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Four new CRPF posts for anti-Naxal ops

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 15:38

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has
created four new specialised posts within the CRPF for
anti-Naxal operations in the aftermath of the gruesome
Dantewada attack.

Under the new system, Pankaj Kumar Singh, an IPS officer
of the Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed as Inspector
General (Operations) in West Bengal.

Singh will exclusively deal with the anti-Naxal
operations in the state and will not be given any
administrative duty.

Similarly, CRPF Eastern Sector IG Nageshwar Rao has been
moved to Orissa to take over the operations there in a similar

Sources said two more officers will also be earmarked
soon for Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The need to have a specialised person heading anti-Maoist
operations was felt following the Dantewada Naxal attack of
April six which claimed the lives of 76 security personnel.

As per the E N Rammohan committee that went into the
circumstances of the massacre, there was lack of coordination
and violation of Standard Operating Procedures.

The new system is a drastic shift from the earlier where
there was only one IG level officer in the headquarters to
look after operations of the entire force.

Jammu and Kashmir was the only state earlier where the
force had a separate IG level officer to look after the

Also on the anvil is a process for greater coordination
between the Central and state police forces, the need for
which was also mentioned by Rammohan, the former BSF chief who
led a one-man inquiry into the Dantewada incident. PTI


First Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 15:38
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