Naxal Web­Site Server iS lO­cated in china: SleuthS

Web­site is used to share pro­pa­ganda ma­te­rial and views of Nax­alites jus­ti­fy­ing killing the se­cu­rity forces.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The server host­ing a Naxal pro­pa­ganda web­site, pop­u­lar among Naxal sym­pa­this­ers in In­dia, is lo­cated in China, in­ves­ti­ga­tions car­ried out by sleuths work­ing with the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment have re­vealed.

In or­der to mask its true lo­ca­tion, the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the web­site, in con­nivance with the server op­er­a­tors, have tried to make it ap­pear as if the server is hosted in Canada, by us­ing a proxy server.

The web­site is used to share pro­pa­ganda ma­te­rial, doc­u­ments, state­ments of Naxal lead­ers and views of Nax­alites jus­ti­fy­ing the killing of In­dian se­cu­rity forces when­ever they carry out such at­tacks.

As per sources in the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment, they have also been able to iden­tify the in­di­vid­u­als in In­dia who are re­spon­si­ble for up­dat­ing the web­site with state­ments, doc­u­ments and pic­tures re­lated to In­dian Naxal lead­ers op­er­at­ing in the cen­tral re­gion of In­dia, es­pe­cially Ch­hat­tis­garh.

In or­der to ward off un­wanted at­ten­tion, the web­site ad­min­is­tra­tors have stated on the home page of the web­site that the “web­site is not based in In­dia or owned and main­tained by peo­ple from In­dia, nor it is con­nected to the Nax­als”.

This web­site, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers in the se­cu­rity es- tab­lish­ment, is mainly op­er­ated by Nax­als to gather sup­port for their “move­ment” by way of jus­ti­fy­ing and le­git­imis­ing the vi­o­lent ac­tions that they carry out. In one such lat­est “jus­ti­fi­ca­tion” that came af­ter the killing of 25 CRPF sol­diers in Burka­pal, Bas­tar, Ch­hat­tis­garh, in April 2017, the Nax­als re­leased a state­ment on the web­site on 25 May stat­ing that the se­cu­rity forces in Bas­tar were “killing” in­no­cent vil­lagers in the wake of the 25 April at­tack that was car­ried out by them. The state­ment “ap­pealed” to jour­nal­ists, civil so­ci­ety mem­bers, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Op­po­si­tion par­ties and Left party mem­bers to visit Bas­tar in or­der to bring out the “atrocities” of the CRPF per­son­nel, in­clud­ing “fake en­counter killings”.

“The Nax­als are in the last phase of their ex­is­tence and they know this. They are not get­ting new re­cruits, am­mu­ni­tion and money. The ‘ro­man­ti­cism’ as­so­ci­ated with Nax­al­ism is fin­ished and it is due to these rea­sons that the brains be­hind them are us­ing web­sites and Face­book to keep them­selves rel­e­vant and show that they are not mind­less killers,” an of­fi­cer track­ing Naxal ac­tiv­ity said. The warn­ing is­sued by the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) ear­lier this week to af­fil­i­ated schools to pay heed to the new safety guide­lines is­sued by it or risk dis­af­fil­i­a­tion as per pro­vi­sions un­der af­fil­i­a­tion by-laws of the board, has made pri­vate schools in Delhi-NCR hit the panic but­ton, but par­ents, child rights ac­tivists, pri­vate con­sul­tants and other stake­hold­ers have em­pha­sised that even if there are am­ple guide­lines, in the ab­sence of any manda­tory im­ple­men­ta­tion mech­a­nism, schools will be able to es­cape re­spon­si­bil­ity for keep­ing chil­dren safe in their premises.

As per the CBSE, all CBSEaf­fil­i­ated schools will have to sub­mit a se­cu­rity/safety au­dit re­port on the CBSE’s web­site within two months. The au­dit of the premises and per­son­nel is to be con­ducted by lo­cal po­lice sta­tions. This fol­lows the re­cent grue­some mur­der of a seven-year-old child at Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Gu­ru­gram. Fol­low­ing the CBSE’s di­rec­tives, pri­vate schools in Delhi-NCR have writ­ten let­ters to par­ents as­sur­ing them of their chil­dren’s safety within school premises, in­clud­ing other branches of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School in the re­gion that have aug­mented their se­cu­rity.

In a let­ter ad­dressed to par­ents, Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Ghazi­abad, said, “In the wake of the re­cent tragedy, we un­der­stand your ap­pre­hen­sion re­gard­ing safety and se­cu­rity of your chil­dren. We have met many par­ents

The ad­min­is­tra­tors of the web­site, in con­nivance with the server op­er­a­tors, have tried to make it ap­pear as if the server is hosted in Canada, by us­ing a proxy server.

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