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People’s March website blocked

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007



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Maoists plan to strengthen ‘guerrilla army’

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


Raipur, Dec 6 – The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) plans to overhaul its frontal fighter wing, the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), to tackle the army which it thinks will be deployed in the group’s strongholds spread across 13 states, officials here said.Earlier this week, the police found pamphlets in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region announcing the rebels’ decision to strengthen the PLGA and the Jan Militia, or people’s army.

‘They appear to want to take their war capacity to a level where they can handle the Indian Army and the Border Security Force if they are deployed in future to take on the guerrillas,’ Pawan Deo, deputy inspector general (DIG) of Kanker range, told IANS over the phone.PLGA is a unit of the CPI-Maoist that has full-time fighters armed with rocket launchers, mortars, landmines and sophisticated weapons. The Jan Militia squads are part-time cadres equipped with guns and traditional weapons such as sharp edged axes and sickles and bows and arrows.

The banners and posters were recovered during the PLGA celebration week Dec 2-8, the Maoists organised to motivate their cadres to step up the battle against the government.The PLGA Week began Sunday with the brutal killing of a police constable in full public view near a police station in Dantewada district and the derailing of an iron-ore laden train heading towards Andhra Pradesh.The next day, on Monday, the rebels set a school building on fire in Kanker district and looted foodgrain from a public distribution shop.On Tuesday, they set ablaze a private truck in Bijapur.

Anticipating widespread violence during the PLGA Week, the government put on high alert the thousands of police and paramilitary forces deployed in Bastar region for counter-insurgency operations.Chhattisgarh is one of the worst hit from Maoist violence amongst the 13 Indian states where the rebels are active. According to officials, about 900 people have been killed since the Maoist movement was launched in the state.Over 50,000 people have moved into 23 government-run relief camps in Dantewada and Bijapur districts due to terror Maoists have spread in the region.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/154164.html

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Maoist threat to project sites

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


The whiff of Maoists getting involved in the land tussle over the industry zones in Kalinga Nagar and Jagatsinghpur district has alerted Orissa police.

Kalinga Nagar became news in January 2006 after 13 tribals were killed in police firing while protesting the erection of a boundary wall at a Tata Steel project site.

Jajpur superintendent of police D.S. Kuttey told Hindustan Times that “the CPI (ML) Janashakti is active in the Kalinga Nagar area”.

“Already, two leaders of the Visthapan Virodhi Jana Manch are supporting the radical viewpoint of the Janashakti to wage an armed struggle. The police are keeping a watch on the situation and we are taking the necessary steps,” he said. The Jana Manch is leading the tribal struggle against the Tata Steel project at Kalinga Nagar.

There are also reports that the Maoists have become active at the project site of South Korean steel major Posco in Jagatsinghpur district.

Anil Mishra, the inspector-in-charge of the project site, said: “Reports on the presence of outsiders in the area are being verified. Thirteen platoons of the police force have now been deployed in Nuagaon, Gadakujnga and Govindpur in Dhinkia panchayats. The situation is under control.” DGP Gopal C. Nanda said: “We are keeping a close watch. The law and order situation will be maintained at any cost.”

According to an intelligence official, Maoist ideologues have started speaking to residents in the area about the need for an armed struggle against Posco. “Normally, the ideologues arrive first, followed by their armed cadres,” the intelligence official said.

The unsettling news has prompted the police to start random checks on vehicles entering the Posco zone. However, activists of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti claimed the talk of Maoist presence in the area was an excuse to launch an attack on them.

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Letter about POSCO

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


Published by Dilip D’Souza at 11:09 am under Paradip, Regarding Nandigram 2007

Many of us have been watching the developing situation in Paradip, Orissa, alarmed that it has worrying parallels to Nandigram. Here is a letter that has just been sent to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Naveen Patnaik, signed by several people.

Open Letter to Chief Minister, Orissa

Dear Navneen Patnaik ji,

We, the concerned citizens, representatives of people’s movements, and organisations from Mumbai, bring to your notice the violence and terror in the Paradeep region of Orissa in order to aquire land for POSCO without the consent of large number of people in the area.

News reports and reporting from individuals from Orissa on the developments related to the handing over of land to POSCO of S. Korea, indicates that there is a scenario developing a way similar to Nandigram. The conflict between the factions of the farmers and fisher folk in the Paradeep region seems to be facilitated by vested interests, including few belonging to State administration. This news brings to the fore, once again, a politic that is submissive to the corporate powers who are waiting to vacate the land and habitats at the cost of people and their livelihoods..

