Tribal Matriarch Donates Land For Police To Battle Maoist Violence In Jharkhand

14/03/2016 10:06 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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TO GO WITH India-unrest-Maoist,FEATURE by Abhaya Srivastava In this photo taken on August 7, 2015, a member of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrols through a village in the Tisro area of the Giridih district in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Left-wing Maoist extremists have been fighting to overthrow the government for decades, but the conflict has taken on a new intensity since right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election last year. AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu Sarkar (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Telegraph reported today that Kalyani Kullu, a tribal matriarch, and her three sons have given land to build a thana in Simdega, a district in Jharkhand which is hit by Maoists and the People's Liberation Front of India.

The newspaper reported that it is the "first case of voluntary land donation to the state in recent memory."

Kullu and her three sons, who hail from Kochedega village, were honored in a function attended by over 2,000 people, where people played traditional instruments and sang, " Aapan ghar mein thana ailo re (a police station has come home), The Telegraph reported.

Villagers approached the police with Kullu's offer, six weeks ago.

"They told us the family was ready to provide surplus land adjoining our government plot," Singh told The Telegraph.

Rajeev Ranjan Singh, a senior police official, said that the market value of the cost is Rs.10 lakh, and it is of "tactical importance."

"We thought it was too good to be true. But, it was actually true. They are not rich landowners, they are a modest farming family but with a big heart," he told The Telegraph.

"But now, thanks to this living example of a family reposing its faith in the police, the thana and the gesture will have a far-reaching impact in fighting Naxalism," he said.

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