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Two Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh October 31, 2006

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Raipur, Oct 31 (IANS) Two Maoists were killed and several others injured early Tuesday after a hideout in a forested stretch of southern Chhattisgarh was raided, police said.

“Two rebels were shot dead and many others sustained bullet wounds in a pre-dawn battle in Narayanpur area in Bastar region as police opened fire on a hideout,” a senior police officer told IANS over telephone.

“We suspect the casualties in the enemy camp are higher as blood was found across the gun battle site, but we recovered only two bullet-ridden bodies,” the officer added.

Chhattisgarh is the worst Maoist insurgency hit Indian state and officials admit that 374 persons, including 298 civilians, have been killed in Maoist violence till September.

Woman maoist killed in encounter October 31, 2006

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Tuesday October 31 2006 12:25 IST

WARANGAL: One woman naxal belonging to CPI (maoist) party was killed in an encounter with the police near Narlapur dense forest area at tadwai mandal in this district on Tuesday.

Police said the five naxals had opened fire on the special police while combing the forest. In retaliation, police opened fire and killed the maoist action team member Sulochana.

The slain naxal was the wife of maoist action team commander Kiran. Eight kit bags, one 303 and one carban were recovered from the place. The other four naxals escaped from the scene.

Maoists gun down MLA’s brother October 31, 2006

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Tuesday October 31 2006 11:49 IST

ONGOLE: Naxalites of the CPI (Maoist) gunned down Pagadala Chinna Rangaiah, elder brother of Giddalur MLA Pagadala Ramaiah, at Chinaganapalle in Racharla Mandal of Ongole district on Monday night.

Nine armed Naxalites came to the village around 9 pm and called out China Rangaiah, a ration dealer. Three Naxalites shot him from close range killing him on the spot. Rangaiah is survived by his wife and three children.

The Naxalites warned the villagers not to inform the police about the incident.

Incidentally, another associate of Ramaiah had been killed some time ago. Both incidents took place in the Giddalur Assembly constituency.

Earlier, Naxal-related violence was confined to Pullalacheruvu and Yerragondapalem mandals in Nallamala forest region of Prakasam district. But, of late, the Naxalites have shifted their operations to Giddalur region.

Monday’s incident was the biggest Naxal-related incident since the killing of top leader Matta Ravi Kumar.

Meanwhile, a red alert has been sounded in Kurnool district following the incident. Giddalur borders Kurnool district. Nandyal OSD, Rajasekhara Babu told this website’s newspaper they had stepped up security for MLAs in Nandyal division.

Naxals Blow up Train Track; Blow up Building October 31, 2006

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Patna: October 31, 2006

Consistent with their history and philosophy of violence and terrorism, Maoist extremists in Bihar unleashed a reign of terror by blasting railway tracks, government building, and a series of explosions to mark the statewide bandh called by them to press for their demand of release of some of their arrested leaders.

Using a powerful remote-operated dynamite, the Naxals blew up a railway track on Narkatiaganj-Bagaha section in West Champaran district causing derailment of the 449 up Sonepur-Gorakhpur passenger train.

The incident occurred on early Monday morning causing a panic in the train. Several passengers were hurt in the melee as two bogies sustained some damages resulting in disruption in traffic for hours.

Following the incident, the authorities cancelled several trains on Mughalsarai-Barkakhana section though traffic on other lines remained unaffected.

In another incident, more than 50 extremists blew up a Forest Department building in Ramnagar after completely destroying the furniture and office equipment. A three-year old boy who lived nearby was said to be hurt in the blast.

Meanwhile, in Mahua in Vaishali district, the police recovered a number of fake bombs planted at strategic locations apparently to create terror in the region. The police also recovered Naxal literature from all crime scene.

Alarmed by the Naxal threat across the state and the upcoming ‘Kranti Diwas’ sponsored by them for November 7, the state government has cancelled all leaves for Bihar’s top officials, Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said on Monday.

NAXALS planted time bomb at BDO office gate October 31, 2006

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[ 31 Oct, 2006 0349hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

HAJIPUR: Despite red alert sounded by the state government in Naxal-affected districts including Vaishali following 24-hour bandh call given by CPI(Maoist) to protest alleged torture of its leaders, CPI(Maoist) activists managed to plant time bomb on the main gate of the BDO’s office, Mahua and Mahua police station besides pasting posters in the locality late on Sunday night.

Though the bombs were later found to be fake ones, it kept the officials including administrative and police on tenterhooks throughout the day on Monday.

However, Vaishali SP Anupma S Nilekar told TOI that they were not original bombs as later it was detected that the containers were filled with sand. She said this came to light when anti-bomb squad from Patna reached the spot and checked the bombs.

Nilekar said it would be investigated how the fake bombs were placed there.

Police sources revealed that they detected time bomb planted at the main gate of BDO office and one of the gates of Mahua police station in wee hours of Monday.

Posters carrying messages like “Mine bombs hai, aj Bihar bandh hai” (these are mine bombs as today is Bihar bandh).”

