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Archive for November 7th, 2007

CPI Maoist Resolutions of 4th PB meeting (for PMs) (Held from 1-4-06 to 9-4-06)

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

1. Resolution on Martyrs: (all PMs)

In this first meeting of the PB being held after the martyrdom of our PB member, comrade Shamsher Singh Sheri (KS), on 28th of October’2005, PB pays its red revolutionary homage to this senior leader of our Party and vows to carry on the struggle to fulfill his cherished dreams of a new classless society. It calls upon the entire Party to undertake extensive propaganda on the exemplary life and contributions of our beloved leader during the Martyr’s Week this year. PB will bring out a booklet regarding com K.S.

In the past six months since the last CC meeting totally 227 of our comrades became martyrs throughout the country. Of these, 63 comrades belong to the three zones of AP, 34 are from BJ, 115 from DK of which 90-95 are members of RPCs, mass organizations, jan militia, and masses in the areas of our struggle, who were killed by salwa judum-police combine, 5 comrades in North CG, and one comrade each in West Bengal, MR and UP.

The martyrs include PB member, comrade KS; Com Mymuddin (Ravi), secretary of 3U Com Bhaskar, DCM of Adilabad; Commanders and Area Committee comrades such as Nagarjuna, Sunil, Vijaya, Rammohan Reddy, Sreedhar, Sudhakar of AP Com Devnath Singh of UP, com Mulla of West Bengal, Com Vasudev, Paramjit Yadav of Jharkhand, and several Party members, leaders, activists and members of our mass organizations, jan militia unitsm and revolutionary masses in various parts of the country.

Several comrades died while waging heroic battle with the central para-military and special police forces. Two comrades became martyrs during the Operation Jailbreak in Jehnabad on 13 November. Com Ashok died on the spot in enemy fire while com Indal Paswan was injured and died in hospital two days later. One comrade died in the raid on Dumaria police camp on March 5th. Two comrades of the Platoon were killed in AP. Many of our comrades like Sreedhar, Indal Paswan, Eeswaramma and others, stood steadfast during the tortures in police custody, guarded Party secrets, and thus rendered great service to the Party and people’s war until their last breath. They stand out as shining examples for the Party and the people of our country. We have to highlight the heroic and courageous resistance of these comrades and propagate their life-histories among Party cadres and people in a big way.

We should bring out a booklet describing the exemplary lives of the comrades and take up extensive campaign during the Martyr’s Week this year.

2. Resolution on sentences given to Barunda and others: (all PMs)

On 17th March’2005, the fasttrack court in Jhargram had given five years sentence to PBM comrade Barunda and life sentence to comrades. Tapas, CCM of our Party, and com Pratul. PB sees these sentences as the result of the political conspiracy hatched by the so-called Left Front government of West Bengal led by the neo-revisionist CPI (M) to incarcerate Maoist political prisoners. It is a reflection of the counter-revolutionary brutal onslaught of the reactionary ruling classes of India, and exposes the social fascist face of the ruling classes of India, and exposes the social fascist face of the ruling revisionists in the State.

PB calls upon the entire Party rank and file, PLGA fighters, the activists of revolutionary mass organizations and the entire masses of our country to build a wide mass movement and take up campaign countrywide. We must also strive to mobilize support abroad. Other revolutionary organizations, democratic organizations and individuals should be approached and mobilized to condemn and oppose these sentences. Leaflets, posters, booklets should be brought out in various languages. Hall and street corner meetings, rallies and other forms of protest should be organized. Signature campaign must be taken up throughout the country. We must expose how the real criminals are roaming scot-free while revolutionaries are sentenced. This should be used as an opportunity for carrying out revolutionary political propaganda. Barunda’s speeches court statements, etc., should also be widely propagated.

While the above campaign should be the main aspect, we should be the main aspect, we should also explore the possibilities of fighting in higher courts by appealing the HC and SC. Able advocates should be appointed for building the arguments. We must build up our arguments showing how the sentences are a result of political vengeance, cite health condition of Barunda, and assert how it is a conspiracy to finish off com Barunda by such heinous methods as not giving proper treatment, inflicting mental torture, and so on.

A booklet will be prepared on the sentences by the first week of May.

4. On the Economical Blockade of May 25-27 (upto PMs)

The PB is ratifying the decision of the ERB to declare a three day economical blockade in the name of the CC against the CBB and MNC installations in Jh, Bh, NCG, DK and Orissa states on May 25-27. Raw materials from these areas are being supplied to CBB and imperialist projects in our country and abroad. Apart from the existing loot and plunder of the lives of indigenous people of these areas some more new MoUs were signed by the different state and central governments, which are affecting seriously people, forests and natural resources. The forceful eviction drive taken by the ruling classes should be resisted and a call to stop the loot of the CBB, MNCs and imperialists should be fought. We have to expose the so-called development theories of the bourgeoisie.

