Archive for December, 2006

Maloy Krishna Dhar(Former Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau), Quote

December 31, 2006

M. K Dhar Quote


“The Maoist movement is a symbol of the divide between rural and urban India. The movement cannot be solved by police action at all. There could be a time when they (Maoists) could overrun urban citadels,”

— Maloy Krishna Dhar

(Former Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau predicting that
the Maoists are all set to overrun the cities in the near future.)

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‘Maoist movement symbolises urban-rural divide’

December 31, 2006

‘Maoist movement symbolises urban-rural divide’

The occasion was the launch of a book of fiction on the Maoist movement. But the chilly afternoon on the Press Club of India lawns was turned into a platform for the exchange of well-rounded views and facts on the movement with CPI’s AB Bardhan and former IB intelligence officer MK Dhar supporting it and KPS Gill saying it is nourishing meaningless violence.

‘Seeing through the Stones: A tale from the Maoist Land’ by senior journalist Diptendra Raychaudhuri is a tale of the lives of a group Maoist leaders and cadres. Bardhan called the Maoist movement – which the author had done extensive research – as necessary to shake the society out of its existing slumber.

“We are only talking about the sensex, GDP, foreign exchange. These are very good figures. But they do not provide food to the vast majority. They do not provide clothing and shelter to millions. What should they do,” Bardhan said, adding that the Naxals have shaken the society out of its complacency.

He said there is no reason to idealise the Maoists or the Communists. “But the movement is a symptom of the struggle in our society. The Government can not just crush them and go back,” he said.

The veteran Communist leader called the Salwa Judum – apparently initiated by the Chhattisgarh government in 2005 to wean away the tribals from the Naxals – as the work of “perverted minds.”

Dhar, who retired as joint director of the Intelligence Bureau, said the towns and cities maybe dazzling, but rural India is still buried under poverty. “The Maoist movement is a symbol of the divide between rural and urban India. The movement cannot be solved by police action at all. There could be a time when they (Maoists) could overrun urban citadels,” Dhar said.

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Maoists’ kin protest terror tag

December 31, 2006

Maoists’ kin protest terror tag
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VISAKHAPATNAM: High drama was witnessed at the King George Hospital (KGH) for nearly 30 minutes after relatives of the slain Maoist leaders—Vadkapur Chandramouli alias Devanna and his wife Kavitha alias Jyothakka—took serious objection when police asked them to sign on some papers in which they mentioned the deceased couple as terrorists.

Devanna’s brother Niranjanachari said, “Everyone knows that Chandramouli and Kavitha were Maoist leaders and not terrorists. How can they categorise them as such?”

Earlier, the bodies of the couple were handed over to their relatives at KGH, following a direction from the High Court.

The bodies arrived at KGH for preservation after an autopsy was conducted at the Narsipatnam area hospital late on Thursday.

Meanwhile, SP J G Murali told reporters that APCLC leaders were creating a scene without knowing the facts. “We made all arrangements for the safe transportation of bodies as per the court directions”, the SP added.

The bodies were sent in an ambulance along with a police escort vehicle to Vadkapur in Karimnagar, the slain naxalite’s native place.

Neighbours duck joint operations against red

December 31, 2006

Neighbours duck joint operations against red
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Ranchi, Dec. 29: Bengal and Bihar were said to be non-committal in launching a joint offensive with Jharkhand against extremists at the Bhubaneswar meet convened by the Union home ministry to evolve a strategy-coordinated response to the Naxalite menace.

State director general of police (DGP) J. Mahapatra told The Telegraph that his Bengal counterpart cited the political ideology of the CPM-led Bengal government as prohibiting a joint operation against rebels.

The Bihar officers, the DGP claimed, said they do not depend on Jharkhand to contain the Naxalite menace. Claiming to be self-sufficient, the Bihar representatives said their forces had been able to successfully fight the Naxalites, Mahapatra said.

The DGP said the success of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government in fighting the red menace could be attributed to a number of factors.

First, the AP police enjoyed more freedom. Second, the development projects were expedited to lure away people from the clutches of the extremists. Huge funds were also pumped in to ensure the successful implementation of security-related measures.

