Nine CRPF personnel killed in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh
NEW DELHI, March 13, 2018: Nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and three others wounded in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.
“The encounter took place after the Maoists triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) on an anti-landmine vehicle of the 212 CRPF Battalion’s patrolling team that was going from Kistaram to Palodi,” special director general of police (anti-Naxal operations) DM Awasthi said.
Following the blast, an encounter ensued in which nine jawans were killed and three others were seriously injured, media reports.
Awasthi said reinforcements have reached the spot and the firing has stopped. “We are airlifting the injured from the spot,” he said.
Home minister Rajnath Singh expressed condolence for the families of the personnel who were killed. “I pray for speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to Director General (DG) CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh,” he tweeted.
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.