Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: Amit Shah to pay tribute to jawans at Bijapur...

Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: Amit Shah to pay tribute to jawans at Bijapur encounter site

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Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: Amit Shah to pay tribute to jawans at Bijapur encounter site

Amit Shah will on Monday pay tribute to jawans who were ambushed by the Naxals near the Bijapur-Sukma border in Chhattisgarh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will pay tribute to jawans who were killed by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will pay tribute to jawans who were ambushed by the Naxals near the Bijapur-Sukma border in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Amit Shah will pay tribute to the martyred jawans at the Chhattisgarh encounter site in Bijapur on Monday.

Bodies of 20 security personnel were recovered from the jungles of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, raising the death toll to 22 in the worst ever Naxal attack in four years that resulted from an ambush by some 400 insurgents who surrounded the jawans from three sides and rained on them machinegun fire as well as IEDs for several hours.

Of the 22 fatalities, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost eight men, while the local police lost 14 jawans. One soldier is still missing and a search operation has been launched.

Amit Shah, who was in Assam for the election campaigning, cut short his visit and returned to Delhi. Later, Amit Shah held a high-level meeting at his residence to review the security situation in Chhattisgarh in the wake of the killing of 22 security personnel by Naxals in the state.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar and senior officials of the home ministry and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) attended the meeting. The home minister has spoken to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and taken stock of the situation in the state.

At least 22 security personnel were killed by Naxals in an encounter in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. While two bodies were recovered from the spot on Saturday, the bodies of 20 others were recovered on Sunday.