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West Bengal: Purulia Operation stopped

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


10073-25Purulia: Security forces stopped Purulia Operation today because they needed more policemen and trained commandoes to take control of the Maoist strong hold areas.

The operation had to be stopped as the administration thinks that the force needs more detailed planning to raid the Maoist-strong hold areas in Ayodhya hills. Otherwise, the forces may suffer a lot. The border between Purulia and Jharkhand has been sealed.

The Purulia operation started yesterday but security forces found that this is going to be tough operation as Ayodhya hills are redfort of  Maoists.

Around 1200 central forces including state police started the Purulia Operation yesterday. The joint forces were divided into three groups to proceed towards Ayodhya Hill in Purulia.

According to the police, Joint forces were using Purulia as a corridor to communicate with Lalgarh. That is why, the adminstration targetted Maoist dens in Purulia.

It is suspected that the Chatrajoda, Dhanchatani, Simulbadi, Kalijorna and Hedalgedha are the Maoists-strong hold areas in and around the hills.

Maoists will observe mourning for seven days of those who sacrifised their lives in fight against the administration. The mourning will start from July 28 and end on August 3. Maoists in each part of India will participate in this mourning programme across the country. They will hold meeting and rally during seven days.

“We are observing the mourning to remember the sacrifice of the Maoists who died fighting against the police”, Maoists leader, Bikash said.

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Police brutality: Uncertain Future for the Athlete of Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


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It happened on the 19th of June, 2009. Police and paramilitary forces had just started joint operations in Lalgarh, West Bengal to evict the ‘Maoist’ terrorists from the tribal zone.

While proceeding towards Pingboni, the group of armed men met this 21 year old athlete Anup Mondal. Anup was returning from a friend’s place on a bicycle. Somehow the look of this tough young man irked the armed personnel and they started beating him up. He was severely beaten and his cycle was smashed.

Anup is a well-known runner and his name is known through the district. He got many awards in district and inter-district competitions. His dream was to join the state level marathon. Poverty was the main hindrance. Still he managed to complete his graduation last year and carries on his athletic practices.

Anup’s father Dasarath Mondal of Umrapota village in Goaltor is a hawker. He was stunned at this sudden attack and told the reporters that he could not believe that they could beat up Anup, like this – simply without any provocation. ‘They could detain him, question him and even arrest him if anything suspicious was found’ he said. But they broke his left arm and badly wounded his legs and he felt severe pain in his waist. ‘Why?’-asks Dasarath. Anup’s mother Chanchala is a housewife and Anup is the elder of the two sons in this poor family. Anup was in bed, his whole body covered with bruises, his childhood dream of becoming a runner shattered.

2B80535801.jpgFinally the injured Anup filed a complaint at the Goaltor Police station. He also appealed to the Superintendent of Police, West Midnapur and the Human Rights Commission. He says that he expected, with the coming of armed forces, normalcy would be restored in the area. Earlier he had only heard about police atrocities, now he experienced it on his person. On his complaint, the police wanted to settle the matter by paying money.

No, Anup Mondal of Goaltor wants justice; he wants that the aberrant policemen should be severely punished.

[News & photo courtesy: Ananda Bazar Patrika, 12.07.09]

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Respectful Homage to Veteran Maoist Comrade Niranjan Bose!

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


indian_maoist_polemicComrade Niranjan Bose, the oldest in the Maoist ranks in West Bengal, died at the age of 92 years on 26th April ’09 in Kolkata. Till his last breath he held high the banner of revolutionary Marxism and had consistently engaged himself in a significant way to further the cause of Indian revolution. This nonagenarian revolutionary started his political career in the early 1940s, at first as a Congress activist and then courted Marxism and became a member of the United CPI of the then undivided Bengal. Comrade Bose played a significant role in bringing out the CPI’s Bengali daily Swadhinata in the 50s. He was sent to prison on several occasions. When the CPI split in 1963 he sided with the left leaning comrades and joined the CPI (M). In the West Bengal unit of the CPI (M) comrades Niranjan Bose, Saroj Dutta, Shusital Roychowdhry et al had a pioneering role in bringing out the Bengali weekly named Deshhitaisee. Read the rest of this entry »

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Military action ‘cannot solve’ Social problems: Binayak Sen

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


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Binayak Sen

New Delhi: A civil rights activist arrested over two years ago for alleged links with Maoists and freed on bail two months ago, yesterday said military action was not a solution to solve social problems.

