We will not let the blood of our men go waste: CRPF

''We will not let this blood go waste. I pledge to carry forward the battle," CRPF Special Director General (North) N K Tripathi said at the force's Valour Day event here.

Asked if the force was feeling demoralised after the Dantewada attack in which 75 CRPF personnel were wiped out in an ambush on April 6, he said, "There is no question of our moral being hit. As a matter of fact, our resolve to fight has hardened."

Tripathi said the force will take more time to understand the mistakes committed and the right strategy adopted by the Naxals.

The senior CRPF official said he does not agree with certain media reports regarding lack of training in the force and that the particular company which was attacked in Dantewada had not been given the required training.

"The men were trained and were given all the weaponry available," he said. Asked what kind of training was given to the particular company, Tripathi said, "All trainings, including jungle warfare training, were provided."

Earlier, Home Minister P Chidambaram awarded medals to officers and personnel of the force at the function.

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