CRPF jawans dead after Maoists blow up vehicle in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

The names of the jawans killed: ASI RKS Tomar, Constable Ajay KR Yadav, Constable Manoranjan Lanka, Constable Jitendra Singh, Constable Shobhit Sharma, Constable Manoj Singh, Constable Dharmendra Singh, Constable Chandra HS, Head constable Lakshman.

Describing the attack as "cowardly", the Chief Minister said naxals hit the CRPF vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED) because their identity diminished due to development work in the state. A chopper has also been sent from Jagdalpur to air-lift the injured personnel to Raipur.

Reports are coming that the blast occurred when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 km from Raipur. "There is a possibility of many of them being killed in that blast", D. M. Awasthi, Special Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Chhattisgarh police, said.

Officials added that the first encounter between the two sides took place at 8 am and later this contingent was targeted by the Maoists.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condemned the attack and described the incident as "deeply distressing".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the killings of CRPF soldiers was indicative of "deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies" of the Centre's Narendra Modi government.

The incident has happened around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district. According to officials, personnel from the 74th Battalion of CRPF were ambushed after emerging from their camp to secure an under-construction road in the area.

Twelve jawans were killed on March 11 a year ago in the Bheji area of the district and their arms looted, when Maoist ambushed their patrol party.

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