At the time of blockade people should be rallied in a big way in different forms of resistance. People and guerillas should be engaged to disrupt rail and road lines in our areas, which are the nerve centres to carry the raw materials to factories and ports. Destruction of these will be taken widely. We should take care not to damage main routes of public transportation.

Propaganda material should be prepared by the SuCoMO in four languages.

5. Problems in achieving oneness in the Party: –

In the past 18 months since the formation of the unified Party, there has been a positive development of relations between the cadres of the two erstwhile parties at all levels. Overall, the spirit of unity has pervaded the entire party upto grassroots level. However, there still exist some problems in achieving oneness due to several historical, conceptual, practice-related, behavioral and other factors.Though they are not a big hurdle, PB has identified the following factors that are creating some problems for achieving oneness in some areas:

1. Influence of separate existence for a long period of time;

2. Influence of black chapter is still there in various forms though spirit of unity mainly exists. A tendency to go back to the period of strained relations and to search for causes could be observed among some comrades.

3. Influence of some decisions taken by the erstwhile parties prior to merger in accordance with their need at that time;

4. lack of knowledge of the historical development of the struggle and the objective conditions in the various states, and old misconceptions, impressions and prejudices regarding respective movements;

5. Lack of proper education to the cadres of two erstwhile parties about what each had learnt from the other which creates some doubts and hesitancy in receiving new ideas such as the agreement on KKC.

6. Problem of grasping the spirit of the new docs of the unified party;

7. Influence of still-prevalent old weaknesses on present relations that are creating problems;

8. Shortcomings on the part of the leadership in dealing with problems objectively;

9. Problems in functioning such as maintaining relations with old comrades of one’s erstwhile party; same old style of functioning in changed conditions instead of adjusting to the methods required in the new Party; lack of conscious attempts to understand the problems of the comrades;

10. Influence of enemy propaganda that creates doubts and prevents one from seeing facts objectively;

11. Influence of the past remnants and differences in each of the erstwhile parties that had accrued and entered the unified Party;

12. Influence of some problems dating back to the period of AICCCR and the formation of the two Parties, Com CM, etc.,

13. There are also some real problems such as different standards in the selection, gradation and promotion of cadres basing on different levels of the movement, problems arising out of composition of some committees, and so on.

Although PB has identified the above reasons that have some negative influence in achieving oneness in the Party, most of these are not of significance in the immediate context. The main thing that can promote or impede oneness is the attitude, trends, dealings of the leadership, or, to say in one word, the conscious role of the leadership. As long as the leadership of the unified Party, but retains, consciously or unconsciously, some affinity to the erstwhile party and reflected in its dealings and attitudes, it will be difficult to achieve oneness completely.

Hence, it is necessary to conduct an education campaign to get rid of the non-proletarian trends, while the leadership is dealing with the problems that are acting as hurdles in the way of achieving oneness. A thorough education on the basic documents, concepts, historical development of the movements of the erstwhile parties is necessary and the PB expects that this would be completed in the course of conducting the conferences and the Congress. It calls upon the Party rank and file, the leadership in particular, to consciously concentrate on achieving this great objective while showing flexibility and proper balance in dealing with the problems.

Today, the utmost need of the hour is to unite our forces like an iron fist to defeat the ever growing all-round enemy offensive. For this, the entire rank and file of the unified Party must place the interests of the Party, the oppressed people of our country and the lofty aims of achieving a new classless society above everything else and stand as exemplar revolutionary models.

9. On DK:

PB has discussed the developments in DK. It hails the tough resistance given by the Party, PLGA, MO and people under the leadership of the DKSZC and the CCMs who are guiding the programme directly. This heroic resistance of our PLGA fighters and the revolutionary masses of Bastar, the series of blows they inflicted upon the cruel enemies of the people and the para-military, Naga Force and special police forces has become an inspiration to the entire revolutionary camp in the country.

The scale and magnitude of the enemy’s military onslaught unleashed in the name of Salwa Judum is unprecedented in the history of the Indian revolution after the setback of 1972. This cruel, divisive campaign should be defeated in order to advance the task of transforming PLGA into PLA and establishing Base Area.

