Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Coordination failure led to Dantewada bloodbath: Report

NEW DELHI: The one-man committee, which probed the Dantewada massacre in which 76 security personnel were killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh on April 6, is learnt to have blamed "leadership failure" and "lack of coordination between CRPF and state police" for the incident.

Former BSF chief E N Rammohan, who submitted the probe report to the home ministry on Saturday, has also suggested certain measures to overcome lapses so that such incidents do not occur in the future. Though the contents of the report were not immediately known, sources indicated that the committee had touched upon all aspects of the ongoing anti-Naxal operation.

Rammohan suggested better coordination between state police and central forces, strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), proper training and cross-checking of intelligence reports from various sources, they added.

Union home minister P Chidambaram is likely to submit the report with ATR in the Parliament this week.

During the fortnight-long inquiry, Rammohan collected relevant information like the command structure, hierarchy and the decision concerning the operation, quality of training imparted to the CRPF men who were attacked by Naxalites on April 6, and whether they followed the SOPs, the sources said.

During the probe, he had analysed call detail records of the mobile telephones used by the CRPF personnel killed and injured during the encounter. During his visit to Tarmetla in Dantewada district and state headquarters Raipur, Rammohan also interacted with CRPF officials, local police and civil officials and injured jawans.

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