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Tech Madhu will surrender: Jana

October 29, 2006

Tech Madhu will surrender: Jana
Saturday October 28 2006 11:14 IST

VIJAYAWADA: Home Minister K Jana Reddy on Friday indicated that Naxal activist Tech Madhu and his wife Sridevi were planning to surrender to the police.

The Naxal couple, involved in manufacturing and transporting of rocket launchers to Maoists, have approached the government through some mediators indicating their willingness to give up.

“They have approached the government and we are talking through the mediators,” Jana Reddy, who briefly halted at Kaikaluru enroute West Godavari district, told reporters here on Friday.

He said the Naxal couple could surrender in a couple of days. He said the media was trying to blow up a simple issue. “The government has been adopting a three-tier strategy to tackle the Naxal menace and making key Naxals surrender and join the mainstream is a regular process,” he added.


Cops unearth dump, 3 mines recovered

October 25, 2006

Cops unearth dump, 3 mines recovered
Wednesday October 25 2006 10:22 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: Police unearthed three directional mines, each weighing 400 kilos, from a huge dump in the forest near Peddavalasa of GK Veedhi mandal here on Tuesday.

On a tip-off, a special police party found the mines, which could have caused major destruction. They are in addition to the three mines recovered in the same mandal in March this year.

Superintendent of Police JG Murali told this website’s newspaper that six mines were brought from Andhra-Orissa border to the district last year. “Three mines were discovered four months ago and another three were found today,” he said.

It may be recalled that the special police parties unearthed 60 kg gelatin sticks and a Thompson sub-machine gun from a dump in Puttakota forest area of GK Veedhi mandal on Oct 19. Twenty five claymore mines were recovered in Koyyuru mandal earlier.

The latest haul of mines came as a rude jolt to the police who are grappling with the situation arising from the spurt in Maoist activities in the Andhra – Orissa Border area.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports of CPI (Maoist) AOB leader Sudhakar being surrounded by the police in GK Veedhi mandal surcharged the already tense atmosphere.

Maoists kill Achampet MLA’s brother

October 23, 2006

This type of action is highly condemnable
and I condemn it but one doesn’t have
to be a genius to figure out why this is occuring.

The incident below is an example of displaced aggression.

Displaced aggression occurs when the frustrated individual
cannot express aggression against the source of the frustration.

Displaced aggression is an aggressive action against an innocent
person or object rather than against the actual cause of frustration.

In the Andhra Pradesh the murderous Grey Hyena’s are a constant
source of frustration to the Maoists.The Grey Hyena’s have killed
with impunity hundreds of Maoist cadre and leaders in the
last one year alone. The Grey Hyena’s operate beyond every single
law in this country and are accountable to nobody.

Unable to successfully target the Grey Hyena’s, the
Maoists in Andhra Pradesh have gone after soft targets.

The blame for all this rest’s solely on the Andhra Pradesh
government which continues to treat the revolutionary
movement as a law and order problem after having failed
to address even the basic demands made by the people
of Andhra Pradesh.

Maoists kill Achampet MLA’s brother

Leave letter at spot stating the reason for the killing
# Two Maoists question elder brother of MLA, Ramaswamy, after reaching village
# Laxmaiah arrives on spot and on coming to know his identity the naxals shoot him dead

MAHABUBNAGAR: Activists of the CPI (Maoist) shot dead C.Laxmaiah, elder brother of Congress MLA from Achampet, C.Vamsi Krishna, around 7. 20 p.m. on Saturday night at Elmapally, his native village, in Amrabad mandal.

According to information reaching the district headquarters, two Maoists came to the house of C.Ramaswamy, another elder brother of the MLA, who was also residing in the same village.

As they entered the house, they asked for drinking water and Ramaswamy’s wife, Janardanammma, went into the kitchen to bring water.

Brother questioned

The Maoists took Ramaswamy to the back of his house and when they were interacting with him his eldest brother Laxmaiah came to the spot. On seeing Laxmaiah, the Maoists asked Ramaswamy about his identity. When Ramaswamy replied that he was his eldest brother, the Maoists turned to him and shot him with a tapancha, which was carried by one of the Maoists. Laxmaiah died instantaneously. Ramaswamy managed to flee from the scene.

