Saturday, December 23, 2006

Gang attacks three, decamps with booty

Sunday December 24 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: Even as the Naxal Special Duty Wing, the STF and the TSP along with the local police continued the combing operation in the district during the past four days to nab the Naxalites and to create alertness among the villagers especially in the hilly areas, two incidents of robbery were reported in Karimangalam police limits on Friday night.

A 10-member gang attacked three persons and decamped with eight sovereigns of jewellery from two women near here. The injured were admitted to the Dharmapuri Government Hospital.

According to the police, the gang entered an ex-serviceman M Chinnasamy’s (39) farm house at Vijay Nagar in Matlampatti, 14 km from here on the Dharmapuri-Krishnagiri NH7.

When Chinnasamy refused to part with any money, the gang attacked his father and mother too. It then snatched five sovereigns of jewellery and decamped with the booty.

On hearing the sound, the neighbours rushed to the house and admitted the injured, Munisamy, Chinnasamy and Pachiyammal, to the Dharmapuri Government Hospital. The gang snatched three more sovereigns of jewellery from one Sinnapponnu (67) of the neighbouring village, Kalappanaickenahalli.

Dharmapuri SP HM Jayaram rushed to the spot and conducted an inquiry. Karimangalam police have registered cases

Take action against Champa: ABVP oppose naxal sympathiser Gouri Lankesh

Take action against Champa: ABVP
Saturday December 23 2006 11:57 IST

HUBLI: The ABVP activists staged a rasta-roko on Friday in protest against the reported attack on their activists at the 73rd Akhila Bharat Kannada Sahithya Sammelan in Shimoga on Thursday.

The ABVP activists said that KSP president Chandrashekhar Patil has turned the Sammelan into a platform to promote Naxalism by inviting journalist Gouri Lankesh and activist Kalkuli Vithal Hegde to the symposiums.
As both Gouri and Hegde supported the cause of Naxalism, the ABVP submitted a memorandum to Champa on December 20 requesting not to invite them.

Inviting naxal sympathisers was against the interest of the nation, they said, adding that Komu Souhardha Vedike activists were responsible for the attack on ABVP activists, hence they should be arrested.

They urged the Government to initiate stringent action against Champa for not inviting the CM to the Sammelan.

Three Maoist trainers killed in Maharashtra

By Indo Asian News Service

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Dec 23 (IANS) Notching up a major success in their anti-Maoist operations, police in Maharashtra killed three hardcore guerrillas conducting an undercover training camp along the state's border with Chhattisgarh.

Among the three Maoists, known as Naxalites, killed in the gunfight Friday in the Wangetura forest in this tribal district was a deputy commandant of the Maoists' Platoon Dalam, Shamru Samru alias Chaitu, and two of his trusted lieutenants.

In a swift operation, three teams of the 360 Commands Force of the Gadchiroli police, joined by a team each of Chhattisgarh police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), struck at the ongoing training camp forcing the outlaws to dismantle it, Superintendent of Police (SP) Shishir Jain told IANS.

The Maoists would have had many more casualties but for a claymore landmine blast triggered by their sentries guarding the camp to enable them to flee, said Jain, Gadchiroli district SP.

Four police constables suffered minor injuries in the retaliatory fire by the fleeing Maoists.

The police, who used two-inch mortar bombs and grenades in the assault, found half a dozen abandoned tents, three boxes of explosives and a generator besides a TV set at the camp site.

The concerted police strike was based on a tip-off about the camp obtained from the State Intelligence Department and confirmed by the Intelligence Bureau, Jain said.

Kanker (Chhattisgarh) district SP Pradip Gupta coordinated the action with his Maharashtra counterpart under an overall supervision of the Special Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Maharashtra, Pankaj Gupta.

Friday's encounter was the 19th this year in which 20 Maoists were killed as well as three police officials as against 20 casualties suffered by the police last year, Jain said.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Friday, December 22, 2006

Naxals must be dealt with an iron hand: Chinmayanand

HT Correspondent
Gorakhpur, December 22

FORMER STATE minister for Home Affairs Swami Chinmayanand said here that the national council of BJP should ask for the verdict over Ram temple dispute in Ayodhya.

He recalled that Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has reserved his decision and BJP should demand for the verdict of the court. He said the decision could be in favour of Hindus or Muslims, but the BJP would gain tremendous support from people.

Chinmayanand arrived here to participate in Dharm Sabha and Virat Hindu Sammellan at Gorakhnath temple.

While talking to mediapersons, he appreciated former chief minister Kalyan Singh and former deputy prime minister LK Advani for their stand over Ram temple issue in Ayodhya. He said both the leaders were the need of hour in state and at national level respectively.

Expressing his concern over increasing threat to the internal security, he said at present 165 district across 14 states in the country were affected by Naxalite movement while 55 district were affected by Naxals, when NDA was in power. Terming home minister to be very weak, he stressed the need of iron hand to deal with the Naxalite force.

Chinmayanand said that Dhaka in Bangladesh was the centre of ISI but now Kathmandu had emerged as a centre of ISI and Maoists activists, which has posed serious threat to the security in India. He further said that the participation of Maoist interim seven-party government in Nepal would encourage those who believe in violence and capture the power.

Around 500 delegates from Nepal reached here along with 1000 saints to participate in first session of saint sammellan at Gorakhnath temple. Saint Aatmanand Giri and patron of World Hindu Federation Swami Parpanna Charya said Hindus would be reduced in number, if they would not take lesson from social and political upheaval in Nepal which has posed threat to the existence of Hinduism.

Sonia Gandhi's Muslim appeasement policy backfires

December 22, 2006

As I have pointed out several times, the Sonia backed Muslim appeasement policy is intended to keep the Jihadi away from herself and her family. This is what is really behind the Government's talk of better representation of minorities (read Muslims) in national institutions including the security forces.

It is all talk since as the weekly OUTLOOK pointed out, there is not a single Muslim in her personal security. So, she is appeasing them, but does not trust them.

In any event, it is not working as she is now a target of Al Qaeda herself. The sooner we realize the truth-- that we hang together or hang separately, the better it is. But sonia is driven moren more by fear and expediency than wisdom.

N.S. Rajaram

Sonia security on high alert after Qaida threat

Sachin Parashar
[ 22 Dec, 2006 0025hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: Congress chief and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's security was put on high alert after home ministry warned the Special Protection Group as well as different state governments about the threat of an attack on her by an Al Qaida-backed terrorist outfit.

