- PM Modi condoles the death of 25 CRPF personnel
- The personnel were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday afternoon
- The jawans were from the 74th battalion of the CRPF
- Six other CRPF personnel have been injured
- Almost 300 Naxals attacked the CRPF jawans
- This is the second Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district this year
- Three CRPF jawans were injured in a separate attack in Jharkhand’s Daltonganj
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Raipur on Tuesday
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Inspector Raghubir Singh, commander of the 99-member company which was attacked upon by the naxals on Monday, was among the 25 jawans who were killed in the ambush.
The other deceased include Sub-Inspector K K Das, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Sanjay Kumar, Rameswar Lal, Naresh Kumar, Head Constables Surender Kumar, Banna Ram, L P Singh, Naresh Yadav, Padmanabhanand and Ram Mehar, Constables Saurabh Kumar, Abhay Mishra, Banmali Ram, N P Sonkar, K K Pandey, Vinay Chandra Burman, P Alagupandi, Abhay Kumar, N Senthil Kumar, N Thirumurgan, Ranjit Kumar, Ashish Singh, Manoj Kumar and Anup Karmakar.
The CRPF forces claimed on Monday that a considerable number of naxalites were killled in the ambush, although no bodies have been discovered yet.
The death toll of the CRPF jawans killed in the naxalite attack has been revised from 26 to 25 jawans, reported ANI.
In a separate attack, at least three CRPF jawans have been injured in Jharkhand’s Daltonganj.
President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the naxalite attack on the CRPF personnel. He further extended his condolences to the families of the martyred and injured jawans.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the media on Monday evening, expressing condolences over the attack by naxalites on CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
He will visit Raipur on Tuesday.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh addressed the media over the Naxalite attack, on Monday. He said he will hold a meeting with the senior officials to ascertain the details of the attack. He also added that he will discuss the incident with the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister.
The death toll of jawans in the Naxalite encounter at Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district rises to 26.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his condolences to the families of the martyred jawans. He further wished a speedy recovery to the injured jawans.
Attack on @crpfindia personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 24, 2017
We are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 24, 2017
May those injured in today's attack in Chhattisgarh recover at the earliest.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 24, 2017
Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted after the attack, expressing his condolences.
Extremely pained to know about the killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma. My tributes to the martyrs and condolences to their families. 1/2— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 24, 2017
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also took to Twitter to grieve the loss of the jawans, adding that their sacrifices will not go in vain.
Deeply pained over the loss of our Bravehearts at Sukma. These sacrifices shall not be in vain. 1/— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) April 24, 2017
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saluted the ‘sacrifice and courage’ of the martyred jawans, via Twitter.
This thoughtless violence will never succeed in weakening our resolve to fight forces of extremism— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) April 24, 2017
CRPF constable Sher Mohammed said that around 300 Naxals were sent to trace the CRPF’s location, after which an ambush was carried out. There were around 150 jawans. The CRPF also gunned down many of the Naxals.
MoS Home Hansraj Ahir will visit Raipur later in the day, over the naxal attack which claimed the lives of 24 CRPF Jawans in Sukma district.
The death toll in the Naxalite encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district now stands at 24.
Six CRPF personnel, who were injured in the Naxal encounter in Sukma district, were evacuated to Raipur.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has called for an emergency meeting after the news of the encounter broke out.
He has cancelled his engagements in Delhi and has rushed back to Raipur to hold a meeting later in the day.
12 CRPF personnel were killed and six were injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday.
The encounter took place at around 12:25 pm in Burkapal-Chintagufa area in south Bastar.
"The Naxals fired at a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village," said Special Director General (anti-Naxal operations) of Chhattisgarh Police, D M Awasthi .
90 CRPF jawans were part of the road opening party when they were attacked by Naxals. The weapons of jawans have also been looted.
The jawans were from the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
This comes only a month after 12 CRPF personnel were killed in Sukma and their arms looted on counting day on 11 March, making the attack the biggest this year.