Saturday, January 27, 2007

BSF offers training to commandos to fight insurgency

Tekanpur (MP), Jan 27 (ANI): Border Security Force (BSF) in Madhya Pradesh is training 11 commando teams in insurgency related combat techniques.

Violence by the Maoists, known locally as Naxalites, in several states across the country has been identified as the most serious challenge to national security.

The training, which has been organised in the State's Tekanpur District, was aimed at developing a strong internal security force to combat insurgency in various parts of the country.

"There are many states which are already dealing with insurgency. States like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. These states need such forces and so we want to promote it. Our training creates a base for the commandoes carrying out small team operations through various competitions. We are trying to instill feeling among the state police so that they take them and can give high level training specific to their needs later," said BSF Deputy Director Brigadier S. C. Verma.

States like Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar are some of the worst-affected states and have some of the lowest ratios of police to population.

In many states, private armies and vigilante groups, often government-sponsored, have sprung up to counter the Maoists.

Central Government had recently pulled the affected states together to coordinate their response to the Naxal menace. It says it will combine improved policing and socio-economic measures to defuse grievances that fuel the Maoist cause.

Maoist insurgents claim they are fighting for the rights of millions of poor peasants, labourers and landless tribals living in forests. The rebels operate in at least 13 of 29 states.

But analysts say this guerrilla war, waged mostly from the forests of central and eastern India, now poses major threat to internal security.

A human rights group said this week that 749 people had been killed in Maoist violence last year, including 135 security personnel and 285 civilians. (ANI)

`External forces trying to break India`s social fabric`

New Delhi, Jan 27: The government on Saturday said certain"external" forces were trying to "break" the social fabric ofthe country, threatening its internal security.

"We are a nation of multi-religion and multi-culture.Certain external forces are constantly trying to break oursocial fabric as they wanted to give us maximum damageinternally rather than externally," Union Minister Of Statefor Home Shriprakash Jaiswal said here.

Addressing a seminar on `India`s security concerns;external and internal`, he said the threat has been continuingfor the last 30 years and might increase manifold in thecoming years if not dealt properly.

"India cannot ignore the possible dangers that can harmthe social fabric of the world`s largest democracy,"
he said.

Jaiswal said the need of the hour was to deal with thesituation in such a manner that the evil designs of externalforces were defeated by taking in minimum damage.

"We are aware of the dangers facing internal and external security of the country. Naxalism, terrorism, communalism,military strategies of India`s neighbours are some of theperceived and identified threats which are being grappled byour various enforcement agencies and defence establishmentsround the clock," he said.

Jaiswal, however, admitted that situation in Jammu andKashmir, the northeast and some Naxal affected statescontinued to be a matter of concern.

"The recent activities of the ULFA are also issues whichrequire the strengthening of our national resolve to stronglyfight back the divisive tendencies among some segments of society who are anti-social in their approach," he said.

Bureau Report

Nib, For Now

A 'reasonable' letter from the extremists on their acts earns public appreciation

Smita Gupta

New Comradespeak

The Maoist response to intellectuals’ appeal for peace in Bastar jungles:
The government must create an atmosphere conducive for peace
Jan adalats are justified, its system is superior to the courts
Police only happen to be targets in the wake of violence against people
Innocents have died in cases of mistaken identity, we aren’t against people-friendly development projects

"Whether to live a life of slavery and indignity and die of hunger by remaining docile or (through) peaceful protests...or take up arms to completely eradicate the grounds that give birth to all kinds of oppression in order to live as free human beings...."
Mupalla Laxmana Rao, popularly known as Ganapathi, general secretary, CPI (Maoist)

It's seldom that the Maoists feel the necessity to communicate with the outside world, so when they do, it's an occasion.

The letter regrets undue violence against civilians, even seeks tips to avert such errors.

Proving—even if they don't want to admit it—the pen can at times be mightier than the sword.

Recently, the Independent Citizens' Initiative or the ICI—a group of six eminent persons including journalist B.G. Verghese, historian Ramachandra

Guha, former secretary to the government of India E.A.S. Sarma and sociologist Nandini Sundar—appealed to them to give up armed warfare and negotiate with the government. A detailed response by the Maoists operating from the jungles of Bastar proved far more than a indictment of the establishment. It lent a chance for all to take a closer look at the lives of the poor, and reasons for the violence.

The letter should be essential reading for political leaders and government officials who think special economic zones and big dam projects hold the future. Those who have, for long, neglected remote and difficult areas of the country. The term Naxal is often coupled with the word 'menace' but, of late, the Maoists have been winning unexpected sympathisers. Not just the likes of writer-activist Arundhati Roy who, while protesting against SEZs in West Bengal, said, "Such policies would ultimately force the marginalised to take up arms."

Lately, even a former BSF director general, Prakash Singh, was moved to say, "I have no doubt that many of them are highly motivated, fighting for a cause. They are far better than the criminals who have managed to infiltrate assemblies and Parliament and even become ministers." Former prime minister V.P. Singh, referring to the SEZ model, said he wanted to become a Maoist "if this is the model of development".

The tenor of the Maoists' letter, penned on behalf of them by Ganapathi, is civilised—even urbane. It's also sharply argued, doesn't shy away taking on any of the eight points the ICI raised. It's been formulated following a discussion in the CPI (Maoist) politburo. As poet, journalist and far-left ideologue Varavara Rao told Outlook, "When we get a letter—like this one from the ICI—the politburo deliberates on it. Then one person would draft a reply."

The current correspondence arose in the context of the state of a near-civil war in Dantewada, a tribal district of Chhattisgarh, where the government-sponsored Salwa Judum movement has resulted—since mid-2004—in pushing the tribals into a piquant choice: either you are with us or you are against us, either you are with the Salwa Judum or with the Maoists. In short, tribals have been forced to fight against tribals.

As for the ICI—which last year released a detailed report on the violence generated by Salwa Judum—wrote in its letter to the Maoists: "We believe that the defence of the rights of the adivasis can be ensured more effectively through political, non-violent and open means, rather than through armed struggle We appeal to you to respond to a call for a national dialogue.... We have appealed to the government to disband Salwa Judum, announce an unconditional ceasefire, come up with confidence-building measures for the adivasis and initiate a national dialogue with you."

In the reply, Ganapathi (whose party came into being after the merger of Bihar's Maoist Coordination Committee and Andhra Pradesh's People's War) begins on a warm note: "We appreciate the serious efforts made by you in your genuine quest for finding a resolution to the tragic conflict that has suddenly flared up in Dantewara (sic) since June 2005 and has taken over 400 lives until now. It's heartening to all of us waging a just war for the liberation of the most oppressed see democratic intellectuals like you seeking to explore the truth and place it before the world."

Then come the responses to specific points raised by the ICI:
Use of violence: The Maoists say a ceasefire can't be one-sided and it's up to the government to create an atmosphere in which a dialogue is possible.
Casual attitude towards taking life: The reference is to the killing of members of a marriage party returning from Gadchhiroli. Such incidents are "unfortunate". They "occurred due to mistaken identity...with greater care and more meticulous planning, we assure you that we shall strive to avoid such incidents in the future". The letter even expresses sorrow for the killing of policemen.
Arbitrary jan adalats dispensing justice: The letter says the justice system of the Maoists is superior to that practised by mainstream courts. It stresses that cassettes recording the entire proceedings were left with the dead bodies of those held guilty of acts against the people. The cassettes, it says, had been hidden by the police.
Laying landmines: The Maoists are "against indiscriminate use" of mines, they have been "forced to use them" against the attacks by the state's forces.
Training minors under 18: The letter says the cut-off age for Maoist trainees in the use of arms is 16. Reason: "In the war zone, children attain mental and political maturity by the time they complete 16 because they are directly or indirectly involved in the revolutionary activity from their very childhood."
Blocking development projects: Ganapathi argues the Maoists never blocked any project that would genuinely ameliorate the condition of the people. And that if they have occasionally blocked the construction of roads, it is to prevent big companies from coming in to "drain the wealth from adivasi areas".
On making a distinction between civilians and combatants: Ganapathi agrees with the ICI on this point, and asks them to point out cases where they have erred so that can take more care in the future.

