Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid tributes to the police personnel martyred in the encounter with Naxalites that took place in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
Amit Shah who was on his election campaign in Assam cut short his tour and rushed to New Delhi to take stock of the situation due to the encounter in Chattisgarh. “I want to assure the martyrs’ families and the country that the sacrifices the police personnel have made for the country will not go in vain”, he declared and vowed to take revenge for the attack.
Shah will visit the encounter site in Terrem forest in Bijapur district today and will call on the injured policemen undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Chattisgarh and Bijapur.
Amit Shah said that our fight against Naxalites will continue with strength, perseverance and intensity and we will take it to the end.
The Union Home Minister said that as far as the casualties are concerned, I do not want to say anything yet because the search operation is going on.
TOLL REACHES 23: DGP
Meanwhile, the Director General of Police Chattisgarh Awasthi confirmed that casualties have gone by 23 personnel and is expected to rise further as nearly 25 personnel were wounded in what can be considered as a major attack.
He also said over 10-12 Maoists were also killed in the encounter. Another Jawan identified as Rakeshwar Singh Mahhas of the COBRA unit is still missing and search is on in the area for others.
He further said that Maoists used hitech ammunitions like AK 47, Insas riffles, Light Mechine Gun (LMG) and roacket launcher. They first used rocket launcher to ambush the convey and attacked with LMGs. “Though our men had retracted for a moment, immediately took over the situation and responded back with firing”, said DGP.