Saturday, October 14, 2006

Maoists launch Muslim outfit

Cashing in on anti-India sentiments of some misguided Muslims, the Maoists have offered to train them and even launched a new Muslim outfit. At a recent meeting, they also thrashed out a blueprint to divert terrorist activity in India through Nepal. In pursuit of this, of late, ISI masterminds and Maoists have held meetings.

The ISI, with the active help of Maoists have been successful in preventing the Nepal Government from penning an extradition treaty with the Indian Government.

Intelligence Bureau sources revealed that the new Muslim outfit has been named the 'Muslim Mukti Morcha' and regular training camps are being organised for carrying out jihad in the Terai areas of Nepal.

The Maoists had recently organised a meet of the Muslim Morcha at Manchwar locality of Rupaidiha (Nepal) on September 16 in which Maowadi Jan Mukti Sena Brigadier Arjun Singh, assisted by Vinod Upadhya imparted military and tactical training.

Muslims of Maharajganj and Siddharthnagar participated in the meeting and the Maoists promised to ensure proper representation to 35 lakh Muslims of Terai in the Nepalese Government and the declaration of Eid and Bakrid as holidays.

The IB has asked the Centre to take up the matter with the Nepal before it is too late.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Maoists sponsored bandh in Orissa, Jharkhand & Chattisgarh

Bhubaneswar, Oct 14: A high alert has been sounded in several Orissa districts in view of the 24-hour bandh called by a frontal organisation of the Maoists, Revolutionary Democratic Front, in Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh today to protest the arrest of three Maoist leaders near Rourkela recently.

Security measures have been tightened in Sundargarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur districts in western Orissa as also in the southern districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput and Gajapati.

Police had arrested Sobha alias Budhuni Munda, a key Maoist leader along with two others, at Ramjodi near Lathikata in Sundargarh district on Saturday last.

Sobha is said to be a member of the CPI (Maoist`s) 38- member central committee and wife of Kishan, a top Maoist leader. The three had been remanded to police custody for seven days by a local court.

The DIG of Police (western range) Satyajit Mohanty had conducted a review meeting at Rourkela yesterday in view of the bandh call.

Police patrolling has been intensified in Malkangiri district where armed Maoists gunned down a village headman at MV-66 village under Kalimela Police station yesterday.

Security has also been tightened in the capital city of Bhubaneswar where Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat is on a two-day visit.

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Naxal supporters seek boycott of Sunday poll

Saturday October 14 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: Posters, asking to boycott the local body elections, were found in various parts of the district under the banner of Makkal Jananayaga Ilaingnar Kazhagam (People Democratic Youth Association), Tamil Nadu, known for its sympathies for naxals.

The posters state that the fake local body elections must be boycotted, as all representatives, from the President to the local body members, are the orderlies of the US. The elections will never give any power to the public, as the implementation of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation will never cater to the local needs, they say.

There are some former naxalites contesting the elections in the district like Thirumurugan, the candidate for the post of Mallikuttai Village Panchayat president.

According to police sources, a constant watch is on to nab the underground naxalites in the district and police teams have been deployed to find whether there is any activity from their part to prevent the electorate from voting. If anybody were found doing so, they would be arrested, the sources added.

Orissa seeks BRO help for road projects in Naxal-hit areas

New Delhi, Oct 14. (PTI): Orissa on Friday requested the Centre for extending the assistance of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in road projects in the Naxal-infested tribal districts of the State.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and sought the BRO's services in tribal districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati, according to an official release of the Orissa Government.

Mukherjee said if Orissa sends a workable proposal through the Ministry of Road and Transport and Highways, the Defence Ministry can consider it, the release said.

Though the primary mandate of BRO is to work along international borders, certain exceptions have been made like for the Naxalite affected areas of Chattisgarh.

Patnaik also requested the Defence Minister to set up additional Army Recruitment Centres in Orissa, particularly in tribal areas.

Mukherjee also assured that special recruitment drives for the army will be held in some tribal districts and the issue of opening new Branch Recruitment Offices in the tribal areas will also be examined by the Defence Ministry.

Patnaik also requested the Defence Minister to set up additional Army Recruitment Centres in Orissa, particularly in tribal areas.

