Martyrdom : 28-07-1992
Comrade Korra Tubri belongs to Dondulagondi village of Malkangiri sub- division, in the state of Odisha. This was located in the East division (presently in AOB). She was born in a poor peasant Kuvvi adivasi family in the 70s. Tubri was influenced by revolutionary politics at a very young age. The people of her village were influenced by the struggles under the party leadership against the Kapu community atrocities in the neighbouring village.
They joined the sangam with great enthusiasm. They also struggled for fair rates for their agricultural produce. Tubri was influenced with these struggles and joined the Korukonda Dalam in 1986. But the party did a rethinking and sent her back home since she was not even 16 years of age. But as police of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha arrested and tortured her many times, by 1987 she was allowed to join the squad. She was known as Seethakka since then and worked in the Ellavaram and Nagulakonda squads. She actively participated in annihilating landlords and informers and in ambushing the police. In the legal period of 1990, many land struggles broke out in Ellavaram area on a large scale. Land lords who opposed the land struggles were brought to book in people’s courts and were punished. She played an active role in all of them.
Her efforts in building women’s organizations in the Ellavaram area are worth mentioning. She mobilized women to oppose polygamy and forceful marriages in various tribes and consolidated them in sangams. Due to her efforts women teams were formed and they propagated about women’s problems. She mobilized women on a large scale for the inauguration of the division martyrs column. In Nagulakonda area non-adivasis are larger in number. They take adivasi women as second wives to settle there and to occupy the lands of the adivasi women. After taking their lands they either abandon them or ignore them. Some of them lure the adivasi women and go into relations with them. They use them sexually and abandon them when they get transferred from that area. In almost all the villages such women could be found then.
The women’s organization had developed in the process of standing firmly on behalf of these women while punishing the men who deceived them. Gradually women played an active role in the land struggles there. They resisted the repression bravely. They protected the squads in severe repression too. Com. Tubri’s role was an important one in giving women such courage. She participated in the struggles to increase wages of labour, for fair prices for agriculture produce and against the exploitation of the forest officers. She faced the severe repression in the Nagulakonda area. While she was member of Pidithamamidi squad, she participated in the anti- liquor agitation and in the struggle for increasing the rates of tendu leaf collection and bamboo cutting. She was active in the military field too. She came out safely from the encounters at Mohanapuram, Jadderu, and Guntuvanipalem fighting the enemy.
When the police murdered five comrades at Guntuvanipalem, she participated in the ambush at Chintalammagati conducted as a protest against it. Some police were injured in this ambush. She learnt to read and write in the squad. She married Com. Sagar (Patti Narayana) in 1988. To face the repression the Nagulakonda squad decided to extend its area of operation. As part of that extension work a four member team had gone to survey the area and stopped at Parupakala. They took shelter in Gaddi Rajaih’s house as it was situated alone on one side of the village. Since it was a new area, the squad did not have an idea about the people.
The party had fought against a close relative of Rajaih and he had turned against the party. That is why he gave shelter to the squad and then tipped off the police. The police gave him poison and he mixed it in the food. On 28th July 1992 (Martyr’s Day) at 4’o clock in the morning the police surrounded them and disarmed the commander of the squad Com.Vijayakumar, Mandala Mallesh, Patti Narayana and Tubri, brutally torured and killed them. Let us offer red salutes to all Parupakala martyrs. Let us pledge to realize their dream of socialist society. Tubri participated in the struggle with an ambition to destroy this society which is rabidly patriarchal. Her life is a great inspiration for revolutionaries and all women.
Odisha Police arrested Five Maoists in Bandhugaon block
Report by Manoranjan Routray, Koraput: Five Maoists were arrested and two country-made guns seized from them during a combing operation in Bandhugaon block of Koraput district of Odisha, on the occasion of their ongoing People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week. Acting on a tip-off, Koraput police and 28 battalion of BSF arrested the rebels, identified as Abhi Pidika, Bulu Pidika, Adana Meleka, Chekiti Prasad and Jetu Meleka, from China Sapadam forest area under Bandhugaon police station limits today, said laxmipur SDPO Jalandhar Jali in a press meet at laxmipur.
Police said, the arrested ultras are involved in around 10 murders and several Naxal offensives in Koraput district, Police said the arrested five rebels were in the armed squad of the outlawed outfit and participated in several Maoist offensives. “The guns were being supplied to cadres in Laxmipur and Narayanpatna,” the police said. Combing operation has been intensified in the area, police said.
Suspected Maoist arrested
Hajipur, Dec 8 (PTI) A suspected Maoist was arrested today with ammunition in Bihar’s Vaishali district, police said.Acting on a tip off, the police nabbed one Radhe Singh from Ghazipur Chowk and seized a country-made pistol and four ammunition, besides Naxal literature from his possession, they said. A native of Saradhanesh village under Mahnar police station area, Singh was later booked under arms act and other provisions of the law and sent to jail, they said.
