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Maoists hit common masses

August 2, 2007


Ranchi, Aug. 1: Are “Maoist bandhs” going to boomerang on them?

There were signs of exasperation today among people and political parties over the trend of rebels calling for a bandh every time some of their leaders are arrested.

And possibly for the first time, mainstream parties, mainly the Left, publicly criticised the Maoists for causing suffering to the people.

Attacks on railway stations and buses are an attack on the people, declared CPI central committee member Khagendra Thakur. He used even more strong words in voicing his doubt whether the rebels are “Maoists” or “anti-social elements”. CPI(ML) leader Vinod Singh chipped in by stating that such violence and paralysing bus and rail movement cannot win for the rebels any public sympathy.

“Can the Maoists name a single village under their control where there is no corruption or where people have job-guarantee,” fumed Singh, who declared that Maoists no longer enjoy public sympathy. “Had it been so, people would have taken to streets — they would not have used guns to enforce the bandh,” he added.

Singh seemed to have a point as the rebels shot dead a poor truck driver, Anuj Paswan, transporting bauxite from Chhattisgarh to Garhwa. They also opened fire on passenger buses and private vehicles in the small hours of today, injuring as many as 16 people.

Rebel activities, however, remained confined to the old Palamau district. The pattern indicated that nobody is in control of the rebels in the region after the arrest at Patna of three of their leaders, Madan Pal, Kiran and Naveen.

The rebels tried to low up, and damaged, one of the oldest forest bungalows at Maromar and ransacked two railway stations in Latehar. The cabin rooms were damaged and records, telephones, track and signal changing systems etc were destroyed by the rebels at Bendi and Demu stations before they melted into the forest. Said CPM state secretary J.S. Mazumdar: “The rebels do not care for public sympathy. They just want to unleash a reign of terror and want to grab power at gun-point.”

Three private buses, two from Bihar and one from Raipur in Chhattisgarh, were fired upon in Ranka. Three bullets hit one of the drivers, Arvind Pandey. He and one Mahmud Khan were shifted to Ranchi as their conditions were stated to be critical.

The bandh hit normal life in the rural areas and it was the common man who suffered in the absence of buses and trains. Over 1,500 buses remained off the roads, confirmed the Jharkhand Bus Owners’ Association. Even state transport buses chose to remain in the garage.

At both Jamshedpur and Ranchi, passengers could be seen grumbling. Kaushal Singh, travelling from Raipur to Hazaribagh, got stranded at Jamshedpur while Manoj Kumar fumed that he had to miss an important meeting at Dhanbad. The Mango bus stand wore a deserted look with no buses plying between Jamshedpur and Ranchi either.

At Ranchi, autorickshaws had a field day, fleecing passengers. Ujjwal Das was asked to shell out Rs 30 for a seat while Sanjay Dhanuka chose to hire an autorickshaw at Rs 400 to carry him to Ramgarh. “Trekkers normally charge Rs 40,” he rued.

Patients discharged from RIMS and those who had come to Ranchi to consult physicians were stranded at the Ranchi railway station because all local trains were cancelled.



Death Squads prowl forests of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand in search of Maoist leaders and sympathisers

June 11, 2007

After an all out assault on human rights activists in
Chhattisgarh the government
has now unleashed
DEATH SQUADS armed with sophisticated weapons
murder Maoist leaders and Sympathisers.

Government plans to drench the forests of Chattissgarh
and Jharkhand with the blood of revolutionaries.

All over the world Death Squads have been used to suppress
revolutionary movements.

Death squads operate beyond all the known laws of the country and humanity in general.
They are called Death squads because they have strict instructions to kill and
not capture.The identities of members of death squads are usually kept secret to
shield them from any future investigations or retaliation for their crimes.

They are given a free hand and are not accountable to any authority
other than their immediate military leader.They operate ruthlessly and shoot
first and almost never ask questions.

Government of India Unleashes death squads on trail of Maoist leaders,sympathisers in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

June 9: Forests in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are set to witness Hollywood-style action with deployment of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), crack commando units specially trained for jungle warfare.

A dozen such units are being deployed in the two states for the first time.

They will be air dropped in dense forests and will be equipped with carbines, grenades, jungle knives and a week’s ration. They have been trained at the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist Training Centre in Silchar.

