The Naxalites were armed with AK-47 and rocket launcher, as soon as the soldiers reached close to 400 Naxalites surrounded them and opened fire.
22 soldiers killed in Bijapur Naxalite attack.
In an encounter on Saturday in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur (Chhattisgarh Naxal attack), 22 soldiers were martyred and 31 injured, who are undergoing treatment in the hospital. The martyred soldiers are said to include 6 of DRG, 6 of STF, 9 of Cobra battalion and one of Bastar battalion. According to the information received, the Naxals were sitting in ambush in large numbers and were equipped with modern weapons like UGNL, Rocket Launcher, INSAS and AK-47. The encounter started at around 12.30 in the morning and continued for about 4 hours at around 5.30 in the evening. Amit Shah has also left for Chhattisgarh on Monday and will also visit the spot.
Bastar IG P Sundararaj has told that the Naxalites had ambushed and attacked the team of jawans. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also discussed the matter by calling Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in this matter. Shah has made it clear that the martyrdom of the soldiers will not be forgotten and the campaign against the Naxalites will be expedited than before. Shah said, the central government and the state government will win this battle together. Any necessary help from the central government will be given to the state government.
Where was the attack?
According to the information received, about 2000 personnel of CRPF’s Cobra, Bastaria Battalion, DRG and STF were out in operation near Jonaguda in Silger forest of Tarrem region for the last two days under anti-Naxal operations. On Saturday morning, a contingent of soldiers came to know that a large number of Naxalites are hiding near Jonaguda. After this a plan was made and the force was sent. Officials got information that there are a large number of Naxalites, so other troops were also sent to this area.
How did the attack happen?
In fact, the misleading information about Naxalite hiding was spread by the Naxals themselves to call the Security Force to the area of the forest where they were ambushed. Experts said that the Naxalites were ambushed in U shape. As soon as the jawans arrived in these areas, the Naxalites started firing from all sides. The Naxalites came fully prepared and firing continued from both sides for about 5 hours.
Naxalites were hiding in the upper areas, so it was very difficult for the jawans to target them. Seeing this, a troop of soldiers tried to go towards a village, but the Naxalites followed them there and surrounded the soldiers on the way. Naxalites not only targeted the soldiers but also looted their weapons and other belongings.
Attack near Naxalite commander’s village
The hand of Naxalite commander Hidma is being told behind this attack. The death of 9 Naxalites has been confirmed in the counter-attack. Bastar IG P Sundararaj said that the area where the encounter took place is the village of Naxalite commander Hidma, the mastermind of the Jhiram attack. The Naxalites involved in the attack were members of his Maoist group. He further said that more than 250 Naxalites were present at the scene who surrounded the soldiers from all around. Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Kuldeep Singh has also reached Raipur and is keeping an eye on the whole matter.
Questions raised on Nalin Prabhat
IG Naxal Operation Nalin Prabhat is again surrounded by questions after this attack. Let us know that 11 years ago, 76 CRPF personnel were martyred in Naxalite attack in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, and then CRPF DIG Nalin Prabhat was the only one. Apart from this, just a year ago, on March 21, there was also a Naxalite attack in Chintagufa area of Sukma district, in which 17 soldiers were martyred. The Opposition has raised the question why despite being proved to be a constant failure, Nalin Prabhat is being given a big responsibility here.
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