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Pictures of NAXAL landmine blast on Police Jeep July 29, 2005

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Daijiworld News Network – Udupi – Pics by Prakash Studio, Karkala

Udupi, Jul 29: The Naxal attack on the police at Mattavu cross near Hebri here on Thursday July 28 is said to be a well hatched but not well executed plan. The police jeep did not move on the exact spot expected by the Naxalites, which reduced the intensity of the landmine blast.

Naxalites were spotted in Kabbinale from Thursday morning itself. This gives an indication that they wanted the police to come to a particular spot on their trail. A group Naxalites group of two young women and 4 men were pasting and distributing Naxalite posters and handbills at Kabbinale bus stand and at Neerane areas between 5.30 and 7.30 am. The first bus plying between Kabbinale and Hebri reached at 7.30 am. The Naxalites distributed the handbills to the passengers. Once the bus left, they went to Muniyal. After sometime another 6 Naxalites joined them. A message regarding the Naxalites movements was passed on to Hebri police station immediately.

On the other hand the police have been on a hunt for the Naxalites for the last 3 days. Though they had been given information that Naxalites were moving around in the area, police were not able to spot any of the Naxalites. On Thursday police once again came to Kabbinale on two separate jeeps. After meeting and eliciting information from the people there, they went to Muniyal on the jeeps. As the jeeps reached Mattav cross landmines blasted.

But police were a bit lucky since the blast did not take place as Naxalites expected. A pit measuring about 3 feet in depth was formed as a result of the blast. The police jeeps were filled with muck and mud. As the Naxalites realized that landmines had not worked to the full, they started hurling hand grenades at the police who were caught up in the jeeps. But since they were hiding in the woods, they hand grenades did not exactly fall on the police jeeps but fell on the ground nearby injuring the policemen.

In the meantime the jeep driver lost control over the vehicle due to the mud that went into his eyes and partly owing to the fear of blast. So the jeep went out from the road and turned turtle. But the other jeep was not damaged. So the injured and all the other police came to Hebri, which is 8 km away from the blast spot. The injured were admitted and treated there.

Later speaking to the press persons Hebri SI Siddhalingayya said that police shot at Naxalites who were hurling hand grenades at their jeep. Police are of the opinion that at least 3-4 Naxalites might have been injured in exchange of fire.

The blast at Mattav cross was done from a distance of 50 meters were the Naxalites were hiding. A wire had been linked to the bomb and was operated from 50 meters distance behind a huge tree. When the search was carried out battery shells, bundle of wire, a bomb, which was defused later, food packets, water bottles, Umbrella, a diary, some Naxal literature was found. There was also a Motorola Walkie-Talkie and a cell phone on the spot.

Udupi SP S Murugan, deputy commissioner T Shyam Bhat, SNF SP Madhukar Shetty, Kundapur AC Madan G Nayak, and DSP Parameshwarappa visited the place. A SNF battalion is now engaged in intense search operations in the area.

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Ms Jamuna Devi’s one more joke , RSS = Naxalites July 29, 2005

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Ms Jamuna Devi is the same person who said RSS is termed as Terrorist Organization by some Non-Profit Think Tank , now she is equating RSS with Naxalites …. Oh boy.. may be WHole MP assembly is having fun … SHE IS LALOO’S SISTER

RSS no better than Naxalites, charges Congress

Statesman News Service

BHOPAL, July 28. — While Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Mr Babulal Gaur, expressed grave concern over the recently-issued Naxalite threat of hoisting the Tricolour upside down in Balaghat, the Opposition leader, Ms Jamuna Devi, dubbed the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal no better than Naxalities who are out to disrupt the law and order in the state.

Mr Gaur today told the House that members of the Communist Party (Maoist) had put up posters in Ruphjar at Balaghat announcing their plan of celebrating the shahid diwas, between 28 July and 3 August, in memory of their dead peers. The CM, however, said that the martyr status cannot be accorded to the dead Naxalites. He said the group has also threatened to intensify its guerilla warfare against the government. The CM exhorted citizens of the state to to offer resistance to the Naxalites through peaceful and non-violent methods. Mrs Jamuna Devi reacted sharply to this statement of the CM by questioning the state government’s lack of intelligence inputs on such threats. She drew the government’s attention towards the disruptive activities of the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal.

Referring specifically to the Bajrang Dal’s recent demonstration at Indore airport, Mrs Devi said that Naxalite activities have been on rise in the state following the failure of the BJP government in curbing the activities of the sister organisations that are assisting the Naxalites. The House also discussed the delay in the disposal of pension. The Speaker, Mr Ishwardas Rohani, requested the state government to adopt a sympathetic attitude towards those senior citizens who are dependent on pension money. The CM has asked one-month’s time to look into reported cases of some people receiving pension in the names of those already dead. Around 300 such cases have been reported from Bhopal alone, said the CM.

