Agency in panic as Maoists celebrate Martyrs’ Week
Visakha Agency, perhaps the only area in the State in which CPI (Maoist) has considerable presence, has been quiet as the annual Martyrs’ Week celebrations of the party commenced two days ago. However, the residents here are apprehensive that the Maoists would unleash violence after the celebrations are over. The panic has its roots in the reported entry of the party cadres from the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Odisha States into the Agency around two weeks ago. Rumours are also flying that the cadres are being guided by Ravi, who is said to be heading the action teams, and Ganapathi, a Central Committee member who is the namesake of party’s general secretary.
Chhattisgarh and Odisha cadres who are known for their violence have become a cause of concern. Anticipating trouble from the Maoists during or post-celebrations, the police have reinforced its presence and seven additional companies of Greyhounds and paramilitary forces have been reportedly deployed in the Agency several weeks ago. The police have secured a major advantage before the martyrs’ week commenced by arresting Galikonda area committee member Chinna Rao a month ago. Chinna Rao allegedly made preparations for erecting a large sized memorial at Kumkukmpudi and has planned some other activities.
He has reportedly spilled the beans after being arrested and the party has changed its strategies. Though the main activity of the CPI (Maoist) during the Martyrs’ Week is to pay homage to its members killed in encounters, erect memorials, hold meetings in villages and go for recruitment, there is possibility of violence post-celebrations. Tension prevails Meanwhile, tension prevailed for a while at Chintapalli when a rumour went round that an action team was present at Antarla village, just two kilometres away. Local Sub-Inspector Tarakeswara Rao with a posse of policemen rushed to the area and conducted a search.
Three Naxals carrying a reward of Rs 5,000 held during combing operation
Three Naxals, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 5000, were arrested in the insurgency-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh on as part of intensified combing operation by police in the wake of ongoing “Naxal week”, a senior official said. “The three Jan Militia cadres of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) were apprehended by a joint team of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district police force from separate places under Bayanar police station limits,” Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri said. The arrests were made when the joint squad was conducting combing operation at Aadnar, Rengagodi and Permapal villages under Bayanar region, around 300 kms away from the state capital.
Maoists blow up CoBRA personnel’s house in Bihar
Aurangabad: Maoists attacked a village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district and blew up the house of a CoBRA personnel, police said Thursday. Aurangabad Police Superintendent Upendra Kumar Sharma said the banned CPI(Maoist) members raided Pipra village late last night and blew up the house of CRPF personnel Vinod Singh, who is currently posted at Barachatti in Gaya district as a member of Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). The CoBRA force is deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the state. “The Maoists threatened the family members of Singh and pulled them out of the house. They later laid explosives inside the building and blew it up. The house has been damaged,” said the SP.
The Maoists also shouted slogans against the government and CRPF before leaving. The pamphlets left by them at the spot claimed the action was in protest against the July 19 police firing at Madanpur in the district in which two person were killed. There was not report of any casualty. The SP said the police were conducting raids in and around the area after the incident. PTI
STF arrests two arms suppliers with Maoist link
Two arms suppliers suspected of having links with Maoists were arrested by Bihar special task force (STF) from a village market in Bihar’s Bhojpur district. The STF team raided Narayanpur Bazar area in the district following a tip off and caught the suppliers, including a woman, police said. The two have been identified and the man is suspected to be a Maoist. Two carbines were seized from them and the two were being interrogated.
Bihar: Maoist operative arrested for blowing up railway track
Aurangabad: The Bihar Police today arrested a Maoist area commander wanted in the blasting of railway tracks in the district from the Goh police station area of Aurangabad district. Representational image. Aurangabad Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said the arrested Maoist Siddharth Yadav alias Vikasji was wanted in the blasting of railway tracks on the night of July 22, in which the New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express had a close shave.
The pilot engine running ahead of the train derailed in the blast. Nobody was killed or injured in the incident. “Yadav is the area commander of southern parts of Aurangabad and was wanted in several other cases as well. A pistol and two cartridges have also been seized from him,” said the SP. Sharma also said the arrested Maoist became an area commander after his predecessor Kariman Yadav was nabbed by the police. PTI
Police, Maoists exchange fire in Telangana
Hyderabad: In the first indication that the CPI Maoist is trying to regroup in Telangana state, police in Adilabad district were on Thursday caught in an exchange of fire with the left wing extremists. Police said the encounter took place in Mangi forest area under Triyani Mandal this morning during a combing operation. This is the first such incident in many years. Bellampally additional superintendent Police Bhaskar Bhushan said that the suspected Maoists fled the scene after the encounter leaving behind 9 kit bags.
Police suspect that some of the militants were injured in the incident and they were continuing their search operations in the area. CPI Maoist state secretary Bandi Prakash was also believed to be among the Maoists present there. Bhushan said that the combing was intensified in the area in view of the annual celebrations of Maoists and people were asked not to venture in to the forest. Police had received a tip off that a group of Maoists had entered the district from neighbouring Maharashtra.
“During the intensified combing this morning, the encounter took place”, Bhaskar Bhushan said. The police have already sounded an alert in the district and asked elected representatives to be cautious in their movement. Adilabad was one of the worst affected by the Maoist violence before their presence was uprooted in 2005 from the entire state. It was in fact such an important hot bed for the Maoist that the reign of left wing terror and violence had started in the state with a dramatic landmine blast in 1987 killing a large number of policemen. In a related incident, Maoists installed a temporary “Martyrs Memorial” on a state highway in Khammam district and paid tributes there.
The memorial with a red flag was in Bandirevu under Bhadrachalam mandal. Police believe that this was also part of the annual celebrations of Maoists organisation. Earlier on June 19 neighbouring Andhra Pradesh had also witnessed its first major encounter in many years when police killed three Maoists in Nallamalla forest area on the borders of Guntur and Prakasham districts. Several other militants had managed to flee. Police recovered an AK-47 one SLR, carbines and a .303 rifle and explosives from the scene. Maoists have also indicated their presence in Mahbubnagar district by putting up posters in some of the villages recently. “All these happenings indicate that Maoists were trying to return and resume their activities in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It underlines the need for closer cooperation and coordination between the two states in tackling the menace”, said a senior police official.
Maoist posters put security on alert
JAMSHEDPUR: Several posters of Maoists were found in different places of the two adjoining districts of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan in the last 48 hours putting security forces here on alert. This is part of the exercise to make their presence felt during the ongoing Martyrs’ Week. A large number of posters were found at Patamda and Musabani in East Singhbhum. In Seraikela-Kharswan district, wanted Maoist leader Maharaj Pramanik, reportedly chaired a meeting of the local rebel squad members, in the dense forest cover of Darud village in Ichagarh block on Tuesday.
“Forces are on alert and anti-Maoist operations are being carried out extensively in the suspected areas,” said Seraikela-Kharswan police superintendent, Madan Mohan Lal. The police has intensified anti-insurgency drive in the Chowka and Chandil police station areas here, in particular. Police removed the posters and banners of Maoists, put up to challenge them, in the Musabani and Patamda block of East Singhbhum. At Ruklabera village in Patamda, bordering Bengal, posters against the Green Hunt Operation of security forces were put up by the rebels. They were torn apart by Patamda police station in-charge Yudishter Mahato.
The Red posters in Musabani carried messages against the alleged illegal land acquisition by corporate entities setting up steel and power plants in the Ghatshila subdivision. The posters also underscored the alleged injustice being meted out to local tribals by the UCIL in appointments. The district police has said anti-insurgency operations are also being carried out in the border areas of Bengal and Odisha to keep a watch on the movement of Naxalites who cross over to East Singhbhum for participating in the Martyrs’ Week programme. “Operations involving long-range patrolling of Maoist pockets across the hilly areas of Ghurabandha where, intelligence reports suggest, rebels could regroup during Martyrs’ Week have been intensified,” said a police officer of the Ghatshila subdivision.
Swiss National with Suspected Maoist Links is Student Leader from Geneva
A 24-year-old Swiss national, arrested in Kerala on Tuesday with suspected Maoist links, has reportedly been identified as a student union leader from Geneva. Jonathan Bold, whose last name still needs to be verified, was arrested by the police in the Thrissur district of Kerala. He was sentenced to a 14-day judicial custody on Wednesday, pending investigation and is currently lodged at the Viyyoor Central Jail in Thrissur.
According to Swiss news portal 20 Min, Jonathan, who recently finished his studies in Economics and Social Science, has worked as the secretary of the union for university students in Geneva. He is known for carrying out a major public demonstration over the increase in student fee in 2013. Reports in India claim that the police arrested Jonathan on Tuesday over suspicions of being a Maoist sympathizer. Jonathan holds a Swiss passport and arrived in Kerala on tourist visa.
11 Maoists killed in Bastar encounter
At least 11 Maoists were killed in an encounter that took place on July 28 in Sukma district of Bastar, police said on Wednesday. “On Monday, an encounter took place near Ramaram village in Sukma district. It was carried out by a joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the COBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and the district police, led by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of CRPF, Mr.Upadhyay. Today, we have received information through our reliable sources of that area that ten more Maoists were killed in that encounter (apart from the one confirmed dead earlier),” Mr.S.R. Kalluri, the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar range, told The Hindu over phone.
