24 CRPF jawans killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma

As many as 24 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the encounter with Naxals that took place in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma.

The mortal remains of six personnel have reached the Burkapal camp. The six injured CRPF personnel have been shifted to a hospital in Raipur.As many as 90 CRPF jawans were part of the road opening party when they were attacked by the Naxals.

The weapons of the jawans have also been looted Chhattisgarh. Director General of the CRPF and senior officials are reaching Raipur and further to Sukma tomorrow morning.

Bastar Inspector General Vivekanand Sinha and DIG Sunderraj have left forSukma. MoS Home Hansraj Ahir will visit Raipur today in the wake of Naxal attack.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has cancelled hisengagements in Delhi and has rushed for Raipur where he will hold a meeting later today.

The attack took place on personnel of the 74th Battalion of the CRPF as they were assisting the local population in road building activity in the district.

The Congress Party has described the encounter killing of 12 CRPF personnel byNaxals as extremely unfortunate and called on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government to initiate appropriate counter action.

Addressing the media here, party spokesman Manish Tiwari said, “Extremely unfortunate. Hope government will act with alacrity. Hope government initiates appropriate action against people responsible forattack.”

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