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100 Naxals on govt ‘hit list’ October 30, 2006

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NEW DELHI: Centre and Naxal-affected states have drawn a ‘hit list’ of 100 top Maoists who have to be neutralised as part of an aggressive strategy to tackle the serious internal security threat.

Law enforcement agencies have been asked to target the 100 ‘A List’ red ultras on a priority basis in what also marks the burial of the earlier approach to engage the Maoists in talks.

The list, comprising Maoists engaged in a number of violent incidents, exchanged hands for the first time among senior police officers drawn from nine states worst affected by ‘red terror’ during a day-long meeting here on Friday.

Although names of the listed Naxal leaders were not immediately known, they were, sources in the home ministry said, mainly those identified by Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the respective intelligence wings of the nine states as members of ‘military unit’ of the CPM.

The group was formed in September, 2004, with the merger of two prominent Naxal outfits People’s War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC). “Nodal officers of the states discussed the strategy to neutralise all the listed extremists in a co-ordinated manner.

Since the Maoist leaders change their bases frequently, the states have been asked to follow them using each other’s intelligence till the time they are nabbed,” said an official .

Sharing of the list assumes significance in view of the Centre’s insistence to launch a coordinated attack on extremists across state boundaries ever since the merger of PWG and MCC. It had been a major cause of concern for the home ministry as the states, so far, were not as forthcoming in sharing details as they did during Friday’s meeting.

Besides sharing the list, officials of Chhattisgarh and CRPF were specifically asked to remain on high alert apprehending major attack on activists of ‘Salva Judum’ (people’s movement against Naxals) in coming days.

“These documents listed ‘Salva Judum’ as the Maoists’ number one enemy along with state police,” said the official, adding that the prevailing peace could be dubbed the “lull before the storm”.

There had been 1,149 incidents of Naxal violence till September this year. The figure, however, shows a slight decline in the number of incidents this year as there had been 1,274 incidents during the corresponding period in 2005.


Karnataka Intensifies Combing Operations in State October 30, 2006

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Bangalore, Oct 29: The Karnataka Government has intensified combing operations across the state in the wake of the arrest of two Pakistani terrorists in Mysore yesterday, Home Minister M P Prakash said on Saturday.

Talking to reporters here after attending an official meeting on the Naxalite issue, he said, ultras might be planning to spread out to Mangalore, Hubli and Dharwad and hence the Government was conducting search operations intensively.

The Minister said some vital information was revealed by the terrorists during interrogation. However, he refused to divulge details, stating that it would not be proper to reveal all the information as it might hamper further investigation and some infiltrators could even escape.

”Mysore is now in an onward march in economic growth and is becoming an IT and BT hub…it’s likely to be in the list of terrorists,” he said.

Mr Prakash said the Government had appointed a committee of officials, headed by Revenue Principal Secretary S M Jamdar, to visit the naxal-hit district of Chikmagalur. The Committee would go to the district in a week and camp there to solve the grievances of the residents on the spot.

He said the Government was making all efforts to solve the naxal issue once and for all in the next few months.

The meeting on the naxal issue, chaired by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, did not take up the arrest of terrorists for discussion. It would take another day or two to gather more information and a discussion was possible only after that, he added.

Documents found from residence of terrorist’s kin


Kozhikode (Kerala): Police on Saturday raided the residence of a relative of Muhammed Fahd, the suspected Al-Badr extremist arrested in Mysore, and confiscated some incriminating documents.

The raid by a joint Kerala-Karnataka police team was continuing at Kappad in the district, police said.

Fahd was arrested along with another terrorist, Mohd Ali-Hussain, in an encounter at Mysore early yesterday. Fahd is the son of Abdulla Koya, who migrated to Pakistan in 1971.

Koya was living in Kappad before he went to Pakistan.

Fahd, who was granted 45 days visa to see his grandparents one and a half years back, overstayed, violating the norms.

Mysore city corpotation issued birth certificate to terrorist


Mysore: Taking advantage of the loopholes in the system and greasing the palm of officials, one of the terrorists arrested here had procured a birth certificate from the Mysore City Corporation (MCC), while the other, a school drop out, had got a SSLC marks card.

