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Archive for April 15th, 2007

Indian security forces to target Maoist leaders

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

Rattled by unabated attacks by Maoist guerrillas, security forces are wondering if they should kill the long underground leaders of a four-decade-old insurgency that shows no signs of ending.

The home ministry has convened a series of meetings in south Indian city of Hyderabad to review the existing strategy that clear is not proving effective enough to tackle the rebel violence, IANS reported.

The most dramatic Maoist offensives in recent times have included a major attack on a Bihar jail, the assassination of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sunil Mahto and the slaughter of 49 policemen and militia members in Chhattisgarh.

Following the Hyderabad meeting Friday would be similar conferences in Patna April 16 and in New Delhi April 24. Attending these meetings would be members of the Anti-Naxal Task Force and the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG).

An anti-Maoist Coordination Center meeting chaired by new Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta will be held in New Delhi April 24. Informed sources said the ministry would take a fresh look at its counter-Maoist strategy and examine the feasibility and efficacy of the new doctrine to fight the rebels by increasing the number of security personnel in the affected areas.

The officials will also examine the feasibility of accelerating development work in the areas where the Maoists operate, drawing to their cause thousands of poor and landless workers. Maoists, whose rebellion started in India in May 1967, are most active today in states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

They have refused to give up violence despite appeals from Maoist leaders in Nepal with whom the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has had long-standing fraternal links.

The meetings would also look at steps to strengthen security to irrigation works in Bihar. One suggestion put up by some security forces that they need to ‘target’ the Maoist leaders — an official euphemism for killings as was done systematically in Punjab in the 1980s.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has suggested that targeting prominent leaders would leave the Maoist cadres rudderless. Additionally, by eliminating key leaders, the security forces hope to spark a leadership tussle among the cadres so as to further undermine the guerrillas, whose fighting strength is estimated at a few hundreds.

The home ministry also favors improving intelligence gathering in Maoist-infested areas to be one step ahead of the guerrillas. The government’s strategies would get finishing touches at these three meetings.


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Maoist sorry for killing civilians

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

Giridih, April 12: Reacting to criticism for killing civilians during their attack on the CISF camp last week, the CPI(Maoist) has come out with a statement saying that they are waging a war for the people and regret loss of civilian lives.

Acknowledging for the first time that two Maoists too were killed during the offensive at Gandhinagar near Bermo last Friday, the CPI(M) in a statement has blamed the state and the media for propagating false information.

Stating that the attack was launched by the PLGA (people’s Liberation Guerrilla Army), in which two CISF jawans and four civilians also lost their lives, the party asserts that it is not the “party line” to harm the common people.

Claiming to be anguished over reports that the Maoists had put the common man to a great deal of hardship and that people were living in fear, that the Maoists had not only killed civilians but also blew up bridges and cut off roads to the great inconvenience of common people, the statement seeks to explain the conduct of the rebels.

Asserting that “this class struggle is for the common people and is being waged with them”, the statement asserts that they do not want to harm or hurt people.

Explaining the death of a truck driver, the statement claims that the PLGA twice had asked the driver to stop but he had defied orders. Finally, the PLGA had opened fire to stop the vehicle but it was an “unfortunate mistake” that the driver too got hit, adds the statement.

Referring to the death of other civilians at Kurpania market, the rebels’ statement asserts that they could have been killed by bullets fired by the police as well.

Like other PLGA actions, the attack on the CISF camp too was meant to loot arms and ammunition, says the statement. “We did not want to kill even the policemen but they interfered with our mission and paid with their lives,” it states.

The statement says that CPI(M) deeply regrets the killing of civilians and is concerned about the plight of their families. “We have done some introspection and will try to avoid accidental killing of civilians in future,” it assured in conclusion.

The Telegraph

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Chhattisgarh bans CPI (Maoists), 5 other Naxal groups

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

Raipur, April 13: The Chhattisgarh government banned six Naxalite organisations, including Communist Party of India (Maoist), for one year for “unlawful” activities, officials said.

“Under sub-section 1 of section 3 of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, CPI (Maoist) and five of its frontal organisations were banned today by the state government,” official sources said here.

The organisations were banned for their “unlawful” activities, the sources said.

Besides CPI (Maoist), Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, Krantikari Adivas Mahila Sangh, Krantikari Adivasi Bala Sangh, Krantikari Kisan Committee and Mahila Mukti Manch were also banned, they said.

CPI (Maoists) was formed by the merger of the Maoists Communist Centre of India and People’s War Group on October 14, 2005, following which they stepped up their activities in the state.

Zee News

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Encounters, arson mark bandh called by Naxalites

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

MUMBAI: Twin encounters with security officials at Gadchiroli and another incident of Maoists trying to burn records inside a panchayat office, marked the bandh called by Naxalites in Maharashtra on Tuesday. However, no casualties were reported.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) had called the bandh across Gadchiroli, Gondia and Chandrapur to protest against the death of their 22 comrades, killed in police encounters in the state last year.

