Saturday, September 09, 2006

NaxalWatch announces TIPS & PUBLIC LEADS service for Citizens

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The NAXAL WATCH is proud to announce a confidential TIPS & PUBLIC LEADS service to citizens to fight effectlvely the menace of Terrorism and Naxalism . As our Prime Minister Mr.Manmohan Singh said in his recent address to CM's meeting to "sensitise the public into becoming allies" , this is an effort by NAXALWATCH in that direction . Development of awareness amongst the masses is crucial in this fight and citizens in general must be associated with the countries' preparations against security threats .

This is an alternative means by which individuals can pass on valuable information in an anonymous manner by email. The goal is to obtain information on Terror/Naxal activities that are unattainable through conventional methods, and to assist the Indian Security and Intelligence officials combating terrorism .

Take the first step in helping us make our community more safe by using TIPS & PUBLIC LEADS service, when you have personal knowledge of criminal or suspecious activity . IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING .

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Masses mourn Mao

Masses mourn Mao
Written by Thingfish
Saturday, 09 September 2006

The south end of Tiananmen Square, with Shenyangmen left, Great Hall of the People centre and Mao's final resting place on the right.

Thousands of people spent today in Beijing queuing up for a quick glimpse at the glass-encased corpse of a man who died thirty years ago.

Because today is the diamond anniversary of the death of China’s Great Helmsman Mao Zedong.

China has no shortage of odd experiences, but a visit to the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall is one of the oddest. Near the South end of Tiananmen Square, blocking the view of the gates at either end, Mao’s mausoleum is big white concrete blemish, flanked by stone revolutionaries. It’s built on the site of the 500 year old Gate of China, which Mao had demolished in the ‘50s.

It’s something I’d wanted to see for years, but only got around to it two years ago. It’s one of those last-chance-to-see moments, a ghoulish opportunity to spend a few minutes with a true 20th Century icon before propriety and political progress convince the authorities to finally bury the man.

On a typical day, you have to spend an hour or so standing in line with a couple of busloads of awkward-looking provincial Communists and their families. Today you’d need to be a true martyr to the Maoist cause to stand all day.

It makes no sense to the rest of the world, but despite the fact that he lead the country through 30 years of insanity, at the cost of up to 70 million lives, despite the fact that his party has turned against virtually everything Mao stood for, there are still millions of Chinese who regard Mao as something of a god.

And it's those people; the old lumpen proletariat, the peasants that Mao wanted us all to learn from, who make up the bulk of the pilgrims who queue at the tomb every day. The rest, like myself, are tourists.

Madame Twofrauds

The irony of worshipping the corpse of a man who condemned religion as feudal superstition is lost on the congregation. So they respectfully make their offerings and shuffle through the mausoleum’s chambers. Just in case anyone thinks to make a noise or take a photograph, grim-faced soldiers stand guard in each room. So we don't complain as we're herded by the Great Helmsman's corpse, if indeed it is his corpse.

There have long been rumours that the embalming was a failure and that The Boss was buried after he began shedding extremities. I read somewhere that one of his ears actually fell off before the authorities quietly replaced the deceased with a wax dummy.
What they all come to see: Mao's body in state. Or at least that's what the brochure says.

And it really does look that way. While you can’t get close enough to the case to get a good look, Mao does look remarkably youthful and smooth-skinned for a man of 82 years old. It may just be the light, but he also looks strangely orange.

As I shuffle awkwardly past the glare of the guards, I can’t help thinking out of place. Because as the faithful appear to believe they’re in the presence of greatness, I like a worshipper in Madame Tussauds. I suspect every tourist who visits the place feels the same way.

And we're suddenly out again, into a tacky tourist emporium – Communist consumerism at its most baffling. Tables are laden with cheap souvenir Mao watches, clocks, badges, t-shirts, statues, mugs, pens, candles, ash-trays, medals, key rings, hats, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, posters and flags. I bought an ironically iconic Mao ashtray and a blinking, musical cigarette lighter that played a tuneless rendition of The East Is Red each time it was lit. Outside wait a mass of hawkers, photographers who will loan your child a Mao uniform and evil capitalist fizzy pop is openly on sale.

And only the tourists seem to notice the irony that the champion of the great proletarian revolution is now exploited by his own party as a marketing gimmick to offload truckloads of plastic crap onto the oppressed masses he supposedly delivered from bondage. Where once the masses were liberated from the exploitation of the ruling class, today their grandchildren are fleeced by the same people who saved them. Nothing really changes.

Tourists wax lyrical

“Do you think it is real?” my friend Ji Xiao Ming asked later that night at dinner.

“Do you?” I asked.

“Maybe it is not,” he said. “Maybe it is a wax figure.”

I won’t say it’s not Mao… but let’s face it, the man looked like a wax effigy when he was alive anyway, so what the hell.

He looks a trifle waxy, it's true, but he's been dead for 30-odd years. Besides, who knows how much of him is genuine socialist body tissue and how much the product of the Chinese synthetics industry?

we shuffle past the marble coffin itself, Mao Zedong looking more like a waxwork than anything else

The tour guide says that nobody says that the body is a fake, but the way he said it, and the words he chose, seems to imply otherwise.

UPA compromising internal security: BJP

UPA compromising internal security: BJP

By Indo Asian News Service

Dehradun, Sep 9 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday passed a resolution blaming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre for

what it termed as compromising India's internal security.

The resolution, adopted by the party's national executive, said: 'Under the UPA there has been a sharp rise in the intensity of terrorism. The terrorists have been able to consolidate even outside Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.'

'The blasts in Malegaon (on Friday) killing a large number of innocent people are a text book illustration of terrorist activism coupled with government apathy and intelligence failure,' the resolution said.

It also criticised the 'uninspiring and pedestrian statement' made by Home Minister Shivraj Patil following the blasts.

'The political signals given to the intelligence and security agencies are disturbing. There is a go-slow against terrorism. Available data indicates that terrorist liquidation has declined by 56 percent over the last two years,' the resolution said.

Earlier Saturday, the last day of the party's three-day national executive, the party discussed the resolution on internal security situation at length focussing on increasing influence of Maoist outfits.

'The party leaders expressed their deep concern over internal security and especially the way Left wing extremism is spreading. It is already affecting more than 160 districts in 13 states,' BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said.

He said: 'The party will launch a nationwide agitation on this issue.'

The BJP also discussed its strategy for the coming assembly polls in five states - Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur.

The party would focus on issues of deteriorating internal security situation, price rise and failure of the respective state governments, Jaitley said.

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee also addressed the party leaders and 'appreciated the efforts made by party chief Rajnath Singh to take the party forward,' he said.

'The BJP president will announce its future course of action on Sunday.'

Reacting to Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Prakash Karat's demand to investigate the role of Bajrang Dal in the Malegaon blasts, Jaitley said: 'These are the political parties on account of whose policies the terrorists are encouraged. An act of terror is an act of terror. Let's not go into speculations.'

'Its not the question of a particular community being targeted but ultimately innocent citizens have lost their lives,' he added.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Another consignment of explosives seized in AP

Another consignment of explosives seized in AP

Hyderabad, Sept. 9 (PTI): A day after the recovery of a major arms haul, Andhra Pradesh police today seized another consignment of explosives from a transport company's godown in Anantapur district, reportedly meant to be supplied to the Maoists.

Three bags full of gelatin sticks were recovered from Kranti Transport Company's godown at Puttaparthi, police said.

The explosives were recovered during statewide raids conducted by the police on the office and warehouses of Kranti and other transport companies. The police also arrested one Venkatrami Reddy, to whom the parcel was sent from Chityala in Nalgonda district.

Police had yesterday seized 875 rocket shells, 27 rocket launchers and other ammunition at two separate places in Mahaboobnagar and Prakasam district.

Meanwhile, police in Guntur district have launched a hunt for two people who had allegedly received a consignment of rockets shells and launchers about two months ago. During the investigations launched after yesterday's sensational seizures, police found that two parcels containing the arms were delivered to them in Macherla in Guntur through Kranti Transport.

A person who identified himself as Rami Reddy sent the consignment from Nellore district. He told the transport company that the bags contained electrical equipments. The consingments sent to one V S Reddy were received several days later on his behalf by another person who identified himself as Aslam. Police suspect that the rocket shells, launchers and other arms could have already reached naxalite hide-outs.

With today's recovery, the police have possibly foiled Maoists' plan to attack police stations and VIPs in five districts surrounding Nallamala forests, sources said.

ORISSA : New strategy to counter Naxals

Saturday September 9 2006 12:12 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa is planning to raise a separate force to protect its jails from Naxalite attacks and a new strategy to counter the radicals.

‘We are planning to raise special force to protect our jails which will be deployed after training,’ Director-General of Police Amarananda Pattanayak told mediapersons here on Friday.

As per the strategy chalked out to fortify jails in Naxal-prone areas, one platoon of force would be deployed in each jail, he said.

In March, over 200 Naxalites had raided a district sub-jail at R Udayagiri in Gajapati district and freed its inmates.

Besides, looting arms and ammunition from an armoury, the members of CPI (Maoists) had taken the jail superintendent and officer-in-charge of the local police station hostage, who were freed after a few days.

‘It is a matter of time before we gain an upper hand and weaken the Naxalite ranks,’ Pattanayak, who attended a meeting of all inspectors in charge of police stations in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, said.

The police will be provided with sophisticated weapons to counter the ultras. ‘‘We will tackle the radicals with an iron hand and take every possible step to counter terror,’’ he asserted.

