Gadchiroli Naxal blast: CRPF transfers CO

CRPF has transferred the CO of 192nd battalion which was recently ambushed in the Maoist hotbed of Maharashtra killing 12 troopers.

Updated: Apr 03, 2012, 18:46 PM IST

New Delhi: CRPF has transferred the
Commanding Officer (CO) of its Gadchiroli-based 192nd
battalion which was recently ambushed in the Maoist hotbed of
Maharashtra killing 12 troopers in a landmine blast.

The CO, Ashok Sanyal, was coordinating the movement of
his troops on March 27 when ultras triggered a landmine blast
trapping a CRPF bus carrying 40 troops.

While 12 troops died, 28 others were injured in the
incident. Few of the injured have now been discharged while
some are still recuperating.

The blast occured when the troops were on their way to
Gatta from Pushtola in Gadchiroli district where they were
supposed to undertake a civic action programme and distribute
medicines and clothes to the villagers.
While CRPF officials said that the transfer of the
officer was a "routine" affair as 29 other such CO`s have been
shifted, sources said, the transfer came after an inquiry was
constituted in this regard by CRPF Director General K Vijay
Kumar as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were allegedly
not adhered to during the movement of the personnel.

However, Sanyal is considered to be amongst the best COs
the paramilitary force has and is lauded by his senior
officials for effectively commanding a CRPF battalion in Jammu
and Kashmir.
"He is one of our best commanding officers. Seeing his
good work in Kashmir, he was sent to Gadchiroli to oversee the
deployment and functioning of the 192nd battalion," a senior
CRPF officer said.

The daring daylight Naxal attack last month occured at
the same time when CRPF chief Kumar was on a tour of
Maharashtra and was in Gadchiroli area.

PTI