Saturday, January 21, 2006

Naxalite killed in encounter in Gadchiroli

Saturday January 21 2006 00:00 IST


NAGPUR: The anti-Naxalites squad gunned down an ultra and wounded five others in its first major encounter since its deployment in the Dodi Tola forest at Attapalli Taluka of Gadchiroli district.

The squad was deployed in the area after the Naxalites killed Border Road Organisation engineer M Ganeshan on January 14, police said on Friday. Acting on a tip-off, the squad was conducting a combing operation in the forest on Thursday at around 1800 hrs and had managed to locate some Naxalites hiding there.

The Naxalites started firing at the policemen and in the ensuing gunbattle, one Naxalite was killed and five others sustained injuries. They, however, managed to escape and also took away the body, police said.

Meanwhile, ten rifles, a box of gelatin and some literatures were recovered from the site, police added

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Security forces, Maoists exchange fire in Sambalpur forest

Friday January 20 2006 00:00 IST

SAMBALPUR: Security forces engaged in combing operations in the Gadapati forest under Charmal police station, about 50 km from here, exchanged fire with suspected Maoists for over an hour in the wee hours of Thursday, police said.

There were no casualties on either side, they said. District Police Superintendent S Debdutt Singh, who rushed to the spot after receiving information about the encounter, said the security forces fired 115 rounds after spotting about 15 ultras, who also opened fire.

Grey hound personnel, CRPF and Orissa State armed police jawans engaged in combing operation in the wee hours had come across a man who started running near Badmal village, he said.

As the forces asked him to stop, he disappeared into the forest, pursued by them.

When the security personnel turned on their searchlights in the forest, they came across around 15 armed persons. They opened fire at the group, which fired back before gradually retreating into the dense forest, the SP said.

The security personnel seized two bags containing Maoist literature from the spot. The combing operation has been further intensified after the incident.

Maoists involved in jailbreak arrested

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Patna, Jan 19: Six CPI (Maoist) activists, including a self-styled area commander of the outfit, involved in the Jehanabad jailbreak in Bihar were arrested late last night.

Personnel of the special task force (STF) of state police raided a hideout at Soranpur on the outskirts of the state capital and arrested Anandi Paswan, an "area commander" of the banned outfit and five others,

A top police official said the Naxalites confessed to their involvement in the Jehanabad jailbreak on the night of November 13 last in which 389 inmates had either escaped or were taken away by the Maoist rebels. The daring attack was one of the biggest jailbreaks in public memory. Anandi had also been wanted in over a dozen cases of Naxalite violence.

Sources at the state police headquarters said the STF had received information that Ajay Kanu, a top-ranking Maoist leader and the mastermind of the Jehanabad jailbreak, was hiding at Soranpur. However, Kanu had left the place before STF raided their hideout. (Agencies)

Former Naxalite leader to launch new party

Updated: 01-19-2006 By andhracafe

Hyderabad: A top former naxalite leader KG Sathya Murty has announced his decision to float a new political party.

The date of the formal launch of the party and its constitution would be decided later. He said that all those who believed in Marxist and Leninist and the Maoist way thinking and even those who didn’t subscribe to their view are welcome to join the new party. Sathy Murthy said that Globalization was the biggest threat to countries like India

Nitish hits Maoists with development

Sanjay Singh

PATNA: The Nitish Kumar Government has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to check the growth of naxalism in the state.

Besides taking up intensive development schemes in the areas under the influence of Left-wing extremist outfits, the government has also decided to hold early trial of the massacre cases in which dalits and the poor were killed by the Ranveer Sena, a private militia of upper caste peasantry.

The government is of the view that delayed trial of massacre cases, particularly those in which the victims are poor, provide a good opportunity to the extremist outfits to spread anti-government propaganda.

As it is, the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), has been charging the state administration of being anti-poor and adopting a double standard in conducting the trial of massacre cases in central Bihar. According to them, prompt trial was carried out at the initiative of the state government to punish the accused of some of the carnage cases in which the upper caste people were killed by the naxals, but the cases of carnage carried out by the Ranveer Sena are still awaiting trial.

