Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will not celebrate Holi in view of Saturday's Sukma Maoist attack that claimed lives of 12 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.
The incident occurred in the dense forests near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, around 450 kms away from the state capital, at 9.15 am when 112 personnel of CRPF's 219th battalion were out for a road opening task.
The Bhejji area in south Bastar region of the state is notorious for Naxal attacks and many security personnel have been killed here in the past.
The Naxals also looted ten weapons including INSAS and AK series assault rifles and two radio sets from the killed men, officials said.
RS 1 CRORE AS COMPENSATION TO KIN OF JAWANS
Rajnath expressed condolences to the bereaved families and announced Rs 1 crore as compensation to the kin of the jawans killed in the attack.
Describing the Naxal attack on CRPF personnel as a "cowardly act", he said that the sacrifices of jawans will not go in vain.
"It is an unfortunate and sad attack on security personnel. I salute their martyrdom," Rajnath told reporters at the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana Camp area.
He also assured that the country would not let the soldier's sacrifice go in vain and said that a heavy retaliation would be given to the Maoists.
At least 12 personnel of the 219-battalion from the CRPF were killed and six others critically injured in the Maoist attack.