Binayak Sen, a medical doctor, was in New Delhi to attend his first public meeting with civil society activists after the Supreme Court granted him bail.

“The main reason why I am here today is to start a peace initiative in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other Maoist-hit states, mainly with the civil society and give out the message that social problems cannot be solved by military confrontation,” Sen said on the sidelines of the meeting at the Indian Social Institute.

“Primarily we want the civil society and others to participate in this initiative and we will have a meeting on August 4. There is no direct initiative to involve the government now although some of the members of our group, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), are talking about inviting parliamentarians too,” the 59-year-old activist added.

Sen was accompanied by his wife Ilina who has been his constant supporter through all civil liberty movements.

An activist who has contributed immensely in the field of public health and other social issues, Sen has been vociferous against “human rights violations” by the state-sponsored militia, the Salwa Judum, in Chhattisgarh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gravest displacement, Bravest resistance: The struggle of adivasis of Bastar, Chhattisgarh against imperialist corporate landgrab

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


By Sudha Bharadwaj. Columnist, Sanhati

gandhi_ashram_demolish_illus_20090608The rule of law does not do away with the unequal distribution of wealth and power but reinforces that inequality with the authority of law. It allocates wealth and poverty in such complicated and indirect ways as to leave the victim bewildered.

– Howard Zinn

Dedicated to the memory of Tapasi Malik,, Dula Mandal, Lakhiram Tuddu, Satyabhama
Whose names we know,
And the hundreds of adivasis of Bastar
Whose names will remain unknown till we claim them.

Why this essay?

I don’t live in Bastar, and I am not an adivasi.

But I have been active in the working class movement of Chhattisgarh for the past 22 years, a movement which became legendary under the charismatic leadership of Comrade Shankar Guha Niyogi. And I strongly feel that understanding what is happening in Bastar today is of the greatest significance not only to us in Chhattisgarh, but to all those who want to understand imperialist onslaught and corporate land grab, particularly in the resource-rich adivasi areas; for all of us involved nationwide in the anti-displacement movement which is day on day becoming a fierce life-and-death struggle against all odds; and in fact for all of us in the peoples’ movements who are faced with the abysmally criminal failure of democratic institutions and shrinking democratic spaces on the one hand, and growing repression on the other.

Salwa Judum CampJustice Krishna Iyer, in a speech delivered in the memory of Com. Niyogi said that “he tried boldly and bravely to bring the Constitution to life for lakhs of miners and contract labourers”. Com Niyogi was murdered on 28th September 1991 within a fortnight of his petitioning the highest authority of this land – the President of India. The industrialists convicted for his murder by the Sessions Court of Durg were acquitted by the High Court and Supreme Court. The thousands of workers of Bhilai, for whose cause he laid down his life, are still out of work, their cases pending in the High Court. The last essay he wrote, with an uncharacteristic urgency, was “Rajeev Gandhi Ki Hatya Kyon?” (”Why was Rajiv Gandhi murdered?”) in which he forcefully argued that Rajiv Gandhi, though himself of the “liberalization” paradigm, was considered to be moving too slowly and was eliminated to allow “those who wanted the dollar to move in fast” to have their way. Com. Niyogi predicted that unless there was a widespread debate and churning among the patriotic and democratic sections of the people, our country would become the “grazing ground of the multinationals”, for now “only those persons will occupy the seats of power, whom the multinationals favour”. At that time, in May 1991, his article seemed to many, to be exaggerated or the usual leftist conspiracy theory. Now we know, it was prophetic.

This essay is part of that debate.

Salwa judam atrocities The ravaged remains of Gothi Koya lives, after forest rangers burnt down their houses.

Salwa judam atrocities The ravaged remains of Gothi Koya lives, after forest rangers burnt down their houses.

In the numerous industrial areas across Chhattisgarh today, the very blood of young contract labourers is being sucked as they labour for 12-14 hours, for far less than minimum wages, without weekly holidays, and without safety or medical facility to generate the enormous wealth of “Chhattisgarh Shining!” Unionizing them today doesn’t only mean facing the goondas of the industrialists, risking the loss of precarious jobs, sustaining an uncompromising struggle against great odds, and developing a mature and bold leadership that can withstand both carrot and stick – though this is a tall enough order. It also means struggling against the serious imperialist onslaught against the people of Chhattisgarh.

