A hardcore Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire at Narayanpatna in Koraput district of Odisha at around midnight of Sunday. Speaking to The Hindu, Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP) Awinash Kumar said the slain leftist extremist was identified as Purna Hulka, an area commander of Srikakulam-Koraput division of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation.
Odisha government had declared one lakh rupees reward on his head. Two country-made guns and a revolver were seized from the spot of encounter along with other Maoist materials, the SP said. Purna hailed from Basanapur area of Narayanpatna block and was said to be active in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of Koraput district. He had several cases of Maoist violence, including murder charges, pending against him. According to sources, police personnel of Koraput district and District Voluntary Force (DVF) had acted upon intelligence reports that Purna, along with some Maoist compatriots, was trying some violent mischief in Narayanpatna area.
When the security personnel directed the Maoists to surrender, the ultras opened fire, and the forces retaliated. In this exchange of fire, Purna was killed on the spot while his associates were suspected to have escaped taking advantage of darkness. Following this encounter, intense search operation has been launched in the area to track down associates of Purna. It may be noted that polling was peaceful in Narayanpatna area on April 10, despite the Maoists boycotting the elections.
In yet another incident, a woman Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire between security personnel and Maoists inside Sunabeda sanctuary in Nuapada district of Odisha on Monday. According to Inspector General of Police (IGP), south-western range, Yashwant Jethwa, this encounter occurred during an operation by personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG) inside the Sunabeda sanctuary which borders Chhattisgarh. The security personnel have recovered body of the Maoist from the spot of the encounter, said the IGP. One .303 rifle was also recovered from the spot. Details were awaited as this anti-Maoist operation was still continuing in the area, he added.
The twin IED blasts in Bastar on Saturday, security forces believe, were made possible by the support of road contractors and locals. The IEDs were laid at least 4 feet deep into the ground and could only have been buried in when the road was being laid several months ago. “Such IEDs are planted months, years ago when roads are being constructed. It’s not possible without the support of locals and those involved in road construction,” Bastar IG AD Gautam told The Indian Express. “The contractor himself might be involved, but it needs to be established by a probe.”
Two days after massacring seven poll officials in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, the outlawed CPI(Maoist) on Monday issued a public apology, saying the killings were a case of “mistaken identity”. In a two-page statement e-mailed to HT, Maoist spokesperson Gudsa Usendi regretted the killing of the poll officials — six schoolteachers and one from the forest department — and expressed the rebel outfit’s “sympathy” to their families.
The seven polling officials and five CRPF personnel were among 14 killed as Maoists struck twice in less than an hour in Bastar on Saturday. The attacks came two days after peaceful elections in the region witnessed 58% turnout despite the CPI(Maoist) call for poll boycott. In the first attack, the Maoists triggered a landmine blast to target a passenger bus, carrying 12 poll staff, at Ketulnar in Bijapur district and sprayed bullets on it.
“Our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) command that led the offensive misunderstood, assuming the poll staff as the police (in the bus)”, said the statement. “It appears the big mistake was due to the misconstrued assessment from our side,” the release said. Usendi said police strategies such as changing of vehicles, use of civil transport in the strife-torn region were to blame for the error. “They (poll officials) were not our enemy. We will investigate how this lapse occurred, at what level, and take steps to prevent such incidents.”
Bombay HC Rejects Bail Pleas of Three in Naxal Funding Case
The Bombay High Court has rejected the bail pleas of three members of radical music group Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), arrested for their alleged role in supporting and funding Naxal activities in the state. Justice A R Joshi on April 11 rejected the bail applications of Sachin Mali, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor. The trio was arrested along with another member Sheetal Sathe in April last year after they courted arrest outside the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
They were booked under the stringent provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and various sections of the Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy. A case was registered in 2011 against 15 persons including KKM members for alleged involvement with the banned organisation Communist Party of India (Maoist). While seven persons were arrested in 2010, Mali, Gorkhe, Gaichor and others were declared absconding accused. According to the trio, they are cultural activists who take up social causes like poverty, corruption, superstition, gender discrimination and so on.
Naxals used for Darba attack Security agencies probing the Saturday Naxal attack in Darba were exploring the network coverage of mobile service providers that helped rebels to activate powerful mines within few minutes. Besides five jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a driver and the medical technical of emergency ambulance service 108 Sanjeevani Express were killed in Darba when Naxalites detonated a powerful land mine and blew up the vehicle.
In another attack in Bijapur, rebels blew up a bus and killed 7 polling staff a few minutes before Darba attack. The preliminary investigation carried by the security agencies suggested that the mines were activated within a short notice and probably a strong communication system was used. The landmine that was detonated in Darba was planted about 10 years ago with rebels, as practice, leaving connecting wire in the forest.
New Delhi/ Ranchi, April 13: Hours after Maoist landmines in Chhattisgarh yesterday killed 14 persons, including CRPF personnel and poll officials, EC in rebel-scarred Jharkhand has decided not to trust roads, choosing to airdrop officials to Naxalite areas set for April 17 elections. Cautioning paramilitary forces not to get complacent after Jharkhand’s first day of “peaceful and reasonably successful polls” on April 10 across four seats in Maoist strongholds, state chief electoral officer P.K. Jajoria warned Day Two on April 17 presented “challenges” across six constituencies. The bulk of Jharkhand — Giridih, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Singhbhum (ST), Khunti (ST) and Hazaribagh — will vote on April 17. Campaigning for these seats ends on April 15 (Tuesday) afternoon.
PHIDIM: CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung today came down heavily on the political parties represented in the Constitution Assembly. Speaking at a press conference organised by CPN-M’s District Organisation Committee, Panchthar in Phidim today, Gurung blamed that Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Unified CPN-Maoist for trying to revive a constitution of yesteryears. “Therefore, the present CA exists in name only and its members are like employees,” he said. Gurung claimed that the CA will not be able to promulgate a constitution. Gurung said some of the political parties and the government have been trying to lure his party by offering 26 seats in the CA.
“My party leaders and cadres do not need jobs in the CA,” he reasoned. The Maoist leader said his party does not have the capacity to bear with throngs of employees in the CA. He reiterated that leaders and cadres of his party are not interested in looking for jobs in the CA. “We do not have temptation for such jobs,” he said. Secretary Gurung criticized on the recent issue of Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill. “It was only the show teeth of the government,” he said. He said that all the cases during the insurgency era have to be solved through politics.
