Fifteen DRG jawans were injured in a heavy exchange of fire between security forces and maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. According to senior IPS officers, 250 personnel are still inside the jungle near the areas where the encounter took place.
On Saturday afternoon, a joint team of DRG, STF and CoBRA from Chintagufa, Burkapal and Timelwada were sent on an operation to Elmagunda, where information of naxal formations was received. The teams reached Elmagunda and were returning when they were ambushed near Korajguda hills at around 02:30 pm.
“The DRG came under heavy fire and as per preliminary information there were multiple encounters. However, our men retaliated and managed to cause damage to the naxals. The 15 injured were rescued and airlifted to Raipur, where they are all stable,” D Ravishankar senior IPS officer said.
“As of right now, around 250 men are still inside, including CoBRA, STF and DRG. In the morning, we will try to evacuate them by sending additional forces as back up,” Ravishankar said. This is the biggest attack against the DRG, sources claimed, and the number of naxals who ambushed the men are not yet clear.
“The injured bear bullet wounds and some severe injuries, but as of now, it seems that none of them are in danger. We are conducting tests to identify the wounds and have begun treating them. All 15 patients are completely stable,” said Dr Sandeep Dave, medical director of the private hospital where the men were admitted.
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