Naxalites Human rights violations: ACHR

21 07 2008

The Naxalites in killings.

They have been responsible for killing of at least 120
persons during April – June 2006, including 38 security
personnel, 75 civilians and 7 Naxalites in internecine
conflict. Of them, 26 persons, including 14 security
personnel and 12 civilians, were killed in improvised
explosive device explosions allegedly triggered by the
The Naxalites have been responsible for gross
violations of international humanitarian laws including
abduction, hostage taking, torture, hacking to death,
shooting from point blank range and trial by Jana Adalat,
peoples’ court.
Representatives of ACHR met some of the released
hostages kidnapped by the Naxalites from Manikonta
village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on 25 April
2006. The Naxalites abducted 52 tribal villagers, including
13 women while they were returning from Manikonta
village to the government-run relief camp at Dornapal in
Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The villagers being
sheltered at the relief camp had gone to Manikonta village
to bring their personal belongings. The Naxalites killed 15
villagers in custody and released the rest. While the bullet-
ridden bodies of two abducted villagers were recovered on
28 April 2006, bodies of 13 other villagers were recovered
from a deep forest with slit throats. The bodies also bore
multiple wounds. The rest 37 persons were released on 29
April 2006 after warning that they would not join the
Salwa Judum programme of the government.
The released hostages told ACHR representatives
that their captors “selected” 13 hostages, tied their hands
from behind and blindfolded them. Then, the rebels
stabbed them repeatedly before slitting their throats
before other hostages. The hostages were allegedly denied
adequate food and forced to drink urine when they
demanded water.

On 24 April 2006, suspected Naxalites gunned down
six civilians, including a panchayat poll candidate, Mr
Ashok Kumar Singh while returning home after
campaigning for elections at Deojora village in
Aurangabad district. Six others were also injured. The
alleged Naxals also set fire to the dead bodies.
Chhattisgarh continues to be epicentre of the killings
resulting into massive violations of the right to life of the
On 8 April 2006, alleged Naxalites shot dead three
Salwa Judum activists including Toda (40) and Krishna
Rao (35) in a pre-dawn strike at Kunnapara in Gangalur
under Dantewada district. The Maoists reportedly
rounded the Salwa Judum activists and opened
indiscriminate fire on them, killing three on the spot and
injuring six others.
On the night of 18 April 2006, suspected Naxalites
killed a Salwa Judum activist identified as Chamruram
Raiti, son of Sampatram Baiti, near Mirtur village in
Bijapur police district. Raiti was allegedly dragged from his
house, brutally tortured in front of other villagers and was
later hacked to death.
On the night of 13 June 2006, alleged Naxalites beat
to death Samaru Ram, Sarpanch of Edka village under
Narayanpur police station area in Bastar district after he
was sentenced to death in a Jan Adalat for allegedly
demanding a police station in the village. The alleged
Naxalite cadres dragged the village Sarpanch out of his
house and organized a Jan Adalat in the night where he
was brutally thrashed with rod and lathis in full public
view. The Sarpanch succumbed to his injuries.
On 14 June 2006, alleged Naxalites killed two Salwa
Judum activists including Telam Koaram, head of the
Tumnar village in Bijapur. The alleged Naxalites
reportedly surrounded his house and beheaded him with
a sickle.
On 19 June 2006, alleged Naxalites mercilessly killed
7 villagers and injured 3 others after attacking
Chikuarguda village in Dantewada district. Alleged
Naxalites raided Chikuarguda village and took hostage
about 25 people. Then they reportedly shot, beat and
stabbed to death seven villagers. Three others were
injured. Some houses were also looted and burnt.
On 16 May 2006, at least 12 people of a marriage
party from Chhattisgarh were killed on the spot when
Naxalites triggered an improvised explosive device
between villages Halewara and Petha in Gadchiroli
district. The victims included three women and two
children. The CPI-Maoists tendered an apology stating
that the civilians were targeted by mistake and assured
action against those responsible for the “negligence”.
On 16 June 2006, Naxalites allegedly beheaded an
Adivasi identified as Alal Lagatu Kantigal (42) suspecting
him to be a police informer near Savargaon in Gadchiroli
district. The deceased was dragged out of his house early
in the morning and beheaded.
On 3 June 2006, alleged Naxalites killed three alleged
members of the Village Protection Group – Sukara
Munda, Guruchan Munda and Soharia Munda – by
slitting their throats at Hadian village under Gurabanda
police station limits in East Singhbhum district.
On the night of 3 June 2006, alleged Naxalites killed
a villager identified as Yashen Ansari on the charges of
being a police informer at Barwatoli village under
Chandwa police station in Latehar district. The alleged
Naxalites reportedly barged into the house of the
deceased, picked him up and killed him in the nearby
On 17 June 2006, alleged Naxalites killed an
innocent villager identified as Shyam Sundar Singh after
trying him in Jan Adalat in the forests of Banehesla in
Lohardaga district. The Maoists’ Jan Adalat charged the
deceased of being a police “informer” and he was brutally
tortured. He succumbed to his injuries after he reached
home at Siram.
On the night of 22 June 2006, alleged CPI (Maoist)
cadres reportedly shot dead five activists of a breakaway
faction Maoist Communist Centre-Third Conference at
Bhuiandih village in Chatra district. Earlier on 21 June
2006, two CPI (Maoist) cadres were shot dead by
MCC(TC) activists in neighbouring Latehar district.

Top Naxal leaders now have faces

28 06 2008

From: Hindustan Times

They are two of India’s most wanted and between them they command up to 20,000 trained Maoist guerrillas with a presence in nearly 200 districts of the country.

For years Ganapathi, the general secretary of the feared Communist Party of India (Maoist) and his deputy Kishenda, a politburo member, were faceless. Today, Hindustan Times brings them to the public for the first time.

The Maoists, described by PM Manmohan Singh as the country’s single-biggest security challenge, are accused of hundreds of killings, kidnapping and looting in the vast swathes they control. Home Ministry says they were responsible for the killing of 418 civilians and 214 security personnel in 2007. In 2006, the numbers were 501 and 133 respectively.

Ganapathi and Kishenda have been living secret lives for decades, though not always in the huge expanse of jungles under their complete control. Police in different states have had inputs about having spotted them in Cochin, Rourkela, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Raipur.

The security agencies acquired the snaps six months ago either through a mole in the Naxal hierarchy or from a seized computer disk from a Naxal hideout in Bastar forests. The nearly 40,000 sq km expanse of forests on Chhatisgarh’s border with Orissa and Andhra Pradesh is home for most number of Maoists – an estimated 10,000.

A highly placed source in the security establishment, who shared the photographs with HT, said police in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh verified their authenticity through secondary sources also.

The AP police had a two-decade-old snap of Ganapathi and the latest one matched with it. A Raipur tour operator, who has been a front for Maoists and arrested recently, confessed to have transported both leaders on different occasions to the borders of Bastar jungles.

The snaps were extracted apparently from a video of a party Congress held in the forests of Bihar’s Jamui district in February 2007. Over 100 delegates from 16 states had attended it.