Raipur: As per media reports Eleven CRPF personnel were on Monday killed in Naxals attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
The encounter took place at around 12.25 pm between Burkapal and Chintagufa area of the worst Maoist violence-affected district in south Bastar area of the state.
Seven personnel have been critically injured in the encounter and are being evacuated.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who was in New Delhi, has cut short his visit and rushed to Raipur.
“We lost 11 men in encounter. As of now, we know they were out for road opening task and came under heavy Naxal fire,” CRPF said in a statement.
“The Naxals fired at a patrolling party of the CRPF near Burkapal village,” Special Director General (anti-Naxal operations) of Chhattisgarh Police, D M Awasthi earlier said.
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The jawans were from the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), including an Inspector-rank officer.
“A helicopter has already left for the spot to evacuate the injured,” a senior officer said.
Reinforcement parties from the nearest CRPF camp have also been rushed in, the officer added.
Twelve personnel of the CRPF were killed in the same district early this year in a deadly Naxal ambush.