Showing posts from November 2, 2008

Blast in Meerut, at least 4 killed; several injured

Source: IBNLIVE BLAST IN MEERUT: The nature of the blast in not known yet. Details are awaited . New Delhi: At least five people (3 women and 2 children) are reported to have been killed in a blast in Uttar Pradesh town of Meerut, 72 km from Delhi. Sources say the blast took place in a scrap-dealer's shop in Meerut’s crowded Fatehpur locality. At least 10 people are reported to have been injured. However, news agency Press Trust of India reports the blast took place in in army waste materials dump. There has been no confirmation of that report. The blast is reported to have occured at around 1600 hrs IST and its nature is not known yet. Police have been rushed to the spot and there's heavy deployment in the city. According to sources, dynamite sticks triggered the blast, when a ragpicker tried to remove the metal of the bomb found in garbage. Some ragpickers reportedly brought the garbage from Meerut Cantt. area. The blast could be accidental and not the handiwork of any terro

Scheme to root out naxal influence

source: TOI 1 Nov 2008, 0343 hrs IST, Satyendra Kumar, TNN Now on the threshold of its third year, Aapki Sarkar Aapke Dwar, a pioneering scheme aimed at rooting out Naxal influences through development — has emerged as one of the most successful programmes of the state government in Jehanabad district. Conceived by the then home secretary H C Sirohy and launched by chief minister Nitish Kumar at Sikariya village on January 21, 2006, Aapki Sarkar Aapke Dwar (Asdwar) programme has brought down considerably cases of naxalite violence in the region and also won acceptibility among rural folk, police, academics and social organisations. This is something which is a huge feat considering that several such programmes launched in the district in the past like the Operation Rakshak and Operation Siddhartha were virtual non-events. The success of the programme — both in winning critical acclaim at various local and state-level platforms and producing outstanding results at

Red : The other color of terror

Source: mutiny The news that the convoy of Buddhadev Bhattacharya, the West Bengal chief minister escaped being mined and that naxalites are the ones being accused, will draw attention to Left wing terrorism once again. Although left wing terrorism and insurgency affects large pieces of the country, it has never had the kind of visibility that it needs to have, mostly because their terror is wielded largely in rural India where television cameras don’t whir. This violence of course shows the level of fragmentation in the leftist movement within india over the decades and the “establishment” left – those who get to speak in parliament or the state assembly and become ministers and the others. The establishment leftists ride those white ambassadors, go to television studios and give press conferences and in states like West Bengal and Kerala, run industrial establishments that can give any traditional capitalist a run for their money. The contradictions that are becoming evident between

Day after blast, Bengal DGP admits to security lapse

Source: Indian Express Salboni, November 03 The West Bengal government has admitted to a lapse in security of the chief minister which suspected Maoists used to target his convoy in Salboni on Sunday. And the man to admit this was none other than West Bengal Director General of Police AB Vohra. Six policemen were injured in the blast that ripped through a police jeep minutes after the convoy carrying Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed the spot. Police said six persons had been arrested. Three policemen — an inspector and two constables — who were responsible for manning the blast spot have been suspended for dereliction of duty. Vohra, who rushed to the blast site on Monday morning, also talked to the district administration and pointed out the lapses in CM’s security. Later talking to reporters, he said: “The police failed to apprehend the attack.” After receiving a primary report from the DGP, Home Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakrabarti described Sunday’s

Assam blasts: Sketch of suspected bomber released

The police on Tuesday released the sketch of a suspect in connection with the Assam serial blasts that claimed 81 lives. (Watch) Police said the sketch matches 77 per cent with the person suspected to be responsible for the explosion at the Deputy Commissioner's office in Kamrup on October 30. The person, dressed in a white kurta, is said to be of fair complexion with short hair and a thin moustache. The sketch is that of a youth with a light beard, a thin moustache and a broad face. "The suspect is a fair complexioned man aged below 35 years and about 5.7 feet tall with an athletic build weighing about 68 kg," another police officials said. Sources said the sketch was prepared on the basis of inputs from five witnesses. On October 30, there were six near-simultaneous blasts in Guwahati at about 11:30 am in crowded market places --Ganeshguri, Pan Bazaar Fancy bazaar and the District Court complex. The high-intensity blasts set off fire in several areas. As Guwahati