26 jawans martyred! Women naxals part of group, rocket launchers used

New Delhi:  Frustrated at development work in their den, in a cowardly act Naxals attacked  a group of CRPF jawans, reportedly having lunch. Twenty six jawans were martyred in the attack. A number of women naxalites reportedly were part of the group that attacked the CRPF jawans. Sosphiticated weapons, including rocket launchers were used in the attack, reports said.

A group of 100 jawans, from the 74th battalion, were sent to the naxal stronghold in the Sukma district to give security cover to the road construction project on Dornapal road, about  500 kilometres from Raipur.

After hectic and tiring patrolling, the tired jawans were having lunch around 12 noon. Suddenly a group of heavily armed naxals cordoned off the area and started firing. Then they detonated a  powerful explosive.

Jawans were caught offguard, and hence were not in a position to defend or hit back, thus most casualties were inflicted on security personnel, and 24 personnel died on the spot. The elite CoBRA team was then rushed to recover the bodies. Some CRPF jawans are reported missing after the attack.

“The rebels were frustrated as they do not want a road, bridge construction in Sukma area that had been their den,” said Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.

This is second major naxal attack in Sukma in the last 45 days,  12 jawans were martyred on March 11  in an ambush near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station.