The seized articles, which included Al-Badr letter heads, a laptop containing vital information about the terrorist plots and nearly 2,000 telephone numbers, CDs on how to make bombs, satellite phone, chemicals used in making bombs, AK 47 rifle and pistols, also included a birth certificate issued in the ‘Indian’ name of Mohammad Fahad.

The certificate was issued by the Mysore City Corporation on July 26 last, stating that the ultra was born in Mysore. It was given in the name of Mohammed Koya — the name Fahad used in India. His passport, issued by the Pakistan Government, contained no stamping, indicting that the insurgent had sneaked into the country.

Many other documents in his possession were also fake. It included a fake identity card, establishing that Fahad was an assistant clerk in the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Education.

Despite being a school drop out, Mohammad Ali Hussain, the second ultra nabbed, could get a Secondary School Leaving Certificate from the Karnataka Secondary Education Board using fabricated records.

The seized articles also included three books — ‘Osama bin Laden I Know’ written by Peter Burge, ‘Guerilla’ written by John L Anderson and an Urdu book. They also had in their posession a copy of the Holy Koran, besides many credit and debit cards, and bank pass books.

Police were yet to ascertain who helped the extremists locally in getting the certificates. ”It will take us at least four days to make these two reveal something substantial,” a top police official said.

Suvarna, the owner of the two-room house, which the ultras had rented for Rs 1,200 with Rs 20,000 as deposit, was shocked to learn about the developments. She said some policemen had come in search of Fahad regarding ‘visa matters’.

Guilty of complicity October 30, 2006

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October 30, 2006

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It is truly astonishing that a man who has lied so often and so obviously on the subject, should still be constantly sought out for his opinion and assessment on the course of terrorism in the South Asian region and, in fact, the world. It is, moreover, incomprehensible that world leaders still tolerate, acquiesce in, and even encourage this man’s continuous mendacity, his baseless boasting, and his incessant and false posturing. Gen Pervez Musharraf must be one of the few dictators in the world who has made such an utter mess of his country, and of regions well beyond, during his tenure, and still gets such excellent Press globally, and constant support and praise from the leaders of the ‘free world’.

In return, Gen Musharraf harangues and threatens the very leaders and nations that support him and his perverse regime and its monstrous intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), claiming that the West would be ‘brought to its knees’ by terrorism, if Pakistan and the ISI did not support the ‘Global War on Terror’.

Gen Musharraf is, in fact, the most effective agency of Pakistan’s propaganda machine, and has relentlessly propagated fabrications and half-truths, largely or entirely unrelated to the situation on the ground, and that prey on public, Western – and particularly American – ignorance. The sheer brazenness of these fabrications, and the Pakistani propagandist’ s strategy of offence as the best form of defence, is illustrated by Gen Musharraf’s recent counter to Indian allegations of Pakistan’s role in terrorism, to which he responded, “There are 21 such places in India where violence continues. The situation in Assam is also visible. So New Delhi should first correct its own matters and then talk to Pakistan.”

The reference to Assam is significant: First, it seeks to divert attention from the core problem of Pakistan-backed terrorism in widening areas of the country. Second, it brushes under the carpet the fact that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the principal insurgent group in Assam, and the lesser surviving groups in the State, all secure operational bases and safe haven in Bangladesh and also receive significant assistance, weaponry, training and tactical advice from the ISI-DGFI (Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, the ISI’s Bangladeshi counterpart) combine that has kept these movements alive long after their complete loss of public support and their abandonment of the original ideology and mandate for which they were purportedly created. In this, consequently, Gen Musharraf is essentially pointing to problems that his country has at least some role in keeping alive.

The mischief and mendacity in Gen Musharraf’s reference to Assam become clearer when they are taken in the context of an earlier statement (on August 28) by Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasneem Aslam who declared authoritatively, “India remains afflicted with several insurgencies, including in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Bundelkhand, Gorkhaland, Bodoland and Khaplang, which are being suppressed by force.”

The audacity of the statement is startling – not even the smallest effort has been made to check out facts before such a statement is issued at the level of the Government. For instance, Bundelkhand (in central India) has never been the location of an insurgency; ‘Gorkhaland’ is not a location, but was the demand of a brief movement by people of Nepali extraction living in a small area around Darjeeling in West Bengal, which was resolved as far back as 1988. The insurgents in Nagaland have been in a continuous cease-fire and process of negotiations with the Government for the last nine years.

