Dantewada fallout: CRPF DIG, 2 others shunted out

Separate court of inquiry for three officers

CRPF Director General Vikram Srivastava said the decision had been taken “after considering the E Rammohan Committee report and the court of inquiry conducted by the CRPF.”

Besides 42-year-old Prabhat, a 1993 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, the other two officials who have been sent out are Commandant A K Bisht and Inspector Sanjeev Bangre, he said.

While Prabhat will join at Chandigarh in a post he was already holding, Bisht has been moved to a training centre at Aradi in Orissa. Bangre has been shifted to Anantnag in Kashmir.

Srivastava said a separate court of inquiry to be headed by an officer of the rank of Inspector General has been instituted against these three officers.

R S Sahota will replace Prabhat and Ashok Swami will move in as Commandant of the 62 batallion, the CRPF DG said.

CRPF Inspector General in Bastar region, Ramesh Chandra, who retired on April 30, will also be facing a court of inquiry for his alleged commissions and omissions.

The Rammohan Committee had inquired into the April 6 incident in which 75 CRPF personnel and one Chhattisgarh policeman were gunned down by the Naxals in Chintalnar of Dantewada district.The Committee had alleged that the planning of the operation had not been done properly.

The CRPF personnel killed on that day had become sitting ducks for the Naxals after they had virtually violated every standard operating procedure, including not taking the help of villagers and not resting at any place for more than four hours.

This was the first incident post-Independence when the CRPF casualty was so high.
The removal of Prabhat has come as a surprise in the CRPF ranks as he was considered among the best officers in the paramilitary forces and has been decorated with the President’s Police Medal, Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Police Medal for Gallantry.

He was considered the best operational officer during his tenure as DIG in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

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