Similarly, people’s participation contained extremists in Chhattisgarh. Jharkhand depends on the police alone to fight the Naxalites, the DGP said. He added that their intelligence sharing is perfect with Orissa, while there is active cooperation from Chhattisgarh in launching a joint offensive. But the communication gap with Bengal is going to affect the anti-Naxalite operations, he said.

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Ultras, police exchange fire: Minor injured

December 31, 2006

Ultras, police exchange fire: Minor injured
Saturday December 30 2006 12:10 IST

MALKANGIRI: A seven-year-old girl, Basanti Madkami, sustained bullet injuries during an exchange of fire between police and Maoists in Jinelguda forest area under Motu police limits on Friday.

She has been admitted to the district headquarters hospital. On a tip-off, the cops reached the forest and raided a Maoist camp.

Around 200 rounds of fire were exchanged between police and Maoists. Later, the ultras fled the spot. Some Maoist uniforms were seized.

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Three Maoists gunned down in Andhra Pradesh

December 31, 2006

Three Maoists gunned down in Andhra Pradesh
Dec 31, 2006 – 6:24:02 PM

By IANS, [RxPG] Hyderabad, Dec 31 – Three Maoists were killed in a gun battle with police in the forests of Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh Sunday, taking the number of guerrillas killed in 2006 to 139.

Khammam District Superintendent of Police R.K. Meena said the Maoists opened fire on the police party engaged in combing operations in Paritala Lanka forests in Kuknoor mandal, forcing the latter to retaliate.

‘After some time, police found bodies of three Maoists,’ he said.

While the guerrillas were yet to be identified, police believe they belonged to the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

A .303 rifle and two spring rifles were recovered from the scene. Police suffered no casualties in the gun battle.

With these killings, the number of Maoists killed this year went up to 139.

Meanwhile, M.A. Basit Sunday assumed office as new director general of police. After taking charge from Swaranjit Sen, he said the current anti-Maoist strategy, which yielded good results, would continue.

Sen, who served as the state police chief for two years, said police had overcome the Maoist problem with people’s cooperation. He said the Maoist violence had declined by 65 percent during 2006.

The number of people killed by Maoists came down to 52 this year from 211 in 2005, he said.

Police also achieved a nmajor success during the year by unearthing 53 arms dumps and recovering huge caches of arms including 875 rocket shells and launchers. Sen said 320 extremists surrendered while 717 of them had been arrested during the year.

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Maoists on the prowl, cops had a tough time

December 31, 2006

Maoists on the prowl, cops had a tough time
Saturday December 30 2006 12:11 IST

BHUBANESWAR: It was a year law-enforcers of the State would like to forget. Kalinga Nagar bloodshed, one among the string of tragedies, sent ominous signals for Orissa. Or was it just for Orissa Police?

If the men in khaki were in for some serious battering after the firing that claimed lives of 13 tribals in Orissa’s emerging industrial hub in Jajpur, it only got worse afterward.

Chairman of Rairakhole block Harekrushna Pradhan was shot dead when a police officer was ‘aiming’ at a wild bear in a forest. The incident led to Sambalpur bandh and the State Government had to order an RDC probe.

On the wee hours of March 24, more than 500 Left Wing extremists swooped on an OSAP camp at R Udaygiri, gunned down three policemen before freeing the inmates of a sub-jail.

While retreating, they took an SI and the jail superintendent hostage, virtually cocking a snook at anti-Naxal operations. It was not before 11 days that the two officials were set free by the extremists.

Entirely on their own terms. Little over two months later, ultras shot dead the officer-in-charge of Motu Police Station Durga Charan Mishra in a local market during the daytime.

The spate of Naxal violence prompted the State Government, so far reluctant, to impose a ban on seven outfits including the CPI (Maoist) on June 9.

But the ban, as experience showed, never stopped the Red radicals. They were on the offensive as usual. They shot dead a village headman in Malkangiri on October 13 and two days later, three locomotives were torched at Tampardihi in Sundargarh district.