Nepal: Don’t repose trust on Chairman Dahal, says Baidya
There is no alternative except to opt for a new struggle, so said Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran of Nepal Communist Party-Maoist talking to the representatives of some 90 parties that had contested the freshly concluded election but failed to secure a single seat for the party in the yet to formed Constituent Assembly. “I am confident that this constituent assembly too will fail miserably. There is no possibility of a new constitution through this CA,” Baidya was quoted as saying by the party spokesperson. Empty vessel sounds much. “I advise you not to rely of Prachanda ji (UCPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal),” he said and continued, “You cannot trust his words.”
The representatives of the 90 parties had met Baidya to submit a memorandum wherein they have demanded their representation in the CA as per the votes secured by individual parties in the election. Baidya also said that at present Prachanda is threatening to boycott the CA, this he is doing for a political bargain…eventually he will join the CA. “He is not a person with firm stand on anything,” also said Baidya. “If you relay on a person who does not have a stand you will be betrayed finally,” Baidya said.
CPN-Maoist mulling to raise CA disbandment issue
KATHMANDU, DEC 08 – The Central Committee (CC) meeting of Mohan Baidya -led CPN-Maoist kicked off in the Capital on Sunday with the party likely to broach up the issue Constituent Assembly disbandment. Sources informed that the party was preparing to bring up the issue of CA disbandment in the CC meeting. Chairman Mohan Baidya ‘s political document that includes party’s future working guideline, the one with the idea of CA dissolution, has been distributed to the CC members. Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal informed that the CC meet would review party’s role after the general convention and the recently concluded CA election which the party had boycotted. She added that the CC meet would decide on party’s future political line and also rearrange party’s organisational structure.
CPN-Maoist calls CC amid differences
KATHMANDU, DEC 08 – A CPN-Maoist Central Committee meeting, scheduled to begin on Sunday, is likely to see contention between two factions over whether to continue with the street protest or accept an offer to join the Constituent Assembly (CA). According to Secretary Dev Gurung, the first CC meeting after the party decided to boycott the CA polls, will appraise the party’s past strategy and formulate its future political course. The meeting is likely to be dominated by calls for street agitation or joining the assembly since the leadership has floated differing views.
Some leaders including Vice-chairman CP Gajurel want to join the CA seeking ‘dignified’ position and an all-party conference, while others such as Secretary Netra Bikram Chand insist on continuity of the struggle. Many party leaders doubt the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML are serious about incorporating them into the CA and protecting the past achievements. A leader close to Chand said the party may be open to joining the CA depending on the treatment of the major parties and the strategy of disgruntled parties.
“Let us fight and bleed , stay calm in front of the scaring eyes of the enemy and remain resolute up to the ultimate win.” – Engels.
“……in the most democratic republics too, the real essence of bourgeois parliamentarism is to decide once every few years which members of the ruling class are to repress and crush the people through parliament.” Lenin.
Comrades With the slogan above Gonomuktir Ganer Dol has observed 194th day of birth of the great leader of the international working class comrade Frederick Engels with discussion program and afterwards a mass cultural program on Nov 28, 2013 at 3.30pm in front of the National Museum Gate, Shahbag, Dhaka. Advocate Zahed Karim has presided over the discussion program. Discussants in the program told that every success of this corrupt, peoples’ enemy, exploiter ruling class will bring inevitable sufferings for the general people. The current election campaign is to ensure that suffering.
The only viable call in this circumstances from the platform of the general people is a call to Boycott this election.But the boycott only can solve nothing. We need to have counter-program from the people,purpose of which will be to establish a free democratic society for the people, what we call “peoples’ democracy” or “new democracy”. The slogan to boycott election does not bear meaning if not followed by revolutionary movement to establish a new democracy, in the same way it is not possible to join in the peoples’ democratic movement if we do not boycott election. And here is the clean difference between the grounds why a fraction of the reactionaries boycott election and why people boycott election.
Election of bourgeois parliament cannot bring freedom for the peasant-labor-working class. In fact bourgeois parliament is a club that preserve the interest of imperialism and expansionism. The only way for the peasant-labor-working class to be free is an armed class struggle that besiege the cities from the villages around and crush this reactionary state to establish a peoples’ democracy. The only of freedom for the people lay on the path shown by comrade Charu Majumder based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Discussants present were
Ashish Corraya, Gen. Scretary, Gonomuktir Ganer Dol;
Professor M. Nurrunnobi, President, Gonoshangskritik Porishod,
Hasibur Rahman, Gen. Secy, Lekhok Shibir,
Comrade Jafor Hossain, President, Noyagonotantrik Gonomorcha, and
Comrade Prince Ahammad, editor, Lamppost.
