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Delhi court notice to police, Tihar on Kobad’s plea

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday sought response from city police and Tihar jail authority on arrested CPI (Maoist) Politburo member Kobad Gandhy’s plea which seeks a direction to them to refer him to a specialised hospital for treatment.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Bansal issued notice to city police and jail authority and posted the case for tomorrow for further hearing.

Gandhy, who was arrested on September 21 and sent to judicial custody till October 6, also pleaded that he should be provided a copy of the FIR lodged by police against him.

Gandhy, who is in charge of spreading the banned organisation’s influence in urban areas, has been found suffering from prostrate cancer and cardiac problems. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

An alumni of the prestigious Doon School, Gandhy was in the top echelons of the erstwhile CPI (ML-PW) from 1981 and continued as Central Committee member in CPI (Maoist). He was elected to the CPI (Maoist) Politburo in 2007.

Bureau Report ZEE News

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CPI Maoist leader Ghandy Claims he was Illegally Detained for 4 Days

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


The Hindu Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy being taken to a hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Hindu Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy being taken to a hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Hindu Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy being taken to a hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: R V Moorthy

Kobad Ghandy, a Polit Bureau member of the banned CPI (Maoist), today alleged that he was kept in illegal detention for four days in the national capital before police recorded his arrest on September 21.

However, police denied the allegation and said they arrested him on September 21 night from Bhikaji Cama Place acting on intelligence inputs.

“I was detained on September 17 but the arrest was recorded on September 21 only,” Ghandy told PTI at G B Pant Hospital where he was brought by police for medical check.

Ghandy, who is in charge of spreading the organisation’s influence in urban areas, has been found suffering from prostrate cancer and cardiac problems. He is presently lodged in Tihar jail.

He said he was in the party for a long time and was helping the CPI (Maoist) in bringing out the publications. “I have been assigned many works by the party,” he added.

Ghandy was brought to the hospital at around 10:15 am for a check up by specialists in oncology and cardiac departments.

The Maoists had claimed that a “weak element” in their party, who was acting as his courier, gave information to police about Ghandy’s movements.

They also claimed that Ghandy, whom they claim is a “role model for new generation”, had “just returned from a trip to the guerrilla zone”.

The “courier” led the Andhra Pradesh Police and intelligence wing in Delhi to the rendezvous spot of Ghandy in Bhikaji Cama Place, CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Azad claimed in a statement.

The Maoists are of the view that the arrest of Ghandy, who played a “crucial role” in bringing out party publications in English, was a “great loss” to the party.

An alumni of the prestigious Doon School, Ghandy was in the top echelons of the erstwhile CPI (ML-PW) from 1981 and continued as Central Committee member in CPI (Maoist). He was elected to the CPI (Maoist) Politburo in 2007.

Police are also on the trail of some more Maoist leaders as well as three to four sympathisers who arranged accommodation or met Ghandy during his stay here.

Ghandy was frequenting the city for the past three years and had one or two safe hideouts here, they claimed. A student hailing from Uttarakhand and residing in Badarpur in a rented accommodation is also reportedly on the police radar.

Police had recovered a laptop and a pen drive from Ghandy’s possession. However, sources said the laptop was not of use as its hard drive was removed.

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No cases against Kobad Ghandy, says poet-associate Varavara Rao

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


HYDERABAD – There are “no cases” pending against the arrested London-educated Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy anywhere in India but police could “concoct” them, claims revolutionary poet Varavara Rao.

While the Andhra Pradesh police are tightlipped about the role they played in Ghandy’s arrest in Delhi this month, Rao says there were no cases against Ghandy in the state.

“There are no cases pending against him in Andhra Pradesh. For that matter, no cases are pending against him anywhere. But it is not difficult to concoct cases against him,” Rao, who is a Maoist ideologue and has known Ghandy since the 1970s, told IANS.

Rao felt the Andhra police could have been roped in to net Ghandy because of their expertise in tackling Maoists.

The 63-year-old Ghandy, born in Mumbai, was arrested in New Delhi Sep 21. But Rao claimed the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leader was picked up by police four days earlier — Sep 17.

