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Updated: April 9, 2010 00:25 IST

Maoists had ambushed CRPF in same spot before

Aman Sethi
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CRPF Cobra team combing at Makrana forest after two days of the brutal attack near Chintalnad village of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh on Thursday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
The Hindu CRPF Cobra team combing at Makrana forest after two days of the brutal attack near Chintalnad village of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh on Thursday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

The only reason Aman Singh is alive today is because Maoists shot him last month. On March 10, 2010, Maoists ambushed the 62nd battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force at the same spot as Tuesday’s massacre of 76 of Singh’s comrades in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

“That day there weren’t so many Maoists in the ambush,” said Singh, in an interview at the Maharani Hospital here on Thursday, “I was the only one injured when I took a bullet just above the knee.” He said the April 6 attack was the third time the company was ambushed in the same area in two months. “They [Maoists] also tried to attack on March 1 this year while we were patrolling the same stretch near Tarmetla village.” When they finally succeeded on April 6, they killed Singh’s entire platoon.

Two days after the tragedy, the broad outlines of the deadly attack are becoming clearer. The A-company and part of G-company of the 62nd Battalion left for a three-day Area Domination Exercise on April 4. The mission was also expected to reacquaint the A-company with the area and the terrain, as they had spent the last few months in training at Barsur in Dantewada district.

However, the exact nature of the three-day exercise still remains unclear. What was the force doing in the forest, and more importantly, how did the Maoists predict their path with such lethal accuracy?

Informed sources told TheHindu that the Area Domination Exercise was conducted as a precursor to a massive road-opening operation as the A-company was to replace the G-Company in the Chintalnar camp. “While the force can go on foot, we needed to open the road for supplies,” said the sources.

Accordingly, a patrol party of 81 men was mobilised to sanitise the area within a 5 kilometre radius of the Chintalnar camp. The sources said the Maoists probably anticipated the change of companies and so assembled a battalion strength (between 700 and 900 men) force to attack the road-opening operation.

“The Maoists had occupied a hill facing the Chintalnar-Chintagupha road,” said a senior source in the CRPF, who was not present at the site when the incident occurred. “We believe they were planning to attack the force on the main road that serves as our lifeline for all supplies.”

According to sources in the Intelligence apparatus, the patrolling party had also gained information that Maoists were moving along the Tongpalli-Tarmetla route. “They lay in wait for the Maoists till the early hours of the morning on April 6 and then headed back to base camp,” said the sources.

On their way back to camp, the ill-fated company from the 62nd Battalion appeared in an open field, about 600 metres from the main road, and right in the line of fire of a Maoist battalion that was anticipating a much bigger force. On seeing the CRPF company, it seems the Maoists simply swivelled 90 degrees to their left and opened fire on the unsuspecting men.

Best form of defence is offence, and it is known to all but not known to Politician, who care more for their retaining their hold on the chair rather than the well being of the nation. When Maoist do menance the dirty politicians play their tune either to curse the ruling party or to get advantage for their stand in the local area.When any ruling party take stringnet action, communist party members cry of foul pleadings not to take action. Any individual or group of people indulge in endangering the people of India, or its force , is not belonging to India, and they are the enimies, and eradicating enemies is a must for the rulers, failing which, the cult will spread throughout the nation, and it will become another
Somalia type nation

from:  Lion MJF Nagamoney.S
Posted on: Apr 9, 2010 at 08:36 IST

Both the CRPF and Maoist should stop killing each other. After all they are all Indians. Atleast the police should stop their brutality towards the common people. Police should be taught not just the torture but how to be humane towards the common man. Except the rich, the businessmen, media people and Govt people every common man is afraid of the police and not much of the goondas or naxalites. Unless this attitude of the police is changed these massacres of common men (which are called encouters) whereas encounters like these are called murders. Media should be unbiased.

from:  Raja Reddy
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 23:57 IST

sympathy for the family members for their irreparable loss. sympathy for the jawans also. how can this big massacar of jawans happen. when you report whole platton was wiped out , did they not offer some semblance of fight and inflict some casuality on the enemy . the news papers never reported no of enemy killed. the army cannot say that they should not be used on their own people. that may be true in most cases the maoist carring arm and killing people and destroin g property etc should be considered asforeiners living in india,and fighting a war, there should be no quarter given until they lay down arms specially after this massacer. the govt owns it to jawans and people. no compromise. they are like al-qaeda and nothing short of total surronder should be tolerated

from:  mohan
Posted on: Apr 8, 2010 at 23:16 IST
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