Will Avenge Deaths of CRPF Personnel in Sukma Ambush: Bastar IG

As many as 25 CRPF jawans were killed in a deadly Naxal ambush

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Vivekanand Sinha, IG of Bastar range in Chhattisgarh, said that the security forces will hit the Naxals in their stronghold and avenge the deaths of CRPF personnel in the Sukma ambush attack. As many as 25 CRPF jawans were killed in a deadly Naxal ambush while they were having lunch on Monday.

A party of about 36 troops, out of the total 99, came under the first assault after they had ventured out to sanitise the area and provide protection to a 5.5-km long road construction work, officials said.

While the slain 25 men and about six others who were injured, tried to gather their weapons or take aim at the marauding Naxals, the others on guard duty mounted an effective retaliation and saved about 40 civilians and construction workers who were present in the vicinity of the area during the deadly assault that lasted over an hour.

A huge assortment of 22 smart arms, including 13 AK series assault rifles and 5 INSAS rifles, 3,420 live rounds of various rifles, 75 magazines of AK rifles, 31 of INSAS, 67 live UBGL rounds, 22 bullet proof jackets, two binoculars, five wireless sets and a deep search metal detector were also looted by Naxals, they said.

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