Speaking to reporters, Singh said, "It is a setback because so many lives have been lost. But it will not change our resolve. Operation against Maoists will continue."
24 jawans of EFR were killed on Monday, Feb 15, when Maoists overran their camp at Silda in West Midnapore district after setting it on fire.
Replying to a question, he said, "It was not expected that Maoists would attack in such a way. Secondly as it was a built up area so it was difficult to retaliate in a big way because that might have led to collateral damage including the loss of lives of civilians."
He said Maoists had looted 40 weapons but could not say it for sure how much ammunition was taken away.
When asked whether there was any intelligence failure, the DGP said, "Maoists sneaked in from Jharkhand. There was overall warning about attacks but there was no specific input about this particular attack."