Chhattisgarh minister`s house attack: SP removed

A day after suspected Maoists opened fire on a Chhattisgarh minister`s house in Kondagaon, state govt has removed the district SP there.

Last Updated: May 18, 2012, 17:14 PM IST

Raipur: A day after suspected Maoists opened fire on a Chhattisgarh minister`s house in Kondagaon, killing one security guard, the state government has removed the district Superintendent of Police there.

Official sources said on Friday that Chief Minister Raman Singh ordered immediate transfer of Kondagaon SP Deepak Jha following the attack at Women and Child Welfare Minister Lata Usendi`s residence yesterday.

Jha was replaced by Commandant Prashant Agarwal from the State Armed Forces (fifth battalion), they said.

Also, Agarwal was asked to take charge from Thursday night itself.

Meanwhile, the CM has condemned the incident and expressed grief over the demise of security guard Narsingh Markam, offering his condolences to the kin of the deceased.

Markam was seriously injured in the attack and succumbed in a hospital yesterday. The assailants had took away the weapon from him.

Singh also enquired about the well being of Usendi after the attack and spoke to Chhattisgarh DGP Anil M Navani, taking stock of the situation while directing him to increase the security cover of the minister and and her family.

Usendi was not in the house when three suspected Maoists, riding a motorcycle, fired at it yesterday. Some relatives of the minister were present in the house at the time of the incident but they were unharmed.

PTI