Video of the recent street action against the FN in Rennes
France eyes solar power, urban development sectors in Jharkhand
JAMSHEDPUR: In a bid to augment investment in India, leading European Union member France, is scouting for ideal locations in the eastern part of the country that lacks effective presence of the French companies, so far. The country that has invested around $173 million in India, till the second quarter of the current financial year ending March 31, 2014, is keen to enhance its presence across sectors in the eastern and northeastern states.
“We are keen to invest in solar power generation, urban development and automobile sector,” said Fabrice Etienne, consul general of France, here on Monday. Interacting with the Confederation of India Industry (CII), Jharkhand chapter, members at Center for Excellence, the consul general said Jharkhand holds enough potential for the French companies vis-a-vis investment. He said banned extremist outfit, CPI (Maoist) threat to investment proposals and security scenario in general is an issue for the potential French investors. “In my meeting with the state chief secretary on Tuesday, security will be on the agenda,” said Etienne, talking to reporters following the interactive session.
Explaining further, he said he is on a fact-finding job and his assignment is precisely to gather wide information about the socio-economic and political climate of the state. “I am not here with any concrete investment proposal, but my job is to discover the ground reality so that further discussions in that direction can get underway,” said Etienne, who is on a maiden visit to Jharkhand.
KATHMANDU: Central leader of CPN-Unified Chitra Bahadur Ale joined the CPN-Maoist today after the central committee approved his entry and adopted him as a full central member. Ale, a veteran communist leader and a colleague of CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidhya, said he joined the party without condition as CPN-M was the only centre of revolutionary communists. Baidhya said his entry had added vigour to the party. Another CPN-Unified leader Chiran Pun has been accepted as alternative CC member. A decision to this effect was taken by the politburo of the party recently.
Greek militants claim “anti-austerity” attack on German envoy’s home
ATHENS, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A Greek urban guerrilla group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a December gun attack on the German ambassador’s residence in Athens that it said was a protest at austerity policies. Anti-German sentiment has grown since Greece’s financial crisis erupted in 2009 and many Greeks blame Germany’s insistence on fiscal rigour for their economic woes. The leftist People’s Fighters Group said it had launched the December attack to show solidarity with thousands of homeless and unemployed people in the crisis-hit country and to honour a 77-year old pensioner who shot and killed himself outside parliament in an anti-austerity protest in 2012. “As we were spraying gunfire on the German ambassador’s luxurious villa, we had thousands on our side, queuing up for a plate of food … the unemployed and those working for 400 euros,” the guerrilla group said in a statement.
Four suspected members of a Turkish extreme-leftist guerrilla organization were arrested in Athens on Monday after Greek anti-terrorist officers raided an apartment in the neighborhood of Gyzi and seized a large cache of weapons and explosives. Although they are said to have been in possession of forged Georgian passports, the four are believed to be Kurds with Turkish citizenship and are suspected of belonging to to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
Greek Police were in contact with their Turkish counterparts on Monday in a bid to identify the four suspects. According to sources, the four are believed to be members of the organization’s hit squad. The same sources said that one of the four is being sought by Interpol in connection with a bloody terrorist assault in Turkey. Police said a raid on the Gyzi apartment turned up a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two submachine guns, three pistols, 6 kilos of gelatin dynamite, two hand grenades as well as maps of Athens, Alexandroupoli and Turkey. The search also turned up berets and literature bearing the DHKP-C logo.
Cape Town – A crowd of 200 blockaded Vanguard Drive in Mitchells Plain with burning tyres late on Monday night after a second day of protests over services by Isiqalo residents. In the informal settlement earlier on Monday, three people were arrested in clashes with the police, where protesters caused traffic chaos along the busy road. At issue, residents say, is the need for formal houses, decent sanitation and electricity. A number of journalists, including a Cape Times team, were pelted with stones on Monday by people in a crowd hiding between shacks in the settlement. Police deployed a number of officers, two Nyalas and five other vehicles. Stun grenades were lobbed to disperse the crowd and a water cannon was used to douse fires in the road.
On February 22, 2008, an encounter took place between PLGA and C-60 commandos of Gadchiroli at Dobur. Four comrades Radha, Kumme, Rajitha and Jaggu were martyred here. Kumme was born in Penugonda village of Bhamragadh taluq of Gadchiroli district. Her parents died when she was young. Her 3 elder brothers separated from joint family. The young Kumme had to look after her two small brothers. They used to work in the homes of the people and filled their stomachs with great difficulty.
