The committee led by him is probing into what led to the Maoist attack.

West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen, who is heading the committee inquiring into the circumstances that led to the Maoist attack on the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp at Silda in Paschim Medinipur district on February 15, visited the site of the carnage on Sunday.

Twenty-four EFR personnel were killed in the attack.

The visit was to take forward the inquiry process, Raj Kanojia, Additional Director-General of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, who is a member of the three-member committee, told The Hindu.

Panel report

The committee, constituted by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was set up on February 22. It is to submit its report within two months.

Besides inquiring into possible security lapses, the committee will be determining the role of the police at the time of the attack as well as the efficacy of the local intelligence network.

The government has decided to relocate the EFR camp set ablaze by the Maoists.

Mr. Sen also visited the EFR base at Salua in the district to find ways to upgrade infrastructure there. There is need for new buildings and the government has already sanctioned Rs. 3 crore for constructing a boundary wall.

Disbursal shortly

Family members of some of those killed in the Silda attack reside at the Salua EFR base. They were assured of a compensation of Rs. 15 lakh (for each of the bereaved families). The disbursement process is expected to start shortly. They were also promised that the salary of their deceased family member would be paid till the date he was to have retired.

Mr. Sen's visit to Salua came within three weeks of a visit there by Governor M.K. Narayanan who had expressed concern over the location of certain security camps that made them vulnerable to attacks by Left wing extremists.

The Governor also emphasised the need for better housing and medical facilities for the forces engaged in areas where the Maoists were active.

The challenge before the State government was to find the resources to meet the security challenge its police forces faced in the western part of the State where the Maoists had been committing violence in recent times, Mr. Narayanan told the Assembly at the beginning of the budget session on March 9.