A day after declaring a befitting response to the Naxals, who killed 22 security personnel in a deadly attack, Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit the injured soldiers and pay homage to the martyrs in Chattisgarh on Monday.
Shah on Sunday stated that “the battle against the extremists will be won through joint efforts of the central and state governments”. He also reviewed the present situation with top security officials arising out of the violence perpetrated by the Naxals.
“OUR SECURITY MEN HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS BLOODSHED AND A BEFITTING REPLY WILL BE GIVEN AT AN APPROPRIATE TIME”, HE SAID IN ASSAM’S SUALKUCHI.
As scheduled for Monday will arrive in Jagdalpur at 10.30 AM, where he will lay a wreath on martyrs and pay last respects. Later at 1 pm, he will arrive at Basaguda CRPF camp to communicate with state police personnel and CRPF officials. After lunch, at around 3:20 pm the Union Minister will attend to the injured soldiers admitted to Ramakrishna Hospital, Narayana Hospital, and MMI hospital respectively.
So far, evidence of 17 security personnel was rescued from the jungles of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, raising the death toll to 22 in the worst ever Naxal attack in four years. This resulted from an ambush by some 400 insurgents who surrounded the jawans from three sides in an area devoid of vegetation and rained on them machine gunfire as well as IEDs for several hours.
Out of 22 fatalities, the CRPF lost eight men who included seven CoBRA commandos while one jawan is from the Bastariya battalion, eight from DRG, and five from Special Task Force. However, CRPF Inspector is still missing, they said on Sunday.