“He is suffering from cancer and has kidney and heart problems. He was arrested on Sep 17 and was tortured for four days. He was not given proper medical treatment despite court orders,” he said.

Rao, who acted as an emissary in the first peace talks between Maoists and the Andhra government in 2004, also said police might arrest people like him for claiming to have relations with Ghandy.

“He may not tell anything but police can arrest us for claiming that we were in touch with him,” said Rao, who last met Ghandy in Nagpur in 1991, a year before he and his wife Anuradha went underground.

Anuradha, the only woman member of CPI-Maoist central committee, died of malaria last year.

Ghandy, a member of the party’s politburo and central committee, was arrested at the Bhikaji Cama Place in south Delhi by officials from Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.

“His lawyer, Rajesh Tyagi, met him in jail and found him in bad health,” said Rao.

He fears that police may seek Ghandy’s custody and try to extract information from him by taking him to states like Jharkhand, where Maoists are very active.

“He may not give any information to police about the party leaders and sympathisers,” Rao said.

“The man comes from a very rich and highly educated family. He is a prolific writer… Now he is being branded a terrorist and murderer,” said Rao.

Rao admitted that Ghandy’s arrest was a loss to the party since he was its ideologue and theoretician. “However, the party will recover from this loss because it has collective leadership. There are more people like him in the party ranks. The party has two types of leadership. There are people like Ghandy with good education and good background. But there are many more who grew as leaders after joining the organisation,” he said.

Rao recalled his long association with Ghandy — from the early 1970s.

“When we started Srjana magazine here, Ghandy and his friend Anuradha, whom he latter married, were having in Mumbai a ‘Marxist Leninist Study Circle’.”

Born into a Khoja-Parsi family, Ghandy grew up in a large, rambling sea-facing house in Worli in Mumbai and studied in Doon School, St Xavier’s College and in London. He returned to Mumbai in the mid-1970s and helped found the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights.

(Mohammed Shafeeq can be contacted at m.shafeeq@ians.in). Blog Tharanga

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UP police to fortify PS in maoist hit areas

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


VARANASI: Now on the line of Andhra Pradesh, the UP police is going to introduce fortified police stations in the dense forests of the Maoist
affected areas of this region.

Disclosing the plans of state police after reviewing the law and order scene of Varanasi and Vindhya ranges here on Tuesday, the ADG (law and order) Brij Lal said that the Maoist hit districts including Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra have been asked to forward their requirements in this regard. He said that this proposal was finalised after his resent visit to AP for the study of the measures to combat Maoist problem.

He said that the way for appointing special police officers (SPO) in the same areas with the monthly payment of Rs 1500 to each had also been cleared. He said that these SPOs would be selected from the villages and secrecy of their identity would also be maintained. Highlighting the efforts of implementing the concept of community policing, he praised the efforts of Sonebhadra police.

The ADG said that after going through the problems being faced in Varanasi, the district police had been asked to ensure removal of encroachments strictly and keeping the traffic regulated. He said that the police would also check the movements of illegal vehicles on all the roads.

He said that except the barriers for toll tax realization no other department would install its barrier at any place. In case of detection of any other barrier strict action would be ensured.

The ADG said that strict directives have been issued to the senior cops to avoid re-posting of any policeman at any police station. He said that the cops would also ensure that no illicit liquor manufacturing or selling unit was operating in the area of their jurisdiction.

The cases of hard core criminals would be forwarded to the fast track courts in order to ensure proper punishment for them. He said that the police would also intensify the efforts to register the gangs of criminals after booking them under Gangster Act.

Named FIRs would be lodged against those people who block the road as a part of their agitation, he said adding that agitations like chaka-jam had become a fashion in the lack of stern action. To improve communication with people, the police would introduce wireless based public address system at all the crossings and localities of the city, he added.

The ADG said that due to hectic engagements in law and order maintenance exercises in view of festive season he got less time to hold review meetings in all the ranges. The ADG conducted review meetings in nine ranges out of 10 on Tuesday.

