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Archive for July 7th, 2009

After Koraput : Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh targets Rayagada

Posted by Admin on July 7, 2009


Rayagada tribals lock horns with non-tribals over land 5 Jul 2009, 2055 hrs IST, Satyanarayan Pattnaik, TNN

KORAPUT: Taking a cue from the Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas of bordering Koraput district, tribals in Rayagada district are now up in arms against non-tribals, who allegedly grabbed their land.

Over 500 tribals from 30 villages gathered in Rayagada town on Sunday to prepare a blueprint for their line of action. The tribals in Rayagada claimed that large tracts of their land on the periphery and low-lying areas of Rayagada town have been grabbed by state government officials and non-tribals.

“About 100 acres of tribal land in Rayagada town have been taken over by the administration and non-tribals by deceit. We want our land back,” said tribal leader Basanta Ulaka.

“On Saturday, we met the collector and gave the administration a month’s time to resolve the dispute. If the administration fails, we will intensify our agitation,” he added.

Rayagada collector Krushna Gopal Mohapatra said, “We are looking into the matter.”

In the past two months, the tribals in Koraput district, under the banner of Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), had forcefully occupied about 500 acres non-tribal land in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks.
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Security forces from J&K may be deployed against them, feel Maoists

Posted by Admin on July 7, 2009


K. Srinivas Reddy

They are for increasing violence in their ‘strongholds and areas of struggle’

Expand guerrilla war to newer areas, Maoist cadre told

“LTTE underestimated its enemy”


HYDERABAD: The proposed withdrawal of the paramilitary forces from active duties in Kashmir has forced Maoists to redraft their field tactics as they believe these forces will be deployed for counter-insurgency operations in States that face Left wing extremist problem.

Just a day after Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced the plan to withdraw the Central Reserve Police Force from Kashmir, during his visit to the Valley on June 11, the Maoist Polit Bureau (PB) has sent out a circular to its fighters asking them to get prepared for a long-drawn battle apprehending that the CRPF pullout is a precursor to an all-round offensive against Maoists.

Refined strategy

Maoists believe that the Centre’s move to “redraw lines of responsibility” among the Army, the paramilitary forces and the Kashmir police is part of a refined counter-insurgency strategy to be implemented in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and other Maoist-affected States.

Their analysis is that the Chhattisgarh government will shortly launch a major offensive to take over Abuz Maad in Bastar forests (about 4,000 sq km), dubbed as the Maoist military headquarters. The redeployment of the central forces will lead to a “long-drawn” armed conflict, the Polit Bureau has cautioned.

Sole intention

The Maoist strategy to counter the offensive is to step up violence in its ‘strongholds and areas of struggle’ with the sole intention to “disperse the enemy’s [the State’s] forces over a significantly wide area.”

In the 14-page circular, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, the PB has asked the rebel ranks to “further aggravate the situation and create more difficulties to enemy forces by expanding guerrilla war to newer areas,” under what it terms a Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC).

The forthright call to take up TCOC and inflict severe losses to the security forces by “meticulously planning the actions,” has the counter-insurgency specialists worried. They point out that the onset of the rainy season is not the right time to take up anti-naxal operations as most of the forest areas become totally inaccessible.

“… Tactical counter-offensives should be stepped up and also taken up in new areas so as to divert a section of the enemy forces from attacking our guerrilla bases …”

This unequivocal assertion, analysts say, is a firm indication that the Maoist-affected States will witness more violence in the coming days. The military superiority of the rebel fighters has been proved by massive strikes against the police in the recent elections in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and Maharashtra.

The continuous attacks caused the death of 112 police personnel, including paramilitary forces, between April 6 and June 12, the day the PB released the circular.

Taking stock of the political situation in the country, the PB feels that the “relative stability” of the United Progressive Alliance government will lead to a more determined military offensive against the Maoist movement.

Going by the circular, the rebels’ focus will now be on defending their bases and zones in Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Their plan, apparently, is to rope in the militant anti-government organisations in the battle to fight the government forces.

Intelligence sources, who monitor the left wing extremist violence, indicate that there indeed is a plan to move at least 10 battalions of the Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) from Kashmir to Chhattisgarh after the troops underwent a month-long training. Kashmir and Chhattisgarh have different battle conditions. The forces have to be trained at least for a month as they move from one theatre of conflict to another, says a senior police officer.

The sources said:

“The pullout will begin from Kashmir, where 58 battalions of the CRPF are deployed. This is the only theatre of conflict where we can divert some forces. The Home Ministry too is of the opinion that the Jammu and Kashmir police should be on the frontline in the maintenance of law and order and not the CPMF.

“The situation in the northeast, the other major theatre of conflict, is becoming volatile again. Hence, troop pullout is not advisable. The third theatre of conflict involving the left wing extremism should receive more focus now.”

At present, 33 battalions of the CPMF are deployed in various States, with Chhattisgarh having 17, followed by Jharkhand 6, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa 4 each, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal one each. Chhattisgarh, the epicentre of the Maoist activity, has been demanding the deployment of at least 55 battalions to take on the naxals.

Fall of LTTE

The PB sounds a note of caution, saying Maoists could learn a lesson or two from the setback the LTTE faced in the hands of Sri Lankan defence forces. It feels that the LTTE “failed to study the changes in enemy tactics, capabilities, international support” and this underestimation of enemy, coupled with overestimation of its strength, led to its defeat. “The LTTE’s fall will have a negative effect on revolutionary movement in India as well as South Asia too,” the PB notes.

The Hindu

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Police custody of CPI (Maoist) west Bengal spokesman Gour Chakraborty, extended

Posted by Admin on July 7, 2009


Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: Communist Party of India (Maoist) spokesman Gour Chakraborty, arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, was remanded to police custody until July 18 by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S.S. Anand at the Bankshal Court here on Monday.This followed the prosecution raising concerns about the serious nature of the offence. It said the accused was also wanted by the police in Lalgarh in another case.

Public prosecutor Satyabhushan Pathak asked the court to grant further police custody as the investigation proved that the accused was a key functionary of the banned CPI (Maoist).

Verification needed

He said that in the course of the investigation, Mr. Chakraborty had made revealing statements that needed verification. “The accused is also wanted by the police in Lalgarh for serious crimes under the Criminal Procedure Code,” he added.

The city court denied defence counsel Tapas Maiti’s plea for bail on account of Mr. Chakraborty’s frail health.

Mr. Maiti said the accused had denied that he was a member of the banned outfit and was merely its spokesman in the State.

Protests

The judgment was followed by protests outside the court premises by members of the Bandi Mukti Committee and the Ganapratirodh Manch who demanded an immediate release of Mr. Chakraborty. He was arrested by the Kolkata Police on June 23 outside the office of a private news channel.

The Hindu

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