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Three Maoists gunned down in Andhra Pradesh December 31, 2006

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Three Maoists were killed in a gun battle with police in the forests of Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh Sunday, taking the number of guerrillas killed in 2006 to 139.

Khammam District Superintendent of Police R.K. Meena said the Maoists opened fire on the police party engaged in combing operations in Paritala Lanka forests in Kuknoor mandal, forcing the latter to retaliate.

‘After some time, police found bodies of three Maoists,’ he said.

While the guerrillas were yet to be identified, police believe they belonged to the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

A .303 rifle and two spring rifles were recovered from the scene. Police suffered no casualties in the gun battle.

With these killings, the number of Maoists killed this year went up to 139.

Meanwhile, M.A. Basit Sunday assumed office as new director general of police. After taking charge from Swaranjit Sen, he said the current anti-Maoist strategy, which yielded good results, would continue.

Sen, who served as the state police chief for two years, said police had overcome the Maoist problem with people’s cooperation. He said the Maoist violence had declined by 65 percent during 2006.

The number of people killed by Maoists came down to 52 this year from 211 in 2005, he said.

Police also achieved a nmajor success during the year by unearthing 53 arms dumps and recovering huge caches of arms including 875 rocket shells and launchers. Sen said 320 extremists surrendered while 717 of them had been arrested during the year.

Mixed bag for police on crime, naxal front December 31, 2006

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HYDERABAD: A steep decline in Naxalite violence by 65 per cent has been offset by the increase in other offences committed in the State during 2006.

At an year-end press meet to present a round-up of the crime situation, the outgoing Director General of Police, Swaranjit Sen, said on Saturday that the violence by CPI (Maoist) was the lowest ever with just 203 incidents reported across the State.

He said 136 extremists, including a State Committee secretary, Madhav, and a Central Committee Member of Maoists, Wadkapur Chandramouli, were killed in encounters. The year also saw the recovery of 305 weapons, 320 extremists surrendering and 717 other comrades arrested.

But the police could not prevent a rise in overall crime. There were 1.60 lakh cognisable offences as against 1.43 lakh cases in 2005.

The economic offences went up from 7,184 to 7,545, gender crime from 14,673 to 17,294 and cases under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act from 2,122 to 2,174.

Mr. Sen said cases of communal nature also went up from 26 to 29 and road accidents from 38,913 to 42,569. The casualties in these accidents were 12,643 as against 11,098 last year.


He added that the largest recruitment in police department was undertaken during the year with the induction of 6,031 civil constables, 1,142 constables of AP Special Police and 600 sub-inspectors. The results of the test to recruit SIs would be declared in February.

New Chief Secy., DGP take charge in Karnataka December 31, 2006

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Bangalore, Dec. 31 (PTI): In a change of guard in two top positions in Karnataka, P B Mahishi today took charge as Chief Secretary and K R Srinivasan as Director General and Inspector General of Police.

Mahishi, a 1972 batch IAS officer who was Development Commissioner, took over from Malathi Das, who retired today. A 1972 batch IPS officer who served as DGP (CoD), Srinivasan took the baton from B S Sial, who too retired today.

Talking to reporters here today, Mahishi mooted the idea of having a “no meeting day” once a week to help officials of various departments address issues confronting the lower echelons, rather than remaining busy with meetings.

He stressed the need to strengthen the state lobby in Delhi to speedily clear Central funds, schemes and projects concerning Karnataka.

Srinivasan said problems relating to Naxals, traffic congestion in Bangalore and terrorist threats to the city would be given top priority.

“The Naxal problem is confined to Udupi and Chikmagalur districts only,” Srinivasan said. “Our onus is to solve the problem. We will dissuade them (Naxals) and talk to them. We have to face the challenge.”

Modernisation of the police force to tackle new types of crimes will be another area of focus, he said.

Naxal leader, wife killed in shootout December 31, 2006

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Hyderabad, December 31, 2006

A Naxal leader and his wife were killed in an exchange of fire with police near Panasapally village in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Sunday.

A special police party combing the area yesterday exchanged fire with Naxals, they said.

The dead persons were identified as Chandramouli alias Devanna, a member of CPI-Maoist’s central committee and his wife Jyotakka.

Devanna, who went underground about 20 years ago, carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

Police recovered two guns, two claymore mines and five kitbags from the scene of the shootout.

