Monday, November 26, 2007


SOURCE:- chennaionline
Patna, Nov 23: A top Naxalite commander, along with an associate, who were reportedly planning to strike somewhere in north Bihar, was arrested last evening.

A huge cache of explosives was seized, police said.

Bhaskar Ji, a high-level commander of CPI(Maoist), stated to be heading the armed squad of the underground outfit in north Bihar, and an associate Tirthankar were arrested from a rented house in Nayatola locality of the town following a tip-off, IG (Operations) S K Bharadwaj said.
Over 50 claymore mines, many more hand grenades, detonators, wire and other explosive materials were seized from the hideout.

Bharadwaj said several police uniforms and Naxalite literature were also recovered from the place where search operation was still on.

"Preliminary inquiry suggests that Naxalites were planning a massive operation in north Bihar. Where and when this operation was to take place will be known after thorough interrogation," he said. "Those arrested are being interrogated and we will be able to tell you more about the seizure and the plans of the Naxalites later," he said.


source:- timesofindia
CHANDRAPUR: At least three Naxalites were seriously injured in an exchange of fire that followed the police attack on a suspected Naxalite camp in the Paletola jungles of Etapalli taluka, Gadchiroli district, early on Saturday, Gadchiroli police have claimed.

The clash broke out when two C-60 teams, acting on a tip-off, police began combing the jungle in search of the Leftist rebels. They had almost zeroed in on the training camp when the sentries guarding the camp opened fire. Large quantities of explosives and Naxal literature were recovered, but the Naxals managed to flee the camp and escape into the forests.

According to Gadchiroli DSP Rajesh Pradhan, the police got a tip-off that Naxalites were holding a special training camp in Paletola jungle. Accordingly, two C-60 teams from Etapalli division were dispatched to locate the camp in the early hours of Saturday. At about 6.45 am, the police teams reached the vicinity of the camp.

The sentries spotted the approaching commandos and immediately opened fire. A heavy exchange of fire continued for 15 minutes before the Naxalites, believed to be around 30-35 in number, fled from the spot. As the police searched the campsite, and found fresh bloodstains.

The police claimed that at least three Naxals seriously injured in the clash were taken away by their comrades. "At least three of them have sustained serious injuries in the exchange of fire," said Pradhan. He said the search team recovered two live grenades, two Claymore mines, a land mine, detonator and 350 foot-long wire, five bags and one backpack.

All Adivasi Students Association calls for Assam shutdown

source:- topnews
Guwahati, Nov 27:
The All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) has called for a 36-hour Assam shutdown today in protest against the attack on tribals demonstrators during a rally here on Saturday.

The All-Assam Tea Tribe Students Association (AATSA) has supported the shutdown call. They have called for observance of ‘black day’ in all tea gardens on Tuesday.

Fierce violence broke out between tribals demanding Scheduled Tribes status and local residents during a protest march by the former towards the State Assembly.

Many shops were destroyed and over 100 vehicles were damaged in the ensuing violence.
Curfew has now been relaxed, which was earlier imposed in areas between Dispur and Bashistha.

The tribals blamed the police for the incident in which at least 12 people were killed.
Several leaders from Jharkhand on Sunday reviewed the situation here.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda urged the Assam Government to ensure the safety of tribals who had migrated to Assam.

BJP leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Ajrun Munda visited the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) and asked about the condition of the injured.

Demanding the dismissal of the State Government, Munda said that the Tarun Gogoi Government has no moral right to continue and should quit. He also demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief Shibu Soren met the injured Adivasis in the hospital.
According to sources, former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi is scheduled to arrive here today.
The Asom Gana Parishad and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded dissolution of the Congress-led coalition government and institution of a judicial probe.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) held the government responsible for Saturday’s violence. (ANI)

Saturday, November 24, 2007


source:-sify timesnow

Guwahati: At least five people were killed and over 70 wounded, 30 of them critically, in a mob attack Saturday on tribal protestors in Assam's main city of Guwahati, officials said. Curfew was imposed in the Bentola area of the city.

A police spokesman said the clash took place when about 10,000 tribal people, backed by the All Assam Adivasi Students' Association (AAASA), took out a protest rally demanding Scheduled Tribe status for the community.

"Local residents of Guwahati and the protestors clashed in the streets after the agitators went on a rampage damaging about 100 vehicles and destroying shops. The angry locals retaliated by attacking the protestors in which five Adivasi people were killed," senior police official Rajen Singh told IANS.

Police fired in the air to disperse the protestors when they tried to break a security cordon to take out the march through the city streets.

"Local residents armed with sticks and iron rods, besides crude implements, attacked the fleeing protestors and beat them mercilessly," said Parag Moni Aditya, a witness.

Police and paramilitary troopers have since blocked a major stretch of the city to prevent the protestors from being attacked by the mob.

