Chhattisgarh – Maoist explode 5 IEDs, fire at CAF
Raipur, Feb 11: Maoists detonated five serial IED blasts and fired indiscriminately at the team of CAF (Chhattisgarh Armed Force) but none was injured in insurgency-hit Bijapur district. The rebels exploded landmines between Bodli and Bhairamgarh under Bhairamgarh police station limits while a CAF’s squad was patrolling in the region to ensure security to the Geedam-Bhopalpatnam road, Bijapur Superintendent of Police, K L Dhruv told PTI. Security forces had launched patrolling from their Bodli camp.
Wanted Maoist Flees During Encounter in Odisha
BHAWANIPATNA: An exchange of fire between the security personnel combing Gundia Reserve Forest and the Maoists during the last three days led to recovery of Maoist literature and some other items from the camps. However, Odisha State Committee Secretary of the rebel outfit Balakrishna alias Modem alias Manoj, who was leading nearly 25 cadres and operating a camp in the area, managed to escape. He carries a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head, said Kalahandi SP Brijesh Ray.
Addressing mediapersons on Tuesday night, the SP said on getting intelligence input about armed Maoists moving in Manaska, Panchkul, Kankaruan and Baghnakhi villages in the reserve forest under Bhawanipatna Sadar blocks, three groups of Special Operation group (SOG) were engaged in combing operation in the area from February 6. On Monday, when the Maoists opened fire, the SOG jawans retaliated following which the Maoists escaped into the forest. After nearly two days of exchange of fire, police seized the items from the abandoned Maoist camps, he said.
Maoist posters found in Salboni
Midnapore/Hooghly: Maoist posters criticizing the Mamata Banerjee government were recovered from Jangalmahal on Wednesday, pointing to increased activity of the red guerillas in the area. Trinamool MLA and former cop Rachpal Singh added fuel to the Maoist rage by showcasing Maoist leader Kishenji’s killing as a success of the Mamata government. “It was an instance of good governance. During the Left Front regime, Maoist leaders and their cohorts used to roam freely, daring the government to take them to task. Mamata has brought peace in Jangalmahal, just like she did in Darjeeling,” the Trinamool MLA said.
Maoists have sent a warning to Trinamool workers, asking them to give an undertaking that they will resign from all party posts. Police sources said the posters have been recovered from the Salboni area by the CRPF patrolling party. This is the third time in two weeks that such posters – 12 of them – were recovered from the area. Combing operations are on to identify those who put up the posters. Security in the adjoining villages has been tightened.
Govt installed 1,356 mobile towers in Naxal-hit areas
New Delhi:- Working against odds to improve poor telephone connectivity, government has set up 1,356 mobile towers in Maoist-hit areas, benefiting thousands of people and security personnel who live in remote inaccessible regions. The towers were installed by state-run BSNL as part of an ambitious project to install 2,199 mobile towers in nine Maoist-hit states by March end of this year. An additional 175 mobile towers were also sanctioned by the Home Ministry for installation recently.
All these towers were installed either in police stations or camps of police and paramilitary forces as the Maoists have often been targeting such towers in the past, official sources said. The mobile towers are powered with solar energy due to frequent interruption of electricity. In some areas there is power connection. The Union Cabinet had approved the Rs 3,046 crore project nearly three years ago. The funds for the project was provided from the Universal Service Obligation Fund, a corpus being created by the government through raising the Universal Access Levy (UAL). The purpose of levying the tax is to provide telecom services in rural and remote areas as these areas generate lower revenue due to lower population density, low income and lack of commercial activity.
The states that were benefit from the project include Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra. In the first phase, the towers were installed in 35 worst Naxal-hit states and majority of them in Jharkhand — around 700 towers, sources said. More than 200 mobile towers were blown up in last few years in nine states by Maoists who claim that police were being tipped off about their movements and locations by informers through mobile phones. The idea was mooted after receiving complaints of poor mobile connectivity from security forces and people engaged in development projects in these states. The Ministry of Home Affairs was pushing for the installation of mobile towers in Naxal-hit areas since 2010. The absence of mobile services has made it tough for security forces to operate and get timely help in critical situations, leading to loss of lives in some incidents
Seven suspected Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Seven suspected Naxals, one of them carrying reward on his head, were today arrested from two separate places of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district. While six cadres were nabbed from the forests of Chintagufa police station area, another was apprehended from Chintalnar police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A composite squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite wing CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), District Reserve Group (DRG) and district force was carrying out a search operation in the interiors of Chintagufa, located around 500 kms away from here, the ASP said.
STF men poseas supplier of AK-47, arrest Red at Simdega
Patna: Two STF (Special Task Force) personnel have succeeded in arresting a Maoist self-styled sub-zonal commander at Simdega in Jharkhand by posing as suppliers of AK-47 assault rifles. Giving details, STF SP Shivdeep Lande said, “A team of special intelligence group (SIG) of STF went to Simdega posing as suppliers of AK-47 and managed to trap Jitendra alias Tiger. The STF has handed him over to the local police station and Bihar police will take him on transit remand.”
Jitendra alias Tiger is a resident of village Chapari under Obra police station area in Aurangabad district of Bihar. He is sub-zonal commander of Aurangabad-Bhojpur sub-zone of the Red outfit. He is accused in over two dozen cases under Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other laws in both Bihar and Jharkhand. Sources said the two STF officials were in touch with Jitendra for a long time The rebels are in need of arms and ammunition as several joint operations of Bihar and Jharkhand police are going on simultaneously, due to which security forces are engaging them in encounters.
Police seize CPI Maoist posters before CM vists West Midnapore.
CPI (Maoist) in Bihar issues bandh call denouncing police arrest and torture of legal democratic activists. Observes that recent encounter killings were in fact executions by police.
— Comrade Anu
[Comrade Anu is a woman member of the Purulia-Bankura-Midnapur Zonal Committee, While talking to us during an interview she narrated her colourful experiences gathered in the struggles in Belphari, in Midanapur district in West Bengal]
Peoples March: Belphari now stands out as a model to the revolutionary masses in West Bengal. What initiatives have you taken to organize the people and launch struggle there?
Com. Anu: I had gone to Belpahari. Since our entry into Belpahari we started discussion with the village people concerning various problems. We started giving suggestions. The local people started talking to us about their problems with enthusiasm. We then noticed that the livelihood of the people to a great extent revolves round procuring Kendu leaves. We felt that if the movement against low-wages could be initiated then it was likely to lessen the financial stress to an extent. There remained other problems too, as for example, regarding the cord spun out of babui grass, low level of wages (Kami Majuri). However, we first organized a mass movement for suitable wages for Kendu leaves. We formed the peasant front committee with the people rallying over the demand for raising wages for procuring Kendu leaves. We carried on extensive propaganda and organized movement. In many places the contractors too conceded to our demand.
In many places the CPI(M) tried to crush this movement and persuaded the people into believing that ‘Naxalites are hatching a conspiracy to put a stop to the Kendu leaves business; etc. Through all this the real face of the CPI(M) got unveiled.
P.M. What problems have you faced to rally the masses in the areas where the CPI(M) and other Jharkhandi parties are active?
Com. Anu: The area where we started our propaganda first faced the strong presence of the Jarkhand organisations and the CPI(M). We faced attacks from both sides. We were attacked by the Jharkhand organisation in Shimulpur while in Banshpahari – Bhulabheda the CPI(M) launched attacks on us. For example, when a three-member team of ours was carrying on propaganda, a gang of 10 JKP activists fell upon us in an inebriated state, shouting threats to us. When we firmly faced than they beat a retreat. While leaving, they said threateningly, “Nobody shall be allowed to practise party politics here other than that of the Jharkhand Party.” We also replied, “We must fearlessly propagate our politics in all the areas!”
In Banshpari area too the CPI(M) fell upon us. A woman leader of the CPI (M) women’s organisation tried to hand me over to the police. I could only escape arrest after taking shelter in a house with the help of an elderly woman of the village. However, the police came and collected my name. The very next day we rallied the entire village masses, issued threats to that CPI(M) woman and gave her a mild punishment. The villagers also raised slogans against the woman.
In reality, the economic crisis of the Belpahari people is so acute that they are always bitter with all the parties mired in electoral politics. They were searching for an alternative. They found that alternative path in our politics. Besides that, we organized a large section of the masses through the movements on the issues of Kendu leaf, babui cord and wage-rise.
After the Bansphari incident, the CPI(M) organized some attacks on us. In retaliation, when we offered counter-resistance they beat a retreat and became dependent on the police. In a similar way, we had to take a counter resistance campaign programme against the attacks of the Jharkhand Party in Shimulpal. All such incidents teach us that it is struggle alone that is the determing force to break the deadlock in the people’s movement.
P.M: The CPI(M) say ‘In West Bengal democracy exists, here is no need for armed struggle’. Then on what grounds have you taken up arms?
Com. Anu: If you want to see the real face of the CPI(M)’s democracy, you have to go to the backward villages. Come to Belpahari, Lalgarh, Shalbani areas to see for yourselves the picture of repression let loose by the B.S.F/C.R.P.F on the people demanding two morsels of food of the government. You will see how people are being framed in fake cases and sent to jail. It is such a democracy where the opposition leader Mamta Bandhopadhaya too is forced to say that without arms power can’t be captured. It is such a democracy that the leader of mass killing in Chhoto Angaria, Mr. Tapan Ghosh, is appointed the CPI(M) Zonal Secretary and District Committee member. The police allows him to go scot free, so does the CBI. It is such a democracy over here where a minority section in the CPI(M) Zonal Conference capture the committee at gun point.
Is it possible to establish democracy in the state without taking up guns where the gun alone matters?
P.M. As a woman district committee member you have gone to lead the masses, what sort of response have you received?
Com. Anu: In this patriarchal society it is the men who want to keep the women under them using their domination. It is the reality of the society. But communist ideology teaches women to be at par with their men. Yet still now the influence of patriarchy is noticed in the communist party. Now women are emerging as leaders fighting against this trend. Among the masses in the area the problem was quite evident initially but later it got reduced to a great degree. Now generally the acceptability has greatly enhanced. Yet, socially speaking some problems are still there. In fact, the more the struggle has intensified, the more have I received acceptability. There was a problem as regards accepting me as a leader. It was particularly in the middle class families. Comparatively speaking such a problem is much less with the families of toilers. Even the women too are not free from such a wrong trend. In the minds of the women of middle class families such a trend is greatly perceptible.
