Saturday, May 12, 2007

Are Maoists masquerading as human rights groups?
Plot to frame cops in 'encounter' killings
-Navin Upadhyay

The political slugfest over the Gujarat fake encounter
has unnerved the security establishment amid
indications that terrorists and Maoists could use
their sympathisers to exploit the situation and frame
their 'enemies' in similar cases of encounter

The security establishment is also concerned over
feedback being received from State police forces that
the politicisation of the Gujarat encounter could
hamper inter-State police interaction and
intelligence-sharing, both vital in nabbing or
eliminating terrorists and Maoists.

Sources said that a deep sense of demoralisation was
creeping into the police forces, paramilitary forces
and Army following the arrest of the three IPS
officers for the Gujarat incidents and the way a
systematic propaganda had been unleashed to damn all
encounter killings.

"This could badly hamper anti-insurgency operations in
Jammu & Kashmir and the North-East as well as
anti-Maoist operations in various parts of the
country," an official said, adding, "We are flooded
with inputs which indicate that policemen or jawans
may not shoot at terrorists or Maoists even in most
genuine circumstances."

Sources said that intercepts have revealed that
Maoists are trying to exploit the situation by
attempting to implicate several top cops involved in
anti-Maoist operations. Officials have received
specific inputs that Maoists in Andhra Pradesh have
asked a "human rights group" to implicate Additional
Director General of Police K Arvind Rao in fake
encounter cases. Rao is a no-nonsense officer who has
been actively involved in anti-Maoist operations in
Andhra Pradesh.

Even though few officials defended the brutal killing
of Sohrabuddin's wife by DG Vanzara and his men, they
felt that attempts on either side to politicise the
issue would deal a body blow to undercover operations
carried out by the police and Army to deal with
anti-national elements.

The feedback received from security agencies shows
that the war of words between the Gujarat and Andhra
Pradesh police could affect inter-State police

"No police chief will now be forthcoming to provide
any intelligence or logistic support to another State
police for fear of being dragged to court and hauled
over the coals even in genuine encounters," said a
senior official.

"Without such effective coordination, which is based
on trust and sharing of information, there is no way
to track wanted anti-national elements," he said.

There was also strong apprehension that with some
political parties bent upon nailing Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP-ruled States would be
forced to dig up old skeletons and unravel similar
encounter killings carried out during the Congress
regimes. Already Punjab has decided to probe old cases
of encounters.

"If politics over encounter killings continues, the
country's internal security will be at stake," an
official said, pointing out that in the absence of a
strong Federal law, there were few options but to take
harsh measures to deal with anti-national elements.

A senior security official pointed out that in many
cases, Pak-based terrorists had to be eliminated
because they openly threatened to kill the
interrogating officers on coming out of jail. "We have
several examples before us when such dreaded elements
came out on bail and then carried out retaliatory
killings," he said, adding, "if the policemen are not
given a free hand to deal with anti-nationals, the
country should be ready to face further growth of the
Maoists movement and insurgency in bordering States."

Naxal net spreads to cities, CM asks Centre for assistance

Saturday, May 12, 2007 10:56 IST

Anupam Dasgupta/Shubhangi Khapre

MUMBAI: Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has sought the Centre’s help to tackle the growing Naxalite activities in urban centres, including Mumbai and Thane.

The arrest of Arun Ferreira on Tuesday is indicative of a Naxalite game plan to penetrate major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik.

An officer with the anti-Naxalite cell of the state police said the arrest showed that the Maoists had been successful in setting up “bases” in several parts of the state.

“We can’t deny that Naxalites are active in Mumbai and Pune,” Special Inspector-General of Police (anti-Naxalite operations) Pankaj Gupta said. “And they are eager to tap issues that can generate sufficient discontent among the urban population.”

As Ferreira was managing communications and propaganda, he may have been scouting for issues needed to increase the support base, another officer said. Gupta said the

Naxalites- Maoists have been operating in Mumbai for some time now — often registering their proxy presence through students’ organisations, labour groups and NGOs.

‘Naxalites making inroads into cities’

Anupam Dasgupta
Saturday, May 12, 2007 10:46 IST

Police believe Arun Ferreira had a crucial role in the policy-making body

Arun Ferreira’s arrest is indicative of a Naxalite game plan to penetrate major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. An officer with the Anti-Naxalite Cell said the arrest showed that the Naxalites-Maoists had successfully infiltrated the cities.

“We can’t deny that Naxalites are active in Mumbai and Pune. And they are eager to tap into issues that can generate sufficient discontent among the urban population,” said special inspector-general of police, anti-Naxalite operations, Pankaj Gupta.

As Ferreira was managing communications and propaganda, he may have been scouting for issues needed to increase the support base, another officer said. He said the Naxalites-Maoists have been operating in Mumbai for some time now — often registering their proxy presence through students’ organisations, labour groups and NGOs. “We are trying to verify if Ferreira, a senior cadre, was entrusted with carrying out any specific agenda like garnering intellectual support in Mumbai,” said the officer.

An officer with the Intelligence Bureau (IB), however, said though Ferreira came from an upper-class affluent family, he might have got involved in the movement to gather intellectual support.

After interrogating Ferreira, police believe that the Bandra resident might have had a crucial role in the five-member policy making body (Maharashtra state committee) of the Communist Part of India (Maoist), which operates from Mumbai. The Maharashtra state committee is a part of the Southwest Regional Bureau (Karnataka and Gujarat) formed by the Left-wing extremists.

Another IB officer said, “The motivation for the struggle percolates down from city-based operatives (the intellectually superior) to the foot soldiers. And the effect (violence) is felt in Gadchiroli-Amravati-Gondia and Chandrapur.”

Naxals in school uniform kill constable in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, May 12: A group of Naxalites in school uniform shot dead an armed police constable in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, a top police officer said.

Sukhchand, who was moving in the weekly market at Mardapa, was fired upon from a close range by the Naxalites who were in school uniform, Bastar district Superintendent of Police Gurjinder Pal Singh told agencies by phone.

After the incident, which took place about 415 km from here, the Naxalites, numbering two to three, took away the ak-47 rifle the constable was carrying, he said.

To a question, the SP said child Naxals may be behind the incident. An old woman was also injured in the firing by the Naxals who used a 9mm pistol.

Around ten other constables who were nearby chased the ultras who however gave the police a slip, he said.

The Naxalites left behind a bag containing three hand grenades, two knives and several rounds of ammunition, Singh said.

Bureau Report

Five Maoists shot dead in Jharkhand

Garwah (Jharkhand), May. 12 (PTI): In a major encounter, CRPF today gunned down five hardcore naxalites in this district of Jharkhand.

A CRPF spokesman said that at around 1300 hours two companies of the paramilitary force engaged in a gun battle with a group of naxalites in the jungle of Tutitola village.

During the ensuing encounter five hardcore naxals including two women cadres were killed.

The bodies of the militants were recovered from the encounter site, District Superintendent of Police Mohammad Nihal said.

The security personnel also recovered four self loading rifles, one AK rifle and some other objectionable material.

Director General of CRPF S I S Ahmed congratulated the team and announced handsome reward, the CRPF spokesman said.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Maoist Menace : Former soldiers take up arms

Former soldiers take up arms

Special Correspondent
To help combat wildlife poaching

60,000 men of armed forces retire every year
1,200 ex-servicemen on duty as forest guards in Rajasthan

NEW DELHI: Former soldiers are taking to arms again — this time to combat wildlife poaching and Maoist violence. Some former service personnel are also helping the authorities in curbing electricity theft, even as talks are on to utilise their expertise to provide security to the Delhi Metro, said a senior Army officer on Friday.

About 5,000 former soldiers have picked up arms to combat Maoist violence in Bihar, said Army Headquarter's Director-General of Resettlement (DGR) Major-General Harwant Krishan after addressing a training course for retiring soldiers. The ex-servicemen of the Bihar Auxiliary Force proved their mettle when they foiled a suspected Maoist raid on a bank in Sitamarhi district, close to the Nepal border. The Major-General said 1,200 ex-servicemen were on duty as forest guards in Rajasthan. The initiative to recruit former Army personnel was taken after a Wildlife Institute of India survey confirmed that the poaching mafia had robbed the Sariska Forest Reserve of its entire tiger population.

Major-General Krishan said the Army's Directorate-General of Resettlements helped secure re-employment to 16,000 ex-servicemen since January this year. In Haryana, the ex-servicemen were found employed for meter-reading by private agencies contracted by the Haryana State Electricity Board and for undertaking "Below Poverty Line" head count in the State. Talks were on with the Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation to institutionalise a framework for recruitment of ex-servicemen.

Earlier, Major-General Krishan addressed soldiers, due to retire shortly and undergoing a two-day career transition course at the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre. Also present were representatives from five private companies to brief the soldiers about employment opportunities and look for potential employees. The DGR said companies had been asked to maintain a salary bar to avoid exploitation of ex-servicemen. Due to the high attrition rate — about 60,000 men of the roughly 12-lakh-strong armed forces retire every year — re-employment of ex-servicemen has become a high priority area for the Government.

Maoist combatants fight vagaries of nature

Bishnu Budhathoki

Nawalparasi, May 11
Every evening over 700 of the total 1,079 Maoist combatants in the Parivartan Smriti Brigade sub-camp at the Hattikhor area of Nawalparasi district leave the camp.

They do this not because they wish to breach past pacts and understandings but to escape the wrath of nature.

They desert their camps and knock at the doors of locals’ houses pleading for shelter and protection from gales, rain, mosquito bites and possible attacks from snakes and scorpions during the night.

Som Bahadur Adhikari alias Pratikcha, division commander at Hattikhor, located at 12 km north from the East-West Highway at Kawasoti, said:“They take shelter in villagers’ houses in Shiva Mandir VDC Ward No 8 as there is no proper shelter for them inside the cantonment site.”

