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Maoist-Appetite of power through armed struggle

'Maoist' better known as to belief in the ideology, which aims to overthrow the government through people's war. Organization claims that it has been conducting a people's war with a strategic approach developed by Mao Zedong of China.

'Maoists' in fact the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is an underground Political Party in India, which envisaged to over throw the govt. through people's war. It was founded in 21st September 2004 with the merger of People's War Group and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).

Their ideology rejects the concept of parliamentary democracy rather they want political power through protracted armed struggle, which is based on guerrilla war. Maoist claims their fights are for the welfare of tribals and awaken them for their rights in the forest belt of India. Their aim is to develop a "Red Corridor" in the area of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgharh, Odhish, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal area. It has been said that they have expanded their frontier and now they have reached in Uttarakhand, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka.

According to govt. official sources, as on June 2010, 83 districts in nine states of the country were under the influence of Naxals.

Although govt. alleged that on the name of welfare of the tribal, Maoist and Naxals are indulged in running an extortion economy. It has been alleged that they are running an extortion economy from the local mining companies and other business.

Raising threat by the Naxals and Maoist, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has termed them as " the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country."

Even UPA govt. has banned the CPI (M) declaring it as terrorist organization on 22 June 2009.

However Indian Maoist rejects any charge regarding their connection with foreign outfits but sources said that it has connection with many outfits from Nepal, china and some other countries.

Nepali major parties reach deal on power sharing

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Kathmandu, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): In a dramatic and positive development in Nepali politics, the major political parties have reached a deal on power sharing and are formalizing the agreement on Thursday.

Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon likely to be released by noon

May 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Raipur, May 3 (ANI): Abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is likely to be released by his Maoist captors around noon today.

Sukma Collector likely to release today

May 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The 12 daylong hostages crisis is likely to end today, as the Maoist will release abducted Sukma collector Paul Menon today afternoon.

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Government will not impose its view on Telangana: Chidambaram

May 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday said the government will not thrust its opinion on Telangana and the decision on the statehood issue will be taken after consensus among political parties.

Maoists to release collector Thursday

May 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Raipur, May 2 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas Wednesday said they will release kidnapped Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon Thursday.

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India

May 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Experts have described Maoists as the growing threat to India's internal security, and one of the ways it can be tackled is by focussing on inclusive growth in areas under their influence.

Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon to be released on Thursday

May 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Raipur, May 2 (ANI): Abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is expected to be released tomorrow by his Maoist captors.

Abducted Chhattisgarh collector may be freed Wednesday

May 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Raipur, May 1 (IANS) Maoists may set abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon free Wednesday, official sources in Chhattisgarh said Tuesday.

Police conduct community-policing programme in Maoist-hit areas of Odisha

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Rayagada (Odisha), May 1 (ANI): Police personnel led by senior officers conducted a community-policing programme in Odisha's Maoist-hit Rayagada district to tackle the growing menace of the rebels.

Chhattisgarh CM says Sukma District Collector will be released soon

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), May 1 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said that abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, would be released soon.

Police conduct community-policing programme in Maoist-hit areas of Odisha

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Rayagada (Odisha), May 1 (ANI): Police personnel led by senior officers conducted a community-policing programme in Odisha's Maoist-hit Rayagada district to tackle the growing menace of the rebels.

Chhattisgarh CM says Sukma District Collector will be released soon

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), May 1 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said that abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, would be released soon.

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

London, May 1 (ANI): A London-based human rights activist has accused the Maoists of running an extortion economy under the guise of a popular revolution.

Abducted Chhattisgarh collector may walk free Wednesday

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Raipur, May 1 (IANS) Maoists may set abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon free Wednesday, official sources in Chhattisgarh said Tuesday.

Government-Maoist mediators reach agreement over Sukma Collector's release

May 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Raipur, May 1 (ANI): Following several rounds of talks, the Chhattisgarh Government and Maoist mediators have reportedly reached an agreement over terms for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Sukma collector may be released soon

April 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) The release of abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon in the next 48 hours seemed likely with the Maoist interlocutors and the Chhattisgarh government-appointed mediators agreeing Monday night to form a high-powered panel to deal with the Maoists' demands.

Menon to be released in 48 hours: Raman Singh

April 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said Monday night that he expects abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon to be released in the next 48 hours.

Abducted Chhattisgarh district collector's release likely

April 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) The release of abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon seemed likely with the Maoist interlocutors and the Chhattisgarh government-appointed mediators agreeing Monday night to form a high-powered panel to deal with the Maoists' demands.

