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Bodies Of 17 Indian Soldiers Gunned Down By Naxals In Chhattisgarh Recovered

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In the hotbed of the red corridor – Sukma, Naxals have mounted one of their most brutal attacks against the Indian security personnel. The bodies of 17 security personnel, who had been declared missing, were finally recovered on Sunday.

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In one of the deadliest attacks ever on the security forces in India, 17 security personnel were gunned down and 15 injured in an ambush in the jungles of Minpa in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

This is the second deadliest attack on the security forces since the attack in Sukma in 2018 when 24 CRPF personnel were killed. Chhattisgarh DGP Durgesh Awasthi while speaking to the media said that all the 17 bodies have been recovered.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said: “Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My tributes to the security personnel martyred in the attack. Their valour will never be forgotten. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured.”

Based on intelligence inputs regarding a large congregation of Maoists near Elmagunda, a team of over 600 personnel from Dornapal camp of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) of the state police and the COBRA commandos of CRPF launched a combing operation. The personnel didn’t find any Maoist presence near Elmagunda and were on their way back when they were ambushed by over 250 Maoists in the jungles of Minpa, police said.

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Of the 17 martyred, 12 personnel belong to DRG while 5 belong to STF. The 15 injured are all DRG personnel. Prima facie it has appeared that Naxals received a tip-off about the advancing Special Forces.

Jawans entered the jungles of Kasalpad and were turning back after they didn’t find any Naxal presence. It was after they left the forest in this area and reached near Koraj Dongri that Naxals laid an ambush.

Surviving jawans have reportedly told their seniors that they came under fire when they tried to rescue their injured colleagues. IG Bastar P Sunderraj told reporters in Bastar that a joint team of STF, DRG and CRPF’s CoBRA team were ambushed by an estimated 250 strong Naxal force in Sukma’s Minpa area on Saturday afternoon.

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“It was a joint operation of DRG, STF and CoBRA, in which more than 600 of our jawans were involved…It was a very tough encounter in which our estimate is around 250 Naxals were firing on our jawans from the other side.”

He added that 5 different teams of DRG and STF came under heavy fire but despite being trapped in an ambush the teams did not lose their composure and scatter in panic, which would have resulted in a much higher casualty figure. “Our jawans gave a befitting reply. The Naxals were unable to break and scatter our teams. Still, we have 17 casualties and 15 jawans who are injured.”

The IG added that the encounter lasted for about three hours. “Yesterday night we were able to evacuate 15 injured and today we were able to recover the bodies of 17 jawans,” Sunderraj said.

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The Naxals are believed to have snatched 12 AK 47 assault rifles, 1 Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), 1 INSAS rifle and 1 Excalibur rifle in the ambush.

The latest attack is believed to be ordered by new chief of CPI (Maoist) Basavaraju, which was perceptible by a marked increase in the firepower of the Naxals, and is a big reason for worry for the forces according to sources.

“They (Naxals) have been re-grouping for a long time now under Basavaraj, who is highly trained in guerrilla warfare and improvised explosive device (IEDs) and ambushes,” said a senior intelligence official. 

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Basavaraj is known to be aggressive and has, therefore, expanded the armed cadres because there were some specific attacks in 2019, such as those on Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Bhima Mandavi and the attack in Gadchiroli, which were all masterminded by him. Their training usually takes place in Abhujmaad in Chhattisgarh because that is their nerve centre,” said a security official familiar with the developments, requesting anonymity.

Some of the personnel involved in the ambush who spoke on the condition of anonymity told that they had witnessed a spike in the number of ammunition rounds the Naxals have been firing over the past few encounters.

“They (Naxals) have been firing on average 2,500 rounds every encounter, which means they’ve been able to get their hands on a new source of ammunition. Their UBGLs (Under Barrel Grenade Launchers) have a markedly improved accuracy. It seems they have been able to indigenously improve their existing weaponry.”

This is the first big Naxal encounter that Chhattisgarh has seen after the killing of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi in 2019.

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All the 15 injured DRG personnel, who were airlifted to Raipur on Saturday night, are stable, said a spokesperson at the hospital where the personnel were admitted. “Three people with bullet injuries are under observation, but as of now, are stable,” he said.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Sukma Monday morning for the 17 personnel. On Sunday, the Chief Minister and State Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu visited the injured in the hospital.

