PRESS RELEASE-April 23, 2015
Dr. GN Saibaba was abducted from the Delhi University North Campus premises on 09 May 2014 by the Maharashtra police. Dr. Saibaba was produced in the remote far flung Aheri police station in the Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border to be charged under several sections of the worst draconian legislation the UAPA. In the last eleven months of his incarceration, Dr. Saibaba has repeatedly brought before the court as well as the jail authorities the pressing need for his grant of bail, not on any humanitarian grounds, but on the merit of law as sanctioned by the provisions that are there for the differently-abled.
He has pointed out to the judge in many of the video conferences—as he was produced in the court only once and the rest of the dates of hearing / production have been met through the video conference facility, which is also a grievous infringement of his fundamental right—that the facilities in the Nagpur Central Jail are little or none to meet even the survival requirements of a 90 percent disabled and wheel chair bound person like him. But as we can see, the court preferred to stand by the prosecution, in an atmosphere vitiated by the media which profiled the wheel chair bound activist academic as a dreaded and dangerous demagogue having links with a proscribed organization, the CPI (Maoist).
In the due course of his fight for justice through his lawyers, Dr. Saibaba’s plea for bail was twice rejected by the Sessions Court of Gadchiroli and once by the Nagpur bench of the Maharashtra High Court. But the facts can’t be belied. Saibaba’s concern about his fragile health grew larger as he was diagnosed with a bend spinal cord resulting in rib crowding and the lungs getting affected. Being a heart patient the troubles with his heart further compounded and the latest medical report requires him to undergo an angiography the post-recovery of which can be fatal in the prison stay. Further tests showed stones in the gall bladder. It was on the direction of the Sessions’ Judge that the second bail application was filed on 12 February 2015 as Saibaba gave a detailed brief of his deteriorating health and the total apathy of the jail authorities as well as the Nagpur police in taking him to the specialist hospitals for his specific health condition.
It was only in the eve of the hearing of the bail application that the Nagpur police managed a low floor vehicle to take him to the hospital, that too after a court order directing the SP Gadchiroli. Many of the vital tests were done during those 10-15 days to show the court that adequate care is given to him. But after hearing the arguments and the repeated plea of the prosecution that they are taking adequate care of Dr. GN Saibaba including his medical treatment, the judge opted to stand by the prosecution to deny him bail once again. In the arguments of the prosecution they have apprised the judge that Saibaba is being provided with two assistants, health supplements like dry fruits, a table, cot and western commode.
Instead of verifying all the facts the judge concluded that since Dr. Saibaba is being given adequate medical care as well as facilities in the jail he need not be given bail. No sooner than the bail was rejected did the jail officials started their usual whimsical attitude towards Dr. GN Saibaba many a time denying all those facilities let alone some of the life saving medicines that they had promised before the court. In his message through his wife, AS Vasantha he referred to the vindictive observations of the officials higher up that they would want to teach him a lesson so that it remains as a warning for other intellectuals like him. Life after the rejection of the bail on 4 March 2015 for Dr. GN Saibaba had become worse as he was at the receiving end of a sadistic and vindictive prison administration working on specific orders to pull all stops to further humiliate and discriminate him. The fallout is a steady deterioration in his health and the urgent need for specialist treatment for the complications that have compounded in the last 11 months of incarceration in the solitary cell (anda) in Nagpur central jail.
In such circumstances Dr. Saibaba resorted to hunger strike from Saturday (11 April 2015) onwards. His wife and the lawyers fearing for his health requested him to refrain from such an extreme step as he was already in a fragile condition. But Saibaba went on with his hunger strike against the mounting apathy of the jail officials who claimed that they had no option but to further tighten restrictions on the inmates as there was an alleged jail break in the Nagpur central jail. This was used as a pretext to snatch away the little provisions that Saibaba was given.
On 11 April when his wife AS Vasantha, reached the jail premises, she was asked to do the meeting through the mesh that too after a long wait just before the time was about to get over. She had carried medicines and other supplements which were not allowed. Given his health condition and being wheel chair bound, to stretch oneself to talk through the mesh in itself is difficult for Dr. GN Saibaba. But then the jail authorities were not ready to budge. All this has proved beyond doubt that there are no specific orders regarding the facilities and ‘good’ treatment being given to Saibaba as claimed by the jail authorities before the court. All such utterances that they made were ad hoc arrangements which can change at any moment. On 17 April 2015, Dr. Saibaba was taken to the Government Medical College Nagpur as he had fallen unconscious.
Dr. Ramdev, brother of Saibaba and Dr. Hany Babu from Delhi University who is in the defence committee were allowed to meet him in the hospital for a few minutes. The team comprising of Dr. Hany Babu, Adv. Mahadevan, Adv. Dasharath, Dr. Ramdev and other lawyers and civil liberties activists from Nagpur held a press conference highlighting the grievous condition of health of Dr. GN Saibaba and the vindictive attitude of the police and the prison officials to break him physically and mentally by disallowing even the basic fundamental rights of a 90 percent disabled. The Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr GN Saibaba calls upon all democratic sections as well as freedom loving people to raise their voice against the inhuman and vindictive attitude of the police and prison authorities which has almost reached fatalistic proportions to the life of GN Saibaba. We demand that Saibaba be released unconditionally and that he be allowed to face trial as guaranteed under Section 437 of the Cr.pc. without undergoing imprisonment being a disabled person, no matter, whatever the charges maybe.
G Haragopal, Chairperson, ICSSR National Fellow, TISS Hyderabad
Karen Gabriel, General Secretary, Associate Professor, St Stephen’s, College
A K Ramakrishnan, Professor, JNU
Amit Bhaduri, Emeritus Professor, JNU
Anand Teltumbde, Professor, IIT Kharagpur
Arundhati Roy, Writer
Ashok Bhowmick, Artist
Hany Babu M T, Associate Professor, University of Delhi
Jagmohan Singh, Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab
N Raghuram, Associate Professor, GGS IP University
Nandita Narain, Associate Profressor St Stephen’s College
P K Vijayan, Associate Professor, Hindu College
Rona Wilson, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners
Sanjay Kak, Filmmaker
Seema Azad, Editor, Dastak
Sri Krishna Deva Rao, Vice Chancellor, NLU Odisha
Sudhir Dhawale, Editor,
Vidrohi Sumit Chakravartty, Editor, Mainstream
Vikas Gupta, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi
In the South of the country the People’s War develops mainly in the Department of Puno. Among its noticeable actions we have the assault and taking of [the District] of Ananea, province of Sand¡a; where we hit simultaneously the two police stations, and annihilated the governor, the mayor, the judge and nine policemen, including one wounded and two who surrendered. In Yunguyo, on the Bolivian border, sabotage destroyed the sub prefecture [governor's office], meeting nearby were Garcia Perez and the Bolivian president.
