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United in peace prayer

CRPF jawans and Bokaro district police on Tuesday jointly celebrated Saraswati Puja with hundreds of Pannatand villagers in Jhumra zone, 112km from the steel city.

The celebration was another step of the security forces to improve police-public relation, a strategy which has given major success to the jawans in keeping Maoist menace in check on rugged terrain.

On the occasion, the CRPF also extended its “civic action plan” to Pannatand villagers.

Civic action programmes are being conducted as a central plan to improve quality of life and welfare of Maoist-hit population, upgrade existing infrastructure and create new avenues for bringing positive changes in their lives.

The jawans distributed food, clothes, utensils, medicines, books and stationery items to the tribals to win their trust.

“Have faith in us, our only aim is to bring peace and prosperity in the area. We are not against you (read villagers), we are only fighting the Maoists,” DIG of 26th battalion, CRPF, B.K. Toppo said in his address to the villagers.

Toppo further appealed to misguided youths to shun the path of violence and return to the mainstream.

“I appeal to all those young boys and girls of Jhumra zone, who have been brainwashed into joining the banned outfit, to surrender with their arms,” he added.

CRPF commandant Sanjay Kumar, Mahutand OC Mani Lal, Rahawan officer-in-charge Ashok Ram, village heads Kanchan Mahto and Guru Charan Mahto were also present among others.