The special anti-Naxal unit ‘C-60’ killed nearly 40 Maoists in a major operation in Gadchiroli district and following the success of the operation, a celebration was held. The Commandos shared photos and videos of the celebration on the social media and it made the state home ministry angry.
The home ministry official warned the force not to repeat the action of as it were not appropriate and was against to discipline and post-operation secrecy. Such actions of sharing pictures on social media are not appropriate for security.
The special unit C-60 comprises well-trained personnel from indigenous tribal groups. The team killed 37 Maoist guerrillas during gun battles in Gadchiroli’s jungles without suffering any suffering in a three day period. The Commandos also killed three divisional committee members of the banned Communist Party of India.
The pictures which showed commandos posing next to bodies and arms and ammunition recovered during the operation were shared on WhatsApp. Also, the videos show commandos dancing during a night-time celebration. While some commandos can be seen holding up their phones to shoot the celebration.
A senior official of the home ministry stated, “This is a complete breach of protocol that is followed after such operations. The identity of officers and personnel involved in the operations should not be revealed to protect them from being targeted by Naxals in revenge killings.”
A senior official further said: “The identity of military personnel who took part in the surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir has been keep secret even after two years of the operation.”
On the other hand, inspector general of police, Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO), Sharad Shelar denied on commenting on the home ministry’s rebuke. But a senior police officer said, “Many jawans of C-60 are local tribals. There have been instances where Naxals targeted not only policemen but also their family members,” he said.
The Commandos of C-60 who was credited for last month’s raids were asked to keep it a low profile affair and avoid venturing outside their camps alone by the home department official.
A former superintendent of police, Shirish Inamdar too was very angry at the celebration and the pictures which were posted on social media, “They were unbecoming of a special force,” he said. Inamdar as an intelligence officer studied the Naxal problem and said, “In the end, those killed were Indian citizens who chose a wrong path.”
In 1992, the special unit C-60 was formed to deal with the Maoist insurgency in Gadchiroli districts and districts near Gadchiroli. The unit was named C-60 because initially, it contained only 60 personnel over the years.