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Naxal attack: Chhattisgarh CM concedes delays in rushing reinforcements to the site

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May 27, 2013 at 10:00pm IST

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New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday admitted to security lapse that led to the killing of several Congress leaders in Jagdalpur district on May 25. Singh, however, said that there was no need to politicise the Naxal attack that claimed 28 lives.

"There is no need to make this political. President's rule is not the solution. I agree that there was delay in the arrival of reinforcements but that is why we are probing the incident," Raman Singh said.

Twenty eight people, including Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nandkumar Patel and his son Dinesh, senior leader Mahendra Karma, ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar, were killed and 32 others injured in the Maoist ambush in the forested area on May 25.

Ruling out the role of the Army in fighting Naxal violence in the state, Singh sought an early probe into the matter by a sitting High Court judge.

He also sought to rubbish the charges of Congress party that adequate security was not provided to its leaders who were traveling Naxal-hit Bastar region as part of 'Parivartan Rally' in the state.

"The charge that we did not provide adequate security is not correct. The government did make arrangements to ensure the safety of leaders who were on the yatra. But definitely there are some security lapses. An inquiry has already been ordered to fix the responsibility," Singh said.

The Chief Minister said strict action will be taken against those found responsible for the lapses on the basis of the inquiry report which will go into the circumstances leading to the May 25 Naxal attack on Congress leaders' convoy.

Asked whether the situation warranted involvement of the Army in anti-Naxal operation, the Chief Minister said the region was not a "battleground" and suggested a two-pronged strategy of development and integrated action plan to tackle the menace.

"No need of the Army to fight against Naxals in Bastar area. That is not a battleground. Only integrated action plan and proper coordination among the state and the Centre is needed," Singh said.

With additional information from PTI

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