People’s War in India Clippings 18/3/2016




Police recover three firearms from Ghatshila

Jamshedpur, March 17: In major development, the police and paramilitary forces,including the CRPF, recovered three firearms from Makuli village under Ghatshila police station area bordering West Bengal on Wednesday evening. East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T Mathew said that acting on a tip-off that a squad of the Naxal leader Rahul was at Makuli village, a police and CRPF team rushed to the spot. During inquiry, they found the firearms, including two guns and a pistol, from a bush.

The SSP said the seized firearms were country-made and it is suspected that they were hidden there by the CPI-Maoist rebels. According to information, the police administration here is focusing on Ghatshila sub-division to curb the Naxal menace. A senior police officer said that a meeting was called recently to review security arrangements in the subdivision. The senior cops gave important tips on the security and discuss on the situation at bordering areas with West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Sources informed that the ultras belonging to the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) have been active in the Ghatshila sub-division that comprises of areas like Dumaria, Musaboni, Chakulia, Bahragora and Ghatshila. They further said that the police have decided to ensure strict vigil and deploy additional security forces in the fringe areas. “Security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxalites. The plan is to keep a tab on the camps being operated by ultras,” said another official.

According to information the meeting, besides taking up other issues, resolved to increase ‘joint operation’ with the neighbouring states in all the Naxal-infested blocks of the three districts that are attached to bordering states of West Bengal and Odisha.

Two CRPF jawans injured

Raipur, Mar 18 (PTI) Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were injured today in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh’s naxal-hit Dantewada district, police said. A CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) jawan was injured when a pressure bomb, laid by Naxals, blasted in Badegurra forests of Kuwakonda police station limits early this morning, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap, told PTI. A composite squad of CRPF, its elite unit CoBRA and district forces were patrolling inside the forests of Kuwakonda.

As soon as they reached Badegurra, a jawan stepped over a pressure IED connection, triggering the blast, the SP said. He belonged to CoBRA’s 206th battalion. In another incident, a CRPF jawan sustained injuries after he was shot with an arrow by Naxals in Chikpal forest under Katekalyan police station limits late last night, the SP said. A joint team of CRPF, Special Task Force (STF) and district force had launched an anti-naxal operation in the Katekalyan region, located around 450 kms away from here, during which they unearthed a 5 kg IED planted by Naxals. On their way back, a jawan was hit by an arrow shot by a group of Naxals who fled into the forests when security forces launched retaliatory attack, he said, adding, the two jawans were rushed to Dantewada for treatment, he added.


Capital cuffs for rebel aide – Trusted courier held with extortion cash

Ranchi, March 17: An educated courier of dreaded CPI(Maoist) Bada Vikas, who attained national notoriety in 2013 as one of the brains of the belly-bomb trap, was arrested in Rock Garden, Kanke Road, minutes after he had extorted Rs 17 lakh on behalf of his boss from a businessman last evening. Devendra Kujur (32), among Bada Vikas’s most trusted men, was picked up by Ranchi police with his aide Bhavani Oraon around 5.30pm on Wednesday. The cash collected, Rs 17 lakh, was found in his i10 (registration No. JH01Z0291). Police kept the twin arrests, the result of intelligence inputs from special branch, under wraps till today, when they announced at a news conference at the Ranchi SSP office, district collectorate, in Kutchery.

Revealing that the businessman had managed to escape, they said the man had brought along dry fruits worth Rs 17,000, expensive branded clothes and shoes as gifts for Maoist Vikas and his family, which the police seized, along with two backpacks, cartridge holders, Naxalite literature and the hatchback that Devendra had been using. “Devendra arranges logistics support for Bada Vikas, right from collecting and dispatching extortion money to arranging food and medicines,” Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi told the media on Thursday. “We are trying to trace the businessman,” he added but declined to give details.

Son of retired parents in Latehar – his father was a BDO and mother a teacher – Devendra, a postgraduate in political science from Ranchi University, also had a doctor brother in RIMS, who is no more. He nourishes political ambitions, having unsuccessfully contested Latehar zilla parishad elections recently.