This action generated, once again, patrol incursions by the armed forces of the neighboring country; as in Ananea, it was carried out in October. In November, while Azangaro was taken, peoples’ trials and anti-electoral propaganda were made, the candidates resigning en masse as in Huancane. In December, Orurillo, province of Melgar, was taken and peoples’ trials and selective annihilations were applied. But actions were not restricted to Puno, also in the departments of Cusco, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna, although these departments sabotage and armed agitation and propaganda develops more.
On its turn, in the North of the country, the city of Huamachuco, capital of the province of Sanchez Carrion, was taken over in October, the mayor was annihilated. In November, annihilation of the mayor of Sanagoran; as well as in Trujillo, capital of the department of La Libertad, five sabotages [to economic targets] shook the city, in the near vicinity the ministers of foreign relations of the Group of Eight countries were meeting, the satellite TV antenna was sabotaged, a simultaneous action was done against Channel 7 in Santiago de Chuco and two radio stations run by revisionism in Cajabamba, Department of Cajamarca. And in December, an attack on Cachicad’an and assault on the Mollebamba police station.
The actions developed too on the Northern Coast, besides Trujillo, Chimbote, Chiclayo, Piura and Tumbes are, as cities (the three last ones are departmental capitals), theaters of the People’s War, developing in them not just propaganda and sabotage but selective annihilations, against an army captain and two policemen, in Tumbes and Chiclayo respectively. Both in the North and in the South the “land problem” is fundamental, and where the Party’s policy is applied, developing (with arms in hands) the invasions and distributing land, as well as defending them later on. The issue is to defend and conquer the land with the People’s War, and in a like manner to conquer and defend the necessary conditions to develop production for the benefit of the people. Both in the South and North as well as in the rest of the country, the campaign to boycott the municipal elections were carried out successfully.
Armed strikes were promoted to raise the political conscience of the masses, and they were organized only in places where it was possible to guarantee its success, such as in the provinces of Azangaro, in Puno, and in Santiago de Chuco, Otuzco and Sanchez Carrion in the department of La Libertad. These armed strikes paralyzed those regions and resulted in greater voter absenteeism and had repercussions. In the Mid North, part of the Department of Lima and Ancash, an attack against the president of the electoral board in Huacho, and the annihilation of two policemen at Barranca, both actions took place in September.
A sabotage of a bank in Supe and the blowing up of the municipality and police station in Carquin; destruction of micro region in Bolognesi; in Cajatambo, attack on the police counterinsurgency base, peoples’ trial to the mayor and sabotage to the regional educational direction; on the Callejon de Huaylas, for three days in a row, electric towers were blown up generating blackouts in 50 towns, red flags with hammer and sickle were raised and anti-electoral slogans were painted; the seizure of Trillos, in Bolognesi province, peoples’ trial was held; all these guerrilla actions took place in October.
The government decreed a state of emergency in Barranca, Huaura, Cajatambo and Oyon provinces in the Department of Lima; and sent an army battalion to Huaraz. The day before municipal elections, the People’s Army took over a bus 25 km from Huaraz, the capital of the Department of Ancash, and after getting the passengers out dynamited it (the companies suspended service); sabotage to the residence of the governor; a general blackout in Aija, Recuay, Yungay, Carhuaz and Huaraz.
In the Mid South, the southern part of the Department of Lima and ICA, violent guerrilla hits in the mountain province of Yauyos took place, bordering the departments of Junin and Huancavelica, the People’s Army seized several towns and wounding one policeman in a clash in Lincha, in September; and in the same month the towers were blown up at Caiete, while the newspapers themselves cried out: “They have taken over the ICA countryside.” In October, taking over the city of Palpa, provincial capital; the precinct and the investigative police post were smashed, annihilating a captain and six policemen. During the same month, a 48 hours armed strike were carried out in the province of Nazca, it was a complete success since the city streets were completely deserted. Also in October, the district of Zueiga was taken over by the guerrillas, in the province of Caiete, with more annihilations; and topping off the month’s actions, the Coyllor bridge was blown up.
The November campaign was focused on the boycott, with propaganda and agitation not to vote; actions against government buildings in Nazca, in the districts of San Clemente and Tupac Amaru of the province of Pisco, whose capital experienced a blackout; actions aimed against the residences of the candidates; the Aprista meeting in ICA was interrupted, and in Pisco it was canceled. In the Mid North, an intense campaign was developed for the boycott and against the municipal elections, and an armed strike was organized in the Callejon de Huaylas with multiple guerrilla actions. It was a complete success throughout the Callejon, helping much to increase electoral absenteeism. Both the Mid North as well as the Mid South are, strategically, of paramount importance to surround Lima, as everyone knows.
CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF PERU
Ediciones Bandera Roja, May 1990
Naxal bandh peaceful in Kolhan
Jamshedpur : The five day naxal bandh evoked an effective response in Kolhan on its second day today. The paramilitary forces had removed the posters during patrolling the area. Shops and business establishments were closed in Ghatshila and other townships under Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum district since the morning. The operators of commercial vehicles, including the passenger carriers kept themselves away from the road, commercial organisations, including bank and ATM counters remained close.
The banned outfit, CPIMaoist, had given a call for five Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha bandh At the naxalinfested Patamda, the bandh evoked complete response, making the life of the area paralysed. Despite the troops of paramilitary forces, CRPF patrolling on the roads, no commercial vehicle was seen in Patamda since morning. The work in crusher plants and also small-scale industrial units there remained closed in response to the bandh call. The bandh was also effective in Chaibasa, Chakradharpur. Railway police are taking up necessary security measures in view of the bandh. The railway protection force officials had pressed sniffer dogs at the railway track and also in train for detecting explosives and random search of the suspects at the platform and also other railway installation is on.
“We are taking all important steps to ensure the Kolhan remains peaceful during the naxal bandh. Adequate forces have been deployed in the strategic locations, including the NH-33 in East Singhbhum,”said an official. Barring Ghatshila and its periphery the three districts of the division namely East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan remained incident free. However, the police establishment of the division was on high alert with security forces hitting the streets in the Maoist den of Goilkera and Manoharpur in the West Singhbhum and Chandil block in Seraikela Kharswan.
In the East Singhbhum, the mobility of the security forces including CRPF personnel was paced up on the National Highway-33 stretching from Ghatsial to Chandil. “The district administration has deputed 17 magistrates across strategic locations of the district to oversee the security affairs in the wake of Maoists bandh,” informed a senior official. The Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway too, has made elaborate security arrangement in the light of Maoists bandh however; there is no alteration either in the movement of the trains or its departure timing. The long route private buses plying on the two end of the NH-33, Tata-Ranchi and Tata-West Bengal has felt the pinch with few of the buses staying off the roads nonetheless, the government buses heading for different destinations to Bihar in particular are running in full strenght. “We have pulled some of our buses off the road for the first day and will watch out for tomorrow,” said Jitendra, manager of the Konark bus.
