Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Jan 20: Chhattisgarh’s Director General of Police (DGP) Ram Niwas has said that all seven people who were on board the Air Force Mi 17 chopper, that made a forced landing in a Naxal-dominant forest area in the state’s Sukma District, have been evacuated safely following an attack by the Maoists.
There were reports earlier of an injured Chattisgarh Police radio operator, M.K.Sahu, being left behind, but now it has been confirmed that he was flown to the state capital Ranchi for treatment on Saturday.
Sahu had sustained bullet injuries when the Maoists opened fire on the helicopter, which had made an emergency landing in the Timilwada valley near Jagargunda in Sukma district.
Reports said that after the chopper landed somewhere between Burkhapal and Chintagufa almost after sunset, six others, including the IAF crew left the injured Sahu and the damaged helicopter in the jungles and reached the polic station in Chintagufa. However, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos located the chopper in the forests, rescued the radio operator and cordoned off the Mi 17 helicopter.
Sahu was brought to Chintagufa from where a chopper carried him to Jagdalpur. He and platoon commander Nand Kishore Badhoriya were later airlifted to Ranchi for treatment.
Niwas said technical officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF) CRPF personnel were able to locate the chopper within few hours of emergency landing and reinforcements were also rushed to the area.
The incident took place within the so-called liberated zone of the Dandakaranya Forests where the Maoists hold the complete sway.
The state government has advised security forces to be on alert in the wake of the incident. (ANI)