Leaving 25 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel dead and six injured, the Naxalite ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district today is the worst Naxal attack on the paramilitary force in the last seven years.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NAXAL ATTACK:
- At around 8.30 am, around 99 jawans of 74 battalion of CRPF left their Durgpal camp and reached Chintagufa, where they divided into two group on both sides of the road. Their task was to sanitise the road for construction work.
- Around 300-400 Naxalites were hiding in the area and out of that 150 were from fighter groups. Catching the security forces by surprise, the extremists divided them into smaller groups and launched the attack with an IED blast followed by indiscriminate firing at around 12.25 PM.
- The Naxalites also used arms like AK-47 in this operation. CPRF sources said Hidima is the leader behind the ambush.
- Sources said women wing of the Naxalites also joined the attack. They used the arms which were looted on March 12 from CRPF jawans.
- According to the injured soldiers, they did respond to the indiscriminate firing by the Naxalites and even claimed to kill many of them but there is no official confirmation.
- Injured CRPF jawan Sher Mohammed said, "First Naxals sent villagers to trace our location, then almost 300 Naxals attacked us. We also fired and killed many. They were around 300 and we were around 150, we kept firing. I shot 3-4 Naxals in the chest".
- "The Naxals first sent villagers to check our position...I also saw some women Naxals. They were all wearing black uniforms and had sophisticated weapons like the AK series assault rifles," an unidentified jawan said. He said around 10-12 Naxalites must have got killed in the "befitting" retaliation by the CRPF contingent.
- The company commander, Raghubir Singh, an Inspector rank officer, was among those killed. The Naxals were believed to have also looted over a dozen weapons of the slain personnel.
- The incident happened in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, which is close to the Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, the hotbed of Naxal violence which has seen a number of such attacks in the past resulting in high casualties.
- Making it clear that no one will be spared, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has taken it as a challenge.