Saranda template for 10 Maoist hubs
Ranchi, March 4: The Saranda model of development will be replicated in 10 other Naxalite strongholds, the BJP-led state government decided today in a surprising acknowledgement of an idea that was conceived and nursed by its political arch-rival UPA. Chief secretary Rajiv Gauba, who had recently been to Saranda in West Singhbhum, which was once the so-called eastern regional headquarters of the CPI(Maoist), has already held meetings with top CRPF officers to replicate the Saranda Development Plan (SDP) in specifically chosen vulnerable areas (see chart).
Chief secretary Rajiv Gauba told The Telegraph that the state would launch an “SDP type of initiative” in at least 10 areas in different districts. A brainchild of former Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, the Rs 249-crore, multi-pronged SDP gave equal weight to security and development in rebel and “cleansed” areas. The SDP apparently works as an idea but needs better implementation. “The same model (SDP) has to be replicated in all the areas where the after-effects of LWE are acute. Respective divisional commissioners, acting as project nodal officers, would draw up elaborate security and development plans,” chief secretary Gauba added.
AP enhances grants to surrendered Maoists
The Andhra Pradesh government has doubled the relief amount provided to surrendered extremists from Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000 to meet their immediate requirements as recommended by the High Powered Cabinet Sub-Committee dealing with “naxalite problems” in the state. The government has also evolved guidelines for the rehabilitation of surrendered extremists to encourage surrenders and enable the extremists to join mainstream by providing them with economic support schemes. Depending on their economic status, they become eligible for grant of White cards, housing, LPG subsidy and also admission to skill development courses, says a special Government Order issued by the AP government on Wednesday. According to a GO issued here, the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence), AP, has stated that the immediate relief of Rs.5,000 was meagre to meet the needs of the surrendered extremists, keeping in view the increase in prices of essential commodities and standard of living.
The grant has no impact on other special grants like reward money on the surrendered extremist and others like healthcare, education, jobs etc, he says. The Nallamala forest belt in Guntur and Kurnool ,Prakasam districts,Sheshachalam belt of Chittoor and Kadapa, Manyam forests of Srikakulam, Viziangaram and Visakhapatnam are still home to CPI (Maoists) and three other factions of extremists. Almost 160 members surrendered last year and 10 were killed in encounters. According to intelligence sources, a hand count of just 75 UGs and 300 hard cores were operating in the state and providing support to the organised extremist activity at AOB ( Andhra Orissa Border) and other states.
3 arrested for selling sim cards to Maoists in Arwal district
Arwal: Arwal police have busted a gang of three who used to act as a conduit for supplying sim cards on fake electoral IDs to Maoists in the district. Acting on a tip-off, the Arwal police on Tuesday conducted raid at some mobile phone shops at Karpi under the same police station in the district and arrested three shopowners for allegedly supplying sim cards of different cell companies on fake electoral IDs to the activists of outlawed CPI(Maoist).Police also recovered a laptop, fake electoral IDs with tampered holograms and other incriminating documents.
Talking to newsmen, Arwal SP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon said most of the Maoists, who were recently arrested by the Arwal police, were invariably found demanding levies from contractors using sim cards provided to them by the arrested mobile shopowners. According to SP, those arrested have been identified as Chitranjan Kumar, Gautam Kumar and Arun Kumar, all residents of villages adjoining Karpi. The SP said the arrested persons used to provide sim cards on fake IDs to Maoists and in return, the Maoists paid them a fixed amount per sim from their income earned through levy. The seized laptop has been sent to the state police headquarters for cyber examination, the SP added.
Suspected Maoist leaders shifted to prison in H’bad
Karimnagar (Telangana), Mar 5 (PTI) Suspected Maoist leaders Jaspal Singh and Akhilesh Jadav have been shifted to the central prison at Charlapalli in Hyderabad from Karimnagar District Jail, Karimnagar Jailor N Shiva Kumar said here today.
Meet on AFSPA slams recent MHA’s recommendation
Imphal, March 04 2015: A one-day consultative meeting held today at Manipur Press Club has slammed the recent stand of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs against repealing the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. In the consultative meeting many prominent leaders of organisations working in the field of human rights discussed the recommendations made by the Justice BP Jeevan Reddy Committee, which recommended repeal of the law terming it as “a symbol of oppression” and MHA’s recommendation for rejecting the same. MHA has recently recommended to the Union Cabinet to reject the report of Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee. While strongly criticizing the latest development at the Centre, the speakers of the consultative meeting called for further strengthening the movement of the people of the State for repealing the “draconian” law.