Kondagaon, a municipality in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, has a saviour, in the form of Dr Abhishek Pallava.
Dr Pallava is a 2013-batch IPS officer, who is also a doctor. According to the New Indian Express, he has an MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
He is now the district superintendent of police in Kondagaon in the conflict zone of Bastar.
During an anti-Naxal operation, Dr Pallava and his team reached Nerwal village to arrest Pohru, a Naxal leader, who heads the local operating squad of the Bhanpuri area committee of East Bastar Division of the Communist Party of India.
Dr Parwal reached Pohru’s house, but there was no trace of him anywhere, and the team only find Pohru’s ailing wife and three malnourished children.
Using the knowledge gained during his stint at AIIMS, Dr Pallava immediately switched roles and provided antibiotics and cough syrup to the family. Dr Pallava told the Indian Express that the family showed possible symptoms of TB.
Immediately realising that the treatment of the family wouldn’t be possible in the village, Dr Pallava decided to move them to the district hospital. However, Pohru’s wife, who was fearful of the police as she felt that she would be arrested, initially refused and resisted treatment.
Medicines and kind words from Dr Pallava fostered some trust, and he even got the village headman to convince her to seek treatment in the hospital as the village did not have adequate facilities. Once she had calmed down, the lady agreed, and the police decided to arrange a vehicle for the family.
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Dr Pallava believes that an exclusively armed solution to the Maoist issue is not the only way, and also said that occasions which help government officers to win the trust of tribal villagers in strife-torn areas would be vital in the long run.