Saturday, May 31, 2008

Binayak Sen trial to go on despite outcry: govt

Jailed Indian doctor's trial to go on despite outcry: govt

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NEW DELHI (AFP) — An Indian state government battling a Maoist insurgency said Saturday it will press ahead with the trial of a prominent doctor accused of rebel links despite a campaign by Nobel laureates to free him.

Binayak Sen, who has been charged under a law criminalising dealings with unlawful organisations, denies accusations that he smuggled out letters from an imprisoned Maoist whom he treated in a central Indian jail.

Chhattisgarh state said it would proceed with the case against the paediatrician and rights activist known for working with India's poor and who has already spent more than a year in prison despite an international outcry.

"Why would the prosecution register a case against him if there was no evidence of his involvement (with the Maoists),
" the government's chief spokesman N. Baijendra Kumar told AFP by phone from state capital Raipur.

"We have a judicial system in this country and it will decide what to do," Kumar said.

Earlier this month, 22 Nobel laureates wrote to the Indian government asking it to free 56-year-old Sen, who has been vocal in criticising the state government over tactics it has used in fighting the Maoists.

On Thursday, Sen's wife received the prestigious Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights in Washington on his behalf after Indian judicial authorities refused to let him collect the honour in person.

Sen is accused of taking letters out of prison for an incarcerated Maoist leader whom he visited several times.

The doctor insists he could not have taken out any letters because he was always accompanied by jail personnel when he visited the rebels to administer medical treatment.

Activists say Sen is being punished for criticising the government's backing of a controversial anti-Maoist campaign as well as efforts by the government to get tribal people to leave mineral-rich forest areas to boost development.

The Maoist insurgency grew out of a peasant uprising in 1967 and has spread to half of India's 29 states, with Chhattisgarh the worst hit.

The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of landless farmers and poor tribals in the state, which is one of India's poorest.

"Binayak believes unless we try to change the world it will never change, and he is even now paying the price for following this principle," Sen's wife Ilina said in an acceptance speech at the Jonathan Mann Award ceremony.

"The resources of the world are for us all to share," she said in the speech.

She attributed the violence partly to the Indian government's failure to include hundreds of millions of poor people in the country's economic boom.

These are "basically the problems of non-inclusive growth," Ilina said.

But authorities blame the rebels for a lack of facilities in the region as the Maoists often destroy roads and electricity stations.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced and are living in temporary state-run shelters because of fear of Maoist violence, according to officials.

"Around 270 of our policemen have been killed by these rebels. Nobody talks about their human rights violations," said a senior state government official who did not want to be identified.

Chefs for cops on Maoists’ trail - 374 cooks to serve policemen, help them stay focussed

- 374 cooks to serve policemen, help them stay focussed

Ranchi, May 31: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the Jharkhand government has only now realised. For, in a move to keep its anti-rebel combat forces fighting fit and content, the state government has decided to recruit cooks to be stationed at 145 police stations in Maoist-affected areas.

According to DIG (personnel) R.K. Mallick, the government’s decision follows a series of complaints from the forces, that instead of concentrating on operations, they also had to deploy their own men to cook meals at various police stations.

“If after hours of combing operations, the men did not get proper food, you can’t blame them for being demoralised. So, we decided to man every police station, located in Naxalite-hit zones, with a cook and water carriers,” he told The Telegraph.

The state government has advertised for 374 cooks and 195 water carriers. Apart from 145 police stations in Maoist-hit areas, some of them would be deployed with special task forces (STFs) too.

In fact, 22 cooks would be deployed at the Jungle Warfare School that was coming up at Netarhat to train personnel in anti-Naxalite operations.

This was the first time the state government was recruiting cooks for police stations. And police officials admitted privately that the government must move cautiously as earlier attempts proved counter-productive in some cases.

And if some of the men in uniform were downright sceptical, they had their reasons. In 2005, some 70 cooks were appointed for the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP). But, around 24 cooks supposed to accompany the forces in anti-Naxalite operations were apparently cooling their heels in Ranchi cooking for senior officers.

Worse, some IPS officers, who were on central deputation, had taken their favourite cooks with them!

As per rules, a battalion was to be accompanied by two cooks, two water carriers, one sweeper and one barber. But this rule was being bent by several senior police officers to suit their convenience.

Inspector-general (JAP) Rezi Dungdung, who had requested senior officials to return the cooks meant for battalions some time back, refused to comment. But sources in the JAP said some cooks were still serving senior IPS officers.

Fed up with the attitude of the seniors, the state government, Mallick said, would soon introduce a “permanent follower system” which would ensure IPS officers get two orderlies, including a cook.

“The system is in practice in several states. Also, we will deploy cooks at other police stations next year,” he added.

Police stations in Maoist-infested areas would be the initial beneficiary of the government’s latest move. This would put an end to some peculiar complications and make their lives easier.

Till now, these police stations would often engage local boys to cook for them. “This practice invariably created trouble as the local cooks were being threatened by the rebels,” said a police officer manning one such police station.

“The rebels would threaten them. Either they would ask them to stop cooking for the police or double up as spies to provide them information about police strategy,” he added.

Mallick, who was also state police spokesperson, said the government’s latest move would put an end to the practice of running canteens on caste lines at various police stations and barracks.

“The move to provide cooks will ensure that even if he was a Dalit, all policemen would eat meals prepared by him,” he pointed out.

Indian Maoists to interact with Nepali counterparts in June

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Indian Maoists, waging an armed struggle for over 40 years to establish a “classless society”, and leading intellectuals of West Bengal would get a chance to hear about the virtues of ballot-over-bullet from Nepal’s Maoist leaders when they meet in Kolkata June 23. The Maoists in Nepal scored a historic victory in the constituent assembly elections in April. They are now heading the interim government that is tasked with writing a new constitution for Nepal following the abolition of monarchy.

Baburam Bhattarai, number two in the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist’s pecking order after Prachanda, will lead a delegation to Kolkata - considered India’s ‘Left bastion’ -to formally engage with the Naxalites and other Left parties.

Surprisingly, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front, which has been ruling West Bengal for the past three decades, has been left out of this engagement.

“The delegation led by Baburam Bhattarai will arrive in Kolkata on June 22. They will be our guests for two days,” Amitabha Bhattacharya of the Mazdoor Kranti Parishad told IANS on phone from Kolkata.

A number of leading intellectuals, including Ashok Mitra, Aparna Sen, Shaoli Mitra and Sukumari Bhattacharya, would be invited to participate in the interactive session with Bhattarai June 23.

The Parishad, along with 12 other Left groups in India, has formed the Solidarity Initiative for the Revolutionary Struggle of Nepal, dominated largely by various Naxalite factions. They include the CPI-Marxist Leninist (New Democracy), CPI-ML (State Organising Committee), CPI-ML (Provincial Coordination Committee), CPI-ML (Jana Shakti), CPI-ML (Naxalbari), and CPI-ML (Liberation).

Some other Left parties like the Gana Mukti Sangram, Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists, the Workers’ Party, and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) are also part of the Solidarity Initiative.

The Gana Pratirodh Mancha - a frontal organisation of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is also taking part in the forthcoming dialogue between Nepal’s Maoists and Indian Left parties.

Initially, the Naxalites had thought of organising a public rally at Shahid Minar - the famous martyr’s column in the heart of Kolkata. But now the interactive session and the ceremony to felicitate the honoured guests from Nepal would be held at the Calcutta University’s Institute Hall.

It was, however, not clarified whether possible “inclement weather” or political exigency forced the organisers to hold the programme indoors.

In an interview given to the CPI-M Bengali mouthpiece Gana Shakti, which was published Friday, Bhattarai has made it clear that he was coming to Kolkata on the invitation of the Naxalites and the not the ruling Left Front.

However, that does not rule out the possibility of the Nepal Maoist leader from calling on West Bengal chief minister and CPI-M leader Buddhadev Bhattacharjee before his departure from the city June 24.

“Bhattarai and his delegation will be our guest for two days. Their meetings and programmes after that is not really part of our programme,” Amitabh Bhattacharya said.

The Maoists’ decision to accept the invitation from the Naxalites, ignoring the CPI-M led Left Front, had caused some heartburn both in Nepal and in India. Sitaram Yechury, CPI-M’s politburo member and Rajya Sabha MP had made several trips to Kathmandu in the past two years to bring about a rapprochement between the Indian government and Nepal’s Maoists.

Reports about Bhattarai’s visit to Kolkata had sparked off a controversy and there were reports in the Nepali media that most of the Left groups, including the Naxalites, were boycotting the function organised by the Mazdoor Kranti Parishad along with a few others. A serious effort began afterwards to rope in a large number of other Naxalite groups and Left parties who were outside the Left Front.

“The need for a proper unity of the left forces in the country is much needed,” Amitabh Bhattacharya said.

He pointed out that serious attempts were made to bring in groups who had major political differences to the Solidarity Initiative. The fact that most Left parties in India and elsewhere in the world have hailed the victory of the Maoists in Nepal made it easy for the Parishad to get the other Left parties together.

“Perhaps this is the first step in that direction,” Amitabh Bhattacharya added.

Naxalites to felicitate Maoist leader from Nepal

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Kolkata, May 30 Babu Ram Bhattarai, senior Maoist leader in Nepal and politburo member of Maoist party, will address a rally in Kolkata on June 23.

The rally will be organised by the newly-formed Solidarity Initiative For The Revolutionary in Nepal. The Naxalite leaders of the state will felicitate Bhattarai at the rally.

Kartik Pal, CPI(ML) general secretary in the state, said 13 Naxalite and Left-leaning mass organisations have joined the forum. The forum's objective is to be decided soon, Pal added. Amitava Bhattacharya, spokesman of the Mazdoor Kranti Parishad, said the forum will express support to the Maoist struggle in Nepal. The struggle and resistance put up by the Maoists in Nepal were significant, he said. The Mazdoor Kranti Parishad is reportedly active in various areas of rural Bengal.

Ganapratirodh Mancha, a frontal organisation of a Maoist party, has already joined the Forum. The Mancha has been spreading influence in Prurulia, Bankura and West Midnapore for long. It organises villagers to raise their voice for rural development and supply of drinking water.

Political circles in the state feel that the Naxalite and Maoist outfits are spreading their influence among the urban middle class through such political programmes. And the felicitation of the Maoist leader will definitely encourage the Naxalites and Maoist activists in the state. The Left Front had received a jolt in panchayat elections, where land acquisition — for which Maoists organised the people in Nandigram and Singur — was one of the main issues.

Orissa: Maoists gun down BJD leader

The recent killing of BJD leader PK Mohanty has once again brought the Maoists under the radar. Allegedly, his elimination is the handiwork of the Naxals. This is the first of its kind killing, by the Naxals, in the history of Orissa..

THE NAXALS, belonging to the Communist Party of India-Maoists, CPI(M), gunned down Biju Janata Dal (BJD) secretary of Malkangiri district, Prabir Kumar Mohanty, who was also an advocate. The incident occurred during the early hours on Tuesday last (May 27) near MV 79 (Malkangiri Village 79). This is the first of its kind killing, where an advocate has been killed by the Naxals, in the history of Orissa.

The incident assumes significance following the killing of 19 villagers - mainly village heads, contractors and political leaders suspected to be police informers and tribal leaders supporting anti-Maoist policy, money lenders and the members of radical Hindu organisations. All these 19 killings took place under Malkangiri district alone and as many as half a dozen contractors absconded from the remote villages under Kalimela block to Malkangiri district headquarters to save their lives from the Naxals.

"There was a strong reason behind every killing and there is no other punishment except annihilation." This was stated in a letter released by comrade Ganapathy, who is also a member of the central committee of of the Maoist Communist Party, through Internet.

Mohanty was killed under MV 79 police station limits, which is 80 kilometres from the Malkangiri district headquarters. According to the SMS sent by the superintendent of police (SP), Malkangiri, Satish Kumar Gajbhiye, "Four suspected Naxalites have killed advocate Prabir Mohanty near MV 79 after taking him to forest, from his home, for discussion."

Mohanty, who had earlier worked as a legal counsel for the Maoist on several occasions, was found dead on a canal road in the forest at MPV-127 (Malkangiri pottery village-127). The BJD leader’s wife is working as a school teacher in the village. He also kept a Koya lady as his second wife but ignored her after she gave birth to a male child. This angered the Naxals and they warned him to take care of his illiterate innocent tribal lady (second wife). But it seems that no steps were taken to take care of the lady, who is leading a miserable life with her kid. This appears to be the reason behind Mohanty’s elimination.

The advocate, who was also a BJD leader, was killed when 240 observers, including Balakrishna Rath and Ramesh Majhi were at Malkangiri town on Monday (May 26) to monitor the formation of the party’s booth and panchayat committees to strengthen the political base of BJD.

Meanwhile, the district BJD unit convened an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation arising out of the killing of its leader. Additional police force was deployed

in the area and a combing operation was launched to apprehend the ultras involved in the killing.

"Orissa’s border with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were also sealed to check their flight," the SP said. The SP Malkangiri also advised the scheduled caste and schedule tribe chairman, Jayaram Pangi, to cancel his visit to the Naxal dominated Kalimela, Podia, Motu and other remote villages under the district. But the chairman, being a tribal MLA, decided to visit the area only to assess the miserable condition of the poor tribals on Friday and Saturday (May 29 and 30), even violating the advice of the district authorities.

Rs 1 lakh compensation to families of deceased: CM

Hassan (PTI): Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday announced Rs 1 lakh compensation to the families of those killed in a mishap near Arakalgud on May 29.

Yeddyurappa who consoled the families of those killed in Basavanakoppal village, also announced Rs 50,000 relief to those who suffered major injuries and 25,000 to those who sustained minor injuries.

Twenty five persons were killed and 60 injured when a lorry in which they were travelling rolled into a ditch.

Yeddyurappa, on his maiden visit to the district after becoming Chief Minister, said Rs 2 lakh compensation would be paid to the family of Bhojashetty and Suresh Shetty, who were gunned down by Naxalites near Hebri on May 15.

He said the government will strengthen the anti-Naxal force to effectively tackle the Naxal menace.

A gang of Naxals raided the house of Bhojashetty, shot him and a relative Suresh dead.

Naxal threat poses roadblocks to mapping

31 May 2008, 0406 hrs IST,Shishir Arya,TNN

NAGPUR: Naxal menace is now hindering the process of mapping the length and breadth of the state. The Survey of India — the country's oldest government department — has over 200-year tradition of mapping the country in the present shape we see.

The British had virtually travelled from southern tip to Mount Everest in their mammoth mapping exercise. However, last year when the department once again set out across Maharashtra to create a fresh map, a substantial area in the Naxal-affected areas of Vidarbha had to be left out. The map which is being updated after year 2001 may not have fresh details of these areas including settlements and villages apart from the forests situated mostly in the Gadchiroli district of the region.

Maps are very important tool for information and are used by various government departments. As the terrain changes with time, the maps have to be updated accordingly within a period of 5 to 10 years, depending on the rate of development of the area, said N S Sikarwar, superintendent surveyor, Survey of India's office in Nagpur, which has the entire state in its jurisdiction.

The naxal threat perception was one of the main reasons for which the some of the areas had to be dropped during the survey. The area was surveyed last year and now the new maps will be released in due course, Sikarwar added.

The department demarcates the areas in a map into a ‘topo-sheet.' Each sheet covers an area of 720 square kilometres in scale of map being prepared for Maharashtra. Various sheets are then converged into a map.

However, in case of the Naxal hit areas some of the sheets had to be left out, he said. Even as several modern methods including satellite-based devices have been devised, physically travelling across the area is still considered as the most dependable method. But travelling was also inhibited due to Naxal threat, he added.

With time there are several changes in the area, such as change in vegetated areas, new settlements and even the course of rivers or brooks in the area which has to be mapped that need to be recorded by actually going to that area, he added.

Sikarwar said apart from government department the maps are also available for private use. Lately the Survey of India has started the sale of such maps and sheets to the public through its map sales complex at CGO complex.

The Britishers had first mapped the country in this fashion through the great triangular survey which began way back in 1802. Even today most of the surveys are done using the same methods.

Four Maoists killed in exchange of fire

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Visakhapatnam, May 30: Four Maoists, including a woman, were killed in an exchange of fire between the ultras and the anti-naxal Greyhounds in the forests of the agency area in the district today.

Talking to newspersons here, district Superintendent of Police A Sabarwal said the banned Maoists had triggered land mine blasts a couple of days ago. The Greyhounds were engaged in combing operations in the forests when the exchange of fire occurred. Firing was still going on, he said.

Police identified the woman naxal as Jhansi.

Nagpur: Naxal threat grips varsity admission

Sanjay Tiwari
Friday, May 30, 2008 (Nagpur)
It was the arrest of a suspected Naxalite from a college campus that shook the students of Nagpur in 2007. But this year, the university is taking no chances, asking the police to screen college admissions with a fine-tooth comb.

The urban face of the Naxal movement is smart and educated and is networked among the youth. And colleges in Nagpur are its hunting ground, which are a nursery for the Naxal movement dominating eastern Maharashtra.

Therefore, with admissions underway at Nagpur University, candidates are cautioned to stay away from trouble.

''We won't automatically admit students from Naxal-infested regions. We are closely screening their documents for information regarding their parents, their domicile and other credentials,'' said R P Gan, principal of PWS College.

The queue for admission this year is especially long as campus staff closely verify the candidates' credentials. There is another first - this year, the police are assisting in the verification process.

''There are several students in Nagpur and Chandrapur who seek admission using fake credentials. Many students sign up for re-admission after their graduation,'' said Pankaj Gupta, Additional DGP, Maharashtra.

To make doubly sure the screening is watertight, colleges have been asked to compile a student database - a dossier that would hopefully keep potential troublemakers away.

''We will meet with college principals and tell them to collect all the information we need. We are also thinking of introducing a dress code so that outsiders will stand out from the students,'' said Dr Gauri Shankar Parashar, pro-vice chancellor, Nagpur University.

Only a few months ago, a university student was arrested for his Naxal connections, an unnerving development even as the movement turns to vulnerable youth to fill its cadres.

