Jamshedpur : With the announcement of the dates for the Parliamentary elections, the district administration has gone busy working out the security arrangements for the Maoist infested areas of the constituency.The civil and police administration are jointly framing in the blue print for the safe and secure elections this time around.
A sudden rise has also ringed the alarm bells for the district administration. Notably, the naxals have apparently been almost eliminated from Dumaria block in Ghatshila sub-division when the police killed eight hardcore rebels at Bhitaramda, giving a severe blow to the naxals. Similarly, at Patamda and Bodam, which was also a hot-bed of naxals, the naxalism was almost vanished after the local residents stood against them following atrocities on the villagers.
Sources informed that a sudden rise in the Maoists activities have let the forces intensify the patrolling. The police have beefed up security in the naxal-infested areas of Ghatshila sub division consisting of areas like Dumaria, Musaboni, Chakulia, Bahragora and Ghatshila.
Additional superintendent of police (Rural) Shailendra Burnwal is leading the operation and himself camping at Ghatshila. Burnwal said that some recent incidents, like fleeing of a dreaded Maoist, Fogra Munda and distribution of posters in Ghurabandha shows that the rebels in Ghatshila sub-division have once again strated reviving their movement.
A senior police official said: “At the time when the by election will be held next month, joint operation of police and paramilitary is all essential as rebels will tend to concentrate on the Singhbhum side of the border during the time. The joint anti-insurgency operation at Patamda,Dalma and Ghatshila region will keep the area largely free from activities of naxals in the wake of the elections.”
He said as there are a large number of villagers, who have shifted their base from the naxals to the police, it is the duty of the police administration to instill a sense of confidence among such villagers.
Nevertheless, the political parties have reacted moderately to the issue of possible security threat in the rural areas of the constituency during the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. “We agree Naxal activities have increased in the district over the years however, government agencies will take care of it but, campaigning will not suffer due to Maoist threat, hopefully,” said a JMM leader.