Chikamagalur: Naxals Strike Forest Office at Kundur - Make away with Gun

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Chikamagalur, Oct 13: A group of 9 Naxalites struck at forest department office at Kundur near Moodigere here and ran away with a double barrel gun on Wednesday October 11 night.

The Naxalites surrounded the office in the midnight and made away with a double barrel gun after threatening forest guard Venkatesh. Before leaving the area they also stuck Naxal literature and posters on the walls of the local gram panchayat, primary and high schools, bus stand.

Venkatesh who sleeps in the office was woken up in the midnight by 4 masked men. As soon as he opened the door, they entered in, ransacked the entire office, broke open the cup boards and made away with the double barrel gun. While 4 of them entered the office, another 5 of them were standing outside and guarding. Most of them were talking Tulu, said Venkatesh.

No dog squad in naxal prone Bellary

Friday October 13 2006 12:24 IST

BELLARY: Home Minister M P Prakash’s home district Bellary, does not have a dog squad for past two months. And blissfully, it will remain same for next seven more months!!

Being a naxalite prone district, this imperative squad must be in an alert stage round the clock. But because of the lack of forethought of concerned officials, now the capacious district Bellary looks at its neighbouring districts for a dog squad!

Because of flourishing mining and industrial units, political and economic rivalry and also from its geographical specialties, the Iron City of India, Bellary, has been attracting naxalites and anti-social elements generally.

Other than that, since past few years’ heinous crimes like robbery, dacoity and murders are rampant. Moreover, Bellary houses world famous Hampi, Tunga Bhadra Dam, Hampi University, multi thousand crores worth Bellary Thermal Power Station.

But, Bellary cops are facing series of problems to trace culprits, becausethey do not have a full-fledged dog squad.

Staff frustrating RIAD efforts to tackle Naxal menace

Friday October 13 2006 12:14 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: The much-touted Remote and Interior Areas Development (RIAD) project aimed at tackling the Maoist menace in socio-economic perspective, is showing signs of falling short of its target.

It is lack of cooperation to Police Department from the lower-level employees/workers of other departments, which is threatening to defeat the purpose of RIAD.

RIAD was launched with much fanfare a few months ago and the three north coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam are given priority along with some other Maoist infested districts in the State.

The police personnel are facing various difficulties during the combing operations in Agency areas due to the indifferent attitude of majority of lower cadre employees of other departments.

A top police official told this paper that most of the employees of other departments were looking at the issue as nothing more than a dispute between the police and Maoists.

There were occasions when they (employees) denied help to police personnel involved in the anti-Maoist operations. If the same situation continues, it will be impossible to achieve the goals envisaged under RIAD.

Therefore, “the cooperation promised to be extended to the police has to be translated to reality,” the police official observed.

The coordination is said to be good among the district officials but it is apparently not percolating to the grass-root level, the official added.

The police department is now contemplating to organise meetings with cops and staff of other governmental agencies for better co-ordination.

“If we receive cent percent co-operation from all the government functionaries, eradication of extremism is not a big task and we can slowly switch off military operations,” the officer opined.

The need is felt for village-level development committees involving all the government officials concerned and youth (those aged around 15 also) to bring about the desired results.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Naxals strike at forest checkpost; take away gun

Friday October 13 2006 00:00 IST


CHIKMAGALUR: Naxalites on Thursday struck at a forest checkpost on the outskirts of Aldur town, about 60 km from here, and took away a double barrel gun after threatening the lone forest guard on duty.

Police officials said about ten ultras, wearing masks, came to the checkpost from nearby forests during the early hours and threatened the guard on duty and took away the gun.

They also wrote some pro-naxal messages on the walls of the checkpost, which was also being used as a resting place by the forest department personnel. They warned the guard not to trouble the tribals living in the area and fled the scene.

The Anti Naxal Squad (ANS) began combing operations in Aldur and Mudigere forest limits this morning to nab the outlaws. Senior officials, including superintendent of police Vipul Kumar, visited the spot.

Meanwhile, another party of ANS arrested two suspected naxals near Shirlalu in Karkala police limits in neighbouring Dakshina Kannada district and seized a countrymade gun from their possession.

Sighting the duo, the policemen asked them to surrender, which they did immediately. They were remanded by the Karkala Court.

Karkala: ANF Police Arrest Hunters - Country-made Guns Seized

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Karkala, Oct 12: The ANF police have arrested two young men who were involved in hunting in the deep forests of Yermal near Shirlalu here in the early hours of Wednesday October 11.

