officers in the district said they were keeping a watch on the movements of senior CPI-M leaders and security for some of them had also been beefed up. However, police officers refuse to disclose the names of the leaders who were being given this special protection cover.
PWG Naxalites, before their merger with the MCC and the formation of the CPI (Maoist), had reportedly drwan up a hit list of 12 persons, including Rabindra Nath Kar who was killed in Bandwan, along with his wife, last week.
At Writers’ Buildings today, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Debashis Sen, said that a report about the incident at Bandwan would be sent to the Central Election Commission soon.
Mr Chayan Mukherjee, OSD, state police, said the assailants of Rabindra Nath Kar and his wife had been identified and efforts were on to nab them.
The chief minister said the “Naxalite movement is a major problem in south Bengal (but) we will succeed in suppressing the Naxalites as we could in the seventies,”. He identified Binpur, Bandawan, Ranibandh and Belpahari areas particularly as being affected by the rising Maoist menace.
“Our men have been able to gather some specific clues regarding movements of Maoist groups responsible for the killing of Kar and we are conducting joint raids in the bordering areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand, but no arrest has been made yet,” said Mr SC Avasthy, state DGP.
Mr Avasthy visited the site of the crime yesterday and submitted a detailed report to the chief minister today.
Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters that the administration was alert and aware of the threats to some important CPI-M leaders in the vulnerable areas of the three districts.

CM briefs Centre on Maoists
Barrackpore, Jan. 2. — Chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said that he had informed the Centre about militant activities in West Bengal, where armed Maoists had killed a CPI-M leader and his wife on Saturday. “I have drawn the attention of the Centre to the fact that militants have been intruding into West Bengal from Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Jharkhand and also from neighbouring countries and they are escaping to Jharkhand after undertaking operations,” Mr Bhattacharjee said at the closing ceremony of the 40th West Bengal Police Sports Meet here. Claiming that his government had succeeded in suppressing militant activities to some extent, he said they had been trying to create trouble in Belpahari, Bandwan and Ranibandh areas of south Bengal after entering from neighbouring states. Earlier, problems arose along north Bengal’s border with Bangladesh too, due to the activities of outfits like Ulfa and KLO, he said and asserted that the law and order in the state was still far better than that in other states. — PTI

Naxalite leader arrested in Varanasi

[ Tuesday, January 03, 2006 06:24:44 pm PTI ]

VARANASI: A hardcore naxalite, wanted in 35 criminal cases, including the Naugarh landmine blast, was arrested from Alinagar police circle area in neighboring Chandauli district, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

The self-styled sub-zonal area commander of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoists) Bhola Pal alias Rakesh was heading towards Naugarh forests on Monday when a police team nabbed him, Chandauli Superintendent of Police RK Chaturvedi said.

Pal was wanted in 35 criminal cases, including the sensational Naugarh landmine blast and attack on a forest department guest house in 2004 in which about two dozen PAC and forest official were killed. He was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head.

The accused has confessed to his involvement in naxal acts in Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra districts during his five year association with the banned naxal outfit which he had joined 2001, the SP said.

Five Naxalites arrested in Bihar

Five hardcore CPI (Maoist) activists, suspected to have been involved in the gunning down of former MP and Lok Janashakti leader Rajesh Kumar, were arrested from a village in Bihar's Gaya district today.

On a tip-off, a team of the Paraiya police station raided Mubarakpur village and arrested the five Naxalites and recovered two stenguns, one pistol, 11 live cartridges and Naxal literature from them.

Those arrested were suspected to be behind the killing of former MP and LJP leader Rajesh Kumar in Gaya district last year, the police said.

Meanwhile, the extremists burnt a camp office of a West Bengal-based company near Paraiya police station for refusal to pay extortion money the outfit.

The Naxals forced the staff of the company to vacate the office and burnt it, the sources said adding a pamphlet left at the site warned the company of more trouble if extortion was not paid to the organisation.

The company is engaged in replacing wooden sleepers of railway track with those of aluminium in Gaya-Mugalsarai section.

Naxal hand not ruled out

Tuesday January 3 2006 11:30 IST
BHUBANESWAR: Were Left-wing ultras behind the Kalinga Nagar incident?

Though reaction of police was guarded, top cops did not rule out involvement of the extremists. ‘‘Their increasing presence in Jajpur has been established by now. The radicals instigating the tribals cannot be ruled out,’’ a senior officer told this paper on Monday.

However, Director General of Police Suchit Das said there was so far no clue that Naxals could be behind the incident. Jajpur, of late, has been a safe haven for the Left-wing ultras.

Naxal infested, but no staff to tackle radicals ( Gajapati district, Orissa)

Tuesday January 3 2006 11:40 IST

PARALAKHEMUNDI: Though Gajapati district has been identified as a Naxal infested district, no steps have been taken to provide necessary infrastructure, especially to fill up the vacant posts in the police administration.
One of the first and foremost issues that needs to be tackled is developing the basic infrastructure and investing in recruitment staff.

For 70 vehicles with the police, there are only 20 drivers, as a result of which more than 20 vehicles are in a rundown state and others are facing a similar predicament.

A large number of vacancies is creating problem in maintaining law and order.

The vacancies, if not filled up at the earliest, will be a problem for all in the future, opined a senior officer on condition of anonymity.

Out of the 28 posts of Sub-Inspectors eight are vacant and out of 24 ASI posts three are vacant. Out the 34 havildar posts five are yet to be filled up and 40 of the 290 constables posts are also vacant

The district has three platoons of armed police and one Grey Hound squad but the strength of this needs to be upgraded in the face of more Naxal related activities.

