Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday paid tributes to the security personnel martyred in the encounter with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The minister said that he wants to assure the martyrs’ families and the country that the sacrifices the police personnel have made for the country will not go in vain.
Shah said that the fight against Naxalites will continue with strength, perseverance and intensity and the security forces will take it to the end.
Amit Shah took stock of the situation and held a review meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Intelligence Bureau and Central Armed Police Forces.
After his review meeting with Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and officers of security forces, Shah said that the morale of the security forces is intact. In addition, he also assured that the fight against the Maoists will be intensified.
Shah further stated that the installation of camps of security forces in the interior areas has annoyed Maoists, which eventually resulted in such an incident.
Addressing media in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. https://t.co/T7naPXH0Bc
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Fight against Naxals reached a decisive turn, says Amit Shah
Amit Shah, while interacting with the media, said, “In the past few years, the fight against Naxalism has reached a decisive turn and this unfortunate incident has taken this fight two steps forward.”
He asserted that the government is taking necessary steps to handle the Naxal situation in the state. Shah said, “Both Central and state governments are working in tandem on two fronts, intensify development works in tribal areas and fight against armed groups. I want to assure people of Chhattisgarh and the country that the fight against Naxals will be intensified after this incident.”
In an unfortunate incident, 22 security personnel were killed and 32 got injured in a four-hour-long encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Jonaguda village on Saturday. One of the jawans is still missing.
Security forces with a strength of over 2,000 security personnel had on Friday night launched a massive anti-Naxal operation from Bijapur and Sukma in South Bastar forests that are considered Maoist stronghold.
Notably, jawans from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite unit CoBRA, the Special Task Force (STF) and the District Reserve Guard were part of the operation. The operation was launched from five places—Tarrem, Pamed and Usoor in Bijapur and Minpa and Narsapuram in Sukma.
Sources said that when the patrolling team dispatched from Tarrem was moving through a forest near Jonaguda, it was ambushed by the Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) cadres resulting in an intense gun battle.
The ambush was similar to the one executed by Naxals in Tadmetla in 2010 and Minapa in 2020. The Maoists PLGA Battalion was led by its commander Hidma. With a total strength of nearly 250, this group of Naxals was aided by insurgents associated with the Maoist platoons of Pamed, Konta, Jagargunda and Basaguda area committees.
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