Man involved in rocket attack on U.S. Embassy returned to Japan after 20 years in federal prison
A Japanese man, recently freed after nearly 20 years in federal prison for his role in the 1986 rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, was returned from Louisiana to Japan Friday. On arrival, he was immediately arrested to face charges of involvement in a similar attack on Japan’s Jakarta embassy. Tsutomi Shirosaki, 67, was convicted in 1998 for joining in the assault on the U.S. embassy.
According to court documents, Shirosaki, identified by Japanese media as a member of the radical Japanese Red Army, participated in the attack on the two embassies – using three homemade rockets. The reports said the attacks included a car bomb set off outside a building housing Canada’s diplomatic mission to Indonesia. After his release from federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss. January 16, he was taken into custody by the Enforcement and Removal Operations Unit of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s bureau. U.S. Enforcement and Removal Operations agents, along with Japanese National Police Officers, escorted him on commercial flights from Alexandria, La., to Tokyo’s Narita airport, where he arrived Friday and was immediately taken into custody.
Initially, he is being accused of arson, according to Japanese media, for allegedly setting a fire to a hotel room in Jakarta, which police allege was an effort to destroy evidence of the earlier mortar attacks on the Japanese and U.S. embassies. Shirosaki has a long history with Japanese law enforcement. In was arrested for attempted bank robbery in Japan and sentenced to 10-years in prison in 1971. He was freed in 1977, along with other prisoners, in return for the release of hostages taken in the hijacking of a Japan Airlines plane in Dhaka, Bangladesh, according to Japanese media reports.
NARITA, Chiba (Jiji Press) — Tokyo police arrested Japanese Red Army member Tsutomu Shirosaki at Narita Airport on Friday over mortar attacks on the Japanese and U.S. embassies in Jakarta in May 1986. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Security Bureau arrested Shirosaki, 67, on his arrival at the airport after his deportation from the United States, where he had served a jail term for his role in the U.S. Embassy attack. According to the Japanese arrest warrant, Shirosaki is suspected of attempted murder and arson in connection with the Japanese Embassy attack in the Indonesian capital. Shirosaki was among the six prisoners freed in 1977 to meet the demands of Japanese Red Army hijackers who forced a Japan Airlines plane to land in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.
The Public Security Bureau has set up a special investigative unit to shed full light on his whereabouts and activities between his release in 1977 and arrest in Nepal in 1996, before his deportation to the United States. Shirosaki may have contacted seven Japanese Red Army members still on the run and members of the communist militant group’s predecessor body who fled to North Korea by hijacking JAL’s Yodo aircraft in 1970. The arrest warrant said Shirosaki tried to kill people by firing explosives toward the Japanese Embassy around 11:30 a.m. on May 14, 1986, and to set fire to a hotel room to destroy evidence. The Public Security Bureau put him on the international wanted list on suspicion of attempted arson.
Following additional investigations, the bureau became confident it could establish an attempted murder case against him. Shirosaki was born in Toyama Prefecture, and joined the predecessor organization after dropping out of the University of Tokushima, according to bureau sources. To help obtain funds for the group’s activities, Shirosaki took part in a series of attacks on post offices and financial institutions. He was arrested in Tokyo in March 1971 and received a 10-year prison sentence for these incidents.
The modern and neat image the Brazilian state wished to present last summer for the World Cup was severely undermined by the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of people, who claimed the streets and rebelled in all major cities where games were held. Unable to crush these demonstrations with their police bullies, the “leftist” government of Brazil resorted to its judiciary apparatus, making preventive arrests of dozens of activists of mass organizations in a series of raids coordinated the eve of the final game on July 12. Twenty-three people were then charged for their alleged involvement in organizations that advocate for people’s rights in Brazil—in addition to the hundreds of others who were arrested in the protests themselves.
A large movement then started to demand their freedom, which exposed the false “democracy” of the Brazilian state. Among those arrested was Comrade Igor Mendes da Silva, an activist from the Popular and Revolutionary Student Movement (MEPR) at Rio de Janeiro’s State University also involved with the People’s Independent Front (FIP-RJ)—a militant umbrella organization that seeks to unify the various movements, groups, organizations and individuals who have been at the forefront of popular mobilizations. First arrested during the July 12 raid, Igor Mendes was again arrested on December 3 under a warrant issued by a judge of the Criminal Court. The state accuses him of having attended a cultural festival in support of political prisoners held on October 15, thus breaking his conditions of release, which required non-participation in a “gathering liable to disturb peace.”
