In a joint operation by state and central security forces, two Maoist hideouts inside Gogunda hills in south Chhattisgarh were busted Wednesday. The hideouts were located around 40 kilometre from Sukma district headquarters.
Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said, “The camps destroyed were one of few security vacuum areas along interdistrict border areas.”
“The four big Maoist stronghold areas left are in south Sukma, south Bijapur, Indravati National Park area, and Abujhmad area,” added another senior official.
A team comprising District Reserve Guards (DRG) from Sukma and Dantewada districts, the state Special Task Force and the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out the operation over two days from July 9 to July 11.
The team had received a tip-off that two platoons of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) were hiding deep inside Gogunda hills. To avoid coming in contact with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the members of the joint team walked for over 50 kilometres amid heavy rains.
“Our team detected four IEDs and managed to avoid any injury,” said Kiran Chavan, Sukma district superintendent of police.“Our team detected four IEDs and managed to avoid any injury,” said Kiran Chavan, Sukma district superintendent of police. (Express Photo)
The forces raided hilly places like Gogunda, Simel, Toyapara, Tummapad, Gattapad, Chipalli, Upampalli, Bagdeguda, Nagaram, Nendum, Garum and Khunduspara. These are known as the Gogunda hills on the inter-district border of Sukma and Dantewada.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day Advertisement
When the forces reached the Simel area of the hills, the last point of their operation, there was an exchange of fire between the forces and around 30 armed Maoists from the Malangir Area Committee. The Maoists retreated and dispersed into the deep forest area.
“About 80 armed Maoists lived in the two camps in Simel and Tummapad. These Maoists were controlling over 60 villages in and around Gogunda. After the operation, there will be a sense of fear in them and they will be under pressure,” added Chavan.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
Materials used by Maoists like PGLA uniforms, utensils, solar plates, polythene, large jerkins, medicines, and a large number of daily items were seized during the operation.
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