Sikh Jawan used his turban on bleeding leg of soldier, Got Shot, Both Survive
On Saturday, a deadly ambush of security forces by Maoists in Chhattisgarh injured the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers. While the injured soldiers were struggling for help, a Sikh soldier took off his turban and tied the wounds of one of the fellow personnel to help him. Minutes later, the Sikh soldier was also shot near his abdomen.
The encounter, which lasted for almost 5 hours, took place in the forests of Tarrem in restive Bijapur district in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. In the “u-shaped” attack by some 400 Maoists, 22 security personnel were killed. The CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) soldiers were severely outnumbered and surrounded.
During the encounter, a Sikh soldier, identified as Balraj Singh of the elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) tied his turban on the leg of his fellow soldier, Sub Inspector Abhishek Pande. Few moments later, Balraj went out firing the bullets and was shot in his abdomen. Both the soldiers are in a hospital in Raipur and are recuperating.
While giving details about the incident, Balraj Singh said, “We were firing back during the encounter after taking our positions when Maoists attacked us with UBGL that left my fellow personnel sub-inspector Abhishek Pande severely wounded. He was right beside me and his leg was profusely bleeding. Our first-aid man was busy he was attending to the Special Task Force personnel. Seeing no way out, I took out my turban, tore it apart and tied it around the leg of my colleague. The bleeding stopped and Pande was back to firing.”
Singh further noted, “I think more than 20 Naxals were dead. We chased many of them away. They were firing from all sides, but we broke the ambush with a box formation from two sides. Some 210 CoBRA attacked the Naxals and we evacuated the injured.”
The second-in-command of the CRPF, Sandeep Dwivedi is also recovering in hospital in Raipur. According to Dwivedi the Maoists apparently had prior information about the movement of the security forces.