CRPF Jawans Dead & 6 Injured in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

  • CRPF Jawans Dead & 6 Injured in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

CRPF Jawans Dead & 6 Injured in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

At least nine personnel of the 212 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two injured in a powerful IED blast by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Tuesday.

" Again at about 12:30 pm Naxals targeted another team of 212 battalion CRPF in between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma in which a Mine Protection Vehicle was blown of by triggering IED. To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery", he added.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident was "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF Director General R.R. Bhatnagar to rush to Chhattisgarh.

The blast is suspected to have been triggered by Maoists by joining wires from a distance when the MPV crossed over the IED, officials said.

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

More details are awaited.

"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.

As the CRPF lost nine of its men in the latest Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, the Congress today accused the Raman Singh government of failing to curb the Maoist menace in the state.

In both the incidents, the troops came under heavy fire, their weapons were snatched and faced a brutal defeat at the hands of red soldiers.

The party also said cross-border infiltrations, ceasefire violations, terror attacks on security installations and Naxal attacks in States had increased under the BJP. Officials privy to the development said the strength of each camp was about 100 personnel.

An internal report shows that 23 Maoists and 11 security force personnel had been killed this year before Tuesday's attack. Earlier past year in March, 12 CRPF personnel of a road opening party were ambushed in Sukma.