Chhattisgarh suspends 4 police officers for refusing to serve in Maoist area

October 15th, 2008 - 3:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Oct 15 (IANS) Four deputy superintendents of police (DSP) were suspended by the Chhattisgarh government after they refused to serve in the Maoist infested areas of the state, the police said Wednesday. “Four DSPs have been suspended with immediate effect for refusing to accept postings in state’s Maoist insurgency hit areas,” R.K. Vij, inspector general (administration) told IANS.

The four DSPs were issued transfer orders in August along with other police officials.

The suspended officials are Rajesh Kukreja, D.S. Negi, R.D. Mourya and S.L. Marawi.

The government had suspended 13 policemen - six inspectors and seven sub-inspectors - Oct 11 on similar grounds for “flouting government orders” and refusing to accept postings to Maoist infected area of Bastar.

“Police will not tolerate such indiscipline. Several more policemen, mainly inspectors and sub-inspectors, are in the line of fire for setting aside government transfer orders,” Vij said.

Chhattisgarh’s southern Bastar region, which is split into five districts, carries the tag of being India’s Maoist terror centre.

The region has witnessed the killings of about 1,100 people since 2004, including 726 civilians.

About 50,000 people have been uprooted in the region from their villages due to a battle between the insurgents and cadres of Salwa Judum, a government-backed civilian militia movement launched in June 2005 against the Maoists.

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