Suspended professor accused of Maoist links released on bail
Suspended Delhi University professor G N Saibaba who was lodged in the central prison here after being accused of Maoist links was released today after he was granted temporary bail for three months by the Bombay High Court. The wheel-chair bound English lecturer was arrested by the Maharashtra police in May, 2014 for his alleged links with top leaders of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and lodged in Nagpur central prison for over a year. His worsening health condition was the main ground for his release, officials said.
Maoist arrested in Husnabad
The Husnabad police have arrested a Maoist deputy commander and seized 37 gelatine sticks, which were planned to planted underneath the culverts and bridges. The arrest of Maoist leader and recovery of gelatine sticks attained importance as Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had planned to conduct bus yatra in the region on Saturday to participate in the Haritha Haram programme. Disclosing this to newsmen here on Friday, Superintendent of Police D. Joel Davis said that Maoist Musaki Adma (22), a native of Sikhpal village in Jagdalpur district of Chatisgarh State was associated with the Maoist party since 2007 as part of Radical Balala Sangham (RBS). From 2009 to 2013, he worked as deputy dalam commander of Molangur dalam.
With the permission of dalam, he returned to his native village and started working as informer and providing information about the police informers and movement of police to the dalam. Following the instructions of dalam commander Roshan, he reached Husnabad and started working as a labourer at the construction sites at the culverts and bridges and collecting the explosives to hand over to the dalam. On Friday, the police conducted the regular vehicle checking at the Husnabad bus stand region.
During that period, the police noticed suspicious movement of Adma. On interrogation, he informed the police that he was Maoist deputy commander in Chatisgarh state and recovered the gelatine sticks. The SP appreciated the Husnabad CI Sadan Kumar, NIB inspector Sarvar, SI Mahender Reddy and others for arresting the naxalite. Officer on Special Duty L. Subbarayudu, and Additional SP (Admn) B. Janardhan Reddy were also present.
Maoist Camp Destroyed By Security Forces In Deogarh District
A Naxalite camp was destroyed in a forest under Barkot police limits by the security forces and huge supply of arms and explosive materials were seized from the spot following an exchange of fire last night. As per the sources, the face off took place during a joint combing operation by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Voluntary Force (DVF) and armed police in the forest. When the security personnel reached close to the maoist camp, the ultras opened fire at them, which was retaliated by the force. Following the incident, combing operations in the area were intensified and more forces were deployed to track the ultras, Deogarh SP Sarah Sharma said. Meanwhile, DIG (north-central) Rajesh Kumar rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
Maoists holed up in tri-junction of TN, Kerala and Karnataka, Q Branch tells HC
MADURAI: The Q Branch, CID police on Wednesday told the Madras high court Madurai bench that three members of CPI (Maoists), a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act who were released on bail, are on the run and they are at present hiding somewhere near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. The police also said that they were carrying lethal weapons and spreading Maoist ideologies among the tribals and that efforts are on to arrest them.
Q- Branch CID, Madurai range deputy superintendent of police (DSP) N Rajaram stated this in his counters submitted before justice K Kalyanasundaram to the bail petitions moved by J Vivek alias Vivekanandan and N Ranjit, who are lodged in the Madurai Central Prison. “Hence, if the court enlarges the petitioners on bail they will abscond and join the absconding co-accused (Maoists), and will wage war against the government,” the DSP said. According to the DSP, one V Muthu lodged a complaint relating to arms training at Murugamalai Oothuparai near Periyakulam district on June 26, 2007, regarding which the Periyakulam police registered a case incorporating various provisions of the IPC, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.
The next day, the CB-CID police took up the investigation; seized some Maoist ideology books and arms from various places over the months and also arrested people including Velmurugan, Palanivel, Muthuselvam, Ranjit, Karthick, Easwran, Balan, Sundaramoorthy and Vivek, the DSP said. Vivek was on run for nearly five years and Ranjit was on run for about three-and-a-half years from the date of registration of FIR. The cases pending before the assistant sessions court, Periyakulam against the petitioners have been posted to July 10 for further hearing. Besides, non-bailable warrants are pending against the petitioner’s co-accused Velmurugan, Palanivel and Karthick from March 8, 2012. They who were released on bail still remain absconding, the DSP said. Following the counters, the judge adjourned the matter to the next Monday.
‘Q’ Branch seeks handwriting samples of Maoists
The ‘Q’ Branch police on Thursday submitted petitions before Principal District Judge (PDJ) in-charge, R. Sakthivel, here to collect the handwriting and signature samples of five Maoists and suspects arrested at Karumathampatty on May 3. Public Prosecutor (in-charge) P.E. Augustus said that they wanted the samples in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English to compare it with documents and literature seized from them. Defence counsel S. Balamurugan claimed that the police were trying to file false cases against the five using the signature and handwriting samples and sought time to file counter petitions. The issue has been posted to July 8. Meanwhile, the judge extended the judicial custody of the five — Roopesh, his wife Shyna, C. Kannan, Anoop and Veeramani — till July 8, as their custody ended on July 2. On Thursday, Veeramani and Anoop were produced before the court.
