The undercurrent of mutual distrust between the central paramilitary forces and district police in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli seems not to have gone down well with the union home minister P Chidambaram.
On his maiden visit to the Maharashtra‘s worst Naxal-hit district on Tuesday, Chidambaram raised questions before the senior state police officials regarding their role in ensuring that the deployed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was properly involved in joint operations. Four battalions of CRPF are posted in the district to assist police operations against the rebels.
Sources said TOI that Chidambaram appeared perturbed over the fact that the CRPF was being ignored and underused in the district. “He was concerned about the facilities available at the CRPF camps and the well-being of the personnel. He wanted to know what amenities were being provided to the jawans who deployed here since last one year,” said a source who was part of the union home minister’s entourage.
During his visits to the armed police assistance post at sensitive Murumgaon and at Dhanora town, Chidambaram was keen to know the issues plaguing jawans posted there. Murumgaon is about 55 km from Gadchiroli district headquarters and highly sensitive Chhattisgarh border is just 16 km from here. TOI correspondent was part of the visit at Murumgaon where Chidambaram interacted with jawans and tried to know their problems personally.
He walked up to the only well in the police outpost inspecting the water level. Learning that the level fluctuates during dry spell, Chidambaram instructed the district collector Atul Patne and other senior police officials to ensure that a borewell should be dug there. “There is a forest department borewell which can be used here too,” he said.
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