Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jail attack plan triggers security alert

Patna, Nov. 13: Intelligence has stumbled upon a full-fledged plan by Maoists to replicate the Jehanabad jailbreak in Jamui jail in September this year.

But this time round, it could well be the turn of Beur Central Jail.

An alert has been sounded at Beur jail following the recovery of a huge cache of arms, ammunition and documents from a Maoist hideout in Jakanpur area on the outskirts of Patna on Nov- ember 9.

Though senior police officers are tight-lipped on the issue at the moment, the recovery also included many incriminating documents as well as maps.

Patna City superintendent of police Manu Maharaj told The Telegraph that a huge quantity of documents were seized and no comment could be made till the police scanned all of them.

However, sources said the maps also included one of Beur jail. “Yes, we have been asked to stay alert and be on the lookout.

However, there is no plan of a special beef-up in security. But then we are ready for any sort of trouble,” a jail official said on condition of anonymity.

Om Prakash Gupta, the superintendent of Beur Jail, told The Telegraph that they had requested for 30 Bihar Military Police personnel as well as increasing the strength of the Special Auxiliary Police from 12 to 24.

“Most of the men manning the watch towers of the jail are jawans of the Home Guards. We want more men who can take on the fight in the case of any untoward incident. The proposal with regard to the same was sent around nine days back and we expect a positive reply. The location of this jail is a problem as there is a market place and a very busy road nearby,” the superintendent said.

On November 10, senior police officers had admitted that some maps had been recovered but had said that they needed to be scanned.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Saturday, Manu Maharaj said: “It is quite impossible to comment on anything now.

But then, maps of certain areas and establishments have been recovered.

The two arrested Maoists will be taken in remand and further interrogated,” he said.

At present, Beur Central Jail has 2,534 inmates against a total capacity of 2,360. Sprawling across 3 lakh sq km, the jail has got nine watch towers.

On November 9, a special team of Patna police raided a house in Chandpur Bela area under Jakanpur police station and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition stacked up in a house, including many looted from policemen in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The police arrested Umesh, alias Radheshyam Yadav, an active member of CPI(Maoist) and a resident of Jehanabad, and Lal Das Mochi, alias Mukeshji, a resident of Jalpura under Paliganj police station in Patna, a member of Bihar Regional Committee and secretary of Magadh North Zone.

The duo were arrested from Chandpur Bela area too.

Among the arms are three carbines, five remote-controlled triggers, 1,200 cartridges of 9mm pistol, 25, 000 detonators, 170 cartridges of AK-47 assault rifle, 1,600 cartridges of 30.06mm, 800 cartridges of 7.62mm, 38 magazines of Insas rifle, four high explosive hand grenades, four walkie-talkies, one tonne explosives, 10 improvised timer devices, 10 boxes of Naxalite literature, 50 landmine fuses, two grenade fuses among other things.

Cash worth Rs 1.65 lakh collected as levy and several documents, including maps and Naxalite literature, were also recovered.

In September this year, the police had come to know from an arrested Maoist that that about 150 heavily armed rebels and supporters from the People’s Guerrilla Liberation Army had assembled in Lakhisarai forest area and were ready for the attack on Jamui jail.

Maoists kill another 'police informer'

MUNCHINGPUT (VISAKHAPATNAM): Maoists struck again in three days by killing a tribal on the charge that he was a police informer. About 50 armed rebels came to Bhalluguda in Munchingput mandal in Vizag Agency on Friday night and dragged a tribal, Killo Manikyalu, 37, from his house. They took him to a nearby school building and killed him.

The red guerrillas left a letter alleging that it was Manikyalu who directed the police parties into the village last year. However, police officials said the slain tribal was never in touch with them.

The Maoists killed a former militia member Killo Mohana Rao at Jamiguda in Busiputtu panchayat two days ago and beat up two tribals. So far, the Naxals have killed nine persons, including ZP vice-chairman Ugrangi Somalingam and G K Veedhi vice-mandal praja parishad president Sagina Somalingam this year. A majority of them were axed to death.

It may be recalled that Bhalluguda was in the headlines last year when four tribal women were allegedly raped by the cops. The offenders were later chased away by the villagers. Though the charges against the cops have not been proved, the Maoists hold the special party cops responsible for the incident.

Read more: Maoists kill another 'police informer' - The Times of India

Kishenji alive or dead? Posters create confusion, set tongues wagging

Posted: Sat Nov 13 2010, 06:37 hrs

During a raid on a Maoist camp in Purnapani village near Lalgarh, after picking up a PCAPA member from the area, security forces have recovered some posters signed by an unknown organisation called “Tribal Platoon (CPI-Maoists)”. The poster’s contents have triggered a huge confusion. One of the three posters recovered reads: ‘We will not allow anybody to use martyr Kishenji for serving his interest.”