“Members of these teams have been handpicked from the CRPF(Central Rakshas Police Force) for their cruel demonic nature” said a home ministry official.

“Like the Grey Hyenas of Andhra Pradesh, their brief would be to launch swift murder operation against Maoists. These teams would be able to go cracking in a matter of minutes on getting information about a Maoist attack or movement.”

An American trained Death squad member in Iraq

US backed Death Squads in Iraq continue to
murder Iraqi freedom fighters

For swift movement of QRTs, the Centre has allowed Chhattisgarh to hire a helicopter. Similar offer is likely to be made to Jharkhand soon.

The QRTs will work in close co-ordination with the modern control centre coming up at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh.

Four bomb detection and disposal squads (BDDS) — three in Chhattisgarh and one in Jharkhand — are also being deployed.

“Mines have caused maximum damage to our security forces. Four more BDDS will be placed in the two states by the end of September. For bigger troop movement, six more mine-proof vehicles are being given to the two states,” said officials.

The two states will also get six UHF jamming devices to check remote-controlled and mobile phone-operated blasts.

“Though no such blasts have taken place in the two states, UHF jamming devices are being given as intelligence reports suggest that the Maoists are moving from wire-controlled blasts to remote-controlled and mobile-operated blasts,” said an officer.

Police in Jamshedpur, meanwhile, admitted that the Maoists have been trying to encircle the steel city.

The Maoists, who shot and assaulted a group of JMM supporters late on Thursday night at Patamda, on the outskirts of the city, had come from across the border in Bengal. They were demanding levy from traders of country liquor.

Police claim to have identified three local “rebels” who helped the outsiders. A manhunt has been launched to nab them and long-range patrols are being conducted in the area.

In Bokaro, superintendent of police Priya Dubey on Saturday displayed the landmines, grenades, detonators, rifle, police uniforms, Maoist literature and flags recovered from a bunker at the foothills of Jhumra hills. The rebels, however, managed to escape the joint combing operation by the police and CRPF.


More sleuths to man Maoists

June 11, 2007
More sleuths to man Maoists

Ranchi, June 10: The state government has decided to strengthen the intelligence network in a bid to outwit the Maoists.

The government has decided to create about 1,200 posts to boost manpower in the intelligence wing of the state police, known as Special Branch.

Moreover, the state home department had proposed to establish an intelligence training school at Ranchi to provide training to the sleuths.

The proposal is awaiting the government’s nod. The upgrading of the Special Branch is aimed to garner concrete information about the movement and activities of the rebels so that effective steps could be taken against them.

According to sources, once the government gives its nod, the nitty-gritty of the institute would be worked out by the home and police department officials.

The state has been reeling under severe Maoist attacks since 2003 with over 300 such incidents. This resulted in the death of a large number of police and civilians. Shockingly, these have far outnumbered the Maoist deaths.

Last year 43 police personnel and 81 civilians were killed. In comparison only 20 rebels were gunned down by the police.

“The major part of the Rs 50 crore assistance from the Centre for the police modernisation programme would be used to upgrade the vital wing of the state police,” said an official.

State home secretary, Sudhir Tripathy said the process of filling up of the additional posts would begin soon. “In fact the government had already increased manpower in the Special Branch last year. But it would be further strengthened,” said Tripathy.

The proposal for the intelligence training school has been mooted to prepare the sleuths for gathering information in an effective manner.

According to an official, there is an imperative need to make the intelligence personnel aware of how to garner information. Training would also be imparted on the use of modern gadgets.

The Telegraph

May12th attack on Reliance Fresh retail outlets

June 4, 2007

This attack took place in the second week of May posting it here for archives
and for its relevance.

Traders attack Reliance Fresh retail outlets


ON THE RAMPAGE: Roadside fruit and vegetable vendors vandalising a Reliance Fresh retail outlet in Ranchi on Saturday. — PHOTO: PTI

Ranchi: Petty traders and vegetable vendors on Saturday vandalised three of the five Reliance Fresh food outlets here, feeling threatened by the modern retail chain.

Around 200 people barged into the stores, which sell grocery, fruits and vegetables and smashed glass panes and pulled down the shelves as the Reliance Fresh staff ran for cover.

