At least ten commandos belonging to the elite COBRA battalion of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) were killed and five others injured in a Naxal IED blast in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district on Tuesday.
“While eight personnel were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries when they were being evacuated,” said a senior official.
This is one of the biggest casualties of the elite COBRA unit which has been raised by the Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) in 2008 for undertaking special jungle- guerrilla warfare operations.
Some arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, INSAS rifle and under barrel grenade launcher were also recovered from the site. Officials said five other personnel were critically injured in the fierce gun battle that ensued after the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast.
fter the CoBRA made the fire assault and killed three Naxalites, they were trapped in a “heavily mined” area where a squad of over 200 Maoists surrounded the troops and blew off 22 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) amidst firing which led to fatal injuries to the commandos, specially trained in jungle warfare operations by the CRPF.
“A chopper was sent around 3:25 PM to fetch the injured but as the area was heavily mined, the troops could be
evacuated only by 8:00 PM yesterday,” they said.
While eight commandos were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries later, the official said, adding the bodies of the three Naxals have been “recovered”. “Few more Naxals are suspected to have been killed and the search is still on,” they said.
Some arms and ammunition, including sophisticated ones like two AK-47 rifles, INSAS rifle and under barrel grenade launcher were also recovered from the site by the CoBRA unit in an indication that senior Maoist leaders were present in the area.
Officials said five other personnel were critically injured in the fierce gun battle that ensued after the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast and they have now been
admitted to various hospitals.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured the Bihar government of all possible help to deal with naxal menace. Rajnath spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and took stock of the situation.
“HM Rajnath Singh expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of martyred CRPF personnel.He prays for the speedy recovery of the injured. He has also instructed DG CRPF to rush to Aurangabad to assess the situation post the ambush,” said Home Ministry Official.
Bihar Chief Minister instructed Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, state police chief P K Thakur and Principal Secretary Home Amir Subhani, to rush to Gaya to take stock of the situation and ensure that needful action is taken
He also directed the Home department to immediately pay Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of each deceased as per provisions of the state government, the statement said.
Kumar who spoke to Home Minister on Tuesday morning ordered officials provide an insurance amount of Rs 20 lakh under the provisions of special scheme in the Naxal-hit districts
The jawans belonged to the 205th COBRA battalion and were deployed in the state for conducting anti-naxal operations.
Additional reinforcements of the state police and CRPF have reached the spot and a search operation has been launched. This is one of the biggest casualties of the elite COBRA unit which has been raised by the CRPF for undertaking special jungle warfare operations.