This was the second main assault on safety personnel by Naxals in Bastar within the final 10 days
Raipur: 5 jawans had been killed and 12 others injured when Maoists ambushed a search get together of safety personnel in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar district of Sukma on Saturday, law enforcement officials mentioned.
The physique of a girl Maoist was additionally recovered from the encounter spot, they mentioned.
The encounter passed off close to Jonagunda village located alongside the Sukma-Bijapur border when a joint crew of safety forces had been out on a counterinsurgency operation, Deputy Inspector Common (DIG) of police (Naxal Operation) O.P. Pal mentioned.
“5 jawans had been killed and 12 others injured within the incident. Physique of a girl Maoist was additionally recovered on the encounter web site,” Mr Pal mentioned.
In response to Mr Pal, a joint search get together comprising personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Motion (CoBRA), Bastaria Battalion of CRPF comprising solely of youths of Bastar, district reserve group (DRG) and particular activity pressure (STF) of Chhattisgarh police had been out on anti-Naxal operation since Friday night time following particular intelligence enter on the gathering of Maoist cadres in massive numbers within the space.
Drones noticed the Maoists’ motion, sources mentioned.
A senior police officer posted in Bastar instructed this newspaper that two joint search events had been mobilised from Sukma and Bijapur districts to launch anti-Naxal operation within the Terram forest space following intelligence inputs on the presence of Maoists’ battalion primary commander Hidma alongside together with his militiamen in Terram space.
“Maoists laid ambush for one of many two search events at an open floor on the outskirt of Jonagunda village underneath Jagargunda police limits at round 12 within the midday. A fierce gun battle ensued between them, resulting in the killing of a jawan of CoBRA and two safety personnel every of DRG and Bastaria Battalion and accidents to 2 others.
“Physique of a girl Naxal together with an Insas assault rifle was recovered on the encounter web site,” the police officer mentioned, unwilling to be quoted since he was not authorised to talk to media.
Two Indian Air Power (IAF) helicopters had been pressed into service to evacuate the injured jawans. All of the injured jawans had been airlifted to Raipur for medical remedy.
This was the second main assault on safety personnel by Naxals in Bastar within the final 10 days.
On March 23, Maoists blew up a bus carrying DRG jawans within the Kodenar space underneath Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar district of Narayanpur by detonating an improvised explosive gadget explosion killing 5 jawans and injuring 14 others.