Archive for the ‘Chhattisgarh’ Category

Maoists warn of more attacks

March 24, 2007

Maoists warn of more attacks

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Adopting a belligerent stand against the counter-revolutionary movement, Salwa Judum, the Maoists warned that it would step up attacks against security forces and the special police officers employed by the Chhattisgarh Government.

Terming the recent Rani Bodli attack, in which 55 security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh, a “heroic tactical counter-offensive” operation, the Maoist spokesperson Azad warned that the Maoist guerillas and militia were prepared even to take on the Indian Army, if it was deployed in the Chhattisgarh forests.

In a two-page statement issued here on Friday, Azad described the attack as “an inevitable consequence” of state-sponsored reign of terror in the Bastar forests. He accused the Government of planning to deploy the Army and carry out aerial bombardment of villages and the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) locations in Chhattisgarh.

Maintaining that rebel forces, assisted by the Bhoomkal militia, would take up attacks on a bigger scale if the Salwa Judum campaign was not withdrawn, he appealed to the tribal youth participating in the counter-revolutionary activity to realise that they were being pitted against their own tribesmen by the Government.

The Maoist leader also appealed to the jawans of Central forces, particularly the Naga and Mizo battalions, to disobey the orders and withdraw from Chhattisgarh.He claimed that several jawans were forced to commit suicide due to mental stress, while over 30 died of malaria.

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Cops were too drunk to fight back against Maoist attack

March 22, 2007

Now cmon guys I think the media is being too harsh on the police..

Raping women and children and carrying out mass murder is a
tiresome job the police surely should have the right to “Chill Out”
with a bottle of beer or whisky at the end a hard day’s work.

‘Too drunk to fight’

TIMES NOW has access to an internal report prepared by a high-powered panel that draws startling conclusions regarding the daring Naxal attack on a police camp in Chhattisgarh. The attack shocked the nation as the Naxal retaliation killed 55 policemen.

The report makes clear that the policemen at the Rani Bodli camp were too drunk to fight back.
More than that, the report says that no one at the camp undertook night patrols and that a majority of the guards who had night duty were sleeping.

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Naxal killed in Chhattisgarh; looted weapon recovered

March 18, 2007

Naxal killed in Chhattisgarh; looted weapon recovered
Raipur, March 17: Chhattisgarh Police on Saturday killed a Naxal militant in a gunbattle and recovered a weapon which they said was looted after the recent attack on a police outpost in Bijapur district.

A .303 rifle, looted from the Rani Bodli police outpost after Thursday’s attack that left 55 securitymen dead, was recovered from the slain Naxalite in Pharsegarh area of Bijapur district, police said.

Since Naxalites are active in Pharsegarh, which is not very far from Rani Bodli, personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) and paramilitary forces had launched a combing operation during which the gunbattle took place resulting in the death of the ultra, they said.

The outpost is not far off from Abujhmad area, where the Naxalites have set up their headquarters. Since it was a difficult terrain and police face threat of landmines, security forces made an aerial survey on a helicopter provided by the Centre, they said.

After the survey they took into account intelligence inputs and prepared a plan for combing operations and dispatched teams to various parts of the region, surrounded by thick forests, they said.

Meanwhile, commandant of the 9th battalion of the Chhattisgarh armed police Mohammed Hussain, deployed at Rani Bodli, was suspended and the CRPF given charge of the outpost.

Although, he was not suspended for failing to prevent the attack, Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam, on his visit to Rani Bodli, found Hussain was on unauthorised leave at the time of the incident, they said.

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Bastar Ke Macharo ko Salaam !- Salute the mosquitos of Bastar !

March 17, 2007

Quote about Mosquitoes
http://www.broelman.com.au/images/cartoons/mosquito.jpg

Ek macchar, ek admi ko hijra bana deta hain - Nana Patekar
in some hindi movie

Hazar Macchar ek pure battalion ko hijra bana deti hain
- Naxalrevolution

Salute the Mosquitos of Bastar !

The renowed anthropologist Verrier Elwin has written in one of his
books that the adivasi’s(jungle dwellers) of bastar will have always
one ally on whom they count on to protect them against the hordes
of invading barbarians and looters.
The Jungle Mosquito !

The species of mosquito’s that inhabit the dense jungles of bastar
are double the size of their city cousins and during the night are
know to form swarms over your head which blocks out the
moonlight.

The adivasi’s and the maoists have a natural resistance to these
mosquitos and any of the diseases they carry but outsiders are
known to fall like nine pins.

After reading the article below I have now acquired a great
respect for these mosquitoes and in lieu of the good work they
are doing in bastar , I have decided not to annihilate their
cousins here in the city and will henceforth only gently
swish them away

May the mosquitos of Bastar breed in millions of pools of
stagnant water and may they bite only those invaders ,
looters and barbarians who are out to loot and murder the
people of Bastar.

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Mizo Battalion fighting mosquito menace

Thursday, March 15, 2007 (Bastar):

It’s the sort of enemy that soldiers with the Mizo Battalion barely thought they would ever face.

Posted in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, the jawans are now battling an aerial onslaught of the female anopheles mosquito.

Of the 800 jawans of the battalion, no one has died so far of a Naxal attack. But already three have fallen prey to the female anopheles mosquito.

More than 500 are said to be in various stages of malaria.

