Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nine Maoists arrested in Gumla

Gumla, Jharkhand (PTI): Nine Maoists including a self-styled area commander were on Thursday arrested from Gumla district and arms and cash were seized from them.

District police superintendent Baljit Singh said the Maoists were apprehended when they went to a house. The police led by Sesai police station in charge Manoj Kumar Gupta surrendered the house and the Maoists surrendered to them without putting up any fight.

The self-styled area commander was identified as Uday Oraon alias Mudi-Katua, who had escaped from Lohardaga jail some time back, he said.

Four carbines, three regular rifles, 250 bullets, besides Rs 6 lakh and Maoist literature were seized from them, Singh said.

Blockade builds Maoist corridor


Belpahari, Nov. 20: A road blockade inspired by the Lalgarh backlash has made a 16km stretch out of bounds for police and gifted Maoists a safe corridor from Jharkhand to Bengal.

Villagers have blocked the road between Belpahari and Banspahari to express solidarity with the campaign in Lalgarh against alleged police atrocities. The police have said the Lalgarh protest has been hijacked by the Maoists.

It is not clear whether the Belpahari blockade had been laid two weeks ago to aid the extremists but they have ended up the biggest beneficiaries and the police the losers, sources said.

The police used to patrol the road in West Midnapore right up to the Jharkhand border to stop the rebels from sneaking in. But for the last two weeks, they could not proceed beyond Belpahari, about 22km from the state border. The villagers have placed tree trunks all along the stretch.

“This area, a CPI (Maoist) stronghold now, plays a key role in keeping the Lalgarh protest alive. As we are not clearing the logs to avoid provoking the tribals, anyone can do anything there after crossing over from Jharkhand,” said Prasanta Gayen, the officer in charge of Belpahari police station.

“We have information that outsiders are entering from Jharkhand through the Belpahari road and heading towards Lalgarh (60km away) through Binpur,” said an intelligence branch official. The rebels move through the forests on the two sides of the road.

Sasadhar Mahato, the prime accused in the November 2 blast that struck a convoy of Union ministers, is roaming in the area, the Maoist leader’s brother, Chhatrapati, said.

The first trunk blocking the road is placed not more than a kilometre from Belpahari police station.

The entire 16km stretch is deserted. In places, boulders have been placed. Even the narrow paths off the main road have been blocked with logs.

This correspondent saw around 500 tribals gathered with arms near Banspahari.

Asked how they earned their livelihood as they had stopped working, Jamuna Hembram said: “Those who love us take care of us.”

More roads, including one that was repaired, in Lalgarh and Jhargram were dug up today. The tribals have placed a series of demands, mostly linked to police repentance, some of which have been termed “unrealistic” by the government.

Arms smuggling across Myanmar border : NAXALS purchasing arms

Doubts over Assam Rifles role
- Force fails to stop arms smuggling across Myanmar border

New Delhi, Nov. 20: Arms smuggling across the Indo-Myanmar border has raised questions about the role of the Assam Rifles deployed there and the overall security in the area.

Last month, Northeast-based insurgent groups smuggled huge quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunition across the border.

The NSCN’s Khaplang group displayed M-series rifles, AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers, RPGs and other ammunition at Zunheboto on October 26 and even issued a press release to this effect.

Home ministry sources told The Telegraph there were more than 30 AK-47 rifles, about 40 M-Series rifles and 200 grenades.

Intelligence reports said nearly 100 cadres, led by one Niki Sumi of the Khaplang group, transported the contraband to Nagaland with the help of Meitei outfits in Manipur. But the Assam Rifles took no action.

The NSCN (Isak-Muivah) is also reported to be in touch with Thai arms smugglers who get arms and ammunition transported through the Myanmar border with the help of local agents.

The Assam Rifles has been posted in Nagaland for decades now and has a good idea of the topography. It also has an intelligence network to inform it beforehand if such operations are planned. Moreover, the arms routes along the Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bangladesh borders are well-known. This time round, their “peripheral security” seems to have floundered badly.

The home ministry is on the defensive. Officials argued that although Assam Rifles was a paramilitary force, it reported to the army and was thus largely the responsibility of the ministry of defence.

Although the Assam Rifles is a central police force, its officer cadre is on deputation from the army.

The intelligence bureau has informed Ashok Chaturvedi, the secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), as well as top officials of the directorate-general of military intelligence (DGMI) about the incident.

There is more concern as the home ministry has also learnt that Naxalites are purchasing arms from Northeast militants. One group from Chhattisgarh is believed to have collected about a dozen M-16 rifles from Calcutta recently.
Apparently, the guns were sold by a northeastern militant outfit, sources said.

“Security along the Myanmar border has been flagged several times and even fencing has been contemplated but execution has not been done yet,” a home ministry source said.

The fencing plan, however, is only for a 10km stretch close to Moreh town in Manipur. Moreh is the international checkpost and a haven for militants and smugglers alike who have “trade links” in the closest Myanmar town, Tamu.

Maoist-wary doctors shun border villages


A village on the Bengal-Jharkhand border. Telegraph picture
Jamshedpur, Nov. 20: After three members of a medical team became victims of Maoist bullets in West Midnapore district’s Belgaria police station area, doctors and paramedics have stopped holding camps there.

The doctors and para-medical staff, who would visit the villages under the Ghatshila sub-division on the Bengal border and hold medical camps regularly, now fear the worst. As a result, residents of the bordering Midnapore district of Bengal are left without medical attention.

“We have no primary health centre in our village. Even the nearest medical centre is 20km away in Ghatshila. The district civil surgeon usually sends a medical team to the village but since the blasts on October 22, no medical team has visited the area,” said Manmohan Mahato, a resident of Kesharpur village, bordering Midnapore of Bengal.

Srihari Bhagat, another resident of the nearby Narsingpur village, said a primary health centre existed in Kesharpur long ago, but due to lack of maintenance and negligence of district authorities, it turned defunct.

“After local residents approached the authorities, a team began visiting the village every fortnight. This was of great help to the villagers,” Bhagat said. Even after the PHC building became dysfunctional, the medical team would organise camps under canopies or at a hotel.

But after the recent Naxalite attacks, they have stopped visiting the villages.

Civil surgeon Dipali Dey of the East Singhbhum district admitted doctors and other medical staff were reluctant to visit villages in Ghatshila bordering West Midnapore. “We have tried persuading them to hold camps but to no avail yet,”Dey said.

Naveen Kumar Singh, East Singhbhum superintendent of police (SP), is doing all it takes to ensure that the medical team continues holding camps in Ghatshila. “I am providing escorts to the medical team and soon the medical team would hold camps again,” the SP hoped.

Lalgarh : Yes, it’s us, say Maoists

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Friday, November 21, 2008 03:48 IST

Rebels accept they are behind the stir at Lalgarh

KOLKATA: It is official now. Maoists in West Bengal have endorsed their direct involvement in the destructive agitations at Lalgarh in West Midnapore. They have also vowed to start a similar movement in Bankura.

In a press statement circulated among a section of the media, the state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Kanchan, admitted they were directly involved in backing the Lalgarh agitation “The Maoists had been agitating in large parts of Junglemahal (Lalgarh) and will continue to do so. We are supporting the agitation in order to convert the same into a bigger mass agitation,” Kanchan said in the statement.

He said the ruling CPI(M) in Bengal will be taught a lesson and threatened dire consequences if central forces like the CRPF were deployed in Lalgarh.

The state police on Tuesday found definite clues about direct links between Maoists and the Trinamool Congress at Lalgarh. According to documents available with the police, the most wanted Maoist guerrilla, Amal Hembram, alleged mastermind of the Lalgarh movement, was a Trinamool Congress candidate from Hooghly’s Jangipara in the 2003 panchayat polls.

The state Intelligence Branch has cautioned the state that the Maoists in Lalgarh are actively trying to suck in large parts of Bankura into the movement. “Their aim is to keep the red corridor in the region connected with adjacent Jharkhand state,” a senior IB official said.

Three accused in Vyas case acquitted

Staff Reporter

Prosecution could not produce any evidence against them

Only 19 of the 67 listed witnessed produced before the court

IPS officer K.S. Vyas shot dead in L.B. Stadium on January 27, 1993

HYDERABAD: Three persons accused of involvement in the assassination of IPS officer K.S. Vyas were acquitted of the charge by a local court here on Thursday.

Trial of the case, however, would continue against the other accused, including surrendered naxalite Nayeemuddin facing a host of other criminal cases.

The Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge of Criminal Courts, Nampally, acquitted M. Sheshaih, his wife M. Narsamma and Tirupati Balaiah numbered as accused 14, 15 and 18 as the prosecution could not produce any evidence against them.

Out of the 67 listed witnesses, the prosecution could present only 19 before the court. T. L. Nayan Kumar, counsel for Balaiah, said even investigating officer of the case, Syed Mohammed Ali Ahmed, who retired during trial of the case and is presently living abroad, did not depose evidence. None of the ‘panch’ witnesses attended the court.

He maintained nothing of the material seized by police in the case was produced before the court.

“Even summons to the accused sometimes were sent by post inviting wrath of the judge,” the advocate remarked. Out of the 21 accused persons, seven got killed in police encounters subsequently.

Becomes approver

One of the accused persons, K. Sammaiah, a naxalite who surrendered and became approver, died after he accidentally fell down while boarding a flight in Sri Lanka. Mr. Vyas, who was instrumental in setting up Greyhounds -- the elite anti-extremist operations force (known as STF then) -- was shot dead by alleged naxalites while jogging at the L.B. Stadium here on the evening of January 27, 1993.

A Deputy Inspector General then, Mr. Vyas was on the hit list of Left wing extremists for carrying out several operations against them.

His wife Aruna Vyas and another IPS officer, V. Dinesh Reddy, were inside the stadium when a naxalite team shot him dead.

Naxals recruit educated youth to their fold

M K Madhusoodan
Thursday, November 20, 2008 21:59 IST

BANGALORE: A day after killing three Naxalites in an encounter in Chickamagalur, it has now become clear that the Maoist extremists have been attracting the educated youth to propagate and conduct their operations in the jungles of Western Ghats.

The anti-naxal force (ANF) is now concentrating on finding the sympathizers of the extremists' group in and around Chickamagalur and Udupi, two districts located on both sides of the Western Ghats.

Among the three Naxals gunned down by the ANF at Mavianahalla in Chickamagalur, Manohar's name stands apart as he is a graduate and was involved in several progressive movements in his native district of Shimoga. He hails from former chief minister S Bangarappa's home constituency Soraba in Shimoga district.

Manohar was trained under the Maoists at Raichur. He returned to Shimoga and joined a local newspaper as a reporter. He escaped in an earlier encounter with the police while he was in Raicur camp. Later when he was caught, he served a two year jail term and returned to Shimoga, where he joined the newspaper.

He was missing for the last couple of months. Apparently, he had joined his 'comrades' holed up in Western Ghat region coming under Chickamagalur district. His family was scouting for a bride for him, when he was killed in the encounter in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Devendrappa alias Vishnu was from Soraba Taluk's Tattur village. He was a post-graduate. He also had got involved in several progressive movements in his district of Shimoga along with Manohar. He was also shot dead by the ANF.

The third man, Naveen, who was killed in Wednesday's encounter, was from Mudigere of Chickamagalur. Police have no clue about his background.

Indian state recruits tribesmen to fight Maoists

Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:05pm IST
By Jatindra Dash

BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Authorities in an eastern Indian state are recruiting young tribesmen to fight Maoist rebels, officials said, a move human rights groups criticised for putting civilians in the firing line.

The decision by the state of Orissa mirrors a campaign, the "Salwa Judum" or "Campaign for Peace" in the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh, in which government-backed militias have fought Maoist guerrillas since 2005.

Authorities in neighbouring Orissa say their new campaign involving tribal villagers would strengthen the fight against the Maoists who began their insurgency about four decades ago.

But similar efforts to enlist vulnerable and little trained villagers in other states have failed to tilt the balance in favour of the government.

Instead, Maoists have retaliated by attacking villages and abducted and executed Salwa Judum sympathisers, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said in a report in July.

Orissa will recruit at least 2,000 tribal youths between 18 and 25 years old as special police officers (SPO) in five Maoist-dominated districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, Raygada and Kandhamal.

A senior police official said the recruits would be trained for about three months and would be given police uniforms. Continued...

"The tribals know local language. They will be a great help to the force engaged in anti-Maoist operations," deputy inspector general of police Sanjeeb Panda told Reuters, adding recruitment would be complete by December.

But local human rights groups are already sounding the alarm.

"Orissa is trying to pit the tribal against their own people," Biswapriya Kanungo, a human rights activist and lawyer in Orissa, said.

Orissa is among a dozen Indian states fighting a Maoist insurgency that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described as the country's biggest internal security threat.

On Thursday, police said they had busted two rebel jungle hideouts in the eastern state of Jharkhand and arrested about two dozen guerrillas.

The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers. The rebels periodically attack government property and target politicians and police, mostly in large swathes of rural India's east and south. (Writing by Krittivas Mukherjee; Editing by Simon Denyer)

Nine Maoist rebels arrested in Jharkhand

Indo-Asian News Service
Ranchi, November 20, 2008
First Published: 12:20 IST(20/11/2008)
Last Updated: 12:22 IST(20/11/2008)


Police on Thursday arrested nine Maoist rebels from the Gumla district of Jharkhand and seized weapons, literature and uniforms from them.

