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Indian Maoist influence is spreading – experts

Posted by ajadhind on February 12, 2009

NEW DELHI, Feb 10th 2009 – Well-armed Maoists are rapidly expanding their insurgency in India, catching the government off-guard with their appeal to the poor and destitute, officials and experts say.

The rebels have 22,000 combatants, and have spread to more than 180 of the country’s 630 districts from just 56 in 2001, according to the government and a new report this week by the Institute for Conflict Management (IFCM), a New Delhi ‘think-tank’ .

“The security threats are changing and it’s bigger than ever before as more and more areas are coming under their command. It is not a happy sight at all,” B.K. Ponwar, head of the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in India, told Reuters.

“We must address the barrel of the gun of the Maoists, or in two years the issue will get out of hand.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist rise as one of the gravest threats to India’s internal security, and the insurgency is shaping up as an issue ahead of a general election due by May.

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party says the ruling Congress party does not have a strategy to counter the Maoists and that police are poorly armed.

WELL-EQUIPPED REBELS

Police and intelligence officials say the Maoists are now recruiting hundreds of poor villagers to bolster their ranks, and are equipped with automatic weapons, shoulder rocket launchers, mines and explosives.

The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the farmers and the poor who make up the majority of India’s 1.1 billion population.

They regularly attack rail lines and factories, aiming to cripple economic activity over a large area.

India’s police intelligence department says the Maoists are making their presence felt in 22 of the country’s 29 states. Thousands of people have been killed since the uprising began in the late 1960s.

In the last week, rebels have launched attacks in areas previously unaffected by fighting. In the western state of Maharashtra, rebels shot dead 15 police, while in Bihar’s Nawada district they killed 10 police.

More than 1,000 cases of Maoist attacks were recorded last year in which more than 200 police personnel killed.

“The rebels now have the capability to launch simultaneous attacks and they have the firepower. But the Indian government does not seem to have the capacity to neutralise them,” Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management said.

Police efforts are hampered by lack of manpower and weapons as well as poor coordination between states, meaning rebels can escape pursuit by crossing state lines.

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FEMALE MAOIST LURED POLICE INTO TRAP

Posted by ajadhind on February 12, 2009

MAHARASTRA:A woman named Narmada led the deadly Maoist attack that killed 15 policemen in Maharashtra‘ s Gadchiroli district on Sunday. Her deputy was also a woman named Taraka alias Vimlaa. Narmada, a 44-year-old college dropout from Andhra Pradesh, has been leading the Maoists‘ Gadchiroli unit since shortly after the death of its last leader, Shivanna, who was killed in a police encounter in Chhattisgarh last year.

The sources said the attack in the jungles of Markegaon village about 300 km southeast of Nagpur was a joint operation of the North Bastar and Gadchiroli units of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Narmada, a 44-year-old college dropout from Andhra Pradesh, has been leading the Maoists’ Gadchiroli unit since shortly after the death of its last leader, Shivanna, who was killed in a police encounter in Chhattisgarh last year. She is married to Maoist leader Sudhakar alias Kiran who works for the outfit’s publicity wing, say sources.

Her deputy Taraka, a tribal girl from Gadchiroli, is also the wife of a senior Maoist leader, Bhupathi. He is a member of the group’s central committee.Since she took charge, Narmada has entrusted key posts to women. Most of her local organisational squads, which consist of 10-15 armed Maoists, are headed by women.

The Maharashtra Police have launched a massive search to find the group. More than 2,000 heavily-armed police personnel have been deployed for combing operations in the area, which is 80 km by road from the district headquarter, Gadchiroli town. Seventy policemen have been killed by Maoists in Gadchiroli and Gondia districts of Vidharba since 2002, according to the Anti Naxal Operations unit of Maharashtra Police. Naxalites of the People’s War Group, and later, the CPI(Maoist) have been active in this area since 1980.Maharashtra Police chief AN Roy denied media reports that the bodies of the policemen who died in the attack had been mutilated. “This is absolutely false,” he said.Agencies investigating the attack say the Maoists used a police informer to draw the policemen to their deaths.

The attackers knew of the movements of the policemen, who were on their way to investigate the burning of a tractor and a road-roller by Maoists.

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Maoists blow up jailer’s ancestral house in Jharkhand

Posted by ajadhind on February 12, 2009

February 10th, 2009 – Ranchi, Feb 10th Maoists Monday night blew up the ancestral house of an assistant jailer in the state’s Chatra district, charging him with torturing jailed rebels.

According to witness’, more than 100 PLGA Maoists of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Monday night came to the house of Chandrashekhar Dagi in Lembugua village of Chatra district, around 190 km from Ranchi. Dagi is posted in Hazaribagh central jail as assistant jailer. The Maoists asked all the people inside to come out before blowing up the house. Dagi’s mother and cousin were present in the house. No one was injured in the incident, though the house was completely destroyed.

The Maoist said Dagi was torturing rebels in Hazaribagh central jail. In Jharkhand,

Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.

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