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YSR responsible for killing several Maoists:TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao

Posted by Admin on November 30, 2009


Patel Sudhakar Reddy

Patel Sudhakar Reddy Killed in a fake Encounter

KARIMNAGAR: Former chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy, by a quirk of fate, had to lose his life in the Nallamala forest as he was responsible for the killing of several Maoist leaders and cadre in the same area after inviting them to talks, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao has said.

And, he has atributed the huge loss of life and property in Kurnool, Vijayawada and Guntur in the unprecedented floods to the injustice being done in sharing the Krishna waters.Rao made these shocking observations at a media conference here Saturday.“Rajasekhara Reddy invited the Maoist leaders to peace talks and, later, he virtually eliminated hundreds of Maoists from the Nallamala forest. He had to pay a heavy price for that. Similarly, people in Kurnool, Vijayawada and Guntur had to face the wrath of unprecedented floods as projects like Pothireddypadu were constructed without any permision at the cost of Telangana people and region,’’ he alleged. The TRS chief ’s caustic tongue did not stop there. He described the leaders in the Congress who were opposing him and his programmes as “barking dogs who bark at their master’s instructions’’. He also charged the Andhra rulers and leaders with treating people in Telangana region as fools.

Chandrasekhar Rao, once again, mentioned the names of film personalities Nagarjuna, D Ramanaidu, real estate developer Narne Ranga Rao, late Rajasekhara Reddy’s brother and MLC Vivekananda Reddy as landgrabbers. The TRS chief flayed certain media organisations for washing their dirty linen in the public. EB

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CPI Maoist CC Member Tusharkant Bhattacharya released from Warangal jail

Posted by Admin on November 20, 2009


walking free: Maoist leader Tusharkant Bhattacharya after being released from Central Jail in Warangal on Thursday.

CPI (Maoists) central committee member , Tusharkant Bhattacharyya, a leading intellectual and ideologue in India was freed from Warangal Jail late Thursday (November 19) night. Tusharkant Bhatttacharya was lodged in Warangal prison for the past two years.

According to Andhra Police, Bhattacharya was acquitted in three cases registered against him in the state, while he already has got bail in the case registered against him in Bihar.

Speaking to media soon after his release from the prison, Tusharkant Bhattacharya reiterated that as long as there was State violence and oppression against the people, the Maoists movement will continue to fight for the depressed classes and those being exploited.

He charged the governments both at the Centre and State levels with terrorising the tribals and forcing them to flee from the forest areas so that the natural resources and mine deposits in the region could easily be handed over to the multi-national companies. “What they are planning now in Chattisgarh in the name of Green Hunt is nothing but a ploy to displace the adivasis. However, the Maoist party with the support of the people will not allow the evil designs of the Centre,’’ he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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The return of the Naxal to Andhra

Posted by Admin on November 3, 2009


naxalvillagestory.jpgThe Sun sets in an uneasy calm over the river Godavari on the northern border of Andhra Pradesh. On one side, just a kilometre away, is Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. On the other side, lies Chattisgarh. This is Naxal turf. Strong, forbidding, inescapable. Night falls in eerie silence. It is in this darkness that Naxalism is sneaking back into Andhra Pradesh.

When the sun rises, we meet Tirupati. For three weeks now, he has been on the run. Once a Naxal, now the sarpanch of Palimella village in Karimnagar district, Tirupati has no choice but to hide. He has found out he’s on the Naxals’ hitlist.

“They left a poster stating that two of my associates are police informers and warned me if I did not mend my ways, they will kill me,” he says.

Beyond Palimella is Sarvaipet village. It’s small villages like this that hold the answers to why Naxalism thrives. No medical facilities here for a population of 1200 people; the nearest doctor can be found at a clinic 20 kilometres away. There is no road, and therefore no bus service.

On Diwali night, a platoon of 80 to 100 Naxals came here, to Ganapathi’s home, to warn him not to be a police informer. He wasn’t at home, so the Naxals left with his relative, Bheem. He won’t speak to us. A villager, Krishnaiah, explains, “Imagine what they would have done if he had not escaped.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists regrouping in Andhra Pradesh

Posted by Admin on October 25, 2009


The mammoth rally of Maoist supporters came from several parts of Andhra Pradesh at the Maoist rally in Hyderabad on Thursday. The historic rally after 14 years is conducted by the Maoist outfit.   SEPT-30/2004

The mammoth rally of Maoist supporters came from several parts of Andhra Pradesh at the Maoist rally in Hyderabad on Thursday. The historic rally after 14 years is conducted by the Maoist outfit. SEPT-30/2004

HYDERABAD: An aggressive push by the government post 2004 might have blunted Maoist insurgency, but the rebels are suspected to be regrouping ina big way raising the sceptre of fresh violence in Andhra Pradesh. If documents claimed to have been recovered by intelligence agencies are to be believed, the top Maoist leadership is concentrating on reviving the movement particularly in North Telangana.

