Raipur: The Maoists who attacked the CRPF contingent in Sukma on Monday were being informed about the position and movement of the security forces by some local villagers.
The CRPF personnel claimed that Maoist sympathizers or Sangam members, near Burkapal region were in constant touch with Maoists and kept them updated on the troop’s location and movement.
One of the injured jawans Sheikh Mohammad said that more than 300 Maoists+ , including rebel women cadres, had ambushed the jawans.
“Usually they use villagers as human shield, but this time, the villagers were sent to trace our location and movement. They kept updating the Maoists. The rebels then ambushed and opened indiscriminate fire on us. We also retaliated and our counter fire could have killed about a dozen rebels also, but we suffered a major loss,” he added.
The usual pattern of guerrilla warfare that Maoists follow in this region is to first ambush the forces using IEDs. Then, they spring a surprise attack with indiscriminate fire from both the sides to kill the injured security personnel.
Another injured jawan demanded that police teams of Chhattisgarh Armed Force or state police should be deployed at each CRPF camp as they get local intelligence inputs easily, which plays a big role in anti-Maoist operations.
“Road opening is not the sole job of CRPF personnel, the paramilitary shouldn’t be held responsible for this job alone. Rather, state police should also accompany the CRPF,” he added.
According to initial reports, a CRPF company commander along with seven troops was missing from the spot. Meanwhile, chief minister Raman Singh said, “Pressure of Reds at Dornapal and Sukma region is maximum while police and security forces have been pressed into service for security of road construction work.
Maoists are under pressure as they fear that once the roads are constructed, they will be eliminated from roots. Therefore, they are trying to intervene in developmental works. Sukma is their headquarter and most vulnerable place in the country. We need to be more careful now and our forces won’t step back. I will now meet the injured at hospital and will then have meeting with senior police officers and CRPF personnel.”