Succumbing to malaria

The jawans say they deserve a glorified death, if at all.

“At least if I die in an encounter, my heart will be filled with pride. But if I die of a mosquito bite, it will be a matter of shame,” said Narayan Thapa, Mizo Battalion.

It’s not only the Mizo Battalion, which is battling the winged threat. Jawans from the Naga Battalion and the CRPF too have been victims.

In the past six months, 12 jawans have lost their lives to Naxal attacks, but more than 16 have succumbed to malaria.

Although precautions like the use of mosquito coils, nets and creams are being taken, the enemy simply refuses to relent.

“I kill at least 100 mosquitoes before going off to sleep. They still somehow manage to enter the mosquito net. I don’t know how they do it,” said V Lalremruata, Mizo Battalion.

While the mosquito menace has the jawans in a tizzy, state Health Minister Krishnamurti Bandhi says it’s a professional hazard.

“They serve in a hostile jungle environment in the night. All the mosquito larva breeds in the jungle,” said Bandhi.

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2 Chhattisgarh cops commit suicide , hundreds more expected to follow

March 17, 2007

First they tried to run away
29 Indian Reserve Police constables desert force for fear of being
posted in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh

Some succeeded many failed…

Now with nowhere to go they have started committing suicide en masse.
Some people believe that fear of maoist revolutionaries is what is
driving many of them to commit suicide.

May their souls rest in peace.

2 Chhattisgarh cops commit suicide , hundreds more are contemplating suicide

Raipur: Adding to the already worrying number of stress related suicides in police and security forces, an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) constable shot himself dead on Thursday while in a separate incident a policeman hung himself to death in Bastar district.

“The Mizo constable, Laltha, drawn from the IRB shot himself dead in Konta area in Dantewada district. It seems he took the extreme step under severe mental stress but the exact reason was yet to be ascertained,” a police official said. The constable left a suicide note written in his Mizo language.

A full Mizo battalion with expertise in countering guerrilla warfare has been deployed in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state to contain Maoist extremism.

A middle-aged Bastar district force policeman hung himself to death on Wednesday.

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India scours forests to ‘avenge’ Maoist killings

March 16, 2007

One doesn’t have to be a genius to figure out what is going to happen here..

The Frenzied blood thirsty Khaki Rakshashas will rape and murder adivasi’s
(jungle dwellers)at sight.The jungles of bastar will echo with
the screams of women and children and the blood of innocent
adivasi’s will flow like water.Few of them will be picked up and
lined up and shot dead…Raman Singh will hold a press conference
the next where he will claim glory and false victory.

Meanwhile
Having witnessed the rape and deaths of their mothers and sisters ,fathers and brothers the adivasi’s will seek support and shelter from the revolutionary maoists and some of them will eventually grow up to lead raids against the Khaki Rakshashas seeking revenge.

India scours forests to ‘avenge’ Maoist killings

RAIPUR, India – Thousands of police poured into the dense forests of eastern India on Friday after Maoist rebels massacred 55 people in a makeshift police camp in the region.

The operation, involving about 8,000 police, was described by the Chhattisgarh state government as an act of revenge for the Maoist attack.

‘Police have launched one of the biggest exercises in Chhattisgarh on Friday to avenge the killings,’ the state’s Home Minister Ramvichar Netam told Reuters.

‘The rebels have to pay the price.’

The attack was one of the deadliest in recent years by Maoist rebels, who are also called Naxalites after the village in east India’s West Bengal state where the group’s campaign on behalf of poor peasants and landless workers began in 1967.

Between 300 and 400 rebels attacked the camp in the state’s south in the early hours of Thursday, throwing grenades and petrol bombs and shooting people fleeing the burning buildings before escaping with weapons and explosives, police said.

The rebels killed 16 officers from the state’s armed forces and 39 members of local tribes recruited to a police militia, police said.

The state has recruited about 5,000 tribal people into its militia, paying each about 1,500 rupees ($35) a month. Most are armed only with bows and arrows.

Analysts say India’s response to the insurgency is under-staffed and under-resourced, with poor intelligence gathering leaving police camps in rebel areas easy prey for guerrilla tactics.

Last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the insurgency was the gravest threat to India’s internal security since independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

The Naxalite movement has spread along a ‘red corridor’ occupying much of India’s south and eastern flank and stretching up to the Nepal border.

The Maoist rebels continue to find support among poor, rural Indians who have not benefitted from the country’s booming economy which favors the rich classes.

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Khaki Rakshashas go on Rape Rampage in Bastar

March 16, 2007

Committee Against Violence On Women, (CAVOW)

To Smt Manju m Hembrom,
Member,
National Commission for Women,
New Delhi,

Dear Manjuji,

I am writing to bring to your notice the serious matter of the rape of 8 women from Kandkipara, village Sirisguda in the Lohandiguda area of Bastar by uniformed police personnel

As you know a serious serious issue in this area is the complete disregard for PESA in the land acquisition process for industry in Dantewara and Bastar. The common practice seems to be to organize a contentious gram sabha in the presence of senior govt officials and pressurize the villagers to pass a vote in favour of an opinion they do not hold. Any questioning of this manufactured ‘consent’ is brutally suppressed, in the process leading to brutalities including rape of women belonging to families that are dissenters.

