Maoists may have mutilated bodies of jawans slain in Sukma ambush

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"Centre and state government will work together", said Singh.

He said the force has made a decision to undertake these new measures as it will continue to secure the road construction work that helps to bring development to these remote areas of central India.

The home minister said that he had called a meeting of the governments of states affected by Maoist violence on May 8, ANI reported.

Rajnath Singh also visited a hospital to check on the health of the injured CRPF personnel
Rajnath Singh also visited a hospital to check on the health of the injured CRPF personnel

DAYS BEFORE Monday's attack on a CRPF team in Sukma, the force had generated two intelligence alerts in Chhattisgarh in early April that had confirmed the presence of top Maoist commanders Hidma and Sonu near Chintagufa in the district.

The two men, who were in a 99-strong CRPF team carrying out a sanitisation exercise for an under-construction road in Chhattisgarh, are now being treated in a hospital in Raipur.

The summer months are when they prefer to target security forces as the bushes and other vegetation wilt, providing them a clear view of the movement of the troops from hills, the officer said. "It can be done again for speedy identification of the perpetrators of the attack in order to bring them to justice", said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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Condemning the attack, Modi tweeted: "Attack on @crpfindia personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable". One of the survivors of the deadly attack claimed that it was easier to guard Kashmir than being part of an anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh.

Kumar and Lakhtakia were accompanied by Chhattisgarh's principal secretary (Home) BVR Subramaniam, director general of police A N Upadhyay and other MHA, para-military and state police officials during the visit.

In March, 12 CRPF personnel also lost their lives in an alleged Maoist attack in the same district. Answering a query on Intelligence failure or compliance to SOP, Rajnath Singh said, this is not the time for blame-game and this practice of blame-game which takes place after every incident should be avoided.

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"It was an act of cowardice and desperation", he said. "Villagers were also taken as shields by Naxals and that restricted our fire for some time", the officer said.

The Home Minister, who visited the state to pay tributes to the 25 Central Reserve Police Force troopers killed at their camp, termed the massacre as a "cold blooded murder" and said that their sacrifice won't go in vain.

Rajnat Singh said the Maoists are trying to hamper the development activities and using the tribals as fodder.

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