Three of the seven CRPF men who were ambushed and killed by Maoists at Mailawada in Chhhattisgarh on Wednesday were on their way to deliver a cooler for a sniffer dog suffering from heat stroke.
“A sniffer dog ‘Scout’, a Belgian Malinois, suffered heat stroke and a cooler was required for him. If his condition remained same, he was supposed to be shifted to Dantewada veterinary hospital,” said force’s chief K Durga Prasad who returned after visiting the spot where the ambush took place. The fourth victim had been promoted only a week back and was going to the battalion headquarter. The remaining three had completed their computer training and were joining back normal duties.
The CRPF personnel were not carrying weapons when they left their battalion headquarter in Nareli. They were travelling in a civilian vehicle wearing plain clothes. Such movements are kept secret, but the force suspects that someone leaked the movement of its personnel.
Prasad denied any information leak from the force or any other security force about the movement but added “it is also certain that Maoists definitely would have known about the movement”.
“No one was supposed to know this. But someone saw their movement and then passed on the information (to Maoists),” he said.
Prasad said the landmine blast that blew the Tata 407 vehicle in which its personnel were travelling was a setback for the paramilitary and that they are looking at new measures to avoid such incidents.
“There will be no knee-jerk reactions. We will take considered action,” he said.