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War Against Maoists In India
Its time to start recording every event related to War against Maoist in India.

We should list GOI failures and inability to help state Govt.
At the end we will know GOI objectives. As we always suspected UPA is encouraging Maoist by doing nothing or turning its face otherside or sabotaging state govt efforts. Prime reason, UPA had used maoist during election and finishing opposition.

<b>With all good wishes to Gill and his team. </b>

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Gill crafts ultimate battle plan in Chhattisgarh: Hit Maoists hard, hit them sure  </b>
Pramod Kr Singh | New Delhi 
Supercop KPS Gill, now the security adviser to Chhattisgarh Government, has outlined his plan of action to stamp out Maoists from the State. Gill, credited with winning the war on terrorism in Punjab, has already submitted his blueprint to the Home Ministry bosses.

<b>The Gill doctrine is:</b> Gather intelligence about the strength and capabilities of the Maoist groups active in Chhattisgarh, identify their hideouts, train and modernise the State Police, then hit them hard in a sudden and well-coordinated attack.

Gill also wants helicopters for aerial reconnaissance and forces paradropped in Maoist strongholds.

The thrust of the Gill doctrine is to launch a swift offensive giving little time to Maoist guerrillas to regroup and retaliate.
The supercop has also requested the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to provide 32 battalions of Central Para-Military Forces to launch an all-out attack on Maoist outfits.

<b>However, MHA mandarins are believed to have conveyed it to him and the State Government that providing so many battalions was not possible. Gill scaled down the demand to 18 battalions.  <!--emo&:thumbdown--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Again, the MHA officials expressed their inability. They said they could spare only six more battalions at this juncture as there are already seven battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed in the State.</b>  <!--emo&:thumbdown--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' /><!--endemo-->

<b>According to sources in the Government, the Prime Minister's Office has put a spanner into Gill's plan as it first wants the State Government to raise its own special force.  <!--emo&:thumbdown--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Further, the PMO does not agree with Gill's suggestion of commando-type operations to flush out the Maoists.</b> <!--emo&:thumbdown--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif' /><!--endemo-->

The PMO spanner apart, the State Government has outlined its own policy to deal with the Maoists. The State Government has identified places in forests in the Bastar region where Maoists are known to have strong bases. Because, the Gill action-plan stresses the need to identify places where the Maoists can be engaged in a calculated way.

Initially, the supercop wanted the anti-Maoist campaign to begin before the Monsoon. However, the State Government officials were of the opinion that it would be better to conduct the operation during the rains as the militants come out of their dens during the season, making them easy targets.

However, the MHA disagreed. Its officials said that thick foliage during the Monsoon made boobytraps and landmines laid by the militants near impossible to detect, which would mean heavy casualty for the security forces.

As of now, according to State and MHA officials, the anti-Maoist operation will begin after the Monsoon.
<b>The MHA is believed to have promised to rush Central forces to Chhattisgarh as tackling Maoists in the State is on top of its agenda.</b>

Chhattisgarh is one of the worst Maoist-affected States in the country. Maoists are active in eight out of the State's 16 districts, Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Surguja, Jashpur, Koriya, Rajnandgaon, and Kawardha.
An anti-Maoist movement, euphemistically called Salva Zudoom (peace initiative) is currently going on in the state to rope in villagers against Maoist violence.

As many as 250 villages of the Bastar region have been mobilised under this movement, which commenced in mid-June 2005. Apart from holding relatively large meetings, releasing anti-Maoist posters and pamphlets and maintaining vigils at the local level, the villagers have killed three Maoists.

The MHA was willing to provide as much force as Chhattisgarh Government demands but it should also raise a Special Task Force (STF) on its own to counter the Maoist charge, a senior MHA official said.

The Chhattisgarh Government has also adopted an Intelligence-gathering model, which was presented by the BSF during the recently held meeting to tackle the Maoist problem. State Chief Secretary told the Home Secretary the State was doing everything to further augment its Intelligence setup.
PMO is doing micro management and its so called experts are sabotaging any plans. Refusal to provide required forces, itself tells PMO/GOI intentions.
<b>Two Maoists killed in police encounter in AP</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Police also seized a sten gun and the outfit's literatures from the encounter site, Chouhan said adding that the combing operation is on<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Two Naxalites gunned down in Chhattigarh</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"Two Naxalites were killed and one AK-47 and a motorcycle were recovered from them after a shoot-out near Madimalai village of Bijarpur district about 500 km from Raipur," police said.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Naxalites kill seven villagers in Chattisgarh</b> ?<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi, June. 20 (AP): <b>Suspected communist rebels killed seven villagers and injured three others during an overnight raid in central India, police said on Tuesday</b>.

