Saturday, July 15, 2006

Key Naxalite leader arrested

Saturday July 15 2006 11:58 IST

BHADRACHALAM: The Bhadrachalam police arrested key Naxal leader Mudraboyina Sampath (37) alias Suryam alias Saleem from Tunikicheruvu forest area, 10 km from Bhadrachalam town, on Friday morning.

Sampath is secretary of the Sabari dalam committee and member of the district committee of the CPI-Maoist. He was involved in some 48 cases of violence.

This Koya youth was drafted into the Naxal movement in 1992 and was active in Eturunagaram area for several years.

The police recovered Rs 85,000, 30 gelatin sticks, 10 detonators and two cellphones from his possession. He was ranked high on the police list of wanted Maoists and had escaped the police dragnet for at least five times in the past.

An underground leader known for meticulous planning, Sampath was involved in the blasting of a police station at Kukunuru, MRO office at Charla and telephone exchanges in Venkatapuram and Alubaka. His wife Santakka has already been arrested.

The arrested Naxal was produced in the court of first judicial court and was sent in remand to Warangal Central Jail for 10 days.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Security to be beefed up, says YSR

Special Correspondent
Chief Minister discusses law and order situation with Union Home Minister

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the State Government will beef up security in various parts, especially the sensitive areas, in the wake of Mumbai serial blasts.

Dr. Reddy, who met Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil here, told correspondents that he discussed the general law and order situation in the State, including the naxalite problem, which `by and large' was under control.

On the problem of terrorism, he said, such activities were carried out by people from outside, and in order to sensitise the local people so that these elements did not get any support, the State Government planned to associate religious and political leaders.

On the last day of his three-day visit, Dr. Reddy also met Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister T.R. Baalu, requesting him to expedite restructuring of Hindustan Shipyard Limited at Visakhapatnam.

Dr. Reddy also sought construction of two bridges across the Godavari near Eturunagaram and in Nizamabad-Jagdalpur. Assuring expeditious approval to the Rs. 80 crore projects, the Minister suggested to the State Government to send comprehensive proposals in a fortnight. He also urged early completion of pending work on national highways 7 and 9 and expedite setting up of a maritime university in Visakhapatnam.

In his meeting with Industry Minister Santosh Mohan Deb, the Chief Minister discussed plans to update technology to revive Hindustan Cables Limited, saddled with outdated technology. He also took up revival of Bharat Heavy Plates & Vessels Limited, Visakhapatnam.

Taking this up in his meeting with Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, the Chief Minister requested expediting CWC clearance for the Indira Sagar (Polavaram) irrigation project.

The State Government requested Union Law Minister H.R. Bharadwaj to release Central assistance to the State for setting up new Lok Adalats and new Courts.

Politics of self-defeat

Tuesday's serial blasts in Mumbai, yet another critical reminder of the asphyxiating grasp of terrorism on India, is an ominous signal to the political class in New Delhi that sadbhavana (goodwill) trips to Pakistan cannot obliterate the ideology of hate that has assumed alarmingly national proportions today. Admittedly, the whole world acknowledges that terrorism is the biggest challenge to progress in the 21st century. The "bin Ladenisation" of Islam was duly registered with the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Subsequently, the motivations of radical Islam have become visible worldwide with terrorists exerting greater and graver psychological pressure on populations across the world.

Unfortunately, however, from Kashmir to Baghdad, Chechnya to Xinjiang, New York to Jerusalem, one country's definition of terrorism does not match another's. Eventually, each nation is battling its own kind of radicalism, rarely, if ever, finding genuine sympathy from another country. In this regard, India has had a remarkable convergence of views with Russia and Israel. While Russia supports India's voice against Pak-sponsored terrorism, India maintains that Russia is being similarly bled in Chechnya. Again, if Israel understands India's position on Kashmir, India too has thrown its weight behind Israel's war against militant Palestinians.

That, however, is rapidly changing. Ironically, over the past two years India, one of the oldest victims of terrorism, has lost its way in its war against terror, thanks to a generous dose of misplaced secularism and vote-bank politics in its foreign policy initiatives. Sample the peace move with Pakistan, the entry of Nepal's militant Maoists into Left drawing rooms, or voting with the Arab group against Israel in Geneva - in all this the Indian leadership has displayed a dangerous myopia that compromises national interest and security for domestic appeasement.

