Maoists kill 15 CRPF personnel, 5 policemen in ambush in Chhattisgarh

Maoists kill 15 CRPF personnel, 5 policemen in ambush in Chhattisgarh

NetIndian News Network

Raipur, March 11, 2014

At least 20 security personnel, including 15 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and five policemen, were killed in an ambush by suspected Maoists in Sukma district of southern Chhattisgarh today.
Official sources said the joint team of CRPF and local policemen were escorting a road construction party when they were ambushed at a spot between Jhiram Ghati in Bastar and Tongpal in Sukma, about 400 km south of Raipur, around 10 am today.
They said about 200 Maoists were involved in the ambush and the 45-odd security personnel not only found themselves outnumbered but were also at a disadvantage because of the topography.
"Twenty personnel including 15 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans and five state policemen were killed in the attack. At least three others were injured," officials said.
Today's ambush took place about 10 km from the spot where Maoists had, on May 25 last year, attacked a convoy of Congress leaders in Sukma district, in which 28 peole were killed and about 30 others suffered injuries.
Those killed in that incident included state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar. Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, who was among those who suffered injuries in the incident, succumbed to his injuries later.
Officials said the encounter that followed today's ambush lasted about half an hour. The Maoists managed to escape with weapons from the security personnel, they said.
Senior police officials have left for the scene in a helicopter.
In Delhi, senior officials said there were contradictory reports about the casualty figures and they were reconciling them.

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