Raipur: The three-decade-long battle against left-wing extremists in these remote jungles of Chhattisgarh continues to pose the biggest challenge to the security apparatus of the state.
Chhattisgarh police have deployed women commandos in the Maoist-infested districts of Bastar, Suka and Kanker. Reports seem to suggest that these women in the proverbial camouflage are equal to the task, and in certain cases, are better placed than their male counterparts to deal with the problem.
According to the report, the first platoon of women commandos was established at Bijapur district in the middle of last year, based on an initiative carried out by the then superintendent of police KL Dhruv.
Women Commandos were deployed in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh in mid-2017 for the first time. 3 platoons have total 108 commandos. Lately, two new platoons one in Sukma and one in Kanker districts were added.
The police forces and security forces have been facing the allegations of sexually harassing and raping the women of the village and this is a big challenge for them in anti-Naxal operations. As per the police sources, now with the deployment of women Commandos, such allegation won’t come in their way.
According to sources, Kanker district of Chhattisgarh is a Jivalamari which means it is a place where one has no surety of life. The place is famous to take the lives off. The village is four-kilometer trek uphill from the nearest road and it is a life-threatening place.
This is the first time when villagers are openly taking part in the construction of the road. As the Naxals never allow such activity in the village and the area around the village. They oppose such construction even by taking brutal steps. Last year in April, Naxals ambushed 25 Jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force. These Jawans were guarding the construction of the road.
The Commandos who are protecting the road construction are heavily armed and are always ready with their bullet-proof jackets. Also, women Commandos are easily bonding with villagers and this bonding is helping them in working in the area.
Women of nearby Marapi village including Rupatin, Rajula, Surekha, Laxmi, and Ghazmin came forward and praised the women Commandos. A 70-year-old villager Halal Ram Netam said, “About 70-80 of our villagers, both men and women, helped in constructing the road. Everyone was comfortable as women commandos were guarding the area.”