Palamu, Jharkhand: It is lean season for Naxal activity in Jharkhand, a time which both the police and the Red army are utilising to recruit foot soldiers.
Getting into the Naxal training camp begins with some paperwork. Candidates have to fill in a form, which requires them to detail their personal and educational qualifications. The candidates also have to cite instances to prove their loyalty to the cause.
“Those who are honest are recruited after filling the form. Two people have to recommend the recruit,” explained a Naxalite Kislay, who is currently being held by the Palamu Police.
Meanwhile, the Jharkhand Police have not made loyalty a criterion but want physically fit men to fight the Naxals on harsh terrains. They are confident that the talented lot would choose a government job over the Red philosophy.
“We select the best candidates,” said Palamu SP, Deepak Verma. “This is a government job and there is a guaranteed monthly salary. They (the Naxals) only mislead the youth and have no philosophy. Nobody even cares if they die or go to jail, that’s the difference between us and them.”
With the recent recovery of computers, fax machines and phones in raids on Naxal strongholds, it seems that the Naxals are getting ready to fight a high-tech battle this summer. The police, too, are not far behind in gearing up to tackle them.
With inputs from Jai Shankar in Palamu