The PB noted with grave concern that we have not taken up the propaganda and solidarity campaigns in the various states to the extent possible corresponding to our subjective strength. At this critical juncture when the Central and state governments, with the full backing of the imperialists, CBB and feudal forces, have unleashed a brutal encirclement and suppression campaign in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, and are quite determined to ruthlessly carry out their heinous plans of destroying the Party, PLGA, RPCs, revolutionary mass organizations, and terrorise the masses through gory bloodbaths, the main focus of our entire Party should be to build strong support to the ongoing armed resistance in DK in all possible ways. The PB discussed and decided to intiate the following steps in DK and also in the various states in order to defeat the enemy offensive unitedly and build countrywide solidarity movement in support of the people’s armed resistance under our Party’s leadership in DK:

i. Central and State governments will intensify their brutal attack further in this summer. Salwa Judum-para military’s combined ongoing offensive is a springboard to facilitate the deployment of the Indian Army to capture our GBs particularly Maad. Already in this direction coordination has been increased by the concerned officials.

ii. Eviction of hundreds of villages and shifting them to new settlements is another plan intiated by the Chhattisgarh State government for which Rs. 500 crores is sought from the Centre. Already 70-80 villages were burnt, hundreds of villages were forcibly evacuated, around 50,000 people had been shifted to government organized camps.

SJ leadership put forward alternative slogans to all out slogans reflecting the sharp polarization into two camps-revolutionary and counter-revolutionary. Day by day offensive of these forces and counter offensive of our people and forces is increasing and a civil war situation now prevails in entire Bastar, which has now become the focal point of the bitter class conflict.The offensive was led by the Congress-BJP combine at state and all India level. Initially, the reactionary ruling succeeded to some extent in projecting the savage Salwa Judum as a spontaneous uprising of the adivasis against the Maoists. However, the consistent heroic resistance by our forces and the people has transformed the debate on Salwa Judum at AI level in a qualitative manner with a significant section of the people questioning the unjustness of the state-sponsored campaign and understanding the justness of our counter-offensive. A polarization of forces at all India level is also taking place. We have to utilize the situation and exploit the contradictions among the enemies to isolate the main enemy. We must strive to rally our friendly forces to intensify our resistance.

iii. We have to take the utmost caution to ensure that common people do not become victims and innocent lives are not lost in the course of our counteroffensive against the enemy. Education should be given to the party cadres that all precautions should be taken to ensure that Pakhanjur-type of incidents do not recur. We must make serious effort to win over or neutralize the people in the neighboring areas who are being organized against us by the ruling classes.

iv. We have to concentrate on isolating the enemy further at CG level and at all India too. Further blows should be given on main enemy and its armed forces. All possible means should be explored to carry out this task. Resistance in CGSC should be developed.

v. The PB is appreciating the formation of 3rd Coy and Koya Bhumkal Sena to resist the SJ offensive campaign and as part of strengthening the people’s Army. The PB is further suggesting to the DKSZC and the CCMs concerned to further consolidate and strengthen the PLGA, defend and expand the RPCs, resist and defeat the ever-intensifying state armed offensive.

    1. (a) A fresh booklet updating the earlier one should be brought out. Our resistance should also be focused in the booklet.

(c) June 14-15 two days Chakka Jam programme will be taken to counter the “Smash all Campaign” of the enemy in Bastar. All the state committees should be instructed to initiate Rail and Road blockade by mobilizing masses, burning the enemy infrastructure, blocking the roads by felling trees, putting of banners, posters and all other possible ways. A caution should be given to all not to blast the rail tracks on this occasion. Mass mobilization for road and rail Jam Programmes can be taken in nights particularly in repression areas. SuCoMO will release leaflet, posters by the end of April.

(d) We must be selective in hitting the targets and should ensure that innocent civilians do not become victims;

(e) 25 years Souvenir of the DK will be published.

(f) A website should be opened for propaganda on behalf of the committee which will be formed. Propaganda material should be sent to fraternal parties and individuals abroad.

(g) Mass collections for money should be made at all levels.

(viii) International teams for Fact Finding Committees and Medical assistance should be called as early as possible.

Medicine will be collected in all centres and money for this purpose.


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Land is the issue: farmers’ organisations

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

Gargi Parsai

NEW DELHI: “Land is the issue,” was the unanimous conclusion of a public hearing held here on Monday on ‘Special Economic Zones and Land Rights’ by Navdanya and attended among others by the former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, S.P. Shukla of the National Committee on Agrarian Crisis and P.V. Rajgopal of the Ekta Parishad.

