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Archive for March 9th, 2007

Slow & shy in fighting red

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 9, 2007

Ranchi, March 8: Skeletons have not yet started rattling in the cupboard but there are indications that they might tumble out any time, exposing the criminal negligence shown by the state government in combating armed rebels.

Five years after the central government offered to finance separate India Reserve Battalions (IBRs) to fight Naxalites, the state has made the first move only after the assassination of the Jamshedpur MP, Sunil Mahto. Home secretary Sudhir Tripathi said the proposal would be placed before the next cabinet meeting.

The Centre had set aside Rs 45 crore for Jharkhand to raise and train three IBR battalions. It would have also paid the salary of the personnel but the battalions would have worked under the state government with the rider that they could be deployed anywhere in the country as and when necessary. But the Jharkhand government showed no interest in the scheme.

Worse, the state, it is learnt, is yet to take back a dozen Tata Safaris it sent two years ago to the Indian Ordnance Factory at Medak in Andhra Pradesh for bullet-proofing. Similarly, the state government is yet to get 22 anti-landmine vehicles it had ordered the factory at Medak to deliver.

Sheepish home department officials confided that the failure to persist with “regular follow-ups” had led to other state governments, smarter and alert, to take the vehicles away.

Jharkhand has 78 bullet-proof vehicles and 36 anti-landmine vehicles. But given its size, the state requires many more. They also confided that around 350 wireless sets purchased some two years ago were either not being used or were not very effective. The towers are yet to be constructed to provide them long-range network to connect various police stations, said an officer.

Director-general of police (DGP) J. Mahapatra claimed that even when the state government is ready with the purse to purchase arms, ammunition and special vehicles, it cannot get the desired supply because of the quota fixed by the defence ministry.

Whatever the DGP says, the fact is that till recently the state government had not been able to make up its mind on the agency to be entrusted with the task of constructing new police stations.


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Kolkata, March 9 Two girls were injured Friday at Nandigram in East Midnapore district during a shootout between Left activists and a group protestin

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 9, 2007

Railways have decided to put in place a counter strategy that would include raising additional manpower of the Railway Protection Force in the wake of the incident of detention of train on March 13, 2006 in Latehar district in Jharkhand and other naxal attacks on Railway property in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal etc. and increased threat perception on account of activities of extremist groups in Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and naxal affected States. The idea is not to substitute Government Railway Police or the State police with Railway Protection Force but to deploy armed Railway Protection Force personnel, adequately trained and equipped, on escort duty in trains particularly on the sections identified as vulnerable in naxal affected areas, so as to act as a deterrent.

Naxalites activities is an ongoing problem. However, it is expected that training and modernization of Railway Protection Force personnel will yield fruitful results in near future for Railway security.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways Shri R.Velu in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.PIB

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Decline in naxal movement worries Maoist leadership

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 9, 2007

Srinivas Reddy

Rebel activity in Bastar forest is, however, intense

HYDERABAD: The Maoist leadership is concerned that the current setback to the naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh could have an adverse impact on the movement in the country, especially in the neighbouring States of Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

A crackdown by the State, for over six years, forced the ultras to vacate their strongholds and reduced their armed struggle to a mere fight for survival. The three committees overseeing the naxal movement in North Telangana, Andhra-Orissa Border and the State committee have now conceded that the movement is on the wane. However, rebel activity in the Bastar forest of Chhattisgarh is extremely intense, while in the Orissa districts abutting Andhra Pradesh, their hold continues to be unhindered.

The Maoist think-tank is now devising strategies and tactics that could rejuvenate the movement in Andhra Pradesh. This was the theme that dominated the meeting of the Polit Bureau (PB) of the CPI Maoist, held at an undisclosed location three months ago.

Party general secretary Ganapathi’s view, that the review of the movement in Andhra Pradesh should be considered as the review of revolutionary activity in the entire country, shows how much importance the rebels accord to the State.

The meeting, the minutes of which are available with The Hindu , was of the view that there was a tactical error in not ordering the retreat of cadres from North Telangana in 2001, the when the police were just getting the better of them.

The understanding that repression could be countered only through severe resistance was totally wrong. As the police continued to deliver blow after blow to naxals, the militants, instead of retreating, formed platoons to hit back and in the process suffered irreparable losses in North Telangana and State committee areas. As a result, in almost all districts of Andhra Pradesh the party had reverted to the one-plus-one formation, wherein just two cadres move together and accord top priority to self-defence.

The PB felt that the rebel activity in South Telangana, Guntur and Prakasam districts as well as the Rayalassema and Nallamala forest areas weakened considerably due to the continuous onslaught of the State.

While trying to scale up the revolutionary activity, the leadership did not give any thought for retreat. If the minutes are any indication, there were differences of opinion among the leaders.

The meeting was attended by prominent naxal leaders Ganapathy, Katakam Sudershan, CherukuriRajkumar, Akkiraju Haragopal, Wadkapur Chandramouli (shot dead later), Namballa Kesava Rao and others. T he Hindu

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Inmates under scanner

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 9, 2007

Jamshedpur, March 8: Following news of a tussle between Maoist rebels and slain JMM MP Sunil Mahto’s supporters inside Sakchi jail, the administration has clamped unprecedented security in and outside the jail premises.

But that is hardly enough for JMM supporters who threatened to go for a hunger strike if their petition submitted to the superintendent of police today went unnoticed. They demanded shifting about 12 convicts, who had allegedly sided with the Maoists when a brawl took place over the assassination of Sunil Mahto recently, to Hazaribagh Central jail. JMM’s central committee general secretary Sheikh Badhruddin said the convicts, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment, continue to stay in Sakchi jail by implicating themselves in small cases.

Jail superintendent, Bhagirathy Karji, admitted that there were convicts who should have been shifted to Central Jail in Hazaribagh or Ranchi, but are here as more trials are pending against them in the Jamshedpur court.

However, he said supporters of Mahto had turned belligerent even though the Maoists had made no provocative statements. Meanwhile, Karji said, some security measures have been taken. The Maoists have been taken to a separate cell, he said. The Telegraph

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