Rishi Raj Baral
Medias are floating different types of news and views regarding the ongoing Central Committee meeting of the Communist Party Of Nepal -Maoist. Now the Central Committee meeting of CPN-Maoist has been postponed until July 20. The Central Committee meeting which was held in the 2nd week of January 2014, had decided to organize the National Conference on June 24 to 29. Latter on it was fixed for July 10.
The main purpose of the National Conference was to enrich the party’s political line. We all know party’s political line-”People’s Revolt on the Foundation of People’s War” had/has become the issue of debate and discussion within the Party. Particularly, it had/has produced a lot of confusion and controversies among the grass root cadres. In fact, not only the grass root cadres top leaders also were/are not clear in this issue. There was/is no uniformity in the explanation and analysis of the Party line. In the 7th National Convention it was explained that the main focal point is People’s War. It was said that ” Only standing on the foundation of People’s War, we can achieve our objective through People’s Revolt”.
But as the time passed, it was reduced just in ”revolt”. Some of the leaders began to explain the party line as their wish. The Pokhara Central Committee meeting of last year strictly stressed to apply the party line in practice. But it was the matter of sorrow that, one faction within CPN-Maoist was not ready to move forward towards the revolutionary line and action. They used to plead the slogan of ‘ roundtable conference’ and ‘national consensus’ between CPN-Maoist and other political parties. They did not follow the party decision. This type of behavior produced a new type of debate and discussion within the party.
That’s why it was necessary to make it clear. The Central Committee realised that there was some inadequacy in the Party’s ideological and political line and decided to enrich it. Without enriching the political line it was not easy to make it clear. To enrich means to hold it high and to move forward, not to return back. Then Party decided to arrange the National Conference to finalize the problem regarding the ideological and political line. The main purpose to organise the National Conference was to enrich the party’s ideological and political line and to rectify the Party’s organisational problem. The structural system of the party was/is very disordered, dulled and blunted.
Now the scenario has changed. Party has decided to go for the Special Convention canceling the national conference scheduled for July 10, 2014. How and why it happened so ? These are the questions to be answered. In fact, there are some reasons behind this decision. And we think these reasons are very vital and fundamental. It is not hidden that the main problem, the main issue is the Party’s political line. Which way we are going to move ? Moving ahead or returning back ?
We want to enrich the party line or we want to create a new type of illusion ? These are the questions that we are facing these days. CPN-Maoist has passed two years of its formation. It is true we could not succeed to do something special, but to some extent, we have made our identity clear . And we know it is not enough, there are a lot of works to do to make our identity clear as a revolutionary party. It was necessary to move a head according to the decision done by the Pokhara Meeting, as I have already mentioned in my article ”CC Meeting: One Step Forward”(http://thenextfront.com/?p=2285).
But after 2nd CA election some of the leaders of CPN–Maoist made regular meeting with Prachanda the renegade, whose party was badly beaten in the 2nd CA election. In result, on March 13, a joint press statement was released by Prachand–Baburam and Kiran–Badal. As the Kathmandu post has mentioned : Dahal and Baidya have been in regular talks for the last two weeks to explore the possibility of party unity or working alliance (for detail visit : ( http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2014/03/13/top-story/maoist-parties-in-working) alliance/260350.html_). Next day in a press conference organised at party headquarter Buddhanagar, one of the top leaders of the party told the journalists that ”this working alliance between CPN-Maoist and UCPN (Maoist) will lead us towards the Party unification”.
This type of statement raised a lot of confusion within CPN-Maoist . We had already the problems of party line and organisational disorder. The issue of party unification with UCPN (Maoist) produced another delusion and fury among the party cadres. In such circumstance Comrade Kiran prepared the document for the National Conference. But Comrade Netra Bikram Chand, the secretary of the CPN-Maoist was not satisfied with the document presented by Com Kiran and he tabled his document for the conference .
Here I am unable to mention the similarities and dissimilarities between the two documents. But I would like to put some extracts from the medias :
• Chairperson Baidhya has tabled a proposal stating the party should not go for people’s war but put pressure through streets to write a new constitution through roundtable conference after forging working alliance with like-minded parties including the Unified CPN (Maoist).However, Chand asserted that people’s liberation would not be possible in status quo and even without mobilizing force and stressed the need to keep the door open for people’s war as per the need.
• According to party sources, Chand wants necessary preparations for the ´people´s war´ reviving self-style people´s government of the insurgency-era. Chand held that the party should continue with the people´s war, which goes against the party line stipulated in the political dossier prepared by Baidya, which suggested that the future party-line should be people´s revolt.
• Chand has formally pulled up his socks at a time when the party has ganged up with pro-Maoist parties for working alliance to draft a pro-people constitution. Chand’s line of reviving the legacy of the decade-long bloody people’s war could also disturb the party’s recent decision to join hands with its previous colleagues.
The party’s extended meeting held at Kaski, however, had unanimously decided to revive the bases of people’s war so as to keep up the party’s essence as a communist party. Most of the party’s senior leaders, however, do not support Chand’s revolutionary views. Chand has been claiming that the leadership failed to create grounds for achieving the party’s line of people’s revolt; and therefore, the party must find out appropriate ways to take the party line to a new height.