Intelligence sources claim that there is increased movement in areas where the guerrillas have sought refuge along the North Telangana forest border with Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Highly-placed sources told TOI that the Maoist party is planning to restore its glory in North Telangana by launching agitations against open cast mines of Singareni Collieries, an issue which is likely to have local support. Towards this end, the extremist party has reactivated its frontal organisation, Singareni Karmika Samakya (Sikasa), which has a strong presence among the coal miners.

“The strategy is to keep one arm of movement above the ground and another below the ground,” analysts said. The recent spurt in Maoist attacks in Karimnagar, Adilabad and Warangal districts is an indication that they are on their comeback trail. Sources said the rebels could resort to ambushes and surprise attacks in the coming days what with top Maoist Mupalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathi talking about revival of the movement in North Telangana.

In fact, party central committee leader Mallojula Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji recently made it clear that his party would fight against Singareni Collieries management’s decision to dig open cast mines. Sikasa organising secretary Janjipalli Sridhar even issued a statement in Mancherial warning Congress and TDP leaders of dire consequences for supporting SCCL. “The Maoists have changed their strategies. The open cast mining issue has come in handy for them to attract coal miners to their fold,” a police official said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Families paid to claim Andra C M YSR shock deaths

Posted by Admin on September 17, 2009


Related post: 344 die in the wake of YSR’s demise

Andhra Pradesh Congressmen are going to extreme lengths to show how scores of people in the state had died of shock following former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s tragic helicopter crash.

Ever since Reddy’s body was found in the Nallamala forests on September 3, there have been reports sourced to the Congress party of deaths from heart attacks and suicides from all parts of the state.

However, cross-checking some of these cases revealed an uncomfortable truth that many had suspected all along – that these people had died of natural causes and their deaths could not be linked to Reddy’s accident. The investigation also exposed how cynical local Congress leaders, and in one case allegedly a state minister, had paid the families of those who had died from natural causes since September 3 to say the deaths were due to shock following the former chief minister’s accident.

The money was evidently used to buy their silence on the actual cause of death of their kin. Read the rest of this entry »

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YSR search bares ‘peril’ of Maoist combat

Posted by Admin on September 11, 2009


11mao.jpgSANKARSHAN THAKUR
Security men in action during the Lalgarh operation

New Delhi, Sept. 10: The desperate effort mounted to trace Y.S.R. Reddy’s chopper in the Nallamala forests last week has had a chilling side effect — the security establishment has realised that for all the high talk on an all-out assault on Naxalites, it is abysmally low on preparedness.

“We commandeer all our resources on land and in the skies and still take more than 24 hours to locate a chief minister’s helicopter whose broad route is known. I think we should not even think about opening a front against Maoist rebels, much less talk about it,” a top police officer, who has been in discussions with the Centre on combating Naxalites, told The Telegraph.

“We can have skirmishes with the Naxalites… but we are in no position to talk about an offensive to the finish, it will be perilous and foolhardy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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YSR a dictator, war lord, World Bank agent: Maoist leader Koteshwara Rao

Posted by Admin on September 10, 2009


The Communist Party of India-Maoist on Tuesday finally broke its silence over the tragic death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy [ Images ]. The outlawed organisation described his death as the end of an era of a ‘dictator, a war lord and an undemocratic World Bank agent’.

Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji, a senior underground leader of the CPI-Maoist, told rediff.com in a telephonic interview that the lobbying by senior Congress leaders in the state, to make YSR’s son Jaganmohan Reddy [ Images ] the next CM, had revealed the true colours of the party. “It is all about dynastic rule. They want the son of the Raja to be the next Raja,” he said.

He dismissed the outpouring of grief across the state after YSR’s demise as an orchestrated show. “They are claiming hundreds of people died for him. We understand that only 10-15 people ended their lives for him and we see it as part of the culture of south India, where people have blind love for film stars and politicians,” Rao said.

“Even (Telugu Desam Party leader) Chandrababu Naidu [ Images ] had believed that there was a sympathy wave in his favour after Maoists attacked him in October 2003, but he was thoroughly defeated by the people (in the state assembly elections in 2004). The same thing will happen with the Congress,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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AP: Naxal fear haunts IPS men

Posted by Admin on August 31, 2009


A senior Naxalite commander known as Comrade Kosa addresses about 5,000 tribal militiamen and supporters at an April rally near Bastar, India

A senior Naxalite commander known as Comrade Kosa addresses about 5,000 tribal militiamen and supporters at an April rally near Bastar, India

Hyderabad, Aug. 30: IPS officers who earlier worked in Naxal-hit areas and now in the loopline are now feeling the heat due a series of steps taken by the police department.
It all started with the transfer of officers who are in the Naxal hitlist in police training centres, police academies and in non-focal jobs where they are provided less security when compared to mainstream cops.

SP Mahesh Chandra Ladda, who escaped a Maoist attack in Ongole town while serving as Prakasam SP, was posted as head of Police Training Centre in Warangal. Similarly, Mr Madhsudhan Reddy, who was Nizamabad SP during Manala encounter, was posted as Vizaianagaram PTC head.

