In major operations against Maoists, 20 Naxalites were killed by security agencies in Chattisgarh’s Bijapur on Sunday. “About 350 jawans part of the Operation, first time saw Maoists wearing COBRA uniform, 20 naxals have been killed in Operation,” IG, CRPF was quoted as saying by ANI. This comes days after 25 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred in a deadly attack by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma area. The encounter originally took place two days ago, i.e. Sunday. Two police personnel were also reported killed in the encounter. The injured men reportedly belong to the District Reserve Group (DRG). ANI reported that Indian Air Force evacuated the two injured personnel and airlifted them to Ramakrishna hospital in Raipur. The encounter, which apparently looks as a major success, came weeks after 25 CRPF jawans were killed in Sukma district. Earlier this month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh pitched for an aggressive strategy to combat the naxal issue.
“We have to bring aggression in our policy, there should be aggression in our thinking, aggression in our strategy, aggression in the deployment of security forces, aggression in operations, aggression in bringing development, aggression in road construction,” Singh said.
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Singh also asked states affected by left-wing extremism to take ownership of the anti-naxal operations. In another Maoist encounter in the state, a Naxallite carrying a reward of Rs 16 lakh on his head, was killed in an encounter with the police in Bastar district, news agency Press Trust of India reported. The report said that the maoist identified Vilas alias Kailash alias Aaytu, the secretary of Barsoor area committee of Maoists, was killed in the face-off with a team of local police in Burgum police station area.