Saturday, November 11, 2006

For Maoists, no role model in India


Shifting gear: A Maoist rebel in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nov. 11: While they are confident of ushering in a “new Nepal”, the Himalayan Maoists have no such hopes from Indian Marxists or Maoists. That is because the Nepali comrades see their Indian counterparts as either “revisionists” or “sectarians”.

And this despite Sitaram Yechury’s role in brokering the peace dialogue between the Maoists and other parties in Nepal. Nor do they think that the events in Nepal would have any immediate impact on the Maoist movement here.

Baburam Bhattarai, the second most important leader of the Nepali Maoists after Prachanda, would not, however, make much of Yechury’s — or any other individual’s — role in Nepal’s peace process.

“It had much more to do with state and institutional support we’ve received from India,” he told The Telegraph here today.

It was Bhattarai’s colleague and member of the three-member Maoist team in the peace talks, Dinanath Sharma, who explained why Indian communists would be unable to achieve what the Nepali Maoists had done so far.

“Yechury is a friend, albeit of the revisionist variety. But then, as we compete and contest with other forces, we have to deal with bourgeois, revisionist and even hostile forces,” he said during a conversation at the Maoists’ newly-opened “information secretariat” here.

The CPM, according to Sharma, is a “revisionist party which is trapped in the bourgeois illusion of economic development”.

The Indian Marxists lost their “aims and ideological moorings” in their pursuit of electoral politics. For all his pro-reform policies, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, therefore, is no model for the Nepali Maoists either as a communist or as a ruler.

The Indian Maoists, on the other hand, are “dogmatic and sectarian”. Between the Marxists and the Maoists, the Indian communists, said Sharma, represent the two main problems of the international communist movement — revisionism and sectarianism.

It is another matter that the Indian Maoists, too, now criticise the Nepali comrades for “betraying the revolution”. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) had blasted the Nepali rebels in a recent article in its organ, People’s March.

But, what can Indian Marxists do to bring about radical changes since they rule only three states and have to work within the Indian Constitution?

Sharma argued that the Marxists could have fought for the radical changes and for a constituent assembly and a new constitution in India like the Nepalis had done.

Bhattarai, however, admitted that last Tuesday’s agreement between the Nepali rebels and the Seven-Party Alliance did not make final commitments on many of the issues that the former saw crucial for the “restructuring of the state and society” in Nepal. “That is why we’ve called it a compromise document.”

The Nepali Maoists want it to be a democratic republic and a federal state that would recognise and guarantee the autonomy of all ethnic, linguistic, social and cultural groups. They even want to give the autonomous regions their right to self-determination. In fact, the underground state of the Maoists had nine autonomous regional governments and a federal government. Bhattarai was its “prime minister”.

As the November 21 deadline for the laying down of arms by the Maoists approaches, they point out that their “people’s war” would only take a new form under the democratic system.

“There’s no question of an arms surrender because we haven’t been defeated by anybody,” Bhattarai said. The Maoist army would only keep its arms in “stores” under the UN supervision, just as the Nepal army would do.

He was, however, hopeful that the Maoists’ agenda for radical changes would be reflected in the new constitution and in the working of the future government in Nepal. “No party can oppose this agenda anymore because it is the people’s mandate,” he argued.

Unknown anti-naxal movie 'Pothe Poni' rides on Nandi

Unknown anti-naxal movie rides on Nandi
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HYDERABAD: Not many have heard about the film Pothe Poni and nor there were many patrons for it. But that did not prevent the movie, directed by Tammareddy Bharadwaja, from bagging the Nandi award for Best Film for 2005, which was announced on Saturday. The storyline of the film revolves around the "mindless killings" by the naxalites.

"With the Andhra Pradesh government battling naxalites, Pothe Poni bagging the award is significant," said a film analyst.

Before announcing the awards in the evening, the jury of the AP State Nandi Awards Committee-2005 led by its chairman P Doondeswara Rao called on chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and presented him a list of the award winners. Incidentally, Pothe Poni also has a passing shot of the CM.

Pothe Poni was released on February 3, 2006, but any film that goes for censorship certificate in 2005 is eligible for the award, irrespective of its release date and year.

In Pothe Pani, naxalites fire at a car in which a police officer is travelling, but a young man who is waiting for his lady-love at a bus stop, also suffers bullet injuries and dies.

The naxalites apologise for the 'accidental killing', but the girl will not give up her fight against the extremists. The central theme of the movie is the "mindless killings" by naxalites.

Actor Mahesh Babu was adjudged the Best Leading Actor for the film Atadu while Trisha was adjudged Best Leading Actress for the film Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantaana.

The Best Director award went to Krishna Vamsi for his film Chakram. Srihari got the Best Supporting Actor award for Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantaana while yesteryear heroine Bhanu Priya who played hero Prabhas' mother in Chatrapathi received the Best Supporting Actress award.

