Sukma Naxal attack highlights: Mamata Banerjee visits family of slain jawan, offers Rs 5 lakh compensation

Sukma Naxal attack highlights: Mamata Banerjee visits family of slain jawan, offers Rs 5 lakh compensation
  • 13:44 (IST)

    Rajnath decries "cowardly attack", calls it cold-blodded murder

    Home minister Rajnath Singh described the Naxalite attack on a CRPF patrol that killed 25 men in Chattisgarh as "cold blooded murder" and a "cowardly attack". "This is an act of desperation. We have accepted this as a challenge. We will review our Left-wing extremism strategy and revise it, if required," he said.

    He also criticised Naxalites for using tribal villagers as human shields. "The sacrifices of our brave jawans will not go in vain," he said, adding that the "Naxals are frustrated with the development of roads in Bastar region". The home minister said that Naxalites were the "biggest enemies" of tribal and poor people in the area and were against any development. "But they will not succeed in their evil designs," he said, asserting that the Centre and the state would work together to fight them.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Three key roads are at the heart of battle for Chhattisgarh's forests

    The area is controlled by the Maoist insurgents, and the government believes the way to regain control is by having infrastructure like roads in place. Monday's attack only reinforces the theory that the Maoists and the state government both believe infrastructural development could be the first step towards gaining control of the areas.

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  • 13:37 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee visits slain CRPF jawan's house

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the house of CRPF jawan KK Das, who was killed in a Naxal attack at Sukma in Chhatisgarh, and said that the state government would give Rs 5 lakh to the family of the slain jawan. "Of the 25 CRPF jawans killed in the attack, three hailed from West Bengal. Two were from Cooch Behar and another was from Nadia district. We have decided to give Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three slain jawans. We will also provide jobs to them," she told reporters.

    "KK Das was only 27, and got married recently. We will stand beside them", she said.

    — PTI

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Some more visuals from Monday's attack

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Visuals from the site where Naxal guerillas attacked a CRPF battalion on Monday

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Visuals from the site where Naxal guerillas attacked a CRPF battalion on Monday

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Firing continued for 1.5 hours, reveals Bastar inspector general

    Naxal guerillas fired upon a CRPF convoy and killed 25 personnel on Monday, but firing continued for over 90 minutes. This happened after the Maoists gheraoed the CRPF battalion and started firing, reveals Vivekanand Sinha, inspector general of Bastar.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    Injured CRPF jawans will recover soon, says Raman Singh

  • 12:52 (IST)

  • 12:30 (IST)

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Rajnath, Raman Singh meet injured CRPF personnel at hospital

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh paid homage to the 25 CRPF personnel who were killed in Monday's deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh.

    Singh arrived in Raipur at around 10.30 am and directly headed to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana camp area where the wreath-laying ceremony was held.

    Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon, Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir and senior state and paramilitary officials were also present on the occasion.

    Singh then held a meeting with the chief minister and other senior officials of the state. — PTI

  • 12:10 (IST)

  • 12:09 (IST)

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Some people sitting in Delhi write articles supporting Naxals: Naidu

    "We will accept this challenge in a more co-ordinated way," said Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

    "They are against humanity. We will not leave them. They have no directions or ideology. They do not want any development to take place in those areas," he said.

    "The central government will take tougher steps in the future," he added. "Some people sitting in Delhi write articles. And whenever some Naxals are caught, they sympathise with them. Where are they today? Why are they silent? Why are the people talking about human rights silent?"

    "They are the agents of Maoists. They have no sympathy for the common people," said Naidu.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    This was a cold-blooded murder: Rajnath Singh

    "They (Maoists) do not want development for adivasis and backward areas," said Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "They are the biggest enemies of adivasis."

    "25 CRPF personnel have lost their lives...Their sacrifice will not go in vain," said the home minister, adding that the government was going to "revise and renew" it strategy in May.

    "This was a cold-blooded murder by Maoists," he said.

  • CRPF's CoBRA teams are carrying on search operation

    The CoBRA teams of the CRPF have reached as reinforcements and are carrying on the search operation.

    Sources from Sukma said that the Maoist snatched weapons not only from the CRPF personnel who either got killed or were injured, but also from those fighting against them.

