Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Commandos on way to red bastions

Jamshedpur, June 30: Police personnel equipped with specialised skills in anti-insurgency and counter-terrorism will be taking position in strategic locations in Naxalite dens in East Singhbhum from this week.

The sleuths recently imparted special training in anti-insurgency and counter-terrorism in Guwahati would be deployed at Dumaria and Ghurabandha police station areas in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum not only to fight rebels but also to boost confidence of people residing in those areas.

The superintendent of police (East Singhbhum), Naveen Kumar Singh, said barring the jawans of Central Reserve Police Forces and Jharkhand Armed Police, a long stretch under Dumaria and Ghurabandha police stations along the Orissa border lack viable presence of men in uniform.

Thus, 70 commandos of the district police trained in special guerrilla warfare for combating anti-insurgency and counter-terrorism would be deployed at various strategic points, including Kashaibera and Bhitaramda under Ghurabandha and Dumaria police stations, respectively.

“Once adequate number of commandos are deployed in strategic locations, nefarious bids of rebels in the jungles bordering Oris- sa can be brought under control,” said the superintendent of police.

Pointing out that another batch of policemen were presently undergoing special training under army at Ramgarh, Singh said those personnel would also be deployed in the rebel-hit areas of Ghatshila sub-division.

According to intelligence sources, people residing at Bhitaramda and the nearby Ranijharna forest under Dumaria police station are suffering from uncanny fear since seven Naxalites were killed in an encounter.

Despite presence of police pickets at Bhitaramda and several other places under Ghurabandha police station, the villagers are apprehending Naxalite backlash.

“Residents in these area became extremely apprehensive when armed Naxalites restarted their movement in Bhitaramda and in the nearby jungles bordering Orissa. Taking advan- tage of dismal police protection in the areas, the Naxalites are trying their best to consolidate their position in the villages,” said a source.

According to the sources, even members of anti-insurgency outfit Nagarik Suraksha Samiti are apprehensive of conducting meetings during the night.

The residents of the area, however, expect the situation to improve with the deployment of special commandos

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