Chhattisgarh govt dismisses 13 cops for refusing to fight Maoists

IANS 26 August
“We can’t tolerate indiscipline, the 13 cops had openly refused to go to Madanwara in Rajnandgaon district where Maoists killed 29 policemen in coordinated attacks on July 12 in which we lost a brave SP (superintendent of police) VKChoubey as well,” inspector general of police RK Vij said.

He added that “More policemen are on our firing line, we will deal strongly with those not ready to join postings in battle zone.”

In July, 29 constables were suspended in Janjgir-Champa district after they refused to go for a 15-day orientation course at the Counter-Insurgency Training and Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC).

Chhattisgarh has been witnessing a string of attacks on policemen and civilians since June 2005 when a government backed civil militia movement, Salwa Judum, was launched in Bastar to flush out the rebels.

Over 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in Chhattisgarh since November 2000, when the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

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