In an early warning, Naxals killed Sarpanch 2 months ago

CRPF officers admitted that they had little or no intelligence of the build-up of Maoist cadre for such an attack, barely a kilometre away from the 74th Battalion camp.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Burkapal | Published:April 26, 2017 5:04 am
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WITH INTELLIGENCE failure being blamed for Monday’s attack on CRPF jawans in Sukma’s Burkapal, senior officers said that the murder of the village headman two months ago by Maoists led to an “information deficit”.

CRPF officers admitted that they had little or no intelligence of the build-up of Maoist cadre for such an attack, barely a kilometre away from the 74th Battalion camp.

“It is clear that we had very little information. This is something that will have to be worked on,” said an officer.

D P Upadhyaya, DIG Dantewada CRPF, told The Indian Express that the force had carried out several civic action camps over the last year, which led to greater interaction between its personnel and villagers.

“We distributed medicines and helped in other ways. The villagers had begun to approach the camp freely for help and we were increasing our hold in the area,” Upadhyaya said.

Then, two months ago, Maoists allegedly killed the village headman, Madvi Dula, on charges of being an informer. “They also issued pamphlets warning people that those who helped security forces would meet the same fate. Immediately, things changed. Villagers stopped coming to the camp, unless they were desperate. This definitely affected our information flow,” Upadhyaya said.

Asked how the CRPF would deal with such a situation, Upadhyaya said the only option was to build bridges again. “Look, if someone points a gun to your head, and asks you to do something, it will happen. We cannot assault them or kill them. We will have to improve our intelligence again and make them understand,” he said.

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    govind
    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:43 am
    Why cant we have cheap remote drones going around the camps/patrols round the clock for surveilence. Some of them could be even dummy one's - who cares. As long there is a perception that someone is watching, it puts otherside to think twice.
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      Nishant
      Apr 26, 2017 at 7:47 am
      Are we going to excuse the informers as ordinary civilians or hunt them. Are we going to catch or kill 1/5th of the naxalites or 100 guaranteed elimination of those parti ting in this act, and at any cost. It does makes a huge difference in naxal-land's mindset. Stick and carrot policy for decades is a failure. The other side is a semi military force of dacoits-men and women alike. It is time to give free hand and a clear mandate to our forces, even if it takes years. Deploy tanks and artillery against such armed naxalites, rather than risk encounter at their terms.
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        Nishant
        Apr 26, 2017 at 7:30 am
        1. What is wrong with CRPF doing mutiny and eliminating all officials and politicians who were ever in support of naxalites. 2. Why CRPF persons have to die like ants in their own country by people who are barbarians and do not understand civilized methods. 3. What is wrong with using things like MOABS when naxalites are cornered in big numbers. 4. Are we going to pretend that they have families, and we can not hunt them, but they can hunt our jawans in their own country ? Sanity and patience is a virtue. Too much of that caused us to lose to China and stan. They are still a respectable foe, but this, this is a venom full of corruption and traitors. I would not be surprised if personnel will start leaving a respected and neglected force like CRPF, or they will take law in their own hands to cleanse this country of the s and venom which is ruining bharat Mata and it's children.
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          Depack Koomar
          Apr 26, 2017 at 5:15 am
          CRPF did have any idea of surrounding within 2 km of their camp - something is desperately wrong with CRPF leadership
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