<b>The seven were killed _ some shot, others stabbed or beaten to death _ because the rebels suspected them of helping government forces in the Chattisgarh state </b>village of Konta, 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Raipur, the state capital, said G. Naik, the inspector-general of police.

The guerrillas have been targeting the area's villagers in recent months for taking part in demonstrations against rebel violence.

Chattisgarh has become a frequent scene of violence by the militants, known as Naxalites, who claim to be inspired by <b>Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong </b>and have been fighting for more than two decades, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor. More than 6,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Why communist newspaper Hindu call them "Naxalite" or "rebel" not "Terrorist"?
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>BJP fires 'Salwa Judum' salvo at Left </b>
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday fired the 'Salwa Judum' salvo at the Left , accusing them of adopting double standards on the issue of Maoists.

Charging the Communists with supporting various insurgent groups, the BJP on Monday criticised their demand for stopping the Army's operation against the Maoist outfits and their stand on the people's movement .

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>"The Salwa Judum is the tribals' movement against the Maoists in Bastar in Chhattisgarh. Instead of appreciating the people's fight against the menace of naxalism, the Left parties are critical of Salwa Judum. They have also sought the withdrawal of Naga and Mizo battalions of the Army from the states, crushing the naxal activities," </span>Prakash Javadekar, national spokesperson of BJP, said on Monday.

<b>"The recent meeting of UPA and Left co-ordination committee has exposed the leftists to the hilt by bringing fore their hidden agenda to support various insurgent groups. They are pro-naxals and anti-tribals in their approach. The Centre should deploy more forces to deal with the rising menace of Maoists in more than eight states,"</b> he said

Javadekar claimed the co-ordination committee of the UPA-Left parties was to discuss the issues such the rollback of petroleum prices, deviation from the national common minimum programme, foreign direct investment.

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>"None of these issues came up for a discussion in the meeting. The Left leaders did not ask for the rollback, but chose to discuss Salwa Judum and military deployment against the naxalites," </span>he added.
<b>The main reason for this movement in the States of Andhra Pradesh,Orissa and West Bengal plus the adjoining districts of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh had been the continued neglect of the have nots by the successive State Governments.It has been allowed to come to the present state by not trying to resolve the fundamental issue i.e. social deprivation and lack of means for making life descent.The net result of this has been the growth of this movement.
If even now a sincere effort is made for the general economic development of the region free from deprivation of opportunity for the realy affected people of these areas, then the situation is bound to improve.
Another important aspect which has come to light in view of this movement is that all politcal parties which have been or are presently in power in these States have one policy in common, the economic and social exploitation of the have nots.</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-Ravish+Jun 20 2006, 10:09 PM-->QUOTE(Ravish @ Jun 20 2006, 10:09 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>The main reason for this movement in the States of Andhra Pradesh,Orissa and 
Another important aspect which has come to light in view of this movement is that all politcal parties which have been or are presently in power in these States have one policy in common, the economic and social exploitation of the have nots.</b>

One issue which every one ignores in analysing the Maoist problem anywhere is the China factor. The very name Maoism comes from China. This is a Chinese century per Commies of China and any country with a potential to be powerful is a fertile place for Maoists. India in Asia is the biggest hindrance to the realization of Chinese 21 st century dream hence on target of Maoists.

On exploitation, in India it is not just have-nots who have been exploited but 'haves' are equally exploited. India has the highest proportion of taxes in the world: Income tax, Wealth Tax, Service Tax, Vat , Luxury tax to name a few. Unwritten bribery tax is a way of life. Even if you earn Rs 10 lacs per year, almost 50 % of that amount is taken out by political mafiosos of India and they themselves are sitting upon mountains of ill gotten wealth just read latest <b>OmPrakash Chotta-la</b> episode in Haryana where conservatively more that Rs 2000 crores were said to have been discovered. The Britishers may have gone from India but they have left behind their Macaulay and brain washed breed of Indian politicians who are sucking the blood of Indians.

Believe me most of the money earmarked by various Government for the upliftment of so called depraved massed are siphoned of by political mafiosos themselves and then they have face to implement reservations in government jobs.

Fodder scam worth 1000's of crores, Telgi case again in 1000's of crores, Bofors & Scorpene scam again of 1000's of crores, BJP-MP scam-Tehelka Scam, Jaya-Amma-famous ill gotten wealth scam, Gowda infrastructure scam of 1000's of crores , Transfer of public land under shady SEZ schemes worth 1000's of crores for pittance, pervasive rule of political mafia in every day life in most Indian states, Sex scams/exploitations of children and women in many states in connivance of <b>Politicians-Police-Judiciary-Criminals-Public servants,</b> Oil scam -killing of Honest IIT Grad ...........and 1000's of unreported frauds on Indians by political mafiosos are slowly eating away the very fabric and life of this nation.

This is the Kaliyuga at its worst with the rule of Asuras sucking the last drop of blood from the ordinary people of this country.

Maoism, Jehadism, Nepotism, Bribism, Anti-nationalism, Anti-humanism ...all are but various manifestations of ABSOLUTELY corrupt and ADHARMIC rulers of this country.
<b>Chhattisgarh rebels have links with Nepal Maoists: minister</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Maoists operating in Chhattisgarh have links with Nepalese Maoists. Nepalese rebels come often to the state," Netam told reporters Wednesday, a day after Maoist rebels killed 10 civilians in two separate incidents.

Without taking names, the minister said those "objecting to Salwa Judum and seeking withdrawal of central forces from insurgency-hit areas are anti-national".

<b>The Left parties had last week sought withdrawal of some paramilitary troops from Chhattisgarh's Bastar region and a halt to the Salwa Judum movement, launched last year in June</b>.
This whole 'war on maoists' is a joke - on Indians.

When UPA first came into power they rolled back every gain made by previous NDA govt in terms of the war on terror. In fact they even actively encouraged it.

Remember the incident where naxal leader Ramakrishna in AP was surrounded by police but one phone call by YSR and they had to let him go? The other one when Venkaiah Naidu's chopper was blown to bits by Naxals in Bihar and Naidu escaped on pillon of motorcyle of a passerby without asking protection from police since he knew what the police in Laloo's Bihar would have done? Even Shourie wrote at a length on how foolish this cuddling of maoist policy was. All this bits are available in IF archives.

After couple hundred deaths and failed policy, this administration has come about 180 degrees on this now. Bismark mentioned that only foolish people learn from mistake of others - these nitwits aren't worth being called foolish. As long as life and property of an Indian is cheap, our netas will continue with such hair-brained schemes.
<b>Maoists raid CRPF camp in Jharkhand, jawan killed</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In a major raid, about <b>400 Maoist rebels attacked a CRPF camp in Jharkhand, killing a jawan, and blew up rail tracks in two places.</b>

After the attack at Rahvan in Jhumra Pahar area in Bokaro district, CRPF jawans posted there retaliated and the gun battle continued till late on Sunday night, Hazaribagh's Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.

Over 4,000 rounds were fired by the <b>CRPF jawans who also used 20 para bombs, mortars and 20 grenades in one of the firefight that lasted over four hours</b>, said Ashwini Kumar Sinha, the Sub-divisional Police Officer at Bermo in Bokaro.

Kumar could not confirm if there were any casualties among the Maoists. However, Sinha said <b>police teams had spotted bloodstains at a few places at the site of the gunbattle and anticipated that a few rebels might have been killed</b>.

<b>About 3,000 empty cartridges, 150 live cartridges, 15 crude bombs and as many grenades were recovered from the spot.</b>

Sinha said the rebels, comprising <span style='color:red'>hard-core ultras from Andhra Pradesh and Nepal, blew up rail tracks at Dania and Dumribihar station and planted explosives on all roads to leading to Jhumrapahar while fleeing</span>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Maoists blow up former MLA’s home</b>
Visakhapatnam: Suspected Maoists blasted the house of former Congress legislator P. Balaraju from Chintapalli at G.K. Colony, 2 km away from GK Veedhi mandal of agency area, late on Saturday night, our correspondent reports.

