Saturday, June 17, 2006

Three Maoists gunned down in Andhra

By Indo Asian News Service

Hyderabad, June 17 (IANS) In yet another blow to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Andhra Pradesh, three guerrillas, including a woman, were killed in an alleged gun battle with police early Saturday.

The three Maoists were gunned down during intensive combing operations in the Nallamala forests of Sangampeta village in Prakasam district, about 250 km south of the state capital.

A police party spotted them in the forests and asked them to surrender. However, they allegedly opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate.

This was the second major casualty for CPI-Maoist cadres in Nallamala forests in less than 24 hours.

Mattam Ravikumar alias Sridhar alias Anil, a senior Maoist leader, was killed by the police near Yerragondapalem in the same district Friday. However, two other Maoists managed to escape.

Ravikumar, a member of the state and central committees, was considered an ideologue who was involved in policy making.

A graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University here, Ravikumar was the first among Maoists to use the palmtop computer.

Belonging to neighbouring Ranga Reddy district, he joined the Maoist movement in 1986 and wrote several articles under the pen name of Manjeera. He was carrying a reward of Rs.1.5 million on his head.

The CPI-Maoist has vowed to take revenge for the killing of Ravikumar.

Spread over four districts of Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Prakasam and Guntur, Nallamala forests is the stronghold of Maoists. Many top leaders of the outfit are believed to be hiding in the dense forests.

Maoist violence in the state has claimed more than 6,000 lives in the state in the last 37 years.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

WB seeks more Central forces to tackle Maoists

Kolkata, June 17: West Bengal has sought two more battalions of central paramilitary forces to tackle Maoists in West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts in addition to the six companies already deployed there.

State Home Secretary P R Roy has made a request to this effect to the Union Home Ministry.

The situation in the three Naxal-affected districts, particularly in the wake of killing of a CPI(M) leader at Belpahari in West Midnapore, was also reviewed at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee here today.

Inspector-General of Police (law and order) Raj Kanojia told reporters that the Chief Minister, who also holds the home (police) portfolio, asked the police to increase its presence in the three districts in view of the killing.

Effective steps to deal with such a situation were discussed at the high-level meeting, he said adding the "presence of the forces must be felt to instil confidence among the locals".

The police should patrol the affected areas more frequently, he said.

Bureau Report

Nitish meets Patil, demands more para-military forces

New Delhi, June 17: Faced with growing Naxal violence in the state, Bihar today asked the Centre to give it more para-military forces and demanded that the proposed training centre for CRPF there be started at the earliest.

After a 45-minute meeting with union home minister Shivraj Patil here, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters he has also demanded setting up of a disaster management institute in the state as it faced the twin problems of drought and flood.

Being close to the Himalayas, the state was also prone to earthquakes, he added.

The Chief Minister said the number of para-military personnel in Bihar had decreased as the Central forces taken out of the state for the assembly elections in five states had not been sent back.

Stating that the state government had already allotted land for the proposed training centre for CRPF personnel, he asked the Centre to take immediate steps to complete it.

The Chief Minister said the Home Minister assured him that the centre would seriously consider the demands.

The law and order situation in the state also came up for discussion and Kumar apprised Patil of the steps being taken by his government to check crime. He informed the Home Minister about constitution of Special Auxiliary Police Force and recruitment in the state police.

To a question, Kumar said the law and order situation in the state had improved with the administration managing to create an awe in the minds of criminals.

Maintaining that extremist violence was a different kind of problem, the Chief Minister said it should not be seen as a mere law and order problem.

He also welcomed the appointment of R S Gavai as the new Governor of the state and expressed the hope that he would improve the dignity of the high post.

Bureau Report

Friday, June 16, 2006

Top Maoist leader Matta Ravikumar killed in police ‘encounter’ in AP

Saturday June 17 2006 00:00 IST

ONGOLE: Top Maoist leader and CPI (Maoist) state committee member Matta Ravikumar was killed in an alleged encounter in the thick forest area of PRC Thanda in Pullalacheruvu mandal of Prakasam district on Friday morning.

