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Maoists manage to even reach the high court in Orissa

June 24, 2007

KalingaTimes Correspondent
Cuttack: Two suspected Maoists entered the conference room of the Orissa High Court Bar Association on Saturday afternoon and managed to leave bundles of leaflets pertaining to their two-day economic blockade agitation on June 26 and 27.

About 40 lawyers and other people who were present in the hall situated within the High Court premises came to know about the act of the extremists only after the latter left the spot.

Lawyers present during the incident said that two persons entered the conference room at around 1.30 pm and left at least four bundles of leaflets on the table before leaving. The papers were found to be Maoist leaflets afterwards.

The Maoists had distributed leaflets and literatures in Cuttack and the Capital city in the past. But they had never entered a government premises so far.

The High Court was closed as it was a holiday. But many lawyers were present in their Association room to find out about the cases that were to be listed for hearing next week. Several of them had come to appear in their cases in the nearby district courts.

In the leaflet that was found on the spot, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) said that the economic blockade was being organised by them in protest against the police excesses and the government policies with regard to the establishment special economic zones, and resettlement and rehabilitation policy.

Criticising both the Central and State Governments for facilitating SEZs in different parts of the country and giving land and mineral reserves to private companies, the organisation urged the people to support their two-day agitation.

Condemning the police firing at places such as Nandigram, Singur and Kalinga Nagar, the organisation also condemned the Salwa Judum programme of Chhattisgarh government alleging that police were killing innocent people in the name of fighting extremism.

Kalinga Times


Naxal attacks rocks the state

June 24, 2007

Saturday June 23 2007 00:00 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Naxal violence rocked the State as an army of Maoists laid siege to a bordering town in Koraput district late on Thursday and blasted off a goods train engine before setting on fire office of the local railway station master.

Several hundred kilometres away in the northern district of Deograh, a separate group of extremists gunned down three persons including a contractor and a police informer.

The spate of incidents, occurring a few hours before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik embarked on a tour to Rayagada on Friday, took the State Police by complete surprise while Director General of Police Amarananda Pattanayak closeted himself in a marathon meeting through the day.

In Koraput, the Naxals targeted Darliput, a small town barely two km from Andhra Pradesh border, to pull off a meticulously planned operation.

Over 40 heavily armed ultras descended at the local railway station at around 1 am. They are reported to have taken control of the railway station by capturing its station master.

They stopped a goods train and snatched walkie-talkie from its staff. Then a second train was forcibly halted and the ultras blasted off its engine using landmines, DIG South Western Range SK Nath said.

Before moving out, they set on flames the office of the station master. The incident triggered a wave of panic in the area. Security forces have rushed to the spot.

In Deogarh, the ultras struck in two adjoining villages on Thursday night. They abducted two residents of Ranigola village Bhubaneswar Nayak and Harischandra Nayak and their dead bodies were recovered in the morning.

Another person Mahi Pradhan, stated to be a contractor of Telikusum village, was also killed in a similar fashion by the ultras.

It’s after a long gap that ultras have resurfaced in Deogarh. Last year, a spate of police had virtually driven them away from their territories.


Naxalite held

June 13, 2007

SAMBALPUR, June 12: Police took as a challenge to the frequent meetings and public contact of Maoists in the broad daylight in Kisinda and Naktideul area of Sambalpur. After a careful follow up, they have arrested a female Maoist cadre from Jurapali village under Naktideul police station. As per information from established sources, police engaged in the combing operation chased up five persons, including the arrested woman, while getting down from a bus. While all others managed to flee away, police could arrest only the woman near the Jurapali UP School, the police sources said.

As per information, after the death of the mother of this girl, her father left her in uncle’s house at Jurapli. But in course of time she got involved in Maoist activities. She was also one of the participants in the Maoists’ meeting at Hikipali. While police at Sambalpur refused to comment on record but some of them admitted the incident. n SNS


Joint command runs over Naxal camp

June 11, 2007

Joint command runs over Naxal camp
Monday June 11 2007 05:05 IST BHUBANESWAR: The joint command, formed to track down Naxalites in the industrial hub, ran over a Maoist camp at Kankadahada forests in Dhenkanal district on Sunday. A fierce exchange of fire that ensued is believed to have left two ultras dead though police have not been able to retrieve any body yet.

Arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the camp. On Saturday, Dhenkanal police and a Special Operation Group (SOG) unit had come across Maoists movement in Kandhar area where three forest officials were brutally killed in January.

The joint squad, led by Dhenkanal SP SK Kaushal, combed the forests on Sunday and located the camp where at least 14 Maoists, belonging to CPI(ML) Janashakti, were stationed.


Wooing Maoists : Cops play mindgame

May 8, 2007

Wooing Maoists : Cops play mindgame

Monday May 7 2007 05:39 IST

MALKANGIRI/BHUBANESWAR: Cautiously avoiding the single-laid path of confrontation, police and administration seem to have switched to playing mindgames to checkmate the Maoists in the trouble-torn Malkangiri district.

