According to the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) about the developments, the number of Naxalites killed in Chhattisgarh Encounter with Chhattisgarh could be between 12 to 20. According to Hindustan Times, intelligence has also revealed that extremists used a grenade launcher in the attack. So far 22 soldiers have been martyred in this encounter, while 21 soldiers are still missing.
The body of a Maoist cadre was also recovered in a search operation following this encounter, one of the deadliest attacks in recent years. Officials claim that the number of Naxalites killed may be higher.
He said that the death of the Naxalites has been received through the Heron drone which is monitoring the spot. The drone also revealed that the corpses of the militants killed through two tractor-trolleys were used to bring them back to the dense forests.
A CRPF official, on the condition of anonymity, said that it is estimated that between 12 and 20 Maoists have been killed, otherwise they would not have needed two tractor-trolleys for such dead bodies. He also tried to surround the CoBRA, Black Panthers and DRG-STF troops, but could not succeed. We will retaliate in our own way.
The CRPF officer said that the Maoists tried to surround the other area after the attack on Sunday morning, but their attempt was thwarted and the security forces safely reached their hideouts. Another official said that there were more casualties on both sides as the encounter took place at the nerve center of the Maoist operation in Bijapur-Sukma area of Bastar region.
The official said the Maoists used a barrel grenade launcher in the attack, which resulted in several deaths due to splinter injuries. Security forces also retaliated with grenade launchers attached to automatic weapons.
A fourth person reviewed the indicated incident that the Wireless Intercept indicated that the Maoists had managed to track the movement of security forces, but the Heron drone had also caught the movement of several Maoist teams.
Today Amit Shah will go to Chhattisgarh
At the same time, Home Minister Amit Shah will reach Chhattisgarh today, where he will meet the soldiers injured in the encounter and also pay tribute to the martyrs. Shah said on Sunday that the fight against extremists would be won only by the joint efforts of the central and state governments.
The Union Minister also reviewed the situation with top security officials after the encounter with Naxalites. Before leaving his election campaign in the state and leaving for the national capital, he was in Sialkuchi, Assam, where he said that our security personnel had lost their lives. We will not tolerate this bloodshed and will be responded to at the right time.
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