A CRPF jawan on guard at a Gomia village, Bokaro, on Monday. (Pankaj Singh)
Bokaro, Aug. 18: Based on recent intelligence reports of infiltration, CRPF jawans, district police and Jharkhand Armed have started an integrated combing mission to cleanse rebels from Bokaro from Monday morning after sealing the district’s entry and exit points overnight from Sunday.
Acting on information from villagers in Upar Ghat and Jhumra forests in Bokaro district’s Nawadih and Gomia blocks that “unknown faces” were entering woody and hilly terrains of Bokaro-Hazaribagh and Giridih, police and CRPF 26th battalion fanned out this morning for the search operation.
According to grassroots intelligence, suspicious movements have been seen in Jamnijara, Rahawan and Jhumra villages in Bokaro district.
“We are on the job. Our message to Maoists is simple. Either surrender or be ready to face bullets,” Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh told The Telegraph this morning.
However, so far no arrests have been reported. Police are also strategically keeping the number of security personnel deployed for this operation under wraps.
From Sunday night, however, police say their mission has been well planned. Entry and exit points of Nawadih block that touch Parasnath and Madhuban hills of Giridih district and Jhumra zone Gomia block as well as bordering areas of Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Giridih and Purulia (Bengal) districts have been sealed.
“The reason for the high alert and operation is that we don’t want Maoists to influence innocent rural population in the areas,” Bokaro SP Singh said after today’s briefing to his men who assembled from thanas such as Nawadih, Bokaro thermal, Gomia, Lalpania, Bermo, Mahuatand.
“We feel that the intelligence reports on infiltration are correct which is why we have not lost any time to start the search operation,” he added.
Commandant of CRPF 26th battalion Sanjay Kumar and deputy commandants Dipak Kumar and S.K. Singh are leading the search operation from the front against rebels.
The CRPF had also started an on-spot civic action plan in Nawadih block, especially the hills of Upar Ghat, Dumri and bordering Parasnath and Madhuban hills, which helped in getting vital information.
“It’s good that villagers are giving us vital information to track Maoists,” the Bokaro SP said.