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Maoists use kids for surveillance

Bhagalpur, June 5: Maoists have started recruiting minors from villages in east Bihar and neighbouring Jharkhand and training them for guerrilla squads and as spies, claim intelligence sources.

Using children in their war against the state is not new either for the Maoists or other militant groups in Southeast Asia. Sri Lankan Tamil rebels, the LTTE, were notorious for using children as the first line of offence.

According to the recent report, the rebels in east Bihar and Jharkhand have formed liberation armies comprising children aged between six and 14 years. The minor recruits are used to spy on the movement of police in inaccessible hilly regions of Banka, Munger, Jamui and Lakhisarai, and Santhal Parganas in Jharkhand.

Intelligence sources said there has been a recent spurt in rebel activity in Gurmaha and Pasraha in Jamui, Jurpania and Moholiyatard in Banka, Kandani and Mayurnacha in Munger, and Pirpainty in Bhagalpur, along with Godda and Sahebganj in Jharkhand.