Saturday, September 16, 2006

Army in full control in border areas: Pattabhiraman

Chennai, Sept 16: Vice Army Chief Lt General S Pattabhiraman today said that the border areas of the country were safe and the armed forces were in total control of the situation in those areas.

"The situation in the borders is totally under control of all the security (forces). There is good governance and people are moving about normally", he told reporters after reviewing a passing out parade at the Army Officers Training Academy.

Stating that the Army had brought down infiltrations on the Line of Control (LoC), he said, "We have reduced infiltration. We have an attrition ratio of more than eight, meaning we kill or neutralise at least eight terrorists before one of our colleagues lays down his life, which, by all standards of professional fighting, is very high".

Speaking about Pakistan , he said "we expect our neighbour to come down heavily and stop or dismantle the infrastructure, training facilities and infiltrations or at least reduce it."

Warning that the Army would continue to cause heavy attrition to those attempting to enter the hinterland, he said that a number of gadgets like survelliance radars and ground sensors had been put in place to stop intrusions.

Asked about the recent seizure of arms by Andhra Pradesh police, he described the seized equipment as 'not very sophisticated'. The Army was ready to give whatever assistance was possible, he said.

Stating that the seizures would lead to more such weapons being unearthered, Pattabhiraman said, "We are glad it had been found and now with this they will be able to unearth more of such (weapons)".

"What has been found last week....Are country made rockets," he said adding that these weapons would prove 'potent' if used from close quarters.

Speaking about the Naxal problem, he said, the Army was keeping a close watch over the Naxal issue and sharing intellegence so that it remained conscious of the developments.

Asked about the increase in incidents of soldiers shooting officers, he said such cases were very rare when one considered that the Indian Army comprised of about 1.1 million personnel.

"These are incidents best forgotten. But remedial action will be taken," he added.

He said personnel serving in difficult areas like J and K and North Eastern states were being given opportunities to live a normal life.

"But we have a large number of units which are deployed continuously. Duties in such areas cause a lot of hardship," he said.

On the plans to raise the intake of Cadet Officers, Pattabhiraman said that the Army realised the need for increasing the capacity of both the Officers Training Academy and the Indian Military Academy.

"We have a shortage of officers and one of the reasons is that we need to build up the infrastructure", he said.

On the question of inducting more women officers into the Army, he said 'we are looking to more and more women to be commissioned in the army. Once the capacity goes up more women will be recruited'.

Stating that women officers were living up to the challenges and tasks assigned to them, the Lt General said that the Centre had also told the Army to find new avenues where women could be employed.

Earlier, complimenting cadets passing out of the Academy, he asked them to remember the 'sacred trust' the nation had reposed in them.

"Terrorism has become a global menace today. All of you must therefore realise that you are joining an Army which is constantly waging a successful against this menace", he said, adding that as young leaders in the Army, they would be required to hone their skills, not only for fighting wars, but also the proxy war being currently waged in J an K.

He told them to always remember that safety, honour and welfare of the country came first.

In all 280 cadets, including 70 women were commissioned as officers following completion of their training at the academy.

Bureau Report

Terror Continues: What Will Happen To Peace Process?

While they are protesting possible violation of code of conduct by the government, Maoists are intensifying their anti-peace process activities. Here are proofs:

India's Volatile North

September 15, 2006

By Patrick Roath

One of the trickiest terms in the lexicon of armed conflict is “low level war.” Although it seems to imply a relatively peaceful struggle or at least something short of an all out skirmish, India’s low-level civil war is anything but nonviolent. Despite the level of brutality characterized by the conflict, the Indian government has, to date, done far too little to stem the tide of the gathering insurgency.

Although rarely discussed in the mainstream press, the “Naxalite” Maoist rebels in India’s rural Northwest have been terrorizing the Indian state and subjecting citizens to an abject brand of violent terror since 1967. Despite the opacity of the issue as seen by Western news media, the vicious conflict has recently received more attention as a result of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s April 2006 declaration that the rebels are “the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country.”

Easily numbering in the tens of thousands and well armed, the Naxalite rebels trace their origins back to a 1967 uprising in the rural Indian state of Jharkhand. The group’s credo is the typical Maoist combination of socio-economic discontent and violent insurrection. As articulated by one of its leaders, the group believes that “an armed agrarian war is the only effective way to make the system break.” Naxalite terrorism is often directed indiscriminately towards the local populace, aimed at subjugating the regional economy and supplying the group with needed resources.

Public attitude toward the regional government is predominantly bitter and indignant. India’s response has been sluggish and remarkably ineffective, especially when compared to the swift, firebrand justice dealt out by the Naxalites. India’s infamously cumbersome legal and bureaucratic apparatus is seen as playing catch up with the easily adaptable and lithe guerilla force. Like many successful paramilitary forces throughout the world, such as Colombia’s FARC and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Naxalites justify their continued existence by providing services to rural citizens, in some places constituting a parallel government. The staying power of the guerillas is often attributed to their ability to take advantage of the Indian government’s failure to provide sufficient services to so many of its nationals in its distant rural territories.

The past decade has seen the scope of the conflict grow almost exponentially. Fueled by the startling successes of other nearby Maoist insurgencies, especially that of Nepal’s, the Naxalite movement has expanded out of Jharkhand into 28 different Indian states, providing relief services to citizens in 165 districts. In the past year the guerillas appear to have grown stronger, staging large-scale attacks on targets including prisons, trains and politicians. In July the group staged a particularly brutal operation, storming into a refugee camp, opening fire on relief workers and refugees alike, killing 25. As the logistical scale of the operation expands, so too does the casualty count. In 2005, the regional authority approximated that almost 700 civilians were killed in the strife in one year alone, and this year promises to be even bloodier.

Internationally, the possible ramifications of the insurgency are sobering and mounting. The prospect of a spreading internal conflagration is potentially poisonous to a fast-growing India competing with China to become the next globally competitive economy to attract billions of dollars of Western investment. As the conflict persists and grows, Western newspapers are increasingly tuned into the low-intensity conflict they had previously shrugged off. On August 2, the British newspaper Guardian ran an article in their Investment Risks section entitled, “Maoist guerrillas and tribal rebels threaten India’s industrial boom.” Two weeks later, The Economist went to press with a report called “A Spectre Haunting India.”

Prime Minister Singh’s comments echo the growing international preoccupation with the rebel’s presence. As a result of the recent attention that non-state extremist organizations have garnered throughout the world, the Indian government appears to be determined to apply a more heavy-handed approach in its Northwestern provinces, taking steps such as upgrading the combat education received by the regional police.

Despite these measures, regional experts at the CLSA, a Southeast Asia brokerage firm, have noted that the rebels are growing stronger due to a “lack of policy initiatives,” not necessarily to under-policing. Recently, the Indian government has had some limited and well-publicized success in convincing some Naxalite groups to lay down their arms and join the formal political process by forming a party.

While certainly a step in the right direction, official sources admit that the goal of converting the Naxalite movement into a parliamentary faction is far from completion. The Indian government needs to aggressively pursue the process of democratizing the dangerous guerillas it has ignored for far too long. Additionally, the Indian government can deprive the Naxalites of their raison d’etre by fulfilling the gaps in its public services and providing more fully for its citizens in the Northwest. It is clear that the Naxalite concern can no longer be written off as a “low level war,” as the repercussions of the spreading conflict are felt throughout India as well as in international financial markets.

Patrick Roath, LA ‘09, has not yet declared a major.

Two anti-landmine vehicles to check police casualties

Saturday September 16 2006 14:53 IST

BHUBANESWAR: The Assembly Estimates Committee headed by Panchayatiraj Minister Raghunath Mohanty has recommended that the State Government should immediately purchase two anti-landmine vehicles to bring down casualties of police personnel working in the Naxal dominated areas.

The committee, which reviewed the modernisation activities of the police administration, suggested in its report that no posts should remain vacant in the areas where Naxalites have spread their bases. It further recommended that special incentives should be given to police personnel engaged in such areas and they should be imparted training to face the ultras.

Expressing displeasure for non-utilisation of funds under the mobility head, the committee said that most of the police stations in the State do not have a vehicle in good condition. Besides, there is shortage of fuel always. This results in police reaching the problem spot late in majority of cases, it added.

The Committee recommended that all police stations should be provided with a vehicle in good condition. Besides, the monthly fuel quota should also be increased as the law and order situation now demands more patrolling, it added.

It was found that 20 police stations were yet to be connected with telephones. The panel recommended that all police stations should be provided with telephones and VHF sets. It said that all police outposts should also have VHF sets.

The Committee expressed its unhappiness over the callous attitude of the department regarding purchase of modern equipment.

It recommended that bullet proof jackets should be provided to the police personnel working in law and order prone areas to boost the confidence of the force. It observed that the DGP should visit each police station by rotation.

Arms seizure in AP: Seven held

Chennai, Sept. 15 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Police today arrested seven persons in connection with the seizure of a huge cache of rocket-launchers, shells and spare parts in Andhra Pradesh last week.

Six of the arrested persons were owners of small-scale units that manufactured the components of rocket-launchers, while one was the agent of Kranthi Transport, a company here that was used to send the components to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu's Director General of Police, D Mukherjee, told reporters.

"An investigation by the 'Q' branch has revealed that the brain behind this matter is Raghu alias Srinivasa Reddy, who booked the consignment to be delivered to Vijayawada," Mukherjee said.

"We are in possession of certain photographs which reveal that Raghu (30) and his wife Sudharani (25), who were staying in a rented house at sub-urban Ambattur, have links with Naxal groups in Andhra Pradesh," he said.

In the early hours today, police raided Raghu's house and retrieved several components and an album with photographs of Raghu and Sudharani in a Maoist camp, he said.

