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Archive for November 20th, 2007

Khammam tribals worried over Chhattisgarh conflict spill-over

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Khammam tribals worried over Chhattisgarh conflict spill-over
Tuesday November 20 2007 08:53 IST

B Satyanarayana Reddy

KHAMMAM: With the Maoist- Salwa Judum conflict spilling over to Khammam district, the tribal-dominated Bhadrachalam region has turned into a war zone.

The tribals, caught in the crosshairs, are falling victims to the continuing conflicts. The Maoists have so far killed over 600 tribals in Chattisgarh since 2005 for their association with the police and the Salwa Judum, the anti-Naxal vigilante tribal force, being spearheaded by Congress MLA Mahendra Karma and backed by the BJP Government.

As a result, over 50,000 tribals have crossed over from Chattisgarh to Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar districts. An equal number of tribals have abandoned their homes and hearths to hide in the deep forests of Chattisgarh.

They could also move to Khammam region in the coming days. The Maoists, who operate along the border and change their hideouts frequently, are enjoying a tactical advantage over the badly-outnumbered and under-equipped Chattisgarh police.

They had attacked even the police outposts with impunity and inflicted heavy casualties.

What is worrying the AP police is the Maoist plan to expand activities on this side of the Andhra-Chattisgarh border. The local tribals too are afraid that both the Maoists and the Salwa Judum could fight turf wars on this side of the border and this could adversely affect the local population.

The recent incident in which three tribals were killed by the Maoists on the suspicion of the former being police penny-droppers has only served to heighten the fears.

All the killed tribals had migrated from Chattisgarh. The local tribals feel that this could be just a beginning and more such reprisals could follow in the coming days.


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Salwa Judum leader, son killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

RAIPUR: A prominent Congress leader, who had led a campaign against Naxals, and his son were on Monday killed after being chased in a by about 500 Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Budhram Rana was chased in the paddy field and shot dead and his son was axed and then shot at and killed by about 500 Maoists at Musalur village, about 525 km from the state capital, Bijapur police sources told reporters.

The Naxalites raided the 400-populated Musalur village surrounding it to attack a contractor who was carrying out road and bridge construction work close to that village, police said.

At that time, Rana and his son reached the village from Bijapur town to check harvesting work on their paddy field and faced the Naxalites, they said.

Seeing the Naxalites, both started running in different directions but the Naxalites first caught the son and axed him and then shot him dead before chasing the senior Rana and gunning him down in the paddy field, police said.

Rana was in the hit list of rebels for leading the anti-Naxal campaign in hyper Naxal-infested Bijapur district in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Rana, Bijapur district Congress leader, was the vice chairman of Bijapur block.

Times of India

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Nandigram:Maoist bandh draws mixed response

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007 (Kolkata/Ranchi/Patna)

Stray violence and disruption of road and rail traffic marred a general strike called by naxalites on Monday in parts of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand protesting CPI(M)’s recapture of Nandigram as the shutdown evoked mixed response.

Naxals blew up a portion of a rail track in Birbhum district of West Bengal disrupting train services during the bandh which also affected life in their strongholds of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.

State Home Secretary P R Roy said life was totally paralysed in several areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts.

A report from Ranchi said Maoists damaged a building in Palama and were successful in enforcing the bandh in some areas of Jharkhand.

While in naxal-infested rural areas markets remained closed, the bandh had no impact in urban areas. Train services remained unaffected throughout the state but long-distance buses remained off the road.

With trucks keeping off road to avoid any loss, loading and unloading of minerals at different places in the state was affected.

The strike evoked little response in Bihar on the first day with life remaining normal barring suspension of vehicular traffic on some highways.

Barring a few naxalite strongholds in Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal and Aurangabad districts, vehicular traffic remained normal everywhere.

Train services were, however, marginally hit with the East Central Railway cancelling a few trains and changing the routes of a few others as a precautionary measure.


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Naxal watch in Bangalore colleges

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Sleuths visited famous St Josephs College to probe activities of a groupBANGALORE: After being a suspected breeding ground for terrorists, thetech city is in news again for being a hotbed of naxal sympathisers.

The Bangalore police have begun searching college campuses to track supporters of naxalites in the student community.

The state intelligence officials visited the famous St Josephs College and spent hours probing into activities of a group that recently gathered at the campus. The group, Karnataka Communal Harmony Group, which consists of intellectuals and activists, is suspected to be a sympathiser of naxalites in Karnataka, said an official on condition of anonymity.

The group came into existence three years ago when a suspected naxalite was killed in an encounter in rural south Karnataka. However, additional director of police (law & order) Shankar Bidari said that the probe revealed nothing. “Compared to other states, the influence
in Karnataka is very less,” he said.

But intelligence officials state otherwise. Though it is touted that the influence is limited to only four out of 28 districts in the state, they have established a stronghold in rural parts and are
gradually planning to expand into the cities.

According to police, the naxalites have visited Nandagudi, where farmers are protesting against a proposed special economic zone.

“Protests and poverty are the tools used by the naxalites to spread their area of activity. Their target is to obtain support from villagers migrating to the city and the student community who can be easily lured into their ideology,” an official said.

The previous coalition government of Karnataka had proposed talks with the naxalites to lay down weapons. However, the proposal did not come through.

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CPI(M) Cadres to dislodge Maoists

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Statesman News Service
DUBRAJPUR, Nov. 18: The Birbhum district CPI-M conference ended with the resolution to dislodge the Maoists through reaching the hearts of the common people by campaigning and developing awareness among the mass of the undemocratic force.

Confirming the Maoist link in the entire Birbhum-Jharkhand bordering areas, the CPI-M district committee secretary, Mr Dilip Ganguly, said: “In the recent past, we have noticed a rise in Maoist activities in the bordering areas responsible for the deteriorating law-and-order
situation. They are trying to dislodge us by force and Opposition parties, mainly the Trinamul Congress, are giving them shelter, thus flaring up the situation here”.

“We have already identified some NGOs on Birbhum-Jharkhand borders which are helping them. In the 19th district conference, we have resolved to fight against these forces through developing mass awareness”, said Mr Ganguly.

Mr Ganguly also said the Maoists are working as agents of the Opposition parties.
He also alleged that in recent times, two Maoists were arrested from Rampurhat and Jharkhand border areas, but in both cases the Trinamul Congress claimed that they were their party supporters.

Mr Ganguly also said that the party members have resolved to develop this district in every aspect like education, health, agriculture and industry and likewise several resolutions have been taken in the district conference.

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Kundapur: Naxalites Continue Activities despite Police Operations

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

from Vinay Pais
for Daijiworld Media Network – Kundapur (SM)

Kundapur, Nov 19: The Naxalites who had escaped eight months ago have raised their heads, but this time near the deep forest area of Korthugundi of Charana Bail Amavasebail gram panchayat jurisdiction.

On March 23, this year, a Naxalite girl from Hammige village of Gadag district was arrested in the bus stand of Jaddinagudde of Amavasebail by the ANF. Since then the Naxalite activities in the region had suffered a set back.

But it is now being brought to light that Ammigundi pare with thick forest coverage, is an ideal place for their activities. So far this secluded region has been impregnable to police who used to visit the place every now and then.

Some twenty five families of Bovi community live in this region of reserve forest between Kolluru and Someshwar. Though there is no motorable road the place is the link to Shimoga district. A few bunts are also living in this remote area.

The region lacks basic infrastructures like electricity, roads, transportation, schools and other things. The tribals who have been living here for their lands, are now scared of police action against the Naxalites in Korthugundi camp where some hand-written banners, pamphlets in Telugu were found after the recent encounter.

It is for sure that Naxalites have specific mission and they have been able to meet their goals secretly despite heavy police security and regular combing operations. Though there are have not been many violent activities in the recent past, it is quite sure that unless some stern and immediate steps are taken, there are every chances of Naxalites movement gaining momentum in this secluded area. The administration should immediately think of providing these few families with basic amenities including education. Only this can prevent the intervention of Naxalites in the life of these innocent and economically poor families.

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For Soumitra, Maoists get reel

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Anjan Chakraborty
KOLKATA, Nov. 19: They are known to target CPI-M leaders and police ~ be it in words or action. But for the first time, Maoists have chosen an apolitical person, Satyajit Ray’s favourite actor, Soumitra Chatterjee, to correspond with and question his stand on the Nandigram issue. Though the letter does not “call for his head”, as Maoist mails often do, or warn him to stay away from the CPI-M, it has made police sit up and take notice.

The letter, written by the state secretary of CPI (Maoists), to Soumitra Chatterjee, questions the Tollywood actor’s stand on the recapture of Nandigram by CPI-M cadres. “You played the character of Pandit Mashai in the film Hirak Rajar Deshe (Kingdom of Diamonds) where there was a division between ‘we’ and ‘them’. You had portrayed a rebel character in the film and in the end the rebels were victorious.”

