Friday, August 11, 2006

Maoists abduct 2 Govt officials in Adaba in Orissa

Friday August 11 2006 17:03 IST

BHUBANESWAR/PARALAKHEMUNDI: A day after the Left wing ultras abducted two Government employees - a junior engineer and a peon - from the forests in bordering areas of Gajapati and Rayagada districts on Wednesday, a sense of panic set in among the local administration.

The JE and the Class IV employee were on official duty and had gone to oversee a construction work at Gudipanka village under Adaba police station limits when they were abducted. The matter came to light only in the night when the Maoists sent letters to their family members.

The JE, Binod Kumar Kisan, is with Mohana block office, while Prasad Patnaik, the peon, is from Minor Irrigation Division of Water Resources Department.

The abduction created panic among Government officials, as no one seem to be ready to go to the interior areas for field duty. In fact, all field visits have been cancelled.

This is the first time that the Maoists have abducted officials of the local administration. Earlier, only police personnel were targeted. On March 24, Maoists had abducted the OIC of R Udagaygiri police station and the warder of the sub-jail after attacking the OSAP Camp.

The issue prompted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to make a statement in the Assembly on Thursday.

Naveen said Kisan, the peon and a local were going towards Gudipanka village from Galimera under Adaba police limits when they were accosted by a group of militants.

The Maoists asked them to disclose their identity. Once they came to know that the two were Government employees, they took Kisan and Prasad as hostages.

The ultras then sent letters to the family members of the two stating that Kisan and Prasad were fine and would not be able to return home in the night as they have some urgent work. The letters were sent through a local resident who handed it over to the driver of Kisan’s jeep at Galimera.

DIG, Southern Range, Santosh Upadhyay said Maoists have not given any reason or demanded ransom. However, the letters sent by the Maoists, signed by one Sarat, warned both Government officials and politicians to refrain from corrupt activities or face dire consequences.

Unlike the March 24 incident, reliable sources said, the abduction is handiwork of Bansadhara Committee of CPI (Maoist), an Andhra Pradesh unit of the dreaded outfit.

Since the AP cadres are believed to be behind it, the district administration seems to be apprehensive. Three companies of the CRPF have been pressed into combing operation.

‘Maoists’ letters warned both Government officials and politicians to refrain from corrupt activities’

Andhra extends ban on Naxal groups

Andhra extends ban on Naxal groups
[ 11 Aug, 2006 1714hrs IST PTI ]

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday extended the ban on Maoist rebels and six organisations affiliated to them by a year.

"The state has decided to extend the ban on the CPI-Maoist by one year along with six of its front organisations. However, there is no ban on Virasam (revolutionary writers) association," a senior minister said after a meeting of the state cabinet here.

The ban was set to expire on August 17, and will now be in force till August 16, 2007, he said.

The six front organisations of the Maoists are

1)Radical Students Union,
2)Radical Youth League,
3)Singareni Karmika Samakhya,
4)All India Radical Students Federation,
5)Rytu Coolie Sangham and Viplava Karmika Samakhya
, he said.

After peace talks between Naxals and the state government failed, combing operations were intensified and the Maoists suffered a major setback when CPI-Maoist state secretary Madhav was killed on July 23 in a shootout with police.

Charges of Oppn MLA-Naxal plot to kill Naveen raise hell

Friday August 11 2006 17:09 IST
BHUBANEWSWAR: Allegations that an Opposition MLA had conspired with the Naxalites to murder Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ministers and senior officials sparked off a furore in the Assembly on Thursday.

Irked over such allegations made against one of their colleagues, Opposition members rushed into the well demanding either the charges be substantiated or the name of the MLA should be expunged from the proceedings of the House. The members returned to their seats after Speaker Maheswar Mohanty expunged the name of the MLA from the proceedings.

The issue cropped up during zero hour when Pratap Jena (BJD), raising a special mention, alleged that some people’s representatives are maintaining links with the Left Wing ultras who are threatening political rivals and officials. He gave the example of Bharat Paik, BJP, from Ramgiri who was threatened by the ultras.

Jena’s statement generated a lot of heat when he alleged that some members are openly supporting the Maoists and provoking them to murder the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary and other ministers. The agitated Opposition members rushed to the well forcing the Speaker to announce that the members should take no names.

The issue, however, did not subside as Niranjan Pujari (BJD) wanted to know the status of the FIR filed by former BJP member from Balasore Jiban Pradip Das against the person who had made provocative statement asking the Maoists to kill the Chief Minister and other ministers. Describing the person as an anti-national, Pujari demanded that he be arrested. He was supported by Pratap Chandra Sarangi (BJP).

Deputy Leader of Congress Narasingh Mishra observed that supporting the cause of Naxalites is nothing new.

He recalled that late Biju Patnaik had described himself as the first Naxalite in the Assembly. Denying charges that he conspired to kill the Chief Minister, Arun Dey (OGP) later clarified that he had nothing to do with Maoists. “I always condemn violence by political parties,” he said.

Naxalite links of MLAs alleged

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 10: BJD-BJP members Mr Pratap Jena, Mr Niranjan Pujari and Mr Pratap Sarangi made serious insinuations against an MLA of the Opposition party alleging that he encouraged Naxalites and conspired with them to eliminate top officers and elected representatives including the chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik.
Amidst loud protests from the Opposition benches, the three MLAs of the ruling party said it was a conspiracy against democracy. They made reference to statements made by the Opposition in support of the Naxalites to prove that some Opposition party MLAs had close connections with these outlaws.

