Varanasi: Community policing and better coordination with the police of neighbouring states has helped in fight against the Naxal menace in Uttar Pradesh, a senior police official said here on Thursday.
"A massive community policing and better coordination with the police of neighbouring Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh had turned out to be fruitful in fighting the Naxal menace in Uttar Pradesh," said SK Bhagat, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Varanasi (Range).
"The all out efforts of police force in conducting massive community policing in the Naxal-hit villages of Chandauli district here has yielded positive results in the last 6-8 years," the officer told PTI.
Three districts of Uttar Pradesh, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra are Naxal-infested.
He claimed that several schemes being run by the state and central governments for the welfare of people in these areas had been one of the major factor in motivating those "misled" villagers to join the main stream of the society.
"Various infrastructure facilities like roads, power, irrigation, education, housing, health and drinking water is being provided by the government, but there was a need for improvement in these facilities, and the government was making efforts in this regard," said the DIG.
"Many villagers, who were earlier being misled by Naxal- backed groups in Chandauli district to join their camps, have now shunned their cajoling and provocative demands and had joined the main stream of the society," said Bhagat, adding, many Naxalites, who have surrendered few years back, were now leading a normal life with their family members.
"We appeal to the people, misled by Naxalites, to join the main stream and the government is keen to provide them all facilities. Children of Naxalites need 'books' in their hands instead of 'guns', this is the only solution for their better future," he said.
Chandauli had witnessed some dreaded Naxal attacks. In November 2004, 15 policemen including PAC jawans were killed when their van was blown up by the Naxals while passing over a culvert in Naugarh police station area.
Citing previous Naxal incidents in the district, Bhagat said "we are very alert in these areas and regular combing operation is held jointly by police and para-military forces to prevent repeat of past incidents."
He also said recruitment of new Special Police Officers (SPOs) was being increased in Naxal-affected areas and they were being given incentives for their good work.