Maoist rebels kill 22 Indian safety forces in gun battle

2021-04-04 17:38:27

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CRPF personnel carry the coffin of a paramilitary soldier who misplaced his life in an encounter with Maoists, in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, Sunday, April 4, 2021.
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Patna, India: Twenty-two Indian safety forces have been killed and 30 others injured in a gun battle with Maoist rebels in a central Indian state, police stated Sunday, within the deadliest ambush of its sort in 4 years.

The forces have been ambushed on Saturday whereas getting back from a search operation close to a forest in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, a Maoist insurgent stronghold, the state police’s Extra Director Normal Ashok Juneja instructed AFP.

“Up to now it’s confirmed that 22 safety personnel have been killed,” Juneja stated.

“The search operation remains to be underway and the precise determine will likely be recognized… late Sunday night.”

The injured personnel have been admitted to 2 government-run hospitals in Bijapur and Chhattisgarh’s capital metropolis Raipur.

Greater than a dozen others remained lacking, he stated, including that an unknown variety of Maoists have been additionally killed within the encounter.

Juneja stated the rebels looted weapons, ammunition, uniforms and sneakers from the safety forces who have been killed.

The demise toll may rise additional, a senior police officer in Bijapur district instructed AFP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the “sacrifices of the courageous martyrs won’t ever be forgotten”, whereas Residence Minister Amit Shah wrote on Twitter that India would “proceed our combat in opposition to these enemies of peace & progress”.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wrote on Fb Sunday that Shah had assured him of “all the mandatory assist” from the nationwide authorities in opposition to the militants.

The toll was the worst for Indian safety forces battling the far-left guerillas since 2017, when 25 police commandos have been killed in an assault.

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