Friday, February 09, 2007

`Sprouting of madrassas, jehadi modules in NE cause of concern`

New Delhi, Feb 09: Sprouting of madrassas along the country`s international borders, indications about presence of jehadi modules in the North East and infiltration through the coastal belt of Kerala have raised serious concern in the Union Home Ministry.

At an internal security review meeting chaired by Union Home Secetary V K Duggal last night, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East came up for close scrunity as also Naxalism and communal violence.

“The situation is being monitored closely,” a top official in the security establishment said but declined to give details of the measures to counter the fresh challenges before the country`s internal security.

Sources said the MHA was seized of, what they described as, population shift and growth of madrassas along the international border in Punjab, Gujarat and in areas along the porus Indo-Nepal boundary. They said a close watch was being kept on the activities of the madrassas.

Taking a serious view of the fresh cases of Naxalite attacks, the MHA has decided to give a further impetus to its two-pronged strategy of tightening security as also pumping more funds for development in the affected areas and for providing employment opportunities to the youth in those places.

A meeting of the task force on Naxalism followed by a meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers (E-GoM) on the issue is scheduled later this month, the sources said.

Bureau Report

Man wants wife back from Naxals

Ashok Das

Hyderabad, February 8, 2007

Three years ago, Kunja Ramesh used to adjudicate disputes of people as an underground Naxalite with CPI-ML (Praja Pratighatana Group). Today, in a role reversal, the man in his mid-twenties is seeking justice against the same rebels he once hobnobbed with.

The erstwhile nemesis of the law is now seeking police help to get his wife of five years back from Naxalites. Ramesh’s ordeal began last week, when Sakkubai, his wife, left for the jungles — fed up with mainstream life, she wanted to rejoin the Naxalite group.

Since then, Ramesh has been seeking help from one and all – particularly the police and even Pratighatana members – to get his wife back. So much so, that he has told the police top brass to exert pressure on Sakkubai’s parents for this, he thinks, will make her return.

It was in November last year, when Sakkubai became pregnant, that the couple decided to lead a normal life once again after three years in the jungle. They surrendered before the police and were promised government help for rehabilitation.

But things did not go as Ramesh had planned. Sakkubai, having given birth to twin daughters, became increasingly dissatisfied with the routine of a domestic life. Plus, the money that Ramesh earned from a regular job was barely enough to make ends meet.

It is not that life underground involved no hardship. But that, Sakkubai reasoned, was more than compensated for by the love and respect of the people she lived with then. So she left and thus began Ramesh’s despair.

But the police have said they will help. “Although it is a personal matter, we are trying to help him out. We are counseling Sakkubai’s parents so that they can make their daughter see sense," said Bayyaram police station sub-inspector Nune Venkateswarlu.

Chhattisgarh Governor urges media to stop glamourising Maoists

By Vikram Vishal

Raipur, Feb 9 (ANI): Calling the fight against the Maoist insurgency a societal responsibility, Chhattisgarh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Friday urged the media to not glamourise the menace.

Addressing bureaucrats, serving and retired IPS officers, and journalists on the last day of a two-day conference on the Maoist insurgency here, Narasimhan appealed to the press to cooperate with the government to root out Naxalism from the country.

"Whether it is movie or the media, why do we have to glamourise Naxalism or terrorism? By going to the forests and talking to them (Maoists), what exactly do we want to show?," he asked, adding that the media has a great role to play in this regard, as it affects the common people more than what the government says.

He went on to say that the media often shows the Maoists as doing some good work for the people, but what is also required is to highlight the work of the administration, as they were also doing some great work in the Naxal-infested areas.

"This will motivate those who are working for the welfare of the people in the affected areas," he added.

Narasimhan also requested the common people to join in the fight against Maoism and all other forms of terrorism, describing it is a curse "affecting all the segments of the society".

Underlining the network of Maoists in all the 14-affected states of the country, the Governor emphasized the need for inter-state security coordination to deal with the problem effectively.

