Jagdalpur: The massacre of 76 security personnel by Maoists in a dense forest of Dantewada on Tuesday did not come without losses for the outfit whose eight guerrillas were gunned down in the fightback by the CRPF.
In a statement, the `Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee` of the banned organisation, while patting its back for the "valour" shown by People`s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PGLA), has admitted to have lost eight of its cadres in the gunfight.
According to the release signed by Ramanna, member of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) issued yesterday, the deceased PGLA cadres are Rukmati, Bagal, Vizaal, Ingaal, Raju, Mangu, Ramal and Ratan.
Amid perception that about 1000 Maoist rebels were
involved in the ambush between Tadimetla and Mukram villages
in Dantewada, the release claimed that only 300 of its
fighters took part in the attack.
In all 75 sophisticated weapons, including 21 AK-47
rifles, 38 Insas, seven SLRs, six Light Machine Guns, one
stengun and one 2-inch mortar were looted by the guerrillas,
who shot dead 75 CRPF men and a state police personnel in the
operation that lasted about three hours on April 6.
The release claimed that the ambush was planned and
executed to protest `Operation Green Hunt`, a multi-state
operation simultaneously launched in all naxalite-hit states.
The Maoist release accused the Centre of "lying" about
not involving the defence forces in the fight against them,
saying the army was already imparting training to police and
para-military forces in the state in jungle warfare.
Strangely, the organisation expressed its sympathy for
the families of the slain security personnel.
"We convey our sympathies to the families of the
fallen security men and appeal to them to understand the
circumstances in which we had to take this step. We appeal to
the jawans and lower-rung officers of paramilitary forces and
the police not to fight the war against people....don`t be
brutal," it said.
RK Vij, an IG in Chhattisgarh, had yesterday said
police suspected some naxals too were killed in retaliatory
fire by the beleaguered CRPF contingent after blood stains
were sighted at the place from where the rebels fired at them.