Similarly, there are nine police stations and six outposts which need more security arrangements and massive facelift compared to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh where the police stations at Melliyputi, Patapatnam and Hiramandalam are practically like fortresses. ‘‘We are sitting ducks to any surprise attack by the radicals if they have any such plan, ’’said another police officer.

Unlike in Andhra Pradesh, the district is not equipped with night vision binoculars, sniffer dogs, land mine or metal detectors and other modern gadgets.

The Government should immediately fill up the vacancies for a crime free society, opined the locals.

Out of 28 and 24 posts of SIs and ASIs, eight and three are vacant respectively.

Maoists nabbed in Gaya : Recovered Two Stenguns, One pistol, 11 live cartridges

Gaya (Bihar): Police last night nabbed five proscribed CPI(Maoists) activists from Mubarakpur village under Paraiya police station in Gaya district.

Police said the armed Maoists swooped Paraiya village yesterday and asked the labourers engaged in repairing work of railway track to vacate their makeshift dwellings.

Later they torched the temporary labour sheds as a mark of protest against refusal of the railways and contractors to pay the extortion money.

Police acted swiftly and during a combing operation that followed the arson, five activists of the proscribed outfit were arrested at nearby Mubarakpur village.

Two Stenguns, One pistol, 11 live cartridges and few volumes of naxal literature were recovered from the extremists, police added.

Monday, January 02, 2006

West Bengal cops not ready to face the challenge?

Maoists burning alive politicians as violent revenge in West Bengal – cops not ready to face the challenge?

Media Release
Jan. 2, 2006

The Maoists claimed to have killed the CPI(M) leader and his wife to "take revenge for Chhoto Angaria" in West Midnapore, where 11 people were killed allegedly by CPI(M) activists in 2001.

The Maoist mayhem in Purulia shows how real the Maoist threat in [West] Bengal is. It cannot be any comfort to Writers'' Buildings [West Bengal state secretariat] that now it is restricted to some districts far from Calcutta. Rarely before had the Maoist attacks in Bengal been as horrific as Saturday's [31 December] carnage.

The rebels burnt alive a leading member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s [CPI(M)'s] Purulia district unit and also his wife. It shows how much bolder the rebels have grown.

Bengal has earned considerable notoriety for its violent political culture. Most major parties have contributed to this. But the larger share of the blame must lie with the CPI(M), whose cadre routinely terrorize supporters of other parties. But anger against the Marxists cannot be justification for condoning Maoist terror. The Maoists are much more than killing squads; their main aim is to strike at the state and all its institutions through terror. All parties have a stake in fighting and condemning the Maoist methods. This stake is much larger than the small gains that prompt their political rivalries. There is, therefore, a valid point in the appeal made by Mr Anil Biswas, the state secretary of the CPI(M), to other parties to condemn the Purulia violence. But it would not help if the appeal is meant to score political points. Also, Mr Bhattacharjee must take the Centre [Indian federal government] and the governments of neighbouring states more into confidence to tackle the Maoist challenge.

The other worrying aspect is the failure of the administration to act on the warning. That the two policemen assigned to protect the CPI(M) leader fled from the scene symbolizes a larger failure. They were given the assignment because the authorities had known of the threat to the leader. Yet, when the threat materialized, they not only failed to foil it but were also unwilling to face it. Prior information of Maoist strategies is useless if it is not acted upon. The chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, will have much to worry about if the police and the administration cower before Maoist threats.

Maoists threaten to blow up Bhagalpur jail

Patna: Maoist guerrillas have threatened to blow up the Bhagalpur jail if Rs 2 million is not paid to them by Jan 15.

The threat by Maoist guerrillas of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has created uneasiness among top administrative officials as well as the prison authorities in view of the daring jailbreak engineered by them in Jehanabad last year.

The Bhagalpur jail currently houses high profile politicians with criminal backgrounds, the most notorious among them being Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Siwan, Mohammad Sahabuddin, apart from sundry gangsters and several hardcore Maoist guerrillas.

At least half a dozen Maoists lodged in the jail are facing death sentence in connection with the infamous Bara massacre in Gaya district in the '90s.

In a letter to Vishwanath Prasad, superintendent of Bhagalpur jail, the Maoists threatened to blow up the prison with explosives and kill the jail officials.

"Vishwanath Prasad, you are ordered to pay Rs 2 million by January 15. If the amount is not paid, the jail will be blasted and you will be murdered", the letter said.

According to officials in the home department, the letter bore the "stamp of the MCC" and warned the jail officials against informing the police.

In view of the Maoists' threat, security has been beefed up in the jail. "We have initiated steps to step up the security of the jail," district police officials said.

"After the daring Maoist jailbreak in Jehanabad on November 13 last year, nothing can be ruled out. The jail officials have been directed to be on alert," officials said.

Last year, the previous state government led by Rabri Devi decided to convert the jail into a high security prison with three-tier security, providing automatic weapons to the security staff and installing jammers to stop inmates from making calls outside.

The government's move was aimed at keeping notorious criminals in the jail in check and preventing them from indulging in extortion by using mobile phones.

Mines defused, ultra attack foiled by cops

Statesman News Service
MALKANGIRI, Jan. 1. — Naxalites’ attempt to conduct a major New Year dhamaka at Malkangiri was foiled by the police when it had recovered two land mines weighing five kg each, but the extremists did manage to attack a passenger bus early this morning.
Reliable sources said the Naxalites had laid the land mines en route to where the bus passengers were attacked, to blow up the police party that would in all probability rush to the spot.
The police sources make two theories on the Naxalite operation: First, they attacked the bus after being frustrated by their failure to cause a major blast. Second, they had targeted the bus so that the police who would trickle in to the attack spot will be hit by the land mines strewn on the road. None of the passengers in the bus was injured. The police reached the spot near MV 79 village and took guard of the vehicle.