When she turned 15, she went with her brother to live with uncle. She came into contact with party after going there. Whenever the squad visited the village, she definitely went to meet them. The village elders tried to stop the young men and women from going to meet them secretly. Kumme was very much influenced by seeing the status women were accorded in the squads. Seeing the equal status of women and their independence, she also wished to join the squad.
As her uncle forced her to marry his son, she was in trouble. If she doesn’t agree, then her younger brothers will not be looked after. If she agrees then her life would become meaningless. She felt that by joining the party she could care for lakhs of children and her brothers also would be part of them. Thinking so, she joined the squad in November 2004. She was a member of PL-7 from the beginning. She was in the forefront in the attack on SJ in National Park area in 2005.
In 2005 in Kasampalli village of Perimili area in an encounter the PL deputy Lalsu was martyred but Kumme continued to fight bravely. During the joint TCOC, comrades from Maad, National Park and Bhamragad areas gathered together, about a hundred in number. Kumme conducted the kitchen very efficiently at that time without giving any scope for complaints. She always strived to increase her political and military knowledge. She married the comrade she loved. She told him before marriage that her first priority was revolution.
She was a comrade with steely determination. She conducted her revolutionary activities seriously. She never got upset even when she heard of the sad plight of her brothers. Though her life span was short, her ideals are forever.
Comrade Kamala (Radha)
Kamala was born in a family which had withstood the severe repression of the enemy in Gadchiroli district between 1991 and 1994. It was a testing period for sympathizers too as those who gave food to the naxalites were also killed. She was born in Kosmi village in a poor family. Her childhood was spent in famine and poverty. She became a member of the KAMS. She organized the women of her village in KAMS. Later she joined the Praja Rakshak Dal (PRD) and participated in many attacks. Then she got recruited into the Tipragarh squad in 2003. She became a member of the PL-7. As a member of PL- 7, she participated in many raids and encounters.
She was counted amongst the best fighters in the PL. Even during her last encounter in Dobur on February 22nd in 2008, the bravery she displayed was exemplary. In Dobur, Radha was injured in her leg as soon as firing started from the police. She continued firing in spite of the injury. She had the SLR of the deputy commander who was ill. She killed a commando with the first bullet she fired. She continued firing till the sick comrades of the PL were evacuated safely. After all the bullets with her were finished, she threw a grenade to stop the enemy from advancing. Her body was ridden with enemy bullets and she breathed her last. She was a model in bravery and courage. She was very friendly and had comradely relations with all in the PL. She had no gaps with anybody. Her sweet words were her hallmark. She personified communist values. Let us pay red homage to her.
Comrade Neeli Vadde (Rajitha)
Rajitha was born in a poor, revolutionary family. Her father Jooru Vadde was a beloved leader of the people. He was Perimili squad commander. He was martyred in the Jarawada firing in April 1999. Neeli was a small child then, not knowing the meaning of martyrdom or revolution. But as she grew up, she began emulating her father ’s ideals. Her brothers distanced themselves from the party after their father died. But Rajitha wanted to continue his legacy of sacrifice. She joined the party in 2004. She was very interested in songs, dance and dramas. Her performances were praised by the people. After working for a few days in CNM, she joined the PL-7 and learnt military skills. Though she was very young, her dreams were big. Her martyrdom is a loss to the party. She was martyred in Dobur in February 22, 2008.
First evidences of Maoist presence in Kerala unearthed
The first evidences of Maoist presence in Kerala were established following the recovery of a pair of uniform allegedly being worn by Maoist cadres in Wayanad district. The Vellamunda police in Wayanad had found a pair uniform and two bags which contains some grocery like rice, sugar and chilly powder used by suspected maoists from kombara tribal settlement at Kunjom forest area in manthavady forest range in Wayanad district. N.T Jose, the Sub inspector of Police at Vellamunda told India Today that the police had recovered it from the tribal settlement, when they reached there following tip-off that some Maoist leaders are camping there.
The police also recovered some pamphlets named ‘Kattuthee”. The local police and Thunderbolt were involved in the mass raid conducted in kunjom forest area for the suspected Maoists. “The uniform and innerwear recovered from the site showed that it was worn by a woman Maoist,” N T Jose said.
