Nine Naxals nabbed in Chhattisgarh
Nine Naxals were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division on Monday while the `martyrs week’ announced by the ultras hit normal life in the area. Seven Naxals were arrested within Dhaudai police station limits in Narayanpur district when they were putting up posters and banners early this morning, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told PTI. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force and district police were carrying out combing operations in Dhaudai forests, 400 km from here, when it spotted the Naxals near Maharabeda.
The Naxals were putting up posters, banners appealing to the people to observe the ‘martyrs’ week’. The arrested Naxals are: Ghanriam Salaam (25), Bajju alias Dhallar (40), Shankar Salaam (20), Sheetu Sori alias Kamlesh (22), Shankar Netam (26), Lachhan Salaam (25) and Roopji (28), all natives of Dudmi village, the ASP said. Pamphlets, posters and banners were seized from them. These men were allegedly involved in murders, acts of arson, attacks on police, etc, he added. Baju was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head while Shankar and Roopji were carrying rewards of Rs 5,000 each on their heads.
Another two Naxals were arrested in Kanker district of north Bastar. Chamar Singh Boga (30) was held from Bhanupratappur region while Shivlal Dugga was arrested in Siksod police station limits today, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said. Security has been beefed up in the Naxal-affected areas, particularly in all the seven districts of Bastar division — Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker — in view of the so-called ‘martyrs’ week’ of ultras, which started on Monday. Typically, Maoists undertake recruitment drives in this period, apart from organising meetings and cultural programmes, a senior officer said.
The week is suppose to commemorate their cadres killed in encounters with security forces. Pamphlets and posters appealing to people to take part in the martyrs’ week appeared in Kanker, Sukma, and Dantewada districts. Railways would not be running the Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train beyond Jagdalpur during the week. Commuters will have to take a bus to Kirandul from Jagdalpur. Goods trains would go beyond Jagdalpur only during daytime, a railway official said.
Maoist Menace: Police Baffled as Tribals do a Backflip
MALAPPURAM : The Maoist issue is posing a grave and ongoing threat in this forest region of the state and the police are lost in a dark abyss as tribes are showing reluctance in passing information to the police regarding the movement of armed persons. The police force engaged in tracking down the Maoists mainly depends on the information they receive from the tribal colonies. But recently the tribes have become quiet to the point of extreme reticence in informing the police about the the deadly Maoist presence.
The tribes were very willing and cooperative with the police in the beginning to give information and it was immensely helpful to the police to gauge the strength and nature of the armed gang. The tribes also helped them to identify the key members of the Maoist gang that has found refuge in the dense forest. The police officials are clueless about the current disenchantment of the tribes with the police and their sudden dedication and devotion to the Maoists.
They fear the gang members have succeeded in brainwashing the tribals and planted vicious ideas in their minds using the Maiost propoganda. “It is learned that there was a class in Vaniyambalam colony near Nilambur on July 18 by an armed group. But strangely, the police got the information only a day later. The gang had also distributed notices to all the houses in the colony. We fear that frequent meetings of the Maoists with the tribes would definitely impact them in a negative way which would have serious repercussions. The delay in providing tip-offs and reluctance to cooperate with police are examples of it”, said sources in the anti-Maoist force wishing to seek anonymity.
The tribes are also open in admitting the fact that the government has betrayed them by giving empty promises. “The Maoists are giving classes about the indifference of the government towards the tribal community. They have to some extent succeeded in creating an image that they are their saviour who would redeem them from their present misery and that the government is their enemy. It is relatively a simple task to convince the tribes, who are already depressed with the attitude of government, with such kind of fiery speeches. The situation in the colonies will prove that there are some truths in what the Maoists are saying. There are no proper houses, roads, drinking water and electricity facilities in the colonies. The development initiatives to be implemented in the colonies sadly depend upon the will, wish and interest of the officials. They do not even ask the tribes if their needs are met”, Chitra, a Mahila Samakhya Savini belongs to Kattunayakan tribe in Appankappu colony near Nilambur told ‘Express’. The tribes have are also started bargaining with the police to repay them for the favours they receive at their hands.
They demand proper roads, electricity, food, garments, etc from the police. It is suspected that influence of persons outside the colony have brought about this change in them. The tribes have no loyalty whatsoever, to outsiders including the police. They will support anyone offering money and lend a helping hand to them as long as help arrives from any quarter. They will listen to the police and also to extremist groups without any hesitation. But we do not expect that the tribes would join hands with them in the near future due to their inherent laziness”, Perinthalmanna DySP K P Vijayakumaran, who is in charge of the forest areas in Nilambur, said.
Ahead of Mamata’s visit Maoist leaflets found in Purulia
Kolkata: Ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Purulia district, about 50 Maoist leaflets and banners calling to observe martyrs’s week were found Monday in Purulia, police said. The Chief Minister’s visit to Purulia is scheduled July 30. “The leaflets and banners were found strewn on a roadside in Bandwan Monday. The security has beefed up,” said Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Nilkanta. The check posts bordering Jharkhand are also being monitored, he said.
Six new BSF camps planned to combat Maoists in Odisha
“We want at least two new permanent BSF camps each along Malkangiri-Chhattisgarh border along Sukuma, Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border under Pottangi police limits in Koraput district and border areas of Rayagada-Kalahandi districts,” IG of Police (south-western range) Y K Jethwa said on Monday. As no permanent security camps were there along Malkangiri-Chhattisgarh border, Maoists were trying to gain control over the area and had increased their movement and activities in the past few months. Similarly, to restrict the movement of Maoists in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts, two security camps had been planned along the borders of the two districts, he said.
In Koraput district, the Maoists have found new areas of operation under Pottangi and Nandapur police limits which shared boundary with Andhra Pradesh. “Cornered in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon, Maoists are now starting to build up their movement in interior parts of Pottangi police limits adjoining Andhra Pradesh. One BSF camp at Ampaballi and another at Pottangi would strengthen our fight against extremism,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
Maoist network likely to grow in Odisha’s Kandhamal district
Contrary to hopes expressed by the state government and police bosses, the Maoists are continuing with their activities and spreading their tentacles across Odisha’s Kandhamal district even after the eclipse of the Odisha Maobadi Party and the arrest of its founder Sabyasachi Panda. The Kandhamal SP Kunwar Vishal Singh concedes that the Maoist groups from outside the state (Andhra and Chhatisgarh) have been operating in certain pockets in the districtand that explains why the police and the security forces have been conducting combing and search operations in those areas on a regular basis. According to top Kandhamal tribal leader and lawyer Lamodar Kanhar, although Sabyasachi Panda had formed the Odisha Maobadi Party he was not involved in any kind of activity generally associated with the red ultras in the last two years. ”
There is no reason to believe that the Maoist activities in kandhamal will stop with Sabyasachi’s arrest. On the other hand, the Maoist cadres from Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh have made inroads to the interior pockets of the district during this period and are being assisted by their local leader Nikhil. The only reason why the poor are getting attracted to these extremist ideology is poverty and lack of development. Unless these issues are addressed, the government will never be able to contain naxalism in Kandhamal,” Kanhar said. According to rights activist Narendra Mohanty, who has been taking up the cause of innocent persons dubbed as Maoists and charged with fabricated cases, said sheer use of force will not help prevent the left wing extremists from spreading their base in Kandhamal. “The state government needs to solve the basic problems and issues that a vast majority of people in this backward region face while taking on the red brigade,” he points out.
Maoists Martyrs’ Week in Odisha hits bus service
Bhubaneswar, July 28: Buses and trucks stayed off the roads in parts of Odisha as Maoists on Monday observed the beginning of Martyrs’ Week in memory of rebel leaders killed by security forces, police said. Passengers had a tough time especially in the southern districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Nabrangpur as jeeps, buses and other public transport vehicles did not run, fearing attacks by the rebels. Operators have kept their vehicles off the roads to avoid trouble, said Akhileswar Singh, superintendent of police of the worst Maoist-hit Malkangiri district. “Security personnel have been deployed in strategic places. We have strengthened the intelligence gathering to prevent any untoward incident,” Singh told IANS.
Riot police with water cannon evict squatters
Since 5:00 am this morning the activists, who have been occupying most of a house in Mühlfeldgasse for over two years, have been preparing for their eviction by blocking the entrance to the house and the street with sofas and other bulky piece of furniture. Around 30 police cars and at least 200 police, some dressed in riot gear and gas masks, are at the scene and the entire street has been sealed off. Police reportedly had to use chainsaws to get through some of the barricades blocking the entrance to the house. Some journalists have not been allowed into the area, “out of concern for their safety”. Passers-by have had their bags searched. ORF journalist Petra Pichler reports that there are 1,700 police waiting to be called in if the situation escalates. According to informal police sources, one policeman was injured when a TV was thrown from one of the upper floors. The Nordbahnstraße has been shut to traffic between Praterstern and Darwingasse.
