Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon’s decision to venture into the Maoist stronghold without ensuring good security is now being questioned.
Menon had visited two villages accompanied by just two security guards (both were killed by the rebels), knowing that he was in a red den.
His choice, according to guerrilla warfare experts and some senior officials, has now put the state in a quandary. Menon appears to have ignored the advice of CM Raman Singh, who had asked all people’s representatives and officials to remain extra-vigilant.
“It was quite an injudicious decision by the Sukma collector as he did not appear prepared on the possible risk emanating from his act,” Brigadier (Rtd) BK Ponwar, a guerrilla warfare expert, said.