Friday, December 11, 2009

Relief to kin of informers killed by Naxals

TNN 10 December 2009, 07:05am IST

NAGPUR: The government on Wednesday admitted that the Naxalite violence was on the rise in Gadchiroli district and said it would soon launch an
anti-Naxal operation in coordination with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The matter raised through a calling attention motion in the state assembly by BJP first-timer Sudhakar Deshmukh and others drew the attention of the house that 32 forest department personnel of the vigilance wing were abducted on December 5 and released the next day after their arms were looted by the Naxalites.

The state has three battalions of Central paramilitary forces and policemen have been provided with necessary training and sophisticated weapons. "We would soon launch an anti-Naxal operation in coordination with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh," home minister R R Patil told the assembly.

"There has been a spurt in Maoist activities in Gadchiroli district. At least 17 policemen were killed in a Naxal attack in Bhamragarh taluka of the district in October. A young road contractor was killed by a group of Naxalites on November 25," he said.

The minister informed the house that 52 policemen were killed by Naxalites between February and May this year. The extremists were also disrupting developmental activities and terrorizing contractors working in deep forests. "There have been instances of the ultras snatching arms and ammunition of Forest Department officials while they were on patrolling duty," he said.

Listing the steps taken to boost the morale of the police force and those assisting them fighting the Naxal violence, Patil said a decision has been taken by the government to provide compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the police informer killed in a Naxal attack. In case of the informer is rendered permanently disabled in the Naxal violence, he would be given Rs 3 lakh as compensation. Already the government staff working in the district was being paid one-and-half times the salary as incentive besides rent free accommodation.

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