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Serious human rights abuses by rebels continue in Nepal September 30, 2006

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By IRINews.org

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KATHMANDU, 27 Sep 2006 (IRIN) – Abductions, torture, brutal beatings, killings, extortions and other serious human rights abuses by Maoist rebels have not stopped despite their engagement in the ongoing peace process, according to a new report by the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal.

OHCHR officials criticised rebel leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), saying that despite their commitment to end human rights abuses, serious violations have continued in the districts and villages.

“The CPN-Maoist must show that is serious about its commitments by ending these abuses and ensuring that those cadres responsible are brought to account,” said David Johnson, officer-in-charge of OHCHR-Nepal.

Several agreements have been made between the Maoists and the interim government during a series of peace talks which began in May, and both sides had agreed to a peaceful political resolution and to promoting a peaceful environment by ensuring security for civilians.

Following an end to the absolute rule of the Nepalese monarch, King Gyanendra, the seven national parties formed a new interim government in May and declared peace with the Maoist rebels to end the decade-long violent conflict.

The Maoists, who had been waging an armed rebellion against the Nepalese state, reciprocated with an indefinite ceasefire and willingness to involve in the peace process.

But over the months, people have continued to be abducted, tortured and killed as reported by OHCHR staff. Between May and June alone, around eight people were killed following actions by the rebel-run ‘People’s Courts’. Most of them were killed while under Maoist investigation.

The report gave shocking accounts of how the abductions and rebel investigations have led to a number of deaths, including that of a 13-year-old child and a pregnant woman in August. The young boy Shiva Bahadur Khadka committed suicide after his abduction.

“OHCHR believes that independent and impartial investigations need to be carried out to establish the circumstances which led to each suicide or alleged suicide, including whether treatment while held by the CPN-M was a contributory factor,” the report said.

It recounted that the pregnant woman, Phula Devi Yadav, and her husband had returned from India to their village in east Nepal after they heard of the end of armed conflict. Yadav was punished for remarrying following the death of her first husband and she was brutally beaten by the Maoists in public. Eventually, she was dragged to a nearby house in the village where she fell sick apparently due to poisoning, the report said.

It added that nearly 184 people have been abducted by the rebels since the ceasefire and several of them were killed or have committed suicide.

Even children continue to be used by the Maoist militias and cultural groups and when taken are often forced to be messengers or informants.

But the UN agency also raised serious concerns about a particular group of 50 children, including some as young as 12 years old, who had been taken away by Maoists and are receiving military training with weapons.

Such allegations of child recruitment came from various districts in the east and west of Nepal, OHCHR said.

OHCHR was particularly concerned about the failure of the Maoist leadership to take action against the cadres involved in serious rights violations.

In 2005, the country witnessed with shock the killing of 35 civilians, including women and children, in Madi village of Chitwan, nearly 300 km south of Kathmandu, after the Maoists bombed the public bus. The rebels who were responsible for the gross killings were freed after two or three months by the Maoist leaders, the report said.

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PAC jawans being trained to counter Naxalism September 30, 2006

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United News of India

Lucknow, September 29, 2006

The Central Army is training the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans of seven states to enhance their policing skills in combating insurgency, especially in the wake of the growing Naxalite menace in the country.

The state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal have sought the Central Army’s assistance in imparting specialised training to their respective PAC companies.

The training programmes for 52 PAC companies numbering more than 5,200 PAC jawans in UP alone, are underway at Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi, Bareilly, Allahabad and Meerut.

The training is being imparted on a rotation basis with seven companies being trained at a time. Additionally, 600 jawans of Uttrakhand are being trained at Kotdwara and Haridwar.

The training starts with refreshing the basics of combat and gradually develops into counter terrorism and jungle warfare training before terminating into tough outdoor camps, which are acid test for all training imparted during the month and helps assess the level of assimilation of the jawans.

Specialised counter Naxalite training is being imparted at Punjab Regimental Centre, Ramgarh, Bihar Regimental Centre, Danapur and Grenadier Regimental Centre, Jabalpur to 1,200 police personnel of Jharkhand and 600 personnel of Bihar and Orissa respectively.

