The Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, today condemned the ‘Naxal encounter’ in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. The attack which took place on Saturday claimed the lives of 22 jawans. Gandhi termed the operation as ‘poorly designed’ and ‘incompetently executed’. “If there was no intelligence failure then a 1:1 death ratio means it was a poorly designed and incompetent executed operation,” he added.
The comment by Gandhi comes after a statement released by the CRPF Chief, Kuldeep Singh. Addressing the media, Singh claimed that the ‘Naxal attack’ was neither intelligence nor an operational failure. ‘Our jawans have managed to kill around 25-30 Maoists in the encounter,” he added. Presently, the CRPF Chief is in Chhattisgarh to monitor the situation.
Gandhi further highlighted the need to provide proper body armor to the Indian soldiers. “Our Jawans are not cannon fodder to be martyred at will,” he added. The encounter took place in the forest along the border between the Bijapur and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh.
The Naxal encounter on Saturday has left nearly 31 security- personnel injured. Earlier today, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the state and met the injured jawans. Shah also attended the wreath-laying ceremony along with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to pay respect to the martyred personnel in Police Lines in Jagdalpur.