Saturday, May 08, 2010

Gun battle between Maoists, troops in Orissa

IANSFirst Published : 08 May 2010 10:02:48 PM ISTLast Updated : 08 May 2010 10:46:21 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: A gun battle broke out between the Maoists and security forces in a forested area in Orissa's Koraput district Saturday evening, an official said. No security personnel was injured.

According to an intelligence department official, the Maoists opened fire as the security forces entered the forest on the basis of a tip-off about the presence of the guerillas.

"There may be some casualties on the Maoists' side, but we are not sure," director of intelligence department Prakash Mishra told IANS.

The firing lasted for half an hour, he said.

The gun battle took place a day after a high-level team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) met state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other senior police and administrative officials to discuss force deployment in the Maoist-affected areas.
The central government has already provided five battalions of paramilitary forces to the state as well as a helicopter for anti-Maoist operations under way in at least four southern districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Rayagada and Malkangiri.
In the second incident, two separatist guerrillas were killed in a fierce gun battle with security forces in the Laar forest of Reasi district.

A constable was also injured in the gun battle that lasted a little over four hours in the dense forest of Mahore village, about 150 km north of Jammu.
The gun battle started when security forces, acting on a tip-off, cordoned off the forest belt and asked the guerrillas to surrender. The guerrillas started firing at them.

"The battle lasted for a little over four hours and security forces were successful in killing the two guerrillas," a police officer told IANS. He said the identity of the guerrillas has not been established as yet.

Army and intelligence officials say that with the melting of snows in the mountain passes leading into the Kashmir Valley, more and more guerrillas are sneaking into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan.

Mine fools scanners, blows up 8

- CRPF bleeds again as Maoists target highway

Raipur, May 8: As many as eight central paramilitary jawans fell prey to a Maoist landmine on a bustling national highway in Chhattisgarh this evening, the bomb escaping a road opening party that had combed the stretch a few hours ago.

The death of the CRPF personnel came a little over a month after 76 policemen were cut down in the same state in the worst massacre of security forces in the country and raised questions about the promises made then to plug lethal loopholes.

Today’s attack in Bijapur district also added a menacing factor to the Maoist offensive: rarely has a national highway been picked out in the state for such a bloody carnage and that too at the evening rush hour.

Two civilians who were on a bike nearby were injured in the blast, which tossed the vehicle carrying the jawans several feet in the air. The vehicle broke into pieces as it landed in an eight-foot crater created by the explosion, officials said.

The powerful blast took place on NH-16 that connects Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh with Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. The site is around 100km from Dantewada, where the 75 CRPF jawans and their police guide were massacred on April 6.

The dead have been identified as Santosh Chaurasia (sub-inspector), Hazarilal (head constable), H.K. Ghosh (head constable from Assam), M. Subramanium (head constable) and Tekram Verma, Rakesh Meena, Santosh Chauhan and Salab Singh (constables).

They were travelling in what officials said was an “armoured vehicle” — another instance that suggests the guerrillas have figured out the quantity of explosives needed to smash through the barrier.

In Dantewada, too, the Maoists had blown up a vehicle, variously described as mine-protected and armoured. Even if protected, the vehicles can withstand the impact of only a certain amount of explosives.

However, the oversight that appeared most glaring was the ineffective presence of the road opening party, which is supposed to sanitise roads.

“Senior officials were visiting Awapalli (the scheduled destination of the jawans) and an opening party was at work on the road,” an official said. However, the road opening party failed to spot the mine.

The jawans were heading to Awapalli for administrative work. The nature of the assignment and the absence of any Maoist strike on the stretch for over four months could have made the group complacent, sources said.

In the morning, there was heavy movement of security personnel in the area. But the rebels waited till evening, by when the jawans might have been convinced that the area was safe.

When the vehicle reached Peddakodepal, about 9km from Bijapur, the mine was detonated. “Six jawans died on the spot, one succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital,” deputy inspector-general of police (intelligence) Pawan Deo said. Another jawan died later.

The site of the explosion has alarmed security agencies. “We have to investigate how the Maoists managed to plant mines on a national highway and trigger the blast,” inspector-general of police R.K. Vij said.

The sources said the rebels could have planted the mine months ago, and waited waiting for an opportunity to wreak maximum damage.

Maoists kill and rob too

Midnapore, May 8: Maoist guerrillas stormed a CPM leader’s house in Jhargram last night, shot him dead in front of his family and then went on a looting spree.

The departure from the rebels’ usual style of operation left many surprised. Normally, they drag away their targets from their homes and shoot them in a field or a forest clearing. Besides, the guerrillas are normally not known to loot the homes of their victims.

About 30 people surrounded CPM local committee member Sudhangshu Maity’s house, deep inside Lodhashuli forest, around 11.30pm. “They called Maity by his name and when he did not emerge they entered the house and shot him,” Jhargram superintendent of police Praveen Tripathi said. The assailants took away cash, jewellery and other valuables.

Maity owned two acres of farmland and worked as a librarian in Jhargram. He was also the secretary of a farm produce marketing co-operative.

In Midnapore, chief secretary Ardhendu Sen today said the families of those killed by Maoists would get Rs 3.5 lakh as compensation. “So far, only slain police personnel’s families were paid compensation.”

Death threats leave Jharkand politicians in fear

By Amarnath Tewary
Patna, Bihar

Senior politicians in the Indian state of Jharkand say they are living in fear and hardly dare venture from their own homes.

In recent weeks Maoist rebels have begun issuing death threats against local Congress Party leaders - demanding they oppose the government's latest military offensive against the guerrillas.

These are not empty threats.

Earlier this month the Maoists gunned down Congress leader Govardhan Mahli in the East Singhbhum district of the state.

The Indian government recently launched a major offensive against the rebels. In Jharkand, government and state security forces want to flush the Maoists out of the remote swathes of forest they occupy.

But Jharkand is at the centre of the Maoists' "red corridor" - they have a heavy presence in 18 of the state's 24 districts and call strikes, blow up train tracks and lay landmines.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the insurgency in Jharkhand.

Poster campaign

Around the same time of the assassination of Mr Mahli, 24 Congress leaders in the district of Palamu resigned in fear of the Maoist diktat.

“ We have advised party leaders to take the utmost precautions ”
Radha Krishna Kishore
And in late April the rebels issued a fresh ultimatum through a poster campaign exhorting 38 Congress leaders in Palamu to quit the party or face the consequences.

Seventeen of them quit last week.

Congress politicians say they feel helpless in the face of the threat.

"It's a question of life. We're not able to come out of our homes or go outside the state capital. The state government has completely surrendered before the Maoists," a Congress leader told the BBC on condition of anonymity.

Congress legislator Radha Krishna Kishore described the atmosphere among the political elite in Jharkand.

"They [the Maoists] have already been executing their threat and the situation is even more alarming and grave than it appears," he said.

Security plea

He says there is a very real fear that Jharkhand could go the same way as the state of Punjab during the height of its insurgency in the 1970s - when he says that more than 36,000 Congress party members and their families were killed by militants.

Mr Kishore says that his colleagues in Jharkhand have been pleading with the chief minister and police chief for better security.

They have also established a five-member committee to take stock of the situation and suggest possible ways the party can escape the wrath of the Maoists.

Mr Kishore is convener of the committee as is Jharkhand Congress President Pradeep Balmuchu.

"Now the committee has submitted its report we'll put it before our party chief Sonia Gandhi, the prime minister and home minister to make them aware of the threat," Mr Balmuchu told the BBC.

"Until then we're keeping our fingers crossed and have advised party leaders to take the utmost precautions when moving out from their houses or constituencies."

