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Security forces want to target Maoist leaders April 13, 2007

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By Rana Ajit (Staff Writer, © IANS)

Rattled by unabated attacks by Maoist guerrillas, security forces are wondering if they should kill the long underground leaders of a four-decade-old insurgency that shows no signs of ending.

The home ministry has convened a series of meetings in Hyderabad to review the existing strategy that clear is not proving effective enough to tackle the rebel violence.

The most dramatic Maoist offensives in recent times have included a major attack on a Bihar jail, the assassination of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Sunil Mahto and the slaughter of 49 policemen and militia members in Chhattisgarh.

Following the Hyderabad meeting Friday would be similar conferences in Patna April 16 and in New Delhi April 24. Attending these meetings would be members of the Anti-Naxal Task Force and the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG). An anti-Maoist Coordination Centre meeting chaired by new Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta will be held in New Delhi April 24.

Informed sources said the ministry would take a fresh look at its counter-Maoist strategy and examine the feasibility and efficacy of the new doctrine to fight the rebels by increasing the number of security personnel in the affected areas.

The officials will also examine the feasibility of accelerating development work in the areas where the Maoists operate, drawing to their cause thousands of poor and landless workers.

Maoists, whose rebellion started in India in May 1967, are most active today in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

They have refused to give up violence despite appeals from Maoist leaders in Nepal with whom the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has had long-standing fraternal links.

The meetings would also look at steps to strengthen security to irrigation works in Bihar.

One suggestion put up by some security forces that they need to ‘target’ the Maoist leaders – an official euphemism for killings as was done systematically in Punjab in the 1980s. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has suggested that targeting prominent leaders would leave the Maoist cadres rudderless.

Additionally, by eliminating key leaders, the security forces hope to spark a leadership tussle among the cadres so as to further undermine the guerrillas, whose fighting strength is estimated at a few hundreds.

The home ministry also favours improving intelligence gathering in Maoist-infested areas to be one step ahead of the guerrillas.

The government’s strategies would get finishing touches at these three meetings.

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Maoist scare drives doctors away April 13, 2007

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DHENKANAL, April 12: Afraid of Maoists, health officials and health workers have deserted the headquarters in Kankadahada block. In their absence, patients afflicted with malaria and victims of dehydration are lying unattended.

According to officials of Maurabili gram panchayat, more than forty people have already been afflicted with malaria. Patients have to return disappointed from nearby health sub-centres, hospitals and PHCs. No health worker, anganwadi worker or doctor come to the health centres. ANM or multi-purpose health workers ~ both male and female ~ are engaged to provide emergency care and first aid, especially to pregnant women. But they can rarely be seen .

Maurabili gram panchayat sarpanch Mr Pratap Marandi said malaria and the scarcity of drinking water had been scourges for the tribal folk. He visited nearby hospitals and sub-centres for three days but found none to allay the plight of malaria victims. When he first visited Birasal health centre, a doctor told him no health worker was ready to enter the village apprehending Maoists attacks. More than fifty people, of whom forty are malaria victims, urged him to arrange for healthcare but to no avail. Drinking water sources being limited, people have using polluted water, leading to serious health hazards. The water spurting out of tube-wells is heavily laced with iron. Despite repeated requests, senior administrative officials are yet to reach the spot to take stock of the situation.

DRDA project director Mr Khagendranath Jena said he had visited Kankadahad block and discussed health facilities with the people there. The locals alleged before project director that doctors , health officials and health services contributors rarely move in their areas on duty. He finds grain of truth in people’s allegations when he visited nearby hospitals.

The worst sufferers are expectant mothers who need health care from time to time in phases

From Naxalbari to Nandigram, by foot! April 13, 2007

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SILIGURI, April 12: The Naxalites are linking Nandigram with Naxalbari, by foot.
Come 25 May and the famous peasants’ movement of Naxalbari would step into its 40th year. Rekindling the spirit of peasants’ movement therefore, the CPI-ML (Liberation) would rally from Naxalbari to Nandigram starting 1 May, another red letter day.
“The year marks the centenary of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, birth centenary of Bhagat Singh and the 40th anniversary of the Naxalbari Movement. Resistance is the common thread running through the three events, which is applicable to Nandigram as well, which is why the rally,” claimed the organisation’s state leader Mr Abhijit Mazumdar.
The Liberation is drawing heavily from the past to make the programme a success and take its struggle at Nandigram to the next level.