Naxals keep Chhattisgarh Govt on tenterhooks December 31, 2006

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Raipur, Dec 31. (PTI): The year 2006 saw Chhattisgarh’s ruling BJP facing a series of embarrassments, including the dismissal of its state unit chief, and a spurt in naxal attacks on one hand and lady luck smiling again on opposition Congress leader Ajit Jogi on the other.

For the first time, Chhattisgarh BJP chief was sacked when Shiv Pratap Singh was shown the door on charges of indiscipline.

The infighting in BJP came to fore after Singh resigned from the post of Vice Chairman of Sarguja Development Authority on July 27 saying how could Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam chair the meeting of the Authority when he was present there.

However, Singh was sacked from the post of State BJP President on August 7 for “breach” of party discipline after the matter generated a lot of heat in the party and a low- profile tribal MP Vishnu Dev Sai was made as new chief of the party’s state unit.

Earlier in the year, Chief Minister Raman Singh was put on the defensive when a controversy involving the State Public Service Commission (PSC) broke out for alleged irregularities in conduct if examinations.

In fact, the year started with the PSC controversy as a PSC member Chandra Sekhar Sahu resigned on January 10. Students’ agitation in the wake of the row increased pressure on the Government to take action against the Commission members with the conduct of 2003 and 2005 examinations came under a cloud.

Not only was PSC Chairman Ashok Darbari sacked in September, a corruption case was registered against him and other members of Commission on December 15.

Raman faced the political onslaught as it was he who had appointed Darbari as PSC chief after his removal as Director General of Police by the then Home Minister Brij Mohan Agrawal for alleged inefficiency.

Adding to the woes of Chief Minister Raman Singh was the fact that for the first time in three years of his rule, he encountered opposition from within BJP on the issue of non-development, corruption and too much bureaucratisation of governance.

By contrast, BJP’s arch political rival and former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi managed to occupy the centre stage of State politics in 2006 after being sidelined for over two years, especially after he was suspended from Congress following the case-for-MLA scam for trying to the BJP Government.

If 2005 was a bad year for the Jogi family, 2006 brought them cheer with Jogi’s son Amit being released on bail on May 6 on order from Chhattisgarh High Court.

Amit was arrested on July 1, 2005, as main accused in the killing of NCP leader Ram Avatar Jaggi on June 4, 2003 when his father was the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.

Ajit Jogi’s wife Renu won the Kota Assembly bypoll, creating a political flutter in the BJP ranks. Opposition to Raman Singh’s leadership surfaced from within his party with former union Minister Ramesh Bais and former state BJP President Nand Kumar Sai asking the State Government to change its style of functioning.

In a shot in the arm for Ajit Jogi, the High Court on December 15 quashed the order of the National Commission for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe that Jogi was not a tribal and had fraudulently procured a tribal caste certificate.

However, the Government said it would appeal against the order in the Supreme Court.

On the naxalite front, the State Government declared a war-like situation prevailed due to left wing extremism and the deployment of central forces was beefed up to 14 battalions this year.

The naxalites carried out several major strikes killing about 300 people, including security personnel, and looting weapons.

In a change of strategy, Maoists targeted critical infrastructure like telephone, electricity and train services.

After attacking an explosive depot in Kirandul of Dantewada district on February 9 and killing 8 CISF jawans and looting over 20 tonnes of explosives and huge quantity of weapons and ammunitions, the Maoists killed 11 jawans at a police station of the same district on April 16.

The naxalites killed 26 villagers and abducted 60 people on February 28 when they blew up a vehicle that was carrying anti-naxal activists in Dantewada district.

On March 25, the ultras killed 13 traders by setting off landmines in Kanker district and on April 29, 13 out of 52 abducted villagers in Dantewada district were killed. On July 17, the extremists killed 31 inmates of a Government relief camp in Dantewada district.

To prove their urban networking, the Maoists delivered CDs and naxalite literature at the houses of all MLAs in Raipur on February 21, following which the State Government banned the CPI (Maoists) on April 12.

The bio-diversity rich State was in news for the theft of germoplasm of Jatropha, a high bio-fuel content plant, by a professor from the Indira Gandhi Agriculture University in Raipur for a multinational corporation.

Before that issue died down, field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including rice, brinjal and ladiesfinger, surfaced amid strong opposition from agriculture scientists and the State Government.

To check rampant child marriage, particularly among tribals who constitute a major portion of Chhattisgarh’s total population, the State Government made compulsory registration of marriage in the state from November 20.

In a major step to provide urban like facilities in rural areas, the President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam launched a Rs 120-crore PURA project in Raipur district in November.