"In class conflicts," writes Ganapathi in his letter, "unlike in ordinary sport, it is impossible to have an impartial referee who cries foul whenever there is a violation of the rules that apply to both sides equally. It is an unequal war between the mighty militarised state that stands in defence of the propertied classes and their 'right' to exploit the majority at will and the vast majority of the wretched of the earth...who, in the eyes of the ruling elites, are not much distinct from the slaves of bygone millennia.... Those who imagine themselves to be impartial referees in class war and try to set the rules equally for both sides will ultimately end up as apologists for the oppressors, in spite of their good intentions..."

It's now the turn of the ICI to reply.

Biodata of Naxalite son of Shivraj Patil

Is there any relation of Shivraj Patil with the Naxalies? If we see the record of the record of Bhopal Police then at a first glance it seems that Diwakar Patil owner of busted arm factory of Naxalites is the son of our Home Minister Shivrja Patil. In every document Diwakar enrolled the name of Shivraj Patil as his father.

For the God sake Andhra Police revealed the biodata of Divakar Patil allias Yalwathi. Yalwarthy Lila Krishna son of Satyanarayan is belongs to the village Kothluru of Dist Guntur. He changes from time to time his not only his name but also father’s name. Guntur Dist secretary of CPI (Maoist) is accused in so many murder cases and has changed his and his father’s name so many times. He is living in Bhopal since few years.

Busted armed factory of naxalites in Bhopal is in the name of Diwakar Patil allias Yalwarthy. When asked the mentioning his father’s name as Shivraj Patil then he replied that in sharp contrast, on April 24, 2005, at a high level meeting with Ministers, Government officials, Opposition leaders and intellectuals at Bangalore, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil stated : “ The Government is not interested in using weapons. They (the Naxalites) are our brothers and sisters and we know that this is a socio-economic problem rather than one of law and order. We can solve these problems through dialogue and discussions.” Diwakar allias Yalwarthy said that since that date he considered Shivrj Patil as his father to enroll him as his father in every document that might be electric and water bill or factory registration and rent receipt.

This dangerous Naxal married with another Naxalite girl. This marriage ceremony organised by his party on 2004. His wife of 25 yrs Raj laxmi allias Lajju Palli Rani also belongs to Guntur. She has also so many names such as Sunita, Raj laxmi, Rani etc. etc. Two lacs prized Lajju Palli is also accused of so many murders.

Shivraj Patil repeatedly cleared it in Lok Sabha also. Are terrorists who brutalise, rape and kill women and children are brothers of Shivraj Patil? “We consider those who have taken up arms due to economic reasons as brothers. We are trying to bring them into the mainstream,” Shivraj Patil said during a discussion in Rajya Sabha on internal security. The Minister’s intervention came when Prabhunath Singh (JD-U) said Patil had referred to terrorists as brothers.

The result of such nonsense statement is in recently busted arm factory of naxalites in Bhopal . Ajit Doval, former chief of Intelligence Bureau asks: 'Why do you say Maoists are not terrorists?' Trio Shivraj Patil, Somnath Chatterjee and Jyonti Basu have said Naxalites are not criminals.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Is Prachanda a hero or villain?


The recent public appearance in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, of Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Prachanda, led to much excitement.

But for some, it is ironic that a man who has led a ruthless war that took the lives of 13,000 people is being treated like a hero.

For many others, he is a hero, who has given a voice to millions of downtrodden people in one of the poorest countries in the world.

So is he a hero or villain?


When Prachanda launched an armed rebellion in 1996, Nepal had just restored multi-party democracy after 30 years of direct rule by the king.

A peaceful people's uprising in 1990 had forced the then King Birendra to become a constitutional monarch and after a smooth transition, a new constitution was written and democratically elected leaders were in power.

Despite concerns about corruption, democracy was slowly taking root.

Schools, roads and bridges were being built and businesses were expanding.

Though records have fluctuated, the GDP growth rate in 1995/96, when the Maoists began their insurgency, was 5.4%, an encouraging figure for Nepal.

The immediate reason given by the Maoists for the declaration of war was that the government rejected their demands "without giving them any attention".

Many of those demands related to political and social reforms which most Nepalis would find acceptable.

However, few agree that the government's rejection of the demands was enough reason to declare a war which has caused Nepal enormous suffering.

Violence and intimidation

Accurate independent figures about the economic costs of war are not available.

The Maoists have used violence to push demands
However, according to Finance Minister Ramsharan Mahat, the damage to infrastructure alone amounted to $246m - around 15% of Nepal's current annual budget.

The Maoists have used threats, extortion and killings to get their way.

They have killed poor, innocent people and those who have criticised their top leaders.

The war has encouraged and spread a culture of intimidation and violence, which is bound to have a long-term impact in a society which was credited for peace and harmony.

Prachanda and others have defended these tactics, arguing that during war such incidents do occur and that they regret mistakes.

Many find it difficult to agree. They argue that Prachanda and many top Maoist leaders are, in fact, more feudal and hypocritical than those whom they regard as such.

There appears to be some truth in this.

'Well-fed' rebel

Prachanda speaks passionately about the need to dismantle feudal structures to create a proletarian society but he has remained quiet about his own elevation as a demi-god by his supporters.

The rich and ruling elite in Kathmandu, who the Maoists view as feudal and want to destroy, has been left untouched throughout the war, whereas poor and ordinary villagers have suffered.

The war has caused ordinary Nepalis enormous suffering
After seeing Prachanda's pictures, a teacher at a village school recently told me: "Prachanda looks very well-fed. In fact, his healthy diet is bought from the money extorted from poor people like myself.

"Or else, where does he get the money from?"

For Prachanda India was an expansionist foe.

Out of the first nine points in his 40-point demands submitted to the government in 1996, seven were directed against India.

However, it has been an established fact that during much of the insurgency both Prachanda and his deputy, Baburam Bhattarai, have spent time in India.

There have been credible reports that Indian authorities have covertly co-operated with the Maoists at times.

That explains why after the insurgency started they have rarely been critical of India.

'Power of the gun'

This does not mean Prachanda is devoid of virtue.

Many middle-class villagers like Prachanda would have preferred an easy route in life. However, he chose a difficult path to pursue his conviction that "power comes from the barrel of the gun".

Risking his life, he did derive that power and made the powerful ruling elite of the country realise that they cannot take their privileges for granted.

Prachanda claims to have dismantled the feudalistic social structure in the villages under Maoist control. To an extent this is true.

There is also a growing awareness about social and political rights in rural Nepal because of the insurgency.

For now Prachanda seems to have accepted that there is no alternative to multi-party democracy in Nepal.

But many would continue to question whether all the killing and destruction was necessary for him to accept what Nepal's major communist parties accepted a long time ago.

Much will depend on how much he can deliver in Nepal's future political set-up.