However, the worst, was yet to happen. Jaswinder Singh, DIG of South Western range, was killed while on his way to a media conference on October 23.

At first, police termed it a handiwork of Maoists, but it turned out to be an ‘accidental firing’ by one of his personal security officers.

How it happened and under what circumstances is still being probed by Crime Branch Police. Seven days later, Naxals gunned down Bandhu Behera, a trader, in Malkangiri who they termed a police informer.

Similarly Baideswarpur, a small village under Tangi police limits in Cuttack, hit the headlines when a police constable allegedly killed his wife, son and a daughter. Orissa Police possibly could not have had it any worse.

But security personnel had their share of success. Deogarh Police pushed the ultras on the defensive. In two encounters, the cops gunned down at least nine cadres of the CPI (Maoist) leaving their local unit in tatters.

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Quote on information

December 29, 2006

Quote on information

“Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.”– Anonymous

The world is listening. Are you talking? Global: Now Spelt Blogal

December 29, 2006

The world is listening. Are you talking?


Global: Now Spelt Blogal

There’s a radical shift underway in how information is exchanged, says Shivam Vij after a recent international blogger summit

Something really big is starting to happen,” geek extraordinaire Ethan Zuckerman told a meeting of international bloggers at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2004. “What I’m really curious about is whether we’ll find ourselves becoming a movement.” Two years later, that was no longer in question, as Zuckerman’s Global Voices (GV) — co-founded with former cnn correspondent Rebecca McKinnon — held its second annual summit at Delhi’s India Habitat Centre last week. The issue now, as participants agreed, was not whether blogging is a movement, but how they are to take the blogosphere’s trans-continental conversations forward, far enough to dent the mainstream media’s predominantly Western coverage of events. At one point during the conference, Bala Pitchandi from New Jersey asked via webcast what GV’s long-term goals were. “Total world domination,” replied Zuckerman, as laughter lit up the room.

The important role that bloggers could play within and without the newsroom became clear for the first time in 2003, when an architect in Iraq who called himself Salam Pax started blogging the Second Gulf War. Ever since, the international media has often turned to bloggers in conflict zones to bring local perspective to their coverage. For GV, this has been central to its project — prominent bloggers from around the globe are roped in as regional editors who would write posts linking to blogs, explaining the context they were written in, thus making local issues accessible to a global audience. “The nature of conversation in the blogosphere tends to be insular,” says Neha Viswanathan, GV’s South Asia editor. “Bloggers in a country tend to speak only to each other. We add the context to posts and offer them to a global audience.”

The aim is to provide media spaces that bypass State controls to get citizens across the world to speak for themselves

However, GV is more than a bloggers’ community. With free speech at the core of its manifesto, it aims to provide media alternatives that bypass government controls to get citizens across the world to speak for themselves. Contrasted with mainstream media practice, GV’s approach to information sharing, for instance, encourages people to ask why a particular story is not picked up by its editors. When questions were raised, at the summit in Delhi, about biases and information imbalances within GV’s coverage, Trinidadian blogger Georgia Popplewell, a GV co-managing editor, gave the example of a Cuban who wrote in to say GV wasn’t covering his country well. To correct the shortcoming, Popplewell hired that blogger as Cuba editor.

The stories GV covers come overwhelmingly from the developing world, ignoring almost all of Western Europe and North America. (GV has been anxious to not be seen as an American site — which is partly the reason for its registering in the Netherlands.) For journalists, it is a mine of contacts and story ideas; mainstream media too often turns to it for help with on-the-ground reportage. During April’s revolution in Nepal, bbc World picked up GV’s Nepal contributor, Parmendra, for a chat. Israel’s bombing of Lebanon and the Mumbai train blasts were two big events on which GV provided dedicated feeds to Reuters, one of its sponsors. Along with foundations like MacArthur and the Dutch NGO Hivos, Reuters also funds GV because it realises that the proliferation of individual voices on the Internet has influenced the way information is exchanged.

