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Farmer Suicides hits new high in Karnataka

March 8, 2007

After economic terrorist Chidambaram failed to provide any reprieve to farmers in the budget the dead bodies have started piling up

Another debt-ridden farmer committed suicide

Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: Yet another debt-ridden farmer committed suicide at Ponnasamudra village in Tumkur district on Tuesday.

The police said Eranna (45) of the village and his wife Boramma consumed a pesticide at their field. They were about to administer the same pesticide to their three children, when the villagers intervened and shifted them to hospital.

The police said Eranna died at the hospital. Boramma was struggling for life. On Sunday, Gangadharappa (48) immolated himself in Theriyur in the district. This is the second case of suicide during the week.

Tahasildar A.P. Ramakrishna visited the hospital.

The officials said that Eranna had borrowed a crop loan from Cauvery Kalpatharu Grameena Bank, a regional rural bank sponsored by State Bank of Mysore. They said he had taken hand loans from friends and relatives for installing three borewells in his land.


Naxalite Movement splits in Karnataka ?

February 18, 2007

Karnataka naxal movement splits

K. Srinivas Reddy

HYDERABAD: Sharp differences over the Maoist strategy of area-wise seizure of power led to a split in the naxalite party operating in Karnataka.

The ideologues, who disagreed with the Maoist principle of intensifying the revolution in rural areas first and then spreading it to urban centres, have floated a new party named the Maoist Coordination Committee (MCC).

The split in Karnataka has obviously turned out to be an `unpalatable’ development for the party leaders, as it comes in the backdrop of intensified efforts to unite smaller naxalite parties in the country. With a majority of the cadres in Karnataka quitting the parent party and joining the MCC, the ideologues are worried. The name of the leader who engineered the split has not yet been announced. He is stated to be making serious attempts to contact the leaders in other states and mass organisations to woo them back into the MCC fold.

Alarmed over this, the CPI (Maoist) Polit Bureau has recently written to all its party members in the country `to expose their opportunistic and disruptionist activities’.

Sources say the split was discussed at length at the recent Polit Bureaumeeting held from November 16 to 24, 2006. The meeting attended by central committee secretary Ganapathi decided to step up efforts to convince their cadres on the futility of the `new line’.

The meeting felt that the central committee had failed to initiate steps to stem the dissent and ideological disagreements had accentuated after the killing of Saketh Rajan (February 6, 2005).

Maoist activity in varying intensities is seen in Bidar, Gulbarga, Bellary, Raichur, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu, Tumkur and Kolar.


Karkala Encounter of Naxals – Comrades Vow to Take Revenge

January 4, 2007

Karkala Encounter of Naxals – Comrades Vow to Take Revenge

Karkala, Dec 4: While the Naxalite movement is gaining ground in the state, the administration is set on a mission to curb it right at the bud. The result has been bloody. A few Naxalites have been killed in encounter while some of the police personnel to have laid down their lives. But the solution to this ever-increasing problems seems not be arriving soon. The recent death of Naxal Dinakar in an encounter has once again resulted in hyper activities in both the camps.

A recent press note signed by one Gangadhar on behalf of Maoists Naxal Committee is a clear indication that the Naxalites are not budging. They still believe that bullet is stronger than ballet. The press note said that the Naxals would avenge the death of their comrades. “The police have behaved worse than animals by firing at the group which was holding a meeting in the deep forest area. They could have surrounded the group and arrested the comrades. Instead they resorted to firing in the name of encounter. The police who were involved in this heinous crime and the government led by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy which supported this would pay dearly for this,” the press release stated.

The press release further stated that Dinakar was a true revolutionary who fought for peace and justice. But the government killed him terming him to be an anti-social element. “However, these setbacks would not deter us and our motives. Instead these will make us still strong and more determined in our fight against the stagnated system,” stated the release.


Encounter proves Coast’s role in Naxalism

December 29, 2006

Encounter proves Coast’s role in Naxalism

Mangalore Dec 28: The encounter in which a naxalite was killed near Kigga near Sringeri on Monday night though may not have been considered a major feat of the police, it has proved that coastal district is actively involved in naxal activities.