Kirti Chakra for CISF SI for battling a large-scale Naxalite attack


11:22 IST
They were brave. They disregarded personal safety when the situation demanded. They did not waver from their devotion to duty. Five of the six "Kirti Chakra" winners laid down their lives in the line of duty while living up to the tradition of their Force. Here we chronicle the acts of Gallantry of these brave hearts



On 9th February 2006, at a unit of National Mineral Development Cooperation Ltd. in iron ore field of Baladila, Dantewada, Chhatisgarh, Shri DNP Singh, S.I., CISF was on duty with 8 personnel guarding the area including an Explosive store when a group of 500 Naxlites attacked the barrack shouting slogans and demanding fire arms.

Shri Singh took stock of the situation and started firing at them. The Naxlites fired heavily with grenades and petrol bombs causing grievous injuries to many personnel. Shri Singh didn’t lose courage and continued to return fire. Meanwhile, the Naxlites managed to blast off the asbestos roof of barrack using landmines. Undeterred by the barrage of fire, the CISF personnel under the leadership of Shri Singh did not lose courage and prevented the Naxlites to enter the barracks. Despite collapse of the roof of the barrack and serious injuries on his body, Shri Singh continued to confront the Naxlites and resisted their advances to capture the building. The Naxlites blasted the barrack and captured the buildings. They asked Shri Singh to surrender, who however refused to lay down arms and continued the fight. He was then shot dead by the Naxlites.



Colonel Gurbir Singh Sarna was the Commanding Officer of a Rashtriya Rifles Unit. He led from the front during OP Chak Behrampura on 23 December 2006 leading to elimination of three hardcore terrorists.

Based on hard intelligence of presence of four terrorists in a village in Pattan district, Jammu & Kashmir, Colonel Sarna quickly reached the spot alongwith his team of officers and cordoned the targeted house.

While the search was on, the presence of terrorists in a hideout were first sighted by Colonel Sarna himself, who personally broke open the hideout and challenged the terrorists alongwith his buddy. The fire-fight between the officer and the terrorist started at a very close range and resulted in killing of one terrorist and injuring another by the officer on the spot. However, in the process Colonel Sarna himself received multiple bullet injuries. Though bleeding profusely, he shouted his men to leave him and passed instructions to continue the operation which led to elimination of other terrorists.

Colonel Sarna, at that time, was bleeding profusely and was evacuated from the site of the operation. He later succumbed to his injuries.



Major Manish Hiraji Pitambare specialized in room intervention and hostage rescue operations. He participated in four army Operations in Jammu & Kashmir and led high-risk mission not only to neutralize seven terrorists but also rescued three civilians. The officer also developed effective intelligence network. Presence of a terrorist was identified in a specific house in a village in Anantnag district in Jammu & Kashmir. The search operation for clearing rooms in a most professional manner was launched on 27 Nov 2006. During the initial fire-fight Major Pitambare’s buddy was critically wounded. Sensing the extreme danger to his buddy, Major Pitambare entered in the room and evacuated his buddy at great personal danger. Appreciating the criticality of situation and need to neutralize the highest ranking terrorist, he rushed back firing at terrorist and eliminated the terrorist before being fatally wounded.



On information of presence of terrorists in an area in Jammu & Kashmir, a search operation was launched under Captain Vishal Bhandral on 26 September 2006. An effective cordon was laid around the house and systematic and thorough search was undertaken. During search, at approximately 1200 hours, two terrorists charged out from a house firing indiscriminately on own search party. Showing utter disregard to his personal safety and displaying cool courage and quick reflexes under heavy fire from terrorists, he closed in with them, opened fire and shot dead one terrorist at extremely close range. Second terrorist jumped into a grove and started firing back. Seeing that the terrorists are likely to escape, Captain Vishal Bhandral displayed unparalleled raw courage, charged towards the hiding terrorists and lobbed a grenade. While attempting to close in, a burst from the terrorists severely wounded the officer. Unmindful of his own injury as he was bleeding profusely he leaped forward and killed the terrorist on the spot before making the supreme sacrifice. This action of Captain Vishal Bhandral not only enabled successful elimination of the two terrorists but also set a leadership example to this command in highest tradition of the Indian Army.



On night of 07 October 2006, Lieutenant Natarajan Parthiban, Post Commander in Gurej Sector, Jammu & Kashmir received information that few heavily armed terrorists, in an attempt to cross Line of Control were hiding in a nearby forest. He with his team rushed to the site and cordoned off the suspected area. At 0630 hours, contact with the terrorists was established. He tasked his team to provide covering fire, and himself alongwith his buddy, closed on to the terrorists. Suddenly, two terrorists sprung up from behind the boulders and fired on him indiscriminately causing him severe bullet injuries. Despite being wounded, he unmindful of his personal safety and agony, charged on them and killed the two terrorist single-handedly in close combat before succumbing to his bullet injuries. Later on, the remaining two terrorists were eliminated by the team. A total of four terrorists were eliminated and heavy quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain terrorists.



On 29 June 2006, Havildar Manjit Singh was commander of an ambush comprising four Other Ranks at a Grid point in Northern sector. At approximately 1915 hours, movement of terrorists was observed near Line of Control. The ambush was resited to cover the likely route of infiltration. Weather was bad and visibility was very poor. On 30 June 2006 at 0010 hours, Havildar Manjit Singh observed movement of few terrorists near Anti Infiltration Obstacle System. He confirmed the movement with passive Night Sight of 84MM Rocker Launcher and alerted his ambush.

Havildar Manjit Singh exercised strict fire control over ambush and waited patiently for the infiltrating terrorists to come into killing ground. At 0020 hours, when the infiltrating terrorists came into killing ground Havildar Manjit Singh opened fire. Terrorists retaliated with heavy volume of fire and tried to escape. Havildar Manjit Singh had laid improvised obstacle to trap the terrorists. He immediately asked for illumination and engaged the fleeing terrorists. He personally killed five terrorists.

[ 25 Jan, 2007 2337hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: Continuing with the Army tradition of leading from the front, four officers have been posthumously awarded Kirti Chakras, the nation's second highest peacetime gallantry award, for acts of conspicuous bravery while battling terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kirti Chakras were also awarded to two others, Army havildar Manjit Singh and CISF sub-inspector Dhirendra Nath Pratap Singh, in this year's Republic Day roll of honours. The CISF sub-inspector died while battling a large-scale Naxalite attack on a PSU factory in Chhattisgarh last February. The seniormost among the four officers, Colonel Gurbir Singh Sarna of Grenadiers, who was commanding a Rashtriya Rifles battalion, laid down his life while leading Operation Chak Behrampura against hardcore terrorists near Pattan in Baramulla district of J&K on December 23. Despite being hit by several bullets, Sarna led the operation from the front which resulted in the elimination of three terrorists.

Major Manish Hiraji Pitambare, a specialist in hostage rescue operations from 3 Para (special forces), in turn, died while saving the life of his partner who was seriously wounded during an anti-terrorist operation in Anantnag district on November 27. "Major Pitambare participated in four Army operations and led high-risk missions to neutralise seven terrorists and also rescue three civilians," said an officer.

The third officer, Captain Vishal Bhandral of Garhwal Rifles, came under heavy fire during a search operation being conducted against terrorists on September 26. "But showing utter disregard for his personal safety and displaying cool courage and quick reflexes, he closed in and shot a terrorist dead," said the officer.

"Despite being hit by bullets fired by a second terrorist, he leapt forward and killed the second terrorist also from close range before making the supreme sacrifice," he added.

The youngest among the Kirti Chakra awardees, Lieutenant Natarajan Parthiban of 5 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, was killed in a gun-battle during a search operation in thick forests in Gurez sector on October 7. "Despite being wounded, unmindful of his personal safety and agony, he charged forward and killed two of them single-handedly in close combat. Two other terrorists were killed by his team later," said the officer.