  • How the ambush happened

    A team of CRPF jawans of the 74 battalion (reportedly 99), a part of the road opening party left camp in the morning for providing security to a road construction work in the area.

    At around 12.30 pm, in an ambush nearly 300 Maoist launched a surprise attack on the CRPF jawans from all sides. A fierce gun battle took place that resulted into the deaths of the jawans. No information is yet available on casualty at Maoist’s end.

  • Who is behind the ambush

     

    According to sources, the ambush was launched by the military wing of the banned CPI (Maoist). Equipped with sophisticated weapons like AK 47, Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles, hand grenades, etc, nearly 300 Naxals attacked CRPF jawans. It is the same wing that unleashed the 11 March attack.

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  • The ambush spot


    The CRPF personnel were attacked at Kala Patthar near Chintagufa in Sukma district. The ambush spot is inside a deep forest, due to which communication has become difficult.

  • 20:12 (IST)

    Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment

     

    Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday following a Maoist attack at Burkapal near Chintagufa in Bastar.

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Survivor: Women Naxalites part of ambush

     

    Survivor says women Naxalites were part of the ambush, CNN-News 18 reports.

  • 19:42 (IST)

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh

     

    Taking the Sukma attack as a challenge, Home Minister Rajnath Singh tells CNN-News 18.

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh
     

    "It is a very unfortunate incident," says Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "I will talk to CM Raman Singh for more details."

  • 19:34 (IST)

    All soldiers accounted for
     

    CNN-News 18 reports that all the CRPF soldiers have been accounted for.

  • 19:33 (IST)

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee condemns Sukma attack

  • 19:24 (IST)

    7 missing CRPF men traced
     

    7 CRPF men who were missing have been traced, CNN-News 18 reports. Search operations are on for missing arms and ammunitions

  • 19:17 (IST)

     Chhattisgarh CM to hold emergency meet in Raipur
     


    Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh has cancelled his engagements in Delhi and rushed to Raipur where he will hold an emergency meeting, ANI reports

  • 19:08 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 26

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi
     

    ​We are proud of the valour of our CRPF personnel. Sacrifice of martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families

  • 18:58 (IST)

  • 18:53 (IST)

    CRPF men ambushed in encounter by Maoists

     

    Twenty four CRPF troops were killed and half a dozen injured when 300 Maoists ambushed them in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

     

Twenty-six CRPF troopers were killed and half a dozen injured when 300 Maoists ambushed them in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The guerrillas, who were in hiding, opened fire upon the members of the Central Reserve Police Force's 74th Battalion reached a forested area in Kala Pathar near Chintagufa around 1:30 pm.

An injured CRPF man being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday. PTI

A police officer said the troopers, who formed a 99-member Road Opening Party, were readying for lunch when they came under a volley of gunfire. The Maoists also hurled hand grenades.

Eleven men were killed instantly and another critically wounded trooper succumbed to his injuries in a Raipur hospital. The ambush triggered a major gun battle between the Maoists and the CRPF.

The wounded, who have been warded in hospitals include assistant sub-inspector RP Hembram and Constables Swaroop Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Jitendra Kumar, Sher Mohammed and Latoo Oraon. Oraon is in critical condition while the others were said to be out of danger. "The injured were evacuated by helicopter," CRPF Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran told IANS.

Sukma Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla confirmed the deaths.

At least 12 CRPF men were also killed in a similar Maoist attack in Sukma early this year. The incident occurred in the dense forests near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, around 450 kilometres away from the state capital, when 112 personnel of CRPF's 219th battalion were out for a road opening task. The Bhejji area in south Bastar region of the state is notorious for Naxal attacks and many security personnel have been killed here in the past.

In 2010, a similar attack in Sukma district left 76 CRPF troopers dead.

Monday's killings forced Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to cut short his trip to Delhi where he had gone to attend a NITI Aayog meeting and fly back to Raipur. Singh was in the national capital to attend some programmes and was scheduled to leave for Raipur tomorrow.

"The chief minister has curtailed his stay in Delhi and gone back. He will hold a meeting with senior officials from the police and the administration on the Naxal attack there," a state government official said.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Apr 25, 2017 02:02 pm | Updated Date: Apr 25, 2017 02:14 pm


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