Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fresh blue print to tackle Naxalites

20 Jun 2009, 2155 hrs IST, Kapil Dixit, TNN

ALLAHABAD: The increasing threat of Naxalites in Mirzapur, Sonbhadra and other areas has prompted the state police authorities to devise a plan to
impart special training to policemen posted in such places so that they could tackle the situation efficiently.

The state police authorities, after witnessing the growing menace of Naxalites, have selected as many as a dozen senior IPS officials (IG rank), giving them special assignments to chalk out a fresh blue print as far as security status and studying the reasons behind the problem are concerned.

Inspector general (GRP, Allahabad zone), Pramod Kumar Tewari has been given additional assignment of chalking out fresh security plans of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts, the two naxalite-infested districts of the state. After camping in these districts, he has chalked out fresh training drill for cops posted there.

Explaining about the programme, Tewari said that apart from training sessions which include arms training and security drills, the policemen would also be taught about lessons related to studying the factors behind increasing Naxalism in these areas.

He added that a team of 30 policemen, including three sub-inspectors, two head-constables and 25 constables, would be given one-month special training at the Reserve Police Line of these districts from the first week of July.

The fact is that policemen, who are posted in naxal affected districts of Mirzapur and Sonbhadra, are not aware about the meaning of naxalism and they should be apprised about the meaning of naxalism and factors which are responsible for forcing the people join such groups.

The police have been asked to stress more on addressing the genuine problems of people and initiate action accordingly. Cops would be imparted training to handle sophisticated weapons from INSAS rifles to LMGs (light machine guns), said Teweri.

It requires time to understand the topography as well as situation prevailing there. As every cop faces similar problem, there is an urgent need to brief each and every policeman properly so that he will be able to tackle the problems or public grievances in a perfect manner, asserts the IG.

Teams of 30 policemen in both districts have been constituted and it would be compulsory for each policemen posted there to attend the training. The training would help policemen to know about the area as well as measures which could help them in order to tackle the problem. Five police station areas of the two districts are worst affected, cops admit.

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