Arms cache for naxalites seized

Saturday, November 11, 2006 (Munger):

A weapons cache meant for Naxalites, including 585 INSAS rifle cartridges and Ordnance Factory products exclusively used by the Army, were seized on Saturday from arms smugglers in Bihar.

Eight of the .303 rifles seized from the three smugglers were suspected to have been looted after the killing of eight policemen by the Adhik Yadav gang in the district in 1983.

A team led by Superintendent of Police Ravindran Shankaran was conducting a routine check of vehicles on NH 80 near Hamzapur when they intercepted a car carrying the weapons meant for Naxalite hideouts.

The DIG said 1,745 rounds of ammunition were found in the car registered in the name of one Pawan Kumar, who was traveling with the other two.

The three of them were being interrogated.

The DIG said the seizure included 980 cartridges of 12 bore with the marking of Indian Ordnance Factory, Pune, and 180 rounds of .22 bore while 125 of the 12 bore cartridges were of a type which is "still in the trial stages and not supplied to the civilian firearms license holders."

Police suspected that the eight seized rifles were those, which were looted after the killing of eight policemen by the Adhik Yadav gang in the district in 1983.

Yadav had been subsequently killed in a police encounter. (PTI)

Missing missiles not in AP: Andhra DGP

T S Sudhir

Saturday, November 11, 2006 (Hyderabad):

In September, the Andhra Pradesh police chanced upon a huge cache of rocket missiles and launchers.

And then started a desperate search for the missiles that were missing. Two months later, the police say 300 missiles are missing but they are not in Andhra Pradesh.

Two months after the sensational recovery of over 800 rocket missiles and launchers in Mahbubnagar and Prakasam districts, the Andhra Pradesh police now have a clear assessment of how many more missiles are still to be accounted for.

Speaking exclusively to NDTV, the state's top cop Swaranjit Sen said 300 missiles have escaped the police dragnet.

"They had produced some 1500 missiles, out of which 1200 we have laid our hands on, 300 are somewhere. They do not seem to be in Andhra Pradesh," said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.

Manufacturing unit

The rocket missiles and launchers were manufactured in Ambattur Industrial Estate near Chennai.

The Andhra Pradesh police formed a Special Investigation Team to probe into the entire chain of manufacture and distribution. When 'Tech' Madhu was arrested, he led the police to dumps inside the forest.

"To make each rocket, in terms of raw materials it costs us nearly Rs 950. But if we look at the overall production and manufacture costs, it costs us almost Rs 20 lakh," said Tech Madhu, surrendered Naxal.

With the hundreds of rocket missiles and rocket launchers that are fairly sophisticated in aerodynamic terms still in extremist hands, the police would not want to be taken by surprise.

Pushed to the wall, the Naxals are going to be desperate for any strike to boost the morale of their cadre.

Intelligence sources say the challenge is now for the Orissa and Chattisgarh police to act quickly on the leads provided by their Andhra Pradesh counterparts to zero in on the 300 missiles that may have landed up in their territory before it is too late.

Is Nagpur unrest instigated?

Friday, November 10, 2006 09:17:49 pm

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The exclusive copy of the Hand Bill, which is in possession of TIMES NOW

In a sensational new twist to the violence in Nagpur, TIMES NOW has acquired an exclusive copy of a Hand Bill, which was distributed in the city before the mayhem took place. The move clearly indicates that the violence was pre-meditated.

The exclusive copy of the Hand Bill, which is in possession of TIMES NOW, was distributed in the city, mostly in Dalit dominated areas. It was reportedly a pre-planned affair with the full backing and support of un-named organizers since the Bill was distributed in the city with the objective to provocate the masses to form part of the agitation.

The Hand Bill mentioned the following details:-

-- "Height of brutality on mother, daughter and two sons !"
--"We cannot bear this anymore, and hence, some of us youths have awoken ! And we raising our voices to protest this. "
-- " On Monday, November 6'th, 2006 at 11 AM, we will gather at Indora Chowk, and if you want to support us and give this agitation mass appeal and wipe the stigma placed on Dalits, then we need your co-operation"

It is clear that people answered the call, which finally resulted in a mayhem. Moreover, no political parties have reportedly claimed responsibility for the mayhem, which shook the city.

Sources claim that the distribution of Hand Bills is an old propoganda trick of the Naxalites. Even though, police officials are denying any Naxal connection to these violent attacks, they suspect a larger conspiracy. Over the last 20 years, the Naxals have spread across Eastern Maharashtra and Bhandara district, where the Dalit killings happened.

The Naxal intrusion in cities is a major cause for concern since they have already established a strong red corridor, which runs through rural areas and getting cities on their maps have reportedly become their newest agenda.

