Discontented at the tardy pace of joint operation and casualty inflicted on central forces in the State, Union home minister P Chidambaram has asked chief minister Arjun Munda to urgently review the police set up in five Maoists-affected districts including Lohardaga and Chatra and look for suitable replacements at the top to add fresh intensity in the anti-Naxal drive.
In a letter sent directly to the chief minister, the Union home minister categorically asked for immediate change of the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of Lohardaga, Garhwa and Chatra districts. Besides, Munda has been urged to critically examine the conduct of SPs of other two districts like Gumla and Simdega and take appropriate action so that the police offensive against the Maoists continued with full swing.
Prompted by the tone and tenor of the letter, which was sent in an unconventional way by the Union home minister, Munda convened an urgent meeting of State chief secretary SK Chaudhary, home secretary JB Tubid and director general of police (DGP) GS Rath at his home on Tuesday evening and asked them to take appropriate action in the light of the Union minister’s letter.
Source said to the DGP had been asked to adopt corrective measures as pointed out by the union minister and put up the file regarding transfer of at least three SPs at the earliest.
Rath confirmed the meeting, but declined divulging the details about the content of the Union home minister’s letter. “Besides the Naxal issue, the chief minister wanted update on the law and order troubles that cropped up in Seraikela-Kharsawan district after a mob of people ransacked the office of an upcoming industrial unit,” he added.
It is reliably learnt that the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has taken serious exception to lack of coordination between the district police and central forces during the operations, which claimed many lives of the personnel belonging to the CRPF. Recently, as many as 11 personnel of CRPF were killed by the Maoists in Lohardaga, while the State police indulged in blamegame to cover up their failure.
Munda acknowledged the receipt of the letter from Chidambaram, but refused to comment on that.