Chhattisgarh police DM Awasthi said on Sunday that the security forces of the Central State of Chhattisgarh were carrying out operations against the left-wing rebel group in the Bastal branch of the state when a team was attacked by rebels. .
Awasthi added that the area is still searching for missing security members.
The government was involved in a decades-long conflict with the Maoist rebel group (also known as the Naxal Group), which launched attacks on government forces in an attempt to overthrow the country and establish a classless society. The Maoists are mainly active in central India, where tribal people live.
In several states including Maharashtra, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, armed attacks by militants are still common.
The Bastar branch where the fighting took place on Sunday includes the Sukma-Bijapur border area, which is considered one of the main Maoist strongholds.
The Naxal people have been active in the country since the 1960s, but the modern rebellion did not begin until the early 2000s. Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once described well-organized and well-trained Maoist insurgents as the country’s “most serious internal security threat”.
Since 2010, more than 2,100 civilians in India have been killed in the Maoist rebellion.
In April 2017, hundreds of suspected Maoist insurgents attacked a convoy in central India, killing 25 policemen and injuring 6 others.
Suspicious Maoists also went on strike during the 2019 Indian election, allegedly shooting and killing the polling director in the eastern state of Orissa. In another incident that occurred in the same area that year, Maoists allegedly approached a vehicle driving towards a polling center and forced officials to get out of the vehicle and caught fire.
According to a 2019 report from the Indian Ministry of the Interior, 90 regions in 11 Indian states were affected by some form of Naxal or Maoist forces.
The government took measures to suppress the Maoist rebellion to crack down on areas where these organizations are active. Although this approach seems to be reducing the level of threats, it has been criticized by some observers for being too forceful and vulnerable to abuse.