By VIBHASH KUMAR JHA
video credit by Ganesh Mishra Bijapur
The Maoists, on Saturday, again showed their violent face, as 22 soldiers lost their lives and 31 sustained multiple injuries in an intense face-off between security forces and Maoists in Tarrem, near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh.
Raipur. In what could be termed as a desperate move to regain their grounds, the left wing extremists had an intense face off with the central forces, in which 22 soldiers lost their lives and 31 others sustained injuries. The dead bodies of all the 22 soldiers were recovered from the site, according to the state police officials. The encounter took place in Tarrem area, near Sukma- Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
According the press statement from police headquarters there were 08 District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans, 06 jawans of Special Task Force (STF), 07 jawans from Cobra battalion and one was from Bastar battalion, who sacrificed their lives in this encounter.
Chhattisgarh Director General of police DM Awasthi told that the Maoists used machine guns, rocket launchers to target the soldiers.
Security forces were on an operation near the Sukma-Bijapur border, where Maoists also opened fire. After the encounter the extremists were believed to have decamped with the machine guns, bulletproof jackets, and even the shoes of the soldiers.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah twitted to pay tributes to the martyred soldiers. Home Minister Shah said “the Centre would further intensify the operations against the Maoists, who are the enemies of peace and progress.” The Director-General CRPF Kuldiep Singh CRPF ADG (HQ) Zulfiqar Hassan and IG (Operations) Nalin Prabhat rushed to the Sukma-Bijapur border area this morning to take an account of the situation.
Senior police officials of Chhattisgarh police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paid tributes to the martyred CRPF jawans at the force's camp in Jagdalpur on Sunday morning.
Speaking to the media in Guwahati, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, "I pay tributes to the 22 CRPF soldiers, who became the victim of the ambush of the extremists in Tarrem. Our government will further intensify our fight against the Maoists and we will not let the sacrifice of the soldiers not go in vain.
Meanwhile, the seven injured soldiers, who were shifted to Raipur, were reported to be out of danger. The remaining 34 injured jawans were admitted to a hospital in Bijapur for treatment.
Former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Leader of opposition Dharamlal Kaushik have criticized the state government for “not taking a decisive stand on the anti-Naxal operation.