9 paramilitary troopers killed in Naxal attack in central India

PTI file

PTI file

"Extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present".

In a major strike by Naxalites, nine CRPF forces, who went to carry out the area-domination operation, were killed and 6 injured in Sukma along the Kistaram-Palodi road of the district at around 12 o'clock on 13 March.

"The wounded have been airlifted to Raipur and soon we are going to airlift the bodies of slain CRPF personnel".

The site of IED blast by Naxals in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh's Sukma. Officials added that the first encounter took place at 8 am and later this contingent was targeted.

The mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was blown up by multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track, a senior official said.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh too strongly condemned the "cowardly and shameful" attack and said Naxals were afraid that development works will put an end to their activities. "Eight CRPF personnel martyred in blast during search operation in Chhattisgarh's Sukma".

"The martyrdom of security personnel who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties will always be remembered", the chief minister said in a statement. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed grief over the loss of lives of police personnel in Sukma blast. It reflects a deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies.

The deceased jawan belonged to the 212 battalion of the CRPF, news agency ANI said. "To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery".

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

At least nine CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.