Friday, February 17, 2006

International conspiracy to create red corridor: Singh

Raipur, Feb 17 : There was an "international conspiracy" to create a red corridor from Pashupati to Tirupati, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told the state assembly today.

"There is an international conspiracy to create a red corridor from Pashupati in Nepal to Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Chhattisgarh falls in the way," Singh said while replying to an adjournment motion brought by opposition Congress on stepped up naxal activities in the state.

"If it was not an international conspiracy how such a huge number of AK 47 series weapons reached the naxalites," the Chief Minister questioned.

Naxalites have diverted from their ideology and wanted to capture power, the way they are trying in Nepal, the Chief Minister said adding, he was happy that the entire house was concerned over the matter and almost unanimous on the naxal matter.

Referring to the killing of policemen and villagers by the Maoists, Singh said his government wanted to insure all the people of the state and as a part of that they wanted to take up the Dantewada district first.

"Before proceeding further, we wanted to bring all the people of dantewada district under the insurance cover and steps were being taken in that direction," he said.

He blamed the previous Congress government for downsizing the police force by 1500 in the year 2001.

Maoists set ablaze road construction materials

Sambalpur, Feb 16 : Maoists tonight torched at least four vehicles used for road construction work at Jayantapur, about 20 km from here, in Orissa, police sources said.

About 30 armed ultras, including 15 women, came to Jayantapur, under Sadar police station area, and set ablaze the vehicles as well as a large quantity of tar, the sources said adding the total loss was estimated at around Rupees one crore.

The vehicles and the tar were being used for repair work of the road between Padiabahal and Sindurpank on the NH-6.

The ultras went inside Kisinda and Badrama forests, known to be Naxalite-infested areas, after the vandalism.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Police intensified combing operation in the area.

No party can take arms to counter violence by Maoists: Buddhadeb

Kolkata, Feb 17: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee yesterday said no political party would be allowed to take arms to deal with the Maoists.

It is not the stand of CPI(M) to take up arms to counter violence and under no circumstances can his party ask its workers to take up arms against the Maoists in militancy-hit Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts, Bhattacharjee told the state assembly.

The Chief Minister was responding to a question by Trinamool Congress' Pankaj Banerjee, who asked if the state government had failed to contain violence that might have prompted the CPI(M) state leadership's reported call for countering Maoist attacks with violence.

Bhattacharjee also ruled out any possibility of the state government allowing any political party to take up arms to counter Maoist attacks.

He said his government had taken up several schemes in the militancy-hit districts with the twin purposes of ensuring development and isolating the Maoists.

The Maoists, he said, were concentrated in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts and were being guided by Naxalite outfits in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa and some other states.

The Chief Minister said that the state government was in touch with the Centre as well as Maoist-hit states for a joint operation against the militants.

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Chhattisgarh considering declaring Dantewada as `disturbed area'

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government is actively considering declaring Dantewada district a 'disturbed area' in the wake of escalating naxalite activities in that region, official sources said today.

After successive naxal strikes in Dantewada district of Bastar region recently, in which over 50 policemen and 150 villagers were killed, the district administration has made recommendation for declaring Dantewada as a "disturbed area", top officials told PTI here.

"Because of the violence by the left wing extremists, not only the peace of the region was disturbed but also carrying out developmental works by the government agencies are being affected", the district administration said.

The normal life was also being affected because of the high incidents of naxal activities, the District Collector K R Pisda said in his report to the state government while recommending clamping of the Disturbed Area Act in Dantewada district.

When contacted, Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam told PTI that the government had received such a recommendation from the district administration Dantewada.

A senior secretary of the state government said "the proposal is under active consideration by the government. All sides of the proposal are being analysed, including its implication in the wake of clamping of such an Act." Soon the administration would take a decision on the matter, he added.

5 years imprisonment for Naxal leader Ramesh

Friday February 17 2006 11:40 IST

RAICHUR: District Principal Session Judge Basavantaraya Patil, on Thursday, sentenced Naxal leader Ramesh to five years imprisonment and Rs 1000 penalty in three different cases.

The sentence would run concurrently.

The police had filed cases against him on charges of attacking government officials on duty under Section 353 IPC.