Odisha CM Patnaik rules out Hikaka's resignation under Maoists pressure

April 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 30 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday cleared reports over Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka's resignation, saying there was no reason for a person elected democratically to step down from his post.

No breakthrough in Government-Maoist talks over Sukma Collector's release

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Raipur, Apr 30 (ANI):The deadlock over the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon persists, with yet another round of talks between the representatives of Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoist rebels ending in a stalemate.

Maoist shutdown in Jharkhand hits normal life

April 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Ranchi, Apr 29 (ANI): The two-day shutdown declared by Maoists, in support of the demands made by them in Chhattisgarh to release abducted District Collector Alex Paul Menon, hit normal life in Jharkhand on Sunday.

Wife of former Maoist urges rebels to join mainstream

April 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bokaro, Apr 28 (ANI): Rekha Manjhi, wife of former top Maoist leader Varun Manjhi has urged the rebels to join the mainstream and derive benefits of central government's rehabilitation schemes.

Maoist threat a major concern for Assam

April 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Guwahati, Apr 28 (ANI): Even though many militant outfits in Assam have come forward for negotiations, the region faces renewed threat from the Maoists.

Armed Maoists receive interlocutors in Chhattisgarh jungle

April 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Raipur, April 28 (IANS) Armed Maoists received both of their interlocutors, bearing the Chhattisgarh government's response to their demands for release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, in a jungle pocket in violence-hit Bastar region Saturday afternoon, raising hopes of the official's safe and early release.

Top woman Maoist leader surrenders in Orissa

April 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Malkangiri, Apr 28 (ANI): Disillusioned by the Maoist ideology, a top woman rebel commander Nirmala, involved in various incidents of violence, surrendered before the police in Orissa's Malkangiri District.

Slum dwellers, police clash in Kolkata again

April 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Fresh clashes broke out between evicted slum dwellers of Nonadanga and police personnel here Saturday, leaving several people injured.

Abducted collector: Maoists' mediators fly to Bastar

April 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Raipur, April 28 (IANS) Exactly a week after Maoists abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon at gun point, two interlocutors named by them Saturday flew in to Bastar to brief the rebels about the government's response to their demands set for safe release of the young officer, an official here said.

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Third round of talks today

April 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Raipur, Apr 28 (ANI): The fate of abducted Sukma District Collector is undecided even a week after his kidnapping, and interlocutors of the Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoists are meeting for the third time today to find a way out.

Mediators sum up talks as rebels hike demands, justify abduction

April 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) Interlocutors for the Maoists and the mediators appointed by Chhattisgarh government held talks for over five hours Friday to find a way for safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, even as the rebels increased their demands, now seeking release of 17 of their jailed colleagues as against the original eight.

Maoists' mediators sum up talks as rebels hike demands

April 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) Interlocutors for the Maoists and the mediators appointed by Chhattisgarh government held talks for over five hours Friday to find a way for safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, even as the rebels increased their demand, now seeking release of 17 of their jailed colleagues as against the original eight.

Odisha CM Patnaik expresses delight over Hikaka's release

April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): Expressing his delight over Jhina Hikaka's release from Maoists captivity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he was relieved that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA would now meet his family, who were quite distressed and anxiously waiting for him.

Bhopal activist requests Maoists to release Menon 'unharmed'

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhopal, Apr 26 (ANI): The public concern over the health and safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector got a sentimental touch on Thursday, as a local activist in Bhopal organized a blood 'satyagraha' and wrote a letter addressed to the Maoists to release Alex Paul Menon 'unharmed'.

'I was treated quite well', says Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 26 (ANI): Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was released by the Maoists at a village in Koraput, on Thursday said that he was made to stay in adverse conditions in the forest, but the ultras did not ill treat him.

Maoist mediator confident that there would be no loss of life

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Raipur, Apr 26 (ANI): Human rights activist and academic Professor Hargopal, who has been named as another mediator by the Maoists for talks with the government to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, on Thursday said that he would ensure that there is no casualty on either side.

11 killed, 88 abducted by Maoists till April

April 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) A total of 88 people were abducted and 11 of them killed in six Maoist affected states till April 17 this year, parliament was informed Thursday.

Abducted Sukma collector's health condition improving, says Raman Singh

April 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said that health of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon had improved after medication.

Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): After being in Maoist captivity for 32 days, Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on Thursday morning.

New strategies reducing malaria deaths in Odisha (April 25 is World Malaria Day)

April 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) India's health ministry is pinning its hopes on new strategies to bring down malaria deaths in Odisha's tribal and urban populations.

Tejinder moves apex court for CBI probe on Army chief

April 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the role of Army chief General V.K. Singh into the alleged incident in which the Army was reported to be spying on Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials.

