Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

India's top rights body condemns massacre of 25 security personnel by Maoists

India's top rights body condemns massacre of 25 security personnel by Maoists

Sources said the attack by around 300 Naxals has rattled the government and the meeting was likely to discuss a tactical shift in future anti-Naxal operations, with a focus on greater involvement by state police forces.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday visited the houses of two CRPF troopers killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh and announced Rs 5 lakh and government jobs to their next of kin.

Since April 2010, almost 200 security personnel have died in six major attacks in Chhattisgarh.

25 CRPF Jawans were martyred in the insurgency-affected Sukma district yesterday.

According to January 2017 reports, he may have been killed in encounter with security forces in Bijapur. "But they will not succeed in their evil designs".

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"We will review the strategy (of dealing with Naxalites) and if necessary we will revisit it", he said.

Rajnat Singh said the Maoists are trying to hamper the development activities and using the tribals as fodder.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh laid wreaths on the coffins of the soldiers of the paramilitary Central Reserve Security Force (CRPF) and a 21-gun salute was given to the deceased, before the final rites were carried out.

The Centre, earlier in the day, assured action against the perpetrators of the "cold-blooded murder" in Sukma.

Moreover the jawans had to distinguish before villagers and the Naxals which again acted as a disadvantage for the CRPF personnel. The jawans attacked were tasked with protecting workers building a key road that, once completed, would help the forces break the dominance of the guerrillas in the region.

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"Discussions should take place with all political leaders and some new policies should be introduced", Singh told the media here. The portal says that since 2005, 1,885 personnel have lost their lives in the "Red Corridor", a reference to the Maoist belt.

At least 25 police officers were killed and six others injured Monday when hundreds of suspected Maoist rebels attacked a convoy in central India, officials told CNN. The road that was under construction is planned as a major highway in South Bastar, one of the most under-developed areas of the country.

Mr Singh also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the attack last night.

"While replying to the firing by the Naxals who had surrounded us, I also sustained bullet injuries". "We suspect that the attack was planned by Situ and his group by taking the support of local lower-rung cadres of Maoists like Sangham and militia members", he said.

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