Killing Nand Kumar Patel, son a mistake: Maoist
RAIPUR: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Tuesday categorically maintained that there was no political conspiracy behind the Maoist attack in Bastar that eliminated frontline Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh on May 25. “Both the BJP and the Congress are unleashing such a propaganda for their narrow political gains. This shows the level of political and ideological bankruptcy of both parties. The Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA)—the military wing of CPI (Maoist) got information about Congress parivartan yatra from the masses”, Dandakaranya special zonal committee secretary Ramanna said in an interview released to the media by e-mail.
“We don’t have any hit-list as is being propagated. Anyone coming forward to crush our movement and working against the interests of common masses are our enemies. There are no other considerations”, he said. Elaborating on the Bastar attack, Ramanna said the CPI (Maoist) had reviewed the situation after the May 25 attack and realized that the killing of Dinesh Patel, son of then PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, was a mistake. “Dinesh Patel did not have an anti-people track record. We realized that out PLGA command, which led the operation, had acted in haste”, he added.
“Even PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel should not have been targeted. Though as home minister in undivided Madhya Pradesh, he had played a role against adopting repressive measures against the Maoists, for the last ten years Patel, in his personal capacity, had never worked against the Naxalite movement”, Ramanna said. “We also felt that the decision to kill him was not proper as he had raised his voice against the massacre by security forces at Sarkeguda and Edesmatta”, he added.
Bandh by rebels halts Manipur
IMPHAL: Life in Manipur was brought to a halt on Tuesday thanks to separate bandhs called by different bodies, including the banned CorCom – a coordinating committee of six rebel outfits. Business establishments at Khwairamband market in the heart of Imphal were closed even as security men maintained vigil at all strategic areas to thwart any unwanted eventualities. Interstate and inter-district passenger busses remained suspended, though essential and ceremonial services and regular flights were not disrupted.
All educational institutions in Imphal valley were also closed and attendance in various government offices was minimal. Life was also paralyzed at other district headquarters and towns. Corcom and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) jointly called the bandh for 18 hours from Monday midnight in protest against the merger of then Manipur and Tripura with India on October 15, 1949. Rebel outfits like the UNLF, PLA, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK Pro and KCP – the constituent groups of CorCom, are fighting to restore Manipur’s past sovereignty.
The underground Maoist Communist Party Manipur also joined hands in calling Tuesday’s general strike. On Monday, an Assam Rifles vehicle was damaged in a bomb attack mounted by PLA cadres at Nungshangkhong area in Ukhrul district. PLA is the armed wing of the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF). The RPF, in a statement, claimed the attack was carried out by the PLA’s ‘Special Warfare Group’. The Kuki Inpi Saikul Gamkai (KISG) and Saikul Area Naga Peoples Organization (Sanpo) also enforced a 48-hour bandh in Senapati district from Monday midnight to denounce the jurisdiction coverage of all villages of Saikul sub-division in Senapati under Imphal East district police.
On terror trail, Delhi cops to go undercover on Facebook, Twitter
The Delhi Police is all set to go cyber patrolling to “pre-empt terror and law and order situations” by monitoring social networking sites in a move that is likely to trigger a debate on freedom of expression. The move is part of the Delhi Police’s ‘Safe City’ project and as the next step, a dedicated team of online experts – yet to be put together – will be asked to monitor ‘offensive content’ and gauge trends with social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, said a source associated with the program.
The ultimate aim would be to get such content removed as soon as possible if and when needed and combat ‘misinformation with correct information’, said the source. “It may seem special at first but it is merely our extension on the internet. Whichever way one looks at it, the importance of cyberspace or the need of security agencies to keep an eye on it, can no longer be denied,” said a Delhi Police officer on condition of anonymity.
With the guidance of central intelligence agencies, personnel of “certain elite divisions”, especially those from the special branch, of the Delhi Police will go undercover on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Their job will be to track, observe and take pre-emptive action to tackle large public gatherings or riot-like situations triggered by ‘false propaganda’ spread through posts, trends and status messages. “Both crime and terrorism can be controlled if nipped in the bud,” said another officer. “Once online trends are successfully gauged, we will be able to formulate effective strategies,” said the officer. The police insist that they would restrict themselves to monitoring and there would be no attempt at censorship.