Forty-six-year-old Ravi Kumar, who was also known by his nom de guerre Sridhar and Anil, was among the top Naxal ideologues and was associated with the movement since 1968.

He was incharge of the ‘military’ operations in Nallamala forest division and also the propaganda wing of the banned Naxal body. Ravikumar had recently shifted his base from Rangareddy district to Nallamala and carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head.

An engineering graduate from Tandur in Rangareddy district, Ravikumar, was a prolific writer and wrote party pamphlets under the nom de plume ‘Manjeera’.

Within the Naxal circles, he was known for sound technical knowledge. He was an expert in treating joint pains. He was also involved in the blasting of a railway station in Medak in 1991.

According to Markapur assistant superintendent of police AV Ranganath, a special party of police ran into a six-member Naxal group at the PCR Thanda at 5.30 am. When the police asked them to surrender, the Naxals opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate.

The exchange of fire lasted for 20 minutes and Ravi Kumar was found dead at the spot. An AK-47 rifle, a 303 rifle, some kit bags and some Naxal literature were found at the spot.

The ASP said that three more Naxals were injured in the shootout and added that efforts were on to nab them. The combing has been intensified in the region.

Naxals enter many villages

HT Correspondent
Gorakhpur, June 16

NAXALS FROM different parts of the State have sneaked into two dozen villages of the two districts of Gorakhpur division.

The administration is worried about their movements in the division and their shifting from one place to another in various villages.

Intelligence agencies have submitted a list of 427 naxal-affected villages of the state. This included 25 villages of Deoria and one of Kushinagar district.

Taking the report seriously, the State Government has constituted a high-level committee to monitor the implementation of various development schemes in the Naxal-affected villages. The Minister for Agriculture will head the committee that will make spot verification of the implementation of the scheme.

The considerable rise in Naxal activities in villages caused worry to the officials. Besides, the backwardness and poor civic amenities in these villages have provided a favourable condition to the Naxals to spread their wings.

According to reports, earlier the intelligence agencies have identified only 252 villages in six districts of the State, which were affected by Naxal movement.

Sources said that the State Government was of the view that only armed operation against Naxals would not be enough. Thus, the government has decided to implement the development projects in Naxal-affected villages to check their activities.

Sources said that principal secretary Ambedkar Gram Vikas DC Lakha directed the divisional commissioners to monitor the development work in Naxal-affected villages. The Government will develop roads and electrify the village.

The State Government will allocate funds from Avasthapna Nidhi to carry out the development work. Three committees will be constituted to implement and review the development projects.

'Jharkhand cops well-equipped to tackle Naxal menace there’

Express News Service

Vadodara, June 15: A batch of 612 recruit constables of the Jharkhand police paraded out of the Police Training School (PTS) here on Thursday. Senior Gujarat police officials who oversaw the six-month-long training expressed confidence that the batch—which came as part of 1,280 trainees sent to Gujarat—is going back well-trained to tackle the Naxalite menace and rogues threatening the law and order situation in the tribal state.

The recruitees underwent training in various aspects of physical fitness, including martial arts, weapons training, training in bomb detection, driving lessons, among other things. On being asked why Gujarat was chosen for imparting training in policing basics to the Jharkhand recruitees, acting principal of PTS and Vadodara range IGP Rakesh Asthana said, ‘‘Training academies in Gujarat are better so the choice was but natural. The batch is more capable to tackle Naxalite terrorism, dacoity and abductors in the state. Special training was also imparted for carrying out search and cordon operations.’’

Gujarat Director General of Police, P C Pandey, accepted salutes at the passing-out parade. Pandey advised the new recruitees that their police postings should not be treated just as a job, but as a duty to people of their nation and state. ‘‘After being on duty for a few years, you will recollect the hard times at the academy as just a fraction of the difficulties you will face in real life,’’ said Pandey.

