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Archive for April 21st, 2007

Villagers step up protests against steel plant

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

By Sujeet Kumar

Dhurli (Chhattisgarh), April 21 (IANS) Residents of two villages in Chhattisgarh hit by Maoist violence have stepped up their protests to prevent the government from acquiring their farm land for Essar Steel’s upcoming plant.


“We will sacrifice our lives, but not surrender our land!” That’s the message the impoverished villagers of Dhurli and Bhansi are sending out to everyone visiting the area, be they government officials, industrialists or mediapersons.


The villages are situated in one of the Maoist strongholds of Dantewada. It is where Essar Steel’s 3.2 million tonnes per annum plant will come up in two phases.

The company has been awarded a prospecting license for a 2,285-hectare stretch in Bailadila hills.


Maoist guerrillas are said to be cashing in on the growing resentment among the tribals and encouraging them to intensify violent protests against the government plan to acquire 600 hectares (1,480 acres) of land – 200 hectares from Dhurli and 400 hectares from the adjoining hilly region of Bhansi.


A Muria tribal stronghold, the Dhurli and Bhansi villages are located some 400 km south of mineral rich Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur and 16 km from Dantewada town.


A senior official said 69 families would be affected by Essar’s plant. The company made a deal in June 2005 with the government to invest Rs.70 billion for the plant.


The villages are located close to Bailadila hills, divided into 14 deposits, and have one of the world’s largest and finest quality iron ore stocks where the public sector National Mineral Development Corp Ltd (NMDC) has been excavating iron ore for decades for domestic supply as well as exports.


The tribal protest against land acquisition took a violent turn April 1 when Maoists stepped into the row and killed two farmers in Bhansi. The farmers had agreed to surrender their land for financial compensation.


“The Muria tribe has never conceded ancestral farm land for money to anyone. The tradition will end only if we are killed,” Telami Vija, 51, told IANS at Dhurli village when the correspondent visited the Essar’s planned steel project site.


Two elderly villagers, Ingaram and Budhram, said, “a violent war is in the offing as the government is forcibly trying to take over our land”.


They alleged that the village head, Bhagat Kunjam, had become “an Essar agent”.

Communist Party of India (CPI) leaders, including Gurudas Dasgupta, came here last month and voiced support to the villagers, Gundaram, 60, told IANS.


In Bhansi, the situation is tense because the Maoists have asked tribals not to concede a single inch of land to the government for industry.


One village chief who supports the plant had a different point of view.


“The majority wants to give up their land. But who will go against the Maoists? They (Maoists) have said they will eliminate any person found lobbying for the plant,” Bhansi sarpanch Anup Telam told IANS.


“For the last one month I have been visiting Bhansi village only in the daytime. I spend the night in safer areas, mostly in Dantewada town, due to threats from Maoists,” he said.


Another villager said a few of them from Bhansi were willing to negotiate with the government on the compensation amount but Maoists were coming in the way.


“It’s too much, I can’t decide the fate of my own land. I support the plant proposal but I am concerned about my family’s future. I know very well what they (Maoists) can do,” said the Bhansi villager.

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Naxals call for Jamui shutdown, blocked train services on Howrah-Patna route

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

Jamui ( Bihar) Apr 21: Naxals have called for a 24 hour shutdown in Jamui District today to protest against the death of their comrade Balgovind Yadav in the District jail recently. They also disrupted the trains on the Howrah- Patna route going via Jamui to enforce the shutdown.


Around 200 Naxals seized the Narganjo halt railway station here around one a.m. and held the cabin master and porters captive, railway sources said.

The Naxalites reportedly planted landmines on the railway track leading to suspension of all train services on this route.

A group of railway police, Bihar police and special force were rushed to the spot following which the Naxals retreated without causing any damage to the captives or the station.

The tracks were cleared for the train traffic around 8.15 a.m. in the morning, sources said.

The impact of the shutdown could be seen more in the rural areas where the roads remained deserted with almost no vehicular movement.

However, so far no incidence of Naxalite violence has been reported from the district.

Daily India

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Orissa seeks more anti-Naxal funds

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

BHUBANESWAR: Chief secretaries on Friday observed that violence had come down in insurgencyaffected areas, but they expressed concerned over increasing Naxal violence in some states.

They discussed measures to streamline overall governance and improve the internal security, especially in states affected by Naxalism and insurgency, at a day-long meeting, organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances in New Delhi.

The Home Ministry made a presentation on the internal security situation in the country. DGPs of some states, including Orissa, also participated.

Sources said Orissa demanded more funds to tackle the growing threat from Naxals, who have made base in several districts.

A demand was made to declare Jajpur, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Phulbani and Ganjam districts as Naxalaffected.

The demand for deployment of additional two companies of CRPF was reiterated. The other demands included more funds from the Centre under the Police Modernisation Programme, upgradation of police stations in Naxal-hit areas and funds for execution of welfare measures in tribal areas. Implementation of different development Chief Secys’ meet in Delhi.

Newindpress.com

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Cops refusing duty in naxal areas to face music

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

Raipur, April 20: Taking tough stand on the policemen refusing posting in naxal-prone areas, the police department has decided to terminate those cops who will not comply with the orders.

Not only this, besides strict departmental action against these police officials, they could also be charged with treason act.

But, all is not bad for the cops as the department will also reward those police officials who will work in naxals-inflicted areas.

However, the police department also accepts crisis of police force in the state and is taking measures to cope with the situation.

Sahara Samay

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Major consignment of explosives seized in UP

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

Varanasi, April 21: Police in Varanasi have seized 6,000 detonators and 400 highly explosive gelatin rods from near Ramnagar area.

The explosive were suspected to have been transported by naxalites to disrupt the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

A major tragedy was averted as a police team on patrolling duty found these explosive materials lying abandoned in the jungle area late last night, Ramnagar police station incharge D. K. Tripathi, said.

The contraband was found near Vishwasundari bridge situated on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli district.

The seizure of explosives in the area prone to naxal activities points to the possibility that the consignment could have been brought by naxal outfits for carrying out subversive activities and vitiating the Assembly election process in the region, Tripathi said.

Another motive behind the plans of MCC could be to take revenge for the killing of their self-styled zonal commander Sanjay Kol in Chandauli district earlier this week.


Sahara Samay

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CG: Police clueless about Maoist kidnap

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

Raipur: Despite overnight raids at several places in Chhattisgarh’s forest belt, the police remained clueless about the whereabouts of four people abducted by Maoists. The four hostages include two relatives of a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, Vikram Usendi.

About 100 armed men swooped in on Sulangi, a village 235 kilometers south of Raipur on Thursday night in Kanker district, and took hostage two cousins of Usendi. They also looted cash, jewellery and other valuables. The rebels also abducted the two drivers of tractors owned by the kidnapped relatives.

“The police have stepped up search operations and conducted raids at over a dozen places in Kanker district but have no clues about the legislator’s relatives,” a police officer said over the telephone.

He added that the “police are doing their best to free them but probably the rebels have taken them deep inside of Abujhmad forest”. Abujhmad forest is spread out over 4,000 square kilometer area of Bastar’s 40,000 square kilometer area and is known to be a Maoist stronghold where police hardly dare visit.

The outskirts of the entire area is strewn with landmines. Chhattisgarh is one of 13 Indian states hit hard by Maoist violence. (IANS)

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