Jawans were having lunch when Naxals attacked them
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 26 Apr 2017 08:58:49|
Ultras used ‘explosive-tipped’ arrows to attack jawans
13 AK rifles, 5 INSAS rifles, 3,420 rounds of various calibre, 75 magazines of AK rifles, 31 of INSAS, 67 live UBGL rounds, 22 bullet proof jackets, two binoculars, five wireless sets and a deep search metal detector were looted by Naxals
Officials said, the assault might have been conducted by the 1st battalion of Naxal People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) led by Naxal
THE 25 CRPF jawans who were killed in a deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, were having lunch when a hail of bullets and grenades hit them fatally.
The Maoists squad “very discreetly with the aid of locals” kept tracking the movement of the troops when one party of 36, out of the total three, sat down for lunch, the strong squad of Naxals, possessing sophisticated weapons, took them by surprise and rained heavy gun fire, they said.
A top CRPF officer said the slain troops had just “finished their lunch” and were possibly not fully alert, while other officials said “some of them were having their lunch” when the attack was launched around 12:30 PM.
The ultras also used some improvised ‘explosive-tipped’ arrows to take aim on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men that has reportedly resulted in injuries to them.
A huge assortment of 22 smart arms, including 13 AK series assault rifles and 5 INSAS rifles, 3,420 live rounds of various calibre, 75 magazines of AK rifles, 31 of INSAS, 67 live UBGL rounds, 22 bullet proof jackets, two binoculars, five wireless sets and a deep search metal detector were also looted by Naxals, they said.
He said besides triggering an IED blast and resorting to indiscriminate firing, the ultras also shot explosive-laden arrows at the security personnel during the ambush. What has surprised multiple security officials whom PTI talked to, is the fact that the Maoists are understood to have used few under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGL), a smart and sophisticated weapon used by security forces, to inflict fatal casualties on the troops by lobbing grenades in quick succession.
“It is very likely that the UBGLs used by Naxals were looted from security forces only. That loot could be as recent as the incident where a dozen CRPF men were killed in Sukma on March 11,” a senior officer said.
He added that while no Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) was used in the ambush, the favourite weapon for inflicting damage on security forces, what claimed the lives in the biggest Naxal ambush of the country in the last three years was heavy usage of gun fire and grenades. The area where the deadly blood-bath took place is considered the stronghold of south Bastar Divisional Committee of the Naxals headed by Maoist commander Raghu and is under the Jagargunda Area Committee led by another red ultra, Papa Rao.
Officials said “it is beyond doubt” that the assault would have been led by the 1st battalion of the Naxal People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) led by Naxal commander Hidma who is said to be active in the area at present in view of the Tactical Counter Offencive Campaign (TCOC) undertaken by Naxals during summer months to assert their influence in the area.