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People’s War in India Clippings 17/3/2016


3 can-bombs recovered in Jharkhand

Khunti (Jharkhand), Mar 16: Security personnel today recovered three can-bombs from Bokod village under Rania police station in naxal-hit Khunti district. The bombs were found hidden in a road side ditch, Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta said. The recovery was made during a search operation launched jointly by CRPF and district armed police force in the naxal-affected areas. Gupta said the explosives, weighing 20 kgs each, have been defused by the bomb disposal squad. PTI

Maoists visit Ranchi to collect levy, arrested

RANCHI: A short distance away from chief minister Raghubar Das’s official residence two Maoists were arrested on Wednesday evening after they moved around the town unarmed in a car and received Rs 17 lakh extortion from an unknown businessman. Inside the seized car new clothes, two American Tourister backpacks, a pair of shoes, over five kilogram dry fruits and snacks bought from a popular confectionery city shop were recovered, taking the police with surprise.

It is unknown if the extremists window-shopped or someone else did in on their behalf. The Maoists – Devendra Kujur, 32, and Bhawani Oraon, 25 – were working for Bihar Jharkhand North Chhattisgarh special area committee member Vinay alias Bada Vikas alias Balkeshwar Oraon, a most wanted Maoist with Rs 15 lakh bounty. “We verified their background and found they have been working as levy collectors for Bada Vikas for a couple of years.

They worked in the core domain of the Maoists. They would be called Maoists, not Maoist sympathizers,” SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi, who said at a press conference on Thursday. The car, registered in Ranchi, was also seized. The person who handed over the bundle of cash to the Maoists was unknown to them. “We were told by Bada Vikas a man will appear near Rock Garden and deliver a bundle of cash. It happened according to what Bada Vikas had designed. We do not know the businessman,” police quoted the Maoists. SSP Dwivedi said the dry fruits might be meant for some Maoist leader who is not keeping well. According to a police officer the Maoists took Ratu road to enter the capital. Passing through the heart of the town – where they reportedly also did shopping – they reached Kanke road where Rock Garden is situated. They waited for the unknown man to appear and deliver the promised bundle of cash.

A source said a SUV appeared instead of the unknown man to the waiting Maoists. The SUV slowed down when it passed by the waiting Maoists car and then sped away. “After the SUV sped away, the small car started to move. We suspected something was wrong and stopped the small car for a check. The Maoists were inside it,” a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.

Maoists Use Niyamgiri to Corner State Govt

SAMBALPUR: Worried over largescale desertion and fast depleting cadres, the Maoists are desperate to strengthen their base and undertake largescale recruitment by resorting to their old arsenal of ‘psychological warfare’. The filing of an interlocutory application in the Supreme Court, seeking fresh ‘Palli Sabhas’ to reconsider mining of bauxite from Niyamgiri Hill through Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the killing of Manda Kadraka by security forces during combing operation in an encounter in the Niyamgiri Hills on February 27, have come as a shot in the arm for the Maoist operating in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts. The fact that the security forces have acknowledged the presence of Sukhdev alias Bunty in the encounter, speaks about the motive of the Maoists.

The Left Wing Extremists (LWE), who already have a large congregation in Telen Reserve Forest in Madanpur Rampur block of Kalahandi despite encounters, are in no mood to relent and keep the issue of Niyamgiri on the boil. Their strategy is aimed at isolating the State Government and the bandh call in five blocks of Kalahandi and Rayagada blocks reestablishes the fact. In fact, ever since Supreme Court turned down the proposal for bauxite mining from Niyamgiri Hills and Dongria Kondhs rejected it in the 12 Palli Sabhas, the State Government has been looking for options to provide bauxite to aluminium based industries in the State. With uncertainty looming large over the fate of Posco and Mittal Arcelor walking out of Odisha, the State Government is desperate to save its image as investment destination. Industries like Vedanta Limited already feeling the heat in the absence of bauxite and iron industries facing acute shortage of raw material, Niyamgiri and Gandhamardan have remained the last hope for the State Government to mine bauxite.

With mass movement forcing Balco out of Gandhamardan in early 80’s, the State Government is not daring to touch Gandhamardan even as it is testing waters in Niyamgiri. But the timing of the proposal went against the State Government as it failed to visualise the assembly of the Dongria Kondhs, Jharania Kondhs and Kutia Kondhs for Niyam Raja Parab, the presiding deity atop the Niyamgiri hills. With villagers getting caught in the crossfire between Maoists and security forces, it has united the Kondhs against the State Government sealing all the chances of any rapprochement. This has forced the State Government on the back-foot, giving the Maoists the much needed fillip.

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“Hi Comrades” – a letter from a TKP/ML-TiKKO fighter in Rojava


The revolution is a path; when people step onto this path, they open the doors to an unknown world. We have come onto this path by the love of fire and earth. We started walking on this path by cutting all of our links to private property, like a newborn who is very enthusiastic and happy to enter into life. We started to walk on this path at midnight, guided by the moonlight. After the friends that brought us here gave us a warning, we started to walk. After passing great mountains, wild rivers, the intoxicating smell of fields of wheat, we finally came to Rojava. Our trip had taken 14 hours, without bread, without water, without cigarettes. A trip undertaken in the company of people that we had never seen before… Due to the darkness of the night, we were not even capable of seeing the faces of these friends. It’s strange, since maybe we will be fighting side by side with some of them in the same positions. Maybe we will draw our last breath in the arms of the other without even getting to know what are our favourite books and movies.

Here, we are in Rojava; the front where the armed oppressed meet and kiss. After a warm welcome, we drank çay, ate some bread with cheese under curious gazes… Everyone looked into the others’ eyes. Everyone smiled to one another in a way to hide the fatigue that could be read on the faces.

After 3 or 4 days of waiting, our organisation came to bring us to the front, where we would fight. On both sides stand two mountains: one made of dust, the other made of smoke. On one side, the Abdul Aziz mountain, on the other side, the Şengal mountain. What remains is just a wide emptiness, a thirsty ground, flat and arid, without a single tree. The temperature depresses the eyes of a person. Each day, dust storms reduce the visibility to nearly zero. Where we are, friends come from the 4 corners of Kurdistan – from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. All are young fighters full of life. It reminds me of Ahmet Arif’s poem: “If you only knew, my brothers and sisters, how they were good kids. I would have wanted you to know.”

In the battalion, the lifestyle is collective. Everything that needs to be done is planned collectively. Our friendship is great. Many friends don’t know TKP-ML/TiKKO, it’s curious for them that there is another organisation aside from YPG/YPJ. As we tell our parties our reasons for coming to Rojava, our friendship grows and our confidence in one another expands. We have a slogan in our battalion: “Tea, cigarettes and war”. These three things are firmly bonded here.

We are at the front. Our position is 700 metres away from that of the ISIL gangs. We will certainly be in combat every day. Mortars, missiles, bullets illuminate our dark nights. At night, we await ambushes, having mined our grounds. Some days we have 8 or 10 hours of surveillance duty. Our morale is good because we concentrate on the war. Here, we learn many things about the city and the battle fronts. Just like the leader and comrade İbrahim Kaypakkaya taught us, we learn war by doing it. Freedom means to be conscious of one’s musts and we decided to answer the call of the proletariat under the direction of the party. We continue walking forward with confidence, with small steps, humbly conscious that we are small and with our ideals.

Comrade Sefagül Keskin instructed us : “everyone must do their work”. We received our instructions and are committed to our work. On their paths, today in Rojava, tomorrow in Dersim, then at the Black Sea, we will do our work. Each time we repeat: where there is oppression, there is resistance and Comrade İbrahim is there.

(A TKP/ML fighter in Rojava)

Via New Turkey


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People’s War in India Clippings 16/3/2016


Four arrests in Pakur

Two Naxals arrested in Bastar

Two Naxals, one of them allegedly involved in the 2013 Jiram Valley attack in which 31 people lost their lives, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on Tuesday, the police said. “Piso Kadkami, 32, and Aayta Vetti, 33, were apprehended from the forests of the Darbha police station limits following a specific input,” Bastar SP RN Dash said. Based on the information that some suspects were spotted in Kakalgur and Bhadrimahu forests, located around 350 km from the State capital, a team of local police was dispatched to the spot.

“Around 5 km from Kakalgur, the team spotted two men trying to hide near a rivulet following which they were nabbed,” the SP said. He said a five kg IED (improvised explosive device), ten gelatine rods and five detonators were recovered from the ultras. During interrogation, the duo admitted that they were active in the Darbha Division Committee of Maoists and arrived there to plant the IED to harm security forces during their operation in the region, the officer said.


