New Delhi: Former Home Secretary RK Singh made a faux pas by extending his best wishes to the families of the security personnel who lost their lives in the Naxal attack on Tuesday. Fifteen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and five policemen lost their lives in a fierce encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Tuesday.
Singh said, "Humari shubhkamnayein unn parivaro ke saath hai, jinhone apni jaan desh ke liye di hai, unn shaidon ke saath hai (my best wishes are with the families of those security personnel who laid down their lives for the country).
There were 44 personnel from the CRPF and Chhattisgarh Police in the road opening party when it was attacked by over 200 heavily armed Naxals.
Singh praised the government for taking effective steps and said, "Naxalism is a major challenge for internal security and its is an ongoing fight. The government has taken strict actions and much more needs to be done in this regard."
He said there is a need to increase intelligence at the ground level and more police stations need to be opened.
When asked about the Naxal attack just a month before Lok Sabha elections, Singh said, "Naxals don't believe in democracy."