Naxals/Maoists Watch

Discussion in 'Internal Security' started by Daredevil, Apr 12, 2009.

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Should the Indian government use armed forces against the naxals/maoists?

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  1. NikSha

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    Maoists ready for talks, call for ceasefire
    KOLKATA: Facing offensive from security forces at Lalgarh, Maoists on Tuesday said they were ready for talks with the Centre and the state government, but demanded
    ceasefire as a pre-condition for the negotiations.

    "We are ready for talks with the Centre and West Bengal government if the intellectuals, who visited the troubled Lalgarh area last Sunday, arrange for a meeting," CPI (Maoist) leader Sagar said in a statement.

    However, the Maxal leader said the meeting could be possible only if the central para-military forces were withdrawn immediately from Lalgarh and a ceasefire is declared by the state police, outfit's spokesman Gour Chakraborty said.

    Chakraborty said they were putting these conditions to create an atmosphere of peace before the talks could take place.

    He said once the proposal for talks was mooted, the CPI (Maoist) leaders would set the agenda before meeting representatives of the Centre and West Bengal government.

    A delegation of Kolkata-based intellectuals, including film personality Aparna Sen, theatre artistes Kaushik Sen and Saonli Mitra and poet Joy Goswami, visited Lalgarh on Sunday and met PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato and villagers.

    The delegation has urged both Maoists and the security forces to exercise restraint and come to the negotiation table.




    All in favour of assassinating the asinine "delegation of Kolkata-based intellectuals" (lol) say "Aye".
     
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    Thats the conclusion that anyone who is not conversant with the ground realities would draw. I dont blame you. But at the same time, I would advise you to study the real picture before making a sweeping remark. Land distribution of agricultural land has been already done in India AFAIK. Further, there are laws that prohibit people from owning more that a certain limit of land(to check the landlords). India, infact, works as a socialist democracy. Of course, that doesnt mean that there is not gap between rich and poor or urban and rural. But to say that Maoists are a result of this gap is a mistake. Also, Maoists in the areas that they are powerful have been anti-development. That means they are partly(and in some cases wholly) responsible for lack of development of certain regions. Maoism, once upon a time. had popular people's support. But as reforms were slowly brought in, and as people saw that maoists were blocking the development and killing innocents by branding them as spies(of police); Maoists lost the popular support. Today, Maoism as an ideology is barely popular, even among the poor. Infact, even in the areas under the sway of Maoists, people have several times come out to vote inspite of poll boycott calls from Maoists. As you might understand, that means people risked their lives to come out and vote. That tells us, how much people in those areas want a normal functioning govt in their areas, rather than outdated ideology of Maoists.

    Also, India has used a multi-pronged approach to dealing with the maoist menace. The people who surrender are given a certain cash to restart their lives. They are freed of all their charges. This action has been adopted becoz Maoists lure away young teenage kids who are gullible to their false ideologies. They train them with arms and use them as foot soldiers. So, GOI has given all such people, who joined the maoist movement due to various reasons, a chance to restart their lives afresh. Then the GOI has implemented several land reforms. Then force was used against those maoists who are bent upon violence.
    Maoism survival is becoz of lack of political will rather than their relevance or popularity. Hope you get an idea and have changed your mind.

    PS: there are allegations that the maoists are used as proxies of foreign nations wanting to hurt India. Recently, a lashkar leader arrested revealed links between Maoists and Jihadi outfits.
     
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    West Bengal govt accepts central ban on Maoists

    West Bengal govt accepts central ban on Maoists

    Posted: Tuesday , Jun 23, 2009 at 1749 hrs IST

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    Kolkata: The Left Front government in West Bengal on Tuesday accepted the Centre's ban on the CPI (Maoist) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

    "This is applicable for the entire country, all states and we have accepted it. But how to implement it is the government's business," Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters after a cabinet meeting here.

    The chief minister said that the Centre had only included the CPI (Maoist) in the list of 34 organisations which had been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

    "This had become necessary as the People's War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), which figured in the list, had merged to form the CPI (Maoist)," he said.

    Bhattacharjee said that during his discussion with Union Home minister P Chidambaram in Delhi recently, he had come to know the Centre was initiating the measure.

    He said the Maoists could be tackled through a slew of initiatives along with administrative measures.