The Maoists in 1993 had abducted Balaraju for a few days and released him unharmed. He was not present in the house when the Maoists attacked it. Police said five extremists wearing uniforms and more than 50 armed persons entered the tiled house and asked the ex-MLA’s elderly mother P. Lakshmamma to leave the house and blasted it between midnight and 12.30 am.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Cong leader shot dead
Shivanand Shukla | Raipur
<b>A tribal Congress leader Lalit Markam was killed by Maoists in Dudhiras village in Dantewada </b>even as a joint team of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh police decimated seven camps of the Leftwing guerrillas in Bastar forests, police said.

<b>"Markam was killed by ultras on Monday because he supported the anti-Maoist campaign salwa judum (peace march),"</b> police said.

On the other hand, police have decimated seven Maoist camps in the border areas of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.<b> Twelve landmines, four pressure bombs and other arms and ammunitions were recovered from the Maoist hideouts </b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Eight Maoists killed in Andhra </b>
Omer Farooq | Hyderabad 
The outlawed CPI-Maoist on Tuesday suffered yet another major blow in Andhra Pradesh when the police killed eight ultras, including two senior leaders, in an encounter in Mahbubnagar district on Tuesday.

Confirming this, the Mahbubnagar district superintendent of police, K Srinivas Reddy, said that the ultras were killed in an encounter near Mallayyapenta hamlet in Amrabad on Tuesday.

While a State-level leader Sambasivdu managed to escape with several others, the Achampeta squad commander Mahesh and deputy commander Swapna were killed.

Of the remaining six, the police identified four as Suguna, Padma, Indra and Puspha. Police were trying to find out whether the two unidentified bodies include any top leader.

Reddy said that the anti-Maoist Greyhound force raided the forest area following a tip-off about a meeting in the area. The force had also learnt about the presence of some State-level leaders in the meeting.

However, the exchange of fire was continuing till reports last came in. Police have seized six weapons of the Maoists, Reddy said.

Though several top leaders of the Maoists have been killed in the recent weeks, this is the biggest encounter in terms of the loss of life for the Maoists.

Mahbubnagar district is in the same Nallamalla forest area where the CPI- Maoist has suffered some severe setbacks in the recent past.

Police had killed a central committee member M Ravi Kumar in Prakasham district and the Nallamalla platoon commander in Guntur district in the same region. The Khammam district secretary, Jagdish, was also killed last week while the AP-Orissa border committee secretary Sudhakar escaped narrowly.

With the latest incident, the number of Maoists killed by police this year has risen to 77. 
<b>Six Maoists among seven killed in Chhattisgarh</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In a joint raid by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police on a training camp of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) at Bhairamgarh area, 480 km south of capital Raipur, the rebels were killed on the spot.

<b>"Forces surrounded a war camp of the rebels in forested belt of Bhairamgarh and fired over 150 rounds of bullets to destroy the camp. At least six rebels were killed on the spot while three others were arrested,"</b> Inspector General TJ Longkumer said.

Longkumer said the rebels had killed a tribal man in Bijapur in same district on Wednesday for his links with the anti-Maoist movement Salwa Judum (Campaign for Peace).<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Two held in Delhi with 14 pistols</b>
[ Tuesday, July 04, 2006 10:44:51 amPTI ]
NEW DELHI: Two alleged arms suppliers to Naxalites were arrested from the New Delhi Railway Station late on Monday night and 14 pistols were recovered from their possession, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

<b>Alladin and Nizamuddin, both residents of Meerut, UP, were arrested from platform </b>number eight of the station by Crime Branch officials of Delhi Police, Additional Commissioner of Police Muktesh Chander said.

<b>The duo was coming from Bihar and had seven pistols each as well as 28 magazines in their possession</b>, he said.

<b>They regularly supplied arms to Naxals</b>, Chander said adding the pistols are locally manufactured but of good quality.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

<b>Prevent spread of Maoists: Support patriotic Adivasis of Chattisgarh</b>
By Swapan Das Gupta

Those familiar with diplomatic gobbledygook will have noticed the
generous overuse of the term "calibrated" to describe a prevailing
confusion or tentativeness of existing policy.

Often used as a euphemism for "nuanced", a "calibrated" strategy
invariably involves moving in one direction without any clear sense of
purpose, and with one eye on a possible exit route. It would be
ungenerous to suggest that the Left approach to the exercise of
political power at the Centre is whimsically calibrated.

