A public awareness camp highlighting evils of Naxal ideology was held here to enlighten locals and tribals on how their assistance can help police nab outlaws in this Maoist-infested region of Maharashtra.

The camp was held at Manora village in Ballarpur tehsil of the district yesterday, organised in association with Mahatma Gandhi Tanta Mukti Samiti, Gram Panchayat, Manora and the district police department.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating it, Prabhat Ranjan, Special Inspector General of Police, Nagpur Range said, “Naxals are trying to spread their ideology by emotional blackmailing tribals in naxal-affected areas of the district. Don’t fall in prey to their bait and help the police to eliminate this evil.”

He said naxals criticise the existing system but themselves fail to adhere to any kind of principles or system when it comes to working with people.

“Hence, we have been organising such awareness camps in every tehsil of the district to instil confidence among tribals and villagers on the government and especially on the police department,” he said.

The IG further urged people to help the police battle the Naxalites and their ideology while assuring implementation of all possible development works via district administration, Gram Panchayat and other agencies in the rural parts.

He also requested villagers to openly share information about any Naxal activity in their area, promising them protection and secrecy.