Panic prevailed among the policemen and officials when they came to know about the bombs, with a time device and wires fitted in it.

As news of the bombs spread, people assembled in large numbers to look at the two bombs. The cops had a tough time in controlling the mob.

Such was the terror that none of the policemen dared to put water on the bombs, Mahua SDO Udai Pratap Singh told The Times of India.

He said that people became panicky at ticking sound of the watch that was fixed on the containers.

Singh said that he informed Vaishali DM Lallan Singh and SP Anupma S Nilekar about the presence of the bombs.

A bomb disposal squad from Patna rushed to Mahua to defuse the explosives, the SDO said, adding that patrolling had been intensified and vehicles were being thoroughly.

Some of the staff at the BDO office and police station disclosed that this had to happen as there was no night-guard either in BDO or SDO offices.

Most of them have gone on leave on Chhath while homeguard jawans were on strike for a month.

This fact was also corraborated by Mahua SDO, who said that he had written letters to Vaishali district magistrate, apprising him about lack of manpower in the office.

Meanwhile, another such device was found right in the middle of the road at Chaksikandar in Biddupur block of Hajipur on Monday.

Maoist bandh in Jehanabad, Arwal peaceful October 31, 2006

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Satyendra Kumar

[ 31 Oct, 2006 0350hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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JEHANABAD: The bandh called by the outlawed CPI(Maoist) evoked mixed response in Jehanabad and Arwal and passed off peacefully amid tight security arrangements.

However, according to informed sources, little impact of the Maoists’ call for bandh, particularly in Jehanabad and Arwal, which are considered strongholds of the CPI(Maoist), is attributed, in the main, to the change in police strategy. The police have changed their present pace of anti-Naxal operations to a more focussed one with the help of intelligence inputs received from across of the state on the Naxal activities.

Sources said the police are now in a better position to pinpoint the movement of Naxal squads due to an improved information network.

In the context of bandh of October 30, too, intelligence agencies had posed the Magadh range police with advance information that Maoists have, of late, stepped up their nocturnal activities in Jehanabad and Arwal and were planning to react violently to the recent arrest of some of their top leaders including Osho and Sheila Marandi sources said, adding it was due to advance intelligence reports that police personnel were put on high alert in the twin districts and security of the vulnerable police stations and pickets entrusted to SAP and STF.

In fact, it was on the basis of intelligence information that the Jehanabad town was literally taken over by the police since Sunday evening. The police under took massive cordon and search operations in both the districts besides intensifying mobile patrolling to deny entry to suspected Maoists. A senior official said the sensational Maoist attack on the Jehanabad jail on November 13, 2005, has, in fact, opened the eyes of the government to new possibilities and to the urgent need of a well-developed intelligence network which was the backbone of the counter-revolutionary operations.

24-hour naxal bandh October 30, 2006

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Monday, October 30, 2006 07:38:25 am

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The banned Maoist outfit, CPI (Maoist) has called for a 24-hour bandh on Monday (Oct 30) in 4 states-Jharkhand, Bihar, Chattisgarh and Orissa.

The bandh is called by the naxals to protest the recent arrest of its top Maoist leaders. While Shela Marandi of Nari Mukti Sangh was recently arrested by Orissa police, another top maoist leader was also arrested by the Bihar police.

The Bihar Police has sounded a high alert in the naxal-infested northern and southern parts of the State.

Jharkhand and Bihar police are taking adequate precautions in view of the bandh. Extra precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of railway lines since the railways are often targeted by the naxals

Security Tight for Bihar Bandh Called by Maoists October 30, 2006

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Patna: October 30, 2006

The state government has issued a high alert notice to all district officials in view of the Bihar bandh announced by the Maoists for Monday and has ordered sealing of Bihar-Nepal border to prevent influx of Maoist guerillas from the Himalayan neighbor.

Security has also been beefed up along the railway tracks in areas particularly prone to Naxal violence including Gaya, Jehanabad, Nawada, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, East and West Champaran, and Kishanganj.

Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Ranjan Sinha, in a faxed notification to all district offices, ordered close vigil on all railway and bus stations and deal with any insurgent activity with an iron hand while also putting 23 companies of Central Reserve Protection Force (CRPF) and 5,000 Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawans on alert.

Sinha also appealed to the people to go about doing their businesses without any fear and asked them to contact police in the event of any untoward incident.

Hard-core Naxalite Sreenivas grilled October 30, 2006

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Sunday October 29 2006 11:41 IST

BELLARY: The hard-core Naxalite and one of the main accused of Paritala Ravi murder case, Sreenivas was thoroughly interrogated by the district police on Saturday.

The accused Julakanti Sreenivas Reddy alias Moddu Sreenu was brought to the city with tight security. He was taken to some of the secret places in the city.

He is one of the suspects in murder of R K (Rayalaseema King), a former PW leader of Anantapur district and mentor of Paritala Ravindra.

