Manipur Maoist boycotts Lok Sabha election
IMPHAL, March 15: Election in India is a big lie; it is to deceive the international community that India is a democratic country. This kind of election will not bring any substantial change in the life of the people. The chasm between the rich and the poor will increase even after hundreds of elections, said a statement signed by Nonglen Meitei, Secretary, Publicity and Propaganda of the proscribed, Maoist Communist Party of Manipur. The statement further said that election is a kind of carnival where burglars struggle to get power and position. It is unfortunate that people takes it seriously. There will be no change of direction as long as the driver remains the same though the vehicle may be new. Oppression and corruption will remained unchanged in the imperialist regime. The only fate for the Manipuries in India is that of a handmaiden servant.
There is no political future for Manipur in India. A Manipuri becoming an Indian Prime Minister is just impossible. Denouncing the election, the statement declared that the party will boycott the upcoming Indian Parliamentary election. The party therefore appealed the people of Manipur to boycott the said election. The party will not be responsible for any untoward incident. The statement has specifically mentioned that all-out effort will be made from the party to boycott the election. On the other hand, the party warns any individual or group who are using the name of the party for monetary demands through phone calls. To check such practices the party will halt monetary demands from the public.
Jailed Maoist, ML leader to sit on fast unto death
PATNA: A top Maoist and a CPI (ML) leader lodged in Beur model jail have threatened to go on fast unto death in their cells from March 23. The two undertrial prisoners said their demand for capital punishment has not been conceded by the President, PM and Chief Justice of India. Both had sent ‘death petitions’ in January last. “We are not seeking mercy but death,” said Pramod Mishra, a CPI (Maoist) leader, and Sudama Paswan of CPI (ML).
Lashing out at the police, bureaucracy, legislature and judiciary in which they claimed to have no faith, the two alleged that their detention was being extended on ‘false’ premises, imposition of new cases and production warrants. “We waited for a response from the authorities concerned but failed to get even acknowledgement. So, we decided to sit on fast unto death from the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh,” they said in a statement on Thursday.
Languishing in jail for six to nine years, both pleaded that there was no precise case against them and they have been either acquitted or no evidence was found against them in most of the cases in which they had been made accused. But their detention is being extended by lodging new cases and new production warrants even from outside the state. IG (prisons) Prem Singh Meena admitted that he was aware of their threat. “I have sought report from the jail superintendent and will take necessary steps,” he told TOI.
Mishra was arrested by Jharkhand police on May 9, 2008, and was kept in jails of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. Stating that he has no faith in ‘non-productive’ institutions like police, military, jail and legislature, Mishra asserted, “PM Manmohan Singh has declared that Naxalism is the biggest threat to the country’s security whereas I believe in Naxal ideology and have taken a pledge to shed my last drop of blood for the struggle.”
Paswan of Masaurhi, who had been arrested from his home on September 7, 2005, said four cases had been lodged against him and he got bail in three while one case was in the trial stage in the court of ADJ since 2009 but no witness has been produced so far. He alleged that a number of scams were reported but no action was taken against the scamsters because “the money earned through scandals is used on crushing the people’s movement.”
Kerala to seek 25 companies of policemen
Thiruvananthapuram: The state police will seek about 25 companies of police force from the centre and other states for security arrangements during the Lok Sabha polls. The police have already stepped up vigil across the state. Already, about 2,000 polling booths in the state have been identified as sensitive. A final list of sensitive booths will be decided after consultation with the Election Commission. DGP Mr. K.S. Balasubramanian held a video conferencing with top police officers from the rank of district police chief and above on Wednesday to review the security arrangements. Similar meetings will be held in the coming days to finalise the security plans. Top police sources said that one of the prime concerns of the police would be the security of Naxal-prone areas.
Maoists call for favourable atmosphere for talks
Speaking exclusively to HT at a training camp on Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border, top leaders of CPI Maoist Bihar-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee said they were ready for talks with the government provided a favourable atmosphere was created. “We have burnt our fingers many times in the past. We lost our top central committee leader Cherikuri Rajkumar alias Azad and politburo member Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji who went that extra mile to broker peace and were instead killed in cold blood,” said the committee secretary Deenbandhu. He asked the governments to immediately release all prisoners of war (Maoists) lodged in various jails and then initiate the peace process.
