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Dantewada massacre: Home Ministry for action against 2 IPS officer

delhi Updated: May 22, 2010 19:29 IST

The Union Home Ministry has recommended to the Chhattisgarh government that action should be taken against two IPS officers, including the Bastar IG, for alleged lapses in connection with the Maoist massacre of CRPF personnel in Dantewada.

In a letter to the Chhattisgarh government, the Ministry said the report of EN Rammohan, who probed the April 6 killing of 75 CRPF personnel and a local policeman by the Naxals, found lapses on the part of IG TJ Longkumer and Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra.

'We have recommended that action should be taken against Longkumer and Mishra as there were lapses on their part. As both the officers are serving in Chhattisgarh, it is the responsibility of the state government to take action,' an official said.

While Longkumer is a 1991 batch IPS officer, Mishra belongs to 2005 batch.

Deputy Inspector General of the Bastar range KS Prasad Kalluri, who was present at the planning of the operation which led to the worst-ever tragedy in the history of CRPF, has surprisingly escaped the wrath of the government.

CRPF has already shunted out its Deputy Inspector General Nalin Prabhat and two other officers for their alleged lapses. The decision has been taken after considering the Rammohan Committee report and the court of inquiry conducted by the CRPF.

The Rammohan Committee had inquired into the April six incident in which 76 security personnel were gunned down by the Naxals in Chintalnar of Dantewada district.

The Committee had alleged that the planning of the operation had not been done properly.

The CRPF personnel killed on that day had virtually become sitting ducks for the Naxals after they had violated every standard operating procedure which included not taking help of villagers and never resting at any place for more than four hours.