He said that inter-intelligence and inter-department co-ordination and a multi-agency approach was required to tackle the menace as it has become a widespread phenomena. Narasimhan added that the myth created by the Maoists that they are working in the favour of poor and tribes should be eliminated.

Responding to a query on whether a separate Ministry for the Naxal-affected states was required, as recommended by the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), he said there was no need for any such Ministry.

"There are already many departments and committees looking after this problem. There is absolutely no need for a separate Ministry," he said.

The conference, titled 'Maoist Insurgency: Assessment of the Threat and Doctrine and Strategies of Response'-- is being organized by Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), in consultation with and on behalf of the Government of Chhattisgarh.

Its primary objective is to rationalize the assessment of and approach to the Maoist threat in the country, to probe the ideological and military strategy of the left-wing extremists, and examine the doctrines, strategies and patterns of appropriate state response. (ANI)

Chhattisgarh prepared to fight Maoists after blast kills five persons on Thursday.

Raipur, Feb 9 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Government has carried out a review o0f the threat posed by Maoists and expressed a determination to counter it head on.

"Whatever casualties that have taken place have been through blasts. In a blast that took place recently, two of our security personnel died. These are actually repercussions to our means to put a check on the Maoists, and it will continue. Today, the people have stood up against them, and we also have the government's support. It is our endeavour to bring peace in the Bastar region," said Ramvichar Nitam, the State's Home Minister.

Maoist violence has affected 13 of India's 29 states.

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

It is believed that thousands have been displaced in the fight between the Maoists and the counter-insurgents.

In Chhattisgarh, tens of thousands of tribal people have been moved to inadequate government camps in the wake of repeated Maoist attacks on them. A human rights group has called the movement an "unacknowledged civil war".Recently, the Central Government asked the affected states to come up with a coordinated response to the Maoist threat. (ANI)

Six cops die in Naxal blast

HT Correspondent
Jagdalpur, February 8, 2007

SIX POLICE personnel, including an Assistant Commandant, were today killed and 12 others were injured when they were trying to defuse a bomb planted by the Naxalites on Geedam-Bijapur road of National Highway under Bhairamgarh police station area of South Bastar. The injured included a policeman, three special police officers (SPOs) and eight civilians.
Three critically injured civilians were airlifted to Raipur, eight were referred to Jagdalpur and one is getting treatment at Bhairamgarh hospital.

Dantewada district Collector K R Pisda said that a Salva Judum activists and Youth Congress leader Ajay Singh Wednesday night informed the Bhairamgarh police that the Naxalite attempted to blow up his four-wheeler on Bijapur-Bhairamgarh road.

A little later, two bombs were triggered by the Naxalites near village Bodli on same road. Acting on the information, the police force comprising District Force and CRPF led by ASI Chandra Kumar Markam went to the spot. Some civilians, Salva Judum leaders and activists also joined this police party.

After defusing a bomb at one place, the police party traced a ‘tiffin bomb’ containing 12 to 15 kilos of explosives. The policemen and civilians were watching the efforts to defuse the bomb when it went off, killing six and injuring 12.

The police personnel killed were identified as Assistant Commandant NAP Sarbato, constable Naik Vetta, constable Akum Chang, ASI Bhairamgarh police station Chandra Kumar Markam, SPO Manku Karti and driver Dinesh Dahariya.

The three critically injured civilians airlifted to Raipur are Vikram Mandavi, Bhairamgarh Janpad Panchayat president Chandra Mohan Patle and Bhairamgarh block Youth Congress president Love Kumar (Bablu), who is also a Congress activist.

The nine injured are Tirath Ram of Central Force, SPOs Somaru Ram, Sukhram Mandavi and Laxman Hapka, village Pinkonda secretary Lacchhu Ram, village Keshkutul Sarpanch Ram Sai, former Janpad president (Bhairamgarh) Sakini Chandraiyya, villager Mohammed Iqbal Khan and village Mangalnar sarpanch Govind.

These civilians were prominent Salva Judum activists and regularly used to join the police party while in patrol or search operations.

