Chhattisgarh, April 28: On Friday evening, Sukma police officials released posters of Maoists involved in the killing of CRPF men and also offered rewards up to Rs 10 lakh on perpetrators who planned the Monday attack. The Sukma police in its posters declared that the perpetrators who killed 25 CRPF jawans were wanted dead or alive, news agency ANI reported.
Earlier this week, in an organised attack at Burkapal in Sukma district, 25 CRPF personnel lost their lives in an ambush. The posters were released on Friday, a day after the Maoists leaders in Sukma released an audio tape in which they justified their action.
The audio clip, allegedly released by the political outfit of the Maoists claimed that the attack was carried out by the group to give a befitting reply to the government, its ‘fascist forces’ and Operation Green Hunt, First Post reported.
The news portal further claimed that in the 16-minute audio clip in Hindi, Vikalp the spokesperson of the banned CPI (Maoist), hailed the commanders of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), foot soldiers, party cadre and all those who have helped in carrying out the April 24 attack.
“This assault is in continuation to the Bhejji (also in Sukma) attack on March 11 as part of our Mission 2017. The Sukma strike was in reprisal to our 21 comrades killed by the security forces in 2016 besides 9 villagers in Odisha, to safeguard the Jantana Sarkar (Revolutionary People Council) and against the atrocities (including gang rape of tribal women and the murder of villagers) unleashed by the State police and the paramilitary forces”, the spokesperson said in the audio clip.
On the other side, the CRPF has already decided to enhance the number of lethal counter-insurgency operations in the worst Naxal-hit south Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
Sudeep Lakhatakia, Acting Director General (DG) of the CRPF, said that the Monday’s attack has “naturally called for the revision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)” in Naxal-affected areas. He said that the CRPF has decided to undertake these new measures as it will continue to secure the road construction work that helps to bring development to these remote areas located in Central India.
“We have decided to change the strategy. We have learnt some lessons. While I cannot go into the details, I can tell you that we will undertake redeployment of our forces and will also enhance the quantity and quality of special counter-insurgency operations,” Sudeep Lakhatakia was quoted by news agency PTI, a day after he visited the ambush site in Sukma’s Burkapal.
The CRPF will also have to ensure that the enemy does not attempt any surprises on it. “We track and engage them well before,” he said.
Here are the details on Maoists leaders released by Sukma police:
The Sukma Attack was an ambush carried out by the Maoist against CRPF personnel on Monday which is also the biggest attack in which 25 security officials died and several others were wounded.