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PM to chair meeting of CMs on internal security tomorrow

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


Gaddar, V V & Kallyan rao Paying homageChief Ministers from across the country will gather in the capital on Monday to discuss two important issues, internal security and drought. Both meetings will be addressed by the Prime Minister. According to sources a proposal for the creation of a State Industrial Security Force, on the pattern of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), would also come up for discussion.

With most districts in the country declared drought prone, the Chief Ministers will discuss the situation arising out the deficient monsoons. The discussions will be centered on how centre and states can pool in their efforts to minimize its impact especially on farmers and the vulnerable sections of society.

AIR Correspondent reports that this is the second time that a conference of Chief Ministers has been convened on internal security after the Mumbai terror attack and focus this time will be on operational preparedness at various levels in the event of threats or attack by terrorists, specially with regard to quick response team, guidelines and norms for security at certain places, operationalisation of interceptor boats for coastal security will be discussed .Proposal for the setting up of state industrial security forces on the pattern of the central industrial security could also come up besides reviewing the progress on the setting up special cells in state police and intelligence wings , filling up of vacancies in state police and creation of additional posts for adequate man power at rural police stations will also be discussed. A separate session will be devoted to discussion on tackling left wing extremist with naxal affected states will also be held.

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Govt in final preparation stages of offensive against Naxals

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New Delhi, August 16 (Agencies): The Government is in the final stages of preparation for the launch of its “surgical” offensive against the Naxals, for which specialized training will be imparted to BSF and ITBP personnel soon. “Specialised training for BSF and ITBP personnel will begin soon. The focus would be on surgical operations and better intelligence,” sources in the home ministry said.“The already trained men will have to undergo further training which includes topography familiarisation, besides, more gruelling on guerrilla warfare and courses on improvised explosive devices, which cause maximum casualty to the forces in Naxal areas,” they said. So far, CRPF is the only main Central force along with the police forces from the affected states fighting against the menace. While the BSF had dealt with Naxals long ago, it would be for the first time that ITBP personnel would be facing the Left-wing extremists.

The home ministry sources said 5 battalions (5,000 personnel) of the BSF and 4 battalions of the ITBP have been shortlisted for the new offensive against the Naxals, which they believe will be a long-drawn fight against Left-wing extremism. However, the sources did not indicate the time for the launch of the offensive. Government has earmarked an additional 24 battalions of the central paramilitary forces which includes some from the CRPF. The additional CRPF battalions, the sources said, would be made available by tactical withdrawal of its personnel from areas other than those which are Naxal infested.

The Centre’s offensive against the Naxals would not just be purely militarily but would also involve its civil arms to work for the welfare of the people, the sources said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his address to the nation on the 63ed Independence Day, had said the Centre will “redouble its efforts to deal with Naxalite activities.” “We will also do more to ensure better coordination among states,” he added. Slamming Maoist violence, Singh said, “Those who think that they can seize power by recourse to the gun do not understand the strength of our democracy.”

On August 17, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of chief ministers organised by the Union Home Ministry on internal security where Naxalism would be one of the primary issues. Later, a meeting is also scheduled between Home minister P Chidambaram and chief ministers of the seven most Naxal-infested states — Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra – to discuss the new strategy.

Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar had in June visited Jharkhand along with about 12 secretaries of various central ministries and held a series of meetings besides visiting a number of affected areas. Sources said as per the plan, there would be coordinated offensives against the Naxals which would be led by the newly set up elite force CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action). After the forces would push the Naxals back and reclaim the areas, other paramilitary force personnel will take over and various ministries will then initiate development work.

Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar had in June visited Jharkhand along with about 12 secretaries of various central ministries and held a series of meetings besides visiting a number of affected areas. Sources said as per the plan, there would be coordinated offensives against the Naxals which would be led by the newly set up elite force CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action). After the forces would push the Naxals back and reclaim the areas, other paramilitary force personnel will take over and various ministries will then initiate development work.

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India’s Flames of People’s Anger: Lagarh Update #2

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


lalgarh111Thanks to D for making us aware of this. Part 1 and part 2 are available here.

Singur to Lalgarh via Nandi gram: Rising Flames of People’s Anger against Displacement, Destitution and State Terror

Lalgarh Update 2

Amit Bhattacharyya

Preface

We are bringing out this Update 2 which is in continuity with our earlier Update 1 (published in June 2009) to the original booklet: Singur to Lalgarh via Nandigram Rising Flames of People’s Anger against Displacement, Destitution and State Terror by Prof. Amit Bhattacharyya. He has quickly put together these two updates as the people’s struggle in the Lalgarh-Jangalmahal region of West Bengal is unfolding into a historical uprising with very many new creative forms of dissent.