An onslaught where gigantic corporations like Holcim and Lafarge are gobbling up the cement sector, they have already acquired ACC, Ambuja, and Raymond Cements. Taking advantage of rich limestone deposits, they are manufacturing the cheapest cement in the world, earning superprofits and planning to set up new capacities. Between them and the big cement manufacturers like Aditya Birla they have formed the “Chhattisgarh Cement Manufacturers Association” a cartel that has its office at a stones throw from Chief Minister Raman Singh’s residence – a proximity symbolic of their stranglehold influence over the state administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adivasis’ struggle against displacement in Jharkhand

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


By Gladson Dungdung

Jharkhand is known as the abode of Adivasis (the indigenous people, constitutionally they are called as scheduled tribe), the land of struggle and mineral rich state in India. “Jharkhand” literally means ‘the land of forests’ came into existence as 28th state of the Indian union on 15th of November, 2000 after a long mass struggle, which took place in the 20th century for the realization of a beautiful dream of the Adivasi heroes – Tilka Manjhi, Sidhu-Kanhu and Birsa Munda. The dream was to form exploitation free, humane and just Jharkhand, where the Adivasis can practice their ownership rights over the natural resources, enjoy autonomy and rule themselves as earlier they used to. The outsiders perceive Jharkhand as the abode of uncivilized, uneducated and the most backward people i.e. Adivasis therefore the region was mostly neglected in terms of the development but its natural resources were highly exploited. The Adivasis were alienated from their resources, exploited and injustices were done to them in the name of development, civilization and nationalism.

Jharkhand is an important state from the viewpoint of Adivasi population. As per the Census 2001, their total population in the state is 70,87,068 including 35,65,960 male and 35,21,108 female, which consists 26.3% of the total population (26,945,829) of the state though they were more than 50 percent before the independence of India. The growth of the Adivasi population is steadily declining. It was 17.3 per cent in 2001, which is lower by 6 per cent if compared with the growth (23.3 per cent) in 1991. The state has a total of thirty two (32) sub-communities of the Adivasis. Among them Santal, Oraon, Munda, Ho and Kharia are the major Adivasi groups in the state. The major Adivasi populations (91.7 percent) reside in villages and merely 8.3 percent have shifted to the urban areas. The rapid industrialization is one of the major reasons for population declination of the Adivasis. Read the rest of this entry »

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We fight for the people, and our only partners are the oppressed: Maoist Leader Koteshwar Rao

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


Date: June 21
Kolkata: A Maoist leader says the rebels are ready for “a protracted war” in Lalgarh, the area in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district that security forces are trying to free from the control of tribals and Maoists.

Defiant stance, A May picture of Koteshwar Rao, who says the stand-off between the Maoists and the government won’t end until police atrocities stop and the administration builds infrastructure at Lalgarh. Indranil Bhoumik

Defiant stance, A May picture of Koteshwar Rao, who says the stand-off between the Maoists and the government won’t end until police atrocities stop and the administration builds infrastructure at Lalgarh. Indranil Bhoumik

“Tell Buddhababu, his forces should fight us—the guerrillas—and not the tribals,” said Koteshwar Rao, who heads guerrilla operations of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in West Bengal. Buddhababu is a reference to West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Seven months ago, tribals of Lalgarh, backed by Maoist guerrillas, seized control of the area in protest against alleged police atrocities. The administration last week deployed state and central forces to flush out the guerrillas, and has since regained control of the Lalgarh police station.

Rao, who claims to have amassed a huge cache of arms and ammunition, wants a dialogue with the state government, but the administration has ruled out any negotiations with the radical group or the tribals.

“Our aim is to free the locals of Lalgarh, who are living under the terror of the Maoists,” said Raj Kanojia, inspector general of police (law and order).
‘Let them send another 500 companies (of police)… This protracted war is not going to end soon.’

“The tribals are a pawn in the game…they are being used by the Maoists as a human shield. We are trying to flush out the Maoists, who have come from other states such as Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.”
In a telephone interview from Lalgarh, Rao denied that the Maoists were shooting from tribal shoulders. “They support us, and the support is entirely voluntary,” he said. Edited excerpts: Read the rest of this entry »

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West Bengal: Joint operations launched in Purulia

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


Security personnel moving for a joint operation against Maoists in Purulia, West Bengal, on Saturday.