While pre-partition nostalgia, coupled with brazen minorityism, is driving South Block's Pakistan policy, enlightened Left liberals are happy with the foreign office's opinion that Israeli military action against Palestinian terrorists is a gross violation of human rights. Again, the same Left is the UPA Government's intermediary with the Nepalese Maoists - this, when their Indian counterparts indulge in daily violence in the naxalite corridor running from Bihar to Andhra Pradesh.

Tuesday's attacks expose the ostrich mentality of our political leadership which is unwilling to accept that minority appeasement through CBMs with Pakistan cannot dilute the hate campaign that jihadis have unleashed on all of India. Even as Kashmir burns, India is at pains to portray that the peace process with Pakistan is inviolate, ignoring the fact that Pakistan remains the fountainhead of Islamist terror in India and that the Pakistani leadership has done precious little to provide any relief whatsoever. With goodwill buses running across the border with Pakistan, the Government has turned amnesiac about Kargil. At least that is the impression our Kargil heroes today carry.

Pained by the apathy, former Army chief Gen VP Malik, on the seventh anniversary of Operation Vijay in Kargil, said inadequate Government support to the families of war heroes has alienated them and that the Kargil heroes have not been given their due respect. "If you want to improve your strategic culture you should take interest in these things," he warned, pointing out that other democratic countries are far more supportive of their war heroes. The General is perhaps talking of the kind of support Israel has displayed for its soldiers, killed and kidnapped by the Palestinians. Ironically, the Government that Gen Malik is appealing to recently reprimanded Israel for this military action.

Nauseated by the syrupy goodwill moves, a distraught parent of a Kargil martyr has been compelled to remind the Government of the brutalities heaped by the Pakistan Army on Indian soldiers in 1999. Lt Saurabh Kalia and five other soldiers were brutally tortured by the Pakistani forces, their bodies burnt with cigarettes, their ears pierced with hot rods, their eyes gouged out after being punctured, their bones and teeth broken, their limbs and private organs chopped. After 22 days of unimaginable torture, these soldiers were shot dead. Dr NK Walia, Saurabh's father, now seeks action against Pakistan for this inhumanity.

In a widely circulated e-mail, Dr Kalia writes, "Sacrificing oneself for the nation is an honour every soldier would be proud of, but no parent, army or nation can accept what happened to these brave sons of India. I am afraid every parent may think twice to send their child in the armed forces if we all fall short of our duty in safeguarding the Prisoners of War and let them meet the fate of Lt Saurabh Kalia." Observing that it may send a "demoralising signal" to the Army, he says, "It is a matter of shame and disgust that most of Indian Human Rights Organisations by and large, showed apathy in this matter... I appeal to all the civilised people irrespective of colour, caste, region, religion and political lineage to stir their conscience and rise to take this as a national issue... to expose and pressure Pakistan to identify, book and punish all those who perpetrated this heinous crime to our men in uniform. If Pakistan is allowed to go unpunished in this case, we can only imagine the consequences."

Obviously, the UPA Government cannot imagine the consequences. Else, it would not let its foreign policy get completely hijacked by the minority agenda, evident only last Thursday in Geneva when India joined 29 other countries to reprimand Israel for its military action in Gaza and asked for the immediate release of Palestinian leaders who openly contest Israel's right to exist. This is the same Israel that has upheld India's right to military action against terrorists in Kashmir. In less than a week, India was reminded of that terror in Srinagar and Mumbai. Can the Indian leadership now say Israel faces a markedly different problem from India? That, Israeli military action in Gaza is morally reprehensible while Indian forces in Kashmir are promoting national security? Doesn't Israel have as much a right as any country to protect its citizens against the fanatic assault of terrorism?

From Nepal, to Pakistan, to Israel, domestic politics has increasingly become the driving force behind some of India's recent foreign policy moves. However, global politics and economics do not play out in terms of country-specific vote-bank politics. Therefore, before further damage, the UPA Government must realise that national interest and security, not politicians, must inspire our strategic and foreign policies.

‘Naxals, not CM, taking bribes from mine owners’

JD-S comes to the rescue of Kumaraswamy

Bangalore: The Janata Dal (S) on Friday said that it was the Naxals who were extorting money from mine owners in the mineral rich Bellary district and not Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

The bribery case had rocked the JDS-BJP coalition with a BJP legislator alleging that the chief minister had collected Rs 150 crore as bribe for allowing illegal mining activities in Bellary.

