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One more slaughter : Naxals Kill 26 CRPF men in Bastar

Posted by :) on June 30, 2010


Fired From Hilltop On Party That Was Clearing A Road Government Machinery Grapples With Reign Of Terror And Violence Unleashed From Within

Sourece : Supriya Sharma |TNN

Raipur: In another attack that exposed CRPF’s defences yet again, Maoist combatants on Tuesday caught a patrol party off-guard in the jungles of Bastar, mowing down at least 26 men and sending the remaining scurrying for cover.
A road-opening party of the size of a company was ambushed by Maoists 3 km from Dhaudai in Narayanpur district late in the afternoon, said CRPF inspector-general R K Dua. The troopers were returning after clearing a road and were barely 3 km from their camp.
CRPF officers said the patrol of 63 men, checking for mines and explosive devices along the road, came under fire from a hilltop. According to information reaching the headquarters, 26 men were killed instantly and eight injured, five of them critically.
“We are evacuating our men, some have been brought back, and others are in the process of being brought back to safety,’’ Dua said, adding that while two seriously injured men had been evacuated by helicopter, the air sortees had to be suspended as evening fell.
The number of dead and injured may go up, said Vijay Raman, special CRPF director-general. “This is not the final figure.’’ In New Delhi, CRPF director-general Vikram Srivastava said he had held a meeting to take stock of the situation and was flying to the site of the ambush on Wednesday.
Brigadier B K Ponwar, who heads the Army’s Jungle Warfare Centre in Kanker, said it’s critical to secure routes in the jungles. “You have to be doubly secure when making the return journey along the same route. You need to secure all areas from where you can be fired upon.’’
The latest blow to CRPF, which is fast becoming cannon fodder as the Centre and Maoist-infested states dither on launching a full-scale offensive, is bound to revive the debate on taking the Army’s help in fighting Naxals. In a series of meetings that followed the May 28 attack on Jnaneshwari Express, the need to use India’s military prowess was discussed, but both the ruling UPA and even the Congress were divided. Finally defence minister A K Antony ruled out the use of soldiers to combat Naxals, only limiting the military’s role to training police and paramilitary forces.
MAJOR MAOIST ATTACKS
2010: May 28: Maoists blow up track near Jhargram, derailing Jnaneswari Express and killing 148 passengers, the deadliest attack on civilians
April 6: 75 CRPF men killed in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh
May 8: 8 CRPF jawans killed as Maoists blow up a bullet-proof vehicle in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh
Feb 15: 24 personnel of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) killed as Maoists attack their camp in Silda, West Midnapore, West Bengal
April 4: Maoists trigger a landmine blast killing 11 security personnel of the elite force Special Operations Group in Koraput, Orrisa
2009:Oct 8: 17 policemen killed in Maoists ambush at Laheri police station in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
April 22: Maoists hijack a train with at least 300 people on board in Jharkhand and force it to Latehar district before fleeing
May 22: Rebels kill 16 cops in the jungles of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
2008: July 16: 21 cops killed when a police van was blown up in a landmine blast in Malkangiri, Orissa
June 29: Maoists attack a boat on Balimela reservoir in Orissa carrying four anti-Maoist police officials and 60 Greyhound commandos, killing 38 troops July 16: 21 cops killed when a police van was blown up in a landmine blast in Malkangiri, Orissa
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