What went wrong with Operation Prahar? Inside story of Bijapur ambush

Twenty-two jawans misplaced their lives after they had been ambushed by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur on Saturday throughout a combing operation. Following the incident, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday known as a high-level assembly through which a roadmap was ready for a significant motion in opposition to the Naxals.

According to unique data gathered by Aaj Tak, the PLGA battalion number-1, which is a powerful guerrilla drive, of the Naxals within the Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee area for a number of years. It has been working to weaken the democratic set of the nation.

A joint-force of the DRG (District Reserve Guard), STF (Special Task Force), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and CRPF’s particular CoBRA commandos is operating the safety operations within the Bastar area to counter the Maoist (because the Naxals are known as for being members of banned outfit, the Communist Party of India-Maoist) insurgents. This operation known as Operation Prahar.

On April 3, the safety forces acquired inputs in regards to the presence of PLGA-1 within the hilly forests alongside the borders of Bijapur and Sukma districts. A joint-task drive comprising the jawans from the DRG, STF, CoBRA and CRPF was dispatched on a counter-Naxal operation. Additional forces had been despatched from different base camps with separate targets.

The Naxal insurgents attacked the safety forces round 12 midday within the forests between Jonagundem and Tekulagudem. The encounter between the joint-force and the PLGA-1 went on for a number of hours on April 3.

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22 Jawans martyred, 31 Injured

The authorities confirmed the death of 22 jawans. One jawan was reported lacking. A search-and-rescue operation was launched by the safety forces for the lacking jawan.

According to obtainable data, the DRG misplaced eight jawans, the STF 6, CoBRA 7 and Bastaria Battalion one within the Naxal ambush. Thirty-one jawans had been injured within the Naxal assault, 13 of them are stated to be in critical situation.

15 Naxals Killed, Over 20 Injured

The safety forces inflicted heavy casualties on the Naxal insurgents resulting in the loss of life of 15 Naxals. More than 20 Naxal insurgents had been injured within the encounter with the safety forces.

The Naxals took away the our bodies of the insurgents killed throughout the encounter in a truck in the direction of dense forests. The safety forces discovered the physique of a lady Maoist, recognized as Pamed LGS commander Mandvi Vanoja. Her physique was discovered with Insas rifles.

NTRO’s Help In Counter-Naxal Operation

Union dwelling secretary, chiefs of intelligence wings, senior officers of the CRPF and different senior officers of the house ministry had been current within the assembly chaired by Amit Shah.

Amit Shah gave a clear instruction to the security agencies that there can be no letup in Operation Prahar in opposition to the Naxals. He stated the safety forces would perform operation within the Naxal dens.

Sources stated it was determined to strengthen each human and technical intelligence, and take assist from the NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation, which works underneath the Prime Minister’s Office). It can be being reviewed that what went wrong when the safety forces launched their operation.

The Union dwelling ministry will analyse the state authorities’s report on the incident earlier than deciding what motion is required to absorb future operations.

Sources have additionally stated that the matter may very well be handed over the NIA (National Investigation Agency) because the safety businesses suspect a conspiracy behind the Naxal ambush. The NIA may very well be requested to pin-point the way it occurred.

Intel Inputs Were There, What Went Wrong?

There had been intelligence inputs that Naxal Commander Hidma, carrying a prize of Rs 25 lakh on his head, and his extremist associates had been tenting in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur for a number of days. The safety businesses had issued alert that these Naxal insurgents might goal the safety forces and patrolling events.

The sources have informed Aaj Tak that 150-160 Naxal operatives had been tenting within the forests of Sukma and Bijapur underneath the management of Naxal commander Hidma and will goal the safety forces. Information was also there that another group of 50-60 Naxal insurgents were ready for ambushing the security forces.

Similar data was in regards to the PLGA-1 whose members had been stated to be hiding in Bijapur and Sukma within the Bastar area fearing the safety forces.

The IB (Intelligence Bureau) had traced the newest location of Hidma, who had been seen at Jagargunda of Sukma on March 24. He had been seen with 15-180 Naxal operatives. The particular crew of the IB and the CRPF was making an attempt to hint precise location of Hidma for a while.

Naxals Attack In TCOC Months

The safety forces have informed Aaj Tak that the Naxal teams assault the safety forces throughout the months of TCOC or the Tactical Counter-Offensive Campaign. This marketing campaign is run throughout March-June interval. The intention of such Naxal assaults is to trigger most injury to the safety forces.

Sources have stated the Naxals haven’t solely deliberate to focus on the safety forces throughout TCOC months within the South Bastar of Chhattisgarh, however they’ve additionally deliberate to focus on different key areas notably alongside state borders.

According to the stories ready by the safety forces, Naxal PLGA-1 commander Mandvi Indumal alias Hidma is planning an assault with the weapons and UBGL/rocket launcher snatched from the safety forces. The Naxals have additionally ready a plan to shoot the helicopters which are used to hold provides to the safety forces.

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