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HP, Uttarakand’s no for forces to J&K halts CRPF withdrawal

Posted by Admin on August 10, 2009


greyhound_shoot_teamSrinagar: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have decided against providing India Reserve Police (IRP) to Jammu and Kashmir, thus putting a temporary halt on shifting four more battalions of the CRPF from the state for fighting Left-wing extremism in other parts of the country.

After withdrawal of five battalions (5,000 personnel) from the Kashmir valley, four more were to be moved out from Baderwah, Gandoh, Poonch and Rajouri areas of Jammu region and replaced by India Reserve Police forces to be provided by Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, official sources said.

While Punjab and Haryana have agreed, the other two states cited law and order problem and decided against it.

The shifting of the CRPF is part of Centre’s plan to move out at least 23 battalions of paramilitary forces and shift them to left wing extremism-affected areas outside the state.

This includes 16 battalions of the CRPF-10 from Kashmir valley and six from other areas, five of Border Security Force and two of Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

Sources in the Home Ministry said they wanted to have the CRPF battalions before August 13 so that they could undergo an Army training before being shifted to the naxal-affected areas. Samaya Live

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Chhattisgarh: Cases of Arsening and Looting by CRPF cops

Posted by Admin on August 5, 2009


salwajudam atrocities the ravaged remains of Gothi koya lives after forest rangers burnt down their houses

salwajudam atrocities the ravaged remains of Gothi koya lives after forest rangers burnt down their houses

News Published on July 2nd: The killings of force and Salva Judum workers by naxals is continuously happening in the remote-south Bastar. Innocent tribals are being killed and arsening in villages are taking place naming the villagers as naxal supporters. The tribals are not coming forward with the complaints of such incidents, being obstructed by the forces. The teams of intellectuals visiting such locations to get acquainted with facts behind such instances too are being victimised of force’s tortures. This fact has been disclosed by the professor of Delhi University. Nandini Sundara, Prof. J. P. Rao of Usmania University and professor of Irma Ajay Dandekar after returning back from interiors after facing forces tortures even after the fact that they visited said places only after getting collectors permission. In their press conference they stated that they had planned to have visit of village Bechhapad after getting the reports of arsenings there. For collecting the facts. They started for said village alongwith a local NGO Kopa Kunjam on 8th July got permissions only after having talks of D. G. Chhattisgarh, CRPF personnel and Collector Bijapur, there in the village they found that forces have gone to the said village on 28th June 2009, and there the force has set to fire 40 houses. There the instances of killing of two persons and lootings was also done by force. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhattisgarh: CRPF Toll Rises to 6 in Maoist ambush

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


Prepare tea at a temporary base in the Aabujh marh forests in the central indian state of chattisgarh.Death toll in Sunday’s Maoist blast triggered in the state’s restive Dantewada district has gone up to six with four more bodies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) being found.

In the meanwhile, there are reports to check naxalism by the central government in three states, one of which Chhattisgarh. Some more than two dozen CRPF personnel belonging to the 111th battalion were in two vehicles late Sunday when the powerful landmine blast hit one of them in Dantewada district, situated 350 kms from Raipur.

According to reports, six injured CRPF men were taken to a government-run hospital in district headquarters Dantewada, where two of them succumbed to their injuries Sunday night.

“The police squads have recovered four more bodies of the CRPF men early Monday. The bodies were found strewn within a 20-metre radius of the blast site,” Amresh Mishra, district superintendent of police, Dantewada, is quoted as saying by IANS. He informed that troopers in the other vehicle fired at the heavily armed guerrillas who returned fire for a while before disappearing into nearby forests. Forces have been put on high alert in the entire Dantewada district that has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in recent years. In the meanwhile, sources said that the is planning to flush out Maoists from the three states, including Chhattisgarh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoist landmine kills two troopers in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


RAIPUR - Two troopers were killed and four injured late Sunday when Maoist guerrillas ambushed two paramilitary vehicles and triggered a powerful landmine blast in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region, police said.  Over two dozen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were in the vehicles when a landmine hit one of them and damaged its front portion in Dantewada district, some 350 km south of capital Raipur, said Deputy Inspector General Pawan Deo.  Six injured CRPF men were rushed to a hospital in Dantewada where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said.  “The blast was targeted for a massive casualty but it hit only one vehicle. The troopers in the (other) vehicle fired on heavily armed guerrillas who countered the CRPF men for a while before disappearing into nearby forests under cover of darkness,” Deo told IANS.  Police officials at Dantewada town said reinforcement of about 80-100 CRPF men besides a strong contingent of state police had reached the site. But a combing operation has been deferred till Monday morning as police suspect Maoists can ambush them if they sneak into forests in night.  Forces have been put on high alert in the entire Dantewada district that has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in recent years.  Blog Tharanga

