Raipur (Chhattisgarh): Twenty-four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were on Monday killed in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, Agencies report.
Reacting to the situation, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh who was in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an emergency meeting later on Monday, state home minister Ram Sewak Paikra told CNN-News 18.
“We have lost 24 men in the encounter. As of now, we know that these men were out for a road opening task and they came under heavy fire from Naxalites. Seven other injured troops, including few who are critical, are being evacuated by helicopters,” CRPF Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran said.
Meanwhile, CRPF Cobra teams are conducting search operation under the guidance of senior officials to nab the ultras and locate the seven CRPF men who are still missing.
“A helicopter has already left for the spot to evacuate the injured. The encounter is still on,” a senior officer said.
Reinforcement parties from the nearest CRPF camp have also been rushed in, the officer added.Speaking on the tragic incident, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari on Monday said the government should take action against people who are behind the attack.
“Extremely unfortunate, hope govt will act with alacrity. Hope government initiates appropriate action against people responsible for the attack,” he said. Earlier in the day, Bomb disposal squad diffused 10 kg of IED explosives planted by Maoists in Dantewada.
This was the second major attack on CRPF personnel in 2017. On March 11, twelve CRPF personnel were killed in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh after the Naxals ambushed a CRPF patrol party in the Maoist hotbed and looted their arms. Four personnel were also injured in the attack.