Police also seized over 20 rocket and launcher spare parts, during raids in the workshops, including one owned by Raghu. However, where these parts were assembled into the complete launchers is yet to be ascertained.

Following indications that Raghu and Sudharani could have fled to Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, a special team was sent there to nab them.

Denying that an intelligence failure on the part of Tamil Nadu Police had resulted in the manufacturing of the rocket-launchers in the State, Mukherjee said this had been going on on a very small scale and in a segmented manner for the past three years.

"Raghu, who was staying in a rented house in Ambattur, won the confidence of owners of small units nearby, and provided them with sketches for the spare parts and funded them," he said.

Asked whether the manufacturers were aware of the ramifications, he said, "only an investigation will reveal whether they had any criminal intentions."

The rocket-launchers supplied over the past three years to naxalites in Andhra Pradesh have been used in attempts to attack police stations and important areas there, 'Q Branch' Superintendent of Police, Davidson Devaasirvadham, said.

"Approximately 700 to 1,000 launchers could have been delivered to the naxals in the past three years, all of which were manufactured in Ambattur," he said.

The 'Q Branch' will continue to raid other units in the industrial estate to ascertain the involvement of others in the operation, he said.

Police on September 8 raided at least six godowns of a private transport company here and sealed one of them, from which the consignment of arms seized by Andhra Pradesh Police was suspected to have been booked.

Andhra Pradesh Police seized 875 rocket-launchers and other ammunition from different places in Mahabubnagar and Prakasam districts, believed to be sent to Maoists.

After the seizures, they raided the offices and godowns of Kranti Transport Company here, which was believed to have been used to smuggle the weapons.

Army generals, Indian MP march for Hindu Nepal

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Kathmandu - Two former Nepali army generals with close links to the royal palace and an Indian parliamentarian Friday led a protest rally in capital city Kathmandu, demanding that Nepal be restored as a Hindu kingdom.

Organised by a controversial religious organisation, the World Hindu Federation (WHF), which was one of the recipients of state largesse during King Gyanendra’s direct rule, the protesters included retired general Sachit Shumsher Rana, a former chief of the army who was also adviser to King Gyanendra, and a former aide de camp of the king, General (retired) Bharat Keshar Simha.

Both Simha and Rana have been questioned by a commission formed to bring to task the people responsible for abetting the royal regime and suppressing the anti-king protests, resulting in the death of 21 people and with over 3,000 being injured.

While Rana was a powerful member of the Raj Parishad, a body advising the king, Simha heads the WHF that supported the king’s power grab last year and urged Hindus all over the world to support the king since he was the head of the only Hindu kingdom in the world.

The third prominent member among the demonstrators was Yogi Adityanath, an Indian parliamentarian belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from across the border in Gorakhpur.

The march began near the palace and continued without any intervention by police though rallies are prohibited in the area, and ended in Naxal, a little distance away.

The rally included a large number of women, some in designer glasses, and yogis dressed in saffron who demanded that the parliamentary proclamation that made Nepal a secular state this year should be scrapped and the country should become a Hindu kingdom again.

Though the protesters did not directly demand the king should be reinstated as head of government for fear of public anger and Maoist intervention, the demand for a Hindu kingdom obliquely supported the institution of monarchy at a time the government is planning to hold an election and put the crown to vote.

After 15 months of direct rule by King Gyanendra, widespread public protests forced the monarch to relinquish power in April.

Nepal’s parliament, dissolved in 2002, was reinstated and initiated a number of sweeping changes to clip the king’s powers, including making Nepal a secular state.

Since then, the WHF, which is linked to India’s BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Shiv Sena, has been trying to whip up protests and create chaos. Though the rally in the capital was peaceful, it was able to effect a shutdown in Birgunj town in southern Nepal, near the Indian border.

Top Naxal leader among four killed in shootout in Warangal

Warangal, Sept 15: A top Naxalite leader Madhu was killed, along with three others, in a fierce encounter with police in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh today.

Madhu alias Sarayya was the secretary of Karimnagar (East division) of CPI (Maoist).

The exchange of fire took place near Oorattam Village in the extremist-affected Tadvai Mandal when Maoists were holding a strategy meeting, District Superintendent of Police M S Ravindra told reporters here.

Acting on specific information that Maoists were engaged in a crucial meeting, a special police party raided the hideout and asked the extremists to surrender.

On seeing the police, the ultras opened fire and in the exchange of fire that followed, four Naxalites, including three women, died while six others managed to escape, the SP said.

Earlier, the police sources had put the death toll at five.

The police recovered an AK-47 gun, three rifles, some ammunition and kitbags from the spot.

Bureau Report

Arms haul: TN police raid manufacturing units

Sam Daniel, Sanjay Pinto

Friday, September 15, 2006 (Chennai):

The 'Made In Chennai' connection in last week's huge haul of rocket launchers in Mahbubnagar has been cracked by Tamil Nadu's Q branch Police.

Seven foundries and workshops on the outskirts of the city were raided on Thursday night and seven persons have been arrested.

However, the kingpin of the arms racket, Raghu - a suspected Naxal group member - is absconding.

The police have arrested the owners of the units that had been manufacturing components for rocket launchers and shells meant for Maoist Naxals in Andhra Pradesh.

The raid comes after consignments booked under a fictitious name called Raghu, were intercepted in Mahbubnagar last week.

"The breakthrough came after we sent decoys to the area and were able to zero in on these units," said D Mukherjee, DGP, Tamil Nadu.

Naxal connection

Raghu and his wife, suspected to be members of a Naxalite group in Andhra Pradesh, are on the run.

The prime accused Raghu had come to Ambattur in 2002. He gained the confidence of local factory owners by placing small manufacturing orders.

With their co-operation, he is said to have manufactured all the components required to assemble rocket launchers to be dispatched to Andhra Pradesh.

The rocket launchers that came out of Chennai were manufactured by sub-contractors under the guise of spinning mill spares.

NDTV: Did the other seven accused know they were manufacturing components for rocket launchers?

Mukherjee At this stage we have to infer that they had knowledge of the racket and were abettors.

Over the last three years, close to a thousand rocket launchers were manufactured in Chennai. And it wasn't just rocket launchers.

Raghu was also in the process of manufacturing breaches for guns and revolvers. The challenge now is not only to arrest Raghu but also to nail the seven others on charges of criminal conspiracy.

The police have ruled out Raghu's links with extremist groups in Tamil Nadu.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Naxals create problems for upcoming industries in Orissa

The Orissa Government might have attracted huge investment promises. But it is worried about implementing projects in tribal areas as Naxals step in, reports CNBC-TV18.

Posco, Mittal, Reliance and Tata are some of the big business houses that have promised huge investments in Orissa. But Naxalite threats in industrial areas like Kalinganagar are proving to be a dampner.

More than two hundred Naxal sympathizers gathered in Bhubaneshwar and the message was loud and clear. They would not allow industries to come up on tribal land.

BD Sharma, President, Bharat Jana Andalon says, “The R&R (Resettlement and Rehabilitation) policy of the government is merely a hollow promise. The government is not doing anything concrete for the affected people. So long as the local people do not co-operate, industries can never come up in these areas."
The Naxals have not resorted to major violence in these areas but are slowly gaining the people's support. And district administrations are monitoring their movement.

Tarun Kanti Mishra, Home Secretary, Orissa says, “When there is deprivation due to industrialization, lot of people like the Naxals and even NGOs try to take advantage of it.'

The state government claims the resentment is because of lack of adequate awareness of the situation among affected people. But until they are better informed, the Naxals will probably have the upper hand.

Mangalore: Missing girl joins Naxals; Convince Friends To Support Movement

Mangalore Sept 15: With the roping in of a teenage girl into their fold, the efforts of the Naxal groups to expand their area of operations in the Western Ghats seem to be paying off, according to the police.

Reports of Lakshmi (18), from the Irkigadde area of Tombattu village under Shankaranarayana police station limits, joining the Naxalites are spreading fast. The girl had gone missing last March. But the latest report is that the Naxals have her and are using her to spread their influence among the people of the area.

The Times of India quoted Police sources saying that within two months of Lakshmi’s disappearance, she was spotted in Naxal uniform carrying arms.

Recently, she began working actively for the Naxalites and even visited several houses in her hamlet and tried to convince her friends and relatives to join the Naxal movement.

According to sources Lakshmi belonged to a family of landless labourers and studied up to Std VII in a local school.

There are also reports about the girl organising meetings and collecting rations and other necessary items from shops. It is now for the police to ensure that the girl does not ensnare more youngsters into the fold.

The police have information about Naxalites recently collecting Rs 25 per month from the hamlets of Hallihole, Tombattu, Yedamoge, Jaddinagadde and neighbouring areas. There are also reports about the increase in the smuggling of timber as Naxals have gained control over the illegal business, sources said.

Rampant felling of trees in remote forest areas have also been reported, police said.

Naxal rockets trigger Central alarm

Subodh Ghildiyal

NEW DELHI: A rattled Union government is suggesting strong counter-measures as the seizure of a big consignment of rockets from the Naxal heartland of Mahbubnagar in Telangana has exposed the claim that the extremists are on the run following strong police action in Andhra Pradesh.

Jolted out of its structured planning on the Naxal front, Union home ministry will soon summon top Andhra officials for a brainstorming session with Intelligence Bureau and CRPF on smuggling of rockets from Tamil Nadu.

Andhra and TN will be directed to embark on a "money trail" and "weapon trail" to unearth the source of money and the local units in TN where rockets are suspected of have been manufactured.

While only Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are in picture now, top officials say the intended end-user may determine the kind of security hazard it meant.

Rockets, sourced from Tamil Nadu and parked in a backward Andhra Pradesh pocket, point to a disconnect. Low levels of Naxal violence had emboldened the cops to claim that the rebels were on the run.

