Special security schemes to curb naxalites

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Patna, Oct 16: Concerned with the increasing activities of Maoist insurgents, the Centre has evolved special strategies to enhance security in the naxal-dominated districts of Bihar.

Official sources here today said the Centre would soon give its nod to the special security proposals prepared initially for Gaya and Aurangabad districts. Under the new scheme adequate infrastructure would be provided for policing and other security needs especially in the field areas. The sources said the existing system would be modernised to fight extremism.

The government had also stressed the need for enhancing security all along the railway tracks and roadways in order to make train journeys safe. For this purpose roads would be constructed along railway tracks to enable security personnel to monitor movement of trains and ensure better connectivity with the high risk police stations. High rise boundary walls had also been proposed to be constructed around the police posts and some other focus areas.

Union Minister of State for Home Shakeel Ahmad, during his recent visit to Bihar, had disclosed formation of a special anti-naxal force ''COBRA'' with 10,000 security personnel as its members.

The sources further said the special security schemes were likely to be extended in other naxal-hit districts of the state.

Maoist ultras, changing their strategies, were meanwhile using the residential schools of SC/STs in the remote villages of Bihar as their safe haven. This was detected during the series of recent raids in parts of Kaimur Hills under Rohtas district. During the raids in Soli and Budhwakala villages of Rohtas it was found that the extremists were using the SC/ST residential school buildings for training and other purposes.

Moreover, the Maoists were not only using the school buildings, but also feeding their cadres from the funds meant for food of school children under mid-day meal scheme.

A report from Rohtas, revealing the modus operandi, disclosed that the Maoists were forcing local officials to inflate the number of enrolled students manifold than the actual number to get sufficient food supply for their cadres.

A police official, who happened to be a part of the raiding teams, revealed that scared of the Maoists' threats, no one dared to speak against them.

The report further said pro-Maoist slogans were being raised in some portions of the school buildings being used by the extremists for their training purposes.

Concerned over such developments, Rohtas Police Superintendent Vikas Vaibhava recently submitted a report to the police headquarters with suggestion to shift the schools to the adjoining block office. He also suggested to use the original school buildings for CRPF camps.

In his report, Mr Vaibhav mentioned that the school buildings in Soli and Budhwakala villages were located in inaccessible areas and taking advantage of the situation, the Maoists were using them.

UNI

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