This is currently the situation in Lohandiguda(Bastar) where land is being acquired for the Tatas. Police have clamped down severely on an effort by the villagers to have repeat gram sabhas under the pretext that a ‘decision’ once taken cannot be reversed.This is an absurd situation. I have just had news that on feb 26, in Sirisguda village 8 women including a class 10 student were dragged out of home a 4 in the morning and gang raped by police personnel, some in uniform.

The names of the women are Bati w/o Paklu, Pesto d/o Madda, Riko w/o Samaru, Mitku d/o Joma, (she is the one in class 10),Labo d/o Ojoram, Jabo d/oPaklu, Dulari d/o Ganpat, Sukvati w/o Mahadev. Mitku was ablet to read the name plate of one of the men who raped her and his surname is sahu. SP is refusing to register an FIR.

This is a serious matter and we would like the NCW to take it up with the State govt , and to ensure that an FIR is registered against the guilty and that the guilty are brought to book.

Dr IlinaSen, Raipur C.G. Date 9-03-07

Civil War in Bastar intensifies , Maoists retaliate against brutal state terror

March 16, 2007
Civil War in Bastar intensifies , Maoists retaliate against brutal state terror
Press Trust of India / Raipur March 15, 2007

In the biggest ever strike by Maoists on security forces in Chhattisgarh, at least 55 police personnel were killed and 11 injured today when more than 300 heavily armed rebels stormed a police station in the Bastar region.

The Naxalites, led by the military wing of the banned CPI-Maoist attacked Rani Bodli police outpost, 525 km from here, in the wee hours today, police sources told PTI on phone from Bijapur district.

“There was fierce fighting by both sides, but when the security forces ran out of ammunition, the rebels lobbed grenades and petrol bombs on the barracks. The policemen were forced to come out from the shelter after it caught fire, and were subsequently killed in firing by the Naxalites,” a source said.

Sixteen Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawans and 39 special police officers were killed, while four CAF jawans and seven officers were injured in the incident. Nine other policemen who were at the outpost escaped without any injuries.

The Naxalites looted 48 weapons from the security forces, including rifles and a two-inch mortar, the sources said.

This was the biggest attack by the rebels in Chhattisgarh since the state was formed on November 1, 2000. The killing of 55 secuity personnel has put the state government in an embarrassing position.

Raman Singh get’s big cake of cow dung on his face , surrender drama turns out to be flop show

January 6, 2007

Raman Singh get’s big cake of cow dung on his face , surrender drama turns out to be flop show

Honourable Chief Minister of Chhattishgarh Raman Singh, director of
The Great Maoist Surrender show which turned out to be a big flop.

The government of Chhattisgarh along with it’s pet
programme Salwa-Judum has lost all credibility.

Some people believe that this programme was initially
planned to raise the sagging morale of the Salwa-Judum
goons and state terror police but has now backfired
leading to further demoralisation among the supporters
of Salwa-Judum.

Fake Maoists at surrender show

Raipur: Chhattisgarh’s BJP government has come under fire for getting scores of tribal civilians to surrender as Maoists.

The Congress on Friday said that 79 rebels including seven women, who surrendered before Chief Minister Raman Singh and Home Minister Ramvichar Netam in Wednesday, were innocent tribal civilians who had been persuaded by the government to surrender as Maoists.

The claims of the Congress were boosted with police refusing to provide crime details of a majority of the surrendered Maoists.

“A few have a criminal background. All the surrendered Maoists were Dalam member’s a local affiliate of the banned outfit Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) but we do not have their criminal records,” a police official told IANS.

Raman Singh described the surrender function as a historic day and provided Rs 1,000 to all the rebels, who took oath of joining the mainstream.

Congress veteran and former chief minister Ajit Jogi questioned the surrender exercise and criticised the Raman government for “staging a ceremony of fake Maoists”.

Jogi said the government had forcibly brought “innocent tribals to Raipur from trouble-hit Bastar areas” to claim that they had been achieving success against the leftist militants.

He said that the BJP government should resign on moral grounds for staging a “ceremony of tribal civilians who were branded Maoists for political gains”.

Chhattisgarh is the worst of 13 Maoist affected states. About 50,000 tribals of 600 forested villages are being held in to government-run concentration camps in Bastar since June 2005 when Salwa Judum ( a state sponsered terror campaign) against the rebels was initiated.

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Five killed in landmine blasts in Chhattisgarh

December 21, 2006

Five killed in landmine blasts in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 21: Five persons, including two security force personnel, were killed and four injured when Naxalites triggered two powerful landmine blasts today in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, a senior police officer said.

“Two special police officers and two villagers were killed on the spot when Maoists targeted their tractor and triggered a landmine blast at Polampalli, about 550 km from the state capital,” Dantewada’s Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Pal told reporters.

The incident occurred when security forces, after transporting rations to Polampalli police outpost, were bringing in two sick villagers to Dornapal for treatment, Pal said.

When more security forces were rushing to the spot immediately after the attack, Maoists triggered another landmine blast close to the site of the first explosion. They also fired indiscriminately on the forces, injuring four persons, including a Mizoram police Jawan and two SPOs.

The Jawan and another villager, who were seriously injured, were airlifted to Raipur for treatment, pal said.

A police team later killed the Naxalite who had triggered the landmine blast, Pal said.