A Raipur court issued arrest warrant against noted industrialist Mukesh Ambani him for alleged forgery in documents of a person by the Reliance Telecom for a phone connection but the High Court stayed that order on February 15.

The High Court also set aside the election of Lal Sai Khunte of BSP from Malkharoda assembly seat on August 1.

Salwa Judum: The Heroic Uprising December 31, 2006

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By Shachi Rairikar

The leftist opposition to Salwa Judum and support to naxalite terrorists once again prove the point what Nehru had put forward decades ago. Baffled by the uprising against the naxalite terror sponsored from abroad, the comrades are screaming shrill to stop the Judum.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was correct in his assessment of the Indian communists. He had once said, “The Indian communists are certainly not patriots. They are not interested in the well-being of Indian people, whatever other cause they may be seeking to serve. They speak about the country in a derogatory manner abroad. They preach violence which can only lead to a disastrous civil war.”

The leftist opposition to Salwa Judum and support to naxalite terrorists once again prove the point what Nehru had put forward decades ago. Baffled by the uprising against the naxalite terror sponsored from abroad, the comrades are screaming shrill to stop the Judum on the grounds that it has led to a huge loss of lives and is only dividing the Vanvasi society, pitting one Vanvasi against the other. The naxalite violence has risen squarely since the inception of this counter movement and the human loss is quite high as the Vanvasis are fighting the much sophisticatedly armed naxalites with their traditional simple bows and arrows.

Going by the leftist logic, it is implied that there should not have been any struggle for freedom in the pre-Independence era as fighting the much more powerful and well-armed British would have led to huge loss of lives. Their perverted thinking provides no scope for respect of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation. It is not surprising that they denounced Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and branded great revolutionaries like Savarkar as terrorists. The martyrs of the Judum are heroes who sacrificed their lives protecting their people. They should be held at par with those whom we pay homage on the Martyrs’ Day, but it would probably be preposterous to expect the communists to have the ability to differentiate between martyrdom and terrorism. In their opinion the only martyrs are the naxalite terrorists.

Through the past many decades the communists have nurtured and patronised the naxalites who cold-bloodedly kill innocent civilians and brave security personnel with their advanced weaponry procured from abroad out of foreign funds and the civilians’ hard-earned money extorted through coercion. The naxalites are lauded with praise, projected as poor, deprived people, forced to take up arms to protect their basic rights, the offspring of an oppressive feudal system, brave revolutionaries fighting to topple the traditional capitalist structure, to establish a utopian society securing an equal place for all. However, they have no words of sympathy for the victims of naxalite terrorism, who are also poor and deprived, oppressed by the same feudal system, who work hard to earn honest money only to fall prey to the naxal bullies.

The self-proclaimed “human rights activists” have denounced the Salwa Judum as an assault on the dignity of the Vanvasi population but remain silent on the atrocities committed by the naxalites on the Vanvasis. The leftists have a chosen set of lofty words to prove the superiority of their ideology. They commonly use terms like “human rights”, “people’s war”, “democracy” to fool others into believing that they are well-intentioned and fighting for the larger good. However, practically democracy and communism never go together. A look at world history would reveal the close affinity between communism and dictatorships. The fact remains that nowhere in the world have the communist regimes been able to provide a strong democratic setup. Now faced with a genuine ‘people’s war’, a practical implementation of ‘human rights’, the true meaning of democracy is making them weak-kneed. The true strength of this popular movement can be adjudged from the gross quantum of opposition it has generated from the leftist quarters, the left-leaning media, intellectuals, human rights groups, social activists alike.

It is difficult for the comrades to concede that the Judum is a movement of the common man. They are seasoned to perceive and portray only that which is led by red flag and banners, even though it might be orchestrated through coercion and violence, as people’s movement. They are thunderstruck by the unexpected, powerful opposition put up by the common people who have united voluntarily, irrespective of their political views and without any external orchestration, funding or support, to fight for their survival.

A close study of the history of Vanvasi societies all over India would show that the Vanvasis never submitted to any foreign power. They fiercely battled against the European colonialism and carefully safeguarded Vanvasi autonomy and culture. Now these brave men and women have once again risen up to the occasion to safeguard their pride from a foreign ideology being forcefully imposed upon them through violence and unjustified exploitation of their impoverished and disadvantaged living conditions.

