CRPF not our responsibility: Chhattisgarh DGP

Written by: Samyuktha
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Raipur, Jul 2: Even as the CRPF men continue to be butchered by the Maoists, a war of words seems to be sparking off between central and state authorities.

In response to Home Minister, P Chidambaram's suggestion that Chhattisgarh government should redeploy CRPF in Naxal-affected regions, state DGP has retaliated that CRPF was not the state's responsibility to teach the CRPF men "how to walk".

"If CRPF is being repeatedly being ambushed, are we to answer for that? What does responsibility mean? Responsibility means making available whatever facilities possible. Responsibility means we together deploy the forces. Responsibility does not mean we will teach them how to walk," DGP Vishwa Ranjan said while speaking to a TV news channel.

In the wake of the repeated attacks on CRPF jawans deployed to fight the Maoist menace, P Chidambaram had on Thursday, Jul 1 called for "relocation and reconfiguration" of paramilitary forces in Chhattisgarh.

Observing that some of the CRPF forces were not operationally viable, the Home Minister had said, "These deployments have been made in 2007 and 2008. So, I have asked the Chhattisgarh government to examine the deployments in 2010."

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