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Archive for September 19th, 2007

Maoists using weapons looted from cops: Chhattisgarh police chief

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Raipur, July 7 – Chhattisgarh’s newly appointed Director General of Police Vishwaranjan Saturday said Maoist militants in the state mostly use weapons such as AK-47 rifles that are looted from policemen.

In his first interaction with the media two days after taking over as the state’s police chief, Vishwaranjan said the rebels had set up a research and development (R&D) wing sometime back to become ‘self-sufficient’ in weapons.

They had also started setting up units at Rourkela in Orissa and at Bhopal to manufacture a missile rocket launcher, but their plan was exposed.

Commenting on weapons and arms strength of the Maoists as compared to police forces, Vishwaranjan said only in explosives did the Maoists have an advantage. ‘We (police) get trapped in their landmines, but it can be tackled by training policemen.’

Vishwaranjan, a 1973 batch IPS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, quit the post of additional director in Intelligence Bureau (IB) early this month before taking over as the police chief of the insurgency-hit state.

Responding to a question regarding the poor intelligence networking system in the state, he said: ‘Tactics and morale matter a lot more than intelligence networking.’

He said he would visit the state’s Maoist-hit southern Bastar region to boost the morale of police forces who are fighting the Leftist radicals.

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"No forces on the earth will be able to stop the victory of the people" -Prachanda

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

September 30, 07: Gheaoing the District Election Offices throughout
During the Mass meet immediately the Maoists have unveiled their 19 day long protest programs. It follows:

September 19-21, 07: Campaign for creating awareness among the Masses for total proportional system.

September 22, 07: Demonstration and protest programs in front of the VDC’s and the Municipal offices throughout the country.

September 29-October 3, 07: Exposing the culprits of Janaandolan-II as outlined by the Rayamajhi Commission and the noted corrupts of the country.

October 4-6, 07: Nationwide Political Strike.

Speaking at the mass meet organized in the capital yesterday the Maoists deputy in command Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai said that his party will wage the struggle within the framework of the Peace agreements singed in the past with the government.

“If our peaceful protests programs are forcefully quelled by the government, we will thus be forced to retaliate with appropriate measures”, Dr. Bhattarai said.

He also rebuked the Elections Code of Conduct (CoC) that came into effect from yesterday and said that his party was not obliged to follow the CoC as forwarded by the Election Commission.

“The sovereignty of Nepal as a nation state has not been digested by the Indian establishment, it appears”, said Dr. Bhattarai who is otherwise considered to be a close chum of the said establishment.

“The Indian rulers are hell bent on weakening the Maoists”, said Bhattarai further.

Bhattarai also bluntly alleged that September 2, 07 bombings in Kathmandu were plotted by Crown Prince Paras and his cohorts.

The working alliance with the Seven Parties is nearing an end, we are not obliged to work with those who have been found carrying the burden of the already dead institution of monarchy, Bhattarai continued.

From the same platform, Ram Bahadur Thapa alias Badal, another high ranking Maoists’ leader, said that the party was in the final stage of achieving its goal.

“The foreigners and their stooges in the country were trying hard to keep Nepal as a yam between two boulders however, we will burst like a dynamite now”, threatened Badal.

“We have won the battle by quitting the government, the seven party coalition is thus a lost case”, declared Badal- who is considered as a hardliner in the Maoists’ camp.

According to Badal the transitional period has thus come to an end.

Yet another Maoists’ leader Mr. Dev Gurung said that the country has been already Bhutanized.

Source: Mail

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Philippine revolutionary José María Sison is free!

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Posted by parisar on September 19th, 2007

The district court (Rechtsbank) in The Hague has ordered the release of José María Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Professor Sison had been arrested by the Dutch police on 28 August and held in solitary confinement, without visits from family or his doctor. On 13 September, a court hearing was held to consider the authorities’ request that he be jailed an additional 90 days previous to trial on charges that he had ordered the killing of two former CPP members in 2003 and 2006 in the Philippines. Previously the Filipino Supreme Court dropped these charges against Sison; it was the Dutch government itself that decided to arrest and try him in Holland on the same charges.

The party’s involvement in the death of the two men does not seem to be in dispute. Statements from self-described CPP representatives said that they had been shot while resisting arrest at the hands of the party. The party had intended to put them on trial for crimes committed after they left the CPP, namely working with Philippine military intelligence in the one case and killing an elderly peasant leader in the other.

>The district court found there was insufficient evidence to support a presumption that Sison had “participated in” or “incited” the acts. Nevertheless, the court ruled only on the legality of Sison’s imprisonment, and apparently the charges themselves have not been formally dropped. The written decision explicitly says it does not “prejudice” (contradict) “the justified suspicion that the accused during the period described in the charges played a leading role in the aforementioned organizations” (the party and its Central Committee). “There are also indications that the accused is still playing a leading role in the (underground) activities of the CC, the CPP and the NPA [New People’s Army],” it said.