In another Naxalite event February 7, one Naxalite, Beko Kosa (25), brother of deceased Naxalite area commander Beko Handa was killed in an encounter with police near village Ittawada under Jangla police station area in south Bastar.

Maoists trying to hit India`s electoral process: Experts

Raipur, Feb 09: Serving and retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of the country feel that the reason for Maoist insurgency becoming the biggest internal security threat as perceived by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is that they are trying to hit the very base of the democracy-- elections.

Discussing the dimensions of the threat by Maoists at a conference titled 'Maoist Insurgency: Assessment of the Threat and Doctrine and Strategies of Response' here on Thursday, they said that the ultimate goal of the insurgents was to take over power. "The main Naxal groups feel that elections are a barrier to their movement, and this is why they always call for boycotting any election.
Although they have failed to trouble polls for the Parliament and State Assemblies, but they have successfully targeted local body polls," said former CBI Director K Vijaya Rama Rao.

Asserting that attacks on political leadership was the most serious threat of this insurgency, Rao advised the Maoists to lay down their guns, saying that the "road to power was through the ballot, not bullet".

Endorsing Rao's words, senior journalist Srinivas Reddy said that besides politicians, the country's railway network was also facing a major threat from the Maoists.

The insurgents want people's attention and in order to get it, they have been repeatedly attacking and hijacking trains, he said.

Former Andhra Pradesh DGP HJ Dora called for strengthening the police force of the country, saying that there was no reason why police could not be better equipped and trained to tackle the fast-spreading menace, which was essentially a movement against the democratic set-up.

The Jharkhand ADG of Police termed survival of the democracy in the wake of Maoist insurgency as a great challenge. He said that besides being a major threat to the development of an area, the young minds in the affected states were also being polluted and getting drawn towards Naxalism.

Bureau Report

Naxal Leader Shifted from Gaya to Patna Jail Amidst Security Concerns

Patna: Feb. 7, 2007

The state police on Wednesday, in a highly hush-hush manner, moved the notorious Maoist terrorist Ajay Kanu from Gaya Jail where he had been lodged since his dramatic arrest last Friday to Patna's high security Beur Model Jail to thwart any attempt by his fellow extremists to free him from the jail.

Kanu was transferred to the Patna Jail under extreme security arrangement while keeping the entire operation a closely guarded secret for security reasons, officials in Patna said. The journey from Gaya to Patna, a distance of nearly 115 kilometers, started at 8:00 am and ended at around noon in an armored, anti-landmine vehicle.

The leader of the ultras has been kept in a high-security solitary cell in the Nagendra ward where his activities will be monitored round-the-clock through closed-circuit TV cameras and heavily armed prison officials. The trial against him will be held inside the prison through video-conferencing, officials said.

Besides being involved in a number of massacres in Bihar, Kanu, an expert in the fields of explosives and landmines, is also believed to be the mastermind behind the daring Jehanabad jailbreak in 2005 during which several prison officials were killed allowing nearly 400 prisoners to escape from the jail.

More than 350 inmates were later captured or returned at their own will

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Can’t say no to Lalu so Govt upgrades Rabri security, tells Bihar to pay for it

Can’t say no to Lalu so Govt upgrades Rabri security, tells Bihar to pay for it

Pranab Dhal Samanta

NITISH GOVT: State responds: she already has enough, 95 security guards

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 6: Bowing to political considerations of an important ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Centre has made an exception and decided to provide National Security Guards (NSG) cover — an elite commando and anti-hijack force — for his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi.

It has also precipitated a confrontation with the Nitish Kumar government by asking it to provide logistics for nearly 30 NSG commandos to be posted at Patna for this purpose — from their accommodation to equipment and even a firing range.

In a reply this week, the Bihar government questioned the need for this arguing that Rabri Devi already gets the highest security cover — a bulletproof car and some 95 police personnel drawn from the Bihar Armed Police, Special Branch and other affiliates.

“She already has enough people for her security,” Bihar Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah told The Indian Express while confirming that the state government had questioned the Centre on the issue.

