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CPI asks CPI Maoist to join land struggle

Posted by Indian Vanguard on August 8, 2007

Hyderabad, Aug 8 : Calling upon Naxalites to join the land struggle, the Communist Party of India in Andhra Pradesh today threatened to plant red flags on the residence of Pradesh Congress President K Keshava Rao, MP.

The party had no option but to intensify its land struggle with no favourable response from the Congress Government to their demands, including constitution of a land commission to deal with land-related cases and look into alleged irregularities in the implementation of housing programme for the weaker sections, CPI State Secretary K Narayana told a press conference here.

He asked the banned CPI (Maoists) to join their stir for cultivable land and house sites for the poor.

Terming ”irresponsible” the PCC chief’s comment that the Left parties would go to the extent of planting red flag on the famous Charminar in the city, an angry Mr Narayana retorted ”we will plant red flags not over Charminar, but the residence of Mr Keshava Rao.” Taking strong exception to the Congress’ claim that the Communists were illegally occupying private lands, he said only those lands assigned to Dalits, but usurped by ”influential people” were being targetted.

Maintaining that the party had no faith in the Justice Panduranga Rao Commission, constituted by the State Government to probe the Mudigonda Police firing on the Left party activists, the CPI leader claimed that Mr Rao had justified the police firing in Chinnaganjam in Prakasam district in 2000.

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YS Raja Sekhar Reddy made Mudigonda as another Nandigram

Posted by Indian Vanguard on August 3, 2007

Eight persons were killed and eight others injured in police firing and related incidents when the Andhra Pradesh bandh called by the Left parties turned violent in Khammam district on Saturday afternoon.


Tragedy: The bodies of the victims of the

police firing at Mudigonda village, Andhra Pradesh,
being taken to hospital.

According to the police, six persons were killed in the police firing, one woman died due to injuries sustained in police lathi charge and another person came under the wheels of an ambulance and died when the ambulance was rushing the injured persons to the district headquarters hospital. Three of the eight injured persons were in a critical condition and they were undergoing treatment at the district hospital at Khammam.

A Left activist at a protest in
Hyderabad on Saturday.

Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy announced a judicial inquiry and suspended the Additional Superintendent of Police Ramesh Babu and transferred the Superintendent of Police Rajeev Kumar Meena.

The incident occurred in Modigunda village in Khammam district when a group of CPI-M and CPI activists and local people took out a rally, pitched tents on the road and set up a blockade in support of the bandh. They turned violent, pelted stones on policemen and tried to attack the local revenue office. The police resorted to lathi charge and later opened fire to quell the riotous mob, a senior state police official said.

Home Minister K Jana Reddy termed the police firing”unfortunate” and conveyed his sympathies to the members of the bereaved families. He said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered in the police firing incident and basing on the inquiry report, action would be taken against police personnel involved if they were at fault

The chief minister, however, quoted local legislator and minister for health and family welfare S. Chandrasekhar to say that an underground Maoist couple was leading the protest, which led to the violence.

Elsewhere in Andhra Pradesh, sporadic incidents of violence marred the state-wide bandh called by Left parties to protest against indiscriminate police lathi charge on their leaders and activists during the picketing of district collectorates across the state on Thursday as part of their ongoing “Bhoo Poratam.”

The Telugu Desam Party and Bharatiya Janata Party also extended their support to the bandh call given by the Left parties.

The CPI-M and CPI leaders demanded the state government to implement the recommendations of Koneru Ranga Rao Committee in toto. The committee was appointed by the Congress government to examine the various land laws and suggest ways and means for improving the implementation of these laws.

The other demands include land for the landless, house-sites for the poor, an independent commission to monitor the distribution of lands in the state, an ombudsman to check irregularities in the weaker sections housing scheme and withdrawal of all the cases registered against the Left leaders and activists and poor people ever since “Bhoo Poratam” was launched on May 2.

Revolutionary author Pendyala Varavara Rao described YS Rajasekhar Reddy as fascist. Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K Chandra Sekhar Rao described Rajasekhar Reddy as worse than Napoleon.

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Land clash sets off tit-for-tat game- Left settles Nandigram scores with sack cry

Posted by Indian Vanguard on August 3, 2007

Mudigonda (Khammam), July 29: Handed its own Nandigram in Andhra Pradesh, the CPM is using it to settle the Bengal Nandigram scores.

Politburo member Sitaram Yechury demanded the resignation of Congress chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy for yesterday’s police firing in this village that killed four Left land activists and two by-standers.

“Reddy demanded the resignation of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on account of police firing in Nandigram. He should quit on the same grounds,” said Yechury, who has rushed here with other Left leaders.

The CPM appears to have decided to use the tragedy at Mudigonda, 15km from Khammam town and 211km from Hyderabad, to polish its pro-landless image and offset its mistake in Nandigram.

Unlike Bengal, where the CPM is acquiring plots for industry in the face of Opposition-led farmer protests, the Marxists have joined theCPI in Andhra to agitate for land for the poor.

The firing happened during a Left bandh to protest the Congress regime’s failure to keep its poll promise of handing vacant government land to the urban homeless to build houses and the rural poor to cultivate.

A mob had attacked the revenue divisional officer’s (RDO’s) office at Mudigonda, burning documents and furniture, when the police caned them, fired tear gas shells and then 70 bullets.
Yechury and CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta claimed the police had fired on peaceful protesters.

Police hide

Mudigonda today bore close parallels with Nandigram. The administration seemed to have collapsed amid simmering public rage, with most personnel having deserted the police stations in Khammam town and Mudigonda, which are being guarded by the reserve police.

The police’s morale appears to have been hit after the government transferred Khammam police chief R.K. Meena and suspended his deputy, additional superintendent M. Ramesh Babu. A circle inspector and a sub-inspector, too, have been suspended.

The police may not have expected such a carnage. ASP Ramesh Babu, believed to have ordered the firing, left the scene in plain clothes, a resident said.

“He took off his uniform and escaped in a lungi and T-shirt borrowed from a constable,” said schoolteacher Harinarayan, 46.

The bodies are still lying in front of the collectorate. Since morning, supporters of the Left, who have called another bandh, have been descending on Khammam.

As in Nandigram, motley Opposition leaders — such as the Telengana Rashtra Samiti’s K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the Telugu Desam’s N. Chandrababu Naidu — are making a beeline for the carnage site.

But not a single Congress leader dared follow them. S. Chandrasekhar, a minister from the district, chose to slam the Left from his secretariat chamber in Hyderabad.

Housing irony

The site of the land battle, ironically, is a place where the government had been touting its showpiece housing project for the poor.

Mudigonda is dotted with 500-600 half-finished houses, being built under the Indiramma project, which features 25 lakh houses across the state, each with a portrait of Indira Gandhi in front.

The Left says the houses are too expensive at Rs 40,000-45,000 and wants free plots for the poor instead. The Congress accuses it of playing politics.

http://www.telegraphindia.com

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