NEW DELHI: In one of the deadliest attacks in recent years, well armed Maoist cadres ambushed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men, killing 25 of them and injuring six in Naxal-infested Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Monday. The injured have been airlifted to the State capital Raipur for treatment.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh cut short his visit to New Delhi and rushed back to Raipur. He is presiding over an emergency high-level meeting to take stock of the situation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, he has asked Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir to visit Chhattisgarh to review the situation.
According to reports, Maoist cadres were armed with automatic weapons like AK 47, INSAS rifles and numbered nearly 200 when they executed the ambush which was preceded by some blasts carried out by planting improvised explosive devices. Reports said that around seven to eight CRPF jawans were still missing.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condemned the attack on the CRPF personnel. Mr Modi described the attack as cowardly and deplorable. The Prime Minister said the Centre was monitoring the situation closely and the sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Last month Naxals had killed 12 CRPF men in an ambush when the jawans of para-military force were providing security cover for road construction on the Bheji-Gorkha-Injiram Axis area.
In a series of tweets, he expressed condolences to the CRPF families saying the country is proud of their valour. He also wished for early recovery for those injured in the attack.In a tweet, President Pranab Mukherjee conveyed his condolences to the families of deceased and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.