Havildar Manjit Singh of Sikh Regiment was awarded the medal for foiling a midnight infiltration bid along the Line of Control in the northern sector by gunning down five terrorists who had sneaked across the border. Apart from the six Kirti Chakras, this year's list includes 387 other medals and awards, including 31 Shaurya Chakras, 73 Sena Medals (gallantry), one Vayu Sena Medal (gallantry), 27 PVSMs, 52 AVSMs and 123 VSMs.

Maoists kill CRPF jawan in Orissa

KalingaTimes Correspondent

Bhubaneswar: Despite a high security alert in force in the naxal-hit regions of Orissa, a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force was killed and two Constables were injured as Maoists triggered a landmine blast in Malkangiri district on Friday morning.

The incident occurred around 9-30 a.m. when the security personnel were clearing their way by removing the trees felled on the highway near MV-126 village under the Kalimela police station limits.

The extremists had felled the trees on Thursday night to register their opposition against the Republic Day celebrations in the area, official sources said.

Sources said after triggering the blast, the Maoists hiding in the jungle alongside the highway opened fire on the police.

The police retaliated and the exchange continued for more than an hour. It was, however, not known immediately whether any naxalite was killed in the gun battle.

The jawan who died in the blast was identified as Havildar Major Ghanshyam Singh who hailed from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Of the two injured jawans, Head Constable Umashankar Singh who sustained serious injuries had been brought to the MKCG Hospital in Berhampur.

Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Himanshu Kumar Lal had reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

Republic Day was, however, celebrated with fervour across the State. The celebrations were trouble-free.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Maoist threats in Bihar ahead of Republic Day

Thursday, January 25, 2007 13:14 IST

PATNA: Bihar is tightening security ahead of Republic Day celebrations on Friday following threats by Maoist guerrillas.

The government has sounded an alert in the wake of intelligence reports that the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist could attack official celebrations.

"The police have alerted all police stations and heavy security arrangements are made for Republic Day," Bihar police chief AR Sinha said on Thursday.

In the past, Maoists have mainly targeted railways, government buildings and the police during Republic Days.

Consignment for Maoist commander seized

Ranchi, Jan. 24 (PTI): A consignment containing spares for arms, including assembling mortars, sent from Indore to a maoist commander has been seized from a private transport firm here.

The consignment, weighing 90 kg and packed in three boxes, was meant for Maoist area commander Rajendra Oraon, operating in Jharkhand, the police said today.

A man, Prabhu Sao belonging to the firm was arrested yesterday, the sources said.

Sao denied he was a naxalite and told his interrogators that he was a businessman.

The police claimed that some of the spares could be used for assembling a mortar.

They also seized four books written in Telugu.


Chennai, 25 Jan. (AKI/Asian Age) - Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu say they have busted a major army supply line for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), arresting five suspected Tiger militants and seizing 5,000 kilos of steel ball bearings being readied for smuggling across the sea to northern Sri Lanka for use in explosives. Four Indian Tamils, including one belonging to a fringe Tamil nationalist group in Tuticorin, were also arrested for links with the LTTE arms procurement operation, the police said.

"It appears that we have busted a major supply line for the manufacture of explosives by the LTTE. The quantity of ball bearings seized is huge and could yet be just a tip of the iceberg. These ball bearings are enmeshed in the explosives such as hand grenades, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or even human bombs," a senior officer in the state Q Branch, which deals with Lankan militants and the Indian Naxalite groups, said. He did not want to be named.

An official press release said the police had received a tipoff that one Sivakaran Sivagnana Sundaram of Jaffna had come to India as a refugee in 2000 and was housed in the Mandapam camp near Rameswaram. He had disappeared in 2002 and allegedly begun "illegal activities." The Q Branch kept a watch and caught him along with seven others while loading steel ball bearings of 8 mm diameter, packed in gunny bags into a mini-truck at Periyamedu in Chennai late Tuesday evening, the release said.

While three of the eight persons nabbed in that operation turned out to be local Tamils, two drivers and the owner of the van, the others were Sri Lankans and believed to be LTTE members. "We have been questioning them through the night and during the day but have got very little information. They are hard nuts to crack," said the Q Branch officer.

On the information given by Sivakaran, a police team was rushed to Tuticorin where it nabbed a local Tamil, Pirabakaran Vellasamy, and recovered 50 gunny bags containing three tonnes of steel ball bearings, "brought from Mumbai and kept for smuggling to Sri Lanka," the official release said.

All the eight arrested have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including conspiracy, as well as the Explosive Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, while the five Lankan Tamils have also been charged with violating the Foreigners Act, the police said. The arrested men were produced before a city court and remanded to custody.

(Aki/Asian Age)

Naxalites Planning to Abduct Police Officers?

Mangalore: Naxalites Planning to Abduct Police Officers?

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (GA)

Mangalore, Jan 25: For sometime now, Naxalites are not in news. There is a complete silence. Eversince Naxal Dinakar was shot dead in an encounter by ANF in the month of December, Naxalites seems have gone into the shell. There is also no news of them visiting villages in the Malnad regions which are said to be Naxal-hit areas.

But this very silence is very disturbing now. Some sources say that this is like lull before storm. The intelligence bureau sleuths said to have already informed the state police about a possible attempt by Naxals to kidnap some top police officers. The plan has been drawn in order to show their strength and also to gather some popularity from public.

Eversince Dinakar was shot dead by police, even the locals have stopped showing any sympathy toward Naxalites. There is a wide complaint that Naxalites are luring the young men and women in order to meet some of their own purposes. It has been very evident too that some of the local youth those who joined with them have already laid down their lives in encounters.

So in order to gain their lost popularity, the Naxalites are planning to abduct some top police officials. This would also be projected as the failure of police department and there are chances that people may turn hostile towards police.

Suspected naxal held

Thursday January 25 2007 10:35 IST

CHIKMAGLUR: Gonibeedu Police arrested one G M Krishnamurthy (32) of Bhadra Estate in Balehole, suspecting him to be a naxalite, at Mudigere on Wednesday.

At around 7.30 am, Krishnamurthy boarded the Mudegere-Bangalore KSTRC bus. Acting on a hunch, police constable Purnesh who was travelling in the same bus informed the Banakal police station.

Krishnamurthy got off at Jannapura bus stop and tried to escape. But the people caught him and handed him over to the police. Krishnamurthy was taken to Ramanahalli DAR police station.

Police suspect that Krishnamurthy is the brother of naxalite Vanajakshi, who was arrested when B K Singh was SP.

After her arrest, Krishnamurthy was absconding and is said to have joined the naxalites.

According to sources, three cases were already registered against Krishnamurthy for being part of naxal activities in the region.

In December 11, 2003, a case was registered for destroying the forest department check post near Sringeri.

He is also said to be involved in the burning of the forest guest house on November 27, 2003.

A case was registered against him for distributing naxal pamphlets in Balehonnur on January 8, 2004.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

`Salwa Judum`: Shilpa Janbandhu received national bravery

New Delhi, Jan 24: It was a proud moment for these brave children, who having shown exemplary courage at a young age, were on Wednesday presented the national bravery awards by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The awards were presented to the 24 children, three of them posthumously, at a function at the Prime Minister`s official at 7, Race Course Road residence.

There was applause as the stories of courage of the children were read out and Singh presented the awards to them with a pat on their backs, with his wife Gursharan Kaur and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi looking on.

The prestigious Sanjay Chopra Award was given posthumously to V Teja Sai and C V S Durga Doondieswar, 12 and 13 years old respectively, who had died saving their schoolmates from drowning in an Andhra Pradesh village.

