Saturday, June 09, 2007

Police gear up to cover soft targets from Maoist attacks

Saturday June 9 2007 12:09 IST

GUNTUR/ONGOLE: With the reports of CPI-Maoist top brass calling for tactical counter offensive that involves lightning strikes on soft targets and remote and unprotected institutions like banks, industrial units and government offices, the police in Prakasam and Guntur district have gone into a tizzy.

As a precautionary measure, the Prakasam district police have advised the banks operating in Naxal dominated areas close to Nallamala to take adequate precautions.

As many as 45 banks have been identified as soft targets for the Naxals’ tactical counter offensive in Prakasam district.

“We have advised the banks to keep minimum amounts with them and deposit the balance in the main branches. Under no circumstances should they keep large amounts,” said Prakasam OSD RN Ammi Reddy.

Similarly, the banks have been told to install security alarms and keep emergency communication systems ready.

The protection to the banks has also been increased.

In the Naxal dominated areas like Bollapalli and Palnad, policemen have reportedly been planted in key areas.

Posing as farmhands and dailywage labourers, these personnel will act as embedded information gatherers on Naxalite movements, according to sources.

The police have also formed CATS (counter action teams) to tackle the latest offensive.

Also, a small booklet called Kavacham (protective armour) containing safety and security related tips has been circulated among all ‘soft targets.’

The booklet also has latest photographs of Maoist action team members which were obtained from the seized arms dumps in Vinukonda area.

Meanwhile, with the reports that Maoist State committee members Konapuri Ilaiah alias Sambasivudu and Sakhamuri Appa Rao are recruiting new cadres in Nallamala area, the police have intensified combing in the forest area.

On Friday night, the paths of the Naxals and the police crossed at Chinnamantanala village in Nallamala forest.

However, a face-off was averted as the Naxals managed to give a slip to the cops.

Vacancies mar development

Saturday June 9 2007 11:29 IST

ROURKELA: The tribal dominated Sundargarh district is just limping and not operating at a normal pace.

Reason: A large number of vacancies at the officers’ level are dogging the vital organs of the administration.

Sample this: A senior OAS officer, Sahu Munda, is given the additional charge of Rourkela ADM, secretary to Rourkela Development Authority and executive officer to Rourkela Municipality.

Munda is project administrator to Panposh ITDA. Of the large number of vacancies plaguing the most crucial wings of the administration elsewhere in the district, around 21 are in OAS category.

While Bonai sub-collectorate has none of the required three OAS officers, two against the required four OAS officers are managing the Panposh sub collectorate.

In Sundargarh (Sadar) sub-collectorate, of the three OAS posts, two are vacant. Apart from this, the collectorate itself is short of five deputy collectors of the total nine.

On the health front too, the scenario is no better with 40 of the 209 senior officers posts lying vacant. This includes Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialists, Medicine specialist and District TB officer in the district headquarters hospital.

Moreover, eight posts of Class-I (junior) rank and six posts of Class-II specialist doctors are vacant. Vacancies of assistant surgeons are around 18 and of those present, six have gone out for higher studies.

The Public Distribution System (PDS) too is at the mercy of in-charge officials. Of the 25 posts of marketing and supply inspectors, at least 13 are vacant.

The post of Additional Civil Supplies Officer at Rajgangpur has no occupant. Lack of proper monitoring has given rise to irregularities in PDS distribution.

Yet another backbone of the society, education, is crumbling for want of officers. Bonai education district has no District Inspector of Schools (DI) and the post is taken care of by deputy DI whose superannuation is due next month.

In the high school level, there are 12 vacancies of trained graduate teachers in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, while it is 14 in Chemistry, Zoology and Biology.

The woes don’t end here though. Nearly 61 posts of trained graduate teachers, nine of Class- II rank education officers and four of senior level officers are vacant.

Similarly, in 17 blocks of the district 11 posts of block extension officers are waiting to be filled up. With such a huge number of vacancies to be filled up, speedy progress of development works can only be a dream

Friday, June 08, 2007

Need arms license? Go to Nagaland

Parul Malik

Posted Friday , June 08, 2007 at 12:13
Updated Friday , June 08, 2007 at 16:11

New Delhi: Tiny north-eastern state Nagaland has emerged as a hub for issuing small arms licenses at a time when the use of small arms for private protection and as a status symbol has become a fashion in almost every part of the country.

The state issued 15,550 arms licenses between 1990 and 2005, out of which as many as 5,200 were meant for residents of other states. These bogus gun licenses, easily available in Nagaland, are now becoming a major concern for internal security.

The Nagaland Government has now recalled hundreds of these fake gun licenses issued from the Deputy Commissioner's office in Kohima. "On verification, it was found that many of these licenses were not issued from any DC offices in Nagaland," CP Giri, former Special Secretary (Home) of Nagaland, reveals.

Investigations have revealed that the staff of the District Commissioner's office in Dimapur maintained two separate registers: One for issuing gun licenses through the regular channel and the other to issue fake licenses!

Security experts say the finding in Nagaland is only the tip of an iceberg as the number of small arms currently in circulation in the country has gone up manifold over the years. Strangely, the Union Home Ministry is not asking why so many people need gun licenses.

"You only have to look at the applications for gun licenses in Lucknow today. I think the last figures that I knew six years ago was 50,000 applications pending! This is supposed to have gone up to 5,00,000 pending applications today," Air Commodore (Retd) Jasjit Singh , a security expert, points out.

With so many illicit and sophisticated small arms in circulation across the country, it's no surprise that India is ranked sixth with 6.3 small arms arsenal, according to an UN estimate. Clearly, it's time for the government to wake up.

Experts on the illegal small arms trade say that three out of four guns currently in use in India are unlicensed. "At a very conservative estimate, the illicit arms industry would be generating an annual turnover of approximately Rs 90 crore a year," Air Commodore (Retd) Prashant Dikshit says.

India's inability to curb small-arms smuggling has strengthened the Maoists, who are today active in 8,700 police station areas across the country. Smuggling of small arms has also kept insurgency alive in the Northeast and fuels terrorism in J&K and other parts of the country.

"The Naxalites now have high-quality arms and have got their own production units. They can manufacture a sten-gun and have even developed a home-made variant of the shoulder-fired weapon," Dixit reveals.

(With Vibou Ganguly in Kohima)

Helicopters to aid fight against Naxals

BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT | Friday, June 08, 2007 8:36:16 IST
The state government is using these machines to combat the growing violence by the group

The state government will now track the activities of the Naxals from the air. Alarmed by the growing activities of this group, the state government has decided to hire helicopters to aid in actions against them. The centre has given its nod to the government's demand to hire helicopters from Pawan Hans for the next six months to help in the speedy transport of security forces, who are engaged in operations against the Naxalites.
The Home Ministry cleared the demand so that the movement of the security personnel during any operation is not hampered, due to the Naxalite tactic of mining the roads which are used by troops.
The helicopters can also be used to evacuate casualties and to ferry supplies to the security personnel operating deep within the jungles of the state, official sources informed.
These helicopters will be shared between Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. The expenditure on the aircraft will be reimbursed from funds provided under the Security-Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, a spokesman said. Under the SRE, a scheme which is implemented in states affected by Naxalite violence in 1996, the centre supplements the efforts of the states in effectively dealing with the Maoist problem.
The scheme was comprehensively revised in February 2005, increasing the rate of reimbursement from 50 percent to 100 percent and covering more districts and more items for reimbursement. The revision also permits the advance release of funds to the states.
A total of 76 districts spread across the nine states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are covered by the scheme.
The ministry reimburses all expenditures incurred on security-related issues, including logistics and camp facilities for military forces.

Expiry of cover ups risk for cops fighting Naxals

8 Jun, 2007 l 0303 hrs ISTlAmitabh Tiwari/TIMES NEWS NETWORK

RAIPUR: If governance in insurgency hit regions is about — among other things — boosting the morale of brave security men, then the Chhattisgarh government is faltering. About 24,000 security men engaged in operations against Maoists in Chhattisgarh are working at their own risk after their insurance cover expired on May 18.

The delay in renewal of insurance schemes has deprived families of at least 12 security personnel who were killed by Maoists after May 18 of the compensation due to them. Injured security personnel too face the same problem. Initially 10,000 security personnel were covered under the group insurance scheme which started in 2005. It was later extended to all the security personnel and policemen in 2006.

The problem is the National Insurance Company, which gets an annual premium of Rs 2.5 crore from the state government, is not keen to continue with the scheme because it had to pay around Rs 3.5 crore from April 2006 to May 18, 2007, as insurance claims. Even other companies are resisting the scheme because of high risk factor.

Under the insurance scheme, the family of a security personnel who died in the line of duty used to get Rs 10 lakh as compensation. Similarly, families of those with severe injuries got Rs 5 lakh each and those with minor injury Rs 1 lakh each. This amount was over Rs 6 lakh given by the state government to dependents of each dead security personnel.

Senior police officers now claim that a proposal for the renewal of insurance was sent to the home department in advance but till date no decision has been taken

'Need to check growing naxal activities'

7 Jun, 2007 l 0419 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

NAGPUR: Highlighting the threat perception arising out of growing naxal activities in Maharashtra, city police chief SPS Yadav drew the state government's attention to address this burning issue at the state-level crime conference held in Mumbai recently.

Underlining the need for strengthening the intelligence machinery, Yadav emphasised on the need of statewise check on naxal activities.

Recently, Nagpur police arrested four Maoists - Mahesh alias Murali alias Ashok Satya Reddy, Arun Thomas Ferreira, Naresh Bansod and Dhanendra Bhurle and seized substantial incriminating material from them. After guiding the operation, Yadav informed that the vital information collected from the arrested Maoists as regards their activities in the state would be handed over to the state and central intelligence agencies.

Yadav said that the activities of the Maoist frontal organisations may have serious ramifications in future. "I spoke about the frontal organisations activities in the state and the danger they pose to the country," said Yadav. The city police chief shared vital documents about the activities of Maoists retrieved during the seizures at the state level conference.