    "We have to ensure socio-economic development of areas where they (Maoists) are active, isolate them politically and initiate administrative measures against them."

    Pointing out that the Centre had been insisting on states raising their own forces to combat terrorism and also Maoists, he said that his government would raise a new combat force to counter terrorist activities

    The Kolkata Police would be entrusted with this task, while the strength of existing forces would be increased and their training updated, Bhattacharjee, who holds the Home (Police) portfolio, said.

    Referring to West Midnapore district's underdevelopment which led to the Maoists increasing their sphere of influence there, he said "Whatever development had been done was not adequate and the district needs more development. Lack of development is only one cause."

    The state government set up a taskforce on socio-economic development in tribal areas a year ago, which has been working effectively, the chief minister said.

    The government had spent Rs 13 crore on programmes mooted by the taskforce.

    Headed by the chief secretary, the taskforce was working in the areas of education, health, roads and drinking water. Yesterday, the CPI(M) and the other Left Parties said the move to proscribe the Maoists will serve no purpose as Left extremism has to be combated both at the political and administrative levels.

    Bhattacharjee said the ban had become necessary as the PWG and the MCC had merged to form the CPI(Maoist). "We have to ensure socio-economic development of areas where they (Maoists) are active, isolate them politically and initiate administrative measures against them," he said.

    Noting that the Centre had been insisting on states raising their own forces to combat terrorism and also Maoists, he said his government would raise a new combat force to counter terrorist activities. The Kolkata Police would be entrusted with this task, while the strength of existing forces would be increased and their training updated, Bhattacharjee, who holds the Home (Police) portfolio, said.

    Left Front chairman Biman Bose too had voiced his reservations over Centre's decision saying such outfits which follow "misguided politics" cannot be countered by banning them.

    The move to tag CPI-Maoist is mainly aimed at drying the sources of funds and curbing the support for its activities from a section of people. Referring to West Midnapore district's underdevelopment which led to the Maoists increasing their sphere of influence there, he said, "whatever development had been done was not adequate and the district needs more development." Lack of development was only one cause, he said.

    The state government set up a taskforce on socio-economic development in tribal areas a year ago and it has been working effectively, the chief minister said.
     
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    Maoist spokesman detained in Kolkata
    23 Jun 2009, 2128 hrs IST, PTI


    KOLKATA: CPI-Maoist spokesperson Gaur Chakraborty was picked up for questioning from central Kolkata this evening.


    "Chakraborty was detained while leaving a media office at Park Street after giving an interview," Deputy Commissioner (Detective Department) in-charge of Headquarters, Jawed Shamim, said.

    Asked whether Chakraborty has been arrested, Shamim said "No, at present he has only been detained for interrogation."

    A resident of Patuli in South 24 Parganas, Chakraborty acted as the spokesperson of CPI-Maoist which was banned by the Centre yesterday.

    Maoists are believed to be behind the tribal agitation at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.

    Maoist spokesman detained in Kolkata - India - The Times of India






    Maoists launch attacks in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal

    Lakhisarai/Medininagar/Lalgarh (PTI): Maoists on Tuesday exploded bombs and opened fire at a court premises in Bihar, injuring an officer and two policemen, and launched attacks in Jharkhand and West Bengal on the second day of their bandh in five states to protest the Lalgarh action.

    They blew up a panchayat building in Jharkhand and a community centre and a mobile phone tower in Bihar. They also made an abortive bid to disrupt the supply line of the security forces involved in the Lalgarh operation by detonating a landmine at Chara village between Midnapore and Kirakata in West Bengal.

    In a daring operation, about 50 armed rebels attacked the civil court premises in Lakhisarai, about 165 km. from Patna, exploding bombs and opening fire. Deputy Development Commissioner Rajiv Ranjan and two policemen received injuries.

    Ranjan sustained wounds when chunks of wood flying from a smashed window hit him, District Magistrate P K Jha said. He was given first aid at his residence, he said.

    A constable and a havildar, who suffered splinter injuries, were rushed to the government hospital in Lakhisarai, Jha said, adding that the police posse posted there was outnumber by the naxals.

    The Maoists decamped with a carbine and two rifles of the policemen after breaking open a lock-up and freeing their self-styled commander Babulal Besra of Giridih, he said.

