Nine CRPF men killed in Maoists' ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Again, at 12.30 p.m., the Maoists targeted another team of 212 battalion of the CRPF on Kistaram-Palodi road in Sukma District in which a mine protection vehicle was blown off by triggering an IED [Improvised Explosives Devise].

The martyrs have been identified as Ajay Kumar Yadav, Jitendra Singh, Shabit Ku Sharma, Manoj Singh, RKS Tomar, Manoranjan Lenka, Dharmendra Singh, Chandra H.S. and Laxman.

Maoist used multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track to blew up the vehicle, a senior official said. They have been airlifted to Raipur.

The site of IED blast by Naxals in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh's Sukma.

Soon after the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot, around 500 km from state capital Raipur, he said, adding further details were awaited. "Extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present", DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the "cowardly and shameful" attack and said the rebels were afraid that development works would put an end to their activities. He also said that the Sukma incident was "deeply distressing".

India's home minister has described the attack as "distressing" and expressed sorrow over the killing of CRPF personnel. It reflects a deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies.

At least nine CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the CRPF said that the encounter took place between the CRPF's 208 CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion and Maoists at 8 a.m. today.

12 jawans of the CRPF were killed in the same district in March a year ago.

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