After almost a week during which the issue dominated the legislature proceedings, the JD(S) tried to deflect attention from Kumaraswamy by brining in the Naxal angle.

Interestingly, Forest Minister C Chennigappa — who was alleged to have collected the bribes on behalf of teh CM — said that following the allegations made by BJP legislator Janardhana Reddy, the government made inquires about harassment of mine owners and found out that the Naxals were running an extortion racket in Bellary district, which borders Andhra Pradesh. Chennigappa said the government will carry out further investigation to get to the bottom of the issue.

The BJP too tried to bail out Kumaraswamy by getting Reddy to tone down his charges. Reddy, who had earlier accused Kumaraswamy of direct involvement in the racket, on Friday said that some people were misusing the CM’s name to collected money from mine owners.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Raman Singh defends anti-Maoist movement

By Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Thursday defended Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist movement) saying it was not a pretext to use tribals of the Bastar region as human shields but an attempt to drive out guerrillas.

'There is no parallel administration being run in the naxalite (Maoist)-affected areas by representatives of Salwa Judum as is being alleged,' said Singh at an interactive session organised by the Indian Women's Press Corp (IWPC) here.

'It is not right to call Salwa Judum a government-sponsored effort to fight naxalites as the Bastar tribals have been staging peaceful protests for a long time to drive out naxalites who have been denying them the right to make decent living or even vote,' Singh said.

The chief minister claimed that at any given time one could see 15,000-25,000 Bastar tribals staging protest against Maoist menace in their area. This is a reversal from the time when they were providing the guerrillas food, shelter and monetary assistance.

'So many people would not continue to support Salwa Judum if they did not feel committed to it,' Singh said.

Besides a large number of tribal deaths due to landmine attacks in the region, the Maoist problem has driven out families in hundreds of villages.

These tribals are now being housed in camps and will soon be allotted new houses, the chief minister said.

He expressed confidence that the persistent agitation by the tribals witnessed earlier in West Bengal would achieve its objective.

'I don't know how much time it will take but the Bastar agitation will succeed in driving out naxalites from their area,' he said.

Defending the checks on use of Right to Information (RTI) Act, Singh said this was being done only in cases where an organisation was suspected to have Maoist links.

Expressing willingness to talk to guerrillas, Singh said: 'Extremists should realise that there is no alternative to dialogue. By resorting to firearms they cannot challenge any determined political leadership.'

He said his government was willing to talk to the extremists 'anytime and anywhere', including in the presence of central government representatives.

The chief minister maintained that despite the Maoist problem, the state continued to receive large investment proposals, including in Dantewada, which is alleged to be a major hub of Maoist activities.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Bihar Policemen to be Trained by Army

Patna: July 13, 2006

In a virtual admission of the fact that Bihar police were under-trained, under-experienced, unmotivated, and possibly even worthless, the state government, in order to deal with growing crime and Naxal menace in Bihar, have agreed to send their policemen for further training with the Indian Army.

Police IG (Headquarters) Anil Sinha, following a high-level meeting with the IG (Training) C. Lima Imchen, and a senior army officer Colonel A. P. Pandey, said that since the tenure of the recently formed Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) was only one year, it was necessary for the state police to have their men trained by the very best – the Indian army.

The month-long training of 100 policemen and 20 sub-inspectors would begin at the Bihar Regimental Center from July 31. This process will continue until the government feels comfortable about the worthiness of Bihar police, Sinha said estimating the training process to last nearly 2-3 years.

The state police is also considering sending some policemen to the country's north-east region to learn the art of fighting in a mountainous, forest terrain under some very grueling conditions, Sinha said.

Chhattisgarh govt. invites naxalites for talks

New Delhi, July 13 (PTI): Asking naxalites to come to the negotiating table to resolve their problems, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said his Government was ready for talks with the rebels "anytime and anywhere".

"Extremists should realise that there is no alternative to dialogue. By resorting to firearms they cannot challenge any determined political leadership. Earlier also we have invited them for talks. They should come to the negotiating table," Singh told reporters here.

He said his Government was willing to talk to the extremists "anytime and anywhere" and in presence of the central government representatives if they desired so.

By killing and maiming innocent villagers through automatic rifles and mine-blasts, they have created enormous resentment among the tribal inhabitants who have now spontaneously risen to oppose them, Singh said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that about 60,000 villagers have fled their villages and were now living in state-run relief camps.