However, as a home ministry official pointed out, it is incongruous that there is an upgradation in weaponary when the Naxalites are apparently fighting with their back to the wall.

Shoulder-fired rockets have so far only occasionally been used, with Andhra and Chhattisgarh reporting four instances in the last two years.

It's not clear if the massive consignment was intended for Nallamalla forests, the den of Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh, or Dantewada in Chhattisgarh where the red army is calling the shots.

Andhra clearly better placed to fight Naxalites given that Greyhounds, its dedicated anti-Naxal force, has been able to put them on the defensive for now.

Centre's estimate of claims in Andhra Pradesh too disabuse the notion, which had triggered some backslapping, that extremism was on the wane.

It is felt that the fall in violence in Andhra Pradesh could not be the sole measure of falling Naxal presence but it depended on a "basket of indicators". Sources said while Naxals had been put on the backfoot, their earnings through extortions seem to have continued.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Kundapur: Naxals Exchange Fire with Police near Hallihole

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Kundapur, Sep 14: In another close encounter with the police, a Naxalite team led by young Mahesh exchanged a few rounds of fire with ANF and police squads which were on combing operation in the dense forest area of Hallihole near here on Wednesday September 13 afternoon.

The police reports said that as they were marching ahead in the forest area, they encountered a volley fire from an alleged Automatic weapon from deep in the forest. The party immediately took cover and returned fire with about 15 rounds. There being no response from the opposite side, the party immediately flanked to the sides and began a full fledged combing operation. Despite 3 hours of intense combing in the jungle the opponents escaped into the thick forest.

The police party also met with heavy rain which hampered operations. The information reached senior officers by about 2 pm and reinforcements were immediately sent. Combing operations continued upto 7.30 pm and were temporarily suspended owing to bad weather. None from the police party were injured in the encounter and there seem to be no signs of injuries from the other side too. Strict vigil is being maintained all along the reserve forest area from Kollur to down south Karkala and security has also been beefed up in all police stations of the Naxal-affected areas of the district.

However, some reports said that at least 3 Naxalites have sustained injuries in the brief exchange of fire. The sources also said that combing operations are expected to continue even on Thursday September 14 despite heavy rains.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

29 policemen sacked who shy away from fighting Maoists


Kolkata: Indian authorities have sacked 29 policemen and suspended dozens of others who have refused to fight Maoist rebels in the restive state of Chhattisgarh, officials said yesterday.

The disciplinary action underlines how many policemen are unwilling to fight armed Maoists in the dense jungles of central and eastern India, where hundreds of people including scores of security personnel have been killed in the past two years.

Last month, a policeman shot himself in a Maoist-dominated district of West Bengal state, apparently due to the pressure of security duty in the region.


The sacking of 29 policemen this month took place after they left a jungle warfare training camp in the northeastern state of Mizoram without authorisation, a top police official said.

"They were supposed to take up assignments in Chhattisgarh and they should have known a policeman is supposed to go anywhere he is asked to go," Zorammawi, Inspector General of Police, told Reuters by phone from the state capital, Aizawl.

"They seemed reluctant to go and were making up excuses like non-payment of advance travel allowance and daily allowance," Zorammawi, who goes by one name, added. Maoist rebels, who claim to fight for millions of impoverished peasants and landless labourers, operate in at least nine of India's 29 states and regularly set off landmines under vehicles, killing dozens of policemen and anti-Maoist vigilantes, especially in Chhattisgarh.


Analysts say Indian policemen often do not have proper training or modern weapons to tackle the Maoists who use guerrilla tactics. Some police still use antiquated single shot .303 rifles. "You cannot send policemen to a war zone when they are not equipped to withstand the surprise attacks of the Maoists," Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management, a New Delhi think-tank, said.

"They also seem to lack the mental strength to take huge personal risks." In Chhattisgarh, a police superintendent was suspended recently after he refused to operate from an area under Maoist influence.

Police exchange fire with naxal group

Staff Correspondent
Udupi police and ANF team were returning after combing operations

Encounter occurred about 8 km from Hallihole village
There were no casualties on either side

Udupi: The district police and the Anti-Naxalite Force (ANF) exchanged fire with a group of naxalites about 8 km from Hallihole village (about 90 km from Udupi) on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao told The Hindu that the police and ANF personnel were returning after carrying out combing operations in the Hallihole area when they were fired at by the naxalites. The police took cover and returned fire, but there was no response from the naxalites.

Since the naxalites had opened fire from higher ground, the police remained under cover for some time to ensure that they were not ambushed. After some time, the police and ANF team again opened fire, but there was no response. The naxalites had escaped into the thick jungles of the Western Ghats.

Heavy rain

Dr. Rao said the police and the ANF had fired about 15 rounds. They then carried out flanking and combing operations in the area. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot. But the thick jungles and heavy rain hampered combing operations, which were called off at 7.30 p.m. Dr. Rao had gone to the spot to supervise the combing operations.

No casualties

He said the naxalites could have escaped towards Shimoga district. The Shimoga district police had been alerted. The firing took place near the house of Raghu Kulal at Hallihole and not at his house, Dr. Rao clarified. There were no casualties on either side.

The police and the ANF have been combing the Hallihole area for some days now.

"We are keeping a tight vigil on the situation and the combing operations will be resumed on Thursday," Dr. Rao said.

There is regular movement of naxalites near Hallihole and Devarabalu villages.

Both villages are nestled in the dense forests of the Western Ghats, which provide cover to the naxalites.

The Udupi district police and the ANF shot dead two naxalites at Devarabalu on June 23, 2005. Naxalites ransacked the house of a landlord at Hallihole and smashed his vehicles on October 2, 2005.

Teenaged Maoist surrenders

Staff Reporter Boy was just 15 years old when he was lured into outfit

NALGONDA: A 17-year-old member of the Krishnapatti local guerrilla squad Puram Kotaiah alias Nagaraju surrendered before Superintendent of Police M.M. Bhagwat and Officer on Special Duty Venkateswar Rao on Tuesday.

Producing the boy at a press conference, the SP said the boy was with Maoists for about two years. "He was only 15 when he was lured into the dalam by Boda Sailu alias Kurmaiah, a hardcore Maoist who was killed in an encounter recently. Their act is highly condemnable," he observed.

Trained in Nallamala

Hailing from Utlapally in Peddavura mandal, Nagaraju, an illiterate, was trained in Nallamala forest area. He was allegedly involved in the killing of a Telugu Desam leader in PA Pally mandal and a former naxalite in Chandampet mandal.
He also took part in the attack on the Mannanur outpost in Mahabubnagar district. He reportedly escaped police firing in Nallamala forest twice.
The surrendered Maoist revealed that there were only 10 Maoists in the district. The SP appealed to Maoists to join the mainstream "by realizing that they cannot achieve anything by resorting to terrorism."

Indian military supplies for Nepal unleashes uproar

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Kathmandu - An ill-timed non-lethal military assistance by India to Nepal, whose contents were distorted by the local media, unleashed widespread protests by Maoist guerrillas in Nepal Wednesday with the rebels blocking highways and calling for shutdowns.

The confusion was created by the arrival of eight Comets - open trucks manufactured by India’s Ashok Leyland that were dispatched by New Delhi as part of its non-lethal military assistance to the Nepal Army.

However, as the consignment reached Nepal through the Raxaul checkpost in India, the army was also moving its own arms supplies by land, probably preparatory to sending its soldiers to join UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon, for which Nepal has pledged 850 men.

With the recent attempt by a Russian plane to bring weapons to Nepal via India, an attempt that was thwarted by the Indian authorities, the Nepali media immediately leapt to the conclusion that the Indian trucks were carrying the blocked arms with the Indian government’s assistance.

At least two local media organisations - the daily Nepal Samacharpatra, known for its India-bashing, and Kantipur FM, Nepal’s biggest private radio station, reported the arrival of arms via the trucks, triggering a fit of fury by the Maoist guerrillas.

The rebels blocked roads in parts of the capital by burning tyres and raising anti-Indian slogans. Some of the major highways connecting Kathmandu to the outer districts were also obstructed while the guerrillas called a shutdown in at least two districts.

The reports also created a furore in Nepal’s parliament with furious MPs disrupting house proceedings and demanding an explanation by the government about procuring weapons from India.

The Indian embassy issued a statement to clarify the nature of the supplies.

‘These are open trucks with no cargo of any kind, and certainly no arms,’ the press release issued Wednesday said.

‘They are also not mine-protected or armoured trucks or vehicles, as has been alleged by some. Indeed, no arms whatsoever have been supplied by the Government of India to Nepal since such supplies were put under constant review on Feb 1, 2005.’

The embassy also said the media reports about vehicles coming into Nepal from India allegedly with arms were completely baseless and untrue.

‘This has also been corroborated by the delegation of the Ceasefire Code of Conduct Monitoring Committee (CCCMC) visiting Dhading to inspect the vehicles. They have said that there is nothing in the vehicles that have come from India. The Coordinator of the Committee B.P. Mishra has said ‘The vehicles are empty,’ the statement said.

Despite the supplies being non-lethal, their arrival couldn’t be more badly timed.

Currently, a 20-member team from India’s National Defence College is on a four-day visit to Nepal. Taken in conjunction with their presence, the Maoists are regarding the trucks as bringing in arms to scuttle the peace talks and force them into resuming arms.

With peace talks between the rebels and the government having been deadlocked, the rebels have recently accused Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala of conspiring with King Gyanendra to sabotage their

movement for a republican form of government.

After King Gyanendra seized power with the help of the army in February 2005, India suspended military assistance to Nepal to show its concern.

However, non-lethal supplies were resumed during the king’s regime as part of New Delhi’s carrot and stick policy to persuade the monarch to restore democracy.