11 naxals surrender before SP in AP

Warangal Andhra Pradesh | January 02, 2006 4:38:17 PM IST

About eleven naxalites, including three women of various naxalite groups surrendered before the District Superintendent of Police here today.

The surrendered included three from Maoists, four from Janashakti group, three CPUSI and one from the Praja Pratigatana group.

SP Stephen Ravendra said the naxalites were concentrating on recruiting illiterate people into their cadres as they were unaware of the implications.

Appealing to the naxalites to join the mainstream, the senior police officer assured that the state government would rehabilitate to the surrendered ultras.


Naxals from neighbouring states taking refuge in UP: DGP


Intelligence inputs show that naxalites from Bihar and Jharkhand are taking refuge in Mirzapur, Sonebhadra and Chandauli districts of Uttar Pradesh, state Director-General of Police Yashpal Singh said here today.

"We have received intelligence inputs that naxalites from neighbouring states are taking shelter in the three districts. Accordingly, we have deployed additional security forces to track down the insurgents," he said.

Singh, here to review the on-going drive against naxals in the three districts, said insurgent activities in Uttar Pradesh had decreased in the past year due to pro-active measures taken by police.

Seventy-one naxalites were arrested, five were gunned down and an equal number surrendered last year due to alacrity of police and para-military forces in insurgency-hit districts in the state, the DGP said.

He, however, added police should not lower their guards against naxals as they were capable of striking any moment.

The DGP said the Centre had given Rs 3.72 crore to the state for anti-naxalite drive, adding the amount was being fully utilised to arm security personnel and police with sophisticated weapons.

The top cop said security had been beefed up at Ayodhya in view of terror strike at the disputed structure in the holy town.

Security had also been heightened at Mathura and Kashi shrines, he said.

Chhattisgarh Police mulls actions against naxal supporters

Raipur | January 02, 2006 8:40:53 PM IST

Chhattisgarh Police is contemplating action against a few organisations, including certain NGOs, glorifying naxals and unleashing misleading propaganda against the police administration.

''Wait for a month. We are contemplating action,'' Director- General of Police Om Prakash Rathor said while addressing a press conference here.

Asked about the charge levelled by the People's Union for Civil Liberties and certain other human rights organisations that killings by security forces personnel in Bastar region were not being recorded, the top officer dismissed it as misleading and malicious propaganda.

Mr Rathor said that CPI (Maoist) cadres slew about 100 innocent and poor persons since Bastar's denizens launched 'Salwa Judum' -- a peace movement -- against more than three-decade-old naxal menace. These human rights organisations were silent over killings by the rebels, he added.

Meanwhile, it is likely that the police might invoke provisions of the newly-formulated Chhattisgarh Special Peoples' Security Bill 2005, which provides for banning every organisation engaged in disruptive and unlawful activities.


UP to beef up security at sensitive religious spots

Varanasi | January 02, 2006 7:41:07 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Yashpal Singh today said security would be further beefed up at all the sensitive religious and tourist spots including the revered Kashi Vishwanath temple here.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Singh said the state government had sent a proposal to the Centre regarding security arrangements at sensitive spots in UP.

''A few days back, the central government sanctioned Rs 57 crore in this regard,'' he informed.

The DGP said the funds had been allotted to tighten security at Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura and the Taj Mahal in Agra and provide sophisticated weapons and other gadgets to security personnel On the naxal problem, Mr Singh admitted getting recent intelligence inputs suggesting increased naxalite activity along UP districts bordering Bihar and Jharkhand. ''We have intensified vigil and combing operations in these ravines to contain the menace.'' The DGP was here to review the law and order situation in naxal affected districts of the state.


AP police detain Maoist leader in Chhattisgarh

Raipur | January 02, 2006 7:39:42 PM IST

A top Communist Party of India (Maoist) leader was detained by police here in the last week of December.

Police sources told UNI that Andhra Pradesh Police detained the leader following a tip-off that he was camping in the state capital.

The sources indicated the maoist leader's detention after the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) alleged in New Delhi that Chhattisgarh Police had picked up Prasad alias Bijoy, who came here for treatment, on December 28.

Claiming that Andhra Pradesh Police had whisked away the detainee, the sources described RDF's contention that the Maoist was unwell as flase. ''The naxal is healthy and was camping with some specific motive,'' they claimed.

However, Director-General of Police Om Prakash Rathor, while talking to the press, evaded a direct reply on the issue saying, ''We have not arrested any naxal leader.'' The state police received information about Prasad's whereabouts from its Andhra counterparts. Subsequently, Chhattisgarh Police raided a few possible hideouts but its efforts proved unsuccessful.

Later, Andhra Pradesh Police managed to detain Prasad, the sources claimed.


Naxal violence: a major concern for Home Ministry

Sunday, January 01, 2006 17:41 IST

NEW DELHI: Rising naxal violence, increasing infilitration from Bangladesh and Dhaka's continued reluctance on the issue of fencing along the international border were
major concerns for the Union Home Ministry during 2005 which began with the ministry grappling with Tsunami disaster.

The withdrawal of recommendation and subsequent giving in to the opposition's demand on Action Taken Report on Nanavati Commission report on 1984 anti-Sikh riots was also one of the focuses of the Ministry in 2005.

The year began with the ministry grappling with the Tsunami disaster that had hit the southern part of the country in December 2004 and the entire machineary was gearing up to provide relief and rehabilitation to the affected people of Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh.

