Wednesday, April 14, 2010

`Revival of NSS will check growing Naxal menace'

TNN, Apr 13, 2010, 11.27pm IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Newly appointed SP (rural) of East Singhbhum Sashikanth Kujur has strongly advocated for revival of Nagrik Suraksha Samiti (NSS) to check the growing Maoists menace in the Red-dominated area.

Imparting arms training to NSS volunteers will be a rational step keeping in line with the comprehensive strategy framed to counter the Maoist violence, said Kujur. However, his office has not received such proposal from NSS or any other organization active in Ghatshila sub-division.

A day after assuming office, the rural SP said combing operation against the Naxalites will continue. However, subsequent efforts would be made to win the trust and confidence of the locals inhabiting the rebel-hit six blocks of Ghatshila sub-division.

"Combing operation will continue. On the other hand fresh efforts will be made to win the trust and confidence of locals to ensure that a comprehensive strategy against the Red is succeeds," said the SP.

He said his focus will be on reviving the NSS and see that more and more people join the civilian outfit against the Maoists. "Certainly, I will take few steps to reinforce the anti-Naxalite outfit here. Though, we (police) could only play a limited role in this direction," said Kujur, who has served the district erlier as DSP.

Elated over assertion of Kujur, NSS president Shankar Hembram said they will approach the district administration soon, seeking arms training for volunteers. "If the local administration gives arms training to our volunteers then we would move ahead with the proposal," said Hembrom, who enjoys a security of six armed policemen.

NSS, an outfit of the local youths, was constituted in the year 2003-04 at the behest of the then SP Arun Oraon. Although, the outfits role in containing rebel influence in the area proved little but eyebrows were raised over administration's direct support to the NSS.

The Dalma Gramin Raksha Samiti (DGRS), an outfit fighting against the rebels at Chawka-Chandil-Patamda-Bodam area along the Dalma forest cover, has sought arms training from the district administration.

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