As the father of 18-year-old Manoj Chauhan of Indore, who lost his life while rescuing people from flood water, walked towards the presentation area taking the support of a walking stick, Singh climbed down from the dais to give the award to him.

Addressing the children after the presentation of the awards, Singh said the kind of bravery shown by them was required to build a better society.

"I am confident that the courage that you have shown will encourage crores of children of the country to do acts of goodness and bravery," he said.

He exhorted the children to follow the example of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, saying Mahatma Gandhi had said his bravery shone the brightest.

Singh also told the children that late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had in her childhood formed a `Vanar Sena` or army of children to take part in the struggle for independence.

"When you will take part in the Republic Day parade sitting atop elephants, the whole country will applaud and salute you," Singh said.

The children later posed for a group photograph with the Prime Minister.

Also present on the occasion was Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Among the awardees were Pooja Kabadwal (6) and Ankita Ashok Bhosale, both six years old.

The Geeta Chopra Award was given to 13-year-old Vandana Yadav from Uttar Pradesh who suffered 17 stab wounds but managed to prevent a sexual assault attempt on her by three men.

Sushila Gurjar (12), who opposed her parents` decision to marry her off at the young age tooth and nail, and Shilpa Janbandhu, who trekked through a dense jungle to attend a `Salwa Judum` meeting despite Naxal warnings, were also among the awardees.

Bureau Report

Rs 7 cr to develop Naxal-infested villages

Dharmapuri, Jan 24: The Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs 7 crore to promote the development of 35 Naxal-infested villages in Dharmapuri, District Collector Pankaj Kumar Bansal said here yesterday.

Speaking at the socio-economic committee meeting, the Collector said that the state government had allotted the amount to undertake various development works like providing basic amenities, establishing rural sports grounds, promote health status, child welfare and improving infrastructure facilities.

The government had constituted the socio-economic development committee led by the collector to promote the overall development with a special focus in the Naxal-infested 35 villages in Dharmapuri.

The district administration has been implementing various welfare schemes in the villages under the socio-economic development scheme through District Rural Development Agency.

The collector said that officers should carry the assigned works in the 35 villages of Dharmapuri, Pennagaram, Karimangalam, Morappur and Pappireddipatti panchayat unions and submit the action taken report to the district administration. (Agencies)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

DGP asks cops to 'fully cover' road project sites

[ 24 Jan, 2007 0252hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: Expressing serious concern over disruption of work on Bihar highway projects due to threats from criminal gangs demanding extortion and indulging in "terror" tactics, Bihar's director general of police Ashish Ranjan Sinha has asked his field officers to "fully cover" all camps and sites of road construction by mobile and static deployment of police force.

Sinha, in a letter addressed to all DMs, SPs, range DIGs, zonal IGs and divisional commissioners, directed them to make maximum use of police force available with them to provide protection to workers and officials engaged in the road construction work.

The Special Auxiliary Police (SAP), a force comprising ex-servicemen raised primarily to tackle Naxalite menace, can be utilised in providing protection at the construction site, the DGP said in a letter to the SPs.

The Bihar police chief has also issued directives to engage police forces in high priority police duties like crime control and maintenance of law and order. He also directed them to do away with all unnecessary deployment of forces engaged in the residence and offices of officers.

"Any lapse will be tackled seriously," he said, asking the SPs, range DIGs and zonal IGs to ensure strict action against extortionists who may try to impede the road construction activities.

The DGP, in a letter, said officers-in-charge concerned should also visit the construction sites on regular basis to monitor the situation personally for further necessary action and submit reports to the SPs.

He directed the range DIGs and zonal IGs to regularly review the requirements of protection at the road construction sites and camps in their respective areas and also the action taken by the SPs to prevent extortion attempts.

Two engineers of a private construction company were gunned down and seven others wounded at Rahta village in Madhepura district on January 17 for their refusal to pay an extortion of nearly Rs 1 crore to the Buchan Yadav gang.

Various highway projects in Bihar have been in jeopardy over the last several months with extortionists demanding money from contractors for allowing the work to proceed.

A work supervisor of a private construction company engaged in the Golden Quadrilateral Project was stoned to death in Rohtas district last month leading to disruption of work for several days.

In another incident at Karakat in the Rohtas district, the criminals had set on fire a machine following the contractor's refusal to pay them money. Work could resume only after the deployment of SAP and Bihar Military Police.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also assured all protection for the companies engaged in road construction. "Nobody stops eating for fear of flies. We have launched a crusade against crime and don't expect the criminals to keep silent," he said.

The CM also claimed that the initiative taken by his government for speedy trial and conviction of criminals has started showing results.

According to home department sources, between January 2006 and December 2006, 6,839 criminals were convicted due to the special initiative taken by the police for their speedy trial. While 17 criminals were awarded capital punishment, 1,389 were sentenced to life.

Criminals hiding in Naxalite-infested village

Wali Siddiqui
Kanpur, January 23

TWO CRACK teams of Kanpur police, hunting for the criminals involved in the sensational Rs 10-lakh robbery, are virtually caught in a Catch-22 situation.

The teams have traced the criminals along with the booty in a remote and Naxal-infested village in Bhadohi district. But the biggest hindrance before the cops is the topography of the area.

Fighting fatigue, the cops are lying in wait around the river outside the village for the criminals to come out. The official word here is that any operation at this point of time could be potentially dangerous for the team members.

It is apparent that the criminals enjoy Naxal protection while history tells us the police could never enter the village in the last decade or so.

“This is a notorious village. Even PAC would not be of any help here,” was how a senior police officer described the paradox.

“We can only wait and watch,” the officer added ruefully.

The teams are on the trail of criminals Mahendra Singh, Tuntun Singh and Munna Tewary for the last four days after their leader Lallan revealed their names and possible hideout before he died. He was injured in a shootout with the police after looting Rs 10 lakh from LIC employees.

The unholy troika, in possession of the cash, is said to be involved in some of most daring robberies in parts of Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Madhya Pradesh.

As per Lallan’s confession, the gang after executing a robbery, used to seek shelter in or around this village, mainly because of the protection they got from the villagers and Naxals.

E-surveillance and traditional intelligence gathering corroborated the information divulged by Lallan.

It also revealed that the criminals were heavily armed and the 9 mm pistol recovered from Lallan was possibly looted from a sub-inspector either in UP or Bihar.

Meanwhile, the top cops here have sent a letter to the State crime record bureau and district crime record bureau, Lucknow, seeking details of the 9 mm pistols looted from the cops in the recent past. They also believe that the Naxals who had some local connections, could have given the pistol to the criminals.

SP (west) Gulab Singh confirmed the letter sent to SCRB and DCRB Lucknow and said the police were exploring the connections of Naxals, criminals and some locals.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Will Shivrraj Patil bail out his "misguided sons" ?

"They [the naxalites] are our brothers and sisters. What is wrong if we call those who are born in India as our brothers and sisters? They could be angry, they could be misled. But one should not conclude that they should be tackled only with bullets,'' he said, reiterating his earlier statement that was ridiculed by Mr. Shourie.

At the same time, the Home Minister was confident that the naxalite problem would not become an insurmountable problem for the Government. ``Naxalite activity is on the increase, yet I would not say it has increased to an extent presented in the House. Not all districts mentioned are affected. One affected village or hamlet does not mean that the entire district is affected. The country is big and strong, it won't be cowed down by a few arms.''
SOURCE : The Hindu

Funny side up

No one can accuse the Naxalites of lacking a sense of humour. This was evident from the rent contract some of them had signed in Bhopal with house-owners while they discreetly worked in an arms factory. One named Shivraj Patil, the Union home minister, as his father. When their cover was busted, the Maoist was asked why he had named Patil as his father. He referred to Patil’s recent statement in which he is supposed to have referred to Naxals as his “misguided sons”. Will the father bail out his sons?

