- Monday, 05 November 2012
- The Pioneer, Staff Reporter | Dantewada
Two paramilitary personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were killed on Sunday when heavily-armed Maoists opened fire at an iron ore mining area.
According to the police, the attack was carried out at a checkpost on a hilltop at Akash Nagar, which is close to iron ore deposit number 5 in Bailadila hills of Dantewada district.
NMDC Ltd, India’s largest iron ore producer and exporter in the public sector, has several massive mines in Bailadila hills, made up of Bacheli and Kirandul areas. “It was a well-planned attack on a hilltop. Maoists perfectly exploited foggy weather in the morning period and fired several rounds at the checkpost. CISF Head Constable PN Chatterjee was killed on the spot, while Constable KR Arjun succumbed to his injuries at the hospital,” a source at police headquarters told The Pioneer.
Chatterjee belonged to West Bengal while Arjun from Maharashtra.
The rebels, estimated to be up to two dozen in number, also took away an AK-47 and a self-loading rifle (SLR) which belonged to the killed jawans.
Police claimed that within 20 minutes of the attack, the CISF had deployed roughly 50 jawans from its nearby barracks to apprehend the attackers, but ultras managed to climb down from their hilltop position and move to safer and forested areas.
NMDC officials admitted that the Maoist attack triggered panic and fear among the morning shift staff but mining work remained unaffected.
Dantewada district is part of sprawling and restive Bastar region where Maoists run a parallel Government in the interiors since late 1980s. The outlawed Maoists have carried out a string of deadly attacks on CISF jawans since early 2008 at both the Bacheli and Kirandul mines, and have also damaged tracks on a number of occasions in a bid to stop NMDC carrying away iron ore from Bailadila hills to Andhra Pradesh’s port city Vishakhapatnam.
The Hindu, Raipur, November 4, 2012
Two CISF men killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh
Two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers were on Sunday killed when a group of heavily armed Naxals attacked a security post in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.
The attack took place early Sunday morning in the Bacheli complex of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) mines which is guarded by the paramilitary force.
“Two constables of the force have been killed while their weapons, an AK-47 and an INSAS rifle, have been looted. The incident occurred at around 8 AM,” a senior Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer said.
A joint squad of personnel from CRPF, CISF and state police has launched a combing operation in the area and reinforcements have been rushed.
The CISF headquarters in Delhi has despatched Special Director General R R Verma and Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Jaideep Prasad by a special Home Ministry aircraft to the state for an inquiry.
The Bacheli—Kirandul complex has witnessed a number of Naxal attacks and six CISF men were killed earlier this year in an ambush by the ultras in the Naxal hotbed of Dantewada in the Bastar region of the state. CISF has since geared up its presence in the area.