Home minister Rajnath Singh paid homage to the 25 CRPF personnel who were killed in deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh on Monday.
The Home Minister vowed to review the government’s strategy to tackle Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) during a high-level meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi on May 8.
“This is an act of desperation. We have accepted this as a challenge. We will review our LWE strategy and revise it, if required,” Singh told reporters after holding a meeting with CM Raman Singh and other senior state officials.
“Naxalites are using tribals as fodder…They are being used as human shields,” Singh added.
Maoists are seeking to destabilise development in the state, said the Home Minister after paying tribute to the martyrs.
Singh called the incident “cold blooded murder”.
“The sacrifices of our brave jawans will not go in vain,” he said, adding that “the naxals are frustrated with the development of roads in Bastar region.”
Singh arrived in Raipur at around 10.30 AM and headed straight to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana camp area where the wreath-laying ceremony was held.
Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon, Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir and senior state and paramilitary officials were also present at the wreathe-laying ceremony.
25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven others were wounded in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the deadliest ambush by Naxalites of security forces this year.
The nearly 100-strong CRPF patrol providing security for road construction work came under fierce gunfire from Maoist guerrillas occupying vantage positions, inflicting heavy casualties on the personnel.
The Naxalites mounted the assault in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, one of the worst-hit by Left-wing extremism in the country.
(With inputs from PTI)