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Archive for May 16th, 2007

Hindi People’s March May 2007

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 16, 2007

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P.Govindan kutty
Editor, People’s March

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Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 16, 2007

To protest against the Arrest
Dr. Binayak Sen
General Secretary, PUCL, Chhattisgarh






Near Gyarah Murthy

New Delhi

Time: 12 Noon
Date: 17th May 2007 (Thursday)

Peoples’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)

People’s Union for Civil Liberties(PUCL)
Medico Friend Circle

National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM)

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Navegaon safe haven for Naxalites

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 16, 2007

Staff have almost given up the protection and conservation of the park

The sylvan surroundings of the Navegaon National Park in Gondia district have in recent months become a preferred hideout of the outlawed Naxalites with the result that the forest staff is running for cover.

In the last four months, extremist elements have penetrated from their set base of Deori on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border and have struck at all four range offices. In fact, in one audacious attack, they stole wireless sets including one fitted in the vehicle of deputy conservator of forest, no less, in January this year.

So threatened do the staffers feel that they have virtually given up on protection and conservation activity. Sources said the 80-odd Naxals attached to the Deori dalam who had been rather dormant in the past few years, have reared their heads after Tendu leaves collection work began to swell revenue coffers.

It is learnt that forest revenue from Tendu auction has gone up to Rs100crore from the Rs21-22crore last year. With this scenario accruing, the Naxals have virtually taken over the 135sq km park, forcing the forest officials to shy away from even routine protection and conservation activity.

Deputy Conservator of Forests, Navegaon National Park Vijay Rakhe said, “Naxal activities have become remarkably visible in the park since the last four months. They are trying to garner support from tribals to carry out their activities. The forest department staff feels threatened due to their presence in the park”. So far, they have not caused major harm, but the employees are not willing for night patrol.”

By coincidence or by design, the Naxal threat has come at a time when the wildlife is on the upswing. For the first time since the last decade tigers have been found in the park. “There are concrete evidences, indirect though, of presence of a pair. Their existence was detected following a pug mark and water hole census conducted a fortnight ago. There are also reports of presence of a tigress with cub,” Rakhe added.

According to noted conservationist Bittu Sahgal, “Naxal infiltration will eventually spell doom for the forests. The situation will only deteriorate with the government showing little inclination to protect the forests”.

He said wildlife trade has served as a fuel for the Naxal activity. Manpower and fund crunch have only compounded the problem, Sahgal adding, “It is high time that the state and central governments took concrete steps to protect forest wealth.”


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City police to take strong action against Ferreira supporters

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 16, 2007

The city police have decided to take a stern stand against those who try to take strong exception to the arrest of four Naxalites and sympathise with Mumbai-based Maoist Arun Ferreira, asserted police commissioner, SPS Yadav.

Reacting to the statement of Ferreira’s Mumbai “friends”, who are coming in Nagpur on Wednesday to ascertain the reasons for his arrest, Yadav said that prima facie evidences have established that Ferreira was a hardcore Naxalite and was very close to the CPI (Maoist) top brasses.

The Mumbai-based friends of Ferreira said that he was innocent and were quite apprehensive about his police safety. Some of his St Xavier’s days friends, are coming in Nagpur on Wednesday and are likely to brief a vast cross-section of people about the incident.

In a major breakthrough, the Nagpur police arrested four Naxalites, include Ferreira and top extremist, Murali Sattya Reddy on May 8 at Deekshabhoomi. While Murali was one of the top leaders in Naxalite hierarchy, Ferreira was a communications and propaganda strategy expert. “We have enough evidences that show that Ferreira is a hardcore Naxalite. During our investigations we learnt that he and Murali, a divisional secretary of the Naxalite group, were staying together in the city. If he was innocent why did he throw a pen-drive and diary when the police reached the spot and were trying to arrest them on May 8?” Yadav asked and informed that the pen-drive contained several revealing information, including minutes of secret meetings of Naxalites’ organisation and its strategies.

Moreover, police seized a 9mm Chinese-made pistol, two magazines, 16 rounds of ammunition, two VCDs, an MP3 CD, a notepad containing information on manufacture of improvised explosive devices and use of walkie-talkies from them. “Can a simple person carry such materials? How can they justify their acts?” he further asked. Yadav continued, “he might be a bright and sobre student during his college days. But that does not mean that he is still carrying his past. It is utter shamelessness to defend persons associated with a banned organisation like the CPI (Maoist),” a furious CP said.

According to the city police super, Ferreira is close to Vishnu, the chief of the Maharashtra unit of CPI (Maoist). Ferreira and his three associates were booked under 10, 13 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Meanwhile, the committee for the protection of democratic rights (CPDR) filed a writ petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday against the police torture of four alleged Naxalites, including Ferreira.

While filing the petition, it said that the JMFC Court in Nagpur did not take any cognizance of these accused, who pointed out before the court the torture by the police during “interrogation”. The petitioner also raised the issue of safety and security of these accused. The court served notices to the state home department and local police to file their replies by June 6 next.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Surendra Gadling, the counselor of Ferreira said that they would oppose the police move for narco-analysis test and braining-mapping in the court on Wednesday.

Hindustan Times

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Fake encounter: Chhattisgarh police under fire

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 16, 2007

The exhumation of six bodies in Punjer village in Dantewada district has left the Chhattisgarh police ducking for cover.

An inquiry has been set up to investigate whether it was a fake encounter. ”We are probing the incident. If police officers are found guilty, they will not be spared,” said Ankit Garg, Investigating Officer.

Villagers say a month ago, some policemen had picked up six people for a road project. Their bodies, which were later found in an adjoining village, had bullet wounds.

Afraid villagers buried the bodies without creating a fuss and fled the village but people from neighbouring villages got wind of the incident.

It was only after some newspapers reported the incident that the police got going and the bodies were dug out. ”Policemen took them, saying they wanted directions and killed them,” said a villager.

Vague FIR

Despite the testimonies of villagers, the FIR filed says that though the attackers were ”unknown people” in uniform, they could have been Naxalites since they often attack in the guise of police personnel.

Doctors who conducted the post mortem say the bullets were fired from close range, ruling out an encounter.”Lot of encounters take place in the forests. Naxalites attack dressed in police clothing. Encounter incidents are probed at the magisterial level,” said O P Rathore, DGP, Chhattisgarh.

With questions being asked about the police’s role in fake encounters, senior police officials are making token gestures to reassure villagers. Some policemen have been asked to undergo a test identification parade and the department is also thinking of transferring the case to another investigating agency.

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