RAIPUR - Two troopers were killed and four injured late Sunday when Maoist guerrillas ambushed two paramilitary vehicles and triggered a powerful landmine blast in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region, police said. Over two dozen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were in the vehicles when a landmine hit one of them and damaged its front portion in Dantewada district, some 350 km south of capital Raipur, said Deputy Inspector General Pawan Deo. Six injured CRPF men were rushed to a hospital in Dantewada where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said. “The blast was targeted for a massive casualty but it hit only one vehicle. The troopers in the (other) vehicle fired on heavily armed guerrillas who countered the CRPF men for a while before disappearing into nearby forests under cover of darkness,” Deo told IANS. Police officials at Dantewada town said reinforcement of about 80-100 CRPF men besides a strong contingent of state police had reached the site. But a combing operation has been deferred till Monday morning as police suspect Maoists can ambush them if they sneak into forests in night. Forces have been put on high alert in the entire Dantewada district that has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in recent years. Blog Tharanga

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Centre plans to uproot ‘Lalgarhs’ on AP borders

Posted by Admin on July 27, 2009


india-3VIJAYAWADA: The Centre is planning to flush out Maoists from Agency areas on the borders of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, particularly on either side of the river Godavari.Sources close to the Union Home Ministry told Express that Operation Lalgarh, launched recently in West Bengal to drive away Naxalites, could well be repeated in the border areas of the three Naxal-hit States.More than 23 CRPF battalions are likely to be moved to Chhattisgarh and Orissa soon after the Amarnath Yatra, the sources said.

Of these, about 18 are currently deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to protect Amarnath pilgrims while a few more are attached to the Rashtriya Rifles, a paramilitary force carved out of the Army, for anti-insurgency operations.The Union Home Ministry has already decided to shift the CRPF battalions and is giving final touches to the operational plans, the sources said.Home Minister P Chidambaram, they said, is particularly upset over the complete breakdown of government in large tracts of land, especially in Chhattisgarh and some parts of Orissa on the Andhra Pradesh border.

Hence, the massive flush-out operations, the sources said.As of now, more than four districts in Chhattisgarh are more or less under the control of Maoists. Bijapur, Dantewada, Rajnandgoan and Narayanpur districts are home to a number of Maoists and their sympathisers. It is believed that more than 80 hard core Naxalites, including their chief Muppala Laxamana Rao alias Ganapthi, are taking shelter in Chhattisgarh.If Chidambaram’s plans materialise, the Maoists would be heavily outnumbered. Each CRPF battalion consists of roughly 1,000 men.As it is, there are about 12 battalions in Chhattisgarh and four in Orissa.

The proposed reinforcements in Chhattisgarh and Orissa would be in the ratio of 3:1.The intention, a ministry official said, is to seal the border to prevent the Naxalites from escaping into Andhra Pradesh where they have almost been decimated. The Centre may ask the police in all the three States to draft a strategy to effectively assist the CRPF.Naxalism, the Centre believes, is no longer a socio-economic problem but an internal security threat. That seems to be the lesson from Lalgarh.

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Security forces from J&K may be deployed against them, feel Maoists

Posted by Admin on July 7, 2009


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They are for increasing violence in their ‘strongholds and areas of struggle’

Expand guerrilla war to newer areas, Maoist cadre told

“LTTE underestimated its enemy”


HYDERABAD: The proposed withdrawal of the paramilitary forces from active duties in Kashmir has forced Maoists to redraft their field tactics as they believe these forces will be deployed for counter-insurgency operations in States that face Left wing extremist problem.

Just a day after Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced the plan to withdraw the Central Reserve Police Force from Kashmir, during his visit to the Valley on June 11, the Maoist Polit Bureau (PB) has sent out a circular to its fighters asking them to get prepared for a long-drawn battle apprehending that the CRPF pullout is a precursor to an all-round offensive against Maoists.

Refined strategy

Maoists believe that the Centre’s move to “redraw lines of responsibility” among the Army, the paramilitary forces and the Kashmir police is part of a refined counter-insurgency strategy to be implemented in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and other Maoist-affected States.

