In a major strike by Naxalites, nine CRPF forces, who went to carry out the area-domination operation, were killed and 6 injured in Sukma along the Kistaram-Palodi road of the district at around 12 o'clock on 13 March. The names of the jawans killed: ASI RKS Tomar, Constable Ajay KR Yadav, Constable Manoranjan Lanka, Constable Jitendra Singh, Constable Shobhit Sharma, Constable Manoj Singh, Constable Dharmendra Singh, Constable Chandra HS, Head constable Lakshman.
"Maoists targeted an MPV [Mine Protected Vehicle] carrying 10 CRPF men in Sukma today. I spoke to Director General (DG) CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh", he tweeted.
Sukma Superintendent of Police had rushed to the spot with extra force and rescue operation had begun to safely evacuate the victims, he said.
According to officials, an encounter broke out between the jawans and the Maoists around 8 am.
The site of the IED blast in Sukma.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condemned the attack and described the incident as "deeply distressing".
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also demanded a full report on the attack. "Maoists feared that the development works in Bastar will uproot them from the region, therefore, they committed such a cowardly and shameful attack", he said.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the incident "reflects a deteriorating internal security due to flawed policies".
At least nine CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.
"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast", he said.
12 jawans of the CRPF were killed in the same district in March previous year.