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Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey Reportedly Killed In Encounter With Police

Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the massacre of eight policemen in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

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Has Vikas Dubey been killed in an encounter with UP police? The twitter is trending and the news is flashing that one of the three police cars taking criminal Vikas Dubey to Uttar Pradesh, overturned early this morning on the highway.

According to India Today: Vikas Dubey has been killed in an encounter in Kanpur. The encounter broke out between Dubey and the Uttar Pradesh STF (Special Task Force) when the gangster tried to escape. Vikas suffered a few bullets shots and he later dies of his injuries. His death is yet to be confirmed by the officials.

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Unconfirmed reports suggest the car that overturned had Vikas Dubey in it. Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the slaughter of eight cops in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

A per Times of India – One of the vehicles of the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing back gangster Vikas Dubey to Kanpur overturned on Friday morning. The accident happened at around 7 am. There are reports that Vikas has been injured along with an STF sub-inspector and two constables. However, an official confirmation is awaited.

Questions were raised on the manner in which he was caught and whether it was an arrest or the gangster turned himself in at a time and place of his choosing. Senior UP police officer Mohit Agarwal said: “We had caught many of his associates and a few were killed. So definitely he was trying to save his life and on the run.”

 

 

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BJP Leader, Father, Brother Shot Dead in Kashmir; All Guards Were Missing

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago. 

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The safety of political workers has once again come under the scanner after the killing of BJP leader Sheikh Wasim and his family. The death of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed another political worker from the Indian National Congress in Anantnag.

A ruling BJP leader, his father and brother were shot dead in Kashmir on Wednesday. The murder took place in Bandipora district yesterday evening after suspected militants gunned down the trio at their shop. The latest killings depict a grim picture of Kashmir and raise concern over the safety of political workers.

The deceased included Sheikh Wasim, a BJP leader, his father Basheer Ahmad and brother Umar. According to police reports, the family was attacked as they stood outside their shop, just metres away from a local police station.

A media report states that Wasim and his family were shot in the head and the succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital. The culprits were armed with a revolver (fitted with a silencer) and rode motorcycles.

Although Wasim had been granted security detail, none of the eight guards deployed were present when the terrorists attacked. Sources say the guards have been arrested for dereliction of duty and an investigation has been started.

“We are taking a tough (stand) against them for dereliction of duty and failure to protect the life,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, said.

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago.

The killing of political workers has exposed the grim reality of the current situation in Kashmir. The Narendra Modi led BJP government had made it a priority to wipe out militancy from the region and restore peace and tranquillity. However, the killings indicate that the government has a difficult at hand.

Tributes Pour-In

The cold-blooded murder of Wasim and his family led to politicians and ministers offering their condolences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally sought details and extended his condolences to Mr Wasim’s family in a telephonic conversation with Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express his grief and extended condolence to the family of the victims.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav and BJP President JP Nadda also expressed their shock anger of the killing. Both extended condolences to the family and notes that Wasim’s death was a big loss to the party

Kashmir has seen an uptick in militancy in recent months. However, Indian armed forces have enjoyed the upper hand so far thanks to their alertness and combat superiority. According to data collected by South Asian Terrorism Portal, 138 militants have been killed in 2020 so far. Meanwhile, 14 civilians and 33 members of the armed forces have also lost their lives during the same period.

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 400,000

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Maryland, June 7 — : More than 4,00,000 people have died globally due to coronavirus and 69,16,233 people have been infected with the virus till now.

As per the latest Johns Hopkins University’s tally, 4,00,135 people have succumbed to the disease so far.

Till now, the US has reported the maximum number of coronavirus cases and deaths. As many as 1,920,061 COVID-19 cases and 1,09,802 deaths have been reported in the US.

Brazil has confirmed that 6,72,846 people have tested positive and 35,930 people have died due to COVID-19.

Similarly, Russia and the UK have reported 4,67,073 and 2,86,295 cases until now. With 40,548, the United Kingdon has reported the second-highest deaths due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, India has surpassed the COVID tally of Spain and Italy. With 2,47,678 cases, India has become the fifth country in the list of coronavirus affected countries.

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