Mayawati blames CRPF for fidayeen attack; rushes to Rampur

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Lucknow, Jan 1 (UNI) Condemning the fidayeen attack on CRPF group centre, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today blamed the paramilitary outfit for the incident.

''Despite several alerts by the intelligence agencies and the UP government, the CRPF did not make suitable arrangments to fend off such an attack,'' she lamented. ''They should have been more careful following the threat perception,'' she added.

The State government has already issued a high-alert in the state after the incident with the CM asking all the senior police officials to maintain a strict vigil to prevent such incidents in the future.

Soon after interacting with the media, the CM air-dashed to Rampur to personally assess the situation.

Ms Mayawati also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh each to the families of the security personnel killed in the attack.

She reiterated that all the militants enter the state through the porus Indo-Nepal border which is manned by the Central forces.

''Though we are assisting the Centre to counter terrorism in the country, more was required to prevent the menance''.

Denying that any lapse on part of the UP Police led to the incident, she said after the alert was sounded by the intelligence agencies of possible attack at police establishments last month, the central paramilitary forces were warned about it several times.

The CM said that such incidents were carried out to disturb peace and harmony in the country and to weaken the democratic structure of the nation. ''Their evil designs will never succeed,'' she asserted.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary (Home) J N Chamber, who was with the CM, made it clear that the District Magistrate and Police Superintendent of Rampur had personnally informed the CRPF officials to take preventive steps to avert any terrorist attack.

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