Formally, now the two line struggle within CPN-Maoist has begun . Party has canceled the program of national gathering and has decided to call Special Convention within one year. Hence these two documents will be kept for the special National Convention. Now the document of Com Kiran also does not represent the official document . It just represents a document of one line, a document of one faction . Now we have a joint document for this initial period. The Central Committee meeting which is going to be held in July 20 will decide the plan and policy for the initial period. Now the Party has decided to sharpen the class struggle–struggle for the national sovereignty and the struggle for the people’s democracy and people’s livelihood.
July 16, 2014
Three killed, four injured in Aurangabad police firing, police station gutted
GAYA: Close on the heels of Rohtas police firing, three villagers were killed and four others injured in police firing in Madanpur police station area of Aurangabad district on Saturday afternoon. An uncontrollable and violent mob of villagers, earlier in the day torched the block and police station buildings to register protest against alleged harassment and ill treatment of womenfolk at the hands of CRPF in Sahajpur and adjoining villages of the district during a special operation.
The villagers alleged that the force, in the name of anti naxal operation brutally thrashed a minor boy and misbehaved with the village women on Friday. More than a thousand villagers, a sizeable number of them being women marched to the block head quarters on Saturday to register protest against the alleged excesses committed by the CRPF and other forces engaged in the anti naxal operation. The mob, as per reports, turned violent and attacked the local police station and the block office. The two govt buildings were also torched by the protesters. Heavily outnumbered by the protesters, the police opened fire killing three persons including a woman and injured four others. The injured have been rushed to the ANMMCH, Gaya. Reports also say that one cop was missing.
Female Maoist arrested in Odisha
Sambalpur: A female Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head was arrested by Odisha police on Saturday from Bedabahal village of Sambalpur district. Sumitra Kanhar alias Sumati (22) was arrested while she was returning to a Maoist camp after leaving her son at her parent’s house at Bedabahal village.
She carried a reward of Rs 4 lakh over her head, Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty said. Sumitra, an ‘Assistant Area Commander’ of the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundergarh Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist), had joined the outfit at the age of 15 in 2007. She has studied till fifth standard and was involved in several maoist activities in the area. Her interrogation revealed that she was trained by the ultras at Saranda Jungle in Jharkhand and was active in the district till 2009. At least six cases including killing of sub-inspector of police Narasingha Mahakud, were pending against her, he said.
Police step up anti-Maoist operations
KORAPUT: Security personnel have stepped up anti-Maoist operations in the forests of Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon in Koraput district with Maoists gearing up for the Martyrs’ Week. They observe it from July 28 to August 3 every year to pay homage to their companions killed in encounters. Sources said intelligence inputs have revealed the presence of the central committee member of CPI (Maoist) Rama Krishna, Maoist leader Daya, Aruna and others from Andhra Pradesh in the forests of Narayanpatna.
They are there to prepare a blueprint for the Martyrs’ Week. “We have specific information about the presence of top Maoist leaders in the forests of Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon and have accordingly stepped up our counter-insurgency operations. Security personnel from Odisha police and BSF have been pressed into combing operations,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar. Police said while extra vigil is kept on the districts that share border with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and with Rayagada district to prevent influx of Red rebels into Koraput, all security related steps have been taken to ensure that the Maoists do not organize any camp.
Red rebels, cops exchange fire
SAMBALPUR: After a long lull, security forces and Maoists exchanged fire near Pravasuni reserve forest of Deogarh district, 100 km from here, on Friday. Though no casualty was reported from security forces side, they suspect injury to some red rebels. The exchange of fire that lasted half an hour in the deep forest ended with fleeing of extremists. Police said the area is located along Sambalpur-Deogarh border and the Left-wing extremists were trying to regroup.
Deogarh SP Asish Kumar Singh confirmed the gunbattle, but refused to divulge anything more. A police source said the forces busted two camps and seized several articles, including arms and ammunition. Official sources said the Maoist outfit was active in both Sambalpur and Deogarh till 2007-08, but with the arrest of several cadres, the organization became dormant over the past few years. However, top leaders of decided to reorganize the outfit in the region and deputed a few cadres from Jharkhand to help out local cadre Kunu Dehury, who is into recruiting local youths.
Six wanted naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Six naxals, carrying reward on their heads were arrested today during a joint search operation by security personnel in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres were apprehended by a joint team of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and district force from restive Koranda forests under Benoor police station limits, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) O P Sharma told PTI.
Sabyasachi Panda, Odisha’s Most Wanted Naxal Leader, Arrested
Ganjam, Odisha: Sabyasachi Panda, Odisha’s most wanted Naxal leader, has been arrested from the Ganjam district of the state, the police have confirmed. Panda was wanted in more than 50 criminal cases, including the murder of Swami Laxamananda Saraswati and four of his aides in Kandhamal district in 2008 that had triggered communal violence in the region.
Nepal: Baidya party may see one more split, Chand likely to take lead
With the extended plenum of the central committee out rightly rejecting his proposal to declare war, secretary Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist), if reports are to be believed, is in haste to give shape to another Maoist party. One of the party central committee members is quoted by media as stating, “There is no alternative to declare a peoples’ revolt at the earliest possible. We are left with no alternative to give shape to a new party after our proposal was ridiculed by the central committee. More than 60 per cent of the youth in the party toe Comrade Biplav’s line of thinking. He is all prepared to give shape to a new party.”