He said though Naxal activity has remained relatively sporadic in the State in comparison to its neighbour, there should be no room for complacency. The police should also encourage the extremists to join the mainstream. ‘‘We will ensure their proper rehabilitation,’’ he said.

Though only a handful have surrendered after the Naxal outfits were banned by the State Government, the DGP said the figures are not encouraging and more needs to be done to encourage Naxals to lay down arms.

Increasing cases of cyber crime are posing a major challenge to the police. To counter it, cyber police station will be set up, Pattanayak added.

Coordinated efforts paid off: Home Ministry

Coordinated efforts paid off: Home Ministry

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry says Friday's seizure of a huge cache from an arms dump, suspected to belong to naxal cadres in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, is a result of "coordinated efforts" in dealing with naxalism.

Expressing satisfaction and relief at the recovery of arms and rocket launchers, the Ministry spokesman said here it showed that naxal cadres had amassed arms and ammunition but the alertness of the special police force in Andhra Pradesh led to the seizure, preventing any violent incident.

Further investigations could provide crucial leads to the supply chain.

More initiatives

More anti-naxal operations and initiatives on the development front would be launched once the monitoring framework in States affected by naxal violence was put in place, the spokesman said.

Maharashtra bleeds with 20 attacks in three years

[ 9 Sep, 2006 0034hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

MUMBAI: At least 20 terrorist attacks in three years: that's the count in Maharashtra after Friday's blasts. From Mumbai to Malegaon, those seeking to spread terror seem to be hitting at will.

Even the elite Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been able to do precious little to prevent attacks.

Fingers of suspicion have pointed mainly to Islamic extremists but Bajrang Dal members, too, have been blamed for some of the incidents; the Naxal presence on the east compounds the situation.

Mumbai, of course, has borne the brunt of the mayhem. The July 11 train blasts claimed 187 lives. In 2002-03, Mumbai was rocked by explosions at marketplaces, a tourist hub, a commercial hub and on BEST buses and trains.

But terror has also spread to the smaller towns and rural areas, where officials say foreign-based outfits have found safe haven for storing explosives and cultivating sleeper cells.

That has prompted the state to open ATS offices in Nagpur and Aurangabad. The police made huge arms seizures and apprehended suspects in northern Maharashtra this June; they included 33 kg of RDX, 11 AK-47 rifles, 2,200 bullets and 40 magazines.

"Maharashtra is a progressive state, which is why it is a soft target," director-general P S Pasricha said on Friday "The terrorists want to hurt the state's economy and ignite communal passions. People from all communities reside in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad and it is easy for terrorists to mix in the crowd," he said.

The needle of suspicion in most cases has pointed to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the banned Students' Islamic Movement of India but cops have implicated the Bajrang Dal in a few north Maharashtra cases.

A senior ATS officer told TOI that 16 Dal members were arrested after a bomb went off while being built in Nanded on April 6 this year; four people were killed and 11 injured.

The arrested men told the ATS that they wanted to retaliate against the perpetrators of several blasts across the country. A Dal member was also arrested in connection with a blast at a Parbhani mosque, in which two people died.

There were blasts — all after Friday prayers — outside mosques in Porna, Jalna and Nagpur as well.

The police have busted several modules, including two of the Gujarat Muslim Revenge Force, but there is an apprehension that at least 10 sleeper modules are still present.

"Maharashtra is the main storage for explosives and firearms smuggled in from Nepal and across the Kashmir border. Some of it is supplied to Naxalites in eastern Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. For every five firearms seized by police, there is a fresh supply of 20 weapons," a senior ATS officer said.

Are Naxals better armed than cops?

Recovered missiles show the technological advances made by Naxals in making own arms

Roli Srivastava

Hyderabad: It is a competition of arms between the police and the Naxals in the state. The 600 missiles found by the police is an indication of the technological advances made by Naxals in making these arms on their own, showing that they are as well armed, or perhaps better, than the state police. While the police have been given the latest of sophisticated arms and a budget that is not unaccounted for, Naxals wielding laptops and digital cameras are proving to be difficult rivals.

“The rocket launchers have been made indigenously. They have not taken help from any foreign agency,” said Rajesh Kumar, officer on special duty in Mahbubnagar district.

He said Naxals had used rocket launchers in three instances last year to attack police stations, but these were not as developed or sophisticated like the ones recovered on Friday.

Earlier this year, the police had recovered 30 remote sets from Ongole district that could trigger explosives from a distance of up to 5 km. The police said that while earlier Naxals used wire-activated land mines, they were using wireless versions now.

Procuring of parts for making these weapons too is done in a way to avoid being tracked. “They source raw material from different districts in Andhra and neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh or Karnataka. They would then assemble them at one place,” said Tirumal Rao, DIG (intelligence).

However, the race for possessing better arms was started by the police.

“Both the police and Naxals have been in this competition with each other since 1985. Until then, they had .3030 rifles. Now, both groups have AK 47 and AK 56 rifles,” said K Balagopal of the Human Rights Forum and expert on Naxal issues.

Friday, September 08, 2006

800 rocket missiles seized in AP from the Naxal-infested forests

Posted Friday , September 08, 2006 at 11:55
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ARMED TO TEETH: The Andhra Pradesh Police say it's their biggest-ever arms haul.

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh police on Friday has claimed its biggest arms haul in two years, recovering 600 rocket missiles from the Naxal-infested forests in Mahabubnagar district.

They also diffused at least 20 landmines from within the 10 km radius.

The seized missiles are understood to have the capability to shoot targets or objects up to 1 km range. According to police, when put on a shoulder, they can also target moving objects like car, bus, truck or even a low-flying helicopter.

A special police party combing the Nallamala forest area unearthed the arms from a dump near Jangireddypalli village late on Thursday night, police said.

FLASHPOINT: Combing operations in the Naxal-invested area had been going on since past one year.

The weapons were reportedly being transported to be hidden in a dump in the Nallamala forest for future use.

Police sources also say that the information came through Naxal informers.

According to sources, police intercepted a vehicle and seized 600 rocket launchers and 15 mining machines from it. They also reportedly arrested a Maoist activist accompanying the weapons.

The vehicle was intercepted at Jangareddygudem, an entry point into thick forests, sources said.

Director General of Police Swaranjeet Sen is rushing here and was expected to hold a press conference to reveal details of the find.

Combing operations had been on for the past one year in the area specially in the Karimnagar, Nallamala forest, Mehboobnagar and Warangal districts are infamous in the state for being hotbed of Naxal activity

Huge maoist arms cache busted; over 600 rockets recovered

Dated 8/9/2006
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A huge cache of arms, including 600 rocket launchers, suspected to be owned by the Maoists was recovered by police in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh.

A special police party combing the Nallamala forest area unearthed the arms from a dump near Jangireddypalli village Thursday night, police said today.

They also diffused at least 20 landmines from within the 10 km radius.

The seized missiles are understood to have the capability to shoot targets or objects up to 1 km range. According to police, when put on a shoulder, they can also target moving objects like car, bus, truck or even a low-flying helicopter.

A special police party combing the Nallamala forest area unearthed the arms from a dump near Jangireddypalli village late on Thursday night, police said.

The weapons were reportedly being transported to be hidden in a dump in the Nallamala forest for future use.

Police sources also say that the information came through Naxal informers.

According to sources, police intercepted a vehicle and seized 600 rocket launchers and 15 mining machines from it. They also reportedly arrested a Maoist activist accompanying the weapons.

The vehicle was intercepted at Jangareddygudem, an entry point into thick forests, sources said.

Director General of Police Swaranjeet Sen is rushing here and was expected to hold a press conference to reveal details of the find.

Combing operations had been on for the past one year in the area specially in the Karimnagar, Nallamala forest, Mehboobnagar and Warangal districts are infamous in the state for being hotbed of Naxal activity.

Over 800 Maoist rockets, launchers seized in Andhra

Hyderabad, Sep 8 (IANS) In one of the biggest arms haul in India in recent times, police in Andhra Pradesh state seized a huge cache of weapons consisting of 800 rocket shells, dozens of launchers and other arms and ammunition meant for Maoist extremists.

Police seized 600 shells, 15 launchers, 12 claymore mines and several rounds of 303 rifles in Mahabubnagar district late Thursday. In yet another haul Friday, police seized 275 rocket shells, two dozen launchers and 26 bags of rocket spares and ammunition in Prakasam district.

Police have claimed that the huge cache being sent through a transport company were meant for Maoist guerrillas in Nallamalla forests. The extremists had planned to use them for carrying out attacks on police forces.

The recovery also sent the alarm bells ringing in top echelons of police as it showed the kind of arms and sophistication the Maoists were trying to achieve.

"This is the largest number of rocket shells recovered in the country. It is the most significant recovery in our war against Maoists," said Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen, who inspected the seized arms at Mahabubnagar.

He said the seized rockets had the capacity to be fired from shoulder-mounted launchers with a range to hit targets at a distance of one kilometre. "Even a person on a motorcycle can launch these rockets," said Sen. All the rocket shells weighing more than 2000 kg, however, were without explosives.

Both the seizures were made from the warehouses of Kranti Motor Transport Company. Acting on the information provided by a person arrested following the seizure in Acchampet in Mahabubnagar district, police raided the transport company's branch in Giddalur in Prakasam district on Friday and found another huge haul of arms.

Police then began raids on more than 400 branches of the company throughout the state. Police teams are also checking the warehouses of the company in Vijayawada, where it has its headquarters.

Police believe the rockets were made in Tamil Nadu and the consignment to Acchampet was sent from Vijayawada while the one to Giddalur had come from Kadpa. They were meant for Maoists in Nallamalla forests, the stronghold of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist.

