Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cops connect with family to ease rebel surrender

Jamshedpur, March 16: After announcing a surrender policy for Naxalites, the East Singhbhum district police are now motivating their family members to nab more rebels.

East Singhbhum superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Singh said that for an effective implementation of the surrender policy, the district police would have to convince family members. “We will have to talk to the kin of the Naxalites and take them into confidence. Newspaper advertisements highlighting the features of the surrender policy would no longer suffice,” Singh said.

According to the state’s surrender policy, a hardcore rebel, if he surrenders with weapons, would be entitled to a maximum amount of Rs 12 lakh and a minimum of Rs 30,000 from the state government. There is also a provision for getting remuneration for weapons and explosives surrendered. The administration would also provide rebels with a plot of land and Rs 50,000 for constructing a house.

With so many benefits on offer, the police feel the family route would be ideal to reach out to them and perhaps the relatives could add emotional pressure on the rebels, too.

According to the SP, there are about 20 Naxalites, including three hardcore rebels in the Ghatshila sub-division of the district. He said the Naxalites are active in the Patamda block as well.

The fact that the surrender policy — claimed to be one of the most lucrative policies in the country — failed to make any dent here came to the fore after the police arrested two hardcore Naxalites from the Ghurabandha police station area in the Ghatshila sub-division of the district recently. Those arrested, revealed that they were unaware of the surrender policy, which was declared by the government in the first week of March.

One of the rebels, Anil (23), revealed that he and several others wanted to return to the mainstream but party functionaries did not support their decision. During interrogation, Anil said, he had joined the Naxalite outfit five years ago with a specific purpose, but he felt he was nowhere near his goal.

A resident of Nadia district of Bengal, Anil told the police, that due to fear and uncertainty, several young rebels were unable to break out from the Naxalite community.

Anil also said that growing frustration amid the general cadre of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) had led to internal bickering and anarchy in the rebel outfit.

Suklal Munda from Gian village under Ghurabandha police station was also arrested last Wednesday. During the raid the police recovered a sophisticated pistol, two magazines and 10 rounds of cartridges from their possession.

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