MP Police chief dares Naxals to contest polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2018 08:19:14

    Vijay Kumar Singh, DGP Madhya Pradesh    


By Dheeraj Fartode,

Ballot not bullet is the way to address problems in a democracy, says DGP V K Singh

Vijay Kumar Singh, acting Director General of Police (DGP) of the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday challenged Naxalites to test their popularity by participating in the democratic process. “If they are confident about their popularity among the people, then they must contest elections and prove it,” said Singh.

Singh was in Nagpur to attend inter-state coordination meeting at Unconventional Operations Training Center (UOTC). Interacting with ‘The Hitavada’, DGP Singh said, “Naxals always boast about their popularity among common people. Then why are they against elections? If they perceive that some wrong has been committed, they should change it by contesting and winning elections democratically”.

“Terrorising people with guns can not be called a people’s movement,” stated Singh who had an eventful stint with RAW and ITBP.

Very few people in MP are supporting the Naxal ideology, and their pockets of influence are located only in parts of Balaghat and Mandla districts. Fomenting trouble by encashing discontent among people is their key strategy. Hence, MP police is adopting pro-active policies so that the Naxals will not get any chance to exploit the dissatisfaction. “The state police is identifying the issues that can be used by the Naxals as a tool to further their movement and these issues will be resolved at the earliest,” the State Police chief asserted.

Thanking people of Madhya Pradesh for not granting popular support to Naxal movement, the DGP pointed out that people here are more keen to be connected with mainstream. “Our forces are exercising high vigil in Naxal-infested areas with specially trained Hawk forces. When asked about State police’s request to Centre for procuring helicopters for special operations in Naxal-infested area, Singh informed, “the proposal is still pending with the centre.” He denied any presence of Urban Naxals in the State.


MP asks for 700 companies of Central Reserved Forces

DGP Singh said that the State had requested the Centre to deploy 700 companies of Central Reserved Forces for elections in Madhya Pradesh (MP) slated on November 28. Police have intensified static deployment of forces at key points and are also keeping high vigil with mobile surveillance teams, he added. He hoped to have a violence-free election in the State.