Chhattisgarh encounter: Meet the social activists who helped free CRPF jawan without Maoist conditions
When the Avapalli sub-divisional police officer called I was astonished but he requested me to be part of the negotiating team,” he told this newspaper.
Sarma had on April 5, two days after the brutal killing of the security personnel, allegedly posted on Facebook 'Salaried people cannot be termed martyrs if they die during duty.'
Most of the injuries had resulted due to shots from modern weapons or barrels from which a projectile is propelled through rapid burning of gunpowder.
'We want the government to inform us about the action it is taking for his release,' Meenu, wife of abducted jawan Rakeshwar Singh Minhas, said in a fervent appeal from the protest site.
After the 2017 Burkapal encounter, security forces are employing various strategies to counter the influence and movement of Maoists.
Chhattisgarh encounter: Seven-month pregnant wife of slain jawan hasn't informed about her husband's death
The villages of two CRPF jawans of the CoBRA battalion sunk into gloom and tears as the news of their martyrdom reached them on late Sunday evening.
Sources also said there is a possibility that Naxals may have got inputs about the movement of security force personnel from locals.
After Rahul Gandhi's "intelligence failure" remarks, Vats on Monday termed the encounter a deliberate anti-Naxal operation and said that political blame games are harmful for such operations.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel reiterated that operations against Naxals would continue and the work of establishing camps in Naxal-affected areas would be completed in an expedited manner.
The minister, who is on a visit to Chhattisgarh, made the comment after paying tributes to the 22 security personnel who were killed by naxals in the state on Saturday.
Our jawans are not cannon fodder to be martyred at will, Gandhi said on Twitter.
Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar and senior officials of the home ministry and the CRPF attended the meeting.
The outfit demanded the removal of camps of armed forces from conflict-ridden areas, revoking the ban imposed on Maoists and the release of their party leaders languishing in jails.
Armed forces repeatedly falling prey to this tactic attacked when they have been in the field for over 24 hours and at their vulnerable worst due to exhaustion raises some serious questions.
Eighteen jawans were missing after five security personnel were killed and 30 others injured on Saturday in the fierce gun-battle with Naxals in a forest along the border between Bijapur and Sukma.