A retail outlet at Lalupur Chowk was the first target, followed by one near Tagore hill and another near the Plaza cinema here.

City Superintendent of Police Richard Lakra told PTI that the protesters pelted stones at the stores injuring a constable, when the police tried to stop them near the Tagore hill shop and also attacked and damaged passing vehicles.

Reliance Retail officials, however, declined to comment.

The police had to use `mild force’ to quell the mob, which was joined by people from the weekly haat at Tagore hill, Mr. Lakra said.

According to unofficial reports six people were injured in the police action.

After the violence, all the five Reliance Fresh shops downed shutters with the police standing guard.

Recently vegetable vendors and small retail shop-owners had demonstrated against the opening of Reliance Fresh outlets in Jharkhand, accusing the private sector of directly affecting their business.

In West Bengal, Forward Bloc leader and State Marketing Board Chairman Naren Chatterjee said the company could face similar action if it went ahead with plans to open stores in the State.

“If small traders are affected, the reaction may be violent,” he said.



Five Maoists shot dead in Jharkhand

May 16, 2007

Five Maoists shot dead in Jharkhand

Garwah (Jharkhand), May. 12 (PTI): In a major encounter, CRPF today gunned down five hardcore naxalites in this district of Jharkhand.

A CRPF spokesman said that at around 1300 hours two companies of the paramilitary force engaged in a gun battle with a group of naxalites in the jungle of Tutitola village.

During the ensuing encounter five hardcore naxals including two women cadres were killed.

The bodies of the militants were recovered from the encounter site, District Superintendent of Police Mohammad Nihal said.

The security personnel also recovered four self loading rifles, one AK rifle and some other objectionable material.

Director General of CRPF S I S Ahmed congratulated the team and announced handsome reward, the CRPF spokesman said.

Maoist email jolts Ranchi

May 8, 2007
Maoist email jolts Ranchi

Patna/Ranchi, April 9: Jharkhand deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto has received a threat email, apparently from the Maoists, but police can’t track it down because they have no cyber cell.

Till now, the rebels have been known to use only media releases, their own website or mouthpiece People’s March to issue threats. So Mahto wants the source and authenticity of the email probed.

The message, issued in the name of Communist Party of India (Maoist) spokesman Sukhdev, threatens the minister with the same fate as his Jharkhand Mukti Morcha colleague Sunil Mahto if he doesn’t stop criticising the rebels for killing the Jamshedpur MP.

It also warns him against backing the corporate houses that want to set up industries in the state.

The sender has also emailed the message to newspapers in Ranchi, but some media offices in Patna have received it in the form of a letter, left in an envelope.

“This is the first instance when the Maoists have issued a threat to a leader in an email. It’s very difficult to ascertain the genuineness of the letter,” a senior police officer said.

A cyber cell manned by software-savvy personnel could have tracked the email down to a cyber café or a personal computer, he added.

The message asks the deputy chief minister to desist from “letting loose a barrage of lies” against the rebels, “cooked up at the diktat of corporate houses and the state’s landed gentry”.

It accuses him of “glorifying” the “notorious” Sunil Mahto, who was gunned down as he watched a football match at a Ghatshila village on March 4.

“Can you explain how Sunil, born in a middle peasant family, turned into a karodpati (millionaire) as your party leader,” asks the message, issued allegedly on behalf of the Maoists’ Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa regional committee.

The minister was asked to read the writing on the wall.

“Don’t think the Jharkhandis will spare the notorious high priests of the JMM who only know how best to amass fortunes by all dishonest means, being a part of the exploitative system controlled by the Tatas, Jindals, Mittals, various MNCs and feudal landlords.”

The sender tells the deputy chief minister that he is traversing the same path as Sunil was before his “execution”.

“From 2003, whenever Sunil Mahto set foot on East Singhbhum, he chose to provoke the masses against us, against our movement, for an exploitation-free Jharkhand.”

Former Jharkhand police chief V.D. Ram had taken the initiative to set up a cyber cell about a year ago. But just when things were taking shape, he was transferred and the plan went into the freezer.

Additional director-general of police R.C. Kaithal said: “We are planning to set up a cell and have a law to deal with such crimes.”