Anti-mine protesters near Guatemala’s capital face down national police, army
SAN JOSÉ DEL GOLFO, Guatemala – An uncomfortable tension filled the air in the village of San José del Golfo, 28 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City, last Thursday. Driving through the streets, pairs of armed Civil National Police (PNC) could be seen standing “guard” at a fried chicken restaurant, in front of the public health center, and near a block of well-kept homes with flower gardens.
The police arrived in the village last Wednesday morning, along with the army, to try and break the La Puya protest, which for two years has prevented the construction of Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ (KCA) massive El Tambor gold and silver mine. The protesters say the mining project would dangerously contaminate their water with arsenic, and a 2013 study found that the mine’s environmental impact report failed to adequately address the risk of contamination by arsenic and other toxic waste created by the mining process.
‘Thousands’ of protesters halt construction of South China city crematorium
Construction of a crematorium has been halted after 500 residents protested in the city of Huazhou, South China’s Guangdong Province on Saturday, the government announced in a statement late on Sunday.
“Thousands of people” took to the streets in Ligang township on Saturday demanding the crematorium be cancelled, protesters told the Global Times. They were met by “many” police officers, the Guangzhou-based newspaper reported on its Sina Weibo on Sunday. The Huazhou vice-mayor tried to “communicate” with protesters on Saturday but failed to satisfy their demands, Nandu Daily reported, without naming the official who reportedly ended up hiding in a nearby bank.
CRPF personnel had successfully completed a road-opening process in the Darbha Valley, securing all EVMs used in the April 10 polling in Bastar and officials, before some of them decided to board an ambulance on Saturday. The decision proved costly as five of them were killed as Maoists blew up the ambulance using IED landmines believed to have been planted months ago.
Two ambulance technicians were also killed. An IED landmine was used in the other blast too, which killed seven polling officials in the Ketunlar area, 22 km from the district headquarters of Bijapur, said Arun Dev Goutam, Inspector-General of Police, Bastar Range.
Security increased in naxalite-affected areas of Udupi district
Security has been increased in naxalite-affected areas in Udupi district after a banner and six pamphlets with messages by suspected Maoists were found at Mala village in Karkala Rural police station limits on Saturday. According to the district police, the banner was hung up at a desolate place around 2 km from the S.K. Border (towards Karkala).
The police, who were on their beat between 6.30 a.m. and 7 a.m., also found the pamphlets there. M.B. Boralingaiah, Superintendent of Police, said the banner could have been put up by either naxalites or naxalite sympathisers. There had been no movement or sightings of naxalites in the area in the last six months, he said.
Personnel of Cobra battalion refused to escort polling parties ambushed by Naxalites in Gadchiroli
NAGPUR: The harmony between local police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Gadchiroli shattered after a nasty showdown between a senior police official and personnel of Cobra battalion soon after the attack on returning poll parties in Tondelphata forest area near Ashagaon in Jimulgatta subdivision on Friday. A C-60 jawan was killed and five others injured when Naxalites ambushed the polling parties returning to base station on Friday. Personnel of Cobra, an arm of the CRPF, are learnt to have refused to escort the returning polling parties in south Gadchiroli.
Repoll in Bihar amid Maoist attack on polling personnel
Patna: Maoists unleashed violence in Nawada on Sunday during repoll, attacking a polling party, though there was no casualty in the retaliatory fire by security forces accompanying them, officials said. Repoll was held at 33 polling booths spread over five Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, which went to polls in the first phase on April 10.
The Maoists ambushed the poll personnel near Hadhadwa forest under Kauakol police station area when they were returning after conducting repoll at Dania polling station area in Nawada constituency. “The Maoists suddenly attacked the polling party. The security forces accompanying them retaliated. The firing lasted for a few minutes. Nobody was injured in the incident and all our people are safe,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan.
Bengal districts asked to heighten vigil after Chattisgarh Maoist strike
The Election Commission Sunday asked district administrations across West Bengal to intensify their vigil following Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh and the arrest of a top militant from the state. “There was an intensive review of the standard operating procedure in a video conference among the EC officials, the district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts and top cops. “All DMs and SPs have assured that situation was under control and they have asked to intensify vigil and enhance coordination,” said Amit Roychowdhury, officer on special duty (OSD).
Polling hours reduced in Bengal’s Maoist-hit areas
Kolkata, April 13: Polling will end two hours early in six assembly segments of two Lok Sabha constituencies in Maoist-affected areas of West Bengal, an Election Commission official said Saturday. In a bid to prevent any untoward incident in the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) hit areas, the six segments located in Jhargram and Purulia parliamentary constituencies will witness polling from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. – unlike rest of the state where polling will continue till 6 p.m.
“Hours of poll in Binpur, Bandwan and Jhargram assembly constituencies in Jhargram Lok Sabha seat will be from 7 a.m. to 4 pm. Similarly the hours have been reduced in Balrampur, Baghmundi and Joypur assembly seats in Purulia,” chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta told reporters here.
Maoist arrested with posters calling for poll boycott
Simdega: A suspected Maoist has been arrested in Simdega district’s Paka Tand village, police said here on Saturday. District Superintendent of Police A V Minz told reporters that the Maoist, identified as Bhadur Sao, was arrested and posters calling for poll boycott and other materials were seized from him. The SP said the police action came following a tip-off that a group of Maoists were in the village to put up the posters, and added that some other rebels managed to escape.
KORAPUT: Maoists have reportedly abducted a sarpanch and two former panchayat members in Malkangiri district late on Friday. The abducted trio are sarpanch of Temrupally panchayat Samara Chati, former sarpanch Neelakantha Majhi and samiti member Dasarathi Majhi.
Two landmines found in Jharkhand, police issue advisory
Two landmines were found by security forces in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district on Sunday, as officials issued an advisory to security personnel not to defuse landmines but hand over the task to bomb disposal squads. Police said two landmines, each weighing 10 kg, were found during a search operation at the Budgadda jungle, around 140 km from Ranchi. Police issued an advisory to security forces not to defuse landmines found during search operations.
Dozens hurt as anti-government protest in Rome turns violent
ROME: Police fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in Rome on Saturday as an anti-government protest turned violent, leaving several injured, according to medics and an AFP photographer. Hooded protesters hurled rocks and firecrackers at police, causing some 20 injuries to officers, according to authorities. One protester was seriously hurt – losing a number of fingers – after a firecracker apparently exploded prematurely in his hand. According to the interior ministry, six people were taken into custody. Protest organisers said 15,000 people had taken part in the rally but police could not confirm that number.