His arrest came while he was campaigning for the Executive of the Student Union at his university. Two months later, at the time of going to press, Igor was still being held at the Bangu prison. In a statement released after his arrest, the MEPR condemned the “illegitimate state government” of the PMDB that was largely defeated by the numbers of invalid votes and abstentions in the last elections. The right-wing party is supported by the “leftist” president Dilma Rousseff and by the big bourgeois media, which stigmatize the grassroots activists.
“Mired neck-deep in corruption and fearing the popular rebellion that thunders as the economic crisis worsens, the current witch hunt prepares a fascist and even larger police crackdown,” says the MEPR. The student organization rejects “these attempts to isolate and criminalize popular protests, the MEPR and other independent activists and organizations that make up the FIP-RJ,” and demands immediate freedom and the abandonment of the charges against all activists who are facing repression for defending the people’s right to rebel. The Partisan calls its readers and supporters—especially student activists and organizations—to support the political prisoners in Brazil and take action to publicly expose the Brazilian state.
A hardcore Maoist ultra was arrested today in Banka district of Bihar in a joint operation of state police and CRPF. The arrest of Kanhaiya Yadav was made at Ramsaraia Hill under Belhar police station. Belhar Deputy Superintendent of Police Piyush Khan said, “Yadav is a hardcore naxal and a close associate of naxal leader Mantu Khaira who is active in these parts of the state.” The security forces have brought Yadav to Belhar police station, where he is being interrogated, he said.
Ranchi/Gumla: Police detained a suspect after finding over 35 bombs, 500 detonators, around one dozen bombs (some semi-prepared), one laptop, two hard discs, and several Maoist utility items after an encounter at Latehar-Gumla district borders on Friday midnight. However, almost 100 CPI Maoists including central committee member Arvindji, the mastermind behind all Maoist activities in Jharkhand and Bihar, managed to escape during the encounter. Around 100 maoists were crossing from Latehar to West Singhbhum’s Saranda forest via Gumla when security personnel engaged them in an encounter. “The encounter continued for hours from midnight after which the Maoists escaped leaving behind a huge quantity of materials,” said a police officer.
DGP Rajiv Kumar said the police had intelligence inputs about their movement and operations were being conducted in vulnerable areas. A team of security personnel comprising jawans from Cobra 209 battalion, CRPF 218 battalion and district police found a contingent of over 100 Maoists at Champipat Bans Pahar near Gurdari area of Gumla district. Arvindji was leading the team. The total items found included around one dozen IEDs including pressure cooker bombs, four bikes, 3 walkie-talkies, timers, camera, adaptors, one laptop, 500 detonators, 15 mobile sets, chargers, 200 uniforms, 200 blankets, 5 bed sheets, medicines, foot items, and Naxal literature. More than 10 companies of CoBRA and around five companies of CRPF have been pressed into search operations. “The encounter continued for hours. The Maoists were also using advanced firearms. No report of any injury was reported and we have not found any blood spot either,” a police officer said.
MUNGER: Security forces on Saturday destroyed a regional headquarters of Maoists and arrested three rebels besides recovering a huge cache of arms in Bhimbandh forest area in this district. After getting intelligence inputs about the presence of East Bihar North Jharkhand (EBNJ) headquarters of Maoists in the forest, CRPF and police had launched a joint operation on February 17, Munger Deputy Inspector General (DIG) S P Shukla said. Terming it a “major success” in the fight against Maoists, Shukla said the headquarters was being controlled by most wanted leader Parvez Da. “Our forces surrounded the entire Bhimbandh area, which is a difficult terrain due to hills and dense tropical forest, and zeroed-in on the headquarters during late hours yesterday.
Around 40 to 50 men and women Maoists were present there, but most of them managed to escape under cover of jungle and darkness. “However, our forces arrested three of them,” Shukla said. The security forces seized a huge cache of explosives, including three litres of nitroglycerin, 60 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), 5,000 metres of fuse wire, two bundles of cordex explosive wire, four walkie-talkies and some Maoist literature. This is the first instance in the state that highly dangerous explosive like nitroglycerin has been recovered from Maoists, he said.
