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PM Modi salutes bravery of CRPF jawans killed in Sukma attack

PM Modi salutes bravery of CRPF jawans killed in Sukma attack

Nine CRPF personnel were on Tuesday killed after Maoists blasted their mine protected vehicle using over 50kg of explosives in Chhattisgarh's Sukma, about a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district.

"Extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present", DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, said.

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

The attack took place in Kistaram when the personnel were out on a combing operation on the MPV. Apart from the 9 jawans being martyred, five CRPF personnel were reportedly injured following the blast.

The encounter started at 8 am on Tuesday between the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, in Kistram area of Sukma. "The CRPF and security forces had been trying to dominate the area".

"That attack was the biggest one in the past seven years, but BJP government has not learnt any lesson", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, adding that the national security situation was "a direct outcome of Modi government's aimless, irresolute and inconsistent polices".

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Mr Awasthi said although the Intelligence Bureau had sounded an alert in the Bastar region, there was no security lapse on the part of the road opening party of the CRPF. "My thoughts are with the families and friends of the courageous martyrs", Modi said on Twitter. "The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this hour of grief", PM Modi tweeted.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the incident "deeply distressing" and has asked the CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar to go to the site.

May 25, 2013: Naxals attacked a convoy of Indian National Congress leaders in the Darbha Valley in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, India.

The attack came 11 days after 10 Naxals were killed in a forest area located on an inter-state border between Telangana and Chhattisgarh by joint contingents of police.

He said in Jammu and Kashmir, 53 major terror incidents had taken place since November 2016, when demonetisation was implemented. In 2015, 59 security personnel were killed in a total of 1,089 incidences related to left-wing extremism, followed by 65 in 2016 and 75 deaths in 2017.


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