Probe into Dantewada massacre begins

Bodies of security personnel are lined up at the site of the Maoist attack in Dantewada.  

Former BSF Director General E. N. Rammohan, appointed to inquire into the circumstances leading to the massacre of 76 security personnel by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, has begun his probe.

Mr. Rammohan, who is expected to complete the report by April 24, arrived here on Saturday. He was accompanied by Director General of state Police Vishwa Ranjan, special Director General of CRPF (anti—naxal) Vijay Raman and other senior CRPF officials.

Mr. Rammohan, a 1965 batch IPS officer, will be establishing the circumstances preceding and the sequence of events leading to the incident in which 75 CRPF and local police head constable were killed brutally by Naxals.

He will try to reconstruct the sequence of events that took place on the day of the deadly attack on April six from 0500 hours to 1200 hours and until the first rescue party reached the spot.

He will also examine the call detail records of the mobile telephones used by the deceased and injured personnel of CRPF during the encounter and gather evidence from family members and others that could throw light on the actual events that took place during the ambush.

The former BSF Director General will analyse and establish the decision or command structure or hierarchy and the specific levels which took relevant decisions concerning the operation and will also examine the quality of the training imparted to the relevant companies of CRPF and the details of standard operating procedures.

He will examine the response of the state police and the CRPF both during the ambush and the post—ambush relief and rescue operations besides suggesting measures to mitigate the lapses, if any, so that such incidents do not recur.

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