Chhattisgarh police seeks fortification of 50 police stations in Naxal-hit Bastar
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh police has sought fortification of an additional 50 police stations in the Naxal hit areas of the state, particularly Bastar, in order to effectively counter the threat of Naxalism. These 50 fortified police stations (FPS) would be in addition to the 75 already sanctioned by the union government. While of 40 the 75 approved FPS have already been constructed in the districts of Bastar, Durg and Sarguja, 30 are under construction and are likely to be completed soon.
Talking to media Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) anti-Naxal Operations, RK Vij, said the fresh proposal has been sent as the FPS have proved to be an effective way to prevent Naxals from storming into police stations, providing a sense of security to police personnel lodged there…
Police posters hardsell rebel surrender policy
Ranchi: The Jharkhand police will put up posters in Maoist-hit areas to encourage Maoists to lay down arms. “We will put up posters at public places in Red-hit villages and also at general places advertising revised Maoist surrender policy,” ADG operations and police spokesperson S N Pradhan told TOI. A police officer claimed Jharkhand’s Maoist surrender and rehabilitation policy is among India’s best. It offers one time financial compensation, children’s education, vocational training and even land grants to Maoists.
The state police recently announced Rs1crore surrender package for the state’s top three Maoists. Pradhan said Jharkhand is among the highest paying states for Maoist surrender. The amount of Rs1crore is for CPI (Maoist) central committee secretary, members and members of Maoist polit bureau. Regional committee members will get Rs15lakh, zonal committee members Rs 10 lakh, sub-zonal committee members Rs5lakh and area commander and dasta (squad) members will get Rs 2 lakh on surrender.
This policy is being sold through attractive jingles on radio channels as well. The radio jingles are in tribal languages as well as in Hindi. CRPF IG Jharkhand sector Rakesh Kumar Mishra said many Maoists have realized the futility of armed struggle. “They have lost support, cadre and weapons,” Mishra said. According to a police source, CPI(Maoist) still has more than 3,000 Maoists and around 5,000 sympathizers offering covert support, though police claim it has reversed the trends in Maoist violence on all parameters.Pradhan said there has been a huge fall in Maoist violence over the years.