Sukma attack likely planned by Naxal commander camping in a village nearby, says police officer

The brazen Maoist ambush, which left 25 CRPF personnel dead and seven wounded, was likely planned by a wanted Naxal commander.

PTI April 26, 2017 08:35:26 IST
Sukma attack likely planned by Naxal commander camping in a village nearby, says police officer

Raipur: The brazen Maoist ambush, which left 25 CRPF personnel dead and seven wounded, was likely planned by a wanted Naxal commander who was camping in a village barely 7-8 km from the scene of the attack, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.

Maoist commander Situ was camping in Tadmetla village, the place where 75 CRPF personnel and one of the state police were massacred in April 2010, for the last few days, he said.

Sukma attack likely planned by Naxal commander camping in a village nearby says police officer

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"We got regular inputs on April 22 that dreaded Maoist commander Situ was camping at Tadmetla village, around 7-8 km from Burkapal, where the ambush took place yesterday," the officer involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI.

"We suspect that the attack was planned by Situ and his group with the support of local lower-rung cadres and militia members," he said.

The 99-strong CRPF contingent came under heavy gunfire and grenade attack from three sides by the guerrillas, who had taken cover behind rocks and trees on the treacherous terrain.

The Maoist rebels also used locally made arrows tipped with explosives, he said.

As the personnel lay sprawled, slain and wounded, the naxalites looted 22 sophisticated weapons, including grenade launchers, AK rifles, light machine guns, besides wireless sets, binoculars and ammunition of different calibre.

The first 'military battalion' of Maoist rebels, suspected to be involved in yesterday's carnage, is headed by Hidma. It has been active in the Bastar region, particularly Sukma, and launched several attacks on security forces. The battalion has two companies--one headed by Situ and another helmed by Nagesh, the officer said.

The CRPF personnel were providing security for laying of a 58-km road linking Dornapal to Jargunda. The hilly, forested area is a haven for naxalites.

The summer months are when they prefer to target security forces as the bushes and other vegetation wilt, providing them a clear view of the movement of the troops from hills, the officer said.

On 11 March this year, 12 CRPF personnel of the 219 battalion were killed and three others wounded in a similar attack in Bheji area of Sukma.

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