Bijapur (Chhattisgarh): Local villagers had fled their homes on Saturday after Naxalites ambushed a group of security forces near Tekulagudem village in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
However, now they are returning again. The returning men have revealed how they were forced to flee their homes by the Naxalites.
A villager Q Ramesh told the news agency ANI, “There was shelling between Naxalites and security personnel. We were scared. We had no choice but to run away. Many of my friends from the village are still scared.”
“We all rode our trucks and drove to a nearby village. Those who did not leave the village were threatened by the Naxals calling the police. The police beat us up to gather information about the Naxalites,” he said. We are back and trying to resume our daily activities. ”
Another villager who is a student told, “When the security personnel were coming in large numbers, we all got scared and ran away. We could see the danger and after minutes a bunch of Naxalites came out from the nearby forests and Started firing. They also started firing. That’s why we all decided to flee. “
He said, “Now we are back home. On returning, we saw several bodies of Naxalites on the way. The officers then arrived and took the dead bodies.”
Let us tell you that 22 soldiers were killed in an encounter between security forces and Naxalites on Sukma-Bijapur border on Saturday. 31 soldiers were injured in this attack. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had said that the encounter lasted for four hours and the security forces entered Naxal-affected areas and fought bravely.
Kuldeep Singh, director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who is in Chhattisgarh to monitor the situation after the attack, said on Sunday that there was no intelligence about the operation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah mourned the attack and offered all possible help.
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