//Home Ministry seeks report from Chattisgarh over US officials visit

Home Ministry seeks report from Chattisgarh over US officials visit

New Delhi, May 30 (PTI): Notwithstanding denial from the US embassy here, the Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from Chattisgarh Government over the visit of two American mission officials to Raipur where they "assured" assitance to the State Government for fighting naxal violence.

According to senior Home Ministry officials, the State Government has been asked to furnish a detailed report on the visit of the US mission officials to the state and the nature of discussions held by them with senior state government officials including the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) B K S Ray.

The move by the Home Ministry comes after a statement by the US mission contradicting reports that it had offered any assistance to Chhattisgarh Government to fight the naxals.

Reports by central security agencies claimed the US officials did discuss the naxal violence and had extended support to the state government, the officials said.

A press release issued by Chhattisgarh Government issued on May 25 had said "American Consulate General officers William Inman and Kevin Green queried about problems arising out of Naxalite violence in Dantewada district of the State." and had assured all possible help to the State Government for ending naxal violence from the state".