Terming Mansaram alias Bikas, a second rank Maoist leader active in Lalgarh, as traitor, another poster announces reads that he has forgotten his own community and people will punish him, said a police officer. The third stated, “We will not tolerate if Marshall is insulted”.

Manoj Verma, SP, West Midnapore said: “It does not appear to be reliable, but we are verifying the matter.”

Marshall was a senior Maoist leader and a close associate of Kishenji. But following a tiff between the two, he formed his own group. On March 26, after an encounter at Hatiloth forest, police had claimed that Kishenji was either seriously injured or dead

Is Maoist leader Kishenji dead or alive?

Lalgarh: Is the Maoist leader Kishanji dead or alive? Security forces have chanced upon a poster at Purnapani village in the Lalgarh area of West Bengal that has once again renewed the debate.

The poster signed by an unknown entity calling itself Tribal Platoon says "We will not allow the misuse of Shaheed Kishenji for selfish gains."

What has triggered the debate is the use of the term shaheed before Kishenji's name which suggests that he is dead.

"The police parties have seized some posters in which November 25 is mentioned. We will try to find out if the Maoists are planning anything for November 25 or not. Apart from that they have mentioned something about Kishenji. Shaheed Kishenji is the word used in the posters, but this is a part of the investigation. We don't have any authentic information if Kishenji is dead or alive," said Manoj Verma, Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore

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Maoist fear keeps Similipal National Park shut

2010-11-13 12:30:00

Bhubaneswar, Nov 13 (IANS) Orissa's famed Simlipal National Park, one of India's first Project Tiger reserves, is shut despite the onset of the tourist season due to Maoist threat, an official said Saturday.

Maoists blew up several forest offices, guest houses, bridges and attacked some tourists at the national park in March last year. Since then, the park has been closed for tourists.

'There has been no decision to open the park for tourists this year. We are in favour of opening it but the state home department is reluctant citing security reasons,' state Chief Wildlife Warden P.N. Padhi told IANS.

Simlipal's director H.S. Upadhyay said the park can be opened if the police provides adequate security to the tourists.

Located in Mayurbhanj district, some 320 km from here, Simlipal is home to many Royal Bengal Tigers and elephants. Spread over 845.70 sq km, the park usually remains open for visitors from Nov 1 to June 15.

In 2008, 14,041 domestic and 141 foreign tourists visited the park.

Maoist threat brings Bengal bears to B'lore

BANGALORE: Extremism in Naxal-hit parts of the country is not just affecting people but animals too. Fearing that Naxals would attack the Animal Rescue Center in Purulia, 22 rescued dancing bears were sent to the Bannerghatta Rescue Center on Friday.

"When the Purulia Forest Department and Animal Rescue Center received serious threats from Maoist insurgency groups to evacuate all staff from the forest area, we were concerned," said co-founder of Wildlife SOS, Kartick

Satyanarayanan. Maoist groups had pinned up posters with words 'Leave the forest if you wish to remain safe'.

Wildlife SOS then appealed to the West Bengal government, Central Zoo Authority and the Centre to help them evacuate the bears from the West Bengal Rescue Center.

"This was a serious concern since several wild animals, birds and snakes were burnt alive in a Maoist attack in December 2009 in Jhargram Zoo in West Bengal. The Central Zoo Authority requested the West Bengal government and Karnataka government to facilitate the emergency evacuation of these bears to ensure their safety," he said. The bears were transported in three large trucks with help from a team of about 12 trained staff and a veterinary doctor who travelled with the animals to ensure their safety and health. The bears will be monitored at the Bannerghatta centre before releasing them into the new habitat.

"The bears were sent because the organization feared they would be killed. We are happy to accommodate them in our park. Twelve of them are male and 10 female," principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) B K Singh told TOI.

Read more: Maoist threat brings Bengal bears to B'lore - The Times of India

3 Maoist leaders arrested, huge cache of explosives recovered Read more: 3 Maoist leaders arrested, huge cache of explosives recovered - The Times o

PTI, Nov 13, 2010, 05.33pm IST

PATNA: Three CPI (Maoist) leaders were arrested and about one tonne of explosive materials and 25,000 detonators recovered from their hideout here, officials said on saturday.

Acting on a tip off, a police team headed by the SP (City) Manu Maharaj raided a house in Jakkanpur locality here and held Umesh alias Radheshyam Yadav, Laldas Mochi alias Mukeshji and another person yesterday, SSP B S Meena said.

The duo are wanted in connection with dozens of cases including Jehanabad jail break and mass massacre at Mauri (Paliganj), he said.

Police have recovered one tonne of explosive material, 25,000 detonators, three carbines, five remote control triggers, about 6000 live ammunition, high intensity grenades and 43 magazines from the house, the SSP said.

