Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and three others injured in a Maoist ambush near Nukanpal forest in Bijapur district, south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.
The personnel of 168th battalion of CRPF came under attack between Murkinar and Nukanpal, some 450 km south of Raipur. According to the Bastar range inspector general of police Arun Dev Gautam, the Maoists targeted the road opening party (ROP) deployed in the region, killing four jawans on the spot.
The attack was retaliated by the forces resulting in an encounter some 18 km from the Bijapur district headquarter. The injured were rushed to the district hospital where their conditions were stated to be out of danger.
“The CRPF had organised a civic action programme for the locals at Cheramungi village. As it was the scheduled event, the road opening operation was being carried out in the area to ensure secured movement of the forces and the safe conduct of the curriculum. The troopers were trapped in the Maoist ambush. The rebels fled with the weapons of the deceased CRPF jawans”, Gautam told Hindustan Times.
One AK-47, two INSAS rifles, couple of grenade launchers (UVGL) were looted by the armed Maoists following the ambush. Additional forces have been rushed to the area and the search operation has been intensified, the IG told HT.
The red zone of Bastar defied the Maoist diktat on poll boycott in the recently concluded assembly election, which remained peaceful with nearly 75 percent voters' turnout in the region.
Bijapur remains one of the worst affected districts by the violence unleashed by CPI (Maoist). The seven districts of Bastar zone, south Chhattisgarh, have strong presence of left-wing extremists.