Sukma: Nine CRPF personnel martyred in naxal attack

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In a tweet, Mr Singh said, he has spoken to the Director General of CRPF regarding the incident and has asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.

Earlier today at around 8 AM there was an encounter started between the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, in Kistaram area of Sukma, where an anti-Naxal operation was already going on, reported NDTV.

At least nine men have been killed, while two other jawans suffered injuries after a mine-protected vehicle was blown up by multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track, a senior official said.

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. He also said that the Sukma incident was "deeply distressing".

He took to twitter and wrote this, "My heartfelt condolences to the families of that person who lost their lives in Sukma blast". "I pray for speedy recovery of the injured jawans".


"The martyrdom of security personnel who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties will always be remembered", the chief minister said in a statement.

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. "Rhetoric and headline management only exacerbate the situation and endanger our people", he added.

The attack comes almost 11 months after 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of nearly 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma.

The wounded CRPF personnel were evacuated to Raipur in helicopter and admitted at a super speciality hospital.

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

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