Bastar, Chhattisgarh, 11 Mrach-2014(BBC): 16 CRPF Jawans are Killed and seriously injured about 20 to 25 by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar attack as paramilitary CRPF personnel sources said. According to Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Gupta, the attack is carried out on CRPF Jawans near Jagdalpur Sukma Road.
“Inspector Subhash of CRPF was leading a team of around 40 security personnel. He was also killed. We suspect that the Maoists
have escaped towards Odisha border. We have launched STF operations to trace them. Three injured jawans have been shifted to Jadgalpur. Two are of CRPF, one district force,” Chhattisgarh DIG (Intel) Dipanshu Kabra said. “Some Maoists might have been killed, but we do not have the details,” he added.
This is the biggest Maoist attack on security forces in Chhattisgarh in the last few years after 11 cops of Chhattisgarh police were killed in August 2011 in Bijapur district.
Significantly, the spot of Tuesday’s attack is not far from the last May’s Darbha ambush when 27 persons, including senior Congress leaders were killed. Last year, 25 persons were killed on May 25, including Congress leaders Mahendra Karma and Nand Kumar Patel.
Maoists first exploded an IED and then opened fire at the CRPF party that was on way to provide security to a road construction team. The rebels also snatched several weapons from the deceased. Injured cops have been taken to Tongpal police station.
A chopper has flown from Raipur to collect the bodies. DGP AN Upadhyaya, ADG (Naxal Ops) RK Vij are likely to visit the spot later in the day.
More details are awaited. Update will reach shortly. [BBC input]