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Archive for July 27th, 2009

Chhattisgarh: CRPF Toll Rises to 6 in Maoist ambush

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


Prepare tea at a temporary base in the Aabujh marh forests in the central indian state of chattisgarh.Death toll in Sunday’s Maoist blast triggered in the state’s restive Dantewada district has gone up to six with four more bodies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) being found.

In the meanwhile, there are reports to check naxalism by the central government in three states, one of which Chhattisgarh. Some more than two dozen CRPF personnel belonging to the 111th battalion were in two vehicles late Sunday when the powerful landmine blast hit one of them in Dantewada district, situated 350 kms from Raipur.

According to reports, six injured CRPF men were taken to a government-run hospital in district headquarters Dantewada, where two of them succumbed to their injuries Sunday night.

“The police squads have recovered four more bodies of the CRPF men early Monday. The bodies were found strewn within a 20-metre radius of the blast site,” Amresh Mishra, district superintendent of police, Dantewada, is quoted as saying by IANS. He informed that troopers in the other vehicle fired at the heavily armed guerrillas who returned fire for a while before disappearing into nearby forests. Forces have been put on high alert in the entire Dantewada district that has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in recent years. In the meanwhile, sources said that the is planning to flush out Maoists from the three states, including Chhattisgarh. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI-Maoist to step up war to capture power

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


Bow and arrow wielding member of the Maoists' village militia, known as Sangam, that tries to protect the Maoist movement in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state, India.

Bow and arrow wielding member of the Maoists' village militia, known as Sangam, that tries to protect the Maoist movement in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state, India.

Related Post: “Post-Election Situation — Our Tasks”, a circular from the Politbureau of the CPI(Maoist) dated June 12, 2009.  ( PDF format 260 KB) ;   MS Word format (119 KB)

Raipur, July 27: Indian Maoists, described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the country’s greatest security challenge, have come up with an audacious plan to seize political power by stepping up “armed resistance” and inflicting “severe losses to the enemy forces” all over the country.

At the same time, the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is telling its guerrillas to learn a lesson from the decimation of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and not to be overconfident.

The CPI-Maoist programme is part of a 20-page secret policy document that was decided by the party’s leadership at an undisclosed forested area last month. Dated June 12, IANS has a copy of the document.

The CPI-Maoist has warned that its new war against the Indian state will be “more long drawn and more bitter” than the struggle India waged against British colonial rule for “seizure of political power”.

The document, ‘Post-Election Situation, Our Tasks’, is in English. It outlines how and where the Maoists need to step up attacks with a changed strategy, keeping in mind the setbacks suffered by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: 52 Maoists killed in encounters in 5 yrs

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


Moiast activists carry drinking water from a village well in the Abujh Marh in the central Indian state Chhattisgarh April-13-2007

Moiast activists carry drinking water from a village well in the Abujh Marh in the central Indian state Chhattisgarh April-13-2007

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government, which is under fire from the Opposition political parties for its failure to tackle the growing activities of the Naxalites, also had many successes in their fight against the Left wing extremists (LWEs) during the last five years.Security forces killed 52 Naxalites in various encounters and recovered 950 weapons during five years from 2004.

Besides, 616 Naxalites including some top-level activists were arrested during the period.The arrest of Sobha (chief of the women wing of the CPI-Maoist) on October 7, 2006 is considered to be one of the most significant achievements of the Orissa Police in their anti-Naxalite drive. Several key members of the organisation who were involved in the killing of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati were nabbed during the period.

