Maoist threat: Kannur range IG’s security tightened
Kannur: In the backdrop of the intelligence report that there is life threat to Kannur range IG Suresh Rajpurohit, who oversees the anti-Maoist operations in the state, the police have strengthened his security. According to highly placed sources, his escort will be strengthened even during his travel from the residence to office and vice versa and pilot vehicles will be provided during his trips outside. Moreover, his travel plans will not be disclosed to anybody.
Also, the office and residence of the IG will be brought under the surveillance of CCTV camera so that any suspicious movement can be tracked, said the source. According to the intelligence department there were pamphlets being circulated against the IG who was termed as the ‘blood-thirsty officer who carried out Muthanga operations’. What apparently irked the Maoists was that it was Purohit, who was then the commandant at the Kerala Armed Police Battalion at Mangattuparamba, who led the police operation in Muthanga on February 19, 2003 in which a tribal man and a police officer were killed.
“Even after years, the Maoists have that grudge towards the officer and since their presence in the region has been regularly reported from the northern part of the state, we have to be doubly cautious, especially because the Muthanga Day is just six days away,” said an intelligence source. According to police, there were 56 instances of Maoist sightings in the northern Kerala, of which 11 each were in Kannur and Wayanad while 28 instances were in Malappuram. However, not even once the police could not reach anywhere near them thus raising doubt about the preparedness on the part of the police in handling the Maoist menace.
CPI-Maoist ranked fourth among top ten insurgent groups
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has been ranked fourth among the top ten most active non-state armed groups in 2013, according to study released this week by a major defence and business risk think-tank. According to the IHS Jane’s latest ‘Global Terrorism and Insurgency Attack Index,’ a total of 258 attacks were claimed by, or attributed to, the CPI(Maoist), even though this represented a 29 per cent decrease from the 362 attacks recorded in 2012.
In a note to The Hindu, Matthew Henman, Manager of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre explained that the decrease in CPI(Maoist) attacks not only came amid a wider 16 per cent decrease in attacks nationwide, but also a 19 per cent decrease in the number of recorded counter-terrorism operations. “As such, despite progress in the counter-insurgency against the CPI(Maoist), the fall in attacks was also likely somewhat attributable to authorities challenging the group less in its extensive area of operations in the so-called ‘Red Belt’ States,” he added.
After mass hunger-strike in jails, Jharkhand to free 53 lifers
1100-1500 prisoners, led by Maoists, went on fast in Palamu, Hazaribagh, Garhwa
After simultaneous hunger strikes by 1,100-1,500 prisoners across central and district jails in Palamu, Hazaribagh and Garhwa districts last week, the Jharkhand Sentence Review Board has recommended the release of 53 lifers who have completed 14 years. In the protests, led by jailed Maoists, the prisoners refused food, demanding that the board, which had not met in a year, convene a meeting to consider remitting sentences of those serving life terms, said prison officials. In the Palamu jail, from where eight had applied for release, 410 prisoners went on fast. “On January 31, eight prisoners called a fast.
The next day 20 more joined them. They refused food, taking only water or lemon juice and water. By February 6, 410 of 817 prisoners were on strike led by Naveenji, a Maoist prisoner, and Satish,” said a senior official in the Palamu central jail on condition of anonymity. Jail Superintendent Uday Khushwaha said the prisoners’ blood pressure was monitored and saline drip was administered to those who refused to eat for days.
“In my 28 years here, I had not seen prisoners going on a mass fast before,” he said. While it was mostly prisoners in central jails, where all those serving life terms are kept, who went on fast, in some instances prisoners in district jails too joined the protest in large numbers. Bandi Sangharsh Samitis — prison committees — led by Maoist prisoners have been active in the Garhwa district jail for several years.