Reports also confirm that the party vice chairman C.P. Gajurel too is providing his clandestine support to Chand. On the other hand party spokeswoman Pamhpa Bhusal accepts that there lay disputes within the party but issues are not that difficult to resolve that threaten spilt in the party.
BSF personnel in Odisha seized explosives planted by Maoists
Rayagada: The BSF personnel on Thursday seized explosives planted by the Maoists inside Kumbahriput forest in Rayagada district. A team of BSF personnel came across four electronic detonators and four bundles of wire lying on the road side while going for a combing operation inside Kumbahriput forest on Thursday morning. BSF assistant commandant Harindar Singh said the Maoist had planted the explosive devices only to target the security personnel as this is the only route that connects Bhedaguda with Kumbahriput.
Maoist general strike on July 24
IMPHAL: July 16: Manipur Maoist has called a general strike on July 24 against alleged embezzlement of crores by Agriculture department, Government of Manipur. In a statement made available to the media signed by its secretary publicity and propaganda, Nonglen Meitei has stated that it will be a 12 hours strike starting from 5 in the morning. The statement has alleged that in these few years the Agriculture department has embezzled huge amount of money that comes through various schemes such as Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, (RKVY), Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), System of Rice Intensification (SRI) etc.
It said RKVY was instituted for the welfare of the farmers in agricultural and its allied sectors. The allied sector includes Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fishery, Dairy Development, Forestry and Wild Life, and agricultural research and training etc. The statement has alleged that the total amounts of fund that have been embezzled are more than 200 Crore, distributed among a handful of bureaucrats and ministers by table work manipulation. The outfit has further maintained that the finding is just the tip of the ice berg. It said embezzlement has been going on in the said department for a long time. This was evident when a former Director of the department gave kilograms of gold as dowry gift on his daughter’s wedding, according to the statement. The outfit has appealed to the people for their support to the general strike. The strike has been called in the general interest of the people of Manipur and more particularly for the toiling agricultural workers whose rights have been violated. If the authority concern fails to look into the matter, the outfit will take serious note of it, added the statement.
Naxal wanted in several crime cases arrested in Kondagaon
A Naxal was arrested and a cache of ammunition and electronic gadgets recovered in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district, where security personnel exchanged fire with rebels, police said. Jugdhar Muria, a member of banned CPI (Maoist), was nabbed from his native Lakhapuri village under Mardpal police station limits on Tuesday evening, Surjit Atri, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police, told PTI.
Acting on a tip-off that the 45-year-old ultra had arrived at his native place, around 300 km from here, a police team was mobilised there. The team surrounded the village and apprehended Muria, he said. He was involved in several incidents of crime, including attacks on police personnel, looting of weapons and arson. Muria was produced in a local court, which sent him to jail, Atri added. In a separate incident, security personnel recovered a cache of ammunition and electronic gadgets after busting a Naxal transit hideout in Kilam forests under Mardapal region. A joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and district force was on an area domination exercise in the region since Monday.
On sensing that security forces were near restive Kilam village, around 35-40 armed rebels, led by “commander” Mangesh on Tuesday opened indiscriminate fire on them, he said. The security personnel retaliated and the gunfight lasted for about an hour, but no casualties were reported from either side, the ASP said. The rebels later fled to the core forest area after setting their camp on fire. However, police managed to recover a walkie-talkie, tiffin bomb, live cartridges, a couple of hand grenades, detonators, wires, tent, radio, items of daily use and food material from the encounter site, Atri added.
Three Naxals Arrested; Woman Commander Surrenders in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Three naxalites were arrested and a woman Maoist commander surrendered in separate incidents in insurgency-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The ultras were apprehended during a joint search operation in Durgukondal police station area today, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI. A joint contingent of 72 battalion of BSF (Border Security Force) and district force was on a combing operation in the Durgukondal region, around 250 kms away from the state capital, since yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of ultras in the core forests, they rounded them up, the SP said. Those arrested were identified as Ganguram Nareti (40), Sadaram Darro (38), natives of Saraghughamre village and Golram Nareti, resident of Hulghat village, he said. They were involved in several incidents of crime, including attacks on police party, loot, arson and others, he added.
Maoist leader on hunger strike in jail
KOLKATA: Maoist leader Anup Roy, who is lodged in Presidency Correctional Home, is likely to be shifted to MR Bangur Hospital. The state committee member of the CPI(Maoist) was in the sixth day of his fast-unto-death protest on Tuesday when his condition worsened. He is demanding a ‘political prisoner’ status for himself. The West Bengal Correctional Services Act 1992 says that any person arrested or convicted for any political reason and any person prosecuted of “political animosity” shall be classified as a political prisoner.
The state government amended this act in 2013 to add a paragraph saying “any sympathizer having involvement with any organisation classified or declared as a terrorist organisation… shall not be classified as political prisoner”. Roy, who was arrested in January, had sought permission from the jail authority to allow him move a writ in Calcutta high court against this amendment, but was allegedly refused. “All political prisoners lodged at Presidency Correctional Home will go on a fast on July 17 to support Roy’s demand,” said Ranjit Sur of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights.
Maoists on Strategy Mode to Regain West Odisha Hold
SAMBALPUR: Under pressure from the intense combing operations by the security forces, the Maoists are chalking out new strategies to regain their lost ground in Western Odisha. Following an exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists at Landakote and Tampersingha reserve forest intersection on April 2 and 3, combing operation was intensified in border areas of Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul and Boudh districts.