“The largest SEZs have been allocated to Mukesh Ambani, the world’s richest man. This is a criminal subsidy that the State is providing to the rich by stealing from the poor,” said Vandana Shiva who chaired the hearing.

While Mr. Singh reiterated that the Land Acquisition Act, had no place in a genuine market economy, Mr. Shukla asserted that the land would be the defining issue for Indian politics and the Indian economy. Mr. Rajgopal who organised the recent Janadesh Yatra, said the struggle for land would not stop till land justice was done.

Representative from Nandigram, Gurgaon, Jhajjar gave reports on the violence perpetrated on village communities for corporate land grab. Farmers from across India participated in the public hearing here to stress that farmers and tribals of Nandigram, Singur, Dadri, Kalinganagar, Raigad, POSCO and Barnala had experienced bloodbath in saving their land, making it the most important contemporary issue.

The public hearing resolved that the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 must be amended to ensure that government did not acquire land for private companies.

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Massive violence in Nandigram, CPI(M) “waiting for CRPF to come” – Lakshman Seth gives the call “kill or get killed!”

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

Source: Sahanthi

Sign petition to stop CRPF deployment

November 6, 2007 – Cadres unleash violence

In a chilling re-run of the 14th March bloody backlash, three persons were killed, several others, including an Eastern Frontier Rifles personnel, injured at Nandigram and nine villages set ablaze during a pitched battle between CPI-M cadres and BUPC activists that continued for over 18 hours since late last night. The Trinamul Congress-led Opposition met the Governor, Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in the evening demanding invocation of Article 355. The Prime Minister was also informed of the escalation of violence.

At least 15,000 people were hounded out of their homes and many of them had to be given shelter at relief camps set up at Nandigram college.

Amid conflicting reports about the genesis of the fresh cycle of violence, an unconfirmed report suggested there was a mine explosion at Sonachura. The home secretary, Mr Prasad Roy, said “if there was truth in the report, it was indeed a serious matter.”

Mr Roy admitted that firing started from Khejuri, a clear admission that CPI-M cadres unleashed the violence. Mr Shyamal Chakraborty, CPI-M state committee member, however, claimed the provocation had come from the BUPC.

Trinamul Congress chief Miss Mamata Banerjee said the day’s violence made the state a “fit case” for invoking provisions of Article 355 as members of the minorities and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, who form a majority at Nandigram were no longer safe under the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee regime.

The Speaker of the West Bengal Assembly, Mr HA Halim, said Maoists had taken control of Nandigram and the Opposition had failed to realise it.

The violence started at villages bordering Nandigram and Khejuri around 10 last night. Local CPI-M leaders claimed armed BUPC cadres had abducted two of their party activists. This apparently triggered the flare-up with marauding, armed CPI-M cadres tried to force their way into Nandigram setting at least nine villages on fire and driving nearly 15,000 people out of their homes.
A bloody battle ensued following resistance from BUPC supporters, resulting in the deaths of three persons and leaving scores injured.

Among the killed was a BUPC activist who was hit by a bullet on the head and two CPI-M activists Tushar Shau (30) and Nirapada Ghata (32) who succumbed to bomb injuries at Khejuri.

The firing and bombing started late last night and continued throughout the day. CPI-M men reportedly tried to enter Nandigram from Sonachura, Garhchakraberia, Satengabari, Tekhali, Bhangabera and Ranichak. Hundreds of rounds were fired during the gun battle, according to information.

Armed CPI-M cadres initially entered Satengabari, Ranichak, Bhangabera and Sonachura firing salvos at supporters of BUPC taking up positions for resistance.

Later in the day, they entered, Simulkundu, Kanungochak, Satengabari, Uttarpurbapally, Girirbazar, Brindabanchak and Akandabari and set houses on fire in a desperate bid to recapture these places from their rivals. Two BUPC supporters Mr Khokan Shit (30) and Mr Manas Das (32) were injured.

The CPI-M cadres were forced to retreat after BPUC supporters put up a strong resistance. On their way back to Khejuri, CPI-M cadres allegedly looted 10 houses of BPUC supporters and set them on fire. An EFR Nayek, Mr Pradip Tamang, who was on duty near the Tekhali Bridge sustained injury after a bullet fired from Khejuri hit him, said a senior district police officer. Mr Tamang was first taken to Nandigram hospital from where he was rushed to Tamluk district hospital, according to Mr Satya Shankar Panda, superintendent of police, Midnapore (East).

The police said at least 300 bullets were fired and more than 500 crude bombs hurled during the clash.
Among the injured the condition of a BUPC supporter, Mr Kalipada Sit, is said to be critical. Local CPI-M leaders said, at least seven of their supporters were injured in the Trinamul-sponsored attack.

