Thursday, August 06, 2009

Women power to take on rebels -- NSS

Jamshedpur, Aug. 5: Nagrik Suraksha Samiti (NSS), a citizens’ vigilante group, is re-organising itself with induction of women even as Maoists are getting ready for their Shaheed Saptah (martyrs’ week) from August 7.

The outfit that fights Naxalite terror has made Raimat, the widow of slain NSS leader Dhanai Kisku, one of the three general secretaries. The other two are Shailendra Baske and Vikram Tuddu. Shanker Chandra Hembrom has been nominated president again.

Since its inception in 2002, the NSS has kept itself confined to men. And Raimat has been inducted as the outfit wants to encourage more women like her to take part in their anti-Naxalite campaigns. The women who enrolled would get to participate at meetings and other NSS deliberations. “We want more women in the group and have, therefore, made Raimat Kisku a general secretary so that the outfit emerges stronger in the coming days,” said Hembrom.

He said the outfit had not only reorganised itself but also decided to strengthen its information network as Naxalite activities had increased in Ghatshila sub-division, especially in Ghurabandha and areas close to the Bengal border.

The rebels will observe martyr’s week somewhere in Ghatshila sub-division to commemorate the Lango massacre when nine of their cadres were killed on August 7, 2003 after an NSS operation.

East Singhbhum SP Naveen Kumar Singh said: “We will intensify patrolling in Ghatshila during the week. We will ensure that the rebels do not get a chance to assemble anywhere in the district.”

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