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Updated: April 16, 2010 23:58 IST

Maoists tracked CRPF men for three days before ambush

Aman Sethi
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Bodies of security personnel are lined up at the site of the Maoist attack in Dantewada. According to Ramanna, secretary of the South Bastar regional committee of the CPI(Maoist) and architect of the attack, around 300 Maoists tracked the personnel for three days before the April 6 ambush.
AP Bodies of security personnel are lined up at the site of the Maoist attack in Dantewada. According to Ramanna, secretary of the South Bastar regional committee of the CPI(Maoist) and architect of the attack, around 300 Maoists tracked the personnel for three days before the April 6 ambush.

Plotter offers detailed account of planning and execution of April 6 ambush

Around 300 Maoists tracked CRPF personnel for three days in the jungles of Tarmetla before the April 6 ambush, in which 75 CRPF personnel and eight Maoists were killed, according to Ramanna, secretary of the South Bastar regional committee of the CPI(Maoist) and architect of the attack.

In a rare interview, conducted in the Jagargunda forests in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, Ramanna alias Ravula Srinivas gave a detailed account of the planning and execution of the attack. If true, his account offers an insight into Maoists' intelligence and military capabilities.

“Our lookouts spotted trucks carrying tents, cement and food supplies on April 3. On the same day, we also spotted about 15 CRPF soldiers moving between the Chintalnar and Chintagupha camps, but we didn't have enough numbers to mount an ambush,” he said.

The Maoists withdrew to the forests and lay in wait for the patrol party. It spent three days roaming the jungles surrounding the CRPF camp in Chintalnar before withdrawing to the villages near the main road for dinner. “They would stop for a few hours to eat and rest before going back into the jungle,” Ramanna said.

On the night of April 4, the Maoists set up an ambush deep in the forests, but the force managed to avoid it. Instead, as reported previously by The Hindu, the force carried out a search operation near Tumnar (also known as Thokul) near Tarmetla.

“By April 5, we realised that the force was mainly patrolling the areas near the main Chintalnar-Dornapal road and decided to ambush the road instead,” said Ramanna. At 3 a.m. on April 5, the Maoists received information that the force was near Mukram.

At 5 a.m. on April 6, three Maoist companies (about 300 fighters) surveyed the main road and decided to attack from a hillock two km from Mukram. At 5:30 a.m., the CRPF personnel left Mukram and reached the site of the attack by 5:50 a.m.

“The CRPF spotted our fighters near the main road and opened fire,” Ramanna said, contradicting reports that the patrol party was attacked first. “We opened fire from a Light Machine Gun (LMG) set up at the base of the hillock and started suppressive fire from the top of the hillock.”

Under the cover of the LMG fire, two groups of Maoists to the left of the CRPF moved on to the main road, forcing the CRPF jawans to move into a wide field adjacent to the road, while another company — hidden in the vegetation at the far end of the field — flanked the CRPF from the right.

Caught between three distinct groups of fighters from the road on their right, the field on their left and the hillock straight ahead, the CRPF personnel perished in a hail of gunfire.

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i feel shame on the defence minister and sad about the lives of the brave persons who lost lives in the ambush.i feel that our country defence should increase in advance with techonological thongs like the FBI in america having many techonological gadgets and heavy gear arms.we use only ak-47 and slr's.but fbi use advance.so we should also use advance technology for defence,i think the defence budget is drained by the ministers,the allround defence power should be handed to president of india not bloody ministers.most of the defence in india use manpower.this should be replaced by radars,cameras satellite survillence,detectors,gunships for air strike, heavy gear arms fully advance and technical like american fbi

from:  vasudev singh
Posted on: Sep 27, 2010 at 20:08 IST

It is shame & very sad and a tragedy that Govt driven misdeed cost lives of many innocent CRPF men. Well Indian Govt had it coming for not taking care of the tribal people. It is a sorry affair..

from:  Raj
Posted on: Apr 17, 2010 at 09:31 IST
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