He said villagers of one of the affected districts have begun the Salwa Judum (Peace March) movement to oppose the naxalites which was an unprecedented move and the tribal inhabitants were refusing cooperation to the extremists.

Singh denied that villagers were sandwiched between the ultras and the security forces. He asserted that there was no parallel administration being run in the naxalite-affected areas by representatives of Salwa Judum as was being alleged by certain people.

He said lakhs of rupees, being spent to contain the ultras, could have been used for developmental work if they cooperated in ensuring peace.

Ex-Naxalite shot dead by Maoist Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh

Thursday July 13 2006 14:00 IST

WARANGAL: A former naxalite, Nimmala Durgaiah (38), was shot dead by Maoists in Kalvapalli village in Tadwai mandal in the district last night. Maoists suspected Durgaiah to be a police informer and tortured him before killing him.
Police suspect that the incident occurred under the leadership of Etunagaram dalam commander Damodar. A tribal youth Purushottam Narayana was also attacked. The Maoists approached Durgaiah, who runs a grocery shop, with a list of grocery items and told him to bring them to the forest. He was tortured and shot dead there.

The family members of Durgaiah got the news of his death this morning.

Durgaiah was with the Maoists for five years. He was in jail for sometime. He is survived by his wife, a nine-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son.

5,000 families involved with naxals in Bangalore: Kharge

Staff Reporter

`Terrorists have taken shelter in the city'


Police should be strengthened and its capabilities upgraded: Kharge
Underworld activities going on in ports: Deshpande

BANGALORE: Former Home Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress) said in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that 5,000 families in Bangalore were involved in naxal activities.

Speaking on the serial blasts in Mumbai, he said terrorists from Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa and Mumbai and those from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka had taken shelter in Bangalore.

Mr. Kharge said the police should be strengthened and its capabilities upgraded. Security should be increased on the coast. More policemen should be recruited and posted to the Bangalore Airport, he said.

He urged the Finance Department to allocate funds for providing modern vehicles and weapons to security personnel. Police stations in the State had hardly 40 constables each while the number was about 100 in Mumbai, he said.

J.C. Madhuswamy (Janata Dal - United) demanded greater vigil on naxal activities in Chikkanayakanahalli, Pavagada, Chikmagalur and mining areas, including Bellary, which could become centres of naxal activities.

Leader of the Opposition N. Dharam Singh sought greater security cover for Bangalore.

Vatal Nagaraj (Kannada Chaluvali) said the activities of people who had migrated to Bangalore should be monitored. He asked the Government whether it had adequate information about them.

R.V. Deshpande (Congress) wanted intelligence in coastal areas strengthened.

He said underworld activities were going on in ports and harbours.

Araga Jnanendra (BJP) and Ramesh Kumar (Congress) spoke.

Security tightened

Home Minister M.P. Prakash said security arrangements had been made all over the State in the light of the Mumbai blasts. The Government was in touch with the Union and Maharashtra governments for providing assistance to people from Karnataka who were injured in the blasts.

In Council

Members of the Legislative Council spoke of the increasing vulnerability of Bangalore to attacks by terrorists, and called for strengthening the Intelligence and security services.

Leader of the House and Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy said the Government and the people must be on the alert.

Leader of the Opposition H.K. Patil said Karnataka had lessons to learn from the Mumbai blasts. "Shore up Intelligence and security," he said.


M.P. Nadagouda (Janata Dal-U) said only cowards would resort to killing innocent people and attacking public places. "But our response should be brave," he added. B.K. Chandrashekhar (Congress) said: "Merely making laws will not help. Sensitisation of the enforcement agencies, tightening security and addressing the reasons for such acts are needed."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Naxals kill CRPF man

Raipur: A CRPF jawan was killed on Wednesday when naxalites attacked a CRPF post in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

“A group of armed naxalites attacked the Aranpur CRPF post created for anti-naxal operation under Kirandul police station area, about 465 km from the state capital, and opened fire,” CRPF sources said.

In another incident, a CRPF jawan was injured in a landmine blast at Palnar in Kirandul area.

Leftists shining: Recipe for disaster

By Jephraim P Gundzik

Rapidly deteriorating governance has created a political and social crisis in India. The growing power of India's leftist parties has hamstrung the centrist Manmohan Singh government, resulting in a policy vacuum that has in turn produced an upsurge in domestic extremism and international terrorism.

