Chhattisgarh, May 17, 2017: In a bid to take avenge the bloodshed of 25 soldiers in Sukma, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday claimed to have killed at least 15 Maoist rebels in five days in Chhattisgarh but added not a single body has been recovered so far.
“Our forces, who went deep into the forests to carry out the operations, saw Maoists falling down after being hit by bullets. However, neither bodies nor weapons could be recovered during these operations,” a senior officer of the Chhattisgarh police told media on Tuesday night.
One CRPF jawan was also killed in the operations while two others were injured, the official added.
The operations were conducted between 12 and 16 May by state police and CRPF’s Commando Batallion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), a special unit raised to tackle Maoist insurgency, identified as India’s biggest internal security threat.
It is believed that some of the killed Maoists have been involved in an ambush that killed 25 CRPF jawans in south Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on April 24.
The CRPF said around 150 Maoists were involved in these encounters and most of them are believed to be from Telangana, which is also battling Left-wing insurgency.
“Since they (the rebels) were using automatic weapons including UBGL (under barrel grenade launchers) and the distance from Burkapal, where Maoists killed 25 jawans on April 24, is not more than 20km, it can be said that the Maoists consisted most of those who participated in the Burkapal attack,” another CRPF officer said.
In a related development, the CRPF and Chhattisgarh police claimed to have arrested eight Maoists who were allegedly involved in the April 24 ambush. Since the incident, 18 Maoists have been arrested in the case.
On April 24, Twenty-five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have lost their lives in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Monday.