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Key Naxalite leader arrested in TN

July 10, 2007

Chennai, July 10: The Tamil Nadu police today arrested three Naxalites, including a key leader V Sundaramoorthy, absconding for the last 15 years, in Tirupur.

The Naxalites were arrested following a tip-off given by one of the three persons arrested at Periyakulam in Theni district while trying to set up arms training camp last month, Additional Director General of Police Nanjil Kumaran told reporters here.

Though three Maoists were arrested, several others escaped from the scene.

Sundaramoorthy (39), state secretary of CPI Maoists, was wanted by police in connection with several cases, including the rail track blast case at Dharmapuri in 1992 and attempt to start an arms training camp for extremists in Dharmapuri district.

The other arrested persons were identified as M Karthi of Salem district and M Easwaran of Theni district, he said.

Karthi, a close associate of Sundaramoorthy had aided him in his extremist activities like selecting hideouts for him and hiding arms and explosives. He was one of the brains behind organising an arms training camp in Periyakulam in Theni district, Nanjil Kumaran said, adding a 315 rifle had been seized in Pallipattu area of Tiruvallur district.

Easwaran was an employee in a private hosiery unit in Tirupur and was harbouring Sundaramoorthy and Karthi in Tirupur knowing that they were involved in extremist activities, he said.

The ‘Q’ branch police was pursuing the Naxal leaders intensely after three persons who were attempting to start a Maoist arms training camp was handed over to the police by the villagers of Periyakulam on June 25. (Our Correspondent)



Maruthanathi was used for training by Maoists: police

July 5, 2007

Theni-Madurai, July. 4 (PTI): Police personnel searching for Maoist extremists in Periyakulam and nearby areas in Theni district suspect that the Maruthanathi Valley at the foot of Kodaikanal hills was used by the rebels for arms training.

According to sources in the police strike force, personnel have found bunkers and caves where the rebels had been staying. They also found maps of some cities in Tamil Nadu in the valley.

Unconfirmed reports said about Rs nine lakh was found hidden in two farms near the area.

Sources said one rebel group had been staying at Poolangodu, a remote village in the district, by paying Rs 150 as house rent. The Maoists travelled to neighbouring villages in the guise of garment pedlars.

Police said they were studying the strategy used by the Maoists to win over villagers on the basis of information received from the residents of Sempatiyoothu, Periyur and Kallakinaru villages.

Three teams of Special Task Force personnel were also involved in the search in Theni and Dindigul districts.

The three rebels arrested recently in Theni district are being interrogated by the Q Branch in Chennai. A search is also on for seven persons who escaped, police said.

The Hindu

Police start probe in Naxal village

July 3, 2007

Tuesday July 3 2007 11:53 IST

SALEM: The district police have started investigations in the native village of Palanivel, one of the three Naxals, arrested while undergoing weapons training at Murugamailai near Periyakulam in Theni last week.

Palanivel is a native of Chinnanoor near Veeranam in Salem. According to police sources, Palanivel was one among the 24 accused involved in a double murder case at Veeranam in 2003.

He obtained bail and regularly appeared before the court in connection with the case until a few months ago before he disappeared from Veeranam.

He had established contacts with the Maoists groups. The police also inquired the relatives and friends of Palanivel to get more information about other people, who could possibly have links with the Maoists.

COMBING OPERATION: Meanwhile, a police team started their combing operation in the Aramby reserve forest area in Udhagamandalam on Monday for the seven Naxalites, who reportedly escaped from Periyakulam in Theni.

The Special Task Force personnel intensified their search in the Sathyamangalam forest area near Erode.

Additional SP of Nilgiris Munusu led the team in Udhagamandalam


More than 400 students take the plunge and join the maoist movement in Tamil Nadu

June 28, 2007

Madurai, June 28: Interrogation of three Tamil extremists, arrested on Monday in neighbouring Theni district, has revealed the presence of a Maoist group in Tamil Nadu with links to Naxalites in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Initial investigation of the arrested, including two law college students, has found the existence of the new outfit headquartered at Dharmapuri, which in the past witnessed Naxalite activities, police said.

It was suspected that about 400 college students from various places across the state would have become members of the movement, they said.

Based on the information given by the three arrested, the police were now conducting raids at various places to arrest their leaders and other members.

The three extremists were arrested on June 25 after they were nabbed from a forest area in Periyakulam taluk of Theni district by residents of a nearby village. Some others, including two women, managed to escape. The group was armed with latest rifles and grenades.

The main objective of the movement was to rob the rich, corrupt officials and give the booty to the poor.