He said that officials up to circle officer have been given time of a month for improvement in their working. He said that punishments would be ensured for poor performers from the next review meeting. Meanwhile, ADG said that process was going-on to recruit 35,000 cops which would end the staff crisis.

The ADG was accompanied by secretary (home), Mahesh Kumar while districts magistrates, IG, DIGs, SPs of all the districts from both the ranges were also present at the meeting. TOI

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Lalgarh: Tribals block roads in West Midnapore district

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


Midnapore (WB): Tribals protesting the detaining of 25 youths by security forces on Tuesday blocked roads leading to Lalgarh from the district headquarters town of West Midnapore.

Felled trees were used to block the Bhadutala-Pirakata road to block vehicles from the Kadasole camp of securitymen, the police said.

More than a thousand tribal women gheraoed the Kadasole camp to protest against the detaining of the youths from Mahultala, Ratanpur and Shalka villages near Lalgarh, they said.

The youths, who were detained for suspected Maoist links, were later released and the roads were being cleared, sources said.

Meanwhile, the police seized three objects which were believed to be landmines, but turned out to be empty cans. The Maoists chief on Sunday said there was no alternative to the "politics of consensus" and hinted at joining a political mechanism with the ruling alliance so as to break the five-month-long political deadlock.

"There is no alternative to the politics of cooperation and collaboration to find a way of the present political stalemate," Prachanda told reporters here after meeting Nepali Congress chief G P Koirala.

Describing President Yadav’s move to reinstate General Katawal as "unconstitutional and undemocratic", Prachanda had threatened to launch a people’s revolution after the end of the festival season.

The political standoff has put new stresses on Nepal’s reconciliation efforts after the end of the decade-long insurgency in 2006, amid fears that the stalled peace process may be derailed if the Maoists agitation is not ended soon.

The Maoists, who waged a decade-long insurgency, joined mainstream politics after a 2006 peace deal with the interim government led by G. P. Koirala.

CPN-Maoist formed Nepal’s first post-royal government on August 22 after the former rebels emerged as the largest party in the April 10 constituent assembly polls last year.

The government collapsed amid dispute with the President over the reinstatement of Gen Katawal. The ultra left party was also instrumental in the abolition of the country’s unpopular 240-year-old monarchy.

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Lalgarh: Journalists endangered by police tactics, says IFJ

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


Incident details

Arrest

Laxman Choudhary, Journalist

(IFJ/IFEX) – September 28, 2009 – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply disturbed over the implications of a security operation in the Indian state of West Bengal, in which the leader of a political group reportedly aligned with the banned Maoist party was arrested by police masquerading as journalists.

According to IFJ sources, Chhatradhar Mahato was arrested on September 26 by police personnel who set up an interview with him posing as journalists.

Mahato had established a group under the title "People’s Committee against Police Atrocities" in the town of Lalgarh, in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal, last November.

He has been in hiding in Lalgarh and has evaded repeated search operations by state police. He has however been available to media personnel, who have typically faced no hazards in meeting and interviewing him.

Media reports from India suggest that the West Bengal state police have for some time been tracking the telephone calls of some journalists who have had access to Mahato.

The operation to seize him reportedly began two months ago, when police pretending to be reporters for a Singapore-based news channel contacted Mahato asking for an interview.

It is reported that two such "interviews" were conducted and the police posing as media workers had since been in touch with Mahato by phone. The arrest was carried out by armed police as Mahato presented himself for a purported media interview.

"The police operation in West Bengal compromises the status of journalists and spreads a pall of suspicion over the profession," IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

"Journalists everywhere enjoy the right to meet and interview individual news-makers. This is a principle that is grounded in the public’s right to know and applies even when the individual concerned is a person wanted under the law.

"The IFJ is concerned that this incident in West Bengal will seriously impede the freedom that journalists in India enjoy to access breaking news stories and to meet and interview all parties in any evolving situation.

"We also strongly condemn the surveillance operations that the police carried out on journalists who had met and interviewed Mahato."

The IFJ also expresses concern over the arrest of Laxman Choudhary, a journalist for the daily Sambad in the eastern state of Orissa, ostensibly on charges of "waging war against the state".

