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Orissa’s poster campaign against Maoist menace

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 7, 2007

Police in an Orissa district have stepped up their fight against Maoist insurgency with a poster campaign that highlights the latter’s atrocities and details a government package for surrendered guerrillas.

‘Hundreds of such posters have been displayed at various places in the tribal town of Malkanagiri,’ a police official told IANS.The district police have erected two giant hoardings at the DNK junction. While one hoarding reflects the state government’s package for Maoists who surrender, the other describes their massacres.

According to the hoardings, if a Maoists opts to join mainstream society, he or she will be given Rs.10,000 as preliminary financial aid, followed by a small plot for house construction and a Rs.25,000 bank loan, besides Rs.15,000 for marriage and Rs.200,000 for self-employment and financial rehabilitation.

‘If any Maoist surrenders with arms and ammunitions, he or she will be given Rs.20,000 as financial assistance immediately,’ the hoarding reads. It also mentions that the guerrilla will be paid Rs.15,000 if he surrenders with a rocket launcher, Rs.10,000 for an AK-47 or AK-57 or INSAS or SLR, Rs.5,000 for 303 rifle or pistol or revolver and Rs.5,000 for a wireless set.’We believe that the awareness campaign will yield positive results,’ the official added.

India E News


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