Security step up in Kolhan, additional forces deployed
Jamshedpur : The rebel outfit CPI-Maoist has given a six-day Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Odisha bandh call to be effective from April 25 to protest the alleged atrocities on the villagers and forcible surrender. According to senior police officials, additional personnel have been deployed in Naxal-affected and bordering areas of the State. Police teams have been deployed at railway stations, bus stands and other crowded places. Besides, vehicles are being searched to avoid any untoward incident, they said.
Anti-landmine vehicle will be patrolling through the NH 33 area along with deployment of forces of CRPF and RAF. All police stations in the Naxal-infested areas of the district have been put on maximum alert. Extra security attention was being paid to protect vital installations, including property of railways, in the divisions. He went on to add that strict vigil on the bordering areas of Orissa and Bengal is being kept. Security forces have been deployed in large numbers at naxal-infested areas.
Police patrolling on the Maoist infested areas of the Ghatsila sub division have also been increased. Since in the past Railways have been the target of the ultras special focus is on to ensure strict security arrangements for Railways establishments. Railway authorities have sounded alert in Railway stations of CKP division. Special squads of RPF jawans and gangmen would be press into service to trace out landmines along railway tracks in the vulnerable division. Pilot engines would also lead the trains running through naxal infested areas. All the police stations in the three districts of the division including East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan are on alert and patrolling has been intensified. Deputy inspector general of police, Kolhan, RK Dhan said they are taking all necessary precautionary measures in the twin-districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan district in view of the rebel-sponsored bandh.
The railway police have also tightened the security arrangement in view of the six-day naxal bandh to be effective from April 24 midnight. ” We will intensify the track patrolling and keep strict vigilance on the passengers movement at all the railway stations including Tatanagar, Ghatshila, Ranchi, Chakradharpur, Hatia, Muri and Chandil,” said superintendent of railway police, Tatanagar, Mrityunjay Kishore. Kishore said that the railway police will be working in close co-ordination with the railway protection force and local police for maintaining vigilance at the railway track and also the railway stations beside other railway installations during the bandh.
Police vs Maoists: Are Indian Security Forces Strong Against Naxals?
It was a bloody Saturday for the Special Task Force’s (STF) Platoon Commander Shankar Rao when his 61-personnel team, armed and prepared for anti-Naxal operations, was caught in an open triangle ambush near Pidmel-Polampalli area of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on April 11. Surprised by the attack from three flanks, the STF jawans did their best to come out of the ambush; ultras, however, were able to inflict heavy damages, by killing seven jawans, including Rao, and injuring 11. This was just the beginning. For the next three days, Maoists, considered the biggest internal security threat, carried out four deadly attacks, killing four more policemen and a BSF jawan in the state. It was a tragic reminder that Naxalites still retain striking capabilities and can hit at will—despite our daily political rhetoric.
The attacks in Chhattisgarh triggered a raging debate in security establishments on whether anti-Naxal offensives have been a massive failure. And whether a combined force of state police and Central paramilitary is in a position to tackle the insurgents, operating in 76 districts across 10 states. Let us face the facts. The government data in the past decade (2005-2015) throws horrific figures about the state of India’s anti-Naxal operations: 4,510 people—1,753 jawans and 2,757 civilians—were killed by Naxalites. During the same period, however, security forces killed 2,193 Naxalites.
This means that on an average, the Naxalites killed about two persons for every one they lost in the battlefield. They also snatched away 536 sophisticated weapons from the security forces. Now, what is worrisome is the ruthless killing of police informers. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in the first three months of 2015, around 19 informers, responsible for gathering and disseminating human intelligence (HUMINT), were killed. Between 2010 and 2014, the figure was 879. The data is self-explanatory and raises a pertinent question: Has the nation made any dent on the Naxal movement?
A senior IPS officer in his book notes: “We are fighting the war on their (Naxalites) terms, not our terms.” Pointing out the reasons for anti-Naxal operations not producing any worthwhile results in spite of huge investments and heavy deployment, he says, “The tragedy is that vast resources have been placed at the disposal of those who are simply not fit to command—who do not have slightest idea of combat.” Although anti-Naxal operations are coordinated efforts of Central and state police forces, the former has deployed over 108 battalions (134,667 personnel approx.)—83 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 15 battalions of the Border Security Force (BSF), five battalions each of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in the Naxal-hit areas. The states have deployed an estimated 30,000 police personnel. If we combine the total strength, 164,667 pair of boots are on the ground to crush an estimated 10,000-15,000 armed Naxalites—10 jawans to kill one Naxalite…
The curse of Bastar: Tribals caught in the war against Red terror
On the night of November 25, 2014, adivasis in Dantewada’s Jangampal village, about 400 km south of Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh, noticed a battalion of security personnel appearing on the hillock overlooking their village. By dawn, their worst fear had come true. For about 30 minutes, the 150 armed security personnel, who had descended on the village, hauled up the men and beat the women and children. At the end of the operation, 26 men from Jangampal and the neighbouring villages of Chhota Tongpal and Chuleras had been picked up. They were told that they would be released after being questioned. Fellow villagers feared they would be taken away, branded Maoists and killed. Madka Ram Sodi, former village head of Jangampal, narrates what took place at the Kukanar police station, where he and 25 others were taken. “They made me sign a document stating that I was a witness to seizure and had seen the men participating in Maoist activities,” he says.
Out of 26 men, 11 were released after questioning. Charges were framed against 15, who got acquitted this month. The disturbing Jangampal incident is a typical example of how, every time Maoist activity intensifies in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division, adivasis are picked up and framed as Maoists or sympathisers who aid them in anti-state activities. While some of these villagers are released after preliminary enquiries, most waste away in prisons for years unaware even of the charges against them. Prisons in Bastar are the most over-crowded in the country with occupancy rates exceeding 400 per cent in jails in the Kanker and Dantewada districts in 2012. The high acquittal rate (96 per cent between 2005 & 2012 in Dantewada’s district and sessions court) suggests that most of the accused are eventually set free.
However, acquittal comes only after the accused have been subjected to unusually long trials – a clearly appalling case of justice delayed being justice denied. Documents related to four cases including the Jangampal one (see side stories), copies of which are with HT, point to flimsy charges, forced confessions and shoddy investigations. Then, there are specific social factors that set apart under-trials in this region from those in the rest of the country. “Many men and women here have the same name. As a result, the wrong person may get picked up,” says lawyer Shalini Gera, who provides voluntary legal aid to adivasis in Bastar.