They have begun applying different ploys to coax Maoists, particularly tribal ‘converts’, to surrender and join the mainstream with the promise of a peaceful and comfortable life.

With a decade-old history of bloody confrontations, the administration has pinned great hope that this new strategy will work.

Under the new strategy, the police have started a poster campaign across the district. Hundreds of posters have been put up at vantage points in the town. Two giant hoardings erected at the DNK Junction by the district police are now the centre of attraction. And all talk about the benefits one would get if he shunned the violent path of Naxals and came to the mainstream.

While one hoarding reflects the State Government’s package for surrendered Naxalites, the other shows how the Naxalites are indulging in massacre, killing innocent people to spread terror.

The first one says if any of the Maoists opts to join the mainstream, he or she will be given Rs 10,000 as preliminary financial assistance followed by 4 decimal land for construction of house, Rs 25,000 bank loan assistance, Rs 15,000 for marriage and Rs 2 lakh for self-employment and financial rehabilitation.

If any of the Maoists surrenders with arms and ammunition, he or she will be given Rs 20,000 as financial assistance immediately, the hoarding reads. It further says that the Maoist will be paid Rs 15,000 if he surrenders with a rocket launcher, Rs 10,000 for AK-47/AK- 57/INSAS/SLR, Rs 5,000 for .303 rifle/pistol/revolver and Rs 5,000 for wireless set.

Reiterating its commitment to give protection to the surrendered ultras at all costs, the hoardings appeal to the common people to join the people’s awareness campaign to resist the Naxal violence.

The police have called upon the people to realise how the Naxals indulged in mindless killings and massacres to further their own selfish interests and not for the welfare of the downtrodden. The Naxals were the ‘people’s enemy,’ the hoardings read.

Outgoing SP Himansu Lall, during whose period the campaign took shape, is hopeful about its success.

“It is a two-pronged motivational strategy – to win support of the locals and bring the floating population back from the Naxal fold. Since Naxalism borders on ideology, it has to be tackled at the same level,” he said.

The response has been encouraging. The administration is getting frequent queries on the contact numbers provided by it. But the interesting part is Naxals appear on the backfoot and the recent spree of attacks are to claim that they are unfazed.

“The fight on ground will continue but what we want to instil is a sense of fear among the extremists that they will lose the support of tribals which keeps them going,” Lall said.


Naxal shadow on $50 bn metal sector in Chhattisgarh, Orissa

May 3, 2007

Naxal shadow on $50 bn metal sector in Chhattisgarh, Orissa
Wednesday, May 02, 2007 16:38 IST

MUMBAI: The country’s metal sector, which is estimated to attract investments of about $50 billion over the next 10 years, could be affected by Naxal-related violence in mineral-rich states like Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

Many proposed projects in steel, mining and other industries in these states are facing stiff opposition from locals and this resistance could have been fanned by support from Naxals, police sources said.

Naxalites have spread their area of influence in Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, parts of Bihar, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, raising concerns among not only the state governments, but also the Centre.

The sources said naxals could be tapping the resentment among farmers against land acquisition for mega projects and special economic zones by helping those facing eviction.

A number of projects such as South Korean firm Posco’s steel plant in Orissa and Essar’s upcoming steel plant in Maoist-stronghold of Dantewada, Chhattisgarh are among those facing resistance by locals and likely to be delayed.

More worrying is fact that most of the country’s precious reserve of coal as well as ores of iron, aluminium, nickel, chromium, manganese and uranium are located in these states.

Most of the mineral reserves are located either in forested zones or in tribal areas, which are controlled by the Maoists.

According to Secretary General, Federation of Indian Mineral Industries RK Sharma, if companies take tribals and local population into confidence and tell them about the benefits of these projects, there should not be any problem.

The difficulty arises when these companies go out all of a sudden and start acquiring land he added.


More firepower in kitty to fight rebels

April 30, 2007

More firepower in kitty to fight rebels

Bhubaneswar/Ranchi, April 26: The Centre today asked Naxalite-hit states to gear up their machinery to tackle the menace, which is posing a major threat to internal security.

Orissa would get a third India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to combat the growing Naxalite menace while Jharkhand was pulled up for not following proper procedures in combating the Naxalite menace at a day-long meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxalism in Delhi today.

Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta, chairing the meeting, told the chief secretaries and directors-general of police of the Naxalite-affected states to keep a constant vigil on the movement of Naxalite groups, training camps, weapons, hideouts and sources of funds. Major Naxalite-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar made detailed presentations of their action plans to tackle the menace.

Orissa DGP Amarananda Pattnaik told The Telegraph the third battalion of IRB would be raised soon. It might be set up either at Keonjhar or Raygada district.

Orissa’s first IRB is located at Sunabeda in Orissa’s southern Koraput. The state government has decided to set up a similar battalion in western Orissa, for which Central nod has been received and recruitment started.

During the meeting, two glaring examples were cited wherein security personnel of Jharkhand failed to comply with procedures that led to deaths of civilians and jawans following attacks from rebels.