VISAKHAPATNAM: The bandh call given by Maoists in protest against the `anti-people’ policies of the central and state governments passed off peacefully in the AndhraOrissa border (AOB) areas on Friday . There were no reports of any untoward incidents. The APSRTC withdrew its services to interior areas of Visakha Agency as a precautionary measure.Bus services were also affected in remote areas of Malkangiri and Koraput districts in Odisha. However, transport services were not affected in Paderu, Hukumpeta, Araku, Chintapalli and Koyyuru.
The weekly markets at Paderu and Araku valley on Friday functioned without any interruption. All government offices, shops and business establishments remained open throughout the day . CPI Maoists central regional bureau official spokesman Pratap said the bandh was in protest against the efforts of security forces to flush out Maoists from Bastar in Chhattisgarh and the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh. The Maoists had given the bandh call in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Odisha.
IMPHAL, Feb 20: The banned Maoist Communist Party Manipur has in a press statement said that the Catholic Society decided to remove the moral education subject taught at five Catholic schools in Imphal starting from the session 2015. Following which the earlier announced general strike call on February 22 has been suspended. `The missionary schools are trying to spread their religion, other private schools are trying to earn huge profit, Government schools are turning into looting grounds it said and added that the outfit will fight against such acts.
It further said that the outfit had given a deadline to the institutions and other private organizations, who had participated in the January 26, 2015 function, to apologise in front of the public. It warned the outfit will now take up further course of action as the deadline has crossed. It may be mentioned here that the outfit had few days ago announced to call a general strike if the Catholic Schools in Imphal continue to teach `moral education`™ subject charging that the subject only teaches moral education based only in Christianity and aims at spreading the religion. The outfit was also against the building of Churches inside the school campus and demanded for secular education policy.
Routine raids, beatings, loot, detentions and compelling tribal villagers to perform begaar or free labour and a large number of permanent warrants are among the allegations the latest report of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has levelled against security forces in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh. A PUDR fact-finding team published its report on Thursday, after visiting nine villages in December last to “ascertain reports of arrests, intimidation and harassment, including sexual abuse by security forces stationed there to fight Maoists.”
“A rough estimate indicates that 15,000-35,000 people live under the threat and fear of arrest warrants in Bijapur alone. Instances of sexual torture of tribals were also noted. In flagrant disregard of international covenants, the security forces deliberately regard passengers in local transport as ‘human shields’ during possible encounters,” the report said. Blaming the police camps for affecting the living conditions of tribals, the report said the present situation was comparable to, and a continuance of, the Salwa Judum activities: eviction and mass displacement of villagers from 2005 to 2009.
“Despite recurrent… bomb explosions and targeting of the roads by Maoists, the villagers fear the security camps as it is the armed personnel who punish and brutalise them. The aim of the present military initiative is to cleanse the area for redoubled mining activity,” the report said. In a statement sent to The Hindu , CPI (Maoist) south regional committee secretary Ganesh Uike accused the security forces of killing around 20 “innocent villagers” in “fake encounters” in Bijapur between January 2014 and January 2015, and they were later declared “Maoists.”
Ante las mentiras reaccionarias, la verdad revolucionaria.
El narcogobierno de Horacio Cartes se ha apresurado en desplegar una campaña mediática, buscando culpar de sus crímenes a la insurgencia. El miércoles a la noche las Fuerzas de Tareas Criminales (FTC), fuerzas mercenarias del Partido Colorado, disparó sobre un comando de elite del EPP que custodiaba a los retenidos, Robert Natto y Erika Reiser. En la refriega los primeros disparos, que provinieron de las FTC, alcanzaron a los prisioneros, debido a que estos no poseen entrenamiento militar, quedando parados , siendo blancos de los disparos indiscriminados por parte de las fuerzas represivas, estos entran en combate disparando contra todo lo que tenga movimiento, no se controlan, enloquecen ante el temor.
La historia está llena de médicos sin escrúpulos como Joseth Mengeles, Osori Ishii, que han puesto su oficio al servicio de fascistas. El ginecólogo Pablo Lemir, que oficia de forense lo poco que conoce de ciencias médicas ha puesto al servicio de los políticos con toga, mal llamados magistrados y el Partido Político, cueva de narcotraficantes camuflados de políticos, han dicho que el EPP ejecutó a sus prisioneros con una pistola 9mm, porque los FTC no usa tal arma, además de manifestar la fractura de pierna del alemán Natto. Lo que el ginecólogo que funge de forense y experimentado encubridor de torturas debe explicar que esas fracturas no pueden ocasionar un 9 mm si no los disparos de fusiles con proyectiles de fragmentación, el cual con el menor roce fractura todo hueso. Los proyectiles de fragmentación están prohibidos sus usos contra los seres humanos, según el convenio de ginebra.