The major parties to the Bodoland movement have settled for peace with the Government. And finally and most barefaced of all, Khaplang is the name of a factional leader of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, one of the militant groups in Nagaland currently negotiating with the Government, and not of a place or even an insurgent movement. And yet, nearly two months after this statement was made, none of this has been publicly challenged, no call for explanations has been made by India or demanded by an alert and informed media. The statement, however, will have worked its damage, projecting the idea of an India that must answer for the multiplicity of insurgencies on its soil, rather than a Pakistan that needs to explain its role in a specific set of terrorist movements and actions.

The sudden emphasis on insurgencies in India’s North-East, rather than any other regions afflicted by comparable problems, is not accidental, and is significant in both Ms Aslam’s statement and Gen Musharraf’s specific reference to Assam. This is evidently part of a strategy to shift focus towards an ethnically and geographically distinct region in India, and may well be a prelude for greater covert activity by Pakistani and Bangladeshi intelligence, through local militant groups including the ULFA, in the foreseeable future.

This brazenness is directly related to India’s failure to expose Pakistani propaganda, and to adequately demonstrate to the world, Pakistan’s continuing role as the source of Islamist terrorism in India and internationally, and of support to terrorist groups across India’s North-East. This is despite the immense volumes of hard evidence that is available in terms of arrested cadres from Pakistan and their narratives of Pakistani military and intelligence involvement in their recruitment, training, arming and deployment; the thousands of clearly identifiable weapons and tonnes of RDX, detonators, communications equipment and other materials, overwhelming proportions of which could be traced back to Pakistan with sufficient forensic attention and international cooperation.

In effect, India is part of the conspiracy of silence and appeasement that has allowed Pakistani deniability and falsification to flourish. Through the current ‘peace process’ and the charade of the ‘joint mechanism’ for counter-terrorism India continues to provide international legitimacy to a terrorist state and Gen Musharraf’s criminal regime.

These are the circumstances – our ignorance, our indifference, our pusillanimity, our inability to understand and neutralise the strategic intent of Pakistan’s propaganda and terrorist machinery – that create the enveloping circumstances which allow Pakistan to remain the principal breeding ground of Islamist terrorism in south Asia. India’s security forces are constantly called upon to make sacrifices for the defence of the country against Pakistan-backed terrorism; thousands of security personnel and even larger numbers of innocent civilians have lost their lives in Pakistan’s covert war on India. To continue to give Pakistan and its leadership the latitude it currently enjoys is nothing less than criminal complicity in this enterprise of terrorism. India’s political leadership and the higher echelons of its policy establishment are squarely guilty of this complicity.

NAXAL MENACE: CRPF jawans get insurance cover October 28, 2006

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NEW DELHI: Union home minister Shivraj Patil on Saturday announced a string of welfare measures for CRPF, topping the list with an insurance cover for its personnel at par with the armed forces.

Patil promised better housing and medical facilities for CRPF jawans and officers deployed in varied duties inside the country, ranging from law and order to counter-Naxalite operations.

He announced a Rs 10 lakh life and disability insurance cover for jawans, in addition to the compensation they get in case of death or disability, while on duty.

Acknowledging the role played by the paramilitary force, Patil, who addressed its 67th raising day celebrations at the CRPF training camp at Jharoda Kalan, said facilities for the personnel should be at par with the armed forces.

“The ministry will take steps in this direction,”he said, adding, “Shelter is also a big problem for the CRPF personnel and the government is aware of it.”

He said the government wanted to provide more insurance cover to CRPF and “something was being worked out on it”. Patil said states which call the CRPF jawans for duty must give them livable accommodation and workable infrastructure.

He added that the government has sanctioned the use of security related funds for setting up of good quality, temporary structures at operational bases.

Earlier, he reviewed the CRPF parade along with DG, CRPF, J K Sinha.