‘Modi is a great man. Gujarat's a perfect model’

BS Yeddyurappa, set to lead the BJP’s charge into South India, talks to SANJANA

BS Yeddyurappa looks ready to head the first BJP-majority government in Karnataka and South India. The BJP won 110 seats, three short of a simple majority in the 224-member Assembly, but secured the support of all six independents. The independents have been shunted out of Bangalore; three are being watched by former BJP minister R. Ashok and the rest are being safeguarded by Bellary mine owners, the Reddy brothers. There is already a visible change in Yeddyurappa. Without the hassles of a coalition government, he is more assertive and willing to acknowledge his Sangh Parivar background and its influence. Gone is any attempt to soften his support for the Hindutva agenda. A breakfast interview with the man who is keen to repeat in Karnataka what Narendra Modi achieved in Gujarat.

The BJP win in Karnataka is being projected as a huge win for the party.
For our national leaders, especially Advaniji and Vajpayeeji, this is a dream come true. It is being looked at as our party’s entry into South India. All that talk about this being the gateway is absolutely true. We couldn’t have achieved this anywhere else. For me personally, I am looking at this as a challenge. It is a question that has been posed to us -- can we run a successful government that will address the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Did you expect to win 110 seats and come this close to a simple majority?
I was expecting 125-130 seats. So this is a let down of sorts. But on the other hand, we have almost wiped out the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka. It was essentially a two-party fight between the Congress and the BJP.

Your own party leaders were looking at 90-95 seats before the result was declared. Isn’t it true that the RSS leadership in the state issued an order asking all Sangh Parivar activists to help the BJP win one week before the elections began? That this order was handed out at RSS shakhas across the state on May 3?
For 35 years, the BJP has served the people of this state. We have always taken up issues of farmers, fisherfolk, Dalits, backward communities consistently. We moved from two MLAs to one and then now have managed 110 seats. That is no mean achievement at all. Of course, the BJP and the Sangh Parivar have worked together all these years to make this possible. Along with the party activists, Sangh volunteers worked under Jagannath Rao and continue to do so.

How much did the RSS contribute to this victory? In your first press conference following the declaration of results, you acknowledged the RSS activists as well.
Today, the BJP victory extends to the SC/ST/OBC community as well. I hear from reports that we have had Muslim populations voting for us as well. Remember, traditionally these are Congress votebanks. So the question is how did they walk over to the BJP? It is not just because of our slogans. The fact is that the Sangh Parivar organisations work for the welfare of the people, unlike the Congress which only talks about them and does nothing for their welfare. At the end of the day, Sangh Parivar activists will also only vote for a party that will look after their interests. The BJP is that party. And hence it is natural that they did all they could do support the BJP in these elections.

You have a strong RSS background yourself.
I grew up in the Sangh Parivar, I was only 15 when I first came across the organisation. All my training through the years has taken place within the Sangh. Any experience that I have gained, political and otherwise, was only possible because I belonged to the Sangh Parivar. I can never forget my early leaders – Hoove Seshadri, Jagannath Rao, Yadava Rao Joshi. And now we have Atal Behari Vajpayee and LK Advani as models to follow.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi came to campaign for you and to show his support.
And I am very thankful for it. We have gained a lot from his presence and his advice. Modi is a great man, I have a lot of respect for him and for his achievements in Gujarat.

We heard a lot about Karnataka following the ‘Gujarat model’. Now that elections are over, what is the ‘Gujarat model’?
During the campaign, we had said we would repeat Gujarat in Karnataka. We have come very close to that. Modi told us that Karnataka should be miles ahead of Gujarat. I am determined to see that happen. Vajpayeeji is the main inspiration; he is our father and we are all his humble sons.

You are impressed then with Gujarat and the way things are unfolding there?
The progress in Gujarat is incredible. It is the one state that is a perfect example of India’s development. If you want to see development, go to Gujarat. This is being discussed all over India. And we have to ask ourselves, who is responsible for all this? Narendra Modi. Imagine the man’s humility when he says that Karnataka should overtake Gujarat.

I am not sure what development you are talking about in Gujarat. The average rural wage there is Rs 35 according to the Gujarat Human Development Report of 2004. The number of rapes that take place in the state is shocking.
I am not the only one talking of the Gujarat model. Even the Congress is talking about this. I think there was a mention of this by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation as well. Go ask them what they mean.

What do you have to say about the 2002 Gujarat genocide?
Whatever happened took place under special circumstances. I don’t want to discuss this further. When everyone is trying to forget what happened, trying to move past the mistake, the media constantly keeps digging at it.

Do you admit then that this was a mistake?
I didn’t mean that. All I am saying, it is in the past, let it go. The only people who are interested in what happened and who talk about repeatedly is the Congress. And mediapersons.

There is an apprehension that with the BJP coming to power in Karnataka, the same situation will follow. That when you talk of following the Gujarat model, it implies a repeat of the communalisation of society on the lines of what is still underway in Gujarat.
We are committed to upholding the laws of the land. No one will be allowed to take the law in their own hands. We have mentioned this in our manifesto also -- we are against terrorism and terrorist activities.

I speak specifically of the communal violence that is taking place on a regular basis in Karnataka already, especially in the coastal belt.
I don’t think there have been any such incidents.

Full-fledged communal riots took place in October 2006 and affected large parts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts for over a week -- two people died as well. The Adi Udupi incident in April 2005 and more recently, the Shantipura case in March 2008. Bajrang Dal activists were behind all these incidents. Their names are there in the chargesheets.
I am not going to keep talking about the past. It is interesting that you raise these issues -- Why not talk of Naxal-related violence? They killed two people recently as well. Why is that not an issue for people like you?

Both are crimes and need to be addressed by the State. One doesn’t excuse the other...
We are going to do that. Rein in all organisations and activities that will affect the safety and security of the people in Karnataka. Be they Muslims or Naxalites or other organisations.

In the case of the Bababudangiri communal conflict, will your government follow the High Court verdict and not allow poojas and homas at the shrine?
It is too early to talk about this. We will only take a decision in December in consultation with our party and within the government.

As Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister (in the JD(S)-BJP coalition), you presented two budgets. I want to ask you in particular about a budgetary allocation of Rs 2 crore that you made to Ramachandrapura Math in Shimoga in the first budget in 2006. It was mentioned that the amount was an allocation for an animal husbandry project. A month later, the same Math organised the Vishwa Gau Sammelana in Shimoga. The convenor of the Sammelana, Vinay Shetty, went on record to say that the money was allotted for the Sammelana.
There is no doubt about that at all -- the money was meant for the Sammelana. I remember it (the Sammelana) very well. It was a historical programme. I am in complete support of the math, the swamiji who has sacrificed so much of his life for such a good cause. is a very noble cause and we have to dedicate ourselves to it completely. In future too, any such idea will have my complete support.

The Vishwa Gau Sammelana was a Sangh Parivar event.
So what? I still think it is a very good idea. Even Gandhiji talked about protecting cows, he considered them sacred too.

But we have seen that the Sangh Parivar is ready to kill people to protect cows...
There is no need to continuously repeat these things. I have already pointed out that it is not the RSS alone that is behind such programmes.

Some further questions about your budgetary allocations. I am asking these questions because they were the focus of the BJP campaign. You banned arrack and claimed it benefited the poor immensely. The Excise Department said the ban led to increased IMFL consumption and the increased revenues brought in an additional Rs 1,300 crore. Did the ban really help?
Are you saying that we should remove the ban on arrack? And allow people to face tragedies like they did recently?No, all I am suggesting is that the ban on arrack didn’t really help people. In reality, they had to pay more for alcohol. Ultimately allowing the IMFL lobby to benefit. Banning IMFL is not something we can do at the state level. This is a question for the Centre to address. My hands are tied.

Karnataka passed a Fiscal Responsibility Act in 2002. According to this Act, by 2013, the spending on public utilities such as health, education, water facilities should be cut down to 25 percent of the state GDP. These five years are going to be under your government. Are all those promises in your manifesto of free electricity, rice at Rs 2 per kg just promises? Where will you find the money?
Sharp question. I am aware of the challenge to find money to fund public utilities. But I don’t know about the details of the Act. Ask me this question when I have formed the government.

Karnataka Election Watch has released a list of 25 elected BJP MLAs who have criminal cases pending against them. Seven of these MLAs have attempt to murder charges against them. What do you have to say to this?
How many Congress MLAs have such criminal records? Go and check that first.

Your party is going to form the government. These MLAs are likely to be ministers.
Just having cases registered against me doesn’t make me a criminal. Let the courts prove these charges first. We will see to it then.

From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 22, Dated June 07, 2008

Maoists kill cop

Friday May 30 2008 12:47 IST

Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: A constable belonging to the elite anti-Naxal force Greyhounds died while another injured in an exchange of fire between the police and Maoists near Gunukurai village in Gudem Kotha Veedhi mandal on the Andhra-Orissa border last night[Wednesday].

The victim Anil, a native of Uttar Pradesh, died while taking part in the operation in the deep forests near Gunukurai after midnight.

According to senior officials, the Maoists, who triggered a landmine blast, exchanged fire with the special police party, which was combing the area, for about 30 minutes and managed to flee the scene.

On receipt of information, additional forces stationed at Chintapalli and Gudem Kotha Veedhi mandal headquarters were rushed to the area and the police have intensified combing operations to apprehend the Maoists.