P.M. What sorts of initiatives are you taking to organize the women with an eye to the specific problems of this area?
Com. Anu: We have not been able in that sense to take specific problems of women in the area. We have not been able to build up any women’s organisation as such. Some primary steps were taken to celebrate the occasion of 8th March along with some other programmes. In the area women’s villages committees were also formed. Generally speaking, women have played a very good role in peasant movements. It is the women who have taken special initiative in wall writing, propaganda campaign, resisting police terror, etc. In some villages it is the women who have taken upon themselves the duty of supply food and other necessities to the squads.
Now at this moment, a good number of women are working as squad members. Right at this moment among the professional revolutionaries of Bihar-Jharkhand-Orrissa border region one third are women. A good number of women comrades have been imprisoned. In the families in which the male members are in jail it is the women members who have been shouldering all their family responsibilities, simultaneously with extending various types of help and cooperation to the Party. Though the CPI(M) indulges in tall talk on women’s freedom, whenever the women plunge into struggle it sends them to jail.
If the struggle does not develop it remains a great problem for the women to participate in the movement overcoming the hindrances of the patriarchal society. The struggle is still in a weak state; this situation will undergo a change for the better with the development of the struggle.
P.M. The incident at Bandwan is a milestone for the revolutionary movement of West Bengal. What sort of change has come up in the situation after this incident?
Com. Anu: The Bandwan ambush was the first resistance against the ruthless methods adopted of crushing the struggle undertaken, by the CPI(M) in cahoots with the state machinery, since the process of developing the struggle started. This incident has brought back great confidence in the minds of the people. Discussions kept going on among the masses that the Party is able to cope with the police terror and that revolutionaries never do any harm to the common people other than their hated enemy. All the conspiracies of the Police and the CPI(M) primarily failed. After that the people’s resistance campaigns in Daldoli, Lalgarh, Kankrajhor have boosted the morale of the people further.
However, after such incidents, the deployment of para-military forces has increased manifold. Police raids and combing operations have also increased many times. The Buddhadeb government in league with the central government, has now been trying to set up a police raj in those areas. Yet the state machinery now-a-days fails to create fear in the minds of the people as before.
P.M: What message do you like to send to the oppressed women as a woman leader of the Communist Party?
Com. Anu: Women can be free from all types of exploitation only in a communist society. So integrate the women’s movement with the movement for the emancipation of the whole society. Participate in class struggle breaking loose the narrow social barriers. Lead the struggle against patriarchy being armed with a correct scientific outlook.
People’s March Volume 6, No. 5, May 2005
Four Naxal sympathisers arrested
Four Naxal “sympathisers” were today arrested from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit district of Dantewda for their alleged involvement in torching of vehicles and digging of roads in the region, police said. The alleged Naxal sympathisers identified as Histaram Bhogami, Budhram Bhogami, Malla Midiyami and Gagru Bhaskar, were arrested from Dantewada police station limits, Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.
They were allegedly involved in damaging and torching of vehicles at an under-construction poultry farm at Murki village under the police station last year, the SP said. Besides, they were also part of the teams that carried out several Maoist incidents like putting up posters and banners, blocking roads and arranging meetings for Naxals in the area, he said. Their interrogation may reveal crucial details about other Naxal supporters operating in the region, he added.
Maoists, security forces exchange fire in Aurangabad
Aurangabad: All the police stations in the district have been put on high alert following heavy exchange of fire between the Maoists and security forces near village Pachrukhiya under Madanpur police station in Aurangabad district Monday evening. The security personnel were engaged in combing operation when the Maoists opened fire at them. The security personnel returned the fire. Aurangabad SP Babu Ram said no one was injured in the encounter and “the search operation was still going on”.
Police sources said a group of Maoists had assembled near the village to chalk out some plan, but timely intervention of security forces forced them to move away. A month back, four Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter near village Bannua under Dhibra police station area of the district. Four sophisticated weapons, including one AK-47, was recovered from the site. Later, CRPF DG Prakash Mishra had rushed to the spot and issued directives to carry out more anti-Maoist operations. The Maoists had threatened to take revenge from security forces engaged in anti-Naxalite drive. A senior police officer said security had been intensified as 16 out of 29 police stations in the district are Maoist-hit.
Maoist vows to pay heed to public voice on Sanjit’s killing
IMPHAL, February 7: Pointing out that silence on part of the public and frontal civil society organizations on Sanjit’s killing in a staged fake encounter despite the sensational confession of Head Constable Th Herojit on the killing is the most unfortunate occurrence in the history of the State, the armed Maoist Communist Party, Manipur appealed to student’s, women’s, human rights, civil society, non-governmental organizations, democratic forces, political parties and individuals to not remain mute spectator to the case.
According to a statement signed by Comrade Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity and Propaganda of Maoist Communist Party, Manipur, the brave confession of the killer cop on the killing wherein he revealed the hidden truths of the fake encounter which came as a shocker to the people should not went in vain. State journalists had courageously done their responsibility in the case for the sake of truth. Now is the time for others to do its part. In doing so, no one should feel fear and reprisal as the head constable had unearthed the fake encounter through local and national media, the outfit said. The statement said if the public prefer to stay silent on the case despite the killer cop’s confession then what will the people of other countries think about the communities of the State.
The outfit vowed to pay heed to public voice over the fake encounter case. Public leaders ought to response firmly on the fake encounter case carried out in broad daylight at BT Road on July 23, 2009. Now the public have started questioning whether there are not competent leaders of democratic organizations as there had not been substantial movement against the killing despite the head constable’s confession, it stated. Contending that inability of public leaders to work according to wishes of the people is clearly palpable, the outfit said it wants to break the silence on the killing case. It asserted that time has come for the public to launch joint movement to ensure that all those involved in the killing get punishment for their inhuman deed committed.
Police Refuse to File FIR After Attack on Journalist in Chattisgarh
The attack on the residence of a journalist based in Jagdalpur in Chattisgarh and the subsequent police inaction has been sharply criticized by journalists’ organisations. The Network of Women in Media India in a statement strongly condemned the shocking attack on the residence of Malini Subramaniam, correspondent for the news site Scroll.In. “The continuous attempts to intimidate and threaten her into silence must immediately stop and those responsible must be brought to book,” the NWMI said. Scroll.in had reported that a group of around 20 persons had come to her residence on Sunday evening and shouted slogans such as ‘Naxali Samarthak Bastar Chodo. Malini Subramaniam Murdabad’ (Naxal supporter, leave Bastar. Death to Malini Subramaniam).
“Hours later, in the early hours of Monday morning, stones were hurled at her home, shattering the rear glass of her car.” Later in the morning, the Chhattisgarh police on Monday refused to file a First Information Report in the incident. According to a Scroll.in report, the police refused to do more than accept her written complaint. The city superintendent of police Deepmala Kashyap told Subramaniam and her laywer Isha Khandelwal that she could not file an FIR without the approval of the district superintendent of police, who was not in his office.
CRPF KILLED 40 NAXALS, LOST 5 IN 2015
Better intelligence and emphasis on small team actions are paying dividends to the CRPF which had improved violence parameters last year. CRPF, the lead Central agency for anti-Naxal operations, recorded just five deaths in 2015 while its personnel eliminated 40 ultras. In contrast, the casualty figure of CRPF personnel in 2014 was 50 and it could kill just 24 Naxals. The number of paramilitary personnel injured in the Naxal theatre in 2015 also registered a downward spiral with 91 jawans sustaining injuries during the year as compared to 126 men getting injured in 2014.
Out of the five CRPF personnel killed in 2015, three were martyred in Chhattisgarh and two in Bihar and Jharkhand recorded a zero casualty figure. The apprehension of the ultras also improved marginally in 2015 in contrast to 2014. While 998 ultras were apprehended in 2015, the figure for 2014 stood at 987.
Bihar: Maoist Retreat
..The battle against the Maoists is, however, far from over, as reflected in recent incidents. More worryingly, the Maoists continue to enjoy some mass support, as displayed in the January 30, 2016, killing of a Policeman by Maoist sympathizers. Earlier, on October 26, 2015, a Special Auxiliary Police trooper, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, was beaten to death and six other Policemen, including a Station House Officer, were injured when villagers attacked a Police team which had gone to arrest a CPI-Maoist cadre at Kushmahat village under the Nima Chandpura Police Station limits in Begusarai District. Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar disclosed that the villagers started hurling stones at the Police team and freed the Maoist and that the Police opened fire in its defence.
The Maoists also issued five bandh (shut down strike) calls on different issues in 2015, in comparison to three such calls in 2014. The May 24-25, 2015, bandh was the most violent. 32 trucks were set ablaze by CPI-Maoist cadres on the busy Grand Trunk Road in Gaya District. Media reports indicated that life in major parts of the Sherghati Sub-Division of Gaya District, particularly Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar and Raushanganj Police Station areas, came to a standstill as CPI-Maoist cadres got markets, road transport, banking services and Government offices closed. The Maoists were protesting the killing of Urmila Ganjoo alias Sarita, a member of the Bihar-Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee, by the SFs on May 17, 2015…
..Despite SF successes, the presence of low-grade violence suggests that the Maoists still wield significant residual strength in the State. Consolidating the gains of 2014, SFs have succeeded in containing Maoist violence even further in 2015, and early trends in 2016 augur well. The Maoists are down and this provides an opportunity to the SF personnel to strengthen their position against the rebels.
Teachers quizzed on Maoist links
Bhagalpur/Patna, Feb. 7: Tension ran high at Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) after two of its teachers, including the proctor, were detained for interrogation on Sunday morning for alleged Maoist links. Police, however, released the duo late evening. Around 6am, Bilakshan Ravidas and Kapil Dev Mandal were lodged in the police haazat (lock-up) of the University police station, triggering a demonstration by a section of teachers and students in front of the police station.
Hailing from Banka, Ravidas is a senior teacher in the postgraduate department of history and also holds the post of proctor, which entails maintaining law and order on the university campus. Mandal works as a guest teacher at the Murarka College in Sultanganj, which is affiliated to TMBU. Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Kumar said there was sufficient evidence to show the duo’s Maoist connections. “Evidences were recovered during the search of their residences,” he added. Inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur zone) B.S. Meena said the teachers were not arrested. “The police are quizzing them to verify certain information found from some Maoists arrested earlier,” he told The Telegraph over phone from Bhagalpur.
