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Maoists kill 26 CRPF men, another daring ambush in Chhattisgarh
Published on 30 Jun. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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In yet another daring and deadly attack, Maoists killed 26 paramilitary troopers Tuesday in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region, officials said.
About a dozen personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were also injured in the attack in Narayanpur district, state Home minister Nankiram Kanwar said.
“A CRPF contingent of over 70 men was ambushed by Maoists in a forested stretch in Narayanpur,” an official at the police headquarters here told IANS.
He said that dozens of Maoists had positioned themselves on the hill tops and opened fire on the security personnel who were on foot. The slain troopers belonged to 39th battalion of the CRPF.
Police sources said the attack took place at around 3.30 p.m. when a joint team of the CRPF and the Special Task Force (STF) of the state police were on their way for a search operation.
The rebels ambushed the group, leading to a fierce gunfight that lasted for over three hours. An assistant commandant and 25 jawans were killed. The incident took place just three kilometers from a CRPF camp under some 400 km south of state capital Raipur.
In New Delhi, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai told reporters that the Maoists had attacked a “road opening party” of the CRPF. He said all others in the CRPF party had been accounted for and had returned to their camp.
Pillai said security and medical reinforcements have been sent to the spot and all the bodies have been recovered. The injured have been taken to a hospital by a helicopter, he said.
According to preliminary information, the condition of one of the SPOs is stated to be serious, officials said. The bodies of the slain troopers are being brought to Narayanpur town, the district headquarters. “The injured are being shifted to the district hospital and the Bastar district hospital,” said Director General of Police Vishwa Ranjan.
Though additional reinforcements were rushed to the spot, rescue and evacuation of the injured security personnel could take time as movement of security personnel is difficult after sunset in view of the possibility of further attacks by the Maoists. Some of the injured have been airlifted to the district hospital while a team of doctors have been stationed at Maharani Hospital at Jagdalpur to provide immediate medical attention.
The 40,000 sq km Bastar region that is made up of five districts - Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Bijapur and Dantewada - is the nerve centre of the Maoists since the late 1980s.
BJP condemns
Strongly condemning the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh that claimed the lives of 26 CRPF personnel, BJP tonight said the “heinous crime” proved once again that there was a need for closer Centre-state co-ordination and a decisive fight to end the menace.
“BJP strongly condemns this heinous crime. We have maintained that there is a need for firm action and for closer Centre-state coordination to strengthen the fight against Naxalism,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
“The time has come for a decisive battle against Maoist violence. Such attacks are a big challenge and should be addressed accordingly,” Hussain said. Around 90 Maoists were reportedly involved in the attack that took place near Daurai Road area in the remote district, about 300 kms from Raipur.
Attacks in 2010
On February 15, 24 personnel of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) killed as Maoists attacked their camp in Silda in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.
On April 4, Maoists triggered a landmine blast killing 11 security personnel of the elite anti-naxal force Special Operations Group (SOG) in Koraput district of Orrisa. On April 6, 75 CRPF personnel and a Chhattisgarh police official killed in a naxal attack in Dantewada district. On May 8, Eight CRPF jawans were killed when Naxals blow up a bullet-proof vehicle in Bijapur district of Chhhattisgarh. On June 29, At least 15 CRPF personnel killed in a Naxal ambush in Naraynpur district of Chhattisgarh.

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