Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday ordered an inquiry into this week’s ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district that killed 75 Central Reserve Police Force personnel.
Former BSF director-general E.N. Rammohan has been tasked to report on the circumstances leading to the ambush including an analysis of the decision taken to send the security personnel and the response of the state and central police force to the ambush.
Rammohan has been told to submit his report within 15 days.
The announcement came after Chidambaram declared earlier in the day that an inquiry would be launched into what had happened in Dantewada where “something went wrong”.
“We have taken a decision to institute an inquiry into what went wrong,” he said soon after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security that is understood to have discussed the internal security situation following the Naxal attack.
It is not clear if the use of air support against the Naxals was discussed. But Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh later objected to the defence services and also the air chief speaking against using air power, saying this was a decision to be taken by the Prime Minister and home minister.
The home ministry order said 69-year-old Rammohan, a 1965-batch IPS officer, would reconstruct the events that took place on Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and until the first rescue party reached the spot.
He would also be given access to call detail records of the phones used by the personnel during the encounter and gather evidence from their family and others.
To a question on the source of funding and weapons for the Maoists, Chidambaram said apart from looting them from security forces, they were also buying arms from across the border.