Chhattisgarh: Nine CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

ASI RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman lost their lives in the blast.

The mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was blown up by multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track, a senior official said. "Injured personnel are being evacuated by helicopter to Raipur", a CRPF official said.

"A patrolling party was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle which was targeted by Naxals with an IED".

Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that further details were awaited.

"Nine CRPF men were killed and two others wounded in today's unfortunate attack", D M Awasthi, special director general of police, anti-Naxal operations told the media.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also demanded a full report on the attack.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a tweet message expressed his grief over the Sukma blast saying, "Today's IED blast in Sukma, Chhattisgarh is deeply distressing". "Maoists feared that the development works in Bastar will uproot them from the region, therefore, they committed such a cowardly and shameful attack", he said. "Eight CRPF personnel martyred in blast during search operation in Chhattisgarh's Sukma".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the incident "reflects a deteriorating internal security due to flawed policies". According to officials, personnel from the 74th Battalion of CRPF were ambushed after emerging from their camp to secure an under-construction road in the area.

If we took back to the past then we can say that in last 11 month around 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of almost 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma.

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