Jharkhand: Ex-cops suggest measures against Naxals
Ranchi: Proper training, continuous
operations, the message to policemen that they were targets and the ability to operate in jungles, were needed to tackle
Maoists effectively, former Jharkhand top cops feel.
The Jharkhand police are battling at least six
different ultra outfits, including Maoists in 18 of 24
districts in the state in the backdrop of losing 26 of its
personnel since December three last year.
"Naxalites are entrenched in six pockets spread over
Parasnath in Giridih, Bokaro’s Jhumra hills, Chatra’s border areas with Bihar and Saranda Forests in West Singhbhum," Neyaz Ahmed, who retired as Jharkhand police chief last year, said.
"Anti-Naxal operations therefore should be a
continuous process till the ultras are driven out," he said.
Stating that most of Jharkhand’s bordering states were
also Maoist-affected, which helped inter-state movement by the
ultras, Ahmed said, official level meetings were not of much
consequence as sustained joint operations by states.
He also said that police constables to officers should
be made aware that the Maoists were killers who would not
hesitate to eliminate them.
They should also have proper drills in negotiating
areas where landmines were suspected to have been planted by
Maoists, he said.
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