Tuesday, April 20, 2010

State transfers cops in Maoist-hit areas

But order revoked just hours after it was issued as some officers said the move would affect the anti-Naxal intelligence network they had established over several years

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 06:10:42 PM
Kolkata: Over 90 sub-inspectors were issued transfer orders from Maoist-hit areas in West Bengal but it was revoked just hours after it was issued as some officers said the move would affect the anti-Naxal intelligence network they had established over several years.

The office of the deputy inspector general, Midnapore range issued the order on April 13 transferring 95 sub-inspectors from West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia district and Jhargram police district, but revoked the order five hours after later, police said here on Monday.

"The police stations includes several Maoist-dominated ones like Lalgarh, Salboni, Jhargram, Bandwan, Baghmundi, Barikul and Sarenga," a senior police officer said.

The order was revoked after questions were raised by sub-inspectors and a section of senior officers pointed out that sub-inspectors working in the Maoist-hit areas had developed a strong intelligence network over the years, which new officers would have to start from scratch to set up, the officer said.

This would have hit anti-Maoist operation severely, he said.

Moreover, some of those proposed to be posted in the Maoist-hit areas were over 50 years in age and some on the verge of retirement who could hardly be expected to develop their own intelligence network, he said.

Secretary of West Bengal Police Association, Bijitswa Rauth said, "We moved the DGP to suspend the order."

When asked about the developments, DGP Bhupinder Singh refused to comment. (PTI)

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