The Judge sentenced him to five years imprisonment for attempting to murder police officials, for illegal possession of arms and ammunitions under Section 25 and 27 of the Arms Act.

In the event of not paying the fine, he would undergo one month imprisonment again.

Fear stalks, yet they dared

Friday February 17 2006 11:01 IST

NARAYANPATNA: If the fear was lurking, they did not care to show. Uninhibited, at least 5000 tribals from remote pockets of the district thronged to Naxal-infested Narayanpatna on Thursday and danced to the beats of ‘demasa’.

The police’s civic operations in the three districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada and Koraput is already showing results, if one goes by the tremendous response the police got during the diamond jubilee celebrations of its administration.

Kondh youth Sarvani Hoika of Chintaguda village who hardly ventured out to meet government officials including police in fear of Naxals was there and so was Padmini Bidika of Langalbeda village.

Thanks to the ‘peace mission’ spread by police in the most sensitive Naxalite belt of the State, where outsiders dare not venture even during the day for suspected presence of landmines on village roads, hundreds of tribal youths vowed to make the mission a success, said the BDO of Narayanpatna.

“Earlier they avoided us when we tried to interact with them but now they are helping us in our community service,” admits S K Sahu, a young police officer leading the peace mission in some remote locations.

‘‘Through several casual interactions, they have finally realised that we are here to protect their life and property“, added in-charge of Bandhugam CRPF camp A K Ray.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

NAXALITES torch 6 tractors in Banka

Extremists torch 6 tractors in Banka
Sanjeev K Jha
[ Friday, February 17, 2006 01:43:10 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

BANKA: In yet another incident of Naxalite attack here within a month, a group of CPI(Maoist) activists burnt down six tractors near Bara-Panchgachhia bridge on the Chanan river under Belhar police station in Banka district on late Wednesday evening.

All the six tractors were completely damaged in the incident, sources said.

According to the police sources, a large group of extremists descended on an area where canal repairing work was in progress and first opened indiscriminate fire.

"As the labourers scurried for cover, taking advantage of the situation, the Naxalites set ablaze all six tractors parked nearby. The tractors were owned by a Rajasthan-based construction,"Banka SP DN Gupta said.

The firm had reportedly refused to meet extortion demands of the extremists.

By the time the Belhar police reached the spot after being informed of the incident, the extremists had escaped to the dense forest of Ulhipahari.

"During the raids that followed we came across some posters wherein the Naxalites termed their act as legitimate and pro-poor,"the SP said, adding that the police are doing everything possible to check Naxalite menace in this district.

If local villagers are to be believed, the incident was the result of rivalry between two construction companies. Labourers of the Rajasthan-based company also hold similar views.

"Some local goons, enjoying the patronage of certain political leaders, wanted a share of the work and had exerted pressure on our officials here.

But, when they failed in their mission they set fire to the tractors masquerading as Naxalites,"alleged one of them.

NSG commandos inducted to tackle Maoist violence in Chattisgarh

Raipur | February 16, 2006 5:11:14 PM IST

The Union Government on Thursday sent a batch of the elite National Security Guards commando force to help Chattisgarh cope with the heightened attacks by the Maoists.

The Maoists, who claim to be fighting for peasants rights, have in the recent past stepped up attacks on security forces and government installations, which forced the Centre to step in and complement the efforts of the state government.

The underground rebels on February 10 attacked a sensitive explosive depot of the National Mineral Development Corporation and killed eight personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force and made away with a large cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material stocked there for mining activities.

Police Chief OP Rathore told reporters that the police was working in tandem with the security agencies and the neighbouring states for tackling the rebels.

This is all a combined effort. We will have combined efforts with the neighbouring states. The criminals have committed heinous crimes. They cannot just commit such heinous crimes and go scot-free. The police will make an all out effort to bring them to book. They cannot just commit such crimes. Every action under law will continue. I dont want to go into details as to the strength of National Security Guard commandos. It would only help the Naxals, said Rathore.

Earlier in the week, the rebels had attacked and killed 12 security personnel and wounded an equal number, who were engaged in anti-Naxalite operations in the area.

The Maoists, who have a strong presence in Chattisgarhs 16 districts, have stepped up violence in the past several days, police said.