Vandana Kini, head of VIP security in home ministry, wrote to SPG chief B V Wanchoo and chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday saying that a terror cell led by Sajjad, a Pakistani national who leads the anti-India operations of the United Jehad Council, is aiming to target the Congress leader. The letter states that United Jehad Council was formed by Al Qaida with support from ISI.

Said to be a highly-motivated terrorist who has two passports - one Pakistani and another issued by Bangladesh in the name of Ashique - Sajjad has been collaborating with Mohd Salim, head of a Lashkar cell holed up in Meerut. Another member of the group has been identified as Latif Zaman, a Kashmiri youth.

Sonia's security was earlier reviewed in the wake of the Malegaon blasts. Intelligence sources, however, said maximum possible security was already in place for the Congress leader. Sonia's security staff has been alerted on the latest threat, he added.

The home ministry directive, based on inputs from intelligence agencies, warns that the group would seek to penetrate Sonia's security ring by using forged identity cards. It goes on to warn that while those entrusted with the security of the Congress chief would be required to be on their toes when she goes out to campaign for the UP polls, the terrorists could take a hit at her even in the Capital.

"The SPG, Delhi Police and other agencies have been told about the threat, not just during Sonia's election campaigns in UP, but also in the city," a source confirmed.

Gurkhas to monitor Maoist weapons

Nepal's government has begun recruiting former Gurkha soldiers to help monitor the implementation of a peace deal reached last month with Maoist rebels.

The Interior Ministry is seeking Gurkha applicants who have retired from the British and Indian armies.

They will assist in verifying whether Maoist weapons are being stored at designated sites.

Under a deal with the rebels, more than 100 Gurkhas will be recruited until the UN takes over the monitoring role.

UN officials have indicated it may take another two months for a full contingent of UN monitors to arrive

Two Maoists killed, two injured in Orissa

Press Trust of India

Malkangiri, Orissa, December 22, 2006

Two Maoists were killed and two others injured in an encounter with security forces in the Tandimetla forest near Motu, about 100 km from Malkangiri on Friday, police said.

The security forces, comprising CRPF and armed police, were on a combing operation in the area when the encounter began, the Superintendent of Police Himanshu K Lal said.

It was the naxalites who opened fire at the securitymen who fired back killing two of the ultras.

Two others were injured in the firing who were subsequently captured by the securitymen. They had been brought to nearby MV-79 village, police said.

No securitymen had been injured in the exchange of fire which continued for nearly 30 minutes.

Apparently, the naxalites had assembled there for a meeting when the cops arrived in the area.

The sources said one more naxalite might have been injured in the firing but it could not be immediately confirmed.

The SP and other police officers had rushed to the spot.

Some explosives and 18 kit bags along with some fatigues had been seized by the police from the spot of the encounter, the sources said.

CRPF’s investiture ceremony held

Express News Service

Chandigarh, December 21: AN investiture ceremony was organised on the CRPF campus in Hallomajra, where 49 police medals for meritorious services were given away.

M V Krishna Rao, ADGP, North Zone, was the chief guest on the occasion. Six ‘DG’s commendation disc and certificates’ were given away to officials of the CRPF in recognition of their performance and a ‘Best Battalion Trophy’ and a ‘Best Cost Effectiveness and Financial Discipline Trophy’ were bagged by 76 Battalion of the CRPF, which secured first position at sector-level in North-West Sector for 2005-06.

The investiture ceremony was attended by senior officials of the force, including S C Sharma, IGP, NWS, CRPF, Chandigarh, and A S Sidhu, DIGP, CRPF, Chandigarh.

Addressing the gathering, Rao said the fight against terror in various forms in the country was going through a grim phase. “Terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir, naxals in other states and insurgents in the north-east continue to target innocent people to create social partitions in the country,” he added

Thursday, December 21, 2006

No common plan, anti-Naxal operation hit

Subodh Ghildiyal
[ 22 Dec, 2006 0121hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: The presence of different political parties at the helm in Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh may be turning out to be a hurdle in anti-Naxal operations with the tri-junction of these states emerging as an area of concern.

Densely forested and unmanageable by normal policing, the free movement of the Naxal cadres across the state borders is neutralising aggressive pursuits by Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh even as Orissa is emerging as the new "red haven".

Government is likely to convene a brainstorming session of the three states as it moves to address the issue. The desire for a joint strategy to check the Naxal menace is defeated by lack of communication among the three states.

The perceived reason for lack of a common strategy is attributed to three different political groups heading these states. Orissa has Biju Janata Dal (BJD) at the helm of affairs while Chhattisgarh is ruled by BJP and Jharkhand by an Independent backed by the UPA.

Coincidentally or otherwise, change of government in Jharkhand has led to a show of strength by the Naxals. Till recently, the three states had a good political rapport as Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand had BJP governments while Orissa had an ally in BJD.

Understanding between states, sources said, was needed for "hot pursuit" in border areas. In inter-state armed activity, aggressive pursuits by a state force comes to naught as Naxalites cross the border into other states, which are outside their jurisdiction.

In Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand-Orissa, officials are reported to be hesitant to transgress their jurisdictional limits in the absence of any understanding between governments. Sources said the meeting is likely to involve chief ministers to hammer out a common strategy.

They added that the densely forested tri-junction could not be sealed with normal policing. Instead, the states would look at toning up the intelligence network along borders. Free movement of Naxalites across the tri-junction is proving to be a nuisance for the cops. Recently, forces nabbed a Maoist group's Chhattisgarh zone head who was originally from Jharkhand. A similar problem exists in Chhattisgarh where Bastar has emerged as a hub of Naxalite movement for its borders with Andhra Pradesh, where PWG has strong roots.

NEPAL : A Decade Of War

Deception, political maneuvers and desperate struggle to conserve, secure and seize power have marked year 2006 in Nepal. The 'peace process' is yet to rid the country of violence and intimidation


Deception, political maneuvers and desperate struggle to conserve, secure and seize power have marked year 2006 in Nepal.

The wanton violence of the past years has been contained within the framework of a ‘peace process’, with at least two of the principal parties in conflict – the dominant Maoists

Fatalities In Nepal, 2001-2006

and the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) that has cobbled together a government at Kathmandu – engaged in negotiations. It is, however, far too early for celebrations, and the endgame is still to manifest its contours in the Himalayan Kingdom.

