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Archive for May 23rd, 2007

Police predict turbulent times

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 23, 2007

Ranchi, May 22: Rebels in Jharkhand have never had it so good.

First, they have decided to expand their base in the “virgin” zone of Santhal Pargana, for which they have started covert exercise to scout talents. Secondly, they have earmarked the state for “core action” as they have several advantages — geographical, financial and mass support.

Police top brass predicts the state is heading for a turbulent phase if no proper measures are taken to counter the problem on a war footing.

For the last six months, three squads of the CPI(Maoist) are scanning different pockets of that region, organising night meetings with locals and leaving the villages before sunrise. They are targeting Paharia, Santhal and Ghotwals — the three most dominant local inhabitants in that zone.

The rebels here collect the highest levy of all the Naxalite affected states — about Rs 100 crore per year.

Moreover, surrounded by Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa, the state helps them give the slip since the police seldom frequent the inaccessible terrain.

Although large funds have been spent over the years to equip jawans with modern weapons, the state is unable to check the rising red rage or even give semblance of fight that could display the state’s readiness for war.

If the police sources involved in rebel operations are to be believed, the number of hardcore rebels is over 300, an increase of nearly 100 from two years ago. A thoroughly demoralised police force, poor development work and political vacuum in rural areas, the rebels are having a free run.

Over a year ago the state police had kicked off an operation to liberate eight Naxalite strongholds. The police operation at Jhumra Pahar was the first, where the police succeeded. But with change of guard among the top brass, similar operations in other seven zones could not begin.”Policemen’s association president Ram Kumar Singh alleged police pickets are unfit “even for animals to stay”.

“You have to blame the politicians, too, for the rise in rebel problem. Hardly any politician visits the rebel-affected areas regularly. The rebels are filling the political vacuum in these areas. The locals have more confidence in them than their political counterparts,” said a senior police official.

State home secretary Sudhir Tripathi admitted the rebels are trying to make inroads into the Santhal Pargana, but claimed: “The state government is aware of this fact and are taking steps to check it. There is no laxity on part of the government to tackle the rebel problem.”

The Telegraph

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Naxals clash with cops in Gadchiroli

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 23, 2007

CHANDRAPUR/BHANDARA: The anti-naxal operation squad foiled an attack by naxals in Sironcha tehsil of Gadchiroli district near Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra border on Tuesday.

According to the police, about 12 naxals, who were hiding in the forest near Ampetha village in Sironcha tehsil, started firing at the police team.

In the return police fired at them and the encounter lasted for about 20 minutes. However, the naxals managed to escape in the nearby jungle. No one was injured in the encounter, said police.

The police team have recovered a camera flash gun, nine batteries, a digital multi-meter, two radio sets, two pittus (bags), books and nine tarpaulin from the area.

Additional superintendent of police Anant Rokde immediately rushed to Sironcha and police have launched a massive combing operation in the area.

In yet another incident, naxals opened fire at a police party in Gondia district on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the encounter. Police have seized naxal literature and other materials from the spot.

Meanwhile, in the wake of a proposed bandh call, the police officials have sounded a red alert in naxal-infested areas. All the precautionary measures have been taken to prevent any untoward incident, said a senior police official.

The Times of India

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Naxalites lend support to anti-Posco stir

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 23, 2007

BHUBANESWAR, MAY 22: Posco India’s proposed Rs 52,000-crore steel project in Orissa is likely to face further hurdle as naxalites belonging to the CPI (Maoist) have urged the affected villagers to intensify their struggle against the project.

Intelligence reports have confirmed that Maoist leaders recently visited the villages affected by the project and distributed leaflets.

Police sources said naxalites were trying to set up base in the area taking advantage of the tense situation in the three gram panchyats of Dhinkia, Gadakujanga and Nuagon. Villagers here are protesting the location of the proposed plant under the banner of the Posco Virodhi Sangram Samiti and the Naba Nirmana Samiti.

Meanwhile, the CPI (ML) general secretary, Dipankar Bhattacharya urged villagers to continue their struggle against the project. He cautioned the state government that unless the people’s problem was taken care of, naxalites belonging to the Maoist group would certainly take advantage of the situation.


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March of the Red brigade ‘Naxalite bomb ticking’

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 23, 2007

New Delhi, May 22: The Centre’s barometer on ultra-Left militancy has just registered a quantum jump — Naxalites have widened their network across 183 districts in 16 states — more than three-times the geographical spread estimated two years ago.

An internal assessment report prepared by the Union home ministry on the Naxalite situation now lists Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi as the states where Naxalites have “established new bases by setting up regional and district-level centres”.

It is, however, strange how Kerala, which is known for having an established base of Naxalites for many years now, figured in the list of new areas of operation.

In a similar assessment in 2005, the Centre had estimated Naxalite presence in 55 districts in seven states. The Union home ministry claimed only marginal increase in Naxalism in its status report on internal security released in April this year.

According to home ministry figures, incidents of Naxalite violence actually went down from a high of 1,608 in 2005 to 1,509 in 2006, though the number of police personnel killed registered a marginal increase — from 153 in 2005 to 157 in 2006.

The situation is becoming critical if one looks at the increasing sway of the red corridor. “Violence is not the immediate aim of the Maoists; they take it up as a last resort when their hegemony in an established area such as Chhattisgarh is challenged. The worrying factor is that the plan to increase their area of activity is working perfectly. It could become impossible to contain them once they decide to hit at many places suddenly,” said the senior home official.

Likewise, the strength of the armed Maoist cadre has also gone up phenomenally — from 8,000 in 2005 to 11,000 in 2006, to 15,000 in 2007. “Almost 90 per cent of the armed cadre strength is from the erstwhile MCCI and PWG, while the rest comes from 34 other organisations. These other groups are playing a crucial role in setting up the bases and enlisting new cadres in the new areas,” said the official. Naxalites are looking at the issues of Dalits, minorities, tribals and women to increase their area of activity.

The Telegraph

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