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Aggregation of Naxalite-Maoist Activity in Rural India for February

JAMUI: Naxalites inhabiting the Jamui area on the Bihar-Jharkhand border hope to liberate the masses from their class enemies. And, for this precise reason, the dreaded People's Guerrilla Army (PGA) has virtually taken over the entire region for all practical purposes.

One among their ranks is self-styled 'area commander' Suleiman. Greeting this correspondent with a Laal salaam in his booming voice during the latter's visit to the are recently, Suleiman, dressed in olive-green fatigue with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle slung across his shoulder, definitely cut an impressive figure among his similarly attired comrades-in-arms.

While some stood by tentatively, others were busy preparing lunch.

The sun piercing through the thick forest cover was a respite from the bone-chilling westerlies. "We guard our posts and take on the class enemies," Suleiman said.
*Friday, February 03, 2006 01:15:57 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK*
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WARANGAL: Ten naxalites have surrendered before police in Andhra Pradesh, police said on Friday.

Six Maoists - M Ravi alias Sudharshan (20) of Rangapur village, K Sammakh alias Kishore 21 of Chintagudem, M Ramadevi alias Srilatha, D Narender alias Babu of Thimmmapet village, B Shankar and his wife K Anitha -- surrendered today before Inspector General of Police (Warangal) B L Meena.

Meena said during the forthcoming 'Medaram Jatara' (fair) police has decided to carry out aerial survey of the areas keeping in view naxalite threat to VIPs.

A report from Prakasam district today said four naxalites surrendered before the superintendent of police on Thursday.

The naxals are Damsani Animma alias Lakshmi alias Prasanthi (23), Dy Commander Vinkonda Joshna alias Malathi (18), Kaluva Nageswara Rao alias Suresh (21) and Baker Nagaratnam alias Sujatha.
*Friday, February 03, 2006 11:02:10 pmPTI*
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RAIPUR: A constable was killed and four policemen injured in a naxalite attack at a police station in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh early on Monday, a senior police official said.

"A large number of naxalites attacked the Arra police outpost in the district, killing one constable and injuring four policemen, before escaping with some weapons," Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathor said.

The constable died on the spot and the injured policemen were rushed to the district headquarters, Jashpur Nagar, about 400 kms from Raipur, Rathor said.

The naxals also blew up the communication tower, cutting off the link between Jashpur district, which borders Jharkhand, and other areas, he said.

"I have talked to the DGP, Jharkhand as the naxalites might have come from Simdegah and Gumla districts to carry out the attack in Chhattisgarh. A joint combing operation is being planned," he added.

Senior police officials have rushed to the spot and efforts are being made to restore the communication link, the DGP said.
*Monday, February 06, 2006 09:58:45 amPTI*
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TIRUPATI: Police and the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) security officials on Monday denied reports that Maoists had visited Tirumala recently.

TTD chief security and vigilance officer Balakrishna told TOI that the reports that eight naxalites, including four women, visited the Veda Pathasala at Dharmagiri in Tirumala, was baseless.

According to the reports, the eight naxalites even carried some prasadam, water and food packets from the Veda Pathasala stores and distributed them at a naxals’ meet in the Nallamala forest in November.

District SP V Venugopala Krishna also denied the report, saying that the police were maintaining a strict vigil at the Tirumala ghat section.
*Tuesday, February 07, 2006 01:35:51 am*
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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh police along with Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh police departments and the CRPF on Tuesday launched a massive combing operation to nab the Maoists responsible for twin attacks on security forces in Jashpur and Dantewara on Monday.

Chief minister Raman Singh on Tuesday claimed these attacks would not deter the state police. Chhattisgah DG spoke to his Jharkhand counterpart and claimed Naxalites were suspected to have ex-filtrated to Gumla and Simdega districts of Jharkhand, after attacking Aara police station.

An IAF helicopter was used to evacuate the injured and deceased policemen from Bhejji. BSF sent its Avro plane to fly bodies of Nagaland policemen to Kohima.The DGP and intelligence chief had visited Jashpur on Monday and claimed 500 armed Naxalites had attacked the police post.

Home minister Ram Vichar Netam said the jawans fought gallantly and two policemen were killed and another eight others were injured guarding the police station.
Police and home minister were mum over the escape of seven other jawans present in the police station at the time of the attack, a discrepancy that raises questions about official version of the attack.

Netam said Naxalites had made annoncements over the public address system in the village asking people and police to surrender. "This is their usual practice when they attack the police", Netam claimed and denied the allegations that the policemen surrendered to armed Naxalites.

