‘DD News team covering developmental works in region targeted by Ultras’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Oct 2018 11:56:55


Staff Reporter,


The Naxal ambush, which claimed two security personnel and a DD News cameraman, was laid to target troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 111th battalion engaged in road opening exercise between Sameli and Nilawaya, said Special Director General of Police (anti-naxal operation and Special Intelligence Branch) D M Awasthi on Tuesday.

“Today’s ambush was laid by outlaws to target Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF 111th battalion providing security to road construction work between Sameli and Nilawaya but unfortunately, DD News cameraman Achyuta Nand Sahu along with his team accompanied by local police reached first and comes under the firing of ultras,” stated Awasthi while interacting with media in Raipur.

The Special DG (anti-naxal operation and SIB) further elaborated that a team of DD News from Delhi, arrived in Bastar region to cover developmental works in the region and also looking after polling related preparedness, was heading towards Nilawaya from Sameli along with team of Aranpur police station.

After spotting a naxal poster (which read as boycott elections and road construction works), the cameraman stepped down from the vehicle to shoot it but trapped in an ambush which was laid for CRPF. The cameraman and two personnel from Chhattisgarh Police killed in the ambush.

“Responding to the firing from naxal side, security personnel immediately launched a retaliatory action. Unable to withstand the firing, which lasted for around 50 minutes, ultras fled the spot but troopers launched a hunt leading to an input that outlaws were spotted dragging two bodies and massive blood stains were spotted at the spot encounter indicating causalities from naxal side,” claimed the officer.

After the encounter, security forces have recovered 8-10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the region and diffused, added Awasthi.
“Immediately, the incident cannot to term as an outcome of intelligence failure. We have all the information but discontinuing the road construction work will not be justifiable.

The dominance of Malangir Area Committee of the banned organisation has been restricted in the region with construction of roads and security forces have managed to penetrated deep inside the forest patches,” explained the Special DG (anti-naxal operation and SIB).
As road construction works are ongoing in the region from several years and several troopers providing security to the
works were injured and also martyred in the naxal-attack, the incident cannot be linked with coming assembly elections, added the officer.

To ensure fair and peaceful elections, elaborate security arrangements have been made by Superintendents of Police, said Awasthi. The officer further informed that security personnel came here from outside may face some problem because they did not have more information about naxal problem therefore we are planning a training session for them.