To counter IED, training at CMM Jabalpur, counter insurgency and jungle warfare by CIJW School is being imparted to police personnel at Vairante Manipur.

The Central Army is also conducting specialised training for armourers of Chhattisgrh, while 500 police personnel of Orissa will undergo training at JAK Rifles Regimental centre, Jabalpur shortly.

The final leg of training will commence with 675 personnel of Reserve Police Force (RPF) companies of Uttrakhand being trained by the Central Army at 11 Gorkha Rigles Regimental Centre in Lucknow Cantonment beginning January 2007.

Unlike conventional training concepts, these training modules aim at preparing a PAC jawan to be totally adept in weapon handling and field craft and enable him to ‘think, survive and operate’ like his adversary. The four week strict and focussed training regimen aims at mental conditioning as well as physically toughening the jawans.

Watch Tower: Fighting terrorism & naxalism September 30, 2006

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The decentralized micro-terror outfits require greater alertness on the part of the states and their intelligence agencies- MK Dhar

Within days of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alerting the Chief Ministers to the possibility of more serious terrorist strikes, miscreants attacked Muslims saying their prayers in a mosque in Malegaon, but failed to ignite communal fires. The states will take their own time to respond to the Centre’s warnings, or implement its action plan to combat terrorism and naxalism, while citing various excuses for non-action. Much valuable time is thus lost. The time has come for the Centre and the states to put their act together and effectively deal with this problem threatening internal peace and security.

After Malegaon came the stunning discovery of nearly a thousand rockets and launchers from godowns in Mehboobnagar and Prakasam in Andhra Pradesh, obviously meant for some terrorist outfit in the country. Arms-running on such a large scale has gone unchecked along the Indo-Pak border and the vast seashore, with the result that terrorists and Maoists, who have now spread throughout the country, are well stocked with weapons of the latest type to take on the hard-pressed security forces.

The Centre has projected a grim scenario of “fidayeen” (suicide) bombers attacking economic and religious targets, nuclear establishments and Army camps. The existence of terrorist modules and “sleeper cells” in almost all states has made the whole country vulnerable. Though this is known for some years, yet a coordinated action plan has not emerged for a variety of reasons. Police in a particular state thinks it has done its duty by pushing anti-social elements outside the territory of its state to a neighbouring state, which bears the consequences. The Prime Minister had rightly pointed to the violent activities of “externally inspired and directed” terrorist groups. He also hints at the possibility of splinter terrorist groups working independently of any direction and choosing targets at random. These decentralized micro-terror outfits require greater alertness on the part of the states and their intelligence agencies and the police which have a locational advantage.

President APJ Abdul Kalam also has been constrained to underline the need to tackle the menace, which not only poses a threat to internal security but also the burgeoning economy.

The Mumbai train blasts are suspected to be the handiwork of Pakistan-based and inspired terrorist outfits and their Indian appendages which receive direct aid from abroad, including the Inter Services Intelligence. Kalam has referred to the collateral damage caused by terrorism, Naxalism, extremist and other forms of low intensity proxy warfare in several districts. These serious challenges call for special measures to put in place an integrated security system.

Besides joint action, there is the need for greater and more effective coordinated decision making. The participation of people’s groups is necessary to neutralize the bulk of the disruptive elements who may have linked with hostile outside forces. Unfortunately, some extremist and fundamentalist fringes of the minority community, who receive direction and funds from outside the country too have their own agenda. The overwhelming majority of Muslims are against terrorism, extremism and activity calculated to disturb peace and harmony and to damage the economy. They demand the severest action against any such unpatriotic elements. The Prime Minister has rightly pointed to the perils of suspecting the Muslim community and stressed the need of isolating and weeding out the criminal elements while, at the same time, attending to the legitimate grievances of the minorities. The hand of non-Muslim elements in some of the blasts cannot be entirely ruled out.

The police force find themselves ill-equipped and ill prepared to face the new challenges posed by extremists who are armed with sophisticated weapons and communication systems. Therefore, the CMs, apart from routinely demanding more funds to upgrade the weaponry and communications of the police forces, should take the President’s suggestion seriously for creating a new force which is trained in low intensity warfare and is equipped with new technologies. The problems of terrorism, naxalism and other forms of crime and violence could thus become an opportunity to strengthen the entire internal security system and also generate employment.

