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Archive for March 11th, 2007

Woman took gun from her bag, shot Mahato: Police

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 11, 2007

Manoj Prasad

RANCHI, MARCH 10:It was a woman who shot JMM MP Sunil Mahato, the police now say. Though there were initial reports that women were involved in the operation, investigators have now confirmed that a woman took out a gun from her bag and fired at him.

Mahato and three others, including his party’s local leader Prabhakar Mahato, were killed at a football match on March 4.

Jharkhand DGP J B Mahapatra told The Sunday Express that after the match, some women, suspectedly belonging to the CPI-Maoist, came and sat in front of the MP. “Minutes later, a woman got up and came to garland him. Right then, another woman took out a revolver from her bag and shot him,” Mahapatra said.

Mahapatra, who along with Jamshedpur SP Pankaj Darad, was supervising the case returned to Ranchi on Friday. Darad is still camping there.

Investigations so far have revealed how the Naxalites, with their effective local network, managed to lure the MP to stay back for the match.

Ten persons have been detained for interrogation. They include Bagudia’s ex-Mukhiya Sudhir Soren, Gram Pradhan Dashmat Soren and Sonaram Soren, president of the Jarpa Club which organized the match.

The police have learnt that Dashmat who had occupied the seat next to the JMM MP had left just before the woman opened fire. Four days before the incident, some Naxalites had visited Dashmat’s house and had dinner there, the police have learnt.

They spent the night at his house and left in the morning for the Dalma hill forest where they exchanged fire with a police party led by Darad. “After the encounter, we came back but the Naxalites appeared to have stayed back,” said Darad. Though the police have neither recovered the mobile phone of the slain MP nor acquired details of calls made from the phone of Prabhakar Mahato, investigators suspect Prabhakar, the JMM block president, too, was linked to the Naxalites.

The JMM MP was slated to go to New Delhi the same evening but Prabhakar, probably under the pressure from the club’s officials and the Naxalites, repeatedly requested him to attend the match. “He went there at Prabhakar’s insistence. The Naxals killed Prabhakar to eliminate the witness,” said an investigating officer.

However, the investigators are not yet ruling out the involvement of rival mainstream politicians in the conspiracy. They felt insecure by Mahato’s increasing popularity and may be involved in the conspiracy, the officers say. “Some politicians are to be interrogated in this connection,” said IG A.K. Sinha. The Sunday Express

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Orissa will have its own industrial security force

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 11, 2007

Sunday March 11 2007 14:44 IST

BHUBANESWAR: State Police’ demand for augmenting the force got green signal from the Finance Department.

A separate unit to tackle law and order situation in industrial hubs will be created while the Intelligence wing will get added manpower, including one DIG and two SPs.

Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei held a meeting with DGP Amarananda Pattanayak in this connection here on Friday. A decision was taken to put in place an industrial security force in view of the rapid industrialisation.

At least seven new police stations will be created in industry hubs. It was decided that 193 intelligence officers will be appointed to contain growing Naxal menace in the State. Similarly, more personnel will be pressed into VIP security.

Pattanayak told the meeting that Orissa Police needs 15,000 more personnel to meet the increasing demand of law and order duty. Similarly, there is a need for Third Battalion and modernisation of police stations will require about Rs 6 crore.

The DGP informed that Home Department has earned Rs 17 crore by providing security for private organisations during the current fiscal. Home Secretary T.K. Mishra and Finance Secretary R.N. Senapati were present at the meeting. Newindpress

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Naxal sympathiser arrested in Orissa

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 11, 2007

Sunday March 11 2007 14:56 IST

GUNUPUR: Rayagada police arrested Mochila Gulidika alias Samant, a Naxal sympathiser and seized ammunitions from his possession during a combing operation in Muniguda on Friday night. He was forwarded to court on Saturday.

Sources said a team headed by Rayagada SP R.P.Kochhe and Gunupur SDPO A.K.Singh raided Khadikapadar village and nabbed Samant. Besides, police seized four SBML guns, eight bullets, eight cartridges, 17 splinters, gunpowder and banners of radical outfits from his house.

Police said that Samanta, a resident of Hakuspanka area, was an active member of Udaya group, a Naxal outfit in Minakhola dalam. Newindpress

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Ramgiri forest, Naxals new den

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 11, 2007

Sunday March 11 2007 14:50 IST

JEYPORE: Ramgiri forest spread over Koraput and Malkangiri districts would be the next hub of Chhattisgarh Naxals. The forest covers 4,000 sq km and two blocks, Kundura and Boipariguda in Koraput district, which are said to be favourable new destination for the cadres.

The geographical position of the forest has indeed proved advantageous for the ultras.