However, despite its democratic emphasis, issues of access persist — in every country, computer usage remains confined to the elite. How do we hear what farmers in India or street kids in Vietnam have to say? Further, while English is the dominant medium on the Web, it is not what most of the world talks in. GV is trying to expand its linguistic frontiers — it already has a Chinese version, and there are a handful of editors who read posts in other languages and discuss them in English. Oddly, however, when the issue came up at the conference, of all the Indians in the room, not one was willing to be a GV Hindi editor.

There was also some brainstorming during the summit on using software like tor to bypass Internet censorship and what GV could do for bloggers who find themselves under government suppression. “In Arabian blogospheres, human rights, free speech and democracy are topics of constant discussion,” says Amira Al Hussaini, Middle East and North Africa editor. “With strong media censorship, online self-publishing becomes an important outlet”.

“The world is talking,” goes GV’s tagline, “Are you listening?” For the innumerable conversations that GV fosters every day, Zuckerman could as well say: the world is listening, are you talking?

http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/

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Mamata breaks 25-day fast, furore continues over elderly couple’s death

December 29, 2006

Mamata breaks 25-day fast, furore continues over elderly couple’s death

Kolkata Dec 28, In a dramatic midnight development, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee ended her 25-day fast protesting the location of a Tata car project after intervention by both the president and the prime minister.

Mamata broke her fast at midnight Thursday after receiving a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The letter was faxed to the office of West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi that was immediately delivered to Mamata, who was protesting the Tata project at Singur on the ground it would eat away 997 acres of fertile farmland.

‘I thank all the political parties for their support,’ Mamata told her supporters at Esplanade, the venue of the fast.

She will be admitted to a nursing home for a while to enable her recuperate.

Mamata’s decision came on a day of dramatic developments during which President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam expressed ‘serious concern’ over her health and spoke to Manmohan Singh to stress the need to find a way to resolve the issue. Kalam also appealed to Mamata to end the stir as ‘life is precious’.

‘The President spoke to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and expressed his serious concern and emphasised the need to find a way to end the stalemate and to enable her to end the fast,’ a press release – the second of the day – issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
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In Singur, furore over elderly couple’s death

Singur, December 28 : The gruesome murder of an old, well-off farmer couple in Singur’s Doloigacha — about 5 km from the Tata Motors small car project site — put the area on the boil once again this afternoon, even as a compromise formula was being worked out between the government and fasting Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee.

The victims — Tinkari Dey, (56) and his wife Maya (50) — were found in a pool of blood on a ground floor room of their two-storied concrete house. Tinkari had a sharp cut on the back of his head. Both had electric wires tied around their neck, fitted to a plug-point. The bodies bore signs of strangulation and burn injuries from electric shock. “It is certainly not a case of suicide,” said Arun Gupta, IG Western Range, who visited the spot.

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Ultras would soon come to the negotiation table: Duggal

December 29, 2006

Ultras would soon come to the negotiation table: Duggal
Friday December 29 2006 00:00 IST

BHUBANESWAR: The Left wing ultras would soon come to the negotiation table. It’s only a matter of time, Secretary in the Union Home Ministry V K Duggal asserted on Thursday.

At the end of the two-day meeting of 22nd Co-ordination Centre on Left Wing Extremism, he said, the last one year has witnessed a drop in Naxal violence. In 2006, there were 1457 incidents as compared to 1608 in 2005. Last year, a whopping 510 police stations were hit by Naxal violence which dropped to 372 this year, he informed.

Assuring support to Naxal-hit states, he said the Centre would chip in with an additional assistance of Rs 100 crore during current fiscal for improved weapons, communication system and de-mining equipment to strengthen anti-Naxal operations.

But the aim is not to neutralise them but bring the ‘misguided youths’ back to mainstream as they are missing out on the growth opportunities, he said, but quickly added that there would be no let up in proactive action against them if they continued to indulge in violence.

Stating that 2006 has been a distinct improvement, Duggal said, inter-state coordination has improved and so has the performance of the joint task force. There were 317 encounters in 2006 as against 295 in the previous year, while as many as 236 naxal elements were neutralised during the current year which is an improvement over 199 in 2005.

In Chhattisgarh alone, one of the most-affected states, 150 encounters were held and 900 cadres surrendered. Similar was AP’s performance. The Union Home Secretary expressed satisfaction saying that recruitment by the Red radicals has shown a significant drop.

Asked if the Left extremists can be labelled terrorists, he said it will be difficult to brand them so.

Duggal, however, made it clear that there is no link between the Maoists of Nepal and those operating in India. “There is no evidence of any logistics or physical support being extended by the former to radicals in India,” the Union Home Secretary said.

However, there has been an infiltration of criminals and infiltrators in the ranks of Left extremist outfits.

Duggal called for further strengthening of the existing training centres in the states. If they need support, Centre is ready to finance, he added. He also said that urbanisation and industrialisation throw up more problems for police while incidents such as Kalinga Nagar becomes exploitable for the radicals. Duggal ruled out human rights violation by cops during anti-Naxal operation.

Informing that border fencing is going on in full swing, he said, the second phase work would be over by March 2007. “Apart from illegal immigrants, the Jehadi elements are taking to sea routes and as a preventive step, 70 police stations are being set up under the Coastal Security Scheme for 7000 km long coastline.

In Orissa, five such police stations will come up and Duggal said, he held talks with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to acquire land for these projects.

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HC orders report on maoist Chandramouli’s couple killing.

December 29, 2006

HC orders report on maoist Chandramouli’s couple killing.

Hyderabad: A division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice G S Singhvi and Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy on Thursday directed the Visakhapatnam police to produce the entire report relating to the Wednesday night’s encounter killing of senior Maoist leader V Chandramouli and his wife Kavitha, by 12.30 p.m. on Friday.

The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by APCLC district secretary V V Balakrishna alleging that the State Government had carried out the killing of the couple in a cold blooded manner.

The petitioner further contended that the couple were arrested in Orissa and were handed over to Andhra Pradesh police a fortnight back. They were killed last night by the police who claimed that they died in an encounter.

Meanwhile, balladeer Gadar met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at Secretariat and submitted a memorandum demanding judicial probe into the encounter and registering a case of murder against the police officials responsible for the incident.

Speaking to reporters later, Gadar said that he suggested to the Chief Minister that the panel, headed by a sitting judge of Supreme Court, should work on the lines of Justice Bhargava Commission to probe the encounters. The Chief Minister assured Gadar that he would ask Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen to issue a statement on the incident.

Dismissing the claims of police that Chandramouli and his wife were killed in an exchange of fire, Gadar alleged that the couple were arrested in Orissa based on the information given by a CPI (Maoist) activist Gopal, who was arrested in that state. They were handed over to Andhra Pradesh police who brought and killed them in Visakhapatnam, Gaddar said.

At Visakhapatnam Rural SP J G Murali said that the couple came to Panasapalli to commit a ‘sensational offence’ to avenge the killing of their top leaders.
He said that the police intensified search operations near Panasapalli following information that Maoist leaders like Jagadish, Nandu, M Bhaskar, Chandramouli were holding a meeting. “The naxalites opened fire at the police and the latter returned the same in self defence killing them,” he said.

The firing lasted for about 20 minutes and when it stopped, the police found two bodies besides an SLR, two SBBL guns, four claymore mines, two grenades, a service revolver, twelve cartridges and an electrical wire bundle, he said.

The bodies were kept in Narsipatnam area hospital where autopsy would be done after the arrival of the relatives. The police continued to be on a high alert following the incident. They intensified combing along the Andhra-Orissa border to prevent the Maoists from entering the state.

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Encounter proves Coast’s role in Naxalism

December 29, 2006

Encounter proves Coast’s role in Naxalism

Mangalore Dec 28: The encounter in which a naxalite was killed near Kigga near Sringeri on Monday night though may not have been considered a major feat of the police, it has proved that coastal district is actively involved in naxal activities.

Dinakar, who was killed in the encounter on Monday night, was the first naxalite from the DK district to be killed in an encounter. Though two activists each were killed in two separate encounters in the Udupi district including Edu at Karkala and Devarabalu in Kundapur taluk in the past, until now, no person hailing from the coastal district of DK was killed.

