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Archive for December 19th, 2007

Govinadan Kutty Editor of People’s March is in police custody.

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

Kerala police arrested com Govindan Kutty from his office Today evening.

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Maoist leader Malli Raji Reddy remanded to 14 days judicial custody in Kerala

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

ALUVA (KERALA): Malla Raji Reddy, a top Maoist leader and a woman associate, who were arrested here a few days ago, was produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate and remanded to 14 days judicial custody on Wednesday.

Reddy, wanted in several cases in Andhra Pradesh and a member of the Central committee of the Peoples War Group had been arrested from Angamaly in Ernakulam district two days ago.

Reddy was taken to the sub jail here, while the woman was lodged in the Muvattupuzha sub jail. Earlier,the court rejected the Andhra Pradesh police team’s request for a transit warrant on technical grounds following which they were remanded here.

There was heavy security in and around the court complex when the two were brought in. Andhra Pradesh DYSP and Circle Inspector accompanied the two to the court along with their Kerala counterparts.

Meanwhile, the arrest of the top Naxalite leader raised concerns over the likely links between a large number of migrant population across Kerala and the Naxalites.

Police said even though no incident of extremist-migrant labourer connection has surfaced, the migrant population can provide safe hideouts to extremists working underground.

With lot of workers from Bihar, Assam and West Bengal and Tamil Nadu working in Kerala in the construction industry, the employers have been asked to provide photo identity cards to these workers and submit copies to the police in the light of the recent incident.

Times of India

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Naxals Arrested in Tamil Nadu, 3 injured

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

In a first of its kind of operation, a Special Task Force (STF) in Tamil Nadu has captured five Naxals in the state after TIMES NOW reported increased Naxal activities in the state.

The Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) managed to lay their hands on the group after a fierce gun battle that lasted for hours.

Three of the Maoists including the leader of the Naxal group have been seriously injured. The operation assumes significance because its the first time ever that reports of naxal activities have emerged from the state.

TIMES NOW had reported on the increase of Naxal activities in the state of Tamil Nadu after intelligence inputs had put the state police on alert.

Times Now

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300 inmates of Jehanabad jail on hunger strike

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

Patna, Dec 19 – After Maoists lodged in the Beur jail here, it is the turn of prisoners in the Jehanabad jail to raise a banner of revolt. Over 300 inmates, including 67 Maoists, went on a hunger strike Wednesday.

They are demanding action against jail officials responsible for last week’s suicide by a Maoist inmate in Beur jail.Nagina Manjhi, 40, a member of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), committed suicide Dec 14. He was found hanging from the iron gate of the jail infirmary where he was being treated for a minor ailment.The prisoners in Jehananbad, about 50 km from here, also protested the use of force by the police against agitating Maoist inmates in Beur Tuesday.Official sources said 67 of the 328 inmates on hunger strike are Maoists and 135 belong to the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML).The inmates have also demanded Rs.500,000 as compensation for Manjhi’s kin.

All efforts by jail authorities to end the hunger strike have failed.’We have been trying hard to convince the protesting inmates to end the hunger strike,’ a jail official said.The inmates are also protesting against lack of facilities and inhuman living conditions.Like other prisons in the state, Jehanabad jail is overcrowded. It now has over 700 prisoners. The jail, built during the British rule, has a capacity for 120 inmates.Soon after the jailbreak in Jehanabad district by Maoists in November 2005, the Nitish Kumar government declared that jails in the state vulnerable to Maoist attack would be revamped.Overcrowding is common in jails across the state.

As many as 48,000 prisoners are lodged in different jails against the total capacity of 21,745, officials said.The police used force to break the daylong siege of Patna’s high-security Beur jail by Maoist inmates Tuesday evening and launched a massive search operation in the cells to seize hidden arms, ammunition and cell phones.

Earth Times

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Malli Raju Reddy: a prize catch

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

HYDERABAD: The Maoist party never had it so bad what with a series of arrests of top leaders in the last fortnight and among all those arrested NFDC secretary Sagar is turning out to be the trump card for the AP police, especially SIB.

The latest arrest of Maoist central committee leader and politburo member Malla Raji Reddy alias Sattenna (55) in Kerala has come as a prize catch for the SIB as Raji Reddy is among the top 5 in the all-India Maoist hierarchy.
Unlike in the past, the government is treading cautiously on the issue of encounters with the talk of elections gaining ground in the state. Sources told TOI that the government cannot take chances by earning a bad name in the eyes of the public.

The fact that the chief minister and the home minister have assured that Raji Reddy will be produced in court reveals that the government is treading cautiously on the issue.

Some time ago a Maoist leader who was arrested in Kollam by the AP police was later killed in an ‘encounter’, which created a lot of furore. “Now, the intelligence sleuths have changed tack. The arrest of Raji Reddy would not have been possible without Sagar providing vital clues to the sleuths. Apart from assuring Sagar that no harm will be done to him, they are culling out as much information as possible about Maoist leaders,” a top police official involved in anti-naxal operations said.

Considered to be a close aide of top Maoist leader Ganapathi, Raji Reddy was involved in framing party strategies and counter-offensive tactics.

Younger brother of another top leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao, Raji Reddy was picked up by a special party police team of AP near Ernakulam around 7.30 pm on Sunday. Police sources said Raji Reddy was hiding among migrant labourers when he was arrested.

Not only was Raji Reddy carrying out important operations in the Dandakaranya region, he was involved in a number of attacks on police stations, looting of weapons, murders, abductions and landmine blasts in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

He carries a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head. Hailing from Shastrulapally village of Manthani mandal in Karimnagar district, Raji Reddy went underground in 1977.

Writer and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao said though the government has assured that no harm will be done to Raji Reddy, he demanded that the veteran leader be produced before court immediately. Sources told TOI that intelligence sleuths would interrogate Raji Reddy before producing him in court.

Stoutly disputing that the Maoist movement will be weakened with the arrest of Raji Reddy, Varavara says: “Leaders may come and go. The same was said when central committee members Sande Rajamouli and Chandramouli were arrested and bumped off in fake encounters. The movement for land for poor will go on irrespective of leaders”.

However, another top police officer said Raji Reddy’s arrest is a major setback to the party as decision-making will be severely hampered at the top level. He said the latest arrest has come as a shot in the arm for police.

Times of India

Top leader’s arrest a big blow to Maoist movement K. Srinivas Reddy

Malla Raji Reddy was in charge of the revolutionary movement in the south west regional bureau

Reddy was underground for over three decades

He was a member of the Maoist Central Committee

HYDERABAD: The Maoists made headlines with the jailbreak in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, but intelligence sleuths gave them a big jolt by ensnaring a top leader in Ernakulam district of Kerala just a day later.

The arrest of Malla Raji Reddy, alias Sattenna, a member of the Maoist Central Committee, in Angamaly town, is considered a big blow to the Maoist movement. Reddy hails from Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh and is in charge of the revolutionary movement in the south west regional bureau (SWRB), which includes Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

Reddy, who has been underground for over three decades, is one of the seniormost Maoist leaders and a contemporary of Maoist chief Ganapathy. He is now a member of the Polit Bureau and the Central Committee.

The arrest comes in the backdrop of a series of reverses the Maoists have faced in several States, notwithstanding their capabilities to inflict deadly blows on security forces in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

If the Maoist writ runs in the Dandakaranya forest belt — from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra to Bastar in Chhattisgarh — law enforcement agencies are gaining the upper hand in other parts of the country.

Through coordinated, intelligence-driven operations, the police have arrested or killed senior leaders in the last two years. In Jharkhand, Misir Besra, a Central Committee Member (CCM) was arrested in September last.

This was preceded by the arrest of Krishnan Srinivasan, secretary of the Maharashtra Maoist wing, in Mumbai (August 2007); the killing of Sande Rajamouli, CCM, in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh (June 2007); the killing of Wadkapur Chandramouli, CCM, in Visakhapatnam (December, 2006); the arrest of Sheela Marandi, CCM and wife of Kishan Da, senior leader and CCM, in Jharkhand; the killing of Burra Chinnaiah, Andhra Pradesh committee secretary; and Matta Ravi Kumar, Andhra Pradesh committee member (July and June 2006).

In 2006, the Andhra Pradesh police arrested Narayan Sanyal, senior naxal leader, in Khammam. In 2005, another top leader Maimuddin alias Ravi, in charge of the north Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, was gunned down in East Champaran, Bihar, while two senior leaders Sudhil Roy and Patitpaban Haldar were arrested in west Midnapore, West Bengal.

Maoists active in Kerala?

Dennis Marcus Mathew reports from Alappuzha:

Malla Raji Reddy is the second Central Committee member to be apprehended here.

On June 22, Sande Rajamouli was reportedly arrested in Kollam, though the police deny this.Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the Assembly on September 19 that the State police had been directed to tighten vigil across the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. This followed Tamil Nadu Maoist secretary Sundaramoorthy’s reported police confession that he had lived in Nedumkandam and other areas of Idukki district for eight months.

However, Mr. Balakrishnan told The Hindu in Alappuzha on November 20 that the State was not facing any kind of naxalite threat.

