“Attacks During the LS Election”: Inspector General of Bastar Discloses What the Naxals Killed in the Kanker Encounter Were Preparing

According to Bastar’s Inspector General (IG), Sundarraj P., as many as 29 Naxals, who were slain in Kanker, Chhattisgarh, on Tuesday, were preparing to commit violent acts during the Lok Sabha election. The operation took place in the naxal-affected Bastar-Jagdalpur (ST) Lok seat, only two days before polls for the Lok Sabha election.

“They plotted to carry out violent activities during the election. We put the right plans in place for the assembly election, so they were unable to carry out any significant incidents. Even now, with the resources at our disposal, we have completed the necessary work on that. The Inspector General expressed optimism that the elections in Bastar and Kanker will be held smoothly.

During the search, AK-47 rifles and other grades of weapons were found. “Senior Maoists have used these weapons,” the Inspector General said. The weapon identification process will shortly be completed.

It should be recalled that during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a Maoist ambush in Dantewada claimed the lives of four police officers and Bhima Mandavi, a BJP MLA from the Dantewada Assembly seat.

The creation of the BJP administration in Chhattisgarh, according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, gave the Center’s battle against terrorism and naxalism more traction in the state.

In the three months after the government’s establishment, more than 80 Naxalites were slain in Chhattisgarh, more than 125 were taken into custody, and more than 150 surrendered. The Home Minister told ANI, “I have every confidence that it will continue in the future as well and that we will eradicate naxalism from the nation very soon, led by Modi ji.”

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The slain Naxals are said to have been ardent rebels from the feared Maoist Hidma’s Battalion 1.

“Of the 29 victims found, 28 are dressed in the uniform of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA). This unequivocally indicates that neither the locals nor the overground workers were aiding the Naxals. News18 was informed by a senior Border Security Force (BSF) official that “these were armed militia members.”

The Center and state agencies have taken many initiatives in the previous several months, and this success is considered the result of their efforts.

In the past four months, BSF has established eight camps in Kanker, three of which are new. The BSF Company Operating Base was around 12 kilometers from the area of Tuesday’s operations.

“We estimated that Naxals would move to Abujmad-Narayanpur, Kanker, as the CRPF strengthened its grip on Bijapur and Sukma. This was considered when the new deployment was made, according to a BSF official.

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