Support base of Naxalites breaking in Balaghat: SP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2018 10:59:05


By Rajan Raikwar,

The concerted efforts of Balaghat Police to cut support base of Naxalites have started to yield results. Balaghat Police claimed that during last one year, no villager has joined any of the Naxalite dalam. Naxalites are now no more finding new recruits and contrary their support base is also shrinking. This is a big achievement for police. However, movement of Naxalites is always a matter of concern in Naxal-infested Balaghat as often Naxalites from neighbouring Chhattisgarh sneaks into forested areas of Balaghat.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Balaghat Superintendent of Police Amit Sanghi told that police activities focused on having live contacts with villagers and to win their faith have started to bear fruits as villagers have started to come close to police. Moreover, in comparison to 2016, Naxal activities remained at their lowest ebb in 2017. In 2016, Naxalites have set at least six to seven vehicles on fire and have also killed two persons. In 2017, there was effective control on Naxalite activities and this shows the effective control of police on Naxal activities. “It is around one and half years that I took charge of district and in last one year, no new person has joined any Naxalite dalam in Balaghat. The support base of Naxalites is breaking,” he claimed.

Coming down of Naxalite activities in Balaghat district adjoining Chhattisgarh could be seen as a big success for the police. However, as Balaghat is close to Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh, hence, there is always possibility of Naxalites infiltration from the neighbouring state.
“We try to keep check on such things through area domination exercises,” said Amit Sanghi.

Meanwhile, there is news that Naxalites are trying to form corridor from Kawardha (Chhattisgarh), Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori. This news has put Balaghat Police on high alert.
“Naxalites are doing survey from one year to form their corridor. Balaghat Police is alert in this regard and prepared to dent any such plan of Naxalites,” said police sources.