Cops Keen on Transforming Maoist Minds

Posted on: Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Transforming the minds of Maoists is a bigger achievement than killing them, Bokaro police said on Monday.

In a joint operation with their Hazaribag counterparts and 26 Battalion of the CRPF, the Bokaro police shot dead three Maoists leaders in a jungle near Jaria village in Gomia on Sunday morning. Police recovered Rs 45,000, a SLR, two rifles, about 200 live cartridges from the slain rebels. The deceased sub-zonal commander of Jhumra zone Dharmender Mahto alias Devlal Mahto, commander of 48 platoon Praveen Manjhi and area commander Prasant Da were wanted in several cases of murder, loot and extortion.

Saket Singh, the superintendent of police of Bokaro, said on Monday that the real victory would have been if the Maoists were caught or they would have surrendered before the police leaving the outfit forever. "Their deaths are not a victory for us," he said.

Since the past 10 months, Bokaro police have been working with the Art of Living (AOL) to bring Maoists back to the mainstream by transforming their mind and, to some extent, they have succeeded also. On August 23, a Maoist leader of Kaimuranchal subzone of Bhabhua district of Bihar, Ramender Singh, had travelled to Bokaro and surrendered himself before the police, while on July 12, a dreaded area commander of the banned CPI (Maoist) of Kasmar-Silli subzone, Barun Manjhi alias Uttam Manjhi, had also given up before the SP.

Singh has formed a special team headed by his deputy P N Singh, who is working on the AOL ideology and trying to reach the rebels convincing them on the return to the mainstream. The team members are creating awareness about the surrender policy introduced by the state government and its benefit among the rebels.

Singh said they had arrested more than 15 Maoists including senior leaders like Nune Narshimha Reddy, a member of Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC), commander Pandu Manjhi of Southern Dumri Area Committee, a member of BJSAC Subodhji alias Anandji and others. "Killing Maoists is the last option for us," said Singh.

Source: TOI

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