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Police, Maoists on recruitment spree

By Our Staff Reporter

SANGAREDDY, DEC. 16. The unmistakable red banner tied to the water tank in the middle of Giripalli village of Gajwel mandal in Medak district invites girls and boys of 16 years of age to join the People's War (now Moaist) local guerrilla army (PLGA). Just a few metres away the police are organising an aptitude test for village youth that would be sent to Hyderabad for training in different trades that might help them to find a job.

Unending wooing

Villages of backward Dubbaka, Kohir, Thoguta, Mirdoddi, Ramayampet, Doulatabad, Toopran and Kodapak mandals of Medak district nowadays see the police vans searching for young men and women in the mornings and the Maoists by the night.

The once-active Indupriyal, Giraipalli and Narsapur dalams of the CPI (Maoist) group are trying to rejuvenate themselves with young recruits, with the help of banners, wall posters and wall writings in almost all villages in these mandals. One of the wall posters in Bejgam village of Gajwel mandal confirms the Maoists' motto, it reads " Charchalu jarigina yudham chestam, jaragaka poina yudham chestam (we will continue fighting with or without the talks''. District police confirm that Maoists have succeeded in recruiting at least 20 persons from these villages. The programme to identify eligible youth for training by the Police and the DRDA Velugu officers began in September. Around 168 girls and boys from the same villages where Maoists fanned for candidates have been selected for training.

Around 52 boys were chosen for training for Para-military selections, 32 for driver training in RTC regional training centre at Hakimpet and all the 58 overage candidates were sent to the National Academy for Construction (NAC) in Madapur for training in masonry. Heeramani, mother of L. Ravinder of Lingampalli Tanda, who cleared the first phase training for recruitment in the Armed Forces, said that never before had anyone told her that her son could become a Jawan.

Ushanagalla Narsihmuli of Rayapolu village in the Doulatabad mandal is receiving training in electric work in Hyderabad, his brother-in-law Elaaih said that poverty and unemployment would have driven the young man to armed struggle. Renuka of Vadiaram village in the Chegunta mandal who has finished physical training in October is waiting for call letter for appointment as Home Guard.

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