Gadchiroli naxal attack: Ambushed jawans ignored protocol

The Gadchiroli police have come under criticism for their failure to enforce standard operating procedures (SOPs) which would have prevented the killing of 15 men of the Quick Response Team in a Maoist ambush on Wednesday.

The men travelling in a private Mahindra mini truck were ambushed and killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast.

They were heading out of the Kurkheda police station. Ignoring the protocol of sending an area domination unit to recce the road ahead – which is the usual practice – the QRT unit did not also wait for an anti-landmine vehicle to arrive before deciding to travel in a private vehicle. They were headed to Dadpur village where the naxals had the previous night torched 36 vehicles meant to assist the road construction work, eyewitnesses said.…


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