Apart from 396 cases of house breaking, about 78 robberies have taken place in the city so far till May.

"City police is open to issuing arms licence to the local sarafa traders," said Yadav. "The sarafa traders can keep their private guards and we would also intensify our vigil," he added.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

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Wanted Maoist leader held in AP

Warangal, June 7 (PTI): A top Maoist leader carrying Rs 3-lakh reward on his head has been arrested here, police said Wednesday.

Kodavati Kumara Swamy alias Naganna was active in Mahaboobnagar district and was also a member of South Telangana Zonal Committee, District Superintendent of Police, Soumya Mishra, told reporters here.

Swamy was one of the prime accused in the killing of IPS officer Paradeshi Naidu five years ago. Naidu was then the SP of Mahaboobnagar district, she said.

Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed Swamy who was in the city to meet his ex-colleague and surrendered Maoist, G Rajireddy alias Shyam.

The Maoist leader was accused in as many as 14 cases, including killing of eight police personnel and attack on three police stations, the SP added

Police arrest most wanted Maoist leader
Thursday June 7 2007 12:01 IST
WARANGAL: Most wanted Maoist leader and the party’s Mahaboobnagar district committee secretary Kodavati Kumara Swamy alias Naganna alias Sahu was arrested by the police here on Tuesday night.

Swamy is also a member of the Maoist party’s south Telengana zonal committee. He is the prime accused in the killing of IPS officer Paradeshi Naidu, the then SP of Mahaboobnagar district.

SP Soumya Mishra told newspersons that Swamy was accused in 14 cases.

Among them are 10 murder cases including the killing of eight police personnel. Swamy was involved attacks on three police stations, blasted three police vehicles, snatched several weapons from the police and police stations.

There is a reward of Rs 3 lakhs on his head.

A native of Kadipikonda village in Hanamkonda Mandal in the district, Swamy joined the People’s War Group (PWG) in 1983. In 1985, he was arrested by the police in Warangal and lodged in the central prison here.

After his release from prison, the PWG shifted him to Mahaboobnagar district. He worked there in various capacities. He also worked as the party’s den keeper in Banglore city. In 2000, he reached Chittoor, and was living there in the guise of a auto driver.

On Tuesday night, he came to Warangal to meet his ex-colleague and surrendered Maoist G Raji Reddy alias Shyam, who lives in Parimala Colony.

On a tip-off, Subedari SI P Srinivas nabbed him. “He is a notorious Maoist leader who killed many police personnel.”

Huge cache of mines: In a major breakthrough, the Warangal police unearthed 13 landmines, ach weighing 10 to 12 kg, and four claymore mines with two kg explosive material. They were planted by the Maoists between Kowshettivai and Chowledu villages of Tadvai Mandal in the district.

The police also recovered 16 detonators and 200 meters of wire, which were meant for igniting the mines. She said the Maoists planted the mines with an intention to kill cops and political leaders.

Matwada CI K Dakshina Murthy along with a special party recovered the mines. They would be rewarded suitably, she said.

Additional SP SD Goutham and DSP Md Liyakhat Ali Khan were among those present.

Choppers to be used to counter Naxalites

Chhattisgarh to hire choppers to fight Maoists

From correspondents in Delhi, India, 09:01 PM IST

Worried about the escalating Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh, the ministry of home affairs Wednesday allowed state authorities to hire choppers to take on the rebels.

'The Chhattisgarh government has been allowed to hire choppers from manufacturers Pawan Hans for use in Maoist affected areas. This will be mainly for evacuation of casualties, movement of security personnel and supplies,' the ministry said in a press statement.

The statement added that the state government would share the helicopters with the Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra governments for optimum utilisation.

The expenditure incurred will be reimbursed under Security Related Expenditure Scheme (SRE), a non-plan scheme to supplement the efforts of the states to deal with Maoist violence effectively.

For long the ministry has been toying with the idea of pressing choppers for surveillance in Chhattisgarh, which has borne the brunt of Maoist violence in the last two years.

On March 15, Maoists attacked a police camp in Bijapur, 510 km south of state capital Raipur, and killed 49 policemen.

'Regular sorties on air may at least help us track down their movements and possible camps,' said a ministry official.

A total of 74 policemen - 24 personnel of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) 9th battalion and 50 of the Special Police Officers (SPOs) - were present at the camp in Bijapur when the rebels ran over the camp. They also took away a huge cache of arms and explosives before setting the camp on fire.

Prior to this, the extremists had also claimed responsibility for the killing of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MP Sunil Mahato during Holi festivities on March 4 and followed it up in quick succession by killing Prakash, a Congress leader in Andhra Pradesh.

Last year, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand accounted for a whopping 1,025 of the 1,509 attacks that left 512 civilians and security personnel killed.

Till date, the government has deployed 33 paramilitary battalions on anti-Maoist duty and sanctioned 29 additional India Reserve battalions, besides setting aside Rs.3.71 billion under the police modernisation scheme for weaponry, telecommunication equipment and other infrastructure.

(Staff Writer, © IANS)

STUDYING NETWORKS : Naxalites eyeing the dabbawalas?

Ultra-Left eyeing the dabbawalas?
Anupam Dasgupta
Thursday, June 07, 2007 08:35 IST

The pen drive seized from alleged Naxalite Arun Ferreira contained information about the operational details of the city’s dabbawalas, top officials of the anti-Naxalite unit of Maharashtra Police told DNA Wednesday.

1. "dabbawalas" = lunch-box carriers
2. LOCATION : Mumbai , 120 years Old operation
3. ORGANIZATION :Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association (MTBSA)
4. MEMBERSHIP : 5,000
6. JOB : Deliver home-cooked food in the western Indian city Mumbai
7. REACH : 200,000 people
8. EFFICIENCY : Their life starts with braving Mumbai's heat, humidity and peak-hour traffic, reaching the homes of students, entrepreneurs of small businesses, managers, especially bank staff, and mill workers.

Ferreira had been arrested from Nagpur on May 8, along with Murali alias Ashok Reddy, a Naxalite divisional commander. The dabbawalas have strongly reacted to their trade having anything to do with police and security affairs. Raghunath Dhondiba Medage, president of dabbawalas’ association, said, “Ours is a clean and totally transparent system. We don’t tolerate anything even remotely suspicious.”

Anti-Naxalite unit officials have communicated the development to higher-ups in the Home department.

What intrigued the police and security officials was the “interest” of the Naxalite-Maoist cadre in the functioning of dabbawalas — a network which has access to almost every home in the city and suburbs.

“Ferreira’s pen drive contained information about how dabbawalas operated flawlessly within a systemic framework. The information is exhaustive and also lists how the system runs and makes profits,” said Pankaj Gupta, Special Inspector General of the anti-Naxalite unit.

Police claimed that Ferreira, a Bandra resident, was an active Maharashtra state committee member of the Communist Part of India (Maoist) and had considerable influence among the ultra-Left in the state. Other information contained in the pen -drive also revealed “his clear involvement” in the Naxalite-Maoist scheme of things, sources said.

“Information about this particular network (dabbawala) is a worrying development,” said Nagpur Police Commissioner SPS Yadav.

“Perhaps, the Naxalites were planning to infiltrate the dabbawala network and use it to their own advantage,” said a senior Intelligence official on condition of anonimity.

Mumbai's tiffin carriers deliver Posted : Thu, 07 Jun 2007 10:28:00GMT
Author : DPA
Category : India (Business)
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New Delhi- Some 5,000 semi-literate lunch-box carriers, called "dabbawalas" have built up a near-perfect record of service over the past 120 years, delivering home-cooked food to more than 200,000 people in the western Indian city Mumbai. During that colourful history, they have been courted by British royalty, lectured Microsoft management, and have become a case study for major business schools, including Harvard.

The dabbawalas, part of the The Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association (MTBSA), claim that during the organization's 120 years of operation, they have made just one error in 16 million transactions.

That one acknowledged mistake took place in 2005, when Mumbai was lashed by heavy rains and floods and a rookie dabbawala could not make one of his deliveries.

It's an error rate which surpasses the benchmark that blue-chip telecom and IT companies like Motorola, Genpact, Wipro, Infosys and IBM have set for their products, the president of the MTBSA, Raghunath Medage, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

The out-of-the-box solutions of dabbawalas have captivated Britain's Prince Charles, who invited two of them to his wedding with Camila Parker Bowles. They have also taught Virgin Atlantic supremo Sir Richard Branson a thing or two about service with a smile.

And starting this year, their business style will be studied across India by high school students.

Dabbawalas are in textbooks because a day in their life starts with braving Mumbai's heat, humidity and peak-hour traffic, reaching the homes of students, entrepreneurs of small businesses, managers, especially bank staff, and mill workers.

This wide assortment of customers prefers to buy their tiffin, or mid-day meal, from dabbawalas for reasons of economy, hygiene, caste and dietary restrictions, as well as that home-cooked taste.

Each day, between 8:30-9 am, the dabbawalas collect food in dabbas (lunch-boxes), each of which is color-coded to identify its owner and destination.

Then the dabbawala puts all the dabbas onto a wooden crate, which he lugs on his head or uses a pushcart, moving fast using a combination of bicycle, train and his two feet to reach his destination.

At various intermediary stations, dabbas are hauled onto platforms from exclusive trains and bogies and sorted for distribution.

At Mumbai's downtown stations, the last link in the chain, a final relay of dabbawalas fans out to take the dabbas to their respective owners.

Dabbawalas, each on an average catering to about 35 customers every day, collect, deliver, and return 200,000 two-kilogram lunch-boxes daily in Mumbai. They earn the equivalent of between 7.50 and 8.70 US dollars per month from each of their customers.

The money they earn goes into a cooperative pool, from which they are paid an average monthly salary of 124-148 dollars.

