Sukma attack avenged: Around 15 Naxals killed in multiple encounters in Chhattisgarh's ​Bijapur - Watch

A joint team of CRPF, CoBRA, Special Task Force and District Reserve Group carried out the operation.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: May 17, 2017, 16:08 PM IST
Sukma attack avenged: Around 15 Naxals killed in multiple encounters in Chhattisgarh's ​Bijapur - Watch
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Raipur: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday said around 15 Naxals are believed to have been killed in multiple encounters with security forces in the past four days in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district.

The operation was conducted days after the Maoist attack on a CRPF contingent that claimed the lives of 25 troopers.

A joint team of CRPF, CoBRA, Special Task Force and District Reserve Group carried out the operation.

However, bodies of none of the outlaws have been recovered so far.

According to police, a Special Task Force (STF) jawan was also killed while two police personnel were injured during these encounters.

"Joint teams of security forces, comprising over 300 personnel were out for anti-Naxal operations in the forests of Bijapur (bordering with Sukma district) between May 12 and May 16," CRPF Special Director General (Central Zone) Kuldiep Singh told PTI today.

"At least 15 Maoists were reportedly gunned down in these encounters during the operation. The number of Maoist casualties was based on information provided by locals besides troops involved in the operation," he said, adding as of now, no body has been recovered.

The SDG also said neither any weapon or any Maoist-related material was recovered during the operation.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada region) Sundarraj P said these encounters took place on Sunday when joint teams of the STF, the District Reserve Guard (DRG), the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and the district police were carrying out operations in Basaguda and Awapalli area, around 450 km away from the state capital Raipur.

"The skirmishes took place twice on Sunday - first one in the morning and the second one was late in the evening," the DIG said.

Two police personnel had sustained bullet injuries in the gunfight that took place in the morning whereas an STF jawan was killed in another face-off, he said.

"As per feedback from the ground, we are presuming that 12 to 15 Maoists were killed in both the encounters. However, no body was recovered from the spot as amid heavy exchange of fire, other Maoists managed to drag them inside the forests," the DIG said.

He said counter-insurgency operations have been intensified ahead of the monsoon season in South Bastar area where overflowing rivers and slushy forest floor hamper work during rains.

According to CRPF and police officials, the operation was launched in Bijapur, based on specific inputs about the location of Maoists following the deadly ambush at Burkapal in Sukma on April 24 in which 25 paramilitary personnel were killed.

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Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on April 28 took charge as the new Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force, four days after the force lost 25 troopers in a deadly Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

Just after taking charge, Bhatnagar had asked his officers to give him a briefing about the Maoist ambush.