Cops fire water cannons on charging Sona protesters; no one hurt
MANILA, Philippines—The initially uneventful rallies at the State of the Nation Address ended violently after protesters stormed toward the police barricade, prompting authorities to douse them with red-tinted water. The “firing” of the so-called water cannons from four fire trucks lasted around 20 minutes after 5 p.m. Monday as President Aquino rounded up his speech. However, National Capital Region Police Office Director Carmelo Valmoria assessed the SONA protests as still peaceful. “Yes, despite what happened, I’d say the rally was generally peaceful,” the Task Force Kapayapaan commander said after the angry militants backed off and dispersed voluntarily.
The Task Force Kapayapaan had initially expected a peaceful dispersal after the program of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and its affiliates. Valmoria said there was no one injured and no one arrested in Monday’s conduct of the rallies. He justified the use of the water cannons, saying things could have been worse. “We allowed the protesters to hold their rallies the whole day, which they did peacefully. Then they try to breach the barricade,” Valmoria pointed out. Toward the end of the program, tension began rising as chants got louder and angrier, alerting anti-riot policemen to reform their ranks. As the lawmen beefed up their line, scores of militants charged at them, not minding the concrete barrier, steel fence and barbed wire that served as a first line of defense.
Yemen struggles towards fuel price reform as finances crumble
SANAA/DUBAI: A clampdown on state spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win public support before its biggest economic reform in years: higher fuel prices. But an angry public may not be won over. In the capital Sanaa, where roads to petrol stations have been choked for months by queues of cars waiting for scarce fuel supplies, the frustration is palpable. “I’ve been standing in line for six hours … By the time I arrived at the front of the queue, they told me there was no fuel left,” doctor Waddah Hashed said. “Our lives have become hell.” Taxi driver Mohammed al-Heemi has organised a group of his colleagues to exchange information on which pumps in the city happened to have petrol. “One day we work, the next day we stand in a queue. This has been our life for the past four months,” he said.
“It is obvious the government wants to persuade us of the need for the price rise, but the people cannot take this anymore.” “The people will go out … to bring down the government if the price of fuel is raised.” The public mood is a big risk for the government as it tries to shore up its rickety finances. One of the poorest countries in the Arab world, Yemen’s economy has always struggled, but political instability since the region’s Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 have left it particularly vulnerable. The government has been trying for more than a year to secure a loan of at least $560 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is pressing for reforms such as cuts in subsidies which keep down prices of petrol and other fuel. In the long run, reducing the subsidies would be good news for the state budget; they cost about $3 billion last year, or a third of state revenue.
Some of the money freed up by the reform could be used to increase fuel supplies, easing the shortages which anger the public. But the immediate impact of the reform would be to raise fuel prices for Yemeni consumers – potentially, a politically explosive step. A previous attempt by the government to cut subsidies in 2005 led to unrest which left some 20 people dead and over 300 wounded. The reform was cancelled. More civil unrest in the country of 27 million would feed into general instability which a range of anti-government forces could try to exploit, including al Qaeda-affiliated militants. “With something like fuel subsidies, there’s never a good time, so you have to look for the least bad time,” Jane Marriott, Britain’s ambassador to Yemen, told Reuters in May.
INDIA: Protest rally planned over jailed Maruti Suzuki workers
Maruti’s Gurgaon labour union has taken up the cause of for workers arrested two years ago during unrest at the company’s Manesar plant which resulted in the death of a senior manager. The Times of India reported that the incident in July 2012 had seen the Haryana government order a probe by a special investigation team even as the company went ahead and sacked nearly 500 of the 1,500 permanent workers at the Manesar plant. Police also rounded up several workers after the unrest and nearly 150 are still in jail. Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary of the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), told the ET that denial of bail is “unjust” and claimed that most of those arrested are innocent.
He said: “Two years have passed since the incident has happened and these workers are still languishing in jail. This is unfair and unjust. Many of them are innocent.” Workers plan a protest rally next Sunday and Jhangu said around 3,000 workers from Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon and Manesar facilities will attend to petition the state government to intervene in the matter.
Police In Astana Detain Women Protesting Land Confiscation
Police in Kazakhstan have detained five women protesting the confiscation of their property by the government. The women were brought to the Esil district police department in the capital, Astana, where they were told that their public protest was illegal as it had not been officially sanctioned by the authorities. They were released hours later. The women spent five days and nights in front of the government’s building, demanding to meet with the chief of the presidential office, Nurlan Nyghmatulin. The women say they want proper compensation for their property on the outskirts of Astana that was confiscated by the government for “state necessity.” They say land is often confiscated from people and used to build private homes for government officials or businessmen.
Man shot by B/A Police during protest
A man in the Brong Ahafo region was allegedly assaulted by the Police during Organized Labour’s demonstration in the region on Thursday. The victim, who was mistaken for one of the demonstrators, was reportedly shot by the Police during the protest. Speaking on Eyewitness News, the daughter of the victim, Madam Rose Donkor, confirmed the incident, saying, “my dad happened to be assaulted but wasn’t part of the demonstrators. He happened to be one of the individuals passing by and was hit by some of the bullets.” Narrating the incident, she stated that “my father went there [venue of the demonstration] waiting for me to bring him something and stepping out of his car, the bullet just went out into the air.” She stated that the Police were shooting at people indiscriminately during the protest. “They were just shooting irrespective of who was standing there…”
Ghana’s Eastern border was closed for several hours following violence that erupted in Togo
An eyewitness, who is also a policeman, Courage Azumah told Myjoyonline.com, Police clashed with some angry youth protesting the arrest of a young man said to be selling fuel on a table. It is not clear the reason for the arrest, but the youth who were unhappy with the arrest provoked the Togolese police by pelting them with stones. The police hit back by firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry youth. The youth resorted to burning tyres on the roads just across the Togo border.
The incident which began around 10:00 am, caused lots of inconvenience for traders, most of whom were prevented from crossing the border to Togo and vice-versa. Some traders who were desperate to cross the border to Togo were said to have used the Beach 9 end of the border and were made to pay monies to some border guards, another eyewitness reported. According to Azumah, both the Togo and Ghana borders remained closed for several hours as authorities attempted to restore calm in the area. Not until around 2:00 pm the the borders remained closed.
Two Feared Dead as Customs, Smugglers Clash
Ilorin Two people have been feared dead in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on Tuesday when men of the Nigeria Custom Service and suspected smugglers clashed over the alleged refusal to check their consignment. The incident according to THISDAY checks occurred at Binukonu motor park, Sawmill area, Ilorin. It was revealed that, the Customs men were on trail of a vehicle carrying suspected smuggled cosmetics products, including air fresh conditioners car perfumes into the city, having refused arrest. Sources said that the driver of the vehicle was thus chased by the men to Binukonu Motor park at Saw Mill area, where they exchanged gunshots.
The stray bullet allegedly fired by men of the Customs hit one of the members of the motorpark, leading to burning of used tyres at different areas of the town by colleagues of the dead person It was gathered that pandemonium ensued for several hours in the adjoining areas, like Gerin Alimi, Taiwo Road, as the violence lasted,
Colombia guerrilla group EPL wants to join peace dialogues
In an open letter to the peace negotiations, Colombia’s third largest guerrilla group, the EPL, announced its intentions to join the peace dialogues currently underway between the government and two other guerrilla groups. The Colombian guerrilla group sent a letter titled “Clamor for Peace” to the Colombian government declaring its intention to join in a peace process with the government, praising the recent announcement of peace dialogues from the second-largest rebel group, the ELN.
The letter, which appeared in Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper, praised the efforts towards peace, also calling on President Juan Manuel Santos to declare a bilateral cease fire. “We jointly insist [with the Colombian people], in the popular clamor for an immediate, bilateral cease-fire and the thorough application of International Humanitarian Rights to immediately detain the spilling of blood, and to increase credibility to a common agenda towards peace that does not involve government-guerrilla dialogues,” read the statement.
The EPL (Ejercito Popular de Liberación — Popular Liberation Army), currently Colombia’s third largest rebel group operating as a small dissident faction, was founded in the 1970s as a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group. The group slowly gained strength, but officially demobilized with several other guerrilla groups in the 1991 peace process.
Maoists gear up for ‘Martyrs’ week’ in Bastar
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) will observe a ‘Shahid Saftah’ (Martyrs’ week) from July 28 to August 2 in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. According to Dantewada district Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap, the martyrs’ week is a yearly ‘spectacle’ organised by the Maoists who build memorials in the interior areas in the remembrance of “their fallen comrades”. For over a week, the Maoists have been distributing pamphlets and putting up banners in different parts of Bastar appealing observance of the week.
