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UP: ‘Naxal’ couple were running magazine for four years

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2010


Retired labour commissioner M P Srivastava, father of Seema Azad, reads Dastak. Express Photo

Retired labour commissioner M P Srivastava, father of Seema Azad, reads Dastak. Express Photo

Booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for their alleged Naxal activities, 35-year-old Seema Azad and her husband Vishwavijay Azad have been publishing Dastak Nai Samay Ki, a monthly Hindi magazine for the last four years.

The magazine, duly registered with Registrar of Newspaper for India, focusses on public issues pertaining to politics and social causes.

And while the police maintain that there is no case against the magazine, the arrest of Seema and her husband has come as a shock to friends and relatives.

“There was no need to publish a monthly magazine for almost four years for sustenance, if Seema was associated with Naxal activities,” said Neelam Shankar, a writer associated with Dastak Nai Samay Ki. “Seema focussed on national and international issues, social causes and policies of the government. She used to cycle several miles to distribute the magazine and it was in last October that her father-in-law bought her a moped for the work.”

Seema and Vishwavijay decided to publish the magazine as they thought it was a noble profession and would help them financially, said Seema’s father M P Srivastava. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uttar Pradesh: After dusk no govt employee stays in Naugarh

Posted by Admin on November 24, 2009


VARANASI: Do the government personnel fear to tread in the Naxal-affected areas of Naugarh, Jaimohini and Majhgai areas of Chandauli district?

If the report of Vinod Shankar Chaubey, state quality monitor of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) Cell and TN Singh, member of the NREGA Cell, is to be believed, most of the government employees do not stay in these areas at night.

Following the exposure of irregularities and corruption in NREGA in Chandauli district, a team headed by Chaubey camped in Naugarh to take first hand account of the situation in August last.

In their report submitted on September 9, they clearly mentioned that some police officials had suggested them to leave Naugarh before 7pm after completing the day’s work. They came to know that the government officials as well as employees used to leave Naugarh and Jaimohini, Majhgai areas before sunset. Government personnel, if they are not local natives, feel uncomforted to live in these areas. They mentioned in their report that most of the government employees posted in these areas live either in Chandauli or Varanasi. Only police, PAC and CRPF stay there but they too return to their camps with dusk. Read the rest of this entry »

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UP: Driver gives statement to cops on ‘killed’ Maoist

Posted by Admin on November 21, 2009


SASARAM: The charge of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and other rights activists that Maoist Kamlesh Chaudhary had been killed in a fake encounter gained credence when the driver of the vehicle in which he was travelling appeared before the station house officer of Chenari police station in Rohtas district on Friday.

Kamlesh, a CPI(Maoist) leader and carrying a cash reward of Rs 1.5 lakh on his head, was killed on November 9.

The driver, Munir Siddiqui, of nearby Sabar village, claimed that UP Police had picked up five persons, including Kamlesh, as soon as the vehicle entered Uttar Pradesh on November 9.

Confirming the driver’s presence, Rohtas superintendent of police Vikas Vaibhaw said the former’s statement had been recorded. He also assured PUCL of an impartial inquiry and extending full cooperation in the matter.

Sources said after Kamlesh was killed at a forest in Obara of UP’s Sonbhadra district by police in an alleged encounter, PUCL swung into action, describing the encounter as “cold-blooded murder”. The PUCL, in a memorandum to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), alleged that UP Police had picked up five persons, including Kamlesh from a village under Chenari PS and killed him in a fake encounter.

PUCL also requested NHRC to intervene and ensure the safe release of four others, who had also been picked up with Kamlesh. The PUCL feared that they might also have been killed in a fake encounter.

In the meantime, the SHO of Chenari PS on the instructions of the SP also mentioned in the station diary the disappearance of some persons of the area on November 10.

The hue and cry, raised by PUCL and other rights activists, forced police to release the others four days ago warning them of dire consequences if they dared to open their mouths. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Coming up in UP: Grenede-proof police stations in Maoist area

Posted by Admin on September 21, 2009


A mineproof vehicle carrying the CoBRA unit forces patrol into the jungles of Bastar, Chhattisgarh.

A mineproof vehicle carrying the CoBRA unit forces patrol into the jungles of Bastar, Chhattisgarh.

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) is set to bring up bullet-proof and bomb-resistant well-equipped state-of-the-art police station for the
three Naxal-affected districts in the state. Conceived on the lines of similar police stations constructed by the Andhra Pradesh Police (APP) in the Naxal belt of the state, these buildings will include some technical elements of grenade-proof bunkers.

The government is also toying with the idea of floating some 30 special police squads to fight naxals. The new force is expected to be stationed at Sonebhadra and pressed into service in the adjoining two districts of Chandauli and Mirzapur for operations.

To begin which, these new police stations will be equipped with double mode standby power-supply and ration for the staff to last at least 10 days in case of an emergency. It will have armouries housed in well-equipped strong rooms with hi-tech security locking system and automatic alarm system connected to the district police control room 24X7. Read the rest of this entry »

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UP borders on high alert for Naxals

Posted by Admin on September 20, 2009


Gram Sabha in sessionLucknow In the wake of the operation launched against Naxalites in Chattisgarh, the forests of Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh, abutting Chhatisgarh, saw massive combing operations on Saturday to check any possible Naxal infiltration into the state.

“The forces deployed in the bordering areas of Sonbhadra are on high alert to check the infiltration by Naxalites, following the fierce operation in Chhatisgarh,” Uttar Pradesh Inspector General (Law & Order) A P Maheshwari told The Indian Express.

Sonbhadra Superintendent of Police Preetinder Singh said, “The Dantewada district where the operation in Chhatisgarh is centred is far from the Sonbhadra border. The Naxals may, however, infiltrate into UP on way to Jharkhand.” Read the rest of this entry »

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More than 100 registered fake shootout cases in India last year

Posted by Admin on August 5, 2009


Protest march over fake encounter killing in Manipur

Protest march over fake encounter killing in Manipur

NEW DELHI – More than 100 fake shootout cases were registered across the country last year — and Uttar Pradesh tops the list, the government has admitted in parliament.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken informed parliament Tuesday that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) registered 103 fake shootout cases in 2008 as compared to 93 in 2007 and 122 in 2006.

And up to July this year, 28 such cases have been registered across the country.

Uttar Pradesh accounted for the maximum fake shootout cases. As many as 41 cases were registered in 2008, 48 in 2007 and 82 in 2006. Up to July this year, NHRC has registered 11 cases in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh was followed by Maharashtra and Punjab, each recording 16 cases in 2008.

NHRC registered three cases of fake shootouts last year in the national capital. Blog Tharanga

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Uttar Pradesh: Farmers protest against acquisition of land for international airport in Kushinagar

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


naxal_schoolJULY 5th, KUSHINAGAR – Farmers in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh have staged a protest against the acquisition of their land for an international airport.

The place is connected by road only.

Although it has an airstrip, it is not enough to meet increasing volume of tourists from across the world.

The government had hence taken a decision to develop an international airport in the city.

The land required for the airport site is cultivable and the farmers who own the land are not willing to part with it, as it is their only source of livelihood.

Farmers from two villages fear losing their land and homes to the airport site, whereas farmers from six more villages may lose their cultivable land. Read the rest of this entry »

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