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No govt nod yet to fire back at Maoists: Singh
Published on 15 Feb. 2011 12:18 AM IST
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The army is yet to get the government’s nod to fire in self-defence at the Maoists if the troops come under attack while training in areas infested by the insurgents in Chhattisgarh, a top commander said Monday.
The army chief, General V.K. Singh, said the army has “not yet” received the necessary orders from the government on firing in self-defence at the Maoists, but he was sure “something will come” soon.
“We have asked for a clarification from the government. Our aim is purely training. We are not moving there for (taking on) Naxals (Maoists). For our own clarification, we asked what do we do if we are engaged by Naxals,” Singh said in an interview to NDTV.
“If such a thing (attack) happens, surely somebody is going to charge my troops of murder. We are supposed to train without any problem at all,” he said. Asked if he was seeking a legal cover for his troops if they are attacked and if they fire in self-defence, Singh said: “Absolutely.”
However, he clarified that the army was not asking for imposing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives legal protection to the forces, as the troops were not getting into the anti-Maoist offensive that is in progress in Chhattisgarh. Singh had, at his annual press conference on Jan 14, stated that the army had sought clarification from the government on its self-defence powers in view of its troops going into areas infested by Naxals for training purposes.
For the purpose, the army, which is setting up a training centre in Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh, has sought a revision in its rules of engagement to legally protect its troops in case they fire back at the rebels since a large number of its personnel would be moving into the area soon.
Civilians abducted
Maoists abducted a railway station master and four members of a family in two separate incidents in Jharkhand’s Garhwa District on Sunday. A. K. Singh, the stationmaster at Kechki railway station, and Surinder, a porter, was abducted by the Maoists on Sunday morning.
According to Surinder, who was later left free, the Maoists made a monetary demand from Singh.
“Four people came with their faces covered. Two of them stayed outside the office and we could not see them at first as we were inside the office. One of them showed a revolver and asked about money. We told them that we do not have any money. Then they asked us to walk out of the office and took us towards the river”, he said.
According to railway employees, a sense of fear is prevailing in the region, since it is not the first incident of abduction. The railway employees have demanded assistance from the local administration in this regard.
In another incident, a group of about 60 Maoists from the banned Bharatiya Communist Party abducted four members of a family in Bhawanathpur town of the state. “The Maoists have abducted our master’s son. They forcefully opened the doors. About 50-60 people had come”, said Putli Devi, a local and an eyewitness.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Richard Lakda confirmed that the banned Maoist outfit did the abduction.
“Four people have been abducted from Bhawanathpur. Maoist outfits did these abductions, Munda Vishwakarma gang, which has its roots in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

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