Maoists call bandh in Kalahandi and Rayagada; Normal Life cripples

Bhubaneswar, Mar 15: Normal life in Kalahandi and Rayagada was crippled following bandh called by Maoists outfit on Tuesday. Maoists belonging to Bansadhara-Ghumusar- Nagabali division of CPI (Maoist) called bandh in the two districts protesting against fake encounter by police in February in Rayagada. Shops, commercial establishments and educational institutions were remained closed due to bandh. Vehicle movement came to standstill in many parts in the duo district. Many commuters stranded at various blocks in the district due the strike.

In February, a trial youth was gunned down by police, which the Maoists termed cold blooded act by the errant cops. As per reports, Dangaria Kandh a local youth was killed in police encounter in Rayagada. The family members of the deceased had demanded stern action against cops those were involved in the encounter.


Bandh called by Maoists brings Rayagada, Kalahandi to halt

Koraput: The public transport system came to a grinding halt in four blocks of Rayagada district and in one block of Kalahandi district on Tuesday because of a bandh called by Maoists in protest against the alleged fake encounter of a Dongria Kondh, Mondo Kadraka, in Rayagada district on February 27. Accoring to sources, passengers were seen stranded in the scorching heat at several bus stops in Rayagada, Kalyansinghpur, Bissamkatak and Muniguda blocks of Rayagada district and in Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district.

Also, shops and markets remained shut at several places in these blocks. “People are facing a lot of problems as buses remained off roads. Passengers are forced to travel in small vehicles by paying higher fares. Patients were the worst sufferers,” said a source at Muniguda. Police said adequate security arrangements have been made to thwart any untoward incident during the bandh period. “No violence was reported during the bandh period and security personnel have been kept on high alert,” said SDPO (Rayagada) Y J Rao. Prior to the bandh call on March 6, secretary of the Niyamari Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Sukdev, had alleged that Mondo was not a Maoist and the security personnel killed him in a fake encounter to create panic among tribals.

The Maoist leader had said that security personnel killed Mondo when he was coming down from the Niyamgiri hill after participating in Ghati festival. He also demanded compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the bereaved family. Police claimed that the deceased was a Maoist and was killed during in an encounter in a forested area near Dangamatia village under Kalyansinghpur block. Drika Kadraka, brother of the deceased, had filed a complaint of murder against the security forces at the Kalyansinghpur police station on March 5. On March 4, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) directed the RDC (southern division) and DIG (south-western range) to submit two separate inquiry reports on the allegations of fake encounter of the tribal village within four weeks.


A bodyguard of top CPI Maoist Arvindji, identified as Sohan Yadav, has been arrested and remanded in jail in Latehar on Tuesday. Yadav comes from Mohanpur in Bihar’s Gaya district. Sources said Yadav had joined the protective coterie of Arvind ji only eight to ten months back. DIG police Palamu Saket Kumar Singh has confirmed the arrest of the protector of Arvind ji, Sohan Yadav. DIG said that the youth is below 20 and was in the protection of Arvind ji for his agility.

DIG revealed that Arvind ji has had youths from Bihar’s Gaya and Jehanabad districts. He has no faith in Jharkhandis DIG asserted. He said Arvind ji is very protective of his life and keeps men who hail from Bihar as he himself comes from Jehanabad. DIG further said Yadav used to sneak in and out from Chhipadohar and here he was caught.–held-in-latehar.html

Three Maoists held

The Special Task Force (STF) today arrested three Maoists with weapons from a village under Baruraj police station area in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, a STF team raided Andaul village and arrested three Maoists, identified as Md Wasim Akram, Umesh Mahto and Raja Babu, all said to be members of the proscribed outfit CPI(Maoists), while they were taking part in a closed-door meeting with fellow ultras, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjeet Kumar Mishra.

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People’s War in India Clippings 15/3/2016


Four arrests in Vaishali

Vara Vara Rao lambasts atrocities by State

Warangal: Revolutionary poet P Vara Vara Rao (VV) launched a broadside against the State government, citing police atrocities against the former Maoists and their sympathisers. Addressing a press conference along with former Maoist sympathiser Dara Saraiah here on Monday, he asserted that any ‘encounter’ in the State is some way or other way is connected to Warangal police. He questioned the rationale behind police’s swoop on the house of Saraiah, a resident of Munipalli village under Hasanparthy mandal, on March 1 although the latter has been eking out a livelihood by running an auto-rickshaw for the last few years. “The police who rounded up the house of Saraiah at around 7 pm on March 1 threatened him to come out of his house.