"Nine Maoist rebels belonging to Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) have been arrested. They were holding a meeting when the police raided," Superintendent of Police of Gumla district Baljeet Singh told IANS by telephone.

Four carbine, three regular weapons, Maoist literature and uniforms were seized from the arrested rebels, who include Uday Oraon, a sub-zonal commander of CPI-Maoist.

"This is big success for the Jharkhand police. Uday Oraon had escaped from Lohardagga district jail sometime ago," an official said.

On a tip off, police raided the jungle area situated in Sisai police station of Gumla district, around 140 km from here Thursday morning.

Jharkhand police arrested 16 Maoist rebels of People's Morcha in Hazaribagh district Wednesday evening and seized 16 regular weapons, explosives and other things from them.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In the last seven years, more than 1,300 persons including civilians and Maoist rebels have been killed.

Udupi: Combing Operations Intensified in District

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Nov 20: In the backdrop of the encounter at Mavinahole near Kalasa on November 19, the Anti Naxal Force has intensified search operations in various places in Kundapur and Udupi taluks including Koodlu, Megadde, Nellikatte, Tingalamakki, Kabbinale etc., on the suspcion that the naxals might shift their base after the said encounter, to one of these places where they have made appearances earlier. District superintendent of police Pravin Pawar confirmed that the anti-naxal operations have gained momentum in the district.

Ahila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat welcomed the anti-naxal operations that claimed the lives of three naxalites in Moodigere taluk. State ABVP secretary Ravichandra P M has congratulated the state chief minister, home minister and the police department for their bold initiative. He has also urged the government to decimate the naxals who have derided democracy in the name of upliftment of the poor and engaging in volence. He said, that the naxals, who have been working to a conspiracy to destabilise governments, have set up a red corridor from Nepal to Kerala and urged the concerned to take steps against the so-called intellectuals who support the naxal movement.

The ABVP also pointed out, that several lecturers working in the university and colleges have been trying to imprint the illusion among their students, that naxalism is the right form of revolution and sought action against such persons.

Naxal encounter - He was to attend wedding...

Napoklu (Kodagu) Nov 20: A pall of gloom pervaded Kundacheri near Bhagamandala, the native of Anti-Naxal Force constable Guruprasad, who was killed in an encounter with naxals, on Tuesday night.

His mother Lalitha, bed-ridden with paralytic stroke, was inconsolable. Grief-stricken father Nanjappa had embraced silence.

Guruprasad (29) is the youngest and only son of the couple, Nanjappa and Lalitha. All his five sisters have been married and preparations were afoot for marriage of Guruprasad too. He was the lone earning member of the family.

He joined police service nine-and-a-half years ago. After taking part in the operation to nab forest brigand Veerappan as a member of Special Task Force, Guruprasad was serving in Anti-Naxal Force for the past two years.

He reported for duty on November 10 after getting treated his mother at a hospital in Mysore and was to attend the marriage of his cousin on Thursday.

“He had said over phone that he would come home to attend the marriage. But he did not come at last,” said his wailing sisters.

Poignant scenes were witnessed as villagers were trying in vain to console the bereaved family.
The body was brought to Kundacheri on Wednesday. night.

Journo turns naxal

Manohar (29), a naxalite killed in the encounter hails from an affluent family, graduated in Arts from Sahyadri College in Shimoga.

He had identified himself with progressive movements during his undergraduation days. He was arrested at Raichur on May 1, 2001, along with Ramesh, on charges of having links with naxals. He was lodged in Charlapali prison in Andhra Pradesh, where he launched an agitation for reforms in prisons. While in prison, he contributed articles on wide-range of issues to Hosatu, a periodical, published by Nava Karnataka Publication.

As the police failed to prove charges, Manohar was eventually exonerated in 2005. In an attempt to start life afresh, he served as a journalist in a local Kannada daily in Shimoga. However, it is said frustration over the failure of his attempts to join mainstream, drew him again to the fold of naxalism. He disappeared all of a sudden eight months ago and his name and picture appeared on the website of Karnataka police as one of the most wanted naxal.

The rumours about Manohar re-joining the naxal movement confirmed only after his death in the Tuesday’s encounter.

Trail of naxal activities

Encounter deaths of three naxals in Mavinahola, a border village of the taluk has again turned the spotlight on naxal activities in Kudremukh forest, after a brief lull.

It was widely touted that naxals have shifted from the area with the killing of four persons in a police encounter at Ammadlu, in July 2007. Rumours were agog that tribals have distanced themselves from naxals. There were no retaliatory attacks following Ammadlu incident and naxal activities remained dormant for six months.

However more than 25 youngsters, both boys and girls, went missing during this interval and they were suspected to have joined naxal forces. The new faces in Wednesday’s encounter adds credence to this suspicion. Injuries sustained by a woman during rifle training near Menasindahadya sent out first signs of naxal activity in the area. Two persons - Parvathi and Hajim were killed in an encounter in November, 2003. Mallika, a suspected naxal was held on November 15, 2005.

As recently as last month, naxals who descended on Volale village had conducted a meeting with 15 villagers including BJP taluk president Ranganath. Gun shots are reverberating in the dense forests in this part of interior Malnad with the advent of naxals, for the past six years.


Cop, three Naxals die in encounter

DH News Service, Chikmagalur:

Three Naxals were gunned down in the wee hours of Wednesday during an exchange of fire with the Anti-Naxal Force at Mavinahola near Horanadu. A police constable too lost his life during the operation.

The encountered Naxals have been identified as a former journalist Manohar (35) from Soraba, Devanna (28) alias Devananda alias Devaiah from Hebse village near Mudigere and Abhishek (19) alias Venkatesh from Gadikallu near Balehonnur. Police are searching for Kanyakumari, another Naxal who escaped.

Meanwhile, ANF Constable Guruprasad (28) died during the operation after being shot by the Naxalites. He hailed from Chettumane village in Madikeri. Guruprasad was to go on leave to his native place on Wednesday evening to attend his cousin’s marriage.

The police combing operation got intense from the past 3-4 days and based on a tip off, the 13-member Anti-Naxal Force team left towards Mavinahola. Around 1.30 pm the police spotted a group of Naxalites comprising a woman and three men, surrounded them and asked them to surrender.

Upon this, the Naxalites fired an entire stengun magazine (30 bullets), police claimed. Though they hurled a grenade towards the police, it did not cause any harm. The exchange of fire went on till about 4 am.
Later when the woods were searched, the bodies of the three Naxals and the constable were found, informed Inspector General of Police (Western Range) A M Prasad.

