Sunday, June 29, 2008

Orissa Naxal attack: Toll may reach 12

Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad June 29, 2008 16:29 IST
Last Updated: June 29, 2008 21:40 IST

Amid growing concern over the safety of the missing 28 policemen in a water reservoir on the Andhra-Orissa border, the government of Andhra Pradesh has pressed two more helicopters from the Oil and Natural Gas Commission to help in the search and rescue operations.

While the deaths of five policemen have already been confirmed, the senior police officials at the spot have expressed fears that the death toll may go up further to at least 12.

Sunday's incident took place when CPI-M rebels attacked the launch carrying policemen from Orissa to Sileru in Andhra Pradesh after an anti-Maoist combing operation in the morning.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had a review meeting in Hyderabad with top officials and directed that two more helicopters be pressed into service and all possible efforts be made to rescue the missing policemen.

The chief minister, who will visit the spot of the incident on Monday morning, also discussed the security provided to the leader of the opposition N Chandrababu Naidu [Images], who is presently in north coastal Andhra as part of his Mee Kosam Yatra.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police P Yadav has also reached the scene of the incident in a helicopter and discussed the measures taken to trace the missing policemen including Greyhound commandos.

Varying figures of the policemen travelling in the launch were doing round adding to the confusion. DGP said that 35 policemen were rescued and nine were injured. "Search is on for the others," he said.

The sensational attack has come at a time when the Communist Party of India-Maoist is observing 'Anti Police Week'.

The Special Investigations Bureau, which deals with the gathering of anti-insurgency inputs had warned a fortnight ago that Maoists may carry out a major attack any where in the state. But nobody had thought that the attack will be water-borne because never in the past, they have targeted the police in this way.

The police said five policement were killed, including a sub inspector of police Shankar Rao, two members of the elite Greyhound commando force and two home guards, all from Andhra Pradesh.

Sandeep Shandaliya, deputy inspector general of police, Visakhapatnam [Images] range, said that Maoists fired upon the boat in Machkund reservoir in Malkangiri district of Orissa. "It happened when our force was returning to Sileru," he said.

State Militia Commission, a recently constituted force of the Maoists, attacked the patrolling party of the police near Bodikuttu when they were crossing the Sileru reservoir. The launch was carrying the members of the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa police as well as the personnel of the Greyhounds, an elite anti-Naxal force of Andhra Pradesh.

As the launch sank during the attack, the police personnel had to jump into the reservoir even as the Maoists were firing on them, a police official said. Some policemen also returned fire. As the news of the attack reached Visakhapatnam, two naval helicopter were immediately rushed to save the policemen.

In Hyderabad, state Home Minister K Jana Reddy reviewed the situation with high-level police officials and directed them to take all the possible measures to find and rescue the missing policemen.

CPI-Maoist had constituted the State Militia Commission only 10 days ago to carry out a major attack against the police in Visakhapatnam tribal area, which has seen several encounters and other incidents in the recent months.

39 Indian police missing after Maoist attack: official

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BHUBANESWAR, India (AFP) — At least 39 members of an elite Indian anti-insurgency unit were missing feared drowned in the east of the country Sunday after their boat capsized following an attack by Maoist rebels, police said.

The boat, which was carrying 64 people, came under heavy rebel fire while patrolling a reservoir near Malkangiri in the south of the coastal state of Orissa, police said.

Twenty-five policemen managed to swim ashore and were taken to hospital -- and many of them to be treated for serious gunshot wounds, police said.

No bodies have yet been found, although rescue officials recovered some police caps.

"The boat capsized after insurgents started firing indiscriminately at the Greyhound force," Malkangiri police superintendent, Satish Kumar Gajbhiye, told AFP by telephone from the area.

The attack was one of the biggest Maoist assaults on security personnel since March last year, when the rebels slaughtered 55 policemen in central Chhattisgarh state.