Many Maoists including top rebel leaders are believed to be hiding in the dense forests spread over five districts including Mahabubnagar and Prakasam.

Home Minister K. Jana Reddy described the recovery as "a huge success" for police and intelligence agencies.

"This shows that the intelligence and police have stepped up their vigilance," he said here.

The seizure follows the killing in July of a Maoist leader and seven guerrillas in the Nallamalla forests of Prakasam district.

Maoist violence has claimed more than 6,000 lives in the state over the last three decades including those of 2,500 civilians, policemen and politicians.

Army to help UP Police fight naxal menace

Lucknow, Sept 8. (PTI): In a bid to combat naxal menace in some parts of the State, the Uttar Pradesh Government has embarked upon a plan to join hands with Army to provide training in guerrilla warfare to the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).

The PAC jawans will also be trained in the use of latest arms, explosives and tactics to counter the naxal threat and deal with them effectively, a top state police official said.

With the naxalites looking at up for establishing fresh bases and expanding their area of operation, only a well equipped and well trained force could effetcively neutralise them, said Additional Director General of Police (PAC) Acharya Palnivel.

The Army will provide the PAC jawans training in guerrilla warfare as they have to fight the naxalites in the thick forested areas, he said.

The experts from the army will also train the personnel in the use of explosives and necessary tactics to combat with naxals.

The inaccessible hilly terrain and dense forests of the state provided perfect cover for the naxalites, who use their own maps to move around and the ignorance of PAC personnel about the area had proved fatal many times, Palnivel said.

On November 20, 2004, naxalites had ambushed a police party and triggered a land mine blast killing at least 17 policemen near a culvert in the Chandauli district in the state, he said.

In Uttar Pradesh, the naxalites have their strong presence in Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonebhadra districts while Gorakhpur, Ghazipur and Ballia are targeted as potential districts to be brought under their influence, intelligence officials said.

The police is already taking the help of local youths in naxalite-affected districts to tackle the menace by inducting them in PAC but specialised training was missing, Palnivel said.

During the one month guerrilla training, emphasis would be laid on training PAC jawans to identify and dispose bombs and take necessary precautions during operations, he said.

"As there are seven sectors of PAC in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bareilly, Meerut and Agra where army cantonment also exist, it became easy for us to persuade army officials to train our men at our Headquarters. We are planning to train 52 companies, which will be spared from each sector for a month for their training," Palnivel said.

The programme will continue for a year and depending upon availability of force, training would be imparted accordingly, he said referring to heavy demand of the force in the state to maintain law and order.

Palnivel said that under the modernisation programme, PAC had already purchased enough number of self oading rifles (SLR) and INSAS rifles as the existing 303 rifles were not sufficient enough to deal with the naxals armed with sophisticated weapons.

The PAC now consists 100 companies, which are fully equipped with these latest weapons.

With guerrilla training, which includes apprising them with field graph techniques and arms training, PAC jawans could play a vital role in dealing with the naxal menace, Palnivel said.

He said efforts were also on to strengthen the dog squad of PAC and eight new squads, trained in landmine detection, had been prepared. Besides, the existing mine detection squads had been equipped with latest gadgets.

In case of combing operation, the specially trained PAC team would be led by dog squad followed by mine detection squad as a shield so that chances of casualties of PAC personnel remain minimum, Palnivel said.

IGP denies intrusion of Manipur extremists

Friday September 8 2006 00:00 IST

VELLORE: Deputy Inspector General of Police Ramesh Kudawla has denied news reports which appeared in a Tamil daily that as many as 24 extremists belonging to Manipur had infiltrated into Vellore district.

A thorough search was made by the local police in all possible hideouts and other places and it was found that no terrorist had intruded into Vellore district, he said.

Briefing newspersons at his office on Thursday, Kudawla said the reports had referred to Ebodombi alias Ekkombi (55), the leader of United National Liberation Front of Manipur, who was arrested in Coimbatore.

It was further reported that Central Intelligence officers had received information that as many as 24 persons, accomplices of Ekkombi, were hiding in the Yelagiri and Jamanamarathur hill tracks in Vellore district. Of these 24, five persons were undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Vellore town, the news reports had further stated.

Kudawla said a thorough combing operation was carried out in all the suspected places like hospitals, lodging houses, paying guest outfits and hill areas and no one as described in the daily was found.

The DIG while replying to a question on the steps taken by the police in controlling the Naxal infiltration intp the district bordering AP, said Vellore was quite safe and all the borders of the district were being monitored on a round-the-clock basis.

More beats have been increased in these areas, he added.

When asked about the manpower shortage in the police department in the district, he said that around 10 percent shortage was there but it was normal and things were being managed well with the available workforce.

Continuous raids were being undertaken in the hill and border areas to contain and eradicate illicit arrack. On many occasions, vehicles bringing illicit arrack from neighbouring states were seized, he said.

In this connection, 19 persons have been arrested under the Goondas Act and Bootleggers Act so far, he added.

Of the Rs 80 lakh loss of property through robberies registered this year, Rs 60 lakh worth of property was recovered. Around 88 percent of cases had been detected this year, he added. He also said that any complaints of police stations refusing to register cases should be addressed to the DIG or the SP who would initiate action against such police stations.

The DIG said the number of accidents taking place on the highway was also coming down.

Vaiko speech case: When asked about the complaint lodged by the local MLA C Gnanasekaran on the speech of Vaiko in Vellore recently in support of the LTTE, he said legal opinion had been sought based on which further action would be initiated.

He also said that a case of cheating had been registered against self- styled bishop Yobu Saravanan based on a petition received by post.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Three killed in Maoist violence

India News
Raipur, Sep 7 (IANS) Militants of the banned left wing extremists' outfit, Communist Party of India-Maoist, killed three civilians in insurgency-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
Police said the Maoists had kidnapped four people from Basaguda last week and killed three of them Wednesday night by slitting their throat.

"We have found bodies of three middle-aged tribesmen from a roadside. They have been identified as cadres of Salwa Judum, (Campaign for Peace), a government backed civil militia launched in June 2005," Inspector General T.J. Longkumer told IANS.

He added Central Reserve Police Force personnel along with the state police were combing militant hideouts in the Bijapur forest stretch, 550 km south of capital Raipur, to apprehend the killers.

An official said at least 250 people mostly civilians were killed in the state in Maoist violence since January this year. Maoist rebels often target tribal villagers who support security forces.

There are about 20,000-armed Maoist fighters in the country, backed by thousands of sympathisers.

India's PM calls for public to become allies in terror war

September 06, 2006 Edition 1

New Delhi: India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called yesterday for the public to "become allies" in the war on terror and said the threat of new attacks in the country remained serious.

Singh issued the call in talks with state security chiefs that came almost two months after a series of train blasts in the financial capital Mumbai killed 183 people. Muslim militants have been blamed for the blasts.

Intelligence reports "suggest terrorist modules and sleeper cells exist in some of our urban areas, all of which highlight the seriousness of the threat", the Press Trust of India quoted him as telling the state chiefs.

"A major effort is necessary on our part to sensitise the public into becoming allies in this war ... who could report on any kind of unusual activity," he said.

Singh also urged better intelligence-gathering in wide-ranging deliberations on how to counter terror threats from Islamic militants, Maoist rebels and north-eastern separatists.

State officials should pay "more attention to improving the software needed for the maintenance of peace", Singh said. "I mean by this improving intelligence generation and collection as also the overall strengthening of your intelligence mechanism."

CRPF to man polls in Naxalite-hit areas

Express News Service

Kolkata, September 6 Central paramilitary forces, including CRPF, are being deployed in constituencies where by-elections for the Lok Sabha and Bidhan Sabha are scheduled to take place on September 16.

Seventy companies of Central forces, comprising mostly of CRPF, have already started moving into Purulia where elections will be held.

P Ray, home secretary, has said that in Purulia, localities under five police stations are Naxalite-affected. “These booths will be manned by the paramilitary forces,” said Ray.

The elections to be held at Katwa, Purulia, Malda and Bongaon, will have electoral work carried out at around 1,000 premises. In a meeting, held between senior government officials on Wednesday, various aspects related to the election process were discussed.

Debasis Sen, state chief electoral officer, who was present at the meeting, said that the deployment of forces has started in Purulia. Sen said that BSF, CRPF and SSB companies will be moving into the constituencies.

Ray, responding to a query on Bangladeshi terrorists and their intrusion into the Indian territory, has said that Bangladesh “in principle” has agreed to co-operate with India on the issue. “They have agreed on having a joint machinery. Delhi will send a proposal to Dhaka in this regard,” said Ray.

Naxal's mother to receive interest on compensation

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Government to pay Rs. 1.2 lakh within 4 weeks

CHENNAI: Twenty nine years after her son Seeralan, a naxalite, died in police custody, 75-year-old Baggiam Duraisamy is set to get Rs. 1.2 lakh towards interest for the compensation paid by the government.
The government, which had rejected her compensation plea twice, deposited Rs. 1 lakh in her name following a court order.

Passing orders on her appeal against the single judge ruling, the First Bench of the Madras High Court asked the government to pay Rs. 1.2 lakh within four weeks. It observed that the acquittal of police personnel charged with the murder of Seeralan would not disentitle her from claiming interest for the compensation.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru observed that the single judge should have ordered the compensation either from Seeralan's date of death or the date of her claim.

10-year delay

Pointing out that Baggiam Duraisamy's writ petition, filed in 1984, was taken up 10 years later, it said she should not be penalised for the delay. Though the compensation was reasonable, she should not be denied the legitimate right to claim it from the date of demand, the judges said.

