Mr Singh also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the attack last night.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday directed acting chief of the CRPF and a top security officer to stay put in Chhattisgarh to ensure coordinated "targeted" operations against the Naxals, apparently unhappy over the functioning of the paramilitary force.
As many as 25 CRPF personnel were yesterday killed in an attack by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district. Around 90 Jawans belonging to 74th battalion of CRPF were engaged in area sanitisation for a road construction project.
Around 90 CRPF jawans were part of the road opening party when they were attacked by the Naxals. The Centre has convened a meeting of chief ministers of Maoist-hit states on May 8. Blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh for the attack, Singh said thy had a "deal and understanding" with the Maoists in the state. The security operations are carried out by paramilitary forces with support from the state police.
One account said local tribes passed on vital real-time inputs on the movement of CRPF men to the Maoists. The jawans attacked were tasked with protecting workers building a key road that, once completed, would help the forces break the dominance of the guerrillas in the region.
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The CRPF, whose primary role lies in assisting the State and Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency, remains headless for nearly two months now with the government yet to appoint its regular Director General (DG).
"I have been saying this from the very beginning that the Naxals problem will not be solved in these Naxalite belt till the villagers will not be taken into confidence". On 11 March this year, 12 CRPF men were killed and four were injured in an ambush in Sukma. "The sacrifice of the fearless soldiers will not go in vain", he said. "Then we were set upon by 300 of them... villagers, women and the militia-types in black uniforms".
"The Maoists know that development is limiting the space for them. We will review the strategy and if necessary we will revisit it".
"Discussions should take place with all political leaders and some new policies should be introduced", Singh told the media here.
To a query on why a full-time director general of the CRPF had not been appointed, he said, "We don't have a dearth of leadership.whenever needed, we will appoint a senior officer here".