Odia among 9 CRPF jawans killed in Sukma Naxal attack

Naxal attack in Sukma, 9 CRPF jawans killed and 6 injured

9 paramilitary troopers killed in Naxal attack in central India

"Eight CRPF personnel martyred in blast during search operation in Chhattisgarh's Sukma".

The CRPF personnel were carrying out an area-domination operation in the area, when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up.

Reports pouring in from Chhattisgarh said a gunfight broke out in the area during morning between specially trained COBRA force and Naxals and the vehicle that was targeted was a reinforcement rushing to the area.

The Congress also connected the latest attack to the government's demonetisation policy and claimed it only highlighted the "hollow claims of ending terrorism and naxalism".

Aside from the nine soldiers who died in the latest attack, six were injured, four of whom are reported to be critical. He added that extra forces have reached the location and there is now no firing going on. "To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery", he added.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met the jawans in the hospital, who got injured in the Sukma Naxal attack on Tuesday. "We are airlifting the injured from the spot", he said.

In April past year, 25 CRPF jawans lost their lives in a Maoist attack.

They said the Maoist cadre led by elusive Naxal commander Hidma and his PLGA (Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army) battalion no 1 could be behind the deadly attack.

Home minister Rajnath Singh said the incident was "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF director general R.R. Bhatnagar to rush to Chhattisgarh. "It will not lower the morale of security forces".

ASI RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman lost their lives in the blast. This incident came barely ten days after March 11, 2017 where 12 CRPF personnel were killed when they "walked into an ambush", laid by Maoists in Sukma. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack.

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