On Saturday afternoon, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, there was a four-hour meeting with Maoists. At least 22 members of the Indian security forces were killed and 32 others were injured.
The elite Cobra unit of the Central Reserve Police Force, regional reserve and special forces security personnel were attacked in the tribal-dominated state of Chhattisgarh during a counter-insurgency operation on Saturday.
“We can confirm that 22 of Indian force members have been killed by Moaist fighters,” said a senior government official in Raipur, the capital of mineral-rich Chhattisgarh.
A senior police officer from Bastar said “chances of survival of missing soldiers are slim, but we are hopeful of finding them alive”.
According to reports, the Maoists suffered huge losses in the gun battle, but in the fierce exchange of fire, only the body of one Maoist could be found at the scene.
According to data from the South Asian Terrorism Portal, more than 10,000 people have been killed since 2000.
It is pertinent to mention here that more than 19 separatist movements demanding independence from India due to religious, social, cultural persecution by the extremist BJP regime, pursuing a Hindutva ideology.