The Jharkhand representatives were told that when rebels attacked the slain JMM MP Sunil Mahto, the security guards were not organised in counter-attacking the rebels, the Coordination Centre on Naxalism. Similarly, the police failed to act although there were intelligence inputs that the CISF post at Bermo in Bokaro was on the rebels’ target.

“Centre wants the Jharkhand government to ensure that proper procedures are adhered to when it comes to take on the rebels. The state must see to it that all inputs are taken seriously and the security personnel work in a proper manner to repel rebel attacks,” sources said.

Some of the states, including Jharkhand, requested the ministry to allow states to take help of army in evacuating police personnel from venue of incidents, if the need arises.

“Sometimes, the choppers develop snags and cannot be used for rescue operations. In such situations, the state governments should be allowed to get in touch with army directly so that army personnel could be rushed immediately. The Centre has agreed to this proposal and assured to hold a dialogue with Union ministry of defence to work out the modalities,” sources said.

The Telegraph

One CRPF man and a Maoist killed in Orissa district

April 30, 2007
One CRPF man and a Maoist killed in Orissa district

By Ratnakar Dash
Malkangiri (Orissa): At least one Central Police Reserve Force man and a Maoist were killed and five injured when the extremists attacked security personnel in MV-79 area of this tribal-dominated district on Sunday afternoon.

The injured were four CRPF jawans and a member of the public. A woman naxalite was arrested and a hand grenade was recovered from her possession, police said.

The incident took place around 2-40 pm, when the Maoists suddenly opened fire at the CRPF men at the weekly bazaar in MV-79 locality, 70 km away from the district headquarters town of Malkangiri.

According to the police, the extremists who surrounded the bazaar from all sides attacked the CRPF men when they had gone for their usual duty of maintaining law and order.

The people and shopkeepers ran for cover when the security men retaliated promptly. The exchange of fire between the two sides continued for nearly one hour with the extremists contining their attack from inside the nearby jungle.

One of the extremist, who took away an AK-47 rifle from the CRPF jawan who was killed on the spot, was shot dead by the security personnel. The rifle was recovered.

The remaining extremists went inside the forests when additional forces were rushed to the spot immediately.

Senior police officials have reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

The injured persons were being brought to the government hospital at Malkangiri town.

It is for the first time that the Maoists attacked the security personnel in broad daylight in Malkangiri. The district has been witnessing frequent naxalite attacks in the recent months.

Security was beefed up in the area soon after the incident. Combing operation had started to nab the naxalites, police said.


Orissa Chor Police

March 22, 2007

One of the main reasons why Maoists have been welcomed
with open arms by the orissa public is because of the good
work they do.

It is a well known fact that if the orissa police has X amount of
support then the Maoists usually enjoy 100X amount of support.

The views expressed in the post below are that of the author alone.

Orissa Chor Police

Things are looking pretty gloomy for the Orissa Police Department these days. A sub-inspector’s car was burnt by an angry mob when he was caught accepting bribes. The vigilance department caught him red handed after being approached by a beauty parlour owner who did not want to shell out the traditional hafta (protection money). The mob first demanded that the arrested cop should be paraded around the streets with his hands tied, since their demands were not met they burnt the corrupt police officer’s car (it was a private car according to news reports). The mob’s action can best be explained by the repressed anger and resentment they feel towards the police force.

Public’s perception of Maoists in Orissa

Public’s perception of Orissa Police Force

A lot of people refer to the police as Matia Kukura (literally meaning Muddy colored Dog, and dog taken in the Oriya/Indian cultural context is an offensive term.
Unlike the term “Dawg” used by Larry and his associates to signal a sense of camaraderie). The hostility towards the police force is definitely justified because the police force routinely uses their overwhelming power to harass honest citizens, acts like POTA only increase the scope for abuse.

Reacting to the very bad PR image of the police the Director General of Police called for a meeting, where he asked the officers to behave in a proper manner.


Maoists spreading like wild fire in Orissa

March 18, 2007

Maoists spreading like wild fire in Orissa
Sunday March 18 2007 08:53 IST

ANGUL: The infiltration of Maoists into the border areas of Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Jajpur districts has posed a renewed challenge for the Orissa Police.

They have identified the group active in the border areas of these three districts as CPIML (Janashakti).
The State Government woke up from its slumber after the killings of three forest staff in Kandhar area of Dhenkanal district. The incident has indeed established the fact that the Maoists are slowly advancing into new areas of the State.

The mainline ultras have already made a corridor from Sundargarh to Rayagada via Sambalpur, Deogarh and Phulbani from where they are slated to carry out their activities. The area from where the new outfit is operating is about 10,000 sq km, covering the three districts.

The problems for the police, to fight and root out the ultras from these areas, are both logistic and administrative in nature. Though for Maoists, the area is a single unit, for police it belongs to three districts coming under three police ranges. While ultras are conversant with the roads and passes, district police are unfamiliar with the road communication and Naxal hideouts.