Naxal attack in Sukma, 9 CRPF jawans killed and 6 injured

Naxal attack in Sukma, 9 CRPF jawans killed and 6 injured

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

Six CRPF personnel were injured, out of which 4 are critical. "I bow to each and every security personnel who was martyred defending the nation", Rajnath Singh, India's Minister of Home Affairs said in a statement, according to Times of India.

The attack comes 11 days after security personnel killed 10 alleged Naxalites in the state, and 6 months after 25 CRPF jawans were killed in one of the deadliest attacks by Naxalites/Maoist rebels.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met the injured CRPF personnel in the hospital. "There have been 23 major naxalite attacks after demonetisation in which 97 security personnel were martyred and 121 civilians killed". While the 208 Cobra force response made the naxals flee, the force's 212 Battalion was targeted where the IED was triggered.

Personnel were conducting an "area-domination operation" in the forest in the Kistaram area, when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up. He added that extra forces have reached the location and there is now no firing going on. "I spoke to DG CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh".

Rahul Gandhi, president of opposition party Indian National Congress took the opportunity to attack the government for having a flawed policy against Maoists.

The blast occurred when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 kms from the state capital ranchi, a paramilitary official told PTI.

As many as 2,270 encounters with police and 1,356 attacks on police, including with landmines, were reported over the last nine years.

"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".

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