Speaker Mr Maheswar Mohanty expunged certain portions, particularly the name of the Opposition MLA, as the Congress, OGP and others marched into the Well of the House.
Countering the treasury bench attack, Congress MLA Mr Nalinikanta Mohanty wondered what action had been taken against those who had ransacked the assembly a couple of years ago. There were shouts that Bajrang Dal activists were involved in the assembly incident.
The treasury benches turned silent when deputy leader of the Congress party, Mr Narasingha Mishra pointed out that Mr Biju Patnaik ~ in whose name the BJD had been formed ~ had declared : “ I am the first Naxal of the state”.
Mr Mishra who was heard in rapt attention started off by noting his displeasure at the manner in which the House was conducted. According to him, the three MLAs were allowed on purpose to malign the Opposition MLAs for the third day in a row. He said that it was a misuse of the provision of “special mention”.
The former law minister went on to state that there was no point expunging remarks after the damage had been done.
Speaker Mr Maheswar Mohanty clarified that he had allowed the special mention since it was related to the Maoist problem but he was unaware that personal allegations will be made.
Later during the day OGP MLA Mr Arun Dey, who was in the thick of a controversy for his statements regarding the Naxalites movement in the state said he had never supported the Naxalites.

Indian airports beef up security

Indian airports beef up security

Our Political Bureau / New Delhi August 11, 2006

After foiled terror attempts and security threat at Heathrow airport, Indian security personnel have stepped up vigilance at the country’s airports in the run-up to Independence Day.

Sources in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), in charge of airport security, say security has been a concern since August 7 when they received warnings of threat to airports.

The number of CISF personnel at 54 airports in the country would also be increased. Assistance has been sought from the para-military forces as well.

“We have received inputs that in the run-up to August 15, there may be certain incidents, not just in the bigger airports in Delhi and Mumbai but also others in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad,” said a CISF official.

However, flight are operating as scheduled. All British Airway’s flights to India are also operating normally, except for some minor delays due to increased security check in London.

“Flight AI-112 on the New York-London-Delhi-Mumbai sector, which arrived at Heathrow airport in the morning, is expected to depart from London after a 5-6 hours delay due to restriction on carriage of hand baggage on board. Hand baggage of passengers have been checked in for carriage in the cargo hold,” an Air India spokesman said.

“We have started manual checking of luggage. Car and scooter parking lots are also under scrutiny,” a CISF official said.

The Delhi police too is tightening security on Independence Day with the Red Fort being sanitised and sealed before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can unfurl the tricolour on its ramparts.

Nearly 500 Delhi police personnel and commandos will form a second ring of security around the Prime Minister on August 15.

According to home ministry officials, not just Pakistani and Bangladeshi modules, but also ULFA, Maoists and Naxal activists are expected to forment trouble in the run up to the day.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Jathi Vinasha Vedike is a Pro NAXAL group

‘Withdraw cases against students’

Thursday August 10 2006 12:21 IST
CHIKMAGALUR: Jathi Vinasha Vedike has urged the district administration to withdraw false cases registered against the hostel students of Mudigere in connection with group clash that took place recently between two groups.

Vedike district secretary Hoovappa alleged that the police registered cases against students under the pressure exerted by some of political leaders. The police also booked cases against some workers of Jagruthi Vidyarthi Vedike alleging that they were supporting the naxal movement. But Hoovappa refuted the allegation and made it clear the organisation does not have any link with the naxals.

He threatened to intensify the agitation if the police failed to withdraw the false cases registered against both host el students and Vedike workers. Women activists of Stree Seva Nikethan tying Raksha Bandhan to Minister B Sriramulu in Bellary on Wednesday.

Niranjanananda Puri Swamy, newly appointed pontiff of Kaginele Kanaka Peet is being received with honours in Chitradurga on Wednesday when he was going to Kaginele from Harthikote. The new pontiff also met Shivamurthy Sharana of Brihanmatha on the way.

5-member pseudo-naxal gang held

[ 10 Aug, 2006 0228hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

HYDERABAD: A five-member pseudo-naxalite gang, including a 15-year-old teenager, involved in 16 dacoities and robberies on the outskirts of the city was arrested here on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old, a resident of Warasiguda, was allegedly involved in three offences committed by the gang. The teenager used to be stationed outside the houses or other targets and alerted his associates in case of movement of police or neighbours.

The gang was headed by K Veera Brahma Chary alias Brahmam alias Venu alias Ramesh (23), a former criminal from Bellampally in Adilabad district. Brahmam had escaped from police custody a couple of times, including from Kazipet eight months back.

During his stint in prison, he came in contact with surrendered naxalites and managed to get printed letter heads of naxalite groups. Brahmam shifted to Jagadgirigutta on the outskirts of the city and formed his own gang.

The arrested gang members have been identified as G Raju (25), G Sudhakar (19), (brothers and residents of Old Bowenpally), Ch Sadanandam alias Sadhi alias Sadanand (21), also a resident of Old Bowenpally, and the 15-year-old boy.

Three other members of the gang—K Swamy alias Ganesh alias Ghani, Surender and Sai—are still at large. Cyberabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy told reporters on Wednesday that Brahmam used to conduct a recce of the targeted house or petrol filling station.

He would not even inform his associates about the target, the officer said. The gang used to rob houses or filling stations in the name of naxalites after showing them the pamphlets.

If the victim refused to part with the money, they used to ask him to come to the forest to meet their naxal leader, Mahender Reddy said. Brahmam also purchased three toy pistols to threaten his victims.

All the pistols had the words 'AP.' "The words were imprinted on the pistols to show that they were genuine arms from the police department," the Cyberabad police chief said. Brahmam told reporters that he bought the pistols from a store in the Old City.

The gang struck at rice mills, petrol filling stations and some houses on the outskirts. On July 20, the gang struck at the house of a software engineer at Yapral.

Investigators suspected the involvement of the engineer's car driver, Sadanand, who left the job couple of days before the incident. Sadanand was picked up from Bowenpally and following his interrogation, police caught the other four accused.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoist) held

Jehanabad, Aug 09: Two Naxalites, including a sub- zonal commander of the CPI (Maoist) allegedly involved in last year`s Jehanabad jailbreak, were arrested and three others detained in the district, police said on Wednesday.

