As security agencies analyze the deadly Sukma ambush in which 25 CRPF troopers were killed, startling information has come out that the Intelligence Bureau had given specific warning about the impending strike, including the likely location, which was either ignored or not passed on to the men on the ground.
Highly placed that the alert was passed to the ministry of home affairs on March 20, 35 days before the ambush.
In the shocked aftermath of the ambush, the massacre of 24 CRPF jawans was attributed to intelligence failure. Many officials in central security forces believe that the Sukma attack was to some extent a result of Chhattisgarh Police intelligence failure.
Sources, however, tell TOI that IB had definite information of likely attacks and passed it to two senior officials of home ministry. But whether this information was relayed to security commanders in Bastar is not clear.
According to sources, IB had warned that Maoists were carrying out recce in Chintagufa in preparation for an attack. The ambush site, Burkapal, is in the same region.
A few scholars, who are in the region to study the strategy of security forces and Maoists point out that CRPF jawans are often sent to a place without properly briefing them about the area. "The amount of briefing has to be enhanced. It is very necessary to focus on morale of security forces.
Many of the jawans we interacted during our studies had demanded better weapons and safety equipment besides better training on anti-Maoist psychological operations," says Dr Varnika Sharma, a researcher on Maoist and military psychology. Dr Sharma is also a post-doctoral fellow of Defence Studies, ICSSR.