2 months on,CRPF revises slain Maoists list

Bijapur encounter: Had said 7 of 17 killed in ambush were rebels,now claims 2 more had ‘Naxal links’

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: September 11, 2012 1:06:12 am

More than two months after the Bijapur encounter in Chhattisgarh,the security agencies have established that two more persons among those killed had Naxal links. Earlier,the police had said that seven out of 17 people killed in an ambush in Basuguda area of Bijapur district had Naxal records,asserting that not all those who were killed were innocent villagers.

Amid allegations of human rights violations,the Chhattisgarh government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the case.

The CRPF,which conducted the operation along with the Chhattisgarh Police on the intervening night of June 28 and 29,said that after the incident they have changed their standard operating procedure. From now on the CRPF will engage “more and more trackers” before undertaking any operation. It has also requested the government to provide it with night vision devices of higher resolution.

“We are engaging more number of trackers before undertaking any kind of operation so that we have a clearer picture of the ground reality. The areas affected by Maoist activities are quite complex in nature in terms of terrain and climate,” said a senior CRPF officer.

CRPF officials said they have requested the Home Ministry to expedite the process to procure night vision devices.

“There is lot of anguish and resentment when adolescents and children are killed. We suspect they could have been used as human shields. A judicial inquiry is on,so we cannot give out more details,” said the officer.

After clearing the Saranda forest area of Naxal presence last year,the next area of action would be Latehar district in Jharkhand where police action and development would take place simultaneously.

“The next area of action would be Latehar district in Jharkhand where the focus of the government would be on development initiatives. The interstate border areas of Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh and Orissa are on our priority list too,” said K Vijay Kumar,DG,CRPF.

Reacting to reports about a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Management,Ahmedabad,that lot of CRPF men were leaving the force due to stress,Kumar said,“That is true. There is a lot of stress among the troops because of continuous deployment. We will have to give them rest and recuperation.”

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