But the Maoist influence in Jharkand extends beyond the remote jungles of the state.

Their presence is so strong that in the latest elections to the state assembly, their representatives - in different political parties - won nine seats.

The Maoists contend they are fighting for the rights of poor, marginal farmers and the oppressed classes.

But the authorities are sceptical about their dedication to the cause.

Police say that since they have stepped up operations, many top Maoist leaders have fled into neighbouring Bihar state.

Some Congress leaders may do likewise. As the Indian government forges ahead with the biggest anti-Maoist offensive on record, the ramifications in individual states across India are far-reaching and potentially deadly.

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Close call for Modi in Red blast

TNN, May 9, 2010, 04.55am IST

KATIHAR: Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and PWD minister Prem Kumar had a providential escape as the Guwahati-bound North East Express, by which they were travelling from Patna to Katihar, crossed the Bakri-Kursela stretch only minutes before suspected Maoists blew up a portion of the track between the two stations around 6 am on Saturday.

Katihar superintendent of railway police Anil Kumar Singh said the blast was the handiwork of Naxalites. "They struck towards the fag end of the 48-hour bandh called by them," he said, adding this was the second blast on the railway tracks in the area by the Maoists during the past 24 hours, the earlier being near Mansi.

Railway's Sonepur division commercial manager Shikha Tripathy said the impact of the blast was so severe that the tracks were twisted. Train serv-ices between Barauni and Katihar, disrupted for over three hours, have since been restored.

Modi, who attended a public function at Barsoi in Katihar district, said the state government has been tackling the Maoist menace by addressing their grievances.

"Development projects are also being launched in the Naxal-affected areas."

Orissa natives under scanner in Goa‎

Sadguru Patil
Panaji, May 8 - With the three Naxalites being found in Goa, first time since liberation of Goa, Odiya community in the state have come under scanner. Police department has kept watch on Odiya speaking population in the slum areas of four talukas.

According to highly placed sources from Home ministry government has taken serious note of the incident of 3 naxalites being found in Goa while taking shelter in the slum areas of the state. If the Orissa police had not been intimated about the naxalites presence in Goa, to its counterpart in this tourist state, then local police would have been failed to catch hold these elements. Two naxalites were working in the famous factory at Mapusa and they had managed to flee from the factory on May 5 after police conducted raid on the said factory.

The sudden Nakabandi which was started in all major roads of Goa was the fallout of this Naxalite presence in the state said, highly placed sources. Police had kept secret the motive behind Nakabandi in order to keep Naxalites unaware about their search by cops. Police were searching vehicles bearing non Goa registration numbers in an attempt to trace the Naxalites.

Home ministry is aware that most of the Orissa residents are working in Goa`s fishing and real estate sectors. Police have kept watch on few of these two sectors as cops don't want to take any chance. There will be large number Orissa people in the total 50,000 industrial workers of the state of which 50 percent are non goans. Keeping this in mind police are also carrying out searches of slums and detaining labourers in an attempt to find out any Naxalite has came in their contact in last one month.

Slums at Karaswada, Bhoma and Old goa are in news. In last around 15 years hundreds of Orissa residents have migrated in Goa in search of jobs. Many girls from Orissa are working as maids in Houses belonging to Goans. There are no much incidences showing that they have created social problems in the state. Many youths from this state are working on trawlers in coastal talukas on Goa. Sizeable number of them are working in construction sector and in steel industries too. Presence of Orissa people is also there in bakeries.

Orissa naxalite arrested in Goa
TNN, May 7, 2010, 04.11am IST

PANAJI: In a major operation, Goa police on Thursday evening arrested an alleged naxalite from Orissa, Sambhu Beck, 25, wanted by Orissa police for murder, extortion, kidnapping and dacoity.

He was arrested from a house at Mapusa, North Goa, by a police team led by SP (anti narcotics cell) Veenu Bansal after a thorough search following specific information received from the SP of Sundargarh, Orissa, that Beck was hiding in Goa along with his associates.

Addressing the media, SP (PRO) Atmaram Deshapande said the naxalite, a leader of Maowadi Trishul Manch, was hiding in Goa for about two years.

Police have also arrested 17 of his associates, who are employed in various industrial estates in Goa, on charges of harbouring Beck, he said.

'Naxals may have intercepted wireless message at Tarmetola'

Soumittra S Bose , TNN, May 6, 2010, 03.58am IST

NAGPUR: A month after the Tarmetola tragedy in which Naxals ambushed 76 jawans in Dantewada, a senior Chhattisgarh police officer told TOI that the Maoists may have intercepted the Central Reserve Police Force's wireless message for the longrange patrolling plan.

The security personnel were gunned down while on their way back from a three-day sortie in the jungles near Chintalnar village. TJ Longkumer, the Bastar inspector general of police, said that the Maoists had somehow managed to listen to the message that was sent out on the wireless.

“The order was issued by CRPF DIG Nalin Prabhat. He had wanted to go into the jungle for three days for acclimatization. This particular information was picked up the Naxals who then laid out their plan. It was well executed too,” said Longkumer who is one of the most experienced cops in Chhattisgarh to have worked in the Maoist affected areas.

BRO to abandon NH-16 work through Naxal-infested states

5 May 2010, 1624 hrs IST,PTI

NEW DELHI: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) have been asked to move out of the National Highway-16 project in Naxal-infested Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh on "as is where is basis" by March next year.

The BRO, a defence institution, will hand over the 200-km work it was tasked to complete to respective state governments and move on to strategically more important project along the borders with Pakistan and China, BRO's Director General Lt Gen M C Badani told reporters here today on the occasion of his organisation's golden jubilee celebrations.

"The Hirak project (involving NH-16 road construction) is a special task force (project). It is not a normal project and was raised as a truncated project to work without too many manpower in the headquarters," Badani said.

"Hirak will be handing over this national highway to the three state governments and moving out to strategically important areas which we have to undertake within a particular probable date of completion. The directions, which were given as per the government is concerned, by March 31 (next year) the project will be handing over the entire road to the three state governments on 'as is where is' basis," he said.

The Nagpur-based Hirak project was tasked to complete a 200-km stretch of the highway passing through Dantewada in Chattisgarh where Maoists massacred 76 CRPF jawans last month.

The BRO, the premier institution to build roads, bridges and tunnels in difficult border terrain of the country, has so far constructed 92-km stretch of the highway.

It is currently working on a 40-km stretch of the highway in which three important bridges are incomplete.

"I have moved a proposal that we be allowed to complete the bridges before we transfer the manpower to other strategically important project in the borders. The remaining stretch would be taken care of by the respective state governments," Badani said.

Of the NH-16 stretch the BRO as tasked to construct, 68 kms would be left incomplete while it is handed over to Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Admitting that Naxals was a major problem in the area through which NH-16 runs, the BRO DG said the problem existed even before his organisation was deployed there, but steps had been taken to tackle the threat both through BRO's own security personnel from the Territorial Army and on and off through state police personnel.

Naxals blow up railway track; torch 2 buses

Priti Nath Jha & H K Verma, TNN, May 7, 2010, 04.58am IST

MUZAFFARPUR/CHHAPRA: Maoists blew up a portion of railway track between Turki and Kurhani railway station in Muzaffarpur district on Thursday during their 48-hour strike called to protest police attempt to foil a Maoist-backed outfit’s public meeting there on April 30. The Maoists also set afire two buses under the Maker police station in Saran district.

The activists of the CPI(Maoist) blasted the railway track between Turki and Kurhani stations on the Muzaffarpur-Hajipur section of the East Central Railway (ECR) on early Thursday morning to protest police action against their “Mehangai virodhi rally” at Muzaffarpur on April 30.

