In an unfortunate incident, at least eight personnel of the Central Police Reserve Force (CPRF) have died after Maoists blew up a mine protection vehicle or MPV, in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.Four CRPF personnel have also been injured in the attack.
The encounter triggered at 8 am on Tuesday, between the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, in Kistaram area of Sukma, where an anti-Naxal operation was already going on.
A CRPF patrolling party was on its way from Kistaram to Palodi, in an anti-landmine vehicle, which was targeted by Maoists, said DM Awasthi, Special Director general, Anti-Naxal Operations. More forces have reached the spot.
“Combing ops were underway in the morning when a CRPF vehicle was targetted by Naxals using IED. We’ve reports of eight to ten casualties and wounded” added DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations. “Additional forces have been deployed to carry rescue operations. No further firing has happened.”
The Maoists blew up their mine-protected vehicle (MPV), an official told news agency PTI.
Out of the six injured, four are in a critical condition. lot of explosives were used to blow up the MPV, the official said.
“Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast,” he said.
The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF’s mine-protected vehicle, he said.
Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that further details were awaited.