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Govt readies face-saver on DGP letter

Patna, Jan. 9: The Bihar government would communicate to the CRPF that it does not approve of the views expressed by director-general of police Abhayanand about Bihari officials posted in Maoist operations.

“The DGP had written the letter which was related to one particular incident. But the state government does not hold the same view and has decided to communicate to the CRPF about it,” water resources minister Vijay Choudhary said today.

In a missive dated November 19, 2013, to Central Reserve Police Force director-general Dilip Trivedi, Abhayanand had suggested that all officers of the paramilitary outfit hailing from Bihar should be relocated outside the state.

The water resources minister slammed a statement of former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi in which the BJP leader had demanded that chief minister Nitish Kumar should apologise for “insulting Biharis”.

“Modi has been deputy chief minister and should know that the letter written by the DGP in his own capacity is not like the chief minister writing the letter. How can the chief minister be blamed?” Choudhary asked.

Former Union home secretary R.K. Singh, who has since joined the BJP, dubbed the Bihar DGP’s letter “shameful”.

“As a Bihari I feel insulted. As a former official of the home ministry, I know that the letter goes against the very ethos of central paramilitary forces, where nobody is discriminated on the basis of their caste, religion or the state they belong to. Third, how can you condemn the whole group for the mistake of just one person?” he asked.

He questioned how the Bihar government could write a letter which discriminates against Biharis.

In the letter written by Abhayanand, a suggestion to keep Bihar CRPF personnel out of the state was made in the context of the revelation that an assistant commandant with the 159 Battalion, Sanjay Yadav, had leaked out crucial information to Naxalites on the location of the paramilitary forces in Gaya district.

The DGP contended that the leak had affected operations against Maoists in the area.


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