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Ten CRPF personnel martyred in Maoist attack in Sukma

Ten CRPF personnel martyred in Maoist attack in Sukma

Earlier previous year in March, 12 CRPF personnel of a road opening party were ambushed in Sukma.

Notably, nine jawans were killed after ablast was followed by a heavy exchange of fire between the security forces and the Maoists in which the Maoists also suffered a severe blow, said Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar.

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 PTI.

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

Reports pouring in from Chhattisgarh said a gunfight broke out in the area during morning between specially trained COBRA force and Naxals and the vehicle that was targeted was a reinforcement rushing to the area.

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The attack came 11 days after 10 Naxals were killed in a forest area located on an inter-state border between Telangana and Chhattisgarh by joint contingents of police. From the injured, 3 are reportedly in critical condition. To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery, ' Rahul tweeted. "The injured personnel are being evacuated by helicopter to Raipur", CRPF spokesperson Moses Dinakaran told the local media.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to condemn the attack. More forces have reached the spot.

The martyrs have been identified as Ajay Kumar Yadav, Jitendra Singh, Shabit Ku Sharma, Manoj Singh, RKS Tomar, Manoranjan Lenka, Dharmendra Singh, Chandra H.S. and Laxman. In the previous year, Naxals killed 25 CRPF jawans.

Officials said Maoists, led by their elusive commander Hidma and his PLGA (Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army) battalion no. 1, could be behind the deadly attack. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that he was "overwhelmed with grief" with the loss of the nine officials.