Raipur: A day after the Naxal attack in Chhatisgarh killed 15 security personnel and 1 civilian, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will be visiting Jagdalpur on Wednesday. The Centre has also sent additional forces into the Naxal areas launching a massive combing operation.
Earlier in the day, the state government paid tribute to the security personnel who lost their lives in the attack in Jagdalpur. The martyrs have been laid to rest.
While condemning the attack, the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister said that the Congress should not politicise the attack. His statement comes after Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had blamed the state government for the attack saying that it was the government's responsibility to avert Naxal attacks.
"Congress should not politicise a naxal attack. This is not the time to say such things," Singh said.
The attack on Tuesday comes less than a month before Chhattisgarh goes to vote in the general election. The incident took place close to the area where Naxals had killed top Congress leaders in 2013.
Meanwhile, sources in the Home Ministry have said that the security forces were at fault since they were following standard procedures which could have been observed by the Naxals.
The names of the CRPF personnel who have been killed in the attack are:
Inspector Subhash Chanda, Jind Haryana
ASI Manmohan Singh, Satna, MP
Head constable Pradeep Kumar, Ranchi
Constable Md. Faizul Haque, Nagaon, Assam
Constable Manoj Kumar Brethe Janjgir, Chhattisgarh
Constable Nahar Singh, Morena, UP
Constable Neeraj Kumar
Constable Somnath Rathore, Annupur MP
Constable Kaushal Kishore, Jalaun, UP
Inspector Tilak Raj Singh, Naushera, Punjab
Head Constable Lakhbir Singh, Kangra, HP