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Archive for August 10th, 2009

North east guerrilla groups calls for Independence day boycott 2009

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

RPFFive guerrilla groups in India’s northeast Monday called a 17-hour general strike Saturday to boycott Independence Day celebrations, even as security forces were put on maximum alert across the region.

“We call upon the people of our region to boycott and prevent the celebration of India’s Independence Day as a mark of solidarity against Indian colonial occupation and military repression,” a joint rebel statement said.

The militant groups that called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations include the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), fighting for a separate homeland comprising parts of Assam and West Bengal, the Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF), an umbrella group of several Manipuri rebel groups, and the Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF).

These groups are active in Assam, Manipur and Tripura. As part of the boycott call Aug 15, the militant groups have called for a general strike from 1 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Militant groups in the northeast have for years boycotted national events to protest New Delhi’s rule over the region. Meanwhile, security forces have been put on maximum alert across the region to thwart possible rebel strikes. (IANS)

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Manipur witnesses 30 agitations in past four months

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

Torch rally being taken out at Ichum Keirap against the BT road firing incident of July 2

Torch rally being taken out at Ichum Keirap against the BT road firing incident of July 2

ALMOST EVERY day in the past 140 days ie since January 1 this year till date, the people of Manipur have been witnessing some form of agitations, protests, bandhs or strikes, which has led to complete havoc in their lives.

Out of a total of 30 different forms of protests or agitations, 19 were bandhs or general strikes (state-wide and district-wide), which affected normal life for 20 days during the period from January 1 to April 30. These statistics do not include the currently ongoing agitations like the protest by the volunteers and supporters of Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF) against the arrest of its president Sapamcha Kangleipal and his detention under National Security Act (NSA). Protests against the shooting and injuring of a student of Manipur University (MU) in Imphal, against the killing of a person at Ningthoukhong in Bishnupur district by troops of the 15 Jammu and Kashmir light infantry last weekend are also currently on.

Even today, police is busy dispersing protestors, who stormed the Chief Minister’s bungalow demanding justice in the shooting at the MU student, Ranjit, by a personnel of the Manipur Rifles during frisking and checking last weekend, while a local JAC formed in connection with the killing of one Shyamjai hailing from Moirang in Bishnupur district imposed bandh along the Imphal-Churachandpur section of national highway (NH) -150 (Tiddim road). Passenger service operators of all kinds, including auto-rickshaw service operators and inter state bus services, had on many occasions suspended their services, which disturbed the normal movement of people repeatedly. Apart from this, many state as well district level student bodies also launched various kinds of agitations like the closure of government offices and imposition of economic blockades on the highways. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: Maoists gaining enough strength to hold territory

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

Kalinga nagar protestGrowing naxal menace causing concern to police Staff Reporter

‘Harichandanpur has become the hotbed of Maoist activities’

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa police on Monday admitted that the cadre of CPI (Maoists) were strengthening their base and were capable of attacking security forces on a large scale in some isolated pockets of the State.

Addressing top-rung police officials at Biju Patnaik State Police Academy here on Friday, Director (Intelligence) of State police Prakash Mishra said naxalites were ready for positional warfare and capable of attacking security personnel at Malkangiri and Narayanpatna area. “They can hold security forces for a longer period.”

Different districts of the State had been controlled by at least 10 divisions of CPI (Maoists) under various names, said Mr. Mishra.

Under Kalinga Nagar Division, naxal cadre moved in difficult forest terrains and Harichandanpur now became the hotbed of their activities, the Director of Intelligence said. They were trying to form regular small armed squads that would move in wider geographical area, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Say No to Encounter Killings! Observe National Day of Protest against Encounter Killings on 14th August

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

ensaaf_reportSohrabuddin, Batla House, Manipur ….

Say No to Encounter Killings!

This Independence Day, Demand freedom from Encounters

Observe National Day of Protest against Encounter Killings on 14th August

Assemble at ITO Chowk, 3.30 pm, 14th Aug (Friday)

The Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association along with other organisations has called for a National Day of Protest on 14 August 2009 against the continuing trend of ‘encounter’ killings by state forces, the arbitrary arrests of Muslim youth and the blatant whitewashing of such crimes by state agencies. All this in the name of ‘national security’ and ‘war against terror’.

The cold-blooded murder of Chungkham Sanjit, a 27-year old Manipur youth in broad daylight on 23 July by the Manipur Police Commandos, barely 500 meters from the state assembly building in Imphal, has once again highlighted the sordid truth about ‘encounter’ killings in India. While the MPC had claimed initially that Sanjit had been killed while escaping during a routine screening operation, their lie was nailed by a series of photographs published by the Tehelka magazine, which showed the unarmed, peaceful youth was shot by the commandos without provocation. In addition, a pregnant woman, Mrs. Rabina and the five-month-old child in her womb were also killed, while five others were wounded.