According to Adhikari, they had earlier built 154 makeshift shelters but over 100 of them were either dilapidated or blown away by gales last month.Of the 20 tents provided by India, around 12 are already torn to disuse.

The Indian government had provided 176 tents for Maoist combatants through the government of Nepal.

“How can we ask them to sleep inside the camps during the night when there is rain or intolerable mosquito bites?”Adhikari asked pointing at the poor makeshift camps.

Prabhat Chettri, another PLA man, said: “Even during daytime, whenever we see black clouds hovering in the sky, we run toward villagers’ houses to protect ourselves from rain showers.”

He also said they have to face scorching heat inside the camps during day and tolerate mosquito bites during the night. According to Adhikari, over 200 women combatants and some children have been taking shelter inside Hattikhor sub-cantonment site.

The government claimed that it had already released Rs 900 million, of which Rs 500 million was handed over to the Maoist combatant leadership for cantonment management and logistic support for PLA members, while Rs 400 million was released for infrastructure development activities.

Maoist landmine Blast victims shifted by air

Blast victims shifted by air

Bhubaneswar, May 11: Two of the six policemen injured in yesterday’s Maoist landmine blast at Mayurbhanj were today airlifted from Baripada and taken to Cuttack around 7.30 am for further treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital.

Meanwhile, police have intensified combing operations in and around Sarguda forests. Mayurbhanj SP Sanjay Singh has said the forest terrain has been “hindering” their movement.

Rairangpur’s BJP MLA Droupadi Murmu has demanded an additional SP to be posted in the area and the creation of a new police district in Mayurbhanj to counter the Naxalite menace.

Murmu, who is a member of the Assembly’s standing committee said Rairangpur being distant from Baripada was making it difficult for the police administration to keep a close watch. So far the home secretary, T.K. Mishra, have said that the government will consider the demand.

Among the victims, halvildar Suratha Naik, who was driving the subdivisional police officer’s jeep, which was blown off in the blast on Sarguda-Chadheipahadi Road yesterday afternoon, has suffered serious injuries in his right leg and head.

Doctors at the orthopedic department, where Naik was shifted to, said the policeman has suffered a closed fracture of both the tibia and fibula. Among the party, SDPO Manoranjan Mohanty luckily escaped great harm.

Yet another constable, Sarju Mahanta, is now in neurosurgery intensive care unit and was diagnosed with facial injury, especially over his right eye and head. He was, however, stated to be in a stable state. “Their (Naik and Mahanta) condition is stable, but both will be under observation, as they are under shock,” said Dr Bhuban Maharana. The doctors also reported that neither has any recollection of the blast. Also, sub-inspector Manas Ranjan Deo, who was in the ill-fated jeep, has been referred to the SCB hospital in Cuttack. The inspector, who is said to be “stable”, was taken by road.

Though the sub-inspector had suffered head injuries, reports state that his CT-scan came out clear.

Cops yet to visit 'Naxal's' Bandra home

11 May, 2007 l 0049 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

MUMBAI: Two days after four alleged Naxalites, including one Arun Pareira from Bandra, were arrested in Nagpur, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is apparently yet to conduct investigations at Pareira’s residence. The arrested men reportedly divulged information about plans to disrupt life on July 11, the 10th anniversary of the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar shooting, which had left 11 Dalits dead.

On July 11, 1997, the police fired on demonstrators protesting against the desecration of an Ambedkar statue in Ghatkopar’s Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, killing the 11 Dalits.

Top ATS cops in Mumbai were unaware if any members of their squad had visited Pareira’s residence. "I don’t know if an inquiry has been conducted. The local police station or the Crime Branch might have conducted inquiries," said ATS chief Krish Pal Raghuvanshi.

Another officer said the operation was conducted in Nagpur and that "the inquiries were being made by the Nagpur police". Interestingly, the ATS is responsible for tackling terror across the state. ATS deputy inspector general S K Jaiswal was learnt to be on his way to Nagpur. The Nagpur police claimed that Pareira was involved in communications and propaganda for the Naxals.

Pareira’s building in Bandra wore a deserted look on Thursday with the neighbours saying his parents were out. The house was locked. Pareira got married a year ago and has a son, the neighbours said. The neighbours said Pareira had wanted to become a priest and had lived in Mumbai till he was 20 before moving out.

"The Naxalites are trying to instigate discontent and cause law-and-order problems. They are planning to cause disruptions on July 11," said director-general of police P S Pasricha.

Mumbai police commissioner D N Jadhav said the force did not have "specific intelligence" about the Naxals’ network or plans in the city.

Meanwhile, the alleged Naxalite quartet has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and remanded in police custody till May 16.

Maoist arrested,pistol found


Hazaribagh, May 10: When the team of police officials arrested Maoist leader Mithilesh Kumar Verma yesterday evening, they hardly knew about his identity and that it was one of the biggest ever arrest in the district.

Mithilesh was the secretary of CPI(Maoist) Chhattisgarh committee and was looking after Bihar and Jharkhand.

A member of the central committee of the outfit, Mithilesh was wanted in dozens of cases in several districts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. When asked, deputy superintendent of police Mani Lal Mandal told The Telegraph: “We didn’t know that we were close to such a powerful Maoist. He was going to Jashpur in Chhattisgarh to hand over Rs 2 lakh.”

The jubilant deputy superintendent of police added that a reward of Rs 2 lakh was announced on Mithilesh’s head by both Chhattisgarh and Bihar governments. Mithilesh admitted that he went to Mugalsarai, where a man named Kishore handed him Rs 2 lakh as levy. He said he was going to Jashpur to hand it over to the local body of the outfit when he was arrested.

DSP Mandal said they had even recovered an imported pistol from the rebel, besides maps of the three states he used to operate, party literature and some important documents.

Mandal said a team of police officials reached a private bus stand in the town around 4 pm after the instruction of superintendent of police Praveen Kumar Singh. “We went there after getting an information from our sources. As soon as we reached the bus stand, Mithilesh arrived and we caught him,” he said.

In a case filed by Sunil Verma to remove encroachments in Jamshedpur, the high court said those who have objections may approach the office of the deputy collector with their grievances. The court was informed that in some cases, encroachment orders were passed in 1979 and nothing has been done to remove the encroachers. The action of the administration is barred by a limitation of 12 years after which it cannot execute the orders. The court said the matter has to be proceeded as per law and objections may be filed before the competent authority.

Maoist threats for Munda, Marandi, Soren

From correspondents in Jharkhand, India, 03:01 PM IST

Maoist rebels have reportedly threatened to 'teach a lesson' to some ministers - like former chief ministers Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren - for suppressing their 'revolutionary movement'.

Jharkhand police said the audiocassette - issued by the Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand Regional Committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) - was seized along with pamphlets and other material during a swoop in Jamshedpur Wednesday.

'This is the first time Maoists have issued a threat to politicians through an audiocassette,' a police official told IANS Friday.

Voiced by Sukhdeo, the committee's secretary, the tape allegedly says: 'A conspiracy is hatched to suppress the CPI-Maoist revolutionary movement by the leaders. These leaders will be taught lesson like Sunil Mahto.'

Mahto, a JMM MP from Jamshedpur, was killed by Maoist rebels in March.

'JMM has become a party of pimps and has forgotten the fight for jal (water), jamin (land) and jungle,' says the cassette, charging Munda, Marandi and Soren with helping the Village Defence Committee (VDC) against the Maoist revolution.

'These leaders supported the killings at Lango and they will be taught for this act.'

VDC members had killed nine Maoist rebels in Lango village of Jamshedpur in 2003.

The insurgents justified Mahto's killing. 'Sunil Mahto had become a puppet in the hands of the capitalist class. He was supporting the VDC against the Maoist movement.'

The taped voice also refuted charges that Mahto was killed for money. 'We strongly refute the charge that we killed Mahto for money.'

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. At least 600 people, including 290 security personnel, have been killed in the last six years in Maoist-related violence.

(Staff Writer, © IANS)


16:55 IST
Former soldiers have picked up arms again, this time to fight the rising menace of Naxalite violence in Bihar. Raised last year, the Bihar Auxiliary Force recruited 5,000 ex-servicemen in November and December. The “young” force, consisting of veteran soldiers, proved its mettle when they foiled a Maoist raid on a bank under Riga police station in Sitamari district near Nepal border. This was stated by Major General Harwant Krishan, Director-General (Resettlement), DGR, on the sidelines of a training course for retiring soldiers in New Delhi today.

The DGR also disclosed that Rajasthan state government has hired about 1,200 ex-servicemen as forest guards. The desert state was stunned two years ago when a Wildlife Institute of India survey confirmed that a poaching mafia had robbed Sariska reserve of its entire tiger population of about 16-18 in numbers. General Krishan said the DGR had helped secure re-employment for about 16,000 ex-servicemen since January this year. In Haryana, the ex-servicemen have been found useful for meter-reading jobs in private agencies contracted by Haryana State Electricity Board and for undertaking “Below Poverty Line” head count in the state. General Krishan said talks are in advanced stage with the Delhi Metro and DTC to institutionalise a framework for recruitment of ex-servicemen.

Earlier, General Krishan addressed about 50 soldiers, due for retirement shortly, undergoing a two-day Career Transition Course for Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBORs) at the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, Delhi Cantt. Representatives of five private companies were present on the occasion to brief about employment opportunities and possible campus recruitment. The DGR said companies have been asked to maintain a salary bar to avoid exploitation of ex-servicemen.

Due to its high attrition rate, re-employment of ex-servicemen is a priority for the government and the DGR has rendered great utility in their rehabilitation. About 60,000 men of the roughly 12 lakh strong defence forces retire every year, making up about five percent of the workforce.