The impact of the blast twisted about a metre-long section of the track, damaged five sleeper bogies and made a big hole on the surface of the earth. Sonepur DRM R K Agrawal, however, said that the blast was of low intensity.

Agrawal said that the railway administration received the information about the damaged railway track from the driver of the Lucknow-Barauni Express (5204), P K Lal. The said train had passed the blast site around 6.45 hours. The driver informed that the train had jerked heavily while passing through the blast site but reached the Turki station safely. The driver would be suitably awarded for his alertness, the DRM said.

Initially, the train services remained disrupted on the single track route from 7.10 to 11.30 hours. As a result, 10 trains had to be detained at various stations for over four hours. The first train to be affected was Delhi-Saharsa Garib Rath. The train services have, however, restored on the track at restricted speed, the DRM said.

As neither any Maoist poster was found on the spot nor any slogan was raised by Maoists or any Maoist leader owned up the incident so far, the district police and the GRP are hesitating to acknowledge the incident as one triggered by the rebels.

Muzaffarpur SP Sunil Kumar said that the railway administration took at least two hours to inform the police about the incident. The blast occurred around 6 in the morning and the nearest police station was informed around 8 am, he added.

The SP, however, said the blast does not seem to be the handiwork of Maoists.

In another incident, Maoists torched two buses parked near Bagha Cola village on Chhapra-Muzaffarpur NH near Rewa Ghat under the Maker police station of Saran district on Wednesday night.

The Maoists, who had left behind pamphlets issued by the North Bihar Regional Sub-Committee, sought people’s co-operation to make their 48-hour strike, which began on Wednesday midnight, a grand success.

DSP Mithilesh Kumar reached the place of occurrence to ascertain the situation. “The owners of the torched buses — Sachin Singh of Amnour and Ajai Singh of Ferozpur (Amnour) — have denied any enmity with Maoists or non-compliance of any demand for levy,” Kumar said and added that the local people are annoyed with the increasing activities of Maoists.

K Subrahmanyam: The Dangers of playing footsie with Maoists

K Subrahmanyam / New Delhi May 09, 2010, 0:51 IST

Our political parties practise realpolitik, but do not realise that allying with ideological opponents and then eliminating them is classical Maoist strategy.

The debates in the two Houses of Parliament last month on the Dantewada massacre highlighted why Maoism is likely to persist in India much longer than anticipated by the apolitical sections of the Indian security establishment. It was clear from the debate that many political parties still look at Maoism in terms of electoral vote-bank politics. And, since our political parties are avid practitioners of realpolitik in domestic electoral politics, many of them, including sections of national parties, are concerned more with short-term political benefit rather than long-term nation building.

They see electoral advantage in taking a soft line against the Maoists and prefer to turn a blind eye to the ideological commitments of the Maoists. That is not surprising, since for most of our political parties, ideology is only skin deep, as is evident from the party-hopping widely prevalent and encouraged. A secularist of yesterday can be a fervent Hindutva devotee today and, with equal felicity, a communalist becomes a freshly minted secularist overnight.

Such members of Parliament assume that Maoists also have a price and they can be purchased and accommodated within the system. The Pakistani civil and military establishment had the same attitude towards Islamic extremism, only to wake up one day to find that they were facing fanatical extremists.

What those playing footsie with the Maoists don’t realise is that forming a united front tactically with ideological opponents and then eliminating them is a classical strategy in the Maoist manual.

Sections of the ruling party are arguing that Maoism is not an adversarial contradiction threatening the democratic constitution of India, but only people devoted to the elimination of poverty and to the welfare of the tribal people.

One has to be quite advanced in age, as this author is, to recall all those Western liberals who portrayed Mao Dze Dong as an agricultural reformer fighting for peasant rights. They never anticipated that his fanaticism would cost 30 million peasant lives due to starvation during the Great Leap Forward and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

The Indian Maoist leaders are not tribals but, as has always happened in Marxist revolutions, middle class individuals using the proletariat — or the tribals in India’s case — as their cannon-fodder in a war to achieve their fanatical and megalomaniacal ambitions.

Mao said that the masses were a clean slate on which you could write anything you wanted. The AK-56 wielding person is not a poverty stricken tribal fighting to sustain his livelihood and rights. Nor are people attempting to derail a Rajdhani Express. They are brain-washed killers, like any terrorist.

Why do many of our politicians have a soft corner for Maoists? It is alleged that even national parties made local electoral deals with the Maoists. The identity-based parties are more open about it. According to a news report one of them even facilitated Maoist acquisition of automatic weapons.

For quite a significant proportion of our politicians democracy is not an ideology or a way of life or a culture. It is just a career path, a road to power and affluence. Their disruptive behaviour in Parliament day after day exposes them as total strangers to democratic values and culture. Most of them have been elected to Parliament on the basis of a minor fraction of votes polled on the basis of the first-past-the-post system.

This breeds in them a total contempt for basic principles of democracy, like respect for majority opinion. Having been elected on a minority of votes and operating on the principle of winner takes all, they have not developed the basic democratic culture that a minority should respect the majority and in return be respected and accommodated.

The repeated holding of Parliament to ransom by a small group or groups is akin to what fascist and communist groups do to discredit democracy. Politicians with such an attitude have a fellow feeling for Maoists, who are out to destroy the Indian Parliament and Constitution. Every disrupter of Parliament is, therefore, a crypto-Maoist.

Quite a few of our political parties depend on money and muscle power for their sustenance and election. Engineers have been murdered for not submitting to extortion. Bandhs are enforced for extortion. Just as Maoists prevent access to development and thereby perpetuate poverty, our political parties think nothing of calling bandhs, depriving daily wage labour of their livelihood, depriving school children of their education and preventing the seriously ill from gaining access to timely help.

While our political parties do it in the name of democracy, the Maoists do it in the name of people’s democracy. Is it any wonder that Maoism has a lot of sympathy in our Parliament?

Will the Maoists succeed? Definitely not. Maoism did not succeed even in countries where it wielded state power, like China, Cambodia or even Stalinist Russia. There is no doubt that Maoism in India is mostly prevalent in areas characterised by mis-governance, political corruption, deliberate and intentional slow spread of education and in some cases casteism. Our Parliamentarians should devote their time and energy to dealing with these problems, and leave the task of defeating Maoist terrorists to the security forces.

Maoists had plans to blow up Rudy’s house

Priti Nath Jha, TNN, May 8, 2010, 05.28am IST

MUZAFFARPUR: Naxal leader Chandan (26), who was arrested from the Paroo belt on Thursday evening, on Friday admitted to his direct involvement in triggering the landmine blast of Deoria police station during the Lok Sabha polls last year. It had claimed five lives, including a polling magistrate, a sub-inspector of police and three homeguard jawans.

Chandan, in fact, had papers to prove that he was the second-in-command in the Muzaffarpur-Vaishali sub-zone under north Bihar western zonal command of the CPI(Maoist) army and that the Left-wing radicals had a definite plan to blast the house of BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Chhapra shortly. The Naxal leader has told police that it was because of Rudy’s support to the ongoing Operation Green Hunt to flush out the Maoists that he had been made the prime target.

Following a raid in a house in Basatpur village under Paroo PS of this district, police seized 249 pieces of detonators, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a large number of Naxal-related documents meant for propagating the Maoist movement. Chandan, however, belongs to Jehanabad village under Lalganj PS in Vaishali district.

Giving details of the interrogation, Muzaffarpur superintendent of police Sunil Kumar said Chandan has also accepted his involvement in two recent encounters with police in the Sahebganj police station area besides Maoist actions in Vaishali and Chhapra districts.

