Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan reddy on 5 April announced Rs. 30 lakh ex-gratia to the families of two soldiers, Routhu Jagadeesh from Vizianagaram and Shakamuri Murali Krishna from Guntur, who lost their lives in the Bijapur Naxal encounter in Chattisgarh on Saturday.

Jagan expressed shock over the death of the soldiers and said there was no place for violence in a democracy. He conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the two jawans.

Twenty-two security personnel were killed and 31 others injured in the gunfight with Naxals between Jonaguda and Tekalguda villages along the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts on Saturday. The CRPF lost eight men, including seven commandos of the CoBRA (CRPF's elite unit) and one jawan of the Bastariya battalion. Eight of the other killed were from the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and six from the Special Task Force (STF). One jawan is still missing and has been reportedly captured by the Maoists.

The director-general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Kuldiep Singh, who is in Chhattisgarh to monitor the situation following the Naxal attack, on Sunday said that there was absolutely no intelligence or operational failure in the operation. He said that around 25-30 Naxals were also killed though the exact number is yet to be ascertained.

Officials suspect that Maoists planned the ambush carefully with the intention of drawing the forces in first and then inflicting maximum casualty.

Meanwhile, CPI (Maoists) Dakshin sub-zonal bureau issued a letter to the security forces appealing to them to stop 'Operation Prahar' and join the Bharat Bandh on 26 April in support of the PLGA.

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