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Death Sentence puts Bihar police on alert

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 8, 2007


Banka, Dec. 7: Fear of retaliation has forced Bihar’s intelligence agencies and forces to sound a high alert after the Banka fast-track court awarded death sentence to five Maoists — all from the Yadav community — yesterday.

This was the first-ever death sentence awarded by a court in eastern Bihar. For now, intelligence department has alerted officials and officers of Jamui, Bhagalpur, Munger and Banka especially, and has kept a watch on vulnerable areas — railway property, police stations, government offices and public places.

On December 6, 2007, Banka fast-track court of district and sessions judge Gangotri Ram Tripathi sentenced Umesh, Naresh, Dhaneshwar, Suresh and Ashok to death for attacking Anandipur police outpost, under Chandan police station, on November 3, 2005.

The premeditated attack was made during the popular Kali Puja mela and resulted in the death of the outpost officer in charge, Bhawan Singh (a sub-inspector) and two constables Nityanand Kumar and Braj Bhusan Kumar. Three other constables sustained injuries, while Maoists looted pistols, rifles and cartridges. However, the attack’s lone survivor, police driver Uday Kant Jha, managed to escape unhurt and lodged an FIR with Chandan (Anandpur) police station.

Talking to The Telegraph today, Banka superintendent of police (SP) Dhrub Narayan Gupta said after the attack, the police nabbed five accused and filed chargesheets against 12. Seven accused are still absconding.

Gupta conceded that chances of a “retaliation” was possible as one of those found guilty, Dhaneshwar, is the son-in-law of Maoist leader, late Balgovind Yadav.

Balgovind was arrested by the police in 2006 and died under “mysterious” conditions in the Bhagalpur central jail.

After Balgovind’s death, Maoists damaged tracks on the Kiul-Bhagalpur loop and tried to damage Narganjo railway-bridge on the Kiul-Asansol main section of the Eastern Railway.

Dhaneshwar, hailing from Gouripur, was arrested with his two brothers — Suresh and Naresh. Police suspect that Ashok, a native of Jamui, was especially called in for the “operation”, while Umesh lured in the police to Goura Kali Temple on the fateful evening. “Arvind Yadav and Late Balagovind were the masterminds,” said Banka SP Gupta. Arvind Yadav, in his confession, admitted his involvement in attacks both in Bihar and Jharkhand. “With his statements we have more clues. We have already started to work on them to apprehend the culprits in other cases,” the officer added.

In Banka, high alerts have been sounded in Kotoriya, Chandan and Belhar police stations and also in Anandpur, Jaipur, Suia and Kesher out posts in the Naxalite-hit areas. Similar alerts have been sounded in Munger, Jamui and Bhagalpur.

Intelligence agencies have also received reports of a recent meeting organised in Bhimbandh sanctuary, once a popular tourist destination in Munger and where former superintendent of police K.C. Surendarbabu was shot dead in 2005. The major meet was reportedly attended by 200-odd Maoists from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Jharkhand and Nepal. “It discussed strengthening the support base in eastern Bihar’s districts,” intelligence sources disclosed.


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Five naxals get death sentence for killing cops

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 6, 2007

Banka, (PTI): Five CPI (Maoist) guerrillas were on Thursday awarded death sentence for killing three policemen in Bihar’s Banka district two years ago.

Additional district and sessions judge of a fast track court, Gangotri Ram Tripathi, awarded capital punishment to Ashok Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Naresh Yadav, Dhaneshwar Yadav and Suresh Yadav for killing three policemen and injuring as many at a temple at Gaura village in the Chanan police station area on November 3, 2005.

The convicts, along with seven other naxalites of the banned outfit, had shot and hacked to death sub-inspector Bhagwan singh, in-charge of Anandpur police outpost, and two constables Nityanand Kumar and Brajbhushan Prasad and injured three policemen.

They had also looted four rifles, a revolver and 80 rounds of ammunition from them.

