A jawan of the Special Operations Group (SOG) lost his life and 10 others were wounded in a Maoist ambush near Khamankhol in Kandhamal district of Odisha, according to Times Now. Last month, in major operations against Maoists, 20 Naxalites were killed by security agencies in Chattisgarh’s Bijapur. 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. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had pitched for an aggressive strategy to combat the naxal issue.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, according to the Indian Express, had recently said that economic resources play an important role in any war and choking the finances of the Maoists will help end the conflict. The Home Minister speaking at a conference which was attended by Chief Ministers of 10 states affected by left-wing violence. The Home Minister made these comments a few weeks after a Maoist ambush in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed in Sukma, as per an Indian Express report.
Rajnath Singh at tthe meet said that an integrated strategy is required to combat the Maoists. The Home Minister stressed that a strategic and unified command was required at the operational and tactical level and that there was a requirement to share intelligence. The Minister added that everyone must analyse the current strategy, thinking, preparation and resources, according to the Indian Express.
Nearly 12,000 people have lost their lives due to Maoist violence in the country, out of these nearly 2,700 of the deceased are members of the security forces and 9,300 were civilians, as per The Indian Express.