Call it counter-operation with a difference. Police in Andhra Pradesh's Warangal district have adopted the 11-year-old daughter of a Maoist leader. The message the police wanted to send out to the Naxals was that their families needed them desperately and that was reason enough for them to lay down arms.
Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra said the police would sponsor the schooling of Tejsri, daughter of Naxal leader Lanka Papi Reddy alias Raganna, and handed over a cheque of Rs 40,000 to Tejsri's school.
Mishra recalled that during a recent counselling session at Hasanparthy, she had met an old woman, Laxmikanthamma, who said she could not afford her granddaughter Tejsri's school fee and was planning to pull her out. The police stepped in and decided to help Tejsri.
Speaking on the occasion, Warangal DIG Ravi Gupta said, "What can the Naxals hope to do for society when they cannot take care of their homes?"