That the state administration virtually abdicated its responsibility became clear when the IG (law and order) Mr Raj Kanojia said : “I cannot say from which direction the bullet which hit Tamang came”. This was in sharp contrast to the home secretary’s admission that the firing was from the CPI-M-dominated Khejuri.

On the other hand, the state home secretary said the CPI-M had “probably gained ground” at Nandigram after the day’s violence.
While describing the situation at Nandigram to be “quite worse” Mr Ray said that according to unconfirmed reports some people had crossed Bhangaberia to enter Sonachura.

Asked whether the police were unable to enter areas where the CPI-M had regained control, the home secretary admitted there had been virtually no police presence in the areas like Gokulnagar, Ranichak, Bhangaberia and Satengabari which turned into a “war zone” witnessing “widespread violence” today.

Police contingents couldn’t move into some areas of Nandigram lest it should aggravate the situation, Mr Kanojia said. None was arrested for the violence. . There is strong Maoist presence in Nandigram, he added.

The home secretary admitted that the peace process had come to a “halt” and all the discussion initiated in the past three or four months “for a peaceful end to the dispute has gone down the drain.”

The state government has not received any information about the arrival of Central forces it has requisitioned for deployment at Nandigram. ” We are waiting for the CRPF to come.

Meanwhile, Mr D Bandopadhyay, former Union revenue secretary, told the Governor that he and some other retired IAS officers were preparing charge-sheets against district magistrates of Hooghly and East Midnapore
and all those police personnel who were responsible for mass killing and mass rape and incidents of arson and looting at Nandigram and Singur since 25 September last year.

Mr Bandyopadhyay, who was a member of the delegation led by Miss Mamata Banerjee, called on the Governor to apprise him of the worsening situation at Nandigram. He said they were collecting details of the acts of omission and commission of the guilty officers involved in the horrendous crime committed at the two places.

Each of these officers would be separately served charge-sheets and proceeded against through legal means. Mr Bandyopadhyay urged the Governor to tell the Centre to depoliticise the officers of all-India services (West Bengal cadre), because of their highly partisan behaviour during Nandigram and Singur operations.

He said that popular perception about the role of these officers was so bad that the credibility of this all-India cadre had suffered badly.

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What move would the CRPF take?

Would the CRPF conduct raids in the Khejuri-Nandigram belt in Midnapore East at the dictates of the district police or would they act independently? Probably they would conduct their operations as per as the advice given by the district police who are controlled by the state government. This was hinted by the state home secretary, Mr Prasad Ranjan Roy.

In that case, the Central forces may not be posted in Khejuri where the real tension lies. The area is dominated by a few hired goons of the CPI-(M) who have been lodged in hide-outs. Explosives and a cache of sophisticated arms have been kept here to use as and when required. Only a tip of the iceberg was busted by the CBI sleuths three days after the 14 March massacre took place, alleged Mr Nanda Patra, a BUPC leader.

However, a top brass of the CRPF of the eastern region sector was quoted as having said in the newspapers that they would conduct a raid independently as they are doing in Maoist-infested Midnapore West, Bankura and Purulia even if they work under the state government’s control.

They would find out illegal activities and arrest leaders belonging to any party, whatever be his status, the official further added.
However, the future would only tell whether the CRPF would act accordingly, a BUPC leader said.

Some state police personnel posted in the district have expressed their resentment against the government for slighting them.
“The state armed police jawans were competent enough to control the situation within hours if they were given an opportunity and if the government had sincerely desired so. There was no need for the government to post CRPF,” an aggrieved policeman said privately.

Meanwhile, the people of Satkhanda, Janka,Kamarda, Sahebnagar, Chowk Kasba and several other places in Khejuri are apprehending torture by hired musclemen of the CPI-(M) who are camping in the area to take part in the Nandigram liberation operation.

They are stealing fish, poultry and ducks. Besides this, they are also misbehaving with the women, the villagers alleged.
However, the Khejuri CPM leader, Mr Himangshu Das, have denied the allegations.

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Planned Attack : RSP Minister

Nov 6, 2007

The CPM’s allies saw a design in the escalation of violence and at least one of them, the RSP, directly accused it of launching a “planned attack” on Nandigram with “armed supporters”.

“The Union home ministry has said it would be difficult to send the CRPF immediately because of polls in other states. So the CPM has assembled its armed supporters to mount the attack in a planned manner with the backing of the Eastern Frontier Rifles,” PWD minister Kshiti Goswami said.