The parade was commanded by Satyaprakash Singh. Ravindrakumar Singh, Arvind Kumar, Gopal Petha, Vijendra Orao, Anilkumar Mahato and Pradip Kumar were honoured for their outstanding performances in indoor and outdoor assesments. ‘‘We are in love with Gujarat already. We do not mind even if the training was extended for three more months,’’ said outdoor topper Ravindrakumar Singh.

‘‘I specially asked my my parents, sister and cousins from my native village near Ranchi to attend my passing out parade. This is the first time they have come 2,000 kilometers away from home,’’ said Vijendra Orao, a topper in the indoor assesment.

At the end of the parade, recruitees displayed their strength and agility on the malkhamb, physical training, judo and their abulity to manage VIP duties. ‘‘We found all the trainees to be physically capable and fit. They will be in a better position to tackle crisis in comparison to their predecessors,’’ said the vice-principal of PTS Vadodara, A M Jadeja.

Around 400 more police recruitees from Jharkhand are undergoing training at Karai police academy in Gandhinagar, 200 in Junagadh and some at the SRP institute of Sota.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

CPM leader shot dead in Midnapore

Midnapore (WB), June 15: A local leader of the CPI(M) was shot dead in front of Belpahari police station in West Midnapore district this evening, police said.

After coming out of a telephone booth, Rabi Das (34), a member of CPI(M) Belpahari Local Committee, asked for tea in a tea stall when six persons came in two motorbikes and started firing at him.

At least three bullets hit das in the head, chest and stomach killing him on the spot and creating tension in the Maoist affected area.

After the murder, the assailants fled towards Jharkhand, police said.

Accusing the Maoists for the killing, CPI(M) district secretariat member Dahar Sen said the party had informed the police long ago that das was facing life threat.

If the police were alert, das could not be killed at a place barely 50 metre away from the police station, he said.

District Superintendent of Police Ajay Nanda said the police had provided a 24-hour security guard for the CPI(M) leader but das had the habit of releasing the guard in the evening.

Nanda said the Jharkhand border was sealed and a manhunt was launched to nab the killers.

Dahar Sen said 14 party leaders were murdered in three years in the area. The CPI(M) would observe protest day in Jhargram sub-division tomorrow.

Bureau Report

STF Nabs Five Maoist Guerillas in Phulwarisharif

Patna: June 15, 2006

A Special Task Force (STF), on Wednesday in Phulwarisharif area, nabbed four Maoist guerillas, including an area commander wanted by both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh police, and seized a large cache of arms and Naxal literature from their possession, police in Patna said.

The area commander was identified as Vinay Singh who had masterminded several massacres and killings in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand states, they said.

According to the report, following a tip-off, an STF team in plain clothes raided the house of one Sunil Kumar in Chhedi Tola in Phulwarisharif on late Wednesday night. During the search, the police found Vinay Singh sleeping on the roof. He and three others were taken into custody without any untoward incident.

The police then searched the entire house and recovered several guns, cartridges and carbines along with a pile of Naxal literature.

"These men had gathered here to put their plan into action," Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Ranjan Sinha said adding security in Patna and around has been heightened in view of the threats issued by Maoists in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Several passenger trains in the East-Central Zone have been cancelled in view of the threat, the police said

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Dey ‘sorry’ for Maoist comments

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, June 13: Orissa Gana Parishad MLA Mr Arun Dey today said he was sorry and hurt that some of his statements on the ban of certain Naxalite organisations were being blown out of proportion.
Mr Dey, who was quoted as having wondered why Naxalites were killing constables instead of targeting the CM or chief secretary and ministers, has had a stream of ruling BJP-BJD members filing police complaints against him in Balasore.
Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik today felt that Mr Dey’s statement was irresponsible and that law would take its course.
Responding to the hullabaloo raised by the ruling party members, Mr Dey clarified his position at a Press conference here today and said he had been quoted out of context. “All through my political career, I have opposed violence and have never done nor intend to incite anyone to resort to violence against the state or any individual, least of all the CM or chief secretary and ministers,” he said.
When reporters said the CM had termed his remarks “irresponsible,” Mr Dey reminded journalists of how Biju Patnaik had called himself the “first Naxalite.”
Was Biju babu irresponsible and in what context had he said what he said, asked Mr Dey.
A few days ago, Mr Dey had condemned the government for outlawing the frontal wings of CPI (Maoists) and said such moves were aimed at covering up the failures of the government and the corruption on the social security front. These organisations were able to expose government failure and corrupt practices, particularly in tribal areas, he had said.
Even while making the statement, Mr Dey had, however, said he did not subscribe to the violence adopted by Naxalite organisations.

Security tightened in J'khand due to Naxal fear

Press Trust of India

Ranchi, June 14, 2006

Security has been tightened in Jharkhand in view of the two-day Maoist sponsored blockade which began on Tuesday night while the railways diverted the routes of some important trains in the state.

Special attention has been put on railway tracks because they are the main target of the Naxalites while securitymen have also been adequately deployed on the National Highways stretching through Naxal-affected areas, police sources said on Wednesday.

The routes of some important trains running on the Barkakana-Garwah-Sonenagar section have been diverted while the 1448-UP Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express leaving Howrah on Wednesday is diverted via Pradhankhunta-Gomoh-Gaya-Mughalsarai-Chunar-Chopan.

The 3026-dn Bhopal-Howrah Express would be controlled between Chopan and Renukut upto six hours, according to a railway release.

The blockade has been called by the Maoists -- across six states -- Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh -- to protest alleged police atrocities in Dantewada district of Chhatisgarh.

Director General of Police VD Ram and Home Secretary JB Tubid yesterday made an aerial survey of the naxal-infested areas in Jharkhand to take stock of the security arrangements, the sources said.

Naxal arms dump unearthed in Kurnool , AP

Wednesday June 14 2006 10:44 IST
ONGOLE: In a joint operation, the police from Prakasam and Kurnool districts unearthed a Naxal arms dump at Vempenta village of Kurnool district bordering Prakasam district in Nallamala forest.

The catche included 50 kg of gelatine sticks, three claymore mines, 100 detonators and one tapancha, according to Markapur assistant superintendent of police AV Ranganath.

In another operation, the special party police recovered three unexploded landmines at Mohiddinpuram forest area of Ardhaveedu mandal on Tuesday. The explosives, stuffed in three buckets, contained 30 kg of gelatine sticks and four granades

Arms seized from Naxal hideout in Orissa

Wednesday June 14 2006 10:13 IST

PARALAKHEMUNDI: Arms, Maoist literature and CDs containing radical propaganda were seized from a Naxal hideout during a combing operation by the police and CRPF in the areas bordering Gajapati and Rayagada on Tuesday.

The police, during the combing operation near Mandarabaju, Girisingha and Pankalaguda villages in R Udayagiri block came across five Naxalites. Though the Naxals fled the spot, police managed to seize arms, Maoist literature and 14 CDs.

A red alert has been sounded in the district following a bandh call given by the ultras on June 14 and 15, protesting the decision of the State Government to ban Naxals.

Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to curb Left-wing extremism, the Centre has decided to lay special emphasis on effective implementation of land reform measures.

Taking a cue from states like West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, which have put land reforms on the fast track, the Union Rural Development Ministry has embarked on a Centrally-sponsored task of computerisation of land records.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Exhibition and Symposium : Police Equipment and Anti Terrorism

The 2nd China (Beijing) International Exhibition and Symposium on Police Equipment and Anti Terrorism Technology and Equipment (CIPATE 2007) Opens on May 17-19, 2007

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Mr. Ma Zhenchuan, Director of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau
said, "Considering the significance of the safety of Beijing, the public
security department of Beijing must conduct security activities of the
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the event and enforcing the Capital's security. Hosted by the Bureau,
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Indian court hands 3-year prison term for Maoist leader

Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, June 13 - An Indian court on Monday sent a senior Nepali Maoist leader C. P. Gajurel, who is currently being held in the Indian city of Chennai on charges of passport forgery, to three years in prison.
According to the Indian television network Star News, the Chennai Court handed Maoist leader Gajurel a three-year jail term yesterday.