Naxal violence remained a big headache for the ministry as the number of killing in naxal violence in 2005 increased by about 20 per cent besides the menace engulfing two more states -- Uttranchal and Haryana -- within its fold. Though Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil had been harping on that the naxal issue was due to the imbalance in the developmental work of the region, naxals continued with their low-intensity warfare techniques with a major incident here or there that included killing of CRPF jawans in Chattisgarh, assassination of Congress MLA in Andhra Pradesh and the more recent jail break in Jharkhand.

The merger of People's War with Maoist Communist Centre, that was undermined by the political leadership in the Home Ministry, turned out as a major cause of worry and security agencies fear more bloody attacks in 2006.

The ministry also came under severe criticism from opposition parties when the Action Taken Report on Nanavati Commission report exonerated every one despite suggestion in the report to investigate some of the cases afresh.

After lot of criticism, it finally agreed to get some of the cases investigated by the CBI and ensured a fresh probe against senior Congress leaders like Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar.

The inflitration from Bangladesh was slightly high and the Home Ministry continued with its efforts to convince Dhaka for border fencing in certain pockets along the international border.

BDR continued to oppose contruction of any bunkers along the 150-200 yards of the "zero line", which was inevitable at certain places keeping the topography in view. Government took a series of measures to curb the problem of infiltration that included raising of additional Battalions of BSF, reduction of gap between border posts, intensification of patrolling both on the land and the riverine border.

About illegal immigrants, the government was considering the recommedations of the Group of Ministers on Reforming the National Security System which recommends introduction of a scheme for issuing work permit to foreigners as a measure to curb illegal immigration and to begin this with Bangladesh and Myanmar nationals. (On Jammu and Kashmir front, militants continued with their demonstrative action though the number of incidents decreased as compared to the last year.

Militants carried out a few but "result-oriented" attacks in the year 2005 which included several suicide attacks on CRPF camps, assassination of state Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone.

As the thaw in Indo-Pak relations continued, it saw realisation of running a bus service between Srinagar and Muzafarrabad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

The bus did run on April 7 but left a blot on security preparations as militants attempted a suicide attack at the Tourist Reception Centre, where all the passengers for the bus were lodged. The entire building, which was manned by the CRPF and state police jointly, was gutted within no time and the incident happened barely hours before country's two highly protected VVIPs -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chaiperson Sona Gandhi -- were to flag of the bus 200 metres away from the site of the incident.

The incident left the Union Home Ministry red-faced as the security there was its responsibility. Not to forget about 10 massive car bombs that claimed the lives of more than three dozen people in the state. Though the number of tourists in the state increased by manifolds and events like annual Amarnath piligrimage passed off peacefully, militants made attempts at lives of at least three MLAs -- Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, Usman Majid and Ghulam Hassan Mir.

Jharkhand to have special security cell for VIPs

Ranchi | January 02, 2006 3:15:06 PM IST

Jharkhand will soon have a separate cell to strengthen the security of important leaders and politicians of the state.

An official of home department said: "The security cell, with specially trained personnel, will be created to provide security to VVIPs of the state. It will help the state in two ways mainly.

"First trained cops will be deployed to step up the security of the chief minister, ministers and others leaders who are on the Maoists' hit list. The second is no cop from the state police would then be diverted for the security of VIPs."

According to police officials at present eight percent of the total strength of the state police has been diverted to provide security to the VIPs. This sometimes creates problem of law and order.

Once the cell starts functioning, the security guards of the state police will be withdrawn and special commandos will be deployed instead.

In Jharkhand, more than a dozen politicians, including Chief Minister Arjun Munda, former chief minister Babulal Marandi, ministers and others are on the hit list of the Maoist rebels.

--Indo Asian News Service


Six Naxals killed in Maharashtra encounter

by Pradip Kumar Maitra

Monday Jan. 02, 2006, Nagpur: The Gadchiroli police got a major success on the eve of New Year by gunning down at least six naxalites of CPI (Maoist) in an encounter on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, near Pendhri, some 300 kms from Nagpur.
The police recovered a brand new 8 mm rifle, two 12 bore rifles, a large quantity of explosives and naxalite literatures from the dead ultra-leftists. Those killed in the encounter include a deputy commander of the area, reports reaching Nagpur on Sunday evening said.

Acting on a tip-off, the police, led by SP Shirish Jain, had deployed an ambush party in the area. The Maoists rebels triggered a landmine blast, targeting the police party. However, not a single police personnel were injured in the blast.

Police recovered three bodies of Maoists while the extremists succeeded in taking away three other bodies from the spot during the exchange of fire. Five to six naxalites are also understood to have sustained serious injuries in the encounter. They also escaped into the jungle after exchange of fire.

Gadchiroli cops had gunned down at least three Maoists at Gyarabatti area last week. Jain was not available for comments as he is leading the combing cooperation in the area.
(Source : Associated Press)

Scared comrades scoff at CPM strategy

(Top) Bandana, a daughter of the slain CPM leader, wails on Sunday. Pictures by Amit Datta
Midnapore, Jan. 1: Anil Biswas might want the CPM to fight the Maoists politically but the party’s rank and file, now under attack on Naxalite turf, do not agree.

“It is easier to talk about a political battle sitting in Calcutta,” said a CPM local committee member of Banspahari in West Midnapore.

“Do our leaders know the reality on the ground? People are scared, our comrades are scared and police do nothing here. Let them come and see how dangerous the situation is for them. ”

The murder of the CPM’s Purulia district committee member, Rabindranath Kar, and his wife at Bandwan is not an isolated incident. Although they would not say so in public, senior CPM leaders admitted that the Bandwan strike — the blasting of the Kuchia police camp, the laying of landmines and the knowledge that Kar’s bodyguards slept away from his house — make it apparent that it could not have been planned without local help.