Left parties plan State-wide land struggle

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Kurnool, May 11: Left parties will soon launch a struggle for land in a big way in the State. They will occupy Government and other controversial lands across the State in May and June.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, CPI State Committee member K. Ramakrishna said the Government claimed that it was distributing 10 lakh acres to the poor, but in the last three years, it had only regularised staying of poor farmers on Government land and no fresh land was assigned to anybody.

He said the Left parties were opposed to amendment to the 9/77 Act saying that the land recovered from illegal occupants should be restored only to assignees.

But the amendment would allow the Government to transfer it to any other person or regularise the stay of the present occupant.

Jana's remark flayed

Mr. Ramakrishna found fault with the Home Minister who likened the Left parties to Naxals saying that Mr. Jana Reddy had failed to notice the difference between an armed struggle and democratic movement.

Mr. Reddy should control land mafia in the State if he had any respect for rule of law and concern for the poor. Mr. Ramakrishna advised the Home Minister to change his opinion on the Left parties.

Naxals were planning ‘big operations’

11 May, 2007 l 0353 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

NAGPUR: The four naxals, who were arrested on Tuesday, were preparing for bigger operations in big cities in Maharashtra including Vidarbha, insiders have indicated. During initial interrogation, police have obtained some clues on the possible areas of target of Maoists, which included railways, roads and possibly other vital installations in and around Vidarbha.

Apart from hints picked up during the interrogations and materials seized, city police are said to be gathering vital clues of the future action plan of the Maoists in the central India. City police chief SPS Yadav hinted that the arrested Maoists were preparing to carry out some big operations in the near future. "It is not very clear at this point of time but they were probably preparing for a bigger operation and create a havoc somewhere," said commissioner of police SPS Yadav.

Though Yadav did not elaborate, sources claimed that the naxals were preparing to launch a massive operation in the cities especially targeting developmental activities.

Four Maoists-Mahesh alias Murli alias Ashok Satya Reddy (45), Arun Thomas Pereira alias Sanjay Pereira (35), Dhanendra Shreeram Bhurle (35) and Naresh Bansod (42)-were arrested by a combined team of special squad at Deekshabhoomi on Tuesday morning. The four people are reported to be actively involved in the operation of the CPI-ML and People’s War Group (PWG).

City police team has found a note book in possession of arrested Maoists Arun Thomas Pereira from Mumbai which had details of improvised explosives devices and sketches of fire-arms and sophisticated weapons.

"It seems that the arrested Maoists had some coaching or training somewhere where the details of the improvised explosive devices and technicalities of communication were discussed or tutored," said Yadav a day earlier.

"We are gathering the information at this point of time so that some consolidated reports on the information about the Naxal operations can be presented to the state and central intelligence agencies,"

he said. On Thursday, special teams had fanned out in different parts of the city searching the lodges, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, guest houses, dharamshalas, liquor bars and resorts in and around the city. Apart from launching a manhunt for more accomplices of these arrested naxals police also searched the possible places of accommodation for tracing out the luggage of these nabbed Maoists.

Reportedly by Thursday evening, several suspected persons from North Nagpur and other parts of Nagpur were rounded up for interrogations. "We are questioning lot of people but nothing official about it. No arrests have been made," said DCP zone-II Amitesh Kumar.

According to sources, the leaders who resorted to violence during the Khairlanji protest may come under scanner for their possible links with the subversive forces.

"The same persons who had lighted and threw burning tyres, pelted stones and disrupted peace during last November would be once again feel the heat of police now," said a police officer.

Former Naxal had tipped off Guj cops

11 May, 2007 l 0502 hrs ISTlGanesh S Lakshman/TIMES NEWS NETWORK

HYDERABAD: Highly placed sources have indicated to the TOI that it was former Naxalite Nayeemuddin who provided vital information about the whereabouts of Sohrabuddin Sheikh to the Gujarat police team that came to Hyderabad in November 2005 to look for the latter.

The information was conveyed to the Gujarat police team through some intermediaries, the sources said. Based on this information, the Gujarat team came to know that Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi were travelling to Sangli by bus on November 21, 2005.

Nayeemuddin, better known as Nayeem, who is wanted in the murder of IPS officer K S Vyas in 1993, is now absconding. Nayeem surfaced in the Nampalli sessions court, hearing the case on March 16 this year, but disappeared mysteriously. A non-bailable warrant is now pending against him.

TOI has an idea about who these intermediaries were, but is refraining from naming them in view of lack of clinching evidence.

Moreover, the motivation of these intermediaries in helping out Gujarat cops is not absolutely clear. Nayeem, after the murder of Vyas in Hyderabad, became a renegade to the Naxalite cause. He is believed to have set up an anti-Naxal gang that specialised in eliminating Maoists. He also became a freelance criminal and operated from Bhongir in Nalgonda district, not far from Hyderabad.

According to some sources, Nayeemuddin has also been hobnobbing with Pakistan’s ISI. More interestingly, former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya murder case main suspect Asgar Ali apparently told Gujarat police soon after he was picked up in November 2003 that he had links with Nayeemuddin.

At some point, Nayeemuddin also came in touch with ISI agent Mujib who was sentenced to life for killing a police officer.

In 2004, after being prematurely released from jail, Mujib renewed his anti-national activities.

Mujib was re-arrested in 2005, (interestingly, a month after Sohrabuddin's killing) and during interrogation, confessed to having brought AK-47 rifles from Rajasthan to hand them over to Nayeemuddin.

Cops yet to visit 'Naxal's' Bandra home

11 May, 2007 l 0049 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

MUMBAI: Two days after four alleged Naxalites, including one Arun Pareira from Bandra, were arrested in Nagpur, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is apparently yet to conduct investigations at Pareira’s residence. The arrested men reportedly divulged information about plans to disrupt life on July 11, the 10th anniversary of the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar shooting, which had left 11 Dalits dead.

On July 11, 1997, the police fired on demonstrators protesting against the desecration of an Ambedkar statue in Ghatkopar’s Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, killing the 11 Dalits.

Top ATS cops in Mumbai were unaware if any members of their squad had visited Pareira’s residence. "I don’t know if an inquiry has been conducted. The local police station or the Crime Branch might have conducted inquiries," said ATS chief Krish Pal Raghuvanshi.

Another officer said the operation was conducted in Nagpur and that "the inquiries were being made by the Nagpur police". Interestingly, the ATS is responsible for tackling terror across the state. ATS deputy inspector general S K Jaiswal was learnt to be on his way to Nagpur. The Nagpur police claimed that Pareira was involved in communications and propaganda for the Naxals.

Pareira’s building in Bandra wore a deserted look on Thursday with the neighbours saying his parents were out. The house was locked. Pareira got married a year ago and has a son, the neighbours said. The neighbours said Pareira had wanted to become a priest and had lived in Mumbai till he was 20 before moving out.

"The Naxalites are trying to instigate discontent and cause law-and-order problems. They are planning to cause disruptions on July 11," said director-general of police P S Pasricha.

Mumbai police commissioner D N Jadhav said the force did not have "specific intelligence" about the Naxals’ network or plans in the city.

Meanwhile, the alleged Naxalite quartet has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and remanded in police custody till May 16.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Vanzaras aplenty in AP: Maoists

This report looks more like a Press release of Maoists than a news report

10 May, 2007 l 0409 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Wednesday called on democratic organisations and the oppressed masses to "build a strong, united and militant movement to stop fake encounters, illegal arrests, torture and atrocities against people by police, para-military and the Army".

Reacting to the alleged fake encounter killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi, CPI (Maoist) central committee spokesperson Azad, in a release issued on Wednesday said: "The brutal murder of Sohrabuddin and his wife in November, 2005, in Ahmedabad after arresting them from a private bus in Hyderabad is only the tip of the iceberg of the cruel deeds and inhuman acts of the lawless police system in India."

The khaki-clad criminals had proved themselves to be paid mercenaries as they had murdered Sohrabuddin after their pockets were filled by the builder lobby of Gujarat and Rajasthan for the ghastly act, he added.

"The arrest of the three police officers, including deputy inspector-general of police D G Vanzara and two superintendents of police, Raj Kumar Pandian (Gujarat) and Dinesh Kumar (Rajasthan), and their suspension, are a mere eye-wash," the release added.

"The AP police are even more notorious than their Gujarat counterparts in staging fake encounters. They have committed the worst atrocities during the Congress rule under former chief ministers, including Jalagam Vengal Rao, Nedurmalli Janardhan Reddy and now Y S Rajasekhara Reddy," he added.

"AP can boast of several Vanzaras who have committed brutal murders after arresting and torturing their victims, and all of them got away unscathed.

DGPs like H J Dora, P Ramulu, Swaranjit Sen, DIGs like Gautham Sawang, Aravinda Rao, SPs like Balasubramanyam, Sreenivas Reddy, D T Nayak, Surendra Babu, Praveen Kumar, Meena, Stephen Ravindra, Murali and many others are all masters in the art of torture and murder of revolutionaries,"
the Maoist leader alleged.

Maoists have radio signal-based landmine , baffle Jharkhand Police

From correspondents in Jharkhand, India, 05:01 PM IST

When some Jharkhand cops succeeded in tracing a radio signal-based landmine this week, they considered themselves lucky. For, Maoists in the state are increasingly going high-tech with their landmines, resulting in heavy casualties in the police force.

In Tuesday's incident in Bokaro district, the landmine was recovered when a police party was on long range patrolling. The rebels had fitted an antenna in the landmine so as to blast it by activating a wireless set.

Landmine blasts have claimed the lives of more than 170 security personnel in Jharkhand in the last six years - and the high number of deaths is partly attributed to the different types of landmines used by the rebels on tarred as well as non-tarred roads.

'So far Maoist rebels have used wires to blast landmines, claymore landmines, camera flash landmines, mobile landmines and radio signal landmines,' a senior police involved in anti-Maoist operations told IANS.

