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Archive for April 24th, 2007

Maoist fear closes down police station

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 24, 2007

A police station in a Bihar village has simply closed down due to fear of Maoists, leaving the villagers insecure and at the mercy of the rebels.

Manikpur police station in Lakhisarai district, about 150 km from here, remained shut for over a week after police officials deserted it out of fear of Maoists.’It was shut due to security reasons,’ a police official said. The official said the men posted at Manikpur were shifted to Suryagarh police station. Villagers allege that police officials had ‘fled’ in panic.

But Lakhisarai Superintendent of Police R. Malar Viji had a different view. He said the Manikpur police station was functioning from a rented house and it lacked adequate security. ‘It is not proper to say that it was shut out of fear of Maoists,’ he said. The station was established in 1971.

Sources told IANS that dozens of police stations in Lakhisarai district are on the hit list of Maoists. The rebels have threatened to loot arms and ammunition and kill the policemen in these places if they resist. Guerrillas of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist attacked a police picket in the district on Feb 26-27, killed four Bihar Military Police personnel and looted weapons.

India News

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Rape of Chhattishgarh – 60 years of Slavery

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 24, 2007

Courtesy: Naxal Revolution

Chhattishgarh – While adivasis kill adivasis , criminal corporations and the bania merchant class thinks they can laugh all the way to the bank.. Will they ?

Chhattisgarh in Pictures.

A government hospital in Chhattisgarh.This has been the state of affairs for the last
60 years of sham independence that Chhattisgarh has suffered under.People prefer to risk death at the hands of some witch doctor and his primitive medicine for the government hospitals
mean sure death with their lack of competent doctors and high levels of infection.

A school in bilaspur,chhattisgarh .This is the state of affairs in most parts of Chhattishgarh.
33 % of the kids you see in this picture will die before they reach adulthood from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases. 33% will end up as Maoists or Maoist sympathisers.22% will be forced to join an anti-maoist campaign. 11% will become beggars in their own land.

A class in progress.They haven’t seen a teacher in years.

School or Dust bin ?

These men who have been recruited to Salwa Judum to serve as shields for the brave
armed forces and cannon fodder think fighting maoists is like how Dhoni hits sixes.What they don’t understand is that they are condeming their entire tribe and clan to total destruction by waging war against the last hope of the adivasi’ s.They will most likely end up like the Salwa Judum activist below.

Young Maoist soldiers fight against poverty and exploitation.Its sad to see that
they are yet to sprout any facial hair.They must be 17 or 18.

It is important to quote General Secretary of the CPI(Maoist) on young soldiers

As regards training minors under 18 years in the use of arms, we wish to make it clear that our policy and the PLGA constitution stipulate that no one should be taken into the army without attaining 16 years of age. And this age limit is strictly followed while recruiting. In the specific conditions prevailing in the war zone children attain mental and political maturity by the time they complete 16 because they are directly or indirectly involved in the revolutionary activity from their very childhood. They receive basic education and political training early in their lives and have organisational experience as members of balala sangham (children’s associations).

But now the enemy has changed the entire situation in this region by pursuing a policy of ” kill all, burn all, destroy all” not sparing even children and old people who are forced to flee the villages and stay in forests and have to arm themselves for their self-defence. When the enemy is erasing every norm of international law, the oppressed people have the full right to arm themselves and fight.

Making a fuss over age makes no meaning in a situation where the enemies of the people are targeting children too without any mercy. If the boys and girls do not do resist with arms they will be eliminated completely. The intellectuals of the civil society should understand this most inhumane and cruel situation created by the enemy and take the side of the people instead of pushing them more into defensive by raising all sorts of idealistic objections.

-Ganapathi(Geneneral Secretary of CPI(Maoist) in leter to ICI )

The Maoists killed his father in a truck blast… the young boy is all set to
become a part of salwa judum.

