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UTTAR PRADESH-Return of the Bandits

October 3, 1981 UTTAR PRADESH Return of the Bandits Kalyan Mukherjee INDIA'S dacoit country remains unchanged. There have been three dacoit surrenders since Independence : the first in 1960 when the remnants of the legendary Man Singh gang surrendered to Vinoba Bhave; the second in 1972 which began with Madho Singh, masquerading as a forest contractor, landing up at Jayaprakash Narayana residence at Kadamkuan, Patna; and the third, five years ago in 1976 at the sacred shrine of Bate- shwar in UP, when more than 80 baghis laid down their weapons.

Peasant Revolt in Bhojpur

Kalyan Mukherjee THE war in Bhojpur is almost a decade old; the media exposure of 'extremism' in this surplus district of south Bihar, however, came only after the violent, peasant-police encounter at Chauri village of Sahar block on May 6, 1973. Subsequently, the institution of the Chauri Firing Commission; Jayaprakash Narayan's visit to the disturbed areas on an abortive, mission of peace in June 1975; the unrelenting overkill of the seek and destroy, paramilitary contingents of 'Operation Thunder' in 1976; and the reiterated prophecies of the rural guerillas of imminent liberation, have succeeded in locating this IADP (Intensive Area Development Project) district as the number one assignment of counter-insurgency forces in Bihar. Bhojpur's war continues to simmer and reports of its spread into the contiguous districts of Rohtas, Gaya and Patna

BIHAR-Growing Peasant Revolt

One day Ramaiah was forcibly taken away in a tarry from his hut. Goondas in the lorry threatened him of serious consequences if he did not vacate the land. They threatened to throw him into the Krishnarajasagar Dam if he did not obey them.

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