CPI (Maoist) Claims Firefight Between It’s Cadres And Security Forces On February 27 In Bijapur District Was Fake Encounter

Bijapur District, February 29, 2024: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed that the encounter with security personnel that killed four of it’s cadres on February 27 in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district is ‘fake and fabricated’. In a press release issued by the Maoist party, the Maoists claimed that police have instead killed 4 innocent villagers and not Maoist cadres in the fake encounter.

The press release, bearing names of the alleged ‘Maoists’ neutralized in the encounter also demanded a magisterial probe into the matter. The guilty should be punished, it claimed. The deceased were identified in the press release as Mandvi Mata, Kudiam Dinesh, Adu para Sodhi Kesu and Madkam Raju.

The firefight reportedly took place in a forest under Jangla police station area when separate teams of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were out on an anti-Maoist operation, police have said.

The letter also accused the BJP in the state of indulging in anti-tribal activities. It said the forest dwellers and tribals are being exploited and dislodged from jungles and war like situations have been created. There is increased surveillance over forest cover with the help of drones, patrolling by shield cover vehicles by the security forces. A large part of forest cover in the south of Bastar region has been deforested in the name of combing operation by the government. It is posing great threat to wildlife and forest both, the press release stated.

Source : https://www.deccanherald.com/india/chhattisgarh/chhattisgarh-maoist-group-calls-encounter-that-killed-4-naxals-as-fake-fabricated-2917146