9 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Drive (CRPF) have been killed and three others wounded in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday afternoon.
“The encounter happened after the Maoists triggered an IED on an anti-landmine car of the 212 CRPF Battalion’s patrolling workforce was going from Kistaram to Palodi,” particular director basic of police (anti-Naxal operations) DM Awasthi mentioned.
Following the blast, an encounter ensued wherein 9 jawans have been killed and three others have been significantly injured.
Awasthi mentioned reinforcements have reached the spot and the firing has stopped. “We’re airlifting the injured from the spot,” he mentioned.
The location of the IED blast in Sukma.
Residence minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences to the households of the personnel who have been killed. “I pray for the speedy restoration of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG CRPF concerning the Sukma incident and requested him to depart for Chhattisgarh,” he tweeted.
These killed within the encounter have been: assistant sub-inspector RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman.
Sukma has been one of many worst insurgency-hit areas in India, having seen a long time of bloody battle between safety forces and Left-wing extremists.
On March 11, 2017, suspected Maoists ambushed a CRPF road-opening workforce and killed 12 troopers in Sukma.
On April 24, 2017, 24 CRPF jawans have been killed close to Burkapal of south Sukma.
Based on paperwork of conferences held in July 2017, the Maoists have been planning larger however fewer assaults of their stronghold of Bastar in Chhattisgarh to make sure better-planned strikes and stave off mounting authorities efforts to achieve human intelligence.
Senior intelligence officers of Chhattisgarh imagine the current joint operation of Telangana and Chhattisgarh police has rattled Maoist leaders and this assault was executed to avenge the a current encounter of Maoists.
On March 2, 10 Maoists and a constable of elite commando drive Greyhounds have been killed in an encounter within the forests of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, bordering Telangana.
(With company inputs)