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Maoists warn government of retaliation, justify killings December 30, 2005

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Statesman News Service
PARALAKHEMUNDI, Dec. 29. — The Maoists have warned the Orissa government of retaliation if the police continued to follow a “trigger happy” attitude as had been seen recently when two innocent people — Rajesh and Sujit — were injured in the Keonjhar district.

In a release purportedly written by the secretary CPI (Maoist), Orissa State Organisational Committee, Sunil, the extremists have condemned the police firing.
“This is an attack on innocent people of Orissa who are being unnecessarily targeted on the pretext of taking action against Naxalites,” it stated.
Justifying the killings of the corrupt and dishonest persons who, according to the Naxalites, are a burden on the society, the CPI (Maoist) has demanded that the state government immediately declare a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the two
victims.

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Maoist Training Costs Pregnant Lady Her Life: RNA December 30, 2005

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Kathmandu, December 30:

A four-month-pregnant woman died while undergoing militia training by the Maoists, the Royal Nepalese Army Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) said.
“The woman, a resident of Chatara VDC-4 in Bajura district, who was forced by the terrorists to undergo militia training and to use weapons, died while in training on December 25,” said a press statement issued by the DPR on Thursday.
Likewise, an 11-year-old girl was injured when the Maoists detonated a bomb in the Rukumkot area in Rukum district on December 26. According to the DPR, the injured child Kiran KC was airlifted by the RNA to the district headquarters, Salle, for treatment.
The press release also stated that the so-called district president of the Maoists in Solukhumbu district surrendered to the security forces. Jagat Bahadur Basnet alias “Bikram” surrendered to the district administration on December 27.
It also stated that a local Maoist cadre Ramsharan Timilsina of Hanumanagar area in Parsa district and Chandra Bahadur Mukpai Magar of Kalika area in Dailekh district surrendered to the district administration in their respective places on December 26.

‘Underdevelopment behind Naxalite menace’ December 30, 2005

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BERHAMPUR, Dec. 29. — The Naxalite problem has its links to the socio-economic underdevelopment of tribal areas, said the Union minister of state for home affairs, Mr Manikrao Gavit here today.
He said that the issue of tackling the Naxalites in the bordering areas of Orissa is the lookout of the state government and that the Centre can only provide help if the state government requires it.
Speaking to newsmen during his visit here today at the valedictory function of the annual conference of the All Orissa Lawyers’ Association, Mr Gavit related the Naxalite problem to the socio-economic backwardness prevailing in the remote areas of the state.
Addressing lawyers at the conference, Mr Gavit claimed himself to be a tribal and said he knew the real problems of the tribals. He said although Orissa is rich in its cultural heritage and mineral resources, it is still known to be a poor state. Mr Gavit said as the tribals in the state are still finding it hard to arrange for one square meal a day, the Naxalites are finding it easy to motivate the tribals to become a part of their violent ideology.
He urged the lawyers of the state to fight it out so that the poor and the and tribals of the state get their legitimate powers. He felt that laws related to the tribals need several changes.
Lawyers need to deliberate on such issues and suggest changes, he observed.
The Central minister criticised the state government for not providing matching grants for various developmental projects for tribals.
As per the minister of state for home affairs, the tribals of Orissa are facing atrocities at the hands of the land and jungle mafia, which is emerging into social tussles.

Indian police feud cripples terror hunt December 30, 2005

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BANGALORE, India, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Long-standing rivalries in Bangalore’s top police hierarchy have crippled the hunt for terrorists.

A long-running feud within the Karnataka state police bureaucracy over creating an independent internal security squad for information gathering and disseminating operation has resulted in police groping in dark, hours after terrorists attacked the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Wednesday, Newindpress.com reported Thursday.

The idea for a separate security force was mooted in 2003 when the state government decided to create a separate force that would act independently, the Web site said.

Many wings of the police department, including its Anti-Terrorist Cell, coastal security and internal security sections, drugs and narcotics, all terrorist activities and Naxalite guerilla movement activities were to be moved to the new department.

