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Naxal outfit condemns Mumbai blasts

Soumittra S Bose, TNN - Aug 18, 2011, (Times of India)

NAGPUR: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) that represents Naxal movement in India has issued a statement strongly condemning the 13/7 terror blasts in Mumbai that killed around 20 people and injured another 80. The banned outfit, known for its anti-national rhetoric and armed struggle against Indian government, has also demanded free and fair probe into all the terror attacks in the country since 1992 Babri Masjid demolition. The press release, available on a pro-Naxal blog, has been issued by spokesperson Abhay representing the central committee of the outfit.

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Maoist protest week hits life in Chhattisgarh interiors

Raipur, July 4 (IANS) A protest week called by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) began Monday in Chhattisgarh, hitting life in the state's vast forested interiors, police said. "The protest week has hit life in the interior pockets of Bastar's 40,000 sq km area where operators have kept buses and smaller passenger vehicles off the road fearing a Maoist attack," a senior officer at the police headquarters here told IANS. The official added that hundreds of police and paramilitary troopers have been relocated to strengthen security in the jungle areas vulnerable to attacks.

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Orissa Should Honour Deal with Naxals: Mediators

http://news.outlookindia.com, Bhubaneswar | May 25, 2011
Naxal-selected mediators who held negotiation for safe release of R Vineel Krishna after his abduction by Maoists in February, today said violence may come down in Orissa if the state government honours agreement made during the hostage crisis.

This was stated by Prof Hargopal at a convention here on implementation of 14-point pact between Orissa government and the mediators. Hargopal was one of the three mediators who played a key role in safe release of the then Malkangiri district collector and a junior engineer from Maoists.

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500 army men to train in Chhattisgarh's red zone in a bid to injure Maoists' morale

Thursday, June 2, 2011, IANS

Raipur: Over 500 army personnel have arrived in the heart of a Maoist insurgency-hit area in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region for training, a move security experts say will psychologically hit the rebels.

The contingent of the army's central command in Lucknow descended for the first time on the Maoist nerve centre of Abujhmad, around 300km from Raipur. Most of the area falls in Narayanpur district of Bastar.

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The Hindu: Bastar by-election puts charitable school in a bind

May 11, 2011 - Aman Sethi

"We won't allow security forces to use schools for anti-Maoist operations"

"BSF, CRPF can set up camps only in buildings or vacant plots provided by State"

Narayanpur(CHHATTISGARH): Last Sunday, troopers of the Border Security Force received a tip that cadres of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) had planted an Improvised Explosive Device in a school building that was to be used as a polling booth in the by-election for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.

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Army moves into Maoist area in Chhattisgarh

NDTV Correspondent, June 03, 2011, The Economist Magazine

Raipur: For the first time, an Army brigade has moved into Maoist-dominated area of Chhattisgarh - a move that could be a psychological hit for the rebels.

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NY Times: India Puts Tight Leash on Internet Free Speech

MUMBAI, India — Free speech advocates and Internet users are protesting new Indian regulations restricting Web content that, among other things, can be considered “disparaging,” “harassing,” “blasphemous” or “hateful.”

The new rules, quietly issued by the country’s Department of Information Technology earlier this month and only now attracting attention, allow officials and private citizens to demand that Internet sites and service providers remove content they consider objectionable on the basis of a long list of criteria.

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Varavara Rao: "Book Andhra Guv for Azad "Encounter"

PTI | Hyderabad | Jun 02, 2011

Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao today demanded that Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, state Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy and former Director General of Police be booked on charges of criminal conspiracy in connection with alleged fake encounter killing of Maoist leader Azad and journalist Hemchandra Pandey.

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Preliminary report of the DSU fact-finding visit to Narayanpatna, Odisha

Democratic Students' Unin (DSU), Delhi
PRESS RELEASE: A REPORT FROM GROUND ZERO

A team of students from DU, JNU and IGNOU belonging to the Democratic Students' Union (DSU) visited Narayanpatna Block in the Koraput district of Odisha from 11 April to 16 April 2011. The objective of the visit was to study the ground situation at present in the region where a militant mass struggle is going on for the last few years, and according to the media reports, has faced extreme forms of state repression.

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