The SP disclosed that the arrested Naxalite has admitted that he was engaged in an exercise aimed at grabbing power through violence.

Pro-Naxal intellectuals may get into legal tangle

Agencies Posted: May 06, 2010 at 1504 hrs

New Delhi Civil society representatives raising voices in favour of Naxals may find themselves in legal tangles as the Home Ministry has warned of action against them under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“It has come to the notice of the Government that some Maoist leaders have been directly contacting certain NGOs and intellectuals to propagate their ideology and persuade them to take steps as would provide support to the CPI (Maoist) ideology,” the Home Ministry said in a statement.

Making an appeal to the public to be beware of such propaganda, it said under section 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, any person who commits the offence of supporting such a terrorist organisation with inter alia intention to further the activities of such groups would be liable to be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or with fine or with both.

“General public are informed to be extremely vigilant of the propaganda of CPI (Maoist) and not unwittingly become a victim of such propaganda...the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and all its formations and front organisations are terrorist organisations whose sole aim is armed overthrow of the Indian State and they have no place in India’s parliamentary democracy,” the Ministry said.

The CPI (Maoist) continues to kill innocent civilians, including tribals in cold blood and destroy crucial infrastructure like roads, culverts, school buildings, gram panchayat buildings so as to prevent development from reaching under-developed areas, it said.

Explosives seized at Nagpur Railway Station

By: Mrituynjay Kumar Date: 2010-05-09 Place: Nagpu

Alert constables uncover explosives in a bag belonging to an elderly man on the platform

Explosives were seized from Nagpur Railway Station around 1 pm on Saturday. Three RPF constables were on platform number 4, when they spotted a suspicious-looking man in his early sixties on the footover bridge holding a white plastic bag.

When questioned, he offered evasive replies leading to an alert among the police. They checked the bag and found 80 gelatin rods and 73 wired detonators. The man was identified as Pannalal Ramtek from Aamgaon village in Gondia district, a naxal affected area. Preliminary enquiries reveal that Ramtek was waiting for a person to whom the consignment was to be delivered. He named the source.

Meanwhile, the accused has been handed over to the GRP (Nagpur). The ATS and Anti-Naxal cells have also been informed.

Seven CRPF jawans killed in Naxal attack in Bijapur

Raipur, May 8 (PTI) Seven CRPF jawans were today killed when Naxals blew up a bullet-proof vehicle in Bijapur district of Chhhattisgarh, the first major attack after the Dantewada ambush which left 76 security men dead a month ago.

The naxalites triggered the IED blast near Pedakodepal village on National Highway 16 in Bijapur, 284 km from here, and fired at the security personnel, Director General of Police Vishwaranjan said.

Seven CRPF personnel of 168 Battalion, including a driver, who were travelling in a TATA 407 bulletproof vehicle from their company headquarters in Murkinal to nearby battalion headquarter, were killed, he said.

One jawan was injured and another was missing in the attack, the DGP said.

"It appears that the security personnel ignored the instruction not to travel in any kind of vehicle in the naxal-infested areas," State Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said.

The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Jagdalpur.

UP govt announces cash award for arrest of naxalite


Lucknow, May 7 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh government today announced a cash award of Rs. one lakh for anyone providing vital inputs leading to the arrest of notorious naxalite, Lalbrat Kol.

A home department spokesman here said that the government has announced the reward for Kol, who has 36 cases pending against him.

Kol is a native of Jhaiyavan area under Chakkarghatta police station of Chandauli district, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Chandauli police today arrested an awardee naxalite Raju, who was wanted in six criminal cases, the spokesman said.

Naxal leader found Goa safe: Bansal



Digital Goa news service
Panaji, May 8 - With the arrest of a dreaded naxal just 10 kilometres away from the state capital of Panaji, state home ministry has now asked the police to submit a report on possibility of nefarious minds trying to use the land to lie low.

"We have sought detailed report from the state police. We like to know whether there are similar groups operating in the state," state chief secretary Sanjay Srivastava, who is also Home Secretary, told reporters here.

He said that `nefarious minds may use the state to low lie after their operations.'Goa police arrested Sambu Beck, leader of Maowadi Trishul Manch, a naxal outfit operating in Sundargarh district of Orissa, this week. One of his accomplice was also arrested by police. Beck was staying in a rented room at Mapusa town, 10 kms away from here.

Orissa police team is already down in the state to take custody of the accused, who was wanted in cases related to dacoity, armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom back in the state.Superintendent of Police Veenu bansal, who spearheaded the operation to nab Beck this week, on Friday had claimed that the naxal was lying low in the state.

Police investigations has revealed that Beck was employed in one of the industrial unit in Goa. Bansal said that he was here for last one and half months.Orissa police had intimated Goa police about Beck.

State Chief Minister Digamber Kamat told reporters that appropriate steps are taken by the police to verify antecedents of all those people who migrate here from other states."I don't think that naxalites are trying to spread their roots in Goa. Their agitations are on various issues… There is proper study on naxalism in the country," he said.

When asked chief minister replied in negative whether anti-mining sentiments of locals can be encashed by naxalites to spread their tentacles in the state.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Nepalese Of 20,000 Dares Out Against Maoist To Put An End To Their Drama

Before defence force could swing into operation, the citizens with a bold upsurge to take matters into their hands to withstand the paralyzing affect caused by the Maoist outfit for prolong more than four days, came out in streets in twenty thousands to rally protest against them.
The sea of crowds comprised of local residents including businessmen, lawyers, doctors, engineers, journalists and intellectuals today staged in protest in the capital demanding that the Maoists to put an end to their indefinite strike that has crippled life with an adverse affect.
The civilians asked all political parties to formulate a consensus and find a way out and demanded Maoist to back off from their incessant pressure over the government to resign, they protested, "Enough is enough", people want no more strikes, shutdown and agitations. We want peace and constitution and political parties should come to the negotiating table to break the political impasse.”

Naxal group leader, 17 others held at Mapusa


Thursday, May 06, 2010

Massive combing operations in naxal areas

By Team Mangalorean

Mangalore May 5: The district police and the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) have launched a massive combing operation in the four naxal affected districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalore and Shimoga, IGP (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur said today.

Talking to newsmen here he said the joint operation was launched last Monday as precautionary measure in view of Gram Panchyat elections later this month. The ANF was well equipped with arms, ambulance, bomb disposal squad and sniffer squad, he said. He said during the combing operation, the personnel from both police and the ANF will meet tribal people and conduct meetings to assure them of police protection during polling. They were also appealing the people to come to the polling booths without fear to cast their votes, he added.

Mr Hosur said the combing operations will continue till the elections were over. The police and the ANF personnel had covered the forest areas of naxal affected areas during the combing operation. In Udupi District About 500 personnel, including some policemen took part in the operations mainly centered on Mutlupady, Tingale, Kabbinale and Siddapur regions around Hebri, which are known to be frequented by naxals.

Top officials like Deputy Inspector General of ANF, Amrit Paul, IGP Gopal Hosur, district Superintendent of Police, Praveen Madhukar Pawar, Karkala Dy.SP, Santosh Kumar Shetty camped in Hebri to guide the operations.

Naxals cashing in on poverty in Delhi By: Abhishek Anand

By: Abhishek Anand

Maoist held in city reveals the new strategy of the ultras

Those who claim to be the saviours of the poorest of the poor in the country are themselves at the forefront of

Target practice: Anu, wife of Naxal leader Gopal Mishra in police custody. She actively recruited poor labourers into Maoist fold

a massive scam that involves fleecing money out of them to fight for their rights and liberty.

Sustained interrogation of Gopal Mishra, a close aide of Naxal ideologue Kobad Ghandy who was arrested from east Delhi on April 25, has told the police that he was receiving funds from one Banarsi Subramanium who is based in Sitamarhi, Bihar, to raise sleeper Naxal cells in Delhi.

Highly-placed sources in the Bihar police told MiD DAY that most of this money comes through extortion. "They threaten the poor and rich alike. They act in the garb of carrying on a mission for the poor," a senior Bihar police officer told MiD DAY from Sitamarhi over phone.

Even in Delhi, the Naxal sympathisers were targeting the poor only.

"Their primary target was usually the displaced labourers," a Delhi Police Special Cell police officer pointed out.
He added that Mishra's wife Kanchan alias Anu, who was arrested along with him, was acting as his manager. "She used to search poor labourers and fix a meeting with his husband so that they can be brainwashed and recruited to carry out Naxal designs in the city," the officer said.

Sources said Anu came in touch with Maoist leaders in 1999. "She was given some money and pamphlets to recruit new members and was specifically told to target poor labourers in Delhi," they said.

Apart from Rs 72,500 in cash, a laptop and a diary that were seized from Mishra's house in east Delhi's Shahdra, the police is on the lookout for the pamphlets that were being used as publicity material by the couple and which would help the cops to establish their link with the Maoists.

Labour lost
Gopal is a postgraduate from Bengal, his wife Anjali is a graduate from Varanasi. Both the accused had joined the party five years ago and were tasked with organising the urban unit. According to the police, the most probable recruits were the displaced labourers. This is the reason why Gopal initially chose to stay near the industrial sectors of Noida before shifting base to northeast Delhi which has a huge floating population of labourers. During his two-and-a-half-year stay in Delhi and adjoining Noida with his wife and only son, Gopal had recruited more than 25 people into the Maoist fold with the active support of his wife, police said.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Maoists have no growth mantra for tribals

By By Kancha Ilaiah

May 03 2010

In her impressive article Walking with the Comrades, Arundhati Roy gave us both the salt and pepper view of Maoists in Dandakaranya as well as the lives and hardship of tribals.

She definitely made more than a journalistic effort to tell the story of tribal conditions, conflicts and the way the Maoists stood by them in times of trouble, exploitation and land grabbing. There is no doubt that the Maoists are working as their saviours from corporate exploiters and the oppression of other agencies.

But do the Maoists have an overall developmental strategy for tribals? To find an answer, we should try to understand the history of tribal development in the Northeast, particularly Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur. About 50 years ago, the tribals of this region were as illiterate as those of Dandakaranya. But today Mizoram has 95 per cent literacy (more than Kerala), Manipur has 68.87 per cent, Meghalaya 63.31 per cent and Nagaland 66.11 per cent.

The amazing thing is that English, which is seen as an alien but desired language by many plain people, has become their common communicative and administrative language. Anybody in India knows that knowledge of English is a kind of power in itself. This educational development has to be seen in the background of the committed activities of missionaries. They averted violent struggles and at the same time, ensured the uplift of tribals. It was a slow but sure process of development and empowerment.

But what is the Maoist vision to develop the Central Indian tribes?

Roy knows that the Maoists moved into Dandakaranya after they lost ground in plain regions of Andhra Pradesh. They did not start their movement just to protect the tribals or to liberate them. They launched their movement around 1967 with a theoretical formulation that India was a semi-feudal and semi-colonial country. The Maoists were of the view that India should go through a process of new democratic revolution on the lines that Mao proposed. Their main idea was to liberate the agrarian villages and encircle the urban areas with a twin strategy of guerrilla warfare and mass mobilisation.

Having failed in this strategy and also having lost hundreds of leaders and thousands of cadres they withdrew into this thick forest zone. They have not changed their understanding of India since then. Does Roy agree with their view of Indian capital, state and society? I support her if she is sympathising with them for their fight against “corporate invasion” but she seems to suggest that they are like gods who have gone there to change the life of tribals. There is something basically wrong with that understanding.

Maoism as an ideological agency does not have comprehensive liberation and developmental agenda for tribals. Even in China it did not liberate and develop them, in spite of Maoism being in power for so long. The Chinese tribals are not as much developed as our north-eastern tribals.

Yes, ever since Mr Chidambaram took over the home ministry, as an aggressive agent of liberalisation and globalisation, the question of the Maoist strategy of converting Dandakaranya into a war zone has acquired critical importance.

There is a view that the Maoist problem is basically a law and order problem both among the governing agencies and a vast number of civil societal forces. It is actually a socio-economic and ideological movement. It has developed as part of the larger communist ideological development. It is one of the shades of the Indian Communist movement with a history of 43 years.

There are intellectuals in this country who believe that it has been working for the development and uplift of the tribals of the Central India. But both in terms of practice and theory the Maoist movement does not have a reformist agenda for tribals.

Ever since its main ideologues — Tarimela Nagireddy, Devulapally Venkateswar Rao and later Kondapally Sitharamaiah, K.G. Satyamurthy — started the Maoist stream they have been waging a war against the Indian state. Charu Majumdar provided its “Annihilation of Class Enemy” theory. But they could not succeed even in one state.

They are now focusing on the tribal areas as they are the most underdeveloped. Some sort of semi-feudalism and semi-colonialism exists in the tribal regions and the forest gives Maoists a cover that plain areas cannot.

Nagireddy wrote his famous book India Mortgaged in the early 70s. Today India’s position even in the world has changed. The nature of its capital has changed quite drastically.

Since Maoists as well as the exploiters of the tribals bank upon their illiteracy, poverty and unemployment, the state must study the development pattern of north-eastern tribals and employ some of those strategies in Central Indian tribal regions.

Mere military strategy will not work. The Congress cannot afford to acquire an image of tribal annihilator. The Maoists have no clue as to how to bring the tribals into the mainstream bypassing the caste structures that the Hindu religion has created. But it is part of Hindu fundamentalist expansion into tribal areas with its own ideological baggage.

Unfortunately Mr Chidambaram too is becoming part of that move. But while we oppose Chidambaram’s warmongering we should also understand the limitations of Maoists.

'We cannot overcome Maoists by sheer force alone'

Just days ago, E N Rammohan , former director-general of BSF, submitted his report on the Dantewada massacre, which left 76 security personnel dead. The home ministry had asked Rammohan, a 1965-batch IPS officer of the Assam cadre, to conduct an inquiry into the incident. He spoke to Rakhi Chakrabarty about the flaws in the ongoing anti-insurgency operations, which are badly hit by revelations that police and other securitymen have been selling arms to the rebels. Excerpts:

How effective is the Central and state forces’ joint operation against the Maoists?
The whole approach is wrong. Joint operation is not the only answer to this problem. It is a socio-economic issue for which a military solution is unacceptable. I was amazed when a senior IAS officer recently said that the Air Force should be used to exterminate them. How can you kill your own people? An operation should be conducted to set right the wrongs of 1,000 years. A case in point is Andhra Pradesh (AP), which controlled the Maoist problem by effective policing. When they cracked down, the Maoists fled to Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra. In reality, AP didn’t solve the problem. They only put a lid on it. It is again raising its head in that state.

But the Maoists are on a killing spree. How else to deal with this?
The paramilitary force can be deployed only to contain the problem and prevent it from spreading. During insurgency, the security forces reclaim land from the stranglehold of insurgents and then concentrate on area domination. The force must behave well with villagers, help them say, by sending a doctor once a week to treat locals. That will win the confidence of the people, who will, in turn, come out to help the security forces. People joined the Maoists because they were the first ones to come to tribals who have been deprived and exploited for ages and offer them some hope. Why can’t the government go to the people and address their grievances?