The Telegraph

More firepower in kitty to fight rebels

April 30, 2007

More firepower in kitty to fight rebels

Bhubaneswar/Ranchi, April 26: The Centre today asked Naxalite-hit states to gear up their machinery to tackle the menace, which is posing a major threat to internal security.

Orissa would get a third India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to combat the growing Naxalite menace while Jharkhand was pulled up for not following proper procedures in combating the Naxalite menace at a day-long meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxalism in Delhi today.

Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta, chairing the meeting, told the chief secretaries and directors-general of police of the Naxalite-affected states to keep a constant vigil on the movement of Naxalite groups, training camps, weapons, hideouts and sources of funds. Major Naxalite-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar made detailed presentations of their action plans to tackle the menace.

Orissa DGP Amarananda Pattnaik told The Telegraph the third battalion of IRB would be raised soon. It might be set up either at Keonjhar or Raygada district.

Orissa’s first IRB is located at Sunabeda in Orissa’s southern Koraput. The state government has decided to set up a similar battalion in western Orissa, for which Central nod has been received and recruitment started.

During the meeting, two glaring examples were cited wherein security personnel of Jharkhand failed to comply with procedures that led to deaths of civilians and jawans following attacks from rebels.

The Jharkhand representatives were told that when rebels attacked the slain JMM MP Sunil Mahto, the security guards were not organised in counter-attacking the rebels, the Coordination Centre on Naxalism. Similarly, the police failed to act although there were intelligence inputs that the CISF post at Bermo in Bokaro was on the rebels’ target.

“Centre wants the Jharkhand government to ensure that proper procedures are adhered to when it comes to take on the rebels. The state must see to it that all inputs are taken seriously and the security personnel work in a proper manner to repel rebel attacks,” sources said.

Some of the states, including Jharkhand, requested the ministry to allow states to take help of army in evacuating police personnel from venue of incidents, if the need arises.

“Sometimes, the choppers develop snags and cannot be used for rescue operations. In such situations, the state governments should be allowed to get in touch with army directly so that army personnel could be rushed immediately. The Centre has agreed to this proposal and assured to hold a dialogue with Union ministry of defence to work out the modalities,” sources said.

The Telegraph

‘Stop torturing us, else we flee towards towns’

April 23, 2007

Police Atrocities reach new high near Jharkhan-West Bengal border

Stop torturing us, else we flee towards towns.’ The anger against police spills on to the streets in around 200 villages along Jharkhand-West Bengal border.

Disgruntled by the unleash of torturous treatment to them for allegedly siding with naxalites, the villagers, breaking boundaries of state and region, have joined hands and virtually issued a fatwa against police of the two states warning them to refrain from harassing innocent people. “If you continue with the torturous treatment,” villagers warn police, “We would migrate to the nearby towns to settle, demanding camps and compensation alike the Kashmiri and other refugees.”

What has prompted them to take such a major decision? HT visited few such villages, mostly inaccessible, to hear their grievances. The resentment against police was apt. For, villagers complain that ever next day police of any of the two states would raid their homes and pick up men and youth on suspicion of being a naxalite or aiding the Red Brigade.

During the last one and a half month, Jharkhand police has arrested at least 15 persons from Kesarpur panchayat alone, most of them charged with conspiring and assisting naxalites in killing Jamshedpur MP, Sunil Mahato. Villagers vehemently deny their involvement in the gruesome act, and vouch for their innocence.

Situation in bordering villages of West Bengal including is no different. People in Dwarsini complained that police raid their homes, pick up innocent members of their families, and also loot cash and belongings. A case in point is the arrest of Dumkakocha youth, Sunil Singh for his alleged involvement in the blowing up of Dwarsini Tourist Lodge.

A visibly anguished, younger brother, Anil Singh told HT, “My brother was a yoga trainer with Art of Living (AoL) camp at Ghatsila, besides serving part time for Sahara finance. When Bandwan police raided our home for him, Sunil had in his possession Rs 40,000 cash he had collected from his clientele. They took away cash and other valuables along with my brother for a crime he had never committed.”

With the situation turning worse each day, the aggrieved villagers felt the need to raise a concerted voice against the atrocity by law enforcers, and thus formed Border Jungle Mahal Jan Jagran Samity (BJMJJS). The Samity recently has taken out two massive rallies in the Bengal side protesting against police atrocities, and demanding immediate release of innocent people trapped on naxalism charges. A similar rally is being planned in Ghatsila (Jharkhand) shortly.

