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Security forces pulled up by MHA in Chhattisgarh

The Centre has already expressed its displeasure with the Chhattisgarh administration.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi |
October 26, 2013 1:34:59 am

Concerned about the lethargy of security forces in poll bound Chhattisgarh,Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami Friday pulled up central paramilitary forces,the CRPF and the BSF. Goswami is believed to have criticised the “purely defensive strategy” adopted by security forces in the state.

The Centre has already expressed its displeasure with the Chhattisgarh administration and central forces over the “lull” in action despite the government asking them to step up anti-Naxal operations,especially after the May 25 Darbha attack on a Congress convoy.

Goswami met the chief secretary and director general of police from Chhattisgarh Friday to take stock of the situation in the state,which goes to polls in two phases on November 11 and 19. DG CRPF and senior BSF officers also attended the meeting.

Goswami is learnt to have pointed out that “no Naxals have been neutralised by the CRPF and BSF during the last three months”. “This does not augur well for election build up since the Naxals have been allowed freedom of space to operate with impunity,” he said.

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It was also conveyed that Cobra teams need to be deployed extensively and given result oriented tasks. He warned that accountability will be fixed for any lapses on the part of officials.

The Home Ministry also directed the state government not to deploy police forces from non left wing extremist areas or the railway protection forces in hypersensitive booths and areas. It was opined that such security forces are not equipped or trained to handle Maoist attacks. The ministry also said the state government should aim for “zero causality” of security forces and civilians during the elections.

The ministry also informed the state administration that CPI (Maoist) has deployed small action teams with an aim to attack helicopters,especially during landing and take off.

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