This political battle for “higher security status” began with Yadav writing a letter to the Home Ministry asking additional security cover for his wife after some high-frequency wireless sets were removed from their Patna house as those were the privileges of the Chief Minister.

Despite no fresh threat, sources said, the Home Ministry went ahead and agreed to provide “mobile security” by NSG to Rabri Devi. This involves securing all her movements and travel. Incidentally, Rabri Devi is not a frequent traveller, having travelled seven times outside Bihar in the last one year and only twice out of Patna. Moreover, she mostly travels with her husband who already has NSG security.

The Ministry conveyed its decision to NSG on December 21 last year. A day later, NSG relayed a message to Patna asking for facilities like:

• Bullet-proof car for Rabri Devi and two identical cars for NSG with trained drivers.

• Mobile phone with roaming facility for the NSG task force head along with telephone and STD facility for the force

• Police operator with radio sets, both handheld and to be mounted on vehicles.

• Suitable built-up accommodation with facilities for one officer, three junior officers and 28 NSG commandos.

• Firing range and suitable training area.

On January 8, the Union Home Ministry formally informed Bihar Chief Secretary of its decision.

Incidentally, while she was CM, a 125-man company of the Central Reserved Police Force was deployed for security of her residence and the area around it. CRPF records show that this company was one of the 24 given to Bihar for anti-Naxal operations. But as the prerogative of deployment of Central paramilitary forces lies with the state government, there was little the CRPF could do.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Naxalite threat to railway


Jamshedpur, Feb. 5: Intensified Naxalite activities in Ghatshila subdivision of East Singhbhum district may disrupt the train communication between Kharagpur and Tatanagar.

The stretch of 85-km railway line between Jhargram and Asanboni on the Tatanagar-Kharagpur section under Chakradharpur railway division has become vulnerable to rebel attacks, said intelligence sources.

According to the sources, the CPI (Maoist) activists are likely to step up their activities in and around Ghatshila subivisional area and their prime target could be railways.

Over the past few months, Maoists have consolidated their position in Ghatshila, Dhalbhumgarh and MGM police station areas bordering Bengal.

“As the Ghatshila, Dhalbhumgarh and MGM areas of East Singhbhum district share border with the rebel-dominated Bandwan and Belhpahari areas in Bengal, the Naxalites have got a golden opportunity to operate in Jharkhand by using the hilly terrain,” the intelligence sources told The Telegraph.

According to a source, the rebel attack on a Kharagpur-bound train near Chakulia railway station on December 10 morning was just the tip of the iceberg. He added that the rebels held numerous meetings at Ghatshila, Belpahari and Bandwan to make inroads in the rural areas after the attack on the train near Chakulia.

Deputy inspector-general of police, (Kolhan), C.P. Kiran, told The Telegraph the number the rebels in the Ghatshila subdivision was on the rise, but the administration was taking necessary steps to tame the Naxalites.

“We know that rebels’ activities at Ghatshila subivisional area are on the rise, but we are taking the necessary steps. The results can be seen shortly,” said the deputy inspector-general.

Meanwhile, the police are trying to bring hardcore Naxalite leader Sobhan Mardi into mainstream after compelling his sister and dreaded rebel Kapra Mardi to surrender before the police.

The Ghatshila subdivisional police officer, S.K. Burnwal, said the surrendered rebel narrated before the police how she was being sexually exploited by Naxalites along with other young women. He hoped her account would help unfold the real face of the Maoists.

Ministry of Home Affairs to undertake security review on Feb 8

Press Trust of India

Monday, February 5, 2007 (New Delhi):

The overall security scenario in the country will come under scanner at a high-level meeting in the Union Home Ministry on February 8.

The meeting, to be chaired by Union Home Secretary V K Duggal, will be attended by senior officials of the security establishment and Directors General of Police of some key states like Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Sources said the issues to be discussed at the meeting are Naxal violence, Jammu and Kashmir, North Eastern region, communal violence and the prevailing situation in the hinterland.

They said the review will be carried out on the basis of statistics up to December 31, 2006, to take stock of the successes, failures, weaknesses or lacunae, if any, and discuss measures to tighten the security network.