The hot pursuit of the Maoists by the police continued for few more hours and both sides exchanged fire after midnight but the Maoists escaped again. In the second exchange of fire, Anil was killed and another constable was injured.

The injured constable was airlifted to Narsipatnam hospital where his condition is stable. Meanwhile, tension prevailed in Gunukurao and nearby villages as the police intensified their combing operations.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hunt for cash leads to ammo

Ranchi, May 28: A police team, searching for the looted cash and gold coins of ICICI Bank, today found explosives and a few dresses from Beradih forest under Tamar police station area.

The explosive items included 1,000 gelatin sticks, 60 can bombs and 125 petrol bombs. Dresses found included salwar, kurta and other items worn by women extremists.

Senior police superintendent M.S. Bhatia said that the place from where the goods were recovered was apparently a bunker and could have been used against the police.

This is the second time police have recovered explosives while searching for cash and gold coins of ICICI Bank.

Earlier, on May 25 police had recovered explosives and camp items from Barigarha and Sansang hills under Bundu police station area.

The explosive items included 3,000 gelatin sticks and 500m wire while camp items included four Sintex tanks, one Motorola wireless set, uniform, Naxalite literature, CDs and several other things.

Police have been on the trail of extremists after they hijacked a security van carrying Rs 5.07 crore, and gold coins weighing 1.02kg of ICICI Bank from Tamar on May 21.

So far it has recovered a charred van but there is no clue of the looted cash and gold coins.

A huge cache of arms recovered

Khunti (Jharkhand) (PTI): a huge cache of arms, including fifty can bombs and three thousand gelatine sticks, have been recovered by the police from a cave at Barigadha in Khunti district, a senior police officer said here on Thursday.

A special police team, which has been raiding Naxal hideouts ever since suspected Maoists looted Rs five crore and gold fro the ICICI bank's jAmshedpur branches on May 21 near Tamar, reached the cave situated in the forests under the district's araki police station yesterday, according to Khunti District Superintendent of Police, Prabhat Kumar.

Apart from the can bombs and gelatine, he said the police recovered twelve detonators, nine high explosive bombs, ninty petrol bombs, three hundred gram explosive powder, 120 empty containers, naxal literature and uniform from the cave which could have been a naxal camp.

Raids were continuing in and around the area.

MHA offers secure area for telecom towers in Naxal belt

29 May, 2008, 0143 hrs IST,Bharti Jain, TNN

NEW DELHI: With communication facilities in Naxal-hit areas coming under threat from the Maoists, the MHA has offered to show the way to cellular networks looking for secure places to set up mobile communication towers. It has suggested to the cellular firms to erect these towers on the premises of Central para-military forces (CPMFs) stationed in the area or in the police station compounds.

The offer of the security forces’ premises for mobile towers was made by Union home minister Shivraj Patil at an inter-ministerial meeting here on Wednesday to review the implementation of development schemes in the Naxal-affected districts. Mr Patil’s suggestion followed airing of concerns by the telecommunication ministry officials regarding shortfall of mobile towers in Naxal-hit areas for lack of secure locations.

With a solution to the security concerns of mobile service networks now in sight, they now hope to complete installation of these towers by March 2009, though the majority of them are expected to come up by the end of this year itself. Also, the DoT has assured Mr Patil that the scheme of installing a village public telephone in each of the gram panchayat offices across 33 worst-hit Naxal districts would be completed by year-end. As many as 34,000 of the total 40,000 gram panchayats have already got the phone connection.
The concerns regarding security of communication and electricity lines in affected districts follow recent instances of Maoists blowing up towers, disrupting power supply and communication services. In fact, the Naxal attack on three high-tension towers in Bastar region had last year led to a major blackout in Bijapur, Narayanpur, Dantewada and Kanker. The restoration of power supply in these areas took nearly 21 days.

Among the other key suggestions made at the meeting on Wednesday — attended by senior MHA officials, besides representatives of ministries like rural development, surface and transport, tribal affairs ministry, panchayati raj and health and family welfare — was one asking the tribal affairs ministry to request MPs from the affected districts to earmark some funds under the MPLAD scheme for construction of hostels for students of residential/ashram schools. This, the meeting agreed, would help wean away the youth from Naxalism.

On the power front, it was pointed out that connecting all the affected villages to major grids under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyut Yojana was not cost-effective given that they were only small hamlets of habitation separated by hundreds of kilometers. The MHA has therefore suggested that non-conventional energy sources be tapped as
an alternative.

The MHA on Wednesday also called for enhancing the average number of days of employment generated under the NREGS in the worst-hit 33 districts. Prioritisation of the Naxal-hit districts for providing housing under the Indira Awas Yojana and focused implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in these districts were called for at the meeting.

Naxal-hit areas to get mobile connectivity?

29 May 2008, 0319 hrs IST,Vishwa Mohan,TNN

NEW DELHI: The telecom companies' search for secure places in major Naxal-affected districts may soon be over with the government on Wednesday offering to put up their mobile communication towers inside police station premises and campuses of paramilitary forces.

If the concerned states agree, the companies will first be able to put up nearly 900 towers without any fear of being blown up in 33 districts across eight states as per the final modalities to be worked out by the department of telecommunication (DoT).

Adjoining districts will also be eventually covered, taking the total tally to around 1,100 towers in 44 districts.

The offer came from home minister Shivraj Patil who during a review meeting on implementation of various development schemes in Naxal-affected districts asked representatives of the telecom ministry to work out the details before putting up the matter before the states concerned.

"The idea is to finalize it by March next year so that all the Naxal-affected states can be covered. At present, the telecom companies are not keen on setting up their towers in these areas since the telecom lines/towers are always on the Maoists' hit-list," said a senior home ministry official.

The fear seems to have emanated from an incident in Orissa where Maoists blew up a BSNL tower in the Balimala area of Malkangiri district during the Naxals call for an economic blockade on June 26 last year. Though the existing BSNL towers were subsequently secured by making certain arrangements, the incident seems to have worked as a deterrent for private telecom companies.

All these aspects were discussed in the meeting where the home minister also asked the department of telecommunications (DoT) to speed up the procedures to install public telephones in the 7,000 remaining panchayats in 33 Naxal-affected districts.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Indian Tolerance- A Curt Reply for Terrorists

Tanveer Jafri
May 28, 2008

On May 13, 2008 once again, there was a terrorist attack on the famous tourist city Jaipur, which is also known as the Pink City of India. The serial bomb blasts by the terrorists in Jaipur moved the city that is known for the communal harmony. The terrorists made all the blasts within the radius of one & half kilometre at 8 different places, within the time gap of 15 minutes. Bicycles were used for the blasts. Ten cycles were used for these blasts but one of these cycles didn't explode. It is told that last year these types of cycles were used for blasts in the Court Premises of Lucknow, Faizabad, & Banaras in Uttar Pradesh and also in Malegaon. The terrorists as a cycle rider easily take the cycles to the blast spot. The terrorists keep the blast material in a bag or Tiffin on the cycle. After that the blast material is exploded with the help of a timer or a remote. This procedure was adopted in Jaipur also. As a result, 63 people belonging to different communities lost their lives & more than 150 persons were wounded.

The issue of terrorist's activities is not new. The terrorism run in the name of Kashmir has been active, swinging up & down, for the last three decades. Punjab has also remained in the spiral of terrorism. Even today, there is news of terrorism being active by some separatist organizations. Our country has been facing many challenging violent organizations like BODO, ULFA, PWG, TNLF, LTTE & Naxalites for many decades. In spite of all this, the voice of tolerance, harmony & co-existence has always echoed in this vast country. And the events as terrorism have never been able to remove India from the path of harmony. The terrorists have knowingly done such hateful activities so that the communal harmony is destroyed. But as a result of the harmony among the countrymen, they have never succeeded in their wicked motives.

The serial blasts in Jaipur were the result of such a wicked attempt of the terrorists. The result of inquiry of these blasts is very serious & harassing. The terrorism in the name of Islam, undoubtedly, seems worldwide. There may be different reasons of it, at different places. There may not be any link of it with one another. But from simple glance, all this seems and being tolled to be an "Islamic terrorism" to the world. India has been proudly announcing it that the terrorism that is worldwide doesn't have any contribution from any Indian terrorist organizations or any Indian. But after the Jaipur events, the e-mail that the enquiry agencies have received through the media, that has perplexed not only the Indian security agencies but has raised a problem before the Indian Muslims also. Till now, there was controversy in India that the members of SIMI (Students of Islamic Movement in India) are terrorists or not. The so said terrorist organization 'Indian Mujahiddin' who is said to have taken responsibility of the Jaipur blasts & the mail sent from the so said Guru_ Al Hindi has put all the country in anxiety. If this email is right, the language & warning used in it is so dangerous that reveals a big & deep conspiracy of the terrorists. In this e-mail, there is a warning to the government of India to avoid its sweet relations with America. The sender of this email has challenged the Muslims of India specially the Moulavies for their collective condemnation of the terrorism at the national level & has called them to oppose & face it bravely. This terrorist organization has called those Islamic religious leaders as anti-Islamic who call the terrorism as anti-Islamic.