More than 9,000 Maoist rebels operate in at least nine Indian states, mainly in the countrys east and south, officials say.

The Maoists, who hold sway over vast rural areas of eastern and southern India, claim they are fighting for the rights of landless labourers and poor peasants, many of them tribesmen. Their main targets are the police and the paramilitary forces. (ANI)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

AP govt hopeful of containing extremism : Governor

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government was hopeful of containing extremism with the help of anti-poverty initiatives like National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, Governor Rameshwar Thakur said in the Legislative Assembly here today.

"The government sincerely believes that extremism has its roots in the socio-economic conditions in backward areas and by stepping up developmental activities in remote and interior areas, the misguided youth can be brought back to the mainstream," Thakur said in his customary address to the House on the opening day of the budget session.

Stating that NREGP was the "biggest ever initiative by any country in the world" with immense potential for income security, poverty reduction and development of backward areas, the Governor said such initiatives aimed at providing respectable living to people in the lowest rung of the society would go a long way in containing extremist activities.

The scheme, envisaging legal guarantee to 100 days' of wage employment to every rural household in identified districts, was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Anantapur district on Feb 2.

Asserting that a string of rural development and welfare programmes undertaken by the Congress government would help wean the youth away from extremist influence, he, however, made no mention of reviving peace talks with the ultras.

The first round of direct talks between the government and Maoists was held in October 2004. The dialogue process had collapsed in January last year after Naxalite groups pulled out of the talks accusing the government of continuing with `fake police encounters'.

Jharkhand Police take tribals into confidence to thwart Maoists

Changada, Jharkhand | February 15, 2006 1:16:07 PM IST

In a first ever endeavour to walk the bridge of friendship, police in naxal-infested Jharkhand held a camp for locals to train them to how to face a possible maoist attack.

The camp, held in Changada village on the outskirts of capital Ranchi, was held under a Central Government scheme that funds confidence-building activities in these areas.

Hundreds of villagers in the tribal dominated State gathered at the camp where they were given free food and medicines. People, especially women and children were given a brief training to face a possible Maoist attack.

Anil Palta, senior Superintendent of Police, Ranchi, said that a sympathetic approach was necessary understand the common mans problems.

The most important thing is that the administration is not able to reach the people in the far flung areas. This camp is an attempt to do so. Definitely, there should be a change in the behaviour... If one does something wrong, one should stay away. It is necessary for us to sympathise with the common man. And we should know how to differentiate between active naxals and the common people, he said.

We found it very nice that they have come here as friends. Generally, when the police come here, we run away. But today, we did not run and we liked the whole thing, said Santosh Kumar, a local.

Naxals say they are fighting for the rights of peasants and landless labourers in the countrys vast rural hinterland.

The social and economic disparities are often quoted as the reason aiding the rebels cause who operate in some of the most impoverished districts across the naxal-infested states, including three bordering Nepal.

According to Home Ministrys 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 Indias hinterlands and loyalty they command among villagers. (ANI)

Missionaries and Naxals inflaming passions in Kalinga Nagar

By Debasis Tripathy in Bhubaneswar

While the anti-industrial fire among the locals at the trouble-torn Kalinga Nagar is still burning, Christian missionaries, leftist ultras and different so-called secular political parties are busy fishing in troubled water of Orissa.

Although the much talked-about massacre occurred at Duburi Industrial Area in Jajpur district by police firing on January 2, causing the death of 13 persons, has been protested on almost all fronts, the leftists and the pastors are allegedly fuelling the fire. They reportedly induce the angry Vanvasis, unduly influencing them to wage a war against the nation. Open conversion bids have become the routine activities in these areas.

According to sources, the incident of January 2 and its nation-wide reaction have become a platform for some political parties and Naxal groups. Political parties—mainly Congress and CPI(M)—have used it as an opportunity to defame the government and other forces like Naxals are trying to colour it as an attack of the affluent on the proletariat Vanvasis. Above all, the Christian pastors have chalked out a unique plan—they entice the poor and innocent Vanvasis to accept Christianity. This illegal conversion bid is getting momentum as the government machinery appears to have become paralyzed in these areas for the last one month.