Satyendra Singh, a sub-zonal commander of the Naxalite outfit and Gajendra Yadav, a member of the group were arrested from a house at Salempur village under Karauna outpost of the district late last night.

Singh was wanted in over a dozen cases including last year`s jailbreak here in which nearly 400 inmates, including several hardcore Naxalites were freed.

Three others present in the house at the time of the raid were detained for interrogation to ascertain whether they were also Naxalites or merely known to those arrested.

Bureau Report

Lufthansa to resume Kolkata-Frankfurt flights after 35 years

Kolkata, Aug 8. (PTI): German airlines Lufthansa will after a gap of 35 years resume passenger services between Frankfurt and Kolkata from December 1 this year, with three weekly flights.

The airline would make the city its sixth destination after Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad in the Lufthansa India network, airline's General Manager Passenger Sales India and Director South Asia Werner Heesen told a press conference here today.

This would establish its presence across all metros with 45 weekly flights.

The airline would operate an Airbus A340-300 on this sector.

The 235-seater Airbus would have a configuration of eight first class, 54 business class and 173 economy class seats.

It would have special in-flight innovations like access to high-speed wireless Internet and a private bed, in the newly designed exclusive business class seat, Heesen said.

Heesen said that passengers could book tickets with immediate effect till November 15 for travel to Europe for Rs 19,900, and at Rs 35,000 in the economy class to Los Angeles and New York.

Lufthansa began scheduled services to India with Kolkata becoming the first destination in 1959, when a Lockheed Super Constellation (LH-640) landed here on November 1, 1959, after flying 30 hours from Frankfurt via Cairo, Kuwait and Karachi. The flight operated twice a week.

The airline, however, widhdrew its flights in 1971 citing security reasons due to the naxalite agitation in the State

Indian intellectuals: A failure to lead

Vivek Gumaste

August 9, 2006

How intellegensia responded to Mumbai blasts »

The intellectual community is supposed to be the "friend, philosopher and guide" to the nation. Endowed with superior intellect, the nation looks up to this body of individuals to provide an incisive and accurate analysis of crucial events that aid the betterment of the nation. But like the kitten that finds itself entangled in a bundle of wool and is unable to extricate itself, our intelligentsia lies trapped in a psychological quagmire of its own making unable to perform any useful function.

Dictated by narrow ideologies in lieu of factual evidence, it is a confused body that is incapable of seeing the larger picture or defining the true destiny of the nation. In short, in the battle against terrorism, our intelligentsia has proved to be more of a distraction sometimes with a deliberate intent to misguide, as coverage of the Mumbai blasts indicate.

By their writings in editorials and columns of leading newspapers, these scribes, instead of presenting the nation with a meticulous exposition of the issue with possible solutions, have shown themselves to be ardent apologists for the terrorists supplying them with ample reasons to justify their ghastly attacks.

Time and again, Gujarat 2002 has been held up as the sentinel event that is the genesis of terrorism in India. An editorial in the Indian Express (July 14) claimed: "The Gujarat riots of 2002 stoked deep-seated resentments in local Muslim communities that jihadi outfits - which earlier given much less quarter - could exploit for their own nefarious purposes."

Again holding communal riots to be the instigating factor Muzamil Jaleel in an op-ed in the same newspaper remarks: Chand Khan - the man who ferried fidayeens from South Kashmir to Akshardham - had told his interrogators in Srinagar that he joined the jihadi group only after Gujarat riots. Azam Ghauri's evolution in becoming one of India's most wanted militants has its roots in communal riots. According to the investigations, Ghauri - who had a Naxal past - was present at a meeting organised in Bhiwandi soon after communal violence had ripped it apart in 1985.

Then there is Jalees Ansari - a doctor who was arrested in 1994. He decided to leave his job and plant bombs on December 6, 1992 - the day of the Babri demolition. Ansari joined the Tehreek-Islahul-Muslimeen (Movement for Reform among Muslims) - an extremist group founded in Mominpura (Mumbai) to "avenge communal violence against Muslims".

These conclusions are erroneous to say the least.

Firstly, to postulate a direct linear relationship between a perceived injustice or communal riots and terrorism is naive and simplistic. The Hindu relatives of the Godhra victims did not heed a call to terror.

Seething in a cauldron of injustice, deprivation and suppression, a potent recipe for terror, the internally displaced Kashmiri Hindus should have spawned numerous terror groups. Again that did not happen.

Secondly, what sort of a warped logic is this, may I ask?

One wrong does not nullify another or mitigate the magnitude of a crime, period, let us be clear about that. This a precept that even the common man on the street understands, how it fails these so-called intellectuals I find it hard to comprehend.

If the ghost of Gujarat 2002 can be invoked to justify every subsequent terrorist act or the foray of Indian Muslims into terrorism, then by the same token, the slaughter at Noakhali or the carnage of Somnath can be used to rationalise not one but a hundred Gujarats.

Moreover, such a claim does not even conform to a logical sequence. The Kandahar hijacking and the sensational assault on our Parliament both preceded Gujarat 2002. Let us not make excuses for a crime that is innately evil.

In addition to propagating a cause and effect theory, these so-called intellectuals make every attempt to temper these savage acts by unjust comparisons and wilful distraction in order to alter public perception of these events.

An example of this is the lay of the op-ed page of the Indian Express dated July 25, 2006. In the centre of the article (an interview of KPS Gill by Shekhar Gupta on the Naxal threat) is an outsized image of KPS Gill, the security icon and archenemy of terrorists. But what is even more striking is the caption splashed boldly across entire page atop the picture: The only time I've slept badly in my life was in Gujarat. Just hearing the descriptions. Never before, never after.