We strongly condemn the brutal and heinous attack on the peaceful protest by POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti at Jagatsingpur in Orissa on Thursday, November 29th in which at least 17 people were injured when supporters of a local MLA, armed with lethal weapons and crude bombs attacked the members of anti-POSCO group near the proposed site for the steel plant. The attackers threw about 6 bombs at the agitators; many were critically injured. The police and the district administration intervened only after the clashes took place.

We are shocked with the attitude and action of the 16 platoons of police force who have cordoned off village Dhinkia where at least 1000 villagers are trapped. We condemn the terror-like scenario created at Jagatsingpur and the violence meted out on the peaceful protesters just to give a red carpet welcome to corporates like POSCO. POSCO has a notorious reputation of marshling police who jailed and beat striking union members – one to death in its home country South Korea . .

We the people’s movements, common citizens and non- governmental organisations demand immediate restoration of peace and want you to :

  • Intervene and prevent violence in a peaceful manner,
  • Initiate a dialogue with people’s organizations, even those questioning the project and proposing alternatives
  • Stop the terror and violence. Punish the erring police personnel for not preventing the violence leashed upon the peaceful protestors on November 29th.
  • Stop POSCO Project and find and an amicable solution keeping in the center the interest of marginalized people: adivasis, fisher people, small farmers specially women and children.
  • Without securing the prior informed consent of the people affected by the project – adivasis, fisherfolk, small farmers, women and children, POSCO should not be allowed to set their company on their lands.

Looking forward to your response and a positive action towards safeguarding people’s right to life and livelihoods.

Yours Sincerely,

1. Simpreet Singh, Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Andolan & NAPM
2. Sandhya Gokhle, Forum Against Opression of Women
3. Sanjay M.G., National Alliance of People’s Movements
4. Ulka Mahajan, Sarvhara Jan Andolan
5. Deepika D’souza, Human Rights Law Network
6. P. Jehangir, Narmada Bachao Andolan
7. Sushobhan Dhar, Radical Politics
8 Sukla Sen, EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity)
9 Kishan Garodia, Sadbhawana Sangh
10 Harsh, Combat Law
11 Sheikh Hussain, Rashtriya Yuva Sanghatan
12 Nandita Shah, Akshara
13 Sunanda kalushte, Maharashtra Sarvodya Mandal
14 Mohan Chauhan, Shahar Vikas Manch
15 Daniel Mazgoankar, Mumbai Sarvodya Friendship Centre
16 Jagdish khairalia, Asuraksit Majdoor karagar Union
17 P.K. Das, Niwara Hakk
18 Jalindhar Adsule, Awas Adhikar Sanyukt Kruti Samiti
19 Datta Iswalkar, Girini Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti
20 N.D,. Koli, National Fish Workers Forum
21. Sachin, Suvarna, Shabnam, Dhanu, Jyoti, Chanda, Jayashree, Kashipur Solidarity Group Mumbai
22 Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker
23 Mukta srivastava, National Alliance of People’s Movements

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Two Maoists arrested in Malkangiri

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


KalingaTimes Correspondent


Malkangiri (Orissa), Dec 5: Two suspected Maoists have been arrested in this tribal-dominated district of Orissa and a gun has been seized from their possession, police said on Wednesday.

The extremists were taken into custody while putting up banners and posters from Sikhapali area under Malkangiri police station on Tuesday. They were arrested after thorough questioning.

Arrested Maoists


The suspected Maoists Basant Kumar Gawasi and Samay Madhi belonged to Koyagiri village, police said.

District Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye said a fun a large number of posters and banners pertaining to the Maoists’ campaign about the ongoing People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week.

As the Maoists are observing the PLGA week beginning from December 2, police have intensified their patrolling and combing operation in the district as well as neighbouring Koraput and Rayagada districts.

The police had sealed the State’s borders with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh as they were apprehending Maoist violence during the PLGA week.

Meanwhile, roads continued to wear a deserted look for the fourth day on Wednesday in Kalimela, Motu, MV-79 and Padia areas of the district.

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Five naxals get death sentence for killing cops

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


Banka, (PTI): Five CPI (Maoist) guerrillas were on Thursday awarded death sentence for killing three policemen in Bihar’s Banka district two years ago.

