Naxalites with allegiance to CPI (Maoist), who have been involved in violent activities in the border district of Gadchiroli for over last two decades, now threatened the district superintendent of police, Shirish Jain with dire consequences.
The extremists have plastered the walls and pasted posters in different places in the district recently and cried for the head of Jain. While issuing a death threat against Jain, the Maoist rebels appealed to tribals of the district to punish the SP for 'killing innocent' tribals in fake encounters.
The wall painting and posters apparently planted on several government buildings and public places late on Thursday evening, were discovered on Friday morning. They accused the district police of arresting and torturing innocent poor tribals in the name of combing operation in the district.
Besides Jain, the posters also contained names of a couple of other senior police officials with warnings issued against them, if they did not stop harassing innocent tribals. The death threat was issued by Narmadakka, the new secretary of Gadchiroli division committee of CPI (Maoist).
SP Jain, however, denied any such accusation saying the police was not targeting villagers and were only performing their duties in an attempt to flush out rebels from the district.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Jain said that such threats were routine for them. "We regularly get such death threats from the extremists. I am also getting anonymous telephone threats virtually every day," he informed and said that it was a well designed tactic of Naxalites to demoralise the police force.
Jain, who was posted as the SP of tribal district in July 2004, was instrumental in gunning down of 30 Naxalites during his tenure. Moreover, several Maoists were arrested during the period. Besides, as many as 125 activists of CPI (Maoist), including some dalam commanders and deputy commanders surrendered before the district authorities.
The police also succeeded to gun down Shivanna, the secretary of Dandyakaranya Special Zonal Committee in an inter-state operation near Kanker, bordering Gadchiroli a few months back. These have led them to such desperation, Jain felt.
Meanwhile, district police officials alerted politicians and senior government officials to take extra care while going to interior areas in the district in view of the Naxalite threat.
Ministers and peoples' representatives were asked not to disclose the details of their routes but keep the police informed about their movement. VIPs were asked not to stay in villages during nights as there is a strong possibility to kidnap them.