Six CRPF men among 15 killed in twin Maoist at­tacks in Ch­hat­tis­garh


In a ma­jor post-poll at­tack, 15 people, in­clud­ing six per­son­nel of the Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) and nine civil­ians, were killed on April 12 when Maoists blew up an am­bu­lance and a bus in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in tribal Bas­tar re­gion of Ch­hat­tis­garh. Maoist guer­ril­las first trig­gered a pow­er­ful blast, tar­get­ing a bus when a polling party was re­turn­ing, at vil­lage Ku­tul­nar be­tween Kutru and Gudma in Nax­alite-af­fected Bi­japur district. Seven mem­bers of the polling party were killed in the blast and sub­se­quent fir­ing, while five oth­ers were in­jured.

Within an hour, rebels struck again and blew up an am­bu­lance, killing six CRPF per­son­nel, a med­i­cal at­ten­dant and a driver on the spot in Darba on Jag­dalpur-Sukma Na­tional High­way 30. The in­ci­dent took place at Ka­ma­nar re­gion in Darbha area.

Additional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (Nax­alite Op­er­a­tions) RK Vij said, “Six polling per­son­nel died on the spot af­ter the land­mine blast while an­other per­son died on way to the hospi­tal. Other in­jured were ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal at Bi­japur and those crit­i­cally in­jured were air­lifted to Raipur.”

The CRPF per­son­nel, who be­longed to 80th Bat­tal­ion, have been iden­ti­fied as In­spec­tor M.K. Rai, As­sis­tant Sub-In­spec­tor Kanti Bai, Head Con­sta­ble Sitaram and Umesh, Con­sta­ble Di­nesh and a civil­ian Vasu Sethiya.

Chang­ing their guer­rilla at­tack tac­tics this time, Maoist rebels have tar­geted poll party while they were re­turn­ing af­ter polls. Ear­lier, they would at­tack polling par­ties and se­cu­rity forces be­fore polls or on polling day in an ef­fort to dis­rupt elec­tions. How­ever, Maoists could not suc­ceed in their de­signs dur­ing both the Novem­ber polls and dur­ing April 10 polling for Lok Sabha con­stituency in Bas­tar be­cause of suc­cess­ful area dom­i­na­tion by se­cu­rity forces.

Ch­hat­tis­garh Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh strongly con­demned the killings de­scrib­ing it as an act of cowardice. A group of BJP and its youth wing mem­bers took out demon­stra­tions and burnt ef­fi­gies of Nax­al­ism at dif­fer­ent places protest­ing against killing of in­no­cent people.

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