“Police torture us in the day, in the night its naxalites. If living in village were a crime, we would love to migrate to towns and cities,” observed BJMJJS chairman, Panchanan Singh. Ram Chandra Murmu, secretary, Majhi Pargana Mahal, supreme socio-religious body of tribals in the area too confirmed police atrocity against innocent villagers.

Police claims the agitations ‘naxalite sponsored’. “The Maoists are instigating villagers for such acts,” DSP Ghatsila, Shailendra Burnwal said.

Hindustan Times

Arjun Singh advocates talks with Naxalites

April 19, 2007

Arjun Singh advocates talks with Naxalites

RANCHI: Advocating dialogue with Naxalites, Union HRD minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday said such discussions will help bring about solution to problems.

“One should try to make them (Naxalites) understand through talks that violence brings nothing,” Singh said.

“Its not force, but discussions which will bring about solution to problems,” Singh said after launching the second phase of ‘School Challe Hum’ programme.

The union minister made the comments after being informed that the state intended to accelerate educational programmes in different parts of Jharkhand despite 18 districts of the state being Naxalite-infested.

State HRD minister Bandhu Tirkey also pointed out that it was a challenge for his government to take up educational schemes in the rural areas in the face of extremism.

“We will reach our goals, and strive to raise the literacy graph of Jharkhand,” Deputy Chief Minister Sudhir Mahto said.

Toiletpaper of India

12,000 children driven out of school to make way for police camps in Jharkhand

April 19, 2007

In the above post you might have noticed that the criminals in the political
establishment talk about striving to raise the literacy graph of Jharkhand.

Is this what they mean by literacy ?
This drama of the ruling classes fool no one.

12,000 children driven out of school to make way for police camps

Ranchi, April 18 (IANS) With security worries uppermost on mind, the Jharkhand government has converted 25 schools in the state into police camps.

Many schools have been closed in the last five years as the buildings are used as police camps. Estimates put the number of affected students at 12,000.

When anti-Maoist operations are launched, the security personnel are shifted into school buildings. In some schools, the personnel live in the building while teaching takes place under the open sky.

As a result, a primary school in Ghure village of Latehar district is closed since 1990 and Maoist guerrillas have attacked the building thrice.

Education in the Chatrapur Middle school of Daltanganj has also been affected since 1990 for similar reason.

“For many years now, classes are taking place outdoors as the school building has been given to security personnel. Studies are badly affected by the movement of the security personnel but we cannot do anything about it,” complained a teacher in Jhumra Hill of Bokaro district.

Another teacher of a school in Kurkura, Gumla district, said: “Student lives are endangered by the presence of police here. The police use these children as shields knowing well that the Maoists won’t attack them. “

However, police officials pledge helplessness
“We need places to house the security forces. The government has asked us to convert schools into camps. What can we do? We are just doing our job,” said a police official.

Maoists are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. At least 600 people, including 290 security personnel, have been killed in Maoist related violence in the last six years.

Blueprint for red combat

April 14, 2007
Blueprint for red combat

– Govt claims decline in violence

Hyderabad/Ranchi, April 13: The joint strategies to tackle Naxalite activities, modernisation of intelligence gathering and improving inter-state coordination formed the core agenda of the meeting of top police officials of nine Naxalite-affected states here today.

The daylong meeting, convened by Union home ministry, was attended by anti-Naxalite operations nodal officers of nine states affected by Left-wing extremism.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, special secretary in the Union home ministry M.L. Kumavath said Naxalite violence had been on the decline across the country, barring a few states, including Chhattisgarh.

“We are confident of eliminating extremist menace within the next three years if all the states work unitedly and with better coordination,” he said.

It was estimated that there were about 6,000 armed militants across the country, the official said.

The nodal officers from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa attended the meeting, which discussed a plethora of issues related to anti-Naxalite operations.

Asked whether the Centre would take the initiative in starting dialogue with Naxalite groups, Kumavath said it was up to the state governments to take a decision on the issue. “There is a scope for talks only if extremists give up arms,” he said.