Cultural organizations participated were Muktir Moncho, and Gonomuktir Ganer Dol.
Ashish Corraya General Secretary Gonomuktir Ganer Dol
Political party team distracting people from reality- Maoist
IMPHAL, December 6: covering up for the yielding of state land to Myanmar and betraying the trust of the people, the recent meeting between the delegates of the All Political Party from Manipur, without BJP and MPP, and the leaders of the ruling Government at the centre, including the Prime Minister, and the subsequent decision to stop all construction activities on the border fencing is nothing but a feeble attempt to mislead the people and prevent another spontaneous uprising.
Also, all fencing activities along the international border has been on hold since the last week of June 2013, according to a press release signed by Nonglen Meitei, Secretary Publicity & Propaganda, Maoist Communist Party, Manipur. Alleging the formation of the High Power Committee by a cabinet decision on the 13th of August, 2013 to deal with all issues relating to the border fencing activities as an eyewash to divert attention from the possible backlash by the people after learning of the sale of state land by the Ibobi led Government to Myanmar for ` 5 crore, the release also points out various agencies such as the SIB, IB and MI being utilised in the state to collect information and keep a close watch on the developments regarding the border fencing issue, reminding the people of the declaration made by Shambhu, Joint Secretary, Home at a press conference in Moreh that the ongoing fencing work is not the real border fencing but a security fencing to keep unlawful infiltrators out.
Terming the recent decision by the centre to review fencing works which has already been inspected and reported officially as a political drama played out in view of the upcoming election, the release further questioned the inactivity and studied silence of the central leaders on this particular issue while the Prime Minister took the trouble to visit China after the Chinese army incursion in Ladakh, and also taking up issues with his Pakistani counterpart when Pakistani army crossed over to Indian soil.
Alleging that the state delegates have not broached the subject of Myanmar army incursions, the statement asked whether the people of Manipur should feel satisfied with the efforts of the Government or trust their words when it is clearly evident that these seemingly positive developments are mere ploy to further their personal goals by betraying the trust and loyalty of the people. It is also stated that a “Half Million March” is being organized by Maoist Communist Party, Manipur to preserve and protect the territorial integrity of Manipur, and also to demand the return of the money taken for sale of state land to Myanmar. Details of the march will be communicated later to the people, the release added.
Naxals arrested in Bihar
Three alleged Maoist ultras, including a woman, and two Maoist sympathisers were arrested in Bihar on Friday. The Jamui police arrested Savita Murmu, Jharkhand resident, and Brahmadeo and Buddhan Bhulla, Bihar residents, from Janakpur village, Jitendra Rana, Superintendent of Police (SP), Jamui, told The Hindu. “We had information that a military wing of Naxals was to arrive in the village. The woman is part of the military squad. We also recovered explosives, detonators, uniforms and Maoist literature,” Mr. Rana said. In another operation, the Aurangabad police arrested two Naxal sympathisers, involved in the recent landmine explosion that killed eight police personnel.
The police arrested Umesh Ram, a shoe vendor and Basarasth, a pan vendor, for passing vital information to the Naxals, regarding the movement of the police party and were instrumental in leading them to the landmine. “They were constantly in touch with the Maoist leaders. They actively participated in the landmine blast incident,” Aurangabad SP Upendra Kumar Sharma told The Hindu.
Blast may hit Nabinagar power project work
GAYA: Four days after the Maoists engineered a landmine blast in Nabinagar police station area of Aurangabad district, breakthrough eluded police in the case in which no less than eight cops including the Tandwa SHO Ajay Kumar were killed in a daylight operation of the CPI(Maoists). According to Amit Kumar, IG operations, the sequence of events is now known to the police. No arrest has so far been made in this connection, said the IG. Earlier, on Wednesday ADG law and order SK Bharadwaj claimed that nearly 15 Maoists involved in the incident have been identified as suspects and they included Maoists hailing from the Dumaria police station area of the Gaya district.
The incident has caused additional concern among the senior officials as a mega power project is underway in the Nabinagar area and the landmine blast is likely to impact the pace of execution. Contractors, in any case engaged in construction work in Maoist areas have to buy peace with the Naxalite organizations by paying ‘protection money’ called ‘levy’ by the Maoists. Not long back, the Maoists attacked a SAP camp established to provide security to the construction company engaged in the execution of development projects in the Goh police station area of the district.
