Thursday, July 06, 2006

'Anti-Naxalite operation a farce, alleges police body

[ Thursday, July 06, 2006 03:18:57 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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PATNA: During the past three and a half years, there were 51 Naxalite attacks on the police force out of which eight attacks were carried out in Gaya district alone. About 10 policemen were killed, several injured and big caches of arms looted in all these attacks.

Despite this, the Bihar Police Association (BPA) alleged, no adequate security arrangement was made for the policemen deployed in the Naxalite-hit areas. It also alleged that the combing operation against the extremists was a farce.

Following the Naxalite attack on the Tankuppa police outpost in Gaya, a BPA delegation went to the spot for inquiry. It reported that the Patna zonal IG along with the Magadh range DIG and Gaya SP visited the place just to complete a formality.

According to the BPA made that when these police officials were moving around the blown-up police outpost, at a distance of 500 yards away at the "haat" located in a orchard suspected people were sitting in groups and drinking liquor.

But the officials did not bother to inquire about those people. The officials even did not go to the Tankuppa railway station where Maoists had laid the seige and detained the station master.

The BPA general secretary K K Jha said, "Our team was there at the spot till the evening of Tuesday and no police operation had been launched. The claim of extensive combing operation is only a bundle of lies."

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