'Maoist rebels change the technique of landmines to ensure a high casualty.'

In mobile landmines, for instance, cell phones are fitted in the landmine and an explosion is triggered if a call is made to the phone. In the camera flash landmine, a flash can cause the blast.

Even Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) J.B. Mahapatra admitted that the Maoists were equipped with the latest technology to detonate landmines.

'Maoist rebels use different methods to detonate landmines. The latest is radio signal technology which is detonated with the activation of wireless sets,' he said.

In Jharkhand, the guerrillas of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) have planted landmines on both tarred and non-tarred roads. Landmines on tarred roads are usually planted by alluring workers and contractors or threatening them.

Police have stopped long range patrolling during night due to the threat of landmine blasts. Security personnel have also been directed to get down from their vehicle on non-tarred roads.

Police officials involved in operations against Maoists say they do not have the latest technology to detect landmines.

(Staff Writer, © IANS)

Five hurt in Maoist landmine blast in Orissa

From correspondents in Orissa, India, 07:30 PM IST

At least five policemen were injured, three critically, in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district Thursday afternoon.

The incident took place near Sadagada village, about 100 km from district headquarters of Baripada, a day after Maoists set ablaze a forest building and killed an official, district collector S.K. Bashishth told IANS over phone.

The details of the latest incident are not known, he said, adding he was going to the area to assess the situation.

On Wednesday, around 50 Maoists had descended on Sadagada village and surrounded the forest house situated in the middle of the village. They asked forest official Rabindranath Patra, 55, who was resting inside, to come out. When the official came out they set the building ablaze and killed him, Bashishth said.

(Staff Writer, © IANS)

Maoist bullets killed Forest official in Orissa

Rebel bullets kill official

Bhubaneswar, May 9: The relative lull in Maoist violence in the state was broken last night after a group of suspected Maoists shot a forest official dead and set his beathouse on fire at Sarguda village of Mayurbhanj district.

Mayurbhanj collector Suresh Vashisth told The Telegraph that around 10 armed Maoists stormed into the Sarguda forest beathouse in Rairangpur forest division last night and dragged the sleeping forest official, Rabindranath Patra, out of his asbestos-roofed house.

“Then they set the beathouse on fire and took Patra around half-a-km away before putting a bullet through his head,” said Vashisth.

Before leaving, the rebels also put up posters on the trees demanding the “end of oppression” by forest officials, the collector added.

Police sources in Mayurbhanj believe that the Maoist group, yet to be identified, included three women. “It seems that they came from neighbouring Jharkhand, about 15 km away from there,” the Baripada police sources said.

The body of the 55-year-old Patra, who was living away from his family in Karanjia, has been sent for post-mortem. It seems that the forester had returned at the beathouse at 9.30 after conducting an elephant census.

The Maoists also set fire to his motorcycle, which he usually rode for his forest visits.

Till date, Mayurbhanj has remained relatively untouched by the waves of Maoist violence. But last night’s attack has left the state government baffled. Especially, the officials are at a loss to discover why a “harmless” forester should have been made a target. “I have no idea, as the details are yet to come in,” said Orissa’s director-general of police Amarananda Pattanayak from Cuttack.

Reports however state that the Naxalites ealier had visited a nearby village where they attended a wedding prior to the killing. Also, on February 1 this year, a group of Maoists had shot dead two forest guards around Kankadahad reserve forest area at Dhenkanal district.

Chhattisgarh autopsy confirms foul play: shot wounds, gashes

Nitin MahajanPosted online: Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 0000 hrs Print Email
Raipur, May 9 : Confirming foul play in the deaths of seven villagers killed in a fake encounter near Santoshpur village on March 31, the preliminary autopsy report of four of the victims’ bodies, exhumed for post-mortem from Ponjer village on Monday evening, has revealed gunshot wounds and deep gashes caused by sharp-edged weapons like axes or machetes. The bodies of two victims exhumed yesterday await post-mortem. One victim was cremated after the massacre.

The autopsy report was prepared by doctors from Dantewada District Hospital, R L Gangesh, B R Pujari and Sanjay Baghel. The autopsy was carried out after The Indian Express first reported the “encounter” which had been kept under wraps, in which villagers said seven innocent tribals were picked up by the police and Salwa Judum — an armed anti-Naxalite force comprising villagers — and killed in cold blood as “Naxalite sympathisers.”

Inspector General (Bastar Range) R K Vij. confirmed the findings but denied that any gunshot wounds had been found. “No bullets have been recovered from these bodies so far,” he said.

Top Naxalite leader arrested in Nagpur Police

Pradip Kumar Maitra
Email Author
Nagpur, May 09, 2007
First Published: 22:55 IST(9/5/2007)
Last Updated: 23:07 IST(9/5/2007)

In a major breakthrough, the city police on Tuesday evening arrested a top Maoist leader and three other naxalites, wanted for serious crimes at Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with his supporters 50 years ago.

The Commissioner of Police SPS Yadav said that the suspected Maoist leader has been identified as Murali alias Ashok Satya Reddy, chief of North Gadchiroli-Gondia-Balaghat and Rajnandgaon division while others are: Arun Pareira of Bandra in Mumbai, Dhanendra Bhurle and Naresh Bansod of Gondia. Of them, Pareira is the chief of communication and propaganda of the ultra-left wing.

For the naxalites of CPI (Maoists), who are yet to recover from the shock caused by the arrest of its politburo member, Narayan Sanyal last year from Raipur and Markam Gopanna, the secretary of North Bastar division in Chhattisgarh on May 4 near Raipur, Murali’s arrest was being regarded as yet another jolt to the outfit.

According to the city police, the CPI (Maoist) had convened a special meeting at Deekshabhoomi on Tuesday with a view to plan subversive activities at Nagpur. The senior Naxalite leader was also entrusted the job to spread naxalism in Nagpur and its surrounding area recently and hence the meeting. Acting on a tip off, police laid a trap around Deekshabhoomi premises. As soon as the four naxalites emerged out of the main gate after the meeting, the police intercepted and arrested them. Police recovered arms, including a revolver, naxalite literature and a mobile from them.

A police team had rushed to Mumbai and raided the residence of Pareira at Bandra (W) last evening. Search operations are still on there.

Murali, top-ranked naxalite has been working in Gadchiroli and its neighbouring areas for the last one decade. He was responsible for triggering a landmine blast in Salekasa of Gondia, killing two PSI and five policemen on the spot in 2005. Moreover, it was suspected that he was mastermind to kill of Madhya Pradesh Transport minister, Likhiram Kawre in Balaghat, a few years ago.

Yadav claimed that documents seized from that revealed that they were planning to instigate people for launching an agitation on farmers suicide and a movement on the line of Nandigram to oppose SEZ in Nagpur. The city police came to conclusion after interrogation that Murali was behind to instigate dalits I the region on Khairlanji that led to violence and arson in several parts in the state.

The arrested Maoists also provided vital clues during the intensive interrogations. A five-member team from AP police has already reached Nagpur to interrogate them further while police teams from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are coming tomorrow.

The naxalite Murali married to one Ranjita, a dalam (squad) commandant of Kobrameda in Gadchiroli in 2002. Ranjita remarried Murali after her husband, Tulshiram Madavi, another dalam commander, was killed by naxalites when he surrendered before the police to lead a peaceful life in 2002. It was said that Murali was instrumental for the killing of Tulshiram and later he married Ranjita and promoted her as the dalam commander.

The city police booked all the four under 10, 13 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities prevention Act, 1969 and 353 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. They were produced before the local court and got police remand till May 16.

Maoist link to Mumbai

Thursday, May 10, 2007 01:09:14 pm

One of three people arrested by Nagpur police on Tuesday (May 8)
A Mumbai resident, who according to police was the propaganda chief of Naxals in Maharashtra, has been arrested in Nagpur late night on Tuesday (May 8).

Arun Pereira who lived in Mumbai’s western suburb of Bandra, was in Nagpur to attend an important meeting, after which he was arrested along with three others. The four have been remanded to police custody till May 16.

The police claim that with the arrest, a host of Maoist subversive plans have been nipped in the bud. The Naxalite quartet was wanted by police in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for serious offences. What has come as a surprise – since the Naxals were looking to set up a base in the city – is the claim by Nagpur police that the four were involved in instigating violence in Nandigram in West Bengal and across Maharashtra after the Khairlanji killings.

Police say Arun Pereira, alias Sanjay Choudhary is the propaganda chief for Naxals in Maharashtra. Pereira is a resident of Mumbai and proficient in computers, regional languages. He was in charge of propaganda and communication for Naxals, and had in his possession a pen drive that contains sensitive information.

Police also say interrogating Pereira has been a challenge, since he is a “hardcore Naxalite” who has not revealed much information so far. An automatic pistol, and dairy has been recovered from the Naxals. The diary contained details for fabricating an explosive.

Among the arrested is a divisional secretary of East Vidarbha, Murli alias Mahesh Reddy, who is expected to be under intense scrutiny. A police team from Andhra Pradesh has also arrived for interrogation.

Naxal threat to Mumbai?

Meanwhile, in a significant development, Maharashtra police has revealed there is a serious threat to Mumbai from the Maoists.

Speaking exclusively to TIMES NOW, Maharashtra DGP, P S Pasricha said a lot of sensitive information has been recovered from the four naxals arrested by the Nagpur police on Wednesday (May 9). He claimed that these naxalites were also behind the violence that erupted across Maharashtra after the now infamous Khairlanji killings.

“We have recovered a pen drive and a CD from the Naxal that contains very crucial information,” said Pasricha.

