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Narayanpatna block in Orissa’s Koraput under control of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh

Posted by Admin on September 25, 2009


14622Report by K.Sudhakar Patnaik; Koraput: Many people in the state are wondering how to resolve the development with the revolution in Naryanpatna and bandhugaon, where after ten years of inspiring tribals to revolt for the right of their paternal land rights. This itself forced to a team of peace coordination committee led by former legislature Taraprasad Bahinipati, District Congress Committee President Sibaprasad Patnaik and Koraput Bar Association President Nihar Ranjan Patnaik with 15 others which includes journalists to visit the said blocks on Wednesday last.

We had to face tough time checking after checking for every five kilometers distance in between Laxmipur and Naryanpatna, it was Ghenua Bahini deployed by the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) leaders. Not even a police constable was seen in between Laxmipur and Padapadar where CMAS leader Nachika Linga gave an exclusive meet under tight security of his own Ghenua Bahini with traditional arms. It looks altogether a separate government functioning at Naryanpatna. The police station at Narayanpatna virtually closed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists treated us like guests

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2009


Maoist soldiers accompanied with village girls

Maoist soldiers accompanied with village girls

ROURKELA: “We were afraid that the Maoists will kill us. But our fear disappeard soon when they started treating us almost like guests,” said Topadihi railway station master Ratnakar Majhi, who was abducted by Red rebels.

Majhi’s views echoed the sentiments of four other railway employees who were also abducted in the wee hours of Friday and released later. “It was around 1 am on Friday when more than 60 armed Maoists barged into the station. The attackers told us that they had taken Topadihi railway station under their control. There was five of us at the station at that time. They blindfolded us one by one with black tapes before ordering us to follow them,” the station master said after returning to Rourkela on Saturday.

“We were trembling with fear. We had no option but to follow their orders. We walked for hours without knowing where we were going. We finally stopped at a place and the tapes were removed from our eyes. I saw that it was a densely forested area under a hill. The Maoists had set up their camp there,” Majhi added. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cops, tribals clash in Kalinganagar

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2009


https://indianvanguard.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/kalinga-nagar-protest.jpgJAJPUR: Tension continued to prevail in Kalinganagar steel hub in Jajpur district on Sunday, following a scuffle between tribals and police that left four, including two cops injured on Saturday.

Police sources said two cops, including a deputy superintendent of police were injured, when a group of tribals clashed with police personnel, who were trying to enter Gobarghati village to arrest people accused in a murder case.

“DSP B B Mallick and a constable have been injured, while I escaped unhurt as stones pelted by the tribals hit my helmet. A group of 50 women and 20 men obstructed our way and challenged our entry into Gobarghati village,” inspector-in-charge of Kalinganagar police station K C Mund said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: Rail staff freed, with rider

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


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Jamshedpur/Bhubanes-war, Sept. 12: Ordeal of the five railway employees, who were abducted by CPI(Maoist) from Topadih station in Orissa’s Sundergarh district, ended after they were released late last evening somewhere in the forest bordering Jharkhand and Orissa.

The Maoists may have released them, but sent word they were issuing a 15-day ultimatum to Orissa police to release 30 villagers from their custody, failing which they would again abduct the five railwaymen, other railway employees and Orissa police personnel to be tried at a jan adalat.

The RPF’s Bondamunda unit reached Rengra station in Sundergarh district today and escorted the railwaymen — senior station master Netrananda Majhi, assistant station master Upendra Kumar and porters Mohammed Taz, S.C. Majhi and R.N. Mohanto — to their respective homes.

However, there were conflicting reports on the place of their release.

While sources said the Maoists released the abducted railway employees in the jungles near Baljore Kadamtoli village in Sundergarh, Rourkela superintendent of police Diptesh Patnaik said the Maoists had released them in dense forest near Kiriburu in Jharkhand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red fury put cops are at tizzy in Orissa

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


Nepal Maoist flagsBhubaneswar ( Orissa) : Security forces, those who are preparing for a final offensive against the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army of the outlawed CPI (Maoists) in dense Saranda Forest areas from mid of this month, will have to rethink their strategies following Red outrage in Orissa’s Sundargarh district.