The remote villages under Kalinga Nagar Police Station like Nuagaon, Damaria, Gobarghti and Bamiagotha have been disconnected from the outer world due to road obstruction by the Vanvasis. Neither the government agency nor the cops are allowed to enter into these areas. Taking its advantage, Naxals and missionaries have opened their workshops of conversion and terror. Posters and pamphlets containing anti-national texts are being distributed among the locals. This correspondent visited some of those villages where literature relating to Christianity is being distributed. One of them is Su Sambad, published by Bible Society of India. In this booklet, it is written: “You will be rescued if you accept Christ as your Lord and Christianity as your religion.”

Some literate Vanvasis of this locality say that activists of the Cuttack-based Bible Society of India regularly visit their villages and distribute these texts among the locals. Films on Jesus are also displayed. Sakila Soren (35) of village Ambagadia says the pastors have visited his village five times since January 2 and he is being influenced to accept Christianity.

“The missionaries last came here on 2/2/06 and 3/2/06. They distributed the Bible and other books,” said Sakila Soren. Not only this Vanvasi youth, but others like him, have the same thing to narrate. One of the local organisations—Jajpur District People’s Forum—has also alleged about this foul play of conversion. Its spokesperson Udayanath Sahoo says: “In the past, the missionaries made several efforts to enter into this area, but the Vanvasis did not give them that chance. Now, taking the advantage of the mishap, they are portraying it as an attack of Hindus on Vanvasis.”

14 battalion of security forces deployed: Chhattisgarh Gov

Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has deployed 14 battalion of security personnel in Maoist-infested areas of the state for providing security to the people, Governor K M Seth today said.

Addressing the inaugural session of the budget session of the Chhattisgarh Assembly here, the Governor said the government has deployed six battalion of CRPF, one battalion of Nagaland Police, seven battalion of Chhattisgarh Special Armed Forces and other personnel from the district police in the naxal-infested areas of the state.

Besides the state government has sanctioned Rs 55 crore in the last two years for modernisation of police force, he said.

Special steps had been taken for the safety and rehabilitation of the people who have participated in the campaign against the naxalites, he said.

"I wish that the campaign against the naxalites become successful and a total end to the naxal violence," Seth said.

The Governor said the state government had adopted a strategy of giving special attention to all those areas, where people are facing lot of problems, including in agriculture, health and education

Monday, February 13, 2006

WEST BENGAL : All party unity sought for curbing extremism

All party unity sought for curbing extremism
Kolkata | February 13, 2006 7:42:13 PM IST

Expressing serious concern at the growing menace of extremism and separatism in the state, Left Front members of the West Bengal Assembly today urged the Opposition to fully cooperate towards finding a permanent solution to the problem.
Participating in a marathon debate on the third day of discussion on the Governor's address, most of the Left Front members also charged a section of Congress and Trinamool Congress workers with allegedly instigating separatist movements in some North Bengal and South Bengal districts causing serious concern to the state administration.

However, the Opposition members vehemently protested the ''unfounded'' charges against them and on the other hand blamed the ruling party members for creating a situation, which had forced the under privilaged people in some remote pockets to take to arms.

Referring to the alleged deterioration of law and order, coupled with non-availability of basic amenities in remote villages, Trinamool Congress Chief Whip Sovandeb Chattopadhyay also ridiculed the industrialisation programme of the state government, terming it as a gimmick.

''The bogey of industrial rejuvenation would soon be dried out, '' he claimed while opposing the Governor's address.

Speaking in support of the Governor's speech, which had elaborately referred to the development and huge economic growth potential of West Bengal, former Minister of State for Cottage and Small Scale Industries Narayan Biswas, who had to quit his post in the wake of criminal charges against him, said had not a section of the Opposition parties extended support to the Maoist forces in West Mindapore and Purulia distircts and Kamtapur Liberation Force in North Bengal, they could not have raised their ugly heads and demanded a separate state for them besides creating a reign of terror in some pockets.

''But now for the sake of a total unity we must all join hands and cooperate with each other to root out the menace once and for all from the state and ensure its all round growth,'' he said.