Last year on 19 September the Delhi police had carried out a similar ‘encounter’ against alleged ‘terrorists’ of the Indian Mujahideen at Batla House in New Delhi. This would have been another routine ‘encounter’ if not for the nationwide outcry from human rights groups, students and academics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jammu & Kashmir: Mason shot at by troopers

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

agonykashmirWasim Khalid
Srinagar August 9:
Massive late night protests broke out in North Kashmir’s Kupwara after a man was allegedly shot at by the troopers outside his home.
The villagers told Rising Kashmir that the incident happened at around 10.30 pm in Chak Keegam village, Dragmulla in border district of Kupwara when a person Ghulam Ahmad Magay was shot at by army personnel.

“Magray was returning to home on a bike,” a villager, Bashir Ahmad said. “As soon he reached the gate of his house, the trooper fired at him. He fell on the ground”.
Ahmad said, “After hearing screams of Magray, the villagers came out of their houses. Seeing large number of people rushing towards the area, the troopers fled from the spot”.
“We shifted him to district hospital Kupwara, where from doctors referred him to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment,” he said.

The villagers said, later, army commander visited the village and tried to pacify the angry villagers. “However, after witnessing the rage, he fled back,” Ahmad said.
The villagers have kept the lone empty cartridge with them.

After the incident, massive demonstrations took place with the people raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. When contacted defence spokesman Lt Col J S Brar said he has go no information of the incident.

SSP Kupwara Uttam Chand told Rising Kashmir that Magray, a mason by profession, is out of danger. “He will survive as the bullet has hit his left forearm. He has been shifted to Srinagar hospital,” added SSP.

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AP plans to declare three more districts Maoist-affected

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

CPI Maoist Cultural Team

CPI Maoist Cultural TeamSpecial Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh is contemplating to seek the Central Government’s approval for inclusion of three more districts in the State in the list of areas declared as naxal-affected.

These districts are Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in north Coastal Andhra bordering Orissa. At present, Khammam is the only district in Andhra Pradesh that finds place in the list of 33 districts across the country which have been declared as extremist-affected.

The Government’s move is in line with the demand from several States for inclusion of more areas in Maoist- affected category owing to the spurt in extremist activity. Overall, Maoist activity has been on the decline in Andhra Pradesh, but the Government is seeking declaration of the three north districts as naxal-affected in view of the continuing activity in areas adjoining the Andhra-Orissa border.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is expected to put forth a request to this effect to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Union Ministers concerned during his visit to New Delhi on August 17. The move, according to sources, would ensure more focus on the affected areas while enabling the State to secure more funds under the Backward Region Grant Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

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Andrapradesh: Ban on CPI Maoist and front organisations extended for one more year

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

CPI Maoist Meeting

CPI Maoist Meeting

Hyderabad, Aug 10 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government Monday decided to extend the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist and its six frontal organisations for one more year.

The decision was taken by the state cabinet at its meeting here Monday evening. The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, decided to extend the ban on CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act till Aug 16, 2010.

The banned frontal organisations of the outfit are Radical Youth League, Rythu Coolie Sangham, Radical Students Union, Singareni Karmika Samakhya, Viplava Karmika Samakhya and All India Revolutionary Students Federation.

The decision was taken as the ban on the outfit and its frontal organisations is lapsing Aug 16.

The state government had lifted the ban on then People’s War Group (PWG) in 2004 to facilitate a ceasefire and the first-ever direct peace talks with the Maoists. During the talks, PWG merged with Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) to form CPI-Maoist. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manipur continues to burn – Protesters burn CM effigies as ‘quit Ibobi Singh’ campaign reaches fever pitch

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

10regmani.jpg Women burn effigies of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and his wife MLA Landhoni at Kiyamgei in Imphal on Sunday. Picture by Eastern Projections

Imphal, Aug. 9: The campaign seeking resignation of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh reached a fever pitch today with people taking out rallies and staging sit-ins defying curfew on the eve of Apunba Lup’s mass protest rally tomorrow against the July 23 Imphal “fake encounter”.

Ch. Sanjit, a former militant, was gunned down by police commandos on July 23 in what Imphal residents later claimed to be a “cold-blooded murder”. As the police chased Sanjit through a busy road during the “encounter”, a pregnant woman was killed and five shoppers were injured in indiscriminate firing.

It is not clear as yet whose bullet, Sanjit’s or police’s, killed the woman.

Both Imphal districts, particularly Khurai, Sanjit’s residence, have been on the boil since.

Fake_Kill_20090803_2_24Though Saturday was day of peaceful sit-ins, the sound of tear gas shells and mock bombs were heard again today as the police fanned out in various corners of the twin districts of Imphal to disperse protesters.

Apunba Lup, on the other hand, continued to mobilise support for tomorrow’s rally in Imphal city to submit a memorandum to Governor Gurbachan Jagat seeking dismissal of the Ibobi Singh government.

In anticipation of the Apunba Lup rally, the Ibobi Singh government deployed BSF personnel in Imphal’s trouble spots.

A large number of BSF personnel today began taking positions in Khurai that witnessed a two-day street battle between the police and protesters earlier this month.

The government has decided not to relax the curfew tomorrow for Apunba Lup’s rally.

Though curfew was relaxed from 5am to noon today, protesters chose the curfew hours for demonstrations.