MTBSA takes in about 9 million dollars annually, much of which is used by the co-operative to provide low-cost loans to the carriers and for running costs.

What's most amazing about their logistics is that they achieve very high quality with zero documentation, no sophisticated technology for tracking the movement of the lunch boxes and no motor vehicle for transport, other than the suburban train service, pushcarts and bicycles.

Dabbawalas have been invited to deliver lectures to organizations like Accenture, the Reserve Bank of India, the Confederation Of Indian Industries (CII), and to the cream of India's management and engineering institutes.

Shantanu Moitra, a consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, said the the secret to the dabbawalas' success is the combination of "low-cost suburban train service that covers the entire Mumbai city, a close-knit family of dabbawalas from the same sect, competitive collaboration between groups, entrepreneurship, technical efficiency in logistics management, and a flat oraginasational structure."

To create a feeling of ownership, each dabbawala has to bring some capital with him - including two bicycles (100 dollars), a wooden crate for the lunch-boxes (50 dollars), at least one set of white cotton loose shirt and pants (15 dollars), and the trademark white Gandhi hat (0.5 dollars).

Hiring is selective because dabbawalas consider themselves to be the descendants of soldiers of the legendary 17th century Maharashtrian warrior-king Shivaji, who fought the British empire in pre-Independence India. They are hired from within a select Varkari sect in the western Indian state Maharashtra.

"We believe in employing people from our own community. So whenever there is a vacancy, elders recommend a relative from their village," said Madhba, a dabbawala from Maharashtra.

An 8th grade education is a recent pre-requisite, although out of 5,000 dabbawalas, about 85 per cent are illiterate. The remaining 15 per cent are educated up to 8th grade.

"Our system accommodates those who didn't or couldn't finish their studies. But we have people who have studied up to high school who couldn't find respectable jobs," said Medage.

"Farming earns a pittance, compelling us to move to the city. And the tiffin service is a business of repute since we are not working under anyone. It's our own business, we are partners, it confers a higher status in society," said Sambhaji, another dabbawala, of whom only four are women.

"We earn more than many educated graduates," added dabbawala Khengle.

The dabbawalas were given ISO quality certification last year. They also earned recognition from the Guiness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

They are also proud to have avoided going on strike for the last 120 years, while producing near-zero carbon emissions, said MTBSA president Madage.

The dabbawalas in Mumbai are a unique institution of the city, and have become part of management mantras as they deliver homemade food to thousands across the city.

Recently many of them toured the capital city to sell their expertise to Delhi, and the results were not positive.

''Earlier also there were plans to start in other places, including London, but it is not easy. For us, distance and time management is most important. The stations need to be close to each other and everyone needs to be served lunch between 12 noon and 1 pm,'' said Anshuman Medge, Dabbawala.

Known for their precision in bookkeeping and delivery, plans were made many times before to replicate their model in different cities.

While they were able to manage a set up in Pune, logistics did not suit in other cities.

''The train system here works best for us. But in other cities, even Delhi, it is not the same. Also the distances are really far, so the road is ruled out,'' said Anshuman Medge Dabbawala.

The dabbawalas have always been popular, even Prince Charles was impressed with them.

Many have been invited to lecture in top management schools and now the NCERT has dedicated a chapter to them in their textbooks.

But for now, it seems that Delhi will not enjoy this service.

Two Injured In Gunbattle Between Maoists And CRPF In Orissa

Thursday 07th of June 2007 At least two people were injured Thursday in an exchange of fire between a group of Maoists and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Orissa's Malkangiri district, said police sources.

A CRPF soldier and a villager sustained bullet injuries when a group of Maoists open fired at a weekly market from the nearby forest at Kalimela, about 740 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, at about 12.30 p.m.

The Maoists were targeting the CRPF soldiers who were on duty in the market. The soldiers retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for about 15 minutes after which the Maoists disappeared into the forest.

The injured people were immediately taken to the local government hospital. They were later moved to the district government hospital, sub-divisional police officer Satyabrata Bhoi told IANS.

Naxal plan to kill Dravid, Pawar, Dhoni unearthed

Madan Kumar
Ranchi, May 27, 2007
First Published: 01:06 IST(27/5/2007)
Last Updated: 11:13 IST(27/5/2007)

The police in Jharkhand were on Saturday investigating the authenticity of a letter that speaks of Naxalites sending death squads to kill Team India skipper Rahul Dravid, wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and three Indian cricket board officials.

The handwritten letter, suspected to be an internal communication, was found during a raid on a Naxalite hideout in Dantewada region in neighbouring Chhattisgarh on Friday.

It says that a joint group of Naxalites from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh has decided to kill Dhoni, Dravid and BCCI chief Sharad Pawar. The board’s Niranjan Shah and Rajiv Shukla were also named. “All five are promoting cricket — a sport of the elite class — and also leading a luxurious life at the expense of the hard-earned money of the common man,” the letter says.

The letter speaks of a strike team that followed Dhoni in his hometown Ranchi recently. Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda said the letter was being taken seriously and Dhoni’s security would be reviewed, if necessary. “But before providing more security to Dhoni, the government will like its agencies to find out whether the letter is genuine,” Koda said.

Maoists axe to death former Naxal

Thursday June 7 2007 12:28 IST
KHAMMAM: A day before the Chief Minister’s scheduled visit to the district, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Naxals axed to death husband of an MPTC member and a former a Praja Pratighatana Naxalite in Chinnamidisileru of Charla Mandal on Wednesday.

The Maoists killed Kokkera Satyam - husband of Chinnamidisileru MPTC Syamala Seeta - terming him a police informer. They also grievously wounded another tribal suspecting him to be tipping off the police about their movements.

Kokkera Satyam runs a provisions shop in the village. He served in Praja Pratighatana Group till five years ago when he surrendered to the police.

A native of Veerabhadraram village of Venkatapuram mandal in Bhadrachalam division, he migrated to Chinnamidisileru after marrying Symala Seeta.

On Tuesday night, some 20 armed Naxalites came to his house and whisked him away to a place near Taliperu Canal. They tied both his hands and axed him to death.

However, Venkatapuram circle inspector Sravan Kumar refuted the allegations that Satyam was an informant of the police. He said the real reason behind the murder was yet to be established.

Earlier, the Naxals also attacked Soyam Somaraju, a tribal of Pedamidisileru village. Somaraju suffered multiple injuries on his shoulder, neck and hands and bled heavily. He also suffered a fracture.

However, he managed to escape from the clutches of the Naxals and saved his life. He was later admitted to Khammam government hospital.

Jobs for members of civilian victims of naxals

Hyderabad, June 6: The Andhra Pradesh Government today decided to provide a job to one family member a civilian victim of a naxal attack.

So far jobs were being given only to family members of policemen who lost their life in extremist attacks.

Briefing newsmen after a Cabinet meeting, Minister for Information and Public Relations, Anam Rama Narayana Reddy said the Cabinet had also decided to pay a compensation of Rs five lakh to family members of Home Guards who lost life in such attacks.

Those who became permanently disabled would be paid Rs two lakh.

The Minister also said posts of junior assistants/typists/ attenders would be filled up according to the claimants' qualification.

In cases where there were no vacancies, collectors were given powers to create super numerary posts. As against the maximum limit of fiveposts the collectors were authorised to create in an year earlier,the limit was lifted now, the minister added.

Mr Reddy said that in view of the growth of the Visakhapatnam Port area, the government had decided to sanction an A class Port Police Station and a Traffic Port Police Station with 77 police personnel.

In Kadapa, the Airport Aithority of India had acquired 533 acre of land long ago to revive the existing airport and the ownership was not changed in their favour in the revenue records he said.

The Information Minister said the Cabinet had approved the proposals for reorganisation of the Registration Department to meet the growing needs of citizens for improvement in service levels and efficiency and accountability of the staff.

--- UNI

Cops shortage in Naxal hotbed: Policing hit

Thursday June 7 2007 11:54 IST

ROURKELA: How serious is the State Government in combating insurgency and keeping the crime graph down in the Naxal-infested tribal district of Sundargarh?

Consider this: The strategically located Bonai subdivision, where the extremists are working hard to strengthen their base, alone has 30 vacant police officer posts while at least three upgraded police stations in the zone are desperately waiting for inspectors.

Sources said of the two police districts in the revenue district of Sundargarh, Sundargarh police district, under whose jurisdiction Bonai sub-division falls, is worst hit by vacancies while the situation is no better in Rourkela police district either.

In Sundargarh police district, at least 40 posts in the rank of sub-inspector (SIs) and assistant sub-inspector (ASIs) are lying vacant for long. The post of Inspector General (Western Range) is also lying vacant since April 30.

It is being handled by DIG (Northern Range) Pranabindu Acharya, as an additional charge. Ironically, Sundargarh police district has a vast work jurisdiction.

Some areas share porous border with the Naxal hotbed of Jharkhand along with four of Orissa’s extremist-hit districts. The situation is most alarming in the all-important Bonai sub-division.

As per sources, to battle the ultras effectively, six interior police stations - K Balang, Banki, Gurundia, Tikayatpali, Bonai and Koira - were upgraded eight months back.

While no inspector-rank officer is posted at Gurundia and Tikayatpali PS, Banki PS is managing without a head after the transfer of P K Aich.

This apart, at least 10 posts of ASI rank officer and several posts of constables are lying vacant in Bonai.

A highly placed cop on condition of anonymity said that the problem lies with vacancies of officers and not constables as posting of around 130 constables is in the pipeline.

Bonai, located partially in the lap of Asia’s deepest forest cover, has on its east the Naxal-affected Jharkhand with Maoists using the thick forest cover as a corridor to walk into this side of the border.

On the south-east of Bonai is the Naxal-hit Keonjhar, while on its south is Deogarh. Another Naxal-hit Sambalpur district shares porous border with Sundargarh on the extreme west-end.

In recent times, apart from Maoist terror, Bonai has also been bearing the brunt of illegal mining activities and daylight armed dacoities. But the Government is yet to wake up to the volatility of the situation.

