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Archive for March 14th, 2007

Security beefed up on Maoist bandh eve

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

GAYA: Security has been beefed up in view of the Magadh bandh call given by the Maoists on Thursday to register protest against the custodial death of Nathun Kahar, one of the top leaders of the banned outfit and an accused in 19 criminal cases, including the Maoist invasion of the Tekari police station and the Bara and Senari carnages.

All the five districts of the Magadh division, including the more vulnerable parts of Gaya, Jahanabad, Aurangabad and Arwal, have been put on high alert. According to sources, some additional police force has been mobilised to maintain peace during the bandh.

Asked about the security arrangements during the bandh, IG (Magadh zone) Raj Vardhan Sharma said that police deployment at strategic points and on important routes has been made.

Security arrangements have been strengthened at police stations, outposts and pickets and extra vigil is being maintained on the movement of extremists.

The Maoists, while giving the bandh call, have contested the police claim that Nathun Kahar died of asthma. The Maoists have alleged that Nathun was tortured to death and have vowed revenge against the police.

Nathun was arrested from Khaira village under the Konch police station area on March 6 and he died two days later in police custody. Before his death, the Gaya police presented Nathun before a select group of electronic mediapersons and the footage showed him in apparently good health.

A criminal case against the Konch officer in-charge (OC) Janardan Singh was subsequently registered under Section 304 of the Indian Penal code. The case was instituted on the basis of a complaint made by inspector J N Sharma.

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At Least 20 People Killed In Police Firing In Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

It is shocking and shaking news from the people of Nandigram, the state of west Bengal, India has waged a war against them with an intention of occupying their farm land, fish ponds, homes and hearths. In spite of the rhetorical statements by the Chief Minister of WB that he would consult and convince the people, the State government claiming to be leftist by ideology, has resorted to brutal and barbaric way of using police force and party cadres to attack the unarmed, non violent farmers, fish workers, labourers and artisans in the district of East Midnapore for grabbing their land. The people from generations old communities who have a golden history of freedom movement and martyrdom are being not only forced but killed by the “free Indian state” which is shameful for the Indian democracy and its people.

As per the latest information, thousands of Police on entering the area, this morning, started firing, and 20 at least are found killed while hundreds are wounded lying on the street. Police are forcibly taking away the dead bodies. Women are at the forefront and have faced the attack the most. Children and men along with women are on the streets coming out of homes and villages to stop the brutal State and Party forces who are trying to take the territory under siege for SEZ with MNCs. We are also informed that media persons were stopped from witnessing the brutal atrocities while two media persons from TARA

News are said to be missing.

This is obviously a planed action since even last month when 4 meetings attended by over 20000 people was held, there was news that the CPM would launch its attack soon after the school exams were over.

Women and men who continued to keep watch day and night were most worried expecting the armed attack and asked whether their non violent approach would work. Since yesterday, there was a fear and a threat of an action using thousands of Police and CPM Cadres, armed and prepared to forcibly occupy their land and the territory. The public statement to this effect was made by none else but Shri P.R.Roy Secretary, Home Affairs and Raj Kanojia IG- Law and Order, state of West Bengal. The opposition in WB, during assembly session, had demanded a dialogue to start immediately and not to resort to State violence.

The news is that the firing and violence is still on and the people also have not given up. The intellectuals in west Bengal have come out in support of the struggling farmers and others and there is a need that the same happens in all the states. Imposition of industrialization, with or without SEZ, as also real estate development is to kill farm land and farming as a way of life. But Nandigram and Singur show that the corporotised stae does not mind even mind killing people to make way for the Multi National Corporations.

This brutal attack must be immediately condemned and CPM must be compelled to stop murdering farmers immediately. Such state fascism and corporate war against people can’t and must not be tolerated.

What happens in Nandigram and West Bengal is to decide the fate of lakhs of farmers, fish workers, labourers, artisans who voted for left front but now are in unprecedented battle for survival.

· We demand that the Union of India and UPA through the PM, Sonia Gandhi and others must immediately intervene and use various restraining measures in their hands to compel the CPM government to stop the murderous attack.