Greek Police Clash With Retail Employee Protesters
(ATHENS, Greece) — Hundreds of protesters battled with riot police in one of the Greek capital’s main shopping districts. No injuries or damage have been reported. About 500 protesters, which included retail employees but also several anarchists, closed access to shops on a central Athens street and handed leaflets protesting the extension of Sunday shopping and longer opening hours for the shops.
JOHANNESBURG – Violence has broken out in a village near Zeerust in the North West Province over water shortages. Police say residents burnt down a tribal office and a ward councillor’s house on Friday evening. The trouble started after residents marched to their local municipal headquarters to demand the delivery of water to their villages. The province has been plagued by water shortages in remote areas. In March the community of Mothutlung said the “ANC doesn’t have a good story to tell” in the area which saw violent water protests and cases of police brutality take centre stage in January.
Mob attacks cops, officials’ houses in Vietnam protest
Nine police officers were injured and several officials’ property was destroyed by an angry mob of hundreds of people protesting a cemetery project in the north-central province of Ha Tinh for two days. A group of six officers came to the house of Truong Van Truong, 30, in Bac Son Commune, Thach Ha District, to take him into custody on charges of “disturbing public security” on Thursday. Truong was suspected of stoning many local officials’ houses in recent months in protest of a project to build a cemetery in Bac Son, which has also faced widespread public criticism. However, local people rushed to the site to protest the arrest. Four of the officers were abducted and beaten.
More than 100 officers were mobilized to the site to rescue the kidnapped officers, but continued to face the mob. Tran Quoc Toan, chief of Ha Tinh Police’s mobile force, told Thanh Nien that five other officers were injured by rocks thrown by people during the rescue mission.
PA forces assault journalists, arrest protesters in Ramallah
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces late Saturday assaulted journalists and arrested four youths in Ramallah during a protest against normalization with the Israeli occupation, witnesses said.
Romanian villagers battle Chevron over shale gas project
US energy company Chevron Corp, shielded by barbed wire, under Romanian police protection and under assault from egg-throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas. Opposition is fierce in the tiny remote village of Pungesti near the border with Moldova, which has become a symbol of hostility to the environmentally controversial techniques of extracting shale gas.
“In other countries, I have not experienced this type of protest,” Chevron drill-site manager Greg Murphy said. His words were almost drowned out by cries of “Stop Chevron,” “Thieves” and “Please leave,” from dozens of demonstrators at the wire barriers as he showed journalists the site in the northeast of Romania.
As an armed organization that implements political tasks in the Indian Revolution, PLGA was not confined just to military operations. It served as the principal instrument for the revolutionary masses to establish revolutionary political power organs (RPC-Revolutionary People’s Committees or Janatana Sarkars) with the aim of area-wise seizure of power. In the past decade, PW extended to vast areas and in the strategically weaker areas for the enemy among these areas, the people’s democratic political power organs emerged while destroying the exploiting state machinery.
The enemy is destroying these organs, thus making the PW lose mass support, is blockading our areas, is wiping out PLGA forces through encirclement-mopping up-surprise attacks, is damaging the centralizing capacity of the PLGA forces and making them decentralize (scattering them), is looting the villages, razing them down, closing weekly markets and stopping any kind of supplies from outside, massacring people, transporting people to strategic hamlets and imprisoning them.
Ultimately they are increasing carpet security on a huge scale in our guerilla zones to fail the aim of establishing liberated areas. While the PLGA is defeating the enemy attacks amidst this carpet security, people’s political power organs are being built using the space available. Keeping the following teaching of Mao always in mind, PLGA is advancing forward in that direction : ‘Seizure of power through armed struggle and solving the issue through war is the central task of the revolution and its highest form’.
Moreover by fulfilling tasks like constantly carrying on revolutionary political propaganda, consolidating people into various structures (party- people’s militia, mass organizations, RPCs), arming them-training them, rallying people into various people’s struggles, participating in production to increase the living standards of the people and providing medical facilities for the people, PLGA has earned a permanent place in the hearts of the people in the various guerilla bases-guerilla zones and red resistance areas.
As a result, people’s power organs are emerging in Dandakaranya (DK), Bihar-Jharkhand (BJ), Bengal-Jharkhand-Odisha border area and Andhra- Odisha Border area (AOB). In DK, area level revolutionary people’s governments have been formed and working regularly and district level people’s governments have also been formed and started working. They are getting consolidated and expanding with higher level tasks. Revolutionary People’s Governments are developing in the villages of BJ, AOB and Lalgarh (Jungle Mahal) in Paschim Bang.
They are advancing in the direction of forming area level political power organs. Even before the formation of PLGA, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, North Telangana and DK, people’s committees/Gram Rajya Committees emerged as people’s political power organs while Krantikari Kisan Committees have developed as the principle organization from the beginning for conducting armed agrarian revolution and to build people’s political power in Bihar and Jharkhand. After the formation of PLGA, in all the areas, people’s political power organs are being formed in the form of RPCs.
Under the conditions where the power of the enemy is getting destroyed in the nucleus of the guerilla zones, the formation of guerilla bases (area level political power organ) was started with the understanding that liberated areas must be built from there. These RPCs that are being formed where the power of the exploiting classes have been destroyed in PW, have taken up the task of advancing PW as their central task and are intensifying anti-imperialist and anti-feudal struggles.
They are trying to rally vast masses against the conspiracies of the MNCs and corporate companies like Tata, Essar, Jindal, Mittal, Vedanta etc to loot our country’s natural resources and against the Operation Green Hunt (OGH) that the ruling classes launched. They are carrying on mass agitations not to allow them into guerilla zones and to prevent the centuries old adivasi communities and the vast forests from getting destroyed. Due to the resistance of the revolutionary movement, no huge project could be started. This is putting a check on the exploitation of corporate companies like Tata, Essar, Jindal, Mittal and Vedanta.
RPCs are forming defence committees and militia commands from the area level to the panchayat level against the encirclement and mopping up campaigns conducted by the ruling classes to wipe out the revolutionary movement. In the past decade, the defence committees, militia commands and the various kinds of militia organizations under their leadership had been gaining several experiences. People’s Militia is playing its role in defending the people. It is developing as a base force in PLGA. On the other hand, RPCs are consolidating people against fake reforms of the exploiting governments and are placing an alternative development model in front of the Indian people.
Particularly, they are implementing revolutionary reforms and are taking steps to distribute land to every family. With the aim of increasing production and improving the economic position of the people, they started to develop agriculture. They are improving the irrigation facilities. They are introducing cooperative methods. They are encouraging fisheries, orchards, growing of vegetables etc. They have taken up land leveling programme on a huge scale in DK in 2010. They are putting great efforts to impart education and medical facilities to the masses here who have been kept far away from these facilities all these days.
