They faced death for 26 straight hours. They lost three of their brothers-in-arms, but they kept smiling even as blood soaked their bodies.
The CRPF jawans were pushing their way into the Naxal headquarter in the Dabbamarka forests in Kishtaram of Chattisgarh’s Sukma district.
The operation was launched on March 1 with 159 personnel of the CRPF’s COBRA 208 battalion and 30 members of Sukma Police’s District Reserve Group.
Injured jawans being taken from treatment. Bhaskar
When it appeared impossible to reach the camp during the night through the Naxal infested forest, the forces were ordered to stay put in a village called Potakpalli.
The jawans lay low in pitch darkness.
An injured jawan, sub inspector Podambar, would later tell reporters that even the light of a matchstick could have put all of them at risk.
The trapped jawans were rescued. They had successfully struck in the heart of Naxal operations in the Dantewada region and killed around a dozen naxalites.
An injured jawan. The forces lost three brave men. Bhaskar
The naxals were able to take away the bodies of their own while the time the CRPF personnel were busy in countering the ambush.
The forces lost constables Linju N and Fateh Singh to bullet injuries on Thursday, and Lakshman Singh on Friday.