· Legal action must be taken against all responsible for the killings including the CM, West Bengal

· We expect that the National Human Rights Commission will send a team for urgent enquiry and take action. We assert that SEZ Act should be repealed and projects with conflict between the state and

the people should be put on immediate hold across the country. An enactment on Development Planning, based on the draft submitted to the National Advisory Council under the Chairmanship of Smt. Sonia Gandhi should be taken for consultation with people’s movements and approved.

· WE appeal to the eminent and concerned citizens and people’s organizations to condemn and protest against the inhuman imposition of projects in the name of development.

For National Alliance Of People’s Movements

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14 killed, 75 injured in Nandigram police firing

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

At least 14 people were killed and 75 others injured as people opposing the acquisition of farm land for industries fought pitched battles with police who entered villages here after a gap of about three months to restore law and order.

Home Secretary P R Roy told reporters in Kolkata that 11 people were killed and 75 injured when police opened fire on a mob of about 5,000 villagers who tried to prevent their entry into villages.

Roy said the toll might go up as a search was on for more bodies in the area.

Among the injured were 12 policemen. Twenty people were arrested in connection with the violence.

State police chief A B Vohra told reporters in Kolkata that six bodies had been found and the death toll could rise as reports on the violence were yet to be received from different areas.

He said 25 people were arrested and eight improvised arms, including pipe guns and ammunition, were seized from Sonachura and Adhikaripara under Nandigram block where patrolling by police has been intensified.

Nandigram has witnessed violent protests in the wake of reports that land would be acquired in the area for a SEZ to be set up by Indonesia’s Salim Group. Police have been prevented from entering villages by people who dug up roads.

The bodies were sent for autopsy.

Vohra said a strong police force had been rushed to the violence-hit areas and the IGP (Western Range), Superintendent of Police and senior officers were camping at Nandigram.

Patrolling was intensified in the villages at Nandigram, and police were trying to enter interior areas and convince people that they needed to be there to restore law and order, he said.

To a question, Vohra said the imposition of prohibitory orders in the area depended on the situation. “We are closely monitoring the situation.”

He also said an intelligence report had indicated that there would be resistance against the entry of police to the villages. There were fewer injuries as the policemen were wearing bulletproof jackets, he added.

Tension has been building in Nandigram since December last year, when reports that the state government would acquire farm land for a SEZ and a chemical hub to be set up by Indonesia’s Salim Group sparked protests.

The protests fuelled clashes between a Trinamool Congress-backed group and CPI-M activists, leading to six deaths on January seven. Exactly a month later an intelligence officer was lynched when police tried to enter Nandigram.

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‘Trinamul, Maoists to blame for flare-up’

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

NEW DELHI: The CPM on Wednesday adopted an aggressive stance on the violence in Nandigram in which 16 people died in police firing, blaming the Trinamul Congress and Maoists for the flare-up. CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said since the plan for SEZ in Nandigram had been put on hold and no land acquisition was taking place, the violence was engineered by Trinamul Congress and Maoists.

“It is a straightforward political battle and is not at all connected with land acquisition or SEZ. The challenge will be met with politically,” Yechury said. He added that the violence was unfortunate as there would be no land acquisition for the proposed chemical hub and SEZ without the consent of the people of Nandigram. However, Yechury stuck to Left Front government’s push for industrialisation.

“Neither Trinamul nor the Congress can oppose industrialisation, nor can the Maoists have any justification as land was not being acquired. Therefore, the violence is purely to achieve political ends and it will be met politically,” he said, adding that there would be some alterations in the Nandigram project and government would not force land acquisition. Yechury also said that the SEZ at Nandigram was a Central decision.

“West Bengal government has informed the Centre that the decision of location will have to be in consonance with that of the state government’s policy that consent of locals is a must for land acquisition,” he said. Giving a sequence of events, Yechury said armed gangs, mostly outsiders, were moving about freely in the area and around 3,000 local people had been “driven out of their homes” and were living in makeshift camps since January.