Sources had told TIMES NOW earlier that the Maoists were making plans to protest against the Special Economic Zones coming up in various parts of India, including on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Red alert in border districts after arrest of senior Maoists

Pradip Kumar Maitra

Nagpur, May 10, 2007
First Published: 15:30 IST(10/5/2007)
Last Updated: 15:36 IST(10/5/2007)

Fearing retaliation from the Maoists, a red alert has been sounded in border districts of Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia and Bhandara of Maharashtra after the arrest of hardcore Naxalite leaders, Murali and Arun Pereira in Nagpur on May 8.

Elected representatives, particularly MLAs, in the sensitive areas have been advised to take additional precautions against possible retaliation by the Naxalites and not to move out of their headquarters.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Pankaj Gupta, inspector general of police (anti-Naxal cell) informed that an extra care was taken for peoples' representatives and social workers in view of the incident. The Maharashtra Minister of State for Transport and Social Justice Dharmababa Atram, who is from Gadchiroli district, was provided Z category security while his cousin and former legislator, Satyabhan Atram was given X category security. Besides, the ministers and legislators were asked not to disclose the details of their tours but keep the police informed about their movements. Similarly, VIPs were asked not to stay in villages during nights. Advance information to the police would enable them check all culverts and arrange security cover in the rural areas, Gupta further informed.

Naxalites had abducted Dharmaraobaba Atam in 1992 and later released him on pro-quid-quo basis when the state freed senior Maoist leader Shivanna from Chandrapur jail. The Maoists kidnapped Atram near Etapalli when he was returning after attending a marriage ceremony at night.

Shivanna later became the chief of Gadchiroli division of CPI (Maoist) and was killed in an encounter by the Chhattisgarh police a couple of months ago. It was alleged that Maharashtra police picked him up from a jungle and handed over to Chhattisgarh police who allegedly killed him in a fake encounter.

Guj encounter: Naxal, cops link?

Posted Thursday , May 10, 2007 at 09:12
Updated Thursday , May 10, 2007 at 13:53 Email Print

THE AP CONNECTION: A Gujarat CID team led by Geetha Johri arrived in Hyderabad to probe the AP connection.

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Hyerabad: A Gujarat CID team led by the IPS officer Geetha Johri arrived in Hyderabad on Wednesday night to probe the Andhra Pradesh connection in the Gujarat fake encounter case.

The team's arrival comes a day after Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police, M A Basith denied the involvement Andhra Police officials in the case.

Geetha Johri says the team will probe if Hyderabad police officials had helped the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad track Sohrabuddin down.

E Radhakrishnaiah, a Gujarat cadre officer - currently on deputation to the CISF in Andhra Pradesh - may also be questioned. Johri is planning on questioning seven other police officials in connection with the case.

There is speculation that Johri may reconstruct the crime scene in Hyderabad and probe how the Gujarat Police came to know of Sohrabuddin's travel plans.

Sources say that officials had got his travel plans from a Naxalite and then passed it on to the Gujarat Police officials.

Johri, who exposed the 'fake encounter' and the involvement of senior officials, may also visit Tandola, a village in neighbouring Karnataka where the bus - on which Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi were travelling when he was arrested - was stopped by the policemen.

She was also believed to have visited Hyderabad last year to question the driver of the bus, which was intercepted by police.

"I don't have any specific names. I came here to get some clarification"
— IPS Officer, Geetha Johri

The Andhra Pradesh government, meanwhile, has denied giving any official support to the Gujarat Police. The state is maintaining that it did not even have any official information on the Sohrabuddin case.

However, government sources say that some AP officials may have supported the Gujarat Police on a personal basis.

Naxals gaining foothold in Mahrashtra

10 May, 2007 l 0418 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

NAGPUR: Santra, Peepal, Aam, Khajur and Bar. It may sound like the recipe of a fruit salad, but is much more sinister than that. These are some codes by which Naxalites reportedly refer to cities in Maharashtra.

The city police are now trying to decipher such codes that have been found in the documents seized from the four naxals, who were arrested near Deekshabhoomi on Tuesday.

While the police conjecture that 'santra' refers to Orange city Nagpur and 'aam' is another name for Amravati, the meaning of other monickers has yet to be established. These codes hint at a deep-rooted network of Maoists in the state, especially cities like Nagpur and Mumbai, sources said.

The arrest of Mumbai resident Arun Thomas Pereira alias Sanjay Choudhary also hints that Maoist activities may have started striking roots in the commercial capital of India.

"Maoists are aiming to consolidate their operations in at least two cities in Maharashtra. Although we aren't sure about one of them, the other is Nagpur," said commissioner of police SPS Yadav during a media briefing on Wednesday.

"In Mumbai, Naxal activities might be very low-key but their existence cannot be denied," Yadav added. "Naxalites might be present in Mumbai, but in lesser numbers than in Nagpur," he conjectured.

The copy of a letter written by Maoist leader Sushil Roy, presently lodged in Kolkata jail, addressed to the West Bengal chief minister was also found from the possession of the arrested naxals.

Several translated documents related to the violence in Nandigram in West Bengal found in the seized documents hinted that apart from Dalit sentiments and farmers' suicides in Vidarbha, Maoists are also looking at a broader horizon for support.

The police chief said the naxals probably chose Deekshabhoomi to meet, discuss and exchange materials to fan communal violence based on Dalit sentiments in near future.

Apart from a convenient meeting point, Nagpur could be a place for treatment of injured cadres or their family members, rehabilitation and shelter, stated Yadav.

Naxalite arrested, firearms recovered in Chandauli

Bharat Kumar
Varanasi, May 09, 2007
First Published: 21:32 IST(9/5/2007)
Last Updated: 21:38 IST(9/5/2007)

With the arrest of a hardcore Naxalite, cops have busted an illegal factory of firearms in a dense forest of Naughar area in Chandauli district during a combing operation on Wednesday.

Police have recovered a country-made pistol, parts of sophisticated SLR, wire, explosive material and equipment of preparing and repairing firearms.

The arrested Naxal has been identified as Jai Prakash, a resident of Kharauli area under Chand police station in the bordering district of Bhabhwa in Bihar. Police are gathering more details about the arrested Naxal from the Bihar police.

According to reports, cops were engaged in a routine combing operation in the dense forest of Naughar area on Wednesday when they spotted a suspicious man. When policemen signaled him to stop for checking, he tried to flee but cops arrested him and recovered a country-made pistol of 12-bore from his possession.

During the interrogation, police got vital information about the networking of Naxals in the area. On the revelation of the arrested man, cops busted a factory of illegal firearms in a dense forest area. Cops recovered the upper portion of a SLR gun, thin wire, explosive powder and other equipment.

The SP (Chandauli), Praveen Kumar confirmed the arrest of the Naxal under the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act.

Naxals carry Arundhati Roy's excerpts

10 May, 2007 l 0420 hrs ISTl Soumittra S Bose/TIMES NEWS NETWORK

NAGPUR: Pamphlets containing excerpts of an interview of Arundhati Roy, activist and celebrated author, was among the literature that was recovered from the four naxals who were arrested from Deekshabhoomi on Tuesday.

According to the police, the pamphlets were meant for propaganda of the Naxal cause in the state. The leaflets were found in the possession of Naresh Bansod, who reportedly claimed to be a social activist and a journalist. The details of the arrest and the operation preceding it are contained in a report of PSI Santosh D Sawant, adjoining a wireless message of Nagpur police.

Four Maoists—Mahesh alias Murli alias Ashok Satya Reddy (45), Arun Thomas Pereira alias Sanjay Pereira (35), Dhanendra Shreeram Burle (35) and Naresh Bansod (42)—were arrested by a special squad team under the supervision of deputy commissioner of police, Zone-II Amitesh Kumar at Deekshabhoomi on Tuesday afternoon. The four are reported to be actively involved in the operation of the CPI-ML and People's War Group (PWG).

"We were ready for an encounter because naxals are known to carry fire arms," commissioner of police SPS Yadav said, during a media briefing on Wednesday. During the operation, the police found a 9 mm pistol, 2 magazines and 16 live cartridges from Murli, divisional secretary of Maharashtra, with Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat regions under his control. A pen drive, 2 VCDs and 1 MP3 CD, manuals for operating IED's walky-talky and two mobile phones were seized, apart from Rs 1,976 cash.

The police had information that some people linked with Maoist were arriving by the general compartment of the Maharashtra Express on Tuesday.

The information stated that a person in a pink shirt and brown trouser and another in yellow shirt would arrive to meet Murli, who was about to carry out a subversive operation.

The police began following the duo after spotting them at the Nagpur railway station. Another person joined them midway and they together went to Deekshabhoomi.

The police followed them and tried to pin them down but they started throwing the material they were carrying.

The person in the pink shirt (Pereira) tried to throw an envelope away which contained photographs of two police personnel—from the anti-Naxal cell in Gondia.

Murli threw away his mobile phone (09424130470). After retrieving the material, the cops took the culprits to the police gymkhana.

The police found a pistol and cartridges in the possession of Murli. The police also found an identity card of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited of one Sanjay Choudhary pasted with Pereira's photograph.

A certificate in the name of S Rao signed on July 10, 2007 was also found.

The arrested persons were charged under 10, 13 and 20 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 and 3,25 of Fire Arms Act. They were also charged with 353 and 34 of the IPC.

A mobile phone with a SIM of BSNL and three books authored by Suresh Dwadashiwar were also found from Dhanandra Burle. A card belonging to a woman was also found in his possession.

The arrested persons were charged under 10, 13 and 20 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 and 3,25 of Fire Arms Act. They were also charged with 353 and 34 of the IPC.

WB, AP CMs on Naxal list

New Delhi, May 5: The Naxal menace is spreading across the country. In March, this year Naxals gunned down Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Lok Sabha member Sunil Mahto from Jamshedpur along with his two bodyguards and a JMM worker, when he was on a visiting Baguria village as the chief guest of an exhibition football match on Holi.