Body shifted

Later, the Maoists, while leaving the spot, left a letter stating that the killing was in protest against the `fake encounters’ by the Y.S.Rajashekara Reddy Government and demanded the resignation of Congress leaders. The letter was signed by Nallamala area committee secretary Srisailam. The body of Laxmaiah was shifted to the Amrabad Government Hospital.

Four Maoists killed in mysterious explosion

October 22, 2006

Four Maoists killed in mysterious explosion

Staff Reporter

Extremists’ bid to assemble landmine ends in tragedy at Warangal village

HARD BLOW: The hut in which Maoists took shelter in tatters under the impact of the blast in Bhupalpalli area in Warangal on Thursday. – Photo: M. murali

BHUPALPALLI: Four Maoists were killed when some explosive material went off in the wee hours of Thursday at Amudalapalli village abutting the forest here.

The Maoists were reportedly trying to assemble a landmine using slurry, salt, iron wires and other material when the mishap occurred. The police who rushed to the spot could identify one of the dead as Pothuraju Rayakomru alias Ramakanth (25), Maoist party Chityala local organising squad commander. He belonged to Pochampalli village of Regonda mandal. The others three are yet to be identified.

The police found three weapons– one 9mm carbine, one 30 carbine and one 8 mm rifle– three damaged kitbags and a notebook.

The explosion, according villagers, was between 2 and 3 a.m. The scene presented a gory picture with parts of bodies of the Maoists strewn all over from 70 to 100 metres from the spot. Due to the impact of the landmine blast, the bodies were dismembered killing them instantaneously. The thatched house in which they were taking shelter collapsed. The blast left a deep gorge in the centre of the hut.

A majority of the villagers did not dare to witness the scene as they appeared too terrified. Several of them locked their houses and left the habitation for fear of harassment both from the police and the Maoists later.

A few villagers who were left out in the village said that they heard a loud sound late in the night and knew nothing more than that. They said they did not know as to how it all happened.

The collapsed house belonged to one Godari Vadanaiah, who is absconding since the blast. His son Shekhar is also at large.

Big sound

According to the police, head constable Yakub Ali was patrolling the Bhupalpalli town and the surrounding areas along with CRPF personnel and he suddenly heard a big sound. He informed the Circle Inspector Shobhan Kumar who tried to contact the sarpanches of surrounding villages. After coming to know that it was heard from the Amudalapalli village, he left for the spot.

Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra, who visited the spot along with senior officials, said the Maoists dug their own grave.

“Tech” Maoist Madhu surrenders

October 19, 2006

“Tech” Maoist Madhu surrenders

Hyderabad : The main accused in rocket-launcher case and CPI (Maoist) leader Srinivas Reddy alias Tech Madhu and his wife Sudha Rani alias Vasantha surrendered before the police in Warangal on Tuesday evening.

Police have been searching for them since they cracked the rocket launchers case and seized about 850 rockets and launchers in the first fortnight of September.

Madhu and Vasantha gave up in the presence of Warangal SP Sowmya Mishra.

Madhu, who set up an engineering firm in Chennai about three years ago, was the person behind the manufacture and assembly of about 1,000 rockets and launchers. The Mahabbobnagar police chanced upon a mini-truckload of rockets near Achampet on Sept 9th.

The subsequent raids on Kranthi Transport at Vijayawada helped the police seize the weapons in huge quantities. Soon after, Madhu and Vasantha abandoned their Chennai house and fled.

But, police chanced upon Madhu’s personal dairy which revealed that the Naxal leader was willing to surrender. Acting on clue, Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen gave a call to Madhu asking him to surrender.

Madhu reportedly contacted police through his contacts in Warangal district and thus the stage was set for his surrender.

Naxal killed in encounter

October 17, 2006

Hyderabad : Kalwakurthy dalam commander Raju alias Kiran was killed, while three others escaped, in an exchange of fire with police near Lingasanipalle village in Kalwakurthy mandal of Mahabubnagar on Sunday night.

