People’s War in India Clippings 6/10/2015

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Women issues form integral part of Naxals’ ‘leadership training programme-2014’

GADCHIROLI: A document retrieved during police operation in the Gadchiroli-Gondia belt reflected the gravity with which Naxals aims to deal with women issues and rope in more of them into their fold. The document, which is a handwritten ‘Leadership training programme-2014, contained a whole set of discussions on women issues revolving around their rights, position and status in the Indian society with sociopolitical developments from time immemorial.

The section dedicated to women is titled as ‘Mahila sawal par hamara dristhikon’ (our viewpoints on women issues). The content of the training module pertaining to women were mostly provocative and inflammatory in nature penned with an intention to evoke a deep hatred against the system motivating them to join armed struggle, said an official of anti-naxal operation. The Naxals targeted a Hindu radical organization in the module to state that it is behind exploitation of women from minority and backward community. The rebels also lambast media for its portrayal of woman as an object of desire and in derogatory manner. The Naxals, urging its future leaders to become sensitized with women issues, have directed in its leadership manual to ensure that maximum numbers of disgruntled faction of the fairer sex are handed over the baton of revolution in its support zones.

The women specific section of manual portrays the social exploitation of women in the sectarian society in the patriarchal society from past till now. The rebels also mentioned in the training module how cadres should be trained to corner government for spurt in prostitution and also for systematically compelling the widows to take up flesh trade much to the convenience of the society. A senior officer, attached to anti-Naxal operation, said the manual’s content regarding women were also created in such a fashion so as to bring in ‘hate’ feelings towards the male as a perpetual body for exploitation and suppression of the women in a gender biased society.

The leadership training manual, in other sections, also had diagrammatic representations in local language like Gondi and Madia of how to set up improvised explosive devises (IED) with simple wirings and battery set-up. It also had representations of wireless set up and means of communication with coded language and terms and terminologies. The leaders have been also instructed to spread the movement in plain areas which are inhabited by backward sections of the society, rural suburbs and places affected by agrarian issues and displacements.

Three TDP leaders held captive by Naxals in Visakhapatnam

Hyderabad: Three local Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders have been held captive allegedly by Naxals in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh police said on Tuesday. Naxals through their network had asked the three TDP leaders to meet them at Dharkonda in the district on Monday afternoon and accordingly they went, Visakhapatnam district Superintendent of Police K Praveen told PTI over phone. “Only on the assurance by the Naxals that the leaders won’t be harmed, TDP’s G.K. Veedhi Mandal President M Balaiah and two other local leaders — M.Mahesh and V.Balaiah —went to meet them.

Now, they have been held captive,” the SP said. Police received information regarding it last night. “We have verified (the information). The only possibility is the Maoists will take them in the deep interior forest area towards the border of East Godavari district…we are waiting for Maoists to put forth their demands (for release of TDP leaders),” Praveen added. It is suspected that the Naxals resorted to hold them hostage to protest the mining of Bauxite in the area.

Naxals eye South India in expansion plans

GADCHIROLI: There is bad news for security forces as Naxals now aim to expand their armed revolution down south aiming specifically at area where three states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka converge. A document, penned by Naxal’s spokesperson Abhay, reflecting the move decided on during the crucial 11th unity congress of Naxalites was recovered during an encounter in Gadchiroli-Gondia belt. The document also drew comparison between the contemporary arms struggle of Kerala’s Wayanad tribes led by one Varghese and that of their own origin in north Bengal’s Naxalwadi in the late 60s. The Naxalites also highlighted successful launching of a military formation to function in the region encompassing western ghat region and Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka junction.

The document said the formation, within three months of being launched at the end of 2014, managed to spread anti-government propaganda in the area where several youngsters and others from exploited class have been motivated to join the arms struggle. The Naxals claimed 2014 as a year of achievements and setbacks alike and made clear their objective was to extend their bases across central India so their area of influence runs from Jharkhand to via swathes of central India southern states.

Already enjoying strong presence in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Naxals now aim to bring more regions under their influence. The Naxals, who expressed deep concern over having lost several top leaders in fights last year, have also lamented the arrests of several experienced cadres from south India like Murlidharan, alias Ajit, alias Vasant this year in Pune. He was a ‘courier’ working for Kerala state committee. The rebels pointed out in the document that Kerala police, resorting to repressive measures, had started targeting their support base now after feeling threat from them. It also highlighted arrests of some foreigners by the Kerala police.