Chhattisgarh govt to setup additional courts to speed up trial of Naxalism-related cases
RAIPUR: In a bid to speed up justice in cases related to Naxalite violence, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to setup a district and an additional district court at Narayanpur and Dantewada respectively, which are considered hotbeds of insurgency. The move to set up the district court at Narayanpur is primarily to speed up trials in cases related to Naxalite-related violence. However, it would in general provide relief to other litigants too, as presently they have to travel to Kondagaon, which is 56km away, for court hearings. Confirming the move, principal secretary, law and legislative affairs, Samanta Ray, said a provision has been made in the budget (2014-15) for setting up these courts. He admitted that the move was primarily aimed at speeding Naxalite-related trials, particularly in Narayanpur area.
Chhattisgarh police arrests five Maoist conduits in Dantewada
Continuing its bid to dismantle the Maoist urban network, the Chhattisgarh police arrested five conduits, including a commander level cadre who was allegedly part of a Maoist ambush which targeted Congress leaders in May last year, in the Bastar region. Santu Kunjam (30) who was allegedly involved in one of the three Maoist ambushes to target Congress leaders and his four associates were under surveillance for more than a year, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (Intelligence) Mukesh Gupta told reporters here today.
They were picked up from their native places in the Bhansi and Bacheli area of Maoist-hit Dantewada district yesterday, he said. Others arrested were identified as Butturam Vatti (35) deputy sarpanch of Bhansi, Jalandhar alias Jalan (33), Gopi Markam (19) and Malay Kumar Kanjilal (38), a local quack, who were all allegedly active in Dantewada-Sukma and Bastar districts of South Bastar.
Latehar (Jharkhand), Feb 10 (PTI) Security forces today recovered three IEDs in Maoist-hit Latehar district. The explosives, planted alongside a road, were recovered during search operations by forces, police said. The areas fall under Barwadih police station.
Santhi was born in Kesmondi village in a middle class family which is four km away from Bhairamgadh block in Bijapur district. She was the second child and had three sisters and a brother. Her mother died due to illness while she was still a child. She was brought up by her father. At the age of 16, she worked as KAMS member and filled both household responsibilities and that of the organization. She was in the forefront in struggles opposing political, social and cultural oppression on women and in the propaganda campaigns. After the state sponsored SJ was launched, like many young men and women of her generation, Santhi also joined the militia to protect their property, villages and their people.
She worked for one year in the Jan militia. Later she was transferred to Company-2 in 2007. She learnt military skills and also to read and write. She became a party member. She fulfilled her responsibilities with discipline. She was in the forefront in carrying weights. The police, SPOs and goons came to know that Santhi had joined the party. So they caught her father and beat him black and blue asking about her whereabouts and forcing him to make her surrender. They broke his hand and dragged him to the Bhairamgadh sibir. He stayed there for some days and after assuring them that he would bring back his daughter for surrendering, came back to the village.
But the father thought there was nothing wrong in what his daughter was doing. The SJ goons had destroyed our lives, ‘I’ll never hand over my daughter to the goons in the sibir’ thought he. He decided that it is better for his daughter and other young men and women to fight for justice, for people. Though the sibir goons and SPOs are harassing him a lot, this old man is still somehow eking out a living in the village. On the other hand, the attacks of SJ goons on the people continued.
The people, PLGA were resisting them by giving blow over blow to them. As part of it on February 18, 2008, on getting information that CRPF, SPO goons were coming to attack the villages PLGA forces engaged themselves for ambush at Tadkel. Though Santhi did not have a weapon, she followed her commander’s caution to advance without any hesitation as part of the advance batch. Six CRPF Jawans were killed in this ambush and their weapons were seized. The remaining police were firing rapidly. But Santhi advanced amidst bullets (though unarmed) to seize weapons from the enemy. She died in that attempt. At the young age of 18, Santhi died in people’s war for the liberation of the people. Her martyrdom is immortal.
Two CRPF officials killed, 12 injured in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Two CRPF officials, including a deputy commandant, were killed and 12 security personnel were injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday. The incident took place this morning in a forest near Bodhrajpadar village under Bhejji police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said. Constable Rajiv Rawat, belonging to the 219 Battalion of CRPF, and one of the two deputy commandants in the operational units have been killed.
The identity of the deputy commandant is in the process of being established. “Two of our personnel including a deputy commandant-level officer have been killed. The entire operation was being led by senior officers,” CRPF Inspector General (Operations) HS Sidhu told PTI. Twelve security personnel, including a CRPF deputy commandant, seven other officials of the force and four state policemen, have been injured in the incident, he added.