Asutosh and Uday, two top functionaries of CPI-Maoist, were involved in the killing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader. This was stated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly recently while replying to the discussion on the Home Department budget. The Opposition MLAs who criticised the State Government for its `inaction’ in tackling the menace, alleged that their base has grown to more than 15 districts in 2009 from six when Naveen assumed power. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoist landmine kills two troopers in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


RAIPUR - Two troopers were killed and four injured late Sunday when Maoist guerrillas ambushed two paramilitary vehicles and triggered a powerful landmine blast in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region, police said.  Over two dozen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were in the vehicles when a landmine hit one of them and damaged its front portion in Dantewada district, some 350 km south of capital Raipur, said Deputy Inspector General Pawan Deo.  Six injured CRPF men were rushed to a hospital in Dantewada where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said.  “The blast was targeted for a massive casualty but it hit only one vehicle. The troopers in the (other) vehicle fired on heavily armed guerrillas who countered the CRPF men for a while before disappearing into nearby forests under cover of darkness,” Deo told IANS.  Police officials at Dantewada town said reinforcement of about 80-100 CRPF men besides a strong contingent of state police had reached the site. But a combing operation has been deferred till Monday morning as police suspect Maoists can ambush them if they sneak into forests in night.  Forces have been put on high alert in the entire Dantewada district that has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in recent years.  Blog Tharanga

RAIPUR - Two troopers were killed and four injured late Sunday when Maoist guerrillas ambushed two paramilitary vehicles and triggered a powerful landmine blast in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region, police said. Over two dozen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were in the vehicles when a landmine hit one of them and damaged its front portion in Dantewada district, some 350 km south of capital Raipur, said Deputy Inspector General Pawan Deo. Six injured CRPF men were rushed to a hospital in Dantewada where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said. “The blast was targeted for a massive casualty but it hit only one vehicle. The troopers in the (other) vehicle fired on heavily armed guerrillas who countered the CRPF men for a while before disappearing into nearby forests under cover of darkness,” Deo told IANS. Police officials at Dantewada town said reinforcement of about 80-100 CRPF men besides a strong contingent of state police had reached the site. But a combing operation has been deferred till Monday morning as police suspect Maoists can ambush them if they sneak into forests in night. Forces have been put on high alert in the entire Dantewada district that has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in recent years. Blog Tharanga

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Centre plans to uproot ‘Lalgarhs’ on AP borders

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


india-3VIJAYAWADA: The Centre is planning to flush out Maoists from Agency areas on the borders of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, particularly on either side of the river Godavari.Sources close to the Union Home Ministry told Express that Operation Lalgarh, launched recently in West Bengal to drive away Naxalites, could well be repeated in the border areas of the three Naxal-hit States.More than 23 CRPF battalions are likely to be moved to Chhattisgarh and Orissa soon after the Amarnath Yatra, the sources said.

Of these, about 18 are currently deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to protect Amarnath pilgrims while a few more are attached to the Rashtriya Rifles, a paramilitary force carved out of the Army, for anti-insurgency operations.The Union Home Ministry has already decided to shift the CRPF battalions and is giving final touches to the operational plans, the sources said.Home Minister P Chidambaram, they said, is particularly upset over the complete breakdown of government in large tracts of land, especially in Chhattisgarh and some parts of Orissa on the Andhra Pradesh border.

Hence, the massive flush-out operations, the sources said.As of now, more than four districts in Chhattisgarh are more or less under the control of Maoists. Bijapur, Dantewada, Rajnandgoan and Narayanpur districts are home to a number of Maoists and their sympathisers. It is believed that more than 80 hard core Naxalites, including their chief Muppala Laxamana Rao alias Ganapthi, are taking shelter in Chhattisgarh.If Chidambaram’s plans materialise, the Maoists would be heavily outnumbered. Each CRPF battalion consists of roughly 1,000 men.As it is, there are about 12 battalions in Chhattisgarh and four in Orissa.

The proposed reinforcements in Chhattisgarh and Orissa would be in the ratio of 3:1.The intention, a ministry official said, is to seal the border to prevent the Naxalites from escaping into Andhra Pradesh where they have almost been decimated. The Centre may ask the police in all the three States to draft a strategy to effectively assist the CRPF.Naxalism, the Centre believes, is no longer a socio-economic problem but an internal security threat. That seems to be the lesson from Lalgarh.

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