18 trucks set on fire by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Trucks set on fire in Chhattisgarh. 18 trucks carrying iron ore from a mine in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district were set on fire allegedly by Naxals this morning. No casualties have been reported.

A group of armed Naxals raided the Barbaspur iron ore mining site and after threatening the labourers, they torched vehicles engaged in mining work, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendera Singh Meena told Press Trust of India. After torching the vehicles, the Naxals fled into the forest, he said.

The assault comes quite close to a trap by more than 200 Naxals in the Sukma region in which seven policemen of the Special Task Force (STF) were executed. 11 jawans were additionally harmed in the almost two-hour-long weapon fight on Saturday.

As per reports, a 60-solid squad of the STF had gone to Pidmel-Polampalli region in Sukma locale, bordering Andhra Pradesh, on a hunt operation taking after a tip-off over the vicinity of Naxals. While on some way or another back around twelve, they were purportedly assaulted by more than 200 vigorously furnished ultras in the Dornapal-Chintagufa zone.

Sukma is about 265 kilometres away from Kanker.

“Seven brave STF jawans were martyred in the gun-battle which went on for roughly two hours in an area which is inaccessible by road and also lacks any communication facilities,” said RK Vij, Additional Director General of Police who heads the state’s anti-Naxal operations.

The bodies of these STF personnel were retrieved today, over 24 hours after the gun-battle. I was shot in the waist… somehow, we were able to save ourselves,” said Sanjay Lakra, an STF constable, adding, “No back up came.”

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