Though the police had information regarding the people from DK district being involved in naxal activities, the death of Dinakar has proved that people of this region are active in the movement.

Dinakar is not an important leader in the movement as it was thought earlier. Earlier he was suspected to be Vikram Gowda of Hebri, Udupi, who is the leader of Netravathi Dala. Netravathi Dala is an active team of naxalites in the stretch of Malnad-Western Ghat section and comprises about 12 to 16 active members, police sources said.

The police earlier had information regarding three members of DK involved actively in the naxal movement from Venur region. The three were identified as Dinakar, his wife Sundari and his brother-in-law(Sundari’s brother) Vasanth. Dinakar said to have taken up Naxal activities following the declaration of the Kudremukh park as a national park.

Police sources, who had kept a strict vigil on the movement of Dinakar, say that Dinakar and his wife Sundari were always together during their campaign and also in their operations. Thus, it is believed that Sundari nust have been with Dinakar when the exchange of fire took place between the naxal team and the police.

According to reliable sources, those who have joined the movement from DK are not active in the region. They are active in other districts and those who are form Sringeri and other region are active in Udupi and Belthangady region. Thus, Dinakar must have been in one such operation when he was killed near Kigga.

The police had known about Dinakar’s active participation in the movement even earlier and had also got some information from one of the members of the movement, Kavitha, who was arrested by the police about a year ago.

Dinakar who hails from Bharadwaja near Kutlur in Belthangady taluk belongs to a tribal community and was missing.

Inspector General of Police(Western Range) H N Satyanarayan Rao opined that the police knew that the people from DK are active in the movement. However, Dinakar was accidentally caught in fire and killed and was found to be form DK, he said.
The naxal movement, however, is more active in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada.

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Prachanda Quote

December 28, 2006

Prachanda Quote
“Since we belong to a communist party, our maximum goals are socialism and communism … Given the international power balance and the overall economic, political and social realities of the country, we can’t attain those goals at the moment.” – Prachanda In Kathmandu Post, February 7, 2006

Video shows a major confrontation between the People’s Liberation Army and the Royal Nepalese Army.

December 28, 2006

I found this Video on google video it shows a major confrontation between the People’s Liberation Army and the Royal Nepalese Army.Date unknown.

I hope this video will dispel any wrong notions that some of may be harbouring
about People’s War, the bullets are real the deaths are real.

And every time you read about an encounter death in the news you can imagine
that what took place would be very similar to what is shown in this video only on a smaller scale.

Watch it on Google Video Website

Profiles of members of the Karnataka State committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)

December 28, 2006

This information is more than a year old and there could have been many
changes in the meantime.
Profiles of members of the Karnataka State committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)

C M Noor Zulfikar
alias Sridhar heads the committee in Karnataka in place of Saket Rajan alias Prem, who fell to the bullets of police in Chikmagalur.
While Rajan led a six-member team, the present committee has seven members.

Zulfikar, the new secretary, is from Chitradurga and is in his mid-thirties. He is an engineering dropout. Police, however, are yet to gather personal details of Zulfikar.

The team includes a lady member,

Asha. Aged 25, this Sikh lady has studied in Shimoga for many years. She was reportedly linked to the Mahila Jagruthi Vedike, according to sources in the Home Department.

Incidentally, Asha’s husband Nanda Kumar alias Rangappa is also on the new committee. This 35-year-old is a native of Koppa in Chikmagalur district.
Another, member of the team is Vishnu alias Devendrappa. He hails from Soraba and had a miraculous escape in the Idu encounter between the Naxals and the police in Udupi district last year.

The other three members of the committee are Veeramani alias Murugan who regularly issues press statements under the nom de guerre Gangadhar, Kuppuswamy alias D Murthy and Ujani Gowda who is lodged in Bellary jail.Zulfikar, Murthy and Gowda were members of the Saket team too.

Cherkuri Rajkumar,
a member of the central committee of the Maoist party, continues to be in-charge of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. He frequently visits Bangalore, official sources said.