If this e-mail is not a result of any other big conspiracy & is based on truth, then taking this organization named Indian Mujahiddin, India has to be ashamed of in the world. In fact, till now the countries as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Chechnya etc were considered to be asylum places for the Islamic organizations. But this organization, 'Indian Mujahiddin' that has been heard for the first time after the jaipur blasts, has put a challenge before the Indian Security Agencies. There is no doubt that the aim of the terrorist is to hurt the communal harmony in India. The terrorists may have tried to strike at the hearts of the Hindus by making blasts in temples or hurting the feelings of the Muslims by shedding their blood in Mosque or the Muslim shrines, but they have been given a curt reply by the Indian people. It can be easily said that as there is an increase in the wicked & nefarious activities of the terrorists, there is an increase in the tolerance of the Indians. In fact, all India has known the aim of the terrorists & their every blow is responded with the communal harmony & tolerance as was seen in Jaipur, last days.

Despite all this, there is a strong need for the Indian Muslims collectively, to understand the aims & designs of the terrorists & at the same time, the Indian government, the state governments & the security agencies, all are required to cooperate with them. Indian Muslims should be careful that there shouldn't be any blot on them like a hired man or a terrorist or an unknown person is getting shelter from an Indian Muslim. Or his home is being made a centre of anti-human activities. He is not a true Muslim who gives shelter to the man who has indulged in anti-Muslim activities as terrorism. He is a true Muslim who saves the innocent people from being killed & plays a cooperative role to unveil the conspiracies that are anti-human & anti-Islam.

Ex-jawans to fight Naxalites

Ranchi, May 27: Two special battalions, comprising retired defence services personnel, would be raised to combat the growing menace of Naxalism in Jharkhand.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet today.

The cabinet decision comes at a time when more than 18 out of 24 districts in the state are under the grip of extremism.

Of the 12 ministers, including chief minister Madhu Koda, comprising the cabinet, science and technology minister Chandraprakash Choudhury, agriculture minister Nalin Soren and welfare minister Joba Majhi preferred to stay away from today’s meet. Revenue minister Dulal Bhuiyan excused himself soon after the cabinet meeting commenced, as he had to catch a flight to Delhi.

Termed as multipurpose special area force, the total cost of maintaining the two battalions would be around Rs 41.30 crore annually. The state cabinet further accorded its sanction to create 1,482 posts for the two special battalions.

As per the rules drawn up, members of the force would be entitled to a monthly honorarium instead of a regular salary, which would range from Rs 3,000 for sweepers to Rs 10,000 for retired sepoys and Rs 20,000 for retired junior commissioned officers.

In another decision, the cabinet granted its approval to a proposal of the state health department to expel 15 doctors who were found to be absconding from their posts. All the doctors were on regular payroll of the state health services and were posted at various rural healthcare centres. The list of those expelled included two women doctors.

College and university lecturers would now be entitled for promotion to the next higher post after completion of at least six years of service.

As per a cabinet decision, lecturers holding PhD would be eligible for being promoted to the post of senior lecturer after completing five years of service. Those posted as readers would be entitled to promotion as professors after completion of eight years of service with the added provisio that they should hold a PhD, the cabinet decided.

New ITIs would be opened at Jamtara, Gumla, Simdega, Koderma and Garhwa.

The cabinet granted its assent to create a special groundwater directorate and groundwater survey departments at Dumka, Deoghar, Hazaribagh and Chaibasa to monitor groundwater tables. It also decided to sanction Rs 1.08 crore to the Trikut ropeway in Deoghar to be completed within the current fiscal.

Naxalites kill watchman, blast rail track in Bihar

K. Balchand

They had called a bandh to protest arrest of supporters

The watchman’s throat was slit in public

They believed he was a police informer

PATNA: The CPI (Maoist) naxalites killed a watchman and blasted twin rail track disrupting train movement on the Jamalpur-Malda section while enforcing a north Bihar bandh on Tuesday.

The bandh was called to protest the arrest of about 100 naxalite supporters last week.

About 100 naxalites stormed the residence of watchman Subuk Paswan in Batwari village under Dharhara police station of Munger district on Monday night, tied his limbs, dragged him out to the street and slit his throat in public.

They accused him, in posters in the township, of being a police informer. They suspected that he was leaking information on the presence of their supporters undergoing training in the neighbouring forest, from where the police had nabbed some of them.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the naxalites blasted the Jamalpur-Malda track near Masudan station halting traffic for several hours.

The line has since been restored.

Tele network in Naxal areas by 09: MHA

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New Delhi

May 28: The Union home ministry is hopeful of developing a telecommunication line for all 33 Naxal-affected districts in the country by March 2009.

In a first meeting convened by Union home minister Shivraj Patil and attended by secretaries of various developmental ministries on Wednesday, the mha was apprised of the acute "shortfall" in the putting up of mobile communication towers on account of "finding secure places".

The MHA has offered the telcom ministry the premises of the Central Paramilitary Forces stationed in these districts as well as "police station" premises for the setting up of such towers.

"The MHA has been informed that such work of putting up mobile towers in the 33 Naxal-affected districts will be completed by March 2009," said a home ministry official.

Further, the telecom ministry has also told the MHA that work on allocating a "village gram panchayat telephone" in approximate 44,000 villages in Naxal-affected districts is going on.

"Thirty-four-thousand telephones are expected to be installed as of now. Such work is expected to be completed by the end of 2008," said an MHA official.

Naxals levelling 'false' charges against CRPF

New Delhi (PTI): Disturbed by the security forces' constant vigil, the naxals are now employing a "new game plan" of defaming the force by levelling "false" charges against it, the CRPF said on wednesday.

Denying reports that its personnel were involved in the abduction and illegal detention of two school girls in naxal-infested Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, the CRPF said the Maoists were trying to demoralise the personnel who are involved in anti-naxal operations.

"Naxals are trying to frame central paramilitary forces by levelling false charges against its personnel," CRPF spokesperson Ajay Chaturvedi said.

The recent incident of alleged abduction of two school girls in Kanker "proved to be part of a "false" propaganda organised by naxal groups, he said noting that even state police denied any such incident.

He said a thorough enquiry was conducted following the allegation and it was found out that the charges were baseless.

Patil reviews implementation of development schemes in Naxal-affected districts

New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): Home Minister Shivraj Patil today presided over a meeting of senior officials of different central ministries to review development work in naxal-affected districts.

According to sources, the meeting lasting over two hours, was attended by senior officers of the rural development, power, telecommunications, health and family welfare, agriculture, tribal affairs, panchayati raj ministries.
Minister of State for Home Sri Sriprakash Jaiswal and senior home ministry officials were also present.

The Home Minister took stock of the development schemes and some of his observations were as under:

1): On the scheme NREGS- Patil requested the Ministry of Rural Development to ensure that the average number of days of employment in the Naxal-affected 33 districts is enhanced. Currently, the average for these districts is less than half the limit of 100 days prescribed under the NREGA.
2) On the Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) and the Home Ministry held the view that providing housing is the most crucial aspect of development and the State Govt’s should be asked to ensure that there is a prioritization in favour of the Naxal affected 33 districts when implementing IAY on the ground.
3) Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY): Patil urged focused implementation of the scheme for the Naxal affected districts and opined that roads and connectivity were a must. He also requested the officials of the Ministry of Rural Development to strengthen the monitoring mechanism for ensuring faster implementation of the scheme in Naxal-affected districts. In particular he requested for taking up road construction in the tribal and forest districts of Chattisgarh and Kharkhand on a priority basis.
4) Patil advised the Tribal Affairs Ministry representative to communicate to the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs from these affected districts to make some contribution under the MPLADS Scheme for the construction of Hostels for students studying in residential/ ashram schools.
5) On the Power situation, HM reviewed the work done under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyut Yojna but at the same time emphasized the need to tap the Non Conventional Energy Sources (NCES) as small hamlets of habitation separated by 100s of Kms can only be served through NCES.
6) On the telecommunication front, Patil was apprised of the shortfall in putting up the mobile communication Towers on account of finding secure places. The Home Minister offered that the towers could be located in the premises of the Central Paramilitary Forces Stationed in these districts as well as in the Police Station premises. (ANI)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Maoists gun down BJD leader in Orissa

KalingaTimes Correspondent

Malkangiri (Orissa) May 27: After killing several village heads over the past few months, suspected Maoists gunned down a lawyer turned politician in this tribal-dominated district on Monday night.

The victim politician, Prabir Mohanty, belonged to the ruling Biju Janata Dal. He was holding the post of secretary in the party's district unit.

According to the police, two armed Maoists arrived at the BJD leader's house in MV-79 area, some 80 km from the district headquarter, on Monday evening and asked him to accompany them for a discussion. He was alone at home when the Maoists came to his house. His family members had gone to his native place.

Later, the extremists took Mohanty to a dense forest, about 5 km away from the MV-79 town, where they killed him around midnight following an altercation, police sources said.

The BJD leader was also the defence counsel for the Maoists in many a cases in the past.

The body of Mohanty was found lying on a canal road in the inside the forest in MPV-127 area.

Police have sent the body for post-mortem at Kalimela hospital and further investigations are on.

Though the exact reason behind the killing was yet to be ascertained, it was said that Maoists were soar over the Naveen Patnaik Government for its anti-Maoist policy.

