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Three Maoists held on Bangalore outskirts

Posted by Admin on November 20, 2009


The already beleaguered Maoist movement in Karnataka has received another serious jolt when three important Naxalite leaders including Devendrappa Aalias Vishnu, a State committee member this week.

A special team of Andhra Pradesh police, which kept watch on the Maoists, nabbed them in Peenya police station limits on Bangalore outskirts.

Sources said the other two arrested were Laxmi alias Geeta, a district committee member and Asha, a district committee secretary. Asha was stated to be the wife of Nanda Kumar, a member of the Karnataka State committee.

The Maoist movement in Karnataka split vertically after there was debate within the party leaders on the relevance of following area wise seizure of power concept, which the Maoist party firmly believes in. A section of leaders who believed that the revolutionary activity should also be taken up in urban areas by mobilising people broke away and started their own party. The Hindu

Maoist suspect remanded in custody

Karnataka Bureau

SHIMOGA/MYSORE: Kiran Kumar, alias Mallesh (27), one of the four suspected Maoists arrested on Tuesday, was produced before the JMFC court here on Thursday and remanded in police custody till December 3.

The Shimoga police, who arrested him, said that Kiran was a mediator between Maoists and their supporters.

A police team caught the youth at the KSRTC bus stand in Shimoga city around 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday and questioned him. He was identified as a resident of Goragunte Palya in Bangalore. He hails from Bommanal village in Deodurga taluk of Raichur district.

The police said he used to supply material and information to naxalites hiding in jungles of the Malnad region.

The police refused to disclose information about the other three taken into custody.

Another of those arrested, Vishnu alias Devendrappa, according to sources, is from Tallur village in Shimoga district.

He escaped during the encounter that took place in 2005 when naxalite ideologue Saket Rajan and his accomplice, Shivalingu, were shot dead near Menasinahadya in Chikmagalur district.

Sources said Vishnu is an important person in the naxal cadre and the State leader of the naxal wing that operates in the Western Ghats. Vishnu has been in the movement for 20 years, and he was second in command when Saket Rajan was alive.

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Karnataka: Police open fire at ‘naxalites’ near Sringeri

Posted by Admin on August 22, 2009


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CHIKMAGALUR: The police fired at a group of suspected naxalites camping in the forests near Nemmar, about 8 km from Sringeri, at about 1.15 p.m. on Friday. Acting on specific information, the police conducted the raid.

The group fled and there is speculation that some members of the group might have been injured in the firing.The police have recovered 50 rounds of ammunition, two grenades, gelatine sticks and handbills from two tents at the spot.

According to sources, the group, which included women, could have had six members as six pairs of footwear were left behind by the departing group.

Combing intensified

The police intensified combing operations in the area in the past few days as the naxalites had become more daring and visited the houses of two farmers in the area in the past fortnight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Karanataka: Maoists call for Martys Week in Malnad

Posted by Admin on July 28, 2009


CPI Maoist 9th Congress hall

CPI Maoist 9th Congress hall

Udupi July 28: Naxals have already announced that they will celebrate martyrs week from July 28 to August 3 which has caused anxiety among the public.

The Mattavu bomb blast incident that shook the entire State is completing four years. In the meantime, the Naxal activities are continuously on an increase in the Malnad region.
It was on July 28, 2005, Naxalites attacked on a police jeep at Mattavru. Mattavru is situated on the way to Hebri via Kabbinale route.

However, police had a narrow escape from the possible tragedy. They had retaliated but the attackers had already fled. The police vehicle bore extensive damages.

Apprehension

Naxals have already announced that they will celebrate martyrs week from July 28 to August 3 which has caused anxiety among the public. As a step to instill confidence among the people, local police and ANF personnel have started rigorous combing operations in the area. Home Minister Dr V S Acharya has recently instructed to deploy additional police force in the Naxal-infested areas.

Though no serious incidents occurred in Hebri surroundings after the Mattavu incident, such incidents are taking place in other places in the Malnad area frequently.

After the Naxalites attacked Seethanadi Bhoja Shettys house, no Naxal activities have taken place in the region. It was on the eve of the Assembly elections in the State, on May 15, 2008, Naxals murdered Shetty. And now, Naxals have announced martyrs week. There were also reports on Naxal movements in the area on July 11.Even after four years of the Mattavu incident, development is still a dream for Kabbinale villagers. Kabbinale coming under Mudradi Gram Panchayat in Karkala taluk is of 2,615.12 hectare area with 1,300 population.