Security personnel moving for a joint operation against Maoists in Purulia, West Bengal, on Saturday.

The joint force today launched a fresh flushing out operation in the Maoist-infested areas of Ayodhyapahar in Purulia district.

Though the area, situated in the bordering areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand, is known to be a Maoists den, but no resistance from the Maoists were reported during the operation.
According to a senior police officer supervising the operation, twelve companies of force including CRPF, State Elite Force and state police initiated the operation at Ayodhyapahar and its adjacent areas at around 8 a.m. today.

The joint forces divided in eight groups started their operation from three strategic points in the hilly terrain. The points include Balarampur, Baghmundi and Arsha. The operation continued till evening, but no resistance was reported.

The security forces also searched several villages like Usulbhumi, Amkocha, Hedelbera, Tilaghora, Dhanchatni, where Maoists activities were reported since past few months. “It is a hilly terrain and a know hideout of Maoists in the districts.

We have initiated an operation to flush them out and at the same time the forces are trying to regain the confidence of the local people”, said Mr Rajesh Yadav, superintendent of police Purulia.

The Jharkhand police is also cooperating with them. The entire Jharkhand-Bengal border has been sealed to stop the entry and exist of the Maoists, added Mr Yadav. Mr Ardhendu Sen, home secretary admitted that the joint forces’ operation to flush out Maoists in Purial has started today.

He said the demand to stop the operation in Lalgarh by the CPI-M in Midnapore West was justified as several CPI-M supporters have been killed by the Maoists, but the operation will continue.
The Statesman

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CPI Maoist warn CPM in open letter to CM

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


Koteshwar Rao in an InterviewKOLKATA, 25 JULY: In a recent open letter to chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee top Maoist leader Mr Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji has threatened that none can “save” the state’s ruling party in Junglemahal ”even if the Centre sends its entire armed force to Lalgarh.’’

He said their battle against the CPI-M will continue till the state government tenders “unconditional apology” for the excesses committed by its armed force on the people of Junglemahal “on the plea of wiping out Maoists” and withdraws joint forces. Kishanji, originally a resident of Andhra Pradesh, is wanted in Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh for waging a war against the state. He is said to be the mastermind behind recent killings of CPI-M leaders in Lalgarh. His letter stated that there was no “let off” in the war against oppression. No one can save the “social fascist CPI-M” in Junglemahal even if the Centre mobilises its entire armed force in Lalgarh, Kishanji threatened. The only way to resolve the Lalgarh crisis is to withdraw force and stop torture on the tribal people, the letter, the first of its kind after the CPI (Maoist) was banned by the Centre, stated.

To avoid further bloodshed, the Maoist leader advised Mr Bhattacharjee to hold talks with the people of Lalgarh and give them proper irrigation facilities within a year. He also urged the chief minister to abandon the Nayachar project in the interest of fishermen of the area. The Maoist leader also urged Mr Bhattacharjee to return land to unwilling farmers of Singur and stop setting up of SEZ in the state.

To counter the charges of unleashing terror on common people, Kishanji urged the CM to send a delegation of human rights activists, state officials and persons who have faith in Maoism. Let them visit Lalgarh and enquire about those who are committing terror, Kishanji stated in the five-page letter claiming that many people have fled their villages owing to police torture.
Denying charges, the Maoist leader claimed that it was not the cadres of his party but the common people of Junglemahal who themselves had destroyed the houses of CPI-M leaders at Lalgarh. The home secretary, however, denied having received any letter from Kishanji. sns

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Lalgarh: Fight is not over, says Maoist leader Bikash

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


Chhattisgarh Naxal visit a Photogrpher Pradeep Dadsena with naxal people Chhattisgarh and Andhra border ore 4 days in Raipur Chhattisgarh.1Raktima Bose

KOLKATA: Maoist leader Bikash on Saturday denied that the movement in Lalgarh suffered a setback due to the joint operation, warning that guerrilla warfare had its own tactics and that the security forces would suffer heavily in the future.

“The fight has not finished,” he said, dismissing as propaganda reports that leaders had fled the region. People would not be fooled by the government’s “hollow promises” on development projects, he added.

Speaking from his hideout in the Lalgarh area to The Hindu on the phone, Mr. Bikash said, “Kishenji and all the core leaders who are leading the guerrilla warfare against the security forces are presently in the Lalgarh region only and have not fled anywhere.”

Mr. Bikash gained prominence as a Maoist leader when he held a press conference on June 15 at Dharampur, 14 km from Lalgarh, openly declaring for the first time that the Maoists were supporting the Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee.

“We belong to the Jangalmahal [a common name for the forest area in and around Lalgarh], and are fighting for the cause of the people of this region. Why should we flee? It is a ploy of the police to mislead people,” he said.

Asked if the Maoist movement suffered a setback following the security operations, and as the security forces reclaimed almost the entire area without much resistance, Mr. Bikash said, “Guerrilla warfare has its own tactics, and just because they could set up some camps it does not mean they have won. The fight has not finished and they [security forces] will suffer heavily in future.”

On development in the region and the projects initiated by the government, he said: “People of this region have been listening to such hollow promises for the last 32 years, though nothing has materialised so far. It will be the same this time too.”

Asked if the Maoists would take up development programmes, he said certain projects like building schools and healthcare centres had already been taken up, and the process would continue.

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CPI Maoist images

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


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Gaddhar in a Pro maoist Rally

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Pro Maoist Rally In Hydrabad

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CPI Maoist 9th Congress Images

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CPI Maoist 9th Congress Images

CPI Maoist 9th Congress Images

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CPIML Peoples War Activists in Magadh

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CPI Maoist 9th Congress Images

CPI Maoist 9th Congress Images

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CPI Maoist Activists

Amred members of the CPI (ML) People's War watch artistes of the Jana Natya Mandali singing revolutionary songs in a remote area in the Sileru forest area of the Visakha agency

Amred members of the CPI (ML) People's War watch artistes of the Jana Natya Mandali singing revolutionary songs in a remote area in the Sileru forest area of the Visakha agency

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CPI Maoist meeting

CPI Maoist activists in Chhattisgarh - Andhra border area

CPI Maoist activists in Chhattisgarh - Andhra border area

Com. Chanommitte Member was killed in fake encounter

Com. Chandra Mouli, Central Committe Member of
CPI maoist was killed in a fake encounter

Com. Sande Rajamouli, CPI Maoist Central Committee Member, Killed in a fake encounter

Com. Sande Rajamouli, CPI Maoist Central Committee Member, Killed in a fake encounter

Anuradha Gandhi CPI Maoist Central Committee member paassed away after an attack attack of Falciperum malaria

Anuradha Gandhi, CPI Maoist Central Committee member passed away after an attack of Falciperum malaria

Anu Radha Gandhi, CPI Maoist Leader

Anu Radha Gandhi, CPI Maoist Leader

CPI (Maoist) Central Committee members Patel Sudhakar Reddy and Ramakrishna(Left). Patel Sudhakar Reddy Killed in a fake encounter recently.

CPI (Maoist) Central Committee members Patel Sudhakar Reddy and Ramakrishna(Left). Patel Sudhakar Reddy recently Killed in a fake encounter.

A martyrs' memorial constructed by naxals in memory of those killed in police encounters, at R.V. Nagar.

A martyrs' memorial constructed by naxals in memory of those killed in police encounters, at R.V. Nagar.

Protest Rally Against Killing of Seven Villagers By Security, Naming Them Naxals

Protest Rally Against Killing of Seven Villagers By Security, Naming Them Naxals

Tribal CPI Maoist supporters on their way to a rally in the Bastar jungles

Tribal CPI Maoist supporters on their way to a rally in the Bastar jungles

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Pro Moast tribal demonstration in Bhubaneswar.

Pro Moast tribal demonstration in Bhubaneswar.

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In High Spirits- Malla Raji Reddy, central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), shouting slogans as the police take him to the Judicial First Class Magistrate-II,Aluva, Kerala
In High Spirits- Malla Raji Reddy, central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), shouting slogans as the police take him to the Judicial First Class Magistrate-II,Aluva, Kerala

Folk artistes arriving at the CPI ML Peoples War meeting venue at Enumamula
Folk artistes arriving at the CPI ML Peoples War meeting venue at Enumamula

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Solidarity: Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao squats in protest at Gadwal on Tuesday.

Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao squats in protest at Gadwal on Tuesday against fake encounter killing of Com. Patel Sudhakar Reddy..

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