When he didn’t come out, the police broke the ventilator window and threatened Saraiah, his mother and his wife,” Rao narrated the incident. Rao said that it’s not fair on part of K Chandrashekar Rao-government to create terror among these innocent people. “Earlier on February 7, 2014, the four-member special police party kidnapped and took me to Hyderabad where they threatened me to carry a covert operation to kill the top Maoist leaders Haribhushan, Damodar and Prabhakar by feeding them with poisoned food,” Saraiah alleged, explaining his ordeals with the police.

He said: “The police threatened to kill me if I didn’t heed to their conspiracy. Unable to bear the pressure, I attempted suicide. After listening this, my father died of heart stroke.” Later, representatives of Civil Liberties Committee, Amaraveerula Bandhumitrula Sangham, Telangana Praja Front, Saraiah’ wife and mother also spoke. Raising doubts over the presence of a few persons, who are not related to the media at the start of the press conference, Vara Vara Rao appealed those outsiders to leave the premises.

Police trying to kill former naxalite Saraiah: Varavara

Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao accused the police of trying to kill former naxalite Dara Saraiah, who is now eking out a living driving an autorickshaw. A group of police raided the house of Saraiah at Munipalli village on March 1 and terrorised the whole family. “In 2014, he was kidnapped by SIB police and produced before the SP. The police wanted him to poison top naxal leaders Haribhushan, Damodar and Prabhakar using his contacts. He refused to do and attempted suicide by consuming poison,” Mr. Rao said.


Maoist bandh disrupts life in Odisha’s Rayagada & Kalahandi

Normal life was paralysed in five blocks of Odisha’s Rayagada and Kalahandi districts today as Maoists called for a bandh protesting against an alleged fake encounter of a tribal youth. While vehicular traffic came to a standstill, most shops remained closed in Rayagada, Kalyansingpur, Bishamcuttack, Muniguda, and Lanjigarh blocks because of the bandh. Passengers were seen stranded in bus stops. Even though there have been no reports of violence so far, security forces have tightened patrolling to avoid any untoward incident.

Notably, CPI(Maoist) Niyamgiri Area Commitee Secretary Sukhdev on March 6 announced the bandh after the security forces killed Monda Kadrika in Dangamatia on February 27. “February 27 was the last day of the Adivasi Ghati festival in the Niyamgiri jungles. Police had killed Monda to create fear and panic among the tribals,” he had alleged. Monda’s brother also had filed a murder complaint against the security forces in Kalyansinghpur police station of Rayagarh on March 5. On the other hand, the security forces on February 27 had claimed that Monda Kadrika (20) was a suspected Maoist and was killed in an encounter led by Rayagada SP K Siva Subramani in the Dangamatia forests. Meanwhile, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) acting Chairman Justice BK Mishra, on March 4, directed the Southern RDC and the South-West Range DIG to inquire and report separately on the allegations within four weeks. The matter is likely to be heard on April 26.


Dongria Kondhs take out protest rally against Dangamatia encounter case in Odisha

Odisha Sun Times Bureau Rayagada, Mar 15: Armed with traditional weapons, hundreds of Dongria Kondhs on Monday took out a protest rally and gheraoed Kalyansinghpur police station against the alleged fake encounter of tribal youth Monda Kadrika in Dangamatia by the security forces on February 27. More than 500 Dongria Kondhs under Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti (NSS) gathered here, they were demanding an independent judicial inquiry into the killing of 20 year-old Monda, registration of murder case against the police and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for his family.

The state government is trying to spread terror among Dongria Kondhs with an aim to mine bauxite in Niyamgiri hills, said President of NSS, Dadhi Sikaka. To maintain peace and avert any untoward incident, three platoons of police took out a flag march in Kalyansinghpur village. Meanwhile, a Nayamgiri based Maoist group has called for a bandh in five blocks of Rayagada district in Odisha today to protest Monda Kadrika alleged fake encounter in Dangamatia. Niyamgiri Area Commitee, has called for a strike in five blocks, namely, Rayagada, Kalyansingpur, Bishamcuttack, Muniguda, and Lanjigarh in Kahahandi district to protest the killing.

