CRPF men killed in blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

CRPF men killed in blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

A paramilitary official said, the blast occurred when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 kms from Raipur.

Those killed in the encounter were: assistant sub-inspector 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.

The rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, the official said.

The mine proof vehicle (MPV) carrying CRPF personnel was blown up after it was hit by an IED blast at Kistaram area in Sukma district, about 395 km south of Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh.

The injured personnel were being rescued from the spot and airlifted to the State capital. Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh too strongly condemned the "cowardly and shameful" attack and said Naxals were afraid that development works will put an end to their activities.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the attack "deeply distressing".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the killings of CRPF soldiers was indicative of "deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies" of the Centre's Narendra Modi government.

Earlier on the day, Maoists had staged a similar attack but they fled after the CRPF personnel retaliated the fire. "I spoke to Director General (DG) CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh", he tweeted.

Twelve personnel of the force were killed on March 11 a year ago in the Bheji area of the district and their arms looted, when Naxals ambushed their patrol party.

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