The prognosis is bleak, with growing political and social instability threatening to undermine economic stability in the months ahead.

Leftists shining
The most interesting feature of the 2004 general election was the resurgence of India's far left political parties. These parties, grouped under the Left Front, gained 21 seats in the Lok Sabha

(lower house) at the expense of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which led the previous government. With its 63 seats, the Left Front became the third-largest party in parliament after the Congress Party (145 seats) and the BJP (138 seats). The Left Front's gains reversed many years of political decline for India's leftists.

The revitalized political power of the left became immediately apparent when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) enlisted the Left Front's support for securing its coalition government. Rather than formally join the UPA and receive an equitable share of cabinet positions, the Left Front opted to support the UPA government from the outside by using its votes in the Lok Sabha to selectively back the government of Manmohan.

With its 63 seats in the Lok Sabha, the Left Front can pull the plug on the Manmohan government should it decide to abandon the UPA coalition. With this in mind, the Congress-led UPA and the Left Front agreed on a common policy platform known as the Common Minimum Program (CMP). Though the Manmohan government failed to deliver on the promises embodied in the CMP, the Left Front has so far opted to strengthen its political power rather than abandon the UPA and force early elections.

The Left Front has organized numerous mass protests against the foreign and economic policies of the Manmohan government over the past 18 months. The Samajwadi Party, which also informally participates in the UPA government and controls 36 seats in the Lok Sabha, joined the Left Front in many of these protests.

The Left Front also used the state elections in West Bengal and Kerala in April and May 2006, respectively, to fortify itself. The Left Front trounced its opponents winning 235 seats out of 294 seats in West Bengal and 98 seats out of 140 seats in Kerala.

The Left Front is using its growing political strength to intensify pressure on the Manmohan government. Leftist opposition to the government's privatization plans scuppered the entire privatization program in early July. Also this month, the Left Front called for a nationwide protest against the Manmohan government's price policies to be held in mid-July. The intensifying political pressure from the Left Front has created a policy vacuum in the Manmohan government. In addition to aggravating social protests, this vacuum is fueling extremism and terrorism.

Escalating extremism and terrorism

The Manmohan government has been unable to develop a coherent plan to tackle an upsurge in violent extremism undertaken by Naxalite (communist)insurgents. In 2003, Naxalite violence was prevalent in only nine Indian states. By the third quarter of 2005 Naxalites had spread their operations into 15 Indian states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

According to India's Home Ministry, Naxalite violence killed nearly 800 people in 2005, up from 323 in 2004. In the first quarter of 2006, Naxalite violence claimed 157 lives, including 47 security personnel. In addition to more sophisticated tactics such as using remote controlled landmines, Naxalites have recently undertaken political assassinations. The Manmohan government appears powerless to address this expanding domestic rebellion that has probably gained traction with the help of Maoist insurgents in neighboring Nepal.

As tragic as this domestic extremism has become it is overshadowed by escalating international terrorism. Tuesday's train bombings in Mumbai, in which close to 200 people died and which bear the hallmark of Kashmiri separatists, vividly illustrate the failure of the government's Kashmir policy.

In addition to this grievous attack, Kashmiri separatists have launched numerous attacks in India-administered Kashmir this year, including a grenade attack in Srinigar, which was timed to coincide with the train bombings in Mumbai.

Taking a chapter from the Bush administration's book on how to appear diplomatic without resorting to diplomacy, Manmohan has been unable to offer anything substantive to advance the cause for peace in Kashmir. A tangled web of entrenched interests among defense and intelligence cadres precludes the possibility of autonomy for Kashmir.

Meanwhile, half-hearted efforts to start negotiations over Kashmir's fate have conspicuously side-stepped one-on-one dialogue with the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, the state's powerful umbrella separatist organization.

Just as the lack of diplomacy in Washington has predictably led to escalating US tensions with Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, China, Russia and many other countries, the government's diplomatic recession in Kashmir has sparked escalating terrorism in India.

Over the next six to 12 months, the policy vacuum of the government will heighten extremism and terrorism, further destabilizing India's political and social environment. This instability could lead to the collapse of the government as one or more parties in the UPA coalition withdraws its support.

Economic instability
Political and social instability have already begun to wear on India's economy. The mountain of short-term foreign capital parked in the stock and bond markets is taking flight as evidenced by recent dramatic declines in asset values. Though minor reversals in this trend will appear from time to time, they will be short-lived as India's investment fundamentals deteriorate further.