Taluk Panchayat member Manujath Poojary representing Mudradi said development programmes could not be carried out in the area due to the strict regulations of the forest department. The Naxal Package could not be utilised because of the same reason.

A delegation of 7-tribal families had met former prime minister H D Deve Gowda soon after the Mattav incident and explained their miseries. Gowda had assured them of a helping hand. However, nothing happened thereafter.

Despite this, Mudradi GP tried its level best to develop Mattavu. The villagers got houses under Ashraya, Indira Awas schemes, solar electricity, agriculture equipment and the like. A sum of Rs 30 lakh has been released to Mudradi GP from 2006 to 2008 under the Naxal package, using which Nirani and Balladi roads have been developed. The village still has a lot of unfulfilled demands. It needs a government school, hostel, electricity connection to Mattavu, Mundani, Mudsalu, Parikallu, Beerabettu areas, bridges for Jeddugulelu and Balchar, and good roads. If any person falls sick here, then he should be carried on shoulder for many kilometres.

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Karnataka: Maoists call on tribals to fight against govt

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2009


naxal67CHIKMAGALUR: Naxalites have urged tribals who are living in Kudremukh National Park area to take up their traditional weapons to fight the state government and to protect themselves from eviction.

In a letter sent to newspaper offices, Maoist Area Committee member Kamala has said until now the BJP was spreading just religious communalism to oppress minorities but now it has assumed a fascist face and started training guns on farmers, tribals and workers.

The letter has accused the government of taking statements from tribals by force that they will never cooperate with the Naxals in their fight against the fascist forces. Claiming that Maoists are fighting for the rights of tribals, the letter said it is working to get them right to their dwelling places.

They termed the recent visit of the rural development and panchayat raj minister Shobha Karandlaje to the area as a farce and said the distribution of land rights and other facilities is a drama to make people believe that they will be allowed to live in the place. On the other hand, it is apprehending tribals under the guise of Naxal supporters and putting them behind the bars.

The letter cautioned people that the government is hatching a conspiracy to evict them and they should not give in to the statements. It has also said increase of anti-people programmes will further strengthen the movement.

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Kundapur: Naxalites Continue Activities despite Police Operations

Posted by Admin on November 20, 2007



from Vinay Pais
for Daijiworld Media Network – Kundapur (SM)

Kundapur, Nov 19: The Naxalites who had escaped eight months ago have raised their heads, but this time near the deep forest area of Korthugundi of Charana Bail Amavasebail gram panchayat jurisdiction.

On March 23, this year, a Naxalite girl from Hammige village of Gadag district was arrested in the bus stand of Jaddinagudde of Amavasebail by the ANF. Since then the Naxalite activities in the region had suffered a set back.

But it is now being brought to light that Ammigundi pare with thick forest coverage, is an ideal place for their activities. So far this secluded region has been impregnable to police who used to visit the place every now and then.

Some twenty five families of Bovi community live in this region of reserve forest between Kolluru and Someshwar. Though there is no motorable road the place is the link to Shimoga district. A few bunts are also living in this remote area.

The region lacks basic infrastructures like electricity, roads, transportation, schools and other things. The tribals who have been living here for their lands, are now scared of police action against the Naxalites in Korthugundi camp where some hand-written banners, pamphlets in Telugu were found after the recent encounter.

It is for sure that Naxalites have specific mission and they have been able to meet their goals secretly despite heavy police security and regular combing operations. Though there are have not been many violent activities in the recent past, it is quite sure that unless some stern and immediate steps are taken, there are every chances of Naxalites movement gaining momentum in this secluded area. The administration should immediately think of providing these few families with basic amenities including education. Only this can prevent the intervention of Naxalites in the life of these innocent and economically poor families.

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Karnataka: People may have to be armed against naxals: Nayak

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2007



Special Correspondent

‘There is a need for confidence-building in Malnad’

Bangalore: Karnataka State Human Rights Commission Chairperson S.R. Nayak has said that “a time may come” when people will have to be armed to counter the “naxal menace”.

Briefing presspersons on his recent visit to the site of the “police encounter” in Menasinahadya in Chikmagalur district, where five persons were killed, he said that there was a need for confidence building measures in the “once peaceful Malnad region”.

Protection

Besides reaching basic amenities to inaccessible and deprived villages such as Menasinahadya, local people also needed to be given adequate protection from “extremist elements”, he said.