Maoists to release Hikaka Thursday: lawyer

April 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) Maoists who have held Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka hostage for over a month will release him Thursday, a lawyer who fights cases for the rebels said Wednesday.

Court to decide on terror charges against Ghandy April 30

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A Delhi court Tuesday reserved till April 30 its order on framing terror charges against Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy.

Chhattisgarh names two mediators for Menon's release

April 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Raipur, April 24 (IANS) With just a day to go for the Maoist deadline, the Chhattisgarh government Tuesday named two former chief secretaries to negotiate with the guerrillas who have kidnapped Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon.

Maoist-nominated mediator urges Govt. to resume talks

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): B. D. Sharma, one of the Maoist-nominated mediators for negotiations with the government, on Tuesday stressed on the need to have a dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict following the abduction of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Government losing its way in Maoist minefield

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Two Italians kidnapped in Odisha, then a legislator and now a collector in Chhattisgarh. The high profile abductions have again focused attention on the government strategy to counter Maoists and even officials are asking whether there is any clarity of thought in the twin approach of development and military action.

Maoists menace tops BJP agenda ahead of parliament session

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said the increasing Maoist menace would be priority subject of discussion during the second leg of parliament's budget session, starting today.

Resumed budget session may generate heat for government

April 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Congress may have averted some house trouble by asking Abhishek Manu Singhvi to step down from party and parliamentary posts over a sleaze video, but peace in parliament as it resumes Tuesday may still be a far cry with the opposition gunning for the government over key issues like Maoist insurgency, defence preparedness of the country and inflation.

Development can help combat Maoist activities in India: CRPF

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): The Special Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Aniruddh Uppal on Monday said the initiation of development projects in Maoist-hit areas would help combat left wing extremists activities.

Nepal parties seek more time to settle statute row

April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Kathmandu, April 23 (IANS) Major political parties of Nepal Monday sought two more days to thrash out contentious issues that have held up their constitution drafting.

Chhattisgarh slows down anti-Maoist drive till Menon's release

April 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Raipur, April 23 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government has virtually called a halt to its anti-Maoist offensive till Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is released from captivity, official sources said Monday.

BJP expresses concern over rise in Maoist abduction cases

April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday expressed concern over the rising number of abduction by the Maoists, calling for concrete action to be taken against them.

'Chattisgarh clueless about collector's whereabouts'

April 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Raipur, April 22 (IANS) The Chattisgarh Police is "totally clueless" about the whereabouts of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, who has been abducted by Maoists, while the state government is awaiting a message or demands from the rebels for his release, an official said Sunday.

Need law against Maoist kidnappings: Congress

April 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

New Delhi/Raipur, April 22 (IANS) A law must be enacted to prevent kidnappings such as that of the Chhattisgarh collector Alex Paul Menon by Maoists, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said Sunday.

Bihar alerts legislators, officials in 33 Maoist-hit districts

April 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Patna, April 22 (IANS) In the wake of audacious abductions by Maoists in Odisha and Chattisgarh, the Bihar government has asked legislators and top officials in the state's 33 insurgency-hit districts to step-up their security and avoid late night travel, officials said Sunday.

Collector's abduction: Agnivesh asks Maoists to come forward for talks

April 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday condemned the abduction of the Collector of Chhattisgarh's Sukma District, Alex Paul Menon, and asked the Maoists to come forward for talks.

Maoists kill 2 BJP workers, driver in Chhattisgarh

April 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Raipur, April 20 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas Friday carried out a deadly attack on the convoy of a legislator of Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) triggering a powerful landmine blast in the troubled Bastar region in which three persons were killed, police said.

Over 6,000 Maoists 'retire' in Nepal

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Kathmandu, April 20 (IANS) A total of 6,574 ex-Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the (UCPN-M)'s People's Liberation Army (PLA) combatants, have opted for voluntary retirement, a report said.

Maoists say Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka will be tried on April 25

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 20 (ANI): The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Friday saying the MLA will be tried in a people's court on April 25.

Over 6,000 ex-PLA combatants in Nepal opt for voluntary retirement

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Kathmandu, April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): A total of 6,574 ex-Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M)'s People's Liberation Army combatants have opted for voluntary retirement at the end of the timeline specified for the second round of regrouping of the ex-Maoist combatants on Thursday.

No relief to abducted MLA; likely to remains till April 25

April 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The abducted Biju Janta Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka is still in the confinement of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist), that had kidnapped MLA from Koraput district on March 24 and are likely to present Jhina in praja court (People's Court) for deciding his fate of release, sources said........