    A group of about 20 armed Maoists descended on the vacant panchayat bhavan at around 3 am and blasted it after planting explosives in the building, Superintendent of Police Mohit Bundu told reporters in Medininagar in Jharkhand.

    The roof of the panchayat building was blown off and its walls cracked as a result of the explosion, Mr. Bundu said, adding that the entire furniture there was completely destroyed.

    Following the blast, security personnel launched a search operation neach Chahapur, about 190 km. from Ranchi.

    Scores of CPI(Maoist) ultras swooped on Jhikatia village in Bihar's Aurangabad district shortly after midnight and set off dynamites to blow up the community centre building, police said. However, no one was injured as the building was empty when the blast was triggered.

    The ultra blew up the tower of a private telephone company at Kharasi village in extremist-affected Gaya district, also around midnight. The tower, which is located closed to the Jharkhand border, was badly damaged, police said.

    The two-day bandh call was given on Sunday by the naxalites in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.

    Shops and markets remained closed and vehicles kept off the roads in Maoist-affected areas of Lalgarh, Binpur, Pirakata and Jhargram in West Midnapore district in West Bengal.

    Normal life also remained hit in Bankura and Purulia areas in the state.

    Official sources said patrolling along railway tracks has been intensified in Adra division of South Eastern Railway after a landmine was detected at Birandi station.

    http://www.hinduonnet.com/holnus/000200906240321.htm






    Four ‘kidnapped’ in Kandhamal district

    Staff Reporter

    Maoists reportedly involved in the act

    Though no complaint lodged, police decide to probe the issue


    BERHAMPUR: Four persons including the husbands of two elected members of panchayat bodies were allegedly kidnapped by Maoists from Sonepur panchayat of Daringbadi block in Kandhmal district.

    According to sources they have been missing since Saturday night. But the family members have not yet filed a complaint with the police. The missing persons include husband of panchayat samity member of Kudura village Tirisingh Pradhan, ward member from Tahangia village Agadu Nayak, husband of sarpanch of Sonepur panchayat, Manmohan Pradhan and Suresh Pradhan of Tutungia village.

    Villagers say these persons were abducted by a group of 15 Maoists from Kudura village.

    It may be noted that these four persons were among the list of persons who had been threatened by naxals through posters pasted in Daringbadi area in the past. In May Mr Manohar had also been attacked by alleged Maoists. They had also burnt down his bike. But he had not preferred to file any complaint with police. On May 7, Maoists had kidnapped Kaluka Behera from Kaspanga village under Brahmanigaon police station in Kandhamal district. Later his body was recovered from jungle.

    Although no complaint has been lodged police reportedly decided to investigate the alleged kidnap by Maoists. It is alleged that some Maoists including a woman cadre had visited the area on Monday night. On Tuesday a meeting of villagers of the area was held at a remote place in the panchayat. No outsiders or scribes were allowed to reach the spot of meeting.

    http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/24/stories/2009062456130300.htm
     
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    Maoists set truck on fire in Jharkhand

    Ranchi (IANS): Maoist guerrillas set ablaze a truck laden with iron ore in Khuti district of Jharkhand, police said on Wednesday.

    Around 10 rebels intercepted the truck near Bhuiadih village in Khuti, 80 km from state capital Ranchi, and set it on fire late Tuesday night.

    "We are trying to trace the truck driver and his assistant. There are only two possibilities -- either they managed to escape or they were abducted by the rebels," a police officer told IANS on telephone.

    Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related incidents during the last eight years.

    The Hindu News Update Service




    Business hit in Lalgarh

    Lalgarh (WB) (PTI): Economy has taken a backseat in restive Lalgarh where security forces have launched a crackdown to reclaim territory from Maoist-backed tribals.

    Business establishments, shops, small factories, transport services and even Central government programmes like NREGA are not functioning due to the strife between the Maoists and security forces.

    Tribals are unable to enter forests to collect kendu leaves which they sell for a living for fear of being rounded up by security forces.

    Admitting that restoration of faith among the business community and the villagers was necessary, West Midnapore District Magistrate N S Nigam told PTI that "until they feel they are safe, it is difficult to resume normal business".