On paper, the Communists are in the twilight zone between wielding
power at the Centre and being in opposition-the only caveat being that
they will not allow the UPA Government to collapse in a hurry.

At the same time, they have ensured that a generous clutch of their
fellow-travellers-the "eminent historians", the professional
seminarists and the custodians of left-liberal conscience have found
their way into advisory committees and governmentfunded quangos. From
these watchtowers of the establishment, they have begun the battle to
shape the ideological debate in the country. ( COMMENT: PLEASE READ

In the past month, many of the usual suspects who are otherwise
battling Narendra Modi and supporting terrorists have initiated a
campaign to rubbish the robust, one-year-old Salwa Judum campaign
against Maoist terror launched by the adivasis of Chhattisgarh.
Beginning with a press conference in Delhi by members of an
Independent Citizen's Initiative, the mainstream media has been
inundated by demands that the Salwa Judum camps be disbanded and a
cease-fire offered to the CPI(Maoist)-an insurgent group described by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the "single biggest internal
challenge" faced by the Republic.

These demands have been endorsed by the Communists and a section of
the Congress which hopes to benefit politically from an expedient
understanding with the Maoists.

It is only a matter of time before the human rights industry now
descends on Chhattisgarh to plead the terrorists' case. Given the
array of forces ranged against Salwa Judum, it is apparent that the
patriotic adivasis of Chhattisgarh are doing something right. It has
long been said that left-wing extremism cannot be countered as a
purely law and order problem.

There is no empirical basis to sustain the argument that winning a
civil war against a non-ethnic insurgency involves delving into
complex socio-economic formulations.

The Naxalites in West Bengal in the 1970s, the JVP in Sri Lanka in the
late-1980s and the Khalistani secessionists in the early-1990s were
crushed by the effective use of the coercive arms of the state. But
inspirational policemen like Ranjit Gupta in West Bengal and
J.F.Rebeiro and K.P.S. Gill in Punjab also used civil society groups
adroitly to combat terrorism.

Leaders like Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Priya Ranjan Das Munshi also
led the political charge against Red terror in West Bengal. It is this
aspect of the anti-terrorist operations which scare Maoists. The
Maoists have traditionally used their guns to intimidate villagers
into submission.

By temporarily resettling locals into camps-a technique first tried
with great success in the anti- Communist drive in Malaya in the
early-1950s-the Salwa Judum campaign has created the opening for
effective police action. It has even led to the surrender of some
2,638 Maoist foot-soldiers, a better term would be cannon-fodder, who
joined the movement for no apparent ideological reason.

Salwa Judum is not the be-all and end-all of counter-insurgency; it
has secured an environment for the effective use of force. The Maoists
want Salwa Judum called off for two reasons.

First, it will send a powerful signal to the adivasis that the Maoists
have the necessary political clout to supplement their guns and
claymore mines. Those who took the initiative to fight terror will end
up as sitting duck targets of the Maoists.
The Maoists have already murdered some 268 villagers for participating
in the Salwa Judum. If the movement is called off, it will be
accompanied by the ruthless killings of the entire anti-Maoist

Second, the Maoists have overextended themselves and need a little
respite to regroup, rearm and re-fund their units. Cease-fire, as
experience shows, is invariably a ruse to prepare for the next phase
of political terrorism. In Andhra Pradesh, for example, the Maoists
used the first six months of their short-lived cease-fire with the
government to extort between Rs 50 and 60 crores from traders and

At present, the CPI(Maoist) wants a breather to take advantage of the
transition in Nepal. If there is some deal, which the CPI(M) is
seeking to broker, to legitimise the People's Liberation Army as a
parallel force to the Royal Nepal Army, the surplus weapons of the
Nepal Maoists will start flowing to the Indian Maoists.

As things stand today, the Maoists are progressively acquiring more
and more sophisticated weapons with each passing day. The Claymore
mines, for example, are now supplemented with US-made IC-V8 wireless
equipment which allows explosives to be remote-controlled from a
distance of five kilometres.

Against this, the local police, except in Andhra Pradesh, lack
technology, fire power, training and motivation. Chhattisgarh's demand
for airborne reconnaissance was peremptorily turned down by the
Centre. There is nothing "calibrated" about the CPI(M) simultaneously
playing interlocutor with Nepal's Maoists and facilitating India's
home-grown terror in Chhattisgarh. Both amount to the same thing.