However, the proposal received a stiff resistance from top police officers. It was bounced back to the Home, or Interior, Ministry, with a request to exempt coastal security, anti-terrorist squad, internal security and drugs and narcotics from coming under the new structure.

Since then, the internal security wing has turned out to be another top-heavy wing, without any infrastructure.

“Hardly any professionalism is exhibited in handling the police force,” one police source said, according to the report.

Congress won AP assembly polls with Naxal support: Advani December 30, 2005

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Mumbai | December 30, 2005 12:42:55 AM IST

Bharatiya Janata Party President L K Advani today alleged that the Congress had won the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh in connivance with naxal groups and launched a broadside against the UPA Government for its ”failure to establish internal security in the nation”.

Addressing a public meeting at Shivaji Park as part of the ongoing silver jubilee convention of his party, Mr Advani, a former Deputy Prime Minister who also held the Home portfolio, blamed the ”faulty” policies of the UPA regime for the deterioration of the internal security.

He alleged that in Andhra Pradesh, the Congress had lifted the ban on Naxal groups and even invited them for talks without asking them to surrender their arms.

Mr Advani said when the NDA was in power, Naxal menace was contained and the government had taken special steps to forge a co-ordinated effort by the Centre and state governments. A co-ordination committee, headed by the Union Home Secretary, was set up to monitor Naxal activities. But, the UPA Government declared that Naxal menace was a State subject and it was up to the affected states to decide how to handle it,” he charged.

Similarly, in Assam, in view of the coming assembly elections, the Centre is inviting ULFA for talks. He said due to the massive infiltration from Bangladesh, the religious demography of the eastern parts of the country was changing.

Mr Advani also blamed the Centre for engaging Pakistan in bilateral talks when cross border terrorism and anti-India activities had increased in recent times. Referring to the shootout in Bangalore yesterday, Mr Advani said the incident had happened when the Centre had cautioned the Karnataka Government to take precautions as gangster Abu Salem was being taken to the IT city for a narco analysis test.

He said it was only the NDA government which had focussed on internal security and probity in bringing about good governance in the country. Mr Advani lamented that despite India having achieved independence over 50 years back, the people still considered themselves as belonging to an underdeveloped nation. It was the BJP which had instilled confidence in the minds of the people that they were capable of surging ahead and emerge as a developed nation.

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Sting-tainted MP summoned to Maoist ‘court’ December 29, 2005

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Thursday December 29 2005 15:55 IST

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RANCHI: Maoists in Jharkhand have summoned a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP – who was expelled from the Lok Sabha for involvement in the cash-for-queries scam – to a kangaroo court.

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has threatened Manoj Kumar with “death penalty”. Kumar represented Palamau in the Lok Sabha.

He was charged with taking Rs.150,000 to ask questions in parliament. Ten other MPs were also expelled this month in the same scam unearthed by a TV-website joint sting operation.

“Manoj Kumar is directed to appear in the Jan Adalat (People’s Court). People of his constituency will decide what kind of punishment should be given to him,” a poster pasted by the CPI-Maoist in parts of Palamau says.

“For this crime, Manoj deserves death penalty. This is the first time that a Palamau MP was expelled from Lok Sabha on bribery charges.

“Manoj Kumar has cheated people of his constituency for his own cause. He is an example of MPs who further their own interests and forget the interest of the people after reaching the parliament and assembly,” the poster says.

In the past some politicians have been forcefully produced in the Jan Adalats of Maoists. Three years ago, a Jharkhand minister was held captive for six hours and produced in the Jan Adalat. He was released with a warning.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 16 of the state’s 22 districts.

Naxalite violence, tribal movement dominate events in Chhattisgarh December 29, 2005

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Raipur | December 28, 2005 2:38:49 PM IST

Amid Chhattisgarh’s continued struggle to raise the new state’s visibility even in the fifth year after its formation , spurt in Naxalite violence, tribal uprising against left wing extremism, paddy and rice scams and expulsion of a BJP Member of Parliament for his involvement in ‘cash for query scandal’ dominated the events during the year in the state.