"More than 3,000 locals were involved in the mob attack," police official A Das said.
The injured, including women, were shifted to hospitals.

"The condition of at least 30 of the injured is very serious and the casualty figures might mount," a doctor at the Guwahati Medical College said.

The Adivasis are mostly engaged in Assam's tea plantations and account for about six percent of the state's 26 million people.

SC declines mining nod to Vedanta Alumina

The Supreme Court has declined permission to the local unit of Britain's Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite for its proposed aluminium project in Orissa, but left a door open for its another associate Sterlite Industries to extract the mineral in collaboration with state agencies.

"We are not inclined to grant approval to Vedanta Alumina Ltd (VAL)... From the financial statements it is clear that it is not a subsidiary but an associate of Sterlite and we don't have its list of assets with us," a special bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice S H Kapadia said.Vedanta Alumina can withdraw from the arrangement any time and its operating profits were negligible, it said.As per Vedanta's website, its profits from aluminium segment were just Rs 455 crore, the court said, adding "it did not have the accounts of Vedanta and thus cannot take the risk of handing over the project".While reading the order, Justice Kapadia cited newspaper reports and referred to the Government of Norway's decision to withdraw investments made in Vedanta over issues ranging from human rights violations to non-compliance of forest and labour laws.However, the bench gave liberty to Sterlite Industries India Ltd to move the court within eight weeks if it was ready to go ahead with the project subject to compliance with certain modalities.

The Orissa government in collaboration with Orissa Mining Corporation and Sterlite will have to set up a special purpose vehicle to develop the scheduled area.
While Vedanta Alumina is not listed on Indian bourses, Sterlite is present on both Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange. Sterlite scrip rose 4.6 percent on the BSE on Friday to settle at Rs 879.10 in an overall bullish market.

While stating that Sterlite will have to contribute in terms of money and employment, the apex court asked it to keep aside 5 percent of its net profits from its mining activities all over the country or Rs 10 crore, whichever is higher, for tribals and shell out Rs 50.5 crore toward wildlife and Rs 12.5 crore toward tribal development.

Besides, Sterlite should give details about the number of people to be given employment and at what positions, he said, adding that the state government will have to stick by the project in case Sterlite backed out.

Coming down heavily on Vedanta, Justice Kapadia said its affidavit submitted on 2nd November failed to give details about the number of jobs to be provided to locals as most of its activities were to be outsourced.

According to the court, it was the state's duty to devise a coordinated programme to meet sustainable area development.

The court passed the order after environment groups and wildlife enthusiasts challenged the plan, saying it would displace tribal people and destroy flora and fauna of the region - a charge that Vedanta has denied.

Vedanta, which has put up a one million tonne bauxite refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, had sought permission to start mining in the forest area of 672.018 hectares in Niyamgiri region of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts of the state.

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) had opposed any mining activity by Vedanta in the virgin Niaymgiri hills and submitted that the government can instead allot alternative sites.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

MSEZ: scuffle between officials and villagers

Convincing: Krishnappa, a member of the Krishi Bhoomi Samrakshana Samiti, making a point during a joint awareness campaign by MSEZ officials and samithi members at Delantha Bettu village on Wednesday.

source:- hindu

SURATHKAL/DELANTHABETTU: For the first time since the agitations against the Mangalore Special Economic Zone began, things took a slightly aggressive turn on Wednesday morning. Raghavendra Holla, rehabilitation and resettlement officer of MSEZ Ltd., was roughed up at Delantha Bettu village by an irate group of people belonging to the villages that have been notified for the Rs. 35,000-crore project. For the last three days, Mr. Holla and a group of student volunteers from the Srinivasa Institute Management Studies have been distributing two sets of pamphlets in the villages that have been notified for the MSEZ. One pamphlet has details of the compensation package offered to families displaced by the project. The second is an announcement about a public meeting scheduled for November 28 where the environmental impact of the project will be debated and discussed in the presence of the villagers and the general public.
The trouble started when the villagers, led by members of the Krishi Bhoomi Samrakshana Samiti (KBSS), tried to stall the pamphlet distribution. They apparently took objection to the distribution of pamphlets containing compensation details. The samiti is one of the organisations agitating against the project.
The samiti members are themselves on the campaign trail and are going from house to house and conducting meetings to garner support for their agitation ahead of the crucial November 28 public hearing. They see the attempts by the SEZ officials to spread information about the compensation package as an activity that will derail their efforts.
When contacted, Madhukar Amin, president of the samiti, said: “The officials are responsible for the current situation. The rage of common people cannot be controlled.” A.G. Pai, chief operating officer of MSEZ Ltd., chose to remain silent on the entire fracas. President of Delantha Bettu Gram Panchayat Sundar Salian, who is also part of the agitation, said that the day was saved by the police, who arrived on the scene quickly. “They ensured that the situation did not go out of hand,” he said.In the presence of Mr. Pai, an agreement was arrived at between the two squabbling parties and the pamphlet distribution resumed at 5 p.m. According to the agreement, the objectionable pamphlets will not be distributed henceforth. Also, for as long as the pamphlet distribution is on, the MSEZ officials and the student volunteers will be accompanied by two or more representatives from the samiti. Meanwhile, sources from both sides indicated that they would make maximum use of this opportunity to counter the claims and propaganda of each other. But this unique simultaneous campaigning by the two sides will be monitored closely by the police. Confirming this, Superintendent of Police N. Sathish Kumar said: “A non-cognisable case has been registered on the incident. There will be a police escort at all times during the campaigningfor the security of both the parties.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Maoist shoot CPM leader dead