Chairman of state sports and youth commission, Ranvijay Singh Judeo claimed he had warned state government about the outpost being looted by Maoists in a high-level meeting of core group of the party in which the CM and home minister were present.
*Wednesday, February 08, 2006 02:00:15 am*
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RAIPUR: Eight CISF jawans were killed and nine injured when a large number of heavily-armed Naxalites attacked a sensitive explosive depot of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) in Dhantewada district of Chattisgarh in the small hours on Friday, police said.

"A large number of Maoists past midnight attacked the explosive depot of NMDC located at Kirandul, about 550 kilometers from the State Capital, and killed eight CISF jawans and injuring nine," Dhantewada police sources said.

The Maoists also looted 14 Self Loading Rifles (SLR), one 9 mm pistol, two wireless sets and huge amounts of explosive material, including detonators and fuses, stocked by the PSU for its own mining activities, the sources said.
*Friday, February 10, 2006 09:10:04 am*
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BANKA: In yet another incident of Naxalite attack here within a month, a group of CPI(Maoist) activists burnt down six tractors near Bara-Panchgachhia bridge on the Chanan river under Belhar police station in Banka district on late Wednesday evening.

All the six tractors were completely damaged in the incident, sources said.

According to the police sources, a large group of extremists descended on an area where canal repairing work was in progress and first opened indiscriminate fire.

"As the labourers scurried for cover, taking advantage of the situation, the Naxalites set ablaze all six tractors parked nearby. The tractors were owned by a Rajasthan-based construction,"Banka SP DN Gupta said.

The firm had reportedly refused to meet extortion demands of the extremists.
*Friday, February 17, 2006 01:43:10 am*
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KURNOOL: Two top leaders of the CPI (Maoist), including its area committee secretary Karrem Narsappa, were killed in an alleged encounter at Buddaram forest in Gopalpeta mandal of Mahbubnagar district on Sunday evening.

Narsappa was the main accused in the case pertaining to the killing of Congress legislator C Narsi Reddy, his son C Venkateswar Reddy and nine others in Narayanpet on Aug. 15 last year.

According to Mahbubnagar SP, K Srinivas Reddy, a patrol party came across a group of Maoists in Buddaram forest and retaliated when the guerrillas fired at them.

He also said the patrol party was continuing combing operation in the region to nab the naxalites, who managed to escape into the forest.
*Monday, February 27, 2006 01:59:49 am*
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RAIPUR: In an attempt to bring the work at Defence establishment, NMDC and Railways to a grinding halt, the Maoists exploded an "extra-high tension" power line at Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and injured two Naga jawans in a landmine blast when they were attempting to repair the power line, top official sources said today.

The Naxalites exploded four pillars of a 220 extra high tension power line at Bodeli of Dantewada district in the wee hours yesterday damaging two of its pillars, Principal Secretary Energy Vivek Dhand told reporters.

From this "extra high tension line", electricity is being provided to sensitive Defence establishment located at Mardum and also the National Mineral Development Corporation's (NMDC) Bailadila mines, from where best quality iron-ore are exported to Japan and other nations, Dhand, who is also the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, said.
This line not only provided power to the Railways of the region but also electricity to the entire south of Chhattisgarh, mainly known as Bastar region, he said.

The top official said the act was a serious threat to the lives of the inhabitants of the tribal region as any one coming in contact with the extra high tension line could die.

He added that the tower was standing only on two pillars instead of four "and any time it may collapse and with that the entire system of the south region of the state could crumble down".

Meanwhile, the sources said when the electricity official had gone to the spot on Sunday to carry out repair work, the naxalites triggered land mine blasts injuring seriously two jawans of the Nagaland Battalion, who have subsequently been airlifted to Raipur for further treatment.
*Monday, February 27, 2006 03:15:01 pm*
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RAIPUR: Maoists on Tuesday triggered a landmine blast targetting a truck which was carrying about 100 people in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, official sources said.

About 100 villagers were coming from Errapore to Konta when the Maoists triggered a landmine blast on the vehicle near Darphaguda, about 500 km from Raipur, sources said.

"The number of casualties and those injured could not be ascertained," Bastar IGP M W Ansari said. Other sources have put the number of dead at 100.

Superintendent of Police (Dantewada) Praveer Das said Naxalites have also opened fire on the police parties who were trying to reach the spot.

"Police have not yet reached the spot and it is difficult to say about the condition of the travellers. But all of them were returning back after attending an anti-Naxal meet at Dornapal of the district," he said.
*Tuesday, February 28, 2006 01:14:43 pm*
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