CHHATTISGARH ATTACK: Maoist ambushed security personnel, 22 dead, 30 injured and few missing

An encounter broke out between security forces and Naxals after a party of jawans was ambushed by Maoists near Jonnaguda village around noon. The forces were scattered and trapped along a two-km long stretch of forest area. The ambush was like the one carried out by Naxals in Tadmetla in 2010 and Minapa in 2020. The attack took place in a forest along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh The security forces were on alert. After Naxal commander, Hidma was spotted in Bijapur, in March, this year. He is one of the prime suspects behind the March 2017 attack in Sukma, where 25 CRPF jawans got killed. The intelligence report states that a group of 60-80 armed Maoists led by Chandranna was spotted in Bijapur shortly before the attack. Naxals were planning to carry out IED attacks and target camps of security in the jungle in Bijapur. The security forces comprising DRG, CRPF, STF, and Cobra commandos were deployed in an anti-Maoist operation on April 2, based on reports, when they were ambushed by the Naxals on Saturday. Heavy gunfire exchanged during the encounter which lasted for 3-5 hours.

According to the latest reports, 22 security personnel have lost their lives and 30 others injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Out of which, they admitted seven to a hospital in Raipur, while 23 others were undergoing treatment in the Bijapur district hospital. They reported some jawans to be missing following the encounter, and efforts are on to trace their whereabouts. The Naxals have looted over two dozen weapons from the security personnel after the encounter. Not only weapons, but it seems like the attack took place in a forest along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh. Union Home Minister, Amit Shah cuts short his campaign for the last phase of Assam Assembly elections, returns to Delhi in view of Chhattisgarh's Bijapur Naxal attack situation. He spoke to Chhattisgarh's Chief Minister and assured him that the centre stands with the state and jointly will win this battle. He also condoled the death of security personnel and said they will continue to fight against the enemies of peace and progress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay tribute to the martyred soldiers while affirming that their sacrifice will never be forgotten and hoping for those injured to recover soon Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, commenting on the entire incident, the efforts of jawans will not go in vain, and the Anti-Naxal operation will be intensified.

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