The Maoists, besides killing three SAP personnel and injuring an equal number of cops, also looted the entire armoury of the SAP camp comprising no less than 30 sophisticated weapons including SLRs and AK-47 assault rifles. Meanwhile, the strategy chalked out in January’2013 to withdraw police jeeps from the ‘forward’ police stations located deep inside the Red zone is now being executed. The number of extremely vulnerable police stations is said to be around 15 in the districts of Gaya and Aurangabad.
According to sources, in order to give more teeth to its anti-Naxalite operations and reduce dependence on central forces for works like demining and deep searches for landmines, the Bihar police plans to extend the training period of the cops in counter insurgency and anti-terrorist operations. As of now, four weeks training is given to the Bihar cops at three schools located in the BMP headquarters at Bodh Gaya, Dehri and Umraon.
The training programme is funded by the Central government. Whereas, other Naxalite-hit states run similar programmes for eight weeks and in Odisha, it is more than eight weeks, Bihar till now has been giving only four week training. The training period will be extended, said a senior police official engaged in anti-Naxalite operations. The need for a review of the training format is also being felt, as no less than 3,000 Bihar policemen have already got basic training in counter insurgency and anti-terrorist operations but the impact of the training is yet to be effectively felt.
Maoists hack village head to death
VISAKHAPATNAM: Maoists struck once again in the Visakha Agency area, killing a village head at Sapparla in GK Veedhi mandal on the midnight of Thursday by hacking him to death in the presence of villagers for allegedly harassing and cheating people. The deceased was identified as Gemmela Chinna Rao (48), village head of Panasalabanda, 17 km from the mandal headquarters. The death comes even as the CPI Maoists are celebrating People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week from December 2. More than 50 armed cadres of the Maoist military wing PLGA led by Commander Ravi came to Panasalabanda village and dragged Chinna Rao from his house.
He was taken to Sapparla village, where he was executed in a gruesome manner. The Reds pasted posters in the name of PLGA at the incident spot accusing Chinna Rao, president of Vana Samrakshana Samithi ( VSS) of the village, of colluding with the forest department by handing over a five-acre teak plantation in the forest, that was encroached upon by the tribals, to the forest department and planting teak saplings by the order of the forest department officials.
The Naxals also alleged that Chinna Rao was enjoying benefits like a jeep given by the forest department for public use. The Maoist posters urged the people to make a success of praja courts that are being conducted during the PLGA week celebrations. The Reds also warned the village heads or munsabs, who are harassing and cheating the people, to surrender to the people, failing which they would be expelled from their villages. They said no state or police would be able to protect them from the PLGA. Meanwhile, in a bid to protest against the killing, GK Veedhi police took out a procession with placards and banners on Friday morning.
‘Panchayat members resignation not proper’
KORAPUT: Resignation tendered by nine elected panchayat representatives from Koraput’s Bandhugaon block on Thursday will be rejected because the letter was neither addressed to appropriate authorities nor submitted through proper channel, said collector of Koraput Sachin Jadhav on Friday. The block chairperson, two zilla parishad members, two samiti members and four sarpanchs had submitted a resignation letter to BDO of Bandhugaon.
“The manner in which the resignation letter was submitted is not acceptable according to Panchayati Raj Act. All elected members can’t resign from their respective posts by putting signatures on a single resignation letter. Also, zilla parishad members can’t tender their resignation to BDO,” the collector said. “The elected members had also not given notice to the administration prior to resigning from their posts. Though I am yet to receive the resignation letter, it will be rejected,” he added. According to officials, sarpanchs and samiti members have to submit their resignations to sub-collector and the zilla parishad members to collector.
The elected representatives had resigned, citing non-development of the area. Sources claimed they put in their papers bowing to Maoist diktat. A few weeks back, Red rebels had urged panchayat members to resign from their posts through posters put up at several places in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks.
CPN-Maoist to declare CA illegal
TIKA R PRADHAN
KATHMANDU: The Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist is preparing to declare the new Constituent Assembly ‘illegal’ at its extended central committee meeting that begins on Sunday. The party’s impending move comes as no surprise as it had led a CA poll boycott campaign of a 33-party alliance in the lead-up to the vote. More than 200 leaders, including 151 central committee members and 50 central advisers, will take part in the meeting for which the party will seek a suitable venue for want of space at the party’s Buddhanagar-based headquarters.
According to CPN-leaders, party Chairman Baidhya will present a written proposal at the meeting proposing that the party should go for a struggle discarding the CA and declaring it illegal. Baidhya will also propose that the party should not accept nominated seats offered to join the CA regardless of the size of the offer. CPN-M leaders have already said they will neither join CA nor the government regardless the number of CA seats they are offered.
