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Naxal Attack Fallout: Bastar SP Suspended, IG Shifted

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Heads rolled in Chhattisgarh administration with the state government  suspending Bastar district Superintendent of Police on Tuesday night and shunting out Bastar range Inspector General of Police and Collector in the wake of the Maoist attack on Congress leaders.

SP Mayank Shrivastava has been suspended while IG Himangshu Gupta was shifted to police headquarters. Bastar Collector P Anabalagan has been shifted to the state secretariat, Secretary, Public Relations of the state government, Aman Singh said.

Shrivastava has been attached to the DGP office till further order and Gupta will now serve as IG, Crime Investigation Department (CID), Singh said, adding Anabalagan will be posted as Deputy Secretary in the secretariat.

Ajay Yadav will be new SP of Bastar district, Arun Deo Gautam IG, Bastar range and Ankit Anand the Collector, Singh added. L S Ken will replace Ankit Anand as new Jashpur collector. It has also been decided by the government that Director General of Police Ramniwas will now look after the VIP security himself, assisted by an Inspector General of Police and a Deputy Inspector General of Police," Singh added.

Chhattisgarh government has already ordered a judicial probe into the incident. The state government has come under fire for security lapses that had led to the incident, a criticism acknowledged by Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Heavily-armed Maoists had on Saturday last ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders at Darbha, killing 27 people including PCC chief Patel, his son Dinesh, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudaliyar and injuring 37 others, including former Union minister V C Shukla.

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