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Public Meeting Called for August 3 to Protest the Killings of Azad and Pandey

Posted by Admin on July 29, 2010


Concerned Citizens & Forum Against War on People

Protest against the Killing of Azad, Spokesperson of CPI (Maoist) and Journalist Hem Chandra Pandey

CONSTITUTE JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO THEIR KILLINGS IMMEDIATELY

New Delhi, Rajendra Bhawan

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg

2PM, 3 August 2010

Speakers:

Agnivesh,

Amit Bhaduri

Arundhati Roy

Ashish Gupta/ PUDR

B D Sharma

G Haragopal

G N Saibaba

Jagmohan

Manoranjan Mohanty

Mehar Engineer

Mrigank

PC Tiwari

Rajender Sachar

Pushkar Raj, PUCL

Rajkishore, RDF

SAR Geelani

Satnam

Sujato Bhadro

Neelabh

Pankaj Bisht

Sumit Chakravartty

Varavara Rao

And Others


Azad, the spokesperson of the Central Committee of CPI (Maoist) along with a freelance journalist, Hemant Pandey from Delhi was murdered in cold blood in the early hours of 2 July 2010. The circumstantial evidence clearly shows that both were caught in Nagpur by Central and Andhra Pradesh intelligence agencies in a joint operation and killed in custody. Later their bodies were thrown in the Sarkapalli forest in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh by the police to cook up a story of an ‘armed encounter’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Thunder Anew: Neo-Robber Baron Capitalism vs. ‘New Democracy’ in India

Posted by Admin on July 29, 2010


Sourece: parisar on July 28, 2010

Bernard D’Mello

(Bernard D’Mello (bernard) is deputy editor, Economic & Political Weekly, and a member of the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai. He thanks Gautam Navlakha for his comments and suggestions on an earlier draft. The usual disclaimers apply. This article has appeared in Seminar, 607, March 2010 in a symposium – “Red Resurgence” – on the Naxal/Maoist challenge to the state.)

The white man called you Bhagat Singh that day,
The black man calls you Naxalite today.
But everyone will call you the morning star tomorrow.

—Excerpt from the Telugu poem,
‘Final Journey: First Victory’ by Sri Sri*

It has been a long and tortuous route. Forty-three years ago, a group of Maoist revolutionaries conceived of and embarked upon a revolutionary road that still inspires their political descendants, alarms the dominant classes, and provokes slander and denigration on the part of the establishment left, post-modernists and well-funded NGO bosses. This is the path of protracted people’s war (PPW). It relies on an alliance of the Indian proletariat with the poor and landless peasantry and the semi-proletariat to establish ‘base areas’ in the countryside, run them democratically as miniature, self-reliant states, carry out ‘land to the tiller’ and other social policies there, thereby building a political mass base to finally encircle and ‘capture’ the cities. Read the rest of this entry »

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“He did the right thing. He had the guts to fight the CPM harmads”

Posted by Admin on July 28, 2010


Sidhu Soren, CC Member of PCPA, CPI Maoist leader

Sidhu Soren, CC Member of PCPA

RAMGARH: There is no road to this village tucked away in a forest, 58 km from Midnapore town. A winding dirt-track leads to the forest hamlet, interrupted by ponds and ditches. It’s Parkota, a village that has not seen electricity. This is the birthplace of Sidhu Soren alias Bhuta Baskey the topmost Maoist leader to have been killed in Bengal.

On Tuesday morning, a police team from Lalgarh turned up at his mud hut when the Baskey family was busy with their usual chores. A constable handed out a message written in English to the dead rebel’s father Jamadar Baskey and left. Jamadar took it as yet another “police paper” that he has been getting since Bhuta left home to join the Maoists. He kept it along with the other papers he couldn’t read.

The note was about his son’s death. Jamadar had no clue till TOI gently gave him the news. The father broke down. His wail brought his wife Lakshmimani running outside. One look at him, and she knew her worst fears had come true. She collapsed by his side.

The tears quickly gave way to anger. “The government has killed my son. Is this expected from a government? The police could have arrested him, jailed him. But they did what marauders do,” Jamadar said. He isn’t going to bring his son’s body from Midnapore. “Why should I? I won’t bend before the government for help. Let it do whatever it feels like with the body,” an agitated Jamadar said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sidhu Soren’s family refuses to take body

Posted by Admin on July 28, 2010


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Sidhu Soren (top); Lakshmimoni, his mother, on Tuesday. (Samir Mondal)

Goaltore, July 27: Sidhu Soren’s family has refused to take his body and claimed the leader of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities was a martyr “for his country” who was killed in sleep.