The police combing party encountered a group of Maoists in the forest area and when asked to surrender they started firing at the police party. In an exchange of fire Raju was killed District committee member Tirumala Balavantu is suspected to be among those who escaped. Police recovered a tapancha and two grenades from the site.

Meanwhile, CPI (Maoist) Kondabaridi area committee secretary K Kodandam alias Prakash alias Kiran was surrendered to Srikakulam SP Manish Kumar Sinha on deteriorating health grounds. He carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh.

Woman naxalite killed in encounter in AP

October 16, 2006

The news reports are getting more ridiculour with each passing day.
These fabricated reports almost always’s claim that it the Maoists
who open fire first and the police only retalitate.

Woman naxalite killed in encounter in AP

Adilabad, Oct. 14 (PTI): A woman naxalite was killed and a police constable sustained injuries during an exchange of fire in the Mangi forest area, about 110 kilometres from here, in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh today, police said.

On a tip-off that some Maoists had assembled to hold a meeting in the forest area under Jannaram police station limits, a special police party went there, police said.

On seeing the police, the Maoists opened fire which was retaliated. In the ensuing firing a woman naxal, who is yet to be identified, died while others managed to escape. A police constable also received bullet injuries, police said.

The district police was on high alert as the state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy is now on a visit to Adilabad town, the district headquarters.

CPI(M-L)Jana Shakti leader killed by cops in encounter

October 12, 2006

ANDHRA PRADESH: A naxal leader of CPI(ML) Jana Shakti group was killed on Wednesday in a shootout in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

A special police party, led by Chegunta sub-inspector was on a combing operation in Bonala village this morning when they spotted a member of CPI (ML) Janashakati group, Manturi Nagabhushnam alias Sanjeev, who opened fire at it. In retaliatory fire, the naxal was killed, police said.

Sanjeev, a native of Mallupally village Chegunta, Medak district, was involved in more than 40 cases including murder, extortion, fire, assaults and kidnapping, police added.

Maoists vow to avenge Sudershan’s killing

October 9, 2006

Maoists vow to avenge Sudershan’s killing

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Maoists have vowed to avenge the killing of Sudershan, secretary of the Nallamala Forest Division, alleging that he was caught in Bangalore on Thursday and shot dead in cold blood by Andhra Pradesh police.

In a statement here on Saturday, CPI (Maoist) spokesman Janardhan said the Sudershan had gone to Bangalore on some work. He was arrested by the Special Intelligence Branch with the help of the Karnataka police. Mr. Janardhan threatened that cadres would avenge the killing and warned that the ruling party leaders and police would face consequences for the `fake encounter killings’.

TDP worker, 2 Maoists held; explosive dump unearthed

October 9, 2006

TDP worker, 2 Maoists held; explosive dump unearthed

Nizamabad, Oct. 8 (PTI): Police have unearthed a naxal explosive dump and arrested two Maoists and a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) local worker in this connection. The explosives seized at Kaligote forest area were meant to blow up a government office at Jakranpally and a bank at Padkal, Nizamabad DIG Anjani Kumar told reporters here today.

The arrested TDP member Neeradi Subender was a Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) elected representative while the Maoists have been identified as Sargam Ashok and Gajella Gangadhar.

From the dump, police recovered explosives filled in six plastic and two steel buckets and eight detonators, he said adding two motorcycles were also seized.

During interrogation, the arrested allegedly revealed that the explosives were handed over to them by Sirnepally Maoist Dalam Commander Satish for blowing up the buildings to disrupt the Gram Panchayat elections, held two months ago.

Subender provided logistic support for transporting the explosives, Kumar said adding the TDP worker was also involved in another case wherein he has provided his car for bringing explosives.

12 Maoists surrender in Andhra Pradesh

October 9, 2006

12 Maoists surrender in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad, Oct 07: Twelve Maoists, including a self-styled deputy commander and a woman extremist on Saturday surrendered in three districts of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

Of the 12 surrendered, ten Maoists including a woman carried rewards ranging from Rs 20,000 to 50,000 on their head, police said.

