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Archive for May 6th, 2007

CPI(Maoist) Satement on land grab

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 6, 2007

CPI(Maoist) state committe Karnataka


Respected Editors, Reporters and Representatives of the media, struggle greetings to you. We are sending this press release regarding government approach towards people; it’s anti people stance and other issues.

Requesting to consider this for the favour of publication in the esteemed media.


Yours in Struggle,

Gangadhara
For the State Committe

CPI (Maoist) Karnataka

5/5/2007

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Press Release

Karnataka government is grabbing by force, poor people’s land in the name of encroachment or illegal holdings. In Bengalooru thousands of acres of such lands of the poor and slum dwellers are grabbed forcefully by the government in the name of rule of law! Etc. Government dealt unlawfully and mercilessly with the protesting poor people without sparing women and children. They were beaten, vulgarly abused and dragged out, booked under several cases by the state police and officials.They were throwing away even from their makeshift huts also.Government literally buldoging their lives without sparing even women and children.They were pushing towards suicide by the democratic !? government.


Chief Minister H.D. Kumara Swami’s much publicized anti land grabbing measures targeted poor and slum dwellers only. Not acted against big corporate houses, big real estate people, big politicians, big landlords who are holding hundreds and thousands of acres illegally of public land. Contrarily those forcefully confiscated lands of the poor are handing over to the same above said people, in the guise of public auction by projecting as fetching crores of rupees income to the government. This is nothing but government’s well carved anti people stance and it acting as an agent of big corporate houses etc. This is not other than conspiracy of government and big corporate houses and real estate people etc, against the people of the land. These are all implementing in the name of law.


Recently another such draconian law passed in the assembly i.e. Karnataka land revenue (amendment) act. It provides arresting and fining people, who are in public lands.
In Western Ghats, government is moving towards eviction of the poor and landless peasants by different means. In Thatkola of Mudigere, evicted people without paying basic minimum compensation as per their assurance prior to the eviction. They become homeless and landless. Recent rains, smashed their make shift huts also. This is repeating in Devanahalli,Baagalakota of Bijapur etc. They were thrown from hot pan into the burning fire. It was similar in the case of Seabird, Kaiga,Nagarahole,Bandipur, etc. Other such incidents are happening in malnad , karavali and other area.



In Nandikur of Dakshina Kannada eviction Process is going on. Government joined its hands with Nagarjuna Company, by giving all support and protection to its anti people moves. Neglecting people’s severe opposition to the project, government and its agencies are indulging in all practices of diffusing people’s movement by buying leaders, dividing people by bribes, instigating groupism, playing cheap election politics etc. Some of its leaders are compromised with the company itself.



In Gundya near Sakleshpur government protecting upcoming private power project-which is against to the interests of the people of the land- without considering people’s dissent there. Another power project in Tadadi of north canara, proposed to come inspite of people’s opposition to it.


Several reports of oppression, exploitation, social boycott, murder and attacks on daliths and women are coming from all parts of Karnataka. It is increasing, state and its organs are directly or indirectly involving, supporting in most of the cases.


Communal violence is growing, by ill fabricated plans of communal and state forces.
Farmer’s suicides are increasing rapidly; this affected all most all districts of the state, irrespective of irrigated and non-irrigated area. Recent sugar cane grower’s and tomato grower’s problems are the fuel to the burning fire.


Roadside vendors, petty businessmen, small and middle scale industries are in the brink of crisis-created by ruling class by imperialist globalization and opening retail sector to foreign and comprador bourshoiesies such as Wall mart, Metro, Reliance, Sunilmittals etc. Enable to get control over all retail market; they are playing all anti people cruel games jointly with governments. Several SEZ’s are upcoming, peasants of Hassan entered into the field of struggle against the formation of SEZ there. Such, more than 30 SEZs are coming in the state; lakhs of hectares of agricultural lands of the people are handing over to the foreign and comprador corporate by the government.


Displacement and destruction of people’s life are the order of the day. It may in the name of beautification of cities, forest and environment protection, water projects, power projects, mining projects, expressways, shopping malls, SEZ’s, SAZ’s (special agricultural zones) etc.