He suspected that the CPM was “in a hurry” to crush the Opposition’s control of Nandigram as it would like the panchayat polls — due in May — to be brought forward.

The home secretary today said CPM supporters in Khejuri started the fight last night.

A day before the Left Front meets to discuss the deployment of central forces, the Forward Bloc and CPI said they had heard what the government had to say and harped on the need for a political dialogue.

CPM state secretary Biman Bose did not react to the home secretary’s comment but other leaders said the supporters were “only defending themselves against Trinamul-Maoist attacks”.

“I don’t know what hap- pened last night. But we are facing attacks from Trinamul and Maoist goons since January,” said Dipak Dasgupta, the CPM state secretariat member in charge of East Midnapore.

“Why did the home secretary not say that our party office was attacked last night? Our homeless supporters put up the resistance required to ensure their return,” said fellow state secretariat member Shyamal Chakraborty.

If the allies had no doubt about the CPM’s role in the violence, they also had no doubt that Mamata Banerjee did not want peace. Goswami said: “It is in Mamata’s interest to keep the cauldron boiling.”

The Bloc’s Ashok Ghosh was reluctant to renew his peace efforts as neither the government nor Mamata wanted it.

CPM leader Benoy Konar said: “Before the CRPF comes, the ground reality is either we wrest control of our positions or they take over Khejuri.”

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Lakshman Seth gives the call “kill or get killed” – Nandigram awaits fierce bloodshed

Statesman News Service

MIDNAPORE, Nov. 6: Nandigram awaits to witness a fierce bloodshed again which is even worse than the 14 March carnage if the recent fiery utterances of the CPI-M MP, Mr Lakshman Seth and the Politburo member, Mrs Brinda Karat, much before the arrival of the Central forces in the region, are any indication of that.

In the open session of the different zonal committee conferences of the party in the district last week, Mr Seth announced that they would recapture their lost bastion in Nandigram.

By giving the slogan, “kill or get killed,” the Marxist leader charged the party cadres to wrest Nandigram from the clutches of the Bhumi Uchhed Patirodh Committee (BUPC) consisting of the Congress, Trinamul, SUCI, Jamit-e-Ulema besides the communists who had left the party to protest against the Left Front government’s anti-peasant policies.

Addressing the open session of the CPI-M ~ controlled Paschim Banga Ganatantrik Mahila Samiti at Dum Dum on Sunday Mrs Karat, echoed Mr Seth’s voice when she prescribed “Dum Dum Daoai” (infamous batoning of Dum Dum ration dealers by irate Left mob during food movement in early sixties).

Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was also present on the occasion.

The BUPC leaders alleged that Mr Seth and his comrades have prepared a game plan for an attempt to capture Nandigram again.
They have mobilised a few hundred trained gunners for the purpose from Garbeta, Kespur, Belda in Midnapore West and other places in Khejuri and will shoot them down with the help of CRPF on charges of harbouring the Maoists to aid them.

The CPI-M deployed hordes of hired hoodlums in Khejuri to take part in Nandigram operation, six of whom had died in a blast while manufacturing bombs at the house of a cadre at Sherkhanchowk in Khejuri last week.

That the deceased were outsiders was confirmed from the dying statements of one of them and also there were no claimants of the bodies of four from the hospital morgue.

But the contention of the chief minister claiming that a hardcore Naxalite squad led by Mr Ranjit Pal, who was involved in the assassination of the JMM MP from Jamshedpur, Mr Sunil Mahato, are with the BUPC is a cock and bull story.

If that be the fact their battle with the CPI-M would have assumed a different dimension and the heads of many stalwarts of the area would have rolled down as the modus operandi of the Naxalites suggested, the BUPC leaders argued.

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Ration riots: Vacuum between party & poor

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

File picture of the ruins after a ration protesters' attack on the CPM office in Burdwan's Nababhat

The CPM will not recognise Ayub Sheikh and Dhanupada Das, ration protesters who fell to police bullets, as martyrs and place them alongside Nurul Islam and Ananda Hait, who had died in the food movement of 1966.

That's not because Ayub and Dhanupada are Trinamul members. The CPM can't fathom why they had to give their lives. Just as it can't understand why villagers who have always come to it have chosen to act on their own this time.

Said Abdul Jabbar, a CPM local committee member: "In the 1966 food movement, people went berserk since there was no political party or administration that was responsive to their grievances. But now we're here. Why did they have to turn violent?"

