In wake of the back-to-back killings of security personnel within three days, in a strong message to the Left Wing Extremists in the state, Vijay Sharma, the newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister (Dy CM) of Chhattisgarh, said that the incumbent government will not have any talks with the Maoists (Naxals).
Reacting to the killings carried out by the extremists, Sharma said that the Dy CM Arun Sao is going to pay tribute to the martyred Jawan. We have also discussed the issue: “CM is very serious on the issue; we will soon take a decision. As far as my personal opinion is concerned, I believe that action should be taken against the extremists”
Earlier, the Dy CM, Arun Sao also reached the state hanger at Raipur and paid tribute to the fallen personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF), Akhilesh Rai. Interacting with the media after paying tributes to the Jawan, Sao said “A new government has been formed in Chhatiisgarh, and there are a lot of expectations that the people have from us, our government will work with all our might to fulfill those expectations.”
'सरकार नक्सली उन्मूलन के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है, छत्तीसगढ़ में शांति हो इसके लिए हमारी सरकार पूरी ताकत से काम करेगी, लगातार नक्सली घटनाएं हुई है, हमारे कार्यकर्ताओं की टारगेट किलिंग किए गए, लगातार घटनाएं हुई है लेकिन हमारी सरकार पूरी तरह गंभीर है, सजगता से इस पर काम करेंगे'
— Bharat 24- MP/CG (@Bharat24MPCG) December 15, 2023
Yesterday, a Jawan of the BSF was martyred in Kanker, the central forces have been working bravely along with the Chhattisgarh government, and our government is committed to the cause of uprooting naxalism. The government will work with all its might to establish peace in the state. There have been naxals incidents which have occurred regularly; our party workers have been targeted, but our government is serious on the issue and we will work on it alertly, added Sao.
Back-to-back incidents of IED explosions
It is to be noted that as many as two Jawans of security forces were martyred in separate incidents of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions triggered by the Maoists in Narayanpur and Kanker within a span of three days.
In the first incident, a CAF jawan was martyred after sustaining serious injuries in an IED blast near Aamdai mines region of Chotedangapur, Narayanpur on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. The deceased jawan was later identified as Kamlesh Sahu, a resident of Shakti district. Another personnel identified as Vinay Kumar had also sustained injuries in the attack, following which he was rushed to nearby healthcare.
Hours after the explosion in Narayanpur, another Jawan of Border Security Force (BSF) was also martyred in a separate IED explosion triggered by the ultras in Kanker district on Thursday, December 14, 2023.
According to the reports, the explosion occurred near the Tekarapara Pahadi area in Partapur of Kanker district, following which the Jawan was immediately rushed to the health care facilities, where he succumbed to his injuries on late Thursday, December 14, afternoon. The martyred Jawan was later identified as Akhilesh Rai, a resident of Gajipur district of Uttar Pradesh.