9 CRPF jawans killed in Sukma Naxal attack

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Mar 2018 09:06:41


The Hitavada State Bureau,


The Naxals blew up the CRPF vehicle through IEDs when the personnel were on area domination exercise and routine search

IN YET another deadliest attack on security forces within a month in Bastar division, the Maoists blew up the CRPF vehicle through multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track killing nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and injuring two in Sukma District on Tuesday.

The two injured jawans have been airlifted to Raipur. After the incident, the CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar, who was in Delhi, left for Raipur.
The CRPF personnel martyred in this attack have been identified as R K S Tomar, Ajay Kumar Yadav, Manoranjan Lanka, Jitendra Singh, Shobhit Kumar Sharma, Laxman, Manoj Singh, Dharmendra Singh and Chandra H S whereas the injured jawans are identified as Madan Kumar and Rajesh Kumar.

According to police sources, it was an ambush on the road stretching between Kistaram and Palodi under Sukma police station limits. The personnel of CRPF, Special Task Force (SPF) and 212 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) had gone for an area domination exercise and routine search. While they were approaching towards Palodi from Kistaram, the team spotted hundreds of armed Naxalites coming towards them. Initially, the police party considered it as another party of CRPF as they were in disruptive pattern of uniform but within minute they realised that they are Naxals as some were seen in black dangri also.

But even before the troopers could sense or react, the Naxals triggered a blast in which the Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) was tossed into the air. The blast was so severe that the vehicle was severely damaged and nine troopers were killed by the impact of the blast and two injured seriously. The blast was followed by a flurry of bullets fired by the Naxals hiding in the forested area. “The incident occurred on Tuesday wee hours when the security personnel had gone for search under Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO). While the security forces were passing through a forested patch, ultras triggered a powerful landmine blast targeting the MPV killing nine of the security forces on the spot and also opened indiscriminate fire on them. The firing lasted for several ours,” said Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena.

He further said that after information about the blast additional forces were rushed to the spot. The forces who reached the spot opened fire and there was an encounter which lasted for hours following which the ultras fled from the spot.

The Maoists have used a lot of explosives to blow up MPV and to harm the security forces. Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured and bodies of troopers have been evacuated, stated the SP.
The condition of the injured troopers airlifted Raipur for treatment is stated to be stable. If the sources are to be believed, earlier on Tuesday morning an exchange of fire took place between CoBRA personnel and Naxals in the same area between Kistaram and Palodi. However, no loss was reported to either side in that skirmish, Meena added.

Sukma considered as one of the worst insurgency hit region has witnessed several dreaded attacks on security forces in the past particularly in summer season during which rebels carry out annual Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC). As, Maoists step their offensive activities during TCOC between March-June, the security forces have already been alerted in Bastar region.

On April 24, 2017, 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded when Naxals ambushed their patrolling team in Burkapal area of Sukma.
Similarly, on March 11 during the last year, 12 CRPF personnel were killed in a Naxal ambush in Bhejji police station area of Sukma. This was the fifth Naxal attack that was reported in past three months. The first Naxal encounter took place in Narainpur where four jawans lost their lives and nine were injured. On the same day, the Maoists triggered IED blast in Basaguda forest of Bijapur district where two security personnel were killed.

Two more security personnel were killed and six injured in a Naxal skirmish occurred on Bhejji-Chintagufa road on February 18. One jawan from the neighbouring state Telangana was killed in Naxal ambush in Usoor and Pamed forests in Bijapur district on March 1.

Two security personnel of 134th battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) were killed in IED blast triggered by the Naxals near Rawaghat on 7th of this March.
DIG South Bastar Range Sundarraj P said that all the nine mortal remains of the martyrs would also be brought to Raipur by Tuesday night and after last respect the bodies will be sent to their native places of Wednesday.