UPSC Cheiraoba Protest
Hundreds of people including Revolutionary Youth, Students, Intellectual, Cultural Troops took out a procession from Kangla to THAU Ground spreading the the message of a New Revolution and call for a Mannaba Khunnai (Socialism) on the eve of Cheiraoba (Manipur New Year) today. The procession was organized by Unified People’s Struggle Committee (UPSC) comprising Irabot Research and Commemoration Committee (IRCC), All Manipur Intellectual Forum (AMIF), All Manipur Democratic Women’s Front (AMDWF), All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers’ and Pullers’ Welfare Association, Manipur League, Students’ League Manipur and other like-minded organizations of the State.
Maoist calls Political Strike in Manipur
Imphal, April 1: Terming the ensuing Lok Sabha election which will held from the 4th till the 8th of April as an attempt to divert the attention being raised by the continuing armed struggle for independence, and to portray a false picture to the rest of the world, Maoist Communist Party, Manipur today declared the imposition of “Political Strike” as part of the boycott of the 16th Lok Sabha election. During the political strike, all Government office, commercial vehicles including tata trucks- buses, sumo and winger services ferrying passengers and oil tankers as well as all election related Campaigns, publicity drives and meetings will be banned, while Tata Magic, Auto Service, Rickshaw Service, Business Market, educational institutions, hospitals, clinics, water and electricity departments as well as religious ceremonies and processions will be relaxed.
A press release reiterates the stand of the party of causing disruptions to the election process while causing minimal disturbance to pubic life, which is reflected in the decision to ban all vehicles which will otherwise be used by the Government to transport polling personnel, materials and booths to different places. The release further appealed for support of the public in making the boycott successful.
Phase I: Maoists Under Close Watch
With the first phase polls just 10 days away, the State Police is keeping a close watch on movement of Left Wing Extremists (LWEs), who already have given a call for boycott of the electoral process. Though most of the Maoist-affected districts come under the Phase-I elections in the State, the Odisha Police has kept a special vigil on Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Nuapada districts. These are also some of the pockets where high-profile campaigners of political parties are out to make last ditch effort to connect with the voters.
Posters came up in Malkangiri’s Govindpalli last night, while there is continuous flow of ultras in Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Rayagada borders prompting the cops to conduct area domination operations on a regular basis. State Chief Electoral Officer Mona Sharma held a meeting with Additional DG Binayanand Jha, IG (Operations) Saumendra Priyadarshi and top officers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday over security issues ahead of the visit of Election Commissioner H S Brahma, who is scheduled to take stock of the situation at a meeting here on Wednesday. Though the police are tightlipped about the threat perception to the poll process, insiders acknowledge that Southern Odisha’s Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada remain grey area despite security forces having achieved substantial success against the LWEs in the past one year.
While the CPI(Maoist) has hit back in Chhattisgarh, Odisha is not breathing easy. “The Maoists will try to put fear in the minds of the candidates as well as the electors, but we have gone ahead without strategy of dominating vulnerable pockets to ensure that polling process is not affected,” said a senior officer requesting anonymity. The pocket, which has also kept the attention of State Police engaged, is the Rayagada-Kandhamal-Kalahandi border where the CPI(Maoist)’s Nagavali unit, headed by Nikhil, holds sway. In fact, there has been regular movement of a group of 40 LWEs in the this region. With the hold of Sabyasachi Panda weakening significantly, the threat to Ganjam-Gajapati region where he operated has seen a drop though.
Seven LS segments on Red radar
BHUBANESWAR: Nineteen out of 30 districts in Odisha are left-wing extremism (LWE) affected. Of these nine districts are ‘very highly vulnerable’ to Maoist attacks, sources in the office of chief electoral officer’s said. Altogether 21 assembly and seven Lok Sabha (LS) constituencies face high Red rebel threat and come under Naxal (A) category, while 15 assembly and one Lok Sabha segment come under Naxal (B) because of moderate threat and 22 assembly and six Lok Sabha constituencies have low Maoist threat.
Odisha Maoists oppose polls, call for shutdown
Bhubaneswar: Urging people to boycott the polls, the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoists has called for a shutdown in parts of Odisha April 10, a rebel leader said in an audio message Tuesday. The leader of the party’s Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali division who called himself Umakant has termed political parties like the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party anti-people. In an audio message released to the media, the leader has urged the voters of four southern districts — Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Kandhamal — to observe a shutdown in their respective areas where balloting will be held April 10.
He also accused the BJD government of exploiting the poor, downtrodden and innocent tribals and handing over their lands, forest, water and mineral wealth to the corporates. People must unseat this party from power, the rebel leader said. Last week, police seized several anti-election posters allegedly put up by the rebels in Rayagada district. Maoists are active in more than half of the state and the area where they have called a shutdown is considered their stronghold.
Explosives seized in Sasaram before Sonia rally
Kaimur Police on Tuesday recovered over 12,000 pieces of electronic detonators and 128.5 kg of high grade ammonium nitrate explosive used in mining operations and also arrested a supplier, officials said.