The new shipment of non-lethal supplies comes even as Nepal failed to repay its earlier dues and asked India to waive them, even though it has been paying with cash to other countries for arms bought at higher prices.

Group of 8 Naxals escape police net in Yedamoge village

Wednesday September 13 2006 13:42 IST

UDUPI: A group of eight Naxalites, had a narrow escape from being nabbed or encountered from the hands of the police on Tuesday afternoon at Kolkebail of Yedamoge village in Shankaranarayana police station limits.

Though the police got information about the Naxalites’ visit in the house of one Chandra Naik, the missed coordination between the district police and the Anti- Naxalite Force made their attempt futile, sources said.

Meanwhile, Udupi Superintendent of Police Subrahmanyeshwara Rao ruled out any such incident.

He said that the combing operation is on.

ANF and Naxals exchange fire

Bangalore, Sept 13: The Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and the extremists today exchanged fire in the forest in Karnataka's Udupi district, according to a top police official.

During a combing operation by ANF in the forest on a tip off about the movement of Naxalites, the outlawed ultras opened fire, which was returned by police, ADGP (Law and Order) Shankar M Bidari told reporters here.

There was no immediate word on casualties on either side, he said adding the combing was continuing amid torrential rain. (Agencies)

Three cops injured in explosion

Press Trust of India

Malkangiri, Sept. 12: Three policemen were injured in a blast during a training programme on defusing explosives near the Chhatiguda dam, about five km from here, a senior police official said today.

The injured cops were identified as reserve inspector Mr Sarat Chandra Mishra and constables Mr Debasis Narendra and Basanta Nayak. The explosive suddenly went off during the training yesterday, superintendent of police of Malkingiri Yatindra Koyal said.

The injured persons were first rushed to the District Headquarter Hospital for treatment. But they were later shifted to the MKCG Medical College Hospital in Berhampur.
Malkangiri is a Naxalite-infested district and periodic combing operations are conducted by the police, greyhound personnel. Jawans of the India Reserve Battalion frequently come across landmines while patrolling the forests.

Orissa keeps tab on anti-Salwa Judum proponents

Bhubaneswar, Sept 13: Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting here against the Salwa Judum programme of neighbouring Chhatisgarh, the Orissa government said it was keeping a strict vigil on the activities of those organising the gathering.

The meeting has been convened by a new outfit formed to "aid victims of Salwa Judum" and is scheduled to be addressed by former Secretary to the Union Government E A S Sharma, president of the Bharat Jan Andolan, B D Sharma and People's Union for Civil Liberties vice-president Binayak Sen.

"We are keeping a close watch on the meeting and the activists. If their activities lead to any disturbance or are meant to incite people, we'll take action," Home Secretary Tarunkanti Mishra told newsmen yestreday.

The state government had declared as "unlawful" the activities of CPI-Maoist and seven of its front organisations on June seven.

Mishra said activists of the outlawed organisations found at the venue of the meeting would be arrested.

Dandapani Mohanty, convenor of the Daman Pratirodh Manch (DPM), a pro-Naxalite organisation banned by the government, said the meeting was meant to discuss the Salwa Judum, the movement adopted by the Chhatisgarh government to unite tribals against Naxalites in the Bastar area and to "expose" the design behind the programme.

Bureau Report

Arms haul takes political overtones

Veeraraghav T M

MADE IN CHENNAI?: Investigations reveal a clear Chennai link in the naxal operation.

Chennai: The unprecedented seizure of rocket shells and launchers in Andhra Pradesh a few days ago has put the Tamil Nadu police in the heart of the rocket web.

The Andhra Pradesh police chief, who was in Chennai to meet his Tamil Nadu counterpart, reiterated that the rockets were made locally in Chennai, in one of the city's small industries belt. "The rockets were made at Ambattur," says DGP, Andhra Pradesh, JIT Swaranjeet Sen.

The Tamil Nadu police chief, however, says they has no concrete information to prove that the rockets were made in Chennai. The police is clueless as to how such a massive operation was carried out in the heart of the city.

Chennai city police had zeroed in on a sketch of a man - Sreenivas Reddy - a few days ago. They believe he is the 'rocketman', the one who carried out the entire operation.

They are now trying to locate the industrial unit where the rockets were actually made.

But as the investigations begin to reveal a clear Chennai link in the naxal operation, the issue has already taken political centre stage.

Jayalalithaa says the seizure reflects a collapse of law and order in the state. But the police force and the DMK say the arms were made and transported between August 2005 and May 2006, when Jayalalithaa was in power.

As the political blame game goes on, the issue itself is a reminder that it's time for the police to track the naxal trail in Tamil Nadu even more closely.

(with rohini Mohan)

State must reinforce intelligence: Jaiswal

HT Correspondent
Bhopal, September 12, 2006

UNION MINISTER of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal said here on Tuesday that State Governments must strengthen and reinforce their intelligence gathering agencies to tackle the growing menace of terrorism.

Talking to newspersons here, Jaiswal said recent blasts in temples and mosques clearly indicate the design of terrorist outfits and their patrons to disturb communal harmony in the country.

He further said law and order being a State subject did not allow the Centre to directly interfere in any State in the matter but the Centre has been prompt to provide all possible help including para military forces and weapons to tackle terrorism and naxalism.

He further said States should strengthen their intelligence gathering network and take it to the police station level to meet the challenge.

On Naxalism, he said states concerned should work on a two-pronged strategy to tackle menace. They should work towards development of areas affected by Naxalism and at the same time use force to deter the Naxalites, who for their vested interests do not allow developmental activities to take place in the areas of their influence.

Giving the example of Andhra Pradesh in this context, he said once the State most-affected by Naxal menace, it had been able to control the menace to a large extent in the recent past.

Chandrababu Naidu upset over reduced security

T S Sudhir

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 (Hyderabad):

Former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who was the most protected man in Andhra Pradesh, is no longer so.

There are 50 security personnel less to guard him now. His security has been reduced from 189 personnel when he became Opposition leader in 2004 to 139 now.

Naidu accuses Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy of playing politics with matters of security and life.

"I am feeling bad about it. From the beginning, this government is creating controversies about my security. The CM has claimed he is not aware of this. Can you believe this?'' said Naidu.

But the government seems to be in no mood to listen. The state police was upset when Naidu, who is in Z-plus category security, asked for the Black Cats after losing the election.

Naidu had refused NSG security when he was the chief minister.

"It is not necessary that more persons deployed means better security. In fact, I have minimum security but I feel that mine is the best security. Depends on the persons you have got and how you position them. Sometimes extra manpower is far worse,'' said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, AP.

Critics say reducing Naidu's security could prove a huge mistake. The former chief minister survived an assassination attempt in October 2003 and is still very high on the naxal hit list.

Centre asks states to strengthen intelligence network

Bhopal, Sept 13: Alleging a "conspiracy by external forces to disturb the country's communal harmony", the Centre today asked state governments to strengthen their intelligence networks and improve police forces to foil terror attacks.

"The Centre has been providing support.., paramilitary forces and weapons, but the state governments are the executing agencies. Unless they strengthen intelligence and improve their police, terror attacks cannot be foiled," Union Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters here.

Asked whether there was a need for an improved system to counter terror attacks, he denied any intelligence failure in the terrorist strikes in Malegaon, Varanasi and Ayyodhya, but said, "states have to boost intelligence up to the police station level to perform well in maintaining internal security.

"State governments have been able to thwart terror attacks in the past, as in the case of the attempted strike at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur," he said.

The nature of attacks on temples and mosques clearly indicates that there is a conspiracy to disturb the country's communal harmony, he said. "External forces are behind the conspiracy."

Jaiswal also put the onus of curbing the Naxal movement on state governments, saying, "unless there is the will by states, Naxalism cannot be eradicated. Rapid development should be effected as Naxalism springs from poverty, famine and unemployment.

"Efforts on a war footing by the Andhra Pradesh government enabled it to curb Naxalism by nearly 80 per cent," he said.

Bureau Report

Orissa: Give firepower to police: Panel

Wednesday September 13 2006 11:43 IST
BHUBANESWAR: The Standing Committee on Home Department has recommended the State Government to fill up the existing vacancies in the State Police and arm the personnel, working in the Naxal zone, with up-to-date weaponry.

Chairperson of the committee Draupadi Murmu told media persons after the meeting here that members expressed concern over large number of vacancies in the police force. While the civilian population is increasing by the year, police population is not commensurate.

The fuel provision for vehicles in each police station is too insufficient to meet the patrolling need. At present, each police station is entitled for 100-litre petrol per month. The committee recommended a hike by 50 percent.

The committee, which is scheduled to visit six Naxal-affected districts from September 18, also recommended the Government to declare three more districts-Deogarh, Sambalpur and Jajpur-as disturbed areas. The panel also expressed its displeasure over inadequate infrastructure and staff support to the 18 newly set up fire stations.

Home Secretary T K Mishra told the committee that the State Government has already taken up the matter with the Centre for declaring the three districts as Naxal-hit. He further informed that the process to fill up 7,000 constable posts, lying vacant, has been started.

The State Government has constituted a high-power committee to look into the demand for increasing the fuel supply to police stations, Mishra said and added measures will be taken to fully operationalise the 18 fire stations.

Gag on sympathisers for pro-Naxal meet on Wednesday

Wednesday September 13 2006 11:39 IST
BHUBANESWAR: A day before the proposed meeting of the Naxalite sympathisers in the City, the State Government issued a strong warning that anyone, connected with the banned outfits, seen delivering speeches at the meeting site would be arrested.

Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, Home Secretary T K Mishra said the State Government is keeping a watch on the activities of the sympathisers and ready to take action against them if they instigate the people.