"We think it is just and necessary that the respondent/State should be directed to pay interest on the amount of compensation, calculated from the date of original demand made by her to the government."

It then quantified the interest rate at 12 per cent per annum and said it should be calculated from March 1981. It arrived at a figure of Rs. 1.2 lakh after a "rough calculation," and said the amount need not be deposited in any scheme as the lady, "who is in the evening of her life, should receive the entire amount so ordered by this court."

Seeralan was being held in police custody without any remand in 1977 when he was beaten to death with a yoke. While the police claimed that he was killed "in self-defence," a probe revealed the use of excessive force and denial of medical aid.

In 1986, however, the North Arcot District Sessions Court acquitted the police personnel of all charges, concluding Seeralan was killed in self-defence. The state government did not challenge the ruling.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Naveen seeks a buffer zone between AP & Chhattisgarh

Wednesday September 6 2006 18:13 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded the state governments be empowered to de-reserve forest land up to four hectares for specific development projects like building roads, minor irrigation projects and schools to arrest the spread of Left wing extremism.

Addressing the meeting on internal security convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday in New Delhi, the Chief Minister demanded one more CRPF battalion to effectively fight the ultras and creation of a buffer zone between Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Naveen said the Centre should consider providing basic training to about 3,000 para-military personnel to supplement the State’s own facilities in this regard. Sambalpur, Deogarh and Jajpur districts should be declared Naxal-affected and these be included in the security related expenditure (SRE) scheme by the Centre, he demanded.

Demanding that Vijayawada-Ranchi security corridor be developed by the Centre on a par with National Highway, Naveen suggested a meeting be convened by the PMO to discuss the project. The road will pass through Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa and cover 12 Naxal-affected districts of the State.

He said improvement in agriculture and natural resources management, focus on education and skill development, regularisation pre-1980 settlements in the forest areas were taken up by the State Government to tackle the Naxal scourge. A comprehensive resettlement and rehabilitation policy has been put in place to address the needs of the displaced persons comprehensively, he said.

Vaghela assures Centre’s share for Boyanika revival Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested the Centre to release the first instalment of the Centre’s share for revival of the Orissa State Weavers’ Cooperative Society Limited (Boyanika).

The Chief Minister met Union Textiles Minister Shankar Sinh Vaghela in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed the Boyanika restructuring as per the approved scheme of the Centre. The State Government has released its share of Rs 7.5 crore for the purpose. Vaghela assured that the Apex Committee would meet soon to okay the proposal.

Naveen also requested Vaghela to take necessary steps to make the Indian Institution of Handloom Technology, Bargarh, operational as it would benefit a large number of weavers. The Bargarh-Sambalpur belt has the largest number of tie-and-dye weavers in India and this area has tremendous potential to become an hub for handloom exports.

The State Government has already reserved land for the institute and identified a building for this purpose. He requested Vaghela to operationalise the Apparel Training and Design Centre which has been sanctioned by the Apparel Export Promotion Council.

Anti-Terror Cell in Karnataka

Wednesday September 6 2006 18:03 IST
NEW DELHI: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said an Anti-Terrorist Cell has been set up, which acts as the nodal coordinating agency.

Kumaraswamy said the State formulated an action plan, in line with the guidelines decided upon by the coordination centre. Listing several measures to tackle the danger posed by the Maoists, he said an Anti-Naxal Force with a strength of 543 personnel was set up, with headquarters at Udupi in Malnad area.

Fully trained, this force has launched combing operations in Malnad region and Pavagada taluk to flush out armed Maoists. SPs of the affected districts have been made responsible for the Anti-Naxal Force operations, he said.

Participating in the Chief Ministers Conference on Internal Security here, Kumaraswamy said, “To tackle problems of terrorism, Naxalism and communal disturbances, it is necessary to establish two Rapid Action Force Battalions, one in North Karnataka and the other in Coastal Karnataka, so that, in times of need, they can be used by the State. For policing the Railways, a proposal has been made to increase the strength of the Government Railway Police.”

Kumaraswamy said that while the State was willing to bear 50 per cent of the cost, the Railways have not given consent.

He sought the intervention of Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in the regard.

Kumaraswamy said a proposal for raising a commando force on lines of Greyhounds/NSG was being finalised. Recognising the targeting of the jails and armouries by the Maoists, security has been strengthened in the prisons, particularly where Maoist cadres are lodged and the escort staff for these activists suitably sensitised. Three mine-proof vehicles have already been deployed in the Malnad area and in Pavagada taluk, he said.

Kumaraswamy said, “We cannot, however, stop with action only on the security front, without going into the root cause of such unrest, which is the socio-economic backwardness of this regions.”

Kundapur: Naxal Activities Going on despite Combing Operations

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Kundapur, Sep 6: There cannot be something ironic than this development. Police and the Anti-Naxal Squad (ANF) have been carrying out combing operations to keep a check on Naxalite activities. But the sources said that Naxalites are very much actives despite police and ANF presence in the interior areas. They visit houses, stay there overnight, have their food etc even when police are busy hunting for them in the same surroundings.

Naxalites were spotted by some locals at Devarbalu, Kabbinale, Yedamoge, Kotuguli areas on Sunday September 3. They are going around in guise making it difficult for the police as well as police informers to identify them. Owing to the amicable rapport they share with the locals, Naxalite get continuous reports about the movements of ANF and police squad.

Locals have developed a good relationship with Naxalites. While the rich and the wealthy have compromised with them and are helping them financially, people of the lower strata of the society have managed to keep up the rapport by helping them in various ways such as by informing about police movements, providing shelter etc.

It is said that more than 100 Naxalites have camped themselves in these areas and most of them are young women. Majority of them are becoming experts in using modern weapons too. A group of Naxalites who managed to escape from police by a whisker near Shringeri in the last week said to have reached this area.

Naxals see plot in Salwa Judum

PATNA: Even as the Bihar government is still toying with the idea of implementing Salwa Judum, an anti-Naxalite movement, in the state on the pattern of Chhattisgarh, the CPI (Maoist) has launched an all-out publicity campaign against the movement.

An ultra booklet surfacing in Patna ridicules the name of the very movement. "It may even find mention in the Oxford dictionary," the booklet states, stressing that the real meaning of Salwa Judum in Gondi language spoken by tribals in Bastar area is "Thandi Samuhik Shikar (Cold mass hunting)".

"Of course, the government would have liked the people to believe that the term Salwa Judum meant a spontaneous people’s movement for peace," the booklet states.

It further goes on to allege that over 3,000 hutments of tribals spread over in about 500 villages in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh were reduced to ashes by the police and the protagonists of the Salwa Judum in the last one year.

"Though the so-called peace initiative launched by the Chhattisgarh government aims at promoting peace by providing firearms to villagers to take on the might of Naxalites, over 250 persons were killed and around 100 women raped in the last one year," it says.

The booklet insists the government is actually "outsourcing" its battle against Naxalites. "In fact, the government is trying to create a within different communities," it says, stressing that the government is waging a war in Chhattisgarh on the pattern of Kashmir.

"Anti-social elements have been made special police officers (SPOs) and handed over .303 rifles. They get a paltry sum of Rs 1,500 a month. No educational criteria or age bar has been fixed for these police officers," the booklet says, pointing out that even boys in the age group of 14 years have been made SPOs.

It further alleges that the government is actually running gangs of criminals in the name of SPOs. These gangs commit all kinds of criminal activities like dacoity, murder and rape.

"The SPOs are the enemies of the ultras as well as the society. The police are using the SPOs as a shield to protect themselves from Naxal attacks. Even persons with anti-Naxal background or ‘degenerate’ former Maoists have been made SPOs," it said.

It is even critical of the Chhattisgarh CM’s decision to promote over 11,000 students of 246 schools without holding any examination. "The Chhattisgarh government blames us for the deplorable condition of education in the Bastar district. In fact, it is the Salwa Judum campaign which has affected education in the area. Most of the school buildings have been occupied by the police forces and the so-called SPOs," it says.

PM cautions states of more fidayeen attacks

Says time to improve intelligence
S. Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 5
Sounding a warning about the possibility of more fidayeen attacks and terror strikes on economic and religious targets, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked Chief Ministers to personally monitor steps to improve intelligence gathering at the grassroot level and toning up of law and order administration in their respective states.

Addressing the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security here, the Prime Minister also asked Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern states to be specially sensitive to the nuances of each situation.

Referring to inputs from Intelligence agencies, the Prime Minister said, “Intelligence agencies warn of a further intensification of violent activities with the possibility of fidayeen attacks, use of suicide bombers, attacks on economic and religious targets, targeting of vital installations, including nuclear establishments.”

“Reports also suggest that terrorist modules and sleeper cells exist in some of our urban areas, all of which highlight the seriousness of the threat,” he said, calling for greater alertness on the part of the states and local Intelligence Agencies, as also the police that has a locational advantage.

“Unless the beat constable is brought into the vortex of our counter-terrorist strategy, our capacity to pre-empt future attacks would be severely limited”, he added.

Highlighting the threats to internal security from Naxalism, Dr Manmohan Singh proposed the setting up of an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by the Home Minister and select Chief Ministers to monitor the rapid spread of the Maoist movement.

During the address, the Prime Minister also warned that the “prevailing insecurity” among minorities, especially Muslims, could be “extremely deleterious for our polity”.

“It is, hence, imperative that we embark immediately upon a proactive policy to ensure that a few individual acts do not result in tarnishing the image of an entire community, and remove any feelings of persecution and alienation from the minds of the minorities,” he said asking the Chief Ministers to be sensitive and scrupulous while dealing with terrorism.