On Saturday, the ultras stopped a train from Dantewada to Kirandul and pinned up a banner on the train calling people of Bastar to observe the martyrs’ week. “Remembering Comrade Charu Mujumdar and Comrade Kanhaiyya Chatterjee, we appeal to the masses to respect the ideals our comrades laid their lives for. Organize martyr meetings in all the villages and take the massage of our fallen comrades to the people,” read a banner put up by the Maoists’ near Bacheli town of Dantewada. The Maoists’ banner also appealed the people to “stop surrendering before police and fight to live with dignity” and added that the masses should “unite and fight against the BJP government’s capitalistic agenda”.
“The services of some of the passenger trains operating in Bastar, Jagdalpur and Dantewada area have been suspended for a week as a precautionary measure. Security forces are combing the core areas of the Maoists where they are usually active during the Martyr week,” Mr.Kashyap told The Hindu.
Maoist involved in killing of two CRPF personnel held in Munger
A hardcore Maoist allegedly involved in the killing of two CRPF personnel during the recently held Lok Sabha elections was arrested on Sunday from a forest area of Munger district in Bihar, police said. Arrested Maoist Bipin Mandal was a named accused in the attack on CRPF personnel in Munger on April 10 this year during the Lok Sabha elections in which CRPF personnel were killed, they said. Additional Superintendent of Police of Haveli Kharagpur, Ranjan Kumar, said Mandal was arrested from Gangta Mor under Kharagpur police station in a well-planned operation by the Bihar Police. The place falls under Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary.
“A sophisticated, automatic pistol and its magazine having 10 bullets were recovered from him. Apart from the attack on CRPF personnel, he was involved in a few other cases of violence as well. It’s a big catch for us,” said Kumar. The arrested naxal is a resident of Ghoghala village under Kharagpur police station and had been operating in the area for last several years.
Maoists ‘damage’ Essar Steel pipeline
Members of the banned CPI (Maoist) damaged a slurry pipeline belonging to Essar Steel, near Balapam of Chintapalli mandal, in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district on Saturday evening. According to one report, the Maoists blasted a portion of the pipeline, while the sources in the police said they damaged a portion of the pipeline. It was believed that militia members of Korukonda area had damaged the pipeline at some place with the help of crowbars and hacksaw blades, said a police officer, who is engaged in anti-naxal operation in the Agency area.
Another police officer, however, dismissed it as a rumour. “Whenever, the Maoists are not able to come forward, due to heavy combing by security personnel, they engage the militia members to take up such activities. The incident appears to be a show of strength, as part of their Martyr’s Week celebration that is schedule to commence on Monday,” he added Balapam is located about 30 km from Chintapalli mandal headquarter and is on the Andhra-Odisha border.
The pipeline was constructed by Essar Steel to transport iron ore from the Baladila iron ore mines to its pelletisation plant in Visakhapatnam. The 67-km pipeline passes through the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It is estimated that it ferries about 20,000 tonnes of iron ore in slurry form on a daily basis to the 8 million-tonne plant. Though the incident would impact the plant’s production, there are other sources of alternative transportation, which would take care of the plant’s requirement, till the pipeline is repaired. According sources in the police, the pipeline passes through thick forest, where the Maoist influence is pretty strong and this has been a regular feature.
State plan to sniff mining firm coffers
Ranchi, July 26: Assembly elections nearing, officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty and director general of police Rajeev Kumar have hit upon a dynamite of an idea to curb rebel landmines, that of monitoring if explosive devices that are legitimately available with mining companies in Jharkhand manage to reach wrong hands. Early this week, as grenades and arms were seized in Giridih’s Parasnath hills, Chakraborty and Kumar, then coincidentally in the same district as part of their two-day Santhal Pargana recce, decided it was high time to explore whether the explosives were pilfered from public sector majors BCCL and CCL. DGP Kumar revealed that a high-level meeting was likely anytime next week with controllers of explosives of the PSUs, officials authorised to hand over landmines and dynamite for blasting jobs and keep tabs on the inventory.
Not only is the job sensitive, it comes with enormous responsibility. Chakraborty will chair the meeting, the DGP added. “The agenda of the meeting is simple. We want to ensure no pilferage of explosives takes place from companies. Explosives shouldn’t reach wrong hands. We want to get all stakeholders on board in our fight against Naxalism,” Kumar told The Telegraph. “We will start surprise probes and audit record books of mining companies. We want facts and figures at our fingertips,” the DGP added. “Ahead of Assembly elections, it is imperative that we ensure safety measures and cleanse the limited Naxalite groups from the state,” he said, referring to violence during Lok Sabha polls.
Every mining company uses controlled explosions for rock and land blasting. According to the Explosives Rules, 2008, mining companies permitted controlled explosions must maintain records about their use and share them regularly with the Centre. But, it remains to be seen how many tiers of employees the explosives might pass and how, if at all, rebels could strike underhand deals to get hold of them. “Illegal pilferage of explosive items may well happen. Explosives meant for the internal use of mining companies may reach Naxalite forces, enabling them to make landmines, grenades and other ammunition,” said a senior policeman.
Acting on a tip-off on Monday, Giridih police recovered huge cache of large grenades, around 50 countrymade pistols, some 303 guns and about 15 rifles after a daylong operation in Parasnath hills. Police also busted a concrete bunker inside the hills. Chakraborty said border districts were vulnerable. “Rebels often shuttle between Bengal and Jharkhand, making Santhal Pargana as a whole sensitive. But the fear element is very high and there is a natural tendency among people not to cooperate with police, which is why local intelligence gathering suffers,” he said. He stressed on “almost a military-type operation with ground-aerial coordination” concentrating on certain tracts of land, sanitising them and moving ahead. “Dumka has a firm air base, which will help us,” he said. On Naxalite activities in Giridih, Chakraborty said some 45-50 hardcore rebels were led by one Ajay Mahto in Parasnath hills. “It is not a big group. We are concentrating on launching operations across the hill from all sides simultaneously,” he said.
Top Maoist leader arrested
Top Maoist leader Arvind Bachhar was today arrested following a raid at Baduria in North 24-Parganas district, police said. Bachhar, 45, was wanted in a number of cases including that of a major blast in Jhitka forest at Jhargram in West Midnapore district, Additional Superintendent of Police, North 24-Parganas district, Bhaskar Mukherjee, said. The Jhargram police had issued an arrest warrant against Bachhar who had his house at Baduria’s Magurkhali village. The Maoist originally hailed from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. Bachhar would be produced before a court at Basirhat today, the ASP said.
High alert in South Odisha as Maoists observe martyrs week from July 28 to August 3
Report by Kishore Dash; Bhubaneswar: With the outlawed CPI (Maoist) observes martyrs week from July 28 to August 3 . The Southern Odisha districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada have been put on high alert to prevent any untoward incident during the time. Security measures have been tightened across the Maoist hotbeds to avoid any untoward incident during the period. Special instructions have been issued to police stations and high-risk administrative offices located in Red zone of the districts to augment security cover, South Western Range IG office sources in Koraput said.
The police are taking all preventive steps to check the possible Maoist violence as the Intelligence inputs and the analysis of the previous year violence’s suggested the Maoists, besides targeting vehicles carrying security forces, could launch attacks on police stations across the Maoist infested districts, a top police official said. Though the security personnel remained alert and are collecting intelligence inputs about movements of the Maoists, incessant rains and overflowing rivers have hit anti-Maoist operations in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts. But our security forces are on high alert in view of the Martyrs’ Week,” he added.
The police seem to be determined not to allow the Maoists to conduct any programmes including the construction of memorial pylons in the interior areas and unveil them during the week, though they may not launch an offensive. Combing operations by the Border Security Forces, Central Reserve Police Forces, COBRA personnel’s, Special Operation Group commandos and District Voluntary Forces has further been intensified in these districts ahead of the Martyrs week.
But this year’s martyr’s week might be different in the wake of killing and arrest of Maoist cadres including Madhav in Malkangiri district and arrest of scores of cadres in other places. . Violent incidents might be witnessed on the border with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh where the Maoists are strong.
Maoists kill tribal man in Odisha
Bhubaneswar : Maoist guerrillas have killed a tribal man in Odisha by slitting his throat after accusing him of being a police informer, an official said Sunday. The murder took place in Koraput district’s Dasini village, over 500 km from here, Saturday night but the incident came to light Sunday morning after villagers found Kadrak Komana’s body. A group of Maoist rebels dragged Komana out from his home and killed him by slitting his throat, Inspector General of Police Yashwant Jethwa told IANS. Maoists believe he was a police informer. Komana, 40, was previously associated with Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha, an organisation linked to Maoists, he said.
Three Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Three Naxals were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said on Sunday. Based on specific inputs, two cadres were apprehended from Bande police station limits this morning, Kanker Superintendent of Police, RN Dash, told PTI. After getting information about the visit of ultras to their native place Mahlapara, located around 300 km away from the state capital, a team of local police was mobilised in the region.
After surrounding the village, the security personnel nabbed the duo, he said. Those arrested were identified as Maniram Kureti (35) and Mansa Nareti (35), he said, adding, they were involved in several incidents of crime in the region, including triggering blasts. In another incident, a cadre Radheshyam Darro (48) was arrested from restive Chowki region of the district last evening. A team of district force was on a combing operation in the forests of Chowki outpost, during which it nabbed the rebel from Kalwar village, Dash added.
Reds kill two ahead of Martyrs’ Week
KORAPUT: Maoists on Friday killed two persons, including a village headman, in Malkangiri district on charges of working as police informers, a day after special director general of BSF B D Sharma visited the district to take stock of ongoing anti-Naxalite operations ahead of Martyrs’ Week observed by the rebels. Each year, the Maoists observe the week from July 28 to August 3 to pay homage to their companions killed in police encounters.
On Friday early morning, a group of armed rebels swooped down on Badliguda village in Kalimela police limits around 2 am and dragged village headman Ganga Madkami and another villager, Deba Padiami, out of their houses and shot them. “They were beaten up before being shot from close range. Both of them died instantly. The bodies have been recovered and autopsy will be conducted,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
A Maoist letter recovered from the crime spot said the two was terrorizing people and working as police informers. “Ganga and Deba passed information to police on our organization. They terrorized our cadres in villages and used to urge them to surrender. Warnings were issued to them to mend their ways, but they didn’t pay heed to that. So, they were punished,” read the one-page letter written in Odia and signed by the secretary of Malkangiri Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Poonam Chandra.
Maoists disrupt Aadhaar enrolment in Odisha’ Malkangiri district
Armed Maoists on Friday abducted four enrollers from a Aadhaar camp in Malkangiri district, releasing them with a warning to stop the process, a senior official said on Saturday. Armed rebels on Friday stormed into a Aadhaar enrollment camp at Marigata village, over 750 kms from here, and took with them four enrollers, state director of census operations Bishnupada Sethi told IANS. The enrollers were released about six hours later with a warning to stop the enrollments in the area, he said.
The rebels however snatched laptop computers and obtained passwords from enrollers to access Aadhaar enrollments data of the region, Sethi said. The rebels through the enrollers have also sent a three-page letter asking that the enrollment drive be immediately scrapped. “We have suspended the Aaadhaar enrollment in the region after the incident,” Sethi said.
Bail refused to suspected maoist languishing in Madurai jail for a year
MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Friday denied bail to suspected maoist M Balamurugan who has been lodged at the Madurai Central prison for one year, after the ‘Q’ branch police strongly opposed his bail. When his petition came up before justice K Kalyanasundaram on Friday, the prosecution side told the court about the petitioner’s past action and if he was granted bail, he would escape from the country and would not cooperate with the investigation.
The prosecution told the court further that the special task force encircled the naxalites who stayed in a camp at Ramar Sugarcane grove behind the Palluthur Forest in Varusanadu region, after getting a tip-off on weapons training. After an exchange of fire, the team arrested five people including Balamurugan. The lower court in Theni released him on conditional bail in 2009 after it considered his two years stay in prison. But, he failed to oblige the conditions. He was on run for nearly five years. Thereafter, he surrendered at the judicial magistrate court in May 2013. Since then, he is in Madurai Central prison.
Arrest a drama, says CPI (Maoist)
KORAPUT: The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) has labelled the arrest of home-grown Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda as a state-sponsored drama. Ajay, a spokesperson of AOBSZC, through letters sent to the media in Rayagada on Wednesday, said soon after his expulsion from CPI (Maoist), Sabyasachi joined hands with the state government and formed the Odisha Maovadi Party to defame the original Maoist organization.
“Sabyasachi’s arrest is an eyewash. Since long Sabyasachi has been working on the direction of the state government and providing all necessary information against our organization to police,” the one-page letter written in Odia said. “In the name of encounter, police raid his hideouts. Sabyasachi has surrendered all looted arms to police. He had prepared grounds to get his men arrested in connivance with police. And now Sabyasachi’s arrest is part of well-knit plan to salvage his image.
A ‘NEW’ COUNTER-NAXAL ACTION PLAN – ANALYSIS
Days after the formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in New Delhi, contours of a new policy vis-a-vis Left Wing Extremism (LWE) remained a matter of speculation. Whether tough measures would replace the ad hoc ones and clarity would substitute confusion were commented upon. Some of the statements of the Home Minister and the Ministry officials in the early days following the formation of the government raised hopes that a policy change, if not the prospect of an immediate solution to the problem could be on the anvil.
However, the new 29-point Action Plan evolved by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for addressing the LWE challenge point towards the continuation of the past policies and does not indicate a radical departure from the approach pursued by the previous government. Three principal assumptions mark the new counter-LWE policy:
a. Security force operations must precede developmental initiatives
b. The Communist Party of India-Maoist’s (CPI-M) military capacities can be crippled by targeting its top leadership
c. Security force operations, with modest gains so far can be made effective by additional force deployment and augmenting intelligence collection.
While each of these assumptions are relevant, whether such measures can be implemented without broad-based security and governance sector reforms, remains a matter of debate. Ruling out negotiations with the CPI-M has been one of the most highlighted aspects of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statements in recent times. Speaking on 27 June, Singh, at the meeting of chief secretaries and Directors General of Police (DGPs) of 10 Naxal-affected states said, “There is no question of any talks now. We will take a balanced approach. But the forces will give a befitting reply if the Naxals launch attacks.”
Given that several past offers for negotiations have been rebuffed by the CPI-M, Singh’s statement aims to serve as a foundation for a primarily force-based approach to the LWE challenge. The new action plan involves a directive to the Intelligence Bureau to “infiltrate into Maoist ranks” and follow a specific policy of targeting the top leadership for neutralisation.
The Naxal-affected states have been advised to raise commando forces similar to the Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, 10 additional battalions of central armed police personnel are being deployed in Chattisgarh’s Bastar region by the end of 2014 for a renewed offensive against the extremists. The new policy further speaks of creating a series of incentives for “good officers” to serve in Maoist-affected areas by offering them monetary incentives and career benefits. All these measures, incidentally, have remained the MHA’s counter-LWE approach in the past.
None, however, achieved much success due to a range of deficiencies that include lack of ability as well as coordination between the central as well as state security forces and the intelligence agencies. Years since the LWE emerged as a major security threat to the country, both technical intelligence (TECHINT) as well as human intelligence (HUMINT) gathering mechanisms continue to suffer from serious shortcomings. There is an acute lack of enthusiastic participation of the state police forces in New Delhi’s overall design, that neither supplements nor aims to replace the central forces in countering the extremists.
The new plan is silent on the ways to remove such loopholes and make operations a principally state police-led initiative. Given the fact that state bureaucracy has remained mostly apathetic to restart governance in areas cleared by the security forces, policies need to go beyond the rhetoric of ‘posting of good officers’ in naxal-affected areas. In the previous years, evolving a national policy consensus on a challenge that affects at least 10 states has remained one of the main challenges for New Delhi.
The 29-point Action Plan falls short of addressing the problem. It merely exhorts the affected states to appoint nodal officers to increase coordination at the centre and asks the chief ministers and home ministers to visit the affected areas in their respective states to develop a favourable image of the government among the tribal population. In the absence of a reward system to make the non-conforming states fall in line with a central approach, such measures of improving coordination are likely to be met with lack of enthusiasm, if not resistance by the states ruled by non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties.
The current LWE situation is marked by scaled down violence by the extremists who understandably are into a consolidation mode after suffering some reversals. Recruitment activities still continue, so do the efforts to ideologically reshape the movement that seems to have deviated significantly from its original objectives and strategies. A tactical retreat of this nature often creates the illusion of victory among the policy makers…
Explosive and bomb making equipment recovered from Saranda
Jamshedpur: Explosives including five live bombs were recovered by the security personnel from the Saranda forest in Maoist-affected adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer today said. The recovery were made when security personnel of the 174th battalion of CRPF and District Armed Force were on anti-naxal operation ‘Dhanus’ in the jungles near Tirilposi under Jeraikela police station limits last night, said Additional Superintendent of Police (Chakradharpur), Alok Priyadarshi.
Priyadarshi said explosives for making bombs including codex and electric wire, safety pins, screws and welding machines were recovered in large quantities from the spot. Five live bombs were also recovered by the security personnel and were defused, he added.
