Exactly a week after the Bastar massacre that wiped off a chunk of the state Congress leadership, Maoists struck again — this time in Dhamtari district. The target was a group of CRPF and police personnel, which, in violation of security procedures, was moving on 18 motorbikes during a search mission.
An assistant commandant of CRPF was killed in the attack. Following a tip-off about the location of Maoists, the group had launched a joint search operation, said RK Vij, additional director general of police (Anti-Maoist operation).
The Maoists struck when the forces were about to reach Khallari. SK Das, assistant commandant of CRPF, who was leading, got hit by two bullets — one on the thigh and another on the waist. Taken to the Nagri hospital in Dhamtari town Das was declared dead on arrival.
The security forces, meanwhile, fired back and the resulting encounter continued for about an hour.
The incident once again exposed how the forces continue to violate the standard operating procedure during operations.
“While on a mission in a Maoist-affected area, the best and most secure mode of movement is on foot. Vehicles should be avoided at any cost,” said retd Brigadier BK Ponwar, expert on jungle warfare.
Karma’s PSO succumbs to injuries
The critically injured personal security officer (PSO) of slain senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.
Siyaram Singh had been airlifted to Raipur after he sustained serious bullet injuries last week when Maoists ambushed a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district killing 27 people and injuring 37 others.
“Singh died of multiple organ failure. He received serious intestinal injuries in the gunfire,” said Dr Sandeep Dave, director of the hospital where Singh was admitted. A tribute was paid to Singh, who was a Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan. HT Correspondent