The idea that the facts of this case, real or alleged, might have much to do with comrade Sison’s arrest is contradicted by the Dutch authorities’ behaviour toward him for the past two decades. The “terrorist” label and charges brought against him have had no other purpose than the criminalizing of revolution.

He was forced into exile in the Netherlands in 1988 when the Philippine government cancelled his passport while he was travelling abroad. The Dutch government turned down his requests for political asylum, despite the fact that as the recognized leader of a widely supported revolutionary struggle involving millions of people, he might seem like a textbook example of the kind of person the concept of asylum is supposed to protect. Instead, he has faced a series of flimsy charges that have fallen apart one after the other.

Following the baton of the US government, in 2002 the Dutch government placed his name on its “terrorist” list, without explanation, despite the complete lack of any charges against him at that point. This blacklisting has meant serious restrictions of his ability to work, travel and live. It was adopted by the European Union, and it still stands, despite a recent ruling by a European Union court that this status was unfairly imposed on him.

At the same time as the 68-year-old Sison was tricked into presenting himself at a police station on false pretences so he could be arrested, his home in Utrecht and those of seven staff members of the CPP-led Philippine National Democratic Front in the Netherlands were raided and their documents, computers and boxloads of potential data storage devices confiscated. Police broke into Sison’s apartment and threatened and manhandled his wife, Julieta de Lima. Supporters called for a legal struggle to prevent the Dutch authorities from sharing whatever information they found with the Filipino government, which could very well lead to the arrest, torture and murder of contacts there, and to return the property.

During the 17 days Sison was held, more than 20 demonstrations demanding his release took place in the Philippines, Europe, North America and Asia. A groundswell of public opinion ranging from ordinary Filipinos everywhere to prominent international personalities demanded his release

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Ration dealers enjoy CPM support, villagers suffer

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Bankura, September 18 WHEN villagers at Radharampur in Bankura district attacked a CPM leader busy at a closed-door meeting of the party last Sunday, their demand was simple: “Give us our weekly rations”. The same evening, villagers attacked the house of another CPM leader at nearby Kotalpukur with the same demands.

The story begins and ends with one line: “most dealers in the PDS network are CPM cadres as well as card-holding members”.

In Bankura district alone, seven such members hold government licences for dealerships in PDS goods.

Amiya Patra, CPM district committee secretary, said, “I can’t say what the supporters are doing, but party members should not be given dealerships. I have to check if they became party members first or dealers first.”

DM S K Gupta said: “It is very difficult to comment. At best, I can check if the food inspectors had carried out their responsibilities.”

Narayan Chandra Dutta, a PDS dealer for Kotalpukur earns only Rs 2,500 a month. He owns a two-storeyed house of 4,000 sq ft. The catch: he is a CPM cardholder.

Dulal Bauri, a former village chief and local committee member, said: “We can see the corruption but cannot say anything because they are in power.” He added that the party needs people like Dutta as he is “needed for election and collection purposes”.

Dutta’s working procedure is very simple. A PDS dealer picks up the allotted quota of food grains and kerosene oil meant for the ration card holders who come to his shop, “sell” it to the card holders, deposit the money with the area distributor, who then pays Dutta a commission.

Nirmal Ray, area distributor under Borjora police station, who has 54 such dealers reporting to him, said: “Dutta gets anything between Rs 2,000 to 2,500 as commission. From this, he has to pay for an employee. How can I say how he got to build that house?”

The answer: Dutta’s brother Hiranmoy owns the biggest grocery shop in the village. Dutta gets enough food grain from the government for his flock, but tells ration-card holders that he has nothing. Then he sells the grain to his brother.

Last week alone, Dutta had picked up 763 kg of wheat. The ration shop is now selling wheat at Rs 6.75 a kg. But Hiranmoy sells wheat in the open market at Rs 10 a kg.

For rice, the ration price is Rs 7 a kg, against the open market price of Rs 13 a kg. Dealers like Dutta have around 2,000 ration cards on their books.

Trapped by the nexus are villagers like Sukur Ali Khan, who holds a ration card but has not been given rice or wheat for the last 11 months. “Even this unrest would not have happened, but for the fact that the market prices had shot up. Before this, we used to buy rice from his brother.”

CPM, having sensed the ire of the people over the lack of subsidised rations, had been egging on the villagers to launch a peaceful movement against ration dealers.

Block Development Officer Dibyanarayan Chatterjee said, “I have been holding this post here for the last 11 months, but I was not aware that people were not getting their quotas.”

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West Bengal: The CPM rationing rationale exposed

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Kanchan Siddiqui

BANKURA, Sept. 18: Many ration shops at Bankura are not only owned by CPI-M cadres, but stocks from most of these stores are regularly smuggled out and sold in the open market. This startling revelation has been made in a preliminary inquiry report prepared by the CPI-M district leadership at the behest of the party state committee.

