Raman Singh condemns 'cowardly' attack in Sukma

9 CRPF Jawans Killed in IED Blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

The injured jawans were being airlifted and three helicopters will soon reach Raipur, said D.M. Awasthi, Special DG (Naxal).

Officials said the incident took place around 12:30 pm along the Kistaram-Palodi road of the district when the troops of the 212th battalion of the CRPF were out on an operation. A chopper has also been sent from Jagdalpur to air-lift the injured personnel to Raipur.

The blast occurred when a team of CRPFs 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 kms from here, a paramilitary official told PTI.

The rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, the official said.

Reacting to the incident, HM Rajnath Singh said, "My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast".

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.

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

If we took back to the past then we can say that in last 11 month around 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of almost 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma. Four of the six injured jawans are in a critical condition. He bowed to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation.

Sukma has been one of the worst insurgency-hit regions in India, having seen decades of bloody conflict between security forces and Left-wing extremists.

12 jawans of the CRPF were killed in the same district in March a year ago.

On March 2, 10 Maoists and a constable of elite commando force Greyhounds were killed in an encounter in the forests of Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, bordering Telangana.



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