Sukma (Chhattisgarh), March 11: In one of the biggest Maoist attacks in the past two years, 12 CRPF personnel were killed and four injured in an ambush by the rebels in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, a senior police officer said.
The injured were brought to state capital Raipur by helicopter for better treatment.
The ambush took place in a forested patch near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, around 500 km from the state capital, at 9.15 a.m. when 112 personnel of the CRPF’s 219th battalion were on a road opening duty.
“The martyred troops were part of a contingent of 112 personnel that has been securing an under-construction road between Bhejji and Kottacheru. Maoists set off multiple hidden IEDs and opened indiscriminate fire. The squad strongly retaliated before the 12 troops made the supreme sacrifice,” said officiating CRPF DG Sudeep Lakhtakia.
The Maoists also looted 11 rifles from the jawans killed in the two-hour long gunfight.
Lakhtakia added that Maoists were trying to disrupt normal life in Sukma area as the CRPF has strengthened its presence there.
A seriously injured CRPF jawan airlifted to Raipur for urgent medical attention.