Mr Sarkar and other Left Front members, including his party colleague Jibanadanda Mondal and Mr Dipak Sarkar of the Forward Bloc, also criticised the Opposition members for ridiculing the programme of industrialisation by the state government.

They also highlighted West Bengal's success in Panchayati Raj and rural development programmes and said it was a matter of great pride for all that during the 29 years of Left Front rule, the state had witnessed a complete transformation of land reform programmes, they said.

Others, who took part in the four-day-long debate, included Congress members Mehabulbul Haque, Nepal Mahato and Ms Manju Basu and Trinamool Congress Legislator Nirmal Ghosh.


Family problems lead to stress among BSF personnel: Mooshahary

Tekanpur Mp | February 13, 2006 6:31:49 PM IST

BSF Director General R S Mooshahary today said family problems caused by long absence from home is the main reason behind an increase in stress among jawans.
Briefing reporters after the passing out parade of sub-inspectors, Mr Mooshahary said the force personnel are primarily responsible for protecting borders.

On the other hand, Army personnel are sent to the LoC during adverse circumstances.

''Comparing the BSF with the Army is wrong. An army personnel's service period is 36-37 years, while age limit for a jawan of the force to retire is 57 years. Why is there a hue and cry if Army personnel get some extra benefits?,'' he asked.

On the rise in stress among BSF personnel, he said as the jawans are deployed in every nook and corner of the country, long absence from home leads to stress, among them.

The BSF Director General said passing out parade of around 600 sub-inspectors had concluded two months ago. The sub-inspectors are being deployed at borders.

He said deployment of BSF personnel in such large numbers will facilitate border management and added that 157 assistant commandants will join the force within a week.

Replying to a question, Mr Mooshahary said 15 BSF companies had been sent to Bihar to tackle naxalite violence. The force is being removed from internal security and is being sent to border regions.

He added that smuggling of animals has been curbed in West Bengal due to BSF's efforts leading to rise in price of meat in Bangladesh.


Chhattisgarh assembly pays homage to Naxal victims

Raipur | February 13, 2006 4:39:46 PM IST

Chhattisgarh Assembly today paid homage to the security personnel, including those of the Nagaland Police, who were killed in Naxalite violence in Bastar recently.
Paying tributes to 10 Naga battalion personnel, eight Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and other policemen, who had laid down their lives while fighting naxalites in Bastar, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said these security personnel had fought the extremists with courage and made supreme sacrifice.

Mr Bhupesh Baghel (Congress) also paid homage to the security personnel killed in naxalite violence.

Mr Singh and Mr Baghel also paid homage to Mr Vanshraj Tiwari, a former legislator in undivided Madhya Pradesh, who died during the inter-session period.


Chhattisgarh Governor hails anti-naxalite movement in Bastar

Raipur February 13, 2006 3:40:07 PM IST

Chhattisgarh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Krishna Mohan Seth today hailed the ''courage and determination'' of tribals for continuing their movement against naxalites despite violence and terror unleashed by the Communist Party of India (Maoists) in Bastar region of the state.
In his address to the state assembly on the opening day of the budget session here, he said the local people, on their own, had launched '' Salwa Judum'', which in local dialect means peace movement, against naxalite violence.

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''Cutting across party lines, the movement is getting support from all political parties'', he said and expressed the hope that 'Salwa Judum' would pave the way for ending naxal violence.

Throwing light on the steps taken his government during the last two years for modernisation of police force, the Governor said Rs 55 crore had been spent on police infrastructure and other facilities.

Mr Seth said six battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) seven battalions of Chhattisgarh Special Armed Force (SAF), one battalion each of Nagaland Police and state police have been deployed in the districts facing naxal problem.

He said special arrangements have been made to provide security to those participating in "Salwa Judum" movement and for the rehabilitation of those who had been displaced due to naxalite activities.


Pen mightier than gun for this killer

Prabhakar Kumar
Updated 0914 hrs IST (+GMT 5:30), 13.02.06 Email Print
Nalanda (Bihar): Bihar may be known for its notorious reputation of Naxal attacks.

However, here's one story that is likely to change some of that impression.

It's the story Daya Sagar - an accused in more than 16 murder cases - who has now taken to the noble profession of teaching.

