Desk: 9 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred and 3 got injured on Tuesday during an encounter with Maoists. The incident took place at Sukma in Chhattisgarh.

Special director general of police (anti-Naxal operations) DM Awasthi stated, “The encounter took place after the Maoists triggered an IED on an anti-landmine vehicle of the 212 CRPF Battalion’s patrolling team was going from Kistaram to Palodi.” He also added, “We are airlifting the injured from the spot.”

Home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.”

Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the news coming from #Sukma. Lives of at least nine CRPF jawans lost. My heartfelt homage to all the martyrs. Strength to their families. Jai Hind”


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