My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast.
At around 12.30 pm, the Maoists emerged again, to blow up a vehicle carrying men from CRPF's 212 battalion. He said that such incidents can not lower the morale of the jawans.
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"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast", a paramilitary official was quoted as saying by PTI.
At least 9 CRPF personnel have been killed, and another 5 injured in an IED blast by Naxals in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.
According to reports, the condition of four of the six injured are critical. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. "The injured personnel are being evacuated by helicopter to Raipur", CRPF spokesperson Moses Dinakaran told the local media.
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"Rajnath Singh has asked Ahir to reach Chhattisgarh tonight (Tuesday) and review the ground situation in the wake of the LWE attack in Sukma", a Home Ministry tweet said. The deadly blow comes almost a year after two ambush attack in Sukhma's region one in Bheji in April led to an attack on 74 battalion claimed 25 lives in April last year. He said that the Maoists had targeted security personnel because they are angry over the developmental work being carried out in the area.
Following the attack, officials said huge contingents of paramilitary and police were rushed to the spot to take on Naxals. "It will not lower the morale of security forces".
Those killed in the encounter were: assistant sub-inspector 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.
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The incident has happened around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district.