    "We are beginning the process of confidence building measures like providing relief to the people," he said.

    Banks, petrol pumps and public transport system have also been affected for the last eight months due to frequent bandhs in the area.

    The Maoists and PCPA activists after taking control of Lalgarh and adjoining villages, had initiated some parallel job schemes allegedly funded by extortion money.

    This had benefited the people in the jungles and adjoining villages for sometime through work like constructing 'kutcha' road, digging ponds and boring tubewells.

    However, after a few months this work also stopped, leaving the villagers high and dry as they were unable to take the benefit of any government scheme as the administration has been non existent here in the vast area since November.

    The only government department that could work without much hindrance during this last eight month's unrest was the forest department.

    DFO of this range Ashish Samanta said, "We had provided work to the villagers for plantation till a week before the police entered Lalgarh this month."

    He also said that Rs 2 crore was spent on plantation and other activities.

    "We are suffering due to the numerous bandhs called by PCPA and the Maoists ... There have been at least 50 to 60 bandhs this year," a resident of Moupal said on condition of anonymity.

    "We had hoped that after the security forces arrive, our lives would get better, but things have turned worse and we are facing more harassment," he said.

    http://www.hinduonnet.com/holnus/004200906241252.htm

    Maoists are making every single human being to suffer there .. How come these Bandhs will help poor people .
     
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    The Statesman

    COBRA clearing the road for forces waiting at bases

    ; Sabyasachi Roy
    LALGARH, 23 JUNE: An uneasy calm prevailed in Lalgarh on the sixth day of the police operation and the second day of the Maoist-sponsored 48-hour bandh to protest the Lalgarh action. No untoward incident was reported, with the security forces sticking to their respective bases and Maoists not launching any offensive.
    Senior officers in-charge of the operation, however, claimed that though there were no obvious forward movements of the forces, their operation was going on.
    A senior officer, on condition of anonymity, said that the Cobra forces and the CRPF personnel are sanitising the areas which are known to be the dens of the Maoists. If they successfully complete their operations, it would be easier for the forces to move forward.
    Entry of outsiders to the Lalgarh area has been restricted. At least four police check posts have been set up in between Bhadhutala and Lalgarh Road. “Apprehending that Maoists might enter the area using vehicles with ‘Press’ stickers, a thorough check has been initiated,” said Mr Samar Mitra, senior officer of DIB (Burdwan), supervising the operation at Pirakata.
    Check posts have been set up at Bhadutala, Pirakata, Bhimpur and Lalgarh with vehicles being checked with mine detecting equipment.
    At Bhadutala, a team of NGO representatives was prevented from entering the Lalgarh area by the on-duty officers.
    Mr SN Nigam, district magistrate of Midnapore West and other senior officers visited Lalgarh block development office by helicopter. He held talks with Mr Praveen Kumar, DIG Midnapore Range, and said that their first priority is to restart the public distribution system, apart from providing relief to the local people.
    “We have been asked to start all the schemes and projects like NREGA, old age pension plan and other development activities in the area at the earliest,” added Mr Nigam. He added that due to exhaustion of relief stocks, their distribution could not be done today.
    Meanwhile, on the second day of the 48-hour bandh called by the Maoists in five states to protest the Lalgarh operations, suspected Leftist guerrillas set off a landmine inside a office of the CPI-M's workers’ front, Citu, at Bhabanipur near Barabazar in Purulia in the wee hours today.
    Police said a group of Maoists stormed into the office around 2 a.m. and triggered a powerful landmine. Police have begun a combing operation in the area, but no one has been arrested.
    In Bihar, Maoists today exploded bombs and opened fire at a court premises, injuring an official and two policemen and also launched attacks in Jharkhand. They blew up a panchayat building in Jharkhand and a community centre and a mobile phone tower in Bihar.
    About 50 armed rebels attacked the civil court premises in Lakhisarai, about 165 kms from Patna, exploding bombs and opening fire. Deputy development commissioner Mr Rajiv Ranjan and two policemen were injured. The Maoists decamped with a carbine and two rifles of the policemen after breaking open a lock-up and freeing their self-styled commander Babulal Besra, and three others. Elsewhere in Bihar, Maoists blasted a mobile tower of a private telephone service provider and destroyed a government building by planting dynamite.
    In Jharkhand, another group of about 20 armed Maoists attacked a vacant panchayat bhavan in Medininagar around 3 a.m. and blasted it after planting explosives, SP, Mr Mohit Bundus said.
     
