[Here is a factual account, sent to us at the end of July 1971, of the steps government has taken to deal with Naxalites in some districts in Bihar. It is clear that the movement is menacing for the government. – Editor, Point of View]
Six thousand troops are ready to take action. The place is under the direct charge of a special police squad comprising border experts, senior intelligence officers and combatant section of the Military Police.
Besides the Central Reserve Police, service of more than three hundred jawans of the Bihar Military Police has been requisitioned from NEFA. The local police have also been asked to stand by for any emergency that the special squad may need in emergency.
Bihar is closely following the pattern set up by West Bengal; jail-killings have started here too. But, thank God, the iron has not yet entered the soul of Biharis.
There was much hue and cry — termed by a local newspaper as “wide public resentment” over the firing in Patna Jail on July 7 and in Hazaribagh Jail on July 25 in which 2 and 17 prisoners were killed respectively.
The place is under the charge of a special police squad comprising of border experts, senior intelligence officers and combatant section of the military police for several months. Besides the Central Reserve Police, services of than three hundred jawans of the Bihar Military Police have been requisitioned from NEFA. The armed forces are functioning from a number of static camps and mobile units equipped with wireless vans.