9 CRPF personnel killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Rahul Gandhi blames ‘deteriorating internal security situation’

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Nine CRPF personnel were killed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday after Maoists blew up a mine protection vehicle of the paramilitary forces. Four CRPF soldiers have reportedly sustained serious injuries in the attack.

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Reacting to the development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Today’s IED blast in Sukma, Chhattisgarh is deeply distressing. I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the killings of CRPF soldiers was indicative of ‘deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies’ of the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.

He wrote, “The Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh in which 9 CRPF jawans lost their lives is tragic. It reflects a deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies.”

Earlier today at around 8 AM there was an encounter started between the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, in Kistaram area of Sukma, where an anti-Naxal operation was already going on, reported NDTV.

“A CRPF patrolling party was on its way from Kistaram to Palodi, in an anti-landmine vehicle, which was targeted by Maoists,” said DM Awasthi, Special Director general, Anti-Naxal Operations, was quoted as saying.

My condolences to the families of those killed. To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery.

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