Sukma Maoist Attack: ‘Avoid Kistaram-Palodi Road’, Commandant Ignored CRPF DG’s Warning Before LED Blast

Days after the deadly Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma in which nine personnel were killed, the Commandant of CRPF’s 212 battalion seems to be in trouble. As per a report, Commandant Prashant Dhar of the 212 Battalion was warned of an attack on the morning of 13th March. It is learned that CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar had given Dhar strict instructions about not to make any movements that day. However, Dhar ignored that warning and despite orders allowed two Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV), full of CRPF personnel, to travel from Kistaram to Palodi.

As per the Home Ministry sources, Bhatnagar was in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday when the attack took place. In the morning around 9 am, he was informed of a gunfire between the Maoists and a team of CoBRA commandos during a sanitation exercise near Palodi. He immediately then informed his Inspector General in Chhattisgarh to make sure that there was no movement between Kistaram and Palodi. He warned that Maoists were around the area and could mount another attack. As per sources, the IG had passed on the instructions to the Deputy IG concerned who informed Dhar.

A senior Home Ministry Official was quoted by IE that despite the warning, the Commandant rather showed a casual attitude towards the safety of the personnel. The official added that although Dhar has a good career record, this mistake of his cannot be pardoned. He said that Dhar not only failed to stick to the common practice during such situations but also did not follow instructions. Read More…

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