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May 27, 2013 at 08:23pm IST

Naxal attack: Action will be taken against officials if probe reveals inaction, says Chhattisgarh ADGP

New Delhi: Under pressure after the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh in which 28 people including top state Congress leaders were killed, ADGP Mukesh Gupta said if probe revealed inaction on part of some officials, action will be taken against them.

Answering why the security officials were not equipped with AK47s, the Chhattisgarh ADGP said, "Nand Kumar Patel had requested us not to provide AK47s for his protection."

"In today's political environment our advice is not always welcomed," he added.

Rejecting that there is any turf war between the Central and the state police forces in the region, Mukesh Gupta said that the state police and CRPF have been working together and have successfully done many anti-Naxal operations.

"It is difficult for us to estimate the numbers of the Naxals and how they are spread out. The Maoists can assemble and launch an attack very quickly and then flee from the spot. The area is forested and Odisha border is just a few kilometres away," Gupta said.

Mukesh Gupta said further said that there are moles, but the information of the movement of the motorcade was well know, it was public.