Source :

Time to recollect India's Top cop words , this article was published in The Daily Pioneer K P S GILL

In addressing them as "our brothers and sisters", and in an earlier speech, as "our children" the Home Minister has sought to establish an entirely specious distinction between "Naxalites" and other "terrorists". The truth is, all criminals - and this includes terrorists and others engaged in political crime - are at some level "our children" and "our brothers and sisters". They cannot, on this account, escape the imperatives of the justice system. Crucially, moreover, the victims of such terrorists and criminals are also "our children" and "brothers and sisters", and it is the state's primary duty to protect these vulnerable groups, rather than to seek to circumvent the law and extend extraordinary indulgences on those who torture, maim, murder and otherwise terrorise helpless citizens - citizens who continue to abide by the law, and expect the state to protect their lives and properties. To the Naxalites' victims, it matters little whether his Government is negotiating with those who terrorise him, or whether it regards them as a "law and order" or a "social" problem; their primary concern is the terror that is inflicted on them.

Worse, what is not understood by those who treat the Naxalites - or "Maoists", as they now style themselves - as a "special case" and seek a negotiated solution with them, is just how irreducibly opposed to our constitutional democracy these groups are, and how integral terrorism is to their strategy. Terror is not just an accidental element of their political strategy or military tactics; it is an essential, dictated by the ideological vision they have embraced. Mao Tse Tung declared explicitly, "To put it bluntly, it is necessary to create terror for a while in every rural area, or otherwise it would be impossible to suppress the activities of the counter-revolutionaries in the countryside or overthrow the authority of the gentry. Proper limits have to be exceeded in order to right a wrong, or else the wrong cannot be righted." The truth is, even if the traditional "class enemies" of the Maoists were all eliminated, they would continue to invent them, in order to inflict their terror. Even today, it is not the rich and the powerful who fall victim to "Maoist" violence - these can always, with rare exception, successfully bribe both the Naxalites and the politicians, each of whom is quite happy with the absence of effective administration that gives them a free run in vast areas. It is, overwhelmingly and in all theatres of such conflict, the poorest of the poor who are maimed, tortured and killed.

Policy makers are ordinarily told whatever they want to hear. But India's leaders should visit the sites of history where terrorists have - however briefly - prevailed, and should have the writings of extremist ideologues translated into a language comprehensible to our policy community, so that they can learn from the awful experience of other societies, instead of inviting comparable misfortunes on the people of this country.

Finally, it is the primary and overarching duty of the state to protect its citizens from the depredations and violence of those who refuse to accept the authority of its laws. It is time the Indian state and its Home Minister stop fabricating excuses for those who use violence against the State and its vulnerable citizens, and fulfilled their fundamental obligation to their people.

ORISSA: R-Day: Ministers not to visit naxal-hit districts

KalingaTimes Correspondent

Bhubaneswar: The power equation in the southern most districts of Orissa seems to have been badly influenced by the presence of naxalites in those areas. The Ministers, who are supposed to hoist the national flag on the coming Republic Day, are apparently not prepared to do the job in the naxal-hit districts of the State.
The districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Gajapati which had a heavy presence of Maoists will witness hoisting of the tricolour by government officials on January 26.

It's a fact that Ministers cannot attend the official Republic Day celebrations in all district headquarters towns because the State has 30 districts and the number of Ministers at present stands at 21. But no Minister has been assigned the job of attending the R-Day programme in the four districts that were badly affected by the naxalite menace.

The situation has become complicated following call by pro-naxal outfits to boycott the three-tire panchayat polls in several areas. It seems that the Ministers might even avoid going for campaigning in the areas having strong naxalite presence.

The intelligence agencies too have given reports indicating that the naxal-prone areas of the State might witness violent reactions from Maoist outfits in the wake of the coming polls next month.

The Maoists were repotedly active in Kalimela, Motu and Chitrakonda of Malkangiri, Narayanpatna, Padhua and Pottangi of Koraput district, Gudari, Gunupur and Bissam Katak of Rayagada and Paralakhemundi, Kashinagar and Garabaiha of Gajapati district and were trying their best to influence the people.

Naxalite insurgency restricting FDI in-flows

Sutirtho Patranobis

New Delhi, January 21, 2007

Citigroup Inc, an international financial services company with some 200 million customers in more than 100 countries -- has said that the Naxalite insurgency could not only hamper India's economic growth but also restrict FDI in-flow.

Current trends in India politics are a source of worry, the report says. "Politics remains a concern, given the nature of India's coalition government. In addition, the current Maoist insurgency, if not adequately restrained could result in deteriorating governance and undermine investment activity,'' the report says.

The report, titled `India in 2007 - Managing the New Growth Paradigm', says there are four main challenges facing the group and the country. The four are ``higher infrastructure spends, overcoming the human resource paradigm, a need for inclusive growth and politics including the Maoist challenge.''

The Maoist movement or "Challenge #4" takes a full chapter and starts with the history of the Maoist movement. It also takes stock of the possible economic fallout because of the movement, which the report says has spread to "165 districts in 14 states covering close to 40 per cent of the country's geographical area and affecting 35 per cent of the population.''
Orissa, the report predicts, could suffer. It says that Orissa has 33 per cent of the country's mineral reserves including 51 per cent of bauxite, 25 per cent of coal and is the destination of the country's steel and aluminum plants. ``With major projects totaling over Rs 2509 billion, and several major companies including Posco and Vedanta proposing to set up plants in the state, naxalite disturbances remain a major threat,'' the report says.

Chhattisgarh, one state badly hit by the insurgency, too has a problem in hand. The report states that the state is expecting some Rs 130 billion investments in the steel and power sectors. "the Naxalite campaign against industrialisation remains a looming risk. Reports suggest that the Maoists have also issued a direct threat to multinational corporations, and view hi-tech industries as a `symptom of an oppressive capitalist system.''

In a nutshell, "the movement could impose a threat to governance and could hinder investment flows (particularly FDI flows) if not restricted in time,'' the report states.

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Shelter to naxals not a cognisable offence : YSR

Updated: 01-21-2007

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the withdrawal of thousands of criminal cases against villagers who provided food and shelter to naxalites was a conscious decision taken by the Congress Government to prevent them from drifting towards extremism.

The Government had decided that providing food and shelter should not be viewed as a cognisable offence as naxalites forced gullible villagers to do so. They would have been attracted to naxalism if they were booked on the ground of committing an offence, Dr. Reddy said at the valedictory of the two-day meeting of senior police officers at the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy here on Saturday.

He maintained that policy changes by Congress Government in tackling naxalite problem yielded good results, so much so the movement weakened as recruitment had stopped. The Government tried to instill confidence in poor so that their future was secure.

Reddy cautioned police officers against ill-treating people who approached elected representatives to mediate their cases in police stations. He asked them to bear in mind that when MPs or MLAs took up the cases, they were not doing so in their individual capacity, but representing a population that elected them.

At the same time, there was no need for police officers to behave rudely with people who took the help of political leaders. He advised police to avoid opening fire on riotous mobs. The Government would not take it seriously even if the police beat a retreat when tension reached a head. Director General of Police M.A. Basith discussed the suggestions that came up in the deliberations. Home Minister K. Jana Reddy and Principal Secretary, Home, P.V. Naidu, were present.

Home Ministry convenes meeting of Chief Secys.