The PDJ (in-charge) said that all five of them should be produced before the court on July 8. Roopesh and Kannan were not produced as they were being questioned by the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Police, respectively. Mr. Balamurugan said that Veeramani presented a written complaint to the judge that the Kerala police took pictures and videos of him in a guesthouse and in forests in that State in mid-June. He expressed concern that it could be used to implicate him in cases. Veeramani also alleged that the police threatened to torture him.
Bail plea dismissed
The PDJ in-charge also dismissed, on Thursday, the bail plea of Masanamuthu (21) and Nagamanickam (20) who were arrested by the police for allegedly threatening the ‘Q’ Branch police at their office in Peelamedu on May 4, condemning the arrest of Maoists and their sympathisers at Karumathampatty.
Kannan, in the custody of the Aliyar police, was taken to Mettupalayam on Thursday by a team led by Valparai DSP S. Sakthivel for questioning him in connection with facilitating Santhosh Kumar (23) of Aliyar join the Maoist movement last year. According to the police, Santhosh was suspected to have been taken by members of the organisation to Kumarapuram near Mettupalayam shortly after he went missing in August last year. Police sources said that Santhosh took part in meetings at a house that was used as a library before he went to the forests for training.
Maoists allege torture in police custody
Coimbatore: Maoists, who were arrested two months ago from the city outskirts, alleged on Thursday that they were being tortured by Kerala police while in their custody and wanted to confess certain things, by threatening of dire consequences. Three of the five Maoists, arrested from Karumathampatti, were being interrogated both by Tamil Nadu Q Branch and Kerala police turn by turn. As the custody period of three accused – Veeramani, Shyna and Anoop – is ending on Thursday, they were brought to produce before First Additional District and Sessions Court here.
While being taken to the Court, Veeramani claimed that they were being tortured by Kerala police to toe their line and confess their involvement in certain cases, or face consequences. “However, we have not budged to their threats,” he said. Raising pro-Maoist slogans, the trio appeared before Judge R Shaktivel. The judge ordered to produce the accused before the Court on July 8 and allowed Shyna to be taken back to Kerala, while Veeramani and Anoop were lodged in Central jail here.
Throughout 2014, a plethora of veterans and independent Republican commentators aired their opinions on what they saw as the futility of armed actions in the current environment. Consecutive letters, interviews and press releases emerged, in what was clearly a co-ordinated if well meaning attempt to put pressure upon those Republicans still on a war footing with the British state in Ireland. The following analysis from the IRSP is not part of that public initiative and should not be viewed in that light.
Rather, five years on from the formal announcement of an end to the INLA armed campaign, it is intended as a dialectical analysis of the merits and drawbacks of continued armed actions, and from the perspective of those still deeply committed to maintaining the Revolutionary tradition in Ireland. In 2009 the Republican Socialist movement standing collectively, stated their belief that future Revolutionary struggle in Ireland would be best served using unarmed methods, while simultaneously reaffirming our opposition to the failed reformist politics of the Good Friday Agreement. That statement was made during a period, in which the remaining IRA groupings were assuring themselves and their supporters that they were in the ascendancy and following a short upsurge in armed activity including the shooting dead of two British soldiers near Antrim and a Police man in Craigavon.
In the five preceding years, the groupings involved have sustained losses well beyond any perceivable logistical or political gains which could have been attained through their combined efforts. Many scores of Republicans now languish in prison, often in sub-human conditions and facing a heartless and vindictive regime that has decades of experience in the torture and marginalising of Irish POWs. As a movement supportive of all POWs, and whose membership are all too aware of the realities and hardships of prison struggle, we have no interest appearing to belittle the position of today’s Republican prisoners and it is not for us to point out the dynamics which may have led to their incarceration. We do however maintain the right to comment upon the impact which continued armed actions have had on the general political landscape here and on the Republican Socialist struggle in particular.
The immediate impact
Firstly the imprisonment of so many political activists has been a godsend to the state and to opponents of popular political struggle in Ireland and not only in terms of bodies lost on the ground. In addition to locking up scores of Republicans; Britain has seized the opportunity to tie down remaining activists in an endless cycle of prison based campaigns; ensuring that the time, resources and energies of militantly minded Republicans are eternally deflected from the vital task of building a viable street based alternative to the corrupt political and economic setup which now exists in Ireland. This alone amounts to a successful outflanking of certain anti-GFA republicans, it is the result of a clearly thought out strategy on Britain’s behalf, yet it has rarely been mentioned by supporters of those practicing armed actions. Instead a misperception is promoted which claims that a viable armed Republican movement can magically be built on the back of prison campaigns.
