At least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday, the deadliest attack by Naxalites targeting security forces this year. The Naxalites mounted the assault around 12:25 pm in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, one of the worst hit by Left-wing extremism in the country.
The area is close to the Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, the hotbed of Naxal violence, which has seen a number of such attacks in the past resulting in high casualties.
The incident occurred near Burkapal village within Chintagufa police station limits. While 11 bodies were recovered first, 12 were found during combing operations. A jawan succumbed to injuries while being evacuated by air.
An injured jawan, brought to a hospital, said the CRPF patrol was attacked by around 300 Maoist guerrillas. He said around 10-12 Naxalites must have got killed in the “befitting“ retaliation by the CRPF contingent.
It is understood that the company commander, an inspector rank officer leading the contingent which was ambushed on Monday , was also killed.