Yet another Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region caused heavy casualty to the CRPF, killing 26 personnel of the country’s largest central police force on April 24. The insurgents used the grenades and artillery they looted in a March 11 attack that claimed the lives of 12 CRPF jawans. Bhavna Vij-Aurora spoke to former Chhattisgarh director general of police Vishwa Ranjan, who led the Operation Green Hunt against the Maoists, to find out how the ultras manage to strike with impunity.
Another Maoist attack, this time in Sukma. What is going on?
Well, Maoists have a complete command and control over the area where the attack happened, in Kala Pathar near Chintagufa in Sukma district. It is more than 12,000 sq-km area in the southern part of Bastar. Forces can enter the area only with the presumption that an encounter is bound to happen. Maoists have organised themselves in military companies and upgraded their strategies much beyond guerilla warfare.