The other materials seized include timer circuit device, batteries for use in landmine blast, spring and pressure device, equipment used for making hand grenades, landmine and grenade fuse, four walkie-talkies, six mobile phones and cash worth Rs 1.65 lakh.

Read more: 3 Maoist leaders arrested, huge cache of explosives recovered - The Times of India

Police raid Hem Chandra Pandey’s house

NEW DELHI: In what is being dubbed as a strong evidence of links of Hem Chandra Pandey, killed along with senior Maoist leader Azad in Adilabad on July 2, with the CPI(Maoist), the Andhra Pradesh police and Delhi Police on Saturday raided his Shastri Nagar residence here and seized incriminating Maoist literature and two night-vision devices from the premises.

The raids at A-96 , Shastri Nagar – where Pandey and his wife Babita allegedly lived between February 2 and the former’s death in the Azad encounter, following which the house has remained locked – also yielded three documents relating to meetings of the central committee of CPI(Maoist), 4-5 computer-generated printouts supposed to be handed over to fellow Maoists; incriminating literature and books in sets ranging from 20-25 to 100, on Maoists, People’s War and Naxalbari movement, a computer, laptop and printer.

The hard disk of the computer and laptop will be sent for forensic examination in due time. Incidentally , Pandey’s wife Babita, during her questioning by the Andhra police in July, made no mention of their Shastri Nagar residence, which they had rented for 5,000 per month. While claiming Pandey’s body in Adilabad , she had mentioned an alternative Delhi address at Devnagar.

“On learning of her husband’s death in the encounter, she quietly moved out of the Shastri Nagar residence, claiming that she needed to be with her ailing mother in Uttarakhand ,” investigating officer and SDPO, Jagtial (Karimnagar), Mr Mohammad Abdul Bari , who led the raiding party, told ET. It was only when the investigating team was alerted by an aide of Swami Agnivesh about the Shastri Nagar residence of Hem Chandra Pandey that it moved court for warrants to raid the house.

Jawans escape mine blast

GAYA: Continuing their offensive in the Sherghati sub-division of Gaya district, Maoists on Friday and Saturday continued their offensive to terrorize voters and campaigners to make their poll boycott call effective in the region regarded as Red zone. Over a dozen central para-military force (CPMF) personnel had a narrow escape as a landmine laid near Salaiya Sitpur Mor under Dumaria police station area of the district exploded minutes before the Central forces were to pass through the explosion point.

A Tata-407 load of BSF personnel were to cross the landmine point, as per reports reaching district headquarters. Those having a narrow escape include Hasinuddin, a junior police officer posted in the Dumaria police station.
In yet another incident, three can bombs were found placed on the ve-randah of Government Urdu Primary School at Kathakbigha village under Naxal-affected Amas police station of the district.

The can bombs were detected well in time and the school building was saved from almost certain destruction. The can bombs were detected on Saturday morning. literature justifying the poll boycott call given by the Maoists and calling the entire democratic exercise a sham to prolong status quoism and exploitation of the under-privileged sections were also found littered on the school verandah.

As per reports, some of the Naxal literature repeated the old rhetorics expressing class solidarity with the constabulary and making distinction between the rank and file of the police force. Sherghati SDPO Mahendra Prasad confirmed the detection of can bombs planted in the school build-ing.

Asked if the can bombs have been defused, the SDPO said that experts have arrived to handle and defuse the unexploded can bombs. According to sources, extra precaution was being taken in the matter of can bomb disposal in view of the accidental explosion on November 8 in Banke Bazar block. Two members of the Bomb Disposal Squad of Bihar Military police were killed while handling can bombs on Banke Bazar block premises. Two SAP Jawans and three TV journalists including a camera-man were also injured in the incident.

On Friday evening, the Maoists organized a torchlight procession under Dumaria police station area of the district in support of the poll boycott call. As per reports, the torchlight procession passed through Rachia, Tandwa and Katkiniya villages under Dumaria police station and con-cluded in the nearby forests. However, according to Sherghati SDPO, the police did not have any information about the torchlight procession taken out by the Maoists.

Earlier in the week, Maoists torched at least three campaign vehicles and torched the RJD election office at Mathurapur village under Gurua as-sembly constituency.

Naxals behead suspected police informer

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: November 12, 2010 21:53 IST

Ranchi: Naxals in Jharkhand have beheaded a man alleged to have been a police informer .

The killing happened this morning in a remote area of Jharkhand's Naxal-affected Giridih district .

The man's head and legs were chopped off, after he was pronounced guilty at a Jan Adalat or kangaroo court held by the Naxals.

Near his body, the Naxals also left behind a poster at the site of the killing , warning of similar action against other informers

One killed in Maoist blast in Bihar

One person, suspected to be a Naxal, was killed as Maoists triggered a blast at Boulia in Bihar’s Rohtas district early today, police said.

