Naxals Returned to Finish Off CRPF Survivors in Dantewada Blast 

Three survivors of the blast targeting CRPF convoy were shot dead by Maoists who returned to ensure their death.

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Mangled remains of a CRPF vehicle after a Naxal attack on a CRPF convoy in Dantewada on Wednesday, 30 March 2016. (Photo: PTI)

Three CRPF jawans were alive after their vehicle was blown up in Dantewada, Chattisgarh on Wednesday, 20 March, the Director General of CRPF K Durga Prasad said.

The Maoists who blew up the vehicle returned to check if everyone in the vehicle was dead, and shot the three survivors, Prasad said.

Bodies of three of of the seven deceased had bullet marks on them, raising suspicion.

Three people were alive after blast but they were shot by Maoists afterwards. These were three people who had bullet injuries but we were not sure whether they were alive or not. Intensity of the blast was very high and Maoists came back to check whether they (CRPF jawans) had weapons or if anybody was alive. The three people were shot in their head and chest by the Maoists.
K Durga Prasad, CRPF DG

The deceased were identified as follows, according to The Indian Express:

  • Vijay Raj
  • Pradeep Tirkey
  • Ranjan Das
  • Devendra Chaurasia
  • K Darshu
  • J Rajendra
  • Nana Udayveer Singh

Officials said that the members of the 230th battalion were traveling along the Basaras-Kuakonda axis in Melawada village when a Tata-709 mini-truck of the force went over a hidden landmine at about 4 pm.

The CRPF believes that information regarding the movement of the troop was “leaked” and they are now looking for the mole, who could be from “within or outside”.

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