Ravi Poojary (27), a resident of Mudayidbettu and Harish Naik (24) of Hadi Angadi were hunting wild boars in the Yermal forests when ANF police spotted who were on Naxal combing spotted them. At first the police thought of carrying out encounter under the perception that they were Naxalties.

However, a little commonsense and timely suggestion from police constables averted a danger. ANF police surrounded the young men and made them to surrender. The police also seized two country-made guns which were fully loaded.

They are in the police custody and would be produced before the court on Thursday October 12. A complaint however, has been registered against them in the Karkala rural police station.

Hunt launched for Raghu

K.T. Sangameswaran
Wanted in connection with weapons seizure case

CHENNAI: A month after the seizure of empty rocket shells and launchers in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, police believe that Raghu alias Srinivasa Reddy of Nellore, wanted in connection with the case,could have escaped into the forests.

The Andhra Pradesh police have launched a hunt for Raghu, a member of a naxalite group. The "Q" Branch of the Tamil Nadu police is coordinating with the Andhra Pradesh police in the search for Raghu.

It has come to light that Raghu had opened a bank account at Mogappair after being introduced by the owners of a couple of engineering units, which produced the illegal weaponry, a police officer told The Hindu .

Raghu, along with Sudharani, also a naxalite, escaped on a motorcycle on September 9, two days after the Andhra Pradesh police seized rocket launchers and spares in Achambedu police station limits in Mehboobnagar district. The weapons were found packed in gunny bags.

The officer said that the number of the two-wheeler, registered in Tamil Nadu, was known, and it is suspected that the fleeing couple had abandoned the vehicle on their way.

Though the police obtained the cell phone number of Raghu, he switched off his phone once the police started hunting for him.

Five days after his escape, he used it once from Gulbarga. His subsequent whereabouts are not known.

"It is likely he has escaped into the forests, as a month has passed, " the officer said.

Seven naxalites arrested in Vidarbha

Nagpur, Oct 12. (PTI): Seven naxalites were arrested in Vidarbha region of Maharashstra in two separate operations, police said here today.

Of these, four were nabbed in Gondia and three from Gadchiroli districts in the last two days, they said.

The anti-naxalite cell in Gondia arrested Dilip Tihlu Bhobhare (40), Avinash Ganesh Darsu Halami (26), Kiran Manaku Poradi (21) and Vikram Udharam Harami (26), police inspector, Anil Bobde told PTI today.

Dilip, a key accused in firing on police party in the district, was earlier arrested under TADA. He worked for Korchi and Deori dalam. Avinash also had about 15 offences registered against him in the last six years. He was an action team member of naxals.

Kiran had six offences registered against him, while Vikram was involved in cases of arson in Gadchiroli.

Police arrested three range committee members in Gadchiroli who are known as part-time members. They were identified as Naresh Ganu Pada (22), Bandu Gawade (38) and Balaji Tanu Gawad (35).

The trio belonged to village Geda in Etapalli taluka of Gadchiroli district, the police said.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Maoist 'commander' arrested

[ 12 Oct, 2006 0240hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

RANCHI: Gumla police arrested one Nirmal Oraon, a self-styled area commander of CPI (Maoist) near Jairagi village under Dumri police station on Wednesday.

He was arrested following an encounter with the police, which lasted for around an hour. Police recovered one revolver and cartridges from Oraon's possession.

"We consider the arrest of Oraon a great success because he was wanted in many cases, including one in which Naxals had attacked a CRPF camp at Dumri during assembly elections last year," said Gumla SP ML Mina on phone.

The SP claimed the arrested Maoist had accepted his involvement in all the cases in which he was wanted.

Ancient glory under Naxal shadow

Rajesh Kumar Singh
Lucknow, October 11

Fear factor keeps archaeologists away from excavated sites

THE REMAINS of thousand-years-old civilization located in Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli districts might be lost for ever as Naxalite groups have taken control of the mountains and valleys in which the ancient archaeological treasures are buried.

In Sonebhadra district alone the team of the State Archaeological Department have carried out exploration in an area of about 1122 revenue villages extended over 2782 square km between 1976 and 1997.

They have revealed 25 sites of archaeological importance comprising Neolithic, Chalcolotihic, Megalithic period. In Mirzapur district they have discovered 140 painted rock shelters between 1975 to 1988.

