NIA may take over Sukma Naxal attack probe

NIA may take over Sukma Naxal attack probe

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) may take over the probe into the killing of 25 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh's Sukma by naxals.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) feels that it is a fit case for an investigation by the NIA.

Senior officials in the MHA said the NIA could look into the lapses that led to the huge casualty of CRPF personnel in the incident that took place on April 24.

Sources had earlier said the personnel were attacked when one of the groups had sat for a quick lunch. It is also claimed that Maoists had prior inputs about the movement of CRPF personnel for providing security to road construction workers.

This is the second incident in Sukma in less than two months where CRPF personnel were killed in Maoist attacks. In March, 12 personnel were killed in an attack.

After another deadly attack by Maoists on CRPF personnel, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government would review its strategy to combat naxals and revisit it if there is any lacunae.

A comprehensive re-look at the strategy would be undertaken during a meeting on May 8 when Chief Ministers and senior police officials from naxal-hit states meet in New Delhi.

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