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West Bengal: Allies warn CPM on ‘Salwa Judum’ plans

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2009

Salwa Judum With the CPM reportedly planning to pit volunteers against the Maoists in their bastion of West Midnapore district, the constituents of Left Front today voiced their fears saying an armed resistance would lead to “anarchy” and that the CPM should desist from any such move.

LF allies like the Forward Bloc and the CPI said these volunteer groups would create additional problems in West Midnapore, especially Lalgarh and the surrounding areas. “It is a fact that CPM supporters are being killed by the Maoists every day, but armed revenge cannot be an option for a political party or a front,” state’s Minor Irrigation Minister and CPI leader Nandagopal Bhattacharya said.

CPI sources said the state secretariat of the party has already decided to take up the issue with the CPM and would demand a discussion at the next Left Front meeting.

“I do not know whether the issue will figure at LF meet, but officially we will ask CPM to discuss… a bi-lateral meeting can also be held to discuss the issue,” said Bhattacharya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists: We control 5,000 villages in West Bengal

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2009

india-1.jpgSanjay Basak, Asian Age New Delhi

Sept. 25: The Maoists on Friday claimed they have been able to establish control in nearly 5,000 villages in and around West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia in the ongoing battle with the security forces in West Bengal.

Speaking exclusively to this newspaper, one of the Maoist leaders wanted most by the security forces, CPI (Maoist) politburo member Kishenji, claimed that the “Maoists have established people control in areas like Lalgarh, Goaltor, Shalboni, Belpahari, Balrampore, Sorega among others”.

He said they now plan to “levy taxes” on any big companies operating or coming up in these areas. “Generally we levy between eight to 10 per cent taxes on the big companies operating in areas controlled by the Maoist government,” Kishenji revealed on the phone. While rejecting the state government’s terms to come to the negotiating table and giving up their arms, Kishenji said, “Before any talks we also want the release of all Maoist prisoners from jail.” The Maoists also want those arrested in the Lalgarh operation freed without delay.

Kishenji claimed that in its protracted war against the state, the Maoists have established themselves strongly in at least 50 per cent of the districts in Orissa, 60 per cent of the districts in Chhattisgarh, 25 per cent in Bihar, 10 per cent in Maharashtra and 25 per cent in Andhra Pradesh. He claimed the Maoists still have a considerable presence in north Andhra. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bengal CPM welcome army deployment in Maoist zone

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2009

CPMBengal CPM for army role in Maoist zone OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Calcutta, Sept. 25: The CPM finds “little scope for debate” on the Centre’s plan to deploy the army to tackle Maoists, but the party is not sure if the Left Front partners would be as welcoming.

“Let the Centre decide and put the proposal before the state. But there is little scope for debate on this issue among us. The Maoists are operating as a regular army and they can be dealt with effectively by an army response,” said CPM state secretariat member Benoy Konar.

Party sources said Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today told his comrades at the weekly party state secretariat meeting that the matter of army deployment in Maoist areas was likely to come up in his meeting with Union home minister P. Chidambaram next month. Bhattacharjee is scheduled to visit Delhi on October 10 to attend a CPM politburo meeting the next day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Founder member of the CPI ML People’s War District unit Killed in Bengal

Posted by Admin on September 21, 2009

ATaleofTwoEncountersDehradunandBatlaHouse.php_6Three killed in Lalgarh, Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: Three persons, including a founder member of the district unit of the erstwhile People’s War Group (PWG), were killed in separate incidents in the areas adjoining Lalgarh in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district since Saturday night.

Asit Sarkar, who became a senior district leader of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) after the outfit was formed following the merger of the PWG with the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in September 2004, was shot dead by unidentified persons at Garbeta, District Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma told The Hindu over telephone. Mr. Sarkar had been earlier arrested in 2004, but was later released.