According to sources, a meeting of the Maoist Central Committee, held between January 28 and 31, discussed in detail the organisation’s activities in Kerala.

The SWRB resolutions in the meeting, sources said, contained details crucial to Kerala. More important, the directions to the Kerala committee were to continue focussing on the “Tamil Nadu perspective area,” which possibly denotes the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, particularly Wayanad, where there have been earlier reports of Naxalite activity.

The Hindu

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Chief ministers’ meet to discuss Maoist menace

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

Published: Wednesday, 19 December, 2007, 01:42 AM Doha Time

NEW DELHI: Chief ministers of several states will meet in New Delhi this week to discuss ways to combat a firmly rooted left-wing rebel movement, reports said.

The rebels, who say they are fighting for the rights of landless labourers and neglected tribals in rural India, have been described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the biggest single threat to domestic security.

Ahead of the meeting tomorrow, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal talked with senior officials on ways to counter the rebels, including extending more rights over forest produce to tribals.

Many in India’s hinterland still survive on its shrinking forests, gathering items such as the leaves used for Indian “beedi” cigarettes.
But industrial and real estate developers are increasingly eyeing such land as well.
Officials are particularly concerned about 33 districts, more than half of them in two newly created eastern states — Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — carved out of other states seven years ago.

The chief ministers’ conference will be held just days after a jailbreak on Sunday that saw hundreds of inmates, including many accused of being Maoist sympathisers, flee into the hills in Chhattisgarh.
The jail superintendent was arrested and under investigation, a Press Trust of India report said, and only a handful of the fugitives had been recaptured.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Home Minster Ramvichar Netam have admitted that escape from the Dantewada jail in a smooth 10-minute operation was a “clear case of security lapses”.
They said that officials posted in the jail department in the capital Raipur and those responsible for security at the Dantewada jail had let down the government.

But the government got into action only late Monday when hundreds of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel returned after a daylong search of Dantewada’s thick forests.
“We will not let any official who is either directly or indirectly involved in (the) shameful jail breakout go free. I have sent several letters to senior officials in the past to look into the security issue of Dantewada jail but my instructions were overlooked,” Netam said.
Meanwhile, in the neighbouring state of Bihar, a siege by Maoist inmates at a jail ended yesterday evening after the police used force.
The police resorted to mild baton charge to disperse the inmates and send them back to their wards. The siege ended without any violence.

The Maoists took control of the inner wing of Patna’s Beur jail in protest against alleged ill-treatment by jail authorities.
It all started when Maoist inmates attacked policemen on duty inside the jail, forcing them to flee. The inmates freed two top Maoist leaders, including Ajay Kanu.

Kanu was the mastermind behind the Jehanabad jailbreak when around 300 inmates, including 150 Maoists, escaped in 2005. He was later arrested and lodged in Beur jail. The Maoists also reportedly assaulted some inmates, including a legislator, who tried to pacify them.

Maoists have been staging protests inside the jail for the last few days after Nagina Manjhi, 40, a member of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), committed suicide on December 14. Manjhi was found hanging from the iron gate of the jail infirmary where he was being treated for a minor ailment.

Official sources said over 300 Maoists were lodged in Beur jail. The Maoist inmates have found support from hundreds of other inmates.
According to jail officials, there are about 2,400 inmates in Beur jail, almost more than double its capacity.
Maoist inmates accused jail officials of failing to provide medical help to Manjhi. They began a hunger strike inside the jail on Sunday to protest against the lack of facilities. – Agencies

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Top naxal picked up in Medak

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

HYDERABAD : Maoist party south Telangana secretary and action team member Kavali Yadagiri alias Sudhakar alias Pandu (41) was taken into custody by police in Medak district, while a woman naxal surrendered before police in Warangal on Tuesday.

Pandu of Nalgonda was arrested by SIB police at Nizampet in Dubbaka mandal when he was going on a scooter along with Pothu Ramesh Goud, son of TRS leader Chandra Goud. Sources said Pandu was whisked away in a car by sleuths to an unknown place.

He has been with the Maoist party since 1998 and worked as a courier to top leader Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna. A 12 bore tapancha and a fuse wire bundle was recovered from his house at Udthalpalli village.

Chetti Prameela alias Swarnakka alias Vidya, commander of Venkatapuram special guerrilla squad in Khammam district, who has been underground for 15 years, surrendered in Warangal on Tuesday.

She is the wife of senior Maoist leader and NTSZC secretariat member Chetti Rajapapaiah, who was killed in an encounter at the Medaram forests on July 1. In all, 23 cases were registered against her in Khammam and Warangal districts, including seven murder cases.