The BJD leader was killed when two party observers Balakrushna Ratha and Ramesh Majhi were at Malkangiri town on Monday to monitor the booth and panchayat committee formation work.

Meanwhile, the district BJD unit has convened an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation arising out of the killing of its leader.

Maoists blow up rail tracks in Bihar

Munger (Bihar), May 27 (PTI) Activists of the banned CPI (Maoist) blew up railway tracks at Masudan station in Munger district, disrupting train movement on the Jamalpur-Malda section.
Superintendent of Railway Police (Jamalpur) Vimal Kumar today said that over 100 ultras detonated dynamites to damage a stretch of track in both up and down lines near the outer signal last night.

Rail traffic was disrupted for several hours in the Jamalpur-Malda section because of the explosion, he told PTI.

The ultras later stormed the house of one Subuk Paswan at Batwari village in Munger district and killed him by slitting his throat with a sharp weapon. PTI

Maoists kill policeman, blast track in east India-police

Tue May 27, 2008 4:27am EDT

PATNA, India, May 27 (Reuters) - Maoist insurgents blew up railway tracks, blocked roads and killed a policeman in eastern India on Tuesday during a day-long strike, police said.

They damaged a section of track in Bihar state, severely disrupting the eastern rail network, senior officers said.

"They bombed the tracks sometime after midnight, although the police were patrolling the area," Bimal Kumar, a senior police officer said.

The rebels said they had called an impromptu strike to protest against the recent arrest of some of their leaders.

Guerrillas also distributed leaflets in villages and rural towns, saying civilians with no ties to the movement were being tortured by the police for information.

Thousands of people have been killed since the Maoists began their insurgency in the late 1960s in a town called Naxalbari in West Bengal state.

A policeman was abducted by the rebels in a remote village and killed, a police officer said.

Bus owners in the state capital of Patna said they had cancelled trips to remote villages due to the impromptu strike call.

The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers and routinely call strikes, attack government property and target local politicians.

Their influence has been growing and now stretches across large parts of rural eastern and southern India.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the rebels the biggest challenge to the country's internal security. (Writing by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

EFR jawan killed, two injured in Maoist ambush

Maoist rebels have been striking with impunity in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar. They ambush police and security personnel at will and melt into the dense jungles adjoining Bengal and Jharkhand, looting arms and ammunition..
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EVEN BEFORE the blood stains on the grass in the countryside in Bengal could dry in the aftermath of Panchayat poll violence, Maoists have become active again. The rebels killed an Eastern Frontier Rifles jawan and injured two other security personnel in Jhargram, West Bengal, last evening.

The Maoists were said to be waiting in three motor cycles to ambush the security personnel. A police vehicle had just dropped the three security men on the periphery of the Jhargram forest at about 8.30pm on May 26. It was meant to be a routine patrol around what is known as the Paper Mill crossing.

The rebels struck as soon as the vehicle left, killing EFR jawan Diltosh Kharka (41) on the spot. Another jawan Gurucharan Basumatari and Chinmoy Maity, an assistant sub-inspector of the Jhargram police station, took bullets on their shoulder and necks.

The rebels, who the police believe were from neighbouring Jharkhand state looted rifles the jawans were carrying and the police officer's revolver before melting into the jungles.

The injured security men were first admitted at the Jhargram sub-divisional hospital but were later moved to Kolkata in a serious condition.

On April

more >> 30 in the run up to the Panchayat elections, the rebels raided a branch of the State Bank of India in Doijuri village, eight kilometres from Jhargram town and shot and killed two police constables and fled with their weapons. The Maoists were said to have come on two wheelers and had a woman among them. They did not harm bank employees or loot the bank. Yesterdays' Maoist attack, the police have claimed was the first in any town in West Midnapore district.

Attempts by the West Bengal police to coordinate with police personnel in Jharkhand and Bihar are yet to bear fruit. A combined attempt may go a long way in checking the mayhem let loose periodically in the three states by emboldened Maoists.

Maoist rebels kill politician in India's eastern state

May 27, 2008, 13:27 GMT

New Delhi - Maoist rebels killed a politician in India's eastern state of Orissa on Tuesday, a news agency reported.

Senior police official S Gajbhiye told the IANS news agency that three armed Maoists abducted Prabir Kumar Mohanty at gunpoint in the Malkangiri district, 700 kilometres south-west of state capital Bhubaneshwar.

Mohanty, a lawyer and leader from the Biju Janata Dal party which governss the state, was taken to a nearby forest where he was shot dead, police said.

Police were investigating the killing and had not made any arrests so far.

Maoist rebels, who claim to be fighting for the rights of the rural poor, tribal people and the landless, operate in 13 of India's 29 states.

Thousands of people, mostly police, paramilitary personnel and government officials, have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s.
Bhubaneswar, May 27 (IANS)Maoist rebels Tuesday killed a lawyer and political activist in Orissa’s Malkangiri district, police said. At least three armed Maoists rushed to ‘MV-79′ area, some 700 km from here, and abducted lawyer Prabir Kumar Mohanty at gunpoint, senior district police official S. Gajbhiye told IANS.

They took him to a nearby forest and shot him dead, he said.

Mohanty was also working as the secretary of the district unit of the ruling Biju Janata Dal.

Police were working to find out the motive behind the killing, Gajbhiye said.

Naxalites sent to judicial custody


Tough times
Jamui, May 22: The count started from 150, came down to 98 and finally 52 Naxalites, including six women, were produced before the Jamui district court today. All of them were forwarded to judicial custody.

The arrested rebels were not sent to the overcrowded Jamui district jail, though. They were shifted to neighbouring prisons for “security” reasons.

The rebels’ arrest began on Tuesday night after special task force and district police teams received tip-off and arrested 98 persons, including 25 women.

The arrests later snowballed into a controversy as general secretary of Bihar state Bidi Majdoor Union Shiv Shanker Singh alleged that the forces had nabbed members of their organisation — a local body of workers involved in bidi trade.

Singh further alleged that the arrests and subsequent identification of civilians as Naxalites were “instructed” by state welfare minister Damodar Routh, who represents the Jhajha Assembly constituency.

He explained that their union had recently aired grievances against Routh for his role in an alleged embezzlement of provident funds by a Jhajha-based bidi company, Ram Prasad and Sons, that enjoys Routh’s patronage.

Jamui superintendent of police Vinay Kumar, however, rejected allegations.

“Top leaders such as Kundan Da, Chiragh, Barka and Sunil were present at the villages and addressing meetings,” he said. He added that the police identified the rebels after verifying identities of each and every arrested person. “We have not detained a single person unlawfully,” he told the media today.

Deputy inspector-general of police (Munger) Monohar Prasad has directed all police stations in Jamui, Munger and Lakhisarai to keep be on alert.

CRPF jawans attack tribal camp, 2 dead

Raipur, May 23: While all eyes were on chief minister Raman Singh and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani, who flagged off a vikas rath from Dantewada this afternoon, Central Reserve Police Force jawans allegedly opened fire at a relief camp in neighbouring Bijapur killing a child and a woman late last night.

Raju (2) and Rambai (25) were killed on the spot, while a six-year-old boy and a woman were critically injured when 100-odd jawans of the 188 battalion, posted at a Cherpal village relief camp, opened fire on the villagers — mostly tribals.

The woman and the boy have been admitted to Bijapur district hospital. Their condition is said to be critical.

With Advani in the neighbouring district, the Bijapur district administration and police swung into action and took Tirupati Rao, a CRPF constable, into custody.

According to police sources, the jawans received information of a hardcore rebel leader, who had “entered” the camp in civil dress. The jawans allegedly mobilised villagers at a place and were verifying the identity when one person tried to flee the spot, forcing the jawans to open fire — the woman and the infant came in the line of fire ‘accidentally”.

Bijapur superintendent of police Ankit Garg said a magisterial enquiry had been ordered that would look into all aspects of the incident.

About 1,200 villagers had taken shelter in the government-run camp, about 450km south of Raipur, following rebel attacks.

The villagers were in the target list of Naxalites for allegedly backing Salwa Judum, the civil militia movement launched in June 2005.

Villagers on the other hand have alleged that jawans asked them to come out from the camp for an “urgent” meeting past midnight and asked the men and women to sit in separate rows.

According to preliminary information, after a while jawans started beating the villagers and then opened fire on them. Tension mounted in the area in the morning after villagers staged protests and thronged the district hospital. A blame game ensued, where residents alleged that the force had trapped them in a crossfire while jawans blamed Maoists.

The administration has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the victims’ family and Rs 5,000 each for the injured.

District officials refues to say much stating the magisterial inquiry would reveal all. However, villagers alleged that the trouble began when a few CRPF men tried to molest the camp’s women.

The vice-president of the All India Adivasi Mahasabha, Chitranjan Bakshi, has demanded a high-level probe by an independent agency to bring out the “facts” of the incident. Bakshi said the state-backed Salwa Judum should be immediately stopped and the villagers should be sent back to their homes to avoid such atrocities on them

Army slams ex-officers’ recruitment

Guwahati, May 23: The army today picked holes in the way Dispur has been going about recruiting ex-servicemen to provide security to the twin national projects under construction in the North Cachar Hills district.