“The sangathan members [Maoists] imprisoned here have led a fast several times. But this time, 515 of the total 640 prisoners — the largest number — went on a fast for four days, Superintendent K. Paswan. None of the prisoners in the Garhwa jail had directly applied for remission, he added. Officials of the Hazaribagh jail put the number of prisoners who went on strike there at over 250. The CPI (Maoist) called a bandh on February 7 in support of the striking prisoners.
While there is no official estimate of the total number of prisoners serving life sentences in the State, the Additional Advocate-General, in a status report to the Jharkhand High Court, said 152 petitions for remission of life sentence were pending before the review board and of these 106 were considered. “Of 106, we approved the release of 53 prisoners. These will now be considered by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. He has approved these already in his capacity as Home Minister,” said Inspector- General (Prisons) Shailendra Bhushan.
On May 22nd, 2008 Gadchiroli commandos (nearly 500 in number) attacked Kosmi village in Tippagadh area. 58 innocent adivasi men and women were beaten ruthlessly by them. At that time, Mynabai was in somebody else’s house. They dragged 52 year old Mynabai out of that house and tortured her by beating her black and blue with lathis, butts and fists and had even gang raped her. She was taken to Gyarapatti camp and was killed in lock up after torturing her brutally. They concocted a story that she became ill in custody and died while taking her to the hospital. Dr. Ranvir of Dhanora PHC also reported the lie of the police that she died of heart attack.
But the people of Kosmi know the truth which unfolded before their eyes. The Gyarapatti policemen who killed beloved leader of the people – Mynabai, had died in the Markanar ambush conducted by the PLGA. Thus PLGA avenged her death. Mynabai was born in Kosmi in a Koreti family. She had two brothers and six sisters. She was the second child. After marriage her husband came and stayed with her. They ploughed 3 acres of land and eked out a living. She was a rebel from the start. She was conscious of the women’s rights and priveliges. She worked as a panchayat member for 10 years. Simultaneously she worked as a school samiti member for 5 years.
She became a member of the women’s organization to improve the conditions of women. As Shiv Sena was working militantly, she first joined it. But soon she was disillusioned as it worked against people’s interests. By that time, party entered the area. At first, she was afraid of naxalites due to false propaganda by the enemy. Gradually she became close to the party. She felt she found the right path. From then on, she never turned back. She became a PM in 1996 and the GPC secretary in 2007. She became RPC president too. Her whole family was involved in revolutionary activities. Her husband was Tippagadh ACM.
Their son was a member of people’s militia. She had four children. Her whole life was one of resistance. She stood steadfast till the end. She led the procession in Gyarapatti against repression in February 2003. Out of the 3000 persons who attended the rally, 1000 were women organized by her. She led 10,000 people against repression in Manpur in March 2003. She led a 7 km rally against fake independence in August 2003.
She led active struggles against liquor. She led many massive rallies in Kosmi, Sawargaon, Teregaon and Gyarapatti. She was a terror to the local bad gentry. She led the massive famine rally in Dhanora tehsil in 2004. On the occassion of party formation day in 2004, she conducted rallies in many villages and propagated party politics on a large scale. She began working secretly as president of Janathana Circar at panchayat level. The TP people are hailing her immortal services for the people and the revolution. Let us carry forward her lofty aims and emulate her in standing firmly for the revolution.
Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, including a Deputy Commandant, were killed and 12 security personnel were injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh on February 9, 2014. The incident took place in the morning in a forest near Bodhrajpadar village within the Bhejji Police Station limits. Constable Rajiv Rawat, of 219 Battalion, CRPF, and Deputy Commandant Nihil Alam, were killed. A joint squad of the CRPF, its specialised unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) and District Police personnel had been engaged in an anti-Maoist operation in the region over the preceding few days.