Along with early historical sites, the team has discovered painted rock- shelters, several inscriptions and sculptures. Though they have prepared a list of the findings, the department was planning to carry out a detail study of their findings.

But with Naxalite groups like the Peoples War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) are spreading its network in the tribal areas of Sonebhadra and Mirzapur districts few of the State Archaeology Department officers dare to visit the ancient sites. Archaeologists are not aware about the fate of the remains and treasure they had dug out.

“The last visit of our team was in the area was in 1997,” says Director, State Archaeology Department, Dr Rakesh Tewari.

With Naxals gaining ground in the three districts having rich archaeological heritage it has become a forbidden land for the archaeologists.

Naxal groups’ writ runs large in the area. Fearing that they would be kidnapped or even killed, archaeologists have stopped visiting the excavated sites. Even the district and police officials refuse to provide security, as the archaeologists have to move and camp in the dense forest areas.

At stake are the thousand-years-old painted rock shelters of Kauva-koh, Gogchara, Hathvani, Lakhma, Kuthalwa Tharh pathra, Sooga Pankh all located in Mirzapur district. All the rock painted shelters belongs to 6000 BC to 1700 AD. They illustrate the society from hunter-gatherer stage to the settled society.

Ancient sites in Sonebhadra include sites at the Bijaigarh Fort and Agori Fort.

Ancient remains and sculptors were found at Baraila, Bardiya, Barhada, Athauna, Baghela Raipur, Baijnath villages.

Numerous shreds of ancient potteries and other materials were found at Bichchi, Nai Dih, Bhawan, Bharahari, Churk and Dharsanada villages. Remains of ancient temples were found in Gothani, Gorari Gothi bandh and Guret villages.

The archaeologists found the early evidence of iron smelting in Malhar village located in Chandauli district. The evidences show that iron smelting flourished in the southern part of Chandauli, Dr Tewari said.

The State Government has planned to construct a museum in Mau village in Sonebhadra district for the preservation of the ancient archaeological treasure.

But the construction of the museum is yet to be completed. Terror of Naxalites forced the officers and employees of construction agency to flee the area. The archaeologists fear that several of the ancient artifacts might have been destroyed or carried away by the smugglers.

Naxal leader killed in encounter with police

Sanga Reddy (Andhra Pradesh), Oct. 11 (PTI): A naxal leader of CPI (ML) Jana Shakti group was killed today in a shootout in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

A special police party, led by Chegunta sub-inspector were on a combing operation in Bonala village this morning when they spotted a member of CPI (ML) Janashakati group, Manturi Nagabhushnam alias Sanjeev, who opened fire at it. In retaliatory fire, the naxal was killed, police said.

Sanjeev, a native of Mallupally village Chegunta, Medak district, was involved in more than 40 cases including murder, extortion, fire, assaults and kidnapping, police added.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

88 arrested in Nadia

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KRISHNAGAR, Oct. 9: In Nadia, life in most parts of the district was completely paralysed since morning owing to the 12-hour statewide bandh called by Trinamul Congress. Despite a single stray incident, the bandh day passed off peacefully.
In Bogula, Mr Kamalendu Pandey, an employee of Hanshkhali land and land reforms office, was reportedly beaten up by CPI-M workers for “not attending office.”
SP Nadia Ajay Nanda said 88 Trinamul Congress workers and leaders were arrested by the district police from different parts of the district for trying to enforce the strike. They were later released on personal bonds by the police. Trinamul Congress district president Mr Naresh Chaki while claiming a “total and peaceful bandh,” said that police arrested 830 party workers. CPI-M district secretary Mr Ashu Ghosh said the bandh was only sporadically successful.
The strike call got an additional significance here as all Naxalite groups as well as other Opposition parties supported it and took out various demonstrations and roadblocks on NH-34 today.
However, supporters did not disturb relief work for flood victims at various panchayat offices.
The bandh was total in Krishnagar, Nabadwip, Santipur, Ranaghat, Chakdah, Nakashipara, Kaliganj, Chapra, Tehatta, Karimpur and Kalyani.

