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Archive for May 8th, 2007

Chandrashekhar’s mother elated over Shahabuddin’s life term

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 8, 2007

Two months back, a two-year jail term to Siwan MP Mohammad Sahabuddin brought relief but not satisfaction in the hearts of Kaushalya Devi, the septuagenarian mother of slain JNU Students’ Union leader Chandrashekhar.

But on Tuesday, she was not only satisfied but also ecstatic. Such had been the sense of relief that Kaushalya, touched sweets for the first time in a decade, after her sons’ killing on March 31, 1997.Kaushalya choose to travel to Siwan from her native village at Bindusar to be personally on spot to hear the judgment. “For the first time I distributed a kilogram of sweets among the people. This is a victory of people of Siwan,” she said in a visibly elated voice to Hindustan Times over phone from Siwan.

“My wish is fulfilled. I am really happy. I was praying everyday to hear this sentence of the self-styled ruler of Siwan. After all justice prevails in God’s court but my heart is still not content. I want capital punishment for him,” Kaushalya said.

With rule of land catching hold of Siwan MP, Kaushalya’s ‘wish’ is turning into a reality. “This is just the beginning. He is sure to get death sentence in Munna Chowdhary and Chandrashekhar murder case,” she said with conviction. “It’s not only the killing of my son but he had ruined the life of hundreds of innocent families by his brutal acts,” said Kaushalya.

She did not forget to praise the district administration, police and the judge. “I thank the local administration, police and judge for taking this bold decision,” she added. Asked whether she apprehended to threat to her life in the wake of the judgment, Kaushalya laughed, “What else he can do to me. They have already ruined me.”

The slain JNU leader’s mother, who lives in a two-room thatched house, was one of the main witness in the abduction case of the CPI (ML) leader Keshav Bhatia and vandalism at the party office in September 7, 1998. When a local court sentenced Siwan MP to undergo two-years imprisonment in a case related to attack on party office, she wished for a harsher sentence.

Kaushalya is however, peeved at the slow pace of investigation in the sensational killing of her son. “It’s almost a decade, but the case is yet o reach its logical end,” she rued

Hindustan Times .

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TATA’s to invest in steel plant-township in Naxal-infested Bastar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 8, 2007

New Delhi, May 8: Chhattisgarh’s underdeveloped and tribal-dominated Bastar District is set for a major makeover with the entering of the TATA Group.

According to Ganesh Shankar Mishra, the District Collector of Bastar, the TATA’s have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government for a steel plant-cum-township.

About 5000 acres of land has been acquired by the TATA’s for the project. The land has been acquired from 10 villages for the five million ton capacity plant.

While launching this project, TATA has taken care of affected families whose land is being acquired. Prior to providing a job to one member of the affected families, TATA’s will give technical training. The State Government is also arranging bridge courses for middle and matriculate unemployed youth to get them adjusted in TATA Steel plant .

Bastar District has 655 village panchyats . Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme ( NREGS) about 1.5 lakh employed youth will be getting jobs, Mishra said.

Commenting on Naxal activities in the area, Mishra told ANI that awareness camps have been arranged at the village level to keep locals away from the influence of Naxals.

In these camps, senior officials have been asked to redress the grievances of the people on the spot. bout the tourism potential of Bastar, Mishra said that the State Government has focused on places of pilgrimage, beautiful waterfalls like Chitterkote and the famous Bastar Dusharra Festival. He also said that adequate security would be provided to visiting tourists, adding that so far, no tourist has been attacked by Naxalites in the district.

It is pertinent to mention here that 27 panchayats of Bastar have been selected as Nirmal Gram in the panchayat awards list for 2006-07. President A P J Abdul Kalam recently presented the Nirmal Gram Award to Mishra recently.

Mishra said that the Bastar administration has followed the sanitation and development guidelines for creating Nirmal Grams, irrespective of all odds. “It was a challenge to bring change in the traditions and behavioral practices of tribals that they have followed since time immemorial,” said Mishra.

“For the first time, it has happened that Naxalites did not create hurdles in the process,” he added. He said that the total cleanliness campaign is a different kind of initiative. “It is a four year project in which all the 600 gram panchayats of Bastar District will get toilets, covering 13 lakh people,” he added.

The total cost of making one toilet, he said, was Rs 1,500. The user has to submit Rs 250 and the rest of Rs.1250 would be by the Centre and the State Government.

Daily India

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Now, Maoist trail leads to Kaithal-Chandigarh

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 8, 2007

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana police arrested a Maoist leader, holding clandestine meetings in Kaithal to enlist more youths into the ranks, on Monday evening. The arrested man has been identified as Somveer Singh, who was earlier a leader of the Maoists’ students cell — Jagrook Chatra Sangathan.

Somveer’s is the second such arrest in the last two days and the fifth within a month. On Saturday, Yamunanagar police had arrested another Maoist leader, Poonam, while her husband Sanjay managed to give them a slip.

Sources said SHO, Kaithal city police station, Ravinder Kumar, was on patrol duty when he was tipped off about a Maoist activists’ meeting in Jawahar Park in Kaithal. In a swift action, ASI Pritam Singh led a team comprising Balraj Singh and Pritam Singh to the venue and arrested Somveer. However, others attending the meet fled from the spot, escaping police action.

SP Navdeep Singh Virk confirmed the arrest but declined to say anything more, saying probe is still in a preliminary stage. A case under sections 34 and 124A of IPC — furthering criminal cause with a singleminded intention and sedition respectively — has been registered against Somveer and others at the meeting.

“We have confiscated some documents pertaining to their (Maoists) funding. Our sources tell us that Maoists have been active in the state over the last one year or so and have been organising lectures and secret meetings in almost all the districts of the state,” KV Raumna, SP, Yamunanagar, told TOI.

The Times of India

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