Even as toll kept rising in the deadly ambush attack by naxals this afternoon in Chhatisgarh’s Sukma district, several leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to CM Raman Singh condemned the attack.
Terming it as a “cowardly and deplorable” act, Modi tweeted, “Attack on @crpfindia personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely.”
Adding further that “sacrifices” of the martyrs will not go in vain, he said, “we are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families”.
In one of the deadliest attacks after April 2010 where 76 CRPF jawans were killed, naxals ambushed a CRPF contingent on road widening project today at around 12:25 pm, killing at least 24 personnel. The toll is expected to rise as per the reports.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed pain over killing of CRPF men. MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir has rushed to Chhattisgarh.
Earlier cutting short his Delhi visit, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh flew back to Raipur.
“I am extremely distressed to know about the Naxal attack in Sukma. I am cancelling my Delhi tour and returning to Chhattisgarh to attend a meeting,” he wrote on Twitter.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also condemned the naxalite attack.
“Saddened at the tragic death of CRPF jawans in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. Strongly condemn violence. My sympathies with the bereaved families,” she tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)