The party’s politburo members had recently endorsed the leadership’s proposal to that effect at a recent meeting. Following a routing of the Unified CPN-Maoist in the elections, the CPN-M was waiting how the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led party will react. The Dahal-led party has been buying time by sending leaders to their respective constituencies for one month. By the time these leaders return for the next central committee meeting scheduled for December 24, the other parties, including the CPN-M and the 33-party alliance, will take a concrete step ahead so as to enable the UCPN-M to take an appropriate decision.
Gajurel rules out unification with UCPN (Maoist)
KATHMANDU, Dec. 7: Vice-Chairman of the CPN-Maoist, CP Gajurel, has ruled out possibility of party´s unification with the UCPN-Maoist. “There was no meaning in forging alliance with the UCPN-Maoist, from which we walked away last year,” he said, adding that the UCPN-Maoist was an opportunist party. At an interaction organized in the capital on Saturday, Vice-Chairman Gajurel wondered how could the party that claimed the Constituent Assembly an epoch-making event some hour earlier and argued rigging in course of vote count in the midnight, be a clean one. It is opportunistic character of the UCPN-Maoist, he stressed.
However, he said if it agreed in roundtable conference, the CPN-Maoist would talk of unity with this party. He argued that new Constituent Assembly can´t deliver constitution. “Is our party a civil society and gets 26 seats?” he said, adding that consensus and collaboration among all parties was essential to make constitution.
SSB camps rife alongside no-man’s land
ILAM, Dec 7: Local authorities are concerned as the eastern no-man´s-land area is now filled with security camps of India´s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB, armed border force). More than 30 dozen SSB security camps are in place from Galgaliya, which is contiguous to Jhapa, to Chiwa Bhanjyang in Panchthar district. With the inadequate presence of Nepali security personnel at a time when SSB activity is on the rise, Nepalis in the border area have felt insecure for many years now. http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=65742
25th January 2014 Great International Day of Solidarity and Struggle!
In India more than 10.000 supposed Maoists are languishing in jails, to them are to be added other thousands of prisoners involved in the national liberation movements (Kashmir, Manipur, etc.) or other democratic movements. Beside with the leaders, cadres and members of the PLGA, more than the 90% of that number are Adivasi villagers who resisted the forced evacuation; peasants who struggled against the MOUs signed by governments and TNCs to exploit the people and continue the imperialist looting of natural resources; activists of the national minorities organized against the rising threat of Hindu communal fascism; students, intellectuals, artists belonging the RDF and other democratic organizations, guilty of standing on the side of the people facing the war on them waged by the Indian state; people’s women,feminists united to rebel against the huge escalation of rapes, committed in part by the armed and police forces and paramilitary fascist squads sponsored by the State, as weapon of the war on people.
In jails the prisoners face every kind of harassment, torture, denial of bails, inhumane living conditions, arbitrary transfers, brutal assaults and punishments of solitary confinement, and often the detained women are raped. In spite of the fierce condition of detention, prisoners are resisting and struggling with revolutionary spirit and turning the dark jails in which are confined into a battlefront against the raising fascism in India and the Indian regime.
The struggle for their unconditioned release is an urgent task for all the solidarity forces and friends of Indian people, and it is integrant part of the support for the victory of their liberation war. But all India is more and more turned by the ruling classes into a “prison house of people’s movements”. Since mid-2009, the Indian ruling classes, under the guidance and with the assistance of imperialists, launched the multi-pronged and country-wide offensive called Operation Green Hunt – a war on people to wipe out the Maoist movement and suppress the genuine struggles of the people.
While repression on oppressed masses is the hallmark of any exploiting state and always has been a feature of the Indian State, the Operation Green has surpassed all the previous offensives both in its scale and brutality. Thousands of revolutionary and democratic mass organizations leaders and members have been assassinated, tortured and put in jails. Blamed under false cases, many of them are facing harsh punishments. Massacres, gang rapes, looting and destruction of villages by armed forces have become the order of the day.
The Operation Green Hunt – War on People – is supposedly aimed to wipe out the Maoist movement but it is in fact it targets and is aimed to suppress any genuine democratic demand of the people, by framing them in cases linked with the CPI (Maoist) according the draconian laws adopted by the central and state governments, that brand people’s leaders and strugglers as ‘anti-national or terrorists’.
Stop the Operation Green Hunt, stop the War on People!
But the liberation war of the masses in India cannot be stopped by the savage repression, rather it extends the political and moral solidarity to the liberation war. Many international initiatives and efforts built solidarity with people in India and supported their struggle for liberation, including the great International Conference of Hamburg and the International Days of Actions organized by the International Committee of Support. These initiatives had impact throughout the world and in India itself, dealt blows to imperialism and the Indian regime, that today reacts urging the governments, first those of EU, to stop the initiatives of solidarity.
