Raipur: The Chhattisgarh Government is
unlikely to oblige the Union Home Ministry which wanted action
to be taken against two of its top officers in connection with
last month`s Maoist attack in Dantewada that killed 76
The state government has also expressed surprise over the
findings of E N Rammohan Committee which probed the April six
attack, saying the conclusions did not reflect the situation
on ground. The findings by the former Director General
of Border Security Force (BSF) had formed the basis for the
Home Ministry to ask for action.
Referring to a letter of Union Home Secretary G K Pillai
to state Chief Secretary Joy Oommen asking for action against
Inspector General of Bastar T J Long Kumeer and Superintendent
of Police Dantewada Amresh Mishra, highly-placed sources in
the state government said today it was surprising to find that
Rammohan was actually not aware as to where the slain CRPF
personnel were heading for.
Among the four counts on which the Home Ministry has
sought action against Kumeer and Mishra was that an
intelligence input about presence of Naxals in Mukram forests
was not shared with the CRPF company.
The officials wondered why this input was needed to be
shared with the CRPF personnel when their actual position was
Burlapal, a place six kms away from the scene.
The officials also said that the CRPF team had been
misleading their own control room about their location and had
fudged the log entries, which has come to light during
The other charge levelled against the two officials was
that they should have jointly monitored the operations and
regulated as and when needed. The explanation presented by the
state officials was that a joint control room had not been set
up because of a decision of the CRPF headquarters in New Delhi
which Rammohan committee has not gone into.
The third charge levelled against the officials was that
an Indian Air Force chopper was not pressed into service from
Jagdalpur when the report of the incident came at 0600 hours
on April six.
The state officials contended that the initial report
was that two CRPF personnel were injured and for this no one
would have allowed the permission for flying the IAF chopper
and that the IG of any range could not order for flying of the
helicopter which remained in the operation custody of STF