As part of this, many people’s schools and ashram schools are being run all over DK. The specific feature of these schools is that they are imparting education in their mother tongue. People’s doctors are being trained and they are treating people free of cost. The exploiting governments have turned the legal system unjust. Nyay (Judicial) Committees were formed and are solving the problems in the people’s courts. These people’s courts are playing a prominent role in anti-feudal struggles. It is not an exaggeration to say that in the past three decades, local people in the movement areas have never gone to the police stations or the courts for solving their problems.
Jungle Bachao Committees (Forest Protection) have been formed and are working to preserve forest wealth and maintain ecological balance. PW is greatly impacting the cultural sphere. If the society is to travel in the direction of new democracy, then struggle in the cultural sphere is necessary. The Education-Cultural Committees being formed under the RPCs are fighting with backward tribal traditions and the deeply entrenched superstitions to overthrow the authority of the tribal elders and to increase the economic, political and social role of women they are fighting against patriarchy.
They are developing new democratic culture among the people. Revolutionary days and revolutionary traditions are replacing local traditions and festivals. February 10 – Bhumkal Divas, Hool Divas, March 8, May Day, May 7 – Alluri’s Birth Anniversary, July 28-Martyrs Memorial Day, September 21 – Party Formation Day, December 2 – PLGA Day and such revolutionary days are being celebrated with revolutionary fervor.
This struggle in the cultural sphere is again reinforcing the economic and political struggles. This struggle that is going on in all the spheres is changing the social canvas in the movement areas. When we speak of the important changes in the social canvas, the changes that occurred in the conditions of the women is a matter of pride. After the revolutionary movement started consolidating the women who were being crushed under tribal patriarchy, there was significant change in their conditions.
Particularly, forced marriages came to an end. Women who were confined to the family and had no social recognition whatsoever are now playing an active role in the social sphere and are asserting their identity at home and outside. As a result, democratic relations are getting established between men and women. As a result of the efforts of the RPCs, interest about revolutionary reforms is increasing all over the country.
They became new study subject for the party and the people. The alternative political power that is emerging from below is laying the foundation for the united front of the four classes. It is giving confidence to the people of our country that PW is being carried on under the leadership of our party to overthrow the exploiting classes and establish new democratic political power. It is necessary to intensify efforts to develop these budding RPCs. They must be strengthened so that they can fulfill the dreams of the Indian oppressed masses. The experiences of various revolutionary movements in building political power must be applied to the concrete conditions here.
Mass organizations must play a crucial role in this effort where RPCs have been formed. The efforts of mass organizations must be principal in spheres such as production, development, medicine, education, propaganda and culture. People’s political power can prosper only by drawing the strength of the vast masses.
(Reuters) – Suspected Maoist rebels set off two bombs in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, killing 13 people, most of them paramilitary soldiers and officials charged with holding elections in the region. The attacks, half an hour apart, were the most serious since voting to elect a new federal government began last week in a six-week process to allow security forces to move across the country.
The first explosion took place in a bus in Bijapur carrying election officials who were on their way back after completing the vote. Seven people were killed. A second bomb hit an ambulance in the thickly forested Bastar region killing five members of the Central Reserve Police Force and their driver, said R.K.Vij, the head of anti-Maoist operations. It was not clear why the soldiers were travelling in the ambulance, but in the past government officials are known to be have used such vehicles to avoid attacks by the Maoists.
Suspected Maoist Militia Members Snatched Away Ballot Box
Suspected Maoist militia members snatched away a ballot box at a polling station in Boosiputtu village of the agency area of Visakhapatnam district here today. According to the police, two suspected Maoist militia members came to the polling station in civil dress and snatched away the ballot box between 1 pm to 1.30 pm today, taking election officials by surprise. A search operation is on to locate the box, the police said.
CRPF jawans fight ‘invisible enemy’ in Maoist zone
LATEHAR/PALAMU: Jharkhand is a critical place as the fight is against an invisible enemy, feel CRPF personnel posted in the state that often sees Maoist violence. CRPF personnel deployed in Latehar and Palamu, which fall in the Red zone in the state, say Maoists can launch an attack anytime and from any direction. Deputy commandant (CRPF) B B Bhakta, who posted in Laat village under Maoist-dominated Burwadih block of Latehar, said guerrilla warfare is a different ballgame.
“When the enemy is invisible, level of alertness should remain high all the time,” he said. After successfully tackling a Maoist attack on a poll booth in Laat on Thursday, Bhakta said the security personnel have to avoid paths through forests because of landmines. “We keep changing our plan and briefs every now and then so that even if some information leaks the possibility of being trapped decreases,” he said.
Ranchi: Jharkhand is on high alert in light of the Lok Sabha polls as police believe security forces in the state could come under Maoist attacks, an official said on Saturday. “Advisories have been issued to state police to stay alert as Maoist guerrillas could target trains carrying security forces,” a police official told IANS.
“Maoist guerrillas are upset as the first phase of the polls in Jharkhand was peaceful,” the official added. In the first phase April 10, polling took place for four seats where Maoists have a strong presence. The second phase polling on April 17 is also in Maoist affected areas. The official said the Maoists are desperate to execute a big attack on the security forces. “The road and railway routes are vulnerable as both pass through jungle areas,” the official added.
A day after elections, villagers in Bastar allege CRPF harassment
RAIPUR: A day after polling in Bastar constituency, tribals in remote Pandum village in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh have alleged that paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had detained and beaten them up on Thursday night. Villagers complained to authorities that CRPF men had detained their children as well, at Pandum, accusing them of being Maoist supporters. The issue came to light after a strong contingent of security forces reached Pandum where a polling party was asked to stay back during night because of security reasons.Despite the complaint, CRPF is yet to clear its stand. Senior CRPF officials could not be reached for their comments.
Odisha: Four booths register zero polling in Malkangiri
Despite Election Commission having introduced ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option, four polling booths of the Malkangiri district registered zero polling, during the first phase of election on Thursday, Election Control Room Sources said. The booth where there was no polling includes, Booth No-15(Sarangpalli) Booth No-34(Kulabeda), Booth No-235(Suapalli) in Chitrakonda assembly constituency and Booth No-140(Siakota) in Malkangiri assembly constituency. Notably, in Silakota village, thirteen Maoists were killed in an encounter between the police and rebels on September 15 last year. People preferred not to vote in these areas following the Maoist poll boycott threat.
