Saturday, May 01, 2010

'Broiler murga' CRPF soft targets for Naxals

Soumittra S Bose, TNN, Apr 23, 2010, 05.18am IST

NAGPUR: The incidents of firing by Maoists at three CRPF camps, two police stations and a Salwah Judum camp in Dantewada two days ago is nothing but the ‘mental disintegration' tactics used by Australian cricket team against opponents. It was Steve Waugh's side which used to incite and irritate rivals to lure them into a trap before crushing them.

After killing 76 jawans, the Naxals are playing mind games with the security forces, especially the CRPF, with their hit-and-run tactics. Again, like the Aussies, the Naxals targeted the ‘captain' — former director general of police for BSF EN Rammohan who has been appointed by Union home minister P Chidambaram to carry out a probe. The team was fired at as they were heading to the ambush site on Tuesday.

The Maoists consider the CRPF as a soft target. Their personnel have been deployed in large numbers in Naxal-hit states. As the Tarmetola tragedy proved, the Naxals are clearly enjoying the upper hand against the CRPF. Security personnel informed TOI that the Naxals term CRPF as ‘‘broiler murga (hen)'' in Chhattisgarh.

“Like the hens, CRPF patrol in big clusters. Attacking such a big group and finishing them off is easy for the Maoists,” a Chhattisgarh police said. “More often than not, the coordination is poor between state police and paramilitary forces at the ground level. There are ego clashes and other complexities dampening the spirit and there is none to bridge the gap,” he added. Before bring the opponents down on their knees, the Aussies would poke at their confidence. After Tuesday's firing, the CRPF at Dantewada has been pushed on the backfoot. After the Tarmetola incident, there is also widespread discontentment in the rank and file of the CRPF.

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