Staff Reporter

25 trainees of IRS placed in five places of Adilabad to familiarise themselves with problems of rural poor

ADILABAD: That the ‘sounds’ of the countryside can be strange to the city-breds dawned like a realisation, late on Tuesday to the members of a team of Civil Services trainees who are on a rural ‘sensitisation’ mission in Chinchughat village of Adilabad mandal.

Unable to comprehend the ‘noises’ in the dead of the night made apparently by animals in the wild and of course the dogs in the village, the team members raised an alarm thinking that extremists had come to the village perhaps to ‘kidnap’ them.

Neglected sections

As many as 25 trainees, mostly from Indian Revenue Service (IRS) are in five different places in Adilabad district under a programme to familiarise themselves with the problems of the poor and neglected sections of society in villages. The Chinchughat team comprises five members and another comprising six women trainees is stationed at nearby Mamidiguda village.

Naxal scare

At about 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday, the authorities got a call from the Chinchughat team alarming them of the presence of naxalites in the village which the members ‘inferred’ after they heard strange sounds. This team also alerted the Mamidiguda team about the alleged naxalite threat. The authorities ‘evacuated’ the 11 trainees in the wee hours of Wednesday and put them up in guest houses in Adilabad town.

Adequate security

However, they were sent back to their respective villages in the afternoon with adequate security.

Though the tale of the trainees had a happy end to it, those concerned want the Civil Services trainees to know that familiarisation with the sounds in the villages is also an integral part of the sensitisation to rural ethos.