Chhattisgarh: Maoists attack ITBP base camp with rockets
Maoists early on Thursday morning attacked an operating base camp of
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Ranapal in Chhattisgarh’s south
Bastar district of Kondagon by launching rockets and opening fire
targeting around 100 troopers deployed there. However, no casualties
were reported from ITBP which succeeded in repulsing the Naxal attack
after nearly a three-hour-long gunfight with the insurgents, a senior
district police officer said.
This was the first time; Naxals used rocket launchers to attack
security forces in the three-decade history of Left-wing extremism in
Bastar division, comprising seven districts. “The rocket launchers
appeared to be indigenously developed. There was no mark of either any
manufacturing company or a country in the shells of the rockets
recovered at the attack site,” the police officer told this newspaper.
“The use of the projectile weapons this time by the Naxals has taken us
aback. They have been fired from close range. The weapons have been
fitted with direction tools as well, pointing towards a R&D they are
doing”, an ITBP officer told this newspaper requesting anonymity. “The
ITBP camp at Ranapal was attacked by Naxals a little after midnight.
There were no casualties from ITBP side,” Kondagaon district ASP Mr