The critical Maoist trap of a Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF group that was building a street in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on Monday occurred just around 2 km far from the CRPF camp. 25 CRPF men were executed and six were harmed when around 300 Naxals assaulted them with rocket launchers and AK-47s, dwarfing the 99-part group of fighters. A senior cop said the assault was all around planned. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called it a – challenge-. He will pay respect to the officers killed in state capital Raipur today.
25 CRPF Men Killed By Hundreds of Maoists, 2 Km from Camp
This is the 2nd attack this year, at Kalapathar region of south Bastar area had begun around 1 pm, just 2 km from a CRPF camp. The Maoists had first sent local people to discover the position of the CRPF, a harmed trooper, Sher Mohammad, told the media, including that the gun battle went on for around three hours. Troopers who survived the horror said the attackers in black gear used hand grenades, automatic rifles, and rocket launchers as they attacked them “from all sides”.
“The troopers replied in a fitting manner but taking geographical position to their advantage, the Maoists succeeded in inflicting loss to the CRPF,” a CRPF statement said. “A considerable number of Maoists are believed to have been eliminated,” it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the attack on the patrol party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was cowardly. “The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain,” he said.
“It is very sad incident and we take it as a challenge”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. The minister also rushed his deputy Hansraj Ahir to Chhattisgarh to take stock of the situation.
Rescue Operation was Speeded up for Victims
The six injured jawans were carried and sent to Raipur for treatment. Some of them are said to be basic. One of the harmed men surrendered to wounds while being emptied via air.
“We are yet to account for all the personnel and a search is on. Around 7 to 8 boys are still missing,” news agency Press Trust of India quoted a CRPF officer as saying.
Chief Minister Raman Singh flew once more from New Delhi and held an emergency meeting with top authorities to re-strategize moves against the Maoists who have indicated at restoration as of late.
“Our jawans will not back down,” Mr Singh said. “Sukma is Naxalite bastion. This road, once built, will cripple their network.”
On the reports of 300 assailants, the acting Director General of the constraint, Sudeep Lakhtakia revealed to NDTV early today that reports
“may be inaccurate” and may have been shared by jawans in a state of shock. “The total strength of a Maoist cadre in the area would not be more than 300 so the assumption is that one entire Maoist force may have been involved in the attack. However, this is an assumption,” he said.