Maoists to be driven out from Jhumra soon, says DGP

Hazaribag: Police will drive out the CPI (Maoist) from the Jhumra hills range in Bokaro after flushing out the rebels from Saranda forest in West Singhbhum, said director general of police G.S.Rath.

"After their successful operation in Saranda, police will soon launch a similar drive in Jhumra Pahar region of Bokaro and Hazaribag districts, but for that police require the cooperation of local people," the police chief said after reviewing a passing out parade of newly trained DSPs.

He said some handful elements, who assisted the Maoists in the past, had settled down at Jhumra Pahar after that area was vacated by the Maoists a few years ago. He said Naxalism in the state could be solved by acting on political ideology and each government took its vow to eliminate Maoists for development of the state.

He said the morale of Jharkhand police personnel were very high after their recent successful operations in various parts of the state. Not only in Jhumra Pahar, similar operations would be started in other parts also. The DGP, however, did not specify the dates.

Rath said for keeping vigil over Maoist activities, two more communication towers would be set up at Bokaro and Dhanbad. "The way network connections have been made, every police station will be directly connected to the state police headquarters in addition to the divisional and district headquarters. All the police stations have been equipped with anti-landmine vehicles, which is highest in the country. Besides this, all the police stations have been provided sufficient vehicles and modern wireless sets as part of the modernization programme," he added.

There are 17,000 vacancies in the police department which include 12,000 constables and the process for appointing 7,000 constables will be completed by December next, the DGP said.

Courtesy: The Times of India 20.10.11

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