Yet this is rapidly proving not to be the case, and today the partitionist states, their policy makers, financiers and apologists escape relatively unscathed from militant political and social upheaval, certainly in comparison to other European countries, as hundreds of young Republican activists here instead focus their energies (however gallantly) on white line pickets and protests relevant only to a single issue. At a time when Irish revolutionary voices could have been using their energies and talents to utilise public frustration on the street to build the Republican Socialist fight against austerity, sectarianism and the ongoing failures of partition; proponents of armed actions here are in fact depleting that potential, offering a scapegoat argument to our oppressors – who by talking up the threat – both maximise their own budgets and draconian powers and deflect the public’s mind away from the increasing raft of socio-economically grounded injustices and inequalities which are facing the Irish working class today.
This is a bizarre position for Irish Republicans to remain static within, it is neither logistically wise nor in keeping with traditional IRA practice, which since 1916 and throughout the decades always advocated recognition of when the time simply was not right to fight. Yet the self defeating dynamic remains in place, it is a dynamic which Britain and supporters of Stormont can live with indefinitely and for as long as the remaining IRA groupings allow, it will ensure that their supporter’s role in building a viable alternative to the rotten political setup here is reduced to a minimum.
The political impact of armed actions
To date the combined efforts of the various IRA groupings have resulted in British/State casualties on a par only with the least successful IRA campaigns of the past. In addition the state has learned valuable lessons from those campaigns and has chosen not to give the Republican tradition anymore martyrs but instead to wear down the morale and resources of its limited support base with a conveyor belt system of questionable arrests, convictions and increasingly harsh sentencing. In this process they have been tutored well by former Militant Republicans now loyal to the state. As unsavoury as that reality may seem, it remains a reality and one which is not likely to change should the IRA groupings remain within the tight pigeon-hole in which Britain and its Stormont subservients have clearly backed them into. Furthermore the military capability which would be required to kick hard enough in an attempt to break out of that dynamic quite simply does not exist.
The British state in Ireland has successfully gauged the extent to which the Irish public will tolerate Judicial and human rights abuses of Irish Citizens, the PSNI directed by MI5 are adhering strictly to a set policy of maximum depletion of Republican resources yet minimum comeback as in terms of any public backlash. By and large that policy is working for them and not least because the public are being taught to focus upon failing and questionable armed actions of Republicans while ignoring the litany of crimes being committed against the Irish Working Class by both the British and 26 County states; ruthless austerity, cutbacks in health and social spending and a general downgrading of the lives of ordinary people. Again this is a self-defeating dynamic, into which the Republican armed groupings have stepped and one which the British and 26-County states are happy to allow exist. And within this unfavourable environment, although IRA groupings claim that their actions are disrupting normalisation, their perceived successes have become successes in their minds only, without having adequately politicised and radicalised a new generation of young people (by stressing primarily the socio-political realities of the time) they are in reality impressing only their own small base.
What is at question here is not the right to take up arms against the oppressor; the IRSP does not and never will question that right. The only relevant question which Irish Revolutionaries should be asking themselves at this juncture is ‘what works’? Sporadic armed actions are not working; they are placing zero pressure upon either the British/Stormont or Free State regimes nor upon the capitalist economic systems which underwrite all of those states. In fact they are bolstering the budgets of British Military intelligence and handing a monthly propaganda victory to those who wish to make partition, capitalism, austerity and overt security measures appear to the general public as the rational state of affairs in Ireland; rational in comparison to actions which only achieve a temporary sense of personal achievement for the individuals involved and their supporters on the ground.
All criticisms which we as Irish Revolutionaries, as Republican Socialists have of the failed politics of Good Friday; its inescapable ethos of sectarianism, economic inequality and perpetual partition, wrapped up as it currently is, in the environment of savage Tory & Fine Gael cutbacks upon the livelihoods and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens; can, will and are being explained away by reference to the sporadic actions of the remaining IRA groupings. As with so many times in our recent history, what is required is the building and mobilising of a fighting Labour movement with a sound position on the question of Irish National Liberation, such as that mobilised by Connolly in the years running up to 1913. Years in which a similar economic reality faced the Irish working class as does today. There is no shortcut to building such a movement, it will not be achieved by one movement or party alone and it will have many hardships and setbacks. Yet now should be the prime time to set the foundations for such a movement, one which could truly challenge the status quo as it now exists, truly upset normalisation and awaken the true national and class spirit of the Irish people.
The politics of sporadic armed actions are an attempt to bypass the process of building such a movement; furthermore it is a failed attempt at doing so and one which holds the real potential to create setbacks for those who seek to build a truly effective class based resistance to capitalism and modern partitionist rule in Ireland. Just as advocates of current armed actions assert that they have a right to bear arms in the name of Irish Freedom; in the spirit of comradeship we must urge them to consider what duties come with that right. Not least the duty to consider the logistical limitations which come with practicing armed struggle perpetually in a woefully unsuitable environment. And the very real costs of that decision, both to you personally and to the cause of building a capable Revolutionary momentum, which the Irish people so dearly need and deserve.