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    I couldn't agree more. I just wonder which part of the Indian political establishment was blocking this move for all these years.

     
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    CRPF for precision-guided operations against Maoists

    New Delhi (PTI): The CRPF will soon approach the ISRO for expeditious satellite imaging and video mapping of all Naxal-infested areas, so that it can carry out special operations against the Maoists with precision.

    With the government's thrust on flushing out Naxals, the paramilitary force will take the help of ISRO as also the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) for satellite mapping of forests and hills under control of the Left-wing militants, official sources said.

    Aerial videography of the forests and hills in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand is currently underway, they said.

    The Global Information System (satellite mapping) will help in organising systematic and precise special operations.

    Both NTRO and ISRO were approached by the force a couple of years back to do the job, but now the matter has gained urgency in view of spurt in Naxal violence, described as the biggest threat to internal security by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    "Lack of knowledge of the topography is the biggest hurdle before security men who are unable to challenge the Naxals, well-versed with the terrain," they said.

    The Global Information System (digitalised mapping) when implemented will be a great boon for the forces, the sources said.

    During operations, the security men will get to know exactly where they are and where they have to go to attack the Maoists.

    "Digital images would show the exact topography. So we will know which route to take when the terrain is rocky or heavily forested," a senior official said.

    Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was shown a presentation on Global Information System when he recently visited the CRPF headquarters here.

    The Hindu News Update Service
     
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    CPI (Maoist) banned after recommendation from WB govt: Jaiswal

    Kolkata (PTI) The Centre banned the CPI (Maoist) on the basis of a recommendation from the West Bengal government, a union minister said on Wednesday.

    "The Centre banned the CPI (Maoist) after getting a recommendation from the state government," Union Minister of State Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters after meeting Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here.

    "The state must have sent a recommendation, written or verbal, to the Centre to ban the CPI (Maoist)," he said, adding "without the state government's recommendation, the Centre does not ban an extremist organisation".

    The Hindu News Update Service


    It was the communist party of India , but as now relationship between Maoists and LeT has been confirmed , West Bengal state government has changed its stand on Maoists .
     
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    Orissa chalks out plan to protect tribal rights over land

    Bhubaneswar (PTI): Worried over tribal upsurge in different parts of the State, Orissa government on Wednesday decided to strictly enforce laws under land reform act and laws relating to scheduled area, official sources said.

    The government's hurried action to give justice to the tribal population came in the wake of violence at Narayanpatna in Koraput district.

    Realising that Maoist ultras were trying to take advantage from tribal unrest, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the officials to ensure that not an inch of tribal land illegally remained in possession of non-tribals.

    Tribals across the state, mostly in schedule areas, had been agitating for a long time alleging that their lands were fraudulently taken away by non-tribals while the law prohibited transfer of tribal land to non-tribals in scheduled areas.

    The tribals had, meanwhile, staged rallies and agitation in Koraput, Bolangir and Rayagada demanding return of their land allegedly in illegal possession of non-tribals.

    "The government has decided to provide legal assistance to tribals who are unable to file cases against alleged land encroacher's," said Revenue minister S N Patro after a high level meeting chaired by Patnaik.

    The government would launch an awareness drive to sensitise tribals regarding their land rights, Patro said adding all vacant posts in tehsil and revenue inspector's office would be filled on priority.

    The government would also launch an awareness drive to sensitise tribals regarding their land rights, Patro said, adding that all vacant posts in tehsil and revenue inspector's office would be filled on priority.

    This apart, the sub-collectors in tribal dominated districts would hear land related cases as the Orissa Administrative Service (OAS) officers would be appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

    The government had also decided to remove hurdles in providing land rights to forest dwellers by making amendments in Orissa Scheduled Tribe and Traditional Dwellers Act, 2006.

