“Our jawans are not cannon fodder to be martyred at will,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Out of the 22 fatalities in the Saturday Maoist attack in the state, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost eight men, including seven CoBRA commandos, while one jawan is from the Bastariya battalion, eight from the DRG and five from the Special Task Force.
Citing a media report quoting CRPF Director General Kuldeep Singh as saying there was no intelligence failure in the operation and an equal number of ultras were killed, Gandhi said, “If there was no intelligence failure then a 1:1 death ratio means it was a poorly designed and incompetently executed operation.”
Officials on Sunday had said that a CRPF inspector is still missing. Thirty-one security personnel were also injured in the ambush by Maoists.
The security personnel were ambushed by Maoists when they were out on a combing operation in a forest along the border of the Bijapur and Sukma districts of the state.
Director-General Singh had acknowledged that his personnel were “surprised and ambushed” during the attack on Saturday that lasted several hours.
Other officials in the know of the developments said the forces may have been waylaid by the Maoists.