Monday, June 9, 2008

ALLAHABAD: Intelligence inputs about some Naxal group’s planning to target police establishments in days to come have sent the district police in a tizzy. Alarmed by the information, top police officers have decided to take preventive measures at war-footing. As a result, additional police force has been deployed at all sensitive points. Intelligence reports have also warned policemen against venturing in areas bordering Naxal-affected districts like Mirzapur and Rewa in Madhya Pradesh without adequate manpower. TOI is privy to one such report (Intelligence/Naxal/2008). It stresses on the need of providing sophisticated weapons to the police force deployed in border areas to thwart Naxal activities. The report has also identified Shankargarh and Koraon as two police stations, whose area of jurisdiction is infested with Naxal activities. Sleuths have also warned that Naxal groups were mobilising local support in these areas to take on security forces. The report has been sent to top police brass in the state capital with the warning that it should not be taken lightly. The southern part of the district, which is connected to neighbouring MP and is surrounded by hills, provides a safe haven to Naxal groups. Most villages in this region are inhabited by tribals who have made several abortive attempts to grab lands in Koraon and Shankargarh belt much to the chagrin of men-in-khaki.

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