The Telegraph
Thursday , February 27 , 2014
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Team revival to tame rebels

The revival of the special police officers’ team to gather intelligence inputs and tackle the Naxalite menace has started paying dividends.

On Monday, Munger police destroyed three bunkers of rebels in Chormara inside the Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary. This success comes close on the heels of the combing operations at Krandani forest cover in the district on February 2.

The Munger police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Task Force (STF) also launched a joint combing operation at Bhimbandh, Dharahara, Pasraha, Chormara and other places from Monday.

Munger superintendent of police (SP) Barnu Kumar Sinha has started re-organising the officers mainly to gather information. According to sources, though the security personnel could not nab any Maoist or recover arms and ammunition, they recovered more than five quintals of foodgrain, a large quantity of police uniforms and other daily use items.

On February 2, the police picked up 15 people and forwarded eight Maoists and a female member of the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army, Lalita Devi, to jail. The cops also recovered arms and ammunition from the possession of the Naxalites.

The police were successful owing to the special police officers as the cops conducted raids and search operations on the basis of inputs provided by the elite team, said a senior officer in eastern Bihar.

Sinha has also formulated a strategy to restructure the team, which had scattered after the Karaili massacre in which the rebels raided Karaili village in Munger on July 2, 2011, and killed six special police officers.

These special police officers are considered to be the best intelligence source in the Red belts and the SP has started coordinating with them, the officer said.

Sinha said: “After reviving the system of the special police officers, the Munger police have achieved major success.”

He added: “Over 320 officers were appointed in the district to strengthen the information network from the rural areas. But their services were not renewed during the last financial year, nor did they get any remuneration. As a result, the force became inactive. Munger police had to surrender funds of more than Rs 20 lakh for the remuneration of the officers during the last financial year.”

Sinha said that soon after he joined, he started the process to revive functioning of the team. “We had to face many problems mainly because our information network became weak. However, since we initiated a revival of the special police officers, we have achieved pretty good results,” the officer said.