Orissa : 626 booths identified as Naxal-prone

Monday February 5 2007 12:06 IST

PARALAKHEMUNDI: Around 626 booths of 63 panchayats under seven blocks have been identified as Naxalite-prone in Gajapati district for the panchayat elections.

Besides, of 1,526 booths of 129 panchayats, 576 and 584 booths have been categorised as sensitive and hypersensitive respectively. While the number of sensitive booths is higher in Gosani block, Kasinagar block accounts for the lowest with 41 of 159 booths.

This year, as many as 3,14,872 voters would exercise their franchise to elect 14 Zilla Parishad members, 120 Sarpanchs and 119 Samiti members. Nine Sarpanchs and 10 Samiti members have been already elected unopposed in the district.

As per the election schedule, Mohona, R-Udayagiri, Nuagada and Rayagada blocks would be covered in the first three phases, and Gosani, Gumma and Kasinagar would be in the last two.

Meanwhile, district administration and police have taken measures for smooth conduct of the polls and about 2,721 State Government employees would be engaged in poll duties.

District Collector D V Swammy said arrangements had been made by the administration to ensure a free and fair poll. He, however, sought cooperation of political parties and public for making the exercise peaceful.

Udupi: 'Explosive Supplier' Arrested by Anti Naxal Force

The Hindu

Udupi, Feb 4: The personnel of Anti Naxalite Force (ANF) arrested a person at Mutlupady, under Karkala Rural Police Station limits, on charge of possessing explosives and aiding and abetting naxalites, on Friday.

Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao told the reporter on Saturday that the ANF was keeping a watch on Sadashiva Malekudiya.

He was caught near his house on Friday night, Dr Rao said.

He was allegedly carrying half a kilogram of gunpowder and freshly printed 100 copies of naxalite literature, Dr. Rao said. He is alleged to have been attending naxalites' meetings and supplying food for them.

A case has been booked against Malekudiya under the Explosives Act and Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act at Karkala Rural Police Station. He was produced before the court on Saturday, Dr. Rao added.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Ajay Kanu : Mastermind of Jehanabad jailbreak arrested

Feb 3, 2007 - 8:06:58 PM

Kanu, who carried a cash reward of Rs.500,000 on his head, hails from Chauhar village in Arwal district, a Maoist stronghold. Police last year attached his property.

By IANS, [RxPG] Patna, Feb 3 - A top Maoist leader from Bihar who was suspected to be the brain behind the sensational Jehanabad jailbreak in 2005 has been arrested, police officials said Saturday.

Ajay Kanu was arrested near Patna Friday night by a Bihar Special Task Force team, police told reporters.

Earlier, police had denied reports that Kanu had been caught in Kolkata by a Bihar Special Task Force team.

Security was tightened at Jehanabad jail, about 50 km from here, following the arrest. 'The jail security has been handed over to the Gorkhas of the CRPF - and police forces have been deployed along the Gaya-Patna railway line to counter any retaliation by Maoists,' a home department official said.

Kanu, who is in his late 30s, hit the headlines after the jailbreak in November 2005 when about 1,000 Maoist guerrillas freed him and other prisoners and dragged away a few convicts belonging to the Ranvir Sena, the landlord militia.

Kanu, who carried a cash reward of Rs.500,000 on his head, hails from Chauhar village in Arwal district, a Maoist stronghold. Police last year attached his property.

He is considered second in command in the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist in Bihar after its top leader Arvind.

The angry men of Mao

Ajai Sahni
Sunday, February 04, 2007 21:01 IST

India’s internal security crises are crises of neglect. Despite decades of dealing with insurgency and terrorism, the state still lacks a coherent doctrine, perspective and strategy to counter extremist violence. The permanent internal security apparatus — the Police — is in a state of disrepair, and ‘emergency’ mechanisms — the deployment of paramilitary forces and the Army — have become the staple of internal security management. Official attention fixes essentially and fitfully on the most recent acts of terrorism, but is ever surprised by each new manifestation.