Karnataka geared to meet any terrorist threat; general alert sounded October 28, 2006

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Chief Minister, Prakash hold meeting with senior officials

HIGH-LEVEL MEET: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Home Minister M.P. Prakash (second from left) discussing a point at a meeting in Bangalore on Saturday. Chief Secretary Malathi Das (third from left), Principal Secretary (Home) Vatsala Vatsa and D irector-General of Police B.S. Sial are seen. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Bangalore: The State Government is geared to meet terrorist threats and a general alert has been sounded to the police in all districts and not just Mysore, where two Pakistani nationals were nabbed on Thursday.

A high-level meeting was held here on Saturday and it was chaired by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Home Minister M.P. Prakash. Others present included Director-General of Police B.S. Sial, Mysore Police Commissioner Pravin Sood and principal secretaries of Home, Revenue and Forests.

The Chief Minister and the Home Minister told presspersons that owing to the high level of economic activity in the State, particularly in Bangalore, it was natural that anti-national elements had an eye on the region.

In touch with Centre

The State Government was in touch with the Centre and this was one of the reasons that had enabled the Mysore police to arrest the alleged terrorists.

An intensive search was on in certain pockets of Mysore for some people who were believed to be part of the network or had extended support to them.

Mr. Prakash said the police had fanned out to various parts of the State to arrest the remaining members of the group that had apparently stayed in a house in Mysore. It was another matter that there was no clarity on the number of members of the terrorist group which had landed in Mysore. Security to some of the vital installations in the State had been stepped up.

The police had tightened security for the Vidhana Soudha and the Vikasa Soudha.

The Home Minister said there was also information that the alleged terrorists had taken shelter in Mysore as part of their plan to attack some buildings in Bangalore, since Mysore afforded a better cover to such elements.

In the view of the State Government, apart from taking preventive steps the Government could do little in preventing the movement of terrorists to these cities.

Plan against naxals

The Government has firmed up a plan to deter naxalite operations in the State. Apart from equipping the police better with arms and ammunition and motor vehicles, a decision has been taken to wean away the tribal people along the Western Ghats who were supporting the naxalites.

Over the past few years, naxalite operations in certain pockets of the Western Ghats have sincreased after they succeeded in luring the tribal people.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said towards a proper implementation of the plan, directions had been issued to senior officials of the departments of Home, Forests and Revenue to stay put in the peripheral areas of the forests in Chikmagalur and adjoining districts and solve the problems of the tribal people.

The team of officials would be led by Principal Secretary (Revenue) S.M. Jaamdar.

The officials had been empowered to provide alternative land to the tribal people, establish markets for the forest produce pooled by the tribal people, build medical dispensaries and schools etc.

Nikhil case

The case relating to Chief Minister’s son Nikhil, who along with some youths had reportedly indulged in violence at a hotel on Thursday, took a new turn with Mr. Kumaraswamy stating that details of the “conspiracy” would be revealed in two days.

To questions by presspersons, the Chief Minister said, “It is a planted case. Those behind the attempts to defame us using the illegal mining case were the ones behind the attack on the hotel. The police investigation is on and the details would be given in two days.”

Mr. Kumaraswamy said his son had been drawn into a conspiracy by some vested interests which included some of his son’s friends.

“I spoke to my son on Friday. His innocence will be proved,” the Chief Minister said.

Curbing terrorism not a priority for UPA October 28, 2006

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Curbing terrorism not a priority for UPA

Dina Nath Mishra

The UPA Government in general, and the Congress in particular, has “infinite tolerance” for terrorists. The Government talked about ‘zero tolerance’ time and again but its performance towards Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in its two-and-half-years tenure doesn’t inspire confidence. Pranab Mukherjee as Defence Minister made a candid admission that Pakistan’s ISI has penetrated into several organisations including the Indian Army. What Mukherjee has said is pregnant with symptoms of extraordinarily dangerous implications in matters relating to external and internal security. Pranab Mukherjee is an experienced administrator and knows what he is talking about.

India realised the danger when a couple of its Armymen handed over security-related documents to Pakistani Embassy. The density of ISI moles is really alarming in J&K, UP, Mumbai, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, WB and the North-East. In fact hundreds of moles in sleep mode are in existence all over India. They can be activated as and when required for creating havoc with the internal security scenario. They have already done this on dozens of occasions in J&K, Mumbai and Delhi. Speaking at an ITBP function, Home Minister Shivraj Patil also warned the country about the growing acts of terrorism. What Patil has hinted signals towards the possible dangers of a civil war-like situation. These may be forthright admissions of the UPA Government’s failures.

