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Sukma Attack: 24 CRPF Personals martyred, fierce encounter with Naxals, 7 missing

Chhattishgarh, Sukma, April 24: In a deadliest ambush by the Maoists, at least 24 CRPF personals have lost their life in Chhattishgarh’s Sukhma District and as per information at least 7 jawans are missing.

The encounter happened with 74 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Kala Pathar near Chintaguta in Sukma. Sukhma is the worst Maoist violence affected district in south Bastar area of the state Chhattishgarh.

The encounter took place at around 12:25 PM.

How the unfortunate event happened

A team of total 90 CRPF personals were guarding a road which is being built in the area when a large group of around 150 naxals, divided into three groups, attacked the CRPF party.

The Naxals laid an ambush on a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village which was supporting road construction work in the area when they were attacked.

“The Naxals fired at a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village leaving six personnel injured,” PTI quoted Chhattisgarh Police Special Director General (anti-Naxal operations), D M Awasthi as saying.

The gun battle lasted for about an hour.

The evacuation process is on and reinforcements have also been rushed to the spot. Chief Minister Raman Singh has called for an emergency meeting to review the situation.

The injured jawans were evacuated by helicopter, COBRA teams of CRPF were sent as reinforcements.

Earliar this year 12 personnel of the CRPF from the 219 Battalion were also killed in Sukma district in a Naxal ambush. That incident happened in the dense forests near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, 450 kms away from the state capital of Raipur.

It was one of the deadliest attacks on security forces.

Manish Tiwari from the congress said, Extremely unfortunate,hope govt will act with alacrity.Hope govt initiates appropriate action against ppl responsible for attack: M Tiwari