Over 75 ultras gathered at the spot and triggered a landmine blast at a culvert in which one person, suspected to be an ultra, was killed, they said.

The blast was triggered apparently to create panic in the area to enforce the poll boycott call given by the Maoists, the police said.

The blast site is under Chenari Assembly constituency where the sixth and final phase of Assembly elections will be held on November 20.

CRPF personnel are combing the nearby jungle to look for the Maoists, police said.

Joint combing operations launched to curb Naxal activities on UP border

Bhupendra Pandey Posted online: Sun Nov 14 2010, 05:26 hrs

Lucknow : With the last phase of polling in Bihar slated to be held on November 20, the Naxal group led by sub-zonal commander Munna Vishwakarma, who carries a reward of Rs 2 lakh from the UP government, has started causing disturbances in Bihar’s Rohtas and Bhabhua districts bordering Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

In a bid to keep check on the activities of Vishwakarma group, the Rohtas and Bhabhua police have started joint combing operations with their Sonbhadra counterparts for last 15 days.

The Sonbhadra Superintendent of Police (SP), Preetinder Singh told The Sunday Express that he was in regular contact with the SPs of Rohtas and Bhabhua districts, as last phase of polling has to take place at both the places on November 20. Since the movement of Munna Vishwakarma along with his group has been traced in both the districts, the joint combing operations are going on in Naxal-affected areas and they are sharing the intelligence inputs about the Naxal activities, he said.

The Rohtas Superintendent of Police (SP), Vikas Baivaw said, “The activities of Munna Vishwakarma and his group are on our radar since they killed two members of the Shanti Sena in Rohtas two months ago. We have recovered posters carrying provoking speeches issued by the Naxal group from various parts of the Naxal-affected areas during last few days.”

He added, “Vishwakarma and his group can cause disturbance during the polling and to make it free of violence we have started joint combing operations with the Sonbhadra police to check the activities of the Naxal group.”

The Sonbhadra SP, Singh said the joint combing operations helped in forcing a wanted Naxalite, Umesh Kumar Singh who belongs to Rohtas district, to surrender at the Robertsganj police station of Sonbhadra three days ago. Singh, a member of Vishwakarma’s group, was wanted in four cases related to the Naxal attack on police teams in 2007.

The Sonbhadra police had conducted frequent raids at Singh’s house in Rohtas during the joint operation with local police there and had also served property attachment order procured from a Sonbhadra court last week, the SP said.

Meanwhile, the Bhabhua SP ¿ Pradip Kumar Srivastav ¿ said, “Munna Vishwakarma and his group are active in the district in various criminal activities. In the wake of the polling on November 20, we are in regular touch with the Sonbhadra police and carrying out joint combing in Naxal-affected areas to trace Vishwakarma and his men.”

Friday, November 12, 2010

No trace of two missing cops in Maoists den

2010-11-12 15:10:00
Raipur, Nov 12 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Police Friday stepped up its drive to trace two policemen who reportedly went missing in a Maoist-stronghold forested stretch Monday.

'We are making all possible efforts to locate the two jawans who went missing Monday in Narayanpur district,' a police officer told IANS.

The two missing policemen were part of a 90-member contingent drawn from the District Force and the Special Police Officers, who had been assigned duty in the Maoist-dominated Erka forest in Narayanpur district.

Maoist held for extortion in West Bengal

2010-11-11 20:20:00
Kolkata, Nov 11 (IANS) A Maoist guerrilla was arrested from West Midnapore district of West Bengal Thursday for extorting money from local school teachers and businessmen, police said.

'Acting on a tip off, we conducted a raid and arrested Amol Mahato. Four of his accomplices managed to flee,' West Midnapore additional superintendent of police (operation) Mukesh Kumar told IANS over phone.

The operation was conducted in Mohanpur area of Jhargram sub-division of the district, Kumar said, adding that a firearm and Rs.43,000 were recovered from the rebel.

'We are interrogating Amol for the whereabouts of his gang,' Kumar said.

'Several extortion complaints have been lodged against these Maoists,' he added.

Maoists are active in three western districts of the state - West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.

Maoists take 4 boys hostage

Purulia, Nov. 11: Around 30 Maoists carrying blankets and water bottles today took hostage four goatherds grazing their flock on the edge of a Purulia jungle, ordering them at gunpoint to help the gang find its way in the woods.

A group of seven goatherds, all residents of Bhuda village at the foot of the Ayodhya Hills, were grazing their flock on the outskirts of the jungle around 2pm when the Maoists, in camouflage gear and guns slung across their shoulders, approached them.

Hari Sardar, 49, one of the goatherds, said: “The men ordered the young boys in our group to show them the way inside the jungle. I saw them go towards Dhanchatani, which is deep inside the forests in Ayodhya Hills.”

