Police denying permission to TDF meeting decried
The TRS government should restrain itself from stifling peoples’ fundamental rights and their right to debate on issues concerning them, said noted human rights activist G. Haragopal. Addressing a public meeting organised by the Telangana Democratic Forum (TDF), he said formation of separate Telangana was made possible with the involvement of people in agitations such as Sagara Haram, Million March and other programmes. The same party that mobilised people was now curbing them from getting together to fight atrocities against Adivasis, Dalits, women and minorities and that was strange, he said. Prof. Haragopal was referring to police denying permission to the TDF’s meeting here.
The meeting was held after the High Court gave permission for the meeting with certain conditions. Mild tension prevailed at the venue with a large number of police personnel keeping an eye on the movement of people who had come to attend the meeting. Prof. Haragopal decried the denial of permission to hold the meeting and not allowing revolutionary poet Varavara Rao to address the gathering. It was undemocratic, he said adding that the restrictions imposed by the government have made the meeting a great success as it attracted much public attention.
He objected to the contention of the police that Maoists would attend the meeting. The meeting was aimed at discussing exploitation and attacks on laks of tribals in Chhattisgarh and elsewhere by the police and Central paramilitary forces. Speakers at the meeting said that leaders of various political parties spoke in favour of the naxal movement and after assuming power, they targeted the same naxals who enjoy public patronage. “Right from NTR, YSR and KCR too hailed the naxal agenda. What happened to that after coming to power”, he sought to know.
Prof. Haragopal said that innocent Adivasis living in the forest area of Chhattisgarh were only asking the government to let them live. They do not want to be displaced in the name of development or law and order. But the multi-national companies were prevailing over the governments and people should fight it. “The Operation Green Hunt emerged from the USA to displace local tribals and the same is being adopted here in India,” he pointed out. TDF leaders C. Narayana Rao and B. Ravindranath addressed the meeting. Varavara Rao, Delhi University professor G. N. Saibaba and a host of TDF leaders attended the meeting.
Leaders of various political parties speak in favour of the naxal movement, but after assuming power, they target the same naxals
Naxal order overground supporters to armed activities
Nagpur: The manpower crunch has pushed Naxals in Gadchiroli to rope in their village-based supporters, comprising Area Rakshak Dal (ARD) and Gram Rakshak Dal (GRD), for armed activities of the banned outfit. The recent murder of constable Bandu Wachami by ARD and GRD members of Poyarkoti and Gunderwahi villages underlines the change in the rebel policy.
The Naxals, who have suffered many cadre losses from encounters and desertion, are facing acute shortage of men in their military outfits. In order to make up for the lower cadre strength, the Naxals have issued instructions to ARD and GRD supporters to take up some of the sabotages activities, including triggering blasts, setting government offices afire, targeting informers and Special Police Officers (SPO), among others.
The Naxals have been on the back foot since the government’s revised surrender policy started attracting their cadres in large numbers. They have lost three more cadres this week, who deserted the movement. The three Naxals, including an area committee member, had a reward of Rs12 lakhs on them.
Earlier, the ARD and GRDs managed political activities of Naxals in the villages, including organizing meetings, erecting memorials for martyred cadres, distributing pamphlets and putting up banners. The ARD and GRD also managed the jan-militia or the support base of the Naxals in the villages. They also participated in the party’s activities like recruitment process, ferrying materials and documents apart from providing other logistic support to the cadres. These ARD and GRD members also functioned as potential informer base for the Naxals.
A senior police officer said senior ARD and GRD members already had crude country made revolvers and bharmar rifles, which also served as a kind of identification for them. “The way ARD and GRD members kidnapped Wachami before gunning him down five days later only shows that they are now handling serious crimes on behalf of the Naxals,” he said.
The officer said the Naxals are also not in a mood to spare supporters who have started favouring the police or have become inactive. “The Naxals have never thought twice before gunning down ARD or GRD members in the past too, when they found the victims in fault,” he said. Superintendent of police, Gadchiroli, Sandip Patil said six ARD and GRD members were arrested for Wachami’s murder. “Police have received concrete input regarding the latest instructions from Naxal top brass to their village-based supporters. Naxals did not have any other option after so many surrenders or deaths of cadres but to engage their supporters in a more active manner,” said Patil.Police have now started keeping a close vigil on ARDs and GRDs. “We had always been trying to keep pressure on ARD and GRD members by booking them under preventive provisions frequently, but their new role shall bring them under closer scrutiny,” said the SP.
Armed collection of revolutionary tax from Bijapur contractor.
After ‘Maoist’ escaped with weapons, orders issued to all SPs
Two days after The Indian Express reported that an alleged Maoist, detained by Bijapur Police, escaped with arms and ammunition on May 18 after winning the trust of the personnel of Basaguda police station, the top anti-Left Wing Extremism officer in Chhattisgarh police has written to SPs across the state issuing directions regarding storage of arms and ammunition.
In his letter, Special DG, Anti-Naxal Operations, D M Awasthi has sought strict enforcement of police regulations with regard to weapons. The letter says, “The distribution of weapons should only be based on necessity. The keeping and destruction of seized items and IEDs must also be done according to the rules and regulations with safety and security kept in mind.” Awasthi has written that from here on, “special attention must be paid to the storage and upkeep of weapons. The weapons must be issued only during duty, and once that ends it must be collected from personnel, and during this process, records of the name of the person it is being issued to must be kept scrupulously. Signatures must be taken of the same.”
Suspected Maoists gun down LJP leader, cousin in Bihar
Patna: Lok Sabha MP and LJP leader Chirag Paswan demanded imposition of president rule in Bihar after a member of his party Sudesh Paswan and his brother Sunil Paswan was murdered in Gaya district on Wednesday. According to reports, the incident occurred while Sudesh Paswan, a block president of LJP, along with his brother was campaigning for Panchayat election in Dumariya area. After the incident, the police launched a manhunt to nab the shooters involved in the case.
Initial reports suggest that it was a Naxal attack. The locals later vandalised and torched vehicles in protest. The police later found a placard and posters from the spot which said that all police informers will be killed in the same manner and the killings were “a warning to all those who thought that police will help them”. The posters, according to sources, had the signature of a group belonging to a Naxal outfit.
Jharkhand Maoists torch 35 vehicles in 150 days; contractors panic
Ranchi: Maoists have torched 35 vehicles in the past five months in Jharkhand, hampering the state government’s efforts to woo investors and develop infrastructure. The violent attacks by the Maoist guerrillas have created panic among the contractors involved in construction work.
The state police with the help of paramilitary forces have destroyed many bunkers and recovered more than 2,000 landmines planted by the Maoists in different parts of the state. Police claim to have hit the backbone of the Maoist guerrillas in last one year, but the guerrillas make their presence felt by demanding levy and torching vehicles.
Woman Maoist acquitted in 47 cases
Visakhapatnam: A woman Maoist on Tuesday was acquitted in all the 47 cases registered against her after being in judicial custody for almost nine years. The Metropolitan Session Judge Court acquitted Tambelu Kamala of Revulakota area in Koyyuru mandal after no evidence was found against her. After her release, civil liberties activists demanded that the state government pay her Rs 1 crore as compensation for putting her behind bars without any evidence.
They also demanded that action should be taken against the police officials responsible for her arrest. Tambelu Kamala was arrested by Chintapalli cops on December 6, 2007, from her parents’ house, said civil rights activists, who added that the cops had claimed that she was carrying land mines and wire bundles when they caught her. However, Kamala was acquitted in that case, but cops once again arrested her and framed another 46 cases against her, the activists said and demanded that the state compensate her for the injustice done to her.
Red alert in Giridih after triple murder
Dhanbad: Jharkhand police, along with their Bihar counterpart and the CRPF, have intensified anti-Maoist operations in Giridih’s forested terrain along the border. Giridih shares its northern border with Bihar’s Jamui and Nawada districts. The state cops’ alacrity follows the brutal killing of three men by suspected Maoists in Jamui last Saturday. Maoist letters found at the site of the murder stated that the trio were beheaded because they were “police informers”.
Giridih SP Akhilesh B Variar said the ongoing anti-Maoist operations in the bordering regions for the past several months have now been strengthened with new modus operandi. “Keeping all legal and social aspects in mind, we have planed to intensify inter-border operations in the remote pockets and dense forests of Bengabad, Deori, Tisri and Gawan blocks of Giridih in Jharkhand and villages falling under the jurisdiction of Jamui and Nawada,” he said, adding that a high-level meeting of senior cops of the two states and senior CRPF officials is likely soon.
CRPF assistant commandant Ravi Kumar Verma said more than a dozen villages are located in the forested hills in Giridih and the terrain makes it easier for the rebels to disappear. “Besides hunting down the rebels, the joint force will focus on instilling confidence in villagers so that they cooperate with security forces,” said Variar.
Police outpost to be ready soon at Rallagedda Kotturu
The police outpost at Rallagedda Kotturu, on the way to Korukonda in Chintapalli mandal, would be ready soon, Superintendent of Police Rahul Dev Sharma said on Monday. Rains hindered the construction activity, but work would resume soon, Mr. Sharma said, and added that the facility would be ready in a short time. “It is located in a difficult terrain and workers are not prepared to go there,” he said.
The structure is being constructed by taking all the precautions needed for a police outpost, which would help the police dominate the area, including the nearby hill, and control the Maoist activity. Pre-fab technology is being used in its construction. This is the first outpost being constructed in the Agency. Another has been sanctioned at Roodakota. The outpost can house 100 personnel. It will have all facilities and ensures tight security unlike the outposts established several years ago, which were temporary structures and vulnerable to attacks.