Arming them may be an option in “effective confrontation”, he said.

Mr. Nayak cited the Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh as an example of what he called people’s resistance to naxalism.

Model

Asked if Salwa Judum, a counter-insurgency force, could be a model given its alleged human rights violations and the civil war-like situation it has resulted in, he claimed it was not an armed force.

Coming down heavily on naxalism, he said that nobody had any business to assume “extra-constitutional authority” in a democracy and it was against the “basic tenets of our civilisation”.

Speaking about the commission’s inquiry on whether the Menasinahadya “encounter” was a fake one, Mr. Nayak said that a final decision on it was kept in abeyance, since two inquiries were pending on the incident.

One was a magisterial inquiry ordered by the Deputy Commissioner and the other by the Superintendent of Police. They were also awaiting directions from the National Human Rights Commission, he added.

“Expressing any opinion now will be premature,” he said. The team may visit the village again, he added.

Suicide

On the commission’s inquiry into the suicide by a Dalit student on the Indian Institute campus, allegedly due to caste harassment, he said that the Home Secretary had been instructed to institute an inquiry by an officer of the rank of the Inspector General of Police. A report was awaited, he added.

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Udupi: Naxal Accused Yashodha Complains of Harassment

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2007


Udupi, Oct 26: Yashodha, an accused in the Edu encounter that took place near Karkala on November 17, 2003 expressed her apprehension that she may be killed in some other fake encounter by the police.

Speaking to press persons before attending court, here on Thursday October 25, she requested that she should be absolved by the court of all charges against her.

The reason for this, she contended was that she was only fighting against atrocities committed against women and creating awareness amongst them. Further she reiterated that she was in no way connected to the Naxalite movement in the state.

The members of the Anti-Naxalite Force (ANF) armed with rifles were visiting her house and torturing her, she alleged.

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Current Issue Kranthi Patha Kannada

Posted by Admin on October 1, 2007


Dear friends,

Kannada issue Kranthi Patha is available in PDF format.

P.Govindan kutty
Editor, People’s March

Download Kranthi Patha Kannada Current issue

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Karnataka: From the forest base

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2007


From the forest base

PARVATHI MENON
in Bangalore



At a naxalite base in Karnataka.

THE main area of operation of the leading naxalite party in Karnataka, the Communist Party of India (Maoist), is concentrated in a zone within the heavily forested Western Ghats region that includes parts of the districts of Udupi, Shimoga, Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur. It is to this region that the State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (People’s War) shifted in 2000-01 as part of a conscious policy to open another front of operations following a series of setbacks owing to the arrest of several of its leading cadre in the Kolar-Tumkur-Raichur region of the State in 1999 and 2000. After the merger last year of the two major naxalite formations in the country, the party changed its name to Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The Western Ghats region was one of the five distinct zones in Karnataka that a perspective plan document drawn up by the party in 1987 identified for building armed struggle. Its thick forest cover made it a zone “strategically important for revolutionary war”. The State unit of the CPI (Maoist) operates within a strip, roughly 140 km by 40 km, within which lies the Kudremukh National Park (KNP).

The area was declared a national park in 1987. Exactly 10 years later came the first official notification on the “rehabilitation” of 1,300 Adivasi families who lived within the park area. The moves towards the operationalisation of a rehabilitation package, which envisaged the eviction of thousands of poor families that had hitherto lived on the minor forest produce gathered from the forests, coincided with the shift of the party to the region. The party built its base by espousing the cause of the Adivasis who faced crushing forms of oppression by landlords, middlemen and forest officials. The eviction of Adivasis from the KNP, a process that has still not begun, became the central plank of the Maoists’ demands.

The numerical strength of the CPI (Maoist) in its forest base, according to a source close to the party, comprises four armed squads of eight or nine cadre each. Its support base is widespread, says the source, as it has won the sympathy, trust and support of the local people, particularly the Adivasi population, who regard the cadre as committed and selfless protectors of the rights of the poor.

The extent of popular support the naxalites actually enjoy is, however, arguable. Media reports appear to concur on the issue of a solid naxalite support base in the region. “People may come if the naxalites call a meeting, they are readily provided food. They can move around because of the huge freedom that the dense forests offer them and the terrain disadvantages for those who pursue them. That suggests support of a kind, but how deep and sustained is it?” asks a senior government official, who did not wish to be identified. On the only real test of popular support, namely the mobilisation of affected people in mass struggles around the issues that the party espouses, such as eviction of Adivasis, wages, the condition of the plantation labour, falling arecanut prices, and harassment by forest officers, the CPI (Maoist) has failed. There has been no direct mobilisation in the past five years since the party shifted base, although the cadre and sympathisers are believed to work with several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on ecological issues concerning the Western Ghats.

