Ch­hat­tis­garh CM ad­mits se­cu­rity lapses


Ch­hat­tis­garh Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh has ad­mit­ted the “se­cu­rity lapses” that had led to the killing of key Congress lead­ers by Nax­alites re­cently. He how­ever re­jected the op­po­si­tion charge that ad­e­quate se­cu­rity was not pro­vided to the lead­ers. “The charge that we did not pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity is not cor­rect. The govern­ment did make ar­range­ments to en­sure the safety of lead­ers who were on the ya­tra. But def­i­nitely there are some se­cu­rity lapses. An in­quiry has al­ready been or­dered to fix the re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Singh said.

He said strict ac­tion will be taken against those found re­spon­si­ble for the lapses on the ba­sis of the in­quiry re­port which will go into the cir­cum­stances lead­ing to the May 25 Maoist at­tack on Congress lead­ers’ con­voy. The at­tack killed 27 peo­ple in­clud­ing for­mer State Home Min­is­ter Ma­hen­dra Karma, an ar­chi­tect of ‘Salwa Judum’ (anti-Naxal vig­i­lante groups) and State Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee Chief Nand Kumar Pa­tel and his son Di­nesh. For­mer Union Min­is­ter V.C. Shukla who was in­jured in the at­tack died sub­se­quently.

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