Earlier, if you registered a complaint against Naxals, you had to pay the price!
This is not so any longer.
In rural Jharkhand, tribals in Naxal-affected areas are coming out in large numbers to file complaints now.
In Latehar district, in villages, including Garu, Mahuadanr and Netarhat, people want justice and are registering police complaints against Naxals in large numbers.
"People were scared of naxals and were hesitant to file a police complaint. But, now we have police support and other security support which has strengthened our faith in the policing system. This is why people are going to the police stations without any hesitation to register complaints," Suraj Dev Gupta, a villager, said.
In Jharkhand and other Naxal-affected states, the Maoists often kill people as they suspect them of being police informers.
The people, afraid of Naxal harassment, were hesitant to visit the police stations.
"We have developed faith among the people and they are coming to us without any fear to file complaints about the atrocities committed against them by the Naxals. We do act immediately on their complaint," Chandan Kumar Singh, in charge, Netarhat Police Station.
Naxalism is not just a growing security threat, but an obstacle to the socio-economic development of many states in the country.