The child of a police officer killed in action(do not know whether it was with Naxalites) is
given a ceremonial role in a police station .When they think he has come of age he will have the option to fill his fathers shoes.Looks like Cannon fodder is being cultivated across generations.

Vultures of Chhattisgarh

These three vultures TATA,Essar And De Beers hope to exploit the wealth of the Adivasi’s. These adivasi’s are multi billionaires on paper.The land that their ancestors have lived on for centuries are rich in mineral ores and diamonds and are worth 100’s of billions of dollars yet they continue to live in poverty and are being made into slaves in their own land by criminal corporations who now wish to exploit it.

The Maoists today represent the last stand of the adivasi masses , their inspiring resistance against the loot by
criminal corporations and bania cartels will truly go down in the People’s history of India as one of most important struggles of our times.

A turning point it shall be….

In the absence of the Maoists.. the adivasi’s by now would be all set to join the Red Indians of North America…. but there is still hope that the Maoists will lead the people of Chhattisgarh to ultimate victory and overthrow their
tyrannical rulers and free them from the inhuman economic system and barbarian social order.

And hope dies last…

Only after every single one of us is dead…

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Dealing with rebels

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 24, 2007

Dealing with rebels
PRIZE CATCH: Hard-core rebels ( they include the two girls on left) arrested by Giridih police last week after an ‘encounter’ in which they killed a rebel commander. They appear destined to spend the next three to five years in jail, if not longer. What will they do when they come out ?

Confusing signals emanating from the government cannot cloud the fact any longer that the state is at war. Naxalites have stepped up their activities and appear to be inching closer to the urban centres, to the great discomfiture of the government and the police.

The state government appears convinced that Naxalites can be driven back if only it can emulate the Andhra Pradesh police. It has been dithering over a “surrender policy”, hinting however that it would be so attractive that rebels would be tempted to lay down their arms. But notwithstanding the chief minister’s announcement that he is ready to talk with the rebels, it is by no means certain that the rebels want to either surrender or even talk to the chief minister. It is against this backdrop that the following suggestions are being made. These measures, emphasise members of the group, will go a long way to build confidence and involve larger sections of the people.

Hold panchayat elections

Without holding the panchayat elections and funnelling funds to the grassroots, there can be no political solution. While the Supreme Court is expected to take up the matter towards the end of May, it is not understood why the state and the Union government together cannot file a petition even earlier seeking the apex court’s permission to go ahead with the polls under the existing rules of Pesa (Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act. After all, this is the Act under which panchayat elections have been held in all the scheduled areas of the country spread across eight or nine states.

If the Supreme Court finally strikes down some parts of the Act, it will have to be implemented uniformly across the country and by all states. So, from the next election Jharkhand, too, will have to modify the Act. But till the apex court takes a final decision, the state should be allowed to go ahead with the poll. There is, after all, a complete vacuum of political activity in the villages. With mainstream political parties having retreated and their activity confined to the houses of their respective leaders, it is time to breathe life into panchayats and revive people’s participation in development and policy-making.

Modernise police

By modernising police, officials generally have meant equipping the police with more sophisticated fire-power, equipment, security, manpower and funds.

But, in the context of Jharkhand, the police modernisation should begin by studying the composition of the police force — the representation in terms of districts, tribes, subdivisions and up to the villages. One suspects that a large number of policemen in Jharkhand are drawn from Bihar and Gorkhas from Nepal and some even from UP and elsewhere.

With this kind of composition and lack of local connect, the police will never be able to combat the Naxalites. Recruitment should be carefully monitored to ensure that districts and villages are adequately represented. The police must be a representative force and have stakes in local conditions. The “outsiders” in the police should be distributed evenly across the state.

Modernisation will also entail pushing the bar higher, recruiting more women, making educational qualifications and training tougher and attaching NGOs to every police station so that citizens feel more confident in approaching the police.

