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Cops salute Maoists in Naxal heartland

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009


CPI MaoistRaipur, Aug 4: It could well be dubbed the capital of India’s Maoist country. But thousands of policemen in Chhattisgarh who take on the AK-47-carrying rebels are armed with the humble ‘lathis’ or bamboo staves.

It is an unenviable battle, so loaded against the policemen that many are refusing to fight the insurgents, preferring instead to get suspended from service, police sources say. But the state’s police chief denies that his men are demoralised.

“You can say policemen are demoralised only when we are not going for operations in areas of Maoist control. The fact is that we have taken the battle to their (Maoist) zone and are killing them,” Director General of Police Vishwaranjan told IANS.

Another officer claimed that the Maoists were on the run in Chhattisgarh.

Other police officers narrate a different picture.

Some of them told IANS that a section of policemen posted in the thickly forested Maoist strongholds have made peace with the guerrillas in order to stay alive.

The result? Maoists rule supreme in vast areas of Chhattisgarh.

A senior police officer with over 15 years of posting in Maoist areas told IANS: “The government has the will to crush the insurgents, but it lacks vision and a strategy. This has left hundreds of policemen in forested interiors at the mercy of Maoists.

“Believe it or not, some of these policemen daily salute local Naxalite (Maoist) leaders to ensure they are alive. But in Raipur, the police brass claim that Maoists’ days are numbered!”

On July 12, Maoists ambushed a police convoy and killed 29 policemen in Rajnandgaon district. The massacre took to some 225 the number of security personnel and civilians killed in the state this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chhattisgarh govt to modernise its police to fight the Maoists

Posted by Admin on August 1, 2009


CPI MaoistRaipur (PTI): In the wake of a spate of naxal attacks in the recet months, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday said new police stations and check posts will be created at several places and personnel will be given modern arms and equipment.

Special attention will be given on the modernisation of the police with the help of information and technology, the Chief Minister said.

Apart from raising confidence level among the security personnel, they will be provided with additional night vision binoculars, bulletproof jackets and other equipment, Singh told reporters after a meeting with state Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar and senior officials at the police headquarters here.

The meeting attended by Director General of Police along with additional director Generals, SPs and other officers was held to discuss law and order situation, naxal violence and other issues.

Announcing more recruitment of police officers in the ranks of SDPO and SHO, the chief minister said the officials have been instructed to work with better corodination with those security personnel deployed in naxal-hit areas.

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Orissa: Police panic at red rage

Posted by Admin on August 1, 2009


CPI-Maoist wall painting at Garu village situated at lathear district of Jharkhand which is around 120 Km from State Captial Ranchi asking people to boycott the election.

CPI-Maoist wall painting at Garu village situated at lathear district of Jharkhand which is around 120 Km from State Captial Ranchi asking people to boycott the election.

BHUBANESWAR: Just after Maoists killed two police personnel on Wednesday evening near the mining town of Daitary, their seniors immediately went
into “hiding”.

The Keonjhar SP switched off his mobile and showed up only the next morning at Anandapur to be part of the customary guard of honour given to the deceased before the bodies were sent to their homes. But for the help of some passers-by and local villagers, who took them to the hospital, both the bodies would have been perhaps devoured by animals from the nearby forest on that night. In the morning a so-called combing operation began.

This was no isolated case to speak volumes of the degree of panic and helplessness that has gripped the Orissa police in the face of escalating Maoist violence which has since spread to more than half of the state’s 30 districts. Police did the same thing a few months ago when extremists looted Nalco’s explosive storehouse atop Panchapatmali hill. Senior cops, camping at Nalco’s guest house at the time of attack, switched off all lights and hid on the rooftop. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lagarh: Two policemen in Maoist custody?

Posted by Admin on July 31, 2009


cadre of CPI(m-l)LALGARH: Suspected Maoists Thursday abducted two policemen, members of the joint forces engaged in anti-Maoists operations in Lalgarh, while they were returning to their camp in Dharampur.

This is the second abduction of policemen by the Maoists in a week in Lalgarh.Sabbir Molla and Kanchan Bauri, Assistant Sub-inspectors of the State Armed Police, had gone from Dharampur to Lalgarh about 14 km away, Thursday morning, West Midanapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said.While they were returning to Dharampur on a motorbike in the afternoon, they were waylaid by a group of about 20 armed Maoists who abducted them.

Efforts were on to trace the two policemen.Earlier on July 24, the Maoists abducted Assistant Sub-Inspector Deepak Pramanik from near Pidrakuli jungle in Lalgarh. He was released unharmed the next day.

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West Bengal: Purulia Operation stopped

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


10073-25Purulia: Security forces stopped Purulia Operation today because they needed more policemen and trained commandoes to take control of the Maoist strong hold areas.