Via The Pensive Quill
Maoists kill tribal man ahead of ‘Protest Week’
Malkangiri (Odisha), Jul 2 (PTI) Maoists killed a tribal man suspecting him to be a police informer at Chintamchilika area here as the rebels began a ‘protest week’ today demanding halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces. A group of ultras had abducted Raman Tamarabi (40) from Chintamchilika on Tuesday and his body was found in a nearby forest yesterday, police officials said. While the victim’s throat was slit, his body also had gunshot marks, they said, adding, that the ultras apparently suspected that Tamarabi was operating as an informer of the police.
The killing took place ahead of a ‘Pratibada Saptaha’ (protest week) called by the banned CPI (Maoist) demanding a halt to anti-Naxal operations by security forces. Vehicular movement was disrupted in Naxal-affected areas like Kalimela, Motu, Padia, MV-79 and Chitrakonda in the district as buses and other vehicles stopped plying fearing trouble, police officials said. As a precautionary measure, security personnel were deployed in vulnerable areas and borders with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been sealed. Combing operation and patrolling were also intensified by security forces, police officials said.
Day one of Maoist ‘protest week’ peaceful
CHINTAPALLI (Visakhapatnam): With the Maoists kicking off their protest week, Border Security Force (BSF) inspector general PS Sandhu conducted an aerial survey of the border areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh as well as Malkangiri area of Odisha on Wednesday. The IG reportedly guided the forces on combing operations and precautions to be taken in the Malkangiri area. According to sources, after the aerial survey Sandhu visited the cut-off area of Balimela reservoir, which is a Maoist stronghold, as BSF is playing the key role in anti-Maoist operations in Malkangiri district. Cops suspect that the naxals warned the traders of various areas against attending the weekly markets (shandies) during the protest week.
Nearly three to four shandies are held at various places in the Visakha Agency daily. Sources in the police department said naxals put up banners at Busiputtu area in Munchingput mandal and cops observed some suspicious movement of unidentified persons at Kumkumpudi village in GK Veedhi mandal on Tuesday. Some movement of naxals in small groups was also noticed at the interiors in the Agency area, sources said. Cops suspect that the Maoists may strike at any place to show their presence in the Agency during the protest week.
Maoists plan return to Jangalmahal
According to district intelligence sources, Maoists are again trying to establish their lost spaces in villages located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand and West Bengal-Odisha borders in West Midnapore district. The Red rebels are planning a return to Jangalmahal – the forested terrain in western part of West Bengal. While the green belt was freed of the Maoist stranglehold after the Mamata Banerjee government took over in 2011, it seems the rebels are regrouping in the area and have been secretly holding meetings with villagers having Maoist leanings. According to district intelligence sources, Maoists are again trying to establish their lost spaces in villages located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand and West Bengal-Odisha borders in West Midnapore district.
Suspicious activities were noticed in various blocks like Nayagram, Gopiballavpur, Lalgarh, Jamboni and Binpur under the Jhargram sub-division where the Maoists have made significant efforts to resurface in the past few months. It was learnt that Maoist guerrillas held several meeting with the villagers enquiring about the status of various state government schemes and promises made earlier by the Mamata Banerjee government. These meetings were held secretly with those people who once supported the Maoist movement in the forested belts. While Jamboni and Belpahari (in Binpur-II) fall along the Bengal-Jharkhand border, Nayagram and Gopiballavpur are located near the Bengal-Odisha border.
Sources said these Maoist squad members have been visiting the villages in the dark, holding meetings with the villagers and again going back to other side of the borders in the dead of the night. “As of now there is no specific report of a possible armed strike. But the Maoists are trying to sneak into the villages riding on local discontent against the state administration. During the monsoon, it is easier for them to move easily under the green cover,” sources said.
Arrest of Maoists in Coimbatore:
Police raid house in Mettupalayam
COIMBATORE: Police conducted raids at a house in Mettupalayam on Thursday on suspicion that Maoist sympathisers lived there. Police interrogations revealed that one of the arrested Maoists — S Kannan — and a few other Maoists responsible for recruiting a student, A Santhosh Kumar, to a Maoist group had held a secret meeting there. The raids were conducted based on information obtained from Kannan during inquiry. Kannan had allegedly informed police that Maoist sympathisers and members of various banned political groups had held a meeting there. Valparai police deputy superintendent of police Sakthivel and inspector Vivekanandan conducted the raids at the house in Kumarapuram in Mettupalayam.
“We have found several documents, notices and other evidence at the house that was converted into a library,” said a police official. The house was rented by these sympathisers to hold meetings. The police took Kannan to the spot for location identification. Kannan raised slogans stating that false cases were foisted on him. Meanwhile, principal district judge (in-charge) Sakthivel extended the judicial custody of five Maoists — arrested from here on May 4 — till July 8. Shyna Roopesh was brought from Ernakulam while Anoop Mathew George and C Veeramani were brought from Coimbatore central prison. Kannan and Roopesh were not produced in the the court. The judge dismissed the bail petitions of Nagamanickam and Masanamuthu, two Maoist sympathisers who were arrested by the Peelamedu police.