At Adilabad district, a so called deputy commander of Mangi Dalam Jugnaka Jaithu alias Amruth alias Vinod (18) surrendered before District Superintendent of Police Kripanand Tripathi Ujela.

Vinod had joined the outfit during the peace talks between Naxalites and the State Government in 2004.

In Mahabubnagar district, ten ultras including a woman surrendered before the District SP K Srinivas Reddy.

While the woman Naxal member of Achampeta area committee carried a reward of Rs 50,000, nine others carried rewards of Rs 20,000 each on their head.

In Visakhapatnam, a Maoist Sindri Giri surrendered to police after an exchange of fire in which his colleague a top Naxal leader carrying a reward of Rs three lakh died.

Bureau Report

Maoist Leader Sudarshan killed in Encounter by Grey Hyena’s of Andhra Pradesh

October 7, 2006

Most of the facts given in this news report has been cooked up by the media.

Maoist leader Sudarshan killed in encounter

Hyderabad, Oct. 6 (PTI): In a major setback to naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh, top Maoist leader Sudarshan, who carried a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head, was killed, along with two others, in an encounter with police in a forest in Anantapur district today.

The exchange of fire took place in Goonepalli forest area near Bukkapatnam village in the district, police said here.

A team of ‘Grey Hyena’s ‘ – the anti-naxalite force that is beyond every
single law in this country, was engaged in combing operations when it encountered the Maoists in their forest hide-out.

In the fierce gunbattle that followed, three extremists were killed, including the Secretary of Nallamala Forest Division Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Sudarshan alias Satyam.

Sudarshan was wanted in connection with several incidents including the attack on Prakasam District Superintendent of Police, Mahesh Kumar Ladda, early this year.

Meanwhile, Gadar, the revolutionary balladeer and former naxal emissary during peace talks with government, dubbed the encounter as “fake” and warned that people would “teach a lesson” to the ruling Congress.


Action plan for Naxal-hit villages – Warangal Andhra Pradesh

October 7, 2006

Action plan for Naxal-hit villages
Friday October 6 2006 13:12 IST

WARANGAL: The district administration has prepared an action plan for the comprehensive development of about 100 Naxalite-affected villages in remote areas. An estimated amount of Rs 113 crore would be spend in the first phase.

Several tribal villages in Mulugu and Narsampeta revenue division have been identified for the creation of infrastructure and other amenities.

In all, about 360 villages were identified for the purpose. But only 100 were chosen for carrying developmental activities in the first phase.

Principle secretary Sastry recently reviewed the modalities of the programme with the district collector and superintendent of police.

Major chunk of allocation, Rs 75.34 crore would be spent on laying of roads for 410 kilo metres in agency areas. An amount of Rs 4.53 crore would be spent for Safety drinking water and Rs 7.8 crore towards medical assistance for villagers.

For bringing the lands distributed by the government into cultivation, works with Rs 2.5 crore would be undertaken. An amount of Rs 1.79 crore will be spend on restoration of irrigation tanks.

According to action plan, the Integrated Tribal Development Agency will get Rs 13.77 crore for creation of infrastructure, tribal welfare hostels and employment generation.

Now, Greyhounds gun for Praja Pratighatana

September 26, 2006

Now, Greyhounds gun for Praja Pratighatana
Monday September 25 2006 10:00 IST

KHAMMAM: Buoyed by their successful offensive against the Maoists, the Greyhounds now seem to be going after CPI (ML) Praja Pratighatana, in the vast forest tracts of the district.

The recent encounter in the forest near Paloncha, in which three guerrillas were killed, indicates a plan of action aimed at completely eliminating the Praja Prathighatana, which is just beginning to gain ground among the trade unions.

Among those killed were IFTU-affiliated auto workers union of Hyderabad president A Moses.

BACKGROUND: CPI ML (Praja Prathighatana) was formed in 1994 as a splinter group by those who were against the policies of CPI (ML) Prathighatana.

A second rung leader Chalamanna led the movement supported by women’s leaders like Radhakka (wife of Chandra Pulla Reddy, an active member of Prathighatana group).

