He took to Twitter and said, "India salutes the fearless CRPF personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh". Apart from the 9 jawans being martyred, five CRPF personnel were reportedly injured following the blast.
Earlier this month, the CRPF for the first time set up three permanent camps in the Maoist hotbed of Abujhmadh forests in Chhattisgarh to launch "surgical" operations against the ultras, a year after it lost 37 personnel in two ambushes, reported PTI. The decline in these incidents is because of "attrition of various level cadres of Maoists and the other to the possibility of Maoists deliberately lying low", according to a senior official of the union home ministry.
Around 8am this morning, 11 men of the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, were travelling from Kistaram to Paloda in Sukma, where an anti-Naxal operation was already going on.
Suspected Maoists blew up a mine-protected vehicle of the CRPF in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, killing eight and injuring others. Reports are coming that this attack was pre-planned and they tried to kill every single personnel in this attack. "Extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present", DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, said. "I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans", he said.
Home minister Rajnath Singh expressed condolence for the families of the personnel who were killed.
Soon after the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot, around 500 km from state capital Raipur, he said, adding further details were awaited.
On Tuesday, mine-protected vehicle (MPV) carrying CRPF personnel was blown up, possibly, by several explosives. He said that the Maoists had targeted security personnel because they are angry over the developmental work being carried out in the area. In the a year ago, Naxals killed 25 CRPF jawans. The attack caused at least 27 deaths, including that of former state minister Mahendra Karma and Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack.