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State police mobilising anti-Naxal forces after alert

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 5, 2007

Hyderabad, June 05: With the intelligence inputs sounding an alert about the possibility of a major attack by the Maoists in Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) area, the State police began mobilising anti-Naxalite forces in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Sources said over 100 hardcore Naxalites including several top cadres of the CPI (Maoist) and about 500 tribals have been regrouping on Orissa side during the last one week. On coming to know about this development, the Orissa government mobilised additional forces to the border districts.

On its part, the Chattisgarh government has put its police forces on high alert as the Maoists are known for carrying out major attacks in both Orissa and Chattisgarh States.

As part of intelligence sharing, both Orissa and Chattisgarh governments have alerted Andhra Pradesh a few days ago. Of late, the Maoists have gunned down a couple of people’s representatives in Visakhapatnam district and their movement in forest areas had become a matter of concern for the police.

With the latest inputs from Orissa and Chattisgarh, anti-Naxalite teams have launched intense combing operations in AOB area.

“There is no possibility of their launching a major attack in Andhra Pradesh. But, there is a danger of their crossing over to Andhra Pradesh after launching an attack in the two neighbouring States,” a senior police official told this website’s newspaper.

Home Minister K Jana Reddy, however, said: “There is nothing to worry. The police forces are already on high alert,” he said


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Home minister K. Jana Reddy, top Naxal discuss reforms in prison

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 13, 2007

Warangal, May 12: Home minister K. Jana Reddy on Saturday held talks with arrested Naxalite leader K. Rajanna, secretary of Jana Shakti, who is lodged in the Central prison.

The meeting between the home minister and the Naxalite leader was unexpected and took prison officials by surprise. Mr Reddy had an animated talk with Mr Rajanna for about 15 minutes on conditions at the jail and prison reforms.

The ailing Naxalite leader complimented the home minister for meeting him. “Mr Jana Reddy’s initiative is a revolutionary step,” he added.

After inspecting conditions at the high security prison here, Mr Reddy, who was on a surprise visit, expressed his wish to speak to the Jana Shakti leader to know an inmate’s view. Jail authorities then requested Mr Rajanna to meet the home minister and the former immediately obliged.

Answering a question posed by Mr Rajanna, the home minister said that the government was thinking of releasing eligible prisoners during Independence Day.

The Jana Shakti leader urged the home minister to implement the new jail manual and do away with the old one. “We are doing our best to turn prisons into reform centres rather than punishment centres,” said Mr Reddy.

“The government will soon open a community prison to give inmates more freedom.” Mr Reddy also enquired about the Mr Rajanna’s health and about the amenities at the Naxalite barrack.

Deccan Chronicle

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Landmines, huge ammunitions unearthed

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 4, 2007

WARANGAL: Police on Thursday unearthed eight landmines, weighing two kg each, in steel cans pitched allegedly by members of CPI (Maoist), targeting the police engaged in combing operations in Kothaguda Mandal in this district.

Police said while four landmines were unearthed between Konapur and Potlapur villages on the cart track, another four were unearthed at a junction leading to Alligudem, Pochapur and Chouledu villages near Damerathogu in the mandal.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation, police unearthed a dump, allegedly belonging to CPI (Ml) praja prathighatana Naxal group, near Kambalapally in Mahabubabad area and recovered one spring field rifle, 10 live rounds and one 8 mm rifle from the dump.

The district police had arrested two persons and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from them during search operations at Mulugu Mandal.

Police recovered 110 live rounds of .303 pistol, 110 live rounds of 8 mm revolver, 35 live rounds of 410 muskets, 25 charge clips and one magazine of .303 pistol.

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YSR to visit one-time Naxalite `bastion’

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 23, 2007

Argul Rajaram the only Minister to visit the village in 1979

  • YSR will attend a public meeting and join community lunch
  • The village has a 40-foot tall martyr’s memorial for women naxals

  • HYDERABAD: History will be created on Monday as Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy arrives at Manala, a remote village on the Nizamabad-Karimnagar district border, in Armoor Assembly constituency to participate in the Praja Patham mass contact programme.

