India Insight

Police taking on India’s Maoists can’t shoot straight?

April 15, 2010

The killing of 76 police by Maoist rebels earlier this month in central India did not come as a big surprise to experts who know most of the forces that are deployed in the dense jungles are hardly trained in jungle warfare.

Security personnel in Lucknow pay their respects in front of a coffin of a policeman who was killed in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pawan KumarMost of them undergo a short training course before engaging the rebels in inhospitable terrain is thrust upon their shoulders.

More than 1,000 fighters, armed with sophisticated weapons, ambushed the central police in insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh state, exposing a lack of intelligence and planning by forces who were totally unfamiliar with the rebel territory.

Only eight Maoists were killed in retaliatory fire, as most bullets hit trees instead of the rebels behind the forest cover.

Within days, Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram offered to resign taking full responsibility for the deaths, but will simply owning up help India’s fight against the Maoists at all?

Indian newspapers have carried front-page stories on the government’s failure to tackle the decades-old insurgency that began with a peasant’s movement in 1967 and has now spread to 22 out of 28 states.

In a knee-jerk reaction, like in most cases, authorities directed police to sharpen their skills in shooting ranges this week, and the findings have embarrassed most officials.

More than 30 percent police officers could not shoot straight in the Maoist-hit eastern state of Jharkhand from 100 yards (90 metres).

Shooting practices carried out in other states have thrown up similar dampening results.

Police officers from Maoist-hit areas were also seen telling television channel reporters that apart from lack of shooting practice, they do not have adequate food, water or medicines in makeshift camps in insurgency-hit areas.

Isn’t it time India addressed these issues before asking their police to take on the insurgents in their territory?

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Well my deepest condolences to the family members of the victims. What surprises me is the result of the shooting practice being carried all over India.
I agree that its high time that Indian government should take some action before asking MEN with guns(And not police or soldier) to face the terrorism with in Nation.

Posted by Kallol_Roy | Report as abusive
 

Indian ARMY is not much different. The last war they fought was ESSENTIALLY in 1971. NO EXPERIENCE. everyone is CORRUPT. God bless INDIA.

Posted by nsjain | Report as abusive
 

The police must share some blame for the pathetic state they are in. I know the root cause is the lack of any kind of political backing and negligence in not giving the police their due, even by way of training resources. But then, what have their senior officers been doing? They have abetted the politicians in letting things get to this pass. How many seniors have stood up and protested lack of arms training, lack of hygeinic conditions and even basic food and water for their policemen? If they are just going to roll over and play puppy dog to their political masters and spend time getting plum postings, things will go from bad to worse.

Posted by DaraIndia | Report as abusive
 

Who says Policemen lack shooting?? the rifles/guns provided to them are out of focus, contains only two bullets, one bullet after another takes 15 sec. to re-fire, re-load time 30 sec., can’t be loaded after 3 simultaneous loading i.e., after firing 6 shots wait time of a minute is required or else gun will burst. Most of them were part of corrupted recruitment programme and merely working for extra money in the form of bribe.

And who is not corrupt?? All of us – me, you and everybody being a part of GLOBAL-INDIA society are corrupt. Why?? ask yourselves- if given chance of becoming a politician or business tycoon or policy maker or any key strong person, will you not take part in everything being extra offerred to you in any materialistic form or you wouldn’t have used such forms to avoid penalties somehow so in the vicious circle of sex, religion, caste, community and other 100′s of elements you cannot avoid being CORRUPTED…

Posted by sumit.wadhwa | Report as abusive
 

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