New Delhi, July 3: Reacting to UN report on Naxals recruiting children in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh the police on Tuesday revealed that the Maoists brainwashed children to join their outfit.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sundarraj speaking to ANI said “the Maoists use kids to alert them, activate IEDs and combat security forces. We’re focusing on bringing them to the mainstream, to schools”.
Naxals revealed that very few children joined them in last 4-5 years. There's a community outreach prog to reach out to them. Security forces & local admn are making efforts to send them to schools: DIG Anti-Naxal Operation #Chhattisgarh on UN report on naxals recruiting children pic.twitter.com/xz8wqaMJEF
— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2018
According to the Naxals, very few children joined them in last 4-5 years. There’s a community outreach prog to reach out to them. Security forces and local administration are making efforts to send them to schools”, he added.
Last week, the annual report of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Children and Armed Conflict said that children are affected by incidents of violence between armed groups and the government forces, particularly in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and during tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.
The United Nations said it continued to receive reports of recruitment and use of children, including by the Naxalites, particularly in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
“Naxalites reportedly resorted to the use of a lottery system to conscript children in Jharkhand,” the report claimed, adding children continued to be killed and injured during operations of security forces against armed groups.
Guterres asked the Indian government to put in place measures to hold perpetrators of child recruitment and use to account and engage with the UN to end and prevent violations against children.
In Jharkhand, the report stated, suspected Naxalites attacked a school in Khunti district, partially destroying it. With regard to military use, the occupation of over 20 schools was documented by the Central Reserve Police Force in Srinagar, Kashmir, in April.