The ill-intentioned spineless people who unfortunately have mostly been holding positions of power in the modern times in India have always expected Indians to meekly submit to violence and terrorism without any reaction, response or retaliation. Driven to the extremes of endurance, the valiant Vanvasis of Chhattisgarh have thrown off this imposed cowardly attitude and come out with their true natural valour. They have shaken the nation out of its slumber and set an example for the others to follow, to gather courage and fight terrorism.

Salwa Judum is an indigenous movement, a challenge thrown to those who have become puppets in the hands of international powers for vested personal interests. It will go down in the history of mankind as a unique example of the latent potential that every society carries but does not have the courage to explore and apply. It will shine like a guiding star for the coming generations, a lesson as to what an awakened people can accomplish only if they realise and utilise the power they hold.

Minor girl sustains injury in police-Maoists gun battle December 29, 2006

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By Indo Asian News Service

Malkangiri (Orissa) Dec 29 (IANS) A minor girl sustained bullet injury during a gun battle between the police and Maoists rebels here, police said Friday.

Acting on a tip-off, a special party of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) raided a Maoist camp in Jineliguda forest near Motu police station, some 100 km from the district headquarter of Malkangiri, a senior district police official told IANS.

About 30 rebels opened fired on the police party which retaliated. Nearly 300 rounds of fire were exchanged between them.

Police spotted the seven-year-old girl identified as Basanti Madakami crying near the site. It was not immediately known who fired at her.

The girl was admitted to district hospital for treatment.

Police have seized three pairs of Maoists uniform and some other essential commodities from the site.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

Home Ministry kept on tenterhooks after Mumbai, Malegaon blasts December 29, 2006

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New Delhi, Dec 30. (PTI): The Mumbai serial train blasts that threatened to derail the Indo-Pak dialogue process and the Malegaon explosions kept the security establishment on tenterhooks during the bygone year, which also witnessed Naxal violence, insurgency in the North East and communal troubles.

After the investigations into the 7/11 train explosions in Mumbai, which left 200 people dead and hundreds injured, security agencies pointed an accusing finger at elements in Pakistan for their role in the blasts.

Pakistan, which denied the accusations, later agreed to the setting up of a joint working group with India on counter terrorism that led to the revival of the Foreign Secretary-level talks.

Jammu and Kashmir remained in the news for terror attacks on soft targets by ISI-sponsored Lashker-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al-Badr and Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfits even as the Home Ministry reported a decline in ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attacks during the year.

Security forces neutralised 516 terrorists including 45 top self-styled commanders and arrested 348 militants. The security establishment also found a decline in infiltration from across the western border though there was growing concern over the strategies being adopted by terror groups.

Militancy in the North East kept raising its head as extortions and bomb blasts in Nagaland, Manipur and Assam continued to give headaches to the paramilitary and armed forces. The Naxal problem was quite pronounced in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand causing higher casualties among civilians.

All these developments had an impact on the man heading the Home Ministry. Shivraj Patil remained a beleaguered Minister for a span of time amid growing demands for his removal by the Opposition and a not-so-favourable disposition towards him in sections within the ruling UPA.

Demolition of a ‘dargah’ by the authorities in Vadodara sparked communal violence that forced the Gujarat Government to deploy the Army after para-military forces and local police failed to contain the situation.

Desecration of a statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar in Kanpur led to violent protests in Maharashtra.

The Home Ministry grappled with terrorist violence in the hinterland by LeT and JeM, which use the territory and elements in Bangladesh and Nepal for movement of terrorists to target vital installations and economic infrastructure.

The terror attacks in Varanasi and the recent train blast in North Bengal pointed accusing fingers at HUJI of Bangladesh.

Besides, Ayodhya, Bangalore, Nagpur and Malegaon were in the news for some major terrorist incidents, which the MHA said, were caused by externally based and sponsored terrorist outfits with some local help.

New Delhi took up these incidents seriously during the Home Secretary-level talks with Pakistan.

Back home, the Centre initiated consultations with various political groups for all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir while the Prime Minister chaired the two Round Table Conferences on J and K. Five Working Groups were constituted.

The Prime Minister as well as Home Minister Shivraj Patil stressed the need for intelligence collection at the police constable level and asked States to strengthen special branches, which deal with intelligence gathering.

Barring ULFA violence in Assam, the overall security situation in the North East has shown signs of improvement.

The MHA expected the situation to improve further due to extension of ceasefire and Suspension of Operations agreements with NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K), National Democratic Front of Bodoland, United People’s Democratic Solidarity and Dima Halam Dagoh in Assam; and Achik National Volunteer Council in Meghalaya.