Leaders like Jabbar, of Nababhat near Burdwan town, who are not blind enough to dismiss the explosion of discontent as a conspiracy, have been left blinking at the attack on the party from poor people.

"I'm in politics for 45 years. I never imagined our leaders, including the MLA, would be beaten up. We are yet to figure out why it happened," Jabbar said.

Jabbar knew Fakir Mohammad was "as corrupt as any other ration dealer". Still he had tried — unsuccessfully — to persuade villagers not to take the law into their hands when they demanded a fine of Rs 15 lakh and free ration for six months from the dealer.

Nothing like the recent wave of attacks on ration dealers has happened in Bengal since the 1966 food riots when the communists were in the Opposition and the Congress was in power. The CPM can't be expected to admit the reversal of roles but the language some of its leaders use to describe the protesters, "misguided people", is straight out of the 1966 Congress lexicon.

Just as the party gropes for an answer to why the poor have turned away from it and at times against it, Suchana, Dhanupada's widow, was also asking why.

"I never thought the CPM's police would kill my husband just because villagers had fined the dealer who had admitted selling our quota of wheat in the black market."

The family has never voted for any other party in a village where the panchayat has only one member who does not belong to the CPM.

Feeling "betrayed", Dhanupada's brother Sanat said: "We will not go to CPM processions and rallies any more."

Sanat's an-ger, still fresh from losing his brother, is natural. But the anger was widespread.

Asura Begum and her neighbour Meherun Bibi bristle at the party interfering when villagers at Nababhat, who have been denied rice and wheat for years and fobbed off with some sugar and kerosene, enforce their right.

"The party and panchayat leaders never bothered to en- sure our ration. Why is the party now po-king its nose?" asks Asura.

Villagers of Nababhat had beaten up CPM leaders and ransacked the party office after a CPM-led "peace procession" rescued Fakir Mohammad and prevented the dealer's home and shop from being looted.

To Asura and Meherun — "all of us have been voting for the CPM for years" — it means their party is now defending those who have been cheating them.

Bengal CPM secretary Biman Bose's call to "people's resistance" has led the party to organise armed defence against attacks on ration dealers.

In Murshidabad, a CPM zonal committee member cocked his licensed gun to stop villagers marching to a dealer's den, much like the landlords supporting the Congress in 1966.

"We cannot sit idle when our leaders and supporters are attacked by criminals belonging to the Opposition," said Amal Halder, the party secretary for Burdwan.

"Criminal" is a charge that is difficult to sustain when the participants in protests against ration dealers themselves are frequently CPM supporters.

In Bankura's Sonamukhi, the starting point for the ration rage, from elderly Bimalakanta Barui to student Tanmoy Barui, every villager said they supported the CPM.

Besides, ration dealers belonging to Opposition parties have also been attacked. But often the attacker and the attacked or the denied and the denier belong to the same party, simply because of the CPM's ubiquitous presence in rural Bengal.

For instance, in Bankura's Borjora, dealer Narayan Dutta was a party member. He and his son Rajib opened fire on villagers who had gathered in front of his house asking for rice and wheat.

The CPM is left asking why because it hadn't seen it coming. Its rural leaders would also be holding the white cards issued to people above the poverty line, or APL. Still they didn't know the local dealer was not selling rice and wheat to villagers.

Nirmal Mondal, the CPM branch committee secretary at Radhamohanpur in Sonamukhi, said he wasn't aware that white card holders like him were not getting wheat. "My family never needed it."

When Rs 350 a month is the income level beyond which everyone is APL, there will be white card holders and white card holders. Some wouldn't know if rice was available and some would die because it wasn't.


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Nandigram:Bid for unity on CRPF

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

OUR BUREAU Nov. 5: The chief minister today hinted that he would like to build a consensus, particularly within the Left Front, before sending central forces to Nandigram. A front meeting has been called on Wednesday. The RSP had opposed the deployment of the CRPF.

The CPI and the Forward Bloc had preferred “resumption of dialogue” with Mamata Banerjee. However, addressing a rally in Howrah, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee accused the Trinamul Congress of practising “dangerous politics” and appeared to be preparing ground for a crackdown. “Trinamul is espousing a dangerous, terrible politics in Nandigram…. But I don’t want to do anything forcibly. I’m trying my best to convince the Trinamul leadership to shun the path of violence,” he said.

“Those rendered homeless by the violence should be allowed to return and the government and panchayats to resume their development work. But they have refused to see reason. Can we let some people continue to rule at gunpoint?” Bhattacharjee asked. The Opposition, he added, was playing into the hands of Naxalites.

