Raipur, April 25: Calling the Naxal attack in Sukma district of Chhatisgarh a ‘cold blooded murder’, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the strategy to combat extremism will be revamped. Rajnath Singh said that a review meeting has been called in the national capital on May 8 to assess the strategy. However, he refrained from revealing the details of the strategy to put an end to the cycle of violence unleashed by Maoists in the region. He was accompanied by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in the press conference.
Unravelling about the attack, he said that the Naxals used tribes as a shield to carry out the attack. Rajnath Singh Emphasised that the region has witnessed constant assaults from the Naxals to stall the development work and termed them the ‘biggest enemies’ to the development of tribal regions in the country.
Replying to a question on the absence of Director General of Central Reserve Police Force, Rajnath Singh denied charges of opposition parties and said that there is no leadership crisis in the force in combatting left-wing extremism in the Country. Communist Party of India (Marxist) had criticised the government for keeping the post of Director General vacant for long and accused that central government is not serious in making the internal security intact.
Taking to Twitter, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also wondered on whom the onus of the incident lies and called for fixing political responsibility for the security “failure”.
“Today’s tragedy also calls for political responsibility and public accountability. Will we see anyone own this failure?
“CRPF is without a DG: the govt is clearly unconcerned about internal security, whether it be Kashmir or goons killing in the name of cow (sic),” he said on the micro- blogging site.
In an earlier development, Union Home Minister took part in a wreath-laying ceremony on the bodies of slain soldiers. The Naxal attack in Sukma district of Chhatisgarh claimed the lives of 25 CRPF jawans and at least seven soldiers were critically injured. In a statement, CRPF said that a significant number of Naxals were killed in counter-retaliation.
“A considerable number of Maoists are believed to have been eliminated (in retaliatory action by CRPF men) as the tell-tale sign indicate from the ground,” it added.
It said the ensuing gun battle was “fierce”. The CRPF troops replied in a befitting manner but taking advantage of their geographical position, Maoists succeeded in inflicting loss on the force.
(With inputs from PTI)