Highly secular

Another feature of the new panel, according to an officer, is that it is ‘highly secular’ in nature, meaning all major communities have been ‘represented’. While Zulfikar is a Muslim, Murugan, a native of Madurai, belongs to a backward community. Asha is a Sikh and her husband Nanda Kumar is a Nair. Devendrappa is an Idiga, Murthy a Scheduled Caste and Ujjani Gowda a Vokkaliga, the sources said.

It is learnt that the police have procured photographs of all the seven members of the committee, who are all underground operators. Despite having sufficient information, the sources said, it was a tough task to nab them.

However, officials pointed out that the Naxals now do not have a ‘meticulous and intelligent’ planner they had had in Saket Rajan.

Source of income

The official sources also said that of the estimated nearly 500 Naxalites in the State, 160 could be termed as ‘underground operatives’. According to printed material and diaries seized from several Naxals over the last few years, taxation is the main source of income.

Forest contractors, PWD contractors, rich landlords and petty forest officials are taxed. There are four Naxal squads in the State and each squad generates not less than Rs one lakh a month. Besides, the central committee too financially supports the State team, the documents have revealed.

Each squad has 10 to 12 women and women constitute at least one-third of the underground cadre, the sources said.

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Mamata’s health deteriorates ,Ratan Tata determined to build factory over her dead body

December 28, 2006

Mamata’s health deteriorates ,Ratan Tata determined to build factory over her dead body
Take care of Mamata, orders PM

The PM has instructed the Central authorities to extend all medical care for Mamata Bannerjee.
New Delhi:
After having taken over Mahatma Gandhi as far as resisting hunger is concerned, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Bannerjee’s worsening health has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Dr Singh, on Wednesday, instructed the Central authorities to extend all medical care for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Bannerjee in view of deterioration in her health.

Doctors had put Mamata on oxygen support after she developed breathing problems on Tuesday.

Mamata has been on a hunger strike for the past 24 days, protesting against West Bengal government’s acquisition of farmland for the TATA Motors project in Singur. Her party has been demanding relocation of the project out of the fertile agricultural land to some other site within the state.

The Eastern Command Hospital has been instructed to offer whatever medical assistance is requried by Banerjee, PM’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru said in Delhi.

“Because of the deterioration in Mamata Banerjee’s health and her refusal to accept state government’s help for medical care, the Prime Minister has instructed Central authorities to extend all medical care required,” news agency PTI quoted Baru as saying.

Mamata says she would not end her fast till the state government accepts her demand that the land at Singur, which had been taken “forcibly”, be returned.

Mamata had termed the CPM-led state government’s move to acquire of 954 acres of farmland to set up the Tata Motors project in Singur as “anti-farmer and anti-poor”.

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Rivals fuelling fire, says Tata – Determined to set up plant in Singur

Dec. 27: Ratan Tata today accused “some of our competitors” of stirring the Singur controversy, adding a stunning new dimension of corporate intrigue to what has been a political issue so far.

In an interview to NDTV, he also expressed determination to see through the project that will turn out cars costing Rs 100,000 at the site some 40 km from Calcutta.

“Let me just say it is not just political, because I happen to know that some of our competitors are also fuelling some of this fire… they would be very happy if the project got delayed,” he said.

Mamata Banerjee has been fasting for 24 days now against what she calls “forcible” land acquisition in Singur.

While competitors expressed surprise at the charge voiced by a corporate leader of impeccable credentials, Mamata’s Trinamul Congress threatened to take the Tata group chairman to court.

“We will file a defamation case against Ratan Tata. His statement will prove to be an obstacle to any respectable solution to the Singur issue. His statement is an echo of what Biman Bose had said earlier and is in bad taste,” said Trinamul general secretary Mukul Roy.

Bose, the CPM boss in Bengal, had said about two weeks ago that Tata Motors’ competitors were encouraging the agitation over Singur.

Efforts continued to get her to call off the fast, but without success.

Tata said: “We regret what has happened and (I) ask myself have we been caught in a political quagmire where political issues have tended to try and overcome even the issues they are supposed to espouse?”

He was clear Tata Motors would not pull out because of the controversy. “The Bengal government has been very steadfast in its support and I think it would be wrong for us to say that we will pull out and go.

