‘Poorly designed’ and ‘incompetently executed’: Rahul Gandhi on Chhattisgarh anti-naxal operation

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned CRPF chief Kuldiep Singh’s statement that stated there was no intelligence or operational failure in the operation in Chhattisgarh. Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said that if there was no operational failure, then it was clearly a “poorly designed” and ” incompetently executed” operation.

“If there was no intelligence failure then a 1:1 death ratio means it was a poorly designed and incompletely executed operation. Our Jawans are not cannon fodder to be martyred at will,” he wrote tagging a new reported of the CRPF DG. 

“There is no point in saying that there was some kind of intelligence or operational failure. Had it been some intelligence failure, forces would have not gone for the operation. And if there was some operational failure, so many Naxals would have not been killed,” Mr Singh had told news agency ANI.

However, he had earlier said that his personnel were “surprised and ambushed”. 

Out of the 22 fatalities in the Saturday Naxal attack in the state, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) suffered eight losses, including seven CoBRA commandos, while one jawan from the Bastariya battalion was found dead. Eight from the DRG and five from the Special Task Force were also killed in the attack. 

The security personnel were attacked by the Naxals when they were onboard for a combing operation in a forest along the border of the Bijapur and Sukma. 

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