A special team of Chhattisgarh police has made a massive breakthrough in the Maoist attack on CRPF team in Sukma, where 26 CRPF bravehearts were martyred. In a joint operation by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), special team of Chhattisgarh police and CoBRA, nineteen hardcore Naxalites have been arrested. Based on specific inputs, the joint team conducted a surprise search operation in the Chintalnar, Chintagufa and Burkapal areas of Sukma. The suspects were rounded and interrogated who then revealed the names of other Naxalites.
Among the nineteen Naxalites arrested, nine of them were part of the Maoist team which attacked the CRPF patroling team on 24 August in which 26 CRPF soldiers were martyred. The other 10 maoists were involved in separate incidents of terror attacks. There is a massive search operation undergoing in the forests of Chhattisgarh, especially around the Dantewada region, which remains one of the few remaining strongholds of Maoists. After the attack on CRPF in Sukma, the police forces of states effected by Left terrorism, CRPF and special forces have swung into action.
On Thursday, a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered in a joint operation by Jharkhand police and CRPF in the forests of Lohardaga district. In one of the biggest recoveries in Jharkhand of late, 13 rifles were seized. The seized rifles included many advanced automatic and semi-automatic weapons such as SLRs, AK-47s and machine guns. More than 3000 cartridges for these guns were recovered in the operation. On the same day, two most wanted Maoist leaders of Jharkhand who had a bounty of Rs 15 lakhs on their heads surrendered. Zonal commander of CPI(Maoist) Nakul Yadav who had more than 70 cases against him and was considered one of the biggest threats, surrendered with his aide Madan Yadav.
In the days to come, many more Naxalites will be arrested, encountered and arms will be recovered as the central government and state governments have intensified anti-Naxal operations post the Sukma attack.