CRPF men's uniforms in garbage bin to be probed

Rajnath asks C'garh CM to punish those involved

CRPF men's uniforms in garbage bin to be probed

A day after blood-stained uniforms and shoes of CRPF troops killed by Maoists were found in a garbage bin, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday instructed Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to “order a probe and fix responsibility” on those who “insulted” the martyrs.

Soon after the callous handling of the effects of the martyrs became public, the Home Minister ordered the probe amid claims by senior CRPF officials of mischief by political leaders to gain political mileage. “I have asked Ch’garh CM to fix responsibility and punish those involved in insulting the uniform of the deceased CRPF men,” the Home Minister tweeted.

He said security personnel of the state as well as central forces should be appropriately honoured.  The CRPF also would inquire into the incident.

Acting Central Reserve Police Force Director General R C Tayal said the inquiry would be conducted by an officer deputed by the Inspector General (Operations) in Chhattisgarh and a report would be submitted soon.

 “We suspect some political workers took these items from the lower staff of the hospital in Raipur. We are looking into it,” Tayal said.

Sources said the uniforms of the dead personnel were handed over to local police as per procedure. “My message is that we have all respect for our martyrs. If I need to say sorry to the families of those killed, I will do so. The usual process in such cases is that these (personal effects) are taken by the case investigating police officer. Let me get the details of the inquiry and we will take required action,” Tayal said.

Raipur Congress chief Vikas Upadhyay visited the hospital on Wednesday and took the uniforms and other belongings of the troops to the Congress office, PTI reported.

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