The suggestion to create a National Campaign to Eradicate Terrorism (NCET) with a mission – oriented integrated management structure and people’s participation, is also a sound one. International terrorism has behind it a lot of meticulous planning and training in executing missions. The NCET could facilitate the working of the security and intelligence agencies.

It is also necessary to view terrorism and naxalism separately, calling for a twin approach. Much of international terrorism is inspired by religion and politics, whereas Naxalism has strong socio-economic roots and is sustained by the injustices of an exploitative social order. While the state is entitled to launch a massive drive to eliminate perpetrators of terrorism, regardless of the cause they espouse, and who are mostly foreign inspired and financed, it must deal cautiously with Naxalism because it has strong support among sections of the rural population, which is the victim of social and economic injustice.

While urging the security forces to enlist people’s cooperation in their anti-terror campaign, the Prime Minister correctly proposed “a blend of firm but sophisticated handling of Naxalite violence, with sensitive handling of the developmental aspects”. Herein lies the crux of the matter. It would be unjust and futile to unleash a wholesale war against Naxalites at the behest of the exploitative agrarian system, without first attending to the causes of the revolt in both its developmental and social aspects. A careful study of the profile of the people lured to join the Naxalites would reveal that most of them have been deprived of their meager holding by exploitative landlords and moneylenders and of their jobs. The administrative and the judicial system have refused to intercede on their behalf and give them redress. Driven to the wall, deprived of their living and often sent to jail for clashing with the rural mafia and harbouring a spirit of revenge, they are lured by the naxals to join their ranks and thus turn into outlaws.

No wonder, as injustice and inequality in the rural areas have grown, agricultural production has stagnated and unrest has increased. Naxalites have spread their wings to almost all states and established a corridor from Tamil Nadu to Nepal.

As the state fails to tackle the underlying causes of rural poverty, unrest and unemployment, disaffection and naxalism will continue to grow. Purely police measures will not solve deep-rooted social and economic problems. The Centre’s various rural employment guarantee and empowerment schemes are part of the answer, but these must be vigorously and honestly pursued to ensure the benefits actually percolate down to the intended beneficiaries and the cash dole is not pocketed by middlemen and the bureaucracy. The creation of self protective armies by the landlords and other exploitative classes to fight naxalite or Maoists is not the answer to the problem. That will only create civil war conditions in the rural areas and deepen the caste and class divide.

Though Naxalism originated in West Bengal, the state government managed to deal with it through far-reaching land and tenancy reform which transferred land to the landless and also ensured a share of the harvest to the tiller. Though on paper other states have implemented the land ceiling laws, in effect, they have frustrated them with the connivance of the local authorities and landed classes. A comprehensive approach to tackling rural unrest is called for, without which accelerating the agricultural growth rate, which has almost stagnated, will not be possible.

Terrorism has international dimensions and must be put down firmly. Pakistan continues to use it as a weapon of state in order to keep the Kashmir issue alive and also weaken India economically by hitting industrial cities and complexes. India has failed to get any firm guarantees from Pakistan on stopping use of its territory for terrorist activity and is unlikely to get them, despite the many summit level meetings. To live in the hope that Gen Musharraf will turn off the terrorism tap, dismantle the training camps on Pakistani soil and make functioning of the many terrorist organisations (which simply change their name plates after being banned) impossible would be the height of folly.

The only answer is to strengthen border vigilance and upgrade our internal security and intelligence apparatus and create a motivated force to root out terrorism with a firm hand. The label of a soft-state which India has earned emboldens international fundamentalist and terrorist organizations, as well as, other criminals to mount attacks with impunity and get away with it. This image needs correction. Any laxity on this front will not only threaten internal cohesion and security but also lead to political instability and have adverse consequences for the economy.