Employment for one family member of naxal victims

Special Correspondent

State Cabinet takes landmark decision

Requests to be considered with retrospective effect
Victims' kin to be given jobs depending on eligibility

HYDERABAD: The State Cabinet on Wednesday took a landmark decision to provide employment on compassionate grounds to one member of a family of those killed in naxalite or terrorist violence.

Though no cut-off date of such killings has been specified for providing jobs, the Government said the request from relatives of Government servants as well as others for such appointments would be considered with retrospective effect.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Information Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy said the relatives would be given the jobs of junior assistant, typist, teacher or an attender depending upon their eligibility. The district Collectors were authorised to create supernumerary posts to absorb the applicants. The rule restricting the number of supernumerary posts to five in one year would be scrapped.


Mr. Reddy said relatives of home guards would get ex-gratia of Rs. five lakh each in addition to jobs. Home guards permanently disabled in attacks by Naxalites or terrorists would be paid Rs. two lakh each and those of them who suffered major injuries would be paid Rs. 75,000. The decision to extend the benefit to the home guards was taken recognising them as Government staff.

The Cabinet approved allotment of 10,670 acres of land to Brahmini Steels in four villages of Jammalamadugu Mandal in Kadapa district at the rate of Rs. 18,500 an acre. Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy would lay the foundation stone for the 4.3 million tonne capacity private sector steel plant on June 10. It would provide direct employment to 16,500 persons.

19 years

The first blast furnace of the factory would be fired within 18 months of laying the foundation stone. The Minister pointed out that it took 19 years from the date of the stone laying for commissioning of the first blast furnace of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

Naxals kill former naxal in AP

Bhadrachalam, June 6 (PTI): Extremists today killed a former naxal activist at Padamidicileru village of Cheral Mandal under Khammam district in Chhattisgarh, police said.

About 15 to 20 naxals came to the house of K Satyam, who surrendered five years ago, and took him to a distant place, and killed him with axes, they said, adding the extremists also damaged his house and injured one Soya Somaraju, a tribal of the same village.

Naxals Kill 2 CRPF Jawans in Rohtas

Rohtas: June 5, 2007

Two Central Reserve Protection Force (CRPF) jawans were killed when Naxalites with allegiance to Communist Party of India (Marxist) triggered a powerful dynamite as a team of law enforcement officials marched towards Dhansa Valley in Kaimur's mountainous terrain to crackdown on extremists in the region Tuesday morning.

Superintendent of Police (SP) N. H. Khan, while giving details about the incident, said a CRPF battalion C62 led by Rajesh Kumar and Kailash Yadav were passing through the Dhansa Ghati to conduct raids in the valley after officials received tips that the extremists were holding a meeting to plan their next attack in Rohtas district.

Suddenly, at around 8:40 am as the team proceeded towards the Naxal hideout, there was a huge explosion taking the police officers by surprise. When the dust cleared, two of the CRPF officials were found lying on the ground with no sign of life in them, Khan said.

More than 150 shots were fired from both sides and at least half a dozen Naxals were hit in the incident, the police said.

Seven jawans were also injured in the blast and the gunfire that ensued though their wounds were not considered life-threatening.

The two deceased were identified as Diwan Singh of Uttar Pradesh and Karmveer Singh of Uttanranchal.

Their bodies were brought to the CRPF camp in Banjari where officials were preparing to give them a guard of honor before their cremation.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Maoists setting up bal militia

Sunday June 3 2007 00:00 IST
SAMBALPUR: The reported presence of 10 to 12 children with Maoists in Kisinda village where they distributed leaflets on Thursday night has only confirmed their indoctrination into militancy.

Called Bal Militia, children are lured into the military wing and trained in handling arms. In school uniform these children are then used by the ultras to target unsuspecting policemen.

Though increasing use of child soldiers has been reported from neighbouring Chhattisgarh, it is for the first time that the disturbing fact has been acknowledged in the region.

Besides fighting alongside their grown up comrades, many are indirectly involved and are used as decoys, or to spot movement of security forces, ammunition transport, for money laundering and cooking.

Two years back, Birsa Munda, just 15, surrendered in Sundargarh district and is now under the care of the police after it was feared that the Naxals operating from the Saranda forest would kidnap him..

A couple of months later, another girl Kanduri Lohar alias Madhuri surrendered.

While police continue to underplay use of children and deny the growing sway of Maoists in villages, there is no denying the fact that their number is steadily growing.

There are two reasons for induction of children, explains Dr. Rajat Kujur, who has done extensive research on Maoism. These are socio-economic and strategic.

Curiosity, poverty, lack of education and opportunities, livelihood insecurity push children into joining the ultras. This apart, he says Naxalites draw heavily from the LTTE which has a large cadre of child soldiers.

Since use of children has been tested successfully by the Tamil Tigers in their strategy, the Naxals are also banking upon children heavily.

The closing down of EGS (Education Guarantee Scheme) centres in Naxal infested areas is hitting job growth in villages and has come as a boon for the radicals.

According to District Project Co-ordinator Manoj Kumar Mohanty, 234 EGS centres have been closed in Sambalpur district and more are facing closure. In Deogarh district, 219 out 276 centres were closed down over the past few months.

If the recent trend is any indication, unless the government revives the centres, the radicals will continue to hold sway.

Contractors blame Maoists for slow road projects

Posted June 3rd, 2007 by TariqueIndia News By IANS

Ranchi : Extortion by Maoists is slowing down road construction work in Jharkhand, say contractors.

The state government Saturday met the contractors to discuss the speeding up of work but the fear of Maoists overshadowed the meeting. They blamed the rebels for the slow progress in road construction and also sought security from the government.

"The Maoist menace is posing a great hindrance to development work in the state, particularly to road construction works," said Umesh patil, a contractor.

Echoing his view, another contractor said: "We cannot think of carrying out road construction work without paying levies to Maoist rebels. If the levy is denied, the rebels abduct workers and destroy equipment, forcing us to stop work."

"The state government will soon constitute a committee in each district where the district police chief will look into such things and ensure security and safety to contractors and workers," said A.K. Singh, secretary, road and construction department.

But the builders were not impressed with the secretary's decision.

"Even the state government officials pay levy to the Maoists, how can they provide security to us?" a contractor, who did not wish to be named, asked.

"The contractors have to pay a six percent levy to the rebels and anyone who fails has to pay for it in other ways," he added.

Maoist rebels, who had launched their movement in 1967, now operate in about 13 Indian states. The armed conflict has so far killed thousands of people.

Maoists intensify PR campaign

Tuesday June 5 2007 12:21 IST

SAMBALPUR: Maoists have reportedly intensified their public relations campaign in the interior pockets of Naktideul block to woo the villagers.

Sources said about 60 armed ultras including members of ‘Bal Militia’ visited the house of Balam gram panchayat sarpanch Birendra Pradhan in Naktideul block on Sunday night and handed over leaflets to him for distribution among the villagers.

They also asked Pradhan not to join the Jan Sampark Shivirs organised by the police.

Sources said earlier on Thursday night, the ultras had reportedly distributed leaflets in Kishinda, Pithouguda, Dhalapur, Luisingh and other adjoining villages in the Naktideul block.

The Maoists in the leaflets, have come down heavily on the shivirs being organised by the Sambalpur and Deogarh police.

Flaying the distribution of clothes, sports kits, books and other materials, they accused the police of misleading people and branding innocent persons as Maoists and putting them behind bars.

Maoist attack hits NMDC’s iron ore supplies

DNA Business Bureau
Wednesday, June 06, 2007 04:28 IST

HYDERABAD: Iron ore supplies from NMDC’s Bailadila mines in Chattisgarh have come to a halt after Maoists blew up three power transmission towers in the Bastar Division last week.

Iron ore production to the tune of 60,000 tonnes per day has been affected translating into a direct loss of Rs 9 crore per day.

Supplies to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam’s VSP, Essar, Ispat Industries Ltd and the Birla’s Vikram Ispat, apart from 68 smaller steel units in Chattisgarh have been affected, an NMDC spokesperson said. An Essar spokesperson said pellitisation unit in the region has not been hit though power supplies to the entire operations have been disrupted.

Top ULFA leader, wife surrender, reveals Maoist connection

Guwahati, Jun 5: A top ULFA leader and his wife today surrendered before the Army in upper Asom.

Defence sources said self-styled ULFA lieutenant Ghanakanta Bohra and his wife, 'sergeant major' Tulshi Borgohain, surrendered before 19 Kumaon Regiment at Laipuli Army camp in Tinsukia district.

Bohra, who joined the ULFA in 1986, initially procured arms for the outfit. After five years of training in Myanmar, he started operating in upper Asom and later coordinated the ULFA's activities in Bhutan.

He was arrested during the 'Operation All Clear' in the Himalayan kingdom, but was released soon. He acted as an interface between the ULFA and Maoists in Nepal to finalise arms' deals.

Besides, he was also instrumental in establishing ULFA camps in Myanmar, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.

The sources further added that Bohra's wife Tulshi, who joined the outfit in 1999, was trained in Bhutan and engineered protests and bandhs, influenced women NGOs and the vernacular media to carry out propaganda against the security forces.

Tulshi was arrested in 2003 and detained for six months, but later she again started to work for ULFA.

--- UNI

Basu-Mamata meet failed to address key issues: Naxals

Kolkata, June 6 (PTI): Naxal outfit CPI-M (Liberation) today said the recent meeting between veteran Marxist leader, Jyoti Basu, and Trinamool Congress chief, Mamata Banerjee, had failed to address the "key issues" in Nandigarm and Singur.

"The people of Nandigram and Singur are not bothered about who is holding meetings with whom. They want to know when those responsible for the March 14 genocide (in Nandigram) will be punished," CPI-M(L) state secretary Kartik Pal said at a press conference here.

Stating that violence again erupted in Nandigram since last night, he said people there would not accept "any decision taken at any peace meeting" unless Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and local MP Lakshman Seth resigned.

