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SPOs in West Bengal?

The West Bengal Government is planning to raise a special force of Special Police Offi cers (SPOs) across the three Maoist-dominated states of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. The SPOs will function as the “eyes and ears” of the regular security forces. They will be raised predominantly from ex-servicemen and retired policemen as also from villagers drawn from Maoist-affected areas.

The government move reminds us of the Salwa Judum. It may be mentioned in this connection that the CPM-sponsored “people’s resistance” has taken roots in the aforesaid districts over the past one and a half years.

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