The police had chargesheeted 12 persons in the case, but seven are still absconding.

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Bihar: Another bandh call by Maoists

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 1, 2007

PATNA: Maoists have given a call for yet another bandh on December 2 to protest against “police loot and the arrest of their north Bihar-western zone secretary Bhaskar”.

In a press note released here on Friday, the CPI (Maoist) said Saran, Tirhut and Champaran areas would observe bandh on December 2. It accused the police of “looting” its depot on November 22 and arresting Bhaskar, who was suffering from arthritis, when he was in the state
capital in connection with treatment. The Maoists in a separate press note claimed that the Special Task Force (STF) had arrested Bhaskar and another local supporter from the Agamkuan area in Patna and presented a distorted picture of the whole affair to the media. It denied there was any move by the Maoists to trigger explosions in the secretariat, assembly, jail or any other place in the state capital.

The Maoists said that contrary to the claim of the police, Bhaskar’s associate Dhananjay had been arrested by STF even before November 22. They alleged the STF took away Bhaskar like kidnappers — by covering him and bundling him into an unnumbered jeep. Bhaskar was also
allegedly tortured.

The Maoists claimed the police’s statement that a truckload of explosives had been recovered was aimed at “covering up the loot committed by policemen”. The truck did not contain explosives as claimed by the police, they said adding it actually had a fan, bed sheets, sweaters, one bundle of cloth for trousers and another one for shirts, besides 200 trousers, inner wears, ayurvedic medicines andutensils. The truck also contained Naxalite literature and hard cash
to the tune of lakhs. The Maoists claimed that the STF jawans had “looted all this and then cooked up a story to hide this loot”.

Times of India

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Three including RJD block chief, village head killed by maoist

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 24, 2007

Chatra-Jamshedpur (PTI): Three persons – a RJD block president, a village head (Munda) and a chowkidar were killed in two separate incidents by maoists in Jharkhand, police sources said on Friday.

Nanda Kishore Singh, the RJD’s Chatra block president, was abducted and killed on Thursday night by the activists of the Sastra People’s Morcha, a breakaway group of the CPI (Maoist) at Mokama village in Chatra district, Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Jha told newsmen at

Suspected maoists kidnapped the village head and chowkidar of Titlighat in naxal stronghold Saranda forest in West Singhbhum district on Thursday night and killed them, police sources said.

Confirming the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj said the details were being awaited as the incident had taken place on the Jharkhand-Orissa border under Gua police station of the district.

A massive combing operation have been launched following the incident, he said adding that the bodies have been recovered.

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Maoist shutdown affects rural Bihar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 22, 2007

Patna, Nov 19 (IANS) The 48-hour shutdown called by Maoists in Bihar to protest the violence in neighbouring West Bengal’s Nandigram region evoked a mixed response Monday with urban areas unaffected but life in villages being hit. Educational institutions, businesses, and market places remained open in Patna and other urban areas. However, police officials said life in rural pockets, particularly Maoist strongholds, was affected.

“Vehicular movement has been hit in rural areas,” a police officer said.

The Bihar government has announced an alert in the state due to the shutdown and police in Maoist strongholds have been directed to be more vigilant than usual.

Bihar Police chief A.R. Sinha said additional security forces had been deployed at important government installations and public places, including railway stations and bus depots.

Railway officials said no trains passing through the state were diverted or cancelled.

A statement issued Wednesday by the CPI-Maoist said: “We unequivocally support the just cause of the people of Nandigram and assure them we shall stand firmly by them in their just and democratic struggle against pro-imperialist policies of the CPI-M and the fascist repression let loose by the state and central government.”

Maoist leaders said the red-flag-bearing government of West Bengal has openly come out in support of capitalists and was uprooting farmers and their families to make room for industrialists.

