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Maoists have cops in a web

Posted by Indian Vanguard on January 3, 2008

Hyderabad, Dec. 30: The cyber duel between the police and the Maoists has turned into a cat and mouse game. Every time the police gets a website or a blog closed, Maoist sympathisers set up another one and continue as before. The cyber catch-me-if-you-can hotted up last week after the police got Peoples March, the most popular pro-Maoist site, blocked through Central agencies. Its editor Govindan Kutty was arrested in Kerala.

The website used to carry interviews with top Maoist leaders including Ganapati and spokesperson Azad. It was blocked an year ago but emerged again and was blocked last week. The Special Intelligence Branch says Peoples March and other websites act as communication link between the underground cadres and sympathisers.

The service provider has left a message stating that the action was taken for violation of programme policies. Following this, however, Maoist sympathisers set up maoistmovementinindia.com. The new site carried a warning to the police to release Kutty or he would go on a hunger strike. A senior police official said, “Maoists are using the internet to propagate their ideology. The network is big.” The Maoists are under pressure in the AP with the police evicting them from most of their bases. The internet offers a safe way to get the Maoist message across.

“Several Maoist sympathisers from AP are writing columns using pennames,” the official said. State police suspects that Maoist leaders who are in hiding in Andhra Pradesh are frequently visiting Kerala, where most of the pro-Maoist bloggers are based. Sources pointed out that Maoist leader Raji Reddy was picked up in Kerala earlier this month. Following this, the Revolutionary People’s Front complained to the Kerala government which resulted in the police announcing Raji Reddy’s arrest.

Pointing out to the close links, police noted that the AP Revolutionary Writers Association had condemned the arrest of Kutty of Peoples March. Sources in the police said that the bloggers have close links with Maoist sympathisers and this has been detected by sniffer software. Resistance India.blogsot.com, a Mao-ist blog, was hacked in August, and the role of the law enforcing agencies is suspected. Following this, the Maoist sympathisers created maoistresitance.blogspot.com. Police has also blocked Naxal revolution.blogspot but expect another blog to replace it. From the police side, www.naxalwatch.blogspot.com, an anti-Maoist website supported by AP-based police, is a popular anti-Naxal blogspot

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Red bloggers game for cyber cops

Posted by Indian Vanguard on August 18, 2007

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Red bloggers game for cyber cops

Hyderabad, August 17: Within a few days after “someone” had hacked the blog of “Resistance India”, the Maoist-friendly blogger has resurfaced under a new name, “Maoist Resistance,” throwing the gauntlet at the security agencies who, in turn, are expected to intensify this “cyber war”.

Resistanceindia.blogspot.com had been hosting information of Naxal groups, mainly the CPI (Maoist). The blog had even published press releases, party documents and served as a platform for revolutionary propaganda.

The blog was hacked on August 4. But, the people behind it got round the problem by simply changing the address to maoistresistance.blogspot.com. The blog explained the changed address by stating that “Resistance India” had been hacked by “someone” and hence, the new address.

Besides Resistance India, there are about 10 pro-Maoist websites and blogs, which propagate the ideology of the Maoists. They include Revolutionary Path, Indian Maoists, People’s March, Naxal Revolution, Bastar, Lal Jhanda, the Naxalite Challenge and Paribar (a pro-Maoist student group).

These websites and blogs are updated regularly — be they reports of attacks carried out by Maoists in different parts of the country or the the usual propaganda material.

The websites also host information about party ideology, inspiring speeches by leaders and issue press releases. They even have videos of conventions, meetings and conferences organised by the CPI (Maoist) and other ML parties.

The security agencies had blocked the People’s March website last year. It is not only pro-Maoist groups that are running websites and blogs. Naxal Watch, an anti-Naxal website, has been vigorously condemning the actions of the Maoists and other groups.

It describes Naxalism as “pure and simple terrorism which disguises itself under terms like class struggle and social justice”.

Understandably, the pro and anti Naxal blogs are attracting comments from various quarters day in and day out. More or less, they have become ready reckoners for those who wish to know the latest information as well the history of the ultra Left wing movement in the country.

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Blogspots betray proof of Naxal ambitions

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 24, 2007

NAGPUR:Naxalites, who have their presence in more than half of the Indian states are now trying to go global, with the modern-day facility of Internet blogging. It is now out in the open that the Naxalites, or in the recent times the Maoists, have created a flood of the blogspots and Internet user groups to promote their ideology as well as to defame the Government.

Blogging, which has provided a new means of expressing oneself on the internet so that others may read it, has attracted the attention of the Maoists also. Many top websites provide the space for blogspots as well as host the Internet user groups under various categories.

The Maoists have started making full utilisation of these facilities. Even if one types the word Maoist in any search engine, the results display a number of blogspots and user group addresses. Notably, a most popular and controversial user group has several communities titled after some keywords like “Maoist movement”,” Naxalite movement”, “Resistance”, “Naxal revolution”, etc. The links to blogspots also open from these communities.

Interestingly, though the owners of these communities have given their names, possibility is that they might be fake. There are communities that are owned by Bhagat Singh and The Chairman. These communities have ?forum? to discuss various current subjects. Besides, they conduct regular polls on various topics. The introduction of these communities clearly state that they have been formed to promote and discuss Maoism and Naxalism, and to further the ?movement? or ?revolution?.

Some of the pro-Maoist Internet user groups also display newspaper cuttings, poems on the latest happenings at Nandigram, and some even have the videos. Notably, though the members of a single community or user group seem to be just around 200, the combined membership may well account for an unthinkable number. Naxalite movement, Resistance, Naxal revolution, etc. The links to blogspots also open from these communities.

Global presence: An Internet user group has a map of the Maoist spread across the globe. The map shows the highest density of Maoists in North America, Europe including the United Kingdom, and India. The map highlights the presence of Maoists in African continent, Australia, South America, and the other parts of Asia including Pakistan. This clearly sends the message that in addition to terrorism, Maoism is trying to spread its network across the world.

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