Daya Sagar, who surrendered in favour of chasing his unfulfilled dream of acquiring an education and repent for his crimes, now runs a teaching centre in Nalanda.

This journey began from prison, where Sagar landed because of his tainted past.

Four years behind walls transformed Shyam Narayan Sharma into Daya Sagar. Pens replaced guns were used to educate nearly 300-400 prisoners.

"Daya Sagar made 300-400 prisoners literate and taught them Hindi, Urdu and Bagla," Jail Superintendent, Nalanda, Rupak Kumar, says.

Daya Sagar commiteed the first crime - a murder - when he was just 14 years old.

But when his criminal past landed him in jail, it was a beginning of a renaissance for him.

He started with teaching his fellow prisoners as means to repent for his crimes.

"I was into a lot of crime. Kidnapping, extortion, smuggling illegal weapons - I have done it all. My target was to make as much money as possible," Shyam Narayan Sharma alias Daya Sagar, says.

The journey continued till he started his own academy after being released form the jail.

He has now started the Daya Sagar teaching centre from his own savings and runs it on donation from the locals.

However, for a man who was used to stealing money once, begging for it is no easy task.

"The society is blind. When I used to be a pistol-totting criminal, everyone used to be scared of me and gave me money as desired. But now that I have given up on my gun, no one is willing to help me," he says.

For Daya Sagar, it's a transformation and he’s trying to bring a similar change in his viilage and like he changed his life, he's also creating a path for other to change theirs.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

BJP raps UPA govt for rise in Naxalite menace

BJP raps UPA govt for rise in extremism

Statesman News Service

KORAPUT, Feb. 12. — The state unit of the BJP played the tribal card to the hilt today. Sensing that the Naxalite menace was a major problem in tribal areas of the state, it blamed the Congress for the growth of extremism in the country.
Mr Vinay Katiyar, the general secretary of the party, who had come to Jeypor to attend the state executive committee meeting, alleged that involvement of Indian minorities in terrorist activities, had risen since the UPA came to power. He blamed the UPA government for creating artificial scarcity of wheat in the country to suit its own interest by importing 5 lakh tons of wheat from Australia. He demanded immediate withdrawal of the orders as it would effect the wheat farmers of the country to a great extent. By the time the wheat reaches India the wheat production in the country will be at its peak and the farmers will be in deep trouble, he added. Mr Katiyar criticised the UPA government for supporting the USA and compromising the interest of the country.
The central party leader however, avoided questions on internal problems of the party including those on Uma Bharati. Mr Juel Oram, the state BJP president, said that the reasons behind organising the state executive body meeting at Jeypore was that the party had been represented by a good number of tribal leaders compared to any other party. Hence, to give justice to the tribal representatives, the executive body meeting was organised in the tribal dominated district of Koraput.
In its resolution, the state unit of the BJP did a virtual turnaround on the Kalinga Nagar problem. Earlier, it was bitterly critical of the manner in which the entire incident was handled by the state government but today it expressed concern over the displaced people and yet praised the government for accepting the proposals of the party on the issue.
The BJP executive urged the state government to introduce a flawless policy on displacement and felt that the constitution of a ministerial committee in this connection was most appropriate. The party also demanded to include all the proposed projects of Orissa in the railway budget and allocate adequate funds. It demanded Central funds for establishment of a regional centre of the AIIMS and NIS in Orissa apart from inclusion of all the districts under the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme.

Slain CISF jawan cremated

Raichur | February 12, 2006 8:37:01 PM IST

The last rites of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan Mallikarjun Cheluvaadi (26), who had lost his life in a naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh, on February 10, were performed with full police honours at his native Athanur village in this district of Karnataka today.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Thimmappa and Tasildar Narisingha Rao said the body, accompanied by two CISF personnel, was flown to Hyderabad from Chattisgarh and taken to his native by road this morning.

Raichur and Manavi legislators and a large number of people paid floral tributes to the departed soul.

Cheluvaadi had joined the Force four years back ago and got married in January, 2005. He is survived by his parents, wife and two brothers.

Cheluvaadi was among the ten jawans who had lost their lives in the naxalite attack on National Mineral Development Corporation in Chattisgarh.


