Sukhma Encounter: 9 CRPF Jawans Killed In A Naxal Attack In Chattisgarh

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

The bodies of the jawans were brought from Sukma by the Indian Air Force.

Bodies of all the nine martyrs, who included one Assistant Sub-Inspector, one head constable and seven constables of the 212th battalion of CRPF, had been recovered. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident was "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF Director General R.R. Bhatnagar to rush to Chhattisgarh. According to the officials, the tragic incident took place when a mine-protected vehicle was blown up by the improvised explosive devices hidden under the dirt track. He bowed to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation.

This incident came barely ten days after March 11, 2017 where 12 CRPF personnel were killed when they "walked into an ambush", laid by Maoists in Sukma.

More details are awaited. "Maoists feared that the development works in Bastar will uproot them from the region, therefore, they committed such a cowardly and shameful attack", he said. He also spoke to Chief Minister Raman Singh.

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The party also said cross-border infiltrations, ceasefire violations, terror attacks on security installations and Naxal attacks in States had increased under the BJP.

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

CRPF officials said that the Naxalites blew an anti-Landmine vehicle in Kistaram police station area of the district.

Previous year in April, 25 paramilitary personnel were killed in a deadly Naxalite attack in the district.

The encounter started at 8 am on Tuesday, between the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, in Kistaram area of Sukma, where an anti-Naxal operation was already going on. Four Naxals were also killed in the encounter that lasted for almost eight hours.

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