At least 24 CRPF personnel have been killed and seven others have been wounded in an ambush by naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
The deadly attack occurred around 12:25 PM in Kalapathar area of south Bastar region, one of the worst-hit by naxalite violence.
“As of now, we know that these men were out for a road opening task and they came under heavy fire from Naxalites. Seven other injured troops, including few who are critical, are being evacuated by helicopters,” a senior CRPF officer said.
The CRPF personnel were sanitising a road which has been being built in the area, the officer added.
Reinforcements have been rushed from the nearest CRPF camp, the officer said.
All the troops belonged to the 74th battalion of the force deployed in the area for anti-Maoist operations.
Chief Minister Raman Singh, who was in Delhi to attend some programmes, cut short his visit to return to Raipur.
“The chief minister has curtailed his stay in Delhi and gone back. He will hold meeting with senior officials from the police and the administration on the naxal attack there,” a state government official said.
Twelve personnel of the CRPF were killed on March 12 in the same district in an ambush by naxalites.
(With inputs from PTI)