NEW DELHI: The deaths of 23 safety personnel in (*4*) got here in a deliberate offensive launched collectively by the CRPF and (*4*) police and likewise resulted in casualties among the many Maoists.
The operation was half of a tactical transfer to tackle CPI (Maoist)’s guerrilla power, People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army battalion No.1 (PLGA-1) led by ‘most-wanted’ commander Hidma.
The assessments had been mentioned at a assessment held by residence minister Amit Shah on Sunday. He mentioned the battle towards Maoists can be additional intensified and the deaths wouldn’t go in useless.
The shootout took place in the ‘core’ Naxal space and was additionally supposed to pre-empt the annual tactical counter offensive marketing campaign (TCOC) in which Maoists launch focused strikes on safety forces between March and June.
CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh instructed TOI that safety personnel not solely inflicted heavy casualties on the Maoist cadres, who carried back their dead and injured in 4 tractors, but in addition that they managed to retrieve our bodies of two safety personnel and recuperate arms and likewise introduced back all of the injured in addition to a dead girl Naxal’s physique, masking a distance of 10km in excessive warmth.
“Yes, we suffered casualties, but our men fought bravely for four hours. By alleging that the casualties may have happened due to a lapse or failure, we will be underestimating the capabilities of our personnel to hit the Maoists in their core areas,” Singh mentioned.
The CRPF DG mentioned the battle towards the Maoists in their ‘den’ can be intensified in the times to return. Shah on Sunday night held a assessment assembly to take inventory of the incident and focus on methods. In reality, Shah made it clear earlier in the day that Saturday’s reverses wouldn’t dilute the battle towards CPI (Maoist).
(*4*) DGP D M Awasthi, when contacted by TOI, mentioned there was prior intelligence that PLGA-1, which is thought to be lively in Sukma area, was in the Bijapur space. “The idea was to fight them in the ‘core’ Maoist area before they started hitting at security forces’ camps as part of the TCOC they are known to launch annually from March-end to June, when shedding of leaves in the forests offers good visibility for operations. It is a good time for counter-operations as well, for the same reason,” he mentioned.