The new government has already identified 369 cases of such nature, which require speedy trial to check the growth the Maoist propaganda and prevent their kangaroo courts in the villages. Chief Secretary G S Kang said that the government would soon be making a request to Patna High Court for early trial of all these cases identified as sensitive. The government’s new slogan for the under-developed areas and under-privileged sections of the society is ‘Sarkaar Aapke Dwaar’ (Government at your doorstep).

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will kick start this programme on January 21, by going to the naxal-affected villages of Jehanabad and Arwal and laying foundation stone for a market yard and a computer-training centre at village Sikaria. Subsequently many other development schemes would be taken up in all the naxal-affected areas in a phased manner.

CPI (ML) condemen's Sanyal's arrest

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) today condemned the arrest of veteran naxal leader Kanu Sanyal at the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station yesterday.

CPI (ML) State Committee Member and Janasakti Editor P Jaswantrao told UNI here today that Mr Sanyal, who was also West Bengal Tea Garden Labour Union President, had launched a rail roko agitation along with his supporters protesting against the failure of the Paharghumia Tea Garden management for allegedly not coming forward to hold talks with the labourers.

Due to the tea garden's closure and adament attitude of the management, about 1000 labourers were without jobs since three weeks, he claimed.

Charging the West Bengal Government with adopting 'anti-labour' and 'anti-people' policies in the state, Mr Rao demanded the government to open the tea garden and meet the labourers' demands.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

CM Nitish Kumar meets Bihar Police brass to check spiralling state crime

By Ajay Kumar, Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who became the state's 33rd head of government on November 24, 2005 on the promise of restoring the rule of law, is meeting senior police officers in Patna today to discuss ways to check the spiralling crime rate in the state.

Informed sources at the Bihar State Secretariat said that Kumar has summoned the Director General of Police, Additional Director Generals, all zonal Inspector Generals, range Deputy Inspector Generals and Superintendents of Police of all districts for an urgent meeting in the backdrop of the latest round of kidnappings that included a prominent businessman and a school student from the state capital.

All officers have been asked to come with crime figures in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Thereafter, the available data will be segregated on lines of serious offences like murder, kidnapping for ransom, dacoity and Naxalite violence, police sources said.

Nitish Kumar, who has often stressed crime control as a prerequisite for state's economic progress, is facing fire from the opposition and public disappointment over the spiralling crime graph, despite the government giving a "free hand" to the police to deal with the situation.

It maybe recalled that Kumar had promised to make Bihar "crime-free" by January 24.

It will be Kumar's third review meeting with top police officers after two earlier meetings during which the DGP, ADGs and IGs posted at the police headquarters had made presentations before the Chief Minister.

The shortage of men and officers in the police force, slow pace of its modernisation and sluggish trial of cases would be discussed at today's meeting, sources said.

The state has been rocked by a series of kidnappings.

Nirmalendu Prakash Diwakar, a Class IX student of the Don Bosco School and son of a former director of the Animal Husbandry Department O P Diwakar, was abducted on Tuesday from near his residence while on way to school in his private vehicle.

Naseem Akhtar, the son of a sub-divisional officer posted at Darbhanga, Naeem Akhtar, was kidnapped from near his residence in Pataliputra colony in the capital on January 5 but was later released.

Two sons of a businessman were abducted from Madhopur village in Gopalganj district on January 3 but later let off and police claimed it was due to sustained pressure.

A day before the incident, Atul Kumar, 12-year-old son of a farmer Loha Singh, was kidnapped from Sangrahwan village under Phulwaria police station of the same district.

As the villagers led by local JD(U) MLA Ram Sevak Singh held protest demonstrations, the body of Atul was recovered from near a pond at the same village

Naxals block Rajdhani Exp demanding reopening of tea gardens

Siliguri: Thousands of tea garden workers, led by Naxal leader Kanu Sanyal, today blocked the Rajdhani Express at New Jalpaiguri Station by squatting on the tracks.

They were demanding re-opening of the closed tea gardens in North Bengal. The blockade took place at around 1230 PM while the train was on halt at the station.

