Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has sought the Centre’s immediate intervention to help tackle the menace of dacoit violence in the Gwalior-Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh since the state government has failed in this task.
The MP, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil separately on Thursday, apprised them of the feeling of fear pervading in the region because of administration’s failure to deal with the growing incidents of mass killings, kidnappings and demand for ransom money by dacoits in the region.
In such a situation, it is imperative that the Centre intervene, Scindia said, listing out some initiatives to deal with the problem. These included providing adequate police force in police stations in rural areas, equipping them with modern weapons, vehicles and communication facilities, including satellite transmitters and ensuring the presence of sufficient paramilitary force. The Centre should also provide a helicopter for the surveillance of dacoit-infested areas, he said.
Expressing hope that the Centre would take immediate steps to help free the people of the terror they are now living under, Scindia also said he found it ``surprising’’ that despite several pleas, the MP government has failed to come out with any effective plan to deal with the dacoit problem in the area.
The MP cited some incidents of dacoit violence that have taken place in the region. These include mass killings in Karsena (in Shivpuri) and in Gora Padora; a bus was stopped at Patighati and policemen either killed or abducted; three persons were kidnapped in Morena, 13 were killed in Bhawanpura and another five in Karihara. There have been kidnappings of subengineerers and teachers.
"Fear pervades the region. Officials are wary of visiting the trouble-spots and the common people feel insecure. In the rural areas people are afraid of going to work in the fields," he said, seeking central help and intervention in dealing with the problem.