Alleging that the state government had forcibly taken over land for the Tata Motors project in Singur under the Land Acquisition Act, he said "owners of 287 acre do not want to hand over their land. Besides 3,500 agricultural workers would be affected. They will not accept any meeting unless the land is returned to them."

Unless the government revised its land acquisition policy, any discussion on Singur would be fruitless, he said.

Pal said his party would organise demonstrations in front of the offices of all district magistrates on June 26 to oppose the state government's policy and to demand the resignation of the chief minister. It would also organised protest rallies all over the state.

Meanwhile, another naxal outfit CPI (Marxist-Leninist) described the Monday's meeting as a conspiracy to suppress the "genocide" at Nandigram and turn people's attention from the anti-SEZ agitation.

Salwa Judum excesses drives more than 50,000 tribals into AP

Wednesday June 6 2007 15:11 IST
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KHAMMAM: The tribals of villages bordering Chattisgarh in Bhadrachalam division are living in constant fear.

Thousands of Adivasis have either migrated to Andhra or fled to forests in Chattisgarh due to the excesses committed by the Salwa Judum, a private army created by the Chattisgarh government to suppress the Naxal movement.

According to former MLA of Kunta in Chattisgarh Maneesh Kunja, about 50,000 Adivasis crossed the borders to save their skins. So far the activists of Salwa Judum killed 500 innocent Girijans on the pretext that they were assisting Naxalites, he added.

The Adivasis are sandwiched between Naxalites and Salwa Judum. About 2,000 houses of Adivasis have been reduced to ashes and they were robbed of their cattle, sheep and pigs, Maneesh said.

The exodus of Adivasis has become an headache for the Girijans this side of the border as Salwa Judum activists indulge in frequent raids pursuing their targets and forcibly take away their hens and sheep.

A public meeting held at Charla in Bhadrachalam division on June 2 denouncing the excesses of Salwa Judum was attended by 50,000 Adivasis speaks volumes about the intensity of the problem they are facing.

The Communist Party of India extended its support to the Adivasis and vowed to protect them from the Salwa Judum. CPI State secretary K Narayana and Maneesh demanded that the BJP government led by Raman Singh ban the Salwa Judum and file criminal cases against the activists of the latter.

The Salwa Judum was formed on June 4, 2005 under the leadership of opposition leader Mahendra Karma to wipe out the Naxalites.

But the Salwa Judum instead of killing the Naxalites were targetting the Adivasis, said All India Adivasi Mahasabha leader R Sankar Naik.

Thousands of Adivasis were leading a pathetic life in the camps run by Salwa Judum, he added. The Adivasis have been deprived of essential commodities as the Salwa Judum activists forced the closure of their weekly shandies, Sankar Naik said and demanded the withdrawal of Mizo and Naga forces from the Chhatisgarh, probe into the murders and lootings committed by the Salwa Judum, recall of migrated Adivasis and provide succour to them.

Otherwise he said the Adivasi Mahasabha would intensify its agitation in South Bastar in Chhattisgarh.

Orissa CM claims better law and order

Wednesday June 6 2007 14:30 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Under fire on the law order situation in the State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday tried to put up a brave face in the Assembly.

Taking the shelter of statistics, Naveen said the situation has indeed improved. The total cognisable offences, he claimed, have dropped by 6.3 percent and Naxal-related violence is very less vis-a-vis other States.

The Chief Minister said neither he nor any ruling party member has ever interfered in the police administration.

‘Two-thirds members of the House will agree with me that I have never encouraged political interference in the police administration.

Let the Leader of Opposition with lot of experience enlighten the House about criminalisation of politics,’ he remarked. On the issue of DG BB Mohanty, Naveen assured the House that his Government will not shield the officer if the Rajasthan Government requisitioned for his arrest.

Dismissing Opposition allegation that the Indian Penal Code does not apply to senior police officers accused of criminal offence, the Chief Minister said the Rajasthan police have filed a case against Mohanty in connection with the disappearance of his son.

The jurisdiction of the Orissa police will commence only when there is a requisition from the Rajasthan Government, he said.

On IG Sanjeev Marik, accused of having nexus with criminals, Naveen said it was unwarranted and unbecoming on the part of a senior police officer.

"I put Marik under suspension as soon as his case was brought to my notice," he said. "Taking a lenient view towards officers indulging in corrupt practices might have been the practice in some other government, not mine," the Chief Minister said, and pointed out that his Government has proceeded against a former DGP by chargesheeting him in several vigilance cases.

State police mobilising anti-Naxal forces after alert

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Hyderabad, June 05: With the intelligence inputs sounding an alert about the possibility of a major attack by the Maoists in Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) area, the State police began mobilising anti-Naxalite forces in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.
Sources said over 100 hardcore Naxalites including several top cadres of the CPI (Maoist) and about 500 tribals have been regrouping on Orissa side during the last one week. On coming to know about this development, the Orissa government mobilised additional forces to the border districts.

On its part, the Chattisgarh government has put its police forces on high alert as the Maoists are known for carrying out major attacks in both Orissa and Chattisgarh States.

As part of intelligence sharing, both Orissa and Chattisgarh governments have alerted Andhra Pradesh a few days ago. Of late, the Maoists have gunned down a couple of people's representatives in Visakhapatnam district and their movement in forest areas had become a matter of concern for the police.

With the latest inputs from Orissa and Chattisgarh, anti-Naxalite teams have launched intense combing operations in AOB area.

"There is no possibility of their launching a major attack in Andhra Pradesh. But, there is a danger of their crossing over to Andhra Pradesh after launching an attack in the two neighbouring States," a senior police official told this website's newspaper.

Home Minister K Jana Reddy, however, said: "There is nothing to worry. The police forces are already on high alert," he said


Naxal blast kills 3 in Bastar

6 Jun, 2007 l 0046 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

RAIPUR: Three employees of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) were killed and five security personnel injured on Tuesday when Maoists set off a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region. CSEB workers were on their way to restore power supply that was snapped by the rebels on May 31 in Bastar, Narayanpur, Dantewada and Bijapur districts.

"Three people were killed on the spot in Narayanpur district when the truck they were travelling in was blown up," said a senior police officer. Five policemen were severely injured in the explosion that took place on the Narayanpur-Orchha road.

CSEB workers were on their way to repair the high tension power transmission towers which were blasted by Maoists on the Bhilai-Barsur section. (Reports said three more towers had been damaged in blasts set off by Maoists on Tuesday).

Meanwhile, for speedy restoration of power supply, the state has set up a 24-hour control room. "We have sent several gensets and asked our administration to provide drinking water facilities in the affected areas," CM Raman Singh said.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Naxalites encourage opium cultivation in Jharkhand

From our ANI Correspondent

Chatra/Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), June 5: Naxalites in Jharkhand are encouraging cultivation of opium poppy plants to fund their operations in the region.

The anti-narcotic agencies have found out that hundreds of villages such as Irkhori, Simaria, Barkagaon, Gidhaur and Pathalgarh areas of Jharkhand's Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts are being used for opium cultivation.

Local heroin traders buy the opium from the farmers who find it profitable.

"People are taking more interest in cultivation of opium than any of their basic crops like rice and wheat," said Gariban Paswan, a State intelligence officer, Chatra.

Strict enforcement measures by the anti-narcotic cells in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have resulted in a shortfall to the tune of 40 percent in the needs of heroin and psychotropic drugs makers.

However, they have made up this deficit by procuring poppy products and morphine from the remote areas of Hazaribagh and Chatra Districts.

J.B. Mahapatra, Director General of Police, Jharkhand said that the police take action against poppy cultivators whenever they get information. Many a time police face problems in entering the villages as Naxalites have a stronghold there.

Even experts from other States come to train the cultivators in refining and packaging of the psychotropic drugs.

"The cultivation of opium should not be allowed. After getting permission from Narcotics Control Bureau only, this farming can take place at a suitable place," said Kameshwar Mehta, Assistant Excise Commissioner, Hazaribagh.

The cultivation began in the remote areas of Patthalgadda in Chatra district and Katkamsandi in the Hazaribagh district two years ago.

Today, poppy cultivation in Jharkhand has spread to nearly a dozen blocks comprising 300 to 350 villages, and covering an area of 18,000 to 20,000 acres.

Intelligence officials believe that the value of poppy cultivation and opium trade in these two districts alone stands at around Rs 1,000 crore a season. A season lasts from October to March.

Maoists operate in 182 districts in India, mainly in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.


New Chhattisgarh law draconian: Jogi

5 Jun, 2007 l 0000 hrs IS TlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

NAGPUR: Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi has come out strongly against the new law passed by the Raman Singh government under which a paediatrician, Dr Vinayak Sen, was arrested recently. Terming the legislation Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam as draconian, Jogi likened it with the Rowlatt Act of the British era that led to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

The senior Congress leader, who was in the city en route Chennai, told newspersons on Monday that among four persons arrested so far under the new law, one was a journalist and another a doctor. He said Dr Sen, a pass out of CMC, Vellore, was an associate of veteran social activist Shankar Guha Niyogi who sacrificed his life for welfare of poor people of the state. Dr Sen set up a 100-bed hospital in the mining town of Dalli Rajhara to serve the mine workers.

Urging for immediate scrapping of the law, he said there were enough laws in the land, to cover every type of criminal activity and the new law did not provide for an appeal and one could leaving wide scope of its misuse. Jogi also condemned the Salwa Judum, a government-sponsored anti-Naxalite movement involving tribals of Chhattisgarh. He also pointed out that a five-member team of tribal leaders selected from various parts of the country and sent by Congress president Sonia Gandhi had submitted its report exposing large number of fake encounter deaths as part of the Salwa Judum. Over a 1,000 people have been killed in the movement by which has made innocent tribals trigger-happy, thanks to the arms supplied to them by the government, Jogi alleged.

