Maoists using children/women as shields: CRPF ADG
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 22:23
  
Medininagar (Jharkhand): Maoists are using innocent children and women as shields to escape during encounters with security forces, a senior CRPF official said on Wednesday.

"Security forces should be more alert in their fight against Maoists as they are using children and women in villages as shields to escape (during encounters)," P M Nair, Additional Director General of CRPF, said here.

Talking to reporters after reviewing CRPF deployment in Palamau division ahead of Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda's visit tomorrow, Nair asked villagers to stay away from strangers and assured full protection from the rebels.

"They (Maoists) can be tamed easily, but information (about their movement or presence) should be accurate which requires strong intelligence network.... CRPF personnel should keep close contact with local police," Nair said.

Asking the CRPF men to be alert about "their own safety", he said coordination between CRPF and local police was good.

He asked the security forces to keep vigil on borders of Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh as Maoists might sneak into Jharkhand in the wake of operation against them following the gunning down of 11 securitymen in Chhattisgarh two days ago.

Nair requested Jharkhand government to increase food ration for CRPF men deployed at various places to fight ultras in difficult hilly terrains.

Extra vigil was being kept in Palamau, West and East Singhbhum districts and Bokaro's Jhumra hills as these areas attract naxalites for their forest cover, he said.

Nair requested Jharkhand government to increase food ration for the CRPF men deployed at various places to fight naxalites in difficult hilly terrains.

Extra vigil was being kept in Palamau, West and East Singhbhum districts and Bokaro's Jhumra hills as these areas attract naxalites for their forest cover, he added.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 22:23


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