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Cops shortage in Naxal hotbed in orrissa

Cops shortage in Naxal hotbed: Policing hit
Thursday June 7 2007 11:54 IST

ROURKELA: How serious is the State Government in combating insurgency and keeping the crime graph down in the Naxal-infested tribal district of Sundargarh?

Consider this: The strategically located Bonai subdivision, where the extremists are working hard to strengthen their base, alone has 30 vacant police officer posts while at least three upgraded police stations in the zone are desperately waiting for inspectors.

Sources said of the two police districts in the revenue district of Sundargarh, Sundargarh police district, under whose jurisdiction Bonai sub-division falls, is worst hit by vacancies while the situation is no better in Rourkela police district either.

In Sundargarh police district, at least 40 posts in the rank of sub-inspector (SIs) and assistant sub-inspector (ASIs) are lying vacant for long. The post of Inspector General (Western Range) is also lying vacant since April 30.

It is being handled by DIG (Northern Range) Pranabindu Acharya, as an additional charge. Ironically, Sundargarh police district has a vast work jurisdiction.

Some areas share porous border with the Naxal hotbed of Jharkhand along with four of Orissa's extremist-hit districts. The situation is most alarming in the all-important Bonai sub-division.

As per sources, to battle the ultras effectively, six interior police stations - K Balang, Banki, Gurundia, Tikayatpali, Bonai and Koira - were upgraded eight months back.

While no inspector-rank officer is posted at Gurundia and Tikayatpali PS, Banki PS is managing without a head after the transfer of P K Aich.

This apart, at least 10 posts of ASI rank officer and several posts of constables are lying vacant in Bonai.

A highly placed cop on condition of anonymity said that the problem lies with vacancies of officers and not constables as posting of around 130 constables is in the pipeline.

Bonai, located partially in the lap of Asia's deepest forest cover, has on its east the Naxal-affected Jharkhand with Maoists using the thick forest cover as a corridor to walk into this side of the border.

On the south-east of Bonai is the Naxal-hit Keonjhar, while on its south is Deogarh. Another Naxal-hit Sambalpur district shares porous border with Sundargarh on the extreme west-end.

In recent times, apart from Maoist terror, Bonai has also been bearing the brunt of illegal mining activities and daylight armed dacoities. But the Government is yet to wake up to the volatility of the situation.


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posted by Resistance 6/08/2007 08:31:00 AM,


At June 13, 2007 at 2:46 PM, Anonymous socialistforum.net said...

I think there is no shortage of informers in any state where Maoist activities are more. Police informer network in those states is working like Hitler's Gestapo.


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