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Youth join paramilitary forces to fight against Maoist attacks on Bihar border

Author: Rajat Rai
Publication: India Today
Date: March 8, 2018
URL:      https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/youth-join-paramilitary-forces-to-fight-against-maoist-attacks-on-bihar-border-1184236-2018-03-08

The Naugarh block of the Maoist-hit Chandauli district bordering Bihar was once infamous for the biggest attack on the paramilitary forces in which over a dozen policemen, including 9 PAC jawans, were killed.

However, thanks to the efforts of local police and CRPF, that now six youth of this block have joined the paramilitary forces in less than a years time and over two dozen are undergoing rigorous training to follow their footsteps.

It is to be mentioned that in November 2004, Maoists blew up a bus carrying policemen and PAC personnel in Chakia locality of Naugarh in which 13 policemen, including 9 PAC jawans, were killed and two others who were injured later succumbed to injuries taking the toll to 15. After this incident, many rehabilitation programmes for youth were started in the region to bring them to the mainstream.

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About two and a half years ago, district police had also started a small skill development programme camp on the premises of the Naugarh police station to impart training to become drivers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, tailors among others.

The training programme were of six months and after completion, the district police and the administration also handed them over necessary kit as per their training. Till now, over 100 youth are earning a livelihood with their newly learnt skills.

When I used to go Naugarh police station earlier last year, I gradually came to know that some youth are interested in joining paramilitary forces. They even met me and said they want to ward off the red tag from themselves and due to lack of proper guidance, they are unable to pursue their dreams, said SP, Chandauli, SK Singh.

And since there is a big CRPF camp located in a close vicinity of the Naugarh police station, the youth were also nurturing dreams to join forces.

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We (district police and CRPF officials) held a few meetings and finally a training camp was set up on the premises of the Naugarh PS in July 2017, he said.

We impart training in basics like physical training, tips and coaching for both physical and written exams. Trainers from both the district police and the CRPF guided and trained them, Singh said. And ever since this camp started in July 2017, six youth have already joined paramilitary forces.

There is no fixed tenure for the training any youth who comes here at any point of time and is found fit under our basic requirement joins the camp. The youth fill up the forms and complete the other formalities (for joining the forces) on their own and are also free to leave the camp as and when they want. We are only here to train them with the basics, Singh added.

Currently, 26 youth are undergoing training and want to join the forces.

(With inputs from Uday Gupta in Chandauli)
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