Failure was at the camp level in Maoist attack in Silda
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 16:00
Kolkata: Virtually shielding higher officials from any blame, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said that failure, if any, was at the camp level leadership when Maoists attacked Silda camp of Eastern Frontier Rifles in which 24 personnel were killed last month.

"If there was any failure, it was at the camp leadership level. If they ignored the intelligence report it was a serious mistake. It will be known only after the the inquiry report is submitted," Bhattacharjee told assembly in reply to a question by Congress member Manas Bhunia.

Stating the incident took place at the camp in West Midnapore district because of lack of alertness, Bhattacharjee hoped that the probe panel comprising the home secretary, ADG (CID) and IG (Western range) would objectively investigate it and ascertain lapses.

To a supplementary question, he said intelligence reports were not sent to the Home secretary or DGP and were despatched to the camp, but what was its nature would be known only after the probe, he said.

The camp, he said, was being shifted to a new location at a forest beat office while locations of others were being reviewed. "If necessary some of them will be relocated."

He said 170 people, besides 21 policemen were killed in Maoist attacks in the state between January 1, 2008 and January 31, this year.


First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 16:00

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