Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Community policing in rebel den

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Dumka, July 6: After the killing of a Maoist top gun in an encounter yesterday, the deputy inspector-general of police, Dumka range, Murarilal Meena said that they would initiate community policing in the rebel-hit areas of the district soon.

He said the initiative would help them to win over the confidence of the masses.

“We will ask the deputy commissioners and police superintendents in the districts to look into implementation of government-sponsored welfare projects especially in the rural pockets so that people living in remote areas can benefit from it,” he said.

Meena added that the police would soon prepare a blueprint of the project for the community policing at Santhal Pargana. “Without demolishing their shelters in rural pockets, it is not possible to counter the Naxalite menaces here,” he said.

Observers here have welcomed Meena’s approach for community policing saying it would help in getting back the confidence of villagers.

They pointed out that after any major incidents like Naxalite ambush at hilltop Pokharia on April 26, 2008 or the attack on polling party on April 23, the police did not visit the area. “This helped the Maoist to repair their links with the people of the area in absence of any sustainable policing,” they said.

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