Home Minister Rajnath Singh terms Chhattisgarh Naxal attack as cowardly

"We will review the strategy (of dealing with Naxalites) and if necessary we will revisit it", he said.

The team has also found startling evidence of the ferocious Maoist attack that led to such high casualties. They are there as a defence force to handle situations which arise.

Singh said that the Maoists were seeking to destabilise development in the State. "But to tie IEDs to the arrows and use them with such deadly effect is extremely worrying".

To know how this fruitful relationship turned sour, ANI did a ground research and talked with the CRPF personnel as well.

The relationship was so closely shared due to the proximity of the 74 CRPF battalion camp with the Burkapal village. They used their familiarity with the terrain to ambush the jawans around 12.30pm. During road opening and guarding duties, the standard operation procedure calls for food breaks to be taken in small numbers, while the bulk of the personnel are on guard in an operational zone. But with the CRPF losing many men in such operations, especially in Chattisgarh, the question is now about how to improve their training. "And this is exactly what the Maoists have done this time".

"Security forces will move easily in the area after this road is built and this is troubling the Maoists".

They also oppose efforts to build new roads and infrastructure in remote areas because it undermines their long-running campaign against India's security forces. In 2013, 27 people, including Congress party members V C Shukla, Mahendra Karma and Nand Kumar Patel, were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Darbha valley (See: VC Shukla, injured in Maoist attack, dies).

The CRPF contingent returned fire and managed to keep the attackers at bay until 1pm.

Twenty-five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives in Sukma district on Monday.

Sources told Bureaucracy Today that even as the paramilitary force has faced two Naxal attacks, in the absence of a chief, in which 37 CRPF men were killed, there is no official word from the Home Ministry to appoint a new Director General soon. "Pretending to be innocent villagers, the Maoists attacked our men from three sides", said the official of the 300,000-strong force.

"Is it not a clear case of intelligence failure on the part of central and state governments?".

The government has responded to the Maoist insurgency with a concerted security crackdown in areas in which the groups are active, an approach that has been criticized by some observers as heavy-handed and prone to abuses.

  • Leroy Wright