Lamenting that not enough was being done to fill up vacancies in the police force, Dr Manmohan Singh, in a veiled attack on certain states, pointed out the need for improving the quality of state Special Branches and toning up of the law and order administration.

“The police is the first responder in Naxal-related situations, and is a very important part of this entire effort. Therefore, filling up vacancies in state police forces and sensitising the police is a critical requirement while fighting Naxal violence,” he said.

Though the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir had shown signs of improvement in the past two years, the Prime Minister called for constant vigil in view of continuing efforts by anti-India and anti-national elements to whip-up emotions and transform these into a violent movement.

On the situation in the North-East, the Prime Minister pointed out the necessity of being sensitive to the nuances of each situation, and the encyclopedic character of regional and tribal demands which, if not anticipated and dealt with in time, could lead to full-fledged insurgency.

“States like Manipur and Nagaland in the North-East appear specially vulnerable today and demand your personal attention. There is little scope for personal predilections that override national considerations and requirements,” he said.

Little consensus on tackling naxalism: Raman Singh

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said the biggest obstacle in countering the naxal menace in the State was the lack of political clarity and consensus on tackling it.

Speaking at the Chief Ministers' meeting with the Prime Minister on internal security, he said it was high time that a national policy or national action plan was evolved to fight naxalism.

Expert panel

He said the best way to proceed would be to set up an expert committee for suggesting ways and means to fight the menace. The expert committee could include representatives of armed forces, paramilitary, Home Ministry, Intelligence Bureau and State police.

Mr. Singh said an integrated strategy or action plan, with proper coordination amongst affected States to fight naxalism, was also needed.

Not good enough

He said the present "battalion approach" was not good enough to seriously contain increasing naxalite influence. Inter-State policing of border areas was required to quell the menace, as naxalites use them as safe haven.

Mr. Singh stressed the increasing use of technology as a force multiplier to fight naxalism. He requested the Prime Minister to provide state-of-the-art technology to increase the State police's efficiency.

Sensitise the public into becoming allies in this war on terror: Manmohan

Special Correspondent

"Some of them can function as anti-terrorism wardens"


TAKING STOCK: Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a meeting on internal security in New Delhi on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: In the battle against terrorism, the role of the public would be vital, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a meeting of the Chief Ministers on Internal Security on Tuesday.

"A major effort is necessary on our part to sensitise the public into becoming allies in this war and persuade some of them to function as counter-terrorist `wardens,' who would report on any kind of unusual activity. Similarly, co-opting the media and getting them to play a more positive role would be useful and this should form part of an overall media management strategy," he told the Chief Ministers.

Community Anti-terrorism Training Institute, aka CAT Eyes, was founded in November of 2001 in response to the 9-11 attacks. Its’ mission is the development and distribution for the Community Anti-terrorism Training Initiative aka CAT Eyes program to the citizens of the United States. CAT Eyes program is an initiative to educate citizens in the civilian community to be effective eyes and ears for potential terrorist activities. Its’ initial charter is to give the US citizens a program that will empower them to fight back against Terrorism. CAT Eyes has now grown and has industry specific anti-terrorism training, web based training programs, and anti-terrorism security assessments.

TIME FOR INDIANS TO START THIS PROGRAM AT BLOCK LEVEL , it would be great if there is an initiative by citizens in picking Intelligence ( CINI = Citizens Intelligence Network of India)

Favouring a "blend of firm but sophisticated handling of naxalite violence with sensitive handling of the developmental aspects," Dr. Singh proposed the constitution of an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) which could be headed by the Union Home Minister, and include select Chief Ministers, to closely monitor the spread of the naxalite movement. He suggested that the EGoM could meet at frequent intervals and review special measures that need to be taken.

From left, Nitish Kumar of Bihar, Assam's Tarun Gogoi, Gegong Apang of Arunachal Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy of Andhra Pradesh.

While Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh were in the forefront of naxal-related activities, he said that many other States remained vulnerable. "The real key in fighting naxalite violence is "good" intelligence. This would involve effective integration of strategic and tactical intelligence, properly leavened with ground-level information available at the level of the police station,'' he said.

Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Singh said, had shown signs of improvement over the past two years. "We should remain on our guard in view of the continuing efforts by anti-India and anti-national elements to whip up emotions and transform these into a violent movement," he said.

Maharashtra's Vilas Rao Deshmukh and Shivraj Singh Chauhan of Madhya Pradesh.

The Prime Minister said the States were not doing enough even regarding the filling of existing vacancies in the police and other law and order agencies, or improving the quality of the State Special branches, or toning up the law and order administration. "Without effective law and order, economic development would be impossible," he told the Chief Ministers.

Later, briefing reporters, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the Prime Minister did not ring alarm bells but looked at the issues in a "correct manner and direction." National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan said that the security of all nuclear installations had been "totally revamped" and adequate precautions had been taken to ward off any threat to nuclear establishments

Late admission of naxal threat: BJP

Special Correspondent

Party meet to focus on internal security

NEW DELHI : Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Arun Jaitley on Tuesday charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with belatedly acknowledging the seriousness of the threat to internal security posed by naxal violence.

So far, the magnitude of the problem had been ignored by the United Progressive Alliance that had, in fact, tried to forge alliances with various extreme Left organisations in different States, he added.

Mr. Jaitley indicated that the three-day party national executive committee meeting in Dehra Dun from September 7 would focus on internal security, including naxalism and terrorism, and the agrarian crisis that was driving farmers to suicide.

He said no political resolution would be adopted as the political situation would be covered by the opening address of party president Rajnath Singh. The Vande Mataram controversy would also figure in Mr. Singh's address.

There is a strong view in the BJP that ahead of the Assembly elections in four States early next year, the party should focus strongly on people-oriented bread and butter issues and problems arising out of threats to internal security that directly affected people. Leaders feel that other issues only serve to divert attention.

Mr. Jaitley said it was common knowledge that there was a Maoist corridor from Nepal to the heart of India, and as many as 13 States were now in the grip of naxal violence. The nature of the attacks was different from other acts of terrorism in that sometimes "hordes of people" participate in them, sometimes successfully taking over police stations, jails, government offices and even entire villages and towns. Naxalism was somewhat controlled in the 1970s, but now it was a major problem, he said.

A special session at the executive meet would be devoted to terrorism and the naxal problem, Mr. Jaitley said, noting that, for the first time, Dr. Singh had virtually admitted that intelligence gathering was poor and the naxal problem was in danger of getting out of hand.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

PM warns of more terrorist attacks

Posted online: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 at 1415 hours IST

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 5: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday proposed constitution of an Empowered Group of Ministers to closely monitor the spread of Naxalite movement. The group could be headed by the Home Minister and include select Chief Ministers and meet at frequent intervals, he said in his introductory remarks at the Chief Ministers' conference here on internal security. He said the group could discuss the special measures needed and the nature of assistance to be provided besides exchange of personnel between states.
The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on improving intelligence generation and collection as also the overall strengthening of the intelligence mechanism.

"I also recommend to you paying more attention to improving the software needed for the maintenance of peace. I mean by this, improving intelligence generation and collection, as also the overall strengthening of your intelligence mechanism," he told the Chief Ministers. He said that analytical capabilities needed to be enhanced and proper benchmarks established against which progress and performance could be measured.

"Unless you devote personal attention to these matters, results cannot be expected," he said.

Referring to the Naxalite problem, Singh said, "We need a blend of firm, but sophisticated, handling of Naxalite violence with sensitive handling of the developmental aspects".

He said that it was in the most neglected areas of the country that Left wing extremism thrived on Tuesday. "These are also the main recruiting grounds for Naxalite outfits," he said. The Prime Minister said that while Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh were in the forefront of Naxal related activities, many other states remained vulnerable.

"Chief Ministers must personally take in hand what deliverables are possible even while preparing to meet Naxalite violence through effective law and order measures," he said.

Expressing concern over the increasing activities of "externally inspired and directed" terrorist outfits in the country, Singh said intelligence agencies warn of further intensification of violence, with the possibility of more of suicide bombings, attacks on economic and religious targets besides those on vital installations, including nuclear establishments and Army camps.

"Reports also suggest that terrorist modules and sleeper cells exist in some of our urban areas, all of which highlight the seriousness of the threat," he said. Describing these as serious matters, the Prime minister said this would necessitate greater alertness on the part of the states and local intelligence agencies, as also the police who have a locational advantage.

"Unless the beat constable is brought into the vortex of our counter-terrorist strategy, our capacity to pre-empt future attacks would be severely limited," he said. Singh also said that in the battle of terrorism, the role of the public would be vital.

"A major effort is necessary on our part to sensitise the public into becoming allies in this war and persuade some of them to function as counter-terrorist wardens, who could report on any kind of unusual activity," he said.

Text of prime minister's speech on internal security


New Delhi, Sep 5 //NAXAL WATCH// Following is the text of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech to chief ministers at a meeting on internal security:

I would like to thank Shivraj Patil and all of you present here for this opportunity to discuss the internal security situation. Unfortunately, problems have become more complex since we met a few months back in April. Our foremost concern today is internal security. The Centre and the States must jointly find solutions to the problems we face.

We confront a wide array of complex internal security problems and threats. Each of these need to be dealt with in different ways. Increasingly also, they call for closer cooperation between the Centre and the States, since problems are no longer confined to a single State but encompass several States. Integrated functioning in a federal set-up such as ours, where law and order is a State subject, is not easy but we must find ways and means to deal with this situation and rethink some of our past practices.

You are more knowledgeable than we are the Centre about the real dimensions of internal security problems, and the kind of challenges they are beginning to pose to our pluralist democracy, social fabric and public order.