Naxalite leader held

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SONEBHADRA: A self-styled area commander of Peoples' War Group was held today from Naikaha village here, police sources said.

PW leader Sukhari Chaudhary, who carried a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head, was nabbed after a tip off from Naikha village under Kone Police circle and a countrymade pistol and some live ammunition were seized from him, the sources said.

He was wanted in several cases of kidnappings, murder and extortion, they said

BJP demands special Act to deal with Naxal activities

Bhubaneswar | February 13, 2006 12:42:51 AM IST

The Orissa unit of BJP today expressed grave concern over the rising naxal and Maoist activities in the state and demanded a special legislation to deal with such activities.

The two-day state executive body of the BJP which concluded at Jeypore in the naxal infested Koraput district today , passed a political resolution urging the government to include Sambalpur, Jharsugura, Deogarh and Jajpur district along with Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri under the central security related expenditure scheme.

The party also demanded before the Centre to establish India Reserve Battalion(IRB) in the state.

The state executive described the Kalinga Nagar incident in which 12 tribals were killed in police firing on January 2 last as ''unfortunate'' and demanded that the judicial inquiry instituted by the government to probe into the incident be completed in a time bound period and tale exemplary punishment against the culprits.

The BJP condemned the action of the political parties and other organisations trying to take political mileage out of the tragic incident.

It however, felt that the resettlement and rehabilitation had emerged as a major issue in the state and opined that orissa required a flawless rehabilitation policy. The State executive described the constitution of a Ministerial Committee on the formulation of rehabilitation policy as a right step and promised to cooperate with the government in preparing the policy.

The party, while criticising the Congress for boycotting the all party meeting on rehabilitation, demanded that the Congress must clarify its rehabilitation policy.


Wanted naxal held in UP

| February 12, 2006 9:38:08 PM IST

In a major swoop the Uttar Pradesh police today arrested a naxal extremist, carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head, from the Kon area of Sonebhadra district.

Police said here that Sukhari Mallah, active in UP, Bihar and Jharkhand and carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head was arrested from the Kon area with a country made revolver and live cartridges seized from him.

On interrogation, Sukhari admitted of involvement in five criminal cases in the East UP district.


‘Fake’ fiasco?

Sunday February 12 2006 09:53 IST

NIZAMABAD: The district police arrested members of a fake Naxal gang and recovered a revolver, a scooter without registration number, receipt books and some revolutionary literature.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Nizamabad range DIG Anjani Kumar said Chatala Gopi of Ilapuram, Satyam and Garla Ravi of Nandipet formed a group and had been extorting money from rice millers, wine shop owners and other businessmen.

They used to claim that they were members of Praja Pratighatana Chandrapulla Reddy group, the DIG said. A manhunt was launched three other members of the group, he added.

But Gopi told reporters that they were not fake Naxalites. He mentioned that the Chandrapulla Reddy group and two other revolutionary groups merged to form a single large group recently. He said they used to carry on their activities in the name of CPI (ML) Praja Pratighatana group and that they were arrested on February 2.

He alleged that police pressed them to accept that they were fake Naxalites. The DIG gave rehabilitation reward to eight CPI Maoists who laid down their arms recently. SP Mahesh C Ladha and ASP B Ananda Rao and OSD Ramakrishna were present.

Action plan to ‘drive out’ Naxals from Nallamala

Action plan to ‘drive out’ Naxals from Nallamala
Sunday February 12 2006 09:50 IST

KURNOOL: Senior police officials have prepared an action plan for driving out the top leaders of CPI (Maoist) group from the Nallamala forest spread in five districts.

Police officials of the five districts met here on Saturday. They discussed the Naxal activities and prepared a plan to tackle their menace. They also reviewed the issues of faction feuds, road accidents, highway robberies and matka among others.

Kurnool Range DIG Vinoy Kumar Singh, Anantapur Range DIG N Jayarami Reddy, Prakasam SP N Balasubramanyam, Mahabubnagar SP K Sreenivas Reddy, Anantapur SP Sanjay Kumar Jain, Kadapa SP Y Nagi Reddy, Chittoor SP V Gopal Krishna, Kurnool SP B Malla Reddy and other police officials were present.