However, a group of protesters closed down Khurai Lamlong market when the curfew was relaxed. Read the rest of this entry »

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HP, Uttarakand’s no for forces to J&K halts CRPF withdrawal

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

greyhound_shoot_teamSrinagar: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have decided against providing India Reserve Police (IRP) to Jammu and Kashmir, thus putting a temporary halt on shifting four more battalions of the CRPF from the state for fighting Left-wing extremism in other parts of the country.

After withdrawal of five battalions (5,000 personnel) from the Kashmir valley, four more were to be moved out from Baderwah, Gandoh, Poonch and Rajouri areas of Jammu region and replaced by India Reserve Police forces to be provided by Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, official sources said.

While Punjab and Haryana have agreed, the other two states cited law and order problem and decided against it.

The shifting of the CRPF is part of Centre’s plan to move out at least 23 battalions of paramilitary forces and shift them to left wing extremism-affected areas outside the state.

This includes 16 battalions of the CRPF-10 from Kashmir valley and six from other areas, five of Border Security Force and two of Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

Sources in the Home Ministry said they wanted to have the CRPF battalions before August 13 so that they could undergo an Army training before being shifted to the naxal-affected areas. Samaya Live

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Orissa: Tribal girls flee school alleging harassment

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

indian_woman;Statesman News Service
PARALAKHEMUNDI, 9 AUG: A number of girl students in class IX and X, all of whom are tribals, in the N Jhalarsing Kanyashram of the Nuagada block of Gajapati district, have run away from their school alleging ill treatment and misbehaviour by some of the school teachers. They have expressed unwillingness to return to the school until the culprit teachers are punished and some substantial measures are taken for their safety.

Sources said that the girls, victims of eve teasing and lewd remarks, had taken the decision to leave the school, meet and apprise the block development officer, Nuagada, of the incident.

According to the Zilla Parishad member representing the Nuagada block, Mr Labina Raita, the girls met him by chance when he had come to the block office. He found a group of girls loitering around the office and learnt that they had come to meet the BDO. But as it was a second Saturday, and the office was closed, they were wondering what to do.

He came to know that the girls had trekked more than 19km to reach the block headquarters, as their school is located in Sambalpur gram panchayat of this block which borders Udayagiri. The block chairman Mr Dalima Dalabehra who also coincidently happened to be there was informed about the plight of the girls.

Later, the district collector and other senior officers like the project administrator, ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Authority), were informed of the matter, who promised a full fledged enquiry into the incident.

“Whoever is responsible for the girls fleeing from the hostel will be punished,” said the collector Mr Praksah Chandra Das . The N Jhalrsing hostel is meant for poor and backward tribals and houses girls from Class VI to Class X. As the village is located in a remote area there are very few visits by the administration to this area. Being a naxal infested area, the school in-charge officers tend to avoid going to this spot. Taking advantage of the innocence prevalent amongst the tribal girls, a few teachers in charge of the students have allegedly tried to exploit the situation.

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If it is I-Day, you must be a terrorist Curious catch of ‘militants’

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

10augustnew.jpgNew Delhi, Aug. 9: Before every Independence Day, Delhi police catch a few “militants”, none of whom have been convicted in 10 years.

City police’s special cell has arrested 29 “terrorists” in the run-up to Independence Day or Republic Day since January 24, 2000, the last two arrests coming on Friday. Some trials are dragging on; the rest are yet to start.

“The police keep a tab on Kashmiris who come to Delhi, pick them up from bus stations or railway stations, keep them in safe houses and then produce them just before I-Day or R-Day,” alleged lawyer Shanwar Khan, who is defending some 50 terror accused in Delhi and other states.

On Friday, Javed Ahmad and Ashiq Ali were allegedly arrested from a parking lot with two AK-47s, two hand grenades and 120 bullets in their car. They were Pakistan-trained and had direct instructions from Hizb-ul Mujahideen chief Syed Salauddin to wage war against India, the police said.

Khan said he knew of instances where the Delhi police had accepted missing persons complaints from the families of the accused, who had come over from Kashmir — without revealing that the youths were in their custody. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Rulling class parties formed Anti Maost front

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

16CPIM1Shyam Sundar Roy

MIDNAPORE, 9 AUG: The Adivasis of the Junglemahal in West Midnapore might soon be divided in their choice of supporting the Maoists or opposing them.
A close door meeting in Jhargram town on 2 August where the Rulling parties came together to form the Jharkhnad Andolan Samannya Manch, comprising nine parties, was indicative of the tribe seeking to break away from the Maoists, while the Maoists still continue to depend on the Adivasis for organisational actvities in the Junglemahal.

The leaders of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, state president of the Jharkhand Party (Naren) Mr Ajit Mahato and Jharkhand Party (Aditya ) chief Mrs Chuni Bala Hansda, were all represented by its president Mr Aditya Kisku, Mr Leba Tudu representing the Jharkhand Kranti Dal, Mr Santosh Rana representing the CPI (ML) were all present. Mr Rana was the convener of the Manch. Leaders of three small brother parties were also present at the meeting.

The leaders reportedly gave a call to unite among themselves to wean back the Adivasis from the Maoist clutches. Read the rest of this entry »

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