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CRISIS MANAGEMENT September 30, 2006

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There are too many problems and each needs urgent attention Sankarshan Thakur

The UPA’s aam aadmi is feeling quite as cheated as he was with the NDA’s India Shining

The Naxal threat. The proliferation of terror. The deathly spiral of the rural economy. Each of these has seemed on different occasions in recent months to be the single most important challenge confronting the nation, accosting attention, forcing the deciding classes to spell out a response. The problem is, they are not taking turns. They are all unspooling at the same time, forcing the government and the ruling upa into a situation where it can ill-afford to take eyes off any. They daily belie the overdose of well-being that metros and most of the media subject us to. It is not for nothing that at the recent conclave of Congress chief ministers in Nainital, Sonia Gandhi spoke with urgency and concern on all three issues without really being able to give one or the other priority; it isn’t possible to grade these issues over or below one another. Terrorism, because of its spectacular ability to grab attention, may seem like the one issue the country needs to grapple with more urgently than others. Sure enough, the implications of terror strikes go well beyond their immediate impact — they threaten to open communal fissures and rip our social fabric — but it would be disastrous to neglect the spread of Naxalism and the agrarian crisis. Fortunately, if there can be anything fortunate in this, the two are not entirely separate issues. Indeed, they are quite closely linked. Naxalism, by and large, is spreading into areas that also happen to be the heartland of the bad news in agricultural terms. There appears, therefore, a clear socio-economic link between the two. For all the talk that has gone on in New Delhi (and in capitals of affected states) about reinforcing security measures to outflank Naxalism, attention will have to stir in the direction of fundamental socio-economic and agrarian reform. A famished, disaffected landscape is, perhaps, the best ground for ultra ideologies like Naxalism (which promise new hope and radical solutions even if they do not eventually deliver them) to prosper. It will require imaginative, out-of-the-box thinking on the part of the government to kickstart a process of retrieval. It will have to be a combination of political and economic measures, dynamically presented and implemented. It is perhaps fair to say the market has hogged the lion’s share of the dynamism and talent that exists in the Manmohan Singh government. Time, perhaps, to reorient a little. That will only be a start towards reclaiming the aam aadmi who is beginning to feel quite as cheated as he was with the “India Shining” slogan of the NDA.

Army arming cops to tackle Naxals September 30, 2006

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HT Correspondent
Lucknow, September 29

THE ARMY is training police personnel to combat Naxalism in six states. The Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Uttaranchal have approached the Central Command to help arm the police to tackle the gr
owing Naxal menace.

In a statement issued by the Central Command on Friday, it was said that the training programme for as many as 52 PAC companies (over 5,200 jawans) in Uttar Pradesh was underway at Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi, Bareilly, Allahabad and Meerut. Additionally, 600 PAC jawans of Uttaranchal were being trained at Kotwara and Hardwar. Specialised anit-Naxalite training is being imparted at Punjab Regimental Centre, Ramgarh, Bihar Regiment Centre, Danapur and Grenadier Regimental Centre, Jabalpur for 1,200 police personnel of Jharkhand and 600 personnel of Bihar and Orissa, respectively.

In addition to counter improvised explosives device (IED) training at CMM in Jabalpur, counter-insurgency and jungle warfare training by CIJW School is being imparted to police personnel in Vairangte in Manipur. The Central Army is also presently conducting specialised training for personnel in Chhattisgarh.

Furthermore, 500 police personnel of Orissa will be undergoing training at JAK Rifles Regimental Centre in Jabalpur, shortly.

Unlike the conventional training concepts, these training modules aim at preparing a PAC jawan to be totally adept in weapon handling and field craft and enable him to “think, survive and operate” like his adversary. The four-week training aims at mental conditioning as well as physically toughening the jawans.

The training starts with refreshing the basics of combat and gradually develops into counter terrorism and jungle warfare training before terminating into tough outdoor camps.

The basic training in the first week involves physical conditioning and firing all kinds of modern weapons. In the second weak, the jawans are made to undergo tough endurance training and learn about use of communication devices including advanced radio sets, adopting secrecy in communication, navigation in the thick forested jungles and mountains and exert field craft to enable them to survive and fight.

The jawans are taught to “think and fight” like a naxal. The jawans are initially acquainted with the origins of the movement, its demands, present organisational set-up, spread and the modus operandi being adopted by the Naxalites. Thereafter, they are trained on establishment and security of police posts in the affected areas, route patrolling, road opening, cordon and search operations, laying of ambushes and raids on naxal hideouts and camps etc.

