Thursday, April 08, 2010

Former BSF boss to probe massacre in Dantewada

Manan Kumar
First Published : 09 Apr 2010 02:04:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 09 Apr 2010 08:22:21 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Under pressure to explain the loss of 76 CRPF jawans in the Dantewada massacre, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday set up a high-level independent committee under E N Rammohan, former Director-General of the Border Security Force.
The inquiry committee has been tasked to look into what went wrong and why and also come up with recommendations for security forces within 15 days so that in future such costly lapses could be avoided, a top Home Ministry official said.

Rammohan has been asked to establish circumstances preceding and the sequence of events leading to the incident, reconstruct the actual events that took place between 5 am to 12 noon until the first rescue party reached the place of incident.
He will examine the Cal Data Records of mobile telephones used by the deceased/ injured personnel of CRPF during the encounter and gather evidence from family members and others to throw light on the actual events that took place during the ambush, the Home Ministry said.

The DG would also analyse and establish the decision/ command structure/hierarchy and the specific levels which took relevant decisions concerning the area domination operations leading to the incident.

Putting the onus of anti- Naxal operations on the states, Chidambaram said: "Whether the operations will continue or intensify, these decisions have to be taken by the state government and the operational commanders.

"We will provide paramilitary forces to the state governments to assist them to carry out anti-Naxal operations, regain control so that they can restore the developmental process," he said

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