So what should be the strategy to deal with the Maoist problem?
The government wants to solve the problem but doesn’t want to touch the net of corruption. So, joint operations are resorted to. I am told the spin-offs from sale of tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh and AP reaches right up to Delhi.

Give tribals their due and conduct joint operations to prevent the spread of the problem - both should go hand in hand. The thrust should be on eliminating the root cause of the Maoist problem. Enforce land sealing, enact laws that ensure tribals get maximum benefit from forest produce and mining, cut out intermediaries and stamp out corruption. That is the only cure for the problem. If the government can do that, those who joined the Maoists will drop arms and surrender. After all, Maoists are exploiting their grievances and using them to achieve their ultimate goal - capture State power.

What then is the root cause of the problem?
It’s not just bad governance but exploitation by upper castes who are big landowners in most states. Caste is a very important cause that has allowed the Maoists to strike roots and spread. In most places in India, four-fifths of the people work for just one-fifth of the population. In AP, for instance, upper caste landlords have been exploiting the masses for ages. Especially in Telangana and Srikakulam, this is most evident. There is a practice in these areas where a man had to offer his bride to the landlord first. There are numerous ballads that lament, “There is no hope for our women.”

Does the joint operation suffer from lack of intelligence inputs?
The success of any insurgency operation depends on good intelligence inputs. How will you get actionable intelligence from the ground if you treat the people there like dirt? Building a good rapport with the local people in the affected areas is key to developing an intelligence network.

Is there a lack of coordination between the state police and paramilitary forces?
The capability of the state government is limited. The central forces shouldn’t depend on the states so much. I feel the BSF would have been better at counter-insurgency operations. The CRPF is not accustomed to handling insurgency. It is primarily a law and order force. Good leadership is required. Officers should lead from the front. They should set an example for the force to follow.

Given the increasing demands of internal security, there is a serious shortage of IPS officers, especially at cutting-edge level of SPs and DIGs. To meet the shortage, the Union home ministry is thinking about the lateral entry of officers from the central paramilitary forces into the IPS. Is that a good idea?
It is absolutely a wonky idea. It’s absurd. Every service has an ethos. A person from a central paramilitary force (CPF) is half-soldier. He is trained to attack, to shoot and kill. An IPS officer, on the other hand, is taught the laws of the land and how to enforce the laws. He/she is taught to be moderate. Also, investigation is an important component of policing but not in CPFs. So, it will be difficult for a CPF officer to fit into the police. The police-public interface is extensive. The police interact with people, talk to them to resolve a crisis. Firing is absolutely the last resort and even then, it is mostly not done to kill. A paramilitary guy in the police (would be) like putting somebody who can’t swim in a pond. Moreover, age is a factor. In police, it’s always younger the better.

Maoists preventing census operation in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh), May 2 (ANI): Suspected Maoists are disrupting the first phase of India's 2011 census operation that commenced in various districts of Chhattisgarh.

Buzz up!
District Magistrate of Bijapur R Prasanna said the census team is facing several difficulties as Maoist supporters in many villages are preventing them from meeting local residents and from compiling the relevant data.

"We are facing a lot of problems in around 250 villages. At a few places, the census team was turned back, at some places they were held hostage for a night and then released in the morning. In villages the team was not allowed to enter," said R Prasanna.

The designated enumerators, fearing their own safety, are in a dilemma as Maoists supporters have threatened the villagers against responding to the survey census exercise undertaken by the Central Government.

Despite these, odd trends, the district administration of Bijapur has launched a drive to create mass awareness on the need to reckoned in the national census so as to avail the various benefits and also an individual identity.

"We are talking to the village elders about the importance of census. All the government schemes like the pension scheme, ration quota, Indira Housing Scheme etc are all based on the census. That is why we don't want any villager to be left behind and for this reason we are publicising the importance of the census," added Prasanna.

The first phase of the census operations began in Chhattisgarh on April 30.

The 2011 Census of India, the fifteenth census in the country and the seventh after independence, commenced on April 1 with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil being the first person to be enumerated.

Two and a half million census officials have been assigned this task of compiling details of every Indian citizen appear in the 2011 Census, who will also seek information for the creation of the National Population Register (NPR).

The mammoth exercise will be undertaken in two phases.

The exercise faces many challenges, which include coverage of a vast geographical area, widespread illiteracy and diverse cultures and languages. (ANI)

Left-leaning students used for Maoist overground work in Delhi

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, May 02, 2010
First Published: 16:17 IST(2/5/2010)
Last Updated: 16:21 IST(2/5/2010)

Students sympathetic to the Leftist cause and labourers in unorganised sector were used by Maoists to increase their influence and for overground work in the capital, police sources said today.

Sources said Gopal Mishra and his wife Anu, who were arrested last week, were into "talent hunting" and had used the services of some "Left-leaning" students to propagate Maoist ideology in the city.

Maoists were using "sympathetic" students for "overground" party work in Delhi where they were also organising displaced labourers under its umbrella, they said.
Sources said Maoists have "some influence" among a section of "brilliant" students in Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University. The ultra-Left is targeting those students who are disillusioned with the mainstream Left.

Police had earlier claimed that Mishra, a trade union leader, was the Delhi chief of proscribed CPI (Maoist) who was looking after party operations here. He was running 'Mehnathkush Mazdoor Morcha', a little known trade union.

Maoists were also organising labourers in the unorganised sector besides working in industrial areas. Mishra worked among workers in Noida Sector-IV industrial area and north-east Delhi.

Sources claimed the couple's main targets were unorganised labourers and they had managed to recruit around 25 people to party fold. However, it was not clear whether they were given party membership or were just sympathisers.

Police had seized a laptop and 10 CDs from the couple, which experts are examining.
Mishra allegedly used to conduct meetings of leaders of the party near his house at Ramnagar in east Delhi, the sources said, adding they were verifying the names of those who attended such meetings.

Mishra's wife Anu used to attend party meetings and record minutes, the sources claimed. Documents were also seized from their rented accommodation, the sources said.

Mishra, a post-graduate in psychology, was an active member of CPI (Maoist) and was tasked with organising unorganised labourers under a trade union, they claimed.
Police sources had earlier said that during investigations into the Maoist network in the capital it came to light that the extremists were infiltrating into trade unions in the city.

They had an active trade union in Okhla Industrial area. The Maoists were also targeting displaced labourers and bringing them into their fold, they said.

Another CPI(M) supporter killed


The killing spree in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal region continued on Sunday as another supporter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was killed in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district.

Local CPI(M) leader Dayal Mahato was abducted from his home in Jamberia village by a group of armed men late on Saturday night.


In a kangaroo court trial, he was declared to be a police informer and shot dead. His body was left on the outskirts of the village, District Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma told The Hindu. The region has witnessed violence since operations by security forces were launched to flush out Maoists.

Coal mine ammo for Maoists


An ECL magazine house. Gelatine sticks are kept in the tin box in circle. Picture by Gour Sharma
Durgapur, May 2: Some of the explosives used to trigger blasts in coal mines may be going to Maoists from Eastern Coalfields’ magazine depots.

CID sleuths from Calcutta picked up a man from near a hotel in Raniganj town on Friday night and found on him 150 gelatine sticks and an equal number of detonators.

“Kamruddin Sheikh, 35, used to supply gelatine sticks and detonators to the Maoists. The explosives he had in a bag were about to be delivered to the guerrillas in Jungle Mahal,” a CID officer said today.

Kamruddin has been taken to Calcutta, 200km from Raniganj, for questioning.

“He told us he was part of a racket that smuggled explosives from ECL depots. He has also revealed a few names and we are looking for them,” the officer said.