“My son has laid down his life for his country. We will not take his body from the police. What will I do with a dead son?” asked Sidhu’s father Jamadar Baskey, shortly after turning away policemen who had gone to his the family’s house this morning and asked him to identify Sidhu’s body in the morgue of the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.

Sidhu, 23, was gunned down with five other Maoists yesterday in the Metala jungles near Lalgarh.

Jamadar’s comments almost echoed the claims by a Maoist source after the encounter yesterday that Sidhu had “committed suicide while fighting like a hero” without specifying if he did so to avoid imminent capture.

Jamadar sounded defiant and warned of retaliation. “I told the policemen I will not go (to the morgue). The police have killed my son in cold blood while he was sleeping. The police can’t take control of Jungle Mahal by killing my son. The villagers will resist the police with bows and arrows,” said the 55-year-old small farmer, sitting in the courtyard of his two-storey mud-walled house in Karkata, a small tribal village 15km from Lalgarh town.

Sidhu alias Bhuta Baskey — the secretary of People’s Committee and the chief of its armed wing Gana Militia — was the second of Jamadar’s five sons and a daughter.

All of Sidhu’s family had gathered at their house. Neighbours streamed in to console them. Sidhu’s mother, Lakshmimoni, sat with her other sons and daughter, occasionally breaking down.

The villagers backed what Sidhu did as a leader of the People’s Committee. “In our village there is no electricity and the only tube-well is out of order. No political party has ever thought of our plight. What Sidhu was doing is right. The police have killed him to take revenge,” said Gurudas Soren, who had come from adjoining Bandhgora.

Sidhu’s elder brother Sagen echoed Gurudas. “We don’t believe he was a Maoist. The police shot him dead and then placed the arms and ammunition on him,” said Sagen.

Jamadar said Sidhu was a Class IX dropout and had been out of home for the past seven years.

Sidhu’s youngest brother Gopi, a Class VII student at Ramgarh High School, said the People’s Committee leader had called about two months ago. “He asked me to take care of my parents.”

West Midnapore police chief Manoj Verma said the authorities would have to cremate the body if the family remained adamant. “Sidhu Soren was a hardcore Maoist. If his family does not identify and take the body, we will cremate it according to the law.” Telegraph

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Hunting innocent Adivasis in the name of operation Green Hunt – Adivasis Bitten by Cobras – Fact-finding Repor t on the Singanamadugu Incident

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2010


July 12, 2010, Sanhati

The Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangham (KAMS) has been working for the past three decades in the Dandakaranya (DK) area in seven districts of Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. It has mobilised women against the exploitation of labour, dominance and atrocities by forest officials, managements of paper mills, beedi leaf contractors, and businessmen from the plains. This booklet, published by Virasam Publications, contains a brief history of the activities of KAMS and a fact-finding report of the Singanamadugu incident, which is excerpted below.

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Fact Finding Report on Singanamadugu Incident

On September 17 hundreds of Cobra, CRPF, NPO forces attacked six villages, namely, Singanamadugu, Palachelima, Gattapadu, Gatchampally, Etrajpadu and Endapadu. The attack of government armed forces meant indiscriminate firing and killing of whoever is around, torturing, raping women, kidnapping, burning houses and property, destruction, roasting and eating goats and pigs or taking them away, robbing money or any valuable material. In short their practice of creating a climate of terror is very familiar to the people here since the days Salwa Judum came into existence. It is difficult for the people there to believe that the police are also human. They treat the police as a unique species created to torture and kill human beings. On the night of September 16 these bloodthirsty forces quietly surrounded the villages in Kishtaram area of Dantewada district. They had the information that some guerillas had camped in Singanamadugu village. So their aim was to attack on this camp in the early morning and to raid some more villages to create terror. Since Salwa Judum all these villages had been alert to such attacks. Nevertheless they could not suspect the surrounding presence of the forces who had arrived in the night clandestinely with the help of informers well-versed in the routes in the forest.