Director-general, resettlement (DGR), Maj. Gen. S.G. Chatterji today said the government should have taken the directorate into confidence before embarking on the exercise, as it would have been able to provide proper guidance to the programme.

He said a similar haphazard initiative to recruit ex-servicemen by the Bihar government to deal with Naxalites in the past did not yield desired results, as it failed to recruit the right people who had proper training and motivation for such combat duty.

He, however, lauded the state government for deciding to utilise the service of ex-servicemen

Gen. Chatterji, who was in Guwahati to attend the two-day 87th defence pension adalat organised by the principal controller of defence accounts (pension) of Allahabad, said the DGR would try to get in touch with the state government through the state sainik board.

“During the interaction with the Rajya Sainik Board at the adalat I will ask them to convey to the state government to go about the recruitment through DGR for effective results,” he said.

The DGR is currently preparing a data bank of the resume of ex-servicemen to provide them suitable post-retirement employment.

To keep the Indian armed forces young, every year around 60,000 service personnel take retirement. Dispur plans to recruit 4,000 ex-servicemen to guard the ongoing gauge conversion and East-West corridor projects in the North Cachar Hills. Nearly 1,300 personnel have already been recruited through the state sainik board.

After failing to find enough recruits here — though the state has a pool of around 70,000 ex-servicemen — the state government is now scouting for recruits in other states. Gen. Chatterji said the DGR was not informed by the state government about the recruitment and its requirement. He said if the DGR was approached it could have prepared a “company model” suitable for the job.

For raising the companies, the DGR would have first made an assessment of weaponry and other operational requirements for the task at hand, he said.

After Jaipur, cops keep eye on internet cafes

V Narayan
Sunday, May 25, 2008 03:02 IST

Tell café owners to be more strict about maintaining customer records, checking ID

Cyber cafés in Deonar, Govandi, Mankhurd and Shivaji Nagar have been put under the scanner by the Crime Branch following the Jaipur blasts. But so far, the police say, they have not found any evidence of criminal activity being conducted from these cafes; no messages being sent out over the internet. “In the past, miscreants involved in blasts and naxalites arrested were from these localities,” a crime branch official said.

On Thursday the Shivaji Nagar police called cyber café owners to the police station to check and discuss the records they maintain of customers using their facilities. There are about 50 cyber cafés in the area whose owners were briefed about how they can be more vigilant about the goings-on on their premises.

“We cooperated with the police when we were asked to attend the meeting. Crime branch officers explained what kind of documents we should maintain,” Shazad Ansari, who runs Izimo Cyber Café in Shivaji Nagar, told DNA. Arif Shaikh, owner of Crescent Café in the same area, said, “The records which we maintain are incomplete. The police have told us how to update them so that they can be of some use should the police need information about who visits the cafes.”

Another internet café owner Pappu Bhai said, “Nowadays miscreants use email to chalk out their terror plans and communicate with other gang members and take advantage of the fact that cyber cafés hardly maintain any records.” Cafe owners have, however, on occasion not allowed customers, who do not have proper identity papers, to use their services. “Sometimes we lose customers because of this, but we realise that being strict about records will come in handy when we are summoned by the police,” Pappu Bhai said.

The meeting lasted two-and-half hours. “We have asked café owners to take down the customer’s name, address and contact numbers, and check identity proof. So far we have not found any café violating the norms required to run the service,” senior inspector Shivaji Nimhan of Shivaji Nagar police station, said.

Deputy commissioner of police Deven Bharti (Crime Branch), however, said his officers were carrying out a “routine combing operation to check the licence that allows the cafes to run. If it is found that any café owner has violated the specified norms, his licence is cancelled.” According to an officer of the Crime Branch Unit 6 in Chembur, the police are trying to track any Bangladeshis or other illegal immigrants who may be hiding out in this area.

Suspected naxalites burn dumpers

Tuesday May 27 2008 00:00 IST

SIMDEGA: Suspected naxalites have set fire to two dumpers of a private firm near NH-23 in Simdega district.

A group of naxalites on Sunday night beat up the staff of 'Sarada' construction near the national highway, about five km from here and burnt the machinery, Superintendent of Police D B Sharma, told newsmen.

He said the naxalites had been demanding money from the company for taking up widening of the national highway.

Security of banks in Jharkhand neglected over payment issue

The Jharkhand government's plan of raising a special police battalion to guard banks in the state has been welcomed by bankers but it is yet to be executed due to differences over who should pay the security forces.

The Jharkhand government's plan of raising a special police battalion to guard banks in the state has been welcomed by bankers but it is yet to be executed due to differences over who should pay the security forces.

More than 55 bank robberies have taken place since the formation of the state in November 2000. In more than 22 cases, Maoists raided banks and escaped with money without any resistance.

Last week, 14 robbers stole Rs.50 million in cash besides one kilogramme of gold from the armoured van of ICICI Bank near Salgidih in Tamar block, around 70 km from here, as it was coming from Jamshedpur to Ranchi on its daily run to stock the ATMs in the state capital.

Since the past five years, discussions on raising a special police battalion have been going on between the government and bank authorities. Both sides agree that a special force is needed to secure banks but neither wants to pay the police personnel.

'The state government and bankers agreed to raise a special police battalion to guard the banks. However, there was a problem when the state government asked the banks to pay the salaries of the police personnel,' a police officer told IANS.

Police officials said bank authorities often overlook security concerns while expanding their network.

An Allahabad Bank official said: 'We look into the aspect of financial viability while opening branches. It is the responsibility of police to ensure security.'

Banks in rural areas are often looted by Maoists, who are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. Some banks have been forced to shut down their branches

Naxals infecting Nagpur colleges: Police

Sanjay Tiwari
Sunday, May 25, 2008 (Nagpur)
Anti-Naxal squad of Maharashtra Police, say that they have evidence that several Naxal outfits are recruiting cadres from universities.

Nagpur's colleges have now come under the anti-Naxal radar of the police.

Pankaj Gupta, IG, Anti-Naxal operations said, ''We have clear proof of such activities in Chandrapur and Nagpur. Many of these students change their names, procure fake certificates and get admitted on many occasions even if they are graduates, they readmit in colleges to further their work.''
In Maharashtra the Naxalite movement has always had urban sympathisers but little urban presence.

Experts say in the last couple of years more and more tribals have joined the ranks, frustrated by the growing inequalities.

Their struggle is confined to the fringe towns and jungle areas of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli.

R P Gan, Principal, PWS College said, ''We have been told to keep records of all the students and keep a watch. Also to arrange awareness programmes for the students. We have organised a disciplinary committee which keeps an eye on the students and reports if it sights any student distributing Naxal handbills or pamphlets.

Some months ago, students allegedly working for a Naxal outfit, Desh Bhakti Yuwa Manch were arrested in Chandrapur.

Now police have shortlisted such colleges and issued directives to the administration there to keep a vigil.

Influx of former naxals into TRS worries others

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Congress, TDP and other political parties in Andhra Pradaesh are worrying over influx of more and more former naxalites in to TRS. With the isolation from the masses, the Maoists and other naxal groups in the state are searching for political shelter and it seems they have finally opted TRS.

TRS president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has extended the party membership to former Maoist leader and Dandakaranya Committee member, Merugu Sambaiah, at Janagaon. Another Naxalite leader, Gajjala Chandraiah, has also been given the TRS party membership by the chief on May 23.

Both the Naxalite leaders have recently came out of the radical movement to join the mainstream. Sambaiah has served in the Dandakaranya committee and was in the movement for more than 25 years.

The Maoists who were pushed back to bushes with pro-active police in the state are not searching for political cover-up. Leaders of other political parties are worrying that more Naxalite activists are coming out in the open to extend support to the TRS. This development is likely to have a telling effect on the morale of cadres of other political parties..

Maoists and other naxalite groups are leaving no stone unturned to increase their say by actively identifying with Telangana sentiment. The Congress, Telugu Desam, CPM, CPI and the BJP are feeling the heat with Maoist leaders extending their support to the TRS. Top Maoist leaders have recently announced that they would go "soft" on the TRS party, if it really commits to the cause of a separate Telangana state.

Chadnrasekhar Rao said his party would start a dialogue with Naxal leaders within six months of the formation of Telangana. He even announced that his party would seek "cooperation" of the radical groups for the development of Telangana.

Stir over non withdrawal of Naxalite cases

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, May 26: The state government has not withdrawn or dropped cases against persons booked in connection with left wing extremism despite the fact that it had issued a release in April 2004 stating that 34 cases involving 156 persons were under review.
Information regarding dropping of cases against Naxalites including six of the 18 who were arrested in Malkangiri when they were returning from a meeting at Bhubaneswar was sought by rights activist Mr Biswapriya Kanungo.
Mr Kanungo had moved the Information Commission in this regard and also sought data on the number of political cases that had been instituted and later withdrawn following a declaration to that effect by the government.
The home department responded by initially stating that Naxal cases were with the CID department and hence not available. As far as political cases were concerned 71 cases against 800 people had been registered of which six cases involving seven persons including a minister had been dropped.
Mr Kanungo moved the Commission seeking specific direction on the press release issued by the government in April 2004 relating to Naxal cases and withdrawal of these cases.
The government had made a feeble attempt in 2004 to negotiate or hold talks with left wing extremist organisations and the announcement of review of cases was apparently made in the backdrop of such moves.
But till date no case has been dropped or withdrawn. The Information Commission has asked the home department to provide specific information as sought by Mr Kunungo and posted the matter to 27 May.

