Again, at 12.30 p.m., the Maoists targeted another team of 212 battalion of the CRPF on Kistaram-Palodi road in Sukma District in which a mine protection vehicle was blown off by triggering an IED [Improvised Explosives Devise].
Those killed in the encounter were: assistant sub-inspector RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman.
The Naxals used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, a state police official said, PTI reported.
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The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPFs mine-protected vehicle, he said. Two other jawans were injured and are undergoing treatment in Raipur. Soon after the incident, the reinforcements were dispatched to the spot.
Anti-Naxal operations special DG DM Awasthi told reporters that there is no firing in the area at present. "I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh", Singh said in a tweet. "Maoists feared that the development works in Bastar will uproot them from the region, therefore, they committed such a cowardly and shameful attack", he said.
Home minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences to the families of the personnel who were killed.
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The wounded CRPF personnel were evacuated to Raipur in helicopter and admitted at a super speciality hospital.
Hitting out at the government after 9 CRPF jawans were martyred in an IED blast attack by Naxals in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi while terming the incident tragic on Tuesday said that it reflects deteriorating internal security situation.
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