New Delhi, Jan. 22 (PTI): Under pressure from the Supreme Court to expedite police reforms, the Ministry of Home Affairs has convened a meeting of Chief Secretaries and Advisors of Union Territories here on February 1.

The apex court had on January 11 dismissed the plea of the states and UTs to modify or review its directions on implementation of police reforms and allowed the Centre time till March 31 to comply with its directions.

Since police administration in the UTs comes under the Union Home Ministry, the meeting on February 1 will discuss on expediting compliance of the Supreme Court directive and framing of a Model Police Act for UTs based on the Soli Sorabjee panel report, official sources said.

Anguished over the failure of the state governments to comply with its earlier order of September 22, 2006, to implement the directions, the court has granted them another three months for setting up State Security Commission, Police Complaint Authority and separation of investigation wing of the police from law and order wing.

On the selection and tenure of DGP, terms of IGP and other senior police officers and composition of police establishment board, the court had given only four weeks' time with effect from January 11 this year.

With states not ready to let go their control over the police force, Home Minister Shivraj Patil had last week chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the nitty-gritty of the Model Police Act.

Taking note of factors like corruption and a police-mafia nexus affecting functioning of the police, the panel headed by noted jurist Soli Sorabjee, has recommended measures for greater professionalism and insulating the force from undue pressures.

Bill for amendment to Police Act to be placed in Parliament

Kolkata, Jan 22: The Centre would bring a bill in the budget session of Parliament seeking amendment to the 1861 Police Act to remove deficiencies in the old act, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said today.

''In the last six months, the Union Home Ministry has been working to finalise the bill to be placed in the coming budget session. It is now in an advanced stage of drafting,'' he told reporters during an interaction on 'National Security: Challenges and Action Plans' organised by the Merchant's Chamber of Commerce here.

After it is passed in Parliament, it would be known as the Police Reforms Act and would be in force in Union Territories of Delhi and Chandigarh he said.

The copies of the Act, he said, would be sent to all state governments for consideration.

To a question, Jaiswal said it was not mandatory for the state government to implement the police reforms act as law and order and police were state subjects. ''But our suggestion to states is that they should consider the amended act and emulate it as far as possible.''

Maintaining that the UPA government was trying to meet the challenges on the country's internal security, he said states which faced the problem of insurgency and Naxal problem should raise India Reserve Battalions which were almost like a para-military force.

''The Centre will provide funds for raising India Reserve Battalion,'' he said, adding some states had already raise such battalions.

Bureau Report

Bhopal : Police trace Naxal kingpin’s hideout

HT Correspondent

Jabalpur, January 21, 2007

THE POLICE have traced a house here in which the kingpin of the Naxalites arrested in Bhopal had stayed for sometime. The police are verifying the information provided by the Naxalites during interrogation in Bhopal.

A sub-inspector of Bhopal police, accompanied by local police personnel, on Sunday traced the house at Kanchanpur under Adhartal police station where the leader of the Naxalites lived from 1996 to 1998.

Cheka Krishna alias Ramchander has reportedly told the law enforcing agencies that he had stayed in different locations under Adhartal and Gohalpur police stations here. He told Bhopal police that from Jabalpur he shifted to Indore and finally to the State capital.

Cheka Krishna, along with two other members, had installed a lathe machine and a welding device for making weapons at Kanchanpur behind a Shiva temple. Owner of this house Kishorelal Yadav (51) recognised Cheka Krishna as Chandra Mohan, son of Priya, resident of AP, when the police showed him his photograph.

Yadav told the police that Chandra Mohan fitted the machine and wielding device claiming he was supplying some iron cast to the Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ), an ordnance unit.

Dogged heroes's day

Rati Chaudhary
[ 21 Jan, 2007 0117hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

MEERUT: This Republic Day, there'll be a special tableau, showcasing a group of heroes. They represent a single unit from which members fan out to various parts of the country and perform acts of valour that have collectively earned them as many as 29 commendations from the Chief of Army Staff, and another 60 commendations from Army commanders.

They are an elite, highly-trained bunch with a well-developed nose for trouble and lightening-fast reflexes. Meet the products of Remount and Veterinary Corp (RVC) kennels in Meerut, where the army breeds and trains canine soldiers.

Apart from counter-insurgency missions, during which they have found many hauls of weapons and stockpiles of munitions, these dogs have also taken part in rescue operations. They are even taught to sniff out explosives in pressure cookers and cell-phones.

Says Major General Narayan Mohanty, D-G, RVC, "We're soon planning to form an elite unit that'll be a part of national disaster management. During calamities, they'll be flown to the places concerned within hours. Our success rate against militants shot up with the use of these dogs and now, virtually every counter-insurgency unit has these dogs, specially in the Valley and N-E."

There are plans to use them for anti-Naxal operations too. "Even paramilitary forces have been asking for these dogs," says Mohanty. "They are also sent for UN peacekeeping missions."

Mainly three breeds are used — Labradors, Belgian Shepherds and German Shepherds

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mulayam has the last laugh

Hemendra Narayan/ SNS

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20. — As the Opposition parties planned their next move in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav had the last laugh. He has scored not only against his opponents but also left the Governor, Mr TV Rajeswar, with egg on his face. Mr Yadav made the Governor, with whom he is not on the best of terms, read out the “success story” of three-and-a-half years of Samajwadi Party rule in the state on Thursday, though the Governor was prevented from completing his address to the joint session of the legislature. And Mr Yadav used the start of the session to his advantage. The planned confidence motion by Mr Yadav in the coming week too is aimed at wrong-footing the Opposition.

The contents of the Governor’s address were selected carefully by the government and the Centre found mention too. “People belonging to all sections of the society and castes have been benefited by the deeds of my government. The Central government’s agencies and the Union home ministry have accepted these facts,” the speech said. It is another matter that the Union minister of state for home affairs, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, who belongs to Uttar Pradesh, has always been speaking against the law and order situation in the state.

“My government has succeeded in tightening its grip over the law and order by modernising the police set up and increasing the police force,” the Governor said. “Uttar Pradesh, according to the government of India itself, is a sensitive state from the point of view of communalism. But communal riots have become history during the period of my government. There had never been such an atmosphere of communal harmony and amity in the state, except a couple of towns and cities, as prevailed during the tenure of my government,” Mr Rajeswar said.

On Naxalites, the government presented a success story. The state has a long border with Nepal, which is developing into a “godown of Naxalism”. “The government had countered Naxalite ideology and their activities had declined to the level of zero, the speech said. It was. of course, defensive about the “inhuman and heart-rending incidents of Nithari”. “We regretted the Nithari incident and my government acted with sensitivity towards the victims’ families. Though the wounds inflicted on humanity cannot be healed easily, my government not only extended financial assistance to the bereaved families but also granted them a piece of land to make them permanent residents of the area,” the Governor said.

Another claim was about elections to civic bodies for which Mr Yadav has been under attack from all political parties and even the Governor. The speech, however, said: “Elections to the urban bodies were conducted in a peaceful and impartial manner and all the boards of urban bodies are performing their duties righteously.” Protection of farmers’ interests was another count on which Mr Yadav’s government claimed Uttar Pradesh was better off than other states. “No incidents of farmer suicides have come to light in the state, while such incidents have become a common feature in the developed states of the country,” the address said. It remains to be seen how the Opposition tackles the government during the rest of the winter session but it is clear that Mr Yadav had scored over them by using a mandatory Constitutional provision in his favour

Shivraj Patil ! You are father of Naxalites , “misguided sons”

Funny side up

No one can accuse the Naxalites of lacking a sense of humour. This was evident from the rent contract some of them had signed in Bhopal with house-owners while they discreetly worked in an arms factory. One named Shivraj Patil, the Union home minister, as his father. When their cover was busted, the Maoist was asked why he had named Patil as his father. He referred to Patil’s recent statement in which he is supposed to have referred to Naxals as his “misguided sons”. Will the father bail out his sons?