The most significant development is, without doubt, the cessation of hostilities and the ensuing efforts to manage the peace. That said, the consequent political developments, essentially oriented to a consolidation of Maoist dominance, are bound to be complex and uncertain. The pace of consequences of the April 2006 Jana Andolan (People’s Movement) against King Gyanendra’s ‘direct rule’ has been, rightly or otherwise, far too swift and complex for orthodox political forces to evaluate. While the average Nepalese exults over the current state of play, the proximate future may well prove to be the most perilous and critical phase for contemporary Nepal.

The evident peace of the post-April 24, 2006 period across Nepal, with fatalities falling steeply and the government-Maoist détente holding, has exponentially fed hope in the war-wracked nation. There is, nevertheless, substantial residual cause for pessimism, especially in view of Nepal’s own past trajectory on negotiations, as also the rather dismal record of cease-fires and peace processes in South Asia – the Sri Lankan case being an immediate and tragic reminder.

On December 15, 2006, the ruling SPA and the Maoists finalised a Draft Interim Constitution, which relegated the King to the margins. Maoist negotiator Dev Gurung declared: "Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala will act as the head of the state till the elections to the Constituent Assembly to be held in mid-June next year... The King will remain suspended till that period and his fate will be decided by the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly."

While King Gyanendra – and with him, Nepal’s doomed monarchy – gradually becomes history, the ultimate winners in the long-drawn contest for power will be the Maoists. The current regime in Kathmandu, with not inconsiderable assistance from other quarters – including India and a bemused ‘international community’ – has allowed the Maoists to dictate terms. As a result, the insurgents’ roadmap to power is being significantly implemented. Essentially, the Maoists are consolidating through negotiations what they had secured through violence in their ten-year "peoples’ war" in which at least 13,000 lives were lost. The current and unbalanced equation of power in Kathmandu is a direct consequence of the insurgency the Maoists have sustained since 1996.

The current ‘peace process’ crystallized on August 9, 2006, when the government and the Maoists arrived at a Five Point Agreement to seek the assistance of the United Nations (UN) in the peace process and ‘to create a free and fair atmosphere for the election to a Constituent Assembly’. The five points agreed to were:
the government and Maoists will continue human rights monitoring through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal;
they will assist in the monitoring of the Code of Conduct during the cease-fire;
on the basis of agreement to seek UN assistance in the "management of arms and armed personnel of both the sides", qualified civilian personnel will be deployed to monitor and verify the confinement of Maoist combatants and their weapons within the designated cantonment areas.

Later, modalities for all arrangements, including of arms and munitions, will be worked out among the parties and the UN;
to monitor the Nepali Army to ensure that it remains in its barracks and its weapons are not used for or against any side. The modalities will be worked out among the parties and the UN, and
Election to the Constituent Assembly will be observed in consultation with the parties.

Thereafter, in the wake of hectic and often tense negotiations, Prime Minister G.P. Koirala and Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal a.k.a. Prachanda signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) 2006, on November 21, bringing the decade-long armed insurgency officially to an end and promising to chart a new destiny for a "peaceful and democratic" "new Nepal". The ten-point CPA included provisions on human rights, civil and political rights, arms and army management, socio-economic transformation, et al. Koirala declared: "Beginning today, the politics of killing, violence and terror will be replaced by the politics of reconciliation." But Prachanda’s endorsement of the CPA was more combative and triumphal: "The continuity of 238-year-old tradition has been broken now. This is the victory of Nepalese people and the loss of regressive elements."

After another five days of deliberations, the two sides – represented by the coordinator of the government’s talks’ team, home minister Krishna Prasad Situala, and Maoist Chief Negotiator, Krishna Prasad Mahara – signed a further ‘Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies’ on November 28, at Kathmandu. The salient features of this Agreement included:
Maoist army combatants and their weapons shall be confined within designated cantonment areas; there will be seven main cantonment sites and 21 satellite cantonment sites on the basis of three per main cantonment site. The satellite sites will be clustered no more than two hours driving distance from the main sites unless otherwise agreed by the parties;
the normal Maoist army chain of command, control, communication and information will be utilised to control the Maoist army cantonment, using the normal Maoist army structure in administration of the sites;
the designated seven main sites will be under command, control, communication and information of the Maoist army site commander and the satellite sites by the designated satellite commanders;
the parties agree upon the safe storage of all Maoist army weapons and ammunition, in the seven main cantonment areas under UN monitoring, except as provided for perimeter security purposes;
a single lock provided by the UN will secure each storage container. The key will be held by the designated main cantonment site commander;
the Nepal Army shall remain in its barracks and its arms are not to be used in favour of or against any side. UN monitors will have access to any and all NA barracks for purposes of monitoring whether Nepal Army forces or weapons are being used for or against any party;
the Nepal Army is to store arms in equal numbers to that of the Maoist army, to seal it with a single-lock and give the key to the concerned party;
The Council of Ministers will control, mobilise and manage the Nepal Army as per the Army Act of 2006 (Sainik Ain 2063) or its successor legislation.

The difficulties that confront the arms management scheme are manifold: identification of insurgents and ‘irregulars’; detecting and defining the Maoist chain of command; the two sides have to provide information on the number of ‘fighters’, who they are, what their chain of command is – a system fraught with risk, since Maoist good faith cannot be taken for granted, and the Nepalese Army’s structure and personnel are clearly documented; managing the Maoist combatants within the camps and keeping them engaged, etc.

Further, the storage terms clearly favour the insurgents, imposing parity with the Nepalese Army. An immense quantum of faith has evidently been placed on the Maoists and the manner in which they choose to utilize their access to arms. The Maoists have repeatedly violated the terms of the Ceasefire Agreement in the past, and it is not clear that they would abruptly change to accommodate the letter and spirit of the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies. The tremendous challenges of arms and cadre management have tended to be underplayed by all players in the present ‘peace process’, but these are more than evident, for instance, in Sri Lanka and even in Nagaland in India’s Northeast. In Nagaland, the problems of managing barely 700 armed cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isak Muivah (actual strength of around 2500) in four designated camps have proven insurmountable even for a stable and powerful state like India. How a weak and volatile Kathmandu will meet the challenges of cease-fire supervision remains to be seen. The truth of the various ‘agreements’ in Nepal lies in their small print: As long as the Maoists retain their armed capacity, they will continue to exercise decisive influence on the political process, and will secure a defining role in the future of Nepal.