In the late 1990s, when a fractious and often fratricidal Maoist (Naxalite) movement first began to articulate the idea of a ‘Red Corridor’ along India’s eastern board, from Andhra Pradesh to the border with Nepal, the intelligence and security establishment scoffed and dismissed this as a pipe dream. At that time, the Maoist influence was restricted to two principal and mutually antagonistic pockets in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, with a peripheral ‘overflow’ into neighbouring States. Today, a substantially united Communist Party of India (Maoist) has consolidated its influence across and beyond precisely the swathe of territory that had been marked out as the prospective ‘Red Corridor’.

The state’s peculiar and selective blindness persists today. The ‘Red Corridor’ is now thought by many to mark the limits of the Maoist ambition, and it is principally in the ‘affected States’ that an incipient strategic discourse is being articulated. While elements in the establishment, led by the Prime Minister, now acknowledge that the Naxalite movement constitutes India’s greatest internal security challenge, there is little evidence of a detailed recognition of the dimensions of this challenge. Crucially, the Maoist threat is still being assessed in terms of visible violence and subversion.

The Maoists have on their part have made no secret, in their internal documents, that they intend to fish in all available troubled waters in their bid to ‘intensify the peoples’ war throughout the country." The objective of this war is unambiguous: “the seizure of state power should be the goal of all our activity." To this end, they propose to “build open and secret mass organizations amongst the workers, peasants, youth, students, women and other sections of the people and establish a strong mass base."

It is useful to note that the phase of violence, which is ordinarily the point at which the state takes cognizance of the problem, comes at the tail end of the process of mass mobilisation, and at a stage where neutralizing the threat requires considerable, if not massive, use of force, and significant collateral risks. It is useful, consequently, to take cognizance not merely of the current expanse of visible Maoist mobilisation, but the extent of their current plans and projections.

Significantly, the CPI-Maoist has established Regional Bureaus across at least 15 States, and these regions are further sub-divided into state, special zonal and special area committee jurisdictions, where the processes of mobilisation have been defined and allocated to local leaders.

This structure substantially reflects current Maoist plans, but does not exhaust their perspectives or ambitions. There is evidence of preliminary activity for the extension of operations to new areas including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya, beyond what is reflected in the scope of the various Maoist ‘committees'. In 2004, moreover, the Maoists articulated a new strategy to target urban centres in their ‘Urban Perspective Document’. Two principal ‘industrial belts’ were identified as targets for urban mobilisation: Bhilai-Ranchi-Dhanbad-Calcutta; and Mumbai-Pune-Surat-Ahmedabad.

As the country experiences the most fundamental transformations across a wide range of parameters, a churning process is exacerbating tensions between classes, castes
and communities, creating what Maoists describe as an “excellent revolutionary situation” in the country.

The inability to comprehend the logic of the Maoist ‘protracted war’ underlies the pervasive incoherence of policy and the constant vacillation between ‘negotiated', ‘political', ‘developmental’ and ‘law and order’ solutions. If such an orientation persists, there is a danger that the quiet Maoist consolidation will continue to the point where the entire country is pushed into a crisis beyond its capacities of emergency management.

The writer is Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management.

Udupi: 'Explosive Supplier' Arrested by Anti Naxal Force

The Hindu

Udupi, Feb 4: The personnel of Anti Naxalite Force (ANF) arrested a person at Mutlupady, under Karkala Rural Police Station limits, on charge of possessing explosives and aiding and abetting naxalites, on Friday.

Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao told the reporter on Saturday that the ANF was keeping a watch on Sadashiva Malekudiya.

He was caught near his house on Friday night, Dr Rao said.

He was allegedly carrying half a kilogram of gunpowder and freshly printed 100 copies of naxalite literature, Dr. Rao said. He is alleged to have been attending naxalites' meetings and supplying food for them.

A case has been booked against Malekudiya under the Explosives Act and Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act at Karkala Rural Police Station. He was produced before the court on Saturday, Dr. Rao added.