The security forces and Naxalites also exchanged fire for before the rebels escaped into nearby jungle. Combing operations have been launched in the area, pal said.

Bureau Report
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Nagpur: Tribal woman awaits justice Ketki Angre …

December 14, 2006

Nagpur: Tribal woman awaits justice
Tribal woman awaits justice
Ketki Angre

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 (Nagpur):

For the last five years a tribal woman in Nagpur has been fighting a determined battle to get justice for her son.

Jabbebai, a Madiya tribal from the Naxal infested Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, lost her son in a police encounter.

In March 2001, her 19-year-old son Chinna Mattami left home to go fishing with his friends but never came back.

He was shot dead by the police in an encounter, one of the many reported from this Naxal infested region.

These are also instances of tribal people caught in the crossfire between the police and the Naxals, which often go unreported.

Never give up

The police said Chinna was a Naxalite but an inquiry later proved he was innocent.

“A magisterial inquiry was ordered into the incident and that clearly said he was neither a Naxalite nor a Naxal sympathizer,” said Paromita Goswami, activist.

Jabbebai approached the High Court which directed the state to pay her a compensation of Rs 2 lakh but the government got the order stayed by the Supreme Court.

On her part, Jabbebai refuses to give up the fight to clear her son’s name. After an assurance from Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil she is now hoping justice will be meted out.

Whether it is Kavita Gadgil, Priyamvada Devi Jha or Jabbebai, these are remarkable stories of courageous women who have left no stone unturned to get justice for their sons. A determined struggle that has not bowed down before any judicial hurdle or any seat of power.

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Maoists kill four policemen in central India

December 14, 2006

Maoists kill four policemen in central India

RAIPUR: Four policemen were shot dead when about 250 Maoist rebels made an abortive bid to attack a refugee camp in central India early on Wednesday, police said.

The clash took place just outside a camp housing 1,000 tribal refugees in a forested village of the Dantewada district of impoverished Chhattisgarh state, 480 km (300 miles) south of the state capital, Raipur.

The dead included a police constable and three special police officers (SPOs), locals who have been recruited to act as informers and assistants for the police in their battle against the rebels.

Senior police officer R.K. Vij told Reuters the Maoists tried to storm the camp but were turned back by police. The rebels fled after reinforcements reached the area. Dantewada has become the epicentre of Maoist violence in India since the state government helped set up an anti-Maoist movement called Salwa Judum (State sponsered terro) in the remote district last June. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C12%5C14%5Cstory_14-12-2006_pg4_15

1,000 armed Maoists attack CRPF camp

December 4, 2006

1,000 armed Maoists attack CRPF camp

BHUBANESWAR: Armed Naxalites attacked a camp of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Sunday night at Cherpal village, about 12 km from Bijapur town in Dantewara district of Chhattisgarh.

Police sources said the Maoists, numbering about 1,000, cordoned off the CRPF camp at around 8.30 pm and opened fire, forcing the para-military forces to retaliate. Firing was still on in the area and preliminary reports indicated that the CRPF personnel were safe.

A company of CRPF personnel and about 50 special police officers (SPOs), the local tribal youth recruited to assist the police and para military forces were present in the Cherpal camp.

Even as the fierce gun-battle went on, bordering districts of Orissa were put on alert. Malkangiri police had started keeping a watch on the border areas suspecting any fallout of the Naxal attack.

Malkangiri SP Himanshu Lal told this website’s newspaper that his units were in touch with security forces of Chhattisgarh and maintaining constant surveillance.

EARLIER ATTACKS: It may be recalled that on July 17, about 25 persons were killed and over 150 injured when Naxalites attacked Errabore village in Dantewara. At least 20 persons were taken captive.

About 800 Naxalites attacked a CRPF post and a State Government-run relief camp at Errabore at 1 am. Armed Naxals stormed the Errabore relief camp, where around 5,000 tribals were being forcibly held by Salwa Judum goons in concentration camp like conditions .

Naxalites first attacked the CRPF camp, keeping the security forces engaged, and then raided the relief camp and then attacked the much loathed Special police officers SPO’s at Errabore relief camp.

In April this year, Maoists had killed 11 policemen, including an officer, in an attack on a police post in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. About 70 Naxalites came to the Murkinar police outpost in a bus and started attacking the policemen.

Eleven died on the spot. The Naxalites looted most of the weapons, including one LMG and three AK-47s.

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20061204010519&Page=Q&Title=ORISSA&Topic=0

Maoists protest leasing of mines in Chhattisgarh

November 26, 2006

Maoists protest leasing of mines in Chhattisgarh
2006-11-25 17:17. India News

Raipur, Nov 25 (IANS) Security forces were deployed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district Saturday to safeguard Tata and Essar steel units as the Maoist rebels forced a dawn-to-dusk strike in the region.

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) gave the strike call to protest against the state government decision to lease Bailadila iron ore mining to the two private companies.

“Thousands of paramilitary troopers and police force have been deployed at sensitive points and key mining installations in Dantewada,” Inspector General of Police Girdhari Nayak told IANS over phone.

“Fortunately, there have been no untoward reports so far,” he said in the afternoon.

Bailadila in Dantewada district has large iron ore stocks, divided into 14 deposits. The state government recommended to the centre last month to award mining lease to Tata Steel for 150 million tonnes from Deposit No.1 and to the Essar group for 32 million tonnes from Deposit No.3.

