9 CRPF jawans killed in mine blast in Sukma Naxal attack
Nine CRPF personnel of 212 battalion were martyred today in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast by Naxals in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.
Six CRPF personnel have also been injured in the Naxal attack, out of which four are in critical condition, reported news agency ANI.
The attack comes days after security forces killed 10 Maoists in an encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District bordering Telangana. The Naxals hit back with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast targeting a Mine-Proof Vehicle (MPV).
The incident is said to have taken place between Kistaram and Palodi in Chhattisgarh's most deadly district, a place known to be a Naxal strong hold.
Sources in the force confirmed nine jawans were martyred in the attack and that another eight soldiers are extremely critical. The injured jawans are being taken to Raipur.
An encounter operation was launched against the Maoists around 8:30 in the morning, said police.
The attack happened after the first contact was established at 8 o clock in the morning. While the 208 Cobra force response made the naxals flee, the force's 212 Battalion was targeted where the IED was triggered. The deadly blow comes nearly a year after two ambush attack in Sukhma's region one in Bheji in April led to an attack on 74 battalion claimed 25 lives in April last year.
According to DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, the CRPF jawans were ambushed by Naxals while passing from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle which was targeted with an IED.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted about the incident saying, "Today's IED blast in Sukma, Chhattisgarh is deeply distressing. I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation," and "My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh."
My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) March 13, 2018
DM Awasthi, Special DG, Naxal operations, said extra force has been deployed at the spot.
Extra force has been deployed at the spot.
LIST OF BIGGEST ATTACKS
April 24, 2017: Maoists killed 25 CRPF personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh. This incident came barely ten days after March 11, 2017 where 12 CRPF personnel were killed when they "walked into an ambush," laid by Maoists in Sukma. 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. In Chattisgarh alone, in the past one year, there have been 272 Maoist-related incidents, with 58 Maoists killed and an equal number of security forces martyred.
March 11, 2014: 15 security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.
February 28, 2014: Maoists attacked police personnel in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack.
May 25, 2013: Naxals attacked a convoy of Indian National Congress leaders in the Darbha Valley in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, India. The attack caused at least 27 deaths, including that of former state minister Mahendra Karma and Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel.
April 2010's Dantewada attack: The insurgents from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) ambushed and brutally killed 76 CRPF policemen near Chintalnar village in Dantewada district.