“As these outside elements faced stiff resistance while trying to enlist local support, they indulged in violence. That is how the violence began. They have stopped short of a civil war and armed gangs are moving around freely,” he said. He added that police was not allowed to enter parts of Nandigram since January. He said the Trinamul and Congress banked on their “political rationale that as long as CPM leads the Bengal government, there would be no industrialisation”. The Times of India

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‘Black Day’ in Bengal as police gun down 14 in Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

At least 14 people were killed and 39 injured in Nandigram in West Bengal Wednesday as police opened fire to quell mobs and retake the area they lost control of in January after unrest over acquisition of farmland for industry. A minister called it a ‘Black Day’ for West Bengal.

In a day of violence not seen since the Left Front took power in the state three decades ago, the police resorted to firing as hundreds of furious villagers set upon the men in uniform determined to prevent their land from being seized.

In the event, it led to a near massacre, hugely embarrassing the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which has claimed for years that it is opposed to using the police to quell what it calls ‘people’s struggles’.

‘It is a black day in the 30-year rule of the Left in West Bengal. It is unfortunate and harrowing,’ said West Bengal PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami, who represents the Left Front constituent Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP).

CPI-M leaders in Kolkata were on the defensive, while the government tried to put the blame for the violence on the main opposition Trinamool Congress, Maoist cadres and other unruly elements.

Hours after officials in Kolkata refused to admit if anyone was killed, West Bengal Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb told reporters that the police firing had claimed 11 lives. Another official said 14 people were killed.

Director General of Police Anup Bhusan Bhora put the number of injured at 39, including 14 policemen.

Bhora said 20 people were arrested during the operation, which triggered angry reactions all over West Bengal.

‘We went there to only restore law and order. We had to resort to use of force ‘only, and only and only’ to defend ourselves,’ Bhora said.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose earlier claimed that the ‘maximum toll could be 10’ and sought to defended the police action.

Nandigram is a sprawling Lok Sabha constituency some 150 km southwest of Kolkata where widespread protests in January against government attempts to take over farmland had left six people dead.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya had then declared that the government had no intention of setting up any industry in the area without consulting people.

But according to officials Nandigram was virtually taken over by ‘anti-social elements’, forcing hundreds of CPI-M supporters to flee the area. On Wednesday, the police were determined to retake control. This led to clashes.

Villagers, united under the banner of the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (Committee to Prevent Farmland Acquisition), stopped the police at Bhangaberi in Nandigram, triggering a violent face-off.

The Trinamool Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), a Left party outside the ruling front, called for a 12-hour shutdown Thursday.

The Congress immediately extended support to the strike while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a 24-hour shutdown the same day.

Even Left Front partners were shocked, realizing that West Bengal’s infatuation over industrializing the state had led to the violent confrontation.

The police, which took control of Sonachura, a bastion of the protesters, admitted that the situation was explosive.

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, who left for Nandigram, was halted at Radharani in Midnapore while CPI-M men intercepted journalists at Chandipore, several kilometres away from Nandigram.

A correspondent and cameraman of Bengali channel Tara News went missing for some time while feeding news to the channel’s Kolkata studio.

According to reports, police entered the disputed area – which had been a forbidden zone since January – from three sides, Chandipur, Tekhali bridge and the Bhangabera bridge encircling Nandigram.

Villagers gathered at several points to resist them. They had dug up roads and thrown logs to prevent the entry of police or other officials


Thousands armed with bamboo sticks came out of their homes. While some shouted slogans, others read from holy books or sang devotional songs.

Some villagers alleged that the police had fired at a rally by women members of Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee.

Police also lobbed tear gas and used batons against the protesters, who stoned the cops, injuring many of them.

Demanding Chief Minister Bhattacharya’s resignation, Banerjee said: ‘The CPI-M has unleashed a death procession. Women were brutalized. We suspect that several bodies were thrown in the rivers. What is Buddhadeb doing? Is it development?’

She also asked the government to defer the higher secondary examinations starting Friday by a day.

In the state assembly, Trinamool and Congress legislators walked out.

In a statement issued in New Delhi, the CPI-M Central Committee said: ‘It is regrettable that lives have been lost in police firing. But the organised elements who utilized bombs and pipe guns on the police have to take the blame.’