Just the previous evening, on February 8, three Maoists had been killed in a gunbattle with a joint team of the Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra Police, during combing operations in the Badekakler Forest in the Farsegarh Police Station limits in Bijapur District. Bodies of the three Maoists and a muzzle-loading gun, a tiffin bomb, Maoist literature and some items of daily use were later found on the spot. The dead were identified as Naveen Mandavi (38), his wife Mase Telam (27) and Sannu Udde (23). Mandavi was the ‘section commander’ in ‘Military Platoon II’ of the CPI-Maoist in the area. While these two incidents give the superficial impression of an even contest for dominance between the Security Forces (SFs) and the Maoists, the reality is different and unpleasant.
On October 25, 2013, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had pulled up the CRPF and Border Security Force (BSF) for the “purely defensive strategy” adopted by the SFs in the State. He is believed to have expressed his displeasure with the Chhattisgarh administration and Central Forces over the “lull” in action, despite the Centre asking them to step up anti-Naxal operations, especially after the May 25, 2013, Darbha attack on a convoy of Congress Party leaders and supporters.
Goswami had also conveyed that CoBRA teams needed to be deployed extensively, with result-oriented tasks. A review of the major incidents (each involving three or more fatalities) documented by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) confirms Goswami’s assessment. Through 2013, a total of eight major incidents were recorded in Chhattisgarh. Of these, the SFs suffered principal losses in as many as five, and in one incident there were two fatalities on each side. Only in one incident did the Maoists suffer heavily. That operation, however, was planned and executed by the Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh just inside the Chhattisgarh border.
The only incident where the SFs deployed in Chhattisgarh took the initiative was a botched operation that ended with the killing of at least seven villagers, one SF trooper and one Maoist. Unsurprisingly, Chhattisgarh has succeeded in avoiding the dubious distinction of recording the highest fatalities in Left Wing Extremism related incidents in a State – an unfortunate position it has often held in the past, and has only marginally edged out by Jharkhand in 2012 and 2013: fatalities in Jharkhand stood at 170 and 162, respectively, in these two years, as against 147 and 148 in Chhattisgarh. There has been little significant change in the security situation in Chhattisgarh in terms of fatalities and incidents between 2012 and 2013.
Top think tank fears resurrection of Maoists in Bihar
A latest assessment report by a top government think tank has warned of resurrection of a flailing CPI (Maoist) in the near future due to poor counter-Moaism efforts by the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government. The report titled “Left-Wing Extremism: Trends in 2013″ prepared by Ajit Lal, chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), vetted by the dna categorically says that “Any respite, at this stage, such as provided by the feeble anti-Naxal response in Bihar, could be fatal to the gains made by security forces” and could help Maoists “form new battle ready company and units.” Taking a grim view of the assessment, the Centre is soon expected to send a stinker to chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Working directly under cabinet secretariat, the JIC is second most important security think tank of the government after the National Security Council (NSC) that predicts future trends after analysing Intelligence data from the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing and the Directorates of Military, Naval and Air Intelligence. Taking a dim view of Bihar, the assessment report notes a significant 57% increase in terms of killings in the state even though the rise in the number of incidents was only 5%. “A part of the reason for the increase in violence in Bihar was the poor counter-Naxal efforts.
As compared to 27 security forces personnel killed during 2013 in anti-Naxal operations, there were nil casualties on the Naxal side. In terms of arrests and recoveries also there was a decline. As against 272 Naxals arrested, 2 surrendered and 148 weapons recovered in 2012.” “Again, 38 weapons were looted from the security forces in 2013 as against nil in the preceding three years. These 38 constitute over 53% of the total 71 arms looted by the Maoists all over the country.This acceleration in weapons and ammunition could help in the formation of a new platoon or company units which the party had been hoping to raise for Bihar-Jharkhand region,” the report states.
In sync with the JIC assessment, a senior official of the central reserve police force (CRPF), key central armed police force involved in anti-Maoism operation across seven states said, “In last one-and-a-half years, we have been witnessing a steady decline in the will of the state and its police to tackle Maoist insurgency. Quite often, despite having strong intelligence inputs the state police refuse to cooperate with the central forces to launch counter operations. This, in turn, demoralises our jawans as they cannot function alone in a state.”