The most sensitive Dantewada and Bastar district forests of Chhattisgarh are linked to Ramgiri area.

The Kolab river, locally known as Pataliganga, is the sole dividing factor between the two regions.

However, a bridge near Kiang under Mathili block has reduced the distance and Naxals have reportedly started venturing from Tukpal and Pushpal, bordering Chhattisgarh.

The Chhattisgarh cadres have been eyeing Ramgiri since 2001 by winning hearts of local tribals through their frontal organisation, Adivasi Sangha.

Several efforts to enter the forest proved futile. However, for the last two years they have been reviving their activities and in the past two months cadres have been entering Ramgiri.

Meanwhile, police increased vigil in the region after some locals informed about the movement of Naxals in the ‘haats’ of Ramgiri forest areas.

A meeting was conducted in the wake of fresh Naxal movements by senior police and intelligence officials and police has been geared up to curb the ultras.

Koraput police are, however, tight-lipped over the arrival of Naxals in Ramgiri area.

They have started entering the forest through Tukpal and Pushpal, bordering Chhattisgarh Newindpress

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Join the Global day of action on March 17 & 18 against US aggression and occupation of Iraq

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 11, 2007

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee

International League of Peoples’ Struggle

March 10, 2007

On March 20, 2003, Bush and Blair led the US and Britain into the war of aggression against Iraq on the basis of lies. They did so despite their failure to get the approval of the UN Security Council for going to war. They did so despite widespread opposition from the people of the world who marched in the streets in their tens of millions in hundreds of cities around the globe.

But four years after killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, squandering hundreds of billions of dollars and creating widespread destruction and chaos, the aggressors and their puppets face certain defeat in Iraq. The armed resistance of the Iraqi people continues to grow in strength and inflict casualties on the aggressor troops on a daily basis. The puppet government set up by the US is inutile and powerless. The Iraqi resistance has defeated the sole imperialist superpower with the biggest and most powerful war machine today.

We salute the people of Iraq for persevering in and intensifying their revolutionary struggle. We congratulate them for winning great victories against the imperialist forces of occupation and their puppets despite all the barbarities of these and their evil efforts to divide and rule the country and the people by inflaming religious and ethnic differences . As a consequence of the valiant struggle of the Iraqi people themselves, the people of the world have become more resolute and militant in condemning and opposing US imperialism and all its criminal accomplices.

The resistance of the Iraqi people against imperialist aggression serves as an inspiration to the oppressed peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America who are waging their own struggle against imperialism and local puppet regimes. As in Vietnam, the victory of the Iraqi resistance proves once more that imperialism is a paper tiger. US imperialism has undermined its own strength by overreaching and has been thwarted by armed resistance. The people of the world recognize the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of US imperialism and are emboldened to wage all forms of resistance.

The American people have sent a clear message against the war by voting against Bush’s Republican Party in the Congressional and Senatorial elections. They want to end the futile and costly war of aggression. They want to bring home the troops now. They want the US out of Iraq now. But the bourgeois politicians of both parties continue to defy the will of the American people because they are united in their unwillingness to give up on the real purpose of the US in going to war in Iraq: control of the oil resources of that country and unchallenged US hegemony in the Middle East.

It is therefore necessary for the American people to raise their struggle to a new and higher level and press for the end of the war of aggression and occupation of Iraq, the impeachment of the topmost war criminals in Washington and the criminal prosecution of the war profiteers and their corrupt accomplices in the US government.

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) is one with the people of the world in calling for an end to the US-led war aggression and occupation of Iraq. We call on all the ILPS participating and allied organizations to commemorate the fourth year of the war by launching protest actions in their respective countries in conjunction with the call for the Global Days of Action Against the War on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18.

We urge the people of the world to join hands in demanding the end of the war and immediate withdrawal of occupation forces in Iraq so as to allow the sovereign Iraqi people to chart their own course without outside interference, especially from the imperialists headed by the US.






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A Predator Becomes More Dangerous When Wounded

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 11, 2007

By Noam Chomsky

11 March, 2007
n the energy-rich Middle East, only two countries have failed to subordinate themselves to Washington’s basic demands: Iran and Syria. Accordingly both are enemies, Iran by far the more important. As was the norm during the cold war, resort to violence is regularly justified as a reaction to the malign influence of the main enemy, often on the flimsiest of pretexts. Unsurprisingly, as Bush sends more troops to Iraq, tales surface of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Iraq – a country otherwise free from any foreign interference – on the tacit assumption that Washington rules the world.

In the cold war-like mentality in Washington, Tehran is portrayed as the pinnacle in the so-called Shia crescent that stretches from Iran to Hizbullah in Lebanon, through Shia southern Iraq and Syria. And again unsurprisingly, the “surge” in Iraq and escalation of threats and accusations against Iran is accompanied by grudging willingness to attend a conference of regional powers, with the agenda limited to Iraq.