Inject excitement

Easier said than done, perhaps. But with the National Games approaching, there is a golden opportunity to promote various sports activities in the villages, spotting talented sportsmen and women, giving away scholarships and picking some of them for training outside the state. With careful planning, job opportunities in the “sports quota” can be developed and tournaments with attractive prize-money can be promoted.

Mobile vans with video screens and suitable films, music, books and even medicine and doctors can be sent to the villages for education, entertainment and medical attention.

Police-people connect

When policemen are entrusted the responsibility to distribute medicines or condoms — or when they are forced to play “friendly” football and volleyball matches and promote clubs — the exercises are so unrealistic that they have failed more often than not. Policemen are feared and hated in villages and these activities do little to dispel the distrust.

Instead, policemen can be used more effectively in conducting surveys — about ration cards, about voters’ identity cards, about status of litigation involving villagers and property disputes.

The information will be useful to civil authorities and gradually people might start looking at policemen differently. The cops can also be utilised to report on the functioning of health centres and schools. It will be an unusual role for them but it will be more useful than policemen enacting plays to ridicule Naxalites.

Media and PUCL

It is in the state’s own interest to allow the media and civil liberties organisations, both within the state and outside, permission to interact with the rebels in jail.

This will help the judiciary and the police, too, to identify the innocent from the indoctrinated. Thousands of “innocent” people can then be released and rehabilitated, trials can be expedited and the state can inspire confidence by announcing compensation for cases involving violation of human rights.

The Telegraph


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Naxalites eye new areas for growth

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 24, 2007

Statesman News Service

JAJPUR, April 23: The Naxalites are eyeing the industrial belt of Kalinga Nagar and the mineral rich Sukinda Valley as they have already made their presence felt in areas such as Tomka and Kaliapani. The radicals are trying to make inroads into iron ore mining belt of Daitary in neighbouring Keonjhar district.

Some of them have started warning mine owners and contractors. Extortion by such elements often go unreported and local criminals are also helping them out, said reliable sources.

Mr Bilas Behura, a mining contractor of Kamarda mines in Kaliapani area, is the last victim of the Naxalites. He was threatened on phone by the radicals and asked to hand over an amount to their men in a particular place. When Mr Behura refused to pay the amount, they reportedly set ablaze six vehicles, including four tippers, owned by him.

“We are told not to divulge the name of Naxalites in our operation as they have threatened to kill us. If we collect an amount of Rs 5 lakh for the Naxalite leaders, we get a share of around Rs 50, 000,” says a local gang leader on condition of anonymity. The Naxalites are capitalising on the tribals’ outrage over Kalinga Nagar firing in which 13 tribals were killed over land acquisition protests. The Naxalites are now extending their full support to the agitating tribals who are spreading anti-industrialisation movement in the growing industrial areas.

“We are not Naxalites. We are innocent tribals and fighting for our livelihood. It is the district police administration that first started spreading rumours that Naxalites were involved in our movement. Till date, they have in no way involved in the agitation. If the government acquires our land forcefully and keeps exploiting us, we will not need the support of Naxalites. We ourselves will become Naxalites,” says president, Vistaphan Virodhi Janmanch, Mr Chakradhar Haiburu. The Orissa government hopes to wean displaced tribals away from the Naxalite movement by starting fresh discussions with them, and at the same time, dealing firmly with the radicals.

“We have information that the radicals are extorting money in this area. We will firmly take action against them whenever we get information and give protection to the people there,” says home secretary, Orissa, Mr Tarun Kanti Mishra. However, trade union leaders allege that industry and mine owners flout many laws and rarely do they approach the police for help.
“The industries are violating many norms prescribed by the government. When they themselves are at fault, they do not have the courage to lodge a complaint against the Naxalites who demand ransom from them,” says trade union leader Mr Mayadhar Nayak. Rehabilitation and resettlement remain to be the biggest challenges of the Orissa government as it industrialises the state. Until they resolve the issue with integrity, the Naxalites will find a plenty of support in these emerging industrial areas, he added.

The Statesman

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