Rising international energy prices, government price adjustments and rupee depreciation are pushing inflation higher. Inflation will probably exceed 7% by the end of fiscal 2006 (March 2007). The Reserve Bank of India is gradually pushing official interest rates higher, while capital flight is pushing market interest rates up more rapidly.

Rupee depreciation is also widening India's trade and current account deficits, which are likely to hit $70 billion and $45 billion, respectively, by the end of fiscal 2006.

Increasing political and social instability will adversely impact domestic consumption as well. Private consumption expenditure and investment could decline sharply over the next several months, feeding a slowdown in overall economic growth.

Adding further to economic instability will be rapidly tightening global liquidity driven by rising official and market interest rates in the US, Europe, Japan and China. A potentially rapid slowdown in global economic growth in the second half of 2006 could slash India's industrial production and export growth. India's intensifying political and social crises may be joined by an economic crisis by the end of this year.

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Andhra has curbed Naxal activities: CM

Hyderabad, July 11: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy today said his government had succeeded in curbing Naxal activities in the state.

In an hour-long interaction with a team of 25 CRPF trainees that called on Reddy at his camp office here, the Chief Minister said, "We view it (Naxal menace) not as a law and order problem but mainly as a socio-economic problem."

Reddy said Naxal activities in the state were on the decline as his government had initiated various programmes for the development of remote and interior areas.

He told the CRPF trainees that unless the police were people-friendly, they cannot earn the public's goodwill and confidence.

Bureau Report

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New DIG in salem

Tuesday July 11 2006 12:49 IST
SALEM: The new DIG of police of Salem range, Alexander Mohan, who assumed office on Monday, assured action to eliminate Naxal groups in the region. Former DIG of Salem range, Sandheep Rai Rathore, has been appointed as the Joint Commissioner of police of Chennai (Central) now.

The new DIG asserted that he will be easily accessible to the public and the police machinery will be reformed.

“People can meet me between 11 a m and 1.30 p m at my office. They can also approach me anytime at my residence in case of emergency,” Alexander Mohan said and added steps would be taken for efficient traffic regulation.

Maoist Naxals gun down Congress leader in AP

Tuesday July 11 2006 12:41 IST
ONGOLE: CPI-Maoist gunned down a Congress leader in Gangavaram village of Pullalacheruvu mandal in the early hours on Monday. The Maoists accused the Congress leader – Kotla Nasar Reddy – of being a police informer.

Four armed ultras came to Congress leader Kotla Nasar Reddy’s house at 6.45 am and pumped bullets from point blank range while he was brushing his teeth. The death was instantaneous. Nasar Reddy is survived by a wife and three children.

Reddy was an acolyte of Darsi MLA B Subba Reddy and was planning to contest the upcoming panchayat polls. In a note left at the place, the Maoists warned that all those who would contest the panchayat elections would meet the same fate.

This is the second Naxal-sponsored killing in the same mandal this month. On July 1, the Maoists had gunned down Telugu Desam worker T Nageswara Rao in Marrivemula village branding him of being a police informer.

Withdraw ban on Naxals

Tuesday July 11 2006 11:07 IST
BHUBANESWAR: Opposing the ban imposed by the Government on seven organisations by presenting them as frontal wings of the Naxals, members of the Malkangiri District Adivasi Sangh have sought immediate withdrawal of the ban.

Sangh president Balraju Gemel said the Act was undemocratic and in contravention of the Constitution. The ban would not resolve the problem of Naxalism, he said, adding it would rather add fuel to fire. The Government should look for a concrete solution to the problem by taking along all groups and sections.

The Naxal problem has been a fallout of continuous oppression and exploitation of the downtrodden and the tribals, he said.

The Kalinga Nagar firing on tribals, Kashipur, Maikanch, Lanjigarh and Rourkela incidents are examples of the persistent oppression of the tribals in the name of industrialisation. The Government should immediately withdraw the ban on the organisations, he demanded

Monday, July 10, 2006

Centre gears to tackle Naxals in Orissa

Vishwa Mohan
[ 9 Jul, 2006 2359hrs IS TTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: With steel tycoon L N Mittal joining other private players like Tata, Posco and Jindal in lining up huge investments in Orissa, the Union government is paying special attention on the security in the Naxal-infested state.

