CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh on Chhattisgarh encounter: No intelligence or operational failure, 25-30 Naxals killed

A day after 22 jawans had been killed and 31 sustained accidents in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh, director-general of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Kuldiep Singh mentioned that there was completely no intelligence or operational 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.

While talking in regards to the casualties of Naxals within the encounter, he knowledgeable that round 25-30 Naxals had been killed, however the precise quantity is but to be ascertained.

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“Three tractors were used to carry injured and dead bodies of Naxals from the site. It is tough to say right now an exact number of Naxals killed in the operation, but it shouldn’t be less than 25-30,” Kuldiep Singh mentioned.

All about Bijapur Naxal assault

The attack was led by some 400 Maoists who surrounded the jawans from three sides in an space devoid of vegetation and rained on them machine gunfire in addition to IEDs for a number of hours, officers mentioned on Sunday.

The safety victims had been from a contingent of about 1,500 troops, drawn from the CRPF’s specialised jungle warfare unit CoBRA, its common battalions, a unit of its Bastariya battalion, the Chhattisgarh Police affiliated District Reserve Guard (DRG) and others. They had launched a search and destroy operation alongside the border of Bijapur-Sukma district after they received inputs of Maoists presence within the space.

After receiving intelligence that the Naxals had been conducting a counter-offensive train within the space, a contingent of about 790 personnel set out in the direction of the Jagargunda-Jongaguda-Tarrem axis at daybreak, officers advised PTI.

“At least 400 Naxals suspected to be led by the most wanted Maoist commander and leader of the so-called ‘People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) battalion no 1– Hidma– and his associate Sujatha ambushed the forces in an area that is a strong-hold of the Maoists due to the difficult terrain, large tracts of forests and a smaller number of security forces camps,” an officer mentioned.

Out of the entire 22 fatalities, the CRPF lost eight men together with seven CoBRA commandos whereas one jawan is from the Bastariya battalion and the remaining are from DRG and Special Task Force. A CRPF Inspector continues to be lacking, they mentioned.

“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 which are devoid of any foliage at present,” a senior official advised PTI.

Naxals used low-intensity IEDs to mount assault

Bullets rained from mild machine weapons (LMGs) and the Naxals additionally used low-intensity improvised explosive units (IEDs) to mount the assault that continued for a number of hours.

Helicopters, which had been requisitioned to evacuate the injured personnel, might make the primary touchdown solely after 5 pm after the gunfire had ended.

The safety personnel took cowl behind giant timber and stored firing until they ran out of ammunition, he added.

At one location, he added, seven our bodies of the troops had been recovered and the tree trunks bore bullet marks, indicating {that a} fierce gun battle came about within the space.

About two dozen refined assault weapons of the slain personnel are additionally acknowledged to have been looted by the Naxals whilst safety officers mentioned the search of the realm continues to be on and particulars are being collected from the bottom.

Operation monitored by 2 IG rank officers, CRPF from Jagdalpur in Bastar

Another officer posted in Chhattisgarh mentioned the operation was being monitored by two Inspector General (IG) rank officers of the state police and the CRPF from Jagdalpur in Bastar.

Officials mentioned whereas most safety personnel had been killed on account of bullet photographs, one is suspected to have fainted and later died due to dehydration and other issues.

“The security forces personnel, especially CoBRA commandos, fought very bravely and ensured that the Naxals could not prolong the ambush despite being at an advantage,” the officer mentioned.

(With inputs from PTI)

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