Today, I wish to listen carefully to what you have to say, and at the end of our deliberations we should be able to produce a road map as also effective plans to meet the myriad challenges we face.

Shivrajji briefed the union cabinet last week on the prevailing situation. A number of proposals to improve matters were also outlined. The main stress was on capacity building and improving the capability of the States (as also that of the Centre) to deal with current and future problems. Capacity-building at the State level is most crucial, and if there are any financial constraints, the Centre would be willing to provide necessary assistance.

Our understanding, however, is that the States are not doing enough even regarding the filling up of existing vacancies in the Police and other law and order agencies, or improving the quality of the State Special Branches, or toning up the law and order administration. Without effective law and order, economic development would be impossible. We must not, therefore, neglect this aspect.

I also recommend to you paying more attention to improving the 'software' needed for the maintenance of peace. I mean by this, improving intelligence generation and collection, as also the overall strengthening of your intelligence mechanism. Analytical capabilities need to be enhanced. Proper benchmarks need to be established against which progress and performance can be measured. Unless you devote personal attention to these matters, results cannot be expected.

I propose today to concentrate mainly on Left wing extremism, terrorism, and how to assuage feelings of insecurity among our minorities, specially Muslims. We will also review developments in the North East and Jammu & Kashmir.

Regarding the latter, I would ask the Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern States and J&K to recognize a fundamental reality, viz. that in dealing with problems of peripheral States and societies, we need to be specially sensitive to the nuances of each situation, and the encyclopedic character of regional and tribal demands which, if not anticipated and dealt with in time, could culminate in a full-fledged militancy. States like Manipur and Nagaland in the North East appear specially vulnerable today, and demand your personal attention. There is little scope for personal predilections that override national considerations and requirements.

The same can be said of J&K. Even though the situation has shown signs of improvements these past two years, we should remain on our guard in view of continuing efforts by anti-India and anti-national elements to whip up emotions and transform these into a violent movement. I hope to hear from the Chief Ministers in the North East and J&K their perception of the situation and how they propose to handle the delicate situation that prevails in their region.

My approach to the Naxalite problem is that we need a blend of firm, but sophisticated, handling of Naxalite violence with sensitive handling of the developmental aspects. It is in the most neglected areas of the country that Left wing extremism thrives today. These are also the main recruiting grounds for naxalite outfits.

While Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh are in the forefront of Naxal-related activities today, many other States remain vulnerable. Chief Ministers must personally take in hand what deliverables are possible even while preparing to meet Naxalite violence through effective law & order measures.

The real key in fighting Naxalite violence is 'good' intelligence. This would involve effective integration of strategic and tactical intelligence, properly leavened with ground-level information available at the level of the Police Station. The Police is the first responder in Naxal-related situations, and is a very important pole in this entire effort. Sensitizing the Police is, therefore, a critical requirement.

Special training for forces engaged in Naxalite operations is to my mind equally important. I am aware that Andhra Pradesh has an excellent training establishment for anti-Naxalite operations, but I would like to hear from the rest of you what has been done in your States in this respect.

Here, I would like to make a suggestion for your consideration. I propose the constitution of an 'Empowered Group' of Ministers which could be headed by the Home Minister, and include select chief ministers, to closely monitor the spread of the Naxalite movement. The Group could meet at frequent intervals and review special measures that need to be taken, nature of assistance to be provided exchange of personnel between States.

Concern about the increasing activities of externally inspired - and directed - terrorist outfits in the country is justified. Intelligence agencies warn of a further intensification of violent activities on their part, with the possibility of more 'fidayeen' attacks; use of suicide bombers; attacks on economic and religious targets; targeting of vital installations, including nuclear establishments, Army Camps; and the like. Reports also suggest that terrorist modules and 'sleeper cells' exist in some of our urban areas, all of which highlight the seriousness of the threat.

These are serious matters and we must find ways and means to deal with these de-centralised micro-terrorist outfits. This will necessitate greater alertness on the part of the States and local Intelligence agencies, as also the police who have a locational advantage. Unless the 'beat constable' is brought into the vortex of our counter-terrorist strategy, our capacity to pre-empt future attacks would be severely limited.

In the battle against terrorism, the role of the public will be vital. A major effort is necessary on our part to sensitise the public into becoming allies in this war and persuade some of them to function as counter-terrorist 'wardens', who would report on any kind of unusual activity. Similarly, co-opting the media and getting them to play more positive role would be useful and this should form part of an overall media management strategy. None of this will, however, happen without your personal direction and involvement.

On the prevailing insecurity among minorities, especially Muslims, I can say that the adverse consequences of this can be extremely deleterious for our polity. The responsibility to ensure that this does not happen lies squarely upon all of us. It is unfortunate that terrorism has resulted in certain sections of our population being targeted, with the result that a wrong impression has been created of the radicalization of the entire Muslim community.

It is, hence, imperative that we embark immediately upon a pro-active policy to ensure that a few individual acts do not result in tarnishing the image of an entire community, and remove any feelings of persecution and alienation from the minds of the minorities.

All religions recognize the existence of certain 'sacred values'. We should seek to highlight the commonality of such 'sacred values' and campaign against pernicious ideas and philosophies such as the 'clash of civilizations'. Instead we should propagate the idea of a 'confluence of civilizations'. 'Sacred values' are ideals which are transcendental in nature.

We should encourage sober elements in all communities to agree to a proper articulation of 'sacred values' for dissemination among people. Both education and the mass media must be actively encouraged to promote this integrated vision.

We must recognize that the Muslim community in large parts of our country nurses a strong grievance of not having been an active participant and beneficiaries of processes of social and economic development. All of us have an obligation to redress legitimate grievances of our minorities.

CMs must pay personal attention to ensuring that our minorities are effective partners in processes of social and economic change. In dealing with terrorism, scrupulous regard and respect for fundamental human rights of citizens, particularly of minority communities, ought to be a core concern of our law enforcement agencies. No innocent person should be harassed in our struggle against terrorism.

If a mistake is made, effective remedial corrective measures must be taken well in time. Government agencies, particularly law enforcement agencies must establish intimate contacts with community leaders and show adequate sensitivity to their concerns. CMs ought to put in place effective mechanisms to achieve these objectives.

MP CM favours "surgical strike" against naxals

New Delhi, Sept 5. (PTI): Favouring strict laws to deal with the Naxal problem, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today demanded a "surgical strike" against militants with the help of the air force to deal with the menace.

"A surgical strike with the help of the air force would go a long way in combating the menace," Chouhan said addressing the Chief Ministers' conference convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the naxal problem here.

Chouhan demanded two additional reserved battalions for his state and said Balaghat bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh was the worst-affected district.

"Four districts of the State - Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori and Sidhi - were affected by the problem," he said adding Sidhi district should be brought under the security related expenditure scheme.

Chouhan said funding for terrorist outfits should be prohibited and customs, intelligence agencies, the narcotics control organisation and the law department along with the agencies involved in anti-terrorism activities be provided additional basic amenities and contingency funds.

The Chief Minister also demanded that the amount sanctioned under the national backward district initiative should be raised three times from the present Rs 45 crore.

Victim of Naxal menace still gropes in dark

Tuesday September 5 2006 13:56 IST
SRINGERI: Chandrakanth, who was attacked by naxals two years ago at Hemmige, Sringeri taluk, Chikmagalur district, is yet to recover from the problem in his legs.

Just after Deepavali two years ago, a naxal team had pounded his legs with large boulders. They resorted to this heinous action suspecting him to be a police informer.

“We were never police informants. One day the police wanted directions to the residence of Ramegoudlu. Chandrakanth showed them the house. We did not know the background also,” recalled his father Shankarrao.

On that fateful day, Chandrakanth and his mother Savithramma were in their small house.

Suddenly a group of seven naxals entered the house. A woman in the group held Savithramma. The others took Chandrakanth to the cow shed, pushed him on the ground and smashed his legs with boulders. They left after he fell unconscious. Savithramma recognised that one of the naxals as her close relative Krishnamurthy.

Shankarrao is a poor farmer owning just half an acre. He has no other source of income. The villagers helped get his son get operated at Manipal Hospital. He also raised loans from commercial and cooperative banks. The Government gave him Rs 50,000.

Chandrakant’s legs were operated seven times, but no improvement. He cannot walk and the pain in his legs persists. The steel rod inserted in his legs has not yet been removed.

Shankarrao and Savithramma had hoped that their son would look after them. Now it is they who have to care for him.

Monday, September 04, 2006

BJP demands strong action plan for internal security

Monday, September 4th, 2006

New Delhi - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday blamed the Manmohan Singh government for the country’s deteriorating internal security and demanded a strong action plan to deal with cross border terrorism and Maoist violence.

‘On the eve of the chief ministers’ conference slated to discuss the issue of internal security in the country, we would like to express our concern over growing incidents of cross border terrorism and Maoist attacks,’ BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

‘The current internal security scenario is the result of gross neglect of vital security aspects by the UPA government,’ he added.

Blaming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for undoing the gains of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government that had forced Pakistan to make a commitment to stop cross border terrorism, Javadekar said: ‘UPA has allowed the situation to drift. The India-Pakistan dialogue has again become Kashmir-centric instead of terrorism-centric.’

The actions of UPA government smack of a ’soft’ approach and lack of coordination on crucial issues of internal security, the BJP leader said.

‘The centre has asked all chief ministers to come up with a separate action plan to deal with Maoist violence. In fact, there is a need for not separate plans, but an integrated action plan.’