Mr Sanyal said the tea gardens of North Bengal were sick because the owners did not care for proper infrastructure.

He further alleged that the West Bengal government did not take any concrete steps to protect the tea workers. Hence they resorted to the agitation.

Meanwhile, the INTUC, eager to solve the problem of tea gardens, would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi tomorrow, said Mr Alok Chakraborty, president of Darjeeling district INTUC. He said tomorrow their all India president G Sanjib Reddy would meet the PM.

He said they had set a half-day strike on January 31 for the same reason.

Naxal couple lay down their arms

Wednesday January 18 2006 11:52 IST
NALGONDA: Communist Party of United State of India - Dalita Bahujana Shramika Vimukthi (CPUSI-DBSV) state committee secretary Challa Lingaiah alias Manganna, his wife and committee member Sunita alias Polakka laid down arms before Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagawath on Tuesday.

Addressing mediapersons this evening, the SP said Lingaiah was accused of being involved in five murder cases in Warangal district. He also participated in encounters at Somulagadda, Ramanakkapet and three other areas in Warangal district, he said.

Sunita joined the cadres in December 2004. She joined the CPUSI Singanna Dalam and remained underground.

The Naxal couple said they surrendered because they were disenchanted with the Naxal ideology.

The SP gave Rs 5,000 reward money to the couple. OSD Viswaprasad and other police officials were present.

The surrendered couple said they were disenchanted with Naxalite policies.

Commandos to counter Naxals

Wednesday January 18 2006 10:35 IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In view of the increasing incidents of Naxal activities in the state, the state police force is planning to constitute special commando wings in the districts which are more prone to Naxal activities.
Around 200 policemen of the armed reserve camps would be sent to Andhra Pradesh for training under the Greyhound, the anti-extremist commando team there. The Police Department has sent a proposal in this regard to the State Government, according to sources. The decision was taken in the backdrop of a recent meeting of the DGPs of the 13 Naxal-affected states in New Delhi last week. DGP Raman Srivastava also attended the meeting, which evaluated that Naxal activities in states like Kerala are sporadic.

‘‘Though there is no major threat of Naxalism in the state, we are planning to send our policemen to Andhra for training under the Greyhound in counter insurgency operations and jungle warfare as a precautionary measure. The plan is to train a platoon of 30 to 35 policemen of armed battalions of districts like Wayanad, Palakkad and Ernakulam where there were incidents of naxalism,’’ DGP Raman Srivastava told this website's newspaper.

It may be recalled that the annual report of the Union Home Ministry for 2004-05 had warned that organisations such as the CPML-PW and Maoist Communist Centre - India (MCCI) were trying to increase their operations in the state. The attack by Porattam activists on two banks in Wayanad on Monday is the latest of the naxal attacks in the state. The anti-coke agitation at Plachimada and the agitation for land by tribals at Muthanga were the major naxalite operations in the state during the recent years.

According to police sources, tribal youths, including women, are being influenced by the Naxal outfits, taking advantage of the mounting unemployment in the tribal areas. The meeting of the DGPs also decided that the states would prepare a database of naxals and would also share intelligence information regarding naxalism.

Maharashtra short of 90,000 policemen: Dep CM

Kolhapur, Jan 17: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil today described as ''good'' the law and order situation in the State but admitted that there was a massive shortage of police personnel.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Patil, who is also the Home Minister, said 90,000 more policemen needed to be recruited to strengthen the police apparatus throughout the State, which faces Naxal threat in tribal-dominated areas in East Maharashtra.

At present Maharashtra has a 1.40 lakh strong police force with policemen on an average of 14 hours of duty a day, he pointed out.

The State Cabinet recently approved a proposal to appoint 10,000 policemen and the process for selection would start soon, Mr Patil said.

The Minister said the Centre has sanctioned construction of four new jails in the State and exercise was on to identify the spots, where they will come up.

Modernisation in the police force has already begun and the personnel are being provided with new vehicles and modern weapons, he said.

