Chhattisgarh: 8 CRPF personnel killed in blast triggered by Naxals

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

"Modi had sold the "national security" plank hard to attain power, but in the past four years, we have only witnessed a precarious security situation in the country", he said, claiming ceasefire violations on the border, cross-border infiltration, terror attacks on security installations and Maoist attacks had increased manifold.

Officials said at least 12 Maoists, including six women, were killed in the incident while Greyhounds Constable Sushil Kumar, who was severely injured, died while being airlifted to Bhadrachalam hospital in Telangana.

COBRA force of CRPF proficient in guerrilla tactics and jungle warfare is trained to tackle the Naxalist insurgency in India.

Officials said Maoists, led by their elusive commander Hidma and his PLGA (Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army) battalion no. 1, could be behind the deadly attack.

The armoured MPV had gone about 10-feet into the air and crashed on the ground before splitting into pieces.

An internal report shows that 23 Maoists and 11 security force personnel had been killed this year before Tuesday's attack. He added that extra forces have reached the location and there is now no firing going on.

Earlier in the day, the CRPF had a another brush with the ultras who had to beat a retreat after heavy retaliation by the 208 Battalion of the force.

The injured personnel are being evacuated by a helicopter to Raipur, the CRPF official told IANS.

Reacting to the development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Today's IED blast in Sukma, Chhattisgarh is deeply distressing".

The jawans of the paramilitary force, including Lenka, were reportedly attacked when they were on their way from Kistaram to Palodi, conducting an area-domination operation.

"In an ongoing operation in Sukma District, an encounter took place with Naxals around 8 am on Tuesday".

All the victims were travelling in the anti-landmine vehicle when the Naxals triggered the IED blast, he added.

Following the attack, officials said huge contingents of paramilitary and police were rushed to the spot to take on Naxals.

Sukma: A view of the 212 CRPF Battalion anti-landmine vehicle that was blown up by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on March 13, 2018.

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