People’s War in India Clippings 10/7/2016






Virasam celebrates 46th anniversary

Virasam, the revolutionary writers’ collective on its 46{+t}{+h}anniversary focused its discussion on class-struggle even as it gave equal importance to social-transformation. In the day-long session, some of the prominent writers spoke of the growing role that revolutionary literature plays in focusing on the plight of grassroots society.

Discussion on book

During the meet, a discussion on Janatana Rajyam, a book written by Paani was underway even as the writers guild dwelt deep on functioning a decade old Janatana Sarkar within Dandakaranya. The Sarkar is a governance body established by Communist Party of India (Maoist). The government there, the party claims was established based on election conducted in eight villages.

Speaking in the session, chaired by P. Geetanjali, Virasam city unit member. Prof. P. Kasim who delivered the key note speech on ‘Bourgeois democracy, development model and revolutionary democracy’ said in a State which is unequal and unjust, intervention of revolutionary literature is important. “Collectives such as Virasam bring the fervour of study among young revolutionaries ,” he said

Looking at social transformation with caste as its focus, P. Varalakshmi, general secretary of Virasam said the support base for class-struggle is social struggle. “There are factors including class and ethnicity which has figures in revolutionary writings ,” she said. Virasam was founded with the idea of collecting together young writers who are interested in Communist struggle for a class-less society.

The collective which was founded by Vara Vara Rao among others at first had the support of poets including Sri Sri, who were a generation older.


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‘Anti-Naxal forces treating tribal regions as war zones’

The Odisha government and central security forces were treating tribal-dominated regions of the State as war zone where all faces appeared to them of rebels, said human rights activists here in the wake of death of six persons in firing of anti-Naxal forces in Kandhamal district.

Since 2015, as many as 12 innocent villagers have been killed reportedly by security forces in Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts. While six persons were killed in Tumudibandh block of Kandhamal on Friday night, three villagers, who had reportedly gone looking for missing goats in Nissanguda forest in Kalahandi, were gunned down by Special Operation Group personnel in November last year.

On July 26, 2015, a Dalit couple Duba Nayakand his wife Budi Nayak were killed by anti-Naxal forces in Ladima hills in Maoist-affected Kotgarh block of Kandhamal where they had gone in search of network on their mobile phone. In February 27, one Manda Kadraka (20) was killed by security forces in forest of Niyamgiri hill. Although police said the youth was killed in an encounter, there was no concrete evidence of Manda Kadraka involved in Naxal activities. A youth in Nuapada district succumbed to injuries after he was brutally thrashed by personnel of Special Operation Group in Sunabeda camp in August last year.

“The very approach of combating the Left Wing Extremism appears to be faulty. The way security forces are spraying bullets on innocent villagers, it seems they are fighting a war in an alien land. The government also believes that bullets can solve the Naxal problem in the State,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, a right activist who has approached State Human Rights Commission in a number of cases pertaining to deaths in firing of anti-Naxal forces in the past.

Pramodini Pradhan, Convenor of PUCL (People’s Union for Civil Liberties) Odisha, said: “Earlier the governments had announced to counter Naxalism by adopting multi-pronged approach. But the developmental approach envisaged by government has been missing. Ruthless military intervention now seems to be dominant approach.”

At one hand the government informed that Naxal activities had witnessed sharp drop in Odisha over past few years, on the other hand, the State government is seeking deployment of more forces, Ms. Pradhan said. Activists questioned the combing operation of anti-Naxal operation. “We have never heard LWEs being caught after chase by forces. We are only informed about exchange of fires between security forces and extremists. This raises doubt about authenticity of firing by forces,” said Mr. Kanungo. The government also believes that bullets can solve the Naxal problem in Odisha, say activists

Collectors, SPs in Naxal belt to get more power

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has decided to give more magisterial and police power to collectors and superintendents of police in the four Naxal-affected districts of the state. KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary (Home) said the state government would table a Bill on the lines of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of Chhattisgarh during the monsoon session to empower collectors and superintendents of police of Chandrapur, Gondia, Bhandara and Gadchiroli.

From Gadchiroli, one can cross over into Bastar in Chhattisgarh. The law in Chattisgarh allows the magistrate to take over any property (house or building) if the magistrate is of the opinion that it is being used for unlawful activities. Even movable properties, including livestock, can be seized. The magistrate can issue orders for immediate sale of the seized property. All offences that are sought to be registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act must have the permission of the district police superintendent.

Suspected Naxalites damage forest beat house in Nayagarh

The Left wing extremists (LWEs) damaged a beat house and torched a jeep, which were being used for anti-poaching operations in Nayagarh Forest Division (Territorial) late on Thursday night. According to sources in the State police, a three-member LWE group reached the beat house at Jhuti Sahi in Gania block on Thursday night and asked the forest staff to vacate the place. Subsequently, they ransacked the camp and torched a jeep.

The beat house was part of Satkoshia Tiger Reserve where ultras were trying to create a corridor. Last year, Naxal violence was recorded in Purunakote area of Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary. The CPI (Maoist) had long been attempting to make their presence felt in forested region of Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh region.

..Sources in the State Intelligence Wing said, a three-member group of Maoists reached the camp late in the night and asked the forest staff to stay clear of them. They not only torched the vehicle but also damaged the camp. It was yet to be ascertained if they were armed.

Nayagarh, which had reported a ghastly Maoist attack in 2008 allegedly under the leadership of Sabyasachi Panda, had not reported much Naxal violence ever since. However, the sources said the latest attack has come in as a message for the Forest Department as well as State Police as the Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of Maoists, led by Shankar Majhi, has been attempting to create a corridor through Satkosia.

