The Home minister Chidambram made a statement two years back that the Maoist insurgency would be over in two years. Accordingly a paramilitary force of almost 55,000 personnel was deputed to counter the Maoists, who draw their inspiration from the legendary Chinese leader Mao tse Tung. The operation named 'Green Hunt' was expected to be the beginning of the end of the Maoist insurgency in Central India.
As a part of this operation about 120 personnel of the Central Reserve police Force of the 62nd battalion was returning after a combing operation near Chintalnar in Dantawada district of the Indian stateof Chattisgarh. Dantewada is 400 kilometers from the state capital Raipur. This state is situated in eastern India.
The patrolling party took the Maoist menace lightly and did not follow the laid down procedures during the march. Accordingly a ferocious attack was mounted by the Peoples Liberation Army, the Maoist military wing. The CRPF party was ambushed and could not fight back as they were surrounded and the Maoists who opened fire were perched on nearby hills. At first count 74 personnel have been killed in what has been the biggest attack by the Maoists ever.
The Maoist liberation army had planned this operation with great care and
This was an incident almost two years back, yet nothing has changed. The Maoists have kidnapped an MLA and teh collector as well as 2 Italian nationals and bargained for release of their cadres. It shows that Maosits despite all the boasts of Chidambram are the ones that are calling the shots
The sands of time are running out. The Naxal/ Maoist operation cannot be treated with kid gloves. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister owe it to the nation to show leadership and resolve to stamp out this insurgency that can eat into the roots of the Indian nation.