The evacuation process is on and two helicopters have been sent to retrieve the injured jawans, ASP Chandrakar said. A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its specialised unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) and the district police personnel was engaged in an anti-Naxal operation in the region, which is around 500 km away from Raipur, for the past few days.
3 alleged Maoist commanders killed in an encounter in Bijapur
New Delhi: Three alleged Maoists have been killed in an encounter in Bijapur district of Chhatisgarh. The Maoists were killed in a stand off with CRPF & District force joint operation. The operation was carried out at the Farsegadha forest. During the encounter, 5 CRPF Jawans were seriously injured in IED blast and firing by the Maoists. Modern weapons, huge ammunition and Maoist documents have been recovered.
WARANGAL: Fearing that the Medaram jatara may be utilized by Maoists to re-establish their roots in Telangana, the police have made elaborate security arrangements at all exit and entry points of Medaram village. The biennial tribal fair, which sees the participation of thousands of people from different states, is scheduled to begin on February 12. Warangal district rural police superintendent LKV Ranga Rao said the police had received intelligence inputs on Maoist threat.
To counter that, as many as 8,600 police personnel will be on duty at Medaram and surrounding villages. “We have constituted a team with surrendered Naxalites to identify the underground Maoist cadre at the Medaram jatara,” the SP said. The police will also deploy a helicopter to keep a close watch on the movement of people, including armed Maoists, and to avoid stampedes. Though the authorities have left no stone unturned on the security front, they are lagging behind when it comes to development works and amenities for the pilgrims. A little over 20 per cent of the Rs.110 crore sanctioned by the state government has been spent so far even as officials are racing against time to complete the pending works before the four-day jatara begins. About 20 lakh pilgrims had offered prayers to the deities Sammakka and Saralamma during the 2012 jatara.
And it’s not just from AP but devotees from Maharashtra, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh too gather in hordes in the Medaram forests, nearly 100 km away from Warangal, to worship the deities after taking a dip in the Jampanna Vagu. This year, the jatara will commence on Wednesday and conclude on Saturday. On Wednesday night, Saralamma will reach ‘Gadde’ (pedestal) from Kannepally village, symbolizing the beginning of the fair.
MOTIHARI: Around 30 suspected Maoists attacked the camp office of a private road and bridge construction company of a JD(U) leader Shashi Kumar Singh at village Phulwar under Banjariya police station in East Champaran district on Saturday night and torched two tractors and an earth mover machine parked there. The Maoists confined the workers of the company in a room before ransacking the camp office and torching the machines and shouted slogans but no one was hurt in the attack.
SHO Banjariya police station Naveen Kumar said the Maoists had demanded Rs 40 lakh as extortion money from the owner and manager of the company in December last. Sunil Kumar, manager of the company, had lodged a case against unidentified Maoists with Banjariya police station and after that East Champaran SP Vinay Kumar provided security guard to the owner and manager of the company. According to road-bridge construction company sources, the company is constructing a road bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore and the Maoists are demanding 10% as extortion money but the firm did not pay despite repeated threats.
Non-payment of extortion money by the contractor is the reason behind the Maoists attack, police said. The Maoists had sent letters to the manager of the company last week asking him to pay the extortion money or face consequences, according to workers of the company. ASP (Operations) Sanjay Kumar Singh said the police are conducting raids to nab the Maoists in areas like Lakhaura, Chhoradano, Adapur, Chiraiya and Ramgarhwa.
Almost all the contractors and brick kiln owners in East Champaran district are paying extortion money to Maoists to buy peace and police officials admit this fact, sources said. DSP, Sikrahna, Umeshwar Chaudhury said Naresh Paswan, a Maoist area commander, was arrested on Friday night at village Kathautiya under Chiraiya police station and police recovered one revolver and live cartridges from his possession. Paswan had taken charge after arrest of Jahir Madari in Chiraiya area on Indo-Nepal border area. Maoists attack on road bridge construction company at Phulwar is also being seen as a reaction to the arrest of Naresh but the police refuted it.
Maoists torch 2 tractors, earth mover in East Champaran
Maoists torched three vehicles of a private road construction company in a village in Bihar’s East Champaran district, police sources said on Sunday. A group of armed Maoists raided Phulwar village last night and ransacked the camp office of a construction firm before torching two tractors and an earthmover parked there, the sources said. The Maoists allegedly carried out the arson over non-payment of levy to them, they said.
