CRPF special DG blasts CG`s top cop over "personality issue"

In another sign of a rift between CRPF and Chhattisgarh police over the handling of Naxal problem, the central force`s Special Director General Vijay Raman has slammed the state police chief Vishwaranjan for not "listening".

Updated: Jul 16, 2010, 18:25 PM IST

New Delhi: In another sign of a rift
between the CRPF and Chhattisgarh police over the handling of
Naxal problem, the central force`s Special Director General
Vijay Raman has slammed the state police chief Vishwaranjan
for not "listening".

Raman also said "personality issue" was behind
Chhattisgarh becoming the most challenging state in the fight
against left-wing extremists.

"The DGP is not listening....The point is when you are
given an assignment the first thing you need to do is become a
part of the solution. The illegal killings have contributed to
the problem. So if you are party to it then you become a part
of the problem," Raman told `The Week` magazine in its
upcoming issue.

Asked if the `Operation Green Hunt` sent wrong signals
to the common people, he said, "This operation is a creation
of Chhattisgarh`s Director-General of Police. I don`t
subscribe to it. As far as Government of India is concerned,
it does not exist"

Replying to a query on why he called Chhattisgarh as
the most challenging state, Raman, who is in-charge of the
anti-Naxal task force comprising of over 67,000 personnel,
said, "I think it is a personality issue."

He said the challenges being faced by him is to make
the state governments take the lead.
"We will provide them full support like it is
happening in Maharashtra, where the police take action and we
provide support. Andhra Pradesh, for instance, doesn`t even
need our help," Raman, an IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh
cadre said.

He said the key to defeat any armed insurgency is
information.

"The police play a key role in information gathering.
If we have information, even a big leader like Kishanji could
be tracked.
"He is the top man. The aim of the security agencies
should be to identify such people and remove them," he said.

On the issue of deploying army to fight the Naxals,
Raman said, "Any battalion that is inducted into
Naxal-affected area undergoes six weeks of training with the
Army. But we don`t think it will be right to have them in the
forefront."
He said the Naxals are ahead of security forces when
it comes to training and commitment to acheive their
objective.

Raman also said the "battle` against Naxals cannot be
won by force alone. "Our strategy is very clear. Force and
development should go hand-in-hand."

Last month, Vishwaranjan had slammed the CRPF saying
the police can`t teach the CRPF to walk, a statement which
came soon after 27 CRPF personnel were killed in an ambush on
June 29 in Narayanpur district.

PTI