    "About 20,000 tribals would be benefited from the modified Act," Patro said, adding that chief minister would regularly monitor implementation of decisions

    The Hindu News Update Service
     
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    Ban on Maoists is India's internal matter, says Nepal- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

    Ban on Maoists is India's internal matter, says Nepal
    24 Jun 2009, 1927 hrs IST, IANS

    KATHMANDU: Closely watching the battle in India's West Bengal state between security forces and tribals backed by Indian Maoists, Nepal, the survivor of a decade-old Maoist uprising, on Wednesday said the neighbouring country's decision to ban the Left radicals was its own internal affair.

    "It is the decision taken by a sovereign country," said Shankar Pokhrel, Nepal's
    information and communications minister who is also the spokesman of the communist-led government that came to power last month after the fall of the country's first Maoist government.

    "It is an internal matter of India. In Nepal, we are yet to have the entire perspective. Also, our party does not have any fraternal relations with the Indian Maoists."

    The Nepali party that did have fraternal ties with India's Maoists - the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) that after 10 years underground emerged as the biggest party in a historic election last year - also echoed the communists, though both are at loggerheads now.

    "The ban on Indian Maoists is an internal matter of India," Maoist lawmaker and spokesman Dinanath Sharma said.

    After 1996, when the Maoists began their 'people's war' in Nepal, they too were banned by the Nepal government. Even today, despite having signed a peace agreement, they are regarded as a terror organisation by the US government.

    Sharma, however, added that his party rejected repressive tactics and believed talks were the only way for the resolution of any problem. "In a democracy, there is no place for repression," he said.

    During the 'people's war', the then Royal Nepal Army had contended that the Maoists' guerrilla army had been trained by the Indian Maoists, especially the People's War (PW) and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) groups. After laying down arms, Nepal's Maoists had said that while they had ideological ties with the Indian Maoists, they were not actually involved.

    While the Nepal Maoist party did not react to the Indian government's ban imposed Monday and reinforced by the state government of West Bengal a day later, the party organ, the Janadisha, flayed the move.

    In its editorial Wednesday, the daily said the ban exposed the hollowness of India's democracy and would be as ineffective as Nepal's monarchy and the old parliamentary parties of Nepal that had supported military repression.
     
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    Maoist cadre held after 20 years

    S. Vijay Kumar

    CHENNAI: A Maoist cadre, who evaded arrest for almost 22 years, was nabbed in New Delhi by sleuths of Tamil Nadu’s ‘Q’ Branch of the CID on Tuesday.

    Sources in the agency said life convict N.K. Gopal, 59, of Dharmapuri district, who served sentences in the Vellore and Salem central prisons since 1974, absconded in 1987 after his release on parole.

    Gopal, along with a few others, murdered one Dharmalinga Chettiar after branding him a landlord in the 1970s. Gopal attempted to murder a police inspector who tried to apprehend him a few months later. However, he was arrested.

    He was awarded capital punishment and it was subsequently commuted to life.

    After his escape, Gopal was actively involved in subjecting recruits to systematic indoctrination of the Maoist ideology.

    He was also in touch with the Maoist leadership.

    Based on an intelligence input that Gopal was seen in New Delhi, a special team nabbed him.

    “He will be produced in a court in Chennai,” a senior police official said.

    The Hindu : National : Maoist cadre held after 20 years






    Maoist spokesman remanded in police custody, two more held

    Kolkata (PTI) Arrested CPI-Maoist spokesperson Gaur Chakraborty was on Wednesday remanded to police custody for 14 days even as another member of the group and his wife were nabbed in Bankura district on charges of waging war against the state.

    Mr. Chakraborty, who was arrested here on Tuesday night under Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after he was coming out from the studio of a private television channel, was remanded to custody by Acting Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Chiranjibi Bhattacharya.

    Mr. Chakraborty has cases pending against him in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.

    SP Vishal Garg said Purnima, wife of Maoist leader Prabir Gorai, was arrested from a house at Khatra, about 25 km from Bankura town on Tuesday and her husband on June 22 from Kotulpur area.

    Purnima was remanded to three days' police custody by a court in Bankura during the day, while her husband is already in jail.

    The Hindu News Update Service
     
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    Maoists damage cell towers, railway property in Orissa

    Bhubaneswar (IANS): Maoist rebels Thursday damaged the control rooms of two mobile phone towers and a signal panel of a railway station in Orissa's Koraput district, police said.

    The attacks came as union Home Minister P. Chidambaram is slated to visit the region Thursday evening to review the police preparedness in taking on the Maoists rebels.

