After Kishenjis death,the Bengal government has fast forwarded the process of recruitment of constables and home guards.
The move is aimed at preventing Junglemahal youth from being attracted to the Maoists,who,too,are reportedly on a recruitment drive in the area to rejuvenate their disintegrating outfit. And the government has reasons to be optimistic,as not only tribal men but also tribal women have responded and submitted applications for the posts of junior police constables in large numbers.
The government records reveal that 13,000 tribal women from the three districts of West Midnapore,Bankura and Purulia have submitted applications for the post of junior constables.
Currently,physical tests are going on for recruitment of the first batch of tribal youths from the LWE region in the special police force out of a sanctioned strength of 5,000,and another 5,000 as national volunteer force is underway.
According to official records,in 28 police stations across Bankura,West Midnapore and Purulia districts,93,285 tribal men and women have submitted forms for the the post of special police constable. The government in its notification issued in September announced that 5,000 youths will be recruited as special police constables.
This is a great achievement for the state government. This recruitment drive has led several tribal youths to withdraw their support from the CPI-Maoists. We have also received forms from several relatives of Maoists squad members and leaders, said a police official.
Police sources said three brothers of Maoists squad leader Jayanta,former chief of Goaltore squad Sidhu Sorens brother Sagen Baskey submitted application forms to West Midnapore police. Ishwar Kaibartya,brother of Karan Kaibartya alias Sanjai,a squad leader of Purulia,has also applied for the job for a constable.
Rakhahari Tudu,brother of squad member Sanjai Tudu from Bankura,Subehndu Mondal and Sujit Mondal,brothers of squad leader Sudipto Mondal and Chunaram Soren,brother of area commander Rajaram Soren,husband of surrendered Maoist leader Jagari Baskey have also applied for the posts of the junior police constables.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a public meeting at Jhargram had announced that those not selected as junior police constables will be given jobs in other departments.
Meanwhile,a public interest litigation was filed on November 30 challenging the constitutional validity of offering such jobs on the basis of region.
The government notification for the recruitment of special police constables had imposed a condition that only residents of the areas falling in 28 police stations of West Midnapore,Bankura and Purulia districts would be eligible to apply for the post of junior constables.
The PIL pointed out this violated Articles 16(2) and 16(3) of the Constitution.