SPS Yadav, CP, Nagpur laments:"Whenever, anything of this kind happens, some people, who are politically interested, try to take advantage by winning the sentiments of the victims or the victim group. Despite being leaderless, they are well organised. It is surely based on some intelligence and the way these things have been spreading, it certainly seems that there is an organized way to it."

What triggered the violence

On November 6, Nagpur witnessed violent clashes between protesters and the police following the death of 4 members of a Dalit family in Bhandara district of Maharashra. Violence subsequently spread through the neighbouring districts, thereby forcing the police to impose a curfew.

At some places, the police even had to resort to lathicharge. Violent incidents were also reported from neighbouring Yavatmal district in Maharashtra.

(Abhishek Choudhary)

Friday, November 10, 2006

11 Maoists killed in AP

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday November 10, 2006

New Delhi- Indian police gunned down 11 Maoist guerrillas, including top leaders, in two incidents in the southern state Andhra Pradesh, news reports said Friday. Nine Maoists, including three top leaders of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), were killed in a major gun battle in forests in Kadpa, near the southern district of Nellore, Indian agencies PTI and IANS reported.

Police claimed that with the killings, including that of five women, the entire leadership of the Maoist outfit in Rayalaseema region (Andhra Pradesh's eastern coastal region) had been eliminated.

Local police also seized 12 weapons, including one AK-47 rifle and four 303 rifles, from the scene of the gunbattle.

In another shootout earlier in the day in Warangal district, 140 kilometres south-west of Hyderabad, state police killed two Maoist guerrillas.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency

Forest ambush kills nine Maoists in Andhra Pradesh

HYDERABAD, India: Police shot dead nine Maoist rebels, including five women, on Friday in a forest gun battle in Andhra Pradesh, police said.

Commandos specially trained to fight the rebel insurgency that affects a large swathe of rural India ambushed the Maoists in Kadapa district, 390 km south of Hyderabad, the state capital.

Police had been searching for another group of rebels who had killed a local leader of the state's ruling Congress party on Thursday night at the time, top officer Y. Nagi Reddy said.

Andhra Pradesh is one of the worst-hit of at least 13 states facing Maoist violence.

The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of millions of India's poor landless labourers and peasants. Thousands of people have died in their insurgency since the 1990s.

Arms seizure: police to keep tabs on engineering units

K.T. Sangamesswaran

CHENNAI: Even as the case relating to the manufacture of rocket shells and launchers in Chennai is likely to be transferred to Andhra Pradesh, the police have issued instructions to the district officials to take necessary preventive measures.

The revelation that the weapons, meant for naxalites, seized in Achambedu police station limits in Andhra Pradesh on September 7, were manufactured at units on the outskirts of Chennai caused embarrassment to the authorities concerned. More so, after it came to be known that Thota Kumaraswamy alias Tech Madhu alias Srinivasa Reddy of Nellore, who surrendered to the Andhra Pradesh police recently,came to the Ambattur area in 2002 and got the weapons manufactured in six engineering units in Padi, Korattur and Mogappair, police sources said. A police officer said local police officials in the districts, particularly in districts bordering Andhra Pradesh, had been asked to maintain vigil in coordination with the special branch and the "Q" branch, which would act as a deterrent to those indulging in similar activity.

It was not possible to keep a watch on all engineering units in the State, and the police could act only when they received reliable information. sAs three consignments containing the weapon parts were sent by road from Chennai to Andhra Pradesh, police officials had been instructed to cross-check senders in Tamil Nadu and receivers of consignments in States which were naxalite-infested, if the transportation was frequent. Random checks of goods would be conducted on the State border.

Vehicle seized

The motorcycle, bearing a Tamil Nadu registration, on which Thota Kumaraswamy and his wife, Sudharani, escaped from Chennai on September 9 was in the custody of the Tamil Nadu police. Thota Kumaraswamy parked the vehicle at Tiruvallur railwsay station, boarded a train and escaped.

Combat cops get station jobs


RPF jawans posted at Tatanagar railway station. Picture by Srinivas
Jamshedpur, Nov. 9: Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans who recently underwent special guerrilla training to foil possible attacks by rebels used their skills instead to maintain law and order at railway stations under Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway (SER).

For the first time, the SER had spent a large amount of money for training 187 jawans for 45 days in guerrilla warfare in the north-eastern states, to ward off possible Naxalite attacks in moving trains.

Around 60 of these trained jawans have now been deputed in the Chakradharpur division. Most of the jawans have been deputed at Tatanagar railway station for controlling law and order.

However, when over 100 railway employees stopped trains at Tatanagar on Wednesday to protest against the death of a railway guard, allegedly due to the negligence of a railway doctor, the guerrilla-trained RPF jawans, armed with wooden batons, were deputed to pull agitators away from the railway station.

