Chidambaram visits CRPF HQs; 2nd time in a month

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today visited the CRPF headquarters here to take stock of the operations in Naxal-hit states.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 18:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
today visited the CRPF headquarters here to take stock of the
operations in Naxal-hit states.

The visit comes in the backdrop of a spate of Maoist
attacks which killed over 80 personnel recently.

The Home Minister reached the headquarters located in
CGO complex early in the morning and spent almost five hours
with senior officers before he left to attend a CII function
in the national capital.

Today`s visit is the second in less than a months` time
since he met top officials on April 14 at the same place after
the Dantewada attack where 75 CRPF men were killed.

Chidambaram was given a detailed presentation on the
organisation and operational capabilities of the force by top
CRPF officers including Director General Vikram Srivastava.

The Home Minister was also told about the training set-up
of the force and various Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare
modules being run by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
schools and in coordination with the Army.

The visit assumes significance as it came almost a
fortnight after retired IPS officer E N Rammohan submitted the
probe report into the deadly Naxal attack at Dantewada.

Chidambaram is also understood to have interacted with
the officials about certain operational and community
interaction methods that can be improved.

During his last visit on April 15, Chidambaram had
enquired about deployment of senior officials in operational
areas and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

On May 8, Naxals blew up a bullet-proof vehicle in
Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh killing eight men, in a major
blow to the force after the Dantewada ambush.

Sources said the Home minister during his visit, also
discussed various measures for improving the efficiency and
capabilities of the force.

He also enquired about the status of welfare measures
being extended to the personnel of the force and their
families.

Chidambaram also told the officers that he was proud
of the force and they should not feel demoralised, the sources
said.

PTI