March 11, 2017: At least eleven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan have lost their lives and two other critically wounded in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
Senior police officials of Sukma district said the security personnel were “providing security” to road construction teams when the IED blast occurred between Bhejji and Kuttacheru at around 9 am.
The injured were evacuated by helicopter to the CRPF Field Surgical Unit, Bheji and CoBRA men were sent to the spot as reinforcements. The operation is still on, the statement from the CRPF added.
Meanwhile, Union minister Rajnath Singh tweeted:
The Centre is in direct communication with the state government. Those who perpetrated this incident in Sukma will be brought to justice
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) March 11, 2017
After the incident, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh also said in a statement that “According to latest information, 9 CRPF jawans have lost their lives in Maoist attack in Sukma.”