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People’s War in India Clippings 14/3/2016


128 Naxals, 100 policemen killed in 543 encounters in last 3 years

Chhattisgarh government today said 128 Naxals and 100 policemen were killed in gun battles over the last three years in the state. In a written reply to a question raised by Congress MLA Deepak Baij, state Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar, who is in-charge of the Home department, said, “543 encounters took place between police and Naxalites from 2013 till January 2016 in the Maoist-affected districts of Chhattisgarh.” 128 Naxals were killed while 100 security personnel also lost their lives in the gun battles. Besides, 210 security personnel and eight Naxals were injured in the exchanges of gunfire, he said.

Naxalites trying to rebuild base: MHA

Patna: Hit by intensive combat operations and encounters by the security forces, Naxalites are trying to rebuild their base, says an input sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to the principal secretaries (home) of all the states affected by Left wing extremism. Bihar and Jharkhand police recently held a joint meeting to intensify the combing operations in the border districts of the two states to thwart any untoward incident before the panchayat polls in Bihar. According to police, the Naxalites have been holding meetings in deep forest areas since the announcement of 10-phase panchayat election in Bihar.

“The MHA input was based on the interrogation of Gajrala Ashok alias Prasad by Chhattisgarh police. Prasad was former member of Dandakaranya special zonal committee and in-charge of western regional unified command of CPI (Maoist). Gajrala revealed that the renegade groups have been preventing the Maoists from expanding their base in Bihar and Jharkhand despite major losses in recent encounters,” a police official said. The input maintained that the CPI (Maoist) is trying to improve its cadre skills in using arms, develop secondary leadership, induct more women and mass work in villages. The police source said after the recent casualty and arrests in Aurangabad, Jamui, Gaya, Jehanabad, Saran and other districts, the Maoists have been on the defensive.

“The outfit is now keen on protecting its senior leaders/central committee members. It has decided to keep only its state, regional and special committee members informed about its cadres’ movement. It has also decided to set up camps away from water body in the forests while holding Jan Militia and arms training,” said the source quoting the MHA input. The Maoists have decided not to get involved in small or medium encounters with the security forces as they are short of ammunition. Only if there is no way out then Maoists will get engaged in encounters. IG (operations) Sushil M Khopde said, “Due to surrender by its cadres with arms and casualty in encounters, they are trying to influence the villagers and panchayat polls will be an opportunity for them. But we are also taking necessary actions to prevent any violence by the Maoists during the panchayat polls.”

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HBDH announces formation with armed actions in Gezi






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Elements of the newly formed People’s United Revolutionary Movement (HBDH) engaged police in armed clashes in the Gezi neighborhood of Istanbul this weekend.


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People’s War in India Clippings 13/3/2016


53 executed by naxal ‘kangaroo courts’ in 3 years

Fifty three people were executed by Maoists after ‘kangaroo courts’ found them ‘guilty’ in the five worst naxal-hit states of the country in the last three years. According to Home Ministry statistics, 18 people were killed following the directives of ‘kangaroo courts’ or ‘Jan Adalats’ in 2015 for being alleged police informers or “for not believing in Maoist ideology“. During 2015, 41 ‘Jan Adalats’ were held by naxal cadres in five Left Wing Extremism affected states —— Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (14), Jharkhand (14) and Odisha (6).

Altogether 15 people were executed in 2014 following orders of 54 ‘Jan Adalats’ and 20 people were killed in 2013 under the directives of 63 ‘Jan Adalats’ “To create terror among civilians in the LWE affected areas, the Maoist cadres, in their ‘Kangaroo Courts’, also called ‘Jan Adalat’, or ‘Praja Courts’, execute sentence against the civilians, who do not subscribe to their ideology in the areas under their domain or labelling them as police informers,” a Home Ministry official said. In 2016, till February 15, two ‘Jan Adalats’ have been held in Chhattisgarh.