Statesman News Service
BALARAMPUR/Kolkata, Nov. 20:

A CPI-M local committee member, Sufal Mandi (35), was shot dead by Maoists at Ghatbera village in Balarampur, Purulia, early today. He was dragged out of his residence and shot dead. His body was later found near his village.

The Maoists also tried to snatch a licensed gun from a villager, Asim Kumar Mondal. When he resisted, the Maoists set his house on fire. This is the second time in a month that Maoists are targeting the CPI-M as a local committee member of the party’s unit at Barabazar, Bagirath Karmakar, was brutally killed by Maoists on 1 November.

The additional superintendent of district police, Mr Pranab Kumar Das, rushed to the spot. He said the presence of Maoists leaflets and posters had suggested the involvement of the Maoists. Mrs Phulmani Mandi, wife of the victim, said: “The members of the squad told us that my husband had been targeted as he was a party member.”

In Kolkata, home secretary Mr Prasadranjan Ray said: “ A Maoist squad from Jharkhand seem to be responsible for the killing of the CPI-M leader.”

The Purulia SP, Mr Ashok Kumar Prasad also admitted that Maoist activities were on the rise in Purulia district. Villagers were also threatened by the Maoists who had assembled for the operation.

“Nearly 35 armed Maoist were in and around village,” police said. “They fled towards Jharkhand area, crossing border easily,” they said. A police picket was posted in the village.

Meanwhile, body of the victim arrived in Purulia Sadar Hospital for the postmortem this evening from Balarampur. Areas like Belpahari, Binpur and Lalgarh remained quite tense on the last day of the 48-hour bandh called by the Maoists.

Salva Judum leader, son killed in Bastar

KHAMMAM: A top leader of the Salwa Judum movement, Budram Rana, 47, and his son Kamlesh, 21, were gunned down by naxalites of the CPI (Maoist) at their farm in Musulur village, some 9 km from the Bijapur town in Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Advance intimation

According to reports, the naxalites, who had advance intimation of the visit of the Salwa Judum leader, were in wait for the two.

As soon as Mr. Rana and his son reached their fields, they pumped in bullets killing them on the spot.

The naxalites made a retreat from the village shouting slogans against the government of Chhattisgarh and the State-sponsored Salwa Judum, the anti-Maoist mission.
Villager shifted the bodies to Bijapur in the evening for post-mortem.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Maoists call 48-hour shutdown to protest Nandigram violence

After announcing their plan to fight the "fascist" Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Maoists have called a 48-hour shutdown in Bihar and Jharkhand on Monday and Tuesday to protest against the violence in Nandigram of neighbouring West Bengal.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) issued a statement on Thursday night calling for the shutdown.

Officials said the state government has decided to put the police on alert and deploy additional forces. East Central Railway may cancel a few trains.

A statement issued on Wednesday by CPI-Maoist said: "We unequivocally support the just cause of the people of Nandigram and assure them that we shall stand firmly by them in their just and democratic struggle against pro-imperialist policies of the CPI-M and the fascist repression let loose by the state and central government."
Maoist leaders said "the red-flag-bearing government of West Bengal has openly come out in support of capitalists and was uprooting farmers and their families from the land to make room for industrialists".
CPI-Maoist's Bihar-Jharkhand special area committee secretary Rakesh said: "This is not a question of Nandigram or West Bengal alone but also of Orissa, Jharkhand and other places in the country where special economic zones (SEZs) are being set up at the behest of the centre and touts of multinational companies are letting loose a reign of terror on innocent people."

The Maoists have asked people living around areas demarcated for SEZs across the country to join their agitation.

What else can we expect from them?

"Freedom is taken not given" - this was Subash Chandra Bose's opinion and he believed and followed it throughout his life. It was this idea of Subhash which created difference with Gandhi and his supporters. Gandhi and his supporting congressmen believed that they should become a part of the parliament and gradually make british rulers to "TRANSFER THE POWER".Ultimately in the end these peple succeded in their steps and the power was transferred - INDEPENDENCE?