As a matter of fact, internal security is not of priority to this Government. Curbing terrorism is not their prime concern and they have declared it honestly in the Common Minimum Programme with the promise to repeal POTA. They didn’t calculate what signal this will send to the Pakistan’s ISI.

During the UPA regime, internal security has gone from bad to worse. Recent Mumbai trains blasts have proven that new terror modules have emerged. In these heated moments, they talk of zero tolerance but forget it as the situation goes off boil. Even the National Security Advisor MK Narayanan has weakened India’s case when he stated that the Government had ‘good’ but not ‘clinching’ evidence of Pakistan’s ISI hand in the recent Mumbai blasts. Prime Minister had to make amends to save the situation in international diplomatic circles. The UPA, particularly the Congress, has this type of flip-flop inbuilt in its thought process.

Recently, after meeting President Musharraf, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was led to the garden path of believing that Pakistan too has been a victim of terrorism. It seems he actually believed the story that Pakistan has been selling to the US and India that terrorists are beyond Musharraf’s control. Should an Indian Prime Minister buy this theory? Haven’t we suffered a well-planned terrorist attack at the behest of Pakistan for far too long now?

India has been major victim of cross-border terrorism for more than two decades. Till 2004, it had taken a toll of over 62,000 lives in J&K, Punjab, North-East and the Naxalite-affected States. Over 7,50,000 persons had been rendered homeless and forced to leave their homes in the wake of terrorist threats.

After bleeding India in Punjab for over a decade, Pakistan mounted a virulent form of trans-border terrorist offensive in J&K, using the infrastructure, terrorist hardware and trained cadres, which were raised with western support for anti-Soviet operations in Afghanistan. Besides J&K, it targeted other parts of the country for sabotage, subversion and espionage in collaboration with fundamentalist groups, organised crime syndicates, drug traffickers, gunrunners, fake currency racketeers.

Pakistan also made sustained efforts towards intelligence encirclement of India by establishing its covert action bases in Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Middle-East. Extensive networks of spies, saboteurs and subversive groups, launched and controlled by ISI station chiefs in Kathmandu, Dhaka, Dubai, Riyadh were operationalised to undermine India’s security.

The ISI has been providing sanctuaries, camps for training, weapons and finances to different terrorist outfits. Financial, logistic and other supports were extended to them in proportion to their ground performance, thereby encouraging competitive violence. Covert offensive was carried out in a calibrated action plan at least till 2002, when under increasing Indian pressure and changed global scenario, it had to be more circumspect and cautious.

There is no denying that the state of Pakistan is extremely complex. But most of the acts of terrorism could not have been executed without the active support of the Pakistani Government. But the UPA Government has near infinite tolerance towards terrorism, nay, jihadi terrorism. This is clear from the Congress’ attitude towards Afzal’s hanging.

A comrade in Rashtrapati Bhavan? October 28, 2006

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Saturday, October 28, 2006 8:52:27 IST
When Mr. Kalam steps down in June next year, a comrade may become President of India. The Left’s choice is said to be Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, speaker of Parliament. The existing number equations make this a distinct possibility

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Watch out, the communists are coming. They are steadily making headway – wearing many and varied deceptive masks, and adopting seemingly innocent strategies to gain power.
Their presence even in the existing ruling set-up is considerable.
They have a big say in running the country because of the total defence of the UPA on their support at the Centre. The UPA will collapse the day the left front withdraws support.
They have cleverly evolved an arrangement – Common Minimum Programme – which helps them force the government to accept some of their policies or programmes. They have used the stick again and again to make the UPA change course. They have been putting a spoke in the UPA wheel of progress.
They have made a noise about joining the USA while dealing with Iran’s nuclear issue. They have been always allergic to the USA. If they had their way, they would scrapped the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
They criticise the UPA for its trade and foreign investment policy as well as sale of failing
public sector units.
Their effort at the Centre is to advocate such policies and programmes that would boost their image. And in this regard, they have succeeded to a considerable extent.
They are deriving maximum mileage from the bargaining power they have at the ruling set-up in Delhi. The UPA led by the Congress party is helpless. They have to constantly face the threat from the left front, which is giving the UPA support from outside: Do it or else…
The communists have flung this threat at the UPA dozens of times.
It is being made out that for the failures of the government, the UPA is responsible and for its success, the credit goes to – the communists.