It is for this reason that today more than ever it is necessary to further consolidate and extend the solidarity. Therefore we call to a large International Day of Solidarity and struggle for the unconditioned release of the political prisoners in India on 25th of January 2014, to be held everywhere is possible in the world, in all the possible ways decided by the committees and solidarity forces at national level, with street actions, that call the masses to participate, and counter-information actions and protests towards embassies, consulates, offices of the international press and humanitarian organizations etc., to be held during the week before the International Day.
International Committee to Support the People’s War in India
5 december 2014
16 alleged Maoist cultural wing activists arrested
At least 16 Muria Gond tribals have been arrested in the last 48 hours in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh for allegedly acting as cultural activists of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). The arrested alleged activists are aged between 18 and 22 years and were influencing the locals against the administration through song and dance, a release from Bijapur police said. Local court
According to the district SP Prashant Agarwal, the activists have been produced in a local court. The alleged activists belong to the Chaitanya Natya Manch (CNM), the cultural wing of the CPI (Maoist). The police release said the first group of 11 activists were arrested on Wednesday, while they were performing near Bidiyabhumi village under Bhairamgarh police station in Bijapur. Second group The second group of three boys and two girls were picked up from Kondapal village under Mirtur police station.Both groups were arrested during a searching operation carried out by the district force. Drums, musical anklets, green clothes, red head-bands and Naxal literature were confiscated, the release said.
No Maoist version regarding the mass arrest of CNM activists was available till late evening. This is the first major arrest of cultural wing activists in the recent years.
The CNM activists are normally recruited from the local tribals who have a natural flair for song and dance. While a section of the CNM activists later join the party or its armed wing, many members leave the cultural wing as they grow up. The CNM activists are unarmed and never given any training in arms, unless they join the party.
Mr. Agarwal said the CNM members were not carrying any arms and were not connected to the party’s armed wing, the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army.
Maoists kill journalist in Bastar
RAIPUR: Caught between the Naxalites and the police for long, Sai Reddy—a rural journalist who earned the wrath both the rebels and the police in the conflict zone of tribal Bastar—was killed by the Maoists on Friday afternoon near a market in Basaguda in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Police said Reddy, who is in his early 50s, had gone to Basaguda when a group of Maoists attacked him with sharp edged weapons near the market and fled from the spot.
The journalist, who was lying in a pool of blood, was rushed to district headquarters of Bijapur but he succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital. “This is the second incident in the recent past in which Maoists killing journalists. In February this year, a journalist Nemichand Jain was killed by the rebels in Sukma. Forty five days after the murder, Maoists had apologized for Jain’s killing”, Bastar’s journalist association president S Karimuddin told TOI.
“In 2008, Sai Reddy was arrested by the police and kept in jail under the state’s much-debated Chhattisgarh Special Security Act, accusing him of having links with the Maoists. On the other hand, Maoists had set his house ablaze and had threatened him suspecting him to be a sympathizer of the security forces”, he said adding that the association strongly condemned the Maoist attack on journalists in Bastar. Journalists in Bijapur said Sai Reddy had been receiving threats from the Maoists even after he was released after the court due to lack of any evidence against him.
Reddy’s detention under the controversial law came to national limelight after activists mounted an international campaign for release of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) leader Dr Binayak Sen, who was also arrested and jailed under the same law. Reddy a resident of Basaguda in Naxalite-hit Bijapur district, was arrested in March 2008. Police claimed that he was detained after an arrested Naxalite, Rambabu, revealed he had “connections” with him and that Naxals took their ration from a shop run by his wife.
Like many journalists in Bastar, Reddy too earned his living selling grain and minor forest produce while contributing to local newspapers. His writings on Naxal violence in the region earned him the wrath of both Maoists and security forces. On one occasion, the rebels had threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t leave Chhattisgarh. The rebels blew up his house, forcing him to flee to Cherlapal in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
Three Maoists, including a woman, held Jamui
(Bihar), Dec 6 (PTI) Three Maoists, including a woman, were today arrested by the security forces from Harni forests in Khaira police station area in Bihar’s Jamui district, the police said. During a combing and search operation in the wake of Naxal attack in Munger and Aurangabad districts, the security forces nabbed the three Maoists hiding in the forests and seized a haul of explosives, detonators and Naxal literature from their possession, the sources said.