Independence - It is still a dream for lakhs. `British ruled us. They battered the revolutionary movements. They evendid some developmental activities. They looted the country. They helped their supporters and friends and severely punished those who opposed them. Do you find any difference between `british' and present `ruler politicians`?

In the AICC meet recently held congressmen showed that they are loyal to Nehrufamily and they are not ashamed to be called as slaves. Inspite of his weakneses Nehru had poitical experience.But after him? His family enjoyed power without any qualification . Even PM Manmohan Singh praised Rahul and said " he is the future of our country" what a future?!

Indira Gandhi was a famous politician . She showed her hidden face during emergence. Most of us born after emergence; now we are seeing the illefeects of emergency in Pakistan. Elders say that Indian emergency was even worse.

Sanjay Gandhi forcefully vasectomised thousands of men. Unfortunately he died in plane accident ; otherwise we would have seen his emergency ruling.

A party which always pretend to be followers of mahathma and protectors of minority killed thousands of sikhs.

If we look at the other National party BJP - it uses a man who lead the killings of thousands of muslims, Gujrat CM Narendra Modi as its TRUMPCARD!!!!


Saturday, November 17, 2007


Prime minister Manmohan singh said that if the indian economy grows at the present rate then poverty can be eliminated from the country in 10 years.......
He is right!! India is already eliminating poverty not by improving the standards of the poorer section but by eliminating the poor people, when poor people are not alive then where is the question of poverty?

Between 1993 - 2003 1,00,248 farmers have commited suicide in India [ government souces say] but a/c to some it is 9 lakh upto 2007!!!!!! What a way to overcome poverty!!

What should be the qualification to rule [ no politician is leading country i suppose] ? degree , peoples support leadership qualities ? no in congress if you belong to nehru family then you are fit to rule or lead or destroy a country. Now sonia gandhi is super PM , next it will be rahul's chance , according to our PM Rahul represents the youth !!!!!
If this rule holds good everywhere then why i wasted my precious years in getting medical degree , my father is a doctor and i am his son so i also have the right to put Dr. behind my name without reading or passing............ is that acceptable??

Naxalbari to Nandigram

Friday November 16 2007 07:52 IST

THE CPI(M)’s justification to post CRPF in and around Nandigram was that the Maoists had entrenched themselves there. This is not different from the positions taken by Nitish Kumar in Bihar, Madhu Kora in Jharkhand, Raman Singh in Chattisgarh and Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy in Andhra Pradesh.

The violence by the party’s cadre, aided by the state, against the people of Nandigram and the justification that it was necessary after the Maoists had entrenched themselves in the villages is also the same as Israel’s bulldozing Palestinian homes and shooting at children on grounds that the Hamas is entrenched there.

It is a different matter that the CPI(M) continues to celebrate the Chinese regime (and Mao continues to remain the deity of that regime despite zeal with which it is adopting capitalism) to deny the Tibetans of their right to nationhood.

As is the case of the new generation leaders of the CPC, those in the CPI(M) too seem to have reduced all those books to mere show-pieces rather than read them and internalised some of the thoughts. And that is, indeed, evident from their attitude towards the Maoists and the fact that it is the same as that of the BJP, the Congress(I) and the amoral Madhu Kora.

It makes sense to briefly delve into the history of the Maoists in India. When the CPI(M) teamed up with the Bangla Congress to join the Ajoy Mukherjee Government on March 2, 1967, it seemed to herald a new era in West Bengal. The Bangla Congress leader, Ajoy Mukherjee became the Chief Minister and Jyoti Basu Deputy Chief Minister holding charge of the Home portfolio. Hari Krishna Konar, veteran leader of the peasant movement, became Minister for Land and Land Revenue.

And on March 18, just 16 days after the new Government took over, the CPI(M) leaders of the Siliguri sub-division held a conference of the peasants in the region. One of the prominent leaders of that event was Charu Mazumdar then of the CPI(M) at that time. The conference gave a call for ending monopoly ownership of land by the landlords, redistribution of land through peasants’ committees and arming the peasants to destroy the resistance of landlords to any such mobilisation.

A couple of months afterwards, Konar, in an interview to Ganashakthi (the CPI-M’s Bengali organ) said: “The development of peasants’ initiatives and the advance of organised force would pave the way for further progress.” The veteran Kisan leader’s statement, incidentally, was not very different from the call at the Siliguri conference. Konar pointed out that benami transfers (that the landlords effected to circumvent the laws) and stay orders had scuttled redistribution of 121,000 acres of land, identified as surplus by the Government.

The extent of such land increased to 200,000 acres by September 1969. In the 30 months between March 1967 and September 1969, the United Front Government had collapsed and reconstructed after another election to the State assembly. And from what appeared to be an innocuous conference (Siliguri), a movement had taken shape across West Bengal, in the Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh, in Tamil Nadu and in Kerala.

