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KPS Gill unlikely to get extension

india Updated: Apr 19, 2007 15:24 IST
KPS Gill unlikely to get an extension

Former Punjab Police chief KPS Gill's one-year contract with Chhattisgarh as security advisor is unlikely to be extended as senior state officials have reportedly told the government that he has proved ineffective in curbing Maoist violence, according to official sources.

Gill's term as security advisor ended April 16. He was appointed to the post in April 2006 by Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Gill, who earned the sobriquet 'super cop' for successfully tackling Sikh terrorism in the Punjab in the 1990s, was called to Chhattisgarh to bring all his "experience and ability" to contain the Maoist violence. The state has already witnessed 144 Maoist-related killings since January this year.

In the past year, there has been a spate of Maoist attacks. On March 15, Maoists butchered 55 policemen in one of the deadliest attacks since they launched their violent movement from a West Bengal village in 1967.

"Gill was useless. He failed to coordinate with frontline police officers of the state while formulating plans for anti-insurgency operations. He has tried to tackle Maoist guerrillas in the same way as he tackled militants in Punjab with great success," a home department official, who did not want to be identified, told IANS. He is among those officials who had advised the government not to give Gill a second term.

"The combat method of militants active in the plain terrain of Punjab is totally different from that in Chhattisgarh, where Maoists are active in its hilly areas. Any expert cannot achieve success in Chhattisgarh till they go through in depth about the Maoists' terror modus operandi," a police official said. Both officials declined to be quoted.

The state accounted for 48 percent deaths of the 749 killed in Maoist violence in the country in 2006. In the January to March period, Chhattisgarh has contributed to over 70 percent of the Maoist-related killings of security forces and civilians.