Later, the group split again with Radhakka forming a separate group, ‘Godavari Loya Prathighatana’, which later split up and one group led by one Mohan emerged stronger, which commanded at least ten dalams in Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar districts.

This group recently made attempts to float a legal organisation on the lines of CPI (ML) New Democracy and the recent meeting at Paloancha was aimed at discussing the modalities of a trade union movement by the unorganised labourers.

Greyhounds team found papers of agenda littered all over the area.

“There is no doubt that the police are targeting the Praja Prathighatana cadre and are aiming at nipping the movement in the bud. Though the extent of their operations may not match that of the Maoists, we cannot brush them aside,” said a senior police officer.


Three naxalites killed in encounter

September 24, 2006

Three naxalites killed in encounter

Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: Three naxalites of the CPI(ML) Praja Pratighatana were killed in an encounter with the police in the core area of the Kinnerasani wildlife sanctuary on Friday morning.

According to reports, two rifles, some other weapons and 20 kitbags were recovered from the place.

The exchange of fire between the special party and the PPG dalams, camping under two tents near mamidigudem village, lasted nearly half an hour.

Some of the naxalites managed to escape into the forests while two were killed on the spot.

Two of the naxalites killed in the encounter were identified as Ravi, 30, of Gundala village and Srisailam of Pandurangapurm village, near Palvancha.

One of the bodies is yet to be identified.

Fear of rocket attacks by naxals haunts police

September 18, 2006

Fear of rocket attacks by naxals haunts police

G. Narasimha Rao

Immediate worry of police is the protection of their stations

# Huge quantity of rocket launchers suspected to have reached the banned naxalite outfit
# Safety measures may not be effective now

VISAKHAPATNAM: With the CPI (Maoist) having made attempts in the paston a couple of police stations in the Agency area of the district with rocket launchers, an act which now can be construed as test-firing in the light of seizure of a huge quantity of rocket launchers, the immediate worry of the police is how to protect their stations.

Two advantages

The recent seizure might be a huge one but more than this quantity had already reached the banned naxalite outfit, especially the Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee, which has considerable influence in the Agency area of the district and also neighbouring Orissa.

A successful attack on a police station will provide two advantages to the Maoist party: it will boost the morale of the cadre and create panic among the police. AOBSZC military commission’s head Chalapathi is reportedly in the AOB area and is planning attacks, it is suspected.

Safety precautions taken in the past, like putting up a fence around the police station building, installing alarms, watch towers, etc, at a considerable cost may not be effective now. Discussions among top police officials in the past and also after the seizure of rocket launchers failed to find a solution.

One suggestion was to have a thick iron mesh over the police station building to block the rockets. It is a very expensive proposition and moreover there is a possibility of the rocket piercing the mesh or getting stuck in it and exploding.

Another suggestion was to plant landmines at some distance from the police station. The party’s resolve not to allow the “enemy” (police) to have any bases in the area it has declared a guerrilla zone is clear from documents seized in the past.

The party enjoys almost absolute control over this area and G.K. Veedhi and Koyyuru mandals are considered a guerrilla zone. Police stations at four places — G.K. Veedhi, A. Annavaram, Sileru and Koyyuru – are particularly vulnerable. Among them Koyyuru and Sileru had already been attacked.


Naxal leader, three others killed in AP shootout

September 16, 2006

Naxal leader, three others killed in AP shootout

Warangal, Sept. 15 (PTI): A top naxalite leader, Madhu, was killed, along with three others, in a fierce encounter with police in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh today.

Madhu alias Sarayya was the Secretary of Karimnagar (East Division) of CPI (Maoist).

The exchange of fire took place near Oorattam village in the extremist-affected Tadvai Mandal when Maoists were holding a strategy meeting, District Superintendent of Police, M S Ravindra, told reporters here.

Acting on specific information that Maoists were engaged in a crucial meeting, a special police party raided the hideout and asked the extremists to surrender.

On seeing the police, the ultras opened fire and in the exchange of fire that followed, four naxals including three women died, while six others managed to escape, the SP said.

Earlier, the police sources had put the death toll at five.