    The rebels set fire to the control rooms of the mobile phone towers at Kakiriguma village and also damaged a signal panel at the railway station near the village, police said.

    "The control rooms of the two mobile towers and the signal panel board have been damaged," Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeeb Panda said.

    Koraput district, some 500 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, is considered a Maoist stronghold.

    The rebels had attacked the bauxite mine of state owned NALCO in the same district April 12. At least 10 Central Industrial Security Force personnel were killed in the attack.

    At least 125 villages in the district have been cut off from the rest of the state since June 16 after Maoists felled more than 30 trees on three roads that connect the region to the district headquarters of Koraput.

    The Hindu News Update Service
     
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    Maoist activity suspected on border with Nepal

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    LUCKNOW: The activities of suspected Maoists in Shravasti district on the India-Nepal border have alerted the Uttar Pradesh authorities.

    The alert comes after alleged Maoists damaged three border pillars and hoisted a red flag on a tree on June 20 and 21 in an area under the Sirsiya police station in the district.

    Home Secretary Mahesh Gupta said here on Thursday that a report on the incident is being sent to the Centre.

    Mr. Gupta said the incident was reported from a no-man’s land on the border and occurred about eight km from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) post located in Bhauva naka.

    Stating that the area was covered by dense forests and small hills, Mr. Gupta said pillar number 618, 623/2 and 625 were damaged by “anti-social elements.”

    Though the State’s role in such matters is limited, the issue will be discussed with Nepalese officials when they visit the neighbouring Dang district (on the other side of the border) on Friday.

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    Hours before Chidambaram’s visit, Maoists strike in Orissa

    Hours before Chidambaram’s visit, Maoists strike in Orissa

    Posted: Friday , Jun 26, 2009 at 0204 hrs IST

    Bhubaneswar:

    Hours before Union Home Minister P Chidambaram arrived in Koraput to oversee Orissa Police’s preparedness in the nationwide anti-Maoist combing operation, the rebels struck with a vengeance in Koraput on Thursday morning between 12 and 3 am, blasting a railway station building and pillaging the Narayanpatna Block office from where they looted hundreds of quintals of food grains, several bicycles and computers.

    In a well-coordinated move, Maoists attacked and ransacked Narayanpatna Block office, Kakirigumma railway station on Bhubaneswar-Koraput route, and three mobile towers, including one of the BSNL.

    Inspector General of Police (anti-Maoist operations) Sudhansu Sarangi said around half-a-dozen Maoists forcibly took away Kakirigumma Station Manager A K Prusty and staff on duty Surya Narayana at around 1.30 am before blowing up the station building, located 30 km away from Koraput district headquarters. Two battery rooms, panel board and relay room of the station were severely damaged. “The Koraput-bound Hirakhand Express, which was supposed to reach its final destination by 11 am, was terminated at Raugada,” said East Coast Railway PRO Muralidhar Sahoo.

    A group of Maoists attacked the Block office at Narayanpatna and looted eight computers, 70 bicycles and hundreds of quintals of foodgrain. “They set fire to the official records,” Koraput SP Deepak Chouhan said. The Maoists set fire to the control rooms of the three mobile phone towers at Kakiriguma village.

    Immediately after the attack, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appealed to the Centre to provide at least two battalions of CRPF. “We need the Central forces urgently. The matter is very serious,” Naveen said.
     
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    Landmine blast rocks forest area as forces launch operations
    26 Jun 2009, 1202 hrs IST, PTI


    LALGARH: Maoists on Friday triggered a landmine blast and indulged in gunfire near a forest in this area as security forces began fresh operations against Naxalites in West Midnapore district.

    A PTI correspondent who is in the conflict zone reported that gunshots were heard from Kadashole forest, a few minutes after the mine blast.

    Security forces had crossed Pinboni and were moving towards Ramgarh. Kadashole forest, 4 km from Pingboni, is between Ramgarh and Pingboni.

    IGP (Law & Order) Raj Kanojia said "The forces are taking control of the forest areas and adjacent fields as they are moving ahead".

    While a large contingent was moving ahead, sections of forces were also being posted at different points to ensure area domination.