Presumably this minimal gesture toward diplomacy is intended to allay the growing fears and anger elicited by Washington’s heightened aggressiveness. These concerns are given new substance in a detailed study of “the Iraq effect” by terrorism experts Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank, revealing that the Iraq war “has increased terrorism sevenfold worldwide”. An “Iran effect” could be even more severe.

For the US, the primary issue in the Middle East has been, and remains, effective control of its unparalleled energy resources. Access is a secondary matter. Once the oil is on the seas it goes anywhere. Control is understood to be an instrument of global dominance. Iranian influence in the “crescent” challenges US control. By an accident of geography, the world’s major oil resources are in largely Shia areas of the Middle East: southern Iraq, adjacent regions of Saudi Arabia and Iran, with some of the major reserves of natural gas as well. Washington’s worst nightmare would be a loose Shia alliance controlling most of the world’s oil and independent of the US.

Such a bloc, if it emerges, might even join the Asian Energy Security Grid based in China. Iran could be a lynchpin. If the Bush planners bring that about, they will have seriously undermined the US position of power in the world.

To Washington, Tehran’s principal offence has been its defiance, going back to the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 and the hostage crisis at the US embassy. In retribution, Washington turned to support Saddam Hussein’s aggression against Iran, which left hundreds of thousands dead. Then came murderous sanctions and, under Bush, rejection of Iranian diplomatic efforts.

Last July, Israel invaded Lebanon, the fifth invasion since 1978. As before, US support was a critical factor, the pretexts quickly collapse on inspection, and the consequences for the people of Lebanon are severe. Among the reasons for the US-Israel invasion is that Hizbullah’s rockets could be a deterrent to a US-Israeli attack on Iran. Despite the sabre-rattling it is, I suspect, unlikely that the Bush administration will attack Iran.

Public opinion in the US and around the world is overwhelmingly opposed. It appears that the US military and intelligence community is also opposed. Iran cannot defend itself against US attack, but it can respond in other ways, among them by inciting even more havoc in Iraq. Some issue warnings that are far more grave, among them the British military historian Corelli Barnett, who writes that “an attack on Iran would effectively launch world war three”.

Then again, a predator becomes even more dangerous, and less predictable, when wounded. In desperation to salvage something, the administration might risk even greater disasters. The Bush administration has created an unimaginable catastrophe in Iraq. It has been unable to establish a reliable client state within, and cannot withdraw without facing the possible loss of control of the Middle East’s energy resources.

Meanwhile Washington may be seeking to destabilise Iran from within. The ethnic mix in Iran is complex; much of the population isn’t Persian. There are secessionist tendencies and it is likely that Washington is trying to stir them up – in Khuzestan on the Gulf, for example, where Iran’s oil is concentrated, a region that is largely Arab, not Persian.

Threat escalation also serves to pressure others to join US efforts to strangle Iran economically, with predictable success in Europe. Another predictable consequence, presumably intended, is to induce the Iranian leadership to be as repressive as possible, fomenting disorder while undermining reformers.

It is also necessary to demonise the leadership. In the west, any wild statement by President Ahmadinejad is circulated in headlines, dubiously translated. But Ahmadinejad has no control over foreign policy, which is in the hands of his superior, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The US media tend to ignore Khamenei’s statements, especially if they are conciliatory. It’s widely reported when Ahmadinejad says Israel shouldn’t exist – but there is silence when Khamenei says that Iran supports the Arab League position on Israel-Palestine, calling for normalisation of relations with Israel if it accepts the international consensus of a two-state settlement.

The US invasion of Iraq virtually instructed Iran to develop a nuclear deterrent. The message was that the US attacks at will, as long as the target is defenceless. Now Iran is ringed by US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey and the Persian Gulf, and close by are nuclear-armed Pakistan and Israel, the regional superpower, thanks to US support.

In 2003, Iran offered negotiations on all outstanding issues, including nuclear policies and Israel-Palestine relations. Washington’s response was to censure the Swiss diplomat who brought the offer. The following year, the EU and Iran reached an agreement that Iran would suspend enriching uranium; in return the EU would provide “firm guarantees on security issues” – code for US-Israeli threats to bomb Iran.

Apparently under US pressure, Europe did not live up to the bargain. Iran then resumed uranium enrichment. A genuine interest in preventing the development of nuclear weapons in Iran would lead Washington to implement the EU bargain, agree to meaningful negotiations and join with others to move toward integrating Iran into the international economic system.

Noam Chomsky is co-author, with Gilbert Achcar, of Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy.

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