A landmine blast by Maoists killed seven people, including five policemen, in Jharkhand’s Palamau yesterday. Many security personnel have lost their lives in Naxal affected districts of the country. But in spite of such unfortunate events, the security forces of the country continue to maintain a heightened sense of humanity.
In a gesture that highlights how the humanitarian side of India’s security forces, three CoBRA (Commando Battalions for Resolute Action) commandos of the CRPF donated blood to save the life of a Maoist guerrilla.
A file picture of joint forces in action in West Midnapore, West Bengal. PTI
The guerrilla, identified as Linga Sodi of Itapalli village of Chhattisgarh, was injured in a gunbattle with the CoBRA forces on January 18.
The operation that began on January 16 in Bijapur district of the state was launched after credible information of Maoist guerrilla movement was received by the CRPF. In a statement issued on Thursday, the paramilitary force said that they had intel about Maoists moving in forest areas around Korsermetta, Hidmapara and Gotpalli villages.
Two days later, a group of Maoists ambushed the troops in the jungles near Gotpalli triggered a blast and fired at them.
When CoBRA troops fired back, one Maoist was killed while Linga was seriously injured. A bullet had pierced Linga’s thigh leading to severe blood loss.
He was evacuated to the CRPF Field Hospital, seven km from the site of the gunbattle. From there the Maoist was airlifted to a government hospital in Jagdalpur in an Indian Air Force chopper.
A file photo of CoBra commandos during an operation.
It was in Jagdalpur that doctors said that Linga was in need of blood. Three commandos – constables Ratan Manjulkar, Praveender and U. Mehboob Peera – stepped forward and donated blood to save his life.
Officials said the security force is traditionally meant to safeguard the lives of people, and killing the enemy is the last option for them.