CPI(ML) Naxalbari, CPI(Maoist) merge
The CPI(Maoist) and the CPI(ML) Naxalbari have merged and the new party will be known as CPI (Maoist). In a joint statement here on Wednesday, general secretary of CPI(Maoist) Ganapathy, secretary of CPI(M) Naxalbari Ajith said the unified party would take Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as its guiding ideology.
The statement said that they were announcing the merger of these two parties ‘‘on the occasion of the international day of the world proletariat, the glorious May Day, with great sense of responsibility and firm conviction to strengthen the vanguard of Indian proletariat, which is a contingent of the world proletariat.’’It said that the Maoist movement came through the great Naxalbari uprising of 1967.
Inspired and led by Charu Mazumdar and Kanhai Chatterjee, founder leaders of these two parties, thousands of leaders and cadres laid down their lives to advance the revolutionary movement. But after the setback of early 1970s and the martyrdom of Charu Mazumdar, the Communist revolutionary forces were divided into many groups.
The unsung heroes: They died to make your elections safer
New Delhi: India is celebrating the festival of democracy – the Parliamentary elections – but the cost of holding them successfully seems heavy. In the seven phases of elections held so far, 35 security personnel have lost their lives, while nine polling party members have been killed in the Naxal zone. On March 11, just as efforts to secure Naxal-affected districts of Chhattisgarh picked up, 11 CRPF men and four from Chhattisgarh Police lost their lives in Tongpal area of Sukma district as 200 alleged Naxals ambushed them.
The next big strike in Chhattisgarh came at the end of the polling. On April 13, alleged CPI-Maoist members carried out twin attacks in Bastar and Bijapur, killing 13. Six of the deceased were members of the polling party who were returning with the EVMs. Tired of walking a long distance, they had boarded a bus which was blown off by an IED. In neighbouring Darbha, tired CRPF men had boarded an ambulance and all including the ambulance driver were killed afer an IED explosion. Last week, an IED explosion followed by firing from alleged Naxals led to the deaths of three policemen and five polling officials in Jharkhand’s Dumka district. Again early this month, in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, efforts to diffuse an IED misfired. The IED exploded killing a CRPF deputy commandant on the spot. Two others succumbed to their injuries.
Two Naxalites arrested
Ranchi: Police arrested two persons including a woman in connection with the Naxalite attack in Shakaripara police station area of Dumka resulting in killing of eight people on 24th April last. Five police personnel and three polling officers were killed in the landmine explosion triggered by the Naxalites. Those arrested, were identified as Talakuri Murmu and Baburam Baskey alias Lambu. The two have reportedly confessed to their involvement in the Naxalite attack. Cops said the two were given the responsibility of pasting posters with slogans written by Naxalites appealing people to boycott Lok Sabha elections.
Walkie-talkies, tablets in Maoists’ wishlist
Maoists operating in Malkangiri and Koraput districts of Orissa bordering Andhra Pradesh have increasingly started making demands for communication equipment such as walkie talkie sets and tablets from contractors involved in civil work in the areas, according to the interrogation report of a top Maoist arrested in February this year. The interrogation report of Chandu alias Tella Anil Kumar, member of Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee and intelligence-in-charge for Malkangiri division, accessed by The Indian Express, reveals the Maoists also demand at least five per cent of the total cost of road contracts from the contractors.
While five per cent is the initial demand, the rebels are at times flexible but won’t accept anything less than three per cent, top sources in the Orissa home department said. Although money — or ‘levy’ as they call it — remains the primary demand, the Maoists insist on the walkie talkies and tablets from the contractors. “If not fulfilled, the party (CPI Maoist) asks for explosives. Lastly, money is accepted if no other option is left,” Chandu’s interrogation report says. However, he said only money is demanded from small contractors, shop-keepers and businessmen.
Almora police steps up security after Maoists threaten people to boycott polls
Almora, May 01 (ANI): Police in Almora city of Uttarakhand beefed up security and deployed additional forces after some Maoist forces pasted posters on walls threatening people to boycott ongoing parliamentary polls. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Anant Ram Chauhan, said that a case has been registered against unknown persons for putting up posters and added that the police are on a look-out for the people involved. The messages written on posters called for a change in the system, mocked the democracy and called for a revolution.