On July 31 last year, the state government signed an agreement with Indonesia’s Salim Group to implement developmental projects, including a chemical industrial estate, to be spread over 10,000 acres in a 50:50 joint venture. India PR

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Maoist tourism’ for the adventurous?

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

Mar 14, 2007, 4:30 GMT

Patna, March 14 (IANS) Move over Buddhist tourism. If a Bihar cop has his way, there will soon be a Maoist circuit – though this one may strictly be for the brave hearts.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Abhyanand wants to turn the Maoist-dominated areas of Bihar into a tourism zone, which he says will lead to job opportunities and development in such areas.

‘If Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gives us the go-ahead, the police will launch Maoist tourism, the first of its kind in the country, to fight the terror unleashed by these Naxalite forces,’ Abhyanand said.

‘What I mean by ‘Maoist tourism’ is to set up tourist spots in Maoist-hit areas. We will develop some of the rebel hideouts and places of massacres in different villages as tourist spots and the police will provide foolproof security to visitors,’ he said.

‘If unemployed supporters and sympathisers of Maoists taste the fruit of development, they will desert their dreaded masters,’ Abhyanand said.

The strength of the Maoists in their rural stronghold lies with jobless and frustrated youths who opt to work for them in the absence of any other work.

To begin with a few areas under the south Bihar districts of Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal and Aurangabad will be developed as Maoist tourist spots.

Abhyanand said Maoist tourism would attract adventurous tourists, both domestic and foreign. ‘Those who want to experience adventure will visit these places,’ he said.

‘Maoist tourism may sound like a funny idea as promoting tourism under the shadow of Maoists is something odd, but sometimes negative ideas lead to positive outcomes,’ he said.

Abhyanand earlier got recognition for his innovative Super-30 idea, under which poor students were given free training, food and shelter to crack prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Super-30 is a huge success story as last year 28 of 30 students chosen by him got selected for IIT.

The cop himself hails from a village under the Amas police station in the Maoist violence-hit Gaya district.

In some rural pockets of Bihar, the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is more feared than the state machinery.

Maoist guerrillas, claiming to fight for the landless and poor, have a strong presence in over two dozen districts in the state and are spreading their network in districts bordering Nepal

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Police fire in the air, burst tear gas shells at Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

Kolkata, March 14 (PTI): Police today fired several rounds in the air and burst teargas shells at Nandigram in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district when they were allegedly attacked by activists protesting against land acquisition for the proposed SEZ there.

Police sources here said that while trying to enter Nandigram through Bhangaberia, policemen were attacked in the Gokulnagar area by Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee activists with bombs and bullets.

IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said that after being attacked, police burst tear gas shells and fired several rounds in the air in a bid to disperse the attackers.

He could not confirm any death or injury, but unconfirmed reports said four people were killed in the firing.

The police had not entered the villages at Nandigram since the violence on January 7 which left six dead. A district intelligence officer was lynched by a mob exactly a month later.

Members of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee, led by the Trinamool Congress, had dug up roads in six or seven villages, which are their stronghold, to prevent the police from entering the villages.

Nandigram had been witnessing clashes over rumours of land acquisition for a SEZ by Indonesia’s Salim group. The Hindu

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Constant vigil on Naxalite movements in the state

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

H N Satyanarayan Rao, inspector general of police (IGP), western range while talking to the reporters here on Monday, said that police had maintained constant vigil on Naxalite movements in the state. They had trapped the source of food supply to the naxalites for whom the deep forest was the home. He said the police department had launched an awareness programme in the Naxalite infested districts of Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga against the Naxalite activities.

He also added that Naxalite activities in the state had declined considerably for the past six months after the death of Divakar, a Naxalite in a police encounter.

Rao said that security concept had changed today with the threat perception of Naxalite and terrorist attack prevailing in the state. In view of that police security needed re-orientation. He said that the identity of the women Naxalite who was arrested at Amasebail in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district on Sunday by the police belonging to Shankarnarayan police station had been traced.

The interrogation revealed that her real name was Chennamma although she was known as Uma in the Naxalite circle. Twenty-year-old girl belonging to a place in Mundargi taluk of Haveri district was motivated by the revolutionary songs sung by few naxalites in Davangere three years ago. Since then a Naxalite by name Padmanabha was in constant touch with her. She joined the Naxalite cadre during the last rainy season.