“However, we could recover only one dead body because our men were also injured and the villagers had also started surrounding that area,” added Mr.Kalluri. The IG also informed that the deceased Maoists include five commanders of Maoist militia and Local Operation Squad while one assistant commandant of the CRPF and two police constables suffered injuries. “The Maoists had gathered near Ramaram for the Martyrs’ week which is being observed in Bastar,” said the IG adding that only the CRPF DIG who led the operation would be able to divulge further details of the encounter. The IG (Operations) of the CRPF, Mr.H.S.Sidhhu said that 10 to 12 Maoists may have been killed in that encounter. “I cannot confirm the exact number of deaths but what Mr.Kalluri has said is correct because we are also getting the same information,” said Mr. Siddhu.
“The encounter took place when we (security forces) were carrying out an operation in that area. That area is a known to be the hardcore area of Maoists where their presence is heavy. The Maoists military company was probably there, who attacked us with the support of their local militia members,” Mr.Siddhu told The Hindu. According to Sukma district Superintendent of Police (SP) D.Shrawan, the encounter took place outside Ramaram village and the security forces had cordoned off the village when the Maoists fired from the forest area.
Maoists put up martyrs’ memorial in Chintur
Maoists reportedly erected a makeshift martyrs’ memorial near Mallampeta, a forest fringe village in Chintur mandal, bordering Chhattisgarh, in the early hours of Tuesday. According to sources, the Naxalites erected the memorial made of posters in the forest area close to the inter-state border with Chhattisgarh on the second day of the martyrs’ memorial week. The Maoists reportedly hung banners in the name of the Sabari Area Committee calling upon people to observe the week till August 2.
The banners contained slogans hailing Charu Mazumdar and other slain Maoist leaders. Maoist posters have sprung up in some interior villages in Charla and Kunavaram mandals in the Agency in the past three days. The Bhadrachalam division police have intensified vigil in the interior areas.
Govt deploys 1,000 fresh BSF personnel to bolster anti-Naxal ops
The government has deployed a fresh contingent of about 1,000 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Chhattisgarh to bolster anti-Naxal operations in the state. The specially trained contingent of the paramilitary will be inducted to operate in Kanker district of the state, situated in the southern part of the state just above Bastar. BSF already has seven similar units in the same district for these operations.
Strength of the Maoist groups is around 8,500: Govt
Government, on Wednesday, said the cadre strength of the Maoist organisations is around 8,500 and they have forged tactical understanding with some insurgent groups in the Northeast for procuring arms and ammunition. “As per available reports, the estimated armed cadre strength of the Left Wing Extremist groups is around 8,500. However, their support base is in larger number,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
The Minister said the Naxals are using sophisticated weapons like LMG, AK-47 etc. for attacks on security forces and notwithstanding some setbacks in the recent times, the CPI(Maoist) retains its core armed strength and the capacity to launch spectacular attacks. He said LWE groups recruit a large number of youth every year and as per reports available, in 2013, these groups recruited around 433 cadres from the LWE affected states.
14 days’ jail custody for Maoist leader Arvind Bachhar
Top Maoist leader Arvind Bachhar was today remanded to 14 days’ jail custody by a local court in a sedition case. Additional chief judicial magistrate Krishna Murari Prasad Gupta gave the order when Bachhar was produced before his court. Bachhar was arrested on July 27 from Baduria in North 24-Parganas district. He was wanted in a number of cases including that of a major blast in Jhitka forest in Jhargram of West Midnapore district.
CRPF reworks strategy to defuse IED threat
NEW DELHI: More security force personnel were killed in IED blasts in the Maoist zone than by bullets, reveal official figures. So, the CRPF has decided to re-orient its combat strategy to counter IEDs, used effectively by Maoists to inflict heavy damage on security forces. “Though the CRPF has superior firepower and fighting skills, IEDs planted by the rebels in the Maoist zone sometimes pose a lethal surprise. We have lost our men while detecting or defusing IEDs and also to undetected IEDs,” said a senior CRPF officer after a recently-concluded operations conference. Maoists prefer Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to bullets as explosives required to make them are easily available. “The Maoists operate in areas rich in minerals and mines. Leakage of explosives used in mining activities land up with Maoists,” said CRPF director-general Dilip Trivedi.
Maoists admit to biggest setback since 2005:
‘Lost 200 cadres last year’ Beginning their annual “martyrs’ week” in Dandakaranya on Monday, the CPI(Maoist) admitted that they lost over 200 cadres, including a Central Committee member, in the last one year. “In the last one year, we have lost over 200 of our leaders, members, People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army commanders and guerrilla fighters, leaders and members of people’s organisations, members of Jan Militia and revolutionary masses,” said a press release issued by the CPI(Maoist), South Regional Committee, Dandakaranya.
They died for their “dream to establish socialism and communism” in the country, it said, while adding that many had died due to natural causes, including Central Committee member Barun Dada and senior comrade Shaheeda Didi.
TRS govt not fulfilling promises made to people: CPM
WARANGAL: The CPI (Maoists) Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) division committee secretary Damodar Bade Chokkarao has asked the people to organise martyrs’ memorial meetings in all the villages in the district. In a media release, he said that the Maoist leaders including Charu Mazumdar and others had sacrificed their lives fighting for the rights of the people. He called upon the people to organize meetings from July 28-August 3 in the villages.
He said that the Telangana government was working for the benefit of the capitalists and feudal classes. He said all the parties had duped the people giving false assurances on the Naxalite issue. He said the TRS government was playing foul play with the citizens by not implementing its promises. “The TRS government has not given clarity on the ban on the Maoist party and joined hands with multi-national companies while continuing its repression against the Maoists,” he said.
Swiss National Held for Suspected Maoist Link
THRISSUR: A 24-year-old Swiss national has been arrested after he allegedly attended a function organised in memory of a Maoist activist at nearby Valappad. Police said Jonathan Bold, who arrived in Kerala on a tourist visa, attended a meeting organised in memory of Sinoj, a Maoist activist from Kerala who was killed while making country bombs in Andhra-Karnataka border last month. The meeting was organised by a group having Maoists and Naxalite sympathies.
Sinoj belonged to Valappad in Kerala. Jonathan has been charged under the Foreigners Act, Section 14(b), which pertains to violation of visa conditions. Police said some Maoist literature had been recovered from him. Jonathan arrived in Kerala on July 10 with a woman companion and had visited Kannur and other parts of the state before arriving here Monday. Since he speaks French, the help of an interpreter conversant in French would be sought for detailed interrogation, police said.
Naxal killed in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh
A Naxal was killed and three personnel of Central Reserve Police Force including an assistant commandant were injured in a shoot-out in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district this evening, police said. The incident took place in the forest near Ramaram village under Chintagufa police station limits, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told PTI. A joint team of CRPF and district police was in Chintagufa region, around 500 km from the state capital Raipur, when ultras opened fire. The body of a male Naxal was recovered later. Assistant commandant Alok Kumar and constables Jatan Lal and Ravindra Kumar of the 150th battalion of CRPF sustained minor injuries and were admitted to a local hospital, the SP said.
Three naxals arrested, arms recovered in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Three naxals were arrested on Tuesday and a cache of arms, ammunition and electronic gadgets seized after security forces busted a Maoist transit camp in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said. The incident took place at Rampur village forests, close to Mendki river, under Pratappur police station limits, Kanker superintendent of police R N Dash told PTI. Acting on specific inputs, a joint squad of 127th battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force was dispatched on a combing exercise from eight different company operating bases (COBs) in Badgaon region, located around 300 kms from here.
On reaching Rampur, located 35km south of Badgaon, security personnel spotted three naxals in the forests following which they surrounded the area and nabbed the cadres, the SP said. The arrested – Dharmu Podo (26), Rai Singh (47) and Nar Singh (35) – are wanted in several incidents of crime in the region, he said. Besides, two single barrel muzzle loading guns (SBML), a pipe bomb, a half kg explosive, three detonators, battery chargers, wires, couple of batteries, flash light batteries, electric circuits (big and small size), a loud speaker, naxal posters and pamphlets, ammunition pouch and medicines, were recovered from their possession, he added.
The operation named ‘Meghdoot’, was planned ahead of ongoing Martyrs’ Naxal week which is being observed by the naxals from July 28 to August 3, Dash said. Notably, combing operations have been intensified in the insurgency-hit pockets of the state, particularly in Bastar during Maoist’s martyrs week. The call for observing martyrs’ week has hit normal life in Bastar region as transporters have stopped plying buses to the remote areas. Railways too are not running the Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train beyond Jagdalpur during the week, fearing Naxal attacks, forcing commuters to travel by bus from Jagdalpur to Kirandul.
Two new Mi-17 helicopters to bolster BSF air wing
New Delhi: Two advanced ‘Mi’ series choppers are set to provide additional support to the BSF air wing in anti-Naxal and counter-insurgency operations in the country. A pair of Mi-17-V5 helicopters is expected to be handed over to the Border Security Force by September-end for deployment in multi-theatre roles in the internal security domain of the country. “We would be getting the two advanced Mi choppers by September. The new machines will be part of our air wing, which is tasked with aiding troops in anti-Naxal and counter- insurgency operations,” BSF chief DK Pathak said.