The first-ever direct talks with Naxalite groups, initiated by the Congress government in 2004, had collapsed with extremists pulling out of the dialogue process in protest against the alleged fake police encounters.

Meanwhile, additional director-general of police, Jharkhand, G.S. Rath, who attended the meeting at Hyderabad, said that the task force discussed the growing Naxalite offensive in Jharkhand, particularly the killing of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha member of Parliament Sunil Mahto and attack on the CISF camp at Bermo.

Chairman of the State Police Housing Corporation and director-general of police (reforms) V.D. Ram, on the other hand, highlighted the loopholes in the state security system to fight the menace. “Whenever there is a Naxalite attack in Andhra Pradesh, you just press a button and the police officers, right from the DGP to those in the lowest ranks, come into action to combat it. In Jharkhand, we are fighting with the extremists with the forces back in the barracks,” he said.

Ram, who was the DGP about seven months ago, said it is a war-like situation in Jharkhand, as Maoists are clawing their way into the state in a systematic manner. “They have declared their plan for Jharkhand and Bihar after having a few reversal of fortune in Andhra Pradesh. So the government has to strengthen the intelligence system and take specific action. It is still not too late,” he added.


Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand

April 14, 2007

Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand
Ranchi, April 12 Three Maoist rebels were killed in a clash between Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and its splinter group in Garwah district of Jharkhand, police said.

The bodies of the CPI-Maoist rebels were recovered Thursday by Meral police in Garwah, 160 km from here.

‘It seems that Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) (or, the third preparatory committee), the breakaway group of CPI-Maoist, pumped bullets into the three Maoist rebels while they were sleeping,’ said a police official of the state police headquarters.

Two days ago, CPI-Maoist rebels had killed nine TPC ultras in the state’s Latehar district. Group clashes between CPI-Maoist and TPC have claimed nearly 50 lives in last one year alone.

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. Nearly 600 people, including 300 security personnel, have been killed in the past six years in Maoist-related violence.

Earth times

Maoists call Singhbhum bandh

April 9, 2007

Maoists call Singhbhum bandh

Jamshedpur/Ghatshila (Jharkhand), April 8: The Maoists today called for a day-long bandh on 15 April across East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand along the West Bengal border to counter the anti-extremist public platform Nagarik Suraksha Samity’s (NSS) call for a meeting of villagers residing in the extremist-affected areas. To counter the NSS call, the extremists have also issued parallel threats and have warned the villagers to stay away from the meeting “for their own good and safety”.

The NSS had organised their meeting on the football ground in Baguria village of Galudih block, around 45 kms from Jamshedpur. This ground is the same spot, where Jamshedpur MP Sunil Mahato was killed by suspected armed Maoists on 4 March while he was watching a football match. SNS

The Statesman

Maoists conclude successful Rally in Ranchi,Jharkhand

March 24, 2007

Naxal-sponsored rally in capital huge success

RANCHI: The state police remained on high alert on Friday in a bid to prevent Naxal outfits participating in a rally organised at the Morhabadi Ground to mark the anti-imperialist day.

The rally organised by various democratic-socio-cultural organisations of Naxals was also attended by several frontal organisations of extremists hailing from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Orissa.

Talking to TOI, DGP JB Mahapatra said the police had information about Naxal outfits sponsoring the rally and it was maintaining a strict vigil.

“We did everything except restricting the rally,” he said. Police also prevented some of the vehicles entering the capital from the Ranchi-Lohardagga route and even the rally was escorted by police force while it moved on the thoroughfares of the city.

Prior to this, the congregation of different democratic fronts held a preliminary meeting and declared a charter of Ranchi convention.

Announcing the formation of a nine-member steering committee under the chairmanship of Bramhadeo Sharma of Bharat Jan Andolan, convener of the meeting and noted social worker of Andhra Pradesh GN SaiBaba said, “They have rejected the present model of development and chalked out an annual programme to be adopted at the national-level”
Beginning with mass rally in Chattisgarh, Orissa and Polabaram in AP the newly-formed steering committee has decided to gherao the Parliament in October in which artists and intelligentsia will participate in a large number.

The forum has also given a call for an all India bandh in October but the date is yet to be finalised. Sharma said the forum is against the concept of state-owned resources and will make all efforts to reinstate people’s right over natural resources.