Now documents available exclusively with CNN-IBN show that the intelligence Agencies

have warned that Naxals have many more Members of Parliament and Members of Legislatives Assemblies of different states on their hit-list.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy and West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee are some of the prominent names on the list.

The documents also show that the UPA government has admitted that it has failed to contain the terror of the Naxals.

But the flip side to the intelligence warnings is official figures which point to the fact that Naxal menace is on the decline.

Union Home Ministry's figures say "Naxal violence has shown a decrease of 6.15 per cent in 2006 over 2005 and also in the first half of 2007".

However, an internal note circulated within the government shows that the UPA government has admitted that despite police action Naxal activities are on the rise.

On the other hand the stain of Red terror is spreading on the ground - a truth that the government refuses to acknowledge publicly.

A secret document circulated in last week's high-level meeting between the Union Government, and police chiefs of 16 Naxal-affected states in the country clearly admit that "despite concerted police action, several development initiatives, planned public perception management and people's resistance, the Naxal activities are increasing."

But Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta says, "These statistics does not really mean anything".

And despite several such meetings over the past three years, no coordinated approach has yet been taken to tackle the spread of Naxal violence.

In fact the document clearly shows that the government is concerned that "Naxalites continue to carry out well-planned and coordinated attacks along military lines".

It's clear that the government is concealing a very grim reality, a reality that might soon force the government take a re-look of the policies to tackle the Naxalites.

* Naxals have many more MPs, MLAs on hit-list

* UPA govt has failed to contain terror of Naxals

* Govt figures say "Naxal violence on decrease

* Govt concealing a very grim reality

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

America Still Considers Nepal's Maoists as Terrorists

NHRN News Desk

Kathmandu, May 9: The US Department of State’s latest travel warning on Nepal (May 7) continues to consider the Maoists as terrorists and urges US citizens in Nepal to be careful and not to leave their houses or hotels during political demonstrations.

"Given the nature, intensity and unpredictability of disturbances, American citizens are urged to exercise special caution during times when demonstrations are announced, avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring or crowds are forming, avoid road travel, and maintain a low profile,” the Department's consular information said, according to online journal Nepal Monitor.

"Despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement by the government and Maoist insurgents and their entry into an interim government, Maoists continue to engage in violence, extortion, and abductions," the document says, adding that “Maoists freely roam the countryside and cities, sometimes openly bearing their weapons.”

According to the journal, the advisory refers to the recent threat by Maoist leader “Prachanda" to launch a new campaign of demonstrations and disruptions, and says the Young Communist League, a subgroup of the Maoists, continues to extort and abuse people, including threatening Kathmandu-based personnel of a US non-governmental organization.

The journal said the US's previous travel advisory on Nepal, issued 5 months ago (December 8, 2006)) was also critical of the Maoist atrocities and continued threat from them to the US interests in Nepal.

Currently there are 30 countries on the travel warning list of the US.

SAP person killed in encounter with Naxalites in Bihar

Saharsa, May 09: A State Auxiliary Police (SAP) personnel was killed during a fierce encounter with Maoists at Chikni village of Khagaria district in Bihar today.

Over 200 rounds of fire were exchanged between the police and the Naxalites in which the SAP personnel was killed, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Kosi Range) Sahab Akhtar told.

The Naxalites looted one rifle from the SAP man, he said. They also took away his uniform.

The DIG said the Naxalites had assembled in a police outpost falling under Saharsa district.

Saharsa SP Kunwar Singh and sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Simiri Bhakhtiarpur, Fakahruddin were camping at the site of the encounter, the DIG said.

Intensive search operation was launched to nab the Naxalites after sealing the borders of Khagaria and Saharsa districts.

Bureau Report

Forester shot dead in Maoist attack

Sadagada (Orissa), May. 9 (PTI): In the first instance of Maoists' killing a government employee in Mayurbhanj district, the ultras shot dead a forester after setting ablaze a house last night.

Police said around 50 persons, seven of whom were armed and in fatigues, dragged out the officer Rabindranath Patra, who was sleeping inside, and set the house and his motorcycle on fire.

Patra was then taken into the forest and shot at.

Senior officials and police, who went to the densely forest area under Gorumahisani police station this morning, found the body of Patra with a bullet wound on his head.

The cartridge found lying nearby was recovered by the police.

The Maoists, three of whom were women, were suspected to have crossed over from neighbouring Jharkhand and went back to the neighbouring state after the incident, police said.

Forest officials said Patra reached the area on Monday in connection with elephant census being undertaken and had attended a wedding feast at a nearby area last night.

Bank loot in Naxal hotbed

Bokaro, May 8: Three criminals today looted Rs 1.59 lakh from the Jharkhand Gramin Bank’s branch in Kanjkiro, about 45 km from Bokaro, located in the Naxalite-dominated Nawadih block.

Police sources said the trio entered the bank, under Nawadih police station limits, around 11.30 am.

Brandishing country-made pistols, they threatened to shoot the staff and customers. The criminals ordered those in the bank to remain where they were and, probably to iterate their threat, fired three rounds in the air.

Without any challenge from the guard, the robbers vanished into the nearby jungles with the money. The operation was carried out in about 20 minutes, after which the police were informed.

Bokaro superintendent of police Priya Dubey said: “Raids are being carried out to nab the criminals and an alert has been sounded along the entire border of the district.”

This is the third major robbery to have taken place in Bokaro within three months.

On February 6, three criminals robbed Rs 2 lakh from the Jharkhand Gramin Bank under the Chas police station jurisdiction.

The second major incident was on April 27, when about Rs 3 lakh 60 thousand was looted from the electric supply sub-division office in Jainamore, under Jaridih police station. Two electric department employees were shot during this robbery.

Naxalite chief held in Bihar

Posted at Wednesday, 09 May 2007 17:05 IST
Sasaram, May 9: Shankar Ram alias Roshan, a self- styled "area commander" of the outlawed CPI-Maoist who carries a reward of Rs. 1 lakh on his head, was arrested at Dhanpurua village in Rohtas district Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided a house in the village and took him into custody, officials said.

Ram was wanted in connection with several offences, including a landmine blast in which 11 policemen were killed at Dobua More in the same district in 2003, they said.

The Bihar government had declared a reward of Rs 1 lakh for him after he was found to be involved in the killing of Inspector, K.N. Sharma, at Nauhatta in 2000.

Four naxals arrested in Nagpur

Press Trust Of India
Nagpur, May 09, 2007
First Published: 14:16 IST(9/5/2007)
Last Updated: 14:17 IST(9/5/2007)

Four members of a naxal outfit were arrested in Nagpur and an automatic pistol recovered from them, a senior police said on Wednesday.

"The hardcore naxals were picked up by Crime Branch sleuths near Deekshabhoomi in west city area on Tuesday with a nine mm pistol," Additional Commissoner of Police (Crime), Bhushan Upadhyaya, said.

Police also recovered photographs of two police officers from their possession and some naxal literatue.

The leader of the group was Murli alias Mahesh Reddy who was wanted by police from neighbouring states. He was operating in Salekasa and Darekasa terrain in Maharashtra's Gondia district, police sources said.

The Crime Branch has sent teams to various destinaions to gather more information about the dreaded naxal, he said.

The other three arrested were identified as Dhananjay alias Dhannu Burli, Naresh Bansod and Arun Kumar Perrera.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

US warns its citizens about travelling to Nepal

Kathmandu, May 08: Expressing concern over the security situation in Nepal, the US warned its citizens about travelling to the country, saying the Maoists still pose a danger despite joining the interim government.

"The department of state remains concerned about the security situation in Nepal and continues to urge American citizens contemplating a visit to Nepal to obtain updated security information before they travel," the US government said in a statement.

The advisory comes ahead of the Maoists' plan to surround the Singhdurbar secretariat on May 13 to pressurise the government to declare Nepal a republic by submitting one million signatures to the speaker of Parliament.

"Despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement by the government and Maoist insurgents and their entry into an interim government, Maoists continue to engage in violence, extortion, and abductions. Maoists freely roam the countryside and cities, sometimes openly bearing their weapons," the statement said.

Violent clashes between Maoists and indigenous groups have taken place in recent months in the Terai region, along the Southern border with India, it said.

The US, which still regards the CPN-Maoist as a terrorist organisation, has also strongly recommended to its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the Terai region, where clashes recently claimed at least 27 lives.

The statement also mentioned about "increasing crimes" in Kathmandu valley and said travel via road in areas outside the valley is still dangerous and should be avoided.

Bureau Report

TATA's to invest in steel plant-township in Naxal-infested Bastar

By R.C.Ganjoo

New Delhi, May 8: Chhattisgarh's underdeveloped and tribal-dominated Bastar District is set for a major makeover with the entering of the TATA Group.

According to Ganesh Shankar Mishra, the District Collector of Bastar, the TATA's have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government for a steel plant-cum-township.

About 5000 acres of land has been acquired by the TATA's for the project. The land has been acquired from 10 villages for the five million ton capacity plant.

While launching this project, TATA has taken care of affected families whose land is being acquired. Prior to providing a job to one member of the affected families, TATA's will give technical training. The State Government is also arranging bridge courses for middle and matriculate unemployed youth to get them adjusted in TATA Steel plant .

Bastar District has 655 village panchyats . Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme ( NREGS) about 1.5 lakh employed youth will be getting jobs, Mishra said.

Commenting on Naxal activities in the area, Mishra told ANI that awareness camps have been arranged at the village level to keep locals away from the influence of Naxals.

In these camps, senior officials have been asked to redress the grievances of the people on the spot. bout the tourism potential of Bastar, Mishra said that the State Government has focused on places of pilgrimage, beautiful waterfalls like Chitterkote and the famous Bastar Dusharra Festival. He also said that adequate security would be provided to visiting tourists, adding that so far, no tourist has been attacked by Naxalites in the district.

