After the killing of 22 security personnel in an attack by Rebels, on 5th April, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah assessed the situation, and thereof he commented that the fight against ultras will be intensified to end the Naxal menace (Naxal threat in the area). He chaired the high-level meeting on the Left Wing Extremism situation that included CM Bhupesh Baghel; Senior officials of state police and CRPF. Talking to the reporters, he said that “the sacrifices of the security personnel will always be remembered for taking this battle to decisive turn.”There was a total of 22 fatalities including 8 men from CRPF [seven commandos from the CoBRA (CRPF's elite unit) and one jawan of the Bastariya battalion], eight from the District Reserve Guard (DRG), and six from the Special Task Force (STF). Officials informed that one jawan is still missing. Shah said that “I want to assure the country that this fight will not be stopped, rather it will continue with more intensity till the end. In this fight, our victory is definite in the end.” The Union minister conveyed that he paid tributes to the martyred personnel on behalf of the country, the Government of India, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Their supreme sacrifices will not go in vain. The country will always remember their sacrifice for taking this battle to a "decisive turn". Further, Shah added that “In the last few years, the fight against Naxals has reached a decisive turn and this unfortunate incident has taken the fight two steps ahead.” Shah said that security official suggestion of intensifying the fight during the review meeting shows higher morale of the security personnel.
Talking about the development in the region, he talked about the joint efforts of the State and Central Government in the development of the area and fight against extremism. Regarding development Shah mentioned that “I believe that action is being taken on all the suggestions received from tribal public representatives, chief minister and MPs from the state”. With the efforts of the Government in the last five-six years, security camps were set up in the interior areas. Shah said that “Both the central and state governments have been jointly making inroads (into Maoist strongholds). Therefore, such incidents come to fore out of their (Maoists) frustration.” Shah assured the people of Chattishgarh and the entire country of intensifying the battle and hence a victory at the end.
After assuming Union Home Minister’s charge, it is the first time he visited the Bastar region. According to an official, there is a scheduled visit of the Home Minister to the Basaguda camp of the CRPF in Bijapur. There, he will have interaction and will have lunch with the CRPF and state police personnel. Later, he will visit injured personnel in three hospitals in Raipur, and then on Monday, he will leave for Delhi at 5.30 pm.