The government is only the custodian of resources and transfers ownership to multinational companies at its own wish setting aside the concern of poor and downtrodden and this will no longer be tolerated, he said.

Working on distinct platforms in different states against oppressive moves of state government, the forum was seen as a major development in which the participants vowed to cooperate each other during upheavals.

Literature on different extremist movements and success stories of comrades was available during the two-day programme which concluded here with the rally.

Elaborate discussions werealso held prior to the rally on people’s resistance in Singur and Dandyakarni and elimination of villagers by forcing them into armed rebellion like Salwa Judum of Chhattisgarh.


Neighbours duck joint operations against red

December 31, 2006

Neighbours duck joint operations against red

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.


Naxal threat: Centre turns heat on Jharkhand

December 21, 2006

Naxal threat: Centre turns heat on Jharkhand

NEW DELHI: Jharkhand may have to brave some tough-talking from the Centre for its “below-the-mark” performance in countering Naxalism, particularly its failure to utilise funds for development schemes in affected districts, at the meeting of the coordination centre on Naxalism in Bhubaneswar slated for December 27.

Besides discussing synergy of operations between the 13 affected states and taking stock of the states’ progress on their individual counter-extremism action plans, the coordination centre headed by the Union home secretary will be reviewing the situation in Jharkhand where two major attacks, including a train hijack, this month have left 15 people dead. Jharkhand has been a matter of concern for the Centre as it has, following the Bokaro blast on December 2, joined Chattisgarh in terms of increased Naxal violence.

Although killings in Jharkhand until November 30, 2006, were marginally lower than the corresponding period last year, the 15 casualties recorded early this month have upset all calculations. The killings this year are higher than those recorded last year.

Though counter-Naxal operations by Jharkhand police are seen on track, the Centre is of the view that the state has not been following the dos-and-dont’s for guerrilla warfare. In the December 2 blast , it was found that the police party showed laxity not only in following a different route but took their vehicle over an untarred patch that displayed obvious signs of having been mined.

Though state CM Madhu Koda later met Union home minister Shivraj Patil and sought additional forces, it was pointed out to him that the state was not utilising the forces already put at its disposal.

and wasting them in routine law and order duties. Besides, the Jharkhand police’ vacancy position is a clear cause for concern: 29% of the posts are yet to be filled.

Mr Koda, it is learnt, was asked to get his house in order and report back on the corrective measures taken by him at another meeting to be held early next month. It is not only in terms of police manpower that the state has erred: it also has a poor record in utilisation of funds released for development schemes in the Naxal-affected districts as well as for modernisation of its police force.

According to sources here, the state has an unutilised balance of Rs 240 crore allotted to it under the BDI and other schemes to be implemented in affected districts. The funds released so far stand at Rs 650 crore, of which Rs 390 crore was under the BDI scheme alone. Of the latter, Rs 130 crore remains unutilised.

The state has to share 25% of the expense on BDI and police modernisation scheme. Interestingly, Mr Koda has not claimed lack of finances to fund this 25% component.

Even under the police modernisation scheme, Jharkhand has been a poor performer, at least for the last two years. In 2004-05, utilisation of the Rs 22.23 crore released was a minuscule 7.33%. The same pattern is being repeated regarding utilisation of the Rs 40-crore police modernisation fund released by the Centre this year


Paranoia grips Jharkhand cops – Cops now choose to hide like rats in holes

December 19, 2006

Jharkhand whispers
Paranoia grips Jharkhand cops – They now prefer to hide like rats in holes

When Vinod Sharma reported his son’s (Niranjan Sharma) kidnapping, police thought it was a “plot” to make them go where no respectable personnel should — sensitive areas with Naxalite activities. Then on the same day various senior police personnel wese transferred, the police again whispered it was the right “moment” for the rebels to engineer an ambush on them.

It seems that rebel attacks, and protecting themselves from it, is all that the police care of or are paranoid of.
Then the kidnapped Niranjan, was rescued from the kidnappers’ clutches the same police resorted to blame the father for the “delay” in “reporting” the case. With such a “cautious” force, who can say they blame the father?