The operation had to be stopped as the administration thinks that the force needs more detailed planning to raid the Maoist-strong hold areas in Ayodhya hills. Otherwise, the forces may suffer a lot. The border between Purulia and Jharkhand has been sealed.

The Purulia operation started yesterday but security forces found that this is going to be tough operation as Ayodhya hills are redfort of  Maoists.

Around 1200 central forces including state police started the Purulia Operation yesterday. The joint forces were divided into three groups to proceed towards Ayodhya Hill in Purulia.

According to the police, Joint forces were using Purulia as a corridor to communicate with Lalgarh. That is why, the adminstration targetted Maoist dens in Purulia.

It is suspected that the Chatrajoda, Dhanchatani, Simulbadi, Kalijorna and Hedalgedha are the Maoists-strong hold areas in and around the hills.

Maoists will observe mourning for seven days of those who sacrifised their lives in fight against the administration. The mourning will start from July 28 and end on August 3. Maoists in each part of India will participate in this mourning programme across the country. They will hold meeting and rally during seven days.

“We are observing the mourning to remember the sacrifice of the Maoists who died fighting against the police”, Maoists leader, Bikash said.

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Police brutality: Uncertain Future for the Athlete of Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009


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It happened on the 19th of June, 2009. Police and paramilitary forces had just started joint operations in Lalgarh, West Bengal to evict the ‘Maoist’ terrorists from the tribal zone.

While proceeding towards Pingboni, the group of armed men met this 21 year old athlete Anup Mondal. Anup was returning from a friend’s place on a bicycle. Somehow the look of this tough young man irked the armed personnel and they started beating him up. He was severely beaten and his cycle was smashed.

Anup is a well-known runner and his name is known through the district. He got many awards in district and inter-district competitions. His dream was to join the state level marathon. Poverty was the main hindrance. Still he managed to complete his graduation last year and carries on his athletic practices.

Anup’s father Dasarath Mondal of Umrapota village in Goaltor is a hawker. He was stunned at this sudden attack and told the reporters that he could not believe that they could beat up Anup, like this – simply without any provocation. ‘They could detain him, question him and even arrest him if anything suspicious was found’ he said. But they broke his left arm and badly wounded his legs and he felt severe pain in his waist. ‘Why?’-asks Dasarath. Anup’s mother Chanchala is a housewife and Anup is the elder of the two sons in this poor family. Anup was in bed, his whole body covered with bruises, his childhood dream of becoming a runner shattered.

2B80535801.jpgFinally the injured Anup filed a complaint at the Goaltor Police station. He also appealed to the Superintendent of Police, West Midnapur and the Human Rights Commission. He says that he expected, with the coming of armed forces, normalcy would be restored in the area. Earlier he had only heard about police atrocities, now he experienced it on his person. On his complaint, the police wanted to settle the matter by paying money.

No, Anup Mondal of Goaltor wants justice; he wants that the aberrant policemen should be severely punished.

[News & photo courtesy: Ananda Bazar Patrika, 12.07.09]

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Lalgarh: Police Officer in Maoist Custody

Posted by Admin on July 25, 2009


Lalgarh eLALGARH: Maoists on Friday abducted a police officer in Lalgarh in protest against police atrocities on innocent villagers. A police team which
went to rescue the abducted officer had to beat a hasty retreat after facing strong resistance from the Maoists. Police do not have any idea yet about where the abducted officer has been taken to.

It was around 2 pm in the afternoon when a truck carrying water from Midnapore was heading for the Bhimpur police camp. Banamali Mahato was driving the vehicle with Santosh Murmu as his helper.

Deepak Pramanik, an assistant sub-inspector, boarded the truck from Pirakata police camp. He was supposed to get off at Bhimpur.

When the truck came near Pirrakhuli village, a few hundred people blocked the road and dragged all three out of the vehicle. Villagers claimed that early in the morning, a police team went to Belasole village and tortured several people.

The mob then took the truck deep inside the Sitalpur forest, where some armed rebels had been waiting. They punctured the tyres of the truck and set it ablaze. “When the Maoists asked about our identities, Deepak said he was a policeman. Then they took us into another area of the dense forest on motorcycles,” said Banamali. Read the rest of this entry »

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74 Cops killed in Maoist attacks last Year

Posted by Admin on July 24, 2009


231201275BHUBANESWAR: As many as 74 security personnel, including 36 from the Andhra Pradesh Police, and 22 persons died in Naxalite attacks in the State last year. According to the white paper circulated by the Home Department in the Assembly today, 56 incidents of Naxalite violence took place in the State during the period.The incidents include the attack on the police armoury and training school at Nayagarh, ambush of Greyhound team in the Balimela reservoir and a landmine blast at MV 126 village in Malkangiri district.

