29 Naxalites Killed in Chhattisgarh Anti-Naxal Operation, Deputy CM Visits Injured Soldiers

In a major anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh, security forces killed 29 Naxalites, including senior cadres, in the biggest encounter in the state's history, dealing a significant blow to the Naxalite movement.

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29 Naxalites Killed in Chhattisgarh Anti-Naxal Operation, Deputy CM Visits Injured Soldiers

29 Naxalites Killed in Chhattisgarh Anti-Naxal Operation, Deputy CM Visits Injured Soldiers

In a major anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, security forces gunned down 29 Naxalites, including some senior cadres, in the biggest encounter in the state's history. The operation, launched based on intelligence inputs about the presence of senior Naxal leaders in the area, resulted in the highest number of Naxalite fatalities in a single encounter.

The joint operation was carried out by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the state police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) in the Binagunda-Koragutta jungles of Kanker district. Three security personnel were also injured in the fierce gunfight, but their condition was reported to be out of danger. A large cache of weapons was recovered from the encounter site.

Why this matters: The successful operation dealt a significant blow to the Naxalite movement in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, a stronghold of left-wing extremism. It also boosted the morale of security forces engaged in the fight against Naxalism.

Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma, who holds the home affairs portfolio, visited the injured soldiers at a hospital in Raipur. He praised the outcome of the operation, calling it a "surgical strike" and crediting the bravery of the security personnel. "The Naxals killed were hardcore, and a large amount of arms and ammunition were recovered from them," Sharma said.

Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai also lauded the operation, terming it a "big achievement." He stated that the Naxalites were trying to disrupt the upcoming elections in the Bastar region. The government is open to talks with the Naxalites and is also working on development schemes in the Naxal-affected areas, according to Sharma.

The slain Naxalites included divisional committee members Shankar and Lalita. Shankar Rao, who had a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head, was among those killed in the encounter. Since the start of 2024, 79 Naxalites have been killed in separate gun battles with security forces in the Bastar region.

Kanker Superintendent of Police confirmed that the Naxalites had gathered and planned to trigger violence before the polls, but the security forces were able to thwart their plans. The bodies of the deceased Naxalites were retrieved and sent for identification and post-mortem.

Key Takeaways

  • 29 Naxalites killed in major anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district
  • Operation conducted by BSF and state police's DRG, 3 security personnel injured
  • Significant blow to Naxalite movement in Bastar region, boosted security forces' morale
  • Slain Naxalites included divisional committee members Shankar and Lalita
  • Naxalites had planned to trigger violence before polls, but security forces thwarted their plans