How this headline is relevant to the topic of the interview, the Naxal threat escapes me, initially that is. A little thought makes the intention clearer. With the country still recovering from the Mumbai blasts just a week ago and the focus squarely on the Islamic community, how else do you deflect the scrutiny: Resurrect Gujarat 2002.

Naresh Fernandes, while writing in the New York Times on the topic of the Mumbai bomb blasts finds it imperative to pull in the "Hindu Shiv Sena" into the picture, never mind the irrelevance or the insignificance of the protest (no lives were lost) he highlights. He graphically comments: As we settled down to brunch on Sunday, our TV sets brought us the chilling sight of buses being ransacked and burnt across Mumbai by cadres of the Hindu nativist Shiv Sena party. They claimed that a statue of their leader's late wife had been vandalised and they were protesting in the only way they knew how.

Lacking the courage to target the real culprits or the acumen to perform a critical analysis, pseudo- intellectuals use these acts of terrorism to sermonise the Hindu community instead.

Sudheendra Kulkarni indicates (Indian Express, July 14): But 7/11 has a lesson for the Hindu community too. Quite often in the past, some Hindu organisations have fallen to the provocation. They too haven't done enough and honest enough, self-introspection. They think that Hindu fanaticism, which was responsible for the barbaric post-Godhra violence in Gujarat, is the answer to Muslim fanaticism. They routinely feed anti-Muslim prejudices, or at least condone those who do so. They know not the disservice they are doing to India, and to themselves.

Carefully dissect this excerpt to fully realise the undiluted hypocrisy and double standards that have become the hall mark of the Indian intellectual scene; an inspiring doctrine for continued Islamic terrorism in India.

The Gujarat riots are cited to justify Mumbai 7/11 but a similar correlation between Godhra (Hindu victims) and Gujarat 2002 escapes the writer. While the post-Godhra riots are described as barbaric, the Godhra incident, itself, in which 59 Hindu men, women and children were roasted alive to the taunts of a jeering mob, is conveniently overlooked: a deliberate attempt at obfuscation.

Coming back to the crux of the matter: you can crucify Modi for Gujarat 2002, you can pontificate endlessly on the non-existent bogey of Hindu fanaticism and claim perfidiously that Hindus were the first suicide bombers, or that other groups are equally guilty of such heinous crimes, but does any of this provide a solution to the problem? The answer is, no.

And therein lies the greatest failure of the Indian intelligentsia: a lack of clear thinking and an inability to lead.

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Bangalore City set to get extra cover

City set to get extra cover
[ 8 Aug, 2006 0132hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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BANGALORE: You will get to see more policemen patrolling your neighbourhood if the finance department shows a thumbs-up sign for the home department to recruit 16,000 constables.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who chaired a high-level meeting to discuss security-related issues here on Monday, said he would direct the finance officials to submit a report on the issue soon.

With terrorist threat looming large, the city police had requested the CM to increase the police strength for surveillance and intelligence gathering.

This apart, the government has also decided to sanction 660 personnel to man the central administrative district comprising Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha, high court, Raj Bhavan and Legislators' Home.

The fleet of Hoysalas would also be increased —- 79 vehicles will be added, home minister M P Prakash said. Each vehicle will have 15 personnel who will work in three shifts.

Seven new police stations have been proposed for the city. As part of its preventive strategies, the government has decided to strengthen its intelligence and anti-terrorist units.

A total of 1,117 posts will be filled up shortly. These personnel will be deployed in Bangalore and Naxal-affected districts, he added.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Gurkhas line up to join Indian Army

Randeep Singh Nandal

Sunday, August 6, 2006 (City):

Many consider them to be the finest infantrymen in the world, and for centuries, Gurkha soldiers from Nepal have fought for British and subsequently the Indian Army.

The Gurkhas have a fighting record second to none but the Maoist insurgency in Nepal meant recruitment for the Indian Army had become very difficult.

But now the situation has improved with the new peace in the country.

Boys like 16-year-old Kiran Rana, from villages across western Nepal, have gathered in a centuries-old tradition. They all want to be soldiers, but it is not the Royal Nepal Army they will join.

They want to be recruited into the Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army.

The competition is tough only one in 50 will make it and Kiran is one of the lucky few. Around 50,000 Gurkhas from Nepal serve in the Indian Army, a tradition dating back to 1805 when the British began recruiting them.

Escape the poverty

For two years, while Nepal was under King Gyanendra's control, the recruitments stopped. Now with Nepal on the road to democracy, they have begun restarted.

"Well, we have got a good batch this year. They are educated and very fit. I am happy," said Colonel Rana, recruiting officer.

Two days later we journey up to the mountains to meet Kiran's family. Welcoming us is retired Subedar Yashvir Rana. Two of his sons are in the 5th Gurkha the third, Kiran, has now been selected. But their's is a 150-yr-old family tradition.

His grandfather, father and three brothers also served the regiment. It is not surprising that a little bit of India has crept into this remote household in Nepal.

But look beyond the tradition and it is really the chance to escape the poverty here that drives these young men to enlist.

Simplicity and loyalty

Then again, it is the Gurkha's reputation of simplicity and loyalty that protects them from being labeled as mercenaries for hire.

"I want to join my brothers unit because I will feel at home there," said Kiran Rana, Gurkha recruit.

When his father joined the Indian Army, he was illiterate, with almost no exposure to the outside world. Now things are different.

But the Rana family is not quite done with the Gurkha tradition. The next generation is already learning the Gurkha code.

For 200 years, boys like Kiran have left their mountain villages in Nepal and fought with honour on battlefields all over the world.