Charu Mazumdar’s view that the CPI(M) had got stuck in a position from which they would not be able to liberate the landless and the small peasant came to be shared by a number of others in the CPI(M). They were, however, in a minority and hence expelled. All this laid the basis for the foundation of a new party — CPI(ML); even while they committed themselves to Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin (as did the CPI-M), Charu Mazumdar and his comrades insisted that Mao Tse Tung’s thoughts were far more relevant to the Indian condition.

They insisted feudal vestiges remained strong and industrial houses unwilling to battle these vestiges. And they were also of the opinion that the industrial class (the bourgeoisie) was inclined to compromise with foreign monopoly capital rather than confront it; they came to describe the capitalists class in India as comprador.

They identified their task as being anti-feudal and anti-imperialist. It was in this context that a clash broke out between the police and armed villagers near Siliguri on May 23, 1967; the police was sent there to arrest some of the local leaders and Jyoti Basu was the Home Minister.A constable, Sonam Wangdi was killed in the clashes and on May 25, a huge posse of armed policemen sent to Pradjote in Naxalbari, opened fire on the villagers killing nine, including six women and two children.

This was just the beginning and the Sidhartha Shankar Ray regime (1972-77) went about shooting down Naxalites as well as members of the CPI(M) across West Bengal.The CPI(M)’s attitude towards the Naxalites (as Charu Mazumdar and his comrades were identified because the initial stirrings of the movement were in Naxalbari village in North Bengal) was one of antagonism and this in turn led them, while in power, to unleash police against the leaders as well as hapless people.

The violent reaction by the Buddhadeb regime against those leading the struggle against indiscriminate land alienation in the name of development in Nandigram is just one more instance of this.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Court slams Bengal govt for Nandigram killings

New Delhi: The Calcutta High Court hearing a PIL filed on the March 14 Nandigram killings on Friday rejected all arguments made by the West Bengal government.

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court, comprising Chief Justic S S Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh, calling the police firing unconstitutional and avoidable, ordered the state government to pay a compensation of no less than Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of those killed.
The bench also ordered Rs 5 lakh as compensation for those killed in the violence and Rs 2 lakh to those raped and molested.

When asked about the High Court's order on compensation, Home Secretary P R Roy said, "The government has to abide by the court order on compensation."

The court also directed CBI to continue the inquiry into the incident and submit a report in a month's time.

"The division bench also made it unequivocally clear that it had the power to order a CBI inquiry on its own under Article 226 of the Constitution," Advocate Kalyan Bandopadhay, who had filed a number of Public Interest Litigations on behalf of the victims' families, told reporters.
The verdict comes a day after the High Court lawyers boycotted proceedings protesting the delay in giving the ruling.

"We have boycotted the High Court because the hearing of the PIL filed by the High Court Bar Association on the March 14 Nandigram killing was over in July this year, but the Chief Justice has been delaying the verdict," PTI quoted Secretary of HCBA Uttam Majumdar as saying.
Such was the agitation that the lawyers even took out a procession and demanded immediate action on the matter.

High Court sources told the agencies that the verdict was, in fact, to be delivered on Thursday itself but the death of a judge forced the postponement.
Meanwhile, the state government is trying to rally support on its role in Nandigram, but with little success.

While the intellectuals took to the street against the Nandigram violence on Wednesday, a CPI-M rally backed by government justified the violent.
(With PTI inputs)

Calcutta HC asks CBI to continue probe, announces compensation

Kolkata (PTI): The Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the CBI to continue the inquiry into March 14 Nandigram police firing and violence and submit a report within a month.

A division bench comprising Chief Justic S S Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh, while delivering the order, said the police action on the day was not justifiable before the court.

The court also said the state government should give compensation package to those killed, injured, raped and molested at Nandigram on March 14.

It said that a compensation of no less than Rs 10 lakhs be given to the next of kin of those killed, not less than Rs 5 lakhs for those injured, not less than Rs 8 lakhs for those raped and not less than Rs 2 lakhs for those molested.

After the March 14 incident, the chief justice had suo moto initiated a case and asked the CBI to probe the police firing and violence and submit a report within a week.

Since then 10 more PILs were filed and the hearing on them completed in July.

It’s all just "fine" in Nandigram!

Rajib Chatterjee
Pay money, if you want to stay in your home or face the consequences. This is the dictum of the CPI-M cadres in Nandigram who have now started imposing fine on Bhumi Ucched Protirodh Committee supporters (BUPC) instead of driving them out of their villages. Those who failed to pay were forced to leave their homes.

Sheikh Mosu, a resident of Osmanchowk village, was instructed to pay Rs 10,000 as fine for supporting the BUPC. He was driven out of his villages after Mosu, who works as a daily wage earner, expressed his helplessness. “Now I’m staying in the relief camp. They (CPI-M men) have threatened to kill me if I dared to enter the village. They told me that fine must be paid, otherwise I wouldn’t be allowed to stay home,” said Mosu.

“Mr Prajapati Jana, a resident of Garchakraberia, is in trouble. CPI-M cadres allegedly ordered him to pay Rs 10,000 to stay home or face the consequences. He has been running from pillar to post to collect the money,” said Sheikh Sufiyan, a BUPC member.

The condition of Mr Lakshman Maity, a resident of Subanichowk, is somewhat the same. He was ordered to pay Rs 30,000 to stay home. The offence of Mr Jana and Mr Maity is that they supported the BUPC’s movement, said Mr Sufiyan. Mr Sriram Chandra Mondal, a resident of Sonachura, came to the relief camp today.

“Local CPI-M men drove me out of my house on 11 November as I failed to pay a fine of Rs 30,000. I came to the relief camp after persuasion failed.” Many others like Mr Mondal and Mosu had to leave their homes after they failed to pay up. They are so scared that they didn’t even go to police. “The matter has been brought to the notice of policemen, but they remained silent,” said Mr Sufiyan.

The BUPC leader said Mr Manas Maiti and Mr Bhaja Maity, two residents of Daudpore, who had returned to their homes this morning came back to the relief camp in the evening. “They were beaten up after they expressed their inability to pay Rs 30,000’’, said Mr Sufiyan.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

CRPF enters Nandigram

Nandigram (PTI): Despite being prevented by CPI-Marxist supporters from entering Nandigram, CRPF personnel on Monday marched to the violence-ravaged village, but their number was not specified.

West Bengal IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said in Kolkata that the CRPF force had entered Nandigram, but could not specify their number.

The central force went to the Nandigram police station and would be deployed as per plans, police sources here said.

East Midnapore district Superintendent of Police S Panda said the district police would assist the para-military force.

"There will be no problem in joint coordination with the CRPF," the SP said, adding that a total of five companies of the central force were scheduled to arrive at Nandigram.

Home Secretary P R Roy also said that of the 500 CRPF personnel who had arrived in the state, about 100 had entered Nandigram. He said 200 more central forces personnel were expected to arrive in the state in a couple of days.

Asked why no one was being allowed to enter Nandigram, he said "you know the situation. Even the CRPF is not being allowed in".

Earlier, CRPF Director-General S I S Ahmed met Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee at the Writers' Buildings in Kolkata.

Three companies of the CRPF had to return on Sunday night to Tamluk, the district headquarters, after being stopped by CPI(M) supporters blocking roads.

Panda admitted that the CRPF men were prevented by CPI(M) supporters and had to return from there.

SUCI stages protest

MYSORE: Protesting against what they described as atrocities against farmers of Nandigram by the CPI(M)-led Government in West Bengal, activists of the district unit of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) staged a demonstration at K.R. Circle here on Monday.
The activists raised slogans against the Left Front Government, which, according to them, is forcing farmers to give up their land for the proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in their area.
Speaking on the occasion, SUCI district convener M. Shashidhar said that noted personalities, writers and intellectuals had condemned the atrocities. . Leaders, including M. Umadevi and B. Ravi, participated in the protest.

Police, naxalites exchange fire in Udupi

Manipal (PTI): A group of six naxalites and police/Anti-Naxal-Force (ANF) exchanged fire in the thick forest at Kothagundi near Shankaranarayana in Udupi district of Karnataka early on Tuesday, police said.
A police official clarified that two naxalites, who were suspected to be injured in the incident, were not hurt and all of them escaped.
The sources said during a routine joint combing operation,the group including two women was spotted and they were immediately surrounded by police and ANF.
Police said a gun, cartridges and utensils were recovered from the spot, adding, intense combing operations were continuing in the area.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


11/10/2007 3:01:19 PM

'Times Now' has acquired a top secret Intelligence Bureau report that says that the Naxals now have a systematic urban plan. The report indicates that the Naxal groups are advancing beyond their usual training and breeding grounds and moving to the cities.
The report cites SEZ unrest as a fuel for Naxal activity and that Naxals are misguiding displaced migrants in cities towards extremism. It's not an urban plan that involves the regions known to be the red corridor but that newer areas are being explored. For instance the mineral belt of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are being seen as new targets for Naxals. Economic corridors surrounding Mumbai, NCR are also on the radar. What is most alarming is that the Naxal units are now stepping up on their intelligence gathering and techological upgradation.
The IB report indicates that Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai are being looked at as breeding points. Naxals have apparently set up seperate units for gathering critical intelligence.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Press release about Karnataka SHRC's reactionary stand on menasina hadya encounter.


Medha Patkar's convoy attacked in Nandigram


Thursday, November 8, 2007 (Kolkata)
Social activist Medha Patkar was on Thursday assaulted allegedly by CPI(M) activists at Kapaseberia in East Midnapore district while on her way to strife-torn Nandigram.