The boys — Banamali Sardar, Ratan Mura, Kalicharan Mura and Biru Sardar — are all aged between 15 and 17.

The remaining three, Sardar and two minor girls, returned to Bhuda and informed the villagers. The villagers then lodged a police complaint.

A police officer said: “I don’t think the Maoists will harm the village boys. We think the gang took the boys to show them the jungle route to Maoist strongholds Dhanchatani and Marichkocha.”

Two Maoists gunned down in Bengal

2010-11-12 17:30:00
Kolkata, Nov 12 (IANS) Two Maoist guerrillas were gunned down by security forces in a village in West Bengal's Purulia district, police said Friday.

The gunfight that began early Friday in Bamni village at Ayodhya Hills continued, a police officer said. It began with security personnel conducting raids in search of four villagers who were believed to have been abducted Thursday night.

'An armed encounter between the combined forces, including Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and the state police's anti-Maoists wing Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), and the Maoists at Bamni jungle of Ayodhya Hills has been under way since early today,' Inspector General of police (western range) Zulfiqar Hasan said.

'We are informed that two ultra left rebels have been killed in the encounter and several others were injured. A huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the spot,' said Hassan, adding that details were awaited.

The four men from Bhuda village -- Banamali Sardar, Ratan Murra, Kalicharan Murra and Biren Sardar -- went missing Thursday evening after they were asked by Maoist guerrillas to show them the way to a hill in the area.

Maoist key result area: Destruction of 33 schools, 105 roads, 13 rly properties

NEW DELHI: Maoists continue to hit at symbols of welfare and development while carrying on with their rhetoric about neglect of tribal areas by the state. Over the last 10 months, the Left-wing extremists unleashed 278 attacks on government buildings and infrastructure works across seven states, destroying 33 schools, 20 panchayat offices, 105 roads/culverts and 38 communication towers.

Railways continue to be a favoured target, having recorded 22 Naxal attacks until October 31, 2010. Of these, Chhattisgarh witnessed 13 attacks on railway properties, Maharashtra 12, West Bengal 7 and Jharkhand 6.

Majority of Naxalite attacks in 2010 focused on forest roads and culverts. As many as 105 forest roads and culverts were destroyed by Maoists, as compared 126 in the whole of 2009, in an apparent bid to instill a sense of fear in contractors to meet extortion demands.

Public sector units and works in Maoist-infested areas witnessed 22 attacks, up from 17 through 2009. NMDC’s premises in Chhattisgarh were targeted in 11 different incidents in the first 10 months of 2010. Eight attacks were directed at the Gramin Sadak Nirman Yojana in three states. Essar Pipelines, which faced 6 attacks last year, saw only one attack in 2010.

There was also some respite from Naxalites’ targeting of communication towers, with attacks coming down from 67 last year to 38 in the first ten months of 2010. Of these, Jharkhand accounted for 14 attacks and Bihar for 12 attacks.

Government’s psychological warfare highlighting “mindless” attacks on schools by Maoists appears to have had some positive effect. Such incidents were down from 67 in 2009 to 38 until October 31 this year. However, panchayat offices and buildings continued to bear the brunt, with 20 of them coming under Maoist fire as compared to 23 in the whole of last year.

Mining units saw nine attacks in the first 10 months of 2010, a three-fold rise from 3 attacks witnessed through 2009. Six of the nine incidents of mines being targeted this year were reported from Jharkhand.

Power plants were not spared either. Maoists attacked 3 power plants, one each in Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. Last year, two attacks on power plants were reported, both in Maharashtra. Maoists also destroyed pole/transmission towers in two different incidents in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Maoists’ targeting of key infrastructure and development works stands in direct conflict with their so-called struggle against neglect and deprivation by the state. “It only proves that the Left-wing extremism is nothing more than red terror, devoid of any reasoning or ideology,” noted a senior official of the security establishment.

As many as 577 civilians and 264 security forces have been killed in a total of 1842 incidents of Maoist violence in the first 10 months of 2010.

Naxals widening their base

Category » Editorial Posted On Tuesday, November 09, 2010
The mass killings of CRPF jawans by Naxalites in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh had shocked one and all. It appeared as if the government would come hard on the Naxalites and give a tit for tat reply to their misdeeds. However, the morale of the Maoists has not dampened. Instead they seem to have increased their area of operation. It is feared that the Naxalites are active in Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori.