According to initial investigation, the arms and explosives seized from them included grenades of high quality (make not known), pistols and some ammunition.

The extremists had taken training in a clearing made in the western ghats and had come to Periyakulam for second phase of training. They had received funding from Maoist groups.

DIG (Intelligence) A K Viswanathan had visited the spot where the extremists were nabbed. (Agencies)


Three Tamil Nadu Maoists sent to judicial custody

June 28, 2007

Madurai, June 27 (IANS) Three suspected Maoists, arrested from the hills near the temple town of Madurai, were sent to judicial custody Wednesday.

The three men – identified as Velmurugan (20), a law student from a village near Periakulam, Palanivel (22), an onion merchant from Chokkampatti village near Salem, and Muthu Selvam (26), an engineering student, were picked up from Murugan Malai early Tuesday.

Police said efforts were on to trace seven others including group leader Raja, who belonged to a Maoist gang. They were believed to be hiding in Kadalamalaikundu area of Madurai district.

Senior police officers said preliminary investigations point to a ‘possible nexus’ between this gang and Maoist activists of India and Nepal.

As many as 66 hand grenades, detonators, self-loading rifles and 15 kg of chilli powder were seized from their hideout, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Madurai Range) D. Nandagopal told the media.

‘The youths have confessed that they had been recruited by the PWG (People’s War Group) to create a ‘liberated zone’ in the hills,’ Nandagopal told IANS.

‘Questioning the arrested youth, we learnt that they have links with Maoists in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Nepal. We have seized maps of Chennai and Madurai along with some blueprints of vital civilian installations from them,’ he said.

Police said the men were receiving arms training in a camp in the Kodaikanal hill ranges before coming to Madurai district and they moved to Muruga Malai about 10 days ago.


Oust Reliance !

June 4, 2007

Comrade Arasubalraj took part in a massive rally against Reliance Fresh in Chennai,
on 1st of May he posts the following report on his blog.

Oust Reliance !

The meaning of May Day is rubbished in India primarily by the pseudo-communist parties CPI and CPI (M) and by the ruling class parties like Congress, BJP etc., Historically May Day came in to existence to commemorate the Haymarket Martyrs of 1886 who fought for the Eight-Hour work day. The remaining eight-hours other than work and sleep for which the workers fought is not for entertainment as interpreted today. It is for organising the working class to build their future. Hence May Day cannot be celebrated as yet another holiday to rest at home or to distribute sweets as a ceremony to apoliticise and castrate the working class.

With this understanding, People’s and Literary Association (PALA) and its associate organisations namely New Democratic Labour Front (NDLF), Peasants Liberation Front (PLF) and Revolutionary Students Youth Front (RSYF) in Tamilnadu set specific political agenda for every May Day to organise the working class to make conscious of its duty. Hence, for the past two decades, May Day in Tamilnadu is marked with arousing protests, agitations and conferences by PALA. This year, as announced earlier, as part of the one month campaign against Reliance and MNC’s entering in Retail sector, PALA organised the protests encircling Reliance Fresh Shops. The one month campaign had 1,50,000 pamphlets, thousands of posters and wall writings and 25,000 booklets covering all over Tamilnadu but the primary focus was on Chennai as at present Reliance has started shops only in Chennai. The intensive campaign involved the doorstep propaganda in and around areas of Reliance shops.

The arousing march was flagged off by Comrade.Mukundan, President of NDLF and it started from the Koyambedu Market which is at the verge of extinction due to the Reliance entry in Chennai. The fervent slogans raised by the comrades of these organisations exposed the political parties, bureaucracy and Reliance while upholding the Naxalbari Revolutionaries as the only alternative to face the Recolonisation onslaught. The Revolutionary songs of PALA arts troupe roared in the air. Children and women carried the placards defying the scorching heat. The march reached the Reliance Fresh shop at Virugambakkam Market Road one in sense and two thousand in numbers.

The shop was closed expecting the protest and the police were all ready with barricades. Comrade Marudhaiyan, Secretary of PALA and Comrade Kaliappan, Joint-Secretary of PALA gave speeches explaining the movement. As the one-month campaign in various forms already reached the people of that area, they came in large numbers to watch the agitation bearing the three-hour traffic jam. The comrades got arrested 50 yards before the shop. When they all were carried in Police vans, Koyambedu trader’s union designators came to wish the comrades. Comrade.Marudhiyan thanked them and said, “The distance between us and the shop is just 50 yards. But the distance between the understandings of the people on the menace of MNC’s in retail sector and the reality is far more. Our motto at present of this struggle is to reduce that gap. If reliance to be put down, then Koyambedu should rise up!”

