Friday, June 12, 2009

New strategies to dodge rebel traps

SHASHANK SHEKHAR

Policemen get ready to leave Saranda after the blast on Wednesday. Picture by Vinay Mishra
Bokaro, June 11: Against the backdrop of the Naxalite attack near Goelkera, which left nine policemen and a CRPF inspector dead yesterday, the district police have chalked out strategies to curb rebel activity in the region.

They have decided to follow in the footsteps of Greyhound, the elite anti-insurgency task force of Andhra Pradesh.

Soon after the blast in the Saranda forest area, Bokaro superintendent of police Laxman Singh called a high-level meeting which was also attended by the chief of the CRPF’s 26th Battalion.

Highly placed sources said that from now on even for long-range patrolling, the security teams would not take the original path or fixed metalled route. They will cross fields and scale hillocks to reach their destinations.

Like the Greyhound, the police have also developed contacts in each Maoist-hit village and formed peace committees. The committee members are entrusted with the job of reporting how many strangers enter or leave the villages daily.

Singh confirmed formation of peace committees in panchayat areas for clues on rebel movements, but refused to divulge their modus operandi. “It will not be safe to reveal the strategies at this juncture,” he said.

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