A group of stage artistes from Manipal had been enacting a drama 'Hasiru Nadinalli Kempu Hadi (Red road on the green land)' in different places of these districts as a part of awareness programmes. Awareness camps were being organized and vocational training course arranged to motivate the youth influenced by naxalism to join the main stream. Army recruitments camps were being arranged in these districts, he added.      Sahil online

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Threat from `Red Brigade’

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 14, 2007

A brutal murder made the headlines on a lazy Monday morning. A JMM MP and Party General Secretary Sunil Mahato, two of his bodyguards and a party colleague were brutally murdered at point-blank range during a football match at Bakuria, near Jamshedpur. Two days later three vehicles deployed for the zilla parishad elections were set on fire in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Followed by a murder most foul in Pannuar district in Kerala. Next, killings in Dantewad, Chattisgarh, Koneru, Andhra Pradesh, Jehanabad, Bihar and Kalinganagar, Orissa. There were no leads and no arrests. As if the felonies were mere figments of imagination. No, it was the harsh reality of the spate of attacks by the “Red Brigade”. The message was loud and clear: We can strike anywhere, any time, when we want!

Scary? You can say that again. Forget Kashmir or the North East. Those seem minor compared to the Naxalite threat. Primarily because there the contours of insurgency are defined, the insurgents identified and the geographical area limited. Whereas the Naxal problem is spreading rapidly across various states with hardly any effort to curb its growth. Think. Fifteen States, 170 out of 583 districts and 40 per cent of terrain. Statistics of areas where strategically the Government’s writ no longer runs. ‘Liberated zones’ created by Naxalites.

A “Red Brigade’s” terrorist corridor not only runs through the entire length of the country from Nepal’s Maoists to Sri Lanka’s LTTE, but also encompasses ULFA, Pakistan’s ISI and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Examples of a State within a State. And the latest. The Defence Minister AK Antony’s disclosure: Jehadi threat from the sea.

A danger once again underscored by former Home Minister and Leader of the Opposition LK Advani during the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday last. In his reply to the debate the next day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh candidly confessed that the Naxalite problem was the “most widespread and biggest internal security threat faced by our country.”

Asserting that their designs would be dealt with firmness “without waxing eloquent with words,” he went ahead and reeled out measures of how his Government was serious in addressing the problem. “We are following a two-pronged strategy,” he grandiosely stated. Plainly, more of the same–increased police force, training, better intelligence and more money et al. And the lollipop of enticing schemes which have yet to percolate down to the aam aadmi. The Backward District Initiative Scheme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme etc. Ditto his Home Minister Shivraj Patil the day earlier.

Hold it. Great pep talk. Been there and heard it all before. Isn’t this what he said last April while addressing a Chief Ministers Conference, specially called for the purpose. Questionably, merely mouthing platitudes about the urgency of being pro-active will no longer do. What is needed is for the Centre to think beyond the headlines and translate words into action and schemes to combat the Naxal scourge. A well thought-out vision and long-term planning.

Sadly, instead of addressing the issue in all seriousness, the Prime Minister reduced the Naxal menace into an academic comparative study of the Naxal situations during the NDA and UPA regimes. A sample: “The UPA’s record is better than that of the previous NDA regime. Whether it is the North-East, Jammu and Kashmir or Naxalite-affected areas, the overall internal situation is far better under us,” he stated.

Typically, New Delhi continues to betray a grave lack of comprehension, vision and long-term planning. It is happy fire fighting without any overall plan to deal with the threat. Myopic in its introspection, the Centre seldom, if ever, looks ahead and acts. It invariably stays laid-back and merely reacts. Never mind that the Naxalites have exposed how nearly the entire country is in its tenuous grip. In Bihar, for instance, there is 20.9 per cent rise in Naxal activities. Jharkhand has recorded 23.9 per cent rise in violence and 32.6 per cent rise in the killings since 2002. Worse, it continues to treat it as merely a law and order problem, which in reality is much more than that.