Sarkar’s family accused CPM for his murder at Sandhipur in Garbeta. Asit’s brother Somenath alleged, “Two prominent CPM leaders had threatened my brother and ordered him to stay politically neutral. But Asit was involved in sourcing relief for the homeless of Krishnapur in Chandrakona. After he was shot dead, the criminals moved through the village openly, brandishing firearms.” Read the rest of this entry »

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We will support landless farmers at Rajarhat: Maoist leader Koteswar Rao

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2009

Kolkata , Sep 13 Accusing CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress of playing political blame-game and doing nothing for landless farmers, Maoist leader Kishenji has said they would provide all necessary support to such peasants at Rajarhat where a luxury resort was burnt down recently.

Kishenji asserted that CPI-(Maoist)&aposs frontal organisations were already working on organising a movement against the government and land mafias by mobilising landless farmers&apossupport in the area.”Our frontal organisations are already working in the area and, if need be, we will definitely go there,” Kishenji said.” Vedic village has been given undue advantage and farmers have been forced to sell land at gun-point,”he alleged. On the other hand, coming down heavily on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Kishenji said,” When the state government has scrapped the IT township project where IT giants like Wipro and Infosys were involved, Mamata is demanding revival of the IT township project again.

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Posted by Admin on September 11, 2009

Source: News from Nadia

In a daring threat leaving the CPI (M) leaders in Patikabari in a tizzy, the Maoist rebels pasted posters on the wall of their party’s local committee office on Friday morning. The hand written posters has threatened to eliminate CPI (M) leaders unless police atrocities with their close nexus are stopped. No local CPI (M) leaders were found to comment on the posters. Locals also refused to speak on the issue. Similar posters were also found at the local bus stand, fish market, Patikiabari girls’ school and in front of the residence of the recently killed party leader Asit Sarkar. According the intelligence report the Maoists have been using various areas under Nakashipara block, in particular as their strategic base. Despite killing a number of CPI (M) leaders and supporters, the police has so far could not arrest any important Maoist rebel from the area.

NfN Report and Photographs  by SUPRIYO DASGUPTA.

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West Bengal government in fresh land row

Posted by Admin on September 6, 2009

Land mafias are eyeing on the vast water bodies of RajarhatNewtown.Photo:Shantanu DevnathSource: Shanthanubh’s Weblog

Rajarhat Fiasco

Land mafias are eyeing on the vast water bodies of RajarhatNewtown.Photo:Shantanu Devnath

Vedic village incident once again proves that land mafias in Marxist ruled Bengal are enjoying tremendous political patronage.Bengal politics is hotting up over the issue of forceful land grabing of Vedic Village authority by co-ercing village people.On August 23,an angry mob torched the luxury resort in the eastern fringes of Calcutta over the issue of violence in a nearby football ground.Police consficated large number of arms and ammunition from the Vedic Village complex.They blamed the resort authority to patronize and shelter the main accused Gaffer Molla,a local village mafia and his gang.The illegal land grabbing of Vedic Village authority with the help of Gaffer Molla. Rajarhat and it’s adjoining area New Town are growing fast as residential and commercial areas.The real estate developers who are investing heavily are sometimes take the help of land mafias to acquire lands from villagers.New Town has already turned into an IT hub with several well known companies having their centers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vedic Village: A long history of brutality behind the final destruction

Posted by Admin on September 6, 2009

vedic villageSource: Sanhati

Recently, Vedic Village, an upscale resort sprawling out in Rajarhat (near Kolkata), was torched down by angry villagers. This vent of public anger was the culmination of a history of brutal land acquisition in the area, perpetrated since the 1990’s by the CPI(M) and brought to fruition by armies of local terrors like Gaffar Mollah, Ruidas Mandal, and others. The following articles trace the recent history of this real estate-Party-musclemen nexus that finally led to the destruction of Vedic Village.

1. A history of the brutal Rajarhat land acquisition – booklet by CPIML(Liberation), translated by Santanu Sengupta, Sanhati.

