East Singhbhum SSP’s office in Jamshedpur. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur, Oct. 25: It is a book they want to study, but a test they don’t want to take.
The state headquarters in Ranchi, in an attempt to ensure better law and order situation, has sent a bunch of booklets to Jamshedpur that contain a host of dos and don’ts with special focus on how to rein in Naxalites.
The booklets — both in English and Hindi — have been distributed among officers of all 33 police stations of East Singhbhum district around 10 days ago.
Sources said the policemen have been given time till the end of this month to go through the special booklets after which, in a first of its kind move, they will have to appear for an oral question-answer session on the topics.
Though excited, the news of a quiz has already created flutter among some police officers, who claimed, on condition of anonymity, that they felt nervous.
“What if I score good in the quiz. It might mean that I would be shunted to a Naxalite zone,” a policeman expressed his concern before The Telegraph.
Another officer, who is a veteran in the force, claimed that such booklets from the special branch and criminal investigation department used to be common earlier and helped the men in khaki stay updated with latest policing techniques. What surprised him though was the clause that the officers had to appear for a quiz on the booklet.
“Generally, the home department issued such booklets to help bridge gap between the police and the people. The emphasis this time is on rebel menace though,” he said.
East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar Jha confirmed to have received the bunch of special booklets from the Ranchi headquarters.
“The booklet aims at providing tips on better policing with special focus on ways to tackle the Naxalite problem. They had come from the Union home ministry in Delhi to Ranchi,” Jha said.
Prodded for more details, Jha said the book consisted details on how to react and handle a situation involving Naxalites, ways of tackling unruly crowds and other social violence.
“The booklet contains materials related to a lot of things like the increase in cyber crimes, ways to deal with incidents which involve explosives, methods to check crime against women and curbing incidents of frauds. It also contains details as to how a police officer can nab a rebel alive if he is in an one-on-one combat situation with him/her,” Jha said.