Peoples War in India Clippings 3/11/2013


Telangana: Panel warned new state would give fillip to Maoists

In the event of giving full statehood to Telangana along with Hyderabad, Justice Srikrishna Commission quite explicitly describes the dangers of gains to be made by Maoists and communal forces in the new state. Expansion of the Maoists: The commission maintains that Maoists, in all likelihood, would gain by the creation of a new state of Telangana, as the new state is likely to go soft towards them initially, given that they over the years supported the struggle for the formation of Telangana. “By the time the state realises the Maoist menace, it may be too late for the state to handle them with a bifurcated police force contributing to a weaker response to the problem,” the report says.

It would allow the CPI (Maoist), whose zones and sub-zones straddle state and district boundaries, to make use of new political boundaries and help in extending their activities from neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra to districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warrangal, Khammam, parts of Nizamabad and Medak in north Telangana and Mehboobnagar and Nalgonda in south Telangana. Giving example of creation of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh that followed increase in spread of Maoist violence there, the report says, “Increase in poverty which is natural corollary to a slowdown in economic activity, will drive more people into the arms of CPI (Maoist)… and “provide fillip to Left Wing Extremism.”

The report notes that when intensity of the agitation by the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) started ebbing down, Gaddar floated a new front – Telangana Praja Front (TPF) — on the instructions of the underground cadre of Maoists to sustain agitation for a very prolonged duration and it tried to project itself as an alternative to the TRS. Thus the Maoists are trying to come back after through Telangana agitation.

Maoists keen on giving a Kerala face to organization

KOZHIKODE: Maoists who kicked off their activities in the state with the torching of an earthmover at Kavilumpara near Thottilpalam last Sunday are keen to give a Kerala face to their organization. The aliases they selected for their underground activists are that of the late Naxalite leaders who had led the movement in the late 1960s. The statement issued by Maoists, claiming responsibility for the attack in Kavilumpara, has the name of Mandakini, the wife of Kunnikkal Narayanan and mother of K Ajitha.

Narayanan and Mandakini were the first-generation Naxalites who came out of the CPM fighting against the revisionism in the party. A Maoist cadre who visited the Karinkanni tribal colony in Wayanad two months ago had introduced himself as Varghese, the name of the Naxalite leader who was killed by the police in Thirunelli is 1970. The first document released by the Maoists after the launch of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee in February, 2013, was in the name of Jogi, the tribal who was killed in police firing in Muthanga in 2003. The document had references to the Kurichya warriors who fought valiantly against the British under Pazhassi Raja. More significantly, the name of the new dalam (armed squad) formed by the Maoists this month is named Kabani dalam after the name of the river.

By these moves, Maoists are trying to assert that they are the true successors of the Naxalite movement that sprouted in Kerala in 1967. The CPI (Maoist) belongs to a different stream of the Naxalite movement that was unfamiliar to Kerala. The Kerala brand of Maoists mainly followed the line of Charu Majumdar, even after his death in 1972. However, the CPI (Maoist) is the continuation of the CPI -ML (Peoples War) in Andhra Pradesh, which was critical about the stances of Charu Majumdar. The CPI (Maoist) is dominated by leaders from Andhra and its detractors always refer to the Andhra dominance to take a dig at the party.

By invoking the memories of the late Naxalite leaders from Kerala and anti-imperialist struggles in the state, they are trying to prove that the movement indeed is an indigenous one and not something imported from outside. Meanwhile, police have indentified the cadres who visited Vilangad in Kozhikode on Friday. They said the group included Maoist leader Sundari, Latha, Jayenna and Suresh. It is not yet sure whether Roopesh alias Praveen, former Kerala state secretary, was in the group.

Maoists ‘sighted’ in Kozhikode rural

Team of Thunderbolt commando force begins combing operations

A team of the Thunderbolt commando force of the State police began combing operations for suspected Maoists at the Vayad tribal colony in Naripetta grama panchayat in the district on Saturday. The operations were being conducted with the assistance of the local police and forest officials following reports about the presence of Maoists at the Naripetta and Vilangad regions in the district bordering Wayanad and Kannur districts. Official sources said a nine-member armed group, including women, reportedly visited the Adivasi colony and distributed pamphlets to the residents on Friday night. Two of them were suspected to be the absconding Keralites involved with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The Maoists were attired in black military style uniform and a few of them also carried guns. They interacted in Hindi and Malayalam. They spent about 45 minutes at the colony, collected vegetables and other provisions from the households and retreated back into the forests. The tribals and local people informed the police about these uniformed strangers. They said the armed group warned them about their exploitation by the government. The group said they were willing to protect them.

Police personnel attached to the Kuttiyadi and Valayam stations made a quick search in the region. Subsequently, assistance of the specialised force was requested, a senior official said. He told The Hindu that a suspected group belonging to the Left radical outfit had moved into the forests of Nilambur, Wayanad and Kozhikode from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Home Department had planned to conduct an operation with the help of Central Reserve Police Force personnel as the Thunderbolt commandos were not trained to search Maoists. A week earlier, an excavator was set ablaze allegedly by Maoists at Chooranimala in Kavilumpara panchayat in the limits of the Thottipalam police station in the district. The excavator of a quarry- cum- crusher unit was destroyed by them demanding protection of the Western Ghats.

The police had recovered posters and literature of CPI (Maoists) and copies of its new bulletin ‘Kattuthee’ (forest fire) from the spot. The pamphlets showed similarity to the ones distributed by members of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist). Activities of the banned CPI(Maoist) at the tri-junction of the Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu borders were reported as early as 2011. The security apparatus of the governments of Kerala and Karnataka had been caught unawares after the CPI(Maoist) formed a new guerrilla zone in the Western Ghats.

Hardcore Maoist arrested in Bihar

MOTIHARI: A hardcore Maoist was arrested on Saturday from Bakhari village under Patahi police station of East Champaran district, superintendent of police Vinay Kumar said. The Maoist, Rajkishore Singh, was wanted in connection with serial blasts at Madhuban in East Champaran district on June 23, 2005 and was also involved in an encounter with the police in Thenahra police station area few years before. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of local police and CRPF raided a place in the village and nabbed Singh who had come to his native village, Kumar said. He was being interrogated.

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