    The 12,000-odd residents of Manala, which is in the midst of a thick forest, 100-km north of Nizamabad, and 14 other hamlets have never seen a Chief Minister coming there. Dr. Reddy will participate in a public meeting and join community lunch and spend over two hours from 12.15 p.m.

    The very mention of Manala used to send shivers down the spines of the police and the people till two years ago, for it was the bastion of the erstwhile People’s War Group.

    Glory past

    For over two decades, naxalites of the banned outfit had a virtual sway over the tribal village as elected representatives or the police never dared to visit the place. The village hit the headlines on June 17, 2001, after 10 naxalites, including six members of newly formed People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA), were killed by the PWG members on suspicion that they had indulged in covert operation to eliminate top leaders of the party.

    Again on March 7, 2005, the village witnessed a bloodbath when 11 naxalites were killed in an alleged encounter with the police.

    Manala is also known as the only village where a 40-foot-tall martyrs’ memorial for women naxalites had been constructed.

    Local legislator and former Minister S. Santosh Reddy told The Hindu on Sunday that the fear of naxalites had prevented elected representatives from visiting the village. “Dr. Reddy’s visit will boost the morale of tribals, who have suffered due to the presence of naxalites,” he added.

    “Argul Rajaram was the only Minister to have visited the village ever — to lay the foundation stone for an electricity sub-station in 1979, much before the advent of naxalites,” he said.

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    Indian security forces to target Maoist leaders

    Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 15, 2007

    Rattled by unabated attacks by Maoist guerrillas, security forces are wondering if they should kill the long underground leaders of a four-decade-old insurgency that shows no signs of ending.

    The home ministry has convened a series of meetings in south Indian city of Hyderabad to review the existing strategy that clear is not proving effective enough to tackle the rebel violence, IANS reported.

    The most dramatic Maoist offensives in recent times have included a major attack on a Bihar jail, the assassination of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sunil Mahto and the slaughter of 49 policemen and militia members in Chhattisgarh.

    Following the Hyderabad meeting Friday would be similar conferences in Patna April 16 and in New Delhi April 24. Attending these meetings would be members of the Anti-Naxal Task Force and the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG).

    An anti-Maoist Coordination Center meeting chaired by new Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta will be held in New Delhi April 24. Informed sources said the ministry would take a fresh look at its counter-Maoist strategy and examine the feasibility and efficacy of the new doctrine to fight the rebels by increasing the number of security personnel in the affected areas.

    The officials will also examine the feasibility of accelerating development work in the areas where the Maoists operate, drawing to their cause thousands of poor and landless workers. Maoists, whose rebellion started in India in May 1967, are most active today in states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

    They have refused to give up violence despite appeals from Maoist leaders in Nepal with whom the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has had long-standing fraternal links.

    The meetings would also look at steps to strengthen security to irrigation works in Bihar. One suggestion put up by some security forces that they need to ‘target’ the Maoist leaders — an official euphemism for killings as was done systematically in Punjab in the 1980s.

    The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has suggested that targeting prominent leaders would leave the Maoist cadres rudderless. Additionally, by eliminating key leaders, the security forces hope to spark a leadership tussle among the cadres so as to further undermine the guerrillas, whose fighting strength is estimated at a few hundreds.

    The home ministry also favors improving intelligence gathering in Maoist-infested areas to be one step ahead of the guerrillas. The government’s strategies would get finishing touches at these three meetings.


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    AP’s 10 SEZs on fast track-Hyderabad

    Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 7, 2007

    HYDERABAD: At least 10 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) from Andhra Pradesh are expected to figure in the 83 projects that the Centre’s Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) cleared for notification at its meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.