Additional district and sessions judge of a fast track court, Gangotri Ram Tripathi, awarded capital punishment to Ashok Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Naresh Yadav, Dhaneshwar Yadav and Suresh Yadav for killing three policemen and injuring as many at a temple at Gaura village in the Chanan police station area on November 3, 2005.

The convicts, along with seven other naxalites of the banned outfit, had shot and hacked to death sub-inspector Bhagwan singh, in-charge of Anandpur police outpost, and two constables Nityanand Kumar and Brajbhushan Prasad and injured three policemen.

They had also looted four rifles, a revolver and 80 rounds of ammunition from them.

The police had chargesheeted 12 persons in the case, but seven are still absconding.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200712061592.htm

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Top Maoist leader Sagar held in Chennai

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: A top Maoist leader, Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar alias Pratap, operating in Nallamala forest of Prakasam district, was arrested in Chennai on Wednesday.

Confirming the arrest, Superintendent of Police Mr. Naveen Chand said Sagar would be produced in a court on Thursday.

Acting on some vital clues, Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) officials reportedly laid the trap and arrested him in Chennai in the morning. Local police, however, said that they have no information about the arrest in Chennai.

According to reliable information available here, SIB officials arrested two persons at Kandukur Tuesday night, and got the information that led to the arrest of Sagar in Chennai. Interestingly, P. Srisailam, one of the two persons arrested at Kandukur was an electronic media journalist from Hyderabad.

Sagar (45), who hails from Lakshmipuram village of Ardhaveedu mandal in Prakasam district, joined the extremist movement some 15 years ago. He rose to become Secretary of Nallamala Forest Divisional Committee (NFDC) operating in Prakasam district. He played a key role in almost all incidents that took place in the district like murders, destruction of property etc. After Maoists blasted a landmine in the heart of Ongole town targeting the then SP Mahesh Chandra Laddha in 2005, police tightened the leash on the extremist movement.

In quick succession, all the five leaders who participated in the landmine blast, were killed by police in different encounters.

The entire family of Sagar was dedicated to the movement. His mother, Lakshmamma was killed by police in an encounter. His sister, Bhulakshmi, was also a dalam member. While police state that she ran away with huge cash, Maoists claim that she was also killed in an encounter. His another sister, Ramulamma alias Padma, is still active in the movement and works as NFDC district committee member.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested the journalist and booked a case against him under the Public Security Act.

http://www.hindu.com/2007/12/06/stories/2007120654320100.htm

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POSCO: Fighting Fire With Fire

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


12.05.07 | By Shlok Vaidya | Comment?

Last week, a peaceful protest by the anti-POSCO PPSS was attacked by a 100-person strong crowd of armed villagers. Molotov cocktails and farming equipment were used to harass and injure the protesters.

Scared of Naxalite penetration, state law enforcement troops were deployed to ostensibly keep the peace but government leaders make no secret of their support of the violence:

“Thursday’s violence would be the last clash there. Now the anti-POSCO people will not dare to raise their voice. This has proved that they are a minority there and most of the local people want POSCO for their development,” says Orissa’s Commerce and Transport Secretary Priyabrata Patnaik.

This commitment has since been solidified by pro-POSCO villagers even as police were at the scene:

  • A delegation of activists were prevented from even approaching the village at the center of the conflict. They were harassed and forced to return.
  • Anti-POSCO activists were denied permission to conduct a a hunger strike at the location of the violence of last week then driven out.

The PPSS reacted by arming themselves and conducting a public parade. The organization is armed with:

  • 30 firearms.
  • 50-60 crude bombs.
  • Bows, arrows and knives.

This is the problem with the controlled chaos approach: control over chaos is rarely retained by anyone, much less the government. The result is a protracted, dirty conflict along tribal/ethnic/economic lines. This instability prevents foreign investment and development from taking hold.

http://www.naxaliterage.com/?p=32

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AP: Three Maoists killed in ‘encounter’

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2007


Staff Reporter


VISAKHAPATNAM: Three suspected Maoists were allegedly killed during an exchange of fire with police in Visakhapatnam agency region on Wednesday evening.

Quoting preliminary information, Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal told The Hindu that after the gun battle, three bodies of men were found near Edupulamma forest area in Mampa police station limits, about 130 km from here.

The encounter took place between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Due to sunset and thick forest terrains, none could reach the encounter site from the nearby police station.

Details would be available on Thursday morning, the SP said.

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