Though, initially, the Naxals have been using crude bombs, now they have graduated to the use of remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IEDs) and more sophisticated bombs. Special training is being imparted to the jawans in handling explosives, neutralising, and disarming IEDs and identification and disposal of bombs. Jawans are also being trained in the important aspect of intelligence gathering and creation of intelligence bases which would ensure success in the field.

Model Naxal hideouts have been prepared which shall help the jawans acquaint themselves with the nuances of a hideout and plan a raid more effectively. Army instructors were specially dispatched to the Naxal-affected areas to seek a first hand account of the actual ground conditions and modus operandi of the Naxalites. The month-long training is being imparted on a rotation basis with seven companies being trained at a time. The final leg of the training will commence with 675 personnel of Reserve Police Force (RPF) companies of Uttaranchal being trained by the Central Army at 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre in Lucknow Cantonment beginning in January, 2007.

Foreign funding for terrorism should be curbed: Minister September 30, 2006

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Chennai, Sept. 29 (UNI): Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal today stressed the need for breaking the ‘evil foreign funds chain’ to contain terrorism.

Inaugurating a regional seminar on Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) 1976, jointly organised by the Standard Chartered Bank and Union Ministry of Home Affairs, he said the Act addressed internal security by ensuring that foreign aid flowed only to organisations whose antecedents and activities were not inimical to national interest.

This kind of legislation or regulation was prevalent in several countries and was not peculiar to India. ‘What is really disturbing is that despite such laws in force, incidents like the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre, 13/12 attacks on Indian Parliament and the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai local trains took place’, he regretted.

‘Moreover, the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, North East and states having naxal-affected areas cannot be seen in isolation. It is widely known that terrorists, extremists and secessionists have links in foreign soil and there is a nexus between such elements across the world’, he said and added that any strategy to counter anti-national activities had to break the ‘evil foreign funds chain.’

Mr Jaiswal said the proposed new bill to replace the FCRA would make NGOs more transparent, rather than obstruct receipt and utilisation of foreign funds for genuine activities.

The main feature of the bill, to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament, would be to put in place a transparent system to strengthen the monitoring of receipt, utilisation and accounting of foreign contributions by NGOs.

‘The accountability of the administration will be enhanced. The focus of the government is that the new bill should facilitiate rather than obstruct receipt and utilisation of foreign funds for genuine activities’, he clarified.

Observing that the bill would address certain shortcomings and lacunae noticed in the implementation of the Act during the last 30 years, he said the redrafted bill would take care of the concerns and interests reflected by stakeholders.

Full alert in Purulia September 29, 2006

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Nani Gopal Pal
PURULIA, Sept. 28: A full alert was sounded in Purulia district last week in the aftermath of the murder of three policemen and a CPI-M leader in two consecutive days at Lalgarh in Midnapore West district.
As a result, security has been tightened in the Naxal infested Bandwan, Jhalda, Boro, Joypur and Kotshila in Purulia district.
“There is no question of withdrawing the Central security forces from the Naxal affected areas,” said a police officer of Bandwan PS today, confirming the security beef-up. Only 20 community Pujas are being held in Bandwan block, a remote and impoverished area, said Mr Bansi Hansda, a Puja organiser.
“We hope Maoists will not carry on with their terrorist activities during the festival season, including Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Deepabali,” he said.
The district police are serious about the security threat and they are not dismissing the possibility of a sudden attack by the Maoists. “We can never believe the ultras because we know their attitude and we have likewise alerted the villagers,” a district police personnel said.
About 49 and 45 community Pujas have been organised in Purulia sadar and muffassil areas respectively. Though the areas are not extremist-infested, police are keeping a close vigil there for the safety and security of the local people.
“Our aim is to ensure a peaceful Puja,” said Mr Debabrata Bandyopadhyay, DM and Mr Ashoke Kr Prasad, SP, Purulia.
The Central paramilitary force and West Bengal state police have deployed forces in all sensitive areas, especially along the Jharkhand border. Police have restricted passage of vehicles in border areas, particularly at the nine check-posts of the district.
There are a few “Raj family” Pujas at Kashipur, Barabazar, Joypur and Mazbazar. In two of them, golden images are worshipped. Armed police have been deployed in all suspected areas. Police mobile vans will be on duty round the clock in all the police stations of the district during the four days of Puja, from Friday to Monda

Landmines recovered in Orissa September 28, 2006

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Thursday September 28 2006 12:51 IST
MALKANGIRI: Kalimela police on Tuesday recovered two landmines and two claymore mines from the Badigeta-Marigeta road.