    These projects, for which land has been acquired but the notification kept on hold by the Centre due to the land acquisition controversy created by the Nandigram incidents in West Bengal, will take off full steam now, a state government official told TOI.

    With the group of ministers (GoM) having cleared the 83 projects, the notifications are expected to be issued in a week’s time by the Union commerce ministry.

    The major project which will get an impetus is the Brandix textile SEZ in Visakhapatnam. Having already employed about 500 people, the Brandix India Apparel City Private Limited with an area of 404.70 hectares, had been threatening to pull out unless the notification comes about soon so that construction work could begin.

    Another major project that is expected to be cleared is the ONGC-promoted port-based multi-product SEZ in Kakinada.
    Several IT SEZs from the state are to be notified following the central clearance on Thursday.

    These include the 16.29 hectare Raheja IT/ITES SEZ in Madhapur (Ranga Reddy district), the 10.62 hectare DLF IT/ITES SEZ also in Ranga Reddy district, the 10 hectare AP Techno Projects Pvt Ltd IT/ITES SEZ in Hyderabad, the 10.52 hectare IT/ITES SEZ of Satyam Computer Services Ltd in Bahadurapalli, Hyderabad, another 12.14 hectare Satyam SEZ in Hyderabad, and three IT/ITES SEZs promoted by Maytas Properties Pvt Ltd in Qutbullapur, RR district (29.85 hectares); in Medchal mandal, RR district (14.16 hectares); and Serilingampally in RR district (15.92 hectares).

    According to state government officials, the notification of these SEZs would give a great fillip to the industrial and IT growth of the state.

    “Even before the notification, a major IT major has booked huge space in the Raheja SEZ. Similarly, construction is almost complete on one of the SEZ’s promoted by Satyam. Once the notification comes, there will be a boom in IT and industrial activity in the state,” an official said.

    The Telegraph

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    Maoists instigating tribals to occupy coffee plantations

    Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 6, 2007

    HYDERABAD: Notwithstanding the success of raising coffee plantations in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district, The AP Forest Development Corporation (APFDC) is facing problems from the outlawed Maoists who are allegedly instigating tribal people to occupy the plantations.

    The extremists are also preventing the tribals from attending to the works in the coffee estates located in the remote areas and several incidents of arson including targeting the properties of the corporation during the last nine months were reported.

    The issue figured at the State- Level Protection Committee (SLPC) meeting held here ten days ago where the officials expressed concern over the spurt in the extremist activity which was adversely affecting their work.

    “The attacks indicate that the Naxalites are trying to take the tribals back into their fold, by propagating the idea of distribution of APFDC coffee estates among them.

    They are also trying to gain the sympathy of the tribals by conducting famine raids but it is affecting the livelihood of the tribals as large-scale employment is being created on these tracts by the corporation,” officials of the forest department told this website’s newspaper.

    According to them, the APFDC is raising coffee plantations over more than 4,000 hectares in the reserve forest areas in Visakhapatnam district. Coffee production in 2006 was around 1,000 MTs, fetching a revenue of Rs 9 to 12 crore. A production target of around 1,500 MT has been fixed for this year.

    “The operations in these plantations are expected to create 6 to 7 lakh mandays of employment all round the year to the tribals in these remote Agency areas,” they said.

    The APFDC has facilities like coffee pulping machinery, drying yards and godowns in the vicinity of the estates located in the GK Veedhi, Chintapalli and Paderu mandals.

    Some of the violent incidents that have occurred in these areas since June 2006 include blasting of the coffee pulper units at Lankapakalu, Pedavalasa and Kumkumpudi, torching of the jeep of the divisional manager at Yerravaram and setting on fire the office records and furniture in GK Veedhi mandal.

    The Maoists also conducted a famine raid along with a large group of tribals and looted 59 MTs of coffee in Pedavalasa drying yards in the same mandal. The loss in these incidents was put around Rs 20 lakh.

