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CRPF cover for Konar

Hazaribagh, Jan. 29: The picturesque Konar Dam located in Maoist-hit Vishnugarh block of Hazaribagh will soon become a safe zone.

Commandant of CRPF’s 22nd Battalion M.K. Singh said they would be deputing two battalions at the scenic spot from February 15, thus instilling a sense of security among residents and tourists.

“The decision to deploy CRPF personnel at Konar Dam was taken to check Maoist activities as well as guard the area in a more effective and full-fledged manner. We also wanted to ensure that the tourists feel safe whenever they visit the dam,” said Singh.

According to him, each battalion will comprise 135 personnel each. Two assistant commandants will be in charge of the battalions.

“The final nitty-gritty are being worked out and by February 15, the jawans will take charge. They will also regularly patrol Vishnugarh-Bokaro road, infamous for robberies,” Singh added.

The dam’s location in Vishnugarh on the border of Bokaro and Giridih meant that Maoists could easily sneak in through the adjoining forests.

Local residents have time and again blamed the local administration for not doing enough to protect Konar Dam and its surrounding areas, thus hurting the tourism prospects of the area.

Although police forces have launched several anti-Maoist operations, this is the first time that battalions will be deputed at the dam alone.

Strict vigil

CRPF jawans along with CoBRA men and Bokaro police started a massive search operation in Upper Ghat zone of Nawadih block in Bokaro today, two days after a jawan was killed in a rebel attack on Giridih-Dhanbad border.

The security forces have stepped up vigil following reports that armed rebels divided in small groups of six to eight were sneaking into area.