“I am unfortunately a person that has often said ‘you put a gun to my head and pull the trigger or take the gun away, I won’t move my head’.”

Tata was laudatory about Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. “Why did we go to Bengal”, he said, “because we believe in the leadership that the present government has provided.”

Tata’s accusation set the business beehive buzzing. Maruti and Hyundai, both of which make small cars and are the country’s two other big automobile companies, declined comment.

The country’s biggest car maker, Maruti, has four small models — the 800, Alto, Zen Estillo and Wagon R. Hyundai has the Santro. Several others are planning small cars.


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Confusion Over Identity: ‘Naxalite’ killed in encounter identified as Dinakar of Naravi

December 28, 2006

Sringeri Dec 27: A suspected Naxalite gunned down in an encounter by Sringeri police, in association with the anti-naxal force (ANF), at Kigga near Sringeri Chikamagalur district on Monday night, has now been identified as Dinakara Malekudia son of Koraga Malekudia of Kandlur Naravi, Belthangadi Taluk.


Dinakar’s residence in Naravi

Initially the police had identified the person as certain Vikram Gowda of Hebri near Karkala. However, they retracted their statement after the parents of Vikram Gowda revealed that the body was not their son’s. Even ADGP Shanker Bidri in his address to the media persons earlier said that the deceased was identified as Vikram Gowda.


Dinakar’s parents reading the local news paper

But today Dinakar’s brother Yashavanth and his close relatives went to Chikamagalur and identified Dinakar’s body.

It is learnt that, Dinakar was missing since past 3 years and he had joined the Naxals.

The police upon receiving the information that naxalites had organised a meeting at the house of certain Yogappa at Kesumudi in Sringeri on Christmas night, swiftly surrounded the house of Yogappa at around 10.20 p.m. However, by then the naxalites had left Yogappa’s house. A group of armed naxals after learning that they were surrounded, fired at the police. The police returned the fire in which one person was killed. On Tuesday morning, the police found the body of a man at the spot of the encounter.

This is the second encounter killing in Chikmagalur district, the first being the death of naxalite kingpin Saketh Rajan and his associate on February 6, 2005, at Menasinahadya. Senior police officers including IGP Satyanarayan and Mr. Vipul Kumar are camping in Sringeri. The police have intensified their search for naxalites in the region.

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‘No negotiation unless the Left ultras lay down arms’

December 28, 2006

‘No negotiation unless the Left ultras lay down arms’
Thursday December 28 2006 00:00 IST

Union home cecretary V.K. Duggal addresses the conference of Naxalite-affected states in Bhubaneswar.

BHUBANESWAR: Union Home Secretary V K Duggal on Wednesday said there can be no negotiation with Left wing ultra outfits unless they lay down arms and come forward for talks.

At the two-day coordination committee meeting of the Naxal affected states, which got underway here, he said, negotiation can only be peaceful and Nepal example shows it.

Going by the Andhra Pradesh experience in 2004-05, the signs definitely are not positive and the Union Home Secretary reiterated that. “Arms have to be given up and surrendered first. There can only be peaceful negotiation,” he said adding, Government of India has a policy in place and anybody who wants to surrender is most welcome.

Duggal met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed about issues related to Orissa.

The two-day meet, attended by Chief Secretaries and the Director General of Police of 13 Naxal-affected states, will discuss two different issues.

On Wednesday, Intelligence Bureau (IB) delivered a detailed presentation on the entire Naxal scenario. “The winds of change has been good. The last six months have been a lot better than the previous six months,” Duggal said.

The coordination committee discussed development-related issues on day one. Top officials of Union Panchayati Raj, Home and Rural Development Departments were present. Implementation of development programmes, by Centre as well as state governments, were reviewed.

On Thursday, policing-related issues would be discussed. The Home Secretary said, matters like proposal for setting up a jungle warfare training institute in Orissa, on the lines of Greyhound Institute of Andhra Pradesh, are on the agenda.

Achievements and problems of each state would be reviewed on Thursday. Raising of India Reserve Battalions, progress, requirement of support would also be discussed.

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