Conveying his ‘displeasure’ over the functioning of the paramilitary force and Chhattisgarh Police over the killings of the 25 CRPF personnel in Sukma, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked security forces on the ground to go on an “all-out offensive” against Maoists and “show results in the next few weeks”.
At a meeting of the central and Chattisgarh security brass in Raipur on Tuesday, directed the paramilitary forces to revive the counter-Naxal strategy and show results in the next two-and-a-half months, says a Times of India report.
“Identify the lapses and problem areas that are exposing the CRPF to repeated high-casualty attacks and redraw the counter-Naxal strategy to plug them. I want results on the ground in the next two to two-and-a-half months,” Rajnath Singh was quoted by Times of India as saying.
Terming the Sukma killings as “cold-blooded murder”, Rajnath Singh directed acting chief of the CRPF and a top security officer to stay put in Chhattisgarh to ensure coordinated "targeted" operations against the Naxals.
He has conveyed to the CRPF brass to resolve some "inherent" problems like weaponry, logistics and intelligence gathering mechanism to ensure lethality and better results by avoiding casualties in anti-Naxal operations, sources said.
The home minister asked acting director general of the CRPF, Sudeep Lakhtakia and senior security advisor in the home ministry, K Vijay Kumar to stay put in Chhattisgarh to ensure coordinated operations against the Naxals, they said.
The two officers will stay in Chhattisgarh till a robust anti-Naxal operation is carried out against those involved in the killing of 25 CRPF personnel yesterday, official sources said.
Lakhtakia and Kumar will ensure targeted action, based on pin-pointed intelligence, by the security forces against the Naxals, the sources said.
Kumar is a former chief of the CRPF and he is credited for elimination of forest brigand Veerappan in 2004 in Tamil Nadu.
"Senior officials visited the spot and took stock of the incident. They also spoke to CRPF jawans at their camp in Burkapal," Special Director General (anti-maoist operations) D M Awasthi told PTI.
Awasthi was also among the officials who visited the attack spot.
KumarandLakhtakia were accompanied by Chhattisgarh's principal secretary (Home) BVR Subramaniam, director general of police A N Upadhyay and other MHA, para-military and state police officials during the visit.
Awasthi said while Kumarand Lakhtakia were staying back in Sukma for tonight, other senior officials returned to Raipur.
The home minister today said in Raipur that the government will review its strategy on battling the Naxalites.
As many as 25 CRPF personnel were yesterday killed in an attack by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.
On March 11, 12 paramilitary personnel were killed by the Naxals in the same district.