CRPF men killed in blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

PTI file

"A CRPF patrolling party was on its way from Kistaram to Palodi, in an anti-landmine vehicle, which was targeted by Maoists", said DM Awasthi, Special Director general, Anti-Naxal Operations, was quoted as saying. The names of the jawans killed: ASI RKS Tomar, Constable Ajay KR Yadav, Constable Manoranjan Lanka, Constable Jitendra Singh, Constable Shobhit Sharma, Constable Manoj Singh, Constable Dharmendra Singh, Constable Chandra HS, Head constable Lakshman. They have been airlifted to Raipur. The personnel were onboard a mine protection vehicle which was passing through Kistaram, a naxal-dominated part of Sukma district.

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. Soon after the incident, the reinforcements were dispatched to the spot.

According to officials, an encounter broke out between the jawans and the Maoists around 8 am. "Eight CRPF personnel martyred in blast during search operation in Chhattisgarh's Sukma".

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. "I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh", he tweeted. It reflects a deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed his condolences to the families of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast.

On March 11, 2017, suspected Maoists ambushed a CRPF road-opening team and killed 12 troopers in Sukma.

In the past year, Naxals killed 25 CRPF jawans.

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