The arrest followed the discovery of a parcel containing Maoist literature addressed to Choudhary. Media reports indicate that Choudhary was a popular figure in his home district of Gajapati in Orissa and had acquired a reputation for exposing police corruption.

"The IFJ welcomes the stand taken by journalists’ unions in Orissa and expresses its appreciation of a statement by the chief minister of the state that Choudhary’s arrest violates basic democratic freedoms," Ms Park said.

"We call upon authorities in Orissa to unconditionally release Choudhary and ensure that he is not subject to any further harassment or intimidation." IFEX

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Lalgarh: Unconditional release of Mahato demanded

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


Raktima Bose, The Hindu

KOLKATA: Violence continued to rage in the Lalgarh area of West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district as security forces and suspected Maoists engaged in a gunbattle at Dahijuri on Tuesday evening, three days after the arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC). Supporters of the PSBJC, meanwhile, threatened to embark on a “blood-soaked movement shortly” in the Lalgarh area unless their leader was unconditionally released. Speaking to The Hindu over telephone from Dharampur near Lalgarh on Tuesday, senior PSBJC leader Asit Mahato said: “We have treaded the peaceful path of democratic movement for long. But when the State government has chosen the violent way, we will not sit back. Preparations for a blood-soaked movement are underway and we are mobilising the tribal population in the region for the same.”

Mr. Mahato added that besides the 48-hour-bandh called by the PSBJC in the Jangalmahal area (common name for forested areas in the region) from September 30, it was also contemplating calling an indefinite bandh in the region unless their demand was met.

That the threats by the PSBJC supporters and the Maoists to retaliate violently in protest against Chhatradhar Mahato’s arrest are not empty is proved by the slew of violent incidents taking place in the region since his arrest.

Apart from torching houses of Communist Party of India (Marxist) supporters and public vehicles and triggering landmine blasts, the PSBJC supporters have reverted to their earlier method of protesting — digging up roads and felling trees across them .

The district police superintendent Manoj Kumar Verma said apart from the incident of fire-exchange, one landmine was also detected and defused by the police during the day.

None, however, was arrested in connection with the incidents, Mr. Verma said.

Fearing a counter-attack by the Maoists on the Midnapore town, security has been stepped up there and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr PC have been imposed in the Binpur, Jhargram and Belpahari blocks .

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lalgarh: Cops target Mahato aides to smash movement

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


KOLKATA: The arrest of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Chhatradhar Mahato might come as a face-saver for the state
government after a three-month operation in Jangalmahal that was increasingly seeming futile. But three days after his arrest, it has emerged that Mahato has little information on the Maoists’ latest strategy.

Working as the PCPA spokesperson, he had gradually become detached from the core Maoist leadership in Jangalmahal over the past two months, said sources.

But desperate for a breakthrough, security forces have changed their strategy. Their main objective now is to break the PCPA spine and for that they are targeting leaders Sidhu Soren and Bikash. "PCPA’s Sidhu keeps the Maoist supply lines running. Bikash, however, leads the militia force in and around Lalgarh," said a senior police officer.

As it targets PCPA, a section of state police has also agreed to not disturb the CPM brigade consolidating itself to take on Maoist squads. Some officers are also trying to get former members of two disbanded outfits Maoist Communist Centre and Peoples’ War inducted into PCPA to work as spies and get information on rebel movement. "If we manage to nab the PCPA leaders, then Maoists will be forced to come forward, creating a favourable condition for us to intensify the operation in the villages,” said an officer.

In the past one and half months, Kolkata Police STF chief Rajeev Kumar who is also a member of the monitoring team visited Lalgarh at least three times with his team in the guise of NGO workers or newsmen. On one such trip, he managed to get some photographs of Bikash.

According to sources, senior officers mentioned in their report that well-trained Maoist cadres (members of Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army) in Jangalmahal don’t number more than 50. Most of them move with their military strategist Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji. "The main sabotages and killing sprees have been executed by the militia team mainly comprising local villagers led by Bikash. They are not well-trained. Sidhu and some PCPA leaders organise rallies as part of their democratic movement while simultaneously working for the militia,” says the report.