Gurkhas have written a tradition of valour with their blood, their simplicity and courage best described by a former Gurkha officer when he called them bravest of the brave, and most generous of the generous

Maoist silence deafens Andhra

Stanely Theodore

HYDERABAD, Aug. 6: The Andhra Pradesh police is unable to understand the absolute silence from the Maoists for the past two weeks, ever since AP state secretary Madhav was killed in an encounter in Nallamalla forests in Prakasham district.
Every attack against the Maoists invariably caused a retaliatory action comprising burning of state owned buses, blasting telephone exchanges, blasting government buildings, landmine attacks on police, targeting of individual policemen, among others. This has been a pattern in past 30 years. “This time not even a windshield has been broken. Their silence despite suffering a major loss is something we are not able to comprehend,” a top police officer involved in anti-Naxalite operations told The Statesman.

Top police brass are vertically divided over the reasons for this silence. One reason cited is the Maoists have lost some cadres and are deprived of self confidence to carry out attacks, which could leave the state on the defensive. Another reason could be that the Maoists’ silence and absence of action is part of their retaliatory strategy.

“We don’t believe that their cadre is debilitated to the extent that they can’t even launch a retaliatory attack. Without doubt, they have committed and diehard cadres that can set up a sensational action. They are bound to strike back and we fear that it would be sensational,” told a senior Intelligence officer.
They said the attack might not be as big as the one at Alipiri near Tirupati where former chief minister Mr N Chandrababu Naidu was targeted in September 2003. The security of his successor Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy and his Cabinet colleagues and Congress legislators has been beefed up and put on high alert since 23 July.
Senior anti-Naxalite officers have reached a consensus that they should expect a major action in the city. “It is easier for their action team to attempt something in Hyderabad than anywhere else because of density. Further, an action here would take the headlines by force, which is always their aim.”

They, however, ruled out reports as rumours of top Naxalite Takkalapalli Vasudeva Rao alias Ashanna being spotted here. They dismissed reports as imaginary that the Maoists had conducted a recee of the state secretariat.

Three Naxalites killed in fierce gun battle

Hazaribag, Aug. 6 (PTI): At least three Naxalites were killed during a fierce gun battle between Maoist rebels and security forces in the dense forests of Chouparan near here today.

Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar Singh said the skirmish near the border with Bihar lasted about four hours during which the two sides exchanged about 1,100 rounds before the rebels fled, leaving behind a cache of arms and ammunition.

Singh said Jharkhand Police and CRPF had rushed to the forest after getting a tip-off that over 100 Maoists would assemble at Mortawa Pahar.

When the Maoists began shooting at the security forces, they returned fire, he said.

Quoting eyewitnesses, Singh said at least three rebels had been killed. Bloodstains found during the search operation corroborated this.

"However, the bodies were taken away by their associates," he said.

The security forces recovered two rifles looted from the police, 160 rounds of ammunition, AK-47 rifles, SLRs, two can bombs, a torch bomb, diaries, medicines and Naxalite literature, Singh said.

Adivasis being butchered: Use Military to flush out Maoists

By Swapan Das Gupta Aug. 5, 2006

In the dominant political culture of India, citizens are encouraged to
treat terrorism as an unavoidable feature of modern existence and
undertake no independent initiatives to counter it.

When seven bombs on commuter trains left 200 people dead in Mumbai on
July 11, the gratuitous advice from `responsible' quarters was for
angry citizens to observe a minute's silence, emulate activist
celebrities in wearing white on a specified date and then go back to
work pretending nothing has happened.

When deadly explosives packed in pressure cookers killed some 25
devotees at Varanasi's Sankat Mochan temple, the suggested palliative
was a dignified bout of Indian classical music.

When occasionally, very occasionally, citizens choose to break the
shackles of liberal squeamishness and fight back, the full weight of
`enlightened' opprobrium is hurled against them.

The human rights industry, famous for its remarkable sense of
selective indignation, the editorial classes and the eminence grise of
the NGO sector rise as one to discredit anything that smacks of either
retribution or self-defence.

Even before the late-night massacre of 32 adivasis by Maoists in the
Errabore relief camp in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on July
17, a fierce propaganda offensive had been unleashed to paint the
Salwa Judum movement in the darkest of colours.

In December 2005, a group of `human rights' activists released a
report denouncing the Salwa Judum movement as an assault on the
dignity of the tribal population. While silent on the atrocities
committed by Maoists, the report accused "forces from other states" of
"behaving like an occupation army." The demand was made for a judicial
inquiry into all atrocities committed by Salwa Judum activists and the

In a feeble attempt to be evenhanded, the report also called on the
Maoists to provide details of all those killed by them. Since this
report was too tendentious to be digested by even the normally
gullible media, another group, this time comprising well-connected
senior journalists, retired bureaucrats and academics, with the
grandiose title of Independent Citizens Initiative, ventured into
Dantewada and other parts of the old Bastar district in May this year.

Although there were some critical references to the Maoists, this
report-which received very wide coverage-accused the BJP-led
Chhattisgarh Government of using Salwa Judum to divide tribal society
and use hapless adivasis as cannon fodder against the Left extremists.

The handful-150 out of 5,000 to be exact-of Special Police Officers
(SPO) appointed by the local administration who were issued primitive
.303 rifles were also accused of unleashing a wave of terror.

In these columns, Ramchandra Guha, a member of the `independent'
study, described the CongressLeader of Opposition Mahendra Karma-the
man credited with kick-starting Salwa Judum-as a "dangerous populist"
and compared him to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

The call for the Government to disband all relief camps and put an end
to the Salwa Judum movement was subsequently echoed by the CPI(M)
Politburo and the former Chhattisgrah chief minister Ajit Jogi.

A meeting of the UPA-Left Coordination Committee held earlier this
month, ostensibly to discuss inflation and price rise, ended up with
the Communists badgering the Congress to pressure its state unit into
withdrawing support to Salwa Judum. The magnitude of the opposition to
Salwa Judum may seem surprising considering its scope is so far
limited to Dantewada district-a Congress, not BJP stronghold.

