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Twelve CRPF Men Attain Martyrdom In Bastar In First Major Attack By Naxals This Year

Published on 11 March, 2017 at 6:17 pm By

While India was busy watching the outcome of the Assembly Elections in five states of the country, 12 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom after Naxals ambushed them in Chhattisgarh.

 

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According to reports, the 12 jawans were part of a team of CRPF personnel from the 219 battalion.


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They were ambushed near Bhejji in Sukma district in Naxal hotbed of Bastar while conducting a road opening operation between Bhejji and Kuttacheru.

 

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The Naxals first triggered an IED and then opened fire. Four other jawans were injured in the attack.

The attack is being seen as the first major one by Naxals this year. According to authorities, the Naxals escaped with 10 weapons and radio sets.

 

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh called the attack “an act of cowardice”.


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Home Minister Rajnath Singh left for Raipur.



 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief on Twitter and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured jawans.

 

Raman Singh told reporters that the Bastar violence is because the Naxals are facing defeat in the region because of effective anti-Naxal operations.


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“Our forces are determined and capable of facing the challenge”, he added.

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