And, parallels between the past and the present movements have presented the Liberation with an opportunity. Nine women and two children died in police firing at Bengaijote, Naxalbari on 25 May 1967 that triggered off what later came to be known as the peasant’s movement of Naxalbari. “Mr Jyoti Basu was the home and deputy chief minister in UF government then, which presents a parallel with the LF government and the police firing in Nandigram,” Mr Mazumdar alleged. To give the programme an emotional boost, the Liberation has decided to assemble relatives of those who died in the 1967 police firing, at its 1 May rally. “The party general secretary Mr Dipankar Bhattacharya and others would flag off a Krishak Jagaran Yatra comprising of peasants, students and workers on 1 May. A tableau and the rally would traverse the length of West Bengal, demonstrate at Nandigram and culminate in Kolkata on 25 May,” state secretariat member Mr Basudeb Bose, said. The Liberation is also relying on road shows during its journey to Kolkata via Nandigram. “Rallies would be held all along the route to rope in mass support towards the cause,” the organisation’s local committee member Mr Mozammel Haque added. Although official invitations are not being sent out to the other Naxalite factions to join the rally, the Liberation is not averse to accepting support if proffered.

Chasing naxals on two wheels April 13, 2007

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Gyan Varma
Thursday, April 12, 2007 23:56 IST

NEW DELHI: Finding it difficult to enter Maoists bastions in Chattisgarh, security forces have come up with an innovative plan: the men in uniform have decided to provide bicycles to counter the anti-vehicle landmines spread across Maoists infested villages.

“Since we cannot use heavy vehicles in these areas because of landmines, we have decided to provide bicycles for our men so that they can cover large areas while patrolling,” said a senior official of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who is handling anti-Maoists operations in Chattisgarh.

The official added that the 11 battalions present in the state are spread over 66 camps all over Chattisgarh, and each of these camps would get 20 bicycles for the men to use during patrol.

“Our men have to cover at least 20 km while patrolling everyday, and it is difficult to do so without using vehicles. These landmines do not explode even if bicycles go over them,” the source said. He added that several different teams go on patrol during the day and nights, and walking in those difficult terrains is a painstaking process.

“The only mode of transportation in these areas is bicycle,” he said, adding that security men could also use animals, but it would difficult maintain them. “Maintenance of bicycles is not expensive and they can be reused after repairs,” he added.

Chattisgarh is one of the worst Maoists-affected state, where most of the attacks are being carried out on securitymen. Maoists also use bicycles to commute.

Bail rejected for Naxalite suporters April 13, 2007

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PARALAKHEMUNDI, April 12: The six Naxalite supporters who had been granted bail by the ADJ Mr KC Patnaik last week had been turned down yesterday by the same ADJ. It is learnt that the prosecution had filed a revised petition stating that the accused had their bail pleas pending in the High Court, hearing which the public prosecutor, the ADJ refused to consider the bail.

It may be mentioned here that 22 persons including two teenaged girls had been arrested for their connections with the Naxal attack on the R Udayagiri police station, jail, treasury and tehsil office along with the killing of the three OSAP constables and the subsequent kidnapping of two officers.
While the two girls had been let off on bail the others were kept in the Circle Jail of Berhampur. Advocate Mr Upendra Nayak is fighting the cases on behalf of the accused.

Maoists resolve to make bases in Bihar, Jharkhand April 13, 2007

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‘Apt time for armed action’
– Maoists resolve to make bases in Bihar, Jharkhand
SUMAN K. SHRIVASTAVA

Ranchi, April 12: It is official. In the latest issue of its mouthpiece, People’s March, CPI (Maoist) has laid down its plans to develop Dandakaranya (Chhattisgarh) and B-J Area (Bihar-Jharkhand) as “base areas”.

It also acknowledges that it has suffered reverses in Andhra Pradesh and has made a strategic retreat from there, at least temporarily.

The party claims to have held its 9th party congress somewhere in Jharkhand in February this year after a gap of 37 years.

Adding to the discomfiture of the government, the rebels appear to have resolved that they would intervene in all the “people’s struggles”, specially those pertaining to displacement by SEZs. Dams, mining, urban development etc.

Noting that people, including traders, peasants, workers and Dalits, are breaking out into spontaneous protests, CPI (Maoist) chief Ganapathi is quoted as saying that all this presents an “excellent situation to advance the armed struggle”.

“Even though the state forces have resorted to the policy of ‘burn-all, kill all’ under the banner of Salwa Judum, the party has been able to effectively hit back and push the genocidal forces to the defensive,” the report said.

In Bihar-Jharkhand too the party has effectively countered the Sendra and paramilitary counterinsurgency forces and spread the movement in vast areas, it claimed.

Maoists admit to 130 “military actions” during the past two years in which 485 weapons were seized and 315 policemen were “wiped out”.

It was also time to finalise and urban policy and advance into urban areas, added Ganapathi.

