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Nepal: No Business Until Murders of Maoist Cadre Cease

Posted by n3wday on January 14, 2010

This article was published on eKantipur on January 13, 2010.

Maoists impose indefinite banda over cadre murder

The UCPN (Maoist) has called for an indefinite shutdown of Parsa district [south of Kathmandu]  starting Wednesday protesting against the murder of its cadre Rajesh Mandal.  Normal life in the bordering town of Birgunj has been affected as transportation has come to a grinding halt, while entire market areas and academic institutions have been shut down following the banda call.

Mandal, a resident of Lalparsa VDC of Parsa district, was gunned down on Tuesday evening by a group of unidentified gunmen at Nitanpur Chowk in Bara district. It has been learnt that an armed Tarai outfit has owned up the responsibility for the killing. However, the Maoists have suspected that its cadres are being targeted because it has launched a movement for national independence and sovereignty.

This is a second fatal attack on the Maoist cadres in the district within seven days. Earlier, three Maoist cadres had been killed and two others injured at Ganjabhawanipur in the district late on Jan. 6 while they were returning home after attending a dinner party. The deceased have been identified as Ambika Mahato, Dara Yadav and Ramprakash Yadav.

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Revolutionary Democratic Front Leader Speaks on Anti-Maoist Military Offensive

Posted by Ka Frank on January 14, 2010

Adivasi paramilitary faceoff near Lalgarh

This interview was published by A World to Win News Service on January 11, 2010.

In the following interview, conducted in London last November, G. N. Saibaba, General Secretary of the Revolutionary Democratic Front of India, gives his views on Operation Green Hunt, an Indian government offensive against Maoist revolutionaries in the hills and forests of central and eastern India. It has been excerpted and somewhat condensed.

Q: Why has the Indian government decided to escalate its offensive against the revolutionaries in India on such a huge scale right now?

A: The particular context actually expresses the hidden agenda of the Indian government. During the past five years, it has been very busy making agreement called Memorandums of Understanding, MOUs, with many foreign and domestic companies, but mainly for foreign investment. These agreements are mainly for large-scale mining projects and industrial projects in special economic zones. Vast areas within India, both rich agricultural fields and areas rich with minerals like Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal were agreed upon. But in the past five years one could see widespread resistance to land acquisition for these projects, with or without the leadership of the Naxalites [Maoists], both in the areas where these minerals are found and elsewhere. As a result, most of the revolutionary forces working in these areas have gone from strength to strength, and the Indian government recognises that the Communist Party of India (Maoist) benefited most from the resistance to the land acquisition process. This is clearly mentioned in Home Ministry reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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