“We have been trained for foiling Naxalite attacks in moving passenger trains in stronghold areas under the Chakradharpur division. But we have been deputed for controlling law and order problems in the railway station. Other non-guerrilla warfare trained RPF jawans could be used for controlling such law and order problems. Otherwise what remains the difference between guerrilla-trained jawans and non-trained ones,” a jawan said on condition of anonymity.

Another jawan said that their deployment in various areas under Chakradharpur is very unsystematic. “We do not get sufficient time for routine exercise every morning. There is no suitable schedule of working hours. If we are not able to exercise daily, physical fitness may not be high. Eventually at the time of a Naxalite attack, we will not be able to counter them,” he said, adding that their failure at that time would come under the scanner.

Divisional security commissioner of RPF (Chakradharpur), Santosh Dubey said that the guerrilla-trained jawans have been deputed at various railway stations to escort moving trains at night. “They have been exclusively used for escorting the trains,” Dubey said. He refused to comment on the issue of deployment of the jawans at Tatanagar railway station.

However, inspector-general of RPF (SER), T.K. Sanyal expressed his displeasure: “They will be escorting moving trains in the naxalite-affected areas to protect lives of passengers. But they should not be deployed for law and order problems at railway stations,” Sanyal told The Telegraph.

He added that he would inquire about deployment of trained RPF jawans with various divisional chiefs of RPF. “I have directed the jawans to be used exclusively for protecting lives of passengers in moving trains. The railway has invested crores for their special training,” Sanyal said.

Naxals kill Kunavaram mandal chief

Staff Reporter

Seetarama Rao was Kothagudem MLA's brother-in-law

KHAMMAM: CPI (Maoist) naxalites shot dead Congress leader Sreemanthula Seetarama Rao, 55, at Marrugudem village of Kunavaram mandal at 7.30 p.m on Thursday.

He was the mandal parishad president as well as the brother-in-law of Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateswar Rao.

Superintendent of Police Rajiv Kumar Meena has said that Seetarama Rao was shot from close range right in front of his house.

The Maoists were probably waiting for him, he said.

According to reports, the Congress leader was found in a pool of blood in front of his house.

Two gunshots

Residents nearby rushed to him after hearing two gunshots. But they could not find anyone with weapons at the spot.

The local police said that Mr. Seetarama Rao was at loggerheads with leaders of another group of the same party in the village. He had not receive any kind of threats from the naxalite groups.

Mr. Venkateswar Rao, who is also district Congress president, condemned the killing. Special police parties took up combing operations in the area.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Late Umesh Chandra's Anti-Naxal strategy

Umesh Chandra initiated a special strategy to use many of the disgruntled naxalites to launch cleanup operations against several top naxalite leaders. All his operations were highly sensational as they lead to the capture or death of the top leaders of the naxal movement. Many police officials opine that Umesh Chandra achieved in 10 months what earlier police chiefs could not in the past decade.

Nine powerful landmines defused

Thursday November 9 2006 12:10 IST

WARANGAL: It was always the poor who had been victims of the attacks by Maoists, Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra said.

The Maoists had killed breadwinners of the poor families and rendered the family members orphans, she said.

The SP on Wednesday gave away a cheque of Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to the bereaved family members of Atikam Satyanarayana alias Satyam, a former Naxalite, killed by Maoists on October 18 at Inapur village in Cheryal Mandal.

The cheque and a house site patta were received by Satyam’s mother Lakshmi. Later, the SP attended a gram sabha held by Jangaon DSP Sayilu in Komuravelli town.

The Police spoke to the concerned authorities and saw to it that the ex gratia was released within a month to the family members, she said.

A, special party police defused nine landmines placed on the highway between Marrigudem and Kamaram villages. Six landmines were put in plastic buckets and the remaining were put in tiffin boxes.

Each of the mines contained about 10 kg explosive material, Mishra said and added that the locals informed them about the issue.

She said the ill-intentions of the Maoists to kill the public was reflected in fixing the landmines on highways.

Maoists ban mobile use

Thursday November 9 2006 13:15 IST

MALKANGIRI: Keep off cell phones. This warning by the ultras is now ringing in the ears of people in the Naxal-infested Kalimela, Bhejangwada, MV-90, Telrai and MV-79 areas.

Through hundreds of wall posters and banners, the Adivasi Raya Kuli Sangam, a frontal organisation of CPI (Maoist), has banned cell phones in Maoist-infested areas. But the threats do not end here. The Maoists have also banned gambling and traditional cock fights in Kalimela area and warned violators of dire consequences.

They have also threatened the businessmen of stern action if they fail to pay suitable price to the tribals for their forest produce. Yet another warning has come for the contractors. The Naxals have categorically asked the Kalimela contractors not to engage in the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana work.

The banners have, in fact, warned of chopping off the hands and legs of the contractors engaged in the road construction work under the scheme. Earlier, the Maoists had set ablaze the vehicle of a Jeypore-based contractor in Kalimela after he refused to stop the work.