Mr Patil said policemen have been ordered to shoot dacoits ''at sight'' to curb the menace. The Government was also considering sanctioning gun licenses at the village-level to curb dacoities

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Nitish calls meeting of police top brass as crimes soar

Jan. 17, 2006

Facing flak from the opposition over the surge in crime, particularly kidnapping for ransom, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who stormed to power on the promise of restoring the rule of law, has summoned a high-level meeting of police officers here on Wednesday to discuss ways to check crime. The director general of police, additional director generals, all Zonal IGs, range digs and SPs of all districts have been asked to attend the meeting being held in the backdrop of the kidnapping of a prominent businessman and a school student from the state capital, sources in the police headquarters told PTI. All officers have been asked to come armed with crime figures in their respective areas of jurisdiction. The data will be segregated on lines of serious offences like murder, kidnapping for ransom, dacoity and Naxalite violence, sources said. Nitish Kumar, who has often stressed crime control as a prerequisite for state's economic progress, is facing fire from the opposition and public disappointment over the spiralling crime graph, despite the government giving a "free hand" to the police to deal with the situation. Kumar, who had promised to make the state "crime-free" within three months of his coming to power, will be completing two months in office on January 24. It will be Kumar's third review meeting with top police officers after two earlier meetings during which the DGP, ADGs and IGs posted at the police headquarters had made presentations before the Chief Minister. The shortage of men and officers in the police force, slow pace of its modernisation and sluggish trial of cases would be discussed at tomorrow's meeting, sources said. The sudden spurt in kidnapping cases and status of their investigations are also likely to figure prominently in the deliberations. The state has been rocked by a series of kidnapping. Prashant Jain, a garment shop owner, was kidnapped at gunpoint from near his Whitehouse apartments residence late on January 5 night and continues to be untraced. Nirmalendu Prakash Diwakar, a class IX student of the Don Bosco school and son of a former director of the Animal Husbandry Department O P Diwakar, was abducted on Tuesday from near his Harnichak residence while on way to school in his private vehicle. Naseem Akhtar, the son of a sub-divisional officer posted at Darbhanga, Naeem Akhtar, was kidnapped from near his residence in Pataliputra colony in the capital on January 5 but was later released. Two sons of a businessman were abducted from Madhopur village in Gopalganj district on January 3 but later let off and police claimed it was due to sustained pressure. A day before the incident, Atul Kumar, 12-year-old son of a farmer Loha Singh, was kidnapped from Sangrahwan village under Phulwaria police station of the same district. As the villagers led by local JD(U) MLA Ram Sevak Singh held protest demonstrations, the body of Atul was recovered from near a pond at the same village. While speaking to reporters at Rampur Shyamchand village in former Chief Minister Rabri Devi's Raghopur constituency, where a woman and her five children were burnt alive on new year's day, RJD president and railway Minister Lalu Prasad had accused the NDA government of total failure on the law and order front. LJP leader and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan too had castigated the Nitish Kumar government saying, people were expecting that the law and order will improve drastically, but the crime scenario is getting even worse than what it was under RJD government. Earlier people were kidnapped for ransom but now they are getting killed.

