Bijapur Naxal Attack: Chhattisgarh CM Baghel rules out intelligence failure, says anti-Naxal operation to continue

Bijapur Naxal Attack: Chhattisgarh CM Baghel rules out intelligence failure, says anti-Naxal operation to continue Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel interacting with media on Apr 4 (Video grab of interview)

New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that anti-naxal operations in the state would continue and ruled out that there was no intelligence failure. He added that the armed forces will continue to establish camps in the Naxal-affected areas and the operation will soon be completed.

“Almost 2000 soldiers went into the Naxal affected area to carry out an operation. There were five different teams that went in, out of these 4 teams safely came out of the area however the 5th team which had 400-450 soldiers from CRPF, state force, COBRA, STF,” Bagel told reporters on Sunday.

“They carried out a well-coordinated operation in the area which is a famous Naxal den. The forces were ordered to establish camps, which is why the Naxals were displeased. They hid in the forest and later attacked, but our soldiers fought valiantly. This was not an encounter, this was a form of war,” he added.

“The operation went on for more than four hours, and both the sides used arms and ammunitions. We lost many of our soldiers. The coordination among the forces helped in recovering the bodies of martyred soldiers and their arms,” he said. The Chief Minister expressed his condolences for the bereaved families.

At least 22 Jawans were killed and 31 more were injured in a Naxal attack at Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur on Saturday, the Bijapur police revealed on Sunday. Meanwhile, all injured personnel has been admitted to Bijapur and Raipur hospital for treatment. According to the Director-General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Kuldiep Singh also reaffirmed that there was no intelligence or operational failure. He informed that more than 25-30 Naxals were also killed however exact number is yet to be ascertained.

On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also took stock of the situation and expressed his deepest condolences over the death of jawans in the encounter between the security forces and Naxalites near Tarrem in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh.

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