Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cops demands better facilities in Maoist-hit areas

TNN 22 November 2009,

RANCHI: Jharkhand Policemen's Association has demanded several facilities for the police personnel posted in the sensitive areas for the assembly polls and threatened tough stance if the demands are not fulfilled.

The association has submitted a memorandum to DGP VD Ram and the Chief Election Commissioner demanding proper facilities. Among the key demands are stationing of one platoon force at "sensitive" and "hyper- sensitive" booths, helicopter patrolling, treatment of injured at Apollo and Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS). Its other demands include Rs 40 lakh insurance cover and Rs. 20,000 advance payment to the personnel, who will be posted in the Maoist-hit areas. The association also demanded dry ration on the polling day and stationing of ambulance and medical teams at cluster points.
"We have submitted our demand to the DGP and EC and will wait till Phase-I election scheduled to be held on November 25. If the demands are not fulfilled then we may take strong action," said association president Lal Mohar Singh.

He said after November 25 the association members would sit and chalk out the strategy of our future action.

"We are demanding one platoon force in the sensitive locations not for our security but to protect the weapons and combating the Maoists," Singh said adding that the rebels often try to snatch the arms and ammunition of security forces.

"Helicopter and deployment of medical teams are being sought as often there is delay in ferrying of injured police personnel which leads to the casualty. Medical teams at the cluster points could ensure first aid treatment at the right time," he said.

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