CoBRA Jawan Injured During Encounter With CPI (Maoist) Cadres In Bijapur District

Bijapur District, April 20, 2022: A head constable of the CRPF’s jungle warfare unit, CoBRA, was injured in a gun battle with armed cadres of the CPI (Maoist) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Tuesday, police said.

The firefight took place at around 1 pm in a forest between Kottaguda and Pegdapalli villages where security forces were on a search operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

Personnel belonging to the District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and the 210th Battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were involved in the operation launched from the Basaguda police camp.

A squad of Maoists opened fire when one of the patrolling teams of the CoBRA and STF was cordoning off an area between the two villages, around 450 km away from Raipur, triggering the fighting, the officer said.

“CoBRA Head Constable Sanjeev Kumar sustained injuries in the skirmish”, Sundarraj said.

The injured commando was rushed to the nearby Sarkeguda camp where he is being treated. His condition is said to be stable.

Police have recovered a Barrel Grenade Launcher (BGL) and live shells from the encounter spot, besides explosives and other Maoist-related materials.

It is worth mentioning that the Maoists’ tactical counter-offensive campaign or TCOC, under which they carry out attacks between March and July every year, is going on.

The TCOC is a department of Maoists which works directly under the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the CPI (Maoist) and the head of CMC is responsible for making strategy in this period which is between March to July every year. The aim of TCOC is to do maximum damage to the security forces because the jungle is transparent and dry. Senior Maoist cadres also recruit some new cadres and deploy them to the areas where the Maoists are planning attacks.

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