Monday, May 17, 2010

Dantewada officers face action

Deccan Chronicle

New Delhi, May 16: The Union home ministry is all set to take action against top officials of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) involved in the anti-naxal operations in Dantewada in which 76 personnel were killed by the left-wing ultras on April 6, this year.

The Union home minister, Mr P Chidambaram, who faced severe criticism over the incident and offered to resign, and visited the CRPF headquarters on April 12 and has sought a written reply of his specific queries from the top brass .

The visit came almost a fortnight after the retired IPS officer, Mr E.N. Rammohan, submitted the probe report into the deadly naxal attack at Dantewada.

The minister has sought to know how the top officials were monitoring the movements of the personnel of the 62 battalion which were ambushed by the naxals in Chintalnar in Dantewada, sources said. The top brass has to reply by Monday.

Mr Chidambaram categorically asked the details about the visits of the concerned IG or the DIG to the spot before authorising the operation.

The minister has also asked the officials to come up with the written record of the operational plan. Sources said that the minister intends to know whether or not the Dantewada operation was meticulously planned on paper.

Also, the officials have been asked to furnish the details of the infrastructure provided to the forces deployed there and whether they were satisfied with them.

Sources said that the answers to these questions were aimed at fixing responsibility and if the shortcomings were detected, action may be taken against those responsible.

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