CRPF DG rushed to Sukma

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

Reports suggested that the deceased CRPF jawans belonged to the 212 battalion.

"Failed intelligence mechanism, a lack of political will and (shortage of) resources to security forces have led to an increase in the Maoist violence", state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo told reporters.

Other jawans who were killed in the encounter were: assistant sub-inspector RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman.

The armoured MPV had gone about 10-feet into the air and crashed on the ground before splitting into pieces. Ninety-nine security personnel and 64 civilians were killed in these attacks, he added. The camps have been created as part of the "Operation Madh" (Abujhmadh) being carried out by the CRPF and other security forces for the last few years to target Naxal cadres who hide or move in this area.

The attack was in retaliation for an encounter between the CRPF and Naxalites earlier in the day at around 8 AM.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemned the attack on jawans by the naxals.

Speaking to ANI, DM Awasthi, Special DG, said, "A patrolling party was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle which was targeted by Naxals with an IED".

Home minister Rajnath Singh said the incident was "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF director general R.R. Bhatnagar to rush to Chhattisgarh.

According to officials, the security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest area when the the attackers blew up the CRPF vehicle through multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track.

Security personnel inspect the site of an IED blast where nine CRPF personnel were killed and two more were injured after Maoists ambushed them in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Tuesday.

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