In Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, the number of soldiers killed in an encounter with Maoists on Saturday has increased to 22.
Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the current situation with senior officials in Delhi. The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar and other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Inspector of General Police P Sundar raj said that according to the latest information, “the bodies of 22 soldiers have been recovered.
31 soldiers are injured who have been admitted to the hospital. Their condition remains stable.”
Kuldeep Singh, director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), said that 25-30 Naxalites have been killed in the Bijapur encounter”.
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One of the major Maoist attack
This is believed to be the biggest Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh in the last few years. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has expressed grief over the death of the soldiers in the encounter with the Maoists.
Prime Minister Modi wrote in a tweet after the incident, “My condolences to the families of the soldiers who were martyred while fighting the Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the brave martyrs will never be forgotten.
How many soldiers are missing?
Officers said the encounter between Maoists and security forces lasted for about four hours. The Maoists have also suffered a lot in this incident. The seven soldiers who were shifted to Raipur are now out of danger. One Soldier is still missing, who is being searched.
Injured soldiers admitted in Raipur hospital
37 soldiers injured in the encounter have been admitted to hospitals in Bijapur and Raipur. Meanwhile, the state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu met the soldiers who were admitted in a private hospital in Raipur on Saturday night.
Question on the claim of government
The death of 22 security forces personnel in an encounter with suspected Maoists has disproved the government’s claims that the Maoists have been weakened in the last two years. However, the state’s Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has again reiterated that the Maoists have been confined in a limited area and are fighting for their survival.
Questions are arising whether this was a strategic lapse or should it be considered a failure of the intelligence system? Have the Maoists really run away with their casualties in three or four trucks? Did the Maoists carry out this attack because the security forces in their base area have put up their flags and the Maoists are finding it difficult to save their area?
All these questions have different answers at different levels and it is not easy to understand what their truth is.
Written by – Aman Brar