The Andhra-Orissa border, including Vizainagaram, is still the hotbed of Naxal movement. Warangal was once the epicentre of Naxalism in North Telangana region.
A senior police officer said, “When IPS officers are unit heads, they can manage their own security. But in loopline, they may become easy prey to Naxals.”
Even the AP Police Academy has no compound wall now. Due to the Outer Ring Road work, the compound wall has been partly removed and it poses a serious threat to officers posted at the academy.

The IPS officers who are posted in APPA has to travel 25 km to reach their office. On the route, they are exposed to attacks. After the death of armed constable P. Muralinath, the police headquarters issued orders stripping senior cops of additional cars which they were using. The extra gunmen of senior IPS officer, Mr T. Krishna Prasad, were removed recently. “Old bullet-proof cars often bre- ak down. We need to board the other car following us. Now, there is no option. We have to take an autorickshaw,” said an IPS official. DC

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Andhra grapples with Maoists

Posted by Admin on August 27, 2009


Beyond the urban bling of Hyderabad lies territory that is giving Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy headaches. At a New Delhi conference of chief ministers to discuss internal security, convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in mid-August, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh said he wanted three districts by the state’s border with Orissa to be formally declared Maoist-affected.

Despite several years of anti-rebel operations—a mix of specially trained forces, better weapons, infiltration, better equipped police posts, utter disregard for human rights niceties, and rehabilitation packages for Maoists—the fire burns.

While Maoists have retreated in the north, central and southern parts of the state, the forested, hilly and coastal east tells a different story. Reddy’s key concern is that several power, irrigation and mining projects planned for the east would be in jeopardy. “Maoists find such activities as ideal pastures,” he said.

Maoists do, as these activities typically involve displacement of populations, and the imperfect exercises breed great resentment—rebel tinder. Alongside, Maoists have taken common cause against Special Economic Zones and the effects of globalization, not just in Andhra Pradesh but across the country.

The rebels have bureaus in most states tasked with recruitment, agitation and raising the level of cadre strength and “awareness”. This is to seed rebellion in several ways, a prelude to “protracted war” to gain political power.

This is a lateral expansion of thought and activity to keep up with the times, as it were, extending the Maoists’ traditional turf of fighting for agrarian, tribal and caste issues.

This is the continuation of a process from as far back as 2004, when a definitive Maoist document, Urban Perspective: Our Work in Urban Areas, recommended that “The centres of key industries should be given importance as they have the potential of playing an important role in the People’s War”—what Maoists call their armed movement.

In 2007, Muppala Laxman Rao, the chief of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), stressed another thought from the document. “We have to adopt diverse tactics for mobilizing the urban masses into the revolution,” said Rao, better known by his nom de guerre Ganapathy, “take up their political-economic-social-cultural issues …”

Reddy is described by Maoists, relatively gently, as “mercenary”. His predecessor, N. Chandrababu Naidu of Telugu Desam Party, even five years after losing the chief ministership, is mentioned in Maoist journals as “the known and despicable American stooge”. This is in great part for Naidu’s unabashed worship of Bill Gates, and PowerPoint frenzy to tout “Cyberabad” at both local and global investment seminars even as large swathes of the state lay in tatters; and farmers killed themselves by the thousands, driven by debt and desperation.

Congress’ Reddy learnt from Naidu’s mistakes and opted for more inclusive policies. Among other things, he launched the Indiramma (Mother Indira) project with fanfare in early 2006. A double entendre of pleasing masters and political economy—the acronym expands to Integrated Novel Development in Rural Areas and Model Municipal Areas—it sought to cover every village panchayat in three years and provide what the state has not in decades. Primary education to all; health facilities where there are none; clean water; pucca houses with latrines; electricity connections to all households; roads; and so on.

The halting success of the project, in bits reborn as the Andhra Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, contributed to Reddy’s re-election earlier this year. However, his recent remarks are revealing.

Andhra Pradesh has battled post-Naxalbari rebels for three decades. It raised a now-hardened special force, the Greyhounds, to combat rebels. But the stick-and-carrot policy of the state has proved patchy.

Policing and brutal suppression of Maoists has not effectively been replaced in these areas by development works and delivery of dignity to the poor and marginal. And so, these places continue to be deeply vulnerable to Maoist activity. Reddy is understandably nervous about developments in eastern Andhra Pradesh, both for their immediacy and potential to reignite churn elsewhere.

To battle Maoists and other forces such as radical Islamism, Reddy at the New Delhi conference said Andhra Pradesh has established a new force: OCTOPUS. It stands for Organisation for Counter Terrorism and Operations.

The state already has at hand several Union government-controlled paramilitaries, in their acronyms CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), IRB (India Reserve Battalion), and the newly formed and giddily named CoBRA (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action), aimed at Left-wing rebellion.

As Reddy must realize, acronyms with aggressive intent can only go part of the way.

Sudeep Chakravarti writes on issues related to conflict in South Asia. He is the author of Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country. He will write a fortnightly column on conflicts that directly affect business. Respond to this column at rootcause@livemint.com

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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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