Fight against Naxals will be intensified: Shah

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/6/2021 11:49:39 PM

NEW DELHI, April 5: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the government will intensify its ongoing fight against the Naxal menace, an assertion coming in the wake of the killing of 22 security personnel in an attack by the rebels in Chhattisgarh.
The home minister, on a visit to Chhattisgarh, also paid tributes to the security personnel killed by Naxals in the state's Bastar region on Saturday.
Talking to reporters after chairing a high-level meeting at Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar district, on the Left Wing Extremism situation, Shah said the sacrifices of the security personnel will always be remembered for taking the battle against Naxals to a "decisive turn".
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, senior officials of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force were present in the meeting.
The latest Naxal attack took place between Jonaguda and Tekalguda villages along the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts in the Bastar region. Thirty-one security personnel were also injured in the ensuing gun-battle with Naxals.
The security personnel were ambushed by Naxals when they were out on a combing operation in a forest along the Bijapur and Sukma districts.
Out of the total 22 fatalities, the CRPF lost eight men, including seven commandos of the CoBRA (CRPF's elite unit) and one jawan of the Bastariya battalion, eight of the other deceased were from the District Reserve Guard and six from the Special Task Force.
One jawan is still missing, officials said.
"I want to assure the country that this fight (against Naxals) will not stop... rather it will continue with more intensity. In this fight, our victory is definite in the end," Shah asserted.
The Union minister said he paid tributes to the martyred personnel on behalf of the country, the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is Shah's first visit to the Bastar region after assuming the charge of Union home minister, an official said.
Meanwhile, security agencies are working to ascertain a claim made by Naxals that they abducted a CoBRA commando after the Saturday ambush, official sources said in New Delhi.
A top officer in the security establishment said that they have "reasons to believe" that this claim, made over phone on Sunday evening to a journalist based in Bijapur by a purported Maoist group, is true.
"We have not been able to locate commando Rakeshwar Singh Minhas of the 210th CoBRA battalion till now. However, we do not have concrete evidence to substantiate the claim made by some Naxal elements that he has been taken away by them," a senior officer said.

 

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