Silda camp attack

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Silda attack
Part of Naxalite-Maoist insurgency
Paschim Medinipur district.svg
Paschim Medinipur district, where the attack occurred
Date15 February 2010
South Asian Communist Banner.svg Communist Party of India (Maoist)  India (Eastern Frontier Rifles)
Commanders and leaders
Jagari Baskey[1]
~70 51
Casualties and losses
3[2] or 4[3] killed 24 killed
Several missing, feared captured[2]
1 civilian killed[2]

The Silda camp attack occurred on 15 February 2010, when dozens of Naxalite Maoist insurgents ambushed Indian security forces in Silda (some 60 km from Midnapore) in West Bengal, India. The resulting death of 24 paramilitary personnel of the Eastern Frontier Rifles, and several believed to be abducted, made the attack a hard blow to the government's fight against the rebels.[2][4][5]

Maoist gang leader Syam Saran Tudu was arrested in April 2013. He was facing murder and other charges, besides his role in the attack.[6]


  1. ^ Das, Sonali; Mahato, Sukumar (17 February 2010). "Silda ambush: Cobra-eyed woman led attack". Times of India. New Delhi. TNN. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Maoist attack: Home Minister accepts failure in some aspects". Hindustan Times. New Delhi. Press Trust Of India. 16 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  3. ^ Yardley, Jim (16 February 2010). "India Condemns Attack by Maoists That Killed 24 Paramilitary soldiers". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  4. ^ Mahato, Sukumar; Mandal, Caesar (16 February 2010). "Maoists kill 21 jawans in West Bengal". Times of India. New Delhi. TNN. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  5. ^ Banerjee, Monideepa (16 February 2010). "Naxals massacre cops, furious Centre wants answers". NDTV. New Delhi. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  6. ^ "After 3 years, Silda attacker held in TN". Hindustan Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2018.