''There were CPI(M) men carrying red flags who blocked my car and some other vehicles which were going along with mine to Nandigram. I was hit on the face and they tried to pull my hair and was about to drag me out of the car,'' Patkar said over the phone from the spot.
Patkar said she and her associates squatted on the road in protest against the attack.Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), West Bengal, Raj Kanojia said in Kolkata that one of the vehicles in Patkar's convoy was damaged. It's been three days since the clashes in Nandigram erupted but the tension has not died down. Although no fresh clashes have been reported so far, another body was found floating in the Chandipur canal on Thursday morning, taking the number of dead to 5.
According to the anti-SEZ group involved in the clashes, the body is that of a CPI-M supporter.A turf war between CPI-M and Trinamool workers has claimed five lives, left thousands homeless and dozens injured and now all roads to the city are blocked.
Citizens who had demonstrated for an enquiry into the Rizwanur case have now found a new cause.

Candlelight vigil

A candlelight vigil began at 6 pm on Wednesday and will continue for the next 100 hours, demanding the restoration of peace in the troubled war zone. The venue for the vigil is not far from where the vigil was held for Rizwanur, outside St Xavier's College.

The 100-hour vigil has been started by the same group of people who went on a vigil for Rizwanur. It worked last time and are hoping the initiative will work again.''The message is again that we need peace in Nandigram.

No political statement, no political message, no political demand but very simple peace in Nandigram. It is a very big irony that India should be at peace but Nandigram should be at war,'' said Mudar Patharya, Investment analyst.

Initial response last evening was a mere trickle. But as word about the vigil gets around, organisers are sure more Kolkatans will join in the stand for peace.

People of Kolkata do not want to just sit back at home and see what is happening on TV screens. They want that, whosoever does the administration, at least bring peace and look after the people in the village.

The first and last time a candlelight vigil was held in Kolkata was in the Rizwanur Rehman case where the public demanded a CBI inquiry into his death. They got what they wanted. This time it is a call for peace in Nandigram, a message they hope politicians and administrators in the state will hear.(With PTI inputs]

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Statesman News Service
MIDNAPORE/KOLKATA, Nov. 5: Hundreds of CPI-M gunmen rained bombs and fired shots at Nandigram areas from Khejuri side this evening. Bhumi Uchched Protirodh Committee leader Mr Swadesh Adhikari alleged that CPI-M cadres had called their colleagues to join them in their attack on the BUPC and reinforce their presence in the area. The CPI-M’s intention, it seems, is to capture Nandigram before the arrival of Central forces this week. This has created panic among the BUPC leaders who have alerted their supporters to remain on guard throughout the night on the Khejuri-Nandigram border to counter Red rampage, Mr Adhikary said. The BUPC leader, Mr Nanda Patra, lodged a complaint with the Nandigram police in this regard around 11 p.m. SP Mr SS Panda said he had not yet received any message about the incident from Nandigram police station nor from the BUPC. “But what can the police do in the midst of gunfire between rival groups at night,” the SP argued. Earlier this morning, violence flared up in Nandigram when CPI-M activists, holed up in Khejuri, attacked BUPC supporters at the Tekhali bridge. Around 4.30 a.m. nearly 500 armed men tried to cross the Talpati canal and enter Nandigram. They fired in the air and threw bombs. Alarmed by the attack, BUPC members, guarding the bridge, blew conch shells. Within minutes over 3,000 villagers from all over the area rushed towards the bridge and formed a human wall to block the advancement of CPI-M invaders. Following this the attackers retreated. Another attack was launched around 10.30 a.m. Police remained silent spectators. Five rounds were fired and bombs thrown. However, this attack was foiled after people rushed in from Nandigram and two rounds were fired in retaliation. The Trinamul Congress organised a rally in Reyapara, a CPI-M stronghold, following which Left supporters evacuated the area. Five shots were fired and two bombs exploded at Khejuri. The state government today said Central forces requisitioned by it would be under its command. The IG Western Range Mr Arun Gupta, who was present at Nandigram on the day of the carnage, was transferred today. Home secretary Mr PR Roy said: “Any Central agency coming in functions under state command. Do you think they (Central forces) would be willing to commit anything illegal while following our orders? If bullets are fired from both directions, is the CRPF going to retaliate only in one direction?’’ Meanwhile, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said at a CPI-M meeting in Howrah that the government had wanted to make Nandigram another Haldia but failed to convince the people. Apprehending a genocide in Nandigram at the behest of the state police, Trinamul leader Miss Mamata Banerjee warned the government of serious consequences.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


(ISLAMABAD – 3RD NOVEMBER 2007) Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) will resist Martial Law or emergency if imposed in Pakistan. The armed struggle would be launched against the Government if Martial Law is now imposed fifth time by the Army and General Musharraf and in case of emergency, the CPP will challenge the imposition of emergency in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

This was stated in a policy statement by the Central Chairman of the Communist Party of Pakistan, Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik here today. He said Quaid-e-Azam has not created Pakistan for the rule of military.