Naxals call for ‘protest week’
Nagpur: The Naxals have appealed to the masses in their strongholds of Central India’s hinterlands to observe ‘protest week’ between April 25 and May 1 against the land acquisition bill. The rebels have claimed that there would be violent opposition if government compels farmers to surrender land. The communist Party of India (Maoist) has appealed for agitation issuing a press note. Dandakaranya special zonal committee (DKSZC), a potent wing of the CPI (Maoist) in Central India’ Gadchiroli and parts of Chhattisgarh, has urged the people to organize various forms of protests including road blockade and agitating at government offices against the land acquisition bill.
The rebels, in their press release, have lambasted prime minister Narendra Modi and his government for trying to enforce an anti-peasant enactment to usurp their ancestral properties on the pretext of development. The guerrilla rebels have also stated that Modi is trying to hand over country’s resources to the foreign corporate companies under various schemes.
Maoists on rampage in Jharkhand
Around 70 to 80 armed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, stormed into Pasiya village under Chak panchayat (village level local self government institution) in Manatu block in Palamu District on April 25 and set ablaze the equipment of a cell phone tower, reports The Pioneer. The Maoists also set ablaze a tractor–cum–trolley and assaulted the driver of the tractor Dineshwar Ram. Palamu District Superintendent of Police (SP) Patel Mayur K Lal confirmed the incident and claimed that the Maoists did this to hog limelight.
Maoists set ablaze vehicles, machines in Chhattisgarh
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres set ablaze vehicles and machines deployed in construction of road from Godalbay to Kamar Bhaudi village under Piparchedi Police Station limits in Gariaband District on April 25, reports The Pioneer. According to Police, the incident happened under Piparchedi Police Station limits when some armed ultras reached the spot and set ablaze a JCB machine, water tanker and road roller deployed in the construction work. Soon after the incident the Maoists ran away from the spot threatening not to resume construction work, Police said. No casualty or injury incident was reported and a case was registered with Piparchedi Police Station in this connection.
Three RDF leaders held under UAPA in Kerala
Three leaders of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a pro- Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) organisation, have been arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Thiruvananthapuram District on April 23-24, after they were found distributing pamphlets, titled ‘Maoism is not terrorism’, reports Indian Express. While two persons, identified as RDF state secretary Mannur Ajayakumar and state committee member Karivaloor Ramakrishnan, were arrested from Iritty in Kannur, another, identified as T Sugathan, state president of RDF, was arrested by Police from the Kozhikode Press Club on April 24, where he had gone to hold a press conference to protest against the arrest of his colleagues.
The Huallaga Region, and above all the Upper Huallaga is strategic, and each day of greater importance; not only because of its huge potential in natural riches, whose plundering by the World Bank, the International Development Bank and imperialist enterprises in collusion with the great bourgeoisie and the Peruvian State have been planned for years, but mainly because of the vigor with which the People’s War develops there. Its forcefulness and advances are clearly seen in the hard blows administered against the reactionary armed forces, such as the destruction of the army barracks in Madre Mia, added to the numerous ambushes which followed, among which these stand out: against the army again, on the highway connecting Uchiza and Progreso, in the second part of 1989, annihilating a lieutenant and seven soldiers, with four wounded and the surrender of three; and against the police in Villa Palma, with the annihilation six police and two wounded; both in September.
And in October, the ambush against an army convoy with 35 troops, of whom one officer and four soldiers died, and leaving 12 wounded. Guerrilla actions which, given the conditions of their development, considerably increase the annihilations against authorities, snitches, infiltrators, spies and enemies of all kinds. Around the elections, as in the entire country, these actions increased, especially against municipal authorities and candidates, paralleling an intense campaign among the masses calling on them not to vote; with all this, in spite of the bloody genocidal electoral repression, it could not prevent a high degree of absenteeism. On the other hand, it is of substantial importance for revolution and counterrevolution (or its risk) the greater repercussion of the People’s War each day in the areas bordering the north of San Martin, all of Huanuco and Ucayali; obviously this prospect, as that in the rest of the country, increases the nightmares of reaction, disrupting still more their uneasy sleep of a cornered beast.
But the struggle there also justly hits the genocidal demagogue himself, Garcia Perez, capturing and flattening the cattle ranches “Acuario” and “Mi Sueo,” of his property, located at Km. 35 on the Federico Basadre Highway, and at Km. 7 on the highway to Nueva Requena; attacked on May 24 and June 5 of 1989, respectively; distributing the confiscated goods and cattle among the masses (more than 700 persons participated), among these were 188 cattle and 50 calves, six horses, 15 pigs, etc.; and destroying calamine, dozens of drums of petroleum and oil, 10 tractors, three (large) electric generators, etc. Of course, that is nothing compared to the immense crimes committed by this sinister individual; meanwhile, let us get one hair out of the wolf; some day the people will do justice. The situation in the Huallaga Region raises an important concern of a possible direct intervention by Yankee imperialism. This matter revolves around the prospect that the contradiction nation versus imperialism might become principal, which would represent a basic change in the strategic and development of the People’s War in Peru. A magazine of the United States army states:
“Finally, and more seriously, the United States confronts one aspect of the insurgency in Latin America which offers a greater threat, but one which perhaps could still provide us with the weapon allowing us to recover the moral superiority, which we apparently have lost. “There is an alliance among some drug traffickers and some insurgents. Several countries in Latin America confront the corruption of their rulers and military officers. These countries make an effort to treat the problem with the uncertain support of the United States and with varying degrees of success. The dollars earned by the drug traffickers are delivered to the boxes of certain guerrillas or, possibly, in the form of weapons and material, to the hands of the guerrilla.
“A solidification of this connection in the public perception and in Congress will carry us to the necessary support to counter these guerrilla terrorists/drug traffickers in this hemisphere. It would be relatively easy to generate such support once the connection is proven and a total war is declared by the National Command Authority. Congress would have difficulty preventing the support for our allies with the training, advising and security assistance necessary for them to fulfill their mission. The religious and academic groups who tirelessly have supported Latin American insurgents would see themselves in an indefensible moral position. “
Above all, we would have an unblemished moral position from which to launch a coordinated offensive effort, for which we would count the resources of the Department of Defense and the rest of the sources. The recent operation in Bolivia is a first step. Instead of answering defensively to each insurgency according to the individual case, we could initiate actions in coordination with our allies. Instead of immersing ourselves in the legislative mesh and the financial constraints characteristic of our position of security assistance, we could answer the threat more swiftly. Instead of debating each separate threat, we can begin to perceive the hemisphere as a unity, and at last arrive at developing the vision that we so much need.”
(Military Review, Spanish-American Edition, May 1987, pp. 49-51.)
