A letter from Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) telling Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) director general not to post any Bihar officer for anti-Naxal operations in the state has created a flutter among Bihar police officers and led the opposition BJP to term it an insult to Bihar officers engaged in anti-Naxal operations with commitment and sincerity.
DGP Abhayanand’s letter was sent in November after CRPF assistant commandant Sanjay Yadav, posted at Barachatti in Gaya, was booked (FIR no. 159/2013) by the Imamganj police under the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking anti-Maoist operation details to Naxal Pradeep Yadav arrested by the police.
The DGP’s letter recommends shifting of the 159 battalion of CRPF from Gaya to outside Bihar. The three-page letter largely dwells on the case against the CRPF assistant commandant and has two recommendations.
The Indian Express has a copy of the letter.
The DGP’s recommendations: 1) “It is requested that CRPF officers belonging (to) Bihar should not be posted in the state for anti-Naxal operations. 2) 159 battalion of CRPF should be relocated outside state and substituted by another CRPF battalion”. Five CRPF battalions are deployed in the state, including the one at Barachatti, Gaya. Sources said CRPF had not reverted on the DGP’s recommendations.
Abhayanand told The Indian Express: “I do not want to use the media as a forum for justifying contents of my letter to CRPF. I wrote it as a professional and do not want to say anything more.”
The letter mentions at least three instances when Naxalites allegedly got information from the assistant commandant about CRPF’s movements and operations.
The letter says: “Many CRPF camps are located in and around the Chakrabandha-Lutwa forest. During 2013, there has been no engagement of forces with Naxals. Information leak may be the reason”.
Former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi asked how a DGP could recommend the CRPF not to post any Bihar CRPF officer for anti-Naxal operations.
At Tri Nagar, Smriti Irani centered her speech around Modi, with over 10 references in 11-minute extempore.