Home Ministry goes on-line with Naxal-hit states

New Delhi, May 26 (PTI) Cracking its whip on Maoists, the Union Home Ministry issued orders to nine-Naxal hit states through tele-conferencing for the first time, asking them to take all precautions.

Stung by repeated Naxal attacks in different areas, Special Secretary (Internal Security) M L Kumawat sounded the alert to Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra.

The on-line meeting on Friday was held after the sensational loot of Rs 5.5 crore from a private bank in Jharkhand on May 21.

Sources said Kumawat and Additional Secretary (Naxal Management) Vinay Kumar discussed the safety measures to be taken while transferring heavy cash, explosives, arms and ammunition from one place to another.

Extremists had hijacked a bank vehicle in Jamshedpur and escaped with the booty.

The sources said orders have been issued to Naxal-affected states that they should ask banks to inform police about any heavy transaction or transfer of fund so that such an incident did not recur.

With railways becoming the main target of the ultras, the Home Ministry also asked the affected states to tighten security measures at railway stations and railway police stations to prevent loot of arms and ammunition, as witnessed last month in Bihar. PTI

Now, security for Special Jail

Monday May 26 2008 10:00 IST
Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: For once the Special Jail here is feeling insecure. The bombs hurled at its outer premises last evening has not only given a jolt to the police, but also brought to the fore a few conspiracy theories.

Shaken by the incident, the Prisons Administration has decided to construct a watch tower at the jail here though prisons in the Naxal-hit districts get such additional surveillance capacity.

Besides, the outer security of the Special Jail has been augmented. Earlier, it used to have a havildar and four constables for cover, but the bombing has prompted deployment of a section of force.

Bhubaneswar Police, meanwhile, have begun investigating into the bombing and who could possibly be behind it although it had described the incident as a ‘mischief ’.

With Biranchi Das murder accused Raja Acharya currently lodged in the jail, police believe, the gangster could be behind it since such an incident would divert the attention of the cops from their investigation process.

However, there are chances that a rival gang might have done it so that Raja gets the blame.

Police sources also did not rule out role of Sk Hyder gang behind the issue. After a Kendrapara court ordered that Hyder be handcuffed inside the prison, this might have been done in a show of retaliation.

FRESH CALLS: ‘Gangster’ Raja Acharya is alleged to have made fresh phone calls from inside the prison to album artiste Bidusmita Mantri on Sunday.

During his conversation, he dared police to taken on him. Police sources said the criminal called from a new SIM card and intimidated the album artiste.

He told Bidusmita he was aware that his calls are being recorded and presented to police. During his call, he challenged the police to act against him.

The ‘gangster’ had made similar calls on Saturday too.

Anti-Naxalism in Bihar turning into caste armies

Monday, 05.26.2008, 12:25am (GMT-7)

Naxalism has emerged as the most serious internal security threat and a severe challenge in many states. In the current phase of Naxal violence in Bihar, anti-Naxal forces are often found to be more problematic.

They create a social reaction which further breeds Naxalites. Anti-Naxal groups belong to those castes which have dominated the social order on caste line and have subjugated the scheduled castes and weaker sections of society.

Unfortunately, the canvas of such groups in Bihar has expanded horizontally. Many middle castes, especially the Yadavs and Kurmis, who have become economically rich and politically powerful over the years, have joined the anti-Naxal forces.

The caste dynamics became more acute after the J.P. Movement in Bihar. The polarization along caste lines deepened when the dalits were mobilized by left-wing extremists and increasingly became stereotyped as Naxalites.

This gave an opportunity to the upper castes to start their own private armies. Many anti-Naxal outfits began to challenge the Naxalites forces, among which the Ranvir Sena is the most deadly. Over the years, the Ranvir Sena has extended its influence to the Jehanabad, Patna, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, Bhabhua and Buxur districts, mobilizing the landed caste groups in these districts against the various left-wing organizations.

It has carried out a number of massacres in Central Bihar. The Ranvir Sena is largely represented by the Bhumihar and Rajput castes. For a long period in the history of the state, these zamindars (landlords) have dominated politics and have exploited their sharecroppers and agricultural laborers. Now new landlords have been added to the list.

There is a case study of Pandura Rampur in district Bhojpur which has many castes. There is one particular caste, Yadav, which has purchased 70 percent of the total land sold in the village over the last ten years. This is more or less true in many other villages of Bihar. In Kurmi dominated areas, land is purchased by only Kurmis.

There has been a visible change in the power structure. First the Yadavs, then the Kurmis deposed the upper castes from political power. Now these middle castes have joined the anti-Naxal forces.

Their aim is to protect their lands and establish their political and social hegemony. Besides the Ranvir Sena, there are a number of other armed groups who represent the interests of the other castes. The Bhoomi Sena of the Kurmis and the Lorik Sena of the Yadavs were formed in 1983 in Nalanda district and they are most powerful in Gaya and Dhanarua blocks in Patna.

It appears that these caste-based senas have degenerated into gangs that thrive on extortion from ordinary people. The people of Bihar have suffered from caste violence and goonda raj by one particular caste during the RJD rule in Bihar. Scheduled castes constitute close to 14 percent of the population in Bihar; most of the agricultural laborers belong to these castes.

There are more than 100 backward castes, the dominant one being the Yadavs and the Kurmis. The implementation of reservations in favor of the backward castes has improved their status throughout the state; the same is not true of scheduled castes whose condition continues to deteriorate.

Central Bihar, in particular, has seen a rise in abuses against scheduled castes since the early 1990s at the hands of upper castes and backward castes that employ them as laborers on their lands. Rapes and murders of dalit women have increased in this period. In the Annual report for 2004, the then Home Secretary admitted that there has been a spurt in Naxal activity in Bihar.

The Home Secretary stated that it could be treated in three parts viz. police response, development response and removal of cultural alienation. He then stressed the need to improve project implementation to keep the local youths away from Naxalism.

Successive Bihar governments have failed to implement land reforms and guarantees of minimum wages for agricultural laborers. Continuing disparities and increasing economic exploitation have given rise to numerous militant leftist groups, who have increased their membership, their political clout, and their weaponry since the 1970s.

The solution is more complex than only maintaining law and order, whereas the empowerment of the middle castes and alienation of the scheduled castes in Bihar will generate more Naxalites in the coming years.

The writer is PGT Teacher. Courtesy IPCS

Maoists trigger landmine blasts in Malkangiri

Malkangiri (PTI): Maoists triggered a landmine blast on the last day of their four-day bandh in Orissa's Malkangiri district on Saturday against alleged police excesses.

Police said the landmine, laid by the ultras, exploded at Kosalkkonda on the state highway in Kalimela area, about 35 km from here.

However, no one was injured in the incident.

The naxalites also resorted to road blockade in several places in the tribal-dominated district in a bid to enforce bandh by digging roads, cutting trees and placing boulders, affecting movement of vehicles and public transport on importrant routes, sources said.

Banners and posters put up by the ultras bearing the name of CPI (Maoist) were found at some places, while police also seized explosives from different areas.

The banners said bandh was being observed since May 21 in the naxal-hit district seeking a halt to combing operations by security forces, accusing them of killing innocent people in the name of encounters.

The posters alleged that innocent tribals were being killed in the name of 'joint operation against Maoists by Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhatisgarh police.'

Police said "patrolling in these areas have been intensified and efforts were on to restore road communication."

'Dont lecture us on Binayak Sen' -- Government of India

5/24/2008 4:48:41 PM

Dr Binayak Sen who is in a Chhattisgarh jail for the past one year, for his alleged links with Naxals
The Indian government has reacted strongly to international appeals for the release of Dr Binayak Sen who is in a Chhattisgarh jail for the past one year, for his alleged links with Naxals. 22 noble laureates have appealed to the Indian government to free Dr Sen who will be conferred the Jonathan Mann award in Washington on May 29, honoring his work in public health services and human rights. Dr Binayak Sen's wife, Dr Ilina Sen is going to collect the award on his behalf.

Senior government sources have told Times Now Binayak Sen is not absolved of his involvement with Naxals. The Court has taken a decision on Sen's bail and now the State Government is the final authority. However, the Government feels that the issue around Dr Binayak Sen is a well orchestrated campaign and just because he is selected for a western award, doesn’t make him less guilty in their view. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the State Government is right in opposing Dr Sen's appeal.

Dr Ilina Sen, Dr Binayal Sen's wife vehemently denied all charges against her husband. She said “The charges are ridiculous. He (Binayak Sen), like me thinks that the Naxal problem is not just a law and order prob. There is a law and order aspect to it but there is a much deeper problem rooted in unequal development, poverty, lack of basic services. My husband is also concerned about the violence, both of the naxal movement and the structural violence of the State that people have been forced to live with".

Happy with the International reaction in the Binayak Sen case, Dr Ilina Sen said, “I am deeply honoured by the fact that so many people have at last taken notice of his work and that is a major thing for us. However, she also expressed her apprehension regarding the response to the plea, “There has been no response from either the state Government or the Center. In fact there has been total silence, which is something that worries me. I am not sure about what hope there is."