Two held, arms recovered during Maoist bandh
GAYA: Two suspected Maoists were arrested and seven weapons including three country-made rifles and an equal number of country-made pistols were recovered during a joint operation conducted by the district police, STF and CRPF to thwart any sabotage and disruption during the bandh called by the Maoists to protest against the alleged police excesses and subsequent firing in Madanpur area in Aurangabad district. Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari confirmed the arrests and recovery of weapons.
One of the two arrested Maoists hails from Odisha. The arrested men have been identified as Suraj Aru and Suresh Prasad. In another bandh-related incident, Maoists blew up a mobile phone tower in Salaiya area in Aurangabad district. Life came to a near standstill in Dumaria, Imamganj, Raushanganj, Banke Bazar and part of Gurua police station area in Gaya district and Nabinagar, Deo, Amba, Kutumba and Madanpur area in the neighbouring Aurangabad district.
The bandh, as per reports reaching the divisional headquarters, was more effective in areas South of GT road compared to areas located to the north of GT road. In the Maoist-affected areas of Sherghati sub-division in Gaya district, all shops, educational institutions and nationalized banks remained closed. Movement of traffic in the Maoist-hit area was negligible as vehicles including two wheelers did not ply. According to Naxalite watchers, the Wednesday bandh was more pronounced compared to similar bandhs earlier enforced by the Maoists in recent times.
BSF top guns review situation along Odisha border with AP, Chhattisgarh
BSF Additional Director General B D Sharma and IG A K Sharma, accompanied by senior officers of the central para military force, today visited Malkangiri, the Odisha district worst affected by Maoism, and reviewed problems associated with Left Wing Extremism in the district and anti-Maoist operations in the backdrop of the arrest of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. ADG BD Sharma and IG AK Sharma, who arrived at the MV 3 camp of the BSF by a special helicopter, discussed and reviewed Maoist activities and anti-Maoist operations in the remote bordering district with Malkangiri SP, SDPO Malkangiri, Commandant BSF and several other senior officers.
Sources said the closed door meeting focused, among other things, on a special strategy to deal with situations arising out of any possible untoward incident unleashed by the Andhra Odisha Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) and Maoist groups from bordering Chhattisgarh in the backdrop of the arrest of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. The meeting decided to intensify patrolling by BSF along the district’s border with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to keep a check on infiltration of Maoists from these states apart from issuing high alert in these areas, sources added.
Maoists blow up police officer’s home in Bihar
Maoist guerrillas Thursday blew up the home of a police officer in Bihar to protest the killing of two people a few days ago in a gunbattle with police, an officer said. The home of inspector Kedar Nath Singh was severely damaged in the attack that took place in Aurangabad district’s Manjhauli village.
Aurangabad superintendent of police Upender Kumar Sharma said there were no casualties. Kedar Nath Singh is posted in Katihar district, he added. Sharma said Maoists surrounded the home and asked his family to vacate. They later blew up the home using dynamite. “Maoists blew up the home during a shutdown called by them to protest the killing of two people in police firing in Aurangabad a few days ago,” another police officer said.
Seven wanted naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Seven wanted naxals, two of them carrying reward on their heads, were arrested with a weapon and explosives recovered from their possession in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district today, police said. The cadres were held from separate places under Bayanar police station limits this afternoon, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri, told PTI.
Acting on specific inputs, a joint squad of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and a team of local police were mobilised in the interiors of restive Bayanar forests, located around 240 kms from here. When the security personnel reached Rajbeda village forests, they rounded up four suspects, who were trying to escape from the spot, the ASP said. Those arrested were identified as Jarha (27), Chaitram (26), Buduram (40) and Mangal (25), members of Rajbeda janmilitia group of Maoist, he added. Besides, two high ranking cadres- Raiman Korram (38) and Samdu Korram (22) were apprehended from forests of Aadnar and Permapal respectively, he said. Head of Maraskol Janatana Sarkar of CPI (Maoist), Raiman, were allegedly planning to plant explosives in Permapal region to harm the security forces while he was nabbed, Atri said.
A 3kg-tifin bomb, wire and couple of batteries were seized from his possession, the ASP said, adding, he was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head. Besides, Samdu, active in the outlawed movement as Daula LOS (local operation squad) member, was nabbed along with a muzzle loading gun, he said. Subsequently, the ultra- Ramji (40) who was carrying a reward of Rs 7,000 was nabbed from Regagondi forests, the ASP said. The arrested cadres were involved in several incidents of crime ranging from loot, arson, attacks on police party, torching vehicles and others in the region, the ASP said. They were being interrogated, he said.
2,432 militants arrested from 2012 to 2014 in Manipur
IMPHAL: A total of 2,432 militants have been arrested by the Manipur Police between April 1, 2012 and July 18, 2014, state Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who also holds the Home portfolio, said.
Factory owners demand larger security force
NEPALGUNJ, JUL 24 – Entrepreneurs in Western Nepal have asked the government to beef up the Industrial Security Force (ISF) as the number of factories have swelled tremendously and security requirements have increased. The industrialists said that the security force was too small to handle the expanded needs. There are 345 armed police personnel under the ISF to protect factories scattered over 26 districts from Butwal to Kanchanpur.
A flurry of new factories have opened in the region since the end of the armed conflict eight years ago. Even though the fighting has stopped, industrialists still face threats from trade unions and assorted Tarai-based armed outfits who have been engaged in extortion.
Ghana’s Biggest Labor Union to Hold Strike Over Economy
Ghana’s biggest labor group holds a strike today to demand President John Dramani Mahama do more to stem a slide in the cedi that’s fueling inflation and curbing economic growth. More than 5,000 members of the Trades Union Congress are expected to march in Ghana’s largest cities, including the capital, Accra, TUC Secretary-General Kofi Asamoah said yesterday. The union represents 18 national unions with workers ranging from miners to health-care workers and maritime personnel. “People are angry and complaining because petroleum products and utilities prices have been increased significantly without a corresponding increase in wages and salaries,” Asamoah said. “The government has a responsibility to ensure that there are mitigating measures to help cushion the poor and vulnerable.”
Zambia: Over 300 Tazara Workers Go On Strike
Over 300 workers at the Tanzania Zambia Railways in Mpika have downed tools protesting a five month delay in salary payments. The workers have vowed not to go back to work until their salary arrears are cleared. Another strike action is looming in Nakonde following a similar among the border branch of TAZARA.
Workers of Shishir Group, Tuba stage protests for wages, bonuses
Workers of a knitting and dyeing factory in Tongi yesterday came to the company’s headquarters at Bangla Motor in Dhaka to demand their due wages and festival bonuses. Owners closed Shishir Knitting and Dyeing Factory, a unit of Shishir Group, on July 14, without notice, workers said. “We waited for 10 days but nobody from the management came to pay our dues,” said Md Mizan, a worker. About 300 workers of the factory that employs around 1,000 demonstrated in front of Planners’ Tower around 1pm and looked for the owners and top management of Shishir Group to demand their dues.
Kazakhs Continue Land Confiscation Protest
Several women and their children are continuing a demonstration against the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government. The protesters have again gathered in front of the government’s building in Astana, on July 24, a day after their demand to meet with presidential office chief Nurlan Nyghmatulin was rejected. The protesters first gathered in front of the government building on July 23, intending to spend the night there to observe the Islamic Night of Revelation, or Laylat al-Qadr, in protest. At around midnight, police detained them and kept them at a police station until 3 a.m.
Kenya: Kitengela Tiles Factory Closed After Protest
RESIDENTS and MCAs in Kitengela on Tuesday afternoon led to the closure of Flamingo Tiles factory over “foul smells” and dust. The residents demonstrated on Namanga road before moving to the factory in Enkasiti area. They forced the staff and security officials out of the factory and they switched off power.
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Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners is holding a day long PROTEST DHARNA on the 23 JULY Wednesday from 11.30 am onwards at the JANTAR MANTAR. The dharna will highlight the issues confronting the hundreds of thousands of political prisoners incarcerated in various jails in the Indian subcontinent. The speakers who will address the dharna include: Justice Rajinder Sachar, Arputham Ammal (mother of Perarivalan), Arundhati Roy, Prof. AK Ramakrishnan, Prof. P Koya, Prof. Saraswathy, Prof. Jagmohan, Mohd. Ahmad (JIH), N Venuh(NPMHR), Bubumoni Goswami (MASS), Madan Kashyap, Pankaj Bisht, Arun Ferreira, Dr. Aparna, Sumit Chakravarty (Editor, Mainstream), Kanwarpal Singh (Dal Khalsa), Harish Dhawan and others. Kindly send your reporter, camera person to cover the event. The Main demands of the dharna are:
1. UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
2. REPEAL ALL DRACONIAN LAWS INCLUDING UAPA, AFSPA AND THE ANTI-SEDITION LAW!
3. REMOVE ALL MILITARY/PARAMILITARY FORCES FROM PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE AREAS!
4. POLITICAL PRISONER STATUS TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN THE TARGETS OF THE STATE’S ‘WAR ON TERROR’, OR THE WAR ON THE ‘SINGLE LARGEST INTERNAL SECURITY THREAT’, STATE-SPONSORED XENOPHOBIA AND HATE CAMPAIGN, CRIMINALISATION OF TRANSGENDERS, LGBT!
5. ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY!
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Jharkhand: Top Naxal Commander Killed
In a pre-dawn operation, security forces today killed a prominent Naxal commander operating in Jharkhand in the forests of Khunti district of the state. According to preliminary information reaching the headquarters here, the Naxal commander Vishal alias Tulsi alias Tadit, also the Special Committee member of CPI (Maoists), was gunned down by security forces in the jungles of Limba-Sosokutti village in the district. Officials said the operation was led by P R Mishra, a five-time gallantry award winner of the CRPF and at present Additional SP (Operations) of the district along with commandos of the elite CoBRA unit and district police.
A heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides for close to an hour after which the Naxals retreated leading to the killing of the Maoist commander. Security forces recovered an AK series rifle, 150 bullets, few magazines, a grenade and two mobile phones after the operation which ended at 4 AM. “This is an important hit against the Maoists by security forces. Additional reinforcements are on-spot to check other Naxals in the area,” a senior official said.
An Assistant Commandant rank officer of the CoBRA unit was shot under the eye in the operation and has been shifted to a hospital in the state capital, the official said. Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty and Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar told reporters in Khunti that Vishal was said to be the ‘right- hand man’ of wanted Maoist Kundan Pahan. Vishal, who was carrying an award of Rs three lakh on his head, was wanted in connection with several Naxal-related cases, including the beheading of special branch officer Francis Indwar some years ago. Of the award, Rs two lakh was today distributed among the district and CRPF police personnel, they said.
The encounter took place near Lemba under Adki police station at Khunti district, they said. A top Naxal commander and aide of dreaded Maoist leader Kundan Pahan was today killed by security forces in a pre-dawn encounter in the forests of Khunti district of Jharkhand. According to security officials, the executed Naxal commander Vishal alias Tulsi alias Tadit, also the Special Committee member of CPI (Maoists) was gunned down by security forces drawn from two districts of the state, CRPF and CoBRA in the jungles of village Limba-Sosokutti under Adki police station area in the district. Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty and Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar told reporters that Vishal was said to be the ‘right hand man’ of dreaded Maoist Kundan Pahan who heads activities of armed Maoist cadres in the state and along its borders.
Vishal was carrying an award of Rs 3 lakh and was wanted in connection with several naxal violence-related cases including the beheading of special branch officer Francis Indwar some years ago and the 2009 killing of five Central Reserve Police Force troops in Khunti. Officials said the operation was led by P R Mishra, a five-time gallantry award winning officer of CRPF and at present Additional SP (Operations) of Khunti, the Addl. SP of Ranchi along with commandos of the elite CoBRA unit of CRPF. A heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides, amidst heavy rains, for close to an hour after which the Naxal squad present with Vishal retreated leading to the killing of the Maoist commander.
“The Naxal commander later took refuge in an abandoned house just below a hill in the forests and he was killed there. He sustained three bullet injuries,” the officials said. Security forces recovered an AK-47 rifle, 150 bullets, five magazines, a grenade, two active mobile phones and a walkie-talkie set from the spot. The operation, based on intelligence inputs, began at 2 AM and ended two hours later, the officials said. “This is an important hit against the Maoists by security forces.
Additional reinforcements are at the spot to check other Naxals in the area,” they said. An Assistant Commandant rank officer of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) has been shot under the eye in the operation and has been shifted to a hospital in the state capital, the official said. The commando officer Manoj Yadav is now stable, the official added. Of the award, Rs two lakh was today distributed equally among the district police and CRPF and CoBRA personnel, he said.
Govt says 1,922 people killed in Naxal violence in last 3 years
New Delhi: A total of 1,922 people, including 1,179 civilians, were killed due to the Naxal violence in the last three years, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said 142 security personnel, 469 civilians and 99 Naxals were killed in 2011 due to the violence perpetrated by the Maoists. Altogether 114 security personnel, 301 civilians and 74 Naxals were killed in 2012 and 115 security men, 282 civilians and 100 Naxals were killed in such violence in 2013. Rijiju said 61 security personnel, 127 civilians and 38 Naxals were killed till 11 July, this year.
Maoists blow up rail track in Bihar, pilot engine of Rajdhani derails
A portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar was blasted by Maoists on Tuesday and it led to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Magadh range, P.K. Shrivastava, said that the blast took place late Tuesday night but it did not injure anyone. In Patna, Chief Public Relations Officer, East Central Railway, Arvind Kumar Rajak said the advance pilot engine running ahead of Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed due to the incident.
The incident has delayed nearly one dozen mail and Express trains including three Rajdhani Express trains. The Maoists caused the blast during a one-day bandh call called by them to protest police firing in Aurangabad and Rohtas districts. The blast damaged around three meter of the track. It also caused damage to the electric wire overhead. The DIG said that the impact of the blast was so strong that it created a four-feet deep crater.
Mobile networks in Naxal-hit areas in 15 months, says Telecom Minister
Mobile networks are likely to be set up in the Naxal-affected areas in 15 months under the Universal Service Obligation Fund scheme, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Monday. “Mobile networks under the USOF scheme are likely to be set up in 15 months. Phase VII expansion of BSNL in the states affected by LWE (Left Wing Extremism) is likely to be completed by April 2015,” he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Saying that the government is concerned about the coverage and quality of telecommunication services in LWE-affected areas, he added that the government has approved installation of mobile towers at 1,836 locations in the states affected by LWE with funding from USOF. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has already installed mobile towers at 363 locations. According to the minister, the project cost calculated by the BSNL “through transparent, open tender process is Rs.3,567.58 crore”.
Mass support for Naxals behind Bihar stir?
The Aurangabad SP and DM’s report said that villagers were suspected of sheltering Maoists Substantial public support for Maoists is suspected to be the root cause behind the sudden unrest in Bihar’s Aurangabad that led to police firing on a large crowd of violent agitators on July 19 in which a woman and a child died and five others were injured. This being the second police firing in Bihar a fortnight, the first being in Rohtas on July 8 in which two people died and nine others were injured, Bihar’s JD(U) government and the Opposition BJP are locked in a war of words over the government’s alleged loss of control on the police force’s activities.
But, even as a probe is currently on, the suspected Maoist connection in the Aurangabad incident has caused massive disagreements between the government and the Opposition. Top police sources pointed out that villagers in Maoist-affected Aurangabad turned against the police and the district administration so violently, indulging in arson and rioting, because they were angry about the intense, weeklong joint combing operation carried out in the area by the state police and the CRPF in search of some leftwing rebels reportedly hiding there. The Aurangabad SP and DM’s preliminary report on the incident, tabled in the state Assembly on Monday, also said that villagers were suspected of sheltering armed Maoists in their homes.
“The entire area was experiencing tension ever since the security forces began conducting raids in Deo and Madanpur to flush out Maoists camping in the area for a fortnight. The security forces also had an encounter with the Maoists at Devagaha village in Deo on July 11,” said water resources minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary in the Assembly during a three-hour debate on the issue on Monday.
Maoists using fake ID to get SIM cards
RANCHI: Maoist rebels in Jharkhand are using fake identity proofs — voter cards, driving license and PAN cards — to obtain SIM cards and make extortion calls. During recent anti-Naxalite operations, police in Lohardaga, Gumla, Khunti, Ranchi and Simdega came across several cases where SIM cards were obtained through fake ID proofs. In Jharkhand, Maoists and its splinter groups make around Rs 50 crore a year through extortion from various industries and construction companies operating in the state, a report prepared by police last year said. DIG (Ranchi range) Praveen Singh has called a meeting of mobile service providers from Khunti, Gumla, Ranchi, Lohardaga and Simdega districts on July 25 to discuss the issue. Police have also decided to crack down on the gangs making these fake ID cards.