The SSP, however, said the police seized Maoist literature from Ravidas’s official residence in Bhagalpur town. The police also summoned Arjun Paswan, a guard of a hostel of Murarka College, for questioning, he added. The SSP said no firearm was recovered during the police raid. The duo’s detention followed the interrogation of a Maoist, Ghanshyam Das, arrested from Banka district recently. An investigating officer said that Ghanshyam had told his interrogators that the proctor was associated with a Maoist sleeper cell.
One Maoist operative killed, one arrested
A Maoist operative has been killed after a five-hour gun battle between a group of Left Wing Extremists and the Police near Chatro-Chatti village in Bokaro district, the police said today. A woman Maoist of the group, identified as Lalita alias Sunita, was arrested, Bokaro Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh told reporters here. The encounter began around 7 PM last night and lasted till around midnight near the village situated in the foothills of Jhumra hills, Ramesh said adding, the Police were trying to establish the identity of the dead extremist. Two rifles, bullets, blankets and medicines were recovered from the encounter site, he said.
20 kg landmine recovered during anti-Maoist operation
A powerful landmine was recovered by the security personnel during a search operation on Pratappur-Gajwa main road under Pratappur police station area in Chatra district today, the police said. Acting on a tip-off, Superintendent of Police, Anjani Kumar Jha said a special search operation led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Ops) Ashwini Mishra was launched on Monday. The security personnel comprising of CRPF and District Armed Police stumbled on the explosive planted underneath the Pratappur-Gajwa main Road, he said adding the landmine weighed 20 kg. A bomb disposal squad of the CRPF rushed to the spot to defuse the explosive, he said. Jha said the landmine was planted by the CPI(Maoists) to target the security personnel on anti-Maoist campaign.
Six Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Six Naxals, three of them carrying cash rewards on their heads, were on Monday arrested from separate places in the insurgency-hit Bastar division of Chhattisgarh, police said. “Two hardcore Naxals, including a woman, were apprehended from Dantewada district,” a senior police official said. Of them, Shyam Lal, who was a CRC (central regional command) ‘company’ III member of Maoists, was rounded up from the forests in Faraspal police station area by a joint team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and a squad of local police, he said. Lal, a prominent cadre of the region, had executed several major Maoist incidents on the bordering areas of Chhattisgrh and Odisha.
He had played a crucial role in the attack on elite Greyhounds force at Balimela reservoir in Odisha’s Malkangiri district killing 40 personnel (2008), the official said. “Similarly, another dreaded member of military company no. 1, identified as Shanti, was nabbed from her native place Masapara under Bhansi police station limits, when she had come there to meet her family members,” the official said. Both, Lal and Shanti were carrying a reward of rupees eight lakh each on their heads, he added. In another operation, three rebels were arrested by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from Bhusaras village under Gadiras police station limits of the neighbouring Sukma district.
Security forces had launched a combing exercise in the interiors of Gadiras, located around 450 kms away from the state capital. “While cordoning off the outskirts of Bhusaras, they spotted three suspects who were trying to escape from the spot but arrested after a short chase,” he added. The arrested trio was identified as Sodhi Joga (28), Madkami Joga (30) and Madvi Deva (25), he added. They were involved in incidents of torching vehicles, cutting roads and putting up Maoist banners and posters, he said, adding that Rs. 2,000 was announced for the arrest of Joga. Besides them, a cadre- Kishore (27) was held from Katgaon village under Partapur police station limits, the police official added.
Notes from a jail cell
Jails are meant to be places where people are confined as punishment for crimes. But, according to this inmate, women prisoners are treated differently — and worse — than men
Angela Sontakey is a prisoner in Byculla jail. Allegedly a Maoist, the former sociology professor was arrested and incarcerated in April 2012. She was previously lodged at the Nagpur Central Jail and Gondia sub-jail before being moved to Byculla. Last year, she went on a to protest the proposed installation of CCTV cameras in the women’s cell area. In a handwritten interview to The Hindu , mediated by her lawyers, she speaks of conditions inside the jail and problems faced by women prisoners. She cautions, “I am writing from my limited access, experiences and understanding.” Her responses have been lightly edited for clarity.
NSG to hold international seminar on Counter IED strategy
The National Security Guard (NSG) will conduct a two-day international seminar on ‘Counter IED Strategy’ in Manesar. The event has been organised in the backdrop of increasing threat of Maoist extremism. The seminar will be held between February 10 and 11 and would be attended by national and international experts of police and armed forces who will exchange expertise, ideas and experiences. Besides the delegates from leading security agencies of the country, experts from the US, Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam will also attend the seminar.
Tribals Protest Police Action
RAYAGADA: More than 200 Dongria Kondhs under the banner of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (NSS) on Sunday locked Munikhol gram panchayat office in Muniguda block protesting police action against them. They submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through Muniguda BDO Rajib Behera. In the memorandum, they alleged that the district police and CRPF jawans are torturing innocent tribals in the name of Maoists at Niyamgiri.
