Community policing in Maoist-hit area in Jharkhand fosters bond with locals

Palamu, Feb 3 (ANI): Police personnel conducted community policing programme in Maoist-centric Jharkhand's Palamu District, distributing blankets and other essentials, after the locals aided the officials in the arrest of five rebels.

The programme has been launched in collaboration with paramilitary forces to bridge the gap between police and the community.

The police officials thanked them for their helping hand to make the operation successful and also instructed them to make information available, in order to bust the rebels' future plans.

According to them, these programmes could serve as a medium to foster better ties between the locals and the police force in the province.

"We hope that the cooperation we have received from the villagers, we expect that it will continue in the future. We have faith that in the future, the villagers will continue helping us," Superintendent of Police, Palamu, Anup T. Maithue told reporters.

As per media reports, the Maoists are now targeting children and trying to influence them to join their cadres, thus the police have attempted to raise awareness among the youngsters, as they are more gullible.

A villager, Vinod Kumar, said that the sports gear that the police distributed would aid them to move forward in life.

"The police have distributed sports gear as well. We promise that we will move forward through the medium of sports," he said.

Maoist insurgents have significantly increased their presence in tribal and rural regions in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.

The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless labourers and marginal farmers. However, the government has termed them to be India's main internal security threat. (ANI)

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