‘Fear is key’
KOLKATA, Oct. 9: The streets were mostly silent today but the dichotomy in the politics of bandh could be heard loud and clear.
CPI-M state secretary Mr Biman Bose kept silent on what his party would do on December 14 when 56 Left trade union and frontal organisations observe a nationwide general strike in support of their 16-point charter of demand even as he claimed that fear psychosis kept people indoors today. n SNS

Naxals involved in Udaygiri jailbreak arrested

Himanshu S Sahoo

Bhubaneswar, October 9, 2006

Twelve naxals including a few involved in the R Udaygiri jailbreak incident were arrested on Sunday and huge quantities of explosives and ammunitions seized from them, during a joint combing operation of police and CRPF personnel in Orissa's Gajapati district.

After the Orissa government banned the functioning of CPI (Maoist) and seven other naxal outfits in June 2006, this has been a major catch for the cops engaged in anti-naxal operations.

More importantly, the arrested naxals included Ullash Rout (50), the president of a banned naxal outfit Kui Lewanga Sangha (KLS) and head of CPI (Maoist) Basadhara zonal committee. He was in the wanted list of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh police since long.

Gajapati SP Amitendra Sinha told HT, Ullash was accused in 11 different cases of naxal violences within the state, the major one taking place on March 24, 2006 in R. Udayagiri area of the district.

In his leadership a group of about 100 armed naxals had attacked the R Udaygri sub-jail and released all the 42 prisoners kept there.

Three security personnel were also killed by the naxals, who went on rampage at the government treasury office and looted ammunitions from an armed police battallion.

"Some of the arrested have already confessed about their role in the R Udayagiri jail break and security personnel killing incidents. We have kept their leader, Ullash Rout in police remand to know about the Maoists' plans of operation in the near future," told the SP.

Along with large quantity live cartridges and hand grenades, police seized several leaflets and naxal literature from the Maoists, which indicated about their plans to spread violence in Gajapati and some other Southern Orissa districts.

About a week back, the Maoists had camped in the remote Kirima and Patasingha forest areas of Gajapati district to recruit tribal youths and impart them arms training. The police and CRPF personnel had set out on foot and covered a distance of nearly 15 kms to reach the

Maoists' camp in the inaccessible area, a senior police official informed.

The arrest of 12 naxals in Gajapati district came close on the heels of the arrest of three naxals including a CPI (Maoist) woman commander in the state's Sundergarh district on Saturday.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Young Army officer killed in Kashmir

K. Manikandan

The Pammal resident had passed out of OTA in March

FROM THE ALBUM: Lt. N. Parthiban with his parents, Tamil Selvi and Major V. Natarajan (retired), during the pipping ceremony at the Officers Training Academy in March.

TAMBARAM: An Army officer from Pammal near Tambaram, who passed out of the Officers Training Academy here in March, was killed in an encounter with militants near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Lieutenant N. Parthiban, son of a retired Army officer, belonged to 5 JAK LI (Light Infantry). His body was brought to Chennai on Sunday.

He had spoken to his parents over phone only on Friday, stating that this team had killed a few militants and he himself shot dead three of them in the Line of Control area.

His father, Major (retired) V. Natarajan, had served in Kargil during the conflict and retired last year. Parthiban completed his higher secondary education from Kendriya Vidyalaya in IIT, Chennai, and graduated in Physics from Bishop Heber College, Tiruchi. Last year, he cleared the Combined Defence Services Examination and the interview at Bangalore.

Lt. Parthiban had enrolled for M.Sc. in Physics when the call from OTA came. "His desire to serve the nation by being a part of the Armed Forces only intensified after he joined the NCC in college," said Major Natarajan, who belonged to the Corps of Signals Regiment.

Several college mates of the martyred officer thronged his house in LIC Colony, Pammal. Among them was Suganth Selvaraj, whose elder brother Lt. Sahaya Selvaraj was killed during an operation to flush out militants in Kashmir in 2003 and was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry. Lt. Parthiban's friends described him as patriotic, committed and willing to teach and help others. "He was an expert in map reading and firing and received gold medals for the same during the Tal Sainik camp in Madurai in October 2003," said F.J. Samuel, his senior in NCC.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Naxalite held for attack on police station

[ 9 Oct, 2006 0059hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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HYDERABAD: The Nalgonda district police on Sunday held a CPI (Maoist) naxalite, Mohd Abbas alias Ramesh, in connection with the attack on Atmakur (M) police station.