The Maoists have also declared that hundreds of acres of land near the Kalimela OUAT farm will be distributed among the poor.

Tamil Nadu : STF to extend anti-Naxal operations

Thursday November 9 2006 11:56 IST

MADURAI: The Special Task Force (STF) in the State would extend its anti-Naxalite operations to two more border districts of Tiruvallur and Vellore, said Director General of Police D Mukherjee.

Briefing journalists here on Wednesday, Mukherjee said the STF was already engaged in combing and surveillance operations in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. Apart from these major assignments, the force would also give training to commandos, he added.

On the question of transfer of the case pertaining to the manufacture of shells in Chennai to Andhra Pradesh, Mukherjee answered in the affirmative, provided a request came from the Andhra police. He also expressed satisfaction over the conduct of investigation in Tamil Nadu.

Regarding the surging number of Lankan refugees with LTTE connections to the State, the DGP said the State police were always on ‘alert’ and added that the practice of transferring those suspected to be having links with the militant group to the special camps was on.

Mukherjee also said that the government was examining the recommendations of the committee set up to make amendments to the jail manual. Agreeing that the existing health scheme for police staff needed to be revised, the DGP assured that he ‘would look into it’ in order to ‘streamline’ the prevailing scheme for the benefit of the members.

Before addressing the media, the DGP held a session with top police officers, which was attended by Sanjeev Kumar, Inspector General (South Zone), M Chidambarasamy, Inspector General (IG) and Commissioner of Police, Madurai, and other top brass from the southern districts.

Center hist list of naxalites : Off target


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The Centre and the Naxalite-affected states have reportedly drawn up a 'hit list' of 100 top Maoists who have to be neutralised as part of a strategy to tackle this serious internal security threat.

The state police have reportedly been asked to target the 100 'A List' militants on a priority basis. The list was prepared and exchanged at a meeting of senior police officers representing the nine worst Naxalite-affected states on October 27, 2006.

This reminds me of the tactics followed in Punjab. The Punjab police would draw up list of terrorists in A, B and C categories depending upon their threat potential, go after them hammer and tongs and periodically update those lists.

Are we going to apply the same methods to the Naxalites? 'Neutra-lising' is a euphemism for liquidation. Anyone with basic knowledge of counter-insurgency knows that every manifestation of armed insurrection has to be dealt with differently.

Applying the Punjab medicine to deal with the Naxalite problem would be poison. The terrorists in Punjab, it needs to be understood, were brainwashed, trained and equipped by Pakistani mentors.

They wanted to create an independent state of Khalistan. The Naxalites, on the other hand, draw their sustenance from the socio-economic grievances of the people.

The government's tenth five year Plan itself admits that the record of most states in implementing land reforms has been dismal.

Unemployment figures are causing concern to economists. Farmers' suicides are bothering even the PM. An expert group noted with anguish that land belonging to tribals was being alienated in all states despite the existence of an umbrella of protective legislation.

Besides, the Naxalites are not seeking secession from India. One may disagree with their ideological formulation but that would be no justification for planning to decimate them.

Charu Mazumdar's policy of annihilation of class enemies was flawed and criticised by his own party cadres.

Government's policy of annihilating the Maoist leaders would be no less flawed — it would, in fact, be criminal. Having met a large number of Naxalite leaders, I have no hesitation in saying that many of them are highly motivated.

They are convinced that they are fighting for a cause. They are far better than the criminals who have managed to infiltrate assemblies and Parliament and even become ministers.

We have no laws or rules — or the political courage — to banish them. But we want to make cannon fodder of people who are motivated by a different ideology, howsoever convoluted.

This is not to say that police action against armed guerrillas should not be taken. When they challenge the authority of the state, as in their attack on the Jehanabad prison, there is no option but to take stringent action against them.

If, in the process, any Naxalite leaders get killed, it is too bad. However, any tactics which essentially target them would be wrong in principle and reprehensible in practice.

Why can't the government give an impression of being serious on land reforms, on removing unemployment and disparities, and upholding rights of tribals?

It is not implied that these problems can be solved within a few years. But we can certainly move in that direction.

Once the people are convinced about the direction, there is no doubt that the Naxalite movement will wither away. The 'Status Paper on the Naxal Problem' released in March 2006 for the first time outlined the various features of government's policy on the subject.

It appropriately mentioned that government should adopt a holistic approach in dealing with the problem. However, clause 4 (v) of the paper states that 'there will be no peace dialogue by the affected states with the Naxal groups unless the latter agree to give up violence and arms'.

This is inconsistent with government's stand vis-a-vis other militant groups in the country. The government has been holding peace talks with Naga rebels of the NSCN(IM) faction for the last nine years even though they have not surrendered their weapons and continue to build up their arsenal.