Since Gajurel has already spent 34 months in an Indian prison, it is likely that he would be freed in a few weeks.

Indian police arrested Gajurel in August 2003 when he attempted to board a London-bound flight using a forged passport.

The Indian court's order comes at a time when the Nepal government has requested the Indian government to release some 140 Maoist leaders and cadres, including leader Mohan Baidya.

The Nepal government on Monday dropped all charges against the rebels and pledged to release all of them.

Maoists gun down police constable

Police constable Ramesh (33), attached to Kollapur police station, was shot dead at point-blank range by CPI (Maoist) on Monday on the outskirts of Javaiapalli village, a hamlet of Singotam gram panchayat in Kollapur mandal. According to information reaching the district headquarters, Ramesh went to the hamlet on a motorcycle in the morning in connection with the investigation of a case in the village. When he was returning three suspected Maoists intercepted him, and beating him up severely, pumped bullets into his forehead and abdomen. Ramesh died instantaneously. The assailants called a person, who was standing some distance away, and revealed their identity. ASP Wanaparthi Shahnawaz Qasim visited the spot and the police were questioning that person for further details.

Railways cancel trains, divert routes during Naxal stir

Patna, June 13 (PTI): Railways today decided to divert route of several trains and also cancelled some of them in view of the two day 'chakka jam' agitation called by CPI (Maoist) outfit in Jharkhand starting tomorrow.

For the sake of security of the passengers, the railways have decided to divert routes of several trains and also cancelled some in view of the Naxalite-sponsored agitation in Jharkhand tomorrow and Thursday, a release by East Central Railway (ECR) said.

The trains cancelled are : UP and DN Rajendra Nagar - Barkakana Palamu Express, UP and DN Barkakana-Gomo Passenger Train and UP and DN Barwadih-Barkakana Passenger Train, the release said.

The trains whose routes have been diverted are: 1448 Shaktipunj Express on June 14 which will go via Pradhankhuta-Gomo-Gaya-Mughalsarai-Chunar, 8101 Muri Express from Tatanagar tomorrow and June 15 via Rajabera-Gomo-Gaya-Mughalsarai, 8611 Ranchi-Varanasi Express on June 14 via Rajabera-Gomo-Gaya-Mughalsari and 8612 Varanasi-Ranchi Express on June 14 which will go via Mughalsarai-Gaya-Gomo-Rajabera, the release added.

An Eastern Railway release said in Kolkata that the 3026-DN Bhopal-Howrah Express arriving Chopan tomorrow would be suitably controlled between Chopan and Renukut upto six hours.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Rayagada Police kill Naxalite, arrest two

Statesman News Service
RAYAGADA, June 12: Rayagada Police with the assistance of the CRPF have arrested two Naxalites and killed one after an exchange of fire at the Karla Ghat in Gudari.
The incident occurred on Saturday evening when a police team combing the area chanced upon a group of about 20 radicals who were organising a meeting.
On seeing the police, the radicals started firing and a gun battle ensued between the Naxalites and police for about 30 minutes.
While a majority of hardcore radicals escaped under the cover of darkness, one of them has been gunned down and two others were nabbed.
This was a major achievement of the Rayagada Police in recent times and the police have seized 21 rounds of cartridges, 12 bore rifles, blank magazines, two olive green dresses, VHF receiver and some books and literature from the spot.
It is suspected that the group was being led by the dreaded Naxalite leader Sabhya Sachi Panda who has escaped.
While the police are tight-lipped about the incident and are refusing to share any details with the Press, the encounter which synchronises with the imposition of a ban on the Naxalite groups and their umbrella organisation by the state government has boosted the sagging morale of Rayagada Police.

