10 Maoists were killed, 5 injured in Sukma encounter: Reports

Mohammed Uzair Shaikh
The encounter in Sukma broke out on Monday, when 300 naxals attacked CRPF jawans deployed for road construction in Sukma.

New Delhi, April 26: 10 Maoists were killed and 5 were injured in retaliatory action by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Sukma on Monday, according to reports. The encounter broke out after nearly 300 Naxals attacked 150 CRPF jawans who posted in Chintagufa to assist and oversee the road construction work undertaken in the region. 25 CRPF jawans were martyred in what appeared to be the deadliest Naxal attack in past 10 years.

Following the left-wing extremist assault, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) swung into action, appointing MoS Hansraj Ahir to collect report from the ground. MHA also convened an anti-naxal meeting on May 8, inviting Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries, District Magistrates and other top officials of 10 Maoist-affected states.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after visiting Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, assured a rejuvenated policy to counter left-wing extremism in the state. “This was a cold-blooded murder. We will not let the sacrifices of jawans go in vain,” he said.

A day later, Centre cleared the appointment of Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as the new CRPF DG. The post was lying vacant over the past three months. The appointment came in the aftermath of severe criticism from the Opposition, accusing Centre of adopting non-serious approach towards the threat posed by insurgents and extremists in central India.

“The CRPF DG is not appointed since the past three months. This shows that the government is clearly unconcerned about internal security, whether it be Kashmir or goons killing in the name of cow,” said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, further questioning, whether government would fix any political accountability. “Will we see anyone own this failure?”