These machines are expected to be initially based at the BSF facility in Delhi and may later be sent to an operational air base in the country, officials said. The new Mi-17s (V-5 variant) are part of the first batch of the machines which will be delivered to the country’s largest border-guarding force under an eight-chopper package that the force is expected to get as part of the modernisation of its air fleet.
Wanted Maoist leader arrested in Bihar
A wanted Maoist ‘Area Commander’ was arrested in a joint operation of Bihar Police and CRPF from Bajaria in East Champaran district on Tuesday. Dinesh Pandit was arrested with a sophisticated 7.62 mm pistol, 35 cartridges and several pieces of Naxal literature, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) (Operations) Rajeev Kumar said. “The arrested Maoist leader is the Area Commander of the Naxal groups active in Sheohar district in the state.
He was involved in blasting the railway tracks in Muzaffarpur district along with several other incidents of violence,” Kumar said, adding, Pandit was being interrogated to find out about his links. The ASP said Kumar was a key player in the supply of arms and ammunition to the Maoist outfits active in north Bihar districts.
Maoists’ Martyr Week on, Security Forces on Toes
MALKANGIRI: Movement of vehicular traffic in the district came to a halt with the beginning of Maoists’ Martyr Week on Monday. The Red ultras observe the week from July 28 to August 3 every year to pay tribute to their leaders and cadres who lost their lives. The OSRTC stopped plying its buses from Malkangiri to other districts apprehending Maoist attack. Normal life was hit in rural pockets as passenger buses and other vehicles stopped plying at many places fearing trouble, police said, adding that shops and business establishments also remained closed in areas like Kalimela, Padia and Motu. However, there was no report of road blockade from any part of the district.
The Maoists put up posters in Kalimela, Motu, MV 79, Podia and Gompakonda areas protesting the Silakota police encounter in which their 13 cadres were killed on September 15 last year. Although Government offices remained open, there was thin attendance. People preferred to remain indoors. Security Beefed up In other Maoist-hit South Odisha districts like Koraput, Rayagada, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur and Gajapati, the situation was normal amid tight security measures.
Even though chief of Odisha Maobadi Party Sabyasachi Panda was arrested by police recently, security has been beefed up in the region suspecting that his supporters may resort to violent activities. “We have tightened security with deployment of additional forces in sensitive areas and anti-Maoist operation has been intensified in the region,” said DIG (southern range) Amitabh Thakur. Special Operation Group (SOG), Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), India Reserve Battalion (IRB), District Voluntary Forces (DVF) and Special Police Officers (SPO) have been deployed to maintain law and order in Maoist-affected areas of these districts.
Police patrolling and checking of long-route vehicles were intensified in Daringibadi, Kotagarh and Bramhanigaon, the Maoist-affected areas in Kandhamal district. Similar measures were also taken in Gajapati district. “We have alerted the forces. Besides, regular checking of the vehicles and blocking in the border areas are continuing,” said Gajapati SP CS Meena.
Odisha tribal village chief killed in Maoist explosion
A tribal village head was killed and his wife critically injured in an explosion triggered by Maoists in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Tuesday. The village head of Darbaguda in Kalimela area was returning home along with his wife from a nearby forest when the explosive device planted by Maoists on the road went off, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said. While Bira Padiami (50) died in the blast, his critically injured wife was taken to the nearby hospital by the villagers for treatment, Singh said. Police said the ultras were believed to have planted the explosive device, probably a pressure bomb, targeting the security personnel as a BSF camp is located near the site.
Maoists’ memorial destroyed in Bastar
Violence marred the first two days of Maoists’ ‘martyr week’ in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh in which one suspected Maoist was killed and three policemen were injured. Police also arrested 13 suspected Maoists’ from different areas of Bastar and destroyed a ‘Maoist memorial’ in Dantewada district. Three policemen suffered minor injuries when the police parties exchanged fire with Maoists near Chintagufa village in Sukma district. A suspected Maoist was also killed in the firing, said police.
Narayanpur district police claimed to have arrested seven Maoists on Tuesday. “We trapped them (Maoists) when they were putting up Maoist banners near Maharabeda village,” the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Narayanpur district Mr.K.S.Diwan told reporters. Three suspected Maoists were arrested from Kirandul area of Dantewada district when a police team led by Mr.Kamlochan Kashyap, Dantewada district Superintendent of Police (SP) busted a Maoist memorial. A team of Border Security Force (BSF) arrested three suspected Maoists from Bhanupratapur and Antagad area of Kanker district.
According to some reports, Maoists opened fire on a police post in Kuwakonda block of Dantewada district. However, no casualties were reported from either side. Normal life was affected in many parts of Bastar with the passenger train service being suspended for a week as a precautionary measure. Private bus services were also not running in many parts of Bastar due to Martyr’s week.
Martyrs’ week halts southern Odisha districts
KORAPUT/BERHAMPUR: Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt in Maoist-hit Malkangiri district and in some parts of Koraput and Rayagada districts on the first day of Martyrs’ Week on Monday. Shops, markets and other business establishments remained closed in Kalimela area of Malkangiri district. Public transport system, including government-run vehicles, was completely paralyzed with no bus plying to Malkangiri from neighbouring Koraput district.
Hundreds of passengers were seen stranded at various bus stops in Malkangiri district. Many reached their destinations through taxi and auto. “Since morning I am waiting at the bus stand to go to Motu. I am worried what to do,” said Samant Mohapatra, a passenger at Malkangiri bus stand. Every year, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) observe the week from July 28 to August 3 to pay homage to cadres killed in police firing.
“Though security has been tightened, but we can’t take a chance. It’s better not to ply vehicles,” said a bus operator of Jeypore in Koraput district. Panic among the people was palpable as the Red rebels had murdered two persons just two days before the Martyrs’ Week, suspecting them as police informers in Malkangiri. The extremists have also erected temporary martyr pillars in forests of Tekguda and cut-off areas to pay homage to slain comrades.
Similarly, buses stayed off roads at Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Lamataput in Koraput district and Gudari and Chadrapur in Rayagada district. Keeping in view the threat perception, buses in 17 routes have been cancelled in Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts. “Our service to Malkangiri district will remain suspended till August 3,” said district transport manager of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC), Jeypore division, Rajendra Pujari.
Red alert in Jharkhand for Martyrs’ Week
RANCHI: Police sounded alert in all districts on Monday, the first day of ‘Shahadat saptah’, or Martyrs’ Week, when Maoists remember their fallen cadres. Jharkhand Police also alerted the three railway divisions in the state to avoid any possible Maoist attack. Police said the rebels had, in the past, carried out attacks during the Martyrs’ Week. Also, cops found Maoist posters in Giridih in which the rebels warned villagers against capitalists and urged them to join the movement against administration.
“The posters were found in Nimiaghat police station area. It seems that there were some movements of the Maoists in this area. In this area we have increased the vigil,” said Giridih SP Kranti Kumar. DGP Rajiv Kumar said the Maoists would not be able to carry out any untoward incident anywhere. “All SPs have been asked to undertake necessary measures to keep their activities in check,” said Kumar. A letter has been sent to all SPs asking them to ensure safety of highways, important establishments in affected areas, police stations, police pickets and the people. Central agencies, like the Election Commission, are keeping a close watch on law and order in Jharkhand before the assembly election this year. Khunti, Palamu, Latehar, Lohardaga, Gumla, Simdega, West Singhbhum and Giridih are the worst among all 24 districts affected by left wing extremism. Dhanbad rail SP Manoj Chothe said “we have heightened vigil” along the CIC section of the Indian Railways.
The CIC section passes through Palamu, Garhwa and Dhanbad districts. “Forces would conduct area domination exercises throughout the week in sensitive parts. Road operation parties would be deployed along highways. The buildings which Maoists are prone to use in affected areas would also be under watch,” said a source.
North Bihar’s top Maoist held with girl shooter
MUZAFFARPUR: The head of a Maoist guerrilla squad holding number 2 position in the CPI (Maoist) in north Bihar, Sanjay Patel alias Sanjay Azad, was arrested along with a young girl, Beauty, a sharpshooter of the same squad, from village Kiratpur under Aurai police station of this district on Sunday night by a special investigation team led by ASP (Operations) Rana Brajesh and DSP (East) Ajay Kumar. Giving this information to mediapersons here on Monday, Senior SP Jitendra Rana said Sanjay Azad was responsible for more than a dozen incidents of Maoist violence in Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sheohar and Sitamarhi districts during the last six months.
The crimes in which he was directly involved included the burning of a petrol pump belonging to Aurai MLA Ramsurat Rai, attack on different road construction contractors’ camps, firing on a contractor’s munshi, burning of JCB machines and tractors on failure of the contractors to pay levy to the Maoists. Belonging to Runnisaidpur area in Sitamarhi district, Azad had reached Aurai area to attend a meeting of the Maoists to discuss strategies about collecting levy from a brick-kiln owner. On getting definite information, a trap was laid and the two Maoists were arrested. A countrymade pistol and some live cartridges were recovered from Azad.