Sniffer dogs traced Kanyakumari’s path to a pond. Grenades and local guns have been recovered from the spot.
It is for the first time in over five years that a police officer has been killed in an encounter with Naxals.
Director General of Police Shrikumar, Anti Naxal Force Commander Amrith Pal and others visited the spot.
The DGP warned of stringent action against Naxal supporters in a press conference held at Kalasa later. A magisterial probe will be conducted into the encounter, he said.

State measures

Meanwhile in Bangalore, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said the State Government will strengthen the Anti-Naxal Force. Speaking to reporters, he said the force will be armed with sophisticated weapons.
The State cabinet has also decided to give Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the relatives of the slain police constable. Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje said the members of Guruprasad’s family will get his basic salary till the time he would have reached superannuation and a government job.

Three Maoists killed in encounter in Karnataka

Bangalore (IANS): Three Maoists were killed in an encounter with a Karnataka police team early ON Wednesday in the thick forests in Chikmagalur district, about 350 km from here, chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa said.

A commando of the state's Anti-Naxal (Maoists) Force was also killed in the encounter that took place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. at Mavina Holla village, about 100 km from Chikmagalur, he told reporters here.

Meanwhile in Chikmagalur, inspector general of police A.M. Prasad told reporters that a woman member of the Maoist group had managed to escape.

Maoists have a presence in Chikmagalur, a prominent coffee-growing district, and in the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada though there is no estimate of their number.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

31 maoists surrender in AP

Visakhapatnam (PTI): Nearly 31 Maoists, some of whom were involved in the recent encounters with police, on Monday surrendered here.

The surrendered Maoist cadre included Commander-level and Deputy Commander-level extremists, Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal told reporters here.

The Maoists are very much active in this district, particularly along the state's border with Orissa.

Recently, the Maoists attacked a boat carrying the elite Greyhounds police personnel of Andhra Pradesh in Balimela reservoir on Andhra-Orissa border, killing as many as 38 cops.

We need girls for women's wing: Maoists

11/19/2008 6:55:58 AM

A poster put up by Maoists seeking 50 girls for their women's wing has triggered panic among students and authorities of a school in Patna.

A notice pasted in the premises of the Kasturba Gandhi Girls school in Banka district says, "We need 50 girls for the party. If there are none, then you will have to close the school. And if you do not do so, the result won't be good. Close the school for a month, otherwise be warned that many girls would be killed."
Though the police has termed it a hoax and the handiwork of local anti-social elements, students and teachers are worried about possible attacks by rebels.

The police have begun a probe after the incident was reported to the education department.

Maoist threat looms large

Shyam Sundar Roy

MIDNAPORE, Nov. 18: The Maoists who had gone underground following a crackdown by the police since the 2 November landmine blast, are suspected to be back and resumed their activities.

A ration dealer was killed at Bholabheda in Belpahari block by them allegedly on Saturday, as he refused to pay a huge amount as demanded by the outfit, police claimed.

There is, however, another theory behind the murder with a section of locals alleging that the victim was killed over an illicit relationship with a woman. But, in any case, the Maoists are around Belpahari forest terrain and they may launch an attack any time on the police as indicated by the villagers who are refraining from going to the forests to collect wood over the past few days. The farmers too are delaying harvesting of paddy on their farmland in the forest tracts, though it is already overdue.

Belpahari police have stopped their routine patrolling in the forest terrain to stonewall the entry of the Maoists since the Lalgarh agitation began.
The policemen are also afraid to come out of their quarters to procure essentials from the market apprehending that mines may have been planted on the blocked and presently unprotected roads. Fear has also gripped the CRPF personnel.

Ban on Maoists: Police propose, CPM disposes

Font Size Express News Service

Kolkata, November 18: : While the Maoists have made significant inroads in various districts of West Bengal and the state home department has demanded a ban on the outfit, the CPM has rejected the ban.

CPM state secretary Biman Bose said: “I am not in favour of banning the Maoists. A ban will provide extra authority to the police, which will be misused, turning people against the party and the government.” The party fears that the ban will further enhance the popularity of Maoists, denting the CPM’s prospects in rural and tribal belt.

“Police highhandedness has created trouble in many places, not only in Lalgarh,” said Bose.

Party sources said some top bureaucrats in the state home department have strongly advocated for an immediate ban on the Maoists. But the ruling Left Front government, under the pressure of the CPM, has set aside the proposal.

Maoists behind tribal unrest: police

November 18th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS -

Kolkata, Nov 18 (IANS) Maoist rebels are adding fuel to the ongoing tribal agitation in West Bengal’s Lalgarh area and preventing any peaceful settlement, police said Tuesday.”The agitation by a section of tribals is still continuing at Lalgarh. We’ve got reports that some Maoists leaders are supporting the movement,” West Midnapore police superintendent R.K. Singh told IANS.

He said the majority of villagers had already responded positively to a meeting that was held between the district administration and the locals Monday.

“They want to withdraw the agitation. But the Maoists are threatening a section of the local people not to withdraw the movement at ground zero. The Maoists have also taken the upper hand and don’t want to call off this agitation,” he said, adding that the police have already cleared the blockade near Jhargram town Tuesday and repaired a metalled road that heads towards the violence-hit zone.

Last week, thousands of tribals squatted on dug up roads at Maoist-hit Lalgarh in West Bengal protesting police harassment and the arrest of some locals following the Nov 2 landmine blast in a ministerial convoy.

The Adivasis, led by Bharat Jakat Majhi Marwa Juan Ganta (BJMMJG), had blocked all approach roads to Lalgarh by placing huge tree trunks on the roads.

“We are trying to restore peace in the area through a process of dialogue,” a police officer said.

Trouble began at Lalgarh last week after the district police arrested some school students and allegedly heckled tribal women in connection with the landmine blast that went off when the convoy of Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasada and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was passing near Bhadutala Nov 2.

Though all the three VVIPS had a narrow escape in the incident, six policemen were injured.

Trinamool-led agitation at Dunlop gate

Avijit Ghosal, Hindustan Times
Sahaganj, November 19, 2008
First Published: 00:33 IST(19/11/2008)
Last Updated: 00:36 IST(19/11/2008)

At the gates of the Dunlop factory here, a formation of anti-mainstream trade unions is emerging fast under the Trinamool Congress.

The management’s cease-work announcement on Monday at the factory and payment of a monthly subsistence allowance of Rs 2,000 due to a demand slump was followed up on Tuesday with an agitation outside the factory gates.

Representatives of the Trinamool, Naxalites, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) and the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights summarily rejected Dunlop chairman Pawan Kumar Ruia’s decision taken in consultation with the CPI(M)-backed Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the Congress-backed Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC).

