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Top CRPF officials in Bastar to intensify anti-Maoists operation

india Updated: Apr 08, 2010 18:40 IST
Ejaz Kaiser

As the Union government ordered an inquiry into the Dantewada attack acknowledging ‘something went wrong’, special Director General (CRPF) Vijay Raman, DG (CRPF) Vikram Shrivastava and the state DGP Vishwaranjan are stationed in Bastar to supervise the operation and ensure that such an incident does not happen again.

According to sources, the three DGs are in Bastar to oversee the intensified operations against the Maoists and to decide upon further course of action.

It is, however, not known how long the DGs are likely to camp in Bastar.

Even as the aggressive search and combing operation was launched, the cops were told to pursue the right tactics in the combat zone. The message given to every personnel was to remain more vigilant, learn from mistakes, get to know and understand ground situation and coordinate effectively.

The Centre and the Chhattisgarh state government have decided to get tougher against the Naxals. They have planned to hit out with greater force to make the ultras pay heavily for their misdeeds.

"Operations will continue as usual but would be more intensified now," Bastar Inspector General of Police TJ Longkumer told HT.

The CRPF misinterpreted the ground conditions and possibly had failed to recognise various ambush points on their way, which proved fatal.

“But this could be just one of the reasons and the other factors are also to be analysed," Vishwaranjan said.

While affirming that the coordination between the paramilitary forces and the state police is in place and will continue in all anti-Maoist operations in the state, the DGP felt the need to primarily ensure the areas in and around the base camps in naxal-hit regions are sanitised.

Meanwhile, five live pressure bombs were traced at the ambush site, ahead of the visit by the DGs at Chintalnar on Thursday, which were defused by the bomb disposal squad. The top officials came to Jagdalpur to pay their tributes to the soldiers who were massacred in Dantewada.

Chhattisgarh observed a total shutdown on Thursday as a mark of respect to the martyrs. All educational institutions, public transport, petrol pumps, cinema halls and other commercial establishments remained closed.