The SSP said Azad returned to his village from New Delhi about three-and-a-half-years back. He developed intimacy with some criminals and then came into contact with north Bihar’s top Maoist Ratnakar Devendra Sahani. After getting training in guerrilla warfare, he was made in charge of levy collection as well as of that of offensive squad. He had unleashed a reign of terror among contractors in rural areas and brick-kiln owners in all the four aforesaid districts.
Combing operations in Nilgiris over Maoist scare
Ooty: With suspected Maoist movement in the jungles in Kerala bordering the Nilgiris on its west, the police here, assisted by foresters, organised combing operations in the Upper Bhavani, Kinnakorai and its nearby forest areas in the Nilgiris border to ascertain if there was any infiltration or movement of any suspicious elements in and around the jungles in the hills. Though forest and police officials maintained that it is a routine exercise, police sources said a couple of days ago, some suspicious elements were found roaming in the Jalliparai tribal hamlet in the Aghali area in Kerala as it is located next to the Kinnakorai slopes in the Nilgiris.
While this prompted the police in Kerala to intensify their combing operations in the jungles along the Kerala-Nilgiris border, the police here have set in motion operations in the jungle borders in the southwest of the Nilgiris along the Kinnakorai region and also along the jungle borders around Pandalur taluk in the west. While around 60 policemen, including some DSPs, are said to be part of the combing operations, a police team, led by the SP of Nilgiris, Mr T. Senthil Kumar, organised combing operations on Monday along the Upper Bhavani and Kinnakorai slopes. The team visited tribal hamlets in these regions and enquired with the tribals about recent activities in the jungles and the movement of strangers.
While police officials said this exercise would continue to keep evil designs under check inside the forest, at Pandalur taluk, security has been beefed up in five police stations on the jungle borders on Monday to check any attempt by Maoist elements to attack the stations in the backdrop of the death anniversary of Maoist leader Charu Mazumdar, observed on Monday.
Nine Naxals nabbed in Chhattisgarh
Nine Naxals were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division on Monday while the `martyrs week’ announced by the ultras hit normal life in the area. Seven Naxals were arrested within Dhaudai police station limits in Narayanpur district when they were putting up posters and banners early this morning, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told PTI. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force and district police were carrying out combing operations in Dhaudai forests, 400 km from here, when it spotted the Naxals near Maharabeda.
The Naxals were putting up posters, banners appealing to the people to observe the ‘martyrs’ week’. The arrested Naxals are: Ghanriam Salaam (25), Bajju alias Dhallar (40), Shankar Salaam (20), Sheetu Sori alias Kamlesh (22), Shankar Netam (26), Lachhan Salaam (25) and Roopji (28), all natives of Dudmi village, the ASP said. Pamphlets, posters and banners were seized from them. These men were allegedly involved in murders, acts of arson, attacks on police, etc, he added. Baju was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head while Shankar and Roopji were carrying rewards of Rs 5,000 each on their heads.
Another two Naxals were arrested in Kanker district of north Bastar. Chamar Singh Boga (30) was held from Bhanupratappur region while Shivlal Dugga was arrested in Siksod police station limits today, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said. Security has been beefed up in the Naxal-affected areas, particularly in all the seven districts of Bastar division — Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker — in view of the so-called ‘martyrs’ week’ of ultras, which started on Monday. Typically, Maoists undertake recruitment drives in this period, apart from organising meetings and cultural programmes, a senior officer said.
The week is suppose to commemorate their cadres killed in encounters with security forces. Pamphlets and posters appealing to people to take part in the martyrs’ week appeared in Kanker, Sukma, and Dantewada districts. Railways would not be running the Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train beyond Jagdalpur during the week. Commuters will have to take a bus to Kirandul from Jagdalpur. Goods trains would go beyond Jagdalpur only during daytime, a railway official said.
Maoist Menace: Police Baffled as Tribals do a Backflip
MALAPPURAM : The Maoist issue is posing a grave and ongoing threat in this forest region of the state and the police are lost in a dark abyss as tribes are showing reluctance in passing information to the police regarding the movement of armed persons. The police force engaged in tracking down the Maoists mainly depends on the information they receive from the tribal colonies. But recently the tribes have become quiet to the point of extreme reticence in informing the police about the the deadly Maoist presence.
The tribes were very willing and cooperative with the police in the beginning to give information and it was immensely helpful to the police to gauge the strength and nature of the armed gang. The tribes also helped them to identify the key members of the Maoist gang that has found refuge in the dense forest. The police officials are clueless about the current disenchantment of the tribes with the police and their sudden dedication and devotion to the Maoists.
They fear the gang members have succeeded in brainwashing the tribals and planted vicious ideas in their minds using the Maiost propoganda. “It is learned that there was a class in Vaniyambalam colony near Nilambur on July 18 by an armed group. But strangely, the police got the information only a day later. The gang had also distributed notices to all the houses in the colony. We fear that frequent meetings of the Maoists with the tribes would definitely impact them in a negative way which would have serious repercussions. The delay in providing tip-offs and reluctance to cooperate with police are examples of it”, said sources in the anti-Maoist force wishing to seek anonymity.
The tribes are also open in admitting the fact that the government has betrayed them by giving empty promises. “The Maoists are giving classes about the indifference of the government towards the tribal community. They have to some extent succeeded in creating an image that they are their saviour who would redeem them from their present misery and that the government is their enemy. It is relatively a simple task to convince the tribes, who are already depressed with the attitude of government, with such kind of fiery speeches. The situation in the colonies will prove that there are some truths in what the Maoists are saying. There are no proper houses, roads, drinking water and electricity facilities in the colonies. The development initiatives to be implemented in the colonies sadly depend upon the will, wish and interest of the officials. They do not even ask the tribes if their needs are met”, Chitra, a Mahila Samakhya Savini belongs to Kattunayakan tribe in Appankappu colony near Nilambur told ‘Express’. The tribes have are also started bargaining with the police to repay them for the favours they receive at their hands.
They demand proper roads, electricity, food, garments, etc from the police. It is suspected that influence of persons outside the colony have brought about this change in them. The tribes have no loyalty whatsoever, to outsiders including the police. They will support anyone offering money and lend a helping hand to them as long as help arrives from any quarter. They will listen to the police and also to extremist groups without any hesitation. But we do not expect that the tribes would join hands with them in the near future due to their inherent laziness”, Perinthalmanna DySP K P Vijayakumaran, who is in charge of the forest areas in Nilambur, said.
Ahead of Mamata’s visit Maoist leaflets found in Purulia
Kolkata: Ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Purulia district, about 50 Maoist leaflets and banners calling to observe martyrs’s week were found Monday in Purulia, police said. The Chief Minister’s visit to Purulia is scheduled July 30. “The leaflets and banners were found strewn on a roadside in Bandwan Monday. The security has beefed up,” said Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Nilkanta. The check posts bordering Jharkhand are also being monitored, he said.
Six new BSF camps planned to combat Maoists in Odisha
“We want at least two new permanent BSF camps each along Malkangiri-Chhattisgarh border along Sukuma, Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border under Pottangi police limits in Koraput district and border areas of Rayagada-Kalahandi districts,” IG of Police (south-western range) Y K Jethwa said on Monday. As no permanent security camps were there along Malkangiri-Chhattisgarh border, Maoists were trying to gain control over the area and had increased their movement and activities in the past few months. Similarly, to restrict the movement of Maoists in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts, two security camps had been planned along the borders of the two districts, he said.
In Koraput district, the Maoists have found new areas of operation under Pottangi and Nandapur police limits which shared boundary with Andhra Pradesh. “Cornered in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon, Maoists are now starting to build up their movement in interior parts of Pottangi police limits adjoining Andhra Pradesh. One BSF camp at Ampaballi and another at Pottangi would strengthen our fight against extremism,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
Maoist network likely to grow in Odisha’s Kandhamal district
Contrary to hopes expressed by the state government and police bosses, the Maoists are continuing with their activities and spreading their tentacles across Odisha’s Kandhamal district even after the eclipse of the Odisha Maobadi Party and the arrest of its founder Sabyasachi Panda. The Kandhamal SP Kunwar Vishal Singh concedes that the Maoist groups from outside the state (Andhra and Chhatisgarh) have been operating in certain pockets in the districtand that explains why the police and the security forces have been conducting combing and search operations in those areas on a regular basis. According to top Kandhamal tribal leader and lawyer Lamodar Kanhar, although Sabyasachi Panda had formed the Odisha Maobadi Party he was not involved in any kind of activity generally associated with the red ultras in the last two years. ”
There is no reason to believe that the Maoist activities in kandhamal will stop with Sabyasachi’s arrest. On the other hand, the Maoist cadres from Andhra Pradesh and Chhatisgarh have made inroads to the interior pockets of the district during this period and are being assisted by their local leader Nikhil. The only reason why the poor are getting attracted to these extremist ideology is poverty and lack of development. Unless these issues are addressed, the government will never be able to contain naxalism in Kandhamal,” Kanhar said. According to rights activist Narendra Mohanty, who has been taking up the cause of innocent persons dubbed as Maoists and charged with fabricated cases, said sheer use of force will not help prevent the left wing extremists from spreading their base in Kandhamal. “The state government needs to solve the basic problems and issues that a vast majority of people in this backward region face while taking on the red brigade,” he points out.
Maoists Martyrs’ Week in Odisha hits bus service
Bhubaneswar, July 28: Buses and trucks stayed off the roads in parts of Odisha as Maoists on Monday observed the beginning of Martyrs’ Week in memory of rebel leaders killed by security forces, police said. Passengers had a tough time especially in the southern districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Nabrangpur as jeeps, buses and other public transport vehicles did not run, fearing attacks by the rebels. Operators have kept their vehicles off the roads to avoid trouble, said Akhileswar Singh, superintendent of police of the worst Maoist-hit Malkangiri district. “Security personnel have been deployed in strategic places. We have strengthened the intelligence gathering to prevent any untoward incident,” Singh told IANS.
Riot police with water cannon evict squatters
Since 5:00 am this morning the activists, who have been occupying most of a house in Mühlfeldgasse for over two years, have been preparing for their eviction by blocking the entrance to the house and the street with sofas and other bulky piece of furniture. Around 30 police cars and at least 200 police, some dressed in riot gear and gas masks, are at the scene and the entire street has been sealed off. Police reportedly had to use chainsaws to get through some of the barricades blocking the entrance to the house. Some journalists have not been allowed into the area, “out of concern for their safety”. Passers-by have had their bags searched. ORF journalist Petra Pichler reports that there are 1,700 police waiting to be called in if the situation escalates. According to informal police sources, one policeman was injured when a TV was thrown from one of the upper floors. The Nordbahnstraße has been shut to traffic between Praterstern and Darwingasse.
Cops fire water cannons on charging Sona protesters; no one hurt
MANILA, Philippines—The initially uneventful rallies at the State of the Nation Address ended violently after protesters stormed toward the police barricade, prompting authorities to douse them with red-tinted water. The “firing” of the so-called water cannons from four fire trucks lasted around 20 minutes after 5 p.m. Monday as President Aquino rounded up his speech. However, National Capital Region Police Office Director Carmelo Valmoria assessed the SONA protests as still peaceful. “Yes, despite what happened, I’d say the rally was generally peaceful,” the Task Force Kapayapaan commander said after the angry militants backed off and dispersed voluntarily.
The Task Force Kapayapaan had initially expected a peaceful dispersal after the program of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and its affiliates. Valmoria said there was no one injured and no one arrested in Monday’s conduct of the rallies. He justified the use of the water cannons, saying things could have been worse. “We allowed the protesters to hold their rallies the whole day, which they did peacefully. Then they try to breach the barricade,” Valmoria pointed out. Toward the end of the program, tension began rising as chants got louder and angrier, alerting anti-riot policemen to reform their ranks. As the lawmen beefed up their line, scores of militants charged at them, not minding the concrete barrier, steel fence and barbed wire that served as a first line of defense.
Yemen struggles towards fuel price reform as finances crumble
SANAA/DUBAI: A clampdown on state spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win public support before its biggest economic reform in years: higher fuel prices. But an angry public may not be won over. In the capital Sanaa, where roads to petrol stations have been choked for months by queues of cars waiting for scarce fuel supplies, the frustration is palpable. “I’ve been standing in line for six hours … By the time I arrived at the front of the queue, they told me there was no fuel left,” doctor Waddah Hashed said. “Our lives have become hell.” Taxi driver Mohammed al-Heemi has organised a group of his colleagues to exchange information on which pumps in the city happened to have petrol. “One day we work, the next day we stand in a queue. This has been our life for the past four months,” he said.
“It is obvious the government wants to persuade us of the need for the price rise, but the people cannot take this anymore.” “The people will go out … to bring down the government if the price of fuel is raised.” The public mood is a big risk for the government as it tries to shore up its rickety finances. One of the poorest countries in the Arab world, Yemen’s economy has always struggled, but political instability since the region’s Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 have left it particularly vulnerable. The government has been trying for more than a year to secure a loan of at least $560 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is pressing for reforms such as cuts in subsidies which keep down prices of petrol and other fuel. In the long run, reducing the subsidies would be good news for the state budget; they cost about $3 billion last year, or a third of state revenue.
Some of the money freed up by the reform could be used to increase fuel supplies, easing the shortages which anger the public. But the immediate impact of the reform would be to raise fuel prices for Yemeni consumers – potentially, a politically explosive step. A previous attempt by the government to cut subsidies in 2005 led to unrest which left some 20 people dead and over 300 wounded. The reform was cancelled. More civil unrest in the country of 27 million would feed into general instability which a range of anti-government forces could try to exploit, including al Qaeda-affiliated militants. “With something like fuel subsidies, there’s never a good time, so you have to look for the least bad time,” Jane Marriott, Britain’s ambassador to Yemen, told Reuters in May.
INDIA: Protest rally planned over jailed Maruti Suzuki workers
Maruti’s Gurgaon labour union has taken up the cause of for workers arrested two years ago during unrest at the company’s Manesar plant which resulted in the death of a senior manager. The Times of India reported that the incident in July 2012 had seen the Haryana government order a probe by a special investigation team even as the company went ahead and sacked nearly 500 of the 1,500 permanent workers at the Manesar plant. Police also rounded up several workers after the unrest and nearly 150 are still in jail. Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary of the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), told the ET that denial of bail is “unjust” and claimed that most of those arrested are innocent.
He said: “Two years have passed since the incident has happened and these workers are still languishing in jail. This is unfair and unjust. Many of them are innocent.” Workers plan a protest rally next Sunday and Jhangu said around 3,000 workers from Maruti Suzuki Gurgaon and Manesar facilities will attend to petition the state government to intervene in the matter.
Police In Astana Detain Women Protesting Land Confiscation
Police in Kazakhstan have detained five women protesting the confiscation of their property by the government. The women were brought to the Esil district police department in the capital, Astana, where they were told that their public protest was illegal as it had not been officially sanctioned by the authorities. They were released hours later. The women spent five days and nights in front of the government’s building, demanding to meet with the chief of the presidential office, Nurlan Nyghmatulin. The women say they want proper compensation for their property on the outskirts of Astana that was confiscated by the government for “state necessity.” They say land is often confiscated from people and used to build private homes for government officials or businessmen.
Man shot by B/A Police during protest
A man in the Brong Ahafo region was allegedly assaulted by the Police during Organized Labour’s demonstration in the region on Thursday. The victim, who was mistaken for one of the demonstrators, was reportedly shot by the Police during the protest. Speaking on Eyewitness News, the daughter of the victim, Madam Rose Donkor, confirmed the incident, saying, “my dad happened to be assaulted but wasn’t part of the demonstrators. He happened to be one of the individuals passing by and was hit by some of the bullets.” Narrating the incident, she stated that “my father went there [venue of the demonstration] waiting for me to bring him something and stepping out of his car, the bullet just went out into the air.” She stated that the Police were shooting at people indiscriminately during the protest. “They were just shooting irrespective of who was standing there…”
Ghana’s Eastern border was closed for several hours following violence that erupted in Togo
An eyewitness, who is also a policeman, Courage Azumah told Myjoyonline.com, Police clashed with some angry youth protesting the arrest of a young man said to be selling fuel on a table. It is not clear the reason for the arrest, but the youth who were unhappy with the arrest provoked the Togolese police by pelting them with stones. The police hit back by firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry youth. The youth resorted to burning tyres on the roads just across the Togo border.
The incident which began around 10:00 am, caused lots of inconvenience for traders, most of whom were prevented from crossing the border to Togo and vice-versa. Some traders who were desperate to cross the border to Togo were said to have used the Beach 9 end of the border and were made to pay monies to some border guards, another eyewitness reported. According to Azumah, both the Togo and Ghana borders remained closed for several hours as authorities attempted to restore calm in the area. Not until around 2:00 pm the the borders remained closed.
Two Feared Dead as Customs, Smugglers Clash
Ilorin Two people have been feared dead in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on Tuesday when men of the Nigeria Custom Service and suspected smugglers clashed over the alleged refusal to check their consignment. The incident according to THISDAY checks occurred at Binukonu motor park, Sawmill area, Ilorin. It was revealed that, the Customs men were on trail of a vehicle carrying suspected smuggled cosmetics products, including air fresh conditioners car perfumes into the city, having refused arrest. Sources said that the driver of the vehicle was thus chased by the men to Binukonu Motor park at Saw Mill area, where they exchanged gunshots.
The stray bullet allegedly fired by men of the Customs hit one of the members of the motorpark, leading to burning of used tyres at different areas of the town by colleagues of the dead person It was gathered that pandemonium ensued for several hours in the adjoining areas, like Gerin Alimi, Taiwo Road, as the violence lasted,
Colombia guerrilla group EPL wants to join peace dialogues
In an open letter to the peace negotiations, Colombia’s third largest guerrilla group, the EPL, announced its intentions to join the peace dialogues currently underway between the government and two other guerrilla groups. The Colombian guerrilla group sent a letter titled “Clamor for Peace” to the Colombian government declaring its intention to join in a peace process with the government, praising the recent announcement of peace dialogues from the second-largest rebel group, the ELN.
The letter, which appeared in Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper, praised the efforts towards peace, also calling on President Juan Manuel Santos to declare a bilateral cease fire. “We jointly insist [with the Colombian people], in the popular clamor for an immediate, bilateral cease-fire and the thorough application of International Humanitarian Rights to immediately detain the spilling of blood, and to increase credibility to a common agenda towards peace that does not involve government-guerrilla dialogues,” read the statement.
The EPL (Ejercito Popular de Liberación — Popular Liberation Army), currently Colombia’s third largest rebel group operating as a small dissident faction, was founded in the 1970s as a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group. The group slowly gained strength, but officially demobilized with several other guerrilla groups in the 1991 peace process.
Maoists gear up for ‘Martyrs’ week’ in Bastar
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) will observe a ‘Shahid Saftah’ (Martyrs’ week) from July 28 to August 2 in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. According to Dantewada district Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap, the martyrs’ week is a yearly ‘spectacle’ organised by the Maoists who build memorials in the interior areas in the remembrance of “their fallen comrades”. For over a week, the Maoists have been distributing pamphlets and putting up banners in different parts of Bastar appealing observance of the week.
On Saturday, the ultras stopped a train from Dantewada to Kirandul and pinned up a banner on the train calling people of Bastar to observe the martyrs’ week. “Remembering Comrade Charu Mujumdar and Comrade Kanhaiyya Chatterjee, we appeal to the masses to respect the ideals our comrades laid their lives for. Organize martyr meetings in all the villages and take the massage of our fallen comrades to the people,” read a banner put up by the Maoists’ near Bacheli town of Dantewada. The Maoists’ banner also appealed the people to “stop surrendering before police and fight to live with dignity” and added that the masses should “unite and fight against the BJP government’s capitalistic agenda”.
“The services of some of the passenger trains operating in Bastar, Jagdalpur and Dantewada area have been suspended for a week as a precautionary measure. Security forces are combing the core areas of the Maoists where they are usually active during the Martyr week,” Mr.Kashyap told The Hindu.
Maoist involved in killing of two CRPF personnel held in Munger
A hardcore Maoist allegedly involved in the killing of two CRPF personnel during the recently held Lok Sabha elections was arrested on Sunday from a forest area of Munger district in Bihar, police said. Arrested Maoist Bipin Mandal was a named accused in the attack on CRPF personnel in Munger on April 10 this year during the Lok Sabha elections in which CRPF personnel were killed, they said. Additional Superintendent of Police of Haveli Kharagpur, Ranjan Kumar, said Mandal was arrested from Gangta Mor under Kharagpur police station in a well-planned operation by the Bihar Police. The place falls under Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary.
“A sophisticated, automatic pistol and its magazine having 10 bullets were recovered from him. Apart from the attack on CRPF personnel, he was involved in a few other cases of violence as well. It’s a big catch for us,” said Kumar. The arrested naxal is a resident of Ghoghala village under Kharagpur police station and had been operating in the area for last several years.
Maoists ‘damage’ Essar Steel pipeline
Members of the banned CPI (Maoist) damaged a slurry pipeline belonging to Essar Steel, near Balapam of Chintapalli mandal, in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district on Saturday evening. According to one report, the Maoists blasted a portion of the pipeline, while the sources in the police said they damaged a portion of the pipeline. It was believed that militia members of Korukonda area had damaged the pipeline at some place with the help of crowbars and hacksaw blades, said a police officer, who is engaged in anti-naxal operation in the Agency area.
Another police officer, however, dismissed it as a rumour. “Whenever, the Maoists are not able to come forward, due to heavy combing by security personnel, they engage the militia members to take up such activities. The incident appears to be a show of strength, as part of their Martyr’s Week celebration that is schedule to commence on Monday,” he added Balapam is located about 30 km from Chintapalli mandal headquarter and is on the Andhra-Odisha border.
The pipeline was constructed by Essar Steel to transport iron ore from the Baladila iron ore mines to its pelletisation plant in Visakhapatnam. The 67-km pipeline passes through the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It is estimated that it ferries about 20,000 tonnes of iron ore in slurry form on a daily basis to the 8 million-tonne plant. Though the incident would impact the plant’s production, there are other sources of alternative transportation, which would take care of the plant’s requirement, till the pipeline is repaired. According sources in the police, the pipeline passes through thick forest, where the Maoist influence is pretty strong and this has been a regular feature.
State plan to sniff mining firm coffers
Ranchi, July 26: Assembly elections nearing, officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty and director general of police Rajeev Kumar have hit upon a dynamite of an idea to curb rebel landmines, that of monitoring if explosive devices that are legitimately available with mining companies in Jharkhand manage to reach wrong hands. Early this week, as grenades and arms were seized in Giridih’s Parasnath hills, Chakraborty and Kumar, then coincidentally in the same district as part of their two-day Santhal Pargana recce, decided it was high time to explore whether the explosives were pilfered from public sector majors BCCL and CCL. DGP Kumar revealed that a high-level meeting was likely anytime next week with controllers of explosives of the PSUs, officials authorised to hand over landmines and dynamite for blasting jobs and keep tabs on the inventory.
Not only is the job sensitive, it comes with enormous responsibility. Chakraborty will chair the meeting, the DGP added. “The agenda of the meeting is simple. We want to ensure no pilferage of explosives takes place from companies. Explosives shouldn’t reach wrong hands. We want to get all stakeholders on board in our fight against Naxalism,” Kumar told The Telegraph. “We will start surprise probes and audit record books of mining companies. We want facts and figures at our fingertips,” the DGP added. “Ahead of Assembly elections, it is imperative that we ensure safety measures and cleanse the limited Naxalite groups from the state,” he said, referring to violence during Lok Sabha polls.
Every mining company uses controlled explosions for rock and land blasting. According to the Explosives Rules, 2008, mining companies permitted controlled explosions must maintain records about their use and share them regularly with the Centre. But, it remains to be seen how many tiers of employees the explosives might pass and how, if at all, rebels could strike underhand deals to get hold of them. “Illegal pilferage of explosive items may well happen. Explosives meant for the internal use of mining companies may reach Naxalite forces, enabling them to make landmines, grenades and other ammunition,” said a senior policeman.
Acting on a tip-off on Monday, Giridih police recovered huge cache of large grenades, around 50 countrymade pistols, some 303 guns and about 15 rifles after a daylong operation in Parasnath hills. Police also busted a concrete bunker inside the hills. Chakraborty said border districts were vulnerable. “Rebels often shuttle between Bengal and Jharkhand, making Santhal Pargana as a whole sensitive. But the fear element is very high and there is a natural tendency among people not to cooperate with police, which is why local intelligence gathering suffers,” he said. He stressed on “almost a military-type operation with ground-aerial coordination” concentrating on certain tracts of land, sanitising them and moving ahead. “Dumka has a firm air base, which will help us,” he said. On Naxalite activities in Giridih, Chakraborty said some 45-50 hardcore rebels were led by one Ajay Mahto in Parasnath hills. “It is not a big group. We are concentrating on launching operations across the hill from all sides simultaneously,” he said.
Top Maoist leader arrested
Top Maoist leader Arvind Bachhar was today arrested following a raid at Baduria in North 24-Parganas district, police said. Bachhar, 45, was wanted in a number of cases including that of a major blast in Jhitka forest at Jhargram in West Midnapore district, Additional Superintendent of Police, North 24-Parganas district, Bhaskar Mukherjee, said. The Jhargram police had issued an arrest warrant against Bachhar who had his house at Baduria’s Magurkhali village. The Maoist originally hailed from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. Bachhar would be produced before a court at Basirhat today, the ASP said.
High alert in South Odisha as Maoists observe martyrs week from July 28 to August 3
Report by Kishore Dash; Bhubaneswar: With the outlawed CPI (Maoist) observes martyrs week from July 28 to August 3 . The Southern Odisha districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada have been put on high alert to prevent any untoward incident during the time. Security measures have been tightened across the Maoist hotbeds to avoid any untoward incident during the period. Special instructions have been issued to police stations and high-risk administrative offices located in Red zone of the districts to augment security cover, South Western Range IG office sources in Koraput said.
The police are taking all preventive steps to check the possible Maoist violence as the Intelligence inputs and the analysis of the previous year violence’s suggested the Maoists, besides targeting vehicles carrying security forces, could launch attacks on police stations across the Maoist infested districts, a top police official said. Though the security personnel remained alert and are collecting intelligence inputs about movements of the Maoists, incessant rains and overflowing rivers have hit anti-Maoist operations in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts. But our security forces are on high alert in view of the Martyrs’ Week,” he added.
The police seem to be determined not to allow the Maoists to conduct any programmes including the construction of memorial pylons in the interior areas and unveil them during the week, though they may not launch an offensive. Combing operations by the Border Security Forces, Central Reserve Police Forces, COBRA personnel’s, Special Operation Group commandos and District Voluntary Forces has further been intensified in these districts ahead of the Martyrs week.
But this year’s martyr’s week might be different in the wake of killing and arrest of Maoist cadres including Madhav in Malkangiri district and arrest of scores of cadres in other places. . Violent incidents might be witnessed on the border with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh where the Maoists are strong.