2. Short introduction – Partho Sarathi Ray, Sanhati

3. Vedic Vultures – A hard look at the realtor-musclemen-CPIM nexus in Rajarhat by Sankar Ray

4. Left out of dazzle & delights, villagers may have struck back – An initial TOI report, August 25 2009

5. Biplab Biswas arrested – the link between Vedic Realty and local tough Gaffar Molla – TOI, August 27 2009

6. Souring of the urban-industrial vision: Gated communities want stronger gates – Reaction of realtors

7. Land cell goes against norms: Abdur Rezzak Mollah under the scanner – The Telegraph, August 31 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

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A history of the brutal Rajarhat land acquisition, Bengal’s new IT hub

Posted by Admin on September 6, 2009

west bengal IT hub.jpgySource: Sanhati

By Santanu Sengupta, Sanhati. Translated from Rajarhaat – Uponogorir Ontorale Arto Manuher Kanna

Rajarhaat, near Kolkata, is Bengal’s new IT hub and a hotspot for real estate investment. Within no time Rajarhat has become the hotbed of real estate investments with companies like DLF, Keppel Land, Unitech group, Singapore-based Ascendas, Vedic Realty, etc. coming in. Land prices have soared. The first phase of DLF’s Rs 280 crore (Rs 2.80 billion) IT project has been operational since 2005 and a second IT park is on the cards. Wipro, Infosys, IBM – all the major IT houses are in operation here, on subsidized lands. A wireless hub is in the offing.

Contrasting with Singur-Nandigram, official state versions have given the picture that Rajarhat’s land acquisition from the mid 1990’s onwards has been peaceful.

This is an acount of the immense bloodshed that lay behind this acquisition, in a decade when the civil society and media wasn’t interested. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Bengal: Maoists gain in the state

Posted by Admin on August 30, 2009

14naxalitesBarely five years ago, hardly anyone in West Bengal was aware of the presence of Maoists in the state.

Today political circles and civil society are abuzz debating how the Maoists are outwitting 50 companies of central paramilitary troops amassed in a small place called Lalgarh and whether their dream of building a corruptionexploitation free society will ever bear fruit. The Maoists never hoped to dominate the minds of argumentative Bengalis as they are doing now.

In the process, the rebels have been able to raise several issues hardly ever touched upon in Left Front-ruled West Bengal.

Their landmine blasts and politics through the barrel of their guns have killed many CPI(M) as well as police personnel. But they have also drawn public attention to the abject poverty and governmental neglect in large parts of the state. The “Marxist” government swore by the poor and yet did nothing for the truly marginalised population. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists expanding base in S Bengal

Posted by Admin on August 26, 2009

30_1Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, 25 AUG: Documents seized from Maoist hideouts in Lalgarh during joint operations reveal that it has set up six Zonal Committees (ZCs) in the state so far and at least five more will come up in south Bengal districts.

Representation from West Bengal in the outfit’s Central Committee (CC) and Politburo has also increased, according to information available to the state and central police organisations.

The outfit is also planning to set up more units in districts including Nadia, Burdwan, Murshidabad, Hooghly and Birbhum.

The CPI (Maoist) will be setting up two ZCs in Nadia and Murshidabad shortly, an officer said adding that another unit will be established to spread Maoist activities in Arambag, Khanakul and Goghat (Hooghly) and Chandrokona, Ghatal (West Midnapore). Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoist bandh brings Midnapore to a halt

Posted by Admin on August 25, 2009

Procession of the MKSS ActivistsDespite a mixed response in Bankura and Purulia, the 48-hour bandh called by the CPI(Maoist) paralysed life in Jhargram sub-division and Midnapore town in West Midnapore district on Monday. The outfit had called for a 48-hour bandh in five states, including West Bengal, in protest against the arrest of a leader in Jharkhand, who was not produced in court in due time.

The People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) is also observing a bandh since August 18 in the three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia demanding the withdrawal of the joint forces from Lalgarh.

The two bandhs paralysed life in Midnapore town and Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore, Khatra sub-division in Bankura and rural areas in Purulia. West Midnapore DM, N S Nigam, said government establishments, schools, colleges and banks remained closed and public transport has also been hit since August 18.

Bankura DM Golam Ali Ansari said normal life was affected in Khatra sub-division following the bandh. There were no buses on roads but few schools were open in Khatra, said Ansari.

The bandh saw a mixed response in Purulia, as shops and government offices remained open in Purulia town but normal life was affected due to lack of transport services, said a district official in Purulia. Read the rest of this entry »

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