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Maoists a national challenge, govt has accepted it: Rajnath

Singh, who went to Chhattisgarh to take stock of the situation a day after the worst Maoists attack on Tuesday, said the Maoists violence is a national problem and it will be dealt sternly. “The Centre and state government should jointly fight this menace in India,” he added, while announcing compensation of Rs 38 lakh each to the kin of 14 CRPF jawans killed in the attack. In a review meeting here, Singh has asked the security forces to continue their operations against the Maoists and their local support in the villages.

Sources said, the Maoists have not just targeted the jawans but also fled away with their weapons and protective gears. ‘A large number of weapons and equipments which included one SLR, one machine gun, 10 AK-47 rifles, one VHF set, binoculars and jackets are missing. It seems that the attackers fled away with the weapons,’ sources said.

Speaking to the Millennium Post IG, Operations, Zulfikar Hassan said, ‘We are looking for some local people who are working as a informer for the Maoists. We have to find out how come the Maoists came to know about our movement in the jungles.’

Modi also condemned the attack and tweeted, “Words are not enough to condemn the brutal and inhuman attack by anti-national elements in Sukma.” On Monday, a joint squad of CRPF, its elite battalion-CoBRA (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action) and district force was attacked by a large group of armed rebels around 10.30 am when they were carrying out a search operation.
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