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Archive for November 25th, 2007


Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

Guwahati: At least five people were killed and over 70 wounded, 30 of them critically, in a mob attack Saturday on tribal protestors in Assam’s main city of Guwahati, officials said. Curfew was imposed in the Bentola area of the city.


A police spokesman said the clash took place when about 10,000 tribal people, backed by the All Assam Adivasi Students’ Association (AAASA), took out a protest rally demanding Scheduled Tribe status for the community.

BARBARIC: A local resident drags a woman, member of the Assam Tea Tribe Students Association at Beltola Survey, in Guwahati on Saturday.

“Local residents of Guwahati and the protestors clashed in the streets after the agitators went on a rampage damaging about 100 vehicles and destroying shops. The angry locals retaliated by attacking the protestors in which five Adivasi people were killed,” senior police official Rajen Singh told IANS.

Police fired in the air to disperse the protestors when they tried to break a security cordon to take out the march through the city streets.

“Local residents armed with sticks and iron rods, besides crude implements, attacked the fleeing protestors and beat them mercilessly,” said Parag Moni Aditya, a witness.

Police and paramilitary troopers have since blocked a major stretch of the city to prevent the protestors from being attacked by the mob.

“More than 3,000 locals were involved in the mob attack,” police official A Das said.
The injured, including women, were shifted to hospitals.

“The condition of at least 30 of the injured is very serious and the casualty figures might mount,” a doctor at the Guwahati Medical College said.

The Adivasis are mostly engaged in Assam’s tea plantations and account for about six percent of the state’s 26 million people.

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Kerala: Retail outlet comes under attack

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: A retail outlet at Chakkorathukulam on Kannur Road here came under attack on Saturday.

A group of persons, who have not been identified, attacked the 2,000-sq.ft Spencer’s Daily outlet of the RPG group on the ground floor of Elite Arcade at around 6.30 p.m. during a power failure. Over 20 glass panels of the store were smashed to pieces with iron rods. After carrying out the attack, the group threw notices in and around the shop warning against the entry of industrial houses into the retail sector. The notices bear the name of a fictitious organisation, Democratic Youth Movement. The police suspect that the name has been derived from those of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Solidarity Youth Movement, youth wing of the Jamat-e-Islami.

The police said the attack had been meticulously planned. It took place during a power failure. There were three outages in a gap of five to 10 minutes after 6 p.m. The Kerala State Electricity Board had been asked to furnish details.

The police do not suspect political parties or their affiliates of carrying out the attack.

The posters of the “Democratic Youth Movement” appeared at various places in the city a couple of days ago. Some extremist or traders’ organisation might have carried out the operation, the police say. Violent incidents had been reported in the past few months in various parts of the district during protests against the entry of retail giants.

The Nadakkavu police have registered a case. The Assistant Commissioner of Police C.M. Pradeepkumar and Nadakkavu Circle Inspector Sreeraj visited the retail store.

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Three Naxals wounded in firing

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

CHANDRAPUR: At least three Naxalites were seriously injured in an exchange of fire that followed the police attack on a suspected Naxalite camp in the Paletola jungles of Etapalli taluka, Gadchiroli district, early on Saturday, Gadchiroli police have claimed.

The clash broke out when two C-60 teams, acting on a tip-off, police began combing the jungle in search of the Leftist rebels. They had almost zeroed in on the training camp when the sentries guarding the camp opened fire. Large quantities of explosives and Naxal literature were recovered, but the Naxals managed to flee the camp and escape into the forests.

According to Gadchiroli DSP Rajesh Pradhan, the police got a tip-off that Naxalites were holding a special training camp in Paletola jungle. Accordingly, two C-60 teams from Etapalli division were dispatched to locate the camp in the early hours of Saturday. At about 6.45 am, the police teams reached the vicinity of the camp. The sentries spotted the approaching commandos and immediately opened fire. A heavy exchange of fire continued for 15 minutes before the Naxalites, believed to be around 30-35 in number, fled from the spot. As the police searched the campsite, and found fresh bloodstains. The police claimed that at least three Naxals seriously injured in the clash were taken away by their comrades.

“At least three of them have sustained serious injuries in the exchange of fire,” said Pradhan. He said the search team recovered two live grenades, two Claymore mines, a land mine, detonator and 350 foot-long wire, five bags and one backpack.


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Police seize youths mixed up in Maoist activities

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

Statesman News Service

SAMBALPUR, Nov. 23: The police and a Special Operation Group (SOG) have arrested two youths from Purunapani forest area yesterday after a long chase. The arrested persons are Ramesh Dehury of Kayakud village under the Jujomura police station and Jogendra Sabara of Brahmapura village under the Charmal police station, the IIC of Dhama police station, Mr Tapan Kumar Mohanty said.

The two youths were involved in distributing leaflets in the villages instigating people to join as Maoist cadres, organising meetings for the senior cadres of the Maoists.

They were also involved in the Sitlenpali farm house explosion, Mr Mohanty said. Cases had been lodged against them earlier, but they managed to remain to evade arrest. The police have also seized leaflets and uniforms from their possession. They were working under Ganesh Mirdha, who has been arrested last week by the Sambalpur police.

It has further been learnt from reliable sources that the police have detained four more persons, including a woman, and investigating their antecedents. Since last week, the police have arrested eight persons so far, in connection with their involvement in Maoist activities.

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Jharkhand to have bike squad to fight Maoist rebels

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

Ranchi:Jharkhand police have decided to have motorcycle squads equipped with latest weapons to fight Maoist rebels in the state, officials said Saturday.

