Police On Guard against Maoists in Vizhinjam
By Lekshmi Mohan | Published: 08th January 2014 09:44 AM |
Many places in and around Vizhinjam have now come under the scanner of the City Police and the Shadow team. This is in the wake of reports that Maoists are finding a safe haven in the camps of the migrant labourers in the area.
The Vizhinjam area, according to the police, has a large number of people hailing from Jharkhand. Taking this into account, the police teams are on their toes so that no untoward incident takes place. The police are, in fact, keeping track of every single migrant worker residing in Vizhinjam and nearby places. There are three migrant camps in these areas where around a hundred labourers from other states reside.
Even though the City Police are finding it hard to keep a watch over the entire migrant labourer community in the city, they have brought the Vizhinjam area under surveillance round the clock.
The station-wise preparation of the list of migrant labourers is almost over in the city, but the problem is that the list is never complete as it keeps changing every week when updated. This has become a headache for the City Police. The effort to collect information on migrant labourers was started years ago when it was found that criminals disguised as labourers were involved in crimes.
Meanwhile, in order to back up the efforts taken by the City Police, the district administration had sought the support of builders as well as contractors to make the registration of the labour force effective.
According to the Control Room CI Pramod Kumar, who is also in charge of the Shadow Police, personnel were carrying out regular patrolling and raids in the Vizhinjam area as it was learnt that the majority of the migrant population who reside there were from Jharkhand. Chances of their involvement with Maoists were also high. ‘’This has forced us to deploy a team to record each and every movement of theirs. It is hard to detect these groups, as they do not stay at one place for long. Unfortunately, they remain under the cover of migrant labourers and keep moving,” he said.
The police team have also decided to conduct awareness campaigns among shopkeepers and residents to be on high alert and bring to the notice of the police if any migrant labourer was trying to spend money of higher denominations. A police official also said that there were chances of these Maoists forming groups to disperse fake currency in different parts of the city so as to raise funds for their activities.