Since then, the Maoists are on the run and have split into small groups to hoodwink security forces. They have slipped into deep forest on the border which is a convenient way to change sides. When it was believed that the Maoists had been driven away from Sambalpur district, the interception of an auto-rickshaw by Rairakhol police and seizure of supplies meant for the Red rebels hiding in Talab village under Kisinda police limits on June 14 established the fact that the Left ultras are trying to regroup and regain their lost ground. In the incident, police had arrested five persons engaged in supplying materials to the Maoists. Well placed sources said the Maoists are desperately trying to recruit local youths to boost their number. Although they have failed in their recruitment plan, they are preparing to raise funds to strengthen the outfit.
According to sources, Maoist leader Anmol Kujur alias Hembram alias Samarji alias Surya, who was second in hierarchy after Kishenji, sneaked into Sambalpur via Deogarh from Saranda forest in Jharkhand on June 10. He was accompanied by 50 to 60 armed Maoists including female cadres. It is this group which was involved in the exchange of fire with security forces, said the sources. While a group of Maoists headed by Kunu Dehuri is holed up in forest areas bordering Sambalpur and Deogarh districts, another group led by Anmol has split into small groups with an eye to extort money for the outfit. It is also learnt that Maoists’ old hand Badal alias Shankar Majhi, who was active in Sambalpur, along with Kunu Dehuri has moved to Balangir. Under the circumstances, the police and security forces face a major challenge to clamp down on the Maoists.
July 13, 2014
The Brazilian Association of People’s Lawyers and the International Association of People’s Lawyers come hereby to repudiate the dispatch of 26 arrest warrants against activists, last July 12, in the eve of the final match of the FIFA World Cup. The activists were literally hunted by the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro in several cities, including Porto Alegre and São Paulo, held in their homes and taken to the Police City in Rio, which became a center of operations for political prisons.
Materials used in protests, such as gas masks and flags, plus a revolver held by the father of one of the activists (minor), were used to charge the activists as “armed gang”, by the State repression organs and the press. Among those arrested is Eloisa Samy, lawyer who acts in defense of persons persecuted for protesting – in clear violation of the exercise of the legal profession.
The decision of the judge of the 27th Criminal Court of Rio de Janeiro, Fábio Oliveira de Itabaiana Nicolau, founded the 5 days custody warrants in the crime of criminal association, referred to in art. 288 of the Penal Code, which refers to “associate themselves with three or more people, for the specific purpose of committing crimes.” The decision also refers to the protests scheduled to take place on the eve of the final of the FIFA World Cup, taking advantage of the visibility given by the coverage of the event, aiming to be “necessary police action to prevent the consummation of this objective and also to identify other members the association”.
Statements by the head of the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro, Fernando Veloso, in a press conference, made it clear that the arrests were because the activists were mobilizing to protest during the FIFA mega event. These latest arrests are a continuation of the pattern of violence and the State of Exception installed in Brazil including during the World Cup games. Decisions and arguments of the Judiciary and the Civil Police make clear that the Brazilian State acts as an armed branch of FIFA to ensure the profits of the entity and their sponsors.
This approach is fully backed by the government of Dilma Rousseff and advisors, like Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo. Among the numerous illegalities of the case, the activist Elisa Quadros was arrested in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where her family lives, by a police officer from the state of Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, the fact that she was traveling to visit his family shows that there was no link with the protests.
At the Headquarters of the operation, the Police City in Rio de Janeiro, independent journalists were prevented from having access to the press conference, which was open only for those parts of the corporate press, as denounced by the Union of Journalists of the municipality. Two weeks ago, in Sao Paulo, two lawyers were arrested for gathering in a downtown square discussing the defense of four activists arrested last June 26, which are arrested to date. In Rio de Janeiro, two other young people who participated in demonstrations are arrested since January this year.
In Goiânia, in May, three young students were taken out of their homes for allegedly participating in protests for public transportation. Like this episode of political arrests in Rio, several other cities, such police operations, based on confidential investigations, have been practiced. They expose a state that strives to arrest and prosecute those who protest and fight for justice.
As said the lawyer of the arrested activists in Rio de Janeiro, Marino d’Icarahy, these operations are performed by the political police, the one that receives orders directly from the domes of government. “The method is always listening, breaking the pages, the breach of personal privacy, and I think that there is an unconstrained campaign to transform our politicized and militant youth who want to see a different country, in a gang of marginal and armed thugs, that’s what they want to transform our youth.”
Several organizations, such as Amnesty International, Global Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association of Brazil – Rio de Janeiro Section have condemned the arrests as an attempt to intimidate the protesters in the country. Criminalization is such that it is absurd to arrest based in supposed future actions, labeling people who, at some point, simply exercised their free right to demonstrate.
It’s unacceptable to keep such decisions of nature absolutely political within a scenario that reveals a growing process of fascistization of the Brazilian State, that to restrain any act aimed at exposing their violations reacts with brutality and violence, trampling all rights and guarantees, which in theory should be safeguarded by such a state. It is clear that this pattern of state violence will continue even after the end of the World Cup, while the protests are expected to increase.