PM to discuss terror issue with CMs on Tuesday

United News of India

New Delhi, September 3, 2006

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all states in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss co-ordinated steps to prevent terrorists attacks similar to the July 11 serial blasts in Mumbai.

The decision comes close on the heels of a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Naxal-hit states to augment security.

On Tuesday, the states are expected to discuss creation of a separate police force to effectively deal with the problems of terrorism and Naxalism as suggested by President APJ Abdul Kalam last week.

In the wake of the Mumbai blasts, both Kalam and Dr Singh have called for launching a war on terrorism, aided and abetted from across the border.

At the instance of Dr Singh, a Group of 8 (G8) highly industrialised nations, including the US and the UK, at a July Summit in St Petersberg, Russia, adopted a resolution declaring its determination to help fight terrorism anywhere in the world, thereby jettisoning its segmented approach.

Official sources on Sunday said that the September 5 meeting, which would also be attended by state chief secretaries, is expected to come out with measures to strengthen intelligence gathering relating to terrorist activities.

It would also discuss steps to sensitise the security forces, particularly the police in the state, to take intelligence inputs seriously so that terror strikes could be prevented in time.

The meeting comes ahead of the National Development Council (NDC) meet to finalise the 11th plan 2007-12, to be chaired by Dr Singh and attended by the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, key Union Cabinet ministers and the CMs.

Terror spreading to new areas, rise in infiltration: Centre

Shishir Gupta

INTERNAL SECURITY MEET TOMORROW: Scenario grim in J&K, states hit by Naxalism, North-

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 3:Ahead of the Tuesday conclave of Chief Ministers on internal security, the Centre has presented a grim picture by admitting that cross-border terrorism has spread to the hinterland and infiltration, in comparison to the same period last year, has trebled.

Although the Home Ministry has tried to underplay the threat to internal security, the agenda paper for the conclave, to be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, points to the rise in grenade attacks in Kashmir, increase in the number of casualties in Naxalite violence and no respite in insurgency in the North-East.

Stating that cross-border terrorism has spread to the hinterland, the Government has admitted that Pakistan still continues to aid and abet terrorism and terrorist groups, particularly Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed who are out to target India with the help of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The total number of infiltration have doubled from 21 (January-July, 2005) to 50 (January-July, 2006) while the number of infiltration foiled have declined during the same period. So has the number of militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Cross-border infiltration has nearly trebled from 170 (January-July, 2005) to 476 (January-July, 2006), clearly indicating that neither has the Government been successful in containing the menace nor has Pakistan tried to dismantle the terror infrastructure across the border. The number of grenade attacks in Jammu and Kashmir(January-July 2006) total an alarming 176, a manifold jump from last year.

While the Centre has spelt out the political steps it has taken to forward the peace process in Kashmir, the result evidently is missing on all counts. The government initiatives mentioned in the paper are the two round-table conferences and the efforts to bring the Hurriyat separatists into the political process.

No less worrying is the Naxalite problem. Although the Home Ministry claims that the total number of incidents (January-July 2006) have gone down to 930 as compared to 1039 (January-July, 2005), the number of casualties increased from 407 to 487 during the same period. The agenda paper says Naxalites are now organising themselves on military lines, citing examples of the raids in Jehanabad ( November 13, 2005), Giridih (February 9, 2006), Udaygiri (March 24, 2006) and Chhattisgarh (March 12, 2006). The Ministry admits that Naxalites used a light machine gun mounted on a bus in the Eraborre massacre in which 34 Salwa Jadum volunteers were killed.

The Home Ministry, while patting itself, has even praised the Salwa Judum for its sustained anti-Naxalite campaign. The paper records that the state worst affected by Naxalism is Chhattisgarh but the figures of violence have come down since last year.

Hu's Mao?

September 4, 2006

Move over Arjun Singh. Compared to your one-nut-here-and-one-bolt-there modifications in school history books, China’s leaders have dropped wars, dynasties and, hold your breath, communist revolutions from their high-school history textbooks. And all ye ex-Naxal student leaders-turned-bourgeois salary-earners out there, hold on to your Little Red Book, for the new Chinese textbooks have only a single mention of Mao Zedong. With the Communist Party of China still ruling from Beijing and Mao’s portrait looking down on Tiananmen Square — where his embalmed remains pass off for the Chinese equivalent of the Taj Mahal — that’s like Indian textbooks having a one-line mention of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. But, of course, the New China is as much about Mao as today’s India is about Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

The Chinese history books, introduced on an experimental basis in a few places like Shanghai and Qingdao, and to be used in the rest of the country by 2010, are more keen on recording ‘aspirational’ rather than ‘ideological’ events. Thus, the communist movement is truncated to one chapter among the total 52, while former President Jiang Zemin’s philosophy of ‘The Three Representatives’ (revolution, construction and reforms), US stock markets, Bill Gates and Japanese bullet trains find extensive mention.

History, as the author of A History of the English Speaking Peoples pointed out, is written by the victors. The Chinese, always more gung-ho than others when they put their minds to something, know that China-style capitalism has won. Meanwhile, Arjun Singh, poor codger, remains a visionary stuck in a democracy that still believes in teaching youngsters history instead of practical and palatable propaganda.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

How safe are our police stations?

Incidents of assault do not evoke strong response from the govts of the day. They rather seek to interpret them as legitimate expressions of the people- RJ Khurana

Our police stations are unsafe. Sounds an oxymoron? Times have changed. Most concepts/theories true till yesterday stand on their head today. Thanks to the insurgencies, militancies, vote bank politics and a host of other similar phenomena, the law enforcers themselves are in need of protection.

For the last two decades there has been a phenomenal rise in the cases of assault on policemen and police stations. The state of J&K has seen numerous such assaults since the beginning of the militancy in the state in the year 1989. In the 7 Northeastern and 15 Naxal-infested States, the policemen have gone through similar if not more harrowing experiences. Armed Naxal attacks on the district jail in Jehanabad (Bihar), railway trains and railway stations in Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, police stations, outposts, convoys, vehicles and personnel in MP, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and a number of other affected states are too many to be detailed here. A large number of policemen lost their lives and were either wounded or kidnapped by the desperadoes. The policemen continue to be the victims because of infrastructural deficiencies, inferior weapons, poor security concerns and political shenanigans.

In any state worth its salt, the policemen and the police stations are the symbols of state authority. Any assault on them is assault on the authority of the state. The current steep rise in the number of attacks on the two is indicative of a precipitate deterioration in the law and order situation. While the successful attacks on police demoralize the citizenry, those successfully foiled, bolster their confidence.

During the British rule, all cases of assault on policemen/police stations were treated as Special Report Cases. These were registered and investigated promptly and the culprits awarded exemplary punishments. The entire state machinery used to spring into action to prevent any recurrence. The fear of the long arm of the law worked and kept the criminals firmly under check.

Things are different now. Incidents of assault do not evoke strong response from the governments of the day. They rather seek to interpret them as legitimate expressions of democratic aspirations of the people. It is done with greater vehemence if the culprits happen to belong to the party in power. There is little realization of the fact that such lame and biased justifications undercut the authority of the state.

If the state is interested in maintaining its authority, it is imperative that the security of the police stations is suitably strengthened and the policemen are provided infrastructure and wherewithal to deal with the law-breakers. The casualness that prevails with regard to the security of the police stations is alarming. Barring dacoit, militant and Naxal-infested districts, elsewhere the police stations are manned by a skeleton staff. At any given time there are seldom, if any, sentries on guard duty or some staff to screen the visitors.

At most police stations, the policemen are seen lounging here and there, at times in vests and underwears. The front and the rear courtyards and the sides remain unguarded. Anytime anyone could get in from any side. The concern for security is so poor that no one notices any one entering or leaving the police station. The state of readiness to meet an eventuality is zero or near zero. The reception rooms are deep inside where a solitary Head Constable sits pouring over the registers. The police station courtyards are full of confiscated vehicles. At night even in city police stations there are not more than 6 to 8 policemen available. Of them, one or two may be awake. A tour of the police stations of Bhopal City at night is enough to convince any one of the prevailing state of affairs. No wonder, the Police stations and policemen are sitting ducks for the criminals/terrorists.

The following incident reported recently illustrates the prevailing state of affairs. On the night intervening August 27/28, a vehicle thief in a police station lock up in Anand, Gujarat managed to come out. In his bid to escape he fatally hit an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police present there and escaped. No help was available at hand. With growing lawlessness, more such incidents should not surprise any one.

The administration has to get serious about the security of police stations and policemen. It should start augmenting the police station staff, introduce periodical refresher courses to keep them in a state of preparedness, improve facilities, supply equipment like close circuit cameras and scientific aids to investigations including location of dog squads, end political interference in investigations, strengthen supervision, reduce duty hours, fortify boundary walls, set up computerized Reception Centres manned by courteous staff, sensitize the police station staff about human rights, clear the police stations of the confiscated vehicles and give facelift to the shabby looking police stations. It is only when a safe, secure and business-like atmosphere prevails that the policemen and the police stations will be able to serve well. I'm not scaring the authorities. It is my considered assessment of the situation. It is better to forewarn and forearm than to repent when things spiral out of control.

Top maoist leader arrested in Uttar Pradesh

Dated 3/9/2006
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The Andhra Pradesh police have arrested top maoist leader K Rajanna and four other top leaders of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist Janashakti Central.

A special police party made the arrests from a bus station in Barabanki district headquarters near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday afternoon.

The arrest in Western Uttar Pradesh gives rise to the growing suspicion of an alliance between Maoist/Naxalite rebels and Pakistan sponsored Islamic Jehadi groups.

