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Archive for March 2nd, 2007

Naxals sneak in, Jeypore on alert

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 2, 2007

Friday March 2 2007 13:05 IST

JEYPORE: An alert has been sounded in Koraput district after over 100 hardcore Naxalites from neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Malkangiri district reportedly entered the tribal pockets of Jeypore sub-division. According to reports, four days back, the district police received an intelligence report from Bastar district of Chhattisgarh over movement of armed Naxals towards Jeypore sub-division.

Sources said the Naxalites sneaked into Jeypore sub-division areas by taking the river route near Ghadaghat, bordering Orissa and Chhattisgarh. They were heading towards Boipariguda and Kundra block through the Ramgiri forests. Apprehending attacks on major establishments, the police administration is on the alert and security has been beefed up to avoid any untoward incident.

According to reports, extremist outfits from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh would reportedly hold a meeting soon to spread their activities from Ramgiri forest areas of Boipariguda and Kundra blocks, which are non-Naxal zones, to neighbouring Nabarangpur district which has not seen any kind of radical activity so far.

Meanwhile, Koraput SP Arun Bothra visited several sensitive pockets of the district on Wednesday to review the current strategy of the police. New India Express


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Naxals kill 5 informers within month in Gadchiroli

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 2, 2007

Pradip Kumar Maitra

Nagpur, March 1, 2007

Tension prevails in the tribal areas of Etapalli region in Gadchiroli district, bordering Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, over brutal killings of five villagers within a month by naxalites of CPI (Maoist) after dubbing them police informers.

The latest victim of the Maoist rebels was Patali Zhole of Tambda village in the district. The extremists killed the 40-year old Patali on Wednesday with sharp weapons. According to police, Zhole was woke up by the naxalites at midnight and was dragged him out from his house. They had taken him to nearby jungle and killed him there. The villagers found the dead body of Patali only in the morning. However, the district police denied that Patali had a link with the police. “He was never an informer for us,” asserted Shirish Jain, the district superintendent of police while talking to Hindustan Times.

Earlier, one Dolu Zhure, a police patil of Kamke village in the area was killed by naxalites on February 18. An eight-member squad stormed into the house of Dolu at midnight, dragged him out and gunned him down.

Similarly, Namdeo Bhilavi of Dubbagudam and Shyamrao Dhurve of Tambde village were hacked to deaths by Maoists last month. They also killed one Haridas Korami of Ghotsur on January 4 this year. Of them, Shyamrao was an ex-naxalite and surrendered before the police, a couple of years ago. He incurred the wrath of extremists for staying away from the organisation for quite some time. Almost all the cases, the naxalites left the village after warning the villagers that they should not cooperate police, otherwise face similar actions.

Meanwhile, the district administration perturbed over the sudden spurt of violence by the naxalites on the eve of Zilla Parishad elections. The naxalites have already given a poll boycott and warned the villagers to desist from all elections activities. “The recent naxalite violence is just an attempt to terrorise the innocent tribal to keep them away from the ZP elections process,” felt the district police super.

The district police sent a team to Tambda village on Thursday after the incident. “An intensified search operation has already begun in the area against naxalites after the incident,” Jain further informed

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No nod for Salwa Judum

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 2, 2007

As Dhanai Kishor sipped tea at a roadside dhaba, four gun-toting policemen stood guard. That’s all there is left to the status of the president of Nagarik Suraksha Samiti (NSS), besides a state-gifted vehicle to travel.

Kishor is a disappointed man. Last year, his outfit was responsible for eliminating as many as 13 Naxalities, besides having got several arrested.

But instead of encouraging them further, the police have distanced itself from the activities of their group, which is quite similar to that of Salwa Judum in the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh. Kishor’s team still operates in East Singhbhum and in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. But the going has got tougher with time.

“Support from the police is not consistent anymore,” he adds.

Unlike Chhattisgarh, where Opposition leader Mahendra Karma and the ruling BJP have joined hands to promote Salwa Judum, Jharkhand has decided to follow a different path.

In a move that has taken many by surprise and is likely to start off a debate on Salwa Judum in the several Naxalite-affected states, opposition to the state-supported vigilante groups has not come from human rights groups or NGOs. It has come from within the Jharkhand police itself.

Top police officials believe Salwa Judum is deepening fissures within the tribal society in Bastar. The so-called “peace march” has created clear-cut divisions, which could well result in a “civil war” of sorts, they say.

In 2005, Kishor had initiated the move of grouping together villagers to fight the Naxalites. The government had supported the basic idea, but it had its own reservations and questions on state-sponsored measures.

“We don’t think Salwa Judum is working. It is not right for Jharkhand,” a top police officer in Ranchi said very clearly.

The police reaction has been questioned by some. Especially, as they point out, 16 of the 22 states are Naxalite-affected. And what’s leading to it is the complete breakdown of any form of governance in the state. In Dantewada district, the nucleus of Salwa Judum, hundreds of villagers remain in camps protected by policemen.

Many of them have been killed by their fellow villagers, who have decided to side with the Naxalites, instead of joining these camps. Those in the camp, in turn, have been armed by the state to take on their fellow villagers, now turned foes. Between them a battleline has been drawn and where it can lead to is anybody’s guess.

“Living conditions in these camps are miserable,” said Tridib Ghosh, a member of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). Ghosh admitted there was a lot in the state that had changed. The biggest problem today was the total lack of governance.

In the past five years, the state has taken few initiatives to implement schemes at the grassroots. With growing discontent, the Naxalite threats, too, grew.

An action plan to counter this growing Naxalite movement was prepared a year and a half back. Much time has passed but implementation of the plan has been limited only to modernisation of the police force and increasing fighting capabilities.

The other important aspects of rural economic and political development remain sadly ignored.

The centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Swayam Vikas Yojana, which could have gone far in bringing development, didn’t do well, either. Only 56 per cent of the total plans actually made to the implementation stage. The health and education sectors remain in poor conditions, too. “We are going to ask the Centre for 2,000 schools,” said chief minister Madhu Koda, when asked about future plans.

The state’s allocation for the next fiscal is Rs 6,600 crore, a mere Rs 1,000 crore increase. But to complain about funds alone is just an excuse. The trend shows that utilisation from the Centre is far from desirable.

At the chief minister’s sprawling residence, groups of women protested against the “loot” by government officials in implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. “Force will not help. Making people fight will not really give them their rights,” said Dayamani Barla of the Akhil Bharatiya Pragatisheel Mahila Association.

Therefore, the state’s demand of 40 more companies of paramilitary forces, may prove to be an incomplete exercise. Most districts affected by the Naxalite movement are said to be in the “struggle stage” but pockets in the state are now in the “guerrilla stage”. That may be so, but the police is not encouraging “employment of former convicts” like Kishor, alleged to have been involved in a bank robbery before setting up the NSS.


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