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Chhattisgarh naxal attack: Shah reviews security situation following encounter
 
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday evening reviewed the security situation after 22 security personnel personnel were martyred in an encounter with naxals which lasted for several hours on Saturday afternoon on the borders of the Sukam and Bijapur districts in Chhattisgarh.

The review meeting held at Home Minister's residence, was attended by Home Secretary, Intelligence Bureau Chief, senior officials of the Union Home Ministry and CRPF.

Apart from taking stock of the ground situations in the Chhattisgarh, the further strategy to recalibrate the Operation against Maoist was deliberated upon after the Home Minister was briefed about the turn of events that led to left-wing extremists successfully managed to lay an ambush leading to high casualties of personnel of security forces, sources in the security set up said.

Mr Shah also enquired about those personnel who sustained injuries during the operation and asked the senior officials to ensure that best possible medical assistance is provided to them, the officials said.

Union Home Minister, who cut short his poll campaign in Assam, air-dashed to Delhi this afternoon to chair this meeting, said that the Operation against Maoist will continue with more intensity and vigour.

Earlier in the day, Mr Shah spoke to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and took stock of the situation and also assured him of all possible help from the Centre.

He had also directed CRPF DG Kuldeep Singh to visit Chhattisgarh to assess the ground situation and report back.

Later talking to the media in Guwahati, Shah said, a befitting reply would be given to the Naxal forces in Chhattisgarh at an appropriate time. “As far as the numbers are concerned, both sides have suffered losses and exact casualty figures cannot be ascertained immediately,” he added.

“Our security men have lost their lives, we will not tolerate this bloodshed and a befitting reply will be given at an appropriate time,” Mr Shah said.

At around noon on Saturday, an encounter broke out between the combined patrolling team of Chhattisgarh’s STF, CRPF’s CoBRA, District Reserve Guard (DRG) and some security personnel of Bastaria battalion of CRPF was dispatched from Tarrem and ultras belonging PLGA (Peoples' Liberation Guerilla Army) battalion of Maoists near Jonaguda village under Jagargunda police station area in Sukma district and reportedly the encounter continued for 3- 4 hours.


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