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Update from India: Maoist Leader Azad Not Arrested

Posted by Ka Frank on March 21, 2010

We received the following statement from the International Campaign against the War on People in India.

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST), NORTHERN REGIONAL BUREAU

Press Release                                                                            March 21th, 2010

On March 20th,  media published the news that com. AZAD, Spokes Person of CPI(Maoist) was arrested and there was a demand for his release. The information was passed on from DK Special Zone committee’s spokes person com. Gudsa Usendi and Com. Pratap, spokesperson of Central Regional Bureau of our party.  Com. Azad is safe. The information that he was under illegal detention was incorrect.

Com. Azad was supposed to meet com. Shakamuri Apparao @ Ravi in somewhere in Maharashtra. After learning the news of the martyrdom of com. Apparao, Azad did not reach there. Since he could not give feedback to the concerned comrades why he did not reach, there was this confusion.  It is natural to get suspicion in the present conditions that Azad was under illegal custody of the notorious APSIB. Com. Shakamuri apparao and com. Kondal Reddy were caught in Chennai and Pune respectively and were killed in cold blooded fashion. Chidambaram knows their arrest and gave a go ahead to this brutal and fascist extra judicial killing.

It was genuine mistake from our Central Regional Bureau and DK Special Zonal Committee.  The incorrectness of the statement occurred owing to the conditions we are in.  In fact, com. Azad sent his replies to Chidambaram’s rubbish on “truce and talks” to media on 12th March. Unfortunately media has not covered. We request the media to give ample coverage to this information to dispel the confusion. We learnt that com. Azad mother had already submitted a memorandum to AP State Human Rights Commisson.

We extend our thanks to the organizations who responded with great concern to the news of arrest of com Azad and  demanding his release.

Ajay,  Spokesperson,  North Regional Bureau

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Nepal Generals Plan Sinister Moves against Maoists

Posted by Ka Frank on March 21, 2010

This article appeared in Telegraph Nepal on March 16, 2010.

Nepal Army restive, Generals to discuss country’s situation

With the prospect of timely drafting of New Nepal Constitution unlikely, some high ranking Nepal Army Generals are set to discuss country’s situation beginning March 16, 2010 at the Nepal Army headquarters. “The Army Generals will discuss strategies to be adopted by the Nepal Army in the scenario that Nepal’s political actors fail to draft the constitution on time”, reports reveal. The constitution drafting deadline is set to expire May 28, 2010.

The Nepal Army Generals representing all five development regions of the country and various “key” departments of the Army have been summoned to the capital to take part in the emergency meeting, it has been reported. “Some 35 to 40 generals will be attending the meeting”, reports add.

“Deteriorating law and order situation and increasing criminal activities along Nepal’s border with India and China are also to figure during the meeting”, say reports quoting NA high placed sources. “The decision of the meeting will be kept a guarded secret”, add sources.

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Bengalis Condemn Assassination of Leader against Police Atrocities (Lalgarh)

Posted by Ka Frank on March 21, 2010

Death squad of Central Police Reserve Force (CPRF), one of the world's largesst paramilitary organizations

Statement by Concerned Citizens

6th March 2010

To:  P. Chidambaram,
Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India,
North Block, Central Secretariat,
New Delhi 110001.

Dear Sri Chidambaram,

We write to express profound shock and outrage at the cold-blooded murder of Sri Lalmohan Tudu, President, Pulishi Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities) and two other persons, Yubaraj Murmu and Suchitra Murmu, all of whom were murdered by the CRPF at Narcha village near Kantapahari in Lalgarh, during the night of 22nd February.

We draw your attention to the unfortunate fact that the murders were just the latest in the series of murders, rapes and arrests of Adivasis that the police and paramilitary forces have unleashed across the Lalgarh area of West Bengal over the past six months. We also draw your attention to the fact that murdering the leader of a mass movement is a crime so heinous that no language has the words to condemn it.

The police and the CRPF have presented constantly changing versions of the murder, all of which portray Lalmohan Tudu as a dreaded Maoist leader who was killed while he was perpetrating some heinous crime! The initial version claimed that he was killed in an exchange of fire while trying to attack the fortress-like Kantapahari CRPF camp together with a group of Maoist cadres. A later version changed that: he was killed when a Maoist squad, to which he belonged, was apprehended by a CRPF raiding party. These versions are downright lies.

All the evidence from the site where his dead body was found (which was shown on local television channels), and from eye witness accounts, say that he was killed near his house, following which his body was dragged into the paddy fields nearby. This clearly shows that the Government is implementing a deliberate policy of individually annihilating the leaders of a mass movement of Adivasis, and you seem to have gone back from what you told in an interview on November 21, 2009, `I am totally opposed to staged encounters.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian Rights Activists Demand Police Produce Maoist Leader in Court

Posted by Ka Frank on March 21, 2010

Arundhati Roy

We has received the following statement from the International Campaign against the War on People in India.

Condemn the Illegal Abduction and Detention of Azad, the Spokesperson of CPI(Maoist) by the Andhra Pradesh Police!

Ensure the safety of Azad’s life and his immediate production in a court of law!

The Central Committee of the CPI(Maoist) informed the revolutionary poet Varavara Rao that Azad, senior leader, Polit Bureau member and the spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist) has remained untraceable from 12th March 2010 onwards. There is a strong possibility that Azad has been kept in illegal custody by the Andhra Pradesh police since then.  Azad must have been arrested near Mumbai on 12 March 2010 as per the sources of CPI (Maoist).

Given the history of the AP police and its special anti-Naxal force Greyhounds and intelligence wing of the AP police in gross human rights violations, whereby it has repeatedly resorted to fake encounters and custodial killings, there are grounds to believe that his life is in grave danger.

Last week itself, as the media has reported, two senior leaders of the CPI(Maoist), Sakhamuri Apparao and Kondal Reddy, who were arrested by AP police from Maharashtra, were abducted, subjected to brutal torture and killed in cold blood. Thereafter the dead bodies were taken two separate districts of Andhra Pradesh, the police claiming that they were killed in ‘encounters’. Such illegal acts of repression have been regularly committed by the AP police in the name of countering Naxalism, and Azad might also meet a similar fate.

We demand that Azad be produced before a court of law as per the legal requirements, if there are any cases pending against him, or should be immediately released. The Union Home Minister P Chidambaram must not allow Andhra Pradesh police or any others to kill the CPI(Maoist) spokesperson Azad, and produce him in a court of law. We demand that the Central Government immediately halt its war on people named Operation Green Hunt, and initiate a dialogue with the concerned organisations.

GN Saibaba of the Revolutionary Democratic Front

Arundhati Roy, Writer,  Prashant Bhushan, Advocate, Supreme Court,  G N Saibaba, Delhi University,  Asish Gupta, PUDR,  Varavara Rao, Poet.  Gautham Navlakha, PUDR,  Kumar Sanjay Singh, Delhi University,  Anirban Kar, Delhi University,  Naveen Chander, Delhi University.  Madhuresh Kumar, Delhi Solidarity Group..Poonam, Pragatisheel Mahila Sngathan,  PK Vijayan, Delhi University,  Karen Gabriel, Delhi University,  Rakesh Ranjan, Delhi University

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