Tapan Dasgupta, leader of the Trinamool Trade Union Congress, said: “Didi (party chief Mamata Banerjee) has asked us to oppose the injustice meted out to workers.”

Ruia, however, claimed the employees supported the agreement. CITU union general secretary Dipankar Roy said, “About 300 workers have communicated to the personnel manager that they are in support of the agreement, preferring it to suspension of work.”

Questions are also being raised over Ruia’s will to turn around the company. “Dunlop never converted, on an average, more than two tonne of rubber a day against the promised figure of 140 tonne,” Dasgupta said, adding, “So, where is the question of the market affecting the factory?”

Significantly, the anger seemed to be fuelled further by an order by Ruia to demolish the entire labour colony spread over almost 100 acres. There is a suspicion that Ruia has plans to develop the land for an IT SEZ for which he has already applied to the state government.

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A jeep set ablaze near a liquor shop at Jagannathpur village near Gunupur in Rayagada district on Sunday night.

Express News Service First Published : 18 Nov 2008 11:53:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 18 Nov 2008 01:09:18 PM ISTGUNUPUR/MALKANGIRI, After a brief lull, Maoists renewed their violent activities in Rayagada and Malkangiri districts.While a group set a liquor shop on fire at Jagannathpur village, 15 km from Gunupur police limits, another group of armed cadres of CPI(Maoist) shot dead village headman Panda Reddy at Binayakpur under Motu police limits Sunday night.

Four Maoists barged into Reddy’s house and opened fire indiscriminately killing him on the spot. Reddy took the bullets on his chest, ear and hand. Motu police rushed to the spot.

In the first incident, around 12 Maoists, accompanied by hundreds of their supporters, attacked the liquor shop and set it on fire. Later, they set ablaze a jeep and four mobile phones. They also destroyed huge quantity of liquor.
The Maoists then looted Rs 40,000 from the shop. Before fleeing, they assaulted the workers of the shop. They left a note warning the owner of dire consequences if the shop is reopened.

The Maoists, reportedly belonging to Kondabaridi Dalam, had warned the vendor against running liquor business.

Last month, they had attacked two liquor vendors belonging to Suludi and Katiki villages of Ramanaguda block

Forces fear fiercer rebel attack

Anil Anand
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 02:54 IST

NEW DELHI: In the face of “lack of cooperation” by the Chhattisgarh government on sharing intelligence with the central paramilitary forces (CPMF) regarding Naxalite movement in the state, the CPMF has left nothing to chance amidst fears of heightened Naxalite violence during the second phase of Assembly elections in the state on November 20.

Alarmed by the Naxalites successfully targeting a helicopter carrying polling staff during the run-up to the first phase of elections, a joint operational network of the BSF and CRPF is working overtime to rework redeployment of the security personnel to plug loopholes.

The director-generals of both the forces, accompanied by special secretary (Naxal operations) in the home ministry, air-dashed to Chhattisgarh for an on-the-spot assessment of the Naxal threat.

Director general, CRPF, VK Joshi has reportedly complained to the higher echelons of the ministry regarding lack of flow of vital intelligence from the state administration. Referring to the Naxal attack on an IAF helicopter on November 14, he said it could have been prevented had the state intelligence network shared the vital inputs about the Naxal presence in the area with the CPMF. The IAF pilots had expressed similar views and had blamed the local police for not providing prior information about the Naxal presence and failure to sanitise the helipad area.

On his part, Joshi had expressed fears of Naxal insurgents striking in a big way during the first phase of elections. The reports reaching the home ministry here suggest more such strikes on November 20 to thwart the poll process.

During the course of their visit to Raipur and some Naxal-affected areas, the Central delegation held discussions with the state authorities. Apart from redeployment, the question of requirement for additional troops also figured in the talks.

As it is, 17 battalions of the CRPF are permanently deployed on anti-Naxal operations. In addition to this, over 300 companies of CPMF have been provided to the state for election duties, a senior home ministry official said.

Terror strikes will not hit economy: Jaiswal

Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: The recent terror strikes in commercial hubs should not create any fear psychosis, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said, adding such incidents would not affect the country’s economic prospects or investment climate.

He gave this assurance to captains of industry at the Indian Economic Summit here on Monday. The event has been organised by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Naxalite problem

Referring to the naxal issue, the Minister said the Centre had drawn up elaborate plans to deal with the menace. The naxalite problem is the single biggest threat to internal security and industrialists were scared to set up plants in the affected areas.

Rejecting the view that India failed to tackle terror, Deputy National Security Adviser Shekhar Dutt said security issues were uppermost in the minds of State and Central authorities.

The approach had to be one of negotiations, he said and suggested better sharing of information between the Centre and the States. Pointing out that the country has a long and porous border, he favoured issue of national identity cards to all citizens to help the security forces in identifying people.

To a question whether there were loopholes in laws that resulted in a low rate of conviction, Mr. Dutt said a lot of evidence was needed before someone was convicted.

Chhattisgarh faces ire over NREGS in Naxal areas

Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi November 18, 2008, 0:53 IST

As Assembly elections began in Naxal-hit areas in Chhattisgarh, a report of the Central Employment Guarantee Council in the Union rural development ministry has accused the state government of not making any attempt to implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the Naxal-infested areas as well as areas which were not affected by the Naxal violence in Dantewada.

The report, authored by council member and economist Jean Dreze, recommends roping in the forest department to implement the NREG programme in Naxal-dominated areas in future.

“Most of the people I met had never heard of the NREG Act (NREGA), and knew nothing about their entitlements under the Act. This is shocking, considering that the Act has been in force in this area for almost three years. Awareness levels in Dantewada were so low that it is hard not to attribute them to an intentional attempt to ‘keep people in the dark’, so that they don’t make inconvenient demands on the local administration or question the possible embezzlement of NREGA funds in the area,” Dreze says.

Dreze, whose visit was confined to one block of Bheramgarh in Dantewada district in late September, says that the NREGA can be seen as a positive opportunity to create a new rapport between the state and the people in these areas, based on constructive work. “From this brief visit, it appears that very little has been done to seize this opportunity,” he points out, adding that the government had not bothered to create any awareness about NREGA in the area.

He says there were wall writings in Bheramgarh on schooling and education but none on NREGA. As for the working of the scheme which is supposed to be there for the last three years, Dreze found that some have never seen or heard of a job card, some are yet to get, while most people have surrendered their cards to village chieftains. In other words, no one in Dantewada was in possession of a job card. “During these three days, we did not meet a single person who was in possession of the job card (except in the Nelasnar relief camp). It appeared that hoarding of job cards allegedly by gram panchayat heads and others had been common.