The Greyhound force is a special unit based in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state. It was in the area on a joint operation with the Special Operations Group of the Orissa police to flush out insurgents from the forests.

Officials said helicopters have been sent to the area to search for any police who may have survived in the 40-metre (130-feet) deep reservoir.

Witnesses, however, said police had little hope of finding many more people alive.

The remote tribal district, on the border with the insurgency-hit states of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, is in the heart of an eastern swathe of the country where the Maoists are increasingly active.

Mineral-rich Orissa is also one of India's poorest states.

In February, Indian security forces killed at least 35 guerrillas in the state in one of the biggest crackdowns to date after the rebels killed 13 policemen and one civilian in raids on security posts.

The Maoist insurgency, which grew out of a peasant uprising in 1967, has hit half of India's 29 states and is centred in a heavily forested region in central Chhattisgarh state.

Last year, 834 people were killed in Maoist-related violence nationwide.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has warned that the shadowy guerrillas -- known in the country as "Naxalites" -- were stepping up their insurgency in vast areas that had missed out on India's economic boom.

He has also described them as the biggest threat to India's internal security, although federal and state authorities have been struggling to come up with a strategy to battle the guerrillas.

Some officials have called for a massive and coordinated security operation of the kind used to battle insurgents in Indian Kashmir, while others have said the focus needs to be placed on improving living conditions in India's impoverished hinterland.

According to official figures, tribal villagers in the insurgency-hit east have no more than 35 cents a day to spend, the lowest in the country and providing for a fertile rebel recruiting ground.

35 policemen missing after Maoist attack in Andhra Pradesh
June 29th, 2008 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS - Email This Post

Hyderabad, June 29 (IANS) At least 10 policemen were injured and 35 are missing after Maoist guerrillas ambushed a police team Sunday in Andhra Pradesh. The guerillas opened fire on the police while they were crossing a reservoir in a motorboat in Orissa’s Malkangiri district, bordering north coastal district of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

The motorboat was carrying 64 policemen, more than half of them from the anti-Maoist elite force Greyhound, returning to Sileru in Andhra Pradesh after an anti-Maoist operations in Orissa.


Unofficial reports said five policemen, including a sub-inspector, were killed in the attack.

Director General of Andhra Pradesh Police S.S.P. Yadav, however, did not confirm this.

The police chief told newsmen in coastal city of Visakhapatnam that 10 policemen were injured and 35 were missing after the attack.

Yadav, who rushed to the city, called on three critically injured policemen who are admitted to a hospital.

The Maoists reportedly used rocket launchers and fired from automatic AK-47 rifles. The motorboat capsized during the heavy firing and many policemen jumped into the water.

The remaining policemen either swam ashore or were rescued.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who held a meeting in Hyderabad, and reviewed the situation, asked police authorities to press two helicopters into service to trace the missing policemen.

The surprise attack on the police squad was carried out by State Militia Commission, which was recently constituted by the Communist Party of India-Maoist to intensify attacks on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border.

It is the biggest attack by guerillas in the recent years and it has came after Maoists suffered several setbacks in Andhra Pradesh.

Maoists lost over 300 armed cadres, including several top leaders, during the last three years. Police had recently claimed that the Maoist movement was on wane in the state with operations against the rebels having achieved many successes.

According to a list released by the police early this month, the armed Maoist cadres came down to 474 from 1,137 last year.

The Maoist violence in the southern state has claimed over 6,000 lives since 1969

Maoist attack, 50 jawans feared drowned in Orissa

In a violent ambush, the maoists attacked on nearly 50 Grey Hounds personnel in Machkund reservoir in south Orissa. The army personnel were feared drowned, and those who managed to swim ashore have been admitted to a nearby hospital. .
CJ: Jyoti Prakash , \

OVER 50 personnel of the Grey Hounds were feared drowned when maoist rebels ambushed their launch in Machkund reservoir in Orissa that borders Andhra Pradesh.