The ABRAPO and IAPL repudiate the arrests of activists and attacks on lawyers in the exercise of profession; demand the immediate release of political prisoners, the withdrawal of arrest warrants and the end of the persecution of struggling, and ask for the repudiation of Brazilian government and President Dilma Rousseff by international community, for systematic human rights violations.
ABRAPO – Brazilian Association of People’s Lawyers
IAPL – International Association of People’s Lawyers
INDIA: MAOISTS HANGING ON A THREAD IN ODISHA – ANALYSIS
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres abducted and killed a tribal, identified as Madan Hantal (35), of Karanjuguda village under Malkangiri Village-79 (MV- 79) Police limits in Malkangiri District on July 8, 2014. The Maoists had abducted Madan on July 6 and his bullet ridden body was found lying in a pool of blood a few metres away from the village. A letter left by Maoists at the spot declared that Madan had been ‘punished’, as he was passing information to Police.
“We had warned Madan many times to maintain distance from Police but he didn’t listen to us. Anyone who will try to act as a ‘Police informer’ will meet the same fate,” the one page letter read. Police denied the Maoist allegation that the deceased was a ‘Police informer’. On June 22, 2014, a civilian, identified as Ashis Saunta, was killed by about 15 CPI-Maoist cadres, branding him as a ‘Police informer’, in the Semiliguda Block of Koraput District.
Saunta’s family claimed he was targeted as he had motivated the people of the village to vote during the recently concluded State Assembly and Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), elections defying the Maoist poll boycott call. The Srikakulam-Koraput ‘divisional committee’ of the CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility of the murder. Earlier, on May 12, 2014, the Maoists had killed two local tribal leaders, identified as Taudu Pateli, a former sarpanch (head of panchayat, village level local self-government institution) and Baladaboi Simalu of Talagoluru village under the Pottangi Police Station limits in Koraput District, alleging that they were Police informers.
They were among four persons abducted by the Maoists on May 11, 2014. The two other abducted persons, included a sitting sarpanch Baladaboi Pati and Taudu Pateli’s wife, were released later. The Srikakulam-Koraput ‘divisional committee’, again, claimed responsibility for the double murder. According to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database, 18 civilians and eight Maoists have been killed in the State in 2014, till July 13.
Maoists getting support from European organisations, home ministry says
NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has said that the Naxal insurgent in the country is getting support from organisations located in Europe including Germany, France, Holland and Italy and the matter is being taken up on diplomatic level with these countries.
Two naxals including woman cadre held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two naxals, including a woman who was carrying a reward of Rs 2,000 on her head, were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district on Monday, police said. “While Rajkumari alias Bulki Netam (26), a member of Chema Janatana Sarkar group of the CPI (Maoist), was apprehended from Totar village under Mardapal police station limits, Raju alias Surendra (30), a member of Barda Janata Sarkar group, was nabbed from Bahigaon Khetarpal Road under Keshkal police station limits,” Kondagaon Additional SP Surjit Atri told PTI.
Netam was apprehended from a place of her relatives in Totar on a tip-off, he said. According to the officer, Netam has been active in the Red movement since 2007 and has been involved in several incidents of crime, loot, arson, murder, attacks on security forces and polling party and others. Surendra, who has allegedly been involved in the naxal movement since 2010, was arrested by a team of district force which was on an area domination exercise in Keshkal region.
C’garh, M’rashtra districts top in Maoist incidents
Bijapur and Sukma in Chhattisgarh and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra are the three districts where the highest number of incidents of Maoist violence took place this year, the Union Home Ministry has said. Between January 1 and June 30, the country witnessed 597 incidents of Maoist-related violence, in which 179 people were killed. Last year, there were a total of 1,136 such incidents, in which 397 people had been killed. The Bijapur district has seen 50 Maoist-related incidents this year, in which 23 people have been killed, while Sukma has seen 47 such incidents, in which 24 died, according to a reply to a question furnished by the Union Home Ministry in Lok Sabha last week.
There have been 42 such incidents in Gadchiroli, wherein 22 have lost their lives. Last year, too, Sukma, Bijapur and Gadchiroli were in top-three district when it came to Maoist-related violence. Sukma had the highest number of incidents at 83 (leading to 19 deaths), followed by Bijapur (76 incidents, 25 deaths). While the Gadchiroli district had 68 incidents that killed 18 people, Dantewada had recorded 60 such incidents, leading to 10 deaths. Karnataka, which has not seen a single Maoist-related incident this year, had seen four last year. Three incidents of them were reported from Chikmagalur, while one was reported from the Dakshina Kannada district.
Will retaliate if comrade tortured: Maoists
More than a week after they shot dead a Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) Deputy Commandant Harikant Jha in the jungles of Jamui, bordering Bihar-Jharkhand, the banned ultra outfit CPI (Maoist) has threatened retaliatory action if one of the arrested members Reena Koda, the wife of self-proclaimed Maoists’ zonal commander Siddhu Koda, was tortured in judicial custody. Reena was apprehended by the central paramilitary forces before she could escape, when she was changing her uniform. She was arrested with her firearms. Prior to her arrest, it was Reena who fired at Jha when he was reloading magazine in his assault rifle.
