The Maoist attack has claimed lives of at least 22 security personnel while 32 get injured and one jawan was reportedly missing in a four-hour-long encounter that had taken place near Jonaguda in Sukma.
This happened when separate joint teams of security forces of over 2,000 personnel had launched a major anti-Maoist operation from Bijapur and Sukma districts in the South Bastar forests, which is considered as the Maoist stronghold.
They belongs to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) and were involved in the operation launched from five places of Tarrem, Usoor and Pamed (Bijapur) and Minpa and Narsapuram (Sukma).
During this time an encounter broke out between the patrolling team that was dispatched from Tarrem and ultras belonging PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army) battalion of Maoists near Jonaguda village under Jagargunda police station area in Sukma, the gunfight lasted for about three hours.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted “My thoughts are with the families of those martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the brave martyrs will never be forgotten. May the injured recover at the earliest”,
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said “Our security men have lost their lives, we will not tolerate this bloodshed and a befitting reply will be given at an appropriate time.” He also said “I bow to sacrifices of our brave security personnel martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Nation will never forget their valour. My condolences are with their families. We will continue our fight against these enemies of peace and progress.”