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Bihar: 18 Naxalites arrested

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 21, 2007

Biharsharif: Eighteen members of the banned CPI-Maoist were arrested and a huge cache of firearms and ammunition recovered from them while the rebels were enacting a drama with real weapons in Bihar’s Nalanda district on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off that the rebels were enacting a drama “Sultana Daku” with real weapons at Sakri village, teams from five police stations rushed there and caught them in the act, literally.

Eight rifles, three country-made carbines, three pistols, a double barrel gun and 50 bullets were seized from them, SP Amit Kumar told reporters. PTI

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Naxal explosive seized in bihar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 31, 2007

naxal explosive seized in bihar

The Principal Home Secretary of Bihar Afzal Amanullah has warned that the naxalites may carry major attack in Bihar in coming days. On Monday, Bihar Police seized more than 400 kg of explosives, including high-powered gelatin sticks stacked by the Maoists, in Bihar’s Naxal-hit Gaya district.

After receiving information from state intelligence, Bihar Police conducted raids and seized explosives from a hut in Ghurenabandh jungle under Barachatti police station in Gaya on Monday.

Gaya Superintendent of Police, Amit Kumar Jain, said:

Acting on a tip-off, that the naxalites were clandestinely transporting the explosives including high-powered gelatine sticks in two bullock-carts to the jungle for a major operation, police raided the hut and seized the explosives. The police also arrested one Ramswaroop Bhuiyan in this connection.

Earlier on Saturday, the BJP held the UPA government’s “soft policies” responsible for the development of naxal network across the country. The party also criticized the biggest civilian killing occurred in Jharkhand that claimed seventeen lives. The BJP leaders also attacked on Madhu Koda government in Jharkhand for overlooking security concerns in the state.

According to BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the UPA government has to be squarely blamed for the naxal killings in Jharkhand. Due to the government’s soft policies, naxal activities are spreading rapidly.

He said:

The Madhu Koda government is more interested in individuals and their constituencies. It has overlooked the interests of the state and security concerns. The government has no responsibility towards the people of the state. This is the complete failure of a government where an independent MLA is CM with the support of RJD, Congress, JMM and other UPA allies.

Rudy further said that the Koda administration has used the huge funds, actually meant for police modernization, for purchasing vehicles for ministers and providing amenities for the ministers in the state.

Tags: BJP, Bihar, Gaya, Naxalites, Jharkhand, Amit Jain, India

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Bihar: A Tortured State

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 14, 2007

By Gladson Dungdung

13 October, 2007

At a time when the government of Bihar is trumpeting its achievements as good governance, the images of a mob led by policemen assaulting a petty thief in Nath Nagar in Bhagalpur, Bihar, shocked the entire country after it was shown on TV. To prove its commitment to good governance, the government took immediate action and punished the two policemen involved in the incident. But the Police Men Association and many senior police officers deny that the incident was a case of police torture and want the two dismissed policemen to be reinstated. They argue that the policemen tried their best to protect the thief but the crowd did not allow them to do so.

But initial outrage created by the live telecast by TV news channels of the Allahabad fake police encounter and the Bhagalpur incident has had little impact on the Bihar police. The cases of police torture are increasing day by day in the state. Soon after the Bhagalpur incident, the police of Bikram Police Station of Patna district severely beat and caused the disappearance of an accused Kaushal Kumar and declared him an absconder to save them from the allegation of torture. In another incident, the officer in charge of Phulwarisharif police station broke the hands and legs of a footballer Santosh Kumar and extracted his teeth. There have also been several incidents of police locking up minor boys after involving them in false cases.

It is notable that these heart-breaking incidents of police torture and high-handedness have taken place near the capital city of Bihar. They serve as crucial examples of misuse of power by the officials who are responsible for the law and order. After Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister of Bihar there, there has been a rise in the occurrence of such cases, at a scale that has not been seen in the history of Bihar before.