On the morning of the 17th these villages woke up in their innocence. The people of Singanamadugu village were getting ready to go about their daily chores. Some villages on their way to farm work recognised the police boot prints to their alarm. They sensed the impending danger. Even while they were thinking as to how to protect their villages, the surroundings of the village echoed with terrible firing. Villagers ran helter-skelter. They sensed that attack started on the guerilla camp near their village. All the guerillas safely escaped the attack. Read the rest of this entry »

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PCPA militia leader, 5 others killed in Lalgarh shootout

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2010


Sidhu Soren, CC Member of PCPA, CPI Maoist leader

Sidhu Soren, CC Member of PCPA

GOALTORE (WEST MIDNAPORE): Security forces pulled off a major breakthrough in the dense forests of Lalgarh early on Monday by gunning down Maoist leader Sidhu Soren and five armed squad members, including a woman. A COBRA constable was killed while chasing the retreating rebels.

Soren is the biggest kill in Jangalmahal since the start of the Maoist insurgency in Bengal. The 27-year-old was the secretary of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) when it was set up in 2009. He went on to head the Sidhu Kanhu Mass Militia, the armed wing of the PCPA blamed for many murders and the Jnaneswari Express massacre. Not only had Soren masterminded a number of bloody attacks in the area, he was quite likely present in many of them. Police say he was also the section commander of the Sarenga-Goaltore platoon of CPI(Maoist).

The operation was carried out in the dead of night. Acting on specific information, 300 personnel of the CRPF, COBRA and state police marched from the Goaltore and Kadashole camps around 2.30am. It took them an hour to reach Canal Side Road (between Goaltore and Sarenga). From this point, the forces quietly slipped into the Metala forest that connects Simlipal forest in Bankura. It took another hour for the jawans to cover the 2km jungle trail with the aid of hand-held GPS devices. They reached their objective – a clearing of about 150 metres square – around 4.30am.

“By then, we were moving in an inverted V formation. The team was spearheaded by COBRA commandos and CRPF personnel covered both flanks. The state police were in the middle. The clearing had three tents that made up three points of a triangle. The first tent was orange in colour. The remaining two, partly hidden from view, were black and green,” a senior officer, who participated in the raid, said.

Bodies of Maoists killed in the Goaltore encounter.

Bodies of Maoists killed in the Goaltore encounter.

No sooner had the personnel stepped into the clearing that they were spotted by the orange-tent sentry. He immediately opened fire on the leading COBRA jawans. Within seconds, he was joined by the sentries of the other two tents. The five occupants of the orange tent -Sidhu among them -also emerged and engaged the security forces while about a dozen rebels took this opportunity to run out of the remaining two tents and disappear into the forest.

The six Maoists from the orange tent stood little chance with no cover and were cut down by concentrated automatic fire within minutes. One of them had his head blown off.

The remaining members of the squad had spread out along the periphery of the clearing and engaged the security personnel with intermittent bursts. A brave attempt to take over the camp resulted in the death of COBRA jawan Ashis Tiwary. He was a member of the 202 Battalion. It took nearly three more hours for the troops to gain full control of the clearing as the rebels kept sniping at them.

Of the dead Maoists, only Soren could be identified initially, said West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma. Late Monday night, the girl was identified as Mita Karmakar of Bhalukbasha (Soren’s native area) and one of the others as Srikanta Murmu. Officers suspect that 12-13 Maoists from the remaining two tents succeeded in getting away. Among the weapons seized from the camp were an SLR, an Insas rifle, two .303 rifles, two 9mm pistols, two branded single barrel guns and five countrymade guns. Some ammunition, seven cellphones, a large automotive battery and two IEDs were also seized.

About 30 minutes after taking over the camp, security forces decided on entering the forest in pursuit of those who had managed to get away. They immediately came under heavy fire from the left flank. Officers suspect that this was covering fire being provided by 3-4 squad members to allow the others to escape. The jawans returned fire, but could not inflict any damage. The last bullet was fired at 9.15am.

Officers suspect that the Maoists had camped in the area for 8-10 days. From some documents seized from the tents, it is suspected that they were planning to overrun the CPM party office at Sarenga where armed cadres of the party are reported to have taken refuge. TOI

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Azad’s assassination: An insight into the Indian state’s response to peoples’ resistance

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2010


Azad alias C. Rajkumar, CPI (Maoist) PB Member

Azad alias C. Rajkumar, CPI (Maoist) Spokesperson

July 25, 2010 – Sanhati

by Gautam Navlakha

The assassination of Cherukuri Raj Kumar a.k.a Azad on July 1-2, 2010 killed a senior leader of the CPI (Maoist) and scuttled a peace process thus virtually destroying the hopes of millions of Indians who wanted the government offensive against the Maoists to be halted. In this sense it was a double killing.

