“The so-called ‘People’s War’ being waged by the CPI(Maoist) against the Indian state has also drawn support from several Maoist fringe organisations located in Germany, France, Turkey, Italy etc.,” Kiren Rijiju said.
However, Maoists soon fled from the spot as jawans launched retaliatory attack on them, he said.
Officials said the three Maoists, identified as Bissu, Manish and Maun, were apprehended by a joint squad of forces led by paramilitary ITBP along with state police from the Kohkatola area of the said district
As many as six Naxals in plain clothes fired at Nagose when he was standing near the stage and immediately fled away towards the jungle, it added.
On March 30, seven CRPF personnel were killed after Maoists triggered a powerful landmine blast blowing up their
vehicle on a main road between Mailwada and Mokhpal villages.
A maximum of 52 Naxals were gunned down in Bijapur, where 14 security personnel also lost their lives during this period.
The encounter broke out early in the morning between a Border Security Force patrol and armed Naxal cadres near the Chhotebethiya-Pakhanjore jungle axis of the Maoist violence-hit district, officials said.
“This is an act of desperation, we will give a befitting reply,” said Ajay Chandrakar, Chhattisgarh Home Minister.
The ultras turned themselves in before senior police officials, saying they were “frustrated” with the ill-treatment meted out to them, Bastar Superintendent of Police RN Dash said.
On Sunday, five days after being allegedly abducted by the Naxals from Bijapur’s Terem area, the students were released, reaching the Chintalnar CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh at noon
Unsurprisingly, the district has the largest migration of young men and women, seeking a solution to despair at any price.
Five injured constables have been flown to Raipur for treatment and were out of danger.
Police also claimed to have gunned down at least 15 ultras in the skirmish although no bodies were recovered from the spot.
The operation was based on the information about the location of Maoist commander Hidma, who is the head of 1st military battalion of Naxals, in the region.
Naxals through their network had asked the three TDP leaders to meet them at Dharkonda in the district yesterday afternoon.