Maoist attack: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh directs officials to intensify operations

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He said, the IED blast in Sukma is deeply distressing.

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). The decline in these incidents is because of "attrition of various level cadres of Maoists and the other to the possibility of Maoists deliberately lying low", according to a senior official of the union home ministry.

Twelve CRPF personnel were killed on March 11 a year ago in the Bheji area of Sukma district and their arms looted when Maoists ambushed their patrol party.

" Again at about 12:30 pm Naxals targeted another team of 212 battalion CRPF in between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma in which a Mine Protection Vehicle was blown of by triggering IED". Four Naxals were also killed in the encounter that lasted for almost eight hours.

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DM Awasthi, Special DG, Naxal operations, said extra force has been deployed at the spot. To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery, ' Rahul tweeted. It also comes six months after 25 CRPF jawans were slaughtered + in one of the deadliest attacks by Maoist rebels, or Naxalites. New Delhi TV reported that six CRPF personnel are reported to be injured out of which four are critical. "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. All the personnel were killed due to the impact of the blast even as many were thrown out of the vehicle, officials told PTI.

Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that further details were awaited. "It will not lower the morale of security forces".

The home minister also spoke with the Chhattisgarh chief minister and directed minister of state Hansraj Ahir to reach the state by Tuesday night and "review the ground situation".

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