86 pc naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa

24 02 2009

Source: PTI

New Delhi : Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa together account for about 86 per cent of incidents of naxal violence and casualties, both civilian and security personnel, in the country.

In the 1,591 incidents in the country in 2008, the number being slightly higher than those in the previous year, 231 security personnel and 490 civilians were killed, Home Ministry sources said.

Chhattisgarh accounted for the highest number of 620 incidents, followed by Jharkhand (484), Bihar (164) and Orissa (103), they said.

In Chhattisgarh, 85 security personnel and 157 civilians lost their lives in naxal violence in 2008, while in Jharkhand the corresponding figures were 38 policemen and 169 civilians.

Bihar accounted for the deaths of 21 security men and 52 civilians and for Orissa the respective figures were 73 security personnel and 28 civilians.

In fact, this year’s figures available till first week of this month show that 53 incidents of naxal violence have already taken place in Chhattisgarh, followed by 48 in Jharkhand, 17 in Bihar and 10 in Orissa. Maharashtra has accounted for 15 incidents, including the most daring one in Gadchiroli early this month in which 15 policemen were killed.

Besides the four worst-affected States, naxal violence has been reported from Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, the sources said.

The total casualties of security forces in 2008 was 231, which was five less than the toll in 2007. Likewise, 490 civilians were killed in naxal attacks in 2008, compared to 460 the previous year.

While 199 naxalites were killed in police operations last year, the figure for 2007 was 141, they said.

Referring to the spurt in naxal violence in Gadchiroli district, a senior official said that the maoists operating in Chhattisgarh were reported to be moving to new areas.

“CPI (Maoists) cadres move from one state to another. Such movement of Maoist cadres usually takes place in the adjoining areas of the states affected by naxal problem,” the official said.

He said such movements underline the need for joint operations — a suggestion mooted at a recent meeting of Chief Ministers of affected States chaired by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

The naxal Wing in the Home Ministry is monitoring on a regular basis the training being imparted to state police and para-military forces in counter-insurgency and jungle warfare. The Centre has sanctioned 10 Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (CoBRA) as a specialised anti-maoist force.

3,000 ex-Maoists line up to join Chiranjeevi’s party

22 02 2009

22 Feb 2009, 0840 hrs IST, TNN
Source: Times of India
HYDERABAD: Hundreds of former naxalites, who jettisoned the Maoist movement in the last ten years, will join the Prajarajyam Party on February

According to party sources, around 3,000 former militants of various factions of the CPI (ML) and CPI (Maoist) will join the newly-floated party in Hyderabad in the presence of PRP chief Chiranjeevi and Yuvarajyam president Pavan Kalyan.

This was the culmination of around six months of hardwork to mobilise the former rebels and bring them into PRP. The association of Marxist-Leninist singer Gadar and other pro-naxal intellectuals with the actor are said to have coordinated the move.

First meeting of the former naxalites was organised in Guntur in December last attended by over 800 people. The meeting was addressed by Dr P Mitra, party’s senior leader.

“In fact we wanted to organise a meeting in each district. But, due to logistic reasons and lack of time, a state-level meeting is planned in Hyderabad on February 24,” former People’s War activist I Satyanarayana told STOI.

Satyanarayana, a native of Guntur, was a member of the erstwhile Radical Youth League. He quit the extremist organisation due to personal reasons. “Even though thousands of people left the movement long ago they are not able to lead a peaceful life because of the hostile attitude of the police and lack of support from the government. So, they feel only PRP can restore a sense of security among them,” Satyanarayana said.

Maoists blow up school building in Jharkhand

2 10 2008

Indo-Asian News Service

Ranchi, September 29, 2008
Source: HT

Maoist rebels blew up a school building in Palamau district of Jharkhand, police said on Monday.

Around 20 to 30 rebels of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrounded a middle school in the Manatu block of Palamau district, around 190 km from Ranchi, late on Sunday night. The building was blasted using detonators.

No person has been injured in the blast, police said.

The school building was used by the security personnel while launching a combing operation against the rebels. Maoists cited that as the reason for blowing up the building.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand. In the last seven years, more than 1,300 persons including civilians, Maoist rebels and security personnel have been killed in insurgency-related violence.

Another Maoist outfit taking shape in state

18 09 2008

So here we Go one more millitant organisation and fellow Indians in particular and global citizens in general note some more bloodshed and more killings of the peasants in the name of fighting for the peasants.

Express News Service

17 Sep 2008 03:02:00 AM IST

KOZHIKODE: A splinter group within the Naxalite spectrum has formed a new Maoist outfit- the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI)- , which also upholds the theory of armed struggle. The CPI (Maoist) and the CPIML (Naxalbari) are the two Maoists organisations presently operating in the state.

PLFI is the frontal organisation of the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI), a Maoist outfit which has its presence in states like Bihar.A major chunk of the MCCI had merged with the CPI-ML (People’s War) in 2004 to form the CPI (Maoist). But a section in the MCCI stayed away from the merger and continued to operate independently. The PLFI has been formed by the elements in various states which are opposed to CPI (Maoists) for various reasons.

The declared aim of the outfit is to ‘support the Maoists to establish a new democratic republic of India.’ Some of the persons in the state committee of the PLFI were earlier with the CPI (Maoists). The state secretary of the MCCI in the state is a person who was a state committee member of the CPI (Maoists). A woman cadre of the CPI (Maoist) has recently joined the PLFI.Majority of the workers of the PLFI/MCCI are from North Kerala.

The formation meeting of the outfit was held in Iritty a few months ago.The PLFI in the state is working in close co-ordination with the units in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.It has brought out a magazine titled Communist.The outfit has organised campaign against hike in the price of essential commodities and poster campaign on Charu Mazumdar Day on July 28.The PLFI had decided to organise agitation against the eviction of families from Moorkan Paramba for the proposed international airport in Kannur. It has hailed the attack on Grey Hounds in Orissa and ransacking of the NABARD Office in Kalpetta. The PLFI has some serious difference of opinion with the CPI (Maoists), mainly over military tactics. The PLFI believes that CPI (Maoists) has converted people’s war into mere militarism.