Though, security forces of Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand were earlier believed Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi and his men would wiped out from Saranda jungle during Operation Saranda , recent violence and outrage in bordering areas, have spoilsport all the game plan.

“While the police of Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts, which hosts a part of Saranda forest, will participate directly in the operation, Purulia and West Midnapore police will help block Maoist escape routes,” sources added. “With report of Red outrage in Sundargarh, security forces are worried a lot,” an intelligence official disclosed on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa, state police comb forests

Posted by Admin on September 12, 2009


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Sept. 11: Central paramilitary forces and police of two states continue to grope in the dark more than 36 hours after armed Maoists abducted five railway employees from Topadih station, 180km from Jamshedpur, in Sundergarh district of neighbouring Orissa.

And, if sources are to be believed, it is lack of co-ordination between the security teams that is impeding search for the missing men.

A squad of 40 CPI(Maoist) rebels swooped on Topadih, which falls under Bandamunda junction of Chakradharpur railway division, and whisked away senior station master Netrananda Majhi, assistant station master Upendra Kumar and porters Mohammed Taz, S.C. Majhi and R.N. Mohanto around 3am yesterday.

The rebels left a message on the wall, saying that they would let the railway men go only if 30 “innocent” villagers in Orissa police custody were released unconditionally.

About 200 posters were also pasted in Bisra village, 18km from Rourkela, asking police to stop “exploiting and torturing” innocent tribals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa: Rebels back tribal unrest over arrests

Posted by Admin on September 11, 2009


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Bhubaneswar, Sept. 10: Supporting an ongoing tribal agitation demanding release of 30 suspected Maoists, rebels triggered a series of blasts late last night and called a 24-hour shutdown today.

Twenty armed rebels blew up railway tracks on the Rourkela-Barasua route and damaged another at Roxy station hitting train services between Rourkela and Barasua. “Landmines were detonated at eight places between Bimlagarh and Patasahi. Explosions were also triggered at an abandoned police outpost, a community centre, a Centre of Indian Trade Unions office and at a Durga mandap at Kalta and Toda,” said Rourkela SP Diptesh Pattnaik. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahasweta blows the bugle against land acquisition

Posted by Admin on September 11, 2009


[Mahasweta_Devi.jpg]BHUBANESWAR: Noted writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi has extended her support to the ongoing agitation across Orissa against land
acquisition by the state government for different mega projects.

In a press release issued here, the writer expressed shock that the government had been on an alleged land grabbing spree for projects “snuffing the future and livelihood of the poor.”

On the Vedanta university project in Puri, she wondered why the government had been acquiring the land of Jagannath and others. “If this gets a sanction, what will happen to India’s other heritage sites? I will personally come time and again to demand that the project be scrapped,” she said. She described the project, for which the state government is trying to acquire 6,000 acres of land and has been facing stiff resistance, as “loot”. “Large tracks of agriculture land is being taken by the government in the name of an imaginary university,” she said.

Mahasweta Devi had come to the city and visited the tribal school functioning on the KIIT campus. “I heard about Sundargarh, Kalahandi’s Lanjigarh-Niyamgiri tribals. I am sorry to say, no government should behave with the simple-hearted, nature-loving tribals in an inhuman manner. Be it West Bengal’s Lalgarh or Orissa’s Sundargarh, I am with the tribals, with the cause of the people,” she said in the release. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Bonai going Narayanpatna way?

