Chhattisgarh forces under attack, from each other and from within

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A blame game has broken out out among security forces and their wings in Chhattisgarh, the state most crucial for anti-Naxal operations. The State Intelligence Bureau has come under attack not only from the CRPF but also a top officer of the state police itself. At the heart of the showdown are the SIB's alerts before the May 25 Naxal attack on a Congress convoy in Darbha.

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The then director general of the CRPF and an acting one of the state police have complained separately against senior SIB officers and sought action against them. The Indian Express has accessed copies of these letters. In a sign of divisions within each force, the CRPF's state IG has contradicted the DGP's denial about having received the alerts, while the state DGP has defended the SIB officers criticised by the acting DGP.

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On July 1, DG (CRPF) Pranay Sahay wrote to Chhattisgarh DGP Ramniwas and asked him to restrain ADG (Intel) Mukesh Gupta from playing an "unprofessional blame game or a game of one-upmanship". And on July 12, Chhattisgarh DG (Jail) Giridhari Nayak, then acting state DGP with Ramniwas on leave, wrote to chief secretary Sunil Kumar and home secretary N K Aswal: "The present predicament of SIB compels me to say that [DIG Deepanshu] Kabra and Gupta are most unsuitable officers to handle the desk of SIB. The act of indiscipline and foolhardiness of erecting empires within the department is enervating the effectiveness of the police force... It is requested to take action against the erring officers and redeem the command."

The CRPF's Sahay retired days after he wrote his letter. Nayak is widely expected to take over as Chhattisgarh DGP after Ramniwas retires early next year.

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