Muzaffarnagar: Even as the nation mourns the death of 25 CRPF jawans who were killed in a deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma, one martyr's mother has shown exemplary strength in difficult times.
"If my son killed 2-4 Naxals before dying then the aim of his martyrdom is fulfilled," said mother of Manoj Kumar.
She also said that she was proud of her son as he had given his life for the nation.
However, she added, "What more can I say. My bread-earning son has gone. Wish God calls me too," as per News18.com.
Manoj had joined CRPF in 2011.
A party of about 36 troops, out of the total 99, came under the first assault after they had ventured out from Burkapal on Monday to sanitise and provide protection to a 5.5-km long road construction work connecting Chitagufa in the said district, officials said.
The Maoists squad "very discreetly with the aid of locals" kept tracking the movement of the troops when one party of 36, out of the total three, sat down for launch, the strong squad of Naxals, possessing sophisticated weapons, took them by surprise and rained heavy gun fire, they said, as per PTI.
A huge assortment of 22 smart arms, including 13 AK series assault rifles and 5 INSAS rifles, 3,420 live rounds of various rifles, 75 magazines of AK rifles, 31 of INSAS, 67 live UBGL rounds, 22 bullet proof jackets, two binoculars, five wireless sets and a deep search metal detector were also looted by Naxals, they said.
While a top CRPF officer said the killed troops had "finished their lunch" and may be were not in an absolute alert mode for the next few minutes, other officials said "some of them were having their lunch" when the attack was launched around 12:30 pm.
While the slain 25 men and about six others who were injured, tried to gather their weapons or take aim at the marauding Naxals, the others on the guard duty mounted an effective retaliation and saved about 40 civilians and construction workers who were present in the vicinity of the area during the deadly assault that lasted over an hour.
(With Agency inputs)