CPI-Maoist’s Dandkaranya special zonal committee spokesman Gudsa Usendi has called upon Maoist cadres to ensure a total strike in Dantewada on Nov 25 to protest the decision.

Home Minister Ramvichar Netam said: “Over 10,000 paramilitary troopers and members of the Chhattisgarh police force have moved to Dantewada and in and around Bailadila iron ore facilities.”

A home department official said the strike affected vehicular traffic in Sukma and Konta blocks and some areas of Bhansi, where Essar has planned a steel plant, as transporters kept off the road.

Chhattisgarh is one of the 13 states affected by Maoist violence and rebels have killed about 400 people this year including 312 civilians. The rebels claim to fight for India’s poor peasants and landless labourers.

http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2006/november/25/india_news/maoists_protest_leasing_of_mines_in_chhattisgarh.html

End Salva Judum, kids to tell Kalam on state anniversary

November 24, 2006

End Salva Judum, kids to tell Kalam on state anniversary

RAIPUR, NOVEMBER 6: Please stop Salva Judum” — a plea made by 12-year-old Soyam Sandhuri, a resident of Errabore Salva Judum camp. She wants to tell President APJ Abdul Kalam that Naxal violence should end and blames the government-initiated movement for driving her family out of their village.

While Chhattisgarh is celebrating the sixth anniversary of its creation, a group of 50 children from various Salva Judum camps, who are in Raipur to participate in the celebrations, hope that the President will listen to their woes.

Aas Manju, a 13-year-old from Errabore camp, wants to return to her village which the Naxalites allegedly burnt to the ground.

“We want this violence to stop. We can’t see our family members getting beaten up in front of us,” she added, refusing to elaborate on who is beating up people in

the camps.

The group of children will meet the President and hold a one-on-one talk arranged after the inauguration ceremony of Purkhoti Muktangan, a site being built to promote Chhattisgarh’s culture and handicrafts. Only a few of these children can speak in Hindi and the rest can only speak in Gondi and Halbi, so a translator has been provided to aid the meet.

Most of these children seemed dissatisfied with the government’s provisions for sanitation and medical facilities in these camps; a few even dream of becoming doctors to serve their community at a later stage.

Jamuna Marham, a student of sixth standard, wants to become a doctor. She wants to ask the President to help establish a better school in the Errabore camp. She hasn’t forgotten that the school in her native village of Uritaga was destroyed a few months ago when the CRPF was using it for setting up a base and the Naxalites
attacked and destroyed it.

However, some of these children have decided to stick to basic necessities and the children from Beramgarh camp have decided to seek the President’s help in installation of a handpump in the camp.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/16161.html

Trapped between Naxals and Salva Judum

November 21, 2006

Trapped between Naxals and Salva Judum

For Kamlesh Paikra, a tribal journalist from Bastar, it is like being between a rock and a hard place. Shivam Vij spoke to him

AP Photo

Reporting the truth about Naxalites had never earned Kamlesh any love from the Naxals: they called him reactionary and asked Naxalite leaders not to speak to him. There were threats against him

On a November day in 2005, headmaster Tarkeshwar Singh was teaching in a school in Cherpal village near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. A few Salva Judum leaders, accompanied by police, entered the classroom and told him that he was being arrested. He was taken to the Bijapur police station and told that his crime was to have Naxalite literature and red uniforms at his home, besides firing a gun in a public place. He was charged with criminal conspiracy. But a CRPF commander said the recovery of red literature and uniforms is not possible because he (the CRPF personnel) lived with Singh’s younger brother, Kamlesh Paikra. The CRPF commander was transferred to Delhi.

Two local traders then approached Paikra, telling him how his brother could be released. All he had to do was to accede to the demand of Salva Judum leader Budhram Rana that a news report published by him on September 8 in Hindsatt, a local daily, was false. Kamlesh refused. The report had said that in Mankeli and surrounding villages, Salva Judum mobs had destroyed 50 houses of those who had not been attending their meetings. The report had resulted in a visit by a team of the Communist Party of India. Salva Judum members restricted Paikra’s entry into camps of the displaced and prevented him from accompanying a team of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, a human rights groups.

Kamlesh Paikra, 29, had been freelancing for local newspapers in Dantewada district, where Bijapur is a small town. He was one of the few adivasi journalists in a district where two-thirds of the population is tribal. Adivasis live by the forest: they collect flowers, tendu leaves, tamarind, saal seeds and bamboo. Then the government mandated that the adivasis could sell some items only to the government, which would then sell them to private buyers.

While the initial rate for tendu leaves was fixed at Rs 10 a bundle, the government was pressured into raising it to Rs 45 a bundle. The demand for raising the prices of tendu leaves and bamboo was just one issue exploited by a new group that began gaining ground in Dantewada. They demanded a separate state, Bastar, and called themselves Naxalvaadi. The Naxalites are now under the banner of the CPI (Maoist) and popularly known as “andar waley”.

The State exploits you, said the Naxalites, and wanted all signs of the State removed from the villages, so as to create their own parallel establishment. Kamlesh Paikra saw his land erupt with violence and reported it. Local villagers would tell him about Naxalite meetings and the decisions taken there, and Naxalite leaders would give him interviews discussing their strategy. The Bijapur sp, DL Manhar, asked him in April 2005 who his sources were.

