Sukma: Names of 9 CRPF Personnel Martyred in IED Blast

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Nine CRPF personnel were killed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday after Maoists blew up a mine protection vehicle of the paramilitary forces. The personnel were onboard a mine protection vehicle which was passing through Kistaram, a naxal-dominated part of Sukma district.

As per the reports, the rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle and just after the incident reinforcement was rushed to the spot to investigate and rescue operation for some survived injuries.

The injured personnel are being airlifted to Raipur. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that he was "overwhelmed with grief" with the loss of the nine officials.

Singh expressed disappointment over the deaths and said the sacrifice made by the security personnel would always be remembered. "Maoists feared that the development works in Bastar will uproot them from the region, therefore, they committed such a cowardly and shameful attack", he said.

Reacting to the incident, HM Rajnath Singh said, "My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast".

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He said, the IED blast in Sukma is deeply distressing. He bowed to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation.

Other politicians also came out to condemn the incident. "Rhetoric and headline management only exacerbate the situation and endanger our people", he added.

If we took back to the past then we can say that in last 11 month around 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of almost 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma.

A statement issued by the CRPF said that the encounter took place between the CRPF's 208 CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion and Maoists at 8 a.m. today.

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