Monday’s attack on the CRPF that left 25 jawans dead and injured 6 happened in the Sukma region. This area is a hotbed of Maoist activities and has been so for quite some time. Chhattisgarh came into being in 2000. Since then nearly 550 casualties, from among security forces, have been reported from Sukma alone out of a total of 1,110 in the state, The Indian Express reports.
As per the report, about 75 percent of casualties were recorded during Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign by Maoists during summer months in Dandakaranya.
The Burkapal camp, where the attack took place yesterday, was set up between Chintalnar and Chintagufa by the state police in 2013 to ensure a sizeable police presence. The area is dominated by CPI (Maoist)’s South Bastar battalion, which is headed by Hidma. Maoists’ other battalion is in Abujhmad.
The attack has come as a setback to the Chhattisgarh government’s efforts to check Maoist violence. As against the massive death count in Bastar, undivided Andhra Pradesh —- where most of the top Maoists came from —- recorded deaths of around 500 personnel in 40 years.
In one of the biggest Maoist attacks carried out yesterday at around 12:30 pm since 2010, as many as 25 CRPF jawans lost their lives, after a trap was laid by the extremist group. Maoists had fired at CRPF personnel as they were guarding workers building roads in a forested area of Sukma district, police officer Jitendra Shukla was quoted as saying by Associated Press. According to an injured jawan, there were some 300 Naxals who attacked them.
Injured jawans were rushed to a hospital in Raipur. State chief minister Raman Singh canceled his engagements in Delhi and rushed to Raipur. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in Raipur today to take stock of the situation.