    Complaints have been lodged with the local police and the matter was brought to the notice of the director-general of police who instructed the local police to take all steps to protect the properties of APFDC.

    The APFDC officials, however, apprehend that once the coffee harvesting season commences at the end of this year, the Maoists would resume violence.

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    Journalist, former APCLC leader arrested

    Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 5, 2007

    WARANGAL: The police on Wednesday arrested Indian Journalist Union (IJU) national council member and former president of Warangal Working Journalist Union Pendyala Venkata Kondal Rao, charging him with being a sympathiser of the outlawed Maoists.

    They also arrested Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) leader Chikkudu Prabhakar. Taking serious exception to the arrest, Warangal district journalist union president B R Lenin and general secretary Venkata Ramana alleged that the police had foisted false cases on Kondal Rao.

    The Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Union too expressed concern over foisting of ‘false’ cases on Kondal Rao and both demanded that the cases be withdrawn. Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra assured to take appropriate action. Police registered cases against the arrested and produced them in the court on Wednesday evening. They have been sent to five days remand.

    Police said top Maoist leader Ganesh had sent Rs 5 lakh in cash through a dalam member to Kondal Rao, for procuring party literature and other material and supply them through the APCLC leader Prabhakar. The police raided his house in Chinna Pendyala village in Station Ghanapur Mandal on Wednesday morning and seized Rs 5 lakh in cash and party literature. Chikkudu Prabhakar was present in the house during the police raid.

    Kondal Rao’s mother Saraswati said that the police had foisted cases on her son as he was nephew of revolutionary writer Vara Vara Rao. She said that the seized money was hers kept for some land transactions.

    Kondal Rao knew APCLC leader Prabhakar as a journalist and he did not have any relations either with Prabhakar or the Maoists, she added.


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    All India Fact-finding Report on Polavaram Dam Project

    Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 3, 2007

    Preliminary Report

    An all India Fact-finding team comprising Dr. BD Sharma, Former National Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Tribes, Dr. Jayashankar, former Vice-chancellor, Kakatiya University, Dr. I. Thirumali, Reader in History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, G N Saibaba, Lecturer in English, University of Delhi, Shirish Medhi, Social Activist from Mumbai, Dr. Gopinath, Eminent Cardiologist, Andhra Pradesh, Rona Wilson, Research Scholar, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Ajay Mishra, Reporter, Sunday Post (Hindi), Suresh Kumar, Advocate, Hyderabad, Ch. Prabhakar, Advocate, Hyderabad and Ravichandra, Teacher, AP Government Residential Schools. The team toured across 9 mandals in the districts of Khammam, East and West Godavari districts that are to be affected by the Polavaram Dam Project between 3nd March and 6th March, 2007.

    The team spent 4 days in and around the site of the proposed Polavaram Dam touring extensively in all nine Dam-affected mandals. First the members arrived at Hyderabad on the 2 March, 2007. The team proceeded to Bhadrachalam on the following day and from there it divided into batches to conduct surveys on all the mandals. It had extensive discussions with the people of various villages and sarpanches. It also met the various organizations formed to fight against the question of displacement of lives and livelihoods. The team felt the need for further extensive studies in the affected areas at regular intervals taking into consideration the enormity of the situation with the threat of displacement of vast sections of the people.

    Our findings:

    1. Damning the people; damning the procedures; damning the law

    The work of digging of canals by the government of Andhra Pradesh started even before permission is accorded to construction of the Dam. The modus operandi of the government so far without any procedures and norms spending crores for digging the canals have forced one to believe that ultimately it is going to serve the interests of the contractor lobby.

    2. No Permission accorded so far from any government agency

    The land acquisition has begun even before it could be known whether the projects would get permission or not from the Central Water Commission, the Forest Department, the Environment Department, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and other relevant departments and agencies. No permission has been so far given by the Central Water Commission. In fact the Supreme Court had asked the state of Andhra Pradesh to comply with the directives of the Central Water Commission. Contrary to this the AP government has been filing contradictory statements with different government institutions from which it has to get the necessary and mandatory clearance.

