Two CRPF Personnel Killed in Naxal Ambush in Chhattisgarh
In the first major attack on the security forces since the formation of a new government in the state, the Naxals ambushed a search party comprising personnel from the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA), the Central Reserve Police Force and state police, and killed two personnel including a Deputy commandant in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, 500 km from the state capital Raipur.
Ten jawans were also injured in the blasts and the subsequent firing that was carried out by the Naxals in the Bodhrajpadar forest area, 10 km north of Bhejji police station. Superintendent of Police of Sukma, Abhishek Shandilya told Express that a group of 400 jawans was on a combing operation when the Naxals targeted them. “The jawans saw a suspicious makeshift structure in the forest and were ambushed when they went closer. Deputy commandant Nihal Ahmed and constable Raju Rawat, both of the 219 battalion, lost their lives in the ambush. The Bhejji police station in-charge and 10 other constabulary rank personnel were also injured in the attack”, said Shandilya.