Dandapani Mohanty, member of the Salwa Judum Action Council, which has planned the meeting, approached the State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday protesting the detention of Pramod Parida by police. Parida was picked by the police on Monday while distributing pro-council literature at College Square in Cuttack.

Mohanty demanded that the detention of Parida be investigated by the Commission. Apprehending sabotage of the council’s meetings in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur by the State Government, Mohanty urged the Commission to restrain the State Government. He claimed that the council has no links with the CPM (Maoist) and six other outlawed organisations.

Responding to a call given by CPI (Maoist)’s Bashadara Divisional Committee, a group under the banner of Salwa Judum Affected People’s Action Council has decided to mobilise support for the Naxalites and oppose the Salwa Judum.

This is for the first time that any group, sympathising with Left wing ultras, is planning meetings both in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur. As part of its campaign, the symapthisers have called upon ‘democratic’ forces to join hands to oppose Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh and similar movements in the State.

Naxal leader’s death anniversary observed

Wednesday September 13 2006 10:29 IST
DHARMAPURI: The death anniversary of Naxal leader Balan, who was killed in an encounter near Palacode in 1980, was observed amidst tight security in Dharmapuri on Tuesday.

Despite a ban on Naxal activities in the district, their supporters continued to observe the death anniversary of their leaders by getting permission from the Court.

An indoor meeting was conducted at the Rotary Hall in Dharmapuri by the Peoples’ Democratic Youth League (PDYL) chaired by State organiser Gnanam

Naxal leader’s death anniversary goes off peacefully

Wednesday September 13 2006 00:55 IST
DHARMAPURI: The death anniversary of Naxal leader Balan, who was killed in an encounter near Palacode in 1980, was observed amidst tight security in Dharmapuri on Tuesday.

After the encounter deaths of Naxal leaders Ravindran and Siva in Dharmapuri, some PWG activists were arrested by the police and remanded in prison under the POTA in 2002.

Despite a ban on Naxal activities in the district, their supporters continued to observe the death anniversary of their leaders by getting permission from the court.

On Tuesday, the Peoples’ Democratic Youth League (PDYL) chaired by State organiser Gnanam conducted an indoor meeting at the Rotary Hall in Dharmapuri.

Manoharan and Gunalan spoke and representatives from various districts attended. Krishnan, Rajaran and Chinnapaiyan paid tributes to the statue of Balan in Naickenkottai. Following repeated threats, police made some preventive arrests and secured some of the activists in Dharmapuri.

Additional Police personnel were deployed at the railway station and at all important police stations in the district. The NSG, Q Branch and the SP’s special party along with the STF in the Hogenakkal forests conducted combing operations. No untoward incident was reported on Tuesday, police said.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rockets case suspects bound over

Tuesday September 12 2006 11:46 IST

PRODDATUR: Former naxalite M Srinivasulu Reddy and his son Chaitanya, who were picked up by the police in connection with the transshipment of rocket launchers to Giddalur from Kranthi Transports in Kadapa, were released on ‘bindover’ on Monday.

Till now, police had been tight-lipped about their arrest. Srinivasulu Reddy’s wife, Lakshmi Devi, filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court two days ago stating that police had picked up her husband and son and their whereabouts were not divulged and no arrests were shown.

As a result, Proddatur MRO Khadar Basha set them free on a surety of Rs 25,000 and a bond for Rs 50,000. Both of them were asked not to leave Proddatur till the inquiry was completed.

Proddatur three town sub-inspector Sharif said that they picked up the duo as they moved suspiciously on the Bypass Road during cordon and search operations following the haul of arms in Mahaboobnagar and Prakasam districts.

“We are inquiring into their involvement in the case and investigation is on,” he said.

BJP demands action on weapons seizure

Special Correspondent
It has to be probed in-depth, says Venkaiah Naidu

CHENNAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday demanded action against those concerned with the weapons haul in Andhra Pradesh.

Terming "very serious" the seizure of weapons such as rocket shells and launchers, M. Venkaiah Naidu, BJP senior leader, told presspersons here "this shows how serious is the naxal problem. They (naxalites) have a wide network. How is it that these many rocket launchers have found their way from Tamil Nadu to Andhra Pradesh, crossing various districts and check posts?"

Commending the authorities for the seizure, he said the seizure had to be probed in-depth. Police departments of both the States should get to the bottom of the matter.

He also wanted the authorities to find out whether Ambattur [from where the weapons had come to Andhra Pradesh] was a manufacturing point or a transit point.

Malegaon blasts

Referring to the blasts last week in Malegaon in Maharashtra, Mr. Naidu said this was because of the "soft policy" adopted by the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre towards terrorists. "If at all they (UPA Government) have a policy on internal security, they should review it."

He criticised the UPA Government for not being able to nab culprits in connection with the Mumbai blasts.

New chief

Mr Naidu said the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP would have a new president later this month. On September 22, the State council would meet and decide who would be the president.

One held for distributing Naxal literature

Tuesday September 12 2006 12:39 IST

CUTTACK: A youth was detained by Malgodown police here for allegedly circulating campaign materials on pro-Naxal ideology near Ravenshaw College Square on Monday evening.

Pramod Parida was arrested while circulating leaflets about a meeting to oppose the Salwa Judum movement in Chhattisgarh.

The meeting to be held at Bhubaneswar on Wednesday afternoon by Salwa Judum Affected People’s Action Council. In fact, retired Central government officials and PUCL activists are slated to participate. The forum would be convened by Pratima Das.

Malgodown Police said, content of the material is being examined. “We are ascertaining if the material contains Maoist literature,” said an official.

Meanwhile, the forum protested Parida’s detention saying it was undemocratic in nature. “He was just circulating leaflets about the meeting’s schedule,” Pratima said in a press statement.

Fearing that Parida would be framed in a false case by the police, Pratima demanded immediate release of Parida.

Salwa Judum affected to mobilise support for Naxals

Tuesday September 12 2006 12:33 IST

BHUBANESWAR/CUTTACK: The State Government ban on the CPI (Maoist) and six of its frontal and sympathiser organisations have sent the extremists back to basics-strengthen their support base.

Responding to a call given by CPM Bashadara Divisional Committee, a group under the banner of Salwa Judum Affected People’s Action Council, has decided to mobilise support for the Naxals and oppose Salwa Judum.

The State Government, on the other hand, has expressed its ignorance about such meetings. Addressing media persons, Home Secretary T K Mishra said the Department was not aware of such meetings and would inquire about it immediately.

Meanwhile, Malgodown Police have detained one person for circulating similar campaign materials at College Square on Monday. “We are examining contents of the literature,” police said.

Post-ban, this is for the first time that any group, sympathising with Left Wing and their movement, is planning meetings in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur later this week.

As part of its campaign, the sympathiser group has called upon the ‘democratic’ force to join hands and oppose not only the original Salwa Judum underway in Chhattisgarh but also similar movements in the State.

“Salwa Judum, which kicked off as an anti-Naxal movement, is oppression at its worst. Innocent tribals are subjected to torture so that administration can give access to foreign companies to plunder natural resources,” read the campaign materials circulated by the group.

The campaign literature is doing rounds in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur where the meetings would be held on September 13 and 14.

Stating that Salwa Judum is gradually moving into Orissa, the outfit said, formation of Shanti Sena to oppose erstwhile PWG’s land reform measures and suppression of tribal movement against ceiling surplus land in Rayagada district’s Bissamkatak are cases in point.

Extending support to the Naxal movement, the group stated that Maoists have been fighting the corrupt administration and political set-up, moneylenders and forest mafia for the last 25 years.

“This way, they have formed an alternative government and judicial system to deliver justice,” the literature read.

In fact, the sympathiser group merely echoes what CPM Bashadara Divisional Committee says in its propaganda material. Condemning police action in Deogarh and Malkangiri where nine Maoists were gunned down in the past five months, the outlawed outfit called for support from the people to fight the administration.

Nellore a shelter zone for Maoists

Tuesday September 12 2006 11:33 IST

NELLORE: For Maoists, Nellore seems to be a shelter zone and a place to fall back and regroup, if the history of the past few decades is any indication.

The district, which is at the tail-end of the AP coastline, is bordered by Prakasam, Kadapa and Chittoor districts and Tamil Nadu and the Bay of Bengal.

With a dense forest cover on its borders with other districts and a coastline, which could be used as an escape route, it presents a perfect place for a shelter zone for the extremists.

The Naxal movement in the district, to a large extent, had been dormant before the murder of Venka Reddy, a landlord in Tallapaka village in Kavali Rural Mandal in 1960.

Intha Ramana Reddy, Gaddam Kota Reddy, Neelakani Raghavulu and others responsible for the murder were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1960 to 1972, Nellore saw Naxal violence.

Revolutionary outfits like RSU, PDSU, Pragathiseela Mahila Samakhya became active during this time. Students and unemployed youth were attracted to such movements.

During that period, Adinarayana Reddy, the father of the present Alluri MLA Kattamreddy Vishnuvardhan Reddy, was killed in a bomb blast, the handiwork of extremists.

CPM municipal councillor Malakonda Reddy was brutally murdered in the municipal office itself.

The reign of terror continued till the Emergency in the country. And during Emergency, the extremist outfits became non-functional.

When the State Government banned the People’s War Group, the presence of Naxalites again became evident in the district.

Especially those who migrated from the Telangana region sought refuge in the forests of Rapur, Tegacharla, Udayagiri, Penchalakona, Seetharamapuram, Siddheswarakona, Dakkali, Pannani, Balayapalle, Marripadu and other areas.

During this period, labourers in Somasila project demanded a hike in wages and social amenities. They were actively supported by the Naxals, who in the process, were able to gain their sympathy.

In 1992, when a Congress leader was threatened and money was demanded from him, police became alert and from then on, till 1997, there were reports of encounters between Naxals and the police.

