The anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh was “poorly designed and incompetently executed”, stated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, a day after a senior official denied “intelligence failure” after 22 safety personnel had been killed in an ambush within the state’s Bastar area.
“If there was no intelligence failure then a 1:1 death ratio means it was a poorly designed and incompetently executed operation,” the Congress chief tweeted tagging a information clipping of CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh’s “no operational and intelligence failure” comment.
“Our Jawans are not cannon fodder to be martyred at will,” he added.
Mr Singh, who visited Chhattisgarh to watch the scenario following the Maoist assault, had stated that there was completely no intelligence or operational failure within the operation.
“There isn’t any level in saying that there was some type of intelligence or operational failure. Had it been some intelligence failure, forces would haven’t gone for the operation. And if there was some operational failure, so many Naxals would haven’t been killed,” Mr Singh had informed information company ANI.
He had, nevertheless, earlier acknowledged that his personnel had been “surprised and ambushed”.
If there was no intelligence failure then a 1:1 dying ratio means it was a poorly designed and incompetently executed operation.
Our Jawans will not be cannon fodder to be martyred at will. pic.twitter.com/JDgVc03QvD
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 5, 2021
Up to 2,000 personnel from six camps had been mobilised after the safety forces obtained inputs in regards to the presence of two of prime Maoists leaders — Madvi Hidma, the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army’s (PLGA) battalion no 1 commander, and Sujatha, an affiliate — within the Jagargunda-Jonaguda-Tarrem belt. This included these from the CRPF’s specialised jungle warfare unit CoBRA, a unit of its Bastariya Battalion, and the District Reserve Guard.
Once one of many groups reached the spot the place the Left-wing terrorist commanders had been to be discovered in response to the intel, some 400 Maoists encircled the safety personnel from three sides. A heavy gunbattle ensued within the jungle, and whereas the forces fought again with all their may, they suffered big losses because of the ultras’ tactical benefit, officers stated.
Up to 22 personnel had been killed within the line of obligation and over 30 sustained accidents, officers stated. The Maoists additionally looted some two dozen assault weapons from the forces. The safety personnel took cowl behind massive bushes and saved firing until they ran out of ammunition, officers stated.
The shootout lasted round 4 hours starting round 11.30 am, chief the anti-Naxal operations, Ashok Jueja, stated. “We’ve got to know that the Maoists used rocket launchers, hand grenades, and other sophisticated weapons,” he stated.
Home Minister Amit Shah, who lower quick his election marketing campaign in Assam following the assault, arrived in Chhattisgarh this morning to chair a high-level assembly with state leaders and officers. Besides he can even go to the injured in state capital Raipur.