Expressing much relief and happiness over acquittal of his only son Amit in Ramavtar Jaggi murder case, he said for the last one year, the family had gone through a rough phase because of the court case. "But on May 31, district and session judge B L Tidke acquitted Amit with honour. Reading out portions of the 459-page judgement,

Jogi said the judge had gone out of the way to indict former chief minister Vidya Charan Shukla for framing Amit in the case. Deceased Jaggi was Shukla's close associate and was appointed treasurer of the state NCP unit during Shukla's brief stay in that party. Jaggi was shot dead near Moudapara police station in Raipur in June 2003.

Interestingly, Shukla is now trying to re-enter the Congress and the matter is pending before the party president. Jogi is expected to oppose it. But when asked, he said he convey his feelings to the party only if his opinion was sought. However, Jogi said, impressive election victories by the Congress including the Lok Sabha by election in Rajnandgaon seat last month, has made it clear that the party was set for sweeping win in Chhattisgarh in state elections less than a year away.

3 killed, 5 injured in Naxal blast

Press Trust Of India
Raipur, June 05, 2007
First Published: 15:26 IST(5/6/2007)
Last Updated: 15:35 IST(5/6/2007)

Three employees of the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board were killed on Tuesday and five Special Task Force personnel seriously injured in a landmine blast in Naryanpur district of Bastar region.

"The Maoists blew up a cement-laden truck near Kapsi, about 250 km from the state capital, by triggering a landmine, killing three CSEB employees, including the truck's driver," a police source in Narayanpur told PTI.

The injured STF personnel were admitted to Narayanpur district hospital, police said.

The incident occurred when the CSEB employees were going to Jharaghati with cement to repair three high-tension electricity towers that were blown up by Naxalites on June 1.

The damage to the towers has resulted in 27 lakh people of five districts in the Bastar region going without electricity for the past five days.

Police had earlier said the Maoists had planted landmines to target people being sent to repair the damaged towers.

Compensation paid to Venkatesh’s family killed by Naxalites

Tuesday June 5 2007 13:13 IST

SRINGERI: The State Government has given Rs 2 lakh compensation to the bereaved family of shopkeeper Venkatesh.

Chief Whip in the Legislative Assembly Jeevaraj, who handed over the cheque to the family, said that the Government would give another Rs 3 lakh to the family in a week. Naxals had killed Venkatesh on Sunday, alleging that he had informed the police about the hideout of naxal Dinakar, who was later killed in an encounter.

When the body was handed over to the relatives at Sringeri Government Hospital, the people assembled there did not allow the body to be shifted to the native village for cremation till compensation was paid. Jeevaraj arrived at the hospital and handed over the cheque to the family, after which the body was moved.

Kumaraswamy avoids naxal menace in address

Tuesday June 5 2007 13:09 IST

TUMKUR: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy felt that adequate employment opportunities would lessen the Naxal menace and make youths more proactive.

With the credit of being the first Chief Minister to visit Naxal-prone areas in 15 years, Kumaraswamy announced a slew of schemes worth Rs 22 crore for the comprehensive development of the taluk, at a public function at Pavagada town on Monday. He stayed the previous night at Chikkanayakanahalli.

As the taluk is second backward taluk in the state, the Chief Minister promised another Rs 28 crore worth development programmes. ‘‘Lack of job opportunities is a leading factor for youth to take to naxalism. My priority is to create jobs in the taluk,’’ he said. He promised that he would try his best to woo industrialists from outside to set up units, especially garment industries in Pavagada where 70 acres is being identified for an industrial estate.

About his stay at Chikkanayakanahalli village, the safest in Naxal-prone Pavagada, he substantiated that he merely followed the suggestions of the police department, officers and the local legislator. He chose to address the public from an open podium instead of a bullet-proof cabin, arranged specially for the programme.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Encounters: Terrorists are no tourists

By Sandhya Jain

Organised crime is no picnic, and officers fighting these forces deserve some leeway. I suggest that in the case of inadvertent killing of persons proven innocent, state compensation equivalent to that for an army jawan be paid to the families, and the officers reprimanded but not persecuted.

The Supreme Court’s intervention in some controversial deaths of alleged criminals or terrorists in Gujarat suggests a need to widen the debate on so-called fake encounters. The court directive to investigating officer Geetha Johri to disregard her superiors and report her findings to it directly (a gross violation of administrative rules), has prompted the officer to challenge her superiors and project herself through the media as a lone ranger battling trigger-happy colleagues to protect ‘human rights’.

Just as the Best Bakery case once served to arraign the entire Gujarat judiciary, so now the deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife, Kausar Bi, have become the occasion to malign the State police force. Most commentators have addressed the issue from a pre-determined political-ideological position. While this is acceptable in a democracy, it does not meaningfully contribute to the complex challenges facing society from armed goons.

The core issue is who wields legitimate power/force in the nation? The answer is the State, specifically the armed forces, police, and para-military forces. Their actions must be guided by the good of society and nation, hence law and legitimate authority. Two other issues arise from this proposition. One, what do law enforcing agencies do when constrained by other State agencies in the performance of their duties? Two, does society (i.e., citizens in certain circumstances) have the ‘right’ to take recourse to direct action?

Some examples are in order. Some years ago, a serial rapist was beaten to death by aggrieved women in the premises of a Nagpur court. The women said they were ‘fed up’ of the courts releasing the accused on bail even as he continued his reign of terror on the locality. Police made some arrests on the basis of media footage, but society at large felt that justice had been done.

Recently, Ghaziabad lawyers attacked Nithari-accused Mohinder Singh Pandhar in the court premises; he was saved by police intervention. The lawyers were not related to the victims; they were simply horrified at the manner in which bones of young children were found in gunny bags in an open drain. It could be said that they identified with society and the victims’ families, and wished to ensure ‘justice’ rather than a trial that might lead to exoneration.

Since then, almost weekly the news channels highlight instances of rapists and/or molesters being beaten by irate members of the public. Indeed, there is a deep-seated Indian tradition that the people are a reservoir of dharma and justice, and are morally-bound to act when called upon to do so. They are enjoined to act either when the State/authority fails to act morally or when there is no other authority to assume the burden of dharma, or when moral outrage breaks the bounds of normal restraint.

The law enforcing agencies, however, are the first line of defense against those who transgress the law and hurt civil society. What are officers to do when political chicanery inhibits resolute handling of terrorists and criminals, often leaving no option but to eliminate the former through extra-judicial process? It is pertinent that society appreciates police encounters which eliminate dangerous criminals, such as the notorious bandit Veerappan in Tamil Nadu, who for decades was protected by a formidable politician-criminal nexus.

The primary duty of the police is to protect citizens; if their freedom to act is constrained by compromised politicians or an obliging judiciary, they must find other means of enforcing the law. Just as diplomacy is war by other means, so-called fake encounters are law by other means; we need to consider a policy of amnesty to police personnel who kill proven criminals.

In the Sohrabuddin case, police officers across three states cooperated to end his crime career. Even if we do not defend the officers arrested for his death and that of his wife, we need to establish if he was a criminal or an innocent. Sources say he hailed from a village near Ujjain, MP, and served Ahmedabad don Abdul Latif as a driver.

Initial media reports suggest Sheikh was a small-time extortionist who harassed marble traders in Rajasthan, prompting them to pay Gujarat police a ‘supari’ for his removal; but his underworld links were real. After December 6, 1992, Dawood Ibrahim sent arms and ammunition to various supporters, including Abdul Latif. But the police were soon on his scent, so he asked his driver to dispose off the arms. Sheikh threw the arms in a well in his village near Ujjain, but was arrested and sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Sessions court. The Gujarat Government appealed for a higher sentence, and the matter is pending in court. Sheikh, meanwhile, served his term and resumed his criminal career in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.

When he died, his funeral was attended by persons with criminal records and gunshots were reportedly fired in the air. The Andhra Pradesh angle derives from the fact that police there suspected him to be a conduit between Pakistan’s ISI and the Naxalites; hence Hyderabad police coordinated with their Gujarat counterparts. Another famous Gujarat encounter story pertains to Mumbai girl Ishrat Jahan. She became the poster-girl of human rights activists until, embarrassingly, she was ‘owned’ by a notorious terrorist group!

The grim reality of the modern state is that encounters are often the only effective way to end the reign of incorrigible criminals. West Bengal used strong-arm techniques to break the back of Naxalites in the 1960s. Later, it valiantly supported its police officers, which Punjab failed too in the 1980s.

I am uncomfortable with a discourse that equates criminals and innocent victims. India has witnessed too much terror to be swayed by motivated rhetoric from the human rights industry. It is easy to talk of due process of law, but Satyendra Dubey’s murderers are still at large. It took a sustained public campaign to give justice to the families of Jessica Lal and Priyadarshini Mattoo, both victims of goons acting alone.

Organised crime is no picnic, and officers fighting these forces deserve some leeway. I suggest that in the case of inadvertent killing of persons proven innocent, state compensation equivalent to that for an army jawan be paid to the families, and the officers reprimanded but not persecuted. In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court held that when law enforcement agencies are accused of killing militants or dreaded criminals in the course of duty, the police version is to be trusted over allegations by the latters’ kin.

Masooda Parveen, widow of alleged Kashmiri militant Ghulam Mohiuddin Regoo, approached the court for monetary compensation for her husband’s death, but the court refused to accept that the Army killed him in a fake encounter. Instead, Justices BP Singh and HS Bedi upheld the Army version that the Pak-trained militant and divisional commander of Al Barq terrorist group, died in a booby trap in February 1998 while assisting soldiers to locate terrorist hideouts and recovering an arms cache. In a related case, the Delhi High Court too ruled that families of victims of custodial deaths and fake encounters can at best be compensated as it is difficult to establish police complicity. This may be a viable solution from the standpoint of both law and justice.

Naxal blackout: Bastar in chaos

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JAGDALPUR (CHHATTISGARH): Backward Bastar region in Chhattisgarh plunged into darkness throwing normal life in disarray due to a power blackout for the last five days after naxals blew up power transmission towers.