    Kanojia said the forces will launch operations to sanitise the stretch from Pingboni to Ramgarh.

    Landmine blast rocks forest area as forces launch operations - India - The Times of India





    Security forces begin operation to flush out Maoists
    26 Jun 2009, 1000 hrs IST, PTI


    LALGARH (WEST BENGAL): Security forces on Friday started fresh operations to flush out Maoists from the trouble-torn region in West Midnapore
    district.

    "Our forces are moving towards Pingboni and Kharasole area. We have sufficient forces there and we are moving ahead," IGP (law and order) Raj Kanojia said.

    "Our forces are deployed in the entire forest area from Goaltore to Pingboni, a 2-km stretch", he said.

    Nearly 600 CRPF personnel arrived in the district on Thursday as reinforcements for the existing security personnel, Kanojia had said that another four companies would arrive as per the Centre's assurance to dispatch a total 10 companies (around 1,000 personnel) to the troubled district in the campaign against agitating Maoists.

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    Chidambaram rules out army deployment to battle out Maoists in Orissa- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

    Chidambaram rules out army deployment to battle out Maoists in Orissa
    26 Jun 2009, 1937 hrs IST, Nageshwar Patnaik, ET Bureau

    BHUBANESWAR: Union home minister P. Chidambaram on Friday ruled out possibility of army deployment in the Maoist infested pockets of Orissa and
    said the state police was competent to handle the situation.

    “There is no need to deploy army in Orissa. The state police can handle the situation,” the home minister told reporters before leaving for New Delhi after his two-day visit to the Naxal affected pockets and riot-hit Kandhamal district.

    Mr Chidambaram, in an indirect rap to the state government for its ‘laxity’, said the primary responsibility to deal with the Maoist menace is of the state government.

    “The primary responsibility to deal with the Maoist menace must be taken up by state government. The Union government will do as much as possible to assist the state government,” he said.

    The home minister admitted that the Naxal situation in Orissa had aggravated due to the negligence of both the state government and the Centre.

    “We (state an Centre) have neglected the problem in the last 10 years. Now, we have to fight together,” he said.

    Stating that CPI (Maoists) had been named a terrorist organisation, Mr Chidambaram said: “We cannot yield any ground to the outfit.”

    He claimed that Narayanpatna in Koraput district, which had remained under siege for nine days by the Naxals, was cleared by the state police.

    “As far as my information goes, police forces have been mobilised to Narayanpatna and more forces are rushing to the town to restore rule of the law there,” he said.

    As regards Kandhamal, the home minister said many people were still living in three relief camps and there were complaints of the BPL people not getting adequate and quality food items.

    “I’m told by the district collector of Kandhamal that efforts are being made to send the inmates of the relief camp to their villages within four to six weeks. I hope they would all be back in their villages by July end,” he remarked.

    Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, meanwhile, submitted a memorandum to the home minister asking for a dedicated helicopter to fight Naxal menace and continuance of Central forces in Kandhamal for longer period. He also asked for four battalions of CRPF to fight Maoists in the border districts and financial assistance for training of constables and jawans India Reserve Battalion.

    Earlier in the day, Mr Chidambaram visited relief camps at Mandaika, Rahikola, Tiangia and Tikabali in Kandhamal district and interacted with the riot victims there.

    Nearly 1400 Christians are still living in these camps even nine months after communal riots broke out in the district in the aftermath of the killing of Hindu seer Swami Laxmananand Saraswati on August 23 last year.

    He assured them of protection, if they returned to their villages to begin life afresh. “I am sorry that certain things happened last year which brought misery to you and forced you to live in relief camps. You must go back to your villages now. Both the Centre and state government will provide you security,” he told them.

    He also exhorted them to build their churches, damaged during communal violence and practise their religion fearlessly.

    Condemning the incident, Chidambaram exhorted them to start life afresh, build the churches and practice their religion. "Whatever happened was wrong. Build your churches and practice your dharma," he said.

    When some refugees spoke of fear of RSS and Bajrang Dal, Mr Chidambaram assured, “All those who have indulged in this ghastly crime will be prosecuted and punished”.

    Earlier in the day, he cancelled his visit to state-owned Nalco mine in Koraput district due to some technical problem during his two-day visist to Orissa, which concluded on Friday.
     

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