April 15th Dandakaranya bandh against deployment of IAF in Operation Green Hunt has wide success.
Vijayawada under shadow of Maoists?
VIJAYAWADA: The Maoists may cast a shadow over the capital in Amaravati region in the near future if the bloody history scripted by ultras in their previous form of People’s War Group (PWG) in the Palnadu region and their perceived attempts to make their presence felt in the capital region are any signs. The extremists are said to be keen to regain their last ground in the Palnadu region contiguous to the capital region by taking utter backwardness, caste conflicts, poor irrigation facility and the loss of employment by agricultural labour induced by farm mechanisation to their advantage. A couple of armed squads from the Maoist party active in the Nallamala forest range are said to have sent their emissaries to their old bases for a `feasibility’ study in the Palnadu region. Appearance of posters of the Maoists with a warning to punish call money traders in the Palnadu villages recently gives strength to the reports indicating their keenness to rebuild their old bases.
Maoists want liquor shops in T.N. shut
Allege that gangs sell adulterated liquor to innocent tribals
Cadres of the CPI (Maoist) pasted posters in villages abutting the Western Ghats along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border early on Friday urging people to intensify their protests demanding total prohibition in the State.
The second round of posters comes barely 10 days after armed Maoists stormed Nedukal Kambai village in the Nilgiris district where they held a public meeting and appealed to the villagers to join the “People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army” to establish “people’s rule”.
According to police sources, Maoists pasted posters in Tamil and Malayalam and distributed pamphlets asking people to boycott the Assembly elections. Since liquor was prohibited in Attapadi in Kerala, several gangs based in the adjacent Anaikatti in Tamil Nadu were smuggling liquor across the border in connivance with police and excise officials.
The gangsters were selling adulterated liquor to the innocent tribal people at higher prices, the Maoists alleged. The Maoists threatened that they would attack liquor shops if they were not closed down. Demanding total prohibition and ban on all narcotic substances, they said the CPI (Maoist) would support the struggle for a dry law in Tamil Nadu, the sources said.
Assuring the tribals that they would restore forest, land and water rights to the people, the Maoists wrote on posters that “People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army” would work towards declaring the ‘Western Ghats’ as a ‘liberated zone’, police sources added. “Combing operations are on in vulnerable areas in the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala,” a senior police official said.
Gangs selling adulterated
liquor to innocent tribal people,
Naxals have set ablaze four vehicles, including two engaged in a road construction work, in Madanwada area of Rajnandgaon district and exchanged fire with police on Friday who are on their trail.
“A group of 15-20 armed naxals torched four vehicles parked at an under-construction bridge between Baseli and Sahpal villages under Sitagaon police station limits late last evening,” Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sundarraj P said.
He said the vehicles included a truck, a poclain machine, a SUV and a motorcycle.
The Maoists also threatened the contractor and workers to stop the construction work. In the wake of the torching incident, a joint team of security forces launched a search operation in Madanwada and Kohka region, located around 200 kms from the state capital, to trace the ultras during which a gun-battle ensued on Friday.
However, no harm was reported on both the sides in the skirmish.
“While carrying out the combing operation following the incident today, a composite squad of Special Task Force (STF), ITBP, and district force got a tip-off about the presence of a group of cadres between Kaneli and Belgaon village under Kohka police station limits. After they raided the spot, a gunfight erupted between both the sides. However, ultras soon fled the spot after finding that the security forces were zeroing in on them,” he added.
Police found a wireless set, a radio, a camera flash, besides a huge cache of Maoist-related materials from the spot, he said, adding that the combing operation was still underway in the region.
Maoists serve ultimatum to Singju Fest organiser
IMPHAL, April 14: The Singju Festival being held at Chana, Lamlai, Imphal east has come under the scanner of Maoist Communist Party Manipur. Further extension of the festival beyond April 15 after noon has been banned by the party.
According to a release signed by Nonglen Meitei, Secretary, Publicity and Propaganda of the party, it claimed that the festival has been grossly commercialised and has become an avenue for overindulgence. These unwanted activities have cropped up at a juncture when the party is trying to shape the Lamlai area as a ‘revolutionary model’, it said.
Further the release said that the party cannot remain a mute spectator to the unwanted activity like gambling which is being encouraged inside the premise of the festival. The claim of the Singju Festival organiser that it will bring progress and development through the festival has become a mere rhetorical statement, it said. It also has ridiculed the organiser of its claim to bring ‘green revolution’ by selling pan inside the festival venue.
It continued that the party has not served any dictate against the organiser of the festival in spite of the fact that it has continued for 11 days. But the decision of the festival organiser to extend it beyond 11 days just to fulfil their wanton wishes cannot be taken lightly, it claimed.
The statement has also drawn the attention of all concerned to regulate the activities which are deemed to be ‘immoral’ reportedly taking place inside the public gardens in Lamlai area.