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Chhattisgarh: Special task force arrests 37 Naxals in Sukma district

Author: Ravi Kaushal
Publication: India.com
Date: June 11, 2017
URL:   http://www.india.com/news/india/chhattisgarh-special-task-force-arrests-37-naxals-in-sukma-district-2224474/

The paramilitary forces are on the offensive after an attack earlier this year claimed the lives of 24 jawans of Central Reserved Police Forces.

Giving Naxals a major jolt in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the special task force in a joint operation with district force on Sunday reportedly arrested 37 Naxals from Chintagufa and Fulbagdi areas. The en masse arrest appeared a big success in countering the Naxal activities in Chhatisgarh. The details of arrests are still unknown and the story will be updated soon.

The paramilitary forces are on the offensive after an attack earlier this year claimed the lives of 24 jawans of Central Reserved Police Forces. The biggest attack in last seven years in the region sent shockwaves to the state administration. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said he accepts the challenge tossed by the Naxals. A special meet of the security officials and bureaucrats was convened on May 8 to revise the strategy in countering violence in Naxal violence-hit regions.

Earlier, the CRPF arrested 13 Naxals allegedly involved in the Naxal attack April this year.

“Since April 24 attack, separate teams of central security forces, Special Task Force and state police have been patrolling different areas. 11 of the Maoist cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area, while two others were arrested from Chintalnar police station during the routine patrolling,” said Sundarraj P., Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Bastar Zone.

He said that a few days back, they had shot dead a top member of the left extremist group, who carried Rs 15 lakh reward on his head. These Maoists had gathered to mourn the death of their comrade.

“On getting information, a police team reached the site. After heavy exchange of fire with the Maoists, police arrested 11 of them, while the rest managed to escape,” Sundarraj added.

 
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