Raipur: Describing the Naxal attack on CRPF personnel as a "cowardly act", Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the sacrifices of jawans will not go in vain.
"It is an unfortunate and sad attack on security personnel. I salute their martyrdom," Rajnath told reporters at the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana Camp area in Raipur on late Saturday evening.
Earlier, Singh paid homage to 12 CRPF personnel killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma on Saturday, during wreath laying ceremony there.
"Maoists have executed a cowardly act on security forces who were rendering their duty. A mega road construction work is underway and about to complete. Security personnel were patrolling there, when they came under the attack. I salute their martyrdom. I salute the courage and valour of the jawans of CRPF and Chhattisgarh police," Singh said.
Expressing condolences to the bereaved families, he said, "I wanted to assure the entire country that martyrdom of our jawans will not go in vain."
"Maoists' activities have drastically declined and therefore they have executed this incident in disappointment and frustration. But we are confident that we will soon gain gain control over them," he asserted.
He further said after reaching Raipur, he visited the hospital to see the injured jawans and said they are out of danger.
"We are making all possible efforts that the bodies of martyred personnel will reach their native places by tomorrow evening," he said.
Besides, it has been also decided that the total ex-gratia which will be given to the families of the slain jawans should not be less then Rs 1 crore, he added.
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"Indeed martyrdom of a martyr is priceless and cannot be assessed for money. Their contribution for the society and country can never be forgotten," said Singh.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and other ministers and officials were also present.
Earlier, the Union Home minister chaired a high-level meeting with Raman Singh, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra and other senior police officials.
According to government officials, during the meeting the home minister said the Centre is committed to root out Left wing extremism and will extend every possible support to the state to tackle the menace.
Meanwhile, a top official in the Union Home Ministry and acting DG of CRPF Sudeep Lakhtakia on Sunday visited Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, where 12 paramilitary personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush, and reviewed the anti-Naxal operations. Senior Security Advisor in the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar, Lakhtakia and other officials visited the spot of the attack and took stock of the situation, a senior police official told PTI.
"The two top officials took stock of the situation and reviewed the anti-Maoist operations in Sukma," he said. They were accompanied by Inspector General of Police (in-charge) Bastar Range P Sundarraj, Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena and other paramilitary officials, he added. A Court of Inquiry (COI) has been ordered by the force into the incident to find out how it happened in the area which is close to the camp of a paramilitary force.
Besides, the CoI has been ordered to find out lapses and shortcomings if any, the official said. Meanwhile, local police has been directed to trace local janmilitia members (of Maoists), who play a key role as informant for the Naxal guerrillas before they execute such major attacks, he said, adding some suspects will soon be interrogated in this connection. In one of the deadliest attacks on security forces, 12 CRPF personnel were killed on Saturday and their arms looted when Naxals ambushed their patrol party in the Maoist hotbed of Sukma in Chhattisgarh.
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Updated Date: Mar 12, 2017 21:20:44 IST