Sukma attack: Former DGP KPS Gill says collective responsibility needed to tackle Naxal menace

KP Gill talking exclusively to India Today said that it would be wrong to single out anyone for what has happened in Sukma, adding that it was a collective responsibility.

Credited with wiping off Khalistan terrorism from Punjab, former DGP KPS Gill who also served as Security Advisor to Chhattisgarh gin 2006, spoke exclusively to India Today after the Sukma attack.

Gill was tasked with getting rid of the Naxal menace in the state by the then Raman Singh-led government but Gill quit the job midway and accused Raman Singh government of not doing enough.KPS Gill spoke exclusively with India Today on the Sukma attack on CRPF jawans which resulted in martyrdom of 25 jawans.

Former DGP speaking to India Today said, "I had submitted proposals to the Chhattisgarh government when I was there. In my one year stint in the state, a lot was discussed but nothing was implemented on ground."

He added that it will be wrong to single out anyone for what has happened in Sukma. "It is a collective responsibility and needs involvement of all parties."

The CRPF men killed last week by Naxals were guarding a crucial road project. Gill said that the failure in governance resulted in such an incident. "This under construction road on highway in Jagargonda is strategically very important. The sad part, Gill added, was that the road was under construction even when he was an advisor there in 2006 and it was still not complete.

He also questioned why the SOP was not put in practice. "This battalion was 90 km away from the HQ. In such a difficult terrain, you can't afford to keep forces at such a distance," he said.

Gill said that mere appointment of a full-time DG is not enough for the issues. "The officers should have experience of leading forces in such situations." He added that talks about the resource crunch, lack of anti-mine vehicles for the security forces were just rubbish. He further added, "Talks that Maoists are better equipped is also rubbish. They are a bunch of untrained men in thickly forested areas."

The former DGP trashed the idea of deployment of Army/Air Force for anti-naxal operations and said that it was not a solution. "Better co-ordination between the state police and central agencies is required," he said.

"A special force to tackle the Naxals should be raised, the SPOs there should be best utilised," Gill insisted.

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