A discreet understanding
between Naxalites and Lefts
The advance the left has made during the last 2 ½ years of coalition rule at the Centre is huge. It has consolidated its position in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura. And in quite a few states, it has made its presence felt.
The Naxalites also belong to the left. They are armed communists. And those sitting in legislatures without arms are silent whenever their comrades resort to violence. There is a discreet, secret understanding between the Naxalites and the left legislators.
When Nepal faced a crises and the King was thrown, the Maoists there agreed to hold talks. And who were those with whom they held talks? None other than with our communist leaders, some of whom are supporting the UPA from outside.
The Naxalite movement in the country is steadily growing. There is a Naxalite corridor starting from Andhra Pradesh, extending into Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar and Chattisgarh.
Observe a significant happening: there are no Naxalites in West Bengal and Kerala.
This provides clear proof that the Naxalites and the Left Front folks are comrades. They are birds of the same feather. It is for our intelligence agencies to find out whether they are working together. It will not be a surprise if they find they are.
There is total sympathy, if not support, by the Left Front for the Naxalites.
That perhaps is one of the reason for the growth of the movement in recent weeks. The striking power of the Naxalites has enormously increased. They have now sophisticated, deadly weapons. A recent catch of rockets and missiles shows the Naxalites are now in a position to wage a tough fight with the establishment.
In fact, power may be seized in our country from the barrel of guns.
Looks like the communist take over the country is going on as per well-thought out plan. In the next Lok Sabha elections, the strength of the Left will definitely increase. Every effort is being made by the Left leaders to be seen as persons interested only in the welfare of the people and in removing poverty and in providing work for all etc.
It is a great strategy: MPs and MLAs swearing by democracy and quite a large number
taking to arms – out to great power. Immediately after India gained independence, there were a few labour leaders in some pockets of the country. They were however soon lost position and in cities like Mumbai, communism was eliminated.
They are back now in full force. The coalition reality at the Centre is the main reason for
the progress of the Left. The Left has gained ground steadily.
There is now a Left move to make a communist the President of India.
It will not be a surprise if this happens.
In June next year, President Kalam will step down as President. The choice of a President is engaging the attention of all political parties.
The number game puts the position of the two major political parties – the Congress and the BJP – on the back seat. They just do not have the required number to get one of their nominees as President.
The communists are seizing the chance to have one of their own men as President – a development which could never have been visualised all these years.
The Left’s candidate is Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, speaker of Parliament.
A comrade at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan!
It may happen. The political trends in the country point to such a happening.

Dangers of having a
communist president
The President in our country do not wield much power. He is only a constitutional head. He cannot veto anything but he can delay matters, make things difficult. A communist President has a big chance to propagate the Marxist ideology. The President is expected to address meetings all over the country. He is called to inaugurate many projects and programmes. He is called upon to make speeches and he has the freedom to express his views – Left views.
The occupation of the Rashtrapati Bhavan by a communist will be one more landmark in the progress of communism in the country.
And when it happens, there is likely to be a change in our democratic set-up. There may
not be a government run on Marxist ideology, but it will have no main features of democracy. There will be no freedom of the press; the constitution may not be scrapped, but will be suitably and hugely amended by the leaders. It may resemble the scenario, which exists in China today, where the state and not the rights of the individual is important.
Our political parties are so enamoured of power that they are ready to consort with the very devil to get it. That’s what has happened in the country today. Political parties like the Congress have walked into a Left trap, blissfully unaware of the danger of obtaining support from the communists who chase an ideology which has not the least resemblance to democracy. After the Lok Sabha elections, instead of deciding on getting outside support from the Left, the UPA should have opted for fresh elections.

Maoist bandh: Alert sounded in Bihar October 28, 2006

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Patna, Oct. 29 (PTI): Bihar Police has sounded a high alert in the naxal-infested north and southern parts of the State and intensified patrolling in view of the bandh called by proscribed CPI (Maoist) on Monday in protest against the arrest of its top leaders in the state.

The Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee and the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army have extended support to the bandh call.

All the Superintendents of Police in the zone had been asked to intensify patrolling in naxalite-hit areas, IG (Tirhut zone), Sumit Kumar, said.

Protection of government property, including railways and jails, would get special attention, he said.

“The SSB, which guards the Indo-Nepal border, has been asked to cooperate with the district police to nab ultras trying to sneak into Indian territory from neighbouring Nepal to create disturbances,” Kumar said.

Security is also being tightened in Gaya, Jehanabad, Nawada and Aurangabad districts in south Bihar.

The ultras had targetted railway property in Bagaha, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Motihari (East Champaran) and Gaya during the bandh call in the past.

In north Bihar, Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, East and West Champaran, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Begusarai and Madhubani districts are considered vulnerable from security point of view.

The CPI (Maoist) is protesting against the arrest of its top leaders in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Mangalore: Police Resort to Art as Counter-Propaganda October 28, 2006

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Mangalore, Oct 28: Men in khaki are often at the receiving end of some nasty criticism by naxalites operating in Malnad region of the State.

They manage to ransack some remote forest office or paste anti-government pamphlets at bus stops in the heart of Malnad town. And each time, they target the policemen.

Now the State Police Department has decided to take the naxalites head on in this ongoing propaganda war through the medium of drama. Sangama Kalavidar of Manipal will aid them in this task. Starting this Saturday members of Sangama Kalavidar will stage the drama “Haseeru Naadina Kempu Haadhi” (Red Path of Green Land) in nine places in Chikmagalur and Udupi district every weekend till November. The troupe had staged this drama in Bangalore.

The drama would be staged in Sringeri (October 28), Basarikatte (Ocotober 29), Kigga (November 4), Shamse (November 5), Shankarnarayana (November 11), Ajekar (November 12), Hebri (November 18), Siddapur (November 19) and at Amasebailu (November 25). These places in the two districts have been the centres of naxal activities in the recent past.

H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) told The Hindu the main aim of staging the drama in areas affected by naxal activities was to create awareness about the issue. Even the department had to present its side of the story before the people.

‘Killers of innocents can’t be revolutionaries’ October 28, 2006

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Pankaj Gupta, IG, Anti-Naxalite Operations, says the extension of government’s surrender policy for Naxals has revived hopes for peace

What is your opinion about the Maharashtra government’s decision to extend the Surrender Policy for Naxals in the state?

The extension revived hopes for peace in the region. This is important for the development of this region and would end the prolonged suffering of the

But the Naxals have rejected the government’s offer.

They react to the Surrender Policy depending upon their own convenience. If they are outside the police loop, they are anti-surrender. But once they feel the heat, surrender becomes the most viable option for them, as they are aware that we will treat them leniently under the surrender package. Otherwise, death is the only option.

What has been the response to the Surrender Policy till now? Have any top commanders surrendered?

Though the Surrender Policy had failed to attract any prominent Naxals so far, the ultras at the level of deputy dalam commanders and others have surrendered. At least 90 ultras have surrendered.

What does the package consist of?

Ultras who lay down arms are given financial assistance. A dalam commander or those of high rank get Rs 10 lakh. A deputy commander gets Rs 1 lakh and an Area Rakshak Dal or Gram Rakshak Dal get Rs 75,000. Naxals surrendering with firearms like ak-47, self-loading rifles or light machine gun are entitled to greater benefits.

The Naxals insist that they are revolutionaries and not terrorists.

It is audacious of them to equate themselves with revolutionaries. Revolutionaries fought for the independence of the nation ruled by imperialists. But Naxals are fighting against their own country’s law disregarding the constitution. They kill innocent people without any cause. Such people are terrorists, not revolutionaries.

What about their allegations regarding police excesses?

I am not denying excesses. But there is proper grievance redressal mechanism existing in the country. We are a democracy, with operating judiciary and human rights organisations. They can easily approach them. If every aggrieved person in the country takes up the gun, the country will not exist. There will be mayhem everywhere.

Do you think the surrender policy would succeed?

Those in the prime of their youth have lost direction and want to lead a normal life once again. It is our duty to help these people.

Nov 04 , 2006