Yet the CPI(Maoist) has thrown its entire resources-both political and
military- behind an attempt to snuff out a popular movement against
its armed terror.

Almost the entire top Maoist leadership, mainly drawn from Andhra
Pradesh, has moved into the Dandakaranya region, particularly the
3,924 sq km of the thickly forested Abujhmad region. It has shifted
both men and material from adjoining Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and
Gadhchiroli district of Maharashtra into Abujhmad to ensure that Salwa
Judum does not spread beyond the 645 villages of Dantewada.

Equally, the Maoists are determined to intimidate the 50,000 or so
tribals who have taken sanctuary in 32 government-run relief camps.
Salwa Judum poses an enormous long-term threat to the Maoists.
Contrary to what its overground publicists claim, the so-called
socio-economic underpinnings of Maoism are feeble.

To craft the Pashupati-Tirupati revolutionary corridor, the
gun-totting guerrillas depend on terror and inaccessibility. The
presence of just a handful of AK-47-wielding, trigger happy guerrillas
in a remote village-where it takes hours for any police party to
reach-is enough to transform a clump of forest land into a `liberated'
zone. Since the state, in most cases, doesn't have the ability to
offer 24x7 protection, many villages have succumbed to the Maoists
without a fight.

Today, Maoists are said to be in a commanding position over some 20
per cent of India's forests. What a senior police officer in Raipur
called the "tyranny of distance" has facilitated the Maoist advance.

The Maoist takeover of a village is also accompanied by a ruthless
policy of divide-and-rule which leads to one section-particularly
unemployed youth-becoming collaborators. This is followed by the
imposition of draconian controls over the economic and social life of
the community— restrictions on tendu leaf collection, ban on toddy and
cock fights and supervision of marriages.

In `difficult' villages, occupation is preceded by the systematic
destruction of all hand pumps and the demolition of school buildings-
because these can be used as makeshift police camps. Congress leader
Karma was not exaggerating in describing Maoism as "an assault on our
tribal identity."

The genesis of Salwa Judum lies in the refusal of a large section of
tribal society to endure this nonsense any longer. What began in May
2005 in Kutru village in Dantewada and quickly spread to neighbouring
areas was essentially a non-cooperation movement against an occupying
Red Army.

Maoists and their sympathisers were chased out of villages and their
supply chain was crippled. When large 8,000-strong gatherings of local
people voted in unison to fight the Maoist menace, if necessary with
bows and arrows, Chhattisgarh saw the beginnings of a popular upsurge.
The local administration had neither the force nor resources to
provide adequate protection to the Salwa Judum.

The Maoists responded to the challenge with characteristic savagery.
On February 28 this year, 26 people died in a landmine explosion at
the venue of a Salwa Judum rally. On April 28, 13 people were abducted
from Mankota village and killed in a particularmanner. The idea was to
intimidate villagers into submission. The Maoist reign of terror has
yielded results.

The 50,000 people living in the relief camps have not been forcibly
relocated—as Maoist pamphleteers suggest. They are refugees who have
fled their villages with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.
During a visit to the Dornapal and Kutru camps earlier this month, I
was struck by the absence of cattle and livestock.

The adivasis said they had left all their possessions in the villages
where, presumably, the Maoists had appropriated them. "We are willing
to return, but only with protection" was the universal refrain in the
camps. A feckless Central Government has not yet come to terms with
the enormity of what the Prime Minister called the "biggest threat" to
the country's internal security. The Maoists cannot be tamed by
pouring money into inefficient welfare schemes. The guerrillas want to
usurp political power by force.

They can only be removed by full-scale military operation aimed at
recapturing lost territory. Salwa Judum can be a fitting complement to
a mammoth counterinsurgency drive. It needs to be replicated
throughout the Maoist belt.

Mangalore Salutes Braveheart Martyr Udayakumar

Mangalore Salutes Braveheart Martyr Udayakumar

Public throngs to pay respects to the Naxal landmine victim

by Richie Lasrado
Pics: Viju Mangalore, Praveen Tauro Kulshekar and Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld News Network

Mangalore, Aug 5: When the Indian Airlines flight from Mumbai landed at Bajpe airport at 4 pm on Saturday, August 5, there was already a huge crowd to receive the mortal remains of Udayakumar, the CRPF constable who fell victim to the suspected Naxalite landmine blast in Chhattisgarh three days ago.

The CISF contingent looking after the security at the airport and the 11-member protocol delegation deputed by the CRPF group centre, Yelahanka in Bangalore, led by SI Shashidharan, escorted the mortal remains out of the plane. A gun salute was accorded in the airport.

Around 4-30 pm, the motorcade, with the CPRF truck HR 68 -1069 carrying the body of Udayakumar, arrived at the entrance of the lane opposite the ITI on Yeyyadi road, leading to his house. Mayor Ashraf, Suratkal MLA Krishna Palemar, former minister Ramanath Rai, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde, additional SP Lokesh Kumar and dySP Harishchandra, Tulu Sahitya Academy president Seetaram Kulal and others got into the truck, laid wreaths and paid respects.

The remains were taken to the late Udayakumar's residence located nearby. Amidst shouting of loud slogans like 'Bolo Bharat Mata Ki Jai', 'Vande Mataram', 'Udayakumar Amar Rahe' by a large number of his friends and well-wishers, over a thousand people joined the procession. At home, there were heart-rending scenes with wails of his wife, children, brothers, sisters and other family-members echoing all over.

Around 5-30 pm, the coffin was brought to the Government Junior Technical School ground, where it was placed for public homage. ASP Lokesh Kumar personally supervised the orderly movement of the crowds and law and order. A large posse of policemen from regular and traffic sections had been pressed into service to handle the crowds and traffic.

Around 6 pm, the funeral procession moved up to Yeyyadi and turned around towards Kadri Hill and later to the Kadri crematorium for the final rites.