“This is a very pernicious practice, which needs to be stopped immediately,” the report says

Urgent need to augment policing: Jaiswal

admin November 17th, 2008 Business

New Delhi, Nov.17 (ANI): With India continuing to be the major target for terrorist attacks, there is an urgent need to augment policing in the country, according to Shriprakash Jaiswal, Minister of State for Home Affairs of India.

Speaking at the 24th India Economic Summit jointly organized by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here today, Jaiswal emphasized on the importance of modernizing the state police force and the need to adapt international technology to fight against terrorist activities.

According to him, “the government has already decided to set up Interstate joint task forces to facilitate coordinated and synergised anti-naxalite operations across State boundaries and strengthen intelligence networks for this mission”. The key challenge is to rehabilitate states like Chattisgarh, Bihar and Orrisa which have been affected by naxalite activities.

Looking at the worsening situation in Afghanistan, Mr. Shekhar Dutt, Deputy National Security Advisor, National Security Council, India said that “violent incidents have risen by 30 percent this year in Afghanistan. The situation on the ground has deteriorated and militancy has resurged. This has had a global impact and co-ordinated efforts must be put in place to tackle this problem”. Mr. Dutt also pointed out that money generated through illegal and nefarious routes such as counterfeiting and drug dealing are injected into funding terrorism.

Jack Leslie, Chairman, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, U.S.A. said that new technologies should be adapted to engage the staggering young population of India so that they don”t get diverted into terrorist activities. He added that “the public demands tough actions whenever they see a blood bath. So it’’s necessary to take a calibrated approach using a combination of soft power and hard power”.

Ajay Chowdhry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HCL Infosystems India talked about the need for ”on ground policing”, intelligence and information gathering to detect a problem before it occurs. Stating that the Chinese had invested $6billion towards technology for internal security, he emphasized the importance of using sophisticated technology like transportation security, border security, infrastructure security to prevent and detect mass destruction.

Manohar Joshi, Senior Editor, Mall Today, India said that the terrorist system in India is far more complex than any other country and there is a need to overhaul the system. There is a need for both sophisticated understanding and sophisticated handling of problems. With growth receding and the unemployment level rising the primary challenge is to train security personnel with the new technologies so they do not feel alienated. (ANI)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Maoist nexus with ULFA, NDFB found

Staff reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 16 – The investigations into the serial blasts revealed close nexus between the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) with Bhutan-based Maoist rebel groups as all the groups have a common enemy in the King of Bhutan. Police sources said that the ULFA and the NDFB are against the Bhutan Government because of the Operation All Clear launched against the outfits in 2003, while the Maoist groups are strongly opposed to the move of the Government of the neighbouring country to evict a sizeable number of Nepali population from southern Bhutan. In recent years, the ULFA and the NDFB extended help to the Maoist rebel groups active in Bhutan by providing them with explosives.

The facts came to light following the arrest of a Bhutanese national Tenzing Zengpo during the course of investigation into the serial blasts. Zengpo was arrested along with one of the suspects in the case in Guwahati city. During interrogation, the Bhutanese national admitted the long association that they had with the ULFA and the NDFB. Sources revealed that Zengpo was earlier the general secretary of the Druk National Congress of Bhutan and now he is associated with Maoist rebel groups active in the neighbouring country.

Sources revealed that in June, 2007, the NDFB provided at least 50 kilograms of TNT to Maoists of Bhutan and that consignment of explosives is yet to be used, which proved that the neighbouring country is also under threat. What is more disturbing is that the NDFB has been under ceasefire agreement with the Government of India and the outfit reportedly provided the explosives in 2007, which proved that members of the outfit were involved in clear violations of the ground rules of the ceasefire agreement. Sources revealed that during questioning, the arrested Bhutanese national admitted that a team of Maoist rebels came to Udalguri and received the explosives. Unfortunately, none of the security agencies involved in counter-insurgency operations in Assam got any information about the visit of the foreign rebels and the fact came to light only after the arrest of Zengpo.

Commenting on the process of investigations into the serial blasts, sources said that the investigations were not carried out with any pre-conceived notion. “We are investigating into the blasts on the basis of physical evidence and the involvement of the ULFA and the NDFB has been established,” sources added. Sources further said that the plan was formulated by the ULFA and the NDFB at the highest level in the months of August and September and the NDFB carried out the ground work including procurement of vehicles to plant the bombs. The vehicles used to plant the bombs were with the NDFB members and supporters upto October 28 and 29. From the confessional statements of the arrested persons, it was apparent that the ULFA provided the explosives, but it is still not clear where the bombs had been made.

Sources further stated that one hardcore ULFA militant – Dhiren Nath alias Monoj Nath, was arrested near the Kalia Bhomora bridge on November 7 while he was transporting around nine kilograms of TNT and the arrested person admitted that he was involved in transporting an even larger consignment of explosives on October 25. The investigating team is now trying to ascertain whether the explosives transported on October 25 were used to trigger off the serial blasts, sources added.

India policeman refuses to serve

By Subir Bhaumik
BBC News, Calcutta

Maoists have a presence in 182 districts of India
A serving police officer in India's eastern state of West Bengal has refused to command a camp in a jungle region dominated by Maoist guerrillas.

He is reported to have told colleagues he would rather resign than risk his life in the Lalgarh region, one of the most dangerous parts of the state.

Sisir Das was posted to the area 10 days ago during a Maoist attack.

His posting came as the rebels set off a landmine, targeting the convoy of the Indian steel minister.

The minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, was travelling at the time with West Bengal's Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya .

Huge protests

Mr Das was posted to the area to beef up combing operations against Maoist rebels.

He was earlier posted in a relatively peaceful district north of Calcutta.

"He has gone on leave and has now said that he will resign if pushed to take charge of that camp," a police spokesman in West Midnapore told the BBC.

Lalgarh has been hit by huge protests by Santhal tribesmen, who have dug up roads or cut down trees to block traffic .

They allege police atrocities in the wake of the ambush on Mr Paswan's and Mr Bhattacharya's convoy on 2 November when the pair went to Salboni to lay the foundation stone of a huge steel plant being set up by India's Jindal Group.

Five policemen were seriously injured in the ambush.

A tribal party, Jharkhand Disom, organised a strike on Sunday in protest over the police abuse issue.

The strike paralysed life in three Maoist-dominated districts of West Bengal - West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.

Several policemen have died in Maoist attacks in these three districts in recent years.

But this is the first time a state policeman has refused to do duty in an area dominated by the Maoists.

Sisir Das is reported to have told colleagues his family had pressed him to resign rather than risk his life in Lalgarh. But Mr Das was not directly available for comment.