“When we are organising any developmental meeting in the hill area, the security forces are attacking us suspecting us to be Maoist supporters,” they alleged. They demanded that the district administration should intervene in the matter. They also demanded inclusion of all Dongria Kondhs of the district under National Food Security Act (NFSA). Tribal leaders Dadhi Pusika, Dasu Kadraka, Sashi Kadraka, Subash Kulesika and members of NSS were present.
Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of CPI-Maoist issues press release on fake encounters staged by police in Bastar between September 26 2015 and January 4 2016. Condemns police practices of sexual assault and black propaganda.
Media report summarizing statement in Hindi here
Bhagalpur University professor arrested in Bihar on suspected Naxal links
Patna: A professor at the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, also known as Bhagalpur University, has been arrested on suspected Naxal links. Bihar Police have arrested Dr. Bilakshan Ravidas, who is also proctor of the University. Dr. Ravidas is a noted Dalit scholar and has also contested elections as an independent. According to sources, it emerged that the Naxals who were arrested on Saturday took his name. It is also learnt that the professor was involved in Naxal activities in the area. The investigations are on in the case and the police are probing the Naxal angle to ascertain the truth.
Maoist rebels warn against revival of Salwa Judum in Bastar
RAIPUR: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed the police was trying to revive a “Salwa Judum” like movement in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh by backing few people to organise rallies and protests against the Maoists in the region. The rebels have warned retaliatory peoples’ action against what they described as “Salwa Judum-II”. In pamphlets circulated in different parts of tribal Bastar region, the state and the police had floated different outfits in the name of Bastar Vikas Sangharsh Samiti and Samajik Ekta Manch to organise rallies and protests against the revolutionary movement. It said the police has unleashed a propaganda that it would observe this year as “Mission 2016″ to eliminate the Maoists.
The Maoists maintained that those were now in the forefront of such rallies and protests were also part of controversial Salwa Judum, an anti-naxalite movement that took place in Bastar between 2005 and 2008. The Maoist pamphlet said the security forces have unleashed terror in the tribal region and were committing atrocities on the poor tribals in the name of anti-naxal operations. The Maoists reiterated that the action by the security forces were in fact aimed that parting Bastar’s vast natural resources to the corporates.
Border security beefed up after Maoist threat
PALAKKAD: Security has been beefed up in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border areas near Anakatti check post in Attapadi Hills in the wake of reports that some Maoists groups were seen in the area recently. Police and forest department of both states have also conducted joint combing operations in the border regions. The Tamil Nadu police is learnt to have received information that Maoists hiding in Attapadi forests have moved to Thondampudur forest area of Tamil Nadu, crossing Varadimala forests in Kerala border. Tamil Nadu police have also put up police pickets at Mankara and Anakatti to check vehicles coming from Coimbatore to Attapadi and also vehicles going from Palakkad to Coimbatore.
They have also employed women armed police personnel for conducting vehicle checks. Recently Tamil Nadu has set up five new check posts in addition to their existing 10 check posts in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. In the new Anakatti and Mulli check posts Tamil Nadu has posted 10 constables each, headed by a sub inspector. In the remaining three check posts of Puthur Colony , Mullakundu and Chavadiyal, seven constables headed by a sub inspector are posted. They have also posted 100-member strong Special Task Force police for observation at Makkara, Athikadavu and Pilloor Dam areas to prevent the Maoists from Kerala moving to Tamil Nadu areas through the forests.
Maoists Remanded in Jail
KOCHI: Maoist leaders Roopesh and Anoop were produced before NIA court in connection with a case related to attack on civil police officer at Vellamunda in Wayanad. The court remanded the duo to Coimbatore Central Jail till March 5. Roopesh is the first accused and Anoop the seventh accused. The police had arranged tight security cover in wake of the duo being produced at the NIA court. On April 24, 2015 Roopesh and three unidentified women trespassed into civil police officer A B Pramod’s house, trained their guns and threatened to kill him. The team asked Pramod to resign from his job. They also set afire his motorcycle, causing a loss of around Rs 30,000.
Left-wing Extremism Major Issue Faced by Police: Ramesh
KOCHI: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here on Saturday that left-wing extremism was the major issue faced by the police in the state. Chennithala was speaking at the statewide launch of ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Clubs’ organised by the Kerala State Legal Service Authority in association with Kerala Police. The state government is taking steps to address the social issues behind the growth of left extremist activities before using weapons on them.
The RSM Montreal was present at the ‘’Fucking Big Night Demo’’ on December 18th. This anticapitalist demonstration was called by the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal Student Association for Free Tuition, a student group at Old Montreal Cégep, in a context of ruthless cuts to public services by our parliamentary bourgeoisie. The dogs of capital had also severly repressed two night demonstrations in the preceding weeks, sending one comrade demonstrator to the hospital by hitting her with their batons.
Pumped up, Montreal’s police was determined to brutally suppress this third demonstration. Their tactics: undercovers and agents provocateurs, who wholeheartedly attacked demonstrators and bystanders. Examples of police brutality include the case of a comrade who suffered a concussion and several other injuries at the hands of undercover cops she had recognized. Another demonstrator suffered a similar fate, beaten up and robbed by the police after the demo. His crime? Taking pictures of police infiltrators. Somebody else, a passerby, was threatened and assaulted by undercovers. An underage comrade was shot at point-blank with a rubber bullet, breaking his hand. The infiltrators also had weapons, one of them pointing his firearm toward a group of protestors while threatening to shoot.