The false and confused ideas ruling the minds of people that deter them to foray were not formed by Ambani. These ideas were thrust in by the ruling class, media and political parties with the implementation of Recolonisation from the last decade. When the traders alone raise the slogan to oust the MNC’s, Reliance masquerades in ‘quality and cheaper prices’ and lures the people. But when the fight begins as a fight against Recolonisation then the slogan will become a people’s slogan and the definite moment will arrive.

The recent, spontaneous, laudable struggle of Ranchi vendors shows the desperation of the small vendor class. The land of Birsa Munda atlast showed the way to the country. These struggles should be organised and shouldn’t be allowed to be corrupted with decomposed political parties. People’s movements should be channelised as movements against Recolonisation as a whole and not to fade away as scattered and spontaneous.

photographs of the protest on May 01,2007 at Chennai:

* Watch the Video in this post. Thanks to Karumpalakai.
* To read the tamil press clips of the protest read here.
* To read the tamil summary of the thought-provoking speech by Comrade Marudhaiyan, General Secretary, PALA in Public meeting on 27-04-07, read here.
*To hear the speech, click here

Video of Massive rally against Reliance Fresh in Chennai

June 4, 2007

Comrade Arasubalraj took part in a massive rally against Reliance Fresh outlet
in Chennai,given below is the video of the protest.

Link on youtube

Dharmapuri Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing police recruiting poor youth to fight against Naxalites

January 4, 2007

Dharmapuri Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing police recruiting poor youth to fight against Naxalites

DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing police will conduct special physical training camp for the rural youths, planning to attend Uniformed Services Test in January 2007.

The NSD wing inspector R Senthil said in a release that as per the instructions of the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police, the special physical training would be conducted from January 2 to 20 under the Dharmapuri District Socio Economic Development Scheme to enable the youth to attend the selection test.

The free coaching would be conducted at District Sports Stadium, Dharmapuri, R C Higher Secondary School, Harur and Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Pennagaram. Sports coachers and experts from the NSD wing would train the aspirants. Candidates who passed Standard X are eligible to apply. They should register their names with the coaching centres and the NSD wing inspector concerned, he added.


Information system really useful: SP : Tamil Nadu

December 23, 2006

Information system really useful: SP
Friday December 22 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: With a strong information system in place in the rural areas, especially the tribal belt, any movement of strangers in the area will be known to the police, thus helping the department in keeping a check on the infiltration of Naxalites and other outfits into Dharmapuri district, Superintendent of Police HM Jayaram said.

Speaking to reporters, the SP, who was engaged in a combing operation to nab the long warrant-pending Naxals in the Kottur Hills in Palacode taluk, on Thursday said the Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing was coordinating with the District Rural Development Agency in extending the ongoing socio-economic development programmes to the Naxalite-prone villages by creating employment opportunities for the aspirants, who sought employment after graduation.

Besides, various basic amenities are also being provided to the villagers. The villagers had also extended their support to the police in their effort to eradicate Naxalism, he said adding that no Naxalite was moving in the district.

He said that when movement of any strangers was reported, personnel from the nearest police station would rush immediately to the spot and verify their details.

The SP said to create further awareness and alertness among the public, the combing operations were being conducted in the Naxalite-prone villages and hill areas.

To nab long warrant-pending Naxalites Sundaramurthy, Navin Prasad, Chandra and Kalidas, the NSD wing, the STF and the local police have conducted joint combing operations in the areas concerned.

The operations were being conducted at 10 points in the district on Thursday.

He appealed to the public to inform to the police about the movement of strangers or Naxalites, if any, in their village, by calling him on 94432 40569, (04342) 230989 and NSD wing inspector 94439 43418.

The SP conducted combing operations in Kottur, Pelrambatti in the Kottur hills. He received grievance petition demanding provision of basic amenities to the hill tribes.

Search for naxals continues in Dharmapuri

December 21, 2006

Search for naxals continues in Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri, Dec 21. (PTI) The combing operation to nab the naxals reportedly hidden in the district continued for the second day today.

The team of Special Task Force and Naxal Special Duty personnel led by Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram made thorough search in Kottur hills, 40 km from here.

Speaking to reporters at Kottur hills, SP H M Jayaram said the combing operations were being conducted in the naxal- prone villages and hill areas to nab the suspected naxal leaders Sundaramurthy, Navin Prasad, Chandra and Kalidas.

The operations were conducted at 10 points of the district.