Ten years ago, a West Bengal armed police platoon, deployed for election time duty in the hilly north-eastern state of Tripura, refused to go on a long route patrol because of the risk of being ambushed by tribal militants.

The police service in West Bengal is highly unionised and critics say that is at the root of such gross acts of indiscipline.

It is not yet clear what action the West Bengal government is contemplating against Sisir Das for his refusal to work in Lalgarh.

Maoists kill three in Bihar village for refusing to pay 'levy'

17 Nov 2008, 0353 hrs IST, Kashi Prasad, TNN

MUNGER: Maoists on Saturday night descended on a prosperous Rajput-dominated village in Bihar's Jamui district, kidnapped three villagers to the nearby jungle and killed them.

The incident took place at Kharik Maheshwari village under the Sono police station. Police said the 50-odd extremists, equipped with firearms, entered the houses of Madan Singh(32), Chhote Lal Singh (35) and Mahesh Singh (32), woke them up and took them away towards the forest area.

Though the Maoists left, scared members of the three families and other villagers did not raise an alarm. "We remained indoors for the Naxalites had threatened us with dire consequences if we reported the matter to police before sunrise," one family member was quoted as having told police.

Early Sunday morning, bodies of the three villagers were found from Charka Patthal Bazar, some 300 metres from Kharik Maheshwari. Their throats were slit. Handwritten leaflets found at the spot said others who do not comply with the demand of Reds would meet the same fate.

The victims were contractors and worked for execution of different village development schemes of the government. The extremists had demanded "rangdari" from them three months ago, but the trio had refused to oblige them.

As the village is dominated by well-off Rajputs, the villagers had decided to take on the extremists if they again made a demand for "rangdari", villagers recalled. The Maoists kept silent for months and the villagers became relaxed thinking the extremists had "accepted defeat".

Munger range DIG Bhrigu Srinivasan said raids are on to nab the assailants. Jamui SP Vinay Kumar and DSP Vinod Kumar have rushed to the village with reinforcements

Suspected Maoist rebels kill 4 in eastern India

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2008-11-17 15:34:02 -

PATNA, India (AP) - Suspected communist rebels raided a village in eastern India, rounding up the families of wealthy farmers before shooting and killing four people, police said Monday.
About 50 suspected insurgents raided Kohwarwa village in Bihar state's East Champaran district late Sunday night, taking the families of four wealthy farmers hostage, said
N.H. Khan, the area's superintendent of police.
They allowed the women and children to leave before killing four men, Khan said, adding that police were searching the area for the suspects.
The village is 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the state capital, Patna.
The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have fought for more than three decades in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor.

The guerrillas accuse authorities of plundering the region's rich natural resources with little benefit to local residents.
The rebels are also called Naxalites after Naxalbari _ a village in West Bengal state where the movement was born in 1967.

Sleuths destroy Hemp cultivation

Express News Service First Published : 17 Nov 2008 08:16:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 17 Nov 2008 12:10:40 PM ISTDEOGARH: Hemp cultivation in over five acres of land were destroyed by excise slueths in Ratanpur village under Kundeigola police limits in Reamal block today. The destroyed plants are estimated to be around Rs 50 lakh.

As per reports, the plants were being cultivated using modern scientific techniques and were ready for harvest in the next couple of days. Sources said in the last two months, 87,500 hemp plants in over 267 acre of land, worth Rs 18 crore, have been damaged. As it is believed that Naxals have been patronising hemp cultivation to fund their activities, the district administration is working overtime to clamp hemp cultivation.
Similarly, in a joint raid by the excise and police officials in Landimal and Rail villages under Rairakhol police limits in Sambalpur district, hemp cultivation over 25 acres of land valued at Rs 50 lakh were destroyed yesterday

Chopper attack grounds poll team

Raipur, Nov. 16: The Maoists’ firing on an IAF chopper in Chhattisgarh last Friday left more than 41 polling parties in the lurch, as pilots refused to fly helicopters. Result: several election workers had to spend two nights at red dens in Bijapur fighting fear.

On Friday, Naxalites had sprayed bullets on the IAF chopper ferrying a polling party and some jawans from Pedia polling station, killing Sergeant Mustafa Ali.

Pilots later blamed police and insisted that the incident could have been averted had the security personnel sanitised the helipad and the areas dotting it.

On Saturday morning, the state administration was taken aback when the IAF pilots refused to fly the choppers that were supposed to ferry the poll workers from the interior areas of Bijapur.

Elections were over by 3pm on Friday and it took another hour for election teams in the interiors of Bijapur to pack up the electronic voting machines. As the visibility faded soon, the choppers could not fly with the teams from most of the areas on Friday.

All polling parties were scheduled to reach the district headquarters of Bijapur and Dantewada by Saturday afternoon. But the strike-like situation forced them to pass the second night in the red zone.

The government had total 10 helicopters, including eight IAF, one private and one of the Chhattisgarh government, at its disposal for the elections.

Besides IAF choppers, private helicopters were also pressed into service.

While the IAF pilots refused to fly citing bad weather, private pilots gave technical reasons to ground the flying machines.

Director of the state’s aviation directorate Anil Tuteja said senior police officers began parleys with the pilots this morning and assured them of adequate security in and around the helipads.

Only after the police assurance did the pilots agree to fly, bringing a respite to the 41 polling parties comprising 250 employees, who had passed their every minute under the shadow of terror.

“Members of 20 polling parties have reached the district headquarters, while another 21 are on their way,” said Dantewada district superintendent of police Rahul Sharma.

Centre tells industrialists to shrug off fear of terrorism

New Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) With terror strikes in the country's commercial hubs creating fear among industrialists, the Centre today sought to shrug off their nervousness, saying such attacks would not affect their economic prospects.
The assurance came from Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal in the backdrop of recent terrorist attacks in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Participating in a discussion here on national and regional security at the India Economic Summit 2008, organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and industry body CII, he said the terror attacks would not affect the country's economy.

"These blasts will not hamper the country's economy," Jaiswal said.

Referring to the Naxal issue, the minister said the Centre has drawn up elaborate plans to deal with the menace.

The naxal problem is the single biggest threat to the country's internal security and industrialists are often scared to set up their plants in the affected areas.

Rejecting a view that India has failed to tackle terror, Deputy National Security Adviser Shekhar Dutt said security issues were uppermost in the minds of state and central authorities.

The approach has to be negotiation and dialogue, he said and suggested better sharing of information and communication between the Centre and the states.

Dutt said the country has a long and porous border and favoured national identity cards for all citizens to help security forces in identifying people. PTI

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Murder finger at Maoists


Jonaki Tudu, an 18-year-old tribal, at a protest near Belpahari in West Midnapore on Saturday. Picture by Amit Datta
Jhargram, Nov. 15: Police suspect Maoists to be behind the alleged murder of a ration dealer whose body was found in a forest near Belpahari police station today.