Singur slogan in train raid

December 11, 2006

Singur slogan in train raid

Chakulia/Midnapore, Dec. 10: A second chapter was added to Singur’s Naxalite link today when 25 armed rebels raided a Kharagpur-bound local train in Jharkhand shouting slogans against farmland acquisition for the Tata Motors factory.

The attackers, who carried carbines and pistols, did not harm the passengers but robbed two Railway Protection Force jawans of their rifles, throwing one of them out of the train when he resisted.

Rail traffic on the Howrah-Mumbai main line under the South Eastern Railways came to a grinding halt for more than four hours on Sunday when CPI(Maoist) cadres stopped the 346 Tata-Kharagpur passenger train on the Gidhni-Chakulia line in east Singhbhum district of Jharkhand bordering West Bengal for about two hours.

The Maoists also looted two rifles and cash from the Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel escorting the train, snatched walkie-talkie sets from the guard and driver of the train. However, all passengers — mostly vendors and students — were stated to be stable.

The train was stopped near the Kanimouli station in Jharkhand (176 km from Howrah) at 10.30 am by five-six armed Maoists who were already on the train.

According to some passengers, the Maoists first forcibly snatched the rifles of the two RPF personnel — head constable A K Hansda and constable R K Das — escorting the train.

The Maoists also walked away with the walkie-talkie sets of the driver and guard of the train. Before getting off the train, they warned the RPF personnel and the passengers against taking any action saying they had planted explosives on the tracks.

The track was cleared at 2.25 pm after security forces carried out a search, said South Eastern Railway CPRO Devashish Chandra.

The place where the incident took place is a dense forest area bordering Jhargram of West Bengal where there has been a spate of Maoist activity of late. Chaibasa DSP S Barnawal said the Maoists often crossed over from Bengal to Jharkhand to loot police rifles and slipped back to their villages.

The incident has again raised questions about security of train passengers in Maoist-hit areas. However, Chandra said there had been no such prior incident on the route.

Jharkhand demands extra 12,000 para-military forces

December 11, 2006

Jharkhand demands extra 12,000 para-military forces
New Delhi, Dec 9, IRNA

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil agreed to “consider positively” naxal-hit Jharkhand’s demand for 12,000 additional para-military personnel from the central government to deal with the menace.

The home minister said the state government’s request for additional central forces would be considered positively, later the ministry said in an official release after a 30-minute meeting between Patil and Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

Patil underlined the need to further improve ground level police response to effectively deal with naxal violence and fine-tune the action plan drawn up by the state government.

The home minister said special measures were necessary to accelerate development activities in naxalite affected areas and assured the chief minister all necessary help to supplement its efforts and resources to deal with the naxal problem.

Koda told reporters that since 18 of the 22 districts of the state were naxal affected, the state required 12 additional battalions of para-military force.

During the meeting, issues like modernization of police and intelligence gathering measures also came up for discussion.

Earlier in the day, Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibtey Razi also had a meeting with Patil and apprised him of the situation in the state.

After his meeting with Patil, Razi told reporters that the state was facing naxal problem and there was need to deal with it on a war-footing.

The meeting came in the backdrop of the recent killing of 14 policemen in a landmine explosion in Bokaro.

Maoists in India concerned about covert infiltration by Indian intelligence

December 4, 2006

Maoists in India concerned about covert infiltration by Indian intelligence

Dec. 4, 2006

Maoists in Jharkhand are now scrutinizing every new comer in the group. Think tanks believe, this may be the sign that covert infiltration by Indian intelligence is finally working. The Maoists are concerned about all new comers. They are carefully watching them.

According to media reports, Police in Jharkhand have seized application forms for the Communist Party of India-Maoist, including not only educational qualifications and marital status but also a question seeking reasons for joining.

Like any other job application, the 17-point form, seized from different parts of the state, asks for details like annual income, nationality, address, marital status and educational qualifications, said police sources.

It also asks the applicant to write why he/she wants to join the group, formed after the merger of the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and People’s War.

The form, which needs to be endorsed by a member of the CPI(M), includes details of whether the applicant has been to jail. If so, why?

The applicant has to take an oath to remain faithful to the organisation and spread its ideology, an official said.

“It seems that Maoist leaders are getting concerned about new entrants after some of their cadres were involved in unauthorized activities like loot, which brought them a bad name,” said a police official involved in anti extremist operations.