Their analysis is that the Chhattisgarh government will shortly launch a major offensive to take over Abuz Maad in Bastar forests (about 4,000 sq km), dubbed as the Maoist military headquarters. The redeployment of the central forces will lead to a “long-drawn” armed conflict, the Polit Bureau has cautioned.

Sole intention

The Maoist strategy to counter the offensive is to step up violence in its ‘strongholds and areas of struggle’ with the sole intention to “disperse the enemy’s [the State’s] forces over a significantly wide area.”

In the 14-page circular, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, the PB has asked the rebel ranks to “further aggravate the situation and create more difficulties to enemy forces by expanding guerrilla war to newer areas,” under what it terms a Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC).

The forthright call to take up TCOC and inflict severe losses to the security forces by “meticulously planning the actions,” has the counter-insurgency specialists worried. They point out that the onset of the rainy season is not the right time to take up anti-naxal operations as most of the forest areas become totally inaccessible.

“… Tactical counter-offensives should be stepped up and also taken up in new areas so as to divert a section of the enemy forces from attacking our guerrilla bases …”

This unequivocal assertion, analysts say, is a firm indication that the Maoist-affected States will witness more violence in the coming days. The military superiority of the rebel fighters has been proved by massive strikes against the police in the recent elections in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and Maharashtra.

The continuous attacks caused the death of 112 police personnel, including paramilitary forces, between April 6 and June 12, the day the PB released the circular.

Taking stock of the political situation in the country, the PB feels that the “relative stability” of the United Progressive Alliance government will lead to a more determined military offensive against the Maoist movement.

Going by the circular, the rebels’ focus will now be on defending their bases and zones in Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Their plan, apparently, is to rope in the militant anti-government organisations in the battle to fight the government forces.

Intelligence sources, who monitor the left wing extremist violence, indicate that there indeed is a plan to move at least 10 battalions of the Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) from Kashmir to Chhattisgarh after the troops underwent a month-long training. Kashmir and Chhattisgarh have different battle conditions. The forces have to be trained at least for a month as they move from one theatre of conflict to another, says a senior police officer.

The sources said:

“The pullout will begin from Kashmir, where 58 battalions of the CRPF are deployed. This is the only theatre of conflict where we can divert some forces. The Home Ministry too is of the opinion that the Jammu and Kashmir police should be on the frontline in the maintenance of law and order and not the CPMF.

“The situation in the northeast, the other major theatre of conflict, is becoming volatile again. Hence, troop pullout is not advisable. The third theatre of conflict involving the left wing extremism should receive more focus now.”

At present, 33 battalions of the CPMF are deployed in various States, with Chhattisgarh having 17, followed by Jharkhand 6, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa 4 each, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal one each. Chhattisgarh, the epicentre of the Maoist activity, has been demanding the deployment of at least 55 battalions to take on the naxals.

Fall of LTTE

The PB sounds a note of caution, saying Maoists could learn a lesson or two from the setback the LTTE faced in the hands of Sri Lankan defence forces. It feels that the LTTE “failed to study the changes in enemy tactics, capabilities, international support” and this underestimation of enemy, coupled with overestimation of its strength, led to its defeat. “The LTTE’s fall will have a negative effect on revolutionary movement in India as well as South Asia too,” the PB notes.

The Hindu

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Forces could stay in Lalgarh till month end

Posted by Admin on July 5, 2009


Lalgarh (PTI): The central para-military forces, conducting operation to flush out Maoists from Lalgarh along with police, will stay till this month end if the Centre wants, West Bengal government said on Sunday.

“We want the central force to be here till July end. If the central government agrees to it, they will stay,” Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters during a visit here where the operation entered the 17th day on Sunday.

“The joint operations will continue till normalcy is restored,” he said.

On whether the state would be requiring more forces, he said, “We are not seeking more forces. This is sufficient.”

“No, no NSG (National Security Guard) help was sought,” Mr. Sen said to another query.

Altogether 16 companies of forces including BSF, CRPF, specialised anti-Maoist force COBRA, state armed police, IRB and EFR are engaged in the operation here.

Asked whether Maoists are still there in Lalgarh, he said, “They fired on our forces even yesterday.”

Mr. Sen said the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) chief Chhatradhar Mahto would be arrested whenever he would be sighted. “Mahto is very much here in Lalgarh but he could not be tracked down as yet.”

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had said last week that Mahto would be arrested for helping the Maoists in Lalgarh though he was not organisationally with them.

The chief secretary said various schemes were being taken for the tribal belt of Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts for their socio economic development.

“We have to identify the problems and deal with them on a priority basis,” he said, adding six senior officers would be coming to the area shortly to initiate the projects.

