Dantewada attack: HM recommends action against 2 Ch`garh IPS men

The Home Ministry has recommended to the Chhattisgarh govt to take action against two IPS officers.

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has
recommended to the Chhattisgarh government that action should
be taken against two IPS officers, including the Bastar IG,
for alleged lapses in connection with the Maoist massacre of
CRPF personnel in Dantewada.

In a letter to the Chhattisgarh government, the Ministry
said the report of E N Rammohan, who probed the April 6
killing of 75 CRPF personnel and a local policeman by the
Naxals, found lapses on the part of IG T J Longkumer and
Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra.

"We have recommended that action should be taken against
Longkumer and Mishra as there were lapses on their part. As
both the officers are serving in Chhattisgarh, it is the
responsibility of the state government to take action," an
official said.

While Longkumer is a 1991 batch IPS officer, Mishra
belongs to 2005 batch.

Deputy Inspector General of the Bastar range K S Prasad
Kalluri, who was present at the planning of the operation
which led to the worst-ever tragedy in the history of CRPF,
has surprisingly escaped the wrath of the government.

CRPF has already shunted out its Deputy Inspector
General Nalin Prabhat and two other officers for their alleged
lapses. The decision has been taken after considering the
Rammohan Committee report and the court of inquiry conducted
by the CRPF.

The Rammohan Committee had inquired into the April six
incident in which 76 security personnel were gunned down by
the Naxals in Chintalnar of Dantewada district.

The Committee had alleged that the planning of the
operation had not been done properly.

The CRPF personnel killed on that day had virtually
become sitting ducks for the Naxals after they had violated
every standard operating procedure which included not taking
help of villagers and never resting at any place for more than
four hours.