Attack on CRPF cowardly: Modi

The attack took place on personnel of the CRPF's 74th Battalion as they were assisting the local population in road building activity in the district.

The group of 300 to 400 Maoists who attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party on Monday in Chhattisgarh used grenades, rocket launchers and crude bombs to kill their victims. "Entire village is praying for him", she added.

According to reports, 90 CRPF jawans were part of the road opening party when they were attacked by the Maoists.

As the apprehensions are high that Maoists' movement could be observed in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat region and Odisha's Malkangiri district after a day of carnage, the senior police officials informed that the security has been scaled up in the regions to curb any influx in their respective states.

"We are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel". Condolences to their families.

I am sure the State Government and other concerned agencies are taking necessary measures to assist the bereaved families and provide medical assistance to the injured.

It claimed,"Considerable number of Maoists are belived to have been eliminated (in retaliatory action by CRPF men) as the tell-tale sign indicate from the ground". The home minister said that Naxalites were the "biggest enemies" of tribal and poor people in the area and were against any development. It was the deadliest attack on the security forces by the Maoists this year.

The bodies of the slain personnel have been air-lifted to Raipur, where the seven injured are hospitalised.

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 20 lakh each to the families of four jawans from the state who were among 25 CRPF personnel killed in a Maoist attack in Sukhma district of Chhattisgarh on Monday. "Shri Ahir is going to Chhattisgarh to take stock of the situation", he tweeted.

The incident comes at a time when the country's largest paramilitary force is without a full-time chief after K Durga Prasad retired on 28 February.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi also reviewed the situation in the aftermath of the attack at his North Block office.

  • Leroy Wright