Manipur Maoist for ‘A New Democratic Culture’
IMPHAL, June 16: Manipur needs a ‘New Democratic Culture’ for attaining a sovereign and an egalitarian society said Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity and Propaganda of the proscribed Maoist Communist Party of Manipur in a statement. The statement said there is need for a collective cultural platform with an inclusive perspective and the platform should be of a global perspective one. Therefore, in this regard, the party has urged the indigenous people of Manipur to observe ‘Indigenous Festival’.
It said the festival should commence on August 9, which is also the world’s Indigenous Peoples Day, and the observation should last till August 14: on the day when British gave independence to Manipur. The statement further said, the festival should include indigenous games such as Mukna, Mukna Kangjei, Thang-Ta, Sagol Kangjei. This would help in reviving the diminishing indigenous games from the soil of Manipur. Along with the games, indigenous dance and music should be also encouraged, it said. Performance of Ougri Hangel Chongba (Thabal Chongba) should also be taken out till the midnight of August 14.
The performance of Thabal Chongba has taken a different meaning in the present day. For example, the date of Thabal Chongba coincide with the examination time of class x and xii which disturbs the study environment of the students, it said. At the same time, the time of Yaoshang Thabal Chongba encourage youngsters into intoxicants and drug abuse, which is detrimental to the society. Having said this, the Maoist maintained that Yaoshang Thabal should not be banned but the time has come for a deeper contemplation over the new changes. Maoist Communist Party Manipur seeks the co-operation of the people for the said festival, the statement added.
CM Admits to Rise in Naxal Activities
BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday admitted in the Assembly that Maoist activities in the State increased from five districts in 2000 to 19 districts now. In a written reply to a question from Prafulla Majhi (Cong), the Chief Minister said parts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati and Mayurbhanj districts were considered Maoist affected in 2000. In the current scenario, parts of 19 districts, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Ganjam (including Berhampur police district), Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir and Bargarh are considered to be affected by Maoist activities in varying intensities, he said.
The Chief Minister, however, said no violence has been reported from Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh, Deogarh and Nayagarh districts since 2011. Maintaining that the State Government has been continuously focusing on capacity upgradation of security forces and security infrastructure in the affected areas, the Chief Minister said strategic deployment of security forces, effective anti-Maoist operations with greater synergy with the other Naxal-affected States and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been done to deal with the situation. In order to deal with Maoist menace, the Centre had provided 17 battalions of CAPFs to the State in phases from 2001 to 2013, he said.
Maharashtra forms panels at two levels to deal with hostage crises
MUMBAI: Nearly a year after a directive from the Centre, the state home department has drafted the standard operating procedure for hostage situations, particularly in case of abduction of government officials or civilians by Naxalites. A senior bureaucrat said on Monday that, in keeping with the Centre-prescribed guidelines, the state government had set up a high-level crisis management group headed by the chief secretary. The members are additional chief secretary (home), director general of police, additional director general (special operations), joint director (Intelligence Bureau), state intelligence commissioner, relief and rehabilitation and finance secretaries, and a member of the negotiating group. At the district level, there will be a 10-member committee headed by the district collector.
The superintendent of police, a member of the negotiating group, a nominee of the PWD, a fire officer and the commandant of the Home Guards will be among the members. The bureaucrat said that with Intelligence Bureau help, the crisis management group will mobilize specific information on an abducted person and consider possible measures for his release. After considering Naxal demands, it will brief the persons concerned and political leadership. The crisis management group will appoint a middleman for negotiations and will brief the negotiating team. The quick response team or NSG will be kept updated. “We will take the media into confidence so that there is no scope for confusion or release of half-baked information,” the official said. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Maharashtra-forms-panels-at-two-levels-to-deal-with-hostage-crises/articleshow/36676360.cms