IPS officer of the 1983 batch, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar has been appointed the new DG of the CRPF just days after the Sukma attacks. The Naxalite attack in Chhatisgarh’s Sukma had resulted in the death of 25 CRPF personnel. An injured jawan had told ANI that that attack had been carried out by around 300 Naxalites. CRPF jawan Sher Mohammed, who had been injured in the attack had informed reporters that the Naxals had first sent villagers to trace the jawans’ locations and then started the attack. The CRPF jawans are also reported to have fired back and killed many Naxalites.
The attack had taken place near the Burkapal village within the jurisdiction of the Chintagufa police, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla had told PTI. He had further said that the Naxals were about 300 in number and the armed forces were around 150. He said that he himself had shot 3-4 Naxals in the chest.
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25 CRPF personnel martyred in a major strike by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on April 24. The attack on CRPF took place at around 12.25 PM between the Burkapal-Chintagufa area in south Bastar which is the worst Maoist violence-affected district area of the state. In an interview with ANI, a jawan who was injured in the attack said that attack was carried out by around 300 Naxalites. “First Naxals sent villagers to trace our location, then almost 300 Naxals attacked us. We also fired and killed many,” said CRPF’s Sher Mohammed who was injured in the attack.
A senior CRPF officer after the attack said, “We have lost 26 men and we are still to account for all the personnel and a search is on. About 7-8 boys are still missing. The last word on the encounter will come once the entire area has been searched and all troops contacted.”