People’s Watch, a human rights organisation has monitored and analysed the cases of police torture in four districts of Bihar: Patna, Bhojpur, Nalanda and Nawada. Most of the cases included in this study involved custodial torture and death, fake encounters, torture of women, lathi charge, police firing and negligence in duty that took place between July 2006 to June 2007. The study reveals that out of the total victims in these cases of police torture 76 percent victims are male and 24 percent female.

Furthermore, the study shows that the highest number of victims, about 47.5 percent of the total number, is from the Dalit community, followed by the backward community with 31 percent and victims from the higher castes forming 21.5 percent. And occupation-wise comparison of the victims reveal that 45 percent of victims are daily wage labourers, 9 percent students, 5.4 percent house wives, 3.6 service holders, with the remaining 38.4 percent victims coming from other walks of life.

The study reveals the cases of police torture from the angle of age of victims; 11.4 percent of victims are children of age between 0 to 14 years, and 28.3 percent between 15 to 30. On the basis of education, the study showed that 30.1 percent of victims are illiterate or uneducated, 59.1 percent literate or educated, and 10.8 percent highly educated.

The most startling fact is that in 47.7 percent cases, the perpetrators, whether police or private persons, have lodged criminal cases against the victims. The 7.2 percent of torture victims have died up till now and 5 percent cases of police torture have been compromised. The study also reveals that highest number of torture cases, 32 percent, took place in police stations, 27.5 percent at home, 22.6 percent in villages or outside villages and 17.3 percent elsewhere. The perpetrators are 57.8 percent constables, 28.5 percent sub inspectors, 9.8 percent inspectors, 2.5 percent DySPs and 1.4 percent higher officials. The data clearly shows that the lower ranks in police are responsible for the majority of torture incidents.

But none of this constitutes an answer to the key question: why the police use torture on ordinary people? The state director of People Watch and former district & session judge Abhaya Shanker Prasad discloses that the main purposes of police torture is to acquire information from suspects, as punishment to the accused, and for intimidation and teaching a lesson for future. Fake encounters, according to him, are often done for promotion in service, to get a reward but also under political pressure.

The society is also not less responsible for the incidents of police torture. It can be said that the society as a whole has become more violent and demands instant justice. The majority of the people, whether they are from the professional class or common men, support police torture and also denies human rights without a second thought. What is the police for, if not for punishment, is the question they commonly ask. In such a society, the police alone cannot be blamed for such incidents. For the situation to change, individuals must start with respecting human rights within the family as well as the community. Only then will the government’s thrust to create an accountable and transparent system of governance can succeed and the human rights of ordinary citizens can be protected.

The fact is that the Nitish Kumar administration has shown some signs of good governance in the state, but the increasing number of incidents of torture, lynching and atrocities against the weakest section of the population has put a question mark over the government’s achievements. Police torture is one of the worst forms of human rights violation, which must not be tolerated. The Constitution of India guarantees the right to life, equality, liberty and dignity of individual to its people and the State has duty to protect these rights. There can be no talk of good governance when the basic human rights of citizens are being violated on a day-to-day basis.

Gladson Dungdung is a human rights activist working against police torture in Bihar

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Bihar market closed due to Maoist threat

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 10, 2007

Patna, Oct 9 : A rural market in Bihar’s Aurangabad district has remained shut for over a week after Maoists ordered its closure for violating a shutdown call by them.

This has badly affected small traders and businessmen and created difficulties for hundreds of people in nearby villages.

Tandwa Bazaar in Aurangabad district, about 120 km from here, wears a deserted look as not a single shop has opened since Sep 30 after Maoists issued a diktat to close down the market for one month.

The fear of Maoists in this rural area is such that shopkeepers, traders and businessmen refuse to open the market in spite of police deployment and promises of security cover by local administration.

Assistant superintendent of police M.S.K. Nayak said: “Police have attempted time and again to convince shopkeepers to open their shops, but in vain.”