Unprecedented blackout in Bastar, Dantewada, Narayanpur and

Bijapur districts badly affected functioning in hospitals, iron ore mines, communication system and rail traffic.

The authorities imposed water rationing in Dantewada town at four litres per person per day. Though hectic efforts were underway to tide over the situation, it would take at least 10 days to restore power supply as the damaged transmission powers were located in dense forest, considered to be the hideout of naxalites active there for about three decades, official sources said today.

CPI (Maoist) cadres blew three high tension transmission towers on May 31. Two days later, the rebels blew up another two 220 KV Bhilai-Barsur high tension transmission structures near Narayanpur, compounding the problems.

Engineers of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) were, cautious suspecting that the Maoists might have laid landmines in the area.

National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) had so far suffered production loss of about Rs 80 crore, while normal functioning of Essar Steel unit in Bastar had been affected, official sources said.

Targeting vital installations like high tension transmission lines has added to the woes of Bastar tribals, who were trapped in the hostilities between the ultras and the security forces.

''A general alert has been sounded all over the state while security forces have been put on maximum alert in the tribal areas'', a police spokesman said in state capital Raipur.

He said security had been beefed up in jails in Bastar region, where Maoist rebels were lodged. A large number of naxalites, languishing in jails in the region, have been shifted to central jail here.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh strongly condemned the Maoists for destroying vital installations, creating hardships to the entire population of four tribal districts.

''I don't understand why the Human Rights organisations are silent over the issue'', he said, adding these very same organisations have come out on the streets to protest the arrest of an individual for his alleged links with the Maoists.

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) President Dr

Charan Das Mahant said the state government has lost its grip over the situation.

He told UNI that considering the seriousness of the situation the state government should have deputed senior ministers and even officials to camp in Bastar to supervise the efforts to restore normalcy.

Though Bastar region was facing naxalite problem for more than three decades, Mr Mahant said, it was for the first time that the situation had turned worse. ''The state government lacks vision. It could have sought emergency assistance from the Centre to deal with the situation'', he added.

Chhattisgarh Confederation of Industry Vice-President Pukhraj Bhothara told UNI that overall situation in Bastar region was fast deteriorating. He said any failure to crush Maoist activities with an iron hand would spell doom for the entire region.

''Some so-called Human Rights and pro-people organisations and a section of media are creating hue and cry. They are not concerned over the blatant violation of Human Rights of the common masses'', he alleged.

Adivasi Mahasabha President Manish Kunjam, a former legislator, said normal life in Bastar had been paralysed with Maoists targeting power lines. The rebels, who claim to support the cause of the masses, have done no good to them, he added.

Public Health Engineering Minister Kedar Kashyap, who hails from

Bastar region, said the Maoists were resorting to such acts because of frustration at being isolated. ''Normal life of more than 50 lakh population has been affected with the ongoing power crisis'', he added

Naxal rehabilitation not a smooth affair

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Kakinada, June 04: Several Naxalites -- from ordinary dalam members to commander level -- have surrendered mostly on health grounds and unable to withstand the hard life in the interior forests, taking advantage of the government's policy inviting them to join the mainstream.

In East Godavari district itself, as many as 77 naxalites have surrendered since 1984. But the rehabilitation is not smooth and the authorities are facing a piquant situation in facing the queries of the surrendered.

Reward amount

Though the authorities are able to provide Rs.5,000 to each of them towards immediate relief soon after surrender, they face problems in paying the reward amount. As against nine naxalites surrendered since March 2005, the reward amount has been cleared in case of one Jartha Lakshmi, deputy commander of SGS Srikakulam, that too only part payment .She was surrendered on August 6, 2005 and of the total Rs.50,000 reward amount recommended, only Rs.20,000 was paid to her and the balance of Rs.30,000 is pending. Among eight others, Naragoni Manjula, deputy commander of AOB SZC and wife of Gopanna, is to get Rs.3 lakhs and Naine Adilakshmi, member of Nagavali LOS Srikakulam division, is yet to receive the Rs.2-lakh reward amount. The authorities have sent the proposals promptly but remain pending at the government level.

While the reward amount is to be released from government, the district administration has to provide land and other financial assistance for their speedy rehabilitation.

Interestingly, a majority of the surrendered are refusing to take the government land provided, as they are not cultivable and require lot of investment for development. Official sources say that nearly 60 per cent among them have refused to take the land. The banks or the government agencies are averse to finance them owing to problem of loan recovery.

`No' to farm land

Another interesting thing, according to official sources, is that some of them who are in area committee secretary cadre, are refusing to accept the governmental assistance openly, for fear of dangerous consequences from the Maoist leadership. As a result, so far eight surrendered naxalites have been given the agricultural lands, six got house sites, while one has been financed for purchase of a tractor another with a truck, two have been given jeeps. Two surrendered naxalites died much before they received the package.


NAGPUR: Alert in city likely to be extended

4 Jun, 2007 l 0327 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

NAGPUR: The city police are likely to continue on 'alert' mode for some more days to ensure no untoward incident takes place during the first week of June, following the recent unrest in Punjab and Rajasthan. "Though there is no pointed threat, we are maintaining alert to thwart any possible contingencies," said S M Sayed, joint commissioner of police.

Central intelligence agencies have also reportedly intimated Nagpur police about a possible flare-up engineered by anti-national and naxal forces. Looking at the recent turbulence in Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal, intelligence agencies sounded an alert to the Maharashtra government to remain vigilant about communal disharmony being provoked by anti-national forces.

Nagpur, with its central location, has been mentioned as a hotbed of communal tension. Apart from movements of SIMI activists and naxals, central intelligence has also alerted Nagpur police about other anti-national forces. Nagpur has been reportedly used as shelter by sleeper modules of operatives of anti-national forces.

Though city police had already stepped up vigilance after the arrest of four Maoists on May 8, security was heightened as June 1 last neared. Pakistani ultras had made an abortive bid to attack RSS headquarters on June 1, 2006. Apart from the approaching date of the encounter, the city police also paid heed to the clues of security threat that they had gathered from the seized documents of arrested Maoists. The documents had hints of a plan to flare up communal violence in the city.

The police tightened security layers around RSS headquarters and other religious places including Poddareshwar Ram Mandir, Deekshabhoomi and hordes of other sensitive locations like Hegdewar Smruti Mandir and VHP offices in the city.

A blast in a mosque in Hyderabad had already triggered heightened vigilance around mosques like Jama and Bora masjids.

2 cops, 4 naxals hurt in encounter

4 Jun, 2007 l 0324 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

CHANDRAPUR: A naxal attack on Border Road Organisation's base camp Komaka-Gattajamiya road in Ettapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli district was repelled by the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) on Saturday evening.

Around 70 rebels attacked the base. As the security personnel intercepted them, four naxalites are said to be injured in the cross fire. Two cops have been wounded too. The naxals reportedly hurled some explosive devices at the base camp, which appeared to be detonators.

A 1500 feet long, six-coloured wire has also been discovered from the spot, say police sources.

The injured policemen, Chandrakant Chaurate and Vishweshwar Pishe, have been admitted in a hospital at Gadchiroli and are likely to be shifted to Nagpur. Though not confirmed, but blood stains on the spot indicate that least four naxalites must have sustained injuries, said sources.

BRO which is building roads and bridges in the naxal hit region, have always been a target of attacks. A year ago, one of its engineers was brutally killed by the naxalite. There have been instances of workers being beaten up and threatened to spot work.

Naxalites kill shopkeeper

Chikamagalur: Naxalites Shoot Down Shopkeeper near Kigga
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Chikamagalur, Jun 4: After a few days Naxalites have hit news headlines once again, but in a 'bloody' manner. A group of 5 Naxalites shot a shopkeeper dead at Gandaghatta near Kigga of Shringeri here on Sunday June 3 night.

The deceased has been identified as Kesamudi Venkatesh (45) of Gandaghatta. He was shot dead in front of his wife Madhu and son in their shop-cum-house at Gandaghatta around 8.30 on Sunday night. When the Naxalites came to the shop, Venkatesh was closing it down. But Naxalites pulled him out, stabbed him, burnt his mobike and finally shot him in his head from a point-blank range.

While one Kalasappa who was in the shop fled the place immediately, neighbors closed their doors in fear when Naxalites attacked Venkatesh. After shooting Venkatesh to death, Naxals said to have warned the locals of same fate if any one of them tries to pass on information about them to police or ANF.

One Dinakar of Kuthloor in Beltangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada who had identified himself with the Naxalites had been shot dead by police at Kigga on December 26. He was shot dead in front of Ventakesh's brother Yogappa's house. Naxalites were of the firm opinion that it was owing to Venkatesh that police had trapped Dinakar and shot him dead.

This for the second time that Naxals have shot down a civilian. Earlier another police informer Sheshaiah was shot dead at Menasinahadya on May 17, 2005 at avenge Naxal leader Saket Rajan's killing by police. Later Chandrakant, an agriculturist from Hemmige near Shringeri was attacked and injured by Naxals on November 21, 2005. Now once again the Naxals have resorted to violence and killed a civilian.

Monday June 4 2007 12:06 IST

SRINGERI: A group of nearly a dozen naxalites killed Venkatesh 45), a shop keeper and a small farmer at Gandagatta village, 5 kms away from the temple town of Sringeri on Sunday.

Ironically, this incident had occurred on a day when the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was going to stay in a naxal-prone area in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district.

After beating him up for more than 10 minutes black and blue they fired point blank at his chest.

According to the police the naxalites had left pamphlets and other materials asking the people to support ‘Prajakranthi.’

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Andhra : Shun violence, Narayana appeals to Naxals : CPI State secretary

Sunday June 3 2007 11:19 IST

KHAMMAM: CPI State secretary K Narayana on Saturday called upon the Naxalites to shun violence and join the mainstream to fight for protecting the rights of Adivasis.