It is pertinent to mention here that 27 panchayats of Bastar have been selected as Nirmal Gram in the panchayat awards list for 2006-07.

President A P J Abdul Kalam recently presented the Nirmal Gram Award to Mishra recently.

Mishra said that the Bastar administration has followed the sanitation and development guidelines for creating Nirmal Grams, irrespective of all odds.

"It was a challenge to bring change in the traditions and behavioral practices of tribals that they have followed since time immemorial," said Mishra.

"For the first time, it has happened that Naxalites did not create hurdles in the process," he added.

He said that the total cleanliness campaign is a different kind of initiative.

"It is a four year project in which all the 600 gram panchayats of Bastar District will get toilets, covering 13 lakh people," he added.

The total cost of making one toilet, he said, was Rs 1,500. The user has to submit Rs 250 and the rest of Rs.1250 would be by the Centre and the State Government.


Naxals derail goods train in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, May 08: The banned Naxal outfit CPI (Maoist) today removed two rail tracks causing derailment of an iron ore-laden Contaitewada district, a top police officer said.

The Naxalites, who abducted four staff of the train after the derailment at Nareli, about 390 kms from here, later released them unharmed after looting their wireless sets, Dantewada District Superintendent of Police, Rahul Sharma, told on the phone.

Train services from Kirandul to the rest of the country has been affected due to the derailment, top police sources said.

The track was used for the transportation of high-quality iron ore from Bailadila area of Dantewada district for export to Japan and Korea and for domestic use.

"It was an act of sabotage," Sharma said.

"The Naxalites removed two tracks of 13-metre each early this morning," he added.

To protest the arrest of some of their top leaders in Raipur district recently, the Maoists have also blocked vehicular traffic to iron ore-rich Raoghat area from the rest of the state by felling trees at many points on Raoghat-Kanker road of Kanker district, about 215 kms from here, police sources said.

Bureau Report

Piyush is not a naxalite; claims wife

Posted at Tuesday, 08 May 2007 12:05 IST
Raipur, May 8: Arrested naxal Piyush Guha's wife today claimed that his husband is innocent and has been fabricated in the case, Sahara Samay sources said.

Rupa Guha said that her husband was regularly visiting Raipur and other parts of Chhattisgarh in connection with his business.

Breaking into tears, Rupa has said that the police is harassing her relatives in West Bengal.

It is worth mentioning here that Raipur police arrested Piyush on Sunday. The police claimed that he was working as a messenger for the banned outfit.

Meanwhile, Rupa said that she is planning to move court against arrest and police atrocities.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Nepal: The Maoist's Grand Strategy - Threat to Democracy

Gorkhali Nepal
May 7, 2007
PB Khatri

The Maoists waged so called "people's war" in Nepal has cost many lives and damaged unaccountable amount of public and private properties. Following the success of "Janaandolan II", the truce is declared, but, widespread acts of terrorizing, such as killing, kidnapping, intimidation, extortion, atrocities, organized crimes, political violence are common phenomenon even during the post truce period. Such acts are still ongoing and there is no sign of denouncing such acts by the Maoists even when they joined the interim parliament and government.

The Maoists are politically trying to get big credit of "Janaandolan II". They are doing so because they are getting too much leverage from the "old regime". The Maoists are tend to hide their past military setback by claiming that the outcome of Janaandolan II was only possible due to "fusion" of "people's war" and "mass movement". They have committed unaccountable number of crimes against humanity over the period of 12 years long war, but they haven't spelled out even a single word about their side of wrong doing. Interestingly, majority of mainstream political parties along with civil societies and human rights organizations are also silent on these critical issues. In order to lure the Maoists in to mainstream politics the government gave total amnesty to the Maoists. Score of criminals acting under Maoists cover got political amnesty which resulted culture of impunity in Nepal.

As the Maoists Supremo, Prachanda, mentioned in one of his recent address that the people's war is not over yet and they will continue to stage the war in different forms until their end state is achieved. Such statement clearly indicates that the Maoist party is not serious about ongoing peace process and present peace arrangements. One can easily draw a conclusion that the Maoists will not be satisfied until their ultimate aim is achieved which is obviously a totalitarian communist regime. Such statement has surely inspired the Maoists cadres at various levels to stage more atrocities and terrorist acts.

The Maoists, becoming well aware that it is impossible to capture the central power by military means, adopted strategy of political maneuver to pursue their ultimate goals. It was complex for them to sustain the protracted war as they kept on suffered very badly during series of combat operations with the security forces. They were having crisis of manpower shortage, shortage of arms and ammunition and they couldn't attract mass with their outdated political ideology. In one hand, they were becoming very unpopular day by day among the populace, and in other hand, they were having problem to get "outside support" particularly from neighbouring countries. These problems coupled with international pressure finally forced them to surrender politically to seven parties' alliance (SPA). Fluid political situation and conflicting political ideologies and interests of SPA gave the Maoists upper hand in political bargaining. The Maoists found conducive environment to bring the SPA on their own terms and conditions.

The present political culture is not focused towards fulfilling the people's aspirations and interests but diverted towards addressing the Maoists agendas. The main focus is shifted towards punishing the institution of monarchy and monarchists as the Maoists consider them as prime enemy of their "political grand design". The Maoists is also focused on making the Nepalese Army weaker as the Maoists think that the strong Nepalese army will be a biggest hurdle on their path to achieve their ultimate goal. In the course of weakening the Nepalese Army, the Maoists are trying to disrupt the organizational structure by inducting politically indoctrinated cadres in to National Army with a view to penetrate and destabilize the rank and file of Nepalese Army. They are also spreading false propaganda to damage the credibility of Nepalese Army and its leadership.

Interestingly, the voices have been raised only to penalize the member of security forces for the atrocities alleged to have been made during the so called "people's war". Very low voices are raised against the Maoists for the unaccountable number of crimes against humanity that they have committed during the same period. It is known to all that the crimes committed by the Maoists are much higher in terms of magnitude, intensity and seriousness. They have even killed their own cadres who are wounded in war, fearing that the security forces will detain them and get information from them. There are many innocent civilians, unarmed security forces, family of security forces members, political activists and government civilian employees who became victim of Maoists brutality.

Only very few politicians, human rights activists and journalists have shown courage to point out the finger towards the Maoists atrocities. The government is virtually doing nothing to penalize to those who are found guilty during post ceasefire period. The government is probably showing restraints either to please the Maoists or due to weak mechanism to enforce law and order. It is the culture of impunity which has inspired the Maoists to repeatedly commit the crimes. The so called Young Communist League (YCL) (which are unregistered Maoists militants) is formed to confront civilians and other political forces. They are taking law and order in their hand and openly challenging government authorities and Police forces by operating in parallel. If the activities of YCL are not taboo to political activities only then this will certainly create many problems which will damage the system of state affairs.

There is a need to establish truth commission, tribunal court and peace and reconciliation council to impartially investigate the crimes against humanity and penalize those no matter which organization they belongs to. The mandate given to the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) must be strong enough to bring the justice by ending the culture of impunity. The present mandate given to UNMIN is weak probably due to political nature of mission. Their voice is also not so strong enough to deter the Maoists not to repeat criminal activities and atrocities.

The political interests of SPAM must not over shadow the rules of law and basic rights of people. The SPA must realize that if the Maoists are not tamed properly then it is imminent that next target of Maoists will be SPA themselves, mainly Nepali Congress and UML. Once the Maoists destroy Monarchy and National Army then it will be easy going for them to grab the central power. They don't consider other political parties including NC and UML as major threats on their path to achieve end state of their grand strategy.

Gay beauty pageant defies Maoists

[8 May, 2007 l 0002 hrs ISTl IANS]

KATHMANDU: Less than a month after the controversial staging of the Miss Nepal pageant, the country’s gay community has held a Miss Transgender contest — in a double defiance of the Maoist opposition to beauty pageants as well as homosexuality.

Wearing an embroidered and sequinned red sari, 21-one-year-old Ria, also known as Raju Gurung, wore the Miss Transgender crown at a gay pageant Sunday in Pokhara city — a popular tourist destination. Though initially over a dozen people signed up to take part in the contest organised by NGO Sunaulo Bihani, many of them backed out at the last minute due to family pressure and the social stigma surrounding homosexuality in Nepal, a local daily said.

The pageant consisted of an introduction round, a talent contest and a question-answer session. Ria, who professed a penchant for dancing and swimming, currently works for the organising NGO. This year, after the Maoist guerrillas joined the government it was alleged that rebel cadres were cracking down on homosexuals.

Poster campaign against Maoist menace

Tuesday May 8 2007 00:00 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Police in an Orissa district have stepped up their fight against Maoist insurgency with a poster campaign that highlights the latter's atrocities and details a government package for surrendered guerrillas.

"Hundreds of such posters have been displayed at various places in the tribal town of Malkanagiri," a police official told IANS.

The district police have erected two giant hoardings at the DNK junction. While one hoarding reflects the state government's package for Maoists who surrender, the other describes their massacres.

According to the hoardings, if a Maoists opts to join mainstream society, he or she will be given Rs.10,000 as preliminary financial aid, followed by a small plot for house construction and a Rs.25,000 bank loan, besides Rs.15,000 for marriage and Rs.200,000 for self-employment and financial rehabilitation.

"If any Maoist surrenders with arms and ammunitions, he or she will be given Rs.20,000 as financial assistance immediately," the hoarding reads.

It also mentions that the guerrilla will be paid Rs.15,000 if he surrenders with a rocket launcher, Rs.10,000 for an AK-47 or AK-57 or INSAS or SLR, Rs.5,000 for 303 rifle or pistol or revolver and Rs.5,000 for a wireless set.

"We believe that the awareness campaign will yield positive results," the official added.