We were encouraged by the news reports that the Union Home Minister had written to Swami Agnivesh on May 11, 2010 to explore the possibility of a 72 hour ceasefire to pave the way for talks between the Maoists and the Indian State and the letter sent by Cherukuri Rajkumar a.k.a Azad, on 31st May, 2010 reiterated that Maoist party was serious about talks. In particular, unlike in the past, party’s response was unambiguously positive. Azad wrote that “to ensure the establishment of peace there should be ceasefire or cessation of hostilities by both sides simultaneously instead of asking one side to abjure violence … lift the ban on the party and mass organizations so as to facilitate them to take up open forms of struggle …. initiate measures to release Party leaders as a prelude to the release of political prisoners …. and …. stop all its efforts to escalate the war including the measures of calling back all the para military forces deployed in the war zones.” Indeed even in his interview given to The Hindu (April 14,2010) he had stated in response to the question whether by engaging in talks the Maoists wanted “to buy time” or is it a “re-evaluation of political strategy” he had been candid. He had said that “it does not need much of a common sense to understand that both sides will utilize a situation of ceasefire to strengthen their respective sides.” But he pointed out that “talks will give some respite to the people who are oppressed and suppressed under the fascist jackboots of the Indian state and state-sponsored terrorist organizations…”. In the same interview he also reminded that it was the “imposition of the ban that had led the Party and the mass organizations to take up arms in the first place…….What shook the rulers at that time (in 1978) and compelled them to declare Jagtyala and Sircila taluks in Karimnagar district of North Telengana as disturbed areas in 1978 was not the armed struggle of the Maoists (which had suffered a complete setback …by 1972) but the powerful (movement against) anti-feudal order in the countryside….” In short the manner in which the party responded this time further inspired hopes in the possibility of ending the war. Read the rest of this entry »

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How a 15-yr-old vendor became a ‘dead Maoist’

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2010


BASTAR (Chhattisgarh): On June 3, late at night, in a clearing where the fields of Murdunda village merge into the jungle, a patrol party of CRPF’s C168 battalion is fired on by the Maoists. The CRPF returns fire. The jawans see a figure emerge from the bushes and break into a run. They take aim and shoot. The figure is hit. It collapses. It turns out to be a young boy.

Till this point, the narratives converge — that of the police and the dead boy’s family. But from here on, there are vastly different versions about what happened. The police say they found explosives near Lalu’s dead body. “He was a Sangham (group) member of CPI Maoist and was planting a bomb at the spot,” says Vijay Chauhan, officer in-charge of the Awapalli police station.

But Lalu’s father, Unga Ooyam, says his 15-year-old son had gone to the fields that night simply to relieve himself. “He had gone to Awapalli to sell vegetables and buy rice. On the way back to our village Tekmetla, he stopped for the night at Murdunda. Past midnight, he woke up his cousin and asked him to accompany him to the fields. His cousin groggily refused, so Lalu stepped out alone. Next morning, townspeople alerted us that his corpse had been carried into the thana at Awapalli,” he says.

Ooyam pulls out Lalu’s picture from his shirt pocket. With it, tumbles out his membership card for ‘Divine Life’, a spiritual movement founded by Swami Sivananda. Its ashram near Dantewada has a substantial following among Bastar’s tribals. Ooyam’s entire family are devout believers. So was Lalu, says Ooyam.

Could the dead boy have been both Maoist and Divine Life believer? No, says the entire town. He was just another boy, insist many of them walking up to this correspondent on the muddied main avenue of Awapalli. “He sold vegetables right here,” points one woman, adding, “Even the CRPF men bought lemons from him.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Flames of the Snow – Maoist Documentary

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2010


An Indian journalist’s documentary film on the Maoist uprising in Nepal has finally won its battle with the Indian censors after a panel, headed by veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, gave it the green light.

It was a moment of triumph for Anand Swaroop Verma, whose 125-minute documentary, Flames of the Snow, was approved for public screenings by the Revising Committee of India’s Central Board of Film Certification without being asked to delete any scenes.