El Tte. Esteban Marin es un epepista apegado a normas y reglamentos que la insurgencia aplica en sus filas y con las comunidades campesinas de la zona guerrilleras. El EPP tiene prohibido maltratar a su prisionero y mucho menos torturarlo, de eso nuestros ex prisioneros han testimoniado. En el combate somos implacables, una vez hecho prisioneros, les respetamos su dignidad y su condición de ser humano, contrastando del trato que los mercenarios del gobierno aplican a los combatientes epepistas, que una vez que son hecho prisioneros son torturados para luego ser ejecutados.
Los políticos oligarcas, que poseen miles de extensiones de tierras, convertidos en estancias agroganaderas y tráfico de drogas con pistas de aviación, arrasan y destruyen impunemente los montes y arroyos. Envenenando y enfermando a las comunidades campesinas, no tendremos ningún tipo de piedad hacia ellos, sus negocios espurios y sus insaciables deseos de ganancias, le dan más valor a sus vacas que a su peón o al campesino de la zona. Las estancias oligarcas convertiremos en prósperos asentamientos campesinos. Hace décadas el agronegocio de los oligarcas ha venido expulsando a comunidades campesinas enteras a lo largo y ancho de nuestro territorio, es hora de que ellos sean expulsados y de una vez por todas el pueblo recupere su propia tierra.
¡Por la revolución agraria desde abajo! ¡Por la eliminación del envenenamiento hacia el campesino norteño! ¡Viva el brazo armado de los pobres! ¡Viva la lucha del pueblo! ¡Viva el EPP!
RAIPUR: Two police jawans were injured in a pressure bomb blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district today, police said. The blast occurred near Emargunda village when the security personnel were carrying out a combing operation in the Gangaloor police station limits, a senior police official told PTI. The security personnel accidentally came in contact with a pressure bomb planted by Maoists outside of the village. In the explosion, head constable Rajesh Sen and assistant constable Asharam Netam sustained injuries, he said. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured policemen are being brought to a local hospital for treatment, he said. A search operation was underway in the region, he added. Maoists had earlier given a day-long bandh call for today in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to protest against the alleged displacement of tribals due to development projects.
Made-in-India drones or unmanned air vehicles, called the eyes and ears of security forces, have got a shot in the arm with the coming together of public sector production and research agencies. Aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. on Thursday said it had launched a major programme to produce three categories of drones or unmanned air vehicles for civil and military purposes. HAL Chairman T. Suvarna Raju said during the ongoing Aero India 2015, its design team was coming up with a 8 kg to 10 kg class medium UAVs for the services. It was partnering with defence research lab Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) for the latter’s Rustom-2, and with National Aerospace Labs for 2-kg micro air vehicles.
Last year, looking at the demand, the company’s board approved starting a separate division for its UAVs business. It also maintains the few dozen UAVs that the Forces use. “We have the wherewithal for it,” he said. On Thursday, HAL and ADE sealed a tie-up for ADE’s Rs. 1,200-crore Rustom-2 MALE drone (short for medium altitude long endurance). HAL will invest Rs. 210 crore in the triangular programme, which may need a new production line. Bharat Electronics Ltd., another defence PSU, will provide ground support for the pilotless aircraft and put in Rs. 90 crore, Mr. Raju and ADE’s Director P. Srikumar told The Hindu separately. ADE works on the operational Nishant, which is used by the Forces and made by HAL, as also Rustom-1 and Rustom-2 UAV programmes. It is also developing a range of micro, rotary (helicopter-like) and other air vehicles. Mr. Raju said HAL is also funding academia for UAV technology by starting a chair in IIT Kharagpur, mainly for a 2-tonne rotary UAV that can stop and watch an area. It is also working with ADE on this line and hopes to base it on the Cheetah/Chetak helicopters.
The three Forces need a large number of drones for surveillance and intelligence gathering and are said to require several dozens of them. They are estimated to be using a mix of 40 Israeli and Indian UAVs, mainly along the Western border and in Naxal-hit areas. Eventually, the success of these activities is expected to bring down the imports. The Ministry of Home Affairs has requested for information on 18 ‘birds’.
