K Vijay Kumar
Ranchi, July 25: CRPF director-general K. Vijay Kumar today awarded his men for eliminating Maoist leader Ajay Ganjhu and called on recuperating jawans who were injured in an encounter with Naxalites in Khunti, urging the forces to carry out operations against the rebels with greater precision.
After arriving in Ranchi, the DG also met director-general of police G.S. Rath apart from awarding Rs 8 lakh to a team comprising personnel of CRPF’s 190th Battalion and the special striking 203rd Cobra battalion that was involved in killing Ganjhu in Chatra on June 20.
P.R. Mishra is the commandant of the 203rd Battalion while V.S. Verma is his counterpart in the Cobra battalion.
Only two days later, however, two CRPF jawans lost their lives in an encounter with Naxalites in Rania area of Khunti district.
However, conflicting reports that two CRPF teams engaged in the operations separately were caught in the crossfire due to mistaken identities had led to confusion over ongoing operations.
CRPF sources said Kumar advised them to make sure joint operations by smaller teams of the paramilitary forces and state police were better co-ordinated in future.
Kumar also paid a visit to Apollo hospital, where four jawans are recuperating from gunshot injuries sustained during the alleged encounter at Rania.
Rath termed the DG’s visit as routine.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said, “He was here to meet the recuperating jawans, besides awarding the forces engaged in the Chatra encounter. He has also promised a DG’s commendation disc for Bokaro superintendent of police Kuldeep Dwivedi. Issues concerning a few operations were also discussed, which cannot be shared.”
Meanwhile, the Centre is also expected to review construction of as many as 75 police stations across the state.
Jharkhand State Police Housing Corporation has already been awarded the contract for construction of 48 stations. Each police station building and other amenities will cost about Rs 2 crore. The entire grant comes from the Centre.