WB govt orders inquiry into deadly Maoist attack

Kolkata: Two days after 24 EFR jawans were killed in the deadliest Maoist strike in West Bengal, the state government on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the incident and said action would be taken against senior officers if they were found wanting.

"An official inquiry has been ordered into the incident," West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here after a high level meeting which reviewed the situation in the wake of the Maoist attack.

"It is not a clear case of intelligence failure. There was intelligence report that the Maoists were assembling in the area, though there was no specific information that they may attack the EFR camp," he said.

Asked if action would be taken against senior officers if they were found wanting, Sen said, "Let us complete the probe. A specific charge against any officer has to be established. If anyone is found guilty, action will be taken."

On the issue of the state government's inaction when it had possession of intelligence report of such attacks, Sen said the report had come into its (the state government's) hand at 2.00 pm only, barely three hours before the attack, and it had taken time for the information to percolate down to the lower level.

The sentries at the EFR camp had retaliated in which one Maoist was killed and some others were injured, he said. "But there was some lapse no doubt".