Pressure Groups Being Roped in to Tackle Naxal Threat
The state government is in discussions with social pressure groups to act as mediators for the surrender of naxals, Home Minister K J George said on Wednesday. “These pressure groups are mediating on the process of surrendering,” he said after holding a meeting with police officials at Inspector General of Police (western range) office. The government is extending all support to help naxals join the mainstream. “Our efforts may yield results soon,” he added. George said, the Police Department will recruit 8,500 personnel and 20 per cent of them will be women.
Anti-Maoist Operations Fail to Bear Desired Fruits
The Police Department in the state completed one-year of anti-Maoist operations on Thursday without bearing any fruitful result. The police had first confirmed Maoist presence in state on February 13, 2013, in the Pulingom forest in Kannur. The rumours about the presence of armed persons in the forest was first reported from Kanamvayalil near Cherupuzha in Kannur. The estate labourers here had informed the police that they had seen a six-member armed gang, including a woman, on February 1, 2013. However, they had passed this information to the police on February 12 only. The police had confirmed the information passed on to them by the estate labourers on February 13.
The then Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan informed the State Assembly on February 18 that the government would deploy an action force to deal with the Maoist situation. A Special Commando Force under the Kerala Police ‘Thunderbolt’ started combing operations in Munderi Forest area near here on February 24, on the basis of a fresh report about the presence of armed persons in the forest area. “The anti-Maoist operation in the state is on the right track. But we are keeping the details away from public owing to the nature of the action plan. It is joint efforts with the help of different government departments to tackle the situation by taking the tribals residing in the forest area into confidence.
The government expects a breakthrough in the Maoist operation within a short time,” said Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, now the Minister for Forest. Presence of Maoists was reported from around 15 tribal colonies in Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram districts. They had reportedly visited five colonies more than once. The strong presence of police and commando wing did not deter the suspected groups from coming out of their hiding and interacting with the tribes. They, reportedly, collected food grains from the tribal colonies and even attacked government officials two times during this period. 45 police stations spreading in these four districts in Malabar are on the ‘attack list’ of suspected Maoist gang as per the intelligence report.
Both Maoist factions call for left unity on ‘People’s War Day’
..The CPN-Maoist has also urged for the unification of all genuine revolutionary communist parties to fight for nationality, people´s right and livelihood. “At this critical situation all genuine revolutionary communist parties must unite,” reads the statement issued by the party. Claiming that the Constituent Assembly cannot promulgate a new constitution in favor of the people, the CPN-Maoist release signed by Chairman Mohan Baidya and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, has expressed commitment for socialism and communism through “people´s revolution”…
Maoist cadres arrested for kidnapping school promoter
KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Police have arrested two cadres of the CPN-Maoist in the capital on the charge of kidnapping a school promoter for ransom, posing as members of a little-known Nepal Marxist Republican Youth Tiger. A special squad of the Nepal Police deployed from Metropolitan Police Range Office, Hanumandhoka, arrested Man Bahadur Bista and Prabin Bogati from Chabahil area on Tuesday. Bogati is identified as the in-charge of constituency number 4 of the party.
Police use tear gas against hydro plant demo as minister expresses dismay at protesters
Police used tear gas against a group of environmental activists protesting against the opening ceremony of a dam and hydroelectric power plant (HES) fair in Istanbul on Feb. 13, as Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu rebuked the protesters as ‘impossible to understand.” Protesters had earlier condemned the government’s bid to build hydroelectric plants across Turkey, denouncing the environmental costs of the dams constructed in waterways and rivers in green valleys. But a police officer sprayed tear gas at the protesters as they tried to enter the congress building, to which some protesters responded by throwing stones and plastic bottles.
Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at about 16,000 landless farmers marching for land reform in clashes that left 42 people hurt. Wednesday’s march in the capital Brazilia was the latest in a series of protests rocking the nation, raising security concerns just four months before Brazil hosts football’s World Cup. After a peaceful beginning, protesters clashed with police as they neared the presidential palace and began to dismantle barricades.