“In one case, one Maoist in Khunti managed to obtain more than half a dozen SIM cards through one ID proof, which was found to be fake,” said Singh. Trai guidelines say that one person can obtain only five SIM cards through one identity proof. Police have obtained information that the chief of People’s Liberation Front of India Dinesh Gope has obtained more than 10 SIM cards through fake ID cards. “These days, mobile towers are situated in deep forest areas as well. Rebels make a call to a contractor and use the SIM card till they get the levy. If things go awry – like the contractor going to the police – the Maoists throw away the SIM and use a different one to make calls to the same person,” said Singh. Ranchi SP (rural) S K Jha said:
“Every time we conduct raids and arrest Maoists or make seizures, we recover mobile phones and several SIM cards of different mobile service providers. We have already alerted our police stations against such SIM card dealers, but I think a more serious step is required to deal with the situation,” he said. In the past, various district police had held meetings with mobile service providers. “Now I will tell the mobile service providers that police will make them accused in cases where we find that SIM cards were issued to the extremists on the basis of fake ID,” said Singh.
Prisoner ends hunger strike after a week in Kolkata
He was demanding only a political prisoner status, says civil rights activist After fasting for more than a week to get a writ petition filed in Calcutta High Court, alleged Maoist leader Anup Roy ended his hunger strike at Presidency Correctional Centre here on Tuesday, confirmed prison superintendent Nabin Kumar Saha. Mr. Roy was detained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in January this year.
According to civil rights activist Ranjit Sur, Mr. Roy started a fast on July 10 to demand a political prisoner status and to get a writ petition challenging an amendment to the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, passed in Calcutta High Court. The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government introduced an amendment in November 2013, which curbed the rights of prospective political prisoners.
The amendment stated that a person found having links with any terrorist organisation would be denied the rights of a political prisoner. “The amendment was aimed at Maoists and Islamic outfits. The amendment is unconstitutional. Political prisoners, who were lodged in jails before the amendment was passed, were also denied their status. This was an illegal move. Mr. Roy sought to change this,” said Mr. Sur. Mr. Roy’s demand to file the writ petition was being denied by jail authorities, Mr. Sur said.
“Mr. Roy has still not been proven accused. Therefore he is not guilty in the eyes of law and is free to file a petition like any other citizen, ” Mr. Sur said. When contacted, Mr. Saha denied that Mr. Roy had started his fast to demand the rights of a political prisoner. Refusing to divulge the details of the writ petition that Mr. Roy sought to file, Mr. Saha said it was a highly confidential matter. “Mr. Roy started his hunger strike to demand that the writ petition be filed in the court. He ended his fast on Tuesday,” he said.
Three Naxals Held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Security forces today apprehended three suspected Naxals from the Maoist hotbed of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. The three were nabbed under an operation led by central paramilitary CRPF in the Hamirgargh-Tongpal axis of this south Bastar district. The three suspects have been indetified as Handram, Deva Ram and Bheema Ram, the officials said. They have been handed over to the local police for further interrogation, the police added.
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops across East Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians on Tuesday night clashed with Israeli forces across occupied East Jerusalem as protests in solidarity with Gaza erupted for another night across the region. Undercover Israeli forces detained seven young Palestinian men, including a paramedic, during clashes with Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of at-Tur late on Tuesday evening. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that a group of undercover agents ambushed the young men and managed to detain seven. They added that soldiers showered the protesters with rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades during the clashes.
Baidya rejects talks with CA dialogue panel
KATHMANDU, JUL 23 – CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has refused to hold talks with the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee under the Constituent Assembly (CA) . He said that there was no point in holding discussion with a committee under the CA which cannot give a people’s constitution. Speaking at a press conference organised in the Capital to make public the decisions made by the party’s Central Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Baidya said that his party was firm on its demand for a roundtable political conference featuring all the political parties.
The CPN-Maoist decision comes at a time when the CA dialogue panel led by UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai is trying to hold discussions with the political parties outside the CA. The party’s CC meeting has also decided to hold its General Convention within a year, after holding discussions on the two proposals presented by Chairman Baidya and party Secretary Netra Bikram Chand.
Nepal will further suffer with BJP at the helm in India: CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU, July 23CPN-Maoist has said that the Bharatiya Janta party’s (BJP) rise to power in India would further embolden southern neighbor’s big brotherly attitude on Nepal’s internal affairs. In a press conference organized on Wednesday to make public the decisions of Central Committee (CC) meetings of the party held between July 2-21, the break-away Maoist faction came up with its formal stance on the BJP’s coming to power in India.
According to the information provided in the press meet, the political paper presented by the party chief Mohan Baidya states that BJP’s rise to power will further reassert India’s clout in Nepal. “Indian expansionist oppression is ever increasing in Nepal. The communal party like BJP coming to power in India will have negative effect on Nepal’s internal affair. It is likely to help American colonialism to gain further ground in our country,” Baidhya’s political paper, which was approved by CC, reads. The party’s central body demanded government to control ever rising prices of the essential goods and protested the Israel’s continued attack on Palestine as well as Indian proposal of energy sector cooperation to Nepal.
CPN-Maoist to oppose Nepal government’s power pact with India
KATHMANDU, July 23 (Xinhua) — Amidst government’s preparation to sign a major power trading agreement (PTA) with India shortly, Nepal’s hardliner CPN-Maoist party decided on Tuesday to protest against it, a party official said Wednesday. A group of five parties headed by CPN-Maoist holding a meeting in Kathmandu concluded that the planned PTA is an utter intervention in Nepal’s sovereignty by the India government as well as anti-nationalist.
The meeting also has decided to launch protest if the plan to sign the agreement is not canceled. The group of the parties announced its decision on the eve of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s three-day official visit to Kathmandu from July 25. She is scheduled to lead the Indian delegation at the 3rd Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting to be held on July 26-27. The Nepalese government has been planning to sign the PTA during the meeting.
The Himalayan country has long pled India to sign the PTA, which will allow hydro-electricity powered Nepal to export its surplus energy to its southern neighbor during the wet season and import power during the dry season. “This contract in the name of PTA will hurt Nepal’s sovereignty, ” Dev Gurung, secretary of CPN-Maoist, told Xinhua, “This is an attempt of the current government to hand over controversial projects like Upper Karnali and Upper Arun to India one-sidedly.” Upper Karnali and Arun-3, both having 900 MW capacity and being developed by Indian power developers, are two of the most controversial hydropower projects in Nepal since 1990.
Protest Meet Against Development Injustice in Mapithel Dam at Riha Village in Ukhrul
A protest against continuing injustice by the ongoing construction of Mapithel dam was held today at Riha Village in Ukhrul District, Manipur. The protest meet as organized by the Mapithel Dam Affected Villagers Organization with Citizens Concern for Dams and Development and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur. The participants from several villages also protested to stop Mapithel dam construction till a review of Mapithel dam construction is conducted and till the Expert Review Committee formed in 2008 is resumed.
The protest meet held as part of the Global Days of Action for Development Justice to demand a just sustainable development in a post 2015. The meet calls for protect survival sources of communities, adhere to due process of development and indigenous peoples human rights standards and to ensure due accountability of corporate bodies destroying peoples’ land and resources in Mapithel valley and to end all forms of militarization.
Police fire tear gas at protesting students
Police and students clashed during which they pelted stones at each other in Imphal on Tuesday. Some students who sustained injuries were hospitalised. Police are patrolling the trouble prone areas to maintain law and order. Students of three schools, Modern Academy, Pioneer School and City higher secondary took out a procession demanding reimplementation of the Inner Line Permit in Manipur. Police in riot gears intercepted them near the Palace ground. Police fired tear gas canisters and resorted to baton charging. One student, Praven, sustained injuries. Police also whisked away several other students only to be released far away.
Christian Council urges gov’t, labour to fix differences quickly
The Christian Council of Ghana says it is “very much concerned and worried about the recent rampant industrial agitations across the country” and wants the government and labour to resolve the differences quickly. “This industrial unrest, coupled with demonstrations, which have become rife, are as a result of the high cost of living which does not correlate with the income levels of most workers.
The recent hikes in fuel and utility prices, and the continuous depreciation of the cedi against major trading currencies such as the United States Dollar and the British Pound Sterling have further deepened the economic challenges of most Ghanaians,” a statement issued by the Council on Tuesday explained.
Riot police begin evicting thousands of squatters from half-finished Venezuelan skyscraper that became the world’s tallest slum
CARACAS, Venezuela — The beginning of the end came for the world’s tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David. Police in riot gear and soldiers with Kalashnikov assault rifles stood on side streets as dozens of residents boarded buses for their new government-provided apartments in the town of Cua, 37 kilometers south of Caracas. Ernesto Villegas, the government minister overseeing Caracas’ redevelopment, told reporters the residents could not be allowed to stay indefinitely because the 45-story building in the heart of the capital is unsafe.
Child’s Death After Violent Protest Brings Calls to Repeal Mexico’s ‘Bullet Law’
The death of a 13-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a projectile during a protest that turned violent in the Mexican state of Puebla has led the state governor to seek a repeal of a short-lived law that allows the use of deadly force during public demonstrations. The boy, José Luis Tehuatlie Tamayo, died from his injuries on Saturday after receiving a direct shot to his head from what activists described as a rubber-coated projectile during a community blockade of a highway leading to the state capital, also named Puebla, located about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City.
