Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Intelligence failure led to Naxal attack: WB Govt

Shilda/Kolkata, Feb 16 (PTI) Intelligence failure perhaps led to the biggest-ever Maoist attack in West Bengal, the state government admitted today, as it declared that joint operation by the combined forces against the Naxals will not be suspended.

Launching a manhunt for the attackers, the state police said motorcycle-borne Naxals from neighbouring Jharkand sneaked in to execute the daring strike. Three persons have been arrested, an official said.

Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen admitted there was some failure on the part of intelligence and security forces, "May be there was lapse on their part", he said.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram described the attack on the Eastern Frontier Rifles(ERF) camp in Shilda in West Midnapore district, 170 km from Kolkata, last evening as outrageous and accepted there were indications of "failure" in some aspects which only a detailed review would reveal.

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