‘Red Fear’ forces home guards to resign

SAMBALPUR: Three home guards have recently resigned from the police department following the brutal murder of a fellow personnel by Maoists in Bargarh district’s Padmapur sub-division.

Activists said the presence of Maoists coupled with the fear psychosis among the home guards has triggered panic among locals. “The home guards are supposed to protect the lives and property of the people, but if they feel insecure in the department and quit the service, then think about the common people. How they will feel safe in their village,” said social activist Pradeep Purohit.

Sources said a group of Maoists had killed home guard Narayan Suna (42) in front of his house at Bhuliabandh near Paikmal on the night of August 13. They had dragged him of his house and shot him dead in front of his wife. The assailants had also stabbed his body with a bayonet to trigger panic.

Following the murder, Gajendra Bagh (38), a home guard at Nuniamunda village, resigned on August 22. He was followed by Subash Sahu (40) of Chuhapali, who quit his job on August 24. On Tuesday, Kishore Deep of Munder village tendered his resignation. He had been working as a home guard in the police department for over 10 years.

Senior police officers, however, refused to admit that fear psychosis had forced the personnel to quit. “If they do not want to remain in the force, we cannot force them to do so. However, we will definitely try to find out the reason behind their decision to quit their jobs,” said DIG (Northern division) Sanjay Kumar.

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