Why a different approach to the Naxalites? We have to be fair to them while enforcing the writ of the state.

The writer is a former director-general of BSF.

Keeping tab on Naxals in border areas

Thursday November 9 2006 00:00 IST

HOSUR: Krishnagiri District police have been offering a special training to select police personnel in a bid to mingle with the public to keep tab on the movement of unknown people in border villages.

This special training comes in the wake of the Home Department alerting the Krishnagiri police over the possible infiltration of Naxals into Tamil Nadu from the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Recently Karnataka police had arrested two terrorists in Mysore when they were planning to attack vital installations in the state while another neighbouring state AP had been facing the Naxal menace.

It is suspected that the members of banned outfits might enter into Tamil Nadu because of the crack down on Naxals in AP and Karnataka.

Moreover Hosur and its adjoining areas are known as multilingual regions where people speak numerous languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam.

The police suspect that unknown people could easily mingle with the multilingual population in this region.

The police sources said that over 100 police personnel were selected from the police stations across Krishnagiri district.

These personnel would be posted for patrolling in the border areas like Thally, Sipcot, Mathigiri, Berigai, Bagalur, Veppanapalli, Maharajakadai, Bargur and Kandikuppam, where they would develop cordial relationship with the public.

This friendly atmosphere would help the police to keep track of the movements of unknown people in these areas, police sources added.

Current laws ineffective in fighting terror: Patil

Press Trust of India

Posted online: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 1742 hours IST

Mumbai, November 8: Urging police to use more scientific techniques while conducting investigations, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said laws will be upgraded so that scientific evidence is admissible in courts.

"Rather than solely depending on oral evidence, I think we must use scientific evidence which is derived using the latest technologies," Patil told a gathering of policemen at the inauguration of a national seminar on terrorism organised by police.
Patil said current laws need to be modified to tackle newer crimes and terrorism.
"The present laws are effective in curbing law and order problems but the same cannot be said about them while fighting terrorism," he said.

The comments from Patil came shortly after reports that said Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorist Squad, which is probing the July 11 train bombings here, will find it hard to establish its case in a court of law as it has drawn many links in the conspiracy from the narco analysis of the accused, which is currently not admissible as evidence in courts.

With a specific reference to "recent cases in Maharashtra and Gujarat", Patil said the laws did not help investigators in their probes.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Like son, new Jharkhand minister has maoist links

Jaideep Deogharia
[ 9 Nov, 2006 0018hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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RANCHI: Lal Hemendra Pratap Dehati was sworn in as the 12th minister in the Madhu Koda cabinet on Tuesday as his son — suspended Forward Bloc MLA Bhanu Pratap Dehati — could not be inducted into the ministry since he is in jail, facing more than two criminal cases.

But a day after on Wednesday, it was found that like son, Hemendra's name, too figures in the police records.

Hemendra's name figures in police records in Garhwa district for his alleged involvement in Maoist activities. In a case filed by Garhwa police on May 21, Hemendra has been accused under various Sections of IPC, Arms Act and CL-17 Act for alleged involvement in Maoist operations.

Hemendra is learnt to have met the then DGP V D Ram in August this year urging him to review the cases against him on the plea that he, along with two others from human rights organisation, were falsely implicated by the police.

In a representation to Ram, they had prayed that they had no involvement in Maoist activities.


My Red Diary

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Salwa Judum, the anti-Maoist militia, was managed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi said here Wednesday.

'Salwa Judum is managed by RSS and it must be scrapped to save tribal masses from being eliminated by Salwa Judum workers, special police officers (SPOs) and police,' Jogi told reporters.

Here is an information nugget that all readers must make a note about Jogis compassion towards Naxal movement and their effort to discredit Anti-Naxal movements by linking to RSS . A pro naxalite , anti-India blog contain all links to their supporters websites , which include infamous Peoplesmarch , Naxalnest ,Naxals in India, NSCN(I-M) etc . However there is a weblink among them , Ajit Jogis’s Son’s blog Amit Jogis .

It doesn’t take a genius to infer what that means and where Jogis heart lies , if we connect these dots . One must to refer to all his previous anti Salwa Judum statements and his effort to discredit the movement by linking to RSS . He was snubbed by no other than his own party members .

Public and also Congress Party need to question these Jogis

Can Jogis request the Blog owner of “Naxal Revolution” to remove his link , if he is not a NAXAL SUPPORTER and prove his patriotic bona fide ?

Tribes people of the state's southern Bastar region, known to be a hotbed of Maoist rebels, launched Salwa Judum, or Campaign for Peace, to counter the guerrillas in June last year and later the state government in the state came to support it with arms and monetary back-up.

The RSS is the ideological mentor to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Salwa Judum has drawn worldwide attention as about 50,000 people have left their forested ancestral villages for revolting against Maoists and have been residing in over a dozen government-run, heavily guarded camps.

