Wednesday, June 30, 2010

'Broiler Murga' CRPF continues to be easy prey for Naxals

Broiler Murga

Tuesday’s incident when 26 CRPF personnel were killed is another example of how they are sitting ducks to the Maoists who have aptly termed them as ‘broiler murga’. The mocking nomenclature is inspired by the particular type of chicken that are always transported in large numbers.

The CRPF jawans, who always venture out in large numbers for patrolling in the forests, are being mocked at by the rebels who repeatedly gain the upper hand in ambushes. Security experts say that’s what makes the CRPF all the more vulnerable.

Call it their psychological tactics or sheer sledging, Naxals boast of plans to eliminate an entire patrolling CRPF squad. ‘Inko jhund mein pakdo aur jhund me maro’ (catch them in bunch and kill them all) is what the Naxals are learnt to preach among cadres.

On Wednesday, around four more CRPF jawans of a patrolling party were injured after a pressure bomb went off in the road between Cherpal and Gangaluru in Bijapur. Tuesday’s incident in Narayanpur district was no different than what had happened in Chintalnar in Dantewada or Pedakodepal in Bijapur, both in May. The entire squad _ ambushed within 3km from the Dhaudai base camp _ comprised nearly 69 jawans and their officers. The party was divided into two groups. While one had moved ahead, the other was following close behind and they were the ones to be ambushed.

The Naxals had set a trap on the road. In their usual style, they encircled the jawans and rained bullets from all sides leaving the security personnel no room to escape. Sources said that in much less than an hour the resistance of the CRPF personnel was over. The party, which had already advanced, was nowhere to conduct the rescue.

Like in Chintalnar where 76 personnel died, the entire party was rendered helpless when the Naxals opened fire on them.

“The CRPF had been effective in tackling the law and order situation in Kashmir. Countering the Naxals and their ploys are a different ball game all together,” said a senior Chhattisgarh cop. “The CRPF personnel would fail to comply with patrolling instructions in the jungles of maintaining substantial gap between the jawans. They would often be walking too close to each other. A single burst of fire from a sophisticated firearm would ensure the fall of five to six jawans. The moment a party sees five to six dropping dead, it becomes mentally difficult to continue the gun battle.”

Local police often suggest to CRPF jawans to avoid roads and follow jungle trails. “The advice always falls on deaf ears,” added the cop. “If they cannot sensitize an area of at least 5km radius around the base camps, it shows lack of concern and foresight. In both Chintalnar and Dhaudai the ambushes were laid within 3 kms of the base camps.”


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