    3. Gram Sabhas bypassed: Politics of manipulation and coercion

    The Government has not gone to the people in the Scheduled areas which are mostly the project affected area. They have not been consulted nor their due consent been taken before proceeding with the acquisition of land for the construction of the dam. The entire area that will submerge when the dam gets finally constructed comes under provision of the 5th schedule of the constitution. In most of the villages the mandatory Gram Sabha meetings did not take place to discuss and deliberate on the issue of Polavaram. Wherever it has happened it was facilitated under the shadow of heavy police deployment with a battery of government officials threatening the villagers with dire consequences. The Gram Sabhas of these areas are the supreme decision making bodies. Without the consent of these bodies any other notification of any government institution—including the aforementioned bodies—stands null and void.

    When in Maredubaka village in Kukunoor Mandal, people passed resolutions against Polavaram dam and the R & R package offered by the government those resolutions were ignored, suppressed and manipulated. Some Mandal Praja Parishads (MPP) also have passed resolutions against the construction of the dam but time and again over the last one year the officials have not accepted or recorded the written resolutions sent by the MPPs as told by Kantepale Raju, Sarpanch of Maredubaka and also by the sarpanch of Amaravaram of Kukkunoor mandal.

    The District Collector is not supposed to sit in the Gram Sabha. But in Paidipakka village in Polavaram mandal the district collector Mr. Luv Aggarwal sat in the Gram Sabha along with the RDO, BDO, MRO, PO and others and a huge posse of armed police force at the background. There he told the people that the government can’t pay more than 1.3 lakhs and the villagers had no other option but to leave. This village has a sizeable section of the non-tribals and since they don’t have any legal entitlement they are the main targets of coercion. Once they budge the tribals can follow.

    Secretly tribals are called individually to the RDO offices and are threatened to sign the papers. They are told that they have to inevitably move out and that is no way out for them. Those villagers who are refusing to budge have been targeted by striking off their ration cards, cutting of the power supply to the villages and also demolishing their roads.

    It is evident that the government of Andhra Pradesh has been keen to hide facts—from the people of the affected areas in particular and the society at large—than the things that they have so far revealed about the various facets of the project. It is intriguing that why the government is operating under complete secrecy when it claims that the project is the answer to all the water and power problems faced by the state.

    4. R & R Package: Old tales of Divide and Rule, Secrecy and Mystery

    The compensation package offered by the government varied from village to village, tribal to non-tribal and last but not the least, the nature of the land holdings. It has more loopholes than concrete proposals on paper. In many cases it operates by word of mouth than through any documented intervention. It is the good old strategy of divide and rule by manipulating on the vulnerability of the targeted population.

    The people of the project affected area, whether tribal or non-tribal are unaware of the rehabilitation package which is touted by the AP government as one of the best packages ever made in the world! Yet no sarpanch of the affected villages could give us a copy of the R&R package spoke volumes of the secrecy and mystery behind the politics of R & R. It should be noted that since 1947 not a single R & R package of any major displacement has been fulfilled by the government.

    Some of the absentee landlords in the area who are non-tribals will definitely get a good compensation many times higher than what the government has so far offered to the common tribal masses. One glaring example is that of Mr. Totakura Venkattappaiah who owns 500 acres of fertile land at Amaravaram village in Kukkunoor mandal. He and his family lives in Hyderabad. Most of this land from the 500 acres belongs to the Koya tribals. The so-called compensation will come in the name of the tribals who have been living as agricultural labourers but the money will go to the coffers of the absentee landlord!

