Three days after the attack on the Silda EFR camp by Naxalites,killing 24 personnel,Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said lack of alertness on the part of the policemen led to the massacre.
The CM also announced the setting up of a committee that would probe the incident and fix responsibility. Asked whether the guilty among the police officials will be punished,he said: Everybody knows what happens in an inquiry committee.
Bhattacharjee also used the occasion to admonish Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen and DGP Bhupinder Singh who made contradictory statements on Wednesday regarding the nature of the inquiry. While Sen said the committee would not only probe the nature of the attack and the modus operandi but also fix responsibility,the DGP said it would only look into how the attack took place. The way the two made sparring statements was unfortunate. I told them to sit together and thrash out the issue. I have told them that this mistake should not happen in the future, the CM said. Sen later said the terms of references for the committee will be decided soon.
Bhattacharjee said his government had taken some decisions to prevent such attacks in future. The Silda camp will be shifted out of the locality and relocated in a forest land that has already been identified, Bhattacharjee said. He also the sensitisation process of all police stations in Naxalite-affected areas has also been started.
Offer talks to Naxals,Mamata urges PM
NEW DELHI:b Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is learnt to have met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to also offer talks to the Naxalites,saying the Centres offensive against the rebels alone was not yielding anything substantive. Sources said she urged him to start a political process along with the security offensive. She is learnt to have used the example of the killing of policemen in Silda to say that the policy of launching an all-out war against the Maoists could be counterproductive and lead to such wanton killing of innocent policemen. ENS