One Jawan killed, five injured in Gadchiroli Naxal firing
One police jawan was killed and five were seriously injured when the Maoists opened fire on a police team in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Friday. The incident took place when a team of Jimalgatta police station, was rescuing the polling party of Dambrancha polling booth at around 1 pm, said Gadchiroli police. “Police team retaliated the fire and reinforcement was sent immediately, but the Maoists managed to escape taking advantage of thick forest.
Police constable Giridhar Atram was killed in the firing and five Jawans were injured. The injured were airlifted and sent to Nagpur for further treatment” informed Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Suvez Haque in a press statement. Despite the incident, the police managed to drop the polling party to Aheri headquarter safely, claimed the SP.
Naxal blast injures two security personnel in Bijapur
Raipur: A day after polling in Chattisgarh’s Bastar Lok Sabha seat, two security personnel were today injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Naxals in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of the region, police said. “The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area for the movement of polling party returning to their fold after voting, in Dubaiguda forest of Awapalli region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI. “During operation, a Central Reserve Police Force jawan and a state police personnel came in contact with the pressure bomb that exploded, injuring both of them,” he said.
Parts of Patna district safe haven for Maoists, say senior cops
PATNA: In official records, 32 out of 38 districts of Bihar are Maoist affected. However, the Red violence last year was confined to 16 districts only. The most affected areas are Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui districts. But sources said they have substantial influence in 70% areas of Paliganj and Masaurhi subdivisions in Patna district. According to senior cops, the CPI (Maoist) members use Patna district as a safe haven. “They use it as a transit point and find easy passage to Nepal from Jharkhand through Patna district.
That’s why they spare this area from violence. Patna district administration has been carrying out demining exercises and encouraging people to cast their votes,” a senior cop said. “The Maoists do visit medical establishments at district headquarters for treatment. In fact, most of the central and politburo members are old, so they need medical help. Other cadre members also visit clinics as they frequently get injured in encounter with security forces,” said IG (operations) Amit Kumar.
According to a senior police official, “An Army personnel of Danapur cantonment informed the Patna police a couple of months back that some suspicious persons were gathering near the cantonment area. They suspected them as Maoists.” According to intelligence input, the Reds are using the expired arms and ammunition of the Army. In most of the cases, nobody keeps a track of the expired arms and ammunition stock and they often reach the Naxalites.
An officer of Patna police said Paliganj, Masaurhi, Fatuha, Gaurichak, Dhanarua, Mokama and Phulwarisharif areas are Maoist affected. They carry out recruitment drive in these areas and also hold meetings. But they have strong local support to hide themselves in these areas safely. They recruit armed youths from Patna to carry out violence in Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui districts. Sources said Bihar is considered as the overall command of Maoists’ eastern regional bureau.
It is the Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee that supervises the activities of different regional and zonal committees in the three states. The outfit has divided Bihar in seven zones. The Maoists also operate through People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) companies, Jan Militia, Communist Youth League, Krantikari Kisan Committee and Nari Mukti Sangh. “These units are mostly used for collecting levy and extortion,” said an official.
Chhattishgarh: Maoists ambush police patrol party in Bijapur; kill 1 cop, injure 5 others
One cop was killed and five others were injured, as Maoists on Friday ambushed a police party returning from poll duty near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. Earlier in the day, two security personnel were injured in a pressure bomb blast carried out by Maoists in the insurgency-hit district of the region, police said.
“The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area for the movement of polling party returning to their fold after voting, in Dubaiguda forest of Awapalli region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said.
Three cylinder bombs defused after school blast in Bihar
Patna: After giving sleepless night to villagers, three cylinder bombs recovered from a school in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district were defused Friday, more than 24 hours after they were found, police said. “Much to the relief of the villagers, three cylinder bombs were defused Friday after they spent sleepless night Thursday,” a district police official said. Maoists used eight cylinder bombs to blast the school building ahead of voting in six parliamentary constituencies of the state Thursday.
The presence of the live bombs in the village’s school was a big threat. “If these bombs had exploded, they could have created more damage,” police said. A police official said Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were camping at the school for past few days ahead of polls in the neighbouring Jamui constituency.
CRPF seizes 400 kg IEDs from poll-bound Maoist zone
NEW DELHI: Security forces seized about 400 kg explosives in the form of IEDs from Maoist-hit districts across four states where polling was held on Thursday. However, at Bihar’s Munger Maoists exploded landmines killing two CRPF men who were part of a team escorting a election officials on way to polling booths. The biggest recovery was from Bihar where the CRPF, nodal agency for force movement deployment in 2014 elections, seized 225 kg IEDs —135 kg from Gaya and 90 kg from Aurangabad. Besides, about 90 kg explosives were found from Bastar in south Chhattisgarh, about 52kg from Jharkhand and about 20 kg from Odisha, said Zulfiquar Hasan, CRPF IG (operations), who is EC-appointed chief force coordinator.
Of the 1,797 booths in Bastar, 1,407 booths have been marked as ‘critical’ and all steps have been taken to ensure free and fair polling there. An entire polling booth in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency was shifted to an open field after bombs allegedly planted by Maoists were found near the building where polling was to take place. “We detected three explosives near the school in Kankapal village where the booth was located. Since we had limited time, we decided to relocate the booth to a nearby field,” said Shishupal Sinha, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), who was leading the police team protecting Kankapal poll party.
Maoist posters asking villagers to boycott the poll were pasted on the school walls and nearby trees. However, four of the 966 registered voters at this booth had cast their votes until 1 pm, polling official P.S.Baghel told this reporter. The figure remained unchanged when polling ended at 3.00 p.m. According to preliminary reports, the voting percentage in Bastar was around 52, Chief Election Officer of Chhattisgarh Sunil Kujur said in a press statement.
The actual figure could be confirmed only after all the polling parties reached the headquarters, he said. The village wore a deserted look. “The Jangalwalas (Maoists) came to our village last night and threatened to shoot us if we vote today,” Eitu Ram, a villager told The Hindu. Almost all the residents had fled the village, he said. Kankapal is 7 km from Tahakwada village, where 15 policemen were killed last month, and around 12 km from Jiram Ghati where Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders were killed last year.
New Delhi, Apr 11: A 20-member poll team, perched atop a hillock in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Sukma district, was evacuated by security forces today through coordinated action, including deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The poll officials, who were on election duties yesterday, had to cancel their return to Sukma district headquarters last night after facing heavy firing from Naxals. A strong contingent of paramilitary personnel, which was guarding the poll officials, ensured their safety and stayed put the night at the interior location, official sources said.
Authorities deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the movement of Maoists Concerned over their safety, the authority deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor the movement of Maoists and kept relaying information and instructions to the team for their evacuation.
