Bastar: The martyred jawans were searching for a network to call their homes when Naxals opened indiscriminating fire on them.
Two jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were killed in a fierce battle with Naxals in the Narayanpur district of Bastar division on Friday. The encounter between the security forces and the Naxals was on till filing this report. According to Bastar Range Inspector General of Police Sundar Raj P, the ITBP jawans were at a road construction site for the safety of the people engaged in the construction work when Naxals opened fire on them. The Naxals also snatched weapons from the martyred jawans, according to the IG.
The incident took place 600 metres away from Kariyameta camp. The security force was retaliating the Naxal firing till reports last came in, said the IG.
ITBP Assistant Commandant Sudhakar Shinde and Assistant Sub-inspector Gurmukh Singh were killed by the Naxals who looted one AK-47, 2 BP Jacket, and One Wireless set from the jawans. A backup force has been sent to the incident site.
According to information, a road is being constructed to connect Dantewada with Narayanpur. The localities adjoining this road was once a stronghold of Naxals which had been posing a big challenge before the administration to carry out development works. East Bastar Division Committee of Naxals is active in this part of the Bastar region and the control is in the hands of women Naxalites Niti and Nirmala. It is said that this committee was behind the attack on jawans. According to police officials, several Naxals got bullets in the encounter. Sources said that two suspects were seen roaming near the Kariyameta camp two days back. They were in rural attire and were never seen before in the locality.
The martyred jawans were seen searching for the network at Kadenar turn here to call their relatives when they were attacked by the Naxals. Due to the dense forest areas, it is difficult to get mobile signals. Jawans used to stay at this turn to get network during their search operations.