The white paper maintained that police also scored some major victories over the Naxals despite adverse situations.The success of security forces included the arrest of three state committee members of the CPI (Maoist) from Jagatsinghpur and leader of the CPI (ML-Janashakti) Anna Reddy. The activities of the Naxals could be checked to some extent in Keonjhar, Jajpur and Dhenkanal districts following the arrests.

According to the white paper, the security personnel arrested 120 Naxals last year, including some office-bearers, and recovered 785 arms and ammunition.Besides, 764 arms and ammunition which they looted from the Nayagarh armoury were also recovered. Security forces raided Gosama hill within 24 hours of the attack on Nayagarh and recovered many arms and ammunition. Five Left wing extremists also surrendered last year.

Stating that several measures were taken to make the security forces tackle the situation more effectively, the white paper maintained that Rs 15.47 crore was provided in 2008 annual plan under the security-related expenditure (SRE) scheme for Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Sambalpur districts to counter Naxal activities.However, the number of cognisable offences showed a marginal increase during the year compared to 2007.

The number increased to 67,918 in 2008 from 67,034 in the previous year. Major crimes including rape, murder and dacoity went up. The number of rape cases registered with the police went up to 1,113 from 938. Similarly, 1,250 murder cases were recorded compared to 1,210 in 2007. Dacoities also increased to 372 during the year.

There were 561 deaths from dowry torture during the year.The white paper also mentioned the communal riots in the State triggered by the murder of VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati on August 23, 2008. As many as 40 persons were killed and 137 were injured in the riots.

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Lalgarh: Cops use Press stickers to evade Maoists

Posted by Admin on July 23, 2009


ev_naxal3DHARAMPUR: The stress of the battle for Lalgarh is proving to be too much for a section of police officers posted there. Desperate to avoid a Maoist strike, they are using everything from vehicles with Press stickers to ambulances to move around the forested terrain.

For example, during the Maoist-sponsored bandh on Wednesday, police supplied food and essential items to the Dharampur and Gohamidanga police camps in an ambulance. “Some officers are using Press and other stickers like patient’, LIC’ and BSNL’. This is increasing the risk for vehicles sporting authentic stickers,” said a constable. “Some senior officers have gathered stacks of these stickers and are using them after removing the police tag from vehicles. There are at least 12 four-wheelers with such stickers. They are even changing number plates to prevent identification.” Read the rest of this entry »

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lalgarh: Where have the Maoists gone?

Posted by Admin on July 23, 2009


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10nax2aFables like 1,500 Maoists or 100 specially-trained-in arms-operations Maoists are at Lalgarh or its surroundings, scripted by West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his condescending subordinates like chief secretary Asoke Mohan Chakraborty and home secretary Ardhendu Sen, are now into the open.

Not a single Maoist is yet in the net of the joint forces. However, the 11,000-strong force has been successful in preventing newspersons from filing reports on torture let loose on subalterns.
Small wonder, the CPI-M’s central committee member Benoy Konar happily said, rubbing his palms gleefully, “We are with the chief minister in his application of the Central Act to suppress the Maoists”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh Students on Hunger stike

Posted by Admin on July 23, 2009


lalgarh children on fast at gohomidanga picture by samir mondalThe People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) started a hunger strike demanding the opening of schools in the area, which have been converted to camps for security forces for some time now.

Dozens of men, women and children sat on a fast at the Gohomidanga High School, demanding security forces be removed from there and normal classes resumed.

“The schoolchildren and their parents have initiated a hunger-strike because despite assurances, the state government is yet to open the schools for the children. Besides, security forces are harassing and torturing innocent villagers in the name of conducting operations against the Maoists. We are spearheading our agitation against this,” said PCAPA leader Chhattradhar Mahato.

A few days back the police had lathicharged and lobbed tear gas shells on a group of students and their parents of Gohamidanga School when they were demanding shifting of a police camp from the school premises requisitioned by the district police to accommodate security forces. Fifty students were injured in the incident.

Mahato recently established communication with Left Front leaders other than those in the CPM and sought their support for their movement. Constituents of the Left Front, including RSP and Forward Bloc, have spoken against the police operation in Lalgarh and promised to take up the matter with the Front leadership.

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Lalgarh: Where Have All the Young Men Gone?

Posted by Admin on July 22, 2009


Tribal marchIt is an intriguing mystery, one that is preventing the police, the joint forces, and the West Bengal state government from having a peaceful night’s sleep, despite the fact that many of the trouble-torn areas of the political volcano called Lalgarh in West Midnapore are already free from the Maoist siege which started in Mid-June. Successfully captured the occupied areas they have, but the forces have noticed a large number of young tribal men of the area to be missing, (most of them supporting the Maoists) as they seemed to have left the villages and retreated into the jungles to strike back soon.

According to local estimates, about 10,000 youths have left the villages in the Lalgarh area. The remaining populations, mostly tribal women, have shown remarkable grit and have consistently refused to provide any information regarding the men. Read the rest of this entry »

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