Johannesburg – Service delivery protests are on the rise – and sending in the police or making empty promises are only making it worse. Studies by the University of Johannesburg’s Social Change Research Unit show there have been 2 020 of these protests between 2011 and November last year, and that the trend has been rising from as early as 2004.
And rising with the protests are the number of protesters killed by the police. In the past 10 years, 43 protesters died because of police action. Seven of those deaths happened just last month: four protesters were killed in Mothutlung in Brits, North West, two in Relela Village in Tzaneen, Limpopo, and one in Roodepoort. The University of Johannesburg team looked specifically at community protests – not political protests like Wednesday’s DA march or labour strikes like at Marikana – and based their quantitative data on a variety of media sources.
Judge seeks extradition of French guerrilla for role in iconic murder
A Chilean judge has called for the extradition of former leftist guerrilla Marie Emmanuelle Verhoeven, aka “Comandante Ana”, over her suspected role in planning the 1991 assassination of Sen. Jaime Guzmán, a prominent figure in Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s regime. On Jan. 27 Verhoeven was detained in Germany and now Chile hopes to bring her to trial on the decades-old charges. Judge Mario Carroza, who presides over Santiago’s Court of Appeals, has authored the extradition request and submitted it Tuesday to Chile’s Supreme Court for approval. It is believed Verhoeven was at one point a leader within the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front (FPMR), an armed leftist guerrilla group that sought to overthrow Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.
The FPMR first gained notoriety in 1986 when guerillas attempted to assassinate Pinochet, narrowly failing to kill the general but leaving five of his bodyguards dead in the process. Chilean authorities have implicated Verhoeven in the planning of Sen. Jaime Guzmán’s assassination in 1991 shortly after Chile’s return to democracy. A prominent member of Pinochet’s inner circle, Guzmán was the founder of the right-wing Independent Democratic Union (UDI) party and co-author of the controversial 1980 constitution. Guzmán was shot on April 1, 1991 as he left Universidad Católica where he was a professor of constitutional law.
After two decades spent in poverty, war, and hunger the working masses of Bosnia and Herzegovina finally stood up against oppression and joined the millions of enslaved people who are fighting for their rights all over the world. After a long period of rampant nationalism, which capitalists and war profiteers used for personal enrichment by looting of the once state-owned property, the masses were brought into poverty and misery. While the masses starve and suffer in poverty, those who got rich on the disaster worry about only one thing – how to increase their capital.
The common Bosniak, Serb, and Croat are living equally difficult lives. Who is responsible for that? The responsible are all the parasites, politicians, imams, priests, bankers and capitalists, who were the first to call to arms when it was the time to push the people into mutual slaughter.
The events in Tuzla, and other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina show us that the ones in power, in order to fulfill their interests, could not manipulate the oppressed masses with the help of nationalist rhetoric any longer. The masses are rising against the system that they are trying to save by way of sheer brutality. The brutality carried out by the police against protesters is only proof of how the government is afraid of the rage of the oppressed peoples. It is the end of their nationalist, fascist, and predatory orgy! Finally class consciousness has begun to awaken in the people, awareness that the division into nations is less important than the division between the oppressors and the oppressed, between capitalists and proletarians.
The disorganization and the naivety of the masses in the first days of the uprising don’t mean that the oppressed masses won’t quickly overcome all the tactics of class struggle. The problem is not in the masses, because they are leading the class struggle. The problem is the lack of a revolutionary subject that can lead them to their goals. These shortcomings can certainly be used by those forces that would try to manipulate the masses with false promises and hidden agendas. These events are a great opportunity for workers movement and the revolutionary movement to strengthen their ranks and to get closer to the masses. The revolutionary spirit of those who have a mouth full of “revolution” must be demonstrated on the barricades, and on the front lines.