He participated in a public meeting organised by Akhila Bharata Adivasi Mahasabha at Charla mandal in Bhadrachalam mandal.

He alleged that the Chhattisgarh Government was encouraging Salwa Judum to attack innocent Adivasis in a bid to suppress the Naxalites.

The Chhattisgarh Government had no right to be in power as it was provoking anti-social elements against Adivasis, he alleged.

Security beefed up for Dhoni after Maoist threat

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Ranchi, June 3: Security has been beefed up for cricketer Mahender Singh

Wicketkeeper batsman Dhoni met Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda on Sunday to discuss issues related to his personal security.

Dhoni will now be escorted by gun-wielding security-men in Ranchi, and his house will also be guarded by local police.

However, Dhoni denied having received any threat.

He said: "I have not received any threat. It is only through media that I came to know that such a threat has come".

The Jharkhand Government has provided complete security cover for him as a precautionary measure.

"How far the threat is true, no one knows. Precautions are being taken," said Dhoni.

Whenever Dhoni will be there in the State, he will be provided full security cover.

Chief Minister Koda said whatever is required will be done for Dhoni's security.

"Because Dhoni is an international player, there are people who want to hurt him. We have to be alert and take necessary precautions, because precaution is the best defence. Security, whatever is required, will be provided," Koda said.

Cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar already have Z-category security.


India's Reds gather in Delhi, talk of another Freedom movement

Written by Harjot Singh
Sunday, June 03, 2007

NEW DELHI: The Reds in India, many of whom remained silent when tens of hundreds of Sikhs were mowed down everyday by trigger-happy Punjab Police in fake encounters, during the years of militancy are now talking of one more war of Independence.

Frontal organisations of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) discussed the need and imperatives for a "Third Freedom Struggle Movement" at a national seminar in the capital.

Representatives from the Naxal-affected states took part in the deliberations for launching the "Third Freedom Struggle" in the country "to free the people from the clutches of capitalism and imperialism".

The outfits that participated in the one-day seminar include People's Democratic Front of India (PDFI), Anti-Displacement Front, Hindustan Communist Gadar Party, Yuva Bharat and Bharatiya Kisan Union of Madhya Pradesh. Other outfits included Azadi Bachao Andolan and Lokraj Sangathan and representatives of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), who took part in the deliberations.

PDFI is spearheading the Maoist cause of mobilisation of the masses with the specific objective of uniting the dis parate forces against development policies of the Centre, according to the Union home ministry. Speakers at the seminar included representatives of the frontal organisations from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana. The Naxal outfits have established overground activities in Uttarakhand and Punjab, according to the latest list of the states affected by the ultraLeft ideology. The speakers exhorted the need to counter imperialism and capitalism through their so-called "Third Freedom Movement", as the First War Of Independence in 1857 and the 1947 Independence movements have not resulted in social freedom.

As per reports in the Indian media, the speakers claimed that a nexus existed between the capitalists and the government to the peril of the common people. The outfits expressed lament that credible non-governmental organisations did not exist in the country to take up the cause of the displaced farmers. The foreign-funded NGOs were espousing the cause of the capitalists, the speakers said during the deliberations. The outfits also expressed their resentment against the Foreign University Bill and claimed that the same, when enacted by the Parliament, will cripple the education system in the country.

Convenor of the "Third Freedom Struggle Movement", Gopal Rai said, "A training camp will be organised towards July-end to take the "Third Freedom Movement" forward and a National Sovereignty Day will be observed across the country on September 21, 2007."

The preparations for the seminar was made during the last six months. About 300 representatives from 22 organisations of Socialist, Communist and democratic ideological streams gathered at the city function, Mr Rai said. A revolution at the national-level will also be launched on a campaign basis "to free the society from the clutches of caste and religious divide through ideological churning," he added.

Naxal threat to Dhoni's life

Sunday, June 03, 2007 05:19:46 pm

MS Dhoni: No laughing matter this.

Indian cricket's poster boy, Mahender Singh Dhoni has received a threat from Naxalites and the Jharkhand government is not taking any chances. The state government will now increase protection of the super star.

Revelations show that Dhoni is reportedly on the hit list of the Naxalites. The result the Jharkhand Government has beefed up Dhoni's security who is the state's biggest hero. On being asked about the security concern looming over his head, Dhoni said," There has been a threat to my life and precautionary measures are being taken."

Dhoni will now be escorted by gun-wielding security men in Ranchi. His house will also be guarded by the local police. Jharkhand Chief Minister, Madhu Koda said," Irrespective of the fact whether Dhoni is at his Ranchi home or not, there will be a security cover at his residence."

Indian cricket's heroes like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly already have Z category security and with Indian cricketers considered easy targets Dhoni will also get increased security cover.

Blackout creates security threat in Bastar

3 Jun, 2007 l 1701 hrs ISTl PTI

RAIPUR: Security forces in Chhattisgarh have been put on high alert to prevent any Naxal attack following a blackout in Bastar region after Naxalities blasted three high tension transmission towers.

Intelligence and jail authorities have received inputs that taking advantage of the darkness and communication problems due to power failure in the entire Bastar region, Naxalites could attack some vital installations including jails to take out their associates, officials said on Sunday.

Since it would take another ten days to restore the power, the jail headquarters reviewed the situation and directed all the jails of that area to shift the jail inmates, who are accused of being Naxalites, to safer places to prevent any jail break, jail department officials said.

As a part of that at least 60 such accused of Dantewada district jail, involved in Naxal related violence, have already been shifted to Jagdalpur Central jail, the officials said.

The jail Department had so far identified 182 such people, who had been housed in various jails of Bastar region on charges of involvement in Naxal violence and the authorities have been directed to take permissions from the local court to shift them to safer places, they said.

The Maoists had earlier unsuccessfully attacked some jails, including Narayanpur jail, when there was no power in the area and the current blackout could provide them with an opportunity, they said.

CPI workers hurt in clash with Salwa Judum activists

Raipur, June. 3 (PTI): At least seven CPI members, including a Panchayat representative, were today seriously injured in a clash with activists of anti-naxal movement Salwa Judum in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

"All the seven injured have been admitted to Dornapal Hospital in a serious condition," CPI national executive member Chitta Ranjan Bakshi told PTI from Dantewada. When contacted, Dantewada police confirmed the incident and said the SP Rahul Sharma had left for the spot.

The incident took place near Dornapal when the CPI leaders and workers were returning from Cherla in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh after attending a meeting against the Salwa Judum and naxal threat, police and CPI leaders said.

About 20,000 people had left their villages in Dantewada district because of the Salwa Judum and naxal threat and took shelter in Andhra Pradesh and it was a CPI organised meeting in Cherla against their forced ouster, Bakshi said. Initially vehicles of CPI leaders were blocked near Injeram, because of which they returned to Konta block headquarters and with police escort they crossed the Konta police station area, CPI leaders said.

After crossing the Konta area they were passing through Dornapal area when Salwa Judum activists stopped their vehicles, they said. "Initially there was a verbal duel followed by the attack in which at least seven CPI leaders and workers were seriously injured and admitted to Hospital," they said.

Among the injured was one Rama Sodhi, who is an elected Panchayat people's representatives from Dantewada district, police added.

Govt mulling strategies to combat Naxals

Sunday, June 03, 2007 10:53 IST

NEW DELHI: With Naxal violence showing a sudden spurt in Chhattisgarh, the Union Home Ministry is seriously contemplating "a multi-disciplinary strategy" to combat the threat, with focus on police modernisation.

To fine-tune the strategy, an MHA team will shortly visit Raipur where it will closely review the fresh cases of naxal attacks particularly the latest killing of nine security personnel in Bastar district, Ministry sources said.

Security forces in the worst-affected Bastar region are giving a hot chase to Naxalites, but the ultras appeared to be undeterred. On Friday, the Naxalites blew up three electricity transmission towers in the region, plunging a major part of the state into darkness.

The Maoists blasted three high tension lines in Barsur area of Dantewada district, which had to bear the worst brunt of power cut.

In the latest incident of attack on police personnel, the Maoists laid booby traps in Kudur village, 435 km from Raipur, killing an Assistant Sub Inspector, a Head Constable and seven constables of the Mardapal Police station of Bastar district.

The ultras succeeded in hoodwinking the security men despite intelligence warnings. Even the MHA had written to the State Government asking it to beef up the intelligence machinery for which the Centre had offered all assistance.

A Central team had visited the state some time back to supervise the arrangements being worked out to strengthen the intelligence gathering machinery.

After these incidents, the MHA team of senior officials will not only review the situation, but also discuss steps to be taken to control the problem.

No threat of Naxal movement in Mumbai: Police

Mumbai, June 03: In wake of the arrest of a city- based person in Nagpur on charges of being a Naxalite, Mumbai Police claimed that the city does not have immediate threat of the movement taking roots here.

"Mumbai city doesn't have immediate threat of that kind of movement taking deep roots here and I do not see it in the near future," Mumbai Police Commissioner D N Jadhav told a news agency.

Jadhav said the Naxals will always be on the lookout for areas to "cool off" away from the eastern Vidarbha region where operations are on against them and then look for simmering discontent among the local populace to spread their philosophy.

"They are thriving in forests of central India. So far they haven't succeeded in forested area like Thane or Dhulia and all that," he said referring to the areas to the north of Mumbai.

When asked about reports which said the Naxals were preparing to create law and order problems during the tenth anniversary of the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar firing incident on July 11, Jadhav said, "one agent can damage a statue and people can come out on the streets and cause disruptions or rioting. You don't have to have a mass movement for that."

Eleven Dalits had died in police firing on demonstrators protesting against the alleged desceration of a Ambedkar statue in Ghatkopar's Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar on July 11, 1997.

Jadhav said there are "infinite possibilities" for the Naxals to find discontent within the people like the mill workers, the setting of SEZs on the city's fringes.

Bureau Report