Kamat lauds CRPF jawans fighting naxalites in Jharkhand

Chaibasa: Union Minister of state for Home Affairs, Gurudas Kamat, today praised CRPf jawans fighting the Maoists in Jharkhand and assured that the Centre would look into their requirements.

"The nation salutes CRPF jawans who are fighting naxalites in the forests. The government will address their problems and requirements," Kamat said while meeting the CRPF personnel at the Zilla School ground in Chaibasa to mark a function of the 197th battalion of the CRPF.

The jawans had urged the junior home minister among others to consider transfer after a three-year stint in forests and DA/TA at par with fellow jawans posted in the North-East.

Kamat, who also met locals, asked the security forces to root out the scourge of naxalism.

Condemning yesterday's killing of two villagers by the Maoists in Latehar, Kamat asked what the Maoists want to prove by indulging in violence.

To a query whether the union government would sanction setting up of more camps in the dense Saranda forest in West Singhbhum, Kamat said the government would consider it after recruitment of more personnel in the CRPF.

On another query as to when the night service of the railways would start, Kamat said he would speak to the railway ministry, adding if Jharkhand provided security trains, services could restart in the areas bordering Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Train services were cancelled after the Gyaneswari Express mishap last year. Jharkhand government has already assured adequate security to for the resumption of the railway service.

Jharkhand police chief G S Rath, Inspector General of Police (Operation), R K Malik, DIG (CRPF) Alok Raj were present at the function.