Over 200 Naxals Killed In 518 Encounters Across Chhhatisgarh In 2 Years

| August 2 , 2018 , 08:55 IST

A sub-zonal bureau of Maoists has issued a pamphlet during their 'Martyrs' week from July 28 to August 3 in which they claim they have lost 247 of their cadres in encounters with security forces in the past two years, the Chhattisgarh Police said on Wednesday.

However, based on police records cited by Special Director General (Anti-Naxal Operations) DM Awasthi in a press conference, the security forces have recovered bodies of 208 Naxals in more than 500 encounters between August 2016 and July 2018.

"According to a pamphlet released by the south sub-zonal bureau of Maoists, total 247 Maoist were killed between August 2016 and July 2018, which is a record. Maoist issued this pamphlet during a remembrance of their 'Martyrs' week from July 28 to August 3. However, as per police records total 208 Naxals bodies were recovered in more than 500 encounters," Awasthi said.

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"From January 2016 till now security forces conducted 518 encounters against Naxals and recovered 678 arms. 2734 Naxals were arrested and 1852 Naxals surrendered before police due to government surrenders policy from January 2016 till now," he said.

Awasthi added that a total of 137 security personnel have been killed in 'Naxal incidents' during the past 2.5 years.

"39 in 2016, 59 in 2017 and 39 in 2018 police personnel lost their lives during an encounter with Naxals," he said.

"Since January 2016, the security forces have done 518 encounters and recovered 678 weapons, including a Light Machine Gun (LMG), nine AK-47 rifles, 20 Insas rifles and 12 SLR rifles, from the arrested as well as surrendered ultras," Awasthi said.

The Special Director General praised the DRGs, STF, DF and other paramilitary forces deployed in Anti-Naxal Operations for their bravery in operations against the Naxals and expressed confidence that Chhattisgarh would become Naxalism free by 2022.

"The way our brave jawans were combating Naxalism, it is sure that Chhattisgarh will become Naxalism free by 2022," Awasthi said.