Naxals attack ITBP camp in Chhattisgarh, fire rockets


Raipur: Once again another Naxals attack came in light, this time heavy gunfight broke out between Indo-Tibetan Border Police forces and Maoists insurgents in Chhattisgarh's Kondagaon area early on Thursday. Officials said the attack was launched at the company base of the 41st battalion of the ITBP Force in Ranapal area after a large number of Maoists surrounded it from three sides.

“The attack was launched at about 12:40 am and ended at 3 am today. Four rockets were fired inside the camp. Both the sides exchanged about 600 rounds of bullets,” they said. Maoists later retreated in the jungles and no casualties were reported on the forces’ side. “It is estimated that about 100 armed Maoists launched the attack,” they said. Earlier, Naxals had killed a politician in Bihar's Gaya district. LJP leader Sudesh Paswan was assassinated in Dumaria last month.

After the killing, the Naxals had put out a hand-written pamphlet warning the supposed police ''informers'' of more such attacks. It also lashed out at LJP leader Chirag Paswan and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for shedding 'crocodile tears' over the incident. The LJP has demanded President's Rule in the state for “rising” crime.