Jagdalpur : The fight against Ultras will be intensified to end the Naxal crisis, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday, reviewing the situation after 22 security personnel were killed in a rebel attack in Chhattisgarh.
Speaking to reporters after chairing a high-level meeting here on the situation of left-wing extremism (LWW), Shah said the sacrifices of security personnel to make the war a “decision-making” will always be remembered.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, state police and senior officials of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were present at the meeting.
Thirty-one security personnel were injured in a gunfight with Naxals between Jonguda and Tekalguda villages bordering Sukma and Bijapur districts in the Bastar region on Saturday.
Of the total 22 casualties, the CRPF lost eight, including seven commandos of the Cobra (CRPF’s elite unit) and one jawan of the Bastria Battalion, while the other dead included eight members of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and six others. Special Task Force (STF).
One soldier is still missing, officials said.
“I want to reassure the country that this fight will not stop, but will continue with greater intensity in the end. Our victory in this fight is assured in the end.”
The Union Minister said he paid tributes to the martyred workers on behalf of the country, the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Their highest sacrifice will not fail. The country will always remember their sacrifice to “lead this war to” decision-making, “he said.
“The fight against the Naxals has reached a turning point in the last few years and this unfortunate incident has taken the fight two steps further,” he said.
He said that during the review meeting with the Chief Minister and various security personnel, the officials themselves had suggested that the intensity of the fighting should not be hampered, which shows that the morale of the forces is intact and high.
Shah said that in the last five-six years, they have succeeded in setting up security forces camps in the hinterland.
He said, “Both the central and state governments have jointly entered the stronghold of the Maoists.
A number of things have also been done on the development front, although their speed has slowed down somewhat due to the coronavirus, he said.
“However, I believe that action is being taken against all the suggestions received from the tribal people’s representatives, the chief minister and the state parliamentarians,” Shah said.
He said both the central and state governments were working on the front to expedite development work in the tribal areas and intensify measures against extremists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already set a priority – to take this fight (against the Naxals) to a logical conclusion, he said.
Shah further said that he wanted to reassure the people of Chhattisgarh and the country that the fight against the Naxals would intensify after Saturday’s incident and would surely turn into a victory.
Earlier, Shah attended a wreath-laying ceremony here to pay homage to the security personnel killed in the Naxal attack.
This is Shah’s first visit to the Buster region since taking over as Union Home Minister, an official said.
He is scheduled to visit the CRPF’s Basguda camp in Bijapur, where he will have talks and lunch with CRPF and state police members, he said.
He will later visit Raipur to inspect three hospitals where injured workers are admitted.
Monday evening. At that time Shah will leave for Delhi.