Maoists kill two youths
Maoist ultras shot dead two youths in Jamunia forest under Piri Bazar police station in Lakhisarai district, a police officer said today. The ultras picked up the youths, identified as Laxman Koda (22), Makhru Koda (24) from Jamunia village last night and shot them dead in a nearby forest, Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar said. The ultras killed the two for being police informers, he said. The bullet-riddled bodies of the youths have been recovered and sent to Sadar hospital in neighbouring Munger district for postmortem, the SP said. Raids were being carried to nab those responsible for the murder, Kumar added.
Anoop to be sent back to Coimbatore jail
The Ernakulam district principal and sessions on Wednesday extended the police custody of Anoop, an alleged Maoist operative and accused in the Nitta Gelatine attack case by one day. The special investigation team probing the case on Wednesday produced Anoop before the court on expiry of his 14-day custody period. On Thursday, he will be taken back to the Coimbatore Central Jail along with Shyna, another Maoist operative who is under police custody. While being produced, Anoop submitted that the SIT had forcibly collected his thumb impression on a blank paper. Earlier, he had also raised slogans supporting the protests against Nitta Gelatine at Kathikudam and hailing Maoist operations in the Western Ghats.
The case pertains to the ransacking of the Nitta Gelatine office at Panampally Nagar, SBT Avenue Road, on November 11, 2014. Meanwhile, officials said Anoop had not been cooperating with investigations during the custody period and did not respond to most of the questions. He had even turned violent on occasions during grilling. Anoop, a native of Pathanamthitta district, was brought to Kochi based on a production warrant, issued on the basis of a request by Bijo Alexander, assistant commissioner of police, Thrikkakara, who is heading the investigation in the case. Anoop was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Q branch on May 4 and is currently lodged in the Coimbatore Central Jail.
PCm Italy stands in solidarity with the proletarians and the masses in Greece who fight against the dictates of the institutions of the imperialist countries of Europe. This attack must be responded with the general struggle and the general uprising, resisting whatever it costs any agreement between the Syriza government’s and the “Troika” that brings a worsening of living and working condition of masses in Greece. The Syriza’s move to go to a referendum is a short-sighted tactical maneuver with no perspective .
If the “NO” wins, as we obviously wish, the situation will not change at all, the blackmails of Troika will only continue and intensify. If the blackmail backed by all the imperialist governments in Europe – Renzi first – prevails and the “YES” wins, it will be a “live” suicidal and will open the road to the government downfall and a new government in the hands of the Troika and Greek bourgeoisie. But, above all, it will allow Syriza to unload on the masses the responsibility for its failure.
Therefore, PCm Italy, while participates in all initiatives of solidarity, does not join to campaign for “NO” and supports the communist and revolutionary forces in Greece which do not align with the electoral, parliamentary and governmental moves of SYRIZA.
Reports indicate Maoist resurgence in Jangalmahal
KOLKATA/ WEST MIDNAPORE: Only three days after state police DG GMP Reddy said that there was nothing to worry about Maoists activities in the Jangalmahal, a report by the central intelligence department to the Union ministry of home affairs indicated several Maoist groups are operative in the area. The report is all the more alarming because chief minister had personally enquired about the Maoist activities there. Recently, Reddy, after his meeting with top cops, IB and central force officers, had said, “Though there is nothing alarming in the state right now as far as Maoist activities are concerned, considering the recent activities of the rebels in the neighbouring states we have reviewed the situation and have instructed the officers to stay alert.”
But the report sent to the home ministry says a different story. It has been mentioned that there are at least ten groups — all from Jharkhand and Odisha — which are frequenting parts of Purulia, Bankura and West Mindapore and conducting meeting with the villagers and local youths. In the report, there is mention of Gopal Pande and Rahul who are making rounds in the Jangalmahal area regularly. Pande — a resident of Kantasole and a former member of PCPA — was arrested in 2013. But in 2014, he fled to Jharkhand after his release on bail. “Recently, Pande was seen in parts of Jangalmahal moving around with youths of the locality,” the report claimed.
But, the intelligence inputs they failed to provide any details about Rahul who is reportedly moving around Purulia’s Ayodhya hills area now. When asked about recent Maoists activities in Jangalmahal, Purulia SP Siddhrath Nilkath said, “People go on telling a lot of things but so far we haven’t got any concrete evidence of Maoist presence here. We are keeping a close watch”. Bharati Ghosh, SP of West Midnapore, said, “There is no information about any Maoist presence in the district.” However, a senior officer on condition of anonymity said, “It is too early to say that the Lalgarh days are back. But we cannot deny the fact that the rebels are returning. There is another issue which we are bothering us. The villagers who were so long working as the eyes and the ears of police and joint forces have suddenly become silent. We need to find out whether they have stopped speaking because of Maoist fear.”
