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Playing rebels to generate awareness

Ghatshila, Jan. 27: East Singhbhum police have adopted a more moderate approach to take on the Naxalites.

The police have chosen street plays to sensitise people about Naxalite activity. The police effort are basically aimed at helping the rural people from being misguided. It also aims at making the educated people in urban area to understand the Naxalite problems and suggest ways on tackling it.

Bhatke Rahi, a 45-minute play staged by artistes from New Delhi, narrates the story of strong-arm tactics of the rebels and their diktat to bring innocent and unassuming people to their fold. It also shows police brutality on villagers who help rebels.

Directed by Dilip Pawle, a graduate from National School of Drama, the show was staged at Ghatshila sub-division. Bhatke Rahi was held at Tata auditorium on Monday.

The play attracted huge audience from rebel hit Gandhania in Ghatshila, about 70km from here.

In the play, the focus was on how a family is broken due to a spouse’s involvement in Naxalite activity and the plight of children as their parents are involved with the rebels. There is some optimism and there is change of heart among few Naxalites who later surrender before the police and return to the social mainstream to lead a peaceful life.

Sub-inspector D.K. Srivastava, who was part of the organising team, said: “We want Naxalites to return to the mainstream.”

Police and paramilitary forces were present at the area to prevent any untoward incident. They moved around the red hit areas of Dampara, Karadoba and Ghotiduba, and approached the village-heads to come to Gandhania and watch the play. Schoolchildren also attended the play.

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