On Sunday, when reinforcements reached the encounter web site on Sunday, police discovered injured jawans, who tried to take refuge in deserted huts, had run into Maoists mendacity in await this. Wounded troops had been stabbed, shot and hacked to demise.
A fierce battle raged within the jungles of Bijapur district for hours on Saturday.
The world is a stronghold of dreaded Maoist commander Madvi Hidma, whose identify has cropped up in each main assault in these elements because the bloodbath of Congress leaders in Jhiram Ghati in June 2013.
In Saturday’s ambush, Maoists triggered blasts after which rained bullets and shells on the troops from well-camouflaged positions, inflicting heavy causalities.
One of many survivors of the encounter mentioned that they had been attacked by over 400 Maoists from three sides. The ambush traces stretched over 2km close to Tekulguda village. Working gunfights broke out close to Tekulguda, Jonaguda and Jeeragaon villages because the forces fought again onerous to interrupt out of the ambush.
Some jawans carried their injured colleagues into the abandoned Tekulguda village, solely to run right into a lure the place Maoists pounced on them with daggers.
Some locals who reached the spot earlier than police informed TOI, “Blood-soaked our bodies of safety personnel had been scattered over 1km and we might clearly see indicators of their determined wrestle for all times. Bullet-riddled and stabbed our bodies had been present in an open area and huts in Tekulguda. A number of of the our bodies had been with out trousers.”
Villagers mentioned the Maoists had arrange firing positions on a hilltop, a area and in spots contained in the village. “The jawans had been utterly surrounded. All of the 50-60 homes in Tekulguda had been vacant as per the Maoists’ plan. Bullets and country-made mortars had been recovered from the location,” they mentioned.
Dwelling minister Tamradhwaj Sahu mentioned that round 2,000 troops had gone on the operation, deep within the jungles of Bijapur, on info that a lot of Maoists had been holding a gathering there. Confirming that the troops had been ambushed, Sahu mentioned: “Our forces fought valiantly and either side used mortars and different subtle weapons.”
Information of the ambush obtained out late Saturday afternoon when the gunfight was nonetheless on. Until that night time, police had confirmed solely 5 deaths. It took nearly 24 hours for a rescue social gathering of 500 cops to succeed in the encounter web site within the dense forests of Tekulguda, near the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts, with drones conserving watch on doable Maoist ambush events.
Shortly, the physique depend rose. Bastar vary IG P Sundarraj mentioned that the uniformed physique of a lady Maoist commander, Madvi Manoja, had been recovered together with an Insas rifle. Maoists looted weapons and even sneakers from martyred jawans, a police officer mentioned.
Sundarraj mentioned that Maoists suffered heavy casualties — 12 killed and 16 injured — and that the insurgents had carried them in two tractors in the direction of Jabbamarka and Gomguda villages. Seven of the lifeless jawans and 16 injured are commandos of the CRPF’s commando unit, CoBRA, which is the spearhead in most main operations.
Eight personnel from District Reserve Guards, six from STF and a Bastariya Battalion jawan had been additionally killed. The injured embrace 10 DRG personnel and 5 STF jawans.
A CoBRA jawan, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, continues to be lacking. The injured troops are being handled in hospitals in Raipur and Bijapur. “The 13 jawans, who’re present process therapy in Raipur, are actually out of hazard,” mentioned chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, who’s on a tour of Assam.
Union house minister Amit Shah known as CM Baghel and mentioned the state of affairs in Bijapur. CRPF DG Kuldeep Singh, who arrived in Chhattisgarh on Sunday morning to take inventory of the state of affairs, mentioned the Maoists looted seven AK47s, two Insas rifles and an LMG.
“There’s no level in saying that there was some type of intelligence or operational failure. Had it been so, forces would haven’t gone on an operation and so many Naxals would haven’t been killed,” the CRPF chief mentioned, including: “Three tractors had been used to hold injured and lifeless Maoists from the location. It’s powerful to say proper now what number of of them had been killed, nevertheless it shouldn’t be lower than 25-30.”
President Ramnath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, Union house minister Amit Shah, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, CM Baghel and Sahu have expressed deep condolences.
PM Modi tweeted: “My ideas are with the households of these martyred whereas preventing Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the courageous martyrs won’t ever be forgotten. Could the injured get well on the earliest.”
“I bow to the sacrifices of our courageous safety personnel. We’ll proceed our battle in opposition to these enemies of peace and progress,” Shah tweeted, assuring all assist to the state in battling the Maoist menace. CM Baghel mentioned the morale of safety personnel in Bastar is excessive. “We’ll win the battle in opposition to Naxalites,” he mentioned.
That is the second main assault since March 24 when Maoists blew up a bus carrying safety personnel, killing 5 policemen and injuring 13 in neighbouring Narayanpur district.