Disclosing the arrests of these top Naxalite functionaries on Saturday evening, Karimnagar District Superintendent of Police Devendra Singh Chauhan said that on credible information about the CPI-ML Janashakti (Rajanna group) organising a meeting in Uttar Pradesh and also to execute pending non-bailable warrants against Kura Rajaiah alias Rajanna, the special police party had proceeded to Uttar Pradesh.

The special police party nabbed five Naxalite leaders, namely, Rajanna (59), Andhra Pradesh state committee members Yerramreddy Narasimha Reddy alias Satyam (31), Nambhi Narsimhaiah alias Ram Pullaiah (53), Maharashtra state committee secretary Ramakishan Pawar alias Ram (50) and district committee secretary of Bijnore (UP) Ashok Kumar Rajput (50).

The police also recovered a .32 pistol, one hand grenade, 40 electric detonators, an 8 mm rifle, a 9 mm rifle, several cartridges, Rs 3,00,000 in cash, party literature and 36 important documents besides the personal belongings from the arrested leaders.

Chauhan said that the arrested Naxalites made an abortive attempt to escape when the police team stopped the vehicle at Venkatraopet near Metpalli in Karimnagar district in the state after bringing them from Uttar Pradesh on Friday night.

Soon after the police stopped the vehicle to allow the arrested leaders to attend to a call of nature, they assaulted the policemen, but were soon overpowered.

The police later produced the Naxalite leaders at Metpalli court on Saturday. Magistrate G Malathi remanded them to judicial custody. The police shifted them to Jagtial sub-jail at night. "Detailed interrogation will help unravel the nexus between the extremist outfit and other organisations," the superintendent of police said.

Rajanna, a native of Boinwada in Vemulawada temple town, is an engineering graduate from Osmania University. He joined the Naxalite movement in 1974 and later founded the Rajanna faction of CPI-ML (Janashakti).

During his three-decade long underground life, Rajanna was never arrested by the police.

He was an accused in several cases of murder, extortion, arson and kidnapping. He was also instrumental in supplying arms and ammunition to the erstwhile People's War Group.

His wife died in an encounter in 1999. Amar, state committee secretary, who represented Janashakti in the abortive peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government in October 2004, is the brother of Rajanna.

The Janashakti (Rajanna group) had masterminded the kidnapping of Marthand Rao, a close relative of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and then union minister of state for home Vidyasagar Rao in 2001 for ransom. Marthand Rao was
released by the abductors after they collected an undisclosed amount from his family.

Incidentally, the police announced the arrests ending nearly 36 hours of suspense after a habeas corpus petition was filed in the Andhra Pradesh high court by A Savithri, a relative of Rajanna, on Friday.

The petitioner contended that there was a threat to the life of Rajanna and others since the police might kill them on their way from UP to AP on the pretext of self-defence.

The petitioner sought a direction to the police to produce him before the court.

A division bench comprising Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice Chandraiah had directed the state police to respond to the allegation that Rajanna was in police custody. The case was adjourned to Monday, asking the police to file the response by then.

The same day, a delegation of civil rights activists and former Naxalites, including revolutionary balladeer Gaddar, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, former AP Civil Liberties committee president M Ratnamala and Janashakti group leader Chandranna met Home Minister K Jana Reddy and sought the details of whereabouts of Rajanna and other Janashakti leaders.

However, Jana Reddy had claimed that he had no information on the arrest of the Naxalite leaders. All the same, he had directed Additional DGP (Intelligence) K Aravinda Rao to verify with his subordinates and the UP police whether the Naxalite leaders were in police custody.

Ex-Naxalite done to death in Pagideru by Armed Naxalites of the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana Group

Sunday September 3 2006 12:48 IST

KHAMMAM: Armed Naxalites of the CPI-ML Praja Pratighatana Group last night killed former Naxalite Cheema Bakkaraju (45) of Pagideru village in Bayyaram mandal accusing him of being a police informer.

The Naxalites of Ravi Dalam woke Bakkaraju from his sleep and took him into the nearby forests. They later shot him from point blank range and left his body there before fleeing from the place. The police reached the spot after wife of Bakkaraju, Cheema Kantham lodged a complaint. DSP Varaprasad and other officials visited the spot. Bakkaraju, a former Naxal, had surrendered some 10 years ago, and has been leading a normal life.

Karimnagar cops come clean on arrest of Naxals

Sunday September 3 2006 12:50 IST

HYDERABAD: Almost 36 hours after Naxal sympathisers alleged that the police had arrested CPI-ML (Janasakthi) central committee secretary Kura Rajaiah alias Rajanna, the Karimnagar police confirmed the arrest of the top Naxal leader and four others.

Karimnagar superintendent of DS Chouhan told mediapersons in the evening that Rajanna and four others were arrested at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh on Aug 31. They were produced in Metpalli court late in the night.

Interestingly, Home Minister K Jana Reddy told representatives of several people’s organisations here yesterday that Rajanna was not in police custody though they insisted that Rajanna and four others were in police custody and even filed a habeas corpus petition was filed in the High Court.

The others arrested are Janasakthi state committee members Y Narasimha Reddy alias Satyam, Nambhi Narsimhaiah alias Ram Pullaiah, Ramakrishna Pawar alias Ram (Maharashtra) and Ashok Kumar Rajputh, Biznur district committee secretary in Uttar Pradesh.

The SP said that a police team had been sent to Barabanki on specific information which led to the arrest of the five Naxalites. A .32 pistol, ammunition, Rs 3 lakh in cash and explosives were seized from them.

Chouhan claimed that the arrested Naxalites, while being brought to Karimnagar, assaulted the police party at Venkatraopet near Metpalli late last night. However, they were overpowered and handed over to the Metpalli police late last night.

Rajanna, an engineering graduate from Osmania University, had joined the Naxal movement in 1974.

During his over three-decade-long underground life Rajanna was never arrested by the police. A native of Vemulawada in Karimnagar district, Rajanna was wanted in several cases by the police.

Amar, who represented Janaskathi in the peace talks with the government, is the brother of Rajanna whose wife died in an encounter in 1999.

Yesterday, the home minister had denied that Rajanna was in police Custody.

PM convenes meeting of Chief Ministers to to review the Internal security situation

[ 3 Sep, 2006 0940hrs IS TPTI ]

NEW DELHI: Determined to fight terrorism and naxalism to the hilt, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers on Tuesday to review the situation threadbare in the aftermath of the Mumbai serial blasts.

The Prime Minister has described naxalism as the "single biggest internal security challenge" the country has ever faced and has already met Chief Ministers of affected states during which he suggested setting up of joint unified commands in areas badly hit by the menace.

He also suggested giving high priority to the two-pronged strategy of effective police response and socio-economic development of the affected regions.

Tuesday's meeting follows a review of the situation by the Prime Minister after the July 11 blasts during which he had admitted that the past responses to deal with terrorism and naxalism have been "inadequate".

Singh had observed that these threats have to be met firmly, with determination and with a will to destroy them.

With the Mumbai serial blasts weighing heavily on his mind, the Prime Minister in his Independence Day address had said that both terrorism and naxalism were twin threats to the country's security.

He has assured the nation that the government will modernise, strengthen and properly equip security forces and intelligence agencies to meet the challenges.

The meeting convened by the Prime Minister comes days after Union Home Secretary V K Duggal reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting of chief secretaries and police chiefs of 13 naxal-affected states.

At the meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxalism here on Wednesday, the Centre promised to adopt a pro-active approach to deal with the problem and offered air support to states for transporting security forces.

It also allowed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Chhattisgarh for intelligence gathering.

With intelligence agencies uncovering plots by terrorists to target the country's strategic and vital assets, the Cabinet Committee on Security recently decided to frame new steps to protect nuclear installations, dams and other vital facilities.

The meeting gave a go-ahead for armed forces to crack down hard on Pakistan-sponsored mercenary groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir and directed the intellligence set up in the various states be revamped. According to official sources, new security measures have been put in place to prevent any attempt to target country's vital installations.

On the naxal front, besides providing air support to the affected states for transporting security forces, the Centre has decided to allow use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Chhattisgarh for intelligence gathering.

Asserting that the Centre was taking a pro-active approach in dealing with the problem, Duggal said UAVs would be used for collecting vital inputs in Chhattisgarh which has thousands of sq kms of thick forests making it difficult for security forces to gather information regarding movement or gathering of the ultras.

According to sources in the Home Ministry, the pro-active operations against the CPI (Maoists) have started bearing fruit in several key states. Chhattisgarh has witnessed 84 encounters and 35 killings of Naxalites in the first eight months of this year, as compared to 64 encounters and 27 extremist casualties in 2005 and 48 encounters and 11 casualties in 2004.

In other states too, the results are quite encouraging. The anti-Naxal forces in Andhra Pradesh have carried out 119 encounters with 24 Naxalite killings so far in 2006, as compared to 376 incidents and 144 casualties in 2005. Naxalite violence too is low with just 20 civilian casualties being reported until July 2006 -- a significant drop from 126 deaths last year.

Maharashtra too has eliminated eight Naxals mainly in the worst-hit Gadchiroli district until July 2006.

Jharkhand, which had witnessed a train hijack for hours by the Naxalites, is also comparatively quiet.

During the just-concluded Monsoon session of Parliament, the government informed that it was pursuing a multi-pronged approach to address the problem in a holistic and coordinated manner.

Statistics show naxalism has cast a shadow over almost a third of the states in the country as out of the total of 12,476 police stations, naxal violence was reported from 509 police stations in 11 states last year.

Sources admit that CPI (Maoist) has been trying to increase its influence and activity in parts of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttaranchal and also in new areas in some of the already affected states.