25 CRPF personnel and 11 Maoists died in the attack. Photograph: (AFP)
CNN-News 18 reported Friday that the Maoists, in an audio message, have said the attack on CRPF personnel in Sukma, southern Chhattisgarh was retaliation for the “killing” of their people and “sexual violence” against their women.
“In 2016, the government killed nine of our people in Chhattisgarh and 21 in Odisha. The ambush is a reaction to these killings and sexual violence against our women,” Vikalp, who identified himself as a spokesperson of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), is heard saying in the clip.
CNN-News 18 reported Vikalp as hailing, in the 16-minute audio clip, the attack by the outfit’s military arm, the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA).
Vikalp, who spoke in Hindi, also said their “fight” was not with paramilitary personnel, but warned central forces against standing in the way of “revolution”.
He also alleged that the state police had gang-raped tribal women and killed villagers in “fake” encounters.
25 CRPF personnel, and 11 Maoists lost their lives in the attack.