Six men including two CISF personnel were killed when the extremists attacked a CISF barrack on Saturday, April 6 at Bermo. But the six CISF men, who finally survived, owe their lives to a young woman Maoist, who had pleaded, argued and finally persuaded fellow comrades to let the injured CISF men go injured but alive.
Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) Gauri Shankar Rath confirmed that this particular woman extremist actually saved these lives.
"When the Maoists barged into the CISF barrack after hours of gunfight, the security personnel had no ammunition left. They were injured and could not have defended them. Killing these men was the next thing expected from the Maoists. But the woman saved them. In fact, the CISF survivors have testified that had this woman not intervened, the Naxalites would have killed them," Rath told HT on Tuesday.
According to Bokaro police officers, few of the Maoists had even cocked up their rifles. "She actually came in between and convinced the fellow comrades that killing these men will serve no purpose. This was unprecedented as Maoists have no history of leaving captured security personnel alive. It seems the women extremist despite wearing the Maoists greens still have some compassion left within," said the Bokaro police officer.
The good news about the women extremist, however, appears to end here, as the recent Maoists attacks, both in Bihar and Jharkhand, have dished out a dangerous trend — that women are plying the lead role in launching attacks against the security forces.
The Maoist squad that had attacked Bermo had several women manning leadership positions. Again on Sunday, it was a group of women Maoists that sprinkled chilly powder in the eyes of five RPF men at Narganjo railway station (Bihar), and looted their weapons. Before moving out, they also shot two RPF men dead.
Similarly, it was a group of women Maoists that had snatched weapons of Sunil Mahto's bodyguards before the other team killed the Member of Parliament from Jharkhand on March 4.
"The women Maoists are almost as skilled and dangerous as their male counterparts. Besides, the Maoists leaders find women more trustworthy, as they seldom desert the organisation," Rath admitted.
Not surprisingly, the number of women extremists is swelling in both Jharkhand and Bihar, officers admit.