According to additional superintendent of police (operations) A Venkateshwara Rao, Abbas had a hand in the attack on August 18, 2006 along with other district members. Three police personnel including sub-inspector Chand Pasha of the police station were killed in the attack.

Mohd Abbas, a native of Velvarthi, reportedly joined the CPI (Maoist) party Krishnapatti dalam under the influence of one Rapolu Nagabhushanam alias Ganesh of the same village and went underground.

Two underground naxalites — Cherukuri Rathnaiah alias Murali and Veeraswamy alias Dayanand — who took part in the police station attack were killed in an encounter at Devarakonda area 10 days ago. Rathnaiah was Nalgonda district committee member. The police recovered a .9 mm pistol, which was allegedly snatched from the SI during the attack. Police investigations revealed that about 10 district dalam members were involved in the attack. They moved about in the surrounding areas before and after the attack, police said.

Meanwhile in Nizamabad, the Jakranpalli police unearthed a Maoist dump near Kaligote forest area and arrested three Maoists, including a TDP Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) member on Sunday. Eight landmines were found in the dump.

The arrested include Neeradi Subender (33), former sarpanch and present ZPTC of Ramadugu village, Sangem Ashok (20) village servant of Ramadugu and Gajella Gangadhar (27) of Kaligote.

TDP worker, 2 Maoists held; explosive dump unearthed

Nizamabad, Oct. 8 (PTI): Police have unearthed a naxal explosive dump and arrested two Maoists and a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) local worker in this connection. The explosives seized at Kaligote forest area were meant to blow up a government office at Jakranpally and a bank at Padkal, Nizamabad DIG Anjani Kumar told reporters here today.

The arrested TDP member Neeradi Subender was a Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) elected representative while the Maoists have been identified as Sargam Ashok and Gajella Gangadhar.

From the dump, police recovered explosives filled in six plastic and two steel buckets and eight detonators, he said adding two motorcycles were also seized.

During interrogation, the arrested allegedly revealed that the explosives were handed over to them by Sirnepally Maoist Dalam Commander Satish for blowing up the buildings to disrupt the Gram Panchayat elections, held two months ago.

Subender provided logistic support for transporting the explosives, Kumar said adding the TDP worker was also involved in another case wherein he has provided his car for bringing explosives.

Extremist violence on rise, says report

[ 8 Oct, 2006 0228hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: Altogether 165 persons have been killed in seven Maoist-hit states between July and September, 2006. The victims included 19 security forces, 70 civilians and 76 alleged Maoists.

According to the forthcoming issue of Naxal Conflict Monitor (volume III) of the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), the highest number of killings has been reported from Chattisgarh (94), followed by Andhra Pradesh (39), Jharkhand (10), Bihar (9), West Bengal (5), Maharashtra (4) and Orissa (4).


The report, quoting Union home ministry sources, says Maoist violence was reported from 1,427 police stations in 2006, compared to 509 police stations in 2005. At least, 102 security personnel were killed in Maoist attacks during January-July, 2006, against the killing of 85 security personnel by armed groups in terrorist-affected Jammu and Kashmir during the same period last year, notes the report.

The number of killings was on the lower side during the third quarter of the current year, in comparison to the killing of 235 persons during the first quarter and 225 persons during the second quarter. Maoists and security forces, both, have been busy in arming themselves.

Recovery of 600 unloaded rockets, 275 unassembled rockets, 27 rocket launchers, 70 gelatin sticks and other explosive materials from Mahboobnagar and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on September 8, 2006, indicates the strength of Maoist's People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the ACHR report says.

The report further adds the Union government and several state governments have also remained busy in arming the security forces. The Centre is raising a special combat force of 14,000 personnel drawn from the central paramilitary forces, state police and ex-servicemen from Maoist-affected states to counter the Maoists.

The security personnel are currently undergoing training in specialised camps set up by the Army in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. This is in addition to over 30 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed for anti-Maoist operations.

Apart from it, the Maoist-affected states have asked for 100 ready-to-fight central paramilitary battalions comprising over 100,000 personnel to combat extremists.

The Central government has assured such states of providing choppers to tackle extremists. As the fight between security forces and Maoists intensifies, incidence of human rights violations, too, is increasing in these areas, the report says.

Enumerating violations of human rights by the security forces during July-September 2006, the report says the security forces killed at least 76 alleged Maoists.