He appealed to the public to inform any movement of strangers and naxals in their area.

He said as the information system was strengthened in villages especially in tribal belt, the movement of any stranger would be known to the police.

The NSD wing had been coordinating with the District Rural Development Agency to carry out socio-economic development programmes in the naxal-prone villages and creating employment opportunities, he added.


TN borders sealed to check Naxal movement

November 13, 2006

TN borders sealed to check Naxal movement
Monday November 13 2006 00:00 IST

DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri District Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing and Special Task Force (STF) have been jointly conducting combing operations in Hogenakkal forests bordering Tamil Nadu-Karnataka to nab the under ground Naxals and to avert infiltration from the neighbouring States.

According to Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, in addition to the nabbing work done by the NSD wing, the combing operation was conducted in the forest areas in the last four days.

The STF personnel, who had camped in Hogenakkal were also involved in the combing operation. The teams had been jointly conducting operations in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai, Neruppur, Eriyur, Boothippatti, Nagamarai and few other tribal villages in Anjetty forest.
The forest borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been monitored by the STF and intelligence. All the vehicles, which passed through the forest border checkposts, were being searched by the police team. No infiltration was reported till now, the SP said.

Jayaram added that the list of hill villages and Naxal-prone villages, where the population had been already enumerated by the NSD wing, were being monitored and also the migrants were verified by the special team at their working and staying places in the neigbouring States.

The Naxal-prone villages had been keenly watched to avert any infiltration of the underground and new Naxals from the neighbouring States.

The villages had also been extending their cooperation to the government to give information about any strangers. Based on the information, the NSG wing Inspector R Senthil had made an enquiry about their visits.

When contacted, the NSD wing inspector Senthil, who was conducting the operation in Perinkattukottai in Marandhalli forests, where the Naxal leader Ravindran was killed in an encounter on January 10, 2000, said that the combing operations would continue till further orders.

No sign of infiltration had been noticed by the team as well as the public.

The villagers had also been extending their cooperation to nab the Naxals and arrest the infiltration attempt. The forest borders had been sealed mostly.

The villagers also could give information to the NSD wing station at (04342) 266199 or Cell: 94439 43418 about the movement of any strangers found in their area, he added.

According to sources, at Boothipatti, where the memorial pillar of the Naxals were erected, Perunkattukottai, where Ravindran was killed in an encounter, Dharmapuri Municipal burial ground, where the Naxal second leader Siva alias Parthipan, who was killed in an encounter at Chinnakanakampatti in Uthangarai forest on November 22, 2002, was buried, Ramiyampatti, the native village of under ground Naxal Sundaramurthy, had also been brought under the network of police.

STF to extend anti-Naxal operations

November 11, 2006

STF to extend anti-Naxal operations
Thursday November 9 2006 11:56 IST

MADURAI: The Special Task Force (STF) in the State would extend its anti-Naxalite operations to two more border districts of Tiruvallur and Vellore, said Director General of Police D Mukherjee.

Briefing journalists here on Wednesday, Mukherjee said the STF was already engaged in combing and surveillance operations in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. Apart from these major assignments, the force would also give training to commandos, he added.

On the question of transfer of the case pertaining to the manufacture of shells in Chennai to Andhra Pradesh, Mukherjee answered in the affirmative, provided a request came from the Andhra police. He also expressed satisfaction over the conduct of investigation in Tamil Nadu.

Regarding the surging number of Lankan refugees with LTTE connections to the State, the DGP said the State police were always on ‘alert’ and added that the practice of transferring those suspected to be having links with the militant group to the special camps was on.

Mukherjee also said that the government was examining the recommendations of the committee set up to make amendments to the jail manual. Agreeing that the existing health scheme for police staff needed to be revised, the DGP assured that he ‘would look into it’ in order to ‘streamline’ the prevailing scheme for the benefit of the members.

Before addressing the media, the DGP held a session with top police officers, which was attended by Sanjeev Kumar, Inspector General (South Zone), M Chidambarasamy, Inspector General (IG) and Commissioner of Police, Madurai, and other top brass from the southern districts.

"Raghu manufactured some parts of empty rocket shells in his Padi unit"

November 2, 2006

“Raghu manufactured some parts of empty rocket shells in his Padi unit”

K.T. Sangameswaran

CHENNAI: Raghu alias Srinivasa Reddy of Nellore, a member of a Naxalite group who surrendered before the Andhra Pradesh police recently, had manufactured some parts of empty rocket shells and launchers in his unit, Bharath Fine Engineering, at Padi.