Unlike in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, which witnessed three BJP chief ministers in 18 months, the political situation remained stable here as Chief Minister Raman Singh had a smooth sailing second year in office without any major onslaught either from the opposition Congress or from within his organisation.

”What’s special in completing two years in office ? We feel satisfied only when we are able to able to fulfill the promises made to the people. We are working on a plan to be implemented during the next three years in a time bound manner for the state’s development,” Dr Singh said on December seven the day he completed two years in office.

Dr Singh effected a major reshuffle of his cabinet in mid June, divesting senior minister Brijmohan Agrawal of the home portfolio and handing over the home department to tribal leader Ram Vichar Netam.

While Mr Agrawal was entrusted with the revenue department, women and child welfare department minister Mrs Renuka Singh was removed from the ministry. A tribal leader from Bastar, Mrs Lata Usendi was inducted as minister of state for women and child development.

Though the political situation remained normal, the state drew attention for the wrong reasons, particularly increase in the activities of Naxalite outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist) mainly in tribal Bastar region, bordering Andhra Pradesh, and in Sarguja region neighbouring Jharkhand. As Naxalite groups are active in ten out of 16 districts, there were reports about left wing extremists penetrating into new areas in other districts.

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Anti-Terrorist Cell ‘battles files, not terrorists’ December 29, 2005

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Friday December 30 2005 00:00 IST

BANGALORE: The first ever terror strike in the City has come as a wake up call to the State Government to strengthen its Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC), which now just handles government files, like any other department.

In the absence of its own men and logistical support, the cell headed by an officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police (IGP) is working as part of the State Police Intelligence Wing and does little to check terrorist activities in the state.

While the silicon valley of India has been pushed on to the terror map of the country quite sometime back, the Government is sitting on a proposal to strengthen the ATC on the lines of a similar set-up in Andhra Pradesh.

In AP, the cell has its own officers and men in all Naxal-prone districts to collect and analyze information about Naxal activities. The information is shared with the senior officer in-charge of `Greyhounds,’ a special unit formed to check Naxal activities.

Ironically, in Karnataka the cell has just a few officers, that too only at the headquarters. They just handle files assigned to them by their senior officers in the intelligence wing. The cells do not have its men at district headquarters.

The proposal pending with the government suggests for deputing more number of officers to the cell and also providing it with logistic support so that it can operate efficiently to keep an eye on terrorist activities in the state.

The information collected from the cell can be passed on to the respective district police or Anti-Naxal Force, which will act on it. However, according to a senior police officer, collection and dissemination of information about the terrorist activities itself is a very important and tough task. “Sitting at the headquarters the officers of the cell are doing that important job,” the officer added.

He, however, admitted that the Wednesday’s attack at IISc would certainly force the government to favourably consider the proposal to strengthen the ATC. Incidentally, the officers at the cell, like their counterparts in the police department were clueless about the attack and its chief was on leave.

RPF, Orissa, AP police to coordinate in naxal affected areas December 29, 2005

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Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh | December 29, 2005 9:41:58 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh police would make a coordinated effort with Orissa police, Railway Protection Force and Greyhound force to check naxal related incidents in the agency areas of this district.

Superintendent of Police Bhavana Saxena told newspersons here today that different police forces would coordinate to tackle insurgency-related incidents. The agreement comes after an incident when Maoists gunned down four RPF policemen at Koneru Railway Station on AP Orissa border on Monday.

”We are obtaining clues on the attack. It was gathered that two Maoists were injured in the attack,” she said.

On the grenade attack, which injured local Additional Public Prosecutor early this month, the SP said the grenade that was used did not belong to the State.

Police were ascertaining the location of the smuggled explosive, she added.

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Naxal killed, 2 CRPF men hurt in Bihar December 29, 2005

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PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

Posted online: Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 0151 hours IST

MOTIHARI, DEC 28: An activist of CPI (Maoist) was killed and two CRPF jawans were injured in an exchange of fire between crpf and Naxalites at Betawna Uttar tola in Bihar’s East Champaran district on Wednesday.

One Naxalite was also killed on the spot and the injured crpf men were admitted to the Sadar hospital here, sources said adding that a combing operation has been launched to track down the Naxalites.