Posted by Admin on September 10, 2009


orrisaExpress News Service

First Published : 10 Sep 2009 04:30:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 10 Sep 2009 07:38:45 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: What started as an operation to track down the radicals who launched back to back attacks in Sundargarh’s Bonai sub division is fast becoming a pain for the State Government. The arrest of 30 villagers by the anti-Naxal force during the last week of August has snowballed into a crisis with the administration having little or no control over it.While tribal anger has spilled onto the road with locals laying seige to NH 23 for last two days, the political leaders of the region have pulled weight behind them leaving the Government red-faced.Drawing a parallel with the boiling situation in Narayanpatna may sound out of place but a closer look would say the anti-Naxal strategy has backfired in Bonai where simmering anger may just have helped the Red radicals gaining control over the region. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa tribals stage massive rally against illicit liquor shops

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2009


Tribal demonstration in Bhubaneswar. The neglect that the tribal people of the State have faced over the years makes them vulnerable to naxalite influence

Tribal demonstration in Bhubaneswar. The neglect that the tribal people of the State have faced over the years makes them vulnerable to naxalite influence

Laxmipur (Orissa), Sep 9 (ANI): Armed with bows and arrows, tribals took out a massive rally on Tuesday in Laxmipur region of Orissa, against illicit liquor shops operating in the area. Dressed in red and wielding red flags, the members of the Maoist backed tribal outfit Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), marched from Narayanpatna block till Laxmipur to wage a war against illicit liquor shops.

The Adivasi Sangh been involved protest against in forcible acquisition of lands from non-tribal farmers for past three months.nother motive behind the rally was to motivate the tribals residing in Laxmipur to join their outfit. “This organisation is of poor tribals and we are inviting all the tribals to join us. We are staging an anti-liquor movement. The upper class people (non-tribals) take advantage of the innocent tribals. We condemn this and we will break all the illicit liquor shops. We also demand the release of our two members, arrested by the police,” said Nachika Linga, Leader, CMAS. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa highway still blockaded to protest arrest of villagers

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2009


IANS September 9th, 2009

BHUBANESWAR – A road blockade in Orissa launched by hundreds of people, demanding the immediate release of some villagers, has paralysed traffic along national highway number 23 in mineral rich Sundergarh district, police said Wednesday.

The protesters, mostly tribals, have blocked the road near Chandiposh village, some 60 km from the steel city of Rourkela and about 575 km from Bhubaneswar, since Tuesday. They are demanding the release of 30 villagers who were arrested as suspected Maoists from villages under Chandiposh gram panchayat Aug 29, he said.

“Hundred of vehicles have got stranded owing to the blockade. Mineral transportation has also been affected,” a senior district police official told IANS.

Police claim to have evidence that the arrested villagers were involved in several crimes, including the murder of a police officer in the region July 16, but the protesters say the accused are innocent.

“None of the arrested people was involved in any kind of Maoist activities,” human rights activist Prafulla Samantray told IANS. “Most of the arrested people are daily wage earners. As they languish in jail, their families are facing hunger.”

Local legislator George Tirkey said: “Police do not have the courage to arrest the real Maoists. They are making innocent villagers scapegoats to save their own skin.”

One of the protesters said: “We want the immediate release of the arrested people. The road blockade will end only after their release.”

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Arrest of Orissa villagers for alleged Maoist link draws flak

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2009


By Indo Asian News Service

Bhubaneswar, Sep 8 (IANS) The arrest of at least 30 villagers last month in Orissa’s Sundergarh district for their alleged links with Maoists has drawn flak from human rights activists and family members who staged a protest Tuesday, police said.

Bhubaneswar, Sep 8 (IANS) The arrest of at least 30 villagers last month in Orissa’s Sundergarh district for their alleged links with Maoists has drawn flak from human rights activists and family members who staged a protest Tuesday, police said.Hundreds of people staged protests, blocked a road near Chandiposh village located some 60 km from the steel city of Rourkela and about 575 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar, a police officer said.

Police arrested 30 residents of Silipunji and Mundatoli villages under Chandiposh gram panchayat on Aug 29. Branding them Maoist, police said the villagers were involved in several crimes including the murder of a police officer in the region on July 16. Police said although all of the accused confessed to the crimes, villagers and human right activists say they are innocent. ‘None of the arrested persons were involved in any kind of Maoist activities,’ human rights activist Prafulla Samantray told IANS.

Most of the arrested people are daily wage earners. As they are languishing in jail, their families are facing hunger, he said.

‘We are demanding their immediate release,’ Samantray said.

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