Malkangiri: At least eleven CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were killed on Saturday in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
Five others have been injured in the ambush. As per sources, the troops were on a road opening exercise in the area when the Maoists fired at them between Bhejji and Kuttacheru at around 9 am.
The Maoists later robbed 10 guns and the radio sets of the deceased CRPF men, sources said.
Two Maoists were also killed in the counter attack by the security forces.
The killed CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Jagjit Singh, Assistant Sub-inspectors H B Bhatt and Narender Kumar Singh, Head Constable P R Minde and Constables Mangesh Pal Pandey, Rampal Singh Yadav, Goraknath, Nand Kumar Patra, Satish Kumar Verma, K Shankar and Suresh Kumar.
Head Constable Jagdish Prasad Vishnoi and Constables Jaidev Parmanik and Salim are critically injured.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to the families of CRPF personnel killed in the attack.
He also spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the situation in Sukma.
Last month, two Special Task Force (STF) personnel, including an assistant platoon commander, were killed in an encounter in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh.