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Sukma Naxal attack highlights: Mamata Banerjee visits family of slain jawan, offers Rs 5 lakh compensation

Twelve CRPF troopers were killed and half a dozen injured when Maoists ambushed them in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

FP Staff April 25, 2017 14:02:32 IST
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Sukma Naxal attack highlights: Mamata Banerjee visits family of slain jawan, offers Rs 5 lakh compensation

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Apr 25, 2017 - 13:44 (IST)

Rajnath decries "cowardly attack", calls it cold-blodded murder

Home minister Rajnath Singh described the Naxalite attack on a CRPF patrol that killed 25 men in Chattisgarh as "cold blooded murder" and a "cowardly attack". "This is an act of desperation. We have accepted this as a challenge. We will review our Left-wing extremism strategy and revise it, if required," he said.

He also criticised Naxalites for using tribal villagers as human shields. "The sacrifices of our brave jawans will not go in vain," he said, adding that the "Naxals are frustrated with the development of roads in Bastar region". The home minister said that Naxalites were the "biggest enemies" of tribal and poor people in the area and were against any development. "But they will not succeed in their evil designs," he said, asserting that the Centre and the state would work together to fight them.

Apr 25, 2017 - 14:04 (IST)

Three key roads are at the heart of battle for Chhattisgarh's forests

The area is controlled by the Maoist insurgents, and the government believes the way to regain control is by having infrastructure like roads in place. Monday's attack only reinforces the theory that the Maoists and the state government both believe infrastructural development could be the first step towards gaining control of the areas.

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Apr 25, 2017 - 13:37 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee visits slain CRPF jawan's house

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the house of CRPF jawan KK Das, who was killed in a Naxal attack at Sukma in Chhatisgarh, and said that the state government would give Rs 5 lakh to the family of the slain jawan. "Of the 25 CRPF jawans killed in the attack, three hailed from West Bengal. Two were from Cooch Behar and another was from Nadia district. We have decided to give Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three slain jawans. We will also provide jobs to them," she told reporters.

"KK Das was only 27, and got married recently. We will stand beside them", she said.

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Apr 25, 2017 - 13:26 (IST)

Some more visuals from Monday's attack

Apr 25, 2017 - 13:25 (IST)

Visuals from the site where Naxal guerillas attacked a CRPF battalion on Monday

Apr 25, 2017 - 13:23 (IST)

Visuals from the site where Naxal guerillas attacked a CRPF battalion on Monday

Apr 25, 2017 - 13:20 (IST)

Firing continued for 1.5 hours, reveals Bastar inspector general

Naxal guerillas fired upon a CRPF convoy and killed 25 personnel on Monday, but firing continued for over 90 minutes. This happened after the Maoists gheraoed the CRPF battalion and started firing, reveals Vivekanand Sinha, inspector general of Bastar.

Apr 25, 2017 - 13:17 (IST)

Injured CRPF jawans will recover soon, says Raman Singh

Apr 25, 2017 - 12:52 (IST)

Apr 25, 2017 - 12:30 (IST)

Twenty-six CRPF troopers were killed and half a dozen injured when 300 Maoists ambushed them in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The guerrillas, who were in hiding, opened fire upon the members of the Central Reserve Police Force's 74th Battalion reached a forested area in Kala Pathar near Chintagufa around 1:30 pm.

Sukma Naxal attack highlights Mamata Banerjee visits family of slain jawan offers Rs 5 lakh compensation

An injured CRPF man being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday. PTI

A police officer said the troopers, who formed a 99-member Road Opening Party, were readying for lunch when they came under a volley of gunfire. The Maoists also hurled hand grenades.

Eleven men were killed instantly and another critically wounded trooper succumbed to his injuries in a Raipur hospital. The ambush triggered a major gun battle between the Maoists and the CRPF.

The wounded, who have been warded in hospitals include assistant sub-inspector RP Hembram and Constables Swaroop Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Jitendra Kumar, Sher Mohammed and Latoo Oraon. Oraon is in critical condition while the others were said to be out of danger. "The injured were evacuated by helicopter," CRPF Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran told IANS.

Sukma Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla confirmed the deaths.

At least 12 CRPF men were also killed in a similar Maoist attack in Sukma early this year. The incident occurred in the dense forests near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station, around 450 kilometres away from the state capital, when 112 personnel of CRPF's 219th battalion were out for a road opening task. The Bhejji area in south Bastar region of the state is notorious for Naxal attacks and many security personnel have been killed here in the past.

In 2010, a similar attack in Sukma district left 76 CRPF troopers dead.

Monday's killings forced Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to cut short his trip to Delhi where he had gone to attend a NITI Aayog meeting and fly back to Raipur. Singh was in the national capital to attend some programmes and was scheduled to leave for Raipur tomorrow.

"The chief minister has curtailed his stay in Delhi and gone back. He will hold a meeting with senior officials from the police and the administration on the Naxal attack there," a state government official said.

With inputs from agencies

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