Raipur, Feb 6: In the deep forests of Chhattisgarh, where the rule of elected government ends and Naxal domination begins, children lead miserable lives. In these small and unknown villages of India, development is still a distant dream.
Not only the children are deprived of food and clothing, they don't even have schools to attend. In such a scenario, the children become most vulnerable to red terror. Often these children, when they are supposed to go to school to study and play, end up joining the Naxal movement.
In order to keep these kids away from violence and deprivation, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men deployed to combat Naxals have taken up the responsibility to provide free education to them.
These days, the men in uniform are busy conducting free coaching classes for the children of Cherpal village, known to be a bastion of Naxal violence.
At least 40 children from the village, which lies eight kilometers away from Bijapur headquarters, are attending these free coaching classes regularly.
The classroom, where the CRPF personnel belonging to 85 Battalion don the role of teachers, is set up in a minimalistic way. The classes are conducted under the open sky. The children sit on benches under the shade of trees. The makeshift classroom has a huge blackboard where teachers write the lessons.
"We are fulfilling our duty towards society. These children have 100 per cent potential. We also have projectors for showing motivational movies to lead them towards positivity," assistant commandant Avinash told ANI.
Commandant Sudhir Kumar informed that the CRPF also provides the children free stationery items.
"We are trying to be a medium of development. We will make all efforts to give these children the best as per their potential," Kumar added.
We are fulfilling our duty towards the society. These children have 100% potential, we have projectors for showing motivational movies to lead them towards positivity : Avinash, Asst Commandant, CRPF's 85 Battalion on giving coaching to kids in Naxal affected areas #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/H920e47umk— ANI (@ANI) February 5, 2018
We are trying to be a medium of development. We'll make all efforts to give children the best as per their potential, we motivate them, guide them & give them stationery also: Sudhir Kumar,Commandant, CRPF's 85 bn on coaching for kids by CRPF in Naxal affected areas #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/jiPsN6XBed— ANI (@ANI) February 5, 2018
A teenager, who attends the free coaching classes conducted by the CRPF official, said that it was a great way to show the people of Naxal-hit areas that education and not gun is the real cure to all our problems.
"I want to study hard and become a teacher one day like these CRPF officials. I want all children in my village and neighbouring areas to go to schools," smiled the 14-year-old boy.