Sreenivas is facing murder charges of Malepati Venkateswara Rao, a close associate of Paritala Ravi and former hard-core Naxalite on October 9, 2004 in the city. Malepati Venkateswara Rao was gunned to death, when he was on his morning walk near VIMS, here. The accused, Sreenivas along with G Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri, P Narayana Reddy, Damodar Reddy and others indiscriminately opened fire on Malepati Venkateshwara Rao that day, police sources said.

The accused was arrested recently in Andhra Pradesh and kept in the Fazal Haque sub-jail.

In last February, a police team from the city went there with a prisoner’s body warrant issued by the city local court and requested for Moddu Sreenu in connection with RK murder case.

But, the Superintendent of Sub-Jail Fazal Haque said the accused health condition was not good and he could not be handed over to them in the present condition.

That time doctors had advised complete rest for Moddu Sreenu for some more time. But, this time the officials of AP police handed over him to Bellary police, for one-day interrogation on the basis of prisons body warrant. After his interrogation the accused was handed over to AP police.

The accused was brought to city with tight security of over 100 police personnel, including the newly formed Anti-Naxal Forces.

Watch Tower: India on cross roads looking for a saviour October 30, 2006

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Any government in office will have to move fast to check growing divide between the poor and rich as well as bring about a second green revolution to feed the growing population and keep inflation in check- Brij Bhardwaj

India is a study in contrasts as it moves ahead in the 21st century to occupy its rightful place as a major power in Sough East Asia, as well as a major player on the international scene. It is taking rapid strides on the economic front, but with every step forward it is also facing a major handicap in terms of poor infrastructure, growing disparities in income and major divide between the rural and urban India.

While the urban sector is moving fast to catch up with affluent West in terms of consumption of luxury items, the rural India is being pushed deeper and deeper into bankruptcy as farming is becoming uneconomic because of dwindling size of land holdings, high cost of inputs and vagaries of weather which makes agriculture into a big gamble, absence of easy credit and dominance of middlemen who pocket major gains instead of giving a fair price to farmers.

It is a tragedy that after more than half a century of independence, the nation is facing serious food shortages, rising number of suicides by farmers and other signs of mismanagement of agriculture sector which can create serious problems in future. Agriculture is not the only sector facing crisis. Civic administration has virtually collapsed making our major metro cities into glorified slums, rising number of illiterates, poor health care crisis on power front as well as in supply of drinking water to our millions are other problems urging for solution.

It is feared that unless the country moves forward for drastic changes we may be faced with a major crisis in which a major conflict may develop between the haves and have nots. On one hand we find apartments costing few crores being grabbed even before they are ready for occupation while on the other we have over thirty per cent of population living below poverty line that is with a income of less than one dollar a day. It can be anybody guess how long the conflict between the poor and rich develop into an armed confrontation.

There are many sings of it on the horizon. The rise in Naxalite movement in different parts of the country where rural poor and tribals have taken to the gun having failed to get justice through normal channels.

The demands of tackling violent groups within the country as well as terrorism have stretched our Army and paramilitary forces to a point where they have to deal with growing unrest in lower ranks which lead in many cases to a jawan turning his gun on his superior officers instead of hunting the terrorists.

These are signs that normal remedies like providing opportunity to vote out any Government after five years in case they fail to deliver is no more acting as a safety device capable of keeping tempers within limits. In such a situation any government in office will have to move fast to check growing divide between the poor and rich as well as bring about a second green revolution to feed the growing population and keep inflation in check. The signs of this growing conflict cannot be missed and are obvious to every thinking person capable of analyzing the signs on the horizon. The contribution by our large educated middle class, the growing number of industrialists with international ability and ambitions, the growing number of people who make it into the super rich class may be a matter of pride, but it is also a cause of worry unless we move fast to check major imbalances.

To meet the needs of growing poor, mere slogan shouting or commitment to common man will not do as the crisis has become critical. It will be a tragedy if we miss the opportunity to take this country ahead as a modern nation with adequate service for all as advantages of largest young population, a growing economy and prospects of becoming a service center for the world are offering us an opportunity which comes very rarely in the life of a nation and if missed may turn us into a sick country and sick economy instead of a world power.

Indian budgets are reflecting a growing expenditure on security, but this instead of improving the situation on the ground is leading to greater unrest and fear among the population. The remedy is not easy as political parties have stopped thinking beyond the usual hackneyed schemes, which have not worked in the past and are not expected to work in future also. With political groups busy in nursing their constituencies based on religion, caste and tribal loyalties, any solution will not be easy. The only hope is that some well meaning young people will take up the challenge and try to break the shackles which have overtaken the existing political parties.

The few examples are available in different parts of the country where individuals working on their own have offered a better life to a particular group or community, but such examples fade into insignificance as compared to a large number of examples where people have been cheated or corrupt bureaucrats and politicians have robbed the nation. The country certainly needs someone who will lay more stress on means instead of achievement of goal like Gandhi, but such personalities are extremely rare, but India needs them badly at this crucial juncture.