Naxals warn of more attacks

Hunt on to nab Dantewada massacre mastermind; probe report on April 24

Naxals warn of more attacks


Police personnel posted in Naxal affected areas being given special target practice training with AK-47 rifles at Bariatu Firing Range in Ranchi on Saturday. PTI Photo

But the UPA government, reeling from the impact of the Dantewada carnage, continued with a massive manhunt to nab the Maoists cadres responsible for the massacre.

Meanwhile, former BSF chief E N Rammohan has begun collecting relevant information like the CRPF’s command structure, hierarchy and the decision concerning the operation and the quality of training imparted to the jawans who were attacked by Maoists on April 6 morning. Rammohan will also probe whether the CRPF company followed the standard operating procedure, sources said.

While sympathising with the families of the CRPF jawans and offering “compensation”, the banned organisation said in a faxed letter to media houses that it would not hesitate in carrying out more Dantewada-type attacks and asked the security forces not to take part in operations directed against it. The Maoists also asked people to support their fight and stop acting as “informers” for the security forces.

Government sources in Delhi said the “inquiry committee has a very tight deadline. It will submit its report on April 24.”  A survey of the attack site showed that two Light Machine Guns were used by the Naxals – who were mainly from ‘company 3’ and ‘company 8’ of the Maoists Central Committee, led by Hidma and Papa Rao, sources said.

The LMGs might have been stolen from police in Andhra Pradesh or Orissa, they added. Rammohan also visited  CRPF headquarters in Delhi and met the force’s Director -General Vikram Srivastava on Saturday.

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