“The cops manning the squad will be given special training to fight the rebels. In hilly areas, Maoists take advantage of jungles while escaping. Bikes will be helpful as it is difficult to chase any one on four wheelers inside jungles,” a police official told IANS.

“In jungles, Maoists detonate vehicles by triggering landmine blasts. But it will be difficult to blast bikes,” he said.

Each squad will have at least 24 security personnel on 12 bikes.

There will be at least two bike squads in each of the Maoist-dominated districts. Latest bikes with maximum horsepower will be purchased and cops selected for the bike squad will be trained to fight Maoists in the jungles.

Jharkhand has constituted five special teams to fight the rebels. They include personnel of the Special Task Force (STF), Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Grey Hound Force. Despite all these efforts, Maoists have been killing civilians and security personnel in the state regularly.

Till now, 645 civilians, 290 security personnel and 144 Maoist rebels have been killed in the last six years. Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.


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Posco clash injures five

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

JAGATSINGHPUR, Nov. 23: The abduction of seven officials of a dredging company, engaged by the Indian Oil Corporation led to a clash between pro and anti-Posco groups today. At least five persons were injured in the clash. The hostages were, however, released unharmed after 18 hours of detention by the anti-Posco group.

Seven officials of a dredging company had visited the Jatadhari river mouth yesterday to survey the dredging activities of IOC. The priest of a local temple of Nuagaon village had accompanied them to perform a puja before the commencement of work. A few anti-Posco activists of Noliasahi suspected the ongoing work was linked to the Posco steel plant project. They intervened and forcibly took away all seven officers to Dhinkia village, which is the stronghold of the anti-Posco activists. They even assaulted the priest for having helped the officers.

This enraged others in Nuagaon village who started attacking the anti-Posco group and injured Mr Banamali Nayak, Mr Prasanta Swain, Mr Ramesh Swain and Mr Smurutiranjan Swain. The district administration has tried to rescue the hostages, but the anti-Posco activists refused to release them till they furnish an undertaking that they will not enter the Jatadhari area.
Negotiations continued till 10 a.m. today and finally the hostages Mr Bhuipnder Sharama, Mr E.Raja, Mr E.S Oswal, Mr J.Dhanajaya, Mr Bhupinder Singh, Mr Rakesh Barik, and Mr Saroja Prusty were released.

Mr Abhaya Sahoo, the leader of the anti-Posco movement said that government and private company authorities were allowed to enter the area, ever since the road blockade set up by them at Balitutha. He maintained that these officers had violated the ban on entry and were therefore detained by the activists of the Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti. The Kujang police informed that neither the concerned company, nor the injured had lodged an FIR and no case has been registered.

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Salwa Judum: Spontaneous or sponsored – The Collectors work proposal

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

The Governments official stand on Salwa Judum has been that it is a ‘spontaneous’, ‘voluntary’ ‘peaceful’ movement against the Maoists initiated in June 2005 . That it is a ‘Gandhian movement’. However, this picture of the Salwa Judum is far from accurate. The fact is that the Salwa Judum is being led by sections of local elites, contractors and traders, that it is officially part of anti-naxal initiatives, and that it is being actively supported by the State Government.

An official Government document – The Work proposal for the ‘People’s Movement against Naxalites’drawn up by the Collector of Dantewara in 2005 , clearly spells out the modalities of the Salwa Judum’s operation. The document mentions the need to give the movement prominent leadership, specifies how much funding is necessary and what tasks must be conducted by which department, identification of villages, creation of Village Defence Committees, appointment of Special Police Officers (@ Rs1500 pm), training of Village Defence Committees and Special Police Officers, distribution of traditional arms like bows and arrows, axes, hoes, sticks etc., strengthening of a system of police informers, publicity and propaganda campaign against Naxalites.


…in order to make the Abhiyan successful and reach its desired end, it must be given security. The police chief must be directed to attend all the meetings. The responsibility for this will be the District Collector’s…rallies must also be given adequate protection. Police Head and Executive Magistrate must be given responsible for security.

…Police must now become aggressive. Sometime for unknown reasons, some excesses take place during the course of such operations and some innocent persons become victims of this action. By keeping silent on such matters during big operations, the support of higher-ups is necessary.

Also see Collector’s Memorandum on Salwa Judum, 2007.

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‘CPI-M supporters open fire in Nandigram again’

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 25, 2007

Kolkata, Nov 24 – Two weeks after the violent clashes in West Bengal’s Nandigram, the anti-land acquisition group Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) alleged fresh incidents of firing by ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres in the trouble-torn area.The villagers alleged that CPI-M men fired Friday evening from Dhalipara and Jehanabad in Khejuri, a CPI-M stronghold, and from a communist camp located at Ranichak.

The party cadres opened fire at a school in Ranichak to scare off villagers who had returned to their homes from relief camps, local reports said.The fresh firing reportedly took place a couple of hours after Central Reserve Police Force personnel patrolled the area. There were no reports of any injuries.The Trinamool Congress-backed BUPC alleged the firing was aimed at stopping them from regrouping. ‘The situation is peaceful now. People have started returning to their homes.

The process will take some time as they (the people) have lost everything in the recent violence,’ an official of the Nandigram police station told IANS.Meanwhile, activist Medha Patkar also visited the relief camps in Nandigram and spoke to victims there. Patkar said she would tour the violence-hit areas.

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team has brought three suspected Maoists, who were arrested from Sagar Island in South 24-Parganas district, to the local police station for interrogation. Police said one of them is Radheyshyam, a resident of Sonachura.Violence in Nandigram has claimed at least 34 lives since January this year over the government’s move to acquire land for a special economic zone. Though the proposal was scrapped, a turf battle continues between the CPI-M and BUPC in the area, leading to violent clashes.

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