The CRPF battalion which lost 76 men in the deadliest Maoist attack in Dantewada violated every basic rule of operation and became sitting ducks by not proceeding with its area domination mission as planned, according to available evidence.
Documents that were made available to the one-member probe headed by EN Rammohan into the April 6 attack during his recent visit to Dantewada in Chattisgarh suggested that the CRPF company invited trouble by staying put in one single place for an entire day, sources in the know of events before the attack said on Wednesday.
According to sources, the 81-member CRPF team along with a head-constable of Chattisgarh police did not leave for its mission on April 4 at the time--1900 hours-- mentioned in the log book.
The personnel comprising companies of the CRPF's 62nd battalion in fact started moving into jungle areas only at 0500 hours the next day despite instructions not to venture into forests during early morning hours, the sources said.
Information in the documents, which were accessed, showed that the CRPF company had spent its entire day in the same ground where they fell to the bullets of the Naxalites in the wee hours of April 6.
Senior personnel in the CRPF team had even summoned some people including the head of the nearby village--Mukram-- and asked for large utensils for preparing the meals for the entire group, the sources said.
As per the operational drill, the CRPF and the police personnel have been strictly asked not to take any help from the villagers or locals and maintain as much as secrecy as possible while moving out.
The element of secrecy was missing in the operation as the CRPF company after spending the entire day in the ground shifted to a nearby "Ashram", a hostel, besides ordering the villagers to bring cots and other material, the sources said.
The one-member committee had also interviewed the villagers of Mukaram who had corroborated the findings of a quick internal inquiry into the massacre which took place in the wee hours of April six killing 76 of the 82 personnel.
The CRPF battalion was to have to been positioned atop a small hillock near the ground by dusk time, which was important for tactical reasons including area domination.
The team after going through a short distance in the wee hours of the fateful day were returning to the ground where they were present the previous day in search of the wireless set belonging to a senior officer of the company when the Maoist attack place.
The Centre had ordered an enquiry by Rammohan who submitted his report on April 26 in which he talked about lack of coordination between the Chattisgarh Police and the CRPF.