New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir is expected to visit the site of Gadchiroli Naxal attack in Maharashtra. Condemning the blast carried out by the Naxals on Wednesday, Ahir said the government will learn lessons and ensure that incidents like Wednesday’s blast carried out by Naxals in which 15 policemen were killed in Gadchiroli do not recur.

“We will definitely give a befitting reply, but will (also) take lessons from this incident and take care that such incidents do not happen again,” said the Union minister.

Ahir is a Member of Parliament from Chandrapur which borders on Gadchiroli in eastern Maharashtra.”We have yet to get complete information about the incident. As per preliminary reports, QRT (Quick Response Team of the state police) was going a place where torching of vehicles (by Naxals) had taken place,” said Ahir.  The Naxals had allegedly set ablaze over 50 machines and vehicles at a road construction site.

The BJP leader further stated that the Central government has always been willing to provide weapons and other necessary equipment to police. Ahir said, “Gadchiroli police had been very successful in the fight against Naxals. We see this incident as a challenge. How and what happened will come out after the investigation.”

Besides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday strongly condemned the dastardly Naxal attack in Gadchiroli by saying that those responsible will not be spared. The Congress party, on the other hand, slammed the Centre for “failing to secure the country”.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also condemned the attack and expressed grief. Fadnavis said, “Anguished to know that our 16 police personnel from Gadchiroli C-60 force got martyred in a cowardly attack by Naxals today. My thoughts and prayers are with the martyrs’ families. I’m in touch with DGP and Gadchiroli SP.”

(With agency inputs)