THE ONLY WAY FOR A SUCCESSFUL CLASS STRUGGLE AND A BETTER LIFE IS THE ROAD OF THE REVOLUTION!
43 from Naxal’s urban network held in Chhattisgarh in 5 years: Govt
Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday said that 43 people, who were part of the urban network of the Maoists, were arrested in the state during past five years. In a written reply to a question from senior Congress legislator Bhupesh Baghel in the state Assembly, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra informed the House that as many as 43 people, including women, were arrested from 2009 till January 20 this year on charges of involvement in urban channel of Naxals.
However, six of them were later exonerated while cases against 37 others were pending in the court of the law. As per the reply, seven alleged Naxal urban conduits were held in 2009 followed by two in 2010, eleven in 2011, six in 2012, eight in 2013 and nine in January this year. Essar company General Manager DBCS Verma, contractor B K Lala and school teacher Soni Sori were among those arrested in 2011. Last month, nine persons – Mohpal Dhruva, Baliram Usendi, Chaitram Darro, Sukhnath Nareti, Neeraj Chopra, Dharmendra Chopra, Ravi Kadiyam, Badri Gavde – all from Kanker district of north Bastar and Foolsingh Naag of Kondagaon were arrested in this connection, the reply said. In a written reply to another question by Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo in connection with the arrests last month, Paikra informed the House that all the nine arrested were found involved in providing assistance to Naxal commander and divisional committee member Prabhakar.
Cartridges, detonators, pistol, country made pistol, gelatin, fuse wire, Naxal literature, banner, posters, medicines, bills of commodities supplied to Naxals and cash were recovered from their possession, the reply mentioned. They were booked under provisions of Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, Explosives Substances Act and Arms Act, it added.
Assam-Arunachal border a new theatre of Maoists: Govt
New Delhi: Naxals are trying to set up organisational bases in the Northeast to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities, the government said on Wednesday. “The CPI(Maoist) has developed close fraternal ties with Northeast insurgent groups like the Revolutionary People’s Front and People’s Liberation Army of Manipur.
Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition,” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The minister said the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of CPI(Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers. The government said UALC has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam and these cadres have been utilised in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam.
“In this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities. The outfit is also establishing separate channels in the Northeast, particularly in Nagaland for procurement of ammunition,” the minister said. Singh said the central government has alerted the state governments concerned of the Northeast in this regard. The government is also monitoring the situation closely, he said. “The activities of CPI(Maoist) has declined significantly in the Northeast in recent times, consequent to the arrest of important cadres from the area,” he said.
Police recovers pipe bomb similar to one defused near N’samy’s
A powerful ‘pipe bomb’, similar to the one recovered recently near the residence of Union Minister V Narayanaswamy in Puducherry, was found near a compound wall of a private wholesale market at nearby Uthangudi today, police said. They said it was packed with explosive chemicals and both sides sealed with a ‘coupling net’ and connected to a wire. The other end of the wire was found connected to a PET jar filled with petrol.
Had the bomb exploded, it could have caused some damage to the office of a Tamil daily near the market, they said. Police said the bomb had been removed and taken to a Quarry Pit for being defused. Various police units, including bomb disposal squad, Special Investigation Unit, Q-branch and Anti-Naxal wing inspected the spot.
Naxals extort Rs. 140 crore annually from traders, corporates
Naxals have been extorting money to the tune of Rs. 140 crore annually from contractors, businessmen and corporate houses besides their front organisations are suspected to be receiving foreign funds clandestinely. “Though an exact quantification of their finance is not possible, it has been assessed in a study conducted by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, Delhi, that the CPI-Maoist has been collecting not less than Rs. 140 crore annually from a variety of sources,” Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday. He also said possibility of certain front organisations of CPI (Maoist) clandestinely getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out.
