CPN-Maoist trains youths to disrupt polls
DANG:The Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has trained over 800 cadres with the aim of seizing polling booths in the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election. Speaking to Republica, Tilak Pun, state committee coordinator of the party´s youth wing said, “We have trained youths in Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur to disrupt the poll process.” He also claimed that the trained youths are “fully capable” of challenging the security forces. The party´s regional body has formed several groups to be mobilized in various election constituencies. CPN-Maoist has said that it would not allow the current Khil Raj Regmi to hold the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls.
CPN-Maoist seeks Rs 20m in donation from trader
ANKHUWASABHA, AUG 09 – In a blatant violation of the election code of conduct , the CPN-Maoist has ordered a local businessman not to sell his private property. In a statement on Wednesday, the Mohan Baidya-led party said it had barred Krishna Bhagat Pradhan of Khandbari, the district headquarters, from selling any of his properties. The poll-opposing party is believed to have issued the warning as Pradhan did not cough up Rs 20 million as sought by the party.
Pradhan is the second vice-chairman of the Sankhuwasabha Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “They demanded Rs 20 million cash and a house in donation. I refused to pay such a huge amount despite repeated threats,” said Pradhan. The Chamber, political parties and various organisations condemned the Maoists for terrorising the business community, which denounced the threat and warned of agitation against it. The Chamber submitted a memorandum to Chief District Officer Bishnu Kumar Karki, pleading for the security of Pradhan, his family and his property.
Swedish police mobilize after left-wing attacks
Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Wednesday that Mälardalen region police suspect the same group of people to have orchestrated around 30 crimes – including threats by telephone, chemical attacks, and assault. “A Nazi isn’t just a bad person or someone who has made bad personal choices,” a member of the network told SR after his associates vandalized an apartment belonging to a person they considered to be an extreme right-winger. “We see them as a political opponent, a political enemy.” While the police do not see the group of leftwing attacks as posing any real threat to Sweden, they are keen to get to grips with the string of crimes.
“We don’t consider these actors pose any real threat to democracy, in terms of staging a revolution or changing our political situation,” said security police Säpo intelligence agent Ahn-Za Hagström. “But they do pose a relatively grave threat to individual democratic functions.” SR reported that the attacks began in February, and fears that the violence will escalate has Säpo cooperating with local authorities. Hagström, however, told the radio that the level of political violence across Sweden was nowhere near the levels reached during the early 1990s – with the murder of police officers in Malexander, and the murder of syndicalist union activist Björn Söderberg. “Today the extremism milieu is not at the level of gross violence, although there is systematic violence between members of different extremist groups,” she told SR.
Inmate suicide sparks UP prison riots
Lucknow, Aug 8 (IANS) Riots broke out in Kannauj prison in Uttar Pradesh Thursday after a prisoner committed suicide after being allegedly beaten up by a jail guard, officials said. Kamlesh Kumar, 48, was allegedly beaten up Wednesday night after which he hung himself in the toilet. As news of the death spread, prisoners went on the rampage and pelted stones at the guards and officials. They got on to the roof of the prison from where they raised anti-administration slogans.
Police reinforcements were rushed to the prison and the prisoners were brought under control. Senior district officials are camping in the prison to ensure the violence does not escalate. District Magistrate Rupesh Kumar told IANS that a probe had been ordered into the rioting. Home department officials later said that based on preliminary findings, deputy jailor Om Prakash had been attached to the the prison headquarters in Lucknow. Five guards have been attached to the Fatehgarh prison.
Nez Perce protest moving oil equipment through tribal land
Helena, Mont. A plan to move massive shipments of oil field equipment along a winding, scenic northern Idaho highway has sparked rock-throwing protests as Native Americans and environmentalists continue to try to block the megaload’s route to Canada. A 225-foot-long load began moving on U.S. Highway 12 through northern Idaho on Monday night despite the objections of Nez Perce tribal members and others, who argue the trucks should not be allowed to pass through tribal land or along the scenic Lochsa and Clearwater rivers.
And while Montana has now granted permission for the material to pass through that state, the dispute shows no signs of easing. About 100 demonstrators gathered Wednesday night along the highway near Orofino, Idaho, for a third night of protest as the shipment drew near. The megaload’s permit only allows it to travel at night. Nez Perce Tribal Police and Idaho State Police troopers told the protesters to move off the highway or risk arrest, The Lewiston Tribune reported.
