First Ever Anti-Naxal Women Commando Unit Deployed
- The Chhattisgarh police have deployed first ever Anti-Naxal women’s commando unit named ‘Danteshwari Ladake’ or ‘Fighters of Goddess Danteshwari’.
- These women commandos have inducted in the District Reserve Guard (DRG) which is Chhattisgarh’s frontline anti-naxal force.
- The unit comprised of 30 women commandos led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dineshwari Nand. Out of these 30 women commandos, 10 are surrendered women Naxals and 10 are assistant constables, part of anti-naxal movement Salwa Judum.
- Personnel of the DRG are recruited from local youth and it also has surrendered Naxals in its ranks.
- The important factor is all of them are local residents, including surrendered Naxals, and therefore are well acquainted with the forested terrain and the local language. All these are key elements in the fight against Naxals.
Pragati Sathpati, Yogendra Verma and Nisha Patel Became Toppers
- Pragati Sathpati of Raigarh achieved third rank in national merit list of class 10th CBSE examination by scoring 497 marks out of 500.
- Yogendra Verma of Mungeli topped the Chhattisgarh Board Class 12 exam with 97.04% marks.
- Nisha Patel of Raigarh topped the Chhattisgarh Board Class 10 board exam with 99.33% marks.
- Jashpur district tops both X and XII examinations with 85.22% and 90.09% results respectively.
Panel to review Police Cases against Tribals in Naxal Areas
- The Chhattisgarh government has set up a high-level committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge A K Patnaik to review police cases against tribals in naxal- affected areas of the state.
- The panel will have Advocate General, Additional Advocate General, Additional Chief Secretary of Home department, secretary of tribal development department, Director General Jail (also in-charge of anti naxal-operations), Director General of Police and Commissioner of Bastar Division as its members.
- During the previous BJP government, the Congress had accused it of implicating innocent tribals on false cases, particularly in naxal-related incidents.
- In May 2012, the BJP government had set up the committee, headed by former Madhya Pradesh chief secretary Nirmala Buch, following an agreement reached with Maoists for the release of the then Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, who was abducted by the rebels.
- The purpose of the committee is to review cases of under-trials, who are in jail for two years or more.
- The committee recommended, Inter alia, approval of bail plea of prisoners in 36 cases including clean chit to some cases.