Safety forces within the central state of Chhattisgarh had been conducting an operation towards the left-wing rebel group, within the state’s Bastar Division, when one of many groups got here beneath assault from the insurgents, chief of Chhattisgarh police DM Awasthi mentioned on Sunday.
Search operations for a lacking safety member are nonetheless underway within the space, Awasthi added.
The federal government has been embroiled in a decades-long battle with Maoist insurgent teams, often known as Naxals, who launch assaults on authorities forces in an try and overthrow the state and usher in a classless society. Maoists are largely energetic in central India, in areas primarily populated by tribal peoples.
Militant assaults in a number of states, together with Maharashtra, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the place the insurgent motion nonetheless has traction, are widespread.
Bastar Division, the place Sunday’s battle befell, contains the Sukma-Bijapur border areas — an space regarded as amongst plenty of key Maoist strongholds.
Naxalite teams have been energetic within the nation for the reason that Sixties, however the trendy insurgency didn’t start till the early 2000s. Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as soon as described Maoist rebels — who’re nicely organized and educated — because the nation’s “gravest inner safety risk.”
Greater than 2,100 civilians in India have been killed within the Maoist insurgency since 2010.
In April 2017, 25 cops had been killed and 6 others injured when a whole bunch of suspected Maoist rebels attacked a convoy in central India.
Suspected Maoists additionally struck throughout India’s elections in 2019, allegedly gunning down a polling supervisor within the japanese state of Odisha. In one other incident in the identical district that yr, alleged Maoists approached a automobile heading in direction of a polling middle and compelled officers to disembark earlier than setting hearth to it.
In keeping with a 2019 report by India’s Ministry of Dwelling Affairs, 90 districts throughout 11 states are affected by some type of Naxal or Maoist militancy.
The federal government has responded to the Maoist insurgency with a safety crackdown in areas through which the teams are energetic, an strategy that whereas showing to cut back the risk degree has been criticized by some observers as heavy-handed and susceptible to abuse.