On Sunday, when reinforcements reached the encounter website on Sunday, police discovered injured jawans, who tried to take refuge in deserted huts, had run into Maoists mendacity in look ahead to this. Wounded troops had been stabbed, shot and hacked to demise.
A fierce battle raged in the jungles of Bijapur district for hours on Saturday.
The space is a stronghold of dreaded Maoist commander Madvi Hidma, whose title has cropped up in each main assault in these components for the reason that bloodbath of Congress leaders in Jhiram Ghati in June 2013.
In Saturday’s ambush, Maoists triggered blasts after which rained bullets and shells on the troops from properly-camouflaged positions, inflicting heavy causalities.
One of the survivors of the encounter stated that they had been attacked by over 400 Maoists from three sides. The ambush strains stretched over 2km close to Tekulguda village. Running gunfights broke out close to Tekulguda, Jonaguda and Jeeragaon villages because the forces fought again onerous to interrupt out of the ambush.
Some jawans carried their injured colleagues into the abandoned Tekulguda village, solely to run right into a entice the place Maoists pounced on them with daggers.
Some locals who reached the spot earlier than police instructed TOI, “Blood-soaked bodies of security personnel were scattered over 1km and we could clearly see signs of their desperate struggle for life. Bullet-riddled and stabbed bodies were found in an open field and huts in Tekulguda. A few of the bodies were without trousers.”
Villagers stated the Maoists had arrange firing positions on a hilltop, a discipline and in spots contained in the village. “The jawans were completely surrounded. All the 50-60 houses in Tekulguda were vacant as per the Maoists’ plan. Bullets and country-made mortars were recovered from the site,” they stated.
Home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu stated that round 2,000 troops had gone on the operation, deep in the jungles of Bijapur, on info that a big quantity of Maoists had been holding a gathering there. Confirming that the troops had been ambushed, Sahu stated: “Our forces fought valiantly and both sides used mortars and other sophisticated weapons.”
News of the ambush received out late Saturday afternoon when the gunfight was nonetheless on. Till that evening, police had confirmed solely 5 deaths. It took virtually 24 hours for a rescue celebration of 500 cops to achieve the encounter website in the dense forests of Tekulguda, near the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts, with drones conserving watch on potential Maoist ambush events.
Quickly, the physique depend rose. Bastar vary IG P Sundarraj stated that the uniformed physique of a girl Maoist commander, Madvi Manoja, had been recovered together with an Insas rifle. Maoists looted weapons and even sneakers from martyred jawans, a police officer stated.
Sundarraj stated that Maoists suffered heavy casualties — 12 killed and 16 injured — and that the insurgents had carried them in two tractors in the direction of Jabbamarka and Gomguda villages. Seven of the useless jawans and 16 injured are commandos of the CRPF’s commando unit, CoBRA, which is the spearhead in most main operations.
Eight personnel from District Reserve Guards, six from STF and a Bastariya Battalion jawan had been additionally killed. The injured embody 10 DRG personnel and 5 STF jawans.
A CoBRA jawan, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, continues to be lacking. The injured troops are being handled in hospitals in Raipur and Bijapur. “The 13 jawans, who are undergoing treatment in Raipur, are now out of danger,” stated chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, who’s on a tour of Assam.
Union dwelling minister Amit Shah known as CM Baghel and mentioned the state of affairs in Bijapur. CRPF DG Kuldeep Singh, who arrived in Chhattisgarh on Sunday morning to take inventory of the state of affairs, stated the Maoists looted seven AK47s, two Insas rifles and an LMG.
“There’s no point in saying that there was some kind of intelligence or operational failure. Had it been so, forces would haven’t gone on an operation and so many Naxals would haven’t been killed,” the CRPF chief stated, including: “Three tractors were used to carry injured and dead Maoists from the site. It is tough to say right now how many of them were killed, but it shouldn’t be less than 25-30.”
President Ramnath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, Union dwelling minister Amit Shah, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, CM Baghel and Sahu have expressed deep condolences.
PM Modi tweeted: “My thoughts are with the families of those martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the brave martyrs will never be forgotten. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
“I bow to the sacrifices of our brave security personnel. We will continue our fight against these enemies of peace and progress,” Shah tweeted, assuring all help to the state in battling the Maoist menace. CM Baghel stated the morale of safety personnel in Bastar is excessive. “We will win the fight against Naxalites,” he stated.
This is the second main assault since March 24 when Maoists blew up a bus carrying safety personnel, killing 5 policemen and injuring 13 in neighbouring (*23*) district.
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