Raipur, Mar 13 (PTI) As the CRPF lost nine of its men in the latest Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, the Congress today accused the Raman Singh government of failing to curb the Maoist menace in the state.
The main Opposition party said the state is facing a serious internal security threat due to “wrong” policies of the BJP government.
“The state is facing a serious internal security threat due to wrong policies of the Raman Singh government.
“Failed intelligence mechanism, a lack of political will and (shortage of) resources to security forces have led to an increase in the Maoist violence,” state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo told reporters.
They paid tributes to the CRPF personnel killed in today’s Naxal attack in Sukma district.
The Congress can understand the pain of the families of the martyred personnel as the party, too, had lost its senior leaders in a deadly Maoist assault in the state in May 2013, the two functionaries said.
Since 2005, at least 1,928 security personnel had been killed in Naxal-related violent incidents, most of which took place in Chhattisgarh, the leaders said.
Chief Minister Raman Singh should answer how Naxalism, which was confined to bordering areas, has spread to 14 districts during his 14-year rule, they said.
“It seems the state government was more interested in funds it received (from the Centre) for fighting Naxals rather than tackling the menace.”
There was no coordination between the state police and the central security forces deployed in Chhattisgarh for fighting rebels, they alleged.
Nine CRPF personnel were killed and two others injured after Maoists blasted their mine protected vehicle using over 50 kgs of explosives in the Kistaram area of Sukma district.
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