Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Supreme Court : Writ Petition (Criminal) 103/2009.

23 February 2010
Don’t keep raising Naxal bogey: Supreme Court to Centre (NDTV)
The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Centre and the Chhattisgarh government for bandying the Naxal bogey about every time there’s a killing in the Naxal-affected zone.
The court was hearing a petition asking for a CBI probe into the killing of villagers in Dantewada allegedly by security forces. When the government said the petitioner was a Naxal sympathiser the court said, “What do you mean by sympathisers? Why so much innuendo? Is this the way to deal with it?”
Countering the government’s arguments, the court said, “The petitioners are not advocating the  cause of Naxals. Don’t the petitioners have fundamental rights or human rights? Don’t keep bringing this Naxals issue.”
All 12 witnesses to the killings had disappeared after the petition was first moved. On the court’s order, the state government produced six witnesses; the Chhattisgarh government told the court three more have been found.
Anti-Naxal operation has to be just: SC tells Govt (IBN)

The Supreme Court on Monday severely criticised the Union Government for the recent killings of tribals in Dantewada allegedly by security forces in the name of fighting Naxals. “Should everything ordered in the name of operations? Is there no concern for human or Fundamental Rights? We want to know why such incidents took place and how the security forces conducted themselves,” a two-member bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar observed. “If someone is fighting or sympathising with Naxals so what? First you say that operations are conducted against Naxals, then Naxal sympathisers and then sympathisers of such sympathisers. What is all this?” the court asked while hearing a petition on killing of over 10 tribals in Chhattisgarh. At least 10 tribals, all residents of Gompad village in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, were allegedly by security personnel for reportedly acting as Naxal sympathisers.
The Centre also told the Supreme Court that it has envisaged a Rs 7,300 crore package for the development of Naxal-affected states in the country. Attorney General GE Vahanvati submitted that the Union Cabinet has accorded approval for the package but said the government was only sceptical about its implementation because of the Naxals interference in such schemes. He, however, said the government would soon place details of the package before the apex court in the form of an affidavit. The Attorney General made the submissions while appearing before a bench of Justices Reddy and S Nijjar.
The Union Home Ministry had recently asked sympathisers to condemn the Naxals and help win the war against the rebels.

Maoists offer truce, want Op Green Hunt to end (IBN)

Maoists on Monday declared a 72-day ceasefire from February 25 to May 7 on the condition that the Government stop Operation Green Hunt launched against the rebels. Making the announcement Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji said that they want intellectuals and human right activists to mediate between them and the Government. “State governments and the Centre should not indulge in violence between February 25 and May 7 and concentrate on development of tribal areas which will be reciprocated by Maoists,” Kishanji said over phone from an undisclosed place. Kishanji also said that the 72-day ceasefire would happen only if the Government stopped Operation Green Hunt.
The Ministry of Home Affairs reacted to the ceasefire offer by saying that Maoists have not contacted them directly. Government sources said that they do not have nay concrete proposal in hand from the Maoists and cannot base their reactions on media reports.
Sources also claimed that the ceasefire offer might be a ploy by the Maoists to regroup and added that there is no indication if the ceasefire was only for West Bengal or all Naxal affected states. But Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said that if the ceasefire offer was unconditional, the Government welcomed it.
Maoist sympathiser and revolutionary poet Varavara Rao backed the ceasefire saying the Government must call back Paramilitary forces deployed for Operation Green Hunt. “Government should release political prisoners. The Maoists have always responded and now the state should also respond. Maoists have all the time been responding to talks,” said Rao.
But Communist Party of India leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that Maoists should first lay down their arms and then only the talks could take place. “If there is an offer for talks, Government should respond. But this does not mean that we should release political prisoners and remove the ban (from Maoists). But the first condition should be laying down arms by the Maoists. The forces should not be withdrawn. The Government has to be convinced that Maoists want to come to the main stream political process,” said Dasgupta. 
Union Home minister P Chidamabaram had last week said that if the Maoists halted violence for 72 hours the government would be ready for talks with them.