The home secretary said in Calcutta all warring groups in Nandigram were in possession of arms and that they were being helped by outsiders. Preparing the ground for a crackdown, Bhattacharjee made distinction between the “poor villagers who have misunderstood the Left and joined Trinamul” and the “armed Naxalites active there”. The “extremists’ presence” could be the official reason for paramilitary action in the war zone. A committee led by intelligence branch additional director-general Sujit Sarkar has been set up to decide the deployment of central forces and the police.

Heavy gunfire was exchanged at various places in Nandigram tonight. The chief minister said peace was an absolute imperative for industrialisation. “All our efforts would come to a naught if the fire spreads. Are we trying to set up new industries and vocational training colleges for only our party workers?” Bhattacharjee asked, in a bid to isolate Trinamul as an anti-development force. A section of Left supporters had accused him of being ruthless in pursuing his mission of development. The chief minister today urged CPM workers to win over those “standing mid-way between the Left and Trinamul”.

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Chhattisgarh tribals protest industry policy

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

Posted : Mon, 05 Nov 2007 14:20:02 GMT

Author : IANS

Raipur, Nov 5 – About 75,000 impoverished tribals, some armed with bows and arrows, took to the streets in a southern Chhattisgarh city, raising slogans against the state’s special economic zone (SEZ) policy and plans to set up steel units.

The rally at Jagdalpur, dubbed as one of the biggest protest marches of tribals in Chhattisgarh, was called by the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Mahasabha, an umbrella organisation of tribal groups.

‘Indigenous tribals of Bastar will be driven out from their native lands if the blind industrialisation plan and other schemes of the state government are carried out in the region,’ Manish Kunjam, national president of the Mahasabha, told the gathering amid anti-industry slogans at Jagdalpur, 300 km south of state capital Raipur.

Despite heavy police deployment, shopkeepers rolled down their shutters fearing violence during the march.

Tata Steel is investing Rs.100 billion to install a five-million tonnes per annum (mtpa) steel unit on 2063.06 hectare land in Bastar. The land acquisition process for it began last week.

Essar Steel will bring in Rs.70 billion for a 3.2 mtpa steel plant in Dantewada district and it will require 600 hectares of land for the purpose.

‘Tibals will not hand over their lands for steel units and will oppose authorities’ forced land acquisition. We will not allow industry majors to set up plants in Chhattisgarh at the cost of mass displacement of tribals,’ Kunjam told the protesters’ gathering.

Rally participants sought early rehabilitation of about 50,000 people of Bastar region displaced due to a fallout of the anti-Maoist civil militia movement, Salwa Judum, launched in June 2005, and 50,000 other people who were allegedly forced to flee their villages and are living as refugees in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh due to authorities’ ‘excesses’.

(c) Indo-Asian News Service

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Maharashtra Minister gets threat call from Naxals

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

NAGPUR: Maharashtra minister of state for transport and social justice Dharmaraobaba Atram has claimed to have received a threat to his life from Naxalites.

Atram was in his chamber in Mantralaya, Mumbai, when he allegedly received a phone call on Monday afternoon by Maoist rebels. The caller reportedly threatened him with dire consequences. The minister registered a complaint with the Mantralaya police.

Atram, who is also the guardian minister for Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district, was abducted by armed Naxalites in 1991. He was released after being held captive for 17 days.

Sources said, after Atram—who already has ‘Z’ category security, received the threat call, security around his residence was stepped up.

When contacted, Atram said he received a call, supposedly from a place in Andhra Pradesh. “I was told that they would not spare me this time. Stating that I had siphoned off Rs 1,000 crore meant for the area’s development, they said they would blow me up,” Atram said.

“I got the call on my cell phone the number was 08734-233662. I received the phone at around 12.30 pm and the secretariat has been informed about this,” he added.

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Jharkhand Dy CM urges parties to fight extremism

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 7, 2007

Giridih, Nov 06: Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Stephen Marandi on Tuesday appealed to all the political parties to rise above politics to curb extremism.

“Statements and counter statements are issued soon after any incident involving Naxalites and continue for some time before it die down. It should not be that way. We should continue to ponder over how to curb the problem,” Marandi said.

Marandi, who called on former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, who lost his son in the Chilkaridih massacre, to express condolences told reporters that all politicians should rise above party-level to address the long standing menace.

“We are in the process of reviewing the Naxal policy… Everyone should involve oneself in bringing about a concrete solution to the Naxal problem,” he said.

He said Jharkhand did have meetings with border states, Orissa and Bihar on Naxal problems and efforts were on for similar meetings with other border states.

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