“Who are we going to fi- ght?” asked Ganapati Bhadra, a relative of Kar. “Leaders with guards are getting killed.”

There are over 50 villages in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore where the Maoists have the last word. If they can help it, CPM workers and policemen avoid visiting villages like Gurpana, Rasiknagar, Rajgram and Dhadhka in Purulia, Orli, Chrimara, Bagduba, Bhimarjun, Dakai, Laljal and Jamaimari in West Midnapore and Majgheria, Ranibandh, Raspur and Sarenga in Bankura.

“Last month the Maoists attacked two villages and beat up our comrades,” said a West Midnapore district secretariat member of the CPM.

After dark, the police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel also do not dare to venture into the rebel terrain.

“They are trying to render our comrades immobile by unleashing a reign of terror,” said CPM MP from Bankura, Basudeb Acharya.

The proximity of the villages to Jharkhand makes the rebels’ movement easy.

The population of this area is over 30,000 and half of it is in West Midnapore. Less than half the land here is cultivable, though. Modern irrigation and cultivation methods are unknown. The main occupation is collecting dry sal leaves, wood and bidi leaves, but such activity is illegal.

The average income per head per day is not more than Rs 30. Added to this is poor infrastructure. The residents have to travel 10 to 12 km to reach a high school or a health centre.

“What is happening here has got nothing to do with development or the lack of it,” said the CPM’s Bankura district secretary, Amiya Patra.

But even Patra admitted that with supporters running scared, fighting the rebels politically was impossible.

A district leader said: “The villagers do not want to be seen in our rallies. So we have asked our cadre to start a whisper campaign, stick posters at night and talk to them at social functions.”

Air power to combat NAXAL TERRORISM : States seek Central help

Monday January 2 2006 11:31 IST

BHUBANESWAR: A week after Naxalites struck at Koneru railway station near the Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border killing four RPF personnel, joint combing operation by both the states seems to have gone nowhere.

Security forces suspect the Konalova Dalam of Andhra Orissa Special Zonal Committee could be behind the daring attack but are handicapped in the absence of infrastructure like air support for, which the State Government has been lobbying with the Centre to strengthen the anti-Naxal operations.

Lately, Naxal-affected states have made fervent appeals before the Centre seeking chopper service from the Indian Air Force in anti-Naxal measures.

In fact, Andhra Pradesh has two helicopters of its own to assist police in rescue and evacuation of the personnel during Naxal operations. But so far, chopper services are not used in reconnaissance barring one instance.

That is exactly what Orissa and other states have been demanding from the Centre though.

Combing such an expansive Naxal corridor is impossible with the existing personnel strength, feel police sources.

“An important corridor of Naxals extends from Malkangiri till Srikakulum touching Narayanpatna and Rayagada. A strip of dense forest having a width of 30 km to 40 km and stretching such a long distance can not be combed by the existing security personnel,” official sources added.

Besides Orissa Police, two companies of CRPF are deployed at Kalimela for countering Left-wing ultras. This number is far inadequate to contain the spread of Naxals.

In fact, during the last rounds of discussion with states, the Centre had agreed to provide helicopter service but only for ferrying security forces and their evacuation.

But the move is awaiting execution since the standard operating procedure has not been decided. “While states seek direct access to Indian Air Force for air support, the Centre wants to play the mediator. That’s where it is stuck now,” said senior officials of Orissa Police.

However, the Naxal-hit states are insisting that they get service not just for ferrying and evacuation but also for reconnaissance. It was for the first time that IAF choppers were used for such operation at Jehanabad after radicals stormed a prison.

“Orissa Government, at least, should learn from Andhra Pradesh, which has been using its choppers to back up rescue and evacuation of police, which is a moral booster for them. But, it seems the top brasses are not unaware of the need,” sources added.

Naxal attacks, heavy rains hit district

Monday January 2 2006 10:13 IST

SHIMOGA: As every year, 2005 too passed away leaving behind sweet and sour memories in Shimoga. People watched S Bangarappa, MP, proving all forecast on by-elections wrong, grieved on the death of Magasaysay awardee K V Subbanna and suffered the havoc of heavy rain.

Proving wrong the forecast of both media and public, Bangarappa, who had background of changing parties, won Lok Sabha post by contesting by-elections from Samajawadi Party held in June, 2005.Magasaysay awardee K V Subbanna passed away on July 17, leaving behind a irreplaceable space in the hearts of Shimogans.

The district had to face attacks from epidemic disease like monkey fever, dengue on one side and naxal threat on other. Naxals had created problems by their attacks at various places. Political parties and organisations had even blamed Government to have nurtured naxal activities in State.

Communal clashes in Sugur in January, 2005, had also disturbed the peace of people in the region.Why, what, which, when and how, was raised with the introduction of VAT. Various debates, seminars and lectures were organised to solve the confusions and turmoil in the minds of both buyers and sellers.

People in Shimoga had a chance to get rid of pig menace as civic workers of municipality had killed more than 600 pigs. Municipality had taken up many programmes to keep the city clean, but none of them were continued to make the project a success. Rain of April and May brought cheers to farmers, but the heavy showers in July and August left the people and farmers in vain.

More than 100 houses were destroyed, roads were damaged, farmers suffered crop loss. Linganmakki received record rainfall of 234 mm on July 25 and Bhadra reservoir saw a record height water level of 186 ft. Many streams and falls regained its beauty.

The issue of plans to shift private bus stand to Millagatta had to face lot of opposition and agitations.

