The whole nation is mourning the death of 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the deadliest attack by Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
While the ruling party leaders, including the prime minister and the home minister, condemned the cowardly act of Naxalites, leaders of various other parties, though they have also condemned the incident, but questioned the tall claim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that demonetisation of 500 and 1000 denomination currency notes would break the backbone of terrorism and naxalism in the country.
In fact, the Sukma attack by the left wing terrorists have massacred the very claim of Modi, who, thumping his 56-inch-chest and showing his ‘Jigar’ said that with the demonetisation he had started a war against corruption, black-money, counterfeit notes, terrorism and naxalism.
The perennial attacks and killings by the Naxals show total failure of the state and central intelligence. And the authorities should accept it. It is surprising that over 300 naxalites with sophisticated weapons and rocket launchers gathered in a tiny village and attacked a 90-member CRPF battalion, and the intelligence agencies were caught unaware of it.
The state police administration should also be blamed for the repeated naxal attacks taking place in Chhattisgarh in which scores of security personnel lost their precious life. According to sources, if the state police force has been extending wholehearted support to the security personnel fighting the red terror, this menace could have been contained to a large extend. On the contrary, senior officers in the department sitting in their air-conditioned chambers and beating around the bush, while hundreds of CRPF and paramilitary personnel, fighting the extremists in the jungles and terrains, are laying their life on the altar of the State and the Central politics.
It’s for sure that the government, besides shedding the crocodile tears on the deaths of the brave-hearts, is not going to do anything concrete to eradicate the Naxal menace in the country, as it allegedly had made secret alliance with the red army in North-East and won the elections in that states.
Surprisingly, when Naxal attacks took place during UPA, the first response on twitter would be: sack the home minister. Now, it’s about where are the human rights activists! Nobody is asking for the resignation of the Prime Minister or the Home Minister, but just sympathises for the deaths of Jawans.
The Naxals attacked the CRPF personnel on Monday at around 12.30 pm and escaped with their AK-47 assault rifles and most importantly Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL).
The encounter with the 74th battalion of CRPF occurred at Burkapal near Chintagufa in Sukma, the worst Maoist violence-affected district in south Bastar area of the state. The “strong” 99-member CRPF battalion was on foot patrolling the interior road the team was entrusted with the task of providing security to a road construction project when it came under sudden attack.
The Naxals laid an ambush on a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village which was supporting road construction work in the area when they were attacked.
The CRPF jawans were sanitising a road which are being built in the area when a large group of around 300 naxals, divided into multiple groups, attacked the team.
The injured were evacuated by helicopter and Cobra teams of CRPF were sent as reinforcements. This is the second such attack by Naxals on CRPF jawans in Bastar in the last two months.
“Attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding “We are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the incident strongly, stating that the killings were akin to cold blooded murder. He also said that the attack showed the naxals’ frustration over the success of crackdown operations led by security forces in the recent past. The home minister also visited Raipur to pay homage to the slain jawans and visit the injured CRPF personnel.