During this period, Naxals made a vain bid to attack an explosives manufacturing unit in Saidapuram Mandal.

With increasing police vigilance and measures taken by SPs Krishna Prasad and Ramana Murthy during that time the Naxal movement faced several setbacks.

But people came to know about the extent of Naxals’ sway when Penchalakona and Bhairavakona dalams became active in Nellore and neighboring districts of Kadapa and Prakasam. Both had their bases in the forests of Nellore.

When an encounter that took place in Kottalamarri on Nellore-Kadapa border two Naxalites belonging to Telangana region were killed, it became common knowledge that the forests of the district had turned into a fall-back point for the extremists.

In joint operations Nellore and Kadapa police were successful to some extent in containing the Naxal threat to the region.

Naxal leaders Suryam and Padmakka were killed in Kovuru encounter and its was reported that in retaliation Ongole MP Magunti Subbirami Reddy was murdered.

After that incident, Kavali division became an active Naxal zone. Incidentally, Janashakti Naxal top leader Riaz alias Venkateswarlu was a native of Venkateswarapuram in Kavali Rural Mandal.

It was said that Riaz was responsible for the recruitment of a large number of youth to the extremist cadres.

Nellore District has been known to be home to some dreaded extremist leaders and the latest incident of weapons shipments is loads of hectic activity for the district police

Naxals' claim of swelled up ranks a farce: Surrendered cadres

Author: Vivek Deshpande

Publication: The Indian Express

Date: September 3, 2006

Naxalites over the past year have been adopting an intelligent
redeployment strategy for deceiving the police giving them the
impression that more members have joined their party-CPI
(Maoists)-despite no additions in their ranks. This was revealed by some
of the Naxalites, who surrendered recently.

Sources told The Sunday Express that Naxalites have been moving in
groups comprising 50 to 100 members, instead of the usual Dalam
strength of 12 to 15 cadres.

"What they have now done is divide the dalams in four different groups.
One is local guerrilla squad (LGS) and three are local organisational
squads (LOSs). The Dalam now takes along with it the LGS to which
earlier used to be stationary at the respective villages for helping
out the visiting Dalams. LGSs from different villages together make a
huge crowd, giving the impression that their numbers have grown
manifold, when the numbers are actually the same," they added.
"Similarly, the LOSs too move in groups."

The big gatherings on this side of the border were particularly
surprising due to heavy concentration of Naxalite activity in the
neighbouring Chhattisgarh in the wake of the state-sponsored Salva Judum
campaign against Naxalites. "Of course, some recruitments have
happened," sources said.

The information given by surrendered Naxalites and seized literature
have also revealed a lot of other strategically important clues, which
have led to highest number of encounters, about 25 in the last about an
year. The police have had a good success in some of these, with bodies
of nine being recovered against the estimate of over 15 Naxal deaths.

What has also helped the police is substantial increase in the secret
source (SS) fund used forgathering intelligence. The fund, received in
lakhs, is not subject to any audit.

Meanwhile, the first extension to the surrender policy expired on
August 28 and the new extension hasn't come despite assurance by the
government. As it is, the first extension was due in March, but was
actually announced in June. Over 83 Naxalites have surrendered between
August 29 last year till date.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sketch of suspect in AP arms cache case released

Jayaraj Sivan

Chennai: The ‘Q’ Branch Police, the wing of Tamil Nadu police specialised in anti-insurgency operations, which has taken over the investigation into the seizure of huge quantity of rocket launchers and other ammunition at Mahaboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh, has developed a computer image of the suspected culprit who had shipped the contraband from here to his Maoist links in Andhra Pradesh.

The computer image has been developed based on the information provided by the employees of Chennai-based Kranti Transports, through which the consignments were transported.

That apart, investigation has hit a roadblock because the name of the consignor provided in the invoice is fake.

The consignor’s address is given as HJR Tools Mart, a construction company based in Chennai, which has got nothing to do with the case, DGP D Mukherjee told Mumbai Mirror.

Investigation so far has revealed that three consignments were sent through Kranti. While one consignment was sent on August 10, 2005, the other two were sent on May 9 and 11 this year.

Strangely, police have sought to reiterate the point that all the three shipments had taken place during the previous AIADMK regime.

Apparently, their efforts are aimed at dispelling the image that terrorism is rearing its head after DMK’s return to power.

Swarnajit Sen inspects a rocket launcher

Director General of Police Swarnajit Sen inspects a rocket launcher that was seized while being transported from maoist rebel hideouts in Mahbubnagar,

Director General of Police Swarnajit Sen inspects a rocket launcher that was seized while being transported from maoist rebel hideouts in Mahbubnagar, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Police have seized more than 800 rocket-propelled grenades and 38 launchers from at least two places, said Swaranjit Sen, the state's director general of police. The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting for more than three decades in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor. (AP Photo)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bihar to seek more Central aid to tackle Maoists

Hyderabad, Sept. 11 (PTI): The JD(U)-BJP coalition Government in Bihar has decided to ask for more assistance from the Centre to tackle the Maoist problem in the state.

"We will seek additional help from Centre as Bihar borders Nepal, which has a strong presence of Maoists. We need Central help as 23 of the 38 districts are infested with the problem," state Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters here.

He said since the MCC merged with the People's War to form the Maoist groups, there had been a spurt in violence but "we are on guard".

On the other hand, law and order had improved in Bihar and Patna had become free from kidnappings, he claimed.

"Our efforts to control the crime rate has yielded good results," Modi said adding that even ruling party MLAs were not spared.

‘Maoists’ trigger terror in Keonjhar

Statesman News Service

KEONJHAR, Sept. 10: Senior police officers have rushed to a railway construction site near Harichandanur after there were reports that yesterday night 12 miscreants armed with weapons, suspected to be belonging to Naxalite groups, had asked the supervisor, Mr Maheswar Sahu, to produce a contractor working at the site, Mr KC Sahu, within 24 hours.

Reliable sources said the 12 miscreatns, including three women, had reached the railway work site camp at midnight yesterday. They directed Mr Maheswar to see to it that contractor Mr KC Sahu came to the camp within 24 hours so that they could fix an amount on him.

The miscreatns threatened that if the contractor was not brought they would blast the site.

A team of police officers are now keeping strict vigil in the area as the deadline lapses tonight. One cannot say for certain whether these people are Naxalites or local goons, observed a police officer here.

Maoist rebels challenge India

Bruce Loudon, South Asia correspondent
September 11, 2006

THE spectre of terrorism spread across India yesterday in the aftermath of weekend bomb blasts near the nation's economic capital, Mumbai, that killed 31 and injured almost 300, and the discovery of a massive arms cache that has highlighted the extent of the challenge being presented to authorities by Maoist insurgents in five states.

The devastating terror attacks in the textile town of Malegaon - with bombers targeting a crowded mosque during prayers - follow the assault on Mumbai's train system only two months ago and is the 20th terror onslaught in Maharashtra state in three years.

No claim of responsibility has been made by the bombers, who appear to have used pushbikes to wheel their deadly explosives into the area of the mosque.

Malegaon, a town of 700,000 people, has long been a centre of brutal communal strife between Hindus and Muslims living a hostile existence separated by a fetid river.

Five years ago, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the predominantly Muslim town saw five days of rioting in which more than a dozen people were killed.

Since then, there has been repeated strife, with bloody attacks launched on the basis of anything from an Indo-Pakistan cricket match to an incendiary local pamphlet.

But following the 11/7 Mumbai train blasts, security authorities believe there may be different and even more sinister motivations behind the weekend attack on the mosque, especially given that Malegaon is known to be a hotbed of jihadi ferment and a stronghold for extremist Islamic movements.

The possibility that extremist Hindu groups were responsible cannot be ruled out. But security sources say it is impossible to dismiss the likelihood that the bombs were the work of jihadi agents seeking to further inflame passions and inter-communal strife.

No less worrying for security authorities is the discovery by police in Andhra Pradesh state of nearly 900 rockets along with 27 shoulder-held rocket launchers believed to be destined for Maoist Naxalite insurgents operating across central India. With the weapons was a significant quantity of explosives.

Based in mainly rural communities and exploiting economic and other grievances that they challenge with their hardline Maoist dogma, the Naxalites are waging a brutal and deadly war stretching from regular killings to train hijackings.

The Naxalites are believed to have been buoyed by the recent success of Maoist insurgents in neighbouring Nepal in effectively deposing the Government and curtailing the powers of the country's king to the point where his autocratic rule has now been effectively terminated.

Concern about the security situation follows a summit of all central and state government authorities last week presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Security is high on his agenda this week as he flies to South America for a visit to Brazil and then to Cuba for a summit meeting of the Soviet-era Non-Aligned Movement, the ramshackle organisation which groups together the likes of the widely respected Dr Singh and such unlovely dictators as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

There is some bewilderment over Dr Singh's determination to attend the summit in Havana. A scholarly and modest man, he doesn't much care for foreign travel, and bothering to go to Cuba for an event as anachronistic as a Non-Aligned Summit has raised more than a few eyebrows.

The reality is that the Congress party-led coalition government headed by Dr Singh is not as united as he would like and that leftists will be assuaged by his willingness to attend the event.

Non-leftists take a cynical view. Commented one Mumbai newspaper yesterday: "The over-the-top Indian presence in Havana is not in keeping with the direction in which the country is moving. So, once the party in Havana is over, we should acknowledge that it was a nice trip down nostalgia lane, nothing more, and get back to the important issues at hand in world affairs."

However, analysts in New Delhi note that Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf will also be in Havana and there is the promise of talks with Dr Singh on the surly relationship that exists between the two countries.

Before the Mumbai train bombs, contacts between New Delhi and Islamabad were improving. The terror strike at the heart of India's economic powerhouse put paid to that, as the Lashkar-e-Toiba movement, blamed for the assault, is believed to be headquartered in Pakistan and Dr Singh has made plain his demand that President Musharraf take effective action to curb its activities.