The killing by the police of several key cadre over the past two years has been a major setback for the movement. In November 2003, two senior women party functionaries and squad members, Parvathi and Hajima, were gunned down in Eedu, a village near Karkala in Udupi district, in a police encounter. In a major public relations exercise during the period, in 2004, when negotiations were under way between the Andhra Pradesh government and naxalite groups, the CPI (M-L) (People’s War) invited a team of journalists to their stronghold. Saketh Rajan, alias Prem, State secretary of the party, and Murthy, district secretary, spoke at length to journalists on ideological and political matters. Their main demands, conveyed through the media, were that the government must stop the eviction of tribal people from the KNP, and call a halt to combing operations and encounters.

If anything, the police-led operations only intensified, and each encounter was followed by a retaliatory strike. The biggest loss to the party was the killing in February 2005 of Saketh Rajan, whose contribution to the political and organisational growth of the party was critical, and his associate Shivalinga by a police combing party at Menisinahadiya in Chikmagalur district. In a swift and brutal retaliation, armed naxalite squads from Andhra Pradesh struck at a police station in Pavagada in Tumkur district, killing 11 policemen.

The response of the N. Dharam Singh government, or indeed any previous government in the State, to just about any facet of the naxalite phenomenon has been ad hoc and devoid of serious intent or purpose. To begin with, it has hardly addressed the very real issue of backwardness of the Western Ghats region, and has persisted in going ahead in the KNP with the now discredited approach to environmental conservation, namely, ousting those who live in and off the forests. A senior official told Frontline: “There is nothing even close to a reflective approach to the issue. The State just manages the problem at the level of symbols and posturing, especially in response to pinpricks from the media.” After the killing by armed squads of an alleged police informer in the same village where Saketh Rajan was killed, the State government in May set up the Anti-Naxalite Force (with 543 officers and men), a special force reconstituted from the Special Task Force that was established to apprehend the sandalwood smuggler Veerappan.


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Armed Training School planned in Kudremukh

Posted by Admin on August 20, 2007


To impart training to police personnel to deal with naxal and terror menace, Karnataka Government has plans to establish an Armed Training School in Kudremukh in Chikmagalur district, Minister for Home M P Prakash said today.

The state wanted to utilise the infrastructure created by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, which has shut its operations since 2005 under a Supereme Court order, he told the press here after reviewing the situation in naxal areas with top police officials.

The strenght of the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) will be increased to 1117 from 543, Prakash said.

He ruled out appointing a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank to head the ANF.

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Tallurangadi robbery: Pseudo Naxals held

Posted by Admin on August 6, 2007


Monday August 6 2007 13:12 IST

SHIMOGA: In a major turning point, the Tallurangadi robbery case which was suspected to be an act of Naxals was proved fake. The district police have arrested six people including two girls in connection with the incident which occured on July 14 in Tallurangadi near Agumbe in Tirthahalli taluk.

Tallurangadi resident Shivara-machari, the kingpin, Shivakumar (31), M N Vijaykumar (24), Rajesh (27), Vijayalkshmi (25) and Ambika (24) were arrested. All are residents of Bangalore. Shivaramachari has admitted before the police that personal revenge and greed for money were the reasons behind the act.

SP Arun Chakravarti told reporters here on Sunday that the arrested made use of the opportunity when the people were terrified because of Naxal attacks. They looted the house claiming themselves as Naxalites.

Shivaramachari has a criminal background with three cases related to theft, robbery and kidnapping. He was taken to police custody on August 4 and the rest all were arrested in Bangalore as per the information given by him. Shivaramachari persuaded them for the act, he said.

They had even left pamplhlets after robbing the house saying that the money robbed would be given as compensation to the family of victims of the Menasinahadya encounter. They would be interrogated again to find out more possible information about the bus burning incident also, Chakravarthi stated.

Police have recovered Rs 10,000 cash, 100 gm gold, 270 gm silver and two mobile handsets worth Rs 1 lakh in total. Three weapons including two toy guns, diary, Naxal pamphlets, map of Tallurangadi and a car used by the arrested to move from Bangalore to Tallurangadi and back were also recovered, SP added.

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