New Delhi: A huge number of Maoists are believed to have been killed in tit-for-tat action by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men after an attack on them in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the force on Monday claimed though nobody has been recovered yet.
The paramilitary force in a statement stated around 300 to 400 Naxals “ambushed” its patrol party massacre 25 personnel and injuring 6 others in Sukma district.
It stated 2 companies of the 74th battalion were out in operation to provide security to people involved in constructing a road to connect Burkapal to Chintagufa in the area.
There was 99 personnel out on the operation. A CRPF company has the strength of about 100 personnel.
It stated the subsequent gun battle was “brutal”. The CRPF troops responded in an appropriate manner but taking advantage of their ecological position, Maoists thrived in inflicting loss on the force.
“The 24 brave soldiers were martyred and one succumbed to his injuries while being taken to a hospital in Raipur,” the statement read.
The paramilitary force party was ambuscaded by a group of about “300-400 Maoist cadres at 12:30 PM at Kalapattar near Burkapal.
“A large number of Maoists are supposed to have been abolished (in retaliatory action by CRPF men) as the tell-tale sign specify from the ground,” it added.
The bodies of all jawans, it stated, have been airlifted to Raipur, while the 6 wounded have been admitted in a hospital in Raipur.
CRPF acting Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia and Sr officers of the operations directorate of the force are likely to visit the site tomorrow to “take stock of the situation.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his colleague in the ministry Hansraj G Ahir are also anticipated to travel to Raipur on Tuesday and pay tributes to the martyred and hold a meeting with the top security officials of the state and paramilitary forces deployed there.