Jha, who was six feet tall, was hit on his head. The deputy commandant died on the spot. The Maoists have now threatened retaliatory action if Reena, who is reportedly pregnant, is tortured in the judicial custody. “She is not able to walk properly due to internal injuries sustained at the hands of the police and CRPF men during interrogation. We will be forced to take retaliatory action against the family members of security personnel, if torture of Reena is not stopped,” said Avinash, the spokesperson of the Bihar-Jharkhand regional-zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist). Claiming responsibility for the July 5 ambush at Khalari forest in which the CRPF deputy commandant was killed, the rebel said the Maoists fought bravely under the leadership of Siddhu Koda and, though outnumbered by the CRPF and the police, the ultras gave the security personnel “a befitting reply.”
Last week, Jha got an alert from his counterpart in Giridih (Jharkhand) that the Maoists had assembled on the Bihar-Jharkhand border and were planning a major attack. The CRPF top cop, after cross-checking the input, planned a joint operation. By then Reena, a frail-looking woman but highly-skilled in guerrilla warfare, constituted a group of women and children and formed a shield before coming on the front. The security forces were proceeding towards Bakhri village in Jamui district at that time. “Reena fired at Jha when he was reloading magazine in his assault rifle. Since the officer was tall, the bullet hit him on his head. The cop died on the spot. In the melee that followed, the Maoists got ample time to flee through the difficult hilly terrain. The Maoists were well versed with the topography of the area, and therefore managed to escape,” said the source.
Chand’s document pours cold water on CPN-Maoist plans
KATHMANDU: With CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand’s decision to challenge the party line, the CPN-M’s course of action has gone for a toss. The party, which was almost done with preparations for its national conference to begin from July 10, has been diverted after Chand told leaders that organisational setting was directly related to the party’s line and should also be an issue. Chand’s decision to challenge Chairman Mohan Baidhya came after he heard Baidhya’s explanation.
The leaders, however, claim his document was prepared long ago. The party’s decision to hold a national conference to expand its 43-member central committee to 99-members and strengthen the organisational setting has been stalled. “Chand’s document has ruined the party’s plan. The central committee meeting organised to finalise preparations for the national conference has decided to hold a special national convention after Chand’s objection,” said alternate central member Lekhnath Neupane.
The party’s scheduled national conference will, however, be converted into a national political training for senior cadres and leaders as soon as the party concludes the central committee meeting and plenum. “Since Chand demanded a change in the party’s line, we have decided to hold a special national convention within a year as any lower body has no authority to change the decision taken by the convention,” said another Secretary Dev Gurung.
Chand has raised issues which are strategically important and they should be addressed through national convention. Sources claimed that Chand has proposed a unique people’s war in the country, which does not match the practices the world over. There will be discussion on Chand’s idea for people to understand its pros and cons, besides its necessity and feasibility. The ongoing plenum that includes alternate central committee members and party advisers, will give necessary suggestions regarding Chand’s brief political document, excluding the debate on the party line and then devise plans and programmes for the movement to create pressure for a pro-people constitution. According to an alternate central member Neupane, the plenum will conclude by tomorrow. After the meeting ends, the party will launch a massive political training throughout the nation from August to explain the party’s decisions to lower level committees.
Singapore doubles riot police after guest worker fracas
Singapore is doubling the size of its frontline anti-riot forces and stepping up surveillance after a rampage by Indian workers exposed police weaknesses following four decades of strict social order. Interior Minister Teo Chee Hean told parliament on Monday that the police would add 300 new officers to its elite Special Operations Command (SOC), which also functions as an anti-terrorism unit. The measure is in line with recommendations from an official inquiry into the causes of the December 8, 2013 riot which left 39 people injured and 25 vehicles destroyed.
The riot started after an estimated 400 Indian workers erupted in anger as a compatriot was crushed to death under a bus in Singapore’s congested Little India district. The inquiry report said the incident exposed weaknesses in the police force, including in its communications structure as well as training and staffing. “A riot on the streets of Singapore is unacceptable,” Teo, who is also deputy prime minister, said in a media statement released late Monday.
Cameroon raises salaries as it faces opposition to fuel subsidy cuts
YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Cameroon raised the base salary for government workers and the military on Monday and entered negotiations with transport workers in an effort to head off potential social unrest after it cancelled fuel subsidies last week in a bid to cut costs. The government announced it was ending subsidies on petrol, diesel and cooking gas last Monday, pushing up the price of petrol by 14 percent and diesel by 15 percent. Gas rose 8 percent.
Eight freed, five convited in Sudan protest,arson trial
A Sudanese judge on Tuesday threw out charges against eight men accused of arson and looting during demonstrations last September, but five others were convicted. Thousands of people took to the streets with calls for the downfall of President Omar al-Bashir’s regime after he slashed petrol subsidies, forcing up pump prices by more than 60 percent. It was the worst urban unrest of his 25-year rule. Thirteen defendants were on trial for the burning and looting of a police station in North Khartoum, in one of the longest-running cases stemming from the demonstrations.
Judge Al-Gahir Majzoub found eight people not guilty but sentenced the others to the more than nine months they have already served in custody, and ordered their release, said an AFP reporter at the court. Defence lawyer Saga Mohammed said the decision “reflects the transparency of the judiciary and its independence.” Security forces are believed to have killed more than 200 demonstrators during the protests, many with gunshots to the head and chest, according to Amnesty International.