Can’t reveal, said Paikra. I’ll find out on my own, the sp allegedly replied. After a tape was circulated in which Manhar was allegedly recorded ordering his subordinates to kill journalists, he was transferred, ironically, to the state human rights commission.

The Naxalites had become a law unto themselves, and rebellion from amongst the adivasis was inevitable. In January 2005, some adivasis in Bhairamgarh were found roaming around with bows and arrows, their traditional weapons, and living in a police station. Such instances became more frequent over the next few months, and the official version was that a popular uprising against the Naxals had taken place in Dantewada in June 2005, and that these people called themselves the Salva Judum, ‘Peace Initiative’.

But Paikra said he had never heard the term or news of large-scale mobilisation till September. Rather than a popular uprising, it is, he says, a Chhattisgarh government initiative. The inability to check Naxalism now had a simple solution: pitting adivasi against adivasi.

Reporting the truth about Naxalites had never earned Paikra any love from them: they called him reactionary and asked Naxalite leaders not to speak to him. There were threats against him. Fearing for his life, he shifted to Bijapur from his village in Cherpal. Things began to look up for him: he was granted a licence to run a pds shop. But Paikra also continued his journalism. When he saw Salva Judum take to violence against those who wouldn’t join them, it was for him as newsworthy as the Naxalites taking to violence against those who wouldn’t join their ranks. His Hindsatt report embarrassed Salva Judum leaders and police. The arrest of Kamlesh’s brother was only the beginning of his nightmare.

After back-breaking efforts to get Tarkeshwar Singh out on bail materialised 15 days later, Kamlesh found his pds licence cancelled without reason and Hindsatt disowning him as their reporter. “My only fault,” he says, “is that I thought of the well-being of the people I lived amidst, the land my father tilled on.”

This was just a year after the Naxalites had forced him to shift out to Bijapur. “Encounter hone wala hain, bhaag ja,” a well-wisher informed him in the middle of a December night. Kamlesh hid himself in friends’ houses for some days and shifted to Dantewada city along with his parents, his pregnant wife, two sisters and two brothers. But Tarkeshwar, the eldest sibling, is still in Bijapur, suspended from his teaching job but attached to a government education office at a lesser salary. In Dantewada, Kamlesh was unemployed. “I would have died of hunger had I not been helped by some good folks in Delhi,” he says.

His requests to the state human rights commission, Governor Lt Gen KM Seth and Chief Minister Raman Singh have not elicited any reply. Even as opposition to the Salva Judum has grown, the state government continues to support the militia, who have the status of special police officers. Kamlesh says Dantewada alone has camps with around 50,000 Salva Judum members. All their needs are met by the government. “Those who couldn’t afford a bicycle now maintain motorcycles. Where’s the money coming from?” And that’s part of the reason why, he says, the Salva Judum is not going to be shut down.

Not that it has proved to be of any use against the Naxals, he says. Naxal activities have only grown, deriving greater legitimacy from the existence of Salva Judum. Anyone who goes back to his village from the Salva Judum camp never returns. As the killings continue, Dantewada saw a 50,000-strong rally on November 14 demanding an end to Salva Judum. “The so-called anti-Naxal Salva Judum has become a tool for vested business and political interests,” he says. “In any case Salva Judum could have been successful only if it had come from the people rather than the State.”

The Salva Judum has disrupted life in Dantewada. Villagers are angry that the turmoil has even stopped the celebration of local festivals such as Padum and Nawa Khani, which revolve around forests and agriculture. All the fight has been over water and land, and Kamlesh doesn’t see how it can be resolved by putting adivasis in militia camps. And the land they leave behind is taken over by the Naxals.

It seems unlikely to Paikra that the Chhattisgarh government is going to admit that Salva Judum was a mistake and withdraw it, for even the opposition supports Salva Judum. Kamlesh fears the violence is going to get worse, and it’s already a civil war. As for himself, he doesn’t know where he will go or how he will feed his family, if he lives at all. Thanks to news about him being put out by the Chhattisgarh Net website, international press freedom groups have joined the Chhattisgarh Shramjivi Patrakar Sangh in demanding that the Chhattisgarh government provide him security so that he can return to Bijapur and live a normal life. “Even if I can’t get back to journalism or have my pds shop restored, I can always take to farming. That is what my father did for 30 years,” says the 29-year-old graduate in political science, sociology and Hindi.

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main22.asp?filename=Ne112506Trapped_between_p10.asp

Open letter to President of India by a concerned citizen of Chhattishgarh

November 14, 2006

Open letter to President of India by a concerned citizen of Chhattishgarh

To,
Shri.Abdul Kalamji,
President
India,

Dear Sir,

During your speech at Chhattisgarh “Rajya Utsav” on 7th of this month you recited a poem in which you mentioned about the “Bhumkal” movement started by the Tribals of Chhattisgarh,”Chitrakoot” waterfall,simplicity of the state etc..

Was there a single Tribal leader around you through out your stay in Chhatisgarh?

CM Raman Singh is a migrant from Uttar Pradesh.

Governor KM seth is representing the Biharis.

Other ministers of the State like Brijmohan Lal Agrawal,Prem Prakash Pandey,Rajesh Munat etc are migrants from Rajasthan.