Maoists go on rampage in parts of Bastar region, kill 2
Raipur: Maoists went on a rampage in parts of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar region killing two people, including a security personnel, and damaging a part of a railway line, leading to the derailment of two engines of a goods train. A Special Task Force member and a police informer were killed in separate Maoist incidents in Sukma district, Sukma Deputy Superintendent of Police Irfan-Ul-Rahim told PTI. A joint contingent of the STF and the district police force was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the densely forested borders of Dantewada and Sukma districts, which are located around 400 km away from Chhattisgarh state capital Raipur.
After they reached Dudhiras forest under Gadiras police station limits, a group of armed Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire on them killing constable Gautam Rajwade, the DSP said. However, the Maoists escaped into the core forests after the contingent retaliated heavily, he said. In another incident, a 32-year-old police informer, Boodu Ramesh, was shot dead by armed Maoist rebels in Konta town under Konta police station limits. Ramesh was attacked while he was returning to the Gaganpalli rehabilitation camp, the DSP said, adding that combing operations are on in the region to nab the attackers.
Five Maoist operatives were arrested by security personnel from a forest area in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, the police said today. “The rebels were nabbed during a joint combing operation by BSF and Special Operation Group (SOG) in a forest stretch in Kalimela area last evening,” Malkangiri district Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said. All five were forwarded to the court here today and sent to jail, he said. The ultras were identified as Ganga Madhi (26), Irma Kabasi (35), Bandi Madhi (30), Bhima Madkami (30) and Anda Madi (21), the police said adding the Maoists belonged to villages in Kalimela area. The ultras were allegedly involved in several incidents of violence including murder, landmine blasts, attack on security personnel, attack on public places and government buildings and gun-battles, they added.
RANCHI: Jharkhand police have asked for a contingent of 5,000 CRPF personnel to help them destroy 12 Maoist camps across the state. Most of the 12 camps are mostly situated in forested hills, which the forces consider impregnable and do not dare to venture into. Budha Pahar on the Jharkhand-Chhatisgarh-Odisha tri-junction, Katiya-Kumandih forest in Latehar, Jhumra-Luggu hills in Bokaro, Gidhaur Pahar and Chauparan-Lohardaga-Gaya at Jharkhand-Bihar border and Tinkoniya Pahar of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary at Jharkhand-West Bengal border are among these 12 centres A confidential study conducted by the CRPF has found that Maoists have withdrawn into these 12 bases following aggressive security measures in the last 14 years. DGP Rajiv Kumar said: “These 12 places work as incubation centers for Maoists who have been chased out from all other parts of the state. The additional forces will play a crucial role in dismantling these camps.”
Sources in the police intelligence wing said Maoists hold training sessions for new recruits, organize inter-state meetings, prepare strategies, Maoist literature and make explosives at these camps. The areas are strategically surrounded by hills not connected with motorable roads. The security forces can not bomb these areas because several villages are also situated in the areas. Villagers whom Maoists have appointed as informers help them know about suspicious movements around these places. Police have tried to reach these areas several times in the past, but they have always failed.
“The core areas of these places do not have CRPF camps. The camps situated near them are around 20 to 30km away. When forces move towards these places, Maoists get inputs and change their location,” CRPF IG R K Mishra said. Forces have no option but to walk as much as 20km to these places during operations and trekking across hills and rivers is exhausting. When they finally reach the specific spot, they are too tired to launch an effective encounter and fall victim to Maoists. In the past, several security personnel have been killed in these places. Kumar said police have requisitioned the government for five companies of CRPF personnel. “New base camps would be opened after the forces are allocated,” Kumar said. Once the base camps are opened, the forces would not need to walk and would be able to launch effective operations. “The base camps would also enable us to conduct aggressive area domination exercises in the core areas which will help us weed out the Maoist menace from the state,” Mishra said. .
NUAPADA: Security forces on Thursday busted a Maoist camp in Pandel Reserve Forest near Biswanathpur village under Komna police limits and seized three tiffin bombs, weighing four kg each. Acting on Intelligence inputs about Maoist movement in the forest, a CRPF team led by Commandant Mahesh Kumar launched a combing operation and found the camp. Three detonators, ammonium nitrate and Maoist literature were seized from the place. On Wednesday, the CRPF had busted a Maoist camp in Jharlam under Soseng gram panchayat in Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary under Komna police limits.