While nearly one lakh paramilitary personnel continued to be deployed in Left Wing extremism-affected areas, the 10 naxal-hit states —— Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh —— saw 226 deaths in 1,088 incidents of violence perpetrated by Maoists in 2015. In 2015, of the 226 deaths, 168 were civilians and 58 were security forces personnel. As many as 89 Maoists were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered before authorities during the year.

Naxal gunned down in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, March 13: A naxal was on Sunday, March 13 gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in Maoist-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. “The face-off between ultras and a composite squad of District Reserve Group and Special Task Force took place in the forest axis of Misiguda and Bendre villages in Jagargunda police station area,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police, Santosh Singh, said.

Suspected Maoists gun down former Sarpanch in Odisha

Koraput (Odisha), Mar 13 (PTI) Suspected Maoists gunned down a former Sarpanch of Tentuligumma panchayat under Boipariguda block in Odisha’s Koraput district today, a police officer said. The deceased has been identified as 38 year-old Gobardhan Bhumiyan of Tenguligumma under Boipariguda police station limits, the officer said. The incident took place near a forested road on NH-326 near Tanginiguda, situated at a distance of around 60 km from here when the former elected panchayat member was on way to his village on a motorcycle from Tanginiguda, the source said.

Though the modus operandi of the crime is similar to that of Maoists, no Naxal letter or poster was found near the body. Police is yet to confirm the involvement of Naxals behind the incident but they do not rule out Maoist role. “It could also be the fallout of some old enmity and the attackers might have tried to give a Maoist colour to divert police attention. Also, we can t rule out the involvement of Maoists. Details will be known once we complete our investigation,” the officer said.

Odisha police to intensify combing operations against Maoists

With Left-wing extremists (LWEs) extending their activities in the tribal-dominated Kalahandi district in the State, the Odisha Police on Saturday said it would intensify combing operation and also ensure development of certain areas. This was stated by Director General of Police K. B. Singh after reviewing the Maoist situation with Superintendents Police of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Nawarangpur districts here today. Among senior police officials Additional DG Arun Sarangi, Sunil Ray, Santosh Kumar Upadhaya, IG Intelligence D. S. Kute and DIG S. Saine also attended the review meeting.

Increased activities

Admitting that LWE activities have increased in Kalahandi and Nuapada region in the recent time, the DGP said steps are being taken to intensify combing operation and welfare activities as well in the Maoist-infested areas. Out of 13 blocks of Kalahandi, movement of Maoist cadres were witnessed in 10 blocks. However, the situation is acute in tribal pockets in Thuamul Rampur and Lanjigarh blocks, the DGP said claiming that the red radicals are gradually losing their hold over the areas due to intensified combing operation by CRP and SOG. “Maoist cadres are now defensive and desperate,” the DGP said.

Cops step up vigil to thwart Maoists’ comeback

Hyderabad: With Maoists attempting to regain their foothold in Telangana, vigil has been stepped up in border districts of Khammam (Telangana-Chhattisgarh border) and Karimnagar (Telangana-Maharashtra border), especially after last week’s encounter. With a renewed strategy of Maoists moving in groups of around 20, police are not taking any chance. In the latest encounter, which took place a few kilometres away from Khammam in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state, nearly 50 Maoists were holding a camp before an encounter with police in which eight Maoists were killed. In the last few years, Maoists were nearly wiped out from Telangana except for sporadic instances of a few naxals moving in the area.

Ever since, a separate state committee was formed for Telangana, the extremists were desperately making attempts to enter the state. In this connection, they had tried to enter the state with a reasonably large group, around 15 members, but encountered police in Karimnagar a few months back. Similarly, the group was big when an encounter took place in Warangal, in which three Maoists, including a woman, died during a gun battle. The banned outfit has been making attempts to enter the state from Chhattisgarh or Maharashtra in groups, which would give them some firepower to counter the men in khaki. However, till date, the naxals could not make any foray or regain their foothold in Telangana.

When asked about the Maoist bid to move in groups, director-general of police Anurag Sharma said, “It is true that Maoists are renewing efforts to enter the state again. Prior to the recent encounter, 14 members came into the state during an encounter with police in Karimnagar. We will stall their bid to enter the state.” The recent camp of Maoists in Chhattisgarh, close to Khammam district, was to chalk out a strategy to organize strikes or stage abductions in the state. Though the Telangana government wanted to start a regional unit of the elite Greyhounds in Warangal district, the proposal is yet to take off as the central government failed to fund the project.