He said that if the Army and General Pervaz Musharraf would follow unconstitutional steps by imposing Martial Law in the country in the coming days, the Communist Party would then leave the path of democratic norms and would resist the Martial Law tooth and nail by launching arms struggle against the Martial Law in whole of Pakistan.

The CPP Chairman vehemently stressed and said that the Army and General Musharraf, who are ruling this country on one pretext or the others for almost 35 years out of 60 years since independence of Pakistan from British Empire in 1947, has now in fact lost the credibility in the eyes of the down trodden and poor masses of Pakistan.

They are now ruling the country with the help of elites and those politicians, who are in fact traders and ‘turn coats’ politicians, for whom people have no respect for them at all.

The turn coats politicians like the President Pakistan Muslim League Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Federal Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad and others, who are supporting Military regimes and General Musharraf are warning the public that if the Supreme Court gives an anti judgment concerning the controversial Presidential election of General Musharraf, martial law or emergency would be imposed in Pakistan.

In fact by such like statements, they want to pressurize the Supreme Court of Pakistan for deciding the Musharraf’s case in his favour keeping the law of necessity. It is a message to Supreme Court by them not to decide the Justice (Retd) Wajid-ud-din Ahmad petition’s against General Musharraf on merits.

CPP fully supports the armed struggle launched by the communists in various countries of the world. Engineer Jameel said that the arms struggle by the communists in Nepal against the monarchy is near to end now and the communists will soon over throw the monarchy for ever in Nepal.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


"Survival of the fittest " - this is the rule in forests. young and energetic animals should survive because they are fit and diseased and old animals die as they are unable to find their food. We have come far from that forest laws and that rule shouldn't hold good for us. We can't let die our old parents just because they are old.

But in the world of globalisation the things are changing. "Everyone shold live" - policy is gradually disappearing. You ask supporters of big malls, they say that ` those who are fit they will survive in the market. Malls have the capacity and they will do it. If a owner of a petty shop cannot compete let him close his shop. We are not responsible and least bothered'.

If `survival of the fittest' becomes the human policy then how can we punish gangsters,murderers? Even they can utter the same words " we know how to kill and how to ake hafta and we are fit to do it" can we let them off by applying fitness formula?

We should grow, ofcourse a little bit more than our competitors but the competition shouldn't end in the death of our competitor.

Interview with Maoist leader Ram Bahadur Thapa in Nepal

“I stand with the revolution"

28 October

By raising demands on the eve of the constituent assembly elections, the Maoists are accused of being against polls. Why are you going against the very agenda you raised? On a superficial level, it looks like the CPN-M was behind the delay in elections. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that the NC and other parties are the main culprits. Take a look at our demands, and see if they are legitimate or not. The parties are responsible for the election postponement because they refused to budge. Don’t you see that you are endangering the peace process and a return to war? We have seen that danger. If the government tries to suppress our peaceful revolution with weapons then it will be clear that they have no desire to hold elections or change to a republic. I don’t think they’ll make such a stupid move. But history has shown that in extreme cases, people do resort to stupidity. So we haven’t dismissed that possibility. In the span of one-and-a-half years, what have you accomplished and what have you lost? Our recently concluded fifth plenum answers this question. There were forces that tried to isolate us by labelling us terrorists. They have failed. The middle class no longer misunderstands us and we have established international relations. But there have also been losses. We have had trouble making the changes we wanted. We failed to make the people understand many of our agreements. Regressive forces have made use of that. Our weaknesses in madhesi, janjati and republican issues have been exposed.
Are you a hardliner? No. There are right-wingers, middle-of-the- roaders, and leftist factions in our own party and they are in constant conflict. So where do you stand among those factions? We are revolutionaries and I fall into that category. Our party follows the revolutionary code. I am on the side of revolution and if the party line goes against my beliefs, then I will stand with the revolution. It is said that you have tried to establish yourself against Chairman Prachanda. That is also part of a conspiracy. I do not surface in public much, and that is my weakness. This rumour has spread because certain factions wish it. You have said that you do not want a republic like that in Iraq or Sikkim. We want a Nepali republic, where Nepalis make the decisions. Foreign help will be required, but not foreign direction. If foreigners try to direct us instead of just helping us, it will be an attack on our national integrity. You have maintained that there is an Indian hand in everything, but we do not see you opposing it. Our line on India is clear. There are many treaties and agreements with Nepal that need to be changed. We don’t want to ruin our relationship with India, we want to make it better in the future. But our party will oppose India’s incorrect actions. Certain factions in India are hatching a conspiracy against the movement of the Nepali people. This is an attack on our independence. The madhesi incidents are also anti-national.


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