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Maoist fight in last leg: DGP

Dhanbad, May 17: Jharkand’s director-general of police Rajiv Kumar on Friday claimed that the ongoing battle against Left-wing extremism was in the final stage.

“We will emerge victorious in this decisive battle against Naxalites,” said Kumar, on the sidelines of a passing out parade at Jharkhand Armed Police-III centre in Govindpur, about 15 km from the district headquarters.

Altogether 384 jawans from different districts, including Bokaro, Jamtara, Sahebganj, Godda and Pakur, completed nine months’ training at the centre.

Apart from other aspects of policing, they were also trained to operate different arms like 7.22 SLR gun, INSAS, 5.56mm INSAS rifle, 9mm Carbine and 9mm pistol.

Kumar, who graced the occasion as the chief guest, felicitated about a dozen jawans for exemplary performance during the training.

Talking to newsmen, Kumar said certain changes had been made in both the strategies of ongoing anti-Maoist operations as well as the approach of security forces recently, yielding positive results.

The state’s top cop also announced that the process of promoting 500 policemen to the rank of sub-inspectors would be initiated within a week to address the issue of acute shortage of officers.

Earlier, Kumar told the newly passed-out jawans that the insurgency was the biggest challenge to the state’s internal security.

However, he maintained that the state had achieved considerable success in its fight against rebels, killing several Maoists in the past three months.

Also, state police personnel, owing to lack of training and preparedness, often fall prey to Maoist traps in the ongoing guerrilla warfare. To address this concern, the state has decided to provide regular training to police officers as well as jawans.

“The police lines in different districts will be developed as training centres. Securitymen will undergo regular firing exercises, too,” said the DGP.

He also urged the new pass-outs to don a human face and perform their duties with a sense of service attached.

Inspector-general of police, JAP, Prashant Kumar, DIG (training) Umesh Kumar Singh, JAP-DIC Lakshman Prasad Singh, besides coal belt IG Murari Lal Meena, Dhanbad SP Jatin Narwal and JAP Commandant Ashok Kumar RAI were also present.