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Now, Maoist trail leads to Kaithal

Now, Maoist trail leads to Kaithal
[8 May, 2007 l 0419 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana police arrested a Maoist leader, holding clandestine meetings in Kaithal to enlist more youths into the ranks, on Monday evening. The arrested man has been identified as Somveer Singh, who was earlier a leader of the Maoists' students cell — Jagrook Chatra Sangathan.
Somveer's is the second such arrest in the last two days and the fifth within a month. On Saturday, Yamunanagar police had arrested another Maoist leader, Poonam, while her husband Sanjay managed to give them a slip.

Sources said SHO, Kaithal city police station, Ravinder Kumar, was on patrol duty when he was tipped off about a Maoist activists' meeting in Jawahar Park in Kaithal. In a swift action, ASI Pritam Singh led a team comprising Balraj Singh and Pritam Singh to the venue and arrested Somveer. However, others attending the meet fled from the spot, escaping police action.
SP Navdeep Singh Virk confirmed the arrest but declined to say anything more, saying probe is still in a preliminary stage. A case under sections 34 and 124A of IPC — furthering criminal cause with a singleminded intention and sedition respectively — has been registered against Somveer and others at the meeting.

"We have confiscated some documents pertaining to their (Maoists) funding. Our sources tell us that Maoists have been active in the state over the last one year or so and have been organising lectures and secret meetings in almost all the districts of the state," KV Raumna, SP, Yamunanagar, told TOI.
Now, Maoist trail leads to Kaithal-Chandigarh-Cities-The Times of India

An inconvenient truth

The Pioneer > Columnists

Why do left-liberal enclaves in Delhi mourn Sohrabuddin, while the rest of India is glad his criminal hand has been stayed? There is clearly a growing restiveness on national security issues

In the immediacy of acrid debate, political slander and breathless television anchors, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. This is precisely what has happened with the "encounter deaths" of Gujarat. So caught up is everybody with scoring rhetorical points, crucial, basic questions have gone answered.

There are, really, three compelling issues that emerge from the drama of the past week. First, just who was this Sohrabuddin Shaikh and why are we being subjected to intimate photographs of him every evening on television? Second, are "police encounters", in Gujarat or elsewhere, necessary, evil or merely a necessary evil? Third, what impact, if any, will this have on the political fortunes of everybody's favourite bogeyman, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi?

To answer the first question, a bit of context is called for. In the late 1980s, well before Indian public discourse came to be dominated by me-too-Oprah Winfreys, Abdul Latif was the underworld king of Gujarat. Based in Ahmedabad, politically well networked, he made a fortune in the bootlegging industry.

Later, he became Dawood Ibrahim's business manager in the State and was one of the criminal dons to make what now seems to be the seamless transition from organised crime to terrorism. Latif was a suspect in the Mumbai blasts case of 1993; the RDX and other explosive devices for that operation landed, remember, on the Gujarat coast.

In November 1997, Latif was killed in an encounter with the Ahmedabad police. He was under arrest and had allegedly tried to escape while using the toilet. A Congress-backed Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) Government was then running Gujarat. The Chief Minister was Mr Dilip Parikh but the power behind the throne was the RJP president, Mr Shankarsinh Vaghela. Today, of course, Mr Vaghela is a Congress MP and Union Minister for Textiles.

Whatever he may say now, 10 years ago, Mr Vaghela's supporters saw the elimination of Latif as an "achievement" and a sample of their leader's courage and resolve. The importance of Latif's departure from the State terror matrix was important enough for that redoubtable magazine, Frontline, to recall it in its April 29-May 12, 2000, issue.

"Shortly after massive blasts occurred in New Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market on May 21, 1996," the article in Frontline said, "RAW made available intercepts that led the Srinagar Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu & Kashmir Police to Jammu & Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) operative Farida Wani. Soon after, her boss, Hilal Baig, was shot dead by the SOG on July 17, 1996. Telephone intercepts also led the Gujarat police to one of the JKIF's top associates, Ahmedabad underworld baron and Dawood Ibrahim associate Abdul Rashid Latif. Latif was arrested from New Delhi by a Gujarat Police Anti-Terrorist Squad on October 10, 1996, and was killed later while attempting to escape from custody in Ahmedabad."

Many of Latif's cohorts were put under watch. One of them was his driver, apparently responsible for, in one daring move, hiding a huge cache of weapons meant for terrorist groups. This was part of the consignment that had arrived before the Mumbai blasts of 1993. Latif was under surveillance so his driver had hidden the arms in a well in his (the driver's) native village near Ujjain.

The driver eventually faced over 50 cases, including some under the National Security Act. He was arrested, at various stages, by the Gujarat and the Madhya Pradesh police, but avoided conviction. When not facilitating terror networks, he was engaged in extortion rackets in Rajasthan, acting almost certainly on behalf of others. His principals, the police believe, may be linked to terror-funding groups.

The name of Latif's driver was Sohrabuddin Shaikh. In most countries, there would have been relief at his death - though a legal sentence would have been preferred. In India he has become the tragic hero of a news television soap opera.

Move to issue two: The larger 'philosophy', if that is the word, behind police encounters. From the Naxalite insurgency in 1970s West Bengal to the quelling of terrorism in Punjab two decades later to, in the late 1990s, the crippling of criminal gangs in Mumbai, precedents have been cited. Since precedent is not always justification, contemporary imperatives could also be considered.

For a start, as a political worker in Gujarat put it the other day, "Before abolishing encounters, the courts need to abolish the conditions that give rise to encounters." In short, a justice system marked by delay, adjournments and insufficient witness and evidence protection can never be effective enough when taking on big crime, let alone global terrorism.

In large measure, the popular mood in favour of encounters was driven by the shame of Kandahar, when three terrorists had to be released to win freedom for the hijacked passengers of flight IC-814, on the final day of 1999. Since then, the public has come to sanctify a "take no prisoners" approach, one that reduces opportunities for future hostage crises.

Why couldn't India stand up to the Taliban-jihadi blackmail in December 1999? A hysterical media, showing exaggerated pictures of relatives of hostages and even of Delhi Congress workers pretending to be relatives, painted the NDA Government as heartless and put enormous pressure on it. The other side of the story was not told, irrational emotionalism was built up; the Government lost its nerve.

Today, the same channels feature talk shows asking why police encounters take place. It some ways, there is a logical link between the feckless reportage during the Kandahar horror and the killing of Sohrabuddin. Revulsion for one has led to approbation for the other.

Third, what is the political upshot of the Gujarat encounter story? If the Opposition and the national media - and in the case of Mr Modi, they are interchangeable - had focussed on just the murder of Kausar Bi, the State Government would have been on the backfoot. She may or may not have been a gangster's moll and a collection agent, she may have dumped her husband - she left him after he lost his job - and three children in Ujjain for the fast life with a desperado, but Kausar Bi was no terrorist.

In going for the overkill and converting this into a larger criticism of the Gujarat Police and political leadership, and savaging the fight against terrorism in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, Mr Modi's rivals have done him a huge favour. It is not for nothing that there is a steady stream of visitors outside DIG DG Vanjara's house, offering his wife support and sympathy. In Sabarkantha district, this rough-and-ready OBC police officer is a folk hero; already people are saying he will sweep an election if he resigns from service and contests as an Independent.

This may be an inconvenient truth in Left-liberal enclaves in Delhi. In the rest of India, it captures a growing restiveness.

Maoists links to Fake currency racket busted in city-Nagpur-Cities

Fake currency racket busted in city
[8 May, 2007 l 0334 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]

NAGPUR: It all started with a routine traffic check. But a fake currency racket busted by Nagpur rural police on Sunday may have links with the naxal movement in the region.

The ring was exposed after a youth was arrested with counterfeit currency and a sophisticated pistol at Umrer. The kingpin, however, managed to give the cops a slip. Material and gadgets to manufacture fake notes have been recovered.

During the special ‘all-out operation’ bandobast system initiated by Nagpur (rural) superintendent of police Yashasvi Yadav in rural districts, a team of Umrer police arrested 21-year-old Naresh Kodape and seized a sophisticated factory-made pistol from him, along with a 9 mm magazine and three live rounds.

Around 66 fake notes of Rs 100 denomination were also recovered from him. During the action, however, Deepak Nag, suspected to be the kingpin of the racket, managed to escape.

On Sunday, head constable Ram Ashray Mishra and constable Ravindra Bakal were screening vehicles, especially two-wheelers, under the supervision of inspector Vilas Deshmukh at Bypass naka on Umrer-Gadchiroli road. The police team stopped two persons on a bike for regular checking. Naresh Kodape was driving the bike while Nag was riding pillion.

After the vigilant cops questioned the duo about a bag Kodape was carrying, Nag suddenly jumped off the bike and started running. Though constable Bakal chased him for some distance, he had to return empty-handed as Nag disappeared in the crowd. According to police, the accused were travelling from Wadsa village in Gadchiroli district to Nagpur.

However, after questioning Kodape, Umrer police team raided Deepak photo studio in Gondia and seized a computer, scanner, printer, special ink cartridges, high quality plain paper, one hard disk and other accessories—worth almost Rs one lakh—which were used to make fake currency notes. The motorcycle used by the accused and a vehicle for transportation has been also seized. "Using these equipment, the absconding accused could have manufactured any number of fake notes and still not be done," said SP Yadav, who is supervising the investigation.

According to police, Nag could be an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. It is suspected that he started the illegal activities under the garb of a photographer at his studio in Gondia around a year ago.
"From the kind of sophisticated weapon, which has to be either imported or made in a big factory, we got hints that the racket may be linked with groups like naxalites," said Yadav. Around six people, including Nag, are suspected to be involved. "We are trying to ascertain the modus operandi of the gang, whom it was linked with and how many notes they might have pumped into circulation," said Yadav.
Fake currency racket busted in city-Nagpur-Cities-The Times of India