Thus, “drug trafficking” is a “weapon to recover the moral superiority” of Yankee imperialism, providing it with a “moral position for a coordinated offensive” and with the “hemispheric vision,” which it now lacks. These criteria, obviously more developed than before, guide Yankee politics. We see very clearly how sinister is the plan to slander the People’s War as “narco-terrorism” and whose interests it serves, and what the aim of the Old State is, of reaction, of revisionism, of the opportunists and their lackeys of all kinds, whose arch-reactionary campaigns for many years have slandered and charged the People’s War with “narco-terrorism.” The objective of such slander is plainly and simply to promote the aggression and intervention by Yankee imperialism, serving and defending their interests, as well as those of Peruvian reaction.
That is why we must expose even further the counterrevolutionary essence of presenting the People’s War as “terrorism” or “narco-terrorism”; we must denounce the increasing Yankee intervention and its plans of aggression. Let’s develop and popularize our anti- imperialist campaign of, “Yankees Go Home!”. Let’s aim better and make an effort to unite the Peruvian people, the immense majority of them, on the basis of the peasant-worker alliance; to prepare ourselves ideologically, politically and organically to continue developing the People’s War under any circumstances, raising even higher Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Gonzalo Thought; to go on fighting each day persistently and relentlessly to conquer Power in all the country, as part of the world proletarian revolution, to which we are linked stronger than ever in the overflowing cause of Communism; and to hit our enemies accurately and stunningly, whoever they are, and even more so Yankee imperialism, as we already did in the attack of Santa Lucia, its military base of anti-national aggression, on April 7, one day before the general elections of 1990.
CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF PERU
Ediciones Bandera Roja, May 1990
‘Maoist Links’: RDF State Prez Held
KOZHIKODE:The Chemmangad police on Friday arrested Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) state president T Sugathan on charges of having links with Maoist group. According to police, the arrest was made based on the case related to appearance of posters, which said ‘Maoism Bheekaravadam Alla, Vimochanathinte Vazhikatti’ (Maoism is not extremism, but the road to liberty), registered by the Iritty police. Ajayan Mannoor and Karivelloor Ramakrishnan, both functionaries of the RDF, had been picked up by the police in the case the other day.
Earlier, two activists of the RDF had been taken into custody on charges of organising a campaign at Parappa in Kasargod. They had been released after interrogation. Later, Ajayan and Ramakrishnan were arrested and slapped with charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Grow Vasu, a former Naxalite leader, convened a press conference at the Press Club here on Friday to condemn the arrest of the RDF leaders. Sugathan, hailing from Chombal in Vadakara, came to the city to attend the press meet and he was picked up by the police from Muthalakkulam as he was leaving the Press Club around 1 pm. RDF leaders and Grow Vasu raised slogans against the police protesting against the arrest.
Maoist women ‘wing commander’ arrested in Jharkhand
Hazaribagh Police arrested Asha Kiran, women ‘wing commander’ of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) from the jungle of Aulaunja village of Katkamsandi block of Hazaribagh District on April 23, reports The Pioneer. Police also arrested a local doctor who was treating her. After the arrest, the Police admitted her to sadar hospital in Hazaribagh. Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhilesh Jha said they received a tip-off that a Maoist women ‘wing commander’ came to village to attend a marriage ceremony.
After the ceremony she came to know that she is suffering from brain malaria. She called a local doctor for the treatment in the jungles of Aulaunja village. Kiran has been associated with CPI-Maoist for last 12 years and holds an important position in the organisation. SP Jha said her teammates Sarita and Karo have reached up to the Jharkhand Regional Committee of the Maoist group. SP Jha said Asha is accused in 20 cases in Hazaribagh, Chatra, Gaya and Bokaro District since 2006. The SP said after the interrogation, she will be sent to Hazaribagh Central Jail along with the local doctor.
Major Naxal ambush averted in Gadchiroli
Timely intelligence inputs helped police avert what could have been a major tragedy in Gadchiroli district. The police found an improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 25 kilograms planted by Naxals in an area that security personnel and policemen posted in Kotami frequented to get mobile phone network to talk to their families. According to reports, the Naxals studied the movement of security personnel for two months before planting the IED to ambush them. Sources in Gadchiroli police said Kotami is about 15 kilometres away from the Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh. In order to put an end to the Naxal activities, the police had opened a post in Kotami only two months ago. Men from the local police, state reserve police force and C-60 commandos are working at the post.
It is the heart of the economic process of Peruvian society, whose vertex is Lima and it is key within the State’s geopolitical plan, considering this reality, the action and development of the People’s War in this region is better understood. There the struggle increases in intensity and shows sharper characteristics than in other locations; sabotages there are tremendously stunning, like the leveling to the ground of the SAIS of Tupac Amaru and Ramon Castilla, or the Los Andes fish farm, or the offices and encampment of the Pichis-Palcazu project; and among these, the [confiscation] of SAIS’s Tupac Amaru horses used by the army; and sabotage of the agricultural enterprise of Romero, a concoction of bureaucratic capitalism and the big bourgeoisie, in Chanchamayo, where 10,000 sacks of coffee were destroyed.
Great sabotages against the State enterprises; at Enafer, blowing up of locomotives or derailments like those in Yauli and Chuccis; attacks at Centromin, sabotages in mines of Casapalca and Morococha, in the latter paralyzing the mineral concentrator or in Oroya paralyzing the refinery and foundry, besides the derailments of trains loaded with minerals; at Electroperu, the taking down of towers, 59 of them during the November armed strike, thus generating large and extensive blackouts. Also, blowing up of bridges: Four in Mucllo, Comas and Concepcion-Satipo highway. Moreover, not just State mining is hit, also hit are two other “private” mining centers like Allpamina, property of R. Gubbins, notorious member of the big bourgeoisie. In addition, of great importance are the cattle (livestock) requisitions and invasions of land, 8,200 sheep and 10,300 hectares, all for the masses, mainly for the poor peasantry.
That way the traditional economic base of Peruvian society is seriously hit and the basis of the Old State deeply undermined in this region, as in others. It is in turn very important how the People’s War penetrates into the central jungle strips, developing in the provinces of Tarma, Chanchamayo and Satipo; while at the same time empowering the class struggle in Huancayo, the departmental Capital, whose undeniable examples are the mobilizations [and rallies] by 5,000 high school students secondaries in July, and 15,000 students in October; besides the selective annihilations of authorities and candidates, which shake up the entire region (in August, in Tarma, the sub prefect was the only remaining civil authority; while in Huancayo the sub prefect and lieutenant-mayor [appointed by the regime] were annihilated; and in Concepcion the provincial mayor); and to emphasize how the struggle is elevated, ambushes against Centromin and Enafer train were carried out.