Maoists kill tribal man in Odisha
Bhubaneswar : Maoist guerrillas have killed a tribal man in Odisha by slitting his throat after accusing him of being a police informer, an official said Sunday. The murder took place in Koraput district’s Dasini village, over 500 km from here, Saturday night but the incident came to light Sunday morning after villagers found Kadrak Komana’s body. A group of Maoist rebels dragged Komana out from his home and killed him by slitting his throat, Inspector General of Police Yashwant Jethwa told IANS. Maoists believe he was a police informer. Komana, 40, was previously associated with Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha, an organisation linked to Maoists, he said.
Three Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Three Naxals were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said on Sunday. Based on specific inputs, two cadres were apprehended from Bande police station limits this morning, Kanker Superintendent of Police, RN Dash, told PTI. After getting information about the visit of ultras to their native place Mahlapara, located around 300 km away from the state capital, a team of local police was mobilised in the region.
After surrounding the village, the security personnel nabbed the duo, he said. Those arrested were identified as Maniram Kureti (35) and Mansa Nareti (35), he said, adding, they were involved in several incidents of crime in the region, including triggering blasts. In another incident, a cadre Radheshyam Darro (48) was arrested from restive Chowki region of the district last evening. A team of district force was on a combing operation in the forests of Chowki outpost, during which it nabbed the rebel from Kalwar village, Dash added.
Reds kill two ahead of Martyrs’ Week
KORAPUT: Maoists on Friday killed two persons, including a village headman, in Malkangiri district on charges of working as police informers, a day after special director general of BSF B D Sharma visited the district to take stock of ongoing anti-Naxalite operations ahead of Martyrs’ Week observed by the rebels. Each year, the Maoists observe the week from July 28 to August 3 to pay homage to their companions killed in police encounters.
On Friday early morning, a group of armed rebels swooped down on Badliguda village in Kalimela police limits around 2 am and dragged village headman Ganga Madkami and another villager, Deba Padiami, out of their houses and shot them. “They were beaten up before being shot from close range. Both of them died instantly. The bodies have been recovered and autopsy will be conducted,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
A Maoist letter recovered from the crime spot said the two was terrorizing people and working as police informers. “Ganga and Deba passed information to police on our organization. They terrorized our cadres in villages and used to urge them to surrender. Warnings were issued to them to mend their ways, but they didn’t pay heed to that. So, they were punished,” read the one-page letter written in Odia and signed by the secretary of Malkangiri Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Poonam Chandra.
Maoists disrupt Aadhaar enrolment in Odisha’ Malkangiri district
Armed Maoists on Friday abducted four enrollers from a Aadhaar camp in Malkangiri district, releasing them with a warning to stop the process, a senior official said on Saturday. Armed rebels on Friday stormed into a Aadhaar enrollment camp at Marigata village, over 750 kms from here, and took with them four enrollers, state director of census operations Bishnupada Sethi told IANS. The enrollers were released about six hours later with a warning to stop the enrollments in the area, he said.
The rebels however snatched laptop computers and obtained passwords from enrollers to access Aadhaar enrollments data of the region, Sethi said. The rebels through the enrollers have also sent a three-page letter asking that the enrollment drive be immediately scrapped. “We have suspended the Aaadhaar enrollment in the region after the incident,” Sethi said.
Bail refused to suspected maoist languishing in Madurai jail for a year
MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Friday denied bail to suspected maoist M Balamurugan who has been lodged at the Madurai Central prison for one year, after the ‘Q’ branch police strongly opposed his bail. When his petition came up before justice K Kalyanasundaram on Friday, the prosecution side told the court about the petitioner’s past action and if he was granted bail, he would escape from the country and would not cooperate with the investigation.
The prosecution told the court further that the special task force encircled the naxalites who stayed in a camp at Ramar Sugarcane grove behind the Palluthur Forest in Varusanadu region, after getting a tip-off on weapons training. After an exchange of fire, the team arrested five people including Balamurugan. The lower court in Theni released him on conditional bail in 2009 after it considered his two years stay in prison. But, he failed to oblige the conditions. He was on run for nearly five years. Thereafter, he surrendered at the judicial magistrate court in May 2013. Since then, he is in Madurai Central prison.
Arrest a drama, says CPI (Maoist)
KORAPUT: The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) has labelled the arrest of home-grown Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda as a state-sponsored drama. Ajay, a spokesperson of AOBSZC, through letters sent to the media in Rayagada on Wednesday, said soon after his expulsion from CPI (Maoist), Sabyasachi joined hands with the state government and formed the Odisha Maovadi Party to defame the original Maoist organization.
“Sabyasachi’s arrest is an eyewash. Since long Sabyasachi has been working on the direction of the state government and providing all necessary information against our organization to police,” the one-page letter written in Odia said. “In the name of encounter, police raid his hideouts. Sabyasachi has surrendered all looted arms to police. He had prepared grounds to get his men arrested in connivance with police. And now Sabyasachi’s arrest is part of well-knit plan to salvage his image.
A ‘NEW’ COUNTER-NAXAL ACTION PLAN – ANALYSIS
Days after the formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in New Delhi, contours of a new policy vis-a-vis Left Wing Extremism (LWE) remained a matter of speculation. Whether tough measures would replace the ad hoc ones and clarity would substitute confusion were commented upon. Some of the statements of the Home Minister and the Ministry officials in the early days following the formation of the government raised hopes that a policy change, if not the prospect of an immediate solution to the problem could be on the anvil.
However, the new 29-point Action Plan evolved by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for addressing the LWE challenge point towards the continuation of the past policies and does not indicate a radical departure from the approach pursued by the previous government. Three principal assumptions mark the new counter-LWE policy:
a. Security force operations must precede developmental initiatives
b. The Communist Party of India-Maoist’s (CPI-M) military capacities can be crippled by targeting its top leadership
c. Security force operations, with modest gains so far can be made effective by additional force deployment and augmenting intelligence collection.
While each of these assumptions are relevant, whether such measures can be implemented without broad-based security and governance sector reforms, remains a matter of debate. Ruling out negotiations with the CPI-M has been one of the most highlighted aspects of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statements in recent times. Speaking on 27 June, Singh, at the meeting of chief secretaries and Directors General of Police (DGPs) of 10 Naxal-affected states said, “There is no question of any talks now. We will take a balanced approach. But the forces will give a befitting reply if the Naxals launch attacks.”
Given that several past offers for negotiations have been rebuffed by the CPI-M, Singh’s statement aims to serve as a foundation for a primarily force-based approach to the LWE challenge. The new action plan involves a directive to the Intelligence Bureau to “infiltrate into Maoist ranks” and follow a specific policy of targeting the top leadership for neutralisation.
The Naxal-affected states have been advised to raise commando forces similar to the Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, 10 additional battalions of central armed police personnel are being deployed in Chattisgarh’s Bastar region by the end of 2014 for a renewed offensive against the extremists. The new policy further speaks of creating a series of incentives for “good officers” to serve in Maoist-affected areas by offering them monetary incentives and career benefits. All these measures, incidentally, have remained the MHA’s counter-LWE approach in the past.
None, however, achieved much success due to a range of deficiencies that include lack of ability as well as coordination between the central as well as state security forces and the intelligence agencies. Years since the LWE emerged as a major security threat to the country, both technical intelligence (TECHINT) as well as human intelligence (HUMINT) gathering mechanisms continue to suffer from serious shortcomings. There is an acute lack of enthusiastic participation of the state police forces in New Delhi’s overall design, that neither supplements nor aims to replace the central forces in countering the extremists.
The new plan is silent on the ways to remove such loopholes and make operations a principally state police-led initiative. Given the fact that state bureaucracy has remained mostly apathetic to restart governance in areas cleared by the security forces, policies need to go beyond the rhetoric of ‘posting of good officers’ in naxal-affected areas. In the previous years, evolving a national policy consensus on a challenge that affects at least 10 states has remained one of the main challenges for New Delhi.
The 29-point Action Plan falls short of addressing the problem. It merely exhorts the affected states to appoint nodal officers to increase coordination at the centre and asks the chief ministers and home ministers to visit the affected areas in their respective states to develop a favourable image of the government among the tribal population. In the absence of a reward system to make the non-conforming states fall in line with a central approach, such measures of improving coordination are likely to be met with lack of enthusiasm, if not resistance by the states ruled by non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties.
The current LWE situation is marked by scaled down violence by the extremists who understandably are into a consolidation mode after suffering some reversals. Recruitment activities still continue, so do the efforts to ideologically reshape the movement that seems to have deviated significantly from its original objectives and strategies. A tactical retreat of this nature often creates the illusion of victory among the policy makers…
Explosive and bomb making equipment recovered from Saranda
Jamshedpur: Explosives including five live bombs were recovered by the security personnel from the Saranda forest in Maoist-affected adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer today said. The recovery were made when security personnel of the 174th battalion of CRPF and District Armed Force were on anti-naxal operation ‘Dhanus’ in the jungles near Tirilposi under Jeraikela police station limits last night, said Additional Superintendent of Police (Chakradharpur), Alok Priyadarshi.
Priyadarshi said explosives for making bombs including codex and electric wire, safety pins, screws and welding machines were recovered in large quantities from the spot. Five live bombs were also recovered by the security personnel and were defused, he added.