Andra Cafe

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Communist Party of India (Maoists) hails Dantewada jail-break

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007

Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dec.19 (ANI): Formally accepting their support and role in facilitating the recent escape of 303 inmates at the Dantewada Jail, the Communist Party of India (Maoists) has hailed the incident as a huge moral victory for all revolutionaries.

Appreciating the daring act at the Dantewada Jail, the Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chattisgarh Special Area Committee and the Special Areas Military Commission, has hoped the incident would further inspire those activists who are lagging behind.

“Bihar-Jharkhand Uttari Chattisgarh Special Area Committee, welcomes you all back with a big salute for your courage on behalf of Special Area Military Commission under Regional Committee, Commission and zonal committees and commands and other associated groups. It is hoped and appealed to the people’s gladiators, still lodged in jails, that they would take inspiration from your act of bravery as showcased recently by you,” stated Rakesh, Secretary of the outfit, in a media release.

“By freeing yourself and other fellows from the confines of jails without any outside help (except moral support), you have created a history. It has taken our Red Flag‘s popularity to another level of fame and respect. You now stand as ideals amongst all revolutionaries and a big source of energy for others,” Rakesh added.

On Sunday (December 16), several Naxalites had attacked a jail in Dantewada and freed 303 inmates of which 40 were Maoist leaders. The also took away over a dozen guns and huge cache of ammunitions.

There were 377 inmates in the jail at the time of the break-in.
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) is conducting ‘People’s War’, a strategical line developed by Mao Zedong during the phase of guerrilla warfare of the Communist Party of China.

It has effective control over some regions of Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh as well as presence in Bihar and the tribal-dominated areas in the borderlands of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Orissa.
The CPI (Maoist) aims to consolidate its power in this area and establish a Compact Revolutionary Zone to advance the People’s War in other parts of India. (ANI)


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Maoists ‘liberate’ jail for 8 hours Inmates overpower beur guards, behave as they please

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 19, 2007


Patna, Dec. 18: Some 300 Maoist prisoners today seized control of a heavily fortified Bihar jail, turning a patch of land 4km from the heart of the state capital into a “liberated zone” for eight hours.

The rebellion underlined the Maoists’ ability to disrupt high-security prisons two days after some 100 rebels had pulled off a lightning jailbreak in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada.

At the Beur Central Jail in Patna today, unarmed Maoist prisoners beat up the guards, vandalised the kitchen and gathered in the courtyard under a Buddha statue.

There they stayed from 7am till almost 3pm while the guards huddled near a boundary wall, leaving the entire premises with 2,000 other prisoners at the Maoists’ mercy.

The unrest was quelled only after some 200 specially trained police jawans were brought in and used their batons to drive the prisoners back into the wards, jail sources said.

A handful of crude bombs were discovered along with 14 mobile phones in the cells, but the rebels clearly hadn’t wanted to use weapons.

Officials said the prisoners could have broken out of the jail between 7am and 10am, when reinforcements arrived, but obviously hadn’t planned an escape but only a rebellion.

The trigger for the revolt seemed to be Saturday’s suicide by guerrilla leader Nagina Majhi in his Beur cell, which had prompted a jail hunger-strike. But intelligence agencies say the CPI (Maoist) also has a strategy to cause unrest at prisons across the country.

The prisoners today pounced on the guards during the 6.30am headcount and chased them out of the wards.

Next, they broke open the iron door of the cell of Ajay Kanu alias Raviji, the mastermind of the November 2005 jailbreak by nearly 400 Maoists in Bihar’s Jehanabad. They also freed another Maoist leader.

Kanu, arrested in June and believed to have headed the “people’s guerrilla army” in Bihar and Jharkhand, was clearly the man in charge, sources said.

A few dozen non-Maoist prisoners, egged on by the rebels, joined them in the courtyard. The rebels shouted demands for a probe into Majhi’s death, Rs 25 lakh for his family and improved jail conditions. Some alleged “torture” by the authorities.

The government began talks around 10am, after inspector-general (prisons) Sandip Pondrik, district magistrate B. Rajendra and district police chief K. Krishnan arrived at the head of 500-odd Special Auxiliary Police and Special Task Force jawans.

But the prisoners stood firm, refusing to board the jail vans that were to take them to courts. Around 2.30pm, about 200 jawans were sent in. Pondrik denied the use of force.

Former state police chief R.R. Prasad said Majhi’s death must be thoroughly probed. “Hardcore Naxalites do not commit suicide because of physical torture. Majhi must have been mentally tortured,” he said.

Pondrik said the government had ordered an inquiry.


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