Need for upgrading police stations ignored

Statesman News Service
ANGUL, June 12: Angul industrial district has been ignored again in the matter of upgradation of police stations. The state government had said 93 police stations in the state will be headed by inspectors.
All the four police stations in the small Deogarh district have been upgraded to inspector-headed stations.
Some of these register 30 to 50 cases in a year, sources said.
A long time has passed since five police stations in Angul district, including Angul and Talcher, were recommended by police authorities for upgradation.
Successive directors-general of police expressed their positive opinion on the matter because of the rise in the number of cases registered at these police stations.
But Angul district is still among the few in the state that have no inspector-headed police stations. It has 18 police stations, all of which are headed by sub-inspectors.
Since the Naxalite menace has recently become the criterion for upgrading police stations, Angul district should not have been excluded as Maoists have penetrated the border areas of the district, sources said. Police authorities denied that the Maoists had a foothold in the district.

Fear of Naxalites : 3,059 Naxal-hit villages refuse phone connections

Rakesh Prakash
[ Tuesday, June 13, 2006 01:09:49 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

BANGALORE: Fear of Maoists and police have forced 3,059 villages in the country to refuse telephone connections.

These affected villagers feel they would be caught between the two warring parties if they apply for phone connections: Either Maoists would suspect them of being police informers or the cops would label them as Maoist sympathisers if they fail to pass information.

"Our field staff say that many villages in the insurgency-hit areas are not very keen to take telephone connections," BSNL director (Operations) J R Gupta told TOI. Home ministry sources say Maosist-infected villages are scattered across 69 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa.

In Chhattisgarh alone, nearly 1,884 villages are bereft of telecommunication facilities. Karnataka, which is beginning to feel the Maoist heat, may face the same predicament.

Another reason that discourages phone usage is the frequent attacks by rebels on telephone exchanges. "Every time Maoists attack a telephone exchange, they not only succeed in cutting off all communication links but also scare people about the repercussions of using these utilities," a home ministry official said.

Telephone exchanges are the Maoists' second most-favourite targets after police stations. A total of 270 exchanges have been attacked so far the highest being 265 in Andhra Pradesh. The damage caused due to these attacks ranges anywhere between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50 lakh.

BSNL is putting up a brave face, though the strikes are likely to impede the Centre's plans to implement its much-hyped programme of installing a telephone in each village panchayat by November 2007.

Armed Naxals attack police station in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, June 12: About 150 armed Naxalites today attacked a police station at Durg Kondal in Kanker district of Chhattisgargh, police said.

"However, no one from among the security personnel was injured in the attack that took place about 215 km from the state capital early today", Durg Kondal police station sources said.

The Naxalites opened indiscriminate fire at the police party which was retailated by the police and CRPF jawans during an over-hour-long exchange of fire, police said.

"Search operation is on in the area and after the return of the police party, the casualty, if any, among the naxalites, would be known", they said.

Kanker district in Bastar region is a Naxal-infested area where Maoists have been active for the last over two decades.

Bureau Report

Cop injured in Chhattisgarh Naxal ambush

Press Trust of India

Raipur, June 12, 2006

A policeman was injured on Monday in an ambush in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Constable Basant Netam was injured in the ambush and subsequent shoot-out with the ultras near Golapalli of the same police station area, about 600 km from here, Dantewada district Superintendent of Police Praveer Das said.

The incident occurred when a police party was returning after a search operation, he said.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

OGP MLA raps CM for ban on Maoists

Statesman News Service

BALASORE, June 11: The ban on Naxalite organisations announced by the state government is a direct onslaught on democratic movements of the underdogs and a ploy to cover up its own failures, charged the OGP MLA, Mr Arun Dey, here today.
Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik is trying to hide his failure both on the development and social security fronts by resorting to such undemocratic actions, he said.
The frontal organisations of the Naxalites had unmasked the government and exposed rampant corruption in social sectors, particularly in tribal and KBK (Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahandi) regions. When political parties failed to highlight these issues, the Naxalite organisations came to the scene, he said.
Noting that the Naxalite movement has made deep inroads during the six years of Naveen Patnaik regime, Mr Dey said this alone would prove that rampant corruption and exploitation takes place in the social sector and that tribals are at the receiving end. Development work had come to a standstill and benefits were not reaching the targeted population.
Only because of such a situation, there was a groundswell in the Naxalite movement and now the government is trying to cover up its failures by clamping a ban on it, he said.
The senseless displacement of tribals in the name of industrial development has also triggered resistance movements and this in turn provides scope for Naxalites to take on the government.
“I do not subscribe to violence. But violence is not the monopoly or prerogative of the government or ruling party,” he said.
State inflicts violence on democratic, people’s movements and this trend has been challenged by Naxalite organisations, he added.
Instead of indulging in the futility of imposing a ban, the Naveen Patnaik government should try to find solutions and introspect

