APC killed, trooper injured as Naxals ambush at patrol party
An Assistant Platoon Commandant (APC) of Special Task Force (STF) was killed
while another trooper suffered minor injuries in a fierce exchange of fire
between the security forces and the Maoists in the dense forest near Banjarin
temple under Darbha police station limits of the naxal-infested Bastar district
on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
According to police, a
contingent of 8th and 9th Battalions of Special Task Force was out for
searching on National Highway 30 in the infamous Darbha Valley of the district.
At around 2 am, a group of armed Naxals, ambushed the contingent near Jhiram
Ghati, the place where the Naxals had wiped out the Congress leadership in
Chhattisgarh in May 2013. Thirty one people were killed in that incident.
Confirming about the
ambush, Inspector General of Police (SIB) Deepanshu Kabra said, “An Assistant
Platoon Commandant (APC), Krishna Pal Singh succumbed to bullet injuries while
a constable Santosh Yadav suffered minor injuries in the incident.”
There was an
intelligence input that Naxals had blocked NH-30, which connects Jagdalpur and
Sukma, by felling trees and digging roads near Totapara village. The STF
troopers from Darbha were deployed at the spot. When the team reached near
Banjarin temple covering a distance of around two kilometres from Darbha police
station, heavily armed insurgents, who had a nefarious motive of inflicting
heavy casualties and looting the weaponry from the security personnel, by
hurling explosives and haphazard firing,
opened indiscriminate firing at them. The STF troopers retaliated, Kabra said.
In the ensuing gun
battle that lasted for two hours, the Naxals vanished into the thick, as they
could not match the fire power of the STF squad, he said.
Meanwhile, Bastar Range
Inspector General of Police SRP Kalluri said that Naxals had chopped about 100
trees with the help of some 1,000 rural people at midnight on Sukma-Dantewada
APC Singh, who had
sustained grievous bullet injuries in the incident, succumbed while being
rescued from the spot, the IG said, adding that constable Yadav has been
admitted to Maharani Hospital in Jagdalpur.
Soon after the
incident, reinforcement team was sent to the spot and a massive search has been
launched to trace the attackers. “The forces also noticed blood stains at
several places, basing which they are anticipating that more rebels may have
been killed in the exchange of fire,” he added.
Meanwhile, body of the
martyred APC Krishna Pal Singh was brought to Jagdalpur Police Line. With a
heavy heart, Jagdalpur bid farewell to APC Singh hailing from Bhind district of
neighbouring Madhya Pradesh state.
His body will be
cremated with full State honours in his native village Sagra under Nayagaon
Bhind police station limits. Father of the martyred cop is a retired army man.
He was eldest among three brothers. His younger brother is also in Indian Army
and posted in Leh.