“But that was 1980 (the year the Satyajit Ray film was released), now this is 2007 and you have switched allegiance. In the fight that is going on, there is a division between ‘we’ and ‘them’ as well, but you have now taken the side of Hirak Raja (Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee). In this fight, the general public have retreated temporarily, but what will happen in the end? What does history tell you?,” the letter cautioned the Tollywood actor.

The letter, dated 14 November, also questioned why Soumitra Chatterjee has taken up the side of the “oppressor”. “Why are you scared? For what reason? In exchange of what have you sold your protesting self to Buddhadeb? We do not know whether there is any reservation or secret reason that compelled you to align with Buddhadeb. You have got everything in life ~ money and recognition ~ then what more do you want that you have to pawn your thinking to the fascist rulers? Think ….,” wrote the state secretary of CPI (Maoist). The letter ends with a note of caution: “There is still time to stand by the ‘oppressed’ people and tell them that you are one of them and had somehow lost your way. We do not wish that the love and affection that you earned by portraying the character of Pandit Mashai in Hirak Rajar Deshe is transformed into public hatred.”

When The Statesman tried to contact Soumitra Chatterjee, his cell phone was found switched off and on calling up his residence a family member said he was unwell and would not like to discuss Nand-igram. The South 24 Parganas SP, Mr Praveen Kumar, first denied having any knowledge of any CPI (Maoist) letter to Chatterjee, but later said ‘after checking with the local police station’ that “they had sent some policemen to the actor’s residence to find out if he had received the letter or not”.

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Nandigram:Untold firing, at CPM squad

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Nov. 19: After March 14, police in Nandigram had opened fire a second time seven months later.

However, the bullets on November 6 were directed at CPM workers who were firing “indiscriminately” from Khejuri at members of the Bhoomi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee in Nandigram.

The Telegraph learnt about the incident, kept under wraps so far, from the police today.

There were no casualties, unlike the March 14 firing that left 14 people dead.

The CPM-Pratirodh Committee gun battle across the Tekhali bridge had started on the night of November 5.

The Telegraph had earlier reported how CPM cadres had hatched the plan to recapture Nandigram on the night of November 1 and begun executing it four nights later.

An Eastern Frontier Rifles jawan posted near the bridge was injured in the crossfire. When the news reached Nandigram police station on November 6, a team rushed to the spot.

“At Maheshpur, we saw Pratirodh Committee supporters armed with guns and ammunition sitting in a makeshift camp. When they saw us, they moved away. As soon as we arrived near Tekhali bridge, we heard gunshots and realised the bullets were coming from the Khejuri side,” an officer said. “We then saw CPM cadres firing towards Pratirodh Committee members.”

The police lay on the bridge for some time to avoid the hail of bullets, but the firing did not stop, the officer said.

“Seeing the police jeep, the CPM cadres started firing. Suddenly, the Pratirodh Committee activists started to retaliate and we had to open fire,” he said.

An officer said the police fired “around 50-60 rounds”. “The firing from the Khejuri side stopped briefly, but we did not have the courage to cross the bridge and go there. So we returned to the police station,” he added. A diary was registered later.


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Nandigram:‘Scared’ teachers seek transfer

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 20, 2007

Nandigram, Nov. 19: Thirteen primary school teachers have sought transfer out of Nandigram.

About 50 teachers had fled their homes during the last round of violence and taken shelter in relief camps and relatives’ houses.

“We have received a joint letter from 13 teachers seeking transfer. They have been asked to apply individually,” East Midnapore Primary School Council chairman Narayan Chandra Mondal said.

Brindabanchowk resident Kabita Das, who used to teach in Sonachura Primary School, said fear drove the teachers to take the step.

“We are spending our days in fear. I fled my home with my husband on November 6 when CPM cadres took over our village. Now I am staying at a relief camp,” she said.

Sahadeb Gayen, whose house had been “ransacked and looted by CPM cadres”, had tried to go to Maheshpur Primary School on Wednesday. “But the CPM cadres did not let me enter and forced me to take part in one of their processions. I managed to escape back to the camp,” said Sahadeb, who has taken refuge in Nandigram High School with his wife and three sons.

No to central rule

Minister of state for home Sripakash Jaiswal today ruled out imposition of President’s rule in the state. “Invocation of Article 356 is not the remedy for all problems,” the minister said.

“The state government should take immediate steps to restore normality there,” he added.


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