Sources, however, said that Chhatradhar’s arrest has not helped cops so far. "He was just working as the spokesperson of the PCPA and was detached from the core group of the outfit,” said an investigating officer.

The rebels have also changed their strategy soon after the arrest of some key PCPA organisers like Sundar Mandi and Aghor Hembram in Purulia and some sympathizers planted in government agencies, all of whom have been replaced by not so well-known people.

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Lalgarh: Retaliation rage in Maoist zone

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2009


KOLKATA: Three days after the arrest of PCPA spokesperson Chhatradhar Mahato, Maoists retaliated with heavy firing at Bankati in Binpur, around
200 km from Kolkata, on Tuesday evening. But no casualties were reported from either side.

Tuesday’s violence, during which 30 rounds were fired, continued till late in the evening. This is the second instance of firing

by Maoists in the last eight days. Last Monday, armed Maoist cadres had attacked a CPM party office at Enayetpur but were forced to beat a retreat in the face of opposition. With the two-day bandh called by PCPA starting from Wednesday, police are cautious about more strikes.

PCPA leaders are in no mood to let go the battle at this stage. "The way combined forces are torturing the villagers, people want us to go for a stronger movement even if it means spilling blood," said PCPA leader Asit Mahato.

Adding to the confusion, posters appeared at Belpahari on behalf of CPI (Maoist) threatening to kill "corrupt Trinamool leaders like Nishikanta Mandal".

In the absence of Chhatradhar Mahato, PCPA is projecting Santosh Patra as the voice of the organization. Till Mahato’s arrest, Patra handled cash for the organization. The 45-year-old Patra is known as a smart talker. After the combined forces started its operation in Lalgarh, Patra has been on the run. He has been seen around Dherua in the last three months.

Police suspect that Maoists will continue with late strikes to avenge Mahato’s arrest. Around 5.30 pm, gunshots were heard at Bankati. Though Maoists have been present in other parts of Binpur, their presence at Bankati was not known earlier. Police suspect that Maoists are spreading their area of influence in the remaining parts of Jangalmahal.

On Monday evening, the Red ultras had set on fire two buses at Dohijuri and Binpur after asking all passengers to get down. On Tuesday morning, landmines exploded at Dherua and Rathbera, Binpur. No one were injured. The atmosphere of fear and suspicion has put on hold a tribal festival held at this time.

Meanwhile, state home secretary Ardhendu Sen and city police chief Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti defended the police having used the garb of journalists to apprehend Mahato. Sen said there was "nothing wrong" in it. Chakrabarti, too, held a similar view. "To arrest a person who has several charges pending against him, every means is justified," Chakrabarti said.

"It will be all right after a while," Sen said. The home secretary said that the state government was on the alert and taking adequate measures to counter the bandh called by the Maoists on October 3. Asked why Mahato was not arrested earlier when he had met government officials or came to Kolkata, Sen said the situation had been different then. "It is a changed situation now," he said.

Sources said that writer Mahasweta Devi who has supported the Lalgarh agitation spoke to Chakrabarti about the manner in which Mahato was arrested. Chakrabarti refused to comment on the matter.

The West Bengal Union of Journalists condemned the "misuse of journalists". "We hold chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee responsible for whatever police has done," said Asim Kumar Mitra, president of the union. TOI

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CoBRA and Army cannot suppress our movement: CPI Maoist

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009


Maoist guerrillas have adopted a belligerent stand against the centre’s move to send security forces into Maoist controlled areas in several States, by declaring that neither the commando force raised by the CRPF nor the Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army could suppress the revolutionary movement in the country.

The recent offensive in Bastar forests of Chhattisgarh by the CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and Chhattisgarh police was “courageously” repulsed by the Maoist guerrillas who killed at least six security forces personnel. "After suffering the biggest loss, the commandoes caught several unarmed adivasis and killed them in cold blood", Azad, spokesperson of the Maoist Central Committee said in a statement here on Tuesday.