Maoist bandh affects life in Midnapore West

Statesman News Service

MIDNAPORE/PURULIA/BANKURA, Jan. 16. — Life in most parts of Jhargram sub-division in Midnapore West was paralysed since morning today due to a 24-hour bandh called by the CPI (Maoist). No untoward incident was reported till reports last came in. The call for the strike was given by the Maoists’ zonal committee of Midnapore West, Bankura and Purulia.
The bandh was total in Belphari, Binpur and Lalgarh areas with buses being off the roads and attendance in state government offices being practically nil. The Belpahari BDO, Mr Aghor Roy, was alone in office when The Statesman contacted him. Schools and colleges in the area were earlier notified to be closed. Shops and markets also kept their shutters down.
Also, unlike earlier occasions, the CPI-M did not take out processions asking people not to observe the bandh. This was the first time that a Maoists’ bandh had an impact on Jhargram town with no buses plying on the roads and markets remaining closed. Attendance in state government offices in Jhargram town was also thin. The bandh was partial in Nayagram, Jamboni and Gopiballavpur. However, train services were normal.
The bandh was called to protest against the police firing at Kalinga Nagar in Orissa on 2 January, which resulted in the death of 12 tribals, and also against the eviction of farmers in South 24-Parganas, to facilitate the transfer of agricultural land to Indonesia’s Salim group of industries to set up a satellite township there.
The Maoists had put up posters and distributed leaflets in Odolchua, Bholabheda, Chakadoba and other parts of Belpahari, calling on the people to observe the bandh which virtually seemed to be an open challenge to the massive police bandobast and the CPI-M’s decades’ old hegemony in the entire region.
The Maoists’ bandh passed off peacefully in Bankura and Purulia districts too. It had a crippling effect in select areas of both districts considered as Naxalite strongholds.
In Purulia, where the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had extended its support to the Maoists’ bandh call, police seized Maoist posters from Puncha. In Khatra sub-division, marked by pockets of Maoist hotbeds like Ranibandh and Barikul, public transport came to a halt. Mr R Shivakumar, Purulia SP, said: “The bandh had an impact in Bandwan and Baghmundi areas.”
In Bankura, the town areas and Bishnupur sub-division remained unaffected by the Maoists’ bandh call. Bankura SP, Mr Rajesh Kumar Pandey, said: “There was no untoward incident in the district.”

Landmine blast
MIDNAPORE, Jan. 16. — The Maoists today made an attempt to blow up a CRPF camp by blasting a landmine at Jamtalgora on Belpahari-Banspahari road in Midnapore West. However, no injuries were reported. CRPF personnel fired 20 rounds in retaliation. Senior police officers rushed to the spot to launch a combing operation in the area. — SNS

Pro Naxal group 'Daman Pratirodh Manch ' to hold convention on Friday

Left radical sympathisers to hold convention on Friday
Tuesday January 17 2006 11:25 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Using Kalinga Nagar police firing as the bait, groups sympathising with Left radical ideology are back to haunt State Government. They have decided to hold a mass convention in the City on January 20 as a mark of protest against displacement for industrialisation.

Under the banner of Orissa Mass Struggle Coordination Centre, sympathiser groups like Daman Pratirodh Manch have joined Bisthapan Birodhi Janamanch, the outfit fighting for the tribals of Kalinga Nagar, to launch yet another mass protest called Jana Sangharsh Samabesh.

In the past, Naxal sympathisers have held similar protest meetings in the City at least twice. The first ever public meeting - Janagarjan Samabesh - by Naxal sympathisers was held in September 2004 and some of the participants were arrested by police on their way back to Malkangiri raising a banner of protest.

The second meeting was held almost a year later.

This one slated on Friday will be another such show of strength against what they call the capitalist campaign.

In fact, the nine outfits gathered under Orissa Mass Struggle Coordination Centre, have also blasted Opposition political parties for taking advantage of the incident to boost their vote banks.

Alleging that these political parties are only viewing the entire situation from a narrow angle of displacement which it is not, the outfits in a statement said, the Kalinga Nagar incident has exposed their real facets, while the same can also be said about NGOs which are minting money. The outfits have warned that agitation against companies planning to set up units in the State would be launched in a united manner.

They have also blasted political parties for taking advantage of the incident.

Delhi Super Cop Kiran Bedi to be New Bihar DGP?

Patna: January 17, 2006

With no sign of any let up in crime in Bihar despite tough talks by the new NDA government, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is said to be seriously considering bringing in the nation's top cop Kiran Bedi to replace Ashish Ranjan Sinha as state's new Director General of Police (DGP), reports said.

Bedi, a Magsaysay Award winner and currently the Director General of Home Guard in New Delhi, is believed to be the first choice of Nitish Kumar who made the offer to her during his recent visit to the Capital, sources said.

Serious about putting a brake on the rising crime in the state to augment investment, the Chief Minister is said to have narrowed down his short list down to K. P. S. Gill who is credited for crushing militancy in Punjab, Julio Ribero of Bombay blast fame, and Bedi, known for her no-nonsense, result-oriented style, officials said in Patna on Monday.

While it is not known whether Bedi has agreed to Kumar's proposal, unconfirmed reports said there was a real chance of her being brought to Bihar though the final decision lied with the UPA government.

Bedi still has two more years before assuming the role of Delhi's Police Commissioner and her services and experience could be used during this period to check crime in the state, a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has summoned a meeting of top Bihar cops including the DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha, ADG Abhayanand, Special Branch chief D. N. Gautam besides all four zonal IGs and other senior police officers in Patna on January 18 to formulate strategies to get a grip on the rising crimes in the state.

All the officials have been directed to come fully prepared to answer some very tough questions relating to kidnapping, robbery, murder, and Naxal-related violence in Bihar.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Nepalese Maoist Rebels Threaten More Attacks

By Patricia Nunan
New Delhi
16 January 2006

Security personnel investigate the site of Saturday's explosion at a municipal office in Patan, on the outskirts of Katmandu
Nepal's Maoist rebels Monday warned of more attacks in cities in the run-up to municipal elections in early February. At least 12 people were killed in recent days in attacks around the capital Kathmandu.

Rebel leaders have warned the people of Nepal to be ready for a "storm of agitation" as they prepare for a series of strikes aimed at disrupting next month's elections. In a statement on the rebel webpage, the Maoist group says it will be carrying out these new attacks in the cities, not the countryside.

The threat comes as Nepal approaches the first year anniversary of King Gyanendra's seizure of power. On February 1, the king dismissed parliament, arrested scores of political leaders, censored the media, and imposed many restrictions on civil liberties - which are still in place today.

The king said he was forced to act because political parties had failed to end the country's nine year communist insurgency. The rebels call themselves Maoists since they draw their inspiration from the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Nepal's once-squabbling political parties are now also united, joining the Maoists in their threat to disrupt these elections.

"It's not only the Maoist threat that will not let it happen. It's also all the political parties, which are going to obstruct," explained Sukh Deo Muni, a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. "They have already claimed that the seven party alliance will not allow these elections take place, because the purpose of these elections is to get legitimacy for the king's actions."

More than 12,000 people have died since the Maoists launched their insurgency in 1996, in a bid to overthrow Nepal's monarchy. Human rights activists say many of the dead are ordinary Nepalese, who are often falsely accused by one side for working for the other.

Already there are signs the rebels are making good on their threat to move the conflict from their traditional rural grounds into the cities. In recent days, the rebels have attacked several targets around the capital Kathmandu, killing at least 12 people.

Mr. Muni says that as a guerrilla army, the rebels lack the capacity to take and hold territory, such as the capital. But still, they can undermine the people's confidence in the king's ability to keep order.

"They have more of a negative capacity to disturb the security structure of the capital. They may still not be able to take it," he said. "There cannot be an open conventional war, there would certainly be bomb blasts and killings and this and that."

King Gyanendra says the February elections for the municipal councils are a step toward restoring democracy in Nepal. Parliamentary elections, he says, will follow next year.

Naxals attack two banks in Kerala

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Kalpetta, Jan.16: Suspected pro-Naxal activists, owing allegiance to an organisation, claiming to protect the interests of debt ridden farmers, went on the rampage, destroying computers and furniture at two banks in Kerala's Wayanad district today, police said.

In the first incident, a four-member gang, raising pro-naxal slogans, attacked the North Malabar Gramin Bank at Mananthavadi near here around 1.40 PM, the sources said.

While the protesters broke the bank's window panes and destroyed computers and furniture kept in the premises, they fled the scene without harming the bank staff, police added.

Police, who reached the scene soon, chased the miscreants and managed to nab one of them.

Within hours, a seven-member gang attacked the South Malabar Gramin Bank at Padichara near Pulpalli bordering Karnataka and escaped before police arrived there, they said.

It raised slogans against the bank for allegedly harassing debt-ridden farmers before destroying the furniture, police said.

The protesters are suspected to be members of the recently formed Farmers Agitation Centre. (Agencies)

40 tribals abducted by Naxalites from Abujhmad


Naxalites have allegedly abducted about 40 tribals from Abujhmad area of Chhattisgarh, which has been declared as the "liberated zone" by the Maoists, police said here today.