There is no gainsaying that the Red brigade has capitalized on internal schisms that divide India’s highly inequitable social order through catchy slogans and beguiling rhetoric. Look at the dichotomy. With a majority of India’s population engaged in agricultural pursuits, one would imagine the tillers would be rich. But it is the opposite. The peasants are not only poor but are at the mercy of the rich landlords. Providing the Naxals the perfect opening to wean the agricultural labourers with the promise of getting them their rightful dues in terms of not only wages but also give them confiscated surplus land from the landlords and distribute it among the landless labourers. Thereby laying the seeds of running a parallel government in remote areas, conduct people’s court, extort money from “landlords” and distribute the booty among the poor.

Simplistically, the Naxals USP is that they have sold the poor the pipe-dream of implementing land reforms by breaking up large feudal landholdings and dividing the surplus land among the poor a la Robin Hood. Something which successive governments at the Centre and in the States have lacked the political courage to do. Today, the downtrodden are saying no to oppression and exploitation. Asserted a senior intelligence officer: “We are in serious danger because of the rise of the Naxal movement in the last four-five years… it has really developed into a danger point and if we fail to take note of the danger, I am afraid the consequences would be fatal.”

Interestingly, the Union Home Ministry conceded a few years ago that this was one of the root causes of this menace. It also prophesized in a report that inequalities of economics would breed internal unrest and upset peace. Yet it let this socio-economic cancer fester in its backyard. With the result that today it has assumed gigantic proportions that threaten to devour the country in its tentacles. Is the Government really serious about defusing this powder keg? Merely acknowledging that the situation is India’s biggest-ever security challenge will no longer do. It has do some honest soul searching. Clearly, the Centre needs to hammer out a long-term strategy to cry a halt to Naxalism.

The Government would have to fight this threat simultaneously on many fronts. One way for it is to expose the lacunae in the Naxal’s ideological framework and simultaneously launch a political offensive with a humanistic vision. Two, tackle the distortions in the social system on a war footing, take measures to alleviate poverty, ensure speedy development and enforce law and order strictly. Three, take up land reforms with a fresh revolutionary zeal.

There is urgent need for the badly-affected States to undertake joint operations and set up joint unified commands for continuous monitoring of the arms profile of various Naxal groups, Along with this, the identification of sources and networks, coordinated intelligence gathering, and a well-equipped police force are needed, if this grave security threat is to be contained and neutralized. Specially against the backdrop of the growing professionalism in Naxal ranks, which is now characterised by growing militarization, superior army style organization, better trained cadres and coordination. Add to this the increasing sophistication of their arsenal and New Delhi is sitting on explosive dynamite.

Not only that. The police force as a whole needs to be increased and increased fast. Look at one absurdity. The national average of the police-public ratio is about 1.3 policemen per 10,000 citizens. Yet in Bihar, a Naxal-prone State, the ratio of policemen to the public per 10,000 is a meagre 0.9 i.e. hardly one policeman for 10,000 people. With the result that times out of number, the police and civil administration are missing in the Naxal areas. Thus, there is need to strengthen the local police on all fronts–and ensure that it is better-trained and equipped, with improved weapons and greater mobility.

Simultaneously, each State should set up a dedicated anti-Naxal force under capable officers with fixed tenures of 2-3 years, on the pattern of the ‘Greyhounds’ of Andhra Pradesh. The DGPs of the Naxal-affected States should share information. Backed by a liberal surrender and rehabilitation policy. Measures to safeguard pro-active policemen against Naxalite harassment should be enforced. The police should avail of air-surveillance of Naxal areas through helicopters.

In the ultimate analysis, the Naxalites will continue to breed internal unrest and upset peace till such time as the Centre does not address the inequalities of economics. The basic needs of the people cannot be ignored. Poor governance or its collapse leads to anarchy. The Centre needs to have an integrated all-India approach. It may even have to launch a series of major offensives to drive home the message to the Naxalites. Or else New Delhi alone has to carry the cross. For few years down the line the Naxals could even split the country into half, where one won’t be able to go from Ahmedabad to Kolkatta. Can any self-respecting country allow insurgents to play ducks and drakes with national unity? Can the authorities confine itself merely to a volley of words? Central Chronical

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