Raipur, 5 April. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reiterated the country’s resolve to end the menace of Naxalism saying that the fight with the Left Wing Insurgents is at a decisive stage and the country will take it to its logical end.
Union Home Minister Shah, reached Bijapur this morning following a deadly Naxal ambush that claimed the lives of 22 jawans of security forces in Bijapur district on Saturday. Praising the jawans for their exemplary valor and sacrifice, he said that the soldiers have brought the battle against Maoists to a decisive turn with their supreme sacrifice and bravery. Now we will take it to its logical end, Shah stated after paying his tribute to the martyrs.
Later, the Home Minister also Chaired a high-level meeting with the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel along with the officials of police and paramilitary forces in Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarter of Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar. Shah said that Naxals are frustrated with the security forces making deep inroads into their erstwhile strongholds.
Union Minister Shah also visited Basaguda CRPF camp in the Bijapur district and encouraged the jawans for their bravery. He said that both state and central governments have been working closely to win this long-drawn battle against the Naxals.
Echoing similar sentiments Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who was also present with Shah in Jagdalpur, said that the Center and the states are fighting a decisive battle against the Naxalites. He said we will convert this fight into victory.
With this encounter, the soldiers have entered into the stronghold of the Naxalites, he said adding that Naxals have now been confined to a very narrow terrain. The Chief Minister earlier on Sunday night, after returning from the tour of Assam, had declared that it was not an encounter but a war with the Naxals at the final stage.
23 jawans were martyred and 31 others were wounded in a deadly Naxal ambush on Saturday late evening in Bijapur district of Bastar.