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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

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 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

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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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SHRC seeks report on injured Maoist’s custody

Posted by Admin on August 15, 2009

HYDERABAD: Even as the family members of CPI-ML (Maoist) Srikakulam district secretary S Kistaiah alias Daya, who is reportedly in the custody of the anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds, demanded that he be produced in the Court, the AP State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC) today directed Vizianagaram SP Y Gangadhar to submit a report on the matter by tomorrow.

Daya was said to have been injured in an encounter in which three woman Maoists were killed on the Andhra- Orissa-Border (AOB) recently.Sources said that the combing parties of Greyhounds could nab him as he was in no position to move.

The police, however, denied that Daya was in their custody.“Daya should be produced in the court immediately If anything happens to him, only the State Government will be responsible.

The Home Minister should give a reply on this matter,’’ Daya’s mother S Chandramma said.The elderly woman approached the APSHRC this morning and submitted a petition to APSHRC chairman B Subhashan Reddy based on which he issued directions to the district SP.“I came to know (about Daya being in police custody) only this morning,’’ she said.

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Three woman Maoists killed in fake encounter near AP- Orissa border

Posted by Admin on August 12, 2009

ensaaf_report Narasimha Rao

Visakhapatnam: Three woman naxalites were killed near Andhra Pradesh and Orissa police near Ramannaguda in Rayagada district of Orissa, about 30 to 40 km from AP border, on Wednesday morning.

According to information received by the Vizianagaram police, the dead included Potanapalli Subhdara, alias Swarna (30), wife of Maoist party’s Srikakulam divisional committee secretary Daya (Chamala Krishnamurthy) and Landa Rajeswari alias Sarada (26), wife of Gora Vallabha Rao alias Murali, Srikakulam divisional committee member. The third was said to be one Jeevani, aged aournd 20, of Rayagada, SP of Vizianagaram Y. Gangadhar said.

Reports said that the AP police tried to pick up Bhaskar and Daya along with two or three top Maoists leaders of Orissa in Rayagada district, who were reportedly meeting in a place between Rayagada and Gummada junction. But the top leaders either did not turn up or escaped while the three women were caught. The Police brought them towards AP border and allegedly shot them dead.

Meanwhile, it was alleged that Modem Balakrishna, alias Bhaskar who is a member of Maoists’ Andhra Orissa Border State Committee and Daya escaped from the scene during the exchange of fire.                               The Hindu

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AP plans to declare three more districts Maoist-affected

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

CPI Maoist Cultural Team

CPI Maoist Cultural TeamSpecial Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh is contemplating to seek the Central Government’s approval for inclusion of three more districts in the State in the list of areas declared as naxal-affected.

These districts are Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam in north Coastal Andhra bordering Orissa. At present, Khammam is the only district in Andhra Pradesh that finds place in the list of 33 districts across the country which have been declared as extremist-affected.

The Government’s move is in line with the demand from several States for inclusion of more areas in Maoist- affected category owing to the spurt in extremist activity. Overall, Maoist activity has been on the decline in Andhra Pradesh, but the Government is seeking declaration of the three north districts as naxal-affected in view of the continuing activity in areas adjoining the Andhra-Orissa border.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is expected to put forth a request to this effect to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Union Ministers concerned during his visit to New Delhi on August 17. The move, according to sources, would ensure more focus on the affected areas while enabling the State to secure more funds under the Backward Region Grant Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

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Andrapradesh: Ban on CPI Maoist and front organisations extended for one more year

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009

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Hyderabad, Aug 10 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government Monday decided to extend the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist and its six frontal organisations for one more year.

The decision was taken by the state cabinet at its meeting here Monday evening. The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, decided to extend the ban on CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations under the Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act till Aug 16, 2010.

The banned frontal organisations of the outfit are Radical Youth League, Rythu Coolie Sangham, Radical Students Union, Singareni Karmika Samakhya, Viplava Karmika Samakhya and All India Revolutionary Students Federation.

The decision was taken as the ban on the outfit and its frontal organisations is lapsing Aug 16.

The state government had lifted the ban on then People’s War Group (PWG) in 2004 to facilitate a ceasefire and the first-ever direct peace talks with the Maoists. During the talks, PWG merged with Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) to form CPI-Maoist. Read the rest of this entry »

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