Tackling Naxals the Naxal way July 29, 2005

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DH News Service Ranchi:

They will wander in the forests and pitch tents on the foothills for night halts. They will also carry stoves to cook food. They will do what Naxalites do, except of course planting landmines.
As part of a new strategy adopted by the Jharkhand police, a group of state police will move around on night patrol like Naxalites, in an effort to tackle the extremist menace in the State, say highly placed sources in police department.

According to the sources, the idea is to curb the problem of extremism by dominating the forest areas, which are considered to be ultra hideouts for several years now.

“The police personnel will adopt guerrilla warfare. They will be equipped with cellphones and wireless sets while in the wilderness, to keep in touch with headquarters,” sources said.

The Jharkhand police has been implementing strategic changes after V D Ram took over as the new Director General of Police (DGP).

As the levy from contractors is a major source of income for the Naxals, the DGP has offered police protection for contractors involved in works in remote area.

Poster war

The State police headquarters is also planning to wage “poster war” against the Naxalites. The police claims to be in possession of over 200 photographs of the Naxalites downloaded from CDs recovered from their hideouts.

The proposal aims at exposing the identity of the Naxalites, who have been enjoying anonymity among the populace, dwelling in remote parts of the State. The police will put up posters with photographs of hardcore ultras in extremist-infested areas. These will also announce rewards to those willing to pass on information about ultras.

Communist Party of India (Maoist) KILLED 7 in Bastar July 29, 2005

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Rebels kill seven in Bastar

R KRISHNA DAS

Raipur, July 28: The extremists of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) “welcomed” the new acting governor of Chhattisgarh, Sushilkumar Shinde, by killing seven villagers in the remote areas of worst Maoist-infested Bastar region on Wednesday.

Soon after taking oath of office as acting governor today, Shinde said, his first official visit in the state would be in the Maoist-prone areas. Shinde, the governor of Andhra Pradesh, was given the additional charge of Chhattisgarh following Krishna Mohan Seth proceeding on a two-month leave.

Co-incidentally, both the states are worst Maoist infested in the country. Shinde arrived in the state capital today. And the first news he heard was the killing of seven villagers by the Maoists in Karyamarke and Mundergaon village under Bhairamgarh police station in Dantewada district, about 500 kms from here.

The Maoists abducted the villagers on Tuesday night from their villages, who were actively participating in the on-going public awareness campaign against the rebels. Two bodies were recovered near the village forests on Wednesday afternoon while the other five were discovered late in the night near Taalnaar.

The police from Bhairamgarh reached the spot today morning and started the investigation. Of the victims include deputy sarpanch of village Mundergaon Jeetilal. “The Maoist issue is a national problem and shall not be taken as a crisis of any individual state,” Shinde told reporters at Raj Bhavan after assuming office.

Commander of LGS Lakshmana Rao gives in July 29, 2005

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Friday July 29 2005 14:36 IST

RAJAHMUNDRY: Self-styled commander of the, Palakajeedi local guerrilla Squad of the CPI-ML (Maoist) Lakshmana Rao (21) alias Muvvala Lacha alias Naresh today surrendered before East Godavari superintendent of police V Naveenchand.

Lakshmana Rao took over as the commander of the Palakajeedi LGS a few months ago. He surrendered due to the pressure brought by his family members.

Lakshmana Rao, a native of Endakota village in Koyyur mandal of Vizag district, has been a member of the Palakajeedi LGS for the past four years. He had worked under the leadership of Sagar and was deputy commander since May, 2003 under Madakam Suribabu. He was made commander recently.

Lakshmana Rao was involved in the Jeedigaddavagu blasts in which reserve inspector Narendra Reddy was killed and blasting of Polavarappadu Bridge.

He had snatched and destroyed electronic voting machines and burnt government jeeps during the recent Assembly elections. He left the dalam last night and met Rampachodavaram police, who, in turn brought him to the SP’s office where he surrendered.

Lakshmana Rao surrendered due to the pressure brought by his family.

After Naxals, Maoists spread network in tribal areas July 29, 2005

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Friday July 29 2005 15:06 IST

JEYPORE: “Observe the week of our heroes and protest police action”. These words on red banners stare at you in all Naxal-infested areas once again during ‘martyrs’ week’.

As ultras round the country gear up to make it a success, the weeklong affair poses fresh challenge to security forces. If the Intelligence network feedback to administration is to be believed, the Maoists have decided to make their presence felt.

Every year during the week, the Maoists pay tribute to their comrades who laid down their lives for the cause of Naxalism and also take stock of their support base in inaccessible pockets of Malkangiri.

Significantly, the number of Naxal supporters and cadres is rising in Malkangiri, Rayagada and Koraput districts, forcing the police to step up efforts to fight the menace.

Police records indicate that when a handful of Naxals supported by their counterparts of West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh and Bastar district of Chattisgarh started a new group, ‘Kalimela Dalam’, in early 1990’s, none could imagine that the ultras would swell to the present stage in the tribal hinterland.

Today, there are seven leading Maoist groups and three frontal organisations with about 300 hardcore Naxalities and 2000 active supporters. Remarkably, Kalimela, Motu, Populur, Korkunda, Chitrakonda dalams and Sangagampary in Malkangiri, Bansadhara and Kuilabang sangh in Rayagada and Janjhabati and Chasimulia sangh in Koraput are challenging the district administrations with their ideologies.

Malkangiri is emerging as the base of the Maoists in the State and is gaining the status of Naxal division of Orissa-Andhra bordering areas. It is also reportedly under the direct command of top Naxal cadres of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

Though the ground realities in the three southern districts have helped Maoists garner support, the factors differ from one region to another.

Alleged exploitation of tribals by businessmen and government officials in Malkangiri has given ample scope to the Naxals to spread their ideology in the district while violation of land rights of tribals and large scale encroachment by outsiders have boosted the Naxals’ presence in Rayagada district.

But the situation is completely different in Koraput, which witnessed Naxals’ mayhem for the first time in 2004.

“It is clear that expected development could not be done by the government in tribal areas which forced the tribals to take to arms in KBK areas,” laments Akshay Mohanty, a social worker.

However, the administration thinks otherwise.

“The Naxals do not have clear-cut ideology. While blaming government machinery for under-development, they are also posing as hurdles in the path of development by not allowing any official or contractor to carry out work in the villages,” said Yatindra Koyal, Malkangiri SP.

Maoist girl returns to mainstream, gets married July 28, 2005

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Rourkela, July. 28 (PTI): From a gun-wielding woman Maoist in the dense woods to a demure bride is a far cry, but Kandri Lohar appears to have made the turnaround with consummate ease.

The 18-year old girl, who was “forced” to become a Maoist, exchanged garlands with a boy with whom her marriage negotiation was continuing before she went missing over eight months ago.

Family members danced amid drum beats as her marriage with Shankar Barua, who belonged to Bondamunda, near here, was solemnised yesterday with the police playing the hosts.

DIG (Western Range) S.S. Hansda, Superintendent of Police Y.K. Jethwa, and CRPF Commandant Bharat Singh, were present to bless the couple.

Kandri, who belonged to Sagajodi village under Manoharpur police station in neighbouring Jharkhand, said she had been lured into the jungles on the promise of a job but was forced to join the Maoists. She was made to wear fatigues and imparted weapon training.

“Everytime I made a mistake during training, they took me to task,” she narrated and said the ultras had changed her name to Madhuri.

Not willing to live the life of a militant, she was waiting for an opportunity to escape and succeeded last February in slipping out of the dense Saranda jungle and hid in a friend’s house in Sundargarh district.

She was nabbed by the police at Jareikela on July 17 when she had come to witness the return car festival there.

Maoist threat prompts officials’ visit July 28, 2005

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Statesman News Service

KRISHNAGAR, July 27. — The Maoist threat has brought villagers under a common umbrella. It seems that the villagers have finally achieved what they have been demanding for so long from the police and the administration.
A large convoy comprising the district magistrate, Mr Rajesh Pandey, the SP, Nadia Mr R Rajasekharan, and a bunch of senior district administrative and police officials reached Patradaha in Nadia’s Dhubulia police station area this morning in an effort to reassure the villagers, for the first time perhaps, by announcing several development projects and police protection.
Considering the Maoist menace at some villages like Patradaha, Char Moktarpur, Sonatala and Rupdaha in the Naopara-II panchayat area, the SP, Mr Rajasekharan, announced: “No one will have to take permission from any one before going to harvest his or her crops from the shallow lands. My police will protect you from now”.
The reason for which the officials were compelled to visit the district’s one of the ‘poorest of poor’ villages at Patradaha was that the ultra-Left Naxalite group, presently the merged form of CPI-Maoist, had threatened villagers to vacate the shallow lands along the course of the Jalangi by the Bengali month of Kartick.
The Maoist threat has triggered panic among the people, a majority of whom are farmers. Apprehending a possible clash between Maoists and the CPI-ML-backed villagers, the district officials had chalked out a plan to visit the villages immediately to boost the villagers’ morale.
After interacting with the villagers for about two hours the DM promised the villagers to look into their problems.
Mr Pandey said, “Long-standing problems like electricity, sishu siksha, rationing and land distribution will be solved soon. In this regard, the respective authorities have been asked to assess the problems and chalk out plans.
I have assured the villagers that no one will have to vacate the lands which they have been cultivating for years.
But, a survey will be conducted and after that we will give the lands to them as patta”.
Panic gripped villlagers after suspected Maoist extremists had put up posters, asking villagers to vacate their lands by the month of Kartick.
In some cases, Maoists have, however, allowed locals to carry on farming on the condition that they carry on “other activities with their permission.”
Maoists have been welcomed by the CPI-M here because, according to the CPI-ML district secretary Mr Biman Biswas, the CPI-ML is dominating the Naopara-II gram panchayat while it has one member in the CPI-M dominated Naopara-I panchayat.
In a bid to wipe out the CPI-ML support base in the area, the local CPI-M leaders are using the Maoists, Mr Biswas alleged.