Referring to the September 18 offensive in forested areas of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh, Azad said the massive operation was part of a bigger offensive being taken up in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The brutal onslaught in Dandakarnya showed the extreme demoralisation of and desperation of the "fascist clique" at the centre over its failure to lay hands on the mineral wealth in the adivasi-inhabited regions in Eastern and Central India.

Azad alleged that the Centre was planning ‘aerial bombardment’ of some Maoist-held areas even at the cost of civilian casualties and destruction of clusters of villages. The centre had already tried ‘Vietnam type’ resettlement of adivasis in ‘strategic hamlets’ through the Salwa Judum campaign in Bastar forests. The visit of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand on September 25 was akin to "morale-boosting trips" of Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The advertisements in newspapers on naxal violence was part of a simultaneously taken up psychological war, but such ‘cheap propaganda’ was bound to backfire, as people witness the violence perpetrated by the security forces daily.

Conceding that the arrest of Kobad Ghandy was a ‘great loss’ to the revolutionary movement in India, Azad said Ghandy was betrayed by a ‘weak element’ in the party. The courier had led the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) of Andhra Pradesh and the intelligence wing in Delhi to Bhikaji Cama Place in South Delhi, where Ghandy had an appointment after his return from a trip to a Guerrilla zone in the country. Ghandy was arrested on September 17 and not on 20th as police claimed, he said charging that the police had planned to ‘torture and murder’ him, but with the intervention of democratic civil rights organisations foiled their plans. The Hindu

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CPI-Maoist urges war against ’state terror’

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009


CPI M3 CPI Maoist urges war against state terrorCalling arrested Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy a “role model” for the youth, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Tuesday also urged people to unite against “state terror”.

The CPI-Maoist, in a statement, termed the operation against their cadres a “cruel war” led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

It said the “Sonia-Manmohan-Chidambaram fascist clique has upped its cruel war by launching the biggest-ever armed onslaught on the adivasis and CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh”.

The outfit appealed to all revolutionary, democratic and peace-loving forces to unite to resist this “fascist country-wide offensive” by the central and state governments.

It called upon the party cadres, “the brave PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) fighters, and the revolutionary masses to rise up courageously to confront the brutal offensive unleashed by imperialist agents ruling our country, to prepare for immense sacrifices in this war of resistance”.

The CPI-Maoist also urged them to mobilise masses all over the country into militant movements against the “brutal onslaught” by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Betrayal by courier led to Kobad Ghandy’s arrest: CPI-Maoist

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009


HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Tuesday claimed that its London-educated leader and ideologue Kobad Ghandy was betrayed by his courier, leading to his arrest in New Delhi Sep 17.While admitting that the arrest of the politburo and central committee member was a big loss to the Maoist movement in the country, the Maoist outfit said it was only a temporary success for the authorities.”Comrade Kobad Ghandy was betrayed by his courier who led the SIB from AP (Special Intelligence Bureau of Andhra Pradesh police) and the intelligence wing in Delhi to the appointment spot in Bhikaji Cama Place in South Delhi,” said a statement by CPI-Maoist sent to IANS.This is the first reaction by the Maoist outfit to the arrest of the 63-year-old Ghandy, who was in-charge of expanding the party in urban areas and played a crucial role in getting international recognition for the party.

“Kobad Ghandy had just returned from a trip to the guerrilla zone.

His arrest is being touted as a big success for the intelligence officials while it was actually a result of the betrayal by a weak element in the party who was acting as his courier,” said the statement signed by Azad, the spokesperson of the outfit’s central committee.The central committee appealed to democratic forces to fight against the “heinous attempts of the reactionary rulers to implicate Ghandy in false cases, to conduct narco tests and to mentally harass him”.Azad alleged that Ghandy was arrested Sep 17 but the arrest was showed only Sep 21.

“The reactionary rulers were elated by this temporary success and the wily Chidambaram had congratulated the intelligence agencies for the prize catch. Like true heirs to George Bush, these state terrorists have stepped up their propaganda that the Maoists and the Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy are terrorists.””The reactionary rulers churn out numbers to show how thousands have become victims of Maoist violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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