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Jharkhand: Child rescued from Maoists appointed as constable

Chief minister Raghbubar Das appointed her to the post on the eve of Jharkhand’s statehood day in Doranda.

ranchi Updated: Nov 15, 2015 11:47 IST
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Chief minister Raghubar Das talks to former Maoist Balmuni after giving her appointment letter for the post of ‘child constable’ in state police during a function on the eve of Statehood day at JAP-1 ground in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/HT Photo)

Rescued from the clutches of CPI (Maoists) during a police operation in Latehar in March, 13-year-old Churmuni (name changed) on Saturday started life afresh as a child constable of the Jharkhand police.

Chief minister Raghbubar Das appointed her to the post on the eve of Jharkhand’s statehood day in Doranda.

Police officials said she was the first ex-child Maoist to get a job reserved for relatives of police personnel killed on duty.

Security forces found Churmuni lying in a ditch in Latehar’s Barani forest on March 28. Two Maoists were killed in the encounter and she was injured.

“They (Maoists) thought I was dead. They threw me in a ditch and covered my body with leaves. Police found me,” said Churmuni, who underwent treatment at RIMS Ranchi for a month.

Police officials said she was part of a squad led by Maoist area commander Nakul da and worked as a cook and dishwasher.

“I don’t want to remember the past. They kidnapped me (in 2013). Life was treacherous. I used slog each day doing chores and was beaten up,” said the Class 7 girl from a school in Latehar.

This year police have rehabilitated three minors, including Churmuni, who escaped from the Maoists or where abandoned by their squads. The ACHR report stated that minor girls were often sexually exploited and children were used as human shields in encounters.

Jharkhand police spokesperson SN Pradhan said, “She will not attend duties. The girl will be paid `12,000 a month and the police will monitor her education.”

Pradhan said there are about 50 child constables in the statepolice. “However, she is the first ex-Maoist to be inducted in the force,” he said.

Police said that because she was a minor half her salary would be used for paying school and other educational expenses.

“I want to join the force. But I will complete school. I missed school when I was in the jungle,” said Churmuni.

First Published: Nov 15, 2015 11:39 IST

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