Amidst the hectic negotiations and politicking, for instance, the Maoists, on the ground, continue to recruit and extort. Kantipur reported on November 15, 2006, that the Maoists were undertaking fresh recruitment drives in the districts of Ilam in far eastern Nepal, Sankhuwasabha in the north-east and Surkhet and Rupendehi in western Nepal. General Secretary of the Nepali Congress, Ram Chandra Poudel, said the Maoists were luring youths by offering monetary rewards. The Maoist recruitment slogan, according to Kantipur, was "Peace has returned to our country. Join our army and get 7,000 rupees (100 US dollars) a month." The Kathmandu Post quoted a security official in Sankhuwasabha District as stating that the Maoists planned to recruit 525 people from the District as they failed to meet the target of 5,000 insurgents to be housed in a UN supervised cantonment in Ilam in eastern Nepal.

Significantly, the ‘peace process’ is yet to rid the country of violence and intimidation. 43 persons were reportedly killed during the first six months after the reinstatement of Parliament on April 24, 2006. A report released by the National Human Rights Commission on December 11 said the state was responsible for the killings of 11 persons whereas the CPN-Maoist was responsible for 15. Five persons were killed by 'retaliation' groups, seven by local villagers and unknown groups and five persons were killed in stray bomb explosions. The report said "security forces were involved in beating and intimidating the public transport staffers. Similarly, the CPN-Maoist were also found continuing with tortures under different pretexts in various Districts including Kailali, Nepaljung, Bhaktapur, Dolakha, Rupendehi, Kaski." A continuous chain of abductions, forcible recruitment – including child recruitment – and other violations of the cease fire terms, blatantly justified by various Maoist leaders, have regularly marred the ‘peace’.

The Maoists have also intensified their efforts to stop the relocation of police posts (initiatives are underway to relocate police posts that were displaced in the past) in several parts of the country. Insurgents reportedly declared that they would not allow police post relocation till an Interim government including them is formed. Maoists are currently obstructing such relocation in the Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre and Sankhuwasabha, Doti, Kanchanpur and Achham Districts.The Maoists are also barring Village Development Committee secretaries from returning to their respective villages.

It is evident that the Maoists do not plan to squander away the ‘rewards’ that they have seized through the ‘barrel of the gun’, and will certainly not barter away their stronghold on the ground (all 75 districts are Maoist-affected) for an equal place in the democratic process. Under the circumstances, only the incurable optimist could doubt that the Maoists would continue to seek to enforce their agenda on Nepal. It is useful, within this context, to remind ourselves that the constituent elements of the SPA leadership have a miserable record of governance and bickering, and are largely responsible for the turmoil in Nepal. Unless an unexpected consensus visits the SPA and non-Maoist political spectrum in the country, no solution – other than one eventually imposed by the Maoists – can be permanent.

Kanchan Lakshman is Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management; Assistant Editor, Faultlines: Writings on Conflict & Resolution Courtesy, the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Five killed in Naxal triggered landmine blasts in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec. 21 (PTI): Five persons, including two security force personnel, were killed and four injured when Naxalites triggered two powerful landmine blasts today in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, a senior police officer said.

"Two Special Police Officers and two villagers were killed on the spot when Maoists targeted their tractor and triggered a landmine blast at Polampalli, about 550 km from the state capital," Dantewada's Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Pal told PTI.

The incident occurred when security forces, after transporting rations to Polampalli police outpost, were bringing in two sick villagers to Dornapal for treatment, Pal said.

When more security forces were rushing to the spot immediately after the attack, Maoists triggered another landmine blast close to the site of the first explosion. They also fired indiscriminately on the forces, injuring four persons, including a Mizoram Police jawan and two SPOs.

The jawan and another villager, who were seriously injured, were airlifted to Raipur for treatment, Pal said.

A police team later killed the Naxalite who had triggered the landmine blast, Pal said.

The security forces and Naxalites also exchanged fire for before the rebels escaped into nearby jungle. Combing operations have been launched in the area, Pal said.

Andhra Pradesh wants rockets seizure case tried there

K.T. Sangameswaran
Awaiting Tamil Nadu's decision

CHENNAI: With Andhra Pradesh writing to the Tamil Nadu Police to transfer the case relating to the manufacture and transportation of rockets and launchers, which were seized in the neighbouring State in September, the Tamil Nadu Government's decision is awaited in the matter.

Investigation in Tamil Nadu side had been almost completed, highly placed sources told The Hindu.

The `Q' Branch of the Tamil Nadu Police investigated the case, earlier registered by the Ambattur Industrial Estate police station under sections 120 (B), 121 A of the IPC and section 8 (2) of the Arms Act.

Investigations revealed that the components were manufactured by six engineering units located at Mogappair, Korattur and Padi, on Chennai's outskirts.

Subsequent probe showed that Thota Kumara Swamy alias Tech Madhu alias Madhu of Nellore, who belonged to the banned naxalite group of Andhra Pradesh, besides placing orders for the production of the rocket parts in other engineering firms had manufactured some in his own unit, Bharath Fine Engineering, Padi.

The case is that the illegal consignments were sent through Kranti Lorry Transport at Mannurpet, near Ambattur here in August 2005 and May 2006 to Vijayawada and Nellore. Seven persons have been arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police.


The sources said it would be appropriate if the case were tried in Andhra Pradesh, as the conspiracy was hatched in that State.

In the event of transfer of the case to Andhra Pradesh, documents and other evidence collected here would be sent to that State, where a comprehensive charge sheet would be filed.

The Tamil Nadu Government should take a decision and pass necessary orders if it wanted the transfer, they said.

According to official records of Andhra Pradesh, Madhu was sent by the banned outfit to Chennai to manufacture rocket/rocket launchers under the `Rocket Launchers-I and Rocket Launchers-II projects'.

Search for naxals continues in Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri, Dec 21. (PTI) The combing operation to nab the naxals reportedly hidden in the district continued for the second day today.

The team of Special Task Force and Naxal Special Duty personnel led by Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram made thorough search in Kottur hills, 40 km from here.

Speaking to reporters at Kottur hills, SP H M Jayaram said the combing operations were being conducted in the naxal- prone villages and hill areas to nab the suspected naxal leaders Sundaramurthy, Navin Prasad, Chandra and Kalidas.