Last month, citing the growing Maoist violence in India, the Board had declined to allow the film, saying “any justification or romanticisation of the ideology of extremism or of violence, coercion, intimidation in achieving its objectives would not be in the public interest, particularly keeping in view the recent Maoist violence in some parts of the country”. However, Verma, who is considered close to Nepal’s Maoist leadership, challenged the decision and the film was viewed in New Delhi last week by six members of the Board’s Revising Committee, including its chairman and veteran actor Sharmila Tagore.

“Finally I won the battle,” a jubilant Verma told IANS on the eve of flying to Kathmandu Friday to hold consultations with Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and other senior leaders of the formerly banned party.

“I got the certificate without a single cut.”

The Board however asked Verma to add a disclaimer, saying the views expressed in the film by various persons underlying the Maoist ideology were those of the author and producer and that the documentary was not against any person or country.

In reply, Verma pointed out that the documentary carried interviews with 16 people, including two prominent leaders of the Nepal Maoist party, and a Nepal Police officer. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Animal-like’ treatment of Maoists’ bodies: Govt report in 4 weeks

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2010


The bodies of the eight Maoists who were killed in an encounter with the joint forces in Salboni’s Ranja forest on June 16 are still lying in the morgue, Advocate General Balai Chandra Roy said during a hearing on a PIL filed by eminent writer and social activist Mahashewata Devi. He said that the state government would file a report on the encounter in four weeks.

Mahashewata Devi filed a PIL last week, alleging that the security forces had carried the bodies of those killed in the encounter by tying them to bamboo posts in an animal-like posture . The bodies are yet to be handed over to the next of kin, she said in the petition.

The petition raised doubts about whether the state police had started the investigation according to the guidelines framed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The guidelines stipulate that the police must start all cases of encounters carried out by the police under Section 302 of the IPC. Roy pleaded that the reason the joint forces had been deployed in Lalgarh and Salboni was that the situation there was war-like. The bodies were brought out from the forest by the security forces at a time when the exchange of firing was still continuing. There was no way vehicles could be brought inside the dense forests at that stage, Roy submitted.

Advocate Ragunath Chakraborty, counsel for Mahashewata Devi, said the NHRC has already taken up the issue of carrying of dead bodies and served a notice to the Union Home Ministry. He pointed out that Section 144CrPC has been imposed in Lalgarh and Salboni for more than a year, which itself is unconstitutional.

To this, Roy said that the situation in Lalgarh was very critical and tense. IE

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List of people killed by Police in the name of operation Green Hunt from 10th August 2009 to 24th September 2009

Posted by Admin on July 24, 2010


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Lalgarh – Massive protest by women against rapes committed by security personnel

Posted by Admin on July 24, 2010



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by Partho Sarathi Ray

July 22, 2010

On 20th July, around 50,000 women under the banner of “Committee to save honour of women” tried to march into Jhargram town to protest against the recent incidents of raping of women in Sonamukhi village by the joint security forces. Such a huge, and militant, mobilization of women has not been seen in Jhargram in recent times. The marchers, including school students in uniform, teachers, housewives and even many elderly women tried to enter Jhargram town via four different routes. Even the vice-chairperson of the CPI(M) controlled Jhargram panchayat samiti, Shipra Barik, joined the march. The marchers carried posters demanding the hanging of CPI(M) leader Prashanta Das, who has been known to have identified the houses of anti-CPI(M) villagers in Sonamukhi following which women from these families were raped by policemen.

The women tried to reach the Subdivisional officer’s (SDO)
office to register their protest and demand the punishment of the perpetrators of the atrocities. However, the joint forces blocked all the four routes they were following. One of the processions was blocked at the Jamda deer park. However, another rally, comprising around 5000 women, coming from the direction of the Jhargram Raj college evaded the joint forces and reached the SDO’s office. The employees in the SDO’s office all fled although the marchers remained completely peaceful. Somehow the additional SP reasoned with the marchers and persuaded them to leave the SDO complex. However, the police confronted another rally of around 20000 women coming from the Lodhashuli side with force. The joint forces chased them all the way till Kalaboni. Many women were injured in the melee. Throughout the day the women marchers tried to enter the town multiple times but were confronted by joint forces personnel. Even though the marchers wanted to meet the SDO, C. Murugan, to place their demands he refused to meet them saying that he has done whatever he was supposed to do. The Sonamukhi atrocities have again taken the rage against the atrocities of the joint central and state forces occupying Jangalmahal to boiling point.

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