Admitting a weakness in resolving disputes, he states: “When differences arose in 1985 in PW, we were not able to deal with it properly and so it led to a split. Again in 1992 in PW we could not resolve the differences properly. In the erstwhile MCC there were also differences in 2001-02 and the opportunist Bharat-Badal group left the party. We must understand how to settle differences…only then we will advance.”

The report has alarmed officials who expect Maoist violence to escalate in Santhal Pargana and in areas bordering Munger in Bihar.

Anti-naxal operations to get more teeth April 13, 2007

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Rajesh Sinha
Thursday, April 12, 2007 23:55 IST

NEW DELHI: Rather than wait for Maoists to attack before going after them, security forces are to take a more active role in engaging the naxals. Switching from a reactive and defensive approach to an offensive one is among the priority issues to be taken up at the meeting on naxal menace in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Support is growing in security establishments for a pro-active strategy to deal with the Maoist menace, similar to Andhra Pradesh where the specially constituted Greyhounds have destroyed several naxal bases and curbed the insurgents to a large extent. Naxal operations have increased over the last few years in states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

The forces currently deployed for anti-naxal operations are mostly used for static security duties, counter-offensives after naxal attacks and routine patrolling. The offensive initiative has traditionally rested with the naxalites, who hit their desired targets and draw first blood. On several occasions, the biggest being the recent incident at Rano Bodli in Chhattisgarh, security forces themselves have become victims of such attacks.

One hindering factor is the lack of intelligence available to security forces. According to an officer, the Maoists appear to have a better network and sometime ago they threw an open challenge to the intelligence agencies to try and figure out where the next attack was going to occur.

Another glaring shortcoming that has persisted is total lack of inter-state coordination for anti-naxal operations, despite its importance being acknowledged at every meeting. “State governments are reluctant to allow forces from other states to come and operate in their territory,” an officer pointed out.

While Friday’s meeting will focus on security related aspects, the inter-ministerial meeting, slated for April 16 in Patna, would take up the development aspect. Among the significant issues to be dealt with at this meeting include addressing concerns in setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and big development projects such as irrigation schemes, with the security becoming an inherent part of such projects. This will be followed by a meeting of the coordination centre on April 24.

Maoist threat letter to Dy. Chief Minister Sudhir Mahato April 12, 2007

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Communist Party Of India (Maoist)

Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Regional Committee

An Open Letter To Sudhir Mahato, Dy. CM of Jharkhand

Date – 08-04-07

To

Mr. Sudhir Mahato

Dy. Chief Minister
Jharkhand

Mr. Mahato,

Our Party has boldly carried out people’s verdict by executing the leader of Nagarik Suraksha Samiti (NSS) and MP of your party on 4th March 2007. Since then you have been issuing false statements from time to time purportedly denigrating the CPI (Maoist) and its role in the state. Your aim and motive is clear to the people. However, we feel it right to challenge your statements and warn you against letting loose a barrage of lies cooked up at the diktat of corporate houses, native and foreign and the state’s landed gentry. With all this, in order to cover up the failures of your government – a visible symbol of betrayal of the much-propagated cause of the common masses of Jharkhand – you the people in power are trying to attack us, sending troops to create white terror by regular combings and savage brutalities. We have the right to answer all such fascist methods in a befitting manner.

To come to your false propaganda about your espousing the cause of the Jharkhandis, we iterate it clear and loud that you have betrayed them in every conceivable way. You and your party’s high-flying corrupt leaders have proved traitors to the long-cherished dream of a democratic Jharkhand or Lalkhand, free from loot, oppression and plunders of the exploiters. You claim to be do-gooders of the common people. It is down right falsehood. Your statements against the Maoists’ activities for the Jharkhandis in East Singhbhum are all nonsense. Is it not a fact like the daylight that the oppressed Santali, Bhumij, Urav, Munda, Ho Adivasis and other non-Adivasis have rallied en masse behind our Party that has been leading their struggles for an exploitation free Jharkhand? Can you suppress the fact that you and your party leaders have turned into confirmed oppressors and mafia gang leaders who have amassed huge fortunes overnight? Can you prove with a single instance that the JMM leaders are not the faithful dalals and chamchas of the Tatas, Jindals, Mittals and many multinational companies who are out to loot Jharkhand and its people.

You the people are glorifying the notorious MP Sunil Mahato and trying to project Sunil as an honest leader killed by the Maoists. Can you explain how come Sunil, born in a middle peasant family, turned into a Karodpati as your party leader? You are equating the Nirmal Mahato – a genuine fighter against the Tatas and brutally murdered by the mafia gang engaged by the Tatas while calling him for a talk over displacement of Adivasis in 1987 – with the anti-people, mafia gang backer, fortune and power seeker notorious MP Sunil Mahato. Why this need to undermine the great image of the martyr Nirmal Mahato along with the Maoist revolutionaries? We punished Sunil Mahato and explained to the masses why we were forced to kill him. You propagate that we the Maoists are in for indiscriminate killing without people’s support. It is a dirty propaganda. We never touch anyone for punishment until and unless the person(s) and reactionary(ies) become confirmed enemy(ies) of the people. People’s court (Jana Adalat) comprising the common masses decides on the punishment and only then it is executed by our PLGA with the active support of the masses. We adopted the same method while executing the people’s enemy, Mr. Sunil Mahato.