The protesters included a mix of Nez Perce tribal members and others. Police were able to move the protesters away from the highway, allowing the giant load to accelerate away, leaving demonstrators unable to keep up, the newspaper reported. Late Monday and early Tuesday, protesters tossed rocks into the road in front of the truck outside Lewiston, stopping the load for about two hours. Twenty people were arrested, including eight members of the Nez Perce tribal executive committee.
Protests late Tuesday and early Wednesday led tribal police to arrest nine people on suspicion of disorderly conduct, the Lewiston Tribune reported. Protesters objected to the tribal police role in trying to keep the equipment moving after tribal officials asked the U.S. Forest Service to block the loads.
Youths protest killing of pry school teacher by police
YOUTHS in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, stormed the street of Ugondo Zua community, protesting the killing of a teacher, Mr Terwase Shinyi, by a police corporal, Abraham Tongol. According to one Bartholomew Shinyi, brother to the diseased, in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi, the unfortunate incident occurred penultimate week, after robbers struck and stole from some people, including his late brother.
According to Shinyi, a police patrol team was contacted, but arrived after the robbers had eloped, adding that when his late brother stood up from where he was lying down to take his leave, the police officer shot him dead. Shinyi said the killing of his brother led to a protest.
Juvenile offenders protest ‘poor’ amenities at remand home
Juvenile offenders lodged in a Delhi government-run remand home in North Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila area today pelted stones and set blankets on fire agitating over ‘poor’ amenities in the observation centre, police and fire officials said. “We received a call at around 4:00 am about the incident. The juveniles at the centre burnt blankets, pelted stones and created ruckus inside the facility. Five fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire,” said a Delhi Fire service official.
According to eye-witnesses, the children of the remand home climbed the walls and pelted stones, they also broke some wooden furniture. They shouted slogans against the warden saying that the food given to them is of very poor quality and the remand home lacked basic amenities. They also demanded reduction of their probation period. “Cops did not enter the remand home. The juveniles lodged at the correctional facility had some issues regarding food and other facilities in it.
They resorted to stone pelting and burnt a few things to lodge their protest. Situation is under control now,” said a senior police officer. The juveniles were not happy with the behaviour of the staff of the remand home. A few days ago, four-five juveniles were shifted to a special home, others also wanted to be shifted there. It sparked a protest around 9pm yesterday, but the situation was controlled soon. Later the protest started again around 4am, the officer added. Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board Geetanjali Goel reached the spot and took stock of the situation. She also spoke to the juveniles and assured them that there demands will be looked at.
Workers strike at Mauritania gold mine owned by Canada’s Kinross
Employees at a Mauritanian gold mine owned by Canadian firm Kinross have launched an open-ended strike over wages and employment conditions, a union source said Thursday. “The 1,500 Mauritanian workers, which represent 98 percent of the labour force at the mine, have begun an open-ended strike for equal wages for those doing the same job, better treatment of prospectors, better medical coverage, and respect of the labour code,” said workers’ spokesman Ahmed Ould Haki.
One feared killed, others injured in Anambra clash
ONE person was Thursday feared killed in violent clashes between truck drivers and the Anambra State Task Force Agency (ASTA) at the Uga rod market in Aguata Local Council of the state. Two persons, a driver and a member of staff of the task force agency involved in the clash, also reportedly sustained serious injuries and were hospitalised. An eye witness told journalists that one person was feared killed in the fracas, but the Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Chike Ohamobi, said that no life was lost during the incident.
Members of the task force accompanied by security agents were on road decongestion duty when the incident happened. Reacting to the incident, Ohamobi gave the traders and truck drivers 24 hours to remove all the vehicles wrongly parked on the highway, as he threatened to prosecute any defaulter. He warned that government would not condone such lawlessness, saying that the attack was unacceptable, promising to reinforce security agents to flush the culprits out.
While saying that arrangement would be made to have a permanent police post in the vicinity, the commissioner added that government would work with the market leaders to make sure that there was sanity in the area. He said it was in the process of disagreement that an ASTA personnel and one of the truck drivers sustained injuries and were hospitalised, adding that one of the police vehicles was damaged while one of the ASTA buses was burnt by the mob. According to Ohamobi, it took the intervention of security operatives to restore law and order and prevent what would have been a bloody incident.