The mobile phone is tied to a stick and a jawan holds it high so that it can catch the elusive signal. Then he shouts, “Signal aa gaya, signal aa gaya.” His colleague standing besides him then connects with the outside world using Bluetooth. That’s the situation at the Jeeram camp of the CRPF, which was established at the location where around 25 political leaders and security men were killed by Maoists in May last year.
“We are not always lucky as sometimes signals don’t appear on the mobile screens even for a day,” says CRPF inspector Ramesh Kumar, who has been posted in Chhattisgarh for the last six years and on Independence Day, was awarded with a gallantry medal for one of his acts of bravery last year.
Last week CRPF chief Dilip Trivedi felicitated all the gallantry winners or their family members in cases of posthumous awards. Speaking to HT, these battle-hardened voices brought out a picture which mandarins in the North Block, ought to see.
“In Chhattisgarh, Maoists are running from one place to another. They have changed their tactics. They move in small groups and call for a large group only if they have to mount an attack. Earlier they use to move in large groups of 100 to 200 cadres, but not anymore. Due to our pressure, they keep on running from one place to another. We are gaining upper hand, but the government needs to bring in infrastructure, especially mobile connectivity, if we have to win against Maoists,” said Kumar.
Roads and electricity are two most urgent things that are required for fight against Maoists, says assistant commandant Ravi Kumar, a gallantry award winner.