Kamruddin was apparently waiting for a “receiver” when the police swooped down.

The Maoists stuff gelatine sticks into steel milk cans to make their infamous improvised explosive device (IED). The device is detonated from a distance with the help of electrical wires.

The police found seven such IEDs in Bhalukbasha forest in West Midnapore’s Goaltore yesterday.

Friday’s was the third instance of seizure of ECL explosives suspected to be meant for the rebels. “But this is the first time anyone has been arrested here with so many gelatine sticks and detonators,” a local police officer said.

According to ECL sources, there are about 100 explosives depots in the Durgapur-Raniganj-Asansol coal belt and each of them stocks 10,000 to 20,000 gelatine sticks and as many detonators.

An ECL official who did not want to be named said: “It is not possible for us to say how many of them have been stolen in the past few years.”

However, as recently as in March, eight gelatine sticks fitted with detonators were found in a plastic bag under a seat of a bus at the Durgapur bus terminus. The police had said that the explosives were being taken to the Maoists. In April, four gelatine sticks and eight detonators were found in the car of Samir Biswas, an Asansol doctor wanted for his alleged Maoist links.

The police said the magazine depots where ECL stored its explosives were never guarded adequately.

When The Telegraph visited a magazine house at a colliery in Kulti, about 5km from Asansol town, this evening, it found a small tin-shed room with all its sides open. The explosives are kept in an iron box inside the room. A lone guard was sitting nearby with a double-barrel gun.

Casual workers transport the gelatine sticks to collieries on cycle vans and, police sources said, pilferage often takes place at that time.

The police blamed ECL for the pilferage. Burdwan superintendent R. Rajsekharan said: “The magazine depots are ECL property and they have their own guards. We’ve asked ECL to secure their depots.”

The secretary (technical) to the ECL chairman-cum-managing director said the company was aware of the problem but lacked the resources to deal with it. “The magazine houses are scattered all over the coal belt and some of them are in remote areas. We are planning to reduce the number of depots in remote areas and store the explosives in two-three heavily guarded ones. Now, we don’t have the manpower to guard all the magazine houses,” said Niladri Roy.

Two days ago, Uttar Pradesh police claimed to have busted a ring that smuggled cartridges from camps of the CRPF and the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and state police academies and sold them to Maoists.

Two CRPF jawans, five personnel of the state’s PAC and a retired CRPF sub-inspector have been held.

Surrendered woman Maoist alleges torture by fellow Naxalites

PTI Sunday, May 2, 2010 0:01 IST

Rayagada (Orissa): A hardcore woman Maoist cadre today surrendered in Rayagada district alleging harassment and torture at the hand of Maoists, particularly by the red rebels from Chhatisgarh.

Police said Manita Kumrika alias Kumari of Jamba village had joined the Maoists in 2005 and working as self-styled deputy commandant in Gajapati and Rayagada area under the leadership of Azad, one of the most wanted Naxalites.

An active member of 'Jangidi Dalam', off-shoot of the 'Bansadhara Dalam' outfit of left-wing ultras, Manita had been
operating in Rayagada district, police said.

Surrendering before the superintendent of Police Anup Krishna here, she claimed to have making up mind to shun the
path of violence due to 'harassment and excesses' by the Maoists from Chhatisgarh who have spread their base to Orissa
following crack-down in the neighbouring state, police said.

Manita alleged the ultras had recently raped a tribal girl in Chandrapur area of the district.

She further informed that the ultras from Chhatisgarh were dominating the 'Oriya Maoists' in the district and indulging in various unlawful activities donning police and CRPF fatigues.

Maoists target school building


Bhubaneswar, May 2: Continuing their attack on government establishments, Maoists last night blew up a school building in Koraput district, damaging it severely.

Around 9.30pm, a group of 50-odd rebels, including women cadres, swarmed the Dhepaguda Girls’ High School in Narayanpatna block of the district, around 350km from here, and used improvised explosive devices (IED) to blow it up.

The Naxalites first asked local people taking shelter in the building to leave the campus with their belongings and then triggered three explosions.

In another development, Gajapati police today succeeded in arresting two hardcore Maoists and recover a huge cache of explosives from their possession. The duo — identified as Manas Maji and Gullu Pradhan — were arrested during a joint combing operation by SOG jawans and CRPF at Pallapadu forests in the district

“Twenty-five detonators, a huge quantity of fuse wire, starters and single barrel rifles have been seized from their possession,” said superintendent of police Sanjeev Arora, adding that both were members of the Bansadhara committee of the outlawed CPI(Maoist).

While Majhi was involved in a series of rebel attacks, including torching of buses and blowing up phone towers in Gajapati district, Pradhan was a Maoist informer.

Meanwhile, Maoist cadre Manika Kumbruka (19) surrendered before Rayagada police. Manika was a self-styled deputy commander for the Maoist chief Azad’s team and commander of the Jangudi Dalam of CPI(Maoist). She was also involved in several Maoist attacks, including the Nayagarh attack, the police said.

“The rebel has also confessed to her involvement in torching two OSRTC buses in December last year,” Rayagada superintendent of police Anup Krishna said.

Besides alleging torture in Maoist camp, Manika apparently said she was also fed up seeing Maoists killing poor innocent villagers.

She also did not like the Maoists wearing CRPF uniforms and harassing women, she added.

The man who recruited terror

30 Apr 2010, 2235 hrs IST

Gujarat police have netted their most import catch since Kobad Ghandy, Vishwanath Varadarajan Iyer, a retired customs officer in-charge of training Maoists in urban guerilla warfare. Iyer, according to the police, is a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist Janshakti and has been responsible for training left extremists in the forests of Kerala in 2000.

According to initial investigations, Iyer was a recruiter and a major part of his agenda was to create a 'Red Corridor' from Gujarat to Pune. Police recovered CPI (Maoist) literature and compact discs containing details of Naxalite activities. But what has worried police is the revelation that Maoists were being trained by the Philippines National Communist Party in western India. "He has been involved in getting people from Philippines to train Maoist in Kerala jungles. We are trying to find out who these people are and where they are," said a Gujarat police officer.

Retired customs officer arrested for naxal related activities

PTI Saturday, May 1, 2010 20:02 IST

Ahmedabad: A special team constituted by the Surat and Navsari district police to investigate naxal related activities in south Gujarat has arrested a retired custom officer, taking the total arrests of such activists to
10, Surat police said today.

A retired customs officer — Vishwanath Vardharajan Iyer (60) was arrested by the special team for suspected Naxal links last week, they said.

According to the police, Iyer is among those who provided guerrilla warfare training to some naxals from Gujarat in the jungles of Kerala, sometime in 2000.

Iyer is believed to be one of the central committee members of CPI(Maoist) organisation -— Janshakti, which is believed to have Naxal-Maoist links.

Investigation have revealed that Iyer who belongs to Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, took voluntary retirement from the Customs Department in 1988 from Nagpur where he was last posted.

So far, the Special Team formed by the Surat police to probe Naxal links has arrested ten people including Iyer. His arrest follows questioning of those arrested earlier.

Police further said that search was on for 5-6 persons whose names had cropped up during investigation.

The team has recently brought Prabahkar Surya Dewra arrested by Maharashtra police for his Naxal links to Surat for questioning.

Four Maoists surrender on Maharashtra's golden jubilee


2010-05-01 14:50:00
Four Maoists, including three women, surrendered in Gadchiroli district Saturday on the occasion of Maharashtra's golden jubilee, an official said.

The Maoists, aged between 16-20, accepted the authority of the state in the presence of Home Minister R.R. Patil at a function in the district headquarters, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Jay Kumar said.