“We cannot risk our lives. Maoist diktat matters more to us than government rule. Some of the traders opened their shops in violation of a shutdown call given by Maoists on Sep 23 so the entire market was closed down by them as a punishment,” a businessman who owns a cloth showroom told IANS on condition of anonymity.

“Unless Maoists issue a fresh diktat to lift the ban, we cannot open the market. It will create more trouble for us and anger them,” another trader, who owns a general store, said Tuesday.

The traders’ body has already apologised to the Maoists and pleaded with them to open the market in the festive season before Dussehra.

“It is a festive season for us. We have sent a message to Maoist leaders, agreeing to their terms and condition for lifting the ban,” the general store owner said.

But so far there is no information from the Maoists. “We have no option but to wait for the Maoist order to open the market because we are insecure and at the mercy of the Maoists,” the cloth showroom owner said.

In rural Bihar no one dares to violate Maoist orders due to fear of retribution. The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) with its strong network and armed guerrillas rules the roost. Even police and government officials say they fear the Maoists.

A few months ago, a government school in Aurangabad district had remained shut for over six weeks after Maoists demanded money for allowing the construction of its new building. It affected the education of over 250 students.

Aurangabad is one of five districts in south Bihar and regarded as a stronghold of the Maoists.

“Fear of Maoists and their unchallenged support base makes them feel like kings in the area,” a district official said.

In rural Bihar, complaints of Maoist extortion during construction and development work are common, often forcing stoppage of projects.


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More lynching and assaulting as social turmoil in India