The operations were conducted at 10 points of the district.

He appealed to the public to inform any movement of strangers and naxals in their area.

He said as the information system was strengthened in villages especially in tribal belt, the movement of any stranger would be known to the police.

The NSD wing had been coordinating with the District Rural Development Agency to carry out socio-economic development programmes in the naxal-prone villages and creating employment opportunities, he added.

Karkala: ANF Combing Operation - Naxals Escape by Whisker

Daijiworld News Network - Karkala (GA)

Karkala, Dec 21: Suspected Naxalites had a narrow escape from Anti-Naxal Force police at Parangibail in the Mudradi GP limits near here on Wednesday December 20 morning.

The ANF police had set on intense combing operations after receiving sure tip-off about some Naxalites residing in the dense forest area in the Mudradi GP limits. The ANF police led by Subhash Gudimani however, could not nab Naxalites as the latter managed to escape by a whisker.

Police recovered cooking materials, water bottles and other things used by Naxalites at Parangibail. Though there was news that police had spotted a group of Naxalites and that they had surrounded them, could not be confirmed yet.

Police conducted combing operations at Adka, Peetabail, Balladi, Parangibail, Pariyalu and Thundugudde areas for almost 12 hours on Wednesday.

Karkala ASP Labu Ram, ANF troupes from Shankarnarayana, Kollur, Shringeri, Hebri, Karkala too were the part of the combing operations.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Naxal threat: Centre turns heat on J’khand



NEW DELHI: Jharkhand may have to brave some tough-talking from the Centre for its “below-the-mark” performance in countering Naxalism, particularly its failure to utilise funds for development schemes in affected districts, at the meeting of the coordination centre on Naxalism in Bhubaneswar slated for December 27.

Besides discussing synergy of operations between the 13 affected states and taking stock of the states’ progress on their individual counter-extremism action plans, the coordination centre headed by the Union home secretary will be reviewing the situation in Jharkhand where two major attacks, including a train hijack, this month have left 15 people dead. Jharkhand has been a matter of concern for the Centre as it has, following the Bokaro blast on December 2, joined Chattisgarh in terms of increased Naxal violence.

Although killings in Jharkhand until November 30, 2006, were marginally lower than the corresponding period last year, the 15 casualties recorded early this month have upset all calculations. The killings this year are higher than those recorded last year.

Though counter-Naxal operations by Jharkhand police are seen on track, the Centre is of the view that the state has not been following the dos-and-dont’s for guerrilla warfare. In the December 2 blast , it was found that the police party showed laxity not only in following a different route but took their vehicle over an untarred patch that displayed obvious signs of having been mined.

Though state CM Madhu Koda later met Union home minister Shivraj Patil and sought additional forces, it was pointed out to him that the state was not utilising the forces already put at its disposal.

and wasting them in routine law and order duties. Besides, the Jharkhand police’ vacancy position is a clear cause for concern: 29% of the posts are yet to be filled.

Mr Koda, it is learnt, was asked to get his house in order and report back on the corrective measures taken by him at another meeting to be held early next month. It is not only in terms of police manpower that the state has erred: it also has a poor record in utilisation of funds released for development schemes in the Naxal-affected districts as well as for modernisation of its police force. According to sources here, the state has an unutilised balance of Rs 240 crore allotted to it under the BDI and other schemes to be implemented in affected districts. The funds released so far stand at Rs 650 crore, of which Rs 390 crore was under the BDI scheme alone. Of the latter, Rs 130 crore remains unutilised.

The state has to share 25% of the expense on BDI and police modernisation scheme. Interestingly, Mr Koda has not claimed lack of finances to fund this 25% component.

Even under the police modernisation scheme, Jharkhand has been a poor performer, at least for the last two years. In 2004-05, utilisation of the Rs 22.23 crore released was a minuscule 7.33%. The same pattern is being repeated regarding utilisation of the Rs 40-crore police modernisation fund released by the Centre this year.

Operation to track Naxals in Dharmapuri

Thursday December 21 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: Dharmapuri District Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing of police and the special task force jointly conducted combing operations on Wednesday in Vellolai and Palsilambu Hills and Hogenakkal forest area to nab suspected Naxals reported to be hidden there.

According to the police, the NSD wing led by inspector R Senthil and STF led by inspector Panpalan had 20 members each.

The NSD team conducted operations in Vellolai Hills, Combai and Palsilambu Hills, while the STF team conducted search in Mettur Kadumalai, Dhasampatti and Vannathikkalmalai in Hogenekkal forests.

No one was arrested in the operation, sources said. According to Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, the hill area checkposts in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka border were also alerted.

Naxal carrying Rs 1 lakh reward held

Gaya, Dec 20: A member of the CPI (Maoist) central committee, Arun Paswan alias Gautam, carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was arrested from Chandauti police station area of Gaya district late last night, police said today.

On a tip-off from state intelligence, they arrested Gautam from near Chandauti police station, deputy inspector general of police (Magadh range) Umesh Kumar Singh said.

Gautam, secretary of the special committee of the Naxal outfit in Bihar and Jharkhand, was wanted by the police of the two states in several cases of violence.

Gautam is suspected to be involved in the killing of former MP and LJP leader Rajesh Kumar during the last parliamentary polls, the DIG said, adding he was also wanted in connection with the attack on the Dumaria police station recently. (Agencies)

NCW critical of `Salwa Judum` policy to tackle Naxalism

New Delhi, Dec 20: Criticising the government's `Salwa Judum' campaign to tackle Naxalism, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today said the tribals of Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh through this campaign felt trapped between the Naxalites and the activists of the movement.

The commission, which recently surveyed `Salwa Judum' camps in Dantewara district of Chhattisgarh, also asked the government to stop the practice of enrolling young boys and girls as `Salwa Judum' forces, saying it was resulting in "militarisation" of the youngsters.

"It appears that the villagers are caught in between the Naxalites and the `Salwa Judum'," NCW chairperson Girija Vyas told reporters here.

The report of the NCW team comprising members Malini Bhattacharya and Manju Snehlata Hembrom, that visited the Dantewara camps, states the conflict between the Naxalites and the `Salwa Judum' has led to enforced displacement of the villagers and is creating havoc with the lives, affecting women and children in particular.