The police recovered an AK-47 gun, three rifles, some ammunition and kitbags from the spot.

Nellore a shelter zone for Maoists

September 13, 2006

Nellore a shelter zone for Maoists
Tuesday September 12 2006 11:33 IST

NELLORE: For Maoists, Nellore seems to be a shelter zone and a place to fall back and regroup, if the history of the past few decades is any indication.

The district, which is at the tail-end of the AP coastline, is bordered by Prakasam, Kadapa and Chittoor districts and Tamil Nadu and the Bay of Bengal.

With a dense forest cover on its borders with other districts and a coastline, which could be used as an escape route, it presents a perfect place for a shelter zone for the extremists.

The Naxal movement in the district, to a large extent, had been dormant before the murder of Venka Reddy, a landlord in Tallapaka village in Kavali Rural Mandal in 1960.

Intha Ramana Reddy, Gaddam Kota Reddy, Neelakani Raghavulu and others responsible for the murder were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1960 to 1972, Nellore saw Naxal violence.

Revolutionary outfits like RSU, PDSU, Pragathiseela Mahila Samakhya became active during this time. Students and unemployed youth were attracted to such movements.

During that period, Adinarayana Reddy, the father of the present Alluri MLA Kattamreddy Vishnuvardhan Reddy, was killed in a bomb blast, the handiwork of extremists.

CPM municipal councillor Malakonda Reddy was brutally murdered in the municipal office itself.

The reign of terror continued till the Emergency in the country. And during Emergency, the extremist outfits became non-functional.

When the State Government banned the People’s War Group, the presence of Naxalites again became evident in the district.

Especially those who migrated from the Telangana region sought refuge in the forests of Rapur, Tegacharla, Udayagiri, Penchalakona, Seetharamapuram, Siddheswarakona, Dakkali, Pannani, Balayapalle, Marripadu and other areas.

During this period, labourers in Somasila project demanded a hike in wages and social amenities. They were actively supported by the Naxals, who in the process, were able to gain their sympathy.

In 1992, when a Congress leader was threatened and money was demanded from him, police became alert and from then on, till 1997, there were reports of encounters between Naxals and the police.

During this period, Naxals made a vain bid to attack an explosives manufacturing unit in Saidapuram Mandal.

With increasing police vigilance and measures taken by SPs Krishna Prasad and Ramana Murthy during that time the Naxal movement faced several setbacks.

But people came to know about the extent of Naxals’ sway when Penchalakona and Bhairavakona dalams became active in Nellore and neighboring districts of Kadapa and Prakasam. Both had their bases in the forests of Nellore.

When an encounter that took place in Kottalamarri on Nellore-Kadapa border two Naxalites belonging to Telangana region were killed, it became common knowledge that the forests of the district had turned into a fall-back point for the extremists.

In joint operations Nellore and Kadapa police were successful to some extent in containing the Naxal threat to the region.

Naxal leaders Suryam and Padmakka were killed in Kovuru encounter and its was reported that in retaliation Ongole MP Magunti Subbirami Reddy was murdered.

After that incident, Kavali division became an active Naxal zone. Incidentally, Janashakti Naxal top leader Riaz alias Venkateswarlu was a native of Venkateswarapuram in Kavali Rural Mandal.

It was said that Riaz was responsible for the recruitment of a large number of youth to the extremist cadres.

Nellore District has been known to be home to some dreaded extremist leaders and the latest incident of weapons shipments is loads of hectic activity for the district police.


E-mails come in handy for Maoists

September 9, 2006

E-mails come in handy for Maoists

K. Srinivas Reddy

Technological advances have come as a morale booster

# Developing rocket launcher technology for 4 years
# `Dead letter box’ system makes interception difficult

HYDERABAD: Technology coupled with innovation can be a lethal combination, as Maoists have proved in Andhra Pradesh.

If e-mail comes in handy for them to flash messages from solar-powered laptops, the modern wireless communication sets are used to detonate landmines. It is not just the AK-47 rifle that provides a lethal advantage to the rebels; indigenously developed, shoulder-fired rocket launchers have been added to their ever-growing arsenal.