But President Musharraf's willingness to get tough with Lashkar-e-Toiba is not a given. As the respected Times of India put it yesterday: "With trouble brewing in Baloch regions and rising criticism of his handling of domestic issues, Musharraf may not have the leeway of appearing soft on Kashmir."

Arms haul case handed over to Q branch

Chennai, Sept 10: The probe into the seizure of a huge cache of arms from the city's outskirts has been transferred to the Q branch of the Tamil Nadu police, which deals with militant and terrorist groups, Director General of Police D Mukherjee said today.

This was done as there was a suspicion that there might be a Naxalite link to the seizure of the arms from a transport office on September 8, he said in a press release.

Six separate groups have been formed to find out from where the 27 rocket launchers, 600 rockets and spare parts were sent and who was involved in transporting them, he said.

Criticising reports suggesting that extremism had surfaced in the state, he pointed out that it was the Andhra Pradesh police that intercepted a lorry carrying rocket launchers and rockets on September 7. Investigations revealed that they were sent by the Kranti lorry transport company in Vijayawada to its branch at Ambattur on the outskirts of Chennai.

After being tipped off by their Andhra Pradesh counterparts, police here seized some documents from a company godown and learnt the firm had sent some consignments, including two to one Srinivasa Reddy in Vijayawada and one to Ram Reddy in Nellore (both in Andhra Pradesh), he said.

Mukherjee said a receipt from a city-based company showed that the first consignment of 54 sacks (weighing 1,975 kg) was sent to Srinivasa Reddy on August 8, 2005. On May 9, the next consignment was despatched in 51 sacks weighing 2,000 kg. Similarly, on May 11, 2005, 32 sacks (weighing 1,125 kg) were sent to Ram Reddy. All the consignments were marked as "cotton weaving machine spare parts", he said.

Following this, a case was registered under Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 121-A (conspiracy for offences against the state) of the Indian Penal Code.

Mukherjee warned of legal action against those "who publicise facts that are far from the truth". (Our Correspondent)

Maoist rockets had strike range of 1km

Sunday, September 10, 2006 00:06 IST

Chitti Pantulu & Rajesh Sinha.

Hyderabad/ New Delhi: The arms recovered from the godowns of a transport company in Mahbubnagar and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on Friday are believed to have been manufactured in local workshops that the Maoists operate and not smuggled in from outside.

But they were lethal. The militants could have hit targets, including moving ones like helicopters and VIP convoys, from a distance of one kilometre with these weapons.

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen told DNA the Maoists were perhaps preparing for a big hit, and could have targeted strategic installations or VIPs if the consignment had reached its destination.

But Sen asserted at the same time that “they are going about it in the wrong way, and thank god for it”. He maintained that most of the weaponry manufactured at Ambattore in Tamil Nadu could have been a liability for the militants as it was unreliable in untrained hands.

Sen’s strategy to fight the Maoists has been to tighten the district level policing apparatus. The police also mapped jungles where the Maoists are active, their drinking water points, tracks and caves. Several hundred police posts in the Naxalite belt have been disarmed, to prevent Maoists from looting arms.

“I have hit them psychologically,” Sen said. “Our next target is their money dumps.”

Meanwhile, police on Saturday recovered another consignment of arms and explosives meant for Maoist guerrillas. Three bags full of gelatine sticks were seized from Kranti transport company in Puttaparthi.

UP : Month-long training to focus on counter-Naxalite operations

Express News Service

Lucknow, September 9: SEVEN companies of the State Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) are undergoing special training by the Indian Army. The month-long training programme, which began on September 1, is expected to focus on tackling Naxalite groups.

Among other field operations, the Army personnel will also train the PAC men in detection of mines and diffusing them. The training camps are being held in Kanpur, Varanasi, Bareili, Meerut, Agra, Lucknow and Allahabad.

“After completion of the training, these companies will be deployed in Naxalite-hit areas,” said ADG (Law & Order) Padman Singh.

The move to seek the Army’s help to train the PAC in counter-Naxalite operations dates back to November 24, 2004, when 17 PAC men were killed after Naxals blew up a culvert on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli districts.

The State Government then sought the Central Government’s help for providing special training to the PAC personnel.

“Following the Central Governments’ green signal, we aproached the Indian Army. It took several rounds of talks before they finally agreed to provide training to the PAC men,” said ADG (PAC) A Palanivel.

“The training will be imparted to only those battalions which are equipped with INSAS and SLR rifles,” he added.

“The Army personnel will train the PAC men on how to detect mines in the jungles and what precautionary measures should be taken immeditely. Special training on diffusing mines would also be given,” said Palanivel.

There are 52 PAC companies in the State, divided into seven sectors. One company from each sector will be selected for training every month

Court orders to attach property

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, September 9

CHANDAULI POLICE has started gearing up to attach the property of a dismissed and absconding police inspector Pradip Singh Chandel in connection with mysterious disappearance of an official AK- 47 rifle from the Chakia police station last month.

The police have already received the court order under Section 82 of CrPC, declaring the inspector as an absconder. SP (Chandauli) Pravin Kumar told HT on Saturday that the department would further shortly urge the court to receive the order under Section 83 of CrPC to attach the property of accused and dismissed inspector Pradip Singh Chandel.

The concerned police inspector Chandel and four constables, earlier suspended, were dismissed from their services by the police administration on Thursday.

Pravin Kumar received an official communication to this effect on Friday.

It may be noted that during the inspection of Chakia police station on August 13, a DSP had found that the official AK- 47 rifle issued to the inspector Pradip Singh Chandel was missing. Following the disappearance of sophisticated departmental rifle, the SP personally investigated the case. Soon, an FIR was lodged against the inspector, a head constable and three other constables.

A few days after the FIR, head constable Mahendra Kumar Dubey and constables Om Prakash Prajapati, Vinod Kumar Gupta and Rakesh Kumar were arrested and are still lodged in jail while the concerned inspector went underground.

Following the disappearance of sophisticated rifle from the hyper sensitive Naxalite-affected area of Chakia in Chandauli district and no breakthrough in the case, the higher officials, on recommendations of SP (Chandauli), dismissed the cops. A hunt has already been launched by the cops to arrest the absconding inspector.

Weapon supply: LTTE role under probe

K. Mrityunjaya Ram
Nellore police team in Chennai for investigating possible connection

Tansport company records show arms shipped from Chennai
Nellore likely transit point for arms supply
LeT activists, who have attacked IISc of Bangalore, got AK-56 from Nellore

NELLORE: A team of police from Nellore is in Ambattur, Chennai, to investigate the possible connection of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with the weaponry seized in Mahbubnagar and Prakasam districts while being transported to the Maoists on Friday.

This follows revelation on the records seized from the cargo mover, Kranti Transport Company, at Giddalur in Prakasam district that the consignment, consisting of gunny bags carrying rocket launchers and shells, was shipped from the Ambattur industrial estate.

The Nellore police are, however, being cautious while probing the possible LTTE link but they strongly suspect Maoists have been receiving arms from Tamil Nadu during the past few months. "We have sent a team to Ambattur to probe the whole matter in detail," Superintendent of Police (SP) N. Suryanararayana told The Hindu on Saturday. Meanwhile, the police are believed to have taken into custody one K. Rami Reddy, who has allegedly sent the consignment of weapons in the name of a former naxalite M. Srinivasula Reddy. Given its good road and rail connectivity and proximity to Chennai, Nellore has become a transit point for arms supply, the police suspect.

Major blow

Lashkar-e-Toiba activists Abdul Rehman and Afsar Pasha, who were arrested for the attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, revealed during the Narco Analysis test on Thursday that they had received AK-56 from Nellore.

Nellore district was insulated from Maoist violence and police-naxalite encounters for several years when neighbouring districts were rocked by extremist violence. But, this perception received a major blow following the revelation that the weapons seized at Giddalur were despatched from Vedayapalem of Nellore.

According to a Mahabubnagar report, a special police party from the district headquarters left for Chennai to further investigate the case pertaining to the recovery of a large number of rocket launchers, shells and other spares. Initial investigation revealed that the rocket launchers and spares were procured from Tamil Nadu and transported to various destinations in Andhra Pradesh.

Arms haul case handed over to TN Q branch

Chennai, Sept. 10 (PTI): The probe into the seizure of a large arms cache from the city's outskirts has been transferred to Tamil Nadu Police's Q branch, which deals with militant and terrorist groups, state police chief D Mukherjee said today.

This was done as there was a suspicion that there might be a Naxalite link to the seizure of the arms from a transport office on September 8, he said in a press release.

Six separate groups have been formed to find out from where the 27 rocket launchers, 600 rockets and spare parts were sent and who was involved in transporting them, he said.

Criticising reports suggesting that extremism had surfaced in the state, he pointed out that it was the Andhra Pradesh Police that intercepted a lorry carrying rocket launchers and rockets on September 7. Investigations revealed they were sent by the Kranti lorry transport company in Vijayawada to its branch at Ambattur on the outskirts of Chennai.

After being tipped off by their Andhra Pradesh counterparts, police here seized some documents from a company godown and learnt the firm had sent some consignments, including two to one Srinivasa Reddy in Vijaywada and one to Ram Reddy in Nellore (both in Andhra Pradesh), he said.

Mukherjee said a receipt from a city-based company showed that the first consignment of 54 sacks (weighing 1,975 kg) was sent to Srinivasa Reddy on August 8, 2005. On May 9, the next consignment was despatched in 51 sacks weighing 2,000 kg.

Similarly, on May 11, 2005, 32 sacks (weighing 1,125 kg) were sent to Ram Reddy. All the consignments were marked as "cotton weaving machine spare parts", he said.