BALANGIR: A country liquor manufacturing unit at Jamki village under Turekela police limits was set afire by Maoists on Wednesday. Sources said 50 armed Maoists reached the factory late Wednesday night and asked the security guard and other staff to leave the place before torching it. They also took away mobile phones from the staff. The Odisha State Committee of Marxist Communist Party (Maoist) has owned responsibility for the incident.
After torching the unit, the Maoists left behind some posters which accused the State and Central Governments of selling the State’s property to foreign companies and neglecting the poor. They have called Odisha bandh in protest against negligence of both the governments on February 20. It may be noted that about seven days back, the Maoists had torched a JCB machine and some tractors of a road works contractor. A jawan was also severely injured in a landmine blast in Kameimunda village of Turekela block.
Security beefed up on AP-Odisha border after bandh call
Visakhapatnam, Feb 20 (PTI) Security in the agency areas of the district has been beefed up after a bandh called by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) on the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) today to protest against anti-people’s activities of the state and central governments, police said here today. Visakhapatnam District Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen told PTI that the situation was peaceful in eleven mandals of the district’s agency area.
Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems stalled by slow digitization in states and software shortcomings, says report
According to reports, states like Bihar, Rajasthan and software developer Wipro are posing hurdles to Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) from being rolled out any time soon, reports The Times of India on February 20. Mooted by the last United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government and supported by the new Narendra Modi Government, the system aims to connect all police stations in the country for real-time exchange of information on criminals and terrorists. Sources said that, while as many as seven states are lagging behind in digitizing and connecting database at their end, Bihar and Rajasthan have not even been able to kick off the system. To make things worse, Wipro, which is the core software developer for the programme, has allegedly delivered a system that neither enables real-time exchange of information nor supports search and query options. Government sources said that without these features, the system would be of no use.
A Home Ministry official said “A lot of work has happened but Bihar and Rajasthan are way behind because their contractors have pulled out. Seven other states have been slow but we are hoping they will catch up soon. Wipro has delivered a system that does not support real-time exchange of information. They say they can provide such system only at a higher cost which we are not ready to accept. Negotiations are going on.” The project was mooted by former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in the wake of 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Under the project, approximately 14,000 Police stations throughout the country are planned to be connected apart from higher offices in Police hierarchy.
The INR 20 billion project, approved in 2009, spans across all the states and Union Territories. As per the plan, it would connect a total of more than 21,000 locations. The goal of the system is to facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of data and information at the police station and between the Police station and the state headquarters and the central police organizations.
To follow the call of our Party, the first revolutionaries arrived in Rojava and start to build a international battalion. They say the following thinks about there motivation to participate in the revolution:
“The Rojava Revolution is a war against fascist forces, the IS gangs. This is the reason why we are here. This revolution is also an example for the revolutions all over the world. We’re here to spread the revolution.”
“The imperialists claim that there are neither revolution nor class struggle in the 21th century. But here in Rojava there is an actual revolution. For this reason all communists and internationalists should come here to defend the revolution with weapons in their hands. The experiences gathered here have to be carried back to the countries to start the revolution their as well.”
“The presence of comrades from different countries shows that we can defend the revolution in any language. First we expected to face communication problems. But we know each other very well, as it is described in the ‘No Pasaran’ march, which tells of the international battalions in the Spanish Civil War. We also know each other that well because we share the same thoughts regarding the future. The language of revolution and war unifies us and makes us understand each other.”
„Women write history here, they show their longing for change and struggle in a very strong way. This revolutions has shown us one more time that it’s most important for women to defend the revolution. The strangulation of this revolution and the occupation of this land means also the occupation of the women’s body. Therefore, my call is primarily upon humaneness, upon youth and most important upon young women. This is our revolution. We are its subjects. This requires our participation in the revolution.”
STF jawan killed in naxal encounter in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: A Special Task Force jawan was killedin an encounter between security forces and naxalsin Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district on Thursday. The face-off between a joint team of security personnel and maoists took place in Dudhiras village under Gadiras police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police, Kamlochan Kashyap said. A contingent ofSTF and district force was mobilised from Gadrias in the interiors forests, located around 400 km away from here. When they reached Dudhiras forests, after cordoning off some 18 km, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on them leaving a jawan dead, the SP said.
BSNL to install 246 mobile towers in Naxal-affected areas
RAIPUR: Government-run telecom major BSNL would be installing 246 mobile towers in two phases in the Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh to improve phone connectivity there, an official said. The decision was announced at a meeting of unified command for anti-Naxal operations, chaired by chief minister Raman Singh, at the new Mantralaya here today. Construction of roads, rail lines, and other essential infrastructure in the ‘left wing extremism’ (LWE) areas, anti-Naxal strategies, implementation of public welfare schemes, etc were discussed in the meeting.
