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Raipur18 minutes agoAuthor: Hemant Atri
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There are reports of 22 jawans martyred in the Naxalite attack in Bijapur of Bastar on Saturday. Maoists surrounded 700 soldiers and attacked them.
The martyrdom of 24 soldiers in an encounter with Naxalites in Bijapur is pointing to the failure of operational planning. Surrounding 700 soldiers, the Naxalites opened fire for 3 hours. After 24 hours, the rescue team did not reach to take the dead bodies. All this happened when the presence of a large number of Naxalites in this area was already known 20 days ago.
The area where the encounter took place is the area of First Battalion of Naxalites. 20 days ago, it was revealed through UAV photographs that a large number of Naxalites are present here.
3 reasons to raise questions on operational planning
CRPF’s ADDP Operations Zulfikar Hansmukh, Senior Security Advisor of the Center and Vijay Kumar of CRPF’s former DGP and current IG Operations Nalin Prabhat have been present in the areas of Jagdalpur, Raipur and Bijapur for the last 20 days. Despite this, the martyrdom of such a large number of soldiers is questioning the whole operational planning. There is another fact to note. The current IG operations Nalin Kumar has been a DID. During his tenure in 2006, 76 CRPF jawans were martyred in the Naxalite attack.
1. The presence and movement of senior officers in the concerned area cannot remain hidden for long. It is completely possible for the Naxalites to get their inking.
2. The operation included Best Forces. Teams like CRPF Cobra, Chhattisgarh STF, DRG and Naya Bastaria Battalion were leading the front. In such a situation, the attack is not local, but shows the planning error at the top level.
3. The presence of five different forces in such an operation is a big challenge for command and control. In the event of firing, all of them take action according to their training and design. Uniformity does not exist.
Naxalites had laid the conditions for peace, the government did not react
The Naxalites had proposed peace talks to the government on 17 March. The Naxalites had issued a release saying that they are ready to negotiate with the Chhattisgarh government for the betterment of the public. He also laid down three conditions for negotiation. These included the removal of the armed forces, the lifting of restrictions on Maoist organizations and the unconditional release of their jailed leaders. The Chhattisgarh government has not given any reaction on these conditions.