Brutal face of Naxals exposed in attack on CRPF

The brutal face of Naxals who killed 27 CRPF personnel in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh has been exposed with the throats of some of the hapless victims found slit and heads of a couple of them smashed.

Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 22:35 PM IST

Raipur: The brutal face of Naxals who killed
27 CRPF personnel in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh has
been exposed with the throats of some of the hapless victims
found slit and heads of a couple of them smashed.

According to preliminary post-mortem reports, the
jawans were killed by the Maoists in a brutal manner and
around three to four bullet wounds were found on the bodies of
each of the 27 slain CRPF personnel.

"The Naxalites shot dead the CRPF personnel from a
distance and later, they slit open the throats of three and
smashed heads of two other jawans," a top police official said.

The bodies of the CRPF personnel killed in a deadly
ambush on Tuesday were airlifted from the remote thick forests
of Dhodawyee, about 300 km from here, to Dr B R Ambedkar
hospital here for conducting post-mortem yesterday.

The official said though 27 jawans were killed the CRPF
personnel were able to foil the Maoists` attempt to loot the
police armoury.

"Police believes that around 15 Naxalites were killed in
the cross-firing", he said.

A large number of heavily-armed Maoists, perched on a
hilltop, had opened fire with automatic weapons on a 63-member
security contingent which was returning on foot from road
opening duty

The dead included a CRPF Assistant Commandant Jatin
Gulati after escorted their colleagues going on leave.

"We had no inkling about the presence of Maoists,"
said an injured CRPF jawan recuperating at a hospital.

The Maoists, who had climbed trees and nearby
hillocks, fired upon the jawans with automatic weapons as they
walked back to their camp.

The jawan said the contingent made valiant efforts in
fighting back the Naxals for over two hours resulting in
casualties among the Maoists.

He, however, could not say how many Maoists were
killed.

"We are always ready as we know that encounters can
happen anytime and I think that is why we could give them a
tough fight and inflict more damage on them than they did to
us," the jawan said.

He said some of the Naxals sitting on a tree started
firing, diverting their attention.

Another jawan Parmanand had earlier said that the
Naxals numbering around 200 were in battle fatigue and armed
to the teeth.

Parmanand said he tried to evacuate some of his
wounded colleagues and secure the weapons of the martyred
personnel, but he himself got injured after being hit by four
bullets.

As additional personnel arrived at the spot, the
Naxals started retreating while continuing to fire, he said.

PTI