It was attended by senior security adviser to the Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar, state home minister Ramsewak Paikra, chief secretary Vivek Dhand, director general Central Reserve Police Force Prakash Mishra, additional chief secretary, home, N K Aswal, director general of police A N Upadhyay and other officials. “It was informed in the meeting that BSNL has a target of installing 146 mobile towers in the first phase. Around 80 towers will be erected by March this year and 40 of them will start operating soon thereafter,” the official said.
CHANDRAPUR: The nine tehsils that were removed from the list of Naxal-infested areas in the district are all set to be reinducted into that list. CM Devendra Fadnavis has assured finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar that the excluded tehsils would be back into the list soon. The nine tehsils, namely Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Gondpipri, Rajura, Korpana, Jiwti, Mul, Saoli and Pombhurna were earlier among the Naxal affected areas. They were removed from the list as per a GR dated December 26, 2014.
The decision had led to withdrawal of the 15% additional Naxal allowance given to government employees in these tehsils. Similarly, their share in the central government grants released for development of Naxal infested areas too was lost following the decision. Even police department has maintained that Chandrapur is not yet totally cleansed of Naxals. Though no major Naxal attack has been witnessed in the past decade in Chandrapur, cops have time and again exposed urban cells and front organizations working for Naxals in the district in recent years.
Mungantiwar, who had forced the previous Congress government to include these tehsils in Naxal infested areas, was facing severe criticism over BJP government’s decision in Chandrapur. Hence, Mungantiwar personally met CM Fadnavis and argued that elimination of these highly sensitive, tribal dominated and Naxal infested tehsils would not be appropriate. Sources in Mungantiwar camp claimed that CM Fadnavis has assured Mungantiwar to include these tehsils into the list of Naxal infested area. An announcement to this effect is likely to be made soon by the home department.
GAYA: In what may be regarded as a major success for the forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations, particularly the CRPF, a huge cache of explosives and other items of destruction were seized from a Red dumping pit in Chakarbandha forest under Dumaria police station area of Gaya district. The recovery was made during an operation against the Red on Tuesday evening. As per available details, the recoveries include more than 100 IEDs of different dominations including can bombs and suitcase bombs, hand grenades and chemicals used for making explosive devices. The chemical has been identified as ammonium nitrate also used as a fertilizer in agriculture.
Confirming the recovery of weapons and explosives from the Maoists dumping pit, CRPF DIG Chiranjeev Prasad told TOI that a couple of IEDs weighed as much as 40kg. The recoveries have seriously dented the strike power of the Maoists, said the CRPF DIG. According to Prasad, the recovered items include three double barrel guns and two rifles of 315 make. Forces were determined to drive out the ultras from the area and deny them any foothold, said Prasad.
The Maoists, it may be recalled, regard the Dumaria-Imamganj areas of the district as ‘liberated zone’ implying that the Red rebels not the state machinery is in control of things in the area. Responding to the perception that there is definite slow down in anti-Naxal operations following the Aurangabad incident in which some villagers were killed and injured in police firing on a mob protesting the alleged harassment of innocent villagers by the police forces, the CRPF DIG said there is no let up in the anti-Maoist operations and the forces are well equipped to take on the ultras. Asked about the role of the district police on Tuesday’s operation, the CRPF officer said the district police are extending full cooperation to the CRPF in its anti-Maoist operations.
60 IEDs Found During Operation Against Maoists in Bihar
In a joint anti-Naxal operation by CRPF, STF and Bihar Police, 60 IEDs were today found in Bhimbandh forest in the state’s Munger district. SP Varun Kumar Sinha said the police had received information about a training programme being held by Maoists in the forest following which a joint operation was launched. One suspected Maoist identified as Murmur Koda was arrested during the operation, he said. The arrested Maoist was involved in killing of two CRPF personnel during Lok Sabha election last year, Sinha said. A woman cadre, however, managed to flee, he said.