According to the police, Ashoke Haldar was a known CPM supporter. “There were several complaints against him for malpractice. Although he never reported any threat from Maoists, we suspect them for today’s incident,” said an officer.

The police did not conduct raids in the jungles today. Rajesh Kumar Singh, West Midnapore superintendent of police, said Ashoke’s killers did not leave posters behind. “But the needle of suspicion points to the Maoists. We are planning a raid tomorrow morning.”

Villagers of Tongveda found the body of the 45-year-old Ashoke with his head smashed and wounds on his chest.

Last night, Ashoke had a fight with some people who came to his house and demanded a quintal of rice, elder brother Murali said. This morning, some tribals Murali did not know told Ashoke to attend a march in Belpahari against the police atrocities in Lalgarh. “He went with them. I saw him walking silently in the procession. That was the last time I saw him,” Murali said.

Six CRPF jawans injured in landmine blast

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Raipur, Nov 16 (PTI) Six CRPF jawans were injured today in a landmine blast suspected to be triggered by Naxalites near Gumdidih-Kundi village in Kanker district, about 250 km from here, police said.
The jawans from the 190 battalion, were injured when their vehicle fell into a crater that was created by a powerful landmine triggered by Naxalites few seconds before the vehicle reached the spot, police said.

The injured jawans have been identified as Prahalad Kumar, Subodh Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rajendra Singh, Mahendra Yadav and Tassir Hassan of CRPF's 190th battalion.

All the injured jawans are out of danger, they said.

Three jawans have been airlifted to Raipur for treatment and as many have been shifted to Bhanupratappur, they said.

The CRPF jawans were returning from Pakhanjore to Raipur after completing their poll duty, police said.

Security agencies have started a massive search operation in the area. PTI RM KAD 11161509 DEL

Naxalites kill three in Bihar

Press Trust Of India
Jamui, November 16, 2008
First Published: 17:51 IST(16/11/2008)
Last Updated: 17:53 IST(16/11/2008)

At least three people were killed by the suspected Maoists in Bihar's Jamui district, police said.

The bodies of three men with their throats slit was found lying near Charka Pathar Bazaar in the district on Sunday morning, Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar said.

Kumar said the trio -- Mahesh Singh, Chhote Lal Sigh and Madan Singh -- had not returned to their houses after November 13 when they left home to participate in a puja.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered with the police and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

10 Janashakti naxals arrested

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Karimnagar, November 16: The Karimnagar police arrested 10 militants belonging to the CPI(ML) Janashakthi group of naxalites, who created terror in the Sircilla and Vemulawada circles with extortions, erection of temporary martyrs’ memorials and pasting of wall posters, etc to rebuild the party.

Disclosing this to newsmen here on Saturday, Y Gangadhar, SP, said that former naxalites Moorthy Srinivas Reddy alias Yadanna and Malliala Rajesh alias Johnson were involved in several illegal activities in Sircilla division. In order to terrorise people, they erected martyrs’ memorials, hoisted red flags and also pasted wall posters, threatening people.
Vemulawada Circle Inspector Sanjeev Kumar apprehended Poornachander, Malliala Madhukar and Darra Tirupathi. Based on their confession, the police arrested Banoth Raju, Banoth Bhoopathi, Bhukya Jyothi Ram of Rangampet village on the outskirts of Marrimadla village and Padigela Suresh, Dubbala Nagaraju of Marupaka and Donthula Laxmirajam and Donthula Sanjeev of Nookalamarri in Konaraopeta mandal and seized party literature, flags, banners, wall posters and 10 ‘soap bombs’ from their possession.


Lack of choppers prevents airlifting polling staff from Bastar

November 16th, 2008 - IANS -
Raipur, Nov 16 (IANS) About 250 polling staff who were sent to Chhattisgarh’s Maoist stronghold of Bastar Nov 14 for the first phase of elections are still stranded in the thickly forested area - due to lack of helicopters to airlift them, the police said Sunday.Chhattisgarh went to polls Nov 14 for 39 out of 90 seats in the first phase of polling for the assembly elections.

In several revolt-hit areas, Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters airlifted polling teams at booths with a strategy to bring them back either to the district headquarters or safer areas before sunset.

“At least 250 polling members are still inside the forested areas. Our effort to bring them back on the polling day failed due to non-availability of helicopters,” sources at police headquarters told IANS.

The sources added: “Majority of the polling personnel who are still trapped in forested interiors are in Bijapur and Dantewada district where local police stations have been asked to escort them and also provide help to them”.

People should come out to protest Naxal attacks: Somnath Chatterjee

Kolkata, Nov 16: Holding that fear had taken hold in the minds of the common man due to the "red terror" of the Maoists, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has urged people to fight against the left-wing insurgents in India.

Condemning the attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's convoy November 2, he said it was very unfortunate that Maoists are intensifying attacks in several parts of the nation and were killing innocent people.

"I hope people will realise this and consolidate a protest against this rebel group," Chatterjee said in an interview aired on a Bengali television news channel on Sunday.

"The incidents of Maoist attacks are always condemnable and there should be no politicising of such incidents," he added.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had a narrow escape on November 2 as suspected Maoists triggered a high-intensive landmine blast on the route of their convoy in West Midnapore district. Six policemen were injured, two of them critically, in the landmine explosion.

"Innocent people are more and more falling prey to these rebel attacks. A kind of fear has also been created in the minds of commoners due to the red terror," Chatterjee said.


'Khukhri' to help force deal with Naxals


New Delhi, Nov 16: Khukhri, the dagger symbolising the Gorkha valour, will now be an essential weapon in the hands of elite anti-Naxal force COBRA, sources in the Home Ministry said.

The blade, an inseparable weapon of dreaded soldiers of the Indian Army's Gorkha Regiment, will now be sanctioned to COBRA to it give a lethal edge in hand-to-hand combat situation.

"It is one of the most multi-dimensional knives ever to be created. It would be helpful for COBRA personnel who would have to undertake operations in dense forests for clearing their path and also in close combat situation," the sources said.

The dagger has a 3-10 cm wide blade which is about a feet or a little more long. According to experts, blades are deflected at an angle of 20 degrees or more with a thick spine and a single sharp cutting edge "making it a deadly weapon" if used by dexterous hands.

Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) is the newly created 10,000-personnel strong force under the command and control of the CRPF to tackle the growing menace of Naxalism.

Even though the force is being equipped with 19 kinds of assault weapons, including Under Barrel Grenade launcher (UBGL), light weight automatic MP 5A rifles among the regular AK 47s and INSAS rifles, sources said that the 'Khukhri' would be one of the most useful.

Bureau Report