An encounter on Saturday 3rd April 2021 martyred as many as 22 soldiers and 31 sustained injuries in the meeting with Naxals in Chhattisgarh. 1 soldier is still missing. The rapid growth of corona in Chhattisgarh was not less than this sad news arrived.
Director-General, CRPF, Kuldiep Singh, reached Chhattisgarh this morning to take stock of the situation. CRPF ADG (HQ) Zulfiqar Hassan and IG (Operations) Nalin Prabhat are also on the ground in Chhattisgarh. Security forces have launched an operation along the Sukma-Bijapur border, where an intense face-off resulted in the deaths of 22 soldiers.
Maoists were using machine guns, rocket launchers to target forces. Officials told that the Maoists flee away with weapons, bullet-proof jackets, and even dead soldiers’ shoes. On Sunday morning, all paid these martyred soldiers tribute in the line of action at the force’s camp in Jagdalpur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel offered sympathy to the martyrs’ family.
Condoling the security personnel’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said we would never forget their sacrifices on Saturday.
All the 31 injured soldiers shifted immediately to the Bijapur hospital after the incident, and then the security and doctors moved seven soldiers to Raipur hospital. However, security forces estimate that over 15 Maoists are over in the encounter.
A group of 60-80 armed Maoists led by Chandranna was spotted in Bijapur shortly before the attack.
Also, Security forces were on alert after Naxal commander Hidma was spotted in Bijapur in March of this year. Hidma carries a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head.
Hidma is also accusing to be behind the March 2017 attack in Sukma, where 25 CRPF soldiers killed in action during an encounter with Maoists.
We hope the families stay strong.
-by Palak Thakur