26 CRPF Men Killed in Encounter With Maoists at Sukma; Sacrifice Will Not Go in Vain, Says PM

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Chhattisgarh-attackA group of nearly 300 Naxals attacked a CRPF battalion guarding a road construction site in Sukma, Chhatisgarh on Monday afternoon, killing at least 26 personnel and injuring several.

Injured CRPF jawan, Sher Mohammed told television journalists that Naxals first sent villagers to sniff out their location and then came armed for the bloody attack. Mohammed said the 150-member CRPF team fired in retaliation at Naxals and claimed many of theirs were dead too.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh cut short his New Delhi visit and rushed to Raipur. He has called an emergency meeting. Minister of State, Home, Hansraj Ahir will also visit Raipur later on Monday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid tributes to the martyred jawans and offered condolences to their families. “Extremely pained to know about killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma,” he added.

The encounter took place around 12:25 pm between the Burkapal-Chintagufa area of the worst Maoist violence-affected district in south Bastar area of the state.

“The Naxals fired at a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village leaving six personnel injured,” Special Director General (anti-Naxal operations) of Chhattisgarh Police, D M Awasthi told PTI.

The jawans are from the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), including an Inspector-rank officer.

Reinforcement parties from the nearest CRPF camp were also rushed in, the officer added.

Twelve personnel of the CRPF were killed in the same district early this year in a deadly Naxal ambush.