Despite all this, the protest was able to make its way for a remarkably long time considering the circumstances, under tear gases and a helicopter’s watchful eye. However, a combination of the riot squad attacks, undercovers’ perturbations and the absence of a banner at the head of the demo ended up undermining the cohesion of the protest, allowing the cops to make targeted arrest of those deemed ‘’dangerous’’, meaning the more politically organised or clearly anticapitalist. The violent arrests were made during a long period in isolated contexts. The police followed demonstrators out of the demo and on the sidewalks.
The RSM contingent, after having been separated from the crowd, was pursued by bike police, eventually crossing the path of several ‘’comrades’’ with suspicious behaviors. At least two of them had earpieces and we have strong reasons to believe that they were all agents provocateurs. The arrest of our group was made on the sidewalk of a secondary street, and came with violent blows with batons and bikes (strangely, our new ‘’comrades’’ had mysteriously disappeared by that time…). It was brutal: verbal abuse, racist, sexist and homophobic slurs, comrades injured at varying degrees of severity. Some of our arrested are part of the 11 that suffered criminal accusations during this demo and had to spend the night in dirty, full of piss cells, getting interrogated by pigs. These 11 are now having to cope with the stress of court dates, release conditions, lawyer fees and a possible incarceration
The MER-RSM declares its solidarity with all the arrested and injured of December 18th and all victims of bourgeois political repression. The police seems to have changed tactics: unhappy with the results of 2012 style mass arrests, it now infiltrates itself in demonstrations to destroy them from the inside. But despite police numbers and their dishonest tactics, the masses inventivity will always be able to rout them. All that is left is to want to win. Even if we suffer repression, we must not fear the police: if it always tries to divide us, it is because it knows that it can do nothing against a numerous, united and combative mass. We must not forget that masked riot squads are nothing but the weapons of a bourgeoisie nervous of the anger of the masses. The escalating repression is the proof that we are scaring them. Their nightmares are our dreams and it is up to us to organise so they can become reality.
Dare to struggle, dare to win!
Drop the political accusations!
United and armed, we shall overcome!
Police sound alert in Bihar
Patna: Following some recent successful operations against Red rebels, security forces are taking precautionary measures to thwart any damage attempted by the Maoists. All the Red-hit districts have been put on high alert. A police sub-inspector of 2009 batch, Bhavesh Kumar, was shot dead allegedly by Maoists in Munger district on January 30 morning. He was posted at the Dharahara police station in the district and had gone for an anti-Red operation.
“Of late, we have got some major successes in anti-Naxalite operations, including the encounter death of Chirag Da, one of the top leaders of the outfit, in Jamui, five Red casualties in Aurangabad encounter, other arrests and busting of camps. But the death of the SI came as an eye-opener for us. We are conducting capsule courses (training of two-three days) on precautionary measures to be taken by the security personnel while going for anti-Maoist and other operations,” said IG, operations and STF, Sushil M Khopde. He added the Red rebels may strike back to take revenge. All the district SPs and the commanders have been asked to send their patrols only on foot, as per the standard operating procedure for Red-hit areas, and follow other precautionary measures on operation. In 2013, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) decided to stop the use of mine-protected vehicles (MPV) in left-wing extremism areas.
Sources said these vehicles were not ideal for jungle patrols. The improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are buried as deep as 20 feet inside the ground, making it difficult to trace them. When IEDs are blown off, jawans are killed inside the MPVs. At times, these vehicles are blown to pieces. Sunil Kumar, IG (HQ) said, “We are now focusing on basic precautionary measures in which the policemen get training during their service. They are supposed to wear bulletproof vest and helmet when on field.”
During the 2015 assembly election, policemen were given training on usage of security equipment. Such training courses are being revisited, as senior officials feel that the policemen on field are not taking the guidelines seriously enough, causing injuries. Bihar Police use bulletproof vest of NJJ III A category, which provide protection against most handgun threats as well as the threats of long-range arms.
Exchange of fire with Maoists in Odisha forest, explosives seized
Police today seized explosives and other Maoist articles after a combing operation in Dangirijori hill forest under Gochhapada police station limits in Odisha’s Kandhamal district. Acting on reliable information, police personnel began combing operation in the forest following which an exchange of fire ensued with the ultras late last night. Police raided the forest following information of presence of around 30 rebels camping in the hills. While the exchange of fire continued for over two hours, police seized huge cache of explosives and Maoist articles from the forest.
However, the members of the outlawed group managed to disappear under the cover of darkness. The cops seized eight IED packets, six detonators, batteries and other things from inside the forest this morning. Combing operation resumed this morning to nab the ultras.
● The Communist Party of Greece (marxist – leninist) salutes the thousands of people who demonstrated massively all over the country against the new anti-insurance assault that the government of SYRIZA-ANEL prepares under the orders of the imperialists of US and EU.
The 4th of February strike had very high percentages in both the private and public sectors. Along them there was mass participation of small businesses and farmers who also protested against the continuation of the policies of income plunder and tax assault.