CRPF recovers arms and ammunitions in Bihar’s Gaya district
Security forces have recovered arms and ammunitions from a Maoist hideout in Bihar’s Gaya district. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) recovered acid bulbs, chargers, megaphones and around 1680 bullets of .22mm rifle during a search operation. However, no one was arrested in the operation. “We have recovered acid bulbs and around 1680 rounds of .22 mm rifle and we have also recovered megaphone and chargers and some medicines were also found,” Deputy Inspector General, CRPF, Chiranjeev Prasad said on Saturday. Prasad said the investigation is going on in this matter.
A suspected Maoist activist was injured at an incident of shoot out in Tinsukia district on Saturday. The incident took place at a tea garden in Margherita where Assam Rifles jawans were on patrolling duty at night. According to reports, the Assam Rifles jawans asked four youths to halt after they were seen suspiciously moving to and fro in Namdang Tea Estate. But they started fleeing from the spot. One of them injured when the Assam Rifles jawans firing at them. He was rushed to the hospital. Interrogation is going on.
Protesters torch Greek motorway toll booth over price hike
Athens: A group of 500 anti-government demonstrators has set fire to a toll booth on a motorway east of Athens to protest a near-tripling of prices, Greek police said. The announcement last week of the toll hike from 55 cents (USD 0.74), rising to 1.45 euros (USD 1.97) tapped into general rage by Greek motorists who complain that they are paying a high price for roads that are not always properly maintained. Austerity measures hitting Greek citizens are also fuelling the indignation. The demonstrators yesterday blocked the motorway, set fire to tyres and chanted slogans against the government. They dispersed hours later.
Police clash with anti-Front National protesters in Brittany capital
Four protesters were arrested in the western French city of Rennes after clashes between police and opponents of the far-right Front National (FN), which was holding an election meeting in a hall associated with the local labour movement on Saturday evening. About 700 demonstrators turned out to the protest called by unions, left-wing parties and anti-racist groups but police kept them away from the La Cité hall, where Gérard de Mellon, the leading FN candidate in the city in March’s local council elections, was to hold a meeting.
After being pelted with objects by the demonstrators, according to local prefect Patrick Strzoda, the police used water cannon and teargas against the left-wing protesters. Some then went on to try to occupy the headquarters of the FN and the Socialist Party, which controls the local council in the Breton capital and had allowed the meeting to Marine Le Pen’s party to use the venue. The windows of two banks, an estate agent and a police station were broken.
On 20th January 2008 at 11.30 am on the borders of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at Nirpura Tekdi the cruel MP police force ‘Hawk Force’ attacked the squad in which the Sub-DVCM Sunanda was martyred. The sentry comrades already started firing and with the caution of the commander the defence team advanced, in which Com. Sunanda was also a member. The defence team advanced firing rapidly and protected the leadership from the enemy. She got injured at this time. By the time she told the comrade at her side, that comrade also got injured. She informed the leadership of the injuries and came over till about 100 metres on her own.
Other comrades rushed to her giving her cover firing. They lifted her from that spot and brought her over. All the comrades retreated. But due to excessive bleeding during retreat she died on the way. Thus she laid down her precious life while protecting her comrades. Sunanda’s life was one of struggle. Sham Kuvar born in a poor madavi adivasi family became the revolutionary Sunanda by fighting against feudal opression from her childhood. She had been a victim of social customs. Her parents wanted to get her married to her uncle’s son (called the putul tradition). She fought for her democratic right to marry according to her liking.
When she was in the village, she joined the mass organization and took part in the anti-liquor struggle. She had an active role in organizing the women. She fought in the family and likewise she inspired the women also to fight against these customs. Compared to men, women have to fight more to enter the social arena and it is all the more difficult if she is a mother. Com. Sunanda serves as a beacon light to all such mothers who cannot decide between motherhood and dedication to the people. She left three little children at home and joined the movement. Her motherly love was of a higher degree, that was why she could not love just her children and embraced lakhs of people with her love. She understood the inter link between the problems of her family and that of the whole society and plunged herself into the People’s War to solve them.