'The innocent tribes people of Bastar are facing attacks from Salwa Judum cadres and SPOs that are drawn from local youths to take on rebels,' Jogi said.

South Asia Security Trends November 2006

By Rahul K Bhonsle

North Korea did the inevitable, ending speculation about its nuclear test. The sub kiloton nuclear test by the pariah state led to hectic negotiations and UN sanctions but not a return to the Six Nation confabulations by Kim Jong IL. The test also led to a review of policies by the IAEA as it is felt that despite measures such as NPT, 20 to 30 nations are on the verge of becoming virtual nuclear states over the next few decades increasing the scope of a nuclear holocaust in the future.

India continued its efforts to seek nuclear fuel with a presentation to the NSG during the month, though the North Korean tests have somewhat affected the countries chances of early availability of Uranium from Australia. Iraq continued to be wracked with a low level civil war of increased intensity between the fragmented communities while Sudan and Somalia were in the grips of violence during the past month with no signs of a recession. China's ambitious progress in technology as well as diplomacy was evident with a fusion test, launching two rockets from one space vehicle and two major foreign policy summits with the African states and the ASEAN.

In South Asia, Sri Lanka continued to remain turbulent with heavy casualties, some sources saying over 1000 in conventional as well as suicide operations. Pakistan surprised many with its strike at a madrasa in Bajaur killing over 80 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists undergoing training. The dual policy of tacit support to Taliban and targeting the Al Qaeda was thus evident. Afghanistan continued to be at the center of Taliban cross hairs as the NATO forces made handsome gains on the counter-militancy fronts but are perhaps losing the hearts and minds battle. In Nepal the efforts to induce the Maoists to give up arms go on and remain the main stumbling block for a lasting political solution. Bangladesh resolved a constitutional crisis when the President Mr. Iajuddin Ahmed took over the reins of the interim government as a precursor to holding elections. However the turbulence is likely to continue in the months ahead.

The contours of India's defence policy in the future were outlined by the Prime Minister during the Combined Commanders Conference during the month which sees the armed forces as a pillar for greater benign interaction in India's area of interest. The process of acquiring arms, capabilities and developing doctrines in the Armed Forces continued apace. The IAF has ambitious acquisition plans for up gradation which will enable it to emerge as a dominant force in the region in line with national ambitions.

The militancy and infiltration trends in Kashmir indicate a possible increase in terrorist activities during the winter. The counter terror successes within India showed encouraging signs demonstrating greater police effectiveness. An analysis of surveys of fatalities in the North East reveals that Assam and Manipur was a major cause of concern. The military civic action by the Army and the civil government has succeeded in reestablishing authority of the government in the remote district of Churachandpur. Naxal sway over the economic activities in the affected states was demonstrated by the Chattisgarh government insuring its rice go downs, while Orissa seeking assistance from the Border Roads for road construction. The health threats in India during the monsoons is evident from a survey of statistics over the past few years, its fall out has been a drop in tourism in the country during the past few months. As Saddam Hussien awaits the death sentence we close with a tribute to the American Soldier in Iraq.

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Special grievance cell at Dharmapuri DPO from Wednesday

Special grievance cell at Dharmapuri DPO from Wednesday
Wednesday November 8 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: A special grievance cell for the benefit of the public will be launched on Wednesday at the District Police Office (DPO), said Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram.

Speaking to journalists here on Tuesday, he said with the cooperation of the public, the number of road accidents had come down considerably in the district. For this, the West Zone IG had given away the ‘Best Performance Award’ on Monday at Coimbatore.

Smuggling of illicit arrack from neighbouring States and districts into Dharmapuri had been controlled, he said, adding that no such cases were reported even in rural areas.

The SP added that based on the IG’s instructions, a special grievance cell would be established at the District Police Office to address the problems of the public.

Accordingly, a team of police personnel would conduct periodical grievance meetings in the respective villages and forward the petitions received from the public to the grievance cell for action.

The petitions, which were not concerned with the Police department, would be directed to the departments concerned, Jayaram said.

All tribal villages in Dharmapuri district had been enumerated to check migration.

For the purpose, the Police department was maintaining a record of migrants, he said.

The SP claimed that there were no Naxal activities in the district and the police were closely monitoring the situation in the villages, which were prone to Naxal activities.

The crime rate had reduced considerably in the district. As many as 1,746 night beats had been conducted in October, Jayaram said.

No vehicles were allowed to park on NH7 during nights, he said, adding that highway patrol teams had been instructed to clear such vehicles.

DSP (DCRB) Shanmugarajan and Special Branch Inspector Gandhi were also present.