Though, majority of the organisation and associations opposed the thought at the special meeting, called to decide the matter, it ended inconclusively.

The villagers of Sirigere, Maleshankara had demanded shift of only wild elephant in Shettihalli forest limits as it strays into the nearby villages. The forest department was waiting for the orders from central government to shift it.Congress came out with flying colours in the ZP and TP elections and regained its old glory in the district.

In recent developments, Bangarappa also have plans to join hands with Congress in ZP only to avoid BJP from gaining power.

The year went away leaving behind many assurances like establishment of medical college, over bridge on Savalanga road, modern equipment at Mc Gann Hospital, maintenance of cleanliness in the city, good roads, proper water facilities etc. Shimogans have welcomed the New Year with all aims and hopes for a better future.

CRPF to raise crack commandos to combat naxals

The paramilitary force has already trained 11 companies for this purpose and plans to train more in the near future

Narendra Kaushik

New Delhi: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the largest paramilitary group in the country, has devised a two-pronged strategy to overcome the challenge from naxal groups in the red corridor of the country.

It is raising a crack commando force on the lines of Andhra Pradesh's Grey Hounds to strike at the left-oriented ultras in the interiors and donning the mantle of development agencies to alleviate small civic grievances of the people living in regions, affected by naxalism.

"We've already trained 11 specialised companies (7 companies are equivalent to one batallion (1,150 personnel) for this. They can carry out intelligence-based, long, special operations against naxals like Grey Hounds," says Jyoti Kumar Sinha, Director General CRPF.

Sinha pleaded for more pay and insurance cover for the companies saying that Grey Hounds were paid 35 per cent more salary and insured. He advocated against permanent deployment of the crack companies and said that it would be better to use them for special operations only. Sinha claimed that the trained CRPF personnel could stay without food for many days and survive in most hostile conditions.

When asked whether the CRPF would also give a special name to the commando force like Grey Hounds, the DG replied in the negative. He said it would be better to call them CRPF.

Talking about the CRPF's role in civic and development works in the naxal-affected areas, Sinha said that the government recently allocated Rs 50 lakh to his force for the civic action programmes. The allocation will have to be spent on small development works like fixing of a handpump within the current financial year.

The CRPF has 23 companies deployed in the naxal-affected regions of Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh etc. On last Wednesday, the force averted a major incident in Bihar when it successfully chased a mob of about 60 naxalites in East Champaran district killing one naxalite and arresting four others.


• Thwarted a major suicide attack on Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya in July this year killing all the five terrorists on the spot.

• Was part of the security agencies which did away with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists who stormed Parliament in December 2001.

• Captured the first-ever fidayeen (suicide bomber) in J&K recently.

• Contributed to one of the most fair conduct of assembly election in Bihar in October-November 2005.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

CPI(M) holds protest rallies against Maoist extremism

Kolkata | January 01, 2006 8:39:32 PM IST

The ruling Left Front in West Bengal today organised protest rallies throughout the state against yesterday's killing of CPI (M) leader Rabi Kar and his wife at Bundwan in Purulia district.

The rallies, held in the run up to the coming Assembly elections, assumed special significance after the CPI (M) charged opposition Trinamool Congress, Congress and the BJP with lending a tacit support to individual annihilation.

The party had declared yesterday that it would fight extremism politically and not by taking the path of retaliation.

Addressing the rallies held in different parts of the state, the speakers called upon the people to isolate the Maoist extremists and their abettors.

Mr Kar, a prominent member of the party's Purulia District Committee, was burnt alive along with his wife by the underground CPI(Maoist) activists in his residence yesterday.

Party's State Secretary Anil Biswas alleged that CPI (M) leaders and workers were the sole target of attacks by the Maoists and such acts had never been condemned by the 'rightist' opposition parties in the state.

Some party leaders had also alleged that different Jharkhand Party factions, having pockets of influence in Purulia were hand in glove with the Maoists and the RSS, running organisation in the remote forest areas, were instigating violent attacks against the ruling Marxists.

Altogether 31 CPI(M) men had so far been killed by the Maoists in Purulia, Midnapore and Bardhaman districts over the past five years.

However, rejecting the charge, the opposition had alleged that Maoists were the creation of the CPI (M) and no other party, but the Front leader itself, was responsible for the present phenomenon.

Meanwhile, 'Bandi Mukti Committee' a platform for civil rights movement, recently submitted a memorandum to Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi alleging that police had arrested more than 2,500 innocent people over the past four years branding them either Maoists or Kamtapuri extremists. Citing examples, the Committee alleged that Police were carrying out inhuman torture on the arrested people.


Handle women Naxals with care, says CM

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PATNA: To vindicate his government's conciliatory policy towards Naxalites without being lax on the law and order front, chief minister Nitish Kumar has ordered the state's police force to exercise utmost restraint and maintain decorum while handling women members of Naxalite outfits in course of their arrest or detention.

The CM was reacting to a report from Rohtas that a woman member of a Naxalite outfit, Sangeeta, nabbed by the police, was made to dance in public to torture her.

However, the CM has taken this incident as an instance of the police force not honouring the dignity of a woman, and, therefore, was constrained to issue a directive to the state's police force.

"The CM has stated clearly that the government will not tolerate any such misdemeanour on the part of the police," home secretary H C Sirohi said, adding that the CM had already ordered the Patna divisional commissioner to probe the Rohtas incident and submit his report on the matter so that proper administrative action could be taken against guilty police personnel, if any.

Due to President A P J Abdul Kalam's arrival on Thursday and his programme on the following day, the Patna divisional commissioner's report could not be submitted.