Naxalites blasted the house of a Janshakti Party (LJP) leader July 28, 2005

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GAYA, JUL 27 (PTI)
Heavily armed ultras of CPI (Maoist) today blasted the house of a Janshakti Party (LJP) leader at his native village of Bihar’s Gaya district and kidnapped three persons, including two relatives.

LJP district vice president Shukar Paswan, a former naxalite, was not present at the scene at the time of the incident at Naseerchak village.

Paswan’s son Shivnath Nirala said the armed extremists swooped on the residence, asked the family members to vacate the house and blew it up.

The Maoists also set on fire a tractor and kidnapped three persons, including the driver and two sons of Paswan’s sister-in-law.

When contacted, DIG (Magadh range) Sunil Kumar told PTI that he had received information of the incident.

Two brothers of Paswan were killed by MCC extremists in 1996 and 1997.

Cops clueless in Bankura woods of WEST BENGAL July 28, 2005

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Cops clueless in Bankura woods

Kanchan Siddiqui
in Bankura
July 27. — The dense growth of trees in the forests of Bankura is making it difficult for cops to hunt out Maoists, who have taken shelter in the forest. The police and forest officials are now hoping to solve the problem in a co-ordinated move.
After the Majgaria bloodbath on 9th July that claimed the life of two CPI-M leaders and the OC, Barikul police station, a combined police force have geared up for action in different stretches of Bankura, Medinipur and Purulia borders, which are covered with dense forests. The police have however failed to make a headway in the matter yet.
Bankura has managed a 26 per cent growth of forest reserve in the past five years. This has been possible due to the success of extensive afforestation programme under the supervision of three respective forest divisions operating in the district. The district, according to the state forest department witnessed a maximum growth of forest reserve in ranges under Khatra sub division. Incidentally, the blocks in Khatra like Ranibandh, Simlapal and Sarenga are reeling under continued Naxalite menace since 2001.
The growth of forest reserve besides building a positive benefit towards eco-environment has also got a reciprocal impact on the political scenario of districts like Bankura West Midnapore and Purulia. This has been revealed during successive naxalite invasions from time to time. The IGP (western zone), Mr Anil Kumar said: “The Maoists have been using the jungle corridor to shift their base from one location to another. Their detailed knowledge of the woods have put them in an advantageous position.” The widely stretched jungle is linked with the Jharkhand forest through the Galudi pass, a location usually preferred by the Maoists while intercepting West Bengal destinations.
Mr Kumar, IGP, said: “The Special Operations Group pressed into action to combat the Maoists since after the 9th July massacre is facing a hard time and the forest reserve is a reason behind the slow progress. Officers are trying hard to overcome the difficulties.” The DFO, Bankura, (South) Mr Ashok Chakraborty however is quite happy with the desired growth of forest reserve in the district. So is the forest and environment department. The division incidentally had put in a big effort to launch fresh afforestation drive in Ranibandh and Simlapal block this year. Mr Chakraborty said: “We had chosen five hectares each in Simlapal and Ranibandh this year for planting sal. Both the locations have good depth that is favourable for growing sal and associated species like Mohua. We have chosen the middle of the jungle for this, as sal saplings need to be protected from the scorching sunlight,” adding “The new plantation will further enrich the Khatra greenery in the next two years.”
The DM, Bankura Mr PK Mishra said: “If the deep jungles in Bankura are posing a difficulty in combat operations, a co-ordination between the two government departments is the suitable option to sort out the crisis.” About police movement inside the forest, the DFO said: “Forest department staff and members of the forest protection committee have not faced any difficulty yet. We do not know why the cops are finding it hard to penetrate into the forest.”
According to the sources, the Bankura police has managed to prepare a map of certain areas in the jungle which according to top officers are not easily navigable to reach into the denser areas. The growth of greenery in either way has invited a danger for Bankura though the top, police forest and administration officials have not accepted the logic officially. Rather, the police alternative to solving the problem is increased absorption of local youths in the force. The IGP Mr Kumar said: “Local youths frequent the jungles for many reasons every day. They know the topography better than us. The youths need employment and we require sufficient strength and expertise to explore the jungle pass confronting the ultras. It is logical to include the segment into the operation.” This symbiosis may cure the recurring trouble in the Bankura jungles, top cops believe.