Encouraged by a great response from various sections of people from all over India in receiving these booklets, we are publishing the Update 2 quickly. We are also encouraged to see the translation of these booklets into various languages like Oriya, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Punjabi etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Encounter Killing, Custodial Torture and Independence Day

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


Manipur fake en233India celebrated its 63rd year of independence yesterday. While politicians and national leaders celebrate the Independence Day, delivering speeches and attending dinners, they will have to struggle to explain why often men and women in the country lose their life each year in encounters with the law enforcement agencies. The policy makers of the largest democracy of the world will also find it difficult to explain why the people’s confidence about their law enforcement agencies is at an all time low.

This argument is highlighted in an incident that happened in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state on 23 July. On that day, two persons were shot dead by the Manipur Police Commando Unit in Imphal in broad daylight. Of the two persons killed, one was a woman, seven-months pregnant, who was shot in front of her three-year-old son. Five more persons were injured, four of them seriously, when the police indiscriminately fired at the crowd, with total disregard to the safety and life of the civilians they are bound to protect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Andra Pradesh: Maoists hoist black flags

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


cpimbulletin1VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI (Maoist) hoisted black flags in several villages in the area which it has declared as a “liberated zone” in the past, in protest against the 63rd Independence Day on Saturday.

According to reports reaching here, black flags were hoisted in 200 to 250 interior villages on either side of Andhra Pradesh border with Orissa, including Chintapalli, GK Veedhi, Munchingput and G. Madugula mandals of Visakhapatnam district, Y. Ramavaram and Maredumilli mandals of East Godavari and adjoining districts in Orissa.

This area was declared by the Maoist party, than People’s War Group, as a liberated zone during 2002 and 2003. Also, it is for the first time after 2003 that black flags were hoisted in such a large number of villages.

Meanwhile, there was speculation that Modem Balakrishna alias Bhaskar, member of Maoists’ Andhra Orissa Border State Committee and Chamala Krishna Murthy alias Daya who is Srikakulam division secretary of CPI (Maoist) and four others were missing since the August 12 encounter near Ramannaguda encounter in Rayagada district of Orissa in which three woman naxalites were killed.

They are yet to be traced by the police. The Hindu

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Naxalite leaders on fast, want status of political prisoners

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


23naxalRajahmundry,(AP): Jailed Maoist leaders and Janasakthi Naxalites have gone on fast-unto death in the central prison in Rajahmundry, in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh demanding special treatment like political prisoners.

Human Rights Council president and advocate Muppala Subbarao told today the Janasakthi state secretary Vemula Veeresam, Maoist Guntur area commander Zaheer, his deputy Mariadas and some other Naxalities have been on a hunger strike for the last four days demanding status of political prisoners.

The jailed leaders have asked for proper accommodation in the jail , release on parole and medical facilities.

Subbarao alleged that the central prison authorities were subjecting them to harassment.

The jail can take only 1,409 inmates but presently about 2,000 prisoners have been accommodated. There are no basic facilities . 20 prisoners died of poor health in the jail last year, he added.

Among the prisoners in the jail , as many as 45 members are suffering from HIV/AIDS, 54 are mentally challenged and 11 suffering from tuberculosis, he said. Samay Live

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21 farmers end lives in 40 days in Andhra

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


Farmers suicideHYDERABAD: It’s official. Even as Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy admitted there had been 20 suicides by farmers in the state
in the last 40 days, yet another case came to light on Saturday.

Peddolla Nadipi Bhumanna hanged himself at home in Donchanda village of Morthad mandal late on Friday night. It’s learnt that the 55-year-old farmer, faced with crop failure, was driven to desperation because he was unable to clear his mounting debts.

Most suicides in Andhra Pradesh have been reported from the arid regions of Telangana and Rayalaseema, where farmers are heavily dependent on rain.

As in Vidharbha last year, most of the suicides have been farmers who had borrowed heavily from private money lenders at exhorbitant interest rates. The loans were taken to dig borewells to tap ground water for cotton and other vegetable crops in the absence of rain. The situation has been exacerbated by the falling water table in these districts.

Despite the alarming rise in suicides, the state government has dithered over an official announcement of drought areas, saying that it was trying to help suffering farmers with crop insurance and loans for the current kharif season. The chief minister’s office has merely announced a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh for each of the suicide-hit families. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tribals, Maoists hoist black flags in Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


adivasi-women-bengalMIDNAPORE: Tribals led by Maoists held protests with black flags at various places in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district on Independence Day on
Saturday inspite of presence of central forces and the police.

Villagers of Lalgarh, Salbani, Goaltore, Belpahari, Binpur stayed away from Independence Day celebrations and took out processions led by Maoists in various areas with black flags.

Over 5,000 tribals including women, armed with traditional weapons also gathered at Madhupur, a Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities stronghold, near Salbani and hoisted a black flag, the police said.

Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore, Manoj Verma said the police were inquiring about the hoisiting of black flags.

The West Bengal government has already admitted that the anti-Maoist operations by the central and police forces, launched with much fanfare on June 19 were a failure.

Another phase of the operations, however, would begin shortly, it has been announced. TOI

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