On Saturday, the CM inquired if the report had been submitted, Sirohi said, adding that the report would now be submitted on Monday for the perusal by the CM and requisite follow-up action.

Incidentally, the Nitish-led government is under tremendous pressure to manage the explosion of popular expectations that has gripped the state on the development front.

The state, otherwise, has seen only (mis)rule of the Lalu-Rabri regime in the last 15 years, when politics dominated the scene.

Naxalite attack on Bhagalpur jail feared, security beefed up


Close on the heels of last month's audacious naxalite attack on Jehanabad prison, security has been tightened in and around Bhagalpur Central Jail and Special Central Jail here and the district administration has sought reinforcements from the Bihar government in view of similar threat from the outlawed CPI (Maoist).

District Magistrate Bipin Kumar has asked the Superintendent of Police and Sub-divisional Officer (Sadar) to maintain strict vigil at the two prisons following intelligence inputs about possible attack by naxalites, official sources told PTI today.

Controversial RJD Lok Sabha member from Siwan Mohd Shahabuddin and more than 60 hardened criminals, including naxalite and activists of private caste militias are lodged in the two jails.

Sources said the Superintendent of Central Jail Vishwanat Prasad has constituted a special teem of jail personnel for its security and its entrance has been reinforced.

As a special measure, the district magistrate has ordered all visitors to be photographed.

A list is being maintained of all visitors meeting Shahabuddin and incarcerated members of naxalite organisations and private armies,the sources said on condition of anonymity.

They said the two prisons had become vulnerable to an armed assault by the naxalites after the Gorkha jawans deployed for their security were recently withdrawn.

CPM condemns killing of Rabi Kar, pledges to combat Maoism

New Delhi | December 31, 2005 5:38:15 PM IST

The CPI (M) today condemned the killing of its leader Rabi Kar allegedly by Maoist naxalites in West Bengal last night, and pledged to resolutely combat the terrorist violence of these gangs.

''The naxalite squads have been targeting CPI (M) cadres in certain areas of west Midnapur, Purulia and Bankura. The CPI (M) will resolutely combat the terrorist violence of these gangs which have no mass support among the people,'' The Party's Polit Bureau said in a statement here.

Rabi Kar, CPI(M) Purulia district secretariat member, and his wife, Anandamayi, were killed in Bandwan when 100 to 150 suspected Maoist activists hurled bombs at his house and fired indiscriminately.


50 Maoists burnt alive a CPM district secretariat member and his wife

Purulia Maoist carnage

Purulia/Calcutta, Dec. 31: A group of about 50 Maoists burnt alive a CPM district secretariat member and his wife today in Purulia’s Bandwan after caging up 30 policemen inside their camp 2 km away by planting three landmines in front of it.

Rabindranath Kar, 62, and Anandamoyee died screaming for help inside their home at Bhomragarh village, 360 km from Calcutta, as the guerrillas, who included at least one woman, set fire to the house and stood guard outside.

The rebels left behind posters saying this was revenge for the Chhoto Angaria massacre in West Midnapore’s Garbeta, in which 11 persons were allegedly killed by CPM cadres in January 2001.

The Naxalites had reached the village around 2.30 am, an hour after corralling off the police, who fired a few shots but didn’t step out of the camp for fear of the mines. The villagers were woken up by a shouted warning: nobody should step out of home.

The raiders then went in search of Kar’s two security guards, who spent the night in a club away from the man they were to protect, and overpowered them. Kar was known to be on the Naxalite hit list.

They hustled Kar’s 82-year-old mother, daughter and granddaughter out, siphoned off petrol from Kar’s motorcycle and got some kerosene from a nearby dealer’s shop. In minutes, the house was on fire.

Naxalites attack bus in Orissa; no casualty reported

Sunday, January 01, 2006 17:18 IST

MALKANGIRI: Passengers of a Bhubaneswar-Motu bus had a miraculous escape from a Naxalite attack on Sunday at Mudliguda in the district.

Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Yatin Koyal said Naxalites attacked the government bus as it approached Mudliguda at about 8.00 in the morning.

Glass panes of the bus were damaged. However, no passenger was injured.

Police have rushed to the spot and launched a combing operation to nab the ultras. Two landmines were recovered during the search operation, Koyal said.

Nearby police stations had been alerted following the incident, he added.

Senior naxalite arrested in Raipur, says CPI (Maoist)

New Delhi | January 01, 2006 7:38:19 PM IST

Top naxalite Narayan Sanyal alias Bijoy alias Prashad was arrested by police in Raipur town, the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) claimed today.

The 67-year-old member of the CPI (Maoist) politburo was on his way to hospital when he was arrested this afternoon, a press statement by the extremist group said.

The CPI (Maoist) -- formed in 2004 with the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and the People's War Group -- is banned in Chhattisgarh, where it killed 24 paramilitary personnel in a landmine blast last September.


Five to six naxals killed in encounter: Police

January 01, 2006 19:15 IST

Police claimed to have killed "five or six" naxalites, including a deputy commander, in an encounter in Gadchiroli district and recovered from their possession arms, ammunition and naxal literature.

The encounter took place in the deep jungle on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, about 10 km from village Kanoli under sub-post Pendhari of the district.

Acting on a tip-off, police had deployed an ambush party in the jungle, in which Superintendent of Police Shirish Jain took part.

Naxalites triggered a landmine blast, but the police party was away from the spot when it occurred. Only one policeman sustained minor injuries in the blast, police said adding, their was exchange of fire between naxals and the force in which five or six naxalites were killed.

The bodies of three naxals were found, while five or six other naxalites are understood to have sustained serious injuries, police said.

Naxalites escaped into the jungle after exchange of fire, police said.

