Union Home minister Amit Shah and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday attended the wreath-laying ceremony of 14 security personnel who died in the gunbattle with Maoists in Chhattisgarh. After the ceremony in Jagdalpur, both went to Bijapur’s Basaguda, close to the spot of the incident.
On Saturday, a fierce battle broke out between the security forces and Maoists in which 31 people were injured. On Sunday, the police released information that 22 men had died in the incident, after their bodies were retrieved.
Both Shah and Baghel were in Assam until Sunday for the Assembly elections in the state, and returned to Delhi and Raipur, respectively, later in the day. On Monday, both reached Jagdalpur for the wreath ceremony, after which a high command meeting was held at the Jagdalpur circuit house.