She learnt to read and write after joining the party. She gradually developed from a squad member to a Sub-DVCM. She was a delegate to the district party conference in 2000. Since then she was a delegate to all party conferences and plenums of the North Gadchiroli-Gondia division (Maharashtra state) till its third conference in 2006. In the division wide classes conducted to develop women’s movement in the division, she played an important role by placing many points on how patriarchy was developing in the society and party and how to recognize it. She used to regularly read the party documents, collect reports from the field and study them and report all issues to the party committee. Whether it was an organizational matter or personal matter she always put it before the party committee. Such was her discipline.
She had an amazing ability to bear all the rigours of a guerilla life. Her guerilla life started in the Tipragadh squad when she joined it in 1992. Seeing her determination she was selected for technical work. She worked in that field steadfastly from 1993 to 1995. She once again joined the squad after that. She was in the Devri squad for a period and then she was transferred to the Tanda Squad. For two years she played a prominent role in organizing people into struggles. She participated in all struggles side by side with the people. There was a historic rally on famine in Tanda in which she played a crucial role. She was elected to the AC in 1998 on virtue of her work.
Later till her last breath she looked after the responsibility of the Darekassa squad which was the major part of her work. The prominent struggles under her leadership were two huge rallies for water in famine, the bamboo and tendu leaf struggles for increase in rates. Large meetings were held by forming struggle committees. The participation of thousands of people in a rally in 2003 from Darekassa area is a testimony to her deep relations with the masses.
She was a warrior and was always in the forefront in military matters. In the ambushes at Bevartola and Bendadi and in the Churiya raid, surrounded by the police in Chand Suraj and in the police ambush at Pipariya, she fought bravely. She fought the police in many firings courageously. She was much disciplined in following commanders’ cautions. We can find this in her last battle too where she laid down her life. Many are the great revolutionary characteristics of Com. Sunanda which we have to emulate. Only by fighting till our last breath for a new society we can pay our homage to her.
RANCHI: The chief minister on Friday approved premature release of 51 convicts after Maoists called for a statewide shutdown in support of the prisoners’ cause. Taking cognizance of the Jharkhand high court order to submit reports on the inmates, Hemant Soren finally convened the meeting of the State sentence Review Board (SSRB) pending for more than a year and approved premature release of 51 convicts after considering 106 applications.
Chairing the SSRB meet, Soren clarified that though the board could compassionately take a decision to release the prisoners convicted for life, it should not be considered a right of the convicts. “While considering the applications receive for premature release of life convict it is necessary to consider the criminal background of the individual and also the potential impact on society and his family, if released,” he said. Soren clarified that the remaining applications could also be considered but after thorough verification of the background.
The meeting was attended by chief secretary RS Sharma, principal secretary home NN Pandey, ADG CID SN Pradahan and other officials of the home and prison department. Meanwhile, life remained almost paralysed in rural parts of the state. The 24 hours bandh called by Maoists affected normal life in Bermo sub-division comprising naxal prone blocks and areas like Jhumra and Upperghat in Bokaro.
A dipalidated building under Nawadih police station of the district was blown off by the Maoists. As the building was abandoned no one was injured in the incident. The coal and ash transportation in coal mines and power plant also were crippled. The commercial vehicles also remained off the roads including long route buses. In Gumla the bandh was highly effective with vehicles remaining off road and shops remaining closed. Bauxite carriage was affected in Lohardgga whereas transportation of minerals in West singhbhum was also affected.
DUMKA: The post of inspector general of police in Dumka has been vacant for the past six months and is proving detrimental to anti-Maoist operations in the Santhal Pargana, besides affecting day-to-day administrative decisions. The post fell vacant after the former IG, Arun Oraon, was transferred in August last year. But the state government is yet to name an IG in Dumka, which falls in Jharkhand’s Maoist belt.
The Maoist ambush, which killed Pakur SP Amarjeet Balihar and five security personnel on July 2 last year, near Kathikund in Dumka has raised security concerns in the district. But investigation in the case has made little progress with arrest of only three persons out of the four dozens suspected Maoists named in the FIR, said police. A police officer, on condition of anonymity, said an inspector general is responsible for co-ordinating with cops in different districts as well as bordering states. Godda BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said, “The Hemant Soren government is virtually patronizing the rebel organization for its political motivations. The state’s indifference to post an IG here shows how much JMM is committed to remove Maoist menace from the state.”
