Raipur (Chhattisgarh), April 4
At least 22 security personnel were martyred in an ambush by the cadres of outlawed organisation in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on April 3, police officials confirmed on Sunday.
“In an encounter with ultras, 22 security personnel were martyred and one trooper was missing. Around 31 troopers were injured in the encounter,” said Director General of Police (DGP) D M Awasthi.
It may be recalled that on April 3, police officials stated that five security personnel, including two each from Bastariya Battalion and DRG while one from Commando Battalion for Resolute Action unit (CoBRA)-an elite unit of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were martyred in the encounter with naxals at village Jonaguda under Jagargunda police station limits, close to Bijapur border, on Saturday afternoon.
According to senior police officials, acting on a precise input about the location of hardcore naxal Hidma, who is the commander of PLGA’s battalion, a joint team of CRPF, CoBRA, STF and DRG launched an operation on April 2. In the operation, a contingent of 760 personnel leaves from Bijapur’s Terram while 200 from Usoor and 195 from Pamed. Similarly, a posse of around 483 personnel were participated from Sukma’s Minpa and 420 from Narsapuram. As the security personnel reached Jonaguda, ultras opened indiscriminate firing coupled with blast leaving no time to security personnel for retaliation.
However, senior officials claimed that insurgents have also suffered heavy casualties.
In the wake of the incident that rocked the entire nation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today and held a detailed discussion regarding the incident, said the official press release.
CM Baghel informed the Home Minister about the situation on the ground. Baghel said the damage caused to the security forces in the encounter is tragic. But the security forces are strong and we will win this fight against Naxalite violence.
The Home Minister told the Chief Minister that the Union Government and the State Government will together win this fight. He said that whatever helps is needed from the central government, will be given to the state government. He said that he has instructed the Director General of CRPF to visit the encounter site.
CM Baghel said that the villagers are getting disillusioned with the naxals due to the continuous development work being done in the areas affected by naxal violence and they are constantly joining the mainstream of development. Health, education, and other facilities are becoming accessible to the remote villages and people are moving away from the Naxalite ideology. Due to this, naxalites are trying to make their presence known by carrying out such attacks. The state government isn’t afraid of it and is determined to take its development work to every village.
“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,” tweeted President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
“I bow to the sacrifices of our brave security personnel martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Nation will never forget their valour. My condolences are with their families. We will continue our fight against these enemies of peace & progress. May injured recover soon,” tweeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah.