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Published: March 24, 2020 5:49:53 am
“My brother was the youngest in the family. He was studying, but he joined the force midway, just two years ago. The cowards killed him. How long will this go on?”
This was asked by the brother of one of the 17 security personnel killed on Saturday in a Maoist ambush at Minpa forests in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The security personnel were given a farewell at a wreath-laying ceremony on Monday morning that was attended by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu and senior officers from state police and CRPF.
The bodies of the 17 security personnel, including 5 from Special Task Force (STF) and 12 from District Reserve Group (DRG), were recovered by a back-up force sent on Sunday. A Platoon commander and an assistant platoon commander of the STF were also among the dead.
“Our men fought valliantly and we are all proud of them. We value their sacrifice and we won’t let it go in vain. The fight with Naxals is ongoing and we will root them out,” the Chief Minister told the media at the ceremony.
Senior security advisor for the Union government K Vijay…