CRPF DG rushed to Sukma

The site of the IED blast in Sukma

The site of the IED blast in Sukma

Officials said the incident took place around 12:30pm along the 5km under-construction Kistaram-Palodi road when the troops of the 212th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were out for an operation.

"Today's IED blast in Sukma, Chhattisgarh is deeply distressing".

The personnel were conducting an area-domination operation in forests located in the Kistaram area when the unfortunate incident happened.

"The Maoists were heard communicating on a Chinese communication set that one Maoist was killed in the incident", the CRPF officer said.

Speaking to ANI, DM Awasthi, Special DG, said, "A patrolling party was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle which was targeted by Naxals with an IED".

There were reports that the TCOC was launched by the Naxals early this year, from late February as compared to March-end, the official said. From the injured, 3 are reportedly in critical condition. More forces have reached the spot and the Director-General CRPF, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, is on his way to Chhattisgarh. They have been airlifted to Raipur.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted condolences to the families of the deceased in the attack and wished for speedy recovery of the injured jawans.

In the deadliest ever attack on security personnel by Maoists, 75 jawans of the Central paramilitary force were massacred in Chintalnar in the district on April 6, 2010.

Following the attack, officials said huge contingents of paramilitary and police were rushed to the spot to take on Naxals.

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. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack.

"Every time there is a Naxal attack, the Chief Minister (of Chhattisgarh) promises some tough action, but nothing concrete has been done to stop these attacks".

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