Chhattisgarh Naxal attack claims lives of 22 security personnel

At least 22 security personnel have been killed and 31 suffered critical accidents following an alternate of hearth between forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur.


CRPF personnel carry the coffin of a jawan who was killed within the encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh (Dharmendar Sharma/India Today)

At least 22 security personnel have been killed and 31 suffered critical accidents following an alternate of hearth between forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur. One soldier remains to be believed to be lacking within the worst Naxal attack in 4 years.

Chhattisgarh Police stated in an announcement that no less than 12 Maoists have been killed and 16 injured within the gun battle following the ambush. The security forces have been ambushed by round 400 Naxals, who surrounded the jawans from three sides and opened hearth.

All it’s good to know concerning the attack in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur


At least 22 security personnel have been killed and 31 sustained accidents within the encounter with Naxals alongside the Sukma-Bijapur border on Saturday. The deceased included eight from the District Reserve Guard (DRG), seven from the CRPF’s CoBRA, six from the Special Task Force and one from the ‘Bastariya’ battalion of the CRPF. An officer stated most of the security personnel died of bullet accidents whereas one is suspected to have fainted and later died attributable to dehydration.


Director-General of CRPF Kuldiep Singh stated some 10-12 Naxals have been believed to have died within the gunbattle.


The operation was launched primarily based on the intelligence inputs concerning the presence of Maoists of PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army) Battalion No. 1 led by Hidma, a Naxal commander concerned in lots of lethal assaults on security forces. “At least 400 Naxals suspected to be led by most wanted Maoist commander Hidma and his associate Sujatha ambushed the forces in an area that is a stronghold of the Maoists due to the difficult terrain, large tracts of forests and a smaller number of camps of security forces,” an officer stated.


DG CRPF Kuldiep Singh stated there was completely no intelligence failure within the operation. “There’s no point in saying that there was some kind of intelligence or operational failure. Had it been some intelligence failure, forces would haven’t gone for operation. If there was some operational failure, so many Naxals would haven’t been killed,” information company ANI quoted DG CRPF Kuldiep Singh as saying.


The Naxals used low-intensity improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs) and light-weight machine weapons (LMGs) throughout the encounter that continued for a number of hours. The security personnel took cowl behind massive timber and stored firing until they ran out of ammunition, an official instructed PTI. “The Maoists drew the forces into an ambush with heavy gunfire and encircled the security personnel from three sides. A heavy gun-battle ensued in the jungles that are devoid of any foliage at present,” the official stated.


On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level assembly to evaluation the state of affairs in Chhattisgarh. “Our security men have lost their lives. We will not tolerate this bloodshed and a befitting reply will be given at an appropriate time. Our fight against Naxalites will continue with strength, perseverance and intensity, and we will take it to the end,” he stated.


The Chhattisgarh Police will submit a report on the Bijapur encounter to Union Home Ministry on Monday. The report will probably be submitted first to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel earlier than being despatched to the Ministry of Home Affairs.


Top leaders and ministers prolonged their condolences to the households of the deceased troopers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated their sacrifices would by no means be forgotten. “My thoughts are with the families of those martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the brave martyrs will never be forgotten. May the injured recover at the earliest,” PM Modi stated in a tweet. President Ram Nath Kovind stated, “The killing of the security personnel while battling Maoist insurgency in Chhattisgarh is a matter of deep anguish. My condolences to the bereaved families. The nation shares their pain and will never forget this sacrifice.”


Meanwhile, France and Turkey additionally condoled the demise of 22 security personnel. French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain stated, “Heartfelt condolences for the losses suffered by the security personnel in Chhattisgarh. Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims and to the injured, for whom we wish a speedy recovery.”


The worst Naxal attack until date is the 2010 strike on security forces, the place 76 CRPF and state police personnel have been killed on the Chintalnar space of Dantewada. In March of 2013, 25 CRPF personnel have been gunned down within the Sukma space.

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