26th April 2017 | Editorial Simplified

Editorial Simplified : 26th Day of April 2017

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers.

The Hindu 

Editorial : Murder at noon

Context:

A Central Reserve Police Force battalion was ambushed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district leading to the death of 25 personnel, the worst such attack in 7 years

Important Points:

  • At least 25 CRPF personnel were killed near the Burkapal camp in south Sukma while out on duty to provide protection for road construction on the Dornapal-Jagargunda belt when the Maoists struck.
  • Around 300 armed insurgents swooped down on the battalion around 1 p.m., when the soldiers were taking a break for lunch and their guard was presumed to have been down. 
  • The Maoists used automatic weapons that they had stolen a month ago when they ambushed and killed a dozen CRPF men not very far from this encounter site.
  • This shocking attack points to a few things,
  • It is a tragic reminder of the failure of the Indian state to effectively address the security challenge the Maoists
  • The recent spate of attacks and ambushes indicates a breakdown in intelligence-gathering, possibly on account of a lack of effective coordination between the State police and paramilitary forces.
  • The State police forces in Maoist-affected areas have more or less abdicated their duties of law and order, leaving the job almost entirely to the paramilitary forces.
  • It is consistent with the Maoist strategy of blowing up infrastructure that enables connectivity, such as roads and bridges, or establishes the presence of the state, such as schools. The road being built would’ve provided easy access to the backward region of the State, where Maoists have for long held sway.
  • The post of the Director General of the CRPF continues to be vacant and that is a major administrative inadequacy and the fault lies at the door of the Central government.
  • It also raises questions about the Standard Operating Procedures and precautions adopted by the CRPF.
  • What shall be the response?
  • The response must be to double down to extend the presence of the administration in Bastar, to break the isolation and reach social services to the people.
  • The Centre needs to put in place measures to strengthen, expand and arm the State police, most of all in Chhattisgarh.
  • This needs the State governments to show far more political will to persuade local communities than they currently do. 
  • There is also the need to boost the morale of the security and police forces.

The Maoists long ago lost the argument when they resorted to violence but the state is yet to win that argument by addressing the people’s security and welfare needs.

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