A large number of people who had not known Udayakumar had turned up to pay respects to the martyr. Speaking to daijiworld, many said it was their duty to pay respects to someone who had laid his life while serving the nation, although they did not know him in person.

The residents of Kallotte near his residence had put up a banner mourning his death. There were black flags on several vehicles and different corners in the area.

The city gave him a fitting farewell which a hero like him deserved. However, there was a sour note in the form of disappointment expressed by some people - in fact with kind of subdued anger - that many elected representatives like MLA Yogish Bhat, minister Nagaraj Shetty, MPs D V Sadananda Gowda and Manorama Madhwaraj, did not turn up to bid adieu to the martyr at his final journey.

Deputy commissioner Maheshwar Rao is away on deputation in the North and he was represented by other revenue officials.

The martyr's mortal remains were consigned to flames in the crematorium near the Kadri Temple after a final gun salute from CRPF, in the presence of a large number of tearful mourners.

CPI (Maoist) banned in Jharkhand

Sunday, August 6, 2006 (Ranchi):

The Jharkhand government has banned the ultra left-wing CPI (Maoist) group in the state.

"A notification was issued last week outlawing the CPI (Maoist) and its frontal wings with immediate effect," said state Home Secretary J B Tubid.

The ban was necessitated because most of the CPI (Maoist) cadres were former members of the outlawed Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and the People's War (PW) group, he said.

He further added that the authorities had got information on this from the extremists arrested recently. (PTI)

Police on Maoist hit-squad trail

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HYDERABAD: Police on Saturday conducted extensive searches in Ramnagar and its adjoining localities following intelligence reports about the presence of CPI (Maoist)-hit squad led by Asanna in the city.

Armed with the photograph of 35-year-old Takkellapally Vasudeva Rao alias Asanna, police searched the entire locality for more than two hours. House-to-house searches were conducted in the localities of Ramnagar, Parsigutta, MCH colony and Ambernagar Katta.

Police surrounded the areas from four sides and conducted the search and frisking operations. More than 100 police personnel from Gandhinagar, Chikkadpally and Musheerabad surrounded the four localities and searched them. Motorists passing through the localities were also frisked.

The city police are on a high alert after intelligence agencies alerted the possible movement of Asanna and his squad in the city. Asanna was reportedly spotted at Punjagutta a couple of days back.

Ramnagar and its adjoining localities are considered safe haven for Maoists in the city as police had arrested a top naxalite from the area a few years ago.

Police suspect that the Moaist-hit squad is in the city to avenge the killing of their state secretary Madhav in an alleged encounter in the Nallamala forest.

With the photograph, police inquired the residents whether they saw the person in the locality. They asked them to be alert and report movement of suspected people to local police.

Meanwhile, news about police picking up five suspects from Ramnagar created a buzz in the city. However, the five were found to be in possession of some CDs. They turned out to be bachelors and the CDs were porn movies.

Villagers seek reward for brave act

Sanjay Tiwari

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Sunday, August 6, 2006 (Gaddigudam):

A few years ago 234 villages in Maharashtra's Gadcharoli district mustered up the courage to step out of the shadow of the gun and stand up to the Naxals.

They did this on the promise that the government would compensate them. While the villagers kept their part of the deal, the government has failed to fulfill its promise.

Fifteen kilometers from Alapalli town in Gadchiroli district lies the Gaddigudam village. Naxal influence has ensured that much of what is basic is missing here.

"It is muddy everywhere. With every rain it gets even worse. Vehicles can't enter the town. We need a tar road," said Ramanna Gundaiyya, local shopkeeper.

Cash rewards

Two years ago in the hope of replacing the mud road with tar, villagers had joined the government's Gaobandi program where villagers were asked to deny Naxals access to their villages.

In return the villagers were promised cash rewards of Rs two lakh.
NDTV: Had you participated in Gaobandi?

Indubai Soyam, Sarpanch: Yes, we had.

NDTV: When did you send the proposal?

Indubai Soyam: Two years have passed.

NDTV: Did you receive the cash reward of Rs 2 lakh?

Indubai Soyam: No, not yet.

NDTV: When will you get that?

Indubai Soyam: We went twice. But there is no sign of it.

NDTV: What will you do with the money, if it is given to your village?

Indubai Soyam: We will build a road.

Bureaucratic line

Gaddigudam was one of 234 villages in Gadchiroli that decided to ban the entry of Naxals. So far only 112 villages have received compensation.

The locals bravely implemented the Gaobandi scheme two years back. But today, they want to forget that experience.

When NDTV met the District Collector, his reply toed the bureaucratic line.

"It's a scheme, there are certain conditions and norms to it. We will see what has happened. We will do what we can. We will sit together with all the officials and talk to the villagers and help them," said Shyam Tagde, District Collector.

Back in Gaddigudam, Indubai and her electorate are now living in the same fear that once inspired them to take a risk that went without reward.

Constable, Maoist killed in encounter

Staff Reporter
Fierce fighting in the Nallamala forest near Ahobilam in Kurnool

KURNOOL: In a fierce fighting between Gyerhounds men and Maoists in the Nallamala forest, near Ahobilam in Kurnool district, a constable and a Maoist were killed on Saturday. The constable was identified as Nageswara Rao (30) while the identity of the naxalite was not known.

According Superintendent of Police B. Malla Reddy, the Greyhounds team and Maoists, believed to be members of Rayalaseema Division of the CPI (Maoist), ran into each other around 4.30 p.m. leading to firing from both sides. Both suffered casualties.

After the encounter, the police recovered two .303 rifles from the spot. The encounter spot was around eight km from the upper Ahobilam temple. Police and revenue officials left for the spot to bring the bodies out of the forest after inquest.