    The government also has used different tactics to lure the people in favour of rehabilitation by giving them packages which are at best illusory. For instance, in Kondukota village which comprises of 50 percent Koyas and 50 percent Malas (SC) there has been neither official notification nor survey. Yet the officials have approached the people with various packages. They have offered them to hold land at the project affected area ( i.e. their present place of stay) as well as the newly promised location of rehabilitation! The local MLA took the Empowering Committee appointed by the Supreme Court to only those places where the people have ostensibly supported the projects.

    5. Compensation amounts released in two villages: Administration’s fraud and People’s anguish

    In two villages Vinjaram (Kukkunoor mandal) and Rudramakota (Boorgampadu mandal) the first acts of acquisition of land for project took place. The compensation was released to the acquired cultivated and fertile lands. The team came across a big group of people at Rudramakota, Velerupadu mandal, sitting in the local temple and settling the dispute that has surfaced after the cheques were encashed and the actual money was being distributed. The size of the amount was decided by the village elders. Thus Kanthi Reddi Punnamma, a 65 year old woman got 58000 rupees. This was in return of the 2 acres of fertile land that was relinquished permanently for the dam. She and her family lived off this fertile land for many generations. For her 2 acres Punnamma was given 230000 rupees. At the end of the day Punnamma was left with a meager 58000 after dividing the amount with her sons and another major stake holder the local Cooperative Bank which had the lion’s share: a good 50 percent of the total amount! This 50 percent covers the agricultural loans which were actually struck off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year! The officials (MRO, MDO, Collector) promised the villagers that the amount of the loans would not be deducted from the compensation amount. This was one of the main agreements between the villagers and the government before they agreed for the compensation to part with their land. But once the compensation was awarded, all the banks queued up with their knives to demand their pound of flesh. Only the landlords who had the land under false names had the last laugh. The villagers reported with anguish how the land records were manipulated and outsiders got the benefits.

    6. Deceit and domination of the people of Telengana

    Yet another act of deceit and domination over the people of Telengana. More than 80 percent of the water of Godavari flows through Telengana. Significantly, the mammoth project has little to offer when it comes to water/power sharing to the already drought prone region that Telengana is. It is natural for the people of Telengana to suspect the unwarranted haste shown by the Andhra Pradesh government to push through the project flouting all norms and procedures before the formation of the Telengana State. They strongly believe that the formation of the Telengana state would be an impediment to the Polavaram project and hence against the interest of the Andhra Pradesh government.

    7. Protests prevented through repression and coercion

    The people who have protested against the construction have been threatened by the officials belonging to the office of the collector, the RDO, BDO, MRO, PO etc. The people who sat on Dharna from the Chegondipally village in Polavaram mandal have been charged of treason. Mr. Sonam Raju of the same village had to spend three months in the Rajamundry prison and warrant has been issued against five of his fellow villagers for allegedly burning the huts at the construction site of the spill way. Another Mr. Bangu Anil Kumar of Kondu Kota village was also arrested and released after 17 days for opposing the project.

    8. Polavaram: Another ‘Modern Temple’ of Colossal Waste

    The Polavaram project with its projected costs and benefits is a colossal waste of public money. It would destroy the rich flora and fauna of the forests of the Eastern Ghats on either side of the river Godavari in the catchment areas of the dam. It will uproot the lives and livelihoods of some of the oldest tribal communities—the Koyas and Konda Reddys—who are the inhabitants of these regions. Even according to the official estimates 236000 people living in 276 villages would be displaced by the dam in Andhra Pradesh (including a few of them in Chhattisgarh and Orissa). About 50 percent as per government statistics belong to the scheduled tribes and 15 percent to the scheduled castes.

    All the 9 mandals that will submerge come under the scheduled areas. In fact the Polavaram project displaces the largest number of people—more than 2 lakh tribals among them—as well as some of richest of biodiversity in the world. Tribals cannot live in non-forest areas. They will lose their constitutionally guaranteed rights under the scheduled area, if they are rehabilitated. They will lose their traditional strength and culture outside their natural habitat. They are aware of this and they steadfastly refuse to move away from their villages and forests.

