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Sukma attack: PM Modi expresses condolences, says India salutes fearless CRPF personnel

13 March 2018

Ten Cobra Commandos (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) of CRPF were killed in an IED blast by Naxalites in the forests of Aurangabad district, Bihar.

The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, said he is "deeply anguished" after the death of the CRPF personnel.

The incident took place when CRPF jawans were conducting an operation in a forest in the district when the blast took place, ripping apart their mine-protected vehicle (MPV).

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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.

Reports are coming that the blast occurred when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 km from Raipur.

The attack came a few hours after the Intelligence Bureau (IB) issued an alert of a possible Maoist attack on security personnel in the area.

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This was the fifth attack by Maoists on CRPF personnel in Sukma district since 2010.

Anti-Naxal operations special DG DM Awasthi told reporters that there is no firing in the area at present. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. As many as 300 Naxals were reportedly killed in separate encounters with security forces in Chhattisgarh in the last two years, said state home minister Ramsewak Paikra to the state Legislative Assembly last month.

On Tuesday, mine-protected vehicle (MPV) carrying CRPF personnel was blown up, possibly, by several explosives. "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. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack. "It will not lower the morale of security forces".

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Soon after the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot, around 500km from state capital Raipur, officials said, adding further details were awaited. He also apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the condition of the injured.

Sukma attack: PM Modi expresses condolences, says India salutes fearless CRPF personnel