Dinakar, who was killed in the encounter on Monday night, was the first naxalite from the DK district to be killed in an encounter. Though two activists each were killed in two separate encounters in the Udupi district including Edu at Karkala and Devarabalu in Kundapur taluk in the past, until now, no person hailing from the coastal district of DK was killed.

Though the police had information regarding the people from DK district being involved in naxal activities, the death of Dinakar has proved that people of this region are active in the movement.

Dinakar is not an important leader in the movement as it was thought earlier. Earlier he was suspected to be Vikram Gowda of Hebri, Udupi, who is the leader of Netravathi Dala. Netravathi Dala is an active team of naxalites in the stretch of Malnad-Western Ghat section and comprises about 12 to 16 active members, police sources said.

The police earlier had information regarding three members of DK involved actively in the naxal movement from Venur region. The three were identified as Dinakar, his wife Sundari and his brother-in-law(Sundari’s brother) Vasanth. Dinakar said to have taken up Naxal activities following the declaration of the Kudremukh park as a national park.

Police sources, who had kept a strict vigil on the movement of Dinakar, say that Dinakar and his wife Sundari were always together during their campaign and also in their operations. Thus, it is believed that Sundari nust have been with Dinakar when the exchange of fire took place between the naxal team and the police.

According to reliable sources, those who have joined the movement from DK are not active in the region. They are active in other districts and those who are form Sringeri and other region are active in Udupi and Belthangady region. Thus, Dinakar must have been in one such operation when he was killed near Kigga.

The police had known about Dinakar’s active participation in the movement even earlier and had also got some information from one of the members of the movement, Kavitha, who was arrested by the police about a year ago.

Dinakar who hails from Bharadwaja near Kutlur in Belthangady taluk belongs to a tribal community and was missing.

Inspector General of Police(Western Range) H N Satyanarayan Rao opined that the police knew that the people from DK are active in the movement. However, Dinakar was accidentally caught in fire and killed and was found to be form DK, he said.
The naxal movement, however, is more active in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada.


Profiles of members of the Karnataka State committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)

December 28, 2006

This information is more than a year old and there could have been many
changes in the meantime.
Profiles of members of the Karnataka State committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)

C M Noor Zulfikar
alias Sridhar heads the committee in Karnataka in place of Saket Rajan alias Prem, who fell to the bullets of police in Chikmagalur.
While Rajan led a six-member team, the present committee has seven members.

Zulfikar, the new secretary, is from Chitradurga and is in his mid-thirties. He is an engineering dropout. Police, however, are yet to gather personal details of Zulfikar.

The team includes a lady member,

Asha. Aged 25, this Sikh lady has studied in Shimoga for many years. She was reportedly linked to the Mahila Jagruthi Vedike, according to sources in the Home Department.

Incidentally, Asha’s husband Nanda Kumar alias Rangappa is also on the new committee. This 35-year-old is a native of Koppa in Chikmagalur district.
Another, member of the team is Vishnu alias Devendrappa. He hails from Soraba and had a miraculous escape in the Idu encounter between the Naxals and the police in Udupi district last year.

The other three members of the committee are Veeramani alias Murugan who regularly issues press statements under the nom de guerre Gangadhar, Kuppuswamy alias D Murthy and Ujani Gowda who is lodged in Bellary jail.Zulfikar, Murthy and Gowda were members of the Saket team too.

Cherkuri Rajkumar,
a member of the central committee of the Maoist party, continues to be in-charge of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. He frequently visits Bangalore, official sources said.

Highly secular

Another feature of the new panel, according to an officer, is that it is ‘highly secular’ in nature, meaning all major communities have been ‘represented’. While Zulfikar is a Muslim, Murugan, a native of Madurai, belongs to a backward community. Asha is a Sikh and her husband Nanda Kumar is a Nair. Devendrappa is an Idiga, Murthy a Scheduled Caste and Ujjani Gowda a Vokkaliga, the sources said.

