Naxals’ major attack on NMDC mines in Dantewada

Raipur: Over 200 Naxals launched an attack on the NMDC mines area in Dantewada and unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap CISF jawans posted at the facility.

Official sources here said that at around 11:00 last night, the Naxals armed with light machine guns and AK47s, attacked the mines area in Kirandul.

Outnumbered, the few CISF personnel present fought back but however three jawans were caught and were almost tied up by the Naxals.

A Quick Reaction Team (QRT) led by a young Assistant Commandant, present about two kilometres from the spot, swung into action as soon as it received news about the attack.

The team launched a counter attack and moved in firing flair bombs resulting in the naxals melting into the jungles and leaving the paramilitary jawans.

Sources said the aim of the Naxals seemed to have been to burn the trucks used by the mining firm and to stop work in the area.

Dantewada is a major naxal hotspot as many attacks on security forces have taken place here, including the April six massacre of 75 CRPF men and a state police personnel in an ambush by Maoists in the region.