The encounter started at 8 am on Tuesday between the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, in Kistram area of Sukma. From the injured, 3 are reportedly in critical condition. The CRPF jawans who were targeted by the rebels were from 212 battalion. "I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation", Singh wrote on Twitter.
The injured personnel were being rescued from the spot and airlifted to the State capital.
As many as 2,270 encounters with police and 1,356 attacks on police, including with landmines, were reported over the last nine years.
"Endangering India's national security is a direct outcome of the Modi government's aimless, irresolute and inconsistent polices".
About 100 armed extremists were said to have carried out the attack at around 1000 hrs when they set off an Improvised Explosive Device blast and opened indiscriminate fire on a road opening party of CRPF in the forested Pallodi village under Kistaram police station area.
March 11, 2014: 15 security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district. In Chattisgarh alone, in the past one year, there have been 272 Maoist-related incidents, with 58 Maoists killed and an equal number of security forces martyred.
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