Bas­tar po­lice chief’s ‘se­cu­rity lapse’ led to mas­sacre


Ad­min­is­tra­tive and po­lice records pre­ced­ing the re­cent naxal at­tack in Chat­tis­garh point to a ma­jor se­cu­rity lapse on the part of dis­trict-level law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties. Ev­i­dence on the ground is point­ing to the cul­pa­bil­ity of Ch­hat­tis­garh Po­lice with the dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice fail­ing to make ad­e­quate se­cu­rity pro­vi­sions for the Congress con­voy through Maoist ter­ri­tory.

Sources said no or­ders were is­sued by the Bas­tar Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice ty­ing up ar­range­ments to en­sure ad­e­quate se­cu­rity for Congress lead­ers as the con­voy with Salwa Judum founder Ma­hen­dra Karma and state Congress Party chief Nand Kumar Pa­tel was slated to pass through the area.

The ab­sence of ad­di­tional se­cu­rity apart from per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers (PSOs) ac­com­pa­ny­ing the lead­ers has puz­zled po­lit­i­cal ob­servers as the area has been known to be a Maoist strong­hold.

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