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Did the collector ignore warnings?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Raipur, April 22, 2012
First Published: 23:34 IST(22/4/2012) | Last Updated: 23:36 IST(22/4/2012)

Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon’s decision to venture into the Maoist stronghold without ensuring good security is now being questioned.

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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.


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