'They were not carrying any arms at the time of the surrender,' Kumar told IANS.

Gadchiroli is about 200 km from Nagpur.

Kumar said uder the norms, these Maoists will be under the observation of the security forces for some time before they are allowed to resume their normal lives.

The identity of the Maoists would not be made public to ensure they and their families members are not targeted by other rebels who are still at large in the forested areas of eastern Maharashtra.

On Jan 26, six Maoists surrendered with their arms before Patil, who is the guardian minister for the district that is heavily infested by Maoists.

Four Maoists arrested in Odisha

KalingaTimes Correspondent

Malkangiri, May 2: Four Maoists were arrested from Malkangiri and Gajapati districts of Odisha today.

In Malkangiri, the personnel of Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group of the state police arrested two naxalites from inside the Tekguda forest under Kalimela police station limits.

The two Maoists who were identified as Deba Madkami (25) and Bandi Sodi (28) were allegedly involved in several naxal attacks in the district.

The two were caught when police raided a Maoist hideout acting upon information that a group of naxals were holding a meeting in the Tekguda forest.

Two other Maoists – Manas Majhi and Giffio Pradhan were arrested during a joint combing operation by CRPF and SOG jawans in Pallapadu forest.

Many detonators, huge quantity of fuse wire, starters and a single barrel rifle were seized from the two extremists, according to police.

In another incident, Maoists triggered a blast in a government-run residential school in Narayanpatna area of Koraput district on Saturday night. However, there was no casualty.

Maoists block supplies to CRPF; Ch'garh Police drags its feet

Press Trust Of India
Raipur, May 02, 2010
First Published: 16:50 IST(2/5/2010)
Last Updated: 16:53 IST(2/5/2010)

Nearly a month after the Dantewada strike, the battle for CRPF continues even on other fronts as Chattisgarh Police is believed to have dragged its feet in ensuring safe passage of ration to paramilitary jawans due to heavy Maoist presence, prompting airdropping of supplies.

A camp in Chintalnar comprising two to three companies of 62nd battalion of CRPF, one of which was wiped out by Maoists on April six, have had their supplies aidropped two days back as the state police refused to accompany the paramilitary force in reaching there, official sources said.

Chintalnar was the site of the Naxal attack which killed 76 security personnel.
The Naxal presence in the area was picked up by the security agencies who suggested that Maoists had laid an ambush and were blocking all the supplies to the CRPF camp.
The jawans, virtually facing a blockade, sent messages to its headquarters in Raipur and Dantewada following which a high-level meeting was held.

However, the meeting could not end up in any decision after the CRPF sought protection of state police in ensuring that supplies, which also included anti-malaria drugs and mosquito repellent creams because of coming rainy season, reach the area. State police officials said it was not possible for it to send a road opening party to Chintalnar as heavy presence of Moaists was reported around Errabore.
Pushed to wall, the CRPF was left with no other option than to send the supplies through helicopter which airdropped the items at the camp, the sources said.
Neither the state police nor the para-military force officials were willing to come on record and privately they blamed each other for lack of coordination. The lack of cohesiveness between the state police and the CRPF has been brought forward by the one-member committee of E Rammohan, who probed the Dantewada incident.

According to the reports discussed during the meeting, it was said that the Naxals had heavily mined the area and were ready to ambush any relief supply party going towards Chintalnar. Besides this, reports suggest that the so-called military commission, which finalises the Maoist strategy, has rushed in its activists from the neighbouring Jharkhand towards Chintalnar area, the sources said. Maoists have been restless ever since the CRPF camp came in Chintalnar.

They consider it as 'capital' of Dandakaranya, a forest tract in the country's central-southern region covering parts of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, where the Maoists virtually run a parallel government envisioning a "liberated" zone.

CRPF jawans, policemen arrested in U.P. arms racket

Published: April 30, 2010 17:46 IST | Updated: May 1, 2010 09:16 IST
Atiq Khan
It is suspected that stolen arms and ammunition were being supplied to Maoists

The Special Task Force (STF) and the Uttar Pradesh police have busted an arms and ammunition racket, involving CRPF and police personnel, following simultaneous raids in Rampur, Moradabad, Kanpur and Jhansi.

Six persons, including two CRPF jawans and a retired sub-inspector armourer of the State police, said to be the kingpin, were arrested. The police seized 5,000 live cartridges, 16 magazines of Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles and about 245 kg of used cartridge shells from them.

It is suspected that arms and ammunition were being supplied to Maoists, as investigations revealed the alleged involvement of some police personnel of the naxal-affected districts of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra in the racket.

According to police sources, the arms and ammunition, allegedly siphoned off from the armoury of the Central Reserve Police Force's 62 battalion Group Centre in Rampur and Police Training College-I in Moradabad, were being supplied to naxalites and anti-socials through a “contact” in Allahabad, whose identity has not yet been disclosed.

Additional Director-General (Law and Order and STF) Brij Lal did not rule out the involvement of more persons in the racket. He confirmed that the security personnel arrested on Thursday and Friday from four different places belonged to the same gang.

How the racket was bust

The operation to bust the arms racket was launched — soon after the April 6 naxal ambush of CRPF jawans in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh — following information received by Naveen Arora, Senior Superintendent of Police, STF, that arms and ammunition stolen from the Rampur centre were being supplied to “anti-socials” through a “person” in Allahabad. It was during this time that the STF came to know about the retired SI armourer Yashodanand Singh, who bought used and live cartridges of different bores and ammunition from different sources and sold them.

Working on the informers' input that a contact person from Allahabad was coming to Rampur to procure arms and ammunition, the STF team laid siege and seized 8-10 bags and arrested three persons under the overbridge on Shahabad road on Thursday.

The arrested are besides, Yashodanand, Vinod Paswan and Vinesh Singh, both posted in the Rampur armoury. The gunny bags contained live and used cartridges of INSAS and AK-47 rifles. The police also seized a mobile phone and Rs.1.76 lakh in cash from the three. Paswan, assisted by Vinesh, supplied the stolen cartridges and ammunition to Yashodanand, the police said.

Following the interrogation of Yashodanand, the STF arrested constable armourer Nathi Ram Saini, posted in Police Training College-I, from the District Eye Hospital in Moradabad on Friday. Another huge cache of used and live ammunition was seized from Nathi Ram, who Mr. Lal said, was to hand over the cartridges to Yashodanand on Friday.

In simultaneous police raids in Kanpur and Jhansi, head constable armourer Bansh Lal and constable armourer Akhilesh Pandey were arrested and a sizeable quantity of cartridges was seized from them.

According to Mr. Lal, interrogation of Yashodanand points to the alleged involvement of Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel of 30 PAC battalion, Gonda, and 36 PAC battalion, Varanasi. Police personnel posted in Varanasi, Kanpur, Basti, Jhansi, PTC-Moradabad, and Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra districts allegedly abetted in Yashodanand's activities.

Supply of arms, ammo to Naxals: two more held

Mau(UP), May 2 (PTI) Two more persons were today arrested as part of investigations into the alleged supply of arms and ammunition to criminal outfits and possibly Naxals by a gang involving certain security personnel.

The duo was arrested from Jagdishpur village here on the basis of inputs by Uttar Pradesh STF which had taken into custody six people, including two CRPF jawans, in connection with the case three days ago, a senior police officer said here.

"On the basis of inputs provided by the Special Task Force, Dinesh and Shanker were arrested this morning from Jagdishpur village," Superintendent of Police Onkar Singh said.

He said the duo, allegedly involved in various criminal cases in the past, was acting as middlemen and 16 cartridges of 9 mm were recovered from them.