To begin with, the ministry of home affairs has decided to convene a meeting, led by Union home secretary V K Duggal, in Bhubaneswar on July 21 to discuss how states can join forces to control the Naxal menace.

"Though Orissa has always kept forces ready all the time to counter Naxal attacks, the decision to hold the high-level meeting in the state capital has some meaning," a senior home ministry official said.

Besides top officials of the Orissa government, MHA and CRPF, DGPs and chief secretaries of all the 13 Naxal-affected states will also attend the day-long meeting.

The security agencies will review the existing strategy to deal with the problem with special focus on involving tribals in development works in regions where major investment proposals are lined up.

"The security of one Naxal-affected state cannot be looked in isolation considering the movement of Maoists across the regions. The joint meeting at the behest of the Centre will help devise a better strategy," said the official.

Since Orissa has shown the way by attracting investment proposals to the tune of nearly Rs 1,78,000 crore in steel and allied sectors alone in the last couple of years, the government does not want to lose the chance of turning it into a big employment opportunity for local people.

At the same time, the government does not want to see a Kalinga Nagar type of agitation which witnessed the killing of 12 tribals during protests against Tata Steel's proposed project in Jajpur district in January. Thousands of tribals are opposing the plant fearing displacement.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Railways seek special security force

New Delhi, July. 9 (PTI): Concerned over increasing incidents of looting and harassment of passengers in trains passing through areas affected by militancy and naxal violence, the Railways has mooted the creation of a special security force to deal with the safety and security of travellers.

"We have mooted an idea for a Centrally-administered security force involving Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) to provide security and safety in Railways. We are seeking advice from the Ministries of Law and Home about its feasibility," Railway Board Chairman J P Batra said.

In an interview to PTI, he said the need for such a force had been felt for long but "we have now started considering for having such a force. It will take a long time as it involved states". The exact shape and structure of the force will be decided after the idea gets materialised.

He was responding to a query whether the Railways was considering such a force because of the increasing threat to its operation in the wake of militancy and naxalism engulfing parts of the country and the Railways being a prime target.

Batra said the Raiways was studying safety and security provided by its US counterpart, which like India has a federal system of governance and involves states in providing safety and security to national organisations like Railways.

High-level meet to discuss strategies against naxalites

New Delhi, July. 9 (PTI): As part of its multi-pronged strategy to thwart the Naxal menace, the Centre will take stock of the situation in the affected states at a high-level meeting in Bhubaneswar on July 21 where coordination among states to control Naxalite activities will come up for scrutiny.

Besides a brainstroming session on strategies to be adopted to curb Naxal violence, the meeting will review the status of various policies involving intelligence gathering, networking and coordination between the Centre and Naxal-affected states, Home Ministry sources told PTI.

The quarterly review meeting, convened by Union Home Secretary V K Duggal, will be attended by the Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of the states.

The states affected by Naxalite violence include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.

The meeting will review to what extent the states have succeeded in drawing up a time-bound plan to strengthen vulnerable police stations in Naxal-affected areas in terms of additional manpower, modern weaponry, communication equipment, well protected buildings and funds.

Sharing of intelligence among affected states and the success of inter-state joint operations will also come up for scrutiny. Security of jails and armouries and strict enforcement of laws to curb Naxal violence are some other issues likely to be discussed, they said, pointing to the major jailbreaks in Orissa and Bihar.

With the focus on strengthening intelligence gathering and sharing of information on the movements of Naxalites, the government believes that attacks by the rebels can be reduced.

Since law and order is essentially a state subject, the sources said affected states have been asked to streamline police structures at various levels to operate effectively against the Naxalites.

Keeping in view the overall dimensions of Naxalite activities, a high-level Coordination Centre, headed by the Union Home Secretary, was set up in 1998 to coordinate with Naxal-hit states.

The government has declared a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the menace and has adopted a proposal for employing retired Army officers to train state police forces in mine clearance operations.

The Centre feels political parties must strengthen their cadre base in Naxal-affected areas to wean away youth from the ideology of the ultras.

At a recent meeting of the Chief Ministers of the six states, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had described Naxalism as the "single biggest internal security challenge" and suggested the setting up of joint unified commands in areas badly hit by rebel activities and dedicated wings of Grey Hounds on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh to tackle the menace.

The Centre has also identified a two-pronged strategy of effective police response and socio-economic development of the Naxal-affected areas.