Commenting on the health condition of five injured jawans, the doctors attending them claimed that three of the jawans are said to be in a critical state.
The incident, that took place during a search operation, came days after ten ultras were killed in a gunfight with security forces along Chhattisgarh-Telengana border on March two.
April 24, 2017: Maoists killed 25 CRPF personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh. "As per information received 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured", he added. Reports are coming that this attack was pre-planned and they tried to kill every single personnel in this attack.
Awasthi said a patrolling party of the paramilitary was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle when it was targeted by Naxals by triggering an IED laden in the area.
To make their presence felt in the area, the first camp, identified as "P", has been established in close vicinity of the Indravati river. "To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery".
The CRPF personnel were carrying out an area-domination operation in the area, when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up. "It will not lower the morale of security forces".
Sukma, considered one of the worst insurgency-hit regions of the state, has witnessed several dreaded attacks on security forces in the past, particularly in summer season during which rebels carry out an annual tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC). He added that extra forces have reached the location and there is now no firing going on.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the deaths of the CRPF personnel.
According to figures provided in the Lok Sabha, there have been 122 violent attacks this year and 14 jawans and 12 civilians have been killed.