Now Maoists say Hikaka will be tried April 25

April 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 20 (IANS) Maoists in Odisha have set April 25 as the date to try Jhina Hikaka in a kangaroo court amid rumours that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator - held hostage by the rebels for three weeks - would be released Friday.

Maoist-hit area children receive schooling in Jharkhand

April 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Ghatsila, Apr 19 (ANI): An orphanage run by a villager is imparting education to poor children in the Maoist-hit area of Jharkhand with an aim to provide them a better future.

Maoist group meet to focus on Green Hunt, economic crisis

April 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Hyderabad, April 19 (IANS) Resistance group Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), at its first conference here April 22-23, will demand an end to the anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt and discuss how to turn the current economic crisis in the country into a revolutionary opportunity.

Court issues notices on release of Maoists for Hikaka

April 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Supreme court Thursday asked the central and Odisha governments to respond to a petition that sought to block release of 29 Maoists on bail in exchange for the ruling Biju Janta Dal's (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, whom the rebels have taken hostage.

Maoists plan peoples' court to decide fate of Hikaka

April 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 18 (IANS) Maoists Wednesday accused the Odisha government of not taking steps on their demands and announced they would decide the fate of legislator Jhina Hikaka, who is in their captivity since the past over three weeks, in a peoples' court.

Maoists plan peoples' court to decide fate of Hikaka

April 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 18 (IANS) The Maoists Wednesday accused the Odisha government of not taking steps on their demand and announced they would decide the fate of legislator Jhina Hikaka, who is in their captivity since the past over three weeks, in a peoples' court.

Odisha MLA Abduction crisis: Deadline ends today

April 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The release of abducted Biju Janta Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka is still looking gloomy as the deadlock situation still continued till the end day of deadline given by Maoists for releasing him............

Odisha offers to withdraw cases as hostage crisis worsens

April 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With the hostage crisis worsening and a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, Odisha Tuesday offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Chidambaram confident to resolve NCTC differences with states

April 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the difference between the non-Congress states and centre

Maoist ideologue Satyamurthy dead

April 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Hyderabad, April 17 (IANS) K.G. Satyamurthy, a Maoist ideologue and one of the founders of the People's War Group (PWG), died in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district Tuesday. He was 84.

Little movement on release of Odisha legislator

April 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) With a day to go before the deadline set by the Maoists lapses, the fate of abducted Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka continued to remain uncertain Tuesday as both the government and the guerrillas refused to budge from their stand.

NIA takes over custody of arrested Maoists in Kolkata

April 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA), India's premier anti-terror probe outfit, Monday took over the case of five Maoists, including the successor of slain rebel chief Kishenji, arrested in Kolkata in March.

Maoist movement growing in Assam: Gogoi

April 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Concerned about the growing Maoist movement in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Monday that the central government should include the state in the framework of development and security schemes that constitute the strategy against left-wing extremism.

Jhina Hikaka hostage crisis: Mediator for Maoists wants charges withdrawn against captives

April 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Koraput, Apr 16 (ANI): Convenor of Jana Adhikar Manch (JAM) and Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty on Monday held the Odisha Government responsible for delay in the process of release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka.

Karnataka opposes creation of anti-terror centre

April 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda Monday opposed the creation of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), claiming that it encroaches upon the federal nature of India and erodes the powers of the states.

Chidambaram expresses concern over increasing Maoists' feet in Assam

April 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday expressed his concern over rising footsteps of Maoists in already insurgents hit state Assam. ?Left wing extremism is a formidable threat. Assam has become the 'newest theatre of Maoist violence,' said Chidambaram while addressing a chief ministers' conference on internal security in the capital.........

Assam has become 'newest theatre of Maoist violence': Chidambaram

April 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said that Left wing extremism is a formidable threat, and added that Assam has become the 'newest theatre of Maoist violence'.

Maoists likely to extend deadline of abducted MLA

April 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Maoists who have abducted Biju Janta Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka from Korapur district from Andhra Odisha border zone is now likely to extend the set deadline from April 15 to April 18, due to viewing the deadlock situation at this moments.........

Maoists scale down demand for Hikaka's release

April 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 15 (IANS) While setting a Wednesday deadline, Maoists Sunday let go of the demand to free a key rebel in exchange for the release of Odisha's Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka whom they have held captive for over 20 days.

General V.K. Singh visits Maoist heartland

April 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Raipur, April 14 (IANS) Army chief General V.K. Singh travelled to leftist insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh's Bastar region Saturday where the army has a training camp in a jungle stretch, official sources said.