Maoists plan stir

Prafulla Das

BHUBANESWAR: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Saturday condemned the Orissa Government's order banning it in the State along with seven other pro-naxalite organisations. The party announced that it would organise a countrywide road blockade on June 14 and 15 to protest the ban and the `ongoing suppression of people's voices' through the government-supported `Salwa Judam' programme.

"The ban is a brutal assault on the democratic rights of the people," the secretary of the party's State Committee, Sunil, said in a two-page statement. Stating that the Naveen Patnaik Government had been treating CPI (Maoist) and organisations such as the Chasi Mulia Samiti as `virtually unlawful' outfits since long, the party said the ban had exposed the `real character' of the `so-called democratic system of the country.'

The party urged democratic forces to support the proposed agitation. Police and anti-social elements were harassing innocent people in the interior districts in the name of fighting extremism, it alleged. While imposing the ban on Friday, the State Government had announced a rehabilitation package for the extremists who would surrender and join the social mainstream.

Naxalites exchange fire with CRPF, two detained


Rayagada, June. 11 (PTI): Suspected naxalites exchanged fire with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Karlapat, 100 km from here, police said today.

Two activists were detained after the gun-battle in the area under Gudari police station last night. The incident lasted for 30 minutes, police said.

The CRPF personnel were conducting a search operation, after getting a a tip off that about 20 naxalites were holding meeting in a forest near Karlapat area, when they were fired upon by the ultras.

While other members of the group escaped, two suspected ultras were nabbed. The two were later brought to police station.

The two persons, identified as Damo Huekaka and Kurmi Jakaka, confessed that Sabyasachi Panda, a 'prominent Naxal leader', was present at that meeting, police said.

A VHF (very high frequency) set, 30 rounds of ammunition and some literature were recovered from the spot.

CPI opposes ban, seeks all-party meet

Sunday June 11 2006 13:17 IST

BHUBANESWAR: The State council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has demanded an all-party meeting on Naxal issue.

Opposing the ban on several Left organisations, including CPI (Maoist), CPI joint secretary Dibakar Nayak said, Naxalite movement was not a law and order problem. Ban will not solve the problem, which needs to be addressed politically. Naxalite activities were limited to three districts till the BJD-BJP Government led by Naveen Patnaik came to power.

During the last six years these spread to 17 districts and the Chief Minister is responsible for this, he said.

The ban on Left wing organisations supporting the Naxal cause will affect them temporarily, Nayak said, and apprehended that innocent tribals will be tortured by the police in the name of fighting the Naxalites.

IAF choppers to be used in Naxal-hit areas

Sunday, June 11, 2006 (New Delhi):

Determined to effectively deal with left-wing extremism, the Centre is considering the use of Air Force helicopters to ferry security forces during anti-Naxal operations in remote and inaccessible areas.

The Home Ministry has prepared a note for the Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to get clearance from the top security body for using Air Force helicopters.

The need to transport paramilitary and state police personnel by air has arisen as encounters with Naxalites in remote areas have at times been fierce and reinforcements were required to sustain such operations. The helicopters will not be used for attacks.

"They will be pressed into service when the need arises to transport security forces and evacuate the injured. Naxalite violence will be dealt with an iron fist," said a senior Home Ministry official.

Observing that the Naxalite menace was of serious concern, the official said that the total estimated strength of the extremists groups across the affected states is nearly 10,000.

According to estimates by various agencies, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand each have about 2,000 Naxalite cadres in arms, followed by Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh with about 1,500 each. (PTI)