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Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement established for a joint struggle




10 revolutionary organisations from Kurdistan and Turkey have announced the establishment of Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement as a unity of force and action formed in the wake of discussions ongoing since December.

Representatives of 10 revolutionary organisations attended a joint press meeting in guerrilla zones to announce their alliance with the purpose of stepping up the revolution in all areas including armed struggle against the “collaborative fascist AKP and TC (Turkish Republic) system of sovereignty”.

Speaking here before the press release, PKK Executive Committee Member Duran Kalkan listed the names of the following revolutionary organisations from Turkey and Kurdistan that got united to defeat fascism and become a glimmer of hope for peoples; TKP/ML, PKK, THKP-C/MLSPB, MKP, TKEP-LENİNİST, TİKB, DKP, DEVRÎMCÎ KARARGAH and MLKP.

While Proletarian Revolutionary Coordination also joins the United Revolutionary Movement, Resurrection Movement has voiced favorable opinion to join the association.

Kalkan said this unity of revolutionary forces has been formed to accomplish revolution against the AKP that is trying to establish a new fascist dictatorship by restoring the fascist military coups of 12 March and 12 September. He pointed out that the Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement has also been announced on 12 March at the 45th anniversary of 12 March 1971’s fascist military coup, 21st anniversary of 12 March 1995 Gazi massacre, and 12th anniversary of 12 March 2004 Qamishlo massacre.

Kalkan continued, inviting all those revolutionary organisations and societal circles that want to fight fascism to join the joint struggle.

Kalkan’s speech was followed by the read-out of the joint declaration in Turkish and Kurdish, which called attention to the ongoing crisis and war in the Middle East that threatens the whole humanity.

Stressing that the AKP government took part in one of the dirtiest alliances formed by regional and international powers in this bloody war, the joint declaration pointed to the all-out war the AKP is waging against all the peoples and opposition groups in the country today, with especially the Kurdish people suffering a massacre under tank and artillery fire targeting their ancient living areas.

“The Turkish Republic is trying hard to establish a one-party dictatorship and suppress the entire opposition by gathering behind itself all the traditional, modern, reactionary and fascist powers of the system of sovereignty. This bloody and fascist alliance is being sustained over enmity against Kurds today. The heavy destruction, pain and exploitation created by regional powers has brought the revolutionary state to maturity and paved the way for Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement. Defending and progressing the Rojava revolution, Kurdish resistance for self-rule and United Revolutionary Struggle of our peoples means defending the life safety and future of all the oppressed, laborers, intellectuals, democrats and all the people. No social circle in Turkey has a safe future within this system as all opposition powers are under attack. If the Kurdish resistance for self-rule gets broken, the AKP government will suppress the entire opposition in Turkey with blood in the same aggressiveness and cruelty. The future of progressive, revolutionary and pro-labor circles in Turkey is therefore intertwined with the future of the Kurdish resistance”, the declaration said.

The statement underlined that Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement aims to attain democracy and free future for peoples against imperialism, capitalism, chauvinism, fascism and racism, by considering the overthrow of the fascist AKP ruling with all its social bases through popular revolution as essential.

Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement called upon everyone harmed by fascism and reactionism, mainly women, youth and workers to get organised, united and fight for freedom, democracy and fraternity of peoples.

Via ANF News

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Palestinian women in Nablus launch boycott campaign for International Women’s Day




The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees in Nablus marked International Women’s Day, March 8, with a women’s campaign for the boycott of Israeli goods to be conducted on a house-to-house basis, launched with a rally and march from Martyrs’ Square.

The event included various women’s organizations and representatives of Palestinian political organizations. Esmat Shakhshir spoke about the importance of the mass movement in supporting the Palestinian economy and boycotting the enemy’s products, as a form of resistance on the ground. This year, she noted, International Women’s Day comes alongside the Israeli Apartheid Week marked annually by boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign to boycott the occupation. She emphasized the importance of boycotting the occupation state as a whole and not just the products of the Zionist settlements.

The campaign will include visits by women’s groups to homes to discuss the importance of the boycott of Israeli goods, as well as in schools, universities and shops.


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