New Delhi: Anti-terror agency NIA on Monday began its probe into the deadly Naxal attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh to find out possible lapses on the part of the central forces or the state government.

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“Action will be taken if anyone is found guilty. We have asked the NIA to investigate the Maoist attack. Security lapses could have taken place. Whether it be any lapse on the part of central forces or the state government, buck will have to be stopped somewhere. We have to take action,” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said.

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Asked whether the mastermind of Saturday's attack on Congress workers has been identified, Singh said it was too early to say that and any conclusion could be reached only when the probe is completed. The Centre has already deployed 30 battalions (approximately 30,000 personnel) in Chhattisgarh to help the state government carry out anti-Naxal operations.

The Centre has already deployed 30 battalions (approximately 30,000 personnel) in Chhattisgarh to help the state government carry out anti-Naxal operations.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on Sunday said that NIA will probe the Maoist attack on Congress leaders and the Centre received a go-ahead from Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh for it.

Heavily-armed Maoists had on Saturday ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in the state's Bastar district, killing 28 people including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, party leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar and injuring 32 others, including former Union Minister VC Shukla.

(JPN/Agencies)

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