The incident took place near Alampetta village when nearly 64 security men of the elite Greyhound Force were on their way to Chitrakonda in Orissa by a boat for a joint operation against the naxalites.

Of the 64 personnel on board, 12 could manage to swim ashore with bullet injuries on them while manhunt was launched to trace the missing policemen. The police team consisting of 64 was returning to Sileru after undertaking combing operations in search of the Maoists in Orissa, when the rebels mounted an attack on the launch.
The 12 personnel who swam ashore were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Grey Hounds team, an elite commando force took the initiative to carry out counter-revolutionary operations in Andhra Pradesh. It had gone to Orissa along with five other persons on a combing assignment against the naxalites who are observing a protest week since June 26 against price rise and alleged police excesses.

After the Grey Hounds men fell into the reservoir, Maoists used country boats to reach them and opened fire on those trying to swim ashore. The violent incident happened around 9am today. The Machkand reservoir is in Orissa on the border with Andhra Pradesh where maoists are hyperactive in this region.

Naxalite Kanu Sanyal critically ill

Saturday, June 28, 2008 19:33 IST

SILIGURI (WB): Founder member of the Naxalite movement Kanu Sanyal has sufferred a cerebral attack and is critically ill, a doctor attending on him said on Saturday.

"Sanyal has suffered paralysis on his right side and his speech is impaired. He is not out of danger after he was admitted on Friday though he is better on Saturday," Superintendent of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital Dr S Ghose Roy said.

The 76-year-old general secretary of the original CPI(ML), who had given a call for social change through armed struggle about 40 years ago at Naxalbari, fell ill at his sister's house at Birpara in Jalpaiguri district last evening.

A medical board formed for his treatment was monitoring the condition of Sanyal who had announced the formation of the CPI(ML) on April 27, Lenin's birthday, in 1969 in Kolkata.

A team of CPI(ML) workers are camping at NBMCH.

West Bengal Minister for Municipal Affairs and Urban Development, Asok Bhattacharya has inquired about his treatment, CPI(M) sources said.

Police stations in TN to be networked in couple of years:DGP

Coimbatore, June 29: Police stations in Tamil Nadu would be networked in the next couple of years, as part of special emphasis on E-Governance, a top police official said.

The networking plan was part of the Centre's rs.2000 crore scheme, by which all States in the country should network its police stations within four years, Tamil Nadu DGP, K P Jain told reporters here.

Tamil Nadu government has already provided broadband connections to all the 1,400 police stations in the State and process was on to develop a customised software for the purpose, Jain said.

The department was exploring the possibility of a tie up with reputed external agencies for providing connectivity, he said adding in the long run all police stations in the country were expected to be brought under network.

Jain said seven of the 12 coastal police stations have already been operationalised and the remaining would be ready by another two months. These stations would also be provided with two boats for patrolling.

Asked about the presence of Naxals, he said though they attempted to set foothold in the State, efforts by police had thwarted it.

On monitoring scrap dealers in the wake of recovery of ammunition amid scrap from an old well in Gummidipundi near Chennai, Jain said they would be asked to be 'extra-alert' while buying scrap. - Agencies

Published: Sunday, June 29, 2008

Home Ministry sits on proposal for special anti-naxal force

New Delhi (PTI): The Home Ministry continues to sit on the proposal on much awaited Special Anti-naxal Force (SAF), on similar pattern of 'Greyhounds' of Andhra Pradesh Police, to counter Left-extremism which is being seen as a "virus" engulfing nearly 13 states of the country.
The CRPF, which is designated as the central force for countering anti-insurgency, had immediately started work for creation of such a force after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked for the same in December and also submitted a proposal few months ago to the Union Home Ministry.

However, despite getting an in-principle clearance of setting up of ten battalions (nearly 10,000 personnel) to be led by an Inspector General, the Union Home Ministry has not sent the proposal to the Union Cabinet for approval, sources in the Ministry said.