Two held, arms recovered during Maoist bandh
GAYA: Two suspected Maoists were arrested and seven weapons including three country-made rifles and an equal number of country-made pistols were recovered during a joint operation conducted by the district police, STF and CRPF to thwart any sabotage and disruption during the bandh called by the Maoists to protest against the alleged police excesses and subsequent firing in Madanpur area in Aurangabad district. Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari confirmed the arrests and recovery of weapons.
One of the two arrested Maoists hails from Odisha. The arrested men have been identified as Suraj Aru and Suresh Prasad. In another bandh-related incident, Maoists blew up a mobile phone tower in Salaiya area in Aurangabad district. Life came to a near standstill in Dumaria, Imamganj, Raushanganj, Banke Bazar and part of Gurua police station area in Gaya district and Nabinagar, Deo, Amba, Kutumba and Madanpur area in the neighbouring Aurangabad district.
The bandh, as per reports reaching the divisional headquarters, was more effective in areas South of GT road compared to areas located to the north of GT road. In the Maoist-affected areas of Sherghati sub-division in Gaya district, all shops, educational institutions and nationalized banks remained closed. Movement of traffic in the Maoist-hit area was negligible as vehicles including two wheelers did not ply. According to Naxalite watchers, the Wednesday bandh was more pronounced compared to similar bandhs earlier enforced by the Maoists in recent times.
BSF top guns review situation along Odisha border with AP, Chhattisgarh
BSF Additional Director General B D Sharma and IG A K Sharma, accompanied by senior officers of the central para military force, today visited Malkangiri, the Odisha district worst affected by Maoism, and reviewed problems associated with Left Wing Extremism in the district and anti-Maoist operations in the backdrop of the arrest of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. ADG BD Sharma and IG AK Sharma, who arrived at the MV 3 camp of the BSF by a special helicopter, discussed and reviewed Maoist activities and anti-Maoist operations in the remote bordering district with Malkangiri SP, SDPO Malkangiri, Commandant BSF and several other senior officers.
Sources said the closed door meeting focused, among other things, on a special strategy to deal with situations arising out of any possible untoward incident unleashed by the Andhra Odisha Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) and Maoist groups from bordering Chhattisgarh in the backdrop of the arrest of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda. The meeting decided to intensify patrolling by BSF along the district’s border with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to keep a check on infiltration of Maoists from these states apart from issuing high alert in these areas, sources added.
Maoists blow up police officer’s home in Bihar
Maoist guerrillas Thursday blew up the home of a police officer in Bihar to protest the killing of two people a few days ago in a gunbattle with police, an officer said. The home of inspector Kedar Nath Singh was severely damaged in the attack that took place in Aurangabad district’s Manjhauli village.
Aurangabad superintendent of police Upender Kumar Sharma said there were no casualties. Kedar Nath Singh is posted in Katihar district, he added. Sharma said Maoists surrounded the home and asked his family to vacate. They later blew up the home using dynamite. “Maoists blew up the home during a shutdown called by them to protest the killing of two people in police firing in Aurangabad a few days ago,” another police officer said.
Seven wanted naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Seven wanted naxals, two of them carrying reward on their heads, were arrested with a weapon and explosives recovered from their possession in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district today, police said. The cadres were held from separate places under Bayanar police station limits this afternoon, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri, told PTI.
Acting on specific inputs, a joint squad of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and a team of local police were mobilised in the interiors of restive Bayanar forests, located around 240 kms from here. When the security personnel reached Rajbeda village forests, they rounded up four suspects, who were trying to escape from the spot, the ASP said. Those arrested were identified as Jarha (27), Chaitram (26), Buduram (40) and Mangal (25), members of Rajbeda janmilitia group of Maoist, he added. Besides, two high ranking cadres- Raiman Korram (38) and Samdu Korram (22) were apprehended from forests of Aadnar and Permapal respectively, he said. Head of Maraskol Janatana Sarkar of CPI (Maoist), Raiman, were allegedly planning to plant explosives in Permapal region to harm the security forces while he was nabbed, Atri said.
A 3kg-tifin bomb, wire and couple of batteries were seized from his possession, the ASP said, adding, he was carrying a reward of Rs 10,000 on his head. Besides, Samdu, active in the outlawed movement as Daula LOS (local operation squad) member, was nabbed along with a muzzle loading gun, he said. Subsequently, the ultra- Ramji (40) who was carrying a reward of Rs 7,000 was nabbed from Regagondi forests, the ASP said. The arrested cadres were involved in several incidents of crime ranging from loot, arson, attacks on police party, torching vehicles and others in the region, the ASP said. They were being interrogated, he said.
2,432 militants arrested from 2012 to 2014 in Manipur
IMPHAL: A total of 2,432 militants have been arrested by the Manipur Police between April 1, 2012 and July 18, 2014, state Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who also holds the Home portfolio, said.
Factory owners demand larger security force
NEPALGUNJ, JUL 24 – Entrepreneurs in Western Nepal have asked the government to beef up the Industrial Security Force (ISF) as the number of factories have swelled tremendously and security requirements have increased. The industrialists said that the security force was too small to handle the expanded needs. There are 345 armed police personnel under the ISF to protect factories scattered over 26 districts from Butwal to Kanchanpur.
A flurry of new factories have opened in the region since the end of the armed conflict eight years ago. Even though the fighting has stopped, industrialists still face threats from trade unions and assorted Tarai-based armed outfits who have been engaged in extortion.
Ghana’s Biggest Labor Union to Hold Strike Over Economy
Ghana’s biggest labor group holds a strike today to demand President John Dramani Mahama do more to stem a slide in the cedi that’s fueling inflation and curbing economic growth. More than 5,000 members of the Trades Union Congress are expected to march in Ghana’s largest cities, including the capital, Accra, TUC Secretary-General Kofi Asamoah said yesterday. The union represents 18 national unions with workers ranging from miners to health-care workers and maritime personnel. “People are angry and complaining because petroleum products and utilities prices have been increased significantly without a corresponding increase in wages and salaries,” Asamoah said. “The government has a responsibility to ensure that there are mitigating measures to help cushion the poor and vulnerable.”
Zambia: Over 300 Tazara Workers Go On Strike
Over 300 workers at the Tanzania Zambia Railways in Mpika have downed tools protesting a five month delay in salary payments. The workers have vowed not to go back to work until their salary arrears are cleared. Another strike action is looming in Nakonde following a similar among the border branch of TAZARA.
Workers of Shishir Group, Tuba stage protests for wages, bonuses
Workers of a knitting and dyeing factory in Tongi yesterday came to the company’s headquarters at Bangla Motor in Dhaka to demand their due wages and festival bonuses. Owners closed Shishir Knitting and Dyeing Factory, a unit of Shishir Group, on July 14, without notice, workers said. “We waited for 10 days but nobody from the management came to pay our dues,” said Md Mizan, a worker. About 300 workers of the factory that employs around 1,000 demonstrated in front of Planners’ Tower around 1pm and looked for the owners and top management of Shishir Group to demand their dues.
Kazakhs Continue Land Confiscation Protest
Several women and their children are continuing a demonstration against the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government. The protesters have again gathered in front of the government’s building in Astana, on July 24, a day after their demand to meet with presidential office chief Nurlan Nyghmatulin was rejected. The protesters first gathered in front of the government building on July 23, intending to spend the night there to observe the Islamic Night of Revelation, or Laylat al-Qadr, in protest. At around midnight, police detained them and kept them at a police station until 3 a.m.
Kenya: Kitengela Tiles Factory Closed After Protest
RESIDENTS and MCAs in Kitengela on Tuesday afternoon led to the closure of Flamingo Tiles factory over “foul smells” and dust. The residents demonstrated on Namanga road before moving to the factory in Enkasiti area. They forced the staff and security officials out of the factory and they switched off power.
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Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners is holding a day long PROTEST DHARNA on the 23 JULY Wednesday from 11.30 am onwards at the JANTAR MANTAR. The dharna will highlight the issues confronting the hundreds of thousands of political prisoners incarcerated in various jails in the Indian subcontinent. The speakers who will address the dharna include: Justice Rajinder Sachar, Arputham Ammal (mother of Perarivalan), Arundhati Roy, Prof. AK Ramakrishnan, Prof. P Koya, Prof. Saraswathy, Prof. Jagmohan, Mohd. Ahmad (JIH), N Venuh(NPMHR), Bubumoni Goswami (MASS), Madan Kashyap, Pankaj Bisht, Arun Ferreira, Dr. Aparna, Sumit Chakravarty (Editor, Mainstream), Kanwarpal Singh (Dal Khalsa), Harish Dhawan and others. Kindly send your reporter, camera person to cover the event. The Main demands of the dharna are:
1. UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
2. REPEAL ALL DRACONIAN LAWS INCLUDING UAPA, AFSPA AND THE ANTI-SEDITION LAW!
3. REMOVE ALL MILITARY/PARAMILITARY FORCES FROM PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE AREAS!
4. POLITICAL PRISONER STATUS TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN THE TARGETS OF THE STATE’S ‘WAR ON TERROR’, OR THE WAR ON THE ‘SINGLE LARGEST INTERNAL SECURITY THREAT’, STATE-SPONSORED XENOPHOBIA AND HATE CAMPAIGN, CRIMINALISATION OF TRANSGENDERS, LGBT!
5. ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY!
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