New Delhi: In an IED blast by Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, at least eight CRPF personnel have died, reported the Press Trust of India. New Delhi TV reported that six CRPF personnel are reported to be injured out of which four are critical.
Personnel were conducting an “area-domination operation” in the forest in the Kistaram area, when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot, soon after the attack.
“Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast,” a paramilitary official was quoted as saying by PTI. He added that several explosives were used to blow up the vehicle.
Last April, in the biggest Maoist attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in the last seven years, 25 CRPF personnel were killed and six injured in an ambush in the Burkapal area of Sukma.
According to officials, personnel from the 74th Battalion of CRPF were ambushed after emerging from their camp to secure an under-construction road in the area.
Recently, at least 12 Maoists were killed in an ‘encounter’ in Chattisgarh by a joint team of Greyhounds and special police personnel.
The encounter took place near Pujarikanker in Chattisgarh, 30 kms from Venkatapuram in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana.
Officials said at least 12 Maoists, including six women, were killed in the incident while Greyhounds Constable Sushil Kumar, who was severely injured, died while being airlifted to Bhadrachalam hospital in Telangana.