‘There were no Naxal activities in the district and the police were closely monitoring the situation in the villages which were prone to Naxal activities’

Monday, November 06, 2006

Teachers lured by naxal outfits to come under their fold

Tuesday November 7 2006 00:00 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Teachers of un-aided colleges in the tribal-pockets are being lured by Left wing ultra outfits to come under their fold. Shocking as it may sound but that’s what a teachers association revealed here on Monday.

Stating that their impoverished condition and an apathetic government have prompted the ultras to attempt to gain over them, the association said, the teachers are now in a dilemma.

There are 630 un-aided colleges - Plus Two and Degree - in Orissa. Of them, a good 200 are located in the 14 districts which as per the State Government are Naxal-affected. The number of government colleges stand at 96.

The All Orissa Un-aided Lecturers’ and Employees’ Coordination Committee, a body of 7,000-odd teaching and non-teaching staff of 630 un-aided colleges, on Monday said that some teacher members from the Maoist-hit areas are reported to have received offers from the ultra outfits.

“The teachers said they have been offered remuneration from the Left wing leaders for joining them. No one wants to move away from the democratic set up but a pathetic financial condition may just force them to,” convenor of the coordination committee Golak Nayak told mediapersons.

In fact, the 600-odd colleges have been demanding grant-in-aid support from the State Government since 1990 but in vain. The Government too has set up a sub-committee to look into their demands but that has yielded no result too.

The teachers have been getting a few hundred rupees as monthly remuneration from managing committees of the colleges for last so many years. The maximum that one gets is Rs 1500 a month, the teachers said.

Given their sheer number, the un-aided college teachers take 60 percent of the academic load and impart education to 1 lakh students every year, Nayak said and added that in return, they are not given their due.

In fact, the State Government constituted a Cabinet Sub Committee last year to discuss the demands. This year, it has met thrice but not once were their demands discussed, the teachers said. The next meeting of the committee is scheduled on November 8.

The teachers have chalked out a series of agitational programmes starting November 9.

Nayak said, if their demands are not met by the end of this year, those in the borderline may just switch loyalty.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. to visit Naxal prone areas

Monday November 6 2006 10:34 IST
SRINGERI: ‘‘I will also visit the Naxal prone areas along with officials,’’ said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

He was talking to reporters during his visit to take part in Poornahooti at Sringeri on Sunday.

Reacting to the question that nothing was done from the earlier visit of officials, he said ‘‘this visit will surely work. I will also be along with them this time.’’

Chief Minister refused to comment when reporters asked that government had not provided complete power to police department to curb naxals in Western Ghats region.

Final decisions regarding Datta Jayanthi will be taken keeping in mind emotions of people of other communities too, he said.

Chief Minister said that power to fix date of elections for any region vested with the Election Commission. State Government cannot change it. Yet, government is being blamed to do so, he said.

‘‘Visit to Sringeri is casual one. I am a devotee of Srigeri mutt so I am here to offer prayers,’’ stated CM, disclosing his reason of visit.

POOJA: Earlier, former Prime Minister Deve Gowda had participated in Maharudra Yaga.

Later, his wife, son Kumaraswamy, Balakrishna, daughter-in-law, and grandson Nikil participated in Poornahooti. All family members received blessing from Seer Bharathi Teeta swamy.

Naxals test-fired rockets at Burugundala

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Leaders felt they could be used for causing nuisance to police

Rockets manufactured under Kumaraswamy's supervision
Instructed to manufacture 1,600 rockets, 40 launchers

CHENNAI: Rockets manufactured in engineering units here for a naxalite group in Andhra Pradesh were test-fired at Burugundala in the Nallamala forest to evaluate their efficiency.

When the tests were conducted, a central committee member and a State committee member of the banned outfit were present. They felt that though the rockets were ineffective, they could still be used for causing nuisance to the police.

The manufacturing here was allegedly done under the supervision of Thota Kumaraswamy alias Tech Madhu alias Srinivasa Reddy, who is associated with the group. The central committee member instructed him to manufacture 1,600 rockets and 40 launchers. According to a note sent by Andhra Pradesh police to the Centre, the group sent Mr. Kumaraswamy to Chennai in 2003 for rocket/rocket launchers projects.

These included development of shoulder-mounted rocket launchers and rockets. Mr. Kumaraswamy, along with his wife Siva Kavi Sudharani alias Vasantha, also belonging to the naxalite group, escaped on September 9 from their house at Ambattur on Chennai's outskirts.

This was after rocket shells and launchers he sent to Vijayawada and Vedayapalem were seized by the Mahboob Nagar and Prakasam district police.

The couple escaped from Chennai on a motorcycle to Tiruvallur, parked the vehicle at the railway station and boarded a train.

Police hunt

The Tamil Nadu `Q' branch police launched a hunt for the couple who later surrendered before the Andhra Pradesh police. The police also seized photographs, diary, documents and other articles during their search at the couple's house.