Jharkhand police announce cash prize to nab 38 Maoists
RANCHI: Jharkhand police on Thursday announced cash reward to civilians for information on 38 Maoists active in the state, where four of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies went to polls on April 10. The state police, following in the footsteps of National Investigation Agency, said the cash prize is between Rs 30,000 and Rs 12 lakh and sought civilians’ help in arresting the Maoists, who reportedly mastermind major attacks.
But they remain untraced even after joint combing operations by Jharkhand police and CRPF. DGP Jharkhand Rajiv Kumar said hardcore Maoists could be “easily arrested if villagers support police”. “Villagers need not worry. We will keep their identity completely secret,” said Kumar. Posters containing photographs and names of the Maoists have been widely distributed in Jharkhand. Some of the 38 Maoists hail from neighboring states but have executed multiple attacks in the state.
The posters, which have contact numbers of IPS officers, urge civilians to cooperate. “We have published photos of the wanted Maoists. It is now in the public domain and people will find it easier to identify them. All SPs have been asked to widely advertise the posters across their districts, particularly in sensitive areas,” said Rezi Dungdung, ADG special branch. “We will give Rs 12 lakh for arrest some Maoists while for others we will give Rs 30,000,” said a special branch officer. Mishir Besra alias Sunirmal alias Bhaskar, who is active in Giridih, Arvind Singh alias Nishantji alias Devkumar Singh, who is active on Bihar-Jharkhand border, and Prashant Bose alias Manish alias Nirbhay, who is active on Jharkhand-West Bengal border, carry reward of Rs 12 lakh.
Ranchi: Naxalites triggered a landmine explosion in Lat Panchayat of Barwadih in Latehar district of Chatra Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. No casualty was reportedly in the incident. Polling continued despite the explosion. Sources said the explosion was carried out to cause panic among voters. In another incident, police recovered a cylinder bomb planted near Kendua Sahor Middle School in Rajpur police station area. The bomb was diffused by the bomb squad.
KORAPUT: Defying all security arrangements, Maoists went on the rampage in Malkangiri district, looting and setting fire to EVMs and poll documents at eight polling stations on Thursday. While there was very low turnout in all Maoist-hit areas, officials at the election control room in Malkangiri town said no voters turned up at the booth in Silakota under Podia block. Till 6pm, 48 per cent voting was recorded in the district that has two assembly constituencies, which is 3% less than the voting recorded in 2009.
The Maoists, who have called a poll boycott, went on a sustained campaign over the past two months to strike terror in the hearts of voters. They pasted posters in several areas threatening to chop off hands of voters who turned up at polling stations. Maoists got in the act on Wednesday night, setting fire to EVMs and a vehicle used by polling staff at Mahupadar under Mathili police limits bordering on Chhattisgarh.
“The truck was carrying EVMs for one booth each at Kamapalli, Mundaguda and two booths of Mahupadar. A group of Maoists waylaid the vehicle near Mahupadar and set it ablaze after asking the officials to vacate it,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh. Continuing their offensive to disturb the poll process, suspected Maoists snatched the EVM of Polsari booth under Mathili police limits while the polling officials were returning after completing voting.
Also, the Red rebels damaged EVMs of three booths at Jodambao after snatching them from polling officials. “No polling officials have been injured. Repolling will be held at all the centres where EVMs were either looted or set on fire by Maoists. The dates will be declared soon,” said collector (Malkangiri) D Prasant Kumar Reddy. In a separate incident in Koraput district, the Maoists looted EVMs of Pujariput booth under Boipariguda block which comes under Kotpad assembly constituency. Officials said the incident took place around 12.30 pm when a group of around 50 Maoists stormed into the booth and forcibly took away the EVMs.
Malkangiri (Odisha), Apr 11 (PTI) After disrupting polling in 15 places during first phase of Lok Sabha elections, Maoists have sent a letter to the Odisha government through polling officials demanding that operations against them be halted. The letter carried by a six-member polling party, that was detained by Maoists yesterday and released today, handed over the letter to the District Collector P K Reddy.
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Police foiled Maoists attempt to spoil peaceful election process by recovering a cache of firearms and explosives devices and uniforms from two areas in Balaghat district, on Thursday. The explosives, police claimed, were for blowing up a bridge and block security forces from patrolling the area. DGP Nandan Kumar Dubey said five rifles, including two old guns, quilt, wire, battery and detonators were seized from Bhakkutola area in Kirnapur range. Maoist literature and banners for boycott of polls were also found. Also, police recovered 7 kg explosives and batteries under a bridge near Chirola Choria village in Lanji area.
Manipur Maoist claims planting of IED near Meinya`s residence
IMPHAL, April 10: The Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has claimed in a press statement that the IED recovered by the police on April 9 along the National Highway 37 about 200 meters far from the residence of sitting MP and Congress candidate for Inner Manipur constituency, Dr Th Meinya, and further said that the IED was equipped with 3 kg of nails, 300 gm of explosive and remote control device.
Misuse of the MP Local Area Development Fund for last the last ten years and also opposing to their Political Strike were given as reasons for the IED plant, it said in the release and added the Party has called a General Strike against the misuse of MP Fund by the sitting MP Dr Th Meinya on April 16 starting from 5 am to 5 pm. The release further said that the Services of Fire, Water, Medical and also media will not be covered by the General Strike.
Peru arrests 28 linked to Shining Path on drugs, terror charges
(Reuters) – Peru arrested 28 people linked to the political wing of the largely defunct Shining Path insurgency on suspicions they are involved in drug trafficking and terrorism, the interior minister said on Thursday. The operation marks the first big bust of members of Movadef, a group that calls for the release of Shining Path militants and others jailed during Peru’s bloody internal conflict in the 1980s and 90s.
The government believes Movadef is a front group seeking to legitimize and revive the Maoist-inspired Shining Path, whose bid to topple the Peruvian state claimed an estimated 69,000 lives. Interior Minister Walter Alban said the sweep on Wednesday night was the result of a two-year investigation involving phone taps and undercover agents that established a link between Movadef and guerrillas in the coca-producing Huallaga Valley.
Those arrested include Alfredo Crespo, a key Movadef leader and the lawyer for jailed Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman, and Walter Humala, a folk singer and estranged cousin of President Ollanta Humala. Movadef, which emerged in recent years and has tried unsuccessfully to register a political party, denied being tied to drug traffickers and called the arrests political persecution. “We demand the immediate liberation of our organizers and activists,” Movadef said in a statement.
