Saturday, May 22, 2010


22 May 2010



From Our Delhi Bureau

NEW DELHI: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday visited the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters here to finetune its strategy in the context of the latest pattern of the Maoist attacks.

He also took stock of the deployment of the CRPF jawans across the country, particularly in the Maoists-affected areas,  the Home Ministry officials said. They said he quizzed the central force top brass on the basis of the the probe by former BSF chief E N Rammohan into the April 6 Dantewala massacre that left 76 CRPF men dead.

He also told them that Rammohan found fault with both the CRPF commanders and the Chhattisgarh Police officers in planning the operations. While CRPF's DIG Nalin Prabhat and two other officers have been shunted out of Chhattisgarh for their alleged lapses, the Home Ministry has also sought action by the State Government against the Bastar IG T J Longkumer and Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra.

"We have recommended that action should be taken against Longkumer and Mishra as there were lapses on their part too resulting in the tragic massacre," a Home Ministry official said. Longkumer is a 1991 batch IPS officer while Mishra belongs to 2005 batch.

The CRPF personnel killed on that day had virtually become sitting ducks for the Naxals after they had violated every standard operating procedure which included not taking help of villagers and never resting at any place for more than four hours, the Rammohan report said.


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