As regards the municipal elections, in order to activate them and control them they brought troops from Lima, Trujillo, Iquitos and Tacna; they unleashed electoral blackmail, genocide and psychological warfare, deploying thousands of soldiers and police from their repressive forces. There too, the Party applied the armed strike from the 11th to the 13th throughout the region. It was a remarkable success and the masses observed it, especially in Junin and Pasco. Through force reaction tried to break the strike and force the people to vote, and to that end, from the eve of the elections, above all in the marginal neighborhoods of the major cities, they began to drive the masses like if they were cattle. But they failed in their effort to obtain a large voter turnout since the absenteeism was massive; despite the collaboration of revisionists, opportunists and reactionaries, the elections had to be held only in the departmental and provincial capitals.
CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF PERU
Ediciones Bandera Roja, May 1990
The manufactured Maoists
The story of 514 hapless Jharkhand men who were lured into surrendering as Naxals
March 28, 2014: Pamesh Prasad, 21, a second-year BCom student and resident of Khunti district in Jharkhand, files a complaint at the Lower Bazaar police station in Ranchi accusing Dinesh Prajapati, owner of a local coaching centre named Digdarshan Institute, of cheating him after promising to get him recruited into a paramilitary force. Prasad claims that Prajapati took Rs.2 lakh from him in May 2012 and connected him to his friend Ravi Bodra, said to be a former military intelligence informer.
Bodra, Prasad alleged, informed him about jobs being available in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under the “surrender policy”. All he had to do was claim to be a Naxalite, surrender before the CRPF with weapons supplied by Bodra, spend some months in jail and then get recruited into the central force as a reformed extremist. Prasad took the bait and was lodged in the CRPF’s elite CoBRA battalion camp located in Ranchi’s old jail campus.
There were hundreds of other wide-eyed, young, mostly tribal men like him in the “open jail”, aspiring to wear uniforms and rise above their impoverished existence. But with the promised recruitment nowhere in sight, he fled-much before a top cop in the CRPF smelt a rat and pulled down the curtains on a diabolic scam. His efforts to pursue the men who took him for a ride succeeded only about two years later, when a tribal chief minister managed to push an apparently reluctant state police to investigate the complaints.
Woman Naxal held in Chhattisgarh
Rajnandgaon (C’garh), Apr 24 (PTI) A woman Naxal deputy commander, carrying a reward of Rs three lakh on her head, was arrested from the forests of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district today, police said. “The arrested rebel has been identified as Shanti Kovachi, deputy-commander of LOS (local operation squad) active in Madanwada-Kodekhurse region on Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border,” Inspector General of Police Durg Range, Pradeep Gupta said. Based on specific inputs that Kovachi was hiding in Amakodo-Pitameta forests under Sitagaon police station limits, a joint squad of district force, Special Task Force (STF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), was sent to the spot, the IG said. “While security personnel were encircling the region, they spotted a woman trying to escape into core forests, following which she was nabbed after a chase,” the IG said. Besides, one walkie talkie, Naxal literature, a bag, medicines and other commodities of daily use were also recovered from her possession, he added.
A resident of Petemeta village of Rajnandgaon district, Shanti had joined the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in 2007 and later elevated to the rank of deputy commander in 2011, the IG said adding that she was provided with an INSAS rifle. “She was involved several naxal incidents, including torching vehicles involved in construction work and triggering blast during recently concluded Panchayat elections,” the IG added.
Explosives found from jungle
Security personnel today recovered explosives from Porahat jungle under Goilkera police station in adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. The recovery was made during a search operation launched in the naxal-infested pockets in the jungle when the security personnel comprised of CRPF and district armed police stumbled upon the explosives kept hidden in Padua village, said Superintendent of Police, Michael Raj S. Raj said the search team have recovered two IEDs of 25 kgs each, six mortars, rocket launcher shell, naxal literature and uniform. Later, the IEDs have been defused by the bomb disposal squad, he said.
Abducted village official found dead in Bastar
Raipur, Apr 24 (PTI) A darbha janpad panchayat member, who was abducted by Maoists, was found dead in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said today. The body of Panduram (42) was found at Chingur Nullah in Tulsi Dongri area?under Darbha police station limits yesterday evening, Darbha Station House Officer Durgesh Sharma told PTI. Panduram was abducted along with his assistant Sanat Sethiya on April 21 from his native place Koleng, around 350 km away from the Chhattisgarh state capital Raipur, by a group of armed Maoist cadres, he said.
However, Sethiya was later released on Thursday, he said. After receiving a complaint from Panduram’s family members, police teams were sent to interiors of the region to trace him, but his body was found lying at Chingur Nullah, near his native place, he said, adding that his body was handed over to his relatives after postmortem. “His body bears multiple grievous injuries which indicate that he was beaten to death. However, only a postmortem report could establish the exact cause behind his death,” he said. Preliminary investigations revealed that Maoists were enraged with Panduram’s move to contest janpad panchayat polls despite warnings by cadres, he said.
OPPOSE THE DEVIOUS DECISION TO INSTALL CCTV CAMERAS IN WOMEN’S BARRACKS IN BYCULLA JAIL!
THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO PRIVACY CANNOT BE COMPROMISED; EVEN IN PRISONS! IN SOLIDARITY WITH MS. ANGELA HARISH SONTEKKE, ON HER HUNGER STRIKE, AGAINST THE INHUMAN, DEGRADING INCURSIONS INTO THE PRIVACY OF WOMEN PRISONERS!
Ms. Angela Harish Sontekke, a 45 year old political under-trial prisoner went on hunger strike in the Byculla prison against the devious decision of the prison authorities to install CCTV cameras in the barracks of women prisoners. She was so resolute in her decision to stand up against any act to denigrate, violate the dignity and privacy of the women prisoners that the whimsical jail authorities had to respect the dignified resilience of the women prisoners. Ms. Angela Sontekke resorted to the extreme step of hunger strike as the authorities went ahead despite the strong reservations and apprehensions expressed by the women prisoners, who saw in this act of the prison authorities, a clear instance of violation of privacy of the space of women prisoners and a concrete instance of degrading them further in a highly insensitive and generally anti-women space like prisons in the Indian subcontinent—a wee bit worse for them than the larger penitentiary outside its four walls.
Angela Sontekke, an alleged Maoist member has spent many of her years of incarceration in the Byculla jail as an under-trial political prisoner. The state foisted 17 cases on her of which she got acquittal in 15 cases and bail on the 16th one. On case no. 655 of 2011, under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the sessions’ court turned down the bail application of Angela Sontekke, a double MA, who has taught in various schools and colleges in Maharashtra. It was the CPDR (Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights) fact-finding in the Byculla jail that brought out the news of the hunger strike of Ms. Angela Sontekke. As reported on the 1 April 2015, the male jail staff arrived with cables at the barrack no. 3 where Angela is put up. On enquiry they told that they were going to set up CCTV cameras inside the barracks. Angela and other inmates immediately protested as this was violating their privacy.
