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Maoist ambush in Chintagufa; 13 CRPF personnel killed in encounter

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Raipur (Dec. 001, 2014): The CRPF suffered its biggest casualty this year as 13 of its personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush on Monday afternoon in Chintagufa area of Sukma district.

The deceased include a deputy commandant and an assistant commandant of CRPF. All deceased belonged to 223 battalion.

According to preliminary reports reaching the force’s headquarters here, a squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was undertaking operations in Kasanpara village of the district in the south Bastar region when they were ambushed by the Maoists at around 1030 am.

The encounter, a senior officer said, continued till 1400 hours with casualties occurring on both sides.

The officer said that the Maoists fired at the CRPF patrol party taking the aid of locals and villagers and hence the force had to fire with restraint.

Most of the troops suffered bullet injuries and have been air-lifted to Jagdalpur and the state capital here for treatment.

The squad was in the jungles for the last 10 days to carry out operations.

Incidentally, five CRPF personnel were injured last week in the same area in an encounter with Maoists. Reinforcements are being sent to the area and the offensive by security forces is being led by CRPF Inspector General (Chhattisgarh), HS Sidhu.