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Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh: 9 CRPF jawans martyred, 10 injured


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Nine personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and three others were injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday afternoon.
“The encounter took place after the Maoists triggered an IED on an anti-landmine vehicle of the 212 CRPF Battalion’s patrolling team was going from Kistaram to Palodi,” special director general of police (anti-Naxal operations) DM Awasthi said. Four of the injured personnel are said to be in critical condition.
The attack took place in Kistaram when the personnel were out on a combing operation on the MPV. The team of CRPF jawans of thw 212 battalion was targeted by rebels who used heavy explosives to blow up the vehicle and had triggered several IEDs, police officials said confirming that nine personnel were killed in the blast.
According to officials, the security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest area when the the attackers blew up the CRPF’s mine-protected vehicle by multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track. The injured personnel are being airlifted to Raipur.
Following the blast, an encounter ensued in which nine jawans were killed and three others were seriously injured.
Awasthi said reinforcements have reached the spot and the firing has stopped. “We are airlifting the injured from the spot,” he said.
“In an ongoing operation in Sukma District, an encounter took place with Naxals around 8 am on Tuesday. Seeing the response of 208 CoBRA naxals initially fled away,” said CRPF spokesperson Moses Dinakaran.
“Again at about 12:30 pm Naxals targeted another team of 212 battalion CRPF in between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma in which a Mine Protection Vehicle was blown of by triggering IED. As per information received 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured. Injured personnel are being evacuated by helicopter to Raipur,” he added.
Home minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences to the families of the personnel who were killed. “I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh,” he tweeted.
Today’s attack comes almost 11 days after security personnel killed 10 alleged Naxalites in the state. It also comes six months after 25 CRPF jawans were slaughtered in one of the deadliest attacks by Maoist rebels, or Naxalites. Earlier last year in March, 12 CRPF personnel of a road opening party were ambushed in Sukma.
Sukma has been one of the worst insurgency-hit regions in India, having seen decades of bloody conflict between security forces and Left-wing extremists. On March 11, 2017, suspected Maoists ambushed a CRPF road-opening team and killed 12 troopers in Sukma. On April 24, 2017, 24 CRPF jawans were killed near Burkapal of south Sukma.
Still, security forces have had some success deaing with such attacks. As many as 300 Naxals were reportedly killed in separate encounters with security forces in Chhattisgarh in the last two years, said state home minister Ramsewak Paikra to the state Legislative Assembly last month.
Earlier this month, the CRPF for the first time set up three permanent camps in the Maoist hotbed of Abujhmadh forests in Chhattisgarh to launch ‘surgical’ operations against the ultras, a year after it lost 37 personnel in two ambushes, reported media.
According to documents of meetings held in July 2017, the Maoists were planning bigger but fewer attacks in their stronghold of Bastar in Chhattisgarh to ensure better-planned strikes and stave off mounting government efforts to gain human intelligence.
The paramilitary force, along with contingents of the state police, has set up three bases in the dense and remote jungles of the 4,000 sq km region which essentially means ‘abujh’ (unknown) and ‘madh’ (hill).
Till now, the security forces used to undertake patrols inside the Abujhmadh jungle area in the Bastar region, camp there for few days and come back as they had no support system to stay in the jungle for long.
To make their presence felt in the area, the first camp, identified as ‘P’, has been established in close vicinity of the Indravati river.
Officials privy to the development said the strength of each camp was about 100 personnel.
The camps have been created as part of the ‘Operation Madh’ (Abujhmadh) being carried out by the CRPF and other security forces for the last few years to target Naxal cadres who hide or move in this area.
Senior intelligence officers of Chhattisgarh believe the recent joint operation of Telangana and Chhattisgarh police has rattled Maoist leaders and this attack was done to avenge the a recent encounter of Maoists.
On March 2, 10 Maoists and a constable of elite commando force Greyhounds were killed in an encounter in the forests of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, bordering Telangana.

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