The teenager’s death, 10 days after the July 9 confrontation between state police and campesinos near the town of Chalchihuapan, sparked a flurry of condemnation and anger directed at Puebla Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle.
Service station workers’ strike spreads north
OSHAKATI/WINDHOEK – The strike in the petrol retail industry continued into its second day yesterday after talks collapsed on Monday evening. Petrol attendants in Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati regions have joined the strike that commenced on Monday in Windhoek. “The talks collapsed last night. The strike is continuing,” Namibian Fuel and Allied Workers Union (Nafawu) Secretary General, David Frans, told New Era yesterday.
Service station workers are demanding a wage increase from the current range of between N$250 and N$800 per month to a minimum of N$4 500. Yesterday demonstrations in the northern regions was a tad tense with workers citing threatening and derogatory statements from some of their employers, who reportedly threatened to fire those taking part in the strike and demonstrations – as “there are a lot of hungry Wambo’s in the streets.”
New port workers strike cuts shipping at Argentine grains hub
BUENOS AIRES, July 22 (Reuters) – A new strike by port workers in Argentina’s biggest grains hub prevented shipping in the terminals of major exporters Bunge, Toepfer and Nidera on Tuesday, a local business group said. The strike is the latest in a flood of protests at the facility in Rosario, which, if prolonged, could have global market implications, as Argentina is a leading exporter of soybeans and corn.
A strike last week paralyzed exports for several days at a busy time in the harvest cycle. Labor unrest is common in Argentina, where one of the world’s highest inflation rates is eating into wages, but the number of strikes and threatened protests in Rosario over the past two weeks has been unusual.
Odisha rights body to hold protest against state repression on July 27
Odisha rights body Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC) will hold a street protest against state repression on dissenting voices and fllow it up with a state level convention on the issue in Bhubaneswar on July 27, the CAFC convenor Narendra Mohanty said in a press release today. The street protest will be staged at the Master Canteen Square at-10 am on July 27 and will be followed by the convention at Nagbhusan Bhawan, Bhubaneswar the same day at 11 am, during which the victims of state repression and their family members will be sharing their agony with the participants, the release informed.
The release said hundreds of innocent tribal, dalits and poor people are languishing within the four walls of different jails in Odisha for years after being accused “under false charges framed on fictitious grounds. These peersons include leaders of mass movements, workers of different political parties, social and human rights activists and their supporters. ” With an intention to facilitate the appropriation of our natural resources by the corporates, the state is targeting its own citizens.
Oppression, deception, threat, fabricating false cases are some of the vicious tricks being used by the state to put down any kind of dissent by people. With such an approach, the Odisha government has let loose a reign of fear among the common people especially those who express their discontent and dissent, thus squeezing whatever space was there for freedom of expression and exercise of democratic rights,” the release alleged.
PIA employees protest proposed privatisation
The Employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) held a protest demonstration against the proposed privatisation of the national flag carrier. Protesting at the PIA headquarters in Karachi, the employees called on the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the privatisation. The protest was attended by engineers, pilots and other employee unions.
Maoist wall posters reappear after 10 years
Undeterred by recent combing operations in the Nallamala forests after the arrest of Naxal leader Daragoni Srinu alias Vikram, Maoists pasted posters on the walls of government offices at Midgil in the district on Monday inviting people and supporters to attend the annual meeting to be held from July 28-Aug 2. Villagers and police were taken by surprise seeing the Maoists wall-posters after a gap of nearly a decade. The wall-posters were issued in the name of Mahbubnagar Maoist party and contained some crucial points such as invitation to people to join dalams, request to attend the annual meet, halt to construction of Polavaram project and warning to ‘coverts’.
For the last several years, there has been a lull in the activities of Maoists in the Nallamala forests covers two districts of Andhra Pradesh and Mahbubnagar in Telangana. However, since the gunning down of three naxalites by the Prakasam district police and the surrender of other leaders including Dharagoni Srinu alias Vikram, the Maoists stepped up their activities. It is learnt that a group of dalam members came to Midgil in the Kalwakurthy constituency and pasted wall-posters seeking the support for the annual meeting. It is also alleged that the Maoists were also on a fund collection drive. When contacted, Shadnagar DSP Dhronacharayalu said that the posters were pasted on MPDO and MRO offices as well as at bus stops by the Maoists but were later removed by the police.
15 D’puri Youth Get Bail in Naxalite Case
CHENNAI: Madras High Court granted bail to 15 youth, who were arrested by the Krishnapuram police in Dharmapuri district for offences under various sections of the IPC, Indian Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act. According to prosecution, prohibitory order under Sec 144 CrPC was promulgated in Dharmapuri district to prevent persons from participating in the first death anniversary of Dalit youth Ilavarasan on July 4 last. Satish and 14 others were arrested on the charge of violating the prohibitory order and obtaining arms training from naxalites Kalidass and Chandra with the assistance from ‘Thuti’, an organisation intended to educate Dalit youths.
Granting bail to them, Justice P Devadass pointed out that no weapon was seized from them. The petitioners seem to be misguided youth. “Some persons who are stated to be leaders, have misguided the petitioners, who are dumb-driven cattle. They are in jail for a considerable period,” the judge said and granted them bail. They should be released on their executing a personal bond for `10,000 with two sureties each for a like sum to the satisfaction of the Judicial Magistrate-II in Dharmapuri. They should stay in Tiruchy and report before the Contonment police daily at 11 a.m. the judge added.
The judge, however, refused advance bail to Madhan Raja, an advocate and Bharatprabhu, a Ph.d scholar in Madras Christian College who arrest under the same Acts. “Very serious allegations are made against the duo, who were alleged to be instrumental in misguiding the other accused to indulge in certain criminal activities. The investigation is going on and the possibility of their custodial interrogation cannot be ruled out,” the judge said and refused them any relief. The judge also refused bail to Santosh and five others, from whom lethal weapons have been seized by the police. The Collector had also detained them under the National Security Act on July 10 last. The judge, however, granted bail to the 7th petitioner Tirupathi.
Arms found in Maoist bunker
RANCHI: Giridih police on Monday found more than 50 countrymade guns and 15 rifles after destroying a bunker reportedly built by rebels in the Maoist-dominated Parasnath Hill, known for the Jain pilgrimage site Shikharji, which draws a large uge number of pilgrims every year. DGP Rajiv Kumar said police have recovered 50 countrymade guns, 15 rifles, a huge cache of bullets, four boxes of Maoist literature, a large number of detonators, among other things.
Incessant rains hamper anti-Maoist operations in Odisha
Koraput: Incessant rains have hit anti-Maoist operations in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts of Odisha, with security personnel finding it difficult to move in the forests with overflowing rivers, inundated tracks and thick undergrowth. Inspector General of Police (south-Western range), Y K Jethwa said, “Our regular anti-Maoist operations have been hit. We are now relying on only intelligence inputs.”
Maoists Racking Brains to Regain Grip over AOB
VISAKHAPATNAM: Top Maoist leaders are working on new strategies to regain their sway over the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and also Telangana pockets. They have come to a conclusion that they lost the confidence of the tribals along the AOB. After discussions and inter-party meetings, the top guns have found some lapses at their end and hence decided to take important measures to regain their grip over their ‘once strongholds’. Even as recruitment of cadre, rapport with tribals, procurement of modern weaponry and strengthening attack forces with three-layered security have been contemplated, the Maoists are learnt to have resolved not to kill innocent people in the attacks.
According to the prevailing conditions in the state and the neighbouring states, the Maoists have found that the AOB is the best location to strengthen their movement. After reviewing their existing strategies and the large number of surrenders in the recent times, the top Maoist leaders have expressed worry over their losing hold in the pockets of Visakhapatnam agency including GK Veedhi, Koyyuru, Paderu and Chintapalle areas. During the past five years, many hardcore Maoists and militia members from the agency have bid farewell to arms.
The Intelligence Bureau has already alerted the Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha police about the Maoists’ plans and possible counter measures. The IB has also informed that the Maoist leaders are on a serious recruitment drive and are threatening contractors, who had taken up various development works in the dense forest areas. Already, some contractors expressed their reluctance to panchayat raj engineering wing as regards undertaking further road works. “It is no surprise for the IB officials, who as part of their duty, have alerted the state police. During the past one decade, the Maoists have lost the confidence of the tribals despite the fact that they have sustained only with the help of tribals all these years. Against this backdrop, the police working in the agency have been on their toes,” a police official working in the Visakhapatnam agency told Express.