CRPF launches massive anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, kills 20 ultras

According to CRPF, around 350 jawans are taking part in the operations. 

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: May 16, 2017, 18:42 PM IST
CRPF launches massive anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, kills 20 ultras

New Delhi: The CRPF on Tuesday killed 20 ultras in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district in extensive anti-Naxal operations, weeks after dozens of jawans were gunned down in a Maoist ambush, considered one of the deadliest in recent years.

According to CRPF, around 350 jawans are taking part in the operations.

Citing the CRPF IG, ANI reported that for the first time COBRA batallions have been deployed.

On April 24, 25 CRPF jawans were killed by Naxals in an encounter in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

The encounter between 74th battalion of the force and Naxals occurred around 12:25 pm in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region.

The CRPF jawans were part of the road opening party when they were attacked by Naxals.

Weapons of jawans were also looted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and described it as “cowardly and deplorable”.

“We are proud of the valour of our CRPF personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain," the prIme minister had said.