Suspected Maoist ‘killed’ in encounter
KORAPUT: A suspected Maoist was killed in an encounter with security personnel in Malkangiri district on Thursday. The exchange of fire helped at least of the three persons kidnapped by the radicals escape from the Maoist camp. They were kidnapped on Wednesday night. While Padhia Madhi reached his village on Thursday, there is no news about the other two, including a woman. “Blood trails at the encounter spot suggest that a Maoist has been killed and few injured in the gun battle, but the number is yet to be ascertained,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
A group of 40 to 50 Maoists, including women cadres, swooped down on Gumphakonda village, around 45 km from Malkangiri, around Wednesday midnight and dragged the trio, including the son of Gumphakonda sarpanch, out of their homes. The Red rebels accused them of helping police and took them deep into the forests. “On Thursday morning, when BSF personnel launched an operation to ascertain the whereabouts of the kidnapped villagers, the Maoists fired on our men near Tunduli Batla around 10 am.
The exchange of fire continued for more than an hour. Unable to face the firing, Maoists fled from the spot,” the SP said. Padia Madhi, the kidnapped person who reached home on Thursday, said, “The Maoists assaulted and kept us on a hill-top. We were interrogated by them. We escaped when the rebels were engaged in a fire. The other two are yet to reach the village. I am not a police informer.” Police said search operation is on to trace the villagers. Our men recovered IED and few Maoists belongings near the spot.
BSF DG Reviews Anti-Maoist Operations
The BSF would further intensify anti-Maoist operation in this part of the State in the wake of recovery of arms and ammunitions from forest areas.This was informed by BSF DG Subash Joshi who reviewed the BSF activities in the Maoist affected Koraput and Malkangiri districts on Thursday. The DG held discussion with the local officials and took stock of the situation. Joshi flew in from New Delhi to the BSF office at Badapada situated in the cut-off region of Malkangiri and interacted with the security forces besides Malkangiri SP Akhlieswar Singh regarding the challenges faced by them in tackling the ultras.
Prior to that, he reviewed anti-Maoist operation in Koraput’s Narayanpatana, Bandhugaon, Boipariguda and Ramgiri areas. The DG asked the security forces to be more careful during combing operations and lauded the role of the elite forces in containing Maoists from spreading their tentacles in the districts. Joshi’s visit is considered important in the wake of PLGA Week being observed by the ultras.
Prisons put on alert in view of Maoist attacks
PATNA: The Centre has issued a letter to all the ‘left wing-affected (LWE) states’, asking for security audit especially in the prisons where Maoists are lodged. Acting on the letter, the state home (prisons) department has directed the DMs and SPs of the Maoists-hit districts, including Patna, to audit the security arrangements and enhance the same, wherever necessary. According to intelligence inputs, Red rebels increase their operations in February and March.
But keeping in view the recent Maoist attacks in the state, the state prisons have been put on high alert. IG (prisons and correctional services) Anand Kishore told TOI on Thursday security audit of all the prisons had been done. In his letter to the DMs and SPs, Kishore said the officials concerned could request the district judge to conduct trial of Maoist prisoners through videoconference. In case of non-availability of the technology, Maoist prisoners should be transported to the court in separate vehicles with adequate security. Security personnel could also be deployed on the roads during the transit.
The IG said one DSP along with the jail superintendent would ensure the security of every prison. Incidents of Maoist prisoners using mobile phones from the prison premises have also increased in recent times. The prison staff should be made accountable if mobile phones are found from the possession of inmates. Talking about mobile phone jammers, Kishore said, “It takes between Rs 20 crore and 25 crore to install jammers in one jail.”
Maoists threaten to kill Sushil Modi, Bihar BJP leaders
RANCHI: Maoists have put up posters in Jharkhand’s Latehar district, threatening to kill top Bihar BJP leaders, including former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Modi along with party colleague and former minister Giriraj Singh have been advocating strong police action against Maoists in Bihar. The two leaders have alleged the Nitish Kumar government is soft on the Maoists who have recently carried out attacks in Bihar.
“We have recovered the posters that threaten to target Modi, Giriraj, Rajya Sabha MP C P Thakur and other BJP leaders,” Latehar SP Michael S Raj said on Thursday. The posters have urged people not to come under the influence of these leaders because they are “fascists”.
Police have sounded an alert in the district. “We have communicated to Bihar police,” said additional SP Manish Kumar Bharti. Police said the posters read, “Sampradayeek aur fascist party Bhajapa tatha khunkhar pratikriyawadiyo ke chakkar me na padey. Aam admi se anurodh hai ki samanti pratikriyawadi Sushil Kumar Modi, Giriraj Singh, C P Thakur and other leaders ko maar girayein (Do not get influenced by communal and fascist BJP. Common people are requested to kill feudal reactionaries Sushil, Giriraj, Thakur and other leaders).”