Mr. Singh said the main source of funds for the Maoists include extortion from ‘tendu patta’ contractors, extortion from infrastructure/development work contractors, ‘levy’ from businessmen and corporate houses. In addition, they rob banks and public and private properties to augment their finances. “The Left Wing Extremists groups, particularly the CPI (Maoist), extort considerable ‘levy’ from various illegal mining mafia groups in Naxal-affected states,” the Minister said.
Banka (Bihar): A hardcore Maoist involved in killing of the then Munger Superintendent of Police KC Surendra Babu was arrested on Wednesday from a jungle here, police said. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of CRPF and Bihar police raided a jungle on the border of Banka and Jhajha and arrested the Maoist Bachandeo Yadav, Banka Superintendent of Police Pushkar Anand told PTI.
5 Injured In Riots Over Power Blackout In Guinean Capital
Five people, including two security officers were injured in riots over lack of electricity in the Guinean capital Conakry, hospital sources disclosed on Tuesday. The protest-induced violence erupted on Monday in Dabompa district before spreading to Lansanaya, where protesters blocked roads, paralysing movement. Intervention by security forces degenerated into confrontations between protesters and security forces, leaving five people injured.
Chinese villagers attack polluting factory, police
BEIJING (AP) — Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest. Residents of Baha, a village in Yunnan province, said Wednesday that police were arresting people involved in Friday’s clash at the local police station. The official Xinhua News Agency said police had identified 16 suspects. Three villagers reached by phone said they had grown increasingly angry over a local metalwork factory that had been coughing up black smoke and discharging polluted wastewater into the rural area.
BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) — At least 20 people were injured and 10 arrested on Tuesday during a protest held in Argentina’s northern province of Chaco to demand social benefits, local media reported. Local daily El Clarin said that the police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters, organised by the Movement of Unemployed Workers “12 de Junio”. The police action began at 10:30 a.m. local time (1330 GMT), when people were protesting in the streets surrounding the 25 de Mayo Square to demand the government to fulfill the promises of social benefits and housing, El Clarin reported.
Residents of Got Nyango village in Karachuonyo subcounty, Homa Bay county on Monday held a peaceful demonstration over iron ore mining in the area. They invaded God Nyango hill where the mining is being carried, forcing employees of Sky light company to run away. The residents said the company has not honoured the agreement they made before.
Police investigate bomb crater linked to terrorist attack
Police were investigating a bomb crater and other evidence discovered near the premises of Mercedes Benz in Varibombi, northern Athens, after a far-leftist guerilla organization Group of Popular Fighters claimed to have launched a rocket-propelled attack on the company on January 12, Skai reported late on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the guerilla group also claimed responsibiity for the attack on the residence of the German Ambassador in Athens on January 12, dedicating the hit to the memory of Dimitris Christoulas, a pensioner who shot himself on Syntagma Square in April 2012 in protest at the austerity measures.
According to reports, witnesses of the Varibombi attack said they heard a blast at 11 p.m. and had notified authorities and had subsequently observed police officers scouting the scene for evidence. Police at the time said no evidence had been found in relation to an attack. In the proclamation letter published on To Pontiki newspaper website on Tuesday, the group claimed to have carried out the attacks in a “campaign against the German capitalist matchine.” The group also claimed an attack on the headquarters of New Democracy on Syngrou Avenue, in southern Athens, in January last year.
Madkam Budri (23) was born in a middle class adivasi family in the village Gamapada located in the Pamed area of South Bastar division. Com. Budri was the commander of CNM in the village. She was always in the forefront in the propaganda campaigns propagating the calls of the party. She fulfilled the responsibility of cultural programmes in many meetings. Later she expressed the desire to join the squad and she was recruited into the LGS on September 5, 2005.