The SP said the naxal team involved in the encounter could be that of Nallamala Forest Division or Rayalaseema Division as Ahobilam is the meeting point for the extremists operating in four Rayalaseema districts and Prakasam. Rayalaseema division was in charge of the operations in Kadapa, Chittoor and Anantapur while Nallamala Forest division confined its activities to Kurnool and Prakasam districts.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Hyderabad, Home Minister K. Jana Reddy condemned the killing of the constable in the encounter. In a statement he said the Government would render all assistance to the victim's family. The Minister conveyed condolences to the family.

Cops under siege

Sonali Das & Sandeep Mishra
[ 5 Aug, 2006 2224hrs IS TTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

Last week, policemen battling Maoists in the treacherous terrains of southern and western Orissa received a secret message from headquarters: Restrict your movements. The Red extremists were observing a martyr's week from July 28 and the bosses in Cuttack were taking no chances.

Across the state border, it's a similar story in southern Chhattisgarh. Jagdalpur-based journalist Pawan Dubey says that in the interiors of Dantewada district, policemen lock themselves up in thanas at night.

"When naxalites attack a village, they sit tight and reach the spot only after ensuring that the Maoists have left," he says. And driving from Dantewada to Jagdalpura at night on a road surrounded by Maoist-ruled jungles, one does not find a single police vehicle on patrol.

There's no exaggeration here. In the Maoist-dominated areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa, cops are on the backfoot. Untrained in guerrilla warfare with little Intelligence and lesser motivation, they often end up second best against a well-armed and highly motivated adversary.

Uniform Toll

Figures illustrate the point. In Jharkhand, about 250 policemen have been killed in naxal-related incidents in the past three years. Cops, including IPS officals, are on the Maoist hit list.

In Orissa, an estimated 40 men in uniform have fallen to naxals in the past few years. According to SATP website, 92 security men have been killed in Maoist violence all over the country this year; of them 48 in Chhattisgarh.

India's naxalite-affected states include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, trigger-happy Andhra Pradesh is an exception where the naxals, not the cops, are under siege.

According to the portal on South Asian terrorism, only 3 security personnel have been killed compared to 82 Left extremists this year.

Despite the high toll the ongoing conflict has taken on Maoists, it's policemen who appear more demoralised in most naxal-affected states.

Says a police official posted in Orissa's Malkangiri district, "Some cops not only surrender their firearms without any resistance but virtually shiver on seeing Maoists."

The reasons are not hard to fathom. A K Pathak, president of Jharkhand state police association, makes a telling confession. "Naxalites are a dedicated cadre who move fearlessly with a do or die motto," he says, "but policemen are here to do a job and take home their salaries." Adds president of Orissa havildar-sepoy mahasangh Arun Mohanty, "We have a family to feed and think of unlike the Reds."

A senior police officer who served in Chhattisgarh's South Bastar area in the late 90s says that often poorly performing officers are dumped in these troubled spots as a form of punishment. Also, key posts often lie vacant.

Dubey points out that the post of additional superintendent of police in Maoist-dominated Sukama area of Dantewada district has been unoccupied for over a year. Police officers also lament the absence of real time intelligence.

In AP, sources say, the cops have upgraded their intelligence and, consequently, have succeeded in infiltrating the dalams (squads).

Acting on a tip-off on July 23, special teams of Greyhounds, the anti-naxalite wing of the state police, felled AP Maoist state secretary Madhav and seven others in a shoot-out in Nalamala forest of Prakasam district. Sustained police pressure has made Maoists shift base to Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

Such accomplishments are rare in other states. In Jharkhand earlier this year, policemen fell into a trap laid by double-crossing informers that ended up killing five security personnel.

Last month in Chhattisgarh, 27 supporters of Salva Judum, the anti-Maoist movement, were hacked to death in Dantewada district. A senior official says police have been unable to give support and protection to its informers.

"Through Judum, they have exposed the informers without ensuring proper protection to them," he says. Police sources add that the inhospitable terrain full of dense jungles is suitable for the Maoists' guerrilla tactics.

Pathak points out that lack of training to counter guerrilla tactics is a major reason why policemen fear to tread the naxalites path. "In Jharkhand, the policeman was trained to deal with the general law and order problems.

Only recently about 1,500 policemen received specific training to counter naxalites in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh," he says. Don't gimme red

Nonetheless, some efforts to counter the Reds are visible. Policemen are revving up their armoury to fight the sophisticated Maoist weaponry.

Om Prakash Pal, SP, Dantewada, says, "The policemen are now equipped with AK-47s, self-loading rifles and night vision equipment." In Orissa's worst-hit districts, four anti-mine vehicles have been pressed into service.

"Consequently, casualties from IED explosions have fallen drastically," says a senior police official. Orissa's home secretary Sontosh Kumar proffers, "We are now equipped with AK-47s and Insas rifles.

Our build-up will be much better in three years." Sources say security men have also been equipped with a "secret weapon" to take the rebels by surprise.

Cops also realise they need people on their side. Officer Pal says, "We are conducting medical camps in Dantewada and trying to ensure that Judum activists get proper food and other relief material."

In Jharkhand, DGP V D Ram exhorted cops to don a more people-friendly face on learning that naxalites in Singbhum districts have distributed blankets and foodgrain to villagers.

Senior police officials admit the adversary is both motivated and sharp. During the recent raid on a Salva Judum camp, naxals fired a few kilometres away from the shelter to attract the attention of cops.

While policemen rushed to the area of firing, the massacre was carried out silently with pickaxes. "It shows the kind of opponent we are dealing with," says Pal.

But senior policemen also believe that better motivation and planning can help tackle the menace. In Andhra Pradesh, the elite anti-naxal unit Greyhound is said to be a highly motivated group, a lot of the motivation coming from the fact that they are allowed to keep part of the booty recovered from the naxals.

There is also consensus on two points: there must be a collective political will to fight the Maoists; and the battle will be long and bloody.

(With inputs from Avijit Ghosh in Delhi)