In a deadly ambush by Naxals, 24 CRPF personnel were today killed in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.
Another seven CRPF personnel are still missing while six are injured. Out of them two are in a critical condition, sources said.
The encounter with 74 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) occurred at Kala Pathar near Chintagufa in Sukma, the worst Maoist violence-affected district in south Bastar area of the state.
The Naxals laid an ambush on a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village which was supporting road construction work in the area when they were attacked.
A team of 90 CRPF jawans were sanitising a road which is being built in the area when around a large group of around 150 naxals, divided into three groups, attacked the CRPF party, sources said.
The injured were evacuated by helicopter and CoBRA teams of CRPF were sent as reinforcements and were conducting search operations.
Jawans injured in CRPF-Naxals encounter in Chhattisgarh's Sukma shifted to hospital in Raipur. pic.twitter.com/6x5zZKANVy
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According to reports, the gunbattle lasted for an hour. The Naxals looted all arms and ammunition of the CRPF jawans.
Immediately after the incident, the home secretary called a high-level meeting of additional secretary and joint secretary of Naxal division to discuss the Naxal menace.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also called an emergency meeting while Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir will visit Raipur today.
(Inputs from PTI)