It is learnt that the police have procured photographs of all the seven members of the committee, who are all underground operators. Despite having sufficient information, the sources said, it was a tough task to nab them.

However, officials pointed out that the Naxals now do not have a ‘meticulous and intelligent’ planner they had had in Saket Rajan.

Source of income

The official sources also said that of the estimated nearly 500 Naxalites in the State, 160 could be termed as ‘underground operatives’. According to printed material and diaries seized from several Naxals over the last few years, taxation is the main source of income.

Forest contractors, PWD contractors, rich landlords and petty forest officials are taxed. There are four Naxal squads in the State and each squad generates not less than Rs one lakh a month. Besides, the central committee too financially supports the State team, the documents have revealed.

Each squad has 10 to 12 women and women constitute at least one-third of the underground cadre, the sources said.


Confusion Over Identity: ‘Naxalite’ killed in encounter identified as Dinakar of Naravi

December 28, 2006

Sringeri Dec 27: A suspected Naxalite gunned down in an encounter by Sringeri police, in association with the anti-naxal force (ANF), at Kigga near Sringeri Chikamagalur district on Monday night, has now been identified as Dinakara Malekudia son of Koraga Malekudia of Kandlur Naravi, Belthangadi Taluk.

Dinakar’s residence in Naravi

Initially the police had identified the person as certain Vikram Gowda of Hebri near Karkala. However, they retracted their statement after the parents of Vikram Gowda revealed that the body was not their son’s. Even ADGP Shanker Bidri in his address to the media persons earlier said that the deceased was identified as Vikram Gowda.

Dinakar’s parents reading the local news paper

But today Dinakar’s brother Yashavanth and his close relatives went to Chikamagalur and identified Dinakar’s body.

It is learnt that, Dinakar was missing since past 3 years and he had joined the Naxals.

The police upon receiving the information that naxalites had organised a meeting at the house of certain Yogappa at Kesumudi in Sringeri on Christmas night, swiftly surrounded the house of Yogappa at around 10.20 p.m. However, by then the naxalites had left Yogappa’s house. A group of armed naxals after learning that they were surrounded, fired at the police. The police returned the fire in which one person was killed. On Tuesday morning, the police found the body of a man at the spot of the encounter.

This is the second encounter killing in Chikmagalur district, the first being the death of naxalite kingpin Saketh Rajan and his associate on February 6, 2005, at Menasinahadya. Senior police officers including IGP Satyanarayan and Mr. Vipul Kumar are camping in Sringeri. The police have intensified their search for naxalites in the region.


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Naxalite gunned down in Sringeri,Karnataka

Naxalite gunned down in an encounter near Sringeri,Karnataka

December 26, 2006


Vikaram Gowda aged about 26 years belonging to Nadpal village of Hebri Police Station limits, who was leading a team of Naxals in the Shringeri, Hebri, Karkala areas was killed yesterday in a police encounter in Shringeri PS limits of Chickmagalore District. Further details are awaited.


Naxalite killed in shootout

Chikmagalur, Dec. 26 (PTI): A Naxalite was killed in a shootout in Kesuvadi village in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district, the state police chief said today.

The shootout occurred at around 2100-2200 hours last night between a group of rebels and the Anti-Naxalite Force, Director General of Police B S Sial told PTI.

A 303 rifle, bullets, grenades and some pamphlets on Maoism were found from the dead Naxalite, he said.

“Since it was pitch dark, only two women and a man could be seen. While the man was killed in the encounter, the women escaped under the cover of darkness,” Sial said.

Though the dead Naxalite called himself Dinesh, his face resembled that of rebel leader Vikram Gowda. The man’s actual identity is being verified, he said.

The ANF has launched a hunt for the other Naxals, Sial said.

ABVP protests pro-naxalite stand of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) president Dr Chandrashekhar Patil

December 26, 2006

ABVP protests pro-naxalite stand of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) president Dr Chandrashekhar Patil
Sunday December 24 2006 14:01 IST

DHARWAD: Protesting the pro-naxalite stand of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) president Dr Chandrashekhar Patil, the Dharwad unit members of the Akhila Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) took out a rally here on Friday. The protestors formed a human chain at the Jubilee Circle and raised slogans against Champa.