Police party have been rushed to the interior area of Narayanpur, where the incident had reportedly happened, Bastar range Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Wazir Ansari told PTI from Narayanpur.

Maoists had convened a meeting of about 13 villages near Sonepur, a naxal-infested area, and separated some of the tribals accusing them of having links with either police or not following naxal dictats, police sources said.

After directing the tribals not to assist police in any matter or not to participate in the coming Mandi board election, they reportedly abducted about 40 tribals with them to the jungle about four days back, the sources said.

However, one Kesharam of Kutul village, gave a slip to the naxals last night and reached Narayanpur and informed police, they said.

Villagers from Kokameta, Kutul, Barsingh and Sonepur are among the abducted tribals, Kesarao claimed.

Maoists have declared Abujhmad area as a "liberated zone" where they claimed to have established the "people's rule".

Sunday, January 15, 2006

NAXALITES go on rampage in BRO camp, KILL ENGINEER

NAGPUR: In a major incident highlighting growing Maoist violence in Gadchiroli district, around 260 km from here, a Border Roads Organisation camp was attacked by a group of 25 armed rebels and 40 supporters late on Saturday night, killing an engineer and grievously wounding an overseer.

Four trucks and office records of BRO were also destroyed in the attack which took place on the BRO camp site between 10.30 and 11 pm, located 1 km from Etapalli and 75 km from the district headquarters of Gadchiroli.

Police as well as BRO officials said this was the biggest attack so far on its camps.

The attack camp housed 17 people, all of whom were engaged in building roads in the area and a bridge on the river Bandhi, connecting Etapalli with Jambhiagatta.

"We have been telling you for the last 25 years not to do all this (build roads and bridges), but you never listen," the attackers were quoted as saying by survivors at the camp.

All 17 resident-campers were beaten up but 35-year old M Ganesan, an engineer, bore the brunt of the rebels. He was dragged out of the camp by the Maoists and beaten to death.

Overseer Lallaram, 47, was also injured seriously by the rebels but is reported to be out of danger. The rest of the BRO workers got away with minor bruises.

Seven arrested for Jehanabad jailbreak

[ Monday, January 16, 2006 02:44:25 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: Five members of the banned Naxalite outfit CPI(Maoist), who had participated in the Jehanabad jailbreak operation on November 13 last, and two of those harbouring them were rounded up by the local police late on Saturday night.

Patna SSP Kundan Krishnan said the police first picked up Gurudev alias Karu Yadav, who was wanted in 32 other cases of crime ranging from murder to extortion, from Shastrinagar.

Then two of those harbouring the Naxalites — Sanjay Baitha and Rajeshwar Preet — were nabbed. On the basis of information given by them the police rounded up Dharmendra Yadav, Shashi, Awadhesh Yadav and Madhu Yadav from different areas such as Bhagwanganj and Masaurhi.

The police claimed to have seized two revolvers and several cartridges from them. According to the police, Dharmendra and Shashi, in course of interrogation, confessed that they were new to the Naxalite outfit and that land dispute in their village had driven them to join the Maoists.

Awadhesh used to live with Biren Yadav, area commander of the Maoists, while Madhu stayed with a zonal commander of the Maoists in Masaurhi, the police said, adding all of them, however, maintained that they had joined the Naxalite outfit under compulsion and disgust.

The SSP said Dharmendra and Shashi were caught while they were having "chuda-dahi" at their residence in Masaurhi. The arrested Naxalites had a hand in the Jehanabad jailbreak operation on November 13 night in which nine persons were killed and more than 380 inmates escaped from the jail, he added.