Maoists torch 10 vehicles of road construction company in Bihar
MUZAFFARPUR: Armed Maoists torched ten vehicles of a private road construction company at a village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. About 200 armed Maoists stormed the workshop of the JMB construction company at Misraulia village late Friday night and vandalized the camp before torching ten vehicles, Senior Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar said. The attack took place as they did not fulfil their demand for levy, he said.
DALTONGANJ: The ongoing strike by government employees at block offices here and fear of Maoist bandh have affected mobile lok adalats in Palamu. On Friday, the mobile lok adalat was scheduled to visit Harihurganj in north palamu, about 240km from Ranchi. However, it was postponed because of the statewide strike by Maoists, said secretary of the Palamu district legal services authority K K Jha on Friday but did not give any new date. “We are finding it difficult to send petitions concerning various government schemes to respective offices in the collectorate and other government offices because of the (employees’) strike,” said Jha.
A hardcore Maoist was arrested today with a weapon from Kadhautia Bazar under Shikarganj police station area in Bihar’s East Champaran district, police sources said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout and nabbed the Maoist, identified as Naresh Paswan, with a pistol, an ammunition and a mobile phone, the sources said. A self-styled commander of the proscribed CPI(Maoist), Paswan was wanted in several cases of naxal violence in the district, they said.
BOKARO: Suspected members of the CPI(Maoist) on Friday triggered an explosion inside an abandoned house at Maoist-hit Kadrukhuta village in Nawadih. Police said they received reports from villagers who heard the blast on Friday morning but did not visit the spot as this could be a Maoist trap to kill police personnel. No one was hurt in the incident. Bokaro SP Jitender Singh said they are yet to confirm the incident.
The house, which was blown off, belonged to one Surmali Miya who now lives in Narayanpur in the neighbouring panchayat, and was in a dilapidated condition. The rebels called a statewide bandh on Friday in support of prisoners in district jails who are demanding release of a few convicts after jail term. The daylong bandh was effective in Bermo sub-division, Jhumra and Upperghat here.
The Bihar police are baffled over the seizure of an Army booklet which contains all the necessary and detailed information about how to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The booklet was seized during an anti-Maoist operation carried out in the forest of Haveli Kharagpur in Bihar’s Munger district. “This is perhaps for the first time in Bihar’s history that a secret document of the Indian Army has been seized from the hideout of Maoists. This document is supplied only to Army officers. Even police officers below the rank of SPs do not have access to such documents,” said Munger SP, V K Sinha.
Manipur: Assam Rifles personnel killed in insurgents’ attack
Imphal: An Assam Rifles personnel was killed and three others were seriously injured when insurgents ambushed a paramilitary force party at Lambisa in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Saturday. Insurgents exploded a powerful bomb and opened fire at the road opening party of 44th Assam Rifles battalion, killing one personnel and injuring three others, officials said.
Israeli forces open fire on protests across West Bank, injuring dozens
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday as protesters clashed with Israeli military forces in villages across the West Bank. Demonstrations against the Israeli occupation took place in Kafr Qaddum, Beit Ummar, al-Jalazun, and Silwad on Friday afternoon. Israeli forces responded with force injuring more than 30 protesters with live and rubber-coated steel bullets as well as dozens more with excessive firing of tear gas. Five Israeli soldiers were also reported injured in the clashes after being struck by rocks.
More than 70 injured during protest in Kosovo capital
Pristina. 71 people, 31 of whom police officers have been injured during the protest staged in front of the Pristina University in Kosovo on Friday, the local police announced. Police spokesperson, Brahim Sadrija, said that for the first time the protesters attacked the police and started throwing different hard objects at the law-enforcement officers. 33 people were arrested for 48 hours, including the director of the Kosovo Institute for Political Studies and Development, Ilir Deda, and MP Il Hodza.
Sarajevo tense after week of violent political protests
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Feb. 8 (UPI) — The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo remained largely paralyzed Saturday following an eruption of violent protests of the economy, officials said. Businesses were closed in the wake of the rioting, which also hit other Bosnian cities, including Mostar and Tuzla, Euronews said. Government buildings were sacked and cars were set on fire during the week. Security forces responded with water cannon and tear gas, contributing to more than 200 injuries.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Striking miners in South Africa clashed with police after using rocks and burning tires to block a road leading to a platinum mine, and one protester was killed, a mining company said Saturday. The miner was fatally injured Friday as police sought to disperse protesters near Anglo American Platinum’s Union mine near Northam town, the company said. An investigation is underway. Anglo American said the slain protester was an official with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, a labor group that is leading the stoppage by tens of thousands of workers. The strike for higher wages started Jan. 23, and there have been increasing reports of violence around platinum mines.