ABVP organising secretary Prakash Kattimani alleged that Champa converted the recently concluded Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Shimoga into a naxalite convention and had insulted the Kannadigas by providing opportunities to Gauri Lankesh and Vittal Hegde.

Santosh Devaraddi, Sagar Nidvani, Sharanu Angadi, Shivanand Deshnur and Shivasomanna Nittur led the agitation.


Karkala: Cops escape Naxals by Whisker

December 21, 2006

Karkala: Cops escape Naxals by Whisker

Daijiworld News Network – Karkala (GA)

Karkala, Dec 21: The anti-naxal force had a narrow escape from suspected naxalites at Parangibail in the Mudradi GP limits near here on Wednesday December 20 morning.

The ANF police had set on intense combing operations after receiving sure tip-off about some Naxalites residing in the dense forest area in the Mudradi GP limits. The ANF police led by Subhash Gudimani however, could not nab Naxalites as the latter managed to escape by a whisker.

Police recovered cooking materials, water bottles and other things used by Naxalites at Parangibail. Though there was news that police had spotted a group of Naxalites and that they had surrounded them, could not be confirmed yet.

Police conducted combing operations at Adka, Peetabail, Balladi, Parangibail, Pariyalu and Thundugudde areas for almost 12 hours on Wednesday.

Karkala ASP Labu Ram, ANF troupes from Shankarnarayana, Kollur, Shringeri, Hebri, Karkala too were the part of the combing operations.


World Bank tentacles dig deeper now over 15 engineering colleges under direct influence in Karnataka

December 8, 2006

World Bank aid for 15 engineering colleges

By Nagesh Prabhu

BANGALORE, OCT. 17. The World Bank has agreed to release a loan of Rs. 250 crores for 15 engineering colleges in the State to enhance the quality of technical education under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP).

The Project Implementation Unit of the Union Human Resources Development Ministry and the World Bank have accepted the Rs. 250-crore proposal by the Department of Technical Education of Karnataka. The project will start in December this year and will end in June 2008, K. Basavaraju, Director, Department of Technical Education, told The Hindu .

The loan is expected to help the colleges transform themselves into “centres of excellence” with all facilities. The funds would be utilised to upgrade infrastructure, purchase equipment, research and training of the teaching staff and develop new teaching methods. A high-level committee of the Union HRD Ministry would evaluate the implementation of the programme in each college, he said. Each college had already prepared an action plan for development of technological education and forwarded it to the HRD Ministry, Prof. Basavaraju said.

Beneficiary colleges

The colleges that would receive the loan are: University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), BMS College of Engineering, Ambedkar Institute of Technology, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, all in Bangalore; Siddaganga Institute of Technology and Sri Siddartha Institute of Technology, both in Tumkur; Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, and National Institute of Engineering, Mysore; Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan; Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot; Sri Dhamasthala Manjunatheswara College of Engineering and Technology, Dharwad; Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology, Nitte; University BDT College of Engineering, Davangere; Poojya Doddappa College of Engineering, Gulbarga; and National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal.

Prof. Basavaraju said that six States had been included in the first phase of the quality improvement project. Lead institutions

Five colleges — UVCE, Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore, Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology, Nitte, Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot, and NITK, Surathkal, had been identified as “lead institutions” and each would get a loan of Rs. 25 crores to Rs. 50 crores. Other colleges had been designated as “networking institutions” and would get Rs. 5 crores to Rs. 10 crores. The “networking institutions” would share the resources and infrastructure with other engineering colleges. The “lead institutions” would be transformed into a centre of international excellence, he said.

All selected colleges have received recognition from the All India Centre for Technological Education (AICTE), New Delhi. The NITK, Surathkal would receive the funds directly from the Centre since it is a deemed university. Other colleges would receive funds through the Technical Education Department, Prof. Basavaraju said.

The colleges will have to repay the loan over a period of 20 years.