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 24, 2007

(Paul Ciniraj)
Patna (Bihar, India), Sept 23, 2007: Two more suspected thieves lynched at Saketpuri, a lower middle class neighbourhood under the jurisdiction of Sultanganj police station of Patna in Bihar state on September 21.
The alleged thieves were attacked by an angry crowd after a resident raised an alarm on Friday night.
“One of the victims jumped into a pond to escape, but the mob encircled, stoned, pulled him out and he was beaten to death,” Anwar Hussain, City Police Superintendent told to the SVM News Service.
Another man’s body was recovered on Saturday morning.
There are many incidents of lynching, dragging and assaulting in Bihar state since last few days.
It was on Sept 12, ten people belonging to a poverty-stricken community in Bihar itself, were lynched in Vaishali district. A high-level probe has found those men were not thieves as suspected earlier.
Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar imposed a fine two days after the incident against the residents of a village that lynched 10 alleged thieves and taking the law into their own hands.
On August 29, an unemployed youth named Salim Aurangzeb was tied to the motorcycle of a police officer and was dragged along the road in Bhagalpur in full view of the cheering crowds for alleged chain snatching.
On Sept 5, two children were beaten, paraded on the streets and had their heads tonsured by villagers for allegedly stealing a few packs of detergent in Vaishali.
On September 9, three boys aged between 17 and 18, who had robbed a motorcycle at gunpoint near Shriddala, escaped lynching when police reached thescene on time. However, the right eye of one of the boys was gouged.
A 60-year-old dalit man, a landless laborer named Bhagawat Ravidoss was beaten to death and his relative Hari Ravidoss seriously injured on September 18 by landowners of Bhadrar village in Banka District.
Same day, an young man, Rakesh Kumar, 26, lynched by a mob in Patahi village in Sitamarhi district for allegedly stealing a statue from a temple. He was beaten to death with sticks and rods after a witchcraft practitioner identified him as the one who had stolen the statue.
In another incident in Bhagalpur district, two minor girls were assaulted by their neighbours in Kulkuliya village under the Ghogha police station. The police failed to register a case despite visiting the affected family.
In Jharkhand state also a mob of villagers from Daridag and Kodi localities in Ramgarh district in Jharkhand attacked a gang suspected to be involved in a number of thefts and beheaded three of them on September 20 night. Those killed have been identified as Faiaz and Umar of Soso village under Gola police station, and Maniruddih of Piri village under Barkakana OP.
There are many other incidents of social and religious turmoil throughout India during the last month.
On August 26, a tribal man and three women were brutally beheaded by a group of villagers who suspected them that they were practicing sorcery in Balasore district of Orissa.
On the same day, a violent attack on a house church in Kolar district of Karnataka state and was beaten pastor Emmanuel Venkatesh and M.S. Thimmakka and stabbed a church member Venkattarajappa on his hand and hips as a christian persecution.
The next day, a 24-year-old man named Ramesh Patel was chained to a tractor, dragged and murdered in Palanpur district of Gujarat. A whole village watched yet no one uttered a word.
On August 28, a mob gathered after a speeding truck in Agra, the home town of the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, crushed four teenagers and burned more than 54 vehicles and many shops nearby in which one person was killed and many were hospitalized. The same day, retaliatory killings were prevented in Gohana village in Haryana state due to the prompt intervention of the Dalit elders and police force after one of their youths was found murdered.
On August 29, Raibhan Tembhurne, a 55-year-old school teacher allegedly killed his 19-year-old college studentdaughter Ratna as a human sacrifice along with his two wives Reema and Sharda by the instruction of a black magic petitioner because he had fathered a son at village Kudegaon, which is about 50 miles from Bhandara in Maharashtra state. Same day, Mathews Pulimoottil Cor-episcopa, an 81-year-old village bishop of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church, was severely beaten and hospitalized in Cochin in Kerala.
On August 30, a Dalit woman was allegedly raped by two persons in Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh.
The following day, four alleged fuel thieves were tortured for hours and made to crawl by villagers and truckers near Bhubaneswar in Orissa. Also that day, as also previously reported by the news service, Mariyam, an elderly 83-year-old woman, was murdered in Trissur district of Kerala. A 45-year-old Dalit man, Brahmadas, was allegedly burned to death by his employers in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh on the same day.
On Sept 1, two elderly women were allegedly murdered by their sons in Keonjhar district in Orissa for practicing sorcery. The arrested youths told police they killed their mothers, who were in their 60s, because a witch doctor told them that their mothers were trying to kill them in order to achieve success in witchcraft after killing their fathers, who had died some time ago.
The next day, a girl and a boy were beheaded at Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh after they were found in a compromising position.
On Sept 3, Itwari, a ten-year-old boy was tied to a horse by a rope and dragged on the road by a Gujar crowd in Jalandhar District of Punjab for trying to stop their horses from grazing his fields. On that same day, T Solomon was tied to a tree near Kollam in Kerala and mercilessly beaten for allegedly stealing a cow. Police later found him mentally unsound. Also on that day, an elderly Dalit woman named Hirawati, 60, was beaten to death by four upper caste women over a petty dispute in the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
The next day, September 4, women of Vachunuru village in Andhra Pradesh ransacked belt-shops and seized ID liquor and IML when the authorities failed to prevent liquor ‘menace’ despite their requests. That same day, angry crowds lynched Shiv Mohan and tried to set his house on fire for allegedly raping and murdering a three-year-old girl in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Also on September 4, Boraj Panchayat near Ajmer in Rajastan conducted a compulsory body search of all its citizens to detect the alleged rapist among them. The villagers also beat a man to death near Rourkela in Orissa for allegedly molesting a woman.
On September 5, Krishna Khoya, suspected of murdering an elderly couple with witchcraft was executed by a tribal council in Jharkhand State.
Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand also witnessed a gruesome incident of mob violence last month in Tupudana in which three people were done to death.
On Sept 16, Hindu extremists burned down a prayer hall and beat Pastor Virendra Singh and his wife Bhavna in Barauli village near the Madiaon police station in Uttar Pradesh during the worship service as an act of Christian persecution. A mob of 30 extremists, led by Narendra Singh and Giri Baba, reached the prayer hall and picked a fight with the pastor. They threatened the couple and then set the thatched building on fire. The whole structure was reduced to rubble in a matter of a few minutes.

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