Saturday, May 23, 2009

Internal secuirity a big challenge for new govt

Mumbai: One of the challenges that the new government’s faces is Internal security.

In their latest assault, over 100 naxals gunned down a 16 member team of a police patrolling party near Muramgaon, including 2 officers and 5 women constables.

The police party was attacked while they were trying to clear trees fell by the naxal guerillas.

Apparently, the attack was to avenge the recent naxal deaths in the neighbouring state of Chattisgarh.

Home Minister, Maharashtra Jayant Patil said, "Naxals saamne aakar nahin peechey se waar kartey hain. Neighbouring states mein 8-9 naxali maarey gaye. Naxaliyon ne do din ka bundh rakha tha... unhone ambush mein hamare officers ko maraa hai (The naxals’ ambushed and killed the police)."

What went against the police team was that it had violated the rule of informing superiors before setting out in response to a call informing about the felled trees causing a roadblock thus virtually being lured into the naxal bastion.

Director General of Police, Maharashtra SS Virk said, “Specific information thee... socha time waste na ho... isiliye... nikal gayee.. superiors ko nai bataya aur trap ho gaye (No specific instructions were given. In a bid to save time, they went out and got trapped).

Just 3 months ago a naxal attack in the same district had claimed lives of 15 policemen in Markegaon and with this attack the toll has gone up to 33, reason enough for the state government to aggressively demand more battalions from the centre to counter the naxal menace.

(With inputs from Kalpana Nalaskar).

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