Baidya warns of retaliation if conflict era cases are to be revived
CHAUTARA, April 11: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya warned to restart the parallel government system and the kangaroo courts across the country if the conflict era cases are to be revived. Inaugurating the 4th district conference of his party at Chautara in Sindhupalchok, Baidhya claimed that resuscitating the wartime cases is against the Comprehensive Peace Accord and other agreements that had paved the way for the rebel party to join the peaceful politics.
Fighting breaks out in Rio de Janeiro as police move to clear 5,000 squatters from buildings
RIO DE JANEIRO — Squatters occupying a complex of abandoned buildings in Rio de Janeiro clashed with police Friday morning after a court ordered the premises cleared. Hundreds of police moved into the area in the early morning hours, and Brazilian media reported that most of the 5,000 squatters left peacefully. But fighting soon broke out when some of the residents began throwing rocks at the police, who responded by firing rubber bullets, tear gas and percussion grenades.
The violence continued throughout the morning as one of the buildings as well as trucks, buses and a police car were set on fire. Two bank branches were looted, and the O Dia newspaper said some residents threw Molotov cocktails at the police as the fighting spread. A police helicopter hovered above at one point.
From Cairo to Suez, Egypt workers defy government with labor strikes
SUEZ—Thousands of Egyptian workers have staged strikes for higher wages and better working conditions in recent weeks, raising the possibility of a confrontation between impoverished laborers and a new president set to be elected this spring. The rallies and sit-ins that have crippled the postal service, textile factories and even public hospitals are still fragmented, largely uncoordinated and lack unified demands. But as the cash-strapped government moves to quash labor unrest in places like Suez, the strikes underscore a social discontent that is still festering among Egypt’s working class and could evolve into a more solid opposition to the military-backed administration.
A spokesman for Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd., a footwear manufacturer for brands including Nike Inc. and Adidas A.G., said around 600 workers in Dongguan took to the street because of a “misunderstanding” over benefits and different terms for local and migrant workers.
April 8 – Almost 300 workers at the Poly Acril factory in Isfahan staged a protest demanding the sacking of the company’s CEO, chanting: “This is our ultimatum, Sadeghian should be removed”. Farmers of the city of Saman gathered in front of the governors office in protest at the confiscation of hundreds of acres of their land by the Pasdaran security forces. Sacked workers at the Poonel company in Parkdasht staged at protest n from of the local government office in anger at the loss of their jobs.
April 5 – Workers at the Khorram Security Safe Boxes company in Tehran protested at lack of job security. The main road to the Zarreh Shouran gold mine in the town of Takab Rooz was blocked by workers in protest at the loss of their jobs. Their demonstration was then attacked and broken up by Iranian security forces.
Paraguay: Relatives of Imprisoned Farmers Protest Outside Hospital
Asuncion, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Relatives of five farmers, imprisoned since 2012 and on a hunger strike, chained themselves outside the Military Hospital where the inmates are held against their will, as a sign of protest. The relatives are Adalberto and Nestor Castro’s mother, Felipe Benitez’s daughter, Arnaldo Quintana’s mother and Ruben Villalba’s wife, all of them imprisoned after the bloody eviction in Curuguaty where 11 farmers and six police officers were killed.
The protests began after the Saltos de Guaira’s Trial Court rejected on Wednesday the defense’s request to sentence the inmates to house arrest due to their serious health condition and their lengthy imprisonments without a definitive trial.
2 CRPF jawans killed in suspected Naxal attack on polling day
Bihar Patna: Two jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and four others injured in a landmine blast in Bihar early this morning. The blast took place between Jamui, where voting is being held in the third phase of Lok Sabha election, and Munger. The blast took place at around 4 am this morning when the jeep of the CRPF personnel, who were on patrolling duty, was blown up. The injured jawans have been rushed to Munger. The Naxals, who have boycotted these elections, are believed to be behind this blast.
Patna: Eleven bombs planted by Maoists in Gaya and Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar were found Wednesday by security forces, police said. Gaya’s Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Tiwari said five “cane bombs” were recovered from Banke Bazaar area and near Sherghati. In Aurangabad, six similar bombs were found near Aruara and Pathakbigha village and other places.
Patna: With first phase of Lok Sabha (LS) polls scheduled tomorrow in six constituencies in the state, Bihar teamed up with neighbouring Jharkhand to make maxmimum use of helicopters for surveillance, logistics and rescue operations. “We have received three Indian Air Force helicopters for the elections. Jharkhand has got eight of them. The chief electoral officers of both the states have decided to cooperate with each other in their use to ensure smooth polling,” additional chief electoral officer R Lakshmanan said.
Chhattisgarh: Naxals open fire at security forces in Bastar
Raipur, Apr 10: Naxals opened fire at security forces near ten polling booths in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bastar Parliamentary seat, where around 30 per cent of the electorate cast their votes till noon. Besides, a huge haul of explosives, including 15 IEDs and three pressure bombs, were today recovered by security forces from separate places, averting a massive strike by the ultras in the insurgency-hit region. “Naxals opened fire on security forces near around ten polling booths while voting was underway there. No injury or casualty was reported in the incidents,” a senior police official told PTI.
Rebels fled to the forest after security personnel launched retaliatory attack on them, he said. The polling booths where firing was reported are – Korra and Amirgarh in Sukma district, Samoli and Thanikarka booths in Dantewada district, Nednar booth of Narayanpur district, Padeli and Raigabodi in Kondagaon, he said.
Naxals, security forces exchange fire in Gadchiroli
A minor skirmish was reported between security forces and Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district in the afternoon. Naxals opened fire on election officials and security personnel near Gardewada in Etapalli Tehsil in Gadchiroli. No casualties have been reported so far. After retaliatory fire from security forces, the Naxals fled into the forest. The security personnel thwarted their plan to run away with the EVM machines.
Encounter with security forces leaves one Naxal dead and another injured in Chhattisgarh
A Naxal was gunned down late last night and another injured in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district. The face off took place in the restive Golapalli police station limits on Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh border when the joint party of state police and Greyhounds personnel from AP was on an combing operation for ensuring security ahead of the polls.
Naxals trigger explosions in Jharkhand before polling
Ranchi: Maoists exploded a series of landmines in the forests of Latehar district and exchanged gunfire with security personnel early on Thursday before the polling began for the Chatra Lok Sabha seat in Jharkhand. The landmines were exploded at around 1.30 am, half a km from a picket under Barwadih police station, Latehar Superintendent of Police Michael S Raj told PTI. A brief gun battle also took place, he said. However, there was no casualty.