In the scorching summer in Maharashtra, women prisoners use minimum clothes while they sleep. Apart from this, in the crowded and inhospitable barracks, skin diseases are rampant and women have to apply medicines on their body. They don’t have any other space than the barrack to change their clothes. Despite the protests of the prisoners, the jail authorities insisted that they will go ahead with implementing the orders. In the evening of the same day and on the next day morning the jail superintendent Mr. Indukar came to barrack no. 3 and told the inmates that he was in no mood for any discussions and charged Ms. Angela of instigating the other prisoners. It’s shocking to see how standing up for ones fundamental rights becomes instigation in the eyes of the Superintendent. The next step of the superintendent falls nothing short of high-handedness and brutality. He threatened Ms. Angela to: (i) put her in 24 hour isolation and (ii) to put a case on her for not allowing jail officials to perform their duties. Angela and the other prison inmates explained that they don’t have any objections to CCTVs being set up at the entrance of the barracks, corridors, court yard, at the gate, steps and offices.
Their only objection was on the decision to install the cameras inside the barracks. Significantly the circular issued by Meera Borwankar, I.G., Prisons—which Ms. Angela got access to—states that CCTV cameras ought to be installed at: (i) main gate; (ii) judicial office; (iii) High Security Cells; & (iv) mulaqaat rooms. The circular does not state that cameras should be installed inside the barracks. What is clear as in many other instances is the near total lawlessness inside the penitentiaries in the Indian subcontinent where what runs large is the writ of the local officials who use their power to further corruption, misappropriation all under the smokescreen of implementing the law!
Prisons in India have only flourished on the objectives set in motion during the colonial days—to use it as a disciplining / punishing centre where round the clock surveillance of the prisoner and breaking the will as well as dignity of the political prisoner let alone the others is the norm. And in the case of women political prisoners it becomes worse. On 2 April 2015, after bandi, at around 6.30 pm about 10-12 jail staff reached Barrack No. 3 and took Ms. Angela away saying that she was being kept in a “separate” cell – obviously as punishment for opposing the CCTV installation. Angela protested by immediately going on hunger strike since that evening. On 3rd April 2015, no jail staff came for rounds because of it being Good Friday and a public holiday.
On 4th April 2015, Angela met the Chief Medical Officer to inform him that she was on a hunger strike. The Officer took her weight and taking note of her frail health issued a note to the higher officers. 5 April being Sunday none of the jail officials visited the barracks or the separate cell in which Ms. Angela was kept. On 6 April 2015, as the cells were opened for the inmates to come to the courtyard, every inmate was asked not to speak to Angela. Meanwhile Angela submitted her letter to a prison officer making it clear that she was on a hunger strike and with the demands that (i) the CCTV cameras not be installed inside the barracks; and (ii) that she be returned to the barracks. The barbarity of the prison authorities can be gauged by their insipid insecurity that the inmates may lose the fear of being isolated, humiliated, tortured and debased. For they also knew that Angela was on the other side of fear, resolute on her demands and the prison authorities were helpless.
Hence, instead of considering her demands, they could only punish her more severely by putting her in an “isolation” cell with no contact with other inmates. As Angela continued her hunger strike for the 5th day her weight came down to 57 kgs. The Superintendent had to come to meet her on 7th April 2015, to tell her that she was always standing between him and the measures he was trying to implement. But true to the spirit of the legendary Angela Davis, Angela Sontekke was in no mood to accept things that she cannot change. Rather she was always ready to change things that she cannot accept. She pointed out that she did not oppose measures which were in the interest of women inmates, and pointed out that CCTV cameras inside the barracks were in violation of women inmates’ right to privacy. Mr. Indukar finally gave an assurance that he would consider her demands and Ms. Angela was removed from the isolation cell by evening.
Based on this, and the assurance given to her, Angela withdrew her hunger strike on that evening. As the news spread outside through the media on the design to install CCTVs inside women’s barracks in the Byculla jail, the prison authorities had to beat a hasty retreat. Mr. Indukar had earlier belittled before the fact finding team of Advocates Maharukh Adenwala and Susan Abraham the strong reservations of the women prisoners as he said that only the women staff will operate the CCTV. The team had to point out to him that just because women are operating the CCTVs in itself will not ensure that they will not be misused. Moreover anyone could get access to the footage.
More than the fact that the resoluteness of Ms. Angela Sontekke has brought the issue to the forefront of the authorities as well as the larger world outside, it is the total insensitivity and the urge to enforce discipline at any cost through punitive measures so as to brutalize and degrade the prisoner to the least possible denominator that takes us back to what Nelson Mandela once reminisced: It is sad that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones…
In Solidarity, SAR Geelani Amit Bhattacharyya Rona Wilson
President Secretary General Secretary, Public Relations
COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS 185/3, FOURTH FLOOR, ZAKIR NAGAR, NEW DELHI-110025
Statement from Delhi University Teachers Association
DUTA demands Immediate Release
In the eleven months that DU’s teacher-activist Dr. G.N. Saibaba has been incarcerated, under UAPA provisions, in the Nagpur Central Jail, he has been subjected to barbaric treatment by the jail authorities and the Maharashtra Police. Dr. Saibaba’s acute physical disability and life-threatening conditions have been disregarded and he has been denied basic facilities including toilet facilities and helper, prescribed nutrients and medicines necessary for his survival. He is 90% disabled and bound to a wheelchair.
He is also suffering from a deteriorating heart-illness and has been medically advised to undergo immediate angiography. Despite this, he has been deliberately confined in circumstances that have only speeded up the further deterioration of his health condition. This amounts to a deliberate slow poisoning and judicial murder by the State. The DUTA believes that the State, under no pretext, has the prerogative to withdraw a citizen’s Fundamental Right to Life.
However, that is precisely the case in relation to Dr. Saibaba’s present situation. It is tragic enough that despite being required to safeguard and uphold constitutional democracy, the State has chosen to deny a person the right to hold on to his political beliefs. Further, it is nothing short of a monstrous travesty of justice to presume his guilt even before the law has had the opportunity to study the entirety of evidence and reach any conclusion on the charges that have been levelled against Dr. Saibaba.
The DUTA reiterates its sense of outrage at the unlawful and utterly undemocratic manner in which his ‘arrest’ was carried out in May 2014. The police have trampled upon the civil rights of Dr. Saibaba and his family members. Its impunity merits widespread disapproval and protest from all civilised and democratic sections of society. The DUTA expresses its shock that Dr. Saibaba had to resort to a hunger-strike in the Nagpur Central Jail in order to draw attention to the barbaric conditions in which he was being kept.