She learnt military discipline and rules while working with the squad. She earnestly tried to learn to read and write. She never hesitated to clear her doubts by discussing with comrades. She used to participate in political discussions to increase her political consciousness. She was shifted to PL-9 in 2006 and she was given party membership in March 2006. She was given the responsibility of teacher in the PL. She fulfilled this responsibility with enthusiasm. She participated in the raid on the Basaguda sibir on March 6, 2006. On March 18, they had an encounter with the grey hounds and Budri died in that attack.Her body was found near Palagudem. Pamed comrades bid her farewell along with her family members and paid red homage to her. She was cremated with revolutionary honours and people took oath to carry on her lofty aims.
Comrade Ravva Sanni
Com. Sanni (23) was born in the village Errapad of Pamed area of Bijapur district. She was a member of the Bal Sangam at first and later for two years she worked as the deputy of the Jan militia. She always kept her militia members alert and ready to defend the property and lives of the people and prepared them for the battles with the enemy. She was always in the forefront in the attacks on the enemy and served as a model to the members.
She participated in the household chores too. Sanni’s parents had put lot of pressure on her to marry. She explained to her parents that she had chosen the revolutionary path and that she would not marry. She joined the Pamed squad in March 2007. Within ten months she was shifted to PL-9. She learnt to read and write and learnt military discipline too in the squad. She was martyred on March 18 in an encounter with the grey hounds. Sanni went on firing till her last breath. She was a member of the A section in the ambush party. She fought bravely along with her comrades and was martyred there. The whole party is proud of such brave comrades. Red salutes to Com. Budri.
Comrade Punem Jogi
Jogi was born in Gundam village located in Bhopalpatnam tehsil of Bijapur district in the Punem family. She was just 17 years old. Her father Punem Sannu was the local leader of the peasant association. Inspired by her father’s work for the people she also began participating in revolutionary activities actively. She joined the Jan militia and learnt to do sentry duty, patrolling and to resist the enemy. She fulfilled her responsibilities cleverly. Seeing this ability, the AC decided to transfer her to PL-9. Jogi was martyred at a very young age but she dreamt big. Every soldier should learn from Com.Jogi.
Comrade Madkam Bayi
Com. Bayi was born in Rayagudem village located in Jagargonda area of Konta tehsil. 21 years old Com. Bayi lived with her parents, a younger sister and three brothers. Her family was very poor. She grew up in a revolutionary atmosphere. She always wanted to grow up fast so that she could join the people’s army. So she was very happy the day she got recruited. Her older brother also got recruited but he did not continue and returned home.
But Bayi opposed her brother’s decision to go back and stood firmly with the people. She was shifted to PL-9 in October 2006. She developed her political and military abilities in the PL. She died on March 18, 2008 at Kanchal while heroically fighting the enemy.
Comrade Kovasi Vimala
Com. Vimala (21) was born in Jangla village of Bhamragadh tehsil of Bijapur district in West Bastar division. Her mother died due to illness when she was very young. She joined the Bal Sangathan. She was still a child when the government launched the Jan Jagran Abhiyan on a large scale. Villages were burnt down and people were forcefully evacuated to the sibirs. All the youngsters of the village joined the Jan militia for the defence of their villages. Vimala was one among them. She was shifted to Pamed squad of South Bastar division from West Bastar in 2006. She became a party member in 2007. She learnt to read and write in the party.
She was a disciplined comrade and followed all rules earnestly. She went to meet her parents with the permission of the party and while returning she was caught in the Kanchal encounter. She was in the village at that time and was caught by the grey hounds. The unarmed Vimala was caught and killed in cold blood. The brave Vimala will always live in the hearts of the people.
Old mother Avalam Lakshmi
Old mother Avalam Lakshmi was living with her four sons and two daughters in the Palagudem village. It was a middle peasant family. Whenever the squads visited her village she looked after the comrades like her own sons and daughters.On the day of the Kanchal encounter, she was roaming in the forests to gather grass.
When she heard the sounds of the bullets she was afraid. When the police noticed her they immediately killed her without any trace of humanity. Not stopping at that they damaged her face and filled her body in a sack so that nobody would recognize her. The people would never forgive the greyhounds who were responsible for her death and would avenge it.
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.