J'khand: Naxals united in violence (India)
Ranchi (Jharkhand): This admission from Jharkhand's top cop, after a recent landmine blast in Bokaro killed 15 STF personnel, shows that Jharkhand is losing its battle against the Naxals.
"Such incidents in the future cannot be ruled out as the Naxals have planted so many landmines in Jharkhand that even if I use my entire force it will take at least three years to clear the state of landmines," says DGP, Jharkhand Police, J Mohapatra.
Says Chief Minister, Jharkhand, Madhu Koda, "A national policy is needed for states to fight Naxals."
However, the police warn that state inaction is only allowing the Naxals to get stronger.
"The Naxals take a cut from all projects and so get stronger," says General Secretary, Jharkhand Police Association, Chandragupta Singh.
In the recent Palamau Lok Sabha by-poll, jailed Naxal leader, Kameshwar Baitha, came second winning nearly 1.5 lakh votes, showing the clout of the Naxals here.
"We give 'jolts' to the state to say the Naxals are ready," CPI-ML MLA, Binod Singh.
There is a lack of political will in fighting Naxalism in Jharkhand apart from the fact that the Naxals seem better organised, better motivated and better led than the police.
Von: 20.04.2007 www.ibnlive.com