The Bihar Government is contemplating to create a ‘dedicated’ intelligence wing in the special branch to crack down on extremists, especially CPI (Maoist). The move comes in the wake of a sudden spurt in extremist activities in different parts of the State in the recent days.
SK Bharadwaj, IG (Operations), who is in-charge of all anti-Naxal operations, said on Sunday that he had already submitted a proposal to the government to create dedicated intelligence wings in all Maoist-affected districts to take on the ultras in their strongholds.
As per the proposal, Bharadwaj would be the nodal officer to monitor all intelligence inputs collected from the districts. “A pilot project is already in place in five Maoist-affected districts, including Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad Aurangabad and Rohtas,” he added.
Bharadwaj said, once put in operation in all districts, the dedicated cell could help the district police pre-empt most of the Maoist attacks. The move was aimed at strengthening the intelligence network, he said.
Meanwhile, the Maoists have distributed pamphlets in some districts of Bihar bordering Nepal appealing to the deprived sections of society to give either a son or a daughter to the outfit to fight for the cause of the underprivileged people. The Maoists’ appeal has created panic among the parents, who have shifted their young children to other places to prevent their drafting into the ultra outfit.
Bagaha Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said a young girl of Maitrjiza village under Laukariya police station recently joined the Maoist cadre. “We have been holding janata darbars in villages considered to be stronghold of the Maoists, motivating them not to join the cadre. We are also apprising them of the government’s surrender and rehabilitation policy,” he said, adding that the response had been good.
Vaibhav said the impact of the drive could be gauged from the fact that the Maoists were facing problem in recruiting cadres even from their pockets of influence. “They have lost support of the people in areas falling under Gowardhana and Goraiya police stations, which are surrounded by forests and rivers,” he said.
To drive home his point, the SP said that 8 hardcore extremists surrendered with firearms to the police. “We have already written to the government to give the benefits of the rehabilitation policy to these extremists’ families,” he pointed out.