1000s of mechanics strike at Colombia’s biggest coal mines
3,500 mechanics at Colombia’s biggest coals mines have reportedly gone on strike to demand better pay, health benefits, and education, reported news wire Reuters on Wednesday. The striking mechanics are employed by Dimantec, a maintenance contractor working for mining giants Cerrejon and Drummond. The mechanics, who went to strike indefinitely at 6AM July 9, are demanding a 12% salary increase, as well as health benefits, and improved housing and education.
Chilean port workers strike disrupts container cargo
Port workers in Chile have been on strike since July 8, according to maritime service provider Inchcape Shipping Services. The strike, organized by Union Portuaria, is primarily disrupting container and dry cargoes at multiple ports, including Iquique, Tocopilla, Caldera, Huasco, San Antonio, Lirquen, San Vincente, Coronel and Puerto Montt, according to Inchcape. It will be indefinite until ongoing negotiations between the union and Chilean government can be resolved, Inchcape said.
UGET Hunger Strike Enters Twenty-Fifth Day
Members of the Tunisian General Students’ Union (French: UGET) entered their twenty-fifth day of a hunger strike against what they say are discriminatory public sector hiring practices. The UGET alleges that those of its members who were arrested under the Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali regime are consistently denied public sector job opportunities. This is despite the existence of Presidential Decree 1 of February 2011, which pardoned many of those imprisoned on charges viewed as being politically motivated prior to January 14, 2011.
These charges ranged from national security and press violations to those concerning political or trade union activity. “[Decree 1] legally reinstates these people’s right to apply for public sector jobs,” Anouar Nawar, UGET’s Secretary General, told Tunisia Live. “The previous government has employed many people benefitting from this pardon. Yet, it has not been applied to members of the UGET.” Two UGET members, Ayoub Amara and Walid Azouzi, have been on hunger strike since June 16. Four others joined them on July 4, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the strike. “We have so far received only promises from National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members and the Ministry of Justice,” Nawar said.
“Our current protest is a result of the government ignoring our demands.” The pair’s health has deteriorated as they continue their strike despite doctors’ advice to stop, Nawar added. “We have communicated our demands to the government, the Presidency, the Ministry of Justice, and the NCA, but we have not received an answer,” Thouraya Krishen, a UGET member involved with organizing the protests, told Tunisia Live. “We are concerned about the strikers’ health situation,” Krishen added. “Ayoub Amara is on the verge of death, but the government still takes no notice. The revolution started because of [frustration over] unemployment. We do not want more martyrs.”
Dairy company workers’ strike halted by gendarmerie, union official detained
A three-month-long strike by workers from Turkey’s largest dairy producer, Sütaş, was halted by the intervention of gendarmerie officials July 8, following a request from the company. Officers from the gendarmerie have asked workers protesting the discharges at the company to stop their sit-in in front of the factory in Bursa’s Karacabey district. The intervention came after officials from the company asked the authorities to not let workers continue their strike in front of the facility. A senior official from the Tek Gıda İş Union was also detained during the gendarmerie intervention.
Zimbabwe: Chitungwiza Workers’ Strike Intensifies
Chitungwiza municipal workers’ strike intensified yesterday with the management enlisting the services of anti-riot police to quell the situation as rowdy employees blocked residents from paying rates. The strike has entered its third day with the workers vowing not to disperse until the city fathers pay them outstanding salaries and allowances amounting to $13 million accrued over 13 months. Reports yesterday were that workers were turning away ratepayers claiming that if they paid their bills the money would be squandered by management.
Chitungwiza Town Clerk Mr George Makunde said he had to call police to restore order. “As you have noted they are still there (the workers), there was chaos as they turned away ratepayers and we had to call the police,” he said.
Bus strike brings central Colombian city to a standstill for 3rd time this year
Around 300 striking transit workers blockaded a main commuter route in western Colombia Monday, affecting more than 50,000 daily travelers, reported local news. For the third time this year, bus drivers in Pereira, the capital of the central-western state of Risaralda, have gone on strike to protest a pay dispute, according to W Radio. Some 300 bus drivers from the company Promasivo, one of two operators of the city’s Megabus service, are owed two weeks’ pay as well as their half yearly bonus, which amounts to half their salary, and have parked their buses across one of the city’s major transit routes.
Chinese workers in Bahamas launch protest over wages
NASSAU, Bahamas — Dozens of Chinese construction workers employed at a multibillion-dollar resort project in the Bahamas launched a protest Wednesday in an apparent dispute over wages. The workers are employed by China Construction America, which is developing the $3.5 billion Baha Mar hotel-and-casino project in the capital of Nassau. A group of roughly 50 workers in hard hats walked several miles from their work site to the Chinese Embassy, where they demanded to meet with officials. Police officers blocked the entrance to the embassy for several hours. Baha Mar said in a statement that it is committed to fair and equal treatment of all workers.
Workers Protest After Factory Ignores Arbitrator
About 400 workers protested and burned tires outside the Ocean Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Thursday after the factory failed to follow an Arbitration Council ruling from Wednesday to give the workers $120 each in furlough pay since the factory suspended operations. At about 9 a.m., workers set alight 10 tires and blocked the road to the factory for two hours before deciding to delay the protest until Monday, when they plan to march from the factory to the Labor Ministry. “I am very angry. I need the money to pay for my house and other things. I have waited for this money from the factory for a very long time,” said Sin Sophoan Narin, 51, an Ocean Garment worker who attended the protest.
