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Strategy lesson in Latehar horror

Jamshedpur, Jan. 13: The Maoist atrocities in Latehar, which saw the rebels planting an IED in the abdomen of a slain jawan with a purported motive of inflicting greater casualties, has prompted a rethink on police strategy of how to handle bodies found in Naxalite-hit areas.

Speaking to mediapersons at the office of SSP Akhilesh Jha in Jamshedpur on Sunday, Kolhan DIG Arun Kumar Singh hinted that the Latehar carnage served a lesson for them and from now on, they would administer more caution in disposing of bodies of those killed in Naxalite violence or by elephants or for that matter, any unclaimed body.

“When Naxalites can plant pressure bombs in the body of a policeman just as they did in Latehar, they can adopt similar strategies with victims of elephant attack or any other incident. We will take steps to prevent recurrence of such inhumane incidents and frustrate the evil designs of Naxalites,” said Singh.

The DIG (Kolhan), however, did not disclose the strategy that the police top brass was pondering on. However, he indicated that they had taken up the matter seriously and issued necessary instructions to police stations located in rebel strongholds.

On the ongoing Anaconda-II in Saranda, Singh said it was going on smoothly and was recently extended to adjoining Porahat forests. “Additional paramilitary personnel have been sent to Porahat to add teeth to the anti-rebel offensive,” he said, admitted that Naxalites were still present in Saranda, but in a scattered manner.

However, Singh stressed that the two incidents in which Naxalites torched heavy vehicles did not necessarily suggest that the rebels had staged a complete comeback to Saranda.

Replying to another query, the DIG (Kolhan) said they were going slow in setting up CRPF camps, as construction of roads, which would connect one camp to the other, was behind schedule. “So far, only six camps have been built. Others will come up only after the roads are ready,” he said.


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