Baffling seizure

The seizure of 875 rockets and 28 rocket launchers in Prakasam and Mahabubnagar districts by the police on Friday has baffled authorities, who suspect that the Maoists were indeed planning to launch military assaults on security forces on a very large scale.

The authorities believe that the rebels could be planning a wave of simultaneous attacks on police stations and other high-security targets, to keep up the sagging morale of the naxalite cadres in the backdrop of serious reversals the revolutionary movement suffered in the recent times.

With the Maoists scaling down their level of movement and `tactically’ confining the cadres to jungles in Andhra Pradesh, the recent technological advances have come as a morale-booster.

The Maoists were trying for the last four years to develop and improve the rocket launcher technology on their own.

It was in the Malkangiri forests of Orissa in 2002 that the police found that the Maoists had in their possession the designs of rocket launchers.

In a joint operation in the Kalimela forests (Orissa) in June 2003, the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh police busted a weapon-making unit, where designs and some prototypes of rockets were found. The police, however, dismissed the prototype as crude.

A top naxalite leader Sakhamuri Appa Rao, member of the Maoist AP State Committee, is believed to have argued for technological improvement of weapons. He convinced the Central Committee to allocate sufficient funds for developing IEDs and rocket launchers and for procuring state-of-the art wireless communication sets.

It was Mr. Rao, who put forth the innovation to use wireless sets for detonating landmines, hitherto done using a camera flash connected through a wire to the mine. But he found that advanced wireless sets (Icomm make) provided the advantage of communicating only with a particular set .

Called the `handshake,’ the two Icomm sets are fed with a four-digit password. At the press of the button, the second set gets activated. It is connected to an electronic detonator embedded in gelatin stuffed in a suitcase.

If these are two recent technological advances, the Maoists made rapid strides in improving their communication. The rebels are known to use laptops, powered by solar batteries, to use e-mail.

They are found using a `dead letter box’ system, where the sender and the receiver share a common e-mail ID and password.

The message is not sent but stored in the drafts folder. The recipient will log in to the e-mail ID and check it. This system, the police say, makes interception difficult because they can intercept only mails sent and not saved `drafts’.

Karimnagar cops come clean on arrest of Naxal Leader

September 4, 2006

Karimnagar cops come clean on arrest of Naxal Leader
Sunday September 3 2006 12:50 IST

HYDERABAD: Almost 36 hours after Naxal sympathisers alleged that the police had arrested CPI-ML (Janasakthi) central committee secretary Kura Rajaiah alias Rajanna, the Karimnagar police confirmed the arrest of the top Naxal leader and four others.

Karimnagar superintendent of DS Chouhan told mediapersons in the evening that Rajanna and four others were arrested at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh on Aug 31. They were produced in Metpalli court late in the night.

Interestingly, Home Minister K Jana Reddy told representatives of several people’s organisations here yesterday that Rajanna was not in police custody though they insisted that Rajanna and four others were in police custody and even filed a habeas corpus petition was filed in the High Court.

The others arrested are Janasakthi state committee members Y Narasimha Reddy alias Satyam, Nambhi Narsimhaiah alias Ram Pullaiah, Ramakrishna Pawar alias Ram (Maharashtra) and Ashok Kumar Rajputh, Biznur district committee secretary in Uttar Pradesh.

The SP said that a police team had been sent to Barabanki on specific information which led to the arrest of the five Naxalites. A .32 pistol, ammunition, Rs 3 lakh in cash and explosives were seized from them.

Chouhan claimed that the arrested Naxalites, while being brought to Karimnagar, assaulted the police party at Venkatraopet near Metpalli late last night. However, they were overpowered and handed over to the Metpalli police late last night.

Rajanna, an engineering graduate from Osmania University, had joined the Naxal movement in 1974.

During his over three-decade-long underground life Rajanna was never arrested by the police. A native of Vemulawada in Karimnagar district, Rajanna was wanted in several cases by the police.

Amar, who represented Janaskathi in the peace talks with the government, is the brother of Rajanna whose wife died in an encounter in 1999.

Yesterday, the home minister had denied that Rajanna was in police Custody.