Chhattisgarh Maoist attack HIGHLIGHTS: 9 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast

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Six CRPF personnel were injured, out of which 4 are critical. The injured jawans are being taken to Raipur.

To make their presence felt in the area, the first camp, identified as "P", has been established in close vicinity of the Indravati river. "Seeing the response of the 208 CoBRA, the Maoists fled". The deadly blow comes almost a year after two ambush attack in Sukhma's region one in Bheji in April led to an attack on 74 battalion claimed 25 lives in April last year.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed grief over the loss of lives of police personnel in Sukma blast.

He took to Twitter and said, "India salutes the courageous CRPF personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh". I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans.

Officials said Singh has directed director general of CRPF to rush to Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile confirming the attack, Special DG of Anti Naxal Operations in Chhattisgarh's Sukma, DM Awasthi said that the attack took place when the patrolling party was on its way to Palodi.

If we took back to the past then we can say that in last 11 month around 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of almost 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma.

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"Modi had sold the "national security" plank hard to attain power, but in the past four years, we have only witnessed a precarious security situation in the country", he said in a statement.

The Congress also said that the attack exposed the hollow claims of Modi government in controlling Maoism, since it came in the same district where 26 CRPF personnel were killed by the ultra-left rebels past year.

Other politicians also came out to condemn the incident. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack.

The Congress blamed the Centre's "aimless, irresolute and inconsistent policies" for the attack.

Chhattisgarh reported more incidents (41%) and deaths (49%) than any other state (41%) in 2017, according to official data.

Surjewala said BJP president Amit Shah who had previous year started the party's expansion plan from Naxalbari should instead have planned how to tackle Naxalism with the prime minister.

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