We can say that all these projects are against the interests of the people and the country itself. This is intensification of neocolonial loot and exploitation by the imperialist masters and their stooges. Governments are puppets under them.


Recent budgets of the state and center are looks like pro people and development oriented. Some policies like tribal bill are looking like pro people ones. It contains popular schemes and attractive plans. These are directly linked with imperialist and comprador’s upcoming projects and plans. These are all sweet-layered deadly poisons, to make people to chew and swallow it them selves.


Karnataka government’s recent budget contains several these types of attractive incentives to the people. It announced arrack ban, lottery ban, and waiver of farmer’s loans, liberal donations to the Hindu religious institutions etc. It also contains cheap election gimmicks and dangerous communal agenda of further fascisising the ruling system and organizing people into that trap by the state.


All these exercises are for evading public unrest and revolt against the government and their masters. To intensify further efforts of suppression on revolutionary armed struggles and other struggles. By that, creating favourable condition for the imperialists and comprador’s plan of intensified loot and exploitation.


Actually arrack ban is for providing arrack market to foreign and comprador corporate distilleries, they are now releasing wines, whisky etc, in small bottles or sachets with relatively lower prices to grab arrack market. Lottery ban’s drama already exposed as it came back by court’s help. Then waiver of farmers loan not yet reached to the dieing and common peasants. At the same time tax concessions, tax holidays, giving capital loans with less interest or without interest in essence; free or cheap land, water and power provision for IT,BT,and other big industry etc, running unhinderly and also increasing rapidly.


If we analyze those popular budgets and its schemes, we can conclude that it will not be implemented in the interests of the people. It is a hoax and conspiracy for intensified loot, suppression and sufferings of people of the land. H.D. Kumaraswamy’s village stay is also one of hoax dramas for hiding his government’s anti people acts and policies.


We are strongly condemning all these anti people acts, policies of the government and opposing state violence and human right abuse on people, in pretext of implementing these ill intentional plans and schemes


We insist to stop immediately all imperialist and comprador schemes and plans

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We are demanding immediate withdrawal of all false cases on agitating people, who are struggling for life and land.

Punish those officials who are indulging in imposing violence on people by violating their own law.

We appeal all poor and common people to fight resolutely and unitedly, by all means to safeguard their life and land by avoiding all election politicians and parties. Do not heed to ruling class’s attractively fabricated conspiracies of suppression. That is only the way for survival, development and construction of new democratic society.


We appeal all pro people democratic forces to rise their voices against government move on common people, expose those anti people schemes and plans of government before the people and support peoples struggles.


With revolutionary greetings,

Gangadhara
For the state committee
CPI (Maoist)Karnataka
5/5/2007

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WB, AP CMs on Naxal list

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 6, 2007

New Delhi, May 5: The Naxal menace is spreading across the country. In March, this year Naxals gunned down Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Lok Sabha member Sunil Mahto from Jamshedpur along with his two bodyguards and a JMM worker, when he was on a visiting Baguria village as the chief guest of an exhibition football match on Holi.


Now documents available exclusively with CNN-IBN show that the intelligence Agencies have warned that Naxals have many more Members of Parliament and Members of Legislatives Assemblies of different states on their hit-list.


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy and West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee are some of the prominent names on the list.The documents also show that the UPA government has admitted that it has failed to contain the terror of the Naxals.


But the flip side to the intelligence warnings is official figures which point to the fact that Naxal menace is on the decline. Union Home Ministry’s figures say “Naxal violence has shown a decrease of 6.15 per cent in 2006 over 2005 and also in the first half of 2007”.


However, an internal note circulated within the government shows that the UPA government has admitted that despite police action Naxal activities are on the rise. On the other hand the stain of Red terror is spreading on the ground – a truth that the government refuses to acknowledge publicly.


A secret document circulated in last week’s high-level meeting between the Union Government, and police chiefs of 16 Naxal-affected states in the country clearly admit that “despite concerted police action, several development initiatives, planned public perception management and people’s resistance, the Naxal activities are increasing.”


But Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta says, “These statistics does not really mean anything”.And despite several such meetings over the past three years, no coordinated approach has yet been taken to tackle the spread of Naxal violence.


In fact the document clearly shows that the government is concerned that “Naxalites continue to carry out well-planned and coordinated attacks along military lines”. It’s clear that the government is concealing a very grim reality, a reality that might soon force the government take a re-look of the policies to tackle the Naxalites.


* Naxals have many more MPs, MLAs on hit-list

* UPA govt has failed to contain terror of Naxals

* Govt figures say “Naxal violence on decrease

* Govt concealing a very grim reality

Central Chronicle

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Villagers say innocents were hacked, shot; cops say they were violent, Naxal ‘sympathizers’

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 6, 2007

Why this Chhattisgarh ‘encounter’ that killed seven a month ago is still a secret

Villagers say innocents were hacked, shot; cops say they were violent, Naxal ‘sympathizers’

Bijapur, May 4: On March 31, seven tribals were allegedly killed in an ‘encounter’ in Santoshpur village near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh.There was no FIR, the killings were not publicised or reported, not even in the local media. Residents of Ponjer village say the tribals, who the police claim were Sangham members (Naxalite sympathizers), were picked up by members of the Chattisgarh Armed Police and Salwa Judum, taken to nearby Santoshpur, and killed.


They say at least four of them were hacked to death and the rest shot. The five Ponjer villagers who were killed: Madiyam Fagu, Madiyam Lakhma, Kudiyan Musa, Markam Sanko and Marvi Mangu. Two others, Kudiuyam Bojha, a former SPO from Santoshpur who had apparently fallen out with the local administration, and an unidentified person were killed.


Two people, Kodia Mura and Podia, have been missing since the incident and villagers fear they have also been killed. “These were Sangham members and we had gone to these villages to conduct a search mission. There was an encounter and we were forced to act,” says SP Bijapur, Ratan Lal Dangi.


He, however, is unable to explain why the victims were not carrying any weapons. Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam says he does not know of any such encounter. “I have been out of the city for quite some time and would only be able to provide you with relevant details later,” he says.


Director General of Police O P Rathore, however, admits there was an encounter. “Gujarat ki bimari sab jagah faila rahe hain log. Chhattisgarh Police has a reputation for maintaining human rights. The Naxalites are savages and use such techniques, we are not into such things,” Rathore says. He says that Naxalite sympathizers attacked the search party and they were killed in retaliatory firing.


But the villagers say that on March 31, a group of security personnel marched into Ponjer at about 8.30 a.m. They started abusing people, alleging that they were Naxal sympathisers. “They asked all of us to gather under a tree and later asked these six people to accompany them for questioning,” said Madiyam Soni, whose son was killed.


The security personnel and members of Salwa Judum, the anti-Naxal force supported by the government, were allegedly accompanied by the local sarpanch Minku Gangaram. Villagers say Gangaram was upset with them as they had demanded developmental work in the village.


“The security personnel took these six people to Santoshpur village, where four others were also brought. They started beating these people. When one of them tried to escape, they shot Kudiyam Mura,” says a Santoshpur villager. Villagers from the forest near Santoshpur recovered the bodies around 5 p.m.


“How can someone act in such a cruel manner? These security personnel used axes and machetes to hack the victims,” said Kudiyan Puria, a resident of Santoshpur village. Soni said the villagers had no contact with anyone remotely concerned with Naxalites. “These men were picked up while they were collecting mahua. Do Naxalites or their sympathisers need to do such things?” she says.


Ponjer, which is home to over 25 families, is now deserted as residents have fled to neighbouring villages. Soni and her son, twelve-year-old Madiyam Mani Ram, are the only people left. Despite threats by Salwa Judum members, the family has decided to stay back. “I want the killers of my brother to be punished,” Mani Ram says, pointing to the grave of his brother, who was buried along with three other victims of the massacre.


The villagers are so scared that they haven’t even registered a complaint at the police station in Bijapur, 10 km away. “How can we hope to even approach the police when some of their own have committed such an act,” says Poonam Ramlu, a Ponjer resident.

IndianExpress.com

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