A day after Naxalites killed nine security personnel in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said that naxal activities had increased in the Mandla district of MP too and a high alert had been sounded in all the eight naxal-affected districts of MP adjoining the Chhattisgarh border.
Speaking to some media persons at the State Assembly here on Wednesday, Singh said that additional security forces had been rushed to Mandla and other districts, as a precautionary measure.
The Home Minister asserted that the state government was fully prepared to take action against any possible naxalite activity in MP. Singh did not deny the possibility that the naxalites involved in Sukma’s attack might have tried to slip into Mandla and other adjoining districts of MP to escape retaliatory action by the security forces in that state.
Singh said MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced financial assistance of Rs 1 crore each to the kin of the two CRPF personnel from MP who were martyred in Tuesday’s naxal attack in Sukma.
CRPF personnel Ramkishan Tomar of Morena district and Jitendra Singh of Bhind district in MP were among those killed in the naxal attack.
The MP Home Minister said the state government would provide a flat with each to the family of the deceased and would also construct their memorial in their respective villages.