Sukma attack: Are Maoists threatened?

Attacks like the one in 2010 that killed 76 CRPF personnel or the one in 2013 when 27 people including Congress leaders VC Shukla, Mahendra Karma and Nand Kumar Patel were killed in a Maoist ambush, should have led to a comprehensive review of standard operating procedures and better coordination among security agencies.

As many as 25 CRPF personnel were yesterday killed in an attack by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

Ameesha Sharma, whose father and CRPF Assistant Sub-Inspector Sanjay Kumar was cremated at his native village Chechian near Palampur town in Kangra district, said: "My father sacrificed his life for the nation, but what did he get (from this act)?" This was one of their deadliest attack since 2013. When high-value currency notes were demonetized past year in a purported attack on black money, representatives of the Modi government had triumphantly proclaimed that the back of the Naxalites had been broken since they dealt largely in unaccounted cash.

"The Maoists know that development is limiting the space for them".

"The sacrifice of our fearless jawans will not go in vain", said home minister Rajnath Singh in Raipur. "We immediately took positions and retaliated but by then some of our buddies were hit by bullets", Malik said adding they started retrieving the injured personnel. Condoling the death of 25 CRPF jawans including six from Bihar at Sukama on Monday the CM said everyone is with the family of the martyrs.

On Monday, hundreds of Maoists ambushed and massacred at least 25 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district and escaped with their AK-47 assault rifles.

"When we began retaliatory firing, they split into two or three groups and scattered in three directions".

The summer months are when they prefer to target security forces as the bushes and other vegetation wilt, providing them a clear view of the movement of the troops from hills, the officer said. Singh said a meeting of all Maoist-affected states will be held on 8 May to look at ways to root out left-wing extremism.

Responding to a query over alleged intelligence failure in the incident, Rajnath Singh said, "This is not the time for a blame game".

The Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh also reviewed the LWE situation in the state at a meeting in Raipur.

Terming the Sukma killings as "cold-blooded murder", Rajnath Singh directed acting chief of the CRPF and a top security officer to stay put in Chhattisgarh to ensure coordinated "targeted" operations against the Naxals.

For a decade now, the center and state governments, to wipe out Maoists, are doing combing activities.

  • Leroy Wright