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Updated: October 27, 2009 02:30 IST

Centre condemns Maoist attack on CISF personnel

Vinay Kumar
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Police officials prepare to leave for a raid on naxal hideouts, in a joint operation conducted by Ranchi Police and CRPF near the forest area of Angara, in Ranchi on Sunday. Photo: PTI
PTI Police officials prepare to leave for a raid on naxal hideouts, in a joint operation conducted by Ranchi Police and CRPF near the forest area of Angara, in Ranchi on Sunday. Photo: PTI

The Centre on Monday condemned as “wanton, mindless and pre-meditated, the violence” unleashed by the CPI (Maoist) in Chhattisgarh. Four Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans were killed in a landmine attack on Sunday.

In a statement criticising the attack in the mines area of the National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC) in Bacheli in Dantewada district, the Union Home Ministry also suggested that pro-Maoist sympathisers must question the violence unleashed by the naxals.

“What is the motive behind the attack on a police force that provides security to the NMDC? What is the message that the CPI(Maoist) intends to convey? These are questions that the Government would like to put not only to the CPI (Maoist) but also to those who speak on their behalf and chastise the government,” the statement said.

It termed ‘unprovoked and heinous’ the attack by the CPI (Maoist) on a public sector security force that was on a routine patrol in an area under the jurisdiction of a public sector corporation. A sub-inspector, a head constable and two constables, were killed, and two critically injured in the landmine blast.

The statement noted that the NMDC was engaged in the development of minerals, gives employment, promotes economic activity, and undertakes many welfare activities in the area as part of its corporate social responsibility.

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