The investigation by the commission, whose findings are being sent to the Centre and the state government, also found that young boys and girls, many of whom may even be minors, have been recruited as special police officers (SPOs) and are being given arms.

"They are given training for just one month and then they have a gun in hand. This is leading to militarisation of youngsters. There are plenty of CRPF personnel in the area, then what is the need to recruit civilians as SPOs? This should be stopped," Bhattacharya said.

The NCW has recommended that the young boys and girls should be given vocational training.

Among the commission's other recommendations are that the government should make efforts to provide adequate security in the villages so that the people can carry out their normal activities.

"The villages are dilapidated, the fields lie fallow and any development that is in evidence takes place only in and around the camps," the report states.

The camp-dwellers are either on dole or they depend on whatever work they get from the government.

"We therefore recommend that instead of running camps on a permanent basis and getting people involved in the `Salwa Judum' campaign which would make them open to Naxalite reprisal should they ever go back to their villages, the government should make all efforts to provide them with security," says the report.

Bhattacharya said while the NCW did not find any evidence to support the allegations of sexual atrocities against women in the camps, exploitation of women was a possibility.

The NCW team also visited Jagdalpur jail in the area, where 41 women involved in Naxalite cases are housed.

While it was satisfied with the living conditions inside the jail, the commission has asked the government to ensure legal aid to the women.

"Three of the women inmates alleged beating and molestation by either the `Salwa Judum' or CRPF personnel while they were being brought to the jail. These allegations should have properly investigated," Bhattacharya said.

Bureau Report

Combing operation in forest areas

Dharmapuri, Dec 20: Dharmapuri district Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing of police and the Special Task Force (STF) have jointly conducted combing operations today in Vellolai and Palsilambu hills and Hogenakkal forest area to nab suspected Naxals reported to have hidden there.

According to police, the NSD wing led by inspector R Senthil and STF led by inspector Panpalan had 20 members each.

The NSD team conducted operations in Vellolai, Combai and Palsilambu hills. Similarly, the STF team conducted search in Mettur Kadumalai, Dhasampatti and Vannathikkalmalai in Hogenakkal forest.

No one was arrested in the operation, sources said.

According to Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, the hill area check-posts on Tamil Nadu and Karnataka border were also alerted. (Agencies)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Planning helped police score over Maoists: DGP Swaranjit Sen

Monday December 18 2006 09:36 IST

VIJAYAWADA: A four-pronged strategy adapted by the State Police to contain the activities of Maoists has been paying rich dividends, Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen said.

The strategy had enabled the police to curb the activities of the Maoists, significantly reduce their area of operation and dismantle their support structures, he told mediapersons here this morning. Sen had earlier inaugurated a children-friendly Bala Mithra police station at Labbipet and the Regional Forensic Laboratory. This is the third Bala Mithra station in the State.

Two stations have already been set up at Kavali in Nellore district and Visakhapatnam.

‘‘The strategy included getting familiarised with the terrain used frequently by Maoists by taking up massive combing operations, then engaging them in operations, dominating them in armed conflicts and finally dismantling their bases,” he said referring to recent successes against Maoists in Nallamalla area and elimination of many top cadre Maoists.

The police with the help of State government have taken up developmental activities in Naxal-dominated areas and this has helped wean youth from Naxal movement.

However, the police will continue to engage in combing operations to further weaken the Maoists, he said while cautioning that there were still splinter groups trying to get a foothold in backward areas.

TRANS-SHIPMENT OF GOODS UNDER SCANNER: Referring to recent seizures of massive hauls of rocket launchers and rocket shells in many parts of the State, he said that the issue was put before the Central Government at a recent meeting of IGPs and DGPs at New Delhi.

‘‘The Ministry of Surface Transport, Government of India and the State Government are engaged in making a comprehensive policy to monitor the trans-shipment of goods by private and public transport. A set of guidelines would be issued to the transport firms soon,” he said. Sen, however, refused to blame the seizures on the failure of intelligence wing.

Director of Forensic wing Gandhi, Commissioner of Police CV Anand, Municipal Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar, MLAs, students of several schools and many prominent personalities of the city were present.

3217 found eligible for tribal battalion for anti-Naxal operations

Monday December 18 2006 09:40 IST

KHAMMAM: Stage has been set for launching the 15th APSP tribal battalion in Gangaram village of Sattupalli mandal, thus giving a new thrust to the government’s anti-Naxal operations in the Agency area.

The final selection for recruitment would take place between December 18 to 22. While as many as 22,000 tribal youths from the nine ITDA areas in the state have applied for constable posts in the battalion, Khammam area alone has the largest number of 3500 applicants.

Out of the total applicants, 3217 have already been declared as eligible. So far, 700 candidates have participated in pre-training programme being conducted separately by ITDA and SETCOM.

The government is adopting a three-pronged strategy in recruiting the tribals. Accordingly, 820 tribal youths out of the 3217 eligible candidates will be selected as APSP constables for the 15th battalion.

Some youths from among the remaining eligible lot will be appointed as security guards in corporate companies, for which MoUs had already been signed by the concerned ITDAs with the latter.

Meanwhile, speaking to this website's newspaper, collector Sasibhushan Kumar said that as large number of candidates had applied for recruitment, the government was determined to ensure employment to all the tribal youths.

SP RK Meena said that measures would be taken to maintain transparency in making the final selections. He assured to strive for weaning away the tribals from coming under the influence of the extremist philosophy.

Setcom CEO Mandadi Upender Reddy, who is also in-charge of the battalion recruitment pre-training programme, felt that the tribal candidates had been exhibiting excellent skills during the training.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Press statement by CPI(M) on CPN(Maoist) agreement with Nepal Govt

Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee

Press Release:
Source : Yahoogroup Peoples Revolution

A New Nepal can emerge only by smashing the reactionary state! Depositing arms of the PLA under UN supervision would lead to the disarming of the masses!!

On 5th November the CPN(Maoist) had entered into an agreement with the government of Nepal which stipulated that the PLA would deposit its arms in seven designated cantonments while the government' s armed forces too would deposit an equal number of arms. These would be placed under the supervision of a UN monitoring team while the keys of the lockers of PLA arms would be with the Maoist party. It was also agreed by both sides to dissolve the present Parliament and form a new interim Parliament with a share of the seats for the Maoists, to form an interim government with some portfolios for the Maoists, and to elect a Constituent Assembly by next summer which is supposed to decide the fate of the monarchy and the future of Nepal.