PRO NAXALITE "Damana Pratirodh Manch" rally

Pro-Naxalite to organise rally against firing incident

Statesman News Service

PARALAKHEMUNDI, Jan. 15. — The Damana Pratirodh Manch, a pro-Naxalite outfit, has plans to organise a rally in Bhubaneswar on 20 January to protest against the Kalinga Nagar police firing in which 12 tribals were killed on 2 January.
According to Mr Dandapani Mohanty, one of the leaders of the Manch, hundreds from different districts and South Orissa, in particular, will converge in Bhubaneswar and then proceed to Kalinga Nagar to express their solidarity with the tribals who were continuing with their protest road blockade.
The Manch has resolved that tribals facing displacement in different parts of the state will not tolerate repressive measures by the government.

'Sarkar apke dwar' in Naxal-hit Bihar areas

Monday January 16 2006 00:00 IST


PATNA: With a view to root out the influence of Naxalites in Bihar through development, the Nitish Kumar government has decided to launch "Sarkar apke dwar" (Government at your doorsteps) programme.

The scheme envisages to bring development to the people, particularly to the underprivileged section of the society, official sources said on Sunday.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will launch the scheme in Naxalite-affected Jehanabad, Arwal and Patna districts in the first phase on January 21, the sources said adding the government's development initiatives would be taken to other extremist-hit districts, including Jamui and Banka in a phased manner.

In the first phase, Kumar will lay the foundation of a market yard, a computer centre and a minor irrigation project in Jehanbad district on January 21, the sources said.

''The objective of the scheme is to sanitise the Naxalite affected districts first and then saturate the districts with development work,'' the sources said.

Under the scheme, the government would set up 'Diesel Nagar' and 'Jetropha Nagar'' in Banka and Jamui districts to boost Jetropha plantation on commercial basis for extraction of bio-diesel, the sources said.

Under the plan, each family would be given two-and-half to five acres on lease for Jetropha plantation and Rs 5000 as grant for construction of local dams for irrigation purposes. This will create employment opportunities throughout the year.

The government also plans to launch other schemes such as watershed development, forestation, and construction of dams under National rural employment guarantee programme to restrict the migration of agricultural labourers to other states, the sources said.

After assuming power, the Nitish Kumar government in the background of the massive Naxal attack on Jehanabad sub-jail in November, in which 9 people were killed and more than 380 inmates had escaped, had announced to counter the influence of Naxalites in the state by bringing development in the affected districts.

Home secretary H C Sirohi had recently visited Jehanabad, Gaya and Arwal districts to motivate officials for the success of the scheme.

Naxalites abduct 35 people in Bastar

Dantewada Chhattisgarh | January 15, 2006 10:40:12 PM IST

Communist Party of India (Maoist) naxalites have reportedly 'abducted' 35 people and paraded them at Kachepal village, near Narayanpur, for participating in 'Salwa Judum' -- the ongoing peoples' campaign in tribal Bastar region of the state.

However, Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Narendra Khare and other senior police officials did not confirm the incident saying they were verifying the information.

According to preliminary reports, the ultras abducted 35 people after a large number of people gathered at Gudbengal village under 'Salwa Judum' campaign yesterday.

The extremists allegedly tied the hands of the hostages and paraded them at Kachepal village asking the villagers to desist from participating in the anti-naxalite campaign.

Reports said the information about the abduction came out after two villagers, who were among those abducted by the naxalites, were freed by the ultras.

Driven to desperation because of nearly three-decade-old problem of naxalite violence, the tribals of Bastar are up in arms against the left wing extremists since the past six months.

Public meetings and rallies are being organised in Bastar to create an public opinion against the naxalites and to motivate the naxal-sympathisers to return back to the mainstream.


Naxalites killed BRO engineer in Nagpur

[ Sunday, January 15, 2006 01:27:00 pm PTI ]

NAGPUR: A group of Naxalites killed an engineer from Border Road Organisation (BRO) and beat up one overseer near Jimmalgatta near Itapalli in Gadhchiroli district, police said on Sunday.

The Naxalites 32-35 in number stormed the BRO camp in Jimmalgatta on Saturday night and dragged out engineer M Ganesh (37) and beat him up with sticks, killing him on the spot, police said.

The extremists later beat up overseer Lala Swarup and looted cash from the camp, police said adding the Naxalites also burnt official records.

The BRO was engaged in laying road network in the Naxal-infected area of Gadhchiroli district.