Govt contraceptives seized from Naxal hideouts

New Delhi: Security forces deployed in the Naxal corridor are now reporting huge seizures of contraceptives and abortion kits from Maoist hideouts and suspect these to have been pilfered from state-run primary health centres and dispensaries.

While the forces have been intermittently coming across stocks of male condoms and contraceptive pills after Naxal raids in various states, a recent operation by the Border Security Force (BSF) in Odisha`s Koraput district has resulted in seizure of "abortifacient kits" and pregnancy test devices leaving the force and local police puzzled over their source.

An abortifacient kit is one which is used to induce abortion.

The operation in the jungles of Shikhapalli in mid-January resulted in the seizure of 50 male condom pouches, 10 packets of contraceptive pills, an abortifacient kit and a separate packet of emergency contraceptive pills, apart from the regular seizures of ammunition and IEDs.

Security forces like CRPF, ITBP and state police units have earlier reported seizing contraceptive material from Naxal hideouts and have informed the Union Home Ministry of these developments.

"The condoms and contraceptive pills are of `Nirodh` and `Mala D` variety which are distributed either free or at highy subsidised rates by various state governments at their primary health centres. The other emergency pills and abortion kits too can be obtained from health centres," said a senior official privy to the seizures being reported in anti-naxal operations. .