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Archive for August 19th, 2009

Lalgarh: Maoists’ shutdown continues, CPI-M office set on fire

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009


KOLKATA – Maoists vandalised and set ablaze a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) office as an indefinite shutdowm called by them in three districts of West Bengal continued for the second day Wednesday, police said.

The CPI-M office near Dherua locality in West Midnapore district was torched by the rebels.

“The incident took place this morning as a group of Maoist rebels damaged and set afire a party office near Dherua,” a senior state police officer said.

Normal life in three tribal-dominated western districts – Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore – continued to be affected Wednesday as the indefinite strike received good response, especially in the rural pockets, considered as Maoist strongholds.

Schools, colleges, shops and offices remained closed for the second consecutive day while public transport kept off the road due to the shutdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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12-year-old girl in custody, Manipur furious

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009

Manipur is angry and desperate for help. For four nights, a 12-year-old girl has been kept hostage at a police station in Imphal.

Vidyarani Chanu, a Class 6 student, was seized by the combined force of Manipur Commandos and the army on the 14th of this month. Officials claim her father is a militant on the run.

Vidyarani is being kept in custody Mayang Imphal police station while her parents are missing.

Residents have appealed to the Governor for help. They want the child to be released immediately, and the commandos responsible be punished.

Manipur has spent the past month on edge after a young man was killed in an alleged fake encounter in July.

Residents of the state have asked for President’s rule. They say there’s a complete breakdown of law and order in the state. NDTV

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10 Bns of BSF, CRPF sent to Maoist areas

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009

_41392111_training_bbc203News from Kashmir, Wasim Khalid
Srinagar, Aug 18: At least 10 battalions of paramilitary CRPF and BSF have been shifted out from the State to tackle Naxal violence in different Indian states.
“Three battalions would be shifted out from Jammu region while two would be taken out from Kashmir,” CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathi told Rising Kashmir.

Stating that the de-induction process started since August 17, he said, “We were waiting for the completion of Amarnath Yatra. Now that the yatra has ended peacefully, the CRPF battalions deployed for security of the pilgrimage would be shifted out and deployed in the Naxal hit areas”.

He said the void created by the de-induction would be compensated by the personnel deployed in the nearby battalions located at a certain place.

The CRPF spokesman said due to the soft decline in militancy in the State, it has been decided to move out five battalions to fight Naxal violence. “The de-induction was carried out after receiving nod from Home Ministry,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister opposes deplying army against Maoists!!!

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009

14naxalitesNEW DELHI: The centre may have kept open the option of engaging the Army, most probably Rashtriya Rifles, in counter-Naxal operations at some point of time, but Chhattisgarh on Tuesday strongly opposed a military solution saying it would only further alienate the people against the State.

Speaking to ET a day after the chief ministers’ meeting on internal security here, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh insisted that the state police and civilian forces like CRPF and BSF were not only well-equipped to deal with the Maoist extremists but also better oriented to dealing with human aspect of the Naxalite problem.

Involving the Army, he suggested, would obviously mean a tougher and surgical approach to eliminating the “enemy” Naxalites with military precision, which could only add to the discontent and breed further rebellion within the people’s militia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoist bandh hits 3 Bengal districts, Lalgarh deserted

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009

adivasi-drummers-in-the-marchThe indefinite bandh called by Maoists on Tuesday paralysed three districts of Bengal — West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia — with tribal-dominated areas being the worst hit. While a landmine exploded at Kantapahari in Lalgarh, a CRPF personnel was killed in an accidental blast in Midnapore town.

As Lalgarh, where joint forces are conducting an operation against the Maoists, wore a deserted look, with shops, business establishments and schools in tribal areas remaining shut, four persons — allegedly with Maoist links — were arrested on the first day of the bandh. The People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), a frontal organisation of Maoists, supported the call.

PCAPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato said the bandh would continue indefinitely. “The bandh has been called against the police operation in Lalgrah and other areas. Innocent tribals are being arrested and branded as Maoists,” he added.

However, Bengal DGP Bhupinder Singh said, “We already have security forces on the ground who are conducting an operation against armed Maoist squads. We have heightened security arrangements keeping in mind the bandh call.”

Meanwhile, CRPF jawan Deepak Kumar died on Tuesday after an accidental blast at the Midnapore Sports Complex base camps. “An accidental blast killed the jawan inside the camp,” said West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma. Indian Express

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Second phase of Lalgarh operations will also fail: CPI Maoist leader Kishenji

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2009

lalgar_313Kolkata: Hinting of another tough resistance to security forces in Lalgarh, a top Maoist leader today said the second phase of joint operations will also fail as “no government can oppress the voice of the people”.

“This is a people’s movement and no government can oppress the voice of the people,” Kishenji said on phone from an undisclosed location.

“They were not successful in the first phase so they are preparing for a second phase,” he said.

He alleged that the joint forces were disrupting studies of students because of their occupation of school buildings and also harassing tribals in Lalgarh.

Kishenji claimed to have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 12 and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on July 26 demanding withdrawal of the joint forces and that talks be held. “I have received no reply,” he said.

Alleging that all political parties including CPI-M and Trinamool Congress were trying to encash on the situation at Lalgarh, he said that “neglected by the government for years, tribals were now carrying out their own development activities.

“Is it wrong if tribals unite and do something which is the duty of the government? Why is the the government obstructing tribals from carrying out development work?” he asked.

Bureau Report

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