Latehar is close to Chatra district in Jharkhand where Maoists from Bihar allegedly take shelter. “It could be a possibility that the posters were meant to be used in Bihar, but the banned outfit’s men inadvertently brought and pasted them here,” a police officer said. Three such posters and two banners were recovered from two different places on Wednesday. One poster said CPI(Maoist) has opened a recruitment cell each in all panchayats. “The posters invited schoolchildren to join the party,” said the police officer. Two Maoist posters were recovered from Deoghar district on Thursday. Police said the posters condemned police action against the Maoists and asked people to support their cause.
Nine panchayat members resign in Koraput district
KORAPUT: Nine out of 26 elected panchayat representatives of Koraput’s Bandhugaon block resigned on Thursday in the face of Maoist threats, sources said. Officially, however, they cited non-execution of development works in their area as the reason. The members signed a single resignation letter and handed it over to the block development officer (BDO) of Bandhugaon on Thursday afternoon. The block consists of 12 panchayats.
The panchayat members who resigned included four sarpanchs, two samiti members, a block chairperson and two zilla parishad members. The members have complained in the letter that education and healthcare facilities have virtually collapsed in the area. Besides, beneficiaries are not getting houses under IAY and Mo Kudia Yojana and several poverty alleviation programmes have been hit due to the callousness of officials. Locals, however, said repeated threats by Red rebels were the real reason behind the mass resignation. “A couple of weeks back, the extremists put up posters at several places in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks urging panchayat members to resign from their posts.
The elected members have bowed down in front of the Maoists diktat,” a source at Bandhugaon said. Countering the charges leveled by the members, Koraput collector Sachin Jadhav said, “It’s not true that development activities have been hit in Bandhugaon. More emphasis is being given to Bandhugaon and several development projects have been expedited in the block recently.” “I was informed by the BDO over phone that nine panchayat members have resigned. They had not given any prior notice to the administration. Necessary action will be taken after getting the resignation letter,” the collector added. SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar said, “No panchayat member ever approached us about the threat from Maoists. If any complaint is lodged, we will take necessary action.”
Martyrdom : 17-05-1992
Every individual is unique in a way. If the lives of all martyrs are closely analyzed every one of them can be identified with some specific characteristic. Comrade Devata Janaki, while being in the village, stood in the forefront in leading armed resistance movement of oppressed peasantry. That was her unique identity in the movement. Comrade Janaki was born in a padmasali (weaver) family as the last child among six sisters.
She was from Sambhunipalem of Kamalapuram mandal of Karimnagar district All her sisters got married. Her father had died and her mother was old. They had no property. Work as agricultural labourer was their only source of subsistence. The mother went for work and sent Janaki to study up to 7th standard. As she could not send her for furhter studies, Janaki had to become an agriculture laborer too. She worked equally with the men and so demanded equal pay for equal work along with male laborers. At that time she did not know anything about the law regarding equal payment. But her life motivated her to think in those terms.
The realities that the bourgeois education could not teach her, she could exact from the real life. So her life as a labourer led to revolutionary politics. Though her mother was anxiously intending to get her daughter married, Janaki resisted the very idea and took keen interest in the RYL activities of the village. She became a member of RYL in 1990. She was the first woman to join RYL there.She used to sing revolutionary songs in the villages around and whereever she went for work, thus inspiring people.
However late night it may be, she used to meet the squad regularly. Some times her mother opposed but she convinced her and went to meet the guerillas. She organized women laboureres and conducted a strike for increase in their wages. She followed the instructions and advice of the party in all organizational matters. She ran village people’s panchayats. She led the people in punishing the wrong doers in the village, especially those who are anti people and anti-party. In this process due to her militant activities, she became a member of village protection squad (militia). When the state engaged in fake encounters killing the peasants, she played a key role in kidnapping the police, at Kesavapuram (Elkaturti mandalam) on April 14, 1992.
When the police tried to escape she shot and wounded one. The enemy became restless and frightened. So the repression on comrade Janaki became more serious and severe. To hoodwink the enemy who is very much keen on finishing the woman comrade who challenged them, Janaki changed her name as Jyothi. She was moving through villages around, organizing the people secretely. She gave encouragement to the squad members and people and won their love and confidence.
She could inspire confidence in strangers too. Many times strangers also helped her, because of her sheer initiative. Janaki was taking protection in Mallannapalli (Veenavanka mandal) at the house of a sympathizer. On 17-5-92 on the information leaked by a traitor, half a dozen police raided the house at 5 p.m. They arrested Comrade Janaki, beat her brutally with lathis, pricked pins into her nails and tortured her for three hours continuously.
But they could not make her speak. Those brutes gang raped her and later shot her. Again the “story” of encounter was released. Her dead body was also not handed over to her mother. She was cremated by the police. Her death was terrible and glorious simultaneously. Her death unveils once again the cruelty of this system and the bravery of its opponents. Such great antagonist of this society was Comrade Janaki. Red salutes to her memory!