Will the above list of people do justice with the Tribal culture and Tradition?

No sir the Tribals remain either naxalite or untouchables for these Leaders of the State.

How long will Chitrakoot, which you mentioned in your poem survive the onslaught from the Tata Steel which is coming up very close to it?

In the name of planting Jatropha,tribals are being displaced from their forest homeland.

If I am wrong then you can always use your power to find out the Truth.
The tribals need your help sir.

Raipur the Capital is Choking with unplanned industrialization where the crops are also becoming black with the pollution coming out of the Sponge Iron Units.Just imagine what it must be doing to the Children of the Villagers next to the Industries?

Also,

Is the Main-Stream Media doing anything about the killings of innocent boys and girls by the crpf and other police agencies in Chhattisgarh in the name of naxalite?

Its was very disturbing for me to see the snap of 17 year old girl shot and killed by the army 2 days back in Bastar.The other injured girl also died yesterday.

My argument is how can anybody kill boys and girl aging from 10 to 20 years and get award from the State Government for doing this Dastardly act?
Why is the main-stream media keeping quiet about this?Would have this happened if a non-tribal is killed in the name of naxalite?

Is the Main-Stream Media/Press hiding the truth from the people of India?Are you guys working under pressure from Indian Government and corporate houses like Tata,Essar,Reliance etc for not writing about the inhuman acts being done to the innocent tribals of Bastar?

Hope the killing of innocent tribals by the State government soon stops

regards.
PBRP

It is raining diamonds in Chhattisgarh.Economic hit men(EHM) descend on Chhattisgarh like vultures

November 13, 2006

It is raining diamonds in Chhattisgarh.Economic hit men(EHM)
descend on Chhattisgarh like vultures

Comrades what many of you don’t know is that Salwa-Judum is right now being
carried out in those districts of Chhattisgarh that are considered to form
one of the largest unexploited diamond reserve’s in the world.


Unconfirmed reports from my source’s reveal that Economic Hit Men (EHM)
are swarming all over Raipur, the capital city of Chattisgarh demanding
their pound of flesh. They mainly represent DeBeer’s and other diamond corporations.

It is extremely likely that by now our ruling classes would have already sold out
all the tribal land for a pittance and signed the death warrants justifying the
destruction of a dozen tribes,their way of life and the forceful capture of tribal lands..

Morever the diamond mafia headed by DeBeers plan’s to start mining in
these same lands by as early as 2008 !

It is widely believed that the U.S offer of help to India
in the fight against the revolutionary Maoists in Chhattisgarh was
done at the behest of these diamond corporations.

Two visiting U.S. diplomats on May 26,2006 offered to help India train its police force to battle Maoist rebels and to help remove thousands of land mines planted by insurgents, said B.K.S. Ray, senior Chhattisgarh state official for home affairs. A U.S. Embassy spokesman denied the offer was made, saying U.S. officials merely discussed the issues. The diplomats also toured a police jungle warfare school in the Chhattisgarh town of Kanker.

Link

There is more to Salwa Judum than what meet’s the eye.

The Maoists are the only hope of the Tribals of Chhattisgarh.
The People’s Liberation Guerilla Army is the last line of defense.
This will be a fight to the finish !

Visit this website below to get updates on the rape
of mother earth and it’s people by mining corporations .
http://www.minesandcommunities.org/


Read the two new’s reports below to get a better idea about what is happening and what is being planned in Chhattisgarh.

It’s raining diamonds in Chhattisgarh
Published: Thursday, 26 October, 2006, 10:04 AM Doha Time

MAINPUR, Chhattisgarh: When the monsoon sweeps past a diamond-rich village in Chhattisgarh, poor people in the neighbouring areas sieve the soil for precious stones and sell them to middlemen for peanuts.

Members of the Bhunjia tribe toil hard in their fields to collect diamond particles and diamond-rich kimberlite pipes that wash down from Pailikhand village in Mainpur block, 145km southeast of Raipur in central India, unaware they are smuggling mineral deposits out of the state.

“We normally get some diamond stones or kimberlite rocks in our fields once a week but in the post-monsoon period we get really lucky,” said Sukhia Bai, 58.

Another villager, Bhola Netam, said: “As soon as we get the diamonds, we start searching for merchants from Mumbai and Gujarat who come here often and pay Rs100 or more.”

However, the state is planning to end the mass illegal mining of diamonds and their sale at a throwaway price.

Chief Minister Raman Singh said: “Normally after monsoons, diamond particles flood tribal farmlands in Mainpur and Devbhog areas. We have reports that rare diamonds are leaving the state through illegal mining by innocent locals.

“The government is working on a plan to set up purchase centres in the Devbhog and Mainpur areas and pay a deserving price to tribals who dig out the diamonds,” Raman Singh said. – IANS

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/india/article_1214325.php/Where_rains_bring_down_diamonds


Chhattisgarh to be world’s diamond bowl

Indo-Asian News Service

February 13 2005

Raipur – Chhattisgarh, one of India’s youngest states, is set to become the worlds’ diamond bowl before the decade is out and earn annual revenues of Rs.250 billion ($5.7 billion), Chief Minister Raman Singh says.

Singh said six companies, including De Beers, would start mining in the state by 2008.