In another major breakthrough, four top Maoist guerrillas surrendered on Sunday, taking the total number of extremists, who have given up their arms, to 146.

Intelligence inputs had warned that the Left-wing extremists could trigger large-scale violence using automatic rifles, imported pistols and even mortars against the police and paramilitary forces.

“We were on maximum alert to ensure that the bandh was observed peacefully. It was significant since four Maoist extremists have surrendered in the past two days,” special inspector general of police (anti-Naxalite operations) Pankaj Gupta told DNA.

The Maoists said the bandh was called to protest against the alleged fake encounters against their comrades. They further incriminated the police saying the latter never bothered to check the antecedents of those killed.

But according to a senior security official, all those who were killed in the encounters were hardcore Naxalites. “Before we launched the attacks, we checked details of each one of them. In some cases, offensive literature and weapons were seized from the victims,” he added on condition of anonymity.

DNA – India

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Sibu calls upon JMM cadres to take on Naxalites head –on

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

Taking a strong exception to the threats issued by Maoists to some of his party’s top functionaries, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Sibu Soren has exhorted party cadres to “be prepared for taking the ultras head-on at the grassroots”. The call has surprised one and all in the corridors of power in Jharkhand.

Soren, presently lodged in the prisoners’ ward of RIMS, has sent the message through some of his trusted lieutenants.

“Guruji has given a call for a direct confrontation with the Naxalites. He has at the same time cautioned party leaders and cadres against deviating from issues, which form the core of JMM’s agenda,” JMM central committee secretary Suprio Bhattacharya told the HT.

“Guruji was shocked to know that Naxalites had killed Jamshedpur MP Sunil Mahto. He had, in fact, never apprehended that Naxalites would target his party cadre. But now that the Maoists have targeted Sudhir Mahto, the Deputy Chief Minister and party MLA, Soren has asked us to be ready for a showdown with outlawed outfits,” Bhattacharya said.

He added that the party was also buoyed by the call for Sendra (war) given by the Nagrik Suraksha Samiti members in Baguria to avenge Sunil Mahto’s killing.

Sudhir Mahto said he was yet to receive Soren’s message. “I will comment only after I discuss the issue with Soren,” he added.

Soren’s call has, nevertheless, alarmed the state police in particular, which fears it could lead to bloodbath between die-hard JMM cadres and the ultras. “Chances of JMM cadres, armed with traditional bows and arrows, suffering heavy reverses in the hands of heavily-armed ultras can’t be ruled out in such a scenario. In fact, more innocents too could be killed in the process,” said a senior IPS official.

Jharkhand Yuva Morcha Chief Binod Pandey too admitted the fact. “We can not challenge them (Naxalites) physically. But our strategy will be to ensure people isolate them, particularly, in rural areas. The cadres will now have to work harder for expanding the party base at the grassroots,” he said.

Police officials felt Soren’s call has come at a time when the Naxalites attitude towards him has changed. “The ultras had earlier refrained from issuing statements against Soren. But now, they have started targeting him as well,” they pointed out.

Hindustan Times

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Antony against army role to check Maoist violence

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

Bangalore: Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here Saturday he was not in favour of direct involvement of armed forces in checking the growing Maoist violence.

“I agree Maoists pose a real threat to our internal security. But I am not for a direct involvement of the armed forces in meeting it. It is primarily the duty of the state police and the paramilitary forces to check their violence,” Antony told reporters here.

The minister, however, hastened to add that the army would extend whatever assistance the state governments required in combating the Maoist menace.

“I can assure from the army side, they (state governments) can expect enormous support on training their police force and other agencies to neutralise the Maoists and maintain law and order,” Antony said.

On the issue of troop withdrawal from Jammu & Kashmir, the minister said the government had already set up three committees to review the situation in the border state and take appropriate measures to protect life and property.

“On the borders, however, the troops will remain as there is no demilitarisation plan and vigil has to be maintained all the time. We are not for confrontation with any country. What happened in the past with some countries, we are trying to improve as a conscious policy, especially with the neighbours,” Antony disclosed.

Referring to the modernisation of the armed forces in the region with sophisticated weapons from various countries, the minister said India could neither ignore the developments taking place nor lower the vigil on the borders as well as along the vast coast line.

On the test-firing of nuclear-capable, intermediate range ballistic missile Agni-III Thursday, Antony said the successful test signalled India’s entry into the select group of nations with the ability to hit targets 3,500 km away with accuracy and precision.

“I congratulate the scientists for the long-range test, coming as it does nine months after the first test failed. More such tests will be decided,” the minister said. -IANS

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