Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Insurance cover for Bihar police in Naxal-hit districts

Patna, July 03: Apart from paying Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the kin of policemen killed in violence by naxalites, the Bihar government is considering providing insurance cover for the same amount to personnel deployed in districts where maoists are active.

"A large number of our personnel work in high-risk situations in various naxalite-affected districts. We have decided to provide them insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh to enable them to work in a more focused way to combat the menace without having to worry about their families back home," Inspector General (headquarters) Anil Sinha said.

"We are in the process of negotiating with various insurance companies, including GIC, NIC and LIC, to finalize terms and conditions for the insurance scheme," he said.

The state government has convened a high-level meeting here tomorrow to finalize a strategy to counter violence by naxalites in view of recent attacks by the banned CPI-maoist on police.

Nine persons, including five policemen, were killed on Saturday in an attack by the group on the rajpur police station and Baghaila outpost in Rohtas district.

The meeting, to be presided over by Chief Secretary A K Choudhary, is likely to be attended by Director General of Police A R Sinha and senior officials of police and central intelligence agencies.

Principal Secretary (home) Afzal Amanullah has said the state has sent a detailed report to the centre about recent naxalite attacks and sought 10 companies of paramilitary forces in addition to the 23 already deployed in Bihar.

Bureau Report

Rs.1 mn insurance cover for Bihar cops to fight Maoists

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From correspondents in Bihar, India, 07:01 PM IST

The Bihar government has decided to give an insurance cover of Rs.1 million to all the policemen working in its 14 Maoist-hit districts to boost up their confidence in combating the guerrillas.

Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said here Tuesday that the insurance would be in addition to the ex-gratia amount of Rs.1 million being paid to policemen killed in Maoist attacks.

The government is negotiating with various insurance companies to finalise the terms and conditions of the scheme.

Amanullah said the central government had approved the insurance proposal under Special Security Plan.

The government has called a meeting of top officials Wednesday to decide on a strategy to effectively counter the Maoists.

It has already admitted intelligence failure for the recent Maoist attacks on a police station, a police outpost and a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) camp.

'Policemen in Bihar have been fighting against Maoists in difficult situations and with inadequate facilities,' said a leader of the Bihar Policemen's Association.

The association has demanded proper facilities, including sophisticated weapons, to combat the rebels.

Amanullah said that centre had released two companies of paramilitary forces to intensify combing operations against the Maoists. Two days ago, the state government had sought 10 companies of the central forces.

Last week, at least nine people, including five policemen and a guard, were killed and four others injured when Maoist guerrillas attacked a police station in Rajpur and a police outpost at Baghela in Rohtas district.

(Staff Writer, © IANS)

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