While Azad was killed on July 2, 2010 in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, Kishenji was killed on November 24, 2011 in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Maoists allege both their top leaders were killed in fake encounters. Days before his killing, they said, Azad had begun process for dialogue with the Centre. The leaders conceded that the organisation was going through an acute leadership crisis, but quickly asserted that they were used to these ups and downs and would soon bounce back with a vengeance. “You may kill us but you cannot kill our ideology,” said zonal commander Sanjayji, 50, elucidating the increasing police atrocities on people who supported them.
“We have not budged from our ideology. We are pro poor people. Allow us to work in a peaceful manner with the farmers and working class. We do not believe in gun power. Guns are not our political weapons. It is for self-defence. We are fighting a political battle,” he added. Maoists are distributing pamphlets among villagers urging them to raise their voices to secure the release of “revolutionaries, who have been arrested unarmed from bus stops, railway stations, markets, hospitals, homes, marriage functions, even temples and are languishing in jails for years”. Some of them, the rebels alleged, were in their seventies and battling old-age related diseases behind bars.
“Look at the paradox, actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted for terror charges, gets successive paroles but 63-year-old Kobad Ghandy, without a single conviction and battling cancer along with heart conditions, fails to get bail,” he said. Sanjayji also thanked the Doon School Old Boys’ Society for supporting Ghandy’s release. “If Ghandy is anti-national, why haven’t such charges been leveled against the MPs who threw chairs and sprayed pepper in Parliament, bringing disrepute to the country, globally,” asked another rebel leader, Deenbandhu.
More Security Forces in Maoist Hit Areas
Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra accompanied by senior police officers on Thursday reviewed security arrangements of western range police at its headquarters in Rourkela for the elections on April 10 and 17. Mishra said police stations along border and the areas hit by Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) would be given special attention during elections. In remaining areas, adequate police deployment would be made to maintain law and order.
The Maoist infested border areas of Rourkela police district and those of Jharkhand, where six companies of CRPF are deployed, would get additional three companies of Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) on poll duty on April 10. The border pockets of Sundargarh police district would be provided two additional companies of Central Armed Police Force(CAPF) and Keonjhar police district, which already has four companies of CRPF, would get two more companies of CAPF for second phase polls on April 17, Mishra informed. The DGP also said vulnerable polling booths in LWE-hit areas would be additionally equipped with mobile patrol parties, static surveillance squads and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel.
Mishra was flanked by Special DGP (Headquarters) Sanjeev Mareek, Additional DG (Law and Order) Bijayanand Jha, IGP (Modernisation) Sanjeev Panda, IGP (Operation) Soumendra Priyadarshi and IGP (Western Range) RK Sharma at the meeting. Rourkela SP Amitendra Nath Sinha and his Sundargarh and Keonjhar counterparts also attended the review meeting. Later in the day, the DGP left for similar exercises in Sambalpur and Talcher. Sambalpur:
Addressing mediapersons here after reviewing poll preparedness in police districts under northern and north central ranges, Mishra said their prime objective was to provide security to voters and contesting candidates. He informed that 50 companies of additional security forces will join the existing forces in the State for the conduct of free and fair elections. After deployment in different areas during the first phase of elections, the forces will be moved to areas where the second phase poll will be held.
Police destroy Maoist camp, seize arms and ammunitions in Odisha
Gajapati, March 21 (ANI): Following tip offs from rebels under police custody, the police in Gajapati district of Odisha destroyed a Maoist camp and seized a huge cache of arms, ammunitions and explosives. The police initiated a raid in Maoist hideouts in the forests of Salimagochha and Therubadi in Gajapati district after receiving primary information from three female Maoists under custody, Nikita, Anita and Susan who were arrested from a camp on February 28. Police seized three rifles, a tiffin bomb, two magazines and more than 160 rounds of live cartridges.