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Bihar: Policemen provide alternative to Naxals


Prabhakar Kumar,CNN-IBN
Apr 30, 2012 at 12:09pm IST

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Kaimur: Some young Naxal cadres, who till very recently, were part of the armed movement, are now training with the state police force in Bihar.

This has happened because of an initiative called Naxal Super 30, launched by the Kaimur district police. A total of 30 tribal youths are now a part of the training exercise.

"We would have become Naxals had we not been shown a road ahead. If we were not told that we can progress by doing this, we would have become Naxals," said a tribal youth Vishal Kumar.

Many of the youngsters, hailing from remotest of the villages situated inside dense forests, were already part of Naxal movement because of unemployment and various other compulsions. Now, the initiative has helped them shed their tainted past.

"We are going to villages and trying to connect people to the initiative so that there inclination towards Naxalism decreases. We have been quite successful in the initiative," said Manoj Kumar, ASP Operations, Kaimur.

It's a win-win situation for the police. For them, the anti-Naxal operation means much more than gunbattle, it means teaching and training those who give up arms, helping them earn a decent livelihood.

"We realised that touching hearts was important than firing bullets," said Uma Shankar Sudhanshu, SP, Kaimur.

The success is for everyone to see. Some of the youth have already found work and the others want to join the very same force that rehabilitated them.

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