India welcomes Nepal's Maoist integration pact

April 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) India Thursday welcomed the recent pact under which former Maoist rebels handed over control of their fighters and weapons to the Nepal Army and hoped that "the Nepali-led and Nepali-driven political processes would be taken to their logical end within the time-frame".

India hails Nepal's resolve to rehabilitate former Maoist cadres

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday termed the Nepalese Government's decision to rehabilitate former Maoist combatants as per certain recent pacts, thereby ensuring peace.

Maoists release Italian hostage, MLA still held (Roundup)

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him in captivity for nearly a month, while the fate of another hostage, Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, continued to remain uncertain.

Odisha Govt. makes fresh appeal to Maoists for MLA's release

April 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 12 (ANI): Hours after the Maoists released Italian national Paolo Bosusco, the Odisha Government on Thursday evening made a fresh appeal to the ultras to release BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka from their captivity immediately unhurt and in good condition.

Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco professes 'My love for Oriya people will never finish'

April 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 12 (ANI): Italian national Paolo Bosusco, who was released by the Maoists on Thursday after being in their captivity for almost 29 days, thanked the people of Odisha for their kindness, saying his love for the Oriya people will never finish.

Maoists release Italian hostage, MLA still missing

April 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him in captivity for nearly a month, officials said as the fate of another hostage, Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, continued to remain uncertain.

Maoists release Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco

April 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 12 (ANI): Maoists on Thursday freed Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco after keeping him in captivity for 29 days.

Maoists release second Italian

April 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 12 (IANS) Maoists Thursday released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him hostage for nearly a month, official sources said.

Nepal Army takes over control of Maoist camps, completes peace process

April 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): Nepalese soldiers have taken over the control of former Maoist rebels camps, as part of securing peace six years after the end of civil war in Nepal

Maoists freed Italian citizen Bosusco after Panda's wife release, sources say

April 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Maoists on Wednesday night have reportedly freed the second abducted Italian citizen Bosusco Paolo, who was kidnapped on March 14 along with another Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo from Kandhmal district of Orissa when they were on their trekking mission......

Fulfil promises before Italian's release: Maoists

April 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) The Maoists holding an Italian hostage since March 14 Wednesday reiterated that he will be released only after the Odisha government fulfils its promises on their demands.

'I will enter politics but not join any party', says Milli Panda

April 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 11 (ANI): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda's wife Subhashree Das alias Milli Panda, who was acquitted in a case relating to an encounter between police and the Maoists, on Wednesday said she will enter politics but not join any party.

Maoists to release hostage in 'democratic' way, says Sabyasachi Panda

April 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 11 (ANI): Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Wednesday said they would release Italian national Paolo Bosusco, who was abducted nearly a month ago, in a 'democratic' way.

Odisha abduction crisis: Maoist leader released a fresh audio tape

April 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The release of abducted Italian tourist operator and BJD legislator still seems to be cloudy, as Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Wednesday issued a fresh audiotape stating that they were ready to release the Italian citizen Basusco Paolo (55), if government made it clear that it would keep its promise......

For Italian's release, fulfil promise: Maoists

April 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 11 (IANS) Maoists holding an Italian hostage since March 14 Wednesday reiterated that he will be released only after the Odisha government fulfils its promise.

Maoist leader's wife freed, Odisha hostage crisis continues

April 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) An Italian and an Odisha legislator continued to be in the custody of Maoists Tuesday even as a top rebel's wife - whose release from jail had been demanded as one of the conditions to set free the hostages - was acquitted by a court.

Maoist leader's wife freed from jail

April 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) Subhashree Das, wife of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, was released Tuesday from a jail in Odisha after a court acquitted her in a 2003 shootout case for lack of evidence.

Odisha court acquits Maoist leader's wife

April 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) A fast track court in Odisha Tuesday acquitted a top Maoist leader's wife in a 2003 shootout case for lack of evidence, sources said. Her release was sought by the rebels in exchange for an Italian who has been held captive by them since last month.

Odisha hostage crisis: Maoist deadline ends Tuesday

April 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) As the Tuesday evening deadline set by Maoists for fulfilment of their demands neared, uncertainty continued over the fate of the Italian and the Odisha legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month.

Hostage crisis: Odisha yet to decide on fresh demands

April 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Odisha has yet to decide on the latest Maoist demands for the release of an Italian and a legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month, even as the deadline given by the abductors ends Tuesday.

Hostage crisis: Odisha yet to decide on fresh demands

April 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Odisha has yet to decide on the latest Maoist demands for the release of an Italian and a legislator being held captive by the rebels since last month, even as the deadline given by the abductors ends Tuesday.

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