Protesters hurl petrol bombs in ‘tense’ Bekkersdal
JOHANNESBURG – Petrol bombs were thrown at two voter registration stations in Bekkersdal on the West Rand on Saturday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said. “The most serious incident of protest action is reported in Bekkersdal… where two voting stations had to be closed after opening on schedule today when petrol bombs were thrown at them and registration staff were threatened,” the IEC said in a statement.
Violent marches lead Durham to change protest rules
DURHAM, N.C. — Following three violent marches over the death of a teen in police custody, the Durham City Council on Friday adopted new rules for demonstrations in the city. “We wanted to make sure that, for future activities such as we’ve had before, that everybody has a clear understanding of what is expected of them,” Mayor Bill Bell said. “There shouldn’t be any question about what’s expected of a person that marches, and we expect them to follow that.”
The rules bar protesters from Durham Police Department property, including parking lots and grass around buildings. They also prohibit people from wearing masks, hoods or otherwise concealing their identities during a demonstration and from using fireworks or other pyrotechnics during a march. Future protests also must be held during daylight hours and only after organizers have obtained a city permit.
Greek Teachers, Workers Protest, Clash With Police
Thousands of Greek teachers and municipal workers have scuffled with police during a protest at job layoffs as police respond with pepper spray. The state teachers and municipal workers held a demonstration in the capital Athens outside the country’s Council of State on Friday.
On December 21, 2007, Sabari squad members Jamuna and Sangitha were martyred in an encounter with the Grey hounds at Tiger Camp of East Godavari district. This falls under the Sabari area in Khammam division of North Telangana. Com. Pojji was born in Chinna Kedwal village of South Bastar division in DK. She was born in a poor adivasi family. She came into contact with the party at a very young age. She later worked actively in the women’s organization. She lost her mother while she was still a child and her brothers had married and separated from the family. So Pojji had to take up the responsibility of maintaining the family.
She used to sell toddy in the weekly markets and maintained her family. She fulfilled her revolutionary activities very actively and in a responsible manner. She always gave more importance to collective works than her personal works. She competed with the men in working actively in the fields or in building lakes. She developed herself in this process and became a PR at the young age of 16. She started life as a guerilla in 2004. She worked for some months in the Kistaram squad in South Bastar. Later when she was transferred to Khammam, she did not hesitate to go to a new area where she did not know the people, the culture or the language.
In the same year that she was recruited, she went to work in Khammam district Sabari area and worked there in the name of Jamuna. She worked there till her last breath, Jamuna was very active in doing collective works in the squad and was a responsible comrade. Within one year, she learnt to read and write and talk Telugu which was a new language to her. This is not possible without good determination. The amazing thing is she began teaching Telugu to other squad members too. She learnt to give injections and medicines and took up the responsibility of a doctor too. Jamuna was a bubbly person and mingled immediately among the people. People, who met Jamuna once, could never forget her.
They used to share their personal problems with her. She tried to mobilize people into sangams by teaching them the politics she knew. She was very affectionate with the people and at the same time displayed severe class hatred towards the enemies. She used to give more importance to learn military skills as she thought it was necessary if she had to defeat the enemies of the people. Though she had leg pain, she went each and every day to learn military skills in the military camp held in 2007.
She practiced all those items in her daily squad life. Jamuna was given party membership in 2006. It is a great loss to the Khammam movement to have lost a comrade like Jamuna, who was active in organizational, military and political matters. She had the potential to develop into a great leader.
Comrade Kalma Bandi (Sangitha)
Com. Bandi (18) was born in the Allivagu village of Chintur mandal in Khammam district. She could not go to school due to poverty. As her village is situated in the movement area, she used to enthusiastically meet the squad whenever it visited her village. She participated in all the collective works of the squad as long as it stayed with them. After Bandi grew up, she joined the women’s organization in 2004 and worked actively in it.
She developed her understanding about party politics and decided to become a PR. She joined the movement as a PR in 2007. She worked as Sangita in the Sabari squad. She used to do all her works in collective with enthusiasm. She showed interest in doing PT and drill. Within one year of her joining the squad, she was martyred on December 21, 2007 near Tiger Camp. The revolutionary movement had lost a reliable activist in her martyrdom.