Chhattisgarh: Naxal fire rockets, heavy gunfire at ITBP camp
Naxals fired rockets and opened heavy gunfire at a camp of paramilitary ITBP in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh in the early hours of Thursday.
Officials said the attack was launched at the company base of the 41st battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force in Ranapal area after a large number of Maoists surrounded it from three sides.
“The attack was launched at about 1240 hours and ended at 3 am. Four rockets were fired inside the camp. Both the sides exchanged about 600 rounds of bullets,” they said. Naxals later retreated in the jungles and no casualties were reported on the forces’ side.
“It is estimated that about 100 armed Naxals launched the attack,” they said.
Chhattisgarh: Maoists attack ITBP base camp with rockets
Maoists early on Thursday morning attacked an operating base camp of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Ranapal in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar district of Kondagon by launching rockets and opening fire targeting around 100 troopers deployed there. However, no casualties were reported from ITBP which succeeded in repulsing the Naxal attack after nearly a three-hour-long gunfight with the insurgents, a senior district police officer said.
This was the first time; Naxals used rocket launchers to attack security forces in the three-decade history of Left-wing extremism in Bastar division, comprising seven districts. “The rocket launchers appeared to be indigenously developed. There was no mark of either any manufacturing company or a country in the shells of the rockets recovered at the attack site,” the police officer told this newspaper.
“The use of the projectile weapons this time by the Naxals has taken us aback. They have been fired from close range. The weapons have been fitted with direction tools as well, pointing towards a R&D they are doing”, an ITBP officer told this newspaper requesting anonymity. “The ITBP camp at Ranapal was attacked by Naxals a little after midnight. There were no casualties from ITBP side,” Kondagaon district ASP Mr Maheshwar said.
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