The agreement received the final official stamp when prime minister Koirala and chairman of CPN(M) comrade Prachanda signed the agreement and declared it publicly. The CC, CPI(Maoist) has been perturbed by this agreement concluded by the fraternal Maoist party in Nepal with the government of the seven party alliance led by the Indian protégé Koirala.

The agreement to deposit the arms of the people's army in designated cantonments is fraught with dangerous implications. This act could lead to the disarming of the oppressed masses of Nepal and to a reversal of the gains made by the people of Nepal in the decade- long people's war at the cost of immense sacrifices. The clause in the agreement to deposit an equal number of arms by both sides will obviously work in favour of the Koirala-led government as the latter will have the option to use the huge stock of arms still at the disposal of the army anytime and to further strengthen the reactionary army of the government. The decision taken by CPN(Maoist)
on arms managem ent, even if it thinks it is a tactical step to achieve its immediate goal of setting up a constituent assembly, is harmful to the interests of the revolution.

Entire experiences of the world revolution had demonstrated time and again that without the people's army it is impossible for the people to exercise their power. Nothing is more dreadful to imperialism and the reactionaries than armed masses and hence they would gladly enter into any agreement to disarm them. In fact, disarming the masses has been the constant refrain of all the reactionary ruling classes ever since the emergence of class-divided society. Unarmed masses are easy prey for the reactionary classes and imperialists who even enact massacres as proved by history. The CC, CPI(Maoist), as one of the detachments of world proletariat, warns the CPN(Maoist) and the people of Nepal of the grave danger inherent in the agreement to deposit the arms and calls upon them to reconsider their tactics in the light of bitter historical experiences.

The agreement by the Maoists to become part of the interim government in Nepal cannot transform the reactionary character of the state machinery that serves the exploiting ruling classes and imperialists. The state can be the instrument in the hands of either the exploiting classes or the proletariat but it cannot serve the
interests of both these bitterly contending classes. It is the fundamental tenet of Marxism that no basic change in the social system can be brought about without smashing the state machine. Reforms from above cannot bring any qualitative change in the exploitative social system however democratic the new Constitution might seem to be, and even if the Maoists become an important component of the government. It is sheer illusion to think that a new Nepal can be built without smashing the existing state.

Another illusion that the agreement creates is regarding the so-called impartial or neutral role of the UN. The UN is in reality an instrument in the hands of the imperialists, particularly US imperialists, to dominate, bully and interfere in the affairs of the Third World countries for the benefit of the imperialists. It is used
as a guise to provide legitimacy to the brazen acts of the imperialists to oppress and suppress the people of the Third World.

Afghanistan and Iraq are the most recent instances of UN's direct role in legitimizing imperialist aggression and occupation of these countries. It is the duty of the revolutionaries to expose, oppose and fight this imperialist role of the UN. Giving it any role in arms management, election supervision, and peace process in Nepal, would only mean inviting imperialist interference, in particular that of US

Another disturbing factor is the illusion harboured by the Maoists in Nepal regarding the role of the Indian expansionists. Indian ruling classes are the biggest threat to the people of the entire sub-continent and it is the duty of the people of the various countries of South Asia to unitedly fight Indian expansionism. The Indian state, with the backing of US imperialism, has been continuously interfering in the internal affairs of Nepal; it had backed the monarchy while encouraging its stooges among the parliamentary forces in the name of two-pillar theory; trained and extended all forms of aid to the Royal Nepal Army in their military offensive against the Maoists; has secret deals with the Nepali
Congress led by Koirala and with other reactionary parties; and is bent upon disarming the PLA and the masses of Nepal and isolating the Maoists. Its aim is to grab the natural wealth of Nepal particularly its huge hydel potential and to make it a safe haven for the imperialists and Indian comprador capitalists. Comrade Prachanda's repeated praise for India's role in bringing about the agreement
between the Maoists and the SPA in Nepal creates illusions among the masses about India rather than preparing them for fighting the Indian expansionists who are keen on Skirmishing Nepal in future.

Even more surprising is the assertion by the CPN(Maoist) that their current "tactics" in Nepal would be an example to other Maoist parties in South Asia. Comrade Prachanda had also given a call to other Maoist parties to reconsider their revolutionary strategies and to practice multiparty democracy in the name of 21st century democracy. Our CC makes it crystal-clear to CPN(M) and the people at
large that there can be no genuine democracy in any country without the capture of state power by the proletariat and that the so-called multiparty democracy cannot bring any basic change in the lives of the people. It calls upon the Maoist parties and people of South Asia to persist in the path of protracted people's war as shown by comrade Mao. We also appeal to the CPN(Maoist) once again to rethink about
their current tactics which are actually changing the very strategic direction of the revolution in Nepal and to withdraw from their agreement with the government of Nepal on depositing arms of PLA as this would make the people defenseless in face of attacks by the reactionaries.

Central Committee,
Communist Party Of India (Maoist)

CRPF-Maoist clash: No arrests yet, ‘combing’ on in WB

Express News Service

Kolkata, December 17: After hailing the Bagdubi encounter as a major boost to the morale of men in uniform, the Bankura Police is yet to make any arrests despite intense combing operations in border areas of West Midnapur, Bankura and Purulia.

Two Maoists and a CRPF jawan, Binod Kumar Roy, were killed in an encounter in Bagdubi Talab area under Barikul Police Station in Bankura on Friday night.

The slain Maoists are yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, the two injured CRPF jawans, Constables Dhyan Singh and Kuhal Roy, both 23, have been admitted to SSKM Hospital. According to CRPF sources, their condition is stable.

“Intense combing operations are on and we are hopeful of arresting the Maoist squad members,” said Rajesh Singh, Bankura police superintendent. “Combing operations are also on in the West Bengal-Jharkhand border areas along with Jharkhand police. (But) we are yet to identify the two slain Maoists.” On Sunday, the police also stated that it is highly probable that the two women squad members who fought with the CRPF 171 battalion are Jagori Baski and Sulekha Mahato, the two much sought-after guerrillas from the outlawed outfit.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the Maoist-affected areas of West Midnapur, Bankura and Purulia in fear of retaliation. The CPI(M) district leadership has warned its leaders and cadres to take precautionary measures to thwart any retaliation attempt.

