Thursday, April 08, 2010

Dantewada attack: PC accepts responsibility


WAR AGAINST NAXALS: Chidambaram promises all support from the government to the CRPF personnel.

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram paid homage to the martyrs of the Dantewada Naxal attack, besides other CRPF jawans, here on Friday. Meanwhile, about 100 Naxals attacked the Kenarsila village in Sasaram district of Bihar on Friday, killing two villagers.

Attending the Valour Day function of the CRPF on Friday, Chidambaram said, "I salute the CRPF. I promise that government will always stand by you. Where does the buck stop after Dantewada? The buck stops at my desk. I accept full responsibility of what happened in Dantewada. I told this to PM as well."

Seventy five CRPF men were killed in the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada on Tuesday. The Maoists, believed to be more than 1,000 in number, had attacked a CRPF patrol party belonging to the 62 Battalion.

"CRPF is more than a reserved force. Very little is written about bravery and ambush. I know my duties. I am doing my best within my capabilities," he added.

Chidambaram said: "With so much attention, CRPF is concerned as reserved police force. It's a force that is called upon to perform its duty on every occasion be it elections, crowd control, personal security, counter insurgency, counter-terrorism. It's a force to meet all challenges. Some of things that has been written in last few days have pleased and have pained me. It is written that they had lack of training and weapons."

"April 9 is celebrated as Valour Day. Bravery must be saluted. Today we stand on the shadow of what happened in Dantewada. Let us remember their bravery and courage."

In another report, Vikas Vaibhav, SP from Rohtas, said, "usually Naxals attack security forces or symbols of govt domination. Attacking civilians is something we don't hear of too often."

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