Jora (Jharkhand), Sept 16 : In a philanthropic move, police in Jharkhand has adopted a village with plans for working towards its development.
Jora village, situated in Palamau district of the Maoist infested state, has been adopted by the police. The village is devoid of basic amenities like electricity, roads and even proper sanitation.
"They have promised us that they will construct new roads in our village and set up a school for our children. Old people will be provided pension," said Jeerva Devi, a villager.
The police are working with the villagers at grassroots level to help them become self-sufficient.
Starting with Jora, the police propose to spread their project and adopt more villages.
"Slowly, we will increase the number of villages. We will try hard to develop the village adopted by us in every possible way," said Deepak Verma, Superintendent of Police, Palamau.
The police plan to adopt more villages in Jharkhand's rural areas for development, which will prevent the villagers from coming under the influence of Maoists.
By undertaking such projects, the police also aim to instill confidence amongst the villagers regarding the police.
Maoist rebels operate in a large swathe of the country stretching from the east to some southern states, mostly in the countryside, and attack government officials and property.
They say they are fighting for the rights of millions of poor peasants and landless labourers. But thousands of people have been killed in Maoist violence, which began in the late 1960s. By Girija Shankar Ojha