Cops will foil Naxal tactics: DGP

Sunday February 4 2007 11:18 IST

VIJAYAWADA: Director General of Police M A Basith said the police were fully equipped to counter the Maoist strategy of diversionary attacks on soft targets in urban areas.

Talking to reporters on his maiden visit after assuming charge as the DGP, Basith after being badly mauled in their citadels, the Maoists were now trying to attack soft targets in urban areas to create sensation. He said the police had the necessary experience to counter this diversionary strategies.

Referring to the human trafficking rackets, the DGP pointed towards the paradigm shift in containment of trafficking and said unline the earlier system of booking the girls, the focus was now on those who were pushing the girls into flesh trade. He said the police were aiming at preventing new entrants into flesh trade.

He said he had visited Prakasam and Guntur to supervise the facilities available for training the 7500 new recruits into the police ranks. He said proper training was key to effective functioning.

Basith inaugurated a mineral water plant set up at the Armed Reserve grounds, flagged off the Iris mobile van, designed to capture the Iris photos of criminals and rowdy sheeters and inaugurated a mobile album containing digital images of 5000 criminals at the armed reserve grounds.

Later, addressing a review meeting with the police officials, the DGP called upon the cops to be responsive to people and underscored the need for ethical and people-friendly policing. Commissioner of Police C V Anand and senior police officials were present

Maoists move into Western Ghats?

Updated: 02-03-2007 By Administrator

Hyderabad: The Western Ghats have become the new refuge of the CPI Maoists of Andhra Pradesh.

The left-wing extremists are moving to the harsh and rocky terrain of the Western Ghats from the lush Nallamalla and Bhadrachalam forests of Dandakaranya because of the relentless operations by the State police.

It is feared that Naxal activity in Kerala, Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra will witness a spurt because of this.The State special intelligence bureau recently came to know of the movement of Maoists from Dandakaranya to Western Ghats. Police authorities had calculated that their operations would drive the Maoist outfits to Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Instead, Maoists have preferred Karnataka and parts of Western Ghats including Goa. It is believed that they would try to regroup from these areas.

“We have learnt that Maoists are conducting special training camps to help their cadre survive in the terrain of the Western Ghats,” said a senior police officer. The State Intelligence sleuths are keeping a tab on Maoist movements in the area now. Karnataka police have also intensified combing operations in Chikmaglur, Raichur and Malnad.

The Maoist presence in the Western Ghats was first noticed in 2001 when a tribal woman, Cheramma, suffered a bullet injury as she fired a gun accidentally at a village Menasenahadya in Chikmaglur. Since then, Maoists have been trying to establish a hold over Western Ghats.

But their plans were spoilt by the antics of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan and the activities of the special task force hunting him. Things have quietened down after Veerappan’s death and Maoists, who are on the run in the State, now consider the Western Ghats their best refuge.

Sources said that the Maoists were creating a corridor from Seshachalam hills of Eastern Ghats to Western Ghats via Jawadi hills, Bennari and Satyamangalam. The Maoists are also trying to expand their activities in coffee plantations in Ooty and adjoining districts of Karnataka.

They have been intervening in local labour disputes in these places. To resist the growing Maoist influence, coffee growers in Malnad region formed an organisation, Grameena Jagruti Sena, a couple of days ago.

AP getting ready to track-down naxal hide-outs

Vijayawada, Feb. 3 (PTI): The Andhra Pradesh police today said, it would initiate new strategies to track down the hide-outs of naxalites.

"We will ask our officers to draw a road map to track down the hideouts of naxalities, who are killing the innocent people," M A Basith, Director General of Police (DGP), told reporters here.

Referring to the Supreme Court's direction to states on police reforms, he said the government was taking all steps to reform the policing in the state and had recruited 7,500 constables and 550 sub-inspectors.

Referring to the recent crackdown on human traffickers, Basith said "the problem was there since a long time but now the intensified-drive was in view of the increased trafficking of young girls."

Earlier in the day, the DGP launched 'IRIS', a step towards modernising detection cell. The new technology helps police in storing picture and relevant details of an offender.

He also inaugurated a Rs 7-lakh mineral drinking water plant at the police quarters.