Mr. Sudhir, your friend Sunil Mahato was traveling in the same boat as you are doing now. From 2003 onwards whenever Sunil Mahato set his foot on East Singhbhum, he chose to provoke the masses against us, against our movement for an exploitation – free Jharkhand. He stood by the NSS. The criminal gang leaders Shankar and Dhanai were his right and left hands to execute his game plan in the district. His execution was according to the people’s verdict.

You and your colleagues are falsely preaching that Sunil was executed as he refused to comply with the monetary demand of the Maoists. It is dirty lie. This false propaganda has been manufactured to tarnish the revolutionary, dedicated image of the CPI (Maoist). We never execute a criminal like Sunil Mahato for petty money mater. What your dishonest criminal leaders can commit for grabbing the ill-gotten money we the Maoists simply hate it and can not permit such practice.

You the hated yes-men of the corporate houses and World Bank have given the call for Sendra campaign against us. You like the BJP and the Congress in Chhattisgarh are saying that such a campaign will being peace in Jharkhand by eliminating the Maoists. We declare that we are prepared to give a fitting reply to your fascist campaign. Remember it that when the Lango and other incidents of well-planned murders of our comrades were taking place the home minister of the erstwhile NDA had taken a resolution on such a murderous game plan. Later your guru Shibu Soren too supported such a notorious decision to mass kill our forces. Babulal, Arjun, Koda who became CMs of Jharkhand resorted to the policy of killing Maoists. But what has happened? Have we not got strengthened further and spread to newer areas in Jharkhand after brutal killings of the revolutionary Maoists? The Sendra campaign shall meet the same fact as the Salwa Judum has met in Chhattisgarh.

Listen, Mr. Sudhir Mahato and read the writing on the walls. Don’t think that the Jharkhandis will spare the notorious high priests of the JMM who only know how best to amass fortunes by all dishonest means being a part and parcel of the exploitative system controlled by the Tatas, Jindals, Mittals various MNCs and feudal landlords. Don’t forget that despite your false propaganda along with campaigns by the state’s armed forces the people of Jharkhand are advancing forward to establish an exploitation-free Jharkhand where Adivasis can live enjoying independence to develop their language, culture and to ensure basic rights to livelihood.

We stand by the people of Jharkhand.

Victory to the revolutionary people of Jharkhand.

Sukhdev
CPI (Maoist)
Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Regional Committee

Maoist outfits declared unlawful in Chhattisgarh April 12, 2007

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Raipur, Apr 12: The Chhattisgarh Government has declared Communist Party of India (Maoist) and its five frontal organisations ”unlawful”.

The Home department has issued a notification declaring these organisations as ”unlawful” under section 3 of the Chhattisgarh Special Peoples’ Security Act, 2006, for one year, official sources said today.

Besides CPI (Maoist), a naxalite organisation active in many districts of Chhattisgarh, five frontal organisations had also been brought under the provisions of the Act.

These organisations are the Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, the Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh, the Krantikari Adivasi Balak Sangh, the Krisnikari Kisan Committee and the Mahila Mukti Morcha.

The Dr Raman Singh Government had brought the Chhattisgarh Special Peoples’ Security Act, 2006, to contain unlawful activities in the state, particularly in the light of increased naxalite activities in tribal Bastar region.

— UNI

Maoist outfits declared unlawful in Chhattisgarh

Three Maoist terrorists killed in Jharkhand April 12, 2007

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From correspondents in Jharkhand, India, 09:30 PM IST

Three Maoist rebels were killed in a clash between Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and its splinter group in Garwah district of Jharkhand, police said.

The bodies of the CPI-Maoist rebels were recovered Thursday by Meral police in Garwah, 160 km from here.

‘It seems that Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) (or, the third preparatory committee), the breakaway group of CPI-Maoist, pumped bullets into the three Maoist rebels while they were sleeping,’ said a police official of the state police headquarters.

Two days ago, CPI-Maoist rebels had killed nine TPC ultras in the state’s Latehar district. Group clashes between CPI-Maoist and TPC have claimed nearly 50 lives in last one year alone.

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. Nearly 600 people, including 300 security personnel, have been killed in the past six years in Maoist-related violence.

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand