CRPF novel idea to counter Maoists

Published on May 30, 2015 00:23:42 AM

Hitting back at the ‘emotional’ call being given by the cadres of the banned organisation to connect youths with the red movement, police in Mahasamund district in Chhattisgarh launched an awareness campaign against rebels by highlighting their illegal activities through hoardings.

According a senior police officer, forest areas in Mahasamund district bordering insurgency-hit Gariyaband district and some parts of Odisha witnessesed movement of Naxals. With the objective to prepare ground for the Maoist movement and gain mass support in areas adjoining Mahasamund with Gariyaband and some parts of Odisha, Maoists frequently visit here through forest and hilly patches.

As part of the campaign, police put up posters and banners at community halls, health centres, schools, market and other places in the villages, the officer said.

Posters and banners were being displayed in the region, with information about the destruction carried out by Maoists in other Naxal-infested districts in Chhattisgarh, the officer said. The posters, with local language, would be helpful in creating awareness among the masses about the Naxal movement, the police said.

Earlier, the police in Maoist-hit Sukma district had formed a cultural group in an effort to spread information about the developmental works being obstructed by the Maoists. Under this move, police personnel in tribal attire present cultural performances highlighting the adverse effects of Naxalism in the weekly markets and villages.

With an aim to counter the ‘anti-developmental’ propaganda of Maoists, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has mooted an innovative move of putting up hoardings in local dialect to seek tribals’ support in construction of a National Highway in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district.

Entrusted with the task of ensuring security for the widening and re-laying of the 76-km Sukma-Konta road, a patch on National Highway 30 that connects Jagdalpur (district headquarters of Bastar) to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, the security force is making all efforts to avoid any untoward incidents during the ongoing project.