In the recent terrorist attack, Maoists were stifled hard by the CRPF soldiers. Fewer than the Maoists in number, many soldiers suffered severe injuries and 25 of them attained martyrdom.
Following the attack, Sher Mohammad Khan, one of the CRPF Jawans has requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accord the soldiers the power of AFSPA. The soldier said that it will enable the troops to deal with the Naxalites in this region which is prone to such attacks.
The Naxalites were equipped with deadly weapons like AK47. One of the soldiers also revealed that the Naxalites were equipped with rocket launchers. The two were critically injured in the Sukma attack and are undergoing treatment in a hospital in Raipur.
Rajnath Singh paid a visit to the local hospital in Raipur where the injured Jawans are being treated.
Visited the local hospitals in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) to enquire abut the health of injured CRPF personnel. I pray for their speedy recovery pic.twitter.com/vHPiUL4KAB
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 25, 2017
Under AFSPA (Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts), Indian soldiers have the right to shoot at sight. The act accords many other powers to armed forces and is a much-debated issue.
During the recent attack in Sukma, first a few villagers arrived, who were followed by Naxalites. Since the villagers were not carrying weapons, Indian soldiers could not comprehend that they were Maoists and hence, did not shoot them. However, when the counter attack from Indian soldiers began, Naxalites were shot and killed in large numbers.
Sukma, situated in the southern part of Bastar, has a stronghold of Naxals since decades. Since April 2010, around 200 Indian soldiers have attained martyrdom in countering six major attacks in the area.