In Balaghat, the Naxalites had murdered minister Likhiram Kanwre in his home town. However, this region has not witnessed major attacks by the Naxalites since then. It is assumed that the naxalites, to escape from the police, come here from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra, Orissa and Maharashtra.
The Union government has declared these three districts as Naxal infested. It may be noted that in the state capital the Maoists were running an arms making unit without any fear. After the police learnt about it, several accused persons were nabbed and put in jail. Thus now the Naxalites may also target the state capital Bhopal. It may be recalled that the Maoists had also broke open Jehanabad district headquarters in Bihar and released prisoners.
The State government has also informed the Centre about presence of Naxal activities in five more districts viz. Sidhi, Singrauli, Shahdol, Umaria and Aooppur. Hence these districts should also be declared as infested by the terrorists.
The state govt has launched a drive to connect the computers in different police stations in the city.

Nepal Maoists training Naxalites with LeT help

Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, November 06, 2010First Published: 12:28 IST(6/11/2010)
Last Updated: 23:16 IST(6/11/2010)
Naxalites, the country's "biggest internal security threat", seem to have spread wings and getting trained in Nepal by Maoists with Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Toiba providing help. Worried at the development, India has submitted letters to Nepal detailing links between United Communist Party of Nepal

(Maoist) and Communist Party of India (Maoist)—the umbrella outfit of Naxals in India.
Indian embassy officials confirmed that Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood handed over the letters to Nepal Home Minister Bhim Rawal and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala 12 days ago.

"The letters contain information collected by Indian intelligence agencies which show Naxals getting trained in Nepal People's Liberation Army, the military wing of UCPN (M)," said an embassy official.

Sources said that Nepal government has assured a probe into the matter.

Despite claiming ideological affinity, Nepal's Maoists who joined the political mainstream two years ago after the civil war have been denying any close interaction with Indian Naxals.

The party still has control over arms and over 19000 PLA combatants, members of its military wing, reside in UN monitored camps.

India says that an agreement on providing ideological and military training was signed between PLA and Naxal leaders at Sarlahi in Nepal close to the Indo-Nepal border.

Based on that agreement, PLA allegedly provided training to nearly 200 CPI (M) cadres from Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh near Butwal in southern Nepal in June this year.

A LeT operative from Pakistan called Latif Khan gave explosives training to the CPI (M) cadres. He was helped by Rashid Ansari, a Nepalganj-based LeT cadre involved in fake currency racket.

The letters say 50 more CPI (M) cadress were provided training at a PLA camp in August.

As per the agreement, PLA leaders are to provide training to Naxals in Sitamarhi and Motihari districts of Bihar.

Last month, the home ministry had warned Naxalism affected states about Nepal Maoists providing training to CPI (M) cadres.

Leaders from PLA however termed the allegation as Indian propaganda to derail Nepal's ongoing peace process.

Mother-son duo among four Naxals held in AP

Hyderabad, Nov 11, (PTI):

Four members of the banned CPI (Maoist), including a mother-son duo, were arrested today from Andhra Pradesh's Warangal and Khammam districts, police said.

Though, no arms were seized from their possession, Maoist literature was recovered from them, police said. Vetti Deva alias Deva, a native of neighbouring Chhattisgarh, was apprehended from Paloncha in Khammam district, Circle Inspector of the area Ravindranath Bandi told PTI by phone.

Deva worked as a Maoist dalam (group) member from 2006 to 2008 in Kunta area of Chhattisgarh. He was allegedly involved in the killing of three persons who were targeted on suspicion of being police informers, he said.

"On the instruction of Maoists from Chhattisgarh, he (Deva) had migrated to Khammam district to expand CPI (Maoist) base there," the police official said. In a separate incident, a 39-year-old woman, B Sulochana, and her son B Vikas (aged around 20), who allegedly worked as couriers to the Naxals, and another woman Maoist- member, B Anuradha alias Jyothi, were nabbed in Warangal.

The trio was rounded from the bus stand at Eturnagaram town when they were trying to sneak into Chhattisgarh, another police officer said. Jyothi is wanted in over 20 Naxal-related cases in Mahbubnagar, Medak, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Kurnool districts, he said.

LeT cadres attended Naxal meet: police

R Krishna Das | 2010-11-11 01:11:00

It's official now: Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had links with Naxalites, the Left radical extremists posing as the biggest internal security threats in the country.

If the intelligence inputs received by the Chhattisgarh police are to be believed, two operatives of LeT — one of the world’s deadliest terror outfits — had reportedly attended a top-level meeting of Naxal leaders a few months ago.

The two operatives had come to attend the meeting of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), the Naxalite outfit active in parts of India. The Central Committee is the supreme decision and policy making body of the red army.

"The two LeT operatives had reportedly attended the meeting as observers at a forested location inside Orissa, close to Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region," Director General of Police Vishwa Ranjan said.

The inputs that intelligence wings had received were based on a single source that needs to be cross-checked with multiple sources, he added.

The meeting was held sometime during this summer. Ranjan said the identity of the two LeT operatives and other details could not be obtained. The intelligence agencies were exploring the motives behind the LeT operatives attending Naxalites’ meeting in India.