According to sources, the Kalimela police team was on its way to Marigeta hill as they had been tipped off that the Naxalites were conducting a meeting in the hill area.

While the landmines, detected with the help of a metal detector, weighed about 13 kg, the two claymore mines weighed about 20 kg.

The police also recovered about 100 metres wire, six detonators, a lighter and a belt from the spot. Kalimela police have blamed the Kalimela Dalam of CPI (Maoist) for the incident and lodged an FIR.

SP Yatindra Koyal confirmed the incident and said the CRPF and Kalimela police have intensified combing operation to nab the ultras.

CISF to take over security of Delhi Metro September 28, 2006

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Bangalore, Sept 28. (UNI): The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will take over the task of providing security to Delhi Metro shortly, CISF Director General S I S Ahmed said on Wednesday.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said following the London Metro blasting July, the issue of providing security to Delhi Metro to CISF was considered seriously.

Mr Ahmed said CSIF, with more than 96,000 personnel, has been providing security to 267 public sector undertakings, including 54 Airports and 50 Delhi based Government Buildings and Historical Monuments like Taj Mahal, Red Fort besides providing fire protection cover to 75 establishments in the country.

He said that due to an increase in naxalite activities, CISF has taken over security of important installations, including Nuclear Power plants and mining in naxalities infected areas in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Mr Ahmed said that to provide multidimensional security coverage, to create a security awarness among the public and to promote the profession in the country, the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), in collaboration with CISF will be holding the 11th edition of the International Security, Safety Fire Exhibition (ISS&FE’06) in Bangalore from September 28 to 30.

The theme of the exhibition, held for the first time outside the Nation’s Capital, included Security for Technology Industries, all kind of security gudgets, newly develolped control systems, perimeter protection devices, surveillance devices, explosive detection and disposal, burglar alarm system, disaster management and NBC Equipment and Equipment for bank and hospital security and many other security related devices will be on display during the three day exhibition.

He said the main object of the promoters of the Exhibition is to promote both domestic and international trade, attract new investments, technology transfers and joint ventures besides attempting to creating awarness on emerging security, fire and safety needs.

Police trying to trace `major contacts’ of Raghu September 28, 2006

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K.T. Sangameswaran

Probe reveals his account in a bank at Mogappair

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Even prior to 2005, Raghu made preparations for manufacture and transport of consignments
Motorcycle on which Raghu and Sudharani escaped on September 9 has not been located
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CHENNAI: Even as the hunt for Raghu alias Srinivasa Reddy and Sudharani of Nellore, wanted in connection with the case relating to seizure of rocket components is on, the `Q’ branch CID is trying to locate his “major contacts” in the city and other parts of the State
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Investigators say Raghu, who belongs to a naxalite group in Andhra Pradesh, had made preparations for manufacture and transport of illegal consignments to Andhra Pradesh even prior to 2005.

While one consignment was sent in August 2005, two others were despatched in May this year.

The police, who have the cell phone number of Raghu, have scanned the list of calls and investigation points only to genuine business deals with his contacts.

Raghu, a mechanical engineer, was running Bharath Fine Engineering at Padi. Soon after the arrest of seven persons in connection with the case, the Tamil Nadu police had said that only after nabbing Raghu would it be known whether he himself had produced any illegal component. The probe into his contacts is continuing. The police believe that he could not have stayed in the city and started his nefarious activity without the help of known persons.

The probe has revealed he had an account in a bank at Mogappair, but the balance “is not alarming,” the sources say.

Efforts are on to check whether he had account in any other branch.

The police say the motorcycle on which Raghu and Sudharani escaped on September 9 has not been located.

Detection of the vehicle will provide clues regarding his whereabouts.

Staying in Ambattur, Raghu established contacts with six engineering units, got the components manufactured and sent them to Andhra Pradesh.