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Tribals prevented from paying homage to martyrs

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 26, 2007


BY V L Srinivasan & S Anil Kumar

Indervelli (Adilabad Dist), April 20: “People’s heroes are immortal,” says the inscription on the 15-foot-high memorial erected in this tribal village in memory of 13 (by official count) Gond tribals who were shot dead at the spot by the police exactly a quarter century ago.

Tucked away some 18 km from the national highway, Indervelli, also known as the second Jallianwala Bagh, caught the world’s attention when police opened fire at a massive gathering of Gonds who had come to attend a meeting organised by the Grijana Rythu Coolie Sangham on 20 April 1981. While police records show that only 13 persons were killed, the toll was estimated to be much higher, and scores of others were injured.

As is its wont, the district administration decided not to allow a single villager in the vicinity of the memorial to pay homage to those who fell to the hail of bullets, and posted more than 500 police personnel from three sub-divisions — Utnoor, Mancherial and Adilabad.

To ensure that the tribals did not congregate at the venue, the authorities imposed Section 144 in all villages between Gudi Hathnoor and Utnoor mandals for three days.

Buses and autos were not allowed on the road leading to Indervelli, causing much hardship to the people, especially students appearing for the Class VII common examination, in nearly two dozen villages. ”Today is the last exam and we are somewhat relieved,” said 12-year-old Ganga, a resident of Emaikunta. She has had to walk with her peers to Indervelli, which is three km away, in the scorching sun to write the test.

”We did not allow the tribals here because the Naxalites would then have mingled with the crowd and created a law and order problem,” a senior police official told Express.

Apparently, the anxiety stems from the alleged seizure of literature by the special operations group in an “encounter” with Naxalites that purportedly revealed that the Maoists were planning to hold a massive rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the incident.

Pittabongaram village head Wetti Rajeshwar, whose mother, Isrubai, was one of the witnesses to the outrage and who died just two months ago, said there had been no development of their rain-dependent area. ”My mother was not paid any compensation after the incident. No one gives us the pattas and we don’t know what to do,” he said.

Kinaka Mankubai is another eyewitness. She suffered two bullet injuries in her shoulders and has been leading a lonely life as none would marry her and ekes out a livelihood by working as a labourer. ”She too did not get any relief from Government,” Rajeshwar said.

Determined to honour the martyrs, Indervelli ZPTC Kanaka Tukaram, vowed the tribals would visit the memorial after five days.


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Martyrs week respons

Posted by Indian Vanguard on August 3, 2007


PARALAKHEMUNDI, July 29: The Martyrs’ Week ~ called by the CPI (Maoist), which started yesterday did not have much impact on Gajapati district as the police had been deployed in full force and there was high alert in almost all places. Certain areas which had been termed as “hyper-sensitive” has commandos armed with “shoot-at-sight” order.

A maoist meeting in Bihar( a file photo)

Posters written in Telugu have sprung up in certain places of Rayagada and Gosani blocks. The people of Parida, Gothei, Kinchilingi, S Karadasingi and Gandahati villages and in some places near the Mahendragiri hills found the posters pasted at a few selected areas and immediately alerted the police. On the other hand, the bandh call called by the CPI and the CPI-M in Andhra Pradesh to protest against the killing of their supporters in the Kha-mmam district during the bhoomi paratam agitation, had its impact on Gajapati. SNS

Bihar Jails placed on high alert

PATNA: Having been caught unawares during the November 13 naxal attack on Jehanabad jail in 2005, the jail authorities are not willing to leave anything to chance.

It was quite evident when all the jails in the state were put on high alert from July 28, the date on which Charu Mazumdar, one of the founder-members of Ultra’s movement was killed.

Laxmaunpure-Bathe monument

The CPI (Maoist) is observing a martyr’s week in his memory.

“Special vigil is also being kept on jails located in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Patna, Sitamarhi and Motihari in the wake of intelligence reports hinting at a possible Naxal attack,” said IG (Prisons) Sandeep Paundrik on Sunday.

Giving details of the special measures taken, he said, SPs of respective districts have also been asked to depute additional security personnel on the jail premises to counter any possible attack apart from the additional lighting arrangement done in the jails. “Leave of all those posted in different jails has been cancelled,” Paundrik added.

Maoists blow up railway signal system in Andhra Pradesh

Kuneru (AP), July 29: Maoists on Sunday blew up a railway signal system in Vijayanagaram, damaging property worth rupees three million.

About 20 Maoists, including five women, blew up the cab
in at Kuneru railway station in Vijayanagaram, where signalling system was installed.

The Maoists also set on fire the records of the railway station.

“They were 15 to 20, out of whom five were women. They took control of the station. They set all the records on the fire and blew up the signalling system,” said Trimurti, Station Master.

Maoist left a note pasted on the wall of the railway station demanding their leader Dharma alias Bhupati, who was arrested on July 23 by Andhra Police, should be presented before a court immediately.

Maoists operate in 13 of 29 states along the “red corridor”, referring to a stretch from the Indo-Nepal border to the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

According to Home Ministry, 76 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are ‘badly affected by Maoist violence’.

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