The blueprint for the new force is already in place and the concerned authorities are just awaiting for the final clearance from the Union Cabinet to put the much needed force in action.

In its proposal, the CRPF has submitted that 10 fresh battalions should be sanctioned and, in the meantime, it would deploy an equal number of personnel to begin operations from the day it was sanctioned.

A senior officer K Durga Prasad, 1981 batch IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh, was posted by the CRPF to take charge of the new SAF force for his knowledge and expertise in handling the anti-left wing operations.

Over 50 jawans feared drowned after Naxal attack in Orissa

29 Jun 2008, 1511 hrs IST,PTI

MALKANGIRI (ORISSA): Over 50 personnel of the anti-Naxal force of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa police were feared drowned in Balimela reservoir in Orissa's southern district of Malkangiri on Sunday as the boat ferrying them came under gunfire by Naxalites from atop a nearby hill.

Orissa Director General of Police Gopal Nanda said that the incident took place near Alampetta village when nearly 64 security personnel of the elite Greyhound Force were on their way to Chitrakonda in the state by a boat for a joint operation against the Naxalites.

Of the 64 personnel on board, eight could manage to swim ashore with bullet injuries on them while search operation was launched to trace the missing policemen.

"We cannot specify the exact number of jawans missing at this moment," he said adding three of them were from Chitrakonda police station.

According to Malkangiri Superintendent of Police S K Gajbhiye, though none of the security personnel was found so far, the search team recovered some caps used by the jawans from the 40-meter deep reservoir.

The eight personnel who swam ashore were rushed to hospital for treatment.

Gajbhiye said the Greyhound Force jawans and the Orissa police personnel were on their way to Chitrakonda on the inter-state border for launching a joint operation against the Maoists who are observing a protest week since June 26 against price rise and alleged police excesses.

The SP said though there was an exchange of fire between the ultras and jawans for sometime, the rebels could successfully capsize the boat by targeting its operator.

"The ultras had an advantage as they were atop the hill and the jawans in deep water," he said adding a massive search operation was launched by fire brigade personnel and police force.

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Over 50 jawans feared drowned after Naxal attack in Orissa

Neel,California,says:It looks like some insider gave the information to the Naxals. For naxals to kill 50 people requires big operation. Lot of money is flowing to Mao and Naxal from China. I bet if these guys are caught, you will find that guns are made in china. Second possibility of guns being stolen from army depot. Indian govt. is partly to be blamed for not taking care of the people. Why did these people decide to become naxal?. There must be some reason.
[29 Jun, 2008 2207hrs IST]

P Sadeora,USA,says:It is all because of availability of funds. How do they raise funds? Who supports them? That is where the brakes should be started to be applied.
[29 Jun, 2008 2028hrs IST]

Simple Solution,USA,says:We need biometric national id (MNIC). That should be the top priority BUT we have postponed it since we do not realize it's importance.
[29 Jun, 2008 2025hrs IST]

Hindustani,uk,says:Naxals are Indian citizans and they should be traced and tackled from their homes rather than fighting with them with guns. Any one with connection with Naxals should be put in Jails. The country has lost lots of lives and loosing every day. They are not obeying our law of the land and thy deseve a special law to control them. Nip the bud and don't face these situations. Youngs will fear to be conected with them. They are antisocial elements and should be treated so.
[29 Jun, 2008 1654hrs IST]

RK,India,says:Disaster!!!! The Govt. Needs to think more efficiently and deploy the Army/Infantry and get some good cleaning done, Like sweep with a broom. This becomes an excellent excercise in jungle warefare aswell.
[29 Jun, 2008 1648hrs IST]

Trogi,kuwait,says:we are killing the jawans for the sake of politician's. Why the Naxal groups are not handlled by indian army ? Then the politician's can not survey? Let GOD Save INDIA from this Politicians and corrupted government servants????? GOD is GREAT.
[29 Jun, 2008 1524hrs IST]