A senior intelligence wing official told Business Standard there had been a practice in the Naxalites’ functioning to invite foreign observers in the top policy-making meetings. "But mostly, the observers associated with the Left radical groups across the world were invited and this time, it was LeT operatives," the official added.

The meeting was reportedly held in the Tulsi Dongri area of Malkangiri district in Orissa. The area adjoins the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border and the Naxalites are reportedly developing it as their new base to shift their "headquarters" from Abujhmand in Chhattisgarh following the ongoing security operations against them.

Maoists kill man at 'kangaroo court'

Press Trust Of India
Giridih, November 12, 2010
First Published: 11:45 IST(12/11/2010)
Last Updated: 11:47 IST(12/11/2010)

Members of the CPI (Maoist) severed the head and legs of a man who was given "death sentence" by a "kangaroo court" in the Naxal-infested Giridih district, police said on Friday. The Maoists claimed responsibility for the incident and pasted a poster on the distorted body stating that the man was

killed after being branded as a supporter of the "reactionary forces at a jan adalat" staged by the guerrillas on Thursday at Beluaghati, they added.
The state government had recently said it is keeping a strict watch on "kangaroo courts" held by the Naxalites.

The ultras have perpetrated several crimes at Beluaghati, including massacre of over twenty people about five years ago.

Road projects worth Rs 3,036 crore awarded in Naxal areas: Govt

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Wednesday said it has awarded Rs 3,036 crore worth of projects in the Naxal affected areas.

The government has awarded works on total 98 stretches covering 2,629 km length costing Rs 3,036 crore in the Naxal affected areas under the LWE (left wing extremism) scheme, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways RPN Singh said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

These 98 stretches are a part of the 156 road stretches covering 4,141 km length and costing Rs 4,810 crore for which the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has so far sanctioned estimates.

These areas are in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Naxalite surrenders in UP

Sonebhadra, Nov 10:
Umesh Kumar Singh, a naxalite from Bihar and active member of Munna Vishwakarma gang, today surrendered before police in this naxal-hit Uttar Pradesh district.
According to police, Singh, resident of Rohtas in Bihar, surrendered after being influenced from community policing at Robertsganj headquarters.
On August 9, 2008, the naxalite had planted bomb to blow-up combing party near Devhar village in this district.
Besides, he had planted bomb against police team in Kone area.
A case was registered and the naxalite has been sent in jail.

LeT cadres attended Naxal Meet

It’s official now: Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had links with Naxalites, the Left radical extremists posing as the biggest internal security threats in the country.

If the intelligence inputs received by the Chhattisgarh police are to be believed, two operatives of LeT — one of the world’s deadliest terror outfits — had reportedly attended a top-level meeting of Naxal leaders a few months ago.

The two operatives had come to attend the meeting of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), the Naxalite outfit active in parts of India. The Central Committee is the supreme decision and policy making body of the red army.

"The two LeT operatives had reportedly attended the meeting as observers at a forested location inside Orissa, close to Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region," Director General of Police Vishwa Ranjan said.

The inputs that intelligence wings had received were based on a single source that needs to be cross-checked with multiple sources, he added.

The meeting was held sometime during this summer. Ranjan said the identity of the two LeT operatives and other details could not be obtained. The intelligence agencies were exploring the motives behind the LeT operatives attending Naxalites’ meeting in India.

A senior intelligence wing official told Business Standard there had been a practice in the Naxalites’ functioning to invite foreign observers in the top policy-making meetings. "But mostly, the observers associated with the Left radical groups across the world were invited and this time, it was LeT operatives," the official added.

The meeting was reportedly held in the Tulsi Dongri area of Malkangiri district in Orissa. The area adjoins the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border and the Naxalites are reportedly developing it as their new base to shift their "headquarters" from Abujhmand in Chhattisgarh following the ongoing security operations against them.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Naxals kill two securitymen in Bihar

Express News Service First Published : 09 Nov 2010 03:45:16 AM IST

PATNA: Just a day before Bihar goes to the polls for the fifth time in this Assembly election, the Naxals carried out multiple attacks in the state.
Officials claim the strikes were meant to enforce the ‘Bharat bandh’ called by the Naxals in Bihar, from November 6 to 9, to protest against the visit of US President Barack Obama.

According to Bihar DGP Neelmani, two members of the bomb disposal squad of the Bihar military police were killed at the Banke Bazar block office in Gaya, while attempting to diffuse a powerful bomb planted by the Naxals.
Also injured in the incident were three mediapersons and two Special Armed Police personnel.

The journalists injured in the incident were two reporters and a cameraperson of the Sahara Samay TV news channel.
The two reporters and SAP personnel have been admitted and the cameraperson is said to be in critical condition.
The Naxals also blew up a section of railway tracks near the Kurhani railway station in Hajipur-Muzaffarpur section.
Ten wagons of good train passing over the destroyed tracks derailed around 3 am on Monday, disrupting rail traffic on the route.
Trains were rerouted to avoid the site of the attack.
Rail traffic was restored only after bomb disposal units checked the line for further possibilities of explosives.
All the attacks have been carried out in the regions going to polls on Tuesday. Security, which was already on high alert in these areas, has been further tightened. Police officials have said that they do not expect any incidents to mar polling.

Eight killed in Naxal attacks

Protesting US President Barack Obama’s visit, Maoists strike in Bengal, Orissa and Bihar; woman, cops among those killed

Jayatri Nag

Posted On Tuesday, November 09, 2010 at 02:37:42 AM

In Kolkata Eight persons fell to Maoists’ bullets in Bengal, Orissa and Bihar on Monday. Four killings, including that of a woman, were reported from West Midnapore district in Bengal, where Maoists ‘punished’ people for defying their 24-hour shutdown against US President Barack Obama's visit.

Motorcycle-borne assailants gunned down Kanai Ray, a former CPI-M panchayat pradhan at Patashimul Gram Panchayat on Monday after-noon, officials said.

The three other victims were identified as Rashbehari Mahato, Sandhya Mahato and Sheikh Wajed Ali. They were abducted from Kishmatga-nakata village in Jhargram sub-division and their bullet-riddled bodies were found on the road nearby on Monday morning.

An injured official from bomb disposal squad talks on his mobile phone after the Naxal attack in Gaya

Rashbehari Mahato was a local expert on chou dance, while Ali was an employee of the BDO office, they said.

Sandhya Mahato was killed be-cause her son was in the CRPF and she had been warned that he should leave the force, the officials said. Her husband is also missing.

In Nabarangpur district, Maoists shot dead two persons and demolished a school building in Malkangiri district in Orissa, during the 24-hour bandh.

The Maoists left behind hand-written posters near the bodies, alleging the two had been collecting money in the name of the ultras, he said.

Two bomb disposal squad personnel were killed and four others injured when an explosive planted by Maoists at Bankebazar in Gaya district went off. The rebels also derailed a goods train in Muzaffarpur district.

The two bomb disposal squad personnel, Vijay Kumar and Jai Chand, of the Bihar Military Police were killed while defusing the bomb, Director General of Police Neelmani said. Two Special Armed Police personnel and two mediapersons were injured.

In Muzaffarpur district, 10 wagons of a goods train derailed after Maoists blew up railway track with dynamite near Kurhani Railway Station in Hajipur-Muzaffarpur section of East-Central Railway, Neelmani said. In Gaya district, four trucks were burnt by a group of 100 ultras late on Sunday night, the DGP said. (With Agency Inputs)

Woman Naxal surrenders

TNN, Nov 7, 2010, 03.37am IST

VISAKHAPTNAM: Sindree Kondamma alias Nirmala, an 18-year-old female Naxal member of the Korukonda Area Committee, surrendered before Visakha Rural SP Vineet Brijlal on Saturday due to health problems.

An illiterate girl belonging to the primitive tribal group Kondu, Nirmala said she was forcibly inducted into the Maoist outfit when she was 14 years old. She said she had participated in three raids and three exchange of fire incidents.

Apparently, she came over ground a month ago and got married to a former militia member Marri Ranju. After knowing about the government schemes, she decided to surrender before the police in view of her health problems.

According to the SP, there are another 10 minor girls in the Maoist squads in the Visakha forests.

577 civilians,260 securitymen killed in naxal violence in 2010

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, November 09, 2010
First Published: 15:40 IST(9/11/2010)
Last Updated: 15:42 IST(9/11/2010)

A total of 577 civilians have been killed while more than 260 security forces personnel lost their lives across the country in naxal violence this year. During the same period, 137 Maoists were killed with the maximum of them in Chhattisgarh (72) followed by West Bengal (37) and Jharkhand (12).

The information, updated till October, was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken through a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The maximum number of civilians were killed in West Bengal (185), Chhattisgarh (143), Jharkhand (112) and Bihar (48) amongst others.

Chhattisgarh accounted for the maximum number of casualties for security forces personnel with 163 casualties, while West Bengal (34) and Jharkhand (22) were the other states where the forces lost the most number of their troops.

"Sixty nine development schemes of various ministries of Government of India are being implemented for comprehensive development of naxal affected areas in the country...Planning Commission has been monitoring progress of the development initiatives in 35 Left Wing Extremist affected districts of the central government's flagship programmes," Maken said. Planning Commission has initiated the process of preparing Integrated Action Plans (IAPs) for Left Wing Extremism affected disticts, which envisage comprehensive and rapid development of affected areas, he said.