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Sukma tragedy: Home Ministry seeks CRPF report

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 April 2017, 9:25 IST
Sukma tragedy: Home Ministry seeks CRPF report

The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday sought a report from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the recent Sukma attack, which claimed lives of at least 26 security personnel.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday directed Director General of the CRPF and security adviser to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) K Vijay Kumar to stay put in Chhattisgarh and frame strategy to tackle Naxals in Sukma.

As many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed and six others injured in the encounter with the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Monday.

The attack took place on personnel of the CRPF's 74th Battalion as they were assisting the local population in road building activity in the district. The Centre, earlier in the day, assured action against the perpetrators of the 'cold-blooded murder' in Sukma.

Singh said that the Centre and state government would work together to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

Singh, who paid homage to the jawans during a wreath laying ceremony in Raipur along with his deputy Hansraj Ahir and Chief Minister Raman Singh, said that this cowardly and unfortunate act exposes desperation and frustration.

'It is a cold blooded murder by the extremists. The Centre and state governments will work together and take action in this regard,' Singh told a joint press briefing with the Chief Minister here. Condemning the attack, the Home Minister said that the sacrifice of the jawans would not go in vain.

He further said that the Centre, if needed, would review and also revise the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) strategy, adding a meeting of officials of various state governments has been called on May 8.

-ANI

First published: 26 April 2017, 9:25 IST
 
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