    The ownership of land and forest produce is not fixed in these areas. Traditional sharing methods are more persistent. No R & R package will do justice to the tribal communities here.

    It is amazing and at the same time unfortunate and disappointing to note that the media and the civil society have written very little about this! It is unequivocally the largest displacement and destruction of natural flora and fauna in Post-47 India.

    As recommendations what flow out evidently from the initial findings are that:

    1. The government of Andhra Pradesh should immediately come out with a White Paper on all issues related to the Polavaram Dam Project. All construction work including that of canals should be stopped forthwith till a proper review is made after a discussion on the White Paper by the people of the affected areas, civil society and experts of peoples’ organizations.

    2. The President of India through the Governor of Andhra Pradesh should seek a report on the impact of the project on the tribals in the area as per the 5th Schedule of the Constitution of India. Such a report should be made by experts who have worked on the issues of the tribals including various laws related with the 5th Schedule. Till the Presidential review is done all construction work related to the dam should be suspended.

    3. The Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy package announced by the Andhra Pradesh government and the ground realities of the use of force and coercion by the local administration on the people in all the 9 mandals should be enquired into by an independent committee comprising of experts who have knowledge on the various aspects of tribal life and livelihood.

    4. The central government should initiate immediately a process to study the alternative plans for utilizing the waters in Godavari as well as other rivers and tributaries in Andhra Pradhesh made by expert committees and peoples’ organizations.

    5. A judicious and acceptable plan to redistribute the waters in the river Godavari among the Andhra, Telengana and Rayalaseema regions.

    An all India Fact-finding team:
    1. Dr. BD Sharma, Former National Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Tribes
    2. Dr. Jayashankar, former Vice-chancellor, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
    3. Dr. I. Thirumali, Reader in History, University of Delhi
    4. G N Saibaba, Lecturer in English, University of Delhi
    5. Shirish Medhi, Social Activist from Mumbai
    6. Dr. Gopinath, Eminent Cardiologist, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
    7. Rona Wilson, Research Scholar, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi
    8. Ajay Mishra, Reporter, Sunday Post (Hindi), New Delhi
    9. Suresh Kumar, Advocate, Hyderabad
    10. Ch. Prabhakar, Advocate, Hyderabad
    11. Ravichandra, Teacher, AP Government Residential School, Hyderabad

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    Maoists shoot at guard in SSC hall

    Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 31, 2007

    GUNTUR: Maoists disrupted the SSC examinations on Friday when they attacked a home guard at an examination centre in Prakasam district here. The 100-odd students appearing for the exam fled the scene, but the extremists told them that they would not harm them and that they should write their exam.

    The students were later given extra time by the authorities to finish their exam after the Maoists left the scene. The condition of the home guard who was shot at is said to be critical. According to information reaching here, at least three armed naxals entered the examination hall at Enuguladinnepadu, a remote village in Peddaraveedu mandal, around 11.30 am. They reportedly enquired from the watchman the whereabouts of the armed police. On seeing them, home guard G Raju tried to run away.

    Raju escaped the first bullet, ran into a classroom and bolted it from inside. But the Maoists reportedly chased him and after breaking open the door, shot at the home guard on his chest from close range. Raju reportedly received two bullets.

    Meanwhile, the terrified students ran away from the examination hall leaving behind their answer sheets. On noticing this, the Maoists reportedly appealed to the students to complete their exam and that they would not be harm them. The three Maoists then fled the scene.

    District education officer Anjaneya Sastry discussed the incident with the local officials and directed them to give the students extra time to finish their exam. He said they would seek special permission of the SSC board to allow the students who left the examination in the middle because of the naxal attack to reappear for the exam.

    Meanwhile, home guard Raju, who was rushed to the Markapuram government hospital and then to the Government General Hospital (GGH) at Guntur, is said to be battling for his life. India Times

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