The Naxals also expressed anguish over the arrests of Praveen from Tamil Nadu state committee and couple of others including a law student and two his women accomplices in Hyderabad in the last few months which delivered a setback to the rebels’ dream of spreading influence in southern states capturing the strategic locations of western ghat and three states’ junction. The Naxals also claimed that movement by their party had been steadily growing in Karnataka’s Malnat forest regions despite several hurdles posed by the elements supporting the government. They now aim to motivate local population to join their struggle by highlighting the sacrifices made by the leaders from the south who had dedicated their lives to the rebels’ cause.

Ahead of Bihar elections, Maoists issue poll boycott threats in their strongholds

Jamui: The Maoists have asked voters in Jamui, Gaya, Aurangabad and Jehanabad to stay away from Bihar assembly polls. The CPI (Maoist) has pasted posters, circulated long notes and asked the villagers directly to desist from voting “Soon after the Election Commission announced the polling dates for Bihar, the Maoists started giving poll boycott calls in their strongholds in Jamui, Gaya and Aurangabad.

It was done to give a message about their presence, which is gradually diminishing. We’ve seized handbills, posters and circulars from Maoist-infested pockets,” Arun Kumar, Inspector General, CRPF, told Firstpost. The Left ultras have been issuing such threats over past several years with diminishing response from people. They had issued such diktats in Bastar, another stronghold, before Chhattisgarh assembly elections in 2013 and the general election of 2014 too. However, ignoring their threat, people came out in large number to exercise their voting right.

The Maoists have strongly criticised Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for following neo-liberal policies and ditching voters. They have reasoned that the right form of government couldn’t be formed through democratically held elections. In the last 65 years, the Indian public has only been exploited, they maintain. The Maoist cadre has appealed to wage an “armed war against the establishment”. During its combing operation, besides, the posters and pamphlets, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has recovered arms and ammunition, and huge cash. According to latest data, the security forces have recovered Rs 8.95 crore from Naxal-infested districts in Bihar. “Our battalions have recovered arms, detonators and IEDs in large quantities. The Maoists wanted to create disturbance and inflict damage on a large-scale during polls,” added Kumar.

Editor receives threat from Naxalites, files complaint

An editor of a regional newspaper has registered a complaint with Mumbai police alleging that he received a threat from Naxalites, police said today. Sanjay Malme, an editor of regional newspaper received a threat letter on Tuesday claimed to be penned by Naxalites. It was written that he should not use the word ‘destroyed’ (in Marathi) if a Naxal is killed in an encounter, Senior Inspector of Kalachowki police station Dilip Ugale said.

He has filled a compliant with us, the officer said, adding Malme’s statement will be recorded soon and a probe has been initiated in this regard. Malme told PTI, “I received the letter, through post, in my office at Kalachowkie and I have filled a complaint with police.

Odisha’s Top Maoist Operative Escapes Police Operation

BHAWANIPATNA: Odisha state committee secretary of the CPI(Maoist) Modem Balkrishnan alias Manoj was among those who escaped unhurt during an anti-Maoist operation in Jugsaipatna Reserve Forest area in the Kalahandi district, the police said today. It was learnt that a Maoist team led by Odisha state committee secretary Manoj, managed to escape from the operation site inside the jungle, Kalahandi SP Brijesh Rai told reporters here. Stating that there was an exchange of fire between the SOG jawans and the ultras during a combing operation inside the Reserve Forest area, the SP said the firing continued for about 30 minutes.

The state’s anti-Maoist elite personnel were on combing operation when the Ultras opened fire on them, the SP said adding the rebels abandoned their camp and escaped. Large quantities of items including kits, medicine stock, 24 detonators, one tiffin bomb and Maoist literature were recovered from the abandoned camp. This was the fifth encounter between the police and the Maoists in Kalahandi in the last one year, Rai added.

Questions over large scale surrender of Maoist supporters

‘Surrender’ of villagers in large numbers (over 700), including women and children in Malkangiri district described by the police as ‘Maoists supporters’ raises several questions on whether all this is a ‘political’ stunt and whether there is any legal sanction for such socalled surrender. Raising the issue by way of an open letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, human rights activist and advocate Mr Biswapriya Kanungo hoped that the government would clarify the situation as television channels keep beaming shots of hundreds of villagers, ‘ Maoist supporters/sympathisers’ sitting in front of the police personnel almost on a daily basis.

If it is “political”,whether the police and other para-military officers are vested with any such authority of law to make the citizens surrendered before them. If it is “Legal”, what is the law in which Maoists or their supporters can surrender before the police? There is no report saying the hundreds of women and children were “Maoist cadres and or involved in any Maoist activities”as defined in the Government prescribed scheme in March- 2014. So where is the scope of ‘surrender’. The state government needs to clarify who are eligible for the surrender under the said scheme.

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