Four Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Four Naxalites have been killed in two separate incidents in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said on Saturday.

Two Naxalites were killed on Saturday in Timapur jungle of Basaguda police station area of Dantewada district, about 550 km from here in an exchange of fire with police, police sources said.

The area was being searched to trace more Naxalites, they said.

In an another incident on Friday evening, police exchanged fire with Maoists in Kodegaon jungle of Bijapur district, about 600 km from the state capital, killing two rebels, said Bijapur Superintendent of Police Ratan Lal Dangi.

Maoists will try to sabotage polls: Report

Sunday January 21 2007 12:45 IST

BHUBANESWAR: While Orissa is gripped by increased Maoist activities, the Intelligence wing of the State police apprehend more violence during the panchayat elections.

In its latest report to the Government, the wing has cautioned that the CPI-Maoists are planning to carry out some sensational acts of violence in southern Orissa, particularly in Malkangiri district.

In view of the election, the Maoists have become active in the southern districts and have been motivating people not to vote.

The Maoists, the report said, are active in Kalimela, Motu and Chitrakonda of Malkangiri district; Narayanpatna, Padhua and Pottangi of Koraput district; Gudari, Gunupur, Mukhiguda, Bissam Katak of Rayagada district; Parlakhemundi, Kashinagar and Garabaiha of Gajapati district and interacting with the people in these areas. Stray incidents have been reported from the four districts during the first fortnight of the month.

The report also indicates increasing violence activities in some of the areas of Mayurbhanj district. Areas under four police stations, including Bangiriposhi, Jashipur and Betanoti are prone to Naxal activities during the election.

However, no such reports have been received so far from other affected areas. While Maoists have spread to some of the northern districts, there is a significant decline due to sustained police operation, the report claimed.

In a joint operation last week, the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh police busted an arm manufacturing unit at Phasatoli near Rourkela leading to arrest of five Maoists including three women.

24 kids to get Bravery Awards on R-Day


Posted Saturday , January 20, 2007 at 15:20

THE VICTORS: While some children have stood up and fought injustice others have helped save lives.

New Delhi: Courage comes in all sizes. And some young ones have proved it.

Twenty-four children across the country will be honoured with the Bravery Awards this Republic Day. And they are no ordinary children.

Some have stood up and fought injustice while others have helped save lives. So that is why they are all set to receive the awards

Thirteen-year-old Vandana Yadav singlehahdedly warded off an assault by three armed men, suffering 17 stab wounds in the process.

"I thought to myself that either I will survive or they will. If I had a weapon I would have killed at least one of them I am sure,” says Vandana.

Six-year-old Pooja Kabadwal is the youngest recipient of the award. She lost her mother in a Naxal attack but still managed to save the lives of both hers and her two younger brothers.

“They set our house on fire. I opened the window and escaped with my two younger brothers,” says Pooja.

There are some children who have even made ultimate sacrifices.

V Teja Sai and CVS Durga Dundeeshwar lost their lives while saving their classmates from drowning while on an excursion to the seafront.

While the award recognises their bravery, the parents want some stern administrative action taken against the school as well.

“We have got the award but an action against the school has not been taken yet. If that also happens we will be happy,” says Teja's father, Durga Malleshwari.

Two hand grenades recovered in Rourkela

Saturday January 20 2007 00:00 IST

ROURKELA: Two hand grenades of 1982 and 1984 make were recovered by Rourkela police on Friday. The grenades were manufactured in Kirki ordnance factory in Madhya Pradesh.

Acting on a tip off police intercepted an auto-rickshaw at the Ring Road near Jubilee Park and recovered two 36 HE (high explosive) hand grenades around 2 p.m.

The carrier of the grenades, Manu Kumar Deb (40) has been arrested and is being interrogated, police said. Deb identified as a resident of Chhend Colony’s Kalinga Bihar area. He was carrying the grenades in a plastic bag towards Chhend Colony.

A case under Section 5 of Explosives Act has been registered. Rourkela SP DS Kuttey confirmed the seizure and arrest but declined to divulge any details.

A seinor police officer on condition of anonymity said the grenades are sophisticated and exclusively used by police and Army, adding each of the grenade was capable of causing extensive damage.

The explosives found its way to the City from the Naxal-infested Jharkhand. However, what has sent the security forces in a wary mode was the arrest of five members of the technical wing of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) a week ago from Chhend Colony and busting of a gun manufacturing unit from Kalunga’s Phalsatola near here.

Moreover, the Rourkela Special Jail houses the Central Committee member and women wing head of CPI (Maoist) Sobha alias Sheela alias Budhni Marandi and two others.

Anti-Naxal movt 'too violent' : Really ? What about NAXAL MOVEMEMENT

Rupashree Nanda

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE: Salwa Judum has been accused of atrocities against tribals.

New Delhi: The Government-sponsored anti-insurgency outfit operating in the Naxal-affected belt of Chhattisgarh - known as the Salwa Judum - is coming in for increasing criticism.

Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy has come down heavily on the modus operandi of the outfits and has lashed out at the Government for the militarisation of tribals and suggesting this as a solution to tackling with the Naxal menace.

A recent report released by the Committee of Violence Against Women documents the alleged atrocities committed by the Salwa Judum against those very people they were supposed to protect and questions the very basis of such a strategy to fight insurgency.

“To set up vigilante forces to fight violence can only make the society more violent. We are increasingly moving towards a police state. That is where this democracy of ours is going," said Roy.

Arundathy ! But Naxalism is Anti-People movement ,not a democratic movement , it is a armed revolutionary movement against a democratic elected state ,democracy is by the people, for the people . Ask naxals to lay down their arms and face people in democratic elections .Naxals should speak the language of Democracy and lay down their sophisticated arms

There are more serious charges - recruitment of underage children including girls as Special Police Officers, forcible uprooting of villages and moving them into camps and using the tribals merely as cannon fodder for the extremists.
NAXALS are exploiting women and having them as entertainment commodity in deep jungles. Naxals have SHOLEY style parties in jungles .Killing innocents and law enforcement officials is anti-democracy .

Many feel that the consequence of a failed strategy are far reaching.

" it is one of the worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 1,00,000 people are in camps and more than 50,000 displaced. There is no count of displaced people,” says a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Bela Bhatia.
Ms.Bela Bhatia ! These people are uprooted from their place by the naxals , you should be sympathetic to them , instead of supporting murderous maoist movement.

This time it's not just social organisations and activists who are crying foul. Even a Government body like the National Commission for Women has sounded a dissenting note

Said Manini Bhatacharjee of the NCW, "Very strange things have happened ever since the formation of the Salwa Judum. They are absolute dependence of the state and worse, the acceleration of violence.”

Ms.Manini Bhatacharjee ! NCW is a Government body for protecting and promoting the interests of women. Covers dowry issues, female foeticide, child marriage, sexual harassment etc . Did you tried to look into the naxal life style, how they are abusing women in jungles ? How many incidences you've investigated ?

If the aim of the Salwa Judum was to flush out the Naxals it has failed miserably. What is worse, it has pitted one tribal against the other. Ironically, in the face of a looming civil war, it is the marginalised tribal who is losing out.

IS this CNN IBN's assessment ? If they look last year violance and the level of sophistication these naxals have evolved , NO FOOL will believe that they are for social justice. They are aided and abbetted by external forces , and these NGO's and leftists in Media are supporting the movement for a Civil war to happen .