As part of its peace initiative, the Centre held three rounds of talks with the People’s Consultative Group set up by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and suspended operations against the banned outfit.

However, the talks could not proceed as ULFA stuck to its demand that its five top detenues be released before direct talks could start.

While the number of violent incidents and civilian casualties in Manipur come down, violence has went up in Nagaland where there was also a slight increase in the casualty level of security forces and civilians.

The Home Ministry proactively engaged NSCN(IM) in observance of ceasefire ground rules. A Group of Ministers (GoM) was constituted to hold talks on substantive issues with NSCN(IM).

Meghalaya also witnessed a marginal increase in violence.

The overall naxal situation saw a decline in terms of incidents and casualties of police personnel. However, the marginal increase in casualties of civilians was mainly due to high violence levels in Chhattisgarh and to some extent in Jharkhand.

Chhattisgarh alone accounted for nearly 50 per cent of total incidents and almost 60 per cent of total casualties in the current year. The higher casualties in the State were mainly because of increased use of violence by naxalites to derail ‘Salwa Judum ‘(movement against naxalism).

Naxal violence came down significantly in Andhra Pradesh in terms of incidents and casualties, though the seizure of huge consignments of rocket shells and rocket launchers became a matter of serious concern for the Centre.

To tackle naxal violence, all affected States prepared action plans for a comprehensive and coordinate response.

The MHA asked the States to formulate and implement an effective surrender and rehabilitation policy for naxalites. They were, however, asked not to have any peace dialogue with the ultras till they abjure violence and gave up arms.

The Home Minister asked the States to mount special recruitment drives to fill up all vacancies in the affected police stations and set up special intelligence machinery on naxal related activities.

On its hot pursuit strategy against naxalites, the Centre took a decision to deploy para-military forces at no cost basis and sanction additional India Reserve Battalions for the naxal-hit states.

Specialised training to the State police in guerilla warfare, supply of vehicles that could withstand mine blasts and setting up an anti-naxal unit in the MHA were some other proactive measures to deal with the problem.

To ensure faster development of naxal-hit areas, the Centre provided financial assistance of Rs.2,475 crore for 55 naxal affected districts under the Backward Districts Initiative component of the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana.

The Home Minister cautioned that the coastal areas, particularly the long western coast, were vulnerable to terrorist attacks as threat perception through the sea route has increased following sealing of land borders.

The Centre sanctioned setting up of 73 coastal police stations at a cost of Rs.551 crore to be established in five years to nine States and four Union Territories. Over 200 boats and nearly 500 vehicles were being procured for the purpose. The MHA decided to fund Rs.342.56 crore for 15 interceptor boats.

“Operation Swan” was launched to strengthen security off Maharashtra and Gujarat coastlines in view of their vulnerability.

Under the Police Modernisation Scheme, the Government took a major decision to provide Rs. two crore annually to 76 districts seriously affected by the naxalite menace for strengthening basic police infrastructure. Besides, 30 districts on the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders would be provided Rs. one crore each for the same purpose.

A scheme for modernisation of BSF, CRPF, ITBP, Assam Rifles, CISF and NSG with an outlay of Rs.3,740 crore was also under implementation.

The security establishment was also working towards meeting the target of the police population ratio of 1:500 in the next three years from 1:728 now. While the ratio in Russia is 1:82, in the UK it is 1:290 and in the US 1:334.

The MHA was also actively considering bringing about police reforms by amending the obsolete Police Act of 1861.

Naxals kidnap five youths in Bihar December 29, 2006

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Ara, Dec 29: Armed Naxalites kidnapped five youths from Jagjivanpur village under the Imadpur police station in Bihar’s Bhojpur district last night.

Superintendent of Police Umesh Kumar said the ultras numbering around 20 raided a place where the youths were watching videos and overpowered them.

They later took them to an unknown place, he said, adding all the entry and exit points of Bhojpur district have been sealed and raids are continuing at different places to rescue the kidnapped.

The names of the kidnapped youths were not immediately known, the SP added. (Agencies)

Naxals kill forest guard December 29, 2006

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Nagpur, Dec 29. (PTI): Naxalites slit the throat of a 30-year-old forest guard in Jambia village of Gadchiroli district in the wee hours, the police said.

The naxals suspected the forest guard Rajkumar Perchelwar to be a police informer and slit his throat at around 4 am, according to a release by the Gadchiroli police.

However, the police denied that he was an informer and added that the district Superintendent of Police Shirish Jain has sent personnel to the village to investigate the matter.