Maoists’ protest week starts today
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the Maoists calling for protest week from July 1 to protest against fake encounters, illegal arrests and surrenders by cops, fear has gripped the Visakha Agency with tribals too scared to even venture out to the weekly markets. This even as news of the formation of the new division and recent visits of central committee leaders to Visakha and East Godavari districts have sent the security forces into a tizzy. Weekly markets at various places in the Visakha Agency wore a deserted look on Tuesday.
While many suspected informers remained in the villages, sympathisers and militia members did not venture out fearing arrests by cops. According to sources, those on the Naxal hit list, including people’s representatives and political leaders, have already shifted to safer places fearing Maoist strikes. “The movement of Reds is visible in many pockets in the Agency area and they might indulge in violent activity to show their presence,” a senior police officer in the agency area told TOI. State director general of police Jasti Venkat Ramudu met officials of the Visakha Agency in the evening and discussed the action to be taken to restrict the banned outfit. He, however, told media persons that the Maoists problem in the district was under control.
Activist alleges police harassment
Sumant Parida, a youth social activist from Rayagada district of Odisha alleged that the police are trying to harass him by terming him to be an associate of Maoists. Sumant is a member of Lokshakti Abhiyan, an organisation involved in taking up issues related to environment, displacement and rights of tribals and Dalits. Speaking to newsmen in Berhampur along with Lokshakti Abhiyan convener Prafulla Samantra, he said in recent past anti-Naxal squad of the Rayagada district police had raided his house and pressed him to provide information regarding some Maoist leaders. “Security personnel threatened me if I did not provide information regarding the Naxalites that I never knew,” said Sumant.
According to Mr Samantra, it was an effort to frame up Sumant. He claimed that Sumant was a Gandhian and believed in democratic movements against anti-people policies of the government and corporate sector and had no links with the Naxalites. “He is former president of Rayagada College students’ union and now earns his living working as plumber,” Mr Samantra said. He is also involved in a movement to protect Jhanjabati and Nagavali rivers. “The Naxalites also have a squad named Jhanjabati. It seems the police officials might have linked Sumant with the Naxalites because of it,” Mr Samantra said.
For the overthrow of imperialist dependence and capitalist domination!
We do not legalize the dead-ends of government policies!
We do not legalize the imperialist blackmails!
ABSTENTION FROM THE REFERENDUM!
People speak through their struggles!
For the overthrow of the anti-people policy of government – EU – IMF!
For the overthrow of imperialist dependence and capitalist domination!
The SYRIZA-ANEL government starting from its pre-election position of “we belong to the West” asked the people for five months now to await for “hope” and “a way out” of the social and labor middle ages through negotiations. Negotiations with the US and EU imperialists, all those that had formed the conditions and the context of the plundering of the country and its people. The government has recognized all these robbers and killers of people as “allies, “partners” and “guarantors” of democracy and progress for our people and country.
During this process the governmental aims evolved quickly into a submissive line: From the Thessaloniki relief program and the pro-people measures they moved quickly towards “a mutually beneficial agreement”, an “honorable compromise”, then an “painful compromise” ending in a government Memorandum of 47 pages in which new antipopular measures were constantly added by by the PM himself as with the pension system.
At the same time the government not only responded positively at the commitments of previous governments towards their US-NATO “partners” but they also sought and moved in the direction of upgrade and entanglement of the country in the imperialist and warmongering plans of the US in the region.
Under the wight of the dead-ends of this policy, knowing that they will have the people against them and the imperialist questions about the government’s effectiveness to assault the people, they resort to a referendum, in order to burden the people with their own stalemates. They try to preserve the image of a so-called “left” government which “saves” the people but they in fact preserve the barbarity and initiate new attacks and open the road for the strengthening of the traditional systemic forces. In order to legalize the new reactionary agreement – even though they propose a referendum “against the institutions proposals” – the negotiations continue until next Tuesday June 30!
Although the negotiation process was a stalemate and under the imperialist yoke the referendum proposal was also useful for all those forces and their parties. Inside and outside the country different forces are acting towards more reactionary developments. They want to take advantage of the disarmament of the people that was imposed by the SYRIZA-ANEL government, to increase the fear and to show that the only “salvation” is the imposition of new imperialist ties together with the fascistization of everyday life.
The CPG (m-l) calls to the people to turn their backs to the government blackmail. The alignment with the government of SYRIZA-ANEL in the referendum is not a defensive or resistance line for the people. At “best” it will only approve the governmental Memorandum that is the approval of the continuation of the assault. And with this it will bring the strengthening of the reactionary forces that want to promote this assault.
The CPG (m-l) calls to the people to reject the disillusionment and not approve the government stalemates. These are stalemates of a policy that wants to appear pro-people when in fact their foremost concern is to pledge their allegiance to the imperialist formations and serve the regime of dependence. The CPG (m-l) calls for ABSTENTION FROM THE REFERENDUM THAT LEGALIZES THE ASSAULT AND DEPENDENCE.