Initially, owners of six engineering firms located at Padi, Korattur and Mogappair were arrested for manufacturing parts of rockets and launchers for Raghu. In a bid to avoid suspicion, Raghu, an engineer, had “outsourced” some work to the six units. A senior police officer said Raghu was a key person in the naxalite outfit. His contacts with the banned outfit were mainly at the top level. He did not have any major contacts in Chennai.

Mixed lot

Police sources said since the components seized in the neighbouring State on September 7 were in a mixed form, it was difficult to distinguish those manufactured in Raghu’s unit.

The rocket launchers were seized from Achambedu police station limits in Mehboob Nagar district of Andhra Pradesh. The Tamil Nadu Police are awaiting word from Andhra Pradesh on the future course of action. Bringing Raghu here is not ruled out, the officer said. The Andhra Pradesh police are yet to complete their investigation.

AP Govt. talks with naxals not good for nation: Jayalalithaa

October 19, 2006

AP Govt. talks with naxals not good for nation: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Oct. 17 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, today said that talks between the Andhra Pradesh Government and Naxalite groups were not good for the nation and that she was against such initiatives.

The coming together of splinter groups of Naxalites was “dangerous” and would pose a threat to the nation’s unity and integrity, she told reporters at the AIADMK headquarters here.

Ex-Naxals’ tryst with elections

October 5, 2006

Ex-Naxals’ tryst with elections
Wednesday October 4 2006 11:56 IST

DHARMAPURI: The joint efforts of the district administration and the police department to change the minds of Naxals and their supporters have finally yielded results. The former Naxals have now decided to contest the local body elections.

Dharmapuri is being identified as one of the Naxal-prone districts in Tamil Nadu. Naxal activities were strong in 55 villages identified by the police department in the district a few years ago.

On November 24, 2002 at Uthangarai, Naxal leader Siva alias Parthiban was shot dead in an encounter at Chinnakanagampatti village. Following the incident, combing operations were undertaken by the police during which as many as 30 Naxalites, including five women, were arrested and weapons seized from them.

Five police personnel, including an inspector, were injured during the operation. Police also launched a manhunt for PWG activists Sundaramurthi, Nivin, Kalidass and Ananthi.

As a result, Naxals and their supporters, who were arrested by the police in connection with various cases, abandoned their activities and returned to the main stream.

One such reformed Naxal supporter – P Thirumurugan (28) of Ramiyampatti hamlet – is contesting from Mallikkuttai for the post of panchayat president in Karimangalam panchayat union as an Independent.

Another Naxal sympathiser, T Ammasi (45) of Ramiyampatti, is contesting from Karimangalam Union for the post of ward member as a Congress candidate.

Thirumurugan, a post-graduate, is contesting on the ‘Lock’ symbol. In his election manifesto, he has assured to abolish ‘Kanduvatti’ and ‘Kattapanchayat’, create awareness on female infanticide, employment generation, etc. Ammasi has assured to strive for the welfare of the society.

According to Superintendent of Police H M Jayaraman, Thirumurugan, an activist of the Tamil Nadu Ryot Coolie Sangam, which directly supported Naxal activities, had some cases pending against him in Mathikonpalayam police station. His nomination had been accepted by the Election Department. Similarly, PWG supporter Ammasi had also been detained in connection with several cases.

The SP claimed that the effective measures taken by the administration to uproot Naxalism in the district had forced the members to tread the right path. As far as Dharmapuri district was concerned, various welfare measures had been implemented by the DRDA at the identified Naxal-prone villages.

Apart from development works, as many as 1,000 youth were trained to attend the Uniformed Services Exams in the district. Of them, 158 had got placements in various defence services. The SP added that at present, as many as 350 youth were being given training to attend the SI selection in the police department.

Physical training was being given at Dharmapuri, Pennagaram and Harur. After completion of the physical training, they would be given coaching for the written test jointly by the NSD wing and DRDA.

Naxal leader’s death anniversary observed

September 14, 2006

Naxal leader’s death anniversary observed
Wednesday September 13 2006 10:29 IST

DHARMAPURI: The death anniversary of Naxal leader Balan, who was killed in an encounter near Palacode in 1980, was observed amidst tight security in Dharmapuri on Tuesday.

Despite a ban on Naxal activities in the district, their supporters continued to observe the death anniversary of their leaders by getting permission from the Court.

An indoor meeting was conducted at the Rotary Hall in Dharmapuri by the Peoples’ Democratic Youth League (PDYL) chaired by State organiser Gnanam.