Langa shuts down amid violent protests
Cape Town – Police, paramedics, commuters and journalists were pelted with bricks and glass bottles as violent protests flared up on the streets of Langa on Wednesday. The township was essentially shut down by an angry mob who ran through the streets, looting shops and lighting fires. In one incident a motorist was trying to turn on to Bhunga Avenue, navigating smouldering piles of plastic bins, when protesters surrounded the car and began throwing stones at it. “Oh no, that was a big mistake,” said a Langa resident watching from behind makeshift barriers of scattered cinderblocks. The driver was just one of many commuters who found themselves in the firing line. While it was originally dubbed a “housing protest”, it morphed throughout the day, with some residents chanting for the victims of the Marikana massacre, others for better living conditions.
Several arrested at Philly protest over deadly fire
Philadelphia police arrested several people Monday evening outside a firehouse during a protest over what angry residents believe was a slow response to a weekend blaze that killed four young children. Police were called to protect the station in the city’s southwest section, and officers dragged away demonstrators who tried to block firefighters from answering a call, according to news reports. WPVI-TV reported that “riots” broke out after about 100 people swarmed the firehouse — Ladder 4 Engine 40 — after a community meeting. Some protesters clashed with police, and others threw water bottles. Residents want to know what crews from a ladder-and-engine company around the corner were delayed in responding to the fast-moving blaze that engulfed about a dozen row house just before 3 a.m. Saturday.
Baloch women set up protest camp
ISLAMABAD: Five women from Balochistan are beating the scorching heat in their protest camp outside the National Press Club in Islamabad. Led by Zar Jan, the camp has been set up to protest the forced disappearance of Zahid Baloch, the chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation (Azad), who was whisked away by plainclothesmen from Satellite Town in Quetta. The family has blamed the security agencies, including the Frontier Constabulary (FC), for being involved in his disappearance. Ms Jan, wife of Zahid Baloch, said: “On March 18, 2014, at around 5pm Baloch was kidnapped at gunpoint by plainclothesmen in Quetta. We suspect that they were from the agencies because the FC was standing around and watching.” When asked how she came to know about these details as she was in Naal in the district of Khuzdar, she said Banuk Karima, the vice chairperson, and other members of BSO-A central committee, had witnessed the kidnapping.
Andy Lopez protest confrontations on Highway 101, Santa Rosa streets end peacefully
A demonstration over the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez turned into a tense standoff with riot-gear-clad police Saturday afternoon after a group of angry protesters blocked traffic on Highway 101 near the Third Street off-ramp. The decision by about 20people to march up onto the busy freeway shortly after 4 p.m. escalated what had been a passionate but peaceful protest into a potentially volatile confrontation with police from three law enforcement agencies.
RMG workers clash with staff, cops for arrears again
At least 30 people were injured in a clash among the workers and management staff of a garment factory and Industrial Police at Aichanorda in Savar outside the capital yesterday when the workers were demonstrating at their workplace demanding their salaries of June. Police and factory sources said the workers of Surma Garments Ltd started demonstration in the morning. During the demonstration, some miscreants hired by the factory authorities beat three workers Mahfuz Rahman, Md Alauddin and Lokman who were leading the movement, an allegation of the demonstrators denied the factory Deputy General Manager Md Moshiur Iqram. Afterwards, the workers ransacked the factory, triggering the clash that injured around 30 people including workers and staff, said witnesses.
RMG Worker’s Death
20 injured in worker-staff clash
Over the death of a co-worker, a clash between the workers and management staff injured at least 20 people from both the sides at a readymade garment factory at Zirabo in Ashulia outside the capital yesterday. Witnesses said the workers of Southern Design Ltd started demonstration in the morning, triggering the clash. Workers said Abbas Ali, a packing man, fell sick during his duty at 9:00pm on Tuesday due to hard work. Later, he died at his Ashulia residence, they added.
The management forced the workers, including Abbas, to work till 9:00pm, although their normal duty was from 8:00am to 5:00pm, the workers alleged. The injured, including staff Sohag and worker Hannan, were admitted to different local clinics and hospitals. To avoid any untoward incident, the authorities shut the factory for the day amid the workers’ agitation, said Mostafizur Rahman, director of Ashulia Industrial Police.
Police, protesting youth clash in Lagos
The Ikorodu expressway in Lagos came alive again, Saturday, when armed police officers clashed with rampaging youth at the Owode-Onirin area of the city. The youth were protesting the alleged fatal shooting of two men by police officers on Friday. The two allegedly shot by the police were among those trying to escape when police raided a known black spot where Indian hemp is sold and smoked at the Owode area.
Two other fleeing men jumped into a nearby canal, police said. It was gathered that while the youth protested on Saturday the killing of their members by the police, the officers fired live bullets at them, fatally wounding three. Ngozi Braide, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, however, denied the claims that police officers shot dead two men attempting to evade arrest.
Tunisia: Renewed Clashes Between Residents of Guellala and Security Forces
Medenine — Clashes resumed between and locals and security forces in Guellala, Djerba in a climate marked by high tension and anger. Clashes had erupted after the implementation of the decision providing for the re-opening of the landfill on Friday morning, with the assistance of public forces and security forces who used tear gas and plastic bullets, according to eye witnesses.