Armed rebels opened fire at the forces. Tributes to the martyrs & condolences to their families.
"There was no specific tip-off shared with our men before they set out for ROP, otherwise we would have planned different operations to counter the Maoists", a DIG rank CRPF based in south Bastar told the New Indian Express.
After a comparatively lengthy spell of peace in Naxal heartland Chhattisgarh, violence broke out on Saturday as the ultras killed 12 CRPF men in red bastion Sukma district, a senior police officer said. "May the injured recover quickly", tweeted PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to condole the killings.
Singh is expected to go to Sukma to take stock of the situation. "My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased".
In a similar, meticulously planned ambush on the same day in 2014, Maoists had killed 15 jawans on the same day at Tahakwada village also in Sukma, sources said.
The Maoists, widely known as the Naxalites or the Naxals, have been fighting the Indian government since the 1960s and now operate in a number of central and eastern states, including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha. "Those who perpetrated this incident in Sukma will be brought to justice".
"India stands united in fight against the terrorism and the government should give a befitting reply to the forces spreading terror in India", she added.