Engine derails as Maoists damage railway track in Chhattisgarh
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) damaged a railway track near Kamalur station in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, leading to the derailment of a goods train engine. The driver and helper of the engine suffered minor injuries in the accident. The Maoists have called for a ‘Dandakaranya Bandh’ on Friday in protest against the Polavaram Dam project and the “All-out war” by the Government of India to “flush out Maoists from Bastar.” “The Polavaram Dam project will displace 2.5 lakh Dorla Tribals from different parts of Bastar and Telangana. To oppose this project, our Central Regional Bureau has called for Dandakaranya Bandh on February 20. We appeal to the people of Telangana, Orrisa and Dandakaranya to observe strict bandh on February 20,” said Ganesh Uike, Secretary of the South Regional Committee (SRC) of the CPI (Maoist) in a statement sent to The Hindu.
In an effort to enforce the bandh, the ultras damaged the railway track. Accusing the State police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of “oppressing and harassing” the Tribals of Bastar in the name of “anti-Maoist operations,” the Maoist leader also claimed that the police arrested three “workers” of the CPI(Maoist) on February 5 from Kotrapal village in Bijapur district. “Mallesh, Podyami Sukhram and Madavi Lachhu were picked up by police from their homes. All three are being tortured inhumanly in police custody and are being forced to join police as ‘Gopniya Sainik’ (secret agents). We demand that all three be produced before the court immediately,” the SRC secretary said.
The Maoist leader also accused the police of arresting two villagers from Bodali village in Bijapur and not disclosing it to the media. “Police and CRPF are going on rampage in many Bijapur villages. People from interior villages are scared to go to market places because common villagers are being arrested as ‘Warrantee Maoists’ and are being forced to surrender,” Ganesh Uike said while expressing solidarity with the teachers, laborers and Anganwadi workers of Chhattisgarh.
‘Maoist’ arrests: Families of accused allege denial of rights
KOCHI: The relatives of activists Thushar Nirmal Sarathy (36) and Jaison Cooper (37), booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for Maoist links, have accused police of highhandedness. Thushar’s wife Uma said she was barred from the district court premises on February 6, on orders from police officers, when the case was taken up. She was also not allowed to give some books to him, on the grounds that he could only read whatever was available at the prison library.
“The search and arrest itself were carried out without a proper warrant,” said Uma, who works in an IT firm. “I had to seek legal aid to remain on the court premises and give books to Thushar. His brother Sooraj was still not allowed to meet him. We are denied our rights and police are terrorizing us. Sooraj was treated like an accused at the circle inspector’s office, where he went to meet Thushar.” Police had arrested Thushar and Cooper, an employee with the state insurance department, on January 30 following the ‘Maoist’ attack on NHAI project office here. Thushar was arrested from Kozhikode after he addressed a news conference, condemning the police hunt, while Cooper was taken into custody from his office here.
The evidence cited against Thushar was that he possessed pro-Maoist literature and Sreekanth Prabhakaran, a student booked under the UAPA in December last, had called him over phone. Against Cooper, police had claimed possession of pro-Maoist literature and posting pro-Maoist messages on social networking sites. “The pamphlet that allegedly promotes Maoism was in fact a notice issued by the Janakeeya Manushyavakasa Prasthanam, a human rights group for which they worked,” Uma said. Police had claimed that they were not involved in Maoist attacks but were active in ‘front organizations’ of the movement. Cooper’s friend Prasanth Sarangadharan said: “They harassed him even before his arrest. They didn’t bother to inform friends and relatives when they were arrested. Our social networking accounts and calls are constantly monitored.” .
Why 1000 adivasis blocked a national highway in Chhattisgarh for 17 hours
For 17 hours over Monday and Tuesday, traffic on the national highway that connects Chhattisgarh to Andhra Pradesh came to a grinding halt. More than 1000 adivasis, both men and women, blocked the highway in protest against the arrest of Mutchaki Hadma, a primary school cook. The protestors brought food and utensils, pots and pans, and sat on the highway, determined to not budge till Hadma was released. The protest started gathering steam in late afternoon as people from eight villages clustered outside the Tongpal police station where Hadma had been detained. Not only did people come from the Chhindgarh block of Sukma district, where Tongpal is located, but also from the Darbha and Kuakonda blocks of Dantewada district, many walking more than 20 kilometres.
Sukma and Dantewada districts are part of the Bastar region in southern Chhattisgarh, where armed Maoist guerillas have been fighting a prolonged low intensity war against the Indian state for more than three decades. The last decade has seen a heavy influx of government security forces in the region. Viewing local people as agents and supporters of the insurgents, the police and paramilitary forces carry out searches and interrogations in the villages, which have created a heightened sense of anger and resentment.