West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, for example, is a
hardliner when it comes to keeping the Maoists out of West Bengal. His
party, however, speaks another language when it comes to Maoists in
Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

At the UPA-Left coordination committee meeting earlier this month to
discuss price rise, the Left devoted much of its time demanding the
Government take action to force the Chhattisgarh government to
disperse the 50,000 or so people living in protected resettled

The joker of calibration is the Congress which wants to fight
Maoists-recall the Prime Minister's spirited assurance on April 14
that "There can be no political compromise with terror"- but can't
resist the temptation of cutting short-term deals with them to
unsettle a state government run by the BJP.

No wonder, the Maoist insurgency has spread to 165 districts in the
country and affect 17 per cent of the population.

In the past three months, more people have died from Maoist-related
violence than from terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. And yet, the
liberals keep repeating the same discredited mantra of killing them
with kindness.
<b>Naxals mow down 17 in Chhattisgarh relief camp</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In a major attack, a large number of Naxalites on Monday killed 17 villagers and injured 70, besides kidnapping over 20 people in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

"About 800 Naxalites simultaneously attacked a CRPF post and a state government run relief camp at Errabore at 1 am killing 17 villagers and injured 70 people of the camp," official sources from Konta block of Dantewada district said.

<b>Over 20 people, including a woman Special Police Officer, were abducted by the Naxalites from the camp, where about 4000 villagers were staying because of Naxal threat, </b>sources said.

Naxalites first attacked the CRPF camp so as to engage the security forces and then they raided the relief camp and carried out blasts and opened indiscriminate firing, besides setting on fire the huts of the camps at Errabore relief camp, about 40 km from Konta block headquarters, the sources said.

At least 17 villagers were killed and over 70 were injured in the Naxal attack and when a CRPF party chased them the Naxalites sneaked into the nearby jungles along with over 20 kidnapped villagers, they said.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
SP shunted by Karnataka Govt was probing ruling party MLA’s Naxalite links

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Of how Bellary’s Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kumar Thakur was transferred and his entire anti-Naxalite unit shunted out after they began investigating alleged links between ruling party politicians and “pseudo Naxals”—former Naxalites who still use Naxal cover for a range of illegal activities from gun-running to extortion.

Thakur was investigating an April 3, 2006 police intelligence report from neighbouring Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh linking one of Kumaraswamy’s Bellary MLAs, N Suryanarayan Reddy, with one of the key “pseudo Naxal” gun-runners operating in Bellary, Ranga Reddy.

His second investigation was into a 300-strong mob attack on May 13, 2006, on the biggest private mineowner in Bellary, MSPL Limited.

Named in the FIR as key conspirators behind this attack was the same MLA Suryanarayan Reddy. And his close associate M P Ravi, son of senior JDS leader and current state Home Minister M P Prakash.
Good analysis of
Politics of entitlement and Naxalism

Salwa Judum translates to “Peace March” in Bastar district of MP. A large group of adivasis (tribals) in Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh got frustrated by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and naxal menace. The government is largely absent in these areas and the naxals have a free run, <b>the naxals banned the tribals from conducting their weekly barter melas, which form the cornerstone of their culture</b>. In a brave act, they decided to take up arms and protect themselves from these Naxals in April 2005. It is important that they took up arms only as a defensive measure.  The state government also supported them. The lack of criminal ruthlessness, training and weaponry in the Salwa Judum activists made them no match for the dreaded Maoists. Anyway this part of India (13 heartland states / about 20-25% of the area) is messed up beyond belief. Entire villages are being moved into “relief camps”, to escape Naxal reprisals. Over 50,000 tribals from 700 villages no longer live at home, they live in these relief camps in the heart of India.

Interesting fact : At 39,000 sq km, the Bastar district is larger than Israel , larger than Kerala, larger than Belgium !!

Interesting fact 2: Bastar district has a “unsurveyed, unexplored” forest jungle called Abuj Mand. The forest zone is 10,000 SQ KM with a population of just 20,000. I did not know about this at all until I read this article.

Interesting fact 2: The Dantewada district has an area of 10,000 Sq Km (1/4 the size of Kerala) but has a population of just 700,000. Over 78% of then are Scheduled Tribes

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