The defense of popular and workers rights, the overthrow of imperialist-capitalist barbarity, the cause of independence and the promotion of the people to the leadership of its country cannot be left in the hands of a government that uses “clever”-adventurous management that is baptized as “rupture” when the people stand aside. And all the more when in the false “No” block are crammed together leftists, “leftists”, far right nationalists and even Golden Dawn Neonazis.
Of course we are also against the black block of “yes”, that is those that had willingly served the barbaric policies of the past years, and had drowned the people into poverty, unemployment and despair. It is outrageous to see again these invertebrates who rally against the people due to the tragic dead-ends of the SYRIZA policies that have neutralized and disarmed the popular movement.
The following days will be very critical for the people. The people will be under great pressure from both sides.
If we finally go to a referendum the people will be bombarded with false preachings of “national pride” from those that until now had said that the imperialists are our “allies”. The people will bombarded with false preachings of “breakup” by all those that they want to use the outcome of the referendum as a bargain towards a new memorandum.
Of course the imperialist block and the local reactionary regime will not stand with their hands crossed. They will bombard the people with their own terror dilemmas, they will speculate on the people’s fears and anxieties. They will exploit the country’s dependence and the economic strangulation that they can impose. They will use every mechanism that they control.
That is why the people must be ready. The people must respond resolutely and with militant spirit. They must fight against the imperialists and their mechanisms as well as the government that has taken up the role of their local managers.
In this way only the people can show its strength. To the streets! In mass! Fighting! Not through a false referendum but against all those that remember and use the people in order to extract themselves from their own dead-ends. The people must open their own road for the overthrow of imperialist yoke and capitalist domination.
Sunday 28 June 2015
MLKP warrior Halil Aksakal (Mazlum Aktaş) who was martyred in the fight for the liberation of Tel Abyab was buried in his hometown of Hatay with thousands in attendence.
HATAY (27.06.2015) – MLKP fighter Halil Aksakal who was born in Hatay and was martyred in Tel Abyad was sent to eternity in his home town. The corpse was welcomed on Serinyol street at 11 o’clock and was brought to Harbiye in a convoy including HDP co-chairman Figen Yuksekdag, HDP Adana Deputy Meral Danis Bektas and ESP chairman Sultan Ulusoy.
The masses gathered in Harbiye Ali Ismail Korkmaz Boulevard and welcomed Halil Aksakal wih slogans, ululation and applause. Thousands attended the funeral The march started in Ali ismail boulevard.The corpse was firstl brought to Halil Aksakal’s home and then to the Kariyer cemetery with those slogans “Şehid Mâ Biymût”, “Şehid Namırın”, “Comrade Halil is immortal”, “Long live revolutionary solidarity”, “Long live Kobane resistance”, “Long live comrade Halil, long live the communist struggle”.
After standing in silence for a minute in the cemetery, HDP co-chairman Figen Yuksekdag made a speech and said that “we should give support to the war against the barbarians in Middle East. Humanity will pay them back for the massacre yesterday. Comrade Halil will live not only in our memory but also in our struggle. Now the real mission is ours. We will raise his flag and fight.” Many attended the funeral including the Gezi martyrs families, the family of Rojava martyr Bedrettin Akdeniz, the family of Ali Aktas and many revolutionary, democratic and patriotic groups including DHF.
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New People’s Army Regional Command
June 29, 2015
The Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the New People’s Army and the entire revolutionary forces express their deepest most profound salute to a great leader and warrior, Ka Parago or Leoncio Pitao who was killed in a raid together with guerrilla medic Ka Kyle on June 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm in Barangay Panalum, Paquibato district, Davao City. Ka Parago was being treated for his diabetes, hyperthyroidism and hepatitis when the raiding team composed of the 6th Scout Ranger Company, 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion under the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment peppered him with bullets. Ka Kyle or Vanessa Limpag who was nursing Ka Parago had already raised her arms, shouting that she was a medic, when she too was razed to the ground by the military. She died instantly. The Philippine Army must be very proud and happy to have killed a very sick man and an unarmed medic.
They have no regard at all for the rules of engagement under the protocols of war as specified in the Geneva Convention and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. They kill with impunity. Ka Parago had served the national democratic revolution for close to 37 years. He spent the greater part of his adult life serving the people, in unstinting dedication to the cause of national democracy. As a Red commander, he led and trained so many young warriors in the art of guerrilla warfare. From the countless disarming operations in the 1980s and 1990s to the capture of General Obillo and Capt. Montealto in 1999 to the raid of Davao Penal Colony and the countless tactical offensives mounted by the Pulang Bagani Company. Ka Parago remained strong and vigilant under no less than five reactionary regimes, from the Marcos dictatorship to the current US-Aquino regime.