Following this, a case was registered under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 121-A (conspiracy for offences against the state) of the Indian Penal Code.

Mukherjee warned of legal action against those "who publicise facts that are far from the truth".

More arrest, more clues in arms seizure case

NT Bureau
Chennai, Sept 10:
DGP Mukherjee, CoP Letika Saran and DC Arun having a look at the arms seized and brought from AP today.

Photo: R Thiyagarajan

State Director General of Police Mukherjee today sought to deny reports appearing in some sections of the press that movement of arms and ammunition (intended for terrorists) had increased in the State in recent times. It may be recalled that rocket launchers and other ammunition, which were booked in Chennai and sent to Maoists in Andhra Pradesh, were seized recently. A special team of police from Chennai left for Andhra Pradesh to probe into the seizure.

There has been widespread speculation in the media that whether Tamilnadu has now become a hub for arms supply. In an official release here today, DGP Mukherjee recalled that on three earlier occasions when rocket launchers were smuggled to Andhra Pradesh from Tamilnadu, the AIADMK was heading the government.

'But with the recent seizure, a section of press has been saying that terrorism-related activities are on the increase in the State. Even after the serial blasts in Mumbai recently, all efforts were taken to ensure safety and security of the people here. All precautionary measures were taken and strict vigil was maintained on the naxal movement. The State government is committed to root out terrorism. Unfortunately, a malicious campaign is being carried out on the law and order situation in the State.' he said and warned that 'strict action would be initiated against those making such false propaganda'. Meanwhile, police raided over 3000 industrial units in Ambattur following reports that the rocket launchers could have been made at the industrial units here.

According to sources in police, one Haumantha Reddy who was arrested in connection with the huge haul of arms in Andhra Pradesh would be brought to Chennai for further investigations. Investigations revealed that Kranthy Transport Company in Chennai is believed to have been used to smuggle the weapons. The offices of the transport company in the State were searched thoroughly.

Police say some vital clues have been obtained in the case and senior police officials from Andhra Pradesh had reached Chennai and held discussions with City Police Commissioner Lethika Saran and Additional Commissioner Jangid, in this regard. Meanwhile, police seized gelatin sticks from the godown of transport company at Puttaparthy. These gelatin sticks were booked at the transport company in the name of Venkatarami Reddy of Nalgonda district. Sources say the naxalites were panning an attack on police stations and the houses of VIPs.

Govt mulling aerial monitoring of Naxalite movements

Latur, Sept 10: Faced with increasing violence by Naxalites, who often move from one state to other through deep jungles after launching attacks, security agencies are mulling aerial monitoring of their movements in order to tackle the menace.

"They commit the crime in one State and flee to the other through deep jungles. But we have to know the ways and means to deal with the situation. Aerial monitoring is one of the options that we are thinking over," Director General of CRPF J K Sinha told mediapersons on the sidelines of a function here.

He said another option the security agencies were considering was to replicate the kind of operations conducted by the special force of the Andhra Pradesh police to deal with the Naxals.

"They go for operations for 10-12 days non-stop. They take all support system like food, clothes, cooking utensils along with them while chasing the militants. Such operations produce better results," Sinha said.

Asked about reports of lack of coordination between central security agencies and state police forces, he said they were working on better coordination while going on operations against the naxals and sharing of intelligence inputs among themselves.

"It is true that we require better coordination. We have people in all naxal affected states. What we need to do is to oil the system for effective results. We are working on it and you will witness the results soon," he said.

Sinha said he had already held several rounds of meeting with Security Advisor of Chhattisgarh Government KPS Gill and both the CRPF and the state police force are dealing with the naxals in close tandem.

He said in Chhattisgarh there is an area of 4,000 sq km of dense forest where no survey was conducted ever and administration has very little information about it, facilitating easy run for the Naxals.

"There is no map of the area and little information about its geography or topography. But we are working on it to find out their hideouts and curb their movements," he said.

More than 30 battalions of the CRPF are currently engaged in anti-Naxal operations in all affected states including West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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Aerial monitoring of Maoists movements in India soon

Security agencies are mulling aerial monitoring of the movement of Maoists, who often move from one state to other through deep jungles after launching attacks, in light of increased Maoist violence.

"They commit the crime in one state and flee to the other through deep jungles. But we have to know the ways and means to deal with the situation. Aerial monitoring is one of the options that we are thinking over," Director General of CRPF, J K Sinha, said.

He said another option the security agencies were considering was to replicate the kind of operations conducted by the special force of the Andhra Pradesh police to deal with the Naxals.

"They go for operations for 10-12 days non-stop. They take all support system like food, clothes, cooking utensils along with them while chasing the militants. Such operations produce better results," Sinha said.

Asked about reports of lack of coordination between Central security agencies and state police forces, he said they were working on better coordination while going on operations against the Naxals and sharing of intelligence inputs among themselves.

"It is true that we require better coordination. We have people in all Naxal-affected states. What we need to do is to oil the system for effective results. We are working on it and you will witness the results soon," he said.

'Take a leaf out of Bengal’s book to end Naxal scourge'

Sunday September 10 2006 12:09 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Leader of Opposition J B Patnaik on Saturday said it was time Orissa followed West Bengal’s land reform measures to root out Naxalism.

Suggesting that land reforms were key to ending the Naxal terror, the former chief minister said a bold decision needed to be taken by the State Government.

He was addressing a seminar titled ‘The tyranny of terrorism over citizens,’ organised by the Citizens Apex Association (CAA).

Delving deep into the roots of the Left wing extremism, JB said the Naxalites were able to gain ground in the undivided Koraput district because of abject poverty and illiteracy.

On one hand, an indifferent local administration didn’t deliver the goods, while on the other, extremists solved some of the local problems by terrorising the inert officials.

The three-time chief minister said Congress, while in power, contemplated to initiate land reforms in the State.

“Then a number of Congress leaders and a majority of government officers possessed land which they didn’t till, but gave it to share-croppers. The plan fell through because had the Government gone ahead, it would have caused a revolt. Share-cropping practice is gone now and it’s time to go for land reforms, especially in rural pockets,” he observed.

JB pointed out that the Naxalism in West Bengal had one cause: Ownership of land. But in undivided Koraput district, the problem is two-fold.

Besides land alienation, moneylenders are exploiting tribals; he said adding both issues had to be addressed. The Leader of Opposition felt that recruiting local youths in police force would help curb the Naxalite menace.

President of CAA N K Panda predicted that the third world war would be against terrorism. Former DGP S C Mishra and a number of prominent personalities spoke.

Spl training for PAC jawans to combat Naxal menace

HT Correspondent
Lucknow, September 9

MUCH-HYPED state-of-the-art training for the Provincial Arms Constabulary (PAC) personnel to combat the Naxal and militant menace began at the headquarters of seven sectors of the PAC since September 1.

Expert teams from Indian Army have been imparting training about high-tech weapons, landmines, explosives and ambushing (field craft).

Following a tie-up with the Army authorities, a team each comprising a Subedar, Havildar and four jawans started training at 32 battalion-Lucknow, 37 bn-Kanpur, 34 bn-Varanasi, 9bn-Mooradabad, 8bn Bareilly, 6 bn-Meerut and 15 bn at Agra.

One company from each battalion of the PAC has been spared for the training at each sector for a period of one month and it will continue till the entire 52 companies of the PAC are trained.

The training begins everyday from 9 am and the groups seeking training included personnel from the rank of jawan to the Company Commander. The training schedule is based on Army guidelines. The participants have to attend both the classroom and field training everyday except Sundays.

The UP police were proving to be incompetent while combating the Naxal attacks in the districts of Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonebhadra. Besides, Gorakhpur, Ghazipur and Ballia are targeted as ‘potential’ districts to be brought under their influence.

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

Security stepped up in naxal-prone areas of TN

Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu), Sept. 10 (PTI): Security has been stepped up in Tamil Nadu's border districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, especially in the Naxal-prone villages in the area, in the aftermath of the multiple bomb blasts in Maharashtra's Malegaon.

Railway Police were conducting searches in trains passing through Hosur and Dharmapuri on the Salem-Bangalore route, police sources said. Teams drawn from various police wings have scaled up vigil in Naxal-prone villages of Dharmapuri district.

Combing operations were conducted in Hogennakkal forest in the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border.

Also ahead of the death anniversary on September 12 of banned People's War member, Balan, Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing of the police rounded up a Naxalite and three others in Dharmapuri, the sources said.

Two Naxals arrested

Sunday September 10 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: A special team conducted a combing operation to nab the underground Naxals in Hogenakkal forests, and areas bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States here on Saturday.

According to sources, a team of police from Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing, Q Branch, SP’s Special Party and the STF made a search in the Hogenakkal forests for underground Naxals who had been wanted by police for 20 years.

The team also combed the Naxal pockets in Oottamalai, Angetti, Neruppur, Madam, Pennagaram, Natrampalayam, Talli and Urigam villages.

Meanwhile, a team of NSD wing police arrested two Naxal supporters – S Pavel (29) of Vellalappatti in Dharmapuri taluk and M Murthi (29) of Chennimalai Melappalayam in Erode district.

The two attached to People Democratic Youth League (PDYL) near Ramakkal Lake in Dharmapuri town on Saturday were arrested while they were planning to observe the 26th death anniversary of Naxal Balan.

The NSD wing handed over the duo to the Dharmapuri police who registered a case. The youths were remanded in judicial custody.

Similarly, Harur police arrested the PDYL’s district secretary Sinnu also on charges of conspiracy on Saturday. Sinnu has been lodged in Salem Central Jail. The combing operation is going on, police said.

Following the Mumbai bomb blasts, the security was beefed up in Dharmapuri Railway Station. The police are checking all trains passing through Dharmapuri.