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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New terrain, language leave jawans shaky

from The Times of India
Sanjay Ojha, TNN, Mar 11, 2010, 10.04pm IST

GHATSHILA: Unknown terrain and language have left the newly deployed CRPF personnel in Maoist areas shaky. Also haunting the forces is the possibilty of Maoists influencing villagers which can prove fatal for the security forces.

"The terrain and language is new to a majority of the forces and there is always a fear that the Maoists may take advantage of local sentiments on the question of language and tradition," said a jawan. 

The same was the opinion of most of the other jawans. They fear that since the language is alien to them, the Maoists, in guise of villagers, can easily communicate about their plan even in the presence of police.

"The language they speak is Greek to us. They can easily fool us by communicating with each other in the tribal Ho or Mundari language," said a Sikh jawan.

However, to avoid such incidents the state police are trying to depute some constables from district police or Jharkhand Armed Police in the villages.

ASP Anoop, who is heading the anti-Maoist operation in Ghatshila and Chakulia blocks, also admitted that terrain being new for his men is a matter of concern for them. He, however, expressed hope that the villagers would cooperate with them in the larger interest of the state and its people in ending the menace.

"Our presence in the region will make a difference and I am sure that the language and terrain will not be a problem," said Anoop as he distributed schoolbags to children Dayanmara village located near the Jharkhand-Bengal border. 

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