When he was detained in 1999 and the enemy offered him so much “reward money,” he never turned his back to the people and the revolution. He remained stalwart in his convictions and ever faithful to the communist spirit of defending the security of the revolutionary forces and the interest of the people. Even when he was grieving and agonizing over the tragic death of his daughter Rebelyn who was raped and killed by military intelligence operatives in 2009, Ka Parago exercised political wisdom. The people in Southern Mindanao remember him as their most beloved son who was always at their side, ready to help them solve their problems- -so unlike the AFP generals who do nothing but attack and burden the people.
He lived very simply. He was the exact opposite of the corrupt generals of the AFP. Ka Parago’s spartan life became an enduring example for every revolutionary who knew him or worked with him. As a matter of fact, for many years since the onset of his illness, he declined the Party’s offer of a sick leave. All he wanted to his last dying breath was to live with the masses and to serve them.
Long live the revolution! Long live the masses! These were the last defiant words uttered by Ka Parago—words that reverberate throughout the entire archipelago. Truly he lives in the hearts of the people as we honor his death. Thousands of young revolutionaries who have been inspired by this great guerrilla warrior now follow in his footsteps. The masses and the comrades grieve his death, yes, but they turn his grief to greater revolutionary fervor as the people’s war goes on. (sgd.)
Rigoberto F. Sanchez
Southern Mindanao Regional Command
New People’s Army
Delhi University Professor Arrested for Maoist Links Granted Bail
MUMBAI: Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, arrested a year ago by the Maharashtra police for alleged links with Maoists, has been granted temporary bail of three months.
Chhattisgarh govt hikes salary, allowance of cops in anti-Naxal ops
Raipur: In a boost to police jawans engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, the state government has made a handsome hike in their salary and allowance. The decision will benefit as many as 22,000 police jawans, including constables, assistant constables and ‘Gopniya Sainik’ (secret troops) deployed in the insurgency-hit region of the state especially Bastar division, Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting here. The hike will be applicable from July 1 onwards and it will cost the state exchequer Rs 121 crore annually.
Navegaon squatters start farming inside park as officials keep away in Nagpur
NAGPUR: Timid response from forest department has encouraged relocated villagers from Navegaon National Park, now part of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR), to start cultivation right inside the park. Over 300 residents of three villages relocated from Navegaon in Gondia district, 130km from here, had entered the park on June 11, demanding more money than due under rehabilitation package, agriculture land and government jobs. On June 19, talks between district administration and forest officials failed.
However, in the last 20 days no effort was made by the forest officials to evict the squatters who occupied the lands of their previous villages. Three days ago over 125 villagers, still staying inside the park, started paddy transplantation and on Sunday were seen cultivating land with the help of tractors. It is surprising how the squatters were allowed to take tractors inside the park. The villagers have taken possession of a school building and several of them are residing in makeshift tents. Over 357 families from Kawlewada, Zankargondi and Kalimati in Navegaon were relocated to Shree Rampur near Saundad on NH6 in 2013 under Option I (Rs10 lakh per family above 18 years).
Though entire package of Rs10 lakh per family has been paid to them, the villagers are demanding Rs2.5 lakh per family more, besides jobs and agriculture land. During this entire period forest department did not take police or SRPF help to evict the villagers. When asked, Sarjan Bhagat, principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) for wildlife, said, “The elections to Gondia zilla parishad are slated for Tuesday. Once the elections are over we will get sufficient police force to evict the villagers. If they don’t go on their own we will have to use force.” Gondia deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) Jitendra Ramgaonkar too said at present around 125 people remained inside the park. “We will have to use force if the squatters do no go voluntarily,” he added. Sources said non-availability of police force was linked to Naxal presence in the district. “As ‘Naxalite Week’ is going on, police are not ready to take any action as of now,” they said.
Police get custody of Maoist suspect
Coimbatore District Police have got custody of Maoist suspect C. Kannan of Madurai for four days from Monday evening. The police have taken him for questioning over his suspected involvement in helping Santhosh Kumar of Valparai to join the Maoist movement. Last week the district police filed a petition before Principal District Judge R. Pongiappan (PDJ) seeking custody of Kannan for a week. Public Prosecutor (in-charge) P.E. Augustus said that in the absence of the PDJ the petition was taken up by I Additional District Judge R. Sakthivel on Monday. Mr. Sakthivel granted police custody of Kannan for four days – till 4 p.m. on July 3.
REDACTION: TKP/ML-TIKKO Middle East Regional Committee issued a communique on the liberation of Girê Spi. According to ANF news, TKP/ML-TIKKO Middle East Regional Committee issued a communique about the liberation of Girê Spi. The communique states that
“The liberation of Girê Spi, which was cleared of DASH fascists supported by imperialism, is a rebellion of the oppressed people especially Kurds and Arabs. Freedom fighters are he sole guarantee of this success. We salute the wish and determination of the people to live together fraternally and freely.” TKP/ML-TIKKO remembered the fighters who lost their lives with respect and promised to keep their ideals alive, stating “The people who resist and fight for their freedom will win. Imperialism and reaction will lose”.
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