Monday, April 19, 2010

Dantewada: Rammohan interviews CRPF

India Blooms News Service

Raipur, April 18 (IBNS): Probing the Dantewada massacre, retired Border Security Force (BSF) director general EN Rammohan on day-two of his on-the-spot-enquiry on Sunday interviewed villagers at the attack site and injured CRPF jawans.

Rammohan spoke to villagers of Chitalnar and the injured CRPF men about the sequence of events on April 6, the day of the massacre, and about various other topics related to Maoists and security forces, reports said.

To gauge the coordination between the CRPF and state police in order to prevent repeat of such massacres, the retired IPS officer spokes individually to Chattisgarh Director General of Police Vishwa Ranjan, CRPF Special Director General Vijay Raman, Inspector General (Bastar) T Longekumar, Deputy Inspector General (Dantewada) S R P Kalluri, CRPF DIG Nalin Parbhat and Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra.

Rammohan, entrusted on April 8 to head the one-man committee to establish the circumstances preceding the attack and suggest ways to prevent such attacks in future, had arrived in Chattisgarh on Saturday to start his spot enquiry.

However, his convoy had come under firing by Maoists on Saturday when he was proceeding to the attack site.

No one was injured in the incident, which Rammohan later chose to downplay as a ‘minor incident’.

“My work is on. There has been no ambush today. I will be finishing the work as per the deadline announced by the home minister (P. Chidambaram) in parliament on Thursday last,” Rammohan was quoted in media reports from Dantewada.

He declined to say more, citing “confidentiality norms.”

Rammohan has been mandated to reconstruct the sequence of events that took place on the day of the deadly attack (April 6) from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and until the first rescue party reached the spot.

Seventy six security personnel were killed in an attack by Maoists at Dantewada on April 6.

Rammohan will analyse and establish the decision or command structure or hierarchy and the specific levels which took relevant decisions concerning the operation and will also examine the quality of the training imparted to the relevant companies of CRPF and the details of standard operating procedures.

The former DG will also examine the response of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force both during the ambush and the post-ambush relief and rescue operations besides suggesting measures to mitigate the lapses, if any, so that such incidents do not recur.

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