“We are also trying to locate the particular squad involved in the incident. Initially we thought that the slain Maoist was Ranjit Pal, who is a local man and one of the leaders of the action squad,” a police official said. “But his relatives later confirmed that the body was not his. “We are also looking at the involvement of an action squad led by Sasadhar Mahato.”

Martyr Vinod Rai : Sikkim bids tearful farewell

Sikkim bids tearful farewell to martyr

REQUEST TO CRPF officials/MEDIA in SIKHIM : Please send picture of Martyr Mr.Vinod Rai to

Statesman News Service

GANGTOK, Dec. 17: The people of Sikkim today bid a tearful farewell to Vinod Rai (21), a CRPF jawan and resident of Siling Busty in East Sikkim, who died in an encounter with the Naxalite militants in Bankura district of West Bengal on 15 December night.

The body of the martyr reached Rangpo around noon today, where hundreds of people had gathered to pay their last tributes. The Rakdong-Tintek MLA, Mr Norzang Lepcha, had gone to Siliguri to receive the body.

At Rangpo, the Sikkim Armed Police personnel gave a guard of honour to the departed hero. Later, the Sikkim Police personnel, members of Lions club of Rangpo and others paid their last tribute to the martyr. The procession then moved towards the village of the deceased jawan at Siling where the body was buried late in the afternoon. People from the village and other surrounding areas paid their tributes to the martyr. Chief minister Mr Pawan Chamling arrived at Siling to pay his respects to the martyr and presented a sum of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of Vinod Rai.
The deceased has left behind him his parents, two sisters and a brother.
The 21-year-old jawan from Siling busty under Rakdong-Tintek constituency in East Sikkim had been recruited in the CRPF in March last year.

According to reports, the CRPF officials had received information of assembly of armed Naxalites preparing an operation in Bankura on Friday night.
A CRPF team proceeded towards the area but was ambushed by Naxalites near Bagdubi lake in Bankura. During the ensuing gunbattle, Vinod Rai was in the forefront of the counterattack and went down fighting.

Two top leaders of Naxalites were also killed in the operation. One of them has been identified as Ranjit Dahal, a top-ranking leader of the armed wing of the Naxalites.

American War Paar da : Naxal Watch response

We saw this satirical Video "American War Paar da" which shows "severe indictment of America's role in escalating world conflict" on NAXAL REVOLUTION blog , a pro naxalite weblog . This blog supports murderous maoists against our security forces and severely destablising internal security , thereby helping our enemies , China and Pakistan . Their agenda is to stop India to take over China economically and millitarily ,nothing more than that .

Comming to the point , these left wingers and naxalites charge Indian government, this blog as stoogies of imperial powers . They even accused us as " RSS agents " , which we are not .

Did RSS supported American War on Iraq ? Hers is the answer by it's spokesman Mr.Rammadhav .

" Q.: What is the RSS stand on the war in Iraq?
A.: Our view has come as a surprise to many people. We are totally opposed to it because the US cannot just go and unilaterally attack Iraq just because it is America's perceived enemy. This concept cannot be supported in a civilised society. What is more important is America has failed to convince the world that there existed a case for it to do what it did in Iraq. There was no economic terrorism or WMD as the Americans were clamouring. Even its friends in the West like France and Germany gave contrary views. Americans themselves protested against the war in Iraq. Everybody knows that even if there was the remote possibility of Iraq acquiring WMD and chemical weapons, it would be thanks to American help because the Americans helped Baghdad acquire them during its war with Iran. "

So making blank statements which deesn't substantiate facts is unwarrented . We are neither stoogies of west nor part of war machine , these charges doesn't hold water . We are for united, strong and secure India , for us INDIAN INTRESTS are paramount , and are not puppets of someone , just as maoists aka naxalites. There is a saying "people who live in glass house should not throw stones". After all leftists are know for propagating semi truth facts to illiterate masses . Finally what is their stand on Jihadi terrorism in India ?

Former ACP sentenced to death

Retired ACP R P Tyagi under police custody after he was given capital punishment by a city court

In a new low for the Police, a former Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) is given the death sentence for a custodial death 18 years ago. Retired ACP R P Tyagi was given capital punishment by a city court for torturing two persons to death in judicial custody.

The incident happened almost 19 years ago. The case relates to the Vivek Vihar Police station in East Delhi, where two people died in custody in 1987. Another retired ACP and a sub-inspector were also convicted for dereliction of duty and tampering with records for attempting to shield the guilty.

It was an agonising wait for justice for the victim's family as the Delhi Police allegedly tried to shield their own men by delaying registration of case. The victim's father, Tika Ram, died during the trial.

Additional sessions judge Rajinder Kumar found ACP R P Tyagi guilty of murder of Mahinder Kumar, who was allegedly beaten up in police station on August 24, 1987. Kumar succumbed to his injuries a day later.

Hindalco official traceless after abduction by naxalites

Posted online: Friday, December 15, 2006 at 1523 hours IST

LOHARDAGA (JHARKHAND), DECEMBER 15: A senior official of Hindalco's Bagru bauxite mine has been kidnapped by naxalites here, a senior police official said.

Yashwant Kumar, Deputy Manager (Personnel) of Hindalco, was kidnapped on Wednesday night by a group of naxalites who had parted ways with the Jharkhand Jan Sangharsh Mukti Morcha(JJSMM), District Superintendent of Police Subodh Prasad said.

"Since Wednesday night soon after we received reports that Yashwant Kumar was taken away we have been searching for his whereabouts," he said.

The police are conducting raids at possible hideouts of the faction, he said and denied knowledge of the abductors seeking any ransom for Kumar's release.

Eyewitness said a group of men blocked his vehicle near Bagru mines when he was returning from the district headquarters.

Abducted official escapes from Maoists

Sunday, December 17, 2006

An executive of the state-owned aluminium major Hindustan Aluminium Corp Ltd (Hindalco) has escaped after three days of custody in the hands of Maoist guerrillas, police said.

Deputy general manager Yashwant Kumar found freedom Saturday night in Lohardagga district, 70 km from here, after police mounted pressure on Maoist guerrillas who had seized him.

'Kumar managed to escape after an encounter between police and Maoists,' said Gauri Shakar Rath, an additional director general of police.

Kumar was abducted Wednesday while returning to Patna after meeting Lohardagga's deputy commissioner.