● We condemn the state police repression that was evident throughout the city of Athens. Responding to the usual provocative acts of various “well wishers” the repressive police forces took the opportunity to drown parts of the demonstration with tear gas.
We imagine that the SYRIZA-ANEL government and the Labor Minister will feel justified since they can continue with renewed strength their “tough negotiations” now that the people rejected massively their proposals!
One thing is certain, that the people must continue their struggle more resolutely in order to:
►Overthrow the new measures and defend their rights to social security, pension and health care
►Reject the false dialog behind which hides a method of passing the new barbaric measures.
►Reject the logic of “exceptions” (and illusions) which is promoted by various group leaders.
►Reject the false statements of “support” by ND, PASOK and various other bourgeois systemic crutches, who wear their pro-people masks and seek to exploit the genuine and just rage of the people and workers in order to win back their lost political ground and return as “responsible” administrators, always of course for the system and against the people.
WE CONTINUE OUR STRUGGLE TO OVERTHROW THE ANTI-SOCIAL SECURITY ASSAULT!
In every labor union, in every work place, in every neighborhood!
● No to the new anti-social security measures!
● Social Security, pension and full, free health care for all!
● No to any raise on age limits!
● No to any reduction of pensions!
● Wage and pension raises!
● No to the unification of pension funds!
● Abolition of the anti-social security acts of PASOK and ND!
● No to the raise of social security contributions!
● Abolition of workers “contributions!
● No to the discrimination between Greek and foreign workers! Social Security and legalization of all migrant workers!
● Resistance and Struggle Front against old and new memorandums!
● Greece out of the EU! IMF out of Greece!
Proletarians of all countries unite!
On the occasion of the 122nd birthday of Chairman Mao
LONG LIVE MAOISM!
The international proletariat greets with great happiness and revolutionary joy the new anniversary of the birth of Chairmen Mao Tse Tung. We express our cordial greetings to our class and to the peoples of the world and reaffirm our great task of defense and application of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism and its complete validity as the command and guide of the world proletarian revolution.
Communists commemorate this date of the 122nd birthday of Mao Tsetung at a moment when humanity is traversing very complex scenarios, where imperialist aggression against oppressed nations and peoples especially in the major region of the Middle East has escalated to an unprecedented extent. This has led to a proliferation of conflicts of different types, with a major sharpening of the contradictions between the imperialist powers, in which they attempt to settle their positions in a new redivision [of the world], which has as its corollary the redoubled oppression, devastation, balkanization and instrumentalization of the occupied countries and peoples.
It was already stated by Gonzalo in 1992 and it remains valid today: “Today there is one reality, the same contenders of the First and Second World War are preparing a Third World War. We should know this and we, as the children of an oppressed nation, are part of the booty.” Today throughout the world particularly in Ukraine, Asia, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, there once more stands evidence of the reactionary and violent nature of imperialist voracity and not only are the oppressed countries the booty in the war between the imperialist powers and superpowers, but also a portion of the masses of the people are made into auxiliary armed forces of the imperialist armed forces; Fettered masses, who are trapped in armed conflicts which do not relate to their interests, ending up in some cases aligned with the imperialist armed forces of the US, France, Great Brittan, Russia, Germany, China, Holland, Italy, Canada, etc..Which serves the Yankee imperialists who aspire to maintain themselves as the only hegemonic superpower and to hold access and control over the most unstable regions of the planet leading to a unprecedented situation of oppression and exploitation, leading to a growth in the danger of a third world war to delineate their interests at the cost of blood and fire for the oppressed masses, to whom will fall the major share of useless sacrifice as a part of the imperialist genocide.
Against the danger of a new imperialist world war we uphold revolution as the main historical tendency and primary policy. Therefore to initiate and develop people’s war to make revolution and prevent the imperialist world war, or if it cannot be prevented, to oppose it with people’s war so as to transform it into revolution.
This confused alignment of the masses leads to struggles for interests alien to the historical needs of the people, which is due to a specific prior situation. The absence of a correct ideological and political leadership, a Communist Party which in its efforts to fight imperialism and its lackeys, unites all forces which can be united while maintaining the independence and integrity of the Party as established by Chairmen Mao.
The absence of proletarian leadership or as yet feeble attempts to fight for this leadership in the struggle of the Syrian, Iraqi and Kurdish people against imperialism and its violent offspring is reflective of the continuing crisis in the International Communist Movement, Where old style and new revisionism in its various forms, centerism, reformist opportunism and other bourgeois currents have infiltrated the ranks of the international proletariat.
Employing the revisionist discourse of the multipolar character of imperialism (a new version of Kautsky’s “ultra-imperialism”), the new opportunism pushes the class and the people to take a position on the side of Russian and Chinese imperialism, arguing that from this position it can join forces to stop the greed of US imperialism and its allies. Nothing could be more false then this, communists do not defend the existence of imperialism because we understand its origins and its nature and therefore we do not establish which imperialism is most kind to the oppressed peoples of the world, on the contrary we assert its definitive destruction, and only with this can there be decisive liberation for the peoples, especially now that we find ourselves in the stage of the collapse of imperialism and its sweeping away by the world revolution through people’s war (strategic offensive of the world proletarian revolution)….
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