Police recovered a brand new 8 mm rifle, two 12 bore rifles, a large quantity of explosives, detonators, wires and naxalite literature from the spot.

Search and combing operation was on, police added.

17 CRPF jawans injured in mishap in Jharkhand

Giridih | January 01, 2006 6:40:24 PM IST

At least 17 CRPF jawans were injured, four of them seriously, when a vehicle in which they were travelling overturned near Bardiha village on the Giridih-Dumri road in Jharkhand's Giridih district today.

Police said the jawans were going to conduct raids on the possible hideouts of Maoist ultras in the Naxal dominated Dumri area.

Their vehicle suddenly overturned near Kari hill as the driver lost control of the steering.

Four of the critically injured jawans were admitted to Bokaro for treatment while the 13 others were admitted to a local hospital.


Naxal violence: a major concern for Home Ministry

Sunday, January 01, 2006 17:41 IST

NEW DELHI: Rising naxal violence, increasing infilitration from Bangladesh and Dhaka's continued reluctance on the issue of fencing along the international border were
major concerns for the Union Home Ministry during 2005 which began with the ministry grappling with Tsunami disaster.

The withdrawal of recommendation and subsequent giving in to the opposition's demand on Action Taken Report on Nanavati Commission report on 1984 anti-Sikh riots was also one of the focuses of the Ministry in 2005.

The year began with the ministry grappling with the Tsunami disaster that had hit the southern part of the country in December 2004 and the entire machineary was gearing up to provide relief and rehabilitation to the affected people of Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh.

Naxal violence remained a big headache for the ministry as the number of killing in naxal violence in 2005 increased by about 20 per cent besides the menace engulfing two more states -- Uttranchal and Haryana -- within its fold. Though Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil had been harping on that the naxal issue was due to the imbalance in the developmental work of the region, naxals continued with their low-intensity warfare techniques with a major incident here or there that included killing of CRPF jawans in Chattisgarh, assassination of Congress MLA in Andhra Pradesh and the more recent jail break in Jharkhand.

The merger of People's War with Maoist Communist Centre, that was undermined by the political leadership in the Home Ministry, turned out as a major cause of worry and security agencies fear more bloody attacks in 2006.

The ministry also came under severe criticism from opposition parties when the Action Taken Report on Nanavati Commission report exonerated every one despite suggestion in the report to investigate some of the cases afresh.

After lot of criticism, it finally agreed to get some of the cases investigated by the CBI and ensured a fresh probe against senior Congress leaders like Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar.

The inflitration from Bangladesh was slightly high and the Home Ministry continued with its efforts to convince Dhaka for border fencing in certain pockets along the international border.

BDR continued to oppose contruction of any bunkers along the 150-200 yards of the "zero line", which was inevitable at certain places keeping the topography in view. Government took a series of measures to curb the problem of infiltration that included raising of additional Battalions of BSF, reduction of gap between border posts, intensification of patrolling both on the land and the riverine border.

About illegal immigrants, the government was considering the recommedations of the Group of Ministers on Reforming the National Security System which recommends introduction of a scheme for issuing work permit to foreigners as a measure to curb illegal immigration and to begin this with Bangladesh and Myanmar nationals. (On Jammu and Kashmir front, militants continued with their demonstrative action though the number of incidents decreased as compared to the last year.

Militants carried out a few but "result-oriented" attacks in the year 2005 which included several suicide attacks on CRPF camps, assassination of state Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone.

As the thaw in Indo-Pak relations continued, it saw realisation of running a bus service between Srinagar and Muzafarrabad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

The bus did run on April 7 but left a blot on security preparations as militants attempted a suicide attack at the Tourist Reception Centre, where all the passengers for the bus were lodged. The entire building, which was manned by the CRPF and state police jointly, was gutted within no time and the incident happened barely hours before country's two highly protected VVIPs -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chaiperson Sona Gandhi -- were to flag of the bus 200 metres away from the site of the incident.

The incident left the Union Home Ministry red-faced as the security there was its responsibility. Not to forget about 10 massive car bombs that claimed the lives of more than three dozen people in the state. Though the number of tourists in the state increased by manifolds and events like annual Amarnath piligrimage passed off peacefully, militants made attempts at lives of at least three MLAs -- Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, Usman Majid and Ghulam Hassan Mir.

DGP lauds police performance in curbing naxal violence

Hyderabad | December 31, 2005 8:40:45 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh police informed that 163 naxals and 25 police personnel and home guards were killed during encounters in the year 2005.

The State Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen said the quality of work done by police could be guaged by the kind of arrests that were made and weapons seized during the year.

He said the naxals also killed 182 civilians, including 72 political leaders and activists, apart from 38 former naxals, Mr Sen said 876 extremists were arrested and 891 surrendered.


NAXAL-Hizbul Mujahideen nexus

Hyderabad | December 31, 2005 9:40:a31 PM IST

Mujib Ahmed, Chief of the Hyderabad wing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist organisation, was taken into police custody today.

Mujib was arrested on December 27, following information from the Rajathan police, who had arrested two persons supplying weapons to Mujib. The terrorist, who was allegedly planning to indulge in large-scale violence in Hyderabad was produced before Magistrate on December 28, and sent to 14 days judicial remand.

But the police also filed a petition before the Magistrate, seeking custody of Mujib. The Court directed the police to keep Mujib in custody for ten days.

The Hyderabad police took custody of Mujib from prison. The police brought him to SIT police office in Himayatnagar. They were expected to question Mujib regarding his deal to procure weapons from Rajashtan and his connections with former naxal leader Nayeemuddin and the present top brass Maoist leader Shakamuri Appa Rao.