The State government has recently revived a task force for development of the western region with secretaries of various departments concerned as members. Officials of those departments have reached Lalgarh a few days ago.

The administration would also have to fill up vacancies of different departments unless it would be difficult to implement the schemes, Mr. Sen said.

The Hindu

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Problem at Lalgarh spreading: official

Posted by Admin on June 17, 2009


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Unabated violence: Tribals take out a rally at Lalgarh in West Bengal on Tuesday in support of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities.

KOLKATA: Even as violence continued to rage at Lalgarh in Paschim Medinipur district, the West Bengal government on Tuesday expressed concern at attempts by the Police Santrosh Birodhi Janashadharaner Committee (PSBJC) [People’s Committee against Police Atrocities], the Maoist-backed local resistance group, to extend its influence to new areas in the region.

One company of Central paramilitary forces arrived at Lalgarh to help the police restore normality. The government had sought five additional companies and is expecting another two or three companies, Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty said here.

“The problem is spreading,” District Magistrate N.S. Nigam told The Hindu on the phone from Medinipur, referring to the developments at Lalgarh, where the PSBJC, with the support of the Maoists, is gaining ground and making forays into the adjoining Salboni thana. Local authorities apprehend that “the situation is going beyond the scope of establishing the rule of law.”

The police in the Lalgarh area “are under pressure but not demoralised,” Mr. Chakraborty said. “That Maoist activity has affected normal life in the area is a reality…It is up to you to [to conclude whether or not the area is liberated,” he said to a question whether the government believed that the Maoists were extending their “liberated zone.”



Tribals damage CPI(M) office at Lalgarh. “Tribals being used as human shields”

In a statement, the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said: “…The Maoists are using poor tribals as human shields to further their goals. Shockingly these depredations have the indirect and direct support of important sections of the Opposition political parties in West Bengal.”

Though the PSBJC leadership has claimed that it has no link with the Maoists, a leader of the outfit recently admitted to journalists at Lalgarh that it had been in the thick of developments ever since an agitation was launched in the area by the PSBJC against alleged police excesses in November last.

The CPI(M) district leadership has been insisting that the PSBJC is another “front” of the Maoists, who are trying to establish a corridor through Lalgarh to other parts of the State.

The Maoists out to create terror in the State have been sneaking in from the adjoining Jharkhand. “We have repeatedly been telling the Jharkhand government that the terror is emanating from that State, and there is need for cooperation between the two governments [to counter Maoist activity in the region]….They [the Jharkhand government] have to do more to jointly combat terrorism,” Mr. Chakraborty said.

The Polit Bureau called upon the Centre to “immediately rush the required number of paramilitary forces to the [Lalgarh] area as requested by the West Bengal government.”

“The Polit Bureau strongly condemns the killings and attacks by armed Maoist gangs on CPI(M) cadre and the reign of terror unleashed in the Lalgarh area…. Nine CPI(M) members have been abducted. The bodies of three have been found, but the others have not been traced,” the statement said. The party’s State Secretariat met in the evening to discuss ways of stopping the continuing attacks on CPI(M) leaders and workers at Lalgarh.

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ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN CHATTISGARH— A Fraud of Himalayan dimensions

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009


The reactionary ruling classes had once again enacted their routine drama of elections to state assemblies in the months of November-December 2008. In Chattisgarh the drama was enacted in two phases—on Nov 14 and 20. The reasons given by the election commission for conducting the polls in two phases were: to muster enough forces for ensuring security to the polling personnel, transport of EVMs to and from the polling booths and to confront the “threat” from the Maoists who had issued a call for election boycott. In most of the Maoist stronghold areas in the state i.e., in 39 of the 90 Assembly constituencies, the polls were held on November 14.

The entire state, particularly the Bastar range, was turned into a war zone with rifle-wielding policemen and central forces present everywhere while helicopters made incessant rounds over the forest terrain of the state. Polling personnel were transported to the polling stations by air in most of the Maoist stronghold areas, and they, along with the EVMs, were brought back after the polling in the same way. 40 helipads were constructed for the purpose. In several places re polling was held twice and at some places, even thrice, as they did not dare to venture into some interior areas or because Maoist guerrillas took away the EVMs. Overall, the entire exercise seemed more like a war exercise than the so-called electoral exercise; it was a war of bullets than a war of the ballot. All in all, around 50,000 troops were deployed in the 39 constituencies on Nov 14. Besides the 16 CRPF Battalions, two SSB Read the rest of this entry »

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