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Digvijay Singh trains guns on Raman Singh again, says he helped Maoists

Digvijay Singh has once again accused Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh of some ‘links’ with Maoists following the ambush in Sukma. Singh had leveled a similar allegation on Tuesday.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2017 22:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Nagpur
Digvijay SIngh,Congress leader,Raman Singh
Congress leader Digvijay Singh has once again accused Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh of having some ‘links’ with Maoists following the ambush that killed 25 CRPF troops in Sukma on Monday.(HT Photo)

For the second time in as many days, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh attacked the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh for its failure to curb the Maoist threat in the state which claimed the lives of 25 CRPF troopers on April 24.

Singh, who was in Nagpur on Wednesday said that there was total collapse of co-ordination between the para-military force and the local police which it made it easy for the Maoists to ambush the CRPF troopers in Sukama.

He claimed that failure of co-ordination between the state police and the para-military forces were even endorsed by an injured CRPF jawan recovering in hospital.

The CRPF men were part of a Road Opening Party (ROP) to provide security to a road constructing team when they were attacked.

Singh also criticized the state government and once gain blamed Raman Singh for ‘helping’ Maoists. Reiterating his statement made on Tuesday, the Congress leader said Raman Singh and Maoists have some links. He did not specify those links.

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said during his tenure in united Madhya Pradesh he had discontinued the involvement of contractors in the tribal areas as these contractors were hobnobbing with left-wing extremists. Contractors should immediately be disassociated with any such activities. Instead, Raman Singh has encouraged the contractors, he further alleged.

Singh had also opposed the then Union home minister P Chidambaram’s attempt to launch an all out attack against Maoists after they killed many Congress leaders in Dharbha valley in Bastar in 2013.

First Published: Apr 26, 2017 22:53 IST