Sukma attack: Death toll of CRPF personnel reaches to 9

Sukma attack: Death toll of CRPF personnel reaches to 9

Aside from the nine soldiers who died in the latest attack, six were injured, four of whom are reported to be critical.

The CRPF said the encounter with Maoists took place at around 8 am (Indian Standard Time) on Tuesday. While the 208 Cobra force response made the naxals flee, the force's 212 Battalion was targeted where the IED was triggered.

"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast", a paramilitary official was quoted as saying by PTI. As per information received, 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured. The injured personnel are being evacuated by helicopter to Raipur. Reports are coming that this attack was pre-planned and they tried to kill every single personnel in this attack.

According to figures provided in the Lok Sabha, there have been 122 violent attacks this year and 14 jawans and 12 civilians have been killed.

Bhubaneswar: One of the nine CRPF jawans killed in the deadly Naxal attack in Sukma district of neighbouring Chhattisgarh on Tuesday has been identified as an Odia hailing from Brahmagiri in Puri district.

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"That attack was the biggest one in the past seven years, but BJP government has not learnt any lesson", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, adding that the national security situation was "a direct effect of Modi government's aimless, irresolute and inconsistent polices". More forces have reached the spot.

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).

The troops first came under heavy fire and when they moved to take defensive positions, they tripped on IEDs, which led to serial explosions. We had established our camp there and operations are being launched from there.

Surjewala said BJP president Amit Shah who had past year started the party's expansion plan from Naxalbari should instead have planned how to tackle Naxalism with the prime minister.

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