Last year, they had struck at Purunakote area of Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary, located to the north of Mahanadi river. While Maoist movement in Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary has been a known fact, the latest attack comes at a time when residents of three villages inside the protected area – a part of the Tiger Reserve – have given their consent to the Nayagarh district administration for relocation.

Sources in Nayagarh Police said, Maoist sympathisers had warned the inhabitants of Damaghati, Turingi and Bedadi against relocation from the sanctuary area after they evinced interest in the proposal. When they gave their consent, the villagers received threats and recently, they had informed the matter to the district officials. If these villages are relocated, the Maoists would find their plans of creating a route foiled because of increased access by the forest staff. Each of 40-odd families from the three villages is eligible for `10 lakh as per the rehabilitation package apart from a pucca house. Most of these villagers are in extremely impoverished condition with no access to basic amenities. While the situation poses a headache for Forest Department, it is a challenge for the State Police because the KKBN division has been elusive.

Pamphlets calling for observation of ‘black day’ found

A few pamphlets, calling upon the public to observe July 10 (Sunday) as a black day, in memory of the four people who were killed in the police-Naxal encounter at Hatyadka on this day in 2007, were found near Menasinhadya near Jayapura in Koppa taluk here on Friday. The local public noticed the pamphlets in a bus stand, near a theatre and other places in Menasinahadya. Following information from the local public, Anti-Naxal Force staff visited the spot and collected the pamphlets. The Jayapura police have registered the case.

Put up by Maoists?

Four people were shot dead by the police on July 10, 2007. The pamphlets, allegedly put up by suspected Maoists, call upon the public to observe the ninth anniversary of the killings as a black day. Furthermore, the pamphlets include slogans opposing the establishment of national park and eviction of farmers in the name of development works. It demands proper roads and other facilities for all villages in the district.


Maoist camp busted; huge cache of arms recovered

Rourkela: A joint team of Rourkela Police and CRPF busted a Maoist camp inside Sanabalijor forest under K Balang police limits in Sundargarh district and recovered a huge cache of ammunition after an encounter with the Maoists this morning.

Talking to media persons here, RK Sharma, IG, Western Range, said acting on a tip-off that the Maoists are conducting a camp inside the Sanabalijor forest, a joint team of police and CRPF personnel began a combing operation in the morning.

During the operation, the Maoists suddenly opened fire at the security personnel, who retaliated immediately. After an hour-long crossfire, the Maoists managed to flee the area. “During the search operation, we recovered 74 rounds of 9 mm live bullets, detonators and several Maoist articles from the camp. There were several other articles in the camp which we could not bring with us,” Sharma informed.

He said it had been observed that the Maoists are not able to stay in their camp for long due to frequent combing operation by the police and the CRPF personnel. Due to this reason, they are frequently changing their location inside the fores. “Following the incident, a high alert has been sounded on Odisha-Jharkhand border,” he added.

Rourkela SP Anirudh Kumar Singh said the police suspects that some Maoists have been injured during the crossfire. “We are in constant touch with the Jharkhand police for further details,” he added.

Maoist leader’s defence counsel moves plea

Tribune News Service
Patiala, July 8

The defence counsel for Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy, who had been facing charges under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), today moved an application before the court of Additional Sessions and District Judge Mohammad Gulzar, seeking permission to let Ghandy appear before the court through videoconferencing from Hyderabad jail, where he is at present lodged.

During the last hearing, when Ghandy was lodged at the Tihar Jail, the defence counsel had moved a similar application before the court.
Ghandy had been booked by the Patiala Sadar police in January 2010 under Sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Sections 419 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for holding meetings on the premises of Punjabi University in April and May 2009 to promote Maoist ideologies.

Ghandy, a politburo member of the banned CPI (Maoist), was arrested by the Delhi Police in September 2009. He had later moved a bail plea in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which was rejected. The maoist leader had pleaded that he was booked for delivering a lecture on the campus of Punjabi University in April and May in 2009 and at that time the CPI (Maoist) was not banned. The CPI (Maoist) was banned in June 22, 2009, he had argued.



Police beat youth to death in Jharkhand over Maoist-link suspicion

Ranchi: A young man was beaten to death by police here after being detained on suspicion of being linked to Maoists, according to a complaint his family made to the police headquarters. Rupesh alias Chotu Swamy was detained here by the police on Thursday evening while on his way to a shop where he worked, the complaint said. He was held on suspicion of being associated with Maoist guerrillas and was brutally beaten up in the police station, they said.

Rupesh was admitted on Friday to Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) where he was declared dead by the doctors, according to the complaint.
Based on the complaint, Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi has suspended Ashok Prasad and Pankaj Kumar, who were in charge of the Rahe and Dasham police stations. A probe has also been ordered.

Jharkhand: Youth who died in police custody was a minor, says family

The youngster, who died in police custody allegedly due to torture on Friday, was a minor and the one who supported his family along with his brother, his family said Saturday. The matter was reported in Rahe police station area under Bundu sub-division of Ranchi district. Officers-in-charge of two police stations – Rahe and Dasham – were suspended in this connection on Friday. Incidentally, Dasham police station was inaugurated early this week and, recently, the Director General of Police D K Pandey had instructed officers to ensure that all norms related to questioning of minors were followed…

Villager slain by Red rebels in Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar: In yet another barbaric incident by Maoists, a villager was slain by the rebels in the extremist infested Malkangiri district of the State on Sunday. Sources Budhu Hantal of Tekaguda village under Kalimela Police Station was called from his house and taken to the nearby jungle and killed. The motive behind the slaying is yet to be ascertained.

Notably, the innocent villagers are caught between the devil and the deep sea in the Maoist hit areas. Sometimes they are branded as police informers by the rebels and slain, while at other times they are levelled as Maoist sympathizers and arrested by the police.

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