…Special cells of state Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) have been also activated in the city to ensure front organizations of Naxals are kept under check. Joint commissioner of police Sanjay Saxena stated each police station would entrusted with the security of polling stations within limits along with additional forces they have been provided. “We also have made requisition for more vehicles,” he said.
There have been reports of a Maoist camp in the dense forest in Badasilinga panchayat of Gania block in Nayagarh district. The area where the Maoists have put up their camp comes under Daspalla Assembly constituency, reports said. Asked about the reports, Nayagarh SP Bhagyadhara Behera said the the Special Intelligence unit in the district had no inputs or information on this.
On the eve of Friday’s ZPTC and MPTC elections in the Visakha Agency area where the Maoists have many pockets of strong influence, the police arrested seven persons, including an active member of the party’s support system on Wednesday. By arresting Gabilingi Appa Rao, head of the panchayat committee of the Maoist party of Balapam village in Chintapalli mandal, the police inflicted a major damage to the logistic support to the Maoists’ activities in the area.
Each of the panchayat committees formed by Maoist has under it group committee consisting of representatives of some villages of the panchayat and village level committee, represented by a few residents of each village. Formation of panchayat committees came to light recently. Members of all the three levels of the committees will provide logistic support to the Maoists and do tasks like damaging roads, cutting trees, hanging banners, etc. The Balapam panchayat committee comes under the Korukonda area committee of the CPI (Maoist).
Suspected Maoists set ablaze a mobile phone tower of a private telecom giant at Gannavaram village in Bhadrachalam mandal shortly after Wednesday midnight. The incident occurred about 25 km away from the temple town of Bhadrachalam. It comes just 20 days ahead of the general elections in the district slated for April 30. Sources said that a group of suspected rebels set afire the battery room and other vital equipment of the mobile phone tower after pouring petrol on the components at the cell site in the village around 1.30 a.m. Panel boards, batteries and other transmission apparatus were completely damaged in the incident.
The incident came to light in the early hours of Thursday when some local villagers noticed the burnt equipment lying at the cell site. The cellular phone services in the coverage area of the damaged cell site were reportedly paralysed following the incident. The suspected rebels left behind a poster in the name of Maoist district committee near the damaged cell site. Sources said that the poster contained slogans denouncing elections, Opencast Mines, Operation Green Hunt and Polavaram project.
Imphal, April 10: Maoist Communist Party, Manipur today claimed that the bomb found near sitting MP Dr, Meinya’s residence was planted by its demolition team. Blaming the MP for misused of MP local area fund during the last 10 years and for defying the political strike called, the Moast said that there will be 12 hours general strike from 5 am to 5 pm of April 16. It further said that the party has banned all activities related to the upcoming Lok Sabha poll.
Twenty-four people suspected of links to Peruvian militant group Shining Path have been arrested, the president says. President Ollanta Humala said they included the leaders of the organisation’s political arm, Movadef. Two of them are lawyers for the group’s founder Abimael Guzman, who was jailed in 1992.
The Maoist group was effectively defeated in the 1990s, but remnants are thought to be involved in the cocaine trade. Those arrested are accused of terrorist offences and funding terrorism through drug trafficking. Guzman’s lawyers, Alfredo Crespo and Manuel Fajardo, who have been campaigning for his release, were among those arrested.
The District and Sessions Judge’s Court yesterday sentenced to death three members of outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha) on charge of killing a member of their gang in 2005. The three convicts — Shaheed Sheikh and Yasin of Kumarkhali village in Mongla upazila, and Yasin Hawlader of Kumlai village in Rampal upazila under Bagerhat district, were tried in absentia.
Blast in Athens as Greece set to return to bond markets
A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens early Thursday without injuring anyone, hours before Greece was due to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence, AFP reports. The vehicle, a stolen Nissan packed with 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of explosives, blew up around 0255 GMT as it was parked on the pavement facing the central bank building, police said. Internet news website Zougla and the Efymerida ton Syndakton newspaper were informed of the planned attack by telephone one hour beforehand. The blast came on the day Greece was due to sell bonds on the international markets for the first time since 2010 and hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to arrive in Athens.
Police raid workers’ strike at burlap bag factory in Istanbul, detain 91
Police launched a raid April 10 against a burlap bag factory on Istanbul’s Anatolian side where workers have been organizing work stoppage actions that have been ongoing since February. At least 91 people have been detained, while some have been transferred to the hospital for injuries, Doğan News Agency reported based on the workers’ accounts.
Following the raid, union representatives, including the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK) General Secretary Arzu Çerkezoğlu, have gone to the factory occupied by the protesters. Some 600 workers at the Greif factory had initially launched a strike on Nov. 9, 2013 to denounce the layoffs of co-workers, occupying a factory in the city’s Esenyurt district.
Police Crack Down on Thousands at Daqing Oilfield Jobs Protest
Thousands of employees at China’s flagship state-run Daqing oilfield in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang clashed with police on Wednesday over plans to abolish a system of guaranteed jobs for their graduate offspring, workers said Wednesday. The protest entered its second day with a crowd of workers and their grown children at the state-owned oilfield—once touted by the ruling Chinese Communist Party as an icon of socialist modernization—holding up banners in protest, before clashing with police. “Things escalated today, and there was a crackdown,” a worker who declined to be named told RFA’s Mandarin Service.
“Pretty much all the cops in [nearby] Daqing city came out in force, and beat up quite a few people.” “They also detained a few of the parents and student [children],” he said, adding that the authorities had told the crowd it is illegal to gather in groups of more than five. “There were more than 2,000 people there [and] more than 1,000 police, including riot police, regular cops and oilfield security,” he said.
Argentine Unions Halt Transport to Protest Inflation, Crime
Argentina’s biggest unions paralyzed metro, train and bus services today and blocked the main entrances into the capital to protest rising prices and crime. Trash started to pile up in downtown Buenos Aires as garbage collection was suspended and union members blocked Corrientes, one of the main thoroughfares with a sign that read “enough economic adjustments,” a reference to a 19 percent devaluation in January and a sharp increase in interest rates.
Police homes destroyed in violent Bloemhof protests
A total of 12 police homes have now been destroyed in violent protests after residents of the Boitumelong township in the Bloemhof area went on the rampage over nepotism and lack of service delivery in the local ANC government. According to ofm.co.za, so far a total of twelve houses belonging to police officers have been burned down. Sabc.co.za reports the houses of officials of the Lekwa-Teemane municipality and mayor Moeder Makodi as well as the community hall were also set on fire. Residents are demanding the dissolution of the municipality.