Procedural lapse on part of senior CRPF officials led to the deaths of 12 jawans in the landmine blast carried out by Naxals in Pushtola on Tuesday.
Security personnel deployed in Naxal-affected areas are advised not to travel in a bus, since in case of a strike, more lives are lost, said an official.
But 40 CRPF jawans violated this very standard operating procedure, setting out in a bus from Pushtola for Gatta village in Dhanora tehsil.
Five years ago, four state police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were killed in similar circumstances near Pushtola.
State police officers are now clueless why such a large team was allowed to travel in a bus, given the continuous threat of attacks in the Naxal hotbed.
"There must have been some lapses that led to the incident. We shall ascertain whether the CRPF followed the security protocol," said state home minister RR Patil, who flew to Gadchiroli on Wednesday morning to review the situation.
CRPF director general K Vijay Kumar has already ordered a probe into the matter.
"IG (operations) Ashutosh Shukla has been asked to check whether there was any lapse on part of the security personnel. He has been asked to submit a report soon," Kumar said.
Dismissing suggestions that there was a lack of coordination between the police and the other agencies engaged in the anti-Naxal operations, Patil said, “The police are investigating the involvement of locals."
“Our priority is to find the motive behind the attack,” he added. Earlier, Patil visited the Gadchiroli district hospital where injured CRPF personnel were undergoing treatment.
Addressing the jawans of the 192 Battalion, Patil said the state will provide all necessary help and compensation to the families of jawans who were killed.