The disclosure adds a new twist to the violent reaction of villagers on 16 September at Sonamukhi, Bankura, against some CPI-M local leaders for not doing anything to ensure regular supply of food stuff through the ration shops. The party district secretariat has already sent the report to CPI-M state secretary Mr Biman Bose. A series of attacks on ration dealers had prompted the CPI-M state committee to seek a detailed report from its district secretary Mr Amio Patra. It may not be a coincidence that the LF committee, during the day, decided to stage a series of protests against price hike ~ blaming it all on the Centre. It’s possible that the party switched its demonstration gear because the realisation has sunk in that protests against the nuclear deal wouldn’t drum up as much public support.

Mr Patra, has listed a number of reasons in his preliminary report which, according to him, “might have made the locals revolt”. Mr Narayan Dutta, a ration dealer of Kotalpukur is a CPI-M cadre. His nephew is the unit secretary of the party in that area while Narayan’s elder brother, Mr Hironmoy Dutta runs the largest grocery shop located just across the ration shop.
Narayan’s ration shop never stocks up “enough” but the grocery shop does extremely well as hapless customers have no option but to shop at Mr Hironmoy Dutta’s shop. Mr Patra said: “I have let Bimanda know this.”

Mr Patra doesn’t agree, though, that corruption-ridden party ranks could be responsible for the public outrage over the inadequate public distribution system in the district.

CM slams Forward Bloc
The CM today took a dig at the Forward Bloc, which holds the food and supplies portfolio, during the Left Front meeting. Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said a large section of ration shop owners have turned out to be corrupt. FB leaders reportedly kept mum.

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Economic blockade in Nandigram shocks Medha Patkar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

MIDNAPORE, Sept. 18: Ms Medha Patkar, the firebrand environmentalist, was stunned to learn that the people of Nandigram have become the victims of economic blockade, allegedly engineered by the West Bengal government. Various developmental works in Nandigram I block have virtually come to a standstill in the aftermath of the carnage on 14 March.
“This vindictive measure has been roped in by the ruling party, unheard of anywhere, by any government in the continent, to teach a lesson to the Nandigram people for thwarting the land acquisition process to enable the Salims to set up a chemical hub,” Ms Patkar said.

After her return to Delhi, Ms Patkar would reveal the anti-people stand of the CPI-M government in the capital and bring it to the notice of the Centre.

Ms Patkar visited Nandigram on Monday to review the situation after the massacre and spoke to the leaders of the Bhuni Uchhed Pratirodh Committee who enlightened her about the details of the pitiable conditions of the villagers.
The public distribution system, the heath care system and rural electrification works have come to a halt.
Ms Patkar got definite proofs of the government’s indifference when she dropped in at the Maheshpur primary health centre and witnessed the inadequate health staff and the dearth of medicines .

The locals also complained to her that the authorities have not provided them with new ration cards.
They are not getting jobs under the national Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

Ms Patkar told the reporters that she would launch an agitation if Nayachar is finally selected for the proposed chemical hub, as it would cause misery to the people by destroying the eco system in the region.

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Maoists set free six abducted Salwa Judum men

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Raipur, Sep 19: Maoist militants Wednesday released unharmed six men of the tribal militia movement Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency hit Bijapur district after keeping them in captivity for over 24 hours, police sources said.

“Six tribal male cadres of Salwa Judum abducted by Maoist guerrillas Monday night from Patakutru village in Bijapur district were released today (Wednesday) morning unharmed,” a police official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

“The cadres who are in their late 20s, were released in a forested area and had been advised by militants to not cooperate with the police for anti-Maoist operations,” the official added.

Bijapur along with Dantewada, Bastar, Narayanpur and Kanker districts have been considered terror nerve centres of Maoists for decades. In March this year Maoist rebels massacred 55 policemen in one of the deadliest attacks carried out on police since the Maoist movement began in India in 1967 from a West Bengal village.

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Maoist leader’s visit: Vigilance up in Kerala borders

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 19, 2007

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept. 19 (PTI): The Kerala Police has tightened vigil along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu borders following reports that Maoist leader Sundaramurthy from the neighbouring state visited Idukki district in Kerala before his arrest in July last.

Sundaramurthy, who was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police, was learnt to have stayed in Nedumkandam, Santhanpara and Parathode, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the Kerala Assembly today.

He said a native of Vavunia in Sri Lanka, identified as Sadaratinam, was also held from Nedumkandam in Idukki district last month for not carrying required travel documents.

Considering reports of the visit of TN Maoists, having links with Sri Lankan terrorist groups, to Idukki district, police have been asked to enhance vigil on the state borders, the minister said in a reply.

Security has also been stepped up across the state, based on the central intelligence alert in the wake of the recent Hyderabad blasts, he said.

Police have been instructed to closely monitor foreigners visiting the state in general and Pakistan citizens in particular.

Look out circulars have been issued to airports and sea ports and police special branch has been asked to strictly check hotels where foreigners are staying, he said.

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