Raipur, Apr 09: A convoy of the BJP being attacked by naxalites in Chhattisgarh brought back memories of a similar incident that took place in 2013 ahead of the elections.
Naxalites targeted a convoy of the BJP in Dantewada in which 5 persons including BJP MLA, Bhima Mandavi was killed. The naxalites triggered an improvised explosive device to target the convoy.
Raipur, Mar 12: At least two BSF jawans were killed and four others injured in a naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Saturday.
The jawans were engaged in an encounter with the naxals. This is the second major attack in a span of a month.
It was an operation that was on the cards for nearly six months and the Intelligence that was shared stated that the target was the Congress and in particular Mahendra Karma. There was a major build up at Chattisgarh where the naxal movement was looking for revival. They had gone quiet for a very long time but looking at the manner in which the attack took place it was clear that it was meticulously planned.
The naxals were looking to gun down Mahendra Karma in particular and also target the Congress on the whole. Karma had spear headed the Salwa Judum movment an anti naxal movement which helped neutralise the naxal movement to a large extent. Naxals had often complained about this movment which was launched in the year 2005. There have been at least four attempts on Karma’s life since 2005. Continue reading “Attack pre-meditated”
The next course of action against the Naxalites, who blew up a rail track in West Bengal that resulted in a collision between a passenger train and a good train, would be taken shortly following a high-level meeting, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai told rediff.com.
He said that the government would not take the latest attack lying down. Pillai, however, refused to comment on whether the government proposes using the army or the air force against the Naxals but added that nest course of action would be decide in a few days.
On the West Bengal incident, Pillai said that all angles point to derailment of the trains as a result of sabotage. “It is an attack by the Naxals and they are responsible for the civilian casualties. Investigators have found clues to suggest sabotage and they are probing further,” he said.
The home secretary said, “They (Naxals) are getting more aggressive each day and have also shown scant regard for the lives of the innocent people. We will take steps to counter their moves, but will not let this menace grow.”
Pillai said the confirmed death toll in West Bengal is 54 while the number of persons injured is 137.