After six days of hunger strike, during which there was no response from the jail authorities, he became unconscious and had to be admitted to hospital. Now that he has been brought back to the jail, the DUTA expresses grave concern for his safety and condemns the Jail authorities and Maharashtra Police for attempting to deviously eliminate him in custody. The DUTA demands an immediate release of Dr. G.N. Saibaba and urges the State to grant him the right to face trial under relevant sections of the Cr.pc, including Section 437. It also calls upon all civil liberties and democratic rights organisations to collectively strive to secure justice for Dr. Saibaba.
NANDITA NARAIN – President DUTA
HARISH KHANNA – Secretary, DUTA
Maoist call Bihar-Jharkhand bandh on Saturday
RANCHI: Protesting arrest of Special Area Committee (SAC) member Shiv Prasad Singh alias Rohit ji in Jharkhand and ten others from different parts of Bihar during the last one week, CPI Maoists have given a call for Bihar and Jharkhand bandh this Saturday. Essential services like medical facilities and marriage parties would be allowed free movement during bandh hours beginning Friday midnight. Spokesperson Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) of CPI (Maoist) Gopal ji accused the police of using highhandedness in Bihar on behest of JD (U) MLA Raju Kumar Singh of Sahebgunj constituency. He said that one Pintu Ram of Bhagwanpur in Saran district, Dipak Ram and Baskit Sahmu also of Saran and Yugesh Yadav of Chitwa bandh village in Aurangabad district were arrested by police along with six other villagers from Muzaffarpur district on direction of Sahebgunj MLA. “Police have beaten them up in custody and have been torturing them,”Gopal Ji said condemning the police act.
The Maoists have also taken up the cause of forest dwellers of Jharkhand-Bihar who depend on minor forest produce for their livelihood. “Police have intensified their operations in the jungles and have restricted the villagers from venturing into the forests to collect Mahua or firewood,” Gopal ji said claiming that this would lead the villagers to die of starvation. “Most of the villagers in forest area depend upon Mahua collection during this season to support their livelihood but if they are forced to remain indoors they would not be able to earn a penny and ultimately would be forced to migrate as labourers,” he added.
Maoists have ruled out giving any bandh call on Wednesday. Responding to media reports in vernacular about the Wednesday bandh, Gopal ji said that police intelligence experts are behind false propaganda. “We had not extended any bandh call for Wednesday but common life was badly hit after such a message, though false, was circulated by the security agencies,” Gopal ji said threatening to deal with such acts of cheating sternly in future.
Naxal commander gunned down in police encounter
RAIPUR: A Naxal commander was gunned down in an encounter between Maoists and police in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district today.
Rifles, bullets and can bombs recovered during anti-naxal operation
Sasaram :-Security forces today recovered three rifles, two bullets and two can bombs planted under a road bridge during anti-naxal operation in Bihar’s Rohtas district today. Deputy Inspector General of Police Sahabad range Mohammad Rahman said following information about Maoists presence in Oardaja village in forest of Kaimur a joint team of CRPF and state police launched a combing operation. The security forces recovered three rifles and two bullets, the DIG said. While returning, the security forces found two can bombs planted under a road bridge in Alampur road. The can bombs weighed 15 kg and 10 kg respectively, he said. Security forces are on alert in Bihar and Jharkhand following naxal incidents in Chhattisgarh.
Maoist courier held with fabric for rebels
The Dantewada police have arrested a person who was allegedly carrying fabric to be used for uniforms of the Maoists. Around 220 metre of Raymond fabric was seized from Pukhraj Chandak, a resident of Geedam in Dantewada, yesterday. According to Dantewada SP Kam Lochan Kashyap, Chandak had taken an order from a Darbha-based Maoist Deva, member of the Darbha Division Committee of CPI (Maoist). “Pukhraj brought this cloth from Ahmedabad and was going in his vehicle to deliver it to Deva when he was arrested,” Kashyap said. Chandak had been acting as a Maoist courier and had earlier supplied them medicines, ration, uniforms and other material, said the police.
This is the not the first instance that quality fabric was seized by the state police that was allegedly meant for the uniforms of Maoists. In 2007, two Bilaspur-based top cloth merchants were arrested from whom the then spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee had purchased a large quantity of cloth, which was subsequently stitched into uniforms by a Raipur-based tailor. While the cloth traders had admitted to selling the fabric, they claimed ignorance about its end use.
Maoists also have tailoring units in Bastar where special units of guerrillas stitch uniforms for their comrades. Considering that Bastar has at least 6000 armed cadres, these units almost regularly stitch uniforms. This correspondent earlier met one such Maoist couple, Kanker-based Naresh and Preeti, who never participated in any ambush as their chief task was to stitch uniforms. Since they live an extremely tough life in forests, they pointed out, their leaders often provide them quality fabric to ensure that the uniforms last longer.
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda again goes on hunger strike
Berhampur (Odisha): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda has again started hunger strike in Berhampur Circle Jail here. Earlier, Panda was on hunger strike from March 31 to April 4 protesting his solitary confinement in the jail and accusing authorities of stopping his letters from reaching the court. He also demanded that he be provided with the list of cases pending against him in different police stations. The rebel leader had postponed his strike after jail authorities assured that they would draw the attention of the authorities to his demands.
Since his demands were not fulfilled, he is on an indefinite fast since yesterday, said his advocate Deepak Patnaik. Sabyasachi was served food, but he is not eating anything since yesterday, said Assistant Jailor Satya Narayan Behera. In another development, Dandapani Mohanty, who is lodged in the same jail for alleged Maoist activities, threatened to launch a hunger strike from tomorrow. Mohanty, convener of Damana Pratirodha Manch, a human rights organisation, was arrested from his house here on February 8, 2013.
Secret Maoist meeting: NIA submits charge sheet
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against five persons, including a former scientist at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, in a case relating to a secret meeting of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a front organisation of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), at Mavelikara in December 2012. The accused in the charge sheet, filed at the NIA special court Kochi, were identified as Rajesh Madhavan, 34, of Mavelikara; Bahuleyan, 50, of Chirayinkeezh, Thiruvananthapuram; Devarajan, 50, of Mayyanad, Kollam; Ajaya Kumar alias Ajayan of Muvattupuzha; and Gopal, 52, of Rajilpakkom, Chennai. Gopal is a former scientist with Kalpakkam atomic research centre.
Odisha appoints 347 SPOs as OAFP Constables
The Odisha Government has brought huge relief to the 347 Special Police Officers (SPOs) by appointing them as Constables in the Odisha Auxiliary Police Force (OAFP), reports odishanewsinsight.com on April 23. This is in recognition to their satisfactory performance over the last three years. These SPOs, mostly tribal and women, will help the special forces in combating Maoists in various areas of the State. Their appointment as Constables was approved by CM Naveen Patnaik on April 22. Out of these 347 personnel, 196 are from Rayagada, followed by Koraput (67), Deogarh (35), Jajpur (20), Ganjam (12), Keonjhar (8), Rourkela (6), Sundargarh (2) and Nuapada (1).