In the deadliest terrorist attack of 2021, a group of 400 Naxals ambushed a massive operation that included the STF, DRG and District Force of the Chhattisgarh Police, the CRPF and its elite COBRA unit. The teams were deployed in the forests of Chhattisgarh for a search and destroy anti-Naxalite operation along the border of Bijapur-Sukma district.
It was during this operation that the security teams of around 1500 personnel were ambushed by 400 Naxalites from three sides- led by the most-wanted Maoist commander and leader of the ‘People’s Liberation Guerilla Army’- Hidma. The close encounter between the Naxalites and security forces lasted for four hours in which the Naxalites rained bullets from light machine guns, used low-intensity IEDs and rocket launchers.
As per the latest report, a group of Maoists chopped off a security official’s hand before killing him and fled the scene with weapons, including bulletproof jackets, guns, ammunition, as well as his shoes. Some security officials were martyred due to dehydration.
The counter-attack by Naxalites which resulted in the martyrdom of 22 jawans and injured 31 others, is said to be a trap laid by the Maoists if reports are to be believed. An India Today report quoted an official speaking about the presence of Maoist leader Hidma in the area. The officer was quoted saying, “Within no time, they launched a counter-offensive. It is rare for such specific and accurate human and technical intelligence. Maoist presence in the area ready for a counter-attack makes it look like a trap now.”
Another senior official, in a statement to Indian Express, informed, “One of the primary sources of information these days is intercepts of information from receiver police have placed on a hill in Dantewada. This is not a new exercise and has happened before. In Minpa a year ago, and now here, there are clear signs that the Maoists know we are listening to their code. We are being played. The kind of fire we came under, and the positions they took, show it was well-planned. They knew we would find nothing at the spot and would return. When our team did, they were waiting, with very little escape route for our men.
The Chhattisgarh Police informed that the operation was launched based on intelligence inputs on the presence of Hidma, the commander of the Maoists, Battalion 1.
Not intelligence failure, says CG Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel from Assam
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel who even after several hours of the attack on security personnel, decided to stay in Assam, campaigning for Congress for the ongoing Assembly elections, finally gave a statement to the media late last evening. He said, “About 2000 soldiers were sent to install camps in an area which is Naxal bastion. This would restrict their movement, hence they were frustrated. There was no intelligence failure. We’ll surely install camps there. My condolences to bereaved families.”
हमें अपने वीर जवानों पर गर्व है।🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/1foFqZBRJI
— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) April 4, 2021
Union Home Minister, Amit Shah who decided to terminate all his appointments and events for ongoing elections and head back to Delhi, informed during a media interaction that the death of the security forces will not go in vain and every sacrifice will be avenged. He has also assured the CM to provide all necessary help and said the centre would work with the state to win the battle against the Maoists.
छत्तीसगढ़ में नक्सलियों के साथ मुठभेड़ में शहीद हुए जवानों को श्रद्धांजलि देता हूं। मैं उनके परिवार व देश को विश्वास दिलाता हूं कि जवानों ने देश के लिए जो अपना बलिदान दिया है वो व्यर्थ नहीं जाएगा। नक्सलियों के खिलाफ हमारी लड़ाई और मजबूत होगी व हम इसे परिणाम तक ले जाएंगे। pic.twitter.com/15rAFAS5uU
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 4, 2021
The Chhattisgarh Police has been asked to submit a report to the Home Ministry detailing the Naxal attack, reported India Today. The directive comes after Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a review meeting with senior officials of the ministry, intelligence bureau and central armed police forces.
Source : OpIndia
Chhattisgarh: 22 jawans martyred in Naxal encounter, search operations underway
April 4, 2021
The death toll in the Bijapur Naxal encounter rose to 22 by today. Reports suggest that 21 security personnel are still missing. Large scale search operations are underway to rescue the missing personnel. The encounter broke out on April 3, in which several Jawans were injured. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. Yesterday, 5 bodies were recovered, while today 17 more bodies of security forces were recovered from the ambush site.
On Saturday, separate joint teams of security forces, with over 2,000 personnel, had launched a major operation against the Naxal terrorists from Bijapur and Sukma districts in the South Bastar forests, considered a Maoist stronghold. At around 12 noon, the Maoists trapped and ambushed one of the teams of the security forces. The ambush led to an encounter that lasted for three hours. At least two Maoist terrorists have been confirmed to be dead in the gunfight.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Bhupesh Baghel, CM, Chhattisgarh, over the phone and discussed the incident in detail.
22 security personnel have lost their lives in the Naxal attack at Sukma-Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, says SP Bijapur, Kamalochan Kashyap
Visuals from the Sukma-Bijapur Naxal attack site pic.twitter.com/C3VvAdvjaN
— ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2021
Baghel, while informing the home minister about the ground reality of the encounter, said, “The damage caused to the security forces in the encounter is very tragic. But the morale of the security forces is still strong, and only we will win this fight against Naxal violence.”
The Home Minister assured the CM to provide all necessary help and said the centre would work with the state to win the battle against the Maoists. He also informed the CM that instructions had been issued to the Director-General of CRPF to visit the incident’s site.
CM Baghel, in a statement to the media, said that the villagers had lost faith in the Maoists as they are continuously disrupting the development work in the area. He added that the villagers are now joining the mainstream of development. The improvement in health, education and other facilities in the Naxal-hit regions encourages people to alienate the Maoist ideology. As per CM Baghel, the Maoists are carrying out such attacks as a retaliation to the development work in the region.
Baghel kept on rallying in Assam hours after the attack
Even after several hours since the news of the attack on security personnel broke, Chhattisgarh CM Baghel decided to stay in Assam, campaigning for Congress for the ongoing Assembly elections. Baghel was criticised on social media for not cutting short his appearance in rallies in Assam.
Source : OpIndia