“Let 2008 come, Chhattisgarh will dictate the diamond price in world markets and India will be the real diamond king,” Singh told IANS in an interview.

“Six companies are carrying out aerial surveys and are closing in on areas with diamond-loaded kimberlite rock mines,” Singh said.

“Chhattisgarh is known as the country’s rice bowl. After three years it will become the diamond bowl. India will earn minimum Rs.250 billion revenue annually from diamond trading and it will grow by 40-50 percent a year,” Singh added.

He said the Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corp (CMDC) was establishing joint ventures with mining majors for scientific exploration, commercial exploitation and trading of diamonds.

“CMDC welcomes partnerships with national and international private sector mineral companies for translating the state’s natural wealth more efficiently into prosperity for 38 percent of the population that lives below the poverty line,” Singh stated.

Chhattisgarh, carved out of Madhya Pradesh in Nov 2000, is India’s richest state in terms of mineral wealth with as many as 28 varieties of major minerals, including diamonds.

The world’s best quality iron ore is found in the state’s Bastar region and it has almost a fifth of the country’s coal deposits.

Six companies are vying for a piece of the state’s diamond pie with South Africa’s De Beers and Diamond Prospecting Pvt. Ltd. carrying out surveys along the 3,975 sq km stretch in Kanker, Dhamtari, Durg and Rajnandgaon districts.

Rio Tinto has obtained an aerial survey license for parts of Jashpur, Mahasamund and Raipur districts. It says it has detected a kimberlite-rich belt in Raipur district.

Geo Mysore Services India has been prospecting in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Jashpur regions, while Admas Prospecting Pvt. Ltd. has been eyeing the 3,000 sq km area in Raipur and Mahasamund districts.

The Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), which has a major industrial complex in Raigarh district, has also submitted a proposal for a diamond survey in Jashpur.

http://www.minesandcommunities.org/Action/press548.htm

Police chief defends IRB jawans

November 6, 2006

Police chief defends IRB jawans

Kohima, Oct. 31: Chhattisgarh director general of police (DGP) O.P. Rathor has dismissed reports of atrocities allegedly committed by Naga India Reserve Battalion (IRB) jawans in the Bastar area.

In a letter to the Nagaland DGP, Rathor said there was absolutely no basis for the allegations, as the rule of law is strictly followed in Chhattisgarh.

Rathor was reacting to allegations by certain NGOs who have reportedly accused Naga jawans of committing various atrocities such as rape, murder and other human rights violations. The DGP said in every operation the special police officers (SPOs) accompany security forces. “These SPOs would never permit such atrocities against their own people,” he added.

He said there are no complaints against the jawans and the people are happy with the Naga IRB’s presence. The jawans have even launched several public welfare camps under ‘Operation Medico-admn-Police’, which is a popular public grievance redressal scheme. They have also contributed medicines, clothes and food to the Salwa Judum relief camps.

Rathor also lauded the “toughness” of the Naga IRB in combating Naxalites and Maoists in the Bastar region.

and charged the Maoists and Naxalites with trying to malign the jawans as part of their usual tactics.

He urged the Naga people not to be misled by such reports. The Chhattisgarh government has also invited journalists from Nagaland to the region to evaluate the situation. The Nagaland government has instituted an inquiry into the alleged atrocities by the jawans.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1061101/asp/northeast/story_6943882.asp

Ready for rebel combat with army tips

November 4, 2006

Ready for rebel combat with army tips
SUMAN K SHRIVASTAVA
An army training camp to improve skills

Ranchi, Nov. 3: Gotsan Panna, a constable posted at Lapung, is envied by his colleagues.

Ready to take on the Naxalites, he deftly uses sophisticated weapons like an Insas, while his seniors often fail to fire even a simple .303 rifle. The one-and-half-month rigorous training at the Ramgarh army cantonment has made a huge difference in improving his skills.

His earlier training by the state police was too simple to hunt out the Naxalites. “I had been trained only to know the names of certain weapons and police norms. I was not skilled enough to fire even simple rifles with ease,” he says.

The second batch — from Lohardaga and Simdega districts and undergoing training at present — comprises sub-inspectors, havildars and constables.

Neyaz Ahmad, the additional director-general of police (modernisation), told The Telegraph that the army-trained personnel would stay as a fighting unit in each of the 18 rebel-hit districts. The cantonment has given the state police a year’s time to train the personnel to be selected from the 18 districts. Besides, the state police have also conducted training at Chhattisgarh jungle warfare centre.

Ranchi senior superintendent of police R.K. Mallick said the motivation level of the trained personnel is very high. Right now they have been deployed in Giridih for the November 6 bypoll.

Lapung officer-in-charge Tej Narayan Singh said the difference is obvious. “There is an obvious change in their attitude, besides the fighting skills,” he adds.

With a cyber network set to link all the police stations across the district, curbing the extremist menace will